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A NATURAL SOLUTION 4 YOU
April 13, 2003 Edition
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A NOTE FROM RANDAL

Hi Everyone,

We have had gorgeous weather. It sure has been great to see different
things begin to bloom and the countryside begin to be painted in beautiful
spring and summer colors.

In the section on kids health, you will find a article on more and more
children are getting Adult Diabetes. This is very disconcerting and
something that is certainly increasing in frequency. The article just
states the fact but really offers no solutions. Diet change is a big item
but you also may want to check out this article.


Don't forget Earth Day on April 22nd.

Until next time,
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HEALTH IN THE NEWS
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SMELLY PLANT COULD OFFER BRAIN CANCER TREATMENT

(Reuters Health) - A protein from a highly poisonous, foul-smelling plant
known as jimson weed could one day be used to help fight a type of brain
cancer called glioma, Japanese researchers reported on Tuesday.

The protein, Datura stramonium agglutinin, or DSA, caused glioma cells with
cancerous characteristics to begin developing normally, or differentiating,
in lab studies, they report in the British Journal of Cancer for October.

The differentiation DSA induced was irreversible, being sustained once the
protein was removed, the researchers report.

"DSA controls glioma cells as a result of glial differentiation rather than
actually killing cells," said lead researcher Dr. Tasuku Sasaki, from the
Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology. "Any drug based on this concept
would help patients suffering with tumors that are difficult to remove such
as gliomas."

Glioma cells were also inhibited from growing and dividing out of control,
or proliferating, by the presence of DSA, Sasaki's team reports.

"Taken together, these observations suggest that Datura stramonium
agglutinin may be useful as a new therapy for treating glioma without side
effects," they write.

Professor John Double, head of the Cancer Research UK Unit at Bradford
University, said the discovery was exciting, but extremely preliminary.

"More needs to be done before we have enough evidence to commit to trials..
Potential treatment, based on DSA, for this form of brain cancer is still a
long way off."

Cancer Research UK's chief executive, Sir Paul Nurse, agreed, noting "there
is much work to be done on the journey from the laboratory bench to the
patient's bedside."

SOURCE: British Journal of Cancer 2002;87:918-923.


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HEALTH NEWS FOR KIDS
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MORE CHILDREN GETTING ADULT DIABETES

BOSTON - Once a true medical oddity, children with adult diabetes are
becoming commonplace. Doctors blame the twin evils of too much food and too
little exercise and fear a tragic upswing in disastrous diabetic
complications as this overweight generation reaches adulthood. At hospitals
everywhere, boys and girls who range from chubby to hugely obese are being
diagnosed in unprecedented numbers with type 2 diabetes. Most are barely
into their teens. Some are as young as 6.

This disease used to be called adult-onset diabetes, since it rarely
occurred before middle age. But over the past decade, it has slowly become
clear this is now a disease of the young, as well.

Just how frequently is uncertain, since nationwide statistics are still
being gathered. Nevertheless, doctors are convinced they see the leading
edge of a dangerous shift, one that will inevitably lead to kidney failure,
blindness, heart attacks, amputations and more as these young people live
another 10 or 20 years with their diabetes.

"There is an epidemic of type 2 diabetes in youth, absolutely," says Dr.
Lori Laffel, head of the pediatric unit at Boston's Joslin Diabetes Center.
"Over the years, we always saw an occasional child with type 2. It was a
handful a year."

But in the early '90s, the pattern changed. Out of the blue, it seemed,
large children, usually accompanied by overweight parents, began to show up
with type 2 diabetes. During the early '90s, Joslin's totals increased five
times. Since then, they have doubled again.

Until this shift, almost all diabetes in children was type 1, what was
called juvenile diabetes. In many ways, it is a different disease. Type 1
results from a misguided attack by the immune system on the insulin-making
cells in the pancreas. Victims stop making insulin completely, so they
cannot convert sugar to energy.

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WARNING TO PARENTS:
E. COLI AND ANTIBIOTICS DON'T MIX

If your child could be infected with E. coli bacteria (found, for example,
in raw or undercooked hamburger), get expert medical advice before giving
antibiotics, say researchers at the University of Washington School of
Medicine. A study found that children with gastrointestinal infections from
the E. coli O157:H7 strain of bacteria are seven times more likely to
develop a potentially fatal kidney disease, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS),
when given antibiotics. HUS developed in five of the nine children in the
study infected with O157:H7 and given antibiotics (56 percent) as compared
with five of the 62 children who were infected and not given antibiotics (8
percent). The researchers suspect that antibiotics cause the toxic bacteria
to be released from the intestine, making the toxin more available for
absorption by the body. Antibiotics should not be given, they add, until a
stool culture rules out E. coli infection.

FDA reports that up to 15 percent of all people who get hemorrhagic colitis,
the acute disease caused by O157:H7, develop HUS, which can lead to
permanent kidney failure and death.

Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 bacterial infection include bloody diarrhea,
severe abdominal cramps, and dehydration. It can occur a few days after
eating bad meat, raw milk, contaminated water, unpasteurized ciders and
juices, or tainted produce. (New England Journal of Medicine, June 29, 2000)

If you think E.coli is a rare thing, you need to do a search on the internet
about meat recalls with E.coli. I chose a search for ground beef since I'd
heard of two reports just this week and the search came up with more links
than I wanted to believe. Here's a few of the recalls:

July 15, 2002˜131,000 pounds

350,000 pounds:

346,700 pounds:

How about 235 TONS recalled:

We stopped buying meat many years ago because this stuff has been going on a
very long time. With the internet you can be more informed and the
information has made us choose NOT to eat meat.

When the USDA allowed cancerous tumors to be included in meat for sale to
humans, it was dead stop for many. If you hadn't heard about that in 1999,
here's a link to information: Just download the "Jungle 2000" article


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NUTRITION IS A CHOICE
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BUNNY BISCUITS

Recipe by Cadburys

* 75 grams butter -- (3oz)
* 75 grams caster sugar -- (3oz)
* 1 egg
* Finely grated rind of 1 orange
* 225 gram 98oz) self-raising flour
* 2 1/2 milliliters ground mixed spice -- (1/2 teaspoon)
* 50 grams currants -- (2oz)
* 40 milliliters milk -- (2 tblsp)
* 50 grams Cadbury's Bournville chocolate
* 1 large pack Cadbury's milk chocolate Buttons


You will also require:

* Rabbit-shaped biscuit cuter
* 2 baking trays -- greased
* Paint brush


Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and soft, then beat in the
egg and orange rind. Sift in the flour and mixed spice, then mix in the
currants. Mix well to make a pliable dough, knead quickly then roll out on a
lightly floured surface to just under 1cm (1/4 inch) thick. Cut out shapes
with the cutter, rolling the dough trimmings again in between.

Arrange the biscuits on the prepared trays and bake carefully in a moderate
oven (180øC / 350øF / Gas Mark 4) for 10 minutes only.

Brush the biscuits with milk, then return them to the oven for a further 10
minutes until crisp and nicely coloured. Be careful that the edges are not
too brown. Lift off and cool.

Melt the chocolate in a small bowl. With the paint brush, brush all the
ears, then the paws of the bunny biscuits with chocolate. Dab a little on
the tails and stick on a Button.

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LAUGHING LINES
Laughter Is Good Medicine
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The minister's little six-year-old girl had been so naughty during the week,
that her mother decided to give her the worst kind of punishment. She told
her she couldn't go to the Sunday School Picnic on Saturday.

When the day came, her mother felt she had been too harsh and changed her
mind. When she told the little girl she could go to the picnic, the child's
reaction was one of gloom and unhappiness.

"What's the matter? I thought you'd be glad to go to the picnic." her
mother said.

"It's too late!" the little girl said. "I've already prayed for rain!"




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