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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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EATING RIGHT: AMERICA’S TEN HEALTHIEST SUPERMARKET CHAINS

Posted in Health Watch, Healthy Food, News Brief, Sustainable Food on November 9th, 2008

HEALTH,COM RATES THE GROCERY STORES YOU SHOULD ADD TO YOUR SHOPPING LIST

1. Whole Foods (279 stores in 38 states and Washington, D.C.
2. Safeway (1,700-plus stores nationwide)
3. Harris Teeter (176 stores in the Southeast)
4. Trader Joe’s (300-plus stores in 23 states and Washington, D.C.)
5. Hannaford (165-plus stores in the Northeast)
6. Albertsons (529 stores in the West, owned by SuperValu)
7. Food Lion (1,300 stores in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic)
8. Publix Super Markets (952 stores in the Southeast)
9. Pathmark (141 stores in the Mid-Atlantic)
10. SuperTarget (239 stores in 21 states, primarily Texas and Florida)

Learn why these stores are considered America’s healthiest supermarkets

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NEWS WATCH! WHOLE FOODS MARKET REFOCUSES – - STRESSES VALUE

Posted in Cool Products, Corporate Responsibility, Eco -Chic, Ethical Business, Healthy Food, News Brief, Sustainable Food on August 3rd, 2008

COMPANY MAKING “A STRONG EFFORT” TO CHALLENGE ITS COMPETITORS ON PRICE

wholefoodsa1.jpegThe sketchy economy, high cost of fuel and skittish job market are taking their toll on Whole Foods Markets, as once loyal customers look elsewhere in search of deep discounts on necessary food and household items.

To combat the losses, the extent of which are unclear, Whole Foods has announced a line of lower-priced generic products, a staple of traditional supermarkets, together with deep discounts on many existing items. The goal here is to make the chain synonymous with value, a tough task after years of being known for upscale gourmet items.

Only time will tell how this works out. Hopefully company management finds a way to serve both masters effectively without destroying what it is that makes the Whole Foods experience special.

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HEALTH WATCH! NYC RESTAURANTS MUST LIST CALORES FOR ALL ITEMS

Posted in Conscious Actions, Health Watch, Healthy Food on April 18th, 2008

ESTIMATES ARE NEW REGS WILL PREVENT 130,000 NEW YORKERS FROM BECOMING OBESE AND 30,000 FROM DEVELOPING DIABETES OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS

fast_food_nation1.jpgKudos to Big Apple Federal Court judge, Richard Holwell, for his courageous, common sense ruling, earlier this week, upholding a new law requiring that calories be posted on the menu boards of most of the city’s chain restaurants. The judge made his ruling over the objections of the New York State Restaurant Association, a local trade group. “It seems reasonable,” Judge Holwell said in announcing his ruling, “to expect that some consumers will use the information disclosed … to select lower calorie meals … and these choices will lead to a lower incidence of obesity.”

The new law takes effect on April 21 and applies to restaurants with more than 15 outlets across the country.
Some restaurants including Starbucks and Chipotle have already started to post calories on menus.

Now if we only had that law and Judge Holwell here in the OC.

-LIB

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DC APPELATE COURT STRIKES DOWN EPA LIMITS ON MERCURY EMISSIONS FROM COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS

Posted in Administrative Arrogance, Corporate Polluters, Healthy Food, News Brief on February 10th, 2008

CITES THE AGENCY FOR IGNORING ITS LEGAL OBLIGATION TO REQUIRE THE STRICTEST POSSIBLE CONTROLS ON THE TOXIC METAL OR TO JUSTIFY AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH

The regulation, which the panel unanimously struck down, was issued in 2005. It aimed to reduce power-plant emissions of mercury 70 percent by 2018, through a system that capped total emissions, set the amounts of mercury that power plants could emit and let cleaner plants sell unneeded allowances.

A coalition of environmental groups in alliance with 17 states, mostly on the receiving end of power emissions, sued, arguing that the law required tighter, more expensive controls that could eliminate up to 90 percent of mercury emissions.

This decision is but the latest judicial rebuke of administration environmental policy during George Bush’s time in office.

Other instances included the Supreme Court decision which forced the EPA to take a broader, more aggressive approach to regulate factories and power plants that add capacity or make renovations that increase air pollutants.

Then there was the Supreme Court ruling rejecting the agency’s contention that it had no authority to regulate the greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

Prior to that, the United States Court for the District of Columbia Circuit, the source of this most recent ruling, ordered the agency to enforce the Clean Air Act as written by Congress and interpreted by this court.”

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ECO-FRIENDLY PLACES TO EAT IN LOS ANGELES

Posted in Administrative Arrogance, Health Watch, Healthy Food, Sustainable Business, Sustainable Living on February 2nd, 2008

WITH VALENTINE’S DAY RAPIDLY APPROACHING, THE BEST PLACES TO TAKE YOUR SWEETIE FOR A GREEN-FRIENDLY MEAL

tastebuds0802.jpgIt wasn’t all that long ago that one would have to travel to the opposite end of Los Angeles for a truly tasty, environmentally responsible meal. Thankfully, this is no longer the case, a fact which is borne out by some of the restaurants featured in this posting from Los Angeles, Whole Life Times, monthly.

So whether you are looking for that perfect place to take that special someone for a memorable Valentine’s Dinner, or are just a hungry man or woman in search of a good meal without the guilt, which can accompany a feast at some of the more mainstream restaurants, give one of the locations on this list a try. As one who has sampled the cuisine at several of the featured restaurants, I can tell you that you will be glad that you did.

-LIB

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STUDY: YOUR MORNING COFFEE MAY CONTAIN UP TO A FIFTH OF YOUR DAILY RECOMMENDED CALORIES

Posted in Health Watch, Healthy Food, News Brief on January 30th, 2008

FULL-FAT MILK, CREAM AND CHOCOLATE ARE THE CULPRITS

cup-coffee-256×256.pngA black coffee contains virtually no calories.

An “Americano” had 17.

A mocha coffee made with full-fat milk added up to 396 calories.

A mocha coffee made with semi-skimmed milk – but topped with whipped cream – contained 326 calories.

A skimmed milk café latte contained 71 calories.

A “skinny” cappuccino, with more froth and less milk, had only 27.

A cappuccino with skimmed milk contained fewer than 30 calories.

Source: Which (Great Britain)/ BBC News

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ORGANIC FOOD INDUSTRY FACES A SUPPLY CRUNCH

Posted in Conscious Actions, Consciousness, Health Watch, Healthy Food on January 30th, 2008

CONSUMERS PAYING MORE AS FARMERS STRUGGLE TO MEET DEMAND

farmers_mkt_02_o_large.jpgThe organic market makes up nearly 3 percent of the overall food market, a share that has increased every year for the past decade. It’s a small but fast-growing segment of an otherwise sluggish food industry.

But while the farmland dedicated to organic crops has expanded, it still makes up just a sliver of the nation’s total: a half percent each of all cropland and pastureland in 2005, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

One reason for the lagging supply is the fact that it takes a minimum of three years to transition cropland farmed conventionally to an organic operation.

The three-year transition to an organic farm “is rarely done strictly as a matter of economics,” Routh saod. It’s often as much a philosophical move, an acceptance of a particular belief system. Still, some farmers who considered going organic two or three years ago may have been tempted by promise of record prices to keep their farms conventional.

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HEALTHFUL HINTS FOR WHEN SHOPPING AT THE HEALTH FOOD STORE

Posted in Health Watch, Healthy Food on January 18th, 2008

A DIETICIAN GIVES AN OVERVIEW OF HEALTHY SHOPPING DO’S AND DON’TS

farmers_mkt_02_o_large.jpgFor the LIB, Henry’s, the local health food market is a place of wonder, a fantasy world chock full of hidden yummy treasures, where I can enjoy a cup of organic coffee as I peruse the isles seeking out undiscovered epicurean treasures.

More importantly, it is the place where I can stock up on the basics, veggies, fruits, bread, coffee, etc., and not have to worry all that much about the preservatives, chemicals and genetic manipulation that is so much a part of our modern foods.

I must say, I look forward to this weekly ritual though with equal candor, I have to acknowledge, that I am still a newbie in the healthy food department, like so many of my generation having spent most of my time on earth eating mass produced, packaged foodstuffs, with little regard for their healthfulness or of what chemicals they may have been enhanced with.

So it was with more than the usual fascination that I dug into the article linked below, excerpted by MSNBC from Prevention magazine, which gives a pretty good overview of the ins and the outs of shopping at the health food market.

In the interest of brevity, I have extracted the salient points, which I have listed below.

Happy Eating:

-LIB

PREVENTION MAGAZINES DO’S AND DONT’S

RULE #1 DON’T BE FOOLED BY FAT FADS
Bad fats are unhealthy by any name. Ghee (clarified butter), promoted as a healing food in Ayurvedic medicine, contains the same amount of artery-clogging saturated fat as does regular butter and was found to promote cardiovascular disease in four separate studies.

RULE #2 AVOID ARTISAN CHEESES AND PREMIUM ICE CREAMS
As they are high in saturated fat and calories. Stick with liquid vegetable oils, trans-free spreads, and low-fat cheeses.

RULE #3 STOCK UP IN THE “DAIRY” SECTION
Healthy options include: low-fat, creamy Greek-style yogurt made from sheep’s or goat’s milk; kefir and soy- or rice-based items that are low in saturated fat.

RULE #4 FRESHLY MADE DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN GOOD FOR YOU.
Avoid creamy sauces. Opting instead for potatoes with skins, and colorful fruits and vegetables.

RULE #5 LOAD UP ON HEALTHY SALAD BAR ITEMS
Consider: marinated vegetable and whole grain salads, olives, and cooked beans. Homemade soups like Tomato and Garden Vegetable, Chicken Noodle, and Carrot Ginger from Wild Oats are all 120 calories or less per cup.

RULE #6 CHECK OUT THE FAUX MEATS
Consider: meat-free pepperoni, bacon, even chorizo as well as ready-to-eat, high-protein, fiber-rich, cholesterol- and saturated-fat-free lunchmeats, hot dogs, burgers, and sausages.

RULE #7 DON’T GET YOUR VEGETABLES IN THE SUPPLEMENT AISLE
Supplements can’t replace the thousands of natural nutrients in whole foods.

RULE #8 LOOK FOR LOCAL PRODUCE
Buying local is fresher and tastier and is more nutrient packed than that which has traveled great distances from the farmers field to your table. Consider also the product’s carbon footprint.

RULE #9 WATCH OUT FOR “NATURAL SUGAR” TRAPS
Specifically, turbinado, sucanat, and Florida sugar crystals, all or which are just as high in calories without any added nutrition value.

RULE #10 WHEN YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED A JUNK FOOD FIX
Consider cookies sweetened with fruit juice, which are lower in fat.

RULE #11 GOBBLE UP THE WHOLE GRAINS
Opt here for 100% whole grain burger and hot dog buns, crackers, cereals, pitas, and pastas. Also consider frozen whole grain items such as waffles, pancakes, pizza crusts, and packaged meals.

RULE #12 TAKE IN A LESSON
Many health and natural food stores schedule specialty classes not typically offered by mainstream markets, such as RD-led nutrition seminars and healthy cooking demos. Check with your local stores.

RULE #13 MOST IMPORTANTLY: DON’T TAKE ADVICE FROM THE CLERK
Regardless of how helpful they appear to be, remember, most health market employees are usually not required to complete any formal education or training in nutrition science.

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STUDY: HEALTHY FOOD MAY BE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR MANY LOW-INCOME FAMILIES TO AFFORD

Posted in Health Watch, Healthy Food, News Brief, Sustainable Food on November 3rd, 2007

A LOW-INCOME FAMILY WOULD HAVE TO DEVOTE 43% TO 70% OF ITS FOOD BUDGET TO FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO MEET THE 2005 DIETARY GUIDELINES

colorfuldiet1.jpgWe tend to blame the obesity epidemic in the United States on people making the wrong lifestyle choices — for example, eating a Big Mac instead of carrot sticks or Twinkies instead of an apple.

New research shows, however, that the price of healthy food may be too high for many low-income families to afford, and experts say the government needs to step in.

A new study published in the journal of the American Dietetic Association finds that a low-income family would have to devote 43 to 70 percent of its food budget to fruits and vegetables to meet the 2005 Dietary Guidelines, which recommends five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

“Most Americans fall short of the recommended servings,” says Milton Stokes, a registered dietitian and a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association.

“The lower their economic status, the more of their income is spent toward food,” he says. “Someone making $20,000 is going to spend a larger percentage of dollars on food than someone making $200,000, even if they buy the same amount.”

Currently, researchers say that American families spend 15 to 18 percent of their budget on fruits and vegetables.

“It seems unlikely that consumers would be able to increase their spending on fruits and vegetables by 200 percent to 400 percent without substantial changes elsewhere in the food budget, or from other household expenditures,” the authors of the report note.

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Source: ABC Health News

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