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Are E.D. Drugs Worth The Risks?
Vitamin D Home Test Available
The Power Of Perfume
Cancer: Disease Or Survival Mechanism?
Low D Levels Elevate Cardiovascular Disease
Supplements May Impact Offspring's Health
Multi-Pure: Consumers Digest "Best Buy"
Pesticides Linked To Breast Cancer
Bottled Water Health Concerns
Is Distilled Water Really Healthy?
What's In Your Water?
Removing Drinking Water Contaminants
Water or Cola... A No Brainer
Sports Drinks May Dissolve Tooth Enamel
Darker Days From Global Dimming
Avian Bird Flu: Potential Epidemic Or Hoax?
Heartburn Drugs May Increase Risk Of Bacterium
Medicine Cabinet Responsible For Most NH Drug Deaths
Dispelling The Myth: Bones Wear Out With Age
Understanding Allergies
Muscle Cream Chemical Proves Deadly
Diet Soda Linked to Heart Risks
Do You Really Want A Coke?
What's In your Plastic?
Is Comcast Blocking Your Mail?
 

 

Supplements May Impact Offspring's Health For Multiple Generations
by Jessica Fraser (NewsTarget.com 11/06)

A mother's diet during pregnancy not only affects her child, but also the child's future offspring, according to a new study from researchers at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

The study's lead author, Dr. David Martin, and colleagues split a group of genetically identical pregnant mice into two groups. The first group was fed a standard laboratory diet, while the second group was fed an identical diet supplemented with folate, choline, zinc and vitamin B12. When the mice in both groups gave birth, the offspring were examined for coat color, and the female babies from both groups were then mated and fed a diet without added supplements. When the offspring gave birth, the researchers found that the original mice's supplemental diet affected the genetic coat color of not only the children, but also the grandchildren. "The idea that some sort of toxin or nutrition could affect not just individuals but future generations is very powerful," Martin said.

According to Kenneth Beckman, an assistant scientist at Children's Oakland, the design of the study allowed the researchers to eliminate most uncontrolled behavior in the mice, which led to a more conclusive result. The research -- funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia -- is part of a growing field of research called epigenetics, which examines the long-term genetic effects of the environment. Previous studies in epigenetics have shown that a pregnant woman's environment -- including diet and nutritional supplementation -- can influence future generations' risks of breast cancer, obesity and heart disease.

According to holistic health author Mike Adams, Martin's research indicates that women who take nutritional supplements and eat superfoods positively influence the health of a number of future generations. "This message is urgent," Adams said. "If we do not make significant efforts to boost the nutrition and dietary habits of young couples who are about to conceive a child, we are creating a multi-generational health burden that will impact individuals, families and entire nations for a hundred years or more."


 

Multi-Pure: Consumers Digest "Best Buy"

Multi-Pure is pleased that a Multi-Pure Drinking Water System has been selected as a BEST BUY in water filtration systems by Consumers Digest. Consumers Digest's BEST BUY products must have their performance certified under NSF/ANSI Standards.

"We are honored to, once again, receive this recognition," says H. Allen Rice, CEO of Multi-Pure International. "With so many drinking water systems to choose from, NSF certification helps consumers make the right choice -- Multi-Pure."

Multi-Pure Drinking Water Systems provide consumers the best in performance, the best warranty, and Consumers Digest BEST BUY! Multi-Pure also recently celebrated its 35th anniversary.

All Water Filters Are Not Created Equal

With more than 500 companies selling water filters, it is easy to understand why consumers could have difficulty comparing one product to another. While most units improve only the water's taste and odor, a more important consideration in choosing a filtration device is the reduction of contaminants considered as established potential health hazards. These include Chemicals and Heavy Metals, Volatile Organic Chemicals, Turbidity, and Cysts such as Giardia Lambia and Cryptosporidium.

When selecting a drinking water treatment device, consumers can rely on the standards developed by NSF International, an independent organization that develops consensus standards and testing programs for a wide variety of consumer products, including drinking water treatment units. NSF offers objective, third party evaluation of products against NSF/ANSI standards. In addition to helping the consumer compare the contaminant reduction performance of a drinking water system, the NSF standards also provide the basis for comparing the capacity of the unit as well as the flow rate of the device.

Multi-Pure Drinking Water Systems have been tested since 1974 and NSF International's testing and certification further confirm the superior effectiveness of their products. Multi-Pure filters are also the first drinking water devices to have been tested and certified by UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Multi-Pure Corporation is an industry leader and the world's largest manufacturer of compressed solid carbon block filters. Multi-Pure specializes in drinking water systems and subsequently can assure that its customers will receive a consistent product that meets their own strict quality requirements.

There are currently more than 2000 different filters on the market. Only 666 of these are listed by NSF. Only 141 are listed to remove lead(1). Only 93 remove lead and THMs (Trihalomethanes)(2). There are less than 20 that remove lead, THMs, Asbestos (3), VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) (4), and Pesticides. There is ONLY ONE that is capable of removing all of the above contaminants, is listed by California, Iowa, Wisconsin and Massachusetts and listed by Consumer's Digest as a "Best Buy", is made of stainless steel, has a 25 year warranty, and with a replaceable filter costing less than $50.00. That one is Multi-Pure.

Multi-Pure removes Chlorine by-products known to cause more than 4,200 cases of bladder cancer and 6,500 cases of rectal cancer every year. Chlorinated water decreases the "good' cholesterol (HDL) and increases the "bad' cholesterol (LDL), Lead, THM's, Bacteria Cysts (Giardia and Cryptosporidium)- causing flu-like symptoms, and all 129 EPA priority pollutants that may or may not be present in your tap water.

(1) Lead- Found to cause anemia, delays mental/physical development and impairs mental abilities in children. In adults it increases blood pressure, interferes with hearing, can cause kidney damage and brain inflammation (EPA, Centers For Disease Control).
(2) THM's (Trihalomethanes)- A by-product of chlorination linked to Cancer, atheroclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart attacks, and nervous system and muscle damage.
(3) Asbestos- Cancer-causing.
(4) VOC (volatile organic chemicals)- Certain pesticides, herbicides and chemicals known to cause Cancer, nervous system and muscle damage, liver and kidney damage, leukemia, anemia, and more.

For additional information contact Ray Allard at Essentials Of Life 603-692-6193 (Independent Multi-Pure Distributor). Business opportunities available.

 

What's In Your Water?

Tap water in 42 states is contaminated with more than 140 unregulated chemicals that lack safety standards, according to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG's) two-and-a-half year investigation of water suppliers' tests of the treated tap water served to communities across the country.

In an analysis of more than 22 million tap water quality tests, most of which were required under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, EWG found that water suppliers across the U.S. detected 260 contaminants in water served to the public. One hundred forty-one (141) of these detected chemicals &emdash; more than half &emdash; are unregulated; public health officials have not set safety standards for these chemicals, even though millions drink them every day.

Note: EPA has set enforceable safety standards (called Maximum Contaminant Levels, or MCLs) for 80 chemicals or chemical groups, which are present in tap water tests analyzed by EWG as 114 individual chemicals or chemical variants called isomers. EPA has also established 15 guidelines called National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations (NSDWRs), five of which are represented in tap water tests analyzed by EWG.

EWG's analysis also found over 90 percent compliance with enforceable health standards on the part of the nation's water utilities, showing a clear commitment to comply with safety standards once they are developed. The problem, however, is EPA's failure to establish enforceable health standards and monitoring requirements for scores of widespread tap water contaminants. Of the 260 contaminants detected in tap water from 42 states, for only 114 has EPA set enforceable health limits (called Maximum Contaminant Levels, or MCLs), and for 5 others the Agency has set non-enforceable goals called secondary standards. (EPA 2005a). The 141 remaining chemicals without health-based limits contaminate water served to 195,257,000 people in 22,614 communities in 42 states.

EWG acquired tap water testing data from state water offices, which collect it from drinking water utilities to fulfill their role as primary enforcement agents. EPA does not maintain a comprehensive, national tap water quality database. Instead, the Agency sets safety standards for contaminants based on partial information, from test data it gathers from select, representative states and water suppliers. EWG will be making its data available to the EPA, state authorities and water utilities.

The statistics reported here represent an underestimate of the scope of consumers' exposures to unregulated contaminants in the nation's tap water. The state records compiled by EWG contain no tests whatsoever on unregulated contaminants for fully 23% of the 39,751 water systems represented, and EPA has required testing, in limited surveillance programs, for just a fraction of the hundreds of unregulated tap water contaminants identified in peer-reviewed studies. Some unregulated contaminants were found in the tap water of hundreds of communities, while others were found in very few; some were detected at levels of health concern, while others were not. These differences in the scale and magnitude of exposures can guide priorities when EPA assesses potential mandatory safety standards for these chemicals:

• Of the 141 unregulated contaminants found in tap water, 40 were detected in tap water served to at least one million people. while 20 unregulated contaminants were detected in just one system, only one time.

• Nineteen unregulated contaminants were detected above health-based limits (EPA 2004b) in tap water served to at least 10,000 people. Forty-eight unregulated contaminants were not detected above health-based limits anywhere, and seventy lack health-based limits, which have yet to be developed by EPA.

The Agency has fallen short in efforts both to require the testing that would reveal what pollutants are in tap water supplies, and to set health-based standards for those that are found. EPA has ignored three mandatory Safe Drinking Water Act deadlines to set standards for unregulated contaminants (EPA 2001a). Nearly twenty percent of the contaminants that EPA is currently considering for regulation have been under study at the Agency for 17 years now, beginning with testing programs initiated in 1988 (EPA 2001b, 2005b).

The agency has also failed to act on its own information showing that increased testing is justified. EPA has required water suppliers to test tap water for approximately 200 unregulated contaminants over the past 30 years (EPA 2001b, 2001c, 2005c, FR 1996 - details). But the Agency's own scientists have identified 600 chemicals in tap water formed as by-products of disinfection (Richardson 1998, 1999a,b, 2003); tracked some 220 million pounds of 650 industrial chemicals discharged to rivers and streams each year (EPA 2003); and spearheaded research on emerging contaminants after the U.S. Geological Survey found 82 unregulated pharmaceuticals and personal care product chemicals in rivers and streams across the country that provide drinking water for millions of Americans (Kolpin et al. 2004, EPA 2005d). All told, EPA has set safety standards for fewer than 20 percent of the many hundreds of chemicals that it has identified in tap water.

The EWG investigation reveals major gaps in our system of public health protections when it comes to tap water safety. Federal programs that allocate grants and low-cost loans to prevent water pollution and protect the rivers, streams, and groundwater that we drink are sorely underfunded.

Just 5 percent of $6 billion granted to states under the Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund, went toward mitigating polluted runoff from farms, and urban and sprawl areas, which collectively account for 60 percent of water pollution. And only $2.7 million has been allocated to conserve buffer zones along rivers and streams (1997-2003), over the six-year history of the source water protection program mobilized under the Safe Drinking Water Act State Revolving Fund. This initiative has protected just 2,000 acres nationwide, although it is the most significant source water protection program in the history of the Safe Drinking Water Act (TPL and AWWA 2004).

By failing to clean up rivers and reservoirs that provide drinking water for hundreds of millions of Americans, EPA and the Congress have forced water utilities to decontaminate water that is polluted with industrial chemicals, factory farm waste, sewage, pesticides, fertilizer, and sediment. In its most recent national Water Quality Inventory EPA found that 45 percent of lakes and 39 percent of streams and rivers are "impaired" &emdash; unsafe for drinking, fishing, or even swimming, in some cases (EPA 2000). Even after water suppliers filter and disinfect the water, scores of contaminants remain, with conventional treatment regimes removing less than 20 percent of some contaminants (Faust and Aly 1998). By failing to set tap water safety standards expeditiously or require and fund comprehensive testing, EPA allows widespread exposures to chemical mixtures posing unknown risks to human health.

Access the EWG (Environmental Working Group) database and find out "What's In Your Water".

related article: When Your Drinking Water Turns Deadly

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Removing Drinking Water Contaminants  

Multi-Pure Drinking Water Systems are certified by NSF(National Sanitation Foundation) and UL(Underwriters Laboratories) to remove a wide range of contaminants including Asbestos, Lindane, MTBE,Trihalomethanes, microscopic cysts such as Cryptospoidium and Giardia, and more. But, what makes this solid carbon block filter technology so effective in reducing these contaminants? Here's how the three stages of Multi-Pure's carbon block technology works:

First...When water enters the filter, it passes through a pre-filter that has a positive charge in a moving stream of water. Most colloidal and bacterial contaminants have a negative charge, making them stick to the positively charged pre-filter like metal to a magnet. This process is called electrokinetic adsorption.

Second...Is through a process called mechanical filtration. Mechanical filtration means that a contaminant that has a physical size gets trapped in the carbon wall. The pore size of the Multi-Pure Solid Carbon Block is as small as 0.5 micron, meaning that contaminants that are greater in size than 0.5 micron simply get trapped and do not pass through. This process can also be considered micro-straining, similar to using a spaghetti strainer in the kitchen. The spaghetti gets caught in the strainer, but the water passes through.

Third...Chemical contaminants such as Benzene, Chlordane, Atrazine, and others are reduced through a process called chemical adsorption. In this adsorption process chemicals adhere to the carbon wall like Velcro.

from Stream Of Success 6/02 (Multi-Pure publication)

Contact Ray Allard Essentials Of Life 603-692-6193 (Independent Multi-Pure Distributor)
for more information. Distributor inquires welcome.

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Water or Cola... A No Brainer

The active ingredient in Cola (soda) is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in Osteoporosis.

Cola Facts:

• To clean a toilet bowl, pour in a can of cola.
• To loosen a rusted bolt just apply a cloth soaked in cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
• To remove grease from clothes, empty a can of cola into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent and run through a regular cycle.

Water Facts:

• 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
• Lack of water is the #1 cause of daytime fatigue
• Even mild dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
• Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79% and bladder cancer by 50%.

from Stream Of Success (Multi-Pure 8/04)

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Sports Drinks May Dissolve Tooth Enamel

As reported in the Los Angeles Times (3/08/05), a study found that high acidity levels designed to keep sports drinks on the shelf longer can dissolve tooth enamel, the hard dentine underneath and expose the pulp of the tooth. In fact, sports drinks meant to rehydrate the body are up to 30 times more erosive to your teeth than water.

In the study, active participants wore mouth protectors that had enamel samples mounted into the gum shield over their own teeth. Researchers were able to formulate, using low-erosion technology, a sports drink that was less erosive, and less harmful, to teeth. They stressed that fruit juices and other fizzy drinks can cause similar erosive problems to sports drinks.

Drink More Water

If you haven't been drinking enough water...now is the time to start. Along with a balanced diet, exercise, and enough sleep, drinking eight to ten glasses of good water every day will help your body function at its best and greatly improve your health. Not drinking enough water can lead to headaches, grogginess and dry skin. Severe dehydration can affect blood pressure, circulation, digestion, and kidney function, as well as many other body processes.

According to a study, published in Experimental Biology 2003 (April 11-15, 2003, San Diego, California), drinking only four glasses of water per day, rather than the recommended eight, may result in mild dehydration. The twelve week study involved 10 college students who drank 4, 8, or 12 eight-ounce glasses of water per day in four-day increments. After each increment, the students' body hydration status was measured and they answered questions about their well being.

It was found that blood plasma volume, which is used to measure hydration, was five percent lower among students who consumed four glasses of water compared to those who drank eight. Also, urine was more highly concentrated when only four glasses of water were consumed. When students drank twelve glasses of water, blood plasma volumes were ten percent above those measured when they drank eight glasses. When students drank the least amount of water they reported that they became less energetic and less focused than when they drank more water.

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Darker Days From Global Dimming

By Robert S. Boyd-Knight Ridder Service (5/9/04) as reported in The Rutland (Vermont) Herald

The world may be darkening as clouds and air pollution dim the sun's rays... Scientists call it "global dimming," a little-known trend that may be making the world darker than it used to be.

Thanks to thicker clouds and growing air pollution, much of the Earth's surface is receiving about 15 percent less sunlight than it did 50 years ago, according to Michael Roderick, a climate researcher at Australian National University in Canberra. "Global dimming means that the transmission of sunlight through the atmosphere is decreasing," Roderick said. "Just look out the window when you fly into New York or to California - it's dimmer," said Beate Liepert, a climatologist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in New York.

Researchers say global dimming, also known as solar dimming, partially offsets the global warming that most scientists agree is produced by "greenhouse gases" such as auto exhaust and emissions from coal-burning power plants. The solar dimming effect is "about half as large as the greenhouse gas warming," said James Hansen, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

In global warming, gases in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, trap some of the sun's heat and keep it from radiating back out to space, thereby raising the Earth's temperature. Clouds and air pollution, on the other hand, block a portion of the heat energy that's coming from the sun, just as it's cooler sitting under a beach umbrella than under a bright sky.

Although global warming has been widely accepted, global dimming remains controversial. The theory has been advanced in recent years by a handful of researchers who measure the decline of solar radiation a hundreds of sites around the globe. Liepert, Roderick and several other scientists will discuss their findings at an international geophysical conference in Montreal later this month. "Initially, people were very skeptical, but now there's other pieces of evidence that all fit together," Roderick told a radio interviewer last December. Reductions in sunlight of 10 percent to 20 percent have been observed in many places over the past 50 years, he said. "We still face a lot of controversy, but it's (solar dimming) getting accepted," Liepert said in a telephone interview. "We've found it in the United States, Europe, Israel and Asia. Already, major research institutions are changing their point of view."

NASA, the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a university-sponsored organization in Boulder, Colo., among others, are showing interest in global dimming. "The conclusion that, on average, there has been a reduction in surface solar irradiance over the past half-century is pretty clear," NASA's Hansen said in an e-mail.

Support for the theory comes from two types of data collected in recent decades:
•Radiation meters - black metal plates that absorb the sun's rays - aren't heating up as rapidly as they previously did.
•The rate at which water evaporates from special measuring pans placed in the sunlight has slowed over the years.

Roderick, for example, measures the height of the water in his pans at 9 a.m. each day, subtracts any rain that may have fallen and calculates how much has evaporated from the day before. "There's less evaporation out of pans of water all around the world, and that's consistent with global dimming," he said. The measurements indicate that the amount of energy from the sun - solar radiation - is shrinking by about 3 percent per decade, according to Gerald Stanhill, a biologist at Israel's Agricultural Research Organization.

According to Liepert, about two-thirds of the dimming is caused by more water vapor in the clouds, a byproduct of global warming. Less sunlight reaches the ground, she said, because "the clouds are optically thicker. As global warming increases, clouds can hold more water. There's not more rain; it just stays up there." The rest of the dimming is due to increasing air pollution - minute particles in the atmosphere known as aerosols. This problem affects the world, not just smoggy cities such as Houston and Los Angeles. For example, NASA scientists reported in early May that air pollution can travel on high-speed winds from the Indian Ocean clear across the Pacific and into the southern Atlantic. "When I fly from New York to California, I see very high brownish layers. That's old aerosol layers hanging on," Liepert said. "As we get more aerosols and more warming, we get more dimming."

She said she expects to see the dimming trend continue in places such as China and the Western United States, where population and industry are increasing. In contrast, economic decline in the former Soviet Union has begun to clear the air somewhat in Eastern Europe.

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Avian Bird Flu: Potential Epidemic Or Hoax?

As reported in USA Today (10/08/05), A draft of the government's plan to combat a potential super-flu estimates a death toll of up to almost 2 million Americans. The plan is being rewritten to designate who will run the country during a possibly chaotic period that could follow a mutation of a bird flu in Asia. The draft is based on the last century's three pandemics, and states that in the best-case scenario, about 200,000 people could die.

The government currently has enough of the anti-flu drug Tamiflu to treat 4.3 million people, and $100 million worth of bird flu vaccine is being manufactured. The draft indicates that tens of millions more doses of each would be necessary, far more than can be manufactured quickly.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (www.mercola.com) , considers the bird flu epidemic to be a hoax that reminds him just how uncommon "common sense" is.... "Folks, where is the sound basic science here? How do they make the giant leap of faith that 60 deaths will translate to 2 million or even 200,00 deaths in the United States from a virus that does NOT readily spread from birds to humans, or humans to humans?

Most of the people who acquired this infection were bird handlers who were in continuous contact with these sick birds. Research like this, Mercola says, would typically be thrown in the trash if it did not strongly support some ulterior purpose. The U.S. is purchasing huge quantities of antiviral drugs and an increase in flu vaccine production, along with 20 million doses of the highly questionably effective Tamiflu. One treatment of Tamiflu costs $100 at a total cost to U.S. taxpayers of TWO BILLION dollars.

"Rumsfeld To Profit"

Finally, the pieces of the puzzle start to add up, according to Dr. Mercola. Not long ago, President Bush sought to instill panic in this country by telling us a minimum of 200,000 people will die from the avian flu pandemic, but it could be as bad as two million deaths in this country alone.

This hoax is then used to justify the immediate purchase of 80 million doses of Tamiflu, a worthless drug that in no way shape or form treats the avian flu, but only decreases the amount of days one is sick and can actually contribute to the virus having more lethal mutations. So the U.S. placed an order for 20 million doses of this worthless drug at a price of $100 per dose. That comes to a staggering $2 billion.

We are being told that Roche manufactures Tamiflu and, in a recent New York Times article, they were battling whether or not they would allow generic drug companies to help increase their production. But if you dig further you will find that a drug was actually developed by a company called Gilead that 10 years ago gave Roche the exclusive rights to market and sell Tamiflu.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was made the chairman of Gilead in 1997 (www.gilead.com). Since Rumsfeld holds major portions of stock in Gilead, he will handsomely profit from the scare tactics of the government that is being used to justify the purchase of $2 billion of Tamiflu.

Of course, let us not forget the flu shots that many will get when they confuse bird flu with the regular flu. Please understand, even if you believe the flu shots work, the flu shot you can now purchase is in no way, shape or form designed to protect you against the bird flu. They are completely different strains. (Bird flu is H5N1 strain).

First step for anyone caught up in this bird flu hype nonsense is to take a deep breath and relax and realize the truth here. Unless you are a full-time bird handler in a third-world country who has a seriously challenged immune system you probably have a much better chance of winning the lottery than dying from the proposed bird flu epidemic, Mercola says.

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Heartburn Drugs May Increase Risk Of Bacterium

New Hampshire medical experts and state officials are taking notice of a potentially deadly bacterium that has developed a more virulent strain and may be spreading beyond medical facilities, where it once was thought to be concentrated.

As reported by the Fosters Daily Democrat (Deadly Germ Getting Worse by Nate Pardue 1/15/06), the bacterium, Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, was historically found in nursing homes and hospitals. Some recent reports show that people who only have visited medical facilities briefly, or not at all, are also acquiring the bug. One CDC study, published in the Dec. 2 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, highlighted 33 cases of C. diff infections in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Ohio. A New Hampshire mother acquired the more dangerous strain after only a brief stay at a hospital to give birth.

C. diff causes diarrhea and other serious intestinal maladies like colitis. Over the past two years, several states have reported the more dangerous strain, which is more severe and has higher mortality rates, according to the CDC. The cases involved 23 people from Philadelphia and four surrounding counties who hadn't been hospitalized. The other 10 cases involved women who, as in New Hampshire's case, were hospitalized only briefly to give birth One of the 33 people died. The results were surprising because the areas affected were thought to have been low risk, especially outside of medical facilities.

Gastric acid protects the stomach from C-diff. Suppress gastric acid, and the stage is set for C-diff to flourish. A recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association carries a study from Montreal's McGill University. Using information from the United Kingdom General Practice Research Database, The McGill team identified more than 1,600 cases of C-diff and matched each case against ten control subjects.

Results showed that people who used a class of drugs known as H2 receptor antagonists (such as Zantac and Pepcid) had twice the risk of C-diff infection compared to nonusers. And the results were even more worrying for users of proton pump inhibitor drugs (such as Prevacid and Prilosec): They were three times more likely to experience a C-diff infection compared to those who used no heartburn medication.

Use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was also associated with an increased risk of C-diff infection. Overuse of antibiotics is already a known factor in the alarming rise in the number of C-diff cases.

New Hampshire health officials say they've seen signs that cases of C. diff are on the rise locally, but since medical facilities are not required to report positive findings to the state, most of the evidence is anecdotal. Still state health officials have taken notice since the CDC warned that the newer strain is resistant to antibiotics that once weakened it. "We are aware. It appears the spectrum of the illness, C. diff, may be more severe than in the past," said Elizabeth Talbot, New Hampshire's deputy state epidemiologist.

Unlike Eastern Equine Encephalitis, AIDS, or influenza, the severity of the impact of C. diff in New Hampshire only can be measured through word-of-mouth accounts, as there are no statewide figures available to measure the number of C. diff cases. State health officials do mandate that "all unusual occurrence or clusters that may be of danger to public health" be reported, but Talbot said the presence of C. diff has not seemed to reach that threshold.

Some hospitals in the United States and Canada have seen a spike in C. diff-related deaths. A New England Journal of Medicine article published Dec. 8 examined the occurrence of C. diff in 12 hospitals in Quebec, Canada, where researchers counted 1,703 patients with C. diff illnesses. The research found that 422 patients died within 30 days.

The bacterium was blamed last year for 100 deaths over 18 months at one hospital in Quebec, and there were reportedly 21 deaths related to C. diff in the Cleveland area, most in 2005, The Associated Press reported. Ohio health care facilities now must make weekly C. diff reports to their local health department.

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Medicine Cabinet Responsible For Most NH Drug Deaths

from Pills Responsible For More Than Half of N.H. Drug Deaths In 2005 (2/19/06) By Noah Farr seacoastonline.com

According to the state's chief medical examiner, Dr. Thomas Andrew, methadone, oxycodone (OxyContin), diazepam (Valium), hydrocodone, fentanyl and morphine, to name just a few of the more popular prescription drugs, were credited with killing 96 people, more than half of the 147 drug deaths recorded in New Hampshire in 2005.

The overdose death of Winnacunnet High student Lloyd Chapin Jr. of Seabrook two weeks ago, though not necessarily from prescription pills, led his cousin and Seabrook Fire Chief Jeff Brown to speak out on the issue. "It's the trend of the week," Brown said. "These things tend to go in cycles, and lately it's been prescription drugs." He said most of his overdose calls are for kids between the ages of 14 and 25. That many of the pills are for adults and that they are many times being taken with alcohol are prescriptions for disaster. "They're not just taking one or two either," he said. "They're taking handfuls."

While the deaths of young people from an overdose are typically the ones that make headlines, Dr. Andrew says the biggest increases are with 40- to 50-year-olds. "There has been an increase in prescription drug abuse in all levels at all ages," said Brian Cressy, director of Quitting Time, an outpatient drug-treatment facility in Hampstead. "It's an increasing statewide epidemic." The reasons behind the addictions are markedly different for each age group. For young people, there are the similarities that many of these drugs, especially the benzodiazepine (anti-anxiety) family, which includes Valium, Klonopin and Xanax, have to drinking alcohol, Cressy explained. Kids come by these pills because they are so widely prescribed to parents. They can then do what Cressy calls "medicine cabinet shopping," picking out what they want from their parents' medicine cabinet.

"We're a medicated society," said Richard Cram, program director for Family Mediation and Juvenile Services of Southern Rockingham County. He said drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall are overprescribed to kids, and the ones who don't take them can give them away or sell them for a profit. They have taken on the nickname "kiddy coke" for the cocaine-like rush that can come from snorting them, Cram said. Cram said kids get involved in these pills, and then can't figure out why they need another and another. "A lot of parents look at their kids who might get good grades and play sports and think, 'Not my kid,'" said Detective Corey MacDonald, who is also the Portsmouth High school resource officer. "The 'troubled kids' aren't the only ones involved in this. It spans all socioeconomic backgrounds, sports teams and intelligence."

MacDonald, who is a graduate of Portsmouth High, said he has seen drug popularity go from beer and marijuana in his day to prescription drugs among this generation. For the 40-and-older generation, which Cressy calls "the forgotten generation," their addiction usually stems from a legitimate need for medication. Oftentimes, they are tired, their children are gone, there is more pain, which equals more pills and multiple addictions, he said. They are also much less monitored than a child, and if they never stop taking the drugs, they may never have any idea of the extent of their addiction until it's too late.

The same emergency rooms that treat the overdoses have also seen an increase in the number of healthy patients trying to scam doctors out of the very same drugs. "There are people who make a living going into the ER with fake injuries to get drugs," said Dr. David Heller, an emergency room physician at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. "It's a constant balancing act, trying to do what's best for the patient and trying to keep them from having a side business." Cressy, of Quitting Time, said that as a result of the OxyContin scare, doctors began prescribing methadone instead. Methadone is now the leading cause of drug deaths in the state. Cressy said he remembers one woman who had a 30-day supply of the 80 milligram OxyContin pills. When she discovered that on the street the pills can go for $1 per milligram, the temptation of earning a quick $2,400 was too much.

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Dispelling The Myth: Bones Wear Out With Age
From Bones and Body Parts Don't Wear Out With Age (4/06)
by Mike Adams (
www.newstarget.com)

Bone is not merely a solid, inanimate object. A bone lying in the desert is a bone, but a bone inside the human body is living tissue. It is not dead, and it is not rock solid. In fact, it is quite porous. A bone is like a sponge. A bone is living, and it grows or breaks down, depending on circumstances. A bone gets denser when you use it and gets more fragile when you avoid using it.

Nowhere in the human body does bone rub on bone in a normal, healthy human being. A bone is protected by synovial fluid. Ligaments, muscles, joints and bones are well lubricated. If you've ever had bone rubbing on bone in your body, it's not a problem of use; it's a problem of poor health. It's a problem of eating lots of processed food and animal products and avoiding raw fresh juices and healthy nutrition. It's a problem of having such a terrible lifestyle that the body even begins to attack itself, resulting in autoimmune disorders, such as arthritis or type-1 diabetes.

Any kind of joint pain, bone pain or bone arthritis has a cause. It's not just that things wear out, and anyone who says the human body is like a bunch of car parts is using the wrong metaphor. They are flat-out incorrect, and they do not understand how the human body really works. Car parts wear out the more you use them because you have gears rubbing on gears, which creates friction and the breakdown of metal, and, eventually, you end up with a gear that's worn out. That does not happen in the human body. You don't have bone rubbing on bone in a healthy human body. The more you use your body, in fact, the healthier your body gets. The body doesn't wear out with use. You don't just have a certain number of heartbeats in your life and then you're dead. In fact, if you exercise your heart, you get stronger. If you give your heart nutrition -- through B6 vitamins, calcium and magnesium -- your heart gets stronger. If you exercise your muscles, they get stronger. If you exercise your bones, they get stronger, too.

The Human Body Repairs Itself

The human body is a miracle-class machine that adapts to stress by repairing itself. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. That's why you have people in their 70s, 80s or even 90s out there running or jogging up a mountainside.

You can prove that what I'm saying is true by asking yourself, "Who are the most diseased people I know?" Once you have those people pictured in your mind, ask yourself, "What is their level of physical activity?" You will most likely find that the most diseased people are those who don't engage in physical activity. They are the sedentary people who don't use their bodies. That's who is diseased. They are the ones whose bodies are wearing out. If bones wore out through use, people who didn't use their bones would have the strongest bone density, and people who did use their bones would have the weakest bones. Of course, that's the opposite of what happens in the real world. In reality, people who don't use their bones have the weakest, most fragile bones, whereas people who do use their bones have the strongest bones.

The healthiest people in society, in fact, are those who avoid doctors and instead heal themselves through nutrition, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic care and so on. The least healthy people in society are those who take lots and lots of prescription drugs, who visit Western medical doctors, who ignore nutrition and who think health is just a matter of luck. These are the least healthy people in society. It's actually very clear, when you look around, who is healthy and who is not. It's very clear which medical theories are consistently true.

In reality, the human body is a self-healing system. Bone is living, breathing tissue, and the only way to have healthy bones, joints, ligaments and tissues is to use them. Give them space (through stretching, yoga, Tai Chi, etc.) and nourishment (through circulation of nutrient-rich blood). Use them on a regular basis and you'll be active all the way up to 100 years of age. You won't live forever, but that's because we are actually genetically programmed to expire at some point in order to free up resources for future generations (it's true!), but you will undoubtedly live longer than most, and you'll live far happier.

Read the entire article and more from Mike Adams (the Health Ranger) at www.newstarget.com

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Understanding Allergies

An allergy has been described as a "hypersensitivity to a specific substance that, in a similar quantity, may not affect other people". The three basic categories of an allergy are: (1) Things you eat or drink, (2) Things you breathe (airborne allergies), and (3) Things you touch (absorbed through your skin). An allergy to food may cause stomach discomfort or skin rashes. Airborne allergies generally affect the sinuses or breathing channels. Things that are absorbed through the skin could result in a minor rash or, for someone allergic to bee venom, become a deadly poison.

Substances that provoke an allergic response are referred to as allergens. Outdoors, it is difficult to avoid potential allergens as trees, grass, and weeds produce pollens and molds that cause seasonal allergies. Spring flowering plants bloom and pollinate from north to south. In most areas, trees pollinate from late winter until spring; grasses pollinate from spring until early summer; and weeds pollinate from summer until early fall. Here in the northeast, we are affected by allergens produced by trees from February through June, allergens from grasses from February through September, and allergens from weeds from April through October. Pollens and mold spores are carried by wind. If your symptoms improve on rainy days or after the first light frost, pollen is probably the culprit. If they worsen during several days of damp weather or when mowing or raking leaves, mold may be suspect.

Determining the cause of an allergy can be frustrating and time consuming. So, most people opt to treat the symptoms with medications and risk the side effects and other long-term problems that may result by neglecting to address and eliminate the actual cause.

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