• Who Will Watch the Watchers?

    Posted June 1, 2010: by Bill Sardi

    The Vitamin Police Investigate the General Accounting Office

    In a politically-motivated operation, the General Accounting Office has chosen to launch a witch hunt against dietary supplements, employing frightening headlines that inaccurately warn the public of heavy metals in herbal supplements and of misdirected advice offered by health store clerks, at a time when legislation is pending in Congress to usher in greater enforcement and restrictions over these popularly-used products.

    The GAO report itself fails to provide adequate evidence of a public hazard. The GAO report, entitled “HERBAL DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS, Examples of Deceptive or Questionable Marketing Practices and Potentially Dangerous Advice,” presented before the Special Committee on Aging, U.S. Senate, says:

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  • From the Genesis Garden to Galapagos and Back

    Posted March 24, 2010: by Bill Sardi

    At a birthday party for a 70-year-old relative on my wife’s side of the family, I met one of his sons, in his 40s. His son had never been raised by his biological father, having lived out of State all his growing and adult years. Father and son had only belatedly become acquainted, as they had talked on the phone many times, and were physically meeting for the first time at this party.

    It was interesting to observe that father and son had similar mannerisms, physically and verbally. It was striking.

    Biologists think they now know what is responsible for this observed phenomenon: genes have memory. Oh, not memory in their structure (DNA ladder) but in their switching. You see, human genes are not only organized in a sequential spiral ladder of 25,000 or so-called lettered genes (a deletion or substitution in the letters results in a gene mutation), genes also have switching mechanisms that can cause a gene to produce or not produce proteins (what biologists call gene expression or gene silencing). This switching mechanism is called epigenetics and it is actively in play every moment of life, influenced by environmental factors such as temperature, food, radiation, and surprisingly, behavior.

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