PUSH BUTTONS REPLACING HUMAN BEINGS

I  have been noticing there are less and less check out people in the supermarket. You have to checkout yourself. And there are paperboy deliverers as there were in my youth. Now you can get your news on the phone, TV or your computer. Whatever happened to telephone operators who could help you with telephone…

FDA Warns Cosmetic Companies About Unproven Claims

Are you still convinced that a cosmetic can whisk away your wrinkles? In 2013, I wrote: “As I have been reporting through seven editions of my Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, the definition of cosmetic, according to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, is that a cosmetic improves appearance, whereas a drug diagnoses, relieves or cures a disease….

Useful Info From Viewer Patricia Sarmiento

Thanks Pat! I believe this is a very good roundup, especially since I just recovered from an asthma attack myself. I wish you the best with your site. Ruth With 55% of Americans testing positive for reaction to one or more allergens, awareness of potential sensitivities and reactions can help generate positive outcomes sooner, before…

WHY DOES YOUR PRESCRIPTION BECOME AN OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUG?

One of my prescription medicines for allergy, a nasal spray, had long been covered by my insurance. When I went into the pharmacy recently to pick it up, I found I didn’t need a prescription. A similar spray recently became over-the-counter (OTC). The RX version had been covered by my insurance but I had to…

SOMETHING IS FISHY WITH MICROBEADS

Take a bite of fish and you may swallow plastic micro-beads used in your anti-aging cosmetics, body washes, soaps,toothpastes, pillows, clothes and other products. There is alarm among environmentalists because micro-beads are being flushed down the drain and they are eternal. The International Pellet Watch, led by Professor Shige Takada at the University of Tokyo,…

HOW MUCH DOES IT HURT?

“I feel your pain” is an expression based on a guess. It is very difficult to know how much pain someone feels Health providers now offer a scale from 1-10 and ask us to rate our pain. If we are in agony or have an ulterior motive, we may check the 10. It’s a subjective evaluation and…

GOD AND 3-D PRINTERS

The Bible says it took God seven days to create the universe but a kid in a classroom today might create a workable arm or leg with a 3D printer within hours. Unlike common printers, a 3D printer prints a three dimensional object layer by layer. Therefore the whole process is called rapid prototyping, additive printing or…

Answers Many Questions Frequently Asked

I Greg Collins, a CVS pharmacist, presents information that I believe could be important to you or your loved ones. Herbs alone may be fine but there are common herb interactions you should be aware of to ensure your safety. Collins describes the potentially harmful combinations: Ginkgo biloba, ginseng, feverfew, pure licorice, ginger, garlic, and…

COSMETICS AND ANIMAL CRUELTY UPDATE

Diplomats may have problems communicating with China but not animal lovers. Groups like The International Humane Societies and PETA told the Chinese they wanted the testing of cosmetics on live creatures to stop. The China Food and Drug Administration announced this month that it will no longer require skin- and eye-irritation tests on so-called “ordinary”…

TATTOOS-TREAT OR TRAUMA

More than a third of Americans ages 18 to 25 and about 40 percent of Americans ages 26 to 40 have tattoos for which they pay out-of-pocket 6 billion dollars each year.

GLAMPING ALSO KNOWN AS GLAMOROUS CAMPING

      Opposites do attract and when it comes to camping out that can be a problem. One partner on vacation may want amenities such as a bathroom and room service. The other may want to sleep under the star in a sleeping bag… There may be a solution in the middle—“Glamping’. This is…

A LONG TALE OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

The meat and poultry industries are opposed to the antibiotic amendments. The meat and poultry industries are estimated to generate over $850 billion annually, which represents about 6% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The pharmaceutical industry is also opposed to increased regulation. Pharmaceutical companies agree with the meat producers and poultry producers that existing guidelines and regulations regarding drug approval and antibiotic use in farming are sufficient. A number of pharmaceutical companies including Bayer, Novartis, Pfizer, and Eli Lily and Company are members of the Animal Health Institute, which lobbies against legislation to restrict antibiotic use. The total lobbying expenditures of the Animal Health Institute over the past ten years range from $30,000 to $200,000 each year. While it is difficult to assess political power, many of the groups opposing the legislation have the money to protect their interests regarding the use of antibiotics in food production in the United States.

DO WE STINK?

mell our body odor? First of all, it reminds us that we are animals. It’s true that we don’t go around sniffing each other quite as obviously as dogs and rats, but you have only to watch a human mother sniffing the head of£ her infant to realize how instinctive smell behavior is; and you…

SEEING RED FOR A BETTER FOOD ADDITIVE

The FDA has approved a higher level of a red coloring from tomatoes to supplement or replace the red from crushed bugs. Lycopene is the main pigment of tomato, paprika, grapefruit, and rose hips. Lycopene extracted from tomatoes is authorized within the EU and US as a red food coloring. Regular intakes of lycopene from natural…

ELECTRIFYING NEWS! ANTI-AGING COSMETICS THROUGH SKIN?

Can a battery powered patch more effectively deliver cosmetics through the skin? A wearable SoftBattery-Enfucell device has been developed by Spanish and Finnish researchers. It is a paper- thin patch with electronic sensors; the developers claim it will emit micro-currents to increase permeability and faster absorption of applied cosmetics and medications. You can bet you…

COCA-COLA AND STEVIA’S BITTER HISTORY

    The Coca-Cola Company announced it is eliminating the sweetener, Stevia, from its Vitamin Water because consumers have complained about a bitter after taste. There is a lot more to the story than that. A recent report in Drexel University’s EXEL magazine related how one of its professors of biology, Daniel Marenda, was helping…

IT IS SHOCKING— TASER’S AFFECT ON THE BRAIN

If you are shocked by a Taser could you be too stunned to respond to a police officer’s orders? Would you really understand your Miranda rights? An estimated 16,000 American police departments use “conductive energy devices”, popularly referred to as “stun guns”. Robert Kane, professor and director of Drexel University’s Drexel Criminal Justice Program along with…

NANOPARTICLES—BIG PROBLEMS WITH LITTLE THINGS IN FOOD ?

 Size does matter when particles are added to our food and cosmetics that are so tiny they may penetrate our cells and potentially cause havoc.  These engineered micro-particles are less than 100 nanometers wide. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter or to put it another way, a human hair is 80,000 nanometers thick….

PRIVACY AND TALKING PLANTS

Worried about privacy? If you have plants in your home, they may listen to everything you say and talk to each other about you. When my friend told me she talks to her plants when she comes home from vacation or when they are not thriving and they respond, I thought she was very odd….

FOOD FRAUD—NOT GETTING WHAT YOU PAID FOR

Do you really know what you are eating? Food fraud is a growing problem, perhaps not as dangerous as drug fraud and sometimes amusing if you are not the one getting scammed. There is currently no legal definition of the term but it is generally accepted that food fraud is an intentional action carried out…

COSMETICS MAY BE REGULATED AS DRUGS IF CLINICAL TESTING IS CLAIMED

I’ll believe it when I see it enforced! There are a lot of revolutions in the world but an US government agency is preparing to launch a battle against the Goliath-type multibillion dollar cosmetics industry. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a guidance requiring cosmetics researchers to obtain an Investigational New Drug…

CARAMEL, COKE, BEER AND POTENTIAL CANCER

  There is much ado about the possible cancer-causing caramel coloring in Coca Cola® but do you know it is also used as a coloring in beer and as a flavoring in ice cream, candy, baked good, root beer, ginger ale, vanilla, cream soda and many other products we eat and drink? Caramel is a…

Taking Some of the Fear Out of Falling

Falling is a leading cause of injury and death in the elderly. Most fall-detection devices monitor a person’s posture or require a person to push a button to call for help. However, these devices must be worn at all times. A study by Mt. Sinai, NYC researchers. (Mt Sinai J Med1995; 62:293-7.) showed 80 percent…

PROMISES, PROMISES—FOOD AND COSMETIC REGULATIONS FOR 2014

Will food additives and cosmetic ingredients be safer this year? In my first book  Poisons in Your Food  published by Crown in 1969 and in my second book, the First Edition of A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives in 1989 I pointed out  antibiotics were added to  feed and hormones were given to animals—to increase…

STRANGE FISH AND ANIMAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO COSTLY ANTI-AGING COSMETICS

Camels are not very good looking but their milk is about to be an ingredient in high priced cosmetic products. A Dubai company, EICMP, is targeting premium cosmetic manufacturers to launch their “natural moisturizer.” One of Cleopatra’s beauty secrets is reputedly bathing in a tub full of camel’s milk. Bedouins still use it today to…

FOOT BALL PLAYERS: TEASING OR BULLYING?

  Did Richie Incognito believe he was just good-naturedly teasing Jonathan Martin, a six foot five, 312 pound linebacker on the Dolphins and not bullying him? Martin was reportedly called names, socially isolated and subjected to embarrassment for the entertainment of veteran players. Martin left the team saying, in effect, he couldn’t take the situation anymore….

WHAT DOES A WOMAN WANT?

WHAT DOES A WOMAN WANT? Sigmund Freud, the famed psychoanalyst raised the question and it is still not answered, at least as far as appearance is concerned. Why is it, for example, women of color want to whiten their skins and women with white skin sit in the sun to darken theirs? My sister has…

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD AND COOL LABELLING?

I am frequently asked what I think about genetically modified food. I believe there is no easy answer because there are perils and great promise in understanding and manipulating genes. Consumers were generally disgusted when the publicity about researchers from the Netherlands who cooked some burgers made from a single cloned muscle cell It was…