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
November 8, 2007 |
Succulents have soared in popularity recently because they're drought-tolerant, easy-care and just plain cool to look at, and now there's another compelling reason to grow them: They're fire-retardant. During last month's wildfires, succulents -- which by definition store water in plump leaves and stems -- apparently stopped a blaze in its tracks. "Succulents saved our home!"
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 Disposable diapers are 35 years old, but the pulpy pads of the past have been superseded by diapers that breathe, don't leak or smell and absorb more.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.
November 26, 1987 |
Maranda Francisco stands at the center of a crowded conference room. All eyes and all cameras are on the fidgety 6-year-old, from the tips of her light-brown curls to the toes of her new party shoes. For a few self-conscious seconds, she stares back. Then, with a throat-clearing giggle, on a single intake of breath: "Humpty-Dumpty-sat-on-a-wall," she whispers. "Humpty-Dumpty-had-a-great-fall."
May 12, 2013 |
Gregg Renfrew wants to change the way people live, starting with their cosmetics. Sitting in her light-filled office in Santa Monica, Renfrew rattles off the statistics she finds most alarming when it comes to some of the lotions, sprays and powders we apply to our bodies on a daily basis. "Did you know that there has not been a federal law passed since 1938 governing the cosmetics industry? And there are close to 12,000 ingredients used in all personal care products, from toothpaste to shampoo, lipstick to lotion, 80% of which have never been tested for safety on human health.
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.
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.
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.
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.