FDA affirms regulations on mercury levels in cosmetics

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By Alison Hsiao

Following a recent report cautioning consumers that cosmetics bought online or abroad may contain mercury, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday assured the public that the element’s concentration in such products is strictly regulated in Taiwan.

The caution was issued on Sunday by the Taipei City Department of Environmental Protection, which said that since each country has its own regulations on mercury content in cosmetic products, consumers could be exposing themselves to health risks by purchasing cosmetics from nations with laxer standards or quality control.

Although Taiwan limits the concentration of mercury in final cosmetic products to 1 part-per-million (ppm), the department said that with more Taiwanese shopping on Taobao.com — China’s largest e-commerce marketplace — and other foreign Web sites, consumers could unintentionally purchase toxic products.

The department cited a Hong Kong news report published late last year about a woman who suffered mercury poisoning…

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Five Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Snow

Michelle Neff

Walking dogs is a great way to get exercise while appreciating the frozen terrain. However, it’s important for dog owners to pay attention to common wintertime hazards. And with most of the United States currently under a deep freeze, I thought I would share these helpful tips!1381955_31947046

Here are five easy ways to keep your pet happy, healthy, and safe on every dog walk this winter.

1. Look for Signs of Exposure
Smaller breeds with less fur are more susceptible to cold weather, but the AAHA  recommends that all pet owners look for the following signs of exposure while walking dogs in cold temperatures:

  • Whining
  • Shivering
  • Appearing anxious
  • Slowing down
  • Stopping movement
  • Looking for places to burrow

If you notice any of these signs, return indoors immediately. As a general rule, it’s good practice to remember that if you’re cold, your dog is too!

2. Always Use a Leash

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New Book Announcement – “Dog Food Logic”

The Science Dog

Dog Food Logic: Making smart decisions for your dog in an age of too many choices” is now available from Dogwise Publishing and Amazon. Click on the image for ordering information.  Below are several recent reviews.

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Reviewer: Dr. Brennen McKenzie, MA, VMD;  President, Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association,
Author of SkeptVet Blog

Dog Food Logic is an indispensable book for any pet owner who wants to make thoughtful, informed decisions about what to feed his or her canine companions. The dog food industry is a bewildering, ever-changing landscape of companies and brands, and dog owners are inundated with marketing masquerading as science, with rigid advice from self-declared experts, and with fads every bit as intense and short-lived as those in the human weight loss business. Dog Food Logic cuts through the…

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Dogs poop in line with Earth’s magnetic field, says study | The Raw Story


via Dogs poop in line with Earth’s magnetic field, says study | The Raw Story.

Not for the first time today am I able to entertain you with tales of scientific resources and priorities.

A study published this week in the journal Frontiers in Zoology suggests that dogs choose to relieve themselves along a north-south axis in line with Earth’s magnetic field. The Motherboard blog reported on the study’s findings, saying that the research was carried out by a team of Czech and German scientists.

“Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth’s magnetic field,” said the research team. “Dogs preferred to excrete with the body being aligned along the North-south axis” rather than the East-west axis.

The study examined the daily habits of 70 dogs during 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations over the course of two years. Consistently, during times of calm electromagnetic “weather,” the dogs…

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28 Amazing Benefits Of Papaya For Skin, Hair And Health

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Papaya, a fruit which is available throughout the year, is deliciously sweet with a soft butter like consistency. This pear-shaped fruit is usually 7 inches long with about 1 pound in weight with the inside flesh being rich orange in colour with a slight shade of pink or yellow.

What is not well known is that Papaya has a lot of hidden benefits for skin, health and hair. Not just the fruit itself, but other parts of papaya also are very beneficial. Like ‘Papain’ commonly known as Papaya Enzyme is a kind of –enzyme which is helpful in digesting proteins. It is extracted from the tree and the fruit to make dietary supplements, and is also used as a major ingredient in some chewing gums.Papaya for skin offers numerous benefits.
Papayas were originally found in Central America, while the explorers from Spain and Portugal helped bring this fruit to many…

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Walnut Oil: A Possible Corn Oil Alternative?

Dog Food Matters

You feed a homemade dog food that recommends corn oil. You are leery of products made from genetically modified organisms or GMOs. What is the alternative since 88% of corn products are made from GMOs? Walnut oil may be an alternative but is not without risks.

Benefits of Walnut Oil

Commercially available walnuts and walnut products are not likely to be genetically modified. The GMO database lists only 15 experiments that have been performed involving walnut trees. These experiments have focused on improving root development, harvest efficiency and pest resistance. This early research has not yet brought GMO walnut products to market.

Walnut oil is rich in omega-6 fats. It contains virtually the same amount of omega-6 as corn oil.

Disadvantages of Walnut Oil

Dogs need the omega-6 fat called linoleic acid. The omega-6 fats in walnuts are a different type of fat that can be transformed into linoleic acid…

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