I heard a great summation of happiness the other day. It consists of three things: Something to do; Someone to love; and something to hope for. It really resonated with me. Now, on to other things. First, ditch the sucralose (Splenda). Researchers in Italy fed male mice high doses of sucralose and noted an increased risk of leukemia. Splenda now joins two other widely used artificial sweeteners-aspartame and acesulfame potassium in the ‘avoid’ aisle. Stevia so far appears ‘safe’.I personally have never thought much of Ginko Biloba, long touted as a memory enhancer. I just never thought it worked. Scientists with the National Toxicology Program, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, gave male and female rats and mice three different doses of Ginko biloba extract five times a week. After two years, the researchers found “clear evidence” that the ginko caused liver cancer in mice and “some evidence” that it caused thyroid cancer in rats. I haven’t seen these studies so I don’t know the doseage or study controls-all I know is that I have had several clients who took ginko and reported no effect. If the carcinogen in ginko showed up in large doses, so be it. No amount of carcinogen is safe. Period. These tidbits were found in the journal Nutrition Action, June 2013.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.