Saturday, January 17, 2009
Here is something that is worth knowing that is not so funny.
I forward a lot of stuff; as a triple stroke survivor--this isn't funny but I forward in the hope you'll never have even 'one' stroke. Marty
STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters....S.T.R.
It only takes a minute to read this...
A neurologist says that if he can get to a
stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally
reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He
said the trick was getting a stroke recognized,
diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically
cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Thank God for the sense to remember the '3'
steps, STR . Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to
identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness
spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer
secognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a
stroke by asking three simple questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE
(i.e. It is sunny out today.)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these
tasks, call emergency number immediately and
describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your
NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the
person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue
is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other,that
is also an indication of a stroke.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this
e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at
least one life will be saved.
I have done my part...will you?
Friday, January 9, 2009
According to the New York Times (January 8, 2008), "Virtually all the dominant strain of flu in the United States this season is resistant to the leading antiviral drug Tamiflu, and scientists and health officials are trying to figure out why." Such problems are inevitably from a questionable medical paradigm that seeks to attack microbes rather than work to strengthen the body's own immune and defense system!
Concerned about the FLU?
So are we...and our first shipment of the new version of Influenzinum has arrived!
A lot of our customers have told us that they have had great experiences using homeopathic doses of the most recent flu viruses (Influenzinum 9C) to defend against getting the flu. This medicine is homeopathic doses of 3 of the newest versions of the flu virus (according to the Pasteur Institute in Paris). The most popular protocol is to take 1 dose of this remedy every week for 4 weeks and then to take the fifth dose 30 days after the fourth dose is taken.
Effective Flu Treatment!
Make certain to have some OSCILLOCOCCINUM in your home. "Oscillo" is a homeopathic dose (200C) made from the heart and liver of a duck, and because ducks are known to be carriers of various flu viruses, it is not surprising that 3 large double-blind studies have confirmed its efficacy in the treatment of the flu. We provide a special discount for their 3-pack set as well as their 6-pack set of medicines. There IS good reason that this medicine is so popular throughout Europe and now the U.S.!
The main ingredient in Oscillococcinum is Anas Barariae 200C It is the #3 remedy in the Hollywood Survival Kit and it works a charm.
Complete New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/09/health/09flu.html?ref=us
Thursday, January 8, 2009
This New York times article is illuminating for it shows that Americans are beginning to show their growing distrust of both drugs and doctors. I am always hopeful that many are turning to Homeopathy for help as it is so effective and has not side effects.
Behind the Health Spending Data
Spending on health care in the United States grew in 2007 at the lowest rate in nine years, according to government analysts — a sliver of good news for those worried about the relentless rise in health care costs. But buried within the overall statistics was sobering evidence that health costs continue to be a pressing concern that can only be remedied through deep-seated reform in the delivery of health services.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported this week that total health care spending rose 6.1 percent in 2007, slightly less than the growth of 6.7 percent in 2006. Even so, it continued to expand faster than the overall economy, reaching a total of $2.2 trillion in 2007, or 16.2 percent of the gross domestic product, a record.
The chief reason for the overall slowdown was much slower growth in spending on prescription drugs. Retail spending on prescription drugs rose only 4.9 percent in 2007. That was the lowest rate in more than four decades, well below the 8.6 percent growth the previous year and the average of 9.4 percent a year from 2001 to 2006.
Government analysts attributed the deceleration to increased use of generic drugs as many brand-name blockbusters lost patent protection, as well as to slower growth in prescription drug prices and safety concerns that depressed sales of some drugs. The big uncertainty is whether the slowdown will continue or is a temporary phenomenon.
In contrast to prescription drugs, spending for most other health care services, including payments to hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and home health services, grew at about the same rate or faster in 2007 as in 2006. Only the growth rate in spending for physician services declined, partly because Congress reduced Medicare payments to doctors for imaging services that many experts believe are widely overused.Given that prescription drugs make up a relatively small slice of total spending on health care — some 10 percent — it will be imperative to reduce the growth rates in spending on hospital care, nursing care and other medical services if health care is to become more affordable.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
FDA Tells Pregnant Women it's OK to Consume Mercury!
The U.S. FDA is urging the government to amend its advisory that women and children should limit how much fish they eat. They argue that the benefits of seafood outweigh the health risks and that most people should eat more fish, even if it contains mercury.
However, the FDA's recommendations have alarmed scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, who in internal memos criticized them as "scientifically flawed and inadequate" and said they fell short of the "scientific rigor routinely demonstrated by the EPA."
The FDA sent its draft report as part of an effort to update the existing health advisory. The report argued that nutrients in fish, including omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and other minerals could boost a child's IQ by three points.
The FDA and the EPA both play a role in protecting the public from mercury contamination. The EPA investigates and regulates mercury and other contaminants in recreationally caught fish, while the FDA regulates mercury in seafood sold in markets and restaurants.
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The FDA is hard at work again, protecting the health and welfare of big businesses that provide its funding.
Four years ago, the EPA and FDA issued a joint advisory warning women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children to stop eating swordfish, shark, tilefish and king mackerel, and to limit their consumption of other mercury-contaminated fish to a maximum of 12 ounces per week.
Now the FDA is trying to backpedal against a raging river, stating the benefits of eating more than 12 ounces a week of fatty fish like tuna outweigh the health hazards of mercury.
Folks, don’t believe this nonsense for even one second.
There are plenty of studies showing that mercury contamination from fish consumption constitutes a health hazard for mothers and their babies, such as the 2007 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, showing fish consumption is positively associated with premature delivery.
There are also plenty of real-life examples of people who suffered serious health problems from eating too much fish. Actor Jeremy Piven springs to mind, as he abruptly ended his Broadway run last week due to mercury poisoning from his frequent sushi habit.
But how much is too much?
GotMercury.org can help you answer that question with their handy mercury calculator.
For example, if a woman weighing 145 pounds ate 12 ounces (about 2 fillets) of yellowfin tuna per week, her weekly mercury intake would be 240 percent over the current EPA “safe” limit!
Multiply that over the course of a year, and you surely will not be looking at a health benefit from omega-3, but rather a health disaster from mercury poisoning.
In response to the FDA’s plan to rescind the mercury in fish advisories for women and children, the Mercury Policy Project released an expanded case study, documenting 23 people who got sick from eating too much mercury-laden fish.
Dr. Jane Hightower, M.D. of San Francisco has even chronicled the seafood industry's interference in public health policy in her book Diagnosis: Mercury: Money, Politics and Poison.
There is no doubt in my mind that the benefits you get from eating fish and seafood – especially while pregnant – do NOT outweigh the risk of mercury toxicity to yourself or your developing child. Mercury is a real toxin and brain poison that can and will cause serious damage to your central nervous system.
Sorting Through the Benefits and Risks of Fish
First of all, animal-based omega-3 fats are absolutely vital for the complete development of your baby’s brain during pregnancy and the first two years of life. Of that there’s no doubt, and the FDA are correct in their assertion on that point.
Being deficient in omega-3 has also been shown to increase your risk of premature delivery. BUT, as the study in Environmental Health Perspectives shows, so does being exposed to mercury from fish consumption…
There is really no reason to argue for higher fish consumption, or urge people to choose between two evils. Why?
Because there are SAFE ALTERNATIVES to fish!
Why expose yourself to toxic heavy metals when you can get the goodness of omega-3 from safe, clean sources, other than fish and seafood?
I’m talking about krill oil and fish oil, of course.
It is obvious that the experts responsible for generating this recommendation have a similar appreciation of the amazing benefits that omega-3 fats have for your health. Unfortunately, I believe these experts are in denial and do not have a full appreciation of the serious dangers of heavy metal and chemical contamination, which has migrated into most commercially available seafood.
Additionally, newer research suggests that optimizing your vitamin D levels into therapeutic ranges will upregulate intracellular glutathione production and help detoxify mercury. So make sure you get your vitamin D blood levels checked!
Why You Should NOT Eat Fish
The problem with high fish consumption is that most of your commercially available fish are highly contaminated with mercury, which can cause as much brain damage as omega-3 can bring health benefits.
An alarming 40 tons of mercury are released into the United States alone every year due to burning coal to generate electricity. Mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants moves through the air, is deposited in water, and finds its way into fish, accumulating especially in fish that are higher up the food chain.
Fish like tuna, sea bass, marlin, and halibut show some of the worst contamination, but dozens of species and thousands of water bodies have been seriously polluted.
As a result, if you eat a lot of fish during pregnancy, or even as little as a single serving of a highly contaminated fish, you can expose your developing child to excessive levels of mercury. The toxic metal can cross through your placenta to harm your child’s rapidly developing nervous system, including your baby’s brain.
Some fish are more problematic than others. These are some of the ones you should definitely avoid if you are pregnant or nursing:
For a more comprehensive report on fish recommendations and dangers, please review my previous report on this topic.
In a perfect world, fish would be a near-perfect food -- high in protein and full of essential nutrients and fats. But our world is not perfect, and, sadly, neither is our fish supply. Therefore, I do not recommend eating any fish -- unless you have lab results in your hand that can attest to its purity.
Safe Alternatives to Fish
I believe supplementing with fish oil and krill oil is a safe and effective way to get all the health benefits of omega-3, without any of the risks of mercury.
Eating smaller fish, like sardines, is also an option, as they are far less likely to be contaminated.
If you insist on eating typical, store-bought fish, however, and want to know more about the extent of your mercury exposure, I urge you, for the sake of your health and that of your family, to check out the online mercury calculator at GotMercury.org.