About 10,000 or more children in China have been affected by contaminated milk powder including approximately 1300 who have actually gotten sic and 3 died so far, stated a Chinese Ministry of Health official.
At the cente of the scandal is Sanlu group partly owned by New Zealand’s Fonterra Cooperative, the largest dairy producer.
The New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said her government contacted Beijing directly, after alerting the company and officials but to no avail. The Chinese officials were very slow to act. Mothers attested that they suspected something was wrong with the milk since March this year.
The government is investigating how the contamination occurred. Official media is reporting that melamine, an industrial chemical rich in nitrogen, was added to the milk powder to help the food appear rich in protein, but it also prompted babies to develop kidney stones.
Reports are now emerging of some mothers expressing doubts about the milk as early as March this year, on seeing that their babies’ urine was discoloured after drinking the milk.
It said the contamination probably happened at the milk-collecting stations.
Meanwhile, state news agency Xinhua reported that two brothers had been arrested, having allegedly added melamine to the 3 tonnes of milk they sold to farmers every day. Melamine was linked to the deaths and illness of thousands of cats and dogs in the United States last year after it was added to pet food components exported from China.
The moral of this story is as parents or people we should be aware of our bodies and when something new is happening. We are our best physicians sometimes, we know how we feel. If something don’t feel right stop using it. Trust your intuition.
The term superfoods have been coined to identify foods that are packed with life-giving qualities that are exceptionally nutritious and good for us and the added bonus is that they help to prevent diseases. These foods include spinach, spirulina and salmon.
Recently avocado has joined the ranks of superfoods in spite of its high fat content. Nutritionists argue that the fat in avocado is the “good” fat that is its monosaturated and does not clog arteries. Avocado is also high is things like potassium, vit. E and K.
Any like always, entrepreneurs like to seize of ideas and terms in order to sell foods which they label “superfoods” indiscriminately so you always have to be aware, read labels and know what you are eating. The less pre-cooked, pre-packaged foods you eat (which are packed with sodium – even those in the so-called “health food stores”) is the best for you. You can then control the amount of sodium and all the other additives that are found in perfectly good food by themselves.
Steven G. Pratt, M.D., author of several books on nutrition, claims that the lowly cinnamon is a superfood as well as chocolate but there must be 70 per cent or more cacao to be considered in this category. So why not buy plain cacao and make your own hot chocolate using a little sugar, milk and the cocoa powder and blend it in your blender and there you have a delicious, nutritious drink.
Susan Kraus, dietitian at Hackensack University, NJ stated “eating only these particular foods would be partially beneficial,” says Kraus. “However, we need many nutrients daily to maintain optimal health.”
Rather than concentrating only on superfoods, she says to consider these three qualities when devising a meal and snack plan: variety, colour and processing.
There you have it.
As we become so averse to natural human scents and smells largely triggered by advertisements that tell us that these scents are bad and unnatural and we should do our best to cover them up, which they invent for us at a nice little profit for themselves. These products such as air fresheners are not only polluting the environment, they are polluting our bodies as well and may even be causing some of the cancers we are seeing more of these days. Many of these air fresheners have toxic compounds that are harmful to health. Whether they cause cancer or not, why are we so gullible as humans to suck up air from cans the content of which we do not have a clue.
Environmentalists are now saying that the undisclosed compounds should now be disclosed so that we know what we are inhaling.
Here is a sampling of some of the products that environmentalists are concerned with that have no disclosure: For crying out loud people, stop the drain on our environment, use soap and water, open windows, air out places naturally and let’s keep some of the good life for our forbears.
“We rely on product information (such as labels) and product regulations to reduce potential risks,” says Anne Steinemann of University of Washington in her article says, published online in the Environmental Impact Assessment Review in July.
The ability to sweat may do more than keep the body cool – it may mean a lower chance of exercise-related asthma, say scientists.
University of Michigan researchers say those who make less sweat, tears and saliva when exercising may have more breathing problems.
It is possible there is also too little fluid in their airways, they suggest.
However, asthma experts say it is too early to say whether the research will lead to practical patient benefits.
It’s too early for definitive result but our hardworking scientists are always on the look out for connections that may help us lead better lives.
Hats off to all our hardworking scientists.
In my blog I have always stressed that whatever we do, whatever we are into, let it be with moderation. Moderation is the key to life. Anytime we upset the balance it wreaks havoc in our lives.
Last night while listening to 20/20 show I learnt about this new obsession with food called Orthorexia this is the pursuit of purity of food, people who are disgusted by apples, grapes etc. if they are not of the organic variety. They go to such extremes that they may take hours in the supermarket reading every lable or hours to prepare food because it has to be done in a certain way. Many of these addicts are into raw foods and develop an aversion to anything they consider toxic. One woman said she does not go out to eat because they do not trust the ingredients “if it’s not organic, probably what goes into the soil is going go into the food, and then it goes into you.”
The term orthorexia was coined by Dr. Steve Bratman, author of the book “Health Food Junkies” to describe obsessive compulsive disorder focused on health food.
Bratman wrote that while researching for the book he heard a lot of heart wrenching stories from families with loved ones wasting away in pursitof purity. Ironically, the diet that is supposed to save them eventually kill them or leave them unhealthy, tired and lack of energy. One woman said she realized that something was wrong when she found herself neglecting her children while she kept track of formulas, nutient ratios, numbers etc.