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The A B Cs of Health

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Health Philosophy


The "A" Items

† Açai Fruit

Açai is a palm tree fruit with a royal purple skin; it has a nearly complete nutritional profile to make it a great health/energy food; it is packed full of antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber and more.


† Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen, as in Tylenol and other common painkillers, can significantly increase young people's risk of developing asthma and eczema.

Richard Beasley, M.D., professor of medicine at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand explained that a study has identified an increased risk of asthma when acetaminophen is used by 13- and 14-year olds.

See Tylenol

† Acid, pH Level

Even mild acidosis can cause cardiovascular damage, dangerous constriction of blood vessels and oxygen starvation throughout your body, weight gain, obesity, blood sugar problems, and bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones. Theodore A. Baroody, M.A., D.C., Ph.D., stated the following in his book, Alkalize or Die, "The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause -- too much acid in the body!"

Mild acidosis has also been associated with:

Immune deficiency
Free radical damage, abnormal cell growth 
Premature aging
Joint pain and weak, brittle bones
Hip fractures and bone spurs
Aching muscles and chronic low energy
Cold hands and feet, mild headaches, 
allergies, acne, bloating, rapid breathing, 
panic,  irritability and low sex drive.

Waste builds up inside you. Acid is produced as a byproduct when you digest food, drink acid-producing beverages or take prescription or over-the-counter drugs. And acid is everywhere in your external environment including acid rain, air pollution, pesticides, herbicides, food additives and household toxins in furnishings and carpets.

Avoid acid-forming foods such as processed and fried foods, sugars, pasteurized dairy products and white flour products. Boost your intake of the more wholesome alkaline foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and foods high in fiber.

alkaline-water_phdiagram (14K)

Alkaline-Yielding Foods

Apricots            Kiwifruit          Apples
Cherries            Bananas          Celery
Strawberries     Peaches          Zucchini
Oranges            Lemon juice       Broccoli
Pears                Pineapple        Cucumbers
Peaches             Eggplant       Green beans
Watermelon      Lettuce         Mushrooms
Carrots             Onions          Mineral water 
Cauliflower       Tomatoes      Green peppers 

Very Alkaline-Yielding Foods

Spinach        Raisins        Dates

See also Acid Out

Interesting


† Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is NOT due to too much acid in your stomach; it's a condition related to what they call hiatal hernia -- where acid gets up from the stomach to the throat. The helicobacter pylori bacteria causes a chronic low-level inflammation of your stomach lining, producing the symptoms of acid reflux.

If you decrease the amount of acid in your stomach, by antacids, you suppress your body's ability to kill the helicobacter bacteria! Avoid the antacids such as, ranitidine, omeprazole, esomeprazole, or rabeprazole--even the names sound bad for you.

The all round best treatment is water, but the best solution to heartburn and acid indigestion is to restore the stomach health by getting the gut flora flourishing. This will increase the absorption of nutrients tremendously and create health. Eliminate sugars; they harm the gut flora balance. Consume good bacteria. This will help balance the bowel flora, which can help eliminate helicobacter bacteria naturally. It will also aid in proper digestion and assimilation of food and no more heartburn, hoarseness, feeling that food's stuck in the throat, tightness in the throat, wheezing, asthma, dental problems, and bad breath.

Ideally, get beneficial bacteria from traditionally fermented foods:

Natto 
Fermented vegetables, like Kimchee, sauerkraut, dill pickles
Kefir made from RAW milk 
Yoghurt made from raw milk

See Weston Price

Suppressing stomach acid does NOT treat helicobacter pylori infection. If you're taking a PPI drug to treat your heartburn you're treating a symptom only and, you're exposing yourself to additional and potentially more dangerous health problems, because of the drug itself. See also Ginger

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† Acne and Accutane

Accutane for acne, and its generic kin, is one of the most dangerous drugs ever developed. Generic isotretinoin is equally deadly, under the names Claravis, Sotret and Amnesteem. Known to cause depression, suicide, inflammatory bowel disease, and 100 percent guarantee of birth defects if taken by pregnant women. In 2004, brain scans showed that people taking Accutane suffer a 21 percent decrease in frontal brain activity, the part of the brain that plays a critical role in mood and social interaction. These brain changes may explain the depression, suicidal and aggressive behavior, and psychotic reactions reported by some Accutane users.


Refined foods, such as fructose, and sugar, and grains, will increase inflammation in your body, which may trigger acne, and at the same time those foods will wreak havoc on the intestinal bacteria.

Solid evidence exists: to avoid getting acne avoid sugars and refined grains and processed foods of all kinds. What's more, eating refined starchy foods is associated with short-sightedness and diabetes. Complex carbohydrates found in natural whole foods such as beans, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables are good; even though these contain more nutrition than simple carbohydrates, limit them also if acne is a problem.

Vitamin E, a most important antioxidant, plays a key role for normal skin. Studies have shown that it can protect sebum from oxidative damage, and, preventing local inflammation in the skin and lowering systemic inflammation in the body are important for clear skin.


† ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Poor diets of highly processed, low-nutrient foods with taste, and shelf life additives wreck the lives of many families. Affected children AND adults are sensitive to chemicals and other components in foods and kids especially react, big-time, to certain stimuli, i.e., artificial colors, nightshades, dairy, wheat. These foods affect a child as drugs do.

But what does the modern doctor do? He prescribes drugs to subdue the kids; there's Ritalin (an amphetamine), Adderall, or other ADHD drug. This is all now working in his developing body--not good.

Non-drug options

Non-drug options beside eating properly include supplementing with tryptophan, or GABA, or DL-phenylalanine, or low-dose valerian or kava, etc.

A must read for ADHD control alternatives-to-ritalin


† Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a condition in which the adrenal glands function below their optimal level. The small adrenal glands on top of the kidneys are responsible for secreting over 50 different hormones - including epinephrine, cortisol, progesterone, DHEA, estrogen, and testosterone.

Ten obvious adrenal fatigue symptoms
(1) Fatigue can manifest as trouble awakening fully after a night's sleep.
(2) Low sex drive or sexual energy.
(3) Cravings for sugar, salt, and fats.
(4) Dizziness or light headedness while rising quickly from sitting positions.
(5) Menopausal symptoms increase.
(6) Mood swings that were uncharacteristic earlier in life.
(7) Mental fogginess; memory issues.
(8) Hormonal imbalance and/or depletion.
(9) Constant muscular tension leading to hypertension and 
high blood pressure. Inability to relax completely. (10) Autoimmune issues: easily catching colds or allergic reactions.

Fatigued by other than normal work? Check this link out.

Adrenal Fatigue


† Aging

When it comes to healthy aging what is not in your diet is as important as what is in your diet. The things that protect our cells from damage and wear and tear include:

Almost any type of minimally processed plant food: vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes (beans and peas), nuts, and seeds, are just about guaranteed to improve your odds of aging well. These are foods that stave off damage that can lead to heart disease, cancer, and more.

On the other hand refined, processed, foods have highly reactive substances, free radicals, that damage your body's cells and eventually cause your internal systems to break down--as in old age, with outward signs like wrinkles. Foods rich in antioxidants are the best way to fight free radicals. Eating your way to a radiant glow. And include foods containing vitamins E and C, and beta carotene.

Inflammation

In most cases inflammation is a normal part of the body's healing process. But when inflammation gets out of hand, it can lead to some of the common problems associated with aging.

Hyperviscosity

As you age, your blood thickens, or becomes more viscous. It then travels through your body much slower. But your cells and organs need fresh supplies of oxygen and nutrients the same as in youth to function properly.

Breakdown of mitochondrial DNA

Your cell's mitochondria are like power plants. They churn out the energy your cells need--and they play an important role in cell growth. When DNA break down prematurely, you're left exhausted--and your cells run the risk of dying well before their time.

The mechanism that controls aging is a genetic structure called the telomere.

Telomeres are protective tips that cap the ends of one's DNA.

Each time cells divide, the telomeres get shorter. Eventually telomeres run down, cell division stops and life ends.

This shortening can be controled with an enzyme the body makes called telomerase. Telomerase can actually make the telomeres longer, so cells can get younger.

Telomerase is in every cell of the body, but it's turned off. TA-65 switches it back on. The herb Astralagus contains small amounts of a molecule named TA-65 that turns on the switch of the gene that makes telomerase.

Steps to take to slow down the aging process:

Keep homocysteine levels in check. Homocysteine is an amino acid that accumulates in tissues. It's a natural byproduct of cell metabolism--think of it as a waste product. If your homocysteine levels are high, you're at greater risk for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, heart disease, and impotence.

There's a reason why: researchers have found that people with high homocysteine levels tripled the amount of telomere length that was lost during cell division. No wonder it's linked to so many age-related diseases.

To keep homocysteine levels in check make sure you get the following in your diet, daily:

Vitamin B12 - 500 mcg ... Folic Acid - 800 mcg ... Vitamin B6 - 25 mg ... Riboflavin (B2) - 25 mg ... TMG (trimethylglycine) - 500 mg

For those who want to help themselves: Avoid junk food and eat your vegetables!

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† Air Fresheners

In a study by Dr. Steinemann, nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were found in air fresheners: 10 of the VOCs are regulated as either toxic or hazardous.

Three are classified as carcinogenic hazardous air pollutants, which have no safe exposure level according to the EPA

One of the VOCs was methyl chloride, linked to nervous system, liver, and kidney damage in animals.

No product labels listed any of the toxic chemicals; toxicologist told the Baltimore Sun: "At the very minimum, we should have a right to know what is in these products."

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Xylene is a toxic petroleum byproduct used in many air fresheners. That's right-- air fresheners! So what's the real danger in getting an occasional whiff of laundry detergent, shampoo, or air freshener?

In homes where air fresheners were used mothers had frequent headaches, cognitive impairment and higher risk of depression; infants were 32 percent more likely to suffer from diarrhea and had a significantly higher rate of earaches.


† Almonds

Almonds provide a rich source of sterols even good for lowering cholesterol.


† Aloe Vera

Healing benefits claimed for aloe vera:

  1. Halts the growth of cancer tumors.
  2. Lowers cholesterol levels.
  3. Repairs "sticky blood".
  4. Helps oxygenate blood.
  5. Eases inflammation and arthritis pain.
  6. Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates.
  7. Alkalizes the body.
  8. Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn's disease and other digestive disorders.
  9. Reduces high blood pressure by treating the cause, not just symptoms.
  10. Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients.
  11. Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns.
  12. Halts colon cancer, heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract.
  13. Ends constipation.
  14. Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics.
  15. Prevents and treats candida infections.
  16. Protects the kidneys.
  17. Functions as nature's own "sports drink" for electrolyte balance.
  18. Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance.
  19. Speeds recovery from injury or physical exertion.
  20. Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair.

How to Harvest Fresh Aloe Vera Gel


† Apha-linolenic Acid


† ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid)

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is one of the most effective free radical scavengers.

It has the ability to regenerate other antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, and glutathione.

Alpha lipoic acid is produced in your body in minute amounts, but most of it comes from your diet. Some of the best natural sources include grass-fed red meat, including the organ meats.

Dr. Berkson, who published a study on the use of antioxidants for the treatment of hepatitis C, The Alpha-Lipoic Acid Breakthrough uses ALA along with low dose naltrexone (LDN) for the reversal of a number of more serious health conditions such as:

Lupus 
Rheumatoid arthritis 
Dermatomyositis (an inflammatory muscle disease) 
Autoimmune diseases  

† Aluminum

We're exposed to aluminum through food and beverage packaging. The average person might absorb anywhere from 10 to 100 mg of aluminum DAILY from deodorants, cookware, baking powder, antacids, and others.

Aluminum is able to cross the blood-brain barrier that effectively blocks MOST harmful intruders from entering your brain. Once inside, aluminum starts free radical formation. Then oxidative stress threatens brain cell membranes and promotes inflammation. Aluminum also contributes to the primary Alzheimer's culprit, amyloid plaque buildup.

Malic acid can reduce the aluminum levels in tissues. It's available in most health food stores (magnesium malate is the preferred form). Dr. Milner recommends 500 mg of malic acid three times a day for no more that three weeks at a time.

See the article, Pardon Me But Your Brain is on Fire! by HealthierTalk.com contributor, Dr. Alan Inglis

And see the next article:


† Alzheimer's Disease

The BEST way to "treat" alzheimers is to lead a lifestyle to prevent it in the first place.

Exercising/walking are extremely important.

Avoid prolonged use of acetaminophen which results in decreased levels of an important brain antioxidant. When that antioxidant is depleted, free radical activity is increased and sets off damaging inflammation. Daily use of these NSAID drugs create a high risk of serious adverse side effects. Omega-3 fatty acids provide a much safer way to curb inflammation.

Aluminum is implicated in Alzheimer's disease -- it is found in drinking water, in antiperspirants, baking powder, and antacids to name a few places. The longer you live, the more chance you have of accumulating dangerously high levels of it.

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Aluminum:

Drink filtered water. Use a quality water filter for your home.

Cook with aluminum-free cookware.

Don't use antiperspirants that contain aluminum.

Avoid processed foods. Aluminum is added to items like baking powder, food coloring, and self-rising flour.

Avoid eating anything wrapped in aluminum foil, especially those little snack cheeses!

Eat cilantro, nature's very own chelating agent. In order to help prevent the long-term build-up of heavy metals -- and to lower your chances of getting Alzheimer's -- include it in your diet at least several times a month, use it daily for two weeks at a time three to four times a year.

For extra benefit, add some daily chlorella (a fresh water algae and an excellent detoxifier). Take 1,200 mg in three divided doses during the day when you are also eating cilantro.


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† Amino Acids

There are 22 standard amino acids that our bodies need; they are either used to make proteins, etc. or are oxidized (burned) to provide energy. Humans can synthesize 10 of them but the others must be obtained from the diet. .

Essential Amino Acids

The essential amino acids are: arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine—these must be obtained from the diet.

Most proteins from meat sources, gelatin being the only exception, contain all the essential amino acids and are considered complete proteins. Many plant proteins do not contain all of the essential amino acids. For example, corn, rice, and wheat lack lysine, corn also lacks tryptophan, and rice lacks threonine. Soybeans lack methionine. Vegetarians who consume no animal proteins in their diets (i.e., no eggs, dairy products, etc.) risk malnutrition, because they may fail to obtain one or more essential amino acid.


† Anemia

One type of anemia is caused by enlarged red blood corpuscles due to a deficiency of folic acid and vitamin B12. This deficiency is due to poor diet, or certain alimentary diseases such as celiac disease (sprue) or liver diseases. Vegetarians are at risk of developing macrocytic anemia due to the lack of vitamin B12 in their diet.

Symptoms of macrocytic anemia can include shortness of breath (SOB) or air hunger, headache, fatigue, inflammation or infection of the tongue, rapid heart rate greater than 100 beats per minute, enlargement of the spleen, pale color of the inner surface of the eyelid, ataxia which is a gross lack of coordination of muscle movements, loss of deep tendon reflexes, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems.

Diet should include foods which are rich in folic acid, iron and vitamin B12 such as organic meat, fish, eggs, raw milk and other dairy products; sea vegetables may also contain a certain amount. The leafy green vegetables, spinach and lettuce, are a main source of folic acid.

Beets contain many essential elements such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, iodine, iron, copper, carbohydrates, protein, fat and vitamins B1, B2, B6, niacin, and vitamin P. With its high iron content, beets help form red blood cells. The juice of red beetroot strengthens the body's powers of resistance and has proven to be an excellent remedy for anemia, especially in children and teenagers.

Almonds are high in copper, iron and other vitamins. Copper along with iron acts as a catalyst in the synthesis of hemoglobin.

For those who want to help themselves: Avoid junk food and eat your vegetables!


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† Anger

Anger makes the body use energy by released stress hormones. Chronic anger imbalances hormone levels and impairs the immune system. Anger will cause the release of chemicals that coagulate the blood, increasing blood clot risk and cause the stomach to hyper-produce acids. Tensing muscles in the head and neck can result in headaches and insomnia.


† Antacids and Acid Reflux

Stop. The calcium form used in antacids lowers the acid level (pH) in the stomach. And that acid is necessary for digestion of many nutrients and proteins necessary for health.

The full story


† Antibiotics

Most antibiotic prescriptions are totally unnecessary, and can be harmful. Every time you swallow antibiotics, you kill beneficial bacteria in your intestines, upsetting the delicate bacterial balance, which leads to chronic health problems.

Dr. Jaminet, an astro-physicist, experienced symptoms similar to those of multiple sclerosis, cognitive decline, neuropathic issues, and Rosacea, after being on a long course of antibiotics. He says, "I think there are so many people who have developed health problems because of the bad advice they've gotten from government authorities and the medical establishment."

Bacterial imbalance in your intestines leads to the 'Leaky Gut Syndrome'; your intestinal wall is damaged, interfering with how your body absorbs nutrients and filters out waste, including toxins.

Even if you don't get a prescription, chickens, cattle and hogs are routinely given antibiotics, so, you are likely ingesting antibiotics every day.

When animals are given antibiotics, some of the animals' bacteria is killed, but the stronger, surviving bacteria are more resistant to antibiotics; they multiply, and pass on their strength and resistance to future generations. Ordinary antibiotics become ineffective in treating the animals.

The New York Times reports the state of North Carolina uses more antibiotics for livestock production than the entire nation uses for humans. Chickens, cattle and hogs are fed antibiotics, not on a case-specific basis to treat disease, but indiscriminately to make them grow faster -- to increase profits for livestock producers -- and to prevent disease as the animals mill around in their filthy conditions. Industrial farmers put antibiotics in livestock feed, and water, medicating every animal.

Antibiotics are embedded in produce as well. They are finding their way via the manure used as fertilizer into your corn, lettuce, potatoes, and other crops.

Due to increased resistance Penicillin that used to work well must now be taken at triple the old dosage. In many cases it can't kill the bacteria at all.

On studying the ground water around hog farms, scientists find in it transferable genes that confer antibiotic resistance, to tetracycline.

What can the consumer do? Don't buy pork with drug-resistant bugs coming from factory farms, avoid using an antibiotic for a minor infection, and choose to buy antibiotic-free, organically raised meat -- get your food from small, local sources who have committed to raising their animals and produce in "organic" fashion.

Eventually antibiotics will be seen not as a wonder drug developed by science, but a scourge that made all of us weaker in the face of ever increasingly stronger super bugs that are resistant to all antibiotics.

There are many natural antibiotic alternatives, like garlic, raw honey, coconut oil and bee propolis. These will always be safe and effective against harmful pathogens, and no side effects unless you are silly enough to think garlic breath is bad.smiley


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† Antidepressants

New antidepressant warning - Prozac and other drugs cause thick arteries, raise heart risk

Emory University School of Medicine scientists have discovered antidepressant drugs use is linked to thicker arteries

The psychiatric drugs used to treat depressed people, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, and others -- the newest one is Pristiq -- have directly contributed to an alarming epidemic of drug-induced mental illness. The drugs prescribed by physicians to stabilize mental disorders are inducing pathological changes in brain chemistry and triggering suicide, manic and psychotic episodes, convulsions, violence, diabetes, pancreatic failure, metabolic diseases, and premature death.

Psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey in his book said '... it looks like we're having an epidemic of mental illness. When the National Institute of Mental Health publishes its figures on the incidence of mental illness, you see these rising numbers of mentally ill people. Some recent reports say that 20 percent of Americans now are mentally ill. One study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that antidepressants increase the rate of sudden death due to cardiac events.'

Pristiq has been slapped with another warning. It raises blood pressure -- even with the lowest possible dose. Previous black-box warnings were about 'suicidal thinking and behavior,' and quite a few other general warnings -- like increased risk for abnormal bleeding, narrow angle glaucoma, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, seizure, and hyponatremia, a dangerously low blood sodium level. This dangerous drug should never have been approved ... even doctors agree, the sales figures have been downright depressing for Wyeth. Well, they have their own remedy, take Pristiq.

More bad news:

Cancer: A Harvard team reviewed more than 60 trials of antidepressants and found the cancer link appears to be stronger with women who use the very popular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Celexa.

Diabetes: Your risk for type 2 diabetes is two to three times higher if you take antidepressants, according to one study.

Immune system: SSRIs cause serotonin to remain in your nerve junctions longer, interfering with immune cell signaling and T cell growth.

Suicidal thoughts and feelings and violent behavior : Risk for suicide is twice as high if on SSRIs; seven out of twelve school shootings were by children who were either on antidepressants or withdrawing from them.

Stillbirths: A Canadian study of almost 5,000 mothers found that women on SSRIs were twice as likely to have a stillbirth, and almost twice as likely to have a premature or low birth weight baby; another study showed a 40 percent increased risk for birth defects, such as cleft palate.

Brittle bones: One study showed women on antidepressants have a 30 percent higher risk of spinal fracture and a 20 percent high risk for all other fractures.

Stroke: Your risk for stroke may be 45 percent higher if you are on antidepressants.

Death: Overall death rates have been found to be 32 percent higher in women on antidepressants. Diabetes or stroke will kill you, but suicide is much quicker. The link between suicide and antidepressants is so strong that these drugs have been mandated to have suicide warnings.

Approximately 20 percent of people who take SSRIs experience nausea, 20 percent have headaches, 15 percent suffer from anxiety and nervousness, 14 percent have insomnia, 12 percent become drowsy, 12 percent get diarrhea, nine and one half percent suffer from dry mouth, nine percent have a loss of appetite, eight percent report sweating and tremors, and three percent develop rashes.

Antidepressants inhibit sexual function. In a 2009 study featured in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology in which sexual side effects were thoroughly evaluated, 43 percent of men and women taking SSRIs reported loss of libido or diminished sexual response.

The mainstream media and the public should be chiding Big Pharma for peddling these dangerous and useless drugs, exploiting users all these years while charging obscene prices for them.

Alternatives

St John's wort, it's unlikely to have side effects.

SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine)Recent studies find the natural dietary supplement SAMe can be more effective than prescription antidepressants in relieving depression, including severe depression.

Chamomile, for when you're stressed out or feel like lashing out, is a relaxing, calming herb and contains substances that affect the same parts of the brain that anti-anxiety drugs do. Canadian studies show chamomile has "significant inhibition" of generalized anxiety disorder. Its action on brain receptors is similar to Valium and Xanax, but unlike the drugs, chamomile is not addictive, has no side effects. Chamomile has also been found to increase glycine in the body, which is an amino acid that acts as a nerve and muscle relaxant.

Vitamin D, high levels of B vitamins which include folate, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids help reduce depression symptoms.

Regular exercise, deep breathing, and a little direct sunlight exposure (for optimal vit. D) are very helpful.


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† Antioxidants

This wonderful modern world has toxic thieves lurking everywhere: in your food, your tap water, medicine cabinet, cell phone, car--even in the air, both inside and outside your home, stores, offices--just everywhere. It shows in every line on your face.

These thieves constantly test your body's defenses, are ready to wear and tear you down; they kill you with maladies named by drug makers so you know which of their drugs to buy.

The simple way to prevent being overcome by toxins is by ensuring that you are eating foods rich in antioxidants found in natural organic food, by getting quality sleep, and fresh air exercising, by taking in sufficient water; by getting a focus for your love, hopes, and attention, and, of course, by eliminating unnatural stress. These things will eliminate toxins so you feel better, and look healthier, and younger: druglessly, naturally.

Poor nutrition and overeating are linked to an increased risk for many degenerative diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Phytonutrients in wholesome raw foods are essential for health, for slowing aging, as they are capable of ensuring gene health.

And two key lifestyle choices needed:

1) Get a good night's sleep every night

2) Eliminate processed foods that have high l-GT levels (Impaired glucose tolerance,) and replace them with nutrient-dense foods: avocados, tomatoes, garlic, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, squash, walnuts, asparagus, and meats from animals such as grass fed, free range cattle.

Astaxanthin a great antioxidant

The new Top 20 antioxidant foods list, published in the June issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry:

Small red beans (dried).  Wild blueberries.  Red Kidney beans. 
Pinto beans. Blueberries (cultivated). Cranberries. 
Artichokes (cooked). Blackberries. Prunes. 
Raspberries. Strawberries. Red Delicious apples. 
Granny Smith apples. Pecans. Sweet cherries. 
Black plums. Russet potatoes (cooked). 
Black beans (dried). Plums. Gala apples.

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† Anxiety

Anxiety medications come with a long list of side effects and safety concerns, not the least of which is the risk of drug dependence. Why not magnesium, which is one of the most important and natural anxiety remedies. It is effective, safe, and inexpensive?

Anxiety is bad news; it impairs concentration and causes sleeplessness; it increases the risk for illness, chronic back problems, and even fatal accidents. Anxiety is a wet blanket, damaging you mentally, physically, and emotionally.

A magnesium deficiency causes and aggravates symptoms of anxiety. Magnesium naturally calms the nervous system and the muscles; whereas, a deficiency can result in a tense body and an anxious mind.

Naturally, eating foods rich in magnesium is your first step in correcting a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is found in coconut water, kelp, cashews, buckwheat, molasses, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, cocoa powder and rice bran and other foods.

To tide you over till you change your eating habits use magnesium supplementation. Magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate and magnesium chloride are among the most absorbable forms of magnesium. Magnesium oil and epsom salts, in baths, can also be used externally to boost magnesium levels.


† Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to enrich sauces, and dressings; use it in marinades and pickling recipes, in baking as a leavening agent, as an acid-alkaline balancer and digestive aid.

Apple cider vinegar helps to alkalise the body even though it is an acid product.

It contains pectin, beta carotene, and potassium from the apple and assists in the development of healthy protein in the body and is full of enzymes and amino acids which are formed during the fermentation process.

Recent research by Dr Yoshio Takino, of Shizuka University in Japan, has proven that vinegar helps to maintain good health and slow down aging by helping to prevent the formation of two fatty peroxides which are responsible for aging and ill health. Vinegar destroys free radicals which are a major factor in the aging and mutation of tissue, and vinegar helps to break down the cholesterol formations which build up on blood vessel walls, shown in Dr Takino's research.


† Arthritis

Two types of arthritis: osteoarthritis causes joint degeneration. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disorder.

Rheumatoid Arthritis causes inflammation affecting the entire body where something goes wrong and causes the immune system to view the body as a foreign substance and launches attacks on itself. In RA, the joints are destroyed the most, even though the whole body is affected.

Things like Omega 3 fish oils, SAMe, Boswellia and Turmeric are just a few of many options for RA.

Do not take Aleve. The National Institutes of Health announced that over-the-counter pain reliever Aleve has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Probably the best way to reduce inflammation is to eliminate sugar from your diet, and, for many of us, grains.

Ginger: This herb is anti-inflammatory and offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice. Powder capsules are also available, better to use the fresh root.

Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or "Indian frankincense," has specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients, referred to as boswellic acids that animal studies have shown significantly reduce inflammation.

Fish Oils: The omega-3 fats EPA and DHA found in fish oil have been found, by many animal and clinical studies, to have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce joint inflammation and promote joint lubrication.

Animal based omega-3 fats are absolutely essential for any comprehensive anti-inflammatory program. They form the precursors to the molecules that actually produce or inhibit inflammation in your body (prostaglandins). You need to reduce omega-6 fats like vegetable oils, seeds, and nuts, as it is actually the ratio of omega 6:3 fats that determines how much inflammation is present.

Bromelain: This enzyme, found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory.

Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO): This oil, found in fish and dairy butter, acts as a "joint lubricant" and an anti-inflammatory. It has been found to be highly effective in reversing arthritis and protects against calcification of joints.

Evening Primrose, Black Currant and Borage Oils: These contain the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA), useful in treating arthritic pain.

Cayenne Cream: Also called capsaicin cream, this spice comes from dried hot peppers, and alleviates pain by depleting the body's supply of substance P, a chemical component of nerve cells that transmits pain signals to the brain.


Arthritis is not a "terminal" disease. By losing weight, exercising in fresh air and sunshine, improving your diet and lifestyle, and using natural anti-inflammatory measures you'll master this disease. You know … arthritis can be healed.


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† Aspartame

Read this, and be warned:

Aspartame is the ingredient in the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure and others; no matter how many times it gets rebranded with splashy new names, like Neotame and AminoSweet it is still poison.

Over the past three decades, aspartame has been associated with multiple neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal and carcinogenic effects. Yet people help keep it a multi-million dollar business today.

It is known to cause intelligence erosion and to disturb short-term memory; the components of this toxic chemical may lead to a wide variety of ailments, and government won't alert people to these dangers.

Full details : Sweet Misery

The FDA reports reactions including:

Headaches/migraines
Nausea
Abdominal pains
Fatigue and memory loss
Sleep problems
Vision problems
Anxiety attacks
Depression
Asthma/chest tightness.

Methanol, a poisonous wood alcohol makes up 10 percent of aspartame

Methanol from aspartame is released in the small intestine.

Methanol breaks down into the poisons formic acid and formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin. Methanol "is considered a cumulative poison due to the low rate of excretion after being absorbed. Heavy users of aspartame-containing products consume as much as 250 mg of methanol daily or 32 times the EPA limit.

Symptoms of methanol poisoning include headaches, ear noise, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness and shooting pains in the extremities, behavioral disturbances, and neuritis.

Well known visual problems from methanol poisoning include misty vision, progressive contraction of visual fields, blurring of vision, obscuration of vision, retinal damage, and blindness. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, causes retinal damage, interferes with DNA replication and causes birth defects.


† Aspirin

Aspirin is supposed to be more than a painkiller. But it can cause quite a bit of pain of its own when taken regularly. Many use aspirin so often that they forget that this is a powerful drug with significant side effects.

Don't gobble down daily aspirin unless you've got a death wish. And if you really hate life, add an ibuprofen to the mix -- patients who take that and aspirin together have double the risk of fatal heart attack.

Aspirin: A loaded gun for your heart

Aspirin works by poisoning your hormonal fats. Some of these fats are bad to begin with, and that's why you may get some short-term benefits from taking it.

But the good fats are necessary -- and every time you take an aspirin, you poison them.

Aspirin can lead to worsening allergy and asthma conditions. And although it's an anti-inflammatory drug, aspirin can actually have the opposite effect when used daily, as regular aspirin use can lead to swelling in the lungs, sinuses and joints.

Summary

You risk getting pancreatic cancer, kidney failure, and cataracts, and side effects such as:

Stomach ulcers and bleeding
Hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke
Allergic reaction
Ringing in the ears and hearing loss
Hearing loss in men.

With chronic overdose, in which normal daily doses build up in your body over time, the following symptoms develop:

'Fatigue
'Slight fever
'Confusion
'Collapse
'Rapid heart beat
'Uncontrollable rapid breathin

Alternatives

To really lower your risk for artery and heart disease start by eating right. That means avoiding carbs and other low-fat, high-sugar foods.

Then, try that real once-a-day wonder drug: exercise.


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† Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin belong to a class of naturally occurring pigments called carotenoids, which have powerful antioxidant properties crucial for good health. Carotenoids give vegetables attractive colors, from green grasses to red beets, to the spectacular yellows and oranges of your bell peppers.

The best sources of astaxanthin are the micro algae that produce it, and the sea creatures that consume the algae, such as salmon, shellfish, and krill.

Astaxanthin's antioxidant power provides impressive health benefits, including improving cardiovascular health, stabilizing blood sugar, boosting your immune system, fighting cancer, improving athletic performance, improving fertility--and even protecting you from sunburn.

Unlike with beta carotene and lycopene astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier and blood-retinal barrier; this brings antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection to your eyes, brain and central nervous system, reducing your risk for:
cataracts
macular degeneration
blindness
dementia
Alzheimer's disease.

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† Asthma, medication unnecessary

Asthma has increased by more than 300 percent over the last two decades: that same period when sunblock has been vigorously promoted. And, if a lack of vitamin D made by sunlight on your skin is even partially responsible for this meteoric rise in prevalence of asthma, then the answer is literally right outside your door, unprotected.

Low vitamin D levels in the blood increases risk of suffering severe asthma attacks.

Of course Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a variety of health conditions, from depression to autoimmune disorders, colds and flu, cancer, asthma, and even cognitive function. Conventional asthma treatments can also increase your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, just to name a few.

Standard drug treatment for asthma, Advair, contains the long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) salmeterol, which can actually increase the severity of an asthma attack.

Asthma medicines are extremely harmful and are directly related to thousands of deaths. The drugs do not cure or prevent -- they mask. They cause side effects worse than the actual attack.

The FDA advisory committee has called for a ban on some of them.

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A commercial for an asthma medication warns us that the product might "increase the risk of asthma-related death." (The regulatory agency forced them to include this warning due to results of a study that was published in 2006.) It's like an ad for Mr. Clean clarifying "Warning: will make your counter-tops dirtier."

Alternatives

A diet high in fruits, vegetables and nuts result in fewer allergy symptoms. This may be due to the effect of carotenoids, found in orange vegetables and dark leafy greens, and the antioxidant quercetin, found in red and purple fruits, red onion and black tea. Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, both found in fish oil, also appear to play an important role in keeping allergies at bay. Vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed oil and walnuts, while the best source of vitamin D is sunlight.

Make a nasal spray: add half a teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of warm water and stir until the salt dissolves. Add the mixture to a nasal sprayer and use as needed.

Apple Cider Vinegar - This is a popular and effective natural aid for asthma. Just one tablespoon diluted in water after your meal, or at bed-time (or both) will start getting rid of the asthma. ACV will also help battle acid reflux, acne and allergies.

Research finds that one of the causes of asthma is magnesium deficiency. Foods high in magnesium help to smoothe the respiratory airways so that more air can pass through. Magnesium also reduces body inflammation.

Magnesium-rich foods include oysters, mackeral, spinach and halibut.

Increase your intake of animal-based omega 3 fats and reduce your intake of processed omega 6 fats.

Eliminate processed foods from your diet.

Get regular exercise in fresh air.

Avoid commercial milk products. They make asthma worse. If you consume milk at all, use only raw milk products from grass-fed cows.

Eat foods rich in vitamin E.

Drink enough clean pure water to turn your urine light yellow.

What is good for treating asthma is also good for treating any allergy.

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†Astragalus

Astragalus is an adaptogenic and immunomodulating, nontoxic, herbal extract that helps the body resist the damaging effects of stress while restoring normal physiological function. Its secondary benefits are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, cardiotonic, diuretic and hepatoprotective. Astragalus helps adrenal function, digestion, metabolism, combats fatigue and increases stamina. It's very effective against AIDS; is proven to have an anti-tumor effect; and can increase the efficacy of chemotherapy.

It's native to China, officially known as astragalus membranaceus: AKA: Milk Vetch Root, and, Huang Qi. Astragalus is a perennial plant that grows up to 4 feet high. The root has a sweet taste and contains choline, flavonoids, amino acids-gamma aminobutyric acid, canavanine, beta-sitosterol, saponins (astragalosides) and oil.

Studies at the University of Houston show that astragalus improves immune function in cancer patients by increasing T-cell counts. Astragalus increases the ability of NK cells and T-cells to kill cancer cells while switching on the anti-tumor activity of Interleukin-2. In the devastating chemotherapy treatments, astragalus provides anti-neoplastic activity and decreases immuno supression. Astragalus reduces the dreadful side effects of both chemo and radiation: of fatigue, weight loss, anemia, nausea and loss of strength, while increasing WBC production for leucopenia (a common side effect of immunosuppressive therapy), thereby decreasing life-threatening infections.


†Atrial Fribrillation and Arrhythmias

Dr. Matthias Rath, MD, a leading American expert on cardiovascular disease, believes that arrhythmias are primarily caused by nutritional deficiencies and can be prevented by optimizing the intake of such nutrients as vitamin-C, L-carnitine, coenzyme Q10, magnesium and vitamin B complex). Magnesium is of particular importance as it is highly concentrated in the heart muscle and counteracts excessive calcium, which tends to excite the heart. L-carnitine has been found to have excellent antiarrhythmic properties and is also useful in the treatment of heart attack patients and patients with intermittent claudication.

Dr. Abram Hoffer, MD reports excellent results in the prevention of atrial fibrillation through the use of mega-doses of niacin and folic acid

Japanese researchers have found coenzyme Q10 to be effective in the management of arrhythmias.

Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) is widely used in the management of arrhythmias in Europe. It is non-toxic and has been found to improve the overall performance of the heart.

The first step in preventing fibrillation attacks is, of course, to avoid the trigger factors. Staying away from alcohol, caffeine and antiarrhythmic drugs such as digoxin is extremely important. Foods that may cause an allergic reaction should be avoided, as should excessive physical and emotional stress.

There is no magic drug, which will prevent fibrillation, and the ones frequently prescribed for the condition are likely to do more harm than good. Elimination of nutritional deficiencies and judicious, medically- supervised supplementation with magnesium, l-carnitine, coenzyme Q10, hawthorn, niacin, folic acid, and the vitamin B complex can however, go a long way towards preventing recurrence of fibrillation attacks.

The bad news for bisphosphonate bone drugs just keeps on coming. Commonly used bisphosphonates like Fosamax cause atrial fibrillation


† Avocado

The avocado is excellent food for vegetarians; it is a source for complete protein providing all 18 essential amino acids.

Avocado, organic rice, and beans would ensure a vegetarian gets enough protein. Though avocados are disdained for their fat content by weight watcher gurus, they are quite wrong concerning this excellent food; it helps regulate triglyceride levels, preventing diabetes.

Avocadoes provide beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein, and lesser known varieties of phytonutrients such as neoxanthin, zeaxanthin, chrysanthemaxanthin, neochrome, beta-cryptoxanthin and violaxanthin.

Avocadoes' unique combination of Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids helps guard against inflammation; helping prevent, or mitigate, osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.

The fat in avocadoes provides protection against heart disease. Oleic acid is the primary fatty acid in avocadoes.


† Autism

CBS revealed in researcher H. Ratajczak's review: 1) More than 20 vaccines contain human DNA, and 2) Shortly after DNA was included in vaccines in the U.S. and UK, autism rates spiked in both countries. Mixing DNA from one body with DNA in another body creates the potential for PROFOUND effects!

Some children are genetically hypersensitive, and some may be weak due to the lifestyle of the mothers during pregnancy. So damage easily occurs when their weakened immune systems are hurt by the intense onslaught of numerous childhood vaccines.

Dr. Brian Strom, a vaccine safety expert says that the prevailing medical opinion is that vaccines are scientifically linked to brain damage.

As with asthma autism has increased by more than 300 percent over the last four decades; the period when sunblock (vitamin D deficiency) and junk food and vaccines (man-made toxins which weaken the defenses of the body against microbial toxins) have been vigorously promoted.

Toxins like Mercury and other metals, such as aluminum, viruses and microbes, such as mold, have a field day in a body weakened by our modern way of living.


The "B" Items

† B-6 Vitamin

B-6 is needed to activate 120 enzymes and 19 of the body's 20 amino acids, resulting in DNA repair, healthy immune, hormone, and cognitive functions, as well as preventing heart disease, depression, kidney stones, and some cancers.

B-6 modifies the way the prostate responds to testosterone. And that just might prolong men's lives.

Men with highest B-6 intake were significantly more likely to survive longer compared to men with the lowest intake of the vitamin.

Bananas and chicken breast have high levels of vitamin B6. Red meat, fish, beans, fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens are also good sources.

Dr. Allan Spreen recommends 100 mg of B-6 daily, along with other B vitamins, of course, and magnesium. Dr. Spreen: "B- 6 is definitely more effective in the company of magnesium."


† B-12 Vitamin     

Best dietary sources of B12 vitamins would include:

Liver from organic calf 
Wild salmon, sardines 
Organic, grass-fed, beef 
Lamb, which is typically from grass-fed animals, may not be specified as organic 
Organic eggs, from free-range hens

† Baby Formula

Parents looking for a baby formula that's certified "organic" and a healthy choice could be fooled.

Similac Organic Formula, when first introduced last year, topped competitors with sales of more than $10 million even though it's more expensive, than the non-organic formulas.

However, it appears there are some problems: Similac Organic is the only major formula brand that's sweetened with cane sugar, also known as sucrose.

Reports show three serious problems:

1. Sucrose is much sweeter than other types of sugars, so babies get hooked on the sweetness and may resist any change to better formulas or solid foods.

2. The allure of its sweetness results in overeating, rapid weight gain and the risk of childhood obesity and problems that go along with that.

3. Sucrose is more harmful to tooth enamel than other sugar types.

4. Similac Organic formula also contains soy oil. Claire McCarthy, M.D., of Harvard Medical School: "Some research suggests that soy formulas may actually cause health problems. It's certain that premature babies and babies born small shouldn't get soy formula, because it interferes with their bone growth.

5. Other concerns are high concentrations of isoflavones in soy formula. Isoflavones are hormone-like substances that can have beneficial effects in adults, but studies have raised concerns about effects on the reproductive systems of infants.

6. Similac Organic formula also contains iron, bad for baby's brain. Inorganic iron in supplements and fortified foods does more harm than good


† Back Pain

Spending a lot of time sitting down will result in lower back pain, because the hip flexors (in the front of your hips), tend to tighten up. And the muscles in your back, butt, and hamstrings tend to get weaker.

What happens is that the tight muscles in the front overpower the weakening muscles in the back, this combination of effects pulls your pelvis forward and down. This unnatural curve in your lower spine causes some painful times.

The way to permanently cure lower back pain that is caused from sitting too much is to do some back stretching and strengthening exercises. You see, you need to strengthen the muscles that are getting weak and stretch the muscles that are getting tight.

Sitting for prolonged periods results in a number of other health problems, even premature death from cardiovascular disease. In one study, adults who spent more than four hours a day sitting in front of the television, or computer, etc., had an 80 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease compared with those who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV. This risk was independent of other risk factors such as smoking or diet.

The solution is less sitting and more moving. Simply by standing, you burn three times as many calories as you do sitting. Muscle contractions, including the ones required for standing, seem to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars.


† Baking Soda

How baking soda is used:

Fire retardant- baking soda can be used to extinguish oil and electrical fires.

Deodorizer- a box of baking soda in your refrigerator will help to neutralize strong odors. It can also be used to wash out and deodorize garbage cans, and it also controls undesirable odors in the bottom of your dishwasher.

Desiccant- baking soda is a drying agent and can remove excess moisture from your refrigerator, cupboards and wardrobe.

Stain remover- apply a thin paste of baking soda to stains prior to washing - even blood stains.

Degreaser- apply baking soda on grease or oil patches on cement floors or driveways, or on stovetops and barbecue grills.

Blocked or sluggish drains- place a cup of baking soda in the drain followed by a cup of warm vinegar.

Cooking/baking- baking soda is a leavening agent which reacts with acid compounds causing dough to rise. In cooking it acts to neutralize acids, breaks down protein, and tenderizes also.

Cleaning- baking soda cleans bathrooms, carpets, kitchens, glass, ovens, walls and mirrors.

Personal care- baking soda can be used on sunburn, insect bites, dentures, sore throats, acid indigestion, and shampooing.

Insecticide/herbicide- repels ants and roaches. It can be used to kill many weeds.

Baking Soda and Cancer

Italian physician and researcher Dr. Tullio Simoncini determined that high levels of Candida were present in those individuals with cancerous tumors. The body does not quickly develop immunity to baking soda as an anti-fungal, so he was able to apply it directly to tumors and neutralize their acidity. He also found it is important to replenish the body with good bacteria, or probiotics, and to avoid exposure to chemicals and environmental toxins as much as possible.

"... the doc put me on his mixture and in a couple of months the cancer was gone. It did not even show up on the x-rays." When those other doctors tell you that you're a goner, only six months to live, maybe investigate this baking soda remedy.

Cancer cells thrive in a low-oxygen environment, lack of enough oxygen is not only the underlying cause of cancer but is also the cause of most diseases -- from AIDS to yeast infections. The body cannot retain oxygen in cells if the blood pH is highly acidic, and this is the standard condition of those with tumors that thrive on a diet of refined sugars, flours, caffeine and other acidic foods. Baking soda, or Sodium Bicarbonate, is a substance that neutralizes acids. One teaspoon a week will reverse an acidic blood pH, as will switching to a diet high in alkaline-producing foods.
When the human body is supplied with abundant amounts of oxygen, all cancer cells, viruses, harmful bacteria, toxins, pathogens and disease microorganisms are killed because they cannot survive in a high-oxygen environment.

The body should be alkaline but with the use of processed foods it goes more acid; cancer patients, for instance, have lots of ammonia in their bodies and in their breath. The effect of pH on bacteria, viruses, fungus, yeast and cancer cells is more understood today. Pathogens, such as bacteria, prefer a more acidic environment. Increasing pH to more alkaline levels can decrease the ability of these pathogens to cause illness and disease.

Because cancer cells need sugars, baking soda mixed with maple syrup will reach the site of the tumor, where the bicarbonate will quickly work as a weapon against the disease. A good recipe for this is to mix 3 parts organic maple syrup with 1 part baking soda, stir over very low heat for 5-10 minutes and take 3 tsp per day for 1 to 2 months.

For best results, combine the baking soda treatment and other alternative cancer-fighting protocols with a healthy lifestyle as recommended by your holistic health practitioner.


† Bananas

The US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official medical claims for the banana's ability to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

More benefits of eating bananas:

  1. Bananas help overcome depression as they have high levels of tryptophan, which gets converted to serotonin, the brain's good mood neurotransmitter.
  2. Two bananas before a strenuous workout will provide extra energy to sustain your blood sugar levels.
  3. Bananas' high potassium levels protect against muscle cramps and night time leg cramps.
  4. Reduce calcium loss, helping build strong bones.
  5. Reduce PMS symptoms
  6. Bananas' high levels of vitamin B-6 helps reduce swelling, protects against type II diabetes, aids weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and helps with the production of white blood cells
  7. Builds blood, relieves anemia with the iron in bananas

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† Beans

Berries, Beans are the 'Best Antioxidants' which fight damage to cells from molecules called "free radicals." Experts believe this assault on cells may fuel killer diseases such as heart disease and cancer, and even aging itself.

Top 20 antioxidant foods in descending order:

Small red beans (dried). 
Wild blueberries. 
Red Kidney beans. 
Pinto beans. 
Blueberries (cultivated). 
Cranberries. 
Artichokes (cooked). 
Blackberries. 
Prunes. 
Raspberries. 
Strawberries. 
Red Delicious apples. 
Granny Smith apples. 
Pecans. 
Sweet cherries. 
Black plums. 
Russet potatoes (cooked). 
Black beans (dried). 
Plums. 
Gala apples.

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† Beets, Beatroots

Beets are a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, and folate. Beets are a good source of Vitamin C, zinc, copper, and iron. Beets contain phytonutrients -- polyphenols and betaines, which are getting quite a bit of medical attention as important natural antioxidants; they stimulate liver cell function and enhance mood through increasing serotonin levels, and protect against heart disease through homocysteine and blood pressure reduction.

Beets help protect against cancer, particularly colon cancer, and doctors have used beets to get rid of tumors and to help with blood diseases and leukemia. Beetroot juice is high in natural nitrates that turn into nitrite and help to relax and to open blood vessels in older people to improve blood flow to the brain for improved oxygenation, improved memory and learning.

beets

Other reasons beets are healthful:

Beets are usually bright red and make a colorful and healthful garnish. Also, use them in salads. Betacyanin is the pigment that gives red beets their color and is believed to be responsible for helping fight cancer.

Beets are believed to help create red blood cells. The red pigment of beets is from a group of phyotonutrients known as betalains. Betalains are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying agents which are richer in beets than other plant foods.

Beet betalains help prevent cancer, especially colon cancer. In vitro lab tests show beet betalain suppresses human cancer cells.

The anti-inflammatory effects of betalains help prevent many chronic diseases and promotes cardiovascular health. Early research indicates the betalains support nerve and eye tissue better than most other anti-oxidants.

Beets are very high in vitamin C, folate (a natural source of folic acid), manganese, magnesium, and potassium. The fiber in beets is similar to that of carrots and supports gastrointestinal health.

When it comes to detoxing the body, enzymes in beet betalains stimulate glutathione production and attach toxins to glutathione molecules and are excreted.


† Beef

Consuming large quantities of barbecued red meat can increase your risk of colon polyps, which can develop into cancer.

To reduce your risk of cancer cook the beef on the rare side, but to also reduce your risk for food poisoning eat grass fed, organic meat. Not only will the grass-fed meat be healthier for you, it won't have to be overcooked to be safe!

Grass fed beef or pastured poultry is higher in healthy omega-3 fats, and grass fed beef may be up to four times higher in vitamin E than beef from feedlot cattle. It is also much higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which may have cancer fighting properties.


† Beer

Research indicates a beer a day could be even better for you than red wine, according to Charles Bamforth, Ph.D., a professor of food science and technology at the University of California at Davis.

Made out of malted barley, which contains the same heart-protecting antioxidants that give red wine its good name, beer packs high levels of vitamin B6, which keeps our bodies from building up homocysteine, a chemical linked to increased coronary risk. And your body gets a boost in the form of silica, a compound that helps strengthen bones. Bamforth suggests sticking to one beer a day and look for brews made with malt and hops, which are especially rich in silica.


† Berries

Berries are super foods that prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease, infections and the like. There's evidence that eating berries such as blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries protects brains from aging

Natural compounds called polyphenolics are found in fruits, vegetables and nuts and they have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that protects against decline due to aging. It is important to eat foods rich in phytochemicals known as polyphenolics. To get the healthful benefit, it is essential to eat the whole fruits containing the full range of healthful phytochemicals,


† Bisphenol A (BPA)

Every day we dine on bisphenol A, a chemical known to act like a female sex hormone.

Also known as BPA, it's the main ingredient in polycarbonate, the rigid, translucent, hard plastic used to make water bottles and jugs, food containers, many baby bottles and even training and sippy cups. The water jugs are used for filtered water.?? It's found in the epoxy resins that act as a protectant inside tin cans and dental sealants. BPA is also used in some contact lenses, dashboards, compact discs, adhesives, pipes, thermal fax paper, helmets, electronic gadgets and many household goods.

BPA is in all of us.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005 said it had detected bisphenol A in 95 per cent of 394 people tested.

Last month, the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group revealed startling findings about one in 10 cans of all food tested and one in three cans of infant formula: “A single serving contained enough BPA to expose a woman or infant to BPA levels more than 200 times the government's traditional safe level of exposure for industrial chemicals.”

Most governments, including Canada, had set safe levels of exposure long before recent studies showed hormone-related changes in mice and rats.(from Vancouver Sun)

How BPA Can Damage Your Health

Some 700 studies have been published about BPA -- most of them indicating serious health hazards. The most troubling problem with BPA is that it mimics the female hormone estrogen.

Your body is extremely sensitive to sex hormones, and miniscule amounts can induce profound changes. Scientists are afraid even low levels of BPA could have a negative impact on human health.

BPA increases aneuploidy, a defect consisting of abnormal loss or gain of chromosomes, which in humans could possibly lead to miscarriages or disorders such as Down Syndrome.

There is evidence (among mice and rats) that even low doses of BPA can cause:

Hyperactivity
Early puberty
Increased fat formation
Abnormal sexual behavior
Disrupted reproductive cycles
Structural damage to the brain

A major problem with BPA is that it doesn't stay in the plastic. It leeches into whatever food or beverage you put in a plastic container, canned good, or plastic baby bottle. Even worse, if you microwave the containers or bottles, or place hot liquids or food into them, BPA is released 55 times more rapidly!

Your body is capable of detoxing and cleaning out some of the toxins you're exposed to on a daily basis, so as long as you're maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and taking whatever measures you can to limit your exposure to toxins, you're giving yourself the best chance to be healthy.

10 Tips to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA

If you do opt to use plastic containers instead of glass, be sure to check the recycling label on the bottom of the container. Avoid those marked on the bottom with the recycling label No. 7, as these varieties usually contain BPA. No. 3 (DEHA) and No. 6 (Styrene) are also considered unsuitable for use with food due to their toxic ingredients.

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Smart Plastics Guide offers more detailed descriptions of the most commonly occurring chemicals in plastic products. The website Mother Jones also offers a handy chart that you can cut out and stick on your refrigerator.


† Blood Pressure

There are many medications that lower blood pressure. However, these medications never address the causes of high blood pressure.

A high grain, low fat regimen is bad news for your high blood pressure. This nutritional combination is not only a prescription for hypertension, it can devastate your health.

High blood pressure, and insulin resistance is directly related to a high sugar, high grain diet, along with insufficient amounts of exercise.

As your insulin level rises, so does your blood pressure.

Insulin stores magnesium in your cells to relax muscles, but if you're resistant to insulin, you can't store magnesium, which is merely eliminated from your body.

Under low magnesium conditions, blood vessels constrict rather than relax, raising blood pressure and decreasing your energy levels.

The good news: by eating nutritious food, getting adequate exercise and reducing stress blood pressure can be normalized. And according to a study done by the Department of Biochemistry in Mexico, 4.5 grams of spirulina taken every day, was shown to regulate blood pressure among both women and men between the ages of 18-65 years with no other dietary changes made during the 6 weeks the experiment was run.

Fructose and High Blood Pressure

Remove grains and sugars, particularly fructose, from your diet until both your weight and your blood pressure have normalized. Eating sugars and grains, including any type of bread, pasta, corn, potatoes, or rice, will cause elevated insulin levels and blood pressure.

Fructose breaks down into a variety of detrimental waste products, one of which is uric acid. Uric acid drives up your blood pressure by inhibiting the nitric oxide in your blood vessels. Nitric oxide helps your vessels maintain their elasticity, so nitric oxide suppression leads to increases in blood pressure.


† Blood Sugar

Exercise affects the body's ability to control blood sugar levels.

"It's increasingly clear that blood sugar spikes, especially after a meal, are bad for you,"
says John P. Thyfault, an associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri.
"Spikes and swings in blood sugar after meals have been linked to the development of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes."

In times of inactivity, blood sugar levels spike after meals. Unused muscles need less fuel and so draw less sugar from the blood. The condition becomes serious when inactivity is prolonged, when it's the body's default condition. Over time, inactivity creates the physiological conditions that result in chronic disease, like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, maybe regardless of a person's weight or diet.

Keep moving, even if not much: get up and walk around the office, or jog in place every hour or so. You need not run marathons, but move you must.


† Bloodthinners

Forget the blood thinners doctors prescribe: aspirin, coumadin, warfarin, etc.

Use Natural Blood Thinners

Cayenne pepper and vitamin C are excellent natural and inexpensive blood thinners. They are good for the blood vessels and cardiovascular health and they are high in antioxidants. Cayenne pepper, "the King of Herbs," is considered the best natural item for the heart. Vitamin C is excellent for healthy blood vessels.

Turmeric, the major component of the common kitchen spice curcumin, has many health benefits besides being a good natural blood thinner. It is also a natural immune modulator, a natural anti-inflammatory and is increasingly being recognized as a potent cancer fighter and cancer preventive.

Garlic is widely recognized as one of the most beneficial natural plants for health and is another effective natural blood thinner, due to its salicylate content. Salicylates are found in a large number of over the counter medications and are the primary blood thinning agent in aspirin. Garlic is especially good for cardiovascular health and is also a potent natural pathogen destroyer.

Onions also contain salicylates, and are good natural blood thinners.

Other natural blood thinners:

* Bromelain
* Water
* Cinnamon
* Dill
* Oregano
* Dried fruits and berries: raisins, cranberries, prunes, cherries
* Vitamin B6
* Vitamin E
* Gingko biloba
* Hawthorn berry 

Hawthorn berry -- for cardiovascular health and effective atrial fibrillation treatment.

Exercise will keep the blood thinner, and consumption of raw vegetables and fruits prevents thick blood.


† Blueberries

blueberries

Colorful goodness.

As with resveratrol in grapes, pterostilbene, an antioxidant found in blueberries, can stimulate liver cells to better break down fat and cholesterol, according to USDA scientists.

† Bottled Water

Tests by the Environmental Working Group revealed 38 low-level contaminants in bottled water, with each of the 10 tested brands containing an average of eight chemicals including disinfection byproducts (DBPs), caffeine, Tylenol, nitrate, industrial chemicals, arsenic, and bacteria.

So what you are paying for is often no different, or even worse, than the water that comes out of your faucet.

Plastic water bottles contain chemicals like BPA and phthalates, which mimic hormones in your body.

Even small amounts can cause problems such as:

Structural damage to your brain

Hyperactivity, increased aggressiveness, and impaired learning

Increased fat formation and risk of obesity

Altered immune function

Early puberty, stimulation of mammary gland development, disrupted reproductive cycles, and ovarian dysfunction

Changes in gender-specific behavior, and abnormal sexual behavior

Stimulation of prostate cancer cells

Increased prostate size, and decreased sperm production

You risk exposure, but, if you leave your bottle of water in a hot car, or reuse it, your exposure is multiplied because heat and stress increase the amount of chemicals that leach out of the plastic.


† Brain

Your brain is flesh and blood like the rest of your body, so :

Poor nutrition hurts your brain.
Chronic, unbalanced stress ruins your memory
Lack of physical exercise ages your brain and your body.
Lack of stimulating mental activity accelerates brain aging.

You can protect and repair your brain with your lifestyle choices. Brain function can be improved.

  1. Diet : Certain high fat foods, such as grain-fed beef clog up your brain cells, while fish such as fresh salmon and some vegetables and fruit protect it.
  2. Stress Management is critically important: chronic, unbalanced stress kills brain cells in the hippocampus, your brain's memory center. Practicing relaxation is helpful; enjoyable social activity is helpful.
  3. Exercise: The latest research clearly shows the necessity of physical, mental, and mind/body exercise for boosting your memory and keeping your brain in top shape, and cause brain cell growth.

† Bread Pastry

Pass on the bread/pastry; your eyes will thank you

Refined carbs, those cakes, bagels and cookies that are so easy to eat need to be tossed out from your diet. They're only good for weight gain and heart disease, well, if that's your aim. And now it's been found that they can also cause you go blind.
Read more: Bread and Pastry


† Breast Cancer

Mammograms -- The Breast Cancer Screening Mistake Millions Make.

This test has a very high rate of false positive results, which means that those many women suffer through surgery, radiation, and toxic drugs -- not to mention emotional distress and expense -- only to learn later that they never had cancer.

Mammograms are not only ineffective ... they're unsafe as well in that they use ionizing radiation at a relatively high dose, which in and of itself can contribute to the development of breast cancer.

Mammograms expose the body to radiation that can be 1,000 times greater than that from a chest x-ray, which is a known cancer risk. Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast cancer and raise the risk of spreading, metastasizing, an existing growth, but all could be avoided by making lifestyle changes.

A healthy diet, regular physical exercise, and an effective way to manage your emotional health are the bases of just about any cancer prevention program, including breast cancer; also the vitamin D3 levels must be optimized. Vitamin D3, a steroid hormone influences virtually every cell in your body, is easily one of nature's most potent cancer fighters.


† Breast Feeding

Health for two: Breast Feeding Baby

† Broccoli

Broccoli consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of cancer. Now also, broccoli prevents arthritis. Phytochemical compounds in cruciferous vegetables are turning out to be remarkably powerful disease fighters and health builders.

A study of the natural, bioactive compound called sulforaphane found in cruciferous vegetables, especially broccoli, claims it prevents osteoarthritis. I told you, good food is good for you.

Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C of an orange. It has almost as much calcium as whole milk--and the calcium is better absorbed. It contains selenium, a mineral that has been found to have anti-cancer and anti-viral properties. Broccoli is a modest source of vitamin A and alpha-tocopherol vitamin E. It also has antioxidant properties


† Bromelain

An enzyme found in pineapple, bromelain, has been linked to the improvement of breathing conditions, such as asthma. It has the same effect on mucus as it does on blood in that it thins the consistency.

It keeps blood thin to prevent clotting, and has anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason it's often recommended after surgery to help ease the trauma caused by incisions or injections. Supplementing the diet with bromelain significantly eases the pain and discomfort of arthritis.

It's been noted to improve inflammatory skin conditions, including acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.

Bromelain is found primarily in the stem of the fruit. This is why it may be better to use a supplement.

Bromelain is an immune system booster; it improves immune response by strengthening the body's immune defense, the T-cells.


† Bromine

Bromine displaces iodine resulting in iodine deficiency, which can lead to an increased risk for cancer of the breast, thyroid gland, ovary and prostate -- cancers that we see at alarmingly high rates today.

Bromine is toxic. It can accumulate in your tissues, central nervous system, and breast milk, resulting in a number of health problems.

Bromine acts on the central nervous system as a depressant, and can trigger a number of psychological problems like acute paranoia and other psychotic symptoms. It can also manifest as:

Skin rashes and severe acne 
Loss of appetite and abdominal pain 
Fatigue 
Metallic taste 
Cardiac arrhythmias 

Bromine is found in:

citrus-based/flavored sodas and energy drinks
Pesticides (methyl bromide)
Bakery goods; flours with a "dough conditioner" called potassium bromate 
Medications: Atrovent Inhaler, and Nasal Spray, ulcers med., and anesthesia agents 
Fire retardants: in fabrics, carpets, upholstery, and mattresses
        

† Butter

Butter makes your bread less fattening. Look for foods with a low glycemic load. That's scientist-jargon for it gets absorbed slower. The lower the glycemic load, the better.

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The "C" Items

† Cabbage

Studies show diets rich in cruciferous vegetables are associated with lower risks of several types of cancer.

Red cabbage contains 36, white 50mg, of different varieties of anthocyanins, a class of flavonoid phytonutrients that have been linked to protection from cancer.

Other cancer-preventing effects of cabbage are due to the antioxidant richness of the vegetable. Without enough antioxidants we experience metabolic problems, oxidative stress, a risk factor for cancer.

Cabbage also prevents cancer due to a compound called Indole-3-carbinol. This compound is released when cruciferous vegetables are chewed, and has been shown to protect against the adverse effects of estrogen.

Cabbage has high levels of calcium, iron, iodine, potassium, sulfur, and phosphorus. It is loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, K and folic acid.

Helps heal ulceration in the digestive tract, good for blood building.

The slight, laxative effect of cabbage stimulates bowel movement. Eat uncooked whole, or juiced.

The amino acid glutamine in cabbage juice is totally gentle and cleanses the digestive system.

Histidine in cabbage is useful to treat allergies and to regulate T-cells of the immune system.


† Calcium

Calcium deficiency could result in high blood pressure, poor memory, saggy skin, hard arteries, and brittle bones.

For calcium to benefit a body it requires magnesium, manganese, boron, silica, strontium, usually digestive enzymes, often additional betaine hydrochloride, and ALWAYS vitamin D. All these are best derived from good food.

Researchers found that those who consumed sufficient calcium in food were 25 percent less likely to die over the next decade. None took calcium supplements.

Calcium influences mortality risk in many ways, for example by reducing blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

The Best Sources of Calcium

The best food source of calcium is raw milk and other RAW dairy products, but NOT the supermarket, pasteurized stuff. Pasteurization renders much of the calcium contained in milk insoluble.

Dark green, leafy vegetables, including spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens and collard greens, are great sources of calcium, and also sesame seeds.

Vitamin D3 is also important for calcium absorption, so along with raw milk and vegetables, make sure to get vitamin D levels optimized by sun or supplement.

Unprocessed salts, such as Himalayan salt, are one of the best sources of these trace minerals.

Supplementing with Calcium.

Too Much Calcium May Create Mineral Deficiencies that Promote Disease. Bone is comprised of at least a dozen minerals, and the exclusive focus on calcium supplementation is likely to worsen bone density and actually increase your risk for osteoporosis and other diseases.

Calcium's better half: Magnesium

The Karolinska study shows, calcium must have magnesium. Calcium alone has been found in several experiments to be improperly laid down in the body, even negatively affecting arterial walls before setting up in bones.

Calcium requires more than just magnesium: It also needs manganese, boron, silica, strontium, usually digestive enzymes, often additional betaine hydrochloride, and ALWAYS vitamin D.

Calcium in antacids simply is a "problem"; it lowers the acid level (pH) in the stomach, which is necessary for the digestion of many nutrients. Calcium citrate is the best supplemental form of calcium. Then, you add exercise, so the bones have a reason to re-mineralize. For post-menopausal women, also include natural progesterone.


† Cancer

Science over the last 40 years has achieved almost nothing to eradicate cancer because cancer is a man-made disease caused by the shunning of health-sustaining diets and activities, while embracing a highly unnatural lifestyle and continually abusing the body, inside and outside, with chemicals. Wise people know that some foods -- such as fructose and processed meats -- contribute to cancer, while other foods prevent and cure it, including the cancers oncologists give up on.

The cancer societies aren't in a rush to find a cure, they have cosey financial ties to drug and equipment makers, like mammography equipment and cancer drugs. Other conflicts of interest include ties to, and financial support from, the pesticide-, petrochemical-, biotech-, cosmetics-, and junk food industries--the very industries whose products are the primary contributors to cancer! All those individuals who leave it to these "societies" to look after their health will soon be very disappointed.

The late physician, author, and diet guru Dr. Robert Atkins, M.D., once said:

"There [] are many cures for cancer. But they are all being systematically suppressed by the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the major oncology centers. They have too much of an interest in the status quo."

Everything you put into, or onto, your body can either help or hinder your natural healing mechanisms, and thereby influence your risk of cancer. Cancer is a disease man brings on himself, the opting for a bad lifestyle, avoiding health-sustaining diets and activities, while embracing an unnatural sedentary, stress-filled lifestyle with exposure to chemicals, to vaccines; and avoiding sun, and eating bad food: essentially by overloading the body with toxins, including pharmaceutical drugs.

According to Professor Rosalie David,

"There is nothing in the "natural" environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, coming from pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle."

Some people don't get cancer! They're cancer-free, because of a life style of avoiding the pitfalls of modern living. They eat highly nutritious natural foods, a lot of raw foods, too; avoiding chemicals like vaccines, fluorine, chlorine, preservatves, artificial coloring, flavoring, MSG, and so on. They don't let the dog eat dog lifestyle rule their lives. They are active: work because they like to work, and play and sleep carefree.

One needs to be on a good organic diet while avoiding all processed foods when avoiding and treating cancer. Sugar is to be absolutely avoided: it feeds cancer cells, for goodness sake.

Stress

Cancer, caused by biological, psychological, chemical and physical stress, thrives while one makes one's way in this world of air pollution, and artificial and polluted foods.

Vitamin D3 stimulates the body`s immune system. If you make use of this natural defense, studies show you can cut your risk of cancer in half. More on stress: Stress

Lack of Nutrients or Bad "Food" Choices

Avoid carbon monoxide (vehicle exhaust, fumes from gas stoves & heaters) that reduces the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. Fluoride, as in toothpaste; it also interferes with oxygen uptake. Alcohol and drugs rob the body of oxygen because the body must oxidize these substances during the process of their removal.

Fructose, as in corn syrup, may be the biggest culprit in the development of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Otto Warburg, Ph.D., showed that glucose is a fuel for cancer cell growth. It won Dr. Warburg a Nobel Prize. For decades, the medical community has been aware of the danger for [people] and cancer patients who eat foods with added sugars and refined simple carbohydrates, but they don't stress this fact to people and to patients.

Debilitating Flu Shots: see Vaccines

Lack of Oxygen

Oxygen is critical for the health of people because cancer cells are anaerobic. That means they thrive in an oxygen-free environment; they're killed by oxygen.

Increase the amount of oxygen in the air you breathe by getting fresh air into every room of your home, office and vehicle.

Deep breathing is good. Practice it for a few minutes every day. It helps fight depression, helps move the lymph, helps make you more lively.

Aerobic exercise increases the capacity of the heart to pump blood and increases the capacity of the lungs, and helps you breathe better.

Insufficient Sleep

Sleep helps build up your body's immunity. A strong immune system will defend you from illness.

More on Sleep

Bad Food Ingredients

Milk from cows that have been injected with the bovine growth hormone known as rBGH contains high levels of growth factor (IGF-1), which your digestive system easily absorbs. High levels of IGF-1 are linked to colon, breast, and prostate cancers.

Not Enough Sun

The Cause of Skin Cancer ... Its NOT the Sun! Sunlight prevents cancer.

How is it that skin cancer is on the rise when we use more effective sunblock and more of us spend less time outdoors than ever before? The sun hasn't changed in the past few generations, so why more cancers today?

Good Nutrition

Resveratrol in red grapes, for example, have been shown to inhibit abnormal angiogenesis by 60 percent. Even more potent is that in knotweed, and the ellagic acid found in strawberries. Eat right to prevent cancer.

Green tea, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries Cherries, red grapes, Kale, Turmeric, nutmeg, artichokes, parsley, garlic, tomatoes, and maitake mushrooms are anticancer.

Fresh, whole foods are potently nutritious! But, the sum, the meal, is far greater than the individual parts, and it's far more important to focus on eating a diet of whole, organic foods, rather than obsessing about individual nutrients.

Include in your diet other natural cancer preventers/fighters -- commonly called the mustard family -- mustard, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, cabbage and brussels sprouts.

Peoples who eat diets high in fats have low breast cancer rates when those fats come from natural oils like fish, olive or coconut.

Eat smaller nutrient-dense meals (no junk food). Overeating causes oxygen deficiency. Vitamin F (essential fatty acids) are composed of two fatty acids - linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linoleic acid (LNA) - with linoleic acid being the most complete fatty acid. The fatty acids increase the oxygen carrying capacity of the hemoglobin in red blood cells. Also, eat an alkaline diet to create an alkaline condition in the body.

Antioxidants help the body use oxygen more efficiently. Antioxidants include Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) which is found in the greenest plants, Microhydrin, co-enzyme Q10, germanium (a trace mineral), thioctic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A (retin-A), and ginseng.

Cooked foods cannot create true health because they are missing some very vital elements needed by the body for its optimal functioning; things like enzymes, oxygen, hormones, phytochemicals, bio-electrical energy and life-force. When foods are heated above 105 ° they begin to lose all of these. By 118 °, most food is dead. Yes, the vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats and proteins are still there, but in an altered state -- not at all what nature handed you.

Raw and living foods supply bio-electricity, a life-force.

"Life-force" means "the energy that is able to create life." The sprouting ability of raw foods demonstrates the presence of the life-force within them. All grains, legumes, beans and seeds sprout. Nuts in the shell sprout. Potatoes sprout and create new potato plants. If you stick the top part of a pineapple into water, it will sprout roots. Apple seeds create apple trees..

Eat Raw

Total health: Total Health

Throat Cancer Cured?

Natural self-care cancer treatments should include the following to boost the immune system

The Cancer-Preventive Diet

Good foods far exceed the potency of anti-angiogenetic drugs! Examples include parsley, garlic, and red grapes.

By making anti-angiogenetic foods a regular part of your diet, you can naturally boost your body's defense system and prevent blood vessels from forming and feeding the microscopic tumors that exist in your body at any given time.
Two of the most potent anti-angionetic foods are:

Ellagic acid found in strawberries 
Resveratrol from red grapes

Other anti-angiogenetic foods include:

Green tea  
Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries  cherries  
Red grapes  Kale  Turmeric  
Nutmeg  Artichokes  Parsley  
Garlic  Tomato  Maitake mushroom 

Whole foods, not individual compounds. This is due to the synergy of the food, where the whole is far greater than its individual parts.

It is in fact this natural synergy that makes fresh, whole foods so potently nutritious! So, don't obsess about individual nutrients. Focus instead on a varied diet of whole, unprocessed and unadulterated foods for optimal health benefits.

Here's how your health can change:

Indictment of Cancer Industry: Feeding on cancer

The cancer industry subscribes to three a three pronged philosophy of cancer treatment; that only chemotherapy, radiation, or immunotherapy can successfully treat cancer, even though the success rate is abysmal and are notoriously toxic and come with devastating, including lethal, side effects. The best-selling (and extremely expensive) cancer drug Avastin, for example, was recently phased out as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer after studies concluded its benefits were outweighed by its dangerous side effects. Treating a disease that is in large part caused by toxins with toxins seems so ignorant. In one study the chemo drug, Gemzar, approved for pancreatic cancer, had 126 patients. Of those, 19 survived one year. but not even one patient out of the 126 lived more than 19 months.

Do oncologists not want to remove the cause? you know, no cancer, no profit, or are they offering treatments they know are ineffective to give a ray of hope to make their jobs one drop easier? One is willing to believe that.

Sadly, in too many cases that's not the reason that these poor, desperate patients are being subjected to needless -- and worthless -- chemo treatments. No, it's much more likely all about the billing...it's a human disgrace.

Don't miss: Monster in the closet

They ignore the healing approaches like those taken by Susanne Sommers. Here's what she said about the treatments Patrick Swayze was given: “They took this beautiful man and they basically put poison in him. Why couldn't they have built him up nutritionally and gotten rid of the toxins in his body? I hate to be this controversial. I'm a singer-dancer-comedienne. But we have an epidemic going on, [] I have to say it.”

Present day medical logic is completely baffling, infuriating and extremely dangerous. Make no mistake. The lucrative chemotherapy industry is scared to death of any natural cancer cure, or, even a chemical cure. If the cure became known, it would bring an abrupt end to their obscene profits for drugs that don't work.

"Cures" to Watch"

pH Cure for Cancer

Mixing sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) with molasses instead or maple syrup protocol cures cancer by raising body pH to over eight. Chronic over-acidity corrodes body tissue, and eventually will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, interferes with life itself, an open door for cancer.

Cancer cells have a lower pH than surrounding tissues. Oncologists understand and use this fact that bicarbonate is necessary to protect their patients from the toxicity and harm done by highly toxic chemicals used in chemotherapy radiation treatments as it protects the kidneys and other tissues of the body from radioactive damages.

Graviola and Paw Paw

Some recent research has found two natural products to be efficacious against cancer: 1) Graviola 2) Paw Paw. These substances give you a second chance to get your life style in order. If you persist in the same bad habits cancer will keep coming back.

Graviola

But, we already know a healthful diet, good natural food, prevent5s cancer in the first place.

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Insurance —To Avoid Cancer

Besides improving your life style, get sufficient Vitamin D; it kills cancer cells 1) by increasing the self-destruction of unhealthy, mutated, cells, which could lead to cancer, 2) by reducing the spread and reproduction of cancer cells, 3) by causing cells to become differentiated (cancer cells often lack differentiation), 4) by reducing the growth of new blood vessels, a step in the transition of dormant tumors turning cancerous.

Dr. Gonzalez's Three-Pronged Approach to Cancer Treatment

Dr. Gonzalez uses it to treat ALL cancers, from brain cancer to leukemia, consists of three protocols: diet, supplements and enzymes, and detoxification.

According to Mercola, The Best Way to Avoid Getting Cancer

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If you are on subscription drugs, staying cancer free will be more difficult. Eating food from mega farms, fish farms, etc., will make staying cancer free more difficult. Those mega farms are unnatural, obscene. And all that processed junk food...people eat it up????

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† Canola Oil

Canola oil comes from genetically engineered rapeseed. Rapeseed is easy to produce because it is so toxic not even insects want it. It was originally used as a lubricant for industrial machinery. It has been proven to cause lung cancer and heart disease. It was originally used in Europe to feed animals, which, however, went blind, began exhibiting various diseases, and finally went mad and began attacking people.

Corn and other Bad Oils

Studies of feeding canola oil to rats indicate many problems. Rats developed fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals and thyroid gland. When the canola oil was withdrawn from their diet, the deposits dissolved, but scar tissue remained on the organs.

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† Carnosine and Anti-Aging

Carnosine levels in the body decline with age. Muscle levels decrease 63% by age 70. We might need to to use supplements.

Carnosine acts an antioxidant and a pH buffer in muscle, so protects the muscle from oxidation during exertion.

Carnosine enables the heart muscle to contract more efficiently through enhancement of calcium response in heart cells.

Carnosine has been shown to rejuvenate connective tissue cells, beneficial for wound healing. Damaged proteins accumulate and cross-link in the skin, causing wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Carnosine is the most promising broad-spectrum shield against protein degradation, aging.

Carnosine is composed of two amino acids, histidine and beta alanine. It prevents destructive effects of oxidized chemicals such as malondialdehyde (MDA) that are associated with brain cell death in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Carnosine is able to interfere with protein modifications by glucose and oxygen, two things that contribute to inflammation and aging. Carnosine also inhibits release of inflammatory mediators such as cytokines and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), and is being closely studied for its ability to mitigate the inflammatory effects of viral infections such as influenza.

It has been observed that carnosine can extend life span. It has a remarkable effect on telomeres, the DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes that act as a sort of cellular “clock,” largely controlling the aging process. Telomere shortening is induced by oxidative changes and other protein modifications of the kind that carnosine can prevent. Carnosine can therefore block telomere shortening and reduce aging effects in individual tissues. For example, carnosine can prevent telomere shortening-induced cataracts in the lens of the eye.


† Catechins

Catechins are flavonoid compounds with significant antioxidant power. Research suggests that a key catechin variety known as EGCG prevents the formation of arterial plaque while also promoting elasticity of veins.

Green teas contain as much as 10 times more EGCG than black teas.


† Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne's health benefits include a general tonic and medicine. It can save a victim of a heart attack and ingesting cayenne daily clears clogged arteries while strengthening the whole cardiovascular system and the heart and so prevents heart attacks.

It's a valuable digestion and elimination aid, and can help heal hemorrhoids and ulcers. Some Drs. assert that ingesting cayenne powder will boost the potency of the other herbs and supplements you're taking.

In cayenne studies, scientists have demonstrated an 80% reduction of prostate cancers in mice and in human prostate cancer cells in cultures. The capsaicin in cayenne actually creates accelerated cancer cell apoptosis, or cellular self destruction.

Cayenne pepper contains many beneficial phytochemicals, extremely bio-available vitamins C & E, and minerals, including the vital heart-health mineral magnesium. It cleans the blood, allowing hormonal signals to make their way unimpeded through your system and enhances the immune system.


† Celery

Scientists say celery works well to reduce blood pressure. It contains an oil that relaxes the muscles that regulate blood pressure, improving blood flow, and lowering pressure with just a few stalks a day, or celery juice.

Distracting you from celery are drug companies and physicians, telling you the side effects of their high blood pressure drugs are "mild." Drugs have been known to cause depression and have other serious side effects that cause congestive heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes.

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† Celiac Disease

Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune disease, much like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Gluten appears to be the culprit behind CD.

Eating gluten triggers an autoimmune response, provoking your body to attack itself and destroy healthy tissues, especially the villi in your small intestine, preventing the body to absorb and process nutrients.

Common symptoms of this disease process include:

The main treatment for celiac disease todate is a gluten-free diet. Other names for celiac disease are celiac sprue and gluten intolerance. Avoid gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is also found in some medicines.

Gluten-free Flour

The following chart lists foods you can eat and foods you should stay away from if you have celiac disease. This list is not comprehensive.

Allowed Foods

Amaranth, Arrowroot
Buckwheat, Cassava, Corn, Flax
Indian rice grass, Job’s tears
Legumes, Millet, Nuts
Potatoes, Quinoa, Rice, Sago
Seeds, Soy, Sorghum
Tapioca, Wild Rice, Yucca

Foods To Avoid

Processed Foods that May Contain Wheat, Barley, or Rye

Bouillon cubes
Brown rice syrup
Chips/potato chips, Candy
Cold cuts, hot dogs, salami, sausage
Communion wafer, French fries, Gravy, Imitation fish, Matzo, Rice mixes
Sauces, Seasoned tortilla chips, Self-basting turkey
Soups, Soy sauce, Vegetables in sauce

Points to Remember

However, traditionally fermented foods help to "reseed" your body with good bacteria, and provide the ideal 'nourishing matrix' that the bacteria depend on to flourish and reverse celiac disease. Tasty fermented foods options:

  1. Lassi (an Indian yoghurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner)
  2. Fermented milk, such as kefir (a quart of unpasteurized kefir has far more active bacteria than you can possibly purchase in any probiotic supplement)
  3. Various pickled fermentations of cabbage, sauerkraut, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash and carrots
  4. Natto (fermented soy)

Don't use pasteurized versions, as pasteurization will destroy the naturally occurring probiotics; this includes most of the "probiotic" yogurts you find in grocery stores, which, to add insult to injury, typically contain added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring, or artificial sweeteners to jeopardize your health.

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† Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is proven to be worthless at curing cancer, enhancing quality of life, or protecting the health of the patient. Chemotherapy kills patients, and even the ones who survive it are left with permanent damage to their brain ("chemo brain"), kidneys, liver and other organs. Chemotherapy is a medical hoax with absolutely no validity. Shrinking a tumor is not a meaningful measure of a cancer treatment's success, if you kill the body.

According to scientists, chemical cancer treatments destroy gray matter in the brain associated with cognitive function and memory. Some people become so impaired following chemotherapy that they are never able to return to work, that is, if they survive the treatment at all.

According to The McGill Cancer Center in Canada, 91 percent of oncologists surveyed indicated that "all chemotherapy programs are unacceptable to them and their family members." Instead of helping to treat cancer, chemotherapy destroys the only thing that even has a chance at preventing it: the immune system.


† Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll makes plants green and helps them overcome pollution. It enables houseplants to cleanse harmful chemicals from the air. And scientific research suggests that chlorophyll extracts can help cleanse chemical poisons from the body.

Here are a few more benefits from chlorophyll.

Aids you in processing more oxygen
Cleanses the bowel, liver, and blood 
Promotes optimal blood pressure
Supports elimination of molds in your body 
Helps neutralize bad air you breathe 
Promotes growth and repair of tissues 

Get it from nutrient-rich chlorella.

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† Chocolate

Pure chocolate is full of powerful flavonoid antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals--bad oxygen molecules that can accelerate aging and the problems that come with it.

CHOCOLATE is rich in valuable micronutrients: potassium, zinc, magnesium and iron.

Chocolate helps promote healthy cholesterol levels. And the natural fat found in chocolate is "cholesterol neutral;" it doesn't have a negative effect on cholesterol levels.

CHOCOLATE is good for blood pressure. People who ate just over 3 ounces of premium quality dark chocolate each day for two straight weeks had an easier time maintaining healthy blood pressure, according to one study. And, according to a 2003 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, chocolate helped promote healthy blood pressure levels as well as the common anti-hypertensive drugs. Chocolate helps relax blood vessels so blood can flow through them easier.

Studies have shown that flavonol consumption (cocoa and chocolate) improves endothelial function (the cells that line the blood vessels).

CHOCOLATE is a safe, mild stimulant since it has relatively little caffeine, but many people notice a quick increase in alertness and improvement in mood that can last hours after eating.

Caveat emptor!! Let the buyer beware. Most name-brand chocolate you can purchase is pure trash.

Milk chocolate in particular is filled with sweetener, high in fructose, such as corn syrup. The bit of chocolate it contains is usually "Dutch" processed -- meaning alkali has been added to cut acidity and darken its color.

So don't be fooled by the so-called dark chocolate label, it might be Dutch processed, and has loads of added sugar!

Here's how someone summed up the mess the regular chocolates really are: "a sugary, greasy, goopy, calorie-laden mess that will make you fat; it will stick to your arteries like wallpaper paste! By the time you bite into most chocolate bars, nearly all of the super-healthy benefits Mother Nature gave the cacao bean are long gone."

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† Cholesterol

Cholesterol -- it is important in the production of cell membranes, hormonesto synthesize sex hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps your brain form memories and is vital to your neurological function.

Measuring total blood cholesterol tells you practically nothing about your heart disease risk.

There is strong evidence that having too little cholesterol INCREASES your risk for cancer, memory loss, Parkinson's disease, hormonal imbalances, stroke, depression, suicide, and violent behavior.

The major role of cholesterol in heart disease and in cancer is as the body's repair substance, and that cholesterol is a major support molecule for the immune system, an important antioxidant, and a necessary component of neurotransmitter receptors. Our brains do not work very well without adequate cholesterol. our so-called scientists can't see that the current approach to cholesterol is all wrong.

Cholesterol is synthesized from the metabolism of excess protein forming ketogenic amino acids and from the metabolism of excess carbohydrate, as well as from the oxidation of excess fatty acids. Grundy in 1978 reported that the degree of saturation of the fat in the diet did not affect the rate of synthesis of cholesterol.

In 1997 (Jones 1997), reported that the polyunsaturated fatty acids in the diet increase the rate of cholesterol synthesis relative to other fatty acids. Furthermore, research reported in 1993 (Hodgsons et al 1993) had shown that dietary intake of the omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid was positively related to coronary artery disease.

Too much cholesterol is a sign of wrong living: poor nutrition, chronic anxiety, not enough sun, etc. It is within your power to keep it normal, and you don't need drugs like statins to get the levels down -- just a good balanced diet including fresh animal fats and vegetables; avoiding processed foods and sugary drinks, and getting moderate exercise.

You can add years to your life no matter when you decide to make these changes.

See also:Cholesterol

Dr. B: Cholesterol is one of the most essential elements in the survival of the human body. When the body begins to make more cholesterol, it has a reason to do that. It is certainly not to block the arteries of the heart, because we measure the level of cholesterol in the body in the blood we take out of the veins of the body; nowhere in the history of medicine is there recorded one single case of cholesterol ever having blocked the veins of the body.

Cholesterol is actually saving the lives of people, because cholesterol is a bandage, a waterproof bandage that the body has designed. When the blood becomes concentrated and acidic, and is being rushed through constricted arteries or capillaries, as in dehydration, then abrasions and tears are produced in the arterial system, naturally, in the capillaries of the heart first.

If cholesterol wasn't there to cover up the tear and abrasions, blood would get under the membrane and peel it off and that person would be dead instantly. Cholesterol is actually an interim lifesaver, giving the body time to recover from its problems. We never understood this, we knee-jerk doctors. We think that if something's up, bring it down, if something's down, bring it up. We don't ask questions why is it down, or, up?

Mike: And the pharmaceutical companies know that treating cholesterol could be huge for the industry...

Dr. B: It's a ten-billion dollar industry. Now there is a report these statins, cholesterol-lowering drugs, produce amnesia. In other words, the brain totally loses track of what it's doing, published by an eminent doctor. He was a flight surgeon and researcher at NASA. And he knows what he's talking about. He had the problem himself.

Mike: I just wanted to comment on the number of side effects that have been recorded as side effects from using statin drugs. Some people have extreme muscular pain, that amnesia you mentioned seems to be very common, and yet a study just came out, I saw it this morning, talking about how blueberries have phytonutrients that are shown to lower so-called fatty cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, more powerfully than statin drugs.

Dr. B: It's interesting, because you see, the body manufactures cholesterol in emergency situations. The body's normal production is to create membranes for cells, even brain cells and nerve insulation, and the hormones of the body and vitamin D. So these are the essential components that cholesterol makes in the body. We should never interfere with cholesterol without knowing why the body has starting raising its level.

Cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease.

Your total cholesterol tells you virtually nothing about your risk for heart disease, unless it is totally out of control.

HDL percentage, ratio, is a far better indicator for heart disease risk:

1. HDL/Total Cholesterol Ratio: Should ideally be above 24 percent. If below 10 percent, you have a significantly elevated risk for heart disease.

2. Triglyceride/HDL Ratio: Should be below 2.

People with total cholesterol levels over 250 are actually at low risk for heart disease due to their elevated HDL levels. People with cholesterol levels under 200 have a very high risk of heart disease, based on their low HDL.

Your body NEEDS cholesterol--it is important in the production of cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps your brain form memories and is vital for neurological function.

Having too little cholesterol INCREASES your risk for cancer, memory loss, Parkinson's disease, hormonal imbalances, stroke, depression, suicide, and violent behavior.

The utter worthlessness of cholesterol prescription drugs was demonstrated recently by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that niacin (a low-cost B vitamin) out-performs Merck's drug, Zetia, for preventing the build-up of arterial plaque, a symptom of cardiovascular disease.

Zetia failed miserably. Patients taking niacin showed a "significant shrinkage" in artery wall thickness, while those on Zetia showed no such improvement. At the same time, the rate of "cardiovascular events" in the niacin group was only one-fifth that in the Zetia group, demonstrating that niacin is far more effective at preventing heart attacks and other similar events than Zetia.

So if niacin works better, and if modern medicine claims to be serving patients instead of profits, why don't doctors recommend B vitamins instead of expensive cholesterol drugs? As you have already guessed, the reason is because Zetia earns all kinds of ridiculously high profits for Big Pharma, and B vitamins don't.

A List of Killer Statins

Advicor  (lovastatin with niacin) -- Abbott 
Altoprev (lovastatin) -- Shionogi Pharma 
Caduet [atorvastatin with amlodipine (Norvasc)] -- Pfizer 
Crestor (rosuvastatin) - AstraZeneca 
Lescol (fluvastatin) -- Novartis  
Lipitor (atorvastatin) - Pfizer 
Mevacor (lovastatin) -- Merck 
Pravachol (pravastatin) -- Bristol-Myers Squibb 
Simcor (niacin/imvastatin) -- Abbott 
Vytorin (ezetimibe/simvastatin) -- Merck/Schering-Plough 
Zocor (simvastatin) -- Merck 

See : Vitamin B3

Statins Worsens Heart Function

Statins


† Cinnamon

Cinnamon has insulin-like activity and a bio-active component that we believe has the potential to prevent or overcome diabetes.
-Professor Don Graves, University of California, Santa Barbara


† Cloves

cloves Cloves could be a better blood-thinner than aspirin, and can help your body handle sugar more easily and may very well be the "best" natural antioxidant.

Clove oil is the champion of all -- a drop of Clove Oil contains 400 times more antioxidants per unit volume than wolfberries, the most powerful of all known fruits, and a 15ml bottle of Clove Oil has the antioxidant capacity of 40 quarts of blueberries. The benefits of breathing, applying and taking clove essential oil internally are great.


† Coconut Oil

It appears coconut oil slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood stream and helps the pancreas with improving insulin sensitivity, which is very beneficial to diabetics. What will doctors learn from this?

Coconut oil enhances every bodily system. It dramatically boosts immunity through triglycerides (MCTs) like lauric acid. When the body consumes lauric acid it is metabolized into a monoglyceride called monolaurin. Monolaurin liquefies microbial fatty cell membranes causing them to disintegrate. It is quite possibly one of nature's most powerful anti-microbial agents.

Coconut oil helps balance hormones, stabilizes blood sugar levels and enhances cellular healing. It stimulates the thyroid while reducing liver and pancreas stress. It helps the body burn fat effectively for more energy to make us feel good.

What coconut oil can do for your health:

Coconut oil:

Nutritional uses for coconut oil:

Based on body size, an average adult of 150 lbs should consume about 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily.

Use it to make grilled cheese sandwiches, to cook eggs, in place of butter, in stir fries. Coconut cream can be used to make sauces, mixed with onions and salt and poured over freshly boiled potatoes or bananas. Coconut milk is very rich and creamy. It is fantastic in a berry shake and mixed into hummus, guacamole, rice dishes, and soups. Get the full fat milk in a glass container. Look for organic varieties without preservatives. 12 oz of coconut milk is equivalent to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil.


† Cod Liver Oil

Now proven to beat even cortisone for joint problems, also normalize your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, keep your arteries open and all that other good stuff

Cod liver oil may reverse the actions of the enzymes that break down cartilage. Studies suggest that taking cod liver oil dosage of 10 grams daily might even prevent the development of arthritis.

Similar dosage can be used on depression, bipolar disorder, high triglycerides, and other issues tied to inflammation besides arthritis. Take 400 iu of vitamin E mixed tocopherols twice/day, to stop the free radical formation that comes even from the 'good' polyunsaturated oils.

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† Coffee

Coffee lowers the fasting glucose levels.

The way caffeine acts on ones body, it can be considered a "high" drug. Dr. Cao: "Coffee is inexpensive, readily available, easily gets into the brain, appears to directly attack the Alzheimer's disease process and has few side effects for most of us." Well...except for that one obvious "feeling good" side effect.

Though coffee is not nearly as bad for your health as soda or high fructose corn syrup, it is something one could consider limiting the consumption of.

Some symptoms of excessive caffeine use:

A rise in blood pressure and stress hormone levels
Heart palpitations
Feeling jittery, nervous, anxious, even panicky
Insomnia
Raising your cholesterol
Damaging your blood vessels
Increasing your risk of heart disease
Increasing your risk of osteoporosis

Coffee interferes with your body's ability to use folate and vitamins B12 and B6. These nutrients are important in order to keep your homocysteine level in the healthy range. Elevated homocysteine levels are associated with a wide range of devastating health conditions.

Coffee also stimulates your adrenals -- the hormones that activate your fight or flight response. If your adrenal hormones are stimulated too often, your adrenal glands may eventually burn out and your body will go in search of a replacement hormone -- which is progesterone.

Progesterone has its own full-time job to do, part of which is to keep your body's estrogen in balance. As your progesterone is used up compensating for your exhausted adrenals, you run the risk of becoming estrogen dominant, which can lead to osteoporosis.

Coffee also raises the acidity level of your blood, causing calcium to be pulled from your bones and teeth for use as a buffering agent. The combination of estrogen dominance and high blood acidity puts you at an even greater risk for osteoporosis.

New research, conducted by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) scientists, was just published in the online edition of the Journal of of the National Cancer Institute.

In moderation, coffee is not only safe for most people but may be beneficial. Scientists have found there is something in this ancient and natural drink that may protect against a host of ills, including Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, liver and prostate cancer, and cirrhosis and may help protect women from breast cancer.

Coffee contains natural compounds that are known to act as antioxidants, reduce inflammation, and regulate insulin --- and all of these health benefits are believed to play a role in reducing the risk of prostate cancer.

"Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer," said senior author Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH, in a statement to the media.

The HSPH study concluded that the men who drank the most java (six or more cups each day) had a 20 percent lower risk of developing any form of prostate cancer when compared to non-coffee drinkers. Drinking one to three cups of coffee daily lowered the risk of the deadly form of disease by 30 percent. And men who drank the most coffee saw their risk of lethal prostate cancer plummet by 60 percent.

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† Colds

Why do some people not catch cold? It is probably not because of immunity from a previous exposure to the virus because immunity wanes over time, and viruses mutate as well.

Resistance to a virus can be compromised by any number of factors, from sleep deprivation to malnourishment, to medication, to another disease.

People who wash their hands often, or keep them from their eyes and nose, are more often cold free.

Colds are triggered by viruses, so antibiotics to treat a cold are counterproductive.

Even so, a virus per se is not the "cause" of your cold. Believing that a virus "causes" a cold, like the medical establishment does, is a very dangerous idea to have.

The cause is actually an impairment in the immune system, and common contributing factors are:

1. Eating too much sugar and refined grains
2. Not getting enough rest
3. Not addressing emotional stress in your life
4. Insufficient vitamin D

Look to strengthening your immune system by avoiding food choices that sabotage your health. Sugar for your child when he or she is sick is asking for a health disaster.

Stay healthy throughout the year, regardless of the "bugs" circulating.

Washing your hands frequently helps but don't use antibacterial soap -- this kind of soap is unnecessary, and causes more harm than good.

If you do get a cold

A simple, safe and inexpensive home remedy for colds is to put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ear. It's amazingly effective.

Zinc lozenges need to be sucked, NOT swallowed; cut each lozenge in 4 parts, sucking on one every 30 minutes. One caution: if the lozenges make you nauseous they should be stopped immediately as this is a sign of zinc toxicity.

Zinc boosts activity of T-lymphocytes, natural killer cells and interleukin. Without enough zinc, we will get frequent colds or infection. Zinc links to the cold-causing virus in the nose and mouth, and obliterates the virus before it can multiply. This keeps you from getting a full-blown infection and can shorten your misery time for a cold by about 3 days.

Honey can help with diarrhea, insomnia, and sore throats, but make sure you use raw honey; most honey is processed or refined. And, like most refined foods, it can promote disease and damage your health, rather than help.

Vitamin D. With proper vitamin D intake you probably wouldn't get colds or flu, and not need those deadly flu shots.

Sunlight, excellent source of vitamin D, or artificial full-spectrum lighting can be used as to prevent flu and colds.

Grapefruit can boost the immune system to help prevent colds. It helps heal sore throats, eliminate coughs, and reduce fevers. Grapefruit increases the body's alkalinity (reduces acidity), and so prevents various diseases.

We can have more than one cold at a time, what researchers call human rhinovirus, or HRV. In winter there are nearly 100 different cold strains circulating.

Research, University of Wisconsin, shows that two HRV strains in one body can recombine. They can exchange genetic material and create a new strain. You get a triple whammy?

It appears, though, that multiple cold strains in one person do not create a perfect storm of sickness and symptoms. You might have simultaneous colds but not know it. And, one out of every four HRV infections won't show any symptoms. Like, a phantom cold, with no symptoms. Now that's a cold I can drink to.


† Cold Cuts Meat

Scientists found that people whose diets were high in nitrites from all sources, not just meats, and people who got a lot of nitrates in their diets from processed meats, like cold cuts, had a 28 to 29 percent greater chance of developing bladder cancer.

That is because of the nitrates and nitrites added to meat when processed to preserve it (give it shelf life) and enhance color and flavor.

Nitrate and nitrite are precursors to N-nitroso compounds (NOCs), which induce tumors in many organs, including the bladder.

They also found that people who ate the most red meat were younger, less educated, less physically active, and had lower dietary intake of fruits, vegetable, and vitamins C and E than those consuming less red meat.

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† Collagen

Collagen is a fibrous protein found everywhere in the body. It is made up of proteins that play critical roles in tissue and its strength, and cell functioning. Bones and teeth are formed when the body adds other minerals to collagen. Collagen is both the material and the glue that holds your body together. When the body needs to build new cells, as in the healing process, collagen plays the central role.

Your body manufactures its own collagen every day, but since production diminishes with age, we don't get enough. Deterioration of various body parts occurs. Movement, like running or lifting, suddenly seem more difficult. Injuries that have never proven serious before begin to hurt. Joint pain becomes serious.

For the skin the slowing of the production of collagen shows up as wrinkles, ridges, furrows and brown spots, and your skin loses elasticity and moisture.

Indicators of advancing age include decreasing muscle mass, loss of bone density, joint pain and dulling senses. Since health begins inside the body, and vibrant, glowing skin is an outward expression of overall health, the secret of a young and healthy appearance is to get more collagen.

Many factors, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, using too much sugar (which is responsible for nearly half of skin aging because it inhibits the effectiveness of collagen, according to Dr. Nicholas Perricone), coffee, stress and even excessive physical training can be harmful and also reduce your body's collagen production. Infections, pollution, and drugs deplete the body of collagen.

What Can Help the Body

Collagen fibres have large amounts of two amino acids (building blocks of protein) called hydroxylysine and hydroxyproline, important for forming collagen and providing strength and flexibility. Meat is a primary source of both amino acids; egg whites and wheat germ are good vegetarian sources of proline, and dairy products, fish and legumes are significant sources of lysine. Vitamin C is a major aid in increasing collagen, and is required to change proline into hydroxyproline and lysine into hydroxylysine (their collagen forms).

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so adding it can help reduce skin and other tissue damage caused by free radicals. Garlic and two sulfur-containing nutrients, taurine and lipoid acid, can help repair damaged collagen fibres. Phytonutrients are important in collagen-building. Catechins found in green tea have been shown to help prevent breakdown of collagen, and anthocyanidins found in cherries, blueberries, and blackberries help collagen fibres link together to strengthen them.


† Colloidal Silver

Before penecillin type antibiotics, in the 1940's, colloidal silver was used as an antibacterial agent. Colloidal silver disrupts enzymes that bacteria require for oxygen metabolism. It works because bacteria can't replicate without those enzymes.

Colloidal silver has an enormous advantage over synthetic antibiotic drugs: bacteria don't develop resistance to it. And no side effects.


† Cone Beam CT Scans

Cone-beam CT scans: a revolutionary dental imaging technique????

It creates crisp 3-D images of the jaw and teeth, including roots, useful for complex problems like impacted teeth and braces.

A Times report says this ingenious scanner emits a massive radiation dose--far greater than a conventional x-ray. It's a huge risk for vulnerable kids.

CT scanners can be SEVERAL HUNDRED TIMES more powerful than those controversial airport scanners.

Scientists believe the effects of these powerful scans are cumulative. So the long-term risk of cancer is doubled after the second scan, tripled after the third, etc.

The Times sums it up: "The cone beam's popularity has been fueled in part by misinformation [lies] about its safety and efficacy."

How can we warn parents of kids who may soon be headed to their first orthodontist appointment? And everyone else heading to the dentist's??

The dentist gets more money from the patient when he uses the 'cone beam.' If he says, "cone-beam?" tell him you're willing to skip the special effects.

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† Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA

Conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, is a very powerful fatty acid primarily found in beef and dairy products. It has been linked to long-term weight management and health. This potent nutrient is best from grass-fed beef and raw dairy products that come from grass-fed cattle.

A host of research has been conducted on animals, under microscopes, and with humans to determine the impact of CLA on disease. Research results show CLA to be a potent for combating:

  • Cancer: reduce tumors by over 50 percent, including the following types of cancer: breast, colorectal, lung, skin, and stomach.
  • Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and triglycerides
  • Osteoporosis
  • Insulin resistance: CLA improves insulin action and reduces circulating glucose.
  • Inflammation
  • Immune system invaders
  • Food-induced allergic reactions
  • Body fat: reducing body fat and increasing lean body mass.
  • Since CLA cannot be manufactured in the human body, you must get it from your diet--best dietary source of CLA is grass-fed beef.


    † CoQ10

    CoQ10 benefits and protects the heart, and helps to lower high blood pressure and prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

    CoQ10 regenerates other antioxidants such as vitamin E. One recent study demonstrated that low doses of CoQ10 reduced oxidation and DNA double-strand breaks, and that a combination of CoQ10 and a diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids leads to a longer lifespan.

    Low CoQ10 levels have been observed in cancer patients, while treatment with CoQ10 has been shown to be effective against cancer. CoQ10 has also been found to be beneficial for migraine headaches and help provide better brain health and function.

    Lack of CoQ10 from statin use causes Rhabdomyolysis, the breakdown of muscle fibers. Myoglobin, a resulting condition, causes kidney damage.

    Statins not only lower cholesterol; their use results in CoQ10 reduction -- CoQ10 is one of the most important nutraceutical or natural vitamin-like enzymes produced in the body to support the immune system. If CoQ10 levels go down, immune system dysfunction and inflammation result.

    CoQ10 may also benefit those who are not taking a statin drug. It is a most important antioxidant membrane stabilizer, protecting mitochondria from toxicity. The mitochondria are little organelles—found in the cytoplasm of the cell—inside of which energy, adenosine triphosphate or ATP, is formed.

    Without ATP, the cell dies. Toxic exposure can cause mitochondrial dysfunction, and once the mitochondria dies, you get tissue impairment, followed by pathology.

    Most people are exposed to mitochondrial toxins: insecticides, pesticides, mercury (and vaccines) and heavy metals, radiation and EMF. And some pharmaceutical drugs contribute to mitochondrial instability and vulnerability.

    Being chronically tired is a symptom of mitochondrial toxicity. Most people need to take CoQ10 for the simple reason that we live in such a toxic world.

    CoQ10 in combination with the carnitine, magnesium and ribose, is the perfect combination for mitochondrial support.


    † Corn

    Why do so many labels on bottles of vitamins and supplements say:
    This product contains NO yeast, wheat gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, sugar, sodium, starch, artificial coloring, preservatives or flavoring.?

    gluten--gives rise to celiac disease

    soy--soy is a health risk

    corn or starch--corn is most likely genetically modified, a health risk; 90 percent of corn acreage in the US is GM.

    sugar--sugar one of the most deadly ingredients in processed foods

    artificial coloring, preservatives, flavoring--all have been identified with health risks

    GM corn resists pests, is a euphemism for: contains its own pesticide. When bugs take a bite of the GM plant, the toxin from the plant splits open their stomach and kills them. What about me? What about you?

    The idea that we consume that same toxic pesticide in every bite is hardly appetizing. All GM foods, by definition, have something foreign and different. According to GM food safety expert Arpad Pusztai:

    "A consistent feature of all the studies done, published or unpublished ... indicates major problems with changes in the immune status of animals fed on various GM crops/foods."

    In addition to immune responses, studies and reports find GM foods are toxic.

    GM Monsanto USA

    Corn and other Bad Oils


    † Corn Syrup (HFCS)

    Sugar and corn syrup are responsible for insulin resistance and weight gain.
    And elevated blood pressure
    And elevated triglycerides and LDL
    And depletion of vitamins and minerals
    And even gout, heart disease and liver damage.

    Sadly, HFCSs have been inserted into your food in gradually increasing quantities in the last thirty years, with the full knowledge and blessings of the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, the USDA and the FDA.

    Sugar in the diet, in all its forms, is taking a devastating toll on everyone's health.

    High Fructose Corn Syrup Has Been Around a mere Generation!--invented in 1966 in Japan and introduced to the world market in 1975. Food and beverage manufacturers began switching their sweeteners from sucrose (table sugar) to corn syrup when they discovered that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was far cheaper to make -- sucrose costs about three times as much as HFCS.

    HFCS is also about 20 times sweeter than table sugar. The switch from sugar to fructose drastically altered the average diet. The statistics are beyond alarming:

    Corn syrup is now found in every type of processed, pre-packaged food you can think of. In fact, the use of HFCS in the U.S. diet increased by a whopping 10,673 percent between 1970 and 2005, according to a report by the USDA.

    The current annual consumption of sugar is 141 pounds per person, and 63 pounds of that is HFCS.

    Adolescents are taking in 73 grams per day of fructose, mostly from soft drinks and juice drinks -- and 12 percent of their total caloric intake is from fructose.

    Processed foods account for more than 90% of what Americans spend on meals.

    You've probably heard the statistic that one soda a day is worth 15 pounds of fat per year. However, one soda today does not equal one soda of yesteryear. The original coke bottle was 6.5 ounces. Now, you have 20-ounce bottles and a 44-ounce Big Gulp.

    Tragically, many infant formulas are more than 50 percent sugar -- 43 percent being corn syrup solids. You might as well be giving your baby a bottle of Coke or Pepsi.

    Is there an obesity epidemic? What?


    † CPR

    CPR: To do chest compression, here's how:

    Compressions need to be hard and fast -- about 100 compressions per minute.

    The American Heart Association recommends timing compressions to the beat of the Bee Gee song "Stayin' Alive" from Saturday Night Fever. Following that advice, you should get in 100 compressions per minute.

    "Stayin' Alive" that's the whole idea when helping someone survive a heart attack during the holidays.

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    † Cruciferous Vegetables

    Cruciferous vegetables, such as watercress, cabbage, broccoli, are full of calcium, vitamin C, folate, iron, lutein, beta-carotene, potassium, and phenylethyl isothiocyante.

    Phenylethyl isothiocyante inhibits the activation of a protein known as HIF which cancer cells use to create small blood vessels that feed tumors. So, to block HIF, cancer cells can't grow.


    † CT Scans

    Avoid CT Scans Unless Your Life Depends on It

    CT scans yield higher-resolution images than regular medical X-rays. Unfortunately, they also expose the patient to hundreds and sometimes thousands of times the amount of radiation.

    Some patients pressure their physicians for scans “just to be safe,” especially after hearing advertisements touting the benefits of new hi-tech tests (without disclosure of the risks).

    Physicians are more often using scans to screen the healthy 'worried' (such as scanning former smokers for lung cancer). Many doctors have purchased their own imaging equipment for their practices. This adds a financial incentive into the mix and sets the stage for overuse of the technology.

    There's a trend toward commercially advertised full-body CT scans to “find everything wrong with you.” Consumers with extra cash lying around (in excess of $1,000 in most cases) are being encouraged to undergo a full-body scan as a preventive measure.

    There are four primary reasons that x-rays (and other diagnostic tests that rely on ionizing radiation, such as mammograms and CTs) should be minimized:
    They cause chromosomal mutations that are often irreparable, and the effects are cumulative.
    They cause DNA changes that are proven to lead to cancer.
    They cause DNA damage in your arteries, which can lead to cardiovascular disease.
    They often result in false positives, increasing the likelihood of follow up tests-- increasing radiation exposure and worry.

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    † Cumin (Nigella Sativa)

    The spice cumin's history of medicinal use includes treatment for various symptoms such as diarrhea, flatulence, gynecological, and respiratory diseases; and now to enhance memory and relieve stress

    And in 2009 a study into the antioxidant activity of cumin found that it, along with others, such as caraway, coriander, dill and fennel, was far more potent than vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

    Green Med Info has compiled a list of health benefits of black cumin (Nigella Sativa), which includes:

    Anti-diabetic effect in type 2 diabetics  
    Protecting against and attenuating aflatoxicosis  
    Alleviating symptoms of allergic rhinitis  
    Reducing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis  
    Reducing asthma symptoms  
    Reducing damage caused by cadmium poisoning  
    Antifungal activity against candidasis  
    May serve as defense against chemical warfare agents 

    Research published in 2009 showed black cumin seeds can be used as a relaxant, and displays both anticholinergic (reducing spasms in smooth muscle) and antihistaminic (blocking allergic reactions) effects. The thymoquinone (TQ) in black cumin seeds was found to be superior to the asthma drug fluticasone (a synthetic glucocorticoid)!

    The 10 most potent herbs and spices:

    Cloves, ground 
    Cinnamon, ground
    Jamaican allspice, ground 
    Apple pie spice, mixture 
    Oregano, ground 
    Pumpkin pie spice, mixture 
    Marjoram 
    Sage 
    Thyme 
    Quality Italian spice
    

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    † Curcumin and Tumeric

    The US Patent Office unequivocally rejected all 6 claims for patents of curcumin in an August 13, 2001 ruling that Turmeric's medicinal properties were not patentable. This shows how those six drug companies feel about the beneficial aspects of this seasoning. Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston explains: "In the case of curcumin, a natural compound, no company can reap the benefits of turmeric as an effective anti-cancer drug... This is unfortunate for drug manufacturers who pass on to their customers the promotional and advertising fees, but good news if you're an educated consumer who doesn't want to pay $20.00 per prescribed pill." Protandim' is a company that makes an antioxidant supplement which contains an unknown amount of Turmeric, and they charge $55.00 for 30 pills. Juvenon' is another, they charge $39.95 for 60 pills. Save-On Foods has a kilogram package of tumeric for $2.99.

    New research published in the journal Endocrinology confirms that curcumin helps prevent the accumulation of fat in the liver. Fatty liver disease is a potentially fatal affliction that worsens with excess body weight and obesity. The liver filters toxins from the blood and does hundreds of other important metabolic functions within our body.

    Curcumin (diferuloyl methane) is the active compound in the spice Tumeric. Curcumin has potent irreversible anti-proliferative effects against a variety of cancer cell lines in vitro (in test tube). Non toxic. Even curry powder (turmeric is a principal ingredient in curry) helps stop the spread of cancer. Curcumin is believed to directly induce cancer cell apoptosis (cell suicide).

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    The "D" Items

    † Dehydration

    Dehydration can be a problem for the elderly. Morning stiffness, difficulty in bending fingers (as in making a fist) due to slight swelling. Doctors say this is due to the body's attempt to conserve fluid in the tissues. The cure is, drink more water.

    Exercising hard? You would be much more dehydrated by the time you feel thirsty than someone whose exercise consists of moving from bed to an easy chair. For sure.


    † Dental Caries

    The dental profession is guilty of following a childish belief that peoples' behaviors in life have little to do with whether they get cavities or not.

    Dentistry has falsely led us to believe that tooth decay is caused by bacteria which ingest foods in the mouth and produce acid, thus causing teeth to erode.

    Dentists do their darndest to keep your teeth whole, right? And they know how to charge for each procedure? They try to keep you as a patient as long as you live or as long as they are in the practice of dentistry? But in most cases their procedures fail to keep your tooth alive from the supposed onslaught of bacteria; the tooth must be removed and a fake tooth implanted, for which they can charge special, high prices--that may be the ideal situation for the dentist.

    If the basic cause of tooth decay is not addressed, your teeth will continue to decay.

    Under modern dentistry the teeth of people over the age of 40 are dismal, 46 per cent of all teeth in this age group have been affected by decay. This only gets worse as people reach 60 years of age, 62.36 percent of their teeth have been affected by decay. And what is all this about fluorosis, and teeth whiteners? More ways to get the customer's money.

    How can dental drilling, root canals, tooth pulling, mass water fluoridation, tooth brushing, and toothpastes be the proper treatments for cavities?

    The Alternatives

    Diet may play the ultimate role in determining the rate, if any, of tooth decay. In these times a good diet is missing, and this lack is the primary cause of tooth cavities. Consuming whole and unrefined foods, including foods such as liver, bone marrow, unpastuerized milk and butter from grassfed cows, and more, can help us reclaim our natural ability to have healthy teeth and bones.

    The U.S. NSDA says that "there's no scientific evidence that consumption of sugars per se has any negative effect other than dental caries." They note that soft drinks aren't the sole cause of tooth decay.

    A lot of sugary foods, from fruit juices to candy and even raisins and other dried fruit, have what dentists refer to as "cariogenic properties," can cause tooth decay.

    Phosphorus, a common ingredient in pop, can deplete bones of calcium, and teeth.


    † Depression

    Identify depression:

    Constant feelings of sadness, irritability, or tension
    Decreased interest or pleasure in activities & hobbies 
    Loss of energy, feeling tired despite lack of activity 
    Change in appetite, significant weight loss or weight gain 
    Difficulty sleeping or Sleeping too much 
    Restlessness or feeling slowed down 
    Decreased ability to concentrate, make decisions 
    Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt 
    Thoughts of suicide or death
    

    Things that make us sick also make us fat, and depressed.

    Depression and neuro-emotional diseases such as bipolar, schizophrenia, etc. are widespread. With blockbuster drugs to treat all of these conditions, unfortunately, none of them treats the cause.

    The true cause of depression is toxicity (in many cases due to prescription drugs and vaccines) or a nutritional deficiency at the cellular level. Common toxic substances associated with depression include heavy metals like mercury, lead, and aluminum that accumulate in the fatty tissue of the brain and create massive free radical damage and inflammation that alters neurological function. Viruses and environmental toxins are common inflammatory agents in the brain.

    Completely avoid man-made foods, sugars, and food allergens, but include the long chain omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA as they are critical for healthy brain function.

    Other critical nutrients that are key for mood stabilization include Vitamin D, Folic acid, Pyridoxine (B6), Vitamin B12, Zinc, CoQ10, and trace minerals. Vitamin D levels should be between 60-100 ng/ml. Boost Vitamin D naturally with 20-60 minutes of healthy sunlight every day or 10,000-50,000 IU of emulsified vitamin D3 daily to get the levels where they should be. A raw, whole-food multi-vitamin that supplies ample amounts of folic acid (400 mcg), B6 (4mg), B12(100 mcg), Zinc (15 mg), trace minerals, & CoQ10 (500 mcg) should be consumed daily.

    Bad living and eating habits can affect a person in at least two important ways. 1) Overload the body with junk from the fast food industry. 2) Needed nutrition found in wholesome food is not provided.

    Wholesome food is found in salads, raw vegetables, and not over-cooked fish and meats; some, at least, should be eaten raw. We also need sunshine, fresh air, exercise and fun and love.

    Vigorous exercise five times a week for 30 minutes. This increases levels of BDNF, a natural antidepressant in your brain.

    Sometimes supplements, such as omega-3 fats and vitamin B12, need to be taken.


    † Detoxification

    Body detoxification can be achieved with botanicals and nutrients such as cilantro, milk thistle, dandelion, selenium, along with sulfur compounds; these help the body protect and detoxify even from radiation exposure. Chelation will help to eliminate heavy metals and toxins.

    Protect your DNA from damage and mutation with an antioxidant rich diet. High powered antioxidants and free radical scavengers which help protect cells from radiation exposure: vitamins C, A and E, lipoic acid, selenium, glutathione, vitamin -D3, beta-1,3 glucan, sea buckthorn, and others. In addition, it is important to consume a diet high in potassium rich foods and dark leafy greens, bulky fiber and plenty of pure water.


    † Diabetes

    Diabetes has increased more than 700 percent in the last 50 years. Why? Lifestyle and foods eaten. The modern highly unnatural 'Western' diet, high in fructose, grains, and grain-fed, pesticide-laden and hormone-laced meat, is the cause of huge numbers of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Plus, we spend more time sitting, indoors, avoiding sun and fresh air.

    Pre diabetes is a wake up call to change your lifestyle. Type 2 diabetes is reversible, but here doctors are the problem because the pharmaceutical giants say that by monitoring your blood sugar and following your doctor's orders, you can enjoy a normal life, even escape diabetic complications such as nerve damage, going blind and losing limbs through amputation -- not to mention heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer's disease.

    But, listening to them, then why do we have overweight people, people going blind, having nerve damage, feeling sick and miserable, and having limbs amputated? No, diabetes is the fastest-spreading global epidemic in history -- and current medical treatments are money wasted.

    Type 1 diabetes can be cured.

    Glucose monitoring is a waste of time and money for people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies prove current diabetes drugs (and insulin injections) provide zero protection against its horrible complications.

    Here's How Diabetes can be prevented and eliminated:

    lose weight; 
    exercise; 
    grow muscle; 
    get rid of fat; 
    avoid dead food, such as refined 
    carbohydrates (sodas, sugars and flour), 
    get enough vitamin D  (sunshine),
    eat fresh vegetables and fruits.
    

    Grapefruit (good food) can help prevent diabetes naturally. Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), have discovered that naringenin, an antioxidant derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruits and other citrus fruits, triggers the liver to break down fat.

    And during periods of fasting and low carb dieting fat cells release fatty acids changing them to ketones.

    Modern lifestyle does much to accelerate the progression of diabetes through empty calory food, excessive sugar consumption, and avoidance of sunshine and exercise.

    By fixing the underlying problems of high blood sugar, remarkable things will occur:

    Weight loss, noticed particularly around the belly 
    Improved energy
    Better mental clarity 
    More stable, enjoyable mood 
    Reduced joint pain 
    Improvement in blood sugar and hemoglobin  
    Lower blood pressure and normal cholesterol
     

    What else helps: omega-3 fatty acids -- EPH and DHA.

    EPA and DHA help your cell membranes manage insulin. Fat tissue contains an abundance of macrophages -- a type of white blood cell that fights viruses, bacteria, and other junk: these have to be removed from your cells. The macrophages produce proteins that burn (oxidize) the junk with inflammation. Too much body fat creates chronic inflammation resulting in insulin resistance.

    Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids, so they promote free-radical formation. As Dr. Spreen says: that threat is easily taken care of with a daily vitamin E supplement -- 400 IU, mixed tocopherols.

    It is thought that Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune problem, but more likely by lifestyle choices, in which the immune system destroys pancreatic cells that produce insulin. This condition progresses quickly and so needs to be identified early to prevent serious long-term complications, including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke. But what happens after diagnosis?

    Type 2 diabetes, is caused by insulin resistance and faulty leptin signaling due to inappropriate diet and lack of exercise.

    The unthinking consumer is stuck in a 'mainstream' way of thinking, and believes that somehow the Diabetes Association or some other organization will one day invent a chemical cure for their diabetes, and it willl allow them to eat all the processed junk food they want, and drink all the sodas they want. But that's Fantasyland thinking -- it's not going to happen!

    Diabetes is a symptom, not a disease, of an abused body. So, "curing" diabetes with a drug will never happen. That approach is forever doomed to fail. But the "curing," bringing your body to a state of health, but consuming raw, living foods really works and it's available right now! You don't need to wait for a cure, you don't need injections and you can start curing yourself by consuming fresh produce from your grocer right now.

    What does a doctor do for diabetics?

    1. He says take insulin shots.

    2. He says take drugs.

    3. He might say get your weight under control.

    Today, despite the obsession with weight control, more people are fatter than ever. In America, including Canada and America emulating nations, more than a third of the adults are obese; yet obesity's major cause is insulin resistance, which is ignored by the medical establishment.

    High insulin levels and high blood sugar levels cause fat production and storage, and triglyceride synthesis is stimulated. High insulin levels tells the hypothalamus to signal a hunger for more snacks -- the insulin resistant person not only feels hungry more often, but produces and deposits fat more readily than health conscious individuals.

    Resources

    Rags to Riches

    Mixed Signals

    Dr Mercola

    Nerve Damage, Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

    This is a common side effect of diabetes. About 40 percent of type 2 diabetics feel the effects of the neuropathy.

    Tingling and numbness in the toes, fingers, or legs
    Feeling cold, pain or burning feet, hands or legs
    Extreme sensitivity to touch, even a light touch
    Sharp pains or cramps
    Loss of balance and coordination
    Symptoms are often worse at night.

    Causes of nerve damage

    Higher than normal sugar levels in the body cause the outer protective covering of nerve cells to degenerate.

    When the sheathing of nerve cells degenerate, the signals being transmitted are scrambled, which are then interpreted as numbness, heat, cold, tingling, and pain.


    † Diacetyl

    Butter flavored diacetyl of popcorn.

    Microwave popcorn emits a chemical called diacetyl, one of the ingredients in the butter flavoring.

    An ailment dubbed popcorn lung, was reported among workers at a plant manufacturing microwave popcorn. Results from a study done in the Netherlands implicate diacetyl as the probable culprit behind popcorn lung.

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    We've all been conditioned by the media, the food industry, and probably our own wishful thinking to consider popcorn a healthy alternative to other snacks like chips and candy, but Dr. Wright notes the potential hazards of microwave cooking in general, and to stick with Nature, (natural) even when it comes to snacks.

    Hot air works just as well as the microwave when it comes to making popcorn. And if you need some sort of topping, a light drizzle of olive oil tastes a whole lot better than butter flavored diacetyl.

    And, how do you know you are not eating genetically modified corn that might not be as healthful as you think?

    Popcorn should be a fun-to-eat, whole-grain crunchy treat but has been debased by corporate food marketers. And it has been raised with the aid of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, and fumigants.

    According to the Popcorn Board, a check-off organization funded by U.S. popcorn processors, there is no genetically modified popcorn on the market -- though biotech varieties are in the works.

    Many farmers now believe that, on account of corn pollen drifting around on the winds and fertilizing any old corn plant it meets, there is no genetically pure corn left in the world. Recently, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds reported that they did "major and expensive" GMO testing on all of their corn varieties. Sadly, they found much, if not most, of their corn is contaminated with GM Franken-genes.


    † Diet

    Don't Diet, Eat Like This for weight loss and optimal health

    What you get...

    Diet is closely linked to mental health. One can easily see how lack of nutrition can have an adverse effect on mood, intelligence and behavior.

    Your gut could be your second brain, and actually has the ability to significantly influence your:

    Mind  Mood  Behavior

    Diet should be organic. The average child today is born with 200 toxins in its system, 180 carcinogens, 217 neurotoxins. With organic you get one quarter to one-sixth of all that in your system, with much better brain development etc.

    Listen to your body. Become sensitive to its signals so you can modify your behavior and optimize your eating and lifestyle habits and be free of dis ease. A health problem is usually a clue that some behavior or nutrient choice is not good for you.


    † Diet Sodas

    New studies reveal that people who drink diet soda every day increase their risk of heart attack or stroke by nearly 50 percent compared to people who rarely or never drink soda. A recent study found daily soda drinkers at greater risk of obesity, high triglycerides, impaired fasting glucose, and high blood pressure. And it didn't matter if subjects drank regular sodas or diet sodas--the results were nearly identical.

    There are ingredients in diet soda that are far worse for your health than sugar.

    Some of the worst offenders:

    Aspartame: This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet sodas. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilepsy/seizures.

    Acesulfame-K: Another artificial sweetener, on which testing has been scant and some studies show the additive may cause cancer.

    Splenda: An artificial sweetener that may destroy up to 50 percent of your healthy intestinal bacteria, which are necessary to help maintain your body's overall balance of friendly versus unfriendly micro-organisms, and support your general health.


    † Digestion, Digestive Enzymes

    Digestive enzymes speed up your digestion so food moves quickly through the stomach to avoid indigestion. When you don't have enough digestive enzymes, food stays in your stomach, and acid may rise to the esophagus and burn.

    Your body makes enzymes, and they're in food you eat. Your pancreas and other organs make about 22 digestive enzymes. Each one has a specific role in the digestion of protein, carbohydrate, sugar, and fat:

    Protease digests protein.
    Amylase digests carbohydrates.
    Lipase digests fat.
    Cellulase digests fiber. 

    Our ability to produce enzymes drops off about 13% every 10 years. This means you need to find another way to get them if you want to maintain good digestion.

    You can get enzymes from raw food. Plant enzymes strengthen your digestion by taking the place of those you lose as you age.

    Nature provides all the enzymes you need, simply by eating good food. Our ancestors ate meat within minutes of the kill, and it was rarely cooked. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and berries were plucked from the trees and plants and devoured on the spot. Food was so full of enzymes that ancient man more than likely never suffered from heartburn.

    Today, we rarely pull an apple from the tree to eat it. Instead, food is commercially farmed on enzyme-depleted soils. Then we process, cook, and microwave food, which destroys enzymes even more.

    To increase the amount of enzymes:

    Stress impairs blood circulation to the digestive tract and can impair the body's ability to utilize food. For good digestion learn to reduce or manage the stress in your life . Before meals, take a deep breath and eat slowly, eat consciously. Mealtime should be relaxing and enjoyable.

    Digestion, by Dr Mercola

    † D-Mannose

    Natural, unsweetened cranberry juice, or the supplement D-Mannose are the Natural Cures for Bladder Infections.

    Frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be treated with D-mannose. This extremely safe, all-natural powder may enable you to treat your own infections without the expense of a doctor's visit and the side effects of prescription drugs.

    D-mannose can be derived from berries, peaches, apples, and some other plants. Pure D-mannose is 10 to 50 times stronger than cranberry; it's non-toxic and completely safe, with NO adverse effects.


    † Prescription Drugs

    A drug, by definition, is bad for your body, it's unnatural, the body does not have a way to work it into its way of working. Iatrogenic, a word for a secret the medical establishment would like to keep secret, is any medical condition that develops as a result of a medical treatment. Ahhh! Here's a good one: "Come to think of it, what prescription drug ISN'T iatrogenic?"

    Drug makers and biotechnology companies are currently in the process of developing 850 new drugs for women. These drugs, which are in clinical trials, or awaiting review by government agencies, include drugs for breast and ovarian cancer, autoimmune diseases, depression, and Alzheimer's disease. What an assault on women's bodies this is going to be! They cannot survive!

    Prescription statistics show that women use nearly 65 percent more drugs, on average, than men so are a more lucrative market for the drug companies.

    According to PhRMA: In separate reports, PhRMA has found that researchers are working on 299 medicines for heart disease and stroke ... and 98 medicines for lung cancer. Well, at least I'm scared.

    A significant problem of more and more prescriptions is that the side effects of drugs are oftentimes confused with symptoms of yet another disease or health problem; setting into motion a vicious cycle of decreasing health followed by ever more prescriptions. Soon, doctors who really care, who can't keep shoving drugs down people's throats, will in all likelyhood leave the profession rather than be a part of the inhumane medical establishment.

    People must realize that it is possible to maintain good health simply by avoiding unnecessary drugs, and embracing the fundamentals of good health, such as eating natural, unnprocessed food and doing other healthful things like getting out into the sun and fresh air and exercising.

    For prescription drug side effects see: Drug Side Effects


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    The "E" Items

    † Eczema

    Eczema is an itching skin disorder. Acute eczema flare-ups occur with open, oozing sores.

    Sufferers need to make life style changes in diet and exercise, and getting more sun.

    Eliminate herbicide and pesticide sprayed fruits and vegetables, processed foods, junk foods, sugars, and artificial sweeteners. This will help any health issue, of course.

    Minimize stress and add moderate exercise.

    Home remedies for symptom relief

    † Edema

    Edema is a name for the swelling of the lower legs and ankles, which may be a symptom of congestive heart problems among other things.

    Urgent messages from your heart.

    To eliminate fatigue and increase our energy, look first at a likely cause behind the exhaustion—namely, adrenal dysfunction.

    A fuller story: EDEMA


    † Eggs

    Eggs are an inexpensive nutrition powerhouse containing high quality protein, 13 essential vitamins and minerals including folate, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, and nutritive compounds - all within a 70-calorie package.eggb

    People avoid eggs because they are high in cholesterol, but researchers now know that eggs are good when it comes to heart health, and contain lutein, a nutrient that may help keep your eyes healthy.

    Eggs are nature's perfect food, prepared in Nature's way, to give new chicks a head start in life. Eggs provide plenty of protein, essential amino acids, sulfur, vitamins B, D, A, and riboflavin, along with minerals, including calcium, potassium, and iron.

    Include those wholesome yellow yolks, because that's where the great goodness is! Eggs are part of a long list of modern medicine's 'forbidden foods' that you should start enjoying today.

    Eggs have been shown to not affect cholesterol levels but increase lutein and zeaxanthin levels.

    Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoid antioxidants necessary for general vision health and for lowering the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

    Eggs could keep you out of your doctor's office and hospital.

    Egg-eaters have a much lower rate of heart attacks and strokes than egg-avoiders. Get cracking!

    But, there are eggs and there are eggs

    A recent, 1 Sep 2010, MSNBC article explains that organically-grown eggs from chickens who live and feed in natural pastures are healthier and safer than the caged, industrially-grown ones most people buy.

    Eggs from free-range hens contained three times more omega-3 than egg factory eggs. Also, twice as much vitamin E, 40 percent more vitamin A, 50 percent more folate, and 70 percent more vitamin B-12.

    More than 90% of store-bought eggs come from chickens living in tiny filthy cages. Such conditions grow and spread dangerous bacteria like salmonella. In commercial chickens and egg farms, chickens are fed for the most part unnatural feed, and are unable to go outside and get any exercise, which greatly affects the quality and healthfulness of the eggs.


    † Elderberry

    The herb elderberry has been used as a folk remedy for flu, colds, and coughs since ancient times. Recently, results of a study saw flu sufferers recover in record time noting that elderberry literally disarmed the flu virus -- so it's unable to penetrate cell walls.

    Those who took elderberry were also found to have higher levels of flu-fighting antibodies, indicating a stronger immune system and less chance of getting the flu in the first place. What's more, elderberry has shown great promise combating other viruses, including AIDS, herpes, and Epstein-Barr.



    † End of the World

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    June 1, 2011. Endless mass of mauve stingers swarmed Cocoa Beach, Fla.; is this natural?

    What does it all mean? Sick Oceans

    Politics, economics, international relations, religion: Everything in our world is getting weirder, and it's happening faster all the time.

    For example, in Chicago unprecedented heat wave last week -- then a rainstorm that dropped temperatures into the low 70s and according to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com, the total rainfall at O'Hare -- 6.91 inches as of about 6:50 a.m. -- is the largest single-day rainfall since records began in 1871 - Chicago Tribune.

    Paul Gilding, Australian environmentalist-entrepreneur, in his book "The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World," said,

    "When you are surrounded by something so big it requires you to change everything about the way you think and the way you see the world, then denial is the natural response. But the longer we wait, the bigger the response required. If you cut down more trees than you grow, you run out of trees," writes Gilding. "If you put additional nitrogen into a water system, you change the type and quantity of life that water can support. If you thicken the Earth's CO2 blanket, the Earth gets warmer. If you do all these and many more things at once, you change the way the whole system of planet Earth behaves, with social, economic, and life support impacts. This is not speculation; this is high school science."

    See the whole article on : The End of the World


    † Energy

    For long-lasting energy, you need to eat right.

    Each of your cells has little built-in energy factories called the mitochondria where the carbohydrates you've eaten (in the form of glucose) produce ATP, the energy "currency" your body uses. ATP fuels all of your bodily functions -- those performed by your cells, muscles, respiration, and more.

    The body needs the right amounts of CoQ10, Acetyl L-carnitine, and other energizing nutrients. These important nutrients, plus a healthy lifestyle, can make you feel as though you're ready to take on the world!


    † Enzymes

    Enzymes are the life force of foods; have been almost totally ignored in the production of foodstuffs so that processed foods today are missing this essential life giving stuff.

    In our so-called civilized world we are surrounded by avoidable "dis–ease" and biological imbalances.

    Some diseases connected to enzyme deficiencies include: dental carries, thin hair, hair loss, acne, allergies, headaches, impaired vision, and constipation.

    3 Categories of Enzymes:
    1. Metabolic enzymes, run our bodies (about 3000)
    2. Digestive enzymes, break down and begin to digest our food (about 12)
    3. Food enzymes, start food digestion, are found in raw foods, and are also created during the fermentation processes of bacteria and yeasts. There are 1000s, as each food has its own group

    Source:
    Enzymes: The Essential Life Force

    Without enzymes, minerals and vitamins won't work. Enzyme deficiency can lead to cancer, and cancer can be cured by enzyme therapy.

    Digestive enzymes are needed to break down foods and help assimilate nutrients. Raw plant foods have nutrients and enzymes lost in cooking. Slow speed juicing enables nutrients and enzymes to be both preserved and concentrated.

    The organ responsible for the manufacture and distribution of enzymes is the pancreas, located under the stomach and linked to the beginning of the small intestines.

    Whole raw plant food and pure juices relieves the pancreas of much work allowing it to produce more metabolic enzymes. Digestive supplements can help.

    Proteolytic enzymes are produced by the pancreasused in the small intestines. If too much processed and cooked foods are hastily eaten, the demand for digestive enzymes over burdens the pancreas, initiating an unhealthy chain reaction that allows toxins to gather in the body.

    Plant foods usually contribute amino acids that the body synthesizes into complete proteins. However, proteins require proteolytic enzymes. Cooking meats destroys any existing enzymes, thus demanding more production from the pancreas and potentially hampering metabolic proteolytic enzyme production needed for other purposes.

    Proteolytic enzymes are able to break down the walls of cancer cells and allow the immune system to handle them easily. Heavy meat eating may demand too many proteolytic enzymes to break down those complete proteins, which are needed to check the cancer cells normally floating around in our system.

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    † Epigenetics

    Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene activity that do not involve alterations to the genetic code but still get passed down to at least one successive generation.

    These patterns of gene expression are governed by the cellular material -- the epigenome -- that sits on top of the genome. It is these epigenetic "marks" that tell your genes to switch on or off, to speak loudly or whisper. It is through epigenetic marks that environmental factors like diet, stress and prenatal nutrition can make an imprint on genes that is passed from one generation to the next.

    Now we believe that we can tinker with DNA, bend it to our will.

    According to epigenetics, you ARE changing your genetics daily and perhaps even hourly from the foods you eat, the air you breathe, and by the thoughts you think.

    You are the "caretaker", and designer, of your genetic roadmap.

    Mind Over Matter

    Just as your epigenome controls the expression of disease -- your mind controls your epigenome--your mind controls your healing.

    The science of epigenetics is now beginning to explain things like placebo effect and spontaneous healing, which lacked a scientific basis until now.

    Your mind has the power to create or cure disease because your thoughts affect the expression of your genes. Today's "New Biology" is overlapping with consciousness science and quantum physics, and it's showing us that we have control over our own lives.

    Thus, cancer is not pre-programmed into your genes, but rather the environment of your body regulates your genetic expression and can trigger cancer growth. Epigenetic influences that can damage or mutate DNA and alter genetic expression to allow cancer to proliferate, include:


    † Exercise: Brain Protection

    Next to nutrition, exercise is the most valuable way to achieve wellness.

    We know a few deep breaths can calm down your stress level, as deep breathing stimulates the vagus nerve, the main nerve of the relaxation response.

    The stimulated vagus activates a chemical compound called acetylcholine--a neurotransmitter that reduces inflammation and sends messages from your brain throughout your body. New research shows that the stimulated vagus nerve also activates stem cells that actually repair brain tissue damaged by inflammation.

    Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing your nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage. Lab tests on animals have shown that during exercise their nerve cells release proteins known as neurotrophic factors.

    One in particular, called brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF, triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health. And exercise provides protective effects for your brain through:

    The production of nerve-protecting compounds
    Greater blood flow to your brain
    Improved development and survival of neurons
    Decreased risk of heart and blood vessel diseases

    A regular exercise program can also slow the development of Alzheimer's disease by altering the way damaging proteins reside in your brain.

    Peak 8 Exercises

    Peak 8 exercises release growth hormone, increases brain volume. A study found an average gain of 2% in hippocampal volume among participants who engaged in regular aerobic workouts, and the average loss of 1.4% in the control group. The study found that increases in hippocampal volume accompanied increases in memory function.

    Warm up for three minutes, exercise as hard and fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should feel like you couldn't possibly go on another few seconds, recover for 90 seconds, repeat the high intensity exercise and recovery 7 more times (don't overdo it when you first start out.)

    Start with just two or three repetitions, and work up to eight. Start with just walking and do the 30 second bursts so your legs would be moving as fast as possible without running - and arms would be pumping hard and fast.

    Eventually exercise vigorously enough to reach your anaerobic threshold, as this is where growth hormone release is triggered.

    By the end of a 30 second sprint period: it will be relatively hard to breathe and talk because you need more oxygen. You will start to sweat profusely. Typically this occurs in the second or third repetition. Your body temperature will rise Lactic acid increases and you will feel a muscle "burn".

    If you are using cardio equipment like an elliptical or bike, you don't need to reach any "magical" speed. It's highly individual, based on your current level of fitness. But you know you're doing it right when you're exerting yourself to the point of typically gasping for breath, after a short burst of activity.

    Do this exercise two to three times a week, and you're virtually guaranteed to drastically improve your HGH production.


    † Eye Health

    Omega-3, especially from tuna, provides a thorough prevention of dry eye syndrome.

    Lutein and zeaxanthin. Two vision-friendly carotenoids.

    Carrots do improve eyesight. They are an excellent source of vitamin A, and are believed to prevent night blindness. One carrot a day can help a person meet his daily requirements of Vitamin A.

    Bilberry- eating bilberries improves night vision. The berries can be eaten raw or cooked.

    Green tea benefits eyes, because of the Vitamin C and E as well as the carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein.

    Lycopene is an antioxidant that also aids eye health. According to the American Cancer Society, lycopene is believed to lower the risk of macular degenerative disease. Lycopene is concentrated in tomatoes, making them a great food choice.

    Garlic, often recommended for heart health, is also good for eye health because of its selenium. Like lycopene, selenium can protect the eyes from disease.

    Spinach and other dark leafy greens are typically high in Vitamin C and contain other phytonutrients and carotenoids so vital to the health of the eyes as well as other parts of the body. It's best to include a portion of these foods every day in one's diet.

    For those who find it difficult to get their nutrition from food, the website for Macular Degeneration Research (a program of the American Health Assistance Foundation) states that the AREDS formula, following, "may delay or prevent intermediate age-related macular degeneration from progressing to the advanced stage."

    Vitamin C--500 mg 
    Vitamin E--400 IU 
    Beta-carotene--15 mg 
    Zinc (as zinc oxide)--80 mg 
    Copper (as cupric oxide)--2 mg 
    
    

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    The "F" Items

    † Factory Farms

    Big is bad when it comes to food production

    Here, briefly are some consequences: Large scale, national egg recall because of salmonella contamination on factory egg farm. The authorities said nearly 1,500 illnesses since May are tied to tainted eggs. The unhealthful feed comes from endless fields of Genetically Modified corn and soybeans. The hens are housed in crowded, unhealthy conditions: even medicating the hens doesn't prevent the risk of a widespread salmonella outbreak. Inside the barns cages of chickens are stacked high and eggs drop onto a conveyor belt to a production building, where the eggs are washed, sanitized, surveyed, then fed into cartons.

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    † Fast Food

    The number of Ingredients in Chicken McNuggets--can you count that high?

    McNuggets contained 38 ingredients, among them tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a petroleum-derived chemical sprayed onto the "food" or inside the box to preserve freshness.

    Too much TBHQ has caused precursors to stomach tumors and DNA damage in lab animals. A number of studies have also shown that TBHQ to be carcinogenic.

    Other ingredients include sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate, hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fats), modified food starch (often a name for MSG, and listed as the third ingredient!), and dimethylpolysiloxane.

    What Happens When You Eat Too Much McDonald's Food?

    Morgan Spurlock shows in his 2004 documentary Super Size Me.

    Prior to his experiment, Spurlock was a highly fit and athletic individual weighing in around 185 pounds. He went on a month-long binge eating only McDonald's food and in that time gained 25 pounds and began suffering from health complaints like fatigue, headaches and indigestion.

    His cholesterol levels also became high and he even suffered from a mild chemical hepatitis. It is truly amazing what massive amounts of "fake food" will do to you in only a month, but, millions of people unknowingly, are doing experiments of their own that Spurlock did.

    All fast foods damage your health:

    How sweet it is, the drive through fast-food outlet. But at the end is a bed in the ICU, or an oblong box to ship you out of this life.


    † Fat, Saturated Fats

    Fat and Diets

    The body needs fat; in reality the only types of fats you should avoiding are man-made trans-fats, and rancid, refined polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils. Too little fat can cause fatigue, emotional imbalance, and illness.

    What's best are foods with natural fats from plants, fish, and other animals that haven't been injected with hormones and antibiotics. Don't eat the man-made trans fats found in packaged baked goods and margarines-- that's anything with "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" on the label.

    Low-fat diets don't supply your body with what it needs, and they make most people miserable. Yet, ignorant doctors still recommend them.

    According to dLife:

    "Dairy fat contains lots of oleic acid (the stuff that makes olive oil so healthy), along with a type of fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that may help with weight loss. Recent studies strongly suggest that something -- possibly the CLA -- in dairy fat helps with weight management."

    1) Improved cardiovascular risk factors

    The addition of saturated fat to the diet reduces the levels of a substance called lipoprotein that correlates strongly with risk for heart disease.

    2) Stronger bones

    Saturated fat is required for calcium to be effectively incorporated into bone. According to one of the foremost research experts in dietary fats and human health, Dr. Mary Enig, Ph.D., there's a case to be made for having as much as 50 percent of the fats in your diet as saturated fats for this reason.

    3) Improved liver health

    Saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from alcohol and medications, including acetaminophen and other drugs commonly used for pain and arthritis. Saturated Fats are Good for You. They are oils that are naturally solid at room temperature, including coconut oil, palm oil, butter, lard, and yes, bacon grease are good for you in moderation. Here's the Weston Price fats page , and an article debunking the low-fat diet myth.

    4) Healthy lungs

    For proper functioning, the airspaces of the lungs have to be coated with a thin layer of lung surfactant. The fat content of lung surfactant is 100 percent saturated fatty acids. Replacement of these critical fats by other types of fat makes faulty surfactant and potentially causes breathing difficulties.

    5) Healthy brain

    Your brain is mainly made of fat and cholesterol. Most of the fatty acids in the brain are saturated. A diet that skimps on healthy saturated fats robs your brain of the raw materials it needs to function optimally.

    6) Proper nerve signaling

    Certain saturated fats, particularly those found in butter, lard, coconut oil, and palm oil, function directly as signaling messengers that influence metabolism, including such critical jobs as the appropriate release of insulin.

    7) Strong immune system

    Saturated fats found in butter and coconut oil (myristic acid and lauric acid) play key roles in immune health. Loss of sufficient saturated fatty acids in white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize and destroy foreign invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

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    Fat is the primary source of energy stores in people. The signaling factor that indicates how much fat is to be stored is leptin, and it is also leptin that allows for reproduction, or not.

    Nutrition experts suggest the modern diet of lowfat processed foods is unhealthy, giving rise to the modern plague of diseases such as: asthma, coronary heart disease, many forms of cancer, obesity, depression, dyslexia, hyperactivity, autoimmunity, neurodegenerative diseases, and even a tendency toward violence.

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    Containing 54 percent saturated fat, breast milk is yet the most perfect diet in existence for developing infants; this food for infants cannot be construed as a "mistake" by Mother Nature, except maybe so-called scientists. Likewise when we cut out nutritious animal fats from our diets, we are left hungry, we eat more processed grains, more vegetable oils, and more high-fructose corn syrup, all of which are nutritional disasters.

    See Trans Fat

    Olestra is a synthetic fat substitute. Rats fed olestra chips ate more food, put on more weight, and ended up with more fat than the other rats. Once the chips were taken away from the rats, they did not lose the weight but stayed fat.

    Chemists create olestra by combining a vegetable oil molecule and a sucrose (sugar) molecule. The resulting molecule is one not found in nature. The human body cannot digest the molecule.

    Studies have shown that it leaches both fat- and water-soluble vitamins from the body. Normal dietary fat carries fat-soluble vitamins into the body for use. Olestra, on the other hand, binds to these vitamins, but then because olestra can`t be digested, it carries the vitamins out of the body unused.

    A study published June 23, 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine pointed to potato chips as being one of the leading culprits in gradual weight gain.

    See the article:Dr. Andrew Weil, Vancouver Sun

    Frying fish increases your risk of heart attack/stroke because frying destroys the beneficial omega-3s, and, what's more:

    When foods are cooked at high temperatures (as with deep frying), AGEs are formed (advanced glycation end products). These toxins change the structure of enzymes and proteins in your body. Over time tissue and organ damage occurs. Oils that become toxic when heated to high temperatures include canola, corn, soya, sunflower, and other vegetable oils.

    Trans fatty acids. Many restaurants use partially hydrogenated oils for deep frying. These oils deliver huge amounts of trans fatty acids. And as seen in several studies, cardiovascular risks increase when even small amounts of TFAs are eaten.

    Acrylamide is a carcinogen that's created when foods are cooked at high temperatures. The highest levels of acrylamide occur in carbohydrates, which would include the breading that's used to coat fish before frying; and where you find servings of deep-fried fish, you'll almost always find heaps of "acrylamidic" french fries filling the plate.

    To Summarize

    1.The claim that saturated fat causes heart disease is based on flawed evaluation of data
    2.Modern studies show saturated fat decreases heart disease risk
    3.Excess carbohydrates in the form of fructose and grains is the root cause of obesity, diabetes and heart disease


    † Fatty Liver Disease

    A diet based on carbohydrates--sugar, grains, refined and processed foods give you fat in the liver and results in a sharply increased risk of type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, and heart disease.

    The answer to fatty liver disease is choline, as in egg yolks. Those people avoiding eggs, and other wholesome foods become obese, and, obesity leads to those other diseases.

    NAFLD is a disease of nutritional imbalance, an overabundance of calorie-rich, nutrient-poor refined foods and the banishment of traditional sources of choline like liver, egg yolks, wheat germ, cod, salmon, broccoli, bacon, shrimp, pistachios, Brussels sprouts, and flaxseed.

    Choline also manages homocysteine (the amino acid that promotes artery plaque buildup); choline improves memory, muscle control, and kidney function, prevents fatigue and insomnia, and helps maintain healthy cell membranes.


    † Fermented Foods

    Fermented foods are produced through the breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins by microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts and molds. Those foods are delicious. They are so beneficial to overall health that some of these foods are now considered to be "probiotics," because they increase a user's overall nutrition, promoting the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria, and aiding digestion and supporting immune function, increasing B vitamins (even Vitamin B12), omega-3 fatty acids, digestive enzymes, lactase and lactic acid, and other immune substances that fight harmful bacteria and even cancer.

    Our culture has traded many of the benefits of these healthy foods for the convenience of mass-produced pickles and other so-called cultured foods. Some olives, such as most canned California-style black olives, for instance, are not fermented, but are simply treated with lye to remove the bitterness, packed in salt and canned. Olive producers generally now can olives in salt-free brines by using an acidic solution of lactic acid, acetic acid, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate, a long way off from the old time natural lactic-acid fermenting method using only salt.

    See Sauerkraut

    † Fiber in the Diet

    from NY Times 23-Feb-2011
    Diet: High Fiber to Combat Death and Disease
    By RONI CARYN RABIN

    A study of almost 400,000 people aged 50 to 71 has found a strong link between a high-fiber diet and a longer life.

    Specifically, subjects who ate a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables (adding up to 29 grams of fiber per day for men, 26 grams for women) were 22 percent less likely to die after nine years than those who ate the least fiber (13 and 11 grams per day), according to the study, in Archives of Internal Medicine.

    Those in the high-fiber group were less likely to die of cardiovascular disease, infectious disease and respiratory disease; a high-fiber diet was also associated with fewer cancer deaths in men, though not in women.

    The lower death rates were associated with dietary fiber from whole grains, said the lead author, Dr. Yikyung Park, a staff scientist at the National Cancer Institute.

    “One of our findings was that fiber has anti-inflammatory properties,” Dr. Park said, adding that grains are also rich in beneficial vitamins, minerals and chemicals.

    People who ate more fiber were generally healthier, more educated and more physically active to begin with, [made better life-style choices], the authors noted. The study adjusted for these differences.


    † Fibroid Tumors

    Shrink and Eliminate Fibroid Tumors naturally. These tumors are composed of fibrous tissue, generally occur in women during their reproductive years, and shrink or disappear after menopause. Thay can cause severe discomfort and may include heavy bleeding and pain. Conventional medicine's answer to fibroid tumors is very often a hysterectomy or other type of unnecessary cutting plus experimental medications - which have no guaranteed results. Fibroid tumors can be shrunk or eliminated by addressing their cause and utilizing remedies that create an environment in which fibroids can't exist.

    Avoiding estrogen rich foods like soy bean products (tofu, etc.) and birth control pills can help prevent fibroid growth. Just as these tumors grow faster during pregnancy, their growth is also accelerated by birth control pills containing estrogen. Pesticides and herbicides used on food products are also estrogen mimicking products to avoid. Tampons and napkins bleached with chlorine can also mimic estrogen. Eating a wholesome, balanced diet is essential; making sure to get lots of vitamins D and B12.

    Following are remedies which may be effective in shrinking or eliminating fibroid tumors as well as alleviating discomfort and symptoms:

    Fibroids can be reduced by consuming at least three servings of whole grains and/or beans daily. Whole grain and beans also protect against breast and endometrial cancer.

    Eliminating excess estrogen will result in shrinking fibroids. Dandelion, milk thistle, and yellow dock help to metabolize, burn, estrogen.

    Digestive enzymes, which improve digestion, taken several times a day on an empty stomach has been reported to be very effective at banishing fibroid tissue.

    To prevent or eliminate fibroid tumors it is essential that a woman minimize her exposure to xenoestrogens, common sources include:

    a. Commercially-Raised Animal Products:
    b. Plastics & Canned Goods (many have plastic lining)
    c. Personal Care Products (makeup, lotion, & perfumes)
    d. Oral Contraceptives
    e. Pharmaceutical medications
    f. Food Additives & preservatives
    g. Styrofoam products
    h. Laundry & Dishwashing detergents
    i. Household cleaners & air fresheners
    j. Pesticides & Herbicides

    Additionally, she must reduce her intake of sugar, caffeine, vegetable oil, hydrogenated oil, alcohol, & prescription/OTC medications which all have powerful estrogenic effects. Elevated stress must be dealt with since it wears out the adrenals and leads to impaired production of progesterone.

    To effectively stabilize estrogen/progesterone levels one should consume a diet rich in vegetables of all kinds, sprouts, berries, grapefruits, free-range & grass-fed meats, coconut, avocado, lemon, & extra-virgin olive oil. This diet should be low carbohydrate, moderate protein and moderate fat. This will stabilize the blood sugar and help the body burn through fat stores and detoxify estrogen more effectively. Cruciferous vegetables are preferred due to their high content of Indole-3-Carbonyl which powerfully enhances estrogen metabolism and detoxification.

    It is critical to take a high quality omega 3 supplement with over 1.5 grams per serving of EPA & DHA. Borage & Evening primrose oil are rich in GLA which is important for hormone function. Additionally, liver cleansing herbs such as milk thistle, dandelion, & turmeric should be used daily to support estrogen metabolism and detoxification. Drink 6-8 glasses of water with fresh squeezed lemon daily to boost anti-oxidants and remove wastes from the body.


    † Fitness

    Fitness helps you achieve and maintain your ideal body weight, promotes good cardiovascular and respiratory health, provides comfortable movement and flexibility, improves your mood, and helps guards against premature aging.

    Exercise is a major key to promoting health, as well as looking and feeling your best. But, beware of over doing it.

    It's not what you think

    † Flavonoids

    Phytonutrients, the chemicals that help plants defend against environmental challenges, such as damage from pests or ultraviolet light, appear to provide humans with protection as well. Research suggests that flavonoids, a key phytochemical group contributes to reduced mortality rates. It has become widely accepted that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses. Taking phytochemical supplements is not as helpful as consuming the fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains from which they are taken, according to the American Cancer Society.


    † Flax Seed

    Having a hot flash? Flaxseed can help: study reported Wednesday, August 29, 2007 by CBC News Flax seed is a natural plant-based estrogen that is considered beneficial for the breast and prostate. It helps process estrogen to safer by-products in the body. Flax seed is full of nutrients, such as: omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. It reduces the risk of various types of cancer, as well as lung, heart, Crohn’s and Colitis diseases.

    Studies have found that flax seed oil is able to calm the inner lining of inflamed intestines. Another benefit of the flax seed is its high content of mucilage, an effective natural laxative.

    The omega-3 fatty acid DHA may improve the symptoms of eczema, researchers report in a new human trial. Today's increase of eczema has been linked to the modern diet, namely the reduced consumption of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to an increased omega-6 (as in canola oil) intake.

    The researchers concluded, Our data suggest that dietary DHA could be bioactive (do they mean: act like food?) and might have a beneficial impact in the treatment of atopic eczema. The scientists called for a larger study to confirm their initial findings.

    What a hoax is modern medicine--haven't they heard of a balanced, nutricious diet?


    † Flu

    Influenza is a contagious viral respiratory infection. Symptoms include:

    :.Fever, Chills
    :.Runny nose, Sore throat
    :.Cough, Muscle aches
    :.Fatigue, Decreased appetite
    

    Numerous studies are coming to the conclusion: Flu vaccines DO NOT WORK Dr. J. Anthony Morris former Chief Vaccine Control Officer at the FDA: "There is a great deal of evidence to prove that immunisation of children does more harm than good."

    If you get a flu shot, you can still get the flu. This is because it only protects against certain strains, and it's anyone's guess which flu viruses will be in your area.

    What many people do NOT know, however, is that death caused directly by the flu virus is very rare. The vast majority of so-called 'flu deaths' are in fact due to bacterial pneumonia -- a potential complication of the flu if your immune system is too weak.

    Other complications can include ear, or sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic health conditions.

    In 2003, just after children aged five and under started getting vaccinated, the number of flu deaths SKYROCKETED. The death toll was enormous compared to the previous year, when the flu vaccine was not administered en masse to that age group!

    The flu strains selected for vaccines are cultivated in chick embryos for several weeks before being inactivated with formaldehyde, which is a known cancer-causing agent. Then they're preserved with thimerosal, which is 49 percent mercury by weight.

    According to the CDC, the majority of flu vaccines contain thimerosal. Some contain as much as 25 mcg of mercury per dose. This means that it may contain more than 250 times the Environmental Protection Agency's safety limit for mercury.

    By now, most people are well aware that children and fetuses are most at risk of damage from this neurotoxin, as their brains are still developing. Yet the CDC still recommends that children over 6 months, and pregnant women, receive the flu vaccine each year.

    These vaccines also contain other toxic or hazardous ingredients like:

    Serious reactions to the vaccine include, but are not limited to:

    The flu shot does not make you healthy; it does just the opposite, it weakens your immune system.

    70 percent of doctors and nurses, and 62 percent of other health care workers decline the yearly flu shot.

    The producers of these vaccines know that they are worthless, or worse, but they go on selling them anyway."

    fscards
    Brilliant, a gift stocking stuffer.

    Alternatives to vaccines

    The Sunshine Cure conquers COLDS & FLU

    Reams of new studies suggest vitamin D deficiencies are the real reason why colds and flu run rampant in winter. The definitive research was done by the brilliant Dr. John Cannell. Even more intriguingly, Dr. Cannell suggests that high doses of vitamin D can knock out colds and flu, and people who try his "sunshine vitamin cure" confirm it works.

    Why it works. Vitamin D boosts production of cathelicidin -- the "ammunition" for your natural killer cells. Cathelicidin rips holes in microbes.

    Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, may very well be one of the most beneficial vitamins there is for disease prevention. Unfortunately it's also one of the vitamins that a vast majority of people across the world are deficient in due to lack of regular exposure to sunshine.

    Dr. Mercola says: "If you follow a healthy lifestyle, you will not have to worry about getting the flu. Take it from me -- I've never received a flu shot, and I haven't missed a day of work due to illness in over 20 years. The key steps that I follow to stay flu-free, which I suggest you follow too, include:

    A 2009 report in the journal Pediatric Research stated that infants and children appear more susceptible to viral rather than bacterial infections when deficient in vitamin D. And, based on the available evidence, vitamin D supplementation may be a valuable therapy in pediatric medicine.

    ***

    It is more important that you protect your children and loved ones from the flu vaccines than from influenza. Lew Rockwell discusses how:

    1.The swine flu is simply another flu.

    2.This is the first time both seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines will be administered. Both seasonal flu and swine flu vaccines will require two inoculations. This is because single inoculations have failed to produce sufficient antibodies. This is an admission that prior flu vaccines were virtually useless.

    3.Adjuvants are added to vaccines to boost production of antibodies but trigger autoimmune reactions. Some adjuvants are mercury (thimerosal), aluminum and squalene. Why would you sign a consent form for your children to be injected with mercury, which is even more brain-toxic than lead?

    4.This is the first year mock vaccines have been used to gain FDA approval. The vaccines that have been tested are not the same vaccines your children will be given.

    5.Over-vaccination is a common practice now in America. American children are subjected to 29 vaccines by the age of two. Meanwhile, veterinarians have backed off of repeat vaccination in dogs because of observed side effects.

    6. Modern medicine has no explanation for the increasing rate of autism. Autism is not reported among Amish children who go unvaccinated.

    7. Researchers are warning that over-use of the flu vaccine and anti-flu drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can apply genetic pressure on flu viruses and then they are more likely to mutate into a more deadly strain.

    8. Most seasonal influenza A (H1N1) virus strains tested from the United States and other countries are now resistant to Tamiflu (oseltamivir).

    9.Public health officials are irresponsible in their omission of any ways to strengthen immunity against the flu. No options outside of problematic vaccines and anti-flu drugs are offered, despite the fact there is strong evidence that vitamins C and D activate the immune system and the trace mineral selenium prevents the worst form of the disease.

    Dr. Mercola, the harm in flu vaccines

    † Fluoridation, Fluoride

    People who warned against FLUORIDATION used to be ridiculed, but now in Scandinavia, in fact all of Europe, and nearly every other medically advanced nation, they have now banned fluoridation.

    Why? Because fluoride makes your body absorb extra aluminum. And where does the aluminum go? Your brain. And what metal shows up alarmingly in the brains of Alzheimer's victims? You guessed it. Not too smart in Canada and the U.S. of A. Stay SAFE by STAYING OUT of the vicious drug cycle designed to keep you sick!!

    Fluoridation is linked to immune system alteration, musculo-skeletal harm, genetic damage, thyroid dysfunction, and even cancer, and more studies are showing that ingesting fluoride has absolutely no effect on preventing tooth decay.

    Overdosing is Easy

    The health dangers of fluoride are numerous. "First of all, water fluoridation is very bad medicine," Dr. Connett says, "because once you put it in the water, you can't control the dose, can't control who gets it. There is no oversight. it's allowing a community to do to everyone what a doctor can do to no one, i.e., force a patient to take a particular medication."

    Secondly, it's both unnecessary and avoidable.

    "We now have 23 studies from four different countries; Mexico, Iran, India and China, which indicate that moderate exposure to fluoride is lowering children's IQ," Connett says.

    10 percent of the population (those in the high-risk group) are expected to get fluorosis from fluoridation of water.

    You are exposed to fluoride from many sources not just water, toothpastes and mouth rinses:

    Food and beverages processed with fluoridated water 
    Mechanically de-boned meat 
    Pesticide residue on food 
    Pharmaceutical drugs, especially SSRI antidepressants 
    and fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro 
    Soy baby formulas 
    Instant tea 
    Good Diet, Not Fluoride Builds Healthy Teeth

    If you're wondering how to keep your teeth healthy, fluoride was never the answer in the first place. Look to your diet if you want healthy teeth. Limiting or eliminating sugar, and avoiding processed foods and eating plenty of green vegetables and vitamin K2 -- along with brushing with natural tooth cleaners - is the best way to ensure your teeth stay healthy.

    Overwhelming evidence. Fluoride Harms Your Child's Brain, and, IQ

    Fluoride accumulates and leads to serious health problems. Studies show that it can lead to:

    Increased lead absorption -- Disruption of synthesis of collagen -- Hyperactivity and/or lethargy -- Muscle disorders -- Brain damage, and lowered IQ -- Arthritis -- Dementia -- Bone fractures -- Lowered thyroid function -- Bone cancer (osteosarcoma) -- Inactivates 62 enzymes -- Inhibited formation of antibodies -- Genetic damage and cell death -- Increased tumor and cancer rate -- Disrupted immune system -- Damaged sperm and increased infertility

    Some comments seen on YT: Does anyone with a working brain seriously think those who gave you agent orange, Fluoride, bovine hormone in cow milk, AIDS, and mercury in vaccines for infants, will give you any legitimate shot at a good life? As for the warnings, tell me something you use in your daily life that doesn't provide gratuitous warnings?

    If you don't believe this, then go back to sleep or watch more TV. There trying to kill you? Wake up for gods sake slowly so you don't notice its killing by stealth. You better wake up and do some research. Good luck, you will need it on your journey to awakening. I think it all came out pretty. This isnt real, right? Why would my government lie to me?" Hahahahahah! Because you look stupid. Its being used by many people in America, forever, that I know, people with common sense, of course. It was probably written in a book called "Ecoscience" under the "depopulation" category. Why are people so oblivious and ignorant to the fact that they are being poisoned by the same people who tell them its ok to drink and use personal supplies. Well, now I can't drink water anymore either. Great! Back to my beer diet!


    † Folates, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)

    Refined food products have resulted in folate deficiencies. Adding folates to packaged foods simply won't work, you can't replicate nature.

    A lack of folate raises your risks of cancer, heart and blood vessel disease, depression, dementia, and having children with birth defects. Fortunately, folate deficiency is easy and inexpensive to prevent or correct.

    In general, anything green - not just the leafy items- is a good source. Beans, nuts, and wheat germ are also good options. Liver from organically raised animals is one of the very best sources, along with other organ meats, and oysters, salmon, and brewers yeast.

    The green foods are all good sources when eaten absolutely fresh and raw. Folate breaks down rapidly, just 24-48 hours in storage reduces the folate content of any vegetable by more than 50 percent. And both freezing and heating destroy even more folate - up to 90 percent.

    Due to its tendency to break down very easily, researchers have found that using folic acid as a supplement is very effective as an addition to dietary sources of folate.

    Far better sources than supplements include calves' liver, fish, and eggs!

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    † Food Additives

    It's stuff the food giants put in food so you will buy theirs, and to increase shelf life: stuff like artificial coloring, lots of sugar, artificial sweeteners and taste enhancers, lots of salt, etc.

    International concern followed a study by the Food Standards Agency, Britain, published in 'the Lancet', September 2007, which links food additives, particularly coloring, with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Lead researcher Professor Jim Stevenson explains that certain mixtures of artificial food colors, alongside sodium benzoate, a preservative commonly used in ice cream and confectionery, are associated with an increase in hyperactivity: children behave impulsively and lose concentration after a drink containing a mix of additives.

    See the rest at How we are fooled.


    † Frankenfood

    Still being served mystery meat?

    gmrice

    People find the idea of eating the "Frankenfoods" to be downright scary. The makers of these foods have their side of the story—and then there's the truth.

    They are but unsavory practices of greedy, sneaky corporations.

    Remember when people used to say, "They wouldn't sell it if it were bad for you."

    When was the last time you heard anyone seriously make that ridiculous claim?

    Harmful Effects of GM Foods

    Since 1986, over 60 different crops including basic crops such as cotton and corn have been genetically engineered with US having about 75% of the global amount of GM crops. A big chunk of all that genetically modified corn and soy go right into processed foods and into feed for the animals we eat. So chances are, unless you are a raw or organic food consumer, you ate a GM food derivative this very day.

    "Even for the biggest "winners," it is like winning at poker on the Titanic." Jerry Mander: Facing the Rising Tide

    No one has any idea what the consequences are for messing with the genes of various organisms.

    The European Union is adamantly opposed to these foods finding their way into the food supply, and has been successful thus far in resisting the GM push.

    But that resistance could soon be tested. GM crops are less expensive and tend to include corn and soy ingredients in a vast array of processed-food junk on supermarket shelves.

    Biotech companies are no doubt rubbing their hands in anticipation of continued food shortages (and huge profits). You don't have to buy the poisons they're selling. Honor those companies that won't include GM foods in their ingredients.


    † Free Radicals;

    Antioxidants provide your body with natural protection against free radicals and help you neutralize them and keep them under control. Your normal bodily functions (breathing, metabolism, and physical activity) generate free radicals. Your immune system also generates free radicals to help neutralize viruses and bacteria.

    Some free radicals are the result of environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, pesticides, and cigarette smoking.

    When these free radicals attack your healthy cells and cause them to weaken and become more susceptible to health disorders your health suffers, and you age prematurely as free radical damage accumulates with age.

    Ordinarily, your body is capable of keeping free radicals in check and naturally neutralizing them, unless you interfere with:

    Exposing your body to these types of conditions may overwhelm it with free radicals and cause damage.

    The longer your lifestyle and environment expose you to this damage, the greater the health consequences as you age, and the greater the negative effects on your aging.

    Ensure a healthy diet by including antioxidant rich food, including berries. Not only do berries contain many flavonoids like quercetin, but also fiber, vitamin C, and other antioxidant-rich polyphenol compounds.

    The key to all this is a large family of natural antioxidant compounds called polyphenols found in polyphenol flavonoids because they can: improve your memory and concentration, boost the effectiveness of vitamin C , regulate nitric oxide -- a potent free radical that regulates your blood flow--help promote a healthy heart, and bolster your immune system.

    A specific polyphenol flavonoid compound called quercetin is a potent dietary antioxidant found in certain berries: lingonberries, cranberries, bilberries, and black currants. Berries should be eaten raw and organic is best

    Broccoli, greens, beans, artichokes, and onions, to name a few, are good sources of polyphenol flavonoids. And raw organic vegetables help you maximize the antioxidant benefits.


    † French Fries

    French Fries are possibly the worst food you can eat. Potatoes are high-glycemic and not good for you in any form. But when you take potatoes and deep-fry them in trans fatty oil, you have a recipe for sickness and disease.

    While white potatoes aren't the best choice, the oil they're cooked in adds much more danger than the potatoes do. If you need a potato fix now and then, opt for a baked potato or, better yet, sweet potatoes, which are loaded with carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.


    † Fried Food

    Preparing any starchy food at high heat causes the sugars found in these foods to combine with amino acids to produce high levels of a potent carcinogen known as acrylamide.

    Fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent stroke, are destroyed by frying and only harmful cooking oil remains. Deep frying creates a sort of pan full of serious health risks.

    One: Advanced glycation end products, AGEs,-- are formed when foods are cooked at very high temperatures. These toxins actually change the structure of enzymes and other proteins in your body. Over time, tissue and organ damage can occur, and exacerbates diabetic conditions.

    Cooking with low heat results in reduced inflammatory effects reducing vascular damage. Oils that create the most toxins when heated to high temperatures include canola, corn, soya, sunflower, and other vegetable oils.

    Two: Trans fatty acids.

    Many restaurants use partially hydrogenated oils for deep frying. These oils deliver huge amounts of trans fatty acids. And as we've seen in several studies, cardiovascular risks increase when even small amounts of TFAs are eaten daily.

    Three: Acrylamide.

    Acrylamide, a carcinogen, is created when foods are cooked at high temperatures. The highest levels of acrylamide occur in carbohydrates, including the batter used to coat fish before frying.

    The highest levels of acrylamide occur in potato products. And just about anywhere you find a piece of deep-fried fish, you'll almost always find a heap of French fries filling the rest of the plate--a deadly cheap meal. Commercial food producers might use the same frying oil for weeks at a time, saturating the oils, and your food, with acrylamide.

    You're Out !

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    † Fructose

    The epidemic of diseases of obesity, like diabetes, are directly related to fructose consumption. Our largest source of calories is from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and much of it is changed to, and stored as, fat.

    Other fructose diseases/problems are liver inflammation, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. When you consume too much fructose, as is typically consumed by most of us, the risk for all of these diseases dramatically increases.

    According to Grist:

    Fructose is not like ordinary sugar:
    It's because research has shown fructose to be particularly harmful to human health. Unlike excess glucose, which passes through our digestive tract and is excreted, 100 percent of fructose that's consumed is taken up by the liver. Once there, fructose causes increased fat deposition in the abdominal cavity and increased blood levels of triglycerides -- both of which are risk factors for heart disease and diabetes."

    Drinking one can of soda each day can add up to 15 pounds to your weight in year, and increase your risk of diabetes by 85 percent.

    Elevated insulin levels – caused by, for instahnce, drinking pop – underlies nearly every chronic disease known to man, including: Cancer; Heart disease; Premature aging; Arthritis; Osteoporosis

    Fructose elevates uric acid, which decreases nitric oxide, raises angiotensin, and causes your smooth muscle cells to contract, thereby raising your blood pressure and potentially damaging your kidneys. Increased uric acid also leads to chronic, low-level inflammation, which is very detrimental to health.


    † Fulvic Acid

    Some benefits of Fulvic Acid:

    - Increased energy
    - It's an antioxidant and free radical scavenger
    - Chelates heavy metals and body toxins
    - Transports nutrients into the cells
    - Extends the time nutrients remain active 
    - Increases metabolism of proteins
    - It's a powerful natural electrolyte
    - Restores electrochemical balance
    - Increases activity of a host of enzymes
    - Helps and rebuilds the immune system
    - Increases bio-availability of nutrients and minerals

    The "G" Items

    † Gardasil Vaccine

    The Sad Story of the HPV Vaccine

    Gardasil is not a safe sex shot!

    A new survey shows that one in four girls who get an HPV vaccine believe they're free to have unprotected sex.

    Researchers concluded that doctors "may need to emphasize the limitations of the vaccine and to specifically address that the vaccine does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections."

    Rarely do we see in the mainstream media ANY emphasis on Gardasil's limitations.

    What about the HPV itself? Less than two percent of all women develop the two types of HPV that are responsible for 70 percent of all cervical cancers. And, even when these HPV types develop, cancer doesn't necessarily follow.

    The American Cancer Society guidelines state 90 percent of adolescent HPV infections are resolved without treatment -- the same is true for about 75 percent of HPV infections in adults.

    Now, nobody has any idea of how effective the vaccine is. A couple of studies suggest some level of protection, but in real-world terms nobody really knows, and it will be years before we have a realistic estimate.

    Be prepared, in 5 years and more, they'll be saying to their doctors, "I CAN'T have this cancer! I got the cervical cancer vaccine when I was a girl."

    Cervical cancer, even after vaccination? Sure, so EVERY woman who is sexually active must be screened for this disease. Early detection of cervical cancer makes it possible to treat it and the survival rate is over 90 percent.

    Other than abstinence, it's the ONLY responsible way to prevent cervical cancer deaths.

    Side Effects, huge.

    Gardasil is NOT a cervical cancer vaccine, as the mainstream so often touts it to be. Cervical cancer can occur without any HPV infection at all.

    And it is the farthest thing from a safe sex vaccine.

    "My mom got me that safe sex vaccine." Have you overheard that stupefying comment at a mall in your neighborhood?.

    The Gardasil-for-boys and men, ages nine through 26, to prevent genital warts: we don't yet know if the drug is as dangerous for boys as it is for girls. Many of those girls being vaccinated may endure a living hell of side effects that could include seizures, muscle spasms, paralysis, pelvic pain, joint pain, vision loss, hair loss, enlarged liver, migraines, painful menstruation, slurred speech, dizziness, fainting, convulsions, and death. Nearly 50 girls died after their vaccinations, although the FDA claims there's no proof Gardasil was the cause.

    Smart girls: only 11 percent of eligible girls are getting all three doses of Gardasil.

    Still Gardasil makes a lot of money for Merck for whom the misery caused by the vaccine is just the price the girls must pay.


    † Garlic, Raw Facts

    garlic

    The component of garlic which causes the familiar strong smell and flavor is allicin, an extremely effective antioxidant. In the body it makes sulfenic acid, a compound that reacts faster with dangerous free radicals than any other known compound.

    Sulfur in garlic yields a long list of health benefits. The body uses the breakdown of sulfur to power a process known as methylation. Through this our body is able to perform many critical functions that promote healthy immune response and clear waste products from our cells

    Garlic lowers cancer risks. The result of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrates that a diet including garlic (and onions) was inversely related to the risk of many forms of cancer. Pancreatic cancer risk was lowered by 54%; prostate cancer was lowered by 51%; and colon cancer rates were cut in half. Researchers believe an improved immune response is behind the cancer fighting ability associated with garlic.

    Garlic helps relax and enlarge the blood vessels in your body, improving blood flow, especially to your heart. This can help prevent conditions like high blood pressure and life-threatening events such as a heart attack or stroke. Garlic also inhibits the formation of plaques in your arteries, and prevents cholesterol from oxidizing; oxidized cholesterol leads to heart disease.

    Garlic prevents prostate cancer by blocking the synthesis of deadly carcinogens known as nitrosamines, and it stimulates your body to make the super-antioxidant glutathione.

    Garlic fights infections with its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It is effective at killing antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, as well as fighting yeast infections, viruses and parasites.

    Sources:
    Hydrogen Sulfide Mediates the Vasoactivity of Garlic Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print 10/19/07, pnas.org
    Garlic May Ward Off Heart Woes, Ed Edelson, HealthDay News, 10/16/07, healthday.com

    Briefly, garlic is effective,

    As an antioxidant
    For increasing immunity
    For lipid lowering
    Preventing colon and stomach cancer, among others
    Protecting the liver
    Reducing homocysteine
    Reducing platelet aggregation
    Regulating blood sugar levels

    Garlic is an excellent source of micro-nutrients like manganese, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. This herb is also a very good source of protein and thiamin (vitamin B1) along with phosphorus, selenium, calcium, potassium, and copper.

    For best results garlic must be used raw, after crushing the clove. Crushing or chopping activates an enzyme process that converts alliin into allicin. Allicin is the component that is responsible for a majority of the health benefits of garlic. For maximum allicin activation, allow the crushed or chopped garlic to sit for ten minutes. Cooking the garlic deactivates the enzymes. If cooking is required, do not expose to heat for longer than five minutes. Pickled, powdered, or dried garlic, don't get you all the benefits fresh garlic offers.

    Garlicque Fun

    Now in regard to garlic and its health provoking properties--we wisdom-filled people in this civilized world of peace and plenty totally ignore what our ancestors knew for 21 centuries that garlic is so good for you.

    During the plague years in Britain (1624-25) garlic, in many cases, got credit for a pilgrim's survival; even only a ring of garlic about his neck kept infected ones away. Now, people in these moderne enlightenmented times take the advice of drug companies and buy their products instead of eating good food for health. The results are not nice to see--have you ever watched as an overweight lady try to get into a car? They are following the path of pain, are wasting money and resources, as they depend totally on harmful expensive modern drugs dispensed by the latest snake oil merchants. If you look you'll see that medical health is now a business only than a help for the weak. May the Good Lord grant us the courage, I mean, the brains, to get out of the tentacles of this trading snake, modern billion dollar medicine.

    Reader's Response:

    "Garlic, garlic, garlic! I am quite a bit incented. I'm avid, verrrry longtime reader, I cannot help be incented at this article praising garlic. I hate garlic -- pass the doughnuts, Louie. It effects, or affects, my immune system, and canines, and is very bad devastating. Never mind bad breath it makes; who likes dragon breath?


    Healthy blood is important part of my diet. I do not see you do articles on that!!!
    Victor, Transylvania, Rumania
    Posted by V.(Dracuvic) Dracula


    Furthur to Monday's article on garlic, and how efficacious it is:

    You will notice an almost immediate response from the use of garlic in your diet. Fewer cold and flu symptoms, and garlic can also prevent all types of transmittable diseases. It's a fact. When I eat large amounts of garlic, people stay far enough away from me to help me stay healthy - no more coughing and sneezing in my face by those infested ones.

    Lui told me, "My father liked garlic and always forced me to like it. He kept saying, "It is good for your health," but I really mind the garlic smell. It is odoriferous, and I do suspect his assestment of garlic. But because of your article, I think I might accept it, though it tastes like poison. If one day it can turn to a good smell, I may accept it actively."


    Good on you, Lui!

    Now, Tom told me that he knew a woman by name of Peggy Garlick; no, never, pun intended. He said, "She did, in fact, have a somewhat sour, and spicy dispostition."

    JP (short for Jape), an Indian woman wrote: We add garlic to almost all curries we cook, especially non-vegetarian dishes. I have to say I am more appreciating the taste and effect of garlic after my marriage, since my husband adds a lot of garlic to almost every dish he cooks up. I have researched this, I have read that it boosts the sexual driver.


    JP, your husband knows what he is doing. I wish my wife would cook like that.

    I will post more garlicky comments tomorrow .

    It is tomorrow, now.More Garlicky Comments

    Sheena had lots of vampire experience when she was growing up:
    "The benefits of garlic for warding off vampires are dubious at best," she said. "I had a friend who hung garlic bulbs behind the living room drapes when expecting a visit from his mother, but she still could expertly suck the blood out of a good time, and frighten children, too."


    Posted by Myah Bottoms
    "I use garlic to keep vampires away. Ever since I started hanging bulbs of garlic on my front and back doors, not one single vampire has tried to get in. It really works!"

    "Well, Myah, I'm no doctor, and I don't know about the medical benefits of garlic, but since I've been eating Garlic I have NOT been attacked by any d---- (darned) VAMPIRES, from either party!"

    From Russia with Luve

    We in Russia luve garlic. Garlic smells nice. If you put garlic in your children's pockets when you send them to school, your Antonivich or Vanya will avoid all infectionous disease.

    Yes, but if you eat garlic as I do every morning, you cannot take public transportation, you might get arrested, you know it very hard with the new regimesky and Putin and all. So I rent a driver, but he gets off ended on my way to work. I don't care! He gets paid for risks he must take.

    Garlic, as soon as you crush it, boom! You get an instantaneous high, smell. Is clean smell, of what we call allicinikoff.

    Yuri says a good way to have your garlic is to put it Balinoff Vodka, let it soak a few days, and then for sure drink one and one-half oz. of Vodka each day from September until August, before dinner.


    Posted by Santa: "I developed an ulcer taking Ibuprophen when I was sick. It left me having to take Prilosec for many years, or my stomach would bloat up (I know you didn't notice, you only notice the Xmas presence). I started taking garlic pills for my cholesterol and stopped taking the Prilosec. I have been doing that for several years, and will only bloat up if I forget to take my garlic pills. Wow! to be taking natural garlic pills for a condition caused by a medication!!

    Remember a clove a day keeps the doctor away! My family believes that too much garlic is never enough.


    Posted by Victor
    I disagree with those rootin tootin for garlic. I've found no benefits from its use. I find it too repellent.

    Garlic has been found to interfere with the side effects of saquinavir, a drug to treat infection. Be careful, you might miss those side effects, too.

    *Readers take note: your nation's food regulatory agency is not your friend. They are not a paternal symbol in the government, or the heavans, watching over you. Read a book on critical thinking and learn to learn so you can take care of yourself.


    † Gas, Bloating

    Top remedies for gas and bloating:

    1. Fennel. chew fennel seeds or make a tea by crushing the seeds and pouring boiling water over them. The compounds in these seeds, as well as those in anise and dill seeds, relax muscles in your digestive tract and allow trapped gas to pass. You will also have fresher breath.

    2. Ginger. Ginger tea and fresh ginger root are two superior remedies for gas. Add small amounts of ginger to your food, as desired. You can also take a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger before meals for gas relief.

    3. Caraway Seeds. Caraway seeds ease gas, indigestion and cramping, as well as stimulate digestion.

    4. Parsley. Add parsley, either freshly minced or dried as a spice to foods that may contribute to intestinal gas to help prevent them from causing gas and bloating problems.

    5. Colon Cleansing. Performing a colon cleanse will help improve overall colon health as well as provide gas relief.

    6. Probiotics. Probiotics replenish beneficial intestinal bacteria and help keep your colon in optimal working order.

    7. Garlic. Garlic helps stimulate digestion. Use fresh raw garlic. Follow up with parsley or fennel seeds to freshen your breath.

    8. Dandelion Tea. Dandelion has numerous health benefits, one is relieving gas. Make a tea or add it to meals as a dried spice.

    9. Hot Water. Sip hot water, half a cup usually works.

    10. Peppermint Oil. Mix two drops peppermint oil in 1/2 cup cool water and drink once or twice per day.

    11. Exercise.


    † Genes

    Genes, or bad genes do not cause diseases, do not predetermine your health, because they are NOT self-regulating.

    As Dr. Mercola has said, "Having bad genes does not at all mean you're doomed to suffer some inevitable fate. Genes are merely blueprints, and these blueprints are activated and controlled by something else entirely, namely their environment. This environmental information--which includes diet, toxic exposures, as well as thoughts and emotions, and more--can create more than 30,000 different variations from each blueprint, allowing for an astounding amount of leeway in modifying the expression or read-out of each gene!"

    This new way of looking at genes is called epigenetics: Epigenetics in health and disease


    † Ginko Biloba

    Ginkgo supplement, according to the Medline Plus, is given a grade A for treating dementia, a grade A for relieving claudication (painful legs from clogged arteries), and a grade B for improving blood flow to the brain to reduce cerebral insufficiency, which is defined as poor concentration, confusion, absent-mindedness, anxiety, etc..


    † Ginger

    Ginger root alleviates symptoms of gastrointestinal distress; prevents the symptoms of motion sickness. It contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds, It is a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).

    It lowers high blood pressure. It aids digestion of fats by promoting the production and secretion of bile from the liver and gallbladder. It has been shown to protect the body from radiation, and ginger root can help regulate blood sugar levels.

    Its gastroprotective effect comes from blocking acid and suppressing heliobacter pylori. According to a 2007 study, it's also far superior to lansoprazole for preventing ulcers, exhibiting six- to eight-fold greater potency over the drug!.

    Suppressing stomach acid with drugs like Prilosec and Prevacid, does NOT treat the helicobacter pylori infection. If you're taking a PPI drug to treat your heartburn, you're treating a symptom only and, you're exposing yourself to additional, and potentially more dangerous health problems, because of the drug itself.


    † Gluten

    Gluten, implicated in celiac disease, is a primary ingredient of flour; it delivers protein and gives bread a higher rise. Four primary sources of gluten are barley, rye, oat and wheat.

    According to the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF), ingredients that may tip off hidden gluten include:

    Unidentified starch 
    Modified food starch 
    Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) 
    Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP) 
    Texturized vegetable protein (TVP) 
    Malt and other natural flavorings 
    Binders, fillers, excipients, extenders

    † Glucose

    Glucose is an ancient fuel used even before there was oxygen in the atmosphere, for life can burn glucose without oxygen; it is an anaerobic fuel. The use of fat as fuel came later, after life in the form of plants soaked the earth in oxygen, for you cannot burn fat without oxygen.


    † Glutamine, Glutathione

    Glutamine plays an important role in cardiovascular function by supplying a key energy for endothelial cells that line blood vessels. And, glutamine regulates nitric oxide synthesis by these endothelial cells. This is critical for maintaining blood vessel tone and reducing inflammation in the blood vessel walls.

    Glutamine plays a role in governing mood, concentration, & memory. It crosses the blood-brain barrier and in the brain it's converted into L-glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is essential as an energy source for cerebral function.

    In the digestive system glutamine is the primary nutrient for the cells of the intestinal lining where it helps regulate cellular reproduction. Through this mechanism, glutamine helps to prevent, and to rebuild, a leaky gut of people with inflammatory and auto-immune conditions. For this reason glutamine supplementation has been shown to be very effective in individuals with ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, & irritable bowel syndrome.

    Glutamine also helps regulate cells as they absorb water across the junction between the small intestine and blood stream. This keeps the body from losing fluid and becoming dehydrated. When water is not absorbed back into the body, diarrhea results; losing both water and vital nutrients.

    Glutamine plays a very important role in cell and system detoxification processes. The lymphatic system maintains fluid and protein balance in the body, carries immune cells, and filters out toxins that are stored in tissues. Glutamine, a key energy source for lymphatic cells, allows them to better remove toxins. And glutamine acts as a transport molecule to carry ammonia out of major tissues, including the brain, sending it to the liver for conversion into urea.

    Glutamine is found in many foods with the highest levels found in grass-fed beef, bison, chicken, & free range eggs. Raw dairy products from grass-fed cows and goats are also very high in L-glutamine. This includes whey protein powder from grass-fed cows; it's the most bioavailable form of L-glutamine from an animal source. Using a good amount of this form of whey protein in a shake with coconut milk, berries, & cinnamon every day is a fantastic way to naturally boost L-glutamine levels.

    However, red cabbage is considered the most dense vegetable form of L-glutamine. An amazing way of obtaining high quality nutrition from red cabbage is through juicing, or from shredding & fermenting it. Red cabbage sauerkraut made with apple cider vinegar may be one of the best ways to consume L-glutamine, due to the deep fermentation processes that create an abundance of enzymes and good bacteria that allow amino acids and other nutrients to be better absorbed and utilized within the body.

    Good sources of the "master" antioxidant glutathione:

    Raw milk products, raw eggs and meat: Glutathione occurs in the highest levels in fresh, uncooked meats and raw milk, but is almost entirely absent in pasteurized dairy products.

    Fresh fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of glutathione, but cooked ones have almost none. Spinach, potatoes, asparagus, avocado, squash, okra, cauliflower, broccoli, walnuts, garlic and tomatoes have the highest glutathione per serving.

    The herb milk thistle is an excellent source of the antioxidant compound silymarin, which may help to prevent glutathione depletion in the liver. Glutathione in the liver is crucial for detoxification and can become depleted when acetaminophen (Tylenol), and alcohol is consumed, and in general by toxic overload.

    Curcumin increases glutathione levels.

    To keep your glutathione levels up avoid things that deplete your glutathione: chemicals, toxins and sugar.


    † GM Foods

    genetic tomato

    A year after a massive spraying there was not a sound of a bird.... What was the man doing to our beautiful world? Who has made the decision that sets in motion this ever-widening wave of death?


    GM foods are inferior and unnecessary. They are dangerous to humans, animals, and environment.

    A report published in the International Journal of Microbiology has verified that Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) crops are causing severe health problems. A legal challenge issued against Monsanto forced the multi-national agriculture giant to release raw data revealing that animals fed its patented GM corn suffered liver and kidney damage within three months.

    Monsanto of the biotech industry has its own "sympathetic" corporate officials infiltrated in government, the FDA, and other regulatory agencies, especially in government offices regulating the biotech industry, so has immense power, even internationally.

    The effects observed in test rats included a buildup of hormones in the blood, indicating that their liver and kidneys were not functioning properly. One variety of corn led to elevated blood sugar levels and increased triglyceride levels in female rats.

    Produce Code Stickers, the PLU code number

    The MAJOR U.S. GM crops:
    Soy - Corn - Cottonseed - Canola - Sugar from sugar beets - Hawaiian papaya -- Varieties of zucchini - Crookneck squash

    GM Corn Derivatives
    Soy Derivatives
    Also:
    infant formula, salad dressing, bread,
    cereal, hamburgers, hotdogs, margarine,
    mayonnaise, crackers, cookies, candy,
    chocolate,  fried food,  chips,
    veggie burgers,  meat substitutes,
    ice cream, frozen yogurt, tofu, tamari,
    soy sauce, soy cheese, tomato sauce,
    protein powder, baking powder, alcohol,
    vanilla, powdered sugar, peanut butter,
    enriched flour, and pasta.

    Non-food items containing soy products: cosmetics, soaps, detergents, shampoo, and bubble bath.

    Sources: Modern Foods

    GM Food Tragedy

    True food/shoppers' guide

    Doctors Warning on GM Foods


    † Gout

    Cherries are a major player in eliminating pain associated with gout -- Dr. Wright has recommended 32 ounces of cherry juice (with no sugar added) at the first sign of an attack.


    † Grapefruit

    New findings reported in the May 30, 2012 online edition of PPAR Research suggests that a flavonoid in grapefruit called naringenin can lower cholesterol levels, regulate insulin and blood sugar levels, fight abdominal obesity, and reduce hardening of the arteries by activating a family of special receptors in the liver.

    This fruit contains citric acid, natural sugars, essential oils like limonene, pinene and citral. It has vitamin C, and smaller amounts of vitamin A, B complex, E and K.

    It has calcium, folic acid, phosphorus, and potassium. Its phytonutrients -- liminoids, flavonoids, lycopene and glucarates -- help fight cancer and various diseases.

    It has an alkaline reaction after digestion and its pectin is effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits, and the vitamin C helps to strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries.

    Bioflavonoids found in grapefruit halt the spread of cancer in the breast, and are protective against cancers of the digestive system.

    A diabetic can safely eat a grapefruit. Consumption of this fruit will help reduce the starches and sugars in the body. Anyone with a tendency towards diabetes, can benefit from grapefruit.

    Digestion is helped by increasing the flow of gastric juices. Eat the fruit together with its albedo and pith for the extra fiber that aids bowel movements.

    To reduce fever drink plenty of fluids, and grapefruit juice.

    Grapefruit juice before bedtime helps promote sleep.

    Drink freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice to help relieve sore throats and coughs. Daily consumption of grapefruit helps relieve inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

    Grapefruit contains high levels of the flavonoid naringin that will neutralize synthetic, man-made, drugs. This is beneficial for us because the flavinoid recognizes alien compounds which should not be in our body, treating them as toxins.

    Doctors may tell you that grapefruit is the cause of the toxicity, but in fact, it is really the drugs that are causing it.

    Grapefruit juice can do you a world of good. However, despite all its goodness, remember, take in moderation. Excessive consumption of any citrus juices can leach calcium, causing some harm to bones and teeth.

    Grapefruit juice boosts the potency of certain drugs, increasing the risk of overdose, by significantly raising blood levels of the medication. It appears that grapefruit juice impedes an enzyme, CYP 3A4, that plays a key role in metabolizing certain drugs. When the effect of the enzyme is derailed, more of a drug's active ingredient reaches the bloodstream-- may also be true for apple juice, lime juice and orange juice made from Seville oranges. Less of the drugs, more grapefruit?


    † Green Lipped Mussels

    Scientists and researchers know of the anti-inflammatory, healing properties of the greenlip mussel found in New Zealand. It has been eaten for hundreds of years by the indigenous Maori people who are well known to exhibit a very low incidence of arthritis symptoms, pain or joint swelling.

    Many illnesses can be attributed in part to inflammation. Man-made anti-inflammatory products have proven themselves to be very dangerous. New Zealand greenlip mussels are shown to have the highest concentration of Omega-3 essential oils good for:

    heart, brain and joint health
    pain and diseases of:
    heart, liver
    asthma, allergies, depression
    dry-eye
    psoriasis
    

    A study on green-lipped mussel oil published in the journal Inflammopharmacology shows the ability of green-lipped mussel oil to reduce inflammation. A formula containing 4mg of green-lipped mussel extract and 16mg of olive oil and administered at the dose of 20mg per kg of body weight, was shown to exhibit astonishing anti-inflammatory properties far greater than typical fish oils, salmon oil, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil and aspirin and ibuprofen.

    The world's most powerful antioxidant comes from the sauvignon blanc grape seed husk also found only in the Marlborough region in the South Island of New Zealand.

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    † Green Tea

    Green Tea Polyphenols Fight Cancer

    Polyphenols in tea, which include EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and others, are protective against many types of cancer and is linked to heart health. For instance, women under 50 who drank three or more cups of tea a day had a 37 percent reduced risk of developing breast cancer, and women who regularly drink five or more cups of green tea daily appear about 20 percent less likely to develop stomach cancer.

    Other studies have also highlighted tea's potential to fight skin cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer, and compelling evidence suggests that the polyphenols in green tea may be even more effective at fighting the progression of cancer than the antioxidants found in red wine and grapes.

    The polyphenols in green tea may constitute up to 30 percent of the dry leaf weight, so, when you drink a cup of green tea, you're drinking a fairly potent solution of healthy tea polyphenols. Green tea is the least processed kind of tea, so it also contains the highest amounts of EGCG of all tea varieties.

    Many green teas are oxidized, which removes many of its valuable properties. Good green tea is green, not brown or black.


    The "H" Items

    † Hawthorn

    Hawthorn improves exercise tolerance and maximal workload, and will improve symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath. It may be "particularly helpful" in coping with the day-to-day challenges of a weakened heart.


    † Hair

    Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of vitamins A, B2, B5, C and K and contain phytochemicals and folic acid. The sprouts contain trace elements of zinc, copper and magnesium, all necessary for strong hair and a healthy scalp.

    Grow your own sprouts

    Method:

    Rinse with cold water and drain 3 tablespoons of alfalfa seeds. Place the seeds into the bottom of a wide necked glass jar. Add cool, pure water to the jar so it covers the seeds and allow to soak overnight.

    In the morning attach a piece of cheesecloth over the jar opening with a rubber band. Drain the water through the cloth. Ensure that all the water is out or it may cause the seeds to rot. Do not remove the seeds from the container.

    For 5 days rinse the seeds and jar every day with pure water. Sprouts should be ready to eat. Add to salads, sandwiches or stir fried vegetables.

    Vegetables for Hair Growth

    Eat raw leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, regularly. Dark green vegetables provide iron and calcium, as well as Vitamin A and C. These vitamins assist in the production of sebum, which conditions the hair and promotes hair growth.

    Carrots also provide carotine, good for vision as well as hair, help maintain healthy follicles.

    Wheat Germ for Hair Growth

    Wheat germ is very high in protein, and contains potassium, calcium, zinc, thiamine, niacin and vitamins that are good for healthy hair and skin.

    Coconut oil is beneficial externally as internally, and can be used for both skin and hair.

    Foods to Avoid

    Avoid dead foods, such as white sugar and processed foods. Cut down on caffeine and alcohol, these retard hair growth.


    † Hearing Loss

    Two servings per week of fish having omega-3 fats gives a 42 percent reduction in risk of age-related hearing loss.

    Whole nutrition equals whole health; for health: eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep to allow your body to perform vital restorative functions, and get sufficient exercise. And don't forget sunlight.

    Age-related hearing loss is linked to an amino acid called homocysteine. Homocysteine levels could be too high. Too much in your blood is also an indicator for heart disease, stroke, and dementia. In addition, excess homocysteine hinders blood flow to your inner ear, increasing the likelihood that you'll have trouble hearing at a noisy dinner party.

    A simple but powerful way to block homocysteine from soaring out of control and thereby prevent (or slow) age-related hearing loss is to take more folic acid which helps the body break down homocysteine. Magnesium, can protect your hearing.

    Certain cases of age-related hearing loss may be reversed by the bioidentical hormone called aldosterone.

    Drugs have been linked to hearing loss and deafness:
    1. Progestin, the synthetic form of progesterone, used in hormone replacement therapy, has been linked to increased hearing loss.
    2. Aminoglycoside antibiotics (such as streptomycin, neomycin, kanamycin)
    3. Salicylates in large quantities (aspirin)
    4. Loop diuretics (lasix, ethacrynic acid)
    5. Certain chemotherapy drugs (cisplatin, carboplatin, nitrogen mustard)

    Continued exposure to loud noise will eventually destroy the fragile hair cells in your inner ear that convert sound vibrations into nerve impulses -- the basis of hearing.


    † Heart Health/Disease

    Three facts:
    heart attacks are less common closer to the equator, less common in the summer, and less common at higher altitudes.

    Three more facts:
    vitamin D-producing UVB light is higher near the equator, higher in the summer, and higher at higher altitudes.

    Doctors tell us that heart disease cannot be cured, can only be managed, primarily with drugs such as statins. In a sense the doctors are right - cardiovascular disease cannot be cured by mainstream medicine. And what doctors know about the links between diet, weight and heart disease is mostly wrong. Cardiovascular disease can be cured by improving life style, which includes a balanced diet of whole natural foods.

    The Role of Vitamin D

    The most common symptom of heart disease is sudden death. Make sure your vitamin D3 intake is sufficient to prevent this-- through sunlight and, if necessary, supplements.

    Low levels of vitamin D in your blood have long been linked to a higher risk of heart disease and heart attacks. One study found that women who take vitamin D supplements lower their risk of death from heart disease by one-third.

    Vitamin D inhibits the uptake of cholesterol by cells called macrophages. When people are deficient in vitamin D, the macrophage cells absorb more cholesterol, and can't get rid of it. The macrophages get clogged with cholesterol and become what scientists call foam cells, which are one of the earliest markers of atherosclerosis.

    See also: Vitamin D

    Role of L-Arginine

    L-arginine, an amino acid, is essential for cardiovascular health. The linings of your blood vessels (endothelium) need L-arginine to make nitric oxide, a gas that promotes blood vessel flexibility and dilation.

    Nitric oxide is good for:

    1. Enhances blood flow by keeping blood vessels relaxed and open.
    2. Helps support healthy blood pressure levels.
    3. It's used as a signaling molecule in your brain and immune system

    Dietary sources of L-arginine:

    Walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds,
    Brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts. 
    Sesame and sunflower seeds 
    Raisins,  coconut 
    Dairy products, meats 
    Whole grains, oats, barley, 
    Buckwheat, brown rice.  
    

    Atrial Fribrillation and Arrhythmias

    Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that's linked to long-term risk of stroke, heart failure, and death.

    Dr. Matthias Rath, MD, a leading American expert on cardiovascular disease, believes arrhythmias are primarily caused by nutritional deficiencies and can be prevented by optimizing the intake of such nutrients as vitamin-C, L-carnitine, coenzyme Q10 (results in significant improvement in heart function), magnesium and vitamin B complex. Magnesium is very important as it is highly concentrated in the heart muscle and counteracts excessive calcium, which tends to excite the heart. L-carnitine has been found to have excellent antiarrhythmic properties and is useful in the treatment of heart attack patients and those with intermittent claudication (achy, crampy, tired, and sometimes burning pain in the legs that comes and goes).

    Japanese researchers found coenzyme Q10 effective in the management of arrhythmias.

    In Europe Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) is widely used in the management of arrhythmias. It is non-toxic and has been found to improve the overall performance of the heart.

    Avoid the trigger factors, such as alcohol, caffeine and antiarrhythmic drugs (digoxin), and foods that may cause an allergic reaction, and excessive physical and emotional stress.

    There are no good drugs to prevent fibrillation, and the ones frequently prescribed for the condition are harmful. Elimination of nutritional deficiencies and judicious supplementation with magnesium, l-carnitine, coenzyme Q10, hawthorn, niacin, folic acid, and the vitamin B complex can go a long way towards preventing recurrence of fibrillation.

    Danish researchers showed that 60 days or more of NSAID (aspirin) use increased atrial fibrillation risk by 40 percent, and the same amount of COX-2 inhibitor use increased risk by 70 percent.

    Stomach bleeding and other side effects of regular NSAID use results in more than 100,000 hospitalizations and thousands of deaths each year. Studies indicate that NSAIDs (except for low-dose aspirin) may increase the chance of heart attack and stroke.

    More bad news for osteoporosis drugs – commonly used bisphosphonates like Fosamax cause atrial fibrillation.

    Adopt a healthy lifestyle.

    Optimize your vitamin D levels with sunlight, your heart will thank you, and eat foods rich in vitamin D. Avoid statins.

    Green tea lowers the risk of coronary artery disease by limiting oxidized LDL cholesterol that causes arterial plaque.


    † Hemorrhoids

    (NaturalNews 29-Mar-2010) Hemorrhoids are painful swollen veins in the rectum, anus, that plague many men and women. They result from increased pressure in the veins which cause the veins to bulge. Nature offers some good remedies to help control and perhaps even eliminate hemorrhoids.

    To avoid hemorrhoids:

     Eat a healthy diet which includes 
    plenty of fiber.
     Avoid sitting for too long at a time 
    and maintain proper posture.
     Keep your weight down to prevent strain.
     Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated 
    and reduce constipation.
    

    To help with some of the problems associated with hemorrhoids:

    Wear cotton undergarments.
     Avoid toilet tissue with perfumes or colors.
     Try not to scratch the area.
     Keep area clean
     Use stool softeners to help reduce 
    straining and constipation.
    

    Natural remedies that may help you conquer hemorrhoids:

    1. Drink more water, but not all at once. Gulping water makes you urinate most of it.

    2. Take supplemental iodine and cayenne pepper to help strengthen veins. Cayenne also rebuilds stomach tissue and iodine is also good for irritable bowel and other conditions which may aggravate hemorrhoids.

    Other things that can help with hemorrhoid problems are:

    1 Wash two to three dried figs very well & soak in a glass of cold water overnight. Have them first thing in the morning and again in the evening.

    2 Mix two teaspoons each of fresh lime juice and olive oil and apply on affected area.

    3 Apply Vitamin E oil to affected area as often as needed.

    4 Take fresh mint leaves juice, lemon juice and honey orally three times a day.

    5 Vitamin B6 can help in just a day or two if hemorrhoids come from a B6 deficiency.


    † Herbs

    Improve your health by taking advantage of unprocessed organic herbs and spices in your diet.

    You'll find that herbs and spices:

    Herbs add flavor to food dishes, protect you from diseases, and clear toxins from your body.

    5 examples from a list assembled by Planet Green:

    Basil

    Basil provides Vitamins A, C, and K, along with iron, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. Loaded with flavonoids, basil helps prevent cell damage from radiation and oxygen.

    Ginger

    Treat nausea and an upset stomach with ginger; prevent and treat the common cold with its antiviral components.

    Fenugreek

    This Mediterranean herb is good for menstrual cramps, menopause symptoms, cholesterol, and diabetes.

    Flat Leaf Parsley

    Parsley is renowned for containing high levels of antioxidants and is full of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber that help balance cholesterol and ward off constipation.

    Turmeric

    The Cork Cancer Research Centre's test results show that turmeric can kill gullet cancer cells in 24 hours!

    Source

    The 10 most potent herbs and spices:

    1. Cloves (ground)  2. Cinnamon (ground)  
    3. Jamaican allspice (ground)  4. Apple pie spice (below)  
    5. Oregano (ground)  6. Pumpkin pie spice (below)  
    7. Marjoram  8. Sage  
    9. Thyme  10. Gourmet Italian spice (below) 
    
    Pumpkin Pie Spice
    1/4 cup ground cinnamon
    2 tbsp ground ginger
    2 tsp ground cloves
    1 tsp ground nutmeg*
    1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
    
    Apple Pie Spice
    1/4 cup ground cinnamon
    1 tbsp ground allspice
    2 tsp ground nutmeg*
    2 tsp ground ginger
    1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional
    
    Gourmet Italian Spice Ingredients 
    Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary, 
    Savory, Sage, Oregano, and Basil. 

    † Herpes

    Natural Therapies for Herpes Infections

    All members of the herpes virus family are reported to be killed by the fatty acids and monoglycerides from saturated fatty acids ranging from C-6 to C-14 (Isaacs et al 1991), which include approximately 80% of the fatty acids in coconut oil, which is a significant protection against the ravages of factory-made oxidized products (trans fatty acids).

    Lysine (an essential amino acid) 
    Aloe Vera 
    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 
    Resveratrol 
    Garlic 
    Lactoferrin (an anti microbial 
        protein found in colostrum)
    Vitamin D. It works for flu, coughs and colds, 
        all types of viral infections -- 
        even infections like herpes.

    The herpes article by Dr. Mercola: Herpes


    † HFCS

    Even a little daily indulgence in HFCS is bad.

    It's a daily attack on your liver.

    Fatty liver disease (NAFLD) begins slowly, as fat accumulates in the liver: no symptoms, just a "silent epidemic."

    Then comes the inflammation, and liver scarring, dangerous chronic conditions of type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, and heart disease.

    The inflammation, scarring, and destruction of liver cells is the same as happens in people who drink alcohol to excess. Craving a daily soda or two, or some other treat that's sweetened with HFCS? Don't make a fool of yourself thinking that a little bit won't harm you. Even small amounts of this poisonous sugar can quickly lead to serious damage.

    Be sure to read further Sweeteners

    sugar and disease

    † Histamines

    A body produces histamine when experiencing sensory conflict--such as the rolling motion of a boat. To help prevent seasickness get plenty of vitamin C. This was recently confirmed in an Austrian study that showed a histamine spike in people who were seasick. But one or two grams of Vitamin C disrupted histamine production and curbed seasickness.

    Production of histamine can also be reduced by avoiding alcohol and chocolate. Histamine is degraded during sleep, so, a good night's rest helps.


    † Honey, Manuka

    How hard does a worker bee work to make about one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey: it take a lifetime for one bee to make that amount.

    But, this honey then is a miracle elixir--containing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and anti oxidants. Raw honey is an excellent food having a bounty of nutrition, including enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. But!! Pasteurization kills most of the good in honey. Buy unpasteurized.

    Raw Honey for Wound Care

    Manuka honey in particular is good; it can be applied topically to wounds, instead of those creams containing the poisons benzocaine or lidocaine. Its anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties will allow the wound to heal faster.

    Manuka comes from the flowers of the Manuka bush (a medicinal plant), and clinical trials have found this type of honey can eradicate more than 250 strains of bacteria, including resistant varieties such as:
    MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) 
    MSSA (methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus) 
    VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci) 
    

    Good quality raw honey:

    Raw honey is good for these and other reasons:

    Promotes the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract 
    Improves the skin
    Helps with sleeplessness
    Promotes heart health, reduces homocysteine levels 
    Tames allergies
    Fight viruses, such as herpes, and bacteria
    Soothes a cough 
    Prevents tooth decay
    

    See also: Bee Product Therapy


    † Hormones     

    Our health and life depends on how accurately instructions are conveyed to our cells so that they can act in harmony. It is the communication among the individual cells that will help determine our health and our life.

    This communication is performed by hormones. These most important molecules ultimately provide the means to health and life.

    The most important messages our cells receive are how to use energy; life cannot exist without hormones.

    Two most important hormones that deliver messages about energy and metabolism are insulin and leptin.


    † Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)     

    A treatment for menopause symptoms with synthetic hormones (estrogen plus progestin, made by Wyeth)

    In 2002, the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) clinical trial was shut down after researchers discovered increased risk of invasive breast cancer.

    Since 2002, WHI-related research has revealed links between synthetic HRT use and higher risk of dementia, stroke, and heart disease.

    Women who take HRT are now advised to do so for "the shortest time possible." Heart risks during the study were highest soon after women started taking hormones.

    New research shows that lung tissue has estrogen receptors. So when lung cancer is present and a patient takes HRT, those receptors accelerate cancer cell growth. The synthetic estrogen also appears to support development of tiny blood vessels that cancer cells require to flourish.

    Any woman reading this information -- still interested in HRT?

    According to the NYTimes, between 1998 and 2005, Wyeth executives paid a medical communications firm to write 26 scientific papers that hyped the benefits and minimized the risks of HRT. The papers were published in several journals, including The International Journal of Cardiology and The American Journal of Obstetrics.

    This unethical practice isn't illegal, it's actually somewhat common. Prominent doctors agree to allow their names to appear as authors of the articles. So when an unsuspecting physician reads one of the HRT articles and takes it at face value, he's likely to feel more comfortable about recommending the drug, despite the miserable reputation.

    Sources: "Hormone Therapy Nearly Doubles Risk of Death from Lung Cancer, Study Says" Thomas H. Maugh II, LA Times, 9/20/09, latimes.com "Medical Papers by Ghostwriters Pushed Therapy" Natasha Singer, New York Times, 8/5/09, nytimes.com


    † Hyaluronic acid     

    Hyaluronic acid is an important component of the body's collagen, and is a support and lubrication material for living cells. Medically, hyaluronic acid is used to treat muscle spasms, fibromyalgia and hardened tissue, as well as to restore circulation and to relieve pain. Hyaluronic acid has been dubbed a "fountain of youth" by the media, because groups of people who consume a lot of it in their diets seem to have especially long life spans.

    Hyaluronic acid may be helpful to reduce premature aging since one of the main components in aging is a hyaluronic acid imbalance.

    Good source: starchy root vegetables.


    † Hydrogen Peroxide     

    It's your body's first and best defense against any infection. Kills bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites.

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    The "I" Items

    † Ibuprofen

    The APCC reports that ibuprofen is the drug that most commonly creates problems for dogs. A small amount of ibuprofen can cause kidney failure and stomach ulcers.

    NSAIDs, such as: naproxen (Aleve), diclofenac (Cataflam), and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are implicated in serious health issues. Ibuprofen, used for a limited time by healthy people appears to significantly increase stroke risk, a 30 percent increased risk. This shows that these drugs must not be taken casually.

    † Immunity, Immune System

    The best way to strengthen your immune system is through lifestyle choices that keep you healthy:

    Avoid sugar, grains, and processed food, and eat plenty of organic raw foods.

    Get plenty of deep, restorative sleep.

    Find a way to handle/eliminate stress in your life.

    Get plenty of regular exercise each week.

    Optimize your vitamin D through sun exposure, or supplementation if neccesary.

    Take a quality probiotic; it will help populate your gastrointestinal tract with GOOD bacteria--your best defense against bad bacteria, like Campylobacter

    Immune Problems

    Lupus. It's a chronic disease that fools the immune system; the body attacks healthy tissues and organs increasing risk of heart disease and cancer, causing symptoms that include extreme fatigue, skin rashes, and painful joints.

    Lupus is sometimes fatal, and it appears incurable, can only be managed.

    Benlysta is a drug approved by the FDA to treat lupus. But when Benlysta was approved last March, it was found to have serious problems. According to the FDA, Benlysta research only "suggested, but did not definitively establish" that the drug might reduce severe flare-ups of lupus symptoms. And, more troubling was the higher rate of serious infections and death in patients taking Benlysta compared to those taking a placebo.

    Before Benlysta appeared on the scene, lupus was commonly treated with immune system suppressants, malaria medications and steroids. In some cases these treatments decrease inflammation and address specific symptoms of lupus, but the side effects of the drugs can sometimes complicate the condition rather than relieve it.

    Does Benlysta work? Not really, but there is a solid and safe alternative: fish oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids. After 24 weeks, researchers found a significant decline in disease measurements for those taking fish oil compared to placebo. Fish oil helped relieve fatigue, inflammation, skin rashes, and neurological problems. And all of that added up to improved quality of life -- and especially for those who were able to reduce their steroid use. Adverse side effects of omega-3 fatty acids: zero.

    Don't fall for FDA-approved "magic" drugs.


    † Infant Formula

    For the first six months of a baby's life it should be nursing, getting the very best form of nutrition. Breastfeeding provides immune protection, and reduces likelihood of allergies and illnesses. Some good cooked foods for pureeing are squash, carrots, peas, yams, beans that are well cooked, and whole grains. Most fruits and vegs in their raw state are excellent for babies. For a baby under 12 months pureed fruit or veggies are perfect foods.

    See Dr. Mercola's In fant formula Infant Formula

    The aluminum content of several of the most popular brands of infant formulas is high - especially for soy-based and lactose intolerant substitutes. This should be as frightening to parents as is the presence of aluminum in vaccinations, since an infant's digestive system is more vulnerable to systemic permeation.

    Drs. Shelle-Anne M. Burrell and Chrisopher Exley from Keele University in Staffordshire measured the aluminum content of several milk-based and soy-based formulas (both milks and powders) and found very high aluminum content in each type. They found concentrations of up to 700 micrograms per liter.

    These concentrations are about forty times higher than what is found in human breast milk and are much higher than what is allowed in municipal drinking water.

    See all about soy:Soy Sorry More soy: Soy


    † Inflammation, chronic

    A primary component of many disease such as:

     Heart disease,  Cancer,  Alzheimer's,  Multiple sclerosis,
     Ulcerative colitis,  Crohn's disease, Rheumatoid arthritis,
     Asthma,  Allergies 
    is chronic inflammation, which generates free radicals that damage cell membranes, and DNA. This results in aging, and disease.

    To prevent and reverse aging and disease it's necessary to prevent and reverse inflammation. Eating the standard Western diet containing: Sugar, white flour, milk products, farmed fish and meat, and processed oils result in inflamation. This diet makes people fat. To prevent and reverse inflammation, avoid inflammatory foods and eat a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, and if necessary antioxidant supplements.

    Note: In physical injuries inflammation can be a very good thing, to help initiate the healing process.

    Fresh, raw fruit and vegetables are good for reducing inflammation, so are mushrooms, sea foods, and healthy fat.

    Keep sugar & grains to a minimum. Use coconut oil, olive oil, grass-fed meat, free range eggs, avocados, nuts/seeds, and vegetables every day. Use anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, dandelion, oregano, garlic, & green tea. The primary fruits to eat are low-sugar, but anti-oxidant rich, such as berries, lemons/ limes, & grapefruits.

    Processed foods have become the staple of our diet, and, behavioral problems, violence, suicides, poor academic performance, and disease have followed.


    † Insulin

    Insulin works mostly at the cell level, telling cells whether to burn or store fat or sugar and whether to utilize that energy for maintenance and repair or reproduction. For an individual cell turning on maintenance and repair equates to increased longevity, and turning up cellular reproduction can increase your risk of cancer. High blood glucose levels cause repeated surges in insulin, and this causes one's cells to become "insulin-resistant" which leads to further high levels of insulin and diabetes. It is much the same as being in a smelly room for a period of time. Soon, you stop being able to smell it, because the signal no longer gets through.


    † Insulin Resistance

    Sugar, primarily fructose, and grain carbohydrates cause insulin resistance and in turn raises blood pressure, causes hypertension, causes obesity, causes diabetes, causes heart disease and cancer.

    Clinical trials where you put somebody on a high-fat, high-saturated fat but low-carbohydrate diet without sugars showed heart disease risk factors improve and diabetes risk factors improve, and blood pressure drops.

    Excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the number of obese and diabetic people has skyrocketed in the past few decades. Added HFCS in foods and beverages is now so great that the single largest source of calories comes from fructose.

    It's loaded into your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in most processed foods—from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. Even most infant formulas contain the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola!

    Fructose raises uric acid, which decreases nitric oxide, raises angiotensin, and causes your smooth muscle cells to contract, thereby raising your blood pressure and potentially damaging your kidneys. Increased uric acid also leads to chronic, low-level inflammation, which has far-reaching consequences for your health.


    † Iodine

    Iodine is involved in the production of every hormone in your body, according to Dr. Al Sears in an article on the web.

    "Iodine has anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties. Without it, you are at risk for cancer of the breast, prostate, ovaries, thyroid, and uterus."

    Your best natural sources of iodine are:

    Seaweed, Salmon, Clams
    Sardines, Shrimp, Pineapple
    Haddock, Eggs, Oysters
    Dairy Products

    Ensure you get 150 mcg of iodine daily.

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    † IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    For irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) doctors prescribe medications that relax muscles in the bladder and intestines, such as Donnapine and Librax, or over the counter medication. If you really care for your health you will want to avoid all those.

    To prevent constipation, eat a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. Avoid laxatives; repeated use can weaken your intestines.

    Some of the worst contributors to chronic inflammation are lifestyle factors like smoking, a diet high in sugar, fried foods and trans fats, inadequate exercise, stress, and vitamin D deficiency.

    If your body is under some kind of stress, the following become common IBS symptom triggers:

    High fructose corn syrup 
    Alcohol,  Caffeinated beverages 
    Inferior fats in processed foods 
    Gluten, Milk, other dairy products 
    Corn, Soy, Peanuts 
    Sugar, Chocolate, White flour 
    Artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors
    Do It Naturally

    If you have IBD, do these things:

    1. Take a quality, animal-based omega-3 supplement like krill oil. Plant-based omega-3 such as flax, will not work as well, because your body needs the DHA form of omega-3 fat--not the omega-3 ALA form as found in flax.
    2. Avoid all sugars, especially fructose. These will increase inflammation by increasing your insulin levels.
    3. Also avoid grains until your symptoms are under control. Many with inflammatory bowel disease have gluten sensitivities. And, the grains tend to increase insulin levels, promoting inflammation.
    4. Do not use artificial sweeteners. Inflammatory bowel disease may be caused or made worse by the use of artificial sweeteners like Splenda; they inactivate digestive enzymes and alter gut barrier function.
    5. Optimize your vitamin D. It appears to be as effective as animal-based omega-3 fats in countering IBD. One reason vitamin D works is that it helps your body produce over 200 anti-microbial peptides that help fight all sorts of infections, and there are many experts who believe inflammatory bowel disease has an infectious component.
    6. Get enough beneficial bacteria through fermented foods in your diet, or probiotics. This will help to heal your intestinal tract. You can do this by regularly consuming traditionally fermented foods, or taking a high-quality probiotic supplement.
    7. Use herbal anti-inflammatories, like the spice tumeric, and its primary polyphenol, curcumin, and the Ayurvedic herb boswellia, may provide far better effects, as compared to drugs /surgery.
    8. Peppermint Oil

      Irritable bowel syndrome now strikes about 20 percent of us. A new study finds peppermint oil produced significant IBS relief for about 150 of 200 IBS patients.

      Another clinical trial that tested enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules taken daily for one month found 80 percent of the subjects reported relief from severe abdominal pain, abdominal distension, and reduction of gas.

      From time immemorial, healers have used peppermint oil to curb nausea, gas, and other digestive problems. Modern research shows that it kills bacteria and relaxes muscles in the digestive tract.


      † Iron

      Foods that are rich in bioavailable iron:

      Avoid the supplemental form of iron ferrous sulfate, which is toxic. The safest form of iron is Feosol Carbonyl Iron.

      Keep in mind that although iron is found in many foods, some people do not absorb it well. Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, while caffeine can hinder iron absorption.


      The "J" Items

      † Juice, Juicing

      There are several good reasons to incorporate vegetable juicing into your healthy eating program; vegetables are rich in antioxidants, age-deterring compounds.

      Juicing according to Dr. Mercola
      or Juicing


      † Junk Foods

      shugahtomatoResearchers have found that the high levels of phosphates found in many high-fat and processed foods accelerate the signs of aging. Refined carbohydrates, including sugar, consumption triggers a process called glycation in which the sugar molecules attach themselves to proteins. This results in harmful proteins appropriately coined "AGEs" (advanced glycation end-products) that cause harm to all cells in the body. They also make collagen proteins more rigid. This reduced elasticity results in wrinkles and creases. Intake of refined sugar and processed carbohydrates compromises the whole underlying structure of the skin. It accelerates the process of aging by reducing the integrity and resiliency of the skin's "foundation". Not only do they increase the prevalence and severity of age-related complications, such as chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular calcification, but they can also induce severe muscle and skin atrophy.

      Cut down on the junk food alcohol, it ages the skin. Alcohol is a toxin and notoriously dehydrating -- regular drinking means deeper lines of facial wrinkles.

      A diet rich in bright coloured fruits and veggies is the answer to ageing gracefully. Fruits, vegetables, green tea, and a host of other natural foods that are rich in antioxidants contain a number of age-deterring compounds.


      The "K" Items

      † Kefir

      Kefir strengthens the immune system, promotes a relaxing effect on the nervous system and helps with a restful night's sleep; it keeps the intestinal tract healthy, promotes bowel movements -- and is very beneficial after the use of antibiotics to restore balance to the digestive tract; it curbs unhealthy food cravings by making your body more nourished and balanced.

      Kefir has minerals and essential amino acids to help your body with its natural health. The complete proteins in Kefir are partially digested and so more easily used by the body.

      Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids is abundant in Kefir. It is well-known for its relaxing effect. Kefir also offers a lot of calcium and magnesium -- for a healthy nervous system.

      Kefir is rich in vitamin B12, B1, and vitamin K, is an excellent source of biotin, a B vitamin which aids the body's absorption of other B vitamins, such as folic acid, pantothenic acid, and B12. B vitamins regulate the normal function of the kidneys, liver and nervous system to produce a healthy looking skin, boost energy and promote longevity. It has a good supply of phosphorus -- the second most abundant mineral in our bodies -- helping utilize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins for cell growth, maintenance and energy.

      Kefir actually helps to colonize your intestinal tract. It contains several major strains of friendly bacteria: Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter species, and Streptococcus species. It also contains beneficial yeasts, such as Saccharomyces Kefir and Torula Kefir, which help balance the intestinal flora, including promotion of beneficial yeast in the body by penetrating the mucosal lining.

      Kefir's active yeast and bacteria may provide more nutritive value than yogurt by helping digest the foods that you eat and by keeping the colon environment clean and healthy. The curd size of Kefir is smaller than yogurt, so it's also easier to digest, making it an ideal food for babies**, the elderly, and anyone with digestive health concerns.

      How to make your own

      Simply take one packet of starter kefir and combine with your favorite milk or coconut juice. It makes a good base for smoothies, dips, and salad dressings.

      Time and temperature are two things to keep in mind to determine how thick and tasty your Kefir will turn out. Left too long at room temperature, it will become thick and start turning into cheese and whey. If your Kefir is "lumpy" and too sour, it's been left out too long. It should be creamy, a little thicker than milk. Shake well and refrigerate. There it will thicken slightly since it is continuing slowly to culture.

      With each batch you make, adjust the time until you get it just the way you like it. From your first batch of Kefir, use a small amount of it to make your second batch. If you transfer too much Kefir from one batch to the next, you'll create a product that cultures too fast and tastes too sour.

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      The "L" Items

      † L-Arginine

      L-Arginine improves blood flow and vessel elasticity; it helps the body get rid of the waste, ammonia, assists in producing other important amino acids: creatine, L-proline, and L-glutamate. Creatine is important to muscle energy and proper nervous system function. L-proline is important for collagen synthesis and the healing of wounds. L-glutamate is an excitatory neurotransmitter, key to brain function—especially left hemisphere functions for logic and reasoning, language, computational skills, learning and memory.

      It promotes good sexual function for both men AND women. Increased microcirculation in genital tissues and it has endocrine effects, promoting the release of two important hormones—human growth hormone (HGH) and prolactin.

      L-arginine production declines with age; at 50, if you're a typical adult, you're already somewhat deficient and a good diet becomes even more important.

      Foods highest in L-arginine are:

      Seeds : sesame, pumpkin, sunflower 
      Seaweed, spirulina is an excellent source 
      Nuts : walnuts, almonds, peanuts) 
      Coconut 
      Eggs 
      Whey 

      † Lemon Lime Drink

      Warm lemon water helps cleanse and stimulate the liver. Lemon/lime water renews the bile solution and inhibits excess bile flow.

      It aids digestion. It's atomic composition is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices.

      The liver produces more enzymes from lemon/lime water than any other food, according to A.F. Beddoe, author of Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition.

      Lemon/lime water helps bowels eliminate naturally and easily.

      It's high in potassium. Potassium is an important mineral that works with sodium for optimum electrical transmission in the brain and nervous system. Depression, anxiety, fogginess, and forgetfulness can often be traced to low potassium blood levels. That same nervous system needs potassium to assure steady signals to the heart. So your heart health is improved from the lemon water's potassium.

      Calcium and magnesium are plentiful in found in good proportion in lemon/lime water. Magnesium is important for heart health and calcium prevents rickets.

      Lemon/lime water helps lower blood pressure.

      It has an alkalizing effect in the body. Even if you drink it just before a meal, it will help your body maintain a higher pH. The higher or more alkaline your pH, the more your inner terrain is resistant to minor and major disease.

      It helps dilute uric acid, which can accumulate to form gout and arthritis.


      † Leptin

      Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins found in many food plants. Plants use lectins to discourage their natural enemies: fungi and insects, for example.

      Lectins, we discover, are also plaguing humans.

      Some lectins, including those in wheat, bind to specific receptor sites on your intestinal mucosal cells and interfere with the absorption of nutrients through your intestinal wall and into your blood. They act as "antinutrients."

      Lectins trigger inflammation, stimulate a hyper-immune response, and increase your blood viscosity--conditions that can predispose you to disease.

      Leptin (Greek leptos meaning thin) is a protein hormone that plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure, including appetite and metabolism. It is one of the most important adipose (body fat) derived hormones.

      Leptin controls energy storage and utilization in the cells of the body and makes it possible for the different parts of the body to communicate with the brain about how much energy (fat) is stored, and whether it needs more, or should burn some off, and whether it's an advantageous time, nutritionally-speaking, for the body to reproduce or not. As far as science currently knows, leptin is a powerful regulator that tells your brain what to do about life's two main biological goals: eating and reproduction.

      Eating fructose can induce leptin resistance, a condition that can easily lead to becoming overweight

      The quality of your child's diet will directly affect his or her cognitive development and functioning. Two recent studies highlight how important this is.

      STUDY #1: In the first study, Japanese researchers analyzed the relationship between breakfast staples and intelligence in children. They divided 290 healthy children into three groups according to their breakfast staple—rice, bread, or both. What they found was that children in the rice group had significantly more gray matter in their brains and showed a higher perceptual organization index, which is a component of intelligence. This supports the theory that children's breakfast choices affect their cognitive function.

      According to the study: "... [O]ne possible mechanism underlying the difference between the bread and the rice groups may be the difference in the glycemic index (GI) of these two substances; foods with a low GI are associated with less blood-glucose fluctuation than are those with a high GI."

      STUDY #2: A 2011 cross-sectional study in Tehran examined the relationship between long-term refined carbohydrate intake and non-verbal intelligence among 6 to 7-year-old schoolchildren. Researchers found that refined carbohydrate consumption and non-verbal IQ were inversely related for these Tehrani children--the more refined carbs the children were eating, the lower their non-verbal IQs. So how much refined carbs, starch, is too for breakfast--or any other meal?


      † Lecithin

      Lecithin is a fatty substance found in animal and plant tissues. It is composed of choline, phosphoric acid, two fatty acids and glycerol.

      Lecithin is also produced by the liver and passes into the intestine for absorbion into the blood. Its emulsifying action allows fats and cholesterol to flow easily in the blood stream and through arterial walls.

      It is essential in maintaining the surface tension of cell membranes, and in controlling cellular intake and secretion. It helps conduct impulses to and from nerve cells.

      It has been shown to help prevent heart disease and atherosclerosis.

      The best natural sources of lecithin are eggs, wheat, soya oil and nuts. It is available in supplement form.


      † Liver

      The Liver can't take it any more.

      A CTV headline screams, "Liver cancer rates rising alarmingly, say doctors"

      Liver cancer rates are thought to be rising because of increased rates of hepatitis C infection, obesity and type 2 diabetes. But one thing doctors won't mention is the effect of all the drugs they prescribe on the immune system and how this leads to an overworked liver which has to get rid of the toxins produced by the drugs.

      Dr. Sean Cleary, a surgeon at Toronto General Hospital, says he's seen a huge jump in liver cancer cases...an increase of 200 per cent in the last five years, he told CTV News.

      Alternatives

      Don't rush to the doctor for every little symptom for drugs, just like an frug addict. Accept the odd bit of pain and eat wholesome food, exercise, and get fresh air and sunshine.


      † Long Life, Longevity

      Avoid prescription drugs; they kill tens of thousands of people prematurely every year – this is admitted by the health establishment as an expected side effect of the action of drugs. And, if you live a healthy lifestyle, you'll never need any of them in the first place.

      Eat wild salmon, and grass fed beef.

      Wild salmon is very different from farm-raised, it has higher levels of a potent antioxidant known as astaxanthin, which the salmon get from eating their natural diet of krill. Wild salmon has lower levels of inflammatory omega-6 fats -- farmed salmon is loaded with it-- due to their 'factory farmed' diet of grain. According to studies by the Environmental Working Group, farmed salmon is also highly contaminated with PCBs.

      Grass-fed meat is like wild salmon, more healthful. Studies show meat from factory-farms, and processed meat, are associated with higher rates of cancer, because they are loaded with steroids, hormones and antibiotics. Grass-fed meat has omega-3 fats, a cancer-fighting fat called CLA, which is absent from feedlot farmed meat.

      Make berries and beans a part of your regular diet

      Berries are one of the original 'Paleolithic' foods--in the human diet since, forever; they are high in fiber, low in sugar and absolutely loaded with antioxidants and valuable phytochemicals. Blueberries in particular are a 'memory' food, but all berries have various plant compounds that show anti-cancer activity in the lab, like ellergic acid from raspberries. Beans are a staple in the diets of people living to 100.

      Get vitamin D daily! From sun or Vitamin D supplements to take on a daily basis. It has been shown to increase measures of physical performance, improve mood, strengthen bones and help prevent cancer; and more.

      Develop an ikagi.
      One of the secrets of long life discovered among inhabitants of the Blue Zones was a highly developed sense of purpose that gives life meaning. In Okinawa they call this sense of purpose an 'ikagi.' Connect with yours every day.

      Do 4 minutes of deep breathing a day. Stress kills, or at the very least it diminishes the quality of life. The most effective stress-reducer in the world is meditation, but if you can't do that you can still bring down stress hormones considerably by doing some deep breathing every day. Just four minutes of calm, relaxed, focused breathing a day can make a difference. Where there are few distractions: sit quietly; breath in, count to 7, and exhale for the same count. Repeat.

      Weight train twice weekly. It'll keep your muscles from atrophying, raise your metabolism, help fight fat and increase your energy. Train smart and you can get a lot accomplished in half an hour twice a week.

      Top off with 250 mg a day of trans-resveratrol, preferably from food, but supplement help. This plant compound is found in red wine and the skin of dark grapes; it turns on longevity genes called the SIRT genes, working much like calorie restriction does. Not all resveratrol supplements are created equal. Pay attention to how much trans-resveratrol is in each capsule, that's the specific compound shown in the lab to have positive effects. Taking 200 mg a day of trans-resveratrol is smart.


      † Love

      Love affects the same part of the brain as rewards and pleasure, the brain stem region known as the ventral tegmental area, the part of the brain that becomes active every time you want something.

      This "reward" part of your brain sends signals of exhilaration when it feels that it is receiving the reciprocal love it desires. The early-stage of romantic love is a drive, one that is in fact stronger than the sex drive as it is nature's 'survival' mechanism for man/animals. And it makes life worth living, don't you think?

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      The "M" Items

      † Magnesium

      Magnesium participates in over 300 enzyme reactions in our bodies so insufficient magnesium results in most chronic health problems.

      Magnesium is good for bones; it calms muscles, but, the brain needs magnesium the most to keep it sharp. Proper magnesium levels in the hippocampus (the part of your brain that manages long-term and short-term memory), enables neurons to keep out aluminum, thus lowering the rist of dementia and Alzheimer's.

      High stress reduces magnesium levels. And starches, alcohol, diuretics and some prescription drugs (such as antibiotics) can increase urinary excretion of magnesium. Signs of magnesium deficiency may include muscle weakness, muscle cramps, twitches and tremors, muscular tension and pain, nausea, anorexia, co-ordination difficulties and confusion, gastrointestinal disorders, dysmenorrhoea, irregular heart rhythm and coronary spasm, restlessness and insomnia, depression and PMT.

      "When excess calcium enters the cells because of insufficient magnesium, muscle contraction is sustained for too long, and we suffer, for example, twitches and tics in mild cases. When magnesium deficiency becomes chronic, we suffer the symptoms of heart disease such as angina pectoris, hypertension and arrhythmia, or the spasms and contractions characteristic of asthma, migraine headache or painful menstrual cramping." --from Weston Price Foundation

      While calcium is the mineral associated with strong bones and healthy teeth, it depends on magnesium to function properly. So it's actually magnesium that is largely responsible for bone health and strong teeth. The Weston Price Foundation states: "Bones and teeth certainly do require calcium--as well as phosphorus and magnesium, but without adequate amounts of [magnesium], calcium will not be deposited in these hard tissues, and the structures will not be sound.

      "When you load up your system with excess calcium," writes William Quesnell, in Minerals: the Essential Link to Health, "you shut down magnesium's ability to activate thyrocalcitonin, a hormone that under normal circumstances would send calcium to your bones." Instead of providing benefits to the body, the displaced calcium actually becomes toxic.
      Numerous studies have established the fact that it is dietary magnesium, not calcium, (and certainly not fluoride) that creates glassy hard tooth enamel that resists decay, and strong and resilient bones."

      After using the doctor-prescribed, U.S. FDA-approved drugs, the proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, etc. , the FDA warns: "Low serum magnesium levels can result in serious adverse events including muscle spasm (tetany), irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias), and convulsions (seizures), increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine with higher doses or long-term use."

      Life style modifications and vitamins can almost always knock out hypertension, with no ugly side effects. For example, magnesium can often work as well as calcium channel blockers in many patients. And when your magnesium level is sufficient it helps reduce risk of cognitive decline, and, it plays a key role in DNA production.

      Magnesium is also essential for keeping your blood sugar in check and to reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

      Early signs of deficiency:

      Loss of appetite 
      Nausea and vomiting 
      Fatigue and weakness 

      An ongoing deficiency of magnesium can lead to:

      Numbness and tingling 
      Muscle contractions and cramps 
      Seizures 
      Personality changes 
      Abnormal heart rhythms and coronary spasms 

      Alternatives

      Boost your intake of magnesium by adding more fresh vegetables like leafy greens, broccoli, artichokes, avocados, almonds, beans, peas and nuts to your diet, and, if necessary, with a supplement.

      Dr. Allan Spreen recommends 500 mg of magnesium daily to help heart muscles relax, maintain normal insulin levels, reduce blood pressure, promote good bone health, and support healthy cognitive function.


      † Mammograms

      Who benefits from mammogram screening? Health care executives in 2003 said that breast cancer screening was a "booming business." As annual mammograms were recommended for every woman 40 and over, profits were guaranteed for radiologists and the breast imaging department: from mammography, to ultrasound, to MRIs, to stereotactic biopsies, to radiographic-guided lumpectomies. They say, "For centers that focus on women's health, and breast imaging recommendations, to screen only women over 50 could be a devastating blow to their bottom line. So, they urge breast screening specialists to work harder to keep their volume up, talk to their patients and tell them about women in their 40s and 50s who have been affected by breast cancer. So they send out letters to its patients stressing the importance of annual screening, despite the task force's recommendations; it's working, they've scared up enough continuing business to ensure a good bottom line.

      Then there's the subsequent tests and treatments by the highly paid specialists, often resulting in uneccessary and harmful treatments, such as MRIs and stereotactic biopsies (which can actually CAUSE cancer). False positives from mammograms – a diagnosis of cancer when it's not cancer – are frequent, causing women needless anxiety, pain and, often, invasive and disfiguring surgical procedures. But in the meantime these cancer specialists get good pay for their gratuitous efforts.

      When computer assisted (CAD) mammograms are used, over 30 percent more women are needlessly called back for additional tests compared to non-CAD use, and, 20% more biopsies were conducted based on CAD results, but, CAD use did not improve early breast cancer detection.

      The use of computer-aided detection actually reduces the accuracy of interpretation of screenings.

      Though the taxpayers pays for the technology, it's the patients, who are experiencing the pain.

      Big drawback of mammography is the high rate of false positives, and, many harmless tumors, which would otherwise go undetected, are often treated as life threatening, prompting unnecessary biopsies, surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, which can lead to other medical issues and even secondary brought-on cancers, and heart ache.

      Bought bureaucrats are making decisions that affect our health, ugly mess.

      Research estimates that tens of thousands of mammograms are required before a single life is saved. Meanwhile, all those mammograms prompt many unnecessary biopsies, surgeries, and harsh chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

      What about Thermography?

      Three reasons for thermography: 
      1) Earlier detection of breast cancer
      2) No radiation exposure
      3) No painful breast compression 
      

      † Melatonin

      Melatonin is a hormone produced by a pea-sized gland, the pineal, in the middle of your brain; it is affected by light. At night the pineal gland switches "on" and begins producing melatonin and released into your blood, causing sleepiness. Normally, the melatonin level will stay elevated for about 12 hours, at night. As the sun brightens, your pineal gland turns "off" and the melatonin levels in your blood decrease.

      A person's melatonin production typically decreases with advancing age and supplements may be helpful. Lower doses are more effective, more is not better in this case.

      Tart cherries contain a substantial amount of melatonin. It's also a powerful antioxidant that helps fight inflammation. Added to the other major antioxidant, anthocyanins, you've got an age-busting powerhouse in tart cherries.


      † Margarine

      Margarine, that butter substitute, can make you stupid.

      According to researchers at the University of Auckland, children who ate margarine every day had significantly lower IQ scores by the age of three-and-a-half than those who did not, and children who were underweight at birth had scores that were even lower by the time they were seven.

      The tragedy here is that margarine was sold to us as a 'healthier' alternative to butter. In fact, it may be the unhealthiest 'food' ever created'.

      The vegetable oils used in most margarines are hydrogenated to make them solid, but this turns the oil into highly unhealthy trans-fatty acids which raise 'bad' cholesterol (LDL) and lower 'good' cholesterol (HDL). They have also been linked to inflammation, one of the major causes of heart disease.

      Avoiding margarine may not only make you smarter, it could prevent you from having a heart attack or stroke.

      Butter is the healthier choice--butter from grass-fed cows. It contains short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which are easily converted to energy. This means that the fat in butter is less likely to be stored as fat in your body. And, it's packed with vitamins and essential nutrients your body needs. And butter contains more vitamin A than carrots.

      It also contains vitamin E and selenium. These three nutrients help protect your heart from free radical damage.


      † Metabolism

      Metabolism can roughly be defined as the chemistry that turns food into life, and therefore insulin and leptin are critical to health and disease. Both insulin and leptin work together to control the quality of your metabolism (and, to a significant extent, the rate of metabolism).Metabolic rate and temperature has long been connected with longevity. Almost all mechanisms that extend lifespan in many different organisms result in lower temperature. Flowers are refrigerated at the florist to extend their lifespan. Restricting calories in animals also results in lower temperature, reduced thyroid levels, and longer life.


      † Metabolic Syndrome

      Cancer cases increase with obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Insulin resistance may be the underlying defect in many cancers, as it is in type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The connection between obesity, diabetes and cancer was first reported in 2004 in large population studies by researchers from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer. What it means is that you are more likely to get cancer if you're obese or diabetic than if you're not, and you're more likely to get cancer if you have metabolic syndrome than if you don't.

      Most cancers are caused by the Western diets and lifestyles. Researchers agree that the link between Western diet or lifestyle and cancer manifests itself through this association with obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome — i.e., insulin resistance.This means they could actually be prevented. Malignant cancer, like diabetes, is a relatively rare disease in populations that don't eat Western diets, and in some of these populations it appeared to be virtually nonexistent.

      A problem with insulin resistance is that it leads to increased insulin secretion, and insulin (as well as a related hormone known as insulin-like growth factor) actually promotes tumor growth.

      Craig Thompson, cancer researcher, and now president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, says the cells of many human cancers come to depend on insulin to provide the fuel (blood sugar) and materials they need to grow and multiply. Insulin and insulin-like growth factor (and related growth factors) also provide the signal, in effect, to do it. The more insulin, the better they do. Some cancers develop mutations that serve the purpose of increasing the influence of insulin on the cell; others take advantage of the elevated insulin levels that are common to metabolic syndrome, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Some do both. Thompson believes that many pre-cancerous cells would never acquire the mutations that turn them into malignant tumors if they weren't being driven by insulin to take up more and more blood sugar and metabolize it.

      Chronically elevated insulin levels and insulin resistance are caused by being fat or by getting fatter. We should all become lean and more physically active.

      The conclusion is hard to avoid that sugar causes cancer — some cancers, at least. I will not eat sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, if I can avoid it. It's something I can do to decrease my risk of cancer. Sugar scares me.

      We are also talking about things we can't see — fatty liver, insulin resistance and all that follows. So, act smart.


      † Micro RNA (miRNA)

      New research reveals that eating the wrong plants can actually directly alter your genetic expression, which can lead to many diseases.

      There is also the field of lectinology, which shows how plants – particularly grains and legumes – have a set of defenses, like "invisible thorns," which can cause direct, non-immune mediated harm to a wide range of tissues and organs within your body.

      We are beginning to see how profoundly food and health and disease are connected, and how food affects genes. This field of study is known as Nutrigenomics.

      RNA is one of the three major macromolecules, like the DNA. Micro RNA are small pieces of RNA that interact with genes, essentially stepping in to prevent certain genes from being expressed.

      Micro RNA exists in plants, and research has shown that eating the wrong plants may transfer this plant miRNA to humans -- with potentially devastating implications. When you eat rice and certain other plant foods, including potatoes and wheat, you are ingesting genetic material that may turn certain genes "off." To date, microRNA has been implicated in a number of diseases ranging from cancer and diabetes to Alzheimer's disease. Plant miRNA can interfere with human microRNA by mimicking it, and binding to the receptors.

      Three microRNAs were detected in rice and other foods including Chinese cabbage, wheat, and potato. Consuming plant microRNAs might be increasing your risk of cancer and other diseases. What you eat, therefore, is who you really are.

      Knowing this, you can optimize your health. Eat the right foods, you thrive; eat the wrong foods, you suffer. There is much misinformation in the health field, with gurus, prophets, experts spouting more confusion, just as in religion and politics – and rarely, only rarely do you get an accurate set of facts about what is good for you, you, as an individual.

      Each person must perfect his/her own diet. Some foods appear to be problematic for certain groups of people. Most grains continue to be at the top of this list.

      Many of the plant foods we consume, particularly grains and legumes, contain chemical and physical defenses that contain defenses, to discourage eating them. Include are anti-nutrients that interfere with the digestion: of starches (anti-amylase), proteins (protease inhibitors), minerals (phytate); and there are more similar molecules. Sprouting, fermentation, cooking and processing can sometimes reduce and/or eliminate these substances.

      LECTINS--rice, wheat, spelt, rye, have exceptionally high levels of defensive glycoproteins known as lectins. These have 'invisible thorns,' which are ingenius means of survival."

      Lectins are capable of disrupting the health of the creatures that consume them, often "piercing" through the protective coating of their digestive tracts, to gain entry into systemic circulation. Wheat, for instance, contains a small lectin known as wheat germ agglutinin or WGA, which is capable of attaching to the surface proteins of nearly all of its natural predators, from bacterial to fungi, worms to insects, mice to men. It's Nature's ingenious way of saying: "Out of bounds!" when it comes to eating excessive amounts of the seed storage form of the mature grass plant, e.g. cereal grains.

      Lectins were first discovered in castor bean casings, which contain the lectin ricin. Ricin is so toxic that only a dose the size of a few grains of salt can kill an adult if injected or inhaled. Like micro RNA, lectins are capable of directly affecting gene expression within cells.

      With this knowledge, that the food you consume ultimately becomes the life source of your entire body, it is important to eat properly: to utilize vital nutrients, and to optimize your genetic expression.

      There is far more to "food" than vitamins and minerals. Research has only scratched the surface into micro RNAs and their impacts on human health, but the preliminary research suggests they harm your health.

      For most people, healthy eating may mean limiting carbohydrates from grains and potatoes, and instead using more carbs from vegetable sources. As in the "Paleo" way of eating, foods in line with your genetic ancestry, such as vegetables, nuts and grass-fed meats, while limiting sugars and grains. Cereals, potatoes and bread were non-existent back then, and there's reason to believe these foods are disruptive to our ancient genome. We need to become aware of what foods are best for us, so wqe can thrive.

      Of course, diet is only one way to influence your genetic expression. Your emotions, pharmaceutical drugs, exposure to pollutants, and even exposure to sunlight (vitamin D) and supplements, like curcumin, affect your genes.


      † Microwave Cooking

      Allan Spreen, M.D., gives a few reasons why microwave cooking might harm food and be harmful to those who eat it.

      Microwaving "excites" water and other food molecules into extremely rapid motion, which produces enough friction to heat the molecules, but also enough friction to deform them.

      One study showed that microwaving of breast milk depleted antibodies and prompted breakdown of enzymes.

      Another study showed breakdown of vitamin B-12 to inactive degradation products. Swiss research that compared blood samples from subjects who had eaten microwaved food to blood samples from subjects who had eaten normally prepared food showed that blood hemoglobin levels decreased significantly in the microwave group.

      In the same study, white blood cells increased in the microwave group, and LDL cholesterol increased relative to HDL.

      Research reveals corruption of nutrients when foods are microwaved. In a 2006 study, beta-carotene (an antioxidant) was significantly depleted in broccoli steamed in a microwave, compared to broccoli boiled by induction.

      A 1997 study showed that microwaving of different types of oils, including virgin olive oil, caused the oils to become degraded.

      In one Swiss study, researchers sequestered subjects and gave them blood tests after feeding them meals that were either microwaved or conventionally cooked. Results from the microwave group:


      † Migraine Headache

      To avoid migraine headaches adjust your lifestyle to keep your immune system strong.

      The following items help to alleviate the pain.

      Agrimony, a liver-detoxifying herb. 
      Almonds. Almonds have a pain-relieving ingredient similar to aspirin. 
      Bee propolis. This is loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids 
      and enzymes--nutrition to help prevent migraines. 
      Calcium. Calcium taken at night helps promote sleep.  
      Chromium. A chromium supplement to regulate blood sugar levels. 
      Evening primrose. Oil of the evening primrose loosens tight 
      muscles of migraines. 
      Feverfew. Feverfew extensively used in Europe to treat migraines; 
      has agent that dilates constricted blood vessels of migraines. 
      Fish oil. Omega-3 fish oils have natural anti-inflammatory properties.
      Ginger. Ginger helps relax muscle spasms and tightness. 
      Lavender. It is a natural sedative, analgesic, and antispasmodic. 
      (one part lavender oil mixed with two parts olive oil, massage on temples.)
      Magnesium.

      † Milk

      milk

      Why has a natural food source, raw milk, been banned (by the FDA in the U.S.) for sale in so many places?

      Well, they claim raw milk is simply too dangerous to consume, and by restricting its sale, they are serving the public health and reducing the risk of illness....

      Of course, we know the real reasons for these regulations, beside the money for the factory farms...the dairy cows used to produce most of the pasteurized dairy products sold in countries like the United States are raised in such unsanitary conditions, with such unhealthful feed, that it affects the cows' health, and, therefore, their milk.
      I venture to use pasteurized milk from those factory farms with trepidations, and do so in very, very limited amounts.

      The FDA closes its eyes to the differences found in proper organic farming operations. Organic farm milk from cattle fed on grasses in green pastures in the sun and fresh air is healthful from healthy cows, and does not require pasteurization to kill off dangerous pathogens.

      The Supermarket, modern-farming method, type of milk does a body bad: is possibly the number one food allergen. 16 studies have linked prostate cancer to dairy consumption. The standard milk and dairy products are filled with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, hormones and industrial toxins that wreak havoc with your health. A recent Harvard study found that 2 1/2 servings of dairy increase your prostate cancer risk by more than 30%!

      Besides the fact that milk consumption should be kept to a minimum (unless you're trying to get more antibiotics, growth hormones, etc. into your diet), Dr. Allan Spreen points out that the skimming process that creates low-fat milk actually makes any nutrients in milk harder to absorb.

      Pasteurization Kills the Benefits of Milk

      When cows are raised as nature intended (free-range and grass fed), there's no need to process the milk the healthy animals produce.

      With "modern" feeding methods, cows are fed on high-protein, soy/corn-based feeds instead of fresh green grass. Instead of free range grazing, they stand in a feed lot in manure, 24 hours a day, making them filthily unhealthful.

      Breeding methods produce cows with abnormally large pituitary glands so that they produce three times more milk than nature intended. These cows need antibiotics to keep them well. Then the antibiotics they are given wind up in the milk that you and your family drink.

      Pasteurization transforms the physical structure of the proteins in milk, such as casein, and alters the shape of the amino acid configuration into a foreign protein that your body is not equipped to handle. The process also destroys the friendly bacteria found naturally in milk and drastically reduces the micronutrient and vitamin content.

      Pasteurization destroys part of the vitamin C in raw milk, encourages the growth of harmful bacteria, and turns milk's naturally occurring sugar (lactose) into beta-lactose. Beta-lactose is rapidly absorbed in the human body, with the result that hunger can return quickly after a glass of milk -- especially in children.

      The pasteurization process also makes insoluble most of the calcium found in raw milk. This can lead to a host of health problems in children, among them rickets and bad teeth. And then there's the destruction of about 20 percent of the iodine available in raw milk, resulting in constipation.

      When pasteurized milk is also homogenized, a substance known as xanthine oxidase is created. This compound can play a role in oxidative stress by acting as a free radical in your body.

      Why is Government So Fiercely in Favor of Pasteurization?

      The following is a brief description from The Humane Society of the United States (whose undercover video also recently prompted the largest beef recall in U.S. history) about what these factory-farm dairies are really like:
      "Factory farmed dairy cows are typically kept in indoor stalls or on drylots. A drylot is an outdoor enclosure devoid of grass. Cows raised on drylots usually have no protection from inclement weather, nor are they provided with any bedding or a clean place to rest.

      Drylots can hold thousands of cows at one time. Because these lots are only completely cleaned out once -- or at the most, twice -- a year, the filth just keeps building up. Such conditions are not only extremely stressful for the cows, they also facilitate the spread of disease. It's true if you were to drink milk from these cows prior to pasteurization, you could indeed be risking your health.

      Raw Milk is Health Food

      Raw milk from clean, healthy cows bears no comparison -- in taste or nutrition -- to pasteurized milk. It's important that the milk you drink will be from healthy cows. Get your raw milk from a clean, well-run farm that gives its cows access to pasture.

      Raw milk from grass fed cows is full of things that your body will thrive on, including:

      healthy bacteria
      raw fat
      cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)

      It's not uncommon for people who drink raw milk to report improvement or disappearance of troubling health issues -- everything from allergies to digestive trouble to skin problems like eczema.

      After years of consuming highly processed foods, we are experiencing skyrocketing rates of chronic, debilitating conditions like asthma, obesity and diabetes.

      Pasteurized milk was the very first processed food we were exposed to, and countless numbers of people are experiencing all kinds of health troubles, from digestive upset to autism. This is why even organic milk, which should be from relatively healthy cows, is STILL not a healthy choice for milk, as it is still pasteurized.

      As with nearly any food, the closer you consume it to its natural state, the better. True for milk. Skim milk is useless or worse-- calcium, vitamin A, and other key nutrients are better absorbed by your body when they're consumed with fat--butterfat. Take away the fat and you remove nutrition. Skim is a scam!

      from Weston A. Price Foundation

      Three reasons soymilk should never be consumed:

      1) Soy milk comes from GM, harmful plants.

      2) If unfermented, it contains protective (for the soybean) phytates that are nutrient blockers -- why consume it?

      3) Soy is loaded with phytoestrogens; will harm baby boys, who should never, NEVER be given a single drop of the stuff. They have no testosterone to fight it, and, never give it to baby girls who'll end up with premature puberty.

      ***

      A Warning from HSI

      What's that stuff in your milk?

      RBST is a genetically engineered growth hormone given to cows to increase milk production.

      Recently, [a so-called] "independent" panel sponsored by [drug maker] Elanco made some news with a report that didn't really surprise anyone. The panel's review of rBST research found that milk from cows treated with rBST is safe for human consumption and no different from milk taken from untreated cows.

      When the agency approved rBST, the man in charge of FDA policy was Michael Taylor, who was formerly the attorney for Monsanto. He later was rewarded for his loyalty and was made vice president and lobbyist for Monsanto.

      The European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan all banned the use of rBST. Their fear: rBST prompts a sharp increase of another hormone. And when that hormone is present in excessive amounts, research says that several types of cancers occur.

      What about the poor cows? RBST has been shown to raise the risk of hoof problems, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems, heat stress, birth disorders, and a painful udder infection.

      The infection is treated with antibiotics such as penicillin and amoxicillin. Then the bacteria become resistant to these drugs and turn up in the milk, promoting antibiotic resistance in humans. I think I've just turned myself completely off milk!


      † Mitochondria

      The general consensus among researchers is that mitochondrial dysfunction is the cause of degenerative diseases.

      Poor mitochondrial function is caused by deficiencies in critical nutrients, indoor lifestyle, and environmental toxins. A poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and the ever present toxins today makes us easy prey to mitochondrial dysfunction. See related article Epigenetics

      Dietary problems include blood sugar imbalances, fatty acid imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies. Fatty acid imbalances include overconsumption of processed foods including meats and oils (too much omega-6 fatty acids compared to omega-3 oils), and man-made trans-fatty acids.

      A good diet will include trace minerals, and phyto-nutrient antioxidants, consisting of fresh vegetables and healthy fat sources such as olive oil, avocados, coconut products, nuts & seeds. Grass-fed and free range animal products are incredibly nutritious.


      † MSG

      Glutamic acid (MSG) is a toxic substance that kills your brain and retina cells. MSG is especially dangerous for young children.

      See the article: MSG

      MSG is one of the worst, and insidious, food additives on the market and is used in canned soups, crackers, meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners and much more. It's found in your local supermarket and restaurants, in your child's school cafeteria and, amazingly, even in baby food and infant formula.

      Mayo Clinic website -- MSG adverse reactions that have been reported to the FDA:

      Headache 
      Sweating 
      Facial pressure or tightness 
      Numbness, tingling or burning in face, neck and other areas 
      Heart palpitations 
      Chest pain 
      Nausea 
      Weakness

      A condition known as "Fast Food Syndrome" entered the medical literature, describing the numerous side effects people experienced after eating MSG.

      Abnormal glutamate receptors have been linked to neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Huntington's chorea. Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain.

      Other adverse effects have also been linked to MSG, including:

      Obesity 
      Eye damage 
      Fatigue and disorientation 
      Depression
      Difficulty breathing 
      Drowsiness 

      This food additive could be slowly and silently doing major damage to your health.

      If a food is processed you can assume it contains MSG or one of its pseudo-ingredients. So stick to a whole, fresh foods diet, preferably eaten in your own home.

      These ingredients ALWAYS contain MSG:

      Autolyzed Yeast,   Calcium Caseinate,   Gelatin  
       Glutamate,   Glutamic Acid,   Hydrolyzed Protein  
       Monopotassium Glutamate,   Sodium Caseinate  
       Textured Protein,  Yeast Extract,  Yeast Food  
       Yeast Nutrient   
      

      These ingredients OFTEN contain MSG or create MSG during processing:

      Seasonings,  Natural Flavors and Flavorings,  
      Natural Pork Flavoring,  Natural Beef Flavoring  
       Natural Chicken Flavoring,   Soy Sauce,   Soy Protein Isolate,  
      Soy Protein  Bouillon,  Stock  Broth,   Malt Extract,  
      Malt Flavoring,  Barley Malt  
       Enzyme Modified Carrageenan,  Maltodextrin,  Pectin  Enzymes  
       Protease,  Corn Starch,  Citric Acid,  Powdered Milk,  
      Anything Protein Fortified, Anything Ultra-Pasteurized

      † MS, Multiple Sclerosis

      New research suggests higher levels of vitamin D might decrease risk of developing MS and there's a link between lack of sunlight and how the body responds to infection. Getting more sun could be an effective preventative measure against developing the disease and managing symptoms.

      Multiple sclerosis (MS) drugs are very toxic whereas good nutrition supports and heals your brain and central nervous system. Three nutrients essential for proper mitochondrial function: 1.Animal-based omega-3 fat 2.Creatine 3.Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), or the reduced version known as Ubiquinol

      Other foods to ensure health: 1) green leaves, such as kale, which are high in vitamins in the B group, A, C, K, and minerals. 2) sulfur-rich vegetables from the cabbage- and onion- families, mushrooms and asparagus 3) brightly colored vegetables, fruits and/or berries, which are a good source of antioxidants 4) Wild fish for animal-based omega-3's 5) meat from grass-fed animals 6) Organ meats for vitamins, minerals and CoQ10 7) Seaweed for iodine and selenium

      The health care industry, of course, won't promote a natural and safe preventive measure for degenerative diseases. Instead, people are warned about the dangers of UV exposure and the risks of vitamin toxicity. With vitamin D deficiency now afflicting 90% of the population, it may be time to get a tan.

      Vitamin D3 and Health

      1. Vitamin D is free, delivered to your place by the sun.
      2. You can't get enough D from food; they put the wrong D(2) in milk.
      3. Sunscreens block the the sun's gift.
      4. Calcium loves D, needs D, makes good bones.
      5. The sun has more trouble getting to you in the Southern or Northern regions.
      6.  You are safe with the sun for short periods.
      7. The sun, with its free stuff, is a direct threat to the medical establishment.

      † Mushrooms

      Mushrooms of the fungi family of living things have nutrients-- from niacin to fibre, potassium to selenium.

      The potassium in mushrooms can low blood pressure, prevent strokes and ease cramps. They're low in carbohydrates and have 'lean' proteins, ideal for diabetics. Their linoleic acid helps prevent breast and prostate cancers.

      Mushrooms contain Ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant. They contain natural antibiotics which help inhibit fungal and microbial infections. They heal ulcers and boost the immune system.

      The selenium in mushrooms works with its vitamin E to prevent the damaging effects of free radicals; contain an edible form of Vitamin D; have copper, calcium, riboflavin, niacin, zinc, phosphorus and pantothenic acid. Niacin neutralizes homocysteine, which is associated with elevated cholesterol levels and an increased risk of osteoarthritis, strokes, heart disease, Alzheimer's and other cognitive disorders. The zinc is useful in stabilizing blood sugar levels and helping to heal wounds.

      Much of the research was on the shiitake, reishi, maitake and crimini mushroom varieties. Research now shows that the common white button mushrooms have the same cancer-fighting ingredients.


      † Mustard

      mustard

      Hot dog mustard contains at least 3 different cancer enemies: selenium, isothiocyanates, curcumin.

      Selenium helps maintain healthy DNA against aging
      It impacts genes that are linked to the progression of cancer
      Blasts oxidative stress by its antioxidant powers

      Mustard seeds are high in antioxidants and are nutrient dense, with selenium which has anti-inflammatory properties. One teaspoon of white mustard seed, which is the kind used for the yellow condiment, is packed with 87.1 mg of omega-3 fatty acids, 84.2mg of omega-6 fatty acids, 22.2mg of potassium, 27.3mg of phosphorous, 9.7mg of magnesium and 16.9 mg of calcium. These beneficial substances in the seeds help speed up metabolism, lower blood pressure, and prevent atherosclerosis.

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      † N-Acetyl Cysteine

      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is a metabolite of the sulfur-containing amino acid cysteine, which is found in high protein foods. Cysteine helps synthesize glutathione, one of the body's most important natural antioxidants and detoxifiers. Heavy metals like lead, mercury and arsenic are detoxified and removed from the body by N-Acetyl Cysteine. See more:

      N-Acetyl Cysteine

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      † Nature and Natural foods

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      Natural foods contain nature's innumerable, and most healthful, compounds, and are the easiest to absorb for an invigorated life. Science has only begun to identify the stuff of abundant life.

      One example of the way man short-changes himself is using the beta-carotene supplement instead of, for instance, eating a raw carrot. The carrot provides over 500 more health provisions in the form of carotenoids than the supplement beta-carotene.

      And if you eat a balanced diet of natural food, most likely you would never become overweight or sick. The money you save by not buying man-made products, supplements, diet pills, cough medicine, etc., could buy the best fresh natural products, and you'd have money left over for your long retirement years, which you'll have because of good health.

      We were not necessarily designed by nature to live a long and healthy life but, at best, to maximize reproduction. Nature appears to not care much about what happens to us after we have had a sufficient chance to reproduce. That is why we die. A strategic diet that emphasizes good fats and avoids blood sugar spikes coupled with targeted food based supplements, will enhance insulin and leptin sensitivity so that you can once again hear nature's music, allowing your life to be extended and all things natural, and nature, be the symphony you can enjoy.


      † Negative Calorie Foods

      Negative-calorie foods for health:

       Celery
       Lettuce, onions and greens
       Kelp noodles
       Pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut
       Grapefruit
       Full-spectrum sea salt

      † Neuropathy, Peripheral

      Peripheral neuropathy now affects many people. In America an estimated 21 million, and 60% of diabetics suffer from this disorder. There are many kinds of neuropathy, the symptoms of which include burning, tingling, weakness, numbness, paralysis, and dull to excruciating pain - especially in the extremities.

      Because it is an affliction due to improper diet, and so is often associated with another condition, it is difficult to pinpoint direct causes of neuropathy. It is found in cases of diabetes, HIV, shingles, toxins, autoimmune disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, and "malnutrition." Statin drugs and chemotherapy can also cause neuropathy.

      Alcohol and tobacco are culprits, and harmful foods to be avoided include sugar, processed foods, fast foods, junk foods, sodas of all types, foods sprayed with pesticides, and trans-fats. Sweeteners and additives contained in diet soda and processed foods such as MSG and aspartame can negatively impact the nervous system. An intake of balanced Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids is needed.

      Light exercise is important in treating neuropathy, helping control blood sugar, promoting circulation, and slowing, or reversing, the nerve damage.

      Helpful herbs and supplements:

      1. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant successfully used in Europe to treat peripheral nerve degeneration caused by diabetes. It is a sulfur-containing fatty acid contained in each cell of the body which generates energy. The suggested dosage is 1,200 to 1,800 mgs in divided doses daily.
      2. N-Acetyl Cysteine helps to detoxify the body by helping it produce glutathione.
      3. Magnesium. The recommended dosage is 400 mgs twice daily.
      4. 100 mgs per day of vitamin B6, but is more effective when taken with B complex vitamins.
      5. Cayenne massaged into the skin, to relieve neuropathic pain.
      6. Skullcap, fifteen drops of skullcap tincture in a glass of water three to six times a day, as needed for pain.
      7. Evening primrose oil, to prevent nerve damage.
      8. Digestive enzymes taken two to three times a day on an empty stomach, helps remove plaque and restore circulation to extremities.

      † Nitrates, Nitrites

      Nitrates can turn into nitrites and then to nitrosamines in the body. Nitrosamines are powerful carcinogens. Use cured meats sparingly, such as bacon and hot dogs and salami, unless labelled as nitrate-free.

      Scientists found that people whose diets were high in nitrites from all sources, not just meats, and people who got a lot of nitrates in their diets from processed meats, like cold cuts, had a 28 to 29 percent greater chance of developing bladder cancer.

      There's a "positive association between red meat cold cuts" and bladder cancer because of the nitrates and nitrites added to meat when it is processed to preserve and enhance color and flavor.

      Nitrate and nitrite are precursors to N-nitroso compounds (NOCs), which induce tumors in many organs, including the bladder.

      They also found that people who ate the most red meat were younger, less educated, less physically active, and had lower dietary intake of fruits, vegetable, and vitamins C and E than those consuming the least red meat.


      † NSAIDs, Non-steroid Anti-inflammatory Drugs

      Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase your risk of a second heart attack and appears to increase stroke risk.

      Researchers in Denmark examined data on more than 83,000 heart attack survivors who were mostly seniors and mostly males.

      They found NSAID use was linked to a 45 percent increase in the risk of death or recurrent heart attack within just one week of beginning use. This risk increased to 55 percent when NSAID treatment lasted more than three months.

      These results covered all types of NSAIDs, from simple ibuprofen to COX-2 inhibitors such as Celebrex.


      †  Nuts

      Nuts are a great sources of protein, minerals and other life-enhancing nutrients. Scientific studies now show that different types of nuts and seeds can actually prevent heart disease, weight gain, and the accumulation of LDL cholesterol.

      All nuts should be organic, eaten in their raw state, and not irradiated or roasted.

      1. Almonds

      A small handful of almonds gives you almost 25% percent of your daily needs for magnesium, and more bone-strengthening calcium as an equal amount of cow milk. They are also high in many antioxidants, such as vitamin E and selenium. Studies show that almonds may play an important role in preventing colon cancer due to their high fiber content. Almonds also help us to actually lower negative forms of cholesterol in the blood stream.

      2. Walnuts

      One of the best nuts on earth, walnuts increase our brain function, better cognitive function. Studies show that consumption of walnuts is related to heart-health, the reduction of skin and bone conditions. They are packed full of an antioxidant known as ellagic acid; researchers have shown that walnuts contain 16 disease-fighting polyphenols.

      3. Pecans

      Recent clinical studies show that this nut normalize cholesterol. Pecans are also a great source of twenty essential vitamins and minerals including vitamins E and A, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, several B vitamins and zinc.

      4. Brazil Nuts

      Also high in heart-healthy nutrients and minerals like copper, niacin, vitamin E, fiber, magnesium, and selenium which is a powerful antioxidant that works to neutralize dangerous free radicals. A study at the University of Illinois even found that the high amounts of selenium in Brazil nuts may help prevent breast cancer.

      5. Cashews

      Cashews are rich in copper, magnesium, zinc, iron and biotin, oleic acid, the same heart-healthy fat found in olive oil.

      6. Macadamia Nuts

      High in protein, fiber, monounsaturated fats, potassium and magnesium. And, a study done at Hawaii University found that people who had added macadamia nuts to their diets for just one month had normalized cholesterol.

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      The "O" Items

      † Obesity

      Obesity is linked to improper diets, too much food, not enough exercise, and toxins in food and in the environment.

      Obese people need to get more vitamin D, as obesity is a risk factor for vitamin D deficiency; vitamin D gets trapped within fat tissue. Because of this, obese patients tend to need at least twice as much vitamin D as non-obese people in order to maintain a good vitamin D level. Wortsman J, Matsuoka LY, Chen TC, Lu Z, Holick MF. Decreased bioavailability of vitamin D in obesity. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;72: 690-693.

      † Oils

      The best edible oils for your health

      Coconut oil.

      One of the healthiest oils, coconut oil, is nutrient-dense with the richest known source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs); these fatty acids aid digestion and assimilation of fats, and raises energy levels. Coconut oil is rich in healthy saturated fats and antioxidants, boosts brain health, boosts immunity, and strengthens thyroid function.

      With its high smoke point and incredibly long shelf life is great for cooking and for eating raw. Many people have taken to eating unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil for its powerful antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral and disease-fighting lauric acid.

      Red palm oil.

      Red palm oil is an excellent, shelf-stable oil that is rich in vitamin E, including the tocotrienols. Red palm oil has a high smoke point, and is completely free of trans fatty acids, making it an excellent option for cooking and baking.

      Red palm oil contains nearly 13 times more vitamin A-producing carotenes than carrots, which make it one of the richest plant sources of this important nutrient.

      Avocado oil.

      Avocado oil is gaining popularity as a powerful, free radical fighting "super-oil" that protects mitochondria from harm. It is rich in phytonutrients; does not easily oxidize.

      The antioxidants of the avocado oil have a unique ability to enter cell mitochondria and shield cells against disease-causing oxidation. Many fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants are less effective. Avocado oil is a powerful weapon against heart disease and aging.

      Macadamia nut oil.

      The macadamia nut oil is uniquely low in omega-6s compared to other nut oils, while also being relatively high in omega-3s. Macadamia nut oil is said to contain an ideal 1:1 ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it one of the healthiest nut oils you can consume.

      It's also rich in oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid that contains its own unique cancer-fighting and heart-protecting properties. With a rich, sweet, buttery flavor, as well as a high smoke point, macadamia nut oil is both a delicious on salads, and a tasty frying and sauteing oil.

      Olive oil.

      it is one of the most highly acclaimed, heart-healthy oils. And when it is fresh and authentic, extra virgin olive oil really is everything the health industry claims.

      A staple of the so-called Mediterranean diet, olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and high-density lipoproteins (HDL), helping control levels of cholesterol in the blood. Its various vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants helps prevent heart disease; promote healthy digestion; ease the symptoms of ulcers and gastritis; and prevent gallstone formation, among other benefits.

      Extra virgin olive oil comes from the first press only and is the highest quality olive oil with perfect flavor, aroma, and balanced acidity. This olive oil is less processed than Virgin olive oil and is very delicate in flavor. It’s perfect for salad dressings, marinades, and for bread dipping.

      Sesame oil.

      Sesame oil has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Sesame oil is rich in iron, calcium, and magnesium, the latter of which is known for its calming effect.

      It's rich in polyunsaturated fats so helps contribute to proper fat absorption; cognitive acuity; healthy skin; a lowered risk of heart disease; and strong teeth and bones. Sesame oil also helps fight diabetes, reduces high blood pressure, prevents gingivitis and dental plaque, protects against kidney damage, and fights depression.

      Other beneficial oils include almond oil, pumpkin seed oil, flax seed oil, grape seed oil, walnut oil, hemp oil, and ghee, also known as clarified butter.

      But, corn, soy, cottonseed, canola, sunflower, safflower and various other "vegetable" oils are damaging to health and should not be used.

      Omega-3 Oils

      Cells love omega-3 fatty acids; those oils are critically important nutrients, especially for people with type 2 diabetes.

      Excessive inflammation is reduced and insulin sensitivity improves with the intake of omega-3 oils. It also helps get rid of fat that causes these problems in the first place.

      But, Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids, so they promote free-radical formation. Fortunately, as Dr. Spreen has noted, that's easily taken care of with a daily vitamin E supplement, 400 IU, ideally of mixed tocopherols.

      The Many Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fats

      The cardiovascular benefits of animal-based omega-3 fats are quite well-established, and include:

      Antiarrhythmic: counteracting or preventing cardiac arrhythmia  
      Prevents fatty deposits and fibrosis of the inner layer of your arteries  
      Improves endothelial function: a major factor in promoting the growth of new blood vessels  
      Lowers triglyceride concentrations  
      Tends to prevent thrombosis (a blood clot within a blood vessel)  
      Anti-inflammatory: counteracting inflammation 
      Lowers blood pressure

      Good for you internally and externally.

      Safflower Oil

      A diet supplemented with a daily dose of safflower oil, which is high in linoleic acid, may help improve insulin sensitivity due to glycemic control, lower blood sugar, elevate "good" cholesterol, lower inflammation, and ultimately prevent heart disease, says a new study out of Ohio State University (OSU). Researchers there noted considerable improvement among obese, postmenopausal women with type-2 diabetes who took roughly 1 2/3 teaspoons of safflower oil a day for 16 weeks.

      But, because safflower oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids already too prevalent in the average diet, it is important to make sure that any consumption of safflower oil is properly balanced with other oils high in omega-3s. Hemp oil, for instance, happens to have a highly beneficial balance of both omega-3s and omega-6s built right into it. And of course, cod liver and fish oils are naturally high in omega-3s.

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      † Olives and Extract

      A wholesome, healthy food!

      The Mediterranean Diet
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      Like other healthful diets, the Mediterranean Diet includes fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, while shunning unhealthy transfats:

      Olive oil can be valuable for skin, muscular, joint, kidney and chest complaints, or abdominal chill, typhoid and scarlet fevers, plague and dropsies. Delicate babies absorb its nourishing properties well through the skin.

      It is a good fat for cooking, and a valuable food for both sick and healthy of all ages. It can easily be taken with milk, orange or lemon juice, etc.

      Leaf Extract

      Medicinal Action and Uses--The leaves are astringent and antiseptic. Internally, a decoction of 2 handsful boiled in a quart of water until reduced to half a pint has been used for fevers. The leaves and bark are valuable for mitigating or curing fever.

      It is available as a supplement but ideally the best way to ensure a supply of this medicine is to grow your own olive trees. To make the medicine, collect leaves, wash them, and boil in water into a concentrate. This liquid can be taken internally and/or used topically.

      The shelf life of most of these natural medicine products is up to 2 years.


      † Onions

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      Onions: powerful anti-septic, rich in vitamins A, B and C. And potent source of folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, chromium, iron and fiber.

      Onions boost good HDL by 30%!


      † Oranges

      There is more vitamin c in a single orange than in a full glass of industrial orange juice.

      Truly fresh orange juice only lasts a few days. If it lasts for weeks (or months), it's an industrial product.

      One of the great scams of the industrial food cartel is the so-called "fresh" orange juice sold in supermarkets. There is nothing particularly healthy or natural about drinking packaged orange juice -- the industrial product is worse than a total waste of money.

      Orange juice has been chemically altered using ethyl butyrate -- a compound that's added to perfume as well as orange juice -- in order to make it taste and smell like oranges!

      Commercial orange juices may be contaminated with mold from damaged fruit that is processed. So if you drink commercial orange juice regularly you will be exposed to these mold toxins.

      It's a heavily processed juice if the "Best Before" date is 60 or more days in the future. Real fresh-squeezed orange juice will only last for a few days.

      Kidney stones prevented by fresh orange juice--Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center report.


      † Oregano

      Oregano is one of the most powerful healing herbs and natural anti-biotics ever studied.

      Oregano Oil is a powerful natural anti-biotic. A recent study found it better than all of the 18 currently used anti-biotics in the treatment of MRSA staph infections. Its strong phenol anti-oxidants destroy pathogenic bacteria, viruses and yeasts.

      Oregano is rich in anti-oxidant phytochemical flavonoids and phenolic acids. It is the third highest herb in oxygen radical absorbancy capacity (ORAC) with an impressive score of 200,129. Oregano is one of the world's greatest sources of the powerful phenol component thymol, which is great for improving digestive function as well as destroying harmful microbes.

      Oil of oregano kills e.coli, salmonella and virtually all other food-borne pathogens.

      The USDA ranks oregano's antioxidant capacity up to 20 times higher than other herbs, with four times the antioxidant power of blueberries, 12 times that of oranges and 42 times greater than that of apples.

      Oregano oil used for ear, nose, & throat/respiratory infections, candida, and any sort of bacterial or viral conditions. Additionally, it works to suppress inflammatory mediators and cancer cell production. The oil is more potent than the dried herb; however, the dried version contains many health benefits.

      Studies have shown that carvacrol, a phenol anti-oxidant in oregano has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial activity when taken with food or taken in supplement form.

      Oregano also contains rosmarinic acid which has strong cancer fighting properties.

      In the kitchen it's used in pastas, grilled/roasted veggies, meat and fish and salads, even in meat marinates and salad dressings.

      Use oregano oil as an aromatic essential oil and/or as a medicine. Simply put a dash behind your ear and a dash on your neck. Oregano oil may burn a little for a few seconds.

      One can ingest oregano oil: 1 to 5 small drops in a glass of water is all that is required as it is particularly strong.


      † Organic Food

      Organic foods are more nutritious than mass produced foods using chemical fertilizer and pesticides. They help you to avoid the physical and mental disability and dysfunction that inevitably follows from a careless, unhealthy lifestyle.

      For instance--organic foods have more magnesium, as most fertilizer used on conventional farms relies heavily on nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium instead of magnesium.

      Research reveals that you get higher quality nutrition from organic whole foods.

      Researchers at the University of California-Davis assessed levels of quercetin and kaempferol in a large sampling of organic and conventionally grown tomatoes.

      The UCD team found that organic tomatoes contained nearly 80 percent more quercetin and over 95 percent more kaempferol than tomatoes grown with fertilizer and pesticides.

      Flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, but using fertilizer on crops interferes with the production of flavonoids.

      In a recent study people consuming flavonoid-rich foods were less likely to suffer from diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, asthma, and type 2 diabetes.

      Subjects who ate foods that provided a variety of different types of flavonoids also tend to live longer than those with low flavonoid intake.

      Favourite Foods by N. Portman
      "There is a place called Blue Hill in upstate New York, where everything comes from the farm. There is a restaurant called Bazaar in LA that I absolutely love. And they have delicious vegetarian food at L'Arpege in Paris."

      Organic foods contain higher amounts of nutrients, so you're essentially getting more food for the dollar. One four-year long European-Union-funded study found that:


      † Osteoporosis

      Bone loss caused by our modern kind of lifestyle, including aspirin therapy, which can cause osteoporosis.

      Taking Fosamax or another bisphosphonate drug (such as Boniva or Actonel) for several years, will inch your way out onto a very dangerous limb or two.

      If you've noticed any unusual ache or pain that might be hidden in the bone, talk to your doctor about the bisphosphonate studies that have been done, or just go ahead and use alternative, non-prescription drug treatments.

      What You Risk With Fosamax

      Merck tried to hide the fact that Fosamax is causing jawbone death, a disease now known to oral surgeons as Bisphosphate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ) or "Fossy Jaw," a nasty side effect of Fosamax and related drugs that is difficult to treat.

      Essentially, the condition causes your jawbone to rot and decay -- quite ironic considering the drugs are primarily taken by people looking to strengthen their bones.

      In addition to BRONJ, bisphosphate drugs have also been associated with:

      Serious eye inflammation and possible blindness
      Liver damage
      Atrial fibrillation
      Increased risk of ulcers
      Esophageal cancer
      Renal failure
      Skin reactions
      Hypocalcemia (blood calcium levels are too low)
      

      Vitamin K2 is important in preventing bone loss.
      See Vitamin K


      † Oxygen

      Oxygen is one of the primary catalysts for energy and for optimal health. Body cells are aerobic, they require oxygen for respiration and growth. When cells don't get enough oxygen, decay sets in and can they mutate or die.

      Or become cancerous. Dr. Otto Warburg, 1931 Nobel prize winner, discovered a close connection between oxygen and cancer. He found cancer cells are anaerobic and actually thrive in an oxygen-deficient environment.

      Warburg discovered that a slightly alkaline pH in the body meant higher levels of oxygen uptake. Today, a low blood oxygen level is a normal clinical finding for people with chronic diseases.

      Oxygen from oxygen-rich red blood cells that circulate flowing from the lungs "burns up" and neutralizes 'poisons', like cancer, through oxidation.

      Restore oxygen balance through an alkaline diet. Increase the amount of plant-based foods in your diet and reduce the amount of processed foods and acidifying animal-based foods. Increase the amount of dark, leafy green vegetables, such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard, parsley, sprouts, collard greens, and mustard greens, just to name a few. Organic super green supplements that contain chlorella, spirulina, barley grass, and alfalfa grass, in particular, also help to alkalize the body.

      Exercise: walking, hiking, rebounding, or bicycling. Aerobic exercise will help your body get oxygen and remove waste through the lymphatic system.

      A few of the benefits of maintaining body oxygenation include: enhanced brain function, stress reduction, increased energy, and a longer and healthier life.


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      The "P" Items

      † P.A.C.E workout

      P.A.C.E.-style workout:

      That's it! This exertion/rest cycle is much more effective than traditional cardio. And it will melt fat and build your heart and lung strength (and lower your inflammation) much faster.

      To Your Good Health,

      Al Sears, MD


      † Pain, Pain Relievers

      Natural Pain Relievers

      Ginger has a long history of medicinal use, primarily for soothing nausea and easing stomach upset and dizziness. But it's also a natural immune system booster with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties and has even been found to promote cardiovascular health.

      Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or "Indian frankincense," this herb contains specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients.

      Krill oil: The omega-3 fats EPA and DHA found in krill oil have been found, by many animal and clinical studies, to have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce joint inflammation and promote joint lubrication.

      Bromelain: This enzyme, found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can be taken in supplement form, but eating fresh pineapple may also be helpful.

      Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO): This oil is found in fish, and dairy butter, and acts as a "joint lubricant" and an anti-inflammatory. Use a topical preparation.

      Evening Primrose, Black Currant and Borage Oils: These contain the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is particularly useful for treating arthritic pain. Borage oil contains the higher concentration of GLA.

      Cayenne Cream: Also called capsaicin cream, this spice comes from dried hot peppers. It alleviates pain by depleting the body's supply of substance P, a chemical component of nerve cells that transmits pain signals to your brain.

      Eliminate or radically reduce most grains and sugars from your diet. Avoiding grains and sugars will lower your insulin and leptin levels. Elevated insulin and leptin levels are one of the most important reasons why inflammatory prostaglandins are produced. That is why stopping sugar and sweets is so important to controlling your pain and other types of chronic illnesses

      .

      Optimize your production of vitamin D by getting regular, appropriate sun exposure, which will work through a variety of different mechanisms to reduce your pain.


      † Pancreas

      A healthful diet can make pancreatic cancer a rare event. Pancreatic disorders are associated with low levels of zinc

      Pancreatic cancers, the most lethal of all cancer, are fortunately not very common. Most pancreatic cancer patients have minimal or no symptoms until later stages of the disease. Some patients can function without a pancreas, living fairly normal lives. However, they must take daily injections of insulin and pills that contain digestive enzymes for the rest of their lives.


      † Parkinson's Disease

      Parkinson's is a disease caused by a depletion of nerve cells in the substantia nigra area of the brain. Symptoms include increasingly slow motor function, tremor when at rest, muscle rigidity, and abnormalities in your walk. It's has also beennoticed there's a decreased levels of dopamine in the brain and a deficiency in vitamin D, pehaps due to lifestyle risks, like high aspartame intake, high exposure to pesticides, and a generally increasing toxic burden of modern industries.

      Diet choices almost guarantee ever increasing numbers of people suffering from Parkinson's.

      Other factors contributing to Parkinson's,

      Omega-3 fats are a powerful defense against Parkinson's, as they contain two fatty acids crucial to human health, DHA and EPA. In fact, DHA is one of the major building blocks of your brain, and it helps reduce harmful brain inflammation. About half of your brain and eyes are made up of fat, much of which is DHA -- making it an essential nutrient for optimal brain and eye function.

      Krill oil may be the best option for animal based omega-3 fats. Two krill oil capsules a day will ensure that enough omega-3 is attached to phospholipids that dramatically increase its absorption, especially into brain tissue.

      Parkinson's Drugs, Bad

      The dopamine agonists used to treat Parkinson's appear to curb some of the symptoms of the disease, but Dopamine agonist's labels now include the warning that they may lead to disturbing side effects:

      Euphoria
      Hallucinations
      Causing or worsening psychosis
      Orthostatic hypotension
      Increased orgasmic intensity
      Weight loss
       Nausea
      Insomnia
      Unusual tiredness or weakness
      Dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, or fainting
      Twitching, twisting, or other unusual body movements
      Pathological addiction (gambling, shopping, internet pornography, hypersexuality)

      † Parsley

      Parsley builds blood, aids in digestion, freshens the breath, boosts energy, combats fatigue, helps the heart, dissolves cholesterol in the veins, supports the adrenals, strengthens teeth, builds bones, prevents birth defects, enhances nutrient absorption, eliminates bloating, reduces inflammation, and provides hormonal support. Parsley is well known for helping or solving most kidney problems and also provides immune support.

      Being high in chlorophyll it purifies the blood. It is full of vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, potassium, folic acid, sulfur, vitamin K, and B vitamins including B12.

      Parsley also contains volatile oils that inhibit tumors - particularly in the lungs. These oils are able to neutralize some airborne carcinogens, including some of those found in cigarette smoke and smoke from charcoal grilling.


      † Pesticides

      Pesticides are a leading cause of poisonings and deaths. Exposure results in chronic health problems.

      Many of the commonly used household insecticides are organophosphates. These have been linked in many studies to neurological damage in humans. In fact, chlorpyrifos, a pesticide from this class, was recently banned by the EPA/US.

      Epidemiologic studies have linked exposure to insecticides in the home to development of brain cancer and leukemia in children.

      Toxic chemicals are emerging as a major concern among beekeepers. A study recently published in the journal Public Library of Science found 121 different pesticides in 887 samples taken from beehives in the U.S. and Canada.

      Pesticide contamination of food occurs because we operate, deliberately, in a world of poisons.


      † PH Balance

      Keeping your pH balanced is the first step in keeping your body and mind healthy. Do you know why you get sick? For years medical professionals have told you that it's caused by germs, bad genes or aging. The truth is that most of your health problems can be traced to a life style resulting in a poor pH balance. The pH, or potential of hydrogen, is a measure of the relative acidity or alkalinity of a solution. A pH of 7 is a perfectly neutral pH; from 0 to 7 indicates acidity; and from 7 to 14 indicates alkalinity. You want to fall somewhere in the middle around 7 to 7.5.

      Most fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods

      Meats and animal derived foods are acidic.

      See the article: PH Balance

      The pH Nutrition Guide to Acid / Alkaline Balance


      † Phytonutrients

      Oxidation in the human body can damage living cells. Plants have powerful anti-oxidants that counter-balanced the damaging effects of cell oxidation.

      Scientists call the thousands of chemicals in fruits and vegetables that give plants their colours, smell, and medicinal properties phytonutrients or phytochemicals . Phyto is Greek word for 'plant'. The green in broccoli, the blue in blueberries, the red in grapes, are due to different phytonutrients.

      Phytonutrients are a key source of anti-oxidants for the human body. The principal sources are fruits and vegetables.


      † Phytosterols

      Natural plant sterols called phytosterols help manage lipid (fat) levels by blocking absorption of dietary cholesterol. According to a new study from the University of Manitoba, phytosterols may actually play a more important role as a cancer fighter.

      The Manitoba team concluded: "[The] evidence strongly supports an anticarcinogenic action of phytosterols and advocate their dietary inclusion as an important strategy in prevention and treatment of cancer."

      Specifically, phytosterols may reduce risk of breast, ovary, stomach, and lung cancers.

      Dietary sources of phytosterols include nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils. Sesame seeds, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and pistachios were found to have the highest phytosterol content.


      † Phthalates, Plastics Hurt Your Unborn Child

      Exposure to phthalates, a chemical commonly used in plastics, could cause birth defects, as well as shortened pregnancy. A recent study researched various chemicals, nicknamed "gender-benders," that have been released into the environment, and found that the chemicals are causing male animals and male humans to take on feminine characteristics.

      Many studies now indicate these toxins are indeed wreaking silent havoc within our male population. Male infertility is on the rise, and about 250,000 fewer boys have been born in the last 30 years in the United States and Japan. Scientists are linking these phenomenon to a body accumulation of these types of gender-bending toxins.

      Exposure to phthalates is extremely common among pregnant women. These chemicals are added to numerous products including moisturizers, nail polishes, hairsprays, insect repellants, and more. They are also added to plastic products such as food containers, to add flexibility.


      † Poisonous Plants

      Apples: Apple seeds contain cyanogenic glycosides. If you eat enough of the seeds, you could very well die.

      Deadly Nightshade: The nightshade family includes plants such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and chili peppers. While deadly nightshade is the most dangerous, all of these plants contain toxins, usually in their foliage.

      Rosary Pea: Rosary peas are traditionally used as ornamental beads. Many jewelry makers have died after handling rosary peas, which contain abrin, a fatal toxin.

      Oleander: Oleander is a common garden plant, but ingesting any part of it can be deadly. Even the smoke from a burning oleander can kill you.

      European Yew: Nearly all parts of this tree are poisonous. The leaves and the seeds contain a poison called taxanes.

      Daffodils: Daffodils are deer- and vermin-resistant, and no wonder -- they have a poisonous numbing effect.

      Doll's Eye: The fruit of a doll's eye plant contain cardiogenic toxins that can lead to cardiac arrest and death.

      Hemlock: All parts of the plant contain the alkaloid coniine, which causes stomach pains, vomiting and progressive paralysis of the central nervous system.

      Stinging Tree: This plant is the deadliest and most potent stinging nettle in the world. The nettles contain a potent toxin that has been known to kill humans.

      Castor Beans: One castor bean contains enough ricin to kill an adult within a few minutes.

      Angel's Trumpet: All parts of these plants contain dangerous levels of poison. People sometimes die trying to create recreational drugs from the plant.

      Monkshood: Monkshood was used by ancient warriors to poison the water of their enemies.

      White Snakeroot: White snakeroot contains the toxin tremetol. Abraham Lincoln's mother reportedly died after swallowing snakeroot-contaminated milk.

      Sources:

      Mother Nature Network April 13, 2010

      A list of mycotoxic foods to avoid.

      By David A. Holland, M.D.

      1. Alcoholic beverages

      Alcohol is the mycotoxin of the Saccharomyces yeast--brewer's yeast. Other mycotoxins besides alcohol can also be introduced into these beverages through the use of mold-contaminated grains and fruits. Producers often use grains that are too contaminated with fungi and mycotoxins to be used for table foods, so the risk is higher that you are consuming more than just alcohol in your beverage (Council for Agricultural Science and technology. Mycotoxins: Economic and Health Risks. Task Force Report Number 116. CAST. Ames, IA. Nov 1989). Before you drink for the health of your heart, consider the other possible risks of drinking. There are safer ways of consuming antioxidants.

      2. Corn

      Corn is "universally contaminated" with fumonisin and other fungal toxins such as aflatoxin, zearalenone and ochratoxin (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Mycotoxins: Risks in Plant, Animal and Human Systems. Task Force Report No. 139. Ames, IA. Jan 2003). Fumonisin and aflatoxin are known for their cancer-causing effects, while zearalenone and ochratoxin cause estrogenic and kidney-related problems, respectively. Just as corn is universally contaminated with mycotoxins, our food supply seems to be universally contaminated with corn--it's everywhere! A typical chicken nugget at a fast food restaurant consists of a nugget of corn-fed chicken that is covered by a corn-based batter that is sweetened with corn syrup!

      3. Wheat

      Not only is wheat often contaminated with mycotoxins, but so are the products made from wheat, like breads, cereals, pasta, etc. Pasta may be the least-"offensive" form of grains since certain water-soluble mycotoxins, such as deoxynivalenol (vomitoxin), are partially removed and discarded when you toss out the boiling water that you cooked the pasta in. Unfortunately, traces of the more harmful, heat-stable and fat-soluble mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin, remain in the grain. Regarding breads--it probably doesn't matter if it's organic, inorganic, sprouted, blessed or not--if it came from a grain that has been stored for months in a silo, it stands the chance of being contaminated with fungi and mycotoxins.

      4. Barley

      Similar to other grains that can be damaged by drought, floods and harvesting and storage processes, barley is equally susceptible to contamination by mycotoxin-producing fungi. Barley is used in the production of various cereals and alcoholic beverages.

      5. Sugar (sugar cane and sugar beets)

      Not only are sugar cane and sugar beets often contaminated with fungi and their associated fungi, but they, like the other grains, fuel the growth of fungi. Fungi need carbohydrates--sugars--to thrive.

      6. Sorghum

      Sorghum is used in a variety of grain-based products intended for both humans and animals. It is also used in the production of alcoholic beverages.

      7. Peanuts

      A 1993 study demonstrated 24 different types of fungi that colonized the inside of the peanuts used in the report (Costantini, A. Etiology and Prevention of Atherosclerosis. Fungalbionics Series.1998/99). And this was after the exterior of the peanut was sterilized! So, when you choose to eat peanuts, not only are you potentially eating these molds, but also their mycotoxins. Incidentally, in the same study the examiners found 23 different fungi on the inside of corn kernels. That said, if you choose to plant your own garden in an attempt to avoid mycotoxin contamination of corn or peanuts, it does you no good if the seed (kernel) used to plant your garden is riddled with mold.

      8. Rye

      The same goes for rye as for wheat and other grains. In addition, when we use wheat and rye to make bread, we add two other products that compound our fungal concerns: sugar and yeast!

      9. Cottonseed

      Cottonseed is typically found in the oil form (cottonseed oil), but is also used in the grain form for many animal foods. Many studies show that cottonseed is often highly contaminated with mycotoxins.

      10. Hard Cheeses

      Here's a hint: if you see mold growing throughout your cheese, no matter what you paid for it, there's a pretty good chance that there's a mycotoxin not far from the mold. It is estimated that each fungus on Earth produces up to three different mycotoxins. The total number of mycotoxins known to date numbers in the thousands. On the other hand, some cheeses, such as Gouda cheese, are made with yogurt-type cultures, like Lactobacillus, and not fungi (Costantini, 1998/99). These cheeses are a much healthier alternative, fungally speaking.

      Five Worst Foods

      Doughnuts

      Doughnuts are fried, full of sugar and white flour and most contain trans fat. Store-bought doughnuts are made up of about 35 percent to 40 percent trans fat. An average doughnut will give you about 200 to 300 calories, mostly from sugar, and few other nutrients.

      Nutritionally speaking, a doughnut is one of the worst ways to start off your day. It will throw off your blood sugar and won't stay with you so you'll be hungry again soon. Even eating no breakfast at all is better.

      Soda

      One can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites. I can't think of any good reason to ever have it. The diet varieties are also problematic as they are filled with harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Studies have linked soda to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease, yet the average American drinks an estimated 56 gallons of soft drinks each year. Plus, drinking all that sugar will likely suppress your appetite for healthy foods, which pave the way for nutrient deficiencies.

      French Fries (and Nearly All Commercially Fried Foods)

      Potato sugars are rapidly converted to glucose that raises insulin levels and can affect your health. But when they are cooked in trans fat at high temperatures, all sorts of dreadful things occur. Anything that is fried, even vegetables, has the issue of trans fat and the potent cancer-causing substance acrylamide.

      Foods that are fried in vegetable oils like canola, soybean, safflower, corn, and other seed and nut oils are particularly problematic. These polyunsaturated fats easily become rancid when exposed to oxygen and produce large amounts of damaging free radicals in the body. They are also very susceptible to heat-induced damage from cooking. These oils can actually cause aging, clotting, inflammation, cancer and weight gain. You can read the article "Secrets of the Edible Oil Industry" for more information.

      It is theoretically possible to create a more "healthy" French fry if you cook it in a healthy fat like virgin coconut oil. Due to its high saturated fat content, coconut oil is extremely stable and is not damaged by the high temperatures of cooking. This is why coconut oil should be the only oil you use to cook with.

      Chips

      Most chips, including corn, potato, tortilla chips are high in trans fat. Fortunately, some companies have caught on to the recent media blitz about the dangers of trans fat and have started to produce chips without trans fat. However, the high temperatures used to cook them will potentially cause the formation of carcinogenic substances like acrylamide, and the risk remains even if the trans fat is removed.

      Fried Non-Fish Seafood

      Fried shrimp, clams, oysters, lobsters, and so on have all the issues of trans fat and acrylamide mentioned above, plus an added risk of mercury. Seafood is loaded with toxic mercury, and shellfish like shrimp and lobsters can be contaminated with parasites and resistant viruses that may not even be killed with high heat. These creatures, considered scavenger animals, consume foods that may be harmful, so eating them gives you a quadruple dose of toxins--trans fat, acrylamide, mercury and possibly parasites or viruses--with every bite.

      If you have a taste for seafood, there's an easy solution. It's best to avoid your local fish fry and try the only fish I now eat--the delicious wild red Alaskan salmon that was proven through independent lab testing to be virtually free of harmful levels of mercury and other contaminants


      † Potassium

      Potassium is necessary for the body to maintain pH levels. It is necessary for good blood pressure, bone mass, nervous system, muscle function, and heart, kidney, and adrenal functions.

      Potassium deficiency can result in symptoms that include increase in blood pressure, heart irregularities, hypertension, muscular weakness, muscle cramps and constipation.

      Some fruits with high levels of potassium include papayas, prunes, cantaloupe, bananas, and raisins. Excellent vegetable sources include sweet potatoes, avocadoes, potatoes, asparagus, and pumpkin.


      † Potato

      Go easy on the potatoes--according to HSI--the American Diabetes Association website has a recipe for mashed potatoes calling for two cups of peeled potatoes.

      "Yikes! The skin is where most of the nutrients are! Take away the skin and you're just shoveling sugar in your mouth."

      Fries have added evils.


      † Primitive Wisdom

      Modern man, with countless scientists who delve into the secrets of nature, has he found the way to perfect health and contentment? If so, I have not seen it. I see suffering: more chronic and debilitating diseases all the time. I see degenerative illnesses resulting from the eating of man-made processed foods made in "unclean" factories: arthritis Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and AIDS. And medical science is baffled by these diseases of civilization.

      In his classic book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Weston Price documented that certain native tribes who ate their traditional diet were almost 100 percent free of tooth decay: and they did not have fluoride, toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, root canals and fillings.

      My, they had no refrigerators; they had never heard of Louis Pasteur; they had no sunblock, (no factories) and went about 'naked' in the sun.

      Perhaps many of their foods became pre- and probiotic through fermentation. Maybe they had yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, etc., without realizing it. But, they did see how eating certain foods made them stronger, more able to survive in their harsh surroundings.

      Many thousands of years ago, people ate primarily vegetables, fruit, nuts, roots and meat—and a wide variety of it. No grains like wheat and no Frito-Lays. It was all unprocessed, real nourishing food.


      † Processed Foods

      It's a fact, 90 percent of the food Americans eat is processed. Diets heavy in cooked, processed, and sugary foods, combined with overuse of pharmaceutical drugs such as antibiotics, stop your body from making enzymes. Do not do as the Americans do.

      Do not eat any processed foods. If you must, watch for ingredients and phrases to help you avoid the worst food: artificial colors, artificial flavorings, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, sodium nitrates or nitrites and BHA and BHT--preservatives added to processed foods are linked to cancer. Potassium bromate--added to many white flours and baked goods, is an endocrine disruptor, damages your thyroid and can cause psychiatric and cardiac problems; most countries have banned it, except for the U.S. and Japan. Common food dyes, such as Citrus Red No. 2 (carcinogen), is used to dye oranges orange. If you zest (grate into food dish) a dyed orange, you're consuming it.

      Low energy due to eating processed or refined foods is one of the biggest health complaints.

      Some reasons for this:

      Unnatural processed foods lack vital nutrients. 
       are loaded with sugar. 
       are full of chemicals. 
       are overloaded with food colorings; 
      are loaded with preservatives

      These foods make people crave for something more to eat, so they keep eating more refined snacks; they eventually blossom ballooon-like and start deteriorating.


      † Processed Meats

      Don't eat processed meats. The World Cancer Research Fund came to the following conclusion:

      There is strong evidence that ... processed meats are causes of bowel cancer, and that there is no amount of processed meat that can be confidently shown not to increase risk ...

      Avoid processed meats such as bacon, ham, salami, corned beef and sausages.

      Pretty well all processed meats contain the well-known carcinogen: sodium nitrite, a commonly used preservative and antimicrobial agent also used to add color and flavor to processed and cured meats. Nitrites are converted into nitrosamines in your body, which are potent cancer-causing chemicals. Research has linked nitrites to higher rates of colorectal, stomach and pancreatic cancer.

      Studies have shown that processed meats increase your risk of:

      Colon cancer by 50 percent 
      Bladder cancer by 59 percent 
      Stomach cancer by 38 percent 
      Pancreatic cancer by 67 percent 
      Increase your risk of diabetes by 50 percent
      Lower your lung function 
      Increase your risk of chronic 
      Obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
      

      † Probiotics

      Probiotics improve digestion, yielding a healthier gut so more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are absorbed, and, if you're eating a phytate-rich food (soy and common grains, which bind iron, zinc, and calcium in foods, making the minerals unavailable for absorption), fermentation can break down the mineral-binding phytates, thus allowing even better absorption to support your overall immune system.

      Take a probiotic supplement 10-15 minutes before eating breakfast: with a glass of pure water. And avoid taking it within 3 hours of an antibiotic treatment.

      99% of the yogurts certified organic are pasteurized, and not very effective probiotic sources, not to mention ordinary yogurts.

      Complete probiotics should have 8 to 10 strains of beneficial bacteria.

      Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 is the highly effective strain of beneficial bacteria... the 'DDS-1' strain is vital as it enhances human health because it adapts well to the human body; it is acid and bile resistant; it helps promote your digestive and immune health; and it helps produce lactase to aid in cases of lactose intolerance.

      The strain known as Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 has been shown to normalize anxiety-like behavior. Probiotics affect brain chemistry, modulating mood- and behavior-regulating signals to your brain through the vagus nerve

      Pasteurized milk, yogurt?

      Heat kills or sterilizes most of the beneficial and other bacteria during pasteurization. And frozen ones yogurts don't contain any live bacteria at all.

      Due to strict food safety regulations, less bacteria (including the 'good' ones) survive the manufacturing process. Many overly-processed products, just like yogurt, undergo pasteurization or sterilization, which may destroy beneficial bacteria.

      The 10 beneficial bacteria strains in a good Probiotic

      With probiotics from traditionally fermented foods, or a high-quality supplement, all the while avoiding sugar/fructose, processed foods and antibiotics, your gut will be healthy and your emotional well-being will be ensured.


      † Prostate, Prostate Cancer

      Unfortunately, urologists tell us that testosterone promotes prostate disease, yet studies show that both benign swelling and cancer typically strike older men, when they have low and declining testosterone levels. All-natural testosterone could make you feel and perform like a 21- year-old again. More on this

      People with prostate cancer have high levels of endothelin, a substance that increases inflammation of blood vessels and is a factor in heart disease. Walnuts reduce levels of endothelin as well as LDL cholesterol.

      Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offers a clear warning about hasty decisions based on PSA tests.Cancer is just one of the factors that can cause PSA to rise rapidly. If you have sex just prior to your blood test, you'll have a higher PSA. Infection of the prostate or bladder can also spike PSA. Even riding a bicycle before a blood test can boost your level!

      Warning Re: Prostrate Drugs

      Dr. Walsh, a Distinguished Service Professor of Urology at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins School of Medicine: "Dutasteride and finasteride do not prevent prostate cancer but merely temporarily shrink tumors that have a low potential for being lethal, and they do not reduce the risk of a positive biopsy in patients who have an elevated PSA level." ( "dutasteride" is the generic name for Avodart, and "finasteride" is the generic name for Proscar, a popular BPH drug.)

      In the journal Prostate Cancer Discovery, Dr. Walsh had this to say about finasteride: "Men will believe that it prevents cancer ... that their PSA levels will fall, [but] will not understand the potential danger they're in--of undiagnosed high-grade disease." Meanwhile their sexual dysfunction is high and are nearly TWICE as likely to experience heart failure.

      The FDA has now required makers of those drugs to change the warnings and precautions on all labels to include new safety information about increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer.

      Doctors have men taking a pill with bad sexual side effects that costs $4 a day with "negative" results.

      All three major prostate cancer treatments -- drugs, radiation and surgery -- carry a serious risks to your health, including impotence and incontinence. In the book Bottom Line's Health Breakthroughs 2007 re the risks and benefits of surgery: "The most common treatment for prostate cancer is removal of the prostate gland, but clinical studies show that the operation is of little benefit to men who have a life expectancy of 10 years or less because the cancer grows very slowly. This means that most men older than 75 have nothing to gain

      NYT Prostate Health

      Alternatives

      A diet rich in phytonutrients from fresh fruit and vegetables is critical. Eliminating all processed grains, meats, & dairy products is essential. Ensure good fat sources such as avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, & seeds. Use meat from grass-fed and free-range animals only. Use natural, anti-inflammatory herbs such as cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, ginger, garlic, & rosemary.

      Studies have confirmed the protective benefits of vegetables against cancer:

      Bladder cancer – Researchers found that the higher the intake of cruciferous vegetables, the lower the risk of bladder cancer in men

      Lung cancer – Researchers found that men with detectable amounts of isothiocyanates in their bodies had a 36 percent lower chance of developing lung cancer over 10 years

      Prostate cancer – A study, published in PLoS ONE in 2008, discovered that just a few additional portions of broccoli each week could protect men from prostate cancer.

      Deliberately Exercise Your Body & Your Prostate as You Get Older.

      Dr. Moerck advises: "Also have sex on a regular basis, it exercises your prostate. It's a difficult thing to talk about [and] in older people [it can] become an issue because of lack of a partner and those things. But it's something that every man should think about. I recommend sex on a regular basis. No matter what your age. My recommendation is a minimum of once a week. Better two times a week for older people." (Good circulation brings fresh blood and oxygen to this region.)

      Regular sex promotes male health through exercise of the prostate, but without regular sexual activity, the sperm and other fluids must be reabsorbed into his body. Eventually, that can cause immunological issues.

      Certain population groups are at high risk: people who spend long periods in a seated position, including truck drivers, bus drivers, pilots, & people with long daily commutes. Sitting all day in front of the computer monitor is just as bad.

      Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, collard greens, & cabbage contain Indole -3-Carbonyl, isothiocyanates and sulforaphane which helps remove excess estrogens and other toxins from the body. These phytonutrients also destroy cancerous cells. Lycopene is an anti-oxidant normally found in the prostate but it declines with age and poor lifestyle. Refill your lycopene stores with grapefruits, tomatoes, red peppers, gogi berries, & raspberries.

      More: Save your manhood

      Research shows selenium, especially when used with vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene, works to block chemical reactions that create DNA damaging free radicals and stops cancer. Nowadays with poor food quality and pervasive environmental toxins it is almost essential to boost nourishment through food supplements. Quality food supplements for good prostate health have some or all of these: selenium, lycopene, saw palmetto, and zinc.

      Dr. Rudi Moerck says: the medical literature contains as many as 100 clinical studies on saw palmetto.

      "The mechanism of action of saw palmetto is not fully clear. We are certainly not making any drug claims, but the anecdotal evidence suggests that there is a reduction in the conversion of testosterone into the dihydrotestosterone, and therefore, men that take saw palmetto will have slightly higher levels of testosterone in their body…That's a good thing...

      It turns out that if you don't have enough testosterone in your body it can cause all kinds of problems like gaining weight, breast enlargement in men, and problem with urinating. So saw palmetto alone, or with pumpkin seed or lycopene is an interesting proposition … It's something that you should definitely try."

      Warding Off Prostate Cancer in other ways

      Coffee, when high-quality, organic and consumed black, may have some useful health effects.

      Avoid Fructose Fructose, the number one source of calories in the US is found in most processed food, and soft drinks.

      The journal Cancer Research shows that fructose feeds cancer and makes it proliferate, cells use fructose for cell division, speeding up the growth and spread of the cancer.

      Vitamin D Vitamin D from sunshine exposure. According to a study published in 2009, men with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood were seven times LESS likely to die from prostate cancer than those with lower amounts. Overall, getting a safe amount of sun exposure on a regular basis, or taking an oral vitamin D3 supplement reduces risk of ALL cancers by at least 50 percent!

      Vitamin K2 Vitamin K2 has also been found to offer significant protection against prostate cancer. A 2008 study by the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) found increased intake of vitamin K2 may reduce risk of prostate cancer by 35 percent. The benefits of vitamin K2 were most pronounced for advanced prostate cancer. Get vitamin K2 by eating raw cheese, cheese curd or a type of fermented soy called natto. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that dietary fat is necessary for its absorption.

      Your diet can either help or hinder cancer development and progression. Eating higher amounts of vegetables helps prevent prostate cancer, and treat it. Foods particularly beneficial:

      Tomatoes  Cauliflower  
      Broccoli  Green tea  
      Full spectrum Vitamin E 

      Alkalinize your system with loads of raw foods

      Highly processed and charcoaled meats is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.

      See also Prostate Health

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      † Psoriasis

      Long-term natural psoriasis treatment requires improvement of digestive function with hydrochloric acid/pepsin and digestive enzymes. It also requires eliminating all sugar, refined food, and alcohol.

      By Dr. Alex Vasquez ND, DC:

      A young woman's full-body psoriasis that was unresponsive to drug treatment was reversed. A 17-year-old with head-to-toe psoriasis since childhood wore long pants and long-sleeved shirts year-round, and the psoriasis was a major interference to her social life. Medications had ceased to help. Treatment: The Paleo-Mediterranean diet was implemented, with an emphasis on identification of food allergy. A multivitamin-mineral supplement with 200 mcg selenium to compensate for the nutritional insufficiencies and selenium deficiency common in patients with psoriasis; 10 mg of folic acid was added to address the relative vitamin deficiencies and elevated homocysteine common in these patients. A combination fatty acid therapy with EPA and DHA from fish oil and GLA from borage oil was used for the anti-inflammatory and skin-healing benefits. Vitamin E (1,200 IU of mixed tocopherols) and lipoic acid (1,000 mg per day) were added for their anti-inflammatory benefits and to combat the oxidative stress that is characteristic of psoriasis. Probiotics were used to modify gut flora, which is commonly deranged in patients with psoriasis. Results: Within a few weeks, the patient's "lifelong psoriasis" was essentially gone. Food allergy identification and avoidance played a major role in the success of this case. Nine months later she had no visible evidence of psoriasis. Her "medically untreatable" condition was essentially cured by the use of this basic protocol, with the addition of a few extra nutrients.

      Whatever you do, don't take the drug Humira, an injectable drug that treats psoriasis lesions. Humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. Serious, sometimes fatal, events can occur, such as infections, lymphoma, and other types of cancer, blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure.

      Suppressing your immune system with Humira and putting yourself at risk of side effects that read like a list of medieval punishments should be your last ditch choice in attempting to control psoriasis.

      Liquid milk thistle clears up psoriasis in some patients through strengthening of the liver. Sun exposure, which increases vitamin D levels, essential fatty acids from fish and flax seed are also beneficial for many patients.


      The "Q" Items

      † Quercetin

      Quercetin protects against lung, skin and prostate cancers. A study in the journal Carcinogenesis found quercetin could stop cancer-causing changes in prostate cells. It flushes away carcinogens and can block tumor development and growth.

      Quercetin is a plant pigment, a flavanoid, found in onions, apples, berries, grapes, garlic, black tea and red wine and is a powerful antioxidant/anti-inflammatory that boosts the immune system and increases mitochondria, the powerhouse of cells in muscles and brain.

      It helps battle daily fatigue and stress and reduces susceptibility to the flu. It protects the brain from oxidative stress associated with Alzheimer's. It may lead to prevention, and treatment, of metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity. It's very likely a cancer preventative, and prevents allergies, and childhood asthma.


      † Quips

      Coca-Cola should come with an insulin pump.

      Beware of pharmaceutical companies who come bearing miracle pills.

      If your doctor has you on a dizzying prescription drug whirl, then it's time to say: "Bye-bye!

      Studies have linked an expanding waistline to higher risk of several dangerous conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and dementia.


      Gross overuse of vaccines in frail, young or elderly people has lately been linked to Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's, ALS and dementia!

      A recent study by a world-renowned immunologist found that adults vaccinated annually for 5 years in a row with the flu vaccine had a 10-fold increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

      The medical establishment will do whatever they can to keep you breathing, maintain a pulse but, what kind of quality of life is that? They claim to have your health and welfare in mind. Barely, I would guess, its more likely they have their own mounting wealth at heart.

      Is Your Doctor Tied to Drug Makers?

      Most major corporations have what are called PR or public relations people whose job it is to show the product, or company in the best light. These companies will often pay scientists and so called experts to file a bogus finding, or back up whatever the company is already claiming.

      Beware of Quackwatch. The Web site Quackwatch has been connected to and has received funding from the AMA, FTC, and FDA. Mr. Barrett who runs Quackwatch focuses on debunking alternative and natural health care, being sure to always side with modern drug views.

      Insurance companies make astronomical profits by denying coverage to some they insure.

      The people who represent us and make our laws receive huge sums of money in campaign contributions from the drug and insurance industries

      M.D.s routinely receive huge bonus checks -- and spa-vacations! -- from drug companies for prescribing their drug.

      Drug companies mark up your prescriptions costs as much as 569,958%, not a misprint.

      Respected health journalists are paid off to endorse products - when it's their job to remain as impartial as possible!

      It's a simple concept, really, if you want to stay alive; just eat more living foods. If you want to be dead, eat more dead foods.

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      The "R" Items

      † Radish

      Radish -- a healthful and nutritious member of the cabbage family. Not only are the roots of this cruciferous vegetable nutritious, heir leaves are as well, actually contain more Vitamin C, protein and calcium than their roots. They have been used to treat kidney and skin disorders, fight cancer and even soothe insect bites.

      Radish is rich in folic acid, Vitamin C and anthocyaninszinc, B-complex vitamins and phosphorus. These nutrients make it a very effective cancer-fighting food.

      Useful in treating both piles and constipation. Radish juice helps to soothe the digestive system and detoxify the body.

      It contains sulphur substances used to regulate the production and flow of bilirubin and bile, enzymes and acids and help remove excess bilirubin from the blood. This makes it an excellent detoxifying agent. It soothes the gallbladder and liver, while protecting them from infections.

      Like cranberries, the radish is effective in preventing and fighting urinary tract infections. Radish juice helps to alleviate the burning sensation in the urinary tract, also good for the kidneys.

      Best enjoyed raw, in salads, and juiced.


      † Raw Foods

      There is light energy - energy from the sun - in uncooked natural foods. When those foods are cooked, their cell storehouses are destroyed: unable to house that wonderful energy from the sun.

      When you eat uncooked natural foods, you are actually putting the sun's life-giving energy into your body. In time you become a reneewed person; your attitude changes positively; you feel better; you are mentally more whole, sane and enlightened. Colorful fruits and vegetables hold the most light energy; vegetables like spinach, broccoli, peppers, carrots, beets, herbs, pumpkin, tomatoes, blueberries, blackberries, currants, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, and many others.

      Raw, living foods offer the greatest of ways to disease reversal and lasting health, and nothing beats fresh living foods right out of the garden. So if you can grow any of your own vegetables and fruits when Spring comes around, definitely make an effort to do so. Otherwise, buy them at local farms or from a farmer's market.

      Raw food has more vitamins and nutrients. It has digestive enzymes such as amylases, proteases, and lipases that aid digestion; these are destroyed or degraded by heating above 115 degrees F. Raw foods contain healthy bacteria and micro-organisms that increase beneficial gut flora, boosting the immune system and digestion. These beneficial bacteria are destroyed by heat. And, organic foods are considered more nutritious than chemically treated food plants.

      Processed foods with added chemicals, preservatives, additives, colors of any kind are toxic and unhealthy.

      Cooking foods at high temperatures, including microwaving, cause chemical reactions that produce toxins, reduce protein digestibility, and reduce drastically the nourishment found in raw produce.

      A Juice Recipe
      1 container of Blackberries
       1 bunch of Parsley
       2 to 3 large leaves of kale
       3 large carrots
       2 to 3 stalks of celery
       2 Pears (or apples or oranges)
      

      After proper preparation (washing, etc.), push all these ingredients through a juicer to generate the fresh juice. You'll end up with priceless fresh juice to use immediately.

      The Basic Health Benefits of this Juice

      The blackberries improve digestion of the minerals in the vegetables (you need an acidic digestive environment to absorb minerals), and the blackberries also have a powerful anti-cancer effect.

      Parsley is a super digestive cleanser. It will help eliminate toxins while providing your body with a burst of chlorophyll that will help cleanse your blood and liver.

      Kale contains potent anti-cancer phytonutrients. It also contains healthful plant proteins and chlorophyll.

      The carrots add sweetness, and they contain a wide assortment of beneficial nutrients, most notably beta carotene.

      The pears add sweetness. The tart taste of the oranges in some ways provides a better overall taste and extra vit. C.

      And these foods are alive with nutrients and energies. They are live foods, not dead processed foods, and they provide both the nutrients and the energies of life! It's a simple concept, really, if you want to stay alive; just eat more living foods. If you want to be dead, eat more dead foods.


      † Refined, processed foods     

      Refined foods, as in snack foods, are depleted of vital nutrients...
      Refined foods are loaded with sugar...
      Refined foods are full of chemicals...
      Refined foods are overloaded with food colorings;
      Refined foods are loaded with preservatives.
      

      † Resveratrol     

      Resveratrol, a phytochemical antioxidant compound found in grapes, has been shown to prevent and fight cancer, protect against heart disease, deter the negative effects of aging, improve vision, and prevent diabetes, among many other things.


      † Rosemary, herb     

      Rosemary extract, added to ground beef, reduces cancer-causing compounds created when meat is cooked at high temperature (Kansas State University)

      A hamburger prepared with antioxidant spices (oregano, rosemary, cumin, and paprika) reduced blood levels of oxidized fats (University of California)

      The "S" Items

      † Salba

      An excellent food, salba is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids; it has 5 times more calcium than whole milk, 13 times more magnesium than broccoli; it's rich in antioxidants, fiber, and protein. With regular use it will help you feel and look healthy.


      † Salmon

      Farmed Salmon is not too healthy.

      David Suzuki Foundation: In January 2001, BBC News produced a program "Warnings from the Wild, The Price of Salmon." The program cited a study conducted by Dr Easton with David Suzuki Foundation. The study found that farmed salmon and the feed they were fed appeared to have a much higher level of contamination with respect to PCBs, organo-chlorine pesticides, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers than did wild salmon.

      EWG Report: In July 2003, the Environmental Working Group released a report stating that farmed salmon purchased in the United States contain the highest level of PCBs in the food supply system. EWG reported that farmed salmon have 16 times the PCBs found in wild salmon, 4 times the levels in beef, and 3.4 times the levels in other seafood.

      Science Journal: In January 2004, the journal Science warned that farmed salmon contain 10 times more toxins (PCBs, dioxin, etc.) than wild salmon.


      † Salt, Sodium

      Dr. McCarron--a nutritionist and University of California professor, wrote, "My view is that it is very likely that "low salt" will ultimately prove to be another public health disaster. There is already sufficient evidence to suggest that low salt could actually result in increased risk of cardiovascular disease." Recent research has linked salt restriction with increased heart failure and insulin resistance leading to diabetes. A very low sodium blood level is called hyponatraemia, and it's a condition inflicted on seniors every day by misinformed doctors and prodded on by a misinformed media.

      Sodium with potassium is involved in nerve and muscle functioning. It also maintains our body's fluid balance, electrolyte balance, and pH balance.

      Sodium helps transmit nerve impulses and influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Your kidneys help the body maintain a correct balance of salt in your body.

      Salt isn't always good for you: the extra sodium in fast food, restaurant food, convenience food and packaged food adds up. If your kidneys can't eliminate excess sodium, then the sodium starts to accumulate in the blood, increasing blood volume and causing your heart to work harder, which in turn can cause excess pressure in your arteries.

      To make salt worse, in the manufacturing process salt is chemically cleaned, bleached, and heated so high that it's chemical structure is changed. Anti caking agents are added so the salt will not mix with water when in your salt shaker. The refined salt does not dissolve and combine properly with the water and fluids in our body so it builds up in the body and leaves deposits in our tissues and organs. This leads to health problems such as hypertension (high blood pressure), calcium deficiency, osteoporosis, fluid retention, weight gain, headaches, stomach ulcers, and stomach cancer to name a few. Use only good natural salt.

      Many people crave salt. Their adrenal glands may be stressed out, often a sign of poor nutrition. In Chinese medicine salt cravings are a sign of too much sugar or alcohol in the diet and sodium is the way to bring the body back into balance. Salt cravings can be a warning for oncoming hypertension.

      Iodine and salt Iodine is necessary for the thyroid gland to function correctly. Iodine has been added to table salt for that purpose. However, unrefined sea salt, Celtic salt, or Himalayan salt are examples of natural salts that contain many minerals including iodine. Foods such as ocean fish, kelp, and other sea vegetables contain iodine.

      Smart Salt

      Healthy sources of natural sodium include vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, and meat. Don't use refined table salt. Like all other processed or refined foods, table salt has been stripped of its naturally occurring beneficial minerals so all that remains are the sodium and chloride.

      The latest study, published in the American Journal of Medicine (06;119(3):275), concludes that people who eat less salt are more likely to die from heart disease. This makes sense, since salt is a part of an essential electrolyte. Your heart and arteries need it. Why not just use natural salt in moderation? Unprocessed salts, such as Himalayan salt, are a best source of trace minerals.

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      Totally relax your eyes with an eyebath. Add a teaspoon of salt to a bowl of lukewarm water. Immerse your eyes in the water for thirty seconds. Take break, then repeat. Your eyes should then feel fresh and relaxed! But, oh wouldn't it be nice!

      Good and Bad Salt

      Good salt is relatively benign, and actually a nutritional goldmine. Modern table salt has very little in common with natural, unrefined salt. Processed table salt will damage you health while tnatural unrefined salt is profoundly healing.

      Natural salt: 84 percent sodium chloride, 16 percent naturally-occurring trace minerals, including silicon, phosphorous and vanadium.

      Processed (table) salt: 97.5 percent sodium chloride, 2.5 percent man-made chemicals, such as moisture absorbents and flow agents. These are dangerous chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate. A small amount of iodine may also be added

      The processing of salt radically alters its structure. Refined table salt is dried above 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, and this excessive heat alters the natural chemical structure of the salt.

      Benefits of Unrefined Natural Salt

      It's a major component of your blood plasma, lymphatic fluid, extracellular fluid, and even amniotic fluid ; it carries nutrients into and out of your cells, and helps maintain acid-base balance; it increases the glial cells in your brain, which are responsible for creative thinking and long-term planning (sodium and chloride are also necessary for the firing of neurons Maintain and help regulate blood pressure); helps the brain communicate with your muscles, so that you can move on demand: via sodium-potassium ion exchange; supports the function of the adrenal glands, which produce dozens of vital hormones; unrefined natural salt is important for many biological processes, however, for every gram of excess sodium chloride your body has to neutralize, it uses up 23 grams of cellular water, so, eating too much common processed salt will cause fluid to accumulate in your tissues, which may contribute to:

      Unsightly cellulite 
      Rheumatism, arthritis and gout 
      Kidney and gall bladder stones 
      Hypertension (high blood pressure) 
      just relax and salt your food to taste—provided you use a natural unrefined salt.
      

      † Saturated Fats

      Saturated fats are good for you. They have been wrongly blamed for the epidemics of heart disease and obesity.

      The beneficial Mediterranean diet is full of rich flavors, including those from animal fats, dairy and meat. People in the Mediterranean region also enjoy an assortment of traditionally fermented foods and vegetables, which were often cooked with cream, olive oil or lard.

      Those people live in areas that require regular physical activity, such as daily walking, and in societies where friends and family encourage a healthy, natural, active lifestyle. They have a lifestyle conducive to coping with stress, such as prayer, meditation, strong social networks, and napping daily.


      † Sauerkraut

      Sauerkraut, a fermented food, provides probiotic microbes in the best way … fermented foods will ensure probiotic microbes throughout the digestive system. Fermentation predigests the food, in this case cabbage, making it easier for our digestive systems, that is especially good for people with a damaged gut. Fermentation releases nutrients from the food, making them more bio-available.

      So we have in sauerkraut 20 times more bio-available vitamin C than in fresh cabbage, for example.

      Recipes: Probiotics recipes


      † Selenium

      Studies it has reviewed led the FDA to say, "Selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. However, the FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive."

      Selenium is a trace mineral that is essential to good health. It joins proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important antioxidant enzymes. The selenoproteins help prevent cellular damage from free radicals, natural by-products of metabolism that may contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Other selenoproteins help regulate thyroid function and play a role in the immune system.

      The incidence of prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, and lung cancer was notably lower in the group given selenium supplements.

      Selenium may help to maintain healthy DNA against aging and environmental factors. It impacts genes that are linked to the progression of cancer and oxidative stress through its antioxidant effect.

      Selenium supplementation reduces the severity of epileptic seizures in children. Selenium supplementation is also reported to improve confused and depressed mental states; mental fatigue and anxiety in adults.

      The best form is selenomethionine (yeast). A normal dietary intake is unlikely to cause any side effects. Selenium is found in seafood, liver, lean red meat, nuts, and grains grown in soil that is rich in selenium.

      Sources

      Medline Plus

      † Skin

      To get your skin to be radiantly healthy, one has to go deeper than that - the skin is an organ and this means nourishment must come mainly from within.

      Body Organs That Keep Your Skin Healthy are Liver, Kidneys, Adrenals, Thyroid, Large intestines, Small intestines

      The liver and kidneys help the skin eliminate waste and toxins. If the diet is less than ideal, these organs can become overworked.

      Your adrenal glands on top of your kidneys make essential hormones, including, pregnenolone, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Healthy hormones are essential for energy and healthy skin.

      A well nourished thyroid provides hormones and works closely with your adrenals to create energy. Dry, flaky, sluggish skin is evidence of a weak thyroid.

      Your liver, kidneys, adrenals, and thyroid also rely on healthy small and large intestines, which provide nutrients to other organs, and are responsible for the removal of waste products from your body. When waste meant for elimination remains in your intestines, your skin becomes thick, oily and blemished.

      The following items will have a negative effect on your inner organs, and therefore need to be avoided if you want clearer, healthier skin:

      Drugs and alcohol
      Chemicals and heavy metals
      Trans fats   Processed foods
      Refined, processed table salt
      Pasteurized dairy products

      Foods that Promote Beautiful Skin

      Chlorella and dark green leafy veggies promote healthy liver function

      Kale, Spinach, Broccoli
      Dandelion greens
      

      Other foods that contribute to healthy skin include raw and virgin fats and oils.

      Include plenty of mineral-rich foods (dark green leafy veggies, ocean veggies and seafood) and antioxidant-rich foods (black currants, blueberries) in your diet.

      Another group of foods worth mentioning are fermented (cultured foods such as yogurt and saurkraut, not canned, but fresh, home made) foods. Fermented foods help promote the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria and aid in digestion. They also support healthy immune function, including an increase in B vitamins, omega-3, digestive enzymes, lactase and lactic acid, and other immune chemicals that fight off harmful bacteria.

      Keep your insides healthy and clean, then your skin will mirror your internal state.

      Specifically for Wrinkle Prevention

      Avoid sun burns. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin cells hydrated and cleansed.

      Remedies for Wrinkles

      Apply coconut oil on the wrinkled portions of face and gently massage at bedtime. Bananas. Mash 1/4 banana until creamy in consistency. Spread on face and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water followed by a dash of cold. Gently pat dry. Grape Seed Oil is wonderful for eliminating and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles and leaves skin soft and glowing. Olive oil is also eliminates and minimizes wrinkles. Vodka, fennel seeds and honey. Combine two tablespoons of vodka, one tablespoon of fennel seeds and one and one-half teaspoons honey. Stir well and allow to sit for three days. Strain mixture. Apply to face and neck as a toner.


      † Sleep

      Natalie Portman said, "I love getting into bed at night. I really love sleeping!"

      We should all be like that. Eight or nine hours a night of sleep will get you rested, focused and productive. Your body needs that much time to repair itself and keep you healthy. The nightly sleep is the time when the bodies produce human growth hormone (HGH), which is responsible for our youthful characteristics; keeping skin smooth and supple, the hair deeply colored and soft, and energy levels high, giving the appearance of vitality.

      Before using supplements or drugs try:

      Light Therapy as a Natural Sleep Remedy

      If you have trouble falling asleep, you may need more light in the daytime.

      Sleep at night and stay awake during daylight hours, don't confuse your body by depriving yourself of enough hours of sleep or not sleeping when it's dark outside. One consequences can be low melatonin production, which can be detrimental to your health.

      Don't sit or work in weak light conditions. Get out in the light first thing in the morning. If you find you're waking up too early in the morning, you may need more afternoon light, so get out in the late afternoon. The body must learn to sleep when it is dark and wake up when the light increases.

      Deep Breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation as a Sleep Remedy

      Progressive muscle relaxation can be a natural sleep aid. It will shorten the time needed to fall asleep and help you get back to sleep if you've awakened in the night.

      While lying in bed inhale deeply and sense the state of your toes. Focus on any tension in them. Now exhale and let all the tension quickly leave your toes. Keep that relaxed feeling for a few moments. Do the same for your feet, abdomen, chest, hands, upper arms, shoulders, and neck. It may be helpful to tighten each set of muscles for 4 to 10 seconds on inhaling and then allowing those muscles to relax while exhaling.

      To get regular good sleep:
      1. Establish a regular bedtime and wake time. The more consistent your bedtime routine, the more likely you will enjoy a good night's sleep.
      2. Reserve the bedroom for intimacy and sleep only; do not watch television, eat, talk on the phone, or work in your bedroom.
      3. 3. Make your bedroom dark, quiet and comfortable. Don't watch TV, don't take problems to bed with you.
      4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol within six hours of bedtime. Exercise during the day, not right before bedtime.
      5. Avoid sugary foods and refined carbohydrates. Don't have a heavy meal just before bedtime.
      6. Avoid foods with additives and preservatives; some of these ingredients can act as stimulants.
      7. To avoid nighttime awakening due to a drop in blood sugar, eat a small amount of complex carbohydrates and protein such as whole-grain bread with turkey one hour before bedtime. The turkey will provide L-tryptophan, which your body converts to 5-HTP.
      8. Check for tense muscles as you prepare for bed and relax them. Before going to bed, do something that relaxes you and takes your mind off any worries. Soak for twenty minutes prior to bedtime in an Epsom salt bath (maybe with 10 drops of lavender essential oil). The magnesium in the Epsom salts will relax you and the lavender will ease stress.
      9. Don't drink alcohol in the evening - it helps you fall sleep but causes disturbed sleep and over-heating during the night.
      10. Try to get some sunshine as soon as you wake up. This will help set your body clock.
      11. No clocks in the bedroom! Clocks are an unhelpful distraction, you subconsciously ‘check' to see how long you have been awake, therefore keeping your mind active.
      Prescription drugs:

      Ambien, Zolfresh and other powerful sleep-aid drugs may prompt dangerous side effects including sleep-walking, sleep-cooking, sleep-driving, and much more serious health threats lurk.

      Dr. Kripke, a psychiatrist at UCSD gave Reuters the best possible reason for avoiding these drugs: "The use of sleeping pills, including zolpidem [the generic name for Zolfresh and Ambien], is associated with higher mortality, and there are 18 studies that show that." Researchers believe that these powerful drugs might boost death risk in a variety of ways, including respiratory and central nervous system inhibition, and impaired alertness, coordination, and reaction time.

      Nature's Sleep Aids

      Melatonin is best known as a cure for jet lag, or shift worker aid. Melatonin retrains your circadian rhythm so you become sleepy evenings and wake up more alert at morning light. This makes melatonin particularly effective for people who have difficulty falling asleep.

      L-theanine, an amino acid derived from green tea, is a natural sleep remedy that improves deep sleep and helps people maintain a calm alertness during the day. It also plays a role in the formation of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is critical for sleep. L-theanine reduces feelings of stress and improves sleep quality without creating drowsiness or diminished motor performance.

      Hops can also help you nod off by reducing anxiety and helping your muscles relax. Often used in combination with valerian and lemon balm helping increase alpha-waves.

      Valerian helps you to fall asleep and improves the quality of sleep -- without next-day drowsiness. It's more effective when combined with hops, with no rebound insomnia once the supplement was discontinued.

      5-HTP fights insomnia by helping the body make serotonin, an important substance for normal nerve and brain function, and promoting sleep.

      Lactium a naturally-occurring peptide found in milk protein having anti-stress properties. Lactium mimics the properties found in mother's milk that induce the same state of calm a baby has after a feed. As stress is a major cause of sleeplessness and is often not recognised by the sufferer, Lactium can be an important aid to sleep.

      St. Johns Wort

      Lemon Balm

      Research suggests that lemon balm promotes a calm and relaxed state of mind, which is an important part of falling asleep.

      Chamomile Flower

      Passion Flower


      † Smiling

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      A few reasons to laugh and smile:

      • It reduces stress and so disease.
      • Makes the person look and feel younger.
      • It is a form of exercise.
      • Your loved ones will love you for smiling.
      • You'll gain self-confidence and be a better influence at work.
      • Happiness is contagious.

      Studies have shown that smiling or laughing prompts the release of endorphins and serotonin-- brain chemicals that improve mood.

      Anger and annoyance can't cohabit with humor and laughter... the choice is yours.


      † Smoking

      Heart attack rates drop by almost 60 percent on quitting smoking or a smoke-filled environment.

      Why? The aorta begins to stiffen within five minutes of exposure to smoke, even secondhand smoke. In just half an hour, blood starts to get "sticky" with activated blood platelets. Blood vessel dilation is also reduced. With enough exposure, artery linings can be damaged.

      By some estimates, an eight-hour shift spent working in a smoky bar has the same effect on the cardiovascular system as smoking an entire pack of cigarettes.

      Oxidative stress plays an important role in the development of cardiovascular problems, and lung cancer, triggered by passive smoking. Vitamins C, E, and alpha-lipoic acid reduce oxidative stress. Sure, good food is good for you, and, smoke is bad for you.


      † Snoring

      Snoring is caused by reduced airways of your throat or nasal passageway, and, it is the vibrations of the air as it struggles to get through your soft palate, uvula, tongue, tonsils and/or muscles in the back of your throat that cause snoring.

      For more info on snoring: Dr. Mercola


      † Sodium Bicarbonate

      Dr. Pollack has handed us another secret to sodium bicarbonate (simple baking soda) and why it is the excellent medicine that it is. We already know that part of its effect is to raise CO2 levels in the blood, which not only changes the blood's zeta potential in a positive way but also improves oxygen transport and oxygen concentration.

      Sodium bicarbonate is a Cancer Treatment because it does wonders for people suffering from cancer, diabetes, kidney and heart disease. Bicarbonate-laden water is one of life's most basic elixirs; one that surpasses anything pharmaceutical companies can muster.


      † Soft Drinks, Pop, Sodas.

      Sadly, many people still guzzle pop. Eliminating pop, sodas, and sweet juices is the single most important thing people can do for their physical health. 75 percent of us are overweight due to the calories is sugar and grains. As for diet sodas, they are worse than those sweetened with sugar.

      Quench your thirst with pure water rather than with sodas, coffee, or sugary fruit juices. Coffee, and sodas like "coke," are high in caffeine; caffeine acts as a diuretic that will tend to dehydrate you. Worse yet, sodas, fruit juices and other sweetened beverages are primarily sweetened with fructose, which will ruin your health.

      See the water article

      Also Diet Sodas


      † Soy

      Nearly everyone thinks soy is healthful.

      Enlightened consumers avoid unfermented soy:

      Soy has high levels of phytic acid, which reduces assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc -- and is known to cause growth problems in children.

      Soy has trypsin inhibitors which interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders.

      The phytoestrogens in soy disrupt endocrine function and can cause fertility problems and breast cancer.

      The processing of soy forms a toxin, lysinolalanine, and a carcinogen, nitrosamines. Soy also has high aluminum levels, which are toxic to your nervous system and kidneys. Soy increases your requirements for vitamin D and B12… and hinders thyroid function, making it extremely challenging to lose weight.

      Soy is one of the world's most genetically modified (GM) products.

      Health commited people have been hoodwinked and manipulated into believing that unfermented and processed soy products like soymilk, soy cheese, soy burgers and soy ice cream are good for them.

      Research reveals a sad list of health problems linked to soy fed to babies: extreme emotional behavior, asthma, immune system problems, thyroid disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome.

      If you are not feeling too good, meanwhile thinking you were eating healthfully as people have been telling you, it may be the soy products in your diet.

      Weston A. Price foundation

      Soy products can play havoc with hypothyroid patients; the soy isoflavones limit the cells' ability to take in thyroid hormones. Soy has a large number of harmful substances like the potent trypsin inhibitors which block the action of enzymes needed for protein digestion. Soybeans also contain hemagglutinin, which causes red blood cells to lump together.

      The only soybean worth eating is one that has been fermented.

      GMO Soy

      91 percent of soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified (GM) and grown on farms that use toxic pesticides and herbicides like Roundup. It's a fact, soybeans are raised with the highest level of pesticide/herbicide contamination of all food crops.

      Many many products contain nonfermented soy:

      Fresh green soybeans
      Whole dry soybeans
      Soy sprouts
      Flour
      Soy milk
      Tofu
      baby formula
      meat substitutes
      drinks and snacks
      

      Soy contains hemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes your red blood cells to clump together. These clumped cells are unable to properly absorb and distribute oxygen to your tissues.

      Soy contains goitrogens, substances that block the synthesis of thyroid hormones and interfere with iodine metabolism, thereby interfering with thyroid function.

      Soy is loaded with the isoflavones genistein and daidzein, types of phytoestrogen, which is a plant compound resembling human estrogen. These compounds mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen, and have been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues. Soy phytoestrogens are known to disrupt endocrine function, may cause infertility, and may promote breast cancer in women.

      Soy has toxic levels of aluminum and manganese. Soybeans are processed (by acid washing) in aluminum tanks, which can leach high levels of aluminum into the final soy product. Soy formula has up to 80 times higher manganese than is found in human breast milk.

      Nearly 20 percent of U.S. infants are now fed soy formula, but the estrogens in soy can irreversibly harm your baby's sexual development and reproductive health. Infants fed soy formula take in an estimated five birth control pills' worth of estrogen every day. Soy formula fed babies have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen in circulation as those fed other formulas!

      All About Soy

      Soy Online Service (NZ)

      Beneficial Fermented Soy

      Fermented soy stops the effect of the phytic acid and increases the availability of isoflavones. The fermentation also creates the probiotics--the "good" bacteria the body is absolutely dependent on, such as lactobacilli--that increase the quantity, availability, digestibility and assimilation of nutrients in the body.

      Products using fermented soy include:

      Natto

      Tempeh. This is a mixture of fermented soybeans (by a process similar to fermenting milk into yogurt) and grains, which results in a meatloaf-like product that can be sliced, fried, chopped, and made into burgers. Tempeh is higher in protein than the original soybean and is a lowfat, cholesterol-free alternative to meat. This ancient Indonesian food is also a rich source of fiber, calcium, iron, zinc, B-12, and folate. As an added perk, fermentation increases the bioavailability of isoflavones, the cholesterol-lowering and anti-cancer substances in soy products.

      Miso. This Japanese favorite is made from fermented soybeans and grains and is often prepared as a soup. Miso is similar to tempeh in protein content, yet it is higher than tempeh in calories and fiber. It is a very good source of zinc. Half a cup of miso contains 4.5 milligrams of zinc, nearly one-half to one-third the recommended dietary allowance. Miso's only nutritional drawback is its high sodium level. One cup of miso can contain as much as 5,000 milligrams of sodium, twice the RDA. Because of its high sodium content, miso is used more as a seasoning than a main dish.

      Soy sauces

      Fermented tofu

      Fermented soy milk

      Traditionally fermented soy--which is the form popular in many Asian cultures--aids in preventing and reducing a variety of diseases, such as heart disease and cancers.

      Researchers found it was the cultured soy medium itself that was responsible for the health benefits associated with eating miso.

      Miso, a fermented or probiotic form of soya bean, is particularly rich in the isoflavone aglycones, genistein and daidzein, which are believed to be cancer preventatives.

      Natto, according to research conducted by a Japanese scientist, has the highest fibrinolytic activity among 200 foods produced worldwide. Nattokinase, a powerful enzyme contained in the sticky part of natto dissolves blood clots that lead to heart attacks, strokes and senility.

      Natto also contains vitamin K2 and isophrabon, which help to prevent diseases such as osteoporosis and breast cancer and slow down the aging process.

      Good Info on soy beans

      Corn and other Bad Oils

      Latest News on Soy

      This year sale of soy supplements have dropped more than 15 percent. And 26 percent last year.

      Apparently the word is getting out about genetically modified crops, including soy; it's spooking consumers, who are also concerned about the effects that soy has on hormones.

      From a market researcher: "We're seeing some companies actively promote the fact that they don't use soy."

      [Unfermented] soy's days in the health food arena are numbered.


      † Spices and Cooking

      From Dr. Mercola

      Heart disease and cancer often have little to do with the foods, like meat, and much to do with how it's cooked.

      Any time you cook meat at high temperatures, whether you're grilling, frying, broiling, etc., some very harmful chemicals are created:

      • Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs): These form when food is cooked at high temperatures, and they're linked to cancer. The worst part of the meat is the blackened section, avoid charring your meat, and never eat blackened sections.
      • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs): When fat drips onto the heat source, causes excess cancer-causing PAHs in the smoke to contaminate the meat.
      • Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs): When food is cooked at high temperatures (including when it is pasteurized or sterilized), it increases the formation of AGEs in your food. AGEs build up in your body over time leading to oxidative stress, inflammation and an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease.

      Researchers are now uncovering that adding spices and marinades to your meat before cooking can drastically cut down on the level of harmful substances created.

      Mercola: Before You Grill Another Burger or Another Steak:

      Mix a blend of spices to use on beef, one for chicken and another for lamb or any other type of meat you cook on a regular basis.

      The spice's benefit likely comes from potent antioxidant content. On a per gram fresh weight basis, oregano and other herbs rank even higher in antioxidant activity than fruits and vegetables, which are known to be high in antioxidants too.

      You can experiment with a range of spices, as each will have a unique set of health benefits to offer, but even the popular stand-bys will help to boost the health of your meal. For the above study researchers used a blend of:

      Cloves,  Cinnamon 
      Oregano,  Rosemary 
      Ginger,  Black pepper 
      Paprika,   Garlic powder 
      

      You can use the spices as a dry rub or mix them up into a healthy marinade.

      Cook your meat with a combination of spices to help reduce the health-harming substances that will inevitably be created:

      When grilling, cook your food with indirect heat, such as on a rack rather than directly on the coals. Cooking on a cedar plank is also helpful.

      Avoid charring your meat (and don't eat the black or brown parts), poaching is an alternative way of preparing fish and meat.

      You can reduce the amount of AGEs in your food by using an acidic marinade that contains lemon juice or vinegar.

      Marinating meats before grilling or broiling them can reduce HCAs. Use natural ingredients for marinades, and keep the coating thin to avoid charring.

      Add blueberries or cherries to your burgers, as they can also help prevent the formation of HCAs.

      Another Healthier Way to Eat Your Meat

      For some people to give up hot dogs, hamburgers, barbequed chicken and even grilled fish is almost sacrilegious. Still, home cooking even if it is on a grill, is better than fast food or eating processed convenience foods.

      Meat products, from animals raised outside, in the sun, are rich in biophotons, which contain bio-information that controls complex vital processes in your body. The biophotons have the power to give a feeling of vitality and well-being. Cooking, especially overcooking, food destroys the important biophotons, while creating toxic substances.

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      The Raw Option

      Most of the negative health associations of eating meat is the fact that the meat is cooked. Just as cooked vegetables are not as healthful as raw ones, meat undergoes damage when heated. Even if it isn't barbecued, when you heat it over 170 degrees you will cause damage to the proteins similar to that occurs when milk is pasteurized.

      You can easily avoid all these problems by eating your meat uncooked. The problem with doing that in our current culture is that most meat is raised under factory farming conditions. The animals are very unhealthy and likely to harbor infections that can harm you.

      If you can find humanely raised organic meat, then that risk is virtually eliminated.

      Spices are Great for All Your Meals

      Herbs and spices are at the top of the list of high ORAC foods. ORAC is a standardized method of measuring the antioxidant capacity of different foods and supplements. The higher the ORAC score, the more effective a food is at neutralizing free radicals. Lower free radicals result in health.


      † Spinach

      Spinach contains carotenoid anti-oxidants called eposyxanthophyllsinclude neoxanthin and violaxanthin, which have shown remarkable anti-cancer properties. Spinach is also rich in the powerful carotenoid anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin: phytonutrients important for healthy vision & brain function.

      Spinach contains its own type of plant based steroids called phytoecdysteroids shown to dramatically increase glucose metabolism. This keeps blood sugar levels stable and minimizes the need for the fat-storage hormone insulin.

      Spinach is rich in blood purifying chlorophyll, which is easily metabolized and used to build new red blood cells and remove carcinogenic substances from the body. Chlorophyll contains magnesium to strengthen the blood-brain barrier and protect the neurological system from environmental toxins.

      Spinach is a good source of glycoclycerolipids that protect the digestive tract from inflammatory damage. These glycoclycerolipids are the main fatty acids that makeup the cell membranes of light-sensitive organs in a green plant's chlorophyll. Spinach also has copper, zinc, and selenium, which help boost immunity.

      Everyone says spinach is good for your eyes...But you could eat more spinach than Popeye and go blind as a bat, unless you cook it in, or eat it with, BACON FAT!

      The eye-saving nutrients in spinach are fat-soluble. That means you can't absorb them without fat. The same goes for roughly half of all the nutrients your body needs. And bacon grease is among the healthiest of all fats to cook with... Because it's saturated!

      You've been told the opposite. For variety, to protect your eyes eat a bacon omelet - eggs contain far more eye-saving nutrients than spinach! Coconut oil is another excellent saturated, healthful, fat to use in cooking.


      † Spirulina

      Spirulina -- a blue-green algae -- is good for several reasons. It might be a useful substance to protect against the effects of radiation. Spirulina was used to treat children exposed to chronic low levels of radiation after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

      According to a scientific review of spirulina's benefits:

      Has nutritive value. Currently numerous people are looking into the possible therapeutic effects of Spirulina.

      Many pre-clinical studies and a few clinical studies suggest several therapeutic effects ranging from reduction of cholesterol and cancer to enhancing the immune system, increasing intestinal lactobacilli, reducing nephrotoxicity by heavy metals and drugs and radiation protection."

      This blue-green algae's radiation-protective capacity comes from its 16% phycocyanin content—a blue pigment that is attached to its photosynthetic membranes. Phycocyanin is also a nitrogen storage molecule. The nitrogen atoms can form a complex with heavy metals such as radioactive cesium and stronium, hence "cleansing" these radioactive metals from your body.


      † Splenda

      Splenda (sucralose) has been found to be particularly damaging to your intestines.
      Common Side Effects of Splenda
      Gastrointestinal problems Blurred vision
      Migraines Allergic reactions
      Seizures Blood sugar increases
      Dizziness Weight gain

      † Statins

      I believe the indiscriminate use of statins has contributed to the staggering rise in diabetes…Dr. Mercola. Statins increase your insulin levels, which can be extremely harmful to your health.

      Cholesterol drugs, which are worse than worthless, fail to prevent heart attacks, heart disease or death. They rob you of your memory, feast on your muscles, damage your liver, and increase your risk of cancer.

      Statin-users have just spent years taking a costly drug with hideous side effects--risking liver failure, muscle wasting, even sudden death--for nothing.

      Statin news in an article in Time Magazine by Catherine Elton: Among other things: "...there is little evidence that (statins) prevent heart disease in women" goes on to ask the question, "If statins do not help prolong women's lives, why are so many women taking them? Well, exactly!"

      Statins (Zocor, etc.) increase the risk for Parkinsons disease. Preliminary evidence suggests a link between lower LDL cholesterol levels and Parkinson's disease.

      Drug makers (through doctors) say high cholesterol is solely responsible for the nation's epidemic of heart attacks. This is lying, but has led to booming business for cholesterol drugs makers - Lipitor alone brings in $13 billion a year.

      Why statins may cause cancer. They work by blocking the absorbtion of cholesterol in the intestines. And here's the rub, it also blocks the absorption of closely related good compounds called plant sterols, which are found in nuts and vegetables. Studies show that people who eat food with fair amounts of plant sterols have lower cancer rates than those who do not.

      There is a good type of LDL and a bad type of LDL. Saturated fat often does raise cholesterol, however, it raises HDL, the good cholesterol, and also tends to increase the big, fluffy cotton ball type, of LDL, and decrease the small, bb-pellet size, type. So your overall cholesterol level might go up, but you'd actually be a lot less likely to have a heart attack. It is much better to have a high LDL (where most of the LDL was good type') than a lower LDL (where most of the LDL was the bad type').

      Studies show that lycopene, an antioxidant, can cut the building up of plaque that leads to atherosclerosis. Lycopene is found in all of the healthy red-tinged fruits and vegetables. They include tomatoes, red peppers and red grapefruit.

      Lycopene supplements are superior to statins, according to the studies.

      Those who eat a Mediterranean diet stay heart-healthy; it's all of those tasty, good food recipes that include tomatoes.

      Lower cholesterol naturally:

      Almonds, along with plant sterols, oats and barley, lower cholesterol in similar ways to a statin drug, all without the poisonous effects, no side effects.

      Flaxseed, which contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, helps to reduce heart disease and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. University of Toronto nutritional scientist Lilian Thompson has discovered that flaxseed contains up to 800 times more lignans than other foods. Lignans are plant chemicals similar to estrogen. When lignans were given to a small number of breast cancer patients, tumours were reduced in size and the rate of cancer spread was also reduced. Thompson believes the estrogen in lignans interfered with the production of estrogen in the patients. Since estrogen promotes the growth of tumours, interfering with its production may actually slow growth.

      Statins, cholesterol-lowering drugs have been shown to also deplete the bone-building nutrients, calcium and magnesium.

      Blood pressure drugs like ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and beta-blockers deplete the body's stores of coenzyme Q10-essential for many bodily functions, including heart health!

      People taking statins have reported:
      trouble swallowing,
      trouble talking and enunciating words,
      feeling fatigued all the time,
      motor neuropathy
      Blinding headaches,
      nausea, vertigo, disorientation,
      memory loss,
      extremely dry eyes,
      pain, stiffness in neck and calf muscles,
      abdominal pain,
      Muscle pain, weakness, spasms, etc.

      Researchers at the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati showed that vitamin D levels were generally lower in those with muscle pain, which was completely eliminated in over 90 percent of subjects as their blood levels of vitamin D doubled.

      In a commentary on this study, dietician Gale Maleskey notes that people with low cholesterol poorly absorb fat- soluble vitamins, such as vitamin D.

      Why treat with statins when we know adequate vitamin D helps reduce risk of certain cancers, cognitive decline, type 2 diabetes, narrowing of arteries in type 2 diabetes patients, congestive heart failure, and death from heart disease.

      Low vitamin D levels result in these four metabolic syndrome signs:

      Lower HDL cholesterol levels
      Higher triglyceride levels
      Greater abdominal fat
      Greater body mass index

      Of all the drawbacks of statin use: the potential to rob the body of vitamin D may turn out to be the very worst.


      † St. John's Wort

      Well, St Johns Wort is a better antidepressant than prescription drugs, and now it is found to be effective against the cancer, glioma, a deadly type of brain tumor.

      Researchers at the University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute used hypericin (St Johns Wort's active component) on patients with recurrent or progressive malignant gliomas that had resisted conventional therapy of radiation and chemo and found that hypericin had definite antitumor effects, stabilizing tumors and even decreasing their size.


      † Stress

      Stress is a killer. High stress levels really can TAKE your LIFE, especially if your body is undernourished, under exercised, under exposed to sunlight, not getting proper rest and you have insufficient love in your life.

      The classic definition of stress is "any real or imagined threat, and your body's response to it." Celebrations and tragedies can cause stress responses in your body.

      Some stress is unavoidable. Some mild forms of stress can even be helpful.

      But a stressor becomes a problem when:

      Your response to it is negative.

      Your feelings and emotions are inappropriate for the circumstances.

      Your response lasts an excessively long time.

      You are feeling continuously overwhelmed, overpowered or overworked.

      All your feelings create physiological changes. Your skin, heart rate, digestion, joints, muscle energy levels, the hair on your head, and countless cells and systems you don't even know about, change with every emotion.

      Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about stress:
      "The long-term activation of the stress-response system -- and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones -- can disrupt almost all your body's processes."

      When You're Stressed

      Dr. Mercola February 06 2010

      1. Calm down. Close your eyes and take a deep breath.

      2. Feed your mind with positive thoughts. Read spiritual texts, motivational books, inspiring quotes or listen to positive tapes.

      3. Remember good things. Remember the good people around you.

      4. Look at the big picture--an event that seems bad might not seem bad if you look at the big picture. Put the event in context.

      5. Believe that everything will be all right. If you believe that everything will be all right, you will have a winning attitude.

      6. Exercise. Exercise relieves the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

      7. Forgive. Perhaps you had made mistakes in the past and you blamed yourself. You need to forgive yourself. If someone mistreated you, forgive him.

      8. Take action. Instead of pitying yourself, think of what you can do to solve the problem and take action.

      9. Say something positive. Negative words have devastating effects on your confidence and motivation. So whenever you're about to say something negative, stop yourself and take a deep breath. Reframe what you're going to say and make it positive.

      10. Think about other people. One of the best ways to make yourself feel better is simply by taking the focus away from yourself. How you can help others. When you do that, your problems will no longer seem so overwhelming.


      Esther Sternberg, M.D., describes the way deep breathing relieves stress.

      Under stress the body releases specific chemicals and hormones in your brain, which help you protect yourself on sensing danger. But those chemicals and hormones remaining in the brain at high levels impair your immune system.

      Slow, deep breaths through deep abdominal breathing alleviates stress by stimulating the vagus nerve, which is the main nerve of the relaxation response, activating an important chemical compound called acetylcholine. The vagus uses this neurotransmitter to relax your body and reduce inflammation. And recent research has shown that the vagus nerve also stimulates stem cells to repair brain tissue damaged by inflammation. Well...! OK.

      Stress leads to Adrenal Exhaustion


      † Sugar

      How sweet it is, but sugar plays a huge part in our overall poor health; it's trouble if you want to lose weight and feel good.

      For years evidence has pointed to dead carbohydrates as the primary cause of our health crisis, diabetes and heart disease, and sugar is the worst offender, and sugar for the most part will fuel the growth of cancer. Fructose is selectively shunted towards the liver, and turned into fat. From 1975 to 1990, fructose consumption from corn sweeteners increased tenfold -- and our health, as you already know, worsened.

      A high sugary diet can set you up for kidney stones, since sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body by interfering with calcium and magnesium absorption.

      Too much SUGAR leads to premature aging.

      Much of the sugary food eaten turns into glucose (SUGAR) in your body much too fast to be used properly.

      Too much glucose damages cells, blood vessels, nerves and brain. The brain loves Glucose—you become addicted to it. Crave it.

      More to the sour side of sugar.

      Mercola Sugar Article


      † Sun, Sunblock, Sunscreen

      "Look, I don't know if I believe in this whole 'natural thing' or not."

      If you don't "believe in this whole natural thing," slathering synthetic chemicals on your skin every morning makes perfect sense.

      You and I know hiding from the sun is a foolproof plan for reducing vitamin D levels, which will increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and cognitive decline.

      The sun is good for you. Think about it. How could it be any other way? sun

      Without sun there would be no life whatsoever on Earth.

      Without the sun's rays you are depriving yourself of the solar nourishment you were meant to have.

      Avoid sunburn, sure. You already know how to protect yourself from sunburn. Ensure a balanced amount of essential fatty acids, increase the amount of raw vegetables along with skin protecting fruits loaded with antioxidant phytonutrients, and avoid processed and sugar-laden foods and drinks.

      You are distracted and overwhelmed by ignorant voices on TV and the web shouting at you. Most people listen to the ads for suntan lotion and the bad advice to stay out of the sun. People love those flavor enhanced processed snack pacs of dead foods advertised.

      If the sun was REALLY causing skin cancer, and if sunscreen prevented it, we'd be cancer-free right now; we are already spending less time outside than ever, and wasting billions of dollars a year on needless, dangerous creams and lotions.

      It is exactly that advice about sunblock and staying out of the sun that is causing skin cancer.

      Sunscreen

      Dr. David Williams implicates sunscreen as a cause of cancer in that it blocks the production of melanin, the skin's own protection against harmful rays. Plus there are carcinogenic chemicals in many sunscreens, Dr. Williams says:

      Five chemicals commonly used in sunscreens have been found to behave like estrogen and stimulate tumor-growth and the spread of cancer cells.

      We know that sunlight is responsible not only for the production of vitamin D but also for the regulation of serotonin and melatonin by the pituitary and pineal glands, stimulated by the light through the eyes.

      Sunlight is also necessary for the hypothalamus gland, located in the center of the chest and responsible for regulating important parts of the brain and bodily functions, including hunger, thirst and temperature control. Caused by inadequate sunlight, numerous ailments can be traced to the poor functioning of the hypothalamus and other related organs and glands.

      Sunlight has been called a "life-supporting nutrient." In ancient times, the prescription of sunlight for ailments was called "heliotherapy;" today it's termed "phototherapy."

      Dr. Mercola: "In moderation, sunlight improves immunity, prevents disease, increases intelligence, stimulates our metabolism, and boosts our energy levels." Dr. Mercola finds sunlight so necessary he states that "most of us suffer from 'sunlight starvation."

      He recommends "one hour of unfiltered sunlight each day." But! Sunlight through windows is actually bad for you.

      Most offices have not invested in artificial full-spectrum lighting, even though such lighting would decrease illness and absenteeism, and increase positivity, efficiency and productivity among employees. Schools, too, where children sit all day long under fluorescent lights, which destroy "visual purple" (rhodopsin), leading to night blindness as well as other eye problems. Visual purple is produced from vitamin A, so children who are under non-full-spectrum fluorescent lighting should be monitored for adequate vitamin A.

      Concerning standard fluorescent lighting, Andrew Weil, MD, says that it causes "fatigue, irritability, and hyperactivity, especially in schoolchildren."

      The New Sun Blocks (There will always be new versions, for advertising purposes)

      Don't be fooled -- sunscreen is a first-degree health hazard, and that all-natural junk that's all the rage this summer might be the most dangerous of all.

      The fancy ingredients like "green tea extract" and "sweet almond oil" in these pricey new goos form a screen of their own -- and hiding behind it are two of the most frightening members of the 'nanotech' rogue's gallery: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

      NOBODY knows how safe nanotechnology is, and what little is known is terrifying.

      One new study finds that nano particles of zinc oxide could be deadly if accidentally swallowed. The study, published in Chemical Research in Toxicology, found that nanotized zinc oxide killed human gut cells. Don't experiment with this new stuff.

      And what happens when all those nano-particles are suddenly polluting the lakes, rivers, streams and oceans?

      Don't be a fool -- sunscreen products exist on the basis of the absurd lie that you need to fear the life-giving rays of the sun. Be wise!

      Don't be afraid to go out in the sunny outdoors -- just pack a little common sense instead of sunblock. Bask in the all-natural daylight. Get your body to make its own vitamin D and then go inside -- or at least look for a shade tree -- before you burn.

      ******

      Sunlight or artificial full-spectrum lighting can be used as a treatment or preventive for the following conditions:

      acne, bone diseases, tooth decay
      breast cancer, colon cancer prostate cancer
      flu, colds, diabetes
      eye strain and disease, vision problems
      heart disease
      immune system deficiency
      jet lag, mental illness, mood disorders
      obesity/overweight
      pituitary gland disorders
      SAD seasonal affective disorder, sleep disorders
      

      Parents can help regulate their newborn's sleep patterns by exposing the child's eyes and forehead to an hour of sunlight between 8 A.M. and noon every day. Sunlight filtered through the eyes and skin stimulates the regulation of the pineal and pituitary glands, which produce melatonin and serotonin, hormones responsible for proper sleeping and waking patterns. It may take several months for the particularly fussy baby to fall into a "normal" sleep pattern, with a daily routine of taking a walk in the morning sunshine, but it is well worth it, as it will help normalize the child's sleep patterns for life.

      Understand. Regular sun exposure is absolutely essential for your health.

      Sun and Drugs Don't Mix

      If you must take medication that causes photosensitivity, plan ahead by using wide-brimmed hats as well as clothing that covers you. For small affected areas, try applying fresh aloe. Or rub pure essential oil of lavender on it to relieve the pain and speed healing. Or make a cool compress with a few drops of lavender oil in it, or a compress of baking soda to help take the sting out of the sunburn.

      Photosensitive reactions are unpredictable. Some people get severe sunburns and brown splotches in their skin, others get a red tender rash, hives, or other types of inflammation, others might experience no reaction. Some reactions leave scars.

      Here are some common offending drugs:

      Antibiotics: Sulfa drugs, tetracycline, doxycycline, ciprofloxacin and nitrofurantoin

      Antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds: Elavil, Norpramin, Sinequan, Effexor, Zoloft, Remeron and Xanax

      Accutane and Retin A used for skin conditions

      Allergy meds: Zyrtec, Benadryl, Claritin

      Blood pressure pills: Capoten, Vasotec, Accupril, Altace, diltiazem, nifedipine

      Diabetic drugs: Glipizide, glyburide, tolbutamide, glimepiride

      Birth control pills or menopausal drugs

      Statin cholesterol drugs: Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor

      Diuretics: HCTZ or furosemide

      Anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs: Ibuprofen, naproxen and prescribed agents

      Ghastly stuff, all those drugs!

      You are my sunshine

      I'm Hopeful

      Cancer Research UK, the National Osteoporosis Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the British Association of Dermatologists, Diabetes UK, the National Heart Forum and the Primary Care Dermatology Society, the seven leading health groups in the UK, have made a "definitive statement" about sun and sunblock. It reverses decades of ignorant opposition to sunlight exposure. It admits that sunlight exposure is good for you and that people should seek to expose themselves to the sun, without sunscreen to get more natural vitamin D.

      They no longer say sunlight is bad for you. Not bad for money grubbing eletes.


      † SuperBug

      Sharon Kirkey, CanWest News Service Published: Wed Oct 17, 2007
      OTTAWA - A new superbug that causes acute ear infections in children has shown to be resistant to all antibiotics approved for use on young people.

      The highly drug-resistant streptococcus pneumoniae requires aggressive therapy, either surgery or an antibiotic that has caused joint damage in young animals and is not approved for children.

      Streptococcus pneumoniae is the leading cause of meningitis and blood infections in children. A stop gap was approved in 2000 with Prevnar, a vaccine that protects against infections by only about 25 per cent.

      A new supergerm, called 19A, has adapted and is resistent to all 18 approved antibiotics for childhood ear infections.

      A gene dubbed the New Delhi metallo-s-lactamase 1 gene, NDM-1, for short enables bacteria to resist almost any, and, perhaps, all antibiotics.

      The problems arose from the overuse of antibiotics for coughs and colds, but it really stems from antibiotics, don't you think so? But don't worry, big Pharma, they are doing well, thank you. And the doctors who prescribe and prescribe are getting a free ride.

      A KILLER BUG stalking seniors!

      Bug bred in hospitals, antibiotic-resistant and deadly to older people, 225,000 in the U.S. at last count, and no one's got a cure!

      Man-made Threats Reach Everybody

      It is projected that detectable levels of dozens of long-lasting synthetic chemicals, such as DDT, plasticizers, dioxins, benzene-related solvents are now in tissues of all living things on earth.

      Over 300 known harmful substances can now be found in most blood samples.

      Factory animal farms are breeding grounds for drug-resistant bacteria which are then passed on to humans through the meat. Those factory farm animals are routinely injected with antibiotics and vaccines, causing serious imbalances in their own intestinal flora and immune function. This makes them the perfect hosts for breeding drug-resistant superbugs such as S. aureus, a particularly nasty strain that is often fatal to humans.

      You Can Do This

      Instead of feeling helpless when the Big Medicine drugs are shown to be dangerous, take natural preventive measures and treatments such as Manuka honey and probiotics. Honey with its naturally occurring enzyme known as glucose oxidase is not conducive to the growth of bacteria, fungi or viruses. "Antibiotics are indiscriminate killers. When taken, antibiotics kill all bacteria, both good and bad." "For reasons that are currently unknown, Manuka Honey does not effect good bacteria in the body and only destroys harmful, infectious bacteria. This is something that pharmaceuticals have not been able to accomplish." amazing health benefits that come with a daily dose of extracts from this remarkable plant.

      † Super Foods

      Sea Buckthorn

      Why superfood? Its berries have 10-times more vitamin C than oranges, 3-times more vitamin A than carrots, almost as much vitamin E as wheat germ, and have loads of powerful antioxidant enzymes?

      Scientists are impressed by the nutrients packed in the sea buckthorn berries: vitamins D and K, B vitamins, carotenoids, tocopherols, folate, minerals, flavonoids, phenols, and amino acids. And, this is the only plant known to contain omega-3, 6, 7, and 9.

      Omega-7 is very rare. Researchers believe that it may act to signal your body to stop storing unnecessary fat.

      In an experiment where two mice were overfed the same diets. But one of the mice also received sea buckthorn daily, and this one ended up about one-third the size of the other one.

      More benefits from eating sea buckthorn berries:

      • Digestion: Relieves constipation by restoring natural mucus that lines the intestines -- may also help heal gastric ulcers and treat parasitic infections.
      • Wounds: The essential fatty acids promote skin regeneration that aids in healing of burns and skin grafts.
      • Inflammation reduction: Growth of inflammation-causing bacteria is reduced.
      • Other benefits include liver support, skin moisturizer, pain relief, support of respiratory function, and control of tumor growth.

      Carotenoid called astaxanthin

      Astaxanthin has emerged as a top "supernutrient;" it's the focus of a growing number of peer-reviewed scientific studies.

      It enhances athletic performance, is more potent than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene and lutein. It exhibits STRONG free radical scavenging ability to protect your cells, organs and body tissues from oxidative damage.

      Other astaxanthin health benefits include improving cardiovascular health, stabilizing blood sugar, boosting your immune system, fighting cancer, reducing inflammation, improving eye health—and even helping protect you from sunburn.

      Avoid synthetic astaxanthin; it's made from petrochemicals and your body really can't make good use of it.

      See item Astaxanthin under As

      Coconut oil and coconut

      Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called “The Tree of Life.” And it's a great anti-fungal treatment; can be used as a skin moisturizer; and can treat seizures!

      Very close to a perfect food.

      How to use it? Substitute it in most recipes calling for oil; in your smoothie or protein powder drink; and straight from the spoon.


      † Supplements

      These days, getting good nourishing food is very difficult. Selenium for example is harder and harder to get from the diet. That makes taking selenium supplements necessary for almost everyone. And like selenium, other minerals come from the soil. But big farm operators use strong chemical fertilizers and other commercial farming practices which eliminate these minerals from the crops, making it hard for you to get proper nourishment from food.

      Not all supplements are created equal. Useless, unworthy supplements: synthetic alternatives to whole foods known as isolates, vitamin C for example, bear little resemblance to the vitamin found in good whole foods. Isolating nutrients and delivering them in an unnatural form changes your body's response to them and can upset its natural balance, causing harm.

      The information they leave off the packaging. No vitamin manufacturer is going to tell you all their faults. And you're not going to read anything like this on their labels:

      • Our ingredients are NOT natural or organic.
      • Our products have not been tested for purity and potency or proficiency.

      Finding a supplement you can trust can be difficult.

      Supplements come in Several categories:

      • chemical/synthetic: these are dangerous.
      • isolates from food: these are money wasted, useless.
      • natural with cofactors: these are beneficial.

      We are designed to absorb nutrients directly from living whole food. For us raw fruits / vegetables / herbs / meats containing living, and life-giving, properties can't be bettered by man-made junk.

      Include a variety of good foods in your diet, such as: blueberries, green tea, spices, pomegranates, walnuts, almonds, raw garlic, sprouts, sea vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, etc., organic where possible, and 80% of it raw. And drink unfluorinated water. Leave out all sugars from your diet, and avoid chemicals in food and in household and personal care products.


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      The "T" Items

      † Tea

      Tea is made from the plant, Camellia sinensis, prepared and cured in various ways.

      Green tea is made of the leaves of Camellia sinensis with minimal oxidation during processing.

      Green tea drinkers can lower distress and stress by just thinking about these very healthy benefits:

      • Green tea has been shown to curb some cancers
      • Green tea helps control blood pressure
      • Green tea may reduce brain plaques typical of Alzheimer's patients

      EGCG (a catechin) is the component of green tea that makes it's many benefits possible. A word of caution: Too much EGCG may lower folate levels. Folate has been shown to help keep cognitive function sharp, ease depression, and reduce the risk of stroke and breast cancer.

      Pregnant women and heart patients need to keep folate levels high.

      Dietary sources (the best kind) of folate include citrus fruits, tomatoes, leafy green vegetables, avocados, bananas, asparagus, whole grains, chicken liver, lentils, and pinto, navy, and kidney beans.


      † Tinnitus

      A high protein, nutrient dense diet of fresh raw fruits and vegetables, coconut, olive oil, grass-fed meat, free range eggs, avocados, nuts/seeds, and non-starchy vegetables help fight tinnitus.

      Choose fruits which are mostly low-sugar and rich in anti-oxidants. Examples include berries, lemons/limes, & grapefruits.

      Foods that will aggravate tinnitus are saturated fats, dairy products, sugar, processed foods, and fast foods. Avoid coffee, sweets, and alcohol, as these foods can result in low blood sugar.

      These reduce inflammation, enhance circulation to fight tinnitus:

      vitamin E,  zinc
      choline,  EPA
      DHA,  GLA
      ginko biloba 
      Melatonin
      

      † Tofu

      Enjoy tofu? Sorry, because tofu is an unfermented soy product, it is actually quite a harmful 'food'.

      Examples of healthful fermented soy products are :

      • Tempeh, a fermented soybean cake with a firm texture and nutty, mushroom-like flavor.
      • Miso, a fermented soybean paste with a salty, buttery texture (commonly used in miso soup).
      • Natto, fermented soybeans with a sticky texture and strong, cheese-like flavor.
      • Soy sauce, traditionally made by fermenting soybeans, salt and enzymes; when choosing soy sauce, be wary because many varieties on the market today are unhealthful, being made artificially using a chemical process.

      † Trans Fats

      Trans fats are formed when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil in order to make it solid. This is hydrogenation, it makes fats less likely to spoil, so foods stay fresh longer, have a longer shelf life and have a less greasy appearance.

      Typically, what's good for food manufacturers' profits is not so good for your body, and could kill you. Among women with underlying coronary heart disease, eating trans fats increased the risk of sudden cardiac arrest three-fold!

      Avoid these fats like the plague. The Institute of Medicine said your intake should be "as low as possible." They were given the opportunity to establish a safe upper limit, but declined doing so because, quite simply, there isn't one!

      Trans fats have been linked to:

      1. Cancer: They interfere with enzymes your body uses to fight cancer.
      2. Diabetes: They interfere with the insulin receptors in your cell membranes.
      3. Decreased immune function: They reduce your immune response.
      4. Problems with reproduction: They interfere with enzymes needed to produce sex hormones.
      5. Obesity
      6. Heart disease: Trans fats can cause major clogging of your arteries.
      7. Trans fat is also known to increase blood levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, while lowering levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol.
      8. Trans fats interfere with the body's use of beneficial omega-3 fats, and have been linked to an increase in asthma.

      † Turmeric

      Tumeric provides you with these whole-person benefits:

      Supports healthy joints; Promotes radiant skin; Helps improve digestion.

      Stories suggest usage dates back 10,000 years in India when they say Lord Rama walked the earth. And the ancient Polynesians carried turmeric with them on their incredible voyage across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. Today, Hawaiians still use this spice -- known to them as Olena.

      While in China, Marco Polo in 1280 AD recorded information on turmeric in his diary: "There is also a vegetable which has all the properties of true saffron, as well the smell and the color, and yet it is not really saffron." So, turmeric has been used as a substitute for saffron (an old world spice) in Europe for over 700 years.

      A healthful ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which gives turmeric its yellow color.

      Curcumin can benefit you by:

      • Supporting the immune system against stress.
      • Keeping digestive system healthy.
      • Keeping bones, joints, and overall skeletal system healthy.
      • Controling cholesterol.
      • keeping blood and liver functions healthy.

      Curcuminoids deliver antioxidants that may be 5 to 8 times stronger than vitamin E, and stronger than vitamin C

      They are 3 times more powerful than grape seed or pine bark extract and strong enough to scavenge the hydroxyl radical, considered by many to be the most reactive of all oxidants.

      Turmeric Enhances Your Looks

      Turmeric can keep the skin healthy.

      Supports blood and liver functions, healthy joints, and well-being, which in turn helps promote a healthy skin.

      Turmeric has been 'skin food' for thousands of years in Indian and other cultures.

      Turmeric can assist your cells in three ways:

      Helps neutralize substances that cause cellular stress.

      Maintains your cells' integrity when attacked by environmental stressors.

      Provides the antioxidants needed toprotect the cells against excessive oxidation and free radicals.

      Turmeric acts as an adaptogen -- helps to support the body against stress, providing immune system support.

      Curcumin has been found to inhibit Cancer:

      Inhibits the proliferation of tumor cells 
      Inhibits the transformation of cells to tumor 
      Destroys mutated cancer cells 
      Decreases inflammation 
      Enhances liver function 
      Inhibits the synthesis of a tumor forming protein
      Prevents the development of blood vessels necessary for cancer growth.

      † Tylenol, Acetaminophen

      It's very easy to overdose on acetaminophen, and thereby cause serious liver damage or liver failure, especially if you take Tylenol PM, Excedrin PM or other acetaminophen-containing sleep aids on a regular basis. And at least 775 serious side effects are reported, including 30 deaths, associated with Tylenol and other over-the-counter drugs recalled by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil.

      In May 2010, McNeil issued a separate recall for 50 children's versions of its over-the-counter pain, allergy, cold and cough drugs due to severe concerns over their safety and quality.

      The NUMBER ONE cause of acute liver failure in the US is taking too much acetaminophen, found in the many over-the-counter and prescription products containing this drug.

      If you have a headache, cold or feel achy, making it difficult for you to sleep, you may take one or more acetaminophen containing products to relieve your pain and other symptoms, and then take another dose to help you sleep, not realizing that compounding doses of acetaminophen can be extremely dangerous, even deadly.

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      The "U" Items

      † Ulcers, Stomach Ulcers

      The helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria is the culprit causing both gastric and duodenal ulcers. H. pylori may be transmitted from one person to another. Also known as peptic ulcers, stomach ulcers are caused by the destruction of the lining of the stomach by hydrochloric acid present in the digestive juices of the stomach.

      Natural remedies for stomach ulcers:

      One home remedy for ulcers is eating raw cabbage or drinking fresh cabbage juice mixed with fresh carrot juice. Drink half a cup before each meal and before bedtime. Works in a matter of a few weeks.

      Three bananas a day support greater mucus production in the stomach, helping to build a barrier between digestive acids and the lining of the stomach.

      Slippery elm bark, taken in powdered form, soothes the mucus membranes that line the stomach and duodenum. Herbalists recommend taking a teaspoon of powdered slippery elm bark in a cup of warm water, three times a day.

      Raw honey soothes, heals, and reduces inflammation of the lining of the stomach.

      Additional recommendations for ulcer remedies in Tony Isaacs' article Heal and Soothe Stomach Ulcers without Mainstream Drugs


      † Vaccinations, Vaccines

      "I have no doubt that vaccination is an unscientific abomination and should be made a criminal practice." George Bernard Shaw

      A new scientific review of peer-reviewed, published theories show possible connections between vaccines and autism. The author of the review, Helen Ratajczak, reviewed the complete body of published science since autism was first described in 1943.

      Numerous cases of autism were caused by encephalitis following vaccination. Ratajczak also discusses many other potential vaccine-related culprits, including the increasing number of vaccines given in a short period of time.

      According to CBS news: "Ratajczak also looked at human DNA contained in vaccines... she discusses the increase in autism incidences corresponding with the introduction of human DNA to MMR vaccine, and suggests the two could be linked. Ratajczak also says an additional increased spike in autism occurred in 1995 when chicken pox vaccine was grown in human fetal tissue."

      Vaccinations kill children. The United States requires infants to receive 26 vaccinations -- more than any other country -- more than six U.S. infants die per every 1000 births. By contrast, Sweden and Japan administer 12 vaccinations to infants, the fewest, and report less than three deaths per 1000 live births.

      29-Aug-2011 The U.S. Institute of Medicine is suddenly in the news following the release of its vaccine "adverse events" research which found that MMR vaccines actually cause measles, seizures and anaphylactic shock.

      You might not want to believe this: Drug maker Genzyme produces medicines to treat kidney disease caused by flu vaccines. Genzyme is a supporter/booster of vaccination programs. Look at it from their side: the more vaccines are injected into people, the more kidney disease drugs can be sold by Genzyme. It's good for the economy.

      National Vaccine Information Center lists the possible side effects of one DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine, called Tripedia: fever, irritability, fussiness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, and swelling/tenderness at the injection site.

      Other Serious Adverse Events: Hypotonic/hyporesponsive (collapse) episode; persistent crying for 3 or more hours; febrile and afebrile convulsions (seizures); deaths attributed to SIDS; enteritis; Leigh Syndrome; adrenogenital syndrome; nodule/formation of abscess at site of injection; anaphylactic reaction that can include hives, swelling of mouth, difficulty breathing, and hypotension or shock; arthus-type hypersensitivity reaction; peripheral mononeuropathy and cranial mononeuropathy; brachial neuritis; Guillain-Barre syndrome and demyelinating disease.

      After licensure (post-marketing), adverse event reports include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura; SIDS, anaphylactic reaction; cellulitis; autism; convulsion/grand mal convulsion; encephalopathy; hypotonia; neuropathy; somnolence and apnea.

      In the diseases themselves, these are all non-existent or at best extremely rare complications.

      In 2000 a study found thimerosal in vaccines appeared to be responsible for a dramatic increase in autism and other neurological disorders in children. The U.S. government had clung to their own claim that vaccines do not cause autism, until 2008 when they made an unprecedented admission and conceded that vaccines, including some with thimerosal, "significantly aggravated" and caused autistic symptoms. A new study has shown that giving Hepatitis B vaccine to newborn baby boys more than triples their risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder. News: 83 percent of brain injury vaccine compensation payouts were for autism caused by vaccines. The federal government has been publicly denying any link between autism and vaccines for over two decades, while it has quietly been paying out damages for vaccine injury to children with autism, a study released May 10th shows [2011].

      December 30th, 2010 article in TopNews quoted a leading immunologist, Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, trashing flu shots. He said the mercury and aluminum in vaccines increases chances of neurological disorders that can inflict a lifetime of disability and pain and furthermore flu shots were not effective to begin with, and certainly not worth receiving considering the risks from weakening one`s immune system. Fudenberg also indicated that the massive campaign urging everyone to get flu shots was financially inspired to cover thousands of rejected swine flu shots. A lengthy list of toxins, including mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum, squalene and others are used in vaccines, as well as various live attenuated viruses, which are dangerous.

      See vaccine safety web siteNational Vaccine Information Center

      According to Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD:
      "Giving too many vaccines over too short a time to infants whose nervous system is not yet fully developed can trigger autism and its spectrum of disorders." The current U.S. immunization schedule calls for children to get 48 doses of 14 vaccines by the time they're just 6 years old. By age 18, federal public health officials say they should have gotten a total of 69 doses of 16 vaccines from day of birth to age 18. So, now there has been an explosion of neurological and immune system disorders in American children.

      And, according to Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D., a board-certified neurosurgeon and author, multiple vaccines given close together over-stimulate your brain's immune system and, via the mechanism of "bystander injury," destroy brain cells.

      Beyond that, components added to vaccines can cause further damage when vaccines are given close together. For instance, when you or your child is injected with a vaccine, the aluminum compounds it contains accumulate not only at the site of injection but travel to your brain and accumulate there. In your brain, aluminum enters neurons and glial cells (astrocytes and microglia).

      The next vaccine then acts to trigger the enhanced inflammatory reaction and release of the excitotoxins, glutamate and quinolinic acid, Dr. Blaylock points out.

      If you come down with an infection, are exposed to more toxins (or more vaccines), or have a stroke or head injury of any kind, this will magnify the inflammatory reaction occurring in your brain due to the original vaccines. Research has shown that the more your immune system remains activated, the more likely it is you'll suffer from a neuro degenerative disease.

      ***

      Research ongoing in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, suggests that people who have received seasonal flu shots one year may be at greater risk of catching H1N1 flu next year.

      Emerging evidence suggests an association between prior seasonal flu vaccination and getting the H1N1 flu.

      ***

      Forget about flu vaccinations, let your body immunize itself.

      When you skip the flu shot, and boost your vitamin D and nutritional intake, you will build your own antibodies against the infection.

      Get healthy, get out there, and stop worrying about exposing yourself to the flu. If your immune system is functioning well, your body will build its own antibodies, and you won't even know it! You will have what's called a "symptomless infection" and won't even know your body successfully fought off the viral invader.

      So much better -- you are exposed to the real viral strain in the wild (and not some weakened strain in a flu vaccine shot full of extremely harmful substances like mercury -- your body will maintain lifetime immunity to the flu virus, which presumably is the goal of immunization (or, seriously, is it money-making?)

      Fifty years ago, when the immunization schedule contained only four vaccines (for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and smallpox), autism was virtually unknown. It was first discovered in 1943 and afflicted less than 1 in 10,000 children.

      Today, one in every 68 American families has an autistic child. Other, less severe developmental disorders, rarely seen before the vaccine era, have also reached epidemic proportions. Four million American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). One in six children are now classified as "Learning Disabled."

      Our children are also experiencing an epidemic of autoimmune disorders: Type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and bowel disorders. There has been a 17-fold increase in Type I diabetes, from 1 in 7,100 children in the 1950s to 1 in 400 now. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis afflicts 300,000 American children. Twenty-five years ago, this disease was so rare that public health officials did not keep any statistics on it. There has been a four-fold increase in asthma, and bowel disorders in children are much more common now than they were 50 years ago.

      More good information on vaccinations

      Mother's Dilemma

      Many mothers may feel that vaccinations are beneficial, and without them, they or their baby might suffer harm. Nothing could be further from the truth.

      Vaccines contain mercury which even in low concentrations, impairs energy production, neurotubule stability (neurotubules are essential to normal brain cell function), and activate free radical production in the brain, among other destructive things.

      Avoid all vaccinations while you are pregnant, and don't have your baby vaccinated.

      The brain has one of the highest metabolic rates of any organ, and impairment of its energy supply, especially during your baby's development, can have devastating consequences. A study by Dr. Thomas Verstraeten, representing the CDC at that time, looked at data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink and found a significant correlation between thimerosal (49.6% mercury by weight) exposure in vaccines and several neuro-developmental disorders including tics, speech delays, and possibly even ADD.

      Despite the damning evidence that vaccines contained a potent neurotoxin, and despite recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and others that thimerosal be removed, five years after the Verstraeten study, in 2004, the CDC still insisted that there was no scientific evidence of harm from exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines.

      Currently, California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New York, and Washington ban thimerosal in vaccines.

      A pharmacist said that, if they force flu shots on your children, make sure to take vitamin D3 right before and right after it, and that would help them from getting sick from the flu shot. Love those health professionals!

      Many physicians who are "anti-vaccinationists" started out in favor of vaccinating. As they observed the reactions in their patients and their own children, their enthusiasm for vaccines waned. They found those who were less vaccinated thrived and enjoyed far more vitality than those who were fully vaccinated. Thus they vaccinated less and less, despite the usual fear-mongering about infectious diseases.

      If you've got a large inventory of vaccines, there's only one place to start: Heap on the fear, and keep it coming.

      I hate to be the one to tell you this, but federal health officials are very disappointed with us. It seems that we're just not lining up in appropriately vast numbers to receive the 11 vaccines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for adults.

      Treatment for Toxic Vaccine Exposure from Dr. Mercola

      Place a cold compress on the site of the injection immediately after the injection and continue this as often as possible for at least two days. If symptoms of fever, irritability, fatigue or flu-like symptoms reoccur -- continue the cold compresses until they abate.

      Take krill oil as a source of animal based omega-3 fats.

      Curcumin, quercetin, ferulic acid and ellagic acid as a mixture -- the first two must be mixed with extravirgin olive in one teaspoon. Take the mix three times a day (500 mg of each)

      Vitamin E (natural form) 400 IU a day (high in gamma-E)

      Vitamin C 1000 mg four times a day

      Astaxanthin 4 mg a day

      Zinc 20 mg a day for one week then 5 mg a day

      Avoid all immune stimulating supplements (mushroom extracts, whey protein) except beta-glucan -- it has been shown to reduce inflammation, microglial activation and has a reduced risk of aggravating autoimmunity, while increasing antiviral cellular immunity.

      Take a multivitamin/mineral daily, one without iron

      Magnesium citrate/malate 500 mg of elemental magnesium two capsules three times a day

      Vitamin D3:
      All Children -- 5000 IU a day for two weeks after vaccine then 2000 IU a day thereafter
      Adults -- 20,000 IU a day after vaccine for two weeks then 10,000 IU a day.

      Take 500 mg to 1000 mg of calcium citrate a day for adults and 250 mg a day for children under age 12 years.

      Avoid all mercury-containing seafood

      Avoid omega-6 oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, canola and peanut oils)

      Prepare in a blender, parsley and celery and drink 8 ounces twice a day


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      † Varicose Veins

      Vitamin K levels are inadequate in people with varicose vein problems.

      The importance of vitamin K intake for circulatory health is well known. In his Nutrition & Healing newsletter, Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., has noted that supplementing with K may be a good idea when there's a family history of arteriosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries). Dr. Wright recommends 5 to 15 mg of vitamin K per day--considerably higher than the recommended daily allowance. But, getting this vitamin from food is better.

      Vitamin K intake comes in the form of K1, which is found in dark, leafy green vegetables; in broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, avocados, olive oil, whole wheat, butter, and green tea. Vitamin K1 is converted into K2 in the intestine, but we get some K2 directly from meat, liver, egg yolk, and fermented products such as yogurt, natto, and cheese.

      K1 (phylloquinone) found in green vegetables, and K2 (menaquinones: MK4 ~14) in fermented food (natto), meat. cheese, liver. Natto, a Japanese fermented soybean food contains good amounts of Vitamin K2, especially MK-7.

      The synthetic form of vitamin K -- known as K3 --causes liver toxicity in high doses and should be avoided and it interferes with coumadin (a blood thinner) used by arteriosclerosis patients.

      Inadequate levels of vitamin K may reduce the activity of the matrix GLA protein (MGP), which in turn has been identified as a key player in the development of varicosis, or varicose veins. Since vitamin K is required to activate MGP, it is believed that adequate dietary intake of vitamin K is a prerequisite for the prevention of varicose veins.


      † Vegetables and their Oils

      Vegetables are storehouses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients that help the body ward off and prevent disease.

      Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower have cancer prevention effects, also, blood levels of sulforaphane increase, which may prevent joint tissue destruction (arthritis).

      Caution, the dark side of vegetable oils: when they are heated, they form a compound called HNE, which attacks your arteries, nerves, and eye tissue just like sulfuric acid etches glass. It's been implicated in hardening of the arteries, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and liver disease, as well as ARMD, Age-Related Macular Degeneration.


      † Vegetarians

      Ex-vegetarians outnumber current vegetarians three to one. Three out of four vegetarians lapse, and most returned to meat because of declining health, logistical hassles, social stigmas, and meat cravings.


      † Vinegar, Apple Cider

      Apple cider vinegar has benefits for: arthritis, weight reduction, stomach upsets, indigestion, improving memory and helping us to live active, healthier lives.

      Apple cider vinegar helps to alkalise the body; it contains pectin, beta carotene, and potassium. It also assists in the development of healthy protein in the body and is full of enzymes and amino acids which are formed during the fermentation process.

      Recent research by Dr Yoshio Takino, of Shizuka University in Japan, has proven that vinegar helps to maintain good health and slows down aging by helping to prevent the formation of two fatty peroxides which are responsible for aging and ill health. Vinegar destroys free radicals which are a major factor in the aging and mutation of tissue, and vinegar helps to break down the cholesterol formations which build up on blood vessel walls as shown in Dr Takino's research.


      † Virus

      Your Best Defense Against Virus Infection

      A strong immune system is the best defense against viruses such as the Dengue fever virus, and every infectious illness encountered. Immune health depends on the good lifestyle choices made every day; this will support the body's own natural ability to defend itself against pathogens.

      Address each of the following:

      1. Ensure a diet rich in fresh, whole foods, with organic vegetables, pasture raised meats, organic eggs, and raw dairy
      2. Avoid sugar, chemicals and processed foods
      3. Get plenty of omega-3 fats; see the Nutrition Plan
      4. Optimize your Vitamin D level
      5. Exercise regularly
      6. Address your stress
      7. Get plenty of sleep
      8. Practice good hand washing

      † Vitamin B6

      B6, there are many dietary sources. The two best sources are bananas and chicken breast meat. Fish, red meat, beans, and a wide variety of other plant foods also contain B6.

      B6 plays a key role in many health issues, including immune function, hormone function, and cognitive function, as well as the prevention of heart disease, depression, kidney stones, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.


      † Vitamin B12

      Vitamin B-12 is often lacking in diets. It is crucial for nerve health and building red blood cells; also for energy production, supporting your immune system, helping your body use iron, and keeping bones healthy.

      Vitamin B12 is present only in animal sources of food--which is one of the reasons for not being a strict vegetarian. This deficiency can result in less than optimal nervous system function, a tendency toward nervousness, and less than optimal eye health.

      It is also needed for proper digestion, food absorption, carbohydrate and fat metabolism. It helps keep your nervous system healthy by assisting nerves function and communicate in an optimal manner.

      B12 aids cell formation and cellular longevity, and supports female reproductive health, and promotes normal nerve growth and development by maintaining the fatty sheaths, which play a vital role in covering and protecting nerve endings.

      This micronutrient is critical for healthy circulation and adrenal hormone production.

      Vitamin B12 supports a feeling of well-being and supports memory, mental clarity, and concentration.

      If You Experience Any of the Following

      • Tiredness and feelings of weakness.
      • Less-than-optimal nervous system functioning.
      • Less-than-optimal eye health.
      • Loss of appetite and unintended weight loss.
      • Occasional constipation and gas.
      • Feelings of mild moodiness.
      • Less-than-optimal memory.
      • A tendency toward nervousness.
      • Less-than-optimal balance.
      • Less-than-optimal liver or heart health.
      • Premature grey hair.
      • Occasional digestive issues.

      You may need to supplement with vitamin B12

      You can eat foods rich in B12: meat, poultry, lamb's liver, brewer's yeast, clams, eggs, herring, mackerel, kidneys, milk, dairy products, or seafood -- and still have low levels of B12.

      It could be because your body is unable to absorb it from your gut. You see B12 needs the help of a protein in order to be absorbed. That protein is called intrinsic factor. And because the lining of your stomach makes intrinsic factor, people with less-than-optimal gastrointestinal health often need to supplement with B12.

      Likewise, most people over the age of 50 have a limited ability to absorb B12, too.

      B12 needs other nutrients in order to be most effective.

      His recommendations: 
      Folate - 1.6 mg daily 
      Vitamin B6 - 100 mg daily 
      Magnesium - 400 to 500 mg daily 

      The best dietary sources of B12 are meat, fish and eggs, so vegetarians and vegans will definitely want to supplement. Folate and B6 are found in asparagus, lentils, chickpeas, most varieties of beans, and especially spinach and other leafy green vegetables. For magnesium eat plenty of avocados, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and (again) leafy green veggies.

      Do not use the cyanocobalamin form of the vitamin; throw them out!. What the makers don't tell you is that the vitamin is bound to toxic, poisonous cyanide that must then be removed from your body by your liver.

      To remove the cyanide molecule from your body requires using up so-called "methyl groups" of molecules that are better used to fight things like homocysteine which causes heart disease. By taking low-quality cyanobalamin, you're actually stealing methyl groups from your body and making it do more work at the biochemical level. This uses up substances such as glutathione that are often in short supply anyway, potentially worsening your overall health situation rather than helping it. This is one of the reasons why low grade vitamins may actually be worse for your body than taking nothing at all!

      Dr. Spreen recommends 1,000 micrograms of B12 daily, taken in sublingual form (dissolved under the tongue). And he notes that of the three B12 forms, methylcobalamin is by far the best.


      † Vitamin C

      They say vitamin C prevents cancer, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and others. The best vitamin C is found in fresh fruit and vegetables, so guess what you should do to prevent diseases?

      Vitamin C is toxic to most cancer cells and is non-toxic to normal cells. Vitamin C supports tissue repair whereas if you opt for radiation you get damaged tissues. Vitamin C supports the immune system whereas most chemotherapy depresses the immune system and people become more susceptible to other infections. Vitamin C helps the body to detoxify foreign chemicals which includes the breakdown products of dead cancer cells.

      A British Dental Association spokesman made this point about healthy gums and teeth for BBC News: "It reinforces the message that if you have enough vitamin C in your diet...promotes healing."

      Vitamin C-rich foods.

      These include citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits, as well as kiwi fruit, cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, cabbage, sweet red peppers, and broccoli. You must eat these foods fresh rather than canned, as canning destroys most of the vitamin C, and drastically reduces most of the other vitamins as well.

      Vitamin C supports vision health--a new study shows that cells in the retina of the eye need to be "bathed" in high doses of vitamin C in order to function.

      The retina is actually part of the central nervous system. Researchers believe that the retina's need for C is an important clue for brain health [an essential nutrient for brain function], "to a degree we had not realized before."



      † Vitamin D3

      An editorial in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published in 2007 "The urgent need to recommend an intake of vitamin D that is effective" was co-signed by nutritionists from around the world, including those from Mount Sinai Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women`s Hospital, Tufts University, University of Toronto, University of London, and the University of Helsinki."

      Your skin produces enough vitamin D from exposure to bright sun in a mere ten or fifteen minutes' exposure each day, but not everyone can sunbathe properly every day.

      For decades now, we were bombarded by a misinformation campaign by conventional medicine and the media that created an unreasonable fear of sunshine, to the point that most people avoid the sun -- or smear on sunblock that keeps out the beneficial wavelengths that can enable the skin to produce vitamin D in the skin.

      Using strong sunscreen can lead to vitamin D deficiency. In the case of Tyler Attrill, a 12-year-old girl whose condition came to light when she failed to recover properly from surgery, according to BBC News:

      "Tyler Attrill used factor 50 cream which, according to her consultant, [has] deprived her of the essential vitamin [D] and caused the bone disease, rickets."

      Vitamin D deficiencies are the real reason colds and flu run rampant in winter. Dr. John Cannell: "High doses of vitamin D can knock out colds and flu, and people who try my "sunshine vitamin cure" confirm it works."

      It works because Vitamin D boosts production of cathelicidin -- the "ammunition" for natural killer cells. Cathelicidin literally rips holes in microbes.

      Many thousands of years ago our naked African ancestors bathed in a constant solar rain of UVB radiation. And just as plants evolved to transform the sun's energy into food through photosynthesis, the human body developed the ability to drink in ultraviolet radiation through skin and convert it into something just as remarkable: a cellular communications network built from a cascade of cholesterol-like molecules we loosely clump together under the name Vitamin D. Ultraviolet light is an ancient signal your body uses to generate vitamin D, which controls the behaviour of cells, like a thermostat controls your furnace. D helps cells communicate with one another, polices transgressions to stay healthy.

      In the gut vitamin D helps intestines absorb calcium, preventing the bone-softening deformities of rickets, as well as the calcium-leaching effects of osteoporosis. And while rickets and osteoporosis represent the more obvious consequences of severe vitamin D deficiency, adequate amounts are also necessary to direct rogue killer cells not to turn on their host -- as they do in the case of autoimmune diseases such as MS and arthritis--as well as to order cells to differentiate or die instead of remaining immortal and replicating out of control, as in the case of cancer. "With insufficient vitamin D the cells in a particular tissue can't signal their adjacent partners, so there's going to be a higher risk of cancer.

      You may need to supplement daily with anywhere from 4,000-10,000 IU, or more, of vitamin D3. For more complete information on vitamin D, see: Vitamin D the wonder of it


      † Vitamin E

      Vitamin E helps to neutralize molecular particles called free radicals that are produced as a normal part of reactions that involve oxygen. Cell membranes are damaged by free radicals, and the cell dies. Or, if the damage occurs in the membranes inside a cell, the cell's genetic material is harmed.

      Many diseases, and aging, seem to be associated with free radical oxidative damage. Cancer may be started by free radical damage to a cell's genetic material. Heart disease may begin when free radicals oxidize LDL cholesterol, the artery-clogging kind of free-floating fat that doctors monitor most closely. In effect, the free radicals turn this fat rancid. In so doing, they initiate what is thought to be an early step in heart disease.
      Also, it seems that inflammation anywhere in the body -- joints, nerves, or connective tissues -- may well involve out-of-control free radical damage.

      There are eight forms of vitamin E -- four tocopherols and four tocotrienols.

      Researchers publishing in the Journal of Nutrition say vitamin E tocotrienols accumulate in adipose tissue, the brain, heart, and liver to help prevent obesity, dementia, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver.

      The alpha isomer of vitamin E crosses the blood-brain barrier at levels that has been shown to be protective and helps prevent the occurrence of stroke. The gamma form provides a protective shield to the heart muscle and can aid liver health by preventing fatty liver disease and liver cancer.

      Other research published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, scientists have demonstrated that the full spectrum of vitamin E tocotrienols has a powerful anti-aging effect as the vitamin is shown to extend the length of telomeres while preventing damage to DNA.

      Anything that naturally extends telomere length will slow the aging process and help prevent disease.

      Vitamin E with tocotrienols are found in nuts, seeds, spinach and leafy greens and certain oils such as wheat germ, sesame and olive oils, eggs, liver, broccoli, and peaches, but, our food supply is ever less nourishing, so sometimes vit. E supplementation is required.

      The two best sources for tocotrienols are palm oil and barley.

      Sources of vitamin E are

      Allan Spreen, M.D., recommends 400 IU of vitamin E daily of mixed tocopherols along with 200 micrograms of selenium.

      Vitamin E Fact Sheet


      † Vitamin K     

      Most people don't eat enough dark leafy green vegetables which contain the K vitamins. Collard greens, spinach, salad greens, kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are particularly good sources; get enough vitamin K to offer protection against the following health problems:

      • Prostate cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer and leukemia
      • Arterial calcification, cardiovascular disease and varicose veins
      • Osteoporosis
      • Dementia.
      • Your body needs vitamin K to make two proteins found in bone.
      • And to make several blood proteins involved in clotting.
      • Vitamin K helps prevent hardening of arteries keeping damaging calcium out of artery linings and other body tissues.
      • Inadequate vitamin K may result in reduced activity of the matrix GLA protein (MGP), and the development of varicosis, or varicose veins.

      Those with the highest intakes of vitamin K from their diet had a 20 percent lower risk of diabetes, according to the latest research from University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. Past studies have also shown vitamin K to help reduce the progression of insulin resistance. An indication of how important a healthful diet is to health and that drugs are unnecessary and hurtful.

      Dietary sources of K2 include meat, liver, egg yolk, and fermented products such as yogurt, natto, and cheese. (Vegetarians are at a huge risk for falling prey to health problems) In 2004, the Rotterdam Study showed that those who consumed 45 mcg of K2 daily lived seven years longer than those getting 12 mcg per day. And in its Prospect Study, 16,000 people were followed for 10 years and they found that each additional 10 mcg of K2 in the diet resulted in 9 percent fewer cardiac events, like stroke and heart attacks.

      K2 controls where calcium goes in our bodies. That is, it should go into our bones and blood, but not arteries or muscles. Without K2, we can end up with bone spurs, hardening of the arteries and age-related brain diseases like Alzheimer`s.

      The Cheese Factor

      Cheese, and especially cheese curd, is an excellent source of vitamin K2. The starter ferment for both regular cheese and curd cheese contains the bacteria lactococci, and proprionic acids bacteria which produce K2.

      100 grams of cheese daily, provides 45 mcg of vitamin K2, which cuts your risk for heart attack in half.

      Natto

      About 200 micrograms of K2 can be obtained by eating 15 grams (half an ounce) of natto daily.


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      † Water

      "It turns out that liquid crystalline water and sunlight are practically all we need for energy and life. Just add sunlight for energy and life," wrote Dr. Mae-Wan Ho.

      From The Edge of Day, Laurie Lee's water, when it was still real and drinkable:

      "You could pump it 
      in pure blue gulps 
      out of the ground; 
      you could swing 
      on the pump handle 
      and it came out sparkling 
      like liquid sky.
      And it broke and ran and shone 
      on the tiled floor, 
      or quivered in a jug,
      or weighted your clothes 
      with cold. 
      You could drink it, 
      draw with it, 
      froth it with soap, 
      swim beetles across it, 
      or fly it in bubbles in the air. 
      You could put your head in it, 
      and open your eyes, and see 
      the sides of the bucket buckle, 
      and hear your caught breath roar, 
      and work your mouth like a fish, 
      and smell the lime from the ground."

      Now, today, we have troubled waters, most public water supplies are loaded with hazardous contaminants, such as chlorine, fluoride, and pharmaceutical drugs, to name a few.

      Check your iodine status. By drinking fluoridated water, iodine, a key ingredient for your thyroid and other glands and tissues, is displaced


      Plain Water Can Halt an Allergy or Asthma Attack

      Your allergies or asthma may simply be your body's way of telling you it's thirsty!

      When you're dehydrated your body tries to compensate by releasing histamines, which constrict blood flow and reduce your need for water. But these same histamines also trigger asthma and allergies. And long-term dehydration makes your immune system react even more strongly.

      Drugs, pharmaceuticals of modern medicine, are the third leading cause of death in this country. And they are more than useless healthwise because most of the medication is used to cover up symptoms and signs and complications of dehydration in the human body.

      Some symptoms and signs displayed when the brain senses dehydration are fatigue first thing in the morning, anger, quick reaction, depression. These occur when the brain has very little energy from hydroelectricity to cope with information or take action. Then the body brings on its drought management program, including allergies, hypertension, diabetes, and also immune diseases.

      Asthma: The body managing its short water supply produces symptoms we call asthma.

      To conserve water the body has to plug the holes where water is lost from the body. Water is the most precious commodity in your body, and when more is lost than is coming in, it becomes a serious situation for your body.

      Every day we lose about a quart of water through breathing. We need to replenish that. When we don't replenish it, the body tightens up the bronchials and plugs up the holes and we call this reduced air flow, due to dehydration in the lungs, asthma.

      Jargon peddling is the way of commercial medicine. Sick-care systems survive and thrive on the jargon of health hucksters; people don't really understand the fear-inducing jargon.

      Children have asthma because they've been consuming more and more sodas, even three year olds have been consuming too much soda pop. They are getting dehydrated. Pop doesn't function the same way water does, and that is why drinkers of sodas get asthma. With good water their asthma will disappear very quickly, the breathing becoming normal. Drugstore inhalers are as bad as drugs.

      Joint pain, back pain, arthritis is caused by chronic dehydration : The human body has its emergency calls for water: heartburn, rheumatoid joint pain, back pain, migraine headaches, colitis pain, fibromyalgiac pain, even angina pain -- are signs of dehydration in the body.

      The mechanism is very simple -- when there isn't enough water to be distributed and certain parts of the body are working but not receiving enough water to deal with its toxic waste and metabolism, and the toxic waste builds up, the nerve endings in that area register the chemical environmental change in the brain. And the brain translates this information for the conscious mind in the form of pain.

      So the conscious mind gets the information that this area can't be used anymore-- insufficient water. Bad education has robbed us of the important information about water, so we think this pain and discomfort is a disease.

      Symptoms signal us: get the ingredients the body needs. And water brings many other essentials to the cells. When we are dehydrated, they are not delivered. So, we need hydration to get nutrition, and then the body can repair itself, the dis ease will be gone.

      When the body is short of water, and Drs. give it drugs, naturally the person will die, because the medication is silencing the many cries of the body for water.

      Time is of the essence; when, incrementally we become dehydrated, the prune-like cells begin to transform. Some of them become cancerous. Dehydration suppresses the immune system, directly or indirectly, and that's how most diseases occur, including cancer.

      Dehydration, among many things, can result in high fever. Then extra water should be ingested. In fact, insufficient water can make the cold or cough worse.

      Juice, tea and soup broth are also acceptable water forms. Hot beverages can be soothing to sore throat and can even help with decongestion. Also recommended for sore throats is gargling salt water.

      Of course, the pharmaceutical industry would be horrified to have the information about water become widespread.

      The water solution is totally anti-business, and we are not talking about a few hundred thousand dollars, we are talking about billions a year.

      Water is needed to:

      • Maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body.
      • Keep the bloodstream liquid letting blood flow in blood vessels.
      • Help eliminate the by-products of the body's metabolism, excess electrolytes, for example sodium and potassium, and the waste product urea formed in the processing of dietary protein.
      • Regulate body temperature through sweating.
      • Keep mucous membranes moist, such as those of the lungs and mouth.
      • Lubricate and cushion joints.
      • Aid digestion and prevent constipation.
      • Work as a moisturiser to improve the skin.
      • Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells.

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      † Watercress

      smilAgain, research indicates that good food is good for you: "Watercress prevents cancer."

      Cancer Research Centre, Southampton General Hospital's School of Medicine has found that watercress, a super good vegetable, works to reduce levels of the key growth factor that causes tumor growth.


      † Wheatgrass

      Wheatgrass juice and living foods are for detoxifying and healing the body, the mind and the spirit.

      Dr Ann Wigmore said, "a living food diet turns the body chemistry from acid to alkaline; and one gift of nature, chlorophyll, more closely approximates a miracle food than any other we've encountered."

      Chlorophyll is remarkably similar to our own blood that carries oxygen to the cells. Dr. Hagiwara, a Japanese science and health educator, is a leading advocate for the use of grass as food and medicine. He reasons that since chlorophyll is soluble in fat particles, and since fat particles are absorbed directly in to the blood via the lymphatic system, that chlorophyll can also be absorbed in this way. In other words, when the "blood" of plants is absorbed in humans, it is transformed into human blood, which transports nutrients to every cell of the body.

      Wheatgrass juice contains liquid oxygen. Oxygen is vital to many body processes: it stimulates digestion (the oxidation of food), clearer thinking (the brain utilizes 25 percent of the bodily oxygen supply), and protective oxygenation of the blood (a defence against anaerobic bacteria). Cancer cells cannot exist in the presence of oxygen.

      In The American Journal of Surgery (1940), Benjamin Cruskin. M.D. recommended chlorophyll: to clear up foul-smelling odours, neutralize strep infections, heal wounds, hasten skin grafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome chronic inner-ear inflammation and infections, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhoea in many cases.

      "Wheatgrass neutralizes toxic substances like cadmium, nicotine, strontium, mercury and polyvinyl chloride, increases red blood cell count, lowers blood pressure, cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract of debris. It stimulates metabolism and bodily enzyme systems in enriching the blood by increasing red blood cell count, and in dilating the blood pathways throughout the body, reducing blood pressure."

      The thyroid gland is also stimulated and normalized by the use of wheat grass juice – an important step toward the correction of obesity, indigestion and a host of other complaints.

      Its alkaline minerals help reduce overacidity in the blood. It can be used to relieve many internal pains. It has been used successfully to treat peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhoea, and other complaints of the gastrointestinal tract.

      The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect us from carcinogens like no other food or medicine can. It strengthens our cells, detoxifies the liver, bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.

      Recent studies show that wheatgrass juice has a powerful ability to fight tumours without the usual toxicity of drugs that also inhibit cell-destroying agents. The many active compounds found in grass juice can cleanse the blood and neutralize and digest toxins in our cells.

      The wheatgrass enzyme, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), lessens the effects of radiation and acts as an anti-inflammatory compound that may prevent cellular damage following heart attacks or exposure to irritants.


      † Whey Protein Powder

      Why whey protein?

      Good, natural whey protein powder helps boost energy and promotes muscle strength, and endurance; it's an excellent source of leucine for strong muscles.

      It helps insulin work more effectively, keeps blood sugar levels in the normal range and supports the immune system.

      The best whey protein comes from grass-fed, hormone-free ( rBGH hormone has been linked to cancer) cows as it has the amino acids and immuno-supportive nutrients; is rich in healthy fats – lipolic acid and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid).

      The whey must be cold processed to protect the nutrients, NOT heat processed. Heat makes the whey acidic spoiling it nutritionally.

      The best whey protein is from concentrate, NOT isolates. Protein isolates have nutritional cofactors stripped away and your body cannot assimilate proteins in isolated form.

      Good whey powder must not contain sugar, alcohols, glycerin, or gluten or high fructose corn syrup. It should contain medium chain triglycerides (MCT) like coconut oil, or add your own.

      Good whey powders have the naturally occurring, digestive resistant, maltodextrin to enhance flavor and provide other health benefits.

      Avoid powders containing soy-based lecithin, choose the sunflower-based lecithin.

      Completely avoid the use of synthetic chemicals – use only 100% natural and non-GMO ingredients.

      Dr. Mercola's Protein Powder Summary Chart

      Selection Criteria Mercola Pure Power Protein Miracle Whey™™

      ‘Other’ whey powders

      All-natural grass fed cows’ whey? Yes, Only uses whey from grass-fed cows. Yes, Only uses whey from grass-fed cows. Very few if any high-end protein powders use whey from grass-fed cows.
      Hormone-free cows used? Yes, Only whey from hormone-free cows goes into the protein powder. Yes, Only whey from hormone-free cows goes into the protein powder. Many protein powders use milk from the rBGH-injected hormone.
      Cold-processed? Yes, Heat processing is never used in producing this whey. Yes, Heat processing is never used in producing this whey. A good majority of whey is heat processed which can damage the nutrient content.
      Acid-free processing Yes, Producer adheres to acid-free processing only. No exceptions.Yes, Producer adheres to acid-free processing only. No exceptions. Many producers use cheaper acid/ion exchange processes in making whey.
      Whey protein concentrate? Yes, Only whey protein concentrate is ever used… never whey isolate. Yes, Only whey protein concentrate is ever used… never whey isolate. The majority of whey produced uses whey isolate which may impact the nutrient value.
      Free from toxic metals? Yes, Powder is free from risky levels of toxic metals. Yes, Powder is free from risky levels of toxic metals. Some protein powders may contain risky levels of heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic.
      Avoids soy lecithin Yes, Only natural GMO-free sunflower lecithin used. Yes, Only natural GMO-free sunflower lecithin used. Many manufacturers use the waste product, soy lecithin, in their protein formulas.
      Sweetened naturally? Yes, Good taste is important and this whey takes some extra steps in ensuring a balanced, natural delicious taste. Yes, This whey never uses artificial sweeteners. Many whey powders use synthetic, artificial sweeteners to cut costs.
      Delivers high biological value? Yes, The unique blend of whey, chia seeds, and probiotics yields a very high biological value. Yes, This whey protein delivers a high biological value but not as much so as Mercola Pure Power Delivering high biological value is at best suspect in whey powders not using all-natural ingredients.
      Easy to digest? Yes, Contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which aid digestion. Uses coconut MCTs to further enhance digestion and replenish muscle energy. Yes, Contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which aid digestion. Most whey protein powders incorporate long-chain fatty acids which are harder to digest.
      Includes generous, measurable fiber content? Yes, With the use of chia seeds, dietary fiber content is [7g] per serving. Yes, Fiber content is 3g per serving from digestive resistant maltodextrin and larch fiber. Very few whey powders focus on providing healthful fiber content or even list the per serving amount on the label.
      Enhanced muscle nourishment? Yes, Mercola Pure Power Protein is focused on muscle nourishment with its unique set of natural building and recovery ingredients. Yes, Certainly provides muscle nourishment, but not to the degree of Mercola Pure Power Protein. Most protein powders focused on muscle-building fail to include natural ingredients to really enhance muscle nourishment.
      Includes probiotic blend of ‘good’ bacteria? Yes, Added blend of ‘good’ 15 billion bacteria give this an added boost for demanding athletes. This superb whey protein does not include an added probiotic blend. ‘Have not found any other protein powder to date with an added probiotic blend.

      † Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

      Whooping cough is a respiratory disease. Toxins in Bordetella pertussis bacteria stimulate the production of large amounts of thick, sticky mucus that can clog the airways of tiny babies and children, making it difficult for them to take a breath without vomiting, choking and making a whooping sound as they struggle to breathe.

      Acellular pertussis vaccine -- DTaP - which was licensed for American babies in 1996 replaced an older, very reactive whole cell pertussis vaccine - DPT - that was associated with many cases of high fever, collapse, shock, convulsions, brain inflammation and permanent brain damage.

      It is well known that pertussis vaccines, which can contain various amounts of bioactive toxins, aluminum and mercury additives, have killed and brain injured children.

      Pertussis vaccination rates are very high. 84 percent of children under age three have received four DTaP shots, and by the time children enter kindergarten nearly every child has gotten all the CDC recommended pertussis shots.

      Vaccinating against the whooping cough pathogens has caused the pathogens to evolve with a more virulent strain. And unknown numbers of children and adults, who have gotten all government recommended pertussis shots, can and do develop whooping cough or are carriers without symptoms.

      Because pertussis vaccine immunity is only temporary and does not last, health officials are now telling teenagers and adults to get more booster shots. But that is not going to matter if scientific evidence that B. pertussis organisms have mutated and become vaccine-resistant turns out to be correct.

      Here's the truth: whether vaccinated or not, you can get a mild or serious case of whooping cough from B. pertussis or B. parapertussis organisms. And both whooping cough disease, and pertussis vaccines carry a risk of injury or death, which can be greater for some than other people.

      Alternatives

      Keep building up your own and your children's health by a good, happy lifestyle. Eat nutritious, natural food, exercise, get out in the sun, remove any stress in your lives, and get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

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      † Will to Live

      The microalgae Haematoccous pluvialis makes astaxanthin when its water supply dries up, when it is stimulated to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation. That's the algae's survival mechanism--astaxanthin serves as a "force field" to protect the algae from lack of nutrition and intense sunlight. Because? What would happen to life on earth if the algae became extinct?

      Astaxanthin's antioxidant power, it's "radiation shield--natural sunscreen" provides health benefits for people, including improving cardiovascular health, stabilizing blood sugar, boosting your immune system, fighting cancer, reducing inflammation, improving eye health--and even improving your athletic abilities and it derives from the algae's will to survive.

      Nature always finds a way. And that includes weeds, which have a way of becoming superweeds when challenged by Monsanto's highly toxic herbicides. New York Times report, pigweed can grow as much as three inches a day, and can reach a height taller than the average man. Once established, it's seriously stubborn. The weed is said to be so sturdy that it has actually damaged harvesting equipment!

      We have a will to live, the will to pleasure, the will to succeed and the will to be part of our group, and, I think we have the ability to overcome by our will power, at least for a short period of time, disease and weakness.


      † Worry

      People who are worried all the time literally scare themselves to death. Here's how--Your own body produces high levels of steroids when you're under stress, so constant worrying causes cortisol and epinephrine levels to rise - these stress hormones weaken the body's overall immunity.


      The "X" Items

      † X-Ray


      † Xylitol

      Xylitol is a natural low-calorie, low-glycemic sugar substitute produced from the fibers of fruits, vegetables, and trees such as plums, raspberries, corn, and birch and shows many health benefits, such as preventing ear infections in children. It inhibits bacterial growth thus helping to avoid the use of dangerous antibiotics. Xylitol doesn't kill bacteria, it merely causes the bacteria to detach from the mucosal wall, allowing the body to remove it with natural secretions, thereby reducing bacterial load.

      Xylitol is as sweet as sugar and can safely be used by diabetics. As xylitol is a mild sugar alcohol, excessive consumption over 30 grams per day can cause a temporary laxative effect that disappears with continued use as the body adapts. It is important to find a source of GMO free xylitol.

      Xylitol has been clinically proven to: Reduce the incidence of tooth decay

      It does not depend on insulin for metabolism but produces the same amount of energy as sugar, so is useful in diabetic foods.

      The "Y" Items
      The "Z" Items

      † Zinc

      Zinc is needed in order for you to see, to hear, to taste foods and to have sex. It's important for growing hair and for staying fertile. Did you hear that? You need zinc in order to make DNA, the genetic code.

      It has a protective effect on the prostate.

      The 'metal' mineral zinc participates in many life-sustaining biochemical reactions in the body by sparking activity in about 100 enzymes. This antioxidant mineral is necessary for a healthy immune system and it helps to heal wounds quickly. Zinc can help you if you are prone to digestive disorders. People with Celiac disease, Crohn's, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome are usually always deficient in zinc. Acid blockers zap your zinc supply. How iron-ic! Yet you need zinc to help fend off infections of the gut and to maintain a healthy lining. Zinc helps kill bacteria and viruses, not only in the gut, everywhere.

      Zinc boosts activity of T-lymphocytes, natural killer cells and interleukin. Colds result from insufficient zinc. Zinc obliterates the virus before it can multiply. This keeps you from getting a full-blown infection and may shorten your misery time for a cold by 3 days.

      Elderly people are usually deficient, as are alcoholics, vegetarians, and those with kidney or liver disease. It's easy to lose zinc; this mineral is rarely mentioned and almost taken for granted. It's lost through sweat and via the feces, urine, hair, skin, semen and menstruation. Liver and pancreatic disorders result in lower zinc levels.

      A deficiency of zinc can lead to diabetes and hypothyroidism. Zinc works in tandem with vitamin A, so a deficiency in one could result in a deficiency of the other. Low zinc means low vitamin A so visual problems, macular degeneration, and ultimately blindness result.

      Low zinc results in hearing loss, prostate problems, sexual difficulties, frequent infections, poor vision, night blindness, white spots under the fingernails and muscle atrophy.

      Drugs that lower your zinc levels:

      1) Acid blockers, Ranitidine (Zantac) Cimetidine (Tagamet) Nizatidine (Axid) Famotidine (Pepcid and Pepcid Complete) Omeprazole (Prilosec OTC) Esomeprazole (Nexium) Pantoprazole (Protonix) Rabeprazole (Aciphex) Antacids (Maalox, Amphogel, Gaviscon) Benazepril (Lotensin) Betamethasone (Diprolene, Luxiq)

      2) Blood Pressure Meds of ACE Inhibitor class

      Captopril (Capoten) Enalapril (Vasotec) Ethambutol (Myambutol) Lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil) Quinapril (Accupril) Ramipril (Altace) Trandolapril (Mavik) Fosinopril (Monopril) Budesonide (Rhinocort, Symbicort) Bumetanide (Bumex) Candesartan and HCTZ (Atacand HCT) Chlorthalidone (Hygrotin) Cholestyramine resin (Questran)

      3) Coffee, Tea and Soda (Caffeine)

      4) Estrogen-containing drugs (hormone replacement therapy and birth control)

      Estrogen (conjugated) (Premarin, Prempro) Estradiol (Estrace, Climara, Estraderm, Estring, Activella, Femring, Combipatch. EstroGel, Menostar and many others) Estradiol and testosterone (EstraTest, Depo Testadiol) Ethinyl estradiol (found in many birth control pills)

      5) Fibrate cholesterol medicine

      Fenofibrate (TriCor) Ezetimibe (Zetia) Gemfibrozil (Lopid) Clofibrate (Atromid S) Flunisolide (Nasarel, Nasalide) Fluticasone (Flonase) Furosemide (Lasix)

      6) HIV drugs including abacavir, lamivudine, didanosine, zidovudine, delavirdine, stavudine

      7) Steroids including prednisone, prednisolone, methylprednisolone, dexamethasone, etc.

      8) Excessive calcium supplementation

      For Zinc Put This on Your Plate

      Protein-rich foods like meats and fish; raw milk (unpasteurized), raw cheese, beans, and yogurt and kefir made from raw milk.

      Oysters, lobster, crimini mushrooms, spinach, summer squash, asparagus, Swiss chard, collard greens, yeast, miso, shrimp, maple syrup, broccoli, green peas, nuts, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. If you're healthy and you eat a balanced diet, you will rarely need supplements to meet your body's zinc needs.


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      † Miscquotes

      Pill–popping Society Fouling Our Water

      Birth control pills, cancer drugs and a host of other pharmaceuticals that people flush down the drain every day are showing up in our drinking water, says Gord Miller, Ontario's environment commissioner.

      Thursday, 23 March 2006 14:05 EST


      Scandal Below the Surface

      The vandalism we're committing on our planet because of our refusal to curb greenhouse gases should be one of the great political issues.

      Demand fresh air

      Now our clear blue air isn't as clear or as blue. Stars and groups of stars like The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades, watched for thousands of years, and subject of myths and legends, now are no longer visible in the night sky. The weather reports routinely list days when it is hazardous to go out of doors. Much of the rain that falls carries acid that has already killed life in two-thirds of the Catskill lakes. Aquifers are drying up. The rays of the sun grow more fearsome while fires, more and more, lick up dried grasses and forests. See End of The World


      Demand fresh food

      The food industry with the help of scientists they pay are killing (and embalming) our food supply, so it will not go bad on the store shelves. We used to get a lot of bacteria in the food supply, both good and bad; said dietitian Kim Arrey (Vanc. sun). Now everything is so sterile, plus we eat less fermented food, like sauerkraut, than our grandparents did, so there's another loss of bacteria. And, you could add, We are snacking ourselves to death with dead, processed foods: corn chips, potato chips, french fries sweet pastries, etc....

      French fries. When asked, "Fries with that?" say "No," but try not to say: "They're high in calories, bad fats, salt and who knows what else; though they are low in nutrient value, they're great for building big fat stomachs, thighs, and legs."

      Soft drinks. High in sugar and low in anything nutritional.

      Alcohol. A glass of red wine may have heart protective features but the wine industry will not tell you "so does grape juice."

      At dinner parties you are asked: "Another glass?

      Will you say, "Sure. But only because it's good for my heart?"

      You don't need ever more excuses...er, reasons...to down another glassful.

      Enjoy a glass with your dinner, but don't keep drinking thinking it is for your health. The alcohol content of wine is loaded with empty calories and carries health risks when you over indulge.



      Copyright © 2011 HealthGarden

      The information presented in The ABCs of Health is for informational/educational purposes only, gleaned from various sources. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications.

      The information was assembled to help you make better health decisions.


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