Wednesday, July 27, 2005

USA Healthy vegetarian Lifestyle Expo-

exhibition in california for healthy eating and vegetarian diets

Healthy Lifestyle Expo: "5th Annual Healthy Lifestyle Expo Friday, Oct 14 through Sunday, Oct 16, 2005 Burbank Hilton, Burbank California

Held during two and a half days at the 50,000 square foot Burbank Hilton Convention Center, the Healthy Lifestyle Expo will help you change your life! Featuring eye-opening presentations from leading health experts, you'll learn how to be the healthy person you deserve to be."

Vegetarian Health Exhibition, conference and speaker seminars on health, nutrition and healthy eating with plant based diets. Buy Tickets here

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Mercury In Fish - More evidence

European Authority finds mercury and other dioxins in farmed and wild fish Natural Products Magazine: "FSA reports on high levels of fish contaminants - July 20, 2005
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claims to have found significant levels of methylmercury and dioxins in both farmed and wild fish.

Although no real differences were found in the level of contamination between farmed or wild fish in terms of safety and nutrient contribution, the concentration of contaminants overall varied depending on breed of fish, and type of contaminant.

Methylmercury is claimed to be the most toxic form of mercury found in the human diet, and the most predominant form of mercury in fish, affecting the human nervous system and the developing brain. Dioxins are said to affect the development of the male reproductive organs, and exposure to the contaminant when pregnant is not advised.

The accumulation of toxins are said to take months, sometimes years, to clear properly from the body. As a result of the study, the EFSA have warned that women of a child bearing age, or those who are attempting to become pregnant, should limit their weekly intake of fatty fish, such as salmon, trout, mackerel and tuna to two portions, at 130g per portion. "

Got Milk? - Got Health Problems?

got milk? got skin problems? got Irritability? got Growth problems? putting on weight? Bloated? Don't fit into your clothes? you could be intolerant to dairy Got Intolerance?

Got Skin Problems?
Got Growth Problems?
Iritability?
A Bit Bloated?
Feel like an incredible hulk?

Infoplease - Got Milk Substitutes?: "the majority of non-white American adults are lactose intolerant:(*1)

Asian Americans 95%
African Americans 65%
American Indians 65%
Hispanic Americans 50%
Caucasians 15%
Entire American pop. 25%
World population 75%
All children are born with the enzyme lactase, which allows them to digest milk, but by the age of ten many children of non-European descent no longer produce the enzyme. Health and civil rights groups, spearheaded by the Congressional Black Caucus's Health Brain Trust, have urged that the lactose intolerance of non-white Americans be taken into account when preparing the new dietary guidelines that will be issued in 2000. Donna M. Christian-Christensen, head of the Black Caucus's committee, remarked to the New York Times, These are called Guidelines for Americans, so they should reflect all Americans.

1. Source of statistics: Richard Grand, M.D., Tufts University Medical School."

If you are in doubt, and are shocked that many doctors get it wrong and milk isn't best for your health then a nutritionist can arrange a blood test to test if you have the key antibodies".

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Dark Chocolate for Heart Health

Breaking Vegan News, Vegetarian News, International News, Worldwide vegan News Feed: "According to a new study, a daily bar-sized indulgence of flavonol-rich dark chocolate could reduce blood pressure and improve insulin resistance.
'Previous studies suggest flavonoid-rich foods, including fruits, vegetables, tea, red wine and chocolate, might offer cardiovascular benefits,' says Jeffrey B. Blumberg, Ph.D, Senior Scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. 'But this in one of the first clinical trials to look specifically at dark chocolate's effect on lowering blood pressure among people with hypertension.'"

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Red Meat - Red Alert - Cancer Risk

red meat- Cancer Risk, Crohn's disease risk, bowel cancer, heart disease,

bmj.com -- UK health news 20050719: "Red alert Source: The Independent Date: 19/07/2005
The Independent reports on the news that two warnings about the dangers of red meat have appeared in the past month. A European study has suggested a strong link with bowel cancer, and a smaller British study has found a powerful association with the inflammatory bowel condition Crohn's disease. The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition involving 500,000 Europeans in 10 countries, whose diets were monitored for five years, showed that those who ate two portions a day of red meat had a third higher risk of developing bowel cancer than those who ate one portion a week. "

Friday, July 15, 2005

Nutrasweet Aspartame cancer risk.

bmj.com -- UK health news 20050715: "Sweetener's link to cancer" .
Source: Daily Mail Date: 15/07/2005
The Daily Mail and others report today on new claims surrounding the artificial sweetner NutraSweet. The artificial additive, also known as Aspartame, that is used in 6,000 diet food and pharmaceutical products, has been linked to cancer by the European Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences. The research has suggested that cancer could be triggered by chemicals created by aspartame as it is broken down in the body, such formaldehyde and methanol. The report has now prompted the European Food Safety Authority to call for an expert review of the EFOE data. "

FOODS FOR LIFE says Use a natural sweetener like Stevia or Xylitol. Low GI/GL Xylitol is usually made from Birch Tree bark and has been used extensively since the Second World War. Dentists love it as it actually supresses bacteria unlike many artificial sweeteners. Due to it's low GI/GL low carb rating it's great for weight management, it also tastes great.

Xylitol, Xylosweet, Perfect Sweet, xylitol sugar alternative, natural low carb sweetenerXylitol was first extracted in the 1890’s by a German chemist. It was first manufactured shortly after the Second World War in Finland where there was a shortage of sweeteners following the war. In the 1950’s it was found to be a normal part of our metabolism. It has been used in foodstuffs since the 1960’s in Japan, the former Soviet Union, Germany and Switzerland. In 1963 the American Foods and Drugs Administration approved its use for special dietary uses such as diabetic diets. In 1988 they allowed it to be classified as a food additive.

Buy Xylitol USA $7.99 - UK £4.99 - Australia - Canada $8.75

Aspartame studies show cancer and obesity risk - False Claims? Hoax? You decide.- Details about Splenda (sucralose) - Splenda is not Splendid

KRT Wire | 07/14/2005 | Food, advertising industries tout new strategy on junk food

KRT Wire | 07/14/2005 | Food, advertising industries tout new strategy on junk food: "WASHINGTON - (KRT) - Faced with mounting criticism of food marketing directed at increasingly obese children, the food and advertising industry on Thursday fired back by touting its healthier new products and vowing a get-tough strategy on children's ads.
The industries' response reflects an effort to ward off government regulation of advertising aimed at children and a growing consumer demand for healthier products.
At a government-sponsored program entitled Marketing, Self Regulation and Childhood Obesity, the Nickelodeon children's television network announced that the SpongeBob SquarePants character would soon appear on the side of spinach packages. McDonald's touted its apple dippers. And General Mills promoted the health benefits of its whole-grain cereals for kids.
Meanwhile, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents many major food companies, said that on Friday it would unveil beefed-up guidelines for advertising aimed at children. The new guidelines would significantly increase the scope of the industry-funded Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU), which was established in 1974 to review children's advertising. They include a prohibition on product placement in children's shows, scrutiny of advertising on such new media as Internet Web sites and video games and a review of licensed characters used to tout food products.
Despite those efforts, critics noted that children are fatter than ever, with the rates of obesity among kids ages 6 to 11 tripling during the last three decades and doubling for children ages 2 to 5 and among adolescents 12 to 19 years old. They also argued that the industry has failed at regulating itself during the last three decades, as evidenced by the proliferation of junk food ads."

Thursday, July 14, 2005

GSK Asthma Drug Could Kill

bmj.com -- UK health news 20050714: "Asthma drug scare at GSK
Source: Daily Mail
Date: 14/07/2005
The Mail also features a brief item on new concerns for GlaxoSmithKline's popular drug Advair, used to treat asthma. There have been fears for the safety of the drug folloiwng a number of premature deaths linked to the active ingredient in the drug. The drug could now be cleared from pharmacy shelves in the US. "

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Vitamin Ban by EU

bmj.com -- UK health news 20050713 Better Health: why the answer is on your plate
Source: Times 2 Date: 13/07/2005
In the light of today's ruling on vitamin supplements by the European Union, the Times 2 section offers a two page guide to replacing vitamins readers may be taking in supplement form with actual food that contains the vitamins previously supplied by these tablets. The article features contributions from Dr Thomas Stuttaford, who argues that supplements are essential to many people's diets. However, it is stated that there would be no health crisis amongst the public as a result of the ban.

Foods For Life says "Prevention is obviously better than cure and we applaud the Times for highlighting healthy foods. The trouble is that after many years of neglect or illness many people's stores of these vitamins and minerals are so low they have led to serious imbalances. Supplements are the easiest and quickest way to rebalance the body. It is a total hypocrasy to target natural remedies in this way and turn a blind eye to the thousands of pharmaceuticals that create serious illnesses instead of healing people. Intensive and modern farming methods have also led to serious mineral deficiencies in the soil such as selenium. It's not hard to guess who's behind this new legislation."

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Blackcurrant Foundation

British Blackcurrants even healthier with more anti oxidents than blueberries

The Blackcurrant Foundation: "It may be small, but the mighty blackcurrant is bursting with more health promoting antioxidants than most other fruit and vegetables, including blueberries!
It's the special antioxidants called anthocyanins, which give blackcurrants their distinctive dark colour. British blackcurrants are grown and bred especially for their deep colour, which makes them extra good for you. "

Let food be thy medicine

Let food be thy medicine: "Instead of scribbling off prescriptions willy-nilly, doctors would better serve the aims of achieving healthy patients by drawing food and diet into their repertoire. Now.
Not all health conditions can be alleviated through diet. But many can, and often without setting up secondary health risks.
Statin drugs can lower cholesterol, but side effects include liver damage and kidney failure. A diet high in unsaturated fats, soluble fiber and phytosterols also lowers cholesterol, but without the side effects.
This makes it a route that many would opt for. But most people are unaware that the choice exists.
That is because most of the information presented to doctors on the latest treatment methods comes from pharmaceutical companies, who devote gargantuan sums to promoting their drugs and offer perks to doctors who prescribe them. "

Monday, July 11, 2005

East Anglian Ambulance mobile ICE campaign

ICE campaign - in case of emergencies

Simple but great idea - have you got ICE in your mobile?
East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust website - ICE: "In the case of an emergency would the police or ambulance service know who to contact?

Simply type ICE plus a contact name and number into your mobile and help the emergency services to help you."

Vegetarian Nutrition for Cars

Nutrition for cars - what do you feed yours?

As Biofuel / biodiesel becomes more popular more cars are going vegetarian to save money and protect the environment.

Vegetarian News Feed - vegan cars eat chip fat: "Most of us drive vehicles with ravenous appetites for gasoline. Steve Morrison drives obliviously past gas stations in a car with an aroma that stimulates people's appetites."

It's not just people that can benefit from eating more plantfood.

Co-op Bans MSG and Artificial Food Colours

the co op , coop in the UK


Co-op Bans MSG and Artificial Food Colours:

The Co-op has become the first supermarket group to ban a range of commonly-used colours and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in all its own-label food, because of potential links to food intolerance* and fresh concerns about children's diets.

According to independent research carried out amongst parents on behalf of the Co-op**:

Six in 10 think that children's diets are worse than they were 10 years ago, with over a third (35 per cent) feeling that children's diets have got much worse in the last decade

A third (33 per cent) link their children's diet to hyperactivity, naughtiness, anger and lack of concentration

However, whilst 84 per cent of parents acknowledge that they are primarily responsible for ensuring the food children eat is healthy, followed by schools, government and manufacturers, less than half actually check the contents for sugar (45 per cent), artificial additives (43 per cent), fat (40 per cent) and salt (37 per cent), and a quarter (26 per cent) of all parents surveyed say they don't check the labels at all

Although over a third (37 per cent) have never heard of MSG, on learning of possible links between MSG and food intolerance, 75 per cent say that they may at least re-think their food purchasing for children. Nearly half (43 per cent) say it would definitely affect the food they bought for children.

"Sally Bunday, founder director of the Hyperactive Children's Support Group, said: ' The HACSG and the families whom they represent welcome the Co-op's decision to remove artificial colourings and MSG from its own-label products. Parents whose children are sensitive to these additives or who prefer alternatives will appreciate the changes made by the Co-op.'
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Notes to editors:

* The following colours, all of which should be avoided according to the HACSG, have been removed from Co-op brand products:

E120 Cochineal, Carmines and Carminic Acid
E102 Tartrazine � linked to intolerance/allergic reaction. Widely thought to cause hyperactivity
E110 Sunset Yellow � thought to cause allergic reaction, some evidence of gastric upset and some inference affects kidneys
E122 Carmoisine � linked to intolerance/allergic reaction
E124 Ponceau 4R � linked to intolerance/allergic reaction
E129 Allura Red AC � some evidence of hypersensitivity
E104 Quinoline Yellow
E127 Erythrosine � may affect thyroid hormone levels in children. Adverse effects on thyroid
E131 Patent Blue V � linked to intolerance/allergic reaction
E132 Indigo Carmine � linked to allergy/allergic reaction
E142 Green S � low incidence of testicular cancer has been reported in a study
E151 Brilliant Black (Black PN) "



Animal derived E Numbers - Non Vegan *


the coop, the co-op, the Co-operative Group

Friday, July 08, 2005

Mistletoe extract may treat bladder cancer - Healthypages news

Mistletoe extract may treat bladder cancer - Healthypages news: "After surgery for superficial bladder cancer, treatment with a mistletoe extract appears to be effective at reducing tumor recurrence, German researchers report.
Mistletoe extract could be a potential alternative postoperative therapy for treating patients with superficial bladder cancer successfully, 'without the typical side effects induced by other therapies,' Dr. Ursula Elsaesser-Beile from the University of Freiburg, told Reuters Health.
Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) has been shown to decrease tumor recurrence significantly after surgery for bladder cancer. However, serious side effects and even deaths have prompted a search for alternatives. So far, none has been equally effective.
Mistletoe extracts have been shown to act favorably on proteins that affect cancer and have been widely used for many years as alternative therapy in patients with malignancies. "

Nutrition and Health Writers - Trusted

Natural Products Magazine: "New research by the Newspaper Marketing Agency (NMA) reveals the extent to which people increasingly trust and rely on newspaper health pages to help them make vital decisions for themselves and their family.

Writing on this theme in The Observer, NMA director Maureen Duffy said: 'The health pages make people particularly women as the principal carer in a family feel empowered. According to the NMA research, the readers of health columns believe that the content and advice given must have been well researched and therefore be trustworthy.

The effect of this is that people are acting at all levels on the advice offered by the likes of Dr John Briffa, Carole Caplin, Yvonne Bishop-Weston and Fred Kavalier everything from seeking out a particular herbal remedy to encouraging their children to sit in front of their Playstation less. "