News & Events
These articles discuss current health news, topics, trends and their connection to your health and well-being. Each day we are bombarded with news and events which impact our overall health and life. Sometimes the news relating to your health is a claim that a product will provide more energy or help with weight loss. Other times the news is how our health may be affected by a current environmental event – such as pollution or pesticide use. Dr. Gangemi helps sort out the confusion and make sense of it all.
Are you a passionate soda drinker? Do you stockpile your cans of Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, or other tasty delight to appease your sweet tooth at its every beckoning? Do you get irate in a restaurant when you demand Coke but they only serve Pepsi, or vise-versa? Or are you just not sure what type of sweetener best fancies your metabolism? With so many choices, it’s hard to make an educated decision. Well Pepsi has come to your rescue – with Pepsi Next. Just one easier choice you have to make in life.
Ah Valentine’s Day and we get to hear all about how chocolate is so good for us. It can be beneficial both mentally and physically as it’s loaded with healthy antioxidants, minerals, and even stimulants. Chocolate was once considered the nectar of the gods. Actually, those who were once sacrificed to the gods were given chocolate mixed in blood before their hearts were ripped out – there’s a yummy thought for you.
So how good for you is chocolate? Well, that depends on the type of chocolate you’re eating and how often you consume it. After all, stuffing your face with even a somewhat healthy Paleo chocolate cake probably isn’t going to provide any health benefits, even if the levels of free radical fighting phytonutrients are comparable to some blueberries. But hey, I love chocolate too so read on and I’ll share the love.
Fruits and vegetables are typically some of the most nutritious foods you can consume; they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, and free radical fighting phytonutrients. But you’ll want to know where your product came from before you take a bite – many are loaded with pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals you probably don’t want in your body. (more…)
I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from patients and drgangemi.com readers regarding the Japanese nuclear disaster, so I felt like it was time to post my thoughts and actions on the health matter. The amount of radioactivity released into the air and the ocean is said to be very large. Radioactive iodine has been found in rainwater in Massachusetts, California, Washington state, and Pennsylvania. I believe a week or so ago local news reports here in North Carolina were saying that coastal levels in North and South Carolina were higher than normal. To date, the amount of radiation reported has been low. It is hard to know what exactly to believe as some reports may underestimate the levels so not to spread panic, while other may overestimate and not take into account the normal levels that are present every “normal” day. (more…)
The scientists at Hasbro are hard at work redesigning the classic Easy-Bake Oven. In early 2012, the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will no longer be available. So Hasbro is coming out with the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven which will feature “a heating element that does not use a light bulb and offers an extensive assortment of mixes reflective of the hottest baking trends for today,” according to Hasbro’s statement. (more…)
Energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster won’t just make your kid hyper, but a new study out by the University Of Miami School Of Medicine says energy drinks may “put some children at risk for adverse health events, especially those with diabetes, seizures, cardiac abnormalities or mood and behavior disorders.” The study also goes on to say that the drinks can cause seizures or even death if used excessively.
Energy drinks have no therapeutic benefit to children, or any person for that matter, and many people over-do stimulant beverages to stay awake, pull an all-nighter while studying or partying, or just to give them some sort of hopeless energy to get through the day. The sugar content, as well as stimulants added such as caffeine and guarana, are linked to numerous health problems, though if you choose to listen to Dr. Maureen Storey, senior vice president of science policy for the American Beverage Association, you may think this is all a bunch of bull (no relationship to Red Bull). (more…)
Looking for a healthy sunscreen that won’t cause free radical damage and act as an estrogen mimicker (hormonal disruptor)The ? Soleo is a product that blocks UVA, UVB, and UVC rays, is 100% natural, and most importantly, is not photoreactive. Photoreactive ingredients such as uncoated zinc oxide and titanium oxides found in many products are known to produce free radicals and damage DNA, as discussed in the last article.
Soleo contains no synthetic ingredients or harmful lipids, such as partially hydrogenated oils. It contains antioxidants and natural oils that not only protect the skin, but also help with vitamin D absorption. The zinc in it coated as to act as physical and chemical sun protector, by deflecting the sun’s rays. As with anything you put on your skin, (and therefore absorb into your body), it should be good enough for you to eat, and this stuff is.
Additionally, none of the common cancer-provoking and estrogen mimicking agents typically seen in sunscreen are used, such as the following:
- Octyl Methoxycinnamate
- 4 Methyl-benzylidene camphor
- Parabens (commonly methyl and propyl)
Soleo is hard to find now in the US. Currently I am using ECO Logical which is just as good.
An update (Summer 2011) to this post can be found here.
- SUN, VITAMIN D, & SUNSCREEN
Now is a good time to have your vitamin D levels checked (via a blood test) if you haven’t done so recently. Most people lose a substantial amount of vitamin D as they hibernate indoors over the winter and the UV-B rays which provide vitamin D are almost non-existent. Vitamin D is needed more than just to metabolize calcium and build strong bones; it’s necessary for a healthy immune and nervous system. Optimum serum levels are between 50-80 ng/ml. If your level is very low you may need to supplement with some Vitamin D3 (not D2) as even an adequate diet and sun exposure may not be enough. Speaking of sun – sunscreen blocks the absorption of vitamin D and also the more tan you get, or the darker your skin is, the harder it is for your body to absorb vitamin D. Even worse, most sunscreens out there, even the ones found in health foods stores like Whole Foods, contain ingredients that actually promote free radical damage to your skin. It is thought that the use of most sunscreens actually promote skin cancer rather than prevent it. They do this by blocking vitamin D levels from being absorbed into your body and also via free radical damage. By lathering up in sunscreen, many are blocking the absorption of vitamin D as well as giving themselves a false sense of security as they think they can stay in the sun longer, only to absorb more of the dangerous UV-A rays. So get a tan, but don’t burn. And if you’re very fair skinned and burn very easily, then more reason to have your 25OH Vitamin D blood level checked. Personally, I use sunscreen at the beginning of the year when I am outside a lot and don’t have much of a tan. As soon as my skin darkens and I know there is no chance of me turning even slightly pink, I’m done with the sunscreen for the year. The rule is if you’re not going to burn, then don’t use sunscreen. (more…)
Tired of hearing about the swine flu and the swine flu vaccine yet, in addition to the annual influenza virus and vaccine? I am. Well, it probably won’t go away too quickly. I get asked about the swine flu almost daily as well as the question whether one should get the swine flu vaccine or not. As with the typical flu vaccine, discussed in the past, I still see more risks associated with the swine flu vaccine than there are benefits.
For those of you who were on the fence about the H1N1 vaccine and are now considering it based off recent media reports, such as the CBS “60 Minutes” show that aired on October 18, 2009, take a view of the same show, 33 years ago, by Mike Wallace about the lies & propaganda behind the swine flu and the vaccine. Maybe we’ll see a different “60 Minutes” in 2010, similar to this one. Make sure you watch the commercials from that era in the last few minutes; very entertaining. Click here to view the 1976 report.
No safety studies have been properly performed on the swine flu vaccine. And even worse, one of the target groups is pregnant women. This is new untested territory. There is already a link between pregnant women receiving the flu shot and increased rates of autism and schizophrenia in their children – will the swine flu be any different? Vaccines (all) cause abnormal brain changes associated with inflammation. More on this subject by Dr. Russell Blaylock can be found by clicking here. (more…)
The news is out again with a recent study published by The Lancet that has scientists cheering, “Women on the birth control pill are protected from ovarian cancer, even decades after they stop taking it.” This is not new information. My April 2005 newsletter discusses the dangers associated when a woman believes this headline.
The recent study says that for every 500 women who take The Birth Control Pill (BCP) for 10 years, there is a 0.4% decrease in ovarian cancer (2 women) and a 0.2% decrease in death from the cancer (1 woman). This resulted in 8 women per 1000 who were taking the BCP and 12 who were not. Well that sounds like good news until you consider the fact that taking birth control pills, especially for 10 years, increases a woman’s chance of getting breast, cervical, and even liver cancer – much more than this slight decrease in ovarian cancer. (more…)