Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain ..

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Hey, it’s Joel, and I’ve got somewhat of a confession to make.

You see, I used to be a big “diet” beverage drinker…like REALLY big. Diet sodas, diet teas, flavored waters…I drank them all, daily, and a lot of them.

In fact, it would be a pretty standard day if I had a six-pack of Nestle’s Pure Life Lemon flavored water, a few cans of Coke Zero, and a couple Diet Snapple iced teas throughout the day.

And the big problem is that they’re ALL loaded with artificial sweeteners.

Whether it’s aspartame (commercially known as Equal), saccharin (Sweet & Low), or sucralose (Splenda), all of these artificial sweeteners, and subsequently any beverage that contains them, are bad, bad news for your health, weight, and well-being.

First off, numerous studies have linked artificial sweeteners to weight gain and obesity, and the fact remains that these are all chemically altered substances that do not exist in nature. Do you really want to play roulette with your health by ingesting compounds that we really don’t know the long term side effects of?

Even worse, a study performed at Duke University showed that Splenda contains a chlorine atom that kills off the good bacteria in your gut just like chlorine kills microorganisms in swimming pools. These beneficial bacteria (known as probiotics) are critical to your immune system, metabolism, digestion, and overall health. Believe me, you want MORE of these guys in your gut, not less, and you can’t afford to have the beverages you’re drinking destroying them with every sip.

So, a while back I decided to give up artificial sweeteners completely, and along with that decision I made the following soda, water, and tea substitutions so I could still have my cake and eat it, too!

1. Zevia All-Natural Soda.

If you opened up my fridge before, you’d see rows and rows of Coke Zero. No more. Those rows have since been replaced by Zevia, an all-natural brand of soda that’s sweetened with stevia and erythritol…calorie free and big on taste just like Coke Zero was, but without any of the artificial sweeteners and additives.

My favorite flavors are Cola, Grape, and Orange, and you can likely find these at your local health food store (Whole Foods, etc).

2. Organic Lemon Water.

Instead of Nestle’s flavored lemon water sweetened with gut-destroying Splenda, I’m now drinking at least 6 bottles of water a day, with my own organic lemon twist. This is a great alternative for anyone who simply can’t fathom downing large amounts of plain water daily (like me) and just requires a little lemon juice squeeze bottle.

Directions:

1. Remove cap from water
2. Add one “squeeze” of lemon juice
3. Replace cap and shake for 2 seconds

Voila, all-natural lemon water!

You can even step your game up like I did and go with organic lemon juice…the squeeze bottle you see in the above picture will be enough lemon juice for 50+ bottles of water and it only cost me a buck at my local organic market.

3. Hansen’s Natural Tea Stix.

These all-natural iced tea stick packs taste as great as they are convenient (VERY!). Sweetened with Truvia (another natural stevia and erythritol blend), they just require you to add the contents of one stick pack to a 16 oz bottle of water, at which point you’ll be all set to enjoy a nice refreshing, flavorful beverage.

Another great tea option is fresh brewed, unsweetened iced tea. You can add lemon for added taste and truvia or stevia as a sweetener if you desire. Easy, but full of flavor and very refreshing.

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Simply put, you don’t have to consume artificial sweeteners to have a flavorful, zero-calorie or low-calorie beverage. Just give some of the suggestions above a try and I guarantee you’ll be able to easily cut out the artificially-sweetened beverages from your diet once and for all.

That said, another thing I’d like to point out about Splenda/sucralose (the most damaging of all artificial sweeteners), is that it’s in a LOT more than just beverages.

You see, Splenda is often found in many brands of yogurt, toothpaste, protein powders, powdered beverages and supplements, chewing gum, protein bars, baked goods, ice cream, microwave popcorn, sauces, syrups, and apple sauce… and that’s just scratching the surface.

In fact, the nutritional supplement industry is without a doubt the #1 offender of artificial sweetener and sucralose use…they remove the sugar only to add in health-destroying artificial sweeteners. Now who’s really looking out for who here?

Fact is, if you use (or have used) any of the above products, there is a very strong likelihood that your gut bacteria is out of balance, and even worse, that TOXIC belly bugs have already begun to take over your entire gastrointestinal tract and spread throughout your body.

This can do a MASSIVE amount of damage to the delicate cells of your body while accelerating aging and completely obliterating your immune system. The good news is that you can begin to REVERSE this devastating trend, starting today, with the 3 simple “gut-restoring” tips we share with you right here:

==> Eliminate TOXIC belly bugs with these 3 “quick and easy” tips

To your ultimate body,

Joel

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Joel Marion, CISSN
Co-Founder, BioTrust Nutrition

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Chemicals Leaching From Plastic Food Containers

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They’re a common lunch item, especially among “weight-conscious” 9 to 5’ers because they’re quick, convenient, and boast low calories and sodium. They have no preparation required unless you count taking them out of their box, which is why people buy them.

Frozen vegetables are also now taking this quick-preparation route and are touted as easier to eat due to “steamer” technology plastic bags. In fact, two-thirds of our frozen vegetable aisle is now these plastic bags of veggies.

But just how safe are these plastic-contained microwave meals and vegetables anyhow? Even containers that claim to be BPA-free still have unknown health effects.

What is BPA?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical produced in large quantities, mostly for the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.

BPA is often found in human blood because it can leach into food from the protective internal epoxy resin coatings of canned foods and from polycarbonate tableware, food storage containers, water bottles, and baby bottles. The degree to which BPA leaches from containers into food may depend more on the temperature of the liquid or bottle, than the age of the container.

It’s been discovered that BPA can disrupt our normal hormonal make-up, giving it the label of an “endocrine-disrupter.” Since this discovery, most plastic food containers are now BPA-free, such as water bottles and baby bottles.

However, it’s not well known what other chemical constituents are found in plastic containers, which may also have hormonal-disrupting effects for humans.

Thankfully, scientists are continually working on this problem and have recently released a new study giving us insight into the safety of plastic meal containers.

New Research Exposes Chemicals Leaching From Plastic Food Containers

Researchers from Texas and Boston through the past 5 years have been sampling over 500 plastic food container components (microwave meals, baby bottle parts, plastic steam bags) and exposing them to common environmental stresses:

• Moist Heat (like your dishwasher)
• UV Light (leaving a plastic bottle in the sun)
• Microwave (heat and radiation)

After various extractions and several years, the scientists found that subjecting plastic containers to these types of stress caused them to leach chemicals with known estrogenic-activity, and a potential danger to human hormonal make-up.

Chemicals that mimic or antagonize the actions of naturally occurring estrogens are defined as having estrogenic activity (EA), which is the most common form of endocrine disruptor activity.

What this means is that even containers that claim to be BPA-free are not EA-free, which is what we should be ultimately concerned about.

Although this study did not directly test how much of these EA chemicals a person will actually be exposed to through food products, given that each stressor may not be exactly the same, and a person may not absorb or metabolize these chemicals at the same rate, it is nevertheless very important to remember that numerous scientific data overwhelmingly show that very low-dose exposure to EAs alters normal cell function, and consistent exposure to EAs alters the reproductive health of various human populations.

Many scientists who study EA chemicals feel that is it not worth risking the health of ourselves and our future population by using plastic products with EA activity. As such, there is a push to remove all EA components from plastic containers and continue researching the safest mode of food containing.

In the meantime, your best bet is to avoid microwaving, dishwashing, and exposing plastic containers to direct, continuous sunlight.

Instead, use non-plastic containers and cook your food on the stove or in the oven. Bring leftovers to work for your lunch, but either eat them cold, or warm them in a non-plastic container.

Remember: eating food in its most natural state possible is the best option. Meals and food items that come in ready-to-cook convenient plastic containers are not the most ideal choice. Choose food that you have to do a little leg-work to prepare, but will help you enjoy the fruits of your labor without risking your health.

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Consumer fraud in mislabeled fish..

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Just when you thought eating fish was iffy enough due to Fukushima radiation, the gulf oil spill, mercury and other toxins found in fish, one of the largest seafood fraud investigations in the world to date has found that 59 percent of the tuna Americans consume is not really tuna. Worse still, most of the fake tuna was found to actually be a fish known for causing gastrointestinal problems.

The non-profit ocean protection group Oceana collected more than 1,200 samples from 674 retail outlets in 21 states from 2010 to 2012 to determine if they were honestly labeled. DNA testing found that one-third of the 1,215 seafood samples were mislabeled, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.

The fish Oceana found to be most often mislabeled was red snapper, where 87 percent of the samples collected were actually one of several other varieties of fish – such as perch and tilapia. Perhaps the most disturbing finding was that 84 percent of the fake fish substituted for second place tuna was escolar – a fish which can cause explosive, oily, and orange diarrhea.

Escolar, often mistakenly labeled in raw form as a variety of tuna called “butterfish,” is a type of snake mackerel that is unable to metabolize the wax esters called gemplyotoxin which are naturally found in its diet. The esters are called gempylotoxin, and are very similar to castor oil or mineral oil and the esters are what gives escolar an oily texture similar to tuna. As a result of the esters, eating full portions of escolar can cause severe gastrointestinal problems.

The fraudulently labeled seafood was found at sushi bars, restaurants and grocery stores with sushi bars being found to be far more likely to have the mislabeled fish. Oceana did not find a single sushi bar which had no dishonestly labeled fish.

Though the Oceana investigation did not determine where the fraud occurred in the chain from ocean to consumer, the reasons for the labeling fraud are obvious: greed and availability.

In practically every instance of mislabeling, a cheaper variety of fish was substituted for a more expensive one. Often, price differences are due to availability. Red snapper supplies, for example, are very limited as the levels of the popular fish have been severely depleted far beyond demand. Likewise, popular varieties of tuna, including albacore, yellowfin and bigeye, have been significantly depleted from over-fishing. Even the most common type of tuna, skipjack, may soon be in danger due to increased fishing pressure.

Other highlights of the Oceana investigation:
• Mislabeling was found in 27 of the 46 fish types tested (59 percent)
• Salmon, snapper, cod, tuna, sole, halibut and grouper were the top collected fish types
• Only seven of the 120 red snapper samples were honestly labeled
• Between one-fifth to more than one-third of the halibut, grouper, cod and Chilean sea bass samples were mislabeled
• 44 percent of all the grocery stores, restaurants and sushi venues visited sold mislabeled seafood

Today, more than 90 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, and fewer than one percent is inspected specifically for fraud by the government.

Seafood is a popular, and theoretically healthy, food choice for many Americans. Both the American Heart Association and new dietary guidelines from the FDA recommend eating eight ounces of seafood, or two seafood meals, a week. Seafood is a global commodity and is one of the most commonly traded food items in the world.

As the Oceana investigation has revealed, it is also one of the most common food items likely to be used to defraud consumers.

Sources:

http://www.theatlantic.com
http://oceana.org
http://wwf.panda.org
http://oceana.org
http://www.tbyil.com/Mercury_Heavy_Metals_in_Fish.htm
http://www.thekitchn.com/use-caution-when-eating-escola-66602

About the author:
“See all articles by Tony Isaacs”

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including “Cancer’s Natural Enemy” and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group “SANEVax Inc” which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV and other vaccine dangers.

Mr. Isaacs also hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup group of over 2600 members and the Utopia Silver Supplement Company and he and his partner Luella May recently began hosting The Best Years in Life Radio Show” on Wolf Spirit Radio.

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Processed Foods Depend on Additives

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More than 3,000 food additives — preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients — are added to foods in the United States.

While each of these substances are legal to use in the US, whether or not they are safe for long-term consumption — by themselves or in combination — is a different story altogether. Many have been deemed too harmful to use in other countries.

When you consider that about 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food goes toward processed foods loaded with these additives, it’s no wonder most people are carrying a hefty toxic load that can wreak havoc on their health.

A list of ingredients that are banned across the globe but still allowed for use in America recently made the news. The list is featured in the new book, Rich Food, Poor Food, authored by nutritionist Mira Calton and her husband Jayson.

The banned ingredients include various food dyes, the fat substitute Olestra, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate (aka brominanted flour), Azodicarbonamide, BHA, BHT, rBGH, rBST, and arsenic.

Seeing that the overall health of Americans is so much lower than other industrialized countries, you can’t help but wonder whether toxic ingredients such as these might play a role in our unhealthy conditions.

Meanwhile, Russia has announced that it plans to extend a ban on U.S. beef, pork and turkey imports coming into effect this month, due to the feed additive ractopamine in the meats. Ractopamine is a growth stimulant banned in several countries, including Russia.

Processed Foods Depend on Additives

When foods are processed, not only are valuable nutrients lost and fibers removed, but the textures and natural variation and flavors are also lost. After processing, what’s left behind is a bland, uninteresting “pseudo-food” that most people wouldn’t want to eat.

So at this point, food manufacturers must add back in the nutrients, flavor, color and texture to processed foods in order to make them palatable, and this is why they become loaded with food additives.

Most commonly, additives are included to slow spoilage, prevent fats and oils from going rancid, prevent fruits from turning brown, fortify or enrich the food with synthetic vitamins and minerals to replace the natural ones that were lost during processing, and improve taste, texture and appearance. When reading product packages, here are some of the most common food additives1 to watch out for:
•Preservatives: sodium benzoate, sodium nitrite, potassium sorbate, BHA, BHT, TBHQ
•Sweeteners and artificial sweeteners: fructose, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium (acesulfame-K)
•Artificial colors: FD&C Blue Nos. 1 and 2, FD&C Green No. 3, FD&C Red Nos. 3 and 40, FD&C Yellow Nos. 5 and 6, Orange B, Citrus Red No. 2
•Artificial flavors
•Flavor enhancers: monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed soy protein, autolyzed yeast extract

Top Offenders to Avoid

According to the Caltons, the following 13 additives are the worst of the more than 150 individual ingredients they investigated during their six-year long journey, which took them through 100 different countries.2

Ingredient

Found in

Health Hazards

Coloring agents: blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, and yellow 6

Cake, candy, macaroni and cheese, medicines, sport drinks, soda, pet food, and cheese

Most artificial colors are made from coal tar, which is a carcinogen

Olestra (aka Olean)

Fat-free potato chips

Depletion of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids. Side effects include oily anal leakage

Brominated vegetable oil (aka BVO)

Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas

Competes with iodine for receptor sites in the body, which can lead to hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, and cancer. The main ingredient, bromine, is a poisonous, corrosive chemical, linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss

Potassium bromate (aka brominated flour)

Rolls, wraps, flatbread, bread crumbs, and bagel chips

See bromine above. Associated with kidney and nervous system disorders, gastrointestinal discomfort

Azodicarbonamide

Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods

Linked to asthma

BHA and BHT

Cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer

BHA may be a human carcinogen, a cancer-causing agent. BHT can cause organ system toxicity

Synthetic hormones: rBGH and rBST

Milk and dairy products

Linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancers

Arsenic

Poultry

EPA classifies inorganic arsenic as a “human carcinogen”

What’s With the Double-Standards?

The food industry has already formulated safer, better products for other countries, in which these and other harmful ingredients are banned. So why do they insist on selling inferior versions in America? For clear examples, take a look at a recent article on 100DaysOfRealFood.com.3 In it, Vani Hari shows the ingredient labels of several common foods sold in the US and the UK, such as Betty Crocker’s Red Velvet cake mix, McDonald’s French fries, and Pizza Hut’s garlic cheese bread. Amazingly, while these foods can be created using a bare minimum of additives in the UK (and sometimes none), in the US, they’re absolutely LOADED with chemicals.

“The food industry does not want us to pay attention to the ingredients nor do they care about the negative effects from eating them. They certainly don’t care about the astronomical medical bills that are a direct result of us eating the inferior food they are creating,” Vani Hari writes.

“…We as a collective nation must stop this trajectory of sickness and rising health care costs, by understanding the ingredients we are putting into our bodies. We must challenge the U.S. food industry to discontinue the use of banned ingredients that are not allowed elsewhere in the world. We deserve to have the same quality food without potential toxins.”

Russia Issues Long-Term Ban on US Meat

In related “questionable food” news, Russia recently banned US meat supplies after discovering it contains ractopamine—a beta agonist drug that increases protein synthesis, thereby making the animal more muscular. This reduces the fat content of the meat. As reported by Pravda,4 Russia is the fourth largest importer of US meats, purchasing about $500 million-worth of beef and pork annually.

Effective February 11, Russia will no longer allow US meat imports, stating the ban “is likely to last for a long time.”5 All meat suppliers wishing to sell their meat and meat products to Russia must certify their meat as ractopamine-free—a condition the US has so far refused to comply with.

The drug is banned for use in 160 countries, including China and Russia, but allowed in 24 countries, including Canada and the United States. While the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers ractopamine safe and doesn’t test for it, Russia’s chief health inspector, Gennady Onishchenko, claims there are “serious questions” about the safety of the drug. He previously told the New York Times:6

“For instance, use of ractopamine is accompanied by a reduction in body mass, suppression of reproductive function, increase of mastitis in dairy herds, which leads to a steep decline in the quality and safety of milk.”

Ractopamine is also known to affect the human cardiovascular system, and may cause food poisoning, according to Pravda.7 It’s also thought to be responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown, and can increase death and disability in livestock. While other drugs require a clearance period of around two weeks to help ensure the compounds are flushed from the meat prior to slaughter (and therefore reduce residues leftover for human consumption), there is no clearance period for ractopamine.

In fact, livestock growers intentionally use the drug in the last days before slaughter in order to increase its effectiveness. According to veterinarian Michael W. Fox, as much as 20 percent of ractopamine remains in the meat you buy from the supermarket. Despite potential health risks, the drug is used in 45 percent of US pigs, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys.

What’s the Simplest Way to Avoid Harmful Food Additives?

Ditch processed foods entirely. (If you live in Europe you may have more options than Americans, as you may be able to find some processed foods that do not contain any synthetic additives.) About 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food is spent on processed foods, so there is massive room for improvement in this area for most people.

Swapping your processed food diet for one that focuses on fresh whole foods may seem like a radical idea, but it’s a necessity if you value your health. And when you put the history of food into perspective, it’s actually the processed foods that are “radical” and “new.” People have thrived on vegetables, meats, eggs, fruits and other whole foods for centuries, while processed foods were only recently invented.

If you want to eat healthy, I suggest you follow the 1950s (and before) model and spend quality time in the kitchen preparing high-quality meals for yourself and your family. If you rely on processed inexpensive foods, you exchange convenience for long-term health problems and mounting medical bills. For a step-by-step guide to make this a reality in your own life, simply follow the advice in my optimized nutrition plan along with these seven steps to wean yourself off processed foods.

When it comes to staying healthy, avoiding processed foods and replacing them with fresh, whole foods is the “secret” you’ve been looking for. Additionally, the more steps your food goes through before it reaches your plate, the greater your chances of contamination becomes. If you are able to get your food locally, you eliminate numerous routes that could expose your food to contamination with disease-causing pathogens.

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No Dose Low Enough to be Safe…

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A brand new meta-analysis reveals that the world’s most popular painkiller is as dangerous as ill-fated Vioxx. Vioxx (refecoxib) was pulled from the American market in 2004 — but not until 60,000 people had lost their lives from heart attacks and strokes as a deadly side effect of the drug.

Diclofenac is in the same category as Vioxx, representing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) classified as COX-2 inhibitors.

Diclofenac is one of the oldest NSAIDs, with prescriptions dating back to the 1970s for all types of inflammatory problems, including arthritis, back pain, gout, headaches and fever.

Although not terribly popular in the U.S., diclofenac is the most widely prescribed NSAID worldwide, sold under the brand names Voltaren, Cambia, Cataflam and Zipsor. Diclofenac far outsells ibuprofen, naproxen, and other NSAIDs in 15 countries around the world1.

In Canada, it is the third most prescribed NSAID. And in England, six million people were prescribed diclofenac last year. Of particular concern is the overuse of this drug in low- and middle-income countries where cardiovascular disease rates are on the rise.

Diclofenac Can Raise Your Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke by 40 Percent

All NSAIDs are associated with significant side effects, including increased risk for heart attack and stroke. But how do they do this? The reason is that, along with inhibiting the “bad” prostaglandins that cause inflammation and pain, they inhibit the “good” prostaglandins that dilate your blood vessels and increase blood flow.

So when those “good” prostaglandins are suppressed, the result is higher blood pressure and increased blood clotting. It was initially believed that your body’s own nitric oxide would compensate for these effects, but recent studies have shown this is not the case.

The cardiovascular risk is greatest for people who already have cardiovascular disease, but even heart-healthy people are at substantial risk. If you’re taking an NSAID and you have a history of heart disease, your risk for congestive heart failure (CHF) is increased 10-fold.

The latest diclofenac study2, led by David Henry of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, found diclofenac raises your risk of a heart attack or stroke by about 40 percent, compared to taking no NSAID. Since this study was a meta-analysis, it analyzed the results of multiple studies, some of which showed disturbingly high rates of cardiovascular events.

In a 2012 study published in Circulation, NSAIDs were associated with a persistently increased risk of coronary events in patients with a previous myocardial infarction (heart attack). In more than 43,000 MI patients, NSAID use was associated with a 59 percent increased risk of death after one year and a 63 percent increased risk of death after five years of use. In addition, the use of the NSAIDs was associated with an increased risk of coronary death and recurrent MI.3 Henry remarked:

“Clearly thousands of people die as a result of using [diclofenac]. But these are invisible victims. And therefore, there’s no advocacy lobby group on their behalf.”

No Dose Low Enough to be Safe

Diclofenac is now available in an over-the-counter product called Voltarol Pain-eze, which contains a lower dose of the drug than prescription strength. Even this lower dose resulted in a 22 percent increased risk of a cardiovascular event. Besides increasing blood pressure and clotting, there is now evidence that COX-2 inhibitors may cause hardening of the arteries as well, even in heart-healthy people.4 In fact, the researchers said they could not find ANY dose of this drug low enough to not significantly increase your cardiovascular risk!

In addition to the cardiovascular effects, the NSAIDs are associated with damage to the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys and liver, and have also been linked to hearing loss and miscarriage. The evidence is mounting to indict these drugs as some of the most damaging you can take! Your relative risk from NSAIDs is controlled by a number of factors. Your odds of having adverse effects increases if any of the following apply to you:
•Elderly or disabled
•History of peptic ulcer
•Concurrent prednisone or corticosteroid use
•Alcohol dependency or cigarette smoking
•Taking a high dose of the NSAID, or one of the more toxic NSAIDs

Inflammation Can Be Controlled Without Drugs

If you have an injury or infection, inflammation is a natural part of the healing process. Through a series of biochemical reactions, white blood cells and other chemicals are sent to the injured area to fight off foreign bodies. This inflammatory process can lead to pain, swelling, redness, warmth and loss of movement or function.

If you have pain from inflammation, there are ways to treat that pain using natural anti-inflammatory agents instead of drugs. These natural anti-inflammatories will benefit your heart and brain — unlike their pharmaceutical counterparts that can do more harm than good. For example, our revised and updated rheumatoid arthritis protocol has a 60 to 90 percent improvement rate for RA sufferers.

If you struggle with pain from inflammation, I urge you to avoid the use of NSAIDs like diclofenac, which are riddled with potentially dangerous health effects. Diclofenac is as dangerous as the ill-fated drug Vioxx that killed more than 60,000 people — yet diclofenac continues to be the most prescribed painkiller worldwide! When you look at these statistics, it is blatantly clear that you simply can’t rely on your physician to protect you. But you can be proactive and take charge of your own health.

Basic Lifestyle Factors that Must Be Addressed

Lifestyle changes will go a long way toward reducing inflammation in your body, so focus on addressing the following factors:
•Optimize your diet. Avoiding pro-inflammatory foods like trans fats, fried foods, processed foods, sugar and grains; reduce carbohydrates (sugar, grains, fructose) and protein, replacing them with high quality fats. Fifty to 70 percent of your total intake can be fat. Most of your diet should be fresh, whole foods, like organic vegetables and grass-pastured meats and dairy, and these beneficial fats, such as butter and fermented dairy from grass-pastured animals, cheese, egg yolks, and avocados.

Incorporate naturally fermented foods into your diet, working up to 4-6 ounces per day. One large serving of several ounces of optimally fermented foods can supply you with around 10 trillion beneficial bacteria, which is about 10 percent of the population of your gut. The best way to learn how to prepare them properly is to get the GAPS book or listen to my interview with Caroline Barringer. You can take a high quality probiotic supplement, but consuming the actual fermented foods provides the highest benefit.
•Get Grounded. Lack of grounding, due to widespread use of rubber or plastic-souled shoes, is likely contributing to chronic inflammation today. When you walk on the earth barefoot there is a massive transfer of beneficial electrons that serve as potent antioxidants. Experiments show that walking barefoot upon the Earth produces beneficial changes in your body, including decreased pain and inflammation. So, do yourself a favor and put your bare feet upon the sand or dewy grass to harness the healing power of the Earth.
•Get plenty of animal-based omega-3 fats. My favorite source is krill oil, which has compounds called resolvins and protectins that help quell inflammation. Krill oil also naturally contains astaxanthin — a powerful anti-inflammatory in itself. (Read more about astaxanthin in the next section.)
•Exercise regularly. Exercise is a great way to lower inflammation — especially weight training, high intensity exercises, stretching and core work. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers who did weight training for 24 weeks improved their function by 30 percent and their strength by 120 percent.
•Have good stress-busting outlets. High levels of stress hormones can cause your body to release more inflammatory chemicals, so be sure you are implementing some sort of stress management. Meditation, prayer, yoga, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are all excellent stress management techniques, but you’ll have to find what works for you.
•Optimize your vitamin D levels. Your best source of vitamin D is through exposing your skin to the sun or using a safe tanning bed. Monitor your vitamin D levels to confirm that they are in a therapeutic range of 50-70 ng/ml. If you can’t get UV exposure, consider taking an oral vitamin D supplement.

Fighting Inflammation Naturally with Herbs and Supplements

The herbs and supplements that follow are useful for treating the symptoms of inflammation and relieving pain while you work at implementing the lifestyle changes above:
•Curcumin (active agent in the spice turmeric) is a potent anti-inflammatory shown to be effective against both acute and chronic pain. A study published in April 20125 revealed that a highly bioavailable form of curcumin was more effective than Voltaren (diclofenac) in alleviating RA symptoms, including tenderness and swelling of joints. In fact, the individuals taking curcumin experienced the most improvement across the board.
•Ginger has a number of health benefits, one of which is reducing inflammation. Ginger is a natural pain reliever and can be quite beneficial post exercise. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.
•Astaxanthin is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has great pain controlling benefits. In one study, RA sufferers experienced a 35 percent improvement in pain levels, as well as a 40 percent improvement in their ability to perform daily activities after receiving astaxanthin for only eight weeks. In another study6, more than 80 percent of arthritis sufferers improved while taking astaxanthin.
•Boswellia, also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” is another herb I’ve found to be particularly useful for arthritis pain and inflammation.

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Thimerosal—Is it Really Worth the Risk?

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According to public health doctors and a medical trade association representing U.S. pediatricians, poor children in developing countries should continue to get vaccines containing the mercury preservative, thimerosal, because providing these children with mercury-free vaccines “would devastate public health efforts in developing countries,” the New York Times reports.1

The defense for keeping thimerosal in vaccines was published in a medical journal and commentaries authored by Drs. Walter Orenstein, Louis Cooper, Samuel Katz et al was widely promoted in the media by Dr. Paul Offit and others supporting the “pro-mercury” stance officially endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The article and commentaries, published in the journal Pediatrics,2 were written in response to consumer calls for thimerosal removal to be included in a United Nations Environmental Program’s (UNEP) global treaty to reduce mercury pollution and protect human health. The binding treaty calls for the global reduction or banning of certain mercury-containing products and exposures.

Dental amalgams, which contain mercury, are included in the treaty, but thimerosal was removed from the product list during the beginning of the treaty development process. Advocacy groups like SAFEMINDS and Co-Med have been working to add thimerosal removal from vaccines back in to the treaty.

Interestingly, the AAP has been inaccurately publicizing the idea that a thimerosal ban is, in fact, part of the treaty in order to have an excuse to globally defend the safety of mercury preservatives in vaccines.

According to U.S. News Health:3

“The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joins the World Health Organization (WHO) in urging the U.N. to drop the proposal from an international treaty seeking to cut down on mercury exposures in a variety of ways. Both the WHO and AAP say a thimerosal ban could keep children in poor nations from getting needed vaccines.”

Thimerosal—Is it Really Worth the Risk?

Thimerosal (TMS), which is used in vaccines as a preservative, is 49.6 percent ethylmercury (eHg). The compound was removed from most pediatric vaccines in 2001, but it’s still used in some multi-dose vials, and is present in many seasonal flu vaccines. (Pregnant women and children are generally advised to request thimerosal-free flu vaccines.)

It is already an established fact that exposure to mercury can cause immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioral disorders. But many doctors and health officials are still refusing to admit that ethylmercury may cause harm, stating that there’s no evidence for such fears, and that ethylmercury is harmless compared to methylmercury—the form typically found in contaminated fish.

Dr. Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, claims that the U.S. government’s 1999 directive to drug companies to remove thimerosal from pediatric vaccines was not based on scientific evidence of harm, but rather was simply done as a precautionary measure until researchers could learn more about thimerosal health effects. He goes so far as to call the removal of thimerosal in the US “a mistake,” and one that should not be repeated globally.

According to U.S. News Health:

“Numerous international studies since have uncovered no evidence of harm—including no link between thimerosal and autism, which had been a concern. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is ‘no convincing evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines.

…Developing nations rely on vaccines containing thimerosal, Orenstein said. The preservative is used in vials that contain more than one dose of a vaccine, to prevent contamination, which can happen when a syringe needle is inserted into the vial. Rich countries such as the United States can get around the need for thimerosal by using single-dose vials. But for poor countries, multi-dose vials make vaccination programs more feasible, Orenstein explained.'”

Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), strongly disagrees with the AAP’s stance, and so do I. She points out that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not rescinded their 1999 directive to the pharmaceutical industry to take thimerosal out of childhood vaccines.

“If unused vials of thimerosal-containing vaccines must be disposed of as hazardous waste because of the mercury content, then why is the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advocating that thimerosal-containing vaccines continue to be injected into children’s bodies?” she asks.4

SAFEMINDS has been working to urge the UN treaty group to include thimerosal in the treaty so that mercury containing vaccines will be phased out around the world. The Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs has also weighed in by issuing an open letter to UNEP.5 The group disputes the assertion that scientific studies has proven thimerosal safe, and urge the Program to include thimerosal in the global ban. They also point out that including thimerosal in vaccines given to children in poor developing nations, but not in developed countries, is “an injustice that characterizes this most iatrogenic of toxic exposures.”

“In an era when cost-effective, much less toxic, non-bioaccumulative, and more effective alternatives are available and in-use as in-process sanitizers and preservatives, there is no conscionable justification for the continuing presence of thimerosal in human pharmaceuticals,” the letter states.

More Vaccines = Worse Health Outcomes, Groundbreaking Study Finds

While concerns about thimerosal are valid, it’s by no means the only vaccine ingredient or factor that can make childhood vaccinations a risky proposition. Even more important is the issue of use of too many vaccines in general, and the routine administration of multiple vaccines simultaneously during one doctor’s visit.

Vaccine safety advocates have long called for studies evaluating the health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children. One study addressing this issue recently has been published. The NVIC donated $2,500 to make the full study available to the public free of charge. The study, Relative trends in hospitalizations and mortality among infants by the number of vaccine doses and age, based on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 1990–20106 found a positive correlation between the number of vaccine doses administered and the percentage of hospitalizations and infant deaths:
•Hospitalization rate increased linearly from 11.0 percent for 2 doses to 23.5 percent for 8 doses
•Hospitalization rate decreased linearly from 20.1 percent for children aged <0.1 year to 10.7 percent for children aged 0.9 year
•Mortality rate for 1-4 vaccine doses was 3.6 percent
•Mortality rate for 5-8 vaccine doses rose to 5.5 percent
•A disproportionate number of hospitalizations were due to the administration of the at-birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccination (73 percent of VAERS cases reported the receipt of hepatitis B vaccine, and 30 percent of these required hospitalization)

According to the authors:7

"In 1990, infants received a total of 15 vaccine doses prior to their first year of life: 3 DPT injections (9 vaccine doses), 3 polio, and 3 Hib vaccines—5 vaccine doses at 2, 4, and 6 months of age. By 2007, the CDC recommended 26 vaccine doses for infants: 3 DTaP, 3 polio, 3 Hib, 3 hepatitis B, 3 pneumococcal, 3 rotavirus, and 2 influenza vaccines. While each childhood vaccine has individually undergone clinical trials to assess safety, studies have not been conducted to determine the safety (or efficacy) of combining vaccines during a single physician visit as recommended by CDC guidelines.

For example, 2-, 4-, and 6-month-old infants are expected to receive vaccines for polio, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, rotavirus, Haemophilus influenzae type B, and pneumococcal, all during a single well-baby visit—even though this combination of 8 vaccine doses was never tested in clinical trials.

...Administering six, seven, or eight vaccine doses to an infant during a single physician visit may certainly be more convenient for parents—rather than making additional trips to the doctor's office—but evidence of a positive association between infant adverse reactions and the number of vaccine doses administered confirms that vaccine safety must remain the highest priority.

... Since vaccines are administered to millions of infants every year, it is imperative that health authorities have scientific data from synergistic toxicity studies on all combinations of vaccines that infants are likely to receive; universal vaccine recommendations must be supported by such studies."

Findings in Girl Who Died After Receiving Gardasil Vaccine Now Released

In related vaccine news, a lab scientist, who discovered HPV DNA fragments in the blood of a teenage girl who died after receiving the Gardasil vaccine, has published a case report in the peer reviewed journal Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology.8 The otherwise healthy girl died in her sleep six months after receiving her third and final dose of the HPV vaccine. A full autopsy revealed no cause of death.

Sin Hang Lee with the Milford Molecular Laboratory in Connecticut confirmed the presence of HPV-16 L1 gene DNA in the girl's postmortem blood and spleen tissue. These DNA fragments are also found in the vaccine. The fragments were protected from degradation by binding firmly to the particulate aluminum adjuvant used in the vaccine.

"The significance of these HPV DNA fragments of a vaccine origin found in post-mortem materials is not clear and warrants further investigation," he writes.

However, Lee suggests the presence of vaccine-associated HPV DNA fragments might offer a plausible explanation for the high immunogenicity of Gardasil, meaning the ability of the vaccine to provoke an exaggerated immune response. He points out that the rate of anaphylaxis in girls receiving Gardasil is far higher than normal—reportedly five to 20 times higher than any other school-based vaccination program. Other health problems associated with Gardasil vaccine include immune-based inflammatory neurodegenerative disorders, also indicative that something is causing the immune system to overreact in a detrimental way. Between June 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008, there were 12,424 reported adverse events following Gardasil vaccination, including 32 deaths. The girls, who were on average 18 years old, died within 2 to 405 days after their last Gardasil injection.

"No investigative work was attempted to confirm or exclude any link of a death to Gardasil vaccination although there was disproportional reporting of syncope [fainting] among the Gardasil recipients," he notes.

Since then, many more have died.
•Between May 2009 and September 2010, 16 deaths after Gardasil vaccination were reported. For that timeframe, there were also 789 reports of "serious" Gardasil adverse reactions, including 213 cases of permanent disability and 25 diagnosed cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome
•Between September 1, 2010 and September 15, 2011, another 26 deaths were reported following HPV vaccination

Under Attack, NVIC Helps Americans Stand Up and Speak Out

There can be no doubt that we are in urgent need of a serious vaccine safety review in the US. Quality science is simply not being done. And very few vaccine recommendations, which prop up state vaccine mandates, stand on firm scientific ground.

I urge you to make 2013 the year that you engage and get actively involved in the monumentally important task of defending YOUR right to know and freedom to choose which vaccines you and your child will use. Supporting the NVIC is one way you can help.

In a recent update, Barbara Loe Fisher writes:9

"In 2013, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) enters our fourth decade of preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the legal right to make voluntary vaccination decisions in America. Each year during the past 30, NVIC has become more successful in achieving our mission. With that success has come more fierce opposition by politically powerful medical trade associations and special interest groups allied with drug companies doing everything they can to censor truthful vaccine information and strip vaccine informed consent protections from public health laws.

At a recent federal advisory committee meeting, we learned that public opinion surveys reveal that NVIC ranks as one of the most trusted sources of vaccine information among Americans, who choose to vaccinate, and also among those, who do not. This means that our small charity and the well-referenced information on our website at NVIC.org is helping to inform the health decisions made by millions of Americans. This is a huge accomplishment and it would not have been possible without 30 years of loyal support by tens of thousands of parents, grandparents, doctors, nurses and students coming from every single state and every walk of life, who offer donations to NVIC every year.

No Liability for Drug Companies & Doctors

A lot of people still don't realize that Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have completely shielded drug companies and doctors in America from product liability and malpractice lawsuits when vaccines injure or kill someone. But pharmaceutical corporations and medical trade groups are not satisfied with total liability protection and no accountability. They also want the power to legally force 310 million Americans to buy and use every single vaccine that Big Pharma produces and public health doctors endorse - no exceptions.

NVIC Attacked for Defending Informed Consent Rights

NVIC and our uncompromising defense of informed consent to medical risk taking, including vaccine risk taking, has stood in their way for 30 years. And that is one reason why we are witnessing vicious assaults on NVIC and courageous Americans in every state, who are trying to protect their right to know and freedom to choose how they and their children will stay well. At this time last year, NVIC was the subject of a smear campaign led by American Academy of Pediatrics officials, who put pressure on Delta Airlines in a failed attempt to remove an NVIC-sponsored flu prevention video from inflight health programming. A month later, another online disinformation campaign about NVIC was launched by forced vaccination proponents to get a 15-second NVIC-sponsored digital ad taken down from Times Square. It failed and our vaccine risk awareness message was broadcast throughout the holiday season and on New Year's Eve.

Big Pharma & Doctor Groups Lobby to Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions

And this year, drug company and medical trade association lobbyists tried to persuade legislators in Vermont and California to remove philosophical and personal belief exemptions to vaccination from public health laws. But we fought back in both states, using our free online NVIC Advocacy Portal to empower citizens to quickly organize and electronically stay connected to their legislators and up-to-date on breaking news.

Next year, NVIC will face more censorship and well-orchestrated, well-funded assaults on vaccine exemptions in multiple states. Our parental, civil and human rights in America are in grave jeopardy. All you have to do is read the heartbreaking descriptions posted on the Cry forVaccine Freedom Wall at NVIC.org to understand how bad it is.

Health Care Workers Being Fired

Children are being denied medical care if parents ask pediatricians questions about vaccines or object to a baby being injected with eight to ten different vaccines on one day. Health care workers are being threatened and fired if they don't get an annual flu shot. This is what one nurse posted on the Vaccine Freedom Wall:

'I have taken the flu shot in the past and had body aches for weeks afterward. I started educating myself on vaccines and haven't taken a flu shot in years. I am a nurse and love my job. I take every precaution in the interest of my patients, utilize hand washing, etc. I found out at a meeting yesterday that our organization's policy has changed and that I will have to take the flu shot or be terminated from employment. I am at a crossroads and am actually thinking about leaving a job that I love because I feel so strongly about my personal freedom.'

No Vaccinations? No Prescription Medications.

Americans needing public assistance are being coerced into getting many vaccines against their will or be cut off from prescription medications. This is what one American suffering financial hardship had to say:

'During this past recession, I had to seek medical care from the county public health program. I had high blood pressure, probably due to stress. My last and final visit to that place was to refill the [blood pressure] prescription, which was denied until I allowed myself to be injected with three vaccines: tetanus, flu and pneumococcal. At first I refused but finally consented because I was afraid of what would happen if I suddenly stopped taking the medicine. I was sick for nine days after receiving those shots. Being forced to accept vaccines under duress as an adult is a horrible feeling, a sense of loss of freedom. Using coercion by withholding medication is just plain evil.'

No Vaccinations? No Medicare Benefits

The elderly are being bullied, too. A couple on Medicare described their frightening experience:

'My wife and I are in our mid-sixties and on Medicare. We saw our primary care physician today for a routine 'well care' visit and were shocked to hear what our physician for over 26 years had to tell us! The doctor made it clear that he was referring to 'new' [federal health care program] mandates that, if we did not voluntarily receive the pneumonia vaccine, we would be terminated from his practice! My wife and I have never felt so violated.'

Doctors Pushing More Vaccines on Vaccine Injured Children

Even parents of vaccine injured children are being pressured to give their children more vaccines because many liability-free doctors now feel comfortable taking a risky, one-size-fits-all approach to vaccination. Mothers are fighting back and are warning others that doctors are behaving badly and that vaccine exemptions must be protected at all costs. One mother said:

'My daughter is a proven vaccine injury of the pertussis vaccine. I urge people to please help to defend the personal belief exemption. My child almost died from vaccines and there are doctors, even most recently a neurologist whom we visited in California, who suggested that we continue the very vaccine that almost took her life. Our daughter suffered an encephalopathy, rare seizures, global developmental delays, speech delays.

She is eight years old and crawls. She can't walk or ambulate alone. She has multiple chemical disorder and it causes her to have seizures. She is unable to attend public schools and we no longer have health insurance and no job, due to what this vaccine damage has taken from our family. If you think doctors are going to sign the [personal belief] exemption, you are wrong. They won't.' This Mom knows first-hand that vaccine risks are greater for some than others and that, at our peril, do we give up our freedom to make personalized vaccine decisions for ourselves and our children.

Help NVIC Help Americans Stand Up & Speak Out

There is no time to waste. Now, more than ever, NVIC needs the financial resources to educate more Americans about vaccination and health and help citizens protect vaccine exemptions in the states. Please visit NVIC.org and offer a donation – big or small - to help NVIC continue to defend parental, civil and human rights in America. What you choose to do today WILL determine what happens to you, your children, your grandchildren and everyone you love tomorrow."

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Two Latest GE-Related Health Threats:

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Two Latest GE-Related Health Threats: ‘Monster Salmon,’ and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from GE Experiments Found in Chinese Waterways

Fish — and salmon in particular — has always been an ideal source for the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, but as levels of pollution have increased, fish in general have become less viable as a primary source of healthful fats.

Soon, there will be even more to worry about as salmon is getting a genetic makeover.

Not only will you need to beware of inferior and poorly labeled farmed salmon, you’ll also have to contend with it possibly being genetically engineered (GE), since the US still does not require GE foods to be labeled as such.

On December 21, 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a giant step closer toward the final approval of the first genetically engineered (GE) food animal — a salmon designed to grow abnormally fast,1 and to an unnaturally large size.

It now appears the first GE fish could reach your dinner plate within the next year or two, unless a sufficiently strong opposition is mounted.

According to the FDA,2 the GE salmon is “as safe as food from conventional Atlantic salmon,” but many have brought up significant flaws and limitations of the environmental assessment (EA) on which this conclusion is drawn.

In recent years, mounting evidence shows that initial suspicions that GE foods might have unforeseen consequences were indeed correct — from alteration of soil composition, to contaminating waterways with antibiotic resistant bacteria linked to GE crops,3 to serious health consequences for animals and humans who consume GE products.

Latest GE-Related Health Threat: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from GE Experiments Found in Waterways…

The first-ever study4, 5 to address GE crop-related pollution of waterways discovered that Chinese rivers are contaminated with antibiotic-resistant genes from genetic engineering experiments, which (again) may have unforeseen repercussions for human health. According to the authors:6

“Antibiotic resistance poses a significant challenge to human health and its rate continues to rise globally. While antibiotic-selectable synthetic plasmid vectors have proved invaluable tools of genetic engineering, this class of artificial recombinant DNA sequences with high expression of antibiotic resistance genes presents an unknown risk beyond the laboratory setting.

Contamination of environmental microbes with synthetic plasmid vector-sourced antibiotic resistance genes may represent a yet unrecognized source of antibiotic resistance.

In this study, PCR and real-time quantitative PCR were used to investigate the synthetic plasmid vector-originated ampicillin resistance gene, β-lactam antibiotic (blá), in microbes from six Chinese rivers with significant human interactions. Various levels of blá were detected in all six rivers… The resistance spectrum of transformants from the Pearl and Haihe rivers, in particular, had expanded to the third- and fourth-generation of cephalosporin drugs, while that of other transformants mainly involved first- and second-generation cephalosporins.

This study not only reveals environmental contamination of synthetic plasmid vector-sourced blá drug resistance genes in Chinese rivers, but also suggests that synthetic plasmid vectors may represent a source of antibiotic resistance in humans.”

Monsanto ‘To the Rescue’ in the Face of Rapid Climate Change?

With “unforeseen side effects” sprouting like heads from a hydra, it’s no wonder Monsanto realizes it’s in dire need of an image makeover…7

Part of the PR tactic is to claim biotech companies, with Monsanto in the lead, are essential for mankind’s survival in the face of global climatic changes. In the following interview, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant vaguely discusses the company’s strategy of “modifying maturity zones” in the U.S. “to encompass climatic shifts.” Essentially, he claims that we need GE crops in order to adapt fast enough to rapidly altering climate.

If you haven’t seen the man in charge of running what many people believe to be the most evil company on the planet, you can get a look at Hugh in the video above. Although he was not in charge when the company first produced Agent Orange and dioxin, it still is the same pernicious organization.

I’m sorry, Hugh. You don’t get a free pass to pollute the world for generations and walk away with tens of billions of dollars. You don’t get to force your “horizontal gene transfer” into living organisms, allowing it to infect like a virus and thereby enslave these life forms and seeds for your profit. Plants, animals, people – where does it stop? Propagating, proliferating, mutating and migrating… Climate changes indeed pose a serious problem, but genetic engineering is not the answer — not when the technology itself threatens all life on the planet!

Monsanto lies in the bed that’s been made, and their dirty deeds are coming back to haunt them. Rest assured, people around the world will relentlessly continue this fight. Grant’s statements are even more ironic in light of the fact that genetically modified (GM) crops are actually failing around the world. So much for offering salvation. According to a recent article in Farmers Weekly:8

“Some US farmers are considering returning to conventional seed after increased pest resistance and crop failures meant GM crops saw smaller yields globally than their non-GM counterparts. Farmers in the USA pay about an extra $100 per acre for GM seed, and many are questioning whether they will continue to see benefits from using GMs.

‘It’s all about cost benefit analysis,’ said economist Dan Basse, president of American agricultural research company AgResource. ‘Farmers are paying extra for the technology but have seen yields which are no better than 10 years ago. They’re starting to wonder why they’re spending extra money on the technology.’ One of the biggest problems the USA has seen with GM seed is resistance. While it was expected to be 40 years before resistance began to develop ,pests such as corn rootworm have formed a resistance to GM crops in as few as 14 years.”

GE Crops are NOT the ‘Most Tested’ Product in the World

What good will GE foods do if they end up sending us into an early grave, riddled with disease, and/or result in widespread infertility one or more generations down the line, like animal studies have demonstrated? The fact is, GE foods have never been proven safe for human consumption over a lifetime, let alone over generations. Grant claims genetically engineered crops are “the most-tested food product that the world has ever seen.” What he doesn’t tell you is that:
a.Industry-funded research predictably affects the outcome of the trial. This has been verified by dozens of scientific reviews comparing funding with the findings of the study. When industry funds the research, it’s virtually guaranteed to be positive. Therefore, independent studies must be done to replicate and thus verify results
b.The longest industry-funded animal feeding study was 90 days, which recent research has confirmed is FAR too short. In the world’s first independently funded lifetime feeding study, massive health problems set in during and after the 13th month, including organ damage and cancer
c.Companies like Monsanto and Syngenta rarely if ever allow independent researchers access to their patented seeds, citing the legal protection these seeds have under patent laws. Hence independent research is extremely difficult or nearly impossible to conduct. If these scientists get seeds from a farmer, they sue them into oblivion as one of their favorite tactics is to use the legal system to their advantage. Additionally, virtually all academic agricultural research is controlled by Monsanto as they are the primary supporters of these departments and none will risk losing their funding from them
d.There is no safety monitoring. Meaning, once the GE item in question has been approved, not a single country on earth is actively monitoring and tracking reports of potential health effects

High-Priced PR should NOT be Confused with Science-Based Truth

All in all, if their genetically altered food products have something wrong with them that potentially could cause consumer illness, the biotech industry would rather NOT have you find out about it. Not through independent research, nor through a simple little label that would allow you to opt out of the experiment, should you choose not to take them on their word.

Why don’t they want labeling? Because it would clearly decrease their profits, just like it did in Europe once labeling was implemented.

Doesn’t this remind you of the public health debate that went on for decades over another multi-billion dollar industry — cigarettes? For decades the companies producing this cancer-causing product denied they caused any harm, denied nicotine was addictive, and even ran advertisements featuring doctors claiming cigarettes were good for your cough. They produced study after study by their own scientists claiming there was no health threat whatsoever from cigarettes.

Executives from every major cigarette company even lied to Congress under oath, claiming they had no knowledge cigarettes were addictive, when in fact they did know — they even manipulated the nicotine content9 of cigarettes to keep you hooked! Bet you didn’t know that, did you? Genetically engineered foods are just another wolf in the same old sheep’s clothing. The propaganda and the fraud has worked so well for so long, why bother changing something that works so well? Don’t fall for the same old scheme! Instead, read what the few independent researchers are really saying about the science behind genetically engineered foods. You can find all previous articles on this topic on my dedicated GMO News page.

Monsanto Heads to Supreme Court

Monsanto has long been trying to establish control over the seeds of the plants that produce food for the world. They have patented a number of genetically altered food crops, which can only be grown with proper license, and the seeds which must be purchased anew each year. Alas, genetically engineered (GE) crops cannot be contained. And rather than being found guilty of contaminating farmers’ property, Monsanto has successfully sued hundreds of unsuspecting farmers for patent infringement when unlicensed GE crops were found growing in their fields. Many farmers have subsequently, quite literally, lost their farms.

Few have had the fortitude necessary to stand up to Monsanto’s seemingly limitless power. According to a report10 by the Center for Food Safety (CFS), Monsanto had, as of December 2012, filed 142 patent infringement lawsuits against 410 farmers and 56 small businesses in more than 27 states. All in all, Monsanto has been awarded a staggering $23 million from their mafia tactics so far11.

Seventy-five year old Indiana soybean farmer Vernon Bowman is one of the few who is fighting back.12 On February 19, the US Supreme Court began hearing his appeal, in which he disputes Monsanto’s claim that his farm used the patented seeds without authorization. According to a recent press release:13

“Farmer Bowman legally purchased seeds at a grain elevator, which bought them from farmers who had, with Monsanto’s authorization, used the genetically modified Monsanto seeds to grow their soybean crops. Monsanto claims that Mr. Bowman infringed its patents on herbicide-resistant plants and seeds by using the grain elevator seeds to grow his soybean crops. Mr. Bowman asserts that Monsanto’s sales of the original seeds to authorized purchasers exhausted Monsanto’s patent rights and therefore Monsanto cannot enforce its patents against second-generation and later seeds that resulted from planting the original seeds.”

The central issue in this case is the extent that a patent holder (in this case Monsanto) can control its use through multiple generations of seed.14 Many hope the Supreme Court will deliver a decision that will curb the current system of patenting seeds and other life forms (especially food sources). According to Reuters:15

“The court battle has ballooned into a show-down that merges contentious matters of patent law with an ongoing national debate about the merits and pitfalls of genetically altered crops and efforts to increase food production. More than 50 organizations – from environmental groups to intellectual property experts – as well as the U.S. government, have filed legal briefs hoping to sway the high court.

Companies developing patented cell lines and tools of molecular biotechnology could lose their ability to capture the ongoing value of these technologies if the Supreme Court sides with Bowman, said Hans Sauer, deputy general counsel for the Biotechnology Industry Organization.”

Why Won’t President Obama Answer the American People?

So far, there have been two petitions relating to genetically engineered foods on President Barack Obama’s “We The People” petition website that have surpassed the signature threshold required for a response. But instead of addressing the sincere concerns of the American people, as promised, there has been no answer forthcoming. Only deafening silence. This despite the fact that Obama vowed to label GE foods all the way back in 2007, were he to be elected. He’s now into his second term, and has yet to make a single move to uphold his initial campaign promise.

The FDA too has failed in its core purpose to protect American citizens. FDA policies have instead lead to a lack of transparency, revolving doors with industry, market bullying, seed privatization, and widespread illness. This despite the many well documented risks of GE foods…

Keep Fighting for Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods

While California Prop. 37 failed to pass last November, by a very narrow margin, the fight for GMO labeling is far from over. The field-of-play has now moved to the state of Washington, where the people’s initiative 522, “The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” will require food sold in retail outlets to be labeled if it contains genetically engineered ingredients. As stated on LabelitWA.org:

“Calorie and nutritional information were not always required on food labels. But since 1990 it has been required and most consumers use this information every day. Country-of-origin labeling wasn’t required until 2002. The trans fat content of foods didn’t have to be labeled until 2006. Now, all of these labeling requirements are accepted as important for consumers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also says we must know with labeling if our orange juice is from fresh oranges or frozen concentrate.

Doesn’t it make sense that genetically engineered foods containing experimental viral, bacterial, insect, plant or animal genes should be labeled, too? Genetically engineered foods do not have to be tested for safety before entering the market. No long-term human feeding studies have been done. The research we have is raising serious questions about the impact to human health and the environment.

I-522 provides the transparency people deserve. I-522 will not raise costs to consumers or food producers. It simply would add more information to food labels, which manufacturers change routinely anyway, all the time. I-522 does not impose any significant cost on our state. It does not require the state to conduct label surveillance, or to initiate or pursue enforcement. The state may choose to do so, as a policy choice, but I-522 was written to avoid raising costs to the state or consumers.”

Remember, as with CA Prop. 37, they need support of people like YOU to succeed. Prop. 37 failed with a very narrow margin simply because we didn’t have the funds to counter the massive ad campaigns created by the No on 37 camp, led by Monsanto and other major food companies. Let’s not allow Monsanto and its allies to confuse and mislead the people of Washington and Vermont as they did in California. So please, I urge you to get involved and help in any way you can, regardless of what state you live in.
•No matter where you live in the United States, please donate money to these labeling efforts through the Organic Consumers Fund.
•If you live in Washington State, please sign the I-522 petition. You can also volunteer to help gather signatures across the state.
•For timely updates on issues relating to these and other labeling initiatives, please join the Organic Consumers Association on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.
•Talk to organic producers and stores and ask them to actively support the Washington initiative.

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Prevent migraines..

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How to halt migraines without prescription drugs

If you are one of the 30 million Americans that suffers from occasional or frequent migraine headaches, then you already know how debilitating and excruciatingly painful this condition can be. But rather than simply manage the symptoms when they appear by taking powerful painkiller drugs, why not try to get to the root of the problem and prevent migraines from forming in the first place? Here are some helpful tips for not only treating migraines naturally, but also preventing them without the use of prescription drugs:

1) Avoid MSG, chemical flavor enhancers in food. Many processed foods contain chemical additives like monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame, nitrates, sulfites, and “natural” and artificial flavors that can act as chemical triggers in bringing on migraine headaches. For many people, simply cutting these additives from their diets is enough to greatly reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines, and perhaps even eliminate them altogether.

Since many people are becoming aware of the presence of such chemicals throughout the food supply, however, some processed food manufacturers are now disguising them under different names. MSG, for instance, is often veiled with names like “yeast extract” and “spice extractive.” Other common food additives that contain potentially damaging free glutamic acid include carrageenan, maltodextrin, barley malt, brown rice syrup, milk powder, and textured vegetable protein (http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html).

2) Eat plenty of whole, nutrient-dense foods, and avoid allergens. After you have cut out all the potential trigger foods, it is important to replace them with whole, organically-grown foods that are rich in phytonutrients, enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and trace minerals. These foods will help realign your neurological system to prevent migraines from forming, and simultaneously enrich your body with the nutrients it needs for optimal health and well-being.

Since food allergies are also a common cause of migraines, be sure to pay close attention to the foods you eat and how they affect your body. If brain fog, fatigue, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), joint and muscle pain, or sinus congestion often accompany your migraines, you may have a food allergy. A good place to start in addressing a potential food allergy is to adopt an “elimination” diet, where you eliminate gluten, processed dairy, eggs, soy, yeast, corn, and various other common allergens one at a time to see if you feel any improvements.

3) Get your hormones checked. Many people remain largely unaware of how their hormone levels affect their physical health. With migraines, perpetual hormone imbalances could be the cause, but it is difficult to know for sure without a proper hormone test. Practicing physician Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D., recommends that women in particular get a blood or saliva hormone test to check for menopausal changes or the presence of too much estrogen, both of which can exacerbate migraine symptoms.

Even if you just think you might have a hormone imbalance but have not been officially tested for it, you can still adopt a diet and lifestyle that promotes proper hormone balance. This includes eating primarily whole foods with a low glycemic index and high phytonutrient content. This includes things likes raw nuts, cruciferous vegetables, grass-fed meats, legumes, beans, and quinoa.

4) Take more magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is widespread throughout modern society — and the health effects of this deficiency can be disastrous, especially for those who are prone to migraines. This is why it is important to supplement daily with a high-quality magnesium supplement like Calm to get your levels up to par.

A 1996 study published in the journal Cephalalgia found that migraine patients who supplemented orally with 600 milligrams (mg) of magnesium every day saw a 42 percent reduction in migraine frequency after just three months (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8792038). If you experience other symptoms of magnesium deficiency such as constipation, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, muscle cramps or twitching, or sensitivity to loud noises, you may be magnesium deficient and require supplementation.

5) Drink pure, high-alkaline, fluoride-free water. Between all the coffee, sodas, juices, and other flavored beverages people typically drink throughout the day, few adults actually intake the amount of clean, chemical-free water they need every day to stay hydrated and nourished. Since water is the lifeblood of your cells, it is important that you drink plenty of it throughout the day to keep them clean and fueled.

Just be sure to always drink clean, high-alkaline water that is free of toxic fluoride and various other chemicals commonly found in tap water. Fluoride in particular has a tendency of embedding itself throughout the body and disrupting proper hormone production, which as previously mentioned is a common cause of migraines. Fluoride also depresses thyroid function, and takes the place of necessary iodine throughout the body, leading to chronic pain, neurological dysfunction, and other health problems (http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/health/).

Sources for this article include:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://health.howstuffworks.com

http://www.foxnews.com

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Monsanto further unveils its true evil nature..

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Monsanto further unveils its true evil nature by signing on to UN Agenda 21 ‘sustainability’ scam

A United Nations (UN) scheme to surreptitiously seize property rights from people worldwide and pack the world’s populations into tiny micro-cities controlled by a centralized government has a new ally, Monsanto, which recently joined the so-called World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in pushing for the widespread implementation of the infamous “Agenda 21.”

According to The New American, Monsanto joins a cohort of major banks, oil companies, and other powerful corporate players in pushing the UN Agenda 21 scam, which plans to eliminate national and social sovereignty, and enslave humanity under the guise of “sustainability.” Personal property ownership, the ability to travel freely, the ability to live without government intrusion in every area of your life — these and many other liberties will all disappear if Agenda 21 is fully implemented as intended.

But these concepts of complete tyranny are “values” that Monsanto fully embraces, as the corporate monolith has already been actively trampling personal property rights for decades. Monsanto’s genetically-modified (GM) terminator seeds and accompanying chemical technologies, for instance, have been contaminating and destroying non-GM and organic crops for years, and the company has actually sued hundreds of farmers whose land was illegally trespassed by the company’s patented “Frankencrops.”

As part of its partnership with the UN, Monsanto will be implementing a new series of “sustainability” courses for its employees, which will be headed by Hugh Grant, the company’s CEO. Grant will also reportedly serve as a councilman on the global sustainable development coalition, the goal of which is to advance what WBCSD outspokenly refers to on its website as a “One World vision,” which will essentially transform all of humanity into the likeness of the UN’s blueprint for the world.

“The One World vision is the ultimate stage of a conceptual evolution that started decades ago,” explains the council, ominously, on its website. “This evolution produced several paradigm shifts that combine how we comprehend our world, and, as a result, how we try to deal with it.”

Beware of global government hiding behind ‘sustainability’
This ethereal rhetoric fails; however, to define precisely what the agenda actually entails. As covered recently by Michael Snyder over at Economic Collapse, Agenda 21 exploits environmental problems for the purpose of expanding government control over humanity. Individual liberties and freedoms, he writes, are ultimately sacrificed in order to meld the world into a one world government control grid, where every human activity is monitored, tracked, and controlled.

“In simplified terms, Agenda 21 is a master blueprint, or guidelines, for constructing ‘sustainable’ communities,” explains a RedState.com article published back in 2011. Adding to this, a local resident of Summit Hill, Pennsylvania, explained at a council meeting on sustainable development that the purpose of the whole scheme is to “inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all information, all energy, and all human beings in the world.”

Plainly stated, this philosophy is a perfect match for the Monsanto business model, which already seeks to control all of agriculture, and eliminate the freedom of individuals to grow crops that are not patented. Monsanto also hates freedom of information, as the biotechnology giant spent more than $8 million last year to defeat the Proposition 37 ballot measure in California that would have required the labeling of GMOs at the retail level.

To learn more about Agenda 21 and how it will affect you and your family, visit:
http://www.freedomadvocates.org/

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http://www.thenewamerican.com

http://www.infowars.com

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Household chemicals can cause cancer.

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Household chemicals cause cancer, birth defects, wide range of health issues, WHO study admits

A new landmark study by the World Health Organization says a host of common, everyday household chemicals pose severe health problems including cancer, asthma, reduced fertility and even birth defects.

According to the study, WHO identified a number of “synthetic chemicals” which the UN agency said had “serious implications” for health, even going so far as to suggest that so-called “gender-bending” compounds found in PVC flooring, kids’ toys and even credit cards should be banned in order to protect future generations, recent reports detailing the findings said.

The study said more research was likely needed to flesh out the links between endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which are found in a number of household chemicals, and “specific diseases and disorders.”

‘Reasonable to suspect’ chemical substances are causing harm

WHO researchers said they have discovered links between EDCs and health issues including breast, prostate and thyroid cancers, testicular problems, developmental effects on children’s nervous systems, and attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity in kids.

Scientists at the UN agency also said it is “reasonable to suspect” chemical substances called phthalates of disrupting female fertility, and also linked the substances to rising rates of childhood diseases such as leukemia.

Researchers labeled the study the most “comprehensive” report on EDCs so far because it examined and evaluated several chemicals and related evidence rather than just focusing on a single element or compound. The study is titled, “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.”

The findings also raised concerns over bispehnol A, a man-made compound found in many daily items such as tin cans and sunglasses. The substance is believed to interfere with the natural hormones that influence human development and growth.

WHO scientists also said there was “very strong evidence” in animals that the substances can interfere with thyroid hormones; that could lead to brain damage, loss of intelligence, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Regarding the incidence of prostate cancer, “significant evidence” exists that suggests a link with agricultural pesticides, according to a team of international medical experts which examined the data. The UN agency also said wildlife was at risk.

“The diverse systems affected by endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely include all hormonal systems and range from those controlling development and function of reproductive organs to the tissues and organs regulating metabolism and satiety,” the report said. “Effects on these systems can lead to obesity, infertility or reduced fertility, learning and memory difficulties, adult-onset diabetes or cardiovascular disease, as well as a variety of other diseases.”

The same report, published 10 years ago, found only “weak evidence” that said chemicals could affect human health.

“The latest science shows that communities across the globe are being exposed to EDCs, and their associated risks,” said Dr. Maria Neira, WHO’s Director for Public Health and Environment. She said the agency “will work with partners to establish research priorities to investigate links to EDCs and human health impacts in order to mitigate the risks,” adding: “We all have a responsibility to protect future generations.”

‘We urgently need more research’

The study backed similar warnings by the European Environment Agency that were issued last year, warning items like cosmetics and medicines containing EDCs could be harmful to human health.

Earlier, Natural News reported that EDCs identified in this study may have on the body’s hormone system may have “significant health implications” for humans. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

According to a UN press release, the report “calls for more research to understand fully the associations between endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) – found in many household and industrial products – and specific diseases and disorders.”

“We urgently need more research to obtain a fuller picture of the health and environment impacts of endocrine disruptors,” Neira said.

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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