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Lyme Disease Forum in Glens Falls, NY

I attended a Lyme Disease Forum at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, NY today from 10am- noon.

It was hosted by Senator Betty Little and Assemblymen Dan Stec.

tick signThere were four people on the panel: Dr. Bryon Backenson, an epidemiologist from the New York State Department of Health; Dr. Timothy Sellati, from the Trudeau Institute; Dr. Jennifer Rowley, MD, a local Infectious Disease Specialist; and Holly Ahern, Associate Professor of Microbiology, SUNY Adirondack.

Dr. Jennifer Rowley, MD seems like she understands that Lyme is a crisis, an epidemic and that it is difficult to treat in many cases. She seems like she is one of the good doctors out there. There were people in the audience who had seen her and they said she is kind and understanding.

She did not talk long, but when she did, she pointed out that there are many people who are suffering and not a lot of science based medicine that can help them. She stressed that more money needs to be put toward research so that doctors have more options for treatment. It’s a slippery slope these doctors walk. If they treat, they can be sanctioned.

tickAs many of you know, the pediatrician who treated my son for Lyme Disease is being investigated by the OPMC. She is having to spend her own money on her defense lawyer and she is in need of help to defend herself against this witch hunt.

One thing that was brought up that I completely agree with is that the money allotted for research is disproportionate for the amount of new cases that are reported of each of these diseases. More money hast to be put toward the research of all tick borne diseases, including Lyme Disease.

  Disease      Annual new cases 2012   Money for Research 
West Nile Virus     5,700   $29 Million
Hepatitis C     1,300   $112 Million
HIV / Aids     56,000   $3 Billion
Influenza     73,000   $251 Million
Lyme Disease     312,000   $25 Million

When you take a look at those numbers… remember, those are NEW cases EACH year… It was brought up at this forum that according to those numbers, that would mean there are 3.5 million people in the U.S. that are sick from Lyme Disease.

Let’s get some money for research to help patients AND doctors!

The Physician Protection Bill was brought up and it would protect physicians… but it would not help the physicians who are already being brought up on charges! S5520-2013 – NY State

There is another Bill in New York that would require health insurance to cover long term care for patients with Lyme Disease and other Tick borne Diseases. S541 – 2013 NY State

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It Works Body Wraps – But What Does “It” do to Your Health?

I have a few friends who keep posting on Facebook about “It Works” I don’t care whether it works or not. I wouldn’t put these cancer causing agents and toxic ingredients on my skin.

it-works-body-wrapIf you have used “It Works” I suggest you WORK on detoxing what your body has already absorbed!

It never ceases to amaze me how a company will market a product as “All Natural Ingredients” or “Naturally Based” and then when you look at the long ingredient list you find this:

Cream Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glucose, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 12, Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Urea, Centella asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Leaf Extract, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Fucus vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Thalle Extract, Hedera helix (Ivy) Leaf Extract, Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) Leaf/Stem Extract, Ruscus aculeatus (Butchers Broom) Root Extract, Paullinia cupana (Guarana) Seed Extract, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Decyl Oleate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, TEA-Hydroiodide, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Menthol, Camphor, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, BHT. Limonene, Linalool.

Cloth: Polypropylene / Polyethylene Ingredientes de la Crema: Agua Desionizada, Glucosa, Triglicridos Cprico Caprlicos, Glicerina, Alcohol Denat., Acido Esterico, Alcohol Estearlico, Ceteareth 12, Extracto de Aesculus hippocastanum (Castao de Indias), Urea, Extracto de Centella asiatica (Centella), Extracto de Camellia sinensis (T Verde), Extracto de Fucus vesiculosus (Algas Marinas), Extracto de Hedera helix (Hiedra), Extracto de Equisetum arvense (Cola de Caballo), Extracto de Ruscus aculeatus (Rusco), Extracto de Paullinia cupana (Guaran), Aceite de Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba), Oleato de Decilo, Silicato de Magnesio y Aluminio, PEG 7 Cocoato de Glicerilo, Acetato de Tocoferilo, Hidroyoduro de TEA, Metilsilanol Manuronato, Mentol, Alcanfor, Pantenol, Fenoxietanol, Palmitato de Retinilo, Trietanolamina, Carbmero, Aceite de Rosmarinus officinalis (Romero), Aceite de Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalipto), Caprilil Glicol, Acido Srbico, BHT. Limonene, Linalool. Tela: Polipropileno / Polietileno

Sprinkled in among some dangerous ingredients are a few natural oils and in this case, the bad definitely out ways the good. Whether it works or not, the health risk just isn’t worth the end result!

I wish I had the time to break down all those bad ingredients for you but I only have time for one – BHT.


Chemistry of BHA and BHT Food Preservatives

By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., Guide

Both BHA and BHT have undergone the additive application and review process required by the US Food and Drug Administration. However, the same chemical properties which make BHA and BHT excellent preservatives may also be implicated in health effects. The oxidative characteristics and/or metabolites of BHA and BHT may contribute to carcinogenicity or tumorigenicity; however the same reactions may combat oxidative stress. There is evidence that certain persons may have difficulty metabolizing BHA and BHT, resulting in health and behavior changes. BHA and BHT may have antiviral and antimicrobial activities. Research is underway concerning the use of BHT in the treatment of herpes simplex and AIDS.

Everyone wants that magic bullet… but at the cost of your health?

I think not!

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Please don’t allow yourself to be lured into a product by a clever marketing campaign! Read those labels and DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Your health DEPENDS on it!


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Kids Drinking Flame Retardants

Patented as a flame retardant for plastics, about 10 percent of drinks sold in the United States contain brominated vegetable oil, including Mountain Dew, made by PepsiCo; Powerade, Fanta Orange and Fresca from Coca-Cola; and Squirt and Sunkist Peach Soda, made by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. This emulsifier that is found on the ingredient list of many popular fruit flavored drinks is banned in all of Europe and Japan!

Don’t trust the FDA to protect your children. READ ABOUT BVO YOURSELF!

Mountain Dew - Brominated Vegetable OilI have included lots of links to reputable articles and a couple of videos on the dangers of brominated vegetable oil. I beg you to reconsider allowing your children to drink anything with BVO in it! It is harmful to adults too… read on.

“Mom… There’s NOTHING to Drink!”

I suggest water, tea, lemon water, orange juice, Want More Energy, or sometimes we have other “treats.” I even let my kids buy their own drinks that I refuse to buy… Mountain Dew is one of their favorites. My son went out with his Grampa the other day and came home with 4 cases of Mountain Dew. Those will be the last Mountain Dews that come into this house.

Cherish them. Mountain Dew is no longer allowed under this roof.

When the kids want a treat in this house, it will be something without BVO. The most popular sodas Coca-Cola and Pepsi do not contain BVO. Not that ANY soda is good for you. They are not. I’m just saying if it is a special treat your kids want, choose wisely! petition to take BVO out of GatoradeWonderful things can be accomplished with online petitions. I would like to thank Sarah Kavanaugh and her little brother for writing a well thought out petition to PepsiCo to take the BVO out of Gatorade. Now, if they would just take it out of Mountain Dew and other drinks!

Thanks to Sarah and others who go out of their way to spread awareness about dangerous chemicals like BVO in our drinks. Let’s hope that other companies follow suit and remove this toxic additive.

The Mayo Clinic

Most people have heard of the Mayo Clinic and consider them to have some expertise in the medical community, right? Anyone who has ever been chronically ill, knows how conservative the Mayo Clinic is. Although I would never go there for medical care or advice, I feel comfortable quoting an article from the Mayo Clinic.

Health concerns about BVO stem from the fact that it contains bromine, the element found in brominated flame retardants. Only a few studies have looked at possible safety issues, but it appears that bromine builds up in the body. There also have been a few reports of people experiencing memory loss and skin and nerve problems after drinking excessive amounts (more than 2 liters a day) of soda containing BVO.

I underlined “it appears that bromine builds up in the body” because I wanted to call your attention to that. Bromine is one of the thousand so toxins your body is attacked by every day. I would avoid it because your health depends on keeping the toxins that are entering your body lower than the toxins that are exiting your body.

Some of us are genetically unable to detox on our own. That’s ok.

Why is it ok?

Because we can detox with a little help from natural supplements and wholesome, clean food. As long as we keep the toxins leaving the body higher than the toxins coming in we are moving toward health. That makes it super important for the detox challenged to AVOID TOXINS LIKE BVO!

PepsiCo cuts flame retardant BVO from US Gatorade but not Mountain Dew January 28, 2013

Center for Science in the Public Interest on BVO

Dr. Mercola on brominated vegetable oil

The New York Times on brominated vegetable oil

Scientific American on brominated vegetable oil

Environmental Health News on brominated vegetable oil

Bromism from excessive cola consumption (PubMed)

Snopes on brominated vegetable oil

My Fox Chicago on BVO (video)

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