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Friday, June 24, 2016

Fungus in oat cereal; Coffee and cancer risk

I eat a cereal made from oats almost everyday. A friend told me oat cereals have a fungus in them. Is this true?
Nick, Feeding Hills

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. According to a study at the University of Idaho, 70 percent of oat-based cereals purchased in the U.S. were contaminated the fungal toxin called ochratoxin  A.

This does not mean you need to stop eating your oat cereal but you may want to vary your breakfast to be safe. This toxin may suppress your immune system, increase your risk of cancer and may be toxic to your nervous and reproductive systems. Over the course of two years, researchers bought breakfast cereals from U.S. supermarkets. They tested almost 500 samples.

Overall, 42 percent of the samples were contaminated with the toxin. But the highest percentage – again 70 percent – of oat-based cereals were contaminated. Some wheat, corn and rice cereals were also contaminated but not as many. There was also no statistical difference between organic and conventional products.

The U.S. has no established limit for how much of this toxin can be in cereal. Europe does establish a limit.


Monday, June 20, 2016

You Drank Contraceptives Today and Didn't Even Know It - Breitbart

You are likely consuming contraceptives whether you know it or not through your drinking water, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey.

The study, published in the March issue of Scientific Reports, measured the amount of the synthetic hormone EE2, a common contraceptive ingested by women around the world, and found it "present in aquatic environments throughout the United States and many other countries."

Researchers tested whether exposure to EE2 has any adverse health outcomes for the "mekada fish" in Japan. What they found could have an impact on how Americans view their own drinking water and the nearly universal use of the Pill to avoid pregnancy.

Researchers looked at "transgenerational consequences" of exposure to EE2 and found "a reduced rate of fertilization and an increased incidence of embryo mortality." These consequences were found in several generations of fish. They also found "transgenerational effects on survival and fecundity, which consequently disrupted population dynamics."

The study showed the biggest impact on exposure to human contraceptives occurred in subsequent generations of fish with a 30 percent reduction in fertility rates. This occurred even if the fish had not ingested the chemical directly. It was an abnormality that was passed on from previous generations.

"This study shows that even though endocrine disruptors may not affect the life of the exposed fish, it may negatively affect future generations," said Ramji Bhandari, a USGS visiting scientist and University of Missouri assistant research professor. "If similar trends were observed in subsequent generations, a severe decline in overall population numbers might be expected by the F4 generation."


Friday, June 10, 2016

Dietary Supplement May Prevent Cognitive Decline

A dietary supplement containing ingredients commonly found in health food stores appears to prevent the decline in brain structure and function typically seen in Alzheimer's disease, the results of an animal study indicate.

In a mouse model of accelerated aging and severe cognitive decline, a combination of vitamins and minerals, as well as nutraceuticals, such as beta carotene, bioflavonoids, cod liver oil, flax seed, garlic, and green tea extract, not only maintained brain cell numbers and mass and cognitive function but also appeared to prevent deterioration of sight and smell.

The study was led by Jennifer Lemon, PhD, research associate in the Department of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

She said that she was "shocked, along with everybody else" that a nutraceutical combination "that's considered by most practitioners in the medical field to be either ineffective or benign can actually have such a profound effect on function."


Sunday, June 5, 2016

June 2016 Functional Forum - Functional Forum

June 2016 Functional Forum
5pm PST & 8pm EST
Monday, June 6th, 2016

For the first time ever, the Functional Forum leaves the North American continent for a groundbreaking show on Monday,  June 6th, at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, the world's oldest medical institution. This month, we look at the future of how Functional Medicine can scale to meet the needs of modern health systems outside of America.

First, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee speaks to his experience on a unique 3 program series on BBC1 in 2015: Doctor in the House. This series looked at how an NHS GP could immerse himself with three families to guide them back to health using the principles and practices of functional medicine. One of the highlights was reversing the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in just 6 weeks.

Next, James Maskell explains how modern practices are using innovations in delivery models, care teams, and digital technology to reduce overhead, appointment times, and systemic costs. With news that some of the most innovative health centers like the Cleveland Clinic are betting on Functional Medicine as a superior operating system for chronic disease care, what can Britain learn from America's early lessons in delivery to make this a viable option for the NHS and other major health systems?

Michael Ash, DO speaks to the how we can no longer place the simplistic notion of 'bad' against bacteria, yeasts and viruses, many it seems can qualify in an equally simplistic notion as being 'good'. In part, our natural instinct to simplify risk or benefit does us a disservice as the relationship between humans and their extensive microbiome is co-dependent on the external environment, the state of the human health, immune plasticity, age, diet, geography, income and other factors.


Friday, June 3, 2016

100,000+ people in Alabama told not to use tap water due to chemical contamination — RT America

Chemical contamination has left over 100,000 Alabamans without drinkable tap water, possibly until the fall, according to a warning issued by officials on Thursday.

The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority (WMEL) advised roughly 100,000 Alabama residents not to use their tap water for drinking or cooking, as it has been contaminated with potentially hazardous chemicals that can cause cancer, birth defects, and developmental problems in children.

The warning comes on the heels of a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory that revealed higher than previously thought levels of synthetic chemicals known as PFOS (Perfluorooctane sulfonate) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) in Alabama waters. Scientists found PFOS and PFOA in the blood of "nearly all the people they tested," but in low concentrations, the EPA said in its May 19 warning.

WMEL general manager Don Sims has advised residents in Lawrence and Morgan Counties to avoid tap water for either drinking or cooking until further notice.

The utility supplies water to nearly 100,000 people in the two counties, as well as up to 10,000 direct residential customers.

"I recommend that all our customers do not drink our water, until we are able to bring the temporary system our engineer is designing online," Sims said at a news conference.

The warning covers not only fresh water, but even water boiled and filtered at home, since neither method can remove the chemical contaminants.

After building up in people and animals over time, PFOS and PFOA can also cause liver and thyroid damage, as well as immune system problems, with small children and expectant women the two categories most at risk.

"I would rather be over-cautious than under-cautious," Sims said. "I'm not a doctor, I'm not a chemist, but when they tell one class of people the water is not safe, I don't want to be the one to say 'you drink it and you don't.' So I said nobody drink it."

The warning could remain in place until at least the fall, when a $4 million "temporary system" is expected to replace the current one, possibly in September, according to news website AL.com.

In the meantime, the water authority said that it has no "means to provide bottled water for its customers in the interim," AL.com reported.

The temporary filter is supposed to support the affected Alabama counties until at least 2019, when a permanent system will become operational. Sims has previously estimated that the filter will cost from $30 to $50 million, AL.com reported.

The water authority determined that the chemical contamination came from companies located upstream on the Tennessee River, including the 3M Company, which discharges PFOS and PFOA in their manufacturing processes. The synthetic chemicals are widely used to make nonstick cookware, waterproof clothes, carpet sealants and fire-fighting foams.