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March 1, 2013 - Issue 2386
How Intermittent Fasting Stacks Up for Weight Loss
It's long been known that restricting calories in certain animals can increase their lifespan by as much as 50 percent, but more recent research suggests that sudden and intermittent calorie restriction appears to provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction, which may be helpful for those who cannot successfully reduce their everyday calorie intake
Challenge the Establishment -- Dispelling Five Common Health and Fitness Misconceptions
Many accepted health and fitness “rules” are actually myths that could be keeping you from achieving your ideal body weight and optimal health
Bad advice is given to reduce fat in your diet, lower your cholesterol level, improve reduced thyroid production with medication, perform aerobic training almost daily, and even to start each workout with some static stretching. These are all examples of myths that could be harming, rather than helping, your health
March 2, 2013 - Issue 2387
Can You Cut Your Breast Cancer Risk by Skipping Mammograms? Definitely!
The new 3D tomosynthesis mammograms still require mechanical compression and expose you to even more radiation than conventional 2D mammograms
The excited push to use 3D tomosynthesis is little more than a last-ditch attempt to avoid having to admit mammograms are useless and don’t reduce breast cancer or increase lifespan or health
Using 3D tomosynthesis results in at least twice as much radiation as a standard mammogram. Multiple x-rays are taken in an arc around the breast to create the 3D image
Tomosynthesis mammograms received FDA approval in 2011. There’s no data to prove the technology finds more cancers, saves lives, and won’t result in a greatly increased risk of breast cancer in the future
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 breast cancer are included. See link above
Poor Sleep Increases Risk of Hard-to-Treat Hypertension
Researchers found a strong link between sleep quality and a type of high blood pressure known as resistant hypertension, which does not respond to typical drug-based treatments.
Partial sleep deprivation is also associated with obesity and alters your food intake by disrupting key hormones involved with regulating metabolism and appetite.
Insufficient sleep not only increases risk of diabetes but also high blood pressure
March 3, 2013 - Issue 2388
MSM Health Benefits May Be Related to Its Sulfur Content
The clinical use of sulfur as an adjunct in our diet is becoming progressively more recognized as an important tool for optimizing health. MSM is already well-known for its joint health benefits, but may also be helpful for other conditions related to chronic inflammation and damage due to oxidation
MSM, which is a metabolite of DMSO approved for use in humans, primarily impacts your health by reducing inflammation. It’s widely used as a supplement for arthritic conditions. Like DMSO, MSM also appears to improve cell [membrane] permeability, so it can be used to help deliver other active ingredients
MSM may be providing a missing link for optimal health, which appears to be related to sulfur. MSM is 34 percent sulfur by weight, but it is more than just a simple sulfur donor. It also affects sulfur metabolism in the human body, although it’s still not entirely clear how
Sulfur also plays a critical role in detoxification, as it is part of one of the most important antioxidants that your body produces: glutathione. Without sulfur, glutathione cannot work
Toxicity studies have shown that MSM is extremely safe and can be taken at very high doses. Even if you have a very rich diet full of raw vegetables and MSM-rich foods, you can still supplement and not hit that toxicity level. Clinical research studies have found that the effective amounts range from about 1.5 grams to 6 grams
March 4, 2013 - Issue 2389
15-Year-Old Invents New Test for Early, Reliable Detection of Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is a devastatingly fatal form of cancer, and is typically regarded as the most deadly and universally rapid-killing form of cancer
A 15-year-old freshman high school student, Jack Andraka, invented a dipstick-type sensor to detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer that is 168 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive, and 400 times more sensitive than the current standard of detection. The test costs three cents, takes five minutes, and has a 90 percent accuracy rate
His primary research tools were Google, Wikipedia, and freely available research studies—online resources available to virtually anyone on the planet with an internet connection
See video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=n9yuAhusVts
Three lifestyle issues known to contribute to pancreatic cancer are sugar/fructose consumption, lack of exercise, and vitamin D deficiency
Why Wellness in the Workplace Matters
Private businesses are experiencing close to $45 billion a year in employee related medical expenses, and with rising health care costs companies are starting to realize the significant impact of employee wellness on the corporate bottom line.
Nearly 70 percent of costs associated with health care are due to preventable conditions.
Corporate wellness programs help lower health care costs, and can create a sense of community and a healthier office culture, all of which can lead to improved attendance and increased productivity.
March 5, 2013 - Issue 2391
The Rising Food Movement Continues the Fight for ‘Right to Know’ GMO Labeling
Historically, food has not featured heavily in politics unless or until there was a major food safety issue. That is now changing, with the fight for labeling of genetically engineered foods leading the way as people are becoming aware that there’s something wholly unnatural in the food that we’re not being told about
More evidence suggests that the US federal government is not protecting our food supply and is allowing it to be used for a giant profiteeringexperiment—The USDA released a final report absolving the biotech industry for contamination of non-genetically engineered (GE) seeds with their products from other fields, concluding that organic and other non-GE farmers should simply buy insurance to protect against GMO contamination
After the failure to pass Prop. 37 in California, the field-of-play now moves to Washington State, 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
Vermont has also created a Right to Know GMO Campaign
March 6, 2013 - Issue 2392
How Medical Ripoffs Threaten Your Health and Financial Security
According to a scientific review, the practice of using a type of starch intravenously to replace lost blood volume in critically ill patients is based on studies “loaded with fraudulent data,” and may increase their risk of death or kidney failure
According to a British poll from last year, more than one in 10 scientists and doctors claimed to have witnessed colleagues deliberately fabricating data in order to get their research published
The Choosing Wisely campaign has issued a second report adding 90 medical tests and procedures that are best avoided, as they provide no benefit, or do more harm than good
[U.S. govt is controlled by greedy corporations, instead of the common people, so govt decisions are increasingly based on corporate profits rather than public safety and the public good]
The What, Why, and How of Baby-Led Weaning
A growing number of parents are rejecting the conventions of spoon feeding, turning instead to an approach called baby-led weaning (BLW), which is fast gaining a reputation as a better way to establish long-term healthy attitudes toward food
Baby-led weaning revolves around shared mealtimes, where the whole family eats food that is nutritious, safe, and – as far as possible – free from added salt, sugar, chemicals, and other extras unsuitable for infants
In BLW, your baby is allowed to feed themselves ‘real’ food with their fingers as soon as they are ready, and gets to choose what to eat, how much, and how quickly
Likely advantages of BLW include healthier food choices, reduced obesity risk, natural jaw development, improved eye-hand coordination and dexterity, and confidence and enjoyment at meal time
March 7, 2013 - Issue 2393
How Inflammation Affects Every Aspect of Your Health
A wide array of health problems, including but not limited to chronic pain, obesity, ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, and cancer are all rooted in inflammation, which must be properly addressed if you wish to be healed
The majority of inflammatory diseases start in the gut with an autoimmune reaction which progresses into systemic inflammation. To truly be effective at managing or hopefully overcoming a disease it needs to be addressed on all levels
When the intestinal lining is repeatedly damaged due to reoccurring leaky gut syndrome, damaged cells called microvilli become unable to do their job properly. They become unable to process and utilize the nutrients and enzymes that are vital to proper digestion. Eventually, digestion is impaired and absorption of nutrients is negatively affected. As more exposure occurs, your body initiates an attack on these foreign invaders. It responds with inflammation, allergic reactions, and other symptoms we relate to a variety of diseases
[Leaky Gut is often caused by too much sugar and carbs in the diet, or not enough animal products. Probiotics, like kefir, Greek yogurt and other fermented foods helps cure Leaky Gut]
March 8, 2013 - Issue 2394
The Push-Up that Builds Your Core
You can easily tweak the traditional push-up technique to turn it into a powerful core-building workout by doing a push-up in reverse
A reverse push-up involves lowering your body into the typical push-up position, then, instead of pushing your body upward, bending your knees and moving your body backward before again moving forward into the push-up starting position
Adding both reverse and regular push-ups into your workout routine makes sense, as both will work your core in a variety of different ranges of motion, in different angles and positions, in order to engage all muscles
An improperly performed push-up is a waste of your precious workout time; common mistakes most people make when performing a push-up include going too fast and using only partial range of motion
BOSU Ball Total Body Workout: Challenge Your Balance, Core Strength, and Stability
With a flat platform on one side and a rubber dome on the other (resembling half an exercise ball), the BOSU ball is an unstable surface that adds a balance challenge to your workouts
The BOSU ball requires you to engage your core muscles in order to maintain balance, providing a phenomenal way to prepare and tone your body for everyday life
Along with balance and flexibility, the BOSU can build your core strength, benefit your cardiovascular system, increase your endurance and help fine-tune sports skills
March 9 2013 - Issue 2395
Common Household Chemicals Linked to Human Disease in Landmark UN Study
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a joint report with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), titled: State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), which suggests a ban of endocrine disrupting chemicals may be needed to protect the health of future generations
The joint study is the most comprehensive report on EDCs to date, highlighting a wide variety of health problems associated with exposure, including: non-descended testes, breast, prostate and thyroid cancer, nervous system defects, and ADD/ADHD
Some of the most commonly used endocrine disrupters are Bisphenol-A (BPA), Bisphenol-S (BPS), PCB’s, phthalates and agricultural pesticides
Rather than compile an endless list of things to avoid, it's far easier to focus on what you should do to lead a healthy lifestyle with as minimal a chemical exposure as possible. Thirteen helpful tips are included; see link above
Lowering Your Blood Pressure Using Drugs May Increase Your Risk of Death, Study Shows
High blood pressure is healthy for older people. A study shows using drugs to lower systolic blood pressure below 130 mm Hg is not associated with better outcomes in patients diagnosed with both diabetes and coronary artery disease
In the vast majority of cases, drugs are not needed to reverse hypertension; making some basic diet and lifestyle adjustments are the safest and most reliable option for optimizing your blood pressure, including drastically reducing your sugar intake (especially fructose), optimizing dietary fats, exercising, getting plenty of vitamin D [sunshine without sunscreen] and vitamin K2 and managing stress
Prescription drugs now kill more people than illegal drugs or motor vehicle accidents, making them one of the leading causes of death in America, even when taken as prescribed
March 10, 2013 - Issue 2395
Ketogenic (High Fat) Diet May Be Key to Cancer Recovery
Many cancer patients have reportedly overcome the disease of cancer by adopting a ketogenic diet, which calls for eliminating carbohydrates, replacing them with healthy fats and protein
Animal studies have shown that mice fed a carb-free diet survived highly aggressive metastatic cancer better than those treated with [ridiculously toxic and cancer-causing] chemotherapy
Your normal cells have the metabolic flexibility to adapt from using glucose to using ketone bodies from fats. Cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility, so when you eliminate carbs (which produce glucose) you effectively starve the cancer
Eating fat is NOT bad for your heart. Particularly beneficial fats include coconut oil, butter, organic pastured eggs, avocado and raw nuts. Most people need as much as 50-70 percent healthful fat in their diet to optimize health
March 11, 2013 - Issue 2396
Reject Bad Advice, Like Low-Fat Diet and Sunscreening
A “landmark” study provides compelling evidence that the type of fat you consume, not the amount, is what imparts the cardiovascular health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet
Participants could eat all the nuts and dark chocolate they wanted and still had the health benefits
"The Mediterranean diet" is typically characterized as a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables with liberal use of olive oil, while being low in fish, poultry and red meat, and it has long been thought to provide a number of potent health benefits
In less than five years, those eating a modified Mediterranean diet, supplemented with additional olive oil or nuts, achieved a 30 percent relative risk reduction for cardiovascular disease, and a 49 percent reduction in stroke, compared to controls who were instructed to eat a low fat diet
A recent report that calcium and vitamin D are not effective for preventing bone fractures was misleading, because the reported study used only 400 IU’s of vitamin D, which is far too low to produce most therapeutic benefits. Furthermore, both calcium and vitamin D are dependent on vitamin K2 for proper function.
The ‘Bees and Flowers Mutual Admiration Society’ Is Under Threat
A new 30-year study from the University of Bristol in England has revealed that bees and flowers share a symbiotic relationship based on the electric currents each emits. This affects not only the pollination and proliferation of the plants, but also the nourishment of the bees and the hives.
Bees not only can sense the negative charge coming from flowers using color, shape, pattern and humidity, but are able to change the electrical charge to tell which ones contain nectar and if another bee has beat them to it.
Bees worldwide are threatened by a number of ecological and environmental factors, such as pesticides, fungi, GMOs and cell phone networks.
The world’s food supply is threatened because bees and the way they pollinate and carry food to their hives is threatened.
March 12, 2013 - Issue 2397
Big Profits for Useless Flu Vaccines
Three recent studies severely challenge the claim that the flu vaccine will protect you against the flu.
Many flu shot recipients are coming down with flu despite having been vaccinated—a strong indication that flu vaccines are ineffective despite the fact that the vaccines available this year are a good match to the actual flu strains in circulation!
The 2009-2010 flu vaccine, licensed for distribution in Europe, caused some 800+ cases of narcolepsy in Sweden and other European countries (that were reported, but actual cases are almost always much greater than reported). According to a retroactive analysis recently published in the British Medical Journal, the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, Pandemrix, induced narcolepsy and resulted in a 10-fold increased risk of the sleep disorder
You can prevent the flu and other flu-like diseases using dietary interventions, making sure your vitamin D and gut flora are optimized, being more meticulous about washing your hands, getting enough exercise and sleep, and taking natural immune boosters like oil of oregano and garlic
Should Factory-Farmed Foods Be Labeled?
Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), play a key role in global climate change
CAFOs contribute directly to global warming by releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, especially methane - more than the entire global transportation industry
Indirectly, factory farms contribute to climate disruption by their impact on deforestation and draining of wetlands, and because of the nitrous oxide emissions from huge amounts of pesticides used to grow the genetically engineered corn and soy fed to animals raised in CAFOs
In 2013, a new alliance of organic and natural health consumers, animal welfare advocates, anti-GMO and climate-change activists will tackle the next big food labeling battle: meat, eggs and dairy products from animals raised on factory farms, or CAFOs
March 13, 2013 - Issue 2398
Agribiz Asks FDA to Allow Unlabeled Use of Aspartame in Dairy Products
Two prominent dairy associations have filed a petition with the FDA requesting the agency “amend the standard of identity” for milk and 17 other dairy products to provide for the use of any safe and suitable sweetener as an optional ingredient—including non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame to deceive you by not having to indicate its use on the label
The FDA already allows the dairy industry to use the unmodified “milk” label for products that contain added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Because of this, the petitioners maintain that “consumers can more easily identify the overall nutritional value of milk products that are flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners if the labels do not include such claims”
Aspartame is the most dangerous food additive on the market today, accounting for over 75 percent of adverse reactions reported to the FDA, including seizures and death
Methyl alcohol is metabolized differently in the human body compared to other animals, and is FAR more toxic in humans which is why studies have trouble nailing down the hazards related to aspartame
Methyl alcohol, after it is taken up by the body as a “Trojan Horse” into susceptible tissues like the brain, converts rapidly into formaldehyde. This causes severe damage to proteins and DNA that can contribute to many serious and chronic diseases, such as cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis
Xanax, Valium, and Other Benzodiazepines Can Cause Brain Damage
Over 100 million people are prescribed benzodiazepine drugs (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, etc.), often prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, are associated with increased dementia [brain damage] risk.
Among adults over 65, those who used benzodiazepines were 50 percent more likely to develop dementia over a 15-year period.
The drugs have also been linked to an increased risk of certain cancers, addiction, car accidents, and premature death.
Exploring the safe and effective ways to address sleep issues, anxiety and other mental health conditions that do not involve unsafe drugs can lead to greater well-being and protect your health.
March 14, 2013 - Issue 2399
Blue Light and Sunshine May be the Next Generation Weapons Against Infections
Many infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat. Antibiotic overuse has led to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA
Exposure to natural sunlight on a large percentage of your skin can actually have a very potent antimicrobial action.
According to a new proof-of-principle study, blue light can selectively eliminate infections caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Blue light therapy has also been shown effective against MRSA and other resistant bugs
Low vitamin D levels increase your risk of being a nasal carrier of MRSA. This means that vitamin D status could be a modifiable risk factor for MRSA carriage and potentially MRSA infection, and is yet another reason for making sure your vitamin D levels are optimized year-round
UVB (ultraviolet-B light) exposure has a number of other health effects unrelated to vitamin D production, including enhancement of mood and energy, melatonin regulation, suppression of MS symptoms, and the treatment of skin diseases
The FDA Can't Dictate What Foods You May Eat
Your access to raw milk is determined largely by state law , and there are many differences among the states. Raw milk sales or distribution are legal in a majority of the states, and there has been a trend towards improving access in recent years. Two major holdouts to this trend are Minnesota and Wisconsin; criminal trials centering on raw milk are scheduled to take place later this year in each state
In response to a 2010 lawsuit challenging the FDA’s ban on interstate sales, the agency made its draconian views on food freedom part of the public record, stating that “there is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food” and that there is no fundamental right to one’s “own bodily and physical health”
Several insurance companies have stopped writing raw milk product liability policies. The rest have dramatically raised their rates for raw dairy producers, forcing many out of business
In spite of the government agencies and private organizations that continue to oppose freedom of choice for raw milk consumers, the demand continues to grow and the number of farmers producing raw milk is increasing, especially at the micro-dairy level. Efforts to increase freedom for producers and consumers continues to progress on a state-by-state basis. See http://www.localharvest.org/ for sources of raw milk and other natural foods directly from organic farmers
March 15, 2013 - Issue 2400
How Strength Training Can Help You Live a Longer, Healthier Life
Strength training is an integral part of a well-rounded exercise program, and is recommended for both sexes of all ages, including children and seniors
The intensity of your resistance training can achieve a number of beneficial changes on the molecular, enzymatic, hormonal, and chemical level in your body, which will also help slow down (and many cases stop) many of the diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle
Biomarkers of aging or longevity can be greeatly improved by strength training, such as strength and muscle mass, body composition, blood lipids, bone density, cardiorespiratory fitness, and gene expression
Research has shown that strength training in the elderly reversed oxidative stress and returned gene expression in 179 genes to a more youthful level, making them 10 years “younger”
Ideally, you’ll want to include a variety of exercises for a well-rounded fitness regimen. Strength training is an important component as it’s the number one way for you to remain strong, young, and independent well into old age
Static Stretching Can Damage Your Muscles and Tendons
Conventionally recommended static stretches that you hold for 60 seconds may actually damage your tissues
Active isolated stretching (AIS), which involves specific stretches held for only 2 seconds with gentle pressure, can help you rehab from injuries and increase range of motion and flexibility
AIS works with the primary laws of your body, allowing elongation of muscle and fascial tissue without eliciting your body’s protective mechanisms that would inhibit safe, effective stretching and overall flexibility
To get the full benefits that exercise provides, incorporate not only high-intensity Peak Fitness and strength training but also proper stretching in 2-second "pulses"
March 16, 2013 - Issue 2401
Americans Are Getting Ripped Off by the Highest Medical Bills on the Planet
The US spends more on health care than the next 10 biggest spenders combined: Japan, Germany, France, China, the U.K., Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia
Hospital costs are a leading cause of the $750 billion Americans overspend each year on health care
By dissecting the medical bills people have received, journalist Steven Brill, says we can see exactly how and why we are overspending and where the money is going. Americans are being grossly overcharged; even nonprofit hospitals are making greater profits than some prosperous for-profit businesses, and hospital presidents and department heads can make upwards of 2 to 4 million dollars in annual salary
The entire system unfairly affects the poor and uninsured as they are charged the FULL inflated price while those with insurance have their costs radically reduced through pre-negotiated lowered rates. Hospitals get away with this nonsense while physicians would go to jail if they had charged separately like this. A so-called medical-billing advocate can help you not only read and understand the content of your bills, but also negotiate with the hospital to reduce the charges
If the U.S. health care system was a country, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet. The losers are the patients; approximately 60 percent of all personal bankruptcies in the United States are related to exorbitant medical bills
FLOW Documentary Exposes the Worldwide Water Crisis Few are Aware of
An award-winning documentary called “FLOW: For Love of Water” investigates the worldwide water crisis, described as one of the most important political and environmental issues of the 21st Century
Multinational corporations are beginning to capitalize on the growing worldwide shortage of fresh water, and as with any commodity, those who can’t pay the price go without; but going without clean water can have deadly consequences
Of the six billion people on Earth, 1.1 billion do not have access to safe, clean drinking water; between 500,000 and seven million people get sick each year from drinking contaminated tap water, in which more than 116,000 human-made chemicals are now found
Bottled water and the companies that produce it are having a disastrous environmental impact
It’s estimated that fresh, clean water can be provided to every single person on the planet for less than two cents per day, per person, which is less than is currently spent on bottled water. Click link above to find the video
March 17, 2013 - Issue 2402
Aborted Fetus Cells Insanely Used in Food Industry
The biotech company Senomyx creates novel flavor enhancing compounds for the processed food industry in order to make foods and beverages that taste good while reducing sugar and salt content. Customers include Pepsi Co., Ajinomoto Co. (the maker of aspartame and meat glue), Nestlé and others
The genetically engineered flavor enhancers work by triggering taste receptors on your tongue, effectively tricking your taste buds into sensing sweetness, saltiness, or “coolness”
Senomyx has created a taste testing system that uses human kidney cells originating from an electively aborted human fetus
These fetal kidney cells (HEK293) have been cloned for decades, as they offer a reliable way to produce new proteins using genetic engineering. Senomyx has engineered HEK293 cells to function like human taste receptor cells
These flavor enhancers are not listed on food labels, falling instead under the generic category of artificial and/or natural flavors
March 18, 2013 - Issue 2403
It’s Time to Change American Disease-Management into a Health-Fostering System
The US does not have a health care system; we have a disease-management system that is dependent on expensive drugs and invasive surgeries. It’s a system rooted in an ideal of maximized profits, opposed to helping people maintain or regain their health
The US spends more on health care than the next 10 biggest spenders combined: Japan, Germany, France, China, the U.K., Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia, yet the US ranks last in health and mortality analysis of 17 developed nations
Integrative medicine (IM) is a better alternative to the current system, as it offers a combination of conventional medical therapies and complementary or alternative therapies "for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness"
The Affordable Health Care Act is likely to make matters far worse rather than better, as the Act does not include any strategies to prevent illness. Nor does it contain any measures to rein in or reduce out-of-control health care costs related to overcharges. Instead it expands an already flawed model of “care” that has been and continues to be one of the leading causes of both death and bankruptcy in the US
Nutritional Adjuncts to the Fat-Soluble Vitamins A, D, and K
Vitamins A, D, and K cooperate synergistically not only with each other, but also with essential minerals like magnesium and zinc, with dietary fat, and with key metabolic factors like carbon dioxide and thyroid hormone. This level of complexity is a reminder that it is best to cooperate with the wisdom of nature by obtaining vitamins through nutrient-dense foods. Such nutrients interact synergistically to support immune health, provide for adequate growth, support strong bones and teeth, and protect soft tissues from calcification.
Magnesium is required for the production of all proteins, including those that interact with vitamins A and D
Many of the proteins involved in vitamin A metabolism and the receptors for both vitamins A and D only function correctly in the presence of zinc
Dietary fat is necessary for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
So proper diet high in natural fats, moderately high in natural protein and lower in natural carbs provides such complementary nutrients
March 19, 2013 - Issue 2404
Whole Foods Vows to Label GMOs by 2018
Whole Foods has announced it will make labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients mandatory in its American and Canadian stores by 2018. Many expect other retailers to follow suit
About 20 major food companies, including Wal-Mart, recently gathered for a meeting in Washington to discuss potential lobbying for a national GMO labeling program
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) recently announced the creation of a new nationwide campaign called the Organic Retail and Consumer Alliance (ORCA). The mission of the new alliance includes exposing and eliminating the misleading practice of “natural” labeling and marketing
Organic food and products, by law and by third-party certification, are produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, animal drugs, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), irradiation, nanoparticles, or sewage sludge, whereas so-called “natural” products are completely unregulated
A critical assessment of the consequences of commercial cultivation of GE plants in the US for 20 years advises the EU to NOT follow the path of the US, as it has had profound negative impacts on farmers, seed markets, and consumers. Among the eight final recommendations, the report concludes that “There must be no large-scale, commercial cultivation of GE herbicide-tolerant or insecticide-producing crops,” and that all potential situations must be retrievable
Exposing Yourself to Light at Night Shuts Down Your Melatonin and Raises Your Cancer Risk
Reading late at night, watching TV, or sending emails into the wee hours of the morning may be stopping your melatonin production dead in its tracks and depriving you of this hormone’s many health benefits
Melatonin is important for the proper functioning of your immune system, scavenging free radicals, reducing inflammation, and helping your body to rid itself of cancer cells; multiple studies point to the role of melatonin in protecting you from multiple types of cancer, including breast cancer
Even the slightest amount of light in the white or blue bandwidths is enough to seriously depress your pineal gland’s production of melatonin for the night, which is why sleeping in total darkness is so important
Suggestions are given for optimizing your melatonin production, such as the one type of light that does not disrupt your melatonin production
Install a low-wattage yellow, orange or red light bulb if you need a source of light for navigation at night. Light in these bandwidths does not shut down melatonin production in the way that white and blue bandwidth light does. Salt lamps are handy for this purpose. Take melatonin supplement, if necessary
March 20, 2013 - Issue 2405
TV Ads for Statins Drive Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment According to Study
For the last 16 years, the United States is one of only two countries that allows drugs to be advertised on TV. A new study assessing the effect of direct-to-consumer drug advertising concluded that TV ads for statins may be a driving factor of overdiagnosis of high cholesterol and overtreatment with the drugs
Those who reported seeing statin ads on TV were more likely to be diagnosed with high cholesterol, and more likely to be using a statin drug
Both the diagnosis of high cholesterol and increased statin use was driven almost exclusively by those who were at LOW risk for future cardiac events. Conversely, those at high risk of heart disease were not more likely to be taking a statin after seeing the commercials
A previous study showed that pharmaceutical companies spend nearly TWICE as much on marketing in the US as they do on research and development of new drugs, which helps explain why Americans also pay twice as much as other nations for the identical drugs
Are Nightmare Bacteria Coming to a Hospital Near You?
Nightmare bacteria called CRE are nearly impossible to kill because they are resistant to virtually every antibiotic in existence; CRE bacteria are on the rise in medical facilities across America, now detected in hospitals in 42 states
The most common form of CRE is a superbug form of Klebsiella, normally a harmless bacteria found in your intestinal tract; children, elderly, sick and immunocompromised individuals have the highest risk of infection; if it makes it into blood your odds of surviving an infection are a dismal 50 percent
Not only is Klebsiella resistant to nearly all antibiotic drugs, but it can transfer its antibiotic resistance gene to other bacteria, which is why experts are so concerned
Today’s alarming rates of antibiotic-resistant “super germs” result from overuse of antibiotics in both medicine and agriculture; you can reduce your risk by avoiding antibiotic drugs [and hospitals] and avoiding consumption of meat and poultry products from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)
Suggestions are given for optimizing your immune system, decreasing your risk of exposure to dangerous pathogens, and being proactive about your medical care
March 21, 2013 - Issue 2406
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
Poor will power is NOT necessarily what drives you to overeat on junk food. An in-depth investigation into the processed-food industry reveals there’s a conscious effort on behalf of food manufacturers to get you hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive to make [but expensive to buy]
Sugar, salt and fat are the top three substances making processed foods so addictive. Sugar alone has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine, and food manufacturers use sophisticated taste science to determine the “bliss point” that makes you crave more
Recent research confirms that processed meat consumption [not organic consumption] is strongly associated with premature death. According to the researchers, reducing daily processed meat consumption to less than 20 grams a day could reduce mortality rates across Europe by three percent annually
According to a new report from the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 22.3 million people were living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2012, up from 17.5 million in 2007
To protect your health, I advise spending at least 90 percent of your food budget on whole foods
Why Is a Child’s Health Often Damaged at Conception?
A mother's obesity can predispose her fetus to heart attacks by causing the first clinical sign of cardiovascular disease before birth. Mother's diet during pregnancy and the child's diet in early childhood have lifelong health effects on children.
A third of a newborn baby's blood is outside his body in the umbilical cord. Routine cord clamping deprives newborns of their birthright to their own lifesaving blood.
Routine caesarian deliveries and umbilical cord clamping are depriving children of the edge that can mean life or death.
Suboptimal breastfeeding may be responsible for taking the lives of tens of thousands of infants each year. Along with perfect nutrition, mother's milk provides life-saving antibodies and immune system factors to newborns.
March 22, 2013 - Issue 2407
One of My Readers Shares His Personal Success Story Using High Intensity Training
Now in his mid-60’s, he’s feeling better than ever, and has returned to his pre-cancer fitness level
You can turn virtually any exercise into a high intensity exercise, including strength- or weight training. Metabolically speaking, both forms are very similar to each other
High intensity strength training makes use of free weights or resistance equipment. You turn your weight training routine into a high intensity routine by slowing down your movements. Guidelines are included
Super-slow weight training is ideal for virtually everyone, regardless of age or fitness level, as it actively prevents you from accidentally harming your joints or suffering repetitive use injury
Do the Brain Benefits of Exercise Last? No
Two new studies have revealed that the brain benefits of exercise appear to quickly fade if your exercise program stops
In previously active rats, the brain benefits (both mood- and memory-related) started to fade within one to six weeks of not exercising
The results suggest that your body is designed for regular exercise, not sporadic or infrequent activity, and engaging in exercise throughout your life is likely to lead to the greatest gains
If you exercise regularly, you are not only supporting your brain health but also preventing and reducing chronic disease processes throughout your entire life
March 23, 2013 - Issue 2408
Trashed, a 20-minute documentary, takes viewers on “an existential road trip through the quixotic American waste stream” to give you an idea of what our throwaway society is truly costing the planet
The average American throws away 4.5 pounds of garbage every day; this amounted to about 250 million tons of trash in the United States in 2010 alone
Plastic waste accumulates in landfills for hundreds of years or ends up in our oceans, where it forms enormous swirling “garbage patches” or breaks down into microparticles consumed by marine life
You can do your part to reduce your plastic consumption and generation of waste to help protect the planet for future generations
Shocking Report Identifies Massive Seafood Fraud Across the US
According to the nonprofit ocean protection group Oceana, over half of fish labeled "tuna" in the US is not actually tuna. A shocking 84 percent of “white tuna” sold in sushi venues was actually escolar, a fish associated with acute and serious digestive effects if you eat just a couple of ounces
One-third of all fish samples tested across the US were found to be mislabeled; substituted for cheaper, less desirable and/or more readily available fish varieties
87 percent of fish sold as snapper was actually some other type of fish
Grouper, halibut, and red snapper were sometimes substituted with king mackerel and tile fish, two types of fish the FDA advises pregnant women and other sensitive groups to avoid due to high mercury content
As seafood fraud and widespread contamination grows, along with mounting evidence of the critical importance of omega-3 fats found in fish, finding and using a viable alternative becomes an increasingly pressing issue
My favorite animal-based omega-3 source is krill oil, which also provides other important immune boosting benefits courtesy of the astaxanthin it contains. Recent research shows fish oil may help protect against skin cancer, and astaxanthin alone is already known to act as an “internal sunscreen”
March 24, 2013 - Issue 2409
Hospitals Won’t Tell You, But Transparency Can Revolutionize Healthcare
One in four patients in a hospital is harmed in some way from a medical mistake
An estimated 30 percent of all medical procedures, tests and medications may be unnecessary – at a cost of at least $750 billion a year
For the past two years, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, one of the largest physician organizations in the US, has released reports on the most overused tests and treatments that provide limited or no benefit to the patient, or worse, causes more harm than good. The list currently includes a total of 135 different tests, procedures and treatments [like Mammograms]
Once you’re hospitalized, you’re immediately at risk for medical errors, so one of the best safeguards is to have someone there with you. This is particularly important for pediatric patients, and the elderly. Helpful tips and questions to ask to help prevent avoidable medical errors are discussed. [Better yet, avoid hospitals except for serious emergencies]
March 25, 2013 - Issue 2410
Organic Tomatoes, While Smaller, are More Nutritious than Conventional Counterpart, Study Shows
Tomatoes are one of the best dietary sources of lycopene, which has been shown to have anti-cancerous activity, and may reduce your risk of stroke.
Cooked tomatoes (such as in tomato sauce or tomato paste) not only increases the lycopene content that can be absorbed by your body, but also increases the total antioxidant activity. Consume your tomatoes, whether raw or cooked, with some type of fat, such as olive oil, since lycopene is a fat-soluble nutrient.
Choose organic varieties, whether whole tomatoes or tomato paste, ketchup, or sauce. Organic ketchup has been found to contain 57 percent more lycopene than conventional national brands.
Avoid anything that comes in a can, since the acidity of the tomatoes will increase toxic BPA release from the liner.
27 Ways to Make Your Groceries Last as Long as Possible
The average American wastes more than 20 pounds of food every month.
Purchasing fresh food is a must if you wish to eat healthily, and there are many tricks you can use to extend the “shelf-life” of your fresh foods.
Tips are included for how to properly store fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, dairy products and more to significantly extend their lifespan.
Planning your meals will also help you avoid food waste; you'll only buy what you need each time you visit the store, and you’ll have a plan in place to use it all up once you get home. Also, grow your own food
March 26, 2013 - Issue 2411
Hepatitis B Infection Despite Vaccination
To avoid the hepatitis B vaccine for your baby at birth, you can amend the "consent for medical treatment" forms you sign upon entering the hospital before giving birth by writing on the form that you do not give consent for your baby's hepatitis B vaccination but, unfortunately, that is no guarantee that your baby will not be vaccinated in the newborn nursery without your knowledge or consent. [It's better to have your baby at home.]
By the age of 15, about 15 percent of teens who received the full series of hepatitis B shots as infants tested positive for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), which is an early indicator of infection or a sign that the person is a chronic carrier of the virus
Hepatitis B is a primarily blood-transmitted adult disease associated with risky lifestyle choices such as unprotected sex with multiple partners and intravenous drug use involving sharing needles—it is NOT primarily a "children's disease" or one that is a common threat to newborn babies
At least 60 brain and immune system disorders or adverse effects are associated with hepatitis B vaccination
Dr. Wakefield Film on MMR Vaccine Caused Diseases
“Hear the Silence” first aired on British television in 2003, then disappeared for nearly a decade before recently resurfacing on YouTube.
It tells the story of British gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose 1998 research published in The Lancet suggested there may be a link between the MMR vaccine, chronic bowel disease and autism.
Other studies have also suggested a link between the presence of the MMR vaccine strain of measles in the digestive tract, chronic bowel inflammation and symptoms of regressive autism.
March 27, 2013 - Issue 2412
Zithromax and Januvia Meds Shown to Be Killing Patients
The US FDA is investigating a potential link between a commonly used class of diabetes drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors and pre-cancerous changes to the pancreas. Additionally, previous studies have also indicated a connection of thyroid, colon, skin and prostate cancer
FDA is adding a new heart-risk warning to the label of Zithromax (Z-Pak), a commonly used antibiotic used to treat bronchitis, pneumonia and other serious infections that can trigger lethal heart arrhythmias
Research found that Zithromax greatly increases your chances of dying from a cardiovascular event. Those who already have heart problems are at even greater risk of dying from the drug, which parallels Vioxx that had killed 60,000 people by the time it was removed from the market in 2004
All antibiotics, and especially the more potent ones like the Z-Pak, decimate your gut flora, which in turn leaves you with a sorely weakened immune system. If you must use an antibiotic, make sure to reseed your gut with probiotics, either from fermented foods or a high-quality probiotic supplement
Today’s Smorgasbord of Ag Chemicals Poses Special Risks to Children’s Health
Experts believe rising rates of birth defects, asthma, neurodevelopmental disorders and other serious chronic diseases in US children and adults are a result of early chemical exposures
If you’re planning to have children, it’s important to reduce your chemical exposures and encourage detoxification before you become pregnant in order to protect your future children from your body’s toxic load
March 28, 2013 - Issue 2413
How Stress Affects Your Heart and Gut Health
Men and women tend to experience stress differently. Stomach-churning anxiety is far more common in women than men, as is feelings of sadness in response to stress, and not being able to stop thinking about that which worries them
When you dwell on negative emotions you internalize the stress, which can prevent you from coming up with constructive ways to address them. Stress can improve once you find more active methods of coping
Stress plays a major role in your immune system, and can affect your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, and hormonal balance. It can even “break” your heart, and is increasingly being viewed as a cardiovascular risk marker
By using energy psychology techniques such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), you can reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life. [Religious contrition is probably much better.] Exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and meditation are also important “release valves” that can help you manage your stress
Are We Over-Diagnosing Mental Illness? Of course
According to critics, the new edition of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) diagnostic "bible" – the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) -- will label healthy people with a mental condition and make them prime candidates for unnecessary prescriptions of mind-altering antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs
Virtually none of the mental disorders described in the DSM can be objectively measured by empirical tests; instead, they're completely subjective
By turning normal emotions and difficult life circumstances into “illnesses” the DSM-5 has resulted in the rampant over-medicalization and over-diagnosis of mental illnesses within the psychiatric profession [but huge profits for them and the drug makers]
March 29, 2013 - Issue 2414
Simple Prevention and Treatment Strategies for Back Pain
Most cases are mechanical in nature; the pain is a product of poor posture and improper movement.
One of the latest drug scams is pushing an expensive anti-rheumatic drug for back pain. This drug can cost you $20,000 per year, yet most people’s back pain is NOT due to random inflammation, even inflammatory arthritis such as Rheumatism is controlled better through diet and exercise than with drugs. Shutting down your body’s natural inflammatory response [with pain killeers] is simply asking it to stop warning you of a larger problem that needs to be addressed.
Our often seated lifestyle contributes to back pain more than any other isolated factor. Too much sitting without proper balancing exercises can also decrease your lifespan and the quality of your years..
Daily Foundation Training Exercises are one of the best practices you can add to compensate for long hours spent sitting. These are powerful, simple whole body movements that help strengthen your complete core and activate the muscles designed to keep you in a powerful posture all day long. More than a dozen additional guidelines are included that can help you prevent and treat back pain, whether acute or chronic. The key thing to take home from this is that most back pain is manageable, and the reality is that more often than not we are accidentally hurting ourselves by using the wrong muscles to move, or masking pain with chemicals that stop us from addressing the actual problem.
Changing Our Tune on Exercise
New research suggests that while many people started an exercise program to lose weight and improve their appearance, they continued to exercise because of the benefits to their well-being
Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier
Exercise boosts levels of soothing brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression
Once you experience the benefits of exercise for your emotional well-being, you’ll likely have a high level of self-determination or autonomy when it comes to deciding to exercise; rather than viewing it as a chore that you have to do, you’ll view it as a choice that you value doing – and probably also start to think of it as essential to keeping your emotional sanity
March 30, 2013 - Issue 2415
What Could the Massacre of 40,000 Elephants Possibly Teach Us?
The conversion of large amounts of fertile land to desert has long been thought to be caused by livestock, such as sheep and cattle overgrazing and giving off methane. This has now been shown to be incorrect, as removing animals to protect land speeds up desertification
Rising population, land turning into desert at a steady clip, and climate change, converge to create a “perfect storm” that threatens life on earth. According to an African ecologist, dramatically increasing the number of grazing livestock is the only thing that can reverse both desertification and climate change
Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), play a key role in this impending disaster, as large-scale factory farms also directly contribute to environmental pollution
According to estimates, grazing large herds of livestock on half of the world’s barren or semi-barren grasslands could take enough carbon from the atmosphere to bring us back to preindustrial levels [But CO2 is NOT a problem. As John Stossel's guest mentioned lately on tv, more CO2 and warming have increased plant life over much of the Earth.]
A holistic management and planned grazing system has already been implemented in select areas on five continents, with dramatically positive results
How Acupuncture Works to Relieve Stress
Rats pre-treated with acupuncture had no spike in stress-associated hormones after being exposed to chronic stress, which suggests the ancient healing modality helps to normalize stress hormone levels
Evidence suggests that acupuncture impacts your body on multiple levels, including stimulating your central nervous system to release natural chemicals that alter bodily systems, pain and other biological processes
Acupuncture is proven to positively affect a number of chronic health conditions, including depression, chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and more
If you like the idea of acupuncture but don’t like the idea of having needles inserted into your body, there are needle-free alternatives, such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) that can offer many of the same benefits
March 31, 2013 - Issue 2416
Low-Carb Diet May Slow Alzheimer’s Disease
A deficiency of healthy fats and too many carbs may be at the heart of the Alzheimer’s epidemic
A growing body of research suggests there may be a powerful connection between the foods you eat and your risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, via similar pathways that cause type 2 diabetes. In one recent animal study, researchers were able to induce dementia by disrupting the proper signaling of insulin in the brain
Previous animal research has shown that calorie restriction [reduction of carbohydrate intake, e.g. flour, sugar, grains] protects against aging, oxidative stress and neurodegenerative pathologies
Recent research has also shown that intermittent fasting triggers a variety of health-promoting hormonal and metabolic changes similar to those of constant calorie restriction—including reduced age-related brain shrinkage