Here are a few new ones for you…
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED BABY FOOD- Certified USDA Organic Foods are not allowed to contain genetically engineered ingredients. However, Martek Corporation has evidently created products called “Life’sDHA” and “Life’sARA” and started to put these products into foods that are supposed to be certified USDA Organic foods, including baby foods.
Not only are these products artificial nutraceuticals designed to look like essential fatty acids found in fish and eggs, but they are evidently created using genetic engineering, mutagenesis and other techniques of genetic alteration that are expressly banned from the USDA National Organic Program.
For now, we’d watch out for these ingredients on labels.
MEDICATION LINKS TO YOUNG SUICIDES- After a report of a nine year old Montana boy committing suicide in a school bathroom, more reports have come out linking the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medication Vyvanse (aka lisdexamfetamine) with suicide in young kids. This Montana child actually hung himself in a school bathroom. Several other children have taken their own lives in similar manner.
Vyvanse went on the market in 2007. Since then, there have been more than 130 reports to the FDA concerning Vyvanse and suicide, ranging from people as old as 54 to as young as 6. The FDA says 37 Vyvanse patients who considered suicide were younger than 10. There were at least two seven year olds who completed the act. To put this in perspective, in all of 2007 only 4 people under the age of 10 committed suicide.
If your child has ADHD, please make sure the benefits are worth the risks of using this, or any other, medication. And if there is a family history of depression or suicidal thoughts, this dramatically increases the possibility of a bad outcome. In addition, the teenage years are hard; emotional turmoil is rampant. Please keep an eye on teenagers on this medication. In fact, we know an “old school” medical doctor who will not prescribe these types of medications to teenagers. He claims it is simply a recipe for disaster. (WFAA-TV out of Dallas, Fort Worth Texas- July 12, 2010)
A FEW INTERESTING HOME REMEDIES- Here are a few home remedies that seem to work like magic, every time…
You can evidently avoid cutting yourself when slicing up vegetables by getting someone else to hold the veggies while you chop. You can avoid arguments with females about the toilet seat by using the sink. And finally, If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you’ll be too afraid to cough. 🙂
Hope this helps,
Dr Matt and Dr Robin
This week’s bit of Useless Information: Coffee does not help sober up a drunk person. In many cases, it may actually increase the adverse effects of alcohol.