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February 1, 2013 - Issue 2358
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/01.aspx
Study: Both Exercise and Whey Augment Human Growth Hormone Production, Which Can Keep Your Body Young
    Exercising on an empty stomach has been shown to have a number of health and fitness benefits as the combination of fasting and exercising maximizes the impact of cellular factors and catalysts that force the breakdown of fat and glycogen for energy, effectively forcing your body to burn fat without sacrificing muscle mass
    High-intensity interval training boosts your body's natural production of human growth hormone (HGH), a synergistic, foundational biochemical that addresses the serious muscle loss and atrophy that typically occurs with aging
    New research has shown that not only does exercise increase HGH concentrations, but you can influence its production nutritionally through the intake of whey protein
    When participants ran on a treadmill for 90 minutes, then consumed whey protein during their recovery, they had an increased HGH response after completing a second bout of intense exercise
    Once you hit the age of 30, you enter what's called "somatopause," at which point your levels of HGH begin to drop off quite dramatically; this decline of HGH is part of what drives your aging process, so maintaining your HGH levels helps prevent aging
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Are Polar Bear Plunges Good for You? Not If You Have Risk Factors
    Polar bear plunges, which involve taking a dip in the ocean or any outdoor body of water in the winter, can generate an enormous shock to your system
    You should avoid a polar bear plunge, if you're at risk of stroke, aneurysm, blood pressure problems, or heart disease
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February 2, 2013 - Issue 2359
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/02.aspx
An Inspiring Visual Journey of Personal Healing
    Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead offers an inspiring glimpse into the journey of self-healing through whole foods
    Obesity and related health problems are directly attributable to flawed diet—a diet too high in carbs and poor-quality proteins, and too low in healthy fats
    First and foremost, a healthy diet is based on fresh, whole, preferably organic foods, and foods that have been minimally processed; click link above to find the video link
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Shocking Revelation: US Health Care System Wastes More Money than the Entire Pentagon Budget Annually
    A review of U.S. healthcare expenses has revealed that 30 cents of every dollar spent on medical care is wasted, adding up to $750 billion annually
    The report identifies six major areas of waste: Unnecessary services; inefficient delivery of care; excess administrative costs; inflated prices; prevention failures; and fraud
    An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found “upcoding” Medicare bills cost taxpayers about $1.1 billion annually. In 2001, the two highest codes were listed on about 25 percent of the doctor-visit claims; in 2010, the two highest codes were on 40 percent of claims
    The pharmaceutical industry is the biggest defrauder of the US government. Most recently, GlaxoSmithKline plead guilty in the largest health fraud settlement in US history. The company was fined $3 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability charges related to illegal drug marketing and withholding information about health hazards associated with its diabetes drug Avandia
    Many pharmaceutical companies are now being investigated for using bribes to boost sales outside the US as well. In August 2012, Pfizer, the world’s largest drugmaker, paid $60.2 million in fines to settle charges that the company had bribed an assortment of government health officials in China, Russia, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, and Kazakhstan
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February 3, 2013 - Issue 2360
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/03.aspx
The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Dentistry
    Early intervention with minimally invasive dentistry can eliminate 80 percent of future dental interventions on the vast majority of patients
    By identifying hypocalcific areas and using a miniature air abrasion tip to clean out those pits, fissures and grooves, removes the initial decay. The area is then sealed with glass ionomer. The end result is that those teeth tend to not decay in the future
    Tooth decay is primarily driven by the combination of bacteria and acidity, which creates a harmful bioflora in your mouth. If you’re continually lowering the pH in your mouth, you start losing calcium, which is necessary for strong healthy teeth. Always brush your teeth with baking soda, which reduces acidity in your mouth. Calcium deficiency leads to porosity in the teeth, which allows plaque that has turned pathogenic to attack the tooth more thoroughly
    The three main components of minimally invasive dentistry include dietary prevention (creating a healthy bioflora in your mouth and body), dental prophylaxis (baking soda; oil pulling), and minimally invasive restorations, which will help prevent ever needing more invasive procedures like root canals, crowns, bridges and implants
    To find  better dentists, see http://www.toxicteeth.org/dentistsDoctorsProducts.aspx
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February 4, 2013 - Issue 2361
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/04.aspx
Healthier Alternatives to the Seasonal Flu Vaccine: Garlic, Zinc, and Vitamin D
    The reason you catch a cold or flu is because your immune system is impaired. It's not an inevitable event based on exposure alone
    Lifestyle factors that depress your immune system are more important than viral exposure to determine if you will get sick. These include eating too much sugar or junk food, vitamin D deficiency (lack of sun exposure without sunscreens), insufficient sleep and lack of exercise, and unaddressed stress
    Research has shown that people who took garlic daily for three months had fewer and shorter colds than those who took a placebo
    A review of the research on zinc found that when taken within one day of the first symptoms, zinc can cut down the time you have a cold by about 24 hours. Zinc was also found to greatly reduce the severity of symptoms
    Supplements that can help combat cold and flu include vitamin C, propolis, oregano oil, medicinal mushrooms, olive leaf extract, and tea made from a combination of elderflower, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint and ginger
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Eating Smart When Dining Out
    Many restaurants offer decadent dishes that, while tasty, are simply not good for your health … but it isn’t only extra calories, fat and sodium that are the problems
    Most restaurants serve food that comes from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which means it comes from animals raised in unsanitary conditions, fed massive doses of antibiotics and unnatural "frankenfeed" full of genetically modified (GM) crops; most fish is farm-raised
    Before you visit a restaurant, call ahead to ask questions about where the food comes from, how it’s prepared and whether additives like high-fructose corn syrup, MSG and preservatives are used.
    Your server will likely NOT know the answers to these questions, which is why calling ahead to speak with the owner, manager or chef is so important
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February 5, 2013 - Issue 2362
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/05.aspx
Viral Gene in Genetically Engineered Foods Could Promote Disease
    The European Food Safety Authority has discovered a hidden viral gene in 54 of 84 commercially approved genetically engineered crops—a finding that highlights deep flaws in the regulatory process
    Plant pathologists speak out about the potential dangers of the viral gene fragment in GE plants, stating it may confer “significant potential for harm,” and call for a total recall of affected crops
    Plants expressing the viral gene fragment exhibit gene expression abnormalities, which indicate that the protein produced by gene functions as a toxin. The known targets of its activity are also found in human cells, so there is potential for this plant toxin to also have toxic effects on humans
    At present, the only way to avoid GE foods is to eliminate processed foods from your grocery list, and buy primarily whole foods grown according to organic standards. The need for labeling of GE foods is also becoming more apparent in order to allow for health monitoring
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New UN Treaty on Mercury Requires Countries to Phase Down Dental Amalgam
    Amalgams have been banned in several countries, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, and largely in Japan; the European Union is also taking steps aimed at reducing mercury usage
    Pollution and human exposures resulting from the use of dental amalgam have been linked to health risks, including diminishing intellectual capacity, disturbance of microbiological activity in soil, harm to wildlife populations and other destructive environmental effects
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February 6, 2013 - Issue 2363
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/06.aspx
Food Fraud and Contamination is Increasing
    Several supermarkets in the UK have been found selling beef burgers containing nearly 30 percent horse meat, as well as pig meat. Supermarket giant Tesco has promised to find out how it happened
    In the United States, federal health officials recently reported that at least 16 people in five states were sickened by ground beef contaminated with salmonella. About half of them required hospitalization, but none have died so far
    The more steps your food goes through before it reaches your plate, the greater your chances of contamination becomes. If you are able to get your food locally, you eliminate numerous routes that could expose your food to contamination
    Food fraud is on the rise. According to a report by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), a whopping 800 new records of food fraud have been added to its ever expanding database over the past two years
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Airport TSA Backscatter Machine Dangers
    Rapiscan “backscatter” screening machines, which project x-ray beams onto your body using dangerous ionizing radiation, are being removed from U.S. airports
    Rapiscan was unable to meet a Congressional mandate to use new software with the machines that addresses some privacy concerns, and as a result TSA terminated their contract with the company
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has signed a $245-million contract with American Science and Engineering, a company that uses the same backscatter technology as Rapiscan, but has the updated software to address the privacy concerns
    Ionizing radiation causes DNA damage that can lead to cancer; the European Commission banned x-ray body scanners that use backscatter radiation from airports back in 2011 due to health concerns
    You always have the right to opt-out of x-ray body scanners while traveling and can choose to have a manual pat-down instead; signing up for the Global Entry program may also help you bypass security in airports; see http://www.globalentry.gov/
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February 7, 2013 - Issue 2364
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/07.aspx
How Vitamin D Performance Testing Can Help You Optimize Your Health, and Aid the Health Freedom Movement
    A robust and growing body of research clearly shows that vitamin D is absolutely critical for your health. The D*Action project has been initiated by GrassrootsHealth along with 42 leading vitamin D researchers to demonstrate how health can be achieved right now with what’s known about vitamin D with a combination of vitamin D measurement and health outcome tracking.
    The D*Action project is an activist funded movement looking for more activists to help make changes in the current health system.
    The key to turning our crippled health care system around is to shift from disease management mode into disease prevention and health optimization mode. D*Action is the first step in what is a MAJOR worldwide health movement with the power to change our flawed medical paradigm. Measure, educate, reward appropriate changes.
    The majority of the world’s population is vitamin D deficient, yet the solution to the problem is available now. African Americans are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency. If you have dark skin, you may need as much as 10 times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D as a person with pale skin.
    Sun exposure also has benefits over and beyond the production of vitamin D, including pain relieving properties, nitric oxide production, which benefits your cardiovascular system, increased subcutaneous fat metabolism, and more.
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Your Opinion Matters: Please Let us Know What You Think
    We value your opinions; please fill out this brief survey to let us know what you think of our health news, design and content so we can serve you better. See http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CF56ZSC
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February 8, 2013 - Issue 2365
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/08.aspx
How You Can Easily Exercise Without ANY Equipment, or Even Working Out
    You can “change” your brain through thought itself, and emerging research is showing that mental effort can actually result in physical changes to your mind and body
    People who simply imagined doing strength-training exercises increased their muscle strength by 22 percent, compared to 30 percent among those who physically did the exercises
    You can harness the power of your mind to not only help you improve cognition and learning, but also help you develop muscle strength, recover movement lost due to a stroke, or even overcome pain, depression or anxiety
    When you focus your mind on a specific muscle during a workout, you work that muscle 22 percent harder. By harnessing your brain as a workout tool, you may, in fact, be able to get in better shape, faster.
    In fact, just believing that your daily activities are exercise has also been shown to improve physical fitness. Harvard researchers informed one group of hotel housekeepers that their daily work qualified as exercise, whereas a control group did not receive this information. Four weeks later, those who believed their work was a form of exercise had a decrease in weight, blood pressure, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, and body mass index, even though their behaviors hadn’t actually changed at all.
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February 9, 2013 - Issue 2366
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/09.aspx
How Addiction to Plastic Poisons Our Planet
    Today’s “throwaway society” has created mountains of plastic waste, including billions of bottles and bags that clog up landfills and take hundreds of years to break down, as this documentary shows
    Twenty billion pounds of plastic is making its way into our oceans each year, where wave action turns them into a plastic soup; the five oceanic gyres each have massive whirlpools of trash in their cores, damaging sea life and marine ecosystems
    Fish and other sea creatures are being contaminated with plastic, in and around their bodies; sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish (their favorite food), and albatrosses are found strangled to death by plastic six-pack rings; many species consume plastic “nurdles” and suffer dire consequences, including death
    Chemicals from plastic waste harm living things all the way up the food chain, from plankton to humans; BPA and BPS disrupt embryonic development and are linked to heart disease and cancer; phthalates (such as the plasticizer DEHP) disturb gene expression;
    Even more disturbing, a groundbreaking study suggests serious adverse health problems may be passed down multiple generations
    Suggestion are given about how you can break your plastic addiction and reduce your own plastic footprint
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Sunless Tanning Nonsense
    “Dermatologist-recommended” sunless tanning lotions and sprays are for suckers; if you’re getting tan without UVB exposure from the sun, you’re missing out on valuable vitamin D production
    The primary benefit of tanning is not at all cosmetic but to optimize your vitamin D levels. The tan that you get after exposing your skin to sunlight is a natural “side effect” that will help protect your skin from sun damage
    Sunless spray tanners contain an ingredient called dihydroxyacetone, which may be a mutagen that could induce breaks in DNA strands and may even cause cancer; there is also some evidence they may inhibit your body’s ability to produce vitamin D
    The ideal way to optimize your vitamin D level is through sun exposure or, alternatively, a safe tanning bed
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February 10, 2013 - Issue 2367
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/10.aspx
Astaxanthin—Nature’s Most Powerful Antioxidant
    Astaxanthin from shrimp, crab, salmon etc is believed to be the most potent antioxidant nature has to offer. In terms of antioxidant power or potency, astaxanthin is 550 times stronger than vitamin E, and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C
    While it is related to other carotenoids like beta-carotene, lutein, and canthaxanthin, it has a unique structure, and works in some very unique ways. It acts on at least five different inflammation pathways, and can handle far more free radicals at any given time
    The combination of its high-potency antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties allows it to address a vast array of health concerns, including joint problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow; protection from UV radiation; improved athletic performance; heart health; brain health, including protection against age-related dementia; and protection against age-related macular degeneration—the most common cause of blindness in the US
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February 11, 2013 - Issue 2368
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/11.aspx
Surprising Health Hazards Associated with All-Fruit (or High Sugar) Diet
    Ashton Kutcher recently disclosed he suffered pancreatic problems brought on by following an all-fruit diet adopted in preparation to play the character of Steve Jobs in the upcoming film “Jobs.” Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011, but sugar is much worse than fruit
    Fruits are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which is why eating them is fine for healthy people.
    Research suggests fructose may have a particularly significant impact on pancreatic cancer, as pancreatic cancer cells have been shown to use fructose for cell division, speeding up the growth and spread of the cancer
    However, fruit sugar only contains about 5% fructose in most fruits. In dried fruits it contains close to 20%. But the real danger is sugar, which is 50% fructose, and corn syrup, which is often 60% or more fructose. Honey, molasses and maple syrup are nearly identical to sugar at 50% fructose each. An all-fruit diet is a bit dangerous, especially when high in dried fruits, like dates, figs, raisins, currants etc, but much better than a high sugar diet. Animal products, like eggs, kefir, yogurt, other dairy, fish etc, are important for complete nutrition for most people. Superfoods, like spirulina, chlorella, brewer's yeast, kelp, saurkraut and so on, are important for vegan or all-fruit diet, but may not be enough either
    Another consideration is that excess carbohydrates, whether from grains, beans, vegs or fruits, may lead to some of the glucose turning into fructose
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Why Erectile Dysfunction Can Signal Heart Disease
    Even slight problems maintaining an erection can be a sign of serious health problems elsewhere in your body, namely in your heart.
    Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) have an increased risk of heart-related problems, including heart failure, stroke and heart disease, according to new research.
    Even among those with mild ED, the risks of certain heart problems, as well as the risk of dying prematurely from any cause, was greater than in those without.
    Erectile dysfunction appears to be an important biomarker for heart disease, which means if you have it you need to get your heart health checked out right away by a qualified health care practitioner.
    There are a number of lifestyle choices and supplements that can contribute to restoring healthy sexual function without resorting to potentially dangerous drugs like Viagra.
    Herbal doctor, Richard Schulze, recommends cayenne, as tincture etc, for heart trouble and erectile dysfunction and hawthorne berries for heart protection. See e.g. www.pacificbotanicals.com
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February 12, 2013 - Issue 2369
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/12.aspx
Vaccine Propaganda Heats Up—The Latest Scandals You Need to Be Aware of
    Three recent studies severely challenge the claim that the flu vaccine will protect you against the flu. A multicenter study by researchers in eight European countries indicated that overall vaccine effectiveness against influenza A/H3N2 in the first months of the season was 38%, but after mid-February, it dropped to -1%.
    Norwegian researchers blame vitamin D deficiency for the latest flu epidemic in the Netherlands.
    You can help prevent the flu and other flu-like diseases using dietary interventions, making sure your vitamin D (from sunshine) and gut flora (from probiotics) are optimized, being more meticulous about washing your hands, getting enough exercise and sleep, and taking natural remedies like oil of oregano and garlic.
    Twenty-one percent of American parents are now delaying or refusing some or all of the recommended childhood vaccines. [That number will increase as the rest die off sooner]
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Safety of Flame Retardants in Question
    Toxic flame-retardant chemicals (polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs) are widely used in foam furniture cushions, carpets, textiles, foam insulation, children’s products and more, despite research showing they may cause neurodevelopmental delays, cancer, and fertility and thyroid problems.
    Ironically, the chemicals also do little to actually suppress flames compared to non-treated items, and some may even increase the release of toxic gases released into the air during a fire.
    Following an outpouring of consumer feedback, Gatorade said it would be removing brominated vegetable oil (BVO), which was first patented as a flame retardant, from their products.
    PBDEs are often found in household dust, so clean up with a HEPA-filter vacuum and/or a wet mop often.
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February 13, 2013 - Issue 2370
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/13.aspx
Publication Bias—the Hidden Systematic Flaw in Medicine that Can Threaten Your Life
    Publication bias—the practice of selectively publishing trial results that serve an agenda—represents a systematic flaw of the scientific basis of medicine
    Bias includes publishing positive results but not the negative ones, not publishing retractions of fraudulent studies, and funding bias
    Half of all clinical trials ever completed on the medical treatments currently in use have never been published in the medical literature. Trials with positive results for the test treatment are about twice as likely to be published, and this applies to both academic research and industry studies
    In 2010, researchers identified all the published trials for five major classes of drugs, and then measured two key features: Were they positive, and were they funded by industry? Out of a total of 500 trials, 85 percent of the industry-funded studies were positive, compared to 50 percent of the government-funded trials, and that 50% probably stems from bias too
    Published studies are used by doctors and health agencies as the basis for making recommendations and writing prescriptions. When they’re given a radically skewed picture of the facts, they cannot make sound recommendations, and patients die
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Confirmed: Heart Problems Linked to SSRI Antidepressants
    Celexa and other antidepressants, including Lexapro and Elavil, may extend the electrical activity in your heart, potentially leading to abnormal heart rhythms, which in turn can lead to dizziness, fainting or even sudden death.
    Nearly one in five patients taking Celexa or certain other antidepressants called serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) had longer QT intervals that could signal an abnormal heart rhythm.
    Antidepressant use has also been linked to thicker arteries, which could contribute to the risk of heart disease and stroke.
    Many studies show antidepressants work no better than placebos, especially for mild to moderate depression; there are many natural strategies available that can help heal mental health issues at the foundational level, without dangerous side effects. Vitamin D from sunshine, animal fats in the diet, pure non-rancid fish oil and other natural nutritional approaches are among those strategies
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February 14, 2013 - Issue 2371
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/14.aspx
What You See in the Toilet Can Give You Valuable Insights into Your Health
    What’s normal and what’s not when you look into the toilet after using it? You can learn a great deal about your overall health by taking a look at your stool and noting its color, size, shape, consistency, odor and other features
    Your toileting habits, such as your frequency of elimination and the ease with which you move your bowels, can provide additional clues to your health status
    If you know what to look for, you may be able to detect health problems early enough to stop them in their tracks, including serious diseases like celiac disease, hepatitis, urinary tract infections and stones, malabsorption disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, cancer and others
    Suggestions are given for optimizing your gastrointestinal function, including how to build healthy gut flora, and what things to avoid due to their potential adverse effects on your GI system, which is crucial to your immune health. See the link above for details
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Flacking Science Bias for Big Pharma
    Much of the scientific research published in medical journals is bought-and-paid-for by the drug industry
    Pharmaceutical advertisements can make up about 99 percent of a medical journal’s advertising revenue, and allows the industry to demand favorable product mentions in editorial pieces (which they will sometimes write themselves)
    The drug industry uses many “tricks” to turn otherwise negative studies positive, including choosing study participants who are more likely to benefit from the treatment or even hiding, or simply not publishing, negative results
    When your physician prescribes a medication for you, even if he or she has reviewed the relevant published data, there is virtually no way to know whether that drug is truly safe or effective. Food is the safest medicine
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February 15, 2013 - Issue 2372
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/15.aspx
How Foundation Training Can Help You Maximize Strength and Freedom of Movement
    Sitting may be one of your worst enemies and contributes to not only back pain but actually increase your risk of dying prematurely
    To compensate for long hours spent sitting down at work, you could incorporate Foundation Training exercises, powerful simple structural movements that help strengthen and realign your body posture
    Foundation Training focuses on your core, and your posterior chain, which includes all the muscles that connect to your pelvis, whether above or below it, and trains those muscles to work together through integrated chains of movement, which is how you’re structurally designed to move
    Every exercise in Foundation Training adds as many muscles into a given movement as possible, dispersing more force throughout your body, taking friction away from your joints and putting that tension into your muscles instead
    Structural breathing will help improve your posture, especially while seated. Demonstration included. See link above
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12 Steps to Make Exercise a Lasting Part of Your Life
    Small changes in habits can lead to lasting, permanent change, so think “baby steps” when incorporating exercise into your life
    Tips include adopting a mindset to move more, committing to regular activity, finding your favorite forms of exercise and focusing on the health benefits instead of the numbers on the scale
    Other tips include adding in strength training and post-workout stretching, as well as taking care of yourself first and looking toward the future if you’re feeling badly about yourself
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February 16, 2013 - Issue 2373
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/16.aspx
Fluoridegate—Why is Poisoning of Children Considered a Valuable Public Health Policy?
    Fluoride is a toxic substance that is biologically active in the human body where it accumulates in sensitive tissues over time, wreaks havoc with enzymes and produces a number of serious adverse health effects —including neurological and endocrine dysfunction
    The film, Fluoridegate, places particular focus on how water fluoridation harms young children, as they tend to suffer the greatest health effects
    25 human studies have linked fluoride with lowered IQ in children, including recent research from Harvard, and 100 animal studies linking it to brain damage
    Water fluoridation came about as the result of a massive PR campaign, and was reportedly first suggested as a way to protect aluminum and steel producers from lawsuits against the fluorine pollution coming from their factories
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DOE Submits Plan to Recycle Radioactive Waste into Consumer Goods
    The Department of Energy (DOE) has released a proposal that would allow nearly 14,000 tons of radioactive metals to be recycled for use in consumer goods
    The proposal would modify an existing suspension to allow scrap metals from radiological areas to be released to private industry to be used for any purpose, including recycling
    The DOE’s proposal would only add to the growing amount of radioactive scrap metal already circulating globally, contributing to increasing “background” levels of radiation exposure that have been linked to cancer, cataracts, birth defects and more
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February 17, 2013 - Issue 2374
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/17.aspx
Biotech GMO Industry Ups Propaganda Efforts with Undercover Agents
    The biotech industry, led by Monsanto, is increasing their propaganda efforts to reshape their public image, and sway your opinion against the need to label genetically engineered (junk) foods
    Part of this makeover program appears to be the recruitment of seemingly independent “ambassadors” to covertly lobby the GE agenda. The appearance of being an independent voice is imperative for the role to be effective
    One such “covert” agent appears to be Mark Lynas, an environmentalist and writer, who claims to have “converted” to a pro-GE stance after he “discovered science.” His claims of being a mastermind of the anti-GE movement before he changed his mind has been vehemently rebuffed by veterans in the movement, who don’t recall him being involved in any meaningful way
    The fight for GMO labeling has now moved to the state of Washington, where the people's initiative 522, "The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act," will require food sold in retail outlets to be labeled if it contains genetically engineered ingredients
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February 18, 2013 - Issue 2375
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/18.aspx
Does Your Diet Influence How Well You Sleep?
    New research revealed distinct dietary patterns among short and long sleepers; short sleepers tended to eat more calories and have less food variety than normal and long sleepers
    It could be that eating a varied diet is one key to normal, healthful sleep
    It’s well known that sleep also impacts your appetite: when you're sleep deprived, leptin (the hormone that signals satiety) falls, while ghrelin (which signals hunger) rises, leading to an increase in appetite
    Emerging research suggests that the timing of your meals, such as eating very late at night when you'd normally be sleeping, or even possibly eating a very heavy meal in the morning or mid-day, may throw off your body's internal clock and lead to weight gain
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Aspartame Pathway to Cancer etc
    The longest-ever human aspartame study, spanning 22 years, found a clear association between aspartame consumption and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and leukemia in men; leukemia was also associated with diet soda intake in both sexes
    Despite this, beverage manufacturers continue to misleadingly describe this artificial sweetener as safe
    Coca-Cola, for instance, notes that the methanol produced by aspartame is similar to that found naturally in fruits and vegetables, but in the latter case it is firmly bonded to pectin, allowing the methanol to be safely passed through your digestive tract
    When methanol is consumed via aspartame, methanol is free to break down to toxic formaldehyde, and humans are incapable of converting the toxic formaldehyde into harmless formic acid (unlike other animals)
    Coca-Cola also claims there is no biological explanation for why aspartame might cause headaches, when in fact it’s known that in humans, the methyl alcohol from aspartame travels through your blood vessels, like a Trojan horse, into sensitive areas where it is converted to the toxic poison formaldehyde
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February 19, 2013 - Issue 2376
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/19.aspx
New 3D Mammography Significantly Increases Radiation Exposure, and Your Risk of Radiation-Induced Cancer
    While mammograms are touted as the best way to prevent breast cancer death, studies do not support this claim. On the contrary, mounting research shows that routine mammograms harm [and kill] far more women than they save
    A recent study challenges the validity of mammogram screenings, concluding that mammograms have little to no influence in the reduction of the number of women who ultimately die of breast cancer
    According to a 2011 meta-analysis, mammography breast cancer screening led to 30 percent overdiagnosis and overtreatment, which equates to an absolute risk increase of 0.5 percent. There's also the risk of getting a false negative, meaning that a life-threatening cancer is missed
    Cancer screening is NOT to be misconstrued as a form of cancer prevention. Preventing breast cancer is far more important and powerful than simply trying to detect it after it has already formed. My top tips on how to help prevent this disease are included. Like get sun exposure for vitamin D and get thermograms instead of mammograms
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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Threatens First Amendment Rights and Attempts to Censor Paleo Blogger
    An attorney of the Alliance for Natural Health discusses how organizations such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), formerly known as American Dietetic Association (ADA), are threatening your freedom of choice about your health and nutrition
    The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition launched an attack on a blog featuring nutritional principles of the Paleo Diet, accusing the blogger of providing nutritional counseling without a license; in response, he filed a lawsuit against the board for violating his first amendment rights
    The AND seeks to monopolize the market by “eliminating the competition,” using volunteers to quietly pass state legislation that silences anyone daring to go against their nutritional recommendations, which are largely designed to support the junk food and pharmaceutical industries
    FDA works in collusion with AND to limit your access to truthful health information, and the most recent target has been the nutritional supplement industry
    Congressman Chaffetz has introduced H.R. 1364, the Free Speech About Science Act (FSAS), a bill that would alter FDA regulations to enable supplement companies to cite peer reviewed science, making it easier for you to gain access to information important to your health
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February 20, 2013 - Issue 2377
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/20.aspx
U.N. Launches Drone Investigation Into Legality Of U.S. Program
    The “military industrial complex” has become the military industrial government. Other industries seem to have taken over our healthcare, banking, food and agriculture at the federal level as well
    Attacks on your civil liberties will likely eventually affect your right to choose what foods you want to buy, the supplements you want to take, and the healing modalities you want to pursue to stay healthy
    The FTC recently circumvented current law and made new ones, squashing free speech in the process, when it ruled that POM Wonderful had made disease claims on its product, and that “a double-blind random-controlled trial (RCT) is required for any “efficacy” claim, and two double blind RCTs for any claim that might seem to be related to a disease”. Double-blind RCT’s required for making disease claims is actually an FDA labeling standard for drugs—not food. It’s not for the FTC to demand a product provide such evidence
    If the FTC prevails in requiring double-blind RCTs, only pharmaceutical companies will be able to make health claims on their patented and FDA-approved products
    A new bill called the Free Speech about Science Act (FSAS) has been introduced, which would allow natural product companies to cite peer-reviewed science in their advertising. Please take action to support this bill
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Research Shows Placebos May Have A Place In Everyday Treatments
    Ongoing research suggests that people could be prescribed placebos instead of drugs to see if that is enough to make them well
    Placebos typically have far fewer side effects (if they have any at all) than prescription drugs, injections or actual surgeries – and they often work just as well as the standard of care
    Studies have shown that if you think you're receiving a treatment, and you expect that treatment to work, it often does -- and even if you know you're receiving a placebo, the beneficial effects still hold strong
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February 21, 2013 - Issue 2378
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/21.aspx
Processed Fats in Processed and Deep Fried Foods Can Massively Increase Your Heart Disease Risk
    Dietary advice about fats and risk of heart disease has been called into question by research showing that replacing saturated animal fats with polyunsaturated vegetable fats is linked to an increased risk of death among patients with heart disease
    Recent research also found that people who regularly ate a traditional “Southern” diet, known for its many deep-fried foods, had a whopping 41 percent increased risk of stroke
    Limiting your intake of vegetable fats and boosting intake of omega-3 during pregnancy can result in a healthier, more muscular baby, according to a new study. Levels of omega-6 vegetable fat in the mother’s blood during pregnancy was positively correlated with their child’s fat mass at ages four and six
    If you want to increase your overall health and energy level and prevent health conditions like heart disease, cancer, depression and Alzheimer's, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, and a host of other diseases, one of the most important strategies at your disposal is to increase your intake of omega-3 fats and reduce your intake of processed omega-6 vegetable fats
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Walmart’s Big Push into Groceries is Not Good for Small Farmers
    Groceries now make up more than half of Walmart’s retail sales, and the company claims it has saved customers over $1 billion while helping farmers in the process
    However, Walmart is uniquely positioned to actually cut small farmers’ profits, by virtue of their sheer size and market power, and may ultimately be driving food prices up
    The vast majority of food sold at Walmart comes from industrial farms or is imported from China; sourcing your foods directly from a local farmer, instead of from Walmart, is one of your best bets to ensure you're getting food that is wholesome and that is grown in a sustainable fashion
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February 22, 2013 - Issue 2379
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/22.aspx
Benefits of Yoga—What the Research Says About its Use for Common Health Problems
    Recent research shows people with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) can benefit from yoga.
    Three months of regular yoga sessions resulted in a 50 percent reduction of reported incidents of heart quivering. Average heart rate also fell from 67 beats per minute to 61-62 beats per minute post-yoga. Participants also reported less anxiety and depression.
    But yoga is uncomfortable and boring
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13 Inexpensive Fitness Necessities
    I share 13 inexpensive fitness essentials for any in-home gym using minimal equipment, three of which you probably already have in or around your home or apartment
    Three helpful warm-up tools include jump rope, a foam roller, and a piece of rope
    For a minimally equipped home gym, four of my top recommendations include a medicine ball, Bosu ball, kettle bells, and/or resistance bands or tubing
    Three valuable tools for measuring your fitness progress are discussed
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February 23, 2013 - Issue 2380
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/23.aspx
Documentary: Sustainable Table: What's On Your Plate?
    This documentary film takes a revealing look at the war modern-day agriculture is waging against the planet
    In conventional farming, nature is often considered the enemy – one that must be dealt with using a controlled system of chemicals, irrigation systems, GMOs, fertilizers and other artificial additions to the soil
    Conventional agriculture’s overexploitation, pollution and other environmental insults made largely over the last half century have resulted in massive ecological degradation; 60 percent of the planet’s ecosystems are now no longer capable of sustaining themselves without human intervention
    Sustainable agriculture systems, including small organic farms that work with the laws of nature instead of against them, are out there; you can access them by frequenting farmer’s markets, community-supported agriculture programs or by visiting the farm directly
    You vote three times a day when you choose the foods for your meals. Will you vote for the system that is systematically destroying your health, animal welfare and the planet … or will you support those who are changing the world for the better, one meal at a time?
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ER Doctor Tells You How to Avoid the Most Common Ways You Could Die Prematurely
    An emergency room physician shares empowering examples of potentially deadly activities that you can and should avoid.
    Dr. McGuff has a unique perspective as he has worked for over twenty years in the ER and viewed firsthand the most common mistakes that people make that wind up seriously harming them or prematurely ending their life.
    All-terrain vehicles, cycling or jogging on the road, piloting if you’re not a professional, diving headfirst into shallow water and bad relationships are all examples of activities that are better off avoided.
    Gas grills, ladders, building a retirement home and even the lottery are also top causes of stress and/or preventable injury.
    While you can’t avoid dying, you can often avoid dying prematurely; most chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, are also largely preventable with simple lifestyle changes.
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February 24, 2013 - Issue 2381
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/24.aspx
The Dramatic Benefits of Minimally Invasive Dentistry
    Unnecessary drilling and filling your teeth with toxic materials can have far-reaching, long-term health ramifications. Newer alternative types of dentistry, such as minimally invasive dentistry and biomimetic dentistry offer dramatically safer and more effective solutions
    Biomimetic dentistry offers excellent alternatives to large fillings and crowns, such as inlays, onlays and crowns made by CEREC® material. These are permanent restorations that do not need to be replaced over time like regular resin fillings and metal or porcelain crowns
    Ozone can be used in combination with air abrasion. Ozone kills bacteria and safely changes the chemistry of the tooth and allows it to remineralize
    Everyday dental hygiene tips include brushing without toothpaste, or using baking soda or a toothpaste containing calcium sodium phosphosilicate (an effective mineralizer, far superior to fluoride); and applying ozonated oil to your gums and between your teeth (a very effective plaque remover)
    For more information, read Carol's book, Mouth Matters. You may also want to recommend it to your dentist. After all, the only way dentistry will change is by patients asking for better alternatives. You can also find more information on her website, http://mouthmattersbook.com .
    Carol says "I have developed a database, so that people can go to see who are doing biomimetic dentistry, and who are using ozone in their practices."
    Alternatives such as CEREC® inlays are taught at the University of Southern California under Pascal Magne and Dave Alleman, and dental applications for ozone therapy are taught by Mollica & Harris (for information see http://oxygenhealingtherapies.com ).
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February 25, 2013 - Issue 2382
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/25.aspx
10 Lies and Misconceptions Spread By Mainstream Nutrition
    Many mainstream nutritionists are guilty of spreading dietary myths and misconceptions that lead to poor health outcomes.
    The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine recommends adults to get 45–65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 20–35 percent from fat, and 10–35 percent from protein. This is bass ackwards. We should get 20-30% from carbs, 50-70% from natural fats, 20-30% from protein.
    The low-fat myth may have done more harm to the health of millions than any other dietary recommendation as the resulting low-fat craze led to increased consumption of trans-fats, which we now know increases your risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease—the very health problems wrongfully attributed to saturated fats
    Most people use artificial sweeteners to lose weight and/or because they’re diabetic and need to avoid sugar. Ironically, nearly all the studies that have carefully analyzed artificial sweeteners show that those who use artificial sweeteners actually gain more weight than those who consume normal sweeteners. Studies have also revealed that artificial sweeteners can be worse than sugar for diabetics
    Fructose, soy, whole grains and genetically engineered foods are wrongfully considered okay while eggs, milk, lunch meats are wrongfully considered bad, but are good in natural form
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Ten (Mostly) New Illusions to Kick Start Your Brain This Morning
    Watching this fun 2 ½-minute video featuring optical illusions is a good way to jump start your brain. Click on link above
    Studies show that regular exercise keeps both your body and your brain fit.
    Get a jump-start on brain health with exercise―just a little effort goes a long way toward boosting brain power.
    Dietary choices are important for brain health too. Some of the best brain foods include fresh vegetables, berries, organic eggs from pastured hens, raw milk and meat products from pastured animals, nuts, avocados, coconut oil and olive oil.
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February 26, 2013 - Issue 2383
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/26.aspx
Two Latest GE-Related Health Threats: 'Monster Salmon,' and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from GE Experiments Found in Chinese Waterways
    Genetically engineered (GE) fish could reach your dinner plate within the next year or two, unless a sufficiently strong opposition is mounted. The first GE food animal—a salmon designed to grow abnormally fast and to an unnaturally large size—may soon receive FDA approval
    In recent years, mounting evidence shows that initial suspicions that GE foods might have unforeseen consequences were indeed correct—from destruction of soils, to contamination of waterways, to serious health consequences for animals and humans who consume GE products
    The first-ever study to address GE crop-related pollution of waterways discovered that Chinese rivers are contaminated with antibiotic-resistant genes from genetic engineering experiments, which may represent a source of antibiotic resistance in humans
    Some US farmers are considering returning to conventional seed due to increased pest resistance and crop failures. Recent GE crops saw smaller yields globally than their non-GE counterparts
    The US Supreme Court is now hearing the appeal of an Indiana soybean farmer, whom Monsanto sued for patent infringement. The central issue in this case is the extent that a patent holder can control its use through multiple generations of seed, and the court’s decision could have far-reaching implications for the biotech industry and patenting of seeds and other life forms
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Vaccine News: AAP Opposes Ban on Thimerosal, While Study Finds More Vaccines Equate to Increased Hospitalization and Death
    American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) to keep thimerosal in vaccines rather than consider banning the preservative in a global mercury treaty, stating that the use of the mercury-containing preservative in vaccines is necessary to conduct mass vaccination programs in developing countries [so they can make people less healthy and reduce population]
    The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) publicly criticized the AAP’s defense of thimerosal, pointing out that the EPA and FDA have not withdrawn their 1999 directive to the vaccine industry to remove thimerosal from childhood vaccines, which must be disposed of as hazardous waste if they contain the mercury preservative
    According to a groundbreaking new study, there’s a definitive positive correlation between the number of vaccine doses administered and the percentage of hospitalizations and infant deaths. The hospitalization rate increased linearly from 11.0 percent for 2 doses to 23.5 percent for 8 doses. The mortality rate for 1-4 vaccine doses was 3.6 percent. At 5-8 vaccine doses, the mortality rate rose to 5.5 percent
    Presence of HPV-16 L1 gene DNA in a girl’s postmortem blood and spleen tissue has been confirmed. The girl died in her sleep six months after her third Gardasil vaccination. The fragments are similar to those found in the vaccine, and might offer a plausible explanation for the dangers of Gardasil
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February 27, 2013 - Issue 2384
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/27.aspx
American Foods Chockfull of Ingredients Banned in Other Countries
    More than 3,000 food additives -- preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients -- are added to foods in the United States. Many of these additives are banned in other countries
    Some of the ingredients banned in other countries include various food dyes, the fat substitute Olestra, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate (aka brominanted flour), Azodicarbonamide, BHA, BHT, rBGH, rBST, and arsenic
    Russia has announced a ban on virtually all U.S. meat and meat product imports, effective February 11, due to the feed additive ractopamine in the meats
    In the US, ditching processed foods is your best bet to avoid potentially harmful food additives. If you live in Europe you may have more options, as you may be able to find processed foods that do not contain any synthetic additives at all
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Diclofenac Causes as Many Heart Attacks as Vioxx
    A new study shows anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac is as dangerous as Vioxx, raising your risk for heart attack or stroke by 40 percent
    You can reduce inflammation naturally, without drugs; diet and lifestyle changes and several anti-inflammatory herbs (and MMS) can be very effective in relieving pain and inflammation
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February 28, 2013 - Issue 2385
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/28.aspx
The Brighton Method - Helping You Conceive an Extraordinary Child in a Toxic World
    Over 30 percent of couples are considered infertile and half of babies born today are being born with one or more subtle birth defects.
    The Brighton Method offers solutions for couples wanting to conceive a healthy baby, emphasizing the need for preconception preparedness. Once you have conceived and given birth, your child’s biological, emotional, and psychological destiny has already been set in motion.
    Understanding nutrition etc gives us the ability to conceive, birth, and raise healthy, happy children.
    The key is for both parents to invest some time and energy in detoxing and strengthening their organs and glands, cleaning up their homes, and proactively navigating safely around the most common factors contributing to birth defects and other developmental challenges.