Tony Pantalleresco Radio Show notes – January 17th 2015

Tony Pantallaresco

Hello and welcom to Tony Pantalleresco Radio Show notes – January 17th 2015

Topics in this weeks show include:

Morgellons Fibers in the Water Supply

DTE & Consumers Energy Smart Meters

Little or no benefit from nutrient additions to vitamin waters and energy drinks

Potassium salts aid bone health, limit osteoporosis risk

Consumption of ‘good salt’ can reduce population blood pressure levels, research finds

Doctor who treats poor out of his car threatened with losing his license


Morgellons Fibers in the Water Supply

‘Fungihomeworld’ found that local New Jersey tapwater is riddled with fibers. He studied and changed the water filters numerous times going though Brita, Pur and Burkey purification systems. Fibers show up in all them after a short time. On a quest for clean drinking water, he began testing bottled water, then bottled distilled water—only to find a lot of ‘debris’ (fibers and other gunk) in them. He purchased a home water distiller which was better, but not great. Fibers were riding their way through the steam. He then switched to a 1 micron water filtration system and found it totally lacking.–At last he has found a system he is satisfied with. Not perfect, but close. See update, bottom

Above and Below: Residue of gunk left in the distiller after boiling.

Update Homeworld July 14, 2011:

the countertop reverse osmosis filtration system arrived today.
it came with a two gallon US made non BPA plastic water tank.
AND a TDS [total dissolved solids] meter.-..hooked it up…everything is leaks…[!]…filtered and stashed 8 gallons of water..-testing: tap water measures about 300 ppm (parts per million) with the TDS meter.-interestingly…the water from the $150 “five stage filter” [“crystal quest”]-i’ve been using measures…300 ppm…exactly the same as the tap water. The “filtered water” looks as full of crap as the tap water. That’s not a filter. It’s an expensive paperweight.–
The output water from the reverse osmosis filter[s] measures about 15 ppm. A reduction in particles of whatever sort in the tapwater from 300 to 15…that’s 95 percent reduction.-Unfortunately…there are still a few particles and fibers getting through…but not very many.-…it’s really annoying to take a “pure” water sample from the triple filter reverse osmosis system..a sample thats reading a low 14-15 ppm impurities on the TDS meter..and stare at those damn translucent fibers…mostly barely visible..up to 5-7 mm long….run the gauntlet of THREE filters? The fibers are just plain evil—There is confirmation that the particulates are being reduced by 95 percent..-The concept means that the infectious particles are being reduced by 95 percent…and Possibly–the micro fibers are being reduced by 95%. This reduction allows the body defenses to deal with the 5% that might be getting thru.. –The write up stated that the output of the filter system was as advertised..[rated at 100 gallon per day approx. a gallon every 15 minutes…and it did just that.–Advertised reduction in contaminants was 93-95 percent range..and so it was…verified with the TDS meter.–
…water tastes good too…** it seems that the KDF filter [prefilter] does a lot to control bacteria/ algal growth…the copper /zinc mojo screws with life support of the bacteria and algae.The KDF filter is ahead /in front of the reverse osmosis whatever ionic magic is happening in the KDF filter water is moved toward the reverse osmosis filter..the reverse osmosis filter should have some antibacterial benefit of the KDF filter output. addition, the reverse osmosis filter is constantly being washed..that is where the waste water is coming from..the reverse osmosis membrane discharge /”brine.” The whole point of the discharge water is to keep the membrane clean.
It would seem to be a very challenging place for microbes to make a home. Between the copper/zinc ions and the constant water flushing, the bacteria/algae should be kept under control.

Note from Ayla:

I have purchased this unit for my apartment. Originally, I ordered it with the “pre-filter” which was supposed to save the life of one of the filters and end up being more cost effective. This was a big mistake. The pre-filter does not work well, clogs up with dirt and grime very quickly and needs to be replaced extremely often, making it much more expensive than replacing the cylinder. When I pulled the prefilter off the machine, it became less of an expense, and was less time-consuming to run. I suggest you stay away from the pre-filter.

* a few links for info about the filters:

and yes..300 ppm is 300 parts per million…measuring particles…ions, actually..since they are the electrical charge carriers in the water.


DTE & Consumers Energy Smart Meters
Harm Your Health
Harm the Environment
Collect Data You Might Prefer Be Kept Private
Will Raise Your Electric Rates


If you have received a threatening letter from DTE that implies your service will be shut off, read our How to Respond page and contact us. These letters are not official notices. They are a ploy by DTE to raise fear.

Our appeal of the DTE opt-out program was heard by the Michigan Court of Appeals on Tuesday, January 13 in Lansing. Read more on our DTE Opt-Out page.

Gripping testimony of health problems at the Michigan Smart Meter Hearings. Nearly 100 people testifying about the effects on their health. Watch the videos (Part 1 and Part 2).

Many people in Michigan are experiencing severe symptoms and health effects from DTE and Consumers Energy smart meters and their radio-off opt-out meters. (DTE calls smart meters advanced meters and uses descriptions like advanced metering technology in an effort to avoid the negative publicity associated with smart meters.) Smart meters and DTE’s radio-off opt-out meter have a dramatic impact on health because of the pulsed waves they emit, both radiofrequency (wireless) waves and what is commonly called dirty electricity. For some people, this impact is immediately apparent in the form of insomnia, tinnitus, memory problems, and many other health issues. For others, the health effects come down the road. Thousands of independent, non–industry-funded scientific studies (for example, Bioinitiative Report; Forty Scientists) have shown that the electromagnetic frequencies emitted by smart and digital meters cause severe health problems, including cancer, ADD, and the breaching of the blood-brain barrier. Read our health page for more information. For an excellent video, mp3, and Powerpoint presentation on how smart meters work, why what the utility industry tells you shades the truth, and how radiofrequency (RF) emissions affect health, click here.

Very importantly, DTE’s opt-out meter will not protect your health! Click here to learn about the dirty electricity that both smart meters and digital meters generate. Learn what to do about it, by clicking here and here. Consumers Energy is currently allowing residential customers to keep their current meter. However, it is unlikely that this will continue. Click here to learn more.

Governmental agencies, law firms, corporations, and other mainstream and nonprofit groups recognize the far-reaching privacy implications of smart meters and the radio-off opt-out meter. Because they gather usage data in such a fine-grained manner (up to every 15 seconds), they are capable of tracking when you are home and the appliances you use and when you use them. This data can be sold to third parties, with mind-boggling consequences. The European Union has issued a stunning report on the far-reaching implications of this. Smart meter data has also been used by law enforcement in an attempt to catch criminals—unfortunately, the usage patterns of law-abiding individuals can be the same as those of law-breakers, with the result that police have broken into the homes of law-abiding citizens. See our Privacy page for more information.

Your utility bills will go up. The utilities have made it clear that advanced (smart) meters will be used to bill time-of-use rates, which means you will pay more when demand is highest. Consumers Digest says: “Smart-meter conversion represents little more than a boondoggle that is being foisted on consumers by the politically influential companies that make the hardware and software that are required for the smart-meter conversion.” The former CEO of the Illinois utility ComEd agrees, as do the governors and attorney generals of a variety of states, including our own. See our Costs page for more information.

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Little or no benefit from nutrient additions to vitamin waters and energy drinks

Date-January 12, 2015

Source-Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press)

A new study by researchers working at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University investigated the nutritional benefits of novel beverages (vitamin waters, energy drinks, and novel juices) sold in Canadian supermarkets by assessing their micronutrient compositions. The findings were published today in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.–According to the study novel beverages sold in Canadian supermarkets revealed extensive nutrient enrichment. On-package marketing highlighted nutritional attributes such as immune support and antioxidant properties, and some made claims related to specific nutrients. In addition, nutrients were often juxtaposed with messages related to performance and emotional well-being, benefits that are questionable.–The study found extensive micronutrient additions at levels often well in excess of nutrient requirements. The most commonly found nutrients were vitamins B6, B12, C and niacin. With the exception of vitamin of C, young Canadian adults — the likely target group for these products — are already consuming enough of these nutrients to meet their needs. [F1] Naomi Dachner, a researcher in Nutritional Science as the University of Toronto said, “While our findings suggest that consumers stand to reap little or no benefit from the nutrient additions in novel beverages, most products were being marketed as if they provided a unique benefit to the consumer through the nutrient additions.”–After novel beverages began being regulated as foods instead of Natural Health Products, their labels changed to meet food labeling requirements, but there was relatively little change in their nutrient composition or marketing. [F2] Dachner explained, “Most of the nutrients permitted for addition are allowable at levels well above nutrient requirements, and, the new guidance is not designed to steer manufacturers towards the addition of nutrients that would address existing nutrient inadequacies in the population.”–“Novel beverages are now required to display Nutrition Facts tables which may facilitate comparisons between products, but this information will not enable consumers to differentiate potentially beneficial nutrient additions from others.”[F3] –The study raises questions about what measures need to be taken to ensure that consumers of novel beverages are not misled or exposed to unnecessarily high nutrient loads with no potential benefit.Story Source–The above story is based on materials provided by Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.-Journal Reference-Naomi Dachner, Rena Mendelson, Jocelyn Sacco, Valerie Tarasuk. An examination of the nutrient content and on-package marketing of novel beverages. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 2015; 1 DOI: 10.1139/apnm-2014-0252


[F1]Now Look at this statement and see through the smoke screen here to meet ones needs is as blatantly unscientific as some of the other things it is making a claim to and would make one think they are getting something in today’s food supply which we know is not the case —and a need is not necessary an adequate or right amount

[F2]Which has little to do with anything other then the fact they are listing what is in the product which is not bad but they are making it to be —something negative because it is implying something healthy

[F3]Again an attack on nutritionally based foods—they are not saying anything here other then they do not like the fact that the nutritional value is being exposed and they do not like the levels because they are high meaning they will have benefit—no one has suffered from to much vitamins and yet here they are putting the fear of BS in the report


Potassium salts aid bone health, limit osteoporosis risk
Date-January 14, 2015

Source-University of Surrey

Latest research from the University of Surrey has found that the potassium salts (bicarbonate and citrate) plentiful in fruit and vegetables, play an important part in improving bone health. For the first time, the results also showed that these potassium salts reduce bone resorption, the process by which bone is broken down, therefore increasing their strength.[F1] –The study, published in the journal Osteoporosis International, also revealed that high intake of potassium salts significantly reduces the excretion of calcium and acid in urine.–“This means that excess acid is neutralized and bone mineral is preserved,” said lead author Dr Helen Lambert from the University of Surrey.–“Excess acid in the body, produced as a result of a typical Western diet high in animal and cereal protein, causes bones to weaken and fracture. Our study shows that these salts could prevent osteoporosis, as our results showed a decrease in bone resorption.”–Although bone resorption and bone formation is a natural process, allowing bones to grow, heal and adapt, in osteoporosis, the balance is shifted so that more bone is broken down than is built up, leading to fragility and fractures.–The debilitating disease affects almost three million people in the UK. One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of poor bone health.–This study shows that eating more fruits and vegetables could be a way to improve the strength of our bones and prevent osteoporosis.-Story Source-The above story is based on materials provided by University of Surrey. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.-Journal Reference-Helen Lambert, Lynda Frassetto, J. Bernadette Moore, David Torgerson, Richard Gannon , Peter Burckhardt and Susan Lanham-New. The effect of supplementation with alkaline potassium salts on bone metabolism: a meta-analysis. Osteoporosis International, January 2015 DOI: 10.1007/s00198-014-3006-9


Consumption of ‘good salt’ can reduce population blood pressure levels, research finds
Date-September 15, 2010

Source-Wageningen University and Research Centre

An increased intake of ‘good’ potassium salts could contribute significantly to improving blood pressure at the population level, according to new research. The favourable effect brought about by potassium is even estimated to be comparable with the blood pressure reduction achievable by halving the intake of ‘bad’ sodium salts (mostly from table salt).-Those are the conclusions drawn by Linda van Mierlo and her colleagues at Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, and Unilever in their investigation of the consumption of potassium in 21 countries. An article describing their findings appears in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.-The risk of developing cardiovascular diseases rises as blood pressure increases. In Western countries only 20-30% of the population has ‘optimal’ blood pressure, with the systolic (maximum) pressure being lower than 120 mm Hg and the diastolic (minimum) pressure lower than 80 mm Hg. Blood pressure increases with age in most people. Men more often have a higher blood pressure than women.-Diet and lifestyle plays an important role in managing blood pressure. High intakes of sodium and low intakes of potassium have unfavorable effects on blood pressure. Therefore, reducing the consumption of sodium and increasing the consumption of potassium are both good ways to improve blood pressure.-The study carried out by food researchers from the Human Nutrition department at Wageningen University and from the Nutrition & Health department at Unilever demonstrates that the average potassium intake in 21 countries including the US, China, New Zealand, Germany and the Netherlands varies between 1.7 and 3.7 g a day. This is considerably lower than the 4.7 g a day, which has been recommended based on the positive health effects observed at this level of intake.-A hypothetical increase in the potassium intake to the recommended level would reduce the systolic blood pressure in the populations of these countries by between 1.7 and 3.2 mm Hg. This corresponds with the reduction that would occur if Western consumers were to take in 4 g of salt less per day. The intakes of both potassium and sodium are therefore of importance in preventing high blood pressure.–Earlier studies have shown that salt reduction of 3 g per day in food could reduce blood pressure and prevent 2500 deaths per year due to cardiovascular diseases in the Netherlands. In Western countries, salt consumption can be as high as 9-12 g a day whereas 5 g is the recommended amount according to WHO standards. Most household salt is to be found in processed foods such as bread, ready-made meals, soups, sauces and savoury snacks and pizzas. An effective way of increasing potassium intake is to follow the guidelines for healthy nutrition more closely, including a higher consumption of vegetables and fruit. In addition, the use of mineral salts in processed foods — by which sodium is partly replaced by potassium — would contribute to an improved intake of both sodium and potassium.–Story Source-The above story is based on materials provided by Wageningen University and Research Centre. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.–Journal Reference-Linda A. J. van Mierlo; Arno Greyling; Peter L. Zock; Frans J. Kok; Johanna M. Geleijnse. Suboptimal Potassium Intake and Potential Impact on Population Blood Pressure. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2010; 170 (16): 1501-1502 DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2010.284


Doctor who treats poor out of his car threatened with losing his license
Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum is revered as a hero and lifesaver among his poverty-stricken patients whom he travels to in the town of Edwards. Despite that, he’s under threat for losing his license apparently because of the way he delivers help.
BY Nina Golgowski


Friday, January 16, 2015, 4:12 PM

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WBTV Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum, an 88-year-old doctor in Edwards, Miss., drives to his patients and sees them out of his car. It’s apparently a controversial practice that has placed him under fire by the state’s medical board. –A small-town Mississippi doctor who’s revered as a hero and lifesaver among his poverty-stricken patients says he’s embroiled in a fight to keep his license — apparently not because of the work he does, but where he does it.–Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum, 88, is a traveling physician, one who carries his practice in his 2007 Toyota Camry because the majority of his Edwards patients — approximately two to three per day — need him to come to them.–“I’ve always had a heart for the poor,” Landrum told The Washington Post this week, while struggling to hold back tears.–“I grew up poor, and when the doctor would come to us, and he was happy to see us, I pictured myself doing that someday. I try not to ever turn people away — money or no money — because that’s where the need is,” he said.–Landrum’s traveling office is a relatively new thing for the 55-year medical veteran who turned to his vehicle about two years ago after his office in a low-income housing complex became too dangerous with rising gang violence, WKBT reported.–WBTV Landrum says he treats two to three patients per day out of his car. The majority of them are described as financially strapped and unable to find medical help elsewhere. –“My patients kept saying, ‘Don’t leave, don’t leave,'” he recalled to the station. “And I started working out of my automobile.”–If not making house calls he pulls into a usual parking lot. There he’ll examine patients, write prescriptions, and if he can’t help them with the equipment he keeps in his car, he refers them to a doctor who can.–But despite his apparent need in the community, with Landrum described as the only practicing physician in town, the state’s Board of Medical Licensure has asked him to surrender his license.–Landrum insists he has done nothing wrong.–WBTV Landrum said he has been asked to hand in his medical license but he plans to fight the state’s medical board once a hearing is scheduled. — Board of Medical Licensure investigation is said to be investigating Landrum’s case.–Its executive director, reached by the Washington Post, declined to publicly address any “complaints” there may be with Landrum until “action is taken by the board.”–Until then, his patients are also defending him.–“I’ve lived (in Edwards) all my life, and Dr. Landrum has always been my doctor,” 62-year-old Leroy Mitchell told the Clarion Ledger. “Edwards is a poor town. Us poor folks cannot afford to drive to Jackson or Vicksburg to go to the doctor. He isn’t out for money. He’s doing this because he truly loves helping us.” – Jackson, MS –“He’s doing a great service here, really, a great service, because these people can’t afford to go to doctors,” Dan Mashburn told WBTV.–As of Friday an online petition for Landrum to keep his license has pulled in more than 1,200 signatures — several hundred short of a Jan. 17 goal of 2,000.–Those signatures come as far away as Spain, Argentina, Sweden, Norway, Poland, South Africa, and Australia.–But his fate appears to now rest with a yet-to-be scheduled hearing by the board.–“I really am hoping this gets worked out and I can continue helping the people I’ve come to love,” Landrum told the Ledger. “I’m worried about the hearing, but I hope it all works out.”