Saturday, October 22, 2016

Mold in your coffee can make you sick?

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That first cup of coffee is pure bliss for those people needing their morning caffeine fix, whether it is prepared with milk, sugar or simply black. But how about a splash of mycotoxins? A new study confirms the presence of these toxic metabolites produced by fungi in commercial coffee samples, leading to concerns about potential public health risks.

Coffee with a splash of mycotoxins? The new study reveals levels that exceed those legally allowed in Spanish samples of coffee.
The study - led by Dr. Emilia Ferrer of the University of Valencia in Spain - is published in the journal Food Control.
She and her colleagues explain that mycotoxins are compounds produced by filamentous fungi - such as Aspergillus or Fusarium - that cause disease and health issues. These compounds can be carcinogenic and may affect the hormonal and immune systems.
Mycotoxicoses is the toxic effect of mycotoxins on animal and human health. Exposure to these compounds is typically by ingestion, but it can also occur through the skin or by inhalation.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), general interest in mycotoxins came about in 1960, when turkey X disease - a form of mycotoxicosis that was related to animal feed - arose in farm animals in England.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

With Mammography overdiagnosis is real

Years ago I wrote for the New York Times, "Why I Never Got a Mammogram," where I looked at mortality data for women who got mammograms versus those who didn't (spoiler alert--they are exceedingly similar).

Now the New England Journal says the overdiagnosis of breast cancer via mammography is larger than generally recognized. Definitely something to consider.

"I think the main message [of the study] is that screening has both benefits and harms. There is no single 'right answer' ― values matter. Screening is a choice, not a public health imperative," Dr Welch told Medscape Medical News.
Overdiagnosis is considered one of the harms of screening, but it is not easily evaluated using clinical trial data because of the need for long-term patient follow-up, the study authors say.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

It's allergy season--but watch out for OTC drugs !

This article talks about how common allergy and cold medications interfere with choline, and important brain chemical. Benedryl, actually, is a highly anti-cholinergenic drug.

From OregonLive: 

Over-the-counter night-time cold medicines can make life bearable when you're battling a virus. And for allergy sufferers, drugs such as Claritin can significantly improve quality of life.
But researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine now suggest you think long and hard before taking many common cold and allergy medications, especially if you're past middle age.
The scientists, whose work has been published in the journal JAMA Neurology, say drugs that have a strong "anticholinergic effect" shrink the brain and decrease brain metabolism. This is not a new finding: earlier research has found a link between anticholinergic drugs and cognitive impairment among older adults. A 2013 study concluded that taking one of these drugs for only two months causes memory problems in older people.
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I have kept my allergies in check using natural remedies like nettle, quercetin, cod liver oil. Easy and effective. Read the old GreenFertility post here

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mineral Fusion Lipstick - gluten free!

People have been making fun of gluten-free cosmetics as being overly precious, but I, for one, have had contact gluten problems, so having cosmetic makers pay attention to it is a boon.

Lipsticks are known to contain a lot of toxins, including heavy metals like lead, which is particularly bad because you're always eating your lipstick. Mother Jones has a list of some of the worst offenders:

Mineral Fusion has a nice color, lasts long, and rates low in toxins on the Environmental Working Groups data base :

Although it should be noted this recommendation is based on "limited data." But if you're looking for a lipstick that's "natural," Mineral Fusion is a good choice, using natural moisturizing ingredients like castor oil and skipping the waxes and chemicals. Learn more here:

Friday, August 14, 2015

My organic farmer friend grows these and we harvested about 10 pounds worth. Immune-enhancing syrup will be on the way. Last year, I used this and never got sick !

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Breaking: NSAIDS like Naproxen-ALEVE etc. May STOP ovulation

"a woman is not going to get pregnant if she continues to take NSAIDs, and doctors need to advise women to stop taking these drugs if they want to be fertile," he told Medscape Medical News.

This is pretty scary that a common drug can halt fertility, especially since so many young women take anti-inflammatories for conditions that may already impede pregnancy. From MEDSCAPE:

ROME — Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been shown to inhibit ovulation and reduce progesterone levels in young women, which could seriously undermine fertility, new research suggests.
"I'm actually a very late whistleblower because many others have tried to say the same thing: that NSAIDs — which are widely used and can be bought without a prescription — prevent the ovarian follicle from rupturing so women who are taking NSAIDs cannot release an ovum to be fertilized," said Sami Salman, MD, from the University of Baghdad.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Check out this kickstarter for a water bottle that also filters water

A revolutionary water filtration bottle is changing the way we stay healthy and hydrated.  Aquasana, the leader in water filtration, is offering on-the-go hydration with the best bottle filter on the market.
The Aquasana Filter Bottle pairs smart design with high performance filtration never before available in a bottle. The Aquasana Filter Bottle outperforms the competition delivering professional grade water filtration right at your fingertips.  It reduces lead and chlorine, plus over 99% of bacteria, virus and cysts from drinking water.
Designed to be the longest lasting on the market, the filter inside the bottle will last for 80 gallons. It’s also eco-friendly: just one Aquasana filter bottle will keep 640 disposable plastic bottles out of our landfills.  The Aquasana Filter Bottle is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand, and is available in shatter-resistant borosilicate glass or BPA-Free Tritan™ plastic.  It also comes with a premium silicone sleeve to provide protection against breakage and a nonslip grip.

Aquasana is launching a Kickstarter to fund this project. Learn more here:
Funds raised will contribute to the development, production and marketing of the Aquasana Filter Bottle. The product is scheduled to be shipped in August 2015.