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December 1, 2012 - Issue 2296
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/01.aspx
How the Sugar Industry Hoodwinked You, Using Big Tobacco Tactics
    For 40 years, the priority of the sugar industry has been to cast doubt on studies suggesting sugar can make you ill and obese. Meanwhile, according to some estimates the US health system spends about $150 billion a year on sugar-related diseases
    To protect business, the industry has bought scientists and hired powerful lobbyists to ensure sugar would not be subject to legislative restriction
    Since 1970, obesity rates in the United States have more than doubled and diabetes has tripled. In order to make any appreciable dent in the current trend, severe sugar and fructose restriction is an absolute must
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Another Health Fraud -- “Fat-Blocking” Soda
    Pepsi Special is being marketed as a “fat-blocking soda,” as it claims to help reduce your body’s absorption of fat.
    Soda is a leading contributor to the rising rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases facing much of the developed world, and any claims that adding fiber to it will transform it into a health drink are simply beyond deceptive.
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December 2, 2012 - Issue 2297
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/02.aspx
Pharmaceutical Industry Profits from False Claims
Brand New Online Tool Can Help You Get Better Health Care

    Evidence shows drug companies frequently hide vital information about their drugs in order to get it on the market and keep it there
    Nearly 40 years’ worth of research has yielded no evidence whatsoever to support the hypothesis that depression is caused by abnormalities in your serotonin system.
    A common antidepressant, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) are a much less effective treatment for clinical depression than is commonly thought. In fact, some suggest it’s the drug’s action on the serotonin system that might be responsible for the drugs’ ability to cause violent and suicidal thinking
    SSRI’s are strongly linked to suicidal behavior. Other side effects less commonly known or discussed include homicidal tendencies, birth defects, miscarriages, and voluntary abortions due to the baby being diagnosed with a birth defect
    Although most drugs “work” in the sense that they have an effect, nearly all cause more harm than good.
    Http://Rxisk.org is a website designed to create a people’s movement for safer drugs. One of the features on the site will allow you to go through a series of questions that will help you determine whether ailments you’re having are associated with any of the drugs you’re taking. At the end, you will get a report that you can then bring with you to your prescribing doctor, to aid you in making a more comprehensive risk versus benefit analysis
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December 3, 2012 - Issue 2298
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/03.aspx
For Best Toilet Health: Squat or Sit?
    The classic 175 year old Western toilet may be in part responsible for increasing bowel and pelvic problems, including constipation, hemorrhoids, colitis, appendicitis, colon cancer and others
    Modern toilets place you in a sitting position as opposed to the more traditional squatting position with your knees to your chest; sitting to empty your bowel results in more straining because your intestinal organs are not in an optimal position for elimination
    Squatting has been scientifically shown to relieve constipation and hemorrhoids, but additional research needs to be done
    Non-westernized societies, in which people squat, do not have the high prevalence of bowel disease seen in developed nations; in some cultures with traditional lifestyles, these diseases are uncommon or almost unknown
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MS Risk and Premature Births Affected by Mom's Vitamin D Status
    People living in Northern latitudes who were born in April or May, just after the darker, colder winter months when sunlight is generally insufficient to produce adequate vitamin D, were more likely to have multiple sclerosis than those born during October and November (after the summer months).
    A large number of studies have confirmed that your risk of MS increases the farther away you live from the equator.
    Vitamin D may positively affect MS by modulating chemicals called cytokines, which affect your immune system and can either reduce or increase inflammation.
    Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy could also save the lives of 500,000 premature babies annually by reducing the number of premature births.
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December 4, 2012 - Issue 2299
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/04.aspx
Artificial Sweeteners Cause Greater Weight Gain than Sugar
    A recent study found that saccharin and aspartame cause greater weight gain than sugar, unrelated to caloric intake
    Research has repeatedly shown that artificial no- or low-calorie sweeteners can stimulate your appetite, increase cravings for carbohydrates, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain
    Without the calories, your appetite is activated by the sweet taste, but as your body keeps waiting for the calories to come, sensations of hunger remain
    Aspartame may also cause weight gain because phenylalanine and aspartic acid – the two amino acids that make up 90 percent of aspartame -- are known to rapidly stimulate the release of insulin and leptin; two hormones that are intricately involved with satiety and fat storage. Insulin and leptin are also the primary hormones that regulate your metabolism
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European Environmental Bureau Urges EU States to Ban Amalgam Fillings
    In a letter to European Union (EU) member state representatives and dental experts, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) asked recipients to support a phase-out of the use of mercury in dentistry, both in the EU and around the world.
    The EEB letter comes on the heels of an August 2012 European Commission report by the BIO Intelligence Service (BIOS), which also recommended the phase-out of dental amalgam and mercury in button cell batteries.
    Sweden has already phased out dental mercury, and several other European countries have either significantly reduced its use or have imposed restrictions on it; the United States has been shockingly slow to respond to mounting evidence of significant harm from dental amalgam.
    Dental mercury is not only a personal health risk, it’s also a major environmental pollutant to global air, water and soil.
    The momentum toward mercury-free dentistry is gaining speed and, it appears, may be set to become a reality in the 21st century -- with continued support.
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December 5, 2012 - Issue 2300
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/05.aspx
Smart Grid Funding Misspent on Obsolete Technologies
    A recent report highlights widespread misunderstandings about the alleged benefits of the new ‘smart’ utility meters among state and local government officials, energy policy experts, advocates for renewable energies, environmental nonprofits, and experts at the highest federal levels.
    About four billion dollars, yes that is billion with a “B”, in federal subsidies for “smart” utility meters have been misspent with our tax dollars on meter technology that will not lead to energy sustainability, or contribute to the possibility of a more efficient and responsive electricity grid.
    Other nations, such as The Netherlands, Germany and Japan are properly investing in incentives to rapidly build a sustainable energy economy, while the United States continues to financially prop up coal-based utilities that have no financial incentive to promote energy conservation or movement toward non-polluting, less expensive sustainable energy.
    The roll-out of wireless “smart” utility meters pose privacy, security, safety, health, financial, homeland security and other risks, in addition to national economic risks by not investing in the right technologies.
    The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has released a position paper on EMF and radiofrequency health effects, calling for “immediate caution regarding smart meter installation,” citing several studies showing causality that led to its conclusion that “significant harmful biological effects occur from non‐thermal RF exposure,” such as that emitted from wireless smart meters.
    Communities have been misled about the need for the new meters, in an effort that only serves the short-term bottom line interests of utility and meter companies while burdening ratepayers with an extraordinary range of risks and new costs.
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Too Little Sleep May Fuel Insulin Resistance
    New research has shed some light on why sleep deprivation may be so damaging to your health, as it may seriously impair the way your body responds to the hormone insulin.
    After four nights of sleep deprivation (sleep time was only 4.5 hours per night), study participants’ insulin sensitivity was 16 percent lower, while their fat cells’ insulin sensitivity was 30 percent lower, and rivaled levels seen in those with diabetes or obesity.
    Impaired insulin sensitivity, also known as insulin resistance, occurs when your body cannot use insulin properly, causing your blood sugar levels to rise to unhealthy levels. Insulin resistance is a precursor to type 2 diabetes as well as a risk factor in many other chronic diseases.
    Sleep deprivation puts your body in a pre-diabetic state, which can lead to increased weight and decreased health.
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December 6, 2012 - Issue 2301
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/06.aspx
Why Taking Antibiotics During Pregnancy is a Bad Idea
    Recent research shows children whose mothers took antibiotics during their pregnancy were more likely to develop asthma, compared to those whose mother did not take antibiotics
    The baby gets his or her first "inoculation" of gut flora from the mother’s birth canal during childbirth, which is why a mother’s use of antibiotics during pregnancy may predispose the child to asthma and a variety of other ailments, including neurological dysfunction and autoimmune disorders
    The frivolous use of antibiotics, not just in medicine, but also in food production, is the root cause of skyrocketing antibiotic resistance
    Between the years of 1993 and 2005, the number of Americans hospitalized due to the antibiotic-resistant “superbug” MRSA skyrocketed from about 2,000 to 370,000. Currently, MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant infections kill about 60,000 Americans annually, and account for billions of dollars in health care costs
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How Drug Company Money is Undermining Science
    It’s common practice for the pharmaceutical industry to funnel money to prominent research scientists conducting studies on their products, and no one – not the researchers, not their funding sources, not scientific institutions and not even the government – appears able (or willing) to stop it.
    While many medical, educational and research institutions require faculty members to disclose such potential conflicts of interest, many do not actively monitor employees' activities, and disclosures are not always made.
    Even the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the second-highest funding source for drug studies (first is the drug companies, themselves), accepts a great deal of money from Big Pharma and is deeply enmeshed with the industry (two of its former leaders recently went to work for the drug industry).
    Many thousands of doctors, researchers and other medical experts – some of whom you probably depend on to provide unbiased information and advice pertaining to your health care – receive large amounts of supplemental income from drug companies.
    Thanks to the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which starts in 2013, drug companies and medical device manufacturers will be required to reveal most of the money they are giving to physicians; you will be able to determine if a health care provider you trust is actually on the drug industry’s payroll using a searchable online government database.
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December 7, 2012 - Issue 2302
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/07.aspx
Guidelines to Help Your Teen Safely and Effectively Improve His or Her Physique
    Recent research shows a disturbing trend among middle and high school teens of using potentially harmful substances to promote muscle growth, including steroids
    Many protein powders on the market are poor quality and not an ideal food. Guidelines for selecting a high quality whey protein are included. Two of the most effective ways to boost muscle growth include normalizing your insulin levels through dietary changes and using high intensity interval exercises
    Five healthy lifestyle strategies to instill in your child or teen include: normalizing insulin levels by avoiding sugar and grains and boosting consumption of whole foods; making sure protein sources are grass-fed, organic and hormone-free; replacing carbs with healthful fats; and incorporating high intensity interval exercises
    Older teens who are already eating a healthy whole food diet may also use intermittent fasting to optimize metabolism and promote muscle-building in a natural way
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Women Hoist Kettlebells for Strength and Shapeliness
    Kettlebells provide a dynamic, whole-body exercise routine that incorporates cardiovascular, resistance and range-of-motion training into one workout.
    Modern women are taking to kettlebell workouts in droves, drawn to their unique ability to tone and shape your body while also boosting strength, flexibility and endurance.
    A kettlebell workout that also incorporates interval training can help you burn more than 20 calories per minute, which is typically only achieved by running at a fast pace or cross-country skiing uphill, quickly.
    A kettlebell workout will not only help improve your aerobic capacity, it will also provide an anaerobic workout, which is vitally important for your cardiovascular system as well as for building strength, speed and muscle mass.
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December 8, 2012 - Issue 2303
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/08.aspx
How Coconut Oil Might Combat Tooth Decay
    Coconut oil is a powerful inhibitor of a large variety of pathogenic organisms, from viruses to bacteria to protozoa, largely due to its naturally high lauric acid content
    Researchers in Ireland found that coconut oil treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion, strongly inhibits Streptococcus bacteria, which are common inhabitants in your mouth that can lead to plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease
    Although a healthful diet (low in sugar, grains, and processed foods, and high in fermented vegetables, whole foods, and grass-fed meats) can improve your dental health, you may still experience problems with plaque
    Pathogenic oral bacteria and their toxins can harm more than just your mouth when they circulate through your bloodstream—they can potentially cause secondary infections and chronic inflammation throughout your body
    Two additional strategies may help reduce plaque buildup: consuming naturally fermented vegetables daily, and the use of a technique called oil pulling; over the last year, these two strategies have radically improved my own long-standing plaque problem [MMS worked better for me for tooth infections and seems to help prevent plaque too]
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Human Intellect Backsliding From Lack of Evolutionary Pressure: Study
    The optimization of a vast arrav of genes related to intelligence may have peaked in the early stages of human evolution, when your ability to survive depended much more than now on your higher cognitive faculties
    Now that this evolutionary pressure is gone, genetic mutations that interfere with optimal intellectual function, or even contribute to disabilities, are becoming more common; it’s estimated that while there are anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 genes that play a role in intellectual ability, all humans now have two or more mutations that may disrupt their intellectual or emotional stability
    On a personal level, you can impact your brain function and cognitive abilities by making simple tweaks to your lifestyle and daily routine
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December 9, 2012 - Issue 2304
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/09.aspx
How Innate ‘Plasticity’ of Your Brain Allows You to Improve Cognitive Performance and Prevent Age-Related Decline
    Research has proven that your brain continues to make new neurons throughout life in response to mental activity, which means that cognitive function can be improved, regardless of your age, and cognitive decline can be reversed
    A key factor or ingredient necessary for improving brain function or reversing functional decline is the seriousness of purpose with which you engage in a task. In other words, the task must be important to you, or somehow meaningful or interesting
    There are computer-based brain fitness programs designed to help improve cognitive function in six different areas in about 40 hours, and can be used by any age group
    To optimize your brain fitness, the following lifestyle factors can help: daily physical exercise, focusing on your body movements and your environment, engaging in new learning throughout your life, staying socially active, and practicing “mindfulness”
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December 10, 2012 - Issue 2305
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/10.aspx
Top 10 Packaged Foods You Shouldn't Buy
    Processed, pre-packaged foods typically contain processed salt, additives, food colorings, MSG, and genetically engineered ingredients. Many companies also still use cans with bisphenol-A (BPA) in the lining of cans and non-stick packaging. This plastic chemical has been identified as a potent endocrine disruptor, which means it mimics or interferes with your hormones and "disrupts" your endocrine system.
    Ten packaged foods that are easily and inexpensively replaced with whole foods are reviewed, including canned soup, stock/bouillon, canned beans, hummus, breakfast cereal, microwave popcorn, bottled- and functional waters, fruit and vegetable juice, yogurt, and fermented vegetables.
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4 Keys to Healthy Aging
    New research has found four key behaviors – not smoking, moderate drinking, exercising regularly, eating vegetables and fruits daily -- that lower your risk of disability, chronic disease and mental health problems as you age.
    Each of these strategies increased the odds of “successful aging” by up to 50 percent when used independently, but the best rewards came from following all of them simultaneously, which tripled the rate of successful aging.
    The more healthy habits you embrace, the higher your chances of aging “successfully” becomes; six more healthy aging strategies are also discussed.
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December 11, 2012 - Issue 2306
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/11.aspx
Toxic Taps: Lead is Still the Problem
    Millions of water pipes known as service lines are still made from lead, and could be carrying contaminated water into your home on a daily basis.
    While the government has attempted to remedy this problem with pipe replacements, the solution has backfired; in addition to not removing all of the lead pipes, the replacement process may actually increase the health risks by elevating water lead levels.
    You may or may not receive warning that a partial pipe replacement in your area could temporarily increase your water’s lead levels and your health risks; while utilities are supposed to let you know, many do not.
    Your safest and most economical choice to get lead out of your water is to make sure it is filtered when it comes out of your tap, or, alternatively, when it comes into your home. Large carbon filters and a whole house water filtration system will remove dangerous levels of lead, along with the host of other contaminants, including over 500 toxic disinfectant by-products, that are often present in drinking water.
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Will the Natural Products Association Live Up to its Name in the Continued Fight for GMO Labeling?
    The Natural Products Association (NPA) is the leading trade association for the natural products industry, leading the charge in lobbying Capitol Hill and setting the standards. Yet it opposed California Prop. 37, which would have required genetically engineered products to be labeled and prevented GE-containing products from bearing the “natural” label
    Shockingly, the NPA’s Natural Standard for Personal Care Products certification does not actually prohibit genetically engineered (GE) ingredients... In fact, a product can contain 100% GE ingredients and still qualify for their Natural certification. This is in direct contradiction to the NPA’s statement that “a product labeled ‘natural’ should avoid any ingredient with a suspected human health risk”
    The NPA’s member list includes not just trusted natural and organic brands, but also some of the biggest pharmaceutical and chemical companies in the world—in essence some of the premiere opponents to all things natural and/or organic, such as Bayer, BASF and Dupont
    The Association still has an opportunity to do the right thing to protect consumers and its own members from growing distrust in the “natural” label. GE labeling supporter Roxanne Green from PCC Natural Markets--a certified organic retailer that supported Prop. 37—recently joined the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Northwest Chapter of the NPA
    PCC Natural Markets has already contributed $100,000 in support of I-522 to get it on the November 2013 ballot. The NPA Northwest also announced a $10,000 donation in support of the Washington labeling initiative
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December 12, 2012 - Issue 2307
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/12.aspx
Why I Do Not Recommend Pork - Nearly 70 Percent Contaminated with Dangerous Pathogens
    According to Consumer Reports, 69 percent of all raw pork samples tested were contaminated with the dangerous bacteria Yersinia enterocolitica, which can cause fever and gastrointestinal illness. Ground pork was more likely than pork chops to be contaminated
    The pork also tested positive for other contaminants. More than 20 percent of samples contained the controversial drug ractopamine, which is banned in many countries, including Europe and China
    Many of the bacteria found in the pork were resistant to multiple antibiotics
    If you choose to eat pork, I recommend seeking a naturally raised, pastured source, although this is no guarantee of safety. Pastured pigs are vulnerable to Trichinella spiralis infection—aka “pork worm”—due to their exposure to wild hosts. Trichinella is one of the most widespread parasites in the world, and can cause potentially serious health complications
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Acne Drug Widely 'Overused' Says UK Dermatologist
    The acne drug Roaccutane (generic name, isotretinoin, and formerly sold as Accutane in the United States) is meant to be used as a last resort for severe acne, but is often prescribed for even mild cases.
    Drug maker Roche, the former manufacturer of Accutane, has paid out millions due to lawsuits over the drug causing inflammatory bowel disease.
    Accutane is also linked to depression and suicide, and is so toxic during pregnancy that it carries a Category X warning label from the FDA; women must take two pregnancy tests and consent to using two forms of contraception before receiving the drug.
    The root cause of acne is most likely not bacteria or genetics, but environmental factors—particularly your diet; dietary changes, especially eliminating sugars, fructose, wheat, corn and soybeans, are often very effective at resolving acne naturally.
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December 13, 2012 - Issue 2308
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/13.aspx
Zinc—One of the Best Supplements to Help Fight Cold and Flu
    Zinc is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function
    Many are deficient in zinc due to mineral-depleted soils, drug effects, plant-based diets, and other diets high in grain
    Zinc deficiency is associated with increased colds and flu, chronic fatigue, depression, acne, low birth weight babies, learning problems and poor school performance in children, among others
    Foods highest in zinc are oysters, meat, poultry, nuts and seeds, and unsweetened chocolate (cacao)
    A [chelated] zinc supplement is a simple, inexpensive way to augment your dietary intake of this important mineral, but make sure you choose a chelated form to ensure absorbability
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The Dangers of Christmas
    Home fires related to holiday lights, candles and Christmas trees are common this time of year, along with fall-related injuries from hanging holiday décor.
    Many Christmas decorations, including holiday lights, spray-on snow and scented candles, contain toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other health risks
    Since Christmas stands for family togetherness more so than any other holiday, it is the time of year when you may become acutely aware of any such voids in your life, magnifying feelings of isolation and loneliness; maintaining a sense of emotional balance is incredibly important.
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December 14, 2012 - Issue 2309
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/14.aspx
Is It Better to Exercise or Rest When You’re Sick?
    Generally it is wise to avoid all but gentle exercise when you are sick as it will be an additional stressor that your body will not respond well to.
    If you have a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion, it’s usually ok to exercise, but you should reduce the intensity, aiming at a moderate level of exercise.
    Too much exercise, especially intense exercise, should be avoided, as it will place more stress on your already stressed system and worsen or prolong your recovery.
    If your symptoms are primarily below your neck, fever, fatigue, body aches, vomiting, rather than the ones listed above, exercise should generally be avoided.
    No matter what your symptoms, you need to be very careful and listen to your body. If you don’t feel up to exercising, don’t; get some rest instead.
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Stimulate Your Fitness IQ By Walking Backward
    Walking backwards helps you to use muscles and movements that you probably rarely use, making it an ideal way to change up your exercise routine for greater fitness gains.
    When you walk backwards, it puts less strain and requires less range of motion from your knee joints, which is useful for people with knee problems or injuries.
    Backward walking may help relieve lower back pain, improve hamstring flexibility, burn more fat and calories in less time than traditional walking, improve balance and even sharpen your thinking skills and vision.
    When walking backwards, do so in a safe location, such as on a track, to avoid falling over obstacles in your path; you can also take a buddy with you to act as your “eyes” and alert you to any upcoming dangers. Moonwalking may not count.
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December 15, 2012 - Issue 2310
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/15.aspx
How to Easily and Inexpensively Ferment Your Own Vegetables
    Fermented or cultured foods, such as cultured vegetables are ideal for maintaining optimal gut health. Just one quarter to one half cup of fermented veggies, eaten with one to three meals a day, can have a dramatic, beneficial impact on your health—including potent detoxification from toxins and heavy metals
    Summary instructions for fermenting your own vegetables are included, along with a dozen special tips and tricks from the expert, Caroline Barringer. But it's easier just to get some live kefir and add a tablespoonful or so to a pint or so of milk (any kind) each night and leave it set out in a warm place; by the next day the milk will turn to kefir, which is great for gut flora etc.
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Belly Fat Bad for Men's Bones
    Obese men who carry more of their fat deep in their belly are at a greater risk of weak bones and fractures than obese men who have more fat located just below the skin around their thigh and buttocks areas.
    Excess fat deep in your belly and around your organs, known as visceral fat, has been linked to lower bone strength, along with other health risks such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
    Monitoring your waist size seems to provide a far more accurate benchmark for predicting obesity-related health risks than simply monitoring your weight.
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December 16, 2012 - Issue 2311
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What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium
    Vitamin K2 is an important fat-soluble vitamin that plays critical roles in protecting your heart and brain, and building strong bones. It also plays an important role in cancer protection
    The biological role of vitamin K2 is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth. It also helps remove calcium from areas where it shouldn’t be, such as in your arteries and soft tissues
    The optimal amounts of vitamin K2 are still under investigation, but it seems likely that 180 to 200 micrograms of vitamin K2 might be enough to activate your body’s K2-dependent proteins to shuttle calcium to the proper areas
    If you take oral vitamin D, you also need to take vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 deficiency is actually what produces the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, which includes inappropriate calcification that can lead to hardening of your arteries
    If you take a calcium supplement, it’s important to maintain the proper balance between calcium, vitamin K2, vitamin D, and magnesium. Lack of balance between these nutrients is why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke
    For those who are calcium deficient, look to food sources high in calcium, rather than a supplement. This is because many high calcium foods also contain naturally high amounts of vitamin K2! Good sources of calcium include dairy, especially cheeses, and vegetables, although veggies aren't high in K2.
    Additionally, magnesium is far more important than calcium if you are going to consider supplementing. Magnesium will also help keep natural calcium in the cell to do its job far better.
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December 17, 2012 - Issue 2312
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/12/17.aspx
Importance of Magnesium is Far Greater than Previously Imagined
    Up to 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium, which is very difficult to measure with a blood test
    Magnesium guides a large number of important physiological functions, including creation of ATP for energy, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function
    Magnesium has been shown to benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke
    One of the best ways to optimize your magnesium level is by consuming plenty of organic green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. Foods with exceptionally high magnesium content include seaweed, coriander, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, and almond butter
    If you take a magnesium supplement, you also need to pay attention to your ratios of calcium, vitamin K2 and vitamin D, as these nutrients work together synergistically
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“American Gut” - One of the Most Important Health Projects of the 21st Century
    What might be one of the most important natural health projects of the 21st century—known as The American Gut Project—is about to launch. The project seeks to identify the parameters for the ideal gut flora, and how diet and other lifestyle factors affect it
    In recent years, it’s become increasingly clear that the microbes in your gut play a much more vital role in your health than previously conceived.
    Gut microbes have been found to influence a number of diseases, obesity, mental health and behavior, and even gene expression
    Fermented foods, such as fermented vegetables, or more conveniently, kefir, are the ideal way to optimize your gut flora. Avoiding antibiotics and meats from animals fed antibiotics; processed foods; chlorinated and fluoridated water; antibacterial soap and agricultural chemicals are also important, as all of these promote the growth of pathogenic bacteria
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December 18, 2012 - Issue 2313
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General Mills Gets a Taste of Backlash After it Spent Over $1.1 Million to Defeat GMO Labeling Initiative
    General Mills, which donated more than $1.1 million to the 'No on Prop. 37' campaign to defeat the GE labeling law, recently got a taste of the backlash from their subversive tactics
    Just one day after General Mills’ Cheerios brand released a Facebook app allowing “fans” to “show what Cheerios mean to them,” the app was abruptly pulled due to thousands of angry consumers using it to create anti-GMO statements and lashing out against the company’s treachery
    Two of the first three ingredients in Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios are corn starch and sugar—two ingredients that might be genetically engineered (a majority of corn-based ingredients and sugar from sugar beets on the US market is now GE)
    The fact that General Mills would rather pay millions to hide that their products contain GE ingredients rather than give you the choice to buy something else, or reformulate their product without GE ingredients is quite telling. And fortunately, people are now starting to see through these shady tactics where actions do not match the words
    Washington state and Vermont are now working on people’s initiatives to get GE labeling laws passed in 2013
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More Independent Voices Speak Up on Fluoridation
    Since 2010, more than 75 U.S. and Canadian communities have voted to end water fluoridation
    Most recently, in Kirkland Lake, a community of 9,000 in Northeastern Ontario, Canada, the city council unanimously voted in favor of a motion to not add fluoride to the town’s water
    Council members, and the town’s mayor, voiced ethical concerns about adding fluoride to the water supply without informed consent, as well as health concerns, such as the amount of fluoride babies ingest when drinking fluoridated tap water
    Fluoride compounds like fluorosilicic acid are toxic industrial waste products, which can also be contaminated with lead, arsenic, radionucleotides, aluminum and other industrial contaminants; along with posing a grave risk to the environment, fluoride is linked to numerous human health risks
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December 19, 2012 - Issue 2314
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FDA Sued for Withholding Data on Antibiotic Use in Food Animals
    The Government Accountability Project (GAP) has filed a lawsuit against the FDA after the agency refused to release data on the amount of antibiotics sold for use in food animals
    The US uses nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics annually in food production. Livestock antibiotic use accounts for 80 percent of the total antibiotics sold annually
    Such non-medical use of antibiotics in food animals is a major driving force behind the rampant development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in patients, which makes it difficult to overcome infections
    In other parts of the world, such as the European Union, the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feed has been banned for years
    You can help protect yourself and your family -- and prompt change in the consumer realm -- by purchasing only antibiotic-free meats that were raised on high-quality organic farms
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Environmental Toxins Causing Early Puberty in Both Boys and Girls
    Recent research shows that boys, like girls, are beginning sexual development much sooner than historically normal. Boys are now developing six months to two years earlier than the medically accepted standard based on previous studies
    Precocious puberty can affect both physical and psychological health, including raising the future risk for hormone-related cancers
    The trend raises serious questions about environmental factors spurring this development, as it cannot be explained through genetic changes
    Xeno-estrogens (estrogen-mimicking chemicals) behave like steroid hormones and can alter the timing of puberty, and affect disease risk throughout life. In adults, such chemicals have been linked to decreased sperm quality, stimulation of mammary gland development in men, disrupted reproductive cycles and ovarian dysfunction, obesity, cancer, heart disease and more
    Top environmental offenders include plasticizing chemicals like BPA, BPS, and phthalates, agricultural chemicals, and food-related substances like MSG, bovine growth hormone (rBGH), and unfermented soy products
    Research has confirmed the existence of a previously unknown class of estrogen-mimicking metals referred to as "metalloestrogens." These metals, which are added to thousands of consumer products, including vaccines, have been identified as being capable of producing similar health dangers
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December 20, 2012 - Issue 2315
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Newest Hyped Diabetes Drug Can Increase Your Risk of Cancer etc
    Several studies of the newest drug for diabetes, Januvia, have implicated these very common drugs to cause a number of different cancers. They will likely be removed from the market but perhaps not until they’ve killed many
    There simply is no reason these dangerous drugs should ever be used as they fail to treat the cause of the disease. Anyone on them now ideally should stop taking them and follow a healthy eating plan, which will radically improve, if not completely resolve, their diabetes
    Acknowledged side effects of Januvia and Janumet, include anaphylaxis and acute pancreatitis—both of which can be lethal. Anaphylaxis is in fact such a grave hazard with this drug that it actually carries a black box warning for lactic acidosis: “If acidosis is suspected, discontinue Janumet and hospitalize the patient immediately.”
    With this new class of drugs, cancer cells are allowed to proliferate. None of the safety studies on Januvia addressed its impact on tumor growth prior to approval
    Januvia is now the number one best-selling and lethal drug in the oral diabetes market.
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How Science Can Deceive You about Your Cell Phone
    Radiofrequency radiation and electromagnetic field (EMF) expert Magda Havas, PhD reveals the kinds of deceptions going on in the field of cell phone research
    From industry funding controlling the release of study results to manipulations of study design, to publicizing abstracts that do not disclose a study’s true findings, deceptions are increasingly common at all levels of the scientific process
    Sometimes the media itself, which often receives a large amount of advertising dollars from the cell phone industry, is responsible for spreading inaccurate and misleading information, or not covering an important study at all.
    Sometimes, propaganda comes in a worldwide PR campaign, in a flurry of planted articles in newspapers, magazines and scientific journals. We have seen this before and we may be seeing it again, based on new evidence.
    Ethics in science is a critical issue in all areas of research today. Kudos to Harvard Law School’s Safra Center for Ethics for inviting leading EMF scientist, Dr. Franz Adlkofer from Germany, to present on institutional corruption in the EMF science in his lecture “Protection Against Radiation is in Conflict with Science” (see Video at above link)
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December 21, 2012 - Issue 2316
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Extreme Endurance Cardio May Do More Harm than Good
    Extreme endurance cardio, such as marathon running, actually damages your heart, and can negate the health benefits you’d otherwise reap from a regular fitness program. Research has shown that once you reach 40-50 minutes of vigorous exercise per day, the benefits from your efforts plateau, and further efforts do not convey further improvements in life expectancy
    Extended extreme cardio sets in motion inflammatory mechanisms that damage your heart. So while your heart is indeed designed to work very hard, and will be strengthened from doing so, it’s only designed to do so intermittently, and for short periods—not for an hour or more at a time
    To optimize the health benefits from running, you’ll want to run not more than 4 miles per day—the ideal amount being 10-15 miles per week. Once you reach 25 miles or more per week, the benefits actually disappear. Running too fast (faster than 8 miles per hour) or more than five times per week also negates the health benefits of running
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Infection and Nutritional Deficiency Risks from Regular Ibuprofen Use
    Taking ibuprofen before a workout in order to reduce muscle soreness has been linked to intestinal leakage and systemic inflammation; when used chronically, ibuprofen may lead to intestinal permeability, allowing bacteria and digestive enzymes to leak into your bloodstream regularly
    Using ibuprofen chronically may also reduce the absorption of key nutrients, particularly after exercise, which may make it harder for your muscles to regenerate; further, this practice has not been shown to reduce muscle damage or soreness
    The best strategies to help reduce muscle fatigue and soreness are those that will help to address the underlying causes, which drugs do not
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December 22, 2012 - Issue 2317
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The Surprising Secrets to a Long Life
    According to the preponderance of scientific data, the most important social factor predicting longevity is not your income, nor your race, nor whether or not you have health insurance—the most important predictive factor is your education
    Education appears to teach people how to delay gratification and how to plan for the future
    Your social support system is also important if you wish to lead a long, healthy life; if you are socially isolated, you’re more likely to suffer from poor health and a shorter lifespan
    Other factors important for longevity include lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, sleep, minimal drug use, overall attitude and stress management skills
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Why the Affordable Health Care Act is Unlikely to Benefit Your Health
    Guaranteed health insurance does NOT equate to guaranteed health care. No strategies are included in the Affordable Health Care Act to actually prevent illness and reduce health care costs. Instead it expands an already flawed model of “care” that has been and continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the US
    A recent review of U.S. healthcare expenses revealed that 30 cents of every dollar spent on medical care is wasted, adding up to $750 billion annually. This is the system being expanded upon with the Affordable Health Care Act
    The US spends twice as much per person on health care as any other nation, yet we rank 49th in terms of life expectancy, and despite giving newborn babies more vaccines than any other country on the planet, the US ranks 30th for infant mortality
    There is massive collusion going on between federal regulatory agencies and the industries they’re supposed to regulate, which ensures not just the profitability of Big Pharma and the medical industry as a whole, but also Big Ag, which is another major culprit behind the nation’s poor health. The ultimate price for this collusion and undermining of truth is your health. It’s a for-profit scheme, and healthy people do not make good customers
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December 23, 2012 - Issue 2318
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Benefits of a High Fish Diet with Low Mercury Contamination
    Fish has always been the best source for the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, but as levels of pollution have increased, fish has become less viable as a primary source of healthful fats
    Fortunately, fish that tend to suffer the least amount of toxic contamination also happen to be some of the best sources of fat and antioxidants. So, by choosing wisely, the benefits of a diet high in fish can still outweigh the risks
    The fish lowest in toxicity, and highest in healthful fats and other nutrients include wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, and smaller fish like sardines, anchovies and herring
    Avoid larger fish that are higher up in the food chain, as these tend to be far more contaminated with methylmercury and other environmental toxins, which are toxic to people
   Shrimp, krill, and crab are also good sources of these good fats
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December 24, 2012 - Issue 2319
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How Diet and Supplements Can Help Prevent Migraines
    Some migraine sufferers report beneficial results by switching to a Paleo diet – in essence a “real food” diet devoid of anything processed
    A Paleo diet was defined as no grains, bread or pasta, and no pasteurized dairy, but does include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, some nuts and oils along with wild caught fish, organic poultry and grass-fed lean meats
    Over 150 studies have looked into the connection between food allergies and migraines. Some of the top migraine-inducing foods identified include wheat, cow’s milk, grain cereals, sugar, yeast, corn, citrus and eggs
    Certain food additives, such as aspartame and MSG, are also notorious for causing headaches and triggering migraines
    According to some experts, migraines are related to mitochondrial dysfunction, so one of the most critical dietary supplements is ubiquinol (the reduced form of Coenzyme Q10). Other helpful supplements include magnesium, vitamin B2, B6 and B12, along with folic acid
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5 Skin Care Myths & Top Tips for a Healthier Complexion
    Some of the most widely held “beliefs” about proper skin care are actually myths, such as the idea that all sun exposure and tanning must be avoided, when in reality it's sunscreens that cause cancer
    Many also mistakenly believe that skin care products on the market are safe, when in reality many contain chemicals that have never been tested for safety, along with those linked to cancer and hormone disruption
    In order to have clear, healthy skin, you need to make sure your body is relatively free of toxins and full of nutrients, so cleansing your body of dangerous substances while eating the healthiest foods is essential
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December 25, 2012 - Issue 2320
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Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Year!
    For eight straight years, Mercola.com has been the most visited natural health site on the web, in large part due to your continued support and involvement
    Despite losing the final vote by a narrow margin, the California Proposition 37 to label genetically engineered foods was an important milestone in significantly increasing public awareness of the dangerous practice of selling unlabeled genetically engineered foods
    The dangers of mercury in dentistry is becoming more widely acknowledged, and with your help in pushing for change, more and more patients and dentists are refusing to use amalgam fillings
    2012 was a year of wellness awakening in the United States. People are tired of being sick and overweight, and they’re frustrated with symptom management through pharmaceuticals. People are hungry for knowledge on how to live well, in order to be well. This is information we have continuously provided for well over a decade, and will continue to share over the years to come
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December 26, 2012 - Issue 2321
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The Canadian Cancer Society and Neutrogena: Partners in Fraud
    Cosmetics giant Neutrogena has teamed with the Canadian Cancer Society to [hype] Canadians on using sunscreen
    The misleading advice to use sunscreen whenever you’re out in the sun blocks your body’s ability to produce beneficial vitamin D. This vitamin actually lowers your cancer risk, so blocking it increases risk
    The American Academy of Dermatology has also made the outrageous claim that ultraviolet light exposure is not an efficient source of vitamin D, when, in fact, sunlight (or alternativley the use of a safe tanning bed) is by far the best way to get your vitamin D
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Popular Weight Loss Drug ... Permanent Liver and Kidney Damage
    Weight-loss drug Orlistat (Xenical and Alli), even at low levels, inhibits a major detoxification enzyme (carboxylesterase-2) in the liver, kidney and gastrointestinal tract, which may lead to “severe toxicity of internal organs such as the liver and kidney”
    Orlistat may also alter the efficacy of certain drugs and may increase your risk of bleeding if you take aspirin
    Despite the known risks of liver damage, and other health effects, from weight loss drugs already on the market, the FDA, for the sake of greed, approved two new weight loss drugs in 2012, each with its own set of significant health concerns
    If you need to lose weight, switching from a carb-based diet to a fat- and protein-based diet will help rebalance your body's chemistry, and a natural side benefit of this is weight loss, and/or improved weight management once you're at an ideal weight. After weight normalization, consume about 20% carbs
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December 27, 2012 - Issue 2322
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Link Between Flame Retardants on Fabrics and Neurodevelopmental Delays in Children
    In the largest study to date of its kind, researchers found in utero and childhood exposures to flame-retardant chemicals were associated with neurodevelopmental delays in school-age children
    As many as 97 percent of all Americans have significant levels of PBDEs in their blood, which makes in utero exposure highly likely; up to 80 percent of children’s products, including 60 percent of car seats, also contain PBDEs and other chemicals.
    PBDEs easily leach from consumer products and are released into the environment during manufacturing, where they persist and accumulate in your body.
    PBDEs have also been linked to decreased fertility, thyroid problems and liver toxicity.
    Your mattress is likely to be one of your most significant exposures to PBDEs, as all U.S. mattresses are required to be highly flame retardant; look for a chemical-free, organic or 100% wool mattress for yourself and your child instead.
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What Country Tops the List of Healthiest Countries?
    Japan ranked highest in the world for both female and male life expectancy
    The United States spends $2.7 trillion annually -- TWICE the amount per person as most other industrialized nations – on health care, yet was ranked only 29th for male life expectancy and 33rd for female
    While health risks like infectious diseases and malnutrition are causing fewer deaths than they have in decades, other more insidious causes of death, like chronic disease, have taken their place in many countries, including the United States
    Dietary factors, such as eating larger amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats and fermented foods like natto, may play a role in the Japanese people’s generally good health
    The more healthy habits you embrace, the longer and more pleasant your life is likely to be
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December 28, 2012 - Issue 2323
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7 Signs You’re Exercising Too Much
    Part of creating optimal fitness is recovery after exercise. An equation to keep in mind is that as exercise intensity increases, the frequency can be reduced
    Commonly overlooked signs that you may be exercising too much include feeling exhausted rather than energized after your session, getting sick easily, “feeling blue,” insomnia or needing excessive amounts of sleep, “heavy” legs, frequently losing your temper, or muscle soreness that lasts for days
    High intensity exercises should not be done more than three times per week. When you work your fast-twitch fibers, it takes about 48 hours for that fiber to fully recover. This is twice the recovery time needed for long and slow exercise, which only work your slow-twitch fibers. These can typically recover in just one day
    Once you’re fit, recovery actually becomes MORE important, and if you’re doing high intensity exercises, your recovery period could be anywhere from three to seven days
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5 Top Winter Sports to Try
    Cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and ice hockey are five winter sports worth trying out this year
    Each offers unique benefits to your muscles and cardiovascular system, along with promoting balance, flexibility, agility and positive mental well-being
    It’s generally safe to exercise when it’s cold outside, but you should make sure you take certain precautions, such as dressing in layers and staying hydrated, and pay attention to signs and symptoms of specific cold-weather dangers such as frostbite and hypothermia
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December 29, 2012 - Issue 2324
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New Discoveries About How Gut Bacteria Can Benefit Your Health
    Once harmful bacteria begin to multiply too much, they begin to promote disease, and prevent your immune system from working optimally
    Bacteria communicate with each other using a chemical language called “quorum sensing - for better or worse.
    The micro-organisms living in your digestive tract form a very important "inner ecosystem" that influences countless aspects of your health. More specifically, the type and quantity of organisms in your gut interact with your body in ways that can either prevent or encourage the development of many diseases and mental health problems
    Cultured foods like yogurt and fermented vegetables are excellent sources of natural, healthy bacteria, provided they are not pasteurized. Other examples of healthy fermented foods include: kombucha, raw milk cheeses, natto, miso, kimchee, and tempeh
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Study Proves Pesticide Exposure Linked to Bumble Bee Colony Failures
    A new study found bees given access to two commonly used agricultural pesticides were adversely affected in numerous ways, including a higher death rate among worker bees and an increased likelihood of colony failure
    Neonicotinoid pesticides, in particular, affect insects' central nervous systems in ways that are cumulative and irreversible, and are now being suggested as a cause of disappearing honeybees
    Bayer CropScience is a leading manufacturer of the neonicotinoid pesticides at the heart of the CCD debate (lawsuits against Bayer from beekeepers are ongoing)
    A full one-third of the U.S. food supply depends on pollination from bees, so if bee colonies continue to be devastated by colony collapse disorder major food shortages could result; other important innovations made from honeybee products (such as propolis for cancer treatment and honey for wound healing) could also disappear
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December 30, 2012 - Issue 2325
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Cholesterol is Essential for Health
    Cholesterol is essential for good health, as it carries out essential functions within your cell membranes, and is critical for proper brain function and production of steroid hormones
    Correcting insulin resistance appears to be a major factor in normalizing thyroid function, which in turn could normalize cholesterol metabolism
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Six Most Important Risk Factors of Heart Disease
    Two tests that are good indicators of your risk for heart disease are your HDL to total cholesterol ratio, and your triglyceride to HDL ratio
    Four additional risk factors for heart disease are your fasting insulin and fasting blood sugar levels, your waist circumference, and your iron level
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December 31, 2012 - Issue 2326
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Two Wrongly "Forbidden Foods" That Can Give You Instant Energy: Coconut Oil & Fermented Food
    One food that is often shunned for its high saturated fat content is coconut oil. However, it has many spectacular health benefits such as promoting heart health, weight loss, immune system health, thyroid function and more.
    Microorganisms are often feared as dangerous, however, fermented foods are among the healthiest foods. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are very potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of environmental toxins, including pesticides and heavy metals
    10 nutritious "superfoods" that can up the ante on your diet include fermented veggies, fermented beverages, kale, sardines, whey protein, organic eggs, coconut oil, avocado, raw organic butter, and pomegranate
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Change Your Life by Changing Your Body Language
    Your body language can influence not only how others perceive you, but how you perceive yourself.
    Studies show that changing your body position causes hormonal fluctuations in the cortisol and testosterone levels in your brain.
    These hormonal fluctuations can be manipulated to your advantage: pose yourself in a powerful stance, and you not only will be perceived as more powerful, but you will feel it.
    These changes in the brain can occur in as little as two minutes after posing in a certain position.
    For doubters who think it’s not possible to change your whole life based on your body language, researcher Amy Cuddy suggests that you “fake” it until you make it happen, and then keep going on until you become it.