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Friday, March 15, 2013

U.S. drone strikes violate Pakistan's sovereignty: U.N.


 Reuters |

  The United States has violated Pakistan's sovereignty and shattered tribal structures with unmanned drone strikes in its counterterrorism operations near the Afghan border, a U.N. human rights investigator said in a statement on Friday.

U.N. special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson, visited Pakistan for three days this week as part of his investigation into the civilian impact of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killings.

"As a matter of international law, the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan is ... being conducted without the consent of the elected representatives of the people, or the legitimate Government of the State," Emmerson said in a statement issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

Read More By  Louis Charbonneau
www.newscaller.com

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Green tea catechins block the formation of plaques to help prevent Alzheimer's disease

NaturalNews |
 As new cases of Alzheimer's disease are expected to quadruple over the next several decades, Big Pharma researchers are plowing billions of research dollars into finding a synthetic cure for an illness that has its roots deeply seated in poor diet, excess stress and a generally unhealthy lifestyle. Unfortunately for the giant pharmaceutical concerns, drugs have yielded nothing but dismal results as one potential miracle cure after another fail to provide any hope as new cases of the mind-robbing disease continue to mount.

For more than a decade, nutrition scientists have been heralding a small number of natural compounds including resveratrol, curcumin and EGCG from green tea extracts that easily cross the blood-brain barrier to promote brain health and improve cognitive function. Researchers from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explain how extracts from green tea may block the formation of beta-amyloid plaques that have been linked to the onset of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative conditions that prevent the misfolding of specific proteins in the brain.

Green tea consumption prevents protein tangles that promote Alzheimer's disease progression

Improper accumulations of proteins known as metal-associated amyloids are a hallmark sign of many neurological conditions, including Alzheimer's dementia. Researchers used green tea extract to control the generation of metal-associated amyloid-beta aggregates associated with Alzheimer's disease. Building on a volume of prior studies suggesting a protective role for regular green tea consumption, the team set out to establish a beneficial relationship between the active compound in green tea (epigallocatechin-3-gallate, also known as EGCG) and the formation of amyloid plaques.

The scientists determined that EGCG prevented the formation of amyloid tangles by preventing protein misfolding, and broke down existing aggregate structures in the proteins that contained metals, specifically copper, iron and zinc. Referring specifically to the bioactive catechin, EGCG, lead study author Dr. Mi Hee Lim concluded "A lot of people are very excited about this molecule... we want to modify them for the brain, specifically to interfere with the plaques associated with Alzheimer's."

Nutrition experts note that green tea contains 30 to 40 percent of water-extractable polyphenols while highly oxidized black tea contains between three and 10 percent. White tea has undergone less oxidation than green tea and provides the most potent dose of EGCG catechins. A wealth of scientific evidence supports drinking three to five cups of green or white tea every day to support cardiovascular health and prevent protein aggregates in the brain that significantly increase Alzheimer's disease risk.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.pnas.org/content/110/10/3743
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/uom-gte030513.php
http://www.nutraingredients.com
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145137.htm

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Young girl scout petitions for GMO-free cookies

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A young Orange County, California girl scout, Alicia Serratos, has started a Change.org petition to stop making Girl Scout cookies with GMO ingredients. Although the source article for this story had the petition signature count at 100, as of this writing on Sunday night, March 10, 2013, the signature count was 1,000.

You can add your signature here: http://www.change.org. Probably little will come of this petition, but it does make a statement which may gather momentum into a collective impact if others join in.

One signer on the petition remarked that HFCS and hydrogenated oils should be excluded from Girl Scout cookies as well as GMOs. Others threatened to no longer support Girl Scout cookie sale fund raising endeavors if this action is ignored.

This should be applied to Whole Foods

A considerable buzz of self congratulation went around upon Whole Foods' announcement to label GMOs by 2018, five years from now. Why not ban them by end of 2013? After all, the name Whole Foods implies that GMOs aren't even carried by this largest of all health food store chains.

The whole notion of labeling is a distraction from the seriousness of GMOs. It focuses on a "consumer right to know" theme while the vast majority of American consumers don't know or care enough about what they eat to make a difference.

Conversely, European consumers are more food conscious and use the "precautionary principle" to hold off that which is not proven absolutely safe. So EU labeling has created that consumer tipping point to interfere with Monsanto's European invasion.

However, Monsanto and their ilk are playing rope-a-dope with the labeling efforts in this country of mostly junk food consumers. While burning energy and time fighting the good food fight for labeling, the biotech industry's scorched earth march continues with little interruption.

Praising Whole Foods' promise of labeling is another way of saying co-existence is possible with organic and GMO food crops. They are not.

Why labeling GMOs is not enough

By the time Whole Foods or anywhere starts labeling GMO foods in this country, there may not be anymore organic food choices. They can be contaminated even while bearing the USDA certified organic label. The USDA organic certification process does not include GMO contamination.

Any farmer whose fields have been unknowingly contaminated by Monsanto will tell you that buffer zones to permit coexistence among non-GMO and GMO crops don't work. That's a coexistence failure in the fields.

What may be worse is seed contamination. Large scale seed providers for farmers are getting GMO seeds inadvertently mixed into non-GMO seeds, creating unwitting purchases of GMO seeds by organic and conventional farmers.

In a 2006 foodwatch article, the Canadian farmer who fought Monsanto successfully, Percy Schmeiser stated absolutely that "coexistence is not possible." He spoke about how Canada was initially snowed by Monsanto's PR claims about higher yields, higher nutrition, and less chemical pollution. Farmers learned the reality was exactly opposite on all counts.

Percy said, "What it really meant was control of the seed supply and more sales of chemicals by the company. Many of the farm organizations, including the National Farmers Union of Canada, are working hard against any further introduction of GMOs."

Therein lies the only solution folks. For every new species approved by our corrupt federal agencies for genetic engineering, there goes the integrity of that species. GMO apples will eventually lead to no organic apples.

So how does the effort to stop new GMOs from being introduced begin in an area where the federal government and judicial system is corrupted by Monsanto's minions? Locally, with farmers on the front lines - read here: http://www.naturalnews.com/038718_GMO_labeling_healthy_food.html

Sources for this article include

http://laist.com/2013/03/08/6-year-old_girl_scout_petitions_for.php

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://foodwatch.de/english/genetic_engineering/index_ger.html

Monday, March 11, 2013

How to heal your gut using everyday spices

NaturalNews|
 There are many reasons why people develop gastrointestinal problems -- poor diet, food sensitivities and allergies, genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), anxiety and stress are among the most common triggers. And while there is no one-size-fits-all method to treat gut-related disorders once they have already developed, there are a number of natural approaches that may provide relief beyond just removing and avoiding the triggers. Here are six everyday spices that can help heal your gut naturally without the need for pharmaceutical drugs:

1) Turmeric. One of the most medicinal spices known to man, turmeric, which is also commonly referred to as curcumin, its active ingredient, is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb that has been shown to help aid in the proper digestion of food. Because of its strong astringent qualities, turmeric can help seal the lining of the bowel and digestive tract, effectively blocking the condition commonly referred to as leaky gut syndrome.

Turmeric is also known to suppress the excess production of stomach acid, which can cause chronic stomach upset and even physical damage to the intestinal wall. And regular consumption of turmeric has been shown to help prevent gastroesophageal reflux, also known as heartburn, as well as prevent the formation of both gastric and duodenal ulcers.
(http://www.life-enhancement.com)

2) Coriander. Not to be confused with the spice cilantro, which comes from the plant's leaves, coriander, which is derived from cilantro seeds, contains a unique blend of volatile oils that is said to play an important role in the herb's ability to promote digestive healing. Linalool and geranyl acetate both occur naturally in coriander, and have been implicated in treating a host of gastrointestinal disorders.

A study published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences, for instance, found that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) benefited greatly from taking coriander for eight weeks as opposed to placebo. As it turns out, coriander works the same way as antispasmodic drugs to relax digestive muscles and alleviate IBS and other similar "overactive gut" disorders, but without causing harmful side effects. (http://experiencelife.com/article/5-healing-spices/)

3) Cumin. If bloating, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, or nausea characterize the state of your intestinal tract around mealtime, you might want to start taking cumin. This traditional North African spice aids in the digestion of food by stimulating the release of digestive enzymes during and after meals, and can also help generally soothe the digestive process.

Cumin contains two unique compounds known as cuminaldehyde and thymol that are essential for healthy digestion. The former helps activate the salivary glands, which break down food and prepare its nutrients for proper assimilation, while the latter prevents foods from fermenting in the digestive tract. Cumin also stimulates the digestive process by triggering the release of bile and other digestive enzymes responsible for breaking down food. (http://www.standardmedia.co.ke)

4) Fennel. Known for its licorice-type flavor, fennel is sometimes referred to as the digestive herb, and is particularly beneficial for women suffering from menstrual cramps. Rich in a volatile oil known as anethole, fennel happens to be loaded with a plethora of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals and other powerful nutrients that can help ease abdominal pain and promote healthy digestion, including in babies suffering from colic.

It is not uncommon in Indian culture to eat fennel seeds following meals, as chewing them is known to help promote the secretion of digestive and gastric juices, as well as ease stomach and intestinal inflammation. Fennel can also help increase the absorption of nutrients in the digestive tract, as well as prevent gas and bloating, thanks to its high content of aspartic acid. (http://completewellbeing.com/article/the-digestive-herb/)

5) Ginger. Ginger has long been used throughout the Orient as a remedy for indigestion, and it continues to be recognized today for its powerful ability to quell nausea and aid in the digestive process. Ginger is so beneficial for your gut, in fact, that studies have found it to be an effective remedy for both treating and preventing colorectal cancer, as well as several other types of the disease.

For everyday use, ginger has been found to ease an upset stomach, prevent diarrhea, eliminate feelings of nausea, and treat menstrual cramps. Many people, in fact, choose to take ginger rather than drugs when sailing or engaging in other activities that might cause sea or motion sickness. (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/ginger-000246.htm)

6) Cayenne. Often mistakenly believed to cause digestive upset because of its intense spicy flavor, cayenne is actually a digestive soother. Not only does cayenne help stimulate the digestive process by promoting healthy muscle movement in the digestive tract, but it also helps regulate the proper production of digestive acids, aiding in the appropriate breakdown and assimilation of nutrients.

Cayenne can also help repair a damaged gut, including stomach ulcers that involve damaged intestinal lining. Many people swear by cayenne's unique ability to literally heal damaged stomach tissue, and studies have shown that capsaicin, the primary compound found in the pepper that makes its "hot," helps stimulate alkali, mucus secretions, and gastric mucosal blood flow, which aid in the healing of stomach ulcers. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16621751)

Sources for this article include:

http://institutefornaturalhealing.com

http://www.liverightlivewell.com

Thursday, March 7, 2013

USDA | Common additive in organic food triggers significant inflammation and cancer

NaturalNews |
 Think the USDA has your back concerning organics? Think again. Behind closed doors, corporate interests reign supreme where certified organic policy is concerned. A prime example is the use of carrageenan as a common ingredient. Linked with cancer and inflammation, this accepted additive opens a floodgate of serious health issues. And consumers are generally unaware of the risks while savoring their organic fare. Fortunately, The Cornucopia Institute has exposed the hypocrisy while providing resources for avoiding this disturbing substance found in our favorite foods.

Nixon would be proud

Dubbed "The Organic Watergate -- White Paper," The Cornucopia Institute is one of the first organizations to expose the many instances of fraud regarding USDA organic certification. It's no wonder the policy is rife with abuse, just have a look at the following agribusinesses that represent the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB):

- Earthbound Farm (two representatives have served, a handler and a consumer representative)
- General Mills (four representatives have served, three handlers and a scientist)
- Dean Foods (farmer slot)
- Campbell Soup Company (handler slot)
- Grimmway Enterprises, Inc. (farmer slot)
- PurePak, Inc. (environmentalist slot)
- Campbell Soup Company (handler slot)
- Smucker's (handler slot)
- CROPP/Organic Valley (three representatives, all appointed to a farmer slot)
- Purina Ralcorp (handler slot)
- Driscoll's (farmer slot)
- Phillips Mushrooms (environmentalist slot)

This is the same board that created the policy regarding the use of carrageenan in organic foods. A controversial additive, its approval suggests the influence of corporate interests. According to the Institute:

"Carrageenan was reviewed in 1995 by three scientists with professional relationships to corporate agribusiness, and only one pointed out the potential human health impacts of degraded carrageenan. This is especially outrageous since the scientific community had known for decades, based on an abundance of peer-reviewed published literature, that degraded carrageenan is an inflammatory agent and carcinogenic in lab animals."

Read the label

Found in a wide variety of organic products, from almond and hemp milk to cottage cheese and yogurt, carrageenan is an familiar ingredient. Unfortunately, many are unaware that it can wreak havoc on the intestinal tract and cause inflammation of the gut -- aggravating conditions such as IBS, Chron's disease and ulcerative colitis. Carrageenan is also implicated in tumors and lesions of the intestine along with other inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and arteriosclerosis.

Lobbyists for the additive proclaim 'food grade' carrageenan is completely safe, the only culprit is degraded carrageenan. What proponents fail to address is the likely conversion of food grade carrageenan into the degraded form during digestion. Scientists have suspected this to be the case since the 1980s. To make the issue more complex, the European Scientific Committee on Food discovered that products containing food grade carrageenan were contaminated with up to 25 percent of the degraded variety.

Beth Buczynski, author of Non-Dairy Milk Additive Could Make You Sick, states, "... research funded by the National Institutes of Health raises serious concerns about harmful effects of carrageenan as an inflammatory agent on the human gastrointestinal tract. Even though carrageenan has been used by the food industry for nearly 50 years, it 'so reliably causes inflammation that scientists actually use it to induce inflammation in biological experiments.'"

As a result of the corrupt USDA Organic seal of approval, we can now enjoy this poisonous ingredient in a vast assortment of organic and natural food products. Thankfully, a choice is available once we are informed. For those who would rather avoid consuming carrageenan, browse this helpful shopping guide.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.cornucopia.org/USDA/OrganicWatergateWhitePaper.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1242073/

http://www.cornucopia.org/DrTobacmanComment_toNOSB.pdf

http://www.care2.com

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com

http://www.cornucopia.org

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Top eight herbal and natural remedies for eliminating stress

NaturalNews |
According to the book Toxemia Explained written by Dr. John Tilden back in 1926, stress is the glue that holds toxemia together. He called all the different types of stress enervation, and toxemia is the condition of inflammation and mucous that doesn't get cleared out of the body.

Enervation acts like glue to hold inflammation and mucous in place, blocking elimination of even normal metabolic waste so that it builds up beyond the body's tolerance.

Dr. Tilden is considered the father of American naturopathy by some. And he described the mental aspects of enervation as indulging in lower negative energies, including fear, anxiety, anger, jealousy, and whatever we do to create stress or hold it in place.

Whatever reactions we have to actual stressful situations can be released, allowing the mind-body to restore to its normal balance. We get stuck in enervation by not releasing stressful reactions and indulging in over eating processed foods, which introduces toxemia.

Toxemia leads to cancer. Thus avoiding cancer and other diseases means first avoiding toxemia. You can download Dr. Tilden's 150-page book free from here: http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com

Most Natural News readers are familiar with dietary basics for well being as well as external pollutants that need to be avoided. But we live in conditions that are conducive to increased enervation from stress more than ever before. So this situation needs to be addressed.

Specific herbs and supplements to help alleviate enervation

Magnesium is a mineral vital to over 300 cellular metabolic events and is vital for heart health. It happens to be in short supply from our mineral depleted topsoil and it does get burned up with chronic stress.

According to Dr. Leo Galland: "Magnesium (Mg) deficiency increases susceptibility to the physiologic damage produced by stress. The adrenergic effects of psychological stress induce a shift of Mg from the intracellular to the extracellular space, increasing urinary excretion and eventually depleting body stores."

So it makes sense to supplement magnesium heavily in addition to eating lots of organic greens and cacao. Most oral supplements are not very assimilable. Dr. Mark Sircus, an occasional Natural News contributor, recommends applying magnesium oil topically. It can be purchased online.

It's not really oil, just feels like it. It comes from ancient water sources and its high mineral content makes it feel oily. Another good source comes a little pricier with health food store oral magnesium products like "Calm" or "A-B Calm." And they are calming. Many opt for the least expensive routine of soaking in a bath of Epsom salts to absorb magnesium.

Foods and oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids are important help stabilize one mentally and calm stress-induced anxiety. (http://www.naturalnews.com/omega-3.html)

Herbs to minimize enervation include St. John's Wort, well known for it's anxiety calming and anti-depressant qualities. Drinking chamomile tea is very relaxing after a stressful day. So is lemon balm tea. Ginseng taken regularly can also alleviate the effects of enervation or chronic stress.

Activities to alleviate stress that don't involve supplements or foods

Binging on comfort foods, consuming alcohol, or watching lots of TV only adds to enervation. Moderate exercise or walking in nature is used by many to release stress. But there is the possibility of taxing yourself back into enervation if you exercise too much.

There are activities specifically designed for relaxing, releasing stress, and leading to calmer, higher states of consciousness that are permanent enough to keep you out of enervation.

They are yoga, tai-chi, chi-gong, and meditation. The last pose of hatha (physical) yoga postures commonly known as the corpse pose is a precursor to meditation if done correctly. (http://alignlife.com/articles/healthyhabits/Master_Yoga_Pose/)

And meditation is ample enervation proofing for those who do it regularly. (http://www.naturalnews.com/028694_anti-aging_meditation.html)

Sources for this article include:

http://www.wholeliving.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/walnuts-can-help-you-beat-stress

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Benefits of lettuce for digestion | Organic Veggies

NaturalNews |
 Lettuce is one of the most popular green and leafy vegetables today, mostly used for salads. Their nutritional value may vary depending on the specific type of lettuce in question. What's noteworthy though, is the ability of lettuce to affect a person's digestion. For those who are currently suffering from digestive problems, the following are some of the known links between this vegetable and the digestive tract.

Lettuce and fiber content

Lettuce is a good source of dietary fiber which is best known for its ability to aid with digestion. The fiber content of lettuce helps with constipation, providing instant relief for those who are suffering from stomach pains. When consumed on a regular basis, individuals will find themselves experiencing regular bowel movement. Contents of this vegetable even provide help with acid indigestion and other dietary complications.

Lettuce itself aids with the digestion

It helps the stomach process different food types, allowing them to pass easily through the body. In fact, eating lettuce is one of the best ways to decrease the risks of having colon cancer. It also helps with urinary tract diseases and effectively slows down digestion of food.

Non digestion benefits of lettuce

Note that although lettuce is widely known for its ability to help with digestion, that's not the only health benefit of lettuce. The vegetable is also packed with vitamin C which helps boost the immune system. It also helps with keeping the heart healthy and is associated with keeping cancer at bay. In some cases, lettuce is seen as an effective method to prevent premature ejaculation in men.

Perhaps the most popular advantage of eating lettuce is the fact that it has very low calorie content. This means that individuals who want to lose weight are welcome to eat the vegetable every day. What's better is that it is rich in fiber. Hence, lettuce provides that "full" feeling, allowing a person to control what they eat.

Keep in mind though that the benefits of lettuce on health and digestion may still depend on the amount of lettuce eaten. It's important that portion control is practiced by individuals since too much can cause digestion problems rather than prevent it.

Ways to serve lettuce

Although lettuce is most often served as a salad together with different dips, the leaves can actually be eaten alone. They are actually a great snack substitute since they offer that distinctive "crunch" people feel when they bite into something delicious. Of course, adding lettuce to a salad or a sandwich works too and doesn't detract too much from its health value.

A good way to serve lettuce that is slowly gaining popularity today is through juicing. Simply use a blender or a juicer to turn the vegetable into something that can be easily drunk. By doing this, individuals will not only get the purest form of the juice but also create their own mixes according to taste. In some cases, individuals add in different fruits or vegetables to make the juice more palatable and healthier.

Sources for this article include:http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/lettuce.html
http://www.botanical-online.com/medicinalslactucasativasangles.htm
http://www.hsc.on.ca/moffatt/bio3a/digestive/digp5.htm

Learn more by: Sandeep Godiyal
www.borganic.org

Monday, March 4, 2013

How too much sugar leads to cancer

NaturalNews |

 High levels of sugar in the blood spark a biochemical cascade that can lead directly to cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid and published in the journal Molecular Cell.

The research may help explain the long-known connection between poor diet and increased cancer risk.

While sugars are necessary for many bodily functions, a healthy person's blood sugar levels remain within a relatively narrow range due to the hormones glucagon and insulin. When blood sugar levels are slightly too high, a person is diagnosed as prediabetic. When blood sugar levels climb even higher, a person is considered diabetic.

Both prediabetes and diabetes are significantly more common in overweight and obese people; indeed, Type II diabetes is actually caused by many of the same factors as obesity. Researchers have long known that diabetics and obese people have a much higher cancer risk, but the reasons for this have remained unclear.

"Previously we were unsure about how increased blood sugar found in diabetes and obesity could increase cancer risk," said Colin Goding of Oxford University, who was not involved in the study. "This study ... opens the way for potential novel therapies aimed at reducing cancer risk in the obese and diabetic populations."

The new findings came from a study examining how intestinal cells react to sugars by releasing GIP, a hormone that signals the pancreas to release insulin. The researchers found that a protein called s-catenin plays a critical role in intestinal cells' ability to release GIP, and that s-catenin becomes more active in the presence of too much sugar.

Significantly, prior research has shown that s-catenin can also interfere with the natural life cycles of cells, causing them to become immortal and thereby precancerous. Further tests by the researchers confirmed that in the presence of high sugar levels, cells begin to accumulate s-catenin in their nuclei, leading directly to the cell proliferation associated with cancerous tumors.

Why a healthy diet is so important

"We were surprised to realize that changes in our metabolism caused by dietary sugar impact on our cancer risk," lead researcher Custodia Garcia Jimenez said. "We are now investigating what other dietary components may influence our cancer risk. Changing diet is one of easiest prevention strategies that can potentially save a lot of suffering and money."

63 percent of deaths worldwide are now caused by noncommunicable diseases, many of which - such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease - are strongly linked to lifestyle factors. Health experts estimate that about one in three cancers could be prevented by improved diet and exercise habits.

But globally, both obesity and diabetes are on the rise. According to the World Health Organization, one in 10 adults around the world are now obese, and global obesity rates are doubling every 20 years. One in 10 adults are also diabetic, and the disease was responsible for 4.6 million deaths in 2011. In the United States, diabetes kills more than two people every hour.

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130201100149.htm
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