June 26, 1992 |
Beware of the Food and Drug Administration's new ruling that apparently exempts most genetically engineered food products from special testing. It may well endanger the food supply. The new policy won't adequately protect people who have restricted diets or food allergies. Under federal law, FDA has the option of regulating genetically engineered food by treating it as if it were an additive. This would require high standards of safety and place on manufacturers a heavy burden of proof that foreign genes and their protein products in food would not injure consumers and not reduce food's nutritional value.
November 18, 1991 |
When Annette Girsh started getting migraine headaches in the 1970s, most doctors would have advised a painkiller and an easy chair. In her case, though, her doctor was also her husband. And her migraines came after munching on chocolate while helping him research one of his many scholarly papers. So, once he determined she was allergic to chocolate, she had a certain leverage. "It was just like Mrs. Gerber asking her husband to mash the baby's peas," says her husband, Leonard S. Girsh, a Huntingdon Valley allergist and immunologist.
August 16, 1990 |
Food allergies diagnosed by doctors in a new and controversial medical specialty called environmental medicine appear overwhelmingly to be the result of the power of suggestion rather than true reactions to food, according to a study to be published today. The study found that the type of allergy testing used in environmental medicine does not work, despite its widespread use. The report questions the techniques used by doctors in that specialty, which attributes a wide variety of aches and ills to foods, chemicals and environmental pollutants.
September 27, 1989 |
HEALTH FRAUDS Before you send away for that miracle-cure product, consider this. One of 10 people trying "quack remedies" suffers harmful side-effects, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has compiled a list of the top 10 health frauds. In order, they are: Fraudulent arthritis products, spurious cancer clinics, bogus AIDS cures, instant weight-loss schemes, fraudulent sexual aids, baldness remedies, nutritional schemes, chelation (arterial cleaning) therapy, unproven use of muscle stimulators and needless treatments for nonexistent yeast infections.
April 20, 1988 |
SEGAL'S COMPLIMENT. Protective, demanding, self-sacrificing, upward- striving mothers have gotten a bad rap, according to a psychologist, who says, "Three cheers for the 'Jewish mother.' " Julius Segal writes in Parents magazine that there is little evidence that such mothers - who obviously aren't all Jewish - "were all that bad for her kids. On the contrary, her instinct for on-the-spot responsiveness to the needs of her little ones, starting from birth, appears to have been profoundly wise.