Friday, November 02, 2012

Fluoride Content in Black Tea, White Tea, Green Tea, and Oolong Tea

Fluoridated water is already overexposing many of us, so avoiding teas that contain high levels of fluoride in addition is a very good choice. 

Many studies recommend consuming a large quantity of tea daily to see health benefits. However, the quality of the tea may be the most important factor to consider since higher quality, loose leaf tea corresponds to minimizing toxins such as fluoride. Green, black, white and oolong teas naturally have differing levels of fluoride in the leaves.

Fluoride in Tea

As the controversy swells regarding fluoride in drinking water, it's important to look at our diet to minimize other sources of fluoride.
For some tea leaves, the fluoride content is high. The type of tea and quality of tea, however, determine the level of fluoride present. Making a healthier choice in tea will both minimize fluoride intake and maximize overall health benefits.
There are varying levels of fluoride in some popular teas: black tea, white tea, green tea and oolong tea. First you will want to understand the potential dangers of fluoride.

Less Fluoride in Young Tea Leaves

The Camellia sinensis plant is what produces the tea leaves for white, green, black and oolong teas. When this tea plant grows, the roots absorb fluoride from the soil and deposit the majority of it in the leaves.
The tea plant in particular is much more efficient at this process than other plants.
Since older, more mature leaves have had more time for this deposition, they contain up to 20 times more fluoride than younger tea leaves.

Anit-Oxidant EGCG Level in Tea Leaves

The powerful anti-oxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) present in tea is responsible for health benefits such as lowering LDL and has anti-cancer properties.
The level of EGCG decreases in more mature tea leaves, giving us further reason to prefer younger tea leaves.

Fluoride Content in Different Types of Tea

Type of Tea
Age of Tea Leaves
Fluoride Content
Notes
Green tea
mature
high
not allowed to oxidize, preserves flavonoids, catechins and polyphenols associated with health benefits
Black tea
mature
high
leaves oxidize after harvest to create unique flavors
Oolong tea
mature
medium/high
oxidation time between green and black tea to create smooth flavors
White tea
buds and young leaves
low
3x more antioxidants than green or black tea
Herbal tea
herbal tea is not made from a true tea plant
none
made from flowers, roots, herbs, etc.
See Linus Pauling Institute website for more detailed fluoride content of teas.

Quality of Tea and Fluoride Content

Younger tea leaves are used in higher quality teas and contain lower fluoride levels.
See the list from highest quality to lowest quality.
1. Loose leaf tea ~ Best Quality
2. Tea dust (tea bags)
3. Bottled tea (fluoride in water plus flouride in tea)
4. Brick tea (oldest leaves formed into brick shape) ~ Lowest Quality

Fluoride Content in Chinese Green Tea vs Japanese Green Tea

Soil in Japan is naturally lower in fluoride compared to China, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Therefore, Japanese green tea will naturally have lower fluoride levels than Chinese green tea.
WHO lists several areas of the world where high naturally occurring fluoride concentrations affect tea crops and drinking water: India, Sri Lanka, parts of Africa and the Middle East (more information).

So... What is the Healthiest Type of Tea?

We should be limiting our total exposure to fluoride from tea, based on the potential dangers associated with fluoride exposure and the high levels present in many types of tea. At the same time, incorporating benefits from different types of teas provides a wide variety of benefits.
  • White tea is a true tea that contains high antioxidant power and has low fluoride levels, especially in loose-leaf form.
  • Green tea health benefits are well-studied. To incorporate benefits of green tea in the diet, finding a loose leaf option from Japan or a loose leaf option with younger leaves will limit fluoride while providing benefit.
  • Loose-leaf black tea and oolong tea from areas with lower environmental fluoride are best if you prefer black or oolong tea.
  • The fluoride-free options are herbal teas, but then the health benefits from true tea are not felt.
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U.K. doctors are putting patients on 'death lists' and denying them treatment

The face of government-run socialized medicine just keeps getting uglier in Britain, where as many as 3,000 doctors are set to place many thousands more patients on so-called "death registers" where they are ultimately denied treatment - all to save a buck.

Or in this case, a pound.

Being placed on the registers means those patients have been singled out "to be allowed to die in comfort rather than be given life-saving treatment in hospital," Britain's Daily Mail reported.

Some 3,000 doctors are expected to draw up lists of patients they expect will die within a year, according to Department of Health data the paper reviewed, noting that the registers were part of an unpublicized program that has been endorsed by government ministers.

Physicians who are general practitioners "have been encouraged to make lists - officially known as End of Life Care Registers - of people they believe are going to die soon and should be helped to do so in comfort," the paper said.

Doctors were asked specifically, according to the report, to pay particular attention to elderly patients who develop signs and symptoms of frailty or deterioration during routine consultations for surgery.

Worse, those who have been identified and put on the registers don't even know about it; the paper said despite the fact that 7,000 patients have been added to the lists, there doesn't appear to be any obligation for physicians to inform their patients of the decision.

So much for the time-honored tradition of a doctor doing no harm.

Do British physicians have crystal balls that can predict the future?

But what to expect, really? This is how a broke, overextended, over-promised 21st century Western-style government solves part of its budget problem: By denying the very benefits taxpayers (who are still paying for them, by the way) were guaranteed, just when they need them most.

Fortunately for English patients, some medical professionals in Britain still have some scruples; they are going public with their concerns (though they were prompted to do so after an earlier Daily Mail report disclosing that the country's National Health System requested doctors to put one in every 100 of their patients on the death registers).

Dr. Peter Saunders, of the Christian Medical Fellowship, warned about drawing up "quotas" for some patients. What, for instance, if they were wrong about the expected "death" timetable?

"We all know that doctors' estimates of patients' life spans can be sometimes accurate but sometimes wildly inaccurate," he said. "A skilled doctor can in the great majority of cases assess when a patient is within a few hours or days of death. However, once we start to talk about weeks or months we know that we can often be right, but equally very badly wrong."

The NHS is apparently pushing for the lists at a time when a cornerstone of the services' "end of life strategy," the Liverpool Care Pathway, "has come under fierce criticism from leading medical figures and families who believe their loved ones have been wrongly picked out in hospitals as dying," said the paper.

Another critic of the Pathway, NHS consultant Prof. Patrick Pullicino, called it a self-fulfilling prophecy and amounts to little more than assisted death.

Lame excuses - 'It does not mean they are automatically' going to die

Guidance for physicians says patients placed on the registers should be asked if they want to die at home instead of in a hospital so NHS can save even more money.

Patients are also being encouraged to create "living wills," which tell doctors to withhold feeding tubes if they become too sick to speak. Such patients are "less likely to be subject to treatments of limited clinical value," physicians have been told.

The end-of-life program director, Prof. Sir Mike Richards, said in the report that the campaign to enlist general practitioners "has reached its midpoint target of 1,000" as of August 2012.

"Patients can be placed on the GP End of Life Care register without their knowledge. However, being on this register purely means they have been identified as needing an end of life care plan," said the Department of Health. "It does not mean they are automatically placed on an end of life pathway. It does not mean they will not receive treatment."

The report said by the end of March, doctors had registers in operation that contained 7,723 names, of which 2,534 were diagnosed with illness other than cancer, while 3,531 patients had agreed to "advanced care planning," which can include agreeing to a living will.

A separate report by the paper said British hospitals spend less to feed patients than is spent by the government to feed prisoners.

Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

http://nation.foxnews.com

Leukemia and Lymphoma linked to Aspartame in new landmark study on humans

As few as one diet soda daily may increase the risk for leukemia in men and women, and for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men, according to new results from the longest-ever running study on aspartame as a carcinogen in humans. Importantly, this is the most comprehensive, long-term study ever completed on this topic, so it holds more weight than other past studies which appeared to show no risk. And disturbingly, it may also open the door for further similar findings on other cancers in future studies.

The most thorough study yet on aspartame - Over two million person-years

For this study, researchers prospectively analyzed data from the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study for a 22-year period. A total of 77,218 women and 47,810 men were included in the analysis, for a total of 2,278,396 person-years of data. Apart from sheer size, what makes this study superior to other past studies is the thoroughness with which aspartame intake was assessed. Every two years, participants were given a detailed dietary questionnaire, and their diets were reassessed every four years. Previous studies which found no link to cancer only ever assessed participants' aspartame intake at one point in time, which could be a major weakness affecting their accuracy.

One diet soda a day increases leukemia, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphomas

The combined results of this new study showed that just one 12-fl oz. can (355 ml) of diet soda daily leads to:

- 42 percent higher leukemia risk in men and women (pooled analysis)
- 102 percent higher multiple myeloma risk (in men only)
- 31 percent higher non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk (in men only)

These results were based on multi-variable relative risk models, all in comparison to participants who drank no diet soda. It is unknown why only men drinking higher amounts of diet soda showed increased risk for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Note that diet soda is the largest dietary source of aspartame (by far) in the U.S. Every year, Americans consume about 5,250 tons of aspartame in total, of which about 86 percent (4,500 tons) is found in diet sodas.

Confirmation of previous high quality research on animals

This new study shows the importance of the quality of research. Most of the past studies showing no link between aspartame and cancer have been criticized for being too short in duration and too inaccurate in assessing long-term aspartame intake. This new study solves both of those issues. The fact that it also shows a positive link to cancer should come as no surprise, because a previous best-in-class research study done on animals (900 rats over their entire natural lifetimes) showed strikingly similar results back in 2006: aspartame significantly increased the risk for lymphomas and leukemia in both males and females. More worrying is the follow on mega-study, which started aspartame exposure of the rats at the fetal stage. Increased lymphoma and leukemia risks were confirmed, and this time the female rats also showed significantly increased breast (mammary) cancer rates. This raises a critical question: will future, high-quality studies uncover links to the other cancers in which aspartame has been implicated (brain, breast, prostate, etc.)?

There is now more reason than ever to completely avoid aspartame in our daily diet. For those who are tempted to go back to sugary sodas as a "healthy" alternative, this study had a surprise finding: men consuming one or more sugar-sweetened sodas daily saw a 66 percent increase in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (even worse than for diet soda). Perhaps the healthiest soda is no soda at all.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23097267
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16507461
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17805418

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Eating a high-carb diet increases your chances of Alzheimer's, study finds

There are a number of reasons why a high-carb diet is not wise, but new research has added yet another reason why you cut down on the pasta: You are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

A new study that was recently released found that older adults who load up on carbs have close to four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment.

Researchers also said that sugars played a role in the development of MCI, which very often serves as a precursor to Alzheimer's, according to study results published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. By comparison, eating additional proteins and some fats can offer protection from MCI, USA Today said, citing the journal.

A team of scientists from Mayo Clinic tracked 1,230 people aged 70-89 and asked if they would provide information on what kinds of foods they at the previous year.

Stopping development of MCI is key

Among the group only the 940 people who showed no appreciable signs of cognitive impairment were asked to return in 15 months for follow-up examination. By the fourth year of the study, 200 of the 940 were beginning to show small signs of cognitive impairment, including problems with memory, judgment, thinking and language.

Lead author Rosebud Roberts, a professor in the department of epidemiology at the clinic, which is located in Rochester, Minn., said not everyone who develops MCI progresses to Alzheimer's disease, which affects some 5.2 million adults around the country. Those numbers are expected to triple by 2050, as Baby Boomers continue to age.

"The research field is trying to find things that can help reduce risk factors for pre-dementia problems," Roberts said, according to USA Today. "If we can stop people from developing MCI, we hope we can stop people from developing dementia. Once you hit the dementia stage, it's irreversible."

Among the foods regarded as complex carbohydrates: rice, pasta, bread and cereals. The digestive system turns them into sugars. Fruits, vegetables and milk products are simple carbs.

"A high-carbohydrate intake could be bad for you because carbohydrates impact your glucose and insulin metabolism," says Roberts. "Sugar fuels the brain, so moderate intake is good. However, high levels of sugar may actually prevent the brain from using the sugar - similar to what we see with Type 2 diabetes."

He said high sugar levels - which are prevalent in high-carb diets - could affect blood vessels in the brain, and might also play a role in the development of beta amyloid plaques, which are proteins that are toxic to brain health and are found in the brains of people who are affected by Alzheimer's. Scientists don't yet know what causes the disease; however, they do suspect a buildup of beta amyloid is a leading cause.

Study offers some hope

Here are some of the study's primary findings:

-- People whose diets were the highest in fat (nuts and healthy oils, for instance) were 42 percent less likely to develop cognitive impairment, while those who had the highest intake of protein (chicken, meat, fish) saw their risk reduced by 21 percent.

-- Many popular diets, including the Mediterranean (fish, protein from poultry and lots of plant-based foods and healthy fats) and Atkins (low-carb diet featuring plenty of meats), make pitches for multiple health benefits that are derived from lowering carb intake, which includes a reduced risk for heart disease, diabetes and improved brain health.

"This (study) is consistent with what we've seen in past published research on how a lower carbohydrate diet can help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's," Colette Heimowitz, vice president of Nutrition and Education for Atkins Nutritionals Inc., told the paper.

While there currently is no treatment for Alzheimer's besides drugs, Roberts said the study at least offers some hope because "it shows a modifiable way we can reduce risk for the disease.

"It is important to eat a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat," he added.

Sources:

http://www.usatoday.com

http://www.sfgate.com

Criminals planted electronic bugs in Barnes & Noble credit card readers; elaborate scam may have swiped thousands of cards

Advances in financial technology have become a double-edged sword in the 21st century, as it is being used more and more often against the very consumers it was developed to serve.

The latest example originates from major bookseller Barnes & Noble, which warned its customers recently to check their credit and debit card statements after finding out that criminals tampered with the chain's card readers in 63 stores around the country, according to CBS New York.

The report said that only one device in each store was tampered with, which affects fewer than one percent of all card readers in Barnes & Noble stores, according to a company news release.

After discovering the breach, the company says it disconnected all of the devices at its nearly 700 stores. Company officials discovered the tampering Sept. 14. It wasn't clear how many customers were affected.

The company said the FBI asked the chain not to disclose the system breach last month over fears that doing so would compromise the agency's investigation, according to CBS. A separate report by Reuters said the bookseller received so-called "safe harbor" letters from federal prosecutors - letters that "are used infrequently to allow law enforcement agencies to continue investigations secretly," the newswire service said.

'We live in an age of major information release'

Apparently, criminals planted bugs in the devices in order to steal customers' credit card and PIN numbers, Barnes & Noble said, adding that the tampering was a "sophisticated criminal effort."

Barnes & Noble, the nation's biggest bookseller, is currently working with federal law enforcement authorities, as well as banks, payment card brands and issuers, to figure out which customer accounts may have been compromised.

Customers are becoming increasingly leery of the technology. One female customer who was not named told WCBS, the New York City affiliate, that "we live in an age of a major information release and I don't think that any of us are protected against it."

"Credit card companies make an enormous amount of money from people switching over to computerized money and it's their responsibility to figure out how to do it safely but they're so profit-driven that they short cut," she said.

Incredibly, Barnes & Noble insisted its customer database is secure.

But the fact is that no customer databases are secure. The Barnes & Noble hack attack is just "the latest reminder of how crooks can steal consumers' financial information," the Chicago Tribune reported.

Just last year, the paper said, a number of customers of Michaels craft stores in the Chicago area said they also had money stolen from their bank accounts after hacking thieves swiped their debit card information.

Other technologies make consumers vulnerable as well. Consider the emerging use of cell phones as payment devices; while they are convenient, "mobile wallet" technology brings its own unique security concerns, especially given the fact that this part of the technology industry is in its infancy.

Hacker thieves looking for vulnerable targets

In all, nearly half the country's consumers - an astounding 42 percent - reported experiencing credit card fraud in the past five years, up from 32 percent in 2010, according to an October survey conducted by ACI Worldwide, a firm that supplies payment systems, and Aite Group, an advisory and research company.

The big retailers are increasing efforts to stave off hacker-thieves; but as they have, credit card fraudsters have begun targeting individual retail locations, which they believe are softer targets, Dan Glennon, senior vice president of marketing and strategy at Cybera Inc., a Nashville, Tenn.-based firm that sells point-of-sale security solutions to retailers, told the Tribune.

Single locations, as well as smaller retailers in general, are considered to be more vulnerable to hacking because thieves see them as less likely to have sophisticated anti-hacking security systems in place.

Larger retailers tend to have better security or a tech person on site who tracks and manages security profiles, said Glennon.

Vulnerability is the key, say cyber security analysts, and those who are vulnerable will continue to be hit.

Sources:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com

http://www.reuters.com

http://articles.chicagotribune.com

CDC brazenly tries to poison all pregnant women with whooping cough vaccines that we know don't even work

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which makes formal recommendations to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about vaccine guidelines, recently decided that all pregnant women should be vaccinated for whooping cough (pertussis). Defying up-to-date science showing that the vaccine does not even work, ACIP voted 14-0, with one abstention, to make it official U.S. government policy that pregnant women receive the jab, in order to supposedly pass on immunity to their babies.

This sudden policy change follows a similar decision by the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) to begin pushing pregnant Britons to get vaccinated for whooping cough as well, which is the only other vaccine besides influenza that health authorities now recommend for pregnant women. It also comes about one year after ACIP made a contradictory recommendation to begin administering the vaccine during pregnancy only to women who had not previously been vaccinated for the disease.

Since very few women -- fewer than three percent -- followed through with the CDC's earlier recommendations, the agency apparently decided to kick things up a gear by recommending that all women, regardless of vaccination status, receive a Tdap booster shot, which contains antigens for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. This recommendation comes despite the fact that the whooping cough vaccine admittedly does not provide lasting protection against the disease.

Whooping cough vaccine loaded with toxic additives that obstruct fetal development

After declaring, without any evidence, that the whooping cough vaccine is "safe" during pregnancy, Dr. Marc Siegel, an associate professor of medicine at New York University (NYU)'s Langone Medical Center, added in a recent announcement that immunity from the vaccine is passed directly from mother to child through her breast milk.

But what else is being passed through this breast milk? According to the prescribing information sheet for the Sanofi Pasteur Tdap vaccine Adacel, the combination jab contains a toxic mixture of formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, 2-phenoxyethanol, ammonium sulfate, and glutaraldehyde. Likewise, the GlaxoSmithKline Tdap vaccine Boostrix contains a blend of antigens adsorbed onto aluminum salts, as well as the adjuvants aluminum hydroxide and aluminum phosphate.

Formaldehyde, of course, was recently added to the National Toxicology Program (NTP)'s Report on Carcinogens as a known carcinogen, which means it causes cancer. And aluminum adjuvants, as many Natural News readers are already well aware, http://www.naturalnews.com.

Are these the types of ingredients pregnant women should be injecting into themselves while pregnant? Are these the types of ingredients pregnant women should be injecting into themselves at all? It is highly concerning that a CDC panel composed entirely of alleged medical professionals would advise all pregnant women to pump their muscles full of cancer-causing chemicals and aluminum-based adjuvants.

Whooping cough outbreaks affect mostly people that have already been vaccinated

These experts would probably claim that facing the potential side effects of the whooping cough vaccine and its toxic additives is worth the risk to protect children from contracting the disease. But as we have seen throughout the past couple years, the vast majority of those afflicted with whooping cough during recent outbreaks have been individuals that were already vaccinated for whooping cough, which proves the vaccine does not work.

No matter how you look at it, in other words, there is simply no scientific basis for urging pregnant women to get the whooping cough vaccine -- not now, not ever. Such advise is reckless and irresponsible at best, and appears to be nothing more than a product of greed and perhaps even eugenics.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_130634.html

http://www.reuters.com