FDA bares list of DEHP-contaminated productsMANILA, Philippines - "The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a list of products from different parts of the globe that are found to contain toxic chemical Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), a substance used in making plastic.
The list, currently available at the FDA website, mentioned the following products from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Canada:
Presotea Tea Drink
Strawberry and Grape-flavored Prescription Syrup
Nature House Lactic Acidic Bacteria (apple vinegar-flavored lactic acid powder)
Skinny Dietary Drinks
Taiwan Sugar Ginger Clam Tablets
Sunlight brand drinks (Star fruit juice)
Speed Sports Drink
Speed Sports Drink Lemon Flavor
Brand's Calcium Grow Chewable Tablets
A-Sali Guava Juice
Beverages produced by Taiwan Yes Sports Drink
Brand's Calcium Grow Chewable Tablets
Possmei's Passion Fruit Juice
Possmei's Mango Juice
Possmei's Litchi Juice
Possmei's Passion Fruit Jam
Trojan's Mango Juice
Trojan's Passion Fruit Jam
Trojan's Dark Plum Jam
FDA Deputy Director Nazarita Tacandong urged the public to stay away from these products, as well as items that do not contain one or more of these details: name of product, name of manufacturer, address of manufacturer, complete list of ingredients and FR number (a unique registration number that the agency assigns for processed food).
She said companies tend to use DEHP because it is cheaper than palm oil.
DEHP is used mainly to increase the plasticity or fluidity of materials like plastic, cement or concrete. It can also be used as a clouding agent for medical devices.
If taken in high doses, DEHP can cause fertility and kidney problems in children, Tacandong said.
Given this, she advised those who have consumed DEHP-tainted products to flush it away by drinking lots of water."
By Karen Flores, abs-cbnNEWS.com From: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/06/01/11/fda-bares-list-dehp-contaminated-products
Europe Calls This One of the Top 6 Chemical Threats to Humans...
"Who would suspect that the everyday plastics in your house or the medical products used at your hospital would be made in such a way as to leach a toxic chemical into your body?
But this is exactly the case with DEHP.
This includes the IV tubing connecting your preemie to life-sustaining nutrition...And the teething toy your toddler chews on to relieve the pain in his gums...And the "Cinderella shoes" your little princess runs around in while playing dress-up. These common plastic products contain a toxic chemical that can potentially damage you or your child's liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system—and particularly the developing testes of prenatal and neonatal boys.
Unfortunately, these products carry varying amounts of a chemical called di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, or DEHP. DEHP is an industrial chemical used in vinyl-type plastics to make them soft and pliable. Unplasticized PVC is hard and brittle, so the DEHP polymer is added to soften it.____________________
You can be exposed to DEHP through air, water, food, intravenous fluids, or skin contact with DEHP-containing plastics.
But before I go into the risks specific to DEHP, it is important to understand the chemical family to which it belongs, whose risks have been known for decades: the phthalates……"
More at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/24/europe-bans-penis-shrinking-chemical-america-does-not.aspx
Take 4.5 Grams of Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLA) Each Day to Prevent or Fight Asthma
Are Inhalers the Best Treatment for You?
"The conventional asthma treatment typically consists of a non-steroidal bronchodilator – an anti-inflammatory agent that you inhale. It causes the smooth muscle cells in your lungs to relax, which opens up your airways. If that doesn't work, the next level is typically an inhaled steroid, which is a very potent anti-inflammatory agent. The reason these aggressive types of intervention are performed is because asthma is indeed a serious condition. It can be fatal, so you need to be serious about treating it.
Unfortunately, as usual, Big Pharma wants you to believe that their inhaled asthma drugs are the magic bullet you need to combat this disease, but the truth is asthma medicines don't work and can be dangerous to your health. In fact, a new box warning on one long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) clearly states that LABA can actually increase the rate of asthma-related death!
How CLA Helps Asthmatics
Asthmatics get asthma because they produce much higher levels of leukotrienes, which are fatty molecules of the immune system and at least 1000 times more potent than histamine at causing bronchial constriction. These highly inflammatory leukotrienes are produced when an enzyme known as 5-lipoxygenase (5-lipox) acts on a particular fat called arachidonic acid (AA). Many of the inhaled drugs that treat your asthma work by reducing leukotrienes.
But there's a more natural way for you to fight leukotrienes.
With nutrition you can reduce the precursor molecules (5-lipox and AA) in your body, thus preventing the inflammation from ever being produced. CLA helps fight 5-lipox and AA inflammation without harming your arteries. CLA does this by converting inside your body to both DHA and EPA, both of which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. CLA can also help lower blood pressure, which is a serious condition that may be a co-factor in your asthma. One of the best things you can do for your health right now is to balance your omega 3 to omega 6 fat ratios, and CLA from organic, grass-fed meats can play a big part in this."
More at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/26/cla-eases-airways-for-asthmatics.aspx
Vitamin D May Improve Asthma Control. WebMD Health NewsStudy Links Vitamin D Deficiency and Asthma Severity
"Vitamin D is the new "it" vitamin. A number of studies link its deficiency to a host of medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Now, a new review article makes the case for vitamin D supplementation in the treatment of asthma. The findings appear in the September issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Researchers reviewed nearly 60 years' worth of literature on vitamin D status and asthma. They found that vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased airway reactivity, lower lung functions, and worse asthma control. Risk factors for vitamin D deficiency include obesity, being African-American, and living in Westernized countries, the researchers report. These are also populations known to be at higher risk for developing asthma.
Vitamin D supplementation may improve asthma control by blocking the cascade of inflammation-causing proteins in the lung, as well as increasing production of the protein interleukin-10, which has anti-inflammatory effects, the study authors suggest."
More at: http://www.webmd.com/asthma/news/20100910/vitamin-d-may-improve-asthma-contro
By Denise Mann WebMD Health News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
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