“Help protect Japanese kid survivors”

Children at Risk after Massive Earthquake and Tsun
Houses swept by a tsunami smolder near Sendai Airport in Japan after a massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan this morning.
Dear CompMed readers 

Children are at risk following today’s massive earthquake and the resulting tsunami that continues to wash ashore causing massive destruction.

We continue to monitor the situation closely as the potential for additional damage exists as a result of the tsunami in countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, including the West Coast of the United States.

Save the Children needs your support – whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated – to launch rapid relief for children and families affected by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the resulting tsunami.

I’m asking you to respond as quickly as you can with a generous gift.

Even as we learn more about the disaster, Save the Children is coordinating with other agencies to prioritize the unique needs of children and provide emergency support.

Children are always among the most vulnerable during emergencies and are stressed and fearful of their situation and what lies ahead. Save the Children’s quick, child-focused response to disasters – including our groundbreaking child friendly spaces – helps ensure that children and their rights are protected and looked after at the height of emergencies.

With expert staff ready to assist and many years of experience in Japan and the other countries which may be affected, Save the Children is prepared to support children’s physical and emotional recovery from the shock they have experienced. An international emergency team has been dispatched to Japan.

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Save the Children has vast experience in responding to disasters in Asia and worldwide – including our response to the epic 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. Our work following that tsunami in Indonesia benefited an estimated 1 million people in more than 1,000 villages in five countries.

Time has never been as crucial to help the children in Japan and around the Pacific as it is right now. 

Many thanks.

Charles F. MacCormack
President and CEO

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“German bologna recall for slow recooking time”

New York Firm Recalls Bologna Products Due To a Processing Deviation and Possible Contamination with Staphylococcus aureus Enterotoxin
Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-018-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2011 – Zweigle’s Inc., a Rochester, N.Y., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,997 pounds of bologna products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • Cases containing two 10-pound packages of “PRICE CHOPPER German Brand Bologna Made With Pork & Chicken.”

Each 10-pound package bears establishment number “EST. 5333” within the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on Jan. 5, 2011, and packaged on Jan. 7, 2011. Each package also bears a white sticker including the package code “007” and a use-by date “03/08/11.” The products were shipped to a distribution center in New York. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at www.fsis.usda.gov/
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After discovering a malfunction with its smokehouse, the plant recooked the bologna products and shipped them to the distribution center. During routine inspection activities, FSIS discovered that the time delay in recooking the product created an environment allowing potential production of Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Salva, at (585) 546-1740.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

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“Beware dental abuses and lies”

Author Editor Mary Wolken, Exec. Dir. CMA

How long have we heard to get semi annual check up and cleaning for your teeth. “The old expression of be true to your teeth or they will be false to you” Is truer today than any time in the past.

The falseness is not only in the false teeth that click away not fitting properly in so many peoples’ mouths, but also to the tools and the consciousness of the dental”care” industry.

The false premise that getting your teeth drilled, filled, root canalled, or implanted with a series of metals, poisonous chemicals, false patient education and excessive fees is only superceeded by the “supported” care of the dental insurance industry who has not improved its policies in 25 years.

There seems to be few healthy safe natural chemicals, filling materials or procedures used by a dentist that would stand the test of non-toxicity, non-leaching or off gassing in a patient’s mouth over time. A patient’s mouth is turned into a chemical battery that constantly is a threat to the patient’s long term health and well being, but could be used to transmit radio signals.

Then there are the dentists who have decided to forget quality dentistry and honesty and tell you anything to get your money for less than top care. If they develop their practices in several locations in town and across the border, then if the fillings or posts used in your mouth are inferior or the posts not long enough they will be so o kind that the defects in the care will not be seen until the tooth decays further in the patient’s mouth and another dentist is now in charge of the case and the first bandit has long ago collected his money and will lie if confronted about the poor craftsman ship in the patient’s mouth. Forget giving money back or compensating you for the hours of wasted time waiting for the poor care in the office..

Even when a holistic dentist can be seen and afforded, there is no standard of excellence to holistic care. Possible because none of today’s dentists have been trained in schools that have a holistic standard of care and or there is not enough of a demand for quality natural care.

I once went to a holistic dentist that considered the anticeptic used to be health anf holistic that was made from creosotum. Yes, it is made from the croesote bush that grows naturally in the southwestern desert of the US, but creosotum has traditionally been used to tan leather. The taste lingered in my mouth for two days that cannot be a good thing.

Wood creosote has been used as a disinfectant, a laxative, and a cough treatment, but these have mostly been replaced by newer medicines. Coal tar creosote is used as a wood preservative. It is distilled from crude coke oven tar, and is mainly composed of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), but also contains phenols and cresols.

So what is a person to do.

Buyer the risk is all yours. Unless you have  lots of kids, dental insurance is a farce and a complete scam. your could  put the same amount of money you give the dental insurance people into an account and let it earn interest for you and use it as you need for your dental well being. Dental insurance takes your monthly payments religiously every month, but you cannot used more than the most inexpensive of dental services like cleaning and maybe a filling or two for six months after getting the insurance. After that no extractions or more involved care for a full year then that care is parceled out like a mister gives away his gold.

We cannot let rotting teeth stay in your mouth, because of other health risk so take good care of your choppers. The goal is to have them last through your whole life.

Home dentistry is not the answer.

What is desperately needed is quality healthy care for all and the education needed to foster it. The ancient dental dynasty that has not changed much since Egyptian times needed to become more wholistic and work more closely with other natural care practitioners to look at and encourage whole care.

An example would be someone who has played sports or had a head or birth injury, these individuals’ jaws and skulls problably need to be realigned before any dental care to avoid severe and uneven wearing of the teeth and the bite reset. For teeth grinding this too needed to be solved or aided, before fillimgs etc. are donw so teeth and the bite remains even.

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“Kiss arsenic goodbye in US wells hopefully”

Queens University Scientists Behind Safer Drinking Water In US


Dr. Bhaskar Sen Gupta of Queen’s University Belfast, whose pioneering technology, which is transforming the lives of millions of people in Asia, is now being used to create safer drinking water in the United States. The award-winning system – Subterranean Arsenic Removal – removes arsenic from groundwater without using chemicals. It was developed by a team of European and Indian engineers led by Dr. Sen Gupta. The technology, based on the principle of oxidation and filtration processes, is already in use in six plants in West Bengal. And the technology has now been successfully tested in the United States, in a rural community outside Bellingham, in Northwest Washington State. Credit: Alan Richardson

Pioneering technology by scientists at Queen’s University Belfast is transforming the lives of millions of people in Asia, is now being used to create safer drinking water in the United States.

The award-winning system – Subterranean Arsenic Removal – removes arsenic from groundwater without using chemicals. It was developed by a team of European and Indian engineers led by Dr Bhaskar Sen Gupta in Queen’s University School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering.

The technology, based on the principle of oxidation and filtration processes, is already in use in six plants in West Bengal.

And the technology has now been successfully tested in the United States, in a rural community outside Bellingham, in Northwest Washington State, where high levels of arsenic in the water had previously caused challenges for local residents.

Jeremy Robinson, a member of the Washington State installation team, said: “We first read about the SAR technology on Wikipedia. Initially, it seemed too good to be true. Arsenic is a significant problem for many of the wells in our area. None of the conventional approaches for arsenic treatment have worked well for us. But, once we recognized the advantages and elegance of the SAR approach, we started preparing to test it here.

“With the generous help offered to us by Dr. Sen Gupta and Queen’s University, we are now under way. Our early results have been very promising. We started the trial in January, on an abandoned well with alarmingly high arsenic levels. After three weeks, the arsenic level had dropped substantially. And now, after seven weeks, we are seeing arsenic levels at or below the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limit.”

Dr Sen Gupta, came to Washington State to oversee the installation.

The key aspects of this life-changing technology are its affordability and simplicity of installation and operation. The cost of setting up a plant to produce up to 6,000 liters of water a day averages under Pounds 2,500 ($4000 US).  If used in a developing nation the cost would be much less and the operational cost is Pounds 14 a month ($20 US).

“The estimated life of each plant is about 20 years without any mechanical maintenance, and the system is operated, quite simply, by the pressing of an electrical switch.”

The technology has already attracted interest from other parts of the United States, and plans are now advanced for SAR plants to be set up in Cambodia, Vietnam and Mexico in the next six months.

The work of Dr Sen Gupta’s team has won accolades from around the world. In November Queen’s University was awarded the prestigious Times Higher Education Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year title.

The judges said: “Engineering at its core is about solving critical problems. The team from Queen’s has exemplified this, finding an innovative solution to overcome arsenic contamination of groundwater and thus improve the quality of life in rural communities.”

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“Sleep it off, not by the TV”

The effects of Sleep loss on weight

10 overweight men and women  were put on a low calorie diet.

1/2 the group sleep for only 5 1/2 hours per night

!/2 slept 8 1/2 hours per night

After 3 months the groups switched the number of hours they were allowed to sleep

Results the effects of sleep deprivation on human body

  • no effect on weight lost
  • all lost 55 per cent less fat
  • 60 per cent more lean body ( mainly muscle) mass
  • increase in appetite due to increase in  hormone ghrelin
  • lower metabolic rate
  • increase tendency to gain weight or be obese

Both hormones leptin and ghrelin influence appetite. When you have sleepless night do you often feel that you cannot get enough food to satisfy your hunger the next day?no matter what you ate you never felt full or satisfied?

Sleep and sleep disruption do remarkable things to the body and some weight fluctuation can be attributed to the changes in the hormones leptin and ghrelin caused by stress.

Sleep in a quiet dark room and try to get 8 hours of solid uninterrupted sleep.  Good dreaming!

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“US bearded women vs banning BPA”

Maine Gov. Paul LePage recently said that in a worst case scenario BPA exposure may give women “little beards.”
Seems US puts head in the chemical sand as EU moves to protect its people from 6 more known toxins including BPA.

The European Union recently announced that it will ban six toxic substances under its Registration, Evaluation, Authorization & Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program, reports Chemical & Engineering News. These The phase out affects three plastic softening chemicals: bis (2-ethylexyl) phthalate; benzyl butyl phthalate; and dibutyl phthalate.

The regulation also bans the flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane because the compound is persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic. Another affected substance is 5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinito-m-xylene, also known as musk xylene, which the EU characterizes as very persistent and very bioaccumulative.

The sixth chemical banned is 4,4′-diaminodiphenylmethane, used in some epoxy resins and adhesives and as an intermediate in the manufacture of other substances. The EU classifies this compound as a substance which should be regarded as carcinogenic to humans.

All are known to be toxic to the human reproductive systems. The EU already prohibits use of these three phthalates in children’s toys.

The landmark move, which includes phasing out three plastic softening chemicals and a flame retardant, stands out in glowing contrast to the U.S.’s chemical love affair and denial system. The US refuses to consider a ban on Bisphenol A (BPA) in spite of the research on the controversial chemical. This chemical additives is found in American’s tissues at levels twice as high as levels found in Canadian’s.

But not to worry, says Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage. The worst that could happen is that BPA exposure might cause women to start growing “little beards.”

The European Union will phase out the use of three phthalates, a flame retardant, a synthetic musk, and a compound used in epoxy resins and adhesives. The move, announced Feb. 17, 2010  by the European Commission, marks the first time the EU has banned substances under its Registration, Evaluation, Authorization & Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program.

Sale or use of the six chemicals will cease in three to five years unless a company obtains authorization from the commission.

To use or sell any of these substances, a business would have to demonstrate that safety measures are in place to control risks adequately or that the benefits to the economy and society outweigh the risks of using the compound.

The phase out affects three plastic softening chemicals: bis (2-ethylexyl) phthalate; benzyl butyl phthalate; and dibutyl phthalate. They are targeted because of reproductive toxicity. The EU already prohibits use of these three phthalates in children’s toys.

The regulation also bans the flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane because the compound is persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic. Another affected substance is 5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinito-m-xylene, also known as musk xylene, which the EU characterizes as very persistent and very bioaccumulative.

The sixth chemical banned is 4,4′-diaminodiphenylmethane, used in some epoxy resins and adhesives and as an intermediate in the manufacture of other substances. The EU classifies this compound as a substance which should be regarded as carcinogenic to humans.

“Today’s decision is an example of the successful implementation of REACH and of how sustainability can be combined with competitiveness,” says Antonio Tajani, European Commission vice president for industry and entrepreneurship. “It will encourage industry to develop alternatives and foster innovation.”

“The substances included in the list, which have been on the table for many years, reflects ongoing discussions by regulatory authorities and industry,” the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) says. “CEFIC provides advice to industry to help understand the science-based process, which we monitor, should they decide to go forward to seek authorization for listed substances,”

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“The crisis in modern dentistry”

The crisis in “modern” dentistry is many fold. High cost of the toxic materials that are used to fill and some way “save” dead or decaying teeth is staggering. These inflated costs, greed and economic depression have driven many to go to Mexico or worse yet sent the poor to illegal immigrant dentists like 71 year old Ukrainian native Vladimir Mandzyuk who ran his illegal clinic in the basement of a Sugar Hill, Georgia home.
The Crisis in Dentistry
The Office of the Surgeon General estimates that some 108 million children and adults  mostly the poor or lower middle class in the US have no dental coverage. One key determining factor in who can secure dental coverage is the source of their overall healthcare plan. 8 out of 10 people with employer provided health insurance had some sort of dental coverage while only 3 out 10 people who self-purchased health plans included dental coverage. The businesses would come out ahead if they would bank funds for their employees.
Most of these dental plans are not work purchasing. They are good if your family has strong healthy teeth and don’t need anything besides a cleaning twice a year, but it is cheaper to have a special saving account and monthly put $30 in it rather than  pay for the dental insurance.  You can let your money work for you.
Not surprisingly, the burden of this lack of dental coverage is heaped onto the poor. The Surgeon General reports that tooth decay remains the single most chronic disease for children, poor children suffer from twice as many cavities as the children of the affluent and 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illnesses. A shocking 50 percent of poor children have not even been seen by a dentist before entering Kindergarten.
Next topic: There is the issue of natural quality care and the over pricing issue. In the past three years my eyes have been open to the shoddy overpriced care

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“Tooth decay, fluoride and dental abuse”

In the United States alone, consumers spend more than $50 billion each year on the treatment of cavities. It is common knowledge that sugar residues on teeth can help cause tooth decay. The “solution” A partial solution in the past  we were told was to drink fluoridated water and by all means use fluoride laced toothpaste. We trusted these “medical professionals” to treat us in the safest least toxic way and at a reasonable cost.

First, let us discuss fluoridation

Fluoride is actually a hazardous waste taken from the scrubbers in smoke stacks of industry and phosphate fertilizer companies. “Fluoride” is too toxic for ocean or river dumping, but mysteriously acceptable for placing in our water for drinking or bathing.

In order to cause dental fluorosis the fluoride must be ingested (swallowed) during that time period when the child’s tooth enamel is forming. The most critical years associated with the formation of dental fluorosis lie between birth and age 6 or 7. Because the fluorosis staining occurs while the teeth are developing, evidence of this stain cannot be visualized until the affected teeth have erupted, which is typically between the years 6 through 12. (See above image)

The vast majority of dental fluorosis that occurs in the United States is a mild form characterized by the appearance of chalky-white lines or opaque-white patches in a tooth’s enamel. More severe forms of fluorosis can occur however. In extreme forms the affected areas have a yellow or brown discoloration. In some cases severe forms of fluorosis will result in a pitted tooth surface.

For the past nine years, the Fluoride Action Network — along with the Environmental Working Group and Beyond Pesticides — have persisted in challenging EPA’s decision to allow DOW AgroSciences to fumigate hundreds of food commodities in the United States with sulfuryl fluoride.

On Monday, January 11, 2011, EPA announced that they have granted all our Objections to the use of sulfuryl fluoride on the grounds that children are being overexposed to fluoride. EPA therefore is withdrawing ALL previously allowed tolerances for sulfuryl fluoride on ALL foodstuffs.

This is the first time in EPA’s history that they have granted an Objection to a pesticide.

Opponents to fluoridation claim that putting a toxic chemical like fluoride in the water or on foods just to make a small difference can be affecting so many body systems adversely at the same time is not ethical and is not safe.

Even the American Dental Association issued a warning in November 2006, urging parents not to prepare infant formula with water containing fluoride. Are dentists announcing the major shift in position from the ADA regarding “fluoride”?

Every tube of toothpaste with fluoride carries a warning: “Keep away from children. If too much is swallowed accidentally, contact your physician or report to a Poison Control Center.”

Talk to your dentist.

Caution:  Toothpaste should always be spit out and never swallowed. In all cases fluoridated toothpaste should be kept out of the reach of children and only dispensed to them by an adult.

Tomorrow let’s discuss quality of dental care or the lack of it.  Please submit experience and comments.

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“Are your batteries safe”- health tip

Battery Safety for hand held devices and cars

WARNING: Leakage of battery fluid can cause an explosion and personal injury. If battery leakage occurs, thoroughly wash the affected skin and clothes.
Keep batteries away from children.Keep battery fluid away from your eyes and mouth.
Leaking batteries may make popping sounds that leakage if from a car or truck can cause an explosion and significant bodily harm. Check out these real life accounts.
The Lead Acid battery is made up of plates, lead, and lead oxide (various other elements are used to change density, hardness, porosity, etc.) with a 35% sulfuric acid and 65% water solution.

This solution is called electrolyte, which causes a chemical reaction that produce electrons. When you test a battery with a hydrometer, you are measuring the amount of sulfuric acid in the electrolyte. If your reading is low, that means the chemistry that makes electrons is lacking. So where did the sulfur go? It is resting on the battery plates and when you recharge the battery, the sulfur returns to the electrolyte.

To avoid battery leakage:
Do not mix used and new batteries (replace all batteries at the same time).
Do not mix different brands of batteries.
Nintendo recommends alkaline batteries. Do not use Lithium ion, nickel cadmium (nicad), or carbon zinc batteries.
Do not leave batteries in the remote or other devices for long periods of non-use.
Do not recharge alkaline or non-rechargeable batteries.
Do not put the batteries in backwards. Make sure that the positive (+) and negative (-) ends are facing in the correct directions. Insert the negative end first. When removing batteries, remove the positive end first.
Do not use damaged, deformed or leaking batteries.
Do not dispose of batteries in a fire.
Recycle batteries safely.

For more technical information on the types of batteries check out.

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“Acai berry scam promoted in main media”

The acai berry products hsve been promoted for quick weight loss. It has become the latest and greatest craze, but with the craze come the crazies – the scam artists who pray on peoples needs for their own monetary gains.

Be aware of the scam promotions in the newspapers and on the web. Their ads may often begin with some of the following lines:

Look out for other manufacturing processes

Avoid products with additional ingredients

Avoid products that only include the Acai berry fruit as a minor ingredient

Free trial offers

Avoid products with any listed side effects

Over the last several months, the LA Times website and other mainstream media outlets have been running ads featuring text with messages like, “1 Trick of a Tiny Belly: Cut down a bit of your belly every day using this 1 weird old tip.”

The ad lures web surfers into a deceptive “fake news page” designed to trick people into agreeing to misleading offers that may result in hundreds of dollars being charged to their credit cards.

The “tiny belly” ads (http://www.naturalnews.com/images/T…), take surfers to any one of multiple fake news sites that appear to be legitimate news sites but are actually deceptive marketing pages. One such fake news page dubbed “Health News” features apparent news video footage from “Fox35,” an AccuWeather report, an apparent testimonial and a collection of user comments which appear to be completely fabricated. The “Leave reply” section is “closed due to spam,” says the fabricated advertorial page.

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Always buy Acai from reliable sources 

Always buy pure Acai berry products
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Try to find out if the berries were freeze dried and how.

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