For those of you who like to keep up on these things, here's another new report urging more precaution on wireless, GMO's, nanotechnology, and more. Our current system allows new things to be unleashed on us without proper safety testing and precaution. At 750 (free) pages, it's a bit longer than a tweet or a fb update, but delving into it could change your life, and give you the resources to help create more urgently required changes around you.
Women’s Voices for the Earth recently released a new report, called "Secret Scents". It highlights the need for ingredient transparency by the companies that create fragranced products, since right now we have almost no way of knowing what is causing the fragrance allergies and other serious health effects people experience when exposed to fragrances. These adverse health effects are increasing, especially in children.
We all are!
Three articles that crossed my path today illustrate the challenges we face (trying to stay healthy) while alive. Of course there are more issues, (like fracking, GMOs and processed food) but these three are more than enough to show us that "lifestyle choices" are not enough to keep us healthy.
This article by David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz is a must read!
Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by Common Dreams
Report: Toxic Chemicals Found in Thousands of Children's Products
Walmart among major manufacturers selling products without any "standards"
- Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Thousands of name brand children's products that line the shelves of big chain stores contain toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive problems, according to an analysis released Wednesday by watchdog group the…
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The gut mucosa is the largest and most dynamic immunological environment of the body. It hosts the body’s largest population of immune cells. It is often the first point of pathogen exposure and many microbes use it as a beachhead into the rest of the body.
The gut immune system therefore needs to be ready to respond to pathogens but at the same time it is constantly exposed to innocuous environmental antigens, food particles and commensal microflora which need to be tolerated.
Misdirected immune responses to harmless antigens are the underlying cause of food allergies and debilitating conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease. This animation introduces the key cells and molecular players involved in gut immunohomeostasis and disease.
Nature Immunology in collaboration with Arkitek Studios have produced an animation unraveling the complexities of mucosal immunology in health and disease:
T helper cells (click to enlarge the image).
Comments from Twitter:
FoodAllergySupport @FASupport: More fun than Magic School Bus!
I would love to get your feedback on a project I just came across on Wikipedia, the WikiProject Medicine/Evidence based content for medical articles on Wikipedia. The organizer of the project is the same as in Cochrane Students' Journal Club. Please sign up if you are interested in helping us out.
Wikipedia has been accepted world wide as a source of information by both lay people and experts.
- Evidence based content for medical articles on Wikipedia? (scienceroll.com)
- What's best care - now available to all (bangordailynews.com)
- Data driven Personalized Medicine Metamed when you cannot afford misdiagnosis (nextbigfuture.com)
- Anecdotes are never evidence...unless they're your own. (skeptoid.com)
- Searching for Evidence Based Information (hslnews.wordpress.com)
- Costs of implementation of evidence-based therapies for stroke in Ireland (handtutorblog.wordpress.com)
EHS-Net Restaurant Food Safety Studies: What Have We Learned? – Laura Green Brown discusses the latest Environmental Health Specialists Network findings in restaurant food safety. This article is published in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health.
Restaurant Food Cooling Practices – EHS-Net article includes quantitative data on restaurants’ food cooling processes and practices such as whether cooling processes are tested and proven to be safe; temperature monitoring practices; refrigeration cooling practices, and cooling food temperatures.
- How to spot a clean restaurant (goerie.com)
Sugar can be hidden in a lot of processed food products that make health claims. Yogurt is one of them.
When I see the yogurt aisle in the supermarket, I am amazed at all the different types available now. This slideshow gives us some guidance on the various types to choose. Here's where label reading is a necessity. Some people think that yogurt is healthy and most are, but notice the grams of sugar (some can be quite high) and the grams of protein (which often differ considerably).
- Love it, Like it, Hate it: Yogurt Shop Finds (wgno.com)
- Get the Skinny: Sugar Shockers (wgno.com)
- Nutrition: 7 Secretly Unhealthy Foods - What to Look For.. (davidvalefitness.wordpress.com)
- The Scoop on Sugar (dietitiandiary.wordpress.com)
- Tips for choosing yogurt! (f00dventures.wordpress.com)
From the 20 March 2013 post at Science Roll
I was very glad to see the new book authored by e-Patient Dave deBronkart, whose thoughts I describe to medical students as a part of the official curriculum at Semmelweis Medical School, just became available.
Medical professionals must let patients help and become equal partners in the treatment! A must-read book!
Concise reasons, tips & methods for making patient engagement effective.
Third book by e-Patient Dave, cancer beater, blogger, internationally known keynote speaker and advocate for patient engagement; co-founder and past co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine. Profile:http://www.ePatientDave.com/about-dave
- Let Patients Help: A New Book Authored by e-Patient Dave deBronkart (scienceroll.com)
- Project HealthDesign’s new video series: Conversations with e-PatientDave (projecthealthdesign.typepad.com)
- Part 1: Value of social media in healthcare is already outlined – just not realized (himss.org)
- The Multidimensional Role of Social Media in Healthcare (gumption.typepad.com)
- First Post: A Video About Patients Involvement in Their Own Healthcare (healthitoutlook.wordpress.com)
- The 7 Habits of Highly Patient Centric Providers (forbes.com)
- I’m an e-patient: equipped, enabled, empowered, engaged (worldofdtcmarketing.com)