Archive for June, 2011


Monday, June 27th, 2011

As a lifelong advocate for women’s health, scholar and author D. Lindsey Berkson has been investigating the effects of hormone disrupters on the fetus.She writes, “During critical times such as pregnancy, a mother’s body has high levels of estrogen. Fortunately 99 percent of the estrogen a pregnant woman makes is attached to sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). When estrogen rides i piggyback on these blood proteins, it is said to be bound. Estrogen that is bound does not cross the placental barrier, so the estrogen cannot enter the body and brain of the developing child. The estrogen that is not bound is referred to as free estrogen as it is able to pass freely into cells and bind with receptors.Free estrogen is thus the biologically active estrogen that can get into a cell and send a signal to start estrogenic activity. Only 0.2 or 0.3 percent of a mother’s estrogen is free and can get into the fetus.*7/165/1*


Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

An X ray will only show whether a joint space has narrowed due to the almost complete destruction of articular cartilage; it will not show meniscal damage per se. However, it may reveal calcification of the cartilage—a disorder called chondrocalcinosis—which is usually indicative of a degenerative meniscus, which may be prone to tears.MRI. An MRI is the test that is most often used to diagnose meniscal injuries. It has a 90 percent accuracy rate for the meniscus, which means it is good but not perfect. On an MRI the meniscus should appear absolutely black. A tear or injury to the meniscus shows up as tiny dots. A tear that is incomplete is classified as a grade 1 or 2. A complete tear through the top and bottom, such as the parrot beak or bucket handle, is classified as grade 3. An MRI should be interpreted by an experienced knee surgeon or orthopedic radiologist; a general radiologist may not be able to distinguish between a grade 2 or 3 tear with the same degree of accuracy as someone who performs a lot of knee surgeries. Generally speaking, a grade 1 or even a grade 2 tear is not considered serious, nor is it apparent through an arthroscopic examination. This tear is probably insignificant as far as causing any symptoms. If the patient is no longer in pain, the physician may conclude that the meniscus has a stable tear that may not be causing any symptoms. Therefore, the physician may decide to forego surgery in favor of a good muscle-strengthening program. If at a later date, the tear worsens and the patient experiences pain, surgery may be reconsidered.Under the best of circumstances, the MRI is not infallible, and about 10 percent of the time, an MRI will show a grade 2 tear that is actually a more serious grade 3 and vice versa. Therefore, it is very important for the physician to consider carefully the patient’s symptoms before making the diagnosis. If the physician is convinced that the patient has a serious tear that will require surgical repair or resection, she will probably decide to arthroscope the knee.Arthroscopy. An arthroscope by an experienced arthro-scopist can achieve an accuracy rate of about 100 percent. From the arthroscope, the physician can determine if a tear is significant and whether it needs surgical repair.*23\185\2*


Friday, June 10th, 2011

A recent test tube study reveals that Roundup can severely | reduce the ability of mouse cells to produce hormones, Roundup interferes with a fundamental protein called STAR  (steroidogenic acute regulatory protein). The STAR protein is the key to the production of testosterone in men thus controlling male characteristics, including sperm production and also the production of the adrenal hormone (essential for brain development), carbohydrate metabolism (leading to loss or gain of weight), and immune system function. The authors point out that “a disruption of the STAR protein may underlie many of the toxic effects of environmental pollutants. In the womb the steroid hormones play a vital role by directing the development of the reproductive organs as well as influencing the development of the thyroid gland, liver immune system and brain. Critical times for breast development also occur before birth. This development requires an impeccable time sequence of events. Any alteration of that sequence can have disastrous and permanent consequences.*11/165/1*