"Tainted Meat: The Sickening of Stephanie Smith" in today's New York Times health section looks at how the meat industry is allowed to police itself while feeding untested meat scraps, or "trim," into supposedly tested ground beef supplies before selling to the customer.

Unfortunately, the US House of Representatives has already voted to pass a bill that makes it harder for small and organic food producers to compete with the industrial food giants that source some of the worst food-borne illness outbreaks.

Stephanie Smith, a 20 year-old dance instructor, became violently ill after eating a single home-cooked beef hamburger made from tainted beef. Stephanie Smith, a 20 year-old dance instructor, became violently ill after eating a single home-cooked beef hamburger made from tainted beef. Stephanie is now in a wheelchair and may never walk again. How can one meat sandwich do this to a healthy young woman?
...continue reading "Tainted Food and the Food Industry"

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On March 23, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked Irvington, N.J.-based Westco Fruit and Nut Co., Inc. (Westco/Westcott) to voluntarily recall all of its products containing peanuts from Peanut Company of America (PCA) because of the contamination threat. Incredibly, Westco/Westcott refused. On April 8, 2009, the FDA served Westco/Westcott with an inspection warrant in an attempt to gain access to the company’s distribution records.

On April 27, 2009, at the request of the FDA, U.S. Marshals seized $34,500 worth of PCA peanuts and products containing PCA peanuts at Westco/Westcott because of possible Salmonella contamination. Not long after, PCA went bankrupt and declared it could not afford to warn or reach any of its customers.

This short video looks at the anatomy of a peanut outbreak. It may be of interest to older adults as well as to families with small children aqnd to pet-owners who may handle peanut-contaminated food. It may be especially relevant for people who have reduced immune systems.

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK (wmv file 5:26 -- will open as video in Windows Media Player, or save to disk)

LINKS

FDA's Peanut Products Recall & Investigation

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JUly 7, 2009. A large, long-term study in the U.K. has found that people who eat fish or who are vegetarians are less likely to develop cancer than people who describe themselves as meat-eaters. Surprisingly, for some types of cancer, risk was lower for those who ate fish than for strict vegetarians. ...continue reading "Fish Diet Beats Vegetarianism for Cancer Prevention"

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Men with prostate cancer who consumed the active compounds in green tea demonstrated a significant reduction in serum markers predictive of prostate cancer progression, according to results of a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

...continue reading "Green Tea May Affect Prostate Cancer Progression"

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Pomegranate
Pomegranate

Pomegranate juice may slow the progression of post-treatment prostate cancer recurrence, according to new long-term research results presented at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA), April 2009.

Researchers found that men who have undergone treatment for localized prostate cancer could benefit from drinking pomegranate juice by seeing a significant slowing of the rate of rising in their PSA (prostate specific antigen).
...continue reading "Pomegranate juice may benefit men treated for localized prostate cancer"

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Members of a prostate cancer support group in Englewood, Florida, according to a story in the local Sun newspaper, harvest seaweed from area beaches as a remedy for the disease.

"It's not a substitute for conventional medicine, but an addition that gives relief when other remedies don't work fast enough," said Winsor Eveland, facilitator of the Englewood Man to Man group.

Captain Eveland does not have prostate cance -- he is a healthy man. In a story in the local newspaper about his seaweed harvest, Mr. Eveland doesn't venture to name any specific aspect of prostate cancer that he believes is helped by the seaweed. This is his story. When Eveland moved to town 21 years ago, the retired Navy captain met so many people with prostate cancer that he thought he'd better attend meetings at a local support group. The Englewood group is one of many around the nation sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Captain Eveland remains cancer-free and credits his health, in part, to what he learned at those meetings. In addition, he now runs a business, Savory Sun, doing research and development on vegetarian foods and protein alternatives such as meatless hot dogs and bologna.

At the Man to Man meetings, he listened as men and their caregivers exchanged ideas about how to treat the disease.

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