Saturday, October 31, 2009

MSG information sent in by Carol

This letter sent in is a call to action for the general public. Item 12234 - Novelty Eight Ball Phone is available at 20% off on the website: and perfect to make that important call.

Carol sent in this E-mail about MSG written by Benny Halevy. I do not know if it is merely a publicity article for the book written, but am personally allergic to MSG and know it is tough not to eat.

The note was written on Monday, October 05, 2009
According to the article MSG, a slow poison and he sites information from a book written by John Erb, "The Slow Poisioning of America" as proof. According to Benny, the food additive MSG (Mono-Sodium Glutamate) is a slow poison. MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as Natural Flavoring." MSG is even in your favorite coffee from Tim Horton's and Starbucks coffee shops!

Benny Writes: I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic, and so did a friend of mine, John Erb. He was a research assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing called The Slow Poisoning of America. In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so scientists have to create them. They make these creatures morbidly obese by injecting them with MSG when they are first born.The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and perhaps humans) to become obese. They even have a name for the fat rodents they create: "MSG-Treated Rats."

When I heard this, I was shocked. I went into my kitchen and checked the cupboards and the refrigerator. MSG was in everything -- the Campbell's soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, and Kraft salad dressings, especially the "healthy low-fat" ones. The items that didn't have MSG marked on the product label had something called "Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein," which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate. It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff. MSG is hidden under many different names in order to fool those who read the ingredient list, so that they don't catch on. (Other names for MSG are "Accent, "Aginomoto," "Natural Meat Tenderizer," etc.)But it didn't stop there.

When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants what menu items contained MSG. Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn't use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough, MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere. Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, and every restaurant – even the sit-down eateries like TGIF, Chili's, and Applebee’s, and Denny's -- use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSG was in every chicken dish, salad dressing. And gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin -- their secret spice was MSG!So why is MSG in so many of the foods we eat? Is it a preservative, or a vitamin?

Not according to my friend John Erb. In his book "The Slow Poisoning of America," he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body. Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more. A study of the elderly showed that older people eat more of the foods that it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobbying group says eating more is a benefit to the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us? "Bet you can't eat [just] one," takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight! MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn't added.Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance. Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the re-packaged meals, soups, snacks, and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday. The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it's safe to eat in any amount. But how can they claim it's safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these: "The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity." Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA. Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002. "Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats." Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro. Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug.'Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: An animal model of multiple risk factors." Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima. Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar. "Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity." Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K Kusunoki. Exp Neurol. Oct 1978. No, the date of that last study was not a typo; it was published in 1978. Both the "medical research community" and "food manufacturers" have known about the side effects of MSG for decades. Many more of the studies mentioned in John Erb's book link MSG to diabetes, migraines and headaches, autism, ADHD, and even Alzheimer's. So what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping this fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now see?

Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the highest government health officials in Canada. While he was sitting in the government office, the official told him, "Sure, I know how bad MSG is. I wouldn't touch the stuff." But this top-level government official refuses to tell the public what he knows. The big media doesn't want to tell the public either, fearing issues with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on the fast food industry may hurt their profit margin. The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now we are paying the price for it. Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive. But what can I do about it? I'm just one voice! What can I do to stop the poisoning of our children, while our governments are insuring financial protection for the industry that is poisoning us?This message is going out to everyone I know in an attempt to tell you the truth that the corporate-owned politicians and media won't tell you. The best way you can help save yourself and your children is to forward this article to everyone. With any luck, it will circle the globe before politicians can pass the legislation protecting those who are poisoning us. The food industry can learned a lot from the tobacco industry. Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on nicotine?

If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us and you don't believe what John Erb has to say, see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicine at Type in the words "MSG Obese" and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear. We the public do not want to be rats in one giant experiment, and we do not approve of food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, feeding the food industry's bottom line while waiting for the heart transplant, the diabetic-induced amputation, blindness, or other obesity-induced, life-threatening disorders.With your help we can put an end to this poison. Do your part in sending this message out by word of mouth, e-mail, or by distribution of this printout to your friends all over the world and stop this "Slow Poisoning of Mankind" by the packaged food industry. It is our responsibility to get the word out and blow the whistle on MSG.
Benny Halevy

Monday, October 26, 2009

In honor of women's history month & in memory of Erma Bombeck, writer.

If I Had My Life to Live Over

By: Erma Bombeck

· I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

· I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

· I would have talked less and listened more.

· I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

· I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

· I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

· I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

· I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

· I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

· I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

· I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

· Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

· When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later, now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more 'I love yours' More 'I'm sorry.”

· But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it? Live it and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff! Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Cherish the relationships we have, with those who do love us.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

A Common Sense Approach to Virus Infections

Received an E-mail from an unknown doctor passing on this common sense advice regarding the dreaded H1N1 virus that actually applies to most virus infections so I am adding it to my blog. If anyone has another suggestion, feel free to comment. ‘First everyone needs to remember there are only two points of entry [1] the mouth and [2] the nose. So, while you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced to follow a common sense methods of prevention:
1. Frequent hand washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
2. Keep your Hands-off-your-face. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).
3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tami flu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Yoga asana to clean nasal cavities, but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.
5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C and other citrus fruits. If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
I suggest you pass this on to your entire E-list. You never know 20 who might pay attention to it - and STAY ALIVE because of it.’

Sunday, October 11, 2009

100 Years From Now

There is a poem that is hanging on most caseworkers cubicles or counselors offices that sums up how caseworkers feel about children and families. It is a part of the Kessinger Collection and was written by a child named Ryan. You can get more children's writing and sayings contacting called 100 Years From Now.

The poem essentially states that a person can be rich, can have a big car, a large home, lots of servants and all of the things that money can buy, but in 100 years what that rich person does now will not matter to the world. Ryan tells it like it is, the only thing that will matter 100 years from now is how we treat our children and others children. The children are the future of the human race.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Exploring “Normal Development”

Every State has a Department of Education where folks can go to and get a Chart of “Normal Development.” Most charts are essentially the same. They are broken down into age groups and explore educational goals for learning. There are also some important emotional and social skills associated with the educational system required of students that are also discussed. By getting this listing, a parent can make an educated guess as to the progress their child is making toward what is considered “Normal Development.” Needless to say, sometimes the skills a child learns at school is not followed up on at home because the structure they are provided at school is also not consistent with the home atmosphere. As a teacher, I cannot tell you how many times a parent would come into the parent-teacher conference and beg me to tell their son or daughter to behave at home. Parenting skill training is available through various social service agencies and can assist in the development of parental skill building necessary to help a child grow cognitively, emotionally and socially fit. Some of the classes can be obtained for no or low cost. Most of society would prefer that a parent admit when they need help and seek it instead of having a horrific accident occur to the child before they admit they needed help! If raised properly, a child’s social skills by the time he or she is at age six include: the ability to choose their own friends, play simple table games, become involved in group activity, help others make decisions by offering on-topic suggestions including helping others make team assignments, and practice fair play. The parent who is unaware may believe, because their child of six has all this ability, that child can be left alone to fend for themselves. They hand them a key for the pool, a baseball or basketball and head for the T.V. Many children left on their own, called "latch key kids", have gotten into trouble or killed due to lack of supervision. It is not uncommon for children to drown unsupervised. It is also not uncommon for a child to be killed by someone backing out of their driveway. These accidents are easily avoidable with adult supervision.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Toddlers safety

By the time baby is one year old or when he/she starts walking, parents need to be on the alert to be sure exploration is safe. Once baby moves things around, pull themselves up, and manipulate simple mechanisms, they could easily open a door, pull out plugs, and pick up telephones, open and close bottle lids then drink nauseous things. Dangerous items are easy to see if you lie on the floor and look. But don’t forget to move mop buckets, paint cans and other toxic items out of baby’s reach. As baby continues to grow and explore, they touch everything, bang, shaking and tear things. They need watching or your curtains will come tumbling down. Babies enjoy walking, climbing, scribbling, pulling and dumping things and a sand box is great fun when supervised. Parents need to stay alert and provide safe toys for baby to explore and learn with. Create an area for baby in each room where he/she can find a variety of soft different textured toys, bottles with lids safe to take off, plastic containers with safe food to enjoy, a ball that baby can toss, and a heavy cardboard book to turn pages. Baby needs to be monitored 24/7 and when parents need a rest be sure a baby sitter or day care worker is watching baby stay. Parents in a panic Click Here! 

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Baby Safety 4-6 months

Babies continue to explore and grow during the first 6 months. Baby needs to be placed in a safe area to roll at about 4 months of age. Teeth start popping out now as well. Baby needs understanding when he/she is miserable. Cool damp cloth, teething rings, or numbing agents available over-the-counter can assist in stopping the pain. Baby needs a soft landing when he/she falls backward when at 5 months, they start to sit up then fall down. Baby loves to toss toys by age 6 months and needs things that will not be damaged when tossed. Preferably an area safe to toss items in as well so he/she will not damage anything of value and cause unhappiness. A playpen filled with soft toys is a good example. Parents need to upgrade their child proofing because baby is cruising, creeping, and crawling to explore by 6 months of age. Baby opens cabinets close to the floor, reaches up to grab things, and he/she might easily pull down dangerous items on top of themselves or crawl into things if not supervised. Babies enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror at this age too. Baby babbles, transfers objects from hand to hand, and puts everything into their mouth. Anything small needs to be moved out of reach. Baby needs to be given safe finger foods to consume and watched to be sure they safely chew their food and do not choke.