1. Feds take 18 Years to approve baby formula testing

    Lost on the way to logic

    In 1939, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt warning that atomic bombs were theoretically possible. Six years later, we were dropping them on Japan.

    And here's my point -- when it has a gun to its head or missiles pointed at its shores, our government can act awfully fast. But when the lives of millions of American babies are at stake, it looks like the feds can't get off their lazy arses.

    The Food and Drug Administration just decided to require baby formula makers to test their products for deadly salmonella, and to prove their formula has the vitamins and minerals listed on the labels. How long do you think it took to make that commonsense decision? Eighteen seconds? Nope, try 18 years!

    That's right -- the FDA has been wringing its hands on baby formula testing and labeling since 1996! So if you bought formula during the past two decades that said it was fortified with butterfly kisses and unicorn tears, you may have been taken for a ride.

    The pseudo-scientists at the FDA say they didn't want to act hastily, because there was plenty of new food safety science in the field. Oh, Moses, smell the roses! This wasn't the Stone Age -- this was 1996! We've known salmonella was dangerous since 1885!

    If you ever wanted to see a disgusting case study on how industry lobbyists can grind our government to a halt, this is it. That's because these corporate fat cats know our government isn't run by principled men and women, it is run by jellyfish -- no backbone, no pulse, and not much of a brain.

  2. Vitamins boost brainpower

    Multis and B vitamins supercharge your brain

    Big Pharma has pumped billions into the hunt for a brain-boosting drug, and all they have to show for it so far is a bunch of tax write-offs.

    But there is something you can pop right now to get your brain juices flowing, and it's the cheap little pills you should be taking anyway -- your daily vitamins.

    A series of new studies in the British Journal of Nutrition, Psychopharmacology, and Human Psychopharmacology finds that ordinary vitamins -- like the kind I hope you're already taking -- can increase your mental powers.

    And if you're not taking one now, it's not too late to start -- because the benefits kick in after just a few weeks.

    In one of the studies, researchers found that women given multivitamin and mineral supplements improved in both accuracy and speed on multitasking tests. Children between the ages of 8 and 14 showed better accuracy in tests that require attention.

    And for men, a B complex was enough to boost their scores on cognitive tests and improve their mental vigor so they weren't "worn out" at the end of those tests.

    This is nothing new, of course, especially the part about the B vitamins. I've recommended B6, B12, and folate for brainpower and dementia protection in men and women alike for years now -- and if you're not taking a quality B complex yet, add one today.

    But don't stop there.

    Be sure to add some of my other favorites, like the omega-3 fatty acids. In another of the new studies, brain scans revealed that people who took between 1 and 2 grams daily of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA had increased blood flow to the brain.

    That's a sure sign of big-time long-haul benefits -- and a reason why studies have shown that lifelong fish eaters have healthier brains and a lower risk of dementia than people who don't eat fish.

    So whether you're interested in long-term brain protection or just want a boost for next month's Scrabble rematch, follow mom's advice -- and don't forget to take your vitamins.

    By the way, there's one other nutrient you need for brain protection, and you're almost certainly not getting enough. I'll have all the details this summer in my Douglass Report newsletter.

    Don't miss out -- subscribe now.

  3. The beginning of the end for Coke's vitamin soda

    Healthy coke. Now there's an oxymoron for you. The idea that you could get the vitamins and minerals you need by drinking a glass of Coke is ludicrous to me. Looks like the FDA isn't buying it either.

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