Friday, August 31, 2007

Woman’s World touts Omega 5 oil pill as a revolutionary diet pill


CAN YOU BECOME SLIM IN A WEEK?
Maybe, but this is exactly what Woman's World tells its readers about a new pill with a herbal mix containing OMEGA 5 oil.
If Michelle Harris did it, can you use this diet pill made of Omega 5 oil to boost your metabolism and burn more fat? read more below.

There are plenty of diet pills on the market and weight loss is a grandiose business for practitioners, big pharma, and supplement vendors.
Actually, no professional would tell you that diet pills are an ideal solution. However, the stress that modern life puts us through means that they are sometimes a necessary last resort.
The one advice that does seem to carry plenty of weight is that you should only use diet pills when you have first tried dieting and exercise.

As you know, it is so important to know what you are putting into your body, whether talking
about food, drink or medicine. The same holds true for diet drugs that come in several different forms, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements.

Herbal diet supplements are available without a prescription. You'll typically find a huge variety of these in health food and nutrition stores as well as in regular supermarkets. Herbal supplements are often labeled "all natural" and are considered by the FDA to be food products as opposed to drugs. As such, they fall under the jurisdiction of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and are regulated differently from OTC drugs. There is also a selection of diet aids that are administered by patch, as a powder or in liquid form. These types of drugs may fall into any of the above categories -- it is only the delivery method that is unique.

REAL RESULTS. The September 11th issue of Woman’s World [A great week made easy!] has discovered that FucoThin™ sold by Garden of Life is a diet pill breakthrough. In their words: Michelle Harris got slim in a week!

FucoThin contains pomegranate seed oil, which is the source of Omega 5 oil. If you wish study the benefits of FucoThin, visit this site: http://www.mercola.com/products/fucothin/faq
Dr. Mercola eleborates on the benefits of pomegranate seed oil:

They are the source of an oil with a unique fatty acid composition.
F├╝coTHIN™ provides a proprietary pomegranate seed oil standardized to punicic acid (also, conjugated linolenic acid, CLNA).
Works synergistically with fucoxanthin to support natural thermogenesis.
Query, where the active ingredient in this magic diet pill is the Omega 5 oil, or whether the other ingredient called fucoxanthin [a sea weed] is what makes the pill do its job – as they have indicated -- over 450% more weight loss than those given fake pills in a double blind test conducted by a team of Russian scientists.

Anybody who has ever tried Omega 5 oil, knows that it has certain effects on the human body, and there is ample base to argue that there is something in the Omega 5 which makes this pill work, either alone on in conjunction with other ingredients. We believe that there is ample reason to assert that the Omega 5 oil by itself is an anti obesity element. Dr. Andy Weil, quoted in the article, believes that the Fucoxanthin works the magic.

Before using the soon to be launched Omega 5 oil pills with Sea Weed gel caps you may be advised to consult with your physician.
Note neither of the GOL nor the POMEGA5 pills have been approved by the FDA

Are you an Omega 5 [oil] man? what the juice can do, the oil might do better...



Pomegranate juice may be good for the prostate cancer and heart, reports the Harvard Men's Health Watch.


Few American men have heard of the pomegranate, and fewer still have eaten this curious-looking fruit loaded with red seeds. But new scientific findings suggest that pomegranates may one day find a place in healthful diets, reports the April 2007 issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch.

Two recent studies suggest that pomegranate juice may help fight prostate cancer. In one study, scientists grew cells from highly aggressive cases of human prostate cancer in tissue cultures. Pomegranate fruit extracts slowed the growth of the cultured cancer cells and promoted cell death. The researchers then implanted the cancer cells in mice. A group of mice that received water laced with pomegranate juice developed significantly smaller tumors than the untreated animals. In a preliminary study of men with prostate cancer, pomegranate juice lengthened patients' PSA doubling time (the longer the doubling time, the slower the tumor is growing) from 15 months before treatment to 54 months on the juice.


Preliminary results in test tubes, animals, and humans suggest that pomegranates may also have beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease. Studies show that pomegranate juice can protect LDL (bad) cholesterol from oxidative damage. The juice has also been shown to slow the progression of plaques in mice with atherosclerosis. Results from two small clinical studies are even more intriguing, showing that carotid artery thickness decreased and cardiac blood flow improved in pomegranate juice drinkers. However, preliminary research also suggests that pomegranate juice may interact with certain medications, much like grapefruit juice does.



The bottom line: Early studies raise hopes that pomegranates may have potential benefits for prostate cancer and heart disease, but more research is needed to determine whether these hopes are justified.


Now, is it possible that the Omega 5 oil can do better?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Your daily dose of antioxidants via Omega 5 oil skin care -- is it possible?


An article by Beth Hochstein, titled the “Promise of Pomegrnates” at: http://www.healinglifestyles.com/index.php?page=nov2006-spaandbeauty-seasonal hails the Forbidden Fruit Collection currently sold under the Tzerah brand.

What is the Forbidden Fruit Collection -- This is the first and only skin care collection based on pure organic pomegranate seed oil - a powerful phytoestrogen, highly skin compatible and easily absorbed antioxidant, and rare plant based source of Omega 5 conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). The Forbidden Fruit Collection includes an olive oil based cleanser, a cream, a lotion, a firming/lifting serum and an exfoliating brightening serum. They nourish and revitalize dry dehydrated skin, fighting skin damaging free-radicals and restoring natural balance, firmness and elasticity, for skin that looks and feels smoother, more luminous... younger.

In her words: Cold-pressed from an ancient Mediterranean cultivar, Pomega5 seed oil is the foundation of luxurious t’Zerah Forbidden Fruit Collection facial cleansers and rich, intensive moisturizers. Pomega5 Oil of Life features what may be the most potent part of this medicinal fruit—pomegranate seed oil, a rare plant-based source of omega-5 conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).

And she adds that: Today, pomegranate juice is filling the supermarket shelves in step with growing appreciation of the fruit’s high level of antioxidants—greater than that of red wine, green tea, and blueberries. Recent clinical studies have caused many skincare experts to believe that your skin should also be drinking in the benefits of pomegranate.

“Pomegranate elements are some of the newer, more interesting potentially chemopreventative and photoprotective ingredients yet discovered in nature to be used for our benefit,” says Los Angeles dermatologist Vicki Rapaport. “There have been studies in skin cancer research that show that not only does its fruit extract block tumor formation in mice but it can enhance SPF factor which, in my opinion, is always a plus.

Does pomegranate merit this surge of popularity? Rapaport seems to think so. “I am not one of those dermatologists that jumps on every bandwagon,” she says, “and I certainly don’t advocate for consumers to spend their savings on potentially unproven claims, but there is something to say about the wealth of goodies found in the seed oil and the fruit extract of the pomegranate.”
Laurel House at http://www.healinglifestyles.com/index.php?page=may2007-spaandbeauty-beautyreviews points that that Ava Shamban, M.D., board certified dermatologist, and owner of the Laser Institute for Dermatology and European Skin Care in Santa Monica, California, helps demystify the slew of sun damage–reversing products by highlighting some of the most essential ingredients: AHAs exfoliate and even out skin tone. Retinol stimulates collagen production. Antioxidants (including Omega 5 oil, topical green tea and vitamin C) prevent free radical damage.

And if your skin has endured damage from excessive sun exposure, Lauer recommends Tzerah products as a favorite topical treatment that can help relieve, heal, and protect your skin: Tzerah Serum Grenade Intensive Night Repair Serum is enriched with pomegranate and perilla oils, plant extracts, and salicylic acid to exfoliate skin and soften fine lines. http://www.tzerah.com/


I have heard so much about anti-oxidants, what are they?

An Antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which start chain reactions that damage cells. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions by being oxidized themselves. As a result, antioxidants are often reducing agents such as thiols or polyphenols.

Although oxidation reactions are crucial for life, they can also be damaging; hence, plants and animals maintain complex systems of multiple types of antioxidants, such as glutathione, vitamin C, and vitamin E as well as enzymes such as catalase, superoxide dismutase and various peroxidases. Low levels of antioxidants, or inhibition of the antioxidant enzymes causes oxidative stress and may damage or kill cells.

As oxidative stress has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many human diseases, the use of antioxidants in pharmacology is intensively studied, particularly as treatments for stroke and neurodegenerative diseases. However, it is unknown whether oxidative stress is the cause or the consequence of such diseases. Antioxidants are also widely used as ingredients in dietary supplements in the hope of maintaining health and preventing diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease. Although some studies have suggested antioxidant supplements have health benefits, other large clinical trials did not detect any benefit for the formulations tested, and excess supplementation may occasionally be harmful. In addition to these uses in medicine, antioxidants have many industrial uses, such as preservatives in food and cosmetics and preventing the degradation of rubber and gasoline.
As the name implies, antioxidants are substances that are capable of counteracting the damaging, but normal, effects of the physiological process of oxidation in animal tissue. Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as enzymes (proteins in your body that assist in chemical reactions). They are believed to play a role in preventing the development of such chronic diseases as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and cataracts.


Oxidative stress occurs when the production of harmful molecules called free radicals is beyond the protective capability of the antioxidant defenses. Free radicals are chemically active atoms or molecular fragments that have a charge due to an excess or deficient number of electrons. Examples of free radicals are the superoxide anion, hydroxyl radical, transition metals such as iron and copper, nitric acid, and ozone. Free radicals containing oxygen, known as reactive oxygen species (ROS), are the most biologically significant free radicals. ROS include the radicals superoxide and hydroxyl radical, plus derivatives of oxygen that do not contain unpaired electrons, such as hydrogen peroxide, singlet oxygen, and hypochlorous acid.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

What anti ageing skin care cosmetics do you currently use? Think Omega 5 oil based products!



There is a growing number of researchers that believe that aging can be slowed and even reversed.
This is even a web site that can tell you what you real age might be: http://www.realage.com/ralong/entry4.aspx?cbr=GGLE303&gclid=CMjYsPqJmY4CFRjmYAodTkihUw
But in the real world we do seem to age regardless of what we do, but we can age graciously. How do we do that? we implement a strict anti aging regime and take care of our skin which is reflective of our true age.
Anti-Aging refers to the delaying or lessening the effects of aging. Anti-Aging is a new emerging medical field, one that is filled with as much fact as fiction.
These longevity researchers believe that the body and its cells are damaged by overuse and abuse. Toxins in the diet and environment wear down the organs-liver, stomach, kidneys, skin, and so on. Excess consumption of fat, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine; by the ultraviolet rays of the sun; and by the many other physical and emotional stresses to which we subject our bodies all contribute to this wear and tear.

Those who understand this theory believe nutritional supplements and other treatments can help reverse the aging process by stimulating the body's own ability to repair and maintain its organs and cells.
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Monday, August 27, 2007

Celebrity skin care line linked to Omega 5 oil success



Celebrities visiting the Backstage Creations Retreat during rehearsals at the 2007 Golden Globe(R) Awards left glowing and more relaxed after receiving a complete t'Zerah skin regimen, including Or' l'Or de Nuit Illuminating Lifting Serum, made with pure white powder gold and inspired by the Golden Globes themselves!

Courteney Cox Arquette, Jessica Biel, Bai Ling (Lost) and Jenna Fischer (The Office) were among the high-profile guests who visited the retreat and went home with an exclusive collection of t'Zerah products presented in a custom made ivory silk box filled with flower petals and wrapped in hand made Japanese rice paper.



Overheard at the Retreat

Before they left, many of the stars raved about this luxurious product. Melina Karakaredes from CSI: NY called the products "lovely," Jenna Fischer exclaimed, "The products smell great! I could really use this (Or l'Or de Nuit) on Monday." And Hayden Panetierre of Heroes said, "I love this scent!"
But it wasn't just women who were impressed, after trying the face cream, Terrence Howard said, "Mmmm. That feels good! Can you hook me up with two of those boxes?"


T'Zerah, a luxurious couture-quality line of skin care inspired by the ancient knowledge of the restorative power of plants, was selected as the exclusive skin care line at the Backstage Creations Retreat during the Golden Globe rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 60 celebrity presenters were invited to visit the retreat over the weekend.


T'Zerah is made with only the freshest, purest essences of flowers, fruits, plants and precious minerals carefully selected for their ability to harmonize with the skin, rejuvenating and restoring its vitality and radiance. You can truly feel the difference -- the products have a freshness and vitality that has become the t'Zerah signature.

We also happen to know that The TZerah line uses Omega 5 oil for certian of its fantastic products.


Backstage Creations is the leading company providing corporate clients an exclusive opportunity to personally introduce their products and services to celebrities. Invited celebrities visit custom designed "Retreats" to relax and choose products selected by event organizers as "thank-you" gifts. Backstage Creations has created celebrity retreats at various industry events including the Golden Globes Awards, People's Choice Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Shelf Life -- why is Omega 5 oil so important for the future of [all natural] preservatives?



CTFA established the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) in 1976, "with support of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the Consumer Federation of America." [3] CTFA funds CIR, but claims that it "assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics in an unbiased, independent forum with an expert panel comprised of world-renowned physicians and scientists."



Challenges


DEA Safety Concerns


After his research found that diethanolamine, or DEA, "slows the creation of brain cells vital to memory in rodents," the University of North Carolina nutritionist Dr. Steven Zeisel suggested that pregnant women "check shampoo and sunblock labels," to avoid products with DEA. "I'm not saying I know women will do harm. My personal choice would be to heed this warning. Why use shampoo and sunblock containing DEA until research under way is complete?" Zeisel asked.
CTFA's John Bailey questioned Zeisel's warning. "The exposure is, by all measures we can see, thousands or tens of thousands times lower than reported in [Zeisel's] paper," he told the Raleigh News & Observer.


Nanotech Safety Concerns


In mid-2006, a coalition of environmental groups asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate the use of nanoparticles in cosmetics, saying their safety had not yet been determined. Two groups, Friends of the Earth and International Center for Technology Assessment, filed a formal petition with the agency. The petition "coincided with the release of a report by the groups that highlighted the number of personal care products with nanoingredients." The report states that nanoparticles are "used extensively in more than 116 sunscreens, cosmetics and personal care products," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.


The FDA "plans an October meeting to discuss the new kinds of nanotechnology materials being developed for use in the products it regulates, including drugs, food, cosmetics and medical devices," reported AP. The SF Chronicle reported, "Animal studies have shown that some nanoparticles can penetrate cells and tissues, move through the body and brain and cause biochemical damage. But whether cosmetics and sunscreens containing nanomaterials pose health risks remains largely unknown, pending completion of long-range studies recently begun by the FDA and other agencies."


CTFA's executive vice-president for science, John Bailey, claimed, "The amount of knowledge that we have for the safety of these materials is more than adequate to deal with their safety in the marketplace. That, combined with the FDA's authority to seek more information if they require, combine to form a powerful check and balance."


Campaign for Safe Cosmetics


In 2002, a coalition of environmental and public health groups calling themselves the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released its first report, "Not Too Pretty: Phthalates, Beauty Products and the FDA." The report stated:


Major loopholes in federal law allow the $20-billion-a-year cosmetics industry to put unlimited amounts of phthalates into many personal care products with no required testing, no required monitoring of health effects, and no required labeling. ... In animal tests some phthalates damage the developing testes of offspring and cause malformations of the penis and other parts of the reproductive tract. The same phthalates that cause permanent harm of the male reproductive system in laboratory studies are also found in hair spray, deodorant, and fragrances.


Harvard professor Russ Hauser, described by the San Jose Mercury News as one of "the few researchers to have studied phthalates in humans," said in 2005 that, "There's not enough human data to say they are safe and don't cause health effects. But, on the other hand, there's not a lot of human data showing they do." Hauser's research team "found that some phthalates may cause sperm abnormalities" (Julie Sevrens Lyons, "Chemicals' Toxicity Debated; Phthalates Are Used in Personal Products," San Jose Mercury News (California), May 18, 2005).


The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics urges cosmetics companies to "pledge to remove toxic chemicals and replace them with safer alternatives in every market they serve."


In CTFA's 2005 annual report, CTFA chair Marc Pritchard stated:


Activist groups are attacking us on several fronts and taking their messages to consumers. ... I would like to see us reach out more to connect with others regarding the positive philanthropy efforts of our industry. We should reach out to FDA, state and local governments, thought leaders and influencers to help them understand all of the good that we do, and be ready to aggressively respond to our opponents when necessary and appropriate.


In March 2006, at its annual meeting, CTFA announced five "consumer-oriented industry initiatives" seemingly crafted in order to address and neutralize the challenges from "activist groups." As quoted in a CTFA press release, Pritchard said, "[T]he world is changing, with better consumer technology moving information and unfortunately misinformation, at lightning speed. These initiatives will empower our consumers by giving them easy access to user-friendly, accurate information, and the facts and context they need."


As described by CTFA, the initiatives, which "will be further developed in 2006 and implemented in 2007," are the following:


"A new consumer commitment code," to "reaffirm the industry's commitment to provide safe products";

"A consumer beauty information web site," billed as "the definitive place to go for consumers seeking information about the science behind cosmetic products and ingredients";

"A systematic review of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review program," to promote "transparency and clarity," better communications around CIR findings, and possibly "increasing the number of ingredients reviewed";

"A new global communications infrastructure to assist in the creation of harmonized global regulations for the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Canada"; and
Enhancing "the infrastructure of CTFA."


California Legislation


CTFA's 2005 annual report also warns that "The California legislature passed anti-cosmetics legislation" over the past year.


SB 484, state legislation "requiring cosmetics and personal care product manufacturers to notify state health officials when using ingredients with potential links to cancer and birth defects," was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in October 2005. Women's Wear Daily reported (Joanna Ramey, "California Enacts Cosmetics Registry," WWD, October 12, 2005):
"The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association is very disappointed that the governor signed the damaging and redundant" legislation, the industry's Washington-based lobbying arm said in a statement, noting how "cosmetics and personal care products are already completely safe and well regulated under state and federal law."

At issue is a long-brewing battle in California, as well as other states, in which consumer advocates clamor for more public disclosure of cosmetic and personal product ingredients known to be harmful in large concentrations. These chemicals include phthalates, commonly used in hair sprays and deodorants, and formaldehyde, found in nail polish and nail polish remover. Also under fire are preservatives known as parabens. ...

The bill doesn't impose restrictions on ingredient use, but creates a new state regulatory arena to explore questions about safety. The legislation calls for companies to register with state health officials, starting Jan. 1, 2007, any product sold in the state containing "any ingredient that is a chemical identified as causing cancer or reproductive toxicity" . ...

[Bill sponsor Democratic state Sen. Carole] Migden got support from the Breast Cancer Fund and about 150 companies producing mostly products of natural ingredients. These firms signed a Compact for Safe Cosmetics and included POMEGA5, The Body Shop International, Burt's Bees and Dr. Bonners' Magical Soap.


European Regulation


Another challenge mentioned by CTFA chair Marc Pritchard in the 2005 annual report was Europe's regulation of cosmetics:

We are facing increased regulatory clout from the European Union which is affecting our industry on a global basis, notably in China. It is clear that our industry is at a crossroads in the areas of safety, self-regulation and global harmonization, and will require further action on our parts to lead to positive changes in the future that are good for consumers, and good for our industry. ...


With the European Union now larger than the United States market, we can no longer assume the world will follow the US on regulatory matters. In fact, we are seeing safety and regulation issues coming from other markets and impacting us. Some of these influences are certainly welcome if they can level the playing field across markets and make it easier to foster innovation. But some of these forces could impose standards that are not appropriate for every market, and may even inhibit innovation. We must build even stronger links,and indeed alliances, with trade associations around the world-particularly COLIPA in Europe - to work together on a common set of actions.


Environmental Health Network


In the early 1990s, the Environmental Health Network, described as "a grass-roots group formed to raise awareness of [multiple] chemical sensitivity," successfully petitioned the San Francisco city government to declare all governmental public meetings fragrance free. The Dallas Morning News reported (Jane Meredith Adams, "California group raises stink about perfume Members worried about their health laud mayor's decision to hold fragrance-free meetings," The Dallas Morning News, March 19, 1993):


The fragrance-free meeting policy was quietly adopted Nov. 30 [1992] but it has reeked of controversy in City Hall since the perfume industry sought to have it overturned beginning in January. ...


The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association in Washington has hired a prominent San Francisco public relations firm, Solem & Associates, and has geared up for a possible legal challenge.


The industry maintains that the fragrance-free meeting policy impinges on the rights of individuals to wear perfume.

"In effect it is putting San Francisco in the business of trying to regulate personal hygiene," said Irene L. Malbin, vice president of public affairs for the fragrance association.


Animal Rights Activism


In 1989, Women's Wear Daily reported, "[T]he Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association promised to launch a counteroffensive aimed at defeating proposed animal-testing bans in the eight states in which they are under discussion: California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Hawaii and Massachusetts" (Rober LaRussa, "CTFA plans strong effort to maintain animal tests," WWD, September 27, 1989). The article continued:

E. Edward Kavanaugh, president of the CTFA, said the industry will mount a public relations and legislative campaign to provide lawmakers and the media with "objective information" about a "highly emotional" subject.


"We are here to combat a very negative and -- from the standpoint of the American public -- very dangerous campaign that is being conducted in the name of animal rights," Kavanaugh said Tuesday at a Washington news conference. "Human safety is under attack."
Although the CTFA wouldn't say how much it will spend on the campaign, a letter sent by Kavanaugh to industry members in June said the campaign would cost "$1 million beyond that provided in the 1989 CTFA budget."


According to WWD, CTFA retained the PR services of E. Bruce Harrison in its campaign to counter animal rights activists.


In CTFA's $1 million PR fundraising drive, the association claimed that "animal rights fanatics threaten the very heart of our compact with our consumers" (James Erlichman, "Beauty firms fight back on animal tests," The Guardian (London), August 4, 1989).
According to minutes of an April 15, 1987, meeting of the "Health and Safety Committee" of the industry group Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA, now called the American Chemistry Council):


The committee discussed the various animal rights bills pending that would restrict the use of animals for health effects testing. It agreed to gather more information on policies and positions that other trade and professional groups have adopted. The Health and Safety Committee recommended that CMA allow the Cosmetic, Toiletries and Fragrance Association to take the lead advocacy role on this issue.


In 1991, WWD reported that CTFA was looking for allies to join its campaign against animal rights legislation. "I would like to think we are seeing a counter reaction to this in terms of the biomedical research," said Kavanaugh. "The American Medical Association and other groups are finally getting off their duffs a little bit and realizing the real threat of the animal rights groups. We couldn't get much attention from groups we thought would be natural allies five years ago." WWD noted, "The American Medical Association said it has not taken a position on the use of animal testing for cosmetics, but has worked aggressively to protect the ability of researchers to use animals for biomedical and pharmaceutical purposes" (Steve Farnsworth, "CFTA hopes to acquire allies in testing fight," Women's Wear Daily, March 1, 1991).


According to WWD, CTFA's efforts in fighting state-level legislation restricting animal testing for cosmetics ingredients included "hiring legislative and legal help in California," and "flying association experts to state capitals to testify on legislative proposals." Kavanaugh told WWD, "Ten states have bills pending in their legislatures to ban the use of animals in safety testing" (Steve Farnsworth, "CFTA hopes to acquire allies in testing fight," Women's Wear Daily, March 1, 1991).


According to The Oregonian, these moves all came after CTFA "banded together in the face of demonstrations in 1980 to endow a research institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health dedicated to finding methods to test products without using animals," called the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (Bryan Denson and James Long, "Terrorist Acts Provoke


In 2005, CTFA worked with the Sacramento-based PR firm Perry Communications Group. CTFA statements against California state bills SB 484 and AB 908 list Perry Communications staff as CTFA media contacts ("Statement From the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association on Governor Schwarzenegger's Signing of Damaging and Redundant SB 484," October 8, 2005; "Press Statement Regarding the Assembly Floor Vote on SB 484," September 1, 2005; "AB 908 Hearing Held Today; Expert Testimony Highlights Why Legislation to Ban Phthalates Is Unnecessary and Misleading," April 19, 2005; all distributed via PR Newswire).


The CTFA Foundation has retained Hyde Park Communications to promote its "Look Good...Feel Better" campaign. [20] Hyde Park was involved in media outreach around the program's 16th anniversary in 2005 (CTFA statement distributed via PR Newswire, "Look Good ... Feel Better Strengthens Cancer Patients and Their Families; Program Celebrates 16 Years of Helping Women," January 17, 2005).


In February 2003, O'Dwyer's PR Services Report reported that CTFA had worked with the San Francisco-based PR firm Solem & Associates. Solem's specialties range "from environmental issues management and media relations to public opinion research and political campaign management," according to O'Dwyer's. The Solem website describes CTFA as a "long-time" client. he Solem website states that the firm's account coordinator, Sarah Lynch, works on the CTFA account: "[Lynch's] clients include the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association and the Lead Pigment Retention Group, who are kept apprised of governmental issues through weekly research."

Lobbying

Federal lobbying


On June 1, 2006, CTFA hosted "Fragrance Day" on Capitol Hill, to "showcase the scientific, technological and physiological elements involved in creating fragrances" for members of Congress and their staff members. Honorary event hosts were Representatives Joe Baca (D-CA), Henry Bonilla (R-TX); Sue Kelly (R-NY); Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); Deborah Pryce (R-OH); and Linda Sanchez (D-CA). The event opened with "a VIP reception, by invitation only, for Congressional Members including members from the Committee on Energy and Commerce," followed by an "open house for members and staffers." Perks included free perfume samples from Estee Lauder, Ralph Lauren, Avon, Tzerah, Christian Dior and Giorgio Armani.


In lobbying reports filed with the U.S. Senate Office of Public Records, CTFA reported lobbying the U.S. Senate, House and FDA on four issues in 2005: S. 172, on "contact lens regulation"; H.R. 2744, on "FDA appropriations for fiscal [year] 2008"; S. 1391, which would "require manufacturers to disclose the chemicals in consumer products"; and H.R. 1507 and S. 729, on the "Independent Food Safety Administration."


In 2004, CTFA reported lobbying on H.R. 3714 and S. 2007, dealing with BSE, or mad cow disease; H.R. 4768, on FDA appropriations; H.R. 4520 and S. 1637, on "Corporate Tax Reform"; H.R. 4673, on "Radio Frequency ID Tags"; S. 994, H.R. 2901, S. 157 and H.R. 1861, on "chemical security"; S. 1747 and H.R. 2218, "contact lens legislation"; and S. 1553, dealing with "retail theft prevention."

State lobbying


Records filed with the California secretary of state show that CTFA retained three lobbying firms there in 2005: Livingston & Mattesich Law (from Jan to Oct 2005), Greenberg Traurig (from Oct 2005 onward), and Preston Gates Ellis (from Jan 2005 onward). During California's 2005 - 2006 legislative session, CTFA spent more than $460,000 for "general lobbying."


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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Adults in their 40s can suffer from Acne -- can natural Omega 5 oil really make it disappear?


You have heard so much about Acne, can nature provide a fix to this common disease? Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms. Acne affects most teenagers to some extent. However, the disease is not restricted to any age group; adults in their 20s - even into their 40s - can get acne. While not a life threatening condition, acne can be upsetting and disfiguring. When severe, acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. Even less severe cases can lead to scarring. For reviews of anti -acne products, see: http://www.acne-treatment-adviser.com/product-reviews.htm

Types of Acne

When you read about acne or other skin diseases, you encounter words or phrases that may be confusing. For example, the words used to describe the lesions of acne—comedo, papule, pustule, nodule and cyst—are understandable only if you know each word’s definition. It also is helpful to have a photo that is characteristic for each type of lesion.

There are many misconceptions and rumours about acne. Exactly why some people get acne and some do not is not fully known. It is known to be partly hereditary. Several factors are known to be linked to acne:

Family history

Hormonal activity, such as menstrual cycles and puberty

Stress, through increased output of hormones from the adrenal (stress) glands.

Hyperactive sebaceous glands, secondary to the three hormone sources above.

Accumulation of dead skin cells.

Bacteria in the pores, to which the body becomes 'allergic'.

Skin irritation or scratching of any sort will activate inflammation.


Any medication containing halogens (iodides, chlorides, bromides), lithium, barbiturates, or androgens.

Exposure to high levels of chlorine compounds, particularly chlorinated dioxins, can cause severe, long-lasting acne, known as Chloracne.

Traditionally, attention has focused mostly on hormone-driven over-production of sebum as the main contributing factor of acne. More recently, more attention has been given to narrowing of the follicle channel as a second main contributing factor. Abnormal shedding of the cells lining the follicle, abnormal cell binding ("hyperkeratinization") within the follicle, and water retention in the skin (swelling the skin and so pressing the follicles shut) have all been put forward as important mechanisms. Several hormones have been linked to acne: the male hormones testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), as well as insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-I). In addition, acne-prone skin has been shown to be insulin resistant [citation needed].

Development of acne vulgaris in later years is uncommon, although this is the age group for Rosacea which may have similar appearances. True acne vulgaris in adults may be a feature of an underlying condition such as pregnancy and disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome or the rare Cushing's syndrome. Dermatologists are seeing more cases of menopause-associated acne as fewer women replace the natural anti-acne ovarian hormone estradiol whose production fails as women arrive at menopause. The lack of estradiol also causes thinning hair, hot flashes, thin skin, wrinkles, vaginal dryness, and predisposes to osteopenia and osteoporosis as well as triggering acne (known as acne climacterica in this situation).

There are many products sold for the treatment of acne, many of them without any scientifically-proven effects. Generally speaking successful treatments give little improvement within the first week or two; and then the acne decreases over approximately 3 months, after which the improvement starts to flatten out. Treatments that promise improvements within 2 weeks are likely to be largely disappointing. Short bursts of cortisone, quick bursts of antibiotics and many of the laser therapies offer a quick reduction in the redness, swelling and inflammation when used correctly, but none of these empty the pore of all the materials that trigger the inflammation. Emptying the pores takes months.

Modes of improvement are not necessarily fully understood but in general treatments are believed to work in at least 3 different ways (with many of the best treatments providing multiple simultaneous effects):

normalising shedding into the pore to prevent blockage

antinflammatory effects

hormonal manipulation

A combination of treatments can greatly reduce the amount and severity of acne in many cases. Those treatments that are most effective tend to have greater potential for side effects and need a greater degree of monitoring, so a step-wise approach is often taken. Many people consult with doctors when deciding which treatments to use, especially when considering using any treatments in combination. There are a number of treatments that have been proven effective.
Pomegranate seed oil containing Omega 5 oil is known for its anti - inflammatory benefits, see:

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Omega 5 oil meltdown – The hazards of placing great products on shelves


Sometimes, it is hard to know which business risks are real and which risks are theoretical. In this case, it is easy.

Pomega officials have recently been notified by buyers of high end retailers in the Bay area that the POMEGA5 products are literally flying off the shelf, whereby shoppers are bypassing the traditional way of paying at cash registers and leave the stores with the POMEGA5 products without payment.

Stores as far away as Palo Alto have reported that they can not keep the pace of replenishing the products, shoppers simply can not wait to use the products, and in their haste, they forget to pay.

For a while, the company has been educating doctors, trade buyers, editors, merchants, friends and even family members that the Omega 5 products are fabulous with a view that the word will spread around and more people will come to enjoy the unique qualities of the oil and the products derived thereof. As the POMEGA line has quickly gained official respect and a devoted fan base, the company did not expect to become a victim of its own success.

The company that prides itself on being environmentally correct has taken the approach from day one that less packaging is good, and has refused to follow the footsteps of other green companies who indulge their customers with excess boxes and paper. But now POMEGA will likely have to come up with solutions to battle the POMEGA5 syndrome of the disappearing products.

Certain stores in the Kentfield CA area actually have refused to carry the products indicating that their customers are notorious for snatching high end products off the shelves and were concerned that with these new products, there could be a run on the shelves. Therefore, their clients are relegated to low quality products that are cheap and not efficacious. Top quality as you know, does cost money.

Company officials have reasoned that this is not a regular case of Kleptomania but rather the rush of consumers to adopt the new products, like the rus to purchase the IPhone, perhaps an undercurrent of an Omega 5 oil cult.

Concerned that their products will end up being displayed behind locked glass displays, like alcohol or novelty items out of sight or reach of its customers, company officials have advised us that consumers should not expect an extreme makeover but should expect some changes in the packaging of the POMEGA products that are sold in stores, no changes will take place for internet sales.
Bloggers have already embraced the products of the POMEGA5 line see:
Should POMEGA adopt the slogan: "Stop stealing our products -- relax, there is plenty for everyone" ?
What do you say?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Will Omega 5 oil innovations qualify for the $100,000 KPCB green tech prize?

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), one of the leading venture capital firms in the U.S., recently committed to invest $150 million in green technologies. This week the company announced a $50 million in ethanols company Altra Inc, and annnounced the new KPCB Prize for Green Innovation as part of KPCB's "Greentech initiative."

"Altra is a national leader in ethanol production," said John Doerr, KPCB partner. "Its unique, proprietary technology and strong, passionate team make it a sustainable, high-impact business. Altra is creating a nationwide ethanol production footprint by acquiring and 'speeding up' existing, traditional corn-to-ethanol plants and by 'starting up' new ones."

Based in Los Angeles, California, Altra has signed a definitive agreement to acquire California's largest operating ethanol plant.

Altra has invested in five biofuels plants, which will have the capacity to produce 175 million gallons of ethanol and 80 million gallons of biodiesel each year. The total financing of over US$50 million included funding from KPCB, The Angeleno Group, Khosla Ventures, Omninet Private Equity and Sage Capital Partners.

KPCB also announced the KPCB Prize for Green Innovation, a US$100,000 annual prize awarded for the best technology or policy innovation in Greentech. A panel of five independent judges will select and announce the first winner in this fall.

"This award will encourage innovation in sustainable, green growth," said KPCB partner Brook Byers. "We will bring worldwide recognition to entrepreneurs who achieve breakthroughs in green energy generation, storage, conservation or policies, whether from an individual or a team, whether public or private, anywhere in the world."
KPCB today inaugurates the Greentech Innovation Network with 50 of the world's leading entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers. They are gathering from the United States, Asia, Europe and South America to build a strategic map for evaluating needs and encouraging innovation, and to forge new partnerships. Insights from Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, a "geo-green", will keynote the networking event.
KPCB partner Bill Joy will lead a series of inspirational talks by four green thought leaders: Dr. Frances Arnold, California Institute of Technology professor; Dr. Jose Goldemberg, Environmental Secretary of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Universidade de Sao Paulo professor; Dr. R.K. Pachauri, UN Global International Panel of Climate Change Chairman and Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute; and Dr. Martha Symko-Davies, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Senior Project Leader.
"Three huge trends are driving our Greentech agenda," Doerr explained. "First, urbanization is the largest trend on the planet. Four billion people will move into megacities in the next 50 years, and they all want green transportation, water, and energy. Second, climate change and global warming are accelerating at alarming rates. And third, we are addicted to oil, funding both sides of the war on terrorists, weakening democracy and our economy and damaging the environment. We must change our policies and practices and accelerate innovation. The KPCB Greentech Innovation Network is an ongoing initiative for collaboration among the world's best innovators."

"We have been quietly investing in Greentech for several years," added Ray Lane, KPCB partner. "We've backed four new ventures since announcing our Greentech initiative in February of this year. These, together with five previous ventures, are innovating for green and sustainable growth. We're seeing more and more entrepreneurs address critical environmental needs. This workshop is not a conference, it is a networking event to 'help solve the problem' by collaborating in five Greentech areas. They are electricity generation and storage, electricity efficiency, alternative fuels, transportation efficiency and carbon reduction policies."
KPCB has previously announced investments in Lilliputian Systems, which produces micro fuel cells for portable and wireless devices, and Miasole (www.miasole.com), which makes a flexible, low-cost photovoltaic cell for large-scale solar energy. Six other Greentech ventures are in stealth mode.

About Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Since its founding in 1972, KPCB has backed entrepreneurs in over 450 ventures, including AOL, Align Technology, Amazon.com, Citrix, Compaq Computer, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Genomic Health, Google, IDEC Pharmaceuticals, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Pomega 5, Netscape, Lotus, LSI Logic, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, VeriSign and Xilinx. More than 150 of the firm's portfolio companies have gone public.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Can studies on Omega 5 oil demonstrate that it is an OTC anti aging booster?


OTC anti-aging products represent a billion dollar industry: wrinkle creams have been marketed to the American public since the early 19th century, and Americans spent more than $2 billion on these products in 2000 alone. While a limited body of evidence exists to prove the efficacy of many of these products, their popularity continues to increase.

A study by the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), released in July 2007 reveal that a limited amount of clinical research exists to prove the effectiveness of many over-the-counter (OTC) anti-aging products.

This is what the study says about antioxidants, such as Omega 5 oil:

Plant polyphenols are responsible for the intrinsic antioxidant properties found in botanicals. Polyphenols can be divided into several classes of chemicals: anthocyanins, bioflavonoids, proanthocyanidins, catechins, hydroxycinnamic acids, and hydroxybenzoic acids.57 Various plants used in anti-aging creams contain these compounds. Anthocyanins are found in red wine and berries; bioflavonoids are found in citrus fruits, soybeans, red wine, Ginkgo biloba, and many other vegetables; proanthocyanidins are found in coca, red wine, grape seed extract, green tea, and black tea; catechins are found in tea, chocolate, apples, pears, grapes, and red wine; hydroxycinnamic acids are found in coffee and red wine; and hydroxybenzoic acids are found in fruits, nuts, tea, and red wine.57

Bioflavonoids are antioxidant, anticancer, and antiinflammatory.58, 59, 60 Bioflavonoids also inhibit UV-induced matrix metalloproteinases, which cause connective tissue damage to the skin.2, 61 Anthocyanins, a group of flavonoids present in many common vegetables, have been shown to decrease UVB-induced DNA fragmentation and reactive oxygen species in human keratinocytes, thereby decreasing cancer formation.62, 63 Proanthocyanidins are believed to inhibit production of free radicals and inflammatory pathways, such as histamine, serine protease, prostaglandins, and leukotrienes.64 There have been many in-vitro cell culture and animal experiments investigating the photoprotective potential of commonly used botanicals, but relatively few randomized placebo-controlled human clinical studies have been conducted. Several representative findings are summarized in the Table. Given the limited data, it is not yet possible to formulate any conclusions on the efficacy of botanicals.


Full article can be found at the Journal and commentary at: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/345906/antiaging_creams_not_effective_study.html.

The study consisted of a review of existing research on ingredients commonly found in OTC anti-aging creams. Key compounds under review included vitamins, antioxidants, alpha-hydroxyl acids, moisturizers, pentapeptides and botanicals. Of these, Vitamin C, alpha-hydroxyl acids and pentapeptides were shown to be the most extensively researched with proven anti-aging benefits.

Vitamin A, or retinols have shown great promise, however their effects have only been proven in prescription-strength formulations; OTC benefits have not been determined. Minimal studies have been performed on Vitamin B, though what evidence does exist is promising. Moisturizers have not been extensively researched, but have been shown to improve the hydration and appearance of skin.

Botanicals such as grape seed extract, pomegranate seed oil [ has not been tested in this study] soy compounds, green tea and Gingko biloba are relatively new in the market and have gained great popularity in recent years, but their healing qualities have yet to be proven through randomized, placebo-controlled human trials. Many cell culture and animal experiments have been conducted to investigate the efficacy of these botanical compounds, however, indicating the potential for many beneficial effects such as increased collagen expression, improved antioxidant activity, accelerated healing and enhanced hydration. With regard to Omega 5 oil -- Please see this article: http://newsblaze.com/story/2006081612230000001.sp/topstory.html and http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/product.asp?product_id=oilpomegranate

The study underscores the need for much greater study of, and public education on, the effectiveness of OTC anti-aging products although there are a number of beneficial OTC remedies in existence, for many patients, prescription-strength or surgical procedures may be necessary to achieve desired results. Consumers need to be realistic about the outcomes they can expect from OTC anti-aging creams, at least until solid clinical evidence of their efficacy exists.

To the best of our knowledge, Omega 5 oil has been tested to indicate very promising anti – aging results. See Dr. Mark Tallon , PHD, at his article: Cosmecuticals: the new hope for ageign skin at: http://www.ffnmag.com/ASP/articleDisplay.asp?strArticleId=993&strSite=FFNSite

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Some products are made for women only, Omega 5 oil products are unisex




Some tasks or products are reserved exclusively for women, such as breastfeeding [see discussion of male lactation below], while skin care and nutraceuticals are commonly used by both genders, and in perticular, the lines made of Omega 5 and pomegranate essence.
First, can men breastfeed?

Per Wikipdeia, the phenomenon of male lactation in humans has become more common in recent years due to the use of medications that stimulate a man's mammary glands. Though boys and men have nipples, many are unaware that they also have mammary glands. Ordinarily there is so little mammary tissue that it is unnoticeable; if the male breasts develop visibly, the condition is called gynecomastia.
Under the appropriate hormonal stimulus—that nature provides to human females when they become pregnant and give birth—the mammary glands of human males can also produce milk. The volume of milk produced is low relative to that of a lactating female. Male lactation has, in some cases, commenced without hormonal treatments as well.[citation needed] Newborn baby boys (and girls) can occasionally produce milk because of the intense hormones involved in their mother's pregnancy and the hours of childbirth; this is called witch's milk.

Male lactation is most commonly caused by hormonal treatments given to men suffering from prostate cancer. Female hormones are used to slow the production of cancerous prostate tissue, but the same hormones also stimulate the mammary glands. Male-to-female transsexuals may also produce milk due to the hormones they take to reshape their bodies. It can occasionally be a side effect of antipsychotic medication. Extreme stress combined with demanding physical activity and a shortage of food has also been known to cause male lactation. The phenomenon was first studied in survivors of the liberated Nazi concentration camps after World War II. Some American POWs returning from the Korean and Vietnam Wars also experienced male lactation.

It is also possible for males (and females) to induce lactation through constant massage and simulated 'sucking' of the nipple over a long period of time (months)[citation needed].
The phenomenon of male lactation occurs in some non-human species, notably the Dayak fruit bat (Dyacopterus spadiceus), and the lactating males may assist in the nursing of their infants. In addition, male goats are known to lactate on occasion.[1]

Spontaneous male lactation and even nursing have occasionally been observed in humans.[2]
In Why Is Sex Fun?, Jared Diamond reports of male and female cancer patients being treated with estrogen who proceeded to lactate when injected with prolactin, and suggests that mechanical stimulation of male breasts, by releasing prolactin, could result in lactation. He also mentions teenage boys lactating after self stimulation of their nipples. [3]
By contrast -- here is the story of Omega 5
Men have been using skin care for ages. Today, men’s skin care and nutraceuticlas lines, based on biblical essential oils: http://www.victorie-inc.us/pomegranate.html feature products for maintaining many men health needs, they cover:

Prostate health
energy,
heart health, and
healthy sexual function

Chaper1 One: Omega 5 can maintain prostate health

Recognizing the Symptoms of Prostate Enlargement

Before rusing to test whetner you are able to lactate, do you know how to handle your prostate?
Are you making frequent trips to the bathroom during the night?
Do you enjoy social activities less because you always have to be near a bathroom?
Do you experience a weak urine flow or difficulty in starting urination?
If you are over the age of 50, these symptoms may indicate that you have a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate known as benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). Although BPH is easily treatable, many men are unaware that treatment is available.
When you suffer of urinary difficulties (such as frequent urination, incomplete emptying of the bladder, a weak urine stream or difficulty starting urination) or if you notice changes in urinary patterns, you should see a doctor. Medications are available that, in some cases, could begin to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of prostate enlargement within four to eight hours. The good news is that, in general, BPH does not cause erectile dysfunction and does not diminish your sex drive. The reality may also be that the uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms of an enlarged prostate may not put you in a romantic mood. Having the sudden, urgent need to urinate can be a distraction.

When BPH symptoms affect your lifestyle, the quality of your life also may be affected. What fun is it to go to a movie, if you feel embarrassed by the need to find the bathroom a couple of times during the show? why have friends over if a lack of sleep caused by repeated nighttime trips to the bathroom makes you grumpy, or if concern about your urinary problems makes it difficult for you concentrate on the conversation?
BPH does not need to cause disruptions in your quality of life or affect your lifestyle. The symptoms of an enlarged prostate can usually be treated quickly and effectively with medications that reduce the pressure of the prostate on the urinary system. Once that pressure is reduced, BPH symptoms may improve. That's why you should see a physician.
Things Every Woman Should Know about BPH

An enlarged prostate is the most common prostate health problem among men, usually affecting men over 50

BPH is a condition associated with aging, probably due to hormonal changes

By about age 50, about half of all men have begun to develop an enlarged prostate

For men over 50, prostate enlargement is likely to continue through the rest of their lives

BPH symptoms occur when the enlarged presses against the urethra, the tube that carries urine away from the bladder

As the prostate slowly continues to enlarge, symptoms may gradually worsen, interfering with sleep, physical comfort, and routine activities

BPH symptoms vary with the individual. Some men with BPH experience an urgent need to urinate, while others may have difficulty starting

In most men, BPH symptoms can be effectively managed with medication

If left untreated, BPH may eventually curtail or slow down a man’s activities and interfere with his lifestyle – and could lead to more serious medical complications requiring surgery

BPH is a non-cancerous condition. There is no known link between BPH and prostate cancer
Omega 5 oil can maintain prostate health

[to be continued