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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10 Foods You're Eating Wrong

Team - 8:42 AM

by Kristin Kirkpatrick
AlterNet

Not all potatoes are created equal.

Imagine the following scenario. You're engaged in conversation at a dinner party with friends that you feel comfortable enough to discuss "hot button" topics with. Politics, religion, and parenting techniques probably come up and most likely, the views vary by person. When I attend dinner parties, however, the issue of food is often the hot topic of the night, and even hotter, the opinions surrounding the right and wrong way to eat. It's not enough these days that we are eating more kale (thank you trendy farmers markets and Hollywood celebrities!), we have to now dissect the right and wrong way to eat it as well. It was discussions like these that motivated me to write this blog. After all, my career surrounds helping people to simply eat better -- to get, what I call, the most bang for their nutritional buck. There are many factors that impact the amount of nutrients that you will derive from a food. Things such as cooking and ripening method, food pairing and even your own gut flora may impact how much benefit you get from plant-based foods. Different varieties of foods affect this as well. Not all nuts, apples or as you'll read in my first example, potatoes are created equal. If you're interested in knowing how science views the best way to eat, then read on. Spoiler alert: Raw is not always the right way to go!


Potatoes

Think you're getting the benefits of the potato vegetable when you consume French fries, mashed or baked potatoes from white potatoes? Think again! One study found that it was purple potatoes that gave the best benefits, like lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk for cancer. Further, a 2014 study found that purple potatoes surpassed their white counterparts when it came to high amounts of polyphenols and decreased effect on overall blood sugar response.



Blushwood Berries Kill Cancer in 75% of Cases, Big Pharma Tackles Patent

Team - 8:40 AM
by Christina Sarich
Natural Society

Many of the pharmaceutical industry’s attempts to co-opt mother nature end up failing. When you see how many cancer-killing compounds are either suppressed or that are used to try to make billions on a new ‘drug,’ it gets head-spinning. You can add a new gift from Mother Nature to the cancer-fighting arsenal, but you should learn about it quick before its hushed up and companies like GlaxoSmithKline or Pfizer try to patent it.

The fruit from the Blushwood tree, which has very specific growing requirements and, thus far, has only been found to thrive in Far North Queensland in the middle of the Australian Rainforest, kills cancerous cells in three different ways - fast:

“. . . it kills the tumour cells directly, it cuts off the blood supply and it also activates the body’s own immune system to clean up the mess that’s left behind.”


Monday, October 20, 2014

FDA Allows Chemo Drugs To Be Prescribed As Antibiotics

HealthyAeon - 4:08 AM
by Lisa Bloomquist
Collective Evolution

“A few popular antibiotics affect DNA, similar to some chemotherapy agents. If you’re sensitive to them, you could pay a neurological price that causes sudden and serious neuropathy and degrees of brain damage. The Food and Drug Administration is concerned about drugs in the fluoroquinolone class, and these already have a black box warning for an increased risk of tendon ruptures. But I’m telling you that more reports have come in with accusations of neurological damage. Personally, I would only use these for life-threatening infections that were unresponsive to older, regular antibiotics.” -Suzy Cohen, RPh

It is not appropriate to give people cell-destroying chemotherapy drugs when they don’t have cancer. That should be obvious. It shouldn’t even need to be said. But it’s happening every day when people are prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotics – Cipro/ciprofloxacin, Levaquin/levofloxacin, Floxin/ofloxacin and Avelox/moxifloxacin – to treat ear, bladder, prostate, sinus and other infections. Fluoroquinolones are chemotherapy drugs. They have just been mass marketed as antibiotics by the FDA.


You may be thinking something along the lines of, “WHAT? Cipro isn’t a chemo drug, it’s an antibiotic. Everyone knows that.”


Why Are Researchers Finding Traces of Radioactive Particles in Baby Teeth?

HealthyAeon - 4:08 AM
by Andrea Stone
AlterNet

The meltdown disasters at Fukushima and Chernobyl have solidified the American public's reticence about nuclear energy. The full health significance of these events is still being debated, as government and academic monitoring programs generate a patchwork of data about their impact. And while many studies show that the risks from nuclear power are negligible in the U.S., these two catastrophes continue to raise questions about long-term safety and the cumulative affect of small and large releases of radioactive material. Meanwhile, researchers are attempting to track these contaminants in the food chain, in our bones and even in baby teeth.

Is nuclear power safe? Is it an acceptable alternative to natural gas and petroleum? The answers turn largely on three nagging uncertainties that drive scientists, feed the political debate and worry parents and people who live and work in the shadow of nuclear power plants.

1. Why haven't levels of radioactive contaminants in baby teeth decreased further since the ban on nuclear weapons testing? Strontium 90 is one of hundreds of radioactive byproducts created exclusively by nuclear power generation and the detonation of nuclear weapons. If ingested, it mimics the action of calcium and accumulates in breast milk, human teeth and bones, reaching blood-forming bone marrow where it can damage DNA, blood cells and the immune system. Strontium 90 is a known human carcinogen and has been linked to higher rates of leukemia in people exposed to high doses.

Fallout from nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and '60s spread Strontium 90 widely throughout the environment. By comparison, nuclear power plants are thought to contribute a minute fraction of this contamination. Public concerns about the health risks ultimately led to the global ban on nuclear weapons testing and an expectation that environmental and human body burdens of Strontium 90 would drop over time.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

SHOCKING Commercial Will Change How You And Your Children Eat. EVERYONE Should See This!

Team - 9:14 AM
by Ginger Divine
PetFlow.com

Everyday we’re bombarded with choices regarding what we can put into our bodies. There are fast food joints around every corner, vending machines in every office, and hours of Netflix waiting for us when we get home. This easy access to a lazy lifestyle is creating unhealthy habits for many of us, including our children.

While every parent wants nothing more than to give their kids the healthiest of diets, lets face it, unhealthy habits happen. In order to keep families on the right track, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life released the following video to remind parents about the importance of getting your family to eat healthy, make positive choices, and to get up and move around. Their future self will thank you.


In the healthcare’s latest commercial called Rewind the Future, we follow a man whose life flashes right before his very eyes, all the unhealthy choices he made consciously or subconsciously throughout his life, all while he finds himself suffering from a heart attack at 32.


8 Things Happy People Do Every Morning

Team - 9:13 AM
by Naomi Teeter
MindBodyGreen

For many of us, mornings begin in a rushed panic. We allow our alarm clocks to buzz at least a dozen times before we decide we have to get out of bed. We then rush around our homes half-awake trying to get ready for our day. In a hurry, we stub our toe on the bedpost, forget to put on deodorant, and don't pack a lunch because we simply do not have time.

It's no wonder that so many folks despise the thought of being awake before 9 am!

So it may not surprise you to know that happy individuals tend to actually enjoy their mornings. They appear to thrive on waking up with the sun and look forward to a new day or possibilities. These happy people have humble morning rituals that increase their own sense of well-being and give their day purpose.


Happy people tend to share many of the following morning habits:


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kill Your Snacking Urge Naturally

HealthyAeon - 6:24 AM
by The Alternative Daily

Just about everyone enjoys snacking. While snacking is an important part of a healthy diet, it becomes a problem when we can’t control the urge to stop – or, when we choose the wrong foods to snack on. Unfortunately, most of us have a hard time controlling what we eat as well as how much we eat.

Most experts agree that one of the biggest culprits for the urge to snack are the swings in blood sugar levels. ISSA certified personal trainer and nutrition expert Jeffery Rowe notes, “When someone is having frequent sugar cravings, it usually means that they have significant swings in their blood sugar levels, because of the ingestion of refined carbs, & the ensuing large surge of insulin that this creates. This insulin not only ‘mops’ up the sugar you just consumed, but also depletes too much of your normal blood sugar levels. This is when you get the craving.”

To accomplish your healthy eating and weight loss goals as part of your arsenal against the snacking urge, include the following tips suggested by health and nutrition experts as well as those who have achieved successful weight loss:




EPA Approves Dangerous Weedkiller Designed For New GMOs

HealthyAeon - 6:19 AM
by Environmental Working Group
MindBodyGreen

The Environmental Working Group is "deeply disappointed" that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to approve a toxic weed killer known as Enlist Duo, despite overwhelming opposition from the scientific and public health community, EWG said in a statement today.

Enlist Duo, manufactured by Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company, is a toxic combination of the herbicide 2,4-D and glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup. The EPA's decision means Dow can sell Enlist Duo in conjunction with its new genetically engineered products, 2,4-D-tolerant corn and soybean seeds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently approved Dow's application to market these seeds.

Dow has announced plans to start marketing Enlist Duo in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.


"The EPA ignored science pointing to the serious health risks –– especially to children –– associated with 2,4-D," said Mary Ellen Kustin, EWG's senior policy analyst. "Giving a chemical company the green light to bring a known harmful weed killer to market for use on millions of acres of crops puts public health and the environment in danger."


The hidden dangers of wireless baby monitors

HealthyAeon - 6:15 AM
by Zach C. Miller
Natural Society

In the modern, technological world of today, our availability, connectivity and internet accessibility improve with each passing year. While our modern devices and the wireless networks that support them make life easier and more convenient, they unfortunately carry some hidden costs. And these costs come as chronic risks to our health. EMF radiation carries numerous documented health risks for people of all ages, but children and babies are especially vulnerable to invisible wireless radiation, because their bodies are still developing. Because of this, special precautions are needed to protect them from unnecessary exposure to wireless radiation.

Many EMF-related articles that you'll find on the net encourage parents and guardians to minimize cell phone use for children. This is good advice. But there is another possibly overlooked precaution regarding technological gadgets in our world: Beware the baby monitor! Baby monitors have been around for decades, and up until recently, were only available in "corded" form. Now, baby monitors have gone wireless, and they now pose the same EMF threat that high-frequency cordless phones do. Unlike phones, however, baby monitors are on for hours and are often placed within close proximity to a baby. This is a recipe for disaster.




A Future Ebola Solution? Scientists Discover First ‘Virological Penicillin’ in Chinese Herb

HealthyAeon - 6:09 AM
by Mike Barrett
Natural Society

Western medicine has evolved tremendously over the years. While not perfect, we are in a better situation than 100 years ago when it comes to fending off disease. One of those primary advancements came in the form of antibiotics, able to treat numerous bacterial infections (though certainly not risk-free). Now, researchers from China have discovered what they call the first ‘virological penicillin,’ which may prove to be the next ‘antibiotic for viruses.’ Even better news, it comes in the form of a natural, ancient Chinese herb. Perhaps this is what we should have been researching for the next Ebola outbreak.

Eager to discover the virus-inhibiting properties of the honeysuckle plant (lonicera japonica), a team of researchers headed by Dr. Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University in China has identified a molecule within the plant known as MIR2911 (honeysuckle-encoded atypical microRNA2911). This molecule is said to be the first active component directly targeting various influenza viruses, including the swine flu H1N1, highly pathogenic avian H5N1 and H7N9 infections.


Actually, the honeysuckle herb is a well-known natural remedy for numerous ailments. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the plant has been used to treat influenza infection for centuries – effectively. This is now backed up by scientific literature, which have typically studied the herb’s effects while it was consumed in tea form.


Friday, October 17, 2014

14 Snack Rituals That Will Transform Your Body & Change Your Life

Team - 8:05 AM
by Bembu.com

If time is of the essence, you’ll want to focus on the snacks that help you lose weight in the shortest amount of time. These weight loss foods and rituals don’t really feel like your typical diet food, but still get the job done and leave you feeling good about your choices.

1. One Glass of Lemon Water In the Morning

Don’t underestimate the power of lemons. A glass of lemon water first thing in the morning will get your digestive system ready, can help to hydrate the body, and is linked to preventing obesity (1). You’re also taking a big chunk out of your Vitamin C requirement for the day, and doing so with an all-natural Vitamin C that your body can absorb and put to use.

You can use a glass of lemon water strategically throughout the day, whenever you need a pick me up or start to feel hungry long before your next meal.


It could be that you’re just thirsty, since hunger and thirst are the same signal. Make sure you’re legitimately hungry by meeting your water needs first.


How to Use Garlic As a Medicine

Team - 8:04 AM
by Natural Health Care For You

Garlic is one of the most healthy foods with “healing powers” worldwide. Besides the fact that garlic cures colds and flu due to its antibacterial effects, it is also used in other situations. If you suffer from any of the following problems, read how to use garlic as a medicine:

Hair Loss
If you have a problem with hair loss, garlic is your best solution. It only takes you to cover your whole head with garlic oil or freshly cracked garlic once a week. After you apply the garlic, massage your head for about 10 minutes and then wash your hair with your favorite shampoo. The results will probably noticeable in a very short time.


Acne
If you suffer from acne, chop the garlic and put it directly on the acne. The result will be visible after few minutes, the redness around acne will soon fade away.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chemical present in broccoli, other vegetables may improve autism symptoms

HealthyAeon - 9:03 AM
by Natural Blaze

Sulforaphane treatment produces significant improvements in small study, results must be repeated

A small study led by investigators at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has found evidence that daily treatment with sulforaphane – a molecule found in foods such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage – may improve some symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. In their report being published online in PNAS Early Edition, the investigators describe how participants receiving a daily dose of sulforaphane showed improvement in both behavioral and communication assessments in as little as four weeks. The authors stress that the results of this pilot study – conducted at the MGHfC-affiliated Lurie Center for Autism – must be confirmed in larger investigations before any conclusions can be drawn about sulforaphane's therapeutic benefit.

"Over the years there have been several anecdotal reports that children with autism can have improvements in social interaction and sometimes language skills when they have a fever," explains Andrew Zimmerman, MD, a co-corresponding author of the current report who also published a 2007 paper documenting the fever effect. "We investigated what might be behind that on a cellular level and postulated that it results from fever's activation of the cellular stress response, in which protective cellular mechanisms that are usually held in reserve are turned on through activation of gene transcription." Affiliated with the MGHfC Department of Neurology, Zimmerman is now based at UMass Memorial Medical Center.


Sulforaphane was first isolated in the 1990s by Paul Talalay, MD – co-corresponding author of the PNAS Early Edition paper and now a professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins – and his group also found that the chemical supports key aspects of the cell stress response.


10 Food Facts That May Surprise You

HealthyAeon - 8:58 AM
by Karen Foster
Prevent Disease

From the color of foods to their fat content and nutritional value, there are facts about what we consume, their origin and manufacture which is not common knowledge and rarely promoted as truth. Here are 10 food facts that still surprise the majority.

1. Orange Tomatoes May Be Healthier Than Red Ones

Usually, deep color in fruits and vegetables indicates abundant antioxidants - compounds that have been linked to heart and brain health - so it makes sense to consume produce with the deepest hues. But a study by Ohio State University researchers, published in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry, found that a variety of orange-colored tomatoes called Tangerine provided more readily available lycopene than did red tomatoes. Lycopene is an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration. Tangerine tomatoes are not available in grocery stores, but the researchers suggested that the advantage might extend to other orange- and gold-colored tomatoes.


2. Gelatin is Made From Cattle Hides and Pork Skins

Gelatin is used to make many desserts, such as jelly powders, marshmallows and frozen cakes. Gelatin is made from the collagen of animal skin and bones. Gelatin melts to a liquid state when heated, and solidifies when it cools. You may see gelatin form if you use animal bones to make your own soup stock and cool the broth.


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