Category Archives: Consumer Safety

Our Food is Making Us Fat and Causing Disease

As I walk down the aisles of supermarkets today, I note the ever increasing beautifully packaged products. I’m also aware the consumer has greater choice in canned, bottled and packaged products. Then I reflect to when I was a kid going through the grocery stores of the times. I instantly recall the processed food selections were few in comparison. And the canned foods I enjoyed during my youth compared to the similar products today has (more…)

Are Energy Drink Stimulants Cause for Concern?

Fizzy Energy Drinks Taste Good, But are They Good for Us? So what is considered as safe consumption of energy type products including sodas and coffee? These recommendations vary, but a good average across the board looks to be: adults around 400mg/day, pregnant women below 300mg/day. A five-year old child, no more than 1 soda/day at 45mg caffeine (at the most) and this would mean no chocolate, tea, or any other food source with caffeine (more…)

Carbon Trading, “Your Money or Your Life”

Biking A Dual Purpose – Reduce Carbon Foot Print and Receive Fitness Benefit in the Great Outdoors     Carbon Trading (or emissions trading) is an administrative approach used to control pollution by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of pollutants, and is sometimes referred to as “cap and trade”.  A central authority (usually a government or international body) sets a limit or cap on the amount of a pollutant that can be (more…)

Bilk the Milk

    Is rBST and rBGH enhanced milk safe?  Recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) and recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) are bioengineered versions of BST and BGH naturally produced in cows.  These synthetic hormones, when injected into cows will increase milk production by 10% or a gallon or more per lactation cycle.  The increased production of milk, transfers into saving for the consumer and bigger profits for the farmers.  rBST and rBGH enhanced milk is also cheaper (more…)

41 Drugs to Die For

Prescription Drugs “Can” be a Bit Like Rolling the Dice in Vegas A great consumer safety concern with the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) drug approval process is the sheer number of manufacturer products coming to market. Before pharmaceuticals come to market there is an extensive FDA safety-approval process where billions of R&D (Research & Development) dollars are spent to ensure consumer safety.  However, It is also true that much of the FDA’s budget is greatly dependent upon the pharmaceutical products and services industries.  The pharmaceutical industry also sustains 10’s (more…)

Cholesterol Dietary Guidelines

Walk, See, Exercise… A Great Way to Live Life to the Fullest     Many of today’s adults and children are not only overweight, but outright obese.  During my days as a kid the only obese people I recalled seeing around were adults between the ages of 30 and above.  In contrast, you see obesity and hear about high blood cholesterol as a problem for many more people today.  And much of our ill-health problems are (more…)

Epidemiology Provides Ill-Health Prevention & Centurion Wisdom

    In a nut shell, epidemiology is the study of illness and disease affecting a population’s health.  It is also an applied science specific to the incidence of disease in populations as opposed to the individual.  I believe basic knowledge of this highly specialized job can provide individuals with a better understanding in prevention of disease and relative-timely medical referrals for ill-health conditions.  My point is if we could learn how to use specific data (more…)

Is Bottled Water Safer Than Tap Water?

I decided to do a little research regarding bottled water to determine if it was safer, or better for your health.   Not only does my family drink bottled water but also many of my friends and family feel that bottled water is better than their own tap water.  I on the other hand am always under argument that our tap water is safe and most likely better quality than what’s purchased in the bottles.  I (more…)