The only company in the U.S. that produces a BPA free version of thermal paper, which is the widely used paper for receipts, has just announced a new method of letting consumers know that they are not being exposed to BPA. We recently updated you on a new study that had discovered that the BPA found on most types of receipt paper was entering the body through the skin. You can see that post here: BPA Toxin Coats Cash Register Receipts The largest producer of thermal paper, Appleton, is also the only producer of BPA free thermal paper. They have come up with a clever way for consumers to know that their receipts are indeed Appleton’s BPA free paper. They now add small flakes of red rayon fibers to the back of their BPA free thermal paper. With continual research revealing the dangers of exposure to BPA, news that small steps are being taken to give consumers the ability to chose to avoid BPA is more than welcome.
New research shows that urban farms in Detroit, Michigan have the capacity to produce the majority of the required produce for their region.
The study is found in the journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. The research was done by C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU. “What’s clear from our production analysis is that even with a limited growing season, significant quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables eaten by Detroiters could be grown locally,” said Kathryn Colasanti, the graduate student who led the study at MSU. “And investments in produce storage facilities and hoop houses would increase this capacity substantially.” The study found that 75% of vegetables and 40% of fruits can be produced by urban farms. By using arial maps the researchers were able to identify around 4,848 acres of urban land that can be used for farming. “Our totals are conservative,” explained Mike Hamm, who leads the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems. “But it may be closer to representing the quantity of land more readily available for urban farms and gardens because these parcels are publicly owned and clear of any buildings.”
There have been many tests done over the years that have shown chocolate to be beneficial for cardiovascular health. Only now has research been done that shows exactly what it is about chocolate that leads to health benefits.
Researchers from Linköping University in Sweden worked with a group of volunteers to make this latest discovery. “We have previously shown that green tea inhibits the enzyme ACE, which is involved in the body’s fluid balance and blood pressure regulation. Now we wanted to study the effect of cocoa, since the active substances catechins and procyanidines are related,” explained Ingrid Persson. Researchers tested blood samples from the volunteers before and then three hours after the test subjects had eaten 75 grams of dark chocolate that contained 72% cocoa. The results were comparable to high blood pressure drugs that are designed to inhibit ACE. “Our findings indicate that changes in lifestyle with the help of foods that contain large concentrations of catechins and procyaninides prevent cardiovascular diseases,” concluded Persson. At HEALTHandMED.com we carry a fabulous product that is recommended for improving cardiovascular health. You can see it here: VasCor Complex
Our bodies accumulate different types of toxins every day through eating, drinking and breathing, as well as exposure to medications, chemicals, toxic environments, etc. These toxins cause cells within the body to die faster, which leads to pre-mature aging and diseases. Our bodies have organs and systems to detoxify them. Still, over the years the accumulation of toxins, improper diet, and sedentary lifestyles causes the excretory organs of our bodies to function suboptimally. This leaves us with lethargic and weak immune systems, as well as a susceptibility to diseases that can often lead to early and painful death.
Symptoms such as hormone imbalances, fu-like aches and pains, poor nutrient absorption, constipation, poor digestion, fatulence, fatigue, weight gain, excessive mucus, poor concentration, headaches, edema, memory disorders, depression, infammation of joints and muscles, skin problems, bad breath and strong body odor are all associated with toxic build-up in our bodies. Diseases such as Chronic Fatigue, Allergies, Fibromyalgia, Thyroid Diseases, and Cancer, to name only a few, have been directly linked to environmental toxins in the body. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are more than 20,000 chemicals that our bodies cannot metabolize. The toxic substances that can’t be removed from our bodies are stored in our fat cells and organs, causing an epidemic of modern diseases and obese patients around the world. The Columbia University School of Public Health reports that 95% of cancer is caused by diet and environmental toxicity. According to the EPA, our bodies accumulate 210 micrograms of just plasticizers (toxic phthalates) every day! Our modern world mandates the need to make healthy choices. The IonizeMe Ionic Detoxifcation system helps to eliminate toxins and give the body a boost. It is a positive step to sustaining good health.
Most people agree that yoga makes them feel better, and a new study has just been published that explains why.
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine discovered that practicing yoga increases the level of GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, a chemical in the brain that regulates nerve activity. While running and other sports have a similar affect, yoga induces this beneficial reaction on a larger scale. Those who regularly practice yoga know of the reduction in anxiety and improved mood that comes as a result, but now they can make the connection at the biochemical level of understanding. “This is important work that establishes some objective bases for the effects that highly trained practitioners of yoga therapy throughout the world see on a daily basis. What is important now is that these findings are further investigated in long-term studies to establish just how sustainable such changes can be in the search for safe non-drug treatments for depression,” says Kim A. Jobst, MA, DM, MRCP, MFHom, DipAc, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
A recent study has shown that the chemicals widely used in producing the paper food wrappers used in fast food establishments is making its way into the general population’s blood stream.
The research was done at the University of Toronto with the specific intent to identify whether or not the chemicals called perfluoroalkyls are ending up in humans. These chemicals (abreviated as PAPs) are synthetic chemicals designed to repel oil, grease, and water, which makes them very hand for food packaging. “PAPs are applied as greaseproofing agents to paper food contact packaging such as fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags,”said Jessica D’eon of the University of Toronto. Environmental chemists Scott Mabury and Jessica D’eon of the University of Toronto led this study, as well as a preliminary study in 2007. They concluded that perfluoroalkyls, or perfluorinated chemicals are migrating from wrappers into the population’s blood streams. “We suspected that a major source of human PFCA exposure may be the consumption and metabolism of polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters, or PAPs,” explained D’eon. “In this study we clearly demonstrate that the current use of PAPs in food contact applications does result in human exposure to PFCAs, including PFOA,” said Mabury, the lead researcher. According to the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances, elevated levels of these chemicals in the blood have been associated with changes in cholesterol and sex hormones.
A newly discovered component that naturally exists in soy has just been found to prevent the spread of cancer cells. New research from Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University shows the positive results of an ongoing study regarding the natural soy chemical called Genistein’s ability to stop and prevent the spread of prostate cancer.
The natural chemical triggers an increase in activity from cancer suppressing genes and a decrease in activity by cancer promoting genes. In the past most prostate cancer drugs in the past failed to yield positive results. “The first step is to see if the drug has the effect that you want on the cells and the prostate, and the answer is ‘yes, it does,’” explained Bergan, a professor of hematology and oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “All therapies designed to stop cancer cell movement that have been tested to date in humans have basically failed have because they have been ineffective or toxic,” Bergan continued.
New research has just come to the surface linking air pollution to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The study was published in the online version of the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study was led by Zorana Andersen, Ph.D., post doctoral fellow at the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology of the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen.
“We found significant positive associations between levels of all air pollution proxies and COPD incidence,” said Dr. Andersen. “When we adjusted for smoking status and other confounding factors, the association remained significant, indicating that long-term pollution exposure likely is a true risk factor for developing COPD.” For those of you who are wondering whether or not you live in a city with high or low air pollution, below is a handy list of the top five best and worst cities for air pollution. There are three categories that air pollution is rated in, year round particulate, short term particulate, and ozone. These ratings are for Best and Worst when taking an average of two of the three categories, namely short term and year round particulate. Worst Air Pollution:
- Bakersfield, CA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
- Fresno-Madera, CA
- Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL
Least Air Pollution:
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Have you ever wandered through the local health food store and observed the selection of natural hair care products? Have you noticed that the shampoo’s and conditioners have more labeling about what ingredients are NOT in them then there are for what ingredients ARE in them? Here are ten reasons why:
1. Of the twenty or so ingredients in the average shampoo, only about three of them actually have anything to do with cleaning your hair. 2. Roughly two-thirds of the average bottle’s volume serves a purpose other than cleaning your hair. 3. Nearly one-fourth of the ingredients are there simply to thicken the shampoo. Some of these thickening ingredients are benign, others not so much. Here are some commonly used thickeners: Glycol distearate, salt, cetyl alcohol, ammonium xylene sulfonate and others. 4. Some of the non-cleansing ingredients are put there to increase lather. Chemicals such as cocamide MEA and the plastic PEG-7M. 5. Coloring and sparkling agents are added as well. Chemicals used for coloring have a tainted history. Remember good old red dye no. 3 that was finally banned in the 1990′s? 6. Inorder to create a desired smell, shampoos are laced with ingredients that manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients for. Some may be toxic, while others are benign. 7. A silicone-based chemical called dimethicone that is found in caulking, Silly Putty, and herbicides is used in many shampoo’s as a conditioning agent to replace some of the natural oils removed while washing. 8. Countless ingredients like fruits, vitamins, herbs etc. are added for what may or may not be beneficial health reasons. They certainly don’t add much utility to the cleansing properties. 9. All of the differen’t non-detergent additives need to be preserved, and so preservatives are added to the mix. Sodium Benzoate ring a bell? 10. Natural shampoo manufacturers focus on creating a product that cleans your hair and then only has minimal, and natural additives to improve smell etc. These are ten reasons why it matters what isn’t in your shampoo. I hope you find them helpful.
Natural health promoters have been touting the health benefits of probiotics for years. New research has just given probiotic fans scientific reasoning to back up what to them already seemed obvious, that they are good for human health.
A new study from the Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University, of Sweden, shows that the probiotic called Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri) is beneficial to human health. The bacteria L. reuteri naturally exists in around 30% of Americans and can be found in various foods like Kefir (a fermented milk similar to yogurt). The bacteria works with the intestines to improve overall health. This research, as well as other studies, show that L. reuteri has beneficial effects on everything from allergies to immune system response to dental health. “Studies show that L. reuteri is highly effective. We have multiple studies underway that directly address oral health and allergies,” concluded Gabriela Sinkiewicz, a researcher at the Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University.