Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The typical cost of bottled water per gallon is around $3.79, while a typical cost of tap water is $0.002/gallon. Of course tap water is not a viable alternative to bottled water when it comes to improving one's health, but why is bottled water so much more expensive when it is oftentimes just as contaminated? For a 1900% markup over tap water, it would be expected that the bottled water would be of much higher quality, and at least reasonably free of health-crushing contaminants. According to an extensive study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) , 9/10 of the best selling water brands fail to even identify the methods in which their products are filtered or purified. In fact, the companies fail to answer 3 important questions when it comes to the quality of their water: Where does the water come from; is it purified; and have any tests found any contaminants in the water?
Further research has attempted to answer these questions through independent studies, despite the lack of answers coming from the bottled water companies. Astoundingly, after reviewing the research, the Environmental Working Group recommends filtered tap water over any bottled water. The premium price tag on bottled water quite often means almost nothing. The study found that almost 50% of bottled water is municipal tap water. Other bottled water was found to be less regulated than tap water in terms of contaminants, and oftentimes more polluted with toxins than regular tap water. Another factor, aside from the shady lack of information coming from the industry regarding bottled water, is the presence of bisphenol A in plastic bottled water.
Bisphenol A is a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to a number of nasty health conditions including cancer, obesity, and the development of feminine traits in males. Canada has even labeled bisphenol A as a toxic chemical after two years of debate and research on the subject. Found in nearly 91% of all Canadians at the time of the ban, bisphenol A is present in the majority of water bottles. Experts may argue that the presence of bisphenol A alone would make drinking any bottled water an immediate threat to your health, leaving the debate in the dust. Since bottled water and tap water are both so destructive to one's health, what is the best kind of water to drink?
Filtered water is the best option both economically and in terms of health. While the initial cost of a high quality water filter may exceed the price of a month's supply of bottled water, you are saving both your body and your wallet in the long run. With high quality filters, only purchasing replacement cartridges will be necessary after the initial purchase, which are oftentimes fairly cheap. It is important to note that when filtering tap water, reverse osmosis is a preferred method in removing toxic substances such as fluoride and heavy metals. With a reverse osmosis filter, however, comes another problem. Reverse osmosis filters remove everything from the water, even natural minerals and nutrients. The water, once consumed, will be looking to leech back these minerals from your body to maintain its state. Adding certain minerals to the water, or even apple cider vinegar, is effective in restoring the natural nutrients back into the water. A mineral filter may also be an option in restoring water stability. No matter what the choice, stay away from bisphenol a-laced bottled water, and especially toxic tap water.
Monday, May 30, 2011
The CDC and the vaccine industry are fronting a similar bit of contradictory logic. “Our vaccines work so well that they offer almost total immunity from the flu,” they claim. And yet somehow they also work so poorly that they “wear off” after a year and require you to be re-vaccinated annually.
This is The Great Big Lie of the vaccine industry: The lie that says you have be re-vaccinated each and every year, often with the exact same strains you were vaccinated with the previous year. The coming winter flu vaccines for 2011, for example, are being manufactured with the same strains as the 2010 flu vaccines.
But if vaccines work so amazingly well as the CDC and the vaccine industry (fraudulently) suggests, then why do you need the same shot year after year?
Well, according to the CDC, “Vaccines wear off.”
Vaccines wear off, they say
Yep, that’s their cover story. The vaccines “wear off.”
But hold on a minute. There’s something fishy about this. Because human antibodies normally last a lifetime, remember? That’s why you don’t get the chicken pox over and over again; because the first time you got the chicken pox as a kid, your body created chicken pox antibodies and those antibodies last a lifetime.
Thus, your immune system offers you lifetime immunity from the chicken pox.
The vaccine industry false tries to claim its vaccines work exactly the same way: They cause the body to produce antibodies against a certain viral strain. But there’s something you’re not being told about vaccines: They don’t really produce the same quality and strength of antibodies that your own body would produce from a natural infection and recovery. That’s why the vaccines “wear off” and leave you with zero protection from the very strains they inoculate you against.
In other words, vaccines don’t work as advertised. And that’s why the vaccine industry has to keep pushing the same vaccine strains year after year. Because, think about it: If vaccines actually worked as intended, they would give you lifetime immunity against whatever strains you were injected with, right? And yet the CDC now openly admits vaccines don’t offer that at all:
“This year’s flu shot will be a duplicate of last year’s because the same flu strains are still circulating,” reports the Associated Press in an article about the CDC. “Government health officials are urging nearly everyone to get this fall’s flu shot. They say a vaccine’s protection can fade significantly after several months.” (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110527…)
Vaccine protection fades after a few months? Well then, vaccines must not actually cause the body to react with producing its own antibodies, because those antibodies, we’re told, offer lifetime immunity.
Another way you can confirm this yourself is by remembering your history. Remember when the Europeans came to America centuries ago and killed off masses of American Indians by accidentally giving them smallpox? Well, if the Indians died of smallpox, why didn’t the Europeans die of smallpox? (There were no vaccines in the 1600′s and 1700′s.) The answer is because the Europeans had already been exposed and built up lifetime immunity to the disease.
Thus, the reason the European invaders of North America did not die from smallpox wasn’t because they were vaccinated; it was because they had already been exposed to the disease and had built up active immunity against it (by producing their own antibodies which last a lifetime). Thus, the Europeans could be exposed to smallpox over and over again with no symptoms of infection. They were effectively “immune” to smallpox, in exactly the same way a human being living today becomes immune to a winter flu strain by first being exposed to the full strength strain (in the wild) and then building up their own antibodies in an automatic adaptive response.
The flu vaccine manufacturing machine is on high output
“Five vaccine manufacturers announced plans to make between 166 million and 173 million doses for the coming season,” says the same article mentioned above. That’s the highest vaccine manufacturing output for the USA in the history of vaccines.
With all these 170 million (or so) vaccines sitting around by the time the winter rolls around, the CDC is obviously going to have to kick its propaganda and fear mongering into high gear to convince people to buy all these vaccines. This is going to be doubly difficult considering the inconvenient fact that all the people who got vaccinated last year already received vaccines against these same viral strains!
So, in other words, the CDC must now convince 170 million people that last year’s vaccine was such a complete failure that they need the exact same vaccines this year — and somehow this year’s vaccine will work better even though it’s exactly the same as last year’s vaccine. How will they accomplish this?
It’s simple: They won’t talk much about the fact that this year’s flu vaccine is identical to last year’s flu vaccine. They’ll just repeat their blatant lies about vaccines offering near-100 percent protection against the flu — an insinuation so blatantly false that the FTC should actually charge the vaccine manufacturers with false advertising.
And the great unknowing masses will, of course, line up to be injected yet again with the same cocktail of viral strains and vaccine preservatives that didn’t work for them last year! Because the hilarious truth about flu vaccines is that most of the people who get sick from the flu each year are the same people who were vaccinated against the flu!
Yep, it’s the devastating secret of the vaccine industry: Most of the flu victims each year are precisely the same people who took the flu shots. And now you know why that is so — because the flu vaccine shots simply don’t work. Even if you do believe they work at first, even the CDC openly admits — on the record — that “flu vaccines stop working after several months.”
They fade out like a set of old batteries, in other words. And that right there is proof that flu vaccines don’t produce a true antibody response.
The great vaccine marketing con: Annual vaccine shots
The CDC is now engaged in the marketing of annual vaccination of the entire population. That’s the game, you see: Convince people they need an annual flu shot just to stay healthy. It’s a complete marketing con, of course, but it’s necessary to keep the flu vaccine profit machine humming along each winter.
In doing this, the CDC is now running a criminal marketing racket to falsely push vaccines as the solution even though flu vaccines simply don’t work. For every 100 people vaccinated against the winter flu, by the way, 99 of them will experience no difference whatsoever in their flu outcomes. Even using the industry’s own best evidence, flu vaccines are no more than one percent effective at actually preventing the flu (http://www.naturalnews.com/029641_v…) — and that’s only during the first few months before they “fade out.”
One of the CDC’s own vaccine scientists — a man who received millions of dollars in grant money from the CDC — was recently indicted by a federal grand jury for money laundering and fraud (http://www.naturalnews.com/032216_T…). Check out the NaturalNews diagram called Poul Thorsen’s Alleged Web of Fraud to see the complete web of deceit under which the key players of the vaccine fraud industry operate: http://www.naturalnews.com/files/We…
The truth is that the CDC abandoned real science long ago and is now engaged almost entirely in infectious disease fear mongering and the wholesale prostitution of itself to the vaccine industry. The CDC has become to the vaccine industry what infomercial guru Tony Little is to exercise equipment. This is an agency that now functions as little more than the marketing branch of the vaccine giants.
As part of that total prostitution of itself to the vaccine makers, last year the CDC even announced that virtually everyone should get annual flu vaccine shots, including pregnant women!
You can immunize yourself against the winter flu
But here’s the other dirty little secret the CDC absolutely does not want you to know: If you skip the vaccine, boost your vitamin D intake, and encounter the flu naturally, you will build your own lifetime antibodies against the infection.
Got that? So the best way to immunize yourself against a particular strain of the winter flu is to dose up on vitamin D, boost your nutritional intake, get healthy and then just go out into the world and stop worrying about exposing yourself to the flu. You’ll pick it up somewhere, and if your immune system is functioning well with high levels of vitamin D (that’s the vitamin that “activates” your immune response to flu infections), your body will build its own antibodies, and you won’t even know it! You will have what’s called a “symptomless infection” and won’t even know your body successfully fought off the viral invader.
Better yet, because you were exposed to the real viral strain in the wild (and not some weakened strain in a flu vaccine shot), your body will maintain lifetime immunity to that viral strain. And isn’t that the goal of immunization in the first place?
Immunizing yourself, you see, works far better than relying on the vaccine industry to immunize you through some artificial means (an injection). Their immunization, it turns out, simply doesn’t work reliably. And that’s why the sad sellouts and prostitutes of the vaccine industry have to keep pushing their same lame flu shots year after year, with no improvements and virtually zero effectiveness.
And the same ignorant consumers line up year after year to get the same failed flu shots year after year… then they wonder why they still get sick year after year.
Do the math, folks. This is not rocket science. If flu shots worked as well as your own immune response to a natural infection, then you would only need one shot in your entire life for any given viral flu strain. But that, of course, would be bad for vaccine profits. They need suckers to believe in annual flu shots so they can keep raking in the big bucks year after year.
By Mike Adams
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Electric blankets have been linked to childhood leukaemia and miscarriages because of the fact that electromagnetic fields created by them are able to penetrate up to 7 inches into the body. People who are exposed to fluorescent light at home or in the workplace can experience feelings of reduced alertness which in turn can lead to feeling more tired than usual. This is because the electromagnetic fields which are emitted from these lights cause red blood cells to clump together.
Clock radios which are electric emit relatively high electromagnetic fields, so these should ideally not be placed at or near your bedside. Other electrical items which emit low levels of electromagnetic fields are hairdryers, washing machines, refrigerators, electric shavers and vacuum cleaners. Basically, anything which requires electricity to work will emit a level of electromagnetic field around it.
X-rays and so-called diagnostic scans expose people to unnecessarily high levels of electromagnetic fields and radiation. A study undertaken by Dr Nancy Wertheimer showed that children who live close to overhead power lines are 3 times more likely to develop cancer and leukaemia. A safe distance to live from overhead power lines and neighbourhood transformers is estimated to be a minimum of around 1000 feet away. Another source of high levels of electromagnetic fields is incorrect house or office wiring. An inspection carried out by a qualified electrician will be able to determine this.
Other conditions which may be caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields are fatigue, severe headaches, brain cancer and tumours, nervous system damage, fluctuations in blood pressure, tinnitus, sleeplessness, asthma, allergies, arthritis, memory and concentration problems, nausea, weakened immune systems, epilepsy, Alzheimer`s, strokes, heart attacks, severe cases of exhaustion, birth defects and even miscarriages. Children are especially sensitive and susceptible to exposure and side-effects caused by electromagnetic fields.
There are safety measures that one can take to help reduce your exposure to electromagnetic fields. These include unplugging and turning off all electrical appliances when they are not being used, avoiding prolonged exposure to computers and TVs, keeping all electrical appliances at least 6 feet away from your bed, not keeping your cell phone close to your bed at night (even if it is used as an alarm clock) and using electrical appliances for as brief periods as possible. Keeping plants indoors can also be beneficial; they are able to absorb some of the radiation and electromagnetic fields present in the home while producing the negative ions which are necessary for our bodies.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Dr. Jingmei Li and her colleagues from KI evaluated 6,000 women, some of whom drank no coffee, and others who drank five cups or more. After adjusting for outside factors like age at menopause, weight, family history of breast cancer, and others that affect results, the research team observed that women who drank the most coffee were least likely to develop some of the most serious forms of breast cancer.
On the other hand, coffee consumption played no role in reducing the risk of ER-positive cancers, indicating that something unique to the ER-negative varieties is sensitive to coffee. ER-negative breast cancers are typically the most difficult to treat with conventional medicine, as many breast cancer drugs have no effect on them.
"A high daily intake of coffee was found to be associated with a significant decrease in ER-negative breast cancer among postmenopausal women," wrote the team in their report. "We believe that this may have something to do with the way the coffee was prepared, or the type of bean preferred."
Previous research has shown that drinking coffee may also help to reduce the risk of developing liver fibrosis, hepatitis, type-2 diabetes, prostate cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease (http://www.naturalnews.com/028033_c...).
However, drinking too much coffee can lead to dehydration, hypertension, and even mineral leeching from the bones (http://www.naturalnews.com/000677.html). The high acidity of coffee can also upset proper digestive function, leading to various other health problems.
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Friday, May 27, 2011
TEPCO officials claim that the company has never hidden any of this information from the public, but that recent data analysis has confirmed what many scientists and experts had correctly predicted weeks ago based on observation of the situation. And rightfully so, many remain critical of TEPCO's drastic underestimation of the true condition of the plant, and say the company's unrealistic optimism since the disaster first occurred has been wholly misleading, and not at all based in reality.
The entire faulty approach taken by TEPCO throughout this unfolding mega-disaster can be compared to the following scenario:
A major vehicle accident has caused the engine of a semi-truck carrying a large fuel tank to catch fire and explode, which has obviously destroyed the truck's internal computer monitoring system and rendered it non-operational. The large fuel tank on the back of the truck has not yet caught fire, but instead of making a logical assessment based on simple observation that the situation is very serious, and that the fuel tank could soon catch fire, emergency responders (TEPCO) instead say that, because there is no way to run a computer analysis of the truck's engine, there is no way to know for sure to know exactly what is going on. So they instead pour water all over the engine and allege that everything is just fine, instead of making the logical decision to unhinge the truck from the fuel tank and fix the situation as quickly as possible. In the end, more explosions take place, and eventually the disaster escalates into a much worse one.
The only difference between this truck scenario and Fukushima is the fact that large explosions already took place very early on, which should have been an obvious indicator that things were out of control at the plant. But TEPCO officials, with the apparent approval of the Japanese government, minimized the severity of the situation since nothing could be confirmed with concrete data, despite the fact that nuclear experts everywhere observed the "symptoms" of the disaster, and had come to logical conclusions early on that meltdowns were likely taking place.
So instead of doing what most people would consider to be the right thing, and admitting that the plant was most likely beyond containment -- and that entombing it as quickly as possible in order to avoid the continuous spewing of radioactive particles into the environment was the best option to take -- TEPCO has instead been playing around with ocean water (http://www.naturalnews.com/031978_r...) and ridiculous polyester tents (http://www.naturalnews.com/032400_F...), all while radioactive materials continue to leak into the atmosphere, groundwater, and oceans. Clearly, things are amiss in the way the entire thing is being handled by those who are expected to be most privy to the nature of nuclear technology and how it behaves under current conditions.
The most recent reports available explain that a shocking 94 percent of the fuel in Reactor 3 may have melted into containment water just three days after the May 11 disaster (http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/R...). Reactor 3, of course, contains the deadly, plutonium-based MOX fuel that is actually capable of "breeding" itself and regenerating beyond its original mass. And at this point in time, Reactors 1, 2, and 3 have all likely had their entire fuel rods completely melt, creating holes in the containment vessels that are leaking and spreading unknown levels of radiation directly into the environment (http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201...).
And to make matters even worse, a "very intense" super typhoon, Songda, is making its way across the Pacific Ocean where it is expected to hit Japan in the next couple of days. This Category 5 storm is seeing sustained winds of 161 miles per hour (mph) and gusts of up to 195 mph, according to CNN (http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/2...). Though the storm system is expected to drop to a Category 2 by the time it hits Japan, it has the potential to exacerbate the Fukushima situation by causing more flooding, or by further spreading radioactive particles (http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/1102.html).
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The man who was instrumental in working with the federal government to sabotage a bill that would have made TSA grope downs a felony in the state of Texas was Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a former CIA agent and establishment insider considered to be the wealthiest man in Texas politics.
As we have documented, the anti-pat down bill was derailed in the Texas Senate having unanimously passed the House by 138-0 votes after the Department of Justice sent a letter threatening to impose a no fly zone over Texas and shut down Texas airports. The warning was nothing short of a federal blockade and an act of financial terrorism.
But the federal assault was aided by a traitor from within the state, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who only served to amplify the threats made by the DOJ in communicating them to members of the Senate, convincing them them to cave in and forcing the hand of Senator Dan Patrick to withdraw the bill before it could be shot down permanently.
“He came up with this elaborate political play to kill the bill without his fingerprints,” Sen. Patrick, R-Houston stated, adding, “His fingerprints are all over this.”
“Someone who will undermine his members and someone who will not stand up to the federal government — you have to ask yourself is that the kind of person that we need in the U.S. Senate,” Patrick said, adding that Dewhurst “sideswiped” him on Tuesday night by turning members against the bill.
Patrick is now planning to insert an amendment within the bill that will mandate the federal government comply within six months. However, some will merely see that as unnecessarily watering down the legislation.
“I hear he’s thinking about running for governor,” Patrick said. “I hear he’s thinking about running for senator. In the last 24 hours, he’s given me some things to think about.”
Given the fact that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is undoubtedly an establishment insider it’s unsurprising that he played the role of Judas in protecting the agenda of the Obama administration over and above the will of his own legislators and the people of Texas.
Dewhurst is a creature of the federal government, having worked as a CIA agent and also served in the US State Department. He was also director of the state Task Force on Homeland Security.
During his tenure in the CIA in the early 1970′s, Dewhurst helped the U.S. government violently overthrow democratically elected regimes in South America to plunder their oil and other resources, including the coup that helped neo-nazi Bolivian Gen. Hugo Banzer Suárez come to power. Banzer was aided by notorious Nazi Klaus Barbie, the “butcher of Lyon,” who escaped France after the end of World War 2 to enter Bolivia.
Barbie, an expert in cruel and inhumane forms of torture for the purposes of interrogation, was a key CIA liaison throughout the years Dewhurst served in South America. When the Austin Chronicle asked Dewhurst whether he had enjoyed a drink with the “butcher of Lyon” at the US embassy bar, he responded, “I never comment on intelligence matters.”
So in Dewhurst we basically have a man who helped neo-nazis, as well as Nazi torture experts, overthrow legitimate governments in the 70′s now helping the Obama administration overthrow America in 2011, by protecting an army of TSA thugs who are being used to completely demolish constitutional rights.
Following the recent raid on Osama Bin Laden’s alleged compound, Dewhurst hinted that he still moved very much within spook circles when he stated, “I can’t go into details, but the capabilities that the United States has developed over the years is nothing short of breath-taking.”
“Little is known about Dewhurst. His life story is an impenetrable fog of obfuscation punctuated by tantalizing facts,” reports the Texas Observer. “This secrecy has extended from his military record to the sources of his wealth to his current financial conflicts. He has repeatedly gotten into trouble with the Texas Ethics Commission for overly vague financial filings. State elected officials are required to either disclose their finances or put all their assets in a blind trust. Until 2008, Dewhurst declined to do either, putting his money in a (nonblind) trust and declining to release information about it.”
During his campaign for lieutenant governor in 2001, Dewhurst ran an ad featuring a German Luftwaffe officer standing in front of an American flag, somewhat appropriate given the fact that Dewhurst obviously believes Americans should be forced to ‘show their papers’ at checkpoints manned by TSA goons which are popping up all over the country just like people in Nazi Germany were also forced to endure checkpoints and strip-searches.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:
- urge to urinate more often
- decreased quantity of urine passed
- pain during and after urination ( usually a burning or stinging sensation)
Symptoms of a serious urinary tract infection include nausea, fever, vomiting and constant pain in the abdominal region. If you experience these serious symptoms, please consult a health professional.
Natural Home Remedies for a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Cranberry. Perhaps the most well known UTI remedy, cranberries have long been prized for their ability to clear a urinary tract infection. One 2002 study showed that cranberry juice or cranberry tablets relieved UTI symptoms better than a placebo. Pure cranberry juice is recommended, as juice blends may not contain a high enough concentrate of cranberry to be effective.
Blueberry. Although not as well known as cranberries for treating a UTI, blueberries have also been shown to be an effective remedy for a urinary tract infection. You can eat fresh organic blueberries, make a smoothie from frozen berries or even blend pure blueberry juice with pure cranberry juice to harness the healing power of both of these berries.
Pineapple. Rich in vitamin C and bromelain, pineapple can help you fight off infection while also reducing inflammation. Bromelain has been shown to help resolve urinary tract infections, while vitamin C is a known immunity booster.
Uva Ursi. This herb is known for its ability to cleanse the kidneys and urinary system. It has antiseptic properties that can help reduce pathogenic bacteria causing the infection. A tincture or tea made with uva ursi is recommended at least once per day during a UTI.
Water. It`s the standard remedy for almost any illness, but drinking plenty of fluids is extremely important in the case of urinary tract infections. It allows the body to flush bacteria out of the urinary tract. You may be tempted to drink less since urination can be painful with a UTI, but if you keep up your fluid intake you will mostly likely notice a reduction in pain more quickly than if you did not.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Leeks are very low in calories, making them an excellent addition to dieters` meals. When boiled, half a cup contains just 15 calories. They are a good source of a number of nutrients, among them iron, folate, calcium, manganese, B-Vitamins, zeaxanthin, lutein, Vitamins C, A and K and nickel. They are also a source of dietary fibre, especially the darker green outer parts.
For many years, leeks have been used to treat a number of ailments. Their healing properties seem to be enhanced when they are consumed in juice form. Their iron content is excellent for those suffering from anaemia, and because they also contain Vitamin C, this helps the body to absorb the iron more readily. Leek juice helps to detox the body by assisting with cleansing of the colon. They have a high potassium content, which enables them to assist with lowering blood pressure.
Pregnant women can benefit greatly from eating leeks or consuming the juice because of their folate content. This mineral is essential for preventing brain defects in babies. Along with phosphorus and magnesium, folic acid is also essential for maintaining a healthy nervous system. Their fibre content helps reduce intestinal bloating, improve digestion and repopulate the good bacteria which are found in the colon.
Because they contain antiseptic and anti-inflammatory compounds, leek juice can help ease conditions such as urinary tract inflammation, gout and arthritis. Adding some celery juice to your leek juice will provide you with a powerful all-natural aphrodisiac. Leeks are able to soothe the respiratory tract, making them an effective treatment for colds and flu and hay fever. These veggies are able to help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in the blood and reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the intestines.
Leeks can be used to prepare a number of dishes, including soups, stews, omelettes, salads and broths. Their juice can be blended with celery and carrot juices. Because they contain nickel, people who are allergic to it should consume leeks with caution. They contain oxalate, so individuals who suffer from kidney stones should also be cautious when consuming them.
by: Shona Botes
News from www.borganic.org
Monday, May 23, 2011
Phytochemicals are thought to be responsible for much of the disease protection granted by diets high in fruits, vegetables, beans, cereals, and plant-based beverages such as tea and wine, according to a University of California, Davis report (http://chnr.ucdavis.edu/content/Fac...).
Although it has become widely accepted that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses, scientists have only recently begun researching the effects of the different phytonutrients those foods contain.
Previous evidence has come from observations of cultures that eat plant-based diets and have lower rates of certain types of cancer and heart disease. The relatively low rates of breast and endometrial cancers in some Asian cultures, for example, are credited partly to dietary habits. These cancers are much more common in the United States, possibly because the typical American diet is higher in fat and lower in fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains, according to American Cancer Society.
Many experts suggest that people can reduce their risk of cancer significantly by eating the foods that contain phytonutrients, according to American Cancer Society (http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/Tre...). Evidence shows that they may work by helping to prevent the formation of potential carcinogens, blocking the action of carcinogens on their target organs or tissue, or acting on cells to suppress cancer development.
Research suggests that flavonoids, the most diverse group of phytochemicals, may be a key phytochemical group that contributes to the reduced mortality rates observed in people consuming high levels of plant-based foods, according to the UC Davis report. In the Zutphen Elderly Study, myocardial infarction was found to decrease as falvonoid intake increased. Similarly, the Seven Countries Study, which compared the diets of men living in various Western countries including the U.S., suggested that consumption of flavonoids was responsible for 25 percent of the observed difference in mortality rates in the different countries.
University of Minnesota Hormel Institute researchers say phytonutrients could be used in effective cancer prevention therapy, so much so that they eventually aim to develop phytochemical-derived anticancer drugs, Dr. Sigang Dong told The Austin Daily Herald (http://www.austindailyherald.com/20...).
"In the future, personalized prevention methods using photochemical could have a crucial role in cancer prevention, especially in high-risk populations," Dong said. "We will continue our rigorous research in identifying molecular targets and aim for conducting human studies with phytocehemicals - this would provide the path for an enhanced approach to personalized cancer prevention."
FDA monopoly on healthEvidence favoring the health benefits of phytonutrients is growing every day, so much so that the biotech industry is already researching transgenic and non-transgenic ways to vastly increase the phytonutrient levels in plants that already contain high levels of the chemicals, according the 2009 book Recent Advances in Biotechnology (http://books.google.com/books?id=Sl...).
Yet, even as the science bounds ahead, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration refuses to allow food producers to put the facts on their labels.
The agency has structured the rules to categorize anything that treats or prevents disease as a drug. If you eat walnuts, which are shown to lower high cholesterol -- according to Natural News, the FDA declares your walnuts to be a drug. Furthermore, if anything is advertised as providing health benefits without FDA approval, it's automatically considered to be an "unapproved drug", even if it's a common, everyday food like walnuts, cherries, grapes or orange (http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/Enforcemen...).
Shockingly, even references to peer-reviewed scientific studies are a no-no without FDA permission. So if you sell walnuts, and your website merely links to such studies, then you can be threatened, arrested, imprisoned and fined millions of dollars by the FDA for selling "unapproved drugs." (http://www.naturalnews.com/027750_G...)
The Alliance for Natural Health, a non-profit organization committed to protecting integrative medicine, is fighting these FDA mandates with The Free Speech About Science Act. The congressional bill, HR 4913, is designed to stop government censorship of truthful, scientific health claims about natural foods and herbs, and restore free speech to natural health (http://www.naturalnews.com/028879_c...). If the bill passes, it will allow manufacturers and producers to reference peer-reviewed, scientific studies that highlight the health benefits of food products that they grow or sell.
Understanding PhytonutrientsSome researchers estimate up to 40,000 phytonutrients will someday be fully catalogued and understood. In just the last 30 years, many hundreds of these compounds have been identified and are currently being investigated for their health-promoting qualities, according to The George Mateljan Foundation for the World's Healthiest Foods.
Phytonutrients are classified by their chemical structure and categorized into families based on the similarities in their structures. The phenols, or polyphenols is one family that has received attention in the scientific literature. They include the anthocyanidins, which give blueberries and grapes their dark blue and purple color, and the catechins, found in tea and wine, which provide the bitter taste as well as the tawny coloring in these foods (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?...).
Flavonoids are also commonly considered phenols, although the term "flavonoids" can refer to many phytonutrients. Isoflavones are usually categorized as members of this family. They are found in soy, kudzu, red clover, flax and rye, and have been researched extensively for their ability to protect against hormone-dependent cancers, such as breast cancer.
Other phytonutrients include the organosulfur compounds, such as the glucosinolates and indoles from brassica vegetables like broccoli, and the allylic sulfides from garlic and onions, all of which have been found to support our ability to detoxify noxious foreign compounds like pesticides and other environmental toxins.
Integrating phytonutrients into your dietA recommended intake of phytochemicals does not exist today, according to the UC Davis report. The Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes and its Panel on Dietary Antioxidants and Related Compounds chose not to create a Dietary Reference Intake due to the lack of food composition data and a true understanding of the absorption and metabolism of phytonutrients. In the absence of such a DRI, many health authorities such as the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association recommend consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables to
ensure that people get an adequate amount of phytochemical compounds.
Available scientific evidence does not support claims that taking phytochemical supplements is as helpful as consuming the fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains from which they are taken, according to the American Cancer Society (http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/Tre...). So, the best choice, according to O Magazine, is to head to the local farmers' market for the season's freshest produce packed with those precious chemicals. Typically, fruit travels more than 675 miles before hitting your table and it is leeching phytonutrients all the way.
And don't forget to look beyond produce to the other phytonutrient-dense foods like beans and spices.
Beans are a miracle food, according to The Daily Times. They lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and insulin production, promote digestive health, and protect against cancer. If you think of fiber, protein, and antioxidants and immediately think whole grains, meat, and fruit, think again - beans offer all three in a single package.
Turmeric, ginger, coriander, cumin and fennel are just a few of the spices containing phytonutrients, according to The Detroit News. Cinnamon has been found to help control blood sugar and improve insulin resistance in diabetics. Paprika may help raise good cholesterol, and ginger, coriander and cumin may promote healthy digestion. (http://www.detnews.com/article/2011...).
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Sunday, May 22, 2011
Experts have known the dangers of CFL light bulbs for quite some time, but new research has led to even the mainstream media now reporting on the dangers of CFL light bulbs. In an experiment carried out at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, it was found that the bulbs should not be left on for long periods of time -- particularly near one's head. This is due to the poisonous materials emitted from the so-called "eco-safe" bulbs when switched on. The researchers found that some of the carcinogens emitted from the bulbs included phenol, naphthalene, and styrene. While all of these chemicals are considerably dangerous to the body, it is worth mentioning that phenol was used as a means of execution by the Nazis in the second world war. Phenol, along with the other harmful chemicals, are substances that do not belong in any household or workplace.
Peter Braun, who performed the light bulb tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: "For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment."
CFL bulbs are already widely used both in the European Union and in the United States. Thanks to a call by the EU government to phase out incandescent bulbs by the end of 2011, many households have converted to carcinogen-producing CFL's under the guise of saving the planet with the "environmentally-friendly" bulbs. The health consequences of such widespread use are currently unknown, as the results will only come with time. With an excess of cancer-causing chemicals being pumped into the average household, an explosion in already-skyrocketing cancer rates may be the result. Despite the research coming out over the negative health effects of the bulbs, The Department for the Environment still insists that they are perfectly safe.
On The Department for the Environment website it states: "Energy efficient light bulbs are not a danger to the public."
Thanks to alternative news pushing the dangers of CFL's into the mainstream, and this vital new research, a growing number of people are recognizing the dangers associated with using them. This leads the population to look for alternatives, as with any product that consumers do not want to purchase. The problem is, however, that government regulations threaten the consumer's ability to purchase traditional incandescent bulbs that do not leak carcinogens into the air. Congress passed a law in 2007 mandating that bulbs producing 100 watts of light meet certain standards, which conventional light bulbs do not. The law goes into full effect by 2012, with California already banning stores from restocking on 100-watt incandescent bulbs. It seems that the other option -- besides hoarding incandescents before they are banned -- is to purchase a new brand of LED bulbs. The bulbs will cost $50 each, and they will escape the federal ban due to being energy-efficient by the standards of the new law.
These LED bulbs may be more efficient and do not contain harmful substances, but they simply are not affordable for the majority of consumers worldwide. Government regulations have driven consumers to begin purchasing light bulbs that will endanger their health and quite possibly give them cancer, as the alternatives may not be economically viable. While it may not be a simple issue to remedy, one thing is for sure: the health of the nation should not suffer due to poorly designed light bulbs that contain known carcinogens.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Jim Cochran, 63, farms just north of Santa Cruz at the Swanton Berry Farm. His early days of farming followed the common techniques of using fumigants and pesticides, until he found himself poisoned by his own farming methods. In 1981 he was in a field that had been crop-dusted the day before, and as the sun came up, the chemicals rose in a cloud.
Although consumers think about their own health consequences from non-organic farming, it can be an even bigger problem for farm workers (http://www.naturalnews.com/030894_C...). The year after that incident Cochran was affected by methyl bromide, making him feel sick and weak.
"This was when it was becoming obvious that pesticides were way more harmful than people had been led to believe," Cochran says. Because he wanted to protect his own health, he decided to start farming organically. "From the start, everyone said it was impossible to grow a commercial crop of strawberries without chemicals," he says, but his obvious success should be sending a clear message (http://www.grist.org/organic-food/2...).
Cochran does say that the transition required some learning. At first his yield went down, but he and a partner had begun cautiously, planting half organically and half in the old way. It took time for Cochran to learn how to grow strawberries, a very touchy crop, in the new way. Eventually he began to figure out things like planting the berries in single rows for better air circulation.
As he began to get established, Cochran also started working with researchers from the University of California at Santa Cruz to publish studies showing that organic strawberries could be an economically viable option for farmers. Convincing farmers that they could survive growing organically has not been easy (http://www.naturalnews.com/025691_o...), but studies of Cochran's farm have helped.
Cochran's success and visibility have also added a political dimension to his farming, as he has received environmental awards and testified before a committee of the California State Assembly. Growing strawberries requires chemicals that can deplete the ozone layer (to sterilize fields), or a chemical with severe toxicity to humans.
Nevertheless, Cochran is optimistic about the future with younger farmers, adding, "It's surprisingly easier to grow strawberries without chemicals than the industry would lead you to believe."
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Monday, May 16, 2011
"The significant association between cancer and diabetes does not surprise us," Dr. Li is quoted as saying in a recent FOX News piece. Dr. Li and his team surveyed 400,000 adults by phone, and after accounting for external factors like age, race, and smoking and drinking habits, they determined that diabetics are far more prone to develop colon, pancreas, rectum, urinary bladder, kidney, breast and prostate cancers, than is the rest of the population.
The report explains that the most dramatic increase is seen in those with pancreatic cancer, as diabetic men appear to be 400 percent more likely to develop the cancer than others. And in women, those with diabetes tended to be up to three times more likely to develop blood cancer than women without the disease.
"[The study] shows there's a substantial pool of American adults who have diabetes and cancer," said Dr. Fred Brancati, a professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., who was not involved with the study. "The authors rightly point out that these two conditions go together beyond chance alone, so it pays to think about them together."
Research Dr. Brancati published in 2008 revealed that the death rate from cancer is about 40 percent higher in diabetics than it is in the general population as well, illustrating once again a clear connection between diabetes and compounded cancer risk.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011
These plants are used to treat a number of ailments: among them cirrhosis, jaundice, gallstones, appendicitis, boils, fevers, oedema, eczema, gout, acne and even hepatitis. In Chinese culture, it has even been used to assist mothers who have poor milk flow after giving birth. Having an antibacterial action, Dandelions can be used to treat and heal wounds and fight bacteria. Pain associated with insect bites and stings can be soothed by placing the sap from the plant stem or root directly onto the affected area. Corns, calluses and warts can be removed by using the latex compound found in the plant sap. Despite Dandelion having diuretic properties, this plant does not deplete the body of potassium. It can be used as a tonic to help strengthen the kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen, intestines and stomach and to eliminate toxins from the body.
Those suffering from low blood sugar or diabetes can benefit by drinking a cup of dandelion tea each day. It can also help with digestive disorders, sluggishness, general fatigue and indigestion.
Dandelions have exceptional nutritional value in that they contain high doses of Vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, beta carotene, calcium and copper. The leaves and flowers can be used in salads. It is preferable to use younger plants for this, as they are less bitter. The flowers can even be dipped in batter and fried as a snack. Dried Dandelion roots can be used as a substitute for coffee. It is even claimed that the flowers can be fermented and used to make a wine, which is both medicinal and bursting with flavour.
Dandelion tea/coffee can be made by placing a dried root into boiling water and allowing it to steep. Just one cup a day will be highly beneficial. Not only can the sap from the stem and root be used on wounds, but should a more potent mixture be needed, the entire plant can also be ground with a mortar and pestle and then placed on the affected area. For gallbladder, stomach, liver or kidney problems, 2 ounces of the dried herb or root can be placed in a quart of water, boiled for 30 minutes and taken in half cup doses every 3 hours.
Dandelions can be used to help fruit ripen by placing them in a paper bag with the fruit. The roots and leaves can be used to make liquid plant food. Appendages found at the base of the leaves can be used to make a skin tonic, which helps to treat acne and can even help to fade freckles. Owing to its deep-growing tap roots, it actually benefits your garden because it is able to bring nitrogen into the soil to help benefit shallower-rooted plants. They help to release ethylene gas in the garden, which is beneficial if you are growing fruit.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
The problem is a recently leaked internal memo that doesn't indicate their readiness to do so. The memo, in short, acknowledges the dangers of genetically modified foods, yet falls of any real commitment, stating "the reality is that no grocery store in the United States, no matter what size or type of business, can claim they are GE-free..."
Critics are insisting that this isn't enough. The Whole Foods brand is built upon the basic tenant that their products are natural or organic and a good choice for the eco-organic conscious consumer. So for them not to pick up and unquestionably support the movement for mandatory labeling of GE food is for some another disappointing move.
The nonprofit consumer powerhouse the Organic Consumer Association certainly thinks so. They are taking Whole Foods to task for not making the effort to ensure that the foods they sell are not blighted with the toxic taint of genetic modification. Genetically modified foods have been tied to a host of health problems, ranging from liver/kidney problems to immune dysfunctions (http://www.naturalnews.com/028245_G...); not to mention environmental ones like genetic contamination, (http://www.naturalnews.com/024154_c...) where non-GMO crops are tainted by pollen from GMO crops.
The European community has been successfully battling the widespread planting and importing of GM crops for years. However, the FDA greenlighted GMO foods for U.S. consumption at the bequest of heavy lobbying by companies like Monsanto who over the years has switched their business efforts from creating toxins like Agent Orange to having a stronghold on the manufacture of various genetically engineered seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides.
If the FDA won't step up to protect the American public, then it's time for the companies that reap huge profits from the sale of organic and natural goods to do so. That is what the OCA is trying to get across to stores like Whole Foods. They can't have it both ways - either these companies stand against genetically engineered foods and refuse to allow them on our grocery shelves without clear labeling, or face the public relations and economic consequences.
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Friday, May 13, 2011
Genetically engineered crops are destroying the environment, the health of indigenous communities, and ultimately our health as end of the chain consumers. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has reported a number of studies. Their results? Frightening. Think major issues like infertility (http://www.responsibletechnology.or...), immune problems, accelerated aging, and even changes in the cellular structure of major organs (http://www.responsibletechnology.org/). Also, as a result of the antibiotic resistant genes within GE food, they are the highly suspected culprits behind the new "superbug." The animals involved in the studies ended up deformed, sterile, and dead.
Children are the most susceptible to these harmful effect, since they are constantly in a state of high growth; parents should take care. GMO foods, and especially soy, have been tied to an increase in allergies, asthma, and a propensity to get antibiotic resistant infections.
None of this would surprise any of the individuals in various South America countries that live near GM crops. South America is the world's largest provider of soy (http://www.naturalnews.com/031382_G...).
A recent story in the UK Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/ea...) revealed that the herbicides used on GM soy are so toxic that direct contact often results in severe illness and sometimes death. Petrona Villasboa is one of those that has faced direct loss. Her son was accidenatlly sprayed by one of the machines that are often spraying Monsanto's Roundup on the surrounding crops. Silvino Talavera died that same day - and it was a horrible death (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/ea...). That's not all - Non GMO farmers are being displaced, and those that stay run a calculated risk. Mothers living close to GM farmland are twice as likely to have a fetus with a birth deformity.
The industry doesn't want this information out there. Monsanto provides over 90 percent of GMO soy seeds and related herbicides to farmers worldwide (http://www.smdp.com/Articles-c-2011...).
Agent Orange was one of Monsanto's first herbicides and the resulting effect to U.S soldiers and Vietnamese citizens was reprehensible( http://www.organicconsumers.org/mon...).
Scientist who push to hard to get a widespread scientific inquiry about the devastating effects of GE foods have had subtle and not-so-subtle pressure applied and been forced to back off their findings (http://www.responsibletechnology.or...).
Just as efforts are underway to assist these farmers in seeing the benefits of growing organic food as a means of survival and commerce, the end consumer must also make a change. Soy purchases must be viewed in a whole new light. The best way to protect your family from these potential harmful effects is to remove it from your diet or stick to strictly organic soy and organic processed foods.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Crohn`s disease is considered an auto-immune disease where the body`s immune system attacks the tissues of the digestive system. Environmental factors play a large role as evidenced by a higher incidence of the disease in western industrialized nations compared to other parts of the world.
The immune system is characterized by 2 major regions: Innate immunity and adaptive immunity. Innate immunity provides immediate defense against pathogens and is characterized by t-cell formation. Adaptive immunity is considered a `learned immunity` and is what provides long-lasting immune defense through antibody formation. Researchers have shown that Crohn`s is an innate immune deficiency. Chronic inflammation with this disorder is caused by the adaptive immunity trying to compensate for the reduced function of the innate immune system.
Crohn`s disease appears to be associated with anti-yeast antibodies. Mannon is a component of the yeast organism`s cell wall. Individuals with Crohn`s tend to have lower levels of lectin binding proteins that bind mannan and help expel it from the body. Due to the lowered lectin levels and the insufficient innate immune system, individuals with Crohn`s very often develop anti-yeast antibodies. This overproduction of anti-yeast antibodies triggers an inflammatory response that damages the gut lining.
Individuals with Crohn`s disease should avoid all yeast products and other common allergens. The most common food allergens to avoid include gluten containing grains such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, kamut, & spelt. Soy products, different nuts (such as peanuts), eggs, and heavy proteins are often not tolerated well. Some individuals struggle with nightshade vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, & onions.
An anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle are critical for full recovery from this condition. Anti-inflammatory foods help to modulate the immune system and give it a more accurate pair of eyes so as to not over-inflame when stimulated. To effectively de-inflame it is key to completely avoid man-made foods, sugars, and food allergens as listed above. The long chain omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA powerfully de-inflame the body by restoring natural balance to the lipid wall of the cell membrane.
Other great anti-inflammatory foods include coconut products, berries, and non-denatured, whey protein from grass-fed cows and goats. This protein source is also loaded with L-glutamine and enhances cellular glutathione stores which are both necessary for rebuilding the gut and de-inflaming the body. Anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, boswellia, cinnamon, rosemary, & oregano among others should be used as much as possible.
Dysbiosis is a common feature in individuals with auto-immune disease. Naturally fermented foods such as red cabbage sauerkraut, kimchi, & coconut kefir are phenomenal foods for restoring healthy gut bacteria. Additionally, a high quality probiotic supplement with 50+ billion microorganisms should be consumed regularly.
A balanced immune response in the body is also dependent upon healthy vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps the body recognize between foreign and self proteins. This reduces inflammation and auto-immune reactions. Healthy Vitamin D levels also stimulate natural Killer cells and macrophages that destroy antagonistic microbes & other pathogens. Healthy Vitamin D3 levels should be between 60-100 ng/ml. Be sure to get tested and supplement if necessary.
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