Monday, January 18, 2010

Sonic Death

"TALLAHASSEE - Marine conservation group Save Our Shores! Florida released a report today about a new danger to ocean animals living off Florida's coasts.

The push to open Florida's coasts to offshore oil drilling brings to light many more issues than just the damage to Florida's white sand beaches and tourism industry. One of the most disturbing of these issues is the destructive scale of ocean floor mapping that is necessary before drillers "break ground" on new projects. The science behind ocean floor mapping is frightening.

To map the ocean floor, the oil and gas industry typically relies on airguns, which fire sonic blasts of up to 260 decibels (db). These airguns are towed behind boats in long arrays, firing shots of compressed air into the water approximately every ten seconds. The intense pulses that they produce travel down through the water column, penetrate the seafloor, and rebound to the surface where they can be analyzed.

These blasts have been called the most intrusive form of man-made undersea noise short of naval warfare, and with good reason.

A 260 db sound is very intense. As a comparison, damage to human hearing starts at 85 db. A police siren from thirty meters is about 100 db. Decibels are logarithmic, meaning every 10 db increase translates into roughly ten times more intensity, and sounds approximately twice as loud to the human ear, which also perceives sound logarithmically. That means the 260 db airgun blast translates to ten quadrillion times more intensity than a police siren at thirty meters, and would sound to humans about 16,384 times as loud.

The threshold at which humans die from sound alone is 160 db."

To read full story: http://www.examiner.com/x-29137-Tallahassee-Environmental-News-Examiner~y2010m1d14-Sonic-death-blasting-the-cceans-in-pursuit-of-oil?cid=exrss-Tallahassee-Environmental-News-Examiner

Friday, November 13, 2009

How to beat the flu

How to beat the flu:

Vit D3.
The vitamin D council suggests adults take 5,000iu/daily. Children take 1,000- 2,000iu/daily. Infants take 400iu/daily. Vit D3 has been shown to have more success at beating the flu than vit C. My fav brand is Carlson. It comes in a tasteless liquid that is easy for all ages to take.

Probiotics/Acidophilous.
Yogurt just doesn't cut it. It is recommended to supplement with different brands each time you finish a bottle so that you are ingesting a variety of strains. My favorite brands are: New Chapter, ReNew Life, Dr. Ohiras, Jarrow, Garden of Life and Good Belly.

Raw Garlic with a large meal. Adding it last to the meal so that it is not cooked, is best. Precaution: Garlic is a blood thinner. If you are on prescriptions, or about to have a surgery, speak w/ doctor 1st before adding large amounts of raw garlic to diet.

Do: Eat more RAW fresh fruits & greens. Why raw? cooking not only weakens the strength of the vitamins and anti-oxidants, it completely destroys the enzymes which are needed to digest the food properly. Think dark. The darker the more nutritious. Blackberries, Cherries, Kale, Spinach, etc.

AVOID: Sugar, Caffeine, Processed/Preserved foods, Canned foods. All these actually stress our bodies out and weaken the immune system.

Monday, November 9, 2009

From our Pediatrician...with Love

Photo: my idea,
Research: from our much adored pediatrician.

Read on!

Many people have called to discuss rumors they have heard about the H1N1 virus. Rumors create unneeded and unjustified fear. For instance, a mom called last week to state she heard 19 children died from H1N1 at the children’s hospital in Miami – very close to our community. This is not true. Nineteen children who died from the H1N1 virus were reported to the CDC during week 42 of the 2009 calendar year. This does not mean nineteen children died during this week alone – nineteen cases were reported. Remember, 70% of deaths in children are occurring in those with preexisting medical conditions.

Another rumor I heard was from a pregnant mom in my practice (she is an attorney and quite bright). She called me very distressed that her OB told her that 20% of pregnant women are dying from the H1N1 virus and therefore she should receive the vaccine. I looked into this for her and learned that 20% of pregnant women who are admitted to the ICU (not just the hospital) have died. Please know that less than 100 pregnant women with H1N1 illness have been admitted to the ICU since April. Again, the majority of these women who died had pre-existing medical conditions. For more information on what the local OBs are thinking about the H1N1 vaccine, read the Naples Daily News front page article from today. Several OBs are highly recommending the vaccine and one group of OBs (which includes the president of the Collier County Medical Society) is not even carrying the vaccine in their office due to safety concerns.

To keep you current and to avoid unfounded rumors, here is the mortality graph from the CDC for week 43 (released 2 days ago.) http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/weeklyarchives2009-2010/IPD43.htm. There were eighteen influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported. Fifteen of these deaths were associated with 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus infection and three were associated with an influenza A virus for which the subtype was undetermined. None of these deaths occurred during the 43rd week of the year. All of the deaths occurred earlier in the year and were simply reported during this week.

Also, here is a link to the CDC showing the number of positive influenza cases by week. The orange color bar is influenza A (subtype H1N1) confirmed; the yellow bar is influenza A not sub-typed. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/weeklyarchives2009-2010/WhoLab43.htm. Week 35 is when school started so you see a corresponding rise in cases. Week 43 shows a decrease in number of influenza positive cases despite a huge rise in visits to the doctor for influenza-like illnesses since everyone is scared they have contracted the virus. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/weeklyarchives2009-2010/picILI43.htm. This is good news since so many people are going to the doctor and fewer are testing positive. This decrease in H1N1 positive tests is not due to the vaccine since this just became available in the last two weeks and with limited availability. This decreased trend is more likely due to a natural plateau of the illness as it moves through the population. You can see this in the laboratory-confirmed hospitalization rates by age for week 43. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/weeklyarchives2009-2010/EIP43.htm.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Viktoras Kulvinskas

If you ever have the chance to catch Viktoras Kulvinskas give a seminar. DO IT.

He's down to earth, endearing, charming, funny and knowledgeable to the max!

I had a great time at tonight's Naples Living Foods Meetup event.


For more info:


http://viktoras4u.com/

Monday, October 26, 2009

Anti-Flu/Cold Smoothies


Why do smoothies instead of juicing?
1. Juicing gives your body a super blast of sugar w/ out the fiber.
2. God created so much good stuff in a fruit/veggie that juicing tosses in the trash. Smoothies utilize all the good parts of the plant.

These recipes were developed by Qigong Teacher Jeff Primack & Anne Jinnett in the their book Smoothie Formulas.

Smoothies are best done in a 3 horse power blender.

"Jeff's Most Recomended Smoothie for Excellent Health"
2 1/2 cups distilled water
8oz organic strawberries
1 ear organic corn cut from the cob
1 organic avocado w/ seed (not the skin just the insides) - if you don't have a 3 horse power blender do not include seed
1 fresh organic basil top w/ stem
2 fresh organic mint tops w/ stem
3 nodes fresh organic cilantro
1 inch of organic rosemary
1oz organic goji berries
1/2 small organic red beet
1/2 organic cucumber
1/2 organic fuji apple w/ seeds
1/2 organic (peeled) lime w/ pith & seeds

"Phytochemical Blast Smoothie" for Excellent Health
2 cups distilled water
8oz organic strawberries
4oz organic blueberries
4oz organic raspberries
2 fresh organic basil tops w/ stem
1 1/2 sprig organic rosemary leaves
3 fresh organic mint tops w/ stem
1" slice organic ginger root
1/2 organic (peeled) lime w/ pith and seeds

"Tropical Sunset Smoothie"
1cup distilled water
4oz organic strawberries w/ tops
1 ripe peeled organic kiwi
1 organic orange peeled so that white fuzz is still there, & seeds
3 organic mint leaves w/ tops
1/2 organic lime peeled so that white fuzz is still there & seeds
1/2" sliced ginger

Saturday, October 3, 2009

NO to Swine Flu Vaccine (H1N1)

From a Pediatrician:

Many of you are contacting me regarding the swine flu vaccine and whether you should give it to your children. The Collier County Health Department, the Collier County Medical Society, the Collier County School System and a handful of pediatricians are sending a letter to the parents of every Collier County Public School student advising them to allow their child to be vaccinated by the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine. Please read the following before you agree to this institutional request so you are fully informed. The last time the government approved the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine was in the late 1970s and this vaccine was pulled off the market for causing Gullian-Barre Syndrome, an ascending partial-to-total paralysis that may result in death. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/emergency/swineflu.htm. As you will read, the safety and efficacy of this new H1N1 vaccine has not yet been demonstrated and is based entirely on a different vaccine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on September 15, 2009 that it has approved four vaccines against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. This affirmation means the “FDA has approved the manufacturing oversight, product quality testing and lot release procedures of the H1N1 vaccine.” This does not mean that the vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in various groups, i.e. pediatric population, pregnant women, nursing mothers, people with asthma, the elderly and healthy adults. Per the CDC and the FDA, the safety and efficacy of the vaccine is being researched and results will be available in the “near future.” http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm182399.htm.

So when is the “near future?” The National Institute of Health website detailing the government’s research trials shows that all the H1N1 vaccine safety trials are only in Phase II out of four phases. The estimated date of completion to show whether or not the H1N1 vaccine is safe is June 2010. http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=h1n1. This means that the recommendation by the CDC and FDA is more of a political one than a scientific one. If you and/or your child decide to receive this vaccine at this time then technically you and your family are informally enrolling in an open clinical trial. The CDC is working closely with local health officials to monitor safety issues associated with the vaccine since it has not yet been adequately studied. http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/safety_planning.htm.

Regardless of the lack of scientific evidence of the vaccine’s safety, the CDC recommends that the H1N1 (swine) vaccine should be initially administered to persons in the following five target groups (order of target groups does not indicate priority):

· pregnant women,

· persons who live with or provide care for infants aged <6>

· health-care and emergency medical services personnel,

· persons aged 6 months--24 years, and

· persons aged 25--64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr58e0821a1.htm.

The CDC is making this statement since the regular influenza vaccine is preferentially given to these groups first. Additionally, the safety of the regular seasonal influenza vaccine is not studied each year but rather the government relies on past research of the same vaccine to support the safety and efficacy of the current year’s vaccine. For instance, the research supporting the safety for the 2009 Fluzone vaccine for young children is based on the 2003-2004 formulation of Fluzone vaccine. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM123704.pdf. The government is using the same thought process for the H1N1 vaccine but the difference is that the H1N1 vaccine specifically has not been studied, this is a new biological product and the last time it was used it caused widespread Gullian-Barre Syndrome. Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of the H1N1 vaccine for children 6 months and older, states in their package insert that the immune response and safety of the H1N1 vaccine in the pediatric population ages 6 months and older is based on the 2003-2004 Fluzone vaccine study of only 31 children and not on the new H1N1 vaccine. This is troublesome since the CDC and FDA is allowing Sanofi Pasteur to state that one vaccine safety level is interchangeable with another and that a study of 31 children with a completely different vaccine is enough evidence to extrapolate the safety of the H1N1 vaccine. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM182404.pdf.

These recommendations are safe for the regular seasonal flu vaccine yet worrisome for the H1N1 vaccine. Further complicating this issue is the fact the Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Package Insert states this vaccine is Category C for pregnant women and nursing mothers. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM182404.pdf. The FDA definition of Category C is: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pregnancy_category. Please know that doctors routinely use Category C medications in nursing and pregnant women when the immediate circumstances warrant the risk. For example, if you had intractable vomiting and are pregnant, it would be reasonable to give you phenergan to help stop the vomiting even though the drug is Category C. The difference with the vaccine is the immediate circumstances do not warrant the risk, especially if you are otherwise healthy and given the mild nature of the H1N1 influenza virus.

The H1N1 flu has been in town for several weeks and I have diagnosed plenty of cases. Many of us pediatricians have commented to each other how mild this illness has been. Everyone in my practice has recovered without incident except for one little girl with bad asthma who had to be hospitalized. Unfortunately the National Institute of Health has not started to recruit participants to study the safety and efficacy of an H1N1 influenza vaccine in people with asthma. http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00978120?term=h1n1&rank=1. This needs to be studied since safety research demonstrated one of the approved seasonal flu vaccines is contraindicated in children under 5 years old who have asthma. Until thorough research is completed no one knows the potential side effects of a new vaccine.

The health department, the school system and the medical society are trying their best to help protect you and your children. Hopefully you can see that the request to vaccinate you and/or children against the H1N1 virus is poorly planned at best. The time to administer a vaccine is only after it has been adequately tested unless there are compelling and urgent reasons to do otherwise. My job as a pediatrician is to be a spokesman for the disenfranchised. This role includes calling out any agency for attempting to make what is scientifically uncertain re-categorized as scientific certainty.

I hope this vaccine is safe since it is being administered to so many people without adequate safety studies as a result of much media hype. I just want to make sure that you are fully informed before putting yourself or your family in potential jeopardy. But then again – it may save your life.

Please pass this email on to everyone you know so they may be informed as well.

Thanks,

Dr. T

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Green Your Halloween

Green Your Halloween!
No tricks, just Treats
jackolanterns

( From The Green Guide )

For children, Halloween is one of the most thrilling days of the year-chock full of goblins, ghouls, witches, and all manner of sweet confections. But by the time the masks come off, the over-indulgences of the day may well have taken a toll on your kids-and on Mother Earth. This year, why not take a few small steps toward ensuring a healthier, greener Halloween for all?

Organic Halloween Treats

Consider taking the environmentally friendly step of offering organic treats to the fearsome creatures that come knocking at your door. Rest assured, certified organic products won't leave your pocketbook as empty as a ghost town. Most are available now at natural foods supermarkets or may be ordered (or sourced) online. And never fear: they all come safely wrapped.

Chocolate.Several bite-sized options have king-sized kid appeal:

Bug Bites: small organic squares from Endangered Species Chocolates in milk or dark chocolate. Each square contains one of 48 different endangered species trading cards, and 10 percent of profits go to animal and conservation causes.

Fair Trade sells organic, individually wrapped dark chocolate from Equal Exchange. You'll get 42 pieces to a bag.

Rapunzel offers small ladybugs, complete with legs that contain hazelnut truffles. (Caution: some kids are allergic to nuts, so check before handing them out.)


Cookies. Barbara's Bakery offers carry bags of organic animal cookies, in chocolate chip, oatmeal wheat-free, vanilla, and vanilla-fruit-juice-sweetened. The website offers online purchasing.

Popcorn. Hand out individual microwave popcorn packs from Newman's Own Organics Pop's Corn.

Hard Candies. Organic Candy Company sells bags of organic Sour Fruits Hard Candies in cherry, lemon, pineapple, and orange. The website offers online purchasing.

Lollipops: Pure Fun is a new company that has created a superb-tasting line of organic hard candy. Try a variety of flavors with this colorful mix of lemon, green apple, watermelon, goji berry, tangerine, and pomegranate lollipops. Contains approximately 36 lollipops. Individual flavors also available separately. You can also order Pure Fun Organic Fruit Lollipops Mix in a bulk, two pound size. Approximately 70 individually-wrapped pieces per pound.


Also keep these options in mind:

Organic Raisins. Earthbound Farm sells their organic Thompson Seedless Raisins in handy snack packs, just right for kids. Pavich Raisins are available in individual small boxes but are not sealed.

Honey Sticks. Very little organic honey is currently available, but Stash Tea, a maker of organic teas, makes delicious, naturally-flavored honey sticks. The website offers an online store.

Fruit: The Real Thing, if only for around the house. There is nothing better than this season's local organic apple even if your face is painted green and your hair stands two feet above your head. Also, dried fruits are always a winner.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Organically Perfumed

Miessence® Botanical Perfumes are hand-blended in the traditional artisan method of natural perfumery using rare and exquisite botanical extracts, absolutes and essential oils solely as their aromatic source. The entire cornucopia of aromatic plants is explored in our perfumes... flowers, fruits, blossoms, leaves, twigs, barks, resins, woods, roots, rhizomes and seeds are all utilized for a multifaceted aromatic experience. Miessence® Botanical Perfumes are imbued with a depth of character lacking in synthetic perfumes.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Eliminating Labeling Fraud in Organic Personal Care Products

Calling it ‘the victory of the week’ the US-based Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has released the following welcome
report. It reads: ‘A committee of the USDA National Organic Standards Board wants to ‘Solve the Problem of Mislabeled Organic
Personal Care.’
The Organic Consumers Association is very encouraged by the committee’s proposal to make sure that any use of the word
‘organic’ on a personal care product is backed up by third-party certification to USDA standards for products that are ‘USDA
Organic’ or ‘Made With Organic Ingredients.’
This is what OCA’s Coming Clean campaign has been pushing the USDA to do for the last 5 years. Unfortunately, the USDA has
been hostile to the idea and even USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, an advocate for organic agriculture, has resisted
consumer pressure on this issue.
So, the long struggle for USDA enforcement of organic standards in personal care continues. But this also promises to be
somewhat bigger than just a baby step forward. If you are interested in adding your support to this latest push for more honest
labelling, you can go to its website and put your name to a support document.
The next step is getting the full NOSB to adopt the committee recommendation. The deadline for sending comments to the
NOSB in advance of their November 3-5 meeting is October 19, 2009. Clink the link below to submit a comment:

LINK

Monday, September 21, 2009

Today is World Peace Day

But don't let it stop you from having World Peace Month, & better yet, carry that feeling through the year.
http://www.peaceoneday.org/en/welcome
Have a World Peace Year.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The literal Trash of September 12th, 2009

The literal Trash of September 12th, 2009

The literal Trash of September 12th, 2009

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Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 11:35:21 AM PDT

So, getting towards the end of browsing the images people had taken for more additions to to this image, I started noticing a trend.

After using Publicly Funded Transportation and Publicly Funded Roads to get to the Publicly Funded sidewalks to walk to the Publicly Funded Parks, at the end of their protest, what did these haters of Government Interference do ?

They threw their rubbish down for the Publicly Funded garbagemen & women of Washington DC to take care of. Carrying home all those thin sheets of Cardboard was obviously the task of someone with a larger work ethic.

More below, with an added sting.

Here's a few more, can you spot the sting ?


The last picture ? Yes, someone even threw out their American Flag when they were finished, and then no other passing protester noticed it. So I guess their disrespect for the Laws of the United States includes US Code Title 4, Section 8

(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
...
(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning

Obviously John McCain was busy, otherwise he would have swooped in to steal rescue them, ala last September.

Yes, I know, the response will be that some passing left-wing-media flunky, seeing a photo opportunity tackled Ms Ilene Johns, 98, of Jacksonvillem, Arkansas, and stole her flag to use as a prop in this photo, shortly before being tackled by a horde of righteous protestors carrying "Who is John Galt" signs who rescued the flag and mailed it off to be reused at some Future, unspecified rally to be determined.


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Monday, September 7, 2009