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shampoo

July 22nd, 2010

Seems a bit of a joke to go on about regulating what is in our cosmetics when the FDA is supposed to be regulating toxic tobacco which kills over 500,000 Americans each year!  Thought I would forward this anyway…

XO,

Diana

Have you ever taken the time to read your shampoo label? Just what are all those chemicals in there? And how about your lipstick? Or your aftershave?

Did you know that a majority of the chemicals found in our personal products are linked to asthma, breast cancer and learning disabilities?

Watch the video and take action now!

I wanted to share a new video with you, called The Story of Cosmetics, a seven-minute film exposing the ugly truth about personal care products.  It was produced by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (of which Friends of the Earth is a founding member), Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff Project and Free Range Studios.

The average woman uses 12 personal care products daily and the average man uses 6.  Sunscreens, baby shampoo, lipsticks, and deodorants line our bathroom walls.  Yet, less than 20 percent of the chemicals in our cosmetics have been tested for safety by the industry’s safety panel, meaning that we don’t know what our products do to us when we use them.

Finally there is something we can do about it.  Help ensure groundbreaking safe cosmetics legislation — the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 — by contacting your elected officials now!

For the first time in 70 years, we have a real chance to pass a bill that would eliminate chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems from the products women, men and children put on their bodies every day. This bill also includes important provisions for the use of manufactured nanomaterials in cosmetics and personal care products.1

We need all hands on deck: Click here to watch the video and urge your elected officials to co-sponsor common-sense safe cosmetics legislation that ensures everyone has access to safe products!

Taking care of our bodies shouldn’t put our health at risk. I hope you watch and share The Story of Cosmetics with your family and friends. And thanks in advance for asking Congress to get behind safe cosmetics legislation. Together, we’re going to make sure that the personal products we use daily will not harm our health or the environment.

Sincerely,

Ian Illuminato, Friends of the Earth

1. http://www.foe.org/healthy-people/nanosunscreens

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avoiding GMO

July 17th, 2010

Resource of the Week
4 Simple Ways to Avoid GMOs
1. Buy organic – organic producers are not allowed to use GMOs
2. Look for “Non-GMO” labels
3. Avoid risky ingredients: corn, soy, vegetable oil (canola, cottonseed, and soybean), sugarbeet sugar
4. Buy products listed in the Non-GMO Shopping Guide

Those little oval shaped stickers on produce can tell you what your food really is:
5 digits with the first digit starting with a # 9 – is Organic produce!
5 digits with the first digit starting with a # 4 – is Conventionally grown produce
4 digits with the first digit starting with a # 3 – is GMO! – this is NOT produce, it is Franken Food!  (do not buy this one, even if it is on sale! Lots of times these types will be a much lower price but do not buy it!!)

***Also know that if a product has any corn or soy byproducts chances are that IT HAS GMO INGREDIENTS IN IT because, unfortunately most of the corn and soy produced in our country is from GMO – be sure if the product has any corn or soy ingredients that it is organic!

  • We no longer have the luxury of saying that we can’t afford organic, no matter what income bracket you are in! – give up your monthly cable bill, your cigarettes, your stock up on bad foods and piles of movie dvd’s, there is ALWAYS a way if you are serious enough! – Our government is obviously “politically bought out” by these corporate mafias but WE as consumers have the power to NOT support this madness. If we don’t give them our money they can’t exist! But we need to learn to get our own priorities straight and stop making “I can’t afford it” excuses!
  • Also support local business and farmers markets… NOT Costcos!!!

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July 10th, 2010

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Memory tips

July 6th, 2010

9 Steps to Reverse Dementia and Memory Loss as You Age

Most doctors agree that memory loss is NOT a normal part of aging. The sad part was that they don’t have much to offer people in the way of prevention. Their only solution is just a very bad and pretty ineffective selection of drugs with lots of side effects.

But there is another way to think about brain aging. The brain responds to all the same insults as the rest of the body –stress, poor diet, toxins, lack of exercise or sleep, nutritional deficiencies, and more. All we have to do is give the brain a tune-up and we can see miracles.

Dementia on the Rise

Dementia is a big problem and growing every day. Ten percent of 65-year olds, 25 percent of 75-year olds, and 50 percent of 85-year olds will get Alzheimer’s disease — at a cost of $60 billion a year to society. Worse, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is predicted to triple in the next few decades. It is now the seventh leading cause of death.(i)

I believe this preventable, that we can slow this trend and even reverse it. I want to explain why just naming a disease — whether it is dementia or anything else — is becoming increasingly unhelpful (unless you just want to match the drug to the disease which is the only thing doctors are trained to do). Naming a disease does nothing to help us identify and treat the underlying causes of the disease. We must address these causes if we have any hope of helping individuals heal.

I’d like to illustrate this through the story of one of my patients who had a diagnosis of dementia

To put this in perspective, mental decline happens progressively, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, but NEVER gets better — according to our traditional medical thinking.

But just like we once thought that heart disease and artery-clogging plaques couldn’t be reversed (and now have proof that this does happen), I believe dementia can be reversed (if caught early enough) by attending to all the factors that affect brain function – diet, exercise, stress, nutritional deficiencies, toxins, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, and more.

It is really quite simple.  You get rid of the bad stuff, put in the good stuff, and the body heals. It’s common sense, but we are so far from that in the way we treat chronic illness with conventional medicine.

9 Steps to Reversing Dementia

Start by looking hard for correctable causes of memory loss. They include:

• Pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome

• Low thyroid function

• Depression

• Deficiencies in B vitamins, especially vitamin B12

• Omega-3 fat deficiencies

• Mercury or other heavy metal toxicity

• Vitamin D deficiency

• High cholesterol

• Unique genes that predispose you to nutritional or detoxification problems

Doctors who practice Functional Medicine can help you find these problems.

Once you identify the underlying causes of the imbalance, here are a few things that can help your mind get a tune-up:

1. Balance your blood sugar with a whole foods, low glycemic diet

2. Exercise daily — even a 30-minute walk can help

3. Deeply relax daily with yoga, meditation, biofeedback, or just deep breathing

4. Take a multivitamin and mineral supplement

5. Take an omega-3 fat supplement

6. Take extra vitamin B6, B12, and folate

7. Take vitamin D

8. Treat thyroid or low sex hormones

9. Get rid of mercury through a medical detoxification program

This is just a start, but it can go a long way to giving your brain the chance to heal and recover if you have memory problems. Even if you aren’t suffering from cognitive decline, you should take these steps because they can help you prevent the aging of your brain.

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, M.D.

References

(i) http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm

(ii) Tsai, M.S., Tangalos, E.G., Petersen, R.C., et al. (1994). Apolipoprotein : Risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. American Journal of Human Genetics. 54 (4):643-649.

(iii) Godfrey, M.E., Wojcik, D.P., and C.A. Krone. (2003). Apolipoprotein E genotyping as a potential biomarker for mercury neurotoxicity. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 5 (3):189-195.

(iv) Stroombergen, M.C., and R.H. Warring. (1999). Determination of glutathione S-transferase me and theta polymorphisms in neurological disease. Human and Experimental Toxicology. 18 (3):141-145.

(v) Bernardini, S., Bellincampi, L., Ballerini, S., et al. (2005). Glutathione S-transferase P1 *C allelic variant increases susceptibility for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease: Association study and relationship with Apolipoprotein E4 allele. Clinical Chemistry. 51(6):944-951.

(vi) Spalletta, G., Bernardini, S., Bellincampi, L., et al. (2007). Glutathione S-transferase P1 and T1 gene polymorphisms predict longitudinal course and age at onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 15 (10):879-887.

(vii) Gundacker, C., Komarnicki, G., Jagiello, P., et al. (2007). Glutathione s-transferase polymorphism, metallothionein expression, and mercury levels among students in Austria. Science of the Total Environment. 385 (1-3):37-47.

(viii) Dorszewska, J., Florczak, J., Rozycka, A., et al. (2007). Oxidative DNA damage and level of thiols as related to polymorphisms of MTHFR, MTR, MTHFD1 in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentals. 67 (2):119-129.

(ix) Rodriguez, E., Mateo, I., Infante, J., et al. (2005). Cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) polymorphism modifies the Alzheimer’s disease risk associated with APOE 4 allele. Journal of Neurology. 253 (2):181-185.

(x) Mutter, J., Naumann, J., Schneider, R., et al. (2007). Mercury and Alzheimer’s disease. Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie 75 (9):528-538.

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