Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Eat your veggies - not good enough!

The RealAge Tip of the Day

Generation Gap

Packing as many fruits and veggies as possible into your meals has become more important than ever.
A study has suggested that although present-day agricultural practices yield bountiful crops, the fruits and vegetables produced appear to contain less riboflavin, iron, vitamin C, and other nutrients than they did 50 years ago. Fill any nutrition gaps you may have by increasing your produce intake and including a multivitamin in your diet.

On average, today's produce contains 6 percent less protein and 38 percent less riboflavin than fruits and vegetables grown 50 years ago did. If you're worried about getting your fill of vitamins and nutrients, eat at least 4 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables per day. Strive for diversity in your produce choices by including many different colored items, such as red strawberries and apples; green beans and bell peppers; orange cantaloupe and squash; purple grapes and berries; and white mushrooms and onions. In addition, adding a multivitamin to your daily routine can help ensure you get the RealAge Optimum dose of many important vitamins and minerals.

RealAge Benefit: Eating a diverse diet that includes 5 servings of vegetables per day can make your RealAge as much as 4 years younger.

Bridge the gap with This Delicious Supplement.

Changes in USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950 to 1999. Davis, D. R., Epp, M

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Will CODEX steal your freedom?

I got this in an email from a guy who makes it his business to report on supplements and business issues.

I only pass this on because, YES, I do think the drugs companies want to control this multi-billion dollar industry. As research shows the importance of nutrition in preventing many diseases, the importance of controlling these supplements means big bucks to some companies.

MarketWave Alert #46

If you just care about your health and your right to choose what supplements you use, please read the notice below. I know a lot of these kinds of warnings make their way through cyberspace all the time, and so many of them are overreactions or completely baseless that it's easy to get jaded and ignore them. Please don't ignore this one. This threat is very real. Although there are those who will claim this CODEX bill described here has a very slim chance of ever passing, I would not underestimate the lobbying power of the drug companies.

The massive public response to the FDA's last attempt to regulate dietary supplements is what got the DSHEA act passed in 1994. It's time to let them know once again how you feel about a Megadose of Vitamin C being declared a drug and quadrupling in price. As hard as it might be to believe that this could actually happen, do what I just did and check it out for yourself. It's scary what's going on right now under the radar of tens-of-millions of American consumers.

Please act now. The clock is ticking and time is almost up.

Len Clements
MarketWave, Inc.



Your right to choose your vitamin, mineral and other supplements may end in June of this year (2005).

After that U.S. supplements will be defined and controlled by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (Food Code) is setting the supplement standard in all countries in the WTO. They will be enforced by the WTO and will over ride U.S. laws. The U.S. President and Congress agreed to this take-over when the WTO Treaty was signed. Violations are punished by WTO trade sanctions, CODEX drastically restricts vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements. CODEX met secretly in November, 2004 and finalized step 8 (the final stage),to begin implementation in June, 2005.

The CODE includes:

1) No supplement can be sold for preventive or therapeutic use.

2) Any potency higher than RDA (minimal strength) is a drug requiring a prescription and must be produced by drug companies. Over 5000 safe items now in health stores will be banned, terminating health stores as we now know them.

3) CODEX regulations become binding internationally.

4) New supplements are banned unless given very expensive CODEX testing and approval.

CODEX now applies to Norway and Germany, among others, where zinc tablets rose from $4 per bottle to $52. Echinacea (an ancient immune-enhancement herb) rose from $14 to $153 (both examples are now allowed by prescription only). They are now drugs! Vitamin C above 200mg, niacin above 32mg, vitamin B6 above 4mg are banned over-the-counter. No amino acids (arginine, lysine, camitine etc = essential amino acids!), essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6, 9, etc), or other essential supplements such as DMEA, DHEA, CoQ10, MSM, beta-carotene, etc, are allowed.

The CODEX rules are not based on real science. They are made by a few people meeting in secret not necessarily scientists. In 1993 the FDA and drug corporations tried to put all supplements under restriction and prescription. But over 4 million Americans told Congress and the President to protect their freedom of choice on health supplements. The DSHEA Law was passed in 1994, which does so. But this will be over ruled by CODEX and the World Trade Organization.

Virtually nothing about it has been in the media. What the drug corporations have failed to do through Congress they have gotten by sneak attack through CODEX with the help of a silent media. What can be done at this late hour?

1) Spread the word as much as possible. Please look at these websites, and inform yourselves fully at,, and

2) Oppose bills S.722 and H.R.3377. These support the CODEX restrictions with U.S. laws, changing the DSHEA law.

3) Support H. R. 1146 which would restore the sovereignty of the U.S. Constitution over CODEX.

4) Express your wishes to the President, Senators and Representatives ASAP.

5) Contact health marketing groups that can get their members to inform the government.

I can't wait 'til the future gets here

Here's an interesting article I read today.

COLUMN: I can't wait 'til the future gets here-(Iowa State U.)


10 Feb 2005

(U-WIRE) AMES, Iowa -- Most people think the best the future holds for us is nicer cars and better-smelling shampoo. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We stand on the cusp of a bold new era in the history of our species in which we will see the end of death, disease and sorrow. Although it may not seem like it now, by the time our 30-year reunions roll around, we will be living in a world more alien than most science fiction movies can even touch upon.

Technology has been accelerating since the dawn of our species. As one discovery is made, the doors to other mysteries are unlocked, which in turn unlock more doors in an exponential cascade of technological advancement. It took eons to develop language, millennia to develop writing, centuries until the printing press, decades to reach the computer age, and only a few years for the Internet to go from nonexistent to universally pervasive.

Inventor's Hall of Fame inductee Ray Kurzweil has said the magnitude of the achievements of the 20th century will comfortably fit into the first 20 years of the 21st century. Kurzweil suggests that after that it will take only 14 years for technological progress to double, and it will happen again seven years after that. Eventually, within our lifetimes, we will reach a point of infinite societal, economic and technological acceleration known as the Singularity.

The first and most obvious leap in technology will be in computer science. It is predicted that by 2019, about the time most current college students will be raising families and building careers, a $1,000 computer will have the processing power of the human brain. By 2030, an equally-priced computer will have the processing power of several hundred brains. By 2050, $1,000 will buy more processing power than all the human brains on the planet.

These advancements are going to lead to radical shifts in the socioeconomic framework of our society. The most significant shift will be in automation. Ten years from now, computer technology will be advanced enough to displace massive segments of the population from the workforce. Why would a company want to pay a forklift driver more than $40,000 a year in wages and benefits when a $5,000 computer will do the same job all day long with no breaks for years, only to be replaced by another at one-10th the cost?

Coming on the heels of this automation revolution is the single greatest achievement of our species.

According to anti-aging researcher Aubrey de Grey, in the next decade, we will be adding more than one year to our life expectancies every year, effectively keeping the cold hand of death at bay. She also predicts that we will be able to stop aging in mice in the next 10 years and will have human therapies to stop, even reverse, aging as little as five to 10 years after that. This makes the prospect of clinical immortality (the ability to stop aging and disease) something members of our generation should put considerable effort into.

This will coincide with the nanotech revolution. Nanotechnology allows machines to be constructed at the atomic level. These nanomachines will be able to manipulate individual atoms, much like the enzymes in our own bodies do, but on a much larger scale. Nanotechnology will enable us to convert carbon dioxide from smokestacks into valuable carbon atoms and oxygen molecules and construct buildings, roads, cars or anything else one atom at a time. Carbon nanofiber, already in use in industry, is 100 times lighter than steel. Using such a material, we could effectively construct skyscrapers more than 600 times taller, and as strong as diamonds (a diamond is only carbon), if we used present construction techniques.

Nanotechnology will enable us to build space elevators that extend into the stratosphere, initiating a golden age in modern space travel by launching payloads by means of magnetic rail and at a fraction of the cost of today's standards. In addition, nanorobots are much like biological organisms only they are designed by humans. These nanorobots could be sent ahead of us into space, self-replicating like bacteria, to produce a livable, breathable environment on Mars and Venus.

What I have described does not even scratch the surface of the progress we may witness in the coming decades. These are not the flying car and monorail pipe-dream fantasies of the 1960s, but are predictions based on science that is happening now and will lead us into the golden age of our species.

We may see the end of the world as we know it, perhaps even the end of the universe, provided we play our cards right. We have much to look forward to in the coming centuries and we may be there to experience it with our great-great-great-great grandchildren. The age of death and disease is on the way out. The age of infinite life spans and eternal bliss has yet to begin. We could bear witness to the end of our species and the evolution of our successors. This is our last chance to be human as we dwell in the brief transition between the ages.

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Yahoo! News - Date from Hell: Rescue!

Yahoo! News - Date from Hell: Rescue!

Comments: What ever happened to honesty? Would you REALLY want to be in a relationship with someone who does this?

Now here's your Valentine from me.
All we need is LOVE

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

A Quote from Vernon Howard

"Practice mental silence: Instead of trying to activate cosmic
powers within, we should remain silent in order to see them
already at work. Make it your task for today not to try to
achieve anything, but to quietly watch yourself being moved
about by inner forces." Vernon Howard

I get a quote from Vernon Howard emailed to me everyday. He is a largely unknown deep thinker from a few years back.

Here's a link to the SECRETS OF LIFE Archives of Vernon Howard quotes: Click Here

I encourage you to subscribe and start getting these thoughtful and thought provoking gems everyday.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Top 10 Phrases Bloggers are Writing About Right Now.

Here's what people are writing about on their blogs today.

Top 10 Phrases List

Top 10 People Bloggers are Interested in Right Now.

Here's a Top 10 People list from my Live Journal

Top 10 People List

Yahoo! News - Colorado Teens Fined for Giving Cookies to Neighbor

Yahoo! News - Colorado Teens Fined for Giving Cookies to Neighbor

Comments: WTF! President Bush should send in Harry Potter and let him work a little magic on some people in Durango.

Or how about a new reality show - "Teenagers with Cookies Terrorize Neighbors"... or a game show - "Who Has the Biggest Butthole Neighbors?"

Are judges impeached, recalled, or disbarred?

Friday, February 04, 2005

Jon Bon Jovi

Hey, I just got an email that said Jon Bon Jovi joined the Spiritual Cinema Circle.

I'm a member too! You'll see my thoughts about one of last month's selections called "RETREAT" in the next few days.

The Spiritual Cinema Circle was started by producer Stephen Simon. He produced "Somewhere in Time" and "What Dreams May Come" and is the producer/director of the new movie "Indigo".

If you enjoy good movies, documentaries, and short films you need to check it out.

More about probiotics.

I was reading an article in Prevention magazine on the benefits of including probiotics in you good health plan.

Seems the good bacteria alleviate a host of digestive system complaints - from bloating to irritable bowel. Also helpful for sinus and urinary tract infections.

According to the research, there are moderate benefits for infections and eczema. And be sure to consult the Doc FIRST! if you have any serious problems. Find one that will work with you.

I still think the best way to get a healthy dose of healty, live bacteria, is with a natural food product, like KEFIR (this being my first choice) and YOGURT... not capsules or pills. If you buy kefir or yogurt at the store , make sure it says LIVE cultures on the package.

See my earlier post on 1/26/05, "Kefir or Grow Your Own Probiotics at Home" to find out how you can make KEFIR at home. It's easy.

Add Fructooligosaccharides, or FOS to keep the B. Bifidum happy too.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Eliminating Another Online Annoyance

Now if you're like me, you hate it when you have to go through a lengthy registration process just to read an article or news story.

Plus the potential for even more SPAM every time you have to provide your email address... well no more.

Now there's BUG ME NOT. They provide a working username and password for over 40,000 sites. All you have to do is paste in the URL on the BugMeNot site.


Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Chimps' Sense of Justice Found Similar to Humans'

Science & Technology at Scientific Chimps' Sense of Justice Found Similar to Humans'

Comments: I think the title would be more accurate if it said, "Humans' Sense of Justice Found Similar to Chimps'." If you don't believe that take a look at all the petty things that tick us off.

Will the evolution of our consciousness ever catch up with our technological cleverness?