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April 1, 2012 - Issue 2052
* Why is this Organic Food Stuffed With Toxic Solvents?
It may bear the USDA Organic seal, but every brand except one is chemically treated with solvents and modified with the use of "DNA techniques." Organic certification is not watertight - so make sure you read your labels closely.
> [Biotech company Martek is under fire for nondisclosure of non-organic manufacturing processes of their infant formula additives, DHA and ARA, which have made their way into numerous infant formulas, including some bearing the USDA Organic Seal. Martek’s DHA and ARA products are synthetic attempts at omega-3 fats, chemically extracted from algae and fungi that have never before been part of the human diet. These infant formula additives, never USDA approved, have been heavily processed and chemically treated with solvents like hexane, and modified with the use of recombinant DNA techniques, all of which are supposed to be disallowed in organic products. There are hundreds of adverse reaction reports filed with the FDA about infants suffering severe gastrointestinal distress, vomiting, and diarrhea after consuming formula with these additives. Political shenanigans and powerful corporate lobbyists threaten the quality and safety of your products, including a recent increase in the tolerated level of pesticides in American products.]

April 2, 2012 - Issue 2053
* 40 Women With Breast Cancer Had This "Cosmetic Ingredient" in Their Tissues
And the worst part is it may also be found in deodorant, shaving gel, sunscreen, toothpaste, drugs and food additives. Find out which six listings to watch out for on your labels. If you see any of them, toss them in the trash.
> [Recent research has detected the presence of paraben esters in 99 percent of breast cancer tissues sampled. In 60 percent of cases, all five esters were detected. Parabens are chemicals that have been shown to have estrogen-like properties, and estrogen is one of the hormones involved in the development of breast cancer. Anything you ingest, inhale, or spread on your skin can be absorbed into your body and potentially cause damage over time. Parabens can be found in a wide variety of consumer products, such as deodorants, shampoos, lotions, cosmetics, drugs, and food additives. Recent research has confirmed the existence of a previously unknown class of cancer-causing materials that can be found in thousands of consumer products. A broad range of metals have been shown to act as “metalloestrogens” with the potential to add to the estrogenic burden of the human breast. According to recent research, women with the highest intakes of cadmium were 21 percent more likely to develop breast cancer compared to those with the lowest dietary intake. Cadmium is a carcinogenic heavy metal identified as a metal that can bind to estrogen receptors, effectively mimicking the female hormone estrogen. Food crops such as potatoes and whole grains are primary sources of cadmium, but it’s also an air pollutant.]
* They Outnumber Your Cells Ten to One but Researchers Show they Play Crucial Role in Your Health
Out of the 100 trillion cells in your body, only one in 10 is human. The rest belong to this other category -- and have an incredibly profound impact on your overall health.
> [Your microflora influence your genetic expression, your immune system, your weight and your risk of numerous chronic and acute diseases, from diabetes to cancer. It is becoming increasingly clear that destroying your gut flora with antibiotics and poor diet is a primary factor in rising disease rates. A healthy low-sugar diet, along with plenty of unpasteurized fermented foods and/or a high-quality probiotic supplement, is crucial to restoring and maintaining both your gut’s inner ecosystem and your overall health.]

April 3, 2012 - Issue 2054
* The "Massive Con" Causing a Suicide Every 30 Minutes
These dollar-crazed bureaucrats promised a miracle, but delivered something which not only failed, but drove them into financial ruin. It's led to the largest wave of recorded suicides in human history. Their government isn't helping, but you can.
> [The introduction of genetically engineered seeds, and the coercion of Indian farmers to use them, has led to the largest wave of recorded suicides in human history. More than a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide over the past 16 years as their crops have failed, leaving them in financial ruin, largely as a result of Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds (especially Bt cotton); an Indian farmer commits suicide every 30 minutes, typically by ingesting his own pesticides. Bt cotton is much more expensive than traditional cotton seed, requires more water and pesticides, and has failed to produce the increased crop yields promised by Monsanto. India’s government has largely abandoned small farmers, discontinuing support programs and failing to address factors such as lack of rural credit and access to irrigation, among others, and new government programs have barely scratched the surface of this crisis.]
* The Dramatic New Rule Change for Genetically Engineered Foods
What this rule change is really all about... Plus the pilot program that effectively lets the fox guard the henhouse. Find out the smartest way to avoid these dangers today, including the 2 worst foods you can eat... Then join the fight for health-enriching foods.
> [New U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules will cut the time it takes biotech companies that create genetically modified crops to go through the regulatory review by about half. One way the USDA plans to speed up approvals is by asking for public comments as soon as a petition for the deregulation of a biotech crop is filed, rather than waiting until the end of the review. Last year, the USDA also created a two-year long pilot program that allows biotech companies like Monsanto to conduct their own environmental assessments; a decision that is fraught with massive conflicts of interest. Monsanto is facing a class-action lawsuit involving tens of thousands of residents from Nitro, West Virginia, where a Monsanto chemical plant produced the herbicide 2,4,5-T, a component of Agent Orange. The suit alleges the company spread toxic substances, primarily carcinogenic dioxins, all over the city. Since Monsanto is the world leader in genetically modified (GM) seeds, if you don’t want to support Monsanto, avoid buying GM foods and also support California’s 2012 Ballot Initiative to require labels on GMOs.]

April 4, 2012 - Issue 2055
* Could this Simple Vitamin Help Treat Psychotic Disorders Better than Drugs?
With the use of antipsychotic drugs skyrocketing -- especially for off-label, unapproved use, serious side effects have become a reality for all ages. Could correcting this simple vitamin deficiency be the answer so many are seeking?
> [In 2007 alone, half a million children and teenagers were given at least one prescription for an antipsychotic, including 20,500 under the age of 6. American children are the most medicated children in the world; getting three times more prescriptions for antidepressants and stimulants, and up to double the amount of antipsychotic drugs than kids from Germany and the Netherlands. The dubious diagnosis of “pediatric bipolar disorder” has fueled the use of antipsychotic drugs in young children. Last year, the Harvard psychiatrists who invented the pediatric bipolar diagnosis a decade ago were disciplined for conflicts of interest after it came to light they’d received millions of dollars in undeclared drug company monies. The investigation also unearthed evidence of commercially-driven corruption of the research produced by these psychiatrists. Tragically, many of these dangerous medications may be completely unnecessary, as safely and inexpensively correcting a simple vitamin B3 deficiency may produce dramatic improvements in many with psychotic disorders.]
* Disease Outbreaks Tied to Imported Foods Increasing: CDC
Eating imported foods is becoming increasingly risky for your health. Is there a better, safer source from which to get your food?
> [New research released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that food-borne disease outbreaks linked to imported foods are on the rise.]

April 5, 2012 - Issue 2056
* The Heart Disease Scam That Generates Billions Every Year ... And May Cost You Your Life
If your physician recommends this common heart procedure, you may be interested to know that researchers recently found it offers no benefit compared to less invasive and far less expensive treatment options like lifestyle changes.
> [According to an analysis of eight clinical trials involving over 7,000 people, angioplasty offers no benefit compared to less invasive treatment of heart disease. If you have stable heart disease, research shows that your initial treatment should usually be lifestyle changes. But less than half of heart disease patients are treated using lifestyle changes prior to undergoing angioplasty. As an invasive surgery, angioplasty carries a serious risk of side effects, including heart attack, blood clots, kidney damage and death. Heart disease is often preventable and treatable with lifestyle changes; only after exhausting lifestyle strategies should more invasive options even be considered.]
* The Vitamin You Need for a Sharp Brain as You Age - Yet 1 in 4 are Deficient
Are you one of the 25% risking brain shrinkage, cognitive problems, and Alzheimer's because you're short on this important nutrient? Each unit increase in its marker reduces Alzheimer's risk by 2%. So if you want a sharp, active brain and life as you age, heed this advice.
> [A lack of vitamin B12 may lead to cognitive problems and brain shrinkage. Vitamin B12 deficiency is widespread and many have trouble absorbing this nutrient properly from food sources. Blood tests for vitamin B12 are not always a reliable indicator of B12 status; watching for symptoms of deficiency and increasing your dietary and supplemental intake is a practical alternative to blood testing. Some symptoms are: Anemia; Fatigue, lack of energy, muscle weakness, tingling in your extremities; Mental fogginess or problems with your memory, trouble sleeping; Mood swings, especially feelings of apathy or lack of motivation. B12 is found in animal-protein, which is why vegetarians and vegans are at high risk of developing deficiency.  Coffee drinkers may also increase their risk, as four or more cups of coffee a day can reduce your B vitamin stores by as much as 15 percent.]

April 6, 2012 - Issue 2057
* Too Busy to Exercise? Get Fit in 3 Minutes a Week
Recent research shows you may now be able to reap the benefits of hours of exercising in just a few minutes a week.  Plus, these study participants boosted their insulin sensitivity by 24% in a total of 48 minutes over 4 weeks.  Can you do it, too?
> [Recent research shows that as little as three minutes of intense exertion per week can deliver many of the health- and fitness benefits you get from hours of conventional exercise, including improved insulin sensitivity by an average of 24 percent in four weeks. When healthy but inactive people exercise intensely, even if the exercise is brief, it produces an immediate change in their DNA. It appears this contraction-induced gene activation promotes genetic reprogramming of muscles for strength and other structural and metabolic benefits associated with exercise. Ideally, you’ll want to do high intensity exercises two or three times a week for a total of four minutes of intense exertion with recovery periods in between. – Instructions: Warm up for three minutes; Exercise as hard and fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should be gasping for breath and feel like you couldn't possibly go on another few seconds. It is better to use lower resistance and higher repetitions to increase your heart rate; Recover for 90 seconds, still moving, but at slower pace and decreased resistance; Repeat the high intensity exercise and recovery 7 more times.]
* New Study Finds Too Much Exercise Can Delay Pregnancy in Normal-Weight Women
Exercise is a crucial tool for optimal health, but you need to carefully consider your workout strategy depending on if your goals are athletic performance or longevity and increased fertility.  

April 7, 2012 - Issue 2058
* The Hidden Trigger to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's That 75% of People Carry
Your brain has 100 billion nerve cells and they require a great deal of energy and waste removal.  This "little bullet" releases a toxin that seriously impairs these important neurological processes, wrecking your brain and body before its time.
> [Studies show that mercury is the MOST toxic heavy metal to your body; this excellent new documentary film, Mercury Undercover, exposes the dangers of mercury contamination to human health and to the environment. The number one source of mercury pollution is coal-fired power plants. Second position is held by dental practices due to amalgam fillings, which are 50 percent mercury. Dental amalgams, used for more than 150 years, continue to be used by half of the dentists in North America despite a mountain of evidence they slowly leak toxic mercury into your body, and are particularly dangerous for children and pregnant women.]
* Ancient Herb Proven to be a Potential Cure for Alzheimer's
An extract of this herb shows promise for reversing memory loss and improving cognitive abilities in those with Alzheimer’s disease.  
> [Studies on mice suggest ashwaganda extract may reverse memory loss and improve cognitive abilities in those with Alzheimer’s disease. Ashwaganda worked by boosting a protein in the liver, which enters the bloodstream and helps clear amyloid from the brain. Past research also revealed ashwaganda may help manage cell damage in the brain, offering even more potent antioxidant activity than vitamins A, C, and E. Other strategies that are protective against Alzheimer’s disease include dietary changes, optimizing vitamin D levels and exercise.]
April 8, 2012 - Issue 2059
* The Hidden Food in Your Yard - You May Walk by It Every Day
The amazing inflation fighter with exceptional nutritional value... This omega-3 powerhouse boasts 6x more vitamin E than spinach, 7x the beta-carotene as carrots, and 20% RDA of vitamin C. Watch for these critical caveats - but don't miss this real food value hiding right in plain sight.
> [Many varieties of wild plants offer great nutritional benefits. Purslane might be the richest source of plant-based omega-3 fats, as well as being loaded with vitamins A, C, and E. Even a high-quality, nutritious wild plant or herb can cause an unexpected reaction in some people. Try them one at a time and in SMALL amounts to see how your body is going to react. It's a good idea to compile a library of books and field guides about wild edibles, as well as familiarizing yourself with toxic look-alikes to avoid. There is even a wild edible iPhone application to help you on your quest. -- Dandelion: The entire plant is edible, and the leaves contain vitamins A, C and K, along with calcium, iron, manganese, and potassium. Lamb's-quarters: Lamb's-quarters are like spinach, except healthier, tastier and easier to grow. Plantain: Not the better-known banana-like plant with the same name.  It has a nutritional profile similar to dandelion. Stinging Nettles: If you handle them so that you don't get a painful rash from the tiny, acid-filled needles, these are delicious and nutritious cooked or prepared as a tea.Purslane family (Portulacaceae), includes miner's lettuce, red maids, rose moss and purslane Major Groupings of Wild Edible Plants: Sunflower family (Asteraceae), includes dandelions, daisies, and thistle (largest plant family with more than 22,000 species); Goosefoot family (Chenopodiaceae), includes spinach, Swiss chard, beets, quinoa, and lamb's quarter; Plantain family (Plantaginaceae), includes common plantain, water plantain, and Northern plantain; Nettle family (Urticaceae), includes stinging nettle, wood nettle, and clearweed.]
April 9, 2012 - Issue 2060
* This Common Sleeping Mistake Can Double Your Risk of a Heart Attack
If you make this mistake you can double your risk of being diagnosed with angina, coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke - all at the same time. Even if you exercise and eat the best food, it will be virtually impossible to be healthy...
> [Research indicates that sleeping less than six hours a day may increase insulin resistance and diabetes. It may also double risk of angina, coronary heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. The same appears to be true when you sleep more than nine hours per night.]
* How Stress Wreaks Havoc on Your Gut -- And What to Do About It
Chronic stress causes a number of detrimental effects in your gut, with serious repercussions for both your mind and your body.
> [Chronic stress results in alterations in your brain-gut connection, which can cause or worsen numerous gastrointestinal disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, GERD and more. Increasingly, scientific evidence shows that nourishing your gut flora with the friendly bacteria known as probiotics (like kefir) is extremely important for proper brain function, and that includes psychological well-being and mood control.]
April 10, 2012 - Issue 2061
* FDA Warns: Don't Use This on Your Skin But You Can Put It in Your Mouth in Higher Doses
On the surface, it looks like the FDA has gone mad... but with this atrocious admission, they may be confirming a long-held dark secret that accounts for up to 75% of a person's daily exposure to a toxic substance linked to psychological, neurological, and immunological suffering.
> [The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that mercury poisoning has been linked to a number of skin products, stating mercury exposure can damage your kidneys and nervous system, and interfere with brain development in unborn children and very young children. This remarkable admission comes from the same agency that has repeatedly refused to acknowledge or address the dangers inherent with dental amalgams, which contain about 50 percent mercury.]
April 11, 2012 - Issue 2062
* Falling for This Myth Could Give You Cancer
It takes the power out of your hands, causing you to make bad decisions which could lead you towards some life threatening side effects. Almost everyone accepts it as fact, but science has shown otherwise.
> [Science has shattered the Central Dogma of molecular biology, proving that determinism—the belief that your genes control your health—is false. You actually have a tremendous amount of control over how your genetic traits are expressed, by changing your thoughts and altering your diet and your environment.]
* The Neurological Poison So Common Your Doctor Probably Pushes It
Long believed safe, some now consider its safety highly suspect, even while its complexities continue to baffle doctors. Do doctors still push it because of its perplexing unanswered questions, or something more sinister?
> [If you follow the recommended vaccine schedule in the United States, your child will be exposed to high amounts of intrinsically toxic aluminum adjuvants through routine vaccinations; researchers suggest aluminum adjuvants in vaccines may significantly contribute to autoimmunity in pediatric populations, i.e. your immune system attacks your own body as “other”. Children are particularly vulnerable to toxic insults; a new report states that a “rigorous evaluation of the vaccine-related adverse health impacts in the pediatric population is urgently needed”.]
April 12, 2012 - Issue 2063
* How Big Companies are Making You Unwitting Accomplices in the Toxic Water Cycle
When you find out what's lurking in this essential product you use every day, and how it's making you unknowingly pollute the environment, you may be compelled to make some serious changes.
> [Nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) is a toxic surfactant used to manufacture clothing; when consumers wash their clothes, NPEs are released into local water supplies where wastewater treatment plants are unable to remove it. When NPEs enter the environment, they break down into nonylphenol (NP), a toxic, endocrine-disrupting chemical that accumulates in sediments and builds up in fish and wildlife. Many laundry detergents and household cleaning supplies also contain NPEs, which are rinsed down the drain, further polluting water supplies. Greenpeace is calling on clothing brands like Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren, Converse, Calvin Klein and Nike to eliminate all hazardous chemicals, including NPEs, from their supply chains and products. Look for organic, environmentally friendly clothing produced without NPEs and other toxic chemicals, and also look for the “NPE-free” label on your laundry detergent and cleaning supplies.]
* Slash Your Risk of Cancer - by Breaking This Cardinal Rule
You've been told it's associated with a 75% increase in the risk of this type of cancer, but these figures are highly distorted - and ignoring their advice can radically reduce your odds of getting the far more common breast, prostate and colon cancers.
> [In a recent review of the available research it was found that tanning bed use was not associated with melanoma, and, in fact, can decrease cancer risk. Mid-day sun exposure also appears to protect against malignant melanoma.]
April 13, 2012 - Issue 2064
* This Near Ideal "Fitness Food" Feeds Muscles in Just 10-15 minutes
This food excels at muscle growth and repair and boosts thyroid levels, too. And if you don't want to sabotage your workout benefits, steer clear of this food before, during and after exercise.
> [Consuming natural protein immediately prior to sleep, after strength training late at night, effectively stimulates muscle protein synthesis and improves whole-body protein balance during sleep. But avoid sugars and grains etc.]
* Muscle Soreness -- Is Cold Water Immersion An Effective Treatment?
Should you lounge in a tub full of cold water after your workout to prevent sore muscles?
> [Cold-water baths etc for up to 20 minutes appear to be significantly more effective than rest in relieving delayed-onset muscle soreness, which typically occurs one to four days after exercise or other physical activity.]
April 14, 2012 - Issue 2065
* Best-Selling Drug Attacks Your Heart, Brain and Bones
They're barely better than a placebo, but they can make your arteries thicker (contributing to heart disease), boost your type 2 diabetes risk (by 2-3 times) and bone fracture risk (by 20-30%) and tear into your brain. 11% of people take them - do you?
> [Antidepressant use has been linked to thicker arteries, which could contribute to the risk of heart disease and stroke. In another large study, menopausal women taking tricyclic antidepressants and SSRIs were 45 percent more likely to suffer a fatal stroke than those not taking an antidepressant. Their overall mortality rate was also 32 percent higher. Other serious side effects of antidepressants include: suicide, violence and homicidal tendencies, type 2 diabetes, brittle bones, stillbirths, immune problems, conversion from unipolar depression to the more severe diagnosis of bipolar illness, and cognitive decline with long-term use.]
* Americans Eat the Cheapest Food in the World, But What is It Really Costing?
What is the real price of sustaining yourself and your family on the products of the cheapest food system in the world?
> [Easy access to cheap, poor-quality food is contributing to the rising rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic disease. Nearly all cheap processed foods in the United States contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients and come from confined animal feeding operations, which contribute to environmental destruction, animal cruelty and the spread of antibiotic-resistant super-germs. To protect your health and the environment, strive to make 90 percent of your diet non-processed, whole organic foods; it may cost more to eat this way initially, but the amount it will save you in the long run is immeasurable. I, Lloyd, make kefir from store-bought whole milk and oats from health food stores. Such oats are cheaper than from regular stores.]
April 15, 2012 - Issue 2066
* An Everyday Drink
It looks clean and pure, but this video reveals what they're not telling you: using a highly sensitive test, scientists have detected as many as 20 painkillers, antibiotics and growth hormones in samples. The bad news: you'll probably drink it today.
> [It's milk from abused dairy cows.]
April 16, 2012 - Issue 2067
* The Hidden Cause of Psychiatric Disorders Almost No One Considers
Breakthrough studies may link psychiatric disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to a previously unknown cause... Fortunately it's one which may be easily managed with natural methods that improve mood with more of the 'happy' neurotransmitter, serotonin... Here's how.
> [Lifestyle can override genetic predispositions and may be part of the underlying cause of the chemical imbalance or dysfunction giving rise to your psychiatric symptoms. Your brain and your gut are both created from identical tissue and are connected via your vagus nerve. Your gut actually produces more of the neurotransmitter serotonin—thought to play an important role in OCD—than your brain does, so maintaining a healthy gut may have tremendous benefit for your psychological health. One of the best ways to optimize your gut flora is to regularly consume traditionally fermented foods, such as cultured vegetables, kefir, raw yogurt etc. Simple guidelines are included in the article.]
* Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?
Girls are reaching puberty at younger ages than ever before, but is this healthy … or normal?
> [Early puberty is linked to emotional and behavioral problems, along with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, as well as cancer, later in life. Environmental chemicals, and particularly estrogen-mimicking, “gender-bending” chemicals that easily leach out of the products that contain them, are a likely culprit; this includes phthalates, parabens, PFOA, bisphenol-A (BPA) and more (these environmental chemicals in canned, or processed foods and drinks, foods cooked in non-stick cookware etc are also linked to other health risks like cancer and heart disease). Among the best ways to avoid early puberty are to limit your child’s exposure (and your own during pregnancy) to hormone-disrupting chemicals and stress, as well as to optimize your child’s vitamin D levels and to encourage a regular exercise program ]
April 17, 2012 - Issue 2068
* The Silent Time Bomb Now Affecting 1 in 54 Boys in the US
And the statistics become even more alarming. In the last 5 years, the CDC reports an earth-shattering 78% increase in diagnosed occurrences. Plus more... a reported 110% increase for Hispanics and 91% for black children. What's the cause of this disorder and is there anything you can do?
> [It's autism. An increasing number of girls are getting it too. Environmental factors that may cause autism are incredibly diverse and include excessive exposure to electromagnetic radiation {that's electric and magnetic fields from appliances etc}, mercury toxicity, vaccine damage, phthalates and other common household chemicals, vitamin D deficiency, and brain toxicity stemming from gut toxicity. In children with Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS), toxicity flowing from their gut throughout their bodies and into their brains literally clogs the brain with toxicity, preventing it from performing its normal function and processing sensory information. Inexpensive tests can identify GAPS within the first weeks of your baby's life, which can help you make better-informed decisions about how to proceed to set your child on the path to a healthy life.]
* Big Surprise - Whooping Cough Spreads Mainly through Vaccinated Populations
Even the researchers were shocked when they learned what percentage of California whooping cough cases occurred in people who had been fully vaccinated.
> [About 80% of whooping cough cases occur among those who are vaccinated. DPT vaccine is also largely ineffective. It's like that no vaccines have been proved safe or effective.]
April 18, 2012 - Issue 2069
* Put This Food on Your Hair for a New Level of Luster
It's the natural beauty trick that might even leave your hairdresser guessing... and may be as close as your kitchen cabinet. Penetrates deeply into the shaft to protect normal, as well as damaged and chemically treated hair. Even gets rave reviews for reducing frizz on hot steamy days, and more.
> [Coconut oil is the only oil tested that reduces protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair.]
* 42 Flowers You Can Eat
Looking for a creative, colorful and nutritious way to add pizzazz to your meals? These flowers will do the trick, turning your ordinary meals into gourmet masterpieces.
> [Dandelions contain numerous antioxidant properties and flavonoids, including FOUR times the beta carotene of broccoli, as well as lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin. They’re also a rich source of vitamins, including folic acid, riboflavin, pyroxidine, niacin, and vitamins E and C. Violets contain rutin, a phytochemical with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help strengthen capillary walls. Rose petals contain bioflavonoids and antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, B3, C and E. Nasturtiums contain cancer-fighting lycopene and lutein, a carotenoid found in vegetables and fruits that is important for vision health. Lavender contains vitamin A, calcium and iron, and is said to benefit your central nervous system. Chive blossoms (the purple flower of the chive herb) contain vitamin C, iron and sulfur, and have traditionally been used to help support healthy blood pressure levels. Bee balm tastes similar to oregano, carnations have a clove-like flavor, and marigolds are sometimes called “poor man’s saffron”. See "edible flowers" chart here: http://homecooking.about.com/library/weekly/blflowers.htm ]
Angelica == celery
Anise Hyssop == sweet, anise-like, licorice
Arugula == nutty, spicy, peppery
Basil == lemony or minty
Bee Balm == for tea
Borage == light cucumber
Burnet == faint cucumber
Calendula* == saffron, spicy, tangy, peppery
Carnation == spicy, peppery, clove-like
Chamomile* == faint apple - for tea
Chicory* == pickle buds
Garden Chives == mild onion
Garlic Chives == garlicky
Garland* Chrysanthemum == slight to bitter flavor, pungent
Lemon == lemony
Clover ==
Coriander == Pungent
Cornflower* == sweet to spicy, clove-like
Dandelion* == mushroomy young buds fried in butter
Dill ==
English Daisy* == tangy, leafy
Fennel == sweet, licorice
Fuchsia == slightly acidic
Gardenia == light, sweet flavor
Gladiolus* == similar to lettuce
Hibiscus == slightly acidic, boil as beverage
Jasmine == Arabian == delicately sweet for teas
Lemon Verbena == lemony for tea
Lilac == lemony, floral, pungent
Mallow == Common == sweet, delicate flavor
Marigold == Signet == spicy to bitter
Marjoram ==
Mint ==
Nasturtium == sweet, mildly pungent, peppery, pickle buds
Okra == sweet, nectar, like squash blossoms
Pansy == very mild sweet to tart flavor
Pineapple Guava == similar to the ripe fruit of the plant, flavorful
Radish == milder, sweeter version of the more familiar radish heat
Redbud == mildly sweet
Rosemary == pine-like, sweet, savory More info here
Runner Bean == nectar, bean-like
Safflower* == Another "poor man's saffron" without the pungent aroma or strong flavor of the real thing
Savory == Summer ==
Scented Geranium == Citronella variety may not be edible varies with differing varieties from lemon to mint
Society Garlic == a very mild garlic flavor
Squash Blossom == sweet, nectar
Sunflower* == steam unopened flower buds, like artichokes
Thyme == lemony
Violet == sweet, nectar
(Banana) Yucca ==  crunchy, fresh - flower petals only
April 19, 2012 - Issue 2070
* Why Do You Yawn? (It's Not What You Think...)
Most people think yawning means fatigue, but actually that innocent yawn can mean much more. Find out what yawning can do for your brain, sinuses, and head.
> [When you yawn, the influx of cool air may ventilate your sinuses and facilitate brain cooling. Brain temperatures increase when you’re sleep deprived, which may be one reason why exhaustion triggers excessive yawning. Yawning may also indicate a capacity for empathy, and may be an evolutionarily old process of great social significance.]
* Another Miserable Failure of the FDA -- It Will Deny Request to Ban BPA
The FDA caves to industry pressure yet again and denies a petition that would have banned the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) from U.S. food packaging.
April 20, 2012 - Issue 2071
* One Early Morning Mistake (and 7 Others) You Don't Want to Make
Many people set their alarm to wake up early to do this, but it can be a big mistake... Not only are you likely to suffer from fatigue, but you may also raise your risk of diabetes and other health problems along with hampering your slim down efforts. But that's not the only potential problem.
> [Eight common workout strategies that can backfire include sacrificing sleep to work out early in the morning; focusing on just one area of your body; falling for every fitness fad you come across; lack of variety in your fitness program; buying into the ‘no pain, no gain’ methodology and/or exercising too frequently; over- or underestimating your level of fitness; choosing an incompatible workout buddy.]
* Maximize Your Push-Ups with These Simple Tips
By adding slight changes to your push-up technique, you can work a wider range of muscles and greatly increase your overall fitness.
April 21, 2012 - Issue 2072
* The Tragic Mistake That Now Threatens 1 Out of Every 3 Bites You Eat
One out of every 3 bites of food you eat depends on this creature. And likely an ominous sign of severe environmental crisis, they're mysteriously vanishing from the planet. Find out the top suspected causes, including this one tragic event related to what even the EPA admits is a likely cause.
> [Honeybees are responsible for one-third of our food supply, yet they are disappearing at a startling rate in a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, which is most likely the result of a constellation of factors, one of the largest being the growing contamination of their hives with pesticides, especially the newer systemic pesticides, or neonicotinoids.]
* New Study Shows Obesity Rate Is Actually Far Worse than Previously Recognized
The majority of U.S. states have obesity rates that exceed 25 percent, and 12 states have rates over 30 percent – but the actual prevalence of obesity may be far higher.
April 22, 2012 - Issue 2073
* This Daily Habit Can Burn Heavy Metals and Toxic Chemicals Out of Your Body
It gets into your tissues - several inches deep - and helps heal infections quicker. Repeated use removes toxic chemicals and metals from your body. But choose wisely: the wrong type can do more harm than good.
> [Saunas can provide great health benefits by helping you detoxify. However, many electric saunas, including infrared saunas, can emit very high levels of electromagnetic fields, which can have a harmful effect on your health. You can easily test your sauna (or any other area) by using an inexpensive electrical meter, or a more sophisticated EMF meter like Trifield. Ideally, EMF levels should be below 3 milligauss or so. The newer, safer saunas have a standard of 2.0 milligauss at 30 centimeters.]
April 23, 2012 - Issue 2074
* The Beverage that is Even WORSE than High Fructose Corn Syrup Soda
This phony reduction in sugar just hides the awful truth about what they replaced it with... linked to numerous health bombs including kidney problems, reduction of beneficial gut flora, and a greatly increased risk of turning plump. All good reasons to leave it on the store shelves.
> [Pepsi Next claims to have 60 percent less sugar without sacrificing taste. The secret to keeping its sweet taste comes from the use of THREE artificial sweeteners: aspartame, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose. Aspartame (Nutrasweet and Equal) is believed to be carcinogenic and accounts for more reports of adverse reactions than all other foods and food additives combined. Acesulfame potassium (Acesulfame-K) has been linked to kidney problems, and sucralose (Splenda) has been found to reduce the amount of beneficial microflora in your gut by 50 percent—in addition to being associated with many of the same adverse reactions as aspartame. Contrary to popular belief, research has shown that artificial sweeteners can stimulate your appetite; increase carbohydrate cravings; stimulate fat storage and weight gain. Diet sodas may actually double your risk of obesity.]
* Over 60 Billion Doses a Year and Not ONE Death, But Still Not Safe?
That's what the FDA claims and they are about to force supplement makers to prove their safety! Never mind that drugs cause more than 100,000 deaths per year, your supplements may soon become extinct unless everyone acts quickly. Please don't put this one off.
> [Data from the U.S. National Poison Data System’s annual report, which tracked data from 57 U.S. poison centers and showed vitamin and mineral supplements caused zero deaths in 2010, while pharmaceuticals caused more than 1,100 of the total 1,366 reported fatalities.]
April 24, 2012 - Issue 2075
* This Daily Habit Can Damage Your Brain, Disrupt Your Bones, and Stain and Pit Your Teeth
So why has the cause of such grave damage been kept hidden since the 1930s? With nary a notice given? Perhaps with this new warning system in one state, and shifting the burden of proof used by smart champions in various locations, we can challenge the status quo and stem the damage.
> [It's fluoridated water. On March 15, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 253-23 in favor of mandating infant fluoride warnings on all water bills in fluoridated communities. The bill will now go to the Senate. According to the text of the bill, the warning would read, in part: “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if your child under the age of 6 months is exclusively consuming infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated water, there may be an increased chance of dental fluorosis.” But dental fluorosis is not “just cosmetic.” It can also be an indication that other tissues, such as your bones and internal organs, including your brain, has been overexposed to fluoride as well. A repeated theme in recent cases where communities successfully removed fluoride from their water supply is the shifting of the burden of proof. Rather than citizens taking on the burden of proving that fluoride is harmful and should be removed, champions in positions of some authority have managed to end water fluoridation in their communities by demanding that any fluoride product used must be able to prove its compliance with the regulations, laws, and risk assessments already required for safe drinking water.]
* Most Recalled Type of Drug Will Surprise You
Recalls for this commonly used class of drugs not only increased significantly in recent years, it represented an unusually high number of recalls compared to other drug classes.
> [It's vaccines. From Plastic Shrink Wrap to Pig DNA – What's Lurking in Your Vaccines? With all these recalls occurring, how can any health-conscious consumer trust the safety or the effectiveness of drugs and vaccines? The truth is, you have every right to know about and question the ingredients in vaccines being offered to your children, as contamination leading to recalls can and does occur. See http://www.nvic.org to get educated about vaccines.]
April 25, 2012 - Issue 2076
* Coming Soon: A Controversial "Ruling" That Threatens Your Job AND the Economy
As if the U.S. economy isn't on weak-enough knees already, this soon-to-be-released ruling threatens to plunge it into debt even further -- more than $1 trillion per year -- AND could wipe out 7.3 million U.S. jobs. Here's the worst part... it's based on FLAWED science.
> [Ozone is not inherently bad, nor dangerous. It's a normal part of your air supply, and it’s only when ozone levels are excessive that health problems can occur. At the appropriate natural levels like you find outside on a non-polluted day, ozone is not only effective – it’s nature's method for cleaning the air we breathe -- it's naturally safe. The EPA’s latest ozone ruling is unsupported by scientific evidence and may cost the U.S. a trillion dollars and millions of lost jobs.]
* Why Stress Makes It Harder to Kick the Common Cold
Ever noticed that when you're emotionally drained you end up catching every cold on the block? Now researchers have revealed why.
> [The stress hormone cortisol may play an intricate role in why high levels of stress have such a detrimental impact on your immune system. When stress becomes chronic your immune system becomes less sensitive to cortisol, which actually heightens the inflammatory response. This is what actually leads to coughing, sneezing and other cold symptoms, as well as makes you more vulnerable to getting sick.]
April 26, 2012 - Issue 2077
* Almost Everyone Does This at The Dentist's Office - Why It's a Possible Recipe for Brain Cancer
Those who did this at least annually were 1.4 - 1.9 times more likely to get meningioma, but those who did it before age 10 had a whopping 4.9 times higher risk. Sadly, this type of collateral damage may not be limited to your dentist.
> [A recent study suggests people who have had dental X-rays are more likely to develop a type of brain tumor called meningioma than those who have not. Depending on the age at which the exams were done, those who'd had these exams on a yearly basis, or more often, were 1.4 to 1.9 times more likely to have had a meningioma. Study participants who had panorex exams before the age of 10 had a 4.9 times higher risk of meningioma.]
* The Household Appliance that Releases 600 Potentially Dangerous Chemicals into the Air
Your frequent use of this appliance may be setting you up for an unexpected extreme toxic load of over 600 chemicals - 2 of which are known carcinogens and unsafe at any level. This market is pretty much a free for all - So here are some ways to protect yourself from this chemical cloud.
> [A new study finds more than 600 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are being emitted from dryer vents from commonly used laundry products, two of which (acetaldehyde and benzene) are known carcinogens and unsafe at any level. The fragrance industry is unregulated, and companies are not required to list all chemical ingredients on labels or on MSDS sheets, making it impossible for you to know what’s in your products.]
April 27, 2012 - Issue 2078
* The ONE Number That May Best Predict Your Risk of Sudden Death
There are 7 numbers that can tell you how healthy you really are, but there's one that provides an accurate prediction of your risk of death from a heart attack and other causes. And another tells you if you're the 1 in 5 men and postmenopausal women who may be at risk of disease and death unless you donate blood.
* Why a Cold Shower May Be More Beneficial for Health than a Warm One
Interesting research suggests your time in the shower could be better spent by turning the faucet to cold.
April 28, 2012 - Issue 2079
* The Oil that May Help Relieve Arthritis, Sciatica and Back Pain
Indians have used it traditionally to relieve pain, constipation, infections and asthma - and it's even shown promise in treating cancer. Apply it to your skin with this "special pack" and you may speed up the removal of toxins from your tissues.
> [Advocates claim castor oil is most effective for strengthening your lymphatic system when it is applied topically in a “castor oil pack,” a treatment popularized by the late psychic healer Edgar Cayce.]
* Does Sunshine Actually Decrease Dangerous Melanoma Skin Cancers?
Sunlight exposure has been blamed for the growing incidences of melanoma skin cancers, but a review of the research paints a very different picture.
> [Occupational exposure, such as farmers and fishermen, and regular weekend sun exposure are associated with decreased risk of melanoma. Safe sun exposure also optimizes your body’s levels of vitamin D, which is one of one of the most potent natural cancer protections available; a very low level of vitamin D is a major risk factor for cancer, including melanoma. Safe sun exposure, use of a safe tanning bed or an oral vitamin D3 supplement is the best way to optimize your vitamin D level, and thereby decrease your risk of many types of cancer, including melanoma.]
April 29, 2012 - Issue 2080
* Caution: Wearing These Can Sabotage Your Health
Almost everyone places these on their body on a daily basis, but if you overdo it, it can lead to all sorts of dangerous health problems because they shield you from some of the most potent antioxidants known to man. Take them off for 15 minutes now to help slow down the aging process, relieve pain and lower your blood pressure.
> [When walking on the earth barefoot, free electrons from the earth transfer into your body via the soles of your feet. These free electrons are some of the most potent antioxidants known to man. Lack of grounding, due to widespread use of rubber or plastic-soled shoes, may have contributed to the rise of modern diseases by allowing chronic inflammation to proliferate unchecked. Experiments have shown that free electrons from the earth cause beneficial changes in heart rate, decreases inflammation, reduces pain, promotes healthy sleep, and thins your blood, making it less viscous, which has beneficial impact on cardiovascular disease. Ideal locations for earthing are on the beach, close to or in the water, and on dewy grass, when the temperature is warm enough.]
April 30, 2012 - Issue 2081
* The Hidden Reason You Get Flabby (Not Calories or Lack of Exercise)
Believe it or not, flab doesn't attach itself to your hips, thighs, stomach and buttocks as a result of eating too many calories or not exercising enough. This is the real reason - and as long as you keep doing it you're programming your body to create and store flab.
> [Eight primary diseases related to metabolic dysfunction include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, lipid problems, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, polysystic ovarian syndrome, cancer, and dementia. These eight diseases account for a staggering 75 percent of the healthcare costs in the US. About 80 percent of obese people and 40 percent of normal-weight people suffer from metabolic dysfunction, and are therefore prone to these obesity-related diseases. The faulty dogmatic belief that all calories are the same has contributed to the rise in metabolic dysfunction. Replacing Sugars with Healthy Fats is Key for Reversing Metabolic Syndrome. Your Body NEEDS Fats for Optimal Function.]
* Is the Fiberglass in Your Attic or Walls Causing Cancer?
Small glass particles from fiberglass insulation are easily inhaled into your lungs. Does this pose a risk to your health?
> [Animal studies have shown that certain glass fibers can cause tumors in animals’ lungs and other tissue sites, while cell studies have shown that certain fiberglass fibers may cause damage to DNA. When working with fiberglass, choose only formaldehyde-free varieties and wear protective clothing and a respirator; even better, opt for non-toxic insulation materials made from sheep’s wool, recycled blue jeans, newspapers or other natural materials.]