Archive for August, 2010

By Sylvia Anderson, IH Editor — Published: August 12, 2010

The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief when on July 15, 2010, 87 days after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, the gushing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was finally capped.  For far too long, Americans watched in helpless horror as polluted scenes of oil slick waters, black stippled white sand beaches, and oil drenched sea life where broadcast into their living rooms.  It was heartbreaking to hear the tales of devastation and hopelessness as thousands along the coast lost their livelihoods.
Now thankfully, the oil spill has stopped. BP tells us the danger is contained.

But is it?

In an attempt to clean up the mess, British Petroleum used dispersants to “get rid of” the oil.  Actually, this may have been just a surface effort as some experts say, because all of the oil didn’t disappear into thin air.  Actually, it didn’t disappear at all.  The oil is still there, emitting toxicity, but it’s broken up so it can’t be seen.   But that may not be the real danger.

As it turns out, when it comes to human and animal life, the biggest danger lies in the dispersants they used.  Dispersants are much more toxic – four times more toxic – than the oil itself.

Corexit 9500 and Corexit 9527A – the deadly duo.

BP used two dispersants: Corexit 9500 and Corexit 9527 A.  They even sound hazardous don’t they?  Interestingly enough, the UK discontinued the use of these two a decade ago because they were linked with adverse health problems such kidney and liver problems, blood disorders and respiratory ailments.

Now residents and workers along the coast are showing signs similar to what is found with dispersant toxicity. Common complaints are dizziness, headache, nausea, burning eyes, and white spots in the back of the throat.

Experts are convinced these problems are linked to the oil and dispersants now polluting the Gulf Coast environment.  Why?  In part because the Material Safety Data Sheet for Corexit 9527A states that “excessive exposure may cause central nervous system effects, nausea, and vomiting, anesthetic or narcotic effects.”  Seems to fit doesn’t it?

What’s even more alarming is that in animals, this toxic brew of oil and dispersants has been shown to cause reproductive problems, immune suppression, cardiac dysfunction, altered behavior, carcinogenic effects, and death.

No, the danger isn’t over at all it seems.

And though by some accounts many of the Gulf beaches and waters appear to be oil free, don’t be too quick to plan a last minute summer family vacation to the coast.  Children are more likely than adults to suffer any health problems.  Fun times building sand castles or splashing in the waves simply isn’t worth the risk.

BP and the American government in cahoots?

Obviously BP was and is focused on damage control.  But how does that explain an American government mandate of no-fly zones over oil spill waters?  Understandably, the media found it quite challenging to report on recovery efforts.  Things got even more challenging when a Coast Guard order stated : “Vessels must not come within 20 meters of booming operations, boom, or oil spill response operations under penalty of law.”

Why the media restriction?  Once has to wonder what the government did not want us to see?  What happened to President Obama’s and Tony Hayward’s promises of “transparency”?

Regardless of stiff-armed reinforcements, one thing is for sure.  The dispersants used in the Deepwater Horizon disaster are a dire threat to marine and human life.  Time will tell just what kind of global ramifications the biggest environmental disaster in history will have.

Life is a sport. Get Strong! Stay Strong! (and God bless us!)



By Sylvia Anderson, IH Editor — Published: July 29, 2010

If shedding pounds isn’t enough motivation to get you out of the recliner and into the gym, here are 11 powerful reasons to finally get up and get moving. According to U.S. News & World Report exercise not only helps you lose weight, but can boost your brain functioning and your mood, too.  But that’s not all.
Exercise reverses the aging process.

Stress takes a toll on your ability on your ability to age gracefully. When you exercise the brain’s feel good chemicals – dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin – receive a much-needed boost to combat life’s stressors.

Exercise can lift the cloud of depression.

In some cases consistent activity can decrease the symptoms of depression about as well as prescription antidepressant drugs.

Exercise improves brainpower.

Exercise increases growth factors, certain brain chemicals that are fundamental in producing new brain cells.

New research from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago explains further. Two proteins are involved. One is called bone–morphogenetic protein (BMP), which hinders the production of new brain cells. The other protein is called Noggin, which is a BMP antagonist. According to the New York Times, more Noggin in your brain means less BMP activity. The result is more production of new brain cells.

Exercise fosters more self-esteem.

If you’ve lead a basically sedentary life, even small accomplishments such as running (or walking) a mile will make you feel better about yourself and what you see when you look in the mirror.

Exercise is a natural high.

You’ve probably heard marathon runners talk of the “runner’s high.” It’s a natural feeling of euphoria you get from high intensity exercise.  And the best part?  There are no bad side effects associated with it.

Need even more reasons to exercise?

Regular exercise has been shown to keep your mind sharp and can keep dementia at bay – despite what mainstream medicine reports. Chances are a few decades from now you won’t be too concerned about how you look on the beach, but if you are committed to an exercise routine, your mental clarity and quick wit will testify to your determination instead.

Even if you get a late start, exercise will slow down the aging process. This means you’ll be much less likely to have to deal with a disability or chronic disease – and much more likely to be trim and fit, happy, and self-sufficient.

Exercise improves immunity
by circulating immune cells more efficiently throughout your blood. This makes it easier for your immune system to attack viruses and diseases.

Exercise stabilizes your insulin levels. This is crucial for warding off the onset of Type-2 diabetes, and a low sugar environment also decreases cancer cell growth.

Exercise decreases the incidence of colon cancer
by 50% when compared to sedentary behavior. In addition, women who stick to a consistent exercise regimen can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 20 to 30% when compared to her inactive counterparts.

Researchers have measured the biochemical changes that take place when exercising. It’s really amazing what happens. From burning fat calories to stabilizing blood sugar, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight optimizes insulin receptor sensitivity.This is perhaps one of the most important factors when it comes to improving overall health and the prevention of all types of diseases–from diabetes to cardiac disease, to cancer.

In an age where Big Pharma pushes a pill for just about everything, the evidence is overwhelming – natural solutions such as exercise are a safer and often better remedy for many conditions and diseases.

Life is a Sport. Get Strong! Stay Strong!