smoke and peppermint, path by the canyon wallpaper, douthat scares and racebaits

Looks like I’ll have to modify my views on third hand cigarette smoke, at least where developing infants are concerned, LA BioMed study finds ‘thirdhand smoke’ poses danger to unborn babies’ lungs

Stepping outside to smoke a cigarette may not be enough to protect the lungs and life of a pregnant woman’s unborn child, according to a new study in the American Journal of Physiology.

The study, by researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed), found prenatal exposure to toxic components of a newly recognized category of tobacco smoke—known as “thirdhand smoke”—can have as serious or an even more negative impact on an infants’ lung development as postnatal or childhood exposure to smoke. Thirdhand smoke is the newly formed toxins from tobacco smoke that remain on furniture, in cars, on clothing and on other surfaces—long after smokers have finished their cigarettes.

“Thirdhand smoke is a stealth toxin because it lingers on the surfaces in the homes, hotel rooms, casinos and cars used by smokers where children, the elderly and other vulnerable people may be exposed to the toxicants without realizing the dangers,” said Virender Rehan, MD, a principal investigator at LA BioMed and corresponding author of the study. “Pregnant women should avoid homes and other places where thirdhand smoke is likely to be found to protect their unborn children against the potential damage these toxins can cause to the developing infants’ lungs.

Peppermint earns respect in mainstream medicine.

University of Adelaide researchers have shown for the first time how peppermint helps to relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which affects up to 20% of the population.

In a paper published this week in the international journal Pain, researchers from the University’s Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory explain how peppermint activates an “anti-pain” channel in the colon, soothing inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract.

This is not a cure for IBS. Peppermint seems to act to relieve symptoms through a specific anti-pain channel called TRPM8 to reduce pain sensing fibres.

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Con New York Times pundit Ross Douthat seems to have massaged some numbers in his latest column. Number manipulation is so common from the right – The Heritage Foundation, The American Free Enterprise Institute, Cato all seem to be using broken calculators. So this is only a  rare occasion where the biggest disservice done the public is in Douthat’s use of the numbers for some race baiting and class warfare, rather than the numbers themselves,

Historically, the most successful welfare states (think Scandinavia) have depended on ethnic solidarity to sustain their tax-and-transfer programs. But the working-age America of the future will be far more diverse than the retired cohort it’s laboring to support. Asking a population that’s increasingly brown and beige to accept punishing tax rates while white seniors receive roughly $3 in Medicare benefits for every dollar they paid in (the projected ratio in the 2030s) promises to polarize the country along racial as well as generational lines.

Ross is just looking out for “brown and beige” people. Declaring himself the new homey who is only echoing the virtues of Paul Ryan’s(D-WI) plan to destroy Medicare and Medicaid, as his way of looking out for the best interests of non-whites. Jonathan Chait points out the obvious demographic trend. It is non-whites who will be the larger group when they are covered under Ryan’s bare bones plan – you’ll get health care up to a certain amount and then its home remedy time or just die and decrease the surplus population. This is an issue that people pay attention to on some level, with people on the cusp of being seniors easily scared. Medicare is a kind of health care pool. If the resources are managed well, benefits will be there for everyone. Douthat is being less than genuine by not flatly stating his purpose. To make everyone believe that an increase in taxes to the rates under the last years of Saint Ronnie and the Clinton years will doom the economy, so buy into Ryan’s Medicare plan or there will not be benefits for anyone or at most a third of the benefits white baby boomers are getting. Douthat’s view from the NYT’s ivory tower is blinded to the possibility that most citizens do feel that we have a social contract ( Conservative tirades against boogeyman multiculturalism frequently have a social contract element implied. They just don’t like to use that term). We can largely go about our lives, but we do have some obligations to each other that most of us regardless of ethnicity are happy to fulfill. You do not even have to take the higher ideals route. You do your part so you can get your share, when you’re too old to throw stones from Ross’s front porch.

Someone tell Gov Scott Walker (R-WI) that his long-lost twin in maliciousness and hypocrisy has been found, While Slashing Social Services, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) Flew More On State Plane In 3 Months Than Predecessor Did In 13.