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June 1, 2013 - Issue 2478
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Learn How to Make Cultured Veggies at Home to Boost Your Immune System
    A rediscovered study from 1948 may reveal an amazing “new” function of your stomach: filtering out pathogenic microbes before they can pass through to your intestinal tract
    As you age, your healthy gut flora diminishes and your stomach becomes less acidic, which may set you up for gastrointestinal dysbiosis and a number of serious health problems that follow from it, including dementia
    Beneficial gut bacteria play important roles in vitamin production, mineral absorption, detoxification, and helping prevent diabetes, digestive issues, neurological problems, cardiovascular disease, and even acne
    Your microbiota also plays a large role in your metabolism; sugar, refined carbohydrates and junk foods cause certain bacteria to release endotoxins, which drive inflammation and cause metabolic changes that result in overproduction of insulin, increased appetite, increased fat storage and obesity
    One of the best ways to protect your health is by keeping your gut flora healthy with naturally fermented foods; one-quarter to one-half cup of fermented veggies with each meal is ideal, but you may need to work up to this gradually; instructions are given for how to make your own naturally fermented vegetables at home with just a few simple tools
    [I recommend kefirkraut recipes at http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirkraut.html which are easier and faster than regular kraut or fermented vegs recipes. Water kefir and milk kefir can both be used. Get kefir grains from Marilyn the kefirlady at http://www.kefirlady.com/orderkefirgrains.htm ]
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Eat Insects, Save the World
    A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) highlights the many prospects insects offer for the future of food and feed security
    Insects offer a rich source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber; they’re also plentiful and environmentally friendly to raise
    At least 2 billion people worldwide already consume insects as a regular part of their diets
    If agricultural practices such as permaculture, which work with nature instead of against it, are more widely embraced, the food sources you currently enjoy can be sustained and flourish
    [See girl's list of edible bugs at http://edibug.wordpress.com/list-of-edible-insects/ ]
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June 2, 2013 - Issue 2479
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How Baby-Led Weaning Can Help Promote Good Oral and Physical Health in Your Child
    92 percent or more of all Westernized people have some degree of malocclusion, such as crowding of the teeth, narrowing of the jaws, or both. This has ramifications for breathing and sleeping, which in turn can contribute to attention deficit disorder
    By using baby-led weaning, you can instill in your child a desire for healthy food choices, reduce risk of later obesity and other associated health risks, and promote the natural development of your child’s oral cavity, which could be helpful in preventing sleep problems.
    Baby-led weaning includes premasticating regular whole foods in lieu of serving processed baby foods. (Blend food in a blender and add digestive enzymes and probiotics to feed the baby)
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June 3, 2013 - Issue 2480
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Vitamin B May Protect Against Alzheimer’s, Say Researchers
    B vitamins may slow brain shrinkage by as much as seven-fold in brain regions specifically known to be most impacted by Alzheimer’s disease
    Homocysteine leads to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. B vitamins are known to suppress homocysteine
    Among participants taking high doses of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12, blood levels of homocysteine were lowered as was the associated brain shrinkage – by up to 90 percent
    Folic acid is a synthetic type of B vitamin used in supplements and fortified foods, while folate is the natural form found in foods; if you take a B-vitamin supplement, make sure it contains natural folate rather than synthetic folic acid
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June 4, 2013 - Issue 2481
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Major Victory as Portland, Oregon Votes NO on Water Fluoridation
    On May 21, Portland, Oregon—the largest non-fluoridated city in the US—voted to keep fluoride out of its pristine water supply
    Fluoridation proponents spent nearly $1 million—four times the amount raised by the anti-fluoridation campaign—to flood Portland with misleading ads and editorials promoting fluoridation
    Fluoride is a toxic substance that accumulates in your tissues over time, wreaks havoc with enzymes, and produces a number of serious adverse health effects, including neurological and endocrine dysfunction
    25 human studies have linked fluoride with lowered IQ in children, including recent research from Harvard, and 100 animal studies have linked it to brain damage
    Water fluoridation came about as the result of a PR campaign in the early 1900s as a way to protect aluminum and steel producers from lawsuits over fluorine pollution coming from their plants
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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Has Unethical Links to GMOs
    The UK government’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council is the largest funder of Rothamsted Research, which is a leading developer of GM technologies
    Rothamsted Research has a joint laboratory with China under the direction of Guangyuan He, a researcher whose 2012 study on GM wheat was recently retracted due to fraudulent content “with serious consequences to wheat production and its economic impact”
    Increasing research demonstrates GM crop dangers to both the environment and human health, but governments around the globe continue to ignore these red flags in favor of industry interests
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June 5, 2013 - Issue 2482
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Avoid Too Much Iron in Your Blood
    While iron is essential for human life, too much iron can cause heart disease and cancer. Excess is actually far more common than iron deficiency
    Checking your iron levels is one of the most important tests that everyone should have done on a regular basis as part of a preventive, proactive health screen; it can be done with a simple blood test called a serum ferritin test; your ferritin level should be between 20 and 80 ng/ml, and 40 to 60 is ideal. If your iron levels are elevated or you have hemochromatosis, donating your blood or obtaining a prescription for therapeutic phlebotomy is one of the best solutions
    There is speculation that the genetic mutation linked to hemochromatosis may have emerged to help protect ancient humans from iron deficiency resulting from a switch from a hunter-gatherer “Paleo” diet to one based on carb-heavy farming
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Both Air And Noise Pollution Increase Cardiovascular Risk
    If you live near a busy highway, you’re likely being simultaneously exposed to two major pollution sources that can harm your heart: air pollution and noise pollution from the traffic
    Exposure to fine particle air pollution increased TAC scores (a measure of arterial hardening) by nearly 20 percent while exposure to noise pollution increased TAC by about 8 percent, according to new research
    Both fine particle matter air pollution and noise pollution are believed to increase your cardiovascular disease risk through similar biologic pathways, including by causing an imbalance in your autonomic nervous system (ANS)
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June 6, 2013 - Issue 2483
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13 Tips for Living Happy, Wild, and Free
    Happiness can be identified as “whatever gets you excited.” Once you’ve identified that activity, whatever it is, you can start focusing your mind around that so you can structure you life to do more of it
    Simple things like eating light, talking less and listening more, turning off the TV and getting outdoors to enjoy nature and getting some sunshine can bring more joy into your life
    Positive self-talk, affirmations and mantras can play a role in cultivating more happiness, as can keeping a gratitude journal, and seeking out reasons to laugh and to express yourself creatively
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Fist-Clenching for Memory: Forget a Word? Make a Fist
    According to new research, clenching your fist may temporarily change the way your brain functions in a way that boosts your memory
    Remarkably, those who clenched a ball in their right hand before memorization and in their left hand before recall boosted their memory scores by 15 percent compared to a control group
    This memory trick works because making a fist can increase activity in your brain on the opposite side (so if you clench your right fist, activity in the left brain hemisphere increases)
    Simple lifestyle strategies, including exercise, proper sleep and eating right, also work to boost and protect your memory and overall brain health
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June 7, 2013 - Issue 2484
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Statins Nullify Benefits of Exercise
    Exercise is a foundational strategy to naturally maintain healthy cholesterol levels and optimize your heart health. However, research now shows that if you take a statin drug, you’re likely to forfeit any and all health benefits of your exercise
    Volunteers taking a statin had reduced aerobic capacity at the end of a 12-week fitness program. Mitochondrial content activity also decreased
    In comparison, unmedicated volunteers improved their aerobic fitness by more than 10 percent after the 12-week fitness program, and their mitochondrial content activity increased
    Statin drugs, which millions are taking, has detrimental effects on your heart
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How Exercising at Work Saves Money
    Implementing a comprehensive company wellness program is a win-win for both the employers and employees and can save companies millions in health care costs and increased productivity
    Companies that have implemented workplace wellness programs, such as offering free fitness classes during lunch hours and access to healthier foods, have seen healthier, happier employees and significantly lower company health care costs
    Companies are well advised to take a simple survey to find out which programs most interest their employees, and provide positive incentives for participating
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June 8, 2013 - Issue 2485
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Beekeeping Industry 'Doomed' -- Destruction of Food Supply Before End of Decade?
    Bees have been dying off around the world for a decade now from a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. A third of the U.S. food supply depends on the honeybees
    This year, the US experienced the highest losses of honeybee populations so far, with most of the nation’s beekeepers losing anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of their bee population
    Many of the 6,000 almond orchard owners in California could not find enough bees to pollinate their almond trees, at any price, this year
    The collapse of bee colonies is probably multifactorial, but a major factor is the toxicity of systemic pesticides called nicotinoids, which kills insects by attacking their nervous systems
    In May, beekeepers and environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the agency over its failure to protect bees from toxic pesticides
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Documentary Reveals Shocking Tactics Used to Manipulate Your Children’s Preferences and Habits
    America’s 52 million kids under the age of 12 represent one of the most powerful markets for American businesses, influencing adult spending worth $700 billion a year
    The documentary Consuming Kids reveals the shrewd practices of the multi-billion dollar marketing machine designed to turn your kids into loyal, lifelong consumers who will also influence how the entire family spends its money
    Before deregulating children’s TV marketing, children’s spending rose an average of four percent per year. After deregulation, children’s spending skyrocketed to 35 percent per year
    Children age 2-11 now see an average of more than 10 television food ads per day. Ninety-eight percent of food advertisements viewed by children are for products that are high in carbs, artificial fat, or sugar.
    A classic example of this deceptive manipulation is Coca-Cola’s new ad campaign which focuses on the mistaken belief that beating obesity is a matter of counting calories, even though this theory has been found to be patently false
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June 9, 2013 - Issue 2486
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Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide May Be Most Important Factor in Development of Autism and Other Chronic Disease
    Two key problems caused by (Roundup's) glyphosate in the diet are nutritional deficiencies, especially minerals, and systemic toxicity
    Glyphosate is possibly "the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies,” according to researchers
    Your gut bacteria are a key component of glyphosate’s mechanism of harm, as microbes have the pathway used by glyphosate to kill weeds
    Glyphosate causes extreme disruption of microbes’ functions and lifecycles. What’s worse, glyphosate preferentially affects beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogens to overgrow
    Two key problems in autism unrelated to the brain yet clearly associated with the condition are both linked with glyphosate exposure: gut problems, and disrupted sulfur metabolism/impaired sulfate transport (i.e. protein and hormone problems etc)
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June 10, 2013 - Issue 2487
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The 9 Foods You Should Never Eat
    Studies have repeatedly shown artificial sweeteners stimulate appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, stimulate fat storage and weight gain. One recent study found both saccharin and aspartame cause greater weight gain than sugar
    Processed meats increase your risk of cancer, especially bowel cancer, and NO amount of processed meat is "safe." So ditch the deli meats and opt instead for fresh organically-raised grass-fed or pastured meats, or wild caught salmon
    Margarine and vegetable oils are two of the absolute worst fats to eat. Both contain heart-harming trans fats, for example. Your best alternative for cooking is coconut oil (or dairy butter), as it’s less susceptible to heat damage
    Microwave popcorn, table salt, non-organic produce like potatoes, and unfermented soy products, including soy protein isolate, are more harmful than beneficial as they all contain hazardous plastic & chemical contaminants
    Most canned foods contain BPA, a toxic chemical. Acidity causes BPA to leach into your food. Stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, or switch over to brands that use glass containers instead—especially for acidic foods like tomatoes
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Canned Peaches Claimed to Be as Nutritious as Fresh -- Really?
    Cans typically contain the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in their linings; consumption of canned goods is a major avoidable route of exposure to this dangerous chemical
    Canned foods also typically contain fewer antioxidants, enzymes and biophotons than fresh foods do, and often have large amounts of processed salt, sugar, high fructose corn syrup or other additives added
    Ideally, strive to consume your food in the most natural form possible, which means fresh, not canned. Other options include fresh frozen, as well as mason jar preservation of seasonal produce
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June 11, 2013 - Issue 2488
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Will Detection of Unapproved GMO Wheat Decimate US Economy?
    An unapproved strain of genetically engineered (GE) wheat has been found growing on a farm in Oregon. The finding now threatens US wheat exports as many countries do not permit the importation of GE wheat
    Japan has canceled orders for US wheat in response to the findings. Other major wheat importers are monitoring the situation, and the EU has ordered member states to test imported wheat for contamination
    The House Agricultural Committee will soon vote on an amendment that would lend support to a potential nullification of states’ rights to label GMOs. Your urgent action is needed!
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Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food
    Ancient wild plants provided an astounding level of phytonutrients that are largely absent from our modern cultivated fruits and veggies
    Ancient farmers’ preference for sweeter, starchier foods led to many of the less nutritious staples common today, such as sweet corn
    Bitter and brighter colored plants that were packed with nutrition have been largely replaced with sweeter, more muted varieties
    Genetic modification is also altering the nutrition content of the food supply; a new analysis showed GM corn, besides being toxic, to be far less nutritious than non-GM corn
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June 12, 2013 - Issue 2489
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Why Are Foods and Supplements Made for Children Packed with Hazardous Chemicals, Hidden Aspartame and GMOs?
    The documentary Killer at Large investigates the topic of obesity, a problem of truly epic proportions where misinformation is a major driver of its skyward trend
    Conventional diet and health recommendations are grossly flawed. Obesity and related health problems are directly attributable to improper diet—a diet too high in carbs and poor-quality proteins, and too low in healthy fats
    Calorie counting has been firmly debunked by science. It is FAR more important to look at the source of the calories than counting them. You get fat because you eat the wrong kind of calories, i.e. calories from carbs, like sugar & flour
    First and foremost, a healthy diet is based on fresh whole, preferably organic foods, and foods that have been minimally processed
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8 Summer Beverages to Avoid
    Many of the most popular “summer” drinks come with a hefty downside, like exorbitant amounts of sugar or artificial sweeteners
    Summer drinks better off avoided include regular and diet soda, wine coolers, beer, lemonade, sports and energy drinks, and frozen coffees
    Kefir, fruit smoothies with ice, carbonated water with mint leaves, fresh green vegetable juice, coconut water, iced green tea and iced dark-roast organic coffee are examples of delicious summer beverages that give your health a boost
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June 13, 2013 - Issue 2490
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As Alzheimer's Drugs Fail, Vitamins and Cinnamon Offer Hope
    Alzheimer's disease is currently at epidemic proportions, with 5.4 million Americans—including one in eight people aged 65 and over—living with it. There is no conventionally known cure, and few truly effective treatments
    Research suggests the best hope is in prevention focusing on diet, exercise and staying mentally active.
    Two recent studies show that compounds in cinnamon, and vitamins B12, B6, and folate may delay the onset and/or slow down the progression of the disease
    Vitamin treatment consisting of 0.8 mg folic acid, 20 mg vitamin B6 and 0.5 mg vitamin B12 slowed shrinkage of the whole brain volume over the course of two years
    The vitamin treatment also reduced, by as much as seven-fold, the cerebral atrophy in certain brain regions that are particularly vulnerable to damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease
    Research suggests that being exposed to general anesthesia can increase the risk of dementia in the elderly by as much as 35 percent
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June 14, 2013 - Issue 2491
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Grounding: The Potent Antioxidant That Few Know About... And It's Free
    Barefoot running encourages you to strike the ground with the cushioned fore-foot, which is a more natural gait
    Humans have been running barefoot, or close to it, since the beginning of time; running shoes were only invented in the 1970s
    Going barefoot also allows you to “ground” with the Earth and absorb negative electrons from the Earth through the soles of your feet; this grounding effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of and may have an anti-inflammatory effect on your body
    However, some parasites enter the body through the feet, so it's good to use some protection from them
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Fitwall: Where Tech and Elite Fitness Get Off the Ground
    A new exercise technology, Fitwall, is an innovative vertical training program that combines standard bodyweight exercises performed on a unique vertical wall-like training apparatus in a technology-savvy studio
    Most of the exercises used in the Fitwall routine can be modified and done in your home or at your local gym
    You can perform effective high-intensity exercise using nothing more than your own bodyweight, a chair and a wall – in just minutes a day
    If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can access many top-quality high-intensity workouts that you can do virtually anywhere
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June 15, 2013 - Issue 2492
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Obesity—A Threat to Your Life that Dwarfs Any Terrorist Act
    The documentary Killer at Large investigates the topic of obesity, a problem of truly epic proportions where misinformation is a major driver of its skyward trend
    Conventional diet and health recommendations are grossly flawed. Obesity and related health problems are directly attributable to improper diet—a diet too high in carbs and poor-quality proteins, and too low in healthy fats
    Calorie counting has been firmly debunked by science. It is FAR more important to look at the source of the calories than counting them. You get fat because you eat the wrong kind of calories, i.e. calories from sugar & flour etc
    First and foremost, a healthy diet is based on fresh whole, preferably organic foods, and foods that have been minimally processed
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If Your Doctor Is Healthy, You Probably Are Too
    When a physician was perceived to be overweight or obese, patients viewed him or her as less credible and trustworthy, and they were less inclined to follow the given medical advice.
    Research has also shown that physicians with healthy lifestyles are more likely to discuss healthful personal habits to motivate you to do the same
    Choosing a physician shouldn’t only be about credentials and educational background, but also about their personal lifestyle choices
    If your physician leads a healthy lifestyle there’s a good chance these positive habits will get passed on to you
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June 16, 2013 - Issue 2493
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The Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet and Its Role in Cancer Treatment
    A ketogenic diet, which calls for minimizing carbohydrates and replacing them with healthy fats and moderate amounts of high-quality protein, can offer hope against cancer, both for prevention and treatment
    Your normal cells have the metabolic flexibility to adapt from using glucose to using ketone bodies. Cancer cells lack this ability so when you reduce carbs, you effectively starve the cancer
    Cancer can be more accurately classified as a mitochondrial metabolic disease. Few people inherit genes that predispose them to cancer (most inherit genes that prevent cancer), and inherited mutations typically disrupt the function of the mitochondria
    The mitochondria “the main power generators in your cells” are believed to be the central point in the origins of many cancers. Your mitochondria can be damaged not only by inherited mutations, but also by a wide variety of environmental factors and toxins
    Fasting has remarkable health benefits and strengthens your mitochondria network systems throughout your body. As long as your mitochondria remain healthy and functional, it’s very unlikely that cancer will develop
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June 17, 2013 - Issue 2494
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Cheese “A Nutritional Powerhouse that Can Help Protect Your Heart, Brain and Bones
    Cheese contains the powerful nutritional triad of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K2, which together channel calcium into your bones and teeth while keeping it out of your arteries; this, combined with its omega-3 fats, make cheese a very heart-healthy food
    The cheese you select should be made from high-quality milk, ideally raw organic milk from grass-pastured animals that are never fed grain or soy; avoid processed cheese foods as they contain chemical additives
    Recent concerns about the salt content of natural cheese are overblown when compared to the massive sodium levels in processed food, especially when you take into account how much processed food people typically consume
    Excellent cheese picks due to their high K2 levels are Edam, Gouda, and brie, but cheddar, Colby, hard goat cheese, Swiss and Gruyere are good choices as well
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June 18, 2013 - Issue 2495
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Ecosystem and Food Supply Threatened by Neonicotinoid Pesticides
    Research shows the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in seed treatments is responsible for the death of birds, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and other wildlife
    Neonicotinoids also appear to be one of the primary causes behind mass die-offs of bees, which threatens one-third of our food supply
    Many pesticides are neurotoxic and can cause disruptions to your neurological system and your brain. Research has linked pesticide exposure to Parkinson’s disease, raising your risk by 58 percent
    Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, disables important minerals and enzymes in your body
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Wisconsin Aims to Jail Amish Farmer
    Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger provides raw milk to members of a private buying club; he was charged with four criminal misdemeanors and acquitted of three of them
    The Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a motion to revoke Hershberger’s bail and instead send him to jail; fortunately he was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine and avoided jail time
    Regulators claim they are trying to protect public health, but properly produced raw milk is a safe, healthful food
    The fight over raw milk stands as a symbol of the much larger fight for food freedom. Who gets to decide what you eat? You? Or your state and federal regulators?
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June 19, 2013 - Issue 2496
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Senator Durbin to Reintroduce Supplement Bill
    Illinois Senator Durbin is planning to reintroduce his supplement bill, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act (S 1310), which would grant more power to the FDA to regulate dietary supplements like they were drugs; Durbin first introduced S 1310 in 2011, but it failed miserably, as have many of his other attempts to pass laws attacking the supplement industry
    Durbin’s citing of the 2013 GAO Dietary Supplements report, which details adverse effects reports (AERs) associated with supplements, backfires in that it demonstrates just how safe supplements are, compared to vaccines and drugs
    Based on the GAO report, there were 488 times as many adverse reactions reported for prescription drugs as from dietary supplements, and there is no evidence supporting the claim that adverse reactions to supplements are underreported; data from poison control centers confirms their safety
    The financial burden created by Durbin’s proposed legislation will likely cause many supplement companies to go under; and, as a result, the cost of your supplements will likely skyrocket and, more importantly, your supplement choices will be limited
    Manufacturers are migrating products previously classified as supplements into the category food products in order to sidestep the tighter regulations imposed on supplements, and this loophole is completely ignored by the Durbin bill
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What’s the No. 2 Cause of Accidental Death in Children?
    Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death (second only to motor vehicle accidents) for kids aged 1-14
    A drowning person will not call out for help or wave their arms; a person who is drowning will be quiet and can slip under water in 20-60 seconds, often in close proximity to others who are unaware the person is in distress
    It’s possible to suffocate from delayed drowning up to 24 hours after leaving the water, if even a small amount of water is inhaled into your lungs
    Formal swimming lessons have been shown to cut the risk of drowning among small children by up to 88 percent
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June 20, 2013 - Issue 2497
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Your Gut Bacteria Affects Your Brain Function, Study Confirms
    The secret to improving your mood and brain health is in your gut, as unhealthy gut flora can impact your mental health, potentially leading to issues like anxiety, depression, autism and more
    A recent proof-of-concept study found that women who regularly ate yogurt containing beneficial bacteria had altered brain function compared to those who did not consume probiotics
    Just as you have neurons in your brain, you also have neurons in your gut -- including neurons that produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is also found in your brain and is linked to mood
    Limiting sugar, eating traditionally fermented foods, and taking a probiotic supplement are among the best ways to optimize your gut flora and subsequently support your brain health and normalize your mood
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Mental Disorders Skyrocket: Protect Your Kids
    According to the latest statistics, one in five children between the ages of 3 and 17 suffer some form of mental disorder, loosely defined as serious changes in the ways children handle their emotions, learn, or behave
    The most prevalent mental health problem among them is ADHD, affecting nearly seven percent of children and teens
    Autism spectrum disorders are most prevalent among six- to 11-year olds. The latest statistics show that 1 in 50 children in the US now fall within the autistic spectrum, up from 1 in 88 just last year, with a 5:1 boy to girl ratio
    Likely contributing factors to the rise in mental health problems include toxic exposures, electromagnetic fields, vitamin D deficiency, poor gut health, and hidden infections such as Lyme Disease
    The cost to society is estimated to be close to $247 billion per year for medical expenses, juvenile justice and special education” up from $8.9 billion in 2006
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June 21, 2013 - Issue 2498
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Do You Really Need to Take Testosterone?
    After age 30, a man’s testosterone levels begin to decline, and continue to do so as he ages, leading to symptoms such as decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depressed mood, and difficulties with concentration and memory
    Testosterone replacement therapy is only clinically advised for men with unequivocally low testosterone levels, a condition known as hypogonadism. To determine this, you have to test your testosterone level
    According to recent research, the number of testosterone prescriptions have tripled over the past decade, causing researchers to sound the alarm that men may be abusing the hormone
    Dietary and exercise changes, particularly limiting sugar/fructose, eating healthy saturated fats and engaging in high-intensity exercises and strength training, can be very effective at boosting testosterone levels naturally
    Other strategies to boost testosterone include optimizing your vitamin D levels, getting sufficient amounts of zinc, reducing stress, and supplementing with saw palmetto and DHEA in conjunction with astaxanthin
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This Interval Training Infographic Helps You Pick the Right Workout
    An infographic from Greatist explains the benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), why it works, and how to perform a variety of different HIIT workouts
    HIIT workouts involve as little as four minutes of intense activity combined with rest for a total workout of only around 20 minutes
    Because HIIT is so intense, you should only do it two to three times a week, max, making it a workout that even the most time-crunched individuals can fit in their schedules
    Research shows that HIIT offers health benefits like fat burning and improvements in insulin sensitivity and aerobic performance that you simply cannot get from regular aerobics
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How Turning the Food Pyramid on Its Head Can Help You Slim Down Without Trying
    While the American agricultural system is the envy of many less affluent nations, it is a food system that promotes subsidized cheap food largely devoid of nutrients and chockfull of unhealthy ingredients that has caused obesity rates to skyrocket
    There is no relationship between agricultural subsidies and nutrition. The government’s nutritional guidelines are in large part mirrored by these same agricultural subsidies, rather than being built upon sound nutritional science
    92 cents of each food dollar now goes to someone other than the farmer; it’s actually spent on the various manufacturing and packaging processes associated with processed foods
    My food pyramid for optimal health is almost the inverse of the original USDA food pyramid, featuring healthful fats and vegetables first, followed by high quality proteins, fruits, and little or no grains and sugars
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60 Years of Research Links Gluten Grains to Schizophrenia
    Research spanning 60 years shows gluten grain consumption (i.e. wheat etc) leads to higher prevalence of both neurological and psychiatric problems, and schizophrenia in particular
    In a recent study, researchers compared the blood work of 950 schizophrenics with 1,000 healthy controls, indicating that schizophrenics are more likely to experience an adverse immune response to wheat proteins
    The discovery of antibodies to gliadin in the blood of both celiac disease patients and schizophrenics implies that the wheat protein gliadin does not break down during digestion, wheat proteins stimulate auto-immunity, and may cause your immune system to attack your nervous system

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June 23, 2013 - Issue 2500

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Sitting Kills, Moving Heals
    Stand up several times per hour.
    Sitting for extended periods of time is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death. Even if you are very fit, if you uninterruptedly sit for a great percentage of the time, you’re still at an increased risk of dying prematurely
    Research by the NASA scientist responsible for monitoring the astronauts, shows your body declines rapidly when sitting for long periods
    Simply standing up over 30 times a day is a powerful antidote to long periods of sitting and is more effective than walking
    There are virtually unlimited opportunities for movement throughout the day, from doing housework or gardening, to cooking and even just standing up every 10 minutes
    It’s not how many hours of sitting that's bad for you; it’s how often you interrupt that sitting that is GOOD for you
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June 24, 2013 - Issue 2501
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Are You Using These Simple Lifestyle Strategies to Decrease Your Stroke Risk?
    Stroke is the number one cause of long-term disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable
    Lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, body mass index, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and smoking can have a direct bearing on your individual risk
    Not smoking, or quitting smoking equates to a 40 percent lower risk
    According to recent research, for every seven-grams more fiber you consume on a daily basis, your stroke risk is decreased by seven percent
    There’s also compelling evidence showing that your vitamin D and grounding help, while stress, statin drugs, hormone replacement therapy and/or birth control pills increase stroke risk
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Top 10 Time Savers for the Stuff You’re Too Busy to Do
    The majority of Americans are too busy to take time for themselves every day, but many actually have much more time than they think
    Simple tricks like fitting in a quick high-intensity workout and spending 15 minutes a day to clean your home can save you time in the long run
    Other time-saving tips include planning your meals so you shop less often, doing fewer loads of laundry and automating necessary chores, like paying bills and even getting groceries
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June 25, 2013 - Issue 2502
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/06/25.aspx
Glyphosate Drives Breast Cancer Proliferation, Study Warns, as Urine Tests Show That Even Europeans have the Weed Killer in Their Bodies
    Tests show that people in 18 countries across Europe have glyphosate in their bodies. Of the urine samples tested, an average of 44 percent was found to contain glyphosate; 70 percent of Germans, Britons, and Polish tested positive
    If Europeans who are exposed to very little GM foods have glyphosate in their bodies, people in the U.S. and other countries that allow GM crops likely have much more glyphosate in their bodies
    Researchers have determined the mechanism by which glyphosate residues in food disrupt normal body functions and induce disease; the pathway glyphosate uses to kill plants also exists in human and mammals’ gut bacteria
    Glyphosate has estrogenic properties and promotes breast cancer in the parts-per-trillion range.
    The phytoestrogen genistein, naturally found in soybeans, has been found to heighten the estrogenic effects of glyphosate, prompting the warning that genetically engineered soybeans may therefore pose a breast cancer risk
    A new EU-US free trade agreement has again cracked the door open for genetically engineered (GE) crops and foods into Europe
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ADA Ends Relationship with Dr. Oz Website
    Following an episode of the Dr. Oz Show that detailed the dangers of mercury amalgam fillings the American Dental Association (ADA) announced they had ended their affiliation with Sharecare, a consumer website co-founded by Dr. Oz
    As the world rallies around the obvious necessity of replacing mercury-based products with non-toxic alternatives, the ADA continues to shill for mercury fillings
    The ADA is a former patent-holder of amalgam, and has helped draft woefully misled policy statements affirming that dental amalgam is "safe" and its contribution to environmental mercury contamination "minimal” – despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary
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June 26, 2013 - Issue 2503
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/06/26.aspx
Ice from Fast Food Restaurants Dirtier than Toilet Water, Study Reveals
    Lab tests show that ice from UK branches of McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Starbucks and other fast food restaurants contains more bacteria than the water found in the restaurants’ toilets
    Similarly, tests conducted in 2008 found that two-thirds of all restaurant lemon wedges were contaminated with 25 different types of disease-causing bacteria -- including fecal bacteria
    While none of the samples presented an immediate health risk, four of them contained high enough levels to be considered a “hygiene risk,” the laboratory warned
    Children, the elderly, and those with poorly functioning immune systems are among the most vulnerable to foodborne illness. Regularly drinking sweetened beverages is, in and of itself, a factor that will impair your immune function
    Ditching sodas and other sweetened drinks is one of the most powerful actions you can take to improve your health and lower your risk of disease and long-term chronic health conditions
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CSPI Downgrades Splenda From "Safe" to "Caution"
    The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has finally downgraded Splenda from its former “safe” category to one of “caution” following an unpublished study that found Splenda may cause leukemia in mice
    Splenda is anything but natural, it is an artificial sweetener that has been found to reduce the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent, while no one knows what happens when humans consume this substance for long periods of time
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Splenda in 1998 based on only two studies actually conducted on humans; these two studies consisted of a combined total of 36 people, of which only 23 people actually ate sucralose
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June 27, 2013 - Issue 2504
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/06/27.aspx
Helpful Tips for Sleeping Better This Summer
    Nearly 41 million US adults are sleeping just six hours or less each night, which recent research has linked to an increased risk of chronic inflammation and heart disease in women
    Men with restless legs syndrome have a 40 percent higher risk of total mortality. According to the researchers, one of several potential mechanisms that might account for this increased mortality risk is disturbed sleep
    Sleeping pills have been linked to a wide variety of health hazards, including a nearly four-fold increase in the risk of death, along with a 35 percent increased risk of cancer
    Tips for better sleep are discussed, including the critical elements of your sleeping sanctuary, when to exercise to promote sleep, foods and beverages to avoid before bedtime, and the effect of electronic gadgets
    Increasing your melatonin can usually offer help
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Volunteering May Be Good for the Heart in More Than One Way
    People who volunteered for at least 200 hours a year were 40 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who did not.
    Separate research has shown that states with a high volunteer rate have lower rates of mortality and incidences of heart disease, while volunteering is also linked to lower rates of depression and a greater sense of well-being
    Volunteering is beneficial for a number of reasons, including providing a sense of purpose and new social interactions as well as adding many hours of non-exercise activity into your schedule
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June 28, 2013 - Issue 2505
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/06/28.aspx
What the Science Says About Intermittent Fasting
    It's long been known that calorie restriction can increase the lifespan of certain animals. More recent research suggests that intermittent fasting can provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction, which may be helpful for those who cannot successfully reduce their everyday carbohydrate calorie intake
    “Undernutrition without malnutrition” is the only experimental approach that consistently improves survival in animals with cancer, and extends overall lifespan by about 30 percent
    Both intermittent fasting and continuous carbohydrate calorie restriction have been shown to produce weight loss and improve metabolic disease risk markers. However, intermittent fasting tends to be slightly more effective for reducing insulin resistance
    Besides turning you into an efficient fat burner, intermittent fasting can also boost your level of human growth hormone (aka the “fitness hormone”) production by as much as 1,200 percent for women and 2,000 percent for men
    Intermittent fasting can improve brain function by boosting production of the protein BDNF, which activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons and triggers other chemicals that promote neural health. This protein also protects your brain cells from changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and helps protect your neuro-muscular system from degradation
    Skipping breakfast is one way to fast. Another is to have no carbohydrates at some meals.
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91-Year-Old Arizona Man Sy Perlis Breaks Weightlifting Record
    Sy Perlis, 91, recently broke a nearly decade-old World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters record in the 90-and-over age division
    Perlis didn’t begin weightlifting until he was 60 years old, and he entered his first competition when he was in his mid-80s
    Regular exercise, even initiated late in life, offers profound health benefits including chronic disease prevention, boosts to muscle mass and even protection against memory loss
    Age is not an impediment to staying physically active. If anything, the older you are the more important regular exercise becomes
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June 29, 2013 - Issue 2506
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/06/29.aspx
Documentary: Sweet Misery
    The documentary Sweet Misery at this link tells the whole story about aspartame, from its astounding list of related adverse health effects to the corporate fraud and manipulation surrounding its approval
    Sweet Misery includes heartfelt conversations with aspartame victims and shocking evidence showing how aspartame made it through the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process despite clear warning signs of potential health hazards and alleged scientific fraud
    Aspartame accounts for more reports of adverse reactions than all other foods and food additives combined
    About 90 different adverse health effects, from migraines and seizures to blood cancer and weight gain, have been linked to aspartame consumption
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Iodine Supplements May Be Too Much of a Good Thing
    The American Thyroid Association (ATA) has issued a warning about the risks of too much iodine from iodine, potassium iodide and kelp supplements
    Ingesting more than 1,100 mcg of iodine per day (the tolerable upper limit) may cause thyroid dysfunction, according to the ATA, but many supplements may contain iodine in amounts that are up to several thousand times higher than the tolerable upper limit
    Iodine is a vitally important nutrient that is detected in every organ and tissue; along with being necessary for proper thyroid function it may also play a role in diseases ranging from fibromyalgia to cancer
    Iodine deficiency is believed to be widespread in many parts of the world, but the best choice to optimize your levels is likely via iodine-rich foods like toxin-free sea vegetables, spirulina, raw milk and eggs
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June 30, 2013 - Issue 2507
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/06/30.aspx
CANCER CURE: Ketogenic Diet in Combination with Calorie Restriction and Hyperbaric Treatment Offer New Hope in Quest for Non-Toxic Cancer Treatment
    A mounting body of research suggests most cancers are highly responsive to therapeutic ketosis—a natural physiologic state induced during prolonged states of decreased glucose—in combination with calorie restriction
    One way to achieve this is to use a ketogenic diet that retains non-starchy vegetable carbohydrates, replacing them with high amounts of healthy fats and adequate amounts of high-quality protein
    Healthy cells have the metabolic flexibility to adapt from using glucose to using ketone bodies. Cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility, so when you eliminate carbs, which are metabolized to glucose, you effectively starve cancer of its primary fuel source.
    Intermittent fasting, where you gradually restrict the window of time during which you eat food down to about six to eight hours per day aids in the transition from burning carbs to burning fat
    The ketogenic diet by itself can extend survival in animal models of metastatic cancer, but recent research shows that when it’s combined with hyperbaric oxygen therapy three times per week, there is a significant additive effect