Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pistachio Recalled for Salmonella!

According to Reuters news, two potentially tainted pistachio brands should be avoided due to a salmonella-related recall, including:

1. California Prime Produce and Orange County Orchards, which were repacked by Orca Distribution West Inc of Anaheim, California.

2. Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, California, which issued a nationwide recall of its products in late March after salmonella was found in some nuts.

These pistachios they may have been repackaged and sold in airports and hotels, the Food and Drug Administration said.

While more than 660 products have been linked to that recall, so far, Orca and those selling its products have received no customer complaints of illnesses tied to the company's products, she added.

The salmonella bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

3/31/09 - Possible Salmonella outbreak in Pistachios

The Food and Drug Administration asked consumers to avoid eating all products containing pistachios as health authorities investigate a California processing plant that shipped about one million pounds of the nuts possibly contaminated with salmonella.

Authorities said no illnesses have been reported to date, but they are taking precautions until they can confirm if the shipments are tainted.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Salmonella Outbreak - Peanut Butter Crackers - Impacts Hundreds

WARNING - USA Today is Reporting an outbreak in Salmonella allegedly in some Peanut Butter Crackers. Take this seriously. Salmonella is nothing to play around with as it is easily spread and can linger in your system for many weeks.

I am speaking from experience.

My youngest was diagnosed with salmonella at 2 1/2. There was an outbreak in her day care center; in this case, apparently spread through fecal matter.

We were constantly running to the doctor, having our child tested and re-tested. And we were changing diapers about once an hour. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) was in contact with us and my baby was not allowed back in the daycare until they gave us clearance.

We were also told to be very careful about what she eats as salmonella can return to a previously infected person very easily.

For more information on the current salmonella outbreak cut and paste the link below for the USA Today article.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Why does Your Health require more Omega-3 Fatty Acids and less Omega-6 Fatty Acids?

This is a reprint an Oct 14, 2008 article by the American Associate of Health Freedom (AAHF).

When Time magazine asked to Dr. Water Willett, of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, to name the most significant scientific news of the 20th century, he said simply, “We changed the fats in our diet.”

According to the September 2008 PUFA newsletter, the link between the type and amount of fats consumed and long-term cardiac health is now dubbed “the Japanese Paradox.” Why do Japanese men smoke, have high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure, yet have half the mortality from heart disease as Caucasian American men? And why do Japanese men who migrate to the U.S. develop atherosclerosis (commonly known as hardening of the arteries) as readily or more so than American white males?

Recent research indicates a long-term diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids tends to counteract the development of atherosclerosis. Other studies indicate the Japanese have less carotid artery plaque and a lower incidence of nonfatal heart attacks simply because of their consumption of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Dr. Willett’s point is that our fast and overly processed American diet changed the traditional ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. This shift not only created more inflammation but more allergies than ever before. And current research indicates that when the ratio is skewed above a certain level, depression and suicidal behavior rise dramatically.

Giants in the field of orthomolecular psychiatry like Abram Hoffer, M.D., and Richard Kunin, M.D., have successfully treated schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, and other brain biochemistry diagnoses by focusing on lifestyle choices that include diet and supplements. Though they have solid scientific backing, these physicians often suffered the attacks of peers and boards of medicine; at the same time, the media were beginning to report that vested interests were affecting many specialties in medicine, but psychiatry in particular.

Other new research showed that women who ate fish more than three times a week had fewer non-fatal heart events; additionally, they had fewer tiny hemorrhages in the brain. People without these brain lesions are less likely to have a stroke or impaired cognitive/thinking ability. Another study showed that EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) supplements reduced the likelihood of having a second stroke in those who have already had one. The incidence of stroke has increased dramatically in recent years, and is now the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Omega-3 fatty acids now appear to be integral to the healthy performance of nearly all the body’s major systems.

Dr. Phil Landrigan of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine says that one in seven American children have a learning or behavior disorder. So it is sobering indeed that there has been so little focus on omega-3 fatty acids in the food pyramid, in school lunch menus, and in other federal guidelines. Research shows that children whose mothers eat more than 12 ounces of fish per week outperform those whose mothers avoid eating fish.

Practitioners like Carol Locke, M.D., and Andrew Stoll, M.D., author of The Omega-3 Connection, found that U.S. women have the lowest levels of DHA among all industrialized countries. Their work with bipolar disorder and omega-3 supplements was groundbreaking, though far too few physicians use key supplements like the omega-3 fatty acids in their treatments.

The science is clear: a public health campaign to “change the fats in our diet” would have far-reaching health benefits for every American.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Grapes: Powerful Antioxidants that Reduce the Risk of Atherosclerosis

Fresh, delicious, juicy grapes!

Did you know that eating fresh grapes may prevent the accumulation of harmful oxidized cholesterol as well as the development of
atherosclerotic lesions. Yes. According to the study, as reported
in the Journal of Nutrition (vol. 135, pp. 722-728, 2005.), naturally occurring antioxidants in fresh grapes known as polyphenols are believed to be responsible for this beneficial impact.

In order to ensure the scientific validity of grape health studies, a representative sample of fresh California grapes was collected, freeze-dried and ground into an edible grape powder. The grape powder used in this study contains all of the biologically active compounds found in fresh grapes.

“We found a remarkable reduction in the development of atherosclerosis following consumption of grape powder,” said principal investigator Bianca Fuhrman, Senior Scientist at the Lipid Research Laboratory headed by Dr. Michael Aviram at the Rambam Medical Center in Israel . “Grapes contain an abundance of powerful antioxidants that appear to inhibit an array of critical
factors that can cause atherosclerosis.”

Atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, is the result of cholesterol build-up on the arterial wall, which leads to blockage of the vessels that supply blood to the heart or the brain, resulting in a heart attack or stroke, respectively. Blood cholesterol is carried throughout the body by two lipoproteins.

Low density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as the “bad” cholesterol, deposits cholesterol in arterial walls when it is present in excess. High density lipoprotein (HDL), or the “good” cholesterol, removes the excess cholesterol from the arteries to the liver and out of the body.

When cholesterol is damaged by oxidation, such as oxidized LDL cholesterol, it is more easily deposited in the arterial walls, leading to a blockage of the vessels. Diseases caused by atherosclerosis are the leading cause of illness and death in the U.S.

Eating 5 to 10 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day will help. And while you’re at it, be sure to lead your children towards a life of health, happiness, vitality, and longevity by adding delicious grapes to their diet.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Peanuts: Rich in Antioxidants, Protect Cells from damage linked to Heart Disease and Cancer

Contrary to their name, peanuts are not really nuts. They are a
member of the legume family along with peas, lentils, chickpeas
and other beans. Peanuts start growing as a ground flower - but
because the peanut flower is very heavy - it bends towards the
ground and eventually pushes it’s way underground where the
peanut matures.

A University of Florida team says peanuts are rich in
antioxidants which protect cells from damage linked to heart
disease and cancer. Peanuts also contain high levels of protein
and "good" monounsaturated fat.

The US researchers tested the antioxidant content of a dozen
different varieties of peanuts. Antioxidants are the naturally
occurring substances in plants that protect the body from free
radicals - 'volatile' chemicals in the blood.

Although free radicals do play an important role in the
immune system, they also alter cholesterol in a process known
as oxidation, which is thought to speed up the hardening of
the arteries.

Red and orange fruits and vegetables are already known to be
particularly high in antioxidants. But the researchers found
peanuts were also high in the beneficial chemicals. They found
peanuts contain high levels of polyphenols, a family of chemicals
commonly found in foods, which have strong antioxidant

Steve Talcott of the University of Florida, who led the research,
said: "When it comes to antioxidant content, peanuts are right up
there with strawberries. We expected a fairly high antioxidant
content in peanuts, but we were a bit shocked to find that
they're as rich in antioxidants as many kinds of fruit."

If you’re a peanut fan we encourage you to consider Buckey Ball
Matrix. This delicious energy food is handcrafted from peanuts,
honey, white and black sesame seeds, dried whole raspberries, and
olive oil. It’s a taste that’s sure to please and always a hit
with the kids.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Quinoa benefits people with high cholesterol and more!

Quinoa, though not technically a cereal grain like wheat or oats,
has been cultivated and eaten as a cereal for thousands of years
by South Americans. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is the tiny seed
of the Chenopodium Quinoa, a leafy plant that is a distant
relative of spinach and beets.

Quinoa was called the "mother grain" by the Incas (chisiya mama).
Now, as people in the rest of the world learn more about Quinoa,
they're discovering that its ancient nickname was well deserved -
Quinoa is indeed a nutritional powerhouse.

Quinoa's protein content, about 16 percent, is higher than that
of any other grain. Wheat also has a high protein content, about
14 percent, but the protein in wheat and most other grains is
lacking in the amino acid lysine, which Quinoa has in abundance.
In fact, the amino acid composition in Quinoa is almost perfect.

The World Health Organization has judged the protein in Quinoa
to be as complete as that in milk. In addition, Quinoa contains
more iron than most grains, and is a good source of calcium,
phosphorus, folate, and many B vitamins.

Eating a serving of whole grains, such as Quinoa, at least 6 times each week is an especially good idea for postmenopausal women with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other signs of cardiovascular disease.

A 3-year prospective study of 229 postmenopausal women with
cardiovascular disease, published in the July 2005 issue of the
American Heart Journal, shows that those eating at least 6
servings of whole grains each week experienced slowed progression
of atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque that narrows the
vessels through which blood flows and lss progression in
stenosis, the narrowing of the diameter of arterial passageways.

Quinoa can be found in your favorite Wholefood Farmacy foods
such as Phi Plus, as well as all seven of our Wholefood Farinas:
AmpliPhi, BeautiPhi, ClariPhi, DetoxiPhi, ElectriPhi, FructiPhi
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