FDA Approves Genetically Modified Salmon For Human Consumption


(PCM) The idea of any type of genetically modified food makes us feel kind of uneasy, however the FDA has now ruled that genetically modified salmon is safe for human consumption.

The agency has ruled that the fish is safe to eat despite the number of concerns from consumers about genetically modified food. In a statement the agency revealed “There are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon.”

The AquAdvantage Salmon are engineered by a Massachusetts-based company called Aquabounty and they claim that their fish grow twice as fast as normal salmon, so they reach the correct market size a lot quicker. The company was able to add a growth hormone found in Pacific Chinook salmon and engineer a way for the fish to produce the hormone all year long, by combining it with a gene from an eel-like fish called an ocean pout.

The company also claims that their fish provide a healthy alternative for consuming salmon without damaging the ocean. The FDA says that they have extensively tested and analyzed the genetically modified salmon and have determined that they are safe for humans to consume.

The part of this that is a little bit unnerving is that since the FDA found no solid differences between normal and engineered salmon they will not require the salmon to be labeled as being engineered when it hits store shelves. Therefore, you may not know that you are actually consuming genetically modified food.

There will be some guidelines put in place by the FDA for any retailers that do wish to label the salmon as being genetically engineered and some have vowed not to sell the salmon at all.


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The Pros and Cons of Vitamin Supplements

By: Jennifer Woods

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle means getting a good nutritional balance of the vitamins and minerals that the body needs to thrive. Often this can be done through a varied, sensible diet but for people not eating particularly well, those with certain medical conditions or those who want a little extra help in bulking up or losing weight supplements may be the way to give your body the nutrients that its missing. Because of their numerous health benefits, convenience and availability (most supplements can be bought over the counter without the approval of a healthcare provider) there was a reported 7.5% growth in nutritional supplements in 2009.

But despite their potential benefits, there are some practical and medical downsides of vitamin supplements too. People should never take any form of medication without fully understanding what it is for, how to take it correctly and knowing whether or not they actually need it. This is why it is important to consult a trained healthcare provider before taking supplements – although you may think you are doing your body a favour it might actually have the opposite effect. Here are some pros and cons to adding supplements to your diet.

(-) Excessive and unnecessary doses

People often don’t realise the specific amounts of vitamins and minerals within the foods they are consuming and may consequently use supplements to boost their nutritional intake unnecessarily. Taking excessive doses of certain vitamins can be dangerous and cause toxicities within the body’s organs and tissues – particularly the liver as it struggles to break down high amounts of various vitamins within the body. In a study carried out by Gustavo Castano, results indicated that a high intake of vitamin A can lead to liver failure and potential death.

Protein shakes are a popular supplement with athletes and body builders who want to bulk up and increase their muscle mass. But bearing in mind that the recommended daily allowance of protein is only 56g in men and that 3oz of meat sometimes containing 20g of protein, it can be easy to overdo it. The excess calories can cause athletes to actually gain fat rather than muscle. Understanding the nutritional value of the meals that you are eating is a good way to ascertain whether or not you need to add supplements to your diet at all.

(+) Beneficial for those with special diets

Some people have allergies to certain foods such as dairy products or may make the lifestyle choice to become a vegetarian. Things like this may make them deficient in certain vitamins and minerals and this is where taking supplements can be a great help. For example many vegetarians are often lacking in the vitamin B-12 which is found in meat. Inadequate amounts of this vitamin can lead to pernicious anemia so it is important to keep levels high even if you can’t or don’t want to eat the foods associated with it. Keeping levels of vitamin A, C and E high also means that you will be more protected against cancer and heart disease.

(-) Cost

Because they usually need to be taken daily, maintaining a vitamin supplement ‘diet’ can become expensive. Although the more basic capsule form of multi vitamins can be purchased for as little as $2, the more specialized, high dose forms of vitamin supplements can cost a lot more. Their value for money is somewhat questioned by a British newspaper suggesting that 75% of the vitamin C in supplements is lost in urine as the kidneys simply flush it from the bloodstream.

With protein shakes costing up to $20 for a premade carton and $50 for a DIY tub of powder, it can certainly be an expensive way to stay healthy.

It’s not just the intial outlay for your supplements either. Another area where you may find yourself out of pocket if you are taking PRESCRIBED supplements is when purchasing health insurance. According to one report, insurance companies are now able to look at a patients perscription history and determine from this what sort of ailments or ongoing conditions they may have. Many of us presume our medical history is between us and our doctors. But insurance companies have the rights to this information through numerous loopholes that you have to adhere to before purchasing health insurance. Therefore if you have an ongoing health problem or deficiency that means you need to take regular supplements, don’t be surprised if your health insurers know about it then hike up your premiums accordingly.

(+) Convenience

In today’s hectic, high paced culture, many of us struggle to find the time to cook a healthy, nutritious meal. Vitamin supplements are a good way of getting what we need quickly and with no stress. They are also great for kids who need essential vitamins and minerals to grow properly but may be fussy eaters. The convenience of protein shakes is also great for athletes who are advised to take a protein hit directly after a workout in order to instantly repair and replenish the muscles and stabilise blood sugar levels. A premade shake is easy to carry around and is absorbed by the body more quickly than a meal.

They are also easy to get hold of with many health stores and supermarkets selling them over the counter as well as online.

(-) May interfere with medication

Studies suggest that vitamin supplements may interfere with prescribed medicines for certain medical conditions and disorders as they cause medications to be metabolised at a different rate. One prime example of this is taking a vitamin D supplement alongside Atorvastain – a drug used for controlling high cholesterol. This is one of the reasons why consulting a healthcare provider before taking supplements is so important.

(+) Different forms

Adding supplements to your diet is easy as they come in all different forms. The most well known is pill or capsule form but some people struggle to swallow these and can therefore try the teas, concentrated liquids, powders or even chewable wafers. Different forms may be absorbed by the body at different rates. For example throat lozenges are thought to take longer while pills are absorbed more quickly.

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The Perfect Way To Keep A Summer Glow With Winter On It’s Way!


(PCM) Now that the temperatures have begun to drop it is a sure sign that winter is well on it’s way to arriving and it can wreak havoc on our bodies, especially our skin. One of the very best parts of summer is the gorgeous glow of tanned skin, however much like the beautiful summer weather, a flawless tan will surely begin to fade right along with the seasons.

Many of us wish there was a way to keep that healthy glow of beautifully tanned skin even in the depths of winter, but the thought of using many of the self-tanning products that are currently available can seem to be a bit tedious and messy. Some leave our skin looking streaky, while others seem to turn the skin to a strange orange-type color, however we were amazed by the results we got when giving Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid a try!

The product is incredibly simple to use and even comes with a self-application mitt that assures a completely even distribution of color. No more looking like something that crawled out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!  The Fake Bake provides a completely natural looking color and fades naturally, just like that of a regular tan. It also smells fantastic!  Most self-tanners have that odd, sort of chemical-like, smell, but Fake Bake smells almost tropical with some slight hints of coconut. It was very pleasing!

We also adored the fact that Fake Bake did not leave us feeling sticky and it did not rub off on our clothing or sheets when we applied it just prior to bedtime. We were pleasantly surprised by the results of using Fake Bake and would certainly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a way to keep that gorgeous summer glow anytime of the year. It would be perfect additional to any beauty regime and the perfect holiday gift for that special someone in your life who loves trying out new beauty products and adores natural-looking tanned skin!

Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid gets an A+ from us!

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Sherwin-Williams Debuts New Bacteria Killing Paint


(PCM) Paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams have debuted a revolutionary new paint that promises to kill 99.9% of bacteria it comes in contact with after a two hour time period.

They are calling the new product “Paint Shield” and according to Sherwin-Williams is the first EPA-registered microbicidal paint that continuously kills 99.9 percent of Staph, MRSA, E. coli and other bacteria after two hours of exposure.

The company say that this new paint will be a game-changer in coatings technology and there are already plans for it’s use in hospitals and nursing homes. Schools, public places and cruise ships are additional areas where this kind of paint/coatings technology is groundbreaking.

The “Paint Shield” will be released on the market in early 2016 and will sell for $84.99 per gallon. Our main question is just how long do the bacteria killing properties last in the paint before you would need to re-coat?

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It’s November 1st – World Vegan Day!

It’s November 1st – Have you hugged a Vegan today?

VeganNovember 1st isn’t just a day to recover from candy coma – it is also World Vegan Day, the kickoff for Vegan Awareness month. If that sounds familiar it’s because last month we celebrated Vegetarian Awareness for many of the same reasons that vegan awareness is important: going meat free (even some of the time) can have great benefits for your health and your budget – it can have global benefits, too.

But vegans deserve their own calendar month for taking vegetarianism to a whole new level. While there are many types of vegetarians, including those that allow certain kinds of animal meat (like poultry or fish) and/or animal products, vegans are vegetarians that avoid all animal products; meat, dairy, eggs, honey and even non-foods that are derived from animals – which can include anything from leather and wool to cosmetics and cleansers. Vegetarianism is best be described as a dietary choice; veganism is a lifestyle based on compassion for all living creatures.

The purpose of World Vegan day is to raise awareness about veganism, dispel myths (no, vegans are not all iron deficient and tired all the time) and share information. Though not everyone is ready or willing to be vegan, everyone deserves to make informed choices about what they buy and consume. For example, you might be surprised by how many of the products you encounter every day come from animals, or profit from animal cruelty.

Did you know that most cheese is not only not vegan, it’s not even vegetarian? The milk in cheese is solidified using an ingredient called rennet, which is taken from animal intestines (usually baby cows). This often comes as a shock to newly converted vegetarians and those of us who think a cheesy pasta bowl counts for Meatless Monday. Cheeses made without animal-based rennet such as cottage cheese, creamy-sweet ricotta or fresh Indian paneer are safe for vegetarians; there are also plenty of vegan cheese alternatives (also useful for people who are lactose intolerant, or who suffer dairy allergies).

Similarly, many processed foods and nutritional products (like supplement powders) include casein (a protein in dairy) or whey (a watery milk byproduct) which are off the menu for vegans. Other products you may not realize may contain animal parts include gelatin (made from collagen), refined sugar (manufacturers sometimes uses bone to process out impurities), anything with added omega-three oils (fish in your orange juice?) and raspberry-flavoring (just google it.) Even beer isn’t guaranteed vegan; sometimes animal products are used in the filtering process (something else to cry in your suds about).

Ingredients from animals are also common components in medicine, makeup, creams and lotions, flavorings, colorings, plastics, and so many other household and industrial commodities you could devote an entire website to the topic. Fortunately, many conscientious vegans have done just that. There are also blogs, books, magazines, and social networking groups dedicated to the vegan lifestyle. Even if you are not considering making the switch, these resources can help you look at your assumptions and consumption habits with a critical eye.

You can also find out more about veganism by asking questions of the vegans in your social circle, if they are open to it – but don’t pressure or argue or take their choices personally. Vegans often have to deal with discrimination and ridicule, but it is usually not a choice they entered into lightly.

There are other things you can do to support your vegan family and friends. Keep fresh fruits, vegetables and other whole foods in your pantry (it’s good for you, too!) and champion the local farms and businesses that provide them. Be open to trying plant-based dishes when dining with others, in vegan-friendly restaurants and households. Invite guests to contribute a meatless dish to your dinner party or, better yet, add vegan-friendly recipes to your cooking repertoire: a veggie casserole for the Thanksgiving table, vegan-cookies for the office. The holidays are coming, a time to focus on what unites us; you can help make the world a kinder place this month, and every month, by understanding and supporting commitment a vegan lifestyle entails.

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Hot Dogs Found To Contain Human DNA!


(PCM) A food analytic company called Clear Food has released the findings of their recent testing on a variety of different hot dog brands and have discovered some pretty stomach-turning information as a result. The company looked at 345 hot dog samples from 75 different hot dog and sausage brands and surprisingly discovered that 21 of those labeled vegetarian had the most issues.

They discovered that 10% of the hot dogs labeled vegetarian actually contained meat and a large portion contained human genetic matter or DNA! Human DNA was found in 2% of the hot dog samples overall, but in two-thirds of vegetarian samples. Yuck! This is definitely making us rethink our summer BBQ choices! Clear Food claimed that over 14% of all the hot dogs tested were problematic in some way to our overall health and well-being.

The company also discovered some gross inaccuracies on the hot dogs nutritional labels, such as the inclusion of meats such as chicken and lamb being found in some samples. Clear Foods did not reveal which brands of hot dogs scored the lowest during the testing process however they did provide some well-known brands with a Clear score which is a “representation of how closely a product’s label claims match its actual molecular contents.”

The brands with the highest Clear scores were Butterball, McCormick, Gardein, Eckrich and Hebrew National, however this report still makes us want to rethink consuming hot dogs all together!


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