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Friday, October 31, 2014

20 Health Benefits of Cardamom

Team - 4:35 AM

By Paul Haider

“Cardamom is one of the best all-around herbs that everyone should be taking.”

Cardamom or “Elettaria cardamomum” grows in Asia, India, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Laos, Guatemala, Nepal, and other tropical places… and it has so many amazing healing qualities that make it very important for good health.

There are many different types–red, white, black, green, Java, brown, Siamese, Kravan, and Bengal. All of which have slightly different qualities. Green is probably the most common for use in cooking… and because it’s the least expensive and easies to find.

Cardamom can be added to coffee, tea, chai tea, cold drinks, soups, stews, curries, lentils, beans, casseroles, meats, fish, poultry, and sweets of all kinds including rice puddings, cakes, breads, candies, and many wonderful foods. And cardamom is one of the main spices used in Garam Masala seasoning.

To date there are no known side effects of cardamom. But those with gallstones should avoid it because it stimulates the gallbladder.

Most people recommend for making cardamom tea using 1.5 grams per cup of hot water – and steeping for 15 minutes. And in other forms such as capsules and powders taking 1.5 grams per day.

20 Health Benefits of Cardamom

1. Great for Digestion – Cardamom is one of the best herbs for soothing away stomachaches, gas, hyperacid stomach, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, that bloated feeling, and more. It is great if you ate too much and feel too full and need something to bring relief. Take 3 crushed cardamom seeds and a small amount of ginger and mash them together and make a tea… this will sooth away indigestion.

2. Lowers Blood Pressure – Cardamom lowers blood pressure.

3. Lung Problems – Cardamom is great for colds, flues, asthma, phlegm, chest congestion, and helps to warm the body. Studies at University in Mangalore in India showed that it improved blood flow to the lungs.

5 Autumn Raw No Guilt Desserts

Team - 4:35 AM
If you’re craving a delicious fall dessert but have decided to go raw, you’ll find a surprisingly abundant number of amazing options that will allow you to have your cake, so to speak, and eat it too! As always, using organic ingredients as much as possible will result in a healthier dessert minus those unwanted toxins.

Apple Crumble

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup pitted, packed dates
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup ground oat groats
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 4-6 medjool dates
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground cinnamon

What Is It Like To Experience Death?

Team - 4:34 AM
by Andrew Martin
Collective Evolution
“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
We seek to live in a safe secure and controlled world of relative comfort. When something happens that interferes with this world we experience anxiety and frustration which manifests itself as fear. Our dreams, hopes and lifestyle may feel threatened so we experience stress or fear. Most of our fears stem from three things. These are the lack of control, uncertainty, and the unknown. What is more uncertain and unknown than death? We don’t know when we are going to depart this world unless we take the matter into our own hands. We have no previous experience with death so it remains the great unknown. Our experience of death is limited to what the church tells us, some psychics and people who have had a near death experience.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This Incredible Drink Will Help You Purify The Liver With Only 1 Sip

HealthyAeon - 7:36 AM
by Healthy Food House

Your liver has a role of “blood factory.” It takes part in the blood renewing process. Moreover, it boosts the food digestion. It has another important function: it purifies the blood and eliminates all the toxins and impurities in it.

So, you will all agree that clean liver means healthy body, vitality, energy, good physical appearance and better mood. Cleansing the liver on a daily basis is the best way to keep its health.

How To Cleanse The Liver?

Combine equal parts of lemon juice and olive oil, and it is recommended that you use a tablespoon of each. Take this powerful mixture every morning before you eat or drink anything. After you have done this, you can enjoy your breakfast.

You can make this “cocktail” every day till the rest of your life, as both ingredients are easily available products that you always have on hand.

Science Has Found a New Reason Chocolate Is Good for You

HealthyAeon - 7:31 AM
by Cliff Weathers

But don't go feasting on candy bars just yet.

Researchers have found that a compound naturally found in cocoa, tea and a variety of vegetables can undo memory loss associated with aging. But don’t go raiding that Halloween candy bowl for chocolate just yet; there’s a catch to read below.

This groundbreaking research, which was published Sunday in the journal Nature Neuroscience, says that bioactive ingredients called flavanols discernibly countered age-related memory decline in a group of study volunteers.

The 37 test subjects, ages 50-69, were given a specially prepared cocoa mixture they consumed over three months. The drinks either contained a high dose of flavanols, 900 milligrams, or a negligible dose, only 10 milligrams.

Study Tracking Over 100,000 People Finds The More Pasteurized Milk People Drink, The More Likely They Are To Die

HealthyAeon - 7:24 AM
by Natasha Longo
Prevent Disease

Milk is the only beverage still aggressively pushed on children as a health promoting food when it is the exact opposite - a disease promoting food. Drinking pasteurized milk is not nearly as good for general health or bones as the dairy industry has made it out to be. In fact, this fairy tale of "milk doing a body good" is being exposed more frequently by many independent scientists and researchers who have had just about enough of the propaganda. According to a large scale study of thousands of Swedish people, cow's milk has a deteriorating effect on health when consumed in the long-term. The research was published in The BMJ.

The study, which tracked 61,433 women aged 39 to 74 over 20 years, and 45,339 men of similar age for 11 years, found that the more cow's milk people drank, the more likely they were to die or experience a bone fracture during the study period.

The risks were especially pronounced for women, a group advised to drink milk to help avoid bone fractures that result from osteoporosis.

Women who said they drank three or more glasses of milk a day had almost double the chance of dying during the study period as those who reported drinking only one. A glass is defined as a 200 millilitre serving. They also had a 16 percent higher chance of getting a bone fracture anywhere in the body.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Are You Eating Dead Food?

Team - 8:37 AM
by The Alternative Daily

Consuming dead food is one of the worst things you can do for your gut. Dead foods are those that contain nothing of value for the body. Dead foods encourage imbalance and degenerative diseases such as diabetes and arthritis and they will make you fat.

When you consume dead food you will be tired, achy, irritable and poorly focused. You may experience high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Remember, your gastrointestinal system will not automatically reject what you eat something just because it is useless. You have to make that choice before putting it in.

There are some foods that are life promoting and some foods that are death promoting. Choosing life-promoting foods is always the best option. All foods are not created equal, some things that are sold as food should actually have a warning or hazardous substance label on them due to the damage they will cause.

America, like other industrialized nations, has become expert at stripping foods of their natural fiber (where the health promoting benefits are typically found), and tarnishing them with synthetic chemicals to turn them from real food into imposters. The manipulated foods, sold in bright and eye-catching packages with promises for good health, contain little, if any nutrition. The toxins found in these foodstuffs are the exact things that put an unnecessary burden on our digestive system as it works together with our other organs to rid the body of disease promoting substances.

Recycle Your Soul and Get Rid of Unwarranted Waste

Team - 8:36 AM
by Alexandra Holzer

“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” ~ Rumi

Waste has many meanings from animals to humans. It is crucial in one’s thinking to comprehend why the reference to waste, when we look deep into what our purpose can be here.


It can mean various things from the chicken to the human. It’s a natural process for the living so one may give very little to no thought of it. Then, there are those who are obsessive compulsive about it. I don’t believe the chickens or other species non-human that is, do this thought process. Thoughts can lead to waste. They can also lead to possibilities. Humans waste in many ways. Recycled soul garbage, is one way to look at it as another could be camouflaged feelings. When humans behave as such they loose out on many goodies forthcoming in their life path.

Awesome Teen Girl Solves America´s Hunger Problem

Team - 8:35 AM
by Sophie McAdam
True Activist

When Katie Stagliano was in the third grade, she brought home a cabbage seedling as a homework assignment. She cared for it and watched it grow to an abnormal size, then Katie started to think about how many people this enormous vegetable could feed. The cabbage eventually grew to 40lbs, and when Katie donated it to a soup kitchen she was amazed to see it provide a meal for 275 people in need.

“I thought wow, they´re just like my family,” she says. “They could be my family and have just fallen on hard times.”

Katie is a very special kid. “At the age of nine, I did not have a true understanding of the complexities of the issue of hunger,” she explains. “What I did understand was that there were individuals and families in my community who did not have enough to eat. I have a backyard where I could and do grow fresh vegetables and donate the produce to families that are struggling with hunger — a simple solution to a problem that is not only in my community, but also globally.”

All of this led to the founding of Katie´s Krops- a community gardening initiative to donate vegetables to soup kitchens that has now grown into a huge operation, with 75 youth-run gardens in 27 states since Katie first grew that huge cabbage six years ago. She has raised over $200,000 and people all over the country are donating land for her cause. This student´s amazing can-do attitude and big heart is humbling.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Biotech’s Bizarre World: 7 Genetically Modified Animals

HealthyAeon - 5:38 AM
by Christina Sarich
Natural Society

You have to wonder what makes a genetic engineer’s mind tick. Victor Frankenstein claimed to be creating his monster for the betterment of humankind, but it seems more likely that he did so out of arrogance or a desire to play God. When you read about the 7 genetically engineered animals that have been created in the last few decades, you might ask yourself – exactly what motivates the biotech industry? If they aren’t letting loose GMO mosquitoes and moths, or creating suicide seeds – here’s what they do:

1. Dolly the Sheep

The first ever GMO mammal, Dolly the sheep was put to sleep in February of 2003 after she was discovered to have a progressive lung disease. She was ‘born’ on July 5, 1996 after researched by Dr. Ian Wilmut and his team from the Roslin Institute research centre.

2. A GMO Dog

Man’s best friend glows. Imagine tampering with the genes of your loving pet. A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) created a genetically modified female beagle, named Tegon. She was ‘born’ in 2009, and she glows fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline antibiotic.

Chickens Look Way Different Today, And Here's The Reason Why

HealthyAeon - 5:38 AM
by Jacqueline Howard
The Huffington Post

Chickens have changed. Today’s broiler chickens are several times larger than broiler chickens of past decades — and a new study by researchers in Canada offers an explanation for why the birds got so big.

The chickens shown were all raised in the same manner and photographed at the same age. The Huffington Post added the dates to this image. (Poultry Science, Advanced Access, (2014) doi: 10.3382/ps.2014-04291, Figure 1) (Zuidhof et al, “Growth, efficiency, and yield of commercial broilers from 1957, 1978, and 2005″)

For the study, the scientists raised three breeds of broiler chickens: one breed that was common in 1957, another from 1978, and a third from 2005, called the Ross 308 breed, CBC News reported.

“We fed them exactly the same things, so we did not provide hormones,” lead author Dr. Martin Zuidhof, associate professor of agricultural science at the University of Alberta, told the CBC. “The only difference that was part of our study treatments was the genetics.”

6 Reasons I Won't Give My Kids The Nasal Flu Vaccine

Team - 5:38 AM
by Celeste McGovern

Two of my daughters arrived home from primary school last week with public health packages in their bags. It's that time of year again, when nurses are out in force like army recruitment officers, waging a war on deadly germs and rounding up volunteers for vaccines.

This year in the United Kingdom the intranasal flu vaccine is being rolled out. It's already been used in the United States where 14 to 15 million doses of AstraZeneca's FluMist are currently in distribution for this flu season but this is the first year it is being offered under the brand name Fluenza Tetra in the UK to all children older than 24 months and it is heavily promoted by public health officials. They've even produced a "Flu Hero" cartoon directed at children in which a superhero gives a little boy a nasal flu vaccine which, like a bite from a radioactive spider, transforms him into a superhero himself with super defenses.

I hate the flu as much as other parents, but the public health information struck me as superficial and smacked of a sales pitch, so I decided to look a little deeper into the vaccine and here are the top half dozen reasons my children won't be going near it.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Finding the Sacredness in the Healing of Your Shadow

Team - 4:30 AM
By Joy Brugh

Fall is upon us and that traditionally spooky, scary holiday – Halloween is almost here. While it may seem that we only bring out those scary monsters and costumes once a year to play, the truth is each of us is always haunted by our own inner demons and scary monsters. The renowned Swiss psychologist Carl Jung called this place the “shadow self.” These are the aspects of our selves that stalk us, lurk hidden in the shadows but pervasively and stealthily influence and impact our lives every day, often times wreaking havoc and creating chaos.

In your journey to wholeness and healing, it is important to explore the dark and hidden crevices of inner selves – your shadow self. In the shadow you will find the un-owned parts of your personality — the part of you that stays unknown, unexamined, and out of the light of your conscious awareness. We often deny or suppress these parts of ourselves because it makes us uncomfortable or afraid. Whatever doesn’t fit your image of your ideal self, or what you have been told is who you are becomes your shadow. The shadow is all of our disowned, despised and repressed traits and parts of our selves.

Your shadow is the person you would rather not be!

Rather than run from your shadow it is important to turn around and face these darker parts that stalk you and keep you stuck in unhealthy patterns and relationships. The shadow has a sacred purpose in your life and can help you transform. Carl Jung refers to the shadow as “our sparring partner”, the opponent who exposes our flaws and sharpens our skills. It takes a great amount of energy to “fight” with our shadows and even more energy to repress it.

Fluoridated water calcifies your arteries: study

Team - 4:30 AM
by: Ethan A. Huff

A major promoter of heart disease in the U.S. today could be a chemical that the government has been intentionally dumping into the water supply for decades on the premise that it prevents tooth decay. Fluoride, according to a new study published in the journal Toxicology, shows demonstrated cardiotoxic effects, which include the calcification and hardening of arteries.

Researchers from the University of Zaragoza in Spain looked at the effects of water fluoridation on the progression of vascular calcification in renal (kidney) disease. The team used real-world concentrations of fluoride as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for optimal oral health -- 1.5 milligrams per liter (mg/L) -- administering this amount to rats via water in the same way humans would receive it.

It was observed that, for five days, the rats, all of whom had experimental chronic kidney disease (CKD), experienced calcification of their aortic smooth muscle cells. The rats also experienced further declines in renal function as a result of exposure to fluoride, demonstrating the nephrotoxicity of this common water additive.

"[F]luoridation of drinking water... dramatically increased the incipient aortic calcification observed in rats with experimental chronic kidney disease," wrote the authors. "[T]he WHO's recommended concentrations in drinking water become nephrotoxic to CKD rats, thereby aggravating renal disease and making media vascular calcification significant."

90 percent of digested fluoride is taken up by intestines and distributed throughout body

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