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HEALTH BENEFITS OF VITAMIN B2

Riboflavin or vitamin B2 plays a significant role in the production of energy. It helps in the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, which fuels the body function.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF CORN

Corn is a good source of Thiamin ( Vitamin B1) providing about one-quarter (24.0%) of the daily value for this nutrient in a single cup.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF ORANGES

You may already know that oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C. In just one orange there is a supply of 116.2% of the daily value for vitamin C-but do you know just how important vitamin C and oranges are for good health?
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THE DIRTY DOZEN FOODS THAT SHOULD BE BOUGHT ORGANIC

EWG has been publishing guides to the "dirty dozen" of most pesticide-contaminated foods since 1995, based on statistical analysis of testing conducted by the USDA and the FDA.The dirty dozen list only reflects measurable pesticide residues on the parts of the foods normally consumed (i.e. after being washed and peeled). We have listed these 12 foods in the following pages, along with recommendations for foods other than fruits and vegetables that are best bought organic.
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COLON AND LIVER CLEANSING

Many people have problems with their liver, the gallstones (in the bile-ducts of the liver too, even when the gallbladder has been removed) and general digestion. Especially with the 'Western Diet' with too much fat and acidity and with the stress of modern life gallstones develop, although they are rarely noticed, just an occasional pain when eating fat.
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THE POWER OF BELIEF

Make your self healthier by changing the way you process your thoughts. If we believe that we are creatures created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) then that secures our reasoning that we too are creators or co-creators.
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THIAMIN B1

Vitamin B1 also plays a key role in support of the nervous system, where it permits healthy development of the fat-like coverings which surround most nerves (called myelin sheaths). In the absence of vitamin B1, these coverings can degenerate or become damaged.
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WARNING

Report of findings of Dr. H.A. McGuigan for the Federal Trade Commission in Docket case #540, Washington D.C.
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DUPONT NOW IN THE FRYING PAN

By Amy Cortese — TEFLON has been hugely successful for DuPont, which over the last half-century has made the material almost ubiquitous, putting it not just on the frying pans but also on carpets, fast food packaging, clothing, eyeglasses and electrical wires – even the fabric roofs covering football stadiums.
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NUKING BROCCOLI A NO-NO

Microwaving Zaps Antioxidants in Broccoli — By Jean Nick
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COOKWARE COATED WITH TEFLON

In two to five minutes on a conventional stovetop, cookware coated with Teflon and other non-stick surfaces can exceed temperatures at which the coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases linked to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pet bird deaths and an unknown number of human illnesses each year.
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CAN TEFLON MAKE YOU SICK?

Teflon, one of the most popular non-stick pan products, can emit fumes that make you sick if it is allowed to get hot enough.
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EWG IN THE NEWS

Latest docs revealed in advance of pending enforcement action. From EWG's report New Documents Show Continuing Pattern of Information Supression by DuPont
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WARNING LABELS ON TEFLON COOKWARE

U.S. Urged to Put Warning Labels on Teflon Cookware. The Environmental Working Group asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require manufactures of cookware to place warning labels on their products that caution consumers of the potential health risks of the non-stick coating.
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Teflon in a Sticky Situation

DuPont's Teflon® works wonders at keeping food from sticking to pots and pans. But after 50 years of use, evidence is mounting that Teflon's key ingredient, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), "sticks" in the environment indefinitely. Environmental health advocates are concerned that exposure to environmental PFOA as well as to airborne fumes released when nonstick cookware overheats may be more toxic than realized.

PFOA is a synthetic chemical used to give Teflon its essential non-stickiness. Problem is, the chemical is apparently just as durable an environmental contaminant as it is a finish on pots and pans. That is, PFOA doesn't break down. As a result, there's plenty of PFOA floating around. So much that one study, released by the 3M Company in 2001, found that PFOA was present in the blood of 96 percent of 598 children tested in 23 states and the District of Columbia. (The study can be downloaded on Environmental Working Group's website.)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has at last initiated a review of the potential health risks and exposure routes of PFOA and its most commonly used salts, including ammonium perfluorooctanoate (commonly referred to as C8), which is used in Teflon production. The EPA based its decision not only on PFOA's persistence in the environment and the likelihood of low-level exposure to the chemical and its salts to the general population, but also because a few studies show that PFOA causes "developmental toxicity and other effects" in laboratory animals.

Was DuPont Hiding Teflon's Dangers?

Last year, 3,000 residents living in the vicinity of DuPont's Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, filed a class action lawsuit, charging that DuPont knowingly discharged C8 into local drinking-water supplies. Concerns arose over C8's potential health hazards when internal DuPont documents became public.

The DuPont document that has raised the most concern dates back to 1981. That year, a study conducted by 3M, then DuPont's primary C8 supplier, found birth defects in rats exposed to C8. The document reports the results of the pregnancies of seven Dupont workers exposed to C8. Two of the women delivered babies with birth defects, one with eye and tear-duct defects and another with nostril and eye defects. However, DuPont did not report this finding of a potential human hazard from C8 exposure, according to an investigation by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit research and advocacy organization. EWG has written a letter asking EPA director Christine Whitman to investigate whether DuPont broke the law by concealing this finding.

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