January 31, 2013

2012 in review

Posted in MEDIA tagged , , at 5:52 pm by PCOSLady

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

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January 30, 2013

Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)

Posted in WAKE UP FYI tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:15 pm by PCOSLady

Story that created my post on BVO:
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Teen Sarah Kavanagh is making headlines after raising questions about the safety of an ingredient in Gatorade. “TODAY” reports she noticed brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, on the ingredient label. She Googled it and was shocked to find out what it was. In extreme cases, BVO has been found to cause convulsions and heart beat malfunction. Fox News reports Gatorade will release BVO-free versions of the drinks. BVO is banned in other countries, including Japan, India, and parts of Europe.
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Source: Morning Rush
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Tags:morning rush,brominated vegetable oil,bvo,gatorade
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What is BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL?
http://whatisthatingredient.com/ingredient.php?id=65
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Mountain Dew has it!
Gatorade did have it! (Pepsi removed it)
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http://www.nutrition411.com/education-materials/miscellaneous-topics/item/2306-brominated-vegetable-oil-bvo
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Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)
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Manufacturers can legally add brominated vegetable oil (BVO) to citrus-flavored beverages in the United States and Canada in controlled amounts (no more than 15 parts per million (ppm) by weight). However, BVO is banned in more than 100 countries. The US Food and Drug Administration classifies it as “suspect.” In 1990, the United Kingdom banned bromate in bread, and in 1994, Canada did the same. Brazil also recently outlawed bromide in flour products.
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Bromine is extracted from sea water and is deadly in either liquid or vapor form. Bromines are endocrine disruptors and are part of the halide family of elements, which also includes fluorine, chlorine, and iodine. If you are exposed to a lot of bromine, the body cannot retain iodine as it should. According to some experts, this iodine deficiency causes an increased risk for cancers of the breast, thyroid gland, ovary, and prostate.
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Symptoms of bromine toxicity
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Bromine is a central nervous system depressant and can lead to psychological symptoms, such as acute paranoia. It is estimated that no less than 20% of all hospital admissions for acute paranoid schizophrenia between 1920 and 1960 actually were misdiagnosed brominism. Until 1975, bromine was used in sedatives.
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Other symptoms of bromine toxicity include:
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~ Skin rashes
~ Severe acne
~ Loss of appetite
~ Stomach pain
~ Fatigue
~ A metallic taste in the mouth
~ Cardiac arrhythmia
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Where bromine is found
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Bromine is found in:
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~ Pesticides
~ Plastics
~ Bakery goods (used in flour as a “dough conditioner” called potassium bromate)
~ Soft drinks (including Mountain Dew®, Gatorade®, Sun Drop®, Squirt®, Fresca®, and other citrus-flavored sodas) in the form of BVO
~ Certain medications, including some inhalers and nasal sprays
~ Toothpastes
~ Mouthwashes
~ Hair dyes
~ Textile dyes
~ Automobiles
~ Fire retardants
~ Hot tub and swimming pool treatments
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Some companies, such as Pepperidge Farm®, make their products using only unbromated flour.
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BVO is a vegetable oil which has had its density increased to that of water by combining it with bromine. BVO is used in:
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~ Soft drinks
~ Citrus-flavored beverages
~ Ice cream
~ Ices
~ Baked goods
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Soft Drinks and Sports Drinks: Would You Drink Flame Retardant?
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http://wellnessandequality.com/2012/01/06/before-you-drink-soft-drinks-and-sports-drinks-would-you-drink-flame-retardant/
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Here are some alternatives to consider:
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Need your caffeine fix? Brew a cup of organic coffee. (Yes, tea is probably healthier than coffee, but if you’re used to soft drinks, the level of caffeine in coffee will give you a more comparable caffeine kick.)
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Like the sweet taste of sports drinks? Add a splash of 100% fruit juice to your good old H20.
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Do you prefer drinks with carbonation? Add carbonated water to your 100% fruit juice.
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Worried about electrolyte balance? Although electrolyte balance may become important in extreme cases (marathons, ultramarathons, Ironman competitions, etc.), many sports drinks don’t have the appropriate ratio of electrolytes to effect levels of electrolytes anyway. Good news: Your body is designed to balance its own electrolyte levels. In fact, some of the so-called “performance boost” athletes find from sports drinks may come from the brain’s response to the taste of sugar. If you’re an extreme athlete, consult with your coach, but remember, humans got along just fine before Gatorade.
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Just can’t give up sweetened drinks? At the very least, check the label. Don’t buy drinks with brominated vegetable oil (or BVO) listed as an ingredient. Even better, choose all-natural and organic drink brands.
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Drinks to Avoid: Mountain Dew, Squirt, Fanta Orange, Sunkist Pineapple, Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange, Powerade Strawberry Lemonade and Fresca Original Citrus.
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SITES
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http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/11/brominated-vegetable-oil-in-us-soda.aspx
~ Dr Mercola … The Psychosis-Inducing Beverage Ingredient You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… January 11, 2012
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GOOGLE:
BVO
BVO side effects
brominated vegetable oil
brominated vegetable oil side effects
bromine toxicity
bromine toxicity symptoms
halide family of elements

January 19, 2013

METABOLIC SYNDROME

Posted in ENDOCTRINE DISORDER tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:39 pm by PCOSLady

METABOLIC SYNDROME
(Syndrome X)

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PCOS Lady:
Women carry the extra weight in their chin, tummy and abdomen… A tall tail sign…
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The weight in the tummies i refer to IR weight, lol… No matter what i try aside from starvation that weight will not disappear without my “miracle” pill Glucophage XR 500 mg daily for a few months!
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http://www.drscottrigden.com/?act=obesity&sub=metabolic
By Dr. Scott Rigden, MD
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Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)
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What is it?
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Metabolic Syndrome, a.k.a. Syndrome X, occurs in 24% of U.S. adults, or approximately 60-75 million Americans. It is usually associated with obesity. It is a condition that features the combination of insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia (excessive or too much insulin), which has profound health implications. It is commonly associated with coronary heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus type 2. These individuals often have lipid profiles in which they have elevated triglycerides with low HDL levels (their triglyceride/HDL ratios are usually over 4.) Their fasting insulin levels are above 8.
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DO I HAVE METABOLIC SYNDROME?
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Here are ten clues:
* I cannot lose weight.
* I tend to gain weight in the “apple” distribution.
* I crave sugar and carbohydrates.
* My energy levels are erratic.
* I have a family history of diabetes.
* I had a large baby (over nine pounds) and/or had gestational diabetes.
* I have a history of polycystic ovaries.
* I have non-European ancestry.
* I have a tendency to hypertension and/or borderline blood sugars.
* I have skin tags around my neck and upper body.
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The five clinical criteria doctors use to diagnose metabolic syndrome are listed below. If you have three of them, see your health provider for an in depth work-up.
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FIVE CLINICAL CRITERIA OF METABOLIC SYNDROME
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* Elevated waist circumference (greater than 40 inches in males and 35 inches in females)
* Triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dl
* Decreased HDL (less than 40 mg/dl for men and below 50 mg/dl for females)
* Blood pressure above 130/85
* Fasting glucose above 110 mg/dl
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SITES
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GOOGLE:
metabolic syndrome
syndrome x

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