“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.

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“The Zen of soap”

Soap RX with the Master Soap Maker

Dragnash?  Pomegranate?  Crunchy Scratchy Lavender?  Red Wine & Flax?  Pumpkin Pie?  Beer?  Sandalwood?

This is not a grocery list, but an inventory of the various chunks and pieces of soap that confront me when I step into my morning shower.  I am a Soap Maker.  So on any given day I may have nine to twelve different soaps in my shower to choose from.  It’s not just the odd sizes of these little soaps that make them unique (I use the remnant and irregular pieces), but the fact that each one has it’s own special character and purpose.

The art of choosing the perfect soap to begin your day

With such a wide selection of soaps, how do I decide?  What makes me choose a particular soap each morning?  I have to admit that there are days, I just stare at them-none of them particularly inviting.  That’s when I know it’s time to create a new soap. Soap scents range from beer to Dragnash, Pomegranate, Crunchy Scratchy Lavender to Red Wine & Flax, Pumpkin Pie, Beer, and Sandalwood blends to name a few.

Some days my process is purely logical. I have made a new soap and needed to test it thoroughly before I offer it for sale.  In which case, I will use the soap every day for a few weeks to make sure it meets Zen of Soap expectations.

Today, my choice was strictly emotional.  The alarm woke me up after a restless night, I was still tired, my sinuses were blocked and I was CRANKY.  I instinctually reached for Crunchy Scratchy Lavender.  The Chamomile, Lavender and Oatmeal worked to sooth my skin and senses.  A hint Eucalyptus Essential Oil managed to help clear my nose.  Ahh, my morning has immediately improved-now I can start my day.

Have a Happy Day !

Joyce Speer, Zen of Soap Artist from  Dragnass Soap will be glad to answer your questions and teach you how to make Zen soaps.

Contact Joyce or sent your questions to Zen of Soap

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“Bubbles under breast skin cancer risk”

The old saying “Beauty is only skin deep”, but cancer can go deeper

applies to breast implant cancer risk too.

U.S. government health officials are investigating a possible link between breast implants and a very rare form of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) after reviewing a handful of cases reported over the last 13 years.

ALC attacks the lymph nodes and skin, and has been reported in the scar tissue that grows around implants. So far, the data suggest women with silicone or saline-gel breast implants “may have a very small but significant risk of ALCL in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant,” the agency said.

The body considers the implant as a foreign substance and sends immune boosting cells to the area around the scar tissue to get rid of it. If it cannot the cell mutation occurs and this can lead to cancer.

The cancer, anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, involves the immune system. It is not breast cancer. It is usually a systemic disease, but in the cases linked to implants, the lymphoma grew in the breast, usually in the capsule of scar tissue that formed around the implant. The cases were discovered because women developed symptoms long after they had healed from the implant surgery lumps, pain, asymmetry of the breasts, fluid buildup and swelling.

Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma begins after scar tissue is formed around the implant:
lumps, pain, asymmetry of the breasts, fluid buildup and swelling.

In some cases simply removing the implant and scar tissue gets rid of the disease, but some women might need chemotherapy and radiation, said Dr. William Maisel, the chief scientist and deputy director for science in the drug agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He said there was some evidence, though not conclusive, that the form of this lymphoma found in implant patients was less aggressive than the usual type.

“We need more data and are asking that health-care professionals tell us about any confirmed cases they identify,” said Dr. William Maisel, chief scientist in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s device unit.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to report all cases of the cancer so the agency can better understand the association. The agency is aware of just 60 cases of the disease worldwide among the estimated five million to 10 million women with implants.
This type of lymphoma in the breast is normally found in only 3 in 100 million women who do not have implants.

The devices are marketed in the U.S. by Allergan Inc. and Mentor Corp.
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“Health risks Benadryl + diphenhydramine”

Drugs commonly taken for a variety of common medical conditions negatively affect your brain, causing long term cognitive impairment. They include such common over-the-counter brands as Benadryl (or Dimedrol in other countries), Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM, Midol PM and Advil PM though some Unisom products contain doxylamine instead.
Other anticholinergic drugs, such as Paxil, Detrol, Demerol and Elavil are available only by prescription.
One of the oldest antihistamines on the market Benadryl is more effective than even some of the latest prescription drugs. It is frequently used to stop or reduce the uncomfortable itchy and inflammation associated with an allergic reaction. It is fast and often effective at reversing the sometimes dangerous effects of a massive histamine release.
On the other side of this drug’s picture are adverse side effects often worse and more life threatening in children and the elderly or those chronically ill.
Diphenhydramine works by blocking the effect of histamine at H1 receptor sites. This results in effects such as the increase of vascular smooth muscle contraction, thus reducing the redness, hyperthermia and edema that occurs during an inflammatory reaction. In addition, by blocking the H1 receptor on peripheral nociceptors, diphenhydramine decreases their sensitization and consequently reduces itching that is associated with an allergic reaction.
Benadryl is the oldest antihistamine, diphenhydramine, is a potent anticholinergic agent.
The possible effects of Diphenhydramine include:

Ataxia; loss of coordination
Decreased mucus production in the nose and throat; consequent dry, sore throat
Xerostomia or dry-mouth with possible acceleration of dental caries
Cessation of perspiration; consequent decreased epidermal thermal dissipation leading to warm, blotchy, or red skin
Increased body temperature
Pupil dilation (mydriasis); consequent sensitivity to bright light (photophobia)
Loss of accommodation (loss of focusing ability, blurred vision — cycloplegia)
Double-vision (diplopia)
Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
Tendency to be easily startled
Urinary retention
Diminished bowel movement, sometimes ileus – (decreases motility via the vagus nerve)
Increased intraocular pressure; dangerous for people with narrow-angle glaucoma
Shaking
Possible effects in the central nervous system resemble those associated with delirium, and may include:
Confusion
Disorientation
Agitation
Euphoria or dysphoria
Respiratory depression
Memory problems
Inability to concentrate
Wandering thoughts; inability to sustain a train of thought
Incoherent speech
Wakeful myoclonic jerking
Unusual sensitivity to sudden sounds
Illogical thinking
Photophobia
Visual disturbances
Periodic flashes of light
Periodic changes in visual field
Visual snow
Restricted or “tunnel vision”
Visual, auditory, or other sensory hallucinations
Warping or waving of surfaces and edges
Textured surfaces
“Dancing” lines; “spiders”, insects; form constants
Lifelike objects indistinguishable from reality
Hallucinated presence of people not actually there
Rarely: seizures, coma, and death

Since 2002, the US FDA requires special labeling warning against using multiple products that contain diphenhydramine. Diphenhydramine has been shown to build tolerance against its sedation effectiveness very quickly, with placebo-like results after a third day of common dosage.

Caution:

Severe reactions (children) to diphenhydramine are documented, particularly amongst children, and it may cause excitation instead of sedation.
Severe reactions (elderly) are also common in the elderly.Because of potential for more severe side effects, diphenhydramine is on the “Beers list” to avoid in the elderly. (See NCQA’s HEDIS Measure: Use of High Risk Medications in the Elderly,

Caution: Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel contains additional ingredients including camphor. It is dangerous when swallowed.

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“Where did my anger come from?”

Conventional thinking is that it is good and healthy to express anger. While withholding anger is certainly not in anyone’s best interest, using anger to get others to change their behavior carries with it many negative consequences.

I asked myself, “Where is my anger coming from? ” Then i began to review when I got angry and observed :

My anger seemed to be deeply ingrained in my system and it
Was I born with this anger? – my intuition said no.
Was it a learned response and if so to what? Yes, I learned to use anger to get my way and to protect my sensitive nature from my inner feelings of fear, pain, helplessness
How did I feel about myself when I acted out in anger? When I asked that question I learned that I felt at that moment I was not good enough, lovable or adequate.

So actually, in truth my anger is an expression of my weakness and confusion, not my strength. Being afraid to show my vulnerable feelings is a reflection of my fear that I might be judged by others, and more importantly by myself as weak, unmanly, bad, wrong, stupid, or that I can’t handle my softer feelings and I will be rejected, or that I will be manipulated into doing things that I really don’t want to do.

I have come to understand that when my anger is manipulative it does not contain compassion and a desire to learn and therefore, is not coming from my heart and I am not in oneness.

This is the first in a series of articles and discussions with Dr. Jordan Paul, PhD.
Excerpts from Dr. Paul’s article ANGER or REAL STRENGTH

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“Trauma or peace -a New Year’s wish”

Collectively, in the years ‘ past we humans have tried their best to collectively destroying Mother Nature and ourselves.

Let us begin this New Year 2011 with peace in our hearts. Armed with tools of improvement of our own health and wellness and with tested methods and techniques to de-stress ourselves and clarify our purpose of wholistically and sustainably healing the planet.

In our past we have ripped, dug, torn, bombed,slashed and burned other people, poisoned, abused  and corrupted our children and the earth, air and waters of the world.
This has caused a vibration of PTSD or post traumatic shock and stress to be our way of life.
Let us begin today to building positive support from each person and our earth by do just a little bit each day to help improve our food, relationships and well-being and our beloved earth.
May peace, respect, health and good will be generously bestowed on your  and yours in 2011.

Mary Wolken, PhD. and the Staff of Complementary Medicine Association

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