Monday, December 20, 2010

Yoplait Reformulates - But is it better?


Yoplait Reformulates. Giving Away 1 Million Cups

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 04:13 AM PST

Big marketing move for General Mill’s Yoplait brand this week. The yogurt giant has reformulated its “Original” line of products by fortifying them with calcium and vitamin D. Calcium has moved up from 20% of the daily value to 50%, as has vitamin D.

Yoplait is also giving away 1 million cups of yogurt through a facebook campaign. Nice. Lots of PR. We’re writing about it too.

Is the calcium addition really important or is this just window dressing?

What you need to know:

Here is the product ingredient list:

Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Low Fat Milk, Sugar, Pears, Modified Corn Starch, Nonfat Milk, Tricalcium Phosphate*, Kosher gelatin, Citric Acid, Pectin, Natural Flavor, Colored with Turmeric Extract, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3*
*Ingredients Not in Regular Yogurt

As you can see, the increase in Calcium and vitamin D is by adding these nutrients indiviually.

Calcium is important for bone health. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium better. Increasing the calcium and vitamin D levels in yogurt (that were already fortified with calcium and vitamin D) seems like a good idea.

But let’s not lose sight of the bigger picture. If manufacturers continue to fortify products, we will eventually reach a point where any edible item contains 100% of all our daily vitamin and mineral needs. We won’t need real food anymore…

You should ask yourself two questions:

- Without the fortifications, is this product still a healthy choice for me? Does it bring any nutrition built in?

- What foods can provide the nutrients my body needs, without resorting to fortification?

So how does Yoplait stand test?

Healthy choice? In general, yogurts are healthy choices. And yogurts can provide nutrients our bodies need, even without fortification. Just not 50% of the daily value in one sitting. If you’re saying to yourself that you are not getting enough calcium, and Yoplait will now solve your problems, challenge yourself to get the additional calcium from other foods that are naturally high in calcium. You’ll not only get the calcium, but also many other nutrients naturally found in that food.

But the biggest problem with flavored yogurt is the exorbitant amount of added sugar in the product. For example, the pear yogurt here has 26 grams of sugar. 6 grams are from the lactose in the milk used to make the yogurt. At best, another 8 grams are from the pears. Which leaves us with 12 grams, or 3 teaspoons of added sugar. That’s a lot of sugar to add to 6 ounce cup of yogurt. And 48 additional calories. You wouldn’t add 3 teaspoons of sugar to a plain yogurt, would you?

What to do at the supermarket:

Yogurt should be incorporated into your daily diet. But opt for the non-flavored kinds. Add your own flavoring and control the added sugar by simply tossing in berries, dried fruit pieces, or a teaspoon of honey.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Upcoming winter tricks for an easier winter.....

Helpful Hints For Winter

Keep your headlights clear with car wax! Just wipe ordinary car wax on your headlights. It contains special water repellents that will prevent that messy mixture from accumulating on your lights - lasts 6 weeks.

Squeak-proof your wipers with rubbing alcohol! Wipe the wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This one trick can make badly streaking & squeaking wipers change to near perfect silence & clarity.

Ice-proof your windows with vinegar! Frost on it's way? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water & spritz it on all your windows at night. In the morning, they'll be clear of icy mess. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water---preventing water from freezing!

Prevent car doors from freezing shut with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil on the rubber seals around car doors & rub it in with a paper towel.  The cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber

Fog-proof your windshield with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield & wipe if off with paper towels. Shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers.

De-ice your lock in seconds with hand sanitizer! Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key & the lock & the problems solved!















Sunday, October 3, 2010

Insomnia, anxiety meds shorten lives

Insomnia, anxiety meds shorten lives

If you're doping yourself to sleep each night the Big Pharma way, you could be medicating yourself right into an early grave. Same goes for those of you who rely on anti-anxiety drugs to take the edge off life.

Because according to a new study, people who take sleep and/or anxiety drugs -- even occasionally -- have a higher death risk.

I don't know about you, but the very idea would make me MORE anxious, not to mention unable to sleep. But if it's any consolation, the study was based on a survey so it's not exactly rock-solid science.

But there's a warning in here just the same, so let's take a look at the details.

Canadian researchers kept tabs on 14,000 volunteers who answered questions about their meds, lifestyle, and health every two years. During the 12-year study period, 15.7 percent of the patients who took a sleep or anxiety med at least once a month ended up dead... versus just 10.5 percent of those who didn't take the drugs.

While the study in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry didn't pinpoint exactly why these meds led to the higher death risk, the researchers are pretty sure it's the meds and not the conditions that led to drugs in the first place.

As sure as you can be using a survey, anyway.

That's because even after adjusting for factors such as lifestyle, health, physical activity, and symptoms of depression, they still found a 36 percent increase in the risk of death among drug users.

Now, don't think tossing and turning is any better for you -- because another study found that men with insomnia who don't get enough sleep have quadruple the risk of an early death.

That study, published in the journal Sleep, also found that insomnia combined with diabetes or high blood pressure increased that death risk by seven times.

But don't worry, if you're suffering from sleepless nights, there's plenty you can do -- safely and naturally -- to help you get some much-needed shut-eye.

Therapies that actually get to the heart of the problem (for those who understand traditional Chinese medicine principles, that was a pun).  The heart meridian is called the "emperor" and it rules the meridians with the pericardium "prime minister".  When they become out of balance by some type of excessive stress, whether it be emotional (excessive pressure from a boss or spouse), physical (overexertion from manual labor or exercise, or subluxation from poor ergonomics) or chemical (poor nutrition or food poisoning).  This is where your Shen is seated.  Shen is "spirit" or "essence", nothing we can see, but when it is unseated it may cause common conditions such as depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness, amongst other issues.  

The ROOT solution is to harness your Shen with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and to correct for any other stresses such as with proper diet or supplements to build back up the nutritional imbalance.  The human body is complex and there is no "magic bullet", but it must be systematically addressed and if one of the three stressors is not addressed then one sets themselves up for failure.

Dr. Tang 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Woman with Seizures Helped with Chiropractic - Case Study

A case study documenting the improvement of a 25 year old woman suffering from seizures who was helped by chiropractic was published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. In this case the woman was diagnosed at age 14 with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME), and had suffered with the problem for more than 10 years.

The woman's history showed that the seizures started at age 14 shortly after a neck injury and just after her first menstrual cycle. She had been diagnosed with JME by the Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders in 1998, 11 years before starting chiropractic care. She reported that at age 14 she fell out of bed and hit her head on a desk 2 to 3 months before the seizures began. At the time of her initial chiropractic visit she was taking 200 mg of lamotrigine per day to control the seizure activity. Over the previous 11 years, she reported that she experienced 1 to 2 seizures per month. She also noted that her menstrual cycles were severely abnormal lasting approximately 10 days, with 10 to 15 days between cycles.

Chiropractic examination was specifically focused on the upper cervical spine and care was initiated to correct a first cervical vertebrae (atlas) subluxation using specific chiropractic adjusting procedures geared toward the correction of atlas subluxations. The study reported that the woman received this chiropractic care over a 12 week period.

The results showed that the woman did report one seizure a few days after the beginning of chiropractic care. After that point she reported having 6 episodes of minor twitching that did not progress into seizure.  According to the study the woman did not experience any additional seizures from this point forward. In addition to the seizure benefits she also reported that her last 2 menstrual cycles lasted less than 7 days and were 28 days apart.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, "This case study demonstrated improvement in a young woman with a seizure disorder after she received upper cervical chiropractic manipulation. This case suggests the need for more rigorous research to examine how upper cervical chiropractic techniques may provide therapeutic benefit to patients with seizure disorders."


Back Pain Sufferers Benefit from Chiropractic Care

A study published in the June 2010 issue of The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, showed that people who used what the study called "Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)" received a "great deal" of benefit. Chiropractic was included in what this medical study defined as CAM care.

The study received attention in a number of news stories including an article in the July 4, 2010 Medical News Today, and in a June 30, 2010 Business Wire release by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. The study surveyed people who had suffered from back pain and had used at least one CAM therapy in the last 12 months. Of these participants the results showed that over 60% found remarkable relief using the top six CAM treatments. Those treatments were chiropractic care, massage, yoga/tai chi/qi Cong, acupuncture, herbal therapies, and relaxation techniques - with chiropractic care being the most popular choice.

The Medical News Today story reported that back pain is the second leading reason people walk into a doctor's office in the U.S. The survey looked at a total of 17 CAM therapies choices. Of those, Chiropractic care was the most popular approach at 74 percent, with massage a distant second at 22 percent.

Dr. Gerard Clum, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress spokesperson and president of Life Chiropractic College West noted, "What we are seeing with these studies is compelling evidence that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for back pain sufferers – more and more, that light is chiropractic care and other CAM approaches."

One of the interesting findings of the study was that an overwhelming number of the people in the survey did not go to a CAM practitioner because of a referral from a medical doctor. In fact only 24 percent of respondents with back pain who received CAM stated that care came at the suggestion of their conventional medical practitioner.

In their study conclusion, the authors of the study stated, "CAM is used by 40% to 60% of the population yearly, and back pain is the most common medical condition for which people use CAM. Using a nationally representative survey, our analyses documented that the majority of respondents who used CAM for back pain perceived great benefit and identified specific factors associated with perceived benefit."

In the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress release on the study Dr. Clum summed up the study by stating, "Back pain sufferers should be made aware of all treatment options, especially alternatives that have been scientifically proven to provide relief. While chiropractic care has in the past been considered alternative there is now a case to be made for making it the first choice for patients and in the process making interventions like injections and surgery the alternative approach."


40 Million Swine Flu Vaccines Written Off As Trash

The above is the headline from a July 1, 2010 story in Medical News Today documenting the large overproduction and waste of swine flu vaccines. Even amidst an ongoing push from the pharmaceutical companies and medical groups trying even now to persuade people to get a vaccine against a problem that never really materialized millions of doses of US taxpayer paid vaccine doses must be destroyed with millions more to follow.

According to the Medical News Today story, a full one quarter of the produced and paid for swine flu vaccines expired at the end of June 2010, and were to be incinerated. As more vaccines expire, that number will go higher and may mean that as much as half of all the swine flu vaccine produced will need to be destroyed. The cost for the vaccines that are being destroyed to date is estimated to be about $260 million.

The H1N1, swine flu turned out to be less serious than the normal seasonal flu and claimed less lives than the normal flu does. Criticism mounted as a review of the so called pandemic showed that the death toll was only one-third of what normally occurs during a normal flu season. Additionally, countries from all over the world are also destroying their stockpiles of vaccines as they also become worthless.

A July 2, 2010 story in the New American, reported on an investigation conducted by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that exposed improper conflicts of interest among World Health Organization (WHO) scientists. The inquiry found that at least three of the organization's "experts" were paid by vaccine manufacturers. The BMJ wrote, "Despite repeated requests, the WHO has failed to provide any details about whether such conflicts were declared by the relevant experts and what, if anything, was done about them."

In Europe the Council of Europe strongly criticized the World Health Organization's fear-mongering and vaccine promotion by saying, "The handling by the WHO of the H1N1 pandemic led to a waste of large sums of public money and unjustified scares and fears about health risks faced by the European public. They went on to note that, "(There was), overwhelming evidence that the seriousness of the pandemic was vastly overrated by WHO."

Dr. Ulrich Keil, a WHO advisor, conceded in an interview with the Associated Press, "Each time the so-called experts told us that millions of people would be killed worldwide by the respective viruses. We have learned that the experts were utterly wrong."

Yours in good health, happiness, and gratitude,

Dr. Alan Tang
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Traditional Oriental Medicine "Music"

As there are 12 keys of music so too are there the 12 organ channels of Chinese medicine; 6 yin and 6 yang:





Urinary Bladder


Gall Bladder

Heart - Pericardium

Small Intestine - Triple Heater




Large Intestine


Prescriptive music requires the correct key in order for the music medicine to work properly. By rebalancing the proper organ system through acupuncture or Chinese Medicinal herbs symptomatic relief can be achieved.  So, for each individual there are 6 yin keys and 6 yang keys. Mapping of the organ system can proceed from the patient's tone (1 of the 12 tones yielding 12 basic energetic mappings).  The prescriptive music also must contain other elements regulated by Chinese medicine.  Simply playing a tune in the right key will attain neither optimum nor even mediocre results.


But what of the 8 extraordinary channels: Governing, Conception, Yang Heel, Yin Heel, Yang Linking, Yin Linking, Thrusting & Belt?  These channels are reservoirs of energy that work especially well with cases of depletion and genetic pre-dispositions. They are powerful and can be used for other types of cases also; as long as the patient shows tolerance and effectiveness for the prescription.


Even more powerful than the 8 extraordinary channels are Yin Essence and Yang Essence. Another word for essence is jing and it is said that it is fixed in quantity (pre-natal Jing).  Musically it is possible to replicate this vibration and direct it to the needy organ so perhaps original jing is thereby conserved.   


It is the union of two primary essences that produce the Governing Vessel and the Conception vessel from which the other 18 channels derive.


The Governing Vessel (Sea of Yang Qi) forms the nine Yang rivers, including 3 other extraordinary channels:


1.   Urinary Bladder

2.   Gall Bladder

3.   Small Intestine 

4.   Triple Heater

5.   Stomach 

6.   Large Intestine

7.   Yang Heel 

8.   Yang Linking 

9.   Belt


The Conception Vessel (Sea of Yin Qi) forms the nine Yin rivers including 3 other extraordinary channels:


1.   Kidney

2.   Liver

3.   Heart

4.   Pericardium

5.   Spleen

6.   Lung

7.   Yin Heel 

8.   Yin Linking

9.   Thrusting



Stay "Tuned",


Dr. Tang



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Traditional Chinese Recipe for Coughs

Metal element healing recipe 
Traditional Chinese Recipe for Coughs

Fall is a time when coughs can appear.  Here's a simple yet very effective recipe to help soothe those coughs: 
4 cups of water
¼ cup of almonds (about a handful)
2 pears (any variety), cut into pieces
1 or 2 large pieces of tangerine peel (organic!)
                            2 to 3 tablespoons of honey
Bring the water to a boil in a large pot.  Add the almonds, pears and tangerine peel.  Allow the mixture to boil down to two cups.  Stir in the honey.  Drink while warm once or twice a day for about a week.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Water or Coke?

Water or Coke? 
I could not believe this.....  Very interesting 
 (well, really, I've believed it  for a long time.-Dr. Tang)

   75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.    (Likely applies to half the world population) 

#2.     In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak 
 that it is mistaken for hunger. 

#3.    Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.  

  One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs      for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a  University  of  Washington  study. 

#5.     Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. 

#6.    Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of        water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain 
 for up to 80% of sufferers. 

#7.    A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term        memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on 
 the computer screen or on a printed page. 

#8..   Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of      colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast 
 cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop 
 bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water 
 you should drink every day? 

   In many states the highway patrol carries        two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from 
 the highway after a car accident. 

     You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke 
 and it will be gone in two days. 

    To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the      toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour, 
 then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes 
 stains from vitreous china. 

   To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:        Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds 
 Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.  

   To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour       a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble 
 away the corrosion.  

  To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola 
 to the rusted bolt for several minutes.  

   To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into    the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. 
 Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix 
 with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.  

  To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke    into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run   through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen 
 grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your 

     the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. 
 It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric 
 acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major 
 contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis. 
   To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the 
 commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place 
 cards reserved for highly corrosive materials. 
   The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean 
 engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

   Now the question is, would you like a glass of water? 
or Coke?  

 Quick! send this helpful info on to your friend health conscious or not!!!! 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fwd: Daily Health News: Just a Little Belly Fat Can Damage Blood Vessels

Just a Little Belly Fat Can Damage Blood Vessels
Raises risk for high blood pressure, other heart problems, study finds

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- People who put on even a little weight around their middle hinder the function of cells that line their blood vessels, increasing the risk for high blood pressure and other problems, a new study finds.

These cells, called endothelial cells, are vital for proper functioning of blood vessels. They control the ability of the vessel to contract and dilate, which in turn controls blood flow. Damage to the endothelium can lead to the vessel not functioning properly and eventually high blood pressure and blood vessel disease, the researchers noted.

And "when people put on a modest amount of weight, if the fat is in the belly, those people tended to have a greater impairment of endothelial function," said lead researcher Dr. Virend K. Somers, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. "Endothelial function is a marker of health of the blood vessel."

"There is something about fat deposited in the belly that makes it potentially hazardous to health, because impaired endothelial function has been linked to increased risk of high blood pressure and blood vessel disease," Somers said.

The report is published in the Aug. 17 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

For the study, Somers' team randomly assigned 43 normal-weight adults to either gain about nine pounds or keep their current weight.

The researchers measured endothelial function in the brachial artery, which is located in the arm. Specifically, they looked for the ability of the artery to dilate.

Measurements were taken before the study started, after eight weeks of weight gain and again after 16 weeks of weight loss.

People who gained weight showed a decrease in the ability of the artery to dilate, the researchers found.

However, when they shed the weight again, the ability of the brachial artery to dilate properly snapped back to normal.

People tend to ignore minor weight gain, such as the few pounds they can put on over the holidays, Somers said. "It's only 10 pounds, and that's not much, but even this modest amount of weight gain has potentially harmful effects for blood vessels," he said.

Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the University of California, said that "increased body fat has been linked to both premature cardiovascular disease and endothelial dysfunction."

This study nicely demonstrates that weight gain and increases in abdominal fat are directly contributing to endothelial dysfunction, he said. "Further, this endothelial dysfunction is entirely reversible after the excess weight and abdominal fat is lost through diet. This is yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight and avoid excess belly fat," Fonarow said.

More information

For more information on risks for high blood pressure, visit the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Virend K. Somers, M.D., Ph.D., professor, medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester, Minn.; Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., professor, medicine, and director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, University of California, Los Angeles; Aug. 17, 2010, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Natural Jif: What’s The Dif? -Lisa Cain, Ph.D.

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 05:32 AM PDT
This is a guest post by Lisa Cain, PhD, a.k.a Snack-Girl

Recently, one of Snack Girl’s readers asked me to define the difference between Regular Jif and “Natural” Jif.So, I went to the store and purchased them to evaluate.  Here are the ingredients in regular Jif:

Here is Natural Jif:

I looked and couldn’t understand what the difference was because the nutritional facts are exactly the same.  Then, I phoned Jif (note the phone number for questions).
It seems that the major difference is that Natural Jif includes palm oil as an ingredient while Regular Jif has hydrogenated vegetable oils (rapeseed and soybean).  Why does this make Natural Jif natural?
The Jif representative informed me that palm oil hasn’t gone through the processing of “hydrogenation”.
I’m a bit of a geek, so I actually have taken a year of organic chemistry in 1993 (I am also old).  Hydrogenation is simply adding hydrogens to a compound.  So the rapeseed and soybean oils have added hydrogens which helps them to be solid at room temperature.  Why would you do this?
The Regular Jif that I purchased will last until June of 2012.  Basically, it helps the peanut butter to be shelf stable.
Okay, I bet your eyes are glazing over right about now, but I am not done.  Palm oil is a highly saturated vegetable fat.  What “saturated” means is that every carbon is bound to as many hydrogens as possible.  Basically, palm oil already has a bunch of hydrogens added to its carbons.  So, it didn’t need to be artificially hydrogenated because it is NATURALLY hydrogenated.
The Natural Jif that I purchased will last until June of 2011 (one year less that Regular Jif).
Okay, so I am a big advocate of healthy peanut butter see: How To Choose Healthy Peanut Butter. My definition is that the ingredients list should have one ingredient: peanuts.
Does it matter which one you choose (especially if you are a choosy mother)?
With natural peanut butter you get per serving:
*1 gram more fiber
*2 grams more protein
*1 gram less sugar
compared to Jif (Natural or Regular).  These differences can add up if you eat a lot of peanut butter.
My suggestion is to question the term “natural” on the front of the package.  This term is not regulated by the FDA and two products that say “natural” can be two VERY different things.
Clearly, Smuckers (which owns Jif), is trying to compete with the REAL natural peanut butters of the world.
Lisa Cain, Ph.D. writes about healthy snacks on She is a published author, mother of two, and avid snacker.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Training: Nutri-Q: cNAQ Notification


When a patient completes the Nutri-Q, a notification will be sent to me.  This notification will then be forwarded to the administrative staff, who will please log in to with log-in name as and the same common password. 

A sample of the email that you are to look for to perform the steps.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Nutri-Q: cNAQ Notification
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 22:04:36 -0500
From: Nutri-Q Notification Manager<>
Reply-To: Nutri-Q Notification Manager<>

This message is being sent to Dr. Alan C. W. Tang:  This message is to notify you that one of your clients (Diana Balsevicius) has just completed a cNAQ.  PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL, it is being sent from an unmonitored mailbox.  Thank for using Nutri-Q.  Sincerely, The Nutri-Q Development Team

Please print out the patient's results by the following instructions:

Enter name of patient to query

Click view.

Click cNAQ Queue
Checkbox report and accept

Click the Questionnaire/History Reports tab and check the appropriate box. and click generate report

Generate the three reports of:  
1. Symptom burden graph
2. Symptom Burden Report
3. Client Recommendations

AND print out for the doctor to review with the patient

Also import into Eclipse, either by using the import function in the EHR (recommended) or by scanning the report to the scanner.  The former (import) requires knowledge of where the PDF is saved, but is not difficult.  There is a standard report name generated by the computer.

The reports will look like this.  Inform the doctor and schedule the patient for a review of the exam.  Also color code appropriately the type of appointment for the patient's next appointment so the doctor knows what is to be done next.  e.g. light blue background with red text. The doctor will review the results with the patient and prescribe the appropriate nutritional protocol.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study

Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Conversion to white rice strips vital ingredient, researchers believe

(HealthDay News) -- Two kinds of rice -- brown and half-milled rice -- may reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure by interfering with a protein linked to those conditions, research suggests.

In a new study, researchers report that the findings could indicate that brown rice is better than white rice when it comes to protecting the body from high blood pressure and artherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

"Our research suggests that there is a potential ingredient in rice that may be a good starting point for looking into preventive medicine for cardiovascular diseases," said researcher Satoru Eguchi, an associate professor of physiology at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Eguchi and colleagues said their experiments show that an ingredient in brown rice appears to combat a protein known as angiotensin II that contributes to high blood pressure and clogged arteries.

The ingredient is in a layer of rice that is stripped away when brown rice is converted to white rice. But the layer can be preserved in half-milled (Haigamai) and incompletely milled (Kinmemai) rice, which are popular in Japan.

SOURCE: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, news release, April 26, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tests Show Top Tuna Brands Have High Mercury Levels

Tests Show Top Tuna Brands Have High Mercury Levels
White typically has greater levels of the toxin than light, researchers say

(HealthDay News) -- Tests on more than 300 samples of canned tuna from the top three brands in the United States revealed that more than half contained mercury levels above what's considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), found that 55 percent of the samples had mercury levels higher than the EPA standard of 0.5 parts per million (ppm) and 5 percent had levels higher than the 1.0 ppm safety level set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for commercially sold fish.

The health effects of mercury poisoning include central nervous system damage, hearing loss and vision problems.

"Canned tuna accounts for up to a quarter of the nation's seafood consumption and creates some significant regulatory challenges," study author Shawn Gerstenberger, an environmental and occupational health professor, said in a UNLV news release. "With pregnant women and children the most susceptible to mercury poisoning -- yet also among the top consumers of canned tuna -- federal agencies need to urge distributors to expressly state mercury levels in their products."

The researchers found significant differences in mercury concentration by type (white and light) and brand. One brand had consistently elevated mercury levels, and white tuna from all three brands had the highest concentrations of mercury. White tuna comes from albacore, a different species of fish than "light" tuna.

"Mercury concentration in fish has a lot to do with the environment they're in, but since the locations of where the fish are harvested are not made available to consumers, it is very difficult to positively identify and reduce the source of the exposure," Gerstenberger said.

The researchers said federal regulators should require canned tuna producers to provide detailed information to consumers about the mercury content of each product and to disclose tuna harvest locations. In addition, the EPA and FDA need to have similar tuna consumption guidelines to lessen consumer confusion.

The study is published in the February issue of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry.

Many states have adopted EPA guidelines on tuna consumption, which suggest an average child consume only one can of tuna roughly every two weeks to ensure an acceptable level of mercury exposure.

More information

The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has more about the health effects of mercury.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, news release, Jan. 31, 2010