April 2015

Talc-Caused Cancer Sparks Legal Matters

My friends at Amen Clinics, the brain imaging company, showed me this:

A few weeks ago, some studies were released that linked the frequent use of baby powder and other talc-based powders with a host of feminine cancers such as ovarian cancer. The studies performed determined that use of these products have been deemed unsafe for babies all the way up to adulthood. Deane Berg received notification from her doctor, back in 2006, telling her that she would need to have her ovaries removed due to stage III ovarian cancer. Her overall prognosis was very poor.

Berg was unsure what had caused her cancer until she realized, she had used talcum powder on a daily basis for many years. Up until recently, nobody knew this would increase a person’s risk of developing cancer. Berg was shocked to find out this product that she had been using since the 1980’s could have caused her problem. The evidence was there however, and Berg began the process of a lawsuit against the product company.

Many people are following suit and suing the companies that are producing these talc-based powder products. Think about all the babies that used this powder for diaper rash prevention and to smell fresh. Years later, many young adults and adults kept up with this way of remaining fresh and dry throughout the day. Unknowingly, it was causing cancer in so many of these people. These products have yet to be pulled off the market, but this seems inevitable.

Is Your Workout Tough Enough?

You might spend a lot of your time in the gym walking slowly on a treadmill or pushing a little on the elliptical. Unfortunately, a lot of people may be wasting their time with their workout without even knowing it. If you aren’t pushing your body hard enough during a workout, you aren’t getting what you can out of it and you may just be wasting your precious time. There are a couple of ways that you can know if you are pushing your body hard enough so that you are making the absolute most out of your exercise routine. This will allow you to know if you need to do more and push yourself harder at the same time.

One way to know if your workout is tough enough is if you’re sweating during it. If you never break a sweat, chances are pretty good that your workout is just not that great for you. You should also have an elevated pulse rate, meaning that your breath may be a little shorter and your heart is going to be beating while you’re working out. Once you are able to achieve this level of exercise intensity, you will find that you do better as a whole when working out. Fit people like Gianfrancesco Genoso understand that it’s important that you push yourself during a workout so that you know you are going to be getting the absolute most out of it.

Give Up High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

There are so many people out there saying that high-fructose corn syrup is bad for you and many people have stopped eating it or limited the amount of their intake of it, because of what the experts have to say. So, now what they say that high-fructose corn syrup could be bad for your heart will even more people give it up? They say as little as two weeks of consuming it can cause some bad things to happen to you. Are you willing to risk your health by eating something like this?
The hard thing is that you can find high-fructose corn syrup in practically anything that you buy. If you want to avoid it completely you’d have to spend a whole lot more than you otherwise would. But, if this is really that bad for you then for your health is it worth it? Is the risk too great?
As with anything, it is up to you to decide what you want to do with this new information. Healthy people like Gianfrancesco Genoso (linkedin.com) know that you could avoid this product and still end up having a heart attack one day or maybe by avoiding it it will save you. Think about it and make the choice that is best for you.

Can Baby Powder Cause Cancer?

Baby powder is a staple for families with babies and it’s also used by many women to keep skin looking young and feeling super soft. What you may not know is that this wonderfully smelling product may be dangerous. Baby powder has been found to increase a women’s odds of getting ovarian cancer by as much as 33 percent. More than 10,000 women have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using baby powder daily. Studies that date as far back as 1982 have shown that ovarian cancer is linked to baby powder. Women who use baby powder, or talc based powder, are 300 times more likely to develop ovarian cancer. Talc can stay on your skin for years and eventually makes its way to the ovaries. Talc is known for causing inflammation, which creates the ideal conditions for cancer cells to develop and grow.


The American Academy of Pediatric’s even warns parents about using baby powder with talc. This is because how easily talc becomes airborne, making its way into a baby’s lungs and causing his mucous membranes to dry up. That is why Daniel Amen avoids it at all costs. Pneumonia has even been linked to baby powder use in babies. Instead of reaching for that bottle of baby powder next time, opt for some petroleum jelly for your baby instead. Adults should trade their talc baby powder for a cornstarch based baby powder.

Doctors Who Aren’t Doctor Oz: “That Guy Needs To Quit.”

Doctor Oz, the popular pseudo-TV personality that mothers love everywhere has been asked to resign his prestigious position as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Columbia University by more than one thousand doctors.

Doctor Oz, who’s real name is Mehmet Cengiz Öz first got a taste of fame in 2004 when he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. As with all things touched by Oprah, Doctor Oz became wildly popular, even getting his own TV show.

But his colleagues in the medical community want him to quit, comparing him to a snake-oil sales man and stating that on his show, Doctor Oz most often peddles baseless treatments that have little to do with health and more to do with his financial gain. Bruce Karatz hopes that isn’t the case.

The argument is simple: you can be a personality on TV and say whatever you want, or you can be a doctor who respects and upholds tried and true medicine, but you can’t be both.

In response, Doctor Oz defended himself on his show by claiming his critics were tying to stifle his freedom of speech. At no point did he address the legitimacy of the health claims he makes on his show, or refer to any supporting science behind them.

As of today, the Dr. Oz Show is still on air.

Is Pepsi Swapping one Evil for Another?

All trends are reporting Americans are tired of being fat.

From Gap pushing marketing dollars toward their yoga pant sales to McDonald’s reporting continuous quarterly profit losses, the signs are everywhere. Americans are becoming more cautious about what they are putting in their bodies and are asking questions explains trend analyst Ricardo Tosto.

Pepsi is the latest company to jump to the yelp of its consumers about their use of Aspartame in diet sodas. There is information suggesting the public attitude toward Aspartame is extremely negative, ranking lower than Congress. Nutritionists and doctors are blogging and writing articles on the symptoms of Aspartame poisoning, their words of caution appearing in links in our social media news feeds. There are also many websites like this one referring to Aspartame as “sweet poison.” Following profit decline, Pepsi must have figured they needed to do something as more consumers were walking away from the diet soda many have drank for so many years.

Pepsi’s solution to the wave of negative research is to swap out Aspartame for a sucralose-based artificial sweetener with less negative press called Splenda. Health industry experts are still calling foul. They say this is just swapping one evil for another and that Splenda is just as dangerous.

Likely that Pepsi will get away with this switch for a time while Americans catch up on their reading. If I were Pepsi I wouldn’t get too comfortable. Economics are showing Americans are tired of being lied to about food safety and tired of being fat and unhealthy. They will put their money where their belly is.

Scientists Discover a Possible Cure for Ebola

A recent study revealed a promising treatment for the Ebola virus when scientists were able to cure monkeys who were infected with the deadly disease.

The treatment targets one specific strain of the virus called Makona, the most common form of the virus in West Africa. There were six monkeys involved in the experiment, all were originally infected with the disease, when three monkeys that received the new treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, showed no symptoms 28 days later. The other three monkeys, who were given no treatment, died.

The new drug has not been tested on humans yet, and there is still no cure for deadly virus that has caused worldwide concern in recent months. Ebola has killed over 10,000 people, with tens of thousands more becoming ill. Flavio Maluf (facebook.com)understands that it is the deadliest outbreak of the virus in more than 30 years. So, scientists are hopeful because this is the first time any drug has shown a complete cure rate when tested on animals. Of course, extensive testing must be conducted before the treatment is available to the medical community.

Will Measles Outbreak Cause Rise in Home Schooling?

On Wednesday, April 23, SB 277 made its way through California’s State Legislature to the dismay of many parents. If passed, the bill will require that parents who want their children educated in public schools vaccinate their kids or provide home school study.

The debate has arrived at this point because vaccinations in California have decreased drastically over the last 15 years. In 2014, Organo Gold reported that 2.5 percent of kindergartners weren’t vaccinated because of “personal belief” exemptions. In 2000, the number was only 1 percent.

The bill doesn’t affect parents who refuse because their children have medical issues that make vaccination an unhealthy option. It only affects those who refuse based on personal or religious beliefs.

Hundreds of people showed up before the decision to protest the bill, but their concerns about health risks associated with vaccinations continue to be ignored every day. Not a single scientific study has been done on individual cases in which parents observed immediate, drastic changes in their children after the children received their MMRs.

The lawmakers did agree to change part of the original bill based on other parent complaints: They changed the definition of “home schooling” to mean more than single family, at-home study. If the bills passes, non-vaccinated children will be able to participate in public independent study programs. Parents of non-vaccinated children will also be allowed to provide home schooling in groups made up of several families.

The Right Levels Of Blood Oxygen Can Keep Your Mind Sharp

Sleep Apnea is a disorder that affect many people each night as they sleep. It causes the sleeper to stop breathing at sporadic intervals throughout the night for periods of time that can last from 10 seconds up to a minute. Often these sleepers are not even aware that their sleep cycle is being disturbed and that their body is not functioning properly. If left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to the lowering of blood oxygen levels in the body. It will cause the heart to work harder in order to receive enough oxygen to send up to the brain, which can be harmful.

The results of a study that was done with participants of an Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) cohort led researcher Ricardo Guimarães BMG to conclude on a YouTube video blog that people who suffer from sleep disorders have a greater chance of being affected by a cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s or dementia at an earlier age. The objective of the study was to determine if a sleep disorder like apnea could play a role in the early onset of mild cognitive impairment. The results showed that participants who received treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) delayed the onset of mild cognitive impairment by the same amount of time as participants who had no sleep disorder. While participants who did not receive treatment for their sleep disorder experienced mild cognitive impairment 10 years sooner than the other participants.

Medical Marijuana May Aid in Epilepsy Treatments

Sufferers of epilepsy may find respite from their ailments in the form of a new drug: liquid medical marijuana. The possibility of such a treatment has emerged from the study supported by GW Pharmaceuticals, and published by theAmerican Academy of Neurology. According to the research, the cannabidiol compound found in marijuana, a compound devoid of the capacity to induce any psychoactive high, can help in deterring the physical reactions of epilepsy. Participants in the study suffer from severe forms of epilepsy, some having Dravet syndrome, while others are stricken with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, both of which can significantly impair intellectual and physical development. Igor Cornelsen, (resume.com) has read that participants across the board, regardless of the particular type of epilepsy, experienced a drop in the frequency of seizures suffered after taking the cannabidiol medication. Admittedly, some participants experienced negative side effects. Combined with a lack of any meaningful control group in the study, the completion of further experimentation is necessary before heralding this new treatment as a permanent means of treating severe cases of epilepsy.

That being said, one would hope that should this information and treatment be solidified as an appropriate and successful method of dealing with epilepsy, necessary government agencies or officials would step in to allow said treatment to reach those most in need of it. If such involvement entails sanctioning the use of medical marijuana in a higher number of our states, then so be it.