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FDA CLASSIFIES POPULAR DIET DRUGS AS “TAINTED”

Posted in Alternative Health, Health Watch, Healthy Food on March 29th, 2009

BUT IS FDA’S WORD ENOUGH ON THIS MATTER?

As one who has battled long and hard for many years with my weight and who has tried virtually every diet plan to come on the market, no matter how half baked, I have found to my great disappointment that the only way to lose weight and to keep it off is to reduce the volume of calories that I consume daily. None of the other stuff, no matter how scientific it sounds, seems to work for me. Granted, there may be initial benefits experienced from many of the so-called “fad diets”, but sad to say, there is rarely ever any significant long-term weight loss.

Now I must admit that the news that there was not a magic pill for weight loss was very upsetting. More upsetting, however, was the amount of money That I had over the years squandered on these diets when all I really needed to do was learn some basic facts about the food I put in my body and cut down on the volume accordingly. Sounds simple, right? Well it is not. Learning about food is work, boring, tedious work, so much more difficult that popping a pill, eating a piece of diet candy or drinking a glass of some so-called magic elixir. Also, truth be told, I rather enjoyed the amphetamine and Phen-Fen eras of dieting, not only for the impressive weight loss, but also for the mild spring that those, now off the market diet aids, put in my step. I can’t say the same, however, for the myriad of other products, or for artery clogging theories promoted with such vigor by the late Dr. Atkins.

So here I am in the twenty first century with what can only be described as a love-hate relationship with my good friend food. But discussing the ins and outs of my tawdry ongoing battle with food is not the purpose of this posting. Rather it is to share with you a recent missive from the FDA that purports to name so-called toxic diet drugs. The list is extensive containing over 70 products.

But before going into it, I must tell you, and this is at the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, but in my lifetime, particularly from the Reagan era onward, the FDA, and for that matter pretty much all of the watchdog groups set up to protect the American people, have done little other than to rubber stamp the wishes of Corporate America and their blindly subservient tools in the US Congress.

Think about it, if the FDA was doing the job it was designed to do, which is protecting you and I from snake oil salesmen masquerading as miracle workers, would we have all the recent instances of drugs being pulled from the market because they were proven to be harming, and in many instances killing, the people they were designed to help?

Drugs such as the popular painkiller Vioxx, the constipation drug Zelnorn, or the nighttime heartburn drug, Propulsid, all pulled from distribution after they were shown to be causing higher instances of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes among regular users.

If the FDA were doing its job, wouldn’t it have taken note when popular antidepressant, Serzone was taken off the market in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada after “adverse events including liver failure.” were discovered among regular users of the product? But no, it would take a lawsuit from advocacy group, Public Citizen to get action out of the FDA over Serzone after first ignoring the advocacy group’s petition asking for a ban. And these are just the tip of the iceberg. Many many more products have suffered similar fates as the ones listed above.

So you see, I really don’t put much faith in the FDA and for that matter in this list. Which isn’t to say that it might not be completely accurate. No one is disputing that there are potentially a lot of bad products out there, and I don’t doubt more than a few that can harm or even kill you.

So what I suggest is that you use this list as a guide and when you see a product on it that you are considering trying, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED. Aand above all, DO NOT BELIEVE ANYONE’S SPIN. The internets is loaded with data about virtually every product ever made. Use it and become an informed consumer, responsible for what you put in your body. Lastly remember, corporations and federal bureaucracies cannot be counted on to tell the truth.

With that my friends, we are adjourned.

Denis

Here is the FDA’s full list of all 72 tainted weight loss products:
2 Day Diet
2 Day Diet Slim Advance
2x Powerful Slimming
3 Day Diet
3 Days Fit
3x Slimming Power
5x Imelda Perfect Slimming
7 Day Herbal Slim
7 Days Diet
7 Diet
7 Diet Day/Night Formula
8 Factor Diet
Eight Factor Diet
21 Double Slim
24 Hours Diet
999 Fitness Essence
BioEmagrecim
Body Creator
Body Shaping
Body Slimming
Cosmo Slim
Extrim Plus
Extrim Plus 24 Hour Reburn
Fasting Diet
Fatloss Slimming
GMP
Herbal Xenicol
Imelda Fat Reducer
Imelda Perfect Slim
JM Fat Reducer
Lida DaiDaihua
Meili
Meizitang
Miaozi MeiMiaoQianZiJiaoNang
Miaozi Slim Capsules
Natural Model
Perfect Slim
Perfect Slim 5x
Perfect Slim Up
Phyto Shape
Powerful Slim
ProSlim Plus
Reduce Weihgt
Royal Slimming Formula
Sana Plus
Slim 3 in 1
Slim 3 in 1 Extra Slim Formula
Slim 3 in 1 Extra Slim Waist Formula
Slim 3 in 1 M18 Royal Diet
Slim 3 in 1 Slim Formula
Slim Burn
Slim Express 4 in 1
Slim Express 360
Slim Fast (This product isn’t related to the Slim-Fast line of meal replacement and related products.)
Slim Tech
Slim Up
Slim Waist Formula
Slim Waistline
Slimbionic
Sliminate
Slimming Formula
Somotrim
Starcaps
Super Fat Burner
Superslim
Super Slimming
Trim 2 Plus
Triple Slim
Venom Hyperdrive 3.0
Waist Strength Formula
Xsvelten
Zhen de Shou

List source: Web MD

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STUDY: MASSAGE PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING PAIN

Posted in Alternative Health, Health Watch, News Brief on December 18th, 2007

MASSAGE DILATES BLOOD VESSELS, RAISES SKIN TEMPERATURE AND RELAXES THE MIND AND BODY
massage_frankfurt.jpg One of the best things about editing libsearthwatch.com is the fantastic things that I learn. Take massage for example, I knew there was a reason that my body craves massages. Now I know why. Take a read a see for yourself.

- LIB

Massage can ease pain after surgery and may complement the use of drugs for patients, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

In a study of 605 men 64 years and older who had major surgery, 200 received nightly 20-minute back massages for four days. On a scale of 1 to 10, those who got massages reported their pain diminished one level faster than those who did not.

All participants got comparable dosages of pain-relieving drugs such as morphine. One-third were not comfortable getting massages, so those who did may have been more appreciative and might have reported more pain relief, the study said.

MORE….

Source: Reuters

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TURNING FOOTSTEPS INTO ENERGY

Posted in Alternative Health, Clean Energy, Eco Warriors, News Brief, Renewable Energy on August 5th, 2007

WOULDN’T IT BE COOL IF THE STEPS THAT WE TAKE EACH DAY COULD BE MAGICALLY REDIRECTED SO AS TO PROVIDE MUCH OF OUR ELECTRIC NEEDS?

abstract-runners-web2.jpgWell, a couple of MIT grad students thought that too and developed the technology to do just that.

Their invention, the so-called “Crowd Farm” would work something like this: A responsive sub-flooring system would be placed under, say, the platform of a subway terminal. The blocks that make up the system would depress slightly under the force of human footsteps. As the blocks slipped against each other, they would generate power in the form of an electric current….

While the Crowd Farm wouldn’t work in the home (a single human step generates only enough power to light two 60-watt light bulbs for one second), it could really draw some power from a crowd producing thousands of steps. Some 28,527 steps, for example, could power an entire moving train for a second.

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ECHINACEA: IT WORKS

Posted in Alternative Health, Cool Products, Health Watch, News Brief on July 24th, 2007

A REVIEW OF MORE THAN 700 STUDIES HAS CONCLUDED THAT ECHINACEA HAS A SUBSTANTIAL EFFECT IN PREVENTING COLDS AND IN LIMITING THEIR DURATION

EchinaceaPurpureaMaxima1a.UME.JPG Echinacea helps banish colds. Echinacea has no effect on colds. The verdict seems to shift with each new scientific study of the herbal remedy.

In the latest twist, a review of more than 700 studies has concluded that echinacea has a substantial effect in preventing colds and in limiting their duration.

The paper, published in the July issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, used statistical techniques to combine the results of existing studies and reach conclusions based on the larger sample that resulted. The researchers selected only those trials that used randomized and placebo-controlled techniques: 14 studies involving 1,356 participants for the number of colds and 1,630 for the prevention of colds. The studies varied in the dosages of the herb, the duration it was taken and the species of echinacea used, and the number of participants ranged from 40 to more than 300.

The analysis concluded that echinacea reduced the risk of catching a cold by 58 percent. It also found that the herb significantly shortened the duration of a cold, but there was no general agreement about the magnitude of this effect.

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TURNING SALT WATER INTO FUEL?

Posted in Alternative Energy, Alternative Health, Health Watch, News Brief on May 29th, 2007

A FLORIDA MAN TURNS CRISIS INTO OPPORTUNITY

Kanzius_salt-water-burning_dye_jp70.jpg A Florida man may have accidentally invented a machine that could solve the gasoline and energy crisis plaguing the U.S., WPBF News 25 reported.

Sanibel Island resident John Kanzius is a former broadcast executive from Pennsylvania who wondered if his background in physics and radio could come in handy in treating the disease from which he suffers: cancer.

Kanzius, 63, invented a machine that emits radio waves in an attempt to kill cancerous cells while leaving normal cells intact. While testing his machine, he noticed that his invention had other unexpected abilities.

Filling a test tube with salt water from a canal in his back yard, Kanzius placed the tube and a paper towel in the machine and turned it on. Suddenly, the paper towel ignited, lighting up the tube like it was a wax candle.

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PHOENIX SOCCER MOMS LIGHT UP TO CALM DOWN

Posted in Alternative Health, Health Watch, Sustainable Living on May 21st, 2007

FIFTY-TWO PERCENT OF THE MOMS SURVEYED COP TO SMOKING POT AT LEAST 10 TIMES A YEAR WHILE AN ADDITIONAL TWENTY-SEVEN PERCENT SMOKE IT ONE TO SEVEN TIMES A WEEK

doobie.jpg Editor’s Note! It is stats like this one , albeit unofficial and non-scientific, which reafirm what a sham the our country’s drug policy, with regards to the smoking of marijuana, really is. These are soccer moms that are the topic of the posting that follows, not college students, burned-out stoners or rock n’ roll musicians.

Scientifically speaking (of course), I for one would be interested in seeing how pervasive pot use is in our country today, and who is using it. Sadly, our country’s perceived pompous puritan morality would probably prevent this question from ever being asked, officially, that is.

Kudos to Chikii.com and to Shay Pausa, its Creator and Host for having the courage to ask this timely, relevant question.

- LIB

A number of mothers in the Phoenix area admit they use marijuana to wind down after a long day, television station KPHO reported.

Shay Pausa surveyed hundreds of mothers through her Web site, Chikii.com. She targeted women in affluent suburban areas.

“These were middle to upper-middle class women, professional women, mommies. We had some that were members of the PTA and one school teacher even reported,” Pausa said.

They’re women like Jan, who’s 30 and has one child.

“I like it just to relax, if I’m very stressed out and I just need some time, just to relax. It’s good for that,” Jan said.

Read On….

RELATED STORIES: See The Chikii.com Video Take the Survey

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EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS SHOW PROMISE AS A CURE FOR DAMAGED EYES, HEARTS AND ARTERIES

Posted in Alternative Health, News Brief on May 11th, 2007

ISN’T IT TIME TO ROUTE SERIOUS FUNDS TO THIS POTENTIALLY LIFE – SAVING TECHNOLOGY

stem.jpeg Stem cells made from human embryos can home in on damaged eyes, hearts and arteries of mice and rats, and appear to start repairs, a U.S. company said on Monday.

Massachusetts-based Advanced Cell Technology said it had devised a straightforward way to make blood vessel precursor cells out of the stem cells and plans to test them in humans.

“We figured out how to produce literally billions of so-called ‘hemangioblasts’ — the mythical cell in the embryo that gives rise to our entire blood and immune system as well as to the blood vessels in our body,” Dr. Robert Lanza, vice president of research and scientific development at ACT, said in an e-mail.

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ACTIVE INGREDIENT IN MARIJUANA MAY HELP COMBAT LUNG CANCER

Posted in Alternative Health, Health Watch on April 18th, 2007

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT IT COULD HELP FIGHT BRAIN, PROSTATE, AND SKIN CANCERS AS WELL

180px-Cannabis_sativa.jpg Cannabis may be bad for the lungs, but the active ingredient in marijuana may help combat lung cancer, new research suggests.

In lab and mouse studies, the compound, known as THC, cut lung tumor growth in half and helped prevent the cancer from spreading, says Anju Preet, PhD, a Harvard University researcher in Boston who tested the chemical.

While a lot more work needs to be done, the results suggest THC has therapeutic potential, she tells WebMD.

Moreover, other early research suggests the cannabis compound could help fight brain, prostate, and skin cancers as well, Preet says.

Read On….

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DEATH BY MEDICINE: DO WE HAVE A CHOICE?

Posted in Alternative Health, Consciousness, Health Watch, Sustainable Living on April 17th, 2007

ONCE AGAIN, FDA WANTS TO REGULATE NATURAL, NON-DRUG/SURGERY/RADIATION BASED HEALTH OPTIONS

By Steve Bhaerman

40000_narrowmouthgroup.jpg The situation referred to in this posting is part of a world wide, concentrated effort by the Pharmaceutical Industry to stamp out the multibillion dollar and growing alternative medicine – suppliment industry.

At the bottom of this posting are several links to sites that will offer more information and a chance to make your voice heard.

Give it a look and if you are passionate about having these modalities of treatment available sign up and make your voice heard.

-LIB

The US FDA is at it again. They have been notorious for decades for their biased attacks and uneven handling of natural, non-drug/surgery/radiation based health options. This time, though, they are playing for keeps.

The goal is simple: through a “Guidance” about the regulation of “CAM” (which they conveniently define as “Complementary and Alternative MEDICINE” the FDA hopes to serve the interests of Big Pharma by eliminating all CAM practices and products. ALL of them.

Here’s how this deadly game is played:

1. By using the term “Medicine” rather than “Modality” for CAM practices, the FDA sets the stage so that anyone who is not a licensed physician is breaking the law by using these modalities since they are therefore ‘practicing medicine without a license’.

2. By using the term “treatment” rather than “therapy”, the FDA limits those who can perform these practices to licensed physicians and, again, anyone who is not a licensed physician is breaking the law by using these modalities since only licensed practitioners can treat. So people using these modalities are therefore ‘practicing medicine without a license’.

3. By using the terms “Medicine” and “treatment” instead of “Modalities” and “therapy”, all substances, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, co-factors, etc., automatically become untested drugs since they are being used to prevent, treat, mitigate or cure disease states. Such use can only legally take place with FDA approved drugs.

Here’s How We Protect CAM Practices, Practitioners and Products

Numbers. Sheer volume of response. Nothing more and nothing less. NOW is the time to act. Our window of opportunity slams shut on April 30, 2007.

This is the link which allows you to send a comment directly to the FDA about their deadly “Guidance.” Will it matter? Yes, if millions of people respond. So I am asking you to take this “viral”.

Here is what you need to do NOW if you value your freedom:

1. Click on the link below and add your name to the letter. When you click “Send” it will be electronically delivered to the FDA docket site and posted.

Read On…..

RELATED SITES: Democracy in Action, National Solutions Foundation

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BIOTECH FIRMS SEEK ALTERNATE TO CORN

Posted in Alternative Health, Renewable Energy on April 15th, 2007

OPTIONS INCLUDE MAKING FUEL FROM THE SAME PLANT AS TEQUILA

Tequila.jpg The ethanol craze is putting the squeeze on corn supplies and causing food prices to rise. Mexicans took to the streets last year to protest increased tortilla prices. The cost of chicken and beef in the United States ticked up because feed is more expensive. That’s where biotechnology comes in.

Scientists are engineering microscopic bugs to extract fuel from a variety of non-corn sources, including the human urinary tract, a Russian fungus and the plant responsible for tequila.

The quest for alternative energy is more complicated than just finding a replacement for petroleum. Scientists and a growing number of biotechnology companies are attempting to remove corn from the ethanol equation because it has created huge demand for the global food staple.

“There is enormous growth potential” for alternative fuels, said McKinsey & Co analyst Jens Riese. “But we need to be smarter than just building the next corn ethanol plant.”

Researchers are racing against time. Already, 114 U.S. ethanol biorefineries are in operation and 80 more are under construction. Producers made nearly 5 billion gallons of ethanol last year, a 25 percent increase from the previous year.

And nearly all of it was made from edible corn kernels.

Read On….

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