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Monday, July 29, 2013

Fruits & Veggies as Prescribable Drug

NYC allows doctors to prescribe fresh fruit and vegetables as treatment for obesity; FDA declares veggies 'unapproved drugs'
Sunday, July 28, 2013 by Mike Adams
These days, it's difficult to find examples of government doing anything that makes sense. That's all the more reason why a program embraced by New York City is newsworthy. Dubbed the "Fruit and Vegetables Prescription Program," it allows doctors to "prescribe" fresh fruit and vegetables to overweight or obese patients by giving them "Health Bucks" that are redeemable at local farmer's markets.

See the announcement of this program at the Wholesome Wave website.

This program makes New York City the largest U.S. city to officially acknowledge that fruits and vegetables have a role to play in preventing chronic degenerative disease -- an idea that the FDA insists is delusional. According to the FDA, there is no such thing as any fruit, vegetable, supplement or superfood that has any ability whatsoever to prevent, treat or cure any disease.

Sure, the FDA's belief is ancient history in terms of present-day knowledge about nutrition and disease, but it's still federal policy. And according to the FDA, the mere "prescribing" of a food as something to prevent obesity automatically transforms that food into a "drug." Under current FDA regulations, then, NYC is guilty of promoting "unapproved drugs" which are really just fruits and vegetables. But that's how FDA logic works.

NYC officials invest in nutrition to prevent disease
New York doesn't seem to be letting the FDA's outdated delusions stop it from pursuing the "Fruits and Vegetables Prescription Program," however. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced the program last week, and by all accounts the program has been met with widespread approval. It allows families that are prescribed the Health Bucks to redeem them for fresh produce at over 140 New York City farmer's markets.

As WFEV reports:

Bronx resident Tammy Futch said her family has seen positive changes since starting the program.

"My son lost 40 pounds behind this program," she said, "and also I lost weight doing it with him and also I have my other kids, I have four other kids also doing the program."

The Prescription Program was started by Wholesome Wave in 2011 and has since been expanded to seven states.

Natural News endorses the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program
For the record, all of us here at Natural News openly endorse this program, and we think it needs to be vastly expanded. To understand why, let's talk about the role of government and food stamps for a moment.

Right now, 100+ million Americans are on some form of federal food aid. Much of that is through the USDA's "SNAP" program, often called "food stamps" even though that's not the official name anymore.

The SNAP program is nothing more than a big government handout to junk food manufacturers and soda companies. That's because food stamp money can be spent on all the processed junk foods and sodas that make people sick and diseased with conditions like diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease and more. Through SNAP, the federal government is subsidizing the foods that cause sickness! Obviously, this also drives up health care costs and deeply harms the overall U.S. economy.

What if we took the federal SNAP program and turned the entire thing into the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program?

What I mean here is to shift the SNAP program so that all processed junk foods are disallowed. Update the rules so that SNAP funds can only be used to buy fresh produce and a few basic staples such as rice, oats, beans, salt and so on.

All of a sudden, you'd see a nationwide shift away from disease and toward vastly improved health. Disease rates would plummet, but so would the share prices of junk food companies like PepsiCo, Kraft and Coca-Cola. You'd also see lower rates of chronic degenerative disease, and this would hurt the profits of the all-powerful drug companies, hospitals and cancer industry profiteers. For these reasons, the food and medicine lobby will incessantly pressure the USDA to make sure SNAP continues to keep Americans sick and diseased. After all, billions of dollars in profits are at stake here, and the drug companies have a powerful lobby.

So don't expect the feds to do anything other than keep poisoning America through SNAP. That's the purpose of the program, it seems: to sicken the population and trap Americans in a never-ending cycle of medical dependence while enriching the drug companies.

Cities can succeed where the federal government fails
But on a city-by-city basis, forward-thinking people are starting to fight back against the "industry of death" offered by the USDA and its junk food subsidy programs. That's why New York City deserves a lot of credit for this particular program: it's investing taxpayer money directly into the health of people who are on the verge of becoming huge financial burdens on the health care system.

See, for every dollar you spend subsidizing real nutrition in the population -- fresh fruits, vegetables or superfoods -- you'll probably save $10 or more in averted health care costs over the long term. Healthy foods are a fantastic investment because they're cheap to buy but extremely valuable in terms of the lifesaving medicines they provide.

Blueberries, for example, contain natural medicines that help prevent heart disease:

Broccoli contains natural medicines that help prevent cancer:

Tomatoes are very well documented to help prevent prostate cancer:

And turmeric root, often used in curries, is well known to be a powerful treatment for breast cancer:

See the entire list of foods and their health benefits at the new SCIENCE.naturalnews.com website:

Because of all the astounding health benefits of foods, a typical farmer's market is a treasure chest of natural medicines that can prevent and reverse cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer's and much more. It is only because of monopolistic, oppressive FDA policies that the entire medical profession isn't already "prescribing" fresh produce to prevent degenerative disease.

This is how we beat the federal death sentence: City by city, state by state, prescribing nutrition to prevent disease
Personally, I find it fascinating that NYC is the place where this is happening right now. NYC is normally a pro-big-government city, meaning they should worship the FDA-endorsed idea of feeding everybody chemical medications and junk foods while attacking nutrition and outlawing health claims.

But that's not what we're seeing here. With this program, NYC is actually taking a stand against FDA tyranny and the federal government's "death subsidy" program called SNAP. Perhaps NYC realizes it's headed the way of Detroit if doesn't get its long-term health care costs under control. After all, a city that lives on processed food and prescription medications is a city that will inevitably collapse from "disease care" bankruptcy. And right now across America's largest 61 cities, future health care entitlements are only funded at 6 cents on the dollar.

Perhaps there are enough smart New Yorkers still in charge to realize the only way to have a healthy city is to have healthy people. And that means finding creative ways to get people to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables rather than pigging out on nutrient-depleted junk foods. The easiest solution to all this is to just hand out vouchers for fresh produce, effectively giving them to the population for free.

The two areas where government has a legitimate role in handing out benefits
That's why I think every city in the nation would be smart to implement this program. Although I don't like the overall idea of any government running around hanging money out to people, this is one exception where it actually makes sense.

In fact, I've always believed there are TWO areas where the government has a legitimate role in subsidizing the public:

1) NUTRITION - Fresh produce, superfoods and food-based supplements and non-pasteurized concentrates. Government handouts of nutrition actually save the taxpayers money in long-term health care costs.

2) EDUCATION - A college degree should be a "pay it forward" agreement from one generation to the next. No student who qualifies for a college or university should be denied that education simply because they cannot afford it.

These are smart investments that create a healthier, more prosperous society. But instead of subsidizing these two things, we have exactly the opposite at the federal level: a government that subsidizes junk foods while attacking nutrition. Remember: it is the official position of the FDA that anyone who sells a lemon while claiming that lemon can help prevent scurvy is a dangerous criminal engaged in "drug crimes."

The FDA's war on fruits, vegetables and nutrition
The FDA warning letters website is full of examples of this, where the agency accuses nutrition companies of selling "unapproved new drugs" simply because they attempt to describe the health benefits of those supplements.

For example, on this warning letter page, the FDA accuses a company called Naturecast Products of selling "unapproved new drugs" because their website described the benefits of chromium on blood sugar:

Chromium helps regulate blood sugar levels by collaborating with insulin in facilitating the uptake of glucose into the cells. If chromium is not present, insulin's action is blocked and blood sugar levels are elevated. Insulin is secreted in response to the rise in blood glucose levels after the consumption of a meal. Insulin functions by increasing the rate that glucose is taken up by the cells and the [sic] lowers blood glucose levels.

The fact that chromium really does help regulate blood sugar levels is well established in the scientific literature, including in this study:

But the FDA pays no attention to scientific facts. Instead, the agency says that ANY claim, validated or otherwise, automatically transforms a food or supplement into an "unapproved new drug." And for this reason, Americans are kept in the dark about the scientifically-verified health benefits of nutrients, foods, phytochemicals and dietary supplements.

This is by design. The FDA wants to keep the American people ignorant and sick so that Big Pharma can sell them more drugs and vaccines. The FDA is, in effect, the marketing branch of Big Pharma. It uses its regulatory power not to serve America's interests, but to crush America's knowledge of nutrition and health. This is a Dark Ages policy that's causing untold harm to America.

More cities need to stand up to the FDA's tyranny
Today even NYC has run afoul of the FDA's absurd position that foods have no role in human health, but this is precisely what America needs today: a local revolt against federal ignorance about the relationship between food and health.

While the federal SNAP program drives Americans into disease, cities and states need to embrace fruit-and-vegetable programs that can help pull Americans out of the death spiral of junk foods and medications.

And that's why NYC sets a shining example in this particular case, demonstrating what other cities need to follow if they hope to survive the disastrous collapse of health now emerging across America.

We here at Natural News applaud the efforts by NYC officials to prescribe fruits and vegetables as treatments for disease, and we encourage other cities to join in this effort that pays huge dividends in terms of public health and "sick care" cost savings.

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The Futility of Comparing Yourself to Others

By Leo Babauta / 06.17.2013

One of the biggest reasons we’re not content with ourselves and our lives is that we compare ourselves to other people.

Picture it: you see photos of what someone else is doing on Facebook and think your life isn’t exciting enough. You see someone else who has a cool job and think you’re not doing that great in your career. You see someone with a hotter body, and feel bad about yours. You see someone who has created an awesome business, and think you’re not doing enough. You read about people who are traveling the world, learning languages, going to exotic resorts and restaurants, and wonder why you’re not.

Of course, you’re comparing your reality to an ideal, a fantasy.

It’s not a comparison that makes sense. You can’t compare apples to apples when you compare yourself to anyone else. Which means it’s a dumb comparison — why would you compare how tangy an orange is compared to a beach? They’re not similar things.

Let’s take an example: I’m out running in the park, and I see someone running past me. Obviously he’s a faster runner, and better than me! Oh, that makes me feel horrible about myself as a runner!

Except I can’t compare myself to that faster runner, because I don’t have all the information. I don’t know:

  • how far they’re running (I might be running 12 miles and they’re running 2)
  • where they are in their training plan (I might be starting out on my plan, while they’re in week 20)
  • where they are in their particular run (I might be warming up, while they’re at the hardest part of their workout)
  • how many years they’ve been running (maybe I’ve only started, and they’ve been running for 15 years)
  • their injury status (maybe I recently injured an ankle while they’re not injured)
  • what event they’re training for (maybe they are training for a mile race, or a bike race, and I’m training for a 50-mile race)
  • what else is going on in their lives (maybe they have nothing else going on, while I’ve been working hard, socializing, and moving to a new house and getting little sleep)
  • what motivates them (maybe I just like the peace of running mindfully, while they want to beat everyone else on the path)
  • Given these and a bunch of other factors I don’t know anything about, why would I compare my speed at this moment with the speed of another runner? They’re irrelevant to each other. We just happen to be both running on the same path at the same time, but that’s coincidence, and nothing else is the same.

And even if everything else were exactly the same (would never happen), how would the comparison be useful? It would be meaningless even then.

The only thing I should focus on, as a runner, is myself. Enjoy the run. Learn about myself as I run. Keep going, and in doing so, I’ll get better — compared to myself.

And that’s the only thing we should focus on in life — enjoy the walk, learn about ourselves, keep taking steps and drop the comparisons. You’ll love the journey even more.

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Fat Black Men: Let's Fix This!

What we rarely hear about, though, is how 70% of Black men, age 20 or over, are currently overweight. When it comes to high blood..

We talk so much about overweight Black women—from “concerned” discussions of studies that reveal troubling rates of obesity in sisters, to snarky comments about how fat Black women should stop thinking they’re “cute” and focus on getting fit (’cause, you know, you can’t possibly find yourself attractive and work on your health at the same time).
What we rarely hear about, though, is how 70% of Black men, age 20 or over, are currently overweight. When it comes to high blood pressure, men have the ladies outnumbered;  26% of Black men are sufferers, in comparison to 23% of Black women. Type 2 diabetes? More Black men are being diagnosed with the disease and, unsurprisingly, 30% more Black men are succumbing to diabetes than women.
If “Black America” is facing such a serious health crisis, why isn’t the public fully informed? We see messages that tell Black women that one in four of us over the age of 55 has type 2 diabetes, and documentaries tell us how half of all Black children born today are bound to develop diabetes in their lifetimes, but what about men?
When Big Pun died of a heart attack in 2000, we kept our mouths shut. We didn’t tell men the alarmist’s trope: it could be you. When Fat Joe lost 100lbs and specifically mentioned his boy as a part of his motivation, we nodded, smiled, but we didn’t press anyone on it. We didn’t rub that in anyone’s faces and say “Look, you can do it!, too” When legendary Power 106 DJ Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander penned his weight loss memoir An XL Life: Staying Big At Half the Size, about his journey with his weight loss surgery, we didn’t hand copies of his book to the men in our lives en masse, hoping they’d take the hint.
Yet, the Internet is full of woman-bashing, fat-shaming and general-purpose hatred admonishing Black women for their size…

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All Natural My Butt! Nice Try Naked Juice and PepsiCo

by Christina Sarich / July 22nd, 2013 

While government agencies like the FDA keep stalling on demanding rigorous scientific testing of numerous questionable ingredients, GMO foods, and the correct labeling of such foods, PepsiCo has recently agreed to settle out of court for $9 million over a class action lawsuit that claimed ‘natural’ and ‘non-GMO’ on their bottles was misleading since they are made with GMO ingredients, as well as synthetic and ‘unnatural’ items.

The plaintiffs in the suit claimed that PepsiCo gave the “the false impression that the beverages vitamin content is due to the nutritious fruits and juices, rather than the added synthetic compounds such as calcium pantothenate (synthetically produced from formaldehyde)” and “Fibersol-2 (a proprietary synthetic digestion-resistant fiber produced by Archer Daniels Midland and developed by a Japanese chemical company), fructooligosaccharides (a synthetic fiber and sweetener), and inulin (an artificial and invisible fiber added to foods to … increase fiber content without the typical fiber mouth-feel).”

The amount of synthetic additives in Naked juices are quite possibly more than anything ‘natural’ at all. It certainly isn’t a ‘100% juice” smoothie as the labeling on the bottle currently states. Naked juices contain up to 11 different chemicals including: niacinamide, d-alpha tocopherol acetate, cyanocobalamin, and pyridoxine hydrochloride, just to name a few.

And as you may have expected, of course Pepsi Co donated more than $2.5 million dollars to help defeat Proposition 37 in California that would have required companies like Pepsi to label all products that contain GMOs in any form. The ‘Right to Know” ballot was defeated due to special interest groups like Syngenta, Dow, Monsanto, Pepsi Co, and others who helped finance its demise.

If you would like to avoid PepsiCo altogether since they are actively trying to push GMO foods and chemical laden drinks on the public while trying to pass them off as ‘health’ food, you might have a hard time ignoring the company – they are in almost every country and make everything from Pepsi Cola to Frito Lay Chips, Tropicana Juices, Quaker Oates and Gatorade. But learn of what they create, and you can steer clear.

You can also email PepsiCo’s Senior Director with your opinion about their GMO and unnatural products. The Organic Consumers Association has created a simple way to do send a message to the senior director of Communications, Mike Torres.

If you want real juice, try putting some organic apples, lemons and kale in a juicer. No corporate lies need to be added to the recipe.

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Sleep Well to Avoid a Heart Attack

Sound sleep habits and healthy lifestyle reduces risk of fatal heart attack by nearly eighty percent
Monday, July 22, 2013 by: John Phillip

Most people understand the importance of getting a good night's sleep to feel refreshed and alert the next morning. Experts repeatedly recommend sleeping seven to nine hours each night in a quiet, totally dark environment to stimulate the production of melatonin to enhance the quality of sleep and allow the body to perform routine metabolic repair functions necessary to help prevent disease and promote vibrant health. It may come as a surprise to some that either too much or too little sleep can contribute significantly to the development of cardiovascular disease and death from a heart attack.

Researchers from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, publishing the result of a study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology have found that a good night's sleep can increase the health benefits of exercise, proper diet, moderate alcohol consumption and not smoking. Scientists determined that these lifestyle habits synergistically help to protect against cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Proper sleep duration improves vascular biomarkers to drastically lower risk of a fatal cardiac event
In an amazing finding, the study team found that the effect of sufficient sleep on heart-related deaths could be as strong as not smoking. Lead study author, Dr. Monique Verschuren noted "It is always important to confirm results... but the evidence is certainly growing that sleep should be added to our list of CVD risk factors." Lack of quality sleep has been linked to obesity, high blood pressure and other factors directly associated with cardiovascular risk.

In a large study consisting of 6,672 men and 7,967 women, aged from 20 to 65 years who were free of CVD, the team found that the combination of the four traditional lifestyle factors was linked to a 57 percent lower risk of both fatal and non-fatal CVD, and a 67 percent lower risk of fatal events. When the researchers added sufficient sleep (defined as seven continuous hours, but less than nine hours each night) as a factor, the heart benefit increased further: the risk of composite CVD was 65 percent lower and the risk of fatal events was 83 percent lower.

In an effort to explain the results, the scientists point to prior studies showing that short sleep duration is associated with a higher incidence of overweight, obesity and hypertension leading to higher levels of blood pressure, total cholesterol and triglycerides, consistent with increased cardiovascular disease risk. Combining a quality night's sleep of more than seven hours with the other identified lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption) is a recipe for lowering the risk of death from a heart attack by more than eighty percent, clearly worth the small amount of extra effort.

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Reverse Diabetes With a Raw Food Diet

Monday, July 22, 2013 by: Antonia

A raw organic vegan diet is said to provide the body with everything necessary to stop and possibly reverse disease. The claim is that the foods that are natural and from the Earth contain everything the body needs to survive and thrive.

More than that, being raw prevents the live force in the food from being destroyed by heat. Doing this alone has brought on some very interesting testimonials around the world. Now, when eliminating harmful foods from the diet at the same time as incorporating more healthful plant based foods, the body has more of an opportunity to heal at the cellular level.

Meet Dave Conrardy who turned his life around after changing his diet
Conrardy, a.k.a. Dave "the raw food trucker" once suffered from diabetes, colon cancer, and weighed a whopping 430 pounds. He learned about sprouting and juicing and took the challenge. He says that from the time he read the book There Is a Cure for Diabetes by Gabriel Cousens he "was off of all [his] diabetic meds in four days."

After about a year and a half Conrardy had dropped 230 pounds from his unhealthy weight. The diabetes had lifted as well. In just six months he was off of 24 out of 25 of his prescription medications.

The irreversible was reversed
At one point before his diet change his kidneys were leaking proteins into his blood system. He was told that the issue was non-reversible and that he would end up on a kidney dialysis machine. In just shy of a year with raw food, Conrardy's kidneys were no longer leaking proteins.

He says that colon cancer (stage 1) was gone just after six months on his organic plant based diet. No chemotherapy or radiation was used.

Mr. Conrardy feels that he is alive today because of his turn towards a more wholesome diet. He is involved in spreading the word even further now so as to help others.

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Workers Saving Too Little to Retire

Workers and employers in the U.S. are bracing for a retirement crisis, even as the stock market sits near highs and the economy shows signs of improvement.

New data show that powerful financial and demographic forces are combining to squeeze individuals and companies that are trying to save for the future and make their money last.

Fifty-seven percent of U.S. workers surveyed reported less than $25,000 in total household savings and investments excluding their homes, according to a report to be released Tuesday by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Only 49% reported having so little money saved in 2008.

The survey also found that 28% of Americans have no confidence they will have enough money to retire comfortably—the highest level in the study's 23-year history.

The same forces are weighing on corporate balance sheets. Based on another recent report, the Society of Actuaries said that rising life expectancies could add as much as $97 billion to corporate pension liabilities in coming years, an increase of up to 5%.

While Americans are living longer, the extended life spans will make it tougher for workers trying to stretch retirement savings and put additional strains on pension plans.

Scott Ghelfi, 49 years old, a small-business owner in Falmouth, Mass., and his wife own two candy stores and a children's clothing shop. He said they didn't make their normal $24,000 contribution to their retirement plan two years ago because they couldn't afford to take the money out of the businesses.

The total amount in the couple's retirement accounts is less than $200,000, which he considers inadequate.

"Sales are fine, but we're not growing rapidly like we were several years back, and everything is more expensive," Mr. Ghelfi said.

He isn't alone. The percentage of workers who have saved for retirement plunged to 66% from 75% in 2009, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute survey.

Only about half of the 1,003 workers and 251 retirees surveyed said they were sure they could come up with $2,000 if an unexpected need were to arise in the next month.

Saving for retirement is a big goal for many folks. Here's a look at how much they're saving, how prepared they feel and what their adviser is telling them.

"Workers are recognizing there is a crisis," said Alicia Munnell, director of the Boston College Center for Retirement Research. She noted that companies continue to do away with traditional pensions.

The survey of workers and retirees was conducted in January, even as the U.S. stock market was heading toward new highs.

Many people are struggling to make sure they don't run out of money in retirement, said Jack VanDerhei, research director at EBRI, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C.

The EBRI survey doesn't count traditional pensions, which are designed to provide retirees for steady income throughout their lives.

But pensions have become a much smaller component of Americans' retirement-savings mix over the years. The portion of private-sector U.S. workers covered only by so-called defined-benefit plans fell to 3% in 2011 from 28% in 1979, according to U.S. Department of Labor data compiled by EBRI.

Companies that still offer pensions might have to kick in more money to account for longer life spans.

The Society of Actuaries in September released the first update since 2000 to its mortality projections for U.S. retirement plans, which project life spans for pensioners.

The report offers assumptions that actuaries use to project mortality rates.

Companies are expected to start using the new assumptions this year.

According to the society, a male who reaches age 65 in 2013 is expected to live an additional 20.5 years, up from 19.5 in the earlier projections. Women turning 65 this year are now expected to live an additional 22.7 years, up from 21.3.

Although the increases might seem small, Bruce Cadenhead, chief retirement actuary with Mercer, a consulting unit of Marsh & McLennan Cos., MMC -0.69% said they are the largest he has seen in more than 25 years.

"It represents a meaningful jump in liabilities," he said.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. GT +1.55% cited the growth in the life expectancy for its plan's beneficiaries as one reason its global pension-funding gap widened to $3.5 billion last year from $3.1 billion in 2011. A Goodyear spokesman said it made the mortality adjustment "because we saw an increase in [the] actual longevity of our participants."

U.S. pension obligations for all publicly traded companies based in the U.S. totaled $1.93 trillion at the end of 2012, up from $1.60 trillion in 2008, according to Mercer.

The effect of longer life spans on pension obligations has been dwarfed by the impact of declining interest rates over recent years. Because of the way pension obligations are calculated, lower interest rates means that future obligations are higher today.

But interest rates are likely to rise at some point, which will lessen pension obligations. That is less likely with longevity assumptions.

"Rates can go up," said Rama Variankaval, an executive director in the corporate finance advisory group of J.P. Morgan Chase JPM -0.64% & Co.'s investment bank. "Mortality is more of a one-way street."

Individuals face the same problem, Mr. Cadenhead said: "If we're asking them to provide for their own retirement, they're living longer, and it takes more money to provide for their own needs over the course of a lifetime."

Joe LaCascia, a 75-year-old retired insurance broker in Polk City, Fla., said he and his wife thought they would have enough savings outside their life insurance policies to last until age 95.

Now, he estimates he only has enough to last until they're 85.

He said he is more concerned about what the future holds for his children, a 51-year-old art director-turned-roadie and a 49-year-old third-grade teacher.

"They're never going to be able to create wealth, other than what our generation leaves them and what they do with it," he said. "They have more uncertainty than we have."

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"Reduce Red Meat: Extend Life," says Harvard

by Christina Sarich
July 21st, 2013

According to Harvard Medical School, cutting out or reducing red meat consumption can help prolong your life by up to 20%. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at 84,000 women and 38,000 men’s diets in order to determine if it was really beneficial to consume a big juicy steak several times a week. The study found, unequivocally, that people who ate the most red meat (especially processed red meats) died younger, and most often from cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
“We estimated that substitutions of 1 serving per day of other foods (including fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) for 1 serving per day of red meat were associated with a 7% to 19% lower mortality risk. We also estimated that 9.3% of deaths in men and 7.6% in women in these cohorts could be prevented at the end of follow-up if all the individuals consumed fewer than 0.5 servings per day (approximately 42 g/d) of red meat.”
Even though people who consumed high levels of red meat also tended to smoke, drink, and have less-than-healthy body weights, those factors were calculated into the study, and people who ate more red meat still died sooner than their more vegetarian counterparts. The study concluded that each daily serving of red meat increased risk of death by 13%. The impact rose to 20% if the serving was processed, as in food items like hot dogs, bacon, and cold cuts.
“This study provides clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, contributes substantially to premature death,” according to Dr. Frank Hu, one of the senior scientists involved in the study and a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Walter Willet, a senior scientists on the study said:
“If someone is age 60 and has a 50% chance of dying in the next 25 years, adding one serving a day would increase his risk of dying in that time to about 57%, and if he had two servings a day, this would be about a 63% risk of dying in that time.”
The good news is that you don’t have to go completely meat free, though. You can substitute other proteins that the body can more easily assimilate and digest. Fish resulted in a 7% decrease in risk, beans and legumes resulted in a 10% decrease in risk, chicken and whole grains resulted in a 14% reduction, and nuts as a source of protein offered a whopping 19% reduction in cardiovascular and cancer risks compared to red meat consumption. The study did not measure sprouted beans or other sprouted seeds that often have up to 900% more nutritional value for the body as well.

Furthermore, many farm-raised animals which supply meat are fed on GMO diets, which can cause cancer, organ failure and other unsavory health concerns.

The study was funded by grants from the NIH and by a career development award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The study authors reported that they had no conflicts of interest.

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Be Sure to Chew Your Food!

Chewing Food more Increases Energy Availability and Nutritional Potency
by Elizabeth Renter / July 21st, 2013
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If you were ever told to chew your food at the dinner table, or if you’ve ever said it to your children, the main motivation was likely to prevent choking, not increase nutrient absorption. But researchers with Purdue University suggest chewing your food into fine particles could actually improve their digestion and the rate and volume at which nutrients are able to be used – which can lead to weight loss.

The findings of this research was recently presented at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago. In the study, scientists looked at participants, how they chewed almonds and the amount of fecal fat and energy loss associated with the chewing. Some participants chewed the almonds 10 times, some 25, and others 40.

Those who chewed the almonds the most seemed to reap the most from them nutritionally. The smaller particles were absorbed into the body at a faster pace. And those who chewed less, eliminated those larger particles without them being completely broken down.

While chewing habits are developed from a young age and may be difficult to change, the benefits could be worthwhile.
“Particle size [affects the] bioaccessibility of the energy of the food that is being consumed. The more you chew, the less is lost and more is retained in the body,” explained lead researcher Dr. Richard Mattes.
Fatty acids, when lost through waste, are a wasted energy source. Dr. Mattes explains that “Fiber binds with fatty acids to create energy sources in the body.” Therefore, getting high quality fiber sources (like those from organic vegetables, fruits, and whole grains), and chewing them well decreases (nutrient) fat loss and increases energy levels.

Additionally, chewing your food properly makes for proper digestion, which also helps with weight loss. What’s more, chewing your food more will spark a change in your eating habits, causing you to eat more slowly and therefore less food, as you’ll become full faster.

While several other factors may play a role in how the body processes food into energy, this study certainly gives us something to chew on (pun!). Chewing slowly and deliberately has also been shown to reduce overeating and prevent choking. Yes, your mother was right—chewing your food is a healthy habit to embrace.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Cancer Thrives on Processed Sugar!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by: Jonathan Benson

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, your dietary habits could be significantly adding to your risk of developing cancer. New research published in the journal Nature Medicine has confirmed that processed sugar is one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors, so much so that the future of cancer screening could rely on scanning the body for sugar accumulation.

Scientists from University College London (UCL) in the U.K. made this discovery after experimenting with a new cancer detection method that involves utilizing a unique form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). After sensitizing an MRI scanner to look specifically for glucose in the body, it was revealed that cancer tumors, which feed off sugar, light up brightly as they contain high amounts of sugar.

"The new technique, called 'glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer' (glucoCEST), is based on the fact that tumors consume much more glucose (a type of sugar) than normal, healthy tissues in order to sustain their growth," explains a recent UCL announcement, noting that tumors appear as "bright images" on MRI scans of mice.

Traditionally, cancer screenings have involved the use of low-dose radiation injections to identify the presence of tumors, which makes sense as radiation is another known cause of cancer. The things that trigger and promote cancer development and spread, in other words, can also be used by doctors to detect it inside the body. And now sugar can officially be added to this list.

"The method uses an injection of normal sugar and could offer a cheap, safe alternative to existing methods for detecting tumors, which require the injection of radioactive material," says Dr. Simon Walker-Samuel, lead researcher of the study from the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI).

Interestingly, it was also noted by the study's senior author that the amount of sugar in "half a standard sized chocolate bar" is all it takes to effectively identify the presence of tumors using the glucoCEST method. This is astounding, as it suggests that even relatively low amounts of sugar have the potential to promote cancer proliferation.

Many cancer tumors respond directly to insulin produced by sugar consumption

The UCL study is hardly the only one to have identified a connection between processed sugar consumption and diseases like cancer. Other research, including that being currently being conducted by Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D., a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), confirms that the bulk of chronic illnesses prevalent today are caused by sugar consumption.

You can watch a presentation from Dr. Lustig entitled Sugar: The Bitter Truth here:

As far as cancer is concerned, hormones produced by the body in response to sugar consumption also feed cancer cells. This means that every time you down a soda or eat a piece of cake, your body produces certain chemicals that tell cancer cells to not only start taking up sugar, but also to grow in size and spread.

"What we're beginning to learn is that insulin can cause adverse effects in various tissues, and a particular concern is cancer," says Dr. Lewis Cantley, head of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) at Harvard University, as quoted during an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes.

"If you happen to have a tumor that has insulin receptors on it, then it will get stimulated to take up the glucose that's in the bloodstream," he adds. "So rather than going to the fat or to the muscle, the glucose now goes into the tumor, and the tumor uses it to grow."

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Dry Brushing to Detoxify Your Body

July 15, 2013 - by Dr. Jockers

Dry Brushing to Detoxify Your Body:
Dry brushing your skin may be one of the easiest and best ways to detoxify your body on a regular basis.  The skin is estimated to eliminate over a pound of waste each day through its pores and through the elimination of dead skin cells from the body.  Dry brushing is an effective way to maximize the toxin elimination channels of the skin.

The integumentary system is made up of a network of dead epidermal cells forming the skin, hair, fingernails and toenails.  All of these are a form of pulling toxins out of the body.  The hair is often used to measure the level of toxic heavy metals in the body.  The sweat glands also play an active role in flushing toxins out through perspiration.

Detoxifying Through Your Skin Cells:
As skin cells get closer and closer to the outer surface of the body they lose their blood supply and die.  This is an effective strategy of the body to eliminate wastes in these cells by sloughing off these old dead cells.  Every minute we lose over 30,000 dead skin cells which are replaced by new healthy skin cells.  Bathing and good personal hygiene practices enhance the normal eliminatory patterns of the skin.

Dry skin brushing helps to improve circulation, stimulates lymphatic drainage and firms the skin.  The improvement in circulation improves brain function and gives an individual more energy.  By improving lymphatic flow it can help prevent the formation of unsightly cellulite. Dry brushing also sloughs off old dead skin cells and the toxic debris within them while initiating the development of new healthy skin cells.

How to Dry Brush Correctly:
It is important to find a brush with soft natural bristles.  Synthetic bristles often contain chemicals that are best to avoid.   The brushes are typically available at a local health food store in the price range of six to ten dollars.

It is best to begin with light, gentle brushing and overtime the skin will be able to handle brushing a little deeper.   The strokes should move toward the heart to improve lymphatic flow back through the venous system towards the heart.  When dry brushing the stomach it is best to go in a clockwise motion as that works with the natural digestive flow.

The Dry Brushing Rules For Success:
The skin may be slightly flushed afterwards but should not be red or sore.  Be sure to avoid brushing over fresh wounds, burns and cuts.  The skin should be dry but not excessively dry when brushing.  One can use coconut oil during the brushing process if the skin is very dry but be sure to clean the brush thoroughly after finishing brushing.   Shower after brushing to help remove exfoliated skin cells.

Most individuals notice that they feel refreshed and energized after dry brushing.  This is due to the elimination of toxic debris and improved circulation.  The skin also glows and feels smoother after the whole body exfoliation experience.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pringles: Cancer in a Can

To understand the nature of Pringles and other stackable chips, forget the notion that they come from actual potatoes in any recognizable way.
The Pringles Company (in an effort to avoid taxes levied against “luxury foods” like chips in the UK) once even argued that the potato content of their chips was so low that they are technically not even potato chips.
So if they’re not made of potatoes, what are they exactly?
The process begins with a slurry of rice, wheat, corn, and potato flakes that are pressed into shape.
This dough-like substance is then rolled out into an ultra-thin sheet cut into chip-cookies by a machine.
According to io9:
“The chips move forward on a conveyor belt until they’re pressed onto molds, which give them the curve that makes them fit into one another.
Those molds move through boiling oil … Then they’re blown dry, sprayed with powdered flavors, and at last, flipped onto a slower-moving conveyor belt in a way that allows them to stack.
From then on, it’s into the cans … and off towards the innocent mouths of the consumers.”
I suspect nearly everyone reading this likely enjoys the taste of potato chips. However, they are clearly one of the most toxic processed foods you can eat—whether they’re made from actual potato shavings or not.

Potato Chips are Loaded with Cancer-Causing Chemical
One of the most hazardous ingredients in potato chips is not intentionally added, but rather is a byproduct of the processing.
Acrylamide, a cancer-causing and potentially neurotoxic chemical, is created when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures, whether baked, fried, roasted or toasted. Some of the worst offenders include potato chips and French fries, but many foods cooked or processed at temperatures above 212°F (100°C) may contain acrylamide. As a general rule, the chemical is formed when food is heated enough to produce a fairly dry and brown/yellow surface. Hence, it can be found in:
Potatoes: chips, French fries and other roasted or fried potato foods
Grains: bread crust, toast, crisp bread, roasted breakfast cereals and various processed snacks
Coffee; roasted coffee beans and ground coffee powder. Surprisingly, coffee substitutes based on chicory actually contains 2-3 times MORE acrylamide than real coffee

How Much Acrylamide are You Consuming?
The federal limit for acrylamide in drinking water is 0.5 parts per billion, or about 0.12 micrograms in an eight-ounce glass of water. However, a six-ounce serving of French fries can contain 60 micrograms of acrylamide, or about FIVE HUNDRED times over the allowable limit.
Similarly, potato chips are notoriously high in this dangerous chemical. So high, in fact, that in 2005 the state of California actually sued potato chip makers for failing to warn California consumers about the health risks of acrylamide in their products. A settlement was reached in 2008 when Frito-Lay and several other potato chip makers agreed to reduce the acrylamide levels in their chips to 275 parts per billion (ppb) by 2011, which is low enough to avoid needing a cancer warning label.
The 2005 report “How Potato Chips Stack Up: Levels of Cancer-Causing Acrylamide in Popular Brands of Potato Chips,” issued by the California-basedEnvironmental Law Foundation (ELF), spelled out the dangers of this popular snack. Their analysis found that all potato chip products tested exceeded the legal limit of acrylamide by a minimum of 39 times, and as much as 910 times! Some of the worst offenders at that time included:
Cape Cod Robust Russet: 910 times the legal limit of acrylamide
Kettle Chips (lightly salted): 505 times
Kettle Chips (honey dijon): 495 times
Beware: Baked Chips May Be WORSE than Fried!

If you think you can avoid the health risks of potato chips by choosing baked varieties, which are typically advertised as being “healthier,” think again. Remember that acrylamide is formed not only when foods are fried or broiled, but also when they are baked. And according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data on acrylamide levels in foods, baked chips may contain more than three times the level of acrylamide as regular chips!
Interestingly, the same trend holds true for other foods, too, which suggests that baking processed potatoes at high temperature may be one of the worst ways to cook them. For instance, according to the FDA’s data, Ore Ida Golden Fries contained 107 ppb of acrylamide in the regular fried version and 1,098 when baked. So remember, ALL potato chips contain acrylamide, regardless of whether they are natural or not; baked or fried. Likewise, they will ALL influence your insulin levels in a very negative way.

Acrylamide is Not the Only Danger
Acrylamide is not the only dangerous genotoxic compound formed when food is heated to high temperatures.
A three-year long EU project, known as Heat-Generated Food Toxicants (HEATOX), whose findings were published at the end of 2007, found there are more than 800 heat-induced compounds, of which 52 are potential carcinogens. In addition to their finding that acrylamide does pose a public health threat, the HEATOX scientists also discovered that you’re far less likely to ingest dangerous levels of the toxin when you eat home-cooked foods compared to industrially or restaurant-prepared foods.
Additionally, the HEATOX findings also suggest that although there are ways to decrease exposure to acrylamide, it cannot be eliminated completely.
According to their calculations, successful application of all presently known methods would reduce the acrylamide intake by40 percent at the most—which makes me wonder whether chip manufacturers have really succeeded at this point in reducing acrylamide levels to within legal limits… There’s no updated data as of yet, so there’s no telling whether they’ve been able to comply with the 2005 settlement.
For more in-depth information about acrylamide, I recommend reading the online report Heat-generated Food Toxicants, Identification, Characterization and Risk Minimization.  In general however, just remember that cooking food at high temperatures is ill advised. A few of the most well-known toxins created in high-temperature cooking include:
Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs): These form when meat is cooked at high temperatures, and they’re also linked to cancer. In terms of HCA, the worst part of the meat is the blackened section, which is why you should always avoid charring your meat, and never eat blackened sections.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs): When fat drips onto the heat source, causing excess smoke, and the smoke surrounds your food, it can transfer cancer-causing PAHs to 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. When you eat the food, it transfers the AGEs into your body. AGEs build up in your body over time leading to oxidative stress, inflammation and an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease.
The Search for a “Healthful” Chip Continues…

Like a modern-day search for the Holy Grail, chip manufacturers keep searching for methods to improve the image of their health-harming but profitable snacks. For example, by the end of 2011, about half of Pepsi’s Frito-Lay brand snacks will be reformulated with all-natural ingredients. The switch is part of PepsiCo’s master plan to tap into the healthy foods market share. The Wall Street Journal recently reported the company hopes to boost their nutrition business from $10 billion to $30 billion by 2020.
The company will remove dietary hazards like monosodium glutamate (MSG), replacing it with natural seasonings, such as molasses and paprika. Artificial colors will be replaced with beet juice, purple cabbage and carrots. All in all, about different 60 snacks are scheduled to get an all-natural makeover.
This is certainly a good example of how consumer demand can alter the direction of food manufacturers in a positive way.
The reformulated chips may end up being less bad for you than the original formulations. However, chips will never be truly healthful. All-natural chips may be the lesser of two evils, but if consumed regularly, they will still push your health in the wrong direction… There’s no getting away from the fact that modern plagues such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes have a dietary component, and potato chips and French fries will always be a losing bet if you want to avoid becoming another disease statistic.

How to Avoid Heat-Induced Toxins in Your Diet
Ideally, you should consume foods that are raw or minimally processed to avoid these types of toxic byproducts—the more raw food, the better. My nutrition plan emphasizes the need for at least one-third of your foods to be consumed raw. Personally, I consume about 80 percent of my food raw, and I find it is one of the most important factors that help keep me healthy.
It may take you awhile to switch over to a less processed diet, but throwing out the most obvious culprits would be a great start.
These would include:
French fries and potato chips
All sodas (both regular and diet, as artificial sweeteners may be more problematic than fructose)

Healthy Eating Made Easy
Aside from creating potentially toxic byproducts, cooking and processing also depletes the food of valuable micronutrients, which is another reason for eating as much raw food as possible. This includes protein sources such as eggs. Raw whole eggs from organic, pastured chickens are an incredible source of high-quality nutrients that many are deficient in. Raw milk is another good example of a food that is beneficial in its raw state but becomes harmful after it is pasteurized.
By opting for foods that will benefit your health, such as raw, preferably organic and/or locally-grown vegetables, organic grass-fed meats, healthy oils, raw dairy, nuts and seeds, you can change your health for the better. These are the foods that are truly natural, and quite easy to prepare once you get the hang of it.
For a step-by-step guide to make the transition to a healthier diet as simple and smooth as possible, simply follow the advice in my optimized nutrition plan.
Remember, eating fresh whole foods is the “secret” to getting healthier, losing weight and really enjoying your food. It’s unfortunate that so many are under the mistaken belief that it’s “next to impossible” to create a meal without processed foods. Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough tackle this issue head-on in their book Real Food Has Curves, which is a great starting point to “relearn” the basics of how to enjoy and prepare real food.
Once you get used to it, you’ll find you can whip up a healthful meal from scratch in the same amount of time it would have taken you to drive down the street to pick up fast food. The main difference will be greater satisfaction, both physically and mentally, and perhaps even financially, as processed foods typically end up being more expensive than cooking from scratch.

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Lick Your Sweet Tooth… For Good

JULY 11, 2013 BY JULIE

Do you need sweets to get through the day? Is your next sweet fix constantly on your mind? If so, you need to know how to beat your cravings for sweets.

Too much sugar in your diet is harmful for your health. Period. Excess added sugars promote overweight and obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, some types of dementia, frail bones, bad eyesight and much more. In fact, diets rich in added sugars may be the best way to accelerate aging while reducing added sugars may help prevent some age-related health issues.

In addition, newer studies suggest that added sugars have addictive qualities and impact on our hunger.

Here how to beat your cravings for sweets. On day 1, do Tip 1. On day 2, follow tips 1 and 2, etc for 5 days. Then, after that, continue to stick to all of these strategies for at least 14 days. By the end of two weeks, you should have conquered your cravings.

1. Nix all sources of liquid sugars in your diet
Since sodas and other sweetened beverages provide about half of all the added sugar in the typical American diet, they’re the first to jettison. They don’t contribute to fullness so you won’t miss them.

2. Avoid using sugar substitutes
 was really hard for me for the first two days, but then I didn’t miss it whatsoever. Because sugar substitutes are more intensely sweet than cane sugar, once you get accustomed to their level of sweetness, it takes more natural sweeteners to be sweet-satisfied. They may also affect the natural hunger hormones as well, making it harder to control your appetite.

3. Become a Sugar Sleuth
For one week, read the Nutrition Facts and ingredient list for everything you eat and drink. If “sugars” on the label are more than 8 grams, go directly to the ingredient list and skip it if you see a form of added sugars in the ingredient list. If there is no sugar in the ingredient list, it means that the food or beverage contains natural sugars; we don’t we don’t worry about them because they’re not “metabolically equivalent” to added sugars.

(Common cues that equal added sugar in ingredient lists include sucrose, dextrose, sorbitol, mannitol, honey, agave, dextrin, maltodextrin, high fructose corn syrup and any other syrup. For the most part, if there is an “-ose,” or “-ols” it means it’s a sugar. Although sucralose is a sugar substitute.)

4. Start Each Day Sugar-Free
Starting your day off right is one of the best ways to stay on track with any diet. For me, a sugar-free breakfast would be eggs & veggies or egg white omelets. Research shows that eating eggs for breakfast, compared to toast or bagels, eat fewer calories over a 24-hour period, most likely because eating eggs doesn’t cause the same blood sugar and insulin response as a carbohydrate-rich breakfast. I also opt for plain oatmeal with Greek yogurt or peanut butter; fresh fruit; dried fruit and nuts; baked potatoes with low-fat cottage cheese or cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes. I even find leftovers from dinners are a great way to keep any cravings for sweets tempered during the day.

5. Learn to Love Natural Sugars
Don’t think about what you can’t have; focus on what you can eat and drink. For sweets, try dried fruit, (dates are sugar like candy to me now), fresh fruit, roasted veggies, and caramelized onions. There are many foods that provide natural sweetness—they’ve just been pushed aside by the more intensely sweet crystal whites.

6. Live Sugar-Free for 2 Weeks
After 14 days sugar-free, your desire for sweets should be vastly reduced. If you want to reintroduce small amounts of added sweeteners, start by incorporating them into meals, as sugars eaten with other foods are less harmful than when they’re eaten alone. Try to keep your sugar intake to the American Heart Association’s limits for added sugars: 100 calories (6 tsp) for women and 150 calories (9 tsp) for men.

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Death Sentence Beat by Mother Nature

This powerful testimonial was written by an anonymous cancer survivor that went from certain death to complete remission using alternative medicine over his Oncologist’s objections. This case is especially noteworthy because of the swiftness, 4 months, of the cure and the fact it was verified by an Oncologist using Pet/CT scans before and after alternative treatment. There is something powerful to be learned by all cancer survivors here. – Pdazzler

Colon Cancer
I am a 41 year old male that has been diagnosed with STAGE 4 COLON CANCER. My Oncologist told me I had only 6 months to 1 year to live without Chemotherapy, and 2 to 3 years left to live with Chemo. When the doctor gives you a death sentence like that, you begin to question what the next 2 to 3 years would be like going with their drugs. Not good!!! 6 months of Chemo just to go into another PET/CT scan. After that they would start dumping more poison into me until eventual death. What other conclusion could there be? Scans and Chemo, “Until Death Do Us Part”.

I had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 6 years ago, and did 3 months of Chemo and a month of Radiation to get rid of it. Those treatments left me with lymphedema of the left arm and fried saliva glands. I still have a swollen left arm and dry mouth today. I wish I knew then what I know now. I would have never gone through that misery!

Well, my family and friends insisted on me doing the Chemo. I figured since I did Chemo before, I wondered how much more damage could it possibly do. The Oncologist said that this Chemo was baby food compared to the Chemo I did for the Lymphoma. So I tried the Chemo. I went for two times getting that poison flowing into my body.

The first round had almost no side effects, but the second round hit my stomach like I just drank a cup of acid. My stomach hurt for 10 days after the Chemo, and what did I have to look forward to?…more poison in 4 days. NOT!!! I would rather let the cancer kill me than the Chemo.

Exercise is Critical
That’s when my journey onto a path less traveled began. It worked! 4 months later I had another PET/CT scan and the Oncologist said, “I don’t know what you are doing, but keep it up. I can’t point to any area of your body and say that you have cancer.”

Well, great news! I’M CURED! The Oncologist didn’t even want to know what I did. If it is not DRUGS they don’t want to know. There is no money in natural cures so they won’t even listen. Personally, if I want to die from a drug it will be an enjoyable one!!! There is NOTHING ENJOYABLE about Chemotherapy!

Before all this began, I was an avid long distance bicyclist. I was averaging at least 200 miles a week, and worked out at least twice a week at the gym. I was in great shape! My only problem was with my diet. I hated veggies! I loved meat. Not a healthy way to go obviously.

All this began with a simple side ache. My doctor thought I had a kidney infection, and put me on antibiotics for a month. The pain seemed to have gone, but I went for a bike ride and the pain came back. The doctor sent me to a specialist/surgeon. The specialist sent me in for a CT scan. He called me at 5:30 pm Friday, and told me to check myself into the emergency ward at the local hospital. My appendix needed to come out.

He went in for laparoscope surgery and found more infection going on and cut me wide open. He ended up removing half my large intestine and left me with an ileostomy bag. While I was recovering, an Oncologist came in and told me that 2 out of 12 lymph nodes tested positive for Colon Cancer. Stage 3 at that point. He wanted to start me up on Chemo right away. Well, there was no way in hell I was going through 6 months of Chemo with this dehumanizing ileostomy bag. So I fired the first Oncologist.

After the specialist put me back together, three months later I had a PET/CT scan. The cancer had spread! Stage 4 with a 2 inch golf ball size tumor under where my belly button used to be, 2 lymph nodes in my abdominal area, and a spot in my chest. The second Oncologist gave me the news…maybe a year to live without and 2 -3 years with Chemo.

My facebook friends told me about a documentary called “THE BEAUTIFUL TRUTH” WOW! What an eye opener that was. I bought the books “THE GERSON THERAPY” and “SETTING YOURSELF APART FROM THE SEEDS OF CANCER” and followed the program. I also tried almost every natural cure, and supplement that I could find and afford.

Other therapies include Apricot seeds or B17 Laetrile, Rick Simpson Hemp Oil, Detox Showers, and other supplements. I can’t say for sure what cured my cancer. I got a lot of information from Pdazzler.com and Pdazzler.net. He has almost every natural cure there is on his sites. Pdazzler sites are very well organized and an awesome source of information. Paul also answers questions and gives great advice.

I gave up all meat and dairy, processed foods, and sugar. I started juicing 10 cups of carrot juice and 7 cups of multi-colored veggies with powdered Spirulina, Chlorella, Vita-mineral Greens, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, and Greens To Go. I was also drinking smoothies with lots of veggies and some fruits to get the fiber in my diet.

The other part is the daily coffee enemas. Detoxing is very important! I was also monitoring my pH levels. Cancer can’t live in an alkaline environment so increase the body’s pH levels, and starve the cancer of sugar and say bye bye to the cancer. On top of my diet, I ate 40 apricot seeds a day and enough Rick Simpson Hemp Oil to have cured my cancer three times. Almost two grams a day in gel caps. Now the Oncologist said that this was good and healthy, but would not cure my cancer. He couldn’t be more wrong!

Today, I am still a vegetarian. I don’t miss meat anymore, except when I pass by a BBQ joint and smell that cooking meat. Smells great, but I tell myself that I don’t need it and just enjoy the smell. The only changes in my diet are the processed vegetarian meats. They taste as good as or even better than real meat! I don’t see any reason to ever add meat back into my diet. My body, skin, and hair feel softer and healthier than before. This is truly the road to be on! I still do coffee enemas almost daily, and 5000 mg a day of vitamin C and 5000 i.u. of vitamin D. I was doing 10,000 mg of C and 12,000 i.u.of vitamin D on my protocol.

I encourage everyone reading this to never listen to an Oncologist. Remember, if the body produces it, the body can also eliminate the problem. The key is nutrition. Give the body what it actually needs and the body will heal itself! Thank You for reading my story. I hope it helps!

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Poultry and Penis Cancer

The largest study to date on poultry workers found a significantly increased risk of dying from penile cancer, thought to be due to exposure to oncogenic (cancer-causing) chicken viruses, which raise consumer concerns as well.

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Crossfit: Why You Should!


CrossFit is the hottest workout trend right now, and it’s really all that it’s hyped up to be. Here are 5 reasons why you should try it.

1. It’s so much fun…really, it is!!!!
I was an endurance athlete and ultimately, became a bored endurance athlete. I wanted something that didn’t require hours upon hours of training with little payoff. When a friend suggested I try CrossFit, I thought why not?

CrossFit workouts of the day, called WODs, are constantly varied and include combinations of aerobic exercise, strength training and gymnastics. WODs are short, intense and best of all—fun. After you’ve recovered from the shock and awe of what you’ve just accomplished, you realize how enjoyable it was. If you don’t trust me, ask anyone you know who does CrossFit if they think it’s fun.

2. You’ll get fitter, faster.
CrossFit is based on constantly varied, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which means you get more physiological benefits in less time compared doing one type of exercise at a low or moderate intensity, like going on a 5-6 mile jog 5 days a week. Research shows that interval training (higher efforts combined with active rest) is more effective than low or moderate intensity workouts for boosting your metabolism and transforming your body from flab to fab. And because muscles continually adapt to an exercise load, switching up what you do is key to keep gaining additional fitness benefits.

But don’t let the word “intense” scare you: WODs are scaled to your current conditioning so you’ll be just fine from Day 1.

3. Strong is the new skinny
If you’ve ever seen women who are consistent with CrossFit training, you’ll say, I want THAT. CrossFit is one of the best ways to go from flab to fab. This is the sport that coined phrases like “Strong is the New Skinny!” and “Does this dress make my butt look weak?” See how these See CrossFit women embrace their strong, healthy CrossFit-built bodies:

Unlike other exercise programs designed to get you pin-thin, CrossFit is designed to help you create a beautiful, lean physique that not only looks great but also allows you to do things you never thought you could. You’ll have strength to do lots of pull-ups and push-ups, stamina to run for miles as well as better balance, agility and coordination. You’ll feel confident about yourself and how strong and fit you feel. If you do CrossFit and eat right you’ll lose fat and get stronger at the same time.

4. You’ll gain a new social network
(…and may find a partner…if you need one)
Since I’ve been going to my CrossFit gym (called box), Tamalpais CrossFit in Marin County, CA, I have a whole new second family. Cross fit is often referred to as a cult because Cross Fitters are close-knit and they often socialize together. CrossFit boxes are as much about community as they are a place to workout. Egos are checked at the door; everyone is supportive on each other and will help you reach your personal goals. The other great thing is that no matter where you are in the world, you’ll be welcome at other CrossFit facilities. I’ve been to them in New Zealand, NY, MI, AZ, IL, MA, and have felt welcome everywhere.  Another added bonus: Single CrossFitters often find like-minded mates to date and even my niece, met her future husband at CrossFit LA.

To find a local box in your area, use this CrossFit locator.

5. CrossFit will make you a better person.
There are so many ways CrossFit can improve your life, I’ll share a few: It’ll:

Improve your self-confidence and self-esteem;

Make you love and appreciate your body;

Encourage you to be more disciplined about what you eat and how much you train;

Help you lose excess body fat and gain muscle;

Improve your overall health and reduce risk for chronic disease;

Give you a whole new group of friends that you can share experiences with; and

Make you smile!

Go ahead, give it a try….then email us to let us know what you think.

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Infant Constipation?

Infant constipation is a very common problem and is frequently seen by both pediatricians and family doctors. Constipation is usually diagnosed when an infant or child has hard stools or has difficulty pooping. Infants are noted to strain excessively and have difficulty passing stools, even though their stools are of normal consistency. The difficulty in passing stool is thought to represent a delay in maturation of intestinal motility.

What Causes Infant Constipation?
Normally, as digested food travels down the intestines, water and nutrients are absorbed and the waste material becomes stools. For a soft stool to form, enough water must remain in the waste material, and the lower intestinal and rectal muscles must contract and relax to move the stool along and out. A malfunction of either of these mechanisms, too little water or poor muscle movement, can cause constipation.

Being plugged up with a hard stool for three days can be very uncomfortable, so of course your baby might become quite colicky.

Your child should be checked by a pediatrician if the bowels do not move daily.

The first poops that come out of a newborn are the thick, sticky, tarry meconium stools. The newborn infant should have his or her first stool within 24 hours after birth. Failure to pass stool by 48 hours of life may signify a more serious condition such as Hirschsprung's disease, meconium ileus due to cystic fibrosis, or hypothyroidism. Further evaluation of the infant is needed if no bowel movement has occurred within the first 48 hours.

During the first week of your baby's life, these give way, in breast-fed babies, to soft, yellow, breast-milk stools. By the time a baby is one week old, an average of 8 to 10 of these pleasant (as stools go) stools should occur each day.

For most breast-fed babies, the number drops to about 4 stools per day by 4 weeks old (although many kids have a different pattern). Formula-fed babies usually poop less often at this age, and the stools do not change much with time until solid foods are introduced (because unlike breast milk, formula doesn't change over time). Formula-fed stools are often tan or yellow at this stage, and a little firmer than breast-milk stools. For any baby, tan, yellow, green, or brown stools can all be normal. By 8 weeks old, the average amount of stool drops to 1-2 per day.

Unfortunately, many doctors erroneously tell parents that many babies will go only every 3 to 8 days or less and that this can be completely normal. One train of thought is that breast milk is an amazing food that leaves very little in the way of waste.

Just like grown-ups, children need to move their bowels daily. In Childhood Diseases, Dr. John R. Christopher states that, "over ninety percent of all diseases and malfunctions of children's bodies (as with adults) stem from the unclean intestinal tract, constipation, with infrequent or difficult evacuation of the feces, retention of the feces, and lack of coordination in the nerve and muscle functions of the colon and bowel." I would agree that in order for your child to maintain optimal health throughout life, as well as to avoid many common childhood health related problems, your child needs to move the bowels daily.

Common Myths
A glycerin suppository could be useful at the outset to get that first stool moving, but even doctors discourage its regular use. A small amount of water inserted into the colon with an infant bulb syringe is just as effective and healthier.

Karo syrup: Sugar in any form is not healthy for babies

Mineral oil is a mixture of hydrocarbons dried from petroleum products. It is not safe. It has no nutritional benefits. This oil can interfere with vitamin absorption.

Many encourage parents to use fruit juice when an infant or toddler is constipated. I believe that babies, as well as adults, should limit the amount of juice that they drink as this can lead to all sorts of over consumption of sugar problems. Too much juice can cause tummy aches, tooth decay, and perhaps obesity. In addition, kids can fill up on juice and miss other important sources of nutrition. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics issued recommendations in May 2001 to limit the amount of fruit juice for children.

Solutions for Infant Constipation
The most important advice I can give to you is to not start your baby on any kind of laxatives whatsoever. Regular laxative use can result in many, many problems over your child's life.

If you want to do something when babies grunt, push, or strain, try picking them up to get gravity to help them in their efforts, or try holding the knees against the chest to help them "squat" — the natural poop position.

Breast milk is the easiest food for babies to digest. If at all possible, breast feed, for as long as possible.

Babies need water. As a newborn, offer a small eye dropper full of water. When your baby is ready, give a bottle of water to sip on throughout the day. You might add a bit of cooled off Rooibos tea to the bottle. Aspalathus Linearis, commonly known as Rooibosis, is a natural herb unique to South African Cedarberg Mountains. Rooibos is rich in nutrients and caffeine-free.

The best tool I have found to use is magnesium. The formula I recommend is largely magnesium citrate. Magnesium nutritionally stimulates the peristaltic muscles to evacuate the lower bowel. It also nourishes and strengthens the intestinal muscles to work better on their own. It also brings water into the bowel. With the Reacted Magnesium that I recommend, I have parents start with 1/16 of a tablespoon in some water and work their way up until a daily bowel movement consistently occurs.

Baby massage is a fulfilling way to nurture your child. It aids digestion, relieves colic, eases tension, regulates breathing, and spurs growth. To help your baby's bowels move, try the "I love you" technique. With I L U in mind, start at bottom right of baby's abdomen and using small, gentle circular movements, gently rub toward top right, forming the letter I. Stop when you feel the rib cage. Repeat this action but then move across abdomen immediately above belly button toward left side, forming the letter L. Repeat this action and then go down toward bottom left to form the letter U. Repeat 5-10 times entire I love you massage.

Baby Enema
To administer an enema to a baby, lubricate the tip of a bulb syringe with olive oil. Insert the tip of the bulb syringe into your baby's rectum ½ inch. The bulb should contain approximately 1 to 3 tablespoons of lukewarm water. Gently squeeze the water into the colon. Assure that only the water goes into the colon, not any air that might be in the bulb. Wait a few minutes for your baby to pass a stool. Repeat this process if necessary.

Useful Items For Baby Enemas:

  •  Celtic Sea Salt
  •  Castile Soap
  •  Super Salve
  •  Adult Bulb Syringe
  •  Reacted Magnesium

I know from personal and professional experience that parenting an infant through constipation can be very trying. I know these tips will help you and your baby.

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Liver Damage: The Signs!

Sunday, July 07, 2013 by: Derek Henry

We've become far too reliant on western medicine's invasive practices to provide feedback to us on how our body is feeling. Instead of looking to medical professionals to tell us how our body is faring, we should pay attention to our body and determine ourselves what it is telling us. An important place to start is the liver, and it always provides unquestionable signs when we are doing it damage.

Signs of liver damage
The liver is a hardy organ and carries much responsibility. It provides us with youthfulness and longevity when it operates effectively, and subjects us to premature aging and shortened life spans when it's not.

Bottom line, the liver is an organ we should bow to and treat with as much respect as possible. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet has done anything but that.

So how do you know if your liver is crying for help? Here are some visible physical signs:
- Puffiness between eyebrows
- Unable to tolerate cold in winter
- Feel feverish and find summer very uncomfortable
- Hemorrhoids
- Coated tongue
- Bad breath
- Excessive sweating
- Dark urine
- Small red 'spots' the size of a pinhead that come and go in various parts on the body
- Skin problems such as eczema, acne, hives, itching, rashes. Skin may have dark pigmentation or spots on face, back of hands, forehead, or around the nose
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin)
- Eye problems (sensitivity to light, moving spots, double vision)
- Whites of eyes become yellow
- Loss of weight
- Obesity
- Sinus and tonsil issues
- Alternating constipation and diarrhea
- Headaches, dizziness, and shivering
- Loss of appetite
- Depression
- Mental outbursts
- Inability to concentrate

How did this liver damage occur?
Since our liver is a large filter, everything we take must pass through it.
- It stores all the remains of drugs, vaccines, birth control, and prescriptions we have taken throughout our entire lifetime
- The fats from dairy and fried foods, as well as flour products, weaken the liver
- Improper food combining
- Lack of sleep and fatigue will also weaken the liver. If you find you are sleepy after eating, and/or feel wide awake at 1 or 2 a.m., you can be assured you have sustained liver damage

How do we heal the liver?
Quite simply, we clean up our diet and lifestyle to avoid toxins present in our food, air, water, and personal care products.

In addition to that, we should also strongly consider:
- Colonics
- Herbs like milk thistle, artichoke leaf, and dandelion leaf
- High quality probiotics
- Daily exercise (walking, yoga, rebounding)
- Resting more (but not immediately after meals)

Also, learn to let go. The emotion of anger is connected to the liver so do not hold in your anger, or relive or feel any anger towards any situation.

So start loving your liver today, and remove all the things that irritate it. Then, you can enjoy that youthfulness and longevity you deserve.

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