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Broccoli Sprouts Found to Boost Body's Ability to Eliminate Cancer-Causing
Toxins in Human Study

BALTIMORE, Nov. 16 /CNW/ -- A human trial conducted in China shows broccoli sprouts can help the body detoxify carcinogens, which may reduce the risk of developing liver cancer. A team from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, in collaboration with scientists at the Qidong Liver Cancer Institute, Jiao Tong University in Shanghai and the University of Minnesota Cancer Center, conducted the study. It is published in the November issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.

 This is the first study to provide direct evidence that broccoli sprouts can enhance the body's detoxifying system to help prevent cancer. Althoughprevious laboratory studies indicated this was true, this is the first time that a direct observation of this effect in humans was possible.

The blinded, placebo-controlled study was conducted in Jiangsu Province near Shanghai, a rural area where the incidence of liver cancer is extremely high due to consumption of foods tainted with aflatoxin, a powerful carcinogen produced by mold contaminating the grain that the population grows and eats. The toxin binds to DNA and becomes a chemical indicator, or biomarker, for an increased risk of developing liver cancer.

Three-day-old broccoli sprouts with known levels of sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS(TM)) were grown at the site in China and prepared as a liquid extract to ensure standard dosages. One hundred test subjects drank five ounces of the extract (equivalent to eating about two ounces of broccoli sprouts) each day for two weeks. A control group drank a similar extract that contained virtually no SGS.

Tests of subjects' urine showed carcinogens were being detoxified and removed from the body in those who drank the SGS extract. As the levels of sulforaphane derivatives in the urine increased, the amount of DNA damage decreased, which may indicate a reduction in cancer risk.

"While this study did not directly look at liver cancer, it is clear that liver cancer has had devastating consequences in this region of China and in other parts of the world. This study is an initial step in evaluating dietary methods for preventing this disease, and it may be applicable to other types of cancers," said participating epidemiologist Jian-Guo Chen, M.D., of the Qidong Liver Cancer Institute.

Further studies are in the planning phases to examine dose levels and implications for other high-risk populations. In 1992, scientists at Johns Hopkins first determined that broccoli
contained high levels of the long-lasting antioxidant sulforaphane. In 1997,they discovered that three-day-old broccoli sprouts contained more than a 20 times higher concentration of SGS than mature broccoli. More than 350 studies have appeared in peer-reviewed scientific publications pointing to sulforaphane and SGS from broccoli and broccoli sprouts as powerful health protectors.

Broccoli sprouts are available in the produce sections of most major supermarkets in the U.S. under the name BroccoSprouts(R), grown naturally with technology licensed from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. BroccoSprouts contain measured and consistent levels of SGS, the natural detoxifying compound reported upon in this study. A portion of the gross
sales of BroccoSprouts is donated to the Brassica Foundation to support further research on chemoprotection.

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Holiday Driving Tips

Enlist kids to help with the packing and it won't take so long. Give each child his own bag for essential toys, books and entertainment, and tuck it safely between the Chrysler Pacifica's individual seats.

- While inventions like side-curtain air bags and the Chrysler Pacifica's 5-Star safety rating make the road trip a much safer experience, it's the innovative backseat entertainment system that keeps kids happily strapped in -- and that contributes to safety.

- Ceiling-mounted DVD players are more than entertaining; they help prevent car-sickness by keeping passengers oriented in the same direction as the vehicle. Chrysler Pacifica offers a rear DVD video and entertainment system, so parents and kids can choose their own form of entertainment.

- Eyes-straight-ahead games like "I Spy" and books-on-tape are better than reading for kids who are prone to motion sickness. Older kids have fun polishing their grades with language CDs. Bring along a kitchen timer, and all ages can play "20 Questions" or "Geography."

- Many families find new Sports Tourers like the Chrysler Pacifica so comfortable that they have to remember to stop and stretch regularly, especially important for toddlers and grandparents. Every few hours,try this version of Musical Chairs: pull over in a safe place, use the satellite radio to find a new song, and get everyone out running around the car. When the music stops, each passenger grabs the nearest seat... kids love getting to be driver.

- Kids can be a great help with remembering items for a trip. Determining a road trip allowance for each child, then letting them know they'll have to chip in to buy any forgotten essentials will
ensure that everything makes it into the suitcase.

Maximize Fuel Economy
While today's vehicles are more fuel efficient compared to years ago, there are still additional measures people can take to further enhance their fuel economy. Following are a few ideas from DaimlerChrysler Canada.

- Modify driving habits

- Slow down - every 8 km/h over 105 km/h can decrease fuel economy by as much as 7 percent

- Reduce speeds - 105 km/h is much better than 121 km/h, sometimes improving fuel economy by more than 0.4 kilometres/litre

- Use modest acceleration when possible, minimizing "jack rabbit" starts

- Use cruise control to help maintain a steady speed

- Limit extended idles and warm up periods - don't leave vehicles idle while running in for the cup of coffee in the morning

- Plan your trip to avoid rush hour, if you can, to avoid idling in traffic

- Check vehicle condition and ensure proper vehicle maintenance

- Replace dirty air filters - a clogged air filter can reduce fuel economy as much as 10 percent

- Check tire pressures - tires under inflated by just 2 psi can reduce fuel economy as much as 1 percent

- Remove extra weight from vehicles - an extra 45 kilograms (100 pounds) in the trunk or pick up box can lower fuel economy 1 to 2 percent

- Reduce aerodynamic drag on vehicle by taking empty cargo carriers, bike racks, ski racks, etc off - at highway speed, 50 percent of the engine power is used to overcome aerodynamic drag

- Keep vehicle engine tuned up as a noticeably out of tune engine can reduce fuel economy as much as 4 percent

- If vehicle engine light is on, have the vehicle serviced - faulty components such as an oxygen sensor can reduce fuel economy as much as 40 percent


Holiday Gift Sending: The Twelve Tips of Packing

OAKVILLE, ON, Nov. 22 /CNW/ - In The Sound of Music, actress Julie Andrews may have nostalgically sung of "brown paper packages tied up with string" as one of her favourite things, but they're certainly not a favourite with couriers.

"Wrapping packages with brown kraft paper continues to be one of the most common mistakes customers make when shipping holiday gifts," says Steve Moorman, Senior Vice President, Operations at The UPS Store, Canada's largest retailer of business and packing and shipping services. Moorman, who personally trains all The UPS Store staff on the proper ways to pack and ship advises, "In today's high-tech shipping hubs, everything is automated and sorting is done by machine. Not only does brown kraft paper get caught in conveyor belts, resulting in damage to the package, but the paper can get ripped off and with it goes the address."

The experts at The UPS Store offer the following 'Twelve Tips of Packing' (and shipping) for this holiday season:

1. Always use a new, corrugated box for shipping because used ones weaken and break apart during shipping.

2. Don't wrap boxes with string, gift or kraft paper because the package could get damaged.

3. Although people commonly wrap newspaper around items within a box, it doesn't actually bounce back upon impact to protect the goods. Bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts are the best packing materials.

4. For proper protection, cushion all sides of the package with a minimum of two inches of cushioning material such as Styrofoam peanuts.

5. Secure each seam of your box with two inches of packing tape on both the top and bottom and avoid using masking or cellophane tape, which isn't strong enough.

6. Fragile items should be sent via air service to minimize time in transit and reduce the possibility of damage.

7. Electronic equipment should be double boxed. Ship in its original packaging but add cushioning materials, such as Styrofoam peanuts, and then place inside another larger box. The original packaging isn't enough protection because these boxes are meant to be on
shelves, not sent through conveyor systems.

8. Customs forms need strict attention. Be prepared - serial numbers need to be recorded from all electronic equipment.

9. Food can only be sent to the U.S. if it is being sent from one individual, not a company, to another individual.

10. Make sure all foods are sealed in an interior airtight container or plastic bag before putting them into a gift box and shipping box. If air pockets are in these containers, items will vibrate, break and/or crumble.

11. Always ensure someone is available to accept your parcel. Many holiday goodwill gestures have been thwarted by vacation schedules and closed offices.

12. If time is short, The UPS Store can professionally pack, ship and insure gifts for you


You can put it where?!
Most Canadians unaware of variety of uses for ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda

TORONTO, Nov. 22 /CNW/ - Did you know that 89 per cent of Canadians have a box of Baking Soda in their home? That's almost 9 out of 10 households with a natural, environmentally safe cleaning and deodorizing product already in their cupboards - but a new survey released today shows that while most of us have it on hand, we don't do nearly as much with it as we could.
The POLLARA survey found that while the majority of Canadians (85 per cent) use Baking Soda in their fridge or freezer, only a very small minority takes advantage of the myriad of other uses of the product.

Nature's best kept secret

Usually derived from a naturally-occurring mineral called trona, Baking Soda is pure, safe and non-toxic for use around the house, even for children and pets. In fact, what other cleaning product is so safe that you could eat it? And with its wide variety of uses - from gentle, non-abrasive cleaning to deodorizing - it is an inexpensive way to keep all the areas in your home life fresh and clean.

"ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda is nature's best-kept cleaning and deodorizing secret," says Jim Pantaleo, Arm & Hammer. "It's time to take it out of the baking cupboard and literally shake up your kitchen."

Keep Your Kitchen Odour Free

About only one-third of Canadians take advantage of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda's deodorizing properties. Even fewer (only 15 per cent) put Baking Soda in the dishwasher between loads to minimize odours from dirty dishes. "You don't need to buy expensive products to mask stinky smells," adds Pantaleo. "Simply sprinkle some baking soda in your green bin and dishwasher or stick a box of ARM & HAMMER in your hockey bag. Odours will lift right away leaving a fresh natural scent."

Getting the Grime

Another commonly overlooked use for ARM & HAMMER(R) Baking Soda is cleaning. Baking Soda is a highly effective, cost-efficient way to clean countertops, sinks, pots and pans, or silver, without all the harsh chemicals found in many other products.

Other uses of Baking Soda include:

- Known for its gentle cleaning capabilities, Baking Soda works wonders on ceramic, porcelain, enamel, chrome, glass, wood, plastic, vinyl, stainless steel, and painted surfaces
- Clean food containers such as coolers and plastic containers to remove the smell of stored food
- Clean away dirt, residue and wax from fruit and vegetables with a sprinkle of baking soda
- Remove build-up from shampoo, gel and spray in hair by adding Baking Soda to your favourite shampoo

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