Friday, February 29, 2008
The "peroxide" email is making the rounds; this is the first time I have seen it. It sure sounds like nature's cure-all to me. The information almost seems too good to be true so I checked it out at snopes.com [http://www.snopes.com/medical/homecure/peroxide.asp]. Snopes said a couple of important things: A. Some of the items are accurate while others are unproved and possibly unprovable. B. Snopes quoted The Centers for Disease Control which said that when 3 to 5% hydrogen peroxide is used as a household cleaner, it is mildly irratiting to the skin and mucous membranes. Due to this statement, snopes advises that the proxide not be used as a nasal spray or added to a douche to prevent yeast infections. I've marked those items [**] that may be suspect. On to the email: This is what Oxi clean is.......... Did you Know that???? 3% peroxide........... 'I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little old bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide, or they would lose thousands of dollars.' 1. Take one capful [the little white cap that coms with the bottle] and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. [I do it when I bathe] No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash. [Small print says mouth wash and gargle right on the bottle] 2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of 'Peroxide' to keep them free of germs. 3. Clean your counters, table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters. 4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria. 5. [Remember this is the email not me !!! ] I had a fungus on my feet for years - until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them [especially the toes] every night and let dry. 6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine, but was healed by soaking in peroxide. 7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will. **8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, or plugged sinuses. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue. 9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly. 10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through.. Yout will not have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it's not a drastic change. **11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections. 12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary. 13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors with, and there is no smearing which is why I love it so much for this. I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner. Send on to others who might need to know the benefits of 3% peroxide [Til next time..............]
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Due to my diabetes, I subscribe to NUTRITION ACTION, a health newsletter published by The Center for Science in the Public Interest. In the March, 2008 issue, the lead article is intitled "CAFFEINE The Good, the Bad and the Maybe." Here is an article "Caffeine America" published as a sidebar to the main article: Caffeine America Up until ten years ago. the only foods with added caffeine were soft drinks. And the Food and Drug Administration limited the amount to 48 milligrams per eight ounces. That changed in 1997, when the first popular energy drink-an Austrian import called RED BULL-hit the U.S. Every 8-ounce can of the sweetened fortified water contains 80 mg of caffeine. "For whatever reasons, the FDA decided not to challenge RED BULL," says caffeine expert Roland Griffiths of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. "And that started the aggressive marketing of caffeine-containing food products." RED BULL's success attracted copycats. Drinks like ADRENALINE RUSH, NO FEAR, and ROCKSTAR PUNCHED pushed caffeine levels to 240 mg per 16 oz can. And with the FDA looking the other way, the drive to caffeinate has spilled over to candy bars, hot cereal, chewing gum, chips, jelly beans, mints, beer, and more. GOTTA HAVE IT Caffeine isn't just any food additive. "It's a pharmacological agent, a drug, and it leads to physical dependence in people who use it regularly," says Griffiths. After less than a week of consuming caffeine every day, most people will experience headache, fatigue, decreased alertness, and/or drowsiness if they stop. Caffeine is also different from other food additives because, like nicotine and amphetamines, it functions as a "drug reinforcer," says Griffiths. In other words, people are more likely to choose a food with caffeine over one that's caffeine-free. That hasn't been lost on food and beverage companies, notes Griffiths. "Caffeine increases the probability that the product will be bought and consumed. And it induces dependence and builds customer loyalty. That's probably the reason that 70 percent of soft drinks have added caffeine." PUSHING LABELING In 1997, we petitioned the FDA to require labels of foods with caffeine to list how much is in each serving. This January, the Fed said that the petition "is still active and pending and the Angency has not reached any decision yet." You can help push the federal tortoise along by signing and mailing this coupon. [also published is the coupon referred to:] To: FDA Dockets Management [HFA-305] -Docket No. 97P-0329 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 Rockville, MD, 20852 From: ______________________ _______________________ _______________________ As a member of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, I urge you to act on the 1997 petition by CSPI and-as recommended by the American Medical Association-require labels of foods that contain significant amounts of caf- feine to disclose how much is in each serving.