Wednesday, August 19, 2009

iHerb - where I go for vitamins

I've been ordering most of my supplements from iherb lately. The prices, for the most part, seem to be better than I can find locally, and I like that they have a large selection of freebies that you can get with your order. Plus free shipping is a plus, too. It's a site without a lot of flash and dazzle, but it's got a decent selection of products, and I think I've been able to find 90% of whatever I was looking for.

If you check out iHerb, you can use code YUZ753 to get a $5 off credit (at least, I think so. This is what the site says.) Shameless self-promotion, I know, but hey, why not.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Will Americans follow orders to take flu shots?

I've been reading on a number of sites about the possibility that the swine flu vaccine will be mandatory by law. I'm not sure if there's any ground to this, but considering that vaccines are mandatory for public schools, colleges, and even some pediatric clinics, this isn't completely unthinkable. I ride the fence on the vaccine issue: I think there can be some advantages, but at the same time, the current schedule is pretty heavy, and I wonder if scientists have really done a thoroughly-comprehensive study of these drugs and the effect that they have on the body, also factoring in environmental conditions. I do not believe that any vaccines should be mandatory, though, and that individuals should be free to opt out of receiving them, so it can be a little frightening reading some of these articles.


FDA Declares Mercury Amalgam Fillings Safe for All

The FDA declaring mercury fillings to be safe is highly questionable to me. I've heard some mixed things from, of all people, my own dentist. We talked about about mercury fillings, and while he does believe there can be some risk to these, the likelihood of these leaking is rare. The other thing he mentioned is, to have mercury fillings removed involves wearing down remaining tooth material to get them out. They don't just melt out, but you need to wear away the tooth further to get these out. So there's a trade-off involved there. Frankly, the idea of a mercury-based item situated in one's teeth does not seem like a good idea. My understanding is that it's mercury in vaccines that also causes these products to be suspect as well.

This gets into the area of heavy-metal detox, which is a new subject that I'm just beginning to research now. I've heard of a few foods that help remove toxic metals from the body, and I also know that fasting is supposed to do the same thing as well. I'm curious to learn more about what one needs to do to get toxic metals and chemicals out of the body.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Stir-fry veggie dish from "Iron Monkey"

The film "Iron Monkey" featured plenty of goofy kungfu action and silly dialog, but during one scene in the film, the hero is shown making some very tasty-looking food, such as this dish here. Best I can judge there's some red pepper, green onions, mushrooms and greens at work in this dish, and it looks very tasty! I wish that the film had included a recipe...