Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Thread Count. Aspartame.

The average shopper believes the higher the thread count, the softer the sheet. However, after researching linen buyer's guides and talking to a few textile manufacturers, it turns out that any sheet with a thread count larger than 380 is a bit of a falsity. Much like sunscreen, higher doesn't always mean better. Many manufacturers often twist two threads together to create a larger thread count, which, as a result, gives you less of the natural fiber you're purchasing.

“Which is more likely to lead to high blood pressure -- chugging colas or gulping down coffee?
Point your finger at the soda. In a new study of women, a cola-a-day habit was associated with about 15 percent higher risk of hypertension, while a pattern of coffee drinking appeared to have little impact.”
From: http://www.realage.com/tips/skip-this-drink-to-help-your-pressure
Anyway, decaf coffee has to be better for you, as long as you don’t use NutraSweet or Aspartame:

Diet Coke™

Nutritional Information

Amount (% RDA Ingredients)
Calories 0
Fat 0g (0%)
Sodium 40mg (2%)
Carbohydrates 0g (0%)
Sugar 0g
Protein 0g (0%)

Diet Coke™ - Ingredients

Carbonated Water
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Caramel Color
Phosphoric Acid
Natural Flavors
Aspartame (NutraSweet)
Potassium Benzoate
Citric acid

Health Concern 1. Caffeine

“Worry about caffeine in diet sodas revolves around it's addictive effects on the brain, as well as the kidneys. Caffeine has diuretic properties, and is a dehydrating agent - one reason, say health critics, why a person may drink so many cans of soda every day without ever being satisfied. Health critics also believe that high-caffeine diet-beverages, like Diet Coke can lead to a gradual gain in weight from overeating as a result of confusion of thirst and hunger sensations.”

Health Concern 2. Artificial Sweeteners

Health critics of diet drinks, such as Diet Coke, state that artificial sweeteners cause the brain to react to sweet taste (cephalic phase response) by preparing the liver to receive a new supply of sugar. And if no sugar appears, the liver signals an urge to eat.
From: Diet drinks:   http://www.diet-i.com/diet-drinks.htm

Don't Drink the Diet Coke

“Feeling depressed or fatigued? Maybe you should check out the ingredients in that bottle in your hand. 
The email, together with a number of websites, credits the artificial sweetener with nearly every woe known to humankind, from MS to Gulf War syndrome.
In the words of the letter:  "If you are using aspartame ... and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss - you probably have aspartame disease."”
From: http://www.mcmanweb.com/diet_coke.html

“A survey of aspartame studies by Ralph Walton MD of Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine found: "Of the 166 studies felt to have relevance for questions of human safety, 74 had NutraSweet industry related funding and 92 were independently funded. One hundred percent of the industry funded research attested to aspartame's safety, whereas 92 percent of the independently funded research identified a problem."”

There are a lot of videos about Aspartame, here are three of them":

Please look at the ingredients, and stay away from artificial sweeteners, you are bound to feel better.  Even saccharin, Splenda, and Stevia are under fire, now.   I started using pure honey in my coffee, it is sweeter than sugar, so I don’t use as much, so less calories.    Also sugar has no food value, whereas honey does.
Also See: You Are What You Eat

Jay and I both needed lumber at Lowes, so he went with me to the next town.
The doctor looked at my swollen paw, and made a mark past my wrist, as that is where the swelling had traveled to last night.  He wants to see the swelling and mark again on Thursday.  It reminded me of when they tattooed the place where they did radiation on my late DH.

His nurse gave me a tetanus shot, and an antibiotic shot, now I have to go back on the same antibiotic I took for such a long time last year for my sinusitis.  He offered me a prescription for Vicodin, but I have never taken anything like that, and I wasn’t going to start now.

After a couple of stops at thrift shops, and HEB for some Almond Butter, etc., we got our lumber loaded in the van at Lowes, and finally got back about 3.00 PM.

I hadn’t slept well last night, so this was definitely a nap day.

1 comment:

Gypsy said...

I read a while back that the FDA was considering removing vicodin from the market, but I guess big bucks won out. It leads to liver disease among other things. I can't stand the stuff, and even after just one or two of them I can see the effect it has on my kidneys. I'll never take it again, and I'm glad you aren't going to.

Tylenol is also very bad for the liver, but the way they prescribe it, even for children, makes you wonder.