|Posted on 5 November, 2017 at 20:50|
By Opencare, Natural News
We all know that it’s awful to get the flu, and it can make you feel pretty run down. Surprisingly, few people really know what the flu is. Learn how to prevent and treat the flu from the guide from Opencare company.
Consider using the following supplements to help fight viruses and strengthen your immune system:
1. Zinc – immune booster
Use zinc lozenges at the first sign of symptoms as they nourish cells. You can get zinc from foods such as beans, nuts, meat, and poultry.
2. Licorice root
Licorice root can help your immune system in attacking the virus. It contains glycyrrhizic acid which create T cells for protection. Moreover, it stimulates the main body’s infection fighting chemical – interferon. Licorice extract entering the cells can help your immune system fight not only from influenza, but also from Bird Flu, HIV, Herpes Simplex, Hepatitis B, SARS, Streptococcus Mutants and Helicobacter Pylori.
You can find licorice root in herbal food stores, in dried, capsules, tablets, powdered and other forms. Also, you can find it in herbal preparations. For example, The New Age company eHelps produces Bio Dream, a natural herbal tonic which contains licorice root extract.
3. Vitamins A, C, E, and selenium
The ACES antioxidant formula and immune booster increase the quantity and quality of white blood cells, which strengthens the immune system. Use buffered Vitamin C for children.
Vitamin C Boost: Blend ½ cup of diced pineapple, 2 oranges (peeled), and ½ cup of purified water.
Potato Water: Wash and chop 2-3 medium-sized potatoes (raw) into large pieces. Drop into a pitcher of pure water. Wait 15 minutes, and then drink the water. Raw potatoes are a rich source of vitamin C.
This oil has been shown, in many studies, to reduce your bad cholesterol levels and reduce plaque buildup in your blood. Fish oil and flax seed are high in Omega 3 and are excellent ways to help your blood stream
5. Vitamins B6 and B12 9.
Foods rich in the B vitamins, which help regulate metabolism, are also beneficial, as diets high in sugar tend to burn these vitamins at a faster rate. These foods include wheat germ, yogurt, and liver
AlphaLipoicAcid is a unique anti-oxidant that is both water and fat soluble, which allows it to enter all parts of the cell to neutralize free radicals. AlphaLipoicAcid contributes to and is important for the production of energy inside the cell by utilizing sugar to produce energy contributing to mental and physical stamina, reducing muscle fatigue and neutralizes free radicals. AlphaLipoicAcid recycles and enhances the effects of Vitamin C.
Lysine, an amino acid, can have a general antiviral, tonifying effect that fortifies the immune system. Take 1,000 mg daily in divided doses
Goldenseal is a very popular herb, commonly used as a herbal antibiotic and immune system enhancer. Goldenseal improves the health of sinus and mucus membranes. This supplement treats sinus and nasal cavities as soon as the first sign of cold or flu appear, and may prevent or shorten the strength and duration of the illness. An active component of goldenseal is Berberine, which has a broad spectrum of antibiotic and immense stimulating activity. Besides, goldenseal contains calcium, iron, manganese and different range of vitamins: A, C, E, B-complex and others.
Goldenseal is available in powdered form in capsules, in herbal food stores as well as online. You can buy it also in bulk form, with gelatin capsule separate. Remember to keep it in cool dark place.
9. Vitamin D
Vitamin D can also be very effective in protection against the flu. A good supplement of vitamin D would be in a oil based form starting at 5 000 IU/d. Studies have shown that the sunshine vitamin plays an important role in regulating the immune system and protecting the body against viruses. It should be also noted that anyone living in North America is especially susceptible to vit D deficiency due to our winter months
*However not everyone is likely to be cured by goldenseal and if your symptoms are not acute, you should consult with your doctor. Our advice is to always consult your health provider before using any supplements and natural health products. They may not be suited for you.
Study confirms: High levels of toxicity are drastically reduced in the body after women switch to natural make-up!
|Posted on 12 May, 2016 at 1:45|
Study confirms: High levels of toxicity are drastically reduced in the body after women switch to natural make-up.
Sunday, April 10, 2016 by: David Gutierrez.
Just three days of using different cosmetics and personal care products led to a dramatic drop in the levels of toxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals in the bodies of teenage girls in a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, the California Department of Public Heath, and the Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas in Salinas, Calif., and a team of youth researchers from the CHAMACOS Youth Council.
The findings were particularly significant because the researchers selected the safer products using a publicly available database.
"Our study did not test [products] for the presence of these chemicals, but simply used techniques available to the average consumer: reading labels and investigating product safety through web-based databases," the researchers wrote.
The study was funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program.
Toxic exposure "significantly" reduced.
The study was conducted on 100 Latina girls between the ages of 14 and 18 who lived in Salinas and were participating in the Health and Environmental Research on Makeup of Salinas Adolescents (HERMOSA) study. The participants agreed that, for three days, they would only use cosmetics and personal care products provided by the research team.
All the products were selected from the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database, which is available online. They were all free of phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3, or BP-3). All these chemicals have been linked to endocrine-disrupting effects.
"Because women are the primary consumers of many personal care products, they may be disproportionately exposed to these chemicals," lead author Kim Harley said. "Teen girls may be at particular risk since it's a time of rapid reproductive development, and research has suggested that they use more personal care products per day than the average adult woman."
After just three days, levels of all four toxins in the girls' urine had fallen dramatically. Levels of metabolites of diethyl phthalate (a common fragrance and nail polish ingredient) fell by 27 percent. Levels of the sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone and the antibacterial chemical triclosan (found in soap, detergent, toothpaste, face wash and deodorant) both fell 36 percent. Levels of methyl and propyl paraben (used as preservatives in cosmetics, skin lotions and shampoos) fell 44 and 45 percent, respectively.
"Techniques available to consumers, such as choosing personal care products that are labeled to be free of phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone, can significantly reduce personal exposure to these potentially endocrine-disrupting chemicals," the authors concluded.
Findings' implications for individuals and society
"Personally, since the study, I've tried to use more organic products," said teen researcher and co-author Maritza Cardenas. "It's hard, especially as a college student who doesn't have a lot of money. You tend to just get what's on sale. But I've decided to splurge more on products with fewer chemicals because of the effect in the future. And if you can't make the best choice when you're buying because of cost, you can at least try to limit the use of the products you do buy."
In a press release announcing the findings, the Environmental Working Group highlighted the unregulated nature of the cosmetics and personal care products industry. Under current US law, manufacturers of these products do not have to prove the safety of any of their ingredients.
A bill introduced into the US Senate, the Personal Care Products Safety Act, would give the FDA the same authority to regulate cosmetics and personal care products that it has over drugs, including the ability to recall hazardous products. The law would require the FDA to test five cosmetics ingredients per year for safety, and require manufacturers to report any health harm stemming from their products. Warning labels would be required on products containing ingredients that could cause health problems.
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LEAD DEVELOPER OF HPV VACCINES COMES CLEAN, WARNS PARENTS & YOUNG GIRLS IT'S ALL A GIANT DEADLY SCAM
|Posted on 12 May, 2016 at 1:00|
Dr. Diane Harper was a leading expert responsible for the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies which secured the approval of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, Gardasil™ and Cervarix™. Dr. Harper also authored many of the published, scholarly papers about the vaccines. She is now the latest in a long string of experts who are pressing the red alert button on the devastating consequences and irrelevancy of these vaccines. Dr. Harper made her surprising confession at the 4th International Converence on Vaccination which took place in Reston, Virginia. Her speech, which was originally intended to promote the benefits of the vaccines, took a 180-degree turn when she chose instead to clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines so she “could sleep at night”. The following is an excerpt from a story by Sarah Cain:
“Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States. In fact, 70% of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment in a year, and the number rises to well over 90% in two years. Harper also mentioned the safety angle. All trials of the vaccines were done on children aged 15 and above, despite them currently being marketed for 9-year-olds. So far, 15,037 girls have reported adverse side effects from Gardasil™ alone to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), and this number only reflects parents who underwent the hurdles required for reporting adverse reactions. At the time of writing, 44 girls are officially known to have died from these vaccines. The reported side effects include Guillian Barré Syndrome (paralysis lasting for years, or permanently — sometimes eventually causing suffocation), lupus, seizures, blood clots, and brain inflammation. Parents are usually not made aware of these risks. Dr. Harper, the vaccine developer, claimed that she was speaking out, so that she might finally be able to sleep at night. ’About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life,’ Harper says. ’Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 per cent of cases it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.’”
Although these two vaccines are marketed as protection against cervical cancer, this claim is purely hypothetical. Studies have proven “there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless. In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer. From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about about the same as the chance of her being struck by a meteorite.”
UPDATE #1: Since coming forward with the truth about the devastating consequences of the HPV vaccine, Dr. Harper has been victim of a relentless campaign attempting to discredit the validity of her claims. Harper was even misquoted by British tabloid The Sunday Express which printed a false story loaded with fabricated quotations attributed to Harper. In an interview with The Guardian, Harper makes it very clear about what exactly she said in order to protect herself from a potential lawsuit. In an interview with CBS NEWS, Harper clarifies her position, and once again makes it crystal clear just how devastating this vaccine can be: “If we vaccinate 11 year olds and the protection doesn’t last … we’ve put them at harm from side effects, small but real, for no benefit,” says Dr. Harper. “The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated.” She also says that enough serious side effects have been reported after Gardasil use that the vaccine could prove riskier than the cervical cancer it purports to prevent. Cervical cancer is usually entirely curable when detected early through normal Pap screenings.
“The risks of serious adverse events including death reported after Gardasil use in (the JAMA article by CDC’s Dr. Barbara Slade) were 3.4/100,000 doses distributed,” Harper tells CBS NEWS. ”The rate of serious adverse events on par with the death rate of cervical cancer. Gardasil has been associated with at least as many serious adverse events as there are deaths from cervical cancer developing each year. Indeed, the risks of vaccination are underreported in Slade’s article, as they are based on a denominator of doses distributed from Merck’s warehouse. Up to a third of those doses may be in refrigerators waiting to be dispensed as the autumn onslaught of vaccine messages is sent home to parents the first day of school. Should the denominator in Dr. Slade’s work be adjusted to account for this, and then divided by three for the number of women who would receive all three doses, the incidence rate of serious adverse events increases up to five fold. How does a parent value that information,” said Harper.
“Parents and women must know that deaths occurred,” Harper tells CBS NEWS. “Not all deaths that have been reported were represented in Dr. Slade’s work, one-third of the death reports were unavailable to the CDC, leaving the parents of the deceased teenagers in despair that the CDC is ignoring the very rare but real occurrences that need not have happened if parents were given information stating that there are real, but small risks of death surrounding the administration of Gardasil.” She also worries that Merck’s aggressive marketing of the vaccine may have given women a false sense of security. “The future expectations women hold because they have received free doses of Gardasil purchased by philanthropic foundations, by public health agencies or covered by insurance is the true threat to cervical cancer in the future. Should women stop Pap screening after vaccination, the cervical cancer rate will actually increase per year. Should women believe this is preventive for all cancers — something never stated, but often inferred by many in the population — a reduction in all health care will compound our current health crisis. Should Gardasil not be effective for more than 15 years, the most costly public health experiment in cancer control will have failed miserably.” Harper notes that her concern for the vaccine’s deadly side effects applies only to women in the Western world. ”Of course, in developing countries where there is no safety Pap screening for women repeatedly over their lifetimes, the risks of serious adverse events may be acceptable as the incidence rate of cervical cancer is five to 12 times higher than in the US, dwarfing the risk of death reported after Gardasil.”
UPDATE #2: The National Vaccine Information Center HAS CONFIRMED two virologists, Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski have filed a lawsuit against their former employer and vaccine manufacturer Merck. NVIC writes: “The lawsuit alleges that Merck defrauded the U.S. for over 10 years by overstating the MMR vaccine’s effectivenes. The virologists claim in their lawsuit that they ‘Witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falseification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings.” NVIC president and co-founder, Barbara Loe Fisher, warns of the disturbingly cozy relationship and overwhelming conflict of interest between federal agencies charged with vaccine safety oversight (such as the Centers for Disease Control) and vaccine manufacturers. Merck’s global vaccine sales total more than $20 BILLION A YEAR.
As the world’s pharmaceutical giants continue to be driven less by moral accountability and more by profit and shareholder-driven bottom lines, we are going to see more and more products such as this vaccine which are marketed as “essential to one’s survival.” While some vaccines are indeed essential, such as vaccines for polio and measles, the HPV vaccine is a new beast entirely. To learn more about how pharmaceutical giants are putting profits ahead of ethics you need to watch FRONTLINE’s terrifying new documentary “Hunting The Nightmare Bacteria.”
Sources: Southweb, CBS NEWS 1, National Vaccine Information Center, CBS NEWS 2, Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
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|Posted on 4 March, 2016 at 20:50|
A jury in St. Louis has ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay damages of $72 million to the family of a woman dead from ovarian cancer following her prolonged use of their personal care products containing talcum powder.
This class-action suit is one of two filed in 2014, both of which claimed the use of J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products were responsible for giving women ovarian cancer.
The action came just a year after a South Dakota woman’s claim that J&J was negligent because it failed to issue a warning of the dangers of these products during the 30 years she used them. She was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The suits highlight J&J’s failure to act responsibly in warning its customers about the inherent danger of products containing talcum powder.
The verdict brings the first award by a U.S. jury from the claims against these consumer products. Twelve hundred more cases have already been filed, and many more will likely follow, alleging that the company kept silent about information revealing that talc-based products could ignite cancer, in an effort to safeguard their bottom line.
J&J Baby Powder has been around since 1893, but it was not widely used until the affluence following World War allowed it to be a standard product in almost everyone’s home. Advertisements led women to use it sprinkled on their private parts and dusted on their underwear and sanitary pads, with the idea that it would control moisture and create a feeling of coolness and comfort.
It was also used to disguise odors from the vagina and dusted on diaphragms, condoms, and Tampax. It is easy to see how these applications would have led to reproductive tract exposure. Why didn’t they cause cancer 50 years ago? Women then were not under the constant onslaught of toxicity that they face today, and their constitutions were more resistive.
There is research to back up the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. A pooled analysis of 8,525 cases and 9,859 controls found that genital talcum powder use was associated with a modest increased risk (1.24) of epithelial ovarian cancer, relative to women who never used powder.
Related: J&J Using GMOs in Baby Formula?
A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana assessed the relationship of powder use with risk of disease subtypes according to histology and degree of malignancy. The research team concluded that the International Agency of Research designated exposure to genital powders as a possible carcinogen in women. A modest association of cancer from this exposure was again seen in their study and in some previous studies.
Does J&J have your welfare in mind?
In late 2013, J&J paid in excess of $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines to settle charges of wrongly promoting the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to people for whom it was inappropriate including children, people with developmental disabilities, and the aged. Only two pharmaceutical settlements in U.S. history have been larger.
Katie Thomas writing for Business Day said:
“It is part of a decade-long effort by the federal government to hold the health care giant – and other pharmaceutical companies – accountable to illegally marketing the drugs as a way to control patients with dementia in nursing homes and children with certain behavioral disabilities, despite the health risks of the drugs.”
Surgical mesh is sometimes used during uro-gynecologic procedures in postmenopausal women who are hormone deficient and have sagging organs and tissues. Less than a year ago J&J, staring into 23,000 lawsuits from women who were injured from their vaginal mesh implants, agreed to settle its first cases.
The women suing J&J assert that its design is flawed, and the manufacturer failed to report this to the public. As a result the implants are said to be painful, and cause organ damage and infection. The figure for this settlement is not yet known.
These cases are just the tip of the iceberg. For a more comprehensive list, visit http://www.johnsonandtoxin.com/
|Posted on 27 January, 2016 at 18:40|
When it comes to cancer, no one wants to be caught off guard with its diagnosis. Unfortunately, many people are initially surprised when they hear that they have the signs of a particular type of cancer only to later realize that the signs had been there for quite some time. Because early detection is often the key to a better prognosis, it is imperative that the following early warning signs of cancer not be ignored.
While some fatigue can be considered almost normal given today's busy schedules, if a person suddenly finds that they must take a long nap in order to accomplish their responsibilities, it is cause for concern. An American Cancer Society report noted that this could be a sign of cancers such as leukemia, colon or stomach cancer. Other cancers that cause a great deal of blood loss could also be at play.
Low-grade fever that lasts
A low-grade fever -- typically classified as a body temperature between 99.8 and 100.8 degrees Fahrenheit -- can be a sign of a number of infections. In addition, it can also be a sign of cancers such as Hodgkin's disease, leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Because it could be the first sign of such cancer, it is important to get a recurring low-grade fever checked out.
Problems with swallowing
In addition to having problems swallowing, other disturbing signs that should not be ignored include lip sores that do not heal within the normal time parameters, a sore throat that does not go away or that recurs, persistent hoarseness that does not go away or that comes back, bleeding that is unusual or unexplained mouth pain. According to the National Institute on Health, the above signs could be due to oral cancers such as throat, esophageal and tongue cancers. Additionally, other, non-cancerous causes could be the reason.
Weight loss that cannot be explained
Though it can seem to be a paradox given the epidemic of obesity that is noted across the globe, a person who cannot explain their sudden weight loss should be concerned. While in normal circumstances losing weight would be a welcome sight, if an individual finds themselves suddenly losing weight without trying to diet, exercise more or perform other lifestyle changes, it could be due to cancer. The American Cancer Society notes that this type of sudden weight loss could be a sign of stomach, lung, esophageal or pancreatic cancers, though it could be related to other serious health conditions as well.
If a person notes any of the above signs, it is best to see a doctor as soon as possible. In fact, any significant bodily changes not brought on intentionally by a person should be brought to the attention of a physician as soon as possible.
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|Posted on 26 May, 2015 at 23:25|
Saturday, May 23, 2015 by: J. D. Heyes.
Critics of modern medicine have been particularly cynical when it comes to how serious the industry and medical science are in finding cures for some diseases, especially those which generate billions of dollars in profits annually for drug makers.
In 2012 alone, for instance, Americans spent $325.8 billion on medications, and that was a year when medication spending declined for the first time in decades.
Spending on cold and flu medications runs into the billions each year; so, too, does spending on cancer -- both illnesses that some see as too lucrative to cure.
As reported by Michael Snyder of the website End of the American Dream, Americans have a 1-in-3 chance of contracting some form of cancer in their lifetime. For men, the odds are closer to 1-in-2.
Further, almost everyone in the country either knows someone who has had cancer or has died from the disease. Snyder notes that it was not always this way.
"Back in the 1940s, only one out of every sixteen Americans would develop cancer. Something has happened that has caused the cancer rate in this nation to absolutely explode, and it is being projected that cancer will soon surpass heart disease and become the leading cause of death in the United States," Snyder wrote.
$100 billion a year for cancer care alone
In all, the World Health Organization has estimated that approximately 14 million new cancer cases are diagnosed around the world every year; the number of new cases is expected to balloon by nearly 70 percent over the next 20 years.
"There are very few words in the English language that cause more fear than the word 'cancer', but despite billions spent on research and all of the technological progress we have made over the years this plague just continues to spiral wildly out of control," wrote Snyder. "Why is that?"
Because, he said, there is profit in the disease.
As reported by NBC News, spending for cancer drugs and treatment topped $100 billion in 2014 -- a "new milestone." In fact, year-over-year spending on cancer rose 10 percent last year from 2013.
The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics said that spending five years earlier was just $75 billion. The institute further noted that, between 2010 and 2014, 45 new cancer medications hit the market.
As NBC News reported:
Two of those are so-called immunotherapies, a hot new class that harnesses the immune system to fight cancer. They are Opdivo from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Keytruda from Merck. Both are priced at $12,500 a month.
Indeed, the number of Americans getting cancer has continued to climb for a century. As reported by Health Impact News, at the beginning of the 20th century 1 person in 20 would get cancer. By the 1940s, that figure had risen to 1 in 16; by the 1970s, 1 in 10. And again, today, that figure is 1 in 3.
"Disease care system"
The health news site also reported:
The cancer industry is probably the most prosperous business in the United States. In 2014, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the US. $6 billion of tax-payer funds are cycled through various federal agencies for cancer research, such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The NCI states that the medical costs of cancer care are $125 billion, with a projected 39 percent increase to $173 billion by 2020.
Snyder -- and millions of other Americans -- understand that companies must turn a profit if they are to remain viable, and that, unfortunately, includes Big Pharma as well. But forcing Americans to pay more than $12,000 a month for cancer treatment seems a bit extreme, to say the least.
What's more, for all the money we're spending on traditional cancer care, the results are sketchy, at best.
"If you are diagnosed with cancer in America today and you choose to trust the medical system with your treatment, you can say goodbye to your financial future," wrote Snyder. "Even if you have health insurance, you will probably end up flat broke one way or the other. Either you will survive and be flat broke, or you will die flat broke."
What's more, despite the expense of treatments, cancer survival rates are still not optimal. Today, the five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with cancer is just 65 percent. That means the remaining 35 percent of cancer patients won't survive past that time frame; for certain forms of cancer, the death rates are extremely high.
One of the biggest reasons for our cancer rates, notes Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, is the toxic foods we eat.
As Adams noted as long ago as 2005, one of the biggest causes of cancer in America is our increasingly toxic diet -- even in places of health.
"There is truly dangerous food being served right now in cafeterias at cancer centers, hospitals, clinics, and, of course, public schools, all across the country," Adams wrote, noting that the nation's healthcare system was more like a "disease care system."
|Posted on 26 May, 2015 at 22:40|
National Geographic is now the propaganda arm of Monsanto, Big Pharma.
Sunday, May 24, 2015 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
It's said to be one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations in the world. But the National Geographic Society, which publishes the popular National Geographic magazine, sure takes in a lot of money from the drug and biotechnology industries, as evidenced by the multi-page advertising spreads littering its print periodical.
After blowing the lid recently on National Geographic's shameless endorsements for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and vaccines, we decided to pick up the latest issue of National Geographic to see who's funding the magazine these days. Perhaps not surprisingly, nearly every ad was for pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol, GMOs or crop chemicals.
The May 2015 issue of National Geographic opens up with an ad on page six for "K9 Advantix II," a flea, tick and mosquito drug for dogs that's manufactured by Bayer Healthcare LLC. This particular product, which contains dangerous pesticides like permethrin, was exposed by Scientific American in 2010 for causing serious side effects in dogs, including rashes, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures.
On the very next page of National Geographic, a 10-page spread promoting genetically modified (GM) crops manufactured by Cargill poses as an in-depth article about "The Future of Food." Rehashing the myth that GMOs are needed to feed the world's growing population, this blatant biotech promotion piece is filled with lies about how GM soybeans are helping to protect against rainforest deforestation.
"Cargill is helping transport these (GM) crops to create a food-secure world," reads the GMO puff piece.
Page after page of Cargill ads suggest that this powerful multinational corporation is somehow improving people's lives rather than ruining them through patented "Frankencrops" and deadly crop chemicals. It's what we've come to expect from media sources like Fox and CNN, which are heavily influenced by drug and biotech interests, but not necessarily from National Geographic.
Pasteurized milk, GM potatoes and hard liquor -- these are the industries that sway National Geographic content
But it doesn't end here. Immediately following the multi-page Cargill endorsement in National Geographic is a propaganda story on milk and how 68% of adults worldwide can't tolerate it due to "lactose intolerance." Instead of being honest and explaining how pasteurization destroys the lactase enzyme necessary to digest milk lactose, and how raw milk drinkers don't have this problem, National Geographic blames evolutionary mystery.
Citing research by evolutionary geneticist Pascale Gerbault, author Catherine Zimmerman ambiguously writes that lactase "is present in young children but weakens in most people after weaning," as if it just sort of appears and then disappears. As to why "lactose intolerance" just so happened to emerge around the advent of pasteurization, well, it's just one of life's little mysteries, according to National Geographic.
Just a few pages later, National Geographic readers get another serving of propaganda with a puff piece promoting a new type of GM potato. Like the recently released GM apples that don't brown, the GM potatoes covered by National Geographic contain altered RNA that keeps them looking fresher, longer. And of course, no mention is made of any potential dangers associated with the transgenic crop.
And for those readers that are able to make it all the way through the May 2015 issue, the back cover of National Geographic features a fitting ad for Tanqueray No. Ten, an imported gin liquor that "elevates every cocktail." So in just one issue of National Geographic, a disturbing 15 pages are devoted to promoting GMOs, pharmaceuticals, alcohol and crop chemicals, which explains a lot about the direction the magazine is going these days.
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|Posted on 26 May, 2015 at 22:30|
Sunday, May 24, 2015 by: Michael Edwards.
Foods that cause inflammation and how to avoid them.
Foods that feed Candida cause inflammation by feeding Candida, but these and many other foods cause inflammation in other ways, too. Some foods have natural, and naturally beneficial inflammatory properties, like many omega 6 fats. But these fats are not "bad," they promote the healing process. These days, most people know about sugar and its inflammatory properties (at least those who read these types of articles), but that's not just restricted to white sugar. Sugars feed Candida and almost all other well-known infectious microbes as well, and causes inflammation in other ways too. Almost everyone has too much sugar in their diet. When healing the gut, it's important to cut out sweets, including fruit juices (even fresh, slow pressed), honey (even raw), agave, brown rice syrup, and all other sweeteners.
Acid Forming Foods (Generally Refined Foods)
When fiber and minerals are removed from foods (like table sugar, salt, and white rice), many of the minerals that alkalinize the body and the beneficial fats are also removed. It's imperative to cut out all other refined carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, other refined flours, and any processed starches.
GMOs and Pesticide Laden Conventional Foods
Pesticides, herbicides, and GMO foods kill good gut bacteria. Candida will bounce back, along with other infectious microbes, because the gut becomes inhospitable to our naturally beneficial flora as the toxic food keeps coming in.
Factory Farmed Animal Products
Factory farmed animals are raised on genetically modified grains that are already on the inflammatory side of the spectrum, even without being genetically modified. For instance corn, wheat, oats, hay, and certain grasses are inflammatory, especially when they are not balanced with a wider variety of natural foods within the diet.
Wheat, Bread, Gluten
Today, due to hybridization, there is a new kind of gluten molecule that we ingest. This gluten molecule in our wheat is more inflammatory than previous varieties. It's not the only gluten molecule in bread, but it's prominent, and it's not found in ancient wheat strands.
Most informed people know by now that coconut and avocado and plenty of other fats have tremendous healing properties and do not naturally contribute to obesity. The bad fats are commercial, highly processed fats, rancid fats, trans fats, and otherwise unnatural fats. These fats cause inflammation and contribute to every autoimmune disease.
Other Toxic Ingredients
Soy lecithin, casein, and protein isolates generally have heavy omega 6 profiles and are also very acidifying. Excitotoxins like MSG, and aspartate, glutamates, aspartate, and MSG excite nerves, damaging the nervous system.
Inflammation and Free Radicals
Free radicals are created by our natural everyday functions, and they play many important roles, including the elimination of the weakest cells in the adjacent area (like infectious microbes). But too much inflammation means way too many free radicals that are overwhelming the body, impeding healing.
Specific Nutrient Deficiencies Known To Cause Inflammation
Any nutrient deficiency can cause inflammation one way or another. Two common nutrition deficiencies well known to directly cause inflammation include:
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to depression, pain, increased overall inflammation, an ineffective immune system, inflammatory bowel disease, many different autoimmune diseases, many forms of cancer, and so much more.
Vitamin B deficiencies can cause, exacerbate, and also be the result of inflammation. When the body's digestive system isn't healthy, B vitamin assimilation becomes more difficult, and extra B vitamins often give some almost immediate relief to those suffering from inflammation. This is especially important for anyone dealing with an abundance of stress.
Whole foods, foods that have no need for an ingredients list, heal the body. There are lots of conditions that cause allergic reactions, sensitivities, or other inflammatory responses from otherwise healthy foods. For instance, someone with severe hypothyroidism may worsen with the consumption of cruciferous vegetables.
The problem with eliminating whole, healthy foods in the diet is that the nutrient deficiencies that are at the cause of the problem get worse. Remove all unhealthy foods from the diet. Temporarily remove some healthier foods if you must, but add them back in as soon as you are able.
See the first source below for more on inflammation (this is the short version). For more on gut health, check out Understanding Hypothyroidism and Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Organic Turmeric lowers inflammation. Sprinkle over stir fries, smoothies or add to curries.
100% Certified organic turmeric, product of Indonesia. Packed in New Zealand.
About the author:
Michael Edwards is the founder, owner, editor-in-chief, and janitor for Organic Lifestyle Magazine and Green Lifestyle Market. At age 17, Michael weighed more than 360 pounds. He suffered from ADHD, allergies, frequent bouts of illness, and chronic, debilitating insomnia.
Conventional medicine wasn't working. While he restored his health through alternative medicine he studied natural health and became immersed in it.
|Posted on 30 March, 2015 at 23:50|
Five ways to eliminate cancer cells.
We now know that most cancers are preventable through simple, yet powerful changes in our diet and lifestyle habits. Yet, today we see nearly one in every two people getting some form of cancer in their lifetime, and a typical cancer doctor is only permitted to offer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation - which will never cure cancer.
Are you looking to kill cancer cells naturally? On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Lise Alschuler, a naturopathic oncologist will talk about how to boost immune function, reduce cellular inflammation, balance hormones and blood sugar plus improve digestion and detoxification. If you're a healthcare provider or individual concerned about cancer - do NOT miss this program.
5 core strategies to help you defeat cancer - naturally
Of course, it's worth noting, your conventionally-trained physician will think the following strategies are "unscientific" and not worth much. But, in all honesty, Western medicine has a pretty poor track record, so look who's call the kettle black. I'll let you decide whether or not these strategies make sense to you.
1. Attitude matters. Bernie Siegel, M.D., a pioneer in the field of medicine, strongly suggested that the path to healing resided in love. As Dr. Siegel explains, "...a vigorous immune system can overcome cancer if it is not interfered with, and emotional growth toward greater self-acceptance and fulfillment helps keep the immune system strong." Bottom line, when dealing with cancer, one should never overlook the power of forgiveness, gratitude or self-acceptance.
2. Get moving. It's fair to say that most cancer patients would improve their outcomes by becoming more physically active. In some cases, one may be "over-exercising," which can produce an excessive amount of inflammation. This is not good. But, generally speaking, the benefits of exercise include: better breathing, circulation, mobility, muscular strength, endurance and oxygen uptake.
3. Are you eating an "anti-cancer" diet? We all have cancer cells within our body. But, a healthy immune system will keep us safe from harm. And, quite frankly, there's no better way to keep your immune system strong than by eating a diet rich in chemical-free vegetables, fruits, and herbs and drinking fresh (clean) water. Avoid processed foods - at all cost - to reduce your toxic burden.
4. Supplement your diet - as needed. This is not a "cookie-cutter" approach to curing cancer. Everybody has their own specific needs based on genetic tendencies and past lifestyle habits. But, simply put, when you eliminate nutritional deficiencies, you tend to reduce your risk of cancer. So, when considering supplementation, it's best to consult a qualified healthcare provider and ask about vitamin A, B, C, D plus minerals like zinc, selenium, magnesium, digestive enzymes and probiotics to boost immune function.
5. Rejuvenate and restore your energy. Widely misunderstood and ignored by conventional medicine, most cancer patients need to build up their energy levels. Deep breathing exercises, tai chi, mediation and improving your sleep habits will help restore your energy. Other ways to rejuvenate the body include: resolving toxic relationships, reducing exposure to EMF pollution, and getting out into nature - as often as possible.
by: Jonathan Landsman
Natural news .com
|Posted on 30 March, 2015 at 23:40|
About the author
Sheryl is a kinesiologist, nutritionist and holistic practitioner.
As with many natural treatments magnet therapy has a long list of skeptics ready to jump on its back and push it in to the realm of pure mumbo jumbo. But the truth is that magnet therapy has a growing number of people who not only swear that it works, but that rely on it to live fuller, pain free lives.
The concept of using magnets for health reasons is not a new one. Greek philosopher Aristotle discussed the healing property of magnets in 300 BC, but the earliest recorded mention of magnets within medicine came in around 2000BC. The Yellow Emperor`s Classic of Internal Medicine is one of the earliest medical books ever written. Within its pages there are mentions of many sophisticated and modern day therapies including the use of magnets to control pain.
The scientific theory behind magnet therapy did not appear until the late 1700s, when it was found that the body produces its own magnetic impulses. Many studies around this time led to the belief that placing magnets on an affected area of the body will help align these impulses and therefore ease any pain. With Hospitals now reporting that magnets have a pain relief success rate of around 80%, it is looking like these early studies were on the right track.
Magnets and head aches
Many of the thousands of people who suffer from regular headaches and migraines swear by the use of magnets rather than using any medicinal treatment. It is thought to be such an effective method because magnets help increase blood flow around the body. More blood flow means that more oxygen is able to reach the affected area, which will in turn help relieve pain and reduce any inflammation. This is also great news for people with tendonitis as well as for arthritis sufferers, many of whom live in constant pain.
Above : Maverick , full rare earth magnetic band.
Magnets and broken bones
While the success of using magnets to ease pain is seen by many people as nothing more than a placebo, results of studies printed in the Journal of Electro and Magnetobiology may help change their minds. The study found that using magnets not only increased blood flow and eased pain, but they also aid in healing bones, regenerating spinal disk tissue and may even help prevent the violent allergic reaction in the lungs that is characteristic of bronchial asthma. While these results have seen a sharp rise in the use of magnets within hospitals to help heal stubborn fractures and to treat tendonitis, in India and China the results came as no surprise as they have used the method for centuries.
http/www.apostle.org http/www.healingwithmagnets.com http/www.healingtherapies.info
About the author:
Sheryl Walters is a kinesiologist, nutritionist and holistic practitioner.
Her website www.younglivingguide.com provides the latest research on preventing disease, looking naturally gorgeous, and feeling emotionally and physically fabulous. You can also find some of the most powerful super foods on the planet including raw chocolate, purple corn, and many others.
|Posted on 11 February, 2015 at 20:25|
Mold is a pesky and sometimes dangerous thing to have in your house. These tricks can help you get rid of mold in your house.
Molds are various types of fungi that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores. Mildew is sometimes referred to as mold, especially mold in a house with a white or grayish color or mold that grows in shower stalls and bathrooms. Mold can grow indoors and outdoors and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments.
Mold reproduces by forming tiny spores that aren’t visible to the naked eye. The spores can survive under any conditions where mold can grow, like dry and harsh environments. The spores can travel through outdoor and indoor air. When the mold spores land on a surface where moisture is there, mold starts to grow. So, don’t let mold sit in your house and let it affects your family’s health. Use these ways to extract mold from your house.
1. Tea tree
Tea tree oil works very well in killing mold. Use 4 teaspoons of tea tree oil and 4 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle to mix up the ingredients and then spray on the moldy areas.
2. Grapefruit seed
Using grapefruit seed extract is odorless and it kills mold. Use 40 drops of grapefruit seed extract and 4 cups of water. Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend. Spray the moldy areas and this mixture will kill the mold in your house.
3. White Vinegar
Vinegar can kill 82 percent of mold. Put the vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the moldy areas then let the vinegar sit on the mold.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda is safe to use in killing mold, it also deodorizes so it will get rid of the smell of mold that can reside in your home.
|Posted on 12 November, 2014 at 2:45|
If time is a teacher, one thing we know is that apple cider vinegar is good stuff. The Babylonians used it as a tonic in 5000 B.C. so its been around for a while. It was also used in ancient Egypt (3000 B.C.) and by Samurai warriors in Japan (1200 B.C.), so it's grandfathered in - doesn't need a double-blind study to prove its effectiveness.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has so many uses. It ranks as one of the top natural remedies for healing the body - from whatever ails it! It's medicinal properties begin with the noble apple, which contains vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants - and no fat or sodium. If the fermentation process used does not alter its nutrients, all of the goodness of the apple can be extracted and retained, while enzymes and organic acids are added. It's made by turning apple juice into hard cider, then fermenting a second time, to turn it into apple cider vinegar.
It can be used as an antiseptic, and is rich in highly bio-available minerals such as magnesium and pectin. Look for raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, organic ACV with the "mother" (www.greenrebel.co.nz) to get the medicinal benefits.
Ways apple cider vinegar cures what ails you:
The main way ACV cures what ails you is by restoring homeostasis to the body. Here's a top 10 list:
1. Balances the inner ecosystem - making the internal pH more alkaline. Disease prefers an acid environment, provided by processed food, among other things.
2. Detoxs the body - cleanse your body and kidneys easily. In this way it cures chronic fatigue.
3. Weight loss - breaks down fat.
4. Cures allergies - pet, food, environmental.
5. Cures sinus infections, headaches, sore throats, and flu.
6. Clears acne, contact dermatitis, warts, varicose veins, and other skin problems.
7. Lowers high cholesterol and high blood pressure, often in a mere 2 weeks.
8. Kills Candida (and yeast infections) and fungus, and populates the gut with friendly microflora (good bacteria and yeast). This usually stops sugar cravings as well.
9. Used to ease arthritis, stiff joints, and gout.
10. Strengthens stomach acid to eliminate acid reflux and heartburn (because contrary to what Big Pharma says, its weak stomach acid that causes acid reflux).
Drink daily for best results. It is often used in salad dressings, or mixed with other juices into a drink.
Other uses for apple cider vinegar
ACV is widely used as a do-it-yourself beauty remedy. It provides a rosy complexion; is used as an aftershave, teeth whitener, facial toner, age-spot lightener, hair rinse (for body and shine); soothes sunburns; and, relieves swelling in hands and feet.
For your home and pets, use it to clean and disinfect most of your home's surfaces (just like baking soda) and reduce fleas. Apply to pet's skin for fleas. Add to water to kill internal parasites, or aid with ailments. Organic farmers even use it to treat parasite infestations in livestock. It's a good addition to your Preparedness Kit.
Any way you look at it, adding pure, organic, simply nutritious raw apple cider vinegar to your diet is a great idea.
Sources for this article: naturalnews.com
|Posted on 17 June, 2014 at 20:00|
7 Herbs that may help lower blood pressure!
The following seven herbs, many of them popular and already in use in kitchens around the world, can help reduce blood pressure and the need for medications.
1.Garlic: A study at the Clinical Research Center of New Orleans found that allicin, a substance in garlic, helped nine research subjects with severe incidences of hypertension experience its reduction.
2.Onions: A Journal of Nutrition study found that the antioxidant flavonol, quercetin, caused subjects to experience a reduction of both their diastolic and systolic pressures compared with subjects who only took a placebo.
3.Cinnamon: This herb has many health properties, including lowering blood pressure and fighting diabetes. Research subjects who ingested a water soluble form of cinnamon had an increase in the antioxidants that lower blood sugar levels.
4.Oregano: An animal subject study found that a compound found in oregano, carvacrol, reduced arterial pressure, diastolic and systolic pressures and the heart rate.
5.Cardamom: After taking this herb for only three months, 20 people who were recently diagnosed with severe hypertension saw their blood pressure levels significantly reduced.
6.Olives: Olive oil, a staple in the Mediterranean diet, has been shown to reduce blood pressure, making people who live in that area some of the world’s healthiest.
7.Hawthorn: When 79 people with Type 2 diabetes took 1200mg of hawthorn extract for sixteen weeks, their mean diastolic pressure was reduced.
The above herbs are proof that just because a diet change is necessary for good health, it does not mean that the diet must be bland. Generous use of some of the most popular herbs can lead to better health.
This information is for general purposes and is not a substitute for medical advise. Always consult your health professional.
|Posted on 21 May, 2014 at 0:50|
By Dr. Brent Hunter.
From BPA, MSG, pesticides, environmental chemicals, household cleaners, toxins in vaccines and prescription drugs, our children are exposed to a huge amount of toxic chemicals. Toxins are everywhere in our modern society. They are damaging your child’s health and causing disease. How can you get these chemicals out of your children’s bodies and protect them? The first step is to understand where they are coming from. Then you can eliminate them and incorporate a healthy lifestyle that naturally detoxes your child’s body.
This article is Part 1 of 2 addressing the issue of toxicity in our children and what to do to detox them. It is not necessarily easy to rid your kid’s bodies of years of these stored toxins but it is possible. In part 2, we will discuss specific strategies and tips for detoxing.
Toxins and Childhood Health
The problem of toxic exposure has only increased year by year. My readers of more advanced years will remember a time when children were generally healthy and active. Today, however, there are more children who are sick and taking prescription drugs than there are healthy children. Certainly, there are many factors that contribute to this but the extreme exposure to toxins is a huge factor that you can control.
Nearly 12 million children in the United States under age 18 suffer from one or more learning, developmental, or behavioral disabilities.(1) We have seen ridiculous increases in the incidence of autism, ADHD and cancer in children. Consider these facts:
Autism rates were 1 in 150 in 2000. By 2008, the rate had increased to 1 in 88.(2)
From 2001 to 2010, the rate of ADHD diagnosis increased 25%.(3)
Cancer is now the leading cause of death by disease in children under age 15.(4)
My Experience with Toxicity in my Own Child
When my son was born, the doctors felt that my wife had an infection in the birth canal. If that were the case, it could be transferred to my son during delivery and cause harm to him. However, the only way to confirm the infection is a bacterial culture that takes three days to grow. As a result, my son was placed on ‘precautionary’, heavy doses of three different I.V. antibiotics for three days.
Well, three days later, the cultures came back negative – my son never had a bacterial infection at all. However, the three days of heavy antibiotics were not without effect. As a result of the antibiotics, my son is profoundly deaf. There is nothing I can do to restore his hearing. However, the experience that we gained over the last five years dealing with his deafness have been amazing. In fact, my wife and I write about those experiences at this blog: Seeing Life Differently.
Additionally, the antibiotics wreaked major havoc on his digestion system. It took at least three months to detox him from the antibiotics and restore his normal digestive functions. He endured a lot of discomfort and pain for three months all due to three days of antibiotic treatment.
He is now one of the healthiest, non-toxic kids I know. Since that incident at birth, he has never had need of any prescription drugs, including antibiotics.
He attends the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind - a public school serving Deaf and Blind children in all of Florida. Many of the children at this wonderful school live in dorms Monday through Friday. The school has a great medical clinic/health center right on campus.
On registration day, all the parents have to also check in with the health center. It was amazing to me how many of the parents - nearly all - checked in prescription drugs for their children’s chronic health conditions! Toxicity from prescription drugs alone is a huge problem for our children.
It seemed like we waited forever in the line for the health center. We simply had to let them know that he has no drugs, remind them of his vaccine exemption, and sign a health services form.
I thank God everyday for my child’s great health. It is not that he has great genes. It is that we have formed a lifestyle for him that produces great health. This is no easy task as a parent, for sure. But it is possible, even for picky eaters like my son and every other five year old kid!
Children and Toxins
The fact is that children are exposed the same chemical toxins as adults. However, children are more vulnerable to toxins than adults for several reasons.
Their bodies are still growing
Pound for pound children drink more water/juices, eat more food and breathe more air than the average adult which increases their exposure to toxins
The typical child receives 50+ toxin-laden vaccines before age 6(5)
Here are the top 10 toxins that our children are exposed to regularly:
The mercury in these fillings is slowly leached into your kid’s body everyday which causes long term neurological damage. This mercury exposure is made even worse by the other sources your child is exposed to from vaccines and other drugs.
2.Toxins in Vaccines.
Vaccines are not as safe as you may have been led to believe. I do not intend to discuss the validity of vaccines in this post. I would refer you to NVIC and Vactruth.com for a full discussion of this important issue. However, please do educate yourself fully before deciding which vaccines and how many vaccines to give to your child. Regardless of your vaccine decision, they are filled with toxic chemicals that damage your child’s health and cause disease.
Here are just some of the common vaccine ingredients – posted on the CDC website(6) - that may shock you:
Formaldehyde – also used to preserve dead things
Mercury (thimerosal), especially in flu vaccines
Aluminum – highly associated with alzheimer’s disease
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Antibiotics (neomycin, streptomycin)
Human cells from aborted fetal tissue
Cells from pig and horse blood
Monkey kidney cells
Calf serum protein
Chicken embryo cells
Egg Protein extracts
Soy Protein extracts
I discussed the problem with antibiotics that my child experienced. That was only scratching the surface. Prescription drugs are all toxic and inherently dangerous. ADHD drugs are especially dangerous and toxic. They belong to a class of drugs called amphetamines and are similar to street drugs like meth and speed. No parent would even consider handing their child meth. However, when a doctor gives you a prescription for a legal version of the same thing, unfortunately, most parents don’t even think twice about giving it to their kids every day. Even worse, more and more kids are being prescribed antidepressant drugs as well with devastating effects.
4..MSG in foods and personal care products.
MSG is everywhere. It is very toxic and results in many health problems. Read How to Avoid Being Secretly Poisoned by MSG to learn more about this important issue.
5..Toxins in processed foods and fast foods.
Have you thought about the amount of synthetic chemicals, preservatives, nitrates and artificial colors and flavors in the hot dog that you give your child for lunch? These chemicals are used in all processed and fast foods and are a constant source of toxicity.
6..Toxins in Laundry products.
These products may smell nice, however, the chemicals that create that fragrance are cancer-causing toxins. They are absorbed by your clothing and then absorbed through your skin and into your body.
7..Toxins in shampoo and personal care products.
(soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc). Have you read the back of your shampoo or body wash bottle lately? Chances are that you will not recognize 99% of the ingredients. Neither will your body when they are absorbed through your skin.
8..Toxins in household cleaning products.
Window cleaners state on the bottle that they are harmful or fatal if swallowed. Bleach will certainly cause grave danger if ingested. Though we don’t drink them, these chemicals are absorbed into our bodies by inhalation or through our skin.
9.Pesticides in the home, food, and environment.
We use pesticides in the home that get into our bodies by inhalation or accidental skin exposure. We consume produce and meat that contain ridiculous levels of pesticides.
10. Fizzy drinks & POP> Both – depending on where you live – soda (and) pop contain high amounts of phosphoric acid which literally dissolves your child’s teeth and leads to softening of the bones as well. Not to mention the high fructose corn syrup causing toxicity, obesity and diabetes.
article: Natural news.blog Dr Brent Hunter.
|Posted on 21 May, 2014 at 0:30|
In 1990, the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study listed depression as the 4th leading cause of disease burden worldwide. In 2000, the GBD listed it as the #3 cause. In the latest GBD study from 2010, it is now listed as the 2nd leading cause of disease burden and disability in the world. Over the same period of time, our understanding of the link between the gut and brain has undergone tremendous leaps forward whereby we now know that health and function of the brain is intimately linked to the health and function of the digestive tract. A loss of the gut’s ability to prevent passage of microbes from the intestines into the bloodstream has been identified as a cause of Major Depressive Disorder by researchers from Belgium. Fungal candida possesses an ability to escape the confines of the intestinal tract and travel throughout the body, even when the intestinal barrier is intact. It’s ability to drive inflammation of the nervous system positions it as one of the most likely causes or co-factors of depression in anyone who has ever received antibiotics.
The Belgium researchers also identified Lipopolysacharides (LPS) as another factor in depression, as it drives inflammation in the brain. In my post on antibiotics and LPS causing a “Leaky” Blood-Brain Barrier, I discussed how antibiotics induce a state of chronic inflammation in the brain by flooding the body with LPS and altering BBB permeability. These changes can then lead to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autism, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), dementia, and other neurological diseases. Another recent study by Japanese researchers also identified Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) as a result of chronic brain inflammation. Fungal candida is implicated in conditions such as MS, CFS, ME, arthritis, psoriasis, and other autoimmune diseases by researchers in Germany and Switzerland. The primary factor in the relationship between candida and depression, as well as a long list of other conditions, is inflammation.
Researcher Cristina Zielinski, showed that one common mechanism between candida and many diseases is the Th-17 immune response, a highly pro-inflammatory response. Another immune response, IL-1b also drives inflammation of the brain tissues and is commonly produced in response to fungal candida in the body.
An additional effect of fungal candida in creating depression is its ability to play a role in creating blood sugar imbalances such as hypoglycemia and diabetes. Fungal candida produces a class of protease enzymes called Secreted Aspartyl Proteinases (SAPs). Proteases were found to reduce the effectiveness of the hormone, insulin, by chopping off the receptors found on cells, by researchers out of the University of San Diego.
Fungal candida can also play a role in creating diabetes through its pro-inflammatory effects and the induction of the body’s TH-17 immune response. The creation of blood sugar imbalances is associated with depression and depressive behaviors. These effects can once again be linked to an increase in brain inflammation associated with hypoglycemia and diabetes. Researchers at the University of Washington found that depression was “significantly associated with…hypoglycemia.”
Many people who are depressed have a tendency to eat more sweets, which then feeds candida and then re-activates the cycle of candida, blood sugar imbalances, inflammation, depression, and more sugar cravings.
It’s difficult to separate the mind from the body, as the health of each impacts the health of the other. We have seen people who have had depression for over 30 years, and have treated it with psychotherapy and medications with no end to the depression. It was only once they broke the cycle of imbalances created by fungal candida that they were able to leave the depression and medicines behind them. Psychotherapy has its place, but physical imbalances should also be considered. Addressing the physical component can lead to a faster resolution of many imbalances that are just as important, and in some cases perhaps, the most important component to address. Addressing the psychological and physical components together is treating the whole body.
By Jeff McCombs
Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 12:46pm EDT
|Posted on 14 May, 2014 at 5:50|
|Posted on 14 May, 2014 at 5:25|
by Tom Philpott – Mother Jones
Soybeans are the second-largest US crop after corn, covering about a quarter of American farmland. The US grows more soybeans than any other country except Brazil. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand herbicides, nearly all of them involving one called Roundup. Organic production, by contrast, is marginal—it accounts for less than 1 percent of total American acreage devoted to soy. (The remaining 9 percent or so of soybeans are conventionally grown, but not genetically modified.)
We don’t eat much of these lime-green legumes directly, but that doesn’t mean we’re not exposed to them. After harvest, the great bulk of soybeans are crushed and divided into two parts: meal, which mainly goes into feed for animals that become our meat, and fat, most of which ends up being used as cooking oil or in food products. According to the US Soy Board, soy accounts for 61 percent of American’s vegetable oil consumption.
Given soy’s centrality to our food and agriculture systems, the findings of a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Food Chemistry are worth pondering. The authors found that Monsanto’s ubiquitous Roundup Ready soybeans, engineered to withstand its own blockbuster herbicide, contain more herbicide residues than their non-GMO counterparts. The team also found that the GM beans are nutritionally inferior.
In the study, the researchers looked at samples of three kinds of soybeans grown in Iowa: (1) those grown from GM herbicide-tolerant seeds; (2) those grown from non-GM seeds but in a conventional, agrichemical-based farming regime; and (3) organic soybeans, i.e., non-GM and grown without agrichemicals.
They found residues of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) and aminomethylphosphonic acid, or AMPA, the compound glyphosate breaks down into as it decays, on all 10 of the GM samples—and in none of the non-GM and organic ones.
The researchers found residue levels hovering above a level Monsanto itself has characterized as “extreme.” The GMO soy had total residues averaging 11.9 parts per million, with a maximum reading of 20.1 ppm; the average is well below the Environmental Protection Agency’s limit of 20 ppm, a limit shared by the European Union. Yet as the authors note, back in 1999, Monsanto itself reported that the maximum recorded reading of glyphosate residue found on Roundup Ready soy was 5.6 ppm—a level it called “extreme” and “far higher than those typically found.” So, the researchers found residue levels well below the EPA’s limit, but hovering above a level Monsanto itself has characterized as “extreme.” What to make of it?
As the authors note, the science around the effects of glyphosate at relatively low levels is controversial. By setting the residue limit at 20 parts per million, US and European regulators are endorsing a no-harm view. But some independent research, including a 2012 study (my account here) by University of Pittsburgh scientist Rick Relyea, found that Roundup in water at 3 ppm induced morphological changes in frogs. And in a 2012 paper, German researchers subjected various bacterial strains typically found in the guts of poultry to glyphosate at levels of 5 ppm and lower and found that it tended to harm beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus, while pathogens like Salmonella entritidi tended to be “highly resistant” to it. The results suggest that glyphosate can shift the balance of the gut microbiota—hardly comforting, given the surge in research finding that subtle changes to the bacteria in our bodies have a huge impact on our health.
The study also found small but statistically significant differences in the nutritional quality of the soybean types: The organic soybeans had slightly higher protein levels than the other two, and lower levels of omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids showed no significant difference. Both fats are essential in human diets, but research suggests that US eaters tend to consume a higher ratio of omega-6 acids to omega-3 acids than is healthy.
It’s worth noting that food isn’t glyphosate’s only pathway to our bodies. In a 2011 study, researchers for the US Geological Survey “frequently detected” glyphosate in surface waters, rain, and air in the Mississippi River basin. “The consistent occurrence of glyphosate in streams and air indicates its transport from its point of use into the broader environment,” USGS stated in a press release, adding that “we know very little about its long term effects to the environment.”
Charles Benbrook, a Washington State University researcher who documented the rise in glyphosate use that has accompanied Roundup Ready crops, told me that “human dietary exposure to glyphosate is now probably the highest ever for any pesticide used in the US.” When you consider the additional doses we get through water and air, the chemical stands “in a class by itself” in terms of human exposure. “I sure hope EPA is right in its evaluation of the toxicity of glyphosate,” he said.
Thus a plague of herbicide-resistant weeds and a corresponding spike in herbicide use may not be the only black marks against Monsanto’s blockbuster Roundup Ready crops
|Posted on 12 May, 2014 at 2:05|
Did you know that happy people are healthier people? Studies consistently show that those with a “glass half full outlook” can boost lower blood pressure, less stress, healthier body weights, and stronger hearts than their less optimistic neighbours.
So see, there’s something to having a positive outlook on life. Here are eight ways that you can look on the bright side of a healthier life…
1. Turn That Frown Upside Down.
You might notice that people more often gravitate to those with a sunnier disposition. However, the actual act of smiling emits serotonin (the happy hormone) and creates a, stimulating, positive environment. While frowning creates negative energy and drives people away. Even at times when you feel you have nothing to smile about....fake it!
2. Happy People Are Inspired Not Jealous
Instead of looking at your coworker/friend/family with that big house, expensive car and bigger job title with envy, positive people choose to look upon them as a source of inspiration by channeling that negative, pointless jealousy into a catalyst for their own success.
3. Don’t Play the Blame Game
We all know a person who blames everyone else for their problems. They’re not very nice to be around, are they? If you complain to everyone about how the economy, work, and the government are bringing you down, you will bring everyone down within earshot and suddenly find yourself alone with no one to blame. Instead, take control of your current situation and be the harbinger of your own success.
4. Exercise Blasts Stress
There’s more than a physical reason why doctors recommend an hour of activity a day. It’s because healthy exercise helps blast stress, refresh oxygen, encourage blood flow, and even exposes us to sunlight (vitamin D), which literally helps us absorb happiness. Why not start with a ten minute walk in the sun every day? Your body and mind will thank you.
5. Forgive and Forget
Forgiveness may be hard, especially if you have been hurt deeply. However, forgiving means moving on, banishing negative, and making way for new, more positive chapters in your life. Otherwise, you stay in a state of negative limbo, never at peace to move on to a happier future. Write a letter expressing your feelings to the person(s) and be sure to end it with forgiveness.Don't post it, read it out to yourself, then burn it instead. You will feel lighter and happier.
6. Forget About the Past
If you consider a bad childhood, bad financial decisions made years ago, or a breakup as a negative self-fulfilling prophecy for your future, your future will be pretty gloomy. Instead, take life’s challenges as lessons, put them in your past, and consider yourself stronger for overcoming the negatives in your past. See your negatives as steps in your grand sceme, that will make you the person you know you want to become.
7. Give Thanks
It turns out those with many blessings are grateful for those blessings. Take satisfaction for the good that’s come into your life. Give thanks by taking inventory of the positive as well as the challenges and what they’ve taught you along the way. Building a foundation of optimism under your life will ensure a strong, bright future. Give thanks for every thing in your life first thing in the morning and last thing a night...your world will change.
8. See the Silver Lining
Do you concentrate on the silver lining or see the dark spots in every cloud? If you’re constantly focusing on the negative—you’re actually wasting time that you could be enjoying life. Thoughts full of doom and gloom will translate to life. However, focus your energy on the bright side and your life and future will take on the happy glow. As soon as you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts ...try to change it to a positive outcome.
Share you time, your money, your energies. Volunteer, talk to your neighbour, donate a can fo food to your local spca, anything, make some one smile...The gesture does not have to be grand. But when we give of ourselves, it makes us feel good by doing good. A win-win for all!
|Posted on 11 May, 2014 at 17:10|
I urge you to read this article by Dr. Mercola. Dr. Mercola has no financial attachment to cancer treatment, and/or mammograms.
Are Aluminum-Containing Antiperspirants Contributing To Breast Cancer In Women & Men ?
The information that follows will be much different from what is often spouted from anti-cancer organizations like the American Cancer Society (ACS), as -- unlike ACS -- I have no financial ties to both makers of mammography equipment and cancer drugs.
My advice for cancer prevention is much more straightforward, involving simple lifestyle strategies that virtually everyone has the power to make.
All you need to become empowered to make these cancer-preventive changes is knowledge, and that is what I seek to give you by the time you finish reading this comment … I suggest you not only learn this information for your own benefit, but also share it with other women in your life as well.
Using the Wrong Antiperspirant May Influence Your Breast Cancer Risk
Putting on antiperspirant is a routine part of most people's day, and you may not think much about it. But here's why you should: if you use one containing aluminum, you could be increasing your risk of breast cancer.
Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores that release sweat under your arms -- with the active ingredient being aluminum. Not only does this block one of your body's routes for detoxification (releasing toxins via your underarm sweat), but it raises concerns about where these metals are going once you roll them (or spray them) on.
Research, including one study published this year in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, has shown that the aluminum is not only absorbed by your body, but is deposited in your breast tissue and even can be found in nipple aspirate fluid a fluid present in the breast duct tree that mirrors the microenvironment in your breast. Researchers determined that the mean level of aluminum in nipple aspirate fluid was significantly higher in breast cancer-affected women compared to healthy women, which may suggest a role for raised levels of aluminum as a biomarker for identification of women at higher risk of developing breast cancer.
Cancer-Causing Aluminum From Antiperspirant May Collect in Your Breasts
In a 2007 study published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, researchers tested breast samples from 17 breast-cancer patients who had undergone mastectomies. The women who used antiperspirants had deposits of aluminum in their outer breast tissue. Concentrations of aluminum were higher in the tissue closest to the underarm than in the central breast.
Why is this a glaring red flag?
Aluminum is not normally found in the human body, so this study was a pretty clear sign that the metal was being absorbed from antiperspirant sprays and roll-ons. Please note that aluminum is typically only found in antiperspirants. If you are using a deodorant-only product it is unlikely to contain aluminum but might contain other chemicals that could be a concern.
Aluminum salts can account for 25 percent of the volume of some antiperspirants, and a review of the common sources of aluminum exposure for humans found that antiperspirant use can significantly increase the amount of aluminum absorbed by your body. According to the review, after a single underarm application of antiperspirant, about .012 percent of the aluminum may be absorbed.
This may not sound like much until you multiply it by one or more times a day for a lifetime, which adds up to massive exposure to aluminum -- a poison that is not supposed to be in your body, and may be more toxic than mercury. Aluminum salts can mimic the hormone estrogen, and chemicals that imitate that hormone are known to increase breast cancer risk. Animal studies have also found that aluminum can cause cancer. Aside from vaccinations, your antiperspirant may be your largest source of exposure to this poisonous metal!
You Need to be Careful with Natural Deodorants, Too
There are many brands of chemical-free, aluminum-free deodorants on the market, and many of these are safe alternatives. And as a general rule, deodorants tend to be less problematic than antiperspirants, as they work by neutralizing the smell of your sweat and by antiseptic action against bacteria, rather than by preventing sweating. As such, some deodorants do not contain any aluminum, but you've got to be careful about this. While many claim to be aluminum-free, they are referring to aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum chloride, aluminum hydroxybromide or aluminum zirconium, which are the types most commonly used in antiperspirants and deodorants.
"Crystal" deodorant stones, which are a popular natural deodorant alternative often used by health-conscious shoppers looking to avoid aluminum, often claim to be aluminum-free, but some actually contain a different type of compound known as an alum, the most common form being potassium alum, also known as potassium aluminum sulfate.
Potassium Alum or Ammonium Alum are natural mineral salts made up of molecules that are too large to be absorbed by your skin. They form a protective layer on your skin that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. These deodorants are recommended by many cancer treatment centers, but while this may be a better alternative to most antiperspirants and deodorants on the market, it is not completely aluminum-free.
So be sure, when choosing a natural deodorant alternative, that it truly is made of toxin-free ingredients. Aluminum is just one of them -- you can find other chemical toxins to avoid in your personal care products here. Alternatively, just use plain soap and water. This is what I use, typically in the morning and after I exercise.
Additionally, last year I found an ever more effective strategy and that is to expose your armpits to sunshine. Essentially you tan your armpits. The UVB rays in the sunlight are highly effective germicidal agents and sterilize your armpits in addition to raising your levels of vitamin D sulfate to healthy levels.
Articl by : Dr Mercola.com
The best natural (and certified organic ) deodorant I have tried , and use is Miessence. It smells great and last for ever, for about $14 . Just google this brand. If you go to a health store there are many brands, but remember choose natural. :-)
|Posted on 10 May, 2014 at 15:55|
by Mike Barrett – Natural Society
It is no secret that conventional produce is soaked with health- and environmentally-hazardous pesticides. Unless you’re going organic, every fruit and vegetable you buy comes with a dose of poisonous chemicals, though not all produce suffers from the same level of toxicity. This is why the Environmental Working Group releases a list of the 12 most pesticide-laden fruit and vegetables every year, along with the 15 cleanest. Now the organization released the 2014 version of it’s ‘Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce’.
Pesticide exposure is a major concern today. Passed in 1996, the Food Quality Protection Act led to a dramatic improvement in protecting the public from toxic pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency has been responsible for protecting the masses, especially children, from harmful levels of pesticide for about 2 decades. But that wasn’t enough. Today, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used in the United States alone every year, leading to numerous health and environmental consequences. Among the many negative effects of pesticides, research has found that these chemicals can lead to cancer, birth defects, infertility, kidney failure, and much more. Monsanto’s Bt toxins are killing human embryo cells, while RoundUp and glyphosate are leading to a kidney disease epidemic in poor farming regions. It is for these reasons, among others, that individuals are looking to buy produce free of pesticides; it is also one of many reasons people oppose GMO crops, which require more pesticides than you can imagine.
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
8. Nectarins – Imported
10. Cherry Tomatoes
11. Snap Peas – Imported
-All imported nectarines and 99% of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
-A single grape tested positive for 15 pesticides. Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, and strawberries tested positive for 13 different pesticides apiece.
-The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food.
-About 89% of pineapples, 82% of kiwi, 80% of papayas, 88% of mangoes, and 61% of cantaloupe had no residues.
Article shared from: undergroundhealth.com.