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February 15, 2012
Dear Valued Subscriber,

PRODUCT ALERT:

We have recommended Sami's Bakery Flax and Millet Bread for its superior taste and mouth feel, as well as its supposed low amount of gluten and yeast. A client sent us recent data from Gluten Free Watchdog that cannot allow us in good conscience to recommend Sami's bread any longer.

While the ingredient list may infer that the bread is gluten and yeast-free, it is NOT. It is deceptive labeling. The packaging now includes the following disclaimer: "Contains traces of gluten, wheat, or yeast." 

Traces of gluten would not have been a huge problem. However, tests performed by Gluten Free Watchdog showed that Sami's products were not even considered low gluten. While the Flax and Millet Bread contained a lower amount of gluten compared to the other Sami's products, we have decided to remove it from our exclusive Natural Foods Shopping List. Yeast content was not tested.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may incur on your food plan.

While we never recommend eating a lot of bread anyway, if you must, we suggest as a gluten-free alternative, Kinnikinnick Sunflower Flax Rice Bread, and as a yeast-free alternative, Kinnikinnick Candadi Bread.

Have a happy, healthy day. 

Bonnie Minsky and Carolyn Martinelli

 

Medication and Supplement Alert

Meds 125,000. Supplements 0.

What does this mean? There was not one death caused by a vitamin supplement in 2010, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. The 203-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published online, shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin. Additionally, there were no deaths from any dietary mineral supplement.

 

Fifty-seven poison centers provide coast-to-coast data for the National Poison Data System. It is one of the few real-time national surveillance systems in existence, providing a model public health surveillance system for all types of exposures, public health event identification, resilience response and situational awareness tracking. 

 

Well over half of the U.S. population takes daily dietary supplements. Even if each of those people took only one single tablet daily, that makes 165,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of over 60 billion doses annually. Since many persons take far more than just one single vitamin or dose, actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of dietary supplements is all the more remarkable.

 

Medication Alerts 

If you have not already been notified by your physicians and pharmacists, there are two recent FDA alerts regarding Proton Pump Inhbitors (PPIs for heartburn) and Bisphosphonates (for osteoporosis).

 

PPIs have been found to increase the chances of acquiring Clostridium Difficile-associated diarrhea. In our opinion, this is due to the lack of stomach acid, which is essential for neutralizing virulent bacteria such as C. Diff.

 

Bisphosphonates have been found to increase the risk of hip fracture in women, especially women with a history of smoking.

 

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