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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Ballot Initiative That Could Spell the End of Big Soda

HealthyAeon - 3:36 AM

by Clarissa A. León
AlterNet

Berkeley’s soda tax wants to send a strong message to the rest of the nation that diabetes is not welcome there.

Big Soda is getting nervous. The city of Berkeley, Calif. has a proposed measure charging a big tax on soda distributors. Big Soda has poured $800,000 so far into defeating the measure, which has been receiving wide support from community members and elected officials.

Berkeley’s Measure D would include a penny-per-fluid ounce tax on soda distributors. It would also tax distributors of other sugary drinks, including sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit drinks with added sugar. Lastly, premade sugary drink syrups would also be taxed based on the volume of drinks they produce.

The measure will draw attention to Big Soda’s role in the rise of diabetes, which has steadily increased in California and the rest of the nation. The California Department of Public Health reports that, “The number of new diabetes cases diagnosed each year in California has increased from 131,000 in 1995 to 209,000 in 2010.” Diabetes is also the seventh leading cause of death in California. In the U.S., childhood diabetes could become the norm with some researchers estimating that, “Forty percent of Americans born from 2000 to 2011 will develop diabetes.”

The American Beverage Association recently donated $500,000 of campaign money to vote against the measure, bringing their total to $800,000. If passed, the measure could potentially bring in up to $2 million to Berkeley’s General Fund. A panel of experts on adult and childhood nutrition would be appointed to vote on how best to use the money from the tax.



Want A Pretty Corpse? Drink Fluoridated Water

HealthyAeon - 3:36 AM
by Sayer Ji
GreenMedInfo

Fluoride is put in your drinking water 'for your teeth' without your consent, but did you know that it could also be calcifying your arteries, contributing to the #1 cause of death in the developed (and fluoridated world)?

A few years ago, we reported on a study evaluating a new diagnostic technology that inadvertently revealed a link between fluoride exposure and coronary artery disease. Our report stirred up quite a lot of controversy and criticism, even leading one of the most respected figures in alternative medicine (deservedly so) – Dr. Russell Blaylock -- to call us out on Infowars for our allegedly sophomoric interpretation of the following article: "Association of vascular fluoride uptake with vascular calcification and coronary artery disease." As one can see, the study's results revealed a hitherto largely unknown connection between fluoride exposure, coronary artery disease and cardiovascular events (e.g. heart attack).

"There was significant correlation between history of cardiovascular events and presence of fluoride uptake in coronary arteries. The coronary fluoride uptake value in patients with cardiovascular events was significantly higher than in patients without cardiovascular events."


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIY ACV: How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar at Home – 9 Easy Steps

Team - 2:38 AM
by Christina Sarich
NaturalSociety

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has SO many healthful purposes, its head spinning. You can use this super food liquid to treat the common cold, get rid of yeast infections, condition your hair, ease digestive woes, reduce swelling, lower blood sugar, get rid of lactic acid build up, increase energy, and even get rid of warts, among other things. What’s more, while you can purchase organic Apple cider vinegar from health food stores that contain ‘the mother,’ you can also make apple cider vinegar quite easily yourself. Learn how to make apple cider vinegar below.

Apple cider vinegar (and almost all vinegars) is usually made with a broad two-step process, very similar to how alcohol is made.

To make ACV, just start with organic apples of any variety. You’ll want to place these in sealable jars or bowls that have tight-fitting lids. The apples will be crushed or diced and exposed to yeast, which helps the sugars that naturally occur in the apples to turn into alcohol.

You can even add the peels and cores. If you stopped at this step, you would have, simply, apple cider. You could add cinnamon and nutmeg and other flavors and have a delicious holiday cocktail, however, ACV requires another step. In France, the word vinegar means ‘sour wine.’

Next, healthy bacteria are added to the alcohol solution, which then further ferments the liquid and turns it into acetic acid – one of the active compounds in ACV that makes it so healthful and healing. While the ACV is ‘cooking,’ though it doesn’t ever meet heat, you will simply cover your jars or bowls with cheesecloth so no debris or pests get into the mixture. Add three parts water to every part ‘apples,’ as well as a few tablespoons of honey and ½ teaspoon of active dry yeast.


Life Can Change In An Instant – Are You Paying Attention To It?

Team - 2:38 AM
by Joe Martino
Collective Evolution

Life can be full of busy moments. We work, we play, we interact with friends. We have down time and eat time and sleep time. But are we paying attention to all of these moments?

In western culture there can be a sense of value or pride in being busy. The more we do, the more we achieve, the easier we can measure our success and our value as a person. Here’s to squashing that cultural belief

Life In A Moment

Personally I try to take my life day to day, moment to moment. I can’t pretend that I’m perfect at this or that I don’t get lost in taking things too seriously at times or getting stressed out over things that really don’t require me to go down that road. For the most part I’m able to be here and to truly take in life, but this didn’t stop me from feeling pretty turned upside down looking back at things when someone close to me just died. It all happened so fast that I don’t even remember how it all happened. It made me feel like I may not have been paying full attention.



Monday, September 29, 2014

The 4 Biggest Mistakes In Dietary Advice That Even Doctors Now Admit Must Be Corrected

Team - 12:30 AM
by Natasha Longo
PreventDisease

There is no more doubting long-standing myths that mainstream nutrition adopted as truths due to poorly designed and corrupt scientific studies. On behalf of public health regulators -- doctors, nutritionists and many other health experts have relied on this misinformation to guide millions with false dietary advice which we now know to be harmful.

1. Saturated Fat Is Harmful

When health professionals started blaming saturated fat for heart disease, people abandoned traditional fats like butter, lard and coconut oil in favor of processed vegetable oils.

These oils are very high in Omega-6 fatty acids, which can contribute to inflammation and various problems when consumed in excess. These oils are often hydrogenated, which makes them high in trans fats. Many studies have shown that these fats and oils actually increase the risk of heart disease, even if they aren't hydrogenated.



Why Sugar Is Wrecking Your Health & How To Quit

Team - 12:29 AM
by Alanna Ketler
Collective Evolution

Did you know that there is added sugar in 80% of the foods that are sold in America today? Not only found in desserts and sweets, sugar can also be found in almost every processed and packaged food that you can think of, from hot dogs to pasta sauce to salad dressing to fruit juice to cereal to granola bars –you name it.

If the item comes in a package, you better believe it has some form of added sugar. It also hides behind an array of misleading nicknames such as: Sucrose, Maltose, Dextrose, Galactose, Lactose, Glucose Solids, Glucose/Fructose, Fruit Juice Concentrate and the increasingly popular and cause for concern: High Fructose Corn Syrup. It doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s still sugar, the leading cause of obesity in the United States today. (1)

The Obesity Epidemic


Obesity rates have skyrocketed over the past 30 years, but particularly in the last 20. (2) This has led to over 120,000 preventable deaths each year in the United States alone. This is especially mind-boggling when you consider the McGovern Report, which was released in 1977 that outlined healthy, dietary goals for the country. (3) How did Americans end up gaining more weight than ever before since this report came out?


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Top 6 Alkaline-Forming Foods That Will Improve Your Health

HealthyAeon - 11:33 PM
by Worthy to Know

On a daily basis, we overlook the importance of having vegetables as part of our meals. We prefer consuming processed food most of which have toxic effects on our bodies. The harmful effects of these bad eating habbits are heightened by unfavorable conditions such as stress, drug abuse, drinking and other bad lifestyle behavior. This has lead to an increase in the occurrence of chronic as well as terminal diseases.

One of the basic causes of this situation is the lack of a balanced pH within the body. The blood requires approximately a 7.36 level of alkalinity for the efficient functioning of the body. It is adviced that people should consume foods whose inorganic state would be of an alkaline nature.

It is therefore important to be cautious about the foods we choose to eat. Too much acidity in the body could lead serious health consequences such as diabetes. These consequences are as a result of the body trying to aquire some form of alkalinity from within thus affecting the immune system. This reduces the chances of health and wellness. A high acidity level say 6.9 pH could lead to eventual death.


The key word here is balance. Too much of alkalinity or acidity is bad for the body. However, the major problem lies in acidity as a result of bad eating habbits. Below are some of the best alkaline-forming foods that can assist you in balancing your body pH and improving your health.


This Is The #1 Cause of Human Induced Climate Change & Environmental Degradation & Nobody Knows About It

HealthyAeon - 11:32 PM
by Arjun Walia
Collective Evolution

We are constantly bombarded with the idea that fossil fuels are the number one cause of human induced climate change on the planet. Numerous organizations (Greenpeace for example) constantly fail to address the real number one cause of human induced climate change and environmental degradation, which is animal meat consumption by humans. Obviously, other human activities are also detrimental to our planet, but this one continues to remain unacknowledged and ignored.

In late November 2006, the U.N Food and Agriculture Organization issued a report stating that the livestock business generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined, and it’s true.(1)(2)(3)(4)

If greenhouse gases are contributing to climate change, it’s staggering to realize 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to the Worldwatch Institute. (5)


Changing Diet As A Solution

Researchers at the University of Chicago concluded that switching from a standard American diet to a vegan diet is more effective in the fight against climate change than switching from a standard American car to a hybrid.(6)


Acid reflux - Three classic home remedies

HealthyAeon - 11:32 PM
by Michael Ravensthorpe
NaturalNews

Acid reflux is a common medical condition in which digestive acids rise from the stomach into the esophagus. This causes the esophagus (the passage between the pharynx and the stomach) to become irritated, resulting in a burning sensation which, in the most acute cases, can last for up to 48 hours.

While acid reflux is rarely a serious issue, it is always an unpleasant one and can ruin the lives of people who suffer from chronic cases. In fact, drugs for acid reflux are a billion-dollar industry in the United States alone. However, these drugs are almost always created from unnatural ingredients and often create more problems than they fix in the long term. Fortunately, nature has provided us with several natural remedies for acid reflux that can treat the condition far more naturally, and gently, than Big Pharma's offerings.

Baking soda

It is hard to find a food product more versatile than baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate. This soluble white compound, which was used as far back as Ancient Egypt, makes an effective deodorant, toothpaste, facial cleaner and even laundry detergent. However, baking soda is also highly effective at treating acid reflux, since its alkaline nature can neutralize excess stomach acid in no time.

To use baking soda for this purpose, dissolve a teaspoon of it into a cup of warm water and drink the mixture slowly. Be prepared for some burping, since adding baking soda to water releases carbon dioxide, causing an impressive fizz.

Apple cider vinegar

It might seem strange to recommend a highly acidic product like apple cider vinegar to treat a condition marked by excess stomach acid, but it really does work. One theory is that the acetic acid in the vinegar reduces stomach acidity (i.e. increases its pH), since acetic acid is much weaker than hydrochloric acid. Another theory is that acetic acid can buffer and maintain stomach acid at a pH level of around 3.0, which is strong enough to continue digesting food, but too mild to aggravate the esophagus.


Study reveals unknown healing powers of psilocybin

HealthyAeon - 11:32 PM
by TrueActivist.com

A report published online last week in The Journal of Psychopharmacology suggested that psilocybin mushrooms could help long-time smokers kick their habit. The report sourced a recent John Hopkins study, authored by Matthew W. Johnson, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The study featured a small test sample, but is one of a series of tests at Hopkins that are showing the healing powers of psychedelic compounds.

Six months after the study, 80 percent of the test subjects had quit smoking and showed no signs of turning back. This success rate is far better than many other methods which are said to help people quit smoking. In comparison, most other products on the market have success rates of 30 or 35 percent.

“Quitting smoking isn’t a simple biological reaction to psilocybin, as with other medications that directly affect nicotine receptors. When administered after careful preparation and in a therapeutic context, psilocybin can lead to deep reflection about one’s life and spark motivation to change,” Johnson said.

According to the study, ten men and five women, all mentally and physically healthy, participated in the study. The average age of the study participants was 51; they smoked, on average, 19 cigarettes a day for 31 years; and had repeatedly tried and failed to stop smoking. Ten participants reported minimal past use of hallucinogens, with the most recent use being an average of 27 years before study intake. Five had never used hallucinogens.


Four Energy Healing Techniques to Raise Your Frequency

HealthyAeon - 8:28 AM
by PL Chang
Energy Fanatics

According to some quantum physicists, the human body operates like a biological quantum computer, which is why it can generate frequency and process and store information beyond conventional computers. Some frequency researchers have agreed that a healthy human body’s frequency rates are between 62 and 78 MHz. Furthermore, they found that when the human body’s frequency drops below 62 MHz, it becomes vulnerable to illness and disease. This means that if you learn how to keep your body’s frequency above 62 MHz, you should rarely get sick.

Here are four energy healing techniques to raise your frequency. If you use these energy healing methods to raise your frequency correctly, you should have more energy and be more immune to disease and illness.

Energy healing technique #1: Frequency therapy

Frequency therapy is a type of energy healing technique that utilizes the power of resonance, vibration, oscillation, and frequency to heal the body at its core and raise its frequency. If done correctly, frequency therapy can restore your health by raising the frequency of your cells back to their original state. Besides restoring your health and raising your frequency, frequency therapy can also be used to kill harmful microorganisms in your body without harming healthy tissues.

Every microorganism has certain unique frequency signatures that are essential for its survival. When a microorganism’s frequency signatures are disrupted with frequencies that are harmful to its body, it can cause the microorganism to die. A brilliant scientists who was able to invent a frequency generator that could destroy microorganisms using the power of frequency was Dr. Royal R. Rife. In the early 1900s, Dr. Rife did some experiments that successfully killed harmful microorganisms without harming healthy tissues using only frequency and high intensity light pulses. To learn more about his frequency healing device, read this informative article titled Rife Frequency Healing Machine: Scam or Real?


Scientists Confirm Our Minds Can Influence Matter

HealthyAeon - 7:58 AM
by Steven Bancarz
 
Our thoughts are powerful. We already know this. Our minds have tremendous influence over our life and our body. We already know this. Did you know that our minds are interconnected to the world to such a degree that they have a direct measurable bearing on the flow of electrical currents? Our thoughts, intentions, and energetic state actually have a scientifically provable impact on the flow of electricity. More than 800 relevant experiments to the effects of consciousness on the world have been reported, with these just being a few.

A study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Scientific Exploration showed that REGs were found to produce anomalous outputs when deployed in various group environments. Ok, so what does this mean? REGs use computer technology to generate ones and zeros in random sequences. The numbers are printed on a graph. The laws of chance dictate that equal numbers of ones and zeros should be churned out, represented by a nearly flat line on the graph. Any deviation would show as a curve or a spike.


What they found was that enormous spikes were correlated with times of global trauma where panic, anxiety, or excitement was experienced in a large population of people. Whenever massive social and political events took place (such as presidential elections, terrorist attacks, international court cases, etc.), patterns would begin to emerge within the REGs which were specifically designed to never produced patterned sequences.“High degrees of attention, intellectual cohesiveness, shared emotion, or other coherent qualities of the groups tend to correlate with statistically unusual deviations from theoretical expectation in the FieldREG sequences. If sustained over more extensive experiments, such effects could add credence to the concept of a consciousness “field” as an agency for creating order in random physical processes.”


10 Facts You Should Know About Every Baby's Brain

HealthyAeon - 7:50 AM
by Marco Torres
Prevent Disease

Most of them are bald, fat and speak in code only they understand. And we couldn't be more fascinated. What is going on inside the infant noggin? Here are 10 facts about the baby's brain every parent should know.

1. Keep It Natural

A baby's brain is a complex organ and in many ways more complex than the adult brain to scientists because they simply don't understand it. By the time a baby is born, the brain has already undergone immense development, though it is still in a developmental phase, since all of the neurons in these regions are weakly connected. It is a critical time to protect the brain of a baby. Anything harmful the infant is exposed to such environmental toxins, pollution, chemicals in foods, water or drugs can dramatically affect infant development. Keep it natural. A baby's brain thrives on breast milk at an early age. Exclusively breastfed babies have enhanced brain development in language, emotional function and cognition. It is also criticial to avoid any exposure to medications of any kind in an infant's first year of life.

2. Parental responses wire baby's brain

"As long as there have been babies, there have been parents," said Michael Goldstein, a language development researcher at Cornell University. The baby's brain has evolved to use the responses of caregivers to help it develop, Goldstein stated. The newborn prefrontal cortex - the brain's so-called "executive" area - doesn't have much control, so efforts to discipline or worries about spoiling are pointless at this stage. Instead, newborns are learning about hunger, loneliness, discomfort and fatigue - and what it feels like to have these pains relieved. Caregivers can help this process along by promptly responding to baby's needs, experts suggest.


Friday, September 26, 2014

29 Health Benefits of Celery

Team - 5:00 AM
by Paul Haider
OmTimes

Celery is A Powerful Anti-inflammatory Food

Grows – Regular celery and wild celery grows all over the world in one form or another.

History – Celery goes all the way back to 1000 BC… and celery was used by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.

1. Anti-inflammatory – Celery contains apiuman, and apiuman is a pectin substance that’s important for bringing about the anti-inflammatory response in the body. Celery helps with arthritis and asthma, and celery contains natural COX-2 inhibitors which don’t have side effects like prescription drug COX-2 inhibitors.


2. Increases Libido – Studies show that celery contains androstenol and androstenone which boosts libido.


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