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January 1, 2013 - Issue 2327
Can You Name the Top Health Stories of 2012?
The most read articles of last year covered topics such as the health hazards of grains, including whole grains—and especially genetically engineered crops; the unsavory and little-known practice of coating fresh produce with plastic substances to increase shelf life; and the nutritional differences between various types of eggs
If you take oral vitamin D, it’s critical to take the right kind (D3 as opposed to D2), and to take vitamin K2 along with it
Diet can powerfully dictate whether you’re healthy or sick, and can be a powerful cancer deterrent. Traditionally fermented foods, such as fermented vegetables, have shown to be of particular importance for optimal health
Cell phones and root canals are perhaps two of the least well-known risk factors in chronic and potentially lethal disease
Photographic Adventure Reveals the Frightening Deadness of Genetically Engineered Corn Field
A science writer documents the frightening lack of life in an Iowa field growing genetically engineered corn—no birds, no insects of any kind, and no bees
Bees have been dying off around the world for a decade now from a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. A third of the U.S. food supply depends on the honeybee
GE crops and chemical agriculture in general are prime culprits in the disappearance of bees and other insects, such as butterflies
Monsanto purchased one of the leading bee research firms in September 2011– one that lists its primary goal as studying colony collapse disorder. The purchase was completed just months before Poland announced it would ban growing of Monsanto's genetically modified MON810 maize because "pollen of this strain could have a harmful effect on bees"
January 2, 2013 - Issue 2328
Digestive System Dictates Health: Autism; IBS; etc
There is an emerging consensus that most disease originates in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental disease. Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and make your digestive system work properly again, disease symptoms will typically resolve
Up to 85 percent of children with autism also suffer from some kind of gastrointestinal distress, and researchers are now beginning to look for links between gut flora, autism, and irritable bowel disease
A first-of-its-kind study on human breast milk and its impact on infants’ gut flora gives new insight on why breast milk is better than formula at protecting newborns from infectious illness. Compared to infant formulas and regular milk, only breast milk appears to promote a healthy colonization of beneficial biofilms
A healthy diet is the ideal way to maintain a healthy gut, and regularly consuming traditionally fermented or cultured foods is the easiest way to ensure optimal gut flora
Amgen Agrees to Pay $762 Million in Drug Marketing Case
Drug company Amgen has agreed to pay $762 million in criminal penalties for illegally marketing its anemia drug Aranesp
Drug maker Sanofi has also recently agreed to pay $109 million to resolve allegations that it gave free drugs to physicians as a form of kickbacks, which violates the False Claims Act
Putting your health in the hands of these and other drug companies is a frightening prospect because the leading pharmaceutical companies are also among the largest corporate criminals in the world, which have shown time and again, they consistently put profits above your health
January 3, 2013 - Issue 2329
Bacon is Good! Nitrites and Dirty Little Secrets about Celery Salt
Many view bacon as an unhealthy food but are unaware that the majority of its fat is monounsaturated and is fairly resistant to heat damage during cooking
Bacon from pastured pigs contains healthful saturated and monounsaturated fat, mostly consisting of oleic acid, the type so valued in olive oil. It also contains palmitoleic acid, which has antimicrobial properties, phosophatidyl choline that possesses antioxidant activity superior to Vitamin E, and fat-soluble vitamin D
The healthiest forms of bacon and other preserved meats are those that are prepared using time tested age old traditional methods using meat from healthy animals. If you desire to eat bacon it is preferred to find bacon from pastured pigs raised by local farmers
Probiotics Might Lessen Infant Skin Problems
In children at risk for developing eczema, limiting sugar and supplementing with fermented foods or beneficial probiotic bacteria cut the risk of developing eczema in half compared to those taking a placebo.
Giving an infant probiotics may help stave off eczema and other allergic diseases by beneficially altering the early colonization of bacteria in their gut, which may help the child’s immune system to develop and mature.
The first way you can encourage your newborn’s gut health to flourish is by breastfeeding. Beyond this, providing abundant probiotics to your infant (and also consuming them during pregnancy) in the form of fermented foods is one of the most powerful ways to restore and maintain your child’s beneficial gut flora.
January 4, 2013 - Issue 2330
Recover from Muscle Injuries and Pain in Hours, Not Weeks
A novel therapy, Advanced Muscle Integration Technique, used by many professional and elite athletes, but useful for many common injuries, focuses on interrelationships between muscle function, range of motion and restriction that contribute to pain
This technique, which incorporates multiple muscular skeletal techniques, acupuncture points, trigger points, and other alternative modalities, can oftentimes resolve injury-related pain in minutes, accelerate rehabilitation and can dramatically help improve athletic performance
Using this technique on the foot and ankle, recovery time for grade 1 and 2 type ankle sprains can potentially be reduced to minutes, compared to the 4-6 weeks required when following conventional treatment for a sprained ankle
Live Longer than an Olympian
Olympic medalists who engaged in extreme power sports such as weight lifting generally had shorter life expectancies than those engaging in endurance or mixed sports.
Olympic athletes engaging in more strenuous sports (rowers, runners) lived similar lifespans to those who competed in less intense sports (golf, cricket), but those who engaged in the most extreme contact sports, such as rugby had shorter lifespans than other athletes.
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.
Exercise can be viewed as a drug that needs to be taken in the ideal dosage to impart the optimal benefit. Too little, and you won't get any benefit. Too much, and you could do harm.
Science now suggests that the best fitness regimen is actually one that mimics the movements of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, which included short bursts of high-intensity activities, but not long-distance running such as is required to complete a marathon.
January 5, 2013 - Issue 2331
How Vitamin D Can Help Slash Your Risk of 7 Different Acute and Chronic Diseases
New research into vitamin D’s beneficial impact on seven acute and chronic health problems is reviewed, including: waist-to-hip ratio (a potent risk factor for heart disease); type 2 diabetes; age-related macular degeneration; Alzheimer’s disease; tuberculosis; pneumonia; and epilepsy
The European Food Safety Authority has raised the RDA for vitamin D supplementation to levels far beyond American guidelines. New guidelines call for 4,000 IU’s/day for adults and children over the age of 11; 2,000 IU’s/day for children aged 1-10; and 1,000 IU’s for infants
The ideal way to optimize your vitamin D levels is through sun or tanning bed exposure. If you do opt for a supplement, make sure you’re taking vitamin D3 and not the synthetic D2, as the latter may actually do more harm than good, according to a recent analysis
Decluttering in the New Year
Clutter is an often-unrecognized source of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction and even guilt
Workers waste six weeks a year searching for lost documents, while the average American spends nearly one hour a day looking for items they know they own but can’t find
Simple tips for de-cluttering your home, office and mind are included, such as how to tackle paper organization, create relevant storage solutions, and reduce what clutter gets brought into your home. See link above
January 6, 2013 - Issue 2332
Next Generation of Mercury Testing, and How to Detox Safely
Two primary forms of mercury are ethylmercury (inorganic mercury) which is primarily from dental amalgams, and methylmercury (organic mercury), which is the type found in fish. In terms of toxicity, ethylmercury rates the highest. Methylmercury penetrates your body very well, but is slightly less toxic than the inorganic form, which is what you absorb from your dental amalgams.
The two primary sources of mercury exposure are dental amalgam, and fish consumption, followed by thimerosal-containing vaccines, and mercury pollution from coal-burning power plants
Traditional mercury testing includes hair, blood, and urine testing. Challenge tests using a chelating chemical such as intravenous DMPS or DMSA are also commonly used. However, all of these tests have drawbacks and shortfalls. A newer testing method called mercury speciation far surpasses all of these earlier tests. While these older tests primarily measured total mercury load (and inaccurately at that), this newer technology is able to separate and measure the different forms of mercury in your system, which allows you to determine both kidney function, and your primary source of exposure—either fish-based methylmercury, or the dental-based inorganic ethylmercury
Your body is designed to detoxify naturally, and will do so quite efficiently as long as your entire detoxification system is working properly. Your glutathione system is an important part of your detox system, and foods high in glutathione precursors, such as whey protein, and sulfur-rich foods like garlic, are important for maintaining optimal functioning of your glutathione system
January 7, 2013 - Issue 2333
Diabetes Remission Possible with Diet, Exercise
In a four-year-long study, overweight and obese diabetics placed on a calorie-restrictive diet along with nearly three hours of exercise per week fared much better than controls
After one year, 11.5 percent of the program participants no longer needed medication to keep their blood sugar levels below the diabetes threshold. Only two percent of the non-intervention group experienced any significant improvement in their condition
Obesity has now become a greater global health crisis than hunger. It is also the leading cause of disabilities around the world
How to Stop Wasting Food
40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten, which amounts to a waste of more than 20 pounds of food per person, every month
U.S. families throw out about 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy
Tips included for how to properly store your fresh foods so you actually get the chance to eat them before they spoil
In addition to making sure your fridge is kept cold enough -- below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4 degrees Celsius – a vacuum sealer can greatly extend the shelf-life of produce and other perishable food items
January 8, 2013 - Issue 2334
Act Now to Stop Genetically Engineered Fish from Receiving Approval
The FDA is getting closer to issuing final approval of the first genetically engineered food animal—a salmon designed to grow up to five times faster than normal. The draft environmental assessment is now open for public comment for 60 days
FDA has allowed this GE fish to move forward based on tests of allergenicity of only six engineered fish, and those tests actually did show an increase in allergy-causing potential
The environmental risks are also tremendous. In a previous Purdue University computer model that tracked the effects of releasing just 60 “Frankenfish” into a population of 60,000, there was a complete extinction of the normal fish in just 40 fish generations
Alaska’s congressional delegation is united in its opposition against the approval of AquaBounty’s GE salmon, and Rep. Don Young has announced a plan to introduce legislation that will, at minimum, require GE salmon to be labeled
Disregarding Half of US Dentists and Ignoring the Environment, ADA Shills for Dental Amalgams
In November the American Public Health Association (APHA) issued a preliminary policy statement affirming that dental amalgam is “safe” and its contribution to environmental mercury contamination “minimal.”
The American Dental Association (ADA), which helped draft the resolution and lobbied heavily on its behalf, has given it their full support.
Increasingly, US dentists are ignoring the ADA. Half of U.S. dentists have abandoned using amalgam, and in 2012 a leading dental school has gone “amalgam-free.”
Some believe the ADA is using APHA's resolution as a way to derail the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new policy to "phase down" amalgam — and influence negotiators who are considering incorporating the WHO policy into a global legally binding treaty on mercury when they meet for the final time in Geneva in mid-January.
January 9, 2013 - Issue 2335
When Great Superstars Endorse Bad Lifestyle Choices
Beyonce recently signed a $50 million deal with Pepsi as its global brand ambassador. The Center for Science in the Public Interest and many of her fans are now urging the singer to reconsider her collaboration with Pepsi, citing the many well-known health dangers of drinking soda
Another far more bizarre example of celebrities endorsing unhealthy lifestyle choices is that of the Olsen twins, who recently released a highly exclusive, limited edition collection of handbags decorated with prescription pills
Young children's diets consisting of junk foods high in sugar, salt and unhealthy fats, has a lasting impact on their taste preferences. Also, as a powerful testament to the power of marketing, all children tested—including those as young as 3—were able to recognize popular junk food and fast food brands
Study Sees Rise in Young Stroke Sufferers
Younger people are increasingly at risk of stroke, according to new research showing the rate of strokes among those younger than 55 nearly doubled between 1993 and 2005
In 1993, 20- to 54-year-olds accounted for 13 percent of strokes; in 2005, the rate rose to 19 percent
Researchers believe the primary driving force behind the increase is a higher incidence of stroke risk factors among the young, including conditions such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, which are impacted by lifestyle choices
Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable because they’re the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices, or the conditions that are caused by them; you can reduce your risk by eating better, exercising, reducing stress and optimizing your vitamin D levels
January 10, 2013 - Issue 2336
How to Protect Yourself and Your Children from the Health Hazards Associated with Medical and Agricultural Antibiotics
One chicken farmer has demonstrated that even large-scale animal farming can manage without routine administration of antibiotic drugs by using an herbal remedy of oregano oil and cinnamon instead
You can help yourself and your family and community by using antibiotics only when absolutely necessary and by purchasing organic, antibiotic-free meats and other foods. Natural compounds that kill harmful bacteria and viruses include oil of oregano, garlic, and Echinacea, which you can try before resorting to drugs
Why You Should Avoid Afternoon Surgery
A study conducted by Duke University researchers found that adverse events related to surgical anesthesia were more frequent for surgeries started between 3 pm and 4 pm than they were for those that began early in the morning, at 7 am
My number one suggestion is to be proactive by leading a healthy lifestyle and thereby avoiding the need to go to a hospital in the first place, unless it's an absolute emergency and you need life-saving attention
January 11, 2013 - Issue 2337
Prevent Back Pain and Other Common Problems by Sitting Correctly
Excessive sitting, often related to using computers and other electronic devices, can cripple your posture and contribute to back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel, and many other physical problems
Numerous studies show that regularly sitting for extended periods of time can shorten your lifespan, even if you exercise
Most structural problems, such as those leading to back pain, result from sitting in unnatural positions for extended lengths of time; these can often be prevented by standing up frequently and correcting your body position
Mobility expert and physical therapist Kelly Starrett presents some simple tips and body movements to correct your posture and alignment, in five quick steps
Exercise and the Ever-Smarter Human Brain
A new hypothesis for why human brains have outgrown those of other, far larger, mammals is that exercise, which lead to more athletic bodies capable of greater physical endurance, played a key role
Researchers are now suggesting that the increases in aerobic capacity and physical activity that occurred during human evolution may have directly influenced the human brain, which may, in turn, explain changes in your brain size and cognitive function
The researchers examined data that found animals bred to be proficient endurance runners developed high levels of substances that promote tissue growth and health, including brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons
Just as exercise may have been pivotal in helping to shape the modern human brain, it is also an essential element of maintaining brain health today, and has been linked to enhanced memory, Alzheimer’s prevention and more
January 12, 2013 - Issue 2338
GE Crops and Unsustainable Agricultural Practices are Destroying our Planet’s Soil and Food Supply
Genetically engineered crops and food products pose a threat to your health, resistance to disease, soil, and the global food supply
A new study shows glyphosate (from GE feed) alters the gut flora in poultry; pathogenic bacteria like Salmonella and Botulism are strengthened, while beneficial bacteria are weakened, which is a setup for making you sick from poultry consumption
The world may be running out of topsoil, as soil is being lost at 10 to 40 times the rate it can be replenished
Cultivation of GE crops may be a major contributor by adversely altering soil’s ecological balance and fertility, possibly irreversibly; DNA from GE organisms is not readily broken down by soil microbes, and this foreign DNA can mix with the DNA of these microbes to create bizarre strains, toxins, and otherwise interfere with the biological system that controls soil’s fertility
Silence is Golden: Meditation
People in high-stress jobs practicing transcendental meditation (TM) twice daily significantly reduced levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
Positive changes, including improvements in critical thinking, mental resilience, and behavioral coping, were also noted among the meditating cadets
Meditation acts as a form of “mental exercise” that can help regulate your attention and emotions, while improving well-being.
New research suggests the beneficial brain changes from meditation persist even after the meditation session is over, resulting in enduring beneficial changes in mental function
January 13, 2013 - Issue 2339
Revised Protocol for Detoxifying Your Body from Mercury Exposure
Your body is designed to detoxify mercury and other heavy metals. An impaired metabolism can lead to mercury toxicity
Your two principal sources of mercury exposure are inorganic mercury from dental amalgams and methylmercury from seafood consumption
Traditional mercury testing that only relies on blood, urine or hair is riddled with problems, but a new test that combines three methods is far more accurate. The new test uses mercury speciation (the separation of different forms of mercury during analysis, which tells you what types of mercury you have on board, from what sources, and which of your natural detoxification pathways may not be working properly
My revised mercury detoxification protocol is presented in detail; this protocol, incorporating the work of Dr. Chris Shade, supports your glutathione system and all of the enzymes and transporter proteins that must be working properly if your body is to efficiently cleanse itself of mercury; see link above
January 14, 2013 - Issue 2340
Confirmed—Fructose Can Increase Hunger and Lead to Overeating
Scientists using fMRI tests have shown that fructose triggers changes in your brain that may lead to overeating and weight gain. When you drink a beverage containing fructose, your brain does not register the feeling of being full, as it does when you consume simple glucose
Fructose is also metabolized to fat in your body far more rapidly than any other sugar, and the metabolism of fructose by your liver creates a long list of waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric acid, which drives up blood pressure and can cause gout
As a standard recommendation, I advise keeping your total fructose consumption minimal
According to a recent study, altering your typical eating habits―such as getting up in the middle of the night for a snack―causes a certain protein to desynchronize your internal food clock, which can have a detrimental effect on your health and well-being
Aspirin Use Is Linked to Macular Degeneration
Regular aspirin use increased participants’ risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness, according to new research
Walking barefoot on the Earth’s surface, a practice known as “grounding,” provides an effective, inexpensive and non-toxic alternative to aspirin that is linked to pain relief and even helping to thin your blood, which may offer heart protection; but beware as parasites can also enter the body through bare feet
It’s thought that the influx of free electrons from the Earth's surface during grounding will help to neutralize free radicals and reduce both acute and chronic inflammation, which is at the root of many health conditions and accelerated aging
A metallic ankle chain that touches the ground will provide grounding safely
January 15, 2013 - Issue 2341
Threats to Your Water Supply from Fertilizers, Fracking, and Water-Wasting GMO’s
Many residents of Minnesota now face having elevated levels of nitrogen in their drinking water, due to fertilizer runoff. Health risks of nitrogen include a potential connection to cancer, as well as thyroid and reproductive problems in both humans and livestock
Unless you are getting your water from a well that is located 800 feet or more below the ground surface, chances are your well water has been contaminated by some, if not many, toxic substances that have been dumped into the ground soil over past decades
There are more than 140 chemicals in U.S. drinking water supplies that are not regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This includes gasoline, pesticides, rocket fuel, prescription drugs and more
Whether you have a private well or use municipal water, it would be wise to get your water tested for contaminations. One of the best alternatives to tap water may be finding a gravity-fed raw spring in your area. The next best option is to filter the water that comes out of your tap
Dr. Meryl Nass Discusses Vaccine Problems
The widespread use of vaccinations may trigger bacterial adaptations leading to antibiotic-resistant bacterial diseases and vaccine-resistant viral diseases.
Prevnar, a vaccine used against pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections, was soon linked to an increase in rates of antibiotic-resistant infections due to 19S pneumococci and hemophilus influenzae. The vaccine was then modified. However, the new vaccine will not improve the increase in hemophilus infections, and may make that problem worse.
In the United States ear infections, sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia and meningitis, which are often caused by pneumococcal bacteria or hemophilus, have become much harder and more expensive to treat because of increasing resistance to antibiotics. This is due in part to the widespread use of the Prevnar vaccine.
Vaccines have also been implicated in causing new, vaccine-resistant strains of whooping cough, hepatitis and polio.
January 16, 2013 - Issue 2342
McRib and Other Fake Foods, and Why Russia Banned US-Raised Meat
McDonald’s seasonally-available McRib sandwich contains more than 70 ingredients, including a chemical used in gym shoes and other items requiring a rubbery substance. And the pork is actually a restructured meat product made from the less expensive innards and scraps from the pig
Russia has recently banned U.S. meat supplies after discovering it contains ractopamine—a beta agonist drug that increases protein synthesis, thereby making the animal more muscular. This reduces the fat content of the meat. Ractopamine is known to affect the human cardiovascular system, may cause food poisoning, and is thought to be responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown, and increased death and disability in livestock
As much as 20 percent of ractopamine remains in the meat you buy from the supermarket. Despite potential health risks, the drug is used in 45 percent of U.S. pigs, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys
Cholesterol, It's a Nutrient, and Its Role in Cell Signaling
Recent research revealed that cholesterol plays a key role in regulating protein pathways involved in cell signaling and may also regulate other cellular processes
It’s already known that cholesterol plays a critical role within your cell membranes, but this new research suggests cholesterol also interacts with proteins inside your cells, adding even more importance
Having too little cholesterol is actually a verifiable risk to your health and may impact your brain health, hormone levels, heart disease risk and more
Placing an upper limit on dietary cholesterol, especially such a LOW upper limit as is now recommended by ignorant doctors, is likely causing far more harm than good; cholesterol-rich foods like eggs and butter are quite healthful for most people
January 17, 2013 - Issue 2343
The Many Health Benefits of Avocado
A small pilot study found that eating one-half of a fresh medium Hass avocado with a hamburger significantly inhibited the production of the inflammatory compound Interleukin-6 (IL-6), compared to eating a burger without fresh avocado
Avocados, which are actually classified as a fruit, are rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy. They also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid
Previous research has found avocado can help optimize cholesterol levels within as little as one week; contains compounds that appear to inhibit and destroy oral cancer cells, and those that protect against liver damage
The greatest concentration of beneficial carotenoids is in the dark green fruit of the avocado, closest to the peel, so use the “nick and peel” method to maximize the benefits from your avocado
You can increase your avocado consumption by using it as a fat replacement in baking; add it to soups, dessert whips and countless other recipes; and use as a baby’s first food in lieu of processed baby food
Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Farmers
A small but growing group of worm farmers are creating a natural fertilizer product known as “vermicompost,” which is said to improve plant growth and make plants more resistant to disease and insects than plants grown with other composts and fertilizers
Worms’ digestive process naturally excretes beneficial microbes into the soil, which drastically alter the soil’s composition
Whereas conventional farming and the use of synthetic fertilizers rapidly depletes the soil of nutrients, vermicompost helps restore microbial diversity -- and the worms can even transform manure waste from industrial farms into this valuable compost
January 18, 2013 - Issue 2344
Intermittent Fasting Finally Becoming Mainstream Health Recommendation
The ‘8-hour diet’ is a type of scheduled eating plan where you simply restrict your normal daily eating to an eight hour window of time, without cutting calories. Research has shown that this simple lifestyle tweak can significantly modify body composition, including reduce fat mass
High intensity interval training has been shown to be highly synergistic with intermittent fasting, and both techniques provide many of the same health benefits
Good and Bad, the Little Things Add Up in Fitness
New research into physical activity suggests that not only can you get a phenomenal workout in just 20 minutes or sometimes even less, but the little things – such as making an effort to stand more instead of sitting – also add up.
One study found people who exercised moderately, running one to 20 miles per week at a pace of about 10-11 minute miles (a jogging rate), had an even lower risk of dying than those who ran more than 20 miles a week or at a pace faster than seven miles per hour, suggesting more is not necessarily better (and may actually be worse).
The key to getting the most benefits is balancing your workouts so that they’re challenging enough to keep you progressing fitness-wise, but not so overly strenuous that they cause harm; ample recovery time is also important.
January 19, 2013 - Issue 2345
Case Dismissed! Texas Ends 15-Year Fight Against Cancer Doctor Burzynski
After a 15-year long battle, the Texas Medical Board has officially ended its crusade to revoke Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski's medical license in an effort to end the use of his pioneering personalized gene-targeted therapy for cancer
Evidence has shown in the past that the FDA has pressured the Texas Medical Board to revoke Dr. Burzynski's medical license—despite the fact that no laws were broken, and his treatment was proven safe and effective
The Texas Medical Board (TMB) has a long history of harassing doctors. The entire Board was sued by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) in 2007, citing an “institutional culture of retaliation and intimidation.” Legislation was also drafted in 2009 in an effort to clamp down on the abuses by the TMB, but the bill failed to be passed into law
The Fork and the Evolution of Eating
The relatively new invention of the fork altered the way we eat and chew our food, such that it changed the structure of the human jaw.
Humans used to have an edge-to-edge bite, like apes and chimpanzees, but in the last 200 years or so, it changed into an overbite, likely as a result of cutting our food into smaller pieces and using a fork to eat.
It’s important to remember ancient culinary traditions, such as fermenting our foods, as often these traditions rely on healthy cooking methods and real, whole foods – not the processed convenience foods that are so common today.
January 20, 2013 - Issue 2346
Science Proves Fluoridation Proves Does Not Prevent Tooth Decay
Despite widespread public health adoption, water fluoridation has come under close scrutiny over the past quarter century as science overwhelmingly shows fluoridation has little to no benefit in preventing dental caries
Fluoride is actually a cumulative poison with toxic effects that contribute to multiple health problems, including lowered IQ, fluorosis, bone weakness and fractures, immune and endocrine dysfunction
It is exceedingly difficult to accurately estimate your total fluoride exposure, and many people are receiving far too much fluoride from drinking water, toothpaste and antibiotic exposures
Dental caries are not improved with fluoride, but rather by proper nutrition and dental hygiene; a major factor is over consumption of sugar, particularly high fructose corn syrup, which feeds the bacteria that cause dental caries
Despite the fact you've been told by the CDC, ADA and others that water fluoridation lowers your risk for tooth decay, scientific studies repeatedly show the opposite to be true (so they are telling falsehoods)
January 21, 2013 - Issue 2347
Sweetened Drinks Increase Depression Risk
Preliminary study findings report that drinking sweetened beverages – whether they’re sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners – increase risk of depression.
Those who drank more than four cans or glasses of diet soda or other artificially sweetened beverages had a nearly 30 percent higher risk of depression compared to those who did not consume diet drinks. Regular soda drinkers had a 22 percent increased risk.
Potential mechanisms through which sugar intake could exert a toxic effect on mental health include causing insulin and leptin resistance; suppressing activity of a key hormone called BDNF, which is critically low in depressed patients; and promoting chronic inflammation, which is thought to be a primary cause of depression.
Previous studies have also shown that aspartame has a detrimental effect on brain function, neurological, cognitive, and behavioral health.
Fighting Microbes with Microbes
Microflora in soil influences plant health, helping to provide nutrients and suppress disease; there are more than 30,000 varieties of microbes in soil
In humans, antibiotics are often overprescribed, killing off beneficial bacteria and promoting the formation of antibiotic-resistant ”super germs”; in plants, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other chemicals also kill off both good and bad microbial communities, prompting a similar reaction
Plants, like humans, can harness the power of beneficial microbes to help ward off disease, and those benefits are passed on to future generations
Researchers recently revealed that breast milk contains more than 700 species of beneficial bacteria (more than previously thought), further confirming the important role of microbes for health
January 22, 2013 - Issue 2348
During One of the Worst Flu Seasons, Flu Vaccine Is Not the Answer
The US is currently in the middle of at least three widespread outbreaks of influenza and flu-like illness, including an unusually aggressive influenza virus, a novel norovirus, whooping cough (pertussis), as well as an uptick in laryngitis, and strep with cough
Apparently many flu shot recipients are coming down with influenza and flu-like illness despite having been vaccinated—a strong indication that flu vaccines are ineffective in keeping people well despite the fact that the vaccines available this year are a good match to the actual flu strains in circulation
According to recent reviews of hundreds of studies on the effectiveness of flu vaccines in children and adults, flu shots were found to be NOT effective.
Vaccine studies show influenza vaccine use does not affect the number of people hospitalized or working days lost, but were found to cause one case of Guillian-Barré syndrome for every one million vaccinations
Baby's Exposure to Mercury Pollution in the Womb
Up to 2 million children in the European Union (EU) are born with methylmercury exposures that exceed the EU’s safe limit.
Of them, 200,000 have levels above the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended maximum for mercury exposures.
Exposure to mercury while the brain is still developing has been linked to lower IQ, and therefore a lower lifetime learning potential; if the effects of mercury on developing brains were converted into IQ points, controlling mercury pollution would save 700,000 IQ points per year in the European Union alone.
The use of mercury in dentistry is one of the primary causes of widespread mercury pollution around the globe, along with personal health risks from mercury vapor release.
While I do recommend that healthy people have their mercury fillings removed by a qualified biological dentist, this should NOT be done during pregnancy or while breastfeeding due to the potential for mercury vapors to be released if done improperly.
January 23, 2013 - Issue 2349
Americans are Sicker and Die Younger Than People in Other Developed Nations
Despite spending twice the amount per capita on health care, the United States ranks last in health and mortality analysis of 17 developed nations
Americans are the worst in nine key areas of health, including low birth weight; injuries and homicides; teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; HIV and AIDS; drug-related deaths; obesity and diabetes; heart disease; chronic lung disease; and general disability
At 75.6 years, American men have the lowest life expectancy among the countries reviewed, and American women ranked second-to-last at 80.7 years. The infant mortality rate in the US is equally abysmal, with 32.7 deaths per 100,000, while most others range between 15 and 25 deaths per 100,000
The authors of the report "GMO Myths and Truths" took a science-based approach to evaluating the available research, arriving at the conclusion that most of the scientific evidence regarding safety and increased yield potential of GMO crops do not at all support the claims. The evidence demonstrates the claims for genetically engineered foods are not just wildly overblown – they simply aren't true. GE foods have been shown to be less nutritious than non-GE foods, and pose distinct health risks and are inadequately regulated
While failing to pin-point the source(s) of Americans’ failure to thrive, the answers are not hard to deduce: adhering to government-sponsored health- and dietary guidance has led Americans astray
FDA Admits Dangers of Sleeping Pills
Studies recently submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that blood levels of zolpidem (found in Ambien and other sleeping pills) above 50 ng/mL may impair driving to a degree that increases the risk of an accident
As currently prescribed, anywhere from 15-33 percent of women may have residual levels of sleeping pills in their system that could significantly increase their risk of an accident even 8 hours after use
According to the FDA, the recommended dosage of zolpidem for women, who appear more susceptible to its effects than men, should be essentially cut in half
Any insomnia drug has the potential to make you feel drowsy or impair your driving the next day – even if you feel fully alert
January 24, 2013 - Issue 2350
How to Improve Gut Health for Better Health
Microbes in your gut can change profoundly throughout your life, and you can change them through diet, medications, and hygiene.
Five strategies to help improve your gut flora include: 1. avoiding antibiotics, 2. eating more whole plant foods and 3. fermented foods, 4. opening a window to the outdoors, and 5. working in your garden.
The American Gut Project will evaluate how different diets impact gut flora, and in turn how different gut flora impacts your health. Deadline for signup is February 2, 2013.
The profound breakthrough technology that was used to sequence the human genome can now help you know what type of bacteria, good or bad, are living in your intestine.
False Claim that HPV Vaccine Reduces Risk of Some Cancers
A new report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute highlights increasing rates of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers, and uses this as a platform to peddle “efforts to increase vaccination coverage
Research has shown that the HPV vaccine’s effectiveness is not only overstated (through the use of selective reporting or "cherry picking" data) but also completely unproven
Ever since Gardasil vaccine was licensed in 2006, reports of serious adverse events have included autoimmune and neurological disorders sometimes involving clinical symptoms similar to cerebral vasculitis, an often-fatal condition in which blood vessels in the spinal cord and brain become acutely and chronically inflamed
In more than 90 percent of cases, your immune system can clear up an HPV infection within two years on its own
January 25, 2013 - Issue 2351
Can You Do This? Simple Sitting Test May Help Predict Longevity
How well you can sit and rise from the floor, without using assistance form your hands, knees or other body parts, may predict your risk of dying prematurely in the next six years.
Those who scored the lowest, requiring the most assistance to sit and rise from the floor, were 6.5 times more likely to die during the study period than those who scored the highest.
The “sitting-rising test” measures your fitness at the most basic level, testing not only muscular strength but also flexibility, balance and motor coordination. All of these attributes are essential for day-to-day living, and for maintaining your independence as you age.
You can extend not only the quantity of your years, but also the quality, by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle, involving diet, exercise, stress reduction and more.
Can Technology Help You To Lose Weight?
New tech gadgets and smart phone apps can help you record and track your health information, allowing you to modify your lifestyle, like never before
New technology also allows you to integrate health data you’ve collected with tools to help you make healthier choices; some systems also incorporate live sessions with personal trainers, feedback from peers and friends, and even monetary fines or prizes to help with motivation
With easy access to customizable workouts, nutrition information, and health data (like calories burned, heart rate, sleep patterns and more), embracing a few of your favorite health and fitness apps is one of the most hands-on ways you can take control of your health
January 26, 2013 - Issue 2352
US Cancer Death Rates on the Decline, But Cancer Incidence is Still Rising. Here’s Why
Annual report on cancer in the US shows death rate for cancer has, overall, declined by 1.8 percent for men and 1.4 percent for women. Cancer incidence is still rising, however.
Pediatric cancer deaths are also declining at a pace of 1.8 percent per year, although incidence is still rising by about 0.5 percent annually.
The real reason why after 40+ years of waging “war against cancer,” we have gotten limited results is because the cancer industry is not spending any of its multi-billion dollar resources on effective prevention strategies, which include dietary intervention, exercise and weight control.
Death rates from certain cancers are still on the rise, including liver and pancreatic cancer, and among men, rates of melanoma, as well as “HPV-related” cancers.
According to recent research, the claim that HPV vaccination will result in approximately 70 percent reduction of cervical cancers is FALSELY made despite the fact that the clinical trials data have not demonstrated to date that the vaccines have actually prevented a single case of cervical cancer (let alone cervical cancer death), nor that the current overly optimistic surrogate marker-based extrapolations are justified.
Merck’s own research also shows their HPV vaccine, Gardasil, can raise your risk of precancerous lesions by nearly 45 percent if you receive the vaccine after having already been exposed to certain HPV strains included in the vaccine.
How This Important Mineral, Magnesium, Lowers Your Risk of Cancer
A recent study showed that higher intakes of dietary magnesium were associated with a lower risk of colorectal tumors
For every 100-mg increase in magnesium intake, the risk of colorectal tumor decreased by 13 percent, while the risk of colorectal cancer was lowered by 12 percent
Over 600 natural substances, many of them found in food, have shown promise in treating and/or preventing cancer
Eating a varied diet focused on fresh, whole foods is one of the best ways to "cover your bases" for cancer protection
January 27, 2013 - Issue 2353
Soybean Oil: One of the Most Harmful Ingredients in Processed Foods
Two of the most harmful ingredients in processed foods are high fructose corn syrup and soybean oil, whether partially hydrogenated, organic, or made from newer soybean varieties modified in such a way as to not require hydrogenation
Completely unnatural man-made fats created through the partial hydrogenation process cause dysfunction and chaos in your body on a cellular level, and studies have linked trans-fats to health problems ranging from obesity and diabetes to reproductive problems and heart disease
Besides the health hazards related to the trans fats created by the partial hydrogenation process, soybean oil is, in and of itself, NOT a healthy oil.
Add to that the fact that the majority of soybeans grown in the US is genetically engineered, and as a result saturated with dangerous levels of the herbicide glyphosate which may have additional health consequences as there are no long term safety studies.
When taken together, partially hydrogenated GE soybean oil becomes one of the absolute worst types of oils you can consume.
The genetically engineered (GE) variety planted on over 90 percent of US soy acres is Roundup Ready engineered to survive being doused with otherwise lethal amounts of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide (glyphosate). GE soybeans have been found to contain residue levels as high as 17 mg/kg, and malformations in frog and chicken embryos have occurred at just over 2 mg/kg., which means the high amounts in GE soybeans are very risky for human infant development too
January 28, 2013 - Issue 2354
How to Detox with Chlorella
Exposures to heavy metals and other toxins are now so widespread, regular detoxing is more or less an essential part of life, especially if you’re planning a pregnancy
Chlorella is a potent detox agent for mercury and other heavy metals. In one animal study, mice given chlorella along with methylmercury got rid of about twice the amount of the mercury they consumed compared to those not given chlorella
Continuous administration of chlorella has also been found to significantly lower the amount of methylmercury transferred from pregnant mice to their offspring
Methylmercury is a neurotoxic (brain damaging) compound. The two primary sources of mercury exposure is from dental fillings and seafood, which is why pregnant women are advised to abstain from fish and avoid so-called ‘silver fillings’
Blueberries and Strawberries Reduce Heart Attack Risk in Middle-Aged Women
Women who eat more than three servings per week of blueberries and strawberries had a 32 percent lower risk of having a heart attack, according to new research.
The benefit was attributed to flavonoids in the berries known as anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that give the fruits their red and purple colors; anthocyanins are known to benefit the endothelial lining of the circulatory system, possibly preventing plaque buildup in arteries as well as promoting healthy blood pressure.
Fruit can be immensely beneficial to your health, as it’s a natural source of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants
Berries are among the healthiest fruits you can eat, others include coconuts, avocados, pomegranate, pineapple, kiwi and cherries.
January 29, 2013 - Issue 2355
First Genetically Engineered Flu Vaccine Now on the Market
To speed up flu vaccine production, the US FDA has approved a new insect-based, genetically engineered flu vaccine, as well as vaccines grown in cultures of dog kidney cells rather than eggs
In a wholly irresponsible move, some “health experts” are now proclaiming the conventional egg-based flu vaccine safe for those with severe egg allergies, despite the potential risk of lethal anaphylaxis
According to a recent review of published research, flu vaccines are ineffective at best, and produce neurological complications at worst, while having no effect at all on hospitalizations or working days lost. For infants, inactivated flu vaccine was found to have the same effectiveness as a placebo, so take a placebo instead; it's safer
Insecticide ‘Unacceptable’ Danger to Bees, Report Finds
Honeybees have been disappearing for the last 10-15 years, and exposure to insecticides has been one prominent theory as to why
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released a report stating that there are “a number of risks posed to bees” by three insecticides, called neonicotinoid
EFSA found that, when it comes to exposure to this insecticide from residues in nectar and pollen in the flowers of treated plants, only uses on crops not attractive to honeybees were considered acceptable
These insecticides (neonicotinoids) have become the most widely used insecticides in the world; it’s been suggested that even sub-lethal doses of the insecticides may be harming bees
January 30, 2013 - Issue 2356
Coca-Cola Rolling Out New Hype to Deny It Produces Obesity
A new Coca-Cola ad campaign focuses on the mistaken belief that beating obesity is a matter of counting calories. This theory has been found to be patently false. All calories are NOT the same, and obesity is the result of consuming too many of the wrong type of calories
Carbs (fructose and grains) disrupt the hormones insulin and leptin, which are very potent fat regulators. Fats and proteins affect insulin to a far lesser degree
While soda consumption in the US has declined by 40 percent in the last 10 years, consumption of artificially sweetened “diet” beverages has risen in that same time
Research published in 2011 found that people who drank two or more diet sodas a day experienced waist size increases that were six times greater than those of people who didn't drink diet soda
Research from 2005 found drinking more than two cans of diet soda a day increased risk of obesity by more than 57 percent. Drinking more than two cans of regular soda per day increased obesity risk by just over 47 percent
Women Exposed (before they're born) to PVC Plastic Chemicals Have More Obese Offspring
Pregnant mice exposed to low doses of the plastic (phthalate, known as tributyltin: TBT), a chemical found in polyvinyl chloride (PVC), had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with increased body fat, liver fat and fat-specific gene expression
TBT is commonly detected in household dust, which is easily ingested by young children who crawl and play on the floor, also found in marine paints and is known to leach into waterways and accumulate in marine life, including in the seafood you may eat
Upwards of 20 environmental chemicals, now known as “obesogens,” have been shown to cause weight gain when exposure occurs during fetal and infant development, although some are also linked to adult exposures
January 31, 2013 - Issue 2357
TVs In Kids' Rooms Linked To Obesity And Unhealthy Lifestyles
57 percent of children surveyed who had a TV, DVD player, computer or video games in their room use the devices when they’re supposed to be sleeping.
Kids who used electronic devices at bedtime were nearly 50% more likely to be overweight. Among those who had three or more such devices in their bedroom (such as a TV, computer and video games), the risk jumped to over 150%.
Getting just one extra hour of sleep a night was linked to 30% less overweight.
There are at least 15 negative health effects linked to television watching, which occur regardless of the show’s content.
Get the TV, computer, video games and cell phone out of your child’s bedroom, and limit their screen time during the day. Your child may protest, but this is a simple change that can help to protect, and even improve, their health.