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Texas Firms Recall Meat Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergens

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Joseph

Several Texas firms are recalling beef, pork and poultry products due to undeclared allergens and misbranding, the USDA reports.

According to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS),  J & B Sausage Co., HEB Meat Center, Garcia Foods, Inc., and Hausman Foods, LLC., are recalling a combined 358,420 pounds of meat and poultry products so that they will not be eaten by consumers.

The recalls listed by company are detailed below.

 

J & B Sausage Co. Recall Chicken and Beef Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

According to the FSIS, J & B Sausage Co., which is a Waelder, TX establishment is recalling approximately 45,904 pounds of chicken and beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products may contain peanuts - known allergens- which are not declared on the product label.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The agency says the beef and chicken products were produced on various dates between August 25, 2014 and December 15, 2014 and bear the establishment number “EST. 7066 or P-7066” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 5 pound packages of fully cooked “Chefs-In-A-Bag CHICKEN TACO FILLING.”
  • 1 pound packages of HEB “FULLY COOKED Texas Style BEEF CHILI No Beans.”
  • 1 pound packages of HEB “FULLY COOKED Taqueria Style PICADILLO Seasoned Ground Beef with Potatoes, Onion, Tomatoes and Peppers.”

  • 1-lb. packages of HEB “FULLY COOKED CARNE GUISADA Seasoned Beef in Gravy.”

These products were shipped to HEB retail locations and Garland Independent School District in Texas.

The agency says "The problem was discovered when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a recall for “Adams Flavors, Foods & Ingredients Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanut Protein In Cumin Products,” which is directly related to this recall."

Neither the FSIS nor J & B Sausage Co. have received reports about any adverse reactions from eating these products.

The agency recommends that people who are concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Bonnie Hyman, Risk Management, at (830) 203-9002.



HEB Meat Center Recalls Pork Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

The FSIS says that HEB Meat Center, a San Antonio, Texas company is recalling approximately 83,666  pounds of pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products may contain peanuts - known allergens - whic aren't declared on the product label.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The chorizo and pork products were produced on various dates between October 16, 2014 and December 26, 2014. The following products are subject to recall:

  • Random weight vacuum-packed clear packages containing “Pork Chorizo.”

  • Random weight clear covered trays containing “HEB Mi Comida Chorizo Pork Chorizo.”

  • Random weight vacuum-packed clear packages containing “SEASONED MEXICAN STYLE PORK FOR CARNE AL PASTOR.”

The recalled products bear the establishment number “EST. 7231” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail HEB stores in Texas.

According to the agency announcement "The problem was discovered when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a recall for “Adams Flavors, Foods & Ingredients Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanut Protein In Cumin Products,” which is directly related to this recall."

Neither the FSIS nor the company have received any reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. People whom are concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact HEB Customer Relations, at (800) 432-3113.

 

Garcia Foods, Inc. Recalls Pork Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

 

Garcia Foods, Inc., a San Antonio, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 190,450 pounds of pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the FSIS announced.

The products may contain peanuts - known allergens- which are not declared on the product label.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of HIgh Health Risk.

The Hill Country Fare Chorizo products were produced between October 5, 2014 and December 24, 2014 and recall bear the establishment number “EST. 13205A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed, raw pork sausage link pieces of “HILL COUNTRY FARE CHORIZO.”

  • 8-oz. vacuum-packed, raw pork sausage chubs of “HILL COUNTRY FARE CHORIZO.”

These products were shipped to retail locations in Texas.

The FSIS said "The problem was discovered when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a recall for “Adams Flavors, Foods & Ingredients Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanut Protein In Cumin Products,” which is directly related to this recall."

Neither FSIS nor the Garcia Foods, Inc. have received any reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Pete Santos, SQF Practitioner, at (210) 349-6262 Ext. 224.

 

Hausman Foods, LLC.  Recalls Beef and Pork Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

The FSIS has announced that Hausman Foods, LLC., a Corpus Christi, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 38,400 pounds of beef and pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

According to the agency the products contain peanuts - known allergens- which are not declared on the product label.

They were produced on various dates from September 17 to December 6, 2014. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 800 pound combo corrugate boxes containing “Fully Cooked Barbacoa.”

  • 15 pound boxes containing six 2.5 lb vacuum sealed packages of “Pork Chorizo.”

The recalled products bear establishment number “EST. 7190” or “EST. 7190A” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped to processing and foodservice establishments in Texas.

"The problem was discovered when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a recall for “Adams Flavors, Food & Ingredients Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanut Butter Protein in Cumin Products,” which is directly related to this recall. " the FSIS said in the announcement.

Neither the FSIS nor the company have received reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Jerry Simpson, Vice President, at (361) 883-5521.

 

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Texas Firm Recalls Chicken and Beef Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens (J & B Sausage Co.)

Texas Firm Recalls Pork Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens (HEB Meat Center)

Texas Firm Recalls Pork Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens (Garcia Foods, Inc.,)

Texas Firm Recalls Beef and Pork Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens (Hausman Foods, LLC)

 

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The 4 Secrets To Weight Loss Success The Diet Books Don’t Tell You

The 4 Secrets To Weight Loss Success The Diet Books Don’t Tell You

Submitted by: Meri Raffetto

Weight loss plans come in all shapes and sizes. Some are fad diets that are too restrictive to follow more than a couple of weeks, while others are provided by professionals that make customized plans for us. All of them give us some guidelines on what we should and shouldn’t eat to ultimately reach our weight loss goals. No matter how many food plans we try, healthy or unhealthy, there are some fundamental things you must know in order to be successful in a weight loss program that, believe it or not, have nothing to do with food.

1. Readiness- Are you ready to make change in your life right now? How would you know? The reason many weight loss plans fail is because people are not truly emotionally ready for change. In order to have true lifelong weight loss you have to commit to trading your old habits in for a new, healthier lifestyle. This has more to do with readiness for change than a desire to shed pounds- there is a big difference. The good news is, as you start on the journey to change these old habits you will be amazed how much better you feel physically, psychologically, and emotionally. This is the place where the people who have experienced long term weight loss have entered and want to stay. When you are truly committed to changing your lifestyle you will achieve lifelong weight loss and so much more!

Ask yourself a few questions. Are you ready to make permanent dietary changes for you and your family? Are you ready to start exercising regularly? Are you ready to defend your new lifestyle changes to those who are undermining your efforts? Don’t fret if you aren’t completely ready to dive into change. This is the stage to keep up the learning process by reading articles and gathering information. You will know when the time is right and that will be when you answer an unequivocal “Yes!” to the above questions.

2. Developing a vision. When I ask people what their goals are for a weight loss program the answer is always, “to lose weight of course”, or “to lose x amount of pounds”. It is crucial to have another more, heart-felt reason to lose weight other than losing pounds and appearance. This is because when times are tough, and they will be during any change process, you will need a heart-felt or internal reason to lose the weight to keep you motivated. Losing weight for appearance is ok but it is an external reason and will not help to keep you motivated for long.

In the past my clients have chosen things like, being able to play with their kids, running a marathon, backpacking trip they have longed to go on for years, and a big motivator is often a health condition. I call this your vision. It is imperative to take a few minutes to learn what your vision is. What is important to you that you will be able to achieve with weight loss? Write this vision down and plaster it everywhere so you always see your end goal and it will always help to motivate you further when times are tough.

3. Self Talk – is yours negative or positive? Unfortunately it’s true that we are our own worst critics and like hearing any critic it often leads us to failure because we believe the critic is right. Furthermore, we start to believe things are true that are absolutely not true. For instance, if a child is told they are a klutz from an early age they will likely always think they are a klutz. We believe what we are told repeatedly.

What do you tell yourself? One common statement I hear a lot of these days is, “I can’t eat carbohydrates because once I start I can’t stop”. This is a belief that you have set up from constant defeating self-talk and once you believe it then no doubt you will act it out. However, there is no scientific reason why a person would not be able to stop eating after having a bite of carbohydrates. Your belief makes it your reality. So whenever you hear yourself say I can’t do something or any other self-defeating talk. Stop yourself and change the sentence to a positive. For example, I realize that carbs have been a challenge for me in the past but I can eat a portion and put the rest away for later. Keep working on your own positive reinforcement by being gentler with yourself and tell yourself all that you CAN do.

4. Be prepared for change. All weight loss programs require us to change a habit yet no one warns us about the process of change. The first thing to know is that the beginning of change is difficult and uncomfortable. This is because it forces us to get off autopilot and focus on our new behaviors. Luckily it takes about 21 days to make a new habit and the uncomfortable part goes away and our new habits become autopilot.

For example: Imagine you get your dream job and it requires that you have to get up at 5:30am. Yikes! You normally get up at about 7:30 am. So, what do you think will happen that first morning when the alarm goes off at 5:30? You aren’t going to feel so great and your body is going to beg you to get back into your warm bed! This will go on for about 2-3 weeks until your body stops fighting you and realizes this is the new habit. The same thing will happen to you when you change eating and exercise habits. Just expect a little resistance and keep going. Your new healthy changes will eventually become your new habit. You just have to keep at it.

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About the Author: Owner of Real Living Nutrition Services, Meri Raffetto is a recognized professional in the area of nutrition and wellness. She specializes in weight management and cardiovascular nutrition and offers online programs to help people reach their health goals. For more information visit http://www.reallivingnutrition.com.

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Taking Aspirin To Prevent Cancer May Actually Be Harmful To Younger Women

 

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Joseph

According to a recent report, aspirin may be harmful to younger women but yield some benefit to older women.

In a study published in the journal Heart, although some older women may benefit from taking aspirin to lower their risk for certain diseases, young women who take aspirin as a preventative measure against cancer and heart disease may be doing themselves more harm than good.

Rob C M van Kruijsdijk from the Department of Vascular Medicine at University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands and colleagues from University Medical Centre Utrecht Netherlands and Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston are responsible for the latest study.

They sought to learn more about the benefits to women who took aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer.

To this end they studied 27,939 healthy women whom were asked to take 100 milligrams alternate-day aspirin or a placebo. The researchers then followed up with the women after 10 years to find out what happened. And what they learned may cause some folks to think long and hard about whether or not the benefits of aspirin outweigh its potential risks.

 

Taking Aspirin Every Other Day May Be Harmful To Most Women

The research team followed up with women at the end of their 10 randomised trial to learn what effect aspirin had on their health.

They learned that taking aspirin every other day afforded some benefit to women (15 year decreased risk for cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, and in some cases non-colorectal cancer).

But when the researchers took gastrointestinal bleeding into account, it turned out that aspirin actually had a negative effect on women's health (calculated at 66%).

In fact, during the course of the trial, there were 302 cases of gastrointestinal bleeding that were so severe that they required hospitalization.

Put another way, while taking aspirin seemed to provide some benefit against cancer and CVD, it also caused bleeding in many of the participants.

The women selected for the trial were taken from the Women's Health Study, all were healthy at baseline. 

During the course of the trial, the researchers recorded 604 cases of cardiovascular disease, 168 colorectal cancer diagnoses and 1832 non colorectal cancer diagnoses.

During the post-trial period another 107 colorectal cancer and 1388 additional non-colorectal cancer cases were recorded.

The research team noted that compared to placebo, alternate day aspirin provided "a small benefit" with regards to cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer but aspirin had no observeable effect on non-colorectal cancer.

They noted that alternate day aspirin treatment seemed to be more beneficial for women aged 65 years and older. But then the risk for gastrointestinal bleeding also increased for women in that group.

 

Do The Benefits Of Taking Alternate Day Aspirin Outweigh The Risks?

When looking at the data it would be natural to wonder whether taking aspirin as a preventative treatment for heart disease, stroke and cancer are really worth the risks. 

The research team said that for every 32 women aged 65 years and older who took aspirin every other day for 15 years, there would be one less case of cardiovascular disease or cancer. That doesn't seem very beneficial.

This isn't the first time medical scientists have studied the benefits and risks taking aspirin poses to women's health.

In a previous study involving participants in the Women's Health Study, scientists determined that taking aspirin as a preventative for cardiovascular disease would only benefit women whom were age 50 years or older, women younger than 50 would not receive any benefit whatsoever.

Moreover, results of a University of Arizona study determined that women would need to take a minimum of 100 milligrams of aspirin per day if they hoped to reduce their risk for heart attack; lower dosages would be ineffective in that regard.

Dorresteijn et al said that "selectively treating women aged 65 years and older may yield the most favorable outcome" basing this on the conclusion that "the harms of treating 32 women with aspirin during 15 years are considered to be acceptable to prevent one case of cardiovascular disease or cancer".

Even when taking into account that gastrointestinal bleeding is more common among women in that group - as mentioned by Dorresteijn and his team - gastrointestinal bleeding is still a serious matter.

Bearing that in mind, women aged 65 years and older would have to carefully consider whether they want to run the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding in order to lower their cancer or cardiovascular disease.

But the risk to women whom are less than 65 years of age only add to the debate.

The results of Dorresteijn and his colleagues study show that aspirin had some effect on reducing cancer and cardiovascular disease risk in women, they also noted that "aspirin treatment resulted in small benefit or even harm in the majority of women if gastrointestinal bleeding were also taken into account."

So, is taking preventative aspirin worth it? That's something women and their doctor may be asking themselves for a long time.

 

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Article References

van Kruijsdijk RC, Visseren FL, Ridker PM, Dorresteijn JA, Buring JE, van der Graaf Y, & Cook NR (2014). Individualised prediction of alternate-day aspirin treatment effects on the combined risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal bleeding in healthy women. Heart (British Cardiac Society) PMID: 25475110

Taking Aspirin To Prevent Heart Disease Could Be Bad For Your Health

 

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California Snack Foods Announces Recall of California Snack Foods Brand Caramel Apples Due To Potential Listeria Contamination

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California Snack Foods, is issuing a voluntary recall of California Snack Foods brand caramel apples with a best use by date between August 15th and November 28th 2014, due to its potential to be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, the company announced in a press release on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website.

The recalled caramel apples are sold in single packs and three packs and each package will have a best use by date on the front of the label.

The caramel apples were available for retail sale through discount, club stores and grocery stores generally in the produce section and were distributed to retailers in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Utah.

"We have been working with the Food and Drug Administration in their investigation of the current outbreak of Listeriosis which has been associated with caramel apples. We recently received notice from Bidart Brothers, one of our apple suppliers that there may be a connection between this outbreak and the apples that they supplied to our facility.

We used the last of the Bidart Brothers apples in the first week of November 2014. The caramel apples produced with Bidart Brothers apples should no longer be available in stores, however, out of an abundance of caution and concern for consumer safety, we are recommending that consumers follow the advice of the CDC and remove any caramel apples you may have in storage and dispose of them in a secure container to avoid potential contamination in animals." the company said in the press release.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious or even life threatening injury in the very young, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and frail persons.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause stillbirths and miscarriages among pregnant women.

Healthy people who become infected with the bacteria may experience the following symptoms:

  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • stiffness
  • severe headache
  • high fever

Consumers who have any product may return it to the store where purchased or dispose of it per the advice of the CDC. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-966-5501 Monday through Friday during normal business hours or via email@ <info@californiasnackfoods.com>.

 

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Happy Apple Company Recall Caramel Apples Due To Possible Listeria monocytogenes Contamination

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Joseph

According to a press release posting on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website, Happy Apples, has announced that it is issuing a voluntary recall of Happy Apple Brand caramel apples with a best use by date between August 25th and November 23rd 2014, due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Happy Apple caramel apples are sold in single pack, three packs, four packs and eight packs; each package will have a best use by date on the front of the label.

The caramel apples were available for retail sale through discount, grocery club stores generally in the produce section and distributed to retailers in 31 states which include:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

"We have been working with the Food and Drug Administration in their investigation of the current outbreak of Listeriosis which has been associated with caramel apples. We recently received notice from Bidart Brothers, one of our apple suppliers to our California facility that there may be a connection between this outbreak and the apples that they supplied to that facility." the company stated in the press release.

The company said that they ceased operations in Ocotber as part of their normal seasonal shutdown and that the caramel apples are no longer available in stores.

They also said "However, out of an abundance of caution and concern for consumer safety, we are recommending that consumers follow the advice of the CDC and remove any caramel apples you may have in storage and dispose of them in a secure container to avoid potential contamination in animals."

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria which can cause serious or even fatal infections in the young, elderly, people with weakened immune systems and frail people. The bacteria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Healthy people who become infected with listeriosis may experience the following symptoms:

  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • stiffness
  • severe headache
  • high fever
  • diarrhea

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that 29 people in 10 states have been infected wih the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes.

According to the company "Consumers who have any product may return it to the store where purchased or dispose of it per the advice of the CDC. Consumers with questions may contact us at 800-527-7532 Monday through Friday during normal business hours or via email@customercare@happyapples.com."

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CDC - Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Commercially Produced, Prepackaged Caramel Apples

 

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Building & Maintaining a Healthy Heart

Building & Maintaining a Healthy Heart

Submitted by: Varsha Rathod, M.D.

I would like to begin by sharing a specific patient case. An avid cyclist averaging 40 miles a day came to see me in December 2008 with complaints of angina (chest pain) that had been occurring daily for more than four months. The patient was unable to cycle for one month as a result of the chest pain. It eventually prevented him from exercising all together. Over a period of 12 years, he visited the Mayo Clinic, had 10 stents placed, saw several doctors who performed multiple tests, and had two coronary artery bypass graft surgeries (CABGs) performed.

Unfortunately, none of these treatments helped decrease the angina nor did they provide him with answers to the cause of his pain. My initial recommendation prior to treatment was to have him read, “Bypassing Bypass Surgery,” by Elmer M. Cranton, M.D. and “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, M.D. These books educated him on the importance of making positive lifestyle changes. I then started the patient on supplements including: a multi vitamin, folic acid, L-arginine and D-ribose. I checked labs related to angina including: a vitamin D level, cholesterol panel, homocysteine, C-reactive protein, iron and thyroid.

Once I received lab results, we mutually agreed that chelation therapy would be a good start. We also agreed that adding specific nutrients and a vegetarian diet would work best for him.

After 12 Chelation treatments he reported that he was biking 40 miles a day with no chest pain.

Today the same patient reported that he is cycling an average of 300 miles a week. He is participating in marathons and other activities that he enjoyed prior the onset of angina. Millions of people are afflicted with various issues related to heart disease, ranging from chest pain to strokes to heart attacks. Would it surprise you to know that the United States spends more than $250 billion dollars a year on heart disease?

Do you believe that YOU have the power to prevent and even reverse heart disease?

Treatment options are often limited to medication, stent placement, angioplasty, or coronary bypass surgery. My approach to heart health is simple. I will help educate you about nutrition enabling you to make healthy food choices. I will also offer a number of options for you to decrease stress and incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Once you have made these changes, we will work out the details for a customized plan that is unique to your needs. Perhaps you are thinking, Yeah, yeah, Doc tell me something I don’t know. That is exactly what I like to hear, because I will then put you in the driver’s seat and empower you to change your health.

10 Steps to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

1) Change Your Diet
This is a gradual process and not something that is done overnight. Having said that, sound nutrition ranks at the top of my list of ways to build a healthy heart. Once LDL (bad cholesterol) is in the vessel wall, it causes inflammation. If this process is allowed to continue it can lead to acute coronary blockage. A good place to start is eliminating fast foods and fried/packaged food. Increasing your intake of antioxidants and decreasing empty carbs (sugar) will help prevent plaque build-up. Studies referenced in Dr. Ornish’s and Dr. Esselstyn’s books provide information on preventing and reversing heart disease by eating a vegan diet. That’s right, no meat! In my office, patients experiencing angina have had great success with this diet. Of course, those who have a difficult time changing their diet may gradually make the transition by eating very small amounts of meat and dairy.

2)Exercise Regularly
Movement and variety are the key elements here. Try different activities such as walking, bicycling, yoga, Tai chi or going to the gym. You may want to find an exercise partner to help you get into a routine. Start out slowly and work your way up. Doctors often extol the importance of exercise, there are good reasons for this: exercise causes an increase in nitric oxide which is responsible for dilating (opening) arteries which helps increase blood flow and oxygen to the heart. It also changes multiple chemical messengers that help metabolism, mood and vascular health. States?

3)Managing Stress
When you are stressed you tend to make unhealthy decisions regarding food. You may even notice that when you are stressed you crave certain foods such as chocolate or salt. Stress can also cause your hormones to become unbalanced. It is important to come up with simple techniques to help lower stress levels. We use diaphragmatic breathing, chaotic medication and visualization. You can also learn how to perform these techniques by watching a DVD or taking a class. One good place to start is ww.learningmeditation.com.

4) Controlling Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be related to several factors including stress, magnesium deficiency, CoQ10 insufficiency, low vitamin D levels, heavy metal toxicity or drug interactions that cause kidney problems. An ideal blood pressure reading is 120/80 and will fluctuate during activity. Hypertension, blood pressure readings that remain high over an extended period, can cause cardiovascular events like heart attack or stroke. It is well known that changing your diet, exercising, smoking cessation and stress management can help control blood pressure. However, if you have already tried these changes and are still experiencing high readings, I will work with you on detecting the underlying cause.

5) Managing Cholesterol
Again a good nutritional diet is essential! A diet rich in plant sterols helps your body metabolize cholesterol. Following the above mentioned tips can also help you keep cholesterol in check. When LDL (bad cholesterol) is in the bloodstream it can infiltrate the lining of the artery and become trapped. This is the beginning of a process that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Dietary changes, red yeast rice, policosanol, plant sterols, niacin and fish oil are tools I use in place of statin drugs to help keep cholesterol in check.

6) Reduce Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress
Free radicals cause damage similar to rusting at the cellular level, leading to numerous ailments in the body including heart disease, premature aging and cancer. Toxins entering the body through the air we breathe and the water we drink can cause an increase of free radical production (rusting). Oxidative stress can be determined with specialty lab testing. Nutrients can be used to slow this process. It may take years before symptoms are noticed and perhaps longer to reverse the process. Providing your body with antioxidants like vitamin C and E from fruits, vegetables, or supplements is one way to counter the damaging effects of free radicals.

7) Prevent Chronic Inflammation Supporting your immune system and keeping it strong is the best way to stave off inflammation. Inflammation has been found at all stages of coronary artery disease, from the time plaque starts to build in the artery wall to the end result of a heart attack. Other precursors to chronic inflammation include obesity, a diet high in Omega-6 fat, trans fat, allergies, high fructose corn syrup, gum disease, dental decay and certain medications. I use many different tools to identify, treat, and decrease inflammation. My approach is always customized to meet individual needs.

8) Prevent Metabolic Syndrome & Diabetes These diseases precipitate heart attack, stroke, and vascular disease. Metabolic syndrome is distinguished by abdominal fat, high insulin levels, high sugar levels elevated 2 hours after a meal, high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides and low HDL (good cholesterol). Please note that some people have metabolic syndrome or diabetes without showing any symptoms. Both conditions can be diagnosed through blood tests and a physical exam. Early detection is key to limiting the damage that these two conditions cause. Excess sugar in the blood, known as hyperglycemia, can stimulate inflammatory responses in the cells. There may also be a connection with other hormones such as cortisol, which can become unbalanced with chronic stress or no exercise. Low testosterone levels can be a trigger for men.

9) See Your Primary Care Physician
Annual exams and blood work can help your doctor detect problems, hopefully before symptoms arise. Proper measures can then be taken to treat the issue. I recommend my patients have their blood drawn for C-reactive protein, homocysteine, lipoprotein (a), or a LPP Plus which is an in depth cholesterol test (see last page).

10) Avoid Unnecessary Tests and Procedures Tests such as the angiogram use radioactive materials which can cause inflammation and other side effects. The echocardiogram, which does not require a drug, can be scheduled as a follow up to a stress test. Of course there are going to be cases when these tools are necessary to provide the physician with vital information to determine the next step in your care. If you are concerned about the recommendation for a particular procedure feel free call my office to schedule a visit to discuss the best course of action.

The Hype of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is not just for bones; it is also vital for cardiovascular health. Low levels have been associated with insulin resistance which leads to cardiovascular inflammation, further increasing your risk of heart disease.

Vitamin D helps reduce inflammation, normalize blood pressure, improve insulin sensitivity and support the health of the arterial wall. It has been shown to reduce cardiovascular mortality.

Vitamin D also helps your immune system maintain peak performance. It is especially important to keep your levels within range during the winter season when sunlight is less available. Vitamin D deficiency varies and may depend on the amount of daily sun exposure you receive. A simple blood test will help me determine the correct dose for you.

Recommended Reading
1) Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
2) The Great American Heart Hoax by Dr. Michael Ozner
3) Bypassing Bypass Surgery by Dr. Elmer Cranton
4) Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
5) The China Study by T. Colin & Thomas Campbell

About the Author: Dr. Varsha Rathod is a Board Certified Rheumatologist and Internist. Preventive Medicine has focused on a combination of traditional and holistic medicine since 1967. For more information about alternative solutions, visit http://www.preventivemedicinestl.com or call 314-997-5403.

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Raw Milk Cheddar Is Recalled Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

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Joseph

According to a posting on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website Farm Country Cheese House of, Lakeview Michigan is recalling 1136.53 pounds of Raw Milk Cheddar due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Raw Milk Cheddar was distributed in Michigan, more specifically in the Grand Rapids metro area and, Detroit metro area through specialty shops and retail stores.

The Raw Milk Cheddar that is being recalled is packaged under two different labels.

The first label will have Farm Country Cheese House logo on the far left hand side, and the product name (Raw Milk Cheddar) will be written on top of the label.

This product is sold as an 8 ounce block and has “Use By Date” on the back of the cheese. The dates are between October 28th 2015 and December 5th 2015. This label will also have a Julian Date in the lower right hand corner.

These Julian dates are as follows:

  • 14301
  • 14302
  • 14308
  • 14309
  • 14324
  • 14325
  • 14332
  • 14336
  • 14339

The second label will have Farm Country Cheese House logo on the far left hand side, and the product name (Raw Milk Cheddar) written in white over a light blue banner.

According to the posted announcement, this label will have the “Use By Date” on the back, it will not have a Julian Date. The “Use By Date” dates for this product are between October 28th 2015 and December 5th 2015. This will be packaged in 8 ounce blocks and 5 pound loafs.

According to the posting routine sampling by the FDA detected the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, thus prompting recall of the raw milk cheddar product.

"Farm Country Cheese House has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem." the company said in the press release.

Listeria Monocytogenes can cause serious or even life threatening illness in very young children, the elderly, people with compromised immne systems and frail persons. The bacteria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Healthy people who become infected with the bacteria may experience the following symptoms:

  • severe headache
  • abdominal pain
  • high fever
  • stiffness
  • diarrhea
  • nausea

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased Farm Country Cheese House Raw Milk Cheddar are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 989-352-7779, or info@farmcountrycheesehouse. Monday thru Friday from 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M EST.

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FDA Recall -- Firm Press Release

 

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Perfect Bar & Company Recalls Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch Nutrition Bars Due to Potential Health Risk

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Joseph

After routine testing Perfect Bar & Company is recalling specific lots of its Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch Nutrition Bars due to possible Salmonella contamination, it was announced on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website.

The company has issued a nationwide recall of the nutrition product.

The Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch Nutrition Bars have packaging and/or wrappers with the expiration date and lot codes listed below. The company says that recalled product has reached the distributor, retail and end user level.

BRANDFLAVOR SIZEUPC CODEEXP DATELOT CODE
Perfect Bar Peanut Butter 2.5 oz 8-55569-00302-9 09-02-15

02814

Perfect Bar Cranberry Crunch 1.6 oz 8-55569-00311-1 09-02-15 02814
Perfect Bar Variety Pack (Costco) 1 lb 9.6 oz 8-55569-00313-5 09-02-15
09-01-15
11-24-15

02814V
02914V
03714V

Salmonella can cause  serious or even life threatening injury in young children, the elderly, persons with weakened immune systems and frail persons. The bacteria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Healthy people who become infected with Salmonella may experience the following symptoms:

  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal cramps

Consumers who have any products associated with this recall should immediately dispose of them.

Consumers who have any questions about the recalled products are encouraged to contact Perfect Bar Monday through Saturday, 8:00AM – 5:00PM PST at 866-628-8548, extension 3.

Consumers with questions or concerns about their health should contact their doctor or health care provider.

To date illnesses to date have been associated with any of the recalled products.

 

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Why Dental Exams Are Important: Gum Disease Is Linked To Cancer

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People often underestimate the importance of dental visits believing that the health of their teeth has nothing to do with the rest of the body. But a mounting body of scientific evidence says otherwise...

 

Periodontal Disease and Pancreatic Cancer

In 2007 researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health published a study which found a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer.

The study, which appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, followed 51, 529 veterinarians, dentists, ostopathic physicians, optometrists, pharmacists and podiatrists who  completed self-reported questionnaires as part of the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS).

The HPFS ran from 1986 to 2002. According to lead researcher Dominique Michaud HPFS "examined the relationship between periodontitis, tooth loss and subsequent pancreatic cancer. " In order to accomplish this, the team studied health professionals between the ages of 40 - 75 years .

After adjusting for age, Michaud et al noted that men with a history of gum disease were more likely to have pancreatic cancer than men who did not have periodontal disease.

They also noted that men with gum disease were also more likely to be older, smoked and suffered from other health ailments e.g. diabetes.

Even more alarming was the fact that tooth loss was associated with a nearly 3 fold increase in pancreatic cancer when compared with no gum disease or tooth loss.

Michaud and her colleagues believe that inflammation played an important role in the results. They pointed to the fact that plasma C-reactive protein was 30% higher in HPFS participants with a history of periodontal disease than those without such history.  This demonstrates a link between gum disease and systematic inflammation.

On the other hand - and still very telling of the importance of good dental hygiene - people with gum disease and poor oral health tend to have higher levels of bacteria which produce chemicals which research studies suggest may play a role in cancer of the pancreas.

The Harvard team concluded that an association between gum disease and pancreatic cancer existed "that was independent of other known or suspected risk factors for this malignancy" and "increased severity of periodontal disease, as manifested by periodontitis with recent tooth loss, was associated with the greatest risk." 

 

Gum Disease and Colon Cancer

In 2013 Yiping Han and her colleagues at Case Western Reserve University published evidence of an oral bacteria that may have links to colorectal cancer.

The findings which were published in Cell Host & Microbe found that Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn), a microorganism commonly found in the human mouth, can lead to serious health problems if it attaches to cells in other parts of the body via a molecule known as FadA.

Han et al demonstrated that FadA binds to E-cadherin which is a special type adhesion molecule that is found on colorectal cells and non colorectal cells which helps the bacteria to attach itself to the cells and invade them. 

FadA changes E-cadherin leading to a lot of nasty things some of which include increased expression of transcription factors, oncogenes (genes that cause cancer), inflammatory genes and stimulating the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

The researchers mapped the FadA binding site on E-cadherin and synthesized a peptide from the mapped region of E-cadherin that abolishes FadA-induced colorectal cancer cell growth and oncogenic and inflammatory responses.

Han et al concluded:"Findings from this study will significantly impact our understanding, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of CRC."

What these two studies demonstrate is that oral health is a necessity. Research studies show that germs living in our mouths can cause cancer.

That it why it is important to see a qualified dentist such as Dr. Matt Lawyer & his team at Carothers Parkway General Dentistry for regular check ups because it could stop a potentially deadly disease from taking your life.

 

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Article References

Michaud DS, Joshipura K, Giovannucci E, & Fuchs CS (2007). A prospective study of periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer in US male health professionals. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 99 (2), 171-5 PMID: 17228001

Rubinstein MR, Wang X, Liu W, Hao Y, Cai G, & Han YW (2013). Fusobacterium nucleatum promotes colorectal carcinogenesis by modulating E-cadherin/β-catenin signaling via its FadA adhesin. Cell host & microbe, 14 (2), 195-206 PMID: 23954158

 

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Sharing With Others

 

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Joseph

We're now in the midst of the Christmas season. This is a time when people spend time with family and friends. It's also a time when people feel more generous, giving gifts to loved ones and opening their wallets to various charities.

Yet, we must not lose sight of the fact that people are in need all year round. Millions need food and shelter to be sure, but it shouldn't necessarily start or begin there.

Indeed millions of people suffer from loneliness, isolation, and sickness who often go unnoticed by their fellow human beings.

So, we should do more to help those in need. In our current economy, finances don't go as far as in the past, yet giving doesn't have to be limited to cash.

For some, a smile and word of encouragement go a long way toward helping someone belong. For others, a warm blanket, food, and clothing donated to church will make the difference between life and death for someone who is destitute.

Some folks are worried about sharing with others because they fear it might embarrass the recipient. In such cases, help the less fortunate without them even knowing about it. People can often give in secret, the only ones who will know about it are the person who gives and the Heavenly Father.

Yes, we each have something in abundance that we can share with others - and it doesn't always have to be money. 

The thing is that we share what we have because as it is written in Luke 12:48 "For to whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required" we should give freely of ourselves to those who suffer misfortune not just at Chrsitmas time but throughout the year. We do this because Jesus did such for us, and He wants us to be like Him.


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