Archive for November, 2011

Holiday Shoppers Beware: Those Receipts May Be Deadly!

thermal receipt This most excellent advice comes from Dr. Al Sears who has a great newsletter:

I guess I’m supposed to get excited about all the holiday shopping going on and the deals you can get on days like Black Friday. But to me it just means it takes longer to get the same things done. The lines, the crowds… and the discounts don’t thrill me. I’d rather be somewhere else.

So I really don’t think of Black Friday as a good thing. I think it’s named appropriately.But if you do go shopping, there’s something you should know about your health.

I’m talking about the little slip of paper you tuck into your pocket or purse every time you buy anything. From gas to all those Christmas presents you’re getting for all your friends and family this week.

That receipt is most likely covered with bisphenol A (BPA) – the cancer-causing, estrogen-mimicking chemical.

Paper receipts are coated with BPA to get the ink from the receipt printer to develop on the paper. Problem is, BPA doesn’t stay on the receipt, making it easy to be absorbed by anyone handling the paper.

What’s worse is that a new study found that BPA transfers readily from receipts to skin and can penetrate the skin to such a depth that it cannot be washed off.1

BPA is dangerous, even in small amounts. Studies show that it may cause cancers, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and more.

Nearly every modern register uses this kind of paper. And every one of those receipts, according to new research, contains from 250 to 1,000 times more BPA than a plastic water bottle or soda can lining. Several states, and Canada and Europe, have banned using BPA in some of those kinds of products.

Two other new studies looked at how much of the BPA from each receipt gets from your skin into your bloodstream.

One looked at 15 different types of paper products. including thermal receipts, flyers, magazines, tickets, mailing envelopes, newspapers, food contact papers, food cartons, airplane boarding passes, luggage tags, printing papers, business cards, napkins, paper towels, and toilet paper, collected from several cities around the world.

Thermal papers accounted for 98% of the BPA you are exposed to.

The second study says that you absorb as much as 60% of the BPA you get on your skin.2 Fortunately, there are some good ways to avoid taking in BPA while you’re doing your seasonal shopping.

First, the easiest way to avoid getting BPA on your hands is to decline getting a receipt. If you don’t need a receipt, leave it and ask the cashier not to print it if possible. For many small purchases and unless you’re purchasing something you may want to take back, you probably don’t need one anyway.

Second, shop at stores that don’t have thermal printers that use BPA. The Environmental Working Group’s research shows that some of the stores that use BPA-containing receipts in at least some outlets include McDonald’s, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Safeway and the U.S. Postal Service.  Receipts from some major chains including Target, Starbucks and Bank of America ATMs issued receipts that were BPA-free or contained only trace amounts.3

Third, handle your receipts as little as possible, and make sure you wash your hands the right way when you get home. Washing your hands is one of the quickest, safest, easiest and most overlooked things you can do to protect your health on many levels. Unfortunately, few of us do it properly. Keep these three things in mind:

1.    You don’t need a special soap. Expensive antibacterial soap is a waste of money and can contain toxic chemicals. Same goes for hand sanitizers.

Ordinary, plain, unscented soap is the best. It kills just as many microbes and bacteria as antibacterial soap. A U.S. FDA advisory committee found that use of antibacterial soaps provides no benefits over plain soap and water.4
2.    Your choice of hot or cold water makes no difference. For comfort, I like warm water.
3.    The length of time washing your hands is important. Twenty seconds is the optimum length – that’s about the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song – twice.
4.    Make sure you rinse the soap off your hands with running water and dry them well – preferably on a disposable paper towel.



1. Biedermann, S., Tschudin, P., Grob, K. "Transfer of bisphenol A from thermal printer paper to the skin." Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. Volume 398, Number 1, 571-576.
2. Mielke H, Partosch F, Gundert-Remy U. "The contribution of dermal exposure to the internal exposure of bisphenol A in man." Toxicol Lett. 2011 Jul 28;204(2-3):190-8.
3. Lunder, S. "Synthetic estrogen BPA coats cash register receipts." EWG. July 27, 2010. Retrieved Nov. 17, 2011.
4. "Wash those hands, but avoid Triclosan." EWG. Retrieved Nov. 17, 2011.


Can Dietary Supplements Reverse ADD, Enhance Memory, and Slow Cognitive Decline?

MagnifiMind My son has always loved basketball.  We made some wonderful memories together as I coached his little league teams until their talent and skills outgrew my expertise as a coach.  Each season I could count on having at least one young man on our team who had been labeled with and medicated for some form of mental impairment such as ADD, hyperactivity or both.

In a private meeting with the parents of the “problem child”, I would share with them about my personal struggles with undiagnosed ADD growing up.  I would emphasize how important educating themselves and their child is to developing strategies to have their child not only cope, but to thrive.

I would share with them how destructive refined sugar is to the body and how it feeds into the whole syndrome of ADD and ADHD. I would explain how important omega three fats are for proper brain function, especially DHA which is quite literally brain food.  Essential omegas like DHA are a principal component in the building and maintaining of synapses, the junctions between brain and nerve cells.

Predictably, some parents listened, others did not.  The ones who did listen and heeded good advice would invariably come up to me half way through the season and thank me, saying “Johnny’s teacher called to ask me what we have done with our son… He is like a different child”.

Encouraged by those experiences and my own progress in overcoming challenges of maintaining focus, I began to examine the research behind the promise of mental enhancement through nutritional support.  The more I learned about the potential of mind enhancement herbs and nutrients, the more excited I became.  Having evaluated the claims and science behind many different brain support nutrients, I set out with plans to include a brain health supplement in our company’s product line expansion this year.

Our goal with the formulation was to design a supplement that would – without the use of stimulants – improve mental performance in the young and slow cognitive decline in the elderly.  We researched substances that elevate energy levels in the brain by improving circulation (bringing in greater oxygen and nutrient supply) and sought out the best acetyl choline enhancers to improve memory, concentration and focus.  Acetyl choline enhancers inhibit acetyl cholinesterase, an enzyme that degrades neurotransmitters and decreases synaptic transmissions in the brain.

We looked at hundreds of compounds, herbs and nutrients and eliminated all but the most promising for optimal brain function.  We selected nutrients that are known to slow age-related decline in learning capacity and memory retention and prevent degenerative nerve cell changes in certain areas of the brain. The culmination of our efforts is MagnifiMind™, a cutting edge blend of ingredients that are clinically proven to enhance memory, improve concentration and increase mental alertness.

Early feedback from this supplement has been nothing short of spectacular, and we believe MagnifiMind™ from Logos Nutritionals is destined to become a blockbuster hit in the world of natural medicine.  Try it today and “Release Your Inner Mensa”… you will be glad that you did!

Lone Ranger and Tonto

Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto awoke the Lone Ranger and said, "Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see?"

The Lone Ranger replied, "I see millions of stars."

"What that tell you?" asked Tonto.

The Lone Ranger pondered for a minute then said, "Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.
Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, the Lord
is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What’s it tell you, Tonto?"

"You dumber than buffalo. It means someone stole the tent."

Is Your Tap Water Medicated?

tap water Check out this video from my cherished friend, Dr. Chris Meletis:

“My Feet Are Off The Ground”

homeless feet I don’t know if this is true but a friend sent me this today and it really moved me:

From Tyler Perry: Writer and Actor

This morning I awoke and was so frustrated about all of the stuff that I’m dealing with in trying to get this studio open. I was about to open my mouth & start complaining when I remembered something that happened to me a year ago.

I was walking to my car when this woman who appeared to be homeless started walking towards me. I’m ashamed to say this but I thought, “I don’t feel like being hustled today.” Then I got quickly convicted. I felt guilty so I started digging in my pocket for some money. As she got closer I noticed that she had the kindest eyes that I had ever seen.

As I was reaching into my pocket she started to speak. I thought, “Here goes the sales pitch”. She said “Excuse me sir, I need some shoes. Can you help me?” My eyes filled with water because I remember being out on the streets and having only one pair of run over shoes. I was taken aback for a second.

I took her inside the studio and had my wardrobe people find shoes in her size. As she put the shoes on she started crying, praising God and thanking Jesus, and saying, “My feet are off the ground! My feet are off the  ground!”    

Several of the wardrobe people started crying. I was crying. But I never forgot those words. “My feet are off the ground!” I thought, “Wow! All she wanted was some shoes.”

She quickly disappeared and never asked me for a dime. I realized that I still had the money in my hand so I went out looking for her. She was gone just that quick so I looked all around the neighborhood for her. I found her standing on a corner looking down at her shoes, still crying. I was so touched.

I asked her how she had gotten homeless. She told me that she had AIDS and that she was waiting to get into a shelter.. She said that her family had turned their backs on her and that she had no place to go, but she knew that God would make a way for her. I said to myself, “He just did.”

Her faith and her praise moved me. I took her to a nearby hotel and put her up until she was able to get on her feet I had someone that worked for me to check on her from time to time and to make sure that she had food and clothes. After about a month or so we lost touch, but I never forgot her.

This past summer I was shooting ‘Daddy’s Little Girls’ and this woman walks up to me smiling. I didn’t recognize her face, but her eyes were familiar. She had on a really nice dress and her hair was done. It was her!

She told me that the little help that I had given her had changed her life. She was in a house now and doing very well.

I said all of that to say this. After I met this woman, every time I think about complaining and mumbling I remember, “My feet are off the ground!”
I wanted to share this with you just to let you know that when I say that I am thankful for you, I mean it. And when I say that you are a blessing to me, I mean it.

We take so much for granted sometimes that I just wanted all of you to know that I am grateful to God for you every day. Thank you for being in my life.
~Tyler Perry

When God takes something from your grasp. He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better… "When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others"

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