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Interesting Information: Minamata Convention on Mercury: Banning of Amalgam in Dentistry

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Interesting Information:  September 6, 2017

Minamata Convention on Mercury:  Banning of Amalgam in Dentistry

The bad news is that I had to have a crown replaced in order to fix a cavity beneath the crown.

Ugh!

High, high stress as I did not know how I would react to the novocaine and fear that I might land up in the hospital, where medical smells would make everything worse.

Folks on the Facebook Histamine Intolerance group suggested a novocaine without epinephrine, and my dentist agreed to use it.

The good news is that all went well and an old “silver” filling was removed in the process.  I was in the chair for almost two hours–it was a messy, difficult procedure.  I am now waiting for the crown to be finished so it can be installed.

I have posted about “silver” fillings being 50% mercury before this post.  These fillings “off-gas” every time one chews, which can cause chronic health problems.  Mercury is terribly poisonous for human beings.

Here is a progress report on what is being done here and in Europe to stop the use of “silver” fillings.

Source: Minamata Convention on Mercury: Banning of Amalgam in Dentistry

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September 6, 2017 at 9:46 am

Interesting Information: Mercury in “Silver” Dental Fillings

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Interesting Information:  August 30, 2017

Mercury in “Silver” Dental Fillings

Did you know that “silver” fillings are FIFTY PERCENT mercury?

I didn’t.

Mercury is one of the most toxic things on this earth.  As you chew, the mercury in these fillings off-gasses fumes that can make you chronically sick.  I’ve been working to get rid of all of them in my mouth, and all are gone but three under crowns–where I hope they are contained as I’m not removing and replacing crowns unless I have to.

The EU is banning “silver” fillings for children under 15 and pregnant women as of 2018.  And about 50% of USA dentists are “on the job” of not using mercury fillings and removing them.

Dr. Joseph Mercola has posted two articles on mercury in dentistry recently.  Here they are.

Source: Minamata Convention on Mercury: Banning of Amalgam in Dentistry

Source: This Common Product Is Poisoning the Next Generation

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August 30, 2017 at 10:11 am

Interesting Information: Salt Wars

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Interesting Information:  March 23, 2017

Salt Wars

What to believe about salt?

I wrote at least one essay (see Mainely Tipping Points essays) on the salt wars.

We actually eat LESS salt now than people in the generations before canning and freezing.  And, most of us are less healthy today.

There are some people who have genuine salt intolerances, but my understanding is that they are somewhat rare.

Anyway, the potassium and salt ratio is important.  I eat a lot of salt, so if I get leg cramps, I take a potassium pill.  Salt washes potassium out of one’s system.

Salt is crucial for health in all kinds of ways–see the essay I wrote

And, here is a very recent piece you might want to read from Dr. Mercola:

Source: Why the War on Salt Is Dangerous

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March 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Interesting Information: Steven Drucker’s ALTERED GENES, TWISTED TRUTH: How GMOs Took Over the Food Supply

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Interesting Information:  April 2015

ALTERED GENES, TWISTED TRUTH:  How GMOs TOOK OVER THE FOOD SUPPLY

Steven Drucker

Well, here’s a surprising and interesting story–that involves, of course, corruption within the FDA.  We should not be too, too surprised since in this era of late capitalism, we are living with many unhealthy products we were told were “safe” by those meant to protect our best interests.

Steven Drucker has unearthed the history of how we got untested  GMOs in the food supply, and guess what, Monsanto did not do it.  And that is perhaps why the story is so interesting.

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How GMOs Took Over the Food Supply.

Here’s a few excerpts:

In May 1992, the FDA made a blanket presumption that GE foods qualified to be categorized “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS). They then said that this meant these foods could be marketed without any safety testing at all.

“That actually is a blatant misrepresentation of US food law, but that was the FDA claim,” Steven says. “[They claim] there’s an overwhelming ‘scientific consensus’ they’re safe, and so safe that they don’t need to be tested. Therefore, the FDA let these foods into our market without the requirement of a smidgen of testing.

Moreover, they didn’t even require these foods be labeled, so the consumers at least would be informed about the major genetic reconfiguration that had occurred. This struck me as not only being unscientific but irresponsible and unethical. At the time, I had a hunch it was also illegal.”

As he continued researching the matter, that hunch was confirmed. Not only is the policy governing GMOs at odds with the science, it violates US law. At first, Steven did not think he was sufficiently qualified to launch a lawsuit to contest the FDA’s ruling. But as time went on, it became clear that no one else was willing to stick their neck out to do it.

And, of course, when one sticks out one’s neck and tries to get at the history or the truth, one gets immediately demonized, fired, banished, and so forth.

According to the FDA’s own admission, the agency has been operating for years under a policy to promote the US biotechnology industry. They decided it was more important to promote the industry and uphold the fragile image of GE foods rather than tell the truth and acknowledge the scientist warnings. So they covered up these warnings. Had Steven not sued, the warnings of the FDA’s own scientists still would be unknown to this day.

“We wouldn’t know the extent to which the FDA has been lying all these years. But fortunately, we do know now,” he says. “And what we know is that although the FDA scientists overwhelmingly concluded and warned their superiors that these foods entail unique risks, that they cannot be presumed safe, and that each one of them should be subjected to long-term rigorous toxicological testing, what the public heard from the FDA was that “The agency is not aware of any information showing that foods developed by these methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way.”

Now, it’s impossible, I think, for any rational man or woman to read just the sampling of memos from the FDA scientists that are posted on the website of the Alliance for Bio-Integrity… and feel that the FDA’s assertion is  anything other than a blatant fraud meant to mislead the public, mislead the world, and allow genetically engineered food a free pass to enter the market. It’s just an astounding fraud.”

For close to 20 years, the American public has been exposed to these largely experimental, untested foods, which its own scientists said entail unique risks and could not be presumed safe. The FDA claimed GMO’s could be presumed safe, and that there was an overwhelming scientific consensus backing up their decision, yet the evidence shows that is a bold-faced lie.  One document (document #8), is a letter from the FDA’s biotechnology coordinator to an official of Health Canada, written in the fall of 1991, just six months before the FDA’s ruling on GE foods.

Dr. James Maryanski’s letter acknowledges that there is no consensus about the safety of these foods within the scientific community. That admission is in the FDA’s own files. “Even if we didn’t have the memos from the scientists, we would have that admission, and yet, what happened? The FDA basically just buries that and lies about it all,” Steven says. What’s worse, because the FDA is so widely respected, and because the US—which is known to have strong food safety laws—said GMO’s were GRAS, it paved the way for easy approval in Canada as well. Europe also relaxed their stance on GMO’s as a result of the FDA’s lie.

And here’s an interesting twist in the story:  the molecular biologists did it.

These lobbying efforts were not backed by the biotechnology industry, mind you. There was no biotechnology industry at that time. This is a key theme of Steven’s book, because it’s easy to forget that there was a time before the biotechnology industry, and very few know who the leaders of the genetic engineering establishment were, or why the technology was invented in the first place. As much as most of us despise Monsanto for their reprehensible behavior, they could never have implemented their strategy if it weren’t for the prior misbehavior of the molecular biologists.

“The biotechnology industry—as irresponsible as they have been by and large—the main guilt lays at the feet of the mainstream molecular biology establishment; the scientists who were doing the research, getting the grants, and wanting to develop this technology. Most of them had altruistic goals. They thought this was going to be used to cure so many ills in the field of medicine… I think they eventually developed an ‘end justifies the means’ psychology…

But when you have so many highly influential, powerful scientists who are working together to convince the world that genetic engineering is inherently safe, and that the research they’re pursuing is safe, that can be somewhat dangerous. And it turned out being very dangerous for the world, I think.

One of the points made in the book very clearly, is that the burden of proof that was placed on new technologies and new products, which ordinarily requires the developer to substantiate the safety of the new technology and its products, got shifted. It got shifted because of the subterfuge and the fraud, and it was put on the shoulders of the critics, the people who had concerns. There were many good scientists who had concerns, but they were all of a sudden put into the position of, You’ve got to prove they’re dangerous,” and the burden of proving safety was removed.”       

I hope you take some time to read this history because this kind of thing is happening in so many areas of our nation today.  This is late capitalism.  We cannot have a democracy as long as these kinds of events are allowed.  It is crucially important to know that you cannot trust what you are being told, that you have to look deeper–or we are never going to get out of this mess. 

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April 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Interesting Information: “New Dietary Guidelines Reverse Recommendations on Cholesterol”

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Interesting Information:  February 27, 2015

New Dietary Guidelines Reverse Recommendations on Cholesterol

Thanks to John Nixon for alerting me to the fact that the new 2015 Food Guide (put out by the government) will reverse it’s stand on cholesterol–in that they are saying that DIETARY CHOLESTEROL is not related to heart disease.

Scientists have known the truth of the falseness of the connection between dictates against eating foods rich in dietary cholesterol (a crucial ingredient in the proper functioning of our bodies actually) and heart disease for many decades now.  There never was any science behind this false assumption.  But, belief systems are hard to take down some times–especially when everyone is on a kool-aid bandwagon and just keeps repeating the bad information and refuses to slow down and investigate–even a tiny bit.

Here are two sites for extra reading:  a CNN story that cites a Washington Post article, and a Mercola post.

And, here’s a quote from the Mercola post:

Steve Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, told USA Today:5 “It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.” This message was echoed in Time Magazine, which recently reported that:

“[I]n the latest review6 of studies that investigated the link between dietary fat and causes of death, researchers say the guidelines got it all wrong. In fact, recommendations to reduce the amount of fat we eat every day should never have been made.”

Low-fat diets saw a real upswing in 1977, but according to research published in the Open Heart journal,7 led by Zoe Harcombe, PhD, there was no scientific basis for the recommendations to cut fat from our diet in the first place.

What’s worse, the processed food industry replaced fat with large amounts of sugar, While Dr. Harcombe shies away from making any recommendation about how much dietary fat might be ideal, she suggests that the take-home message here is to simply “eat real food.”

So, today my wish for you is access to REAL FOOD.

Cholesterol in food not a concern, new report says – CNN.com.

New Dietary Guidelines Reverse Recommendations on Cholesterol.

Interesting Information: “Antiperspirants Can Make You Smell Worse”

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Interesting Information:  February 20, 2015

“Antiperspirants Can Make You Smell Worse”

Like many of you, I suspect, I have been using a “natural,” aluminum-free deodorant for well over fifteen years now.  My current brand has been a Tom’s “long-lasting” product.

I’ve never had much body odor.

And I don’t sweat a whole lot, and I’m past the “hot flashes” stage.

So, about two years ago, I began to notice that at night when I woke up, I had really, really strong body odor under my arms.

And, for about two years, I’ve had some off and on swelling of the lymph nodes under my left arm.  (I worked with my local homeopath on this issue.  We’d clear it, but it would come back–especially in the winter.  Think layers of clothes, including lots of wool, and less showers.)

I LOVE sleeping in a cool bedroom with a lot of heavy cover on top.  I’ve been known to crack the bedroom window right at my head when the temps are in the 20s.  I crave the clean, clear, crisp Maine air–as long as there is enough cover.  But, at some point, the cover is too much, and I wake up sweating in my warm cocoon.   And, stinking…

It took me quite a while to connect the dots.  The Tom’s was causing the odor.  And, maybe the swelling.  And it was worse on the left side because I’m right-handed and was likely putting more of the deodorant under my left arm.

I stopped the Tom’s and went back to a very light dusting of some baking soda mixed with a bit of corn starch (which cuts the baking soda’s scratchiness).  I have this mixture in a small glass jar in the bathroom, put two fingers into it, and just lightly dust under my arms.  I don’t think I even have to do it every day…

The odor immediately stopped.

The swelling stopped and is gone.

For good measure, I stopped wearing a bra around the house, too.

(Saw a bit of a story on tv about young women wearing the most constrictive “body shapers” under their clothes and wanted to cry for them.  Back to the Victorian age…  And it all has to do with all this form-fitting clothing today where athletic clothes are now dressed up for every day.)

Within a few days, I got a Mercola post on the importance of our bodies’ surface microbiome and how important it is to good health.  (That’s a great example of synchronicity–which I’ll talk about in another post.) And you can read the Mercola below.  DO READ IT.

In addition, the post discusses the fact that we are washing away our bodies’ first line of defense when we use so many commercial soapy products every day.

For a long time now, when I shower, I don’t use soap.  I might take a loofah product and give my skin a scrub–it seems to like that stimulation.  But I don’t use soap unless I have gotten really dirty outside.

So many of these commercial products have really seriously bad chemicals in them–from cleansers to scent chemicals.  They dry our skin.  They kill the microbiome colonies.  They are just bad for us.  And, apparently, with the deodorant, they are causing odor, not curing it.

When I came back from Charleston on my last trip, I went for a haircut.  My hairdresser said “have you been swimming in a chlorine pool?  Your hair is so, so dry.”  I had been using a commercial shampoo rather than the baking soda/water “shampoo” and vinegar/water “conditioner.”  It took some weeks for my hair to get its gloss and shine back–a gloss and shine on which people comment.  Lesson learned.

Next time you are in a crowd, take a close look at the hair you see.  How many people have dry, lifeless hair?

Here’s a little quote from the Mercola article:

Science is clearly showing that your body’s microbiome plays a major role not just in your health, promoting or warding off skin diseases for example; it can also dramatically alter things like body odor. So, it’s really in your best interest to work with your microbiome, rather than against it. Doing so could help you avoid all sorts of chemical toxins that most people slather on themselves without thinking twice about what it’s doing to their microbiome, or their health.

Antiperspirants Can Make You Smell Worse.

Go through your cosmetic regime.  Read the labels.  Look for the parabens, the chemicals, and get rid of that stuff.  It’s expensive and dangerous.

I use unheated coconut oil as a moisturizer, Burt’s Bees “lipstick” sticks, baking soda/cornstarch deodorant, and a 1 to 4 baking soda/water ratio for shampoo and about the same with vinegar for a rinse.  I also use baking soda and sea salt as a toothpaste.  I “oil pull” coconut oil for teeth and gum health when I slow down to think about it.  If you want more scent, you can go to the essential oils for support.  Young Living oils are great, but you can find good ones in a health food store or a health food section of something like Whole Foods.

Good Luck!

 

Interesting Information: “10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating”

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Interesting Information:  February 15, 2015

10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating

Mercola Web Site Infographic

 

Shopping and eating gets more difficult every day.  We have to read all the labels, know the food issues, be careful about what we buy, feel sad and frustrated, etc., etc., etc.

It’s all just a mess.

But, here’s a good infographic from the Mercola web site.  At least it simplifies information a little.  Thanks, Julie Monahan for originally posting this information on Facebook.

10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating – Infographic.

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February 15, 2015 at 1:02 pm