Thursday, August 14, 2008

Controlling Toxins in the Home

Is your Home Healthy?
by Perdita Jay Fisher, DMD
Fisher Wellness Center
KNN - St. Louis

If your home is typical, you probably use dozens of cleaning and personal care products, purchased at the local grocery store, which contain chemical ingredients that could be harmful to your health and the health of your loved ones.

Scientist and doctors have discovered that there is a connection between our health and the use of common everyday household chemicals.

Have we always been this sick?

· Birth defects are on the rise

· One in three Americans will suffer with cancer, the # 2 killer of adults and the leading cause of death from disease in children

· Infertility is increasing

· Asthma rate has tripled-20-30 million afflicted

· Attention Deficit Disorder in adults and children is rising

There is a connection between household chemicals and your health

Our greatest exposure to chemicals is right in our own homes! We breathe chemical vapors from household products in the air. Neither personal care products nor their ingredients are reviewed or approved before they are sold to the public. They wouldn’t sell if it wasn’t safe…..would they?

-Of the 17,000 chemicals that appear in common household products, only 30% have been adequately tested from their negative effects on our health.

-A product that kills 50% of lab animals through ingestion or inhalation can still receive the federal regulatory designation “non-toxic”

-No law requires manufactures to list the exact ingredients on the package label

-The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health analyzed 2,983 chemicals used in personal care products. The results were as follows..

884 of chemicals were toxic
314 caused biological mutation
218 caused reproductive complications
376 caused skin and eye irritations
778 caused acute toxicity
148 caused tumors


-The FDA cannot regulate a personal care product until after it is released into the marketplace

-The FDA cannot require companies to do safety testing on their personal care products before they are sold to the public

-The FDA cannot require recalls of harmful personal care products from the marketplace


Beware of Aerosols! One common ingredient is Formaldehyde.

The MSDS for formaldehyde warns: suspected carcinogen; may be fatal if inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through skin. Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in baby shampoo, bubble bath, deodorants, perfume, cologne, hair dye, mouthwash, toothpaste, hair spray and many other personal care items.

Home is where the chemicals are

-Ninety percent of all poisonings occur at home between the hours of 4 and 10 pm, when children are home from school and playing in the house!

-Poisoning is the number one accidental killer in the home.

We must be cautious of introducing more toxins in our physical environment as we clean our homes! We can be harmed by ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin.

What can you do?

Use a line of household products that are not only safe, but just as effective as your toxic products.

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Married Folks Still the Healthiest

People who've exchanged wedding vows tend to be healthier
By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

People who've exchanged wedding vows tend to be healthier than their single, divorced or widowed peers, but new research shows that health gap may be narrowing.

Interviews with today's never-married men suggest they are healthier than never-married guys were three decades ago, researchers say. And that's helping single males gain some ground, in terms of their health, compared to married people.

"One of the most-often documented facts is that married people are healthier than non-married people, but the difference between married and unmarried people has changed over the past few decades," said the study's lead author, Hui Liu, an assistant professor and sociologist at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

The findings are in the September issue of theJournal of Health and Social Behavior.

Liu said there are two theories as to why married people report better health. One is that being married gives you more access to social support and economic resources. The other is that being divorced or widowed hurts health.

"In general, marriage tends to make people healthier, happier and richer, and that's especially true for men," said Scott Wetzler, vice chairman of psychiatry and behavioral science, and head of the "Supporting Healthy Marriage" program at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

But because trends in marriage have changed so dramatically over the past few decades, with more people opting not to marry or marrying at later ages, Liu wanted to assess what, if any, effects these changes might have on physical health.

See: Married Folks Still the Healthiest -

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Run for Your Life

Exercisers live longer and with fewer disabilities, study finds
By Amanda Gardner
Health Day Reporter
ABC News

It may, in fact, be possible to outrun death -- and even the creeping ravages of time -- at least for a while.

Research spanning two decades has found that older runners live longer and suffer fewer disabilities than healthy non-runners.

And the findings probably apply to a variety of aerobic exercises, including walking, said the study authors, from Stanford University School of Medicine, whose findings are published in the Aug. 11 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"This is telling you that being a runner, being active is going to reduce your disability, and it's going to increase your survival," said Marcia Ory, professor of social and behavioral health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health in College Station. "Late in life, you still see the benefit of vigorous activity."

See complete article and video - Click here: Run for Your Life

'Sunshine Vitamin' May Cut Death Risk

Vitamin D Appears to Cut Risk of Dying Early
By Joseph Brownstein
ABC News Medical Unit

In the newest in a line of studies showing the potential value of vitamin D, new research from Johns Hopkins University shows that not getting enough of the so-called "sunshine vitamin" may increase the risk of early death by more than a quarter.

Researchers used data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and looked at people's vitamin D levels and then death from various causes. While the risk of death for people with low vitamin D from any single cause was only slightly elevated, the broader picture showed a 26 percent increase in death rates.

"[Low] vitamin D levels seem to confer an increased risk of dying from any cause," said Dr. Erin Michos, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, and one of the lead investigators of the study.

She said that the study showed an association between low vitamin D and death from heart disease, and said further study may reveal vitamin D to be a sign of impending heart disease.

Many doctors cite the importance of vitamin D because of the relatively high levels of deficiency among Americans. A 2005 study from Drew University and UCLA showed that more than 41 percent of men and 53 percent of women had mildly or severely deficient levels of vitamin D.

And those chronic deficiencies are why people should monitor vitamin D levels, according to O'Keefe.

"We're not designed to be moles; we're designed to be outdoor creatures," he said. "Prudent sun exposure not only feels good, it's good for vitamin D levels."

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Isaac Hayes Found Dead

A family member found Hayes unresponsive near a treadmill
AOL News

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 10) -Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician whose relentless "Theme From Shaft" won Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said. He was 65.

A family member found Hayes unresponsive near a treadmill and he was pronounced dead about an hour later at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, according to the sheriff's office. The cause of death was not immediately known.

In the early 1970s, Hayes laid the groundwork for disco, for what became known as urban-contemporary music and for romantic crooners like Barry White. And he was rapping before there was rap.

His career hit another high in 1997 when he became the voice of Chef, the sensible school cook and devoted ladies man on the animated TV show "South Park."

The album "Hot Buttered Soul" made Hayes a star in 1969. His shaven head, gold chains and sunglasses gave him a compelling visual image.

See: Drew New Fans as 'South Park' Chef