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Slow Death By Rubber Duck

by Leslie Edwards

Leslie Edwards For years, I have been preaching the dangers of chemicals, artificial hormones, aluminum, plastic, teflon, metals & dyes because I believe they are making people sick and killing them. There are more cancers, alzheimers and other diseases including all the newer immune deficiency diseases.I believe that the dramatic in...crease in childhood cancers, autism and other diseases is the result of changes in baby products. Glass and rubber nippled baby bottles have morphed into cheap plastic bottles that some mothers heat up in the mocrowave, plastic sippy cups, flame retardent, sythetic clothes that are full of chemicals, plastic diapers, plastic parts on cribs, processed foods, plastic toys from China,lead based paint, aluminum cans and cookware and the list goes on and on. It is frustrating that parents are not paying attention. The Book "Death By Rubber Duck" is a great resource. Read this review and sign the petition to get Congress more involved in the issue. one can do it all. If everyone does a little, we can change the world.

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Made In China

by Leslie Edwards

This is really creepy, but no longer surprising in view of all the other health violations heaped upon the world by China.  Another good reason to buy products made in the U.S.A. or countries that make safe products.              

The problem is that it is getting increasingly difficult to find products that were not made in China, including clothes (chemicals and dyes), dishes and toys (lead based paint), pots and pans (nonstick chemicals), utentials, baby bottles, sippy cups (unsafe plastic) and the list goes on.....

Instead of plates made in China, I purchased some great glass plates that were made in France.  I found them at Ikea.  I use a stainless steel water bottle instead of plastic and I do not own any plastic containers.  Glass covered bowls work better, are reuseable and safe in the microwave (if you have to use one). With stainless steel cookware there are no chemicals used to make cookware nonstick that could leach into food at high temperatures or when scraped.

Think before you give your children anything plastic, synthetic clothing or food products that are made in China.  We know their safety standards are way too low to risk the health of our children.  Finding substitutes may take longer and might even cost more but would be safer and better for the environment.

  This is true, according to Snopes...


 Be cautious of hair bands at open markets around the city too – they are probably from China since they are purchased in bulk very very cheap !!!!  
Take a good look before buying hair bands in future – specially like the following kind…..


These Hair bands were made from used condoms and threads. That was so disgusting, I would not want to use them!!

BeIJING (AFP) - Used condoms are being recycled into hair bands in southern China threatening to spread sexually-transmittable diseases they were originally meant to prevent, state media reported Tuesday

In the latest example of potentially harmful Chinese-made products, rubber hair bands have been found in local markets and beauty salons in Dongguan and Guangzhou cities in southern Guangdong province, China Daily newspaper said.

'These cheap and colorful rubber bands and hair ties sell well ... threatening the health of local people,' it said.
Despite being recycled, the hair bands could still contain bacteria and viruses, it said.

'People could be infected with AIDS, (genital) warts or other diseases if they hold the rubber bands or strings in their mouths while waving their hair into plaits or buns,' the paper quoted a local dermatologist who gave only his surname, Dong, as saying. A bag of ten of the recycled bands sells for just 25 s
en (three cents), much cheaper than others on the market, accounting for their popularity, the paper said.

A government official was quoted as saying recycling condoms was illegal.   China 's manufacturing industry has been repeatedly tarnished this year by a string of scandals involving shoddy or dangerous goods made for both domestic and foreign markets.

In response, it launched a public relations blitz this summer aimed at playing up efforts to strengthen monitoring systems.


Check your kids hair bands and make sure they do not put them in their mouth while trying to plait or tie their hair

Public Pens

by Leslie Edwards

Another flu season has passed and again I did not get the flu.  Although I have never had a flu shot, it is my personal decision and I am not recommending that anyone else do the same.

One of the things I do to avoid contamination from germs is to carry my own pen at all times.  I do not share public pens, at the grocery checkout, signing for credit cards or anywhere else..  Be conscious the next time you have an opportunity to sign something with a pen provided by a cashier, waiter etc.  The pens are touched by several people everyday and never disinfected. There is a 100% chance that someone who used the pen that day will share some germs with other users.

Stay healthy and call me for all of your real estate needs.  As a professional, fulltime REALTOR for 30 years, I have worked through many challenging markets and this one is no different.  In the first quarter of 2008 my closed sales were over ten times more than the average agent.  Call or email to arrange a FREE consultation for Buyers and Sellers by phone, email or let's meet in person.  As always, there is no obligation to work with me.  I want to be your resource for real estate information.

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There's Lead in Those Plates From China

by Leslie Edwards

The news about lead in toys made in China has me thinking about everything that is made in China.  I have everyday dishes that say Made In China on the back so I began searching the internet for information.  What I read is that yes, there is lead in plates from China and that cracks or chips can be dangerous as there is a release of  lead dust.  These dishes, according to the article, can also be dangerous when used in a microwave or with highly acidic foods like spagetti sauce.  Even if I don't use the Made In China plates when chipped, cracked, in a microwave or with spagetti sauce, I still don't feel comfortable eating off of them. 

Yesterday it was announced that someone is suing Martha Stewart because of lead in the dishes sold under her name claiming a variety of afflictions related to lead poisoning

Are people in China ingesting lead from dishes, toys and any number of other commonly used products?  Is there a widespread epidemic of lead poisoning in China?  Or, if you believe in conspiracy theories, could be a plot to poison Amerca? 

Another good reason to choose products that are Made in America.

There are tests for lead in products and simple blood tests to determine if the body has a dangerous level of lead.  Next time my Doctor's office does bloodwork, I am going to ask them to test for lead.  If I had children, I would have them tested immediately.

Plastic is Slowly Killing Us All

by Leslie Edwards


For years I have told everyone who would listen about the dangers of plastic.  Friends think it's odd that I do not own any plastic food storage containers, no plastic glasses, cups, forks or water bottles, avoiding plastic whenever possible. I buy glass bottles instead of plastic,  I save and reuse glass jars and  my water bottle is stainless steel.  Plastic is everywhere, we can't get away from it.  But we can avoid exposure to plastic when possible.

I am not a finatic but I am aware and determined to spread the word.  Some research, usually funded by the plastic manufacturers, shows there is no danger from exposure to plastic.  Other independent studies shows serious dangers from ingesting plastic.  Different studies, conflicting results. 

 Be aware, read some articles, get the facts.  If there is any chance it is true, we have to stop giving our children plastic water bottles, sippy cups, toys, pacifiers, food containers, etc. 

The dangers of plastic gets very little press considering what a huge issue it is.  When I talk about it I can tell most people prefer to ignore the research. 

  My assistant bought some cooking oil in a plastic bottle to use for a party.  A week later, I opened the bottle and I could smell plastic and the oil tasted like plastic.  People have gotten used to the taste of plastic in drinks and food and continue to ingest the dangers chemicals used in manufacturing plastic.

Below are three links to articles about dangers of plastic.  There are hundreds of articles on the subject.  I urge you to read at least enough to know that when you microwave food, use glass.

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Aluminum Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

by Leslie Edwards
 When my mother was diagnosed with Alzeheimer's years ago, I began researching the disease and have long been convinced that there is a connection between aluminum and Alzheimer's.  Here is part of an article I read on by Dr. John McDougall, MD of the McDougall Wellness Center 5-25-3.  There is a lot more information on the internet about the subject. 
I have not used aluminum pots and pans for over 25 years substituting stainless steel and glass.  I don't use plastic containers either, but that is a whole different issue.  I use a hard to find deodorant that does not contain aluminum and avoid anything with aluminum as an ingredient.  You will probably be surprised to learn all of the ways we are subjected to aluminum.  While it is impossible for any of us to do everything to avoid exposure to aluminum, by understandings the hazards, we can make better choices. 
This is one of things I have been thinking about...
Alzheimer's Again
Linked To Aluminum

In patients having Alzheimer's disease the brain is somewhat shrunken and, on postmortum examination, a definite loss of nervous tissue is noted. Examination of the brain tissues under a microscope reveals small bundles of material called senile plaques, scattered throughout the tissues. The more plaques that are present, the worse is the mental condition of the patient. Chemical analysis reveals the presence of the metal aluminum at the core of each plaque and within many of the cells found in the plaques. Evidence is accumulating to indicate that aluminum may be involved in the formation of the plaques, and it is therefore a prime suspect as the initial cause of the disease.
Five population studies now link Alzheimer's disease to aluminum in drinking water. As early as 1885, aluminum was shown to be toxic to the nervous tissues of animals. Aluminum can also produce a degeneration of the nervous tissues in cats and rabbits that resembles in some ways that seen in the brains of human patients with Alzheimer's disease. Patients with diseased kidneys accumulate large amounts of aluminum in their bodies from medications and from kidney-machine solutions that have been used until recently. This accumulation results in a severe mental deterioration.
Aluminum is the third most common element in the earth's crust. "Normal" dietary intake of aluminum is about 3 to 5 mg per day, of which only a very small amount is absorbed by the body's tissues. The aluminum to which we are exposed comes from many sources, and most of these are under our control. Dust, water, and even unprocessed foods contain aluminum that may be difficult to avoid. But aluminum in cosmetics, many medicines, food additives (for example, some brands of baking powders, and highly absorbable aluminum maltol used in instant chocolate mixes), cans, kitchenware, and utensils can be easily avoided. A very popular antacid, Amphojel, consists of aluminum hydroxide.
Most of this daily intake is eliminated by healthy kidneys. However, some individuals seem to absorb aluminum more readily, or are less able to eliminate it; these people, who cannot be identified before symptoms begin, are most likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Certainly not every one of the multitudes of us who have been fed for a lifetime on foods cooked in aluminum pots and pans will end our days in this world as severely mentally deficient patients. Aluminum is only one strongly suspected culprit. Scientists believe that other factors, yet to be identified, are involved in the interactions that allow the body to suffer this form of degeneration.
Some scientists are particularily worried about inhaled aluminum because autopsy studies have shown a high proportion of senile plaques in the olfactory (smelling) lobes of the brain. Spray antiperspirants would be a likely product for this concern.
Your choice of cookware is important. Glass and porcelain are relatively nonreactive with foods. Metal cookware does react with the acids in foods and the metal ions thereby released gain access to your body. In the case of copper, iron, and stainless steel cookware the metals are actually essential trace elements, and therefore make a valuable nutritional contribution if they are not absorbed in excess. Aluminum, on the other hand, not only has no recognized function in the body, but is toxic.
My Recommendations: Based on present information prudent action would be to avoid all sources of ingestable and inhaled aluminum. Those who fail to heed this advice will serve as "guinea pigs" for the human experiments that may eventually prove the presence or absence of serious health effects of aluminum.
Two years of investigation were reported in the Lancet in 1991 using an aluminum chelating agent, desferrioxamine, to slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease. Between 1979 and 1987 there has been a thirteen-fold increase in the number of deaths from Alzheimer's disease in the United States. To me this represents the increase in exposure to aluminum that has happened to people in our society.
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