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June 1, 2012 - Issue 2113
* This Exercise Can Cause a 7-Fold Surge of Heart Problems
Hopefully you're not addicted to this exercise, because it can do more harm than good. A significant 12% of those doing this type had heart scarring and elevated enzymes. Perhaps it's time to change what you've been doing.
> [Long cardio workout sessions can cause more harm than good, leading to the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which when produced excessively may contribute to a catabolic state, in which your tissues break down, as well as chronic disease. Too much cardio, such as marathon running, raises cardiac risk by seven-fold, and can lead to heart muscle scarring, and increased blood levels of cardiac enzymes, which are markers for heart injury.]
* How to Get Back On The Exercise Track
If you've fallen out of the exercise habit, don't despair - here are some helpful hints to get yourself back in the saddle again and quickly recover your previous level of fitness... and then surpass it.
> [Attending a regular exercise class is a great way to make exercising more fun and more successful, as you might enjoy the fellowship of others who share a common goal.]
June 2, 2012 - Issue 2114
* Ignore This Essential Habit and Your Health Will Eventually Decline
No matter how well you eat and exercise, if you ignore this crucial habit, you can halt new brain cell growth, raise your blood pressure, speed up premature aging, increase your risk of disease and dying, and even feel hungrier when you're not.
> [Get a good night's sleep.]
* Ask Your Doctor: Are You Being Bribed to Recommend This?
Next time your doctor pushes this onto you, or gets upset when you say "no" - ask them this question. It'll expose the dark truth about the prizes, plaques and recognition some doctors are driven by, despite the damage it may do to your health.
> [While “good” doctors are rewarded by the CDC for selling more vaccines, doctors who fail to comply risk being reprimanded or fired by their employers, and could also be reported and get into trouble with the medical board for being “bad” doctors if they don’t aggressively sell vaccines to all patients. In other words our government has become a huge scam. If drugs and vaccines worked as advertised, the US population would be the healthiest of any nation on this planet. However, a new health report prepared for members and committees of Congress on infant mortality in the United States—which spends more money on health care than any other country in the world—places the U.S. at 31st in a list where countries such as Slovenia, Czech Republic and Korea rank far higher.]
June 3, 2012 - Issue 2115
Task Force Tells Women to Stop Doing This (No, Not Mammograms This Time)
Alternative strategies that can help balance your hormones naturally, without resorting to hormones, include: optimizing vitamin D levels, and taking phytoestrogens, polyphenols, and Black cohosh
HRT can be useful to treat symptoms of menopause, and is a necessity after surgically-induced menopause. Bioidentical hormones are far safer than synthetic hormones for these uses
Lifestyle strategies that will help prevent heart disease naturally include: exercise, a low-sugar, low-grain diet and animal-based omega-3 supplementation; checking your iron levels; normalizing your insulin levels; and maintaining good oral/dental health
The proposed recommendations do not apply to women younger than 50 who have undergone surgical menopause or who are taking hormone therapy to manage menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, in which case bioidentical hormone therapy monitored by a skilled clinician would be an ideal choice
The US Preventive Services Task Force no longer recommends using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to prevent chronic disease such as heart disease, osteoporosis, or cognitive decline, in menopausal women, stating the potential harms outweigh any potential benefits
June 4, 2012 - Issue 2116
This Everyday Outdoor Mistake Can Make You a Magnet for Melanoma
About 75 percent of sunscreens contain potentially harmful ingredients, such as oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate
Several studies have confirmed that appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent skin cancer. In fact, melanoma occurrence has been found to decrease with greater sun exposure, and can be increased by sunscreens. The key to safe sun exposure is to determine the time of year when UVB rays will reach the ground in your specific area. When UVB rays are absent, your body will not produce vitamin D in response to sun exposure
Using an “internal sunscreen” is better than slathering on external sunscreen. Astaxanthin—a potent antioxidant—has been found to offer effective protection against sun damage when taken as a daily supplement.
Can Celery Be Useful to Treat Breast Cancer?
Apigenin, a naturally occurring flavonoid found in celery, parsley and other fruits, vegetables and herbs, slowed cancer growth and shrank cancerous tumors in animal studies
The apigenin treatment worked even on deadly, fast-growing breast tumors, inhibiting cell proliferation (growth) and reducing expression of a gene associated with cancer malignancy
Apigenin appears so promising in the fight against cancer that researchers said injections of the substance could be a safe alternative to toxic chemotherapy, as it showed no signs of side effects, even at high doses
The researchers are having trouble finding funding to continue research in humans, as pharmaceutical companies have no interest in providing funds for this potential natural cancer cure [because they're not about health, but only profit]
Food can have a powerful influence on serious diseases such as cancer, which is why it’s so important to consume a fresh, whole foods diet
June 5, 2012 - Issue 2117
Attacks Your Brain Like a Piranha - A New Way to Stop This Primitive, 19th Century Toxin
[It's mercury from fillings etc.] One-year anniversary update on the progress and future plans of Consumers for Dental Choice. Since the inception of Health Liberty, Consumers for Dental Choice has won several victories on the local, state, and national level.
Consumers for Dental Choice has partnered with Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement; a non-governmental organization advocating mercury-free dentistry in developing nations, with a strong base in West Africa.
The new approach to help protect all peoples from dental mercury fillings centers around highlighting—at the international level—the serious environmental health hazards caused by dental mercury
9 Things You Need to Know about the Food You Eat
From artificial growth hormones to cloned animals, there’s often unsettling and harmful “ingredients” added to the U.S. food supply – unbeknownst to most consumers
Food contamination, including Salmonella, heavy metals, and drug residues, and deadly conditions like Mad Cow Disease, are also products of the industrial food complex in the United States
Virtually the only way to truly know what’s in your food is to grow it yourself -- or get it directly from a farmer you can trust
June 6, 2012 - Issue 2118
Doctor Says: If There's a Single Marker for Lifespan, This Would Be It
Chronic inflammation is the source of many diseases, including cancer, obesity, and heart disease, which essentially makes it the leading cause of death in the U.S.
High insulin levels promote inflammation and speed up your body’s aging processes, and insulin resistance is a hallmark of most chronic diseases. Avoiding sugars and grains, and getting regular exercise are two of the most potent ways to help normalize your insulin levels and avoid insulin resistance
Feeling stressed can create a wide variety of physiological changes, such as impairing digestion, excretion of valuable nutrients, decreasing beneficial gut flora populations, decreasing your metabolism, and raising triglycerides, cholesterol, insulin, and cortisol levels
While diet accounts for about 80 percent of the health benefits you reap from a healthy lifestyle, exercise and getting proper sleep are also cornerstones of good health that, if ignored, can have a dramatically negative impact on your longevity
High blood pressure is primarily related to your body producing too much insulin. Over 85 percent of those with hypertension can normalize their blood pressure through simple lifestyle modifications, such as avoiding sugars and grains, exercising regularly, optimizing your vitamin D levels, especially via mid-day sun exposure, and getting sufficient amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats
Major Journal Blasts New Code Book for Making Grief a Psychiatric Illness
Grief is a highly individual experience, but for most people it takes two to six months to “run its course” – and sometimes much longer, all of which is normal and to be expected after a significant loss
An article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) strongly criticizes the move to call grief an illness, and explains that the new definition will label healthy people with a mental condition
By making grief a certifiable mental illness, it then becomes treatable by drugs, putting millions of people at risk of receiving unnecessary prescription for mind-altering psychotropic drugs
The American Psychiatric Association [for greed] (APA) is now considering characterizing bereavement as a depressive disorder, which would encourage clinicians to diagnose people with major depression if their grief-related symptoms last longer than two weeks
June 7, 2012 - Issue 2119
Always Tired? Take This Daily to Help Drench Your Body With Energy
[Organic apple cider vinegar worked great for my chronic fatigue in 2008. Take a teaspoon or more with food. Vinegar's acetic acid is part of the body's natural Citric Acid Cycle.]
Ubiquinol serves an essential function in creating cellular energy. As such it may help reduce the rate of aging, and benefit multiple health problems, from general fatigue to chronic health problems
Every comparative study on CoQ10 (the conventional oxidized form) and ubiquinol (the reduced, or electron-rich form) has confirmed that ubiquinol is more bioavailable than CoQ10, which makes it the most effective and least costly alternative of the two
A number of studies have shown that ubiquinol is absorbed and metabolized in exactly the same way as ubiquinol from a food source, making it an ideal supplement to optimize your health
Newest Scam to Increase Drugs If You’re Older than 50
The odds are very high – likely greater than 1000 to 1 -- that if you're taking a statin drug, you don't need it, and this is true regardless of age; there are better options for lowering your heart attack risk
In the U.S., health regulators recently ruled that warning labels be added to statins, because they can cause muscle weakness, diabetes, memory loss and depression [and eventually death]
The study was littered with conflicts of interest, as most of the trials were funded by the pharmaceutical industry, and some of the researchers even received money and recognition from drug companies
June 8, 2012 - Issue 2120
New Discovery May Safeguard Your Brain from Dementia
New research suggests fasting triggers a variety of health-promoting hormonal and metabolic changes that may help prevent age-related brain shrinkage and other chronic and debilitating diseases
Fasting—quantified as consuming somewhere between 500 and 800 calories in a day—has been shown to reduce growth factor (a hormone linked with cancer and diabetes), LDL cholesterol, and inflammation levels, among other things. The protective processes triggered in your brain, when suddenly decreasing your food intake, are similar to the beneficial effects of exercise
Calorie restriction appears to protect your brain cells and make them more resilient against stress. This protective effect is in part due to fasting’s effect on leptin and ghrelin; two hormones involved in appetite regulation
While it’s long been known that restricting calories in certain animals can increase their lifespan by as much as 50 percent, more recent research suggests that sudden and intermittent calorie restriction appears to provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction, which may be helpful for those who cannot successfully reduce their everyday calorie intake
In the US, six of the top 10 sources of calories are carbohydrates from sugars and grains, and this is a major reason why so many Americans are overweight. They’re simply eating far too many sugars. It’s very important to restrict carbs when doing a calorie restrictive diet and replace them with healthy high quality fats
[It's also important to get enough protein, but not too much. Many people don't have enough digestive enzymes and this causes atrophy and eventually organ failure and death.]
Study Shows Barefoot Running Is Less Efficient
Past research shows barefoot running may make you less prone to injury when done correctly, and there’s also the added benefit of grounding, during which your body absorbs negatively-charged electrons from the Earth through the soles of your feet
Several potential flaws about the study have surfaced, including the fact that the runners in the study lacked experience running barefoot, and weights were added to the tops of barefoot runners’ feet, both of which could alter their energy expenditures
Because of the lack of shoe cushioning, the entire force of impact with the ground is put on the runner’s leg muscles, which had to work harder when barefoot, compared to with shoes
Researchers at the University of Colorado found barefoot runners used nearly 4 percent more energy with every step, which suggests it may be physiologically easier on your feet to wear lightweight shoes
June 9, 2012 - Issue 2121
New Evidence Against These Cancer-Causing Foods - And the Massive Cover-Up Effort
The World According to Monsanto explains how the biotech giant threatens to destroy the agricultural biodiversity that has served mankind for thousands of years
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup, has been deemed a major health hazard to the environment, and to animal and human health. A French research team, that has studied Roundup extensively, has concluded it is toxic to human cells, and likely carcinogenic to humans
A recent safety review, which determined that “the available literature shows no solid evidence linking glyphosate exposure to adverse developmental or reproductive effects,” was in fact funded by Monsanto itself [and is therefore likely full of lies]
When You Heat Natural Plant-Based Foods You Can Get Cancer-Causing Acrylamide
Acrylamide, a cancer-causing and potentially neurotoxic chemical, is created, when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures, whether baked, fried, roasted, grilled or toasted
Some of the worst offenders include potato chips and French fries, but many other foods, cooked or processed at temperatures above 250 F/120 C, may contain acrylamide, including coffee, bread, breakfast cereal and cookies
Animal studies have shown that exposure to acrylamide increases the risk of several types of cancer, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer considers acrylamide a "probable human carcinogen"
You're far less likely to ingest dangerous levels of the toxin, when you eat home-cooked foods, compared to industrially (processed) or restaurant prepared foods. And when you do eat at home, the best advice for avoiding acrylamide is to avoid overcooking your food – and eat a significant portion raw or only lightly cooked
June 10, 2012 - Issue 2122
May Alleviate Cancer Without Chemo, But it's Forbidden
Rick Schiff, a police sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department, describes the heartbreaking tragedy of losing his young daughter to side effects of chemotherapy after her brain cancer was cured using a natural, unapproved method
A non-toxic cancer treatment by Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski cured this girl’s “incurable” cancer, but she succumbed to the poisoning of conventional cancer treatment
You are not free to seek out many alternative cancer treatments; in the case of Dr. Burzynski, only patients who have already received chemotherapy are (sometimes) eligible, and by this time irreparable damage may already have been done
The cancer paradigm is based on an archaic cut, poison, and burn approach, which often has dismal, deadly results; it’s important to realize that there are other options available, but your oncologist isn’t likely to tell you about them
June 11, 2012 - Issue 2123
The BEST Way to Stop a "Beer Belly"
In an effort to combat rising obesity rates, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a ban on the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas, and other food establishments.
Banning certain sizes of drinks is in no way, shape or form going to solve the problem of obesity. All it will do is increase profits for manufacturers and sellers of sugary drinks, and lead to an increased plastic waste problem. Sugar is half fructose.
Fructose is 'isocaloric but not isometabolic." This means you can have the same amount of calories from fructose or glucose, fructose and protein, or fructose and fat, but the metabolic effect will be entirely different despite the identical calorie count. Excessive fructose consumption is at the heart of the obesity crisis, but cutting down on fructose consumption will require much more comprehensive changes to the American food industry, as well as dramatic changes to nutritional recommendations issued by the government
June 12, 2012 - Issue 2124
Used in Gardens Everywhere, This "Biodegradable" Product is Likely Carcinogenic
With little or no regulatory restraints, labeling requirements, or scientific protocol, bio-engineers have, since the 1990s, created hundreds of new genetically engineered (GE) crops and “Frankenfoods.” The latest and potentially most successful strategy to combat this dangerous practice in the US has been to fight for your basic right to know what’s in the food you buy – and to take that battle directly to voters, through citizens’ initiatives
18 states have tried and failed to pass popular GE labeling legislation this year, as cowardly Governors and state legislatures repeatedly backed down under the weight of massive lobbying efforts by Big Biotech, and in some states, threats of lawsuits from Monsanto. We are now on the verge of what could be our first major victory – a citizens’ ballot initiative in California that, if passed, will mark the single biggest victory in the right-to-know battle; finally changing the direction of food and farming in the US
The Hard to Swallow Truth Documentary
Many U.S. and Canadian residents are unaware that fluoride is added to their drinking water supplies, and if they are aware they wrongly assume it is safe
There is an abundance of information available on the devastating health effects of fluoride, including damage to soft tissues (brain, kidneys, and endocrine system), as well as teeth (dental fluorosis) and bones (skeletal fluorosis)
Systemic fluoride has not been shown to reduce cavities or tooth decay to any significant degree
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 medical ethical principle of informed consent
June 13, 2012 - Issue 2125
This Popular Procedure Tripled the Cancer Risk of 1.65 Million People Last Year
The use of advanced diagnostic imaging in the US has substantially increased between 1996 and 2010. The use of CT scans tripled during that time, dramatically increasing lifetime radiation exposure as CT scans and nuclear medicine examinations deliver far higher doses of radiation than conventional x-rays. Researchers warn there’s evidence showing that radiation levels in the range now employed are linked to the development of radiation-induced cancers
Girls who receive radiation to the chest to treat childhood cancer have a high risk of developing breast cancer at a young age, according to recent research. Even those who received low doses of the common cancer treatment face an increased risk of breast cancer later, the scientists said, adding that the risk posed by radiation may be as great as having two genetic mutations associated with an increased risk of breast cancer
CT scans are also associated with an increased risk of cancer. A child who is exposed to the radiation from just two or three scans will triple their risk of developing brain cancer later in life. Five to 10 scans may also triple the risk of leukemia
The Spice that Is Better than Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis
New research showed that curcumin, the active ingredient in the curry spice turmeric, possesses potent anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties.
A highly bioavailable form of curcumin was more effective in alleviating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms than the NSAID drug Voltaren. NSAID means non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
While no one in the curcumin group withdrew from the study due to side effects, 14 percent of those in the NSAID group did so, as NSAIDs often cause serious adverse effects, including ulcers and heart problems
Conventional treatment methods for RA have not been able to significantly improve the long-term outcome of this disease; however, my drug-free approach, described in detail in this article, has a 60-90 percent improvement rate. See link above
June 14, 2012 - Issue 2126
This Hidden Food Poisons Your Family - Ignore These Cooked Up Lies
In November, California voters will vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on a law to require mandatory labeling of all genetically engineered ingredients in processed foods, and ban the routine industry practice of mislabeling foods containing genetically engineered ingredients as ‘natural.’ Polls show that nearly 90 percent of the state’s voters plan to vote ‘yes’
The biotech, agribusiness, and food manufacturers industries are hard at work to prevent the law from being passed. It’s estimated they will spend $60 - $100 million to convince voters that genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe and that labeling is unnecessary
Industry-funded front groups masquerading as “grassroots” organizations are helping spin the anti-labeling propaganda machine. The Organic Consumers Association reveals who is working tirelessly to prevent you from having the right to know what’s in your food
Dangerous Diabetes Drug Still on Market Despite Whistleblower Efforts
A drug company whistleblower has come forward with a lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, stating that its drug Actos is bringing in “tens of billions of dollars in sales” at the expense of the lives of people still taking the drug.
The company allegedly under-reported and fraudulently reported serious adverse events linked to Actos, including heart failure, stroke, cancer, suicide, homicidal thinking and more, making the drug appear safer than it actually is
The former drug-company insider alleges that Takeda’s corporate culture is riddled with systemic fraud and deceit with motivation to falsely report and underreport not only serious congestive heart failure events, but other serious side effects experienced by people taking Actos, driven by an economic desire to falsely enhance Actos’ safety profile and to increase sales
Much of the underreporting appeared to occur from late 2007 to January 2010, just as the news that Avandia was dangerous broke out. By limiting their reports of adverse events, they were able to (falsely) make it appear as though Actos was “a safe alternative” to Avandia, allowing them to gain a significant portion of the diabetes drug market at the expense of patients’ lives
The only known way to prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes is to reestablish proper leptin and insulin signaling, which is done through a proper diet and exercise; there is NO drug that can accomplish this
June 15, 2012 - Issue 2127
6 Ways to Shrink Your Belly (And 5 Don't Include Exercise!)
About 80 percent of your ability to reduce excess body fat is determined by what you eat, with the other 20 percent related to exercise and other healthy lifestyle habits such as sleep and stress reduction. This is particularly applicable when trying to target your abdominals
Strategies that burn cortisol—a hormone that depletes lean muscle and holds on to fat in the abdominal region—can be helpful for shrinking your waist size. This includes reducing or eliminating sugar from your diet and increasing the amount of healthful fats; getting enough sleep; and high-intensity interval exercises
In order to effectively train your core, you need to incorporate a variety of stabilization, functional and traditional exercises. Push-ups, when done correctly, can also help you achieve flatter abs
Why BMI Is Not a Great Indicator of Body Composition
BMI, which gauges weight in relation to height, may underestimate obesity rates and misclassify up to one-quarter of men and nearly half of women
One of the primary reasons why BMI is a flawed measurement tool is that it uses weight as a measure of risk, when it is actually a high percentage of body fat that makes a person obese
Many experts are now leaning toward body fat percentage as the most accurate measure of obesity
Waist size is another simple and free measurement that can be used as a superior measurement to BMI
You can also measure your body fat percentage simply by using skinfold calipers or a digital bathroom scale that uses bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) to measure your body fat
June 16, 2012 - Issue 2128
NEW Urgent Warning to All Cell Phone Users
The biological impact of your cell phone is not related to its power, which is quite weak, but rather to the erratic nature of its signal and its ability to disrupt resonance and interfere with DNA repair
Serving as an illustrative warning of the potential for your cell phone to cause cancer is the case of a young woman with no other predisposing risk factors for cancer who developed multi-focal breast cancer directly beneath the area of her breast where she’d been tucking her cell phone into her bra
Earlier research has shown that wearing a cell phone on your hip may weaken an area of your pelvis, and cell phone radiation has also been found to affect men's sperm count, and the quality and motility of their sperm
As a general rule, you’ll want to avoid carrying your phone anywhere on your body. The most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six inches of the emitting antenna, especially when it is put next to soft tissue such as in your pant or shirt pocket, or worse yet, in a woman’s bra. [Placing aluminum foil or other metal between the phone and your body should prevent microwave exposure.]
Frightening Facts You Must Know Before Buying the Next Block-Buster Product
As a result of corporate influence, academic freedom has gone out the window; conflicts of interest are rampant; bias has eclipsed independent objectivity; ground-breaking scientific research is scarce while blockbuster products are hightailed to marked based on flimsy evidence; and trust in corporate-funded research has been proven to be sorely misplaced
Corporate sponsorship of research has a tremendous impact on the end results. According to one peer-reviewed study, corporate-funded nutrition research was four to eight times more likely to reach conclusions in line with the sponsors' interests
Corporations also influence early education, from providing “fun educational web sites” loaded with propaganda unsupported by independent scientific research, to funding youth programs such as 4H and Future Farmers of America
June 17, 2012 - Issue 2129
Aspirin's Mostly Unrecognized Connection to Serious Medical Problems
Scientific studies have failed to prove that low-dose aspirin offers safe and effective protection from cardiovascular disease, despite its vast popularity among physicians. Many studies suggest it may be doing more harm than good.
Aspirin may conceal a cardiac event in progress.
Aspirin can lead to serious medical problems such as ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, and kidney failure, among others.
A better alternative to protect your heart is grounding yourself to the Earth (Earthing), which allows the transfer of free electrons into your body. This naturally reduces your blood viscosity or "thins your blood" and lowers your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Also, avoid chlorine, fluoride, white flour and foods produced with chlorinated or fluoridated water etc.
June 18, 2012 - Issue 2130
What's the Worst Thing You Can Do if You Can't Fall Asleep?
A large volume of historical evidence indicates humans used to sleep in two four-hour intervals, with about an hour or two of wakefulness between the first and second sleep
An estimated six to 10 percent of US adults used some sort of hypnotic sleeping pill in 2010. But, as evidenced by a new study, using prescription sleeping pills can increase your risk of certain cancers—such as esophagus, lymphoma, lung, colon and prostate cancers—as well as increase your risk of premature death nearly four-fold
9 Health Risks that Aren’t Worth Taking
Many habits and products accepted as “the norm” actually present an unnecessary risk to your health
Holding a cell phone up to your ear [unless you put aluminum foil between your head and the cell phone], using a vinyl shower curtain, microwaving your food in plastic, and running a humidifier too often are all examples
Other health risks you may not expect are antibacterial soaps and toothpastes, full-body X-ray scanners at the airport, flea and tick collars for your dog, canned liquid infant formula and more; simple tips are included to minimize your risks and optimize your health
June 19, 2012 - Issue 2131
Stolen Freedoms Regained in Stunning Blow to State Lawmakers
Since 1982, NVIC’s mission has been to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and we have defended without compromise the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk-taking, which is a human right
NVIC is giving their 2012 Health Liberty Award to the independent-thinking, high spirited citizens of Vermont, who in January successfully defended their informed consent rights by intelligently and responsibly participating in the democratic process, defeating Vermont Senate bill S199, which would have eliminated the philosophical exemption to vaccination
The battle to protect vaccine freedom of choice continues. In California, Assemblyman Richard Pan, M.D. has introduced a bill to impose restrictions on the personal belief exemption to vaccination, which was passed by the Assembly and is rapidly moving through the Senate. The California bill (AB2109) will force parents, who are filing a personal belief exemption for children to attend school, to pay a medical doctor or other designated medical practitioner
Poised: When Doctors Question Your Family's Vaccine Choices, Have Your Answers Ready
Full-time mother, advocate and writer Cathy Jameson, gives a first-hand account of what to say to a pediatrician who tries to force his or her vaccination opinions on you
Knowledge is power, so it’s important to stay educated about vaccine choice and vaccination risks, so you can easily explain your position to others, including others in positions of authority
If your doctor belittles you, refuses to treat your family, or will not take the time to discuss your vaccine concerns with you, I suggest you find one who will
It is your choice and your responsibility to get educated about vaccination, and your doctor should work with you on this. See this issue for details
June 20, 2012 - Issue 2132
Eating This Feeds Bacteria That Can Poke Holes Through Your Gut
The effect is called Leaky Gut Syndrome
Recent research found that the ... antibiotic Azithromycin increases your chances of dying from a cardiovascular event by 250 percent within the first five days of usage, compared to taking amoxicillin. Those who already have heart problems are at an even greater risk of dying from the drug, which parallels Vioxx that had killed 60,000 people by the time it was removed from the market in 2004
Antibiotics are indiscriminate bactericides, meaning they kill ALL bacteria, both good and bad, and many of the immediate and long-term side effects are related to this fact, as disrupting your gut flora (good bacteria) has a detrimental effect on your overall immune system
The greatest danger posed by antibiotics does not come from prescribed courses of antibiotics, but rather from the food you eat. The prevalence of antibiotics found in both conventionally-grown meats and vegetables has the potential to throw off, or contribute to, intestinal imbalance and subsequent immune system dysfunction
It’s estimated that the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock accounts for 70 percent of the total antibiotic use in the US, and when all agricultural uses are considered, the share could be as high as 84 percent
On December 22, 2011, the US FDA posted a notice in the Federal Register that it was effectively reneging on its plan to reduce the use of antibiotics in agricultural animal feed. Instead, the agency issued voluntary guidelines in April of this year, suggesting that livestock should only be treated with antibiotics to cure illness, not to enable growth
BPA-Free Products Still Contain Bisphenols of Equal Toxicity
As a result of widespread consumer backlash, many companies have rolled out “BPA-free” plastic products, ranging from bottles and sippy cups to reusable water bottles, meant to appeal to those health-conscious consumers looking to avoid toxins
Guess what! Many consumers are simply swapping to another bisphenol, bisphenol-S (BPS), which is now showing up in human urine concentrations at levels similar to those of BPA.
Research suggests BPS has similar hormone-mimicking characteristics as BPA, but it may be significantly less biodegradable, and more heat-stable and photo-resistant, which means it may cause even more health and environmental damage over time
If you’re interested in avoiding any number of chemical toxins leaching into your food and beverages, choose glass over plastic, especially when it comes to products that will come into contact with food or beverages, or those intended for pregnant women, infants and children
June 21, 2012 - Issue 2133
Could This Be Nature's Near-Perfect Blood Sugar Regulator?
This is more hype about the ridiculously expensive krill oil. Shrimp, crab, Arctic salmon, sardines etc are much more affordable and relatively uncontaminated sources of the best natural fatty acids
Unplanned Pregnancies 20 Times More Likely on Birth Control Pill than IUD
Birth control pills are 20 times more likely to fail than an intrauterine device (IUD), according to new research, likely because they must be taken daily, whereas an IUD is inserted once and works for up to 5 years
Oral contraceptives (the Pill), the patch, the ring, contraceptive injections and the IUD all work by artificially manipulating your hormones, which can cause serious side effects
Oral contraceptives have been linked to more than two dozen conditions, including heart disease, liver cancer, deep vein thrombosis and inflammatory bowel disease, while the IUD is linked to pelvic infection, ovarian cysts, uterine perforation and more
Safer options for birth control are available, including barrier methods (condoms, diaphragms) and natural family planning (NFP) tools, which a woman uses to track when she is ovulating [when there is a yellowish mucus], and then avoids sex during that time (or does so only using a back-up barrier method); many women feel empowered by NFP because it allows them to get in touch with their fertility cycle
June 22, 2012 - Issue 2134
Want to Help Curb Insomnia, Shed Pounds, and Ease Pain? Add This to Your Life
You can improve your health and fitness through exercise, regardless of age, size, current level of fitness, and handicap. Featured are six inspirational videos of individuals who have taken control of their health, despite being wheelchair-bound, advanced in age, obese, disabled, and missing two or more limbs
Making Fitness Gains Stick
Keeping your fitness gains and making them permanent is possible, but requires understanding, that that will only happen when the process isn't rushed, and the gains are maintained through regular workouts at the same intensity but not at lesser volume
Fitness goals are more often an issue of time and effort, than anything else, so give yourself adequate time to achieve your goals and avoid forcing the pace to get there -- just show up for duty and do your workout faithfully
Belief is perhaps the strongest medicine ever for generating successful, lasting change; you must trust in the process
June 23, 2012 - Issue 2135
Does Your Supplement Contain this Potentially Hazardous Ingredient?
Many supplement makers add “flow agents” and other fillers to their supplements. One potentially hazardous additive commonly used is magnesium stearate.
Magnesium stearate is essentially a chalk-like substance, which prevents the supplements from sticking together and allows the machinery to run smoother and faster, which equates to cost savings during the manufacturing process. Magnesium stearate is not a source of magnesium and has no benefits, but may have a detrimental effect on your immune function as stearic acid has been linked to suppression of T cells. The filler also stimulates your gut to form a biofilm, which can prevent proper absorption of nutrients in your digestive tract
Could Your Annual Doctor’s Visit Cause More Harm than Good?
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has given the prostate-specific antigen test (PSA test) a "D" rating, meaning that "there is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits"
The screening is no longer recommended as a routine test for men of any age, following a review of research that shows only zero to one out of every 1,000 men who are screened would actually benefit from the exam, while many others would suffer from the side effects of unnecessary treatments, ranging from impotence to death
USPSTF is not suggesting the PSA screening never be used, just that it shouldn’t be offered to every man at his yearly visit; the test would still be available as individual cases dictate, such as if a man is symptomatic or has a very high risk of aggressive prostate cancer
June 24, 2012 - Issue 2136
Are Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes the Answer to Quell Dengue Fever?
New high-tech strategies are being developed to combat the spread of Dengue fever, the fastest spreading insect-borne viral illness in the world (spread by mosquitoes), affecting 20 times as many people as the flu
Researchers have discovered an unusual bacteria called Wolbachia, and mosquitoes infected with this bacterium are completely unable to transmit the Dengue virus to humans, which holds great promise for drastically reducing infection worldwide; Wolbachia appears to be a much safer option than the genetically engineered strategies being developed by other biotech companies, such as Oxitec
British biotech company Oxitec has been genetically engineering mosquitoes to produce offspring that die before they reach maturity, but this strategy has proven less reliable, more expensive, and far more risky than infecting mosquitoes with Wolbachiabacteria
Oxitec has released millions of these genetically engineered (GE) “suicide mosquitoes” into several countries, without the consent of the public or long-term safety studies, highlighting concerns over the lack of regulation of release of GE insects into the environment
June 25, 2012 - Issue 2137
Italian Court Reignites MMR Vaccine Debate After Award Over Child with Autism
The Italian Health Ministry recently conceded that the MMR vaccine caused autism in a now nine-year-old boy. The Bocca family has subsequently been awarded a 15-year annuity totaling 174,000 Euros (just under $220,000), plus reimbursement for court costs. The judge ruled the boy “has been damaged by irreversible complications due to vaccination (prophylaxis trivalent MMR”
A documented serious side effect of vaccination, including smallpox, rabies, pertussis and MMR vaccine, is encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), which can lead to permanent brain damage and also result in regressive behavior
Dozens of studies have confirmed the hotly contested findings of Dr. Wakefield, whose 1998 study suggested a link between the MMR vaccine, chronic bowel inflammation, and symptoms of regressive autism. This is in contrast to the many vaccine industry-sponsored studies that always lie and get picked up by the media without questioning
The work of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride explains how chronic bowel inflammation resulting from abnormal gut flora can lead to symptoms of autism, as well as many other neurological- and behavioral problems. Children with abnormal gut flora are at increased risk for vaccine damage
Why Are Big Corn Processing Companies Continuing to Run ‘Corn Sugar’ Ads Even After FDA Denial?
While the FDA has stepped in to say that calling HFCS “corn sugar” is not acceptable, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), whose job it is to decide whether or not ads aired on television are deceptive, has not
The FTC is still allowing the Corn Refiners Association to advertise HFCS as “corn sugar” in TV advertisements
The fructose in HFCS , if you consume high amounts of it, ends up damaging your liver in the same way alcohol and other toxins do. When consumed in liquid form, the burden fructose places on your liver is even greater
Consume no more than 25 grams (1 ounce) per day of fructose, or half that if you're overweight or have a disease, such as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease, or are at high risk for these
June 26, 2012 - Issue 2138
Major Progress at Eliminating Fluoride in Water Supplies by Fluoride Action Network
So far at least 53 communities with 3.5 million residents have been freed from fluoridation. Since 1990, more than 300 communities have "beat fluoridation" with a city council or referendum vote to end the practice. This number doesn't include the hundreds, if not thousands, of communities, who have rejected the start of fluoridation programs
Many victories were the result of regular citizens who opposed fluoridation, organizing local campaigns to educate their neighbors and local decision-makers about the serious health risks associated with the practice. But prominent legislators and city councilors representing large cities have also begun introducing fluoride prohibition legislation and resolutions. This is a sign that the issue is becoming less controversial in the eyes of decision-makers, and is losing its status as an undebateable issue.
Over the past decade, we have seen the dental-lobby spending more effort and money trying to influence state-legislators to pass bills mandating statewide fluoridation.
June 27, 2012 - Issue 2139
How Your Gut Flora Influences Your Health
Research shows that your gut flora can affect numerous processes in your body, including your metabolism, energy production, nutrition, and genetic expression
Children who are born with severely damaged gut flora are more susceptible to disease and to vaccine damage
Choice of foods can alter your microflora in a matter of days. The ideal way to optimize your gut flora is to include fermented foods in your daily diet. While most probiotic supplements contain no more than 10 billion colony-forming units, one serving of fermented vegetables can contain a thousand times more. Fermented foods also give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, so all in all, it’s your most cost effective alternative
10 Shocking Medical Mistakes
Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Hospitals often make such egregious errors as treating the wrong patient, leaving behind surgical tools in a person after surgery, losing patients, or operating on the wrong body part
Air bubbles in the blood after a chest tube is removed, mix-ups involving medical tubing, and hospital-acquired infections are other examples of sometimes fatal medical errors that are all too common
Healthy eating, exercise, and stress management can help keep you OUT of the hospital, but if you do have to go there, knowing your rights and responsibilities can help ensure your hospital stay is a safe and healing one
June 28, 2012 - Issue 2140
Red Meat Can be Part of a Healthful Diet
Recent study claiming red meat consumption causes premature death is flawed in a number of important ways.
Trials that have compared meat-heavy diets against meat-restricted ones have consistently shown that meat does not causes disease and premature death. On the contrary, such trials have by and large found that meat-rich diets produce greater health results, such as greater weight loss, less heart disease and reduced diabetes risk
The researchers suggest a moderate amount of lean red meat—about three to four 6-8 ounce servings per week, may be important for mental health
There are vast differences between concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and organically-raised, grass-fed beef, both in terms of nutrient content and contamination. A joint effort between the USDA and Clemson University researchers in 2009 determined a total of 10 key areas where grass-fed beef is better than grain-fed for human health.
What Drove Us to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day?
Scientific evidence to support the recommendation to drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day is lacking
If you drink too much water, the sodium levels in your blood may drop to dangerously low levels, causing hyponatremia -- a dangerous condition in which your cells swell with too much water
Many people are dehydrated, however, and could benefit from drinking more water, and especially from replacing sugar-sweetened beverages with water
June 29, 2012 - Issue 2141
Three Key Factors for Sports Nutrition
Three important factors of fitness nutrition are a sufficient-protein/high-fat/low-carb diet; getting enough essential amino acids, the most notable of which is leucine; and timing of meals. Leucine-rich foods include legumes and peanuts, beef, salmon, shrimp, chicken, nuts, eggs, seeds etc
It also helps to sometimes skip breakfast and work out on an empty stomach, then have a fast-assimilating protein recovery meal 30 minutes after your workout
To maximize the benefits of exercise, including the weight loss benefits, you'll want to avoid fructose and other sugars. This includes ditching the energy drinks, sports drinks, most energy bars and even "healthy" drinks like vitamin water. Consuming fructose within two hours before or after high-intensity interval exercise will stifle your body’s ability to produce human growth hormone
The Right to Bare Arms
Without healthy diet and exercise, fat storage combined with flabby triceps muscles can leave you with jiggly arm fat
Targeting your arm area with biceps curls, shoulder raises, triceps exercises and body-weight exercises can help tone this problem area
If you start today and are consistent, doing this 3 times a week for 5 minutes each time, you can start to feel stronger and look sleeker in 4 to 6 weeks
June 30, 2012 - Issue 2142
'60 Minutes' Reports on the Dangers of Sugar
60 Minutes recently reported on the scientific findings that sugar is a toxin that can lead to major chronic diseases, including obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Test subjects in strict clinical trials, who consumed high fructose corn syrup, developed higher risk factors for cardiovascular disease within two weeks
In the mid-70’s, when dietary fats were falsely blamed for causing heart disease, spawning the still-persistent low-fat craze, processed food makers began swapping out the fats and replacing them with corn syrup. It’s not difficult to see that trading fat for sugar was not a wise move. We now know, without a doubt, that it's the excessive fructose content in the modern diet that is taking such a devastating toll on people's health
Excessive fructose consumption leads to insulin resistance, which appears to be the root of many, if not most, chronic diseases. Fructose also raises your uric acid levels—it typically generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion—which in turn can wreak havoc on your blood pressure, insulin production, and kidney function. So far, scientific studies have linked fructose to about 78 different diseases and health problems
Is the Animal Meat You Are Eating Being Fed Animal Feces?
It’s now illegal to feed beef-based products to cows, a rule put in force to stop the spread of Mad Cow Disease, but the beef industry has found ways to circumvent this rule by using a feed product known as “chicken litter”, which contains chicken manure, dead chickens, feathers and spilled feed. This is marketed as a cheap feed product for cows and can contain cow meat and bone meal
The USDA is not doing enough to prevent the spread of, and to detect, Mad Cow Disease cases; this includes not only the chicken litter feed that’s commonly fed to cows, but other violations and allowances as well
Such meat from CAFOs may also contain a mix of other dangerous and disgusting “additives”
Support the small family farms in your area, particularly organic farms that respect the laws of nature and feed animals only what nature intended