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12/31/03: An ingredient in garlic may offer one of the best defences against hospital superbugs, research shows. ... Garlic has been known as a "blood purifier" for hundreds of years, ridding the body of certain parasites and curing many of what are now known to be infectious blood-borne illnesses. (As a side note, this medicinal use of garlic is the origin of the myth of its effectiveness against vampires). So, the fact that garlic may help fight off bacteria resistant to synthetic antibiotics is not as strange as it may sound.

10/17/03: They were banned for 11 years, and no changes have been made to make them more safe, but the FDA just decided to allow them again. "As many as 46% of women who get silicone-gel breast implants need additional surgery within three years, research indicates". Silicone leaks are really bad news. One woman said her bones scream out in pain every day. "The decision disappointed women who had told the FDA of disabling pain and silicone oozing through their skin even after leaky implants were removed.

10/16/03: There are multiple causes for aging and death. Some tips for long life are:

1. Avoid Accidents. Accidents are the leading cause of death for people 1 to 45 years of age. (1996) Of all deaths due to accidents the leading cause is motor vehicle accidents.

. Don't get AIDS, the #2 death risk for people 25 to 44 years old (1996).

. Don't get cancer. Malignant neoplasms, including neoplasms of lymphatic and hematopoietic tissues were the #3 cause of death (25 to 44 yrs, 1996).

To avoid cancer, a. have good genes, b. no overexposure to estrogen (for women), c. avoid ionizing radiation (X-rays, nuclear, radon gas), d. avoid DNA-damaging ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays, e. avoid chemical carcinogens such as asbestos, benzene, formaldehyde, and diesel exhaust, f. don't smoke, g. avoid cancer causing foods such as salt, charred meat ( heterocyclic amines ) and animal fat from red meat, h. eat fruits, vegetables, soy-based products and take anti-oxidants vitamins such as E, C and beta carotene (a form of vitamin A) to fight free radicals.

4. Have a healthy heart. Diseases of heart are the number 4 killer (1996). The overwhelming cause of coronary heart disease is atherosclerosis.

To avoid heart diease, -. stop smoking, - exercise regularly, -. don't overeat, - reduce stress daily, - avoid exposure to pollutants (such as carbon monoxide and other air pollution) and pesticides (such as dioxin), - avoid excess omega-6 from refined vegetable oils, - avoid oxidized cholesterol and oxidized fats, - avoid trans fatty acids from hydrogenated fats, - avoid white flour, - avoid refined sugar, - reduce high blood pressure, - prevent diabetes, - get enough vitamin E, - get enough vitamin C, - get enough folic acid, B6 and B12, - avoid heated milk protein, - get enough protein by eating a variety of vegetables, whole grains, legumes (beans, lentils, peas) and fruit, - have the right amount of magnesium (?), - get enough selenium, - avoid microbial agents (viruses, bacteria). The cholesterol connection is complicated.

5. Don't kill yourself. Suicide was the number 5 killer (25 to 44 yrs, 1996). To maintain mental health, see these tips. Here is someone's reasons to live page, but they left off sex.

6. Don't get murdered or executed for murdering someone. Homicide and legal intervention was the number 6 cause of death (25 to 44 yrs, 1996). Amherst, New York is America’s Safest City. Also safe are, Brick Township, New Jersey; Newton, Massachusetts; Thousand Oaks, California and Sunnyvale, California. Move away now if you live in Detroit, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; Gary, Indiana or Baltimore, Maryland.

7. Don't get chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. The number 7 killer can be avoided by not having birth defects or metabolic disorders, avoid viral or bacterial infections, avoid alcohol and poisoning by toxins ( certain medications ), avoid nutritional deficiencies, avoid trauma, or injury.

8. Don't get Cerebrovascular diseases or have a Stroke.

To avoid these arterial diseases, eat less meat, dairy and other high-protein-fat foods. Strokes happen less often among vegetable-eating populations. Also, don't have high blood pressure, don't smoke, don't have a high alcohol intake, don't have diabetes, don't have excess body fat, do exercise.

9. Eat less overall: Hundreds of studies on yeast, worms, mice and other animals have shown that cutting calories by a third increases life span by about 30 percent. For humans, that would mean an extra quarter-century.

10. Don't get Diabetes mellitus, an inherited and/or acquired deficiency in production of insulin by the pancreas, or by the ineffectiveness of the insulin produced. 90% are adult onset (type II). Avoid sugar. It is disgusting that they cite obesity as a risk factor and dance all around the obvious cause, sugar intake. "It is not uncommon for teenagers to receive 500 to 1000 calories per day from sugar-sweetened drinks.'

. Have good genes. Specifically, a DNA alteration in the cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) gene that results in lower levels of CETP in the blood, increased levels of HDL and larger HDL and LDL molecules.

. Stop "Free Radicals" produced as a side effect of normal mitochondrial metabolism which cause progressive damage resulting in the functional decline that defines aging.

. Stop Genome Instability, the accumulation of mutations, rearrangements and changes in chromosome number.

14. Have a positive attitude. People with positive views about aging lived an average 7.6 years longer than those with negative perceptions, said a team of researchers led by Becca Levy, a psychologist from Yale University.

Other ideas: be tall.


10/16/03: Semicarbazide, a cancer causing chemical, found in baby food.

10/13/03: 100 people a day wake up during surgery in the US. 50 of those feel pain. Some are paralized and unable to move, scream, etc.

10/10/03: Riverside County CA man gets West Nile Virus.

10/7/03: MTBE was once lauded for cleaning the air. Now the truth is out. MTBE is poisoning our drinking water. The cost of clean up is estimated at $29 billion, but oil companies are now asking Congress to protect them with a liability waiver. Unfortunately, they may get it because they have powerful congressional republicans on their side, including Majority Leader Tom Delay of Texas, the state where most MTBE is made.

10/23/03: Medical Privacy: A woman in Pakistan doing cut-rate clerical work for UCSF Medical Center threatened to post patients' confidential files on the Internet unless she was paid more money. To show she was serious, the woman sent UCSF an e-mail earlier this month with actual patients' records attached.

9/16/03: West Nile Virus Reaches LA. The crow, found in the San Gabriel Valley, Calif., was submitted for testing on Sept. 3.

8/29/03: Crazed carp (warning, popups). Fish going nuts in Missouri's rivers near Colombia. (Topographic map.) River level falling, temp rising as of this month. Check out the flow realtime. This shows it may be a normal fluctuation. Colombia is in Boone County, Missouri. This month, Gaslight Industrial Park, Crossroads WWTF, Wagon Wheel MHP, Manchester Heights Subdivision, and USDOI, Columbia Environmental Research Center applied for permits to dump nasty stuff into this river. (Am I reading this wrong? Is USDOI an industrial waste out putter with an actual flow is 610,000 gallons per day? ) What about the lead in the water? Could the cause be Pfiesteria piscicida?

8/25/03: West Nile Virus found in Southern California. Experts say it could infect horses and humans by Fall. Kaiser Permanente's getting between 500 and 1,000 extra calls a day. 450 human cases have been confirmed in Colorado, and seven deaths.

8/21/03: West Nile Virus reaches California (found in mosquitoes near the Salton Sea)

8/19/03: Methyl chlorpyrifos is a widely used insecticide cholinesterase inhibitor that is found in virtually any wheat-containing product. Is it the real reason many people suddenly becomg "allergic to wheat"? Poisoning with this insecticide impairs the central nervous system function. I'm no doctor ... but consider:

methyl chlorpyrifos poisoning wheat allergy
headache, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting, extreme weakness, influenza-like weakness, malaise, ataxia, twitching, slow heartbeat, sweating, tremors, pulmonary edema, asthma, hypertension, rhinitis headache, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting, muscular weakness, malaise, ataxia, twitching, heart irregularities, sweating, spasms, Laryngeal edema, angioedema, asthma, hypertension, rhinitis

Symptoms with no obvious connection to wheat allergy: anorexia, tiny pupils

Symptoms with no obvious connection to methyl chlorpyrifos poisoning: Urticaria (hives), eczema or atopic dermatitis, anaphylactic shock


7/21/03: Could you live to be 500 years old? You might! Oops, better stop polluting the planet then. 7/9/03: How will you spend your 113th birthday?

7/10/03: Are things that glow in the dark radioactive?

6/16/03: Belly Dancing Works 100s of Muscles.

6/10/03: Vaccines fueling autism epidemic?

5/14/03: The dangers of sugar. Suit seeks ban on Oreo cookies

5/5/03: Is dandruff caused by a fungus?

5/1/03: Does a nutrient combination of L-lysine, L-proline, Vitamin C, and EGCG completely stop cancer?

4/29/03: Fasting may be good for you according to studies with rodents.

4/23/03: Stem cells from baby teeth!

4/22/03: Notes on SARS. Is it man made?

5/27/03: SARS from eating dogs and monkeys?

5/14/03: AG-7088, a cold remedy developed by Pfizer, might be effective against SARS.

4/17/03: Hepatitis C drug breakthrough ... levels are reduced within days.

4/17/03: Some products that say "No MSG" do have MSG according to

5/1/03: TIGR scientists find anthrax dna sequence from dead cow in Texas nearly identical to germs used in Florida attack. Does that mean it came from Texas?

11/22/03: Preservatives: Are preservatives dangerous to the living? Do Benzoate preservatives prevent cavities? (Should one consider Rochester University's past record of human radiation experiments when considering their positive spin on Benzonate preservatives and fluoride?) Sodium benzonate (see MSDS) does seem to exacerbate symptoms of asthma, but there aren't many good studies. Perhaps the dose is the key? Other major preservatives are BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene). Read some studies and decide for yourself about claims that both BHA and BHT stimulate production of cholesterol (bad for the heart), that BHA can damage the liver and kidneys, that BHT affects the nervous system, increases behavioral problems, infertility, weakened immune system, birth defects and stomach cancer. BHT was banned in Japan (where the cancer rate is low) but is not currently banned for food use in England or the US. Is this due to industry pressure? The State of California lists BHA as a carcinogen. Americans continue to consume 59 to 120 mg of BHT per day. Perhaps new laws would protect us from our willingness to trade our health for convenience and profit.