Saturday, June 11, 2011

Stupid Headline Gives Me PMS

I read this Health News Headline from Reuters, and got instantly bummed out. "Evidence for acupuncture PMS relief is Shaky." 


(I'll be talking about this on my show today: listen live by clicking here)


I was bummed because A) I really like acupuncture as a treatment ... and it's use for treating PMS symptoms (I had thought) was pretty convincing!! 


B), it's a great, non-invasive way to approach medical conditions, with a methodology that challenges everything we think we think about how our body works. 


And C) it avoids throwing drugs at people. Love that. 


But then I read further in this article (click here to read) to find out that the title was completely misleading. Grrr. I started getting hot flashes!! Listen to this:


What The Did In The Study
The authors reviewed 10 studies that had tested acupuncture techniques in women with PMS. Those studies compared acupuncture with 
  1. hormonal medications including progestin 
  2. fake acupuncture treatment
  3. herbal medicines 
  4. or no treatment at all.


What They Found
When the researchers pooled data from those studies, acupuncture was about 50 percent better at improving PMS symptoms than all other treatments combined. The pattern was the same when they looked just at studies that compared acupuncture to contraceptive pills and just at those that tested acupuncture against fake acupuncture.

How These Scientists Disregard A Whopping 50% Improvement
The authors write that the 10 studies looked at a range of acupuncture techniques on different body parts -- including the hand, back, and scalp -- and in at least some of the studies, the "placebo effect" might have come into play if women or their doctors knew they were getting acupuncture treatment and believed it would work.
WC: But the comparison of acupuncture vs fake acupuncture controls for that!! 


And, they noted, the original study authors didn't always make it clear which specific symptoms had improved, and by how much, in women given acupuncture. 


WC: Whatever ... it worked for the symptoms!! That you don't have it broken down into subsegments defined by your definitions ... does NOT make it ineffective. 


I just don't get how these authors can disregard a 50% improvement over all other treatment options combined -- just because they don't know WHICH of the PMS symptoms improved. But, even weirder, the authors of this Reuters article emphasize that this HUGE improvement in symptoms is "SHAKY".  


Is it hot in here, or is it just me? 


Evidence for acupuncture PMS relief is shaky | Reuters

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Formaldehyde? A carcinogen? Doesn't that make Diet Sodas a health hazard?

Who is surprised by this? No one, I'm sure, but they HAD to do the studies to show that nasty chemicals do nasty things to healthy bodies.  



The government on Friday added formaldehyde, a substance found in plastics and other commonly used products, to a list of known carcinogens ....


What does this have to do with Diet Sodas?
Nutrasweet is the pretty powder blue packet of synthetic sweetener called Aspartame. When this synthetic gets over 87 degrees F (you and I are 98.6 degrees F), it degrades to methanol, formic acid and ... wait for it ... formaldehyde
Remember that smell from your high school BIO 101 class? The embalming smell of formaldehyde and those slick grey frogs you had to mutilate to get a peak at their internal organs? Yep. That's formaldehyde. 
  • That is what you get inside your body when you consume Nutrasweet (diet Cokes have Nutrasweet ... just sayin'). 


More From This New Report
  • People with higher exposure to formaldehyde were more at risk for nasopharyngeal cancer, myeloid leukemia and other cancers.
  • According to this report, "There is now sufficient evidence from studies in humans to show that individuals with higher measures of exposure to formaldehyde are at increased risk for certain types of rare cancers ...".



Besides Diet Sodas with Nutrasweet, Where Else Can You Get Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical widely used to make resins for household items, such as composite wood products, paper product coatings, plastics, synthetic fibers, and textile finishes.

It is also commonly used as a preservative in medical laboratories, mortuaries, and some consumer products, including hair straightening products.




U.S. adds formaldehyde to list of carcinogens | Reuters

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Radio Show Saturday: Dusty Showers Talks Breast Cancer; e-Coli vs e-Cola


On the show today at noon EST, we talk to Dusty Showers -- the founder of the SecondBase Men -- who advocates for breast cancer awareness (get it? 2nd base?).

LISTEN LIVE HERE:

We will also talk about the e Coli outbreak in Germany, plus a potential new concern about Diet products.

Finally, the best weekend late breakfast O.T.P.

You can call and give us YOUR two cents, too, at this number: 412.333.1360

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

VIDEO: Dusty Showers Talks Pink Bras and Breast Cancer This Saturday

Join me this Saturday from 12-1:00 EST. My guest, Dusty Showers will speak to me about Breast Cancer Awareness, the controversial "To Screen or Not To Screen" issue, and why in the world he wears a PINK BRA??   
CLICK HERE to join me live at THIS LINK: and you can call in to speak with Mr. Pink Bra at 412.333.1360



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Let The Weiner War Begin -- It's NOT about embarrassing twit pics


A descendant of one of the founders of the popular Chicago hot dog maker Vienna Beef has landed in the legal hot seat as his former employer filed suit for trademark infringement and false advertising against him Monday.
According to the federal lawsuit, Scott D. Ladany allegedly borrowed the signature recipe from Vienna Beef, a company which he left in 1983, to help spur on sales at his own hot dog company, Red Hot Chicago, though he had signed a gag order upon his exiting the family business.
"I guess it's the great Chicago wienie [sic] wars,"Vienna chief executive Jim Bodman told the Chicago Tribune. "We don't mind competing with somebody, but we mind somebody sticking their hand in our back pocket."
"They either stole them from us or they're lying to the public. Either way, we're going find out (through the lawsuit)," he continued.
Scott Ladany's grandfather, Samuel Ladany, is credited with founding Vienna alongside Emil Reichel. As the story goes, the pair was lured to Chicago from their homeland of Austria-Hungary because of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the pair's dogs were such a success that they ended up staying.
That story is repeated practically verbatim on Red Hot Chicago's website, but the Ladanys' affiliation with Vienna Beef has been left out.
Red Hot Chicago was reportedly founded by Scott D. Ladany in 1986 and yet, its website claims, the company "represents a proud family legacy that spans 3 centuries and 4 generations. This family tradition put Chicago in the hot dog business over 100 years ago." Further, the website contains several slogans - "A Family Tradition Since 1893" and "Great Taste Runs In Our Family" - winking toward a deep-seated history in the encased meat industry.


Vienna Beef Sues Red Hot Chicago As Weenie War Rages On

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Coca-Cola's Vitamin Water Fails The "Jelly Bean Rule"

See these ads? This is why Coco-Cola is getting sued by the Center For Science In The Public Interest. And, basically, they are getting sued because they fail in something known as "The Jelly Bean Rule". 



Jelly bean rule
Coca-Cola’s use of health claims (and the word ‘healthy’) violates FDA regulations on vitamin-fortified foods (the so-called ‘jelly bean rule’ rule that prohibits companies from making health claims on foods that only meet various nutrient thresholds via fortification).
The plaintiffs in the class action law suit, who are also represented by Reese Richman LLP and Whatley Drake & Kallas, LLC, argue that "VitaminWater is Coke's attempt to dress up soda in a physician's white coat”.
Where Else Should The Jelly Bean Rule Apply?
Think about cereals, and how many sugar-glut cereals are "an important part of a balanced breakfast" because someone ground up a multivitamin in it. 
Here is a general rule: if a product has to ADD vitamins for it to be healthy ... it was never healthy in the first place!! It's like those things that are called "food product". 
A) if it has to TELL you it's a food, it's probably not. 
B) "food product" is not food anyway. 



Coca-Cola VitaminWater class action to go to mediation

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Video: How To Grill WITHOUT adding carcinogens

Let the flames begin!! It's time to fire up the barbi and get outside to barbeque everything in sight!!



This video talks about all the things you need to know to grill out safely this summer.  

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RadioWill: What About Those Antacids ... smash or trash?


I was watching a movie last night where the stressed out peeps were practically EATING antacids. Breakfast ... Lunch ... Dinner ...

This audio clip from my radio show just briefly talks about how effective they are and a quick alternative solution.

Radio Show is on Saturdays from 12-1EST.

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Allergies Explained. A Conversation w Kumar Patel

This audio is from my Saturday Radio program. 


Dr Kumar Patel and I spoke about the ins and outs of allergy now that we're suffering through the peak allergy season!!


It was a fun conversation because Dr Patel was a good talker, and not a whack job!! What a bonus :). 



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Monday, June 06, 2011

RadioWill: My take on the new food pyramid/circle/plate thing


This audio is from my Radio Show of 06/04/11 (on Saturday's from 12-1 EST)

Is it a good thing? Would love to get your thoughts after you listen!!


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