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Monday, February 28, 2011

Prevent yeast infection naturally with Candida fighting foods

(www.Borganic.org) Three out of four women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives. Symptoms like recurring vaginal infections and digestive disorders are now more common than ever before. In this article you will find a list of four healthy foods that hold the potential to prevent or even reverse yeast infection naturally - no prescription drugs required.

Yeast infection - also known as thrush or candidiasis - is a medical condition caused by a bacterial imbalance in the body. This type of infection develops when Candida albicans - a naturally occurring yeast present in all human beings - grows out of control, and its cells overwhelm the beneficial bacteria in the vagina or your GI tract. The result is a vast array of unpleasant symptoms, including chronic fatigue, digestive problems and recurring vaginal infections. The following foods can help prevent yeast infection:

#1) Cold-pressed coconut oil
If you're looking for ways to prevent or even cure Candida overgrowth, coconut oil is probably the best plant-based fat you can add into your diet. It contains caprylic acid, a powerful antifungal agent that directly kills the Candida yeast. Coconut oil is heat stable, which makes it perfect for cooking. You may eat up to three tablespoons per day.

#2) Garlic
Garlic is widely recognized for its wonderful health benefits - and with a good reason. A fresh clove is high in a biologically active compound called allicin. This is a strong anti-fungal substance capable of killing off a wide variety of pathogens, including Candida albicans. Eat two raw cloves each day or buy supplements in a tablet form.

#3) Almonds
Almonds are recommended for two reasons. First, they are well known for their prebiotic properties that improve our digestive health by increasing levels of beneficial gut bacteria. Second, almonds are an excellent source of alkaline protein.

#4) Cayenne pepper
The use of cayenne pepper dates back to ancient times. It improves circulation and metabolism, which is essential in order to cure Candida overgrowth. Cayenne pepper can be used liberally to spice up your favourite meals.

The above four tips are just scratching the surface of the ways that you can prevent or cure chronic yeast infection and stay healthy. Eating real food while avoiding anything that's artificially altered should be your first step towards better health. Let your food be medicine and get rid of yeast infection once and for all.

Sources for more information include:
Official government information on vaginal yeast infections:
http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/vag...

How to deal with yeast infection naturally:
http://www.ecandida.com/how-to-get-...

Prebiotic potential of almonds:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...

About the author

James Schreiber was a long time sufferer of Candida infection - a little known condition manifesting itself with unexplainable, seemingly unrelated signs such as chronic fatigue, digestive problems and flu-like symptoms. After completely transforming his lifestyle to triumph over his disease, Schreiber made educating people on how to better cope with Candida overgrowth a mission. He shares the secrets of his success at http://www.ecandida.com

Protect yourself from the ravages of the Food Flavor Industry

(www.Borganic.org) All processed, packaged, and all restaurant foods contain some sort of flavor enhancing or sweetening additives that are toxic. Aspartame and MSG, with its long list of aliases to disguise its presence, are excitotoxins. They excite nervous system and brain cells literally to death.

They also disrupt hormonal balances that lead to insulin problems and the inability to determine when one has had enough to eat. Thus, they lead to diabetes and obesity. Excitotoxins are also linked to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer`s Disease.

These additives are used to cheaply enhance stale dead food flavors to the point where you must have more and to lengthen shelf life. Here`s how to avoid them, and here are antidotes if you cannot avoid them completely.

First Avoid

Buying packaged foods or eating out is like going through a virtual mine field if you`re health conscious. The only way to completely avoid toxic additives is to buy fresh organic foods and bulk grains and legumes and to do your own cooking. Even that`s getting tricky as more crops are being sprayed with a "natural" pesticide, free glutamate, in many regions.

Glutamate is an essential component of MSG (monosodium glutamate). Combined with other molecules in natural plant compounds, it`s harmless. But synthetically isolated or free, it might as well be MSG.

Aspartame is used liberally in many sweetened beverages and baked goods. Almost all chewing gums have aspartame or some artificial sweetener. Even packaged foods and beverages in health food stores may contain some cleverly disguised RTNCs (Reaction-Triggering Neurotoxic Chemicals).

If your lifestyle doesn`t permit you to cook from scratch all the time, you`ll need more than a little knowledge to be a knowledgeable label reader.

You`ll need this list: http://www.rtnc411.org/tlist.html

Another food industry con has been HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) as a sugar replacement. Seems innocent enough, but HFCS is a bundle of problems. There is plenty of research that links HFCS to obesity, diabetes, and coronary problems.

More consumers have become aware of the multitude of problems from HFCS. If you`re not one of them, simply do a Natural News search on HFCS dangers. The taste enhancers have come up with a solution for this growing consumer awareness. They are labeling HFCS as "corn sugar".

If You Cannot Avoid RTNCs and HFCS Completely

There are antidotes. There are reports from those extremely sensitive to MSG that the inexpensive amino acid supplement taurine was effective for calming their MSG reactions. Though taking taurine close to MSG ingestion is best, some consider taurine helpful for minimizing old MSG damage also.

Another nervous system stabilizer, magnesium, is recommended as an antidote for excitotoxins in general, aspartame included. Most of the population is deficient in this very vital mineral, which is essential to over 300 human metabolic processes. So making sure you have plenty of accessible magnesium in your system is healthy for you in other ways as well.

Vitamin B6 should also be flourishing in your system if you are a victim of restaurant foods and too busy to shop well and cook basic foods. B6 has demonstrated some ability to minimize RTNC excitotoxic damage.

Since it`s been discovered that HFCS often contains mercury, you might want to look into a heavy metal detox if you`ve been taking in a lot of that sugar substitute.

Conclusion

The toxic processed and junk food industries create diseases that help Big Pharma and the AMA practitioners get wealthier. Food is your first medicine. If you avoid food additives, it could be the only medicine you need.

Sources used for more information include:

Great site for understanding neurotoxic additives (RTNC 411)
http://www.rtnc411.org/

Taurine
http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxif...

Neurotoxin alias list
http://www.rtnc411.org/tlist.html

MSG Dangers?
http://www.inlightimes.com/archives...

Additives Cause Nagging Health Problems
http://www.alignlife.com/articles/t...



About the author

Paul Fassa has managed to survive the Standard American Diet (SAD) and his youthful folly by deprogramming gradually from mainstream health ideology and studying holistic health matters informally with his wife while incorporating them into his lifestyle as a vegetarian.
He also practices Chi-Lel Chi Gong, and he is trained as a polarity therapy practitioner. He is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding others toward a better direction for health. You can visit his blog at http://healthmaven.blogspot.com

Friday, February 25, 2011

Charlie Sheen On Obama: “A Coward In a Cheap Suit”

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Amidst the controversy of his wild interview on the Alex Jones Show yesterday, actor Charlie Sheen wasted little time in confronting President Barack Obama on his failure to answer Sheen’s twenty questions concerning 9/11, calling Obama, “a coward in a cheap suit.”

In September 2009, Sheen produced a special video message in which he addressed Obama, along with a list of questions pertaining to contradictions in the official story of 9/11. Sheen’s argument was centered around the fact that six of the ten 9/11 commissioners have publicly stated that the government agreed not to tell the truth about 9/11 and that the Pentagon was engaged in deliberate deception about their response to the attack.

“It’s still topical, it’s a timeless message, it’s still right there in the fold,” said Sheen of his 20 Minutes With the President campaign.

The actor then unloaded on Obama for failing to acknowledge or respond to Sheen’s questions.

“I would say to B.O. – how much faith can I possibly have in you to run this entire country when 20 questions from a high school drop out sitcom actor appears to be too much to handle for you and your staff,” said Sheen, adding that Obama had failed to respond in nearly two years since the actor produced his video message.

“You sir are obviously a coward in a cheap suit….quit hiding, it’s embarrassing,” added Sheen.

“I think somebody is running at him with a tape recording of what I just spoke saying ‘they’re on to us men – he’s back, we thought he was dead’”, joked Sheen.

By Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Helping someone in the hospital

(www.Borganic.org) If you or a loved one are hospitalized there are ways to achieve a better outcome. Most hospitals will not allow you to take anything (especially by mouth) that's not prescribed by the doctor. I've received many letters of desperation from children of elderly parents begging me to intervene in their care because they can't even get simple nutrients prescribed. That usually proves impossible because doctors don't know how to prescribe nutrients and if they didn't learn it in their medical training they regard it as quackery. All we learn about natural medicine intervention falls by the wayside when someone enters a hospital. Instead of "Right to Die" forms to sign why aren't there forms that allow IV vitamins and minerals to help a person live.

The following recommendations are what I would personally do if I or a loved one were incarcerated in a hospital. But I still have to give out a disclaimer. This advice is not to be viewed as a prescription from me to you because I don't know your case. If you choose to do any of these measures, you either have to get your doctor's approval or if you choose to do them without your doctor's consent you have to take full responsibility for using them.

Rescue Remedy
This is a Bach Flower Remedy that can be found in health food stores or online. It's called the Emergency Remedy made from a combination of flowers: Cherry Plum (for loss of control and fear), Clematis (for light-headedness), Impatiens (for impatience), Rock Rose (for terror), and Star of Bethlehem (for shock).

Rescue Remedy is used to deal with the immediate effects of crises, emergencies, attacks of nerves, etc. The affirmation that goes with this remedy is: "The worst is over. Balance and harmony are restored." It comes in dropper form or in cream form. I would use the cream to rub into the feet and hands. You can use it many times a day.

2. Angstrom Magnesium
I've had many cases of people applying liquid angstrom magnesium externally to the skin with wonderful results. Over 325 enzyme systems in the body require magnesium. When injured, the body needs enormous amounts of magnesium to heal. Angstrom magnesium is low potency magnesium at such a small size (picometer) that it's absorbed 100 percent at the cellular level, so it doesn't build up in the body to cause any side effects.

The contraindications to oral non-angstrom magnesium are:
1. Kidney failure. With kidney failure there is an inability to clear magnesium from the kidneys.
2. Myasthenia gravis. Intravenous administration could accentuate muscle relaxation and collapse the respiratory muscles.
3. Excessively slow heart rate. Slow heart rates can be made even slower, as magnesium relaxes the heart. Slow heart rates often require an artiļ¬cial pacemaker.
4. Bowel obstruction. The main route of elimination of oral magnesium is through the bowel.

Disclaimer: There is not enough research to give a blanket statement that angstrom magnesium is 100 percent safe in the above conditions

3. Reiki Therapy, Hands on Healing and Prayer
These are forms of "energy" medicine that can have a tremendous effect on helping a person recover from illness or injury.

4. Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that treats the individual with highly diluted substances with the aim of triggering the body's natural system of healing. I've seen homeopathy work time and time again. However, medicine considers homeopathy an ineffective placebo. So, I would ask the doctor in charge if I could take a placebo to help my healing!

You can put drops or pellets in drinking water. The most effective remedies include Aconite for terror; Gelsemium for mental and physical weakness and fear of losing control; and Arnica for pain, shock, bruising, swelling and bleeding. A homeopath can help define more specific remedies suitable for your condition.

If you don't want to use oral homeopathy, Arnica cream or Traumeel gel or ointment can be applied to the skin several times a day. Arnica is described above and Traumeel contains several important healing remedies: aconitum, arnica, belladonna, bellis, calendula, chamomilla, echinacea, hamamelis, hepar sulphuris calcareum, hypericum, mercurius solubilis, millefolium, symphytum.

Keeping a Hospital Journal
Beyond remedies, keeping a journal is a very practical action you can take to ensure you have a safe hospital stay.

The most important entries into your journal are the names of everyone who comes into your room, be it the janitor, doctor, candy striper, nurse, TV repairman or the food service person. Introduce yourself and ask for their name and write it down. Let me tell you, that simple act will get their attention!

Once you have their name and you address them by name there is something that clicks inside the brain of people in the service industry. (And believe me these people are there to serve you.) Maybe what clicks in is a concern over being held accountable or being sued. Whatever it is, you want them to be accountable and responsible for their actions around you. So, if that's the final outcome you want, start keeping that journal.

You also want to keep a record of everything that goes into your body. If it takes a few seconds for the nurse to read you what your meds are, don't let them rush you. It's their job to take care of you and if they give you the wrong pills, then they are not doing their job. Nurses are supposed to check your name on your hospital armband every time they give you a medication to make sure it's actually for you. So, to encourage that action, hold out your arm to help them remember to do their job.

If you are unconscious or unable to keep a journal, hopefully you will have friends or family watching over you. Then it's their job to keep your journal for you. Believe me, if everyone journaled their hospital stay, hospital care would improve dramatically.


About the author:
Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor and naturopathic doctor. She has been in the forefront of the natural medicine revolution for over 30 years.

Dr. Dean is the author / coauthor of 22 health books (print and eBooks) including The Magnesium Miracle, IBS for Dummies, IBS Cookbook for Dummies, The Yeast Connection and Women's Health, Future Health Now Encyclopedia, Death by Modern Medicine, Everything Alzheimers, and Hormone Balance.

Dr. Dean is Medical Director of the Medical Anti-Aging Clinic and Pharmacy in Dubai Health Care City and Medical Director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association.

Dr. Dean has a free newsletter and a valuable online 2-year wellness program called Future Health Now! and a telephone consulting practice. Find out more at www.drcarolyndean.com

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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Use herbal and homeopathic treatments for tonsillitis

(www.Borganic.org) Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, generally due to a viral or bacterial infection. It is a common childhood illness. Generally, doctors will immediately prescribe antibiotics to treat the condition or recommend that the tonsils get removed to cure recurrent bouts of tonsillitis. Natural remedies provide relief and can build up the immune system to fight off future attacks.

Homeopathic Remedies for Tonsillitis

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole and homeopathic medicines are selected only after a full examination of the patient, taking into account his or her medical history and predisposition to tonsillitis in the case of chronic conditions.

The homeopathic cures listed below are for information purposes only. None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice.

A homeopath may prescribe a formulation comprising of belladonna, Calc. Phos, Hepar sulph, Kali bichromat and Kali muriaticum for cases of acute or chronic tonsillitis.

Lycopodium may be administered for the sore throat and/or chronic enlargement of the tonsils that often come with tonsillitis.

Phytolacca may be administered when the throat feels rough, constricted and hot, with red, swollen tonsils and pain extending to the ears.

Kali muriaticum is useful for acute or chronic tonsillitis, where there is a lot of swelling.

Guaiacum is used at the onset of an attack when the patient may experience a severe headache, chills and aches in the back and limbs.

Hepar sulphur is used by homeopaths for pain and throbbing headaches or for when an abscess may be forming.

Herbal Remedies for Tonsillitis

Echinacea, garlic, myrrh, sage and wild indigo boost the immune system. Limeflowers, chamomile, elderflowers and yarrow are said to reduce fever.

Painful tonsils may be soothed with comfrey, marshmallow and mullein.

To clear catarrh and mucous, an herbalist may recommend raspberry leaves, elderflowers or agrimony.

Gargling with a mixture of lavender and chamomile may reduce fever, headaches and pain.

A mild tea made from elderflowers, peppermint and yarrow leaves can be taken daily until a bout of tonsillitis clears.

Garlic is useful in treating any kind of throat infection, including tonsillitis. An onion and garlic soup are excellent foods to eat during a bout of tonsillitis. Include spices such as ginger, horseradish and mustard seed.

Blackberry root and persimmon are rich in tannins and have traditionally been used as a folk remedy for tonsillitis.

Echinacea enhances immunity and combined with goldenseal, it makes a potent antiseptic, antibiotic and immune stimulant.

Black nightshade is also said to be a healing herb for tonsillitis.

In additional to homeopathic and herbal remedies, try gargling with a saline solution of half a teaspoon of salt to one cup of tepid water to remove mucous and reduce swelling. Suck zinc lozenges as zinc helps the immune system. Bee propolis has anti-viral properties, boosts the immune system and can help in recovering from tonsillitis.

Sources:

http://health.hpathy.com/tonsilliti...
http://www.suite101.com/content/nat...
http://www.mothernature.com/Library...
http://www.herbreference.com/Black_...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

deception of sugar

(www.Borganic.org) Corn sugar? It's high-fructose corn syrup by any other name, and it's dangerous. What sweeteners are safe? What's not? You may be surprised at the latest research.

Last September, manufacturers of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) asked the federal government for permission to sweeten its image with a new name: "corn sugar." Their TV ads say, "Your body can't tell the difference between corn sugar and cane sugar." A popular website, Sweet Scam (http://sweetscam.com/), purports to clear up the confusion, while condemning "activist groups like the Weston A. Price Foundation, Joseph Mercola, and the Naturopathy Movement, which have perpetuated unfounded myths about sweeteners [and] completely ignore the scientific and nutritional evidence to backup [sic] their outlandish claims."

The website was created by the Center for Consumer Freedom, a lobby begun with $600,000 from the Philip Morris tobacco company, and is sponsored by restaurant and food companies like Arby's, Tyson Foods, HMSHost Corp., and Wendy's. So much for impartiality.

High-fructose corn syrup is a corn syrup that has undergone enzymatic processing to convert some of its glucose into fructose to produce a desired level of sweetness. But because of its processing, some brands of HFCS may contain mercury, a known neurotoxin.

Moreover, many studies have indicated that it suppresses the sensation of being full, causing people to eat more of it. Rats fed HFCS developed fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes, while those on a fructose-free diet did not. And when they were given a high-fat diet, they gained more weight than those who had been on a fructose-free diet. Other studies suggest that HFCS directly causes obesity. (Of course, the American Medical Association and the American Dietetic Association side with the Corn Refiners Association in thumbing their nose at the mountain of evidence.) HFCS also causes cardiovascular disease, even in children and adolescents as well.

Fructose is commonly thought of as "fruit sugar," but fruit also contains glucose and fiber, sometimes a great deal of it, not to mention other nutrients. But studies indicate that fructose, processed and stripped of its co-factors, causes metabolic syndrome in animals. The metabolic processes involved in the breakdown of fructose can lead to a buildup of uric acid, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Fructose can raise blood triglyceride levels, which can trigger atherosclerosis, increases fat deposits around the viscera, and decreases insulin sensitivity in overweight people.

As Dr. David G. Williams writes in his Alternatives newsletter,

"Cancer cells thrive on sugars, particularly fructose. It has been demonstrated that cancer cells actually metabolize glucose and fructose differently from other cells. While cancer thrives on both, it uses fructose specifically to proliferate. It's no wonder that cancer has moved quickly up the list of killers in our society since we started adding high-fructose corn syrup to everything from sodas to bread. With such damning and irrefutable research, I still don't understand why it hasn't become standard practice to immediately put cancer patients on fructose-free diets to help disrupt cancer growth."

Agave, which is derived from the agave cactus (which also produces tequila), sounds like an ideal alternative, but some health advocates like Dr. Joseph Mercola have some serious concerns about it , and say its acceptance is the result of deceptive marketing . They say that most of the agave sweeteners you find on supermarket shelves are not natural products and are not organic. What is clear is that it is not low-calorie and does not have a low glycemic index. It is 50% to 90% fructose.

All this has led many people to go back to "good old sugar." But is that wise?

Sugar is an ingredient in 70% of manufactured food , according to The Economist. But sugar and simple carbs (refined grains, high-fructose corn syrup, etc.) may adversely affect blood lipids , according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, increasing your risk for heart disease and stroke through fat accumulation, metabolic syndrome, obesity, premature aging, and type 2 diabetes. Sugar molecules bond with proteins to create AGEs (advanced glycation end-products) -- which can wreak havoc on blood vessels, including those of the heart and kidneys. AGEs appear to be responsible for many of the long-term complications of diabetes.

Dr. David Williams again: "There is no 'maybe' about the connection between sugar and heart disease. I can't put it more plainly: sugar kills." (Alternatives, June 2010)

George Mason University professor of economics Walter E. Williams points to powerful sugar companies whose massive political donations -- millions of dollars to both parties -- ensure that Congress keeps tariffs high on foreign sugar so the US sugar industry can charge higher prices. According to one study, one politically connected sugar-manufacturing family alone earns about $65 million a year from congressional protectionism. The Archer Daniels Midland company makes similarly huge donations, because higher sugar prices benefit ADM, who produces corn syrup (fructose), which is a sugar substitute. When sugar prices are high, sugar users (soda, candy, and food processors) turn to corn syrup as a cheaper substitute sweetener.

What about artificial sweeteners, then? Surely they're better for you than sugar!

Aspartame (Equal and NutraSweet), which is used in more than 6,000 diet products, beverages, and pharmaceuticals, has remained a battleground. Despite FDA officials describing aspartame as "one of the most thoroughly tested and studied food additives the agency has ever approved" and its safety as "clear cut," in March 2006, Environmental Health Perspectives (from the National Institutes of Health) published the first compelling experimental evidence for the carcinogenic effects of aspartame at a dose level within range of human daily intake. A second animal study by the same research team now indicates that the carcinogenic effects of aspartame are magnified when exposure begins during fetal life . One packet of Equal contains 33 mg. of aspartame; one can of Diet Coke (355 ml.) contains 131 mg. of aspartame; and one-half cup of Jello Light contains 40 mg. of aspartame, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association . A 44-pound (20-kg.) child would only have to consume 400 mg., about the equivalent of three Diet Cokes per day, to reach the carcinogenic 20 mg./kg. bodyweight dose.

Jonathan V. Wright, MD (who contributed last week's article on antioxidants ), notes that 10% of aspartame is methanol, which is converted to formaldehyde which, in turn, is converted to formic acid -- which is used to strip epoxy! The other 90% is composed of phenylalanine and aspartic acid. These amino acids are normally harmless, but in isolation they are neurotoxic. He also revealed in the August 2009 issue of his Nutrition and Healing newsletter that aspartame decreases the availability of tryptophan and reduces the brain's level of serotonin. However, it should be noted that Dr. Wright himself uses aspartame -- to get rid of carpenter ants!

Diet Coke contains aspartame. Yet in 1985, as a member of the National Soft Drink Association, Coca-Cola opposed the FDA approval of aspartame for beverages. The company's own objections -- running to several pages in the Congressional Record -- included the assertion that aspartame is uniquely and inherently unstable and breaks down in the can. It decomposes into formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, formic acid, diketopiperazine, and other toxins. In a study on seven monkeys, five had grand mal seizures and one died, a casualty rate of 86%.

Aspartame is another glaring example of crony capitalism at work. The sweetener was discovered in 1965 by the G.D. Searle chemical company. In 1980 an FDA Board of Inquiry comprised of three independent scientists confirmed that aspartame "might induce brain tumors" and banned it. On January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan's inauguration, Searle re-applied to the FDA for approval to use aspartame in food sweetener, and Reagan's new FDA commissioner, Arthur Hayes Hull, Jr., appointed a five-person Scientific Commission to review the Board of Inquiry's decision.

It soon became clear that the panel would uphold the ban by a 3-to-2 decision, but Hull installed a sixth member on the commission, and the vote became deadlocked. He then personally broke the tie in aspartame's favor. Hull later left the FDA under allegations of impropriety, served briefly as Provost at New York Medical College, then took a position with Burston-Marsteller, the chief public relations firm for both Monsanto and G.D. Searle. Searle was purchased by Monsanto in 1985.

Neotame is a version of aspartame made by NutraSweet which is between 7,000 and 13,000 times sweeter than table sugar and 30 to 60 times sweeter than aspartame. It was approved by the FDA in 2002. According to Dr. Mercola , "Judging by the chemicals used in its manufacturing, it appears even more toxic than aspartame, although the proponents of neotame claim that increased toxicity is not a concern, because less of it is needed to achieve the desired effect." It is chemically very similar to aspartame but with the addition of 3-dimethylbutyl, which is listed on the EPA's most hazardous chemical list. While it is not currently in wide use, it is attractive to food manufacturers for two reasons: it would greatly lower the cost of production compared to using sugar or high fructose corn syrup due to the lower quantities needed to achieve the same sweetening; and it is approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked goods, because it is more stable at higher temperatures.

Saccharin (marketed as Sweet'N Lo), which is much sweeter than sucrose but has a bitter or metallic aftertaste in high concentrations, became mired in controversy in 1977, when a study indicated that the substance might contribute to bladder cancer in rats. But in 2000, the chemical was officially removed from the federal government's list of suspected carcinogens once scientists learned that rodents have high pH, high calcium, and high protein levels in their urine, and this combines with saccharine to cause tumors. As this does not happen in humans, there is no elevated bladder cancer risk, so it appears to be one of the safer artificial sweeteners.

However, it still contributes to obesity and even the development of type 2 diabetes, despite its lack of calories.

The reason, as Science News points out, is that there are taste cells in the stomach, intestine and, evidence suggests, the pancreas, colon and esophagus. When the taste sensors in the gut encounter something sweet, they send a "prepare for fuel" message that results in cranked-up insulin levels in the blood . This, in turn, causes sugar cravings, and the cycle keeps repeating.

This means that even no-calorie sweeteners like saccharine can trigger the release of insulin and cause weight gain -- all because of their sweet taste.

Sucralose (Splenda) alters the microflora in the intestine and "exerts numerous adverse effects," according to Duke University study , including an increase in body weight (not quite what a "diet aid" is supposed to do!), and an elevation of liver enzymes, which negatively affects the bioavailability of nutrients. And as our colleagues at ANH-Europe note , sucralose is an organochloride compound. Most of the derivatives of this type of compound are insecticides, herbicides, and pesticides -- not something you'd put in children's lunch boxes. In an article entitled "The Lethal Science of Splenda, a Poisonous Chlorocarbon," Dr. James Bowen warns that "any chlorocarbons not directly excreted from the body intact can cause immense damage to the processes of human metabolism and, eventually, our internal organs. The liver is a detoxification organ which deals with ingested poisons. Chlorocarbons damage the hepatocytes, the liver's metabolic cells, and destroy them."

Is nothing safe?

Bearing in mind what we noted above, that all sweet tastes raise insulin, which causes overeating and sets the stage for type 2 diabetes, there are some alternatives you might consider.

Low-calorie alternatives:

Stevia is a South American herb that is estimated to be some 150 to 400 times sweeter than sugar. Since the mid-1980s, the FDA has labeled stevia as an "unsafe food additive" and has gone to extensive lengths to keep it off the US market -- including initiating a search-and-seizure campaign and full-fledged "import alert" -- despite the fact it has been used by millions of people around the world, in some locales for hundreds of years, with no ill effects.

So adamant has the FDA remained on the subject that even though stevia can now be legally marketed as a dietary supplement under legislation enacted in 1994, any mention of its possible use as a sweetener or tea was strictly prohibited -- that is, until 2007, when Coca-Cola announced plans to obtain approval for their stevia-derived sweetener, Rebiana, for use as a food additive. FDA approved it in 2008. Coca-Cola announced intentions to release stevia-sweetened beverages shortly thereafter.

Sugar alcohols like xylitol and erythritol seem to be safe, though some people find that xylitol has a laxative effect. Xylitol was originally isolated from birch sap. Erythritol occurs naturally in fruits and fermented foods. And Xylitol, used as mouth rinse, prevents cavities very effectively. It is especially good for children, particularly those who have not had their teeth treated with a tooth sealant that contains BPA.

Inulin, which is isolated from Jerusalem artichoke, is available as a powder or as Jerusalem artichoke syrup. Inulin is a long-chain polysaccharide that is mostly too long a sugar to absorb into the blood stream, though too much inulin intake can cause digestive distress in some people.

Higher-calorie alternatives:

Honey (raw, organic) is always the natural sweetener of choice. Look for wild honey because it is lower in free fructose and higher in trace mineral content, especially the richer dark varieties.

Maple syrup is the only sustainably-harvested, large-scale, forest sweetener in the world. Maple is one of the richest source of minerals found in any sweetener. Look for organic maple syrup and maple crystals as an ingredient.

Unsulfured, organic sugarcane molasses is fairly rich in vitamins and minerals and has been purported (like fresh sugar cane) to have "anti-stiffness factors" that break down detrimental calcification.

Coconut palm sugar is now available as a sweetener. It is usually heat-processed, so try to find raw coconut palm sugar

Lo Han Guo is a non-glycemic sweetener made from a type of wild cucumber. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat cough and laryngitis.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Want to have a stroke? Keep drinking diet sodas

(www.Borganic.org) According to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2011 recently held in Los Angeles, drinking diet sodas could dramatically raise your risk of having a vascular event, mainly a stroke.

Specifically, in the large, multi-ethnic Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS) involving 2,564 people, scientists found people who drank diet sodas every day had a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events than those who reported not drinking these artificially sweetened sodas.

NOMAS, a collaboration of research teams at Columbia University in New York and Miami's Miller School of Medicine, was started in 1993 to examine stroke incidence and risk factors in an urban and multi-ethnic population. In all, 3,298 participants over 40 years old (with an average age 69) were enrolled in NOMAS through 2001 and these research subjects are still being followed.

At the beginning of the diet soda study, researchers asked NOMAS participants how many and what kind of sodas they drank. Then, using this data, the scientists grouped the research subjects into seven consumption categories: no soda (less than one soda of any kind per month); moderate regular soda only (between soda per month and six per week); daily regular soda (at least one per day); moderate diet soda only; daily diet soda only; moderate diet soda and sometimes regular soda; and daily diet soda with any regular soda consumption.

During an average follow-up of about a decade, participants had experienced 559 vascular events, including ischemic stroke (caused by a blood clot or blocked vessel) and hemorrhagic stroke (caused by rupture of a weakened blood vessel). The research team factored in the participants' age, sex, race or ethnicity, smoking status, exercise, alcohol consumption and daily caloric intake.

They also took into consideration which people had metabolic syndrome, peripheral vascular disease and heart disease. Taking all of these risk factors into consideration, the increased chance of having a stroke persisted at a rate 48 percent higher for regular diet soda drinkers.

"If our results are confirmed with future studies, then it would suggest that diet soda may not be the optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages for protection against vascular outcomes," said Hannah Gardener, Sc.D., lead author and epidemiologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida, in a statement to the media.

So the take away common sense message might seem to be this: if you want to lower your risk for stroke and you drink a lot of diet colas, it couldn't hurt to drink something else. Right?

Wrong, according to the Calorie Control Council, which has come out swinging with a near hysterical attack on the study.

That's not surprising when you take the time to search and finally locate the tiny fine print at the bottom of the Calorie Control Council's web site and click on the "about us" link. That page explains the group is an international non-profit association set up specifically to hype the interest of the low-calorie food and beverage industry. According to the website, it "represents manufacturers and suppliers of low-calorie and light foods and beverages, including the manufacturers and suppliers of more than two dozen different alternative sweeteners and other low-calorie ingredients."

The Calorie Control Council issued a press release dismissing the diet-sodas-linked-to-stroke research because the findings have not been peer reviewed by any independent scientists and the study has not been published in a scientific journal. This criticism makes little sense because the scientists were not claiming to be presenting a peer-reviewed journal article. As anyone who follows scientific conferences knows, the research was presented at the International Stroke Conference poster sessions.

Poster sessions are where preliminary research is presented in the form of an abstract and discussed. Presenting a study at a poster session does not mean the results will not eventually be published or peer reviewed -- nor does it mean it is bad science.

The Calorie Control Council's press release also pointed out that Dr. Richard Besser, Chief Health and Medical Editor at ABC News, warned the study was ".. bad because of the behavior that it can induce and the fear that people have. I don't think people should change behavior based on this study." In other words, Dr. Besser apparently thinks people changing behavior and trying some other beverage -- like water -- instead of drinking chemically sweetened diet sodas is somehow something to be feared.

And there was another bizarre argument thrown out by the Calorie Control Council in an attempt to discredit the soda and stroke link research. The group pointed out that the American Heart Association (AHA) sponsored the conference where this poster was presented. And on the AHA website is this statement: "Try non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose or saccharin in moderation. Non-nutritive sweeteners may be a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding more calories to your diet. The FDA has determined that non-nutritive sweeteners are safe."

So the supposed "proof" that the diet soda and stroke study is bogus science is an endorsement by the AHA of chemical sweeteners on the AHA website, according to the Calorie Control Council. But this pro non-nutritive sweeteners endorsement, right or wrong, has nothing whatsoever to do with the findings of the new study under discussion.

The Calorie Control Council press release fails, predictably, to acknowledge the mounting number of studies showing a host of potential dangers from diet sodas. For example, as NaturalNews has covered previously, researchers have linked diet sodas to kidney disease (http://www.naturalnews.com/027482_d...) and the development of type 2 diabetes (http://www.naturalnews.com/025644_d...).

For more information:
http://www.naturalnews.com/diet_sod...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

fox news dirty tricks against ron paul no mistake

(www.Borganic.org) Forgive me for being cynical, but Fox News’ claim that airing the wrong CPAC footage and then introducing an interview with Ron Paul on the false premise that he had been booed was merely a “mistake” rings somewhat hollow, especially given the fact that Fox, along with the rest of the establishment media networks, have for years consistently denigrated the Congressman’s presidential aspirations with a myriad of dirty tricks, lies and smear campaigns.

As we highlighted yesterday, in a shocking act of mass public deception, Fox News attempted to skew Ron Paul’s 2011 CPAC straw poll win by representing it with footage from the previous year’s CPAC event, at which Mitt Romney supporters had loudly booed the result and Paul supporters had been absent due to a Campaign for Liberty meeting running late

Fox News host Bill Hemmer framed his interview with Paul by immediately bringing up the boos, despite the fact that the real footage of this year’s CPAC poll result showed Paul’s victory being met with a loud chorus of cheers and applause.

In a statement provided to Mediaite, Fox’s Senior Vice President of News Michael Clemente attempted to defuse the growing controversy over the incident by claiming it was all a harmless broadcasting error.

“We made a mistake with some of the video we aired, and plan on issuing a correction on America’s Newsroom tomorrow morning explaining exactly what happened,” said Clemente.

Really? It is plausible that this was just another “mistake”? How about the myriad of other “mistakes” Fox News makes a habit of committing, mistakes that coincidentally all serve to disparage Congressman Paul’s message of liberty and freedom, along with his chances of becoming president?


“It’s certainly plausible that Fox News merely made a mistake in pulling up the wrong video,” adds Mediaite, noting that the explanation is unlikely to “Satisfy Paul supporters who seem to believe the network tried to disguise how much support the congressman has amongst the GOP base.”

Was it another “mistake” to omit Paul’s name entirely from a Fox News survey last week that asked who would make the best president? Was it a “mistake” that relative nobodies like John Thune and Jon Huntsman were included in the Fox poll and yet Paul was blacklisted entirely despite his CPAC success two years running?

Was it another “mistake” on behalf of Fox News to exclude Paul from a January 6 2008 presidential forum event because they saw the prospect of anti-war opinions being voiced by the most conservative member of the House as a “threat”?

Was it a “mistake” for Fox News to claim that their own May 2007 presidential poll, which Ron Paul won, was unreliable, because online Paul supporters had skewed the result, despite the fact that the survey was conducted via cell phone text messaging and no online votes were taken?

Was it a mere “mistake” for Fox News host Sean Hannity to deride the Texas Congressman’s runaway success in the text messaging poll as nothing more than “Paulites” flood voting, when in reality only one vote per cell phone number was allowed? Hannity’s contention that Ron Paul supporters were “were simply dialing in over and over again” was nothing more than a brazen lie intended to dismiss the Congressman’s widespread popularity. No one at Fox News bothered to correct Hannity and no retraction was issued.

Was it another “mistake” when Fox News started editing Ron Paul’s name out of Associated Press stories they syndicated before the 2008 presidential campaign?

Was it a “mistake” for Fox News to denigrate the fact that Ron Paul received the most campaign donations from members of the U.S. military by attributing it to “libertarian mailing lists”?

Was it a “mistake” when Fox News attempted to smear Ron Paul for having the audacity to appear on the Alex Jones Show and the nerve to merely converse with people who commit the thought crime of not completely trusting the official government version of 9/11?

Was it a “mistake” when Fox News rigged the structure of their entire May 2007 presidential debate and used it as a vehicle for all the other candidates to viciously attack Ron Paul, while Fox’s pre-screened audience rapaciously applauded calls for torture and warmongering?

Was it a mistake when Fox News directors conspired to censor Ron Paul supporters from appearing in camera shots during the Mackinac Republican Conference on September 22, 2007, when they were caught on film stating, “I don’t want these Ron Paul people, but I need shots of audience”?

Was it a “mistake” for Fox News to ignore a story every other news outlet was obliged to report, the record-breaking $4.2 million in campaign donations that Ron Paul achieved in a single day, while instead choosing to obsess about a man in Texas who sat in a bath tub full of snakes?

Were all of the examples contained in the video below showing rampant Fox News and other networks’ bias against Ron Paul simply “mistakes” or something more?

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Are all these examples merely “mistakes” or are they hard evidence of the fact that Fox News, in alliance with every other establishment media news network, has a deeply ingrained bias against Ron Paul’s message and is scared stiff of him ever building enough momentum to have a chance of becoming president?

By Paul Watson at www.Infowars.com

News from www.Borganic.org

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fox news caught | Breaking news

(www.Borganic.org) In a shocking act of mass public deception, Fox News attempted to skew Ron Paul’s 2011 CPAC straw poll win by representing it with footage from the previous year’s CPAC event, at which Mitt Romney supporters had loudly booed the result, another example of the continuing dirty tricks campaign being waged against Paul by the establishment media.

Congressman Paul replicated his 2010 victory over Mitt Romney by defeating the former Governor of Massachusetts for a second consecutive year at the annual CPAC conference.

However, before anchor Bill Hemmer introduced a segment concerning the story, Fox News played a clip of the 2010 announcement of the poll results, during which Mitt Romney supporters had loudly booed Ron Paul’s victory, passing off last year’s footage as representative of this year’s event.

Back in 2009, Fox host Sean Hannity was caught using footage from a heavily attended demonstration to beef the numbers for a Michelle Bachman rally.

Thanks for your help in a well-deserved media blitz to level the playing field against Fox’s deliberate deception. Politics is a dirty business; the GOP establishment slung everything they had at Ron Paul in 2008 and appear poised to do so again for the 2012 primary. Despite leading the GOP pack, Ron Paul has already been left off of major polls meant to establish leading candidates.

Meanwhile, this particular CPAC trick seems to have been exposed; here are a number of related postings from across the Internet:

AOL News: Fox News Caught Running Old CPAC Footage After Ron Paul’s Straw Poll Win?
Death + Taxes Magazine: Fox News Caught Smearing Ron Paul
Mediaite: Fox News: Airing Old CPAC Footage Showing Crowd Booing Ron Paul Was A “Mistake”
Daily Paul: Fox News Lies Exposed: Ron Paul CPAC 2011 Video
Information Liberation: Busted: Fox News Caught Faking CPAC Booing Reaction to Ron Paul Win
Federal Jack: EPIC MEDIA FAIL: Fox News Caught Faking CPAC Ron Paul Reaction Video
Daily News Update: Fox News Caught Lying Again!

RELATED:
PRNEWSWIRE: NIA Declares Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Front-Runner

By Alex Jones Infowars.com

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fluoridation | The scam of the century

(www.Borganic.org) This scam starts as follows: the CDC (Centers For Deceit Control and Procrastination) in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of August 17, 2001/Vol 50/ No. RR-14 entitled "Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries in the United States, says on page 4, 5th paragraph, "that fluoride's predominant effect is after the tooth comes into the mouth and on the surface of the tooth".

The question posed to the CDC, the EPA, and the Public Health officials of "why then do we have to ingest it?" NEVER gets answered.

Then there's the issue of INFORMED CONSENT. Every doctor knows that they can't force any medication on an individual without their informed consent. The doctor has to tell the patient of the benefits and of any side effects of a prescribed medication. This puts the final decision to take or not take the medication in the hands of the patient. In addition, the patient has the right to question any treatment so as to make a better decision.

Fluoridation clearly violates this principle.

One of the arguments presented by those that push this crap is to say that no one is forced to drink the water. Yes, the fluoride comes to the tap but ultimately it's the individual's choice to open the tap and drink the water. Please stop laughing. This is their serious argument.

Another argument is that fluoride is not a drug but rather it is a nutrient. So when the question of since when is the toxic waste by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry or the aluminum or steel industry a nutrient? They usually look at their watches and tell you that they hear their mother calling them and they have to go.

If it is indeed a nutrient why then do the CDC and the ADA (American Dimwit Association), the major pushers of fluoridation in the U.S., say that tooth decay is a "chronic infectious disease" and recommend fluoride to combat this disease? And why does the Fraud and Drug Administration call fluoride an "unapproved" drug? What a classic example of blatant hypocrisy and the anything goes mentality to make money for the pimp.

Earl Baldwin, a member of the British House of Lords and one of the advisory board members for the York Review, the UK sponsored review of fluoridation had this to say: "What physician do you know, who in his or her right mind, would treat someone he does not know and has never met, with a substance that's meant to do change in their bodies, with the advice: 'Take as much, or as little, as you like, but take it for a lifetime because it may help someone's teeth'?"

With fluoridation there is no control over who gets the "medication" or the dosage. What if someone is particularly sensitive to the substance? Tough! What if you're an athlete and drink a gallon of water a day? Tough!

When a person consumes a medication, say aspirin for example, isn't the dose for an infant or a child different that that for an adult? Obviously. With fluoride it's a one-fits-all mentality.

Let's say for a moment that the ingestion of fluoride is a good thing. Who gets more? Your body or your dishes when you wash them, your car when you wash it, your lawn when you water it, or the environment when you flush the toilet? You answer that one and then let me know if mandated fluoridation is a good thing or a bad thing.

Should you raise the issue of reduced tooth decay it has already be proven and documented that those living in unfluoridated communities have virtually the same rates of tooth decay as those living in fluoridated communities. But, there is one profound difference: those living in fluoridated communities have a much, much greater risk of dental fluorosis, which is symptomatic of the discoloration and eventual mottling of the teeth leading to a lifetime of cosmetic veneers or living with the disfiguration.

As if ruining your teeth isn't enough there has been credible documentation showing other debilitating effects. Dr. Phyllis Mullenix proved that fluoride had an adverse effect on the brain. As a result she was told that her work "was no longer relevant to dentistry" and fired. Peer-reviewed studies showing adverse effects on the thyroid gland were ignored as were studies linking fluoride to damage of the pineal gland. The pineal gland is located between the two hemispheres of the brain and is responsible for the synthesis and secretion of melatonin. Melatonin affects jet lag, sleep patterns and aging and by the time old age hits, the accumulation of fluoride in the pineal gland is in very high concentrations.

But wait, there's more. There is also a profound connection between fluoride and bone damage. With symptoms almost identical to arthritis beginning with aching bones and joints. But the best cover-up had to come out of Harvard University. Elise Bassin, as part of her 2001 doctoral thesis for her dental degree, found a connection between fluoride and bone cancer in adolescent boys. When she submitted her finding to Dr. Chester Douglas, the head of Harvard's Dental School, he omitted that finding when releasing her thesis. Why would he do this? Maybe the fact that he was on the payroll of the Colgate-Palmolive Company had something to do with it. Somehow, years later, Bassin's finding were found and released causing Harvard to do a complete investigation on Dr. Douglas. During the investigation Dr. Douglas made a $2 million donation to Harvard and was eventually exonerated.

One other finding was an adverse effect on the kidneys. It was found that fluoride can damage the kidneys at high levels and that someone with poor kidney function would have limitations clearing fluoride from the body making that person especially vulnerable to fluoride's other toxic effects.

With all this adversity is there any group, organization or government agency accepting any responsibility? No, No, No! One would think that of the entities heavily involved in fluoridation someone would take charge or accept liability. The American Dental Association does not. The CDC does not. The EPA does not. The FDA does not. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does not. The National Sanitation Foundation does not. Yet, all these government agencies pass the buck to the National Sanitation Foundation who in turn accepts no liability for the safe levels or the safety of the chemicals it recommends. Pimps, hookers and tricks!

So what started out as an experimental program in 1945, without any health studies done whatsoever, turned out to be a "cash cow" for industries that previously had to dispose of this toxic waste to the tune of millions of dollars a year.

There is a book out there entitled, Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle. The Precautionary Principle means that if there is uncertainty, yet credible scientific evidence or concern of threats to health, precautionary measures should be taken.

Applying the Precautionary Principle to fluoridation the following questions and answers arise:

1. Is the risk of harm plausible? Yes.
2. Is the evidence of harm supported by a number of peer-reviewed published studies? Yes.
3. Is the potential harm serious? Yes.
4. Are the effects reversible? Many are not.
5. Is the public being fully informed of the potential health risks? No.
6. Does the proposed intervention achieve the desired benefit? No.
7. How significant are the consequences if the practice is halted? Not very.
8. Are there alternatives? Yes.

Joel Tickner and Melissa Coffin, two scientists that examined the water fluoridation controversy in the context of The Precautionary Principle, raised the following questions in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice.

*Whether there are other ways of delivering fluoride besides the water supply.
*Whether fluoride needs to be swallowed to prevent tooth decay.
*Whether tooth decay has dropped at the same rate in countries with and without water fluoridation.
*Whether people are now receiving fluoride from many other sources besides the water supply.
*Whether studies indicate fluoride's potential to cause a range of adverse systemic health effects.
*Whether, since fluoridation affects so many people, one might accept a lower level of proof before taking preventative actions.

It should be noted that even if you are not living in a fluoridated community you are ingesting fluoride. When you eat foods and drink beverages that are not produced in your community you are likely ingesting substances that were produced with fluoridated water.

Despite the recommended ingestion of fluoride at 1.2 ppm, the reality is that people are ingesting fluoride at at least 8 ppm.

To solve the issue of tooth decay the proponents of fluoridation say more fluoride is necessary. The opponents of fluoridation say that more education is necessary. Education is needed about better diets, better dental habits and the dangers of sugar in relation to the teeth.

People with open minds need to get involved. Letters to Editors need to be written. City and state politicians need to be inundated with requests to discontinue the practice of water fluoridation. Pressure of non-reelection needs to be thrust upon them if they do not introduce bills to discontinue the practice.

Remember there are more tricks than pimps and hookers and we need to solidify to end this health damaging practice. The life you save and the health you restore may be your own.

Aloha!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Fluoride depletes iodine in the body, causing hypothyroidism and immune deficiency

(www.Borganic.org) Fluoride is getting a lot of bad press these days, and for good reason: it is a toxic molecule that wreaks extensive, often irreversible, havoc on the body. The thyroid is particularly affected by fluoride exposure because its store of iodine is depleted. Iodine deficiency depresses the thyroid's metabolic and immune functions, resulting in hypothyroidism and lowered immunity.

Fluoride and iodine are both halogens. Fluoride, the negative ion of the element fluorine, easily displaces iodine in the body because it is much lighter and therefore more reactive. In fact, the activity of any one of the halogens (Iodine 126.70, Bromine 79.90, Chlorine 35.45, Fluorine 18.99 are the most common) is inversely proportional to its atomic weight. In other words, one halogen can displace another one of a higher atomic weight but cannot displace one of lower weight.

Lack of iodine shuts down production of thyroxine, the thyroid prohormone that controls metabolism, and, in one way or another, impacts every aspect of health. The resulting hypothyroidism causes weight gain, cold intolerance, dry and prematurely aged skin, depression, constipation, hair loss, memory loss, irritability, increased cholesterol levels, heart disease and loss of libido.

But the action of iodine in the thyroid is not limited to metabolism; it also has an important immune function. Blood circulates through the thyroid once every 17 minutes in what has been called the '17 minute passage'. Secretion of iodine, a potent germ killer, into the blood stream as it is passing through the thyroid weakens invading organisms, allowing them to be more easily eradicated. If the thyroid is deficient in iodine, this critical step in immunity will be reduced or eliminated.

Unlike iodine, which the body cannot store long-term, fluoride is a problematic and persistent toxin. Its effects are systemic and only about half of what is ingested can be excreted; the rest is stored in bones and tissues, blocking access to other elements, like iodine.

Fluoride exposure can come from multiple obvious and not-so-obvious sources. In addition to dental hygiene products and drinking water, many breakfast cereals, juices from concentrate, soda and other processed foods contain alarming levels. Fluoride-containing pesticide use means that the environment is being flooded with fluoride by conventional agriculture (http://www.fluoridealert.org/f-pest...). Also, many antidepressants contain large amounts of fluoride and are widely prescribed, often for a lifetime of use.

Conventional medicine's response to hypothyroidism typically ignores causes and prescribes synthetic thyroxine hormone in an attempt to balance out the health equation with another unnatural substance; this is nothing new. But hypothyroidism is a national epidemic, affecting roughly 10% of the female population in the US and in no way sparing men. It has created a stable, ever-expanding market for these cash cow thyroid drugs (the leading thyroid drug was number 7 on JAMA's list of 'most commonly prescribed' in 2006; one year later it was number 4).

One might assume then that fluoride's role in depressing thyroid function is a new discovery, that government fluoride programs simply lack this vital information. Yet research has been taking place since the 1930s, when fluoride was used to treat individuals with overactive thyroid. The relationship is well established, and old.

Which leads inevitably to a difficult question: How could government allow fluoride addition to drinking water, approve fluoride-containing drugs and pesticides, and fail to test for fluoride content in food when there is a known connection with serious thyroid complications?

Perhaps the cash value of the fact that millions of Americans take thyroid drugs, and most likely will take them the rest of their lives, can suggest an unbiased, honest answer.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.naturalnews.com/026853_t...
http://www.livestrong.com/article/1...
http://www.fluoridealert.org/50-rea...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Try homemade shampoos and rinses for greasy hair

(www.Borganic.org) Greasy, oily hair may be caused by excess sebum production or other factors such as hormonal imbalances or environmental toxins. Too much oil makes hair look dull, lanky and heavy. The right amount of oil, however, will make hair look shiny and glossy. The harsh, detergent type shampoos, so readily available in stores, may dry the scalp temporarily but may actually stimulate the scalp to produce more oil. Blending essential oils and natural shampoo combats oily hair, and these shampoos are inexpensive to make.

Home-Made Mint and Sage Shampoo for Greasy Hair

Try this recipe for greasy hair, which will make hair feel fresh and clean:

Pour half a cup of boiled water into a bowl.
Mix in a tablespoon of rosemary and 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped mint.
Add a quarter of a cup of natural shampoo and stir into the mix.
Allow to steep for at least half an hour before straining into a clean glass bottle or jar.

Although using fresh herbs is always preferable, dried herbs such as peppermint, spearmint, parsley, yarrow and/or sage may also be used.

Rosemary vinegar rinse

Rosemary vinegar will not only cut grease, but will also make hair glossy and shiny. Rosemary is an herb that is especially good for dark hair.

2 tablespoons rosemary
1 liter cider vinegar

Leave the rosemary to steep in the vinegar for two weeks. Shake occasionally. Strain into a glass jar or bottle. Use a quarter of a cup in final rinsing water after washing hair.

A cup of rosemary tea taken each day is said to counter hair loss.

Aloe vera and lemon juice for greasy hair

Aloe vera has healing and anti-inflammatory conditions and is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including scalp conditions. Add a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to a quarter cup of regular natural shampoo. Massage into the scalp and leave for 5 minutes before rinsing.

Essential oils for greasy hair

Essential oils made from astringent herbs, such as lemon balm, thyme, parsley, spearmint, burdock, tea tree, ylang-ylang and lavender, are among the best oils for greasy hair. Avoid buying adulterated essential oils.

Use combinations of essential oils to make your own personal blend, or use just one essential oil if preferred.

Some good combinations for oily hair include:

10 drops of lemongrass oil and 10 drops of lemon essential oil

10 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops rosemary and 5 drops sage

15 drops of spearmint and 5 drops peppermint

6 drops each of cypress, cedarwood and ylang-ylang essential oil

Add no more than 20 drops of essential oil to half a cup of chemical free, natural shampoo or liquid castile soap. Dilute with a cup of pure water and decant into a glass bottle.

Sources:

Green, Mindy, and Kathi Keville. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art. 2 ed. Freedom, California: Crossing Press, 2008. Print.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Global Food Crisis - USDA funds Domino's Pizza while riots break out worldwide

(www.Borganic.org) Experts worldwide are voicing concerns over the very real possibility of a global food crisis that is slowly descending upon the citizens of the world. With many aspects of a food crisis already in full swing, the economic bi-product, "increased cost of living," has begun catching up with the world economy. Pricing of commodities such as butter, cheese, meat, sugar, and others are soaring to new heights and shattering previous records. Despite the starving families who cannot afford basic food items, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently decided to funnel 12 million dollars into the popular pizza chain Domino's Pizza to promote their new extra-cheese pizza. Due to the increased monetary strain on the citizens of the world to purchase these commodities, violent protests and riots have broken out around the world, leading analysts to believe that a global food pandemic may be sooner than previously thought.

Data produced and released by the Food and Agricultural Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) has given the world a look into the drastic price increase of food commodities over the past 10 years. The food index count, which is an overall score reflecting the total price of the top 6 food commodities, rose to 215 in December of 2010 - up from 90 in the year 2000. Sugar spearheaded the spike, hitting only 2 points away from the 400 mark in December of 2010. In response to the outlandish price changes, violent protests and food riots have sprung up in parts of Asia and the Middle East.

Among the food riots and escalating food prices that make up the recent state of food chaos, the USDA has decided to fund Domino's new marketing campaign in a little-known bailout that received almost no mainstream attention. The 12 million dollar bailout is centered around promoting Domino's new pizza that is made with 40% more cheese. Instead of formulating a program which could potentially yield more crops for the starving families worldwide, the USDA has decided that pouring millions of dollars into a pizza chain is a more important venture. The USDA's financial support of Domino's Pizza will undoubtedly lead to more customers, who will consume the cheese-loaded and additive-filled pizza and will surely contribute to the United States' obesity epidemic. While the pizza seems to be healthy for Domino's' sales, consumers are eating away their health with every slice.

With surging food prices and worldwide riots, what will be the end result of this food crisis? Experts speculate that the riots similar to those in the Middle East and South Asia could soon be seen in North America. "We are entering a danger territory," Abdolreza Abbassian, chief economist at the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), says. Experts believe that the short-lived food riots that took place in Haiti, Kenya, and Somalia in 2008 could be a new reality for North America in the upcoming months. As oil prices climb to new highs, and prices of commodities are escalated across the board, citizens of the world are forced to carry the debt.

Despite the looming threat of a global food catastrophe, it is very possible to sustain yourself in the event that this occurs. Growing your own organic produce and purchasing storable food are great ways to ensure that you have a steady food supply amid uncertain economic times. The s510 Food Safety Bill, of course, threatens this right, though a concerned and audacious public has the power to counter the implementation of the bill. In the face of uncertain times, living off the grid is essential. Gloomy economic times may act as a reminder that it is of extreme importance to be self-sustainable.

Sources:
http://www.fao.org/worldfoodsituati...
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Friday, February 4, 2011

Popular infant juices loaded with toxic fluoride

(www.Borganic.org) A study to be presented at the March 17, 2011, annual meeting of the International Association for Dental Research in San Diego reveals that infant fruit juices of all types contain toxic fluoride, and many contain levels that far exceed federal guidelines. Infants and children that drink such juices are also exposed to high levels of fluoride in drinking water, food products, toothpaste, and various other sources, which is triggering dental fluorosis, hormone disruption, thyroid problems, brain degradation, and other illnesses. Consequently, many experts are urging an immediate end to artificial fluoridation.

Researchers tested ninety different samples of infant juice from three manufacturers and found that all contained fluoride levels ranging from 0.11 to 1.81 parts per million (ppm). When combined with exposure from all the other sources, young children are ingesting untold levels of fluoride on a regular basis.

"Water fluoride, along with fluoride-containing pesticide residues, is contaminating the food supply and harming our children," says attorney Paul Beeber, president of the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. "Clearly, artificial fluoridation must stop completely. Fluoride is neither a nutrient nor required for healthy teeth. Studies show fluoride ingestion doesn't reduce tooth decay."

In fact, recent studies have shown that fluoride is responsible for causing, tooth decay, as well as brain damage. A recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that fluoride destroys brain tissue and lowers IQ levels in children, even when administered at or below recommended levels (http://www.naturalnews.com/030819_f...).

Another study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that fluoride destroys teeth, particularly those of young children and babies that consume it. Yes, the toxic byproduct of the aluminum and phosphate mining industries that has been touted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the greatest dental health achievement in history is actually responsible for destroying them.

The good news is that the recent announcement to lower fluoride levels in water supplies has spurred many cities and municipalities to consider stopping fluoridation altogether. A New York City councilman, for instance, recently put forth legislation to end water fluoridation in the nation's largest city. If successful, the move will send a shock wave throughout the U.S. that could end the practice in many other places as well.

To support efforts to end artificial water fluoridation, visit the Fluoride Action Network at:
http://www.fluorideaction.net

Sources for this story include:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cinnamon promotes weight and blood sugar control

(www.Borganic.org) Studies have shown that cinnamon, the common kitchen spice frequently sprinkled on breakfast oatmeal and included in sweet potato pie, lowers blood glucose levels. Along with the benefits that it brings to this area, additional testing and folklore say that cinnamon also has fat-burning properties that will aid in weight loss. Cinnamon use dates back to ancient history and is well respected across cultures.

Published in 2003 in the journal Diabetes Care, a study concluded that in people with Type 2 diabetes, consuming daily low levels of cinnamon that is between 1 to 6 grams (or approximately 1 to 2 teaspoons) reduced blood sugar levels. How cinnamon effects this result is still to be determined but the study also showed that the results lasted in the individuals even as long as twenty days after ceasing to use cinnamon. In 2009, a Scandinavian study showed that in healthy individuals 3 grams of cinnamon per day lowered blood sugar levels after eating a meal. Higher insulin levels lead to less use of excess blood sugar (and sugar is stored in the body as fat), so a reduction in insulin after a meal is significant. If cinnamon can help control the level of blood sugar and, by offshoot, fat levels, then that is corroboration of what some have said regarding its weight loss potential.

Regarded as even more precious than gold in the Middle Ages, cinnamon was so highly prized that the Dutch-Portuguese war of the 17th century was fought in part to control the nation of Ceylon, now the country of Sri Lanka, for its abundant and sweet variety that grew there. Ceylon cinnamon or "real cinnamon" still carries its ancient name today. Cassia cinnamon is another main variety and it is often called "bastard cinnamon." It is not as highly prized but it is certainly more commonly used and easier to obtain than "real cinnamon," which is more expensive. Ceylon and cassia are both ancient. Cassia is mentioned in the Bible to Moses in a command of ingredients to mix for anointing oil. The Egyptians used cinnamon in the embalming process and as a food flavoring.

Cinnamon grows in many varieties all with varying flavors of sweetness and boldness. It has been used for its antiseptic properties to cure athlete's foot, has been inhaled to improve memory, and has been used as a tea to soothe stomach ailments and indigestion. It should be noted that cinnamon also creates excess heat when it is ingested. The body will then counter this heat by creating heat of its own to balance homeostasis in a process called thermogenics. During this process fat is burned.

One of the most pleasant spices to use, cinnamon can enhance of a variety of foods: teas, pies, cakes, ice creams, soups, dumplings. It can even be used to cure raw meats. Important to note, you can inhale your cinnamon choice to test it. A pungent and sweet aroma will indicate its freshness. However, if the flavor is not somewhat bitter or if it is very easy on the tongue, throw it out because this means it is weak and will not yield desired weight-regulation results. Mixing cinnamon with other foods is what helps to bring out its aroma, so freshness is important in preventing the spice from being overpowered by other ingredients.

Overuse of cinnamon has not, so far, shown any lasting harmful effects. However, contraindication advice from a physician is necessary for those already on a diabetic or cholesterol medication protocol. Otherwise, cinnamon has tested to be a viable alternative weight loss aid and aid in blood sugar control.

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http://cinnamonweightloss.com/

http://www.thyroid-info.com/article...

http://www.ajcn.org/content/89/3/81...

http://cassiacinnamon.com/History_O...

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