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December 1, 2011 - Issue 1930
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/01.aspx
The Worst Drug Fraud in History? Do You Still Trust Them with Your Life?
One single drug linked to a 43% spiked heart attack risk & 64% boost in ALL cardiovascular deaths... their maker paid the biggest settlement in medical history for buried test results, massaged data, gross negligence... Inside: your low risk solution to this fiasco, and more.
> [GSK spent 11 years covering up trial data that showed Avandia {used for Diabetes} was a risky drug for the heart; the company not only hid negative study data, but also manipulated study data to fit their agenda. Despite engaging in felony criminal behavior, GlaxoSmithKline and other drug companies are only penalized with fines that amount to little more than a slap on the wrist; individuals involved in these crimes are not held accountable and thus the fraud continues. Drug companies are among the biggest corporate criminals and felons in the United States; taking control of your health can help you avoid the need for their products and keep you safely out of their web of deceit.]
ALERT -- Europe Bans X-Ray Body Scanners Used at U.S. Airports
The European Commission has had enough with full-body X-ray scanners. They've banned the technology from airports while the United States continues on with its use.
> [The European Commission has banned X-ray body scanners that use “backscatter” radiation technology from airports, “in order to not risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety” – but they are still in use in the United States. Backscatter X-ray scanners expose your body to ionizing radiation, which causes cumulative DNA damage that can lead to cancer. You always have the right to opt-out of X-ray body scanners while traveling and can choose to have a pat-down instead; if enough people choose to opt-out, it may prompt the scanners to be removed from U.S. airports.]
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December 2, 2011 - Issue 1931
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/02.aspx
Endless Energy: How Yoga Saved My Life
Do you want to enjoy boundless energy that allows you to enjoy your life to the fullest extent possible? It could be as simple as this.
> [Eliminating stress and replacing it with energy is key to your physical and mental health.
One of the best sources of energy is exercise, including interval training, strength training and yoga.]
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December 3, 2011 - Issue 1932
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/03.aspx
25 Studies Prove This Reduces Your IQ
They have actually measured its levels in urine and found there was a very strong correlation with lowering of IQ and concentrations of this. Here's the scary reason why we're still forced to consume it, despite the fact lack of good science.
> [In the past 13 months, 31 communities in Canada (10), New Zealand (2) and the U.S. (19) have voted to stop fluoridating their water supplies. The total number of people freed from forced fluoridaiton in this period is over 2.5 million. Meanwhile, councilors are pushing for the discontinuation of fluoridation in New York City. Fluoride is a toxic drug. Fluoridating water is reckless, as you cannot control the dose ingested, or who receives it, and there’s no medical supervision. Water fluoridation clearly violates the individual’s right to informed consent to medicine.]
No Way in U.S. System to Vote Against Banks
Can we take the U.S. back from the people who own the system?
Health Myths Created by the "Father of Spin" - Do You Still Believe Them?
Most medical fallacies you believe can be directly traced back to Edward Bernays - the so-called "Father of Spin". For instance, do you still believe any of these eight popular myths, promoted by his tactics? I urge you to shun the shams and use these 9 strategies to safeguard your health.
> [Many medication studies published in leading journals have been found to be sponsored by drug manufacturers and include deceptive statistical reporting and wording. The flu vaccine is a perfect example of medical manipulation, with research concluding the effectiveness of the shots to be as low as one percent. In addition, the “gold standard” for scientific reviews has repeatedly found that there is little to no evidence backing flu vaccines as an effective flu prevention strategy. Despite this, they are still pushed by mainstream health officials. The reason why much of the population believes in mainstream medicine can be traced back to the PR campaigns of Edward Bernays, the so-called father of spin. Bernays focused on 'conditioning' consumers into believing many mainstream medical fallacies.]
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December 4, 2011 - Issue 1933
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/04.aspx
You'll Ignore Conventional Health Advice - Once You See These Ugly Facts
Because it will quickly show you who's really influencing the laws and advice they dole out - and why it's doing untold damage to public health and health freedom. If this doesn't disturb you, I don't know what will.
> [The pharmaceutical industry is the largest lobby in the U.S. Last year, the industry spent over $244 million lobbying for favorable legislation.]
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December 5, 2011 - Issue 1934
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If You're Tired or Constipated, This "Unusual Treatment" May Help
It's certainly unconventional, but it can treat a wide variety of health problems. If you suffer from gas and bloating, diarrhea, headaches or sugar cravings - then this critical part of your health may be compromised.
> [Fecal transplants, in which donor feces from a healthy person are transplanted into a patient, are showing remarkable results in treating a wide range of health conditions such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Clostridium difficile infection and possibly even metabolic syndrome. Maintaining a healthy environment in your gut, by eating unpasteurized fermented foods and/or taking a high-quality probiotic supplement, along with avoiding antibiotics, will support your overall health and well-being.]
Global Diabetes Epidemic Rages On
Hundreds of millions of people are falling prey to a disease that is fully preventable. Are you ready to take control of your health to protect yourself from type 2 diabetes?
> [Type 2 diabetes is 100% reversible and preventable with the proper lifestyle changes. Conventional diabetes treatment focusing on lowering blood sugar levels with drugs does not at all address the root cause of the disease and typically makes diabetics progressively worse. Replacing grains and sugars in your diet with high-quality protein and veggies, and engaging in appropriately intense exercise, are two keys to preventing and reversing this disease.]
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December 6, 2011 - Issue 1935
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/06.aspx
If You Go to Church, Heed This Warning
There's a dangerous group of people who wants to move inside your church, mosque or synagogue - to set up shop with your pastor, priest, imam and rabbi on hand to convince you to take this toxic remedy which is hardly, effective, if at all. > [The CDC and HHS held an “off-the-record, not-for-press-purposes” phone conference with church and community leaders. They want to administer flu vaccines in churches, synagogues and mosques. They are encouraging church leaders to “influence” people to get the shots through clinics run by Walgreens, which would send pharmacists out to places of worship to mass-vaccinate people in the church/synagogue/mosque.]
Don't fall for it.
Why is This Soda's Evil Twin?
This "healthy" beverage can contain more sugar and calories than soda, and is at least as bad for your health.
> [Fruit drinks often contain very little fruit juice and may contain more sugar and calories than soda, making them equally bad, if not worse, for your health.]
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December 7, 2011 - Issue 1936
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/07.aspx
The Cancer-Causing Mistake 1 in 4 People Over 45 Make
A recent study found even minor exposure to this was associated with a significantly increased risk of prostate cancer, confirming a link the FDA has tried to hide. It can also increase your risk of heart disease and is linked to diabetes, cataracts and memory loss.
> [Current cholesterol guidelines are dangerously low, and are likely doing far more harm than good. Statin drugs can actually increase your risk of heart disease because they deplete your body of CoQ10, which can lead to heart failure. If you’re on statin drug therapy, you must also take a CoQ10 or ubiquinol supplement to stave off irreparable mitochondrial damage.]
Can Ingesting 'Friendly Bugs' Reduce Your Anxiety?
If you'd like to get a handle on stressful emotions like anxiety, these beneficial "bugs" may hold the secret to your psychological well-being.
> [The beneficial bacteria (probiotic) known as Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 has been shown to normalize anxiety-like behavior in mice with infectious colitis. Probiotics have a significant effect on brain chemistry, modulating mood- and behavior-regulating signals to your brain via the vagus nerve, according to research. Consuming probiotics, from traditionally fermented foods or a high-quality supplement, while avoiding sugar/fructose, processed foods and antibiotics as much as possible, will help to nourish your gut health and thereby support your emotional well-being as well.]
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December 8, 2011 - Issue 1937
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/08.aspx
Why Does the U.S. Media Breed Propaganda Journalism?
What gets on the news is determined by who controls the news... and the stories they want you to hear.
Doctor Warns: Eat This and You’ll Look 5 Years Older
A new study at the Hawaii Center for Health Research showed people who consumed a lot of this "healthy" food in mid-life not only aged less gracefully, they were more likely to experience brain aging and a more pronounced loss of cognitive function. Ignore this at your own risk.
> [The majority of soy's health claims are false; fostered by clever marketing to further reduce the cost and nutritional content of your food. Ninety-four percent of all soy grown in the US is genetically engineered (GE), which virtually guarantees you're consuming GE soy when purchasing soy products and processed foods containing soy derivatives. Genetically engineered foods pose its own separate health risks, including hormone disruption and fertility problems. Soy derivatives can "hide" under a variety of different names, including mono-diglyceride, soya, soja, yuba, TSF (textured soy flour), TSP (textured soy protein), TVP (textured vegetable protein), lecithin, and MSG. Soy protein isolate can be found in protein bars, meal replacement shakes, bottled fruit drinks, soups and sauces, meat analogs, baked goods, breakfast cereals and dietary supplements. This hazardous ingredient has been linked to several troubling conditions, including diminished libido and erectile dysfunction. The only soy foods with health benefits are USDA certified 100% organic, traditionally fermented soy products such as tempeh, miso and natto.]
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December 9, 2011 - Issue 1938
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/09.aspx
The Worst Possible Place to Eat if You Want to Stay Healthy
This is profoundly important to your health on many fronts - affecting your waistline, your overall health, and even what infectious diseases you're exposed to. Is this the hidden reason you seem like you're not getting well? Check it out.
> [Most restaurant chains get their food from confined animal feeding operations (CAFO); be it eggs, beef, or chicken. This is in part what makes fast food so inferior, no matter what restaurant chain you’re frequenting. Organic eggs are statistically FAR safer than CAFO-raised eggs. In one study, more than 23 percent of farms with caged hens tested positive for salmonella, while just over 4 percent of organic flocks tested positive. Aside from a greater risk of food poisoning, fast food is a primary driving factor of obesity and poor health due to inferior raw ingredients, high sugar content and added chemicals.]
The Right to Bare Arms
These simple upper-arm exercises can banish "jiggly" arm fat and leave you with stronger, sleeker arms in just four to six weeks!
> [Simple upper-arm exercises using hand weights, such as biceps curls and the lateral shoulder raise, can tone up your arms in about four to six weeks. Body-weight exercises, such as push-ups, can also help to tone up your arms.]
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December 10, 2011 - Issue 1939
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/10.aspx
The Hidden Epidemic Destroying Your Gut Flora
Unless you're eating food that contains this label, you're digesting hidden ingredients that are destroying your gut flora with every bite. That's a major problem, considering it's one of the single most important factors to maintaining good health.
> [Dr. Don Huber, an agricultural scientist and expert in microbial ecology, has issued stern warnings about shockingly devastating effects of genetically engineered food crops after discovering a brand new organism in GE animal feed—an organism that has since been clearly linked to infertility and miscarriage in cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, and poultry. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, and this new-to-science microbe are now linked to a new phenomenon referred to as “Sudden Death Syndrome” (SDS). We can anticipate with that broad spectrum of animal species, which is extremely unusual, that it will also be with humans, Dr. Huber says. We've seen an increasing frequency of miscarriage and a dramatic increase in infertility in human populations in just the last eight to 10 years.]
Stunning New Way to Flush Away Skin Cancer
Erase skin tumors without scars or surgery in just weeks - often without a trace of evidence it was once there. Could be the answer to the 300% rise in skin cancer cases in the past 2 decades? But, here are key strategies to prevent it in the first place - see inside.
> [A cream containing eggplant extract, known as BEC and BEC5, appears to cure and eliminate most non-melanoma skin cancers in several weeks time. Unlike conventional skin-cancer treatment, which is often surgery, the eggplant-extract cream leaves no scarring and no visible sign a tumor or lesion was ever present. The eggplant extract is exceptionally safe and only kills cancerous cells, leaving healthy cells untouched, and causes only minor side effects, such as itching and burning. Tips for preventing skin cancer, including optimizing your vitamin D levels with sun exposure etc.]
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December 11, 2011 - Issue 1940
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/11.aspx
* Some Call It the World's Best Antioxidant -- Protecting Your Eyes, Brain, and Preventing Wrinkles
They say it's in a class of its own, one of the most exciting nutrients ever to be discovered, and can never harm you. Offers astounding health benefits far beyond eyes, brain, wrinkle-prevention. Can anything top this? Get all the fascinating details here.
> [It's the usual astaxanthin, most abundant in crab, shrimp, wild Arctic salmon etc.]
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December 12, 2011 - Issue 1941
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* Eat These 2 Foods Only if You Want to Age Faster and Die Younger?
The debate rages on... but the evidence seems to lie with those who advocate "starving" your body of these 2 foods, as even miniscule amounts can destroy your cells, make you sick, and cut your life short. Wouldn't you rather eat so you live to be 100?
> [Long-term, more dramatic carb-restriction, as advocated by Dr. Rosedale, appears to be a primary factor for radical life extension. When you “starve” your body of sugars and starchy carbs, your body starts to acclimatize itself to burn fatty acids and ketone bodies. Ketones are what your body produces when it converts fat (as opposed to glucose) into energy—a beneficial process that appears to promote longevity ]
* U.S. Congress Says Pizza is a Vegetable
Is your child depending on nutrition from the school cafeteria -- a realm where pizza and French fries count as vegetables?
> [Presently, the tomato sauce on a slice of pizza qualifies as a serving of vegetables in school cafeterias; the USDA proposed guidelines that would have raised the amount of tomato sauce required to qualify as a vegetable, thereby removing pizza from the “vegetable” list -- but Congress vetoed them. Congress also vetoed provisions that would have limited the use of starchy vegetables (i.e. French fries) in school lunches. Food companies, including those that produce frozen pizzas for school lunches, and potato growers lobbied against the proposed changes. Manufacturers of sugar-laden processed foods pay "rebates" (aka "kickbacks") to food service companies that serve school districts across the United States, which likely contributes to their reliance on heavily processed foods like muffins, pizza, tater tots and flavored milk in lieu of fresh produce.]
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December 13, 2011 - Issue 1942
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/13.aspx
* Watch Out: These Foods Seriously Mess With Your Health
You're almost certainly eating them - exposing yourself to fertility problems, inflammatory reactions, allergies, organ damage and even a disease that can produce pelvic and leg pain, gastrointestinal problems and chronic fatigue. Here're the 2 best ways to avoid them.
> [Health concerns related to GMOs continue to mount. Avoiding processed foods and eating organic are two of the best ways to avoid GM ingredients. Contrary to the claim of feeding the world, genetic engineering has not increased the yield of a single crop.]
* Monsanto Defeated by Super Weeds
Super weeds resistant to Monsanto's glyphosate-containing Roundup herbicide are threatening human health, the environment and Monsanto's bottom line.
> [If you live in California, volunteer to gather petition signatures against GMOs via this link: http://www.organicconsumersfund.org/label/ . If you live outside of California, please donate at this link, http://organicconsumersfund.org/donate/ , to help support this Initiative and spread the word to everyone you know in California. Be assured that what happens in California will affect the remainder of the US states, so please support this important state initiative, even if you do not live there!]
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December 14, 2011 - Issue 1943
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/14.aspx
* The Vitamin Which Can Cut Your Flu Risk Nearly in Half
A mostly-ignored 2010 study found that taking even very low doses of this vitamin cuts your chances of getting the flu by a very significant 42% -- for the more severe Type A influenza. It's such an easy fix... Can't you just imagine how pleasant winter would be without the flu?
> [It's vitamin D. Sun exposure is the preferred method for optimizing vitamin D levels, as your skin also synthesizes vitamin D3 sulfate, which appears to play an important role in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and heart health. Vitamin D supplement dosages have recently been revised based on the latest research data. Most adults need about 8,000 IU's of vitamin D a day to achieve serum levels above 40 ng/ml, which is still just below the minimum recommended serum level of 50 ng/ml. Children need about 35 IU’s per pound of body weight.]
* Are Antibiotics Contributing to Obesity, Diabetes and Stroke?
These excessively prescribed drugs may be doing your health far more harm than good, especially if you take them for the wrong reasons.
> [Regions of the United States with the highest levels of antibiotic overuse also have the worst health status, including the highest rates of obesity, asthma, heart disease, heart attack, diabetes and stroke. It's like best to only take antibiotics for emergencies and take probiotics a few hours after each dose of antibiotics. Kefir is one of the best probiotics.]
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December 15, 2011 - Issue 1944
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/15.aspx
* Taking Just a Little Too Much Tylenol Can Be Deadly
If you use Tylenol or other acetaminophen-containing products, taking even slightly too much could be deadly.
> [Taking just a bit too much acetaminophen-containing products (such as Tylenol), or prescription drugs like Vicodin (which also contain it), over several days or weeks can lead to a deadly overdose. You’re actually more likely to die from taking just a little bit too much acetaminophen for several days or weeks than you are from taking a single large overdose. Acetaminophen is toxic to your liver, and is actually the number one cause of liver failure in the United States.]
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December 16, 2011 - Issue 1945
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/16.aspx
* 80-Year Olds With 40-Year Old Muscle Mass - What's Going On?
Here's new proof that you don't have to lose your muscle mass as you age. This new study found no evidence of muscle breakdown among a group of 40 subjects up to age 81. What's their secret, and how can you ensure you'll get the same results after age 40?
> [Around the age of 40, most people begin to lose about eight percent of their muscle mass per decade, the result of inactivity. In one recent study, competitive athletes in their 70’s and 80’s were found to have almost as much thigh muscle mass as athletes in their 40s, indicating that muscle deterioration can be halted as long as you maintain an effective exercise program.]
* Kathy Smith's Matrix Workout
A step-by-step guide to the ideal workout for both burning calories and building muscle mass.
> [It is important to incorporate both aerobic exercise AND strength training into in your fitness regimen. Well-rounded exercise programs include movements in multi planar directions such as front to back, side to side and rotational. Performance of this type of movement in all planes assures that you are engaging multiple muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. As well, this helps you to be strong in the tasks that you perform every day.]
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December 17, 2011 - Issue 1946
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/17.aspx
* 10 Things You May Not Know About Your Weight
Eating less, eating healthy, and exercising more aren't always enough to help you drop unwanted pounds. Instead, there are 10 things you need to know -- and I've listed the 5 most important ones here.
> [Diet accounts for about 80 percent of overweight. The number one dietary factor that can lead to overweight and related disease is fructose, found mainly in corn syrup, sugar, molasses, maple syrup and honey.]
* This Blood Test FAR More Important than Cholesterol in Determining How Old You Look
If you have high blood levels of this substance it will accelerate your aging process and make you look older... but very few physicians will test you for it unless you ask.
> [The higher your glucose levels, the older you’ll tend to look. Avoiding sugar/fructose and grains, while exercising regularly, will keep both your blood glucose and insulin levels low, which is the closest formula for a “fountain of youth” that’s currently known, not counting fermented foods, like kefir.]
* LDL (Bad) Cholesterol May Not Be So Bad After All - What You Need to Know
Your cholesterol test turns up high numbers - But the test you've probably never heard about distinguishes between kinds of LDL. Leading natural cardiology expert offers these recommendations about high numbers, LDL, statins - and this amazing non-drug solution.
> [High cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. In one 13-year-long study, men with cholesterol of 330 had fewer hemorrhagic strokes than men with cholesterol less than 180. Statin drugs are very dangerous, but must be reduced gradually, rather than quickly. If you're on a statin drug, you need to take 100-200 mg of CoQ10 (ubiquinol) daily. You cannot get enough CoQ10 through your diet.]
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December 18, 2011 - Issue 1947
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/18.aspx
* The Drug Companies' Newest Profit Weapon to Steal Your Money
As doctors begin to wise up to the drug industry's powerful brainwashing techniques and question their ethics, Big Pharma is seeking other ways to maintain their empire. They've found it - and it's their most potent weapon yet.
> [The drug industry spends nearly twice as much on promotion as it does on research and development, and part of this promotion includes hefty advertising dollars that allow the industry to dictate editorial policy. The drug industry also uses their marketing and lobbying dollars to influence and control medical science, published journal articles, and government policy. Drug companies are the BIGGEST political lobby, and political lobbying is one of the primary reasons why the drug companies are controlling nearly every facet of the health industry.]
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December 19, 2011 - Issue 1948
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/19.aspx
* The Best "Drug" for Slashing Your Risk of Cancer?
It's not actually a drug, but you should treat it like one: it's been found to reduce breast cancer risk by 20-30% and slash the incidence of colon cancer in half. Plus: two other cancer prevention strategies and a Harvard Medical Study that will blow your mind.
> [Cancer prevention strategies that need to become mainstream include: optimizing your vitamin D levels, normalizing your insulin levels, and exercise. Research shows you can likely cut your cancer-risk in half simply by optimizing your vitamin D levels with sun exposure. Ignoring the fact that cancer is likely a man-made disease caused primarily by toxic overload is at the heart of our rising cancer rates, yet most of the cancer research is directed towards expensive drugs that target late stages of the disease and greatly enrich the drug companies but simply do not prevent cancer. Overlooked contributing factors to cancer include: chemical exposures, pharmaceutical drugs, processed and artificial foods, EMF and dirty electricity, radiation exposure, obesity, stress, poor sleeping habits, and lack of sunshine exposure.]
* Dodgy Doctors Say: This Health Video Should be Banned
This doctor's association used intimidation tactics to try and ban a video which highlights proven ways to avoid getting sick like washing your hands, getting enough sleep, exercise and eating right. Why? Because it also mentioned this.
> [The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) receives millions of dollars from big pharmaceutical corporations selling vaccine to pediatricians. The AAP recently attempted to intimidate and persuade Delta airlines to remove an influenza prevention video that was created and sponsored by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) for Delta’s inflight programming, which offers sensible health options for staying well during the flu season. NVIC’s educational video highlighted proven ways to avoid getting sick, such as washing your hands, covering your mouth when coughing, getting enough sleep, exercising and eating right and also mentioned flu shots but the AAP protested that the video was “putting children’s lives at risk” because it did not primarily focus on telling people to get vaccinated. The AAP’s outrageous attempt to censor good disease prevention information, which simply seeks to educate Americans about the many different options for staying well and encourages everyone to speak with trusted health care professionals about vaccine risks versus benefits, should not be tolerated in a free society.]
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December 20, 2011 - Issue 1949
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/20.aspx
* Could 93% of These Beans be Cancer-Causing?
Yes! And they could cause a range of profound health problems ranging from genetic damage to infertility. All thanks to an ingredient which slashes the micronutrient (iron, manganese, zinc) value by 80-90%. Plus, 6 other "perfectly safe" foods to avoid.
> [Many common foods are best avoided if you want to maintain good health, such as genetically engineered foods, canned foods (particularly acidic foods like tomatoes), corn-fed beef, and microwave popcorn, due to the dangerous additives and contaminants inherent in these foods. A brand new organism thriving in GE soy and animals given GE animal feed has been identified, and a link between it and high rates of miscarriage and infertility in a number of animals has been established. The vast majority of US-grown corn, soy, canola, cottonseed oil, and sugarbeets are genetically engineered, which means virtually every processed food you buy that does not bear the "100% USDA Organic" label is likely to contain at least one GE component. The widespread use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, is exacerbating the problem. Glyphosate immobilizes certain nutrients, rendering them inaccessible to the plant, which in turn robs you of essential micronutrients you’d normally get from your food. It also cannot be washed off, as it is absorbed systemically through the plant, which means you’re consuming far more herbicide than ever before. Glyphosate is suspected of causing genetic damage, infertility and cancer. It is also acutely toxic to fish and birds and can kill beneficial insects and soil organisms that maintain ecological balance.]
* Radiation from Cell Phones and WiFi Are Making People Sick -- Are You at Risk?
Your environment is filled with wireless technologies that are almost certainly impacting your health on some level -- and this is true even if you don’t use a cell phone.
> [Your environment is filled with wireless technologies and the frequencies they emit – and you’re being impacted whether you realize it or not. Evidence is mounting that 'electromagnetic loads' may lead to cancer, concentration problems, ADD, tinnitus, migraines, insomnia, arrhythmia, Parkinson's and even back pain, among other health problems. It is estimated that 3-8 percent of populations in developed countries experience serious electrohypersensitivity symptoms, while 35 percent experience mild symptoms. Even if you don't use a cell phone and your home is wireless-free, you can be exposed to microwave radiation from your neighbor's wireless devices or while visiting "hot spots" or traveling near cell phone towers. Avoid cell phones. If necessary to use one, keep it at least 6 inches away from your body. Use a speaker phone. Don't let kids use them.]
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December 21, 2011 - Issue 1950
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/21.aspx
* Are You Poisoning Your Household With this Chore?
There's a good chance you're opening the floodgates to cancer and brain and central nervous system damage when you do this simple routine chore. You may only do it once a week, but, unfortunately, the toxic effects of this lasting, powerful carcinogen linger all week long.
> [Laundry detergents typically contain hazardous ingredients, including: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/sodium laureth sulfate (SLES); 1,4-dioxane; NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate), and phosphates. The typical American home contains 3-10 gallons of toxic household cleaning materials that can cause respiratory problems, eye irritation, endocrine system disruption, and cancer. The dangers of SLS alone have been documented in 16,000 studies. 1,4-dioxane, aka dioxane, is a byproduct rather than ingredient and is therefore not listed on any label. However, it's been found to be toxic to your brain, central nervous system, kidneys, liver and respiratory system, and 2/3rds of laundry detergents contain it.]
* Night Shift Work May Raise Diabetes Risk
If you work the night shift, you could be increasing your risk for chronic diseases; if you can't avoid it, take these steps to help minimize the impact on your health.
> [Working the night shift increases women’s risk of type 2 diabetes. Irregular sleep-wake cycles may interfere with your body’s blood-sugar metabolism, leading to insulin resistance and increased blood-sugar levels, both of which are linked to diabetes. If possible, avoid night shift work to protect your health. If you can’t avoid it, keep to a schedule so your body’s clock will eventually adjust to your sleep/wake cycle. When sleeping during the day, it’s important to keep your bedroom as dark as possible to simulate nighttime. Your body releases important hormones in response to exposure to light and darkness.]
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December 22, 2011 - Issue 1951
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/22.aspx
* Why is it Suddenly Cheaper to Eat Out?
It used to be that in order to be frugal you had to eat at home, so why is it that suddenly eating out may be a more economical option?
> [Food prices have been rising at 2.5 times the rate of prices for restaurant meals. Even if you can theoretically get a restaurant meal for less than you can buy it in a grocery store, the quality of the food is more than likely questionable, thereby negating much of its “value”. Food you prepare at home will nearly always be superior, nutrition-wise, to restaurant food, and you can eat at home affordably (even in the wake of rising food prices) by becoming resourceful and planning your meals.]
* Boosts Disruptive Hormone by 1000% in 5 Days - Avoid This Eating Mistake
This is a mistake you don't want to make with your food. Not only will it quickly throw your hormones out of whack, it's also linked to heart disease, insulin resistance, excess weight, decreased sperm quality and a disrupted reproductive cycle.
> [The endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is not only found in plastics; it’s also abundant in the lining of canned goods, including soda cans. Eating canned soup for five days increased study participants’ urinary concentrations of BPA by more than 1,000% compared to eating freshly made soup. Researchers believe canned goods may be an even more concerning source of exposure to BPA than plastics. BPA has been detected in 90 percent of Americans, and studies have linked exposure to obesity, insulin resistance, decreased sperm quality, early puberty, disrupted reproductive cycles and ovarian dysfunction, and numerous other health problems, including cancer and heart disease.]
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December 23, 2011 - Issue 1952
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/23.aspx
* Doctor Reverses MS in 9 Months by Eating These Foods
After 7 years of deterioration, this doctor discovered the common denominators behind the brain shrinkage involved in MS, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. And she fixed her problem fast by getting an ample supply of these 8 nutrients.
> [Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, degenerative disease of the nerves in your brain and spinal column, caused by the destruction of myelin, the insulating substance around the nerves in your central nervous system. Dr. Terry Wahls reversed her multiple sclerosis by switching to a Paleo-style diet focused on fresh raw foods, high in specific nutrients needed for proper function of myelin and mitochondria. Essential nutrients for proper mitochondrial function include animal-based omega-3 fats, creatine, and coenzymeQ10, while your myelin needs vitamins B1, B9, B12, omega-3, and iodine. Optimizing your vitamin D levels, which is one of the best things you can do for your health in general, is also one of the best preventive strategies against autoimmune diseases like MS. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame should be avoided at all cost, as aspartame toxicity often reveals itself through central nervous system disorders and compromised immunity, and can worsen several diseases, including MS.]
* The Ultimate Time-Crunched Workout
Do you need a full-body workout in a hurry? This may be the exercise answer you've been looking for.
> [In order to achieve a well- rounded workout, it is essential to have balance in your routine, i.e. work your body in all planes and perform quality movement. Interval exercise is a great way to add challenge to your workouts as well as keep your workout time to something that is most manageable for you.]
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December 24, 2011 - Issue 1953
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/24.aspx
* These Vilified Foods Help Build Hormones and Tame Your Appetite
To feel less hungry and to provide your body with the building blocks it needs for healthy hormones and cholesterol levels, get ready to make this major switch in what you eat. Get 50 to 70% of your calories from these "forbidden" foods, just like some of the healthiest people on earth.
> [The hypothesis that saturated fat causes heart disease was based on cherry-picked statistics that have long since been refuted and proven incorrect, but the dogmatic belief that fat is bad for you still persists with nearly all physicians and the media. Saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide the building blocks for your cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances that are essential to your health. They also act as carriers for fat-soluble vitamins, and are required for mineral absorption and for a host of other biological processes. There are more than a dozen different types of saturated fat, but you predominantly consume only three: stearic acid, palmitic acid and lauric acid. It’s been well-established that actually lower your risk of heart disease. Healthful fats include olives, olive oil, coconut oil, butter from raw grass-fed milk, raw nuts, organic eggs, grass-fed meats, and avocados, just to name a few.]
* Why is the U.S. Doubling Its Protection Against this Non-existent Health Enemy?
This disease was eradicated in 1978. So why - without proper testing, but with a fast-track approval process, a no-bid contract, and a frivolous spending of over half a billion dollars of your tax money - is this such an urgent public health issue? Or is it? I warn you - this may make you angry.
> [The U.S. government has awarded a nearly half a billion dollar contract to pharmaceutical company Siga Technologies for 1.7 million doses of an experimental smallpox drug called ST-246 (Tecovirimat). The drug has been granted fast-track approval status by the FDA, without proper testing. The U.S. government has already stockpiled 300 million doses of potentially dangerous smallpox vaccine, claiming the need to stockpile the drug in order to strengthen U.S. preparedness against a hypothetical terrorist attack. In reality, only the U.S. government and a Russian science institute are known to have the virus, which means that there is no reason to believe smallpox is in the hands of any terrorist group, or an imminent threat. Siga board members and shareholders have donated heavily to political campaigns.]
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December 25, 2011 - Issue 1954
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/25.aspx
* Finally... Solo Farmer Fights Monsanto and Wins
It's being heralded as a major victory for farmers and those who eat their crops. But it's just a start... find out why the evil "giant" still maintains his heavy club, even after this 10-year-long fight, and what needs to happen next.
> [Earlier this year, Riceland Foods, the largest rice cooperative in the U.S. won its lawsuit against the Bayer Corporation after its natural long-grain rice was contaminated with Bayer's unapproved genetically engineered rice. Thousands of similar lawsuits have been filed. Canadian canola farmer, Percy Schmeiser, was sued by Monsanto for patent infringement in 1998, after his fields were found to contain Monsanto's patented GM canola. But rather than accepting Monsanto's bullying ways, he decided to fight back—and won. In March 2008, Monsanto agreed to pay for cleanup costs. Since then, Schmeiser's fight for farmer's rights has been featured in a documentary film, "David versus Monsanto." See http://www.percyschmeiser.com/DVD.htm - Other recent cases of contamination of conventional and organic crops with GM varieties include maize in Ireland and Spain, and corn in Germany.]
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December 26, 2011 - Issue 1955
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/26.aspx
* The Invisible Epidemic Causing Headaches, Fatigue and Depression
Without this, you can eat, sleep and exercise - and still get asthma, allergies and memory loss. Or worse: heart disease, respiratory disease and even cancer. Use these 14 techniques to sweep away 586 sources of sickness from your home or office today.
> [Poor indoor air quality can cause or exacerbate a number of common ailments, including asthma, allergies, headaches, memory loss, fatigue and depression. Long-term health effects from exposure to toxic airborne particles include heart disease, respiratory disease, reproductive disorders, sterility and even cancer. Four major sources of indoor air pollution include pressed wood products, carpets, paints, and furnishings treated with flame-retardant chemicals, such as mattresses, upholstery, drapes and curtains.]
* New Study Exposes the "60% Effective" Flu Shot as 98.5% Useless
Yes, you really are being deceived with statistics. Find out what "60% effective" really means and why despite the risks of the vaccine, it prevents type A or type B influenza in only 1.5 out of every 100 vaccinated adults. Don't be fooled by the hype.
> [A new study revealed that the flu vaccine prevents type A or type B influenza in only 1.5 out of every 100 vaccinated adults … but the media is reporting this to mean "60 percent effective" -- the difference is due to a semantic sleight-of-hand: confusing the meaning of relative vs. absolute risk reduction. But even the 1.5 per 100 is questionable.]
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December 27, 2011 - Issue 1956
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/27.aspx
* The Dangerous Procedure Doctors Swear by (but Aren't Liable for)
Since 1986, Congress has acknowledged this can and does cause brain and immune system damage. Yet many doctors coldly turn away families who question it, denying you medical care even if history suggests this procedure could make you even sicker.
> [It's vaccine injury.]
* Using the First Amendment to Opt Out of This Potentially Damaging Procedure
It's a legal "out" in 48 states, but many people mistakenly believe they can't use it or are hesitant to try because they don't fully understand how it works. Here's your 'A to Z' guide for opting out of this potentially harmful procedure.
> [48 states in the U.S. allow an exemption to vaccination for religious beliefs, which provides a legal option that parents with sincerely held religious and spiritual beliefs about vaccine use can file for their children to attend school. In order to file and receive a religious exemption to vaccination, you do not have to be a member of a specific church that opposes vaccination and your belief in an organized religion (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islam, etc.) should not preclude you from exercising religious belief exemption to vaccination; however you must be prepared to explain and defend your religious beliefs regarding vaccination when questioned by state officials. You can claim a religious exemption to vaccination if you hold a sincere belief that use of one or more vaccines violates your spiritual beliefs or ability to obey your conscience after seeking guidance through prayer or study of scripture. The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects your right to worship freely; if a school district or state violates this right, including your right to exercise religious exemption to vaccination, you can elect to take legal action.]
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December 28, 2011 - Issue 1957
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/28.aspx
* To Achieve Optimal Health, Eat 50-70% of This Frequently Demonized Food
Traditional calorie counting is 180 degrees from the truth. The number of overweight people has jumped from 14.5% in 1971 to nearly 28% in 2010. And this is the U-turn you need if you're serious about getting your beautiful body back.
> [The National Institutes of Health (NIH) got a lot of facts wrong in a recent newsletter. While agreeing you need some fat in your diet to stay healthy, they incorrectly demonize saturated fats while promoting vegetable oils like corn and canola oil, and the levels of recommended fat intake is far too low for most individuals who seek optimal health. The NIH also incorrectly states that the source of calories is not as important as the overall number of calories, when in fact the opposite is true. Calories from fats, protein, sugar/fructose and grains are not interchangeable. In order for calorie restriction to improve your health and normalize your weight, you must restrict calories specifically from carbs (sugars and grains). When reducing carbs, you need to increase healthy fats in your diet. Replacing carbs with protein is not recommended, as it can cause adverse hormone changes. Emerging evidence suggests most people need about 50-70 percent of their diet (calories) as healthy fats, which include organically-raised grass-fed meats, coconut oil, olives and olive oil, avocado, nuts, organic pastured eggs, and butter made from raw grass-fed milk.]
* Can This Sweetener Replace Chemical Mouthwash For Reducing Your Dental Plaque?
A sticky condiment often used to sweeten tea or toast may be a plaque-fighting machine in disguise.
> [Only raw, high-quality Manuka honey works just as well as chemical mouthwash -- and better than the cavity-fighting xylitol -- in reducing plaque levels. But swishing coconut oil and or diluted MMS may be better still.]
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December 29, 2011 - Issue 1958
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/29.aspx
* Eat More of this Fat and You Might Slim Your Waist Size in One Week
Adding this tropical, flavorful fat to your diet may shrink your waist size and provide other healthy benefits at the same time.
> [Adding coconut oil to obese men's diets for four weeks resulted in reduced waist circumference. Coconut oil is nature's richest source of healthy medium chain fatty acids, which help stimulate your body's metabolism, leading to weight loss.]
* The Worst Possible Thing to Ignore if You Have Arthritis
The average American predisposes himself toward arthritis with these eating and exercise mistakes. Amazing "cure" solves the problem easily - inside the space of 2 short weeks. Plus, 3 other strategies to meet and defeat arthritis, and regain your go-anywhere do-anything mobility.
> [If you are one of the millions struggling with osteoarthritis, or want to avoid becoming one of them, one of the simplest and most powerful steps you can take is adding animal-based omega-3 fats to your diet. The research continues to pour in that these healthy fats have exciting potential to prevent and treat arthritis. Eat shrimp, crab, salmon, or sardines.]
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December 30, 2011 - Issue 1959
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/30.aspx
* Chiropractors and Naturopaths - Are They Dangerous?
That's what these four groups would like you to believe - despite the fact their own approach causes more deaths every week than those caused by the tragic September 11th terrorist attacks. Before you believe the propaganda - check out these facts.
> [The medical profession has a long history of opposing alternative healing professions. The rules of engagement have changed; as the AMA is finding new "legal" ways to discredit and limit practitioners of natural medicine. Alternative healthcare professionals such as chiropractors, naturopaths, and midwives have been targeted by the American Medical Association (AMA) for nearly a century, in spite of a federal court injunction against the AMA in 1987 for illegally trying to create a monopoly in the healthcare market. Other medical associations have joined forces to manipulate the public into believing natural medicine. Their propaganda method is to lie their asses off.]
* Kathy Smith Laws for Living Lean
Fourteen straightforward strategies to get you in the best shape of your life.
> [When striving to live healthy, think progress, not perfection. Eating breakfast and viewing exercise as non-negotiable are two key strategies that can help you start each day right and improve your health long-term. Creating a journal can help you identify problematic habits you need to break.]
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December 31, 2011 - Issue 1960
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/12/31.aspx
* Eat This During Winter to Radically Reduce Your Risk of the Cold and Flu
It's not recognized (or priced) as a superfood - but it contains powerful natural medicines, including natural antibiotics. One species has even been shown to enhance immune status in 70-97% of cancer patients.
> [Mushrooms can help slow your aging, boost your immunity, improve your blood flow and cardiovascular health, stabilize blood sugar, increase athletic performance, and even help regenerate your nerves. It is therapeutically important to use a blend of multiple mushroom species, organically grown, rather than just one type. The best are Shiitake, Reishi, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail and Royal Sun Agaricus.]
* The Innocent Cooking Mistake that Could Cause Cancer
Make this common mistake and you could unknowingly be adding toxic carcinogenic compounds to your meals - which are fermented into tumor promoting waste products in your large bowel. Animals exposed to this food had a 3-fold increased rate of colon-cancer.
> [Research suggests that proteins, carbs, and fat cooked at very high temperatures can promote colon cancer. Heating proteins lead to formation of unnatural peptides and amino acids, making them less digestible. Cooking food at temperatures over 180ºC promotes formation of several carcinogenic compounds, including aromatic hydrocarbon, benzopyrene, and heterocyclic amine (HCA).]
* Caution: The "Best Route" to Good Health is Causing 106,000 Deaths/Year
The medical industry and government health agencies try to pass this off as the "best" route to good health, despite the fact it's been created by the most crime-infested industry on the planet. Don't be fooled - here's proof.
> [Between 1990 and 2010, US spending on prescription drugs rose from $40 billion to more than $230 billion annually. A 2010 study analyzed trends in criminal and civil actions against drug companies, and revealed that the drug industry is the biggest defrauder of the federal government under the False Claims Act. Despite stiffer financial penalties, drug companies' criminal activity has increased dramatically in the past five years, indicating that criminal prosecution of company leadership may be needed to quell unlawful behavior by the pharmaceutical industry. The worst of the worst are GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and Schering-Plough. These four companies accounted for 53 percent of all financial penalties imposed on pharmaceutical companies between 1990 and 2010. Last year, the Bureau of Investigative Journalists also highlighted the vast ongoing corruption within the pharmaceutical industry. Many pharmaceutical companies are repeatedly found guilty of fraud, cover-ups of fatal side effects, paying huge kickbacks to doctors, and manipulating scientific research. A total of 19 drug companies also made AllBusiness.com's Top 100 Corporate Criminals List for the 1990s.]