I was recently sent this article on The Importance of Hydration and Alkaline Water Article by Gareth Edwards
When I drink more water, it just seems to make me pee more. So is there really any point in consuming the large amounts of liquid that alkalising gurus such as Dr. Young say is so central to the programme? Surely the water is just washing through me?
Well, I guess not surprisingly, the answer is yes 'super hydration' can be the absolute cornerstone of building, maintaining and re-gaining health. There are however several do's and don'ts and a small weekly dose of science that need to be 'in the mix'.
NaturalNews) Celery contains a high level of calcium, magnesium, potassium and active compounds called phthalides, which have been found to lower blood pressure and promote a healthy circulatory system. Celery is best eaten raw and the juice is especially useful for overall good health. Celery leaves, seeds and roots can all be eaten. The seeds are particularly rich in iron and vitamins and have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties.
According to a recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research, the compound called apigenin found in celery can stop certain breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing.
In Ayurvedic remedies, celery seed is commonly used as a diuretic, since fluid retention aggravates high blood pressure and other problems such as gout, arthritis, pre-menstrual syndrome and congestive heart conditions. It is also said to help in recovering from the common cold, coughs, sinus congestion, respiratory infections, bronchitis, and laryngitis.
Caution: Celery seed may cause minor discomfort in some people, and anyone suffering with a stomach upset or diarrhea after ingesting the seeds should discontinue its use. Pregnant women should not take celery seed without seeing a medical professional because of its strong diuretic properties.
(NaturalNews) To hear Big Pharma tell it, statin drugs are "miracle" medicines that have prevented millions of heart attacks and strokes.
But a recent study published in the British Medical Journal tells a completely different story: For every heart attack prevented by the drug, two or more people suffered liver damage, kidney failure, cataracts or extreme muscle weakness as a result of taking the drug.
Statin drugs, in other words, harm far more people than they help.
Julia Hippisley-Cox and Carol Coupland led the study which examined data from over two million patients, including over 225,000 patients who were new statin drug users. They found that for every 10,000 women being treated with statins, there were only 271 fewer cases of heart disease.
And yet, at the same time, the statin drugs caused 74 cases of liver damage, 23 cases of acute kidney failure, 39 cases of extreme muscle weakness and 307 cases of cataracts. Statin drugs, in other words, helped 271 people but harmed 443 people.
This demonstrates how they are wreaking havoc with the health of those who take them, causing damage that far outweighs any benefit they might offer.
I wonder if the people who urge their friends to 'buy pink' to fund cancer research are open to the possibility that they may not be doing the rest of us any favours. I wrote to my friends as follows:
Reasonable - they are in business to make money for their share holders. In fact their share holders demand it.I wonder if the people who send me requests to 'buy pink' or put a 'fight cancer' statement on my Facebook Wall will put has much effort into promoting this link. or even reading it.In my view the cancer industry is not looking for a cure, it's looking for a treatment - more specifically, a drug to treat cancer patients. They would suppress anything natural that really did cure cancer because they cannot patent it and so cannot make money.
Yes, it has a strange name. No, you most likely haven't heard of it before. And yes, it is definitely a fruit you need to know.
Gac fruit (Momordica cochinchinensis), a strange and beautiful red fruit originating from Vietnam, where it is harvested in December and January. The fruit is cultivated throughout Southeast Asia and China, often as an ornamental plant due to its magnificent color.
Also known as Chinese bitter cucumber, cundeamor and bhat karela, Gac fruit is rich in the antioxidants beta-carotene, lycopene (seventy times more than in tomatoes), and zeaxanthin.
It contains the highest concentration of beta carotene of any known fruit or vegetable (ten times as much as carrots). Beta carotene is a reddish antioxidant that shows up in a host of fruits and vegetables, from apricots to pumpkins. It converts to vitamin A in the body, and has a variety of protective properties.
Since 2002 an artificial sweetener called neotame has been approved for use in food and drink products around the world, although so far its use appears to be very limited.
Neotame is a chemical derivative of aspartame, and judging by the chemicals used in its manufacturing, it appears even more toxic than aspartame, although the proponents of neotame claim that increased toxicity is not a concern, because less of it is needed to achieve the desired effect.
Neotame is bad science brought to you by the Monsanto Company.
If Monsano truly had nothing to fear with either of these artificial chemical sweeteners, they would have funded rigorous independent testing for safety. To date they have not, and they won't, because virtually every independent analysis of aspartame not conducted by Monsanto partners has revealed a long list of disturbing side effects, mostly neurological in nature.
Monsanto also has now sold the NutraSweet Company to someone else, but the approval of neotame came under Monsanto's ownership, and was most likely a result of Monsanto's cozy relationship with the FDA. More about that in a minute.
My recommendation for neotame is the same as that for aspartame, which is: it should be avoided if you care about your health.article by Dr. Mercola
If you were to meet somebody in the middle of the drought in Africa, how would you explain the reason you have, with a plentiful supply of good clean water, that you buy bottled.
Check out this video from Annie Leonard (the story of stuff) and then read the excellent article from Dr Mercola on the bottled water scam.
Then I guess it's up to you and me. Fill your own for a journey or continue to pollute the planet. Insist on tap water in your favourite restaurant and no, don't pay any surcharge for it - they make their money on the food and the wine. Send people to this blog or the excellent Annie Leonard Story of Stuff blog and her youtube video channel for an even greater insight.
UK Finally Makes Smart Decision to Protect Children. Posted By Dr. Mercola
Ministers of parliament and senior advisers in the UK government ruled against the flu vaccine for children under 5. This decision comes even though a flu epidemic is currently striking the UK.
Possibly they took a look at what Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, one of the world's leading immunologists, has had to say on the flu vaccine. Fudenburg found that anyone who had more than two flu vaccines between 1970 and 1980 has a far higher chance of having Alzheimer's in old age.
According to Vaccine Truth: "Perhaps the UK government has learnt their lesson. Instead of vaccination they have decided to bring back last year's Swine Flu ads with the caption 'Catch it, Bin it, Kill it' ... The message is the best way to combat the flu is a lesson in hygiene." for the rest of the article click here
Seasonal flu vaccines are alsofraudulently marketedwith blatantly false claims that they preventthe fluin everyone who receives a shot. "Get the shot and you won't miss work" is one of the common claims made in flu shot promotions. Or, as Walgreens implies, "Get the shot and you won't infect your family members." That claim is blatantly misleading and scientifically false.
And yet, despite this fraudulent marketing of a product that doesn't work on 99% of those who take it, neither the FTC nor the FDA has taken any action against it. Marketers of flu vaccines, it turns out, canmake any claims they wish, even if such claims are laughable in the face of scientific scrutiny.
Flu vaccines, you see, are immune from any real scientific scrutiny -- even by the scientific community. The mythology of season flu vaccines has been so pervasive and so widely described as "scientific" that the truth of whether it's really scientific no longer matters.Flu vaccines are simply assumed to workeven without testing; without scientific evidence and without any legitimate application of skeptical thinking.
There's a word for that, of course. It's the word used to describe a system of belief that requires no evidence... a system in which truths are materialized out of lies through the mere act of enough authoritative people uttering falsehoods until they all begin to believe each other. That word, of course, is a four-letter word:Cult.
A cult need not answer to statistical scrutiny. It need not subject its own internal beliefs to outsidereviewbecause everyone inside the cult already agrees on the answer -- and why ask questions when we already know the truth, right?
Such is the nature ofthe cult of flu vaccines. It's a large cult, of course, but the sheer size of the cult in no way detracts from the fact that it is a cult nonetheless. In other words, just because millions of doctors believe the propaganda of a cult does not make it any less of a cult. Even if all the doctors, pharmacists and drug pushers in the world fall for a fictitious belief and put their faith and professional reputations on the line in order to back that belief,it's still fiction. And it's still a cult.
Has the calorie had its day? By Philippa Roxby Health reporter, BBC News
Naan bread or garlic bread?
Let's count the calories... Counting calories is an addictive pastime for many a dedicated slimmer. Croissant or toast? Curry or pizza? Sandwich or salad?
Food labels help millions of people decide what to buy and what to eat. So it's important that they are accurate but, according to some experts, the system on which they are based is flawed and misleading.
A calorie is the energy we get from food. Too much energy and we end up getting fat. But how is the calorie content of food calculated? Back in the 1800s an American chemist, Wilbur Atwater, devised the system on which calorific values on our food labels are still based. Basically, he burned food and then measured how much energy it gave off.
He then estimated the amount of energy the body used up by calculating the amount of energy in undigested food in waste products.
That thankless task prompted Atwater to conclude that every gram of carbohydrate produced four calories, every gram of fat produced nine, and every gram of protein produced four calories.
These figures have been used as the basis for calculating the calorie content of food ever since.
Nutritionists have always known that these calorific values are approximate. But recently some nutritionists, including Dr Geoffrey Livesey, are saying that the calorie content of items in our shopping baskets could be up to 25% out.
(NaturalNews) The great Swine Flu hoax marches on, once again putting our elderly and other vulnerable people at unnecessary risk for the sake of greed and profits.
While the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the end of the H1N1 pandemic-that-never-was, the untested H1N1 swine flu vaccine is being included in the annual flu jab this winter.
Health officials claim that swine flu could still become a major epidemic, but it is most likely being done to reduce enormous stocks of the vaccine that governments were conned into ordering last year.
Virtually all flu shots usually have questionable benefits and the risk of harmful side effects. However, the decision to include the H1N1 vaccine will pose even greater risks to large numbers of vulnerable people - including the elderly, children, and those with heart disease, chest problems, and diabetes.
The H1N1 vaccine has never been properly tested and it contains a mercury-based preservative, thiosermal. Last year, key workers who were vaccinated reported having headaches, sleeplessness and stomach cramps.
Trans fat is the artery-clogging, highly damaged omega-6 polyunsaturated fat that is formed when vegetable oils are hardened into margarine or shortening. I strongly recommend never using margarine or shortening when cooking.
I guarantee you you're already getting far too much of this damaging fat if you consume any kind of processed foods, whether it be potato chips, pre-made cookies, or microwave dinners... Trans fat is the most consumed type of fat in the US, despite the fact that there is no safe level of trans fat consumption, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. Trans fat raises your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels while lowering your HDL (good cholesterol) levels, which of course is the complete opposite of what you want.
In fact, trans fats -- as opposed to saturated fats -- have been repeatedly linked to heart disease. They can also cause major clogging of your arteries, type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems. So, cleaning these oils out of your kitchen cupboard is definitely recommended if you value your health.
Extra-virgin olive oil is a good monounsaturated fat that is also well-known for its health benefits. It's a staple in healthful diets such as Mediterranean-style diets.
However, it's important to realize it is NOT good for cooking. It should really only be used cold, typically drizzled on salads and other food.
Due to its chemical structure and a large amount of unsaturated fats, cooking makes extra-virgin olive oil very susceptible to oxidative damage. However, during this interview I learned that extra-virgin olive oil has a significant draw-back even when used cold – it's still extremely perishable!
As it turns out, extra-virgin olive oil contains chlorophyll that accelerates decomposition and makes the oil go rancid rather quickly.
In fact, Dr. Moerck actually prefers using almost tasteless, semi-refined olive oil rather than extra-virgin olive oil for this reason.
I'm truly excited to be bringing you this information today about the miraculous healing abilities of aloe vera. First off, in case you don't know, let me emphasize that I don't sell aloe vera products of any kind,
I haven't been paid to write this article, and I don't earn any commissions from the sale of any products mentioned here. I am, however, an enthusiastic supporter of natural medicine, and I personally grow and eat aloe vera plants in Tucson, Arizona. In fact, my yard is an aloe farm, and each day before I make my superfood breakfast smoothie,
I walk out to my yard, slice off an aloe vera leaf, thank the plant for granting me its healing medicine, then I fillet the leaf and drop the aloe vera gel into my blender. A few minutes later, I'm enjoying the most impressive medicinal herb that nature has ever created.
When I say aloe vera is the most impressive medicinal herb invented by nature, I don't make that statement lightly. Of all the herbs I've ever studied -- and I've written thousands of articles on nutrition and disease prevention -- aloe vera is the most impressive herb of them all. (Garlic would be a close second.)
There is nothing on this planet that offers the amazing variety of healing benefits granted by aloe vera. In a single plant, aloe vera offers potent, natural medicine that:
The latest "new" discovery by the mainstream media is that McDonald's Happy Meal hamburgers and fries won't decompose, even if you leave them out for six months.
This story has been picked up by CNN, the Washington Post and many other MSM outlets which appear startled that junk food from fast food chains won't decompose.
The funny thing about this is that the natural health industry already covered this topic years ago. Remember Len Foley's Bionic Burger video? It was posted in 2007 and eventually racked up a whopping 2 million views on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYyD...).
And this video shows a guy who bought his McDonald's hamburgers in 1989 -- burgers that still haven't decomposed in over two decades! Now, he has an entire museum of non-decomposed burgers in his basement.
Salt and fat content 'too high' in child hospital meals Salt and saturated fat levels in food should be kept low to guard against the risk of diseases, campaigners say There is too much salt and fat in the food served to children in hospital, a survey suggests. Research from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) found 85 of the 189 child hospital meals tested would be too unhealthy to be served in schools. The meals exceeded salt and fat limits for school lunches introduced in 2008. Campaigners want ministers to bring in nutritional guidelines for hospital food. The Department of Health said it was concerned about the findings. The research also found that one in three of all 451 meals surveyed would be classified as "red" for saturated fat or salt, according to the Food Standards Agency's traffic light labelling scheme.
(NaturalNews) You now have another good reason to skip that next mammogram, based on new research out of Norway. According to findings by Dr. Mette Kalager and his team from Oslo University Hospital, getting a mammogram appears to cut the risk of dying from breast cancer by meager two percent at best -- a percentage that many consider to be statistically insignificant. For the study, women between the ages of 50 and 69 who were encouraged to get mammograms and were offered quality care from a team of specialists experienced a reduction in breast cancer deaths of about ten percent. But a similar group of women over age 70 who were offered the same care but were not encouraged to get mammograms saw an eight percent reduction, indicating that mammograms are largely useless.
The cancer industry is losing its propaganda battle as more and more people discover the truth about the toxic side effects of chemotherapy as well as the cancer preventive powers of nutrients like vitamin D and selenium. With the science now clearly showing that chemotherapy fails most patients and that conventional approaches to cancer cause more harm than good, the cancer industry has resorted to celebrity-influenced emotional theater to try to lure more people into keeping its "someday we'll find a chemical cure" scam going.
Effectiveness of Mammography Is mammography an effective tool for detecting tumors? Some critics say no. In a Swedish study of 60,000 women, 70 percent of the mammographically detected tumors weren't tumors at all. These "false positives" aren't just financial and emotional strains, they may also lead to many unnecessary and invasive biopsies. In fact, 70 to 80 percent of all positive mammograms do not, upon biopsy, show any presence of cancer.
Ben & Jerry's was the one Ice Cream you could rely on for taste with integrity. It was seriously good Ice Cream - from Vermont. Then Unilever bought it ... you know, the company who make Persil, Domestos and Cif.
OK, so they also make Magnum - but that's not real ice cream. Well, I guess they've just brought Ben and Jerry's down to a commodity - a chemical ice cream for grown ups with more money than sense. How sad.
They have gone the way of Hagen Daaz* now made by Nestle. So now you know .... see their latest slick corporate ad - fine copywriting, great music, sexy voiceover, wonderful natural images. Think you know what you are buying? "In 2010 it was revealed that Häagen-Dazs utilized milk from dairy herds which have been treated with the artificial growth hormone rBGH."
I think I am going to be sick.
He explains how we can get real energy boosts without the intake of high sugar snacks, which we usually associate with a quick energy increase. Most importantly Gareth outlines his plan of action, as to how we can replace these sweet temptations with healthy and alkaline alternatives.
You can read the article here and while you are there look out for free download of a fascinating ebook on the benefits of Alkaline Water. I subscribe to the Energise of Life ezine.
Great source of valuable information.
I am not sure how much you can trust labels.
Having spent over 30 years in this industry I can tell you that in the late 80's all the major hair care companies agreed to ramp up the prices of hair colour to allow of litigation should their products ingredients ever be linked to cancer.
Sound familiar to the plight of the tobacco companies?
Drink More Water
Do you feel tired much of the time? Do you suffer dry skin and mood shifts?
It could be, like an estimated 80% of the population, that you are chronically dehydrated. You know you should drink plenty of water but you end of forgetting. Or the prospect just isn't as exciting as a coffee or soda.
You know you should drink up to eight glasses of water a day but you've found it hard to keep up the motivation.
Water thieves We are all largely made up of water-two thirds of our weight is made up of water. Consider this: Blood is around 83% water. Your muscles consist of 75% water. Your brain is 74% water And your bone is 22% water.
No wonder drinking plenty of water makes you think more clearly keeps your blood and blood pressure healthy and makes your muscles and bones work better. But being chronically dehydrated isn't just a question of not drinking enough water but also consuming to many substances that actually steal your precious water.
(NaturalNews) Teenage girls eat substantially worse than teenage boys and older women, according to the preliminary results of the United Kingdom's National Diet and Nutrition Survey.
The average teenage girl consumed 54 grams (1.9 ounces) of French fries or other fried potatoes per day, in comparison with only 40 grams per day among women between the ages of 19 and 65.
Teenage girls consumed 14 grams of potato chips and other salty snacks each day, 22 grams of chocolate and candy, and 37 grams of cakes and cookies.
In contrast, adult women consumed only 6 grams, 10 grams and 27 grams of these foods per day, respectively.
By Rachelle Holmes of Plastic Surgeons Chicago, MetropolitanMDs
When it comes to getting into shape and being healthy, everyone needs a little boost of motivation to get started. Some people are motivated by their own self interests of just looking and feeling good, yet for some people this isn't enough. Getting healthy can be hard work and for some people, an extra incentive is necessary to get them eating correctly and hitting gym. However, everyone is different. How easy it to come up with something that everyone is interested in to further encourage healthiness? Well, one commonly shared bond is that everyone likes a little extra money in their pockets, so it wouldn't hurt to start there.
Wellness programs around the country are creating programs that pay their customers money for just being healthy. Members of these certain programs can win prizes, get cash back, and receive other bonus incentives for taking good care of one's self. One of these programs is InTune, which has launched a nation wide wellness program that gives back to its members that want to get healthy. How it works is that each one of their members is giving a lifestyle profile that comes with a science based comprehensive health score. This health profile leads them to coaching programs that help them reach certain wellness goals. Every time a member does this they receive payment and prizes. Even health insurance companies have taken up this banner of giving money back to customers who look out for their well being.
Health insurance covers everything from basic injury to reconstructive surgery at Chicago plastic surgery centers like MetropoliatanMD, so many feel that if they're paying insurance to take care of them when they're sick and that health insurance should pay them back when they're healthy. This is actually what many health insurance companies have been doing as of late. They realize as other wellness programs realized that if their customers and members take better care of their self that it would ultimately save their companies money in the long run. Healthy customers mean fewer health problems, and fewer problems lead to less money being spent. So in a way it's helping their members feel better while being good business.
With most people in the country not eating right or working out regularly, some sort of motivation is needed. Chicago Liposuction specialists are trained to handle the most severe of cases, but it's strongly recommended to take preventative action. It looks like the right incentive or reward might be monetary, and if encourages better health, it just may pay off in the end for both the programs and the people.
(NaturalNews) It's well-established that exposure to ionizing radiation can trigger mutations and other genetic damage and cause normal cells to become malignant. So it seems amazing how mainstream medicine frequently dismisses the idea that medical imaging tests from mammograms to CT scans could play much of a role in causing breast cancer. Take this example from the web site for Cornell University's Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors:
In answer to the question "Is ionizing radiation a cause of breast cancer?", the Cornell experts say "Yes" and note ".. female breast tissue is highly susceptible to radiation effects." But then they pooh-pooh the possible hazard from mammography x-rays saying the risk …"should not be a factor in individual decisions to undergo this procedure. The same is true for most diagnostic x-ray procedures."
If you have been following my blog for any time you will know that I report back on any information about the poisonous effect of HFCS High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Well, the film Food Inc. explains the politics of cheap food and especially HFCS but this video from Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods.
He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Well worth the watch for those of us concerned about health.
If you ever thought that putting a photo of a farm on a product stood for healthy values, watch this film. Quite disturbing but with no surprises.
There are lies, damn lies and statistics no where is there more deception than in the world of food and supplement sales.
I picked up some interesting news today from two sources concerning the deception behind the marekting of Acai berry as the wonder ingredient.
The story goes that this fruit saved a tribe from extinction. It has a powerful nutritional profile. But some claims about it are outrageously bogus… so says Dr Mercola and I would encourage you to watch his interview (no I don't market his products). He explains that even though the Acai Berry is known to have great health benefits, other issues have to be taken into consideration.
Purity of ingredient, sourcing, standardization etc.
CLICK HERE to read Dr Mercola's full article
The other information I received was concerning a number of network and internet marketing companies apparently making false claims about product endorsement
On August 19, 2009, Harpo, Inc., producers of The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Dr. Oz Show, along with Dr. Mehmet Oz, filed a trademark infringement complaint against 40 Internet marketers of dietary supplements including MonaVie. You can get the full list of companies here.
Neither Ms. Winfrey nor Dr. Oz has ever sponsored or endorsed any acai berry, resveratrol, colon cleanse or dietary supplement product.
The question that needs to be asked is this. Is Mona Vie making these claims or have they lost control of the individuals marketing their product. Over zealous individuals who make wild claims that damage the parent company and the good name of network marketing.
You be the judge. Me. I know that all too often marketing people put just enough of a 'magic ingredient' into a product to make a claim, but not enough to make a difference.
One in Seven Scientists Say Colleagues Fake "Scientific" Study Results
'Chocolate tax' to tackle obesity from the BBC News Website today A Scottish GP has called for chocolate to be taxed in the UK in the same way as alcohol and cigarettes to tackle increasing levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Dr David Walker, a GP in Lanarkshire, said many people eat their entire daily calorie requirement in chocolate, on top of their normal meals. Dr Walker, who is also a trained food scientist and nutritionist, told the BBC news website: "Obesity is a mushrooming problem. We are heading the same way as the United States. Dr Walker said that a 225g bag of chocolate sweets contained almost 1,200 calories - almost half the recommended daily calorie intake for a man - and could be eaten incredibly quickly. I have recently made an in depth study of the real difference between the healthy and antioxidants claims of chocolate manufacturers and the reality. The cocao bean is the richest source of healthy antioxidants known to man (good thing) yet when chocolate manufacturers get hold of it, they do all sort of bad things to it ... health wise. Tastes good but not healthy (bad thing). "People have been lulled into a false sense of security about chocolate. "I had one patient recently who said to me she thought chocolate was good for you. People are being brainwashed into believing this." Given the publicity for this real cause for concern it is very important to understand the difference between good and bad chocolate. Chocolate manufacturers use hype and spin to claim that chocolate is rich in antioxidants which is not the case when it has been heated and when the dairy fats and sugars are added is the ticking obesity bomb Dr David Walker is talking about. Chocolate as a Health Food. Be your own judge at www.ilovehealthychocolate.co.uk
NaturalNews) Last year, I met a small, frail woman in Los Angeles who approached me after a speech I gave on nutritional cures. In a weak, crackled voice, she told me my speech was all wrong. There were no cures for diabetes or cancer, she said, and I was wrong to give people even a hint of hope at reversing disease.
She was a type-1 diabetes sufferer, and she talked about the disease as "my diabetes." She described the pharmaceuticals she was taking for hormone balance as "my medicine," and her description of her bone health included the admission that she had a disease called "osteoporosis" that caused her bones to become fragile.
It didn't take long to realize there was something odd about her choice of words. This wasn't the way healthy people talk... it was almost like she was speaking some sort of alien language that had been taught to her by doctors and health authorities -- a language that kept her trapped in a system of medical control.
That's when it hit me: She had adopted a new language of disease victimization that practically guaranteed she would stay sick forever! The owning of disease ("my" cancer), the possessive pronouns describing pharmaceuticals ("my" medicine), the belief in a condition called osteoporosis that causes fragile bones (hint: It's the other way around, see below)... it was all part of a new language of personal disempowerment being taught to patients by doctors and medical authorities! You might call it "medical psychobabble..." or the language of "anti-self-improvement."
Ultimately, I came to discover this was all part of a high-level linguistic technology used by doctors, journalists and health authorities -- a technology based on reprogramming the mind through virtually undetectable language sleights. I've come to call this the "Secret Language Codes" of modern medicine, and this article tells the story of discovering how these language codes were being used, reverse engineering them and creating a set of defensive strategies that completely disarm them.
(NaturalNews) The British government is urging doctors to increase the prescription of cholesterol-lowing statin drugs by an estimated 1.5 million, in a new initiative billed as a way to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes among high-risk patients.
Several months ago, the government encouraged that all people between the ages of 40 and 74 be screened for cardiovascular disease. Following up on that recommendation, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has urged that all those identified as "high risk" be prescribed statins, whether they have high cholesterol or not.
This "high risk" population would not be identified by physical tests, but by a computer program that would calculate risk factors such as age, ethnicity, sex, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and smoking habits. Those identified as high risk by their doctors would be invited in for a personalized medical screening. They would be offered advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle, and a prescription for simvastatin.
I wonder if this advice covers diet and the risks involved in taking statins. Once again, doctors are being nudged down the path of becoming legalized drug pushers. (my comment).
(NaturalNews) With familiar and widely-advertised names like Levacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lipitor, and Crestor, statin drugs have become some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. In fact, the medications (technically a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) have been so hyped as a pill-popping easy way to quickly lower soaring cholesterol levels, some doctors have advocated they should be sold over-the-counter like aspirin. Others want children as young as two to be on these drugs that block an enzyme in the liver responsible for making cholesterol.
But many physicians and scientists -- as well as countless patients who have experienced side effects from statins ranging from some that are merely annoying to others that are devastatingly painful -- have urged caution and pointed to a host of potential dangers from the drugs. Now scientists from the University of California (UC) San Diego School of Medicine have published a review paper of nearly 900 research studies on statins to see just what the facts are. The verdict? The drugs may predispose many people to serious muscle and kidney problems, potentially deadly heart arrhythmias and a host of other health problems.
Because the US government does not require health institutions to keep records on their disposal of pharmaceutical products, there are no definitive numbers on the volume of drugs going into the water supply. In order to construct an estimate, AP investigators extrapolated from a survey of 14 urban and rural Minnesota hospitals.
Dumping drugs into water is far from harmless, although the exact nature of the danger remains poorly understood. But scientists agree that drugs remain pharmacologically active even after disposal, and can have severe effects on humans and wildlife. Studies of wastewater near hospitals in Europe and the United States have found higher concentrations of antibiotic resistant bacteria and of organisms with genetic mutations similar to those that can cause cancer in humans. Another study on antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone family, including best-seller ciproflaxin, found that these drugs could cause changes to bacterial DNA.
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Need a hit of extra pesticides today? Just drink some orange-flavored soft drinks (called "fizzy drinks" in the UK) made by Coca-Cola. New research conducted in the UK reveals that Coca-Cola's "Fanta" orange drinks contained 300 times more pesticides than the legal limit allowed in bottled water.
The chemicals that were detected in the Coca-Cola orange drinks included carbendazim, thiabendazole, imazalil, prochloraz, malathion and iprodione -- all common pesticides used on fruit crops. That's good news in one sense, of course, because it means Coca-Cola products contain some level of actual fruit! Never mind the fact that the fruit is contaminated with pesticide chemicals...
In its defense, Coca-Cola responded to the DailyMail article, saying, "All of the drinks tested meet the safety regulations relating to food products made from agricultural ingredients, which include drinks with fruit juice as an ingredient."
Got that? They meet safety regulations, so don't worry about the pesticides. In fact, all those chemicals are perfectly safe, didn't you know? As Coca-Cola said, "The generally miniscule levels that were detected were well within the acceptable daily intake levels and these findings should reassure consumers there is no safety issue here."
Wow. I'm not sure what's more scary: The fact that these chemicals were detected as such levels in the Coca-Cola drinks, or the fact that Coca-Cola believes these levels are acceptable for daily consumption!
Of course, we are talking about parts per billion here: DailyMail reports the average level of pesticide contamination in the Coca-Cola drinks was 17.4. But that turns out to be over 34 times the allowable level of pesticides in bottled water (EU standards).
It's also worth mentioning that simply eating non-organic fruit from the grocery store most likely exposes you to hundreds of times the total pesticide contamination found in the Coca-Cola drinks (especially if you eat conventionally-grown strawberries).
But hey, if you don't want to actually drink Coke's products, they can be used in another way: As a pesticide on crops! This YouTube video shows how farmers in India are using soft drinks on their crops as pesticides: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Is4iuZt0eo
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(NaturalNews) The Budwig protocol is the food treatment and cure for cancer and other major debilitating diseases created by Dr. Johanna Budwig.
I keep coming across the acai berry in the press and during my research have discovered that it can help you lose weight. So I thought I would look further.
The acai berry (ah-sigh-ee) grows in the Amazon Rainforest on acai palm trees and looks like a purple marble or purple grape. The Acaí berry (fruit) is 90% seed pit and 10% acaí pulp and must be carefully handled before it can be consumed. During the process the acaí berries with water are put into a machine and are agitated against one another. This process separates the acaí pulp from the seed to produce a thick acaí fruit pulp puree.
Acaí berry has a unique tropical fruit flavor and provides a high level nutritional benefits. The acaí berry contains high levels of antioxidants also known as anthocyanins. It also contains Omega Fatty Acids (healthy fats), Amino Acids, Fiber, Iron, along with many other vitamins and minerals (Nutritional Value of the Acai Berry and Acai Berry Juice). An amazonian traditional recipe mixes acaí fruit pulp and natural guarana seed, which gives energy and heighten mental clarity that has caffeine like effects when combined with guarana.
Natives living in the Amazon river region in Northern Brazil, have had as part of their diet the acai berry for hundreds of years for it's nutritional value. It's healing and wellness powers are legendary throughout the area. The popularity of the acai berry is starting to spread from Brazil to the rest of the Americas.
Acai Berry has the following nutritional, health and wellness properties:
* Cardiovascular System
Acai berries contain very high amounts of essential fatty acid & omegas proven to lower LDL & maintain HDL cholesterol levels. They also have a remarkable concentration of antioxidants to help combat free radicals and premature aging. Acai Berry is a source of a particular class of flavonoids called anthocyanins. The ORAC value of Acai Berry is higher than any other edible berry in the world! Acai Berry is also an excellent source of dietary fiber!
Acai is extremely rich in organic vegetable protein which does not generate cholesterol during its digestion and is easier processed and transported to your muscles than animal protein (such as in milk or meat).
Besides its outstanding content of protein and unsaturated lipids, acai is also rich in carbohydrates which provide your body with the necessary energy while working or practicing any kind of sport. That is why acai is served in most gyms, sport clubs and beaches all over Brazil.
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Some items on the list, like oats or eggs, aren’t all that surprising to experienced budget shoppers. But a few, like kale, wild rice or garbanzo beans, may not be regulars in your shopping cart. Not surprisingly, none of the foods on this list are prepared or processed, meaning that healthful eating on a budget will require more time in the kitchen. I can't agree with the idea that coffee is healthy ... far too acidic to be healthy.
How tough is it to eat healthy on a budget? The advice Web site DivineCaroline gets you started with a list of 20 healthy foods for under $1.
Some items on the list, like oats or eggs, aren’t all that surprising to experienced budget shoppers. But a few, like kale, wild rice or garbanzo beans, may not be regulars in your shopping cart. Not surprisingly, none of the foods on this list are prepared or processed, meaning that healthful eating on a budget will require more time in the kitchen.
I can't agree with the idea that coffee is healthy ... far too acidic to be healthy.
By Alisa Miller There is no denying that good nutrition is important to your health. Eating the right foods can not only help you feel better, but they can also help you look better too. Whether you want great overall health, healthy looking skin, or foods that really pack a punch with antioxidants, below you will find 50 great foods to help you look and feel your best. CLICK HERE for the full list (they're tasty, very, very tasty)
By Alisa Miller
There is no denying that good nutrition is important to your health. Eating the right foods can not only help you feel better, but they can also help you look better too. Whether you want great overall health, healthy looking skin, or foods that really pack a punch with antioxidants, below you will find 50 great foods to help you look and feel your best.
CLICK HERE for the full list (they're tasty, very, very tasty)
100 Awesome Instructional Videos for Your Health and Wellness at Nursing Resources comments By Alisa Miller
Almost everyone has heard about ways they can improve their health and wellness, but sometimes everything just comes together more clearly when you see it in action.
The videos shown in the link offer suggestions, demonstrations, and education to help you learn ways to keep yourself healthy or recover from illness.
Covering topics like prevention of disease, disorders, good nutrition, healthy pregnancy and birth experience, and good mental health, these instructional videos will guide you to a longer, stronger life.
Pharmanex's Biophotonic Scanner is one of the most important breakthroughs in nutritional science.
What is the Scanner?
It's a revolutionary tool developed by Pharmanex to measure the carotenoid antioxidant levels in your skin-and prove the effectiveness of your supplements in improving your overall antioxidant health.
What does the Scanner do?
Place the palm of your hand in front of the Scanner's safe, low-energy blue light laser, and you will obtain an immediate reading of the carotenoid antioxidant levels in your skin-your Skin Carotenoid Score.
Why should I be scanned?
By measuring the stable level of carotenoid antioxidants in your skin and generating your Skin Carotenoid Score, the Scanner provides a more accurate and reliable biomarker of your overall antioxidant health status than other methods of measuring antioxidants.
Getting your Skin Carotenoid Score makes you aware of the antioxidant levels in your body-and gives you the push you need to improve your overall antioxidant health.
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The FDA extortion racket works like this: FDA employees use keyword-scanning software to scan the web pages of natural health product and supplement companies, searching for terms like cancer, cures, treatment, remedies and other "forbidden" words. FDA employees then review the discovered pages to determine if they contain any words that might inform consumers of the health benefits of the nutritional products. FDA employees also look for links that might point web users to scientific articles from peer-reviewed medical journals that further explain the health benefits of specific foods, supplements or nutrients.
When offending words or links are found by the FDA, their extortion team goes into full swing. First, they contact the company and warn them to remove all information and links from their websites. This is the most important step from the FDA's standpoint, because by doing this, they can keep the health-conscious public in a state of nutritional ignorance about the scientifically-supported healing properties of natural supplements. Cherry products, for example, cannot link to scientific articles explaining the simple biological fact that cherries ease inflammation in human beings. Such links are considered "drug claims" by the FDA.
Cartoon creator Mike Adams www.NaturalNews.com
If the company being targeted for extortion refuses to fully comply with the FDA's requests to remove all educational information from their website, the FDA then escalates the extortion tactics by threatening the company principals with arrest and seizure unless they agree to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to top FDA contractors and sign a "consent decree" where the company "admits" to committing various crimes (see below). This consent decree is a blatant violation of the Constitutional rights of U.S. citizens, of course, and it violates numerous sections of the Bill of Rights (Amendments #1 and #5, at the very least).
The FDA employees or contractors receiving the extorted money, it is claimed, are being paid to "review web pages" to make sure they don't contain anything that might inform consumers about the scientifically-validated benefits of the health products being sold. FDA extortion agreements specify that FDA employees should be paid the rate of $100 per hour, with no limit on the number of hours they may bill the company for. The extortion agreement also requires companies to pay for all the following:
• $100 per hour for the travel time of FDA employees.
• Hotel rooms for FDA employees.
• Storage fees for all products seized by the FDA.
The same agreement also requires the company to comply with FDA demands by never placing any links or "illegal" information on its website, where "illegal" means anything that offers an accurate description of the health benefits offered by natural health products.
Welcome to the United States of Tyranny, FDA style.
(NaturalNews) With Breast Cancer Awareness month fully upon us once again, retail stores have been invaded with everything pink, including "pink ribbon" candies and personal care products made with blatantly cancer-causing ingredients. Retail grocery stores like Safeway even hit up customers for donations at the cash register, promising to raise funds to find "the cure for cancer."
Consumers of course, have virtually no idea where the funds they donate actually go, nor do they know the truths about breast cancer they'll never be told by conventional cancer non-profit organizations. In this article, I'll reveal ten important myths about breast cancer, and the truths that can save your life.
Cartoon creator Mike Adams www.NaturalNews.com
Myth #1: Breast Cancer is not preventable
The Truth: Up to 98% of breast cancer cases can be prevented through diet, nutritional supplements, sunshine and exercise
It's true: Breast cancer can be almost entirely prevented through commonsense changes in diet, the addition of anti-cancer nutritional supplements, boosting vitamin D creation from sunlight, avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals in consumer products, pursuing regular exercise and eating a live foods diet.
The breast cancer industry -- which depends on the continuation of cancer for its profits and employment -- has so far refused to teach women even basic cancer prevention strategies (such as increasing the intake of vitamin D, which prevents 77% of all cancers). See: http://www.naturalnews.com/021892.html
10 Reason to Choose Organic by Ysanne Spevack
1. Organic produce is not covered in a cocktail of poisonous chemicals. The average conventionally-grown apple has 20-30 artificial poisons on its skin, even after rinsing. Trust your instincts, and go organic!
for the other 9 compelling reasons click on the link above.
From original article by Aislinn Simpson Telegraph
The American coffee shop chain Starbucks has been accused of wasting more than 23 million litres of water each day because staff are told to leave taps running non-stop.
A Starbucks executive revealed running the tap non-stop stopped breeding in the taps. The bizarre policy, which is aimed at preventing germs developing in the taps in its 10,000 stores worldwide, has outraged environmental groups.
Every Starbucks branch has a cold tap behind the counter providing water for a sink called a "dipper well" used for washing spoons and utensils and the staff are banned from turning the water off under "health and safety rules", an investigation claims.
In a letter to a customer who complained about the waste, a Starbucks executive revealed that a constant flow stops breeding in the taps.
It means that 23.4 million litres of water - enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool every 83 minutes or sustain the population of drought-hit Namibia - is wasted every day. In the UK alone, where there are 698 branches open for 13 hours a day, it counts for around 1.63 million litres of water wasted.
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