Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

16397Re: [Meditation Society of America] Re: food controversy

Expand Messages
  • Gwyn Plaine
    Oct 15, 2008
    • 0 Attachment
      Ironically, mercury is in vaccines, as stabilising agent. There's no
      safe ingestion level for mercury, and injecting it is worse than oral
      ingestion. THe FDA are refusing to look at mercury free, due to cost.
      Amazing how the rules vary by the size of company pushing the
      poison... :)

      On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 12:32 AM, sean tremblay <bethjams9@...> wrote:
      > I recon I'll stick to beer
      > --- On Wed, 10/15/08, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
      >> From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
      >> Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Re: food controversy
      >> To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
      >> Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 7:20 PM
      >> --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, sean
      >> tremblay
      >> <bethjams9@...> wrote:
      >> >
      >> > Has there been any news on the formation of a free
      >> yogic/vedic/ayurvedic web site sponered by the Indian Gov.
      >> I say a
      >> program on the topc and It ws supposed to counter the
      >> profiteering of
      >> India's cultural inheritence. But I have not found the
      >> sight.
      >> > Any body have a bead on that?
      >> >
      >> Yo Sean,
      >> While Googleing about Ayurvedic web sites,
      >> I found then below copied info. And just when
      >> I was about to order one of my favorites:
      >> Chwayn Prash, which i have found
      >> to be an excellent "wake me up" that has no
      >> crash at all.
      >> Oh well!
      >> 'Ayurvedic' Medicines May Contain Lead, Mercury or
      >> Arsenic
      >> August 26 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five
      >> ayurvedic medicine products purchased on the
      >> Internet contain significant levels of lead,
      >> mercury or arsenic, a new study finds.
      >> The researchers found that products manufactured
      >> in the United States were even more likely to
      >> contain the metals than those made in India, where
      >> the ayurvedic approach was first developed centuries
      >> ago. Furthermore, 75 percent of the products containing
      >> lead, mercury or arsenic advertised that they were
      >> manufactured using "Good Manufacturing
      >> Practices,"
      >> which is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
      >> regulation meant to ensure quality.
      >> "We randomly purchased 193 traditional Indian
      >> (ayurvedic) medicine products from the Internet.
      >> About 60 percent were from U.S. companies and 40
      >> percent from Indian companies. Twenty-one percent
      >> had significant levels of lead, mercury and arsenic,"
      >> said the study's lead author, Dr. Robert B. Saper, an
      >> assistant professor of family medicine at Boston
      >> University School of Medicine, and director of
      >> integrative medicine at Boston Medical Center.
      >> In high levels, these metals can be toxic.
      >> Results of the study are published in the Aug. 27
      >> issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
      >> Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient Indian practice that
      >> combines the use of numerous modalities, such as
      >> herbal medicine, massage and special diets, to promote
      >> wellness and prevent illness, according to the U.S.
      >> National Center for Complementary and Alternative
      >> Medicine.
      >> There are two common practices in ayurveda -- either
      >> herbal medicine alone, or herbal medicines combined
      >> with metals and gems, a practice known as rasa shastra.
      >> In rasa shastra, herbs are combined with metals such
      >> as lead, mercury, iron and zinc, and gems such as
      >> pearl. Those that practice this type of ayurveda believe
      >> it is safe and therapeutic, according to the study.
      >> Saper said that "many traditional Indian practitioners
      >> believe quite strongly that if rasa shastra is done
      >> correctly, it is safe," that he feels these practices
      >> should be "seriously called into question." Saper
      >> also
      >> said that he doesn't believe anyone should deliberately
      >> ingest lead, mercury or arsenic.
      >> The current study included 193 products randomly
      >> selected and purchased over the Internet. The researchers
      >> found that 20.7 percent contained metals. The rate in
      >> U.S. manufactured products was 21.7 percent, and in
      >> Indian products, it was 19.5 percent.
      >> Not surprisingly, almost 41 percent of rasa shastra
      >> products had a greater prevalence of metals, including
      >> high levels of lead and mercury. "Several
      >> Indian-manufactured
      >> rasa shastra medicines could result in lead and/or
      >> mercury ingestions 100 to 10,000 times greater than
      >> acceptable limits," the researchers wrote.
      >> Seventy-five percent of the products claimed to be
      >> manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practices.
      >> Products made by members of the American Herbal
      >> Products Association (AHPA) were less likely to
      >> contain metals, according to the study.
      >> Michael McGuffin, president of the AHPA, said,
      >> "It's
      >> not an accident that AHPA members performed better.
      >> We've called our members attention to the presence of
      >> heavy metals in plant materials. Lead is ubiquitous.
      >> It's in the soil and in the plants. I don't think
      >> you
      >> can get these levels to zero, but it is the
      >> manufacturers'
      >> responsibility to know the amount and to limit it."
      >> AHPA also recommends that its members don't manufacture
      >> rasa shastra products.
      >> Saper said that the FDA hasn't currently set a maximum
      >> level allowed for lead, mercury and arsenic in dietary
      >> supplements, but he believes they should.
      >> McGuffin recommended buying products made by members
      >> of AHPA, because the study found they were least likely
      >> to contain metals, and he said consumers should call
      >> the makers of their medicines and "ask tough
      >> questions."
      >> He said if you call a company and ask what their limits
      >> are for lead, and the representative says they don't
      >> know, that's a red flag.
      >> SOURCES: Robert B. Saper, M.D., M.P.H., assistant
      >> professor, family
      >> medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, and
      >> director,
      >> integrative medicine, Boston Medical Center, Mass.; Michael
      >> McGuffin,
      >> president, American Herbal Products Association, Silver
      >> Spring, Md.;
      >> Aug. 27, 2008, Journal of the American Medical Association
      >> This site contains copyrighted material the
      >> use of which has not always been specifically
      >> authorized by the copyright owner. We are
      >> making such material available in our efforts
      >> to advance understanding of environmental,
      >> political, human rights, economic, democracy,
      >> scientific, spiritual, and social justice issues,
      >> etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use'
      >> of any such copyrighted material as provided
      >> for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.
      >> In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107,
      >> the material on this site is distributed
      >> without profit to those who have expressed a
      >> prior interest in receiving the included information
      >> for research and educational purposes. For more
      >> information go to:
      >> http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml.
      >> If you wish to use copyrighted material from this
      >> site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair
      >> use',
      >> you must obtain permission from the copyright owner
    • Show all 9 messages in this topic