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75% of American Samoans are obese

Samoa Air, the tiny local airliner in American Samoa, sparked a controversy by charging passengers by their weight. Since then it’s helped change the look of an island with the world’s highest obesity rate. Ben Tracy reports.

A study by Brown University in the US found American Samoan babies had excessive weight when born and continued to gain weight repidly after birth.

At 15 months, 38.6 percent of formula-fed boys were obese while only 23.4 percent of breast-fed boys were obese.

Co-author of a report on the study is Dr Nicola Hawley, a research fellow in the Alpert Medical School at Brown University and the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center.

Getting Rid of Roaches

Via Cerberus:

We were having a problem in our garage with Oriental Roaches (aka “waterbugs”) these are the big black roaches usually found outdoors in yards near water sources. They were coming in under the garage door this summer to escape the heat and search for water. These traps were excellent for attracting and traping these roaches. In fact, I was replacing them every couple of days because they were full of roaches and also spiders and other insects. Just be aware that traps of any kind are helpful in lowering a roach population, but they will not eliminate them. Traps are also very useful in gauging how big of a problem you have.
To rid yourself of the Oriental roach or other species of roaches, you will need Advion Cockroach Gel Bait by Dupont. This is a relatively low toxcicity bait that will wipe out a roach infestation. It can be purchased from a number of DIY pest control websites and is the same stuff used by the professionals. Also very important in roach control
is the following list of things you need to do in addition to the bait mentioned above:

***Don’t let them in. Cockroaches may enter houses via sewer connections, under doors, around utility pipes, air ducts, or other openings in the foundation. They love cracks and can squeeze in just about anywhere. Young roaches can fit into a space as thin as a dime. An adult male needs a crack about the thickness of a quarter. Attach well-fitting door sweeps. Fill holes where pipes disappear into walls with silicon sealant, steel/bronze wool. Search for cracks along foundations, baseboards, pipes, windows, vents, cabinets and doors and seal larger gaps and dust smaller cracks with Boric Acid. Install or repair window and door screens. Install fine mesh screens over vents, ducts and floor drains. Keep sink plugs over drains in sinks, showers, etc., which are not used often.

***Keep them away from food. A roach can find a snack just about anywhere. They eat crumbs, pet food, dead leaves and trash. Store food in tightly sealed containers or in the refrigerator and put pet food away overnight. Don’t leave open bags of food or candy lying around. Clean up spills and crumbs right away, especially from under appliances, and wipe all counters and tables after use. Rinse food and drink containers before disposal, empty trash and recycling frequently, and use trashcans with tight-fitting lids. Clean your dirty dishes right away and keep the stove grease and food free. Wash or replace sponges and dishrags often.

***Keep them thirsty. Roaches need water to live. Without it, they die within a week even though they can live up to a month without food. Fix dripping faucets. Water yards in the early morning, not at night when roaches are active. Don’t over water yards. Prevent condensation from your A/C unit from pooling near your foundation.

***Make it hard for them to hide. Roaches spend most of their lives hiding. If roaches can’t hide, they’ll find someplace else to live.
Move woodpiles, stockpiled bricks and other clutter away from outside walls. Raise boxes and stored items off your garage floors and away from walls. Take your recycling out promptly; avoid letting old food cans, stacks of newspapers or magazines pile up. Use a light dusting of Boric Acid under appliances, under sinks, cupboards and other low lying areaas where roaches like to hide.

Monster Energy Drink Linked to Five Deaths, FDA Investigates


The Food and Drug Administration is investigating five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack that may have been caused by Monster Energy Drink, a highly caffeinated beverage.

According to the reports being analyzed, people have had adverse reactions after consuming the popular drink, which contains 240 milligrams of caffeine – seven times the amount of caffeine found in a 12-ounce cola. The drink is packaged in a 24-ounce can.

Further: Are Energy Drinks Dangerous for Kids?


Worlds Biggest Bicep

Egyptian bodybuilder Moustafa Ismail now holds the ‘biggest biceps’ title in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The record, however, is in doubt:

Guinness World Records spokesman Chris Sheedy told ninemsn the company was now reviewing Ismail’s title.

“Regarding the record for ‘Largest Biceps’, Guinness World Records is conducting new research with medical specialists to review this category and determine whether we may need to make any changes to the outcome of the record,” he said.

Mr Sheedy said Guinness did not run tests on Ismail to determine if his muscles were achieved naturally because “our role, so far at least, is simply to record extremes”.

“One of the biggest issues for us is that the public naturally expects Guinness World Records to report all extremes,” he said.

“So the largest upper arm circumference on a human being is of interest biologically and we are expected to know who those arms belong to.

“Of course, at the time of measuring we believed Mo had not been utilising any performance enhancing drugs, and he still very publicly claims this to be the case.”

 

Study: Sexual arousal overrides disgust

Feelings of Disgust and Disgust-Induced Avoidance Weaken following Induced Sexual Arousal in Women – such is the title of a study by the Department of Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.

Methodology
Participants were healthy women (n = 90) randomly allocated to one of three groups: the sexual arousal, the non-sexual positive arousal, or the neutral control group. Film clips were used to elicit the relevant mood state. Participants engaged in 16 behavioural tasks, involving sex related (e.g., lubricate the vibrator) and non-sex related (e.g., take a sip of juice with a large insect in the cup) stimuli, to measure the impact of sexual arousal on feelings of disgust and actual avoidance behaviour.

Principal Findings
The sexual arousal group rated the sex related stimuli as less disgusting compared to the other groups. A similar tendency was evident for the non-sex disgusting stimuli. For both the sex and non-sex related behavioural tasks the sexual arousal group showed less avoidance behaviour (i.e., they conducted the highest percentage of tasks compared to the other groups).

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Women in the “aroused group” said they found both the unpleasant tasks and the sex-related tasks less disgusting than women in the other groups. They also completed the highest percentage of the activities, suggesting that sexual arousal not only decreases feelings of disgust, but directly affects what women are willing to do, the study shows.

Daniel R. Kelly, an associate professor of philosophy at Purdue University and author of the book “Yuck! The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust” who was not involved in the study, explained that disgust is an “extension of our immune system” that helps prevent people from getting infected by making them wary of things, like bodily fluids, that potentially carry disease or make people vulnerable.

“Disgust is an emotion,” he explained. “What it’s there for, primarily, is to protect us against eating things that might poison us, or coming into close physical proximity to things that might carry infections. That’s its mission.”

David Buss, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas Austin and author of “Why Women Have Sex,” called disgust a “huge issue for women.”

“Women show far more disgust and especially sexual disgust, than men,” he said.

Buss concurred with Kelly that the findings of what “is very likely an evolved psychological defense.”

“It helps to protect women from having sex with the wrong men, such as men who might communicate diseases, men who show signs of a high ‘parasite load,’ men who have poor hygiene and so on,” he said.

What is interesting about the new Dutch paper, the two experts agreed, is that it suggests the mission to avoid the potentially “dangerous” parts of sex takes a backseat when women are aroused. “Sexual arousal can override disgust,” Buss said.

Psychedelic Drugs used to help terminally ill patients

Via the NY Times: How Psychedelic drugs can help patients face death:

“I think it’s kind of goofy,” Halpern says, “but the thinking is that with the aid of the psychedelic, you may come to see the object in a different light. It may help bring back memories; it promotes introspection, it can be a touchstone, it can be grounding.”

Sakuda brought a few pictures of loved ones, which, Grob recalled, she clutched in her hands as she lay back on the bed. By her side were Grob and one of his research assistants, both of whom stayed with the subjects for the six-to-seven-hour treatment session. Sakuda knew that there would be time set aside in the days and weeks following when she would meet with Grob and his team to process what would happen in that room. Black eyeshades were draped over Sakuda’s face, encouraging her to look inward. She was given headphones. Music was piped in: the sounds of rivers rushing, sweet staccatos, deep drumming. Each hour, Grob and his staff checked in with Sakuda, as they did with every subject, asking if all was O.K. and taking her blood pressure. At one point, Grob observed that Sakuda, with the eyeshades draped over her face, began to cry. Later on, Sakuda would reveal to Grob that the source of her tears was a keen empathetic understanding of what her spouse Norbert would feel when she died.

Grob’s setup — the eyeshades, the objects, the mystical music, the floral aromas and flowing fabrics — was drawn from the work of Stanislav Grof, a psychiatrist born in Prague and a father of the study of psychedelic medicine for the dying. In the mid-’60s — before words like “acid” and “bong” and “Deadhead” transformed the American landscape, at a time when psychedelics were not illegal because most people didn’t know what they were and thus had no urge to ingest them — Grof began giving the drug to cancer patients at the Spring Grove State Hospital near Baltimore and documenting their effects.

Grof kept careful notes of his many psychedelic sessions, and in his various papers and books derived from those sessions, he described cancer patients clenched with fear who, under the influence of LSD or DPT, experienced relief from the terror of dying — and not just during their psychedelic sessions but for weeks and months afterward. Grof continued his investigations into psychedelics for the dying until the culture caught up with him — the recreational use of drugs and the reaction against them leading to harsh antidrug laws. (Richard Nixon famously called Timothy Leary “the most dangerous man in America.”) Financing for psychedelic studies dried up, and Grof turned his attention to developing alternative methods of accessing higher states of consciousness. It is only now, decades later, that Grob and a handful of his fellow scientists feel they can re-examine Grof’s methods and outcomes without risking their reputations.

Common Food Industry Toxic Ingridients

From Natural News:

The United States has several major regulatory agencies and “cancer prevention” organizations which have not only been suppressing natural cancer cures for 70 years, but have been approving, supporting, endorsing and profiting from cancer-causing agents in food, beverages and cosmetics since World War II.

1. Sodium Benzoate: This stealthy killer flies under most people’s radar, and is found in just about everything in jars and bottles, like salad dressing, pickles, sauces, mayonnaise, almost all soda and juice drinks, and even in foods labeled as “all natural.”

2. Canola Oil: This artificial, Canadian-exported GMO is super popular and is found in over 30% of all products. It chokes out your mitochondrial cells. Canola oil is really rapeseed oil and can cause emphysema and respiratory distress, eventually leading to cancer.

3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): The FDA allows 20 “pseudo” names for it including autolyzed yeast extract, free glutamate, glutamic acid, soy lecithin, calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed corn, hydrolyzed soy protein, and maltodextrin to name a few. Just because a product says “No MSG” doesn’t mean it’s not in there!

4. Sodium Nitrates (nitrosamines): Used for fertilizers and explosives, and as a solvent in the dry cleaning industry. This ingredient keeps hemoglobin molecules in your blood from carrying oxygen to your body tissues. It’s considered a “super salt” (like MSG) added to things like hot dogs, cold cuts and bacon for added shelf-life, color and flavor. Problems compound when microwaved.

5. Margarine: The body cannot incorporate trans-fatty acids into membranes, thus causing deformed cellular structures. Vegetable shortening and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils accelerate aging and degenerative changes in tissues.

6. Anti-foaming agents: (Dimethylpolysiloxane) An industrial chemical used in caulks and sealants. This component is mostly used in fast food chicken nuggets and eggs. Also watch for TBHQ, a petroleum derivative, used as a stabilizer in perfumes, resins, varnishes and oil field chemicals, and linked to stomach tumors and DNA damage.

7. Anti-caking agents: Chemicals that absorb moisture and prevent other compounds from sticking together. These are added to table salt and powdered food products. They are often composed of phosphate, carbonate, silicate and oxide compounds which contain aluminum. Watch for sodium alumino-silicate, alumino-calcium silicate and aluminium silicate. Aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s and is also used in flu shots and vaccines.

8. Artificial colorings: Synthetic petrochemicals made from petroleum, antifreeze and ammonia. Blue #1 causes kidney tumors in mice. Red #2 and Blue #2 cause brain and bladder tumors in rats. Red #3 causes thyroid cancer in animals, and is banned in cosmetics, but still allowed in food. Red #40 debilitates the immune-system. Green #3 causes bladder and testes tumors. Yellow #5 and #6 cause adrenal tumors in animals.

9. Emulsifiers: Carrageenan, polysorbate 80 and brominated vegetable oil (BVO). These are stabilizing, smoothing and thickening agents. They are typically found in chocolate milk, cottage cheese, ice cream, infant formula and jelly. BVO remains in body fat for years. Polysorbate 80 is also found in most vaccines.

10. Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame, Acesulfame K, Sucralose, Sorbitol, Truvia, and of course, Saccharin. Because they taste sweet, these chemical sweeteners trick the body into ingesting them and holding on to them for extended periods of time, turning rancid in the body fat. Fake sugars are the “Trojan horses” of the cell-choking and mutating, food agent industry. Sorbitol is also found in many vaccines.

The truth behind “Water or Coke?”

A chain message currently going viral on Facebook contains accurate statements about water, but some old urban legends and false statements about the soda Coca Cola.

WATER or COKE – Can you believe this….? Not even about the sugar!

WATER
#1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (also applies to half the world population)
#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as 3%.
#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
#8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?

COKE
#1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.
#3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the ‘real thing’ sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
#4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
#5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion. Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
#7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
#8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
#1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches
calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.
#2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
#3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

So the question is, would you like a glass of water? or Coke?

These claims have been reviewed by Snopes.com and determined to be False.

Many of the entries above are just simple household tips involving Coca-Cola, as provided by Joey Green in his 1995 book Polish Your Furniture with Panty Hose and on his web site. That you can cook and clean with Coke is relatively meaningless from a safety standpoint ? you can use a wide array of common household substances (including water) for the same purposes; that fact alone doesn’t necessarily make them dangerous to ingest. Nearly all carbonated soft drinks contain carbonic acid, which is moderately useful for tasks such as removing stains and dissolving rust deposits (although plain soda water is much better for some of these purposes than Coca-Cola or other soft drinks, as it doesn’t leave a sticky sugar residue behind). Carbonic acid is relatively weak, however, and people have been drinking carbonated water for many years with no detrimental effects.

The rest of the claims offered here are specious. Coca-Cola does contain small amounts of citric acid and phosphoric acid; however, all the insinuations about the dangers these acids might pose to people who drink Coca-Cola ignore a simple concept familiar to any first-year chemistry student: concentration. Coca-Cola contains less citric acid than orange juice does, and the concentration of phosphoric acid in Coke is far too small (a mere 11 to 13 grams per gallon of syrup, or about 0.20 to 0.30 per cent of the total formula) to dissolve a steak, a tooth, or a nail overnight. (Much of the item will dissolve eventually, but after a day or two you’ll still have most of the tooth, a whole nail, and one very soggy t-bone.)

Besides, the gastric acid in your stomach is much stronger than any of the acids in Coca-Cola, so the Coca-Cola is harmless.

The next time you’re stopped by a highway patrolman, try asking him if he’s ever scrubbed blood stains off a highway with Coca-Cola (or anything else). If you’re lucky, by the time he stops laughing he’ll have forgotten about the citation he was going to give you.

McDonalds stops using “pink slime” meat in their hamburgers

This picture of what appears to be a pink boa constrictor has been making the rounds on the internet for about a decade because the pink stuff is actually meat and it’s actually in most of the meat products any meat eater enjoys.


Mechanically Separated Chicken, from Fooducate, via Early Onset of Night

The “pink slime” is mechanically separated meat that has been blended and washed with ammonium hydroxide – an ingredient in fertilizers and household cleaners that acts as as an anti-microbial agent, killing potentially harmful bacteria in the meat.

In an action credited to UK television chef and activist Jamie Oliver, McDonalds has announced that it will remove the pink slime from their ingredients.

The filler product made headlines after he denounced it on his show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

‘Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold at the cheapest form for dogs and after this process we can give it to humans’ said the TV chef.
Jamie showed American audiences the raw ‘pink slime’ produced in the ammonium hydroxide process used by producers named Beef Products Inc (BPI).
‘Pink slime’ has never been used in McDonald’s beef patties in the UK and Ireland which source their meat from farmers within the two countries.

Now after months of campaigning on his hit US television show McDonald’s have admitted defeat and the fast food giant has abandoned the beef filler from its burger patties.

US Department of Agriculture microbiologist Geral Zirnstein agreed with Jamie that ammonium hydroxide agent should be banned.

Just like any corporation that bends to public outcry, McDonalds says this move had nothing to do with anything except what they feel like doing right now. Previously they quietly deleted the Supersize option from their menu after the Morgan Spurlock documentary Super-Size me gained attention.

Todd Bacon, McDonald’s senior supply chain officer, told the Daily Mail that the decision “was not related to any particular event, but rather to support our effort to align our global beef raw material standards.”

In a statement, McDonald’s clarified that it stopped using “select lean beef trimmings” — its preferred term for scrap meat soaked in ammonium hydroxide and ground into a pink meatlike paste — at the beginning of last year.

“This product has been out of our supply chain since August of last year,” it said.

Sarah Prochaska, a registered dietitian at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, said that ammonium hydroxide is widely used in the U.S. food industry but that consumers may not be able to know what products include it because the USDA considers it a component in a production procedure — separating scrap meat — and not an ingredient that must be listed on food labels.

Other food additives used by man food producers include the following…

food additives that we get to consume! God bless the future!

carmine: red food coloring chemical that comes from small red insects called Cochineals. The bug’s shells are ground up form the basis chemical composition for red food dye. Female Lac beetle secretions are used to make shellac (wood varnish), and also as the glaze on shiny candies, like skittles or the sprinkles on your cup-cake

propylene glycol: chemically similar to some anti-freeze; prevents frozen foods from freezing too solid; in ice-creams and similar treats

L-cysteine or cystine: dough enhancer that comes from hair, feathers, hooves

silicon dioxide: sand. used as anti-caking agent, in salts, spices, anything powdery; also in Wendy’s chili as an anti-caking agent.

beaver anal glands: used to enhance sweet flavors; listed in vanilla and other ice-creams as castoreum, also in raspberry candies; small amounts do not have to be listed in ingredients

methylparaben: in wines, soft drinks, juice concentrates; this additive originates in the vaginas of female dogs in heat.

ammonium sulfate: provides nitrogen for the yeast in breads to help them rise and for a more consistent product; also a chemical fertilizer

beef fat: in just about all Hostess products

coal tar: #199 on the U.N. list of dangerous goods. used to make Allura Red AC iused in red candies, red sodas, pretty much anything sweet and red. red gummy bears ftw.

Deaths linked to Neti-pots used with Brain-Eating Amoeba in Tap Water

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued its warning following a second death this year caused by Naegleria fowleri, the so-called brain-eating amoeba.

It follows two recent deaths – a 51-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man from the ‘brain-eating amoeba’ Naegleria fowleri.

It is thought the amoeba entered their brains when they used the devices with tap water, which both were reported to have done.

Dr Raoult Ratard, Louisiana State Epidemiologist, said: ‘If you are irrigating, flushing, or rinsing your sinuses, for example, by using a neti pot, use distilled, sterile or previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution.

Professionals direct that it is important to use distilled or sterilized water and rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave open to air dry. ‘Tap water is safe for drinking, but not for irrigating your nose.’

Via Seattle PI:

According to Livescience, the deadly amoeba is not generally dangerous unless forced into the sinuses where it can then easily attack the brain. Once a person is infected, they contract a neurological disease that destroys neural tissue. The victim then dies in a few days.

The disease, while rare, is most commonly contracted after inhaling water from a lake, pond or river. If investigators confirm the two victims died after using tap water from a neti pot it will be the first time the disease has been contracted from tap water.

Beware the symptoms:

DHH said the amoeba causes the disease primary amebic meningoencephalitis, a brain infection that leads to the destruction of brain tissue. In its early stages, symptoms may be similar to symptoms of bacterial meningitis and can include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and stiff neck. Later symptoms include confusion, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations.

After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly and usually causes death within one to 12 days.