Wednesday, May 27, 2009

‘wild girl’ forages for food in urban portland

‘wild girl’ forages for food in urban portlandfrom ecolocalizer: You could call Becky Lerner Oregon’s answer to “Survivorman” … only she’s not a man, and she hasn’t been left stranded in the middle of nowhere with nothing but her wits and a pocketknife to help her survive. Nope. This “Wild Girl,” as she calls herself, is in the middle of a week-long adventure in which she’s eating only food she can forage or catch on the wild streets of Portland. She’s blogging about her experience at Culture Change.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

mother & child who fled chemo return to minnesota

mother & child who fled chemo return to minnesotafrom ap: An attorney says a 13-year-old Minnesota boy who fled the state last week to avoid cancer treatment has returned and is being evaluated by a doctor. Attorney Tom Hagen, whose law office represents Daniel Hauser's parents, said Daniel was being evaluated at a hospital in the Twin Cities on Monday. Hagen also said the boy's mother, Colleen Hauser, was not in police custody. An arrest warrant had been issued for her after she and Daniel fled last week, but authorities had urged her to return on her own. Hagen said Calvin Johnson, the lawyer who is representing the parents, authorized Hagen to confirm the boy's return while Johnson was out of town. Hagen said he couldn't share more details. The sheriff's office planned a news conference Monday evening.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

'e-cigarette' firm claims pharma industry behind proposed ban

'e-cigarette' firm claims pharma industry behind proposed banfrom tgdaily: A company marketing so-called e-cigarettes claims that a proposed ban on the products is being orchestrated behind the scenes by the pharmaceutical industry. An "e-cigarette" is a product that typically uses a battery to vaporize a water based solution to supply nicotine to a "smoker" without any smoke or additional carcinogens and chemicals. sells these devices and claims that Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is trying to ban these products but alleged in a release that he has received over $100,000 from pharmaceutical companies that market products to help people stop smoking. Senator Lautenberg wants the FDA to run testing on "e-cigarettes" to demonstrate they are safe." Not all physicians are against "e-cigarettes", the vendor claimed. It said that Dr Joel L. Nitzkin, chair of the Tobacco Control Group for the American Association of Public Health Physicians is opposed to Senator Lautenberg's proposals. Said in a statement today: "Should we listen a non-medically licensed politician whose motives align themselves with the big pharmaceutical companies he protects, or should we listen to the health professionals that are all but screaming for us to actually pay attention to our country's real health issues?" Dr Nitkin, said the statement, is convinced it's harmful to ban a product less dangerous than its traditional counterpart and put what amounts to a government seal of approval on the more dangerous product, that is to say a cigarette. Senator Lautenberg wrote to the Food and Drug Administration earlier this year and asked it to take immediate action against manufacturers of electronic cigarettes. He wants the FDA to take the products off the market. He said that the World Health Organization said last year there is no scientific evidence to confirm the products safety and efficacy.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

'superfood' promoted on oprah’s site robs amazon poor of staple

'superfood' promoted on oprah’s site robs amazon poor of staplefrom bloomberg: Rising U.S. sales of açaí, a purple Amazon berry promoted as a "superfood" on Oprah Winfrey’s Web site, are depriving Brazilian jungle dwellers of a protein-rich nutrient they’ve relied on for generations. U.S. consumers are turning a “a typical poor people’s food into something like a delicacy,” said Oscar Nogueira, who specializes in the fruit at Embrapa, Brazil’s agricultural research company.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

the cheerios kid is eating drugs for breakfast

the cheerios kid is eating drugs for breakfastfrom afp: Popular US breakfast cereal Cheerios is a drug, at least if the claims made on the label by its manufacturer General Mills are anything to go by, the US Food & Drug Administration has said. "Based on claims made on your product's label, we have determined that your Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug," the FDA said in a letter to General Mills...

Cheerios labels claim that eating the cereal can help lower bad cholesterol, a risk factor for coronary heart disease, by four percent in six weeks. Citing a clinical study, the product labels also claim that eating two servings a day of Cheerios helps to reduce bad cholesterol when eaten as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, the FDA letter says.

the cheerios kid is eating drugs for breakfastThose claims indicate that Cheerios - said by General Mills to be the best-selling cereal in the US - is intended to be used to lower cholesterol and prevent, lessen or treat the disease hypercholesterolemia, and to treat and prevent coronary heart disease. "Because of these intended uses, the product is a drug," the FDA concluded in its letter. Not only that, but Cheerios is a new drug because it has not been "recognized as safe & effective for use in preventing or treating hypercholesterolemia or coronary heart disease," the FDA said.

That means General Mills may not legally market Cheerios unless it applies for approval as a new drug or changes the way it labels the small, doughnut-shaped cereal, the FDA said. General Mills defended the claims on Cheerios packaging, saying in a statement that Cheerios' soluble fiber heart health claim has been FDA-approved for 12 years, and that its "lower your cholesterol four percent in six weeks" message has been featured on the box for more than two years.

the cheerios kid is eating drugs for breakfastThe FDA's quibble is not about whether Cheerios cereal is good for you but over "how the Cheerios cholesterol-lowering information is presented on the Cheerios package and website," said General Mills. "We look forward to discussing this with FDA and to reaching a resolution." Meanwhile, the FDA warned in its letter that if General Mills fails to "correct the violations" on its labels, boxes of Cheerios could disappear from supermarket and wholesaler shelves around the United States and the company could face legal action. According to General Mills, one in eight boxes of cereal sold in the United States is a box of Cheerios. The cereal debuted on the US market in 1941.

food, formaldehyde, coffee & xanax

formaldehyde from nutrasweet bonds with human tissue in vivo*
formaldehyde from nutrasweet bonds with human tissue in vivovegan wants ILVTOFU on license plate,
state says 2BAD

soda tax weighed to pay for health care*
poverty & food insecurity in the developing world*
feingold bill gives all US water to the feds*
un treaty expanded by 9 more dangerous chemicals*
obama flipflops on funding for needle exchange*
the united nations, eugenics & the mass media*
shortages stir coffee & sugar prices*
test shows chimp in mauling had xanax*

Monday, May 4, 2009

dog food tastes just like pâté

dog food tastes just like pâtéfrom cbs: If the recession gets worse, we may be eating dog food for dinner. Don't laugh. It's apparently tastier than you'd expect. In the last few years, organic dog food made with human-grade free range meat and fresh vegetables has spiked in popularity among health-conscious shoppers. Some companies even claim, for instance, that "humans actually taste our foods, as part of our QC process!" What's surprising is that some of the new organic dog foods taste as good as (or as bad as) similar human foods, like liverwurst and duck liver mousse, according to a working paper [508kb PDF] circulated on Friday by the American Association of Wine Economists. The paper is titled "Can People Distinguish Pâté from Dog Food?" and it concluded that, well, they can't.