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Milk, It Does a Body Good?

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For numerous years now I have been deeply concerned about what kind of foods we all just put into our body. What we feed our children and how we float through our day on a chemical cocktail of sorts.

Over the next few weeks we will be diving into all this with some experts on these subjects. We will be talking to the Directors of the documentary “Food Matters” (you really are what you eat) and a phone interview with Dr. Samuel Epstein, Cancer prevention expert, prof. emeritus at U. of IL School of Public Health, Chicago. He has done so much research on cancer and the direct links to our milk and meat.

First of all I thought we would just share this excerpt from his post (as found in the Huffington Post)
The Dangers of Genetically Engineered Milk
There are a wide range of well-documented abnormalities in rBGH milk. These include: reduction in short-chain fatty acid and increase in long-chain fatty acid levels, posing cardiovascular risks; increase in levels of a thyroid hormone enzyme; frequency of pus cells in milk due to mastitis; and contamination of milk with unapproved drugs for treating mastitis.

More importantly, the abnormalities in rBGH milk also include excess levels of the natural insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in rBGH milk, with increases ranging up to 20-fold. Based on six unpublished industry studies, FDA admitted that IGF-1 levels in rBGH milk were consistently and statistically increased, and that they were further increased by pasteurization. These increases were also admitted by Eli Lilly Industries in their application for marketing authorization in the European Community. It should also be noted that pasteurization of milk increases its IGF-1 levels by a further 70 percent.

IGF-1 is a protein fraction known as a peptide. As such, it survives digestion and is readily absorbed into the blood. It has been shown to have marked growth promoting effects following short-term feeding tests in rats. Most importantly, increased IGF-1 levels have been reported to increase risks of breast cancer by seven times in 19 scientific publications, colon cancer by five times in 19 publications, and prostate cancer by up to 5 percent in six publications.

Of generally unrecognized and critical importance is the fact that increased IGF-1 levels also block a natural defense mechanisms, known as apoptosis or programmed self-destruction. This protects against the growth and development of early submicroscopic cancers.

rBGH also increases ovulation and embryo survival, and increases the incidence of fraternal twins, as admitted by Monsanto on its November 1993 Posilac label. Multiple gestations are more prone to complications such as premature delivery, congenital defects and pregnancy-induced hypertension, than are single pregnancies.

Based on these well-documented public health and veterinary concerns, the use and import of rBGH dairy products has been banned by Canada, 29 European nations, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. It should further be emphasized that, on June 30, 1999, the United Nations Food Safety Agency, representing 101 nations worldwide, ruled unanimously not to endorse or set a safety standard for rBGH milk.

Finally, the FDA continues to recklessly mislead dairy producers and consumers with its false claim that “No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBGH-treated and non-rBGH treated cows.”

Did you read that?!?!? Pretty much every country has BANNED our dairy and we still buy it? We still shove it down our kids throats?!?!? I think the only safe dairy to consume is Organic. How can you buy organic on a budget?
We will find out the answer to that and more in the next coming weeks!

Lets wake up and take responsibility for ourselves and our families. We don’t have to eat that kind of food!  Garbage in, garbage out.

*thanks to Dr. Epstein for agreeing to talk to us.

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Get Inspired at the Orlando Home Show

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The Orlando Home Showone of the region’s most anticipated fall events, returns October 24-26 to the Orange County Convention Center in West Concourse, Hall C facing International Drive. The three-day home improvement extravaganza is the premier place to find fresh inspiration, helpful tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, design and fall outdoor projects with hundreds of experts all under one roof.

Show highlights include appearances by Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, and Todd Wilbur, author of Top Secret Recipes; demonstrations by top local chefs and Elaine and David of TLC’s The Next Great Baker on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage; and daily how-to presentations by DIY expert, Chris Tice. Plus designer rooms, a Sunday food truck rally, featured products that are new to the market or making their Orlando Home Show debut, and much more!

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The Diabetes Dialogue

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It was a beautiful Friday afternoon and I was perusing other people’s junk at a garage sale with my special fella when I got the phone call that would change my life. Looking down at the display window, I noted that it was my health care provider and figured they were calling with lab results from just two days ago. I’d needed a refill on my blood pressure pills and the new doctor I’d been assigned wanted to run some lab work to ensure that my medication was still the best fit for me. As it turned out, my blood pressure was great! In fact, it was the lowest it’d been in quite some time so the meds were doing their job!
Yep. Over the phone. While I’m somewhat familiar with diabetes since my mother has had the disease since I was a little girl, everything changes when it’s YOU! Suddenly, my head started spinning. What did this mean for me? Was I going to have to take insulin injections? Was I going to have to use a monitor to check my blood sugar daily? Would I ever get to enjoy pizza again?
For those unfamiliar with this disease, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Type 2 Diabetes says that, “Diabetes occurs when the body fails to make enough insulin, a hormone that helps cells take up sugar for energy and / or the patient has problems responding to the insulin that the body does make. Insulin enables glucose to enter muscle and fat cells, where it can be used as energy and stored for future use in a form called glycogen. Between meals and overnight, the liver produces glucose. Insulin plays a role there by ensuring that the liver produces just the right amount of glucose to maintain normal blood sugar levels.” The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Type 2 Diabetes also says that Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95 percent of all cases of diabetes and that 5.2 million Americans who have diabetes don’t even know it.
The doctor that I’d been assigned by the head honchos of my insurance company did a piss poor job of explaining what my course of action was to be and I believe I was in a bit of shock, so the logical questions (ahem, the ones I mentioned several sentences ago) didn’t pop into my head. She didn’t encourage me to call back if I thought of anything. She didn’t take the reins and tell me what I needed to do except to say, “Take your medicine twice a day and call the dietician to schedule an appointment.” The medicine, it turns out, is called Metformin and it’s formulated to help control the blood sugar. It also makes the patient (at least this patient…) feel like absolute poop! I’d been warned that it could give me severe nausea and that I’d become one with my bathroom. Good news though! Those side effects should only last a couple of weeks. Ugh!
Once I shook the cobwebs from my head and realized that…whoa! This is my life we’re talking about here!…I notified my insurance company about the doctor’s blasé way of notifying me about this life altering disease, and her lack of guidance for my future. I still have no idea if I should be conducting daily blood sugar checks or when I need to return for a follow-up visit. I have an appointment with a registered dietician, though they can’t see me for another 2 ½ weeks. Until then, I’m doing my best to make the obvious changes with no sodas or sweets and minimum carbohydrates. I’m in the process of obtaining an endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in diabetic treatment.
Luckily, my significant other is determined to fight this with me and help me be more than just a statistic. I know that it’s not going to be an easy battle. There are days, I’m sure, when I’m going to try to justify eating what I want or not working out. In those moments, all I can do is dig deep and realize that my self-preservation depends on my strength and the choices that I make for myself. After all, choosing to live is going to be the sweetest reward I can give myself.
*Some symptoms of diabetes include unusual thirst, frequent urination, unintended weight loss or increased hunger, blurred vision, frequent infections, and wounds or sores that won’t heal. If you experience any of these symptoms or have a family history of diabetes, please get checked out by your doctor!*
Did you know…?
Diabetes has affected people from all walks of life, regardless of race, age, or gender. Some famous diabetic musicians include: Syd Barret, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Mick Fleetwood, Nick Jonas, Curtis Mayfield, Bret Michaels, Ghostface Killah, Mark Collie, and Elvis Presley. Diabetes has also affected the following actors and actresses: Halle Berry, James Cagney, Drew Carey, Carol Channing, Victor Garber, Al Lewis (grandpa Munster was diabetic!), Jackie Gleason, Jean Smart, Paul Sorvino, Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Perkins, and Mae West.
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Military Reconnect with Families at Callaway Gardens

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Beginning today, the Callaway Homecoming Initiative (CHI), a program a year-long in planning between Emory University, Callaway Gardens and Fort Benning’s Maneuver Operations Center for Excellence, becomes a reality.

The CHI is designed to help members of the U.S. Military reconnect with their families and assimilate into a peacetime home environment upon return from combat deployment.  Set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in west-central Georgia at Callaway Gardens, this program brings soldiers and families together – at no personal expense – in a spectacular and serene setting, far from the stress and anxiety of war.

A series of classes, developed in partnership with Emory University’s School of Medicine Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit, features experts from around Georgia, who have volunteered their services.They provide information to soldiers and families about unique aspects of military family life and how to transition from the combat theater.  Military families also participate in a regimen of outdoor team challenge,s including a timed adventure race, a zipline course, a laser tag competition and more. Ample time is built-in for recreational activities as well, including golf, tennis, fishing, bicycling and hiking.  When the day’s activities end, CHI participants unwind in Callaway Gardens’ Southern Pine Cottages, set in a secluded woodland environment and equipped with screened porches, full kitchens and fireplaces.

The program is directed by J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology, and Director of the Emory Center for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Dr. Bremner also serves as Director of Mental Health Research at the Atlanta VAMC in Decatur, Georgia.

“With all expenses paid and a comprehensive program that addresses all aspects of the combat-to-peacetime transition, CHI is a win-win prospect for everyone – soldier, family and society at large,” said Dr. Bremner.

“Callaway Gardens was created to provide a place of nourishment for the soul, consolation for the heart, and inspiration for the mind,” said Edward Callaway, Callaway Gardens’ chairman of the board.  “What better group of people to engage in this environment so that they can benefit from its beauty at such an important and critical time in their lives to re-connect with themselves, their family and their homeland after providing such an incredible service to our country.”

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