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Food Scores, a New Web Service, Ranks Grocery Items on Ingredients and Nutrition

nutritious-apple-with-health-facts-10055103On Monday, The Environmental Working Group launched a new program known as the Food Scores Database, which encompasses the nutritional values of over 80,000 foods you may find in your local supermarket. Each product has been rated on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the most nutritious. The current push from consumers to know what is in packaged foods or how heavily processed they are, has helped to fuel this project. Also included, is product information from food companies and research conducted by The Environmental Working Group themselves, regarding pesticides, additives, preservatives, and dyes. Food Scores will soon be available as a phone app and allow consumers to scan product bar codes. Thus far, the scoring system has faced ridicule from the Grocery Manufacturers Association, but the founder of the environmental group trusts that the general public will both embrace and utilize this new program. As your patients become more health conscious, how do you teach them to evaluate the quality of their food? What other programs are available at this time to help consumers purchase healthier choices?


For additional information on the Food Scores Database, go to The New York Times.
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Scent receptors on the skin promote cell proliferation and wound healing when exposed to Sandalwood Oil

texture-tree-bark-100133553Scent receptors have been found to exist on almost all tissues of the human body, including the heart and the liver. Researchers have concluded a study that look at the potential role that these receptors play in wound healing. They chose a particular scent receptor found on the skin, OR2AT4, and exposed it to sandalwood essential oil and 10 synthetic oils, known as Sandalore. Three of the oils tested had a positive effect on cell proliferation and cell migration, both of which are characteristics of wound healing. Because wound healing is triggered at concentrations a thousand times higher than the amount needed to stimulate a receptor in the nose, the clinical use for this information is not yet known. What do you currently recommend to your patients to promote wound healing? What has worked the best?

Find more information at Natural News

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FDA warns of Viagra in herbal supplement: tainted dietary supplements


FDA has released a warning about an herbal supplement by the name of S.W.A.G. or “sex with a grudge” because it has traces of generic Viagra. This product can be purchased online and advertised to “increase blood flow” and improve sexual health, unbeknownst to buyers however, this product can potentially be fatal. The manufacturer claims that there are no interactions seen similarly in medications such as Cialis, Viagra or Levitra but the FDA warns consumers that it may have severe interactions with nitrates. The FDA advises those using this product to immediately dispose of it and side effects such as dizziness, fainting, or heart attack/stroke may occur. How familiar are you with the mechanisms of reporting adverse effects and interactions related to herbal supplements?

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Smartphones causing loss of sleep?


In a recent survey conducted by Professor Richard Wiseman, it has been shown that 28 million people in the UK do not receive the adequate amount of sleep. The idea behind this loss of sleep is contributed to late night use of technology: e.g. computer, tablet, or smartphone. Professor Wiseman states that the blue lights emitted from these devices suppress production of melatonin reducing quality of sleep. The article goes on further to say that due to this blue light, there is also a potential for damage to one’s eyes. Will this change the way you use technology before bed? Do you think technology will ultimately detriment our health?

The article can be found at BBC

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Grocery coupons can encourage healthful eating

SaleWe all receive those grocery flyers and coupons in the mail; most of the sale items are associated with processed foods, snacks, and sugared beverages. What if there was a way to encourage purchases of healthier foods such as vegetables and fruits?  A recent study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal, Prevent Chronic Disease decided to put produce couponing to the test. Linkwell Health, a marketing company  sent coupons, recipes, and information on healthful diets to patients enrolled in a health insurance plan who had chronic health problems associated with poor diets. The study reported results of improved purchases of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and seafood. What are some strategies you can recommend to your patients to encourage them to purchase a more healthful diet?



For additional information, please visit The Washington Post

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Antibiotic use in animals linked to bacterial resistance in humans

cow-milking-facility-100193460In an analysis conducted by the Food and Drug Administration on the use of antibiotics in animal feed, scientists found that 18 out of 30 of them may increase the risk of human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. There was insufficient information for the scientists to review the other 12 antibiotics. Even though the FDA has made efforts to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals, it is still broadly used. What are your thoughts about this article? What are your recommendations to minimize human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria?

For additional information, please click NYT.

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Food companies cut back on calories

junk-food-and-big-fat-stomach-10090072In a five year study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to reduce childhood obesity in the United States, an estimated 6.4 trillion calories were reduced in food and beverages by some of the nation’s largest food companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Campbell’s. This resulted in an average of 78 calories cut out of an American’s daily diet. What are your thoughts about this research? How great of an impact do you think this will have on the struggle to eliminate childhood obesity?

For additional information, please see NY Times.

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Vitamin B Supplements May Guard Against Stroke.

medicine_2Some studies suggest that vitamin B supplements may increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. However, a new review published in the journal Neurology discovered the opposite. Researchers analyzed the findings of 14 clinical trials which compared taking vitamin B supplement or very low-dose vitamin B versus placebo for six or more months. They discovered that vitamin B supplements may reduce the risk of stroke by 7 percent, but did not appear to reduce the severity of strokes or the risk of death from stroke. The researchers also found that folic acid may reduce the beneficial effect of vitamin B. How often do patients ask you about vitamin B supplements? Do you recommend vitamin B for other conditions?

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Gel laundry capsule poisonings rise. #ipharm

Child_care_doctor2There has been a rise of poisoning in children biting into brightly colored liquid-gel laundry capsules. UK’s National Poisons Information Service survey found 1,486 poisoning cases between May 2009 and July 2012 which occurred mostly in children under the age of five. Ingesting liquid gel laundry capsule can burn children airway and cause breathing problems. The manufacturers of gel capsules have agreed to change their packaging to opaque boxes with child resistant openers and noticeable warnings. This problem is not limited to England since poison control centers in the US began receiving calls regarding this issue in 2012. How can we increase public awareness of this rising problem?

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Jack Rabbit Dietary Supplement: Recall – Undeclared Drug Ingredients.

1502_1Jack Rabbit Inc. recalled lot number 2510 from their dietary supplement, Jack Rabbit, which was marketed as a 100% natural dietary supplement for sexual enhancement. The product was found to contain active ingredients,Sildenafil and Tadalafil which are prescription medications for erectile dysfunction. Although no illnesses have been reported, consumers should stop using the product and contact their physician if they are experiencing any headaches or flushing. The active ingredients may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs. How often do you discuss sexual dysfunction with your patients?  What protocols do you recommend?

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