November 28, 2011 |
Question: For years, I've had a glass of warm milk to help me fall asleep. I think it works as well as a sleeping pill, but it's a lot safer and is natural - which I like. Is it the tryptophan in the milk that causes me to feel sleepy? Answer: Warm milk at bedtime definitely can have a calming effect, but despite popular belief, it's probably not caused by the effect of the amino acid tryptophan on the brain. In order for tryptophan or any sleep-promoting drug to work, it must cross the "blood-brain barrier" and get from the bloodstream into the brain tissue.
August 17, 2011 |
At 6 a.m. Monday, Tommy Joyner and Jamie Lokoff finally swung open the doors to their long-awaited, one-of-a-kind, java-and-booze-with-music MilkBoy Coffee emporium in Center City and encountered something that has largely eluded them for much of the last 10 months: labor peace. It lasted roughly one hour. By 7 a.m., carpenters' union members, furious that the new MilkBoy outlet at 11th and Chestnut Streets had been rehabbed by nonunion workers, were picketing outside the main doors - just as they had done at the original MilkBoy in Ardmore.
May 28, 2011
About a year ago, after months of investigation complete with undercover purchases, a posse of federal agents made a predawn move on a Pennsylvania farm and discovered a sizable stash of pure, unadulterated . . . milk. The government's pursuit of Daniel Allgyer, an Amish dairy farmer in Lancaster County, continued last month with a federal complaint seeking to stop his hustling of unpasteurized milk, which has long been popular among the crunchy set but illegal to sell across state lines.
May 26, 2011 |
Milk does a child's body good, but choosing the right type can make a parent's head ache. As reports of childhood obesity rise, we asked registered dietitian Sarah Krieger, a children's hospital consultant in St. Petersburg, Fla., and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, to share guidelines she is giving families. Question: Why is milk important for children? Answer: It contains so many nutrients that children need to grow. Calcium is obvious, but milk is also high in potassium - it has more than bananas - phosphorus, protein, vitamins like B12 and D and magnesium.
May 26, 2011 |
THE MESSAGE from the parents and students who poured into City Council chambers yesterday was clear: Save our schools. Facing a $629 million deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1, the Philadelphia School District plans drastic cuts to teachers and programs, if it doesn't get some 11th-hour help. Superintendent Arlene Ackerman this week asked Council and the mayor to provide an additional $75 million to $110 million to help stave off some painful cuts, like slashing full-day kindergarten.
May 22, 2011 |
In the predawn fog of an April morning last year, armed federal agents fanned out across darkened Lancaster County pastures in search of contraband. Months of investigation had led to this point. Strong evidence suggested that Rainbow Acres - a small Amish farm just outside Kinzers - served as the hub of a large-scale smuggling operation responsible for shipping hundreds of gallons of illicit product across state lines. After sweeping past dozing cattle and roosters waiting to crow, the agents finally found what they had come for: dozens of coolers filled with unpasteurized milk.
April 21, 2011
While natural foods stores are seeing an uptick in customer interest in coconut products, it's not because the products are new. "People are just discovering [coconut products] on our shelves," said Ed Mitinger, a manager at Essene Market. "Coconut products are traditional natural food staples, and though they're becoming popularized now, they do spike our sales periodically. " Here are a few ways to get coconut in your diet. Water Coconut water, the clear liquid in the center of young coconuts, is a "refreshing energy drink" prized for its electrolytes, including potassium, magnesium and calcium, Mitinger said.
April 7, 2011 |
TRENTON - Samples of milk, air, and rainwater in New Jersey show no sign of elevated radiation from the Japan nuclear disaster, the state's top environmental official said Wednesday. Preliminary air samples did show trace amounts of radioactivity, but at levels far below those considered hazardous to human health, Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said. Samples of precipitation show traces of iodine-131, but not enough to cause concern, he added. "We're seeing virtually nothing right now. We've tested the water, we've tested the milk, and we're testing rainwater," Martin said.
April 1, 2011 |
When music-and-coffee entrepreneurs Jamie Lokoff and Tommy Joyner opened MilkBoy Coffee in the heart of Ardmore's commercial strip six years ago, they pictured a place where students from the Main Line's bustling college scene could hear a live band or just hang out. What they didn't anticipate was a crash course in the hardball world of union politics, Philadelphia style. Since November, MilkBoy's Ardmore customers have been greeted by a clutch of protesters bearing signs declaring "Shame on MilkBoy Coffee" and "MilkBoy Coffee Hurts Our Community.
March 20, 2011 |
FUKUSHIMA, Japan - In the first sign that contamination from Japan's stricken nuclear complex had seeped into the food chain, officials said Saturday that radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms near the tsunami-crippled facility exceeded government safety limits. Minuscule amounts of radioactive iodine also were found in tap water Friday in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan - although experts said none of those tests showed any health risks. The Health Ministry also said that radioactive iodine slightly above government safety limits was found in drinking water at one point Thursday in a sampling from Fukushima prefecture, the site of the nuclear plant, but later tests showed the level had fallen again.