First Link Between Potentially Toxic PFCs in Office Air and in Office Workers’ Blood
ScienceDaily (Jan. 18, 2012) — In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists are reporting that the indoor air in offices is an important source of worker exposure to potentially toxic substances released by carpeting, furniture, paint and other items. Their report, which documents a link between levels of these so-called polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in office air and in the blood of workers, appears in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology.—-Michael McClean and colleagues explain that PFCs, used in water-repellent coatings on carpet and furniture, may have adverse effects on human health. The substances are widespread in the environment and in humans around the world. Scientists know that potential sources of exposure include food, water, indoor air, indoor dust and direct contact with PFC-containing objects. But the link between levels in air and blood had not been explored previously, so McClean’s group set out to fill that gap with a study of 31 office workers in Boston.—They found concentrations of a PFC called fluorotelomer alcohol (FTOH) in office air that were 3-5 times higher than those reported in previous studies of household air, “suggesting that offices may represent a unique and important exposure environment.” In addition, the study found a strong link between concentrations of FTOH in office air and perfluorooctanoic acid (a metabolite of FTOH) in the blood of office workers. The results also suggested that workers in newly renovated office buildings may receive considerably higher doses of PFCs than workers in older buildings.–The authors acknowledge funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. –Story Source–The above story is reprinted from materials provided by American Chemical Society. —Note: Materials may be edited for content and length. For further information, please contact the source cited above.—-Journal Reference-Alicia J. Fraser, Thomas F. Webster, Deborah J. Watkins, Jessica W. Nelson, Heather M. Stapleton, Antonia M. Calafat, Kayoko Kato, Mahiba Shoeib, Verónica M. Vieira, Michael D. McClean. Polyfluorinated Compounds in Serum Linked to Indoor Air in Office Environments. Environmental Science & Technology, 2012; 46 (2): 1209 DOI: 10.1021/es2038257
Short, Sharp Shock Treatment for E. Coli
ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2012) — A short burst of low voltage alternating current can effectively eradicate E. coli bacteria growing on the surface of even heavily contaminated beef, according to a study published in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health. The technique offers an inexpensive and easy to implement approach to reducing the risk of food poisoning, which can occur despite handlers complying with hygiene standards.—Food poisoning is a serious public-health issue, especially with the emergence of lethal and highly virulent strains of Escherichia coli (E. coli O157:H7, for example). Infection with this bacterium causes serious diarrhea, dehydration, kidney problems and can lead to serious long-term problems or even be fatal in children, the elderly and people with pre-existing health problems. Tens of thousands of people are affected by E. coli infection each year through eating contaminated beef and other food products. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 2500 people are hospitalized and there are several dozen deaths each year.—Now, Ajit Mahapatra and colleagues at Fort Valley State University, in Georgia and Virginia Tech have demonstrated that applying a low-voltage alternating current to beef samples inoculated with large numbers of the potentially lethal E. coli O157:H7 can almost completely deactivate the bacterium, which is usually present on the surface of contaminated meat. The team points out that the level of contamination used in their tests far exceeded the contamination that would be seen in commercial carcasses after slaughter.—Previous researchers had demonstrated that electricity can kill bacteria effectively. The study by Mahapatra and colleagues proves efficacy against E. coli O157:H7 at low voltage and low alternating current. It offers a quick and easy way to decontaminate at-risk, but otherwise safe beef without recourse to microbicidal chemicals or other more complicated treatment processes.—Story Source-The above story is reprinted from materials provided by Inderscience Publishers, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. –Note: Materials may be edited for content and length. For further information, please contact the source cited above.—Journal Reference-Donna L. Harris, Ajit K. Mahapatra, Baron L. Jones, Govind Kannan. Efficacy of low-voltage AC for inactivating surface adherent Escherichia coli O157:H7 on beef. International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health, 2011; 4 (2/3/4): 214 DOI: 10.1504/IJFSNPH.2011.044624
SPECIAL NOTE—Remedy—So it would appear running A small cuurent of electricity to you foods may in fact assist in the prevention of pathogens that may infact creat a proble—so a good zapper or even a stunner set to low may in fact kill off any thing in the meats you are about to prepare
Dietary DHA Linked to Male Fertility
ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2012) — Who knew that male fertility depends on sperm-cell architecture? A University of Illinois study reports that a certain omega-3 fatty acid is necessary to construct the arch that turns a round, immature sperm cell into a pointy-headed super swimmer with an extra long tail.—“Normal sperm cells contain an arc-like structure called the acrosome that is critical in fertilization because it houses, organizes, and concentrates a variety of enzymes that sperm use to penetrate an egg,” said Manabu Nakamura, a U of I associate professor of biochemical and molecular nutrition.—The study shows for the first time that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is essential in fusing the building blocks of the acrosome together. “Without DHA, this vital structure doesn’t form and sperm cells don’t work,” said Timothy Abbott, a doctoral student who co-authored the study.–Men concerned about their fertility may wonder what foods contain DHA. Marine fish, such as salmon or tuna, are excellent sources of this omega-3 fatty acid.[U1]–The scientists became intrigued with DHA’s role in creating healthy sperm when they experimented with “knockout” mice that lack a gene essential to its synthesis. “We looked at sperm count, shape, and motility, and tested the breeding success rate. The male mice that lacked DHA were basically infertile,” Nakamura said.—But when DHA was introduced into the mice’s diet, fertility was completely restored. “It was very striking. When we fed the mice DHA, all these abnormalities were prevented,” he said.—The scientists then used confocal laser scanning (3D) microscopy to look at thin slices of tissue in progressive stages of a sperm cell’s development. By labeling enzymes with fluorescence, they could track their location in a cell.–“We could see that the acrosome is constructed when small vesicles containing enzymes fuse together in an arc. But that fusion doesn’t happen without DHA,” he said.–In the absence of DHA, the vesicles are formed but they don’t come together to make the arch that is so important in sperm cell structure, he noted.–Nakamura finds the role this omega-3 fatty acid plays in membrane fusion particularly exciting. Because DHA is abundant in specific tissues, including the brain and the retina as well as the testes, the scientists believe their research findings could also impact research relating to brain function and vision.–“It’s logical to hypothesize that DHA is involved in vesicle fusion elsewhere in the body, and because the brain contains so much of it, we wonder if deficiencies could play a role, for example, in the development of dementia. Any communication between neurons in the brain involves vesicle fusion,” he noted.–The Illinois scientists will continue to study sperm; meanwhile, Nakamura has sent some of his DHA-deficient knockout mice to other laboratories where scientists are studying DHA function in the brain and the retina.–This work was supported in part by a CONACyT Mexico fellowship award.–Story Source-The above story is reprinted from materials provided by University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The original article was written by PhyllisPicklesimer. -Journal Reference-M. Roqueta-Rivera, T. L. Abbott, M. Sivaguru, R. A. Hess, M. T. Nakamura. Deficiency in the Omega-3 Fatty Acid Pathway Results in Failure of Acrosome Biogenesis in Mice. Biology of Reproduction, 2011; 85 (4): 721 DOI: 10.1095/biolreprod.110.089524
Pesticide Illnesses and GM Soybeans-Ban on Aerial Spraying Demanded in Argentina
Coalition of doctors, health professionals and researchers demand ban on aerial spraying based on evidence documenting increase in pesticide-related illnesses since the introduction of GM soya. Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji——A network of 160 physicians, health workers and researchers in Argentina are demanding a ban on aerial spraying of pesticides based on increases in cancer and a range of pesticide-related illnesses since the introduction of genetically modified (GM) soybeans. These illnesses affect development, reproduction, the skin, as well as the immune, respiratory, neurological, and endocrine systems.–The network met in August 2010  and again in 2011. Following the 2010
meeting an important report was compiled linking agrochemical exposure to significant increase in illnesses including birth defects and cancers in and around areas where agrochemicals are used. Increasing illness parallels the introduction and spread of GM soybeans tolerant to Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup. —-The striking link between illness and pesticide use presented at the first meeting led the Network Of Physicians Of Drop-Sprayed Towns to propose a complete ban on all aerial sprayings of pesticides, a complete ban of pesticides of toxicological types Ia (defined as extremely hazardous) and Ib (highly hazardous), and a ban on other pesticide use within 1 kilometre of residential areas. They also questioned the current agro-industrial and transgenic production model, stating that other options for agro-ecological production should be promoted and developed by the State University.–The second meeting called on local and national government to ensure people’s right to good health instead of the rights of agribusiness and private proprietors that currently prevail, and repeated their call for a complete ban on aerial spraying.—The Argentinean communities’ fight for judicial, healthcare and governmental
recognition for health problems associated with pesticide use goes back 10 years. A summary compiled by non-governmental organisations and community residents is contained in the ‘Declaration of Caroya’. It documents  the “reduction in the average age and height” of residents in crop-sprayed towns “due to malnutrition”, and “decrease of the body’s natural defences.” In addition, “birth defects, mutagenesis, miscarriages, depression and suicide, disorders of the central nervous system and other neurological pathologies; disabilities, spina bifida, lupus, leukemia and other types of cancers; chloracne and other skin problems; asthma, allergies, and other respiratory and lung-related problems; male sterility and impotence; hormonal disruption and other hormonal disorders; diminished childhood development; prolonged febrile syndrome without focus; children’s increased vulnerability to pollutants; anemia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral ischemia, death..[U2]”—Alarming increases in birth defects, cancers, and other illnesses Public health officials have ignored ‘alarming notes coming from healthcare officials’ and consequently, very few epidemiological studies have been conducted. However the physicians (most of whom have been serving the same populations for over 25 years) have striking observational data that correlated with presentations and stories from people in the communities for a range of diseases associated with agrochemical exposure. They highlighted a systematic link between the unusual observations of recent years with this exposure. –The province of Chaco, where Dr Maria del Carmen Serveso heads a hospital intensive care unit, presented a devastating overview of rising illnesses in many towns. The illnesses include renal failure, birth defects in children of young mothers, cancers even in very young people, miscarriages, difficulty in becoming pregnant, respiratory problems and acute allergies; [U3]all linked by health teams to chemical contamination from agroindustrial farming recently imposed on the area replacing small-scale cotton farming and native forests. Respiratory illnesses were found to correlate with paraquat exposure.– One of the few epidemiological studies performed by Dr Gladys Trombotto, a geneticist from the University of Cordoba Maternity and Neonatal Unit, assessed 110 000 births over 10 years, and found a 2- and 3-fold increase in congenital and musculoskeletal defects respectively between 1971 and 2003 . Child cancer data presented by Dr Otaño backed up what other physicians found in their own observations – incidence of birth defect rates increased significantly. He recorded 15.7 cases/100 000 in 2007 compared with the pre-existent level of 10.5 cases/100 000 in 1985—. The strong correlation of pesticide exposure with incidence of illness was exemplified by the observation made in 2005 by members of the Córdoba’s Ituzaingó neighbourhood, showing a higher rate of cancer in residents living closer to the fields that are sprayed. — The doctors suspect that the scale of damage to human health caused by agrochemicals is not fully recognized. The numbers of miscarriages may be higher than recorded levels, and other neurological and psychological problems are not currently being assessed. Preliminary and small-scale tests of children under a year of age suggest the existence of such illnesses in agrochemical use zones. [U4]
Kidney Stones—How to Get rid of them!
If you have this condition then AVOID BEETS AND SPINACH AND ANY FOODS THAT WILL INCREASE OXALATE ACID AND OR URIC ACID—WHICH ARE THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF THISAsparagus-Parsley- Carrot—Spinach-Rhubarb-Chard-Beets-and Beet Leaves—Never mix with calcium or they will bind and cause the issue.are high in Oxalates
RØMagnesium supplementation (400 – 600 mg per day) may inhibit Calcium Oxalate crystal formation in the Urine (Magnesium increases the solubility of Calcium Oxalate) and may thereby help to prevent Kidney Stones: –The Urine of Kidney Stones patients often has a reduced Magnesium:Calcium ratio.
-Magnesium (combined with 100 mg Vitamin B6 per day) may cause partial elimination of Kidney Stones in 89% of Kidney Stones patients and total elimination in 79% of patients.-Magnesium supplementation may be very effective for preventing the reappearance of Kidney Stones in persons who have previously had Kidney Stones.
Manganese may help to prevent Kidney Stones.
Potassium may help to prevent Kidney Stones (by inhibiting the urinary excretion of Calcium).
Selenium (combined with Vitamin E) may help to prevent Kidney Stones (by lowering elevated urinary excretion of Calcium and Oxalic Acid).
RØCitric Acid may prevent recurrent Kidney Stones. –By consuming a good amount of citrus fruits will as well increase magnesium which will both balance out the kidneys and prevent or disperse kidney stones—-Another means would be to take citric acid powder and dissolve in water and add magnesium to it this will alleviate this —and as well some will take lemon juice and olive oil and mix 1 tablespoon of each in 2-3 oz of water and drink to assist with this and is also good for gall stones
Inositol Hexaphosphate (Phytic Acid) may help to prevent and treat Kidney Stones.
Phosphatidylcholine (PC) may prevent and dissolve Kidney Stones by emulsifying their constituent Lipids. Lecithin—Egg Yolk or Sunflower is preferred—utilizing this daily will as well increase phosphorus which will regulate the calcium and not allow it to build up
Vitamin B6 (10 – 100 mg per day) may prevent the formation of Kidney Stones caused by Hyperoxaluria (due to its role in the metabolism of Oxalic Acid).
ØVitamin C may prevent the formation of Kidney Stones: -Kidney Stones do not normally develop as a result of consuming Vitamin C supplements. Human studies have shown that 10 grams per day of supplemental Vitamin C for long periods did not initiate or cause any Kidney Stones.
Vitamin E (combined with Selenium) may help to prevent Kidney Stones (by lowering elevated urinary excretion of Calcium and Oxalic Acid).
RØWater (when consumed in quantities sufficient to produce 2 – 3 quarts of Urine daily) may prevent the formation of Kidney Stones—if flushing with a distilled or RO water or Ionized water this will break up the calcium deposit and dilute the acid allowing the system to break and remove the excess
These Foods/Herbs may Dissolve or Prevent Kidney Stones
Spirulina may help to prevent Kidney Stones and may help to prevent the damage to the Kidneys caused by Kidney Stones.
Fruit- AS you can see either consuming a good dose of the citrus fruits or even juicing at home will eliminate or prevent stone formation
Cranberry (juice) may help to prevent Kidney Stones.
Grapefruit (juice) may help to prevent Kidney Stones (due to the Citric Acid content of Grapefruit). references
Lemon (juice) may reduce the Pain of Kidney Stones and may facilitate their elimination.
Orange (juice) may help to prevent Kidney Stones (due to the Citric Acid content of Oranges).
Barley Water may reduce the pain of Kidney Stones—making a barley milk or barley broth will increase the phosphorus which will regulate calcium in the kidney displacing the excess calcium—
Blue Vervain may help to prevent and treat Kidney Stones. Buchu may help to treat Kidney Stones (according to folklore).
RØBurdock may help to prevent and treat Kidney Stones.
RØCollinsoni (Stoneroot) may accelerate the elimination of Kidney Stones. Cornsilk may break Kidney Stones up into fine grains which allows them to be eliminated (although it should be noted that Cornsilk has no effect on Oxalate Stones).
Equisetum (Horsetail) is claimed to provide relief from the symptoms of Kidney Stones.
Gravel Root is claimed to provide relief from the symptoms of Kidney Stones (according to anecdotal reports).
Green Tea may help to prevent Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stones.
Juniper Berries are claimed to provide relief from the symptoms of Kidney Stones (due to its Volatile Oil, Terpinen-4) (according to anecdotal reports).
Parsley (juice diluted in Water) may facilitate the elimination of Kidney Stones. Phyllanthus (Phyllanthus niruri species) may help to prevent and treat Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stones.
Pumpkin Seeds may reduce the incidence of Calcium Oxalate Stones.
RØParsnip may facilitate the elimination of existing Kidney Stones.-Juice this with parsely root or parsley and dandelion and will increase nutrient uptake and cleans the kidneys as well
[U1]Other dietary Sources of DHA are Sea Algae and—
(mg of DHA per 100 grams)
Algae: Brown Algae Red Algae
Eggs: Chicken Eggs 37 Omega Eggs 100
Chicken Egg Yolk 114
Fish Oils: Salmon Oil 18,200 Cod Liver Oil 11,000
Sardine Oil 10,700 Menhaden Oil 8,560
Herring Oil 4,210
Meats: Brains – Lamb Ox 0.32
Poultry: Chicken 40 Turkey 100
Seafood: Cod 160 Haddock 126
Halibut 250 Herring 1,080
Eel * Salmon * 1,290
Mackerel * 1,400 Trout *
Sardines * Anchovy 911
Caviar 3,800 Tuna 890
[U2]And this is just the tip of the iceberg here —this is what they know –this does not tell you what they do not know—this is a very elaborate way of wiping out and indigenious community without firing a bullet or wasting resources to eliminate a race or culture—and this is being done globally—MONSANTO = VATICAN—they Own Monsanto and started this company
[U3]Seems Like Bio Warfare to me—
[U4]I wonder who are the real terrorist here?religious zealots who you hear boo from or the silient but deadly chemical and agro megalith who bioterrorize indigenious people and take advantage of them who are not technologically at par—Makes you wonder eh!!
Show of the Week January 27 2012
BASF pulls out of European GM market
Liver and thyroid cancer rates rise
Shocking and Disturbed White Coats over exaggerates and sensationalizes false alarm on vitamin industry
Micronutrient combination may boost male fertility
Fertility and what to do to increase it—If you want to!!
BASF has announced it will pull the plug on its European operations in
genetically modified plant development due to a lack of acceptance in the market.[U1]
The German chemical and biotechnology company said it would relocate the headquarters of its BASF Plant Science group from Limburgerhof in Germany, to Raleigh in the USA.[U2] The company added that it will be concentrating its plant biotechnology activities on its main markets in North and South America in the future[U3]. The company added that its development and commercialisation of all GM products targeted solely at cultivation in the European market will be halted – these include four varieties of potato and one of wheat. We are convinced that plant biotechnology is a key technology for the 21st century. However, there is still a lack of acceptance for this technology in many parts of Europe – from the majority of consumers, farmers and politicians, said Dr. Stefan Marcinowski, a member of the BASF board of executive directors, responsible for plant biotechnology. It does not make business sense to continue investing in products exclusively for cultivation in this market ,he said. We will therefore concentrate on the attractive markets for plant biotechnology in North and South America and the growth markets in Asia. Acceptance for innovation? BASF cited a lack of consumer and industry acceptance as the main reason for its decision to halt European operations in GM products. [U4]It added that the decision to relocate to the USA was taken because there is less resistance to the technology. The announcement was celebrated by environmental campaign groups Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth: This is another nail in the coffin for genetically modified foods in Europe, said Adrian Bebb of Friends of the Earth. Whilst Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director Marco Contiero said the announcement shows that BASF admits Europeans don’t want GM crops. Europeans are not alone in rejecting GM food,” he added. “BASF’s retreat to the Americas follows a string of defeats for the industry over the last two years in China, India, the Philippines, Thailand and elsewhere. Over 90% of GM food crops are grown in just four countries in the Americas–However, the move by BASF has also been also been seen a major blow for science and innovation in the European market.[U5] Professor Denis Murphy of the University of Glamorgan, UK, warned that Europe is now in danger of becoming a scientific backwater and will be unable to assist developing countries the address food insecurity [U6]There is now a danger that we will lose, not only companies like BASF, but also academic researchers and students – as well as any influence that we have had previously in developing countries where we used to be major providers of assistance and expertise argued Murphy – an expert in biotechnology. BASF said it will adjust the portfolio and site footprint of its plant science to reflect the move. The chemical giant said the move to new headquarters for activities in the area of plant biotechnology at Raleigh in North Carolina will see the current HQ site in Limburgerhof, Germany retain 11 positions in some functions, such as regulatory experts for Europe. The division employees 157 people in Limburgerhof, plus another 63 at facilities elsewhere in Europe. BASF said it would relocate 123 of those jobs[U7] to the North Carolina facility. The company plans to close its sites in Gatersleben, Germany, and in Svalöv, Sweden. The announcement will mean a reduction of 140 jobs in BASF’s European operations. The company said it aims to offer the affected employees other positions within the BASF wherever possible. Our employees have done excellent work over the past years. We regret that we are losing these high-quality jobs in Germany and Sweden said Marcinowski
[U1]ABOUT &^%$# TIME!!! Now we need to get them out of Canada and the USA as well and while we are at it out of the planet
[U2]This really really really really is a disappointment—in plain English Blows—Why Would Raleigh allow BASF a foothold in the USA to further Poison America and Canada??
[U3]Not Sure this is Acceptable—Maybe we should boycott this—Send this to everyone in North America –I don’t want them in Canada—and I am sure a lot like myself are not wanting them here either or in the USA for that Matter–
[U4]I hate to say this the Euorpeans are a lot smarter then we are—they are getting rid of there poison we are going to allow it here —I am so excited—
[U5]What a crock –what this is really saying is Loss Profits to rape developing countries and poison them with noxious foods
[U6]Food Security??? With GE or GMO’s!? now they will at the least see the benefit of there health cost go down—this is why the EU is being hit economically
[U7]123 slaves to develop poisons to kill off people—lets call it what it is—BS
Liver and thyroid cancer rates rise
A “relatively large” increase in the prevalence of liver cancer, which is nearly 100 times less common than prostate cancer, has been reported by Statistics Canada.—The agency released its report, Canadian Trends in Cancer Prevalence, on Tuesday, calling it the first such detailed report of the trends in the country.–The five-year prevalence rate for cancer overall rose 2.1 per cent a year between 1997 and 2008, according to Statistics Canada. Wong Maye/Associated Press-Prevalence rates for prostate cancer, the most common cancer in Canada, rose substantially, mainly because of the aging of the population over the study period 1997 to 2008, according to the report.[U8] Increases in the prevalence of breast cancer, the second most common cancer and the most common in women, were “more moderate.” Prevalence is defined as all cancers diagnosed within a given period among people alive on a specified date. In contrast, “incidence” refers to newly occurring cases. The five-year prevalence rate for cancer overall rose 2.1 per cent a year between 1997 and 2008.
Liver cancer factors
Larry Ellison and Kathryn Wilkins of the agency’s health statistics division said both the incidence and observed survival rose over the study period, with only about 20 per cent of the increase in prevalence due to aging of the population.–Various explanations for rising liver incidence have been suggested, they said, including:
Increases in immigrants from countries where hepatitis B and C virus infections and exposure to aflatoxins that can lead to liver cancer are more common.
Rising incidence of hepatitis C infection linked to intravenous drug use and sharing of needles.
Growing rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.[U9]
Liver cancer was the least prevalent cancer studied, with a five-year prevalence proportion of 6.2 cases per 100,000 persons on Jan. 1, 2008. For perspective, the corresponding figure for prostate cancer was nearly 100-fold higher at 610 cases per 100,000 men, Statistics Canada noted.–Many countries have also reported increases in thyroid cancer [U10]incidence rates, especially among young and middle-age women. Advances in diagnostic techniques are thought to be a factor, though a recent U.S. study suggested more detection alone can’t explain the increase in that country, the authors said.–Radiological tests such as ultrasound and CT are picking up smaller lumps in the thyroid that aren’t visible in clinical exams and some of turn out to be malignant, said Dr. Ali Imran, director of the thyroid oncology and neuropituitary clinics at Dalhousie University in Halifax.–“Others have suggested a higher radiation exposure but that wouldn’t explain why it is commoner in women,” he added in an email.
Rates declined for cancers of the larynx and a type of uterine cancer.The biggest disparity between the sexes was for lung cancer. The five-year prevalence proportion fell slightly among men but rose among women — a difference that was attributed to sharper decreases in smoking prevalence among men since the mid-1960s[U11]
Suggestions—To Maximize Liver and Thyroid health Utilize Lugols Iodine as well as Tyrosine and Selenium—and the Use of Taurine + Milkthistle or Milk thistle and Vitamin C—Mame Teas with Sage and Rosemary as well—and consume sea weeds and watercress-parsley and dandelion as well—this will target anticancer os so many different levels
And Eliminate all Grains ( GMO) and other foods Like SOY and CANOLA ) Nothing packaged-boxed or bag with few exceptions
Shocking and Disturbed White Coats over exaggerates and sensationalizes false
alarm on vitamin industry
The supplement trade must do more to combat the threat of spiking with unauthorized drugs or its critics
will seize upon data unveiled on the Dr Oz show this week as further evidence that the industry is under-
regulated,[U12] experts have warned. Dr Alex Schauss, chief executive of contract research organization
AIBMR Life Sciences, was speaking following an investigation conducted by the Dr Oz show into spiking.
Tests conducted by James Neal-Kababick, director of Oregon-based Flora Research Laboratories as part
of the Dr Oz show investigation, revealed the presence of unauthorized active pharmaceutical ingredients
(APIs), including some banned and potentially dangerous APIs, in supplements sold via multiple channels
across the US. One supplement tested contained six times the levels of a drug banned by the FDA
because of deaths associated with its use, while analysis of others revealed the presence of
multiple banned APIs. Shocking and disturbing The findings were shocking and very disturbing and if
continued will undermine consumer confidence unless effectively addressed,[U13] claimed
Schauss, who has chaired the safety subcommittee of ComPLI (the Compliance and Label Integrity Committee
of the Natural Products Association) since 1991. The levels of some of the APIs in these products was off the
chart. But I think it also showed that this problem is not just limited to renegade supplement makers selling
products on the internet, but to products sold all over the US in every kind of channel. [U14]Unfortunate
lack of context However, it was unfortunate that a comment made by Neal-Kababick that nine out of 10 of his
samples tested positive for APIs or their analogs was not clarified by Dr Oz, who left viewers with
the erroneous impression that nine out of 10 supplements on the market were spiked with drugs,
said Schauss. It was not made clear that the figures referred specifically to samples sent to Neal-Kababick’s lab
because there were suspicions about them in the first place. It was also disappointing that comments
made by another guest on the show – associate professor of medicine at Harvard University, Dr. Pieter Cohen –
suggesting the solution was more regulation,[U15] were not challenged, said Schauss. He basically
proposed a system where everything is tested before it is allowed to be put on the market. But
that is not going to solve this problem. Anyone can send off a clean sample for testing – but is
it the same product that you actually put on the market?[U16]” Laboratories with the expertise and
experience to carry out forensic investigations Part of the problem was that rogue elements in the trade were
getting ever more sophisticated at fooling those conducting analytical tests, said Schauss. There needs to be
more help for people to know what methodologies they should be using to test for these substances and any
analogs. He added: The information on what to test for and how is available and should be made available to
stakeholders. It should be available to all QA/QC managers and directors. Manufacturers and distributors
should be utilizing contract analytical laboratories that have the expertise and experience to carry out forensic
investigations such as was performed for Dr Oz, if they don’t have the same quality of forensic capabilities.
Meanwhile, retailers could also do more to demand from manufacturers and distributors selling them products
to make sure this appropriate testing is done for any category of supplements where there is an economic
incentive to mislead the public about a product’s content[U17], he said. Neal-Kababick, who recently alerted
the trade to the I must say that I am seeing a rise in this problem not an abatement. Is that because more people
are forwarding samples for us to test or is it because unethical midnight manufacturers are catching on to the
opportunity? Regardless, we must remain vigilant, applying proper sampling plans and state of the art technology
combined with strong phytoforensic techniques to assure that spiked raw materials do not make
it into consume products[U18] Deliberate spiking or inadvertent contamination? Asked whether the APIs
detected in samples passing through his labs were the result of deliberate spiking or inadvertent contamination
due to poor supply chain controls, Neal-Kababick said: It’s both. We’re seeing more deliberate spiking with high
levels of APIs but also more samples with low level Contamination. In the latter case, this might be due to
manufacturers producing supplements in facilities that are also licensed to produce drugs, or where manufacturers
are making counterfeit drugs and then producing ingredients or dietary supplements out of the same facility,
he said. “Some of these companies use compressed air to clean up kit between batches – which can leave residues
– instead of properly washing down the facility and then validating the cleaning as per pharmaceutical standard
is sloppy manufacturing. He added: What is also worrying is that while most of the spiking is in weight loss, sports and
male virility products, we’re also seeing more in anti-diabetic blood sugar support products – where we have
detected anti-psychotic and blood pressure meds