Tests of Protein Powders and Drinks Show Some Lead Contamination

Nutritional Health
New tests by one of my favorite natural medicine web sites, ConsumerLab.com, found most protein powders, shakes and drinks to meet their nutrient claims, but two products were contaminated with lead (6 to 18 mcg per day) and a third product contained four extra grams of sugar. The report provides test results for twenty products including those used for body building, meal replacement, sports recovery/endurance, and dieting. "What sets these products apart from other types of supplements and energy foods is protein — typically about 10 to 30 grams per serving," said Tod Cooperman, MD, President of ConsumerLab.com. Adults need about 60 grams of protein per day and more if physically active. “Fortunately, none of the products were found to contain melamine, a cheap and toxic substitute for protein, but…
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Misinformation About Vaccine Safety Puts Kids at Risk of Illness

Children's Health, Parenting
Vaccine Myth #1: Vaccines Cause Autism Misinformation About Vaccine Safety Puts Kids at Risk of IllnessAbout one-third of U.S. parents surveyed had delayed or refused early childhood immunizations. As I've told you in previous blogs, this is a decision that can potentially harm your child and his or her friends. Here's a report from HealthFinder that confirms my beliefs: Physicians report that children who don't receive recommended vaccine doses by the time they're 2 years old are at risk of developing a variety of diseases. But some anti-vaccine activists contend that the shots can cause side effects, including autism, although health officials say repeated studies have failed to uncover such a link. For this study, researchers analyzed the results of a 2008 national survey of parents and health-care providers and…
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Post-Abortion Women Four Times More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol

Bioethics, Mental Health, Woman's Health
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Manitoba finds women who have had abortions are about four times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as those who carried their pregnancy to term. The authors confirmed a link between abortion and the substance abuse issues. This study adds to the risks that we now know occur in women who have previously had an abortion (as opposed to a miscarriage), including mental health issues (especially depression) and, possibly, breast cancer. Before I share the details of this new study, I want to say something very important. If you are one of the many women who has a secret abortion in your past, in no way do I intend to judge or condemn that choice. But, rather, I want…
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