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New York Chain
Eateries Must Post Calorie Counts
Tue Jan 22, 2008
By Edith Honan
NEW YORK (Reuters) -
New York again sought to force fast food chains
to display calorie counts on their menu boards on
Tuesday after a federal judge quashed a similar
proposal last year.
The rule affects restaurants with 15 or more locations
nationwide such as fast-food chains Burger King,
McDonald's and Wendy's but also casual dining chains
such as Ruby Tuesday and IHOP Corp's Applebee's. The
city believes the new rule will be allowed because it
subjects all restaurants with more than 15 locations
to the same requirement while its previous rule only
affected restaurants that were following voluntary
federal nutritional labeling guidelines.
The Board of Health adopted the regulation in an
attempt to combat obesity. The same board banned
artery-clogging trans-fats from New York City
restaurants in 2006 and smoking in bars and
restaurants in 2003. "Obesity is the only major health
problem in the country and in New York City that is
getting worse rapidly," New York City Health
Commissioner Thomas Frieden said.
The fast food industry opposes the measure, which is
due to take effect on March 31, on the grounds it
would overly complicate menus and provide little
benefit to consumers. "We support the concept of
providing nutritional information for all the products
we serve, and we already do that (on posters in
restaurants and on the company Web site)," said Denny
Lynch a spokesman Wendy's International, the No. 3
U.S. hamburger chain.
Burger King, the second largest U.S. hamburger chain,
already puts the information on posters in each
restaurant. McDonald's Corp., the largest hamburger
chain in the world, puts nutritional information such
as calories on some packaging and posts the
US Doctors In India
To Promote Vegetarianism ....
Thu Jan 24 21:10:55
Sent by Dr. Kevin Saldanha to
Studies are now finding that serious cardiac disease
is reversible on a vegan diet
A research conducted by the Doctors from Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), USA, proved
the efficacy of low-fat vegetarian diet in reversing
blood sugar levels of people with type II diabetes.
"The westernization of the diet has played a major
role inthe diabetes epidemic. America should
Easternize its own diet. If Americans learn to eat dal,
rice, and palak, they would be slimmer and healthier,"
said Dr Neal Barnard president of CRM.
A controlled study of 99 diabetic patients by PCRM
—funded by the government of USA — proved that eating
vegetarian food, excluding milk products, cooked in
less oil can show reverse trends by bringing down
blood sugar level, cholesterol, blood pressure and
weight in people and especially in patients suffering
with diabetes type II.
As against the current approach where doctors advice
diabetic patients to cut down on carbohydrates,
calories and fat, Dr Barnard suggests people with type
II diabetes to shift to vegan diet. According to
him,the results would be visible as early as in the
"The results of switching over to vegan diet would be
visible in the very first week. The person will
experience weight loss followed by drop in the blood
sugar level. The blood pressure will also get normal
within six weeks," said Dr Barnard. According him,
combination of organic food and medication works the
best for the patients.
"It is very difficult to switch over to vegetarian
diet all of a sudden. But, doctors should encourage
patients to try out new vegetarian recipes and help
them to develop a taste of it," said Dr Barnard.
Feel Overworked: Survey
January 22, 2008
35 per cent of physicians plan to cut back on their
practice. Canadian doctors are feeling overwhelmed and
frustrated by their inability to properly serve their
patients' health needs, according to a recent survey.
The survey of more than 20,000 doctors and
doctors-in-training across the country found 75 per
cent of respondents felt inadequate funding of the
health-care system, paperwork, bureaucracy and an
undersupply of doctors and other health professionals
are curtailing the amount and level of care they are
able to provide patients.
About one-half of the country's 60,000 doctors are
family practitioners, but about four million to five
million Canadians don't have a family doctor.
Physician groups blame the understaffed health-care
system for this shortage.
Unfortunately, the shortage is likely to worsen. The
survey, conducted by the College of Family Physicians
of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and the
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada,
found about 4,000 doctors plan to retire in the next
two years and 35 per cent of physicians plan to cut
back on their practice.
New medical school graduates will barely cover the
loss of doctors to retirement, according to the
Radiation Disrupts Sleep, Causes Headaches
Researchers from the US and Sweden have found in a
study, funded by some of the worlds biggest phone
makers, that radiations emitting from mobile phones
cause headaches and interrupt vital sleep patterns.
The researchers - from Wayne State University in the
US and Swedens Karolinska Institute - say that
participants who were exposed to mobile radiation
during the study were found to experience headaches,
change of moods, confusion, and trouble in sleeping.
Sydney, January 21 :
Researchers from the US and Sweden have found
in a study, funded by some of the world's biggest
phone makers, that radiations emitting from mobile
phones cause headaches and interrupt vital sleep
patterns. The researchers - from Wayne State
University in the US and Sweden's Karolinska Institute
- say that participants who were exposed to mobile
radiation during the study were found to experience
headaches, change of moods, confusion, and trouble in
Reporting their findings in the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology's Progress in Electromagnetics
Research Symposium (PIERS), they said that the
symptoms of mobile phone radiation were observed in 38
of the 71 study participants.
"The study indicates that during laboratory exposure
to 884 MHz wireless signals, components of sleep,
believed to be important for recovery from daily wear
and tear, are adversely affected,"
quoted them as saying in the article. "Moreover,
participants that otherwise have no self-reported
symptoms related to mobile phone use appear to have
more headaches during the actual radiofrequency
exposure as compared to sham exposure," they added.
The researchers said that mobile phone radiation
extended the period of time it took for participants
to fall asleep. "Under the (radiofrequency) exposure
condition, participants exhibited a longer latency to
deep sleep," they said. The study had been funded by
the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), which is made up
of industry giants like Nokia and Motorola. A
spokesperson for the forum told British newspaper The
Independent that the "results were inconclusive", and
that "the researchers did not claim that exposure
caused sleep disturbance".
On the other hand, lead researcher Bengt Arnetz said
that mobile phone radiation decreased participants'
ability to wind down and fall asleep. "We did find an
effect from mobile phones from exposure scenarios that
were realistic," Professor Arnetz was quoted as
telling the newspaper.
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