Thursday, September 28, 2006

Are You Surprised the Average American Home Has More TVs Than People?

Are You Surprised the Average American Home Has More TVs Than People?: " Are You Surprised the Average American Home Has More TVs Than People? Taking into account the epidemic of obesity along with the frightening exercise debt that's harming America's health, it's no surprise to me, based on data reported by Nielsen Media Research, the typical home has 2.55 people and 2.73 TV sets. Some sad numbers about America's obsession with their TVs: Less than 20 percent of American households own a single TV, while half own at least three. The average person watches 275 minutes of TV per day, longer than it takes watch two movies of average length. A TV set is turned on -- regardless if someone is watching it or not -- more than eight hours a day, an additional hour over the previous decade. Just 30 years ago, only 11 percent of American households owned at least three TVs. Here's the scariest number of them all: Because Nielsen is now using a sampling formula called the People Meter, that eight hours a TV set is on during the day may repres"

Another Ridiculous Energy Drink Called Cocaine

Another Ridiculous Energy Drink Called Cocaine: " Another Ridiculous Energy Drink Called Cocaine Considering one soft drink maker's very deceptive ploy to promote 7-Up as 100 percent natural, companies will do anything to grab the attention of consumers, particularly teens. So much so, a Las Vegas firm has labeled its newest energy drink Cocaine, even though it contains absolutely none of the ingredients of the illegal drug. Although a visit to the product's Web site reminds people to consume Cocaine responsibly (along with the expected legal disclaimers warning children and pregnant moms not to drink it), various news accounts say the energy drink is being advertised as a 'legal alternative' to the real thing. Far from the 'real thing,' however, the only kick in a can of Cocaine is 280 milligrams of caffeine, still less than you'd ever get after drinking an expresso. Understanding its main competition is Red Bull, Redux Beverages claims their new and improved energy drink is '350 percent stronger,' hence, I suspect, where the origin of that ridiculous name came from... "

The Antifederalists Were Right

The Antifederalists were opponents of ratifying the US Constitution. Gary Galles writes that they feared that it would create an overbearing central government, while the Constitution's proponents promised that this would not happen. As the losers in that debate, they are largely overlooked today. But that does not mean they were wrong.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

More Evidence of the Benefits of Full Spectrum Lighting

More Evidence of the Benefits of Full Spectrum Lighting: " More Evidence of the Benefits of Full Spectrum Lighting

In another sign conventional medicine is beginning to come around regarding the health benefits of full spectrum lighting, scientists have discovered a new receptor in the eye that, among other things, monitors our biological clocks.

Apart from the other photoreceptors in the eye that allow people to see, this 'third eye' responds differently to light by sending signals to your brain's hypothalamus, thus regulating the production of melatonin your body's circadian rhythms.

With the help of big-time manufacturer Philips, scientists experimented with lamps emitting different wavelengths of light on workers toiling in the high-stress environment on one floor of a health insurance call center. No surprise, in comparison to co-workers on other floors, patients felt more alert and the quality of their work improved too.

Although an hour's worth of unfiltered sunlight -- helping our bodies create vitamin D naturally -- is so essential to optimal health, many of you"

Some Colleges Starting to Get It About Food!

Some Colleges Starting to Get It About Food!: " Some Colleges Starting to Get It About Food!

Just as some hospitals in America are transitioning to organic foods, universities are slowly making the switch too. The difference-maker: Demands made by a growing number of 'nutritionally wired students' raised on 'Whole Foods diets.'

In the case of Yale University, the switch from pre-made foods to preparing scratch meals from more wholesome sources has taken five years, because most schools never spent money on food before and don't know how, according to one expert, without a lot of help.

Today, some 50 percent of the 15 million American students attending college have access to organic food, probably accounting for a goodly portion of the industry's 20 percent yearly growth.

As one might expect at an Ivy League school, Yale's nutritional goals -- serving 100 percent sustainable and organic food -- are high but doable. That's a far cry from just four years, when organic foods were served in just one dining hall on campus.

If your searches for organic food"

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Do You Want Your Tax Dollars Funding a ''Better'' FDA?

Do You Want Your Tax Dollars Funding a ''Better'' FDA?: " Do You Want Your Tax Dollars Funding a ''Better'' FDA? Considering commerce -- specifically the financial health of mega-drugmakers -- is of greater urgency to the FDA than your health, why would anyone want to throw more money after bad into that failed icon of faulty medicine? Unfortunately, that's precisely the recommendation being made by consumer and patients groups, the industry, previous leaders of the Health and Human Services Department and even the Center for Science in the Public Interest. I'm not surprised this announcement comes days after the Institute of Medicine issued a scathing report calling for changes in the way the FDA regulates drugs. Despite the diverse interests of this group, former associate FDA director William Hubbard says, all believe the FDA 'has to be strengthened or we're all going to suffer.' What would more money really mean to the FDA? Severing its ties with the drug company cartel? Approving more deadly drugs? Calling a halt to the silencing of brave whistleblowers within the age"

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Insulin and Its Metabolic Effects

High insulin levels is the culprit of degenerative disease. Dr. Joseph Mercola in his comment to the article states, "Sugar and grains cause your body to produce insulin and high insulin levels are the single largest physical cause of accelerated aging. If you want to slow down aging and stay healthy then you need to change your grains."

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America Spends More For Mediocre Health Care Than All Other Nations

America Spends More For Mediocre Health Care Than All Other Nations: " America Spends More For Mediocre Health Care Than All Other Nations

If you're wondering why medical mistakes like the one I described yesterday are being reported with greater frequency, you'll want to review the Commonwealth Fund Commission's first-ever National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance.

Compared to other nations, America scored a D (66), based on pitifully low scores taken from 37 different benchmarks. Even worse, the United States spends 16 percent of its gross domestic product on health care, higher than the other 22 nations evaluated in the report.

Among the benchmarks cited in the report with the correspondingly low U.S. scores:

Infant mortality = 39.
Needless emergency room visits that could've been treated in an office visit = 23.
Adults receiving recommended screenings and preventative care = 61.

If America closed all the statistical gaps cited in the Commonwealth Fund report, the nation could prevent as many as 150,000 deaths annually and save up t"

Fox Fires Reporters For Telling the Truth About Milk

Fox Fires Reporters For Telling the Truth About Milk: " Fox Fires Reporters For Telling the Truth About Milk

You may recall a report I posted two years ago that Monsanto was slowing down sales of its bovine growth hormone (BGH). Shortly before the slowdown in the production of Posilac, however, a pair of investigative reporters lost a legal battle with the Fox Network, simply for telling the truth behind a dangerous and needless food additive, so persuasively described in this interesting video.

The conflict stemmed from a 1997 report to be aired by a Fox TV affiliate in Florida about the dangers of BGH until lawyers for Monsanto sent letters promising 'dire consequences' if the story aired. After attempts by Fox to bribe the reporters to keep quiet failed, the station agreed to air a revised version of the report. Eighty-three edits later, the report was shelved and the courts took over.

Although a lower court ruled in favor of the reporters for some $425,000, a Florida appeals court denied them whistleblower protection, claiming Fox, and the media in gen"