July 28, 2002
Re "Helping to Shut Illegal Clinics," July 21: I'm all in favor of shutting down bad clinics, but sometimes the FDA is wrong. I personally know of someone who was given up for dead after chemotherapy failed to work, then went to using alternative medicine and the cancer went away. This person went to an underground Chinese medicine cure that is an example of what the FDA commonly tries to shut down. For another example, read what happened in Florida. The problem started when an oncologist complained to the FDA that some people were using an unapproved cancer drug, aloe extract, instead of the chemotherapy.
HOME & GARDEN
February 17, 2001 |
I will never forget the day my son sampled a houseplant leaf. Although I didn't see him insert the pothos into his mouth, I did hear his screams. Alarmed, I called the poison control center and discovered why one little leaf can create such a scare. Pothos and many other common houseplants have oxalate crystals in their juice or sap. These microscopic crystals resemble tiny needles or splinters of glass. When plant leaves are chewed, the crystals are released and there is mouth pain.
June 11, 1997 |
For the first time, someone who knew this product first cheek is old enough to be president. Disposable diapers are 35 years old, but the pulpy pads of the past have been superseded by diapers that breathe, don't leak or smell and absorb more. Now, thanks to Houston-based Drypers Corp.'s latest addition of aloe vera, they can soothe babies' bottoms. The No. 3 branded diaper has survived by coming up with product differences.
February 15, 2013 |
The future of Herbalife is riding on Latinos. The Los Angeles company estimates that Latinos account for about 60% of its U.S. sales made through its network of independent distributors. And a growing slice of those sales are coming from informal nutrition clubs run out of people's homes and strip mall shops. It's a cultural phenomenon that got its start in Mexico and is quickly catching on among immigrants who have moved to Southern California. Budding entrepreneurs like Angel Perez, a 27-year-old from Inglewood, are forming the backbone to Herbalife's growth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2001
With a goal to spruce up the scenery for drivers coming and going on San Fernando Valley freeways, part of the Valley Gateways Project was unveiled Friday at the Roscoe Boulevard on- and offramps of the San Diego Freeway. Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley have teamed up for the $250,000 beautification project that will landscape major freeway on- and offramps in the area.
October 23, 2007
Re "Screeners at LAX miss 75% of 'bombs,' " Oct. 19 The widespread failure of security screeners to detect increasingly sophisticated efforts to smuggle fake bomb parts merely points out that absolute air travel security is an unattainable goal.
November 16, 1993 |
Pregnant and feeling a little green around the gills? Some women find relief with the following remedies, which have been suggested by obstetricians, dietitians and survivors of morning sickness. Consult your doctor before trying any remedies.
HOME & GARDEN
June 19, 1993 |
Some general guidelines for keeping gardens safe for pets: * Make sure the perimeter fencing is sturdy and extends far enough below ground so the animal can't dig, tunnel or burrow out. * Avoid using any toxic material for pest control. This includes snail bait, which is deadly to pets that ingest it. Control garden pests with insecticidal soaps or beneficial insects such as ladybugs and green lacewings. * Be sure lawn or plant fertilizer doesn't contain insecticides in the formulation.
HOME & GARDEN
December 25, 1993 |
There are a number of trees that put on a bright and cheery flower show during the cool winter months. Ann Christoph, a landscape architect in Laguna Beach, suggests the following trees for winter color: Aloe arborescens: The tree aloe is an interesting plant that flowers from December through February. It has long, spiky clusters of flowers that come in colors such as bright red and yellow. It is a hardy plant that can withstand drought and shady locations.
March 31, 2012 |
It's cooking class this week at Try This - for skin cream. If mixing your own cosmetics sounds like fun, here's a recipe we think is worth the effort. The concoction comes courtesy of Rosemary Gladstar, a Vermont-based herbalist and author of "Science and Art of Herbalism" and numerous other titles. "It turns out a really fluffy, beautiful white cream like what you would buy in any fancy cosmetic store," she says. The all-natural moisturizer calls for ingredients that can be found at health food stores or online at places such as Mountain Rose Herbs (www.mountainroseherbs.com)