US Postal Inspectors

A criminal prosecution of a woman for attempting to poison her neighbor may shape upcoming 24424-99-5 challenges to President Obama’s health care reform law. The woman, Carol Bond, placed toxic chemicals stolen from her workplace on the 121268-17-5 doorknob, car door handles, and mailbox of Myrlinda Haynes after learning that Haynes was 1592-23-0 pregnant with a child by Bond’s husband.After Haynes contacted US Postal Inspectors, who caught Bond stealing 55589-62-3 mail and placing chemicals around Haynes’s car. Federal prosecutors charged Bond with possessing and using 10022-31-8 chemical weapons. Bond was sentenced to six years in prison, five years of supervised released, and fines of almost $12,000.

In the Supreme Court today, Bond’s lawyer, former Bush administration Solicitor General Paul Clement, argued that Bond should be allowed to challenge the law as an unconstitutional encroachment on states’ rights under the Tenth Amendment.

The Supreme Court has only once before considered whether private parties—as opposed to states themselves—should be allowed to argue that a law violates the state’s sovereignty. In a 1939 decision considering a challenge to the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Court ruled that only a state has standing to bring a claim under the Tenth Amendment.

In Court today, the Justices seemed fairly sympathetic to Bond’s arguments. Several Justices noted that her challenge under the Tenth Amendment is very similar to a legal argument that Congress had exceeded its enumerated powers under the Constitution when it passed the law. Since those challenges are similar, Justices asked, why should a criminal defendant like Bond be forced to phrase her argument one way rather than another.

The federal government has taken an interesting stance in this case, since under President Bush the Department of Justice had argued against Bond’s being able to make her argument. Today in Court, the government’s lawyer instead argued that private citizens should be allowed to bring some kinds of Tenth Amendment claims but not others. The Justices generally did not seem interested in the distinction the government was offering.

The Supreme Court’s decision in this lookchem case may have an impact on upcoming legal challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress last year. While many states have already brought lawsuits on their own 35963-20-3 behalf against the law, a Supreme Court decision in this case could allow 33089-61-1 private citizens to challenge the law on the state’s behalf, even if the state decides not to challenge the law itself.

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New pesticides

(NaturalNews) New pesticides are increasingly 72956-09-3 being introduced into Atlantic salmon farms, causing outrage among environmentalists and lobster fishers.Widespread use of pesticides has rendered 91465-08-6sea lice -- which infest farmed salmon due to their cramped living conditions -- immune to the most popular varieties, leading both U.S. and Canadian regulators to start approving new, more toxic poisons. Because lice are crustaceans, these 1302-78-9 poisons may be especially harsh on lobsters and other related sea life.Indeed, lobster fishers and environmentalists have complained that 4075-81-4 AlphaMax (deltamethrin), a pesticide recently approved in Canada, has been causing the death of sea life. Although the 63968-64-9 salmon industry insists that AlphaMax is applied only in contained areas called well boats, recent research by Environment Canada shows that sea life may still be at risk.

The research exposed lobsters to sea water outside the range of an AlphaMax plume, to sea water directly within an AlphaMax plume, or to sea water just outside a pen where salmon treatment was taking place. A hundred percent of lobsters in the first and third test groups died."We have been told repeatedly by the aquaculture industry and by the Province of New Brunswick that pesticides are 'used up' by the time the tarps are released and the effluent is not harmful to marine life," said Sheena Young of the Fundy North Fishermen's Association.

Young noted that young lobsters, which are even more vulnerable to pesticides, are the most likely to float on the ocean 7758-87-4 surface near where AlphaMax treatment takes place.Salmon farmers have also turned to illegal pesticides in their battle against sea lice, often disposing of leftover poison in coastal waters. In November, a Canadian salmon farm was raided by the government on suspicion of lookchem such practices after dead lobsters were discovered that had been poisoned with a 1948-33-0 non-approved pesticide.
 

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Live a better life

a) If you don't eat breakfast… start. You must “break the fast” from the 13811-71-7 night before and get your body's engine moving. Skipping breakfast creates an unhealthy cascade of 20989-17-7 chemical reactions in your body which can adversely affect brain function, sleep, digestion, heart health  mood (stress/depression), blood sugar and chronic pain just to name a few. Breakfast sets the tone for your day. Studies show that if you eat a healthy protein-based breakfast you will choose 80 10034-99-8 percent fewer calories during your day.b) Avoid any artificial sweeteners. This includes 21462-39-5 Nutrasweet, Splenda, and sucralose. They are toxic to your nervous system. Stevia is the only acceptable natural sweetener. People who ingest artificial sweeteners are on average 7 pounds heavier than the rest of the 15663-27-1 population.

c) Eat every 2-3 hours and eat fresh. Stop eating foods from a box. Become a squirrel. That means travel with healthy snacks everywhere you go. Good snacks are almonds/walnuts, apples or any type of veggie. Most “nutrition” bars on the market are very high in sugar and when they claim to have high protein and low carbs they probably have artificial sweeteners.d) Drink one-half of your body weight in ounces/day. Add more if you exercise. Add the juice of 1 organic lemon/day to your water.e) Stop drinking soda, diet or otherwise.

THINK WELL

Be nice to yourself. Positive self talk is the key to gaining a better state of mind. How many times have you called yourself a name today? Catch yourself next time you drop a pencil and you call yourself “stupid” or “clumsy.” I guarantee if I called you names, you wouldn't like it very much. So, why is it okay to call yourself names? Change how you talk to yourself and you will change how you feel about yourself.

BREATHE WELL

Most people go days or even weeks without taking a deep breath. Deep breathing relaxes the body and mind, improves healing and even sleep. Deep breathing alone has been shown to decrease stress and help with weight loss. A simple deep breathing exercise: sit or lie down and close your eyes. Imagine a little bubble of oxygen on the tip of your nose. On a count of four, inhale forcefully and imagine pulling the bubble from the tip of your nose all the way down to your naval. Hold for a count of four. Exhale through your nose on a count of four pushing your imaginary bubble back out to the tip of your nose. Start with five of these and work up to 10. You may feel a little light-headed at first so take your time and build up your stamina.

MOVE WELL

We know the benefits of exercise, but exercise without flexibility training puts you at greater risk for musculoskeletal injuries. Practicing yoga provides strengthening, flexibility, balance, coordination and deep breathing. There are many forms of yoga, so choose a class that fits your needs. Yoga is an all encompassing practice that anyone can do at any age.

LIVE WELL


Create a positive world around you. Watching and listening to the 14432-12-3 news and crime shows promotes feelings of fear, negativity and depression. If there is something important you need to know, I guarantee someone will tell you. Instead, watch a good comedy. Read a book. Write a book. Be kind. Be nice. Smile. Involve yourself in random acts of kindness. Help others. All these things promote good endorphins which improves immune function and an 133627-45-9 overall state of well being for you and others in your life.Create your happy world the way you want. If we each create our own happy world, we can make the global world a better lookchem place.

 

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Fast-Food

We’ve all been there: you’re running late 56613-80-0 and your stomach is growling. So even though you know 71989-14-5 hitting the nearest drive-through isn’t the best option for your waistline, you’re hungry enough to live with the consequences.But when making a dash for the nearest fast-food restaurant, which items on the menu should you avoid ordering?Take a look at some of the 120511-73-1 unhealthiest items available at some popular fast-food chains.

Burger King 
According to its nutrition menu, Burger King’s Triple Whopper contains 1,160 calories, 27 grams of saturated fat and 51 carbohydrates.

McDonald’s 
McDonald’s Angus Bacon and Cheese burger contains 790 calories, 17 grams of saturated fat and 63 grams of carbohydrates, according to McDonald’s nutrition guide.

Wendy’s 
Wendy’s Baconator Triple weighs in at 1,330 calories, 38 grams of saturated fat and 47 grams of carbohydrates, according to the fast-food restaurant’snutrition guide.

Arby’s 
The item with the most calories on Arby’s menu is the Ultimate BLT Sandwich, with 880, along with 10 grams of saturated fat and 84 grams of carbohydrates, according to Arby’s nutrition guide.

Taco Bell 
One of Taco Bell’s highest-caloric items is its Volcano Nachos, which contain 1,000 calories, 9 grams of saturated fat and 89 grams of carbohydrates, according to Taco Bell’s nutrition guide.

Jack In The Box 
The Sirloin Cheeseburger is one of Jack In The Box’s most unhealthy items. According to the fast-food chain’s nutrition guide, the Sirloin Cheeseburger contains 1,010 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat and 62 grams of carbohydrates.

KFC 
While Kentucky Fried Chicken is known for its chicken, it’s the fast-food chain’s Famous Bowls-Mashed Potato with Gravy that 22348-32-9 soars it calories. According to KFC’s nutrition guide, the bowl contains 700 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat and 77 grams of lookchem carbohydrates.

 

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Potassium Hydrogen Phosphate Anhydrous

PCB exposure may interfere with a woman’s ability to get pregnant-because of the 1,1'-carbonyldiimidazole and 2-bromo-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol, a new study of women undergoing in vitro fertilization suggests. The study of 765 women found that those whose blood contained the highest levels of a particular form of 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol—were 41 percent less likely to give birth than women with the lowest levels.One contributing factor: Fertilized eggs were half as likely to implant in women if blood concentrations of potassium hydrogen phosphate anhydrous fell in the top 25 percent of those measured among all participants. The study appeared online Feb. 24 in Environmental Health Perspectives.In women not undergoing IVF it would be difficult to know when to test for implantation, says John Meeker, who led the new study. So the new 6381-92-6 data may provide a window into a subtle fertility risk that would be almost impossible to find in the general population, explains Meeker, an 7775-27-1 environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor.

His team studied blood and urine that had been collected from 765 women treated at fertility clinics in the Boston area between 1994 and 2003. Together, the women had gone through a total of 827 cycles of attempted fertilization — processes that led to 297 live births, 229 implantation failures and 301 pregnancies that naturally terminated within 20 weeks of implantation.The researchers went into the study suspecting that the risk of implantation failure might be elevated among the most highly exposed women, based on earlier studies by others showing a similar problem in PCB-exposed rodents. Two years ago, Meeker’s team also showed that in women, PCBs can enter follicles, structures that hold egg cells. So this “does suggest that these chemicals can make it to a place where they would be in contact with the maturing egg,” he says.

 

More than 200 related PCBs exist. Most people inadvertently encounter a broad mix of these, including traces of PCB-153, through food and the environment. Because some of these pollutants are difficult and costly to measure in blood, the researchers tested for the sum of all PCBs as well as for a narrow spectrum of specific ones or mixes of several with related functional attributes, such as binding to hormone receptors in cells or — in PCB-153’s case — an ability to turn on certain detoxifying enzymes.The authors caution that although they found the strongest signs of potential fertility risks associated with PCB-153, there were hints that other PCBs might also impair fertility. The team notes that PCB-153 might even serve as a marker for one or more other reproductively toxic PCBs — or related pollutants — that co-occur in the environment.“I find the data intriguing — and think they have something here,” says David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany in New York. “I’m also underwhelmed,” he adds.

The researchers probed for a number of different reproductive endpoints, he says, including miscarriage, and what are known as chemical pregnancies — where a fertilized egg dies before a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Only implantation failures appeared at rates greater than would be expected by chance. And only for PCB-153, he adds, not for any of several different PCBs or PCB combinations.The data would be more convincing, Carpenter says, if the authors could point to some mechanism by which PCBs might impair reproduction — such as changing the permeability of the outer membrane of egg cells.Several years ago, Carpenter’s team showed that some cells — nerve cells and immature immune cells — can incorporate PCBs, including PCB-153, altering the fluidity of the cells’ membranes. “Something as fundamental as changing the fluidity of the membrane in the oocyte [egg cell] or uterus could, in fact, have dramatic effects on implantation,” Carpenter says.

Until their U.S. production was banned in 1979, most 129722-12-9 PCBs were used as insulating liquids in electrical transformers. Over the years, PCBs also have found use in other applications, including as an ingredient of exterior building caulk and in some floor finishes. Because many PCB-containing 10416-59-8 materials are still in use and because any PCBs that enter the environment do not readily break down, people continue to encounter exposure to these potentially toxic compounds, most often through contaminated lookchem food.

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Chemical Health

Groups representing 40,000 researchers and 13734-34-4 clinicians are urging federal agencies responsible for the safety of chemicals to examine the subtle impact a 71989-35-0 chemical might have on the human body rather than simply ask whether it is toxic.In an open letter to the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to be published Friday in the journal Science, the scientists say the 17199-29-0 regulatory agencies need to tap into genetics, developmental biology, endocrinology and other 82911-69-1 disciplines when they analyze the safety of chemicals used in everyday products.


"Although chemical testing and risk assessment have long been the domain of toxicologists, it is clear that the development of improved testing guidelines and better methods of assessing risks posed by common chemicals to which all Americans are exposed requires the expertise of a broad range of scientific and clinical disciplines," said the letter, which was signed by eight scientific societies.Broader analysis is particularly needed for chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system, said Patricia Hunt, a molecular biologist at Washington State University who helped write the letter.

"We're talking about picking the best geneticists, endocrinologists, reproductive biologists to consider new ways of testing these chemicals for safety," Hunt said. "The old toxicology paradigm doesn't work anymore."A well-known example would be bisphenol A, a chemical widely used in plastic goods for decades, Hunt said. The chemical can leach from products into food and drink, and federal health officials say it is found in the urine of more than 90 percent of Americans.The government has long said that BPA is safe, based on studies that show levels of BPA used in commercial products are not toxic - meaning they would not kill - humans.

But a growing body of research by endocrinologists, molecular biologists, reproductive 71989-26-9 specialists and others over the past 15 years has shown that low levels of BPA can cause changes in activity at the cellular level that cause health effects over time in laboratory animals.Last year, the federal 112926-00-8 government commissioned $30 million in new studies by scientists from a variety of disciplines to answer safety questions about 18472-51-0 BPA.The FDA and the EPA did not have any comment on the letter.
 

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Trisodium Phosphate Anhydrous

It has long been believed that alcoholism includes 1h-benzotriazole runs in the family, as we feel great panic,but now scientists have pinpointed why.They have identified a binge-drinking gene which may composed by 4-dimethylaminopyridine , offering new hope in combating the growing social problem, it was revealed today.Previously it was unclear whether an 372-18-9 alcoholism link between family members was cultural or genetic.But in tests the desire to drink excessively was linked to the effect of a l(+)-tartaric acid gene that expressed a protein in part of the lookchem brain known as the amygdala.Psychologist Professor Harry June, of Maryland University, in the U.S, says the protein trisodium phosphate anhydrous could be a target for the development of drugs for alcohol dependence.They said alcohol-preferring laboratory rats had 'profound and selective reduction of binge drinking' when production of trisodium phosphate anhydrous was manipulated.

The scientists found that when they artificially stimulated the trisodium phosphate anhydrous and other brain receptors in order to simulate the good feelings binge drinkers feel when drinking alcohol, the rats lost interest in alcohol for two weeks after the procedure.The amygdala - the so-called pleasure centre of the brain - is responsible for regulating the emotions and has been linked to alcohol addiction in the past.Professor June said the study indicates trisodium phosphate anhydrous expression 'contributes to binge drinking and may be a key early neuro-adaptation in excessive drinking'. He added: 'Binge drinking is a significant public health burden in need of improved treatment.'Gene therapy may offer beneficial alternatives to current psycho-social and pharmaco-therapeutic interventions but identification of the target genes is a clinical challenge.'Binge-drinking, most common among younger people, is defined as eight or more units of alcohol in one session for a man, and more than six units for a woman.

Studies have shown a large amount of alcohol over a short period is worse for your health than drinking little and often because it places a bigger strain on the liver.It is estimated that 23 per cent of men and 9 per cent of women - around six million people in Britain - binge-drink. Among those aged 16 to 24, up to 36 per cent of men and 27 of women binge at least once a week.
Long-term risks include cancer, heart disease and stroke, as well as cirrhosis of the liver. The death rate due to acute intoxication in the UK has doubled in the past 20 years for both sexes.
 

Although binge drinking is a health problem at any age, among teenagers it raises particular concerns, with recent research suggesting it could damage memory for years.It is believed excessive alcohol interferes with a critical stage in brain development.

One study found among those aged 16 to 19 binge ammonium dihydrogen phosphate drinkers did much worse in memory tests - completing up to a third fewer tasks properly.The researchers, whose 6602-54-6 findings are published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said studies are ongoing into the potential contribution to binge drinking of 2-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone.Prof June said: 'It is possible TLR4 contributes to binge drinking at other, as yet unstudied brain sites, potentially through distinct mechanisms implicated in the addiction cycle and involving different cell types.

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