Monthly Archives: April 2007

Mineral Based Cosmetics – Good or Bad?

According to the Environmental Working Group, a lobby group for the environment, the answer is not so rosy. In a recent blog, they answer the question; Is mineral-based make-up safer for you than make-up bought at drug stores or department stores? They made a compelling argument against these products in part due to the use of nanoparticles which has been shown to get into the lymphatic system within minutes of application.

Another area of the website that you should look into is their report Skin Deep which reports on the numerous toxins in many skin and beauty products. I really suggest you get on their e-mail list and get updated information about environmental issues. Two other reports to download include Body Burden and Body Burden II.

Antidepressants and Pregnancy – Are they safe?

In a recent article Published in Journal Watch Women’s Health April 26, 2007, Dr. Claudio N. Soares, MD, PhD puts forth a pretty good argument that antidepressants are not teratogenic so therefor are perfectly safe for use by women during pregnancy. Furthermore, he rightfully shows that women who are not treated posed a greater risk to healthy fetus development. Lest you think I am writing a pro-pharmaceutical article, read on.

According to Wikipedia, Teratogenesis is a medical term, literally meaning monster-birth, which derives from teratology, the study of the frequency, causation, and development of congenital malformations—misleadingly called birth defects. The problem with Dr. Soares’s article, which I have attached in a word file, is that they fail to realize how many other safer and alternative methods are available. In my work with physicians around the world, I find simple things like amino acid therapy, building up nutrient levels, electrolytes and other safe alternatives help women fight depression and give the developing baby a better start in life than have to be bathed in SSRIs and other antidepressant drugs. 

My other issue is, how do we know whether an epigenetic effect isn’t happening?  The answer is we don’t. We might not see any blatant effects on children borne of mothers on antidepressants (maybe we are but the researchers are chosing to ignore them), but a child of a person whose mother took antidepressants while they were in fetal development may show up with teratogenic effects. Better yet, it would be prudent for a women wanting children to get into a CAM doctor (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) who can help wean them off antidepressants and on a healthy regime. Your baby and their progeny will thank you.

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Article

Last NFL Mock Draft

Ok, here is my third and final mock draft. With any real draft, you always get curves balls thrown at you like the Buffalo Bills choosing Donte Willner way earlier than anyone expected. Then you have the Detroit Lions and Matt Millen who somehow hasn’t gotten the idea of how to build a team through the draft. Hint Matt, you build it from the inside out (defensive and offensive lineman first, wide receivers second). Still, I can’t see him not selecting Calvin Johnson with the second pick. At that point he could trade him to either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Atlanta Falcons who have two 2nd round draft choices and the 8th pick in the first round. Needless to say, it will be an interesting day on Saturday, if you are an NFL fan like me.

 

Pick #
Team
Selection
Pos
College
Comments
1
Oakland Raiders
JaMarcus Russell
QB
LSU
Not the best player, but a definite need pick.
2
Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson
WR
Georgia Tech
May be the best WR selected since Jerry Rice. Has it all. Will very likely be traded after pick.
3
Cleveland Browns
Brady Quinn
QB
Notre Dame
I think he will be better than Russell over time.
4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gaines Adams
DE
Clemson
A definite need for Tampa Bay. They may also trade this pick to the Lions for Johnson.
5
Arizona Cardinals
Joe Thomas
OT
Wisconsin
Safe pick and a desperate need pick.
6
Washington Redskins
Amobi Okoye
DE
Louisville
They will trade down. Guaranteed. If Quinn is available, bet the house on that scenario.
7
Minnesota Vikings
Leon Hall
CB
Michigan
Trade rumors abound.
8
Atlanta Falcons
LeRon Landry
S
LSU
This is the team that will consummate a trade with either the Lions or the Redskins.
9
Miami Dolphins
Levi Brown
OT
Penn State
They would love Quinn or better yet, trade up in the second round for Trent Edwards of Stanford.
10
Houston Texans
Adrian Peterson
RB
Oklahoma
Even though I don’t really like him in the NFL, they desperately need to take a running back here.
11
San Francisco 49ers
Patrick Willis
ILB
Mississippi
One of the best people in the draft.
12
Buffalo Bills
Marshawn Lynch
RB
Cal
If the 49ers take Willis, then the Bills reach for Lynch.
13
St. Louis Rams
Jamaal Anderson
DE
Arkansas
They need help on the D-line and he is the real deal.
14
Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen
TE
Miami
Poor Jets, no TE in the first round this year.
15
Pittsburgh Steelers
Lawrence Timmons
OLB
Florida St.
Joey Porter gone, Lawrence Timmons in.
16
Green Bay Packers
Ted Ginn Jr.
WR
Ohio State
Farve needs more weapons and this guy can flat out fly.
17
Jacksonville Jaguars
Alan Branch
DT
Michigan
Questions about his attitude abound but no doubting his physical talent.
18
Cincinnati Bengals
Darrelle Revis
CB
Arkansas
Lockdown CB would immensely help the Bengals.
19
Tennessee Titans
Robert Meecham
WR
Tennessee
A marketing bonanza and a definite need pick.
20
New York Giants
Paul Posluszny
LB
Penn State
They’d rather have Timmons but Posluszny will do.
21
Denver Broncos
Adam Carricker
DE
Nebraska
The Broncos would do back flips if Carricker lands to them at 21. Branch may be the pick here if the Jaguars pass on him.
22
Dallas Cowboys
Aaron Ross
CB
Texas
A perfect fit for the Cowboys.
23
Kansas City Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe
WR
LSU
Could be a great #2 wide receiver in the NFL.
24
New England Patriots
Brandon Merriweather
S
Miami
Versatility is the Patriots motto and this guy has it. A trade though is highly likely
25
New York Jets
Jon Beason
LB
Miami
Got the instincts and aggression that Mangini loves.
26
Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Griffin
S
Texas
A good pickup this late in the round
27
New Orleans Saints
Anthony Spencer
DE
Purdue
Not the biggest need but this is a good value pick
28
New England Patriots
Joe Staley
OT
Central Michigan
I think they will trade out of this spot but if not, another great pick by the Pats.
29
Baltimore Ravens
Trent Edwards
QB
Stanford
Another probable trade, possibly with Miami, but the Ravens sure could use a good young QB
30
San Diego Chargers
Steve Smith
WR
USC
I think this guy will have a better NFL career than teammate Dwayne Jarrett
31
Chicago Bears
Dwayne Jarrett
WR
USC
Boy do they need another WR in their offense
32
Indianapolis Colts
Justin Harrell
DT
Tennessee
The Colts would absolutely flip if this guy lands here. Alan Branch may also fall all the way here.

 

Still no Movement by the FDA on Banning Mercury Amalgams

The U.S. Court of Appeals rightfully, though regrettably, ruled that they have no jurisdiction over the inactivity by the FDA in forcing a ban on the use of mercury in dental amalgams. The FDA refuses to do what is right in this situation. The only reason is probably due to their pandering to the American Dental Association who is scared to death of the lawsuits that would come down the pike if the FDA were to say that mercury is dangerous when used to fill cavities.

Here is my simple solution. Have Congress write a law both banning the use of mercury in dental amalgams and banning lawsuits. It can be done and needs to as people are still being subjected to this dangerous neurotoxin.

Come on FDA, do your job and protect the American public like you are supposed to do!!!

Mock Draft #2

Here is my second Mock Draft. I do have a major change and that is the Detroit Lions will trade their second pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I am now pretty convinced that the Raiders will not select Johnson and will go with a potential franchise QB in JaMarcus Russell.

 

Pick #

Team

Selection

Position

College

1

Oakland Raiders

JaMarcus Russell
QB
LSU

2

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Calvin Johnson
WR
Georgia Tech

3

Cleveland Browns

Brady Quinn

QB

Notre Dame

4

Detroit Lions

Gaines Adams

DE

Clemson

5

Arizona Cardinals

Joe Thomas

OT

Wisconsin

6

Washington Redskins

Amobi Okoye

DT

Louisville

7

Minnesota Vikings

Leon Hall

CB

Michigan

8

Atlanta Falcons

LeRon Landry

S

LSU

9

Miami Dolphins

Levi Brown

OT

Penn State

10

Houston Texans

Adrian Peterson

RB

Oklahoma

11

San Francisco 49ers

Robert Meachem

WR

Tennessee

12

Buffalo Bills

Patrick Willis

ILB

Mississippi

13

St. Louis Rams

Alan Branch

DT

Michigan

14

Carolina Panthers

Greg Olsen

TE

Miami

15

Pittsburgh Steelers

Lawrence Timmons

OLB

Florida State

16

Green Bay Packers

Marshawn Lynch

RB

Cal

17

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jamaal Anderson

DE

Arkansas

18

Cincinnati Bengals

Darrelle Revis

CB

Pittsburgh

19

Tennessee Titans

Dwayne Bowe

WR

LSU

20

New York Giants

Paul Posluszny

LB

Penn State

21

Denver Broncos

Adam Carricker

DE

Nebraska

22

Dallas Cowboys

Aaron Ross

CB

Texas

23

Kansas City Chiefs

Ted Ginn Jr.

WR

Ohio State

24

New England Patriots

Michael Griffin

S

Texas

25

New York Jets

Jarvis Moss

DE/OLB

Florida

26

Philadelphia Eagles

Chris Houston

CB

Arkansas

27

New Orleans Saints

Justin Harrell

DT

Tennessee

28

New England Patriots

Jon Beason

OLB

Miami

29

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Staley

OT

Central Michigan

30

San Diego Chargers

Reggie Nelson

S

Florida

31

Chicago Bears

Dwayne Jarrett

WR

USC

32

Indianapolis Colts

LaMarr Woodley

DE/OLB

Michigan

The Airing of the Video by the Virginia Tech Murderer is Morally Reprehensible – Shame on NBC

The continued airing of the video by the mass murderer Seung-hui Cho is morally reprehensible and shows a lack of judgement by NBC news. It was also aired repeatedly by CBSs The Morning Show which unfortunately was on in my home this morning and it highly disturbed my children. Yes, we have the need to know what happened but why do we have to give the murderer the very soap box he wanted. This will only encourage future monsters to do the same, if not worse.

Here is an article written by a psychiatrist that mirrors my feelings. Also, please send e-mails to NBC telling them to not only stop showing the videos, but to make a public apology to the families and friends of the victims. Here are the addresses of the head of NBC Steve Capus and anchorman Brian Williams. steve.capus@nbc.com brian.williams@nbc.com

Tell them you will boycott NBC until they make a public apology for showing the videos.  Maybe they will realize how wrong they were. They need to know.

NFL Mock Draft #1 for 2007

Even though my father-in-law thinks that watching the NFL draft is akin to spending an afternoon watching tar cool or paint dry, it is one of my favorite events of the year. Some people look forward to the Oscars, I look forward to the NFL draft which this year is on ESPN on April 28th and 29th.

One of the best parts of the draft is the days leading up to it and all of the speculation of which team will pick which player. Mel Kiper Jr. is considered the top guru on the subject and even he is rarely right on more that 60-70 percent of his picks in his mock draft. This year seems more unsettled than in years past so whatever I pick here is sheer guesswork especially if any draft day trades are made. I will post another couple of mock drafts in the coming week.

So here is my NFL 2007 mock draft selections:

Pick #

Team

Selection

Position

College

1

Oakland Raiders

Calvin Johnson

WR

Georgia Tech

2

Detroit Lions

JaMarcus Russell

QB

LSU

3

Cleveland Browns

Joe Thomas

OT

Wisconsin

4

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Gaines Adams

DE

Clemson

5

Arizona Cardinals

LaRon Landry

S

LSU

6

Washington Redskins

Amobi Okoye

DT

Louisville

7

Minnesota Vikings

Leon Hall

CB

Michigan

8

Atlanta Falcons

Levi Brown

OT

Penn State

9

Miami Dolphins

Brady Quinn

QB

Notre Dame

10

Houston Texans

Adrian Peterson

RB

Oklahoma

11

San Francisco 49ers

Patrick Willis

ILB

Mississippi

12

Buffalo Bills

Marshawn Lynch

RB

Cal

13

St. Louis Rams

Jamaal Anderson

DE

Arkansas

14

Carolina Panthers

Greg Olsen

TE

Miami

15

Pittsburgh Steelers

Lawrence Timmons

OLB

Florida State

16

Green Bay Packers

Ted Ginn Jr.

WR

Ohio State

17

Jacksonville Jaguars

Adam Carriker

DE

Nebraska

18

Cincinnati Bengals

Darrell Revis

CB

Pittsburgh

19

Tennessee Titans

Dwayne Bowe

WR

LSU

20

New York Giants

Paul Posluszny

LB

Penn State

21

Denver Broncos

Alan Branch

DT

Michigan

22

Dallas Cowboys

Aaron Ross

CB

Texas

23

Kansas City Chiefs

Robert Meachem

WR

Tennessee

24

New England Patriots

Chris Houston

CB

Arkansas

25

New York Jets

Michael Griffin

S

Texas

26

Philadelphia Eagles

Jarvis Moss

DE/OLB

Florida

27

New Orleans Saints

Justin Harrell

DT

Tennessee

28

New England Patriots

Reggie Nelson

S

Florida

29

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Staley

OT

Central Michigan

30

San Diego Chargers

Dwayne Jarrett

WR

USC

31

Chicago Bears

Trent Edwards

QB

Stanford

32

Indianapolis Colts

Jon Beason

OLB

Miami

Codex Reality Podcast

The threat of the CODEX Alimentarius being implemented in the U.S. is a constant war cry of a small group of people who are trying to raise fears amongst the millions of individuals who use nutritional supplements.  Here is a short podcast of mine on the subject.

Taking Responsibility in a World Gone Mad

Today we mourn the death of 32 innocent people, many young adults just about to go out in the world and make their mark. There are calls for gun control, stricter laws, rules and other measures to hopefully prevent another incident like this occurring. While all well and good, the fundamental problem is not being addressed which I believe is a society that no longer has any sense of responsibility.

The America my parent came to was one founded on a strong work ethic and sacrifice. Today’s America is one where many point fingers at others when they do something wrong. Pat Sullivan Jr. passed along an email he received called The Death of Common Sense. While I don’t agree with everything the post contains, I still think that common sense, and the lack of its use, is at the core of the tragedies that keep on occurring in our society. We live in a country where Don Imus gets fired for reprehensible behavior, yet we buy CDs of rappers who say far worse, with little outcry. We trumpet the arrival of new video games which glorify violence, murder, theft and the degradation of women. How do we then justify our outrage at the tragedy at West Virginia University?

A nation that stresses increased personal responsibility may not have prevented the horrors we are now finding out about, but then again, maybe it would have. Maybe that young man may have seen an America as a land of true opportunity, a country where people are held accountable for their actions, where the government doesn’t hide facts that show a possible cause for autism and thimerosal, and a country where our leadership takes responsibility for their actions.

Still, at this time, I think it is most important to wrap our hearts and thoughts around the families who have lost loved ones.  They will need a lot of help healing themselves.

Tragedy in Virginia.

As you go through your day, please say a prayer for the people who lost their lives today at Virginia Tech University when a gunman went on a rampage and murdered over 20 people, many of them young students. It is events like this that make you realize how fragile life is. I’m going to give my two kids and wife a big and long hug today. Do the same to the people you love.