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Lisa Barger
Little Rock, AR
Alternative medicine smarty britches
Interests: alternative medicine, natural health, herbal remedies
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A Hong Kong food manufacturer is in trouble with the FDA after telling inspectors she had no intention of addressing their concerns over what they characterized as "serious" issues in her food manufacturing plant. It seems that back in March agents with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration paid Christine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Today In Food Safety
The husband-and-wife team of Don Stattine and Judy Stattine, owners of Nutrient Synergy, Inc., were recently warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for multiple alleged violations of the US Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The allegedly bogus claims appear on a website hawking the company's Nepretin product. In... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Today In Alt Med
North Dallas Honey Company's owner, Nathan Sheets, was recently warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for making claims about honey that he simply is not allowed to make under current food and drug regulations. The letter, which was dated June 24, 2013, cites numerous examples of medical claims... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Today In Alt Med
After being called out by the watchdog group the Center for Environmental Health, Pepsi has announced that it's phasing out the known carcinogen 4-methylimidazole. California's Proposition 65 law requires special labels on food items made with certain ingredients. In 2011 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, was added to that list with an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Today In Alt Med
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Lisa stays fit with a treadmill desk. A new report on the North American weight loss and obesity management industries claims that Americans and Canadians dug deep for weight loss products last year. Together, we spent $104 billion--yes, billion--last year on diet foods, fitness equipment and non-medical weight loss clinics.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Today In Alt Med
It seems to, Gwen.
Ginkgo biloba has long been touted as an herbal remedy for better memory, improved cognition and even as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. But a new study published this morning at the website for the journal The Lancet Neurology says that people who take ginkgo while hoping to slow or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Today In Alt Med
A new study published this month at the website for Nutritional Journal questions recent research on high fructose corn syrup and says that its data shows no special link between high fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, and obesity. There's just one itty bitty thing you might want to know before... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Today In Alt Med
Guys, I hope you like chocolate because a new study says that men who eat moderate amounts of the stuff seem to have lower risks for stroke than men who eat little to none. The study was published yesterday at the website for the journal Neurology and will be published in a print edition of the journal in the future. It looked at data on more than 37,000 men as part of the Cohort of Swedish Men, which is a massive database of medical info on the men living in 2 counties in Sweden. Of the men, 1995 of them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Today In Men's Health
In a presentation this week at the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine a researcher from Emory University School of Medicine said that most doctors still aren't talking to their male patients about erectile dysfunction, despite the fact that safe and effective treatments now exist to easily treat the condition. In his study,which is titled Sexual health discussion in current day U.S primary care clinics, Dr. R. S. Gerhard explained that he took surveys from 75 men seeking medical care at either a private medical facility or a county-run medical clinic. He asked the men to fill out questionnaires about their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Today In Men's Health
For 3 months I've wanted to write about something that I noticed during my recent medical check-ups but hesitated to, because it seemed a little . . . mean-spirited . . . to the men and women who were so caring during a couple of recent health scares. And let's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at Today In Alt Med
On the heels of the recent study on the longterm health savings of circumcision comes a new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In essence the group said that the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risk. The AAP did not go so far as to recommend that newborn boys be routinely circumcised, however. In the group's opinion, "The benefits are not great enough to recommend universal newborn circumcision." Just what are these "benefits"? The AAP says that circumcised men have fewer urinary tract infections, a lower rate of penile cancer and are less vulnerable to some sexually transmitted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Today In Men's Health
Doctors can't really explain why but exercise seems to help smokers curb the urge to light up. This was the conclusion of a new review-study set to be published in the medical journal Addiction. The study, which was published as an ahead-of-print piece and is only at the journal's website right now, looked at 19 previous studies which, themselves, looked at the effect of short bursts of exercise on the urge to smoke. In these studies the smokers were generally divided into 2 groups. One group was typically told to do a "passive" activity when the urge to smoke hit;... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Today In Men's Health
Ron Teeguarden and his company, Dragon Herbs, are taking another trip around the FDA's dance floor. This morning the US Food and Drug Administration published its August 15, 2012, warning letter to Teeguarden, informing him that more than a dozen of his herbal concoctions are in violation of the Federal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Today In Alt Med
Since 1999 colloidal silver products have been officially deemed by the US Food and Drug Administration to be "not generally recognized as safe" and any product made with them is treated as "misbranded". But that has not stopped dozens and dozens of people from schlepping the stuff around the internet,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Today In Alt Med
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Screen shot of cached ReumofanShop.com website. On the heel's of the Food and Drug Administration's latest warning about the "natural" supplements Reumofan a company called Samantha Lynn Inc., has announced its own recall of 500 lots of Reumofan Plus. In its official press release the business, for which I can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Today In Alt Med
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Image of recalled Cucina Fresca Smoked Tomato Sauce provided by FDA. Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods says that it is recalling its Cucina Fresca Smoked Tomato Sauce after a manufacturing mix-up put the wrong product in the jars. In its official press release about the recall Cucina Fresca says it found... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Today In Food Safety
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Image of recalled True Nutrition protein product from FDA. True Nutrition is recalling 5 of its protein products because the whey ingredient used in them is not specifically described as being from milk. Whey is, of course, a milk by-product. In fact it's the liquid stuff that's left over during... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Today In Food Safety
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Image of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine provided by FDA. Fresh Express announced Monday that it had issued a recall for its Hearts of Romaine bagged salad product over fears that the lettuce could be contaminated with Listeria bacteria. All the recalled Romaine had a use-by date of August 23,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Today In Food Safety
Yeah, that was always my biggest stumbling block, too, Bob. :-)
Protein supplement maker Protica has announced a recall of 4 of its products due to the potential for the supplements to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Clostridium botulinum is, of course, the bacterium that causes most cases of botulism in people. Protica did not supply photos of the recalled product... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Today In Food Safety
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Image of recalled Dole brand Italian Blend salad provided by FDA. Dole has announced a recall of 1039 cases of its Italian Blend salad product after a routine test turned up Listeria bacteria in a bag of the finished product. In its press release the company characterizes the test as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Today In Food Safety
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Images of recalled Wellsley Farms smoked salmon products provided by FDA. Massachusetts-based Spence & Co has announced a recall of 1 lot of its Wellsley Farms Nova product and 1 lot of its Spence & Co Smoked Trim product. The problem, says the company in its official press release about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Today In Food Safety
Research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2012 says that sleep disorders in older women increase their risk of dementia. The lead author of one of those studies urges physicians who treat elderly patients to take the risk seriously and talk to their patients about it. Sleep disorders in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Today In Alt Med
A new study set to be published in the Journal of Religion and Health says that the ability to forgive is directly tied to better mental health, especially when it comes to coping with things like traumatic injuries, cancer and stroke. The study looked at a small number of Buddhists,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Today In Alt Med