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California Warns Consumers Not to Eat Anchovies, Sardines, Crab

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat commercially or recreationally caught anchovies or sardines or the internal organs of crab from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Dangerous levels of domoic acid have been found in some of these species and could be found in other species.

AnchoviesDomoic acid is produced by phytoplankton, a type of algae, and accumulates in shellfish, sardines and anchovies. It is a biotoxin that affects the brain. Several people have died over the years and may others have become permanently disabled with brain damage after eating domoic acid contaminated seafood. The first reported outbreak of domoic acid poisoning was in 1987 at Prince Edward Island, Canada. Three people died and more than 100 were sickened in that outbreak after eating contaminated seafood.

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SFGate

State issues warning over toxic seafood

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Sardines are among the species of fish health officials are warnign could be tainted with domoic acid. (Photo: San Francisco Chronicle)

 

State officials are advising consumers to stay away from certain types of seafood caught in the waters off Monterey and Santa Cruz counties after a toxic chemical was detected in some of the fish.

The California Department of Public Health issued the warning Thursday, telling the public to avoid sardines, anchovies and the internal organs of crabs because some samples from the region tested positive for domoic acid.

Domoic acid typically resides in the digestive tracts of the fish.

Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning usually set in between 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating tainted seafood and can include nausea, headaches, dizziness, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Severe cases can cause trouble breathing, loss of short-term memory, coma or death.

 

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Health And Wellness Report

Study: Roundup and other pesticides directly linked to Parkinson’s, neurodegenerative disorders

 

by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) The dangers associated with pesticide exposure are much more far-reaching than previously thought, as illustrated by a shocking study recently published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology. It turns out that chronic exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup formula, the active ingredient of which is glyphosate, as well as too many other common pesticides and herbicides is one of the primary environmental factors responsible for causing neurodegenerative disorders in humans.

As originally reported by Sayer Ji over at GreenMedInfo.com, the study brings to light the intricacies of how pesticide and herbicide chemicals induce cell death, which can eventually cascade into a host of chronic neurological illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Even at levels significantly lower than the government-established safety thresholds, these persistent chemicals, which are routinely sprayed on conventional food crops and produce throughout the U.S., can cause permanent brain damage.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Parkinson’s disease alone is the 14th leading cause of death in America. Figures from 2010, which are the latest available, illustrate a 4.6 percent increase in the number of deaths from Parkinson’s compared to the year prior. And a 2007 report put out by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) estimates that by 2030, the number of people worldwide with Parkinson’s will more than double

In this latest study, Monsanto’s Roundup was determined to be a primary factor in causing neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, which is particularly interesting in light of another recent study which found that, even when diluted by a factor of 99.8 percent, Roundup chemicals are still fully capable of destroying both human cells and DNA. Together, these findings speak volumes in regards to rising disease rates, and lend solid credence to the notion that crop chemicals are a primary cause of chronic disease in today’s world.

“A previously healthy 44-year-old woman presented with rigidity, slowness and resting tremor in all four limbs with no impairment of short-term memory, after sustaining long term chemical exposure to glyphosate for three years as a worker in a chemical factory,” cites a 2011 case study published in the journal Parkinsonism Related Disorders about glyphosate’s toxicity.

“The chemical plant produced a range of herbicides including: glyphosate, gibberellins, and dimethyl hydrogen phosphite; however, the patient worked exclusively in the glyphosate production division. She only wore basic protection such as gloves or a face mask for 50 hours each week in the plant where glyphosate vapor was generated.”

Sources for this article include:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com

http://naturalsociety.com

Food Safety

Eating This Common Food Could Damage Your Kidneys

Posted By Dr. Mercola

After years of assurance that genetically engineered (GE) crops are the answer to pesky pest problems, corn rootworm is now turning into a nightmare for America’s agricultural biotech companies.

These insects have developed resistance to an inserted gene in the genetically altered corn crop that is designed to kill them.

In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 22 of the nation’s top experts on corn pests are calling for the agency to take action “with a sense of some urgency.”i

The researchers want seed companies to stop routinely inserting anti-rootworm genes into their corn lines. Overuse of the gene increases the chances that insects will become resistant to it.

According to the NPRii:

“The researchers are calling on farmers in some parts of the country to stop planting corn with anti-rootworm genes altogether, or to plant such corn only intermittently …

If the recommendations in this letter were, in fact, put into practice, it would compel wrenching changes in the way that major seed companies like Monsanto and DuPont breed and market their corn seed.”….

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/27/corn-pests-on-gmo-crops.aspx?e_cid=20120327_DNL_art_1

Is This More-Dangerous-than-Aspartame Sweetener Hiding in Your Food?

One of the more recent toxic additions to our food supply is the artificial sweetener called Neotame.

In the European Union, where it was approved as a flavor enhancer as of November 2010, it is known by its “E number,” E961ii.

Made by NutraSweet (a former division of Monsanto and the original manufacturer of aspartame), neotame is 13,000 times sweeter than table sugar, and about 30 times sweeter than aspartame.

It’s based on the aspartame formula—despite the fact that 80 percent of all FDA complaints pertain to adverse reactions from aspartame.

Neotame is essentially aspartame plus 3,3-dimethylbutyliii–the presence of which ends up reducing the production of phenylalanine, which allegedly makes it safe for those suffering from phenylketonuria (PKU).

(Hence neotame does not need to bear a PKU warning label like aspartame.)

Unfortunately, it may actually be an even more potent and dangerous neurotoxin, immunotoxin and excitotoxin than aspartame.

Proponents of neotame claim that increased toxicity is of no concern because less of it is needed to achieve the desired effect.

Still, Monsanto’s own pre-approval studies of neotame revealed adverse reactions, and there were no independent studies that found neotame to be safe.

On August 16, 2000, the law firm of Hartman & Craven filed comments on the neotame docket pertaining to the lack of safety data submitted in support of neotame, stating in part:

“A food additive petition has been submitted to the FDA for the artificial sweetener neotame. In that petition, the sponsor claims the data presented demonstrate that the compound produces no adverse effects at a dose of 1000 mg/kg/day in the rat. The sponsor also claims that the product should be safe for patients with diabetes. A review of the data submitted to the FDA does not support these conclusions.

In fact, no safe human usage level can be determined based on the submitted data. The animal experimental evidence indicates a toxic effect on growth. The clinical evidence raises concerns about glucose control in patients with diabetes.

Searches for an explanation resolving the adverse findings leave no clear acceptable answers that would insure the safety of the public but does stimulate speculation on questions relating to possible liver effects.”….

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/28/neotame-more-toxic-than-aspartame.aspx?e_cid=20120328_DNL_art_1

FDA to Respond This Week to Petition to Ban BPA

By Helena Bottemiller

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to announce this week whether it will ban bisphenol A, a controversial chemical commonly known as BPA, in food and beverage packaging. The deadline, this Saturday, was set as part of a…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/fda-to-respond-to-petition-to-ban-bpa-this-week/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120328

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Health

This Could Give Women Deadly Blood Clots – US Health Officials Admit

Posted By Dr. Mercola

Emerging markets — primarily in developing countries in Southeast and Central Asia, and Africa — have been on vaccine makers’ radar for quite some time.

One reason that vaccine makers are interested in exploring markets in these parts of the world is that that’s where most of the world’s deaths from major infectious diseases occur — and world health leaders have long suggested that most, if not all, of these diseases could be prevented by vaccines.

The only problem has been that, until recently, making vaccines to sell to undeveloped countries with no money to pay for them was not exactly a profitable goal for vaccine makers.

The GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership formerly known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, is set to change all of that with a new initiative to vaccinate millions of individuals worldwide with either GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix or Merck’s Gardasil HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines.

The campaign should generate a handsome profit for the vaccine makers, as well as the GAVI Alliance, but it will also be putting the health of millions at risk…..

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/27/merck-making-millions-vaccinating-poor-nations.aspx?e_cid=20120327_DNL_art_2

Kotex assures woman that moldy tampons aren’t unusual

Ladies, you regularly check your unused tampons for mold, right? Well, you’re going to from this day forward, because we’re about to tell you how a woman found spots of black mold growing on her new, unused Kotex cotton tampons…..

http://now.msn.com/living/0328-black-mold-tampon.aspx

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Holistic Health

Bogus vitamin E study used single-form, synthetic variety to claim nutrient causes bone loss

By Jonathan Benson

(NaturalNews) The Big Pharma-backed pseudoscience brigade is at it again trying to malign natural vitamins as if they were dangerous pharmaceuticals. A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine claims that taking vitamin E is linked to causing bone loss in mice, but fails to mention that the research involved just one of the eight forms of vitamin E, alpha-tocopherol, which was likely synthetically-derived from petrochemicals. Contradicting a multitude of research over the years verifying…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035363_vitamin_E_bone_loss_study.html

The best homemade remedies to treat hay fever and seasonal allergies

By JB Bardot

(NaturalNews) Homemade remedies for hay fever can quickly reduce seasonal allergy reactions, providing relief from symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, itching, congestion and coughing. Hay fever affects the mucous membranes of the sinuses, nose, throat, eyes and palate. Grasses and plant pollens are the cause of inflammatory reactions that stimulate the immune system, and are made worse by the presence of chemicals, dust and pollutants. Research indicates that approximately 20 percent of the population…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035367_hay_fever_seasonal_allergies_remedies.html

Beware dangerous new advice to use daily aspirin to prevent cancer

By Tony Isaacs

(NaturalNews) Before anyone jumps on the latest mainstream media bandwagon and begins taking daily aspirin to prevent cancer, there are several strong reasons to hesitate. To begin with, the study which produced the media storm was flawed and the claimed benefits are highly questionable. The new aspirin study was conducted by Professor Peter Rothwell at the Stroke Prevention Research Unit at Oxford University. According to the study, taking an aspirin a day could reduce your risk of cancer within…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035369_aspirin_prevent_cancer_side_effects.html

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Pet Health

Carbohydrates: Key to a Balanced Dog Food

When you are comparing the hundreds of dog food options available to feed your dog, there are many ideas to keep in mind. Reading the label carefully will tell you which ingredients and how much of them make up the food (see Demystifying the Dog Food Label). There are many ingredients that go into a quality dog food, and here we will focus on just one category: the carbohydrates

Carbohydrates typically make up anywhere from 30-70 percent of a dry dog food. They come mainly from plants and grains, and provide energy in the form of sugars. Carbohydrates have several important functions in a dog food……

http://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/evr_dg_carbohydrates_key_to_balanced_dog_food#.T3QA1LRZfe8

Doga: Yoga for Dogs

We just love to take our dogs with us wherever we go. In the car, to the beach, for walks, a swim. And now, there’s something else you can do with your dog — Yoga!

Dubbed “Doga,” it seems this new craze is taking the nation by storm. There are books and DVDs and even classes to be had …

http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_dg_doga#.T3QBb7RZfe8

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Allergen Alert

Allergen Alert: Dried Potato With Sulfites

By Julia Thomas

Strong America Ltd. is recalling a dried potato product imported from China that may contain sulfites, which are not listed on the label.According to the notice, the recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/allergen-alert-dried-potato-with-sulfites/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120328

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Articles of Interest

Supreme Court rules biotech Prometheus Laboratories can’t patent ‘laws of nature’

By Ethan A. Huff

(NaturalNews) The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are known for trying to hijack nature and claim it as their own personal property via the patent process. But a recent Supreme Court ruling has set a new precedent against this fraudulent practice, as Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has ruled invalid two medical diagnostics patents held by Prometheus Laboratories, a biotech company owned by food giant Nestle. According to reports, Prometheus had developed a diagnostic…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035368_patents_laws_of_nature_Supreme_Court.html

Food Safety

 

Addictive and Toxic: Found in Bread, Pasta Sauce and Salad Dressing

 

It’s found in an alarming number of everyday products and can cause a beta-endorphin rush to your brain (stimulating the production of morphine-like chemicals), it can wreak havoc on your body, make you flabby and turn you into an addict…

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/24/hungry-for-change.aspx?e_cid=20120324_DNL_art_1

 

Is This FDA-Approved Sweetener Causing Brain Damage?

 

By Dr. Mercola

Aspartame is the most popular artificial sweetener in the United States, but I think a more apt description would be the most dangerous food additive on the U.S. market.

Used in more than 6,000 products (often sugar-free or “diet” versions), millions of people consume this toxin, believing it to be a healthy alternative to sugar.

But people would likely stop using it in droves if they only knew the truth, which is that since its discovery aspartame has been linked to brain tumors.i

And just this month, research was published in Drug and Chemical Toxicology showing yet another route by which aspartame damages your brain …

Long-Term Consumption of Aspartame Leads to Oxidative Stress, and Imbalances in Your Brain

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/24/aspartame-affects-brain-health.aspx?e_cid=20120324_DNL_art_3

 

CDC Revises St. Louis Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Report

 

By Mary Rothschild

Last fall’s multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infection linked to romaine lettuce served mostly at Schnucks salad bars sickened 58 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in an update on the investigation Friday.Two people were removed…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/cdc-amends-schnucks-romaine-lettuce-outbreak-report/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120323

 

Judge to FDA: Revive Proposal to Restrict Animal Antibiotics

 

By Gretchen Goetz

The FDA must act on its 35-year-old proposal to ban certain antibiotics from animal feed, ruled a federal court Thursday. In 1977, FDA determined that 3 antibiotics were likely contributing to drug-resistant bacteria strains in humans and should be reserved for…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/judge-to-fda-revive-proposal-to-restrict-animal-antibiotics/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120324

 

Health

 

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’: Norovirus Rules the High Seas

 

By Dennis Keith

I’ve never been on a cruise, but my mother loves them. The idea of living in a confined space with 3,000 other shipmates for an extended period of time scares me. So when I see stories about the recent tragedies…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/cruisin-for-a-bruisin-norovirus-rules-the-high-seas/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120324

Less Heart Disease Among Women in Wealthier States:

 

Study Poverty levels seem tied to levels of cardiovascular inflammation, researchers say
TUESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) — A state’s level of wealth affects women’s heart disease risk, a new study says.

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston assessed gross domestic product, poverty rates and levels of financial inequality in each state, and then compared those factors to indicators of cardiovascular inflammation in women nationwide who took part in the U.S. Women’s Health Study…..

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/03/20/less-heart-disease-among-women-in-wealthier-states-study?s_cid=rss:less-heart-disease-among-women-in-wealthier-states-study

 

Weight loss does not improve self-esteem in obese teen girls

 

Obese white teenage girls who lose weight may benefit physically, but the weight change does not guarantee they are going to feel better about themselves, according to a Purdue University study.

“We found that obese black and white teenage girls who transitioned out of obesity continued to see themselves as fat, despite changes in their relative body mass,” said Sarah A. Mustillo, an associate professor of sociology who studies obesity in childhood and adolescence. “Further, obese white girls had lower self-esteem than their normal-weight peers and their self-esteem remained flat even as they transitioned out of obesity.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 17 percent of American children ages 2-19 are obese……

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120323/Weight-loss-does-not-improve-self-esteem-in-obese-teen-girls.aspx

 

Holistic Health

 

Court Rules Against FDA In Landmark Health Freedom Case

 

Mike Barrett, News Report:

This is such the case with Diamond Foods and their walnuts. In response to claims by a company named Diamond Foods that walnuts possess health benefits, the FDA sent the company a letter informing them of their wrongdoing. According to the FDA, claims made by Diamond Foods that omega-3’s found in walnuts produce health benefits make their walnuts “drugs”. As far as the FDA is concerned, these “drugs” can not be legally marketed in the United States without an approved new drug application.

http://www.nationofchange.org/court-rules-against-fda-landmark-health-freedom-case-1332516654

 

 

A tragic and stunning case of scientific fraud in studies on red wine and resveratrol

 

By Tony Isaacs,

(NaturalNews) In yet another stunning example of scientific research fraud, the University of Connecticut leveled charges of widespread scientific fraud against a prolific researcher earlier this year. The university the researcher as Dr. Dipak K. Das, a director of the university’s Cardiovascular Research Center (CRC) and a professor in the Department of Surgery, whose work reported on the health benefits of resveratrol and red wine. The University of Connecticut identified instances…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035315_red_wine_resveratrol_scientific_fraud.html

Forget health-damaging painkillers – Use proven natural remedies and herbs to treat joint pain

 

By Ethan A. Huff,

(NaturalNews) Though typically referred to as a single condition characterized by chronic joint pain, arthritis is actually a collective grouping of more than 100 different diseases involving joint inflammation for which many conventional doctors simply prescribe pain drugs as a one-size-fits-all solution. But rather than resort to a lifetime of taking chemical toxins that fail to address the root causes of arthritis, why not try some natural, herbal alternatives that have been proven to provide…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035318_joint_pain_natural_remedies_herbs.html

 

Study finds link between toxic aldehydes in reheated oil and neurodegenerative diseases, cancer

 

By Ethan A. Huff,

(NaturalNews) Depending on the type of oil you use to cook — and whether or not you reheat that oil for multiple uses — you could be exposing yourself to high levels of toxic aldehydes, chemicals known to cause neurodegenerative disease and cancer. Researchers from the University of the Basque Country (UBC) in Spain have found that some popular cooking oils, including soybean and sunflower oils, generate high levels of toxic aldehydes when heated and reheated. Maria Dolores Guillen, a lecturer…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035320_aldehydes_cooking_oil_neurodegenerative_disease.html

Health Ranger releases new infographic listing the top ten worst sources of aspartame

 

By Ethan A. Huff,

(NaturalNews) Millions of Americans still have no idea that many of the beverages and foods they eat on a regular basis are contaminated with a neurotoxin posing as a sugar substitute. So to help raise awareness about the pervasive presence of toxic aspartame in the American food supply, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has released a helpful infographic that identifies the top ten worst sources of aspartame. The infographic highlights the use of aspartame in chewing gums, tabletop sweeteners, flavored…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035322_aspartame_sources_infographic.html

The five best home remedies for colds, coughs and the flu

 

By JB Bardot,

(NaturalNews) From the pantry to the bedside, home remedies you can make in a snap help prevent seasonal colds or cure a stubborn case of the flu. Garlic tea immune enhancer.  A well-known immune system strengthener, garlic shines as an antibacterial and antiviral herb for fighting colds, coughs and the flu. One of the best ways to take advantage of garlic’s healing properties is by drinking fresh garlic tea. Sweetened with a little raw honey, it’s delicious and helps to heal what ails you. Peel…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035323_home_remedies_colds_coughs.html

 

Pet Health

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

 

Dogs love to munch away on grass, and some even make it part of their daily routine. Fortunately, most experts believe it isn’t something you should worry about. So why exactly do they gobble up that green stuff in your yard?

Scavengers ‘R Us

Dogs, unlike their catty counterparts, are not carnivores. But they’re not like your garden-variety omnivores, either. For tens of thousands of years, these opportunistic scavengers have devoured anything and everything, as long as it fulfilled their basic dietary requirements….

http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_dg_eating_grass#.T290bbRZfe8

Cat and Dog Skin Problems

 

By T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM

Does your dog (or cat) have skin problems? Is it continually scratching, biting and licking at itself….and you don’t know why? Well, take comfort, you are not alone.

There are really six main reasons why dogs and cats will itch and scratch. The bottom line is… don’t let them suffer! There IS a diagnosis to be made and then you and your veterinarian will be better able to select the proper treatment plan.

Itching and scratching in dogs: One of the most common calls made to any animal hospital in America goes something like this: “Doctor, I’ve got to get this dog in right away. He’s driving us nuts. All he does is itch and scratch, bite and lick and he’s keeping us up all night!”

My thought is that if the pet’s caretakers are being driven “nuts” by the dog’s scratching and licking, how awful must the poor dog feel?……

http://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/evr_dg_itch_and_scratch_bite_and_lick#.T290vrRZfe8

 

Recalls

 

California Orders Recall of Claravale Farm Raw Milk

 

By Mary Rothschild

Lab tests have confirmed the presence of Campylobacter bacteria in raw cream from Claravale Farm in California, according to state officials who have quarantined and issued a recall notice for all the raw milk, raw nonfat milk and raw cream…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/california-orders-recall-of-claravale-farm-raw-milk/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120323

 

Allergen Alert

Allergen Alert: Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies With Walnuts

 

By Julia Thomas

Whole Foods Market says people who have an allergy or sensitivity to walnuts should not eat certain Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, which are being recalled due to a labeling error in which walnuts were left off the ingredient list. No adverse…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/allergen-alert-mini-chocolate-chip-cookies-with-walnuts/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120323