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Poisoned Food Supply … MORE Listeria found

woman in gastric pain

La Terra Fina Organic Spinach and Spinach Dip has been recalled due to strains of Listeria monocytogenes.

It seems that Listeria and Salmonella poisoning of our food supply and PROCESSING of Food is making our food less and less safe to eat.

Out of pure caution, take your La Terra Fina Organic Spinach/Dip back to your place of purchase for an immediate refund.

  • It seems that our “healthy-food” is far less safe to eat than it was years ago.
  • Is this purely for company profits?
  • Is it because processed food is becoming less popular?

Whatever the reason, more food is becoming tainted with bacterial poisoning and it seems like more of a “mass-weapon” than any other (other than water).

What Should You Do if you think you may have Listeria Poisoning.  Read this -> Listeria – What to Do

What do you think?

Click here -> Read More …

Eat Safe and …

As Always, Stay Informed …

Bob

Food Recall – Salmonella Poisoning – Multiple Places

Post it note Please NoteWegmans Organic Walnut Halves & Pieces RECALLED because Salmonella Contamination. Read More …

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., is expanding their recall of Natural Grocers brand Organic Garlic Powder to all lots as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Read More …

Trader Joe’s Company is recalling Raw Walnuts because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Read More …

 

Eat Safe and …

As Always, Stay Informed …

Bob

ALERT!!! Metal Found in Kraft Mac n Cheese —

choking kidKraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner – due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal.  Read More -> Click Here … As Always, Stay Informed … Bob   P.S.  Please forward this to a friend or family members.

Food Recall – Listeria found in Kansas, TX

Five patients who were treated in a single hospital in Kansas were infected with one of four rare strains of Listeria ill woman2monocytogenes. Three of these strains, which are highly similar, have also been found in products manufactured at the Blue Bell Creameries production facility in Brenham, Texas.  Click here -> Read More …

Eat Safe and …

As Always, Stay Informed …

Bob

Food Recall – Frontier Co-op

Frontier Co-op recalled several organic garlic powder products that were sold under its Frontier and Simply Organic brands, salmonella sickand one product sold under the Whole Foods Market brand due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Eat Safe and …

As Always, Stay Informed …

Bob

Food Poisoning Updates – Listeria, Salmonella, Undeclared Nuts

listeria poisoniHi Everyone –

A few Health Updates with Food – Listeria poisoning,

  • Fairway Raw Hazelnuts Recalled due to Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
  • Hummingbird Wholesale in Eugene Oregon is recalling 110 jars of Hummingbird Brand Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Butter that may contain undeclared milk.
  • WhiteWave Foods is voluntarily recalling 7.5 oz packages of Horizon Cheddar Sandwich Crackers because they may contain undeclared peanuts.
  • Kirsch Mushroom Co. Inc. of 751 Drake Street Bronx NY, is recalling its Chilean Mushrooms that were purchased from Nov 1st2014 to Dec 20th 2014 because they contained undeclared sulfites.
  • Chocolate By Design Inc. of Ronkonkoma, NY, is recalling its Milk Chocolate “Assorted Character Icing Pops”, “Christmas Icing Pops” and “Triple Heart Icing Pops” because they contain undeclared eggs. The Icing Pops may also contain trace amounts of FD&C colors Yellow 5 or 6, Red 3 or 40, and/or Blue 1.
  • National Choice Bakery has notified their customers concerning possible undeclared peanuts and tree nuts contaminated from an ingredient supplier in the baking process of bagels.
  • Whole Foods Market has recalled items prepared with a supplier’s ground cumin spice ingredient that may have contained undeclared peanut.
  • Korean Food Co. of Irving Texas is recalling 8 boxes of (20 bag in each box) Go-Hang Soybean sprouts in 1 lb. and 2 lb. bags distributed Jan 30, 2015 – Feb 6, 2015 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA is voluntarily recalling Thomas’, Sara Lee and Jewel Bagels because they may contain undeclared peanuts and almonds.
  • See’s Company of San Francisco is recalling all 8 oz Classic Red Hearts with Assorted Chocolates with bar code 737666091201 and stamped date L.A.N. 048/15 because it contains undeclared tree nuts

As Always, Stay INformed …

Bob

Recalled Supplements – STOP TAKING ASAP

wyked mega mass builderHi Everyone –

If you or someone you know is taking these supplements, the FDA Announcement advises to STOP TAKING THEM and return them to the place purchased for a refund.

These products can cause may cause acute liver injury, adverse effects on blood lipid levels, and increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.

  • Wyked Labs Ml-Alpha is packaged in a white plastic bottle containing 60 capsules. The product can be identified by the brand name Wyked Labs and the product name Ml­ Alpha, Mega Mass Builder.
  • Wyked Labs M14-Ment is packaged in a white plastic bottle containing 90 capsules.
    The product can be identified by the brand name Wyked Labs and the product name
    M14-Ment, Advanced Mass Builder.
  • Wyked Labs Halo-70 is packaged in a white plastic bottle containing 60 capsules. The product can be identified by the brand name Wyked Labs and the product name Halo-70, Mega Mass Builder.
  • Wyked Labs 7-Ment Alpha is packaged in a white plastic bottle containing 90 capsules.
    The product can be identified by the brand name Wyked Labs and the product name 7- Ment Alpha, Advanced Mass Builder.
  • Wyked Labs Estrastain is packaged in a white plastic bottle containing 60 capsules.
    The product can be identified by the brand name Wyked Labs and the product name
    Estrastain, Pro-Anabolic Mass and Hardening Complex.
  • Wyked Labs Swoll-250 is packaged in a black plastic bottle containing 90 capsules. The product can be identified by the brand name Wyked Labs and the product name Swoll- 250, Super Mass Builder.
  • Formexx Black is packaged in a black plastic bottle containing 60 capsules. The product can be identified by the brand name Anabolic Science Labs (ASL) and the product name Formexx Black.
  • Slim X Lean is packaged in a clear plastic bottle containing 56 capsules. The product can be identified by the brand name Anabolic Science Labs (ASL) and the product name.

As Always, Stay Informed …

Bob

Goals, Fat – Lose that Weight …

Goals 1 2 3….

So what am I (or shall I say … we) to do?

Every year I set this goal & even use the FREE Super Tracker from the gov’t USDA, but I just wind up setting it again.

Well … First – Check off what’s getting in the way & kick it out the door!

  • Meds creating cravings – Read this: Med & Nutrient Depletion·
  • Cravings getting in the way?  Read this: Cravings – What Your Body Really Needs
  •  Support!   You Need it!  No Questions Asked.  Just Do It! I just joined a Support Group (a FREE One – you guys should know me by now …).
    • Hospitals have bariatric support groups, there’s TOPS (take off pounds sensibly), and more.  Some may charge now-a-days, but they used to be free.
  • FUN!  Do things YOU ENJOY.  If you’re happier, achieving your goals will be easier.  Read, walk, bike ride, have a cup of tea, maybe some sex, laugh, read your favorite blog(s), talk to someone.

So many things are FREE these days, so make use of it.  Online Libraries, Online Education/Diploma institutions, and so much more.  Make use of using One-Click to get there & Get Going.

Achieving One Goal is better than none!

As Always, Stay Informed …

Bob

 

Nutrients Depleted by Medications …

Nutrient Depletions from Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs have side effects. That is, they have effects which are besides the intended effect. This can vary from person to person. This is Not Medical Advice. Always Consult your Doctor since all conditions are unique

antihypertensive Nutrient Depletions from Prescription DrugsThe intended effects of drugs are mostly to stop a process in the body, hence the “anti-” designation: anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-hypertensive. These altered processes are most likely produced as the body’s compensation for an imbalance somewhere. When you stop a natural process with a drug, like the stomach producing acid, there are consequences. The symptom – heartburn – may be gone, but the body does not function the same, and over time will result in compromised health.

medicinalherbs Nutrient Depletions from Prescription DrugsI always try to focus on restoring the functions of the body, with natural means such as herbs, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, and some natural hormones. What is most important to me is the understanding of how a human functions, and to support and restore functions, not stop them.

For example:  I suffered from what was called acid reflux disease many years ago.  I was prescribed a pill to stop the ‘excess’ acid.  But I still suffered from the condition that the pill was prescribed to alleviate.  After months of going back & forth with my doctors, different meds and, keeping a journal of foods I was eating – lo and behold … I found out that it was a lactose intolerance.  All the symptoms (including the ulcer …) was thought to be acid reflux disease but it WAS NOT that.  It was the task of eliminating all dairy products from my diet as well as eliminating the pill too!

I view prescription drugs as a valid option for some people with some conditions. If you are one of these, please be informed about what consequences result from taking your drug. Understanding how your body is compensating for an imbalance with your symptoms and finding treatments to restore the function (or eliminate the over-function) is the best approach. And if you need to take a prescription drug now, be aware of its side effects.

clinicaltrials Nutrient Depletions from Prescription DrugsOne way to understand some of these side effects is that the drugs cause certain nutritional deficiencies when taken over time. Prescription drugs can deplete nutrients through many mechanisms, including impaired nutrient absorption, storage, transport, metabolism, or even excretion.

There are a large number of studies in medical literature which report the nutrient depletion of certain drugs. I’m sure your drug package insert does not list these, and most doctors who prescribe the drugs are not aware of them. I believe that everyone would serve themselves by becoming informed health consumers.

To that end, I am listing here the nutrient depletions of common prescription drugs. This is meant to simply be a starting point, with common brand names of drugs listed. There are several handbooks (see resources at the end), so you can look it up in more detail. If you feel that it is in your best interest to take your prescribed drug, then you will probably have a better health outcome and reduce the risk of the drug’s side effects by supplementing with the listed nutrients.

5-Aminosalycyclic acid (for bowel inflammation)

  • Sulfasalazine, Colaza1, Mesalamine
  • Depletes: Folic acid

Anemia

  • Aranesp, Epogen, Procrit, Neulasta
  • Depletes: None reported

Antacids (H2 Blockers, Proton Pump Inhibitors)

  • Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix, Maalox, Mylanta,Tagamet, TUMS, Pepcid, Zantac
  • Depletes: Calcium, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Vitamin D, Folic acid, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin B1

Antibiotics

  • Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Pennicillin, Tetracycline, Cephalosporin, Ciprofloxacin
  • Depletes: Bifidobacteria, Lactobaccillus, Biotin, Potassium, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Vitamins C, E, K, Inositol, Magnesium, Zinc

Anticoagulants

  • Warfarin
  • Depletes: None reported

Anti-Depressants (SSRI)

  • Lexapro, Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil
  • Depletes: Folic acid, Vitamins B6, B12, D, Essential Fatty Acids, Sodium

Anti-Diabetics

  • Actos, Metformin, Glucotrol, Avandia
  • Depletes: CoQ10, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12
    Low magnesium levels may predispose to this condition. 

Anti-histamines

  • Singulair, Zyrtec
  • Depletes: Essesential Fatty Acids

Anti-Hypertensives (ACE inhibitors, Beta-Blockers)

  • Toprol-XL, Norvasc, Lisinopril, Furosemide, Chlorthalidone, Clonidine, Propanolol
  • Depletes: CoQ10, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin B1

Anti-Inflammatories

  • Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen
  • Depletes: Folic acid, Iron, Potassium, Sodium, Vitamin C, Glutathione

Bronchodilators

  • Advair Diskus, Singulair, Albuterol
  • Depletes: Potassium

Cholesterol-Lowering (STATINS)

  • Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol, Cholestyramine, Colesevelam, Fenofibrate
  • Depletes: CoQ10, Beta-carotene, Calcium, Folic acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vitamins A, B12, D, E, K

Corticosteriods

  • Prednisone, Hydrocortisone, Prednisole, Bethamethasone
  • Depletes: Calcium, Folic acid, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamins A, B6, C, D, K, ZInc

 Diuretics

  • Furosemide, Hydorchlorothiazide, Triamterene
  • Depletes: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Vitamins B1, B6, C, Zinc, CoQ10, Folic acid

Gout

  • Colchicine
  • Depletes: Vitamins A, D, B12, Folic acid, Iron, Potassium

Hormone Replacement Therapy

  • Estrace, Premarin, Prempro, Alora
  • Depletes: Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, C, Magnesium, Biotin, Pantothenic acid

Laxatives

  • Metamucil, FiberCon, Citrucel, Colace, Glycolax, Milk of magnesia, Dulcolax
  • Depletes: Vitamins A, D, E, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium

Oral Contaceptives

  • Ortho Cyclen, Ortho Novum, Ortho TriCyclen, Triphasil, Seasonale, Yasmin, Ethinyl Estradiol plus Norgestrel
  • Depletes: Beta-Carotene, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, Folic acid, Biotin, Pantothenic acid, Magnesium, Zinc, Tryptophan, Tyrosine

Psychotherapeutics

  • Seroquel, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Haldol, Amitriptyline
  • Depletes: Vitamin B2, CoQ10

Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Enbrel, Remicade, Methotrezate
  • Depletes: Folic acid

Sleep Aids

  • Ambien, Lunesta, Restoril, Sonata
  • Depletes: None reported, but those that act on the GABA-A receptor may deplete Biotin, Calcium, Folic acid, Vitamins B1, B12, D, K

Thyroid

  • Synthroid, Levothryoxine sodium
  • Depletes: Iron

Resources:

  • Pelton, Lavalle, Hawkins, Krinsky. Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook. Lexi-Comp; 2nd Ed., 2001
  • Pelton R Lavalle. The Nutritional Cost of Prescription Drugs. Morton Publishing Co, 2nd Ed., 2004
  • Vaglini F, Fox B. The Side Effects Bible: The Dietary Solution to Unwanted Side Effects of Common Medications.Broadway, 2005.

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Seizures and Today’s Technology: Beware

cell phone pix by girlThe Epilepsy Foundation says that about 2 to 3 percent of the country’s 2.5 million epileptics, 300,000 of them children, have this type of light-sensitive epilepsy. Neurologists call them “photo-sensitive,” meaning that they are susceptible to a particular pattern of flickering light. The quicker the pulse, the larger the risk, experts said.

Dr. Fisher and other experts said the phenomenon of epileptic seizures set off by flickering lights was discovered in the late 1800’s. Travelers suffered seizures on straight, sunwashed roads uniformly lined with tall, thin trees that caused sunlight to have a strobe-light effect. “Traveling at dusk, with the low sun flickering through the trees, can produce conditions when a seizure is possible,” Dr. Fisher said.

Photosensitivity and Seizures

Epilepsy affects more than three million Americans. For about 3 percent of them, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities or to certain visual patterns can trigger seizures. This condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy.

Photosensitive epilepsy is more common in children and adolescents, especially those with generalized epilepsy, in particular juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. It becomes less frequent with age, with relatively few cases in the mid twenties.

Many people are unaware that they are sensitive to flickering lights or to certain kinds of patterns until they have a seizure. They may never go on to develop epilepsy, which is characterized by recurrent spontaneous seizures, though a seizure may be triggered by certain photic conditions. Many individuals who are disturbed by light exposure do not develop seizures but experience other symptoms such as headache, nausea, dizziness and more. They do not have epilepsy.

Examples of Triggers

Seizures in photosensitive people may be triggered by exposure to television screens due to the flicker or rolling images, to computer monitors, to certain video games or TV broadcasts containing rapid flashes or alternating patterns of different colors, and to intense strobe lights like visual fire alarms.

Also, seizures may be triggered by natural light, such as sunlight, especially when shimmering off water, flickering through trees or through the slats of Venetian blinds.

Certain visual patterns, especially stripes of contrasting colors, may also cause seizures. People have wondered whether flashing lights on the outside top of buses or emergency vehicles may trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy.

Not all televisions, video games, computer monitors, and strobe lights trigger seizures, however. Even in predisposed individuals, many factors must combine to trigger the photosensitive reaction.

Examples include:

  • frequency of the flash (that is, how quickly the light is flashing)
  • brightness
  • contrast with background lighting
  • distance between the viewer and the light source
  • wavelength of the light
  • whether a person’s eyes are open or closed

The frequency or speed of flashing light that is most likely to cause seizures varies from person to person. Generally, flashing lights most likely to trigger seizures are between the frequency of 5 to 30 flashes per second (Hertz).

The likelihood of such conditions combining to trigger a seizure is small. However, to be safe, photosensitive individuals are advised to keep at a distance from TV screens and to place other lights in the surrounding area to lower the contrast between the brightness on the screen and the background. These conditions protect the viewer and are easy to obtain during TV viewing but not while playing video games or when randomly exposed to strong environmental lights. Therefore, other protective devices or strategies may be needed.

Check with your doctor if you are concerned about flashing lights triggering seizures. Chances are that your medical records will indicate how you responded to flashing lights during the electroencephalogram (EEG), a test done routinely in most people with epilepsy. During this test, sensors are attached to the patient’s scalp to monitor the electrical activity of the brain in various conditions, including light stimulation generated by a strobe positioned in front of the eyes. An abnormal response when the patient is exposed to various frequencies of flashing lights indicates the presence of photosensitivity. If you have not been diagnosed with epilepsy or have not had this type of test, ask your doctor about ordering one for you, or consult a local neurologist.

The same concerns may apply to relatives of individuals who are known to be photosensitive, such as siblings. Because the condition is genetic it may affect other members of the same family. Finding out if your are photosensitive or not is relevant, especially if the relatives are children or adolescents who intend to engage in activities presenting risks such as intense videogame playing.

If you are diagnosed with photosensitive epilepsy, your doctor may prescribe medication and suggest that you:

  1. avoid exposure to certain kinds of flashing lights; and
  2. cover one eye and turn away from the direct light source when in the presence of flashing lights.

You may also wish to discuss with your doctor whether the following tips suggested by photosensitivity and epilepsy experts would be helpful to you.

Visual Fire Alarm Strobe Lights

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, most workplaces and places serving the public, including theaters, restaurants, and recreation areas, are required to have fire alarms, which flash as well as ring so that people who cannot hear or cannot hear well will know that there is an emergency.

To reduce the likelihood of the strobe light triggering a seizure, the Epilepsy Foundation’s professional advisory board recommends that

  • the flash rate be kept to under 2 Hertz with breaks every so often between flashes; and
  • flashing lights should be placed at a distance from each other and set to flash together at the same time to avoid an increase in the number of individual flashes.
  • Watch television in a well-lit room to reduce the contrast between light from the set and light in the room.
  • Reduce the brightness of the screen.
  • Keep as far back from the screen as possible.
  • Use the remote control to change channels on the TV so you won’t have to get too close to the set.
  • Avoid watching for long periods of time.
  • Wear polarized sunglasses while viewing television to reduce glare.
  • Sit at least 2 feet from the screen in a well-lit room.
  • Reduce the brightness of the screen.
  • Do not let children play videogames if they are tired.
  • Take frequent breaks from the games and look away from the screen every once in a while. Do not close and open eyes while looking at the screen – blinking may facilitate seizures in sensitive individuals.
  • Cover one eye while playing, alternating which eye is covered at regular intervals.
  • Turn the game off if strange or unusual feelings or body jerks develop.
  • Use a flicker-free monitor (LCD display or flat screen).
  • Use a monitor glare guard.
  • Wear non-glare glasses to reduce glare from the screen.
  • Take frequent breaks from tasks involving the computer.

Television Screens

Videogames

Computer Monitors

Exposure to Strong Environmental Lights

Cover one eye (either one) with one hand until the stimulus is over. Closing both eyes or turning your eyes in another direction will not help.

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Since my son has recently started suffering from seizures, this info became even more important to me.  I personally, had a reaction to certain medications that caused seizures before they realized what was causing it.

As Always, Stay informed …

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