Green Food Choice May Not Be So Green—ØPro GMO× ( my comment beside the title !!!)
ScienceDaily (Apr. 1, 2010) — If everyone became vegan and so ate only fruit and vegetables, then the reduction in greenhouse emissions for the whole of food consumption would be a mere 7%. The widespread adoption of vegetarianism would have even less impact, while organic food production actually leads to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Those are the conclusions of a research paper published in the journal Progress in Industrial Ecology.–Helmi Risku-Norja and Sirpa Kurppa of MTT Agrifood Research Finland, working with Juha Helenius of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, have determined that the cultivation of soil for whatever purpose, whether growing crops or raising livestock is the primary source of greenhouse gas emissions in food production, not fertiliser production, animal husbandry, nor agricultural energy requirements.–The team explains that for current average food consumption, in Finland, emissions from soil represent 62% of the total emissions. Greenhouses gases released by cows and sheep account for 24%, and energy consumption and fertiliser manufacture about 8% each. The greenhouse emissions performance for extensive organic production is poor, they explain, despite this approach to farming being considered the “green” option, the lower efficiency requires the cultivation of greater areas of soil, which counteracts many of the benefits.–Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through food consumption would require large-scale changes among the entire population, the team points out. They suggest that rather than stressing the impact of an individual citizen’s dietary choices, we should be paying more attention to social learning and to the notion of working towards food sustainability and security. In general, sustainable consumption might be possible by introducing services to substitute for material consumption. Although food itself cannot be substituted, a lot can be done at the household level to improve sustainability of food provisioning and reduce food wastage.—“There is a pressing need to design effective policy measures,” says Risku-Norja. “Consumer information is important from the viewpoint of food and sustainability education, leading eventually to adopting more sustainable lifestyles in the coming generations,” the team concludes.—- —ØPro GMO× MY comment here is that this is leading to regulation –again a individual right of free choice being taken from you so you will eat was is dictated rather then what is needed—again talk of regulation—a diminishing of another right of choice—in Canada under Bill C-6 the legislation gives autonomy to health inspectors to come into your house with out a warrant to remove what they feel ( not necessary what is really an issue) is not safe –imagine them taking a bay leaf plant out of your house due to the fact that is it not sustainably efficient—or potentially toxic—even the air we breathe is toxic due to the pollutants and particulates and the chem. Trails we breathe each day—so when looking at these types of articles —even tough they sound appealing , these are the very things that lead us down a path of loss
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1. Helmi Risku-Norja, Sirpa Kurppa, Juha Helenius. Dietary choices and greenhouse gas emissions — assessment of impact of vegetarian and organic options at national scale. Progress in Industrial Ecology An International Journal, 2009; 6 (4): 340 DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2009.032323
Recipe on Cocoa and Egg Yolk—What you will need is 2 egg yolks srtipped off the whites ( put egg yolks in a bowl and then with a long knife or flat object place at the edge of a bowl as you pour the egg white out into another bowl—this will leave only the yolk ) then take cocoa powder or cocoa bars—add honey( ¼ cup ) start to blend add either 1 oz of alcohol or aloe vera juice or meat and allow to blend this will liquefy the honey as well—add 1 tsp of cayenne— add the 2 egg yolks—add 1 or 2 capsules of cq10 ( your choice of strength ) add ¼ cup of coconut oil and blend til completely mix ( 10 -12 minutes )—Heart remedy—antioxidant—heart support—energy –mental calm—circulation-Anticancer—analgesic—
Megatons of Aluminum to Rain Down from Global Experiment
It took Indy-media Journalist Mike Murphy to do what mainstream media could or would not do – report on the ALARMING THREAT coming out of the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in San Diego. Geo-engineering scientists are planning on dumping up to 20 MEGATONS (20 million metric tons) of aluminum, each year, into our lives. -Geo-Engineering (GE) is the artificial modification of Earth’s climate systems to REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING. –Industrial sized GE projects range from DECLASSIFIED experimentation like ocean iron fertilization, to HIGHLY CLASSIFIED dangerous experimentation like AEROSOL SPRAYING (chemical spraying). –Scientist David Keith, standing aside fellow geoengineers Ken Caldeira and Alan Robock, said in the geoengineering seminar on February 20 that they have decided to switch their stratospheric aerosol model from sulfur to aluminum. Keith went on to say that 10-20 MEGATONS per year of aerosolized aluminum will be sprayed into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight to halt global warming. No journalist prior to Murphy (and even now) has reported on the bait and switch by geoengineers. –Dane Wigington, a climate researcher and solar expert, cornered Keith in the question and answers that followed. –Wigington: “Did you do a study on human respiration? 10 megatons of aluminum dumped into the atmosphere will have no human health impacts?” —Keith: “Let me be more careful here… to separate out the toxicological crux. The aluminum we have only begun to research and published nothing. Mostly worked on sulfur and the relevant comparison is that just as Robock said…(referring to sulfur particle number studies mentioned by Alan Robock). —“The whole thing he just got through was particle numbers, the impact of particle numbers…but we haven’t done anything on aluminum. So if we add onto the tropo- aerosols, could we have any impact? That was totally irrelevant. That was just on particle numbers… But we haven’t done anything serious on aluminum and so there could be something terrible that we will find tomorrow that we haven’t looked at.” —BC Radio Debate reveals at least TWO BILLION threatened by Aerosol Scheme —Professor Martin Bunzl Ph.D. is the director of the Rutgers Initiative on Climate Change, Social Policy and Politics. Soon after the AAAS meetings, he debated Livermore scientist and geoengineer Ken Caldeira on the BBC. Caldeira’s argument was weakened by statements he made. For example: —“I don’t think we really know yet if these options will really reduce risk”. —Dr. Bunzl stated that a recent Rutgers report revealed that Caldeira’s Aerosol scheme would leave over TWO BILLION people without food. —Caldeira then stated: “We will have to work on developing procedures and institutions that will compensate people who are damaged and provide them with food.” –The Rutgers report clearly predicts Caldeira’s scheme will create great suffering on the planet. (Note: Other geoengineer’s have already stated that Africa and other regions will suffer more draught as well.) —Mauro Oliveira from GeoEngineeringWatch! has stated, “Considering the research in plain site, there is little doubt a great number of deaths will be attributed to geoengineering, likely beyond the scope of human imagination.” —Geo-engineering scientists to meet in closed door sessions to decide governance On March 22-26, 2010, the Climate Respond Fund is sponsoring the Asilomar International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies in Monterey, California. This conference will address and “…develop guidelines for…research and testing of proposed climate intervention and geoengineering technologies…” —Independent journalists have been rejected entrance to the Monterey meeting, contrary to statements made outside the AAAS meeting by David Keith, that geoengineers believed in public transparency, democracy and even suggested some sort of referendum be used to allow the public’s input to guide the process. Immediately after though, he stated that “some things” should be kept secret, like torture and atomic weapons, for the greater good.
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Milk Thistle — Milk Thistle Silibin Targeting silibinin in the antiproliferative pathway
Recipe Milk Thistle Combo
Pterostilbene ingredient claimed to be superior to resveratrol
Bulgaria parliament bans GMO crops to soothe fears
Selenium may decrease diabetes risk-French study
Shows of the Week 4-12-2010
MILK THISTLE (Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn.) +++ Synonym: Carduus marianus L. Activities (Milk Thistle) — Adrenergic (1; WOI); Alterative (f; BIB; EFS); Antiallergic (1; MAB); Antibilious (f; APA); Anticarcinogenic (1; MAB); Antidepressant (f; PNC); Antidote (2; SHT); Antidote, mushroom (1; PH2); Antiedemic (1; MAB); Antiinflammatory (1; BGB; MAB; WAM); Antileukotriene (1; MAB); Antioxidant (2; MAB; SHT); Antiprostaglandin (1; MAB); Antitoxic (2; SHT); Antitumor (1; MAB); Antiviral (1; PNC); Aperient (f; BIB; WOI); Bitter (1; PED); cAMP-Phosphodiesterase Inhibitor (1; MAB); Cholagogue (2; BIB; EFS; PHR); Choleretic (1; HHB; MAB); Demulcent (f; PNC; WOI); Depurative (f; EFS); Diaphoretic (f; BIB; EFS; WOI); Digestive (1; WAM); Emmenagogue (f; BIB; EFS; PHR; PH2); Expectorant (f; BIB); Glutathionigenic (1; MAB); Hemostat (f; BIB); Hepatoprotective (2; KOM; SHT; WAM); Hepatoregenerative (2; KOM; MAB); Hypolipidemic (1; PNC); Hypocholesterolemic (1; MAB); Lactagogue (1; APA; BIB; HMM; WOI); Laxative (1; BIB; WOI); Lipolytic (1; PNC); 5-Lipoxygenase Inhibitor (1; MAB); Litholytic (f; WOI); Peristaltic (1; WOI); Stimulant (f; EFS; PHR); Sunscreen (1; MAB); Sympathicolytic (f; HHB); Tonic (1; BIB; EFS; PHR; WAM). Indications (Milk Thistle) — Allergy (1; MAB); Anorexia (2; FAD; PHR); Anthrax (f; BIB); Asthma (f; BIB); Bleeding (f; BIB; HHB); Bronchosis (f; BIB); Calculus (f; BIB; WOI); Cancer (1; JLH; MAB; WOI); Cancer, breast (1; HHB; JLH; MAB); Cancer, nose (f; HHB; JLH); Cancer, ovarian (1; MAB); Catarrh (f; BIB); Childbirth (f; HHB); Cholecystosis (2; A; BIB; PHR; PH2); Cirrhosis (2; BGB; KOM; PH2; SHT); Colic (f; HH3; PH2); Constipation (1; BIB; WOI); Cough (f; BIB); Cramp (f; BIB); Cystosis (f; HH3); Depression (f; BIB; PNC); Dermatosis (1; BIB; PED); Diabetes (1; MAB; WOI); Diabetic Neuropathy (1; MAB); Dropsy (f; BIB; HHB; WOI); Dysmenorrhea (f; APA); Dyspepsia (2; FAD; KOM; PH2; SHT); Enterosis (f; APA; WOI); Fever (1; BIB; EFS; HHB; WOI); Food Allergy (1; WAM); Gallstone (1; HHB; MAB; SKY); Gastrosis (f; APA); Hemoptysis (f; BIB); Hemorrhoid (f; BIB; HHB; MAB; WOI); Hepatosis (2; KOM; PH2; SHT; WAM); Hepatitis A (1; BGB); High Cholesterol (1; MAB); Hydrophobia (f; BIB); Hypotonia (f; HH3); Infection (f; HHB); Inflammation (1; APA; BGB; MAB; WAM); Intoxication (1; FAD); Insulin Resistance (1; SYN); Itch (1; MAB); Jaundice (2; BIB; HH3 MAB; PH2; PNC; WAM); Leukorrhea (f; BIB); Malaria (f; BIB; HHB; PHR; PH2); Menopause (f; HHB); Metrorrhagia (f; HHB); Migraine (f; HH3); Mushroom Poisoning (2; FAD; SHT); Nausea (1; MAB); Nephrosis (f; BGB); Obesity (1; PNC); Oligolactea (f; APA); Peritonosis (f; BIB); Phlebitis (f; APA); Plague (f; BIB); Pleurisy (f; BIB); Psoriasis (f; SKY); Pulmonosis (f; BIB); Sore (f; HB); Splenosis (f; BGB; BIB; HH3; PHR; PH2); Stone (f; WOI); Swelling (1; MAB); Syndrome-X (1; SYN); Tumor (1; MAB); Ulcus cruris (f; HHB; HH3); Uterosis (f; BIB; PHR; PH2; WOI); Varicosis (f; HHB; HH3); Virus (1; PNC). Dosages (Milk Thistle) — 2–3 tsp fresh leaf (sic) (PED); 1–3 g dry leaf (sic) (PED); 1 g seed (HHB); 3.5–15 g seed/day (HH3); 4–9 g seed/day (MAB); 1 tsp (3–5 g) mashed seed/cup water 3–4 ×/day, one-half hour before meals (APA; HH3); 12–15 g whole or powdered seed, an equivalent to 200–400 mg silymarin, the collective name for silybinin, silydianin, and silychristin (KOM; SHT); 4–9 ml fluid extract (1:1)/day (KOM); 1–2 (540 mg) capsules (StX with 175 mg certified potency seed extract with at least 80% silymarin, synergistically combined in a base of turmeric and artichoke) 3 ×/day with water (NH); 175 mg 80% silymarin StX (PED); 420 mg silymarin/day (PNC); 200–400 mg silymarin (SHT); 200–600 mg silymarin/day for Syndrome X (SYN). Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Milk Thistle) — Class 1 (AHP). “Hazards and/or side effects not known for proper therapeutic dosages” (PH2). None known (WAM). Commission E reports no contraindications or drug interactions for the fruit. Occasional mild laxative effects are reported (AEH). One observational study (n = >2000) reported ca. 1% side effects, mostly transient GI distress (SHT). One Australian report, attributed to something other than silybin in the milk thistle product, suggested abdominal cramping, diaphoresis, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and weakness (PH2). Antagonizes phentolamine and yohimbine (PH2). “The long term safety and the advisability of the use of these extracts in pregnant or women of potential childbearing remain to be established” (LRNP, March 1988). “May be used by … pregnant and lactating women” (SKY). Extracts (Milk Thistle) — Milk thistle regenerates injured liver cells (SKY). Silymarin at 100 mg/kg in rabbit diets is reported to induce P-450. Such data weakly suggest that milk thistle might detoxify (or inactivate) drugs detoxified by P-450. Silymarin, the antihepatotoxic lignan, is hypolipidemic, lowering fatty deposits in the livers of experimental animals, and has been used successfully for Hepatitis B virus (PNC). Pretreatment with silymarin and silybin gives 100% protection against mushroom poisoning in experimental animals. Post treatment? When silybin was given ivn to humans within 48 hours of ingesting death cap mushroom, it effectively prevented fatalities (PNC). LD50 silybinin 1065 mg/kg ivn mouse (HH3), LDlo silymarin = >20,000 mg/kg orl mouse (MAB), LDlo silymarin = >1000 mg/kg orl dog (MAB), LDlo extracts >16,000 mg/kg orl mouse (HH3).
Milk Thistle Silibin Targeting silibinin in the antiproliferative pathway. Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2010 Feb;19(2):243-55–Authors: Li L, Zeng J, Gao Y, He D
IMPORTANCE OF THE FIELD: Due to the failure and severe toxicity of cancer chemotherapy, silibinin, a natural flavonoid from the seeds of milk thistle, has recently received more attention for its potential anticancer and nontoxic roles in animals and humans. Silibinin has clearly demonstrated inhibition of multiple cancer cell signaling pathways, including growth inhibition, inhibition of angiogenesis, chemosensitization, and inhibition of invasion and metastasis. Cumulative evidence implicates that silibinin is a potential agent for cancer chemoprevention and chemotherapy. AREAS COVERED IN THIS REVIEW: Our aim is to discuss the recent progress of silibinin in regulating multiple anticancer proliferative signaling pathways; the review covers literature mainly from the past 3 – 5 years. WHAT THE READER WILL GAIN: One of the strategies for tumor therapy is eradication of cancer cells through targeting specific cell-proliferative pathways. This review highlights the current knowledge of silibinin in regulating multiple cellular proliferative pathways in cancer cells, including receptor tyrosine kinases, androgen receptor, STATs, NF-kappaB, cell cycle regulatory and apoptotic signaling pathways. TAKE HOME MESSAGE: The molecular mechanisms of silibinin-mediated antiproliferative effects are mainly via receptor tyrosine kinases, androgen receptor, STATs, NF-kappaB, cell cycle regulatory and apoptotic signaling pathways in various cancer cells. Targeting inhibition of proliferative pathways through silibinin treatment may provide a new approach for improving chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic effects. PMID: 20047507 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Recipe Milk Thistle Combo–Dandelion Root or leaf 1-2 tsp—Milk Thistle Seed—1-2 tsp—Nettle Leaf or Root 1-2 teaspoons—Parsley 1-2 tsp of powder or ½ cup of chopped leaf—put into a pot with distilled or reverse osmosis water—allow to come to boil and allow to simmer—Used for –Blood purifying—hormonal balancer and removal of excesses—Liver Support-Kidney Support-Pancreatic Support—Bile Duct Support—Gall bladder Support—Anti Cancer-Immune Enhancing-Strenghtener-Antioxidant-Chlorophyll-Leuteolin-Apigenin-Silybin-Sylmarin-Can be used Regularly—Should see energy and strength being optimal
Pterostilbene ingredient claimed to be superior to resveratrol
ChromaDex is launching an ingredient with similar properties to resveratrol having obtained commercial rights to the biological compound from the University of Mississippi and the Agriculture Research Service (ARS). Found in blueberries, grapes, and other small fruits, pterostilbene is the name of the compound that ChromaDex is launching under the pTeroPure brand.
Health benefits –Pterostilbene is chemically related to resveratrol, and according to ChromaDex, it has shown promise for improving cardiovascular health, glucose levels, and cognitive function. –ChromaDex CEO Frank Jaksch told NutraIngredients.com that the company has licensed patents related to cholesterol control, diabetes, and oxidative stress. Comparing pterostilbene to resveratrol, Jaksch said they are very similar but the former has the advantage of metabolising at a slower rate in the body giving it more opportunity to be absorbed into the blood stream. ChromaDex said research also indicates that the two can work well together and may be more effective in combination than as separate entities. Jaksch said research suggests that one picks up where the other falls down and visa versa. RThis is called synergy!! RInitially ChromaDex will be targeting the dietary supplement market in the US but there are plans eventually expand into the functional food and drink space. In preparation for this next step the California-based company is planning to complete its first clinical trial on pterostilbene by the end of the year and work on the development of a water soluble version of the ingredient.
Research history –Research on the properties and potential of pterostilbene has been conducted by a group of scientists at the University of Mississippi and the ARS – a scientific research arm of the US Department of Agriculture. ARS researcher Agnes Rimando began work on the compound in the 1990s when the health benefits of resveratrol were being discovered. Ricardo wanted to discover whether pterostilbene offered similar benefits and so in 2003 she collaborated with other scientists including Dennis Feller, the former chair of pharmacology at the University of Mississippi.
RPterostilbene is a stilbenoid chemically related to resveratrol. It is thought to be the key compound found predominantly in blueberries (as well as grapes) that exhibit anti-cancer, anti-hypercholesterolemia, anti-hypertriglyceridemia properties, as well as fight off and reverse cognitive decline. It is believed that the compound also has anti-diabetic properties, but so far very little has been studied on this issue. Additionally, it is also touted as a potent anti-fungal.– Cognitive decline—In a study of 40 19-month-old rats fed either a normal diet or a diet containing blueberry, strawberry, or spinach extracts, the rats that were fed blueberry extracts had a significant reversal in motor-skill decline due to aging as well as other cognitive impairments. All of the diets above, except the normal one, resulted in some reversal or reduction of cognitive decline but none greater than the blueberry group Even when animal based studies yield positive results, the effects on humans may not be the same.
Lowering blood lipids and cholesterol—Studies that used animals fed on blueberry based diets found significant reduction in blood lipid count and cholesterol count. While lipids and cholesterol stored in the cells do not pose much harm, elevated lipid and cholesterol levels in the blood have been linked to heart disease and stroke. In the mentioned study blueberries were found to be more effective than ciprofibrate, a cholesterol-lowering drug predominantly used outside the United States.]According to the study pterostilbene binds to PPARs, breaking down the cholesterol.
Diabetes—Similar to what has been discovered with the drug metformin, pterostilbene has been shown to lower blood glucose levels in rats by as much as 56 percent, while simultaneously raising insulin and hemoglobin levels to near normal levels
Possible Anti-Cancer Effects—– In 2002, Rimando and UIC collaborators found in experiments using rat mammary glands that pterostilbene possessed potent anti-oxidant characteristics and possible cancer-fighting properties at concentrations similar to resveratrol. —-Additional work by Rimando and collaborators revealed a possible mechanism for pterostilbene’s purported anti-cancer properties. Using mice cells, they demonstrated that pterostilbene, as well as other analogs of resveratrol, potently inhibits an enzyme called cytochrome P450. Cytochromes are found within the cells of animals, plants, bacteria, and other microorganisms that transport electrons. They’re also a factor in people’s varying response to drugs and toxins entering their bodies. Cytochrome P450 enzymes activate a variety of compounds known as ”procarcinogens,” which can turn substances such as cigarette smoke and pesticides into carcinogens.According to Rimando, Pterostilbene showed strong inhibitory activity—much more than resveratrol—against a particular form of cytochrome P450 in a mouse mammary gland culture assay.
Bulgaria parliament bans GMO crops to soothe fears
Bulgaria’s parliament voted on Thursday to tighten a law that effectively banned cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops for scientific and commercial reasons in response to public fears.–The ruling center-right GERB party decided to drop a planned moratorium on GMO production because the new law would keep the European Union member GMO-free, deputies said. –Non-government organizations, farmers and citizens have rallied for over two months against the government’s initial plans to replace a ban with a licensing regime, which they feared would flood the poorest EU member with GMO crops.–The protesters and a number of political parties, including some of GERB’s rightist allies in parliament, had said biotech and other industries were behind the planned regime ease and called on the government not to give in to corporate pressure.–Growing public resistance forced the ruling party, elected last July, to abandon its initial plan, saying it only aimed to comply with the EU legislation.–“There will be no field on the country’s territory where GMOs can be cultivated,” Kostadin Yazov of GERB’s parliamentary group, said.–Authorizing GMOs for consumption, processing or cultivation in Europe is a politically charged subject with many openly hostile to what they call “Frankenstein foods.”–A March survey by state-funded pollster NPOC showed 97 percent of Bulgarians wanted their country to be GMO free.–The new law bans GMO cultivation in nature protected areas and large buffer zones around those areas and fields with organic crops which effectively means scientific experiments and commercial cultivation will be impossible in the Balkan country.–The amendments also forbid growing crops approved by the European Commission such as the genetically modified potato, Amflora, developed by German chemical maker BASF, and three genetically modified maize types, made by U.S. biotech firm Monsanto.Under the law, fines for perpetrators were raised to up to one million levs ($698,300). Protesters said they were happy with the new law.–Bulgaria’s parliament also approved tighter regulations for labeling products with GMO contents after checks by the health ministry showed that hundreds of food products had such ingredients above the allowed quantity-http://www.reuters.com
Selenium may decrease diabetes risk-French study
Increased blood levels of selenium may decrease a man’s risk of abnormal blood sugar metabolism, and maybe protect against diabetes, says a new study from France. —Levels of the minerals did not affect the risk of abnormal blood sugar metabolism (dysglycemia) in women, however, according to findings published in Nutrition & Metabolism. “We need to identify the optimal range of selenium status and intake that will minimize potential adverse effects on glucose metabolism while optimizing type 2 diabetes prevention,” wrote the researchers, led by Tasnime Akbaraly from the University of Montpellier I. “This may allow us to target a population that might benefit from selenium supplementation.”
Europe versus America —The study is of added importance in Europe where selenium levels have been falling Europe since the EU imposed levies on wheat imports from the US, where soil selenium levels are high. As a result, average intake of selenium in the UK has fallen from 60 to 34 micrograms per day, leading to calls from some to enrich soil and fertilizers with selenium to boost public consumption. Selenium-enriched fertilizers are used in Finland. The European recommended daily intake (RDI) is 65 micrograms. The recommended EC Tolerable Upper Intake Level for selenium is 300 micrograms per day.
Study details –Akbaraly and her co-wokrers followed 1,162 healthy French men and women for nine years and documented 70 new cases of dysglycemia in men and 57 cases in women. The average selenium blood level at the start of the study was 1.08 micromoles per litre in men and 1.1 micromoles per litre for women. Men with the highest selenium levels (1.19-1.97 micromoles per litre) were 50 per cent less likely to develop dysglycemia than men with the lowest average levels. –“The reason we observed a protective effect of selenium in men but not in women is not completely clear, but might be attributed to women being healthier at baseline, having better antioxidant status in general and possible differences in how men and women process selenium,” said Akbaraly.
Health claims —The mineral was recently the subject of positive opinions from EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), which concluded that selenium could offer “protection of DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage, normal function of the immune system, normal thyroid function and normal spermatogenesis.” –However, claims linking the mineral and normal cognitive function, normal prostate function and normal function of the heart and blood vessels, were dismissed. –Source: Nutrition & Metabolism 18 March 2010, 7:21
“Plasma selenium and risk of dysglycemia in an elderly French population: Results from the prospective Epidemiology of Vascular Ageing Study”
Authors: T.N. Akbaraly, J. Arnaud, M.P. Rayman, I. Hininger-Favier, A-M. Roussel, C. Berr, A. Fontbonne The full study is available here. http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/pdf/1743-7075-7-21.pdf
Show of the Week April 16 2010
Junk food killing pet cats and dogs
Bovine Colostrum And Fermented Cabbage Can Help Restrict Infections
Therapeutic Effect of Fermented Milk on Chronic Gastritis
China scientists show how arsenic treats blood cancer
Recipe—Making and antioxidant syrup
Junk food killing pet cats and dogs
By Isabelle Toussaint (AFP) – Apr 4, 2010
PARIS — The junk food and poor eating habits affecting humans is also killing their four-legged pals, say veterinary surgeons and experts. Allergies and obesity are reducing the life expectancy of Lassies and Mittens nourished worldwide on industrial foodstuffs, said Gerard Lippert, a Belgian acupuncturist for animals who has just completed a study on the diets of 600 dead dogs.”Pets, like humans, are victims of junk food,” he told AFP.Of the 600 furry corpses he examined “those fed on processed foods died three years earlier than those fed on food made in the home.” Dogs, he added, “originally were omnivores who shared their food with humans.” Rippert said he was increasingly called on to heal skin, motor and digestive problems as acupuncture was an all-embracing method enabling work on practically all organs. “Dry dog food and cat food croquettes are over-heated, which destroys vitamins, trace elements and other basic nutritional elements,” he said. “We don’t know the origin of the proteins in the foods,” he added. “And there’s an excessive amount of cereal, often genetically modified, and very little vegetables.” “We’re turning our dogs and cats into ruminants,” he said. Laurence Colliard, a veterinary surgeon and nutritionist located in the Paris suburbs, estimates that only five percent of French pet-owners cook food for their four-legged companions. France is Europe’s top pet nation — with 7.8 million dogs and 10.7 million cats, according to a 2008 study by the Sofres/Facco polling institute. “I’m seeing an increasing number of allergies, diarrhea, vomitting, skin dermatitis as well as cases of obesity, specially amid cats because of the excessively high energy content in industrially-produced cat foods,” said Colliard. Pet owners tend to favour processed foods because of the difficulty of preparing nutritionally balanced meals, which in an ideal world should contain some 50 nutrients as well as meat, vegetables, rice and pasta. An animal’s age, weight and exercise routine also need to be taken into account. The packs on offer on supermarket shelves also claim as a bonus to reduce nasty urine smells and modify the consistency of animal poop. The pet food industry was born in England where James Spratt produced the world’s first dog biscuits in 1860. Some 150 years later, many Internet sites are calling for a return to natural foods for pets. BARF or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food is a type of pet diet that consists of raw meat, bones, and organs,” says http://www.barf.com. “It is the practice of feeding domestic pets their evolutionary diet as a way of maximizing their health and longevity. “Dogs should not eat cooked or processed food,”[U1] it adds. “Instead, your pet should consume foods that are similar to a dog?s wild ancestors. This includes bones, fat, meat, and vegetable materials.”
Likewise offers tips for natural home-made meals. It’s only in the last 100 years we have we been led to believe that dogs cannot survive without packaged food. We are told it would be harmful if we were to give them the scraps from our own home cooked meals. This is pure poppycock!”
Bovine Colostrum And Fermented Cabbage Can Help Restrict Infections
ScienceDaily (Sep. 17, 2008) — Researcher Susanna Rokka of MTT Agrifood Research Finland has shown in her doctoral thesis that antibodies extracted from bovine colostrum as well as lactobacilli extracted from fermented cabbage and other sources prevent the action of pathogenic bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.—Rokka studied the effects of bovine colostrum, of specific antibodies produced in the bovine colostrum by vaccinating cows, and of lactobacilli on infections in the gastrointestinal tract. The infections studied were gastritis, dental caries and the E. coli infection in calves. Helicobacter pylori, which causes gastritis and gastric ulcer, is also often the cause of stomach cancer.Vaccinating cows with specific pathogens can create antibodies in their blood which are then transferred to the cow’s milk as well. Concentrations are particularly high in colostrum, which is produced by the cow immediately after parturition. —-Colostrum shown to tackle helicobacteria and dental caries –In tests, an immune colostrum preparation could prevent helicobacter infection in mice. The preparation could not cure an existing infection but, combined with an antibiotic, it reduced inflammation and the number of helicobacteria in the gastrointestinal tract more efficiently than an antibiotic alone. Colostrum also promoted the elimination of colibacteria in the bloodstream of calves.—The research also investigated how lactobacilli operate in gastrointestinal infections. It was found that lactobacilli combined with an immune milk preparation effectively prevented Streptococcus mutans, the root cause of dental caries, from adhering to tooth surface, and Helicobacter pylori from adhering to the human gastric cells. Both were found to also relieve inflammation.—The study also revealed that in milk fermented with lactobacilli LGG, antibodies for caries remained functional for a long time.—Doctoral thesis by Susanna Rokka, MSc in Biochemistry: “Bovine colostral antibodies and selected lactobacilli as means to control gastrointestinal infection” will be examined on September 26th 2008 at the University of Turku in Finland. The opponent will be Professor Harsharn Gill from Australia and the custos will be Professor Heikki Kallio from Finland.—Story Source: Adapted from materials provided by MTT Agrifood Research Finland, via AlphaGalileo
Therapeutic Effect of Fermented Milk on Chronic Gastritis
ScienceDaily (Apr. 11, 2010) — Gastritis produced by acetyl-salicylic acid (ASA) consumption is a common disorder worldwide. The use of probiotics has been proposed to ameliorate different gastrointestinal tract diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. However, little attention has been paid to the use of probiotics in gastric disease. The health-promoting effects ascribed to probiotic strains or fermented foods arise not only from bacteria themselves but also from the metabolites produced during fermentation such as exopolysaccharides (EPS). These polymers have been claimed to modulate the immune response and to display anti-ulcer activities. A research article to be published on April 7, 2010 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses this question.—The research indicate that the milk fermented with S. thermophilus CRL 1190 and/or its EPS was effective in the therapeutic treatment of chronic gastritis by modulating the immune response of the mice and by increasing the thickness of the gastric mucus gel layer. The fermented milk showed a similar protective effect to omeprazole. The application of this fermented milk and/or its EPS constitutes a potential natural alternative for the prevention and treatment of ASA-associated gastric damage.——–Story Source: Adapted from materials provided by World Journal of Gastroenterology, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. —Journal Reference: –Rodríguez C, Medici M, Mozzi F, Font de Valdez G. Therapeutic effect of Streptococcus thermophilus CRL 1190-fermented milk on chronic gastritis. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 2010; 16 (13): 1622 DOI: 10.3748/wjg.v16.i13.1622
China scientists show how arsenic treats blood cancer
URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_97463.html (*this news item will not be available after 07/08/2010)—-SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Scientists in China have demonstrated how arsenic — a favorite murder weapon in the Middle Ages — destroys deadly blood cancer by targeting and killing specific proteins that keep the cancer alive.–“Our study showed how arsenic directly targets these proteins and kills them,” lead researcher Zhang Xiaowei at the State Key Laboratory of Medical Genomics in Shanghai, China, told Reuters.”Unlike chemotherapy, the side effects of arsenic (in treating acute promyelocytic leukemia) are very low. There is no hair loss or suppression of bone marrow (function). We are interested in finding out how arsenic can be used in other cancers,” Zhang said by telephone.—Well known for its toxicity, arsenic was regarded in the past as the king among poisons because its symptoms are like those of cholera and can often go undetected.—In China, however, it has long served a dual purpose. Apart from intentional poisoning, it has been used for at least 2,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine.—In 1992, a group of Chinese doctors reported how they used arsenic to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a blood and bone marrow cancer that has surprisingly high cure rates of over 90 percent in China.—However, the actual workings of arsenic and how it interacts with cancer tissues has never been clear — until Zhang and his colleagues used modern technology to find out.—In a paper published in the journal Science, Zhang and his team, which includes Health Minister Chen Zhu, described how they used modern equipment and saw how arsenic attacked specific proteins that would otherwise be keeping the cancer alive and well.—“This shows how Western technology can be used to find out about the mysteries of Chinese medicine,” Zhang said.—“Although many countries are now using arsenic to treat APL, some countries are resistant to the idea. It depends a lot on whether doctors recommend it and whether patients accept it.”—In APL, there is a drop in the production of normal red blood cells and platelets, resulting in anemia and thrombocytopenia. The bone marrow is unable to produce healthy red blood cells. Until the 1970s, APL was 100 percent fatal and there was no effective treatment.—“The clinical result of arsenic in treating APL is well-established. More than 90 percent of APL patients in China have (at least) five years of disease-free survival,” Zhang said.—In a separate commentary in Science, Scott Kogan at the University of California San Francisco Cancer Center wrote that proper case selection and combination therapy with arsenic may lead to improved outcomes for treating not only promyelocytic leukemia, but other diseases as well.—“If so, an ancient medicine, revived through careful clinical and biological studies in modern times, will have an even greater impact on human health,” wrote Kogan, who was not linked to the Chinese study.