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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Common Seaweed May Provide an Important Cancer Cure

(www.Borganic.org) The answer for lymphomas and other forms of cancer may have been found in an extract of common brown seaweed according to research presented this month at the AACR Dead Sea International Conference on Advances in Cancer Research. At the conference, which was held on March 7-10 at King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center, Dead Sea, Jordan, researchers from the Hashemite University in Jordan reported that brown seaweed contains the compound fucoidan which kills cancer tumors.

The researchers used an extract of the seaweed on lymphoma cell lines cultivated in the laboratory and found that the extract suppressed lymphoma growth while leaving healthy cells intact. The researchers also noted a significant increase in apoptosis, or cellular death, in lymphoma cancer cells.

Lymphoma is divided into two classes, Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's, which are in turn further classified into B-cell and T-cell groups.

"Some forms of B-cell lymphoma are especially resistant to standard treatment and thus new therapies are needed," said Mohammad Irhimeh, Ph.D., assistant professor of hematoncology and stem cells at the Hashemite University in Jordan. "In this study, we looked at a new treatment strategy using novel active compounds derived from a natural source -- seaweed."

Irhimeh said that research would continue to study the mechanism of fucoidan with the goal of conducting phase II or III clinical trials with human volunteers.

Previously, seaweeds containing fucoidan have been found to have anti-tumor activity in mice and some cell lines, and Japanese researchers at the Biomedical Research Laboratories and the Research Institute for Glycotechnology Advancement found that seaweeds containing Fucoidan caused various types of established cancer cell lines to self-destruct. Examples of cancer cells that self-destructed due to fucoidan included certain kinds of leukemia cells, stomach cancer cells, and cancer cells of the descending colon.

About 4 percent of the total dry weight of many types of brown seaweed is made up of the polysaccharide known as Fucoidan. Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide that has a complex structure. Its main components include a sulfuric esterified L-fucose, a healing sugar, and the trace elements of galactose, xylose, and glucuronic acid.

Fucoidan has been touted as one of the ocean's greatest treasures. Among the many benefits reported for fucoidan in addition to being an anti-tumor agent are: helps modulate the immune system, supports normal cellular health, supports blood circulation to native body cells, acts as an anti-contraceptive, helps reduce cholesterol levels and supports healthy joint mobility at all ages. In addition, it is believed that fucoidan may help stimulate immune response when the body is attacked and may help regenerate healthy skin tissue.

The people of Okinawa, Japan enjoy some of the highest life expectancies in Japan and also consume one of the highest per capita amount of the seaweed kombu. The cancer death rate in Okinawa is the lowest of all the prefectures in Japan.

Fucoidan's anti-cancer properties may also be good news for dogs and cats. Lymphoma is one of the most prevalent cancers in dogs and cats and, as noted above, lymphoma is one of the types of cancer which fucoidan has been found to be the most effective.

Sources included:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
http://www.wddty.com/seaweed-could-...
http://ezinearticles.com/?Fucoidan-...

By Tony Isaacs
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Omega-3s supplements linked to longevity

(www.Borganic.org) Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, have found that omega-3 fatty acids have another beneficial effect besides maintaining a healthy heart. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study found that patients with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood experienced a slowing of the shortening of their telomeres, indicating that the fatty acids help to slow the aging process.

The study of telomeres and their role in the aging process has been a popular subject in recent years. Scientists have found that telomeres, which act as protective end caps on cells, gradually shorten over time as cells divide and repair themselves, causing a person to age. Researchers, however, have been studying various compounds, including omega-3s, that appear to slow the shortening process and even reverse it.

Ramin Farzaneh-Far, a clinical cardiologist and lead author of the study, evaluated 608 patients who had prior heart problems and coronary-artery blockage. Over a five-year period, those with the highest levels of omega-3s in their blood experienced far less telomere shortening than those with the lowest levels.

The researchers focused primarily on omega-3s derived from fish sources rather than from vegetable sources like flaxseed and walnuts. The study also did not address the specific sources of omega-3s, whether they be directly from fish or vegetables or from omega-3 supplements.

John LaPuma, a physician and nutrition expert from Santa Barbara, California, believes that omega-3s derived directly from eating fish is the best source. He bases this assumption on the brevity of research that has been conducted directly on fish sources of omega-3s but it seems reasonable to assume that omega-3s derived from other sources provide similar benefits as did the ones used in the study.

Study researchers said they are not entirely sure how telomeres work in the aging process but they recognize that they play a key role in the process. Others have compared telomeres to the plastic end caps on shoelaces that keep them from unraveling, indicating that they maintain the integrity of cells.

Dr. Farzaneh-Far also explained that short telomeres often predict the onset of certain diseases including cardiovascular illness and heart problems. Whether or not telomeres are merely indicators of these diseases or the cause of them is still up for debate. Further research into the process is needed in order to get a more accurate understanding of the way telomeres work in cellular aging.

Sources for this story include:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Psych doctor wrote 1,000 prescriptions a week for psychotropic drugs

(www.Borganic.org) The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is reporting that a Miami psychiatrist has prescribed nearly 14 million pills to Medicaid patients since 2004. According to the report, Fernando Mendez-Villamil wrote about 285,000 prescriptions in just six years with a total taxpayer cost of $43 million.

The astounding find is part of an investigation into the legitimacy of Mendez-Villamil's practice; after all, the numbers suggest that he would have had to prescribe about 4,000 prescriptions a month, or 1,000 a week, in order to achieve the large total.

Mendez-Villamil is already recognized as the most profuse drug prescriber in the state of Florida. Prior to the state's implementation of new computer tracking protocols around 2007, Mendez-Villamil's prescription rate was at its highest; after those measures began taking effect, his prescription rate slowed by almost 33 percent.

Mendez-Villamil's highest year was 2004 when he issued over 62,000 prescriptions totaling $12.2 million. The numbers averaged out to almost 2,700 patients that year who all received roughly 23 prescriptions each. When all was said and done, each patient received an average of 1,200 pills in 2004.

Senator Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) instigated the AHCA review into Mendez-Villamil, alleging that he is taking advantage of the system and wasting taxpayer money for illegitimate purposes. Sen. Gaetz is citing the case as evidence that better oversight of the Medicaid system is needed. In response to a freedom-of-information request, the in-depth review he requested was published in Health News Florida.

When recently contacted about the issue, Mendez-Villamil refused to speak to the media. His attorney made a statement in his defense, insisting that all such numbers are normal for the volume of patients seen by the doctor. Mendez-Villamil did personally speak to the media back in December, however, where he explained that he typically sees patients for about 10 minutes every few months which allows him to see a large number of patients. Most of these patients, he said, are on four or five drugs each, all of which he says are necessary.

According to the report, Mendez-Villamil often prescribes some of the most expensive psychotropic drugs to his patients, including Zyprexa which costs about $840 for a 30-day supply. Other common prescriptions include Abilify at over $630 a month and Seroquel at $430.

In 2007, the Bureau of Medicaid Program Integrity received a complaint about Mendez-Villamil which it handed over to the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The investigation is still in progress but, since receiving more intense scrutiny, Mendez-Villamil has reduced his number of patients by 25 percent.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.healthnewsflorida.org/in...

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mediterranean diet protects against stomach cancer

(www.Borganic.org) A study conducted by the Catalan Institute for Oncology in Barcelona has concluded that eating a "Mediterranean" diet significantly reduces the risk of developing stomach cancer. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study focused specifically on gastric cancer which is the second most common cause of cancer death in the world.

Dr. Carlos Gonzalez and his colleagues evaluated a European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study of over 485,000 people from ten European countries. In the study, participants were evaluated based on how closely their diets aligned with the traditional Mediterranean diet. Such a diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and fish, as opposed to the Western diet which is rich in meat and dairy products.

What they found was that those whose diets most closely matched the traditional Mediterranean diet were 33 percent less likely to develop stomach cancer than those who fell on the opposite end of the diet spectrum. Developed on an 18-point scale, the study revealed that for each point gained on the Mediterranean diet spectrum, a person's risk of developing stomach cancer drops by 5 percent.

Since stomach cancer is extremely deadly, claiming the lives of over 75 percent of people who have it in just five years, researchers are aiming to pinpoint the ideal dietary composition for preventing its onset. According to them, the Mediterranean diet is an excellent start in helping to stave off stomach cancer.

Similar studies have found other benefits that can be derived from eating a Mediterranean diet, including reducing inflammation, preventing heart disease, and preventing obesity and diabetes.

A 2009 study published in Cancer Prevention Research found that a compound in broccoli called isothiocyanate sulforaphane (SF) works to prevent gastritis, ulcers, and ultimately stomach cancer. Conducted using broccoli sprouts, the study revealed that SF increases the activity of certain enzymes that protect the stomach from oxidative damage, effectively guarding it from developing disease.

Broccoli, as well as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and Chinese "bok choy" also contains indole-3-carbinols (I3Cs) which is another powerful anti-cancer molecule. Not only do these compounds prevent precancerous cells from turning into malignant tumors, they effectively detoxify the body and help to maintain alkalinity. I3Cs are also capable of killing existing cancer cells and stopping tumors from growing.

Other anti-cancer foods include garlic, onions, turmeric, ginger, pomegranates, citrus fruits, berries, and cacao, just to name a few.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS...

http://cancerpreventionresearch.aac...

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Antidepressant drugs cause premature births

(www.borganic.org) A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology revealed that pregnant women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during their second or third trimesters are five times more likely to have a premature delivery than those not taking them. Such antidepressant drugs include sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), and fluoxetine (Prozac).

Researchers also found that pregnant women who take benzodiazepines, a type of psychoactive anti-anxiety drug, at any point during their pregnancies are also at a higher risk of having a premature delivery. Their babies are also more likely to be born underweight with respiratory and other health problems.

While only nine percent of women not on any medication gave birth prematurely, roughly half of all women on benzodiazepines did. Seventeen percent of the benzodiazepine babies were born with respiratory distress syndrome and about one third of them were sent to neonatal intensive care units (ICUs). Only six percent of babies from women who were not on medications had to go to a neonatal ICU, three percent of which involved respiratory problems.

Dr. Ronit Calderon-Margalit, lead researcher of the study from Hebrew University's Hadassah School of Public Health, noted that it was unclear from the study whether or not the benefit being derived from taking the drugs is worth the significant increase in birthing complications. He believes that further studies must be conducted to verify which specific drugs are correlated to the complications and evaluate the necessity of pregnant women needing to use such drugs.

SSRIs have been implicated in causing all sorts of mental problems in those who take them. Psychosis, paranoia, and abnormal behavior are just a few of the common side effects that result from taking these dangerous medications. However withdrawal from taking SSRIs is often more dangerous that actually taking them, requiring careful supervision by a qualified professional.

According to a 2001 report in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, over 200,000 people are admitted to U.S. hospitals for antidepressant-associated mania or some other type of psychosis. Shootings, murders, suicides, and other bouts of violence have been documented in thousands of cases as a result of people taking SSRIs.

Benzodiazepines are even worse, inducing similar bizarre side effects that are dangerous to both the user and to society. Benzodiazepines are also highly addictive; sudden withdrawal from them can cause seizures, hallucinations, and even death. These drugs are considered by many to be more dangerous than heroin.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS...

http://www.ssristories.com/

By E. Huff
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Common Additives in Your Food Contain Shocking Dangers

(www.Borganic.org) Food marketers are vying harder than ever for your shopping dollar. They use any of 14,000 additives to make their products last longer, taste fresher or seem more appealing. The health effects of these compounds, especially in combination, are only gradually becoming apparent.

Read all the details in our four part series highlighting the worst compounds typically added to the food supply.

BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE (BHA)
This is a petroleum-derived antioxidant used to prevent oil-containing foods from becoming rancid. BHA is used by food processors to preserve meat products and fats, baked goods, cereals, snack foods, nuts, dehydrated foods and mixes, flavorings, desserts, beer, beverages, chewing gum and more.

Some studies have indicated BHA is safe; others have shown it causes cancer in animals. Opponents claim there are better alternatives such as incorporating vitamin E in the product or packing food under nitrogen.

According to the National Toxicology Program (funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) BHA is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." The report also notes ominously that "a potential for consumer exposure to BHA by ingestion and dermal contact is widespread." The average daily intake of BHA in the U.S. diet has climbed precipitously since the 1970's.

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP(HFCS)
This sweetener is much cheaper to produce than sugar so the food industry puts it in a wide range of processed foods from soup to nuts. In the U.S. the average person takes in 12 teaspoons of HFCS daily, but teens and certain high consumers ingest 80 percent more HFCS than the average.

This ingredient adds no vitamins, minerals or enzymes to the diet. Instead, HFCS takes away the body's stores of micronutrients and limits the heart's ability to use minerals such as copper, chromium and magnesium. It also converts more easily to body fat than other sugars.

The negative consequences of HFCS in the diet are profound. It is linked to heart disease, high blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and development of clots. It inhibits white blood cell activity. It unbalances blood sugar levels and may contribute to diabetic complications.

If that's not bad enough, studies have found nearly half of the samples tested were contaminated with mercury. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) tested 55 popular brands where HFCS is the first or second ingredient listed on the label. Mercury was present in close to a third of the products sampled.

MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE(MSG)
This flavor enhancer is found in the majority of processed foods, although often under many other names. On food ingredient listings these include (but are not limited to) hydrolyzed vegetable protein or HVP, yeast extract, autolyzed proteins, glutamate, yeast extract, glutamic acid and hydrolyzed protein.

Some people react immediately to MSG. They experience headaches, chest tightening, facial flushing and more. Most people don't easily notice this ingredient, so they have no warning signs of the long-term effects.

Although the FDA lists MSG as generally safe, according to Russell L Blaylock, author of Excitotoxins, this compound actually interferes with brain chemistry and causes cell damage. Dr. Blaylock links MSG to obesity, disruption of the endocrine system, certain autoimmune disorders and neurological diseases.

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By Laura Weldon
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Live Naturally with Herbs: Medicinal Properties of Feverfew

(www.Borganic.org) Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a strongly aromatic perennial herb, originally from the mountainous regions of the Balkan Peninsula but now spread throughout temperate climates worldwide. Feverfew has a multitude of small, daisy-like flowers with white petals around a yellow centre and is often confused with Chamomile. The leaves have been used in traditional medicine throughout history for various ailments including reducing fever and treating headaches, toothache, arthritic pain, digestive problems, insect bites, infertility, and problems with menstruation and with labor during childbirth.

Medicinal Uses of Feverfew
Feverfew is probably best known for its therapeutic effect on migraines. Studies done in Great Britain in the 1980's suggested that Feverfew taken daily as dried leaf capsules may reduce the incidence of attacks in patients who experience long-term migraine headaches.

The active compound in Feverfew called parthenolide occurs in a variety of medicinal plants used in traditional medicine. It seems to block substances in the body that widen and constrict blood vessels and cause inflammation leading to migraines. Not all studies on Feverfew and migraines have had positive results and it would appear that the effectiveness of Feverfew and migraine relief depends upon the timing of taking the treatment (ie. as you feel the headache coming on), as well as the quality of the supplement. Feverfew tablets and capsules must be standardized to contain a minimum of 0.2 % parthenolide.

Feverfew has also been used for centuries for arthritis. It is thought to hinder the production of prostaglandins. These are hormone-like substances that cause pain and inflammation. This anti-inflammatory action has led to Feverfew being used to treat the inflamed, sore joints that occur with rheumatoid arthritis. Some studies have found that the anti-inflammatory effects of this herb are greater than those achieved by NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Feverfew may also inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Feverfew is an excellent insect repellent and can also be used to treat insect bites. Historically Feverfew was used to treat a number of external ailments including scabies, fleas and lice, when applied as a lotion.

Dosage of Feverfew
Feverfew can be taken as a tea but the medicinal compounds make it extremely bitter. It may be more palatable if mixed with some honey or taken with food. The bitter taste actually acts as a tonic but it really is an acquired taste. You can use fresh or dried leaves added to boiling hot water.

To help prevent migraine headaches, the usual dose is 200 to 250 milligrams daily in capsule form. For relief of pain: 25 to 75 milligrams in capsule form once or twice daily, or 2-3 leaves/day with or after meals. Doses that have been used in the treatment of arthritis include 76 milligrams of dried Feverfew leaves. Feverfew supplements are available fresh, freeze-dried, or dried and can be purchased in capsule, tablet, or liquid extract forms.

Cautions For Using Herbs
Herbs can contain powerful substances and should never be taken without the guidance of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.
Feverfew may increase the tendency to bleed (prevent blood-clotting) so check with your health care practitioner if you are taking anticoagulants before embarking on a Feverfew treatment.
Sudden discontinuation of Feverfew can result in withdrawal symptoms including headaches, irritability, trouble sleeping and joint pain.

References
1. Modi S, Lowder DM. Medications for migraine prophylaxis. American Family Physician 2006; 73: 72-78.
2. http://www.vitamins-supplements.org...
3. http://www.zhion.com/herb/Feverfew.html
4. Illustrated Book Of Herbs - New Holland Publishers LTD

By Katherine East
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Non-stick chemical in cookware linked to thyroid disease

(www.Borganic.org) A British study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has found that people with high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in their blood also have higher rates of thyroid disease. PFOA is a chemical used in the production of many industrial and consumer products including non-stick cookware, stain-resistant carpet coatings, and fabric waterproofing treatments.

Nearly 4,000 American adults over the age of 20 were tested for PFOA between 1999 and 2006 and evaluated based on thyroid function. Researchers found that those with the highest blood serum levels of PFOA, above 5.7 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml), were twice as likely to have thyroid disease than those with the lowest levels below 4.0 ng/ml.

Despite the fact that thyroid disease is typically more common in women rather than in men, researchers found that the link between PFOA and thyroid disease is as just as prevalent in men as it is in women.

Researchers seemed to tiptoe around the results of the study, however, carefully avoiding making a direct link between PFOA and thyroid disease. Tamara Galloway, lead author of the study and professor of ecotoxicology at Exeter University, explained that further research is needed to determine exactly how the chemicals affect people's bodies.

Ashley Grossman, professor of neuroendocrinology at Queen Mary, University of London, warned that declaring a connection between PFOA and thyroid disease based on studies like this should be avoided. She believes that until research is able to verify exactly how the chemical interferes with the thyroid, a definitive link cannot be inferred.

Located in the neck, the thyroid gland secretes the necessary hormones that regulate a person's growth and development. Hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland is operating below the healthy level, is a common disorder that is increasingly being linked to toxic chemicals like fluoride and chlorine which disrupt proper hormonal production. Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include hair loss, weight gain and chronic fatigue.

The connection between toxic chemicals and thyroid disease is undeniable, yet many refuse to accept it. Unless exact causation can be established, many will refuse to believe that there is even an association.

Even so, there are many ways to help improve thyroid function and overcome thyroid disease. Since toxic halogens like chlorine and fluoride block the uptake of necessary iodine in the thyroid, supplementation with a high-quality form of iodine can bring improved function. Other steps include detoxifying, improving one's diet, and avoiding the sources of toxic triggers.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS...

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/...

By E. Huff

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Calcium Bentonite Clay is a Natural Way to Protect Yourself from Mercury

(www.Borganic.org) Mercury is a naturally occurring metal that is toxic to vertebrates, including humans. Even in very small amounts, it can cause severe damage to your neurological functions and multiple organ systems. Mercury is "hiding" in many things we come in contact with daily; everything from our food to the fillings in our teeth, and even our light bulbs. It seems to be everywhere. It was recently reported that HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) has been contaminated with mercury. Since such a vast number of processed foods contain HFCS, any time you eat any pre-packaged food, you're most likely eating mercury right along with it. But mercury isn't just in junk food. Even healthy foods can be hiding mercury. Unfortunately, it is reported to be abundant in fish, one of the foods considered to be most healthy for us to consume. Calcium Bentonite Clay, thankfully, is a safe, natural way to help remove mercury from our bodies and protect ourselves from the ravages of this contaminant.

Calcium Bentonite Clay, also known as Living Clay, can be used both internally and externally to cleanse and detoxify the body. Calcium Bentonite Clay has a very strong negative ionic charge. When it comes in contact with any substance that has a positive ionic charge (such as metals, toxins, bacteria, etc.) it attracts it like a magnet, and the two become bound together. The clay both adsorbs the positive-charged ion (attaches it to its surface like VELCRO(R)), and absorbs it as well. As the clay passes through your system, it attracts and binds the metals and toxins, which are then eliminated from the body along with the clay.

In conjunction with taking clay internally, external applications are also very effective and helpful in removing mercury. Clay baths are often used as a part of successful chelation therapy. Calcium Bentonite Clay has a uniquely strong ability to pull toxins and metals out through the pores of the skin, binding to them and removing them from the body. And unlike many other chelation methods, clay is natural, safe and much gentler to the system.

To help rid your body of mercury, the best approach is the double fisted, internal/external approach. Take the Calcium Bentonite Clay internally (approximately 2 ounces of liquid clay once or twice a day) and take clay baths twice a week (using approximately 1-2 cups of dry powder clay per bath). Be sure you're using a pure, natural Calcium Bentonite Clay that has a pH of at least 9.0 for best results.

Resources:
Perry Arledge, Living Clay: Nature's Own Miracle Cure, 2006, Perry Productions.

David Gutierrez, "Are You Poisoning Yourself with Mercury in Fish?," Natural News, http://www.naturalnews.com/026528_m...

Mike Adams, "High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated with Mercury, Says Research," Natural News, http://www.naturalnews.com/025442_m...

Herb Newborg, "Mercury Does Not Belong in Light Bulbs or Vaccines," Natural News, http://www.naturalnews.com/022279_m...

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Grow Your Own Superfoods in Your Home Garden This Year

(www.Borganic.org) When most people think of the term "superfood," they think of exotic fruits or imported vegetables from places with foreign names and distant locales. In reality, many of the foods you likely eat and even grow in your own garden are superfoods.

The common definition of a superfood is any food (fruit, vegetable, etc.) that you can consume that has a high concentration of nutrients and anti-oxidants. Many of these are probably foods that your mother told you that you had to eat if you wanted to leave the dinner table or to grow up to be big and strong.

Here is a list of superfoods that will grow in just about any location in the northern hemisphere with a growing season of 3 months or more. If you start from seeds, you will likely need to start them indoors before the spring thaw to maximize your growing time outdoors.

Broccoli - is probably the best-known and most often cited superfood that is commonly grown in home garden plots. Broccoli has several benefits including being a great source of antioxidants.1

Carrots - are likely the other most well-known of superfoods that are commonly grown and eaten in the U.S. Carrots are thick with phytonutrients, antioxidants, and nearly every vitamin you can name.2

Garlic - a favorite spice for cooking, this stuff is loaded with nearly everything good for you that you can imagine. It's a known cardiovascular booster, an anti-microbial, and more.3

Green Beans - have to be one of the easiest things to grow and are grown both in garden plots and potted indoors to vine up walls or along racks. Beans are good for kidney stones, arthritis, and are packed with minerals.4

Spinach - isn't just for Popeye, Olive. It's a very easy plant to grow, gives edible leaves throughout the season, and has some of the highest concentrations of vitamins A and C and folic acid you can get.5

Squash - of nearly any type is great for you. Acorn, Butternut, Pumpkins, and many others are packed with fiber, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, potassium, and much more.6

Tomatoes - are everyone's favorite garden vegetable (fruit, actually) to grow and the subject of intense scrutiny and competition. Tomatoes are also full of antioxidants, vitamin C, and light acids that aid digestion.7

These are just a few of the many superfoods you can grow in your own garden this year to promote better health. Gardening can not only be a fun, healthy way to spend your spare time this summer, but it can also lower your food bills, raise your health and nutritional levels, and bring your family closer together!

Start gardening and grow your own superfoods this spring!

Resources:
1 - Broccoli on NaturalNews

2 - Carrots on NaturalNews

3 - Discover the Powerful Benefits of Garlic by Henri Junttila, NaturalNews

4 - Green Beans on HealingFoodReference

5 - Spinach on NaturalNews

6 - Experts tout the health benefits of winter squas by Mike Adams, NaturalNews

7 - Tomatoes on NaturalNews

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

High-dose vitamin C therapy proven effective

(www.Borganic.org) There is a double standard in Western medicine when it comes to assessing the efficacy of vitamins compared to pharmaceutical drugs. While medical science recognizes that dose levels affect how well a drug works, the same principle is not considered valid for vitamins. As a result, 75 years of physician reports and clinical studies about the success of high-dose vitamin C therapy has been largely ignored.

When it comes to the effectiveness of simple vitamins and minerals at curing diseases, many ill-informed doctors still scoff at the idea, citing studies that allegedly verify that vitamins are ineffective. Most studies conducted on vitamins, however, either use really low doses or synthetic forms which negate any positive results.

High-dose vitamin C therapy, the kind that uses upwards of 1,000 times the U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) or Daily Reference Intake (DRI), has been shown in legitimate clinical studies to cure all sorts of illnesses.

Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi first isolated ascorbic acid (vitamin C) back in the late 1800s and, almost immediately, medical professionals realized that high doses of the vitamin were effective in treating a host of diseases.

In 1935, Dr. Jungeblut, then professor of bacteriology at Columbia University, published vitamin C's effectiveness at preventing and treating polio and inactivating the diphtheria toxin. He later found that the vitamin C ascorbates inactivated tetanus as well.

In the 1940s, Dr. Frederick Klenner, a specialist in chest diseases, successfully cured 41 cases of viral pneumonia using high doses of vitamin C. He published his extensive findings in the February 1948 issue of the Journal of Southern Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Klenner ended up publishing 28 articles in various scientific publications.

Other findings included vitamin C as a cure for kidney stones, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, AIDS, and even cancer. By administering tens of thousands of milligrams of vitamin C a day, the ability of these diseases to run their course is disabled.

Though the body can only assimilate a certain amount of vitamin C at a time when taken orally, high-dose, time-released oral vitamin C supplementation is a great way of maintaining health and preventing disease. When it comes to combatting serious diseases, intravenous vitamin C therapy is the most effective method because the body is able to more effectively assimilate very high doses of the vitamin this way.

Though generally rejected by most mainstream oncologists, intravenous vitamin C treatments for cancer have proven to be highly effective at eradicating the disease.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.orthomolecular.org/resou...

E. Huff

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

GM crops cause liver and kidney damage

(www.borganic.org) A report published in the International Journal of Microbiology has verified once again that Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) crops are causing severe health problems. A legal challenge issued against Monsanto forced the multi-national agriculture giant to release raw data revealing that animals fed its patented GM corn suffered liver and kidney damage within just three months.

Adding to the mounting evidence that GM crops are dangerous all around, this information provides a damning indictment against Monsanto which continually insists that its GM products are safe. Not only are GM crops proving disastrous for the environment, but study after study, including those conducted by Monsanto itself, is showing that GM foods are detrimental to health.

Monsanto's data indicated that the company had conducted tests on three varieties of its GM corn, two of which contain the dangerous Bt protein, and one designed specifically to resist Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. All three are widely grown in the United States while only one is currently grown in Europe.

Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini, a French researcher from the University of Caen, was tasked with examining the data and providing a review. While stopping short of declaring GM crops to be toxic, he did emphasize that chronic negative effects were apparent and that there were "statistically significant" indications of kidney and liver damage.

The specific effects observed in test rats included a buildup of hormones in the blood, indicating that their liver and kidneys were not functioning properly. One variety of the corn led to elevated blood sugar levels and increased triglyceride levels in female rats given it.

Dr. Seralini concluded that, because GM crops are foreign substances that have never been a part of a normal diet, there is no telling what the long-term effects of consumption will be on people. In animals, significant disruption of normal bodily function has been observed even in the short term.

Genetically manipulated food crops are not fit for human consumption and should not be classified as food. No legitimate study has ever proven them to be safe or nutritious. The burden of proof is on the producers of such crops to verify their safety and, to date, all data has revealed that they are unsafe. Claims that GM foods will end world hunger are baseless, propagated only by those that have a financial interest in converting the world's food supply to their own patented varieties in order to control it.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...

By E. Huff
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

FDA threatens walnut processor for making legitimate health claims

(www.Borganic.org) With hundreds of thousands of people dying every year from the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, one would imagine that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be out in full force pulling these drugs from the market, right? Actually, the agency has recently been spending its time targeting a walnut manufacturer for making legitimate, scientifically-proven health claims about walnuts on its packaging.

Such behavior is nothing new for the rogue agency that spends all of its time ridding the market of natural products, legitimate health claims on food, and other important products and information that actually help people become healthy rather than remain disease-stricken pharmaceutical drug addicts. In the case of walnuts, though, the vast amount of studies concerning the numerous benefits of the nut makes the FDA's mission to stop all purveyance of this information utterly incomprehensible.

Walnuts are a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid, a plant form of the omega-3 fatty acid that has been scientifically proven to help protect the heart and lower cholesterol. Countless studies have shown that walnuts not only help to reduce bad cholesterol but also actually work to raise good cholesterol, all while reducing inflammation and decreasing blood pressure.

Walnuts are also rich in fiber and antioxidants. AARP Magazine ranked walnuts in its top ten list of the most powerful disease-fighting foods. Some Asian cultures actually refer to walnuts as "brain food", and it is commonly understood that eating a handful of walnuts improves brain function.

A Yale University study also found that walnuts can significantly improve cardiovascular health, particularly in people with type-2 diabetes. They are a dense source of vitamins and minerals and are high in protein, making them a great, healthy snack.

The FDA does not care about the truth, though. The agency deems any health claim made in reference to food a violation of the rules it has decreed. The FDA only allows health claims to be made for drugs that have gone through its multi-million dollar approval process. The agency has stated that simply making a health claim for a food or nutrient deems that food or nutrient an unapproved drug that must either be removed from the market or relabeled.

The FDA is an out-of-control, tyrannical agency that does the very opposite of what it was designed to do. It is lunacy for anyone to suggest that the agency needs even more power to do its job. The FDA has demonstrated itself to be a corrupt and utterly shameful mob of power-hungry, drug-pushing criminals. The American people need to disband this cabal of crooks and rebuild a real regulatory agency that protects the people from dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and that protects free speech and the free flow of health information.

Sources:

Diamond Foods Told To Change Labels - KCRA.com

Walnuts' health benefits something to love - The Daily Herald

New Yale Study Shows Walnuts May Improve Cardiovascular Health for Those With Type 2 Diabetes - Marketwire

By Ethan Huff
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Over Two Hundred Thousand demand USDA ban GE alfalfa once and for all

(www.Borganic.org) A few weeks ago, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began accepting comments concerning the legality of planting Monsanto's genetically-engineered (GE), "RoundUp Ready" alfalfa. Over 200,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, organic producers, and regular citizens have flooded the dockets of the USDA, opposing the use of the dangerous GMO crop.

After first approving GE alfalfa, the Center for Food Safety sued the USDA for illegally approving the crop without proving that it was safe and providing a proper environmental impact statement (EIS). Federal courts agreed - outlawing the crop until the USDA provided the proper information.

Recently, the USDA submitted an EIS that claims GE alfalfa is safe and that organic farmers are not really all that concerned about the contamination of their crops. In reality, farmers are greatly concerned about GE alfalfa and GE crops in general. They are difficult to control and have the potential to destroy not only the integrity of organic food but also the entire food supply.

More than 75 percent of consumer respondents have also indicated that they do not want to eat GE foods. Among those who purchase organic food, the threat of GE contamination is one of the top five reasons why they purchase organic food in the first place.

The resounding opposition to GE alfalfa should send shock waves to the USDA which seems unconcerned about real food safety and the preferences of the people it is supposed to be protecting. By planting GE crops, particularly alfalfa, the integrity of the entire food supply is at risk from cross pollination and contamination.

According to records, there have been over 200 cases of GE contamination within the past ten years. According to the Center for Food Safety, the most serious contamination problem involves canola, also known as rapeseed, crops. There has been so much cross contamination among canola fields that canola oil can no longer be verified as being truly organic or even non-GE in all of Western Canada.

GE crops threaten the livelihoods of farmers, the integrity of all crops, and the environment itself. They promote the growth of "superweeds", deadly pathogens, and harmful fungi. The pesticides that accompany their use also end up in nearby fields, rivers and streams, and local groundwater supplies.

Concerned citizens need to stay informed and continually oppose any and all attempts to unleash GE crops into the food supply.

Sources:

More Than 200,000 NGOs, Farmers, Consumers, and Organic Producers Call for USDA to Prohibit Genetically Engineered Alfalfa - The Center for Food Safety

Court says USDA violated law in approving GE alfalfa - The Organic & Non-GMO Report

Re: Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Recommending the Deregulation of Genetically-Engineered Alfalfa, Docket No. APHIS-2007-0044 - National Organic Coalition

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Vitamin D slashes risk of bowel cancer by 40 percent

(www.Borganic.org) A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that high levels of vitamin D help to lower the risk of developing bowel cancer. The study, which was the largest of its kind, evaluated nearly 2,500 people with and without bowel cancer to see how vitamin D plays a role in preventing the disease.

Scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, and Imperial College London, compared 1,248 bowel cancer patients with 1,248 control group patients. Observers were able to make a clear connection between bowel cancer and low vitamin D levels, indicating that maintaining higher blood serum levels of vitamin D may help to prevent it.

Vitamin D is primarily derived from exposure to natural sunlight where the skin converts UVB rays to the vitamin D. During the winter months or other times when sun exposure is limited, though, it can be difficult to get adequate levels of vitamin D. Few foods are rich in vitamin D but a few of the best sources include fish, cod liver oil, and raw milk.

Despite their findings, study authors do not suggest supplementing with vitamin D. They claim that further studies are needed to verify that vitamin D does not increase the risk of developing other types of cancer or inflicting harm. They did estimate, however, that even a 10 percent increase in vitamin D intake among the U.K. population would reduce bowel cancer cases by 7 percent.

It is unclear precisely why the researchers would not endorse vitamin D supplementation when considering that truly therapeutic doses of vitamin D range in the tens of thousands. Though the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin D is a mere 400 IU, proper daily dosages range upwards of 10,000 IU for maximum health.

According to the Vitamin D Council, fears over vitamin D toxicity and taking too much of it are unwarranted. To date, there is no solid evidence indicating that any reasonable dose of cholecalciferol, the natural form commonly labeled as D3, is dangerous. Twenty minutes of summer sunlight will produce roughly 20,000 IU of sunlight in the body, so supplementing with that amount will not cause harm.

Research conducted by Dr. Robert Heaney from the American Dietetic Association also shows that vitamin D3 has a therapeutic index of 10, making it twice as safe as water when taken in reasonable doses below 40,000 IU a day.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/h...

http://dietary-supplements.info.nih...

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/vita..

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Consider the Soy Controversy

(www.Borganic.org) In part 1 of the Soy Controversy, we just started to get into the fact that many foods, like soy, contain substances that could be harmful when consumed in isolation but perfectly fine when consumed as a whole food. Mushrooms, broccoli, lentils, grapefruits, peanuts, spinach, chard, and celery are other examples of this.

There are pesticides that occur naturally in grapefruit, lentils and broccoli that if you eat in isolation can cause mutations. Peanuts contain cancer causing aflatoxin. Spinach and chard contain an acid that can diminish calcium absorption and celery contains toxins that can damage the immune system. But, when these foods are eaten whole, they are health promoting and the sum of their parts offer protection from the possible dangers from an isolated component. So, when you start playing around with their chemistry you will discover "dangers". Dose a mouse with a thousand milligrams of soy isoflavones and it develops breast cancer cells.

Let`s talk about the accusation that soy negatively impacts thyroid function. This arose due to one study done in Japan over 15 years ago. Yet, the more recent studies done in the U.S. that did not support the Japan study failed to get as much blaring publicity. What happened was that 17 people ate pickled, roasted soybeans every day for three months and half of them experienced a thyroid enlargement of hypothyroidism symptoms like fatigue or constipation. So, does the fact that eight or nine people, some experiencing fatigue or constipation, prove that soy has a negative effect on thyroid function?

Maybe some of the soy negativity is nonsense. On the other hand, could it be that soy is a wonder bean that will reverse baldness, make your eye brows thicker or give you a ripped "six pack"? Who cares?
The point is that tests could be conducted to produce a desired result. Does anyone in their right mind eat 10 servings of soy a day? No. Do people go out of their way to take soy supplements? Doubtful. Do most people see soy as a miracle food or drug? Hardly. But, do people eat soy products? Yes.

We know there is still much to be learned about soy, but the majority of research has shown it to safe and nutritious when consumed sensibly, maybe one or two servings daily. Do your own research if you feel compelled to. Just don`t give in to someone else`s research which could be biased. Remember, many anti-soy "medical" studies have been funded by the dairy and meat industries. Not long ago, the dairy industry petitioned the Fraud and Drug Administration to prevent the word "milk" from following the word "soy". Soymilk anyone?

If you are basically a flesh eater and you decide to eat soy products, know one thing: it`s not going to taste like what you are used to eating. If you concentrate on getting rid of your flesh addiction and experiment with various soy products, it may take a few weeks or a month to figure out which products suit you. But, it is still a processed food and should be consumed in moderation. Why? Because the more processed, the less wholesome. You know you can be really healthy by not eating soy or flesh. It just takes a bit of common sense.

All you need for good health is a balanced diet of fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fresh juices, smoothies and some superfoods like chlorella and spirulina. Then add avocados, olive oil, flax and chia seeds and you`ll get your essential fatty acids. It`s not rocket science. It`s just using your intelligence and making informed choices.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Scientists reveal negative impact of Roundup Ready GM crops

(www.Borganic.org) Five studies published in the October 2009 issue of The European Journal of Agronomy reveal the negative impacts of using Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, a formula developed specifically for the company's line of genetically modified (GM) "Roundup Ready" crops. The papers, which were not released in the United States, offer a solid indictment against GM crops and the plight of using the Roundup herbicide.

Robert Kremer, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, co-authored one of the five papers and offered insight into their premise during an interview with The Organic & Non-GMO Report, a monthly newsletter that offers recourse in addressing the challenges of fighting GM foods.

Kremer and his colleagues began studying the effects of Roundup on soil back in 1997. They found that the herbicide was causing an increase in parasitic colonization at the roots of Roundup Ready soybeans and corn. They also observed an increase in fungal growth that leads to sudden death syndrome (SDS) in the plants.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is systemically changing the soil composition in the fields where it is used, leeching from plant roots into the ground. It is also disrupting the normal microorganism balance on plants and in soil, spurring the growth of harmful bacterial colonies that are destroying the beneficial ones.

According to Kremer, the most apparent disruption by glyphosate is observed in rhizobia, a type of bacterium that fixes nitrogen in the soil. Glyphosate's toxicity inhibits rhizobia from enriching soil with nitrogen, preventing plants from receiving this necessary element.

Despite claims to the contrary, Roundup can deeply penetrate soil and threaten groundwater supplies with contamination. Depending on a particular soil's composition, glyphosate can leech rather quickly into soil and potentially run off into nearby streams and rivers.

The Roundup system has also caused a significant increase in aggressive "super" weeds that are resistant to glyphosate. These weeds have been popping up in fields all over the country where GM Roundup Ready crops are grown, growing increasingly more virulent every year. Genetic engineers continue to develop stronger herbicides to combat them but the weeds keep getting stronger and more resistant.

Genetic modification of food crops is not only unsustainable but it threatens to unhinge the entire agricultural system. Roundup and other herbicides are altering and destroying soil nutrients, beneficial microbes, and other delicate components necessary to grow food.

While many farmers are interested in moving away from using GM crops in favor of more organic methods, it is often difficult for many of them to make the conversion.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articl...

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Organic Celery Juice Every Day Keeps High Blood Pressure at Bay

(www.Borganic.org) Blood pressure is the force exerted by blood pushing against the walls of one's arteries. If the pressure rises significantly and remains there for an extended period of time, it can cause damage to the body. Lucky for us, one of the most common vegetables we use today - celery - with its stringy stems and crisp texture provides a natural way to lower blood pressure. It decreases a potentially dangerous situation without the risk of possible side effects that might accompany prescribed medication.

A blood pressure reading is measured by two numbers. The top number referred to as systolic is the measure of pressure the blood exerts while the heart is beating. The lower number, diastolic, is the measure of pressure the blood exerts while the heart is relaxed. The suggested optimal blood pressure is 120/80.

Just how could celery juice affect this measurement? This versatile veggie contains active compounds named phthalides. These compounds provide health benefits by naturally relaxing the muscles in and around the walls of the arteries which cause those vessels to dilate, creating more space inside the arteries that permits the blood to flow at a lower pressure. Phthalides also have been reported to lower blood pressure and promote a healthy circulatory system by reducing what are known as stress hormones. This biennial vegetable also contains high amounts of magnesium, potassium, and calcium. The beneficial effect of these minerals in celery serves to calm the nervous system, automatically counterbalancing stress levels.

Although Hippocrates (a Greek physician considered the Father of Medicine, c. 460 BC - c. 377 BC) prescribed the juice of this leafy-topped stalk to patients suffering from nervous tension and although Chinese medicine has long recognized celery juice to reduce high blood pressure, only recently has it been studied in the Western world. The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) is credited with one of the first studies of celery's effects on blood pressure. In one instance, the father of a scientist at UCMC experienced a drop in his blood pressure from 158/96 to 118/82 after just one week of eating about four stalks a day.

To test this theory, a physician at the Whitaker Wellness Center and her father both drank celery juice for thirty days, mixing it with a little orange juice to camouflage the slightly bitter taste of juiced celery. Their results? The father's systolic level dropped from 148 to 128, and the physician's went from 120 to 105.

Including this most nutritious juice as a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle just may help keep the risks of high blood pressure from ever becoming an issue.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vitamin D deficiency now so widespread that rickets is on the rise once again

(www.Borganic.org) A clinical review paper published in the British Medical Journal is warning the public that widespread vitamin D deficiency is resurrecting the once-obsolete disease called rickets. According to Professor Simon Pearce and Dr. Time Cheetham, authors of the paper, people are getting far too little sunlight exposure which is necessary for the body to produce adequate levels of vitamin D.

Nowadays, children spend most of their time indoors staring at computer and television screens rather than playing outside in the sunlight. On the rare occasion that they venture outside, zealous parents are quick to apply UV-blocking sunscreen that prevents the sun's useful UVB rays from penetrating their skin and producing vitamin D. The result is an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency that is leading to all sorts of illness and disease.

Rickets, a disease in which a person's bones do not properly develop and harden, results when a person is getting too little vitamin D and most likely not enough calcium. The U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is a mere 400 IU, an amount that is said to be adequate for preventing rickets.

To put this amount into perspective, however, exposure to the summer sun for about 20 minutes is enough to produce up to 20,000 IU of vitamin D in the body. At this level, far more optimal health can be achieved. Yet the fact that children are beginning to develop rickets suggests that they are not even getting 400 IU a day, an amount that should be relatively easy to attain through a moderately healthy diet or a few minutes in the sun every day.

In the U.K., there are several hundred cases of rickets reported every year. According to statistics, more than 50 percent of the adult population in the U.K. is deficient in vitamin D as well. During the winter and spring months, more than 15 percent experience severe deficiency.

Researchers suggest that people with darker skin pigmentation are at a higher risk for rickets because they do not assimilate vitamin D from the sun's UVB rays as easily as those with lighter skin do. Some experts believe that the changing ethnic profile of the U.K. may play a significant role in the onset of rickets while others point primarily to an overall lack of vitamin D among all ethnic groups.

Either way, the changing lifestyles among all people are partially to blame as people are not spending enough time outside and, when they do they are using too much sunscreen to obtain any sort of benefit from the sun. Overuse of sunscreen can be blamed on government health authorities, regulatory agencies, medical professionals, and mainstream media outlets that continually exaggerate the threat of developing skin cancer from sunlight exposure to the point that some people are afraid of getting any at all.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

GMO-Free is Fastest Growing Retail Brand

(www.Borganic.org) In a blog post on Nielsen.com1 earlier this month, Nielsen's Tom Pirovano says that U.S. retailers are expanding their store brands and the latest, fastest-growing branding health claim is to label products "GMO-free." This labeling, according to Nielsen's numbers, is up by 67% in 2009 with a sales growth of $60.2 million in that sector.

In fact, healthy claims are tops in many categories of sales growth for store brands, including "Gluten free" and claims of adding or bolstering Omega acids.

Most of these store brands are large and are well-known chains, some known for healthy and whole foods and others more as being cookie-cutter boxes. Supermarkets have been certifying products as organic for in-store brands for some time, so the trend towards healthy claims and marketing is not new.

The rise of sentiment against genetically modified foods (GM or GMO) is growing, however, and market brands reflect that. Readers of NaturalNews are no simpletons when it comes to the dangers of GM foods.2

With genetically modified organisms and foods being linked to organ damage, crop failures, increased water usage, and worse, consumers are finally waking up to the dangers of these products.

Another hot growing trend amongst retail store brands is the claim of being high fructose corn syrup free, which gained 28% or $13 million in market share, according to the Nielsen numbers. This one may become a growing trend, and as Pirovano points out, many retailers are adopting a "wait-and-see attutide to determine if a claim has 'legs' or is merely the latest blip on the consumer trend screen."

Further, thousands of organic and natural food products are now enrolled in the Non-GMO Project's Product Verification Program (known as PVP). This is the nation's first and largest system for scientific testing of product standards against genetic modification.3 This project includes some of the biggest retail names in the food industry and labels from the PVP will be appearing on retail packages this year.

As sentiment against the GMO seeds and products made from their crops grows, so too will the retail market backlash. Although government agencies like the Food and Drug Administration have refused to rule against GM foods, despite the evidence, the free market and consumer demand is turning the tide against them on its own.

As Shelly Roche of Bytestyle.tv says, "The great thing about this new report is that it shows how quickly the market responds when it sees a shift in consumer demand."4

It's becoming obvious that many health-conscious consumers in America are indeed voting with their forks.

Resources:
1 - U.S. Healthy Eating Trends Part 4: Store Brands Expand Healthy Offerings by Tom Pirovano, Director of Industry Insights, Nielsen Co.

2 - Feature NaturalNews Articles on GMOs and http://www.naturalnews.com/027931_G...

3 - Non-GMO Project

4 - 'GMO-free' is fastest-growing retailer brand claim by Shelly Roche, Bytestyle.tv

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Monday, March 8, 2010

New drug-resistant bacteria emerging in hospitals

(www.Borganic.org) Researchers from the "Extending the Cure" project in Washington, D.C., have published a report in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology about a new drug-resistant bug that is plaguing many hospitals. Called Acinetobacter, this new "superbug" is causing severe bloodstream infection and pneumonia in many hospital patients.

The rise of hospital superbugs like Acinetobacter continues to be a problem as these virulent new strains are not being eliminated by even the most powerful antibiotic drugs. Imipenem, an intravenous antibiotic drug that is typically reserved as a last line of defense against severe infection, is not even capable of conquering this new strain of bacteria.

Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan and his colleagues examined data from 300 U.S. hospitals to see how the new bacteria was responding to imipenem. What they found was that between 1999 and 2006, there had been an astounding 300 percent increase in the number of Acinetobacter cases that were resistant to one of the industry's most powerful antibiotic drugs.

Dr. Laxminarayan worries that there will eventually be no effective antibiotics available to treat these new super-bacteria, seeing as how the number of cases continues to rise with no effective drug remedy in the pipeline. The bacteria is capable of colonizing patients' bodies while displaying little to no visible symptoms, making it even more a concern among hospital patients whose immune systems are already compromised. Many soldiers returning from the war in Iraq are coming down with Acinetobacter as well.

Most people are aware of MRSA, the hospital superbug that seems to continually be morphing into ever more virulent strains, however few realize that others like Acinetobacter which currently have fewer effective remedies available, are potentially even more deadly.

Many researchers have concluded that the overuse of antibiotics is the primary cause of super-strains of antibiotic resistant deadly bacteria. Most conventional doctors commonly prescribe antibiotics when a patient exhibits any kind of prolonged illness, even when the illness actually turns out to be viral rather than bacterial.

Rather than build up the body and fortify the immune system naturally, Western medicine has devoted itself to handing out antibiotics like candy which is destroying people's immune symptoms. Avoiding even natural, highly effective antibiotic elements like colloidal silver, the industry continues to press on towards the next new drug to treat the next new symptoms of illnesses caused by previous drugs.

Until perspectives toward health advance from drugs and surgery to natural and preventive, the disease mutation epidemic will continue to intensify.

Sources for this story include: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/art...

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

NFL and NBL Move to Limit Your Access to Supplements

(www.Borganic.org) Last month, a You Tube video titled "The Superbowl Is Canceled" went viral on the 'net. Actually, it was a hoax with a catchy headline; the video urged viewers to boycott the Superbowl and get connected with what's going on in the world around them. Recent events, however, offer new reason to boycott the sporting events of the National Football and Baseball Leagues. These two U.S. sporting clubs are endorsing John McCain's bill to repeal parts of DSHEA and effectively limit the public's access to nutritional supplements. If you're not familiar with DSHEA, it's a law on the books that was hard fought for by the American public in the 1990's. DSHEA grants unrestricted access to supplements - and drug companies have fought against the bill since the day it was passed.

Now, somehow, the NFL and NBL have gotten nutritional supplements confused with the illegal steroid-based performance drugs their athletes often engage in. And to shift the responsibly from the athletes, these clubs believe that some supplements their athletes were taking must have been tainted with steroids.

To curb their problem, the NFL and NBL think the FDA should regulate supplement companies - and they are supporting McCain's bill which has the power to dramatically limit access to nutritional supplements for the American public. With ballparks being bought and sold by corporations like trading cards and Big Pharma's infamous reputation for buying influence, it'd be interesting to know if any monies were transferred by drug companies to gain this high profile endorsement and push.

If you'd like to tell those leagues what you think about their actions, you can do so here. Another powerful vote is to simply stop supporting the NFL and NBL until they get the message - and possibly long after. It'd be nice if those leagues felt a financial pinch even greater than what they may have been paid by drug companies. If you'd like to tell your representatives what you think, you can do that here.

In ways consistent with a considerable amount of government marketing and propaganda, McCain's bill is touted to protect consumers from supplements by having the FDA regulate supplements. But, it's common knowledge that the FDA is funded by drug companies and that the agency is hostile to supplement manufacturers and any natural option in competition with drugs or drug companies.

Brown, Columbia, and Cornell graduate and cancer researcher, Nicholas J. Gonzalez, M.D., posted a response to McCain in the Health Sentinel. He stated that the bill, "appears to give the FDA near-dictatorial control over the manufacture and availability of supplements, [allowing] it at its own discretion to remove legitimate nutritional supplements from the marketplace, file arbitrary complaints against legitimate supplements and impose drug-testing standards on each supplement."

Gonzalez outlined another part of the problem: the testing of a single product to meet FDA drug-standards can cost hundreds of millions of dollars. And since supplement companies don't have the financial resources to meet that kind of financial and regulatory impediment, many supplement companies could easily be forced to close their doors. There would be too high of an entrance fee - and the American public would be left without what DSHEA promised: access to supplements.

It's always interesting to hear the government claim to be protecting the public while they're actively stripping liberties and freedoms. Because if the government was really concerned about the harmful substances that people keep putting in their mouths, they'd be seeking to put an end to drug companies and processed food manufacturers - not herbal and nutritional supplement providers.

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http://www.anh-usa.org/new_site/?p=2372

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Organic Homemade Hair Growth Shampoo with Nettles and Rosemary Makes Hair Grow Faste

(www.borganic.org) Homemade shampoos can help speed hair growth. Hair loss is a natural part of aging, but healing herbs can restore healthy hair. Natural herbal shampoos allow herbs to be absorbed directly into the hair and the scalp, and encourage hair to grow. Homemade shampoos have the added advantage of preventing the application of damaging chemical agents that are added to many commercial shampoos, which cause damage to hair.

Homemade Healthy Shampoos
Homemade shampoos help restore hair growth and are inexpensive to make. Use a mild but cleansing soap base. Castile soap is a good option, as it is mild, but will effectively remove oils from the scalp and hair shaft. Keeping the scalp clean will encourage hair to grow. To stimulate hair growth, avoid any soap that has petroleum products as a base or lists chemicals on the label because these ingredients cause damage to the hair shaft and prevent hair growth. Chemicals to avoid include paraben, methylparaben, propylene glycol, cetearyl alcohol, propylparaben, glycol, Polyoxyethylene, or distearate.

Herbs for Hair Growth: Essential Oils
Numerous natural herbal remedies have been shown to stimulate the growth of hair. The best way to add these to a homemade shampoo is by adding either essential oils or herbal tinctures. To add essential oils, purchase alcohol free oils. Add one teaspoon to the soap base.

Herbal Tinctures for Hair Growth
Herbal tinctures can be made at home. The process is similar to making tea, but the tincture uses more tea and less water to create a concentrate. Add three teaspoons of herbs to six ounces of water. Allow the herbs to steep for 15 minutes and then strain out the herbs. Two ounces of the tincture can be added to four ounces of soap base.

Nettles Grow Hair
Nettles have been shown to stimulate the growth of hair. This native plant can be picked in the spring or summer and used fresh or dried. Out of season, herbal nettles can be purchased in the dried form. Either can be made into a tincture and added to the soap base.

Rosemary Grows Hair
Rosemary has been used as a hair tonic in folk medicine for centuries. It has a stimulating action on hair follicles. Because hair growth begins in the follicles, adding rosemary to a homemade shampoo will stimulate the growth and regrowth of hair. Rosemary blooms all summer long and can be picked and used fresh in a tincture, or dried for later use.

Storing the Shampoo
Glass is best for storing the homemade hair growth shampoo because the glass will not interact with the herbs. But for use in the shower, glass can break easily. A suggested solution is to store the shampoo in a glass jar; keep a small amount in a plastic bottle in the shower area and refresh weekly.

Note: Refrigerate the herbal shampoo, as natural ingredients are not as stable as a commercial shampoo, and the homemade shampoo does not contain additives used to keep products stable at room temperature.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Organic Spices and an Improved Diet can Normalize Postprandial Dysmetabolism

(www.borganic.org) Postprandial dysmetabolism is characterized by inflammation, a greater risk of heart attack or stroke, narrowing of the arteries and long term damage to the cardiovascular system. It all starts when excessive quantities of glucose and lipids pour into the blood following a high fat, high sugar meal. The body struggles to cope with the release of free radicals coursing through the body after such a meal, which means oxidative stress may follow. Oxidative stress causes the processes that characterize postprandial dysmetabolism. Watching the diet, exercising vigorously and including spices in the diet can help to prevent damage of this nature.

Prevention of Postprandial Dysmetabolism

Healthy diets high in fresh, organic fruits and vegetables coupled with healthy carbohydrates such as brown rice and nuts have been highlighted as beneficial to health for years, and here is why. "Diets that include large amounts of fresh, unprocessed vegetables and herbs combined with lean protein and beneficial fats (such as omega-3 and monounsaturated fats) and low levels of processed carbohydrates that are rich in antioxidants substantially improve postprandial glucose and lipid levels". The American College of Cardiology.

Should oily food and sugar be eliminated entirely from the diet? It makes sense that in order to benefit from enhanced health, foods containing animal fats and sugar should be limited or eliminated, especially if a person needs to lose weight and is in poor shape. However, not all fats cause oxidative stress. Canola oil and salmon oil are cited as being among the healthiest oils to eat in order to prevent oxidative stress.

More Tips to Combat Oxidative Stress

Typically, a person who has consumed a high fat meal, for example a barbecue with plenty of meat and alcohol followed by a sugary, rich dessert, will feel sluggish afterwards and be inclined to have a nap. However, exercising after a meal, even a light exercise such as a brisk walk, will help to reduce the effects of postprandial dysmetabolism.

Changing life style habits so as to eat a diet high in minimally processed foods especially vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, lean protein, vinegar, fish and canola oil will greatly improve overall health.

For those who can't live without a steak, including spices with the meal will go a long way in neutralizing the effects of cooked meat, especially overdone meat or meat cooked at a high temperature. Spices have antioxidant effects which can reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and aid in preventing many chronic ailments. The spices which should regularly be included in the diet are cinnamon, ginger, oregano, red peppers, rosemary, sage, thyme and turmeric.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

How to Remove Pesticides from Produce with Inexpensive Home Ingredients

(www.Borganic.org) We all know about them - pesticides and waxes that cover our produce. Although there are many fruit and vegetable washes available in supermarkets, it's simple to make your own homemade blend that will work just as well and at a fraction of the cost. So why, then, would you pay all this money for something you can make at home? You've come to the right place ... save your pennies because the buck stops here - and now!

Consider these facts:

- Bacteria and fungus occur naturally on most crops. Even if there is no visible soil clinging to your non-organic or organic produce, bacteria can be present.
- Imagine how many hands touch the food before it gets to your mouth, plus bacteria from soil and dirt can accumulate during the shipping process: these can cause a buildup on the surface of any produce.
- Agriculture pesticides are not removable with water alone.

Even if you plan to peel or scrape the produce, it is best - and recommended - to clean it first. Let's say you have a beautiful ripe melon and you slice through it without washing the outside ... the knife can carry potentially harmful pathogens from the rind through the center, and that beautiful melon can turn into a perfect breeding ground for greater bacteria growth.

Some people wash produce with dish detergent. Although this removes much of the pesticide, that which is left - plus any soap residue - could still be detrimental to your system and, in fact, has been known to cause gastrointestinal upset. Be cautious when using anything on any food product that is not meant to be consumed.

Some delicate produce items, such as berries and apricots, should not be soaked in water but can be sprayed with one of the homemade cleansing blends below and then placed in a colander, using a gentle flow of water to rinse the fragile skins. To avoid rapid spoilage of produce, wait to wash and rinse just prior to use.

Convenience has become a way of life at the grocery store. Pre-packaged items that market ready-to-eat produce are a shopper's dream, yet it's still a good idea to wash before consuming. This will only take a few minutes, and you'll be certain your food has been thoroughly cleaned.

Everyone likes to save money, and since there's no need to buy expensive produce wash when you can just as easily mix your own with common ingredients known to most cupboards, jump on board! This ensures better flavor, reduces risks of consuming contaminants, and saves money in the process - a plus on all counts. The combination of long-term health benefits and putting pennies in pockets will be doubly rewarding.

Produce Wash 1
- 20 drops grapefruit seed extract, available at health food stores
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- New spray bottle

Produce Wash 2
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- New spray bottle

Spray produce. Let sit 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly to wash away residue.

NOTE: The baking soda and vinegar will foam when mixed together. Make sure you use a deep pitcher and pour slowly.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ten Natural Ways Grow Hair and Reduce Hair Loss

(www.Borganic.org) Vitamins and lifestyle changes have been shown to encourage hair to grow and reduce hair loss. Balding is a genetic trait but good nutrition can play a part in hair growth. Hair products, such as masks, shampoos and leave on conditioners can also prevent hair loss and restore healthy, vibrant hair. Adding nutrients will help regrow hair.

1. Protein Grows Hair
Because the hair is made of protein, a protein deficiency can cause hair loss. Add protein to the diet by including animal products, such as meat and dairy, or protein shakes made from whey.

2. Vitamin C is Needed for Healthy Hair
Vitamin C is also a component of healthy hair. Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, are especially high in vitamin C, as are green peppers. Suggested dosage is 1,000 to 3,000 mg a day.

3. B Vitamins Increase Hair Growth
Biotin and the complex B vitamins are needed to grow hair. B3 helps increase circulation to the scalp, thereby encouraging hair growth. It is best to take a supplement that includes all of the B vitamins, called a B complex supplement, as the nutrients work synergistically.

4. Iron Reduces Hair Loss
The mineral iron helps increase circulation in the scalp as well, which then fuels hair growth. Foods that are high in iron include liver, apricots and raisins.

5. Drink Water to Grow Hair
The hair shaft is comprised of one quarter water. Drink at least 4 to 8 cups of water a day to stay hydrated and grow healthy hair.

6. Reduce Alcoholic Beverages to Reduce Hair Loss
Drinking alcohol reduces hair growth. Reduce or eliminate alcohol from the diet and you will see an increase in hair growth.

7. Hormones Influence Hair Growth
Hormones influence the production of hair. Hormones decrease with age and slow hair growth. Increasing hormones can increase hair growth. Adding bio-identical hormones for women is a possibility, but accurate blood tests are needed to identify and balance the various hormonal components in the body. Natural foods contain some hormones as well, for instance, wild yam is a natural source of estrogen.

8. Vitamin E Grows Hair
Vitamin E is another nutrient needed to grow hair. It stimulates the circulation in the scalp and can be taken internally or applied to the scalp.

9. Smoking Causes Hair Loss
Smoking cigarettes reduces the blood flow to the scalp and this causes a reduction in hair growth. Stop smoking to help hair grow.

10. Vitamin A Feeds Healthy Hair
Vitamin A helps create vibrant shiny hair because it works with the fat synthesis in the hair follicles and spurs hair growth. Foods that contain vitamin A include eggs, kale, squash, and carrots.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Natural Organic Remedies Help Recurring Sinus Infections

(www.Borganic.org) When the basic function of life - the ability to take breathe properly - is compromised, it can make you feel quite desperate. Recurrent sinus infections or allergic rhinitis are very common. It is estimated that at least 37 million Americans are affected by this every year. Sometimes allergic sinusitis can last 3 months or more and keep on coming back. For centuries, people have effectively used herbs and natural remedies to help heal sinus infections. Along with keeping well rested, here are a few helpful therapies that will boost the immune system and make symptoms of sinusitis more bearable:


  • Vitamin C is an excellent immune booster. Take up to 3000 mg of a non-acidic form of vitamin C in divided doses each day.

  • Trapped or stagnant mucus provides a breeding ground for bacteria so keep it fluid by drinking plenty of liquids, preferably purified water .

  • Some people swear by apple cider vinegar. Mix two teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of water with a spoon of honey to improve the taste. This can be taken 3 times a day.

  • Avoiding environmental allergens may be difficult, but try to keep away from substances you know will trigger an allergic response such as house dust, animals, foods, pollens etc. Stay away from tobacco smoke and chemical irritants as these will cause further swelling of the mucus membranes.

  • Do a nasal wash if you can bear it. Although not pleasant, it's an excellent antiseptic. Mix a cup of warm water, half a teaspoonful of sea salt and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda. Draw the fluid up through your nostrils and spit it out through your mouth.

  • Aromatherapy oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree and rosemary help to clear congestion and ease inflamed nasal passages. To use as an inhalant, drape a towel over your head and lean over a pot of steaming water with a few drops of the oil in. You can also buy vapour rubs made with combinations of oils that will help open up airways and assist breathing especially at night.

  • Use a warm compress to help open the nasal passages.

  • Craniosacral therapy focuses on the cranial bones and has decompression techniques that assist draining of the sinuses.

  • Garlic is well known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. You can take it in a form of a supplement or if you don't mind the smell just eat it raw.

  • Try immune boosting herbal combinations of Echinacea, Golden seal and Cat's claw. These are well known for their anti-viral properties.

  • Consult your homeopath for remedies for sinusitis such as Kali bich, Hepar sulph, Pulsatilla, Merc sol, Nat mur, Silica and Sulphur, among many others. These promote drainage, fight infection and alleviate allergies. Homeopathic treatment should address the body as a whole, bringing the immune system back into balance. Homeopathic treatments can be used safely during pregnancy, for snuffles in newborn babies and for snotty-nosed children.


Your health care practitioner should be consulted if your sinus infection is showing no sign of improvement.

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