“What if a dietary supplement was proven to cause liver damage, liver failure and death? What if each year, this same supplement caused 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 56,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and more than 450 deaths from liver failure alone?” Jay S. Cohen, M.D.
Why then does my suffering continue? Why is my wound so incurable? Your help seems as uncertain as a seasonal brook. It is like a spring that has gone dry. (Jer. 15:18; NLT)
You know the answer to the above question. That dietary supplement would be yanked off the shelves faster than you could blink. The manufacturing company would be shut down by the FDA without adequate proof.
On the other hand, what if a highly profitable drug caused similar disease and death? Would we hear about it? What would the FDA do then? You’re smart. You know the answer. Probably nothing.
Acetaminophen, aka Tylenol, is one of the most dangerous over the counter medications, especially for the liver. When doing a search on the “Dangers of Acetaminophen”, I found many people willing to tell their stories of how they have been negatively affected by this common pain reliever.
Several years ago while visiting my parents, my father (who rarely complained) mentioned to me that he was experiencing profound dizziness and ringing in his ears with some additional hearing loss. I looked through his box of medications and discovered that he was accidentally taking about 2 times the suggested dosage of Tylenol! He had previously taken 250 mg tablets and didn’t realize that the new bottle contained 500 mg tablets! When I totaled up the number of milligrams he was taking per day, I knew the reason for his complaints!
Granted, all medications are to be taken as directed. However, I’m sure that many people often take more than the recommended amounts of pain relievers either by accident or by intention not knowing the possible deadly side effects.
A new study done by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle followed 65,000 cancer-free older women and men. Alice Wessendorf of HealthierTalk.com relates the findings. “They were interviewed about their use of painkillers in the last 10 years. After factoring in things like age and family history of blood cancers, they still found that chronic acetaminophen users had nearly twice the risk of developing a blood cancer.”
Even though the risk is small and we can’t say for certain that acetaminophen causes blood cancer, the study did reveal that taking it can double your risk of getting this deadly form of cancer.
May our readers proceed with caution the next time they reach for a pain reliever.
Father, thank You for Your healing power. We pray for healing today for all of our readers.
Link of the Day
The Little-Known Dangers of Acetaminophen
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“The greatest wealth is health.” Virgil
She is like a merchant’s ship; she brings her food from afar. (Prov. 31:14;NLT)
Have you ever heard someone say, “It costs too much to eat healthy” or “I can’t afford to eat all those fruits and vegetables? They cost too much.” Perhaps something similar has even come from your own lips.
Jerry and I were blessed with a visit from our dear friends who now live in Tennessee and have a large family. The mother and six of the eight children spent the week with us. They were a true blessing and there were many highlights to the visit.
However, one that I believe our readers will find of interest is the value they place on eating healthy, wholesome food. Some of you may already be thinking, “They must be rich to feed a large family healthy food.” Not so. The Dad works long hours as a civil service maintenance engineer and the Mother raises the children.
The children have grown up with a high value being placed on eating healthy food. They eat and enjoy salads, vegetables — both raw and cooked, and all kinds of fruit. The Mother shops tirelessly to locate grass-fed beef and free-range poultry at reasonable prices for her family. She buys food in bulk and takes great advantage of sales. She doesn’t buy junk food or empty calorie foods. She only buys whole, real food. And the children relish in it. Meal times are exciting and fun because the food tastes so good!
And they do have treats…healthy treats that the children make themselves. The oldest daughters made Jerry an amazing birthday dinner while they were here. They prepared a healthy version of chicken cordon bleu using free-range chicken breasts, turkey bacon, and goat cheese served with a fresh mushroom sauce. The main dish was accompanied by deliciously seasoned mashed cauliflower, baked sweet potatoes, and a fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil salad drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar! The grand finale was a gluten and grain-free chocolate birthday cake complete with a satiny white frosting.
Do they have the latest and greatest techy phones? No, but they do have cell phones. Do they have the newest and fanciest computers? No, but they do have computers. Actually the oldest daughter has a great MacBook that she bought on e-bay. So, I stand corrected on that point.
So, if you hear someone say, “I can’t afford to eat healthy,” perhaps you could suggest to them that if someone truly wants to consume healthy, wholesome food, there is a way. It’s a matter of values!
Father, thank You for our friends. Bless them with health and provision.
Link of the Day
11 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget
“Americans don’t use plates anymore. Our food comes from cases, bags, cans, tubes, and envelopes made of themselves.” Stephen Colbert
But I would feed you with the best of foods. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock. (Ps. 81:16; NLT)
There’s a new plate on the table that’s already causing quite a stir. The USDA has replaced the former food pyramid with a plate. Let’s reminisce a bit. From 1958 until 1992, the USDA’s food guide was a rectangle illustrating the four basic food groups of dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables and grains. (The basis for that is another story for another time.)
In 1992, the Food Guide Pyramid was released which brought more than its share of controversy. If you’ll recall it had a wide base of grains making it look like you were supposed to eat more of those foods than the other groups. (Many food manufacturers were extremely pleased with this concept.)
However, many nutritionists and health-savvy Americans realized the recipe for disaster this particular pyramid was creating. I recall a prominent naturopathic doctor that actually created the Upside Down Food Pyramid. His pyramid had vegetables and fruits on the bottom, dairy and meats next, low glycemic grains in third place, with fats and sweets at the tip. However, the USDA didn’t quite agree. But due to the controversy surrounding the grain-based pyramid, 2005 brought MyPyramid. Apparently this too was embraced by the food industry since it didn’t indicate hierarchies of food choices.
I, for one (and I’m sure I’m not alone) never did understand how to read it. So, here we are in 2011 with a growing epidemic of obesity, not only in adults, but literally skyrocketing in children. And now we have replaced the former, unreadable, misunderstood pyramid with a plate. A colorful plate to boot.
You’ll see the new plate is divided into four sections: fruits, vegetables, grains and protein. A small circle of dairy sits at the corner of the plate. The choosemyplate.gov site suggests:
— Enjoy your food, but eat less.
— Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
— Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
— Make at least half your grains whole grains.
— Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
Foods to Reduce
— Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals — and choose the foods with lower numbers.
— Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
No one can argue with eating more fruits and vegetables. That’s a good thing. Eating 25% of your diet from grains is not. I believe I’ll stick with my naturopathic friend’s recommendations of consuming mostly vegetables and fruits, some meats and dairy from healthy animals, an occasional non-gluten grain, and a healthy sweet as a special treat.
Father, thank You for the wisdom and knowledge that You provide to us in knowing how to eat and feed our families. Bless our readers this day.
Link of the Day
USDA Choose My Plate
Perhaps you’ve noticed that I’ve not been holding up my end of the “pair” of late as almost of the articles have been done by Sharon. As I mentioned earlier this year, I’ve been off learning a new skill and establishing a presence as a coach/consultant to small businesses.
I have formed a partnership with Lynne Lee, a Christian life coach located “across the pond” in the UK and together we’re helping small businesses be more findable on the Internet. This is a matter of life or death for many businesses as the promotion tools they’ve used in the past are becoming less and less viable, e.g., Yellow Pages.
I say all this to announce that we are doing a webinar next week where we are revealing the exact strategies we use to help our clients harness the power of Google Places to get found online so that they get more leads and more customers.
This is obviously of interest to those of you who have small, local businesses of one kind or another, or to those you know who own a small, local business. Please pass this information on to those you know who fall into that category.
The webinar will be on Thursday, June 16 at 4:00 EDT. You can attend live, but if the time doesn’t work for you, we will record it so you don’t miss a thing! Simply click below to…
We will show you, step-by-step, how to get your business listed in Google Places AND how to get it to rise to the top of the pack
See you there!
Lynne and Jerry
DATE: Thursday 16th June
TIME: 9pm UK; 4pm Eastern; 1pm PST
INVESTMENT: Just your time and attention!
If you can’t attend live, register anyway and we’ll send you a link to the recording.
“Microwave popcorn gives off a toxic, lung-damaging gas when cooked.” NaturalNews.com
And the LORD God formed a man’s body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And the man became a living person. (Gen. 2:7; NLT)
Well, I didn’t really mean that someone has popcorn in their lungs. But there is now a condition called Popcorn Lung. I recently learned about this from Natural News.com. Upon further research I learned that the scientific name is bronchiolitis obliterans. Bronchiolitis obliterans is a rare obstructive lung disease with the main cause believed to be from the repeated inhalation of diacetyl…which is used to create that buttery flavor in microwave popcorn!
Natural News says that “This chemical, called diacetyl, is so toxic that it commonly destroys the lungs of workers in microwave popcorn factories, afflicting them with the crippling and irreversible disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans. Bronchiolitis obliterans is so rare outside of this context that it has become more commonly known as “popcorn lung,” after the primary cause of the disease.”
However, a consumer (not a factory worker) who regularly ate two bags of microwave popcorn every day was diagnosed with popcorn lung. Apparently he loved the smell of buttered popcorn and would open the bag in front of his face and inhale the fumes. Over time the man developed difficulty breathing and an incessant cough. Eventually he was diagnosed with popcorn lung by a lung specialist dealing with the disease.
It’s probably not a surprise to most of our readers that I’m not a proponent of using microwave ovens for anything. Our kitchen has been sans microwave since the early 90’s. But I realize that many folks love their microwave popcorn. Due to pressure from consumers a number of companies have removed diacetyl from microwave popcorn. However, NaturalNews says it’s been replaced with chemicals that create the exact same effects!
So, for the popcorn lovers out there…why not use a hot air popper? Then melt some REAL butter in a pan on top of the old-fashioned kitchen range and drizzle over your popcorn. Sounds much safer to me.
Father, bless our readers with healthy lungs.
Link of the Day
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“Dieters love the seeds because it can be added to any food or drink in a ratio of 75% to the volume of food or drink and will not change the taste. Because the carbohydrates are released slowly you may get the feeling of being full.” NaturalNews.com
The land was filled with seed-bearing plants and trees, and their seeds produced plants and trees of like kind. And God saw that it was good. (Gen. 1:12; NLT)
Last year I wrote a DG about a former fuzzy pet called the Ch-ch-chia Pet. At that time I was just learning about chia seeds. Since then, I’ve been buying them regularly and primarily putting them in our smoothies.
However, I just viewed a presentation that offers a lot more interesting information about this powerful little seed. Dr. Sherrill Sellman does a great job of telling us how to use chia seeds and why we would even want to.
Chia seeds are also known as salba seeds. Upon further research I learned that even that fact is up for debate. Many say that chia and salba are one in the same. Others say they are distinctly different. What I have discovered is that Dr. Sellman talks about a tiny white seed. The chia seeds that I’ve used are a darkish grey color with a few light beige seeds interspersed throughout.
One author, Janin Santa says that “Chia seeds are the dark “vhia” seeds that aid in digestion, hydration and healing. They encourage proper elimination and bone growth. Salba seeds are the white “chia” seeds. These seeds contain the same nutritional value as chia seeds. Salba seeds seem to have more antioxidants than chia seeds.”
Dr. Sellman says that these seeds were a staple food for the Aztec nations for hundreds of years. She shares a very interesting story in the video of how the seeds almost went the way of extinction when the Spaniards destroyed the crop. Apparently a few seeds managed to live throughout the centuries and have resurfaced in a big way, especially in recent years.
Two tablespoons of these power packed seeds provides 3 grams of essential fatty acids, and almost 4 grams of fiber both soluble and insoluble which helps balance blood sugar levels and keeps a body regular.
Dr. Sellman grinds her salba in a coffee grinder and then mixes it in water and allows it to soak until it becomes gel-like. She also recommends putting the ground seeds (unsoaked) in yogurt or oatmeal. As I mentioned, I’ve only placed the seeds in the blender along with other smoothie ingredients. I have noticed that the smoothie becomes thick and if allowed to sit for any length of time, becomes almost gelatinous.
Watch her video to find out some other interesting tidbits about this amazing little seed.
Father, thank You for preserving this power-packed little seed. Continue to give us wisdom and knowledge on it’s many benefits for our bodies.
Link of the Day
How to Use Chia Seeds or Salba
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“Well, first of all, you need to realize that much of what you hear in the mainstream media has been influenced by heavy handed marketing tactics by big food companies.” Mike Geary
…they resorted to deception to save themselves. (Jos. 9:4a; NLT)
How many of you have wondered about using canola oil? You see it everywhere and read it in nearly all packaged food ingredient listings. The mainstream media along with many well-meaning companies purport canola oil to be a healthy, monounsaturated fat.
Years ago when I was allergic to nearly all common foods, canola oil was just coming on the scene. Since it wasn’t a common food, I began using it on salads and in baking and to my recollection I didn’t seem to have allergic reactions to the oil. I eventually learned however, that canola oil came from a plant called the Rapeseed Plant. The name caused me to pause. Over time I learned that originally the oil was used as industrial solvent oil in Canada. Thus the name canola oil.
I personally haven’t used canola oil in years. But I do see that it is used by food manufacturers (both natural and commercial) in a big way. If you’ve read any of my recipes, you’ll see that I NEVER use it or recommend its use in any of my recipes.
So, what’s so bad about this oil from the offensive sounding plant? Plenty! Unlike extra virgin olive oil which is good for us and is cold-pressed without the use of heat and solvents in the extraction process, canola oil is extracted and refined using high heat, pressure and petroleum solvents such as hexane.
Mike Geary says, “Most canola oil undergoes a process of caustic refining, degumming, bleaching, and deodorization, all using high heat and questionable chemicals. Even worse, all of this high heat, high pressure processing with solvents actually forces some of the omega-3 content of canola oil to be transformed into trans fats.”
This highly processed oil causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation is at the root of the majority of disease processes causing ill-health in our population today. By avoiding canola oil you’ll be promoting a healthier foundation for your overall health and well-being.
I recommend using olive oil for salads. I don’t cook with olive oil. I use coconut oil for cooking and sautéing and I also use organic butter in baking or on vegetables.
Father, thank You for giving wisdom and understanding to our readers. Help them to sort out truth from media hype.
Link of the day
The Canola Oil Marketing Deception
“Whether you have diabetes or simply want to reduce your risk, monitoring food portion sizes will make it easier to keep your blood glucose levels and your weight in check.” Kristen Stewart
He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his incredible folly. (Prov. 5:23; NLT)
For anyone managing diabetes, wanting to improve their overall health, or fighting the “battle of the bulge,” portion control can be a very good friend. In the era of “supersize,” the lines of healthy portion sizes have become greatly blurred. How much is too much anyway?
In the early 90’s, a bagel was 140 calories and about 3 inches. Today, that bagel has doubled to 6 inches and has two and half times the calories! Twenty years ago a blueberry muffin contained 210 calories and was about 1 and ½ ounces. Today, most muffins are 5 ounces and more than double the calories weighing in at 500 big ones! As food manufacturers continue to increase portion sizes, consumers have lost the ability to know and understand what constitutes a normal, healthy portion of food.
Dietlinde Wolter-Nitta, RD, CDE, a nutritionist and certified diabetes educator says that, “Portion control is important for blood glucose control and weight control. For someone with type 2 diabetes who is also overweight, simply losing some pounds can lead to an easier time controlling blood sugars and possibly less need for medication.”
Kristen Stewart says, “When eating out, you can estimate serving sizes by comparing them to familiar objects – for example, one cup is about the size of a tennis ball, and one serving of meat, which is about 3 ounces, should be the size of a deck of playing cards. A serving of cooked rice, pasta, or cereal should equal the size of a small computer mouse.”
So, even when we’re eating at home, we can use the same guidelines…a serving size of meat should be about the size of a deck of playing cards or the size of your palm. Monitoring refined carbohydrates such as pasta or rice is critical to overall health and weight loss. It is so easy to overeat those types of foods. However, one rarely sees people overeating on steamed broccoli or sautéed squash.
So, if you’d like to be a smaller size or just want to take your overall health to the next level, begin taking notice of that portion size. It really does matter.
Father, thank You that You have given us the ability to have self-control in all areas of our lives.
Link of the Day
Portion Size Plate
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“American society couldn’t do a worse job at the moment of keeping children fit and healthy — too much TV, too many food ads, not enough exercise, and not enough sleep.” Dr.Victor Strasburger
Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors. (Ps. 72:4; NLT)
Perhaps a few of our readers can remember when cigarette commercials spammed the TV networks? “Winstons taste good like a cigarette should.” “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.” Some thought they would never be banned. However it’s been over four decades since those sexy, smoky, solicitations spewed out all over our TV screens.
Now we have another war to fight. We all know that children’s obesity rates are skyrocketing. The statistics don’t even raise eyebrows or bring alarm any longer. But they are nonetheless hair-raising.
For years, experts have said that children who sit in front of the TV have higher rates of obesity due to being more sedentary. However, recent studies report that it’s not the TV viewing that contributes to the obesity…it’s the TV ads! During Saturday morning cartoons, children see an average of 1 food ad every 5 minutes…and it’s not an ad for eating salads or fruits and vegetables. The ads are pushing foods of poor nutritional quality…candies, snacks, cereals, juices…everything in a box or package and everything processed to the nth degree. Children between 2 and 7 see an average of 4,400 food ads per year! And you can bet those ads aren’t for fresh broccoli. The number of ads per year increases as the children get older.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that “Junk food and fast food ads increase a child’s desire to eat those types of foods. Studies also show that snacking while watching the tube increases. And if kids stay up late at night while watching the tube or playing video games, their lack of sleep can be a major factor in raising their risk for obesity.”
Another recent article featured a group of leading pediatricians who say that TV ads for fatty and sugary foods most definitely play a role in childhood obesity and should be taken off the air. The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media points the finger at the media for their huge contribution of childhood obesity. This group has actually called on physicians to ask Congress to ban advertisements for junk food and fast food during kids’ programming. Perhaps we’ll see advertisements for kids junk food fall the way of The Marboro Man…but I don’t hold out hope that it will be any time soon.
Father, bless our readers with wisdom and knowledge and the ability to know truth from myth.
Link of the Day
TV fast-food ads encourage childhood obesity
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“Chantix comes with a black box warning AND a mandatory Medication Guide. But in spite of those warnings, and in spite of declining use, Chantix was still ‘suspect in more possible cases of hostility-aggression, depression and psychosis than any other monitored drug.'” Jenny Thompson
Doing wrong is fun for a fool, while wise conduct is a pleasure to the wise. (Prov. 10:20; NLT)
On my occasional TV viewing, I’ve seen an ad for Chantix. This particular ad is done by a woman with a slight New England, perhaps Rhode Island accent. We have fond memories of the short time we lived in RI. So, somehow the ad touched something in my heart. A nice lady with a son who wanted her to quit smoking made me feel warm and fuzzy.
Since I was never a smoker, I don’t claim to understand the torment involved with cessation, so I pay little attention to the many methods people pursue in quitting. However, a recent article caught my attention. My “cute” little ad about Chantix has an entirely different side…a very dark side indeed.
Apparently suicides and murders have been committed by people taking this ugly drug. Chantix is a prescription drug used by people who want to quit smoking. Past quitting aids have used Nicotine Replacement Therapies which release a limited amount of nicotine into the body to ease cravings. Chantix, using no nicotine, instead focuses on reducing cravings and decreasing the pleasurable effects of cigarettes by dulling the sensors in the brain associated with pleasure.
According to Debra Bacon, e-how contributor, “The more common side effects of Chantix are nausea, headache, sleep difficulties and unusual dreams. Other, more dangerous side effects linked to Chantix include suicide and suicide ideation, depression, anxiety, nervousness and agitation. Physical impairment, dizziness, loss of consciousness, unusual behavior, mood swings and muscle spasms also have been reported.”
Dr. Mercola weighed in on this issue as well. “As of May 2008, the FDA received 6,363 reports of adverse reactions related to Chantix. Of the reports, 78 people died while using the drug and 28 of the deaths were by suicide. Of the remaining reports, 3,063 people were cited as sustaining ‘serious injuries’. The U.S. government has restricted pilots and air traffic controllers from using Chantix because of its reported dangerous side effects.”
The drug is still available for people to use to quit smoking…now complete with a black box warning saying, “If you, your family or caregiver notice agitation, hostility, depression, or changes in behavior, thinking, or mood that are not typical for you, or you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal sensations, hallucinations, paranoia, or confusion, stop taking Chantix and call your doctor right away.”
Makes one feel quite safe, doesn’t it?
Father, we pray for divine intervention for anyone who truly wants to stop smoking. I pray for great grace for them.
Link of the Day
Adverse Event Roulette
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