Friday, August 29, 2008
- Vopr Med Khim. 1998 Nov-Dec; 44(6):559-64. Kuchmerovskaia TM, Parkhomets PK, Donchenko GV, Obrosova IG, Klimenko AP, Kuchmerovskiĭ NA, Pakirbaeva LV, Efimov AS. Institute of Biochemistry, Kiev.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Prostate cancer is a major cause of cancer death among males, yet little is known about its etiology. We hypothesize that Vitamin (Hormone) D deficiency may underlie the major risks for prostate cancer, including age, Black race, and northern latitudes. These factors all are associated with decreased synthesis of Vitamin D. Mortality rates from prostate cancer in the U.S. are inversely correlated with ultraviolet radiation, the principal source of Vitamin D. This hypothesis is consistent with known antitumor properties of Vitamin D, and may suggest new avenues for research in prostate cancer.The meaning of this finding is clear. In order to cut the risk of prostate cancer, it is imperative to obtain sufficient sunshine and/or vitamin D.
- Schwartz, G. G., and B. S. Hulka. 1990. “Is vitamin D deficiency a risk factor for prostate cancer? (Hypothesis).” Anticancer-Res. Sep-Oct; 10(5A): 1307-11. (Accessed Aug. 26, 2008).
Monday, August 25, 2008
Researchers said: "Ingestion of the MSG solution also elevated plasma insulin levels; maximal values were obtained within 20 min of ingesting the solution, remained elevated until 60 min, and then declined to placebo values by 135 min." (p. 186).
- John D. Fernstrom, Judy L. Cameron, Madelyn H. Fernstrom, Claire Mcconaha, Theodore E. Weltzin, and Walter H. Kaye. 1996. Short-Term Neuroendocrine Effects of a Large Oral Dose of Monosodium Glutamate in Fasting Male Subjects. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Vol. 81, No. 1. 184-191.
- MSG and Obesity.
- MSGTruth.org. (All about the harms of MSG.)
- MSG - Slowly Poisoning America. ) "MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates.")
- Statement by John Erb. (Contains the most authoritative research on the harm of MSG, including numerous studies showing that it increases insulin levels.)
- The Slow Poisoning of Mankind: A Report on the Toxic Effects of the Food Additive
Monosodium Glutamate Presented by John Erbof Canada to the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee On Food Additives. August 2006.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
- Frederic J. Vagnini radio broadcast in New York August 24, 2008.
- Science page of Prevagen Web site.
- UWM Psychology Researcher Supports a Graduate's Biotech Startup. (Accessed Aug. 24, 2008.)
- Research Supports Drug Development From a Jellyfish Protein. (Accessed Aug. 24, 2008.)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
And now for something completely different. As an aside from all this talk about health, we're bringing you some bloopers from the Get Smart television show (starring Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, and Ed Platt). These mistakes actually show how professional the actors were! Though they break up for a second or two, they get right back to work. And work it was. They had lots of lines to remember. As Norman Cousins believed, laughter could overcome the biology of cancer. Perhaps there's some truth to that.
By the way, Dr. Ray Sahelian, M.D. suggests that artists, writers and actors might benefit from occasional use of pregnenolone. See Pregnenolone: Nature's Feel Good Hormone, p. 33.
A friend of mine, an ex sailor, is back in college and doing a great job intellectually, but he does not have a laptop. He's smart (I can tell from his comments in class) but he's operating at a disadvantage. Charter Laptop-a-Day Giveaway is what he needs. In thirty days there will be thirty winners. Here's how it works (complete rules at connect.charter.com/landing/disclaimers/laptop.html): you order any of the Charter Communications service online and you'll automatically be in line to win one of the prizes, that is, the thirty HP Compaq Presario C770US laptops. This sure would help my friend and his scholastic career. Each of these computers is worth over six hundred bucks. Could he ever use that! The first winner will be announced September 1. But there's more. He's a great driver but he never has enough money for gas. Anyone who orders online will also get a Shell gas card with a value of up to a hundred bucks. As far as what Charter is offering, it breaks down into three categories (each one a terrific deal no matter how you look at it): first, high-speed Internet at only $19.99 a month for 6 months; second, digital home (this means TV) and Internet for $69.98 a month for 6 months; and third, Charter Digital Home™, High-Speed Internet, and Charter Telephone® at $99.97 a month for 12 months.
- 1999. Early impairment of large artery structure and function in Type I diabetes mellitus. Diabetologia. Volume 42, Number 8 / July. (Type I diabetes associated with greater incidence of clogged arteries.)
- J. Qiao. Cartilaginous metaplasia in calcified diabetic peripheral vascular disease: Morphologic evidence of enchondral ossification. Human Pathology, Volume 34, Issue 4, Pages 402-407. (Type 2 diabetics suffer from increased "cartilaginous metaplasia and ectopic ossification with associated severe medial arterial calcification and atherosclerosis.")
- G Marquie. 1978. Effect of insulin in the induction and regression of experimental cholesterol atherosclerosis in the rabbit. Postgraduate Medical Journal, Vol 54, 80-85. (Insulin causes fat to adhere to artery walls, leading to atherosclerosis.)
Latest Cell Phone Brain Tumor Study. Mobilfunk-Newsletter - EMF-Omega-News. (Accessed Aug. 22 2008.)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
One of my fav songs - and I just discoverd this live version tonight! Shirley Manson is a terrific singer. She grew up a middle child with an older and younger sister. Many girls from this birth order are terrific actors or artists and musicians. JLo has the same birth order.
Researchers concluded: "Epidemiologic studies, animal studies, and more recently, clinical intervention trials all suggest a role for regular intake of dietary fish oil in reducing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Prevention of cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death is demonstrable at fish or fish oil intakes that have little or no effect on blood pressure or plasma lipids. In animals, dietary intake of fish oil [containing both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 20∶5n−3) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22∶6n−3)] selectively increases myocardial membrane phospholipid content of DHA, whereas low dose consumption of purified fatty acids shows antiarrhythmic effects of DHA but not EPA. Ventricular fibrillation induced under many conditions, including ischemia, reperfusion, and electrical stimulation, and even arrhythmias induced in vitro with no circulating fatty acids are prevented by prior dietary consumption of fish oil. The preferential accumulation of DHA in myocardial cell membranes, its association with arrhythmia prevention, and the selective ability of pure DHA to prevent ventricular fibrillation all point to DHA as the active component of fish oil. The antiarrhythmic effect of dietary fish oil appears to depend on the accumulation of DHA in myocardial cell membranes."(2)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Safety of Xylitol
In 1986, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) was commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review all relevant data concerning xylitol and other polyols. The scientific conclusions of the FASEB report indicate that the use of xylitol in humans is safe. The report also affirms xylitol's acceptability as an approved food additive for use in foods for special dietary uses.
In 1996, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), a prestigious scientific advisory body to the World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, confirmed that adverse findings in animal studies conducted in the 1970s are "not relevant to the toxicological evaluation of these substances (e.g., xylitol) in humans."
JECFA has allocated an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of "not specified" for xylitol. ADI, expressed in terms of body weight, is the amount of food additive that can be taken daily in the diet over a lifetime without risk. An ADI of "not specified" is the safest category in which JECFA can place a food additive. The scientific Committee for Food of the European Union (EU) also determined xylitol "acceptable" for dietary uses.
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On the basis of this good news, I'll be using xylitol more frequently. If you liked this info, sign up for Dr. Mercola's newsletter at mercola.com.
Mercola, Joseph. Safety of Xylitol. (Accessed Aug. 20, 2008.)
Book review by Jerry Cott, Ph.D. of Mary Enig, Ph.D.'s Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils, and Cholesterol. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. February 1, 2001, 7(1): 97-100. doi:10.1089/107555301300004583. (Accessed August 20, 2008.)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology 11, 380 - 381 (2004)
Published online: 14 March 2004; | doi:10.1038/nsmb743
A receptor for green tea polyphenol EGCGHirofumi Tachibana, Kiyoshi Koga, Yoshinori Fujimura & Koji Yamada
Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, Hakozaki 6-10-1, Fukuoka, 812-8581, Japan.The major polyphenol in green tea, (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), has been shown to prevent carcinogenesis. We have identified a receptor that mediates the anticancer activity of EGCG. Expression of the metastasis-associated 67-kDa laminin receptor confers EGCG responsiveness to cancer cells at physiologically relevant concentrations. Experiments using surface plasmon resonance demonstrate binding of EGCG to the 67-kDa laminin receptor with a nanomolar K d value. [Emphasis supplied.]
Introduction: nutritional aspects of palm oil.
Leatherhead Food Research Association, Surrey, UK.
The production, composition, and food uses of palm oil are outlined in this introduction to a detailed appraisal of the nutritional and health implications of the use of palm oil in the food supply. The putative role of dietary fats and oils in general, and of palm oil in particular, in the etiology of coronary heart disease and cancer is critically assessed. It is concluded that the evidence available is difficult to interpret unambiguously. Some evidence to suggest that the minor components of palm oil might have useful biological effects is also discussed.
- Researchers found that DMAE boosts brain functioning, increased mood and had other positive effects on the brain.They stated that DMAE boosted mood, a rather strong finding. These researchers were clear in their conclusions:
Subjects taking the active drug [DMAE] for 3 months developed significant less theta and alpha1 power in sensomotoric areas of the cortex. . . . . Since decreases in theta and alpha1 electrical power have been associated with increased vigilance and attention, subjects taking the drug combination obviously were more active and felt better. . . . Both scores revealed a better mood for the active drug group . . . . Therefore . . . DMAE can be interpreted to induce a psychophysiological state of better feeling of wellbeing on both levels of analysis mood and electrical pattern of brain activity in subjects suffering from borderline emotional disturbance.These strong statements are significant. They suggest that DMAE may have a role in the treatment of mood disorders. It may also be appropriate for those who are healthy and who wish to boost mental functioning on an occasional basis.
- Eur J Med Res. 2003 May 30;8(5):183-91.
- Efficacy of dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) containing vitamin-mineral drug combination on EEG patterns in the presence of different emotional states. Dimpfel W, Wedekind W, Keplinger I.
Steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) is a . . . protein involved in the transport of cholesterol to the inner mitochondrial membrane and thus plays a key role in steroid biosynthesis. . . . StAR transcripts were abundant in the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, dentate gyrus, olfactory bulb, cerebellar granular layer, and Purkinje cells. Furthermore, other steroidogenic enzymes, side-chain cleavage cytochrome P-450SCC . . . were found to be coexpressed in the hippocampus, dentate gyrus, cerebellar granular layer, and Purkinje cells. These findings strongly indicate that neurosteroids are synthesized in a region-specific manner in the brain.In other words the brain makes chemicals that increase its effective ability to calculate. Like a robot fixing itself, the brain provides itself with neurotransmitters for a wide range of functions, all of which relate to congition and increased mental calculation power.
- Steroidogenic Acute Regulatory Protein (StAR) Transcripts Constitutively Expressed in the Adult Rat Central Nervous System: Colocalization of StAR, Cytochrome P-450SCC (CYP XIA1), and 3[beta]-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase in the Rat Brain. Molecular Biology. Journal of Neurochemistry. 71(6):2231-2238, December 1998. Furukawa, Aizo; Miyatake, Akira ; Ohnishi, Taira; Ichikawa, Yoshiyuki
Monday, August 18, 2008
Here's one of my favorite recent songs, "Civil Twilight" by The Weakerthans. The song has nothing to do with health — except it's all about love and relationships and pining away for someone, and so on many levels it is about romantic health, that is, romantic normalcy; and in this sense it is a health video. I try to relate everything to health, and certainly if your mood is good you're going to have better physical health. This song can help you achieve a better mood. It works for me.
I have quoted at length because Dr. Sahelian's description is poetic and reminiscent of the mescaline-induced heightened perception described by Aldoux Huxley in The Doors of Perception, where Huxley says that anything he looked at glowed with a greater brightness and significance: "The books, for example, with which my study walls were lined. Like the flowers, they glowed, when I looked at them, with brighter colors, a profounder significance. Red books, like rubies; emerald books; books bound in white jade; books of agate; of aquamarine, of yellow topaz; lapis lazuli books whose color was so intense, so intrinsically meaningful, that they seemed to be on the point of leaving the shelves to thrust themselves more insistently on my attention."2
The fact that pregnenolone production decreases with age and that is can be used as a supplement to boost memory, mood, energy, and visual and auditory perception is described in Dr. Sahelian's unique and groundbreaking book, a work that does its own job of opening the doors of perception.
- McPherson K. 2008. Does Preventing Obesity Lead to Reduced Health-Care Costs?. PLoS Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 2, e37. (Feb. 5). doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050037
- Taubes, Gary. 2007. Good Calories, Bad Calories. New York: Knopf. p. 299.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
- Do Mammograms Cause Cancer?? (Accessed August 17, 2008.)
- Rcik Ensminger. Alert - Mammograms Cause Cancer. (Accessed August 17, 2008.)
- From Dr. Mercola's Web site: Barry Lynes. Mammography Enters the Depths of Deceit. (Accessed August 17, 2008.)
- Major Confusion on How to Do Breast Checks. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/08/07/major-confusion-on-how-to-do-breast-checks.aspx (Accessed Oct 16, 2008.) This is an excellent overview by Dr. Mercola.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This is a vintage video of the Beach Boys doing one of their most popular songs, Surfin' USA. I love this song and this group and here we can see some rare footage of Brian Wilson onstage with his two brothers Carl and Dennis (on drums) as well as Mike Love. The performance is terrific. Enjoy!
All the non sugar related acids in soda (including carbonic acid) are so soluble in water that they are washed off the teeth almost immediately before they can cause much decalcification of the tooth structure. On the other hand, the sugar in regular soda is very sticky and remains on the teeth for a long time.1In other words a carbonated drink without sugar is not harmful to teeth.2 (The flavoring probably has MSG, which we'll rail against another day.)
According to a report published in the March / April edition of General Dentistry, phosphoric acid in soda causes tooth enamel erosion, even with minimal exposure.3References
- Tooth Decay. (Accessed 9/5/2008.)
- Diet Sodas Aren't So Good for Teeth. (Accessed 9/5/2008.)
- Phosphoric acid in sodas nearly as damaging to teeth as battery acid. (Accessed 9/5/2008.)
Vinpocetine is a terrific brain booster or "smart drug" which Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, M.D. recommend in their magnum opus Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever. This is the first and only video I've seen which talks about the substance. But you don't need to buy the product to get the benefits of vinpocetine. You can buy vinpocetine direct from Swanson's Vitamins or other sources. Highly recommended.
I put Marlon Brando on this health blog because he is the best actor of all time. You will see him here with Larry King, with his shoes off, in a relaxed frame of mind, sparring with King and fulfilling an obligation to Random House for a book contract. It's always a pleasure to see Brando talk and this is a rare opportunity. He didn't give many interviews. I think seeing this can help anyone relax and enjoy life more. Brando is often philosophical and gives you something to think about.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
As one commentator writes: "Now for the ‘reality check’ - facts often omitted in the media taken from this same study. To get the equivalent beneficial doses of resveratrol used in this study Sinclair warned that 'you would have to drink over a thousand glasses of wine a day.' Also, no one has shown that these doses of resveratrol used in the study are either safe or effective, and supplements are not well absorbed. How about more news encouraging healthy lifestyles to get the same benefits without the risks, such as a diet full of fruits and vegetables, exercise, meditation, etc.?"
Hey, I want to live a long healthy life just as much as the next guy, and if the facts about resveratrol sounded true I'd be the first one to take it. But so far it sounds too much like flying saucers to me. But that being said, I'm still looking, hoping for the green and red flashing lights in the sky.
June Russell. 2006. Facts About the Recent Resveratrol Studies. Health Plus Letter. Vol. 4, No. 27 (Nov. 29). (Accessed August 13, 2008.)
This video is about Dr. Atkins, how he started his diet, what his personality was like and how he and his patients lost weight. It ends abruptly with a woman saying she lost a lot of weight and then gained it again. Don't let that fool you. She wasn't on the diet at the end; she was eating lots of carbs again. And the people who question the safety of this diet in the video are clearly those who buy into the now defunct cholesterol heart disease hypothesis. That failed idea was put to rest rather soundly by Gary Taubes monumental Good Calories, Bad Calories. Atkins rules and his diet is not only sound it is safe and healthy.
More negative reactions: "while the procedure is quick in itself, it is likely to lead to at least six months of impaired vision and significant discomfort, at the end of which only one eye may have normal sight. (And if the first eye does not heal to expectation, the second operation on the other eye will never be done and the imbalance will be permanent.)
"Then there are the surgical disasters that can happen. You can visit Vision Surgery Rehab Network to review some of the horror stories. The site is devoted to focusing attention on the unique problems faced by those who have undergone unsuccessful LASIK (and other eye) surgeries."2
The moral of this is simple. Always think before you act on a major medical decision like surgery. Go to Google and simply enter a search such as "LASIK dangers" and evaluate the search results yourself for validity and veracity and whether you trust the source. Remember, people doing LASIK are motivated by significant financial interests and will spin information to point out only the advantages. (LASIK is the most popular elective surgery in the U.S. and a 2.5 billion-a-year industry!) Think for yourself. Be smart. Be healthy.
- Susan Ferraro. Patients are Blindsided By Dangers of Lasik Surgery: Thousands Suffer Lasting Eye Damage after Procedure. (Accessed August 12, 2008.)
- Joseph Mercola, M.D. 2008. The Dangers of LASIK Surgery: Why You Want to Avoid This Like the Plague. Accessed August 12, 2008.) Subscribe to Dr. Mercola’s Health Newsletter.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
There are few really good online bathroom and kitchen shops. Especially for electric showers, a modern innovation that many people today seek in a home or resort setting. The Web site TrueRooms.com can help you find the most amazing and efficient electric showers. Not only that, they can also help you discover the joys of showers, bathroom furniture (you never knew there was bathroom furniture?), modern taps, shower valves, and so much more. By the time you finish shopping online you'll wish you had discovered them ages ago. Keep in mind that when it comes to brand names, this site has them all, including the luxury mira showers and deva showers and taps. I feel like remodeling my bathroom right now, and I'm going to start by browing through TrueRooms.com. The first thing I'll do is take down my shower taps and add new bathroom fixtures, and then I'm going to put in an alarm on my weather radio, plus I'll add some new brass shower curtain rods. I'm ready for anything, including visitors!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Dopamine is increased by exercise ("Levodopa . . . is the only drug . . . to actually replenish . . . dopamine in the brain . . . . Exercise is the only activity that is believed to result in the production of dopamine within the brain."3); that's why after exercising you feel good for hours.. But after taking ginkgo you won't feel any different. It doesn't supply dopamine or replenish it; it merely prevents the loss of dopamine that is already there or perhaps facilitates the uptake of dopamine. An herb that may boost dopamine, however, is Eurycoma longifolia.
- M.-S. Kim, J.-I. Lee, W.-Y. Lee, S.-E. Kim. 2004. Neuroprotective effect of Ginkgo biloba L. extract in a rat model of Parkinson's disease. Phytotherapy Research. Volume 18 Issue 8, Pages 663 - 666. Published Online: 8 Oct. (Accessed August 10, 2008.)
- Karin Granstrom Jordan, M.D. 2002. Ginkgo Biloba: A Treasure from the Past. (Accessed August 10, 2008.)
- Arthur, W. Curren. 2005. Dumb Bells & Dopamine: A Parkinson's Success Story. AuthorHouse. This book is by a man who conquered Parkinson's through exercise; the primary effect of that exercise was to boost dopamine levels in the brain.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
- Kava Kava root. Ray Sahelian, M.D. raysahelian.com/kava.html. (Accessed August 10, 2008.)
Saturday, August 9, 2008
A study is reported on the effects of Brahmi (Bacopa monniera) on human memory. Seventy-six adults aged between 40 and 65 years took part in a double-blind randomized, placebo control study in which various memory functions were tested and levels of anxiety measured. There were three testing sessions: one prior to the trial, one after three months on the trial, and one six weeks after the completion of the trial. The results show a significant effect of the Brahmi on a test for the retention of new information. Follow-up tests showed that the rate of learning was unaffected, suggesting that Brahmi decreases the rate of forgetting of newly acquired information. Tasks assessing attention, verbal and visual short-term memory and the retrieval of pre-experimental knowledge were unaffected. Questionnaire measures of everyday memory function and anxiety levels were also unaffected. [Emphasis supplied.]
Roodenrys S, Booth D, Bulzomi S, Phipps A, Micallef C, Smoker J. 2002. Chronic effects of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) on human memory. Neuropsychopharmacology. Aug; 27(2):279-81.
The antistress effect of bacosides of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri, BBM), dissolved in distilled water, was studied in adult male Sprague Dawley rats by administering oral doses of 20 and 40 mg/kg for 7 consecutive days. In half of the animals treated with 20 or 40 mg/kg of BBM, stress was given 2 h after the last dose. Stress was also administered to the animals treated with distilled water alone. BBM, at both doses, did not induce a significant change in the expression of Hsp70 in any brain region studied while stress alone produced a significant increase in the Hsp70 expression in all the brain regions. A significant decrease in the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) was evident in the hippocampus with the lower dose of BBM and in animals given stress alone, while an increase in the activity of SOD was observed in the brain regions with the higher dose of BBM. An increase in the activity of cytochrome P450 (P450) dependent 7-pentoxyresorufin-o-dealkylase (PROD) and 7-ethoxyresorufin-o-deethylase (EROD) was observed in all the brain regions after exposure to stress alone and with both doses of BBM although the magnitude of induction of P450 expression was less with a higher dose of BBM. Interestingly, stress when given to the animals pretreated with BBM for 7 days resulted in a decrease in Hsp70 expression in all the brain regions with a significant decrease occurring only in the hippocampus. Likewise the activity of SOD was found to be further reduced in all the brain regions in the animals treated with the lower dose of BBM followed by stress. However, when stress was given to the animals pretreated with the higher dose of BBM, a significant increase in the enzyme activity was observed in the cerebral cortex and in the rest of the brain while the activity of SOD was reduced to a much greater extent in the cerebellum and in the hippocampus. Likewise, the activity of P450 enzymes was found to be restored to almost control levels in the animals given stress and pretreated with the higher dose of BBM, while a lesser degree of induction, compared with animals treated with BBM or stress alone, was observed in the animals pretreated with the lower dose of BBM and given stress. The data indicate that BBM has potential to modulate the activities of Hsp70, P450 and SOD thereby possibly allowing the brain to be prepared to act under adverse conditions such as stress. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [Emphasis supplied.]
D. Kar Chowdhuri, D. Parmar, P. Kakkar, R. Shukla, P. K. Seth, R. C. Srimal. 2002. Antistress effects of bacosides of Bacopa monnieri: modulation of Hsp70 expression, superoxide dismutase and cytochrome P450 activity in rat brain. Phytotherapy Research. Volume 16, Issue 7, Pages 639 - 645. Published Online: 30 Oct. doi:10.1002/ptr.1023. (Accessed August 8, 2008.)
Friday, August 8, 2008
Says one reputable source: "The U.S. Commerce Department's security office warns that 'a cellular telephone can be turned into a microphone and transmitter for the purpose of listening to conversations in the vicinity of the phone.' An article in the Financial Times last year said mobile providers can 'remotely install a piece of software on to any handset, without the owner's knowledge, which will activate the microphone even when its owner is not making a call.'"3 An excellent article on the subject, with technical info on how the FBI could switch on a cell phone to eavesdrop on your conversations, is referenced in footnote 4.
- Mercola, Joseph, M.D. 2008. Why Children and Teens Should Stay Away From Cell Phones. (Accessed August 9, 2008.)
- FBI is Inside Every Recent Cell Phone. (Accessed August 9, 2008.)
- FBI Uses Cell Phone Mic as 'Roving Bug.' (Accessed August 9, 2008.)
- Declan McCullagh. 2006. FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool. ZDNet News: Dec 1. (Accessed August 9, 2008.)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Cabbage contains the glucosinolate sinigrin, which is hydrolyzed by myrosinase to allyl isothiocyanate. Isothiocyanates are thought to inhibit the development of cancer cells by a number of mechanisms. The effect of cooking cabbage on isothiocyanate production from glucosinolates during and after their ingestion was examined in human subjects. Each of 12 healthy human volunteers consumed three meals, at 48-h intervals, containing either raw cabbage, cooked cabbage, or mustard according to a cross-over design. At each meal, watercress juice, which is rich in phenethyl isothiocyanate, was also consumed to allow individual and temporal variation in postabsorptive isothiocyanate recovery to be measured. Volunteers recorded the time and volume of each urination for 24 h after each meal. Samples of each urination were analyzed for N-acetyl cysteine conjugates of isothiocyanates as a measure of entry of isothiocyanates into the peripheral circulation. Excretion of isothiocyanates was rapid and substantial after ingestion of mustard, a source of preformed allyl isothiocyanate. After raw cabbage consumption, allyl isothiocyanate was again rapidly excreted, although to a lesser extent than when mustard was consumed. On the cooked cabbage treatment, excretion of allyl isothiocyanate was considerably less than for raw cabbage, and the excretion was delayed. The results indicate that isothiocyanate production is more extensive after consumption of raw vegetables but that isothiocyanates still arise, albeit to a lesser degree, when cooked vegetables are consumed. The lag in excretion on the cooked cabbage treatment suggests that the colon microflora catalyze glucosinolate hydrolysis in this case.
Gabrielle Rouzaud, Sheila A. Young and Alan J. Duncan. 2004. Hydrolysis of Glucosinolates to Isothiocyanates after Ingestion of Raw or Microwaved Cabbage by Human Volunteers. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention Vol. 13, 125-131, January.
- Breathe in a calm way. Note your breathing.
- Concentrate on your feelings
- Concentrate on your body.
- Concentrate on your mind.
- Concentrate on the objects of your mind
- 50% said "sometimes."
- 30% said "No."
- Only 20% said "Yes, I take vitamins daily."
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Abstract: To investigate the relation of dietary intakes of sucrose, meat, and fat, and anthropometric, lifestyle, hormonal, and reproductive factors to colon cancer incidence, data were analyzed from a prospective cohort study of 35,215 Iowa (United States) women, aged 55–69 years and without a history of cancer, who completed mailed dietary and other questionnaires in 1986. Through 1990, 212 incident cases of colon cancer were documented. Proportional hazards regression was used to adjust for age and other risk factors. Risk factors found to be associated significantly with colon cancer included: (i) sucrose-containing foods and beverages other than ice cream/milk; relative risks (RR) across the quintiles=1.00, 1.73, 1.56, 1.54, and 2.00 (95% confidence intervals [CI] for quintiles two and five exclude 1.0); (ii) sucrose; RR across the quintiles=1.00, 1.70, 1.81, 1.82, and 1.45 (CI for quintiles two through four exclude 1.0); (iii) height; RR=1.23 for highest to lowest quintile (P for trend-0.02); (iv) body mass index; RR=1.41 for highest to lowest quintile (P for trend=0.03); and (v) number of livebirths, RR=1.59 for having had one to two livebirths and 1.80 for having had three or more livebirths compared with having had none (P for trend=0.04). These data support hypotheses that sucrose intake or being tall or obese increases colon cancer risk; run contrary to the hypothesis that increased parity decreases risk; support previous findings of no association with demographic factors other than age, cigarette smoking, or use of oral contraceptives or estrogen replacement therapy; and raise questions regarding previous associations with meat, fat, protein, and physical activity.Cancer Causes and Control 1994, 5, 38–52. [Emphasis supplied.]
Roberd M. Bostick, John D. Potter, Lawrence H. Kushi, Thomas A. Sellers, Kristi A. Steinmetz, David R. McKenzie, Susan M. Gapstur, and Aaron R. Folsom. 1994. Sugar, meat, and fat intake, and non-dietary risk factors for colon cancer incidence in Iowa women (United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Volume 5, Number 1. January. ISSN: 0957-5243 (Print) 1573-7225 (Online). doi: 10.1007/BF01830725