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Federal Investigation Underway for Chipotle Sabotage

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On Monday, February 8, 2016, Chipotle’s two thousand restaurants closed their doors for the day to customers, in order to hold special employee meetings regarding last year’s outbreak of E. coli, a bacteria often associated with food poisoning.

You may remember that last year Chipotle was the first restaurant chain to announce that it would phase out the use of genetically modified foods, also know as “G.M.O.’s”. Shortly thereafter, and quite mysteriously, an E. coli outbreak was reported, across fourteen states, from Washington to Pennsylvania, and only in Chipotle restaurants. According the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” (C.D.C.), the odds of an E. coli outbreak crossing a single state line is only three percent, as restaurants generally buy their produce and meat regionally for freshness. The likelihood of an E. coli outbreak crossing fourteen state lines, coast to coast, is probably a small fraction of one percent. Additionally, as many restaurant chains use produce and meat from the same sources, it is probably a fraction of a fraction of one percent that such a nationwide E. coli outbreak would only effect one restaurant and not any others.

After six months of thorough investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.), the C.D.C., fourteen state and local Health Departments, as well as scientists hired by Chipotle themselves, all have independently concluded that there is not a single traceable source of E. coli from any Chipotle restaurant, in any food ingredient, preparatory surface, or piece of equipment. Literally thousands of individual tests were conducted on the all the foods, on all the kitchen surfaces, and on all the appliances at the suspect Chipotles, and no trace whatsoever of E. coli was found in any restaurant or food ingredient. The C.D.C. being unable to trace the source of a restaurant’s food poisoning, after thousands of tests and half a year of effort, has never happened before in the entire history of the organization.

As employees of Chipotle enjoy free meals after a shift, it is also noteworthy to report that not a single employee suffered an illness, although customers did. Furthermore, with the advent of precise D.N.A. testing, there were two, specifically different, strains of E. coli discovered, when there should have been just one, though they both “coincidentally” appeared simultaneously in different locations, one type for eleven of the states, and another type for the other three states, the latter being a very rare strain of E. coli, normally found only in food research labs. There was also an additional “coincidence”, in that the C.D.C., known through their own interdepartmental memos and former employees as a submissive servant and propaganda arm of the G.M.O. food industry, “just happened” to have federal officers on a “random” visit to the very local Seattle Health Department lab, at the very time, where and when the Chipotle E. coli bacteria was first analyzed, so as to immediately report the incident nationally, even though this was quite the opposite of standard operating procedure, which was suddenly changed in Chipotle’s case, as normally the release of information about an outbreak is withheld until an in-depth investigation.

What does all this mean?

G.M.O.’s are estimated to be a twenty billion dollar a year industry. As G.M.O.’s are banned in much of both Eastern and Western Europe, in advanced countries like Germany, France, and Russia, one has to ask, “What do their scientists and doctors know that we don’t?”, or perhaps even better, “Why does Russia, Germany, and France care more for the health of their citizens than the United States Federal Government?”, as obviously the bans only exist because of ill health effects from eating such genetically altered “Frankenfoods”, as they have been nicknamed.

Taking the D.N.A. from a pig and an eel, two foods which religious theologians call “unclean” because pigs eat manure (a source of E. coli) and eels eat month old corpses (a source of E. Coli), and then putting these animal’s contaminated D.N.A. into “clean” meat such as salmon and otherwise healthy fruits and vegetables to allegedly “improve” them beyond eons of nature, has to be considered very odd at the least by any person searching for the truth about which foods are, and which foods are not, the healthiest to eat. As with cigarettes in the past, there were money hungry “doctors” and “scientists” who were willing to take large sums of cash from the tobacco industry to say that cigarettes were not only “perfectly safe”, that they actually “improved your respiratory health”! The same is true today of G.M.O. foods in America, which are strictly banned in other countries for their ill heath effects.

Chipotle is one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in the world, making their stock investor’s very wealthy, all the while pursuing a uniquely ethical, and therefore rare, approach to the “fast food” industry. In this way, Chipotle is not just a newcomer, they are a rare corporate outsider as well. If tens of thousands of other chain restaurants were to follow their profitable lead, then the G.M.O. industry could loose TWENTY BILLION DOLLARS. Do not think for a second that this does not threaten and frighten the G.M.O. industry. If I had twenty billion dollars of sales coming in, and some new guy on the block was threatening to take my twenty billion dollars away from me, I would take action. If I were soulless, as we know some people and corporations are, then I would take unethical action, including infecting my competitor’s businesses with E. coli, in order to discredit them and bring them to financial ruin. In fact, it has already worked. Since the reported outbreak, Chipotle’s stock and sales have dropped forty percent. This is a potential loss of three hundred million dollars.

I have been a filmmaker and writer for most of my life, and half of my clients are corporations, some of which are multi-million dollar restaurant chains. In this capacity, I once worked on a project putting together a video of a focus group of customers of one such restaurant chain. This company spent an estimated fifty thousand dollars hiring an ad agency and me to put together a thirty minute film regarding their customer’s thoughts of their business. One week after the completion of the project, I received a telephone call from another client, also a restaurant chain, who was a competitor of the first, and was asked if I could duplicate an interdepartmental video. “Sure”, I said. “No problem”. When I watched the film to confirm it was being copied properly, I saw the very same video that their competitor had paid fifty thousand dollars for only a week earlier. I wondered to myself, “How on earth did they get a copy of this?”, and, “I wonder how much they paid for it?”

Unscrupulous people see business as literal war. To them, a few casualties, sick or dead, is normal operating procedure. Corporate espionage is nothing new. Nabisco, a multi-billion dollar bakery, used to have flyovers of aerial photography of their factories by competitors to tabulate trucking supplies for future projected revenue. General Motors president, James Roche, testified before congress that he had hired professional spies to follow, and try to discredit through illegal and disreputable means, Ralf Nader, who merely wrote a book criticizing the automobile industry, for fear Nader’s truthful revelations about inept car safety would lead to a loss in sales revenue of two million dollars. Imagine what they would be willing to do for twenty billion dollars!

Corporate espionage is real. I know this firsthand. In this, we have to remember, that espionage has two distinctive purposes, just as it did during World War Two, with the French Resistance for example. Purpose one, to collect information. Purpose two, to sabotage your opponent. We have to keep in mind that there are professional hitmen out there today, in every state, that will kill a total stranger for ten thousand dollars. This means for twenty billion dollars, you could kill two million people if you so desired, so what is it to make a few dozen people sick to their stomach for three hundred million dollars? . . . the profits of which you could make from selling your Chipotle stock right before the E. coli outbreak which you caused!

Recently a “theory” has surfaced, from “unknown sources”, to deflect the real cause of the Chipotle outbreak, that Australian beef was the culprit. Surely, in the thousands of individual tests the F.D.A., the C.D.C., and fourteen Health Departments did over the last six months of Chipotle’s food, this included the beef, one of their main ingredients. Give me a break. Again, corporate disinformation is the culprit, through the newspapers which they also own, in the form of “sources” which are as traceable as Chipotle’s E. coli.

The fact is, in an effort to improve the health of their customers and the quality of their food, Chipotle uses only grass-fed beef, the cows of which are allowed to freely roam in open pastureland, unlike practically every other restaurant chain in the country, which uses genetically modified corn-fed beef, of cattle held in unsanitary overcrowded cages, where E. coli is very prevalent. Because this less than ideal methodology is used in the vast majority of the United States industrialized beef production, Chipotle has chosen to import, at considerable greater expense, Australian beef, which meets their stricter quality and health requirements of grass-fed and free-range cattle, the supply of which doesn’t even exist in the U.S. to meet their customer’s demand for higher quality and healthier beef. The U.S. G.M.O. corn-fed beef farms are corporate cousins of the G.M.O. industry, which also often put profits before public health, and would also greatly benefit if their higher quality Australian beef competitor were put out of business by similar discrediting.

Not only did Chipotle’s stock drop forty percent after the E. coli outbreak, they have had to suffer the unfair implication that G.M.O. food is somehow safer, when the exact opposite is true, hence the ban of such in more enlightened countries. Television’s “Dr. Oz”, for example, simply said, albeit on nationwide television, that G.M.O. foods should be labeled as such. Immediately thereafter, he was targeted with a character defamation campaign, later proven to be conducted by former felons working for the G.M.O. industry.

Can you see how serious a matter twenty billion dollars is to unscrupulous people? Thusly, you can now comprehend how synchronized visits of corporate spies of the G.M.O. industry, to various Chipotle locations to taint the food in the dining rooms with E. coli bacteria, is not only plausible, it is very likely. This is precisely why there were no sick employees, no E. coli anywhere to be found in any kitchen, two different types of E. coli simultaneously appearing in different states, and one of which being a very rare strain often used in G.M.O. laboratories. On top of it all, perfectly synchronized as well, were assigned federal agents of the G.M.O. friendly C.D.C. “coincidentally” in the very local Health Department lab, at just the right time, to analyze and nationally publicize the first Chipotle E. coli sample, successfully defaming on the international stage the first and only anti-G.M.O. restaurant chain in the world, with its two thousand stores, and growing threat to the G.M.O. industry.

A federal criminal probe is now underway to investigate the sabotage of Chipotle’s reputation and stock deflation through the deliberate planting of laboratory bred E. coli bacteria onto their customer’s food.

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Bart Sibrel  is an award winning filmmaker, writer and investigative journalist who has been producing movies and television programs for thirty years. During this time he has owned five production companies, been employed by two of the three major networks and produced films shown on ABC, NBC, CNN, TLC, USA, BET, as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. To discuss his films, he has appeared and been interviewed on The Daily Show, Geraldo, NBC, CNN, FOX, Tech TV, Coast to Coast, and The Abrams Report. Articles featuring Mr. Sibrel’s films have been published in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, USA Today and many others.  His top awards from the American Motion Picture Society include “Best Cinematography”, “Best Editing” and “Top Ten Director”. As the writer and director of the infamous “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon” which exposed the moon landing hoaxMr. Sibrel has collected over the years innumerous military, government, industrial and private sources for credible firsthand verification of very real conspiratorial crimes against humanity. He will use these contacts and experience in exposing the true and unbelievably horrific intentions of the hidden minority who have diabolical intentions for mankind in his monthly Sleuth Journal column “Conspiracy Corner”.  When such concepts are speculative and unverified, Mr. Sibrel will acknowledge this and openly discuss the leading possibilities as a cautionary benedictionBe sure to visit his site at Sibrel.com and subscribe to his Youtube Channel.

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Vaccines, Lies And The CDC (VIDEO)

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Most people have strong opinions on vaccines, and even stronger opinions about whether or not vaccines are linked to autism.

But this film isn’t about vaccines. And it isn’t about autism. It’s about cover-up and corruption in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a government agency, funded by your taxes, and entrusted with your health.

Journalist Ben Swann has poured over the thousands of pages of documents relating to a 2004 CDC study on autism and vaccines. The documents were originally obtained by Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist—and whistleblower—who hired an attorney to force the CDC to hand the documents over to Congress. In December 2015, Swann was the first journalist to obtain the documents from Congressman Bill Posey.

Swann examines Thompson’s claims and documents, with the assistance of doctors, journalists, authors and former CDC specialists. Watch the documentary to hear from the experts on whether or not the CDC manipulated scientific findings and deceived the public.

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h/t: Organic Consumers Assoc.

7 Toxins Harming Your Brain Right Now

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Some of the most common substances found in everyday life are harming our cognitive function right now. Along with pesticides, you have substances like BPA, phthalates, mercury, lead, benzene, and flame retardants that are affecting you, even if you don’t realize it. Hidden in your home and office, you are exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis, and your brain is taking the brunt of it.

7 Toxins Harming Your Brain

Your brain controls every aspect of your body, giving directions to cells and the nervous system. It is essential for supporting good mood and clear thinking, helping to improve your overall quality of life. Here are seven of the most harmful and pervasive toxins you should look out for in order to support brain health.

  1. BPA

BPA is a known endocrine disruptor that interferes with how your body regulates hormones. Not only does it affect reproductive health, but it can also affect brain function, learning abilities, and how your memory works. [1] And it’s not just plastic that contains BPA; items that are BPA free aren’t always much better. The substitutes used for BPA (Bisphenol F and S or “BPF” and “BPS”) have been linked to behavioral issues, as well. [2]

     2. Phthalates

Phthalates are present in more everyday things than you might think. Similarly to BPA, phthalates are found in many products that contain plastic and things like household cleaners, cosmetics, personal hygiene products, and even food. There is a wide variety of phthalates, but the most notable versions are BBzP (butyl benzyl phthalate), DnBP (dibutyl phthalate), and DEHB (di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate).

Phthalates have been linked to ADHD, asthma, diabetes, neurodevelopmental problems, and more. [3] California is spearheading the move against phthalates by asking that four specific types must be listed on labels (many do not have to be listed at all). Even big corporations like Target and WalMart have promised to reduce the amount of or even eradicate the use of harmful toxins like phthalates in products they stock.

  1. Mercury

I’ve covered the dangers of mercury extensively in other articles. The base reason is that it has been linked to kidney problems, respiratory failure, and other neuromuscular complications; however, the elemental form of mercury is the most toxic. [4] Due to this knowledge, many people have switched off from thermometers and other products containing mercury.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning isn’t a problem of yesterday, it’s a problem today — a huge problem. The biggest issue is that lead affects so many parts of the body in such harmful ways. Not only can it affect organs and tissues, but it can affect whole systems of the body like the digestive, reproductive, and nervous systems. You absolutely need to take conscious steps to reduce your exposure to lead, including making your home safer for your children.

  1. Benzene

Benzene is found in fuel and motor vehicle exhaust, but can also be found in detergents and pharmaceuticals. [5] Why is something so problematic used so frequently? Benzene is even classified as carcinogen, [6] it’s highly flammable, and benzene poisoning can pass from mother to fetus. The best way to reduce your exposure to benzene is to distance yourself from gasoline or waste plants and to avoid cigarette smoke at all costs. As quoted by the CDC, “Average smokers take in about 10 times more benzene than nonsmokers each day.” [7] Just one more reason not to smoke!

  1. Flame Retardants

Normally, something that helps to quell a fire is heralded as useful and sometimes heroic. However, a disturbing discovery was made by a researcher from Texas. The discovery showed that flame retardants were found in the breast milk of American women. [8] How could this happen? It turns out that flame retardants can be found virtually anywhere in food, furniture, and building materials. We’re around these items every day and breathe in the toxins that emanate throughout the day.

Attributed to the spread of human civilization, it’s unbelievable just how widespread traces of flame retardant chemicals are. Not even bald eagles are safe. Out of 33 dead eagles tested from 2009 to 2011, every one but two had all four flame retardant components for which scientists were testing. [9] It’s important to educate yourself about flame retardant compounds and make sure they’re not abundant in your home. [10]

  1. Pesticides

Mostly everyone is familiar with the negative effects of pesticides, but new developments further strengthen the argument against using pesticides on foods we consume. Perhaps the biggest and most shocking development to come to light is that pesticide exposure is now linked to Parkinson’s disease. [11] The best way to avoid undue exposure to pesticides is to choose organic food!

Protecting Your Brain

Now that you’re a bit more informed about seven toxins you might not have known about before, you can get started on protecting yourself from the harmful effects, both short term and long term. Turmeric shows powerful antioxidant protection for the brain, and it’s often advised to take this in extract form to ensure best results. Eating an organic diet, reducing the use of furniture made with flame retardants, and using glass containers instead of plastic are also helpful steps.

References:

  1. Nordqvist, Christian. What is BPA (bisphenol A)? Is BPA harmful? Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 26 Sep. 2014.
  2. Ketchiff, Mirel. The Scary Truth About BPA-Free Plastic. SHAPE. 2015.
  3. Westervelt, Amy. Phthalates are everywhere, and the health risks are worrying. How bad are they really? The Guardian. 2015.
  4. EPA. Health Effects of Mercury. EPA.gov. 2014.
  5. EPA. Benzene. EPA.gov. 2013.
  6. ATSDR. Benzene. ATSDR. 2011.
  7. ATSDR. Public Health Statement for Benzene. CDC.gov. 2015.
  8. Blum, Deborah. Flame Retardants are Everywhere. NY Times. 2014.
  9. Betts, Kellyn S. More Evidence for PBDEs as Neurotoxicants: Cohort Study Corroborates Earlier Findings. EHP. 2014.
  10. Bienkowski, Brian. Michigan’s Bald Eagles Full of Flame Retardants. Environmental Health News. 2015.
  11. Bret Stetka. Parkinson’s Disease and Pesticides: What’s the Connection? Scientific American.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Iodine Supplements: The Three Best Kinds To Use

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Iodine is essential for a vibrant and radiant body. It’s a key player in our DNA, it boosts our immune system, stabilizes our metabolism, and even assists with cardiovascular health. [1] Furthermore, it’s estimated that more than half of the US population suffer from insufficient levels of iodine. Iodine is a major contributor to the function of your thyroid gland, especially in the creation of T3 and T4 hormones, which are important for regulating your body’s metabolism. So what are some Iodine supplements available on the market, and how do they each stack up?

1) Transformative Nano-Colloidal Detoxified Iodine, or Nascent Iodine:

This is a consumable form of iodine that holds an electromagnetic charge. It allows for a larger release of energy once consumed, and is very similar to bio-available forms of iodine that are produced naturally in the thyroid gland. Because of this, your body is able to recognize and assimilate it very easily. Its unique structure and form allows it to travel through the body, quicker and easier than any other Iodine supplement available. Also, unlike all other liquid iodine supplements, it contains no alcohol in its solution.To me, this is by far the best iodine supplement to use and the one I recommend is the product Detoxadine.

2) Lugol’s Solution Iodine:

Contains 6.3 mg of molecular iodine/iodide per drop. This solution is one-third molecular iodine (5%) and two-thirds potassium iodide (10%). Studies show that the best form of iodine is one that includes molecular iodine (I2). It has been shown that breast tissue prefers this non-toxic mono elemental-based iodine. Lugol’s Solution has been shown to increase respiratory tract secretions and inhibit thyroid hormone secretion. One Malaysian study found that patients taking Lugol’s solution experienced a sharp decline in unwanted hormonal secretions during a period of ten days.

3) Potassium Iodide:

Comes in tablets, with servings ranging from 0.23 to 130 mg. This closely-bound inorganic form of iodine has been shown to only offer 20% assimilation to bodily tissues. Studies show that potassium iodide blocks the uptake of radio-iodine in the thyroid gland, thus lowering the chances of developing thyroid cancer [2]. Moreover, potassium iodide has been used in emergency treatments for hyperthyroidism (PDF) [3].

Nascent iodine is by far the best iodine solution on the market. It travels and is absorbed by the body quicker than any other type of iodine supplement.

Recommended Instructions: Take 3 drops of nascent iodine by mouth and immediately follow with purified water and swallow. Use once daily or as directed by your healthcare provider.

Click Here to View the Nascent Iodine Supplement I Know and Trust

References:

  1. Donald W. Miller, Jr. MD. Iodine for Health. Lew Rockwell. 2006 August 14.
  2. University of Maryland Medical Center. Iodine overview.
  3. United States Department of Health and Human Services. Potassium Iodide as a thyroid blocking agent in radiation emergencies(PDF). Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. 2001 December.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Disclaimer: †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Biowarfare? Genetically Modified Mosquitos Spreading The Zika Virus

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The Zika virus is related to dengue fever, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and West Nile viruses.

So far, drugs aren’t effective against it. A vaccine if developed will do more harm than good. Most infected individuals suffer mild illness, called Zika disease.

Potentially deadly Guillain-Barre syndrome at times occurs. Fetuses are at risk for microcephaly, an abnormally small head in relation to the rest of the body and underdeveloped brain, permanent damage.

Zika has been around for decades, occasional outbreaks occurring in Africa and Asia – currently in Central and South America, Brazil its epicenter.

It’s being spread by genetically engineered mosquitos. Is it the latest example of US biowarfare? America’s sordid history suggests it.

In 1931, Dr. Cornelius Rhoads infected human subjects with cancer cells – under the auspices of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Investigations. He later conducted radiation exposure experiments on American soldiers and civilian hospital patients.

In 1932, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study infected 200 unwitting Black men, using them as human guinea pigs, denying them treatment, following the progression of their disease, deliberately letting them suffer and die.

In 1940, 400 Chicago prisoners were infected with malaria to study the effects of new and experimental drugs.

At least since the 1940s, America had an active biological warfare program, using controversial methods to test bioweapons.

VA hospital patients have been used as human guinea pigs for medical experiments. Biological agents were released in US cities (including New York and San Francisco) to test the effects of germ warfare.

America’s deplorable history at home and abroad includes numerous other examples. Washington uses biological, chemical, radiological and other banned weapons in all its wars.

Are US-unleashed genetically modified mosquitos being used to wage biological warfare in Central and South America?

The Zika virus outbreak is linked to GM mosquitos released in field trials funded by Bill Gates.

The corporate-controlled World Health Organization (WHO) said Zika “is now spreading explosively” in the Americas, hyping an estimated three to four million people at risk over the next year.

Central and South American nations urged women to avoid pregnancy for at least two years. Is Zika being used as an attempted population control scheme?

GM mosquitos allegedly released to keep dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunga (a crippling mosquito-borne virus) and zika from spreading are facilitating its outbreaks in numerous Central and South American countries – notably Brazil and Colombia.

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned of potential small Zika outbreaks in southern Florida and Texas.

UK biotech company Oxford Insect Technologies developed GM mosquitos with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funding – a profit-making enterprise, masquerading as a charitable one.

One critic called its operations “vulture philanthropy,” investing in companies causing health problems they claim to be combatting.

Not coincidentally, Zika’s outbreak occurred where GM mosquitos were released last year in Brazil, now affecting about 20 Central and South American countries.

Maybe areas in southern US states will follow. What’s happening has the earmarks of state-sponsored biowarfare.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Meeting Adjourned

What resulted from the two hush-hush meetings between GMO labeling advocates and the industries (biotech and Big Food) that are desperate to keep the words “produced with genetic engineering” off of food labels?

No compromise.

Which food companies attended the meeting to argue against your right to know? According to PoliticoPro, stepping up to the plate for Big Food were: J.P. Bilbrey, chairman and CEO of the Hershey Company and chairman of Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) board of directors; and Paul Grimwood, president and CEO of Nestle USA.

Maybe it’s time to resurrect our Hershey and Nestle boycotts?

Also representing Corporate America were Randy Russell, president of the Russell Group, which represents the GMA; Charles Conner, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; and Steve Censky, CEO of the American Soybean Association.

What’s next, now that the two sides have reached a stalemate? Assuming the courts hold up Vermont’s GMO labeling law, set to take effect July 1, Monsanto and friends will likely try to introduce a Senate bill, similar to the DARK Act (HR 1599), which would preempt Vermont’s mandatory labeling law.

Meanwhile, a number of states are pushing forward with their own GMO labeling laws. Here’s a quick rundown of the states that have GMO labeling bills in play right now. If you live in one of these states, please contact your state lawmakers and ask them to support mandatory labeling of GMOs:

Alaska, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.

Source:
Organic Consumers Assoc.

500 Reasons Turmeric May Be The World’s Most Important Herb (VIDEO)

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There is a medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being.

Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head.  Instead of causing more side effects than therapeutic ones – which you can read any drug insert to see is a universally true phenomenon and which ensures the infinite expansion of the pharmaceutical market and all the associated medical services – it has several hundred potential side benefits.

While no food or herb is right for everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety vis-à-vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisone, ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents. Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical armamentarium comes even remotely close to turmeric’s 6,000 year track record of safe use in Ayurvedic medicine.[1]

Despite its vast potential for alleviating human suffering, turmeric will never receive the FDA stamp of approval, due to its lack of exclusivity, patentability and therefore profitability. Truth be told, the FDA’s “gold standard” for proving the value of a prospective medicinal substance betrays the age old aphorism: “he who owns the gold makes the rules,” and unless an investor is willing to risk losing the 800+ million dollars that must be spent upfront, the FDA-required multi-phased double-blind, randomized clinical trials will not occur. For additional details on this rather seedy arrangement read our article on the topic: Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances.

Here at GreenMedInfo.com, we have reviewed over 4,000 study abstracts from the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database known as MEDLINE and have discovered over 580 potential health benefits of turmeric, and/or its primary polyphenol known as curcumin. These can be viewed on our turmeric research page which is dedicated to disseminating the research on the topic to a larger audience.

Some of the most amazing demonstrated properties include:

Again, what is so amazing is not that turmeric may have value in six conditions simultaneously, or that it may improve conditions that are completely resistant to conventional treatment, but that there are over five-hundred and eighty additional health conditions it may also be valuable in preventing and/or treating. Consider also the fact that turmeric grows freely on the Earth, and you will understand why its very existence threatens a trillion-dollar plus conventional medical establishment.

Learn more about this research in the video below, and please spread the information to others who may benefit from learning more on the topic.


[1] The Genus Curcuma (Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles); CRC; March 2007

 


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Benefits Of Chiropractic Adjustments

In order to experience good health to the maximum, the body must be in proper alignment. Our operating system is a network of nerves that control everything that we do. A group of nerves located in the lumbar region are responsible for bowel and urinary control, and sexual function. If anything upsets the lumbar nerves, then these functions may be disturbed. Potential problems can result from herniated discs or pinched nerves or even slight misalignment.

Pressure in the lumbar cluster can affect your digestion. Since the lumbar nerves control peristalsis, pressure could reduce peristaltic action creating dysfunction in the bowel. A problem with these nerves can cause the following:

  • Loss of bowel control
  • Nausea
  • Pain across your abdomen

It may be that you only need a re-alignment to relieve pressure on this nerve cluster. Add a routine chiropractic exam and spinal alignment to your healthcare measures in order to care for the lumbar nerves. Your chiropractor can also suggest exercises to maintain your health in this area.


Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Disclaimer: †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

What’s The Best Way To Store Fruits And Veggies To Preserve Freshness?

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By: April McCarthy, Prevent Disease |

Although room temperature is one of the best ways to store fruit and vegetables in the short-term, due to our busy lives it is often difficult for us to preserve them without using a refrigeration source. Read these pro tips on storing the most popular produce so you can enjoy them when you want to while preventing spoilage.

FRUITS

  1. Bananas – To extend freshness, separate bananas after purchasing and store in a well-ventilated basket.
  2. Apples – Away from heat, these will keep for about two weeks. For longer storage, place in a cardboard box and refrigerate.
  3. Grapes – Store in the fridge, but only wash when ready to use to avoid mushiness.
  4. Peaches – Only refrigerate when fully ripe.
  5. Pears – A cool environment or brown paper bag is best. Pears will keep for a few weeks on the counter.
  6. Watermelon – Let ripen at room temperature for 7-10 days. After that, sliced watermelon can be stored in the fridge for several days.
  7. Pineapples – Can be stored whole in the fridge (cut off the top) or sliced and put in an airtight container (don’t use aluminum foil, as this will alter the flavor).
  8. Strawberries – Keep away from damp, wet places. Refrigerated strawberries placed in a brown paper bag will keep for a week if the bag is kept dry.
  9. Oranges – Oranges lose juiciness when refrigerated. For freshest fruit, place in a ventilated basket and keep on the counter.
  10. Cherries – Store in an airtight container and avoid washing until ready to eat. Keep cherries refrigerated.
  11. Plums – Store at room temperature until they are ripe, and then keep them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
  12. Blueberries – Store dry in a shallow plastic container in the refrigerator. Do not wash them until you are ready to eat them, because they will quickly mold if they are stored wet.

VEGGIES

  1. Tomatoes – Always keep at room temperature.
  2. Cucumbers – If you need to keep these fresh for more than a day or two after buying, wrap in a moist towel and refrigerate.
  3. Peppers – Store in a safe BPA-free plastic bag for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. If flash frozen, peppers will last up to 10 months.
  4. Green Beans – These keep well with humidity (drape a damp cloth over them) but not wetness.
  5. Carrots – Keep in a closed contained and wrapped in a damp towel or dip in cold water every few days. For lasting freshness, cut off the tops.
  6. Squash – Will keep at room temperature for a few days if out of direct sunlight.
  7. Peas – Place in an open container and refrigerate.
  8. Onions – Keep in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place.
  9. Broccoli – Store in the fridge: either wrapped in a damp towel or in an open container.
  10. Corn – Best to leave these in the husk until ready to be eaten, but more flavorful if eaten sooner. Keep corn refrigerated.
  11. Garlic – Keep away from humidity, dampness, or direct sunlight.
  12. Celery – Wrap in foil and place in the fridge or keep in a bowl of shallow water on the counter.
  13. Lettuce – Keep lettuce damp and refrigerated, preferably in an airtight container.
  14. Mushroom – These are best stored in their original container. Uncooked leftovers should be covered with more plastic wrap before going back in the fridge.
  15. Potatoes – Store in a dark and dry place or a brown paper bag.

Is The Zika Virus A Smokescreen For Vaccine Induced Birth Defects?

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(The Real Agenda) In the digital age of fast-travelling information, news simply flies. It is almost impossible to keep up with every little detail at once, which is why news needs constant updates to add unknown details which provide better perspective and context. These two characteristics are what ultimately provide readers a change to understand reality.

For the past six months, we have followed as many developments as possible about the scary Zika virus, which health authorities have identified as the culprit of a growing number of cases of microcephaly in South and Central America. In the last few weeks, people allegedly infected with Zika have appeared elsewhere.

As we reported yesterday, Brazil is one of the countries with the largest number of unborn and born children with smaller than normal heads, which causes them to die early or to develop physical problems later in life. After our reporting yesterday, two important details have come to our attention which we found necessary to share with readers.

The first new detail is that, as suspected, Zika virus was ‘collected’ by Rockefeller-funded scientists some 70 years ago. Those scientists conducted laboratory experiments with the virus, including injecting animals with it. In 1947, disease hunters from the Rockefeller Foundation were in Uganda, studying yellow fever, when they found Zika.

On April 18, 1947, one of the Asian Rhesus monkeys took ill with a previously unknown virus, which the researchers dubbed Zika. In a lab in Entebbe, the Rockefeller scientists injected the new virus into mice, which then developed the feverish illness, thereby proving the virus they had discovered was the cause of the disease.

It is not known whether the Rockefeller-backed researchers weaponized the virus or not, but it is well-known that the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are pioneers in conducting experiments with pathogens, viruses, bacteria, vaccines and, lately, genetically engineered organisms.

Both the Rockefeller and Ford foundations are behind what we know as modern medicine. They took over research organizations, university medical programs and private enterprises and for a long time have dictated what is taught and what is omitted in medical schools in the United States and many other places around the world.

The second detail that has come to our attention is perhaps the most important of the two. While most of the world follows the news about mosquitoes being responsible for infecting women and children with the Zika virus, there is one fact that has been left out.

Right around the same time when Zika seemed to enter the news cycle over six months ago, governments in Latin America, including Brazil, pushed strongly through nation-wide propaganda campaigns to request that all pregnant mothers injected a dose of the new Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis (TDaP) vaccine.

In the same way that the release of GM mosquitoes coincided with the appearance of thousands of cases of microcephaly in Latin America, so did the start of a massive vaccination campaign of pregnant women. This new development has been brought to light by journalist Jim Stone. “This shrunken brain problem directly coincides with the introduction of a new TDaP vaccine in Brazil, which was announced in December 2014 and went into use in 2015,” relates Stone.

According to him, the vaccine was adopted in a number of countries worldwide, which would explain the rapid spread of microcephaly cases not only in Latin America, but also in North America and Europe. This argument does not necessarily leave out the possibility that GM mosquitoes were released in all hot spots and that those mosquitoes could have began the transmission of a weaponized version of Zika virus, which is why we are keeping our eyes and ears open to more developments.

What has not changed since our last is both the culprits and the intention of the latest boogieman in the form of a serious disease whose aim seems to be to sicken or kill unborn babies.

Stone argues that the flow of mainstream media reports seems to have been planed ahead of time, as in predicting that the Zika virus would appear as the culprit of the microcephaly cases. “Additionally, and even more important is that some of the news releases related to this “disease” were originally dated weeks into the future, which means that someone is doing it and the media release was pre-planned,” says Stone.

“Something else is causing the brain destroyed babies, it is not any “zika disease”, something else is causing it and I guess they figured “zika” sounded spooky enough to blame it all on while they proceed to blow baby brains out with pre-natal pregnancy vaccinations. In many Latin American countries, women are strongly encouraged to get the Tdap vaccine no more than 22 weeks into a pregnancy,” concludes Stone in his report.

If Mr. Stone’s reporting turns out to be confirmed, and it will, with time, it would not be the first case of a psy-op being used to launch a grand propaganda campaign to distract the population while the real culprit of a disease is right in front of all, hiding in plane sight.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Gallstones: Symptoms And Natural Remedies

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Some 10-15% of adults in the U.S. experience the pain of gallstones. [1] In fact, it’s a digestive problem that sends more people to the hospital each year than any other. And, unfortunately, the rate of gallstone attacks has been continually rising. There is a good chance that you or someone you know will have to deal with this painful condition at some point in your life. There are some things you can do to help avoid gallstones but, before we get to that, we should first explain what gallstones are.

What Are Gallstones?

Gallstones are crystallized enzymes, bile salts, and cholesterol that can form into small clumps in your gallbladder. The gallbladder is the organ that supplies the liver with bile, which is used to digest protein. When gallstones do form, they can come in an array of shapes and sizes. In fact, most gallstones are actually very small and many pass unnoticed. These are called silent gallstones.

However, this isn’t always the case. When gallstones don’t pass right away, they continue to grow. Sometimes they get so big they actually block bile flow from the gallbladder, totally blocking the gall duct. This leads to a painful condition called biliary colic. Gallstones can be microscopic, and most are, but some end up as large as a golf ball. These extreme cases can lead not only to gall duct blockage but can even irritate the liver. As you might imagine, this can be incredibly uncomfortable, even requiring a hospital visit. Some cases even warrant surgery!

What Causes Gallstones?

Several factors can lead to the development of gallstones, of which there are two types: cholesterol gallstones and pigment gallstones . Cholesterol gallstones form when undissolved cholesterol collects in the gallbladder or the biliary duct which leads to the small intestine. Pigment gallstones occur when too much bilirubin (byproduct of red blood cell breakdown with bile) remains in the gallbladder or gall duct. Gallstones can also occur when the gallbladder does not empty as frequently as it should. When this happens, bile becomes concentrated and encourages crystallization of cholesterol or bilirubin.

Additional factors that increase a person’s likelihood of developing gallstones:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Low HDL
  • Inadequate diet
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Blood disorders
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Family history [1]

What are the Symptoms?

While “silent” gallstones pass without incident, larger ones can cause tremendous pain that lasts for hours. One of the most common symptoms is a rapidly intensifying pain on the upper-right side of the abdomen or even pain in the right shoulder. In certain cases, the pain can become so intense that you can neither sit still nor find a comfortable position.

In the most severe cases, gallstones can lead to fever with chills. If there is an extreme amount of bilirubin buildup, the skin may take on a yellow color. Typically, the more severe the symptoms are the more serious the blockage has become. Some cases may even end in surgery, with the worst case requiring a cholecystectomy, which is the removal of the gallbladder.

Avoiding Gallstones

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to naturally help reduce the risk of gallstone formation. First, eat meals that contain fat. Each time you do, your gallbladder releases bile to break it down. When the bile is flowing regularly, the chances of crystals forming are greatly reduced.

Exercise can also have a tremendous effect. The New England Journal of Medicine has reported that in a study of over 60,000 women, those who sat for more than 40 hours per week at work experienced gallstones much more frequently than those who were more active. [2] A similar study by the Harvard School of Public Health involved over 45,000 men who exercised for 30 minutes 5 times each week. This study found that exercise reduced the risk of gallstones by over 33%. [3] Of course, exercise can also go a long way towards maintaining a healthy body.

Foods that Help Reduce Risk of Gallstones

There are also some foods that can help with reducing your risk of developing gallstones. Nuts like pecans, walnuts, and cashews provide the right type of fats and proteins that help keep bile flowing and the bile ducts clear. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has reported that women who eat five ounces of nuts or more per week have fewer cases of gallstones and are less likely to require gallbladder surgery. [4] And in addition to the fats and proteins that help fight gallstones, nuts are also loaded with vitamins and minerals that can help with weight management. [5]

Another excellent food is apple cider vinegar. Not only does it aid tremendously with digestion but studies show that it helps break down fats that could crystallize into gallstones. [6]

Fish, such as salmon, tuna, and cod, as well as seeds, are also great sources of protein and fat alternatives that can reduce the risk of developing gallstones while promoting overall great health. Even if you aren’t getting enough of these foods in your regular diet, it is possible to support your gallbladder through supplementation.

Other Foods and Nutrients for Gallbladder Support

Some nutrients can help support your gallbladder as a compliment to a healthy diet.

1. Vitamin C

This is a simple and affordable way to reduce your risk. Most importantly, it’s effective. In fact, research indicates that vitamin C can cut your risk of developing gallstones by half. [7] One trait that people love is how easy it is to add vitamin C to your diet.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice shares some properties with bile and stomach acid. This makes it very effective at breaking down fats and cholesterol and help detoxify the liver. Combining the juice of one fresh, organic lemon with just a tablespoon of olive oil is a tremendous way to stimulate bile flow and help stop crystallization.

3. Chanca Piedra

Found in traditional therapies from around the world, chanca piedra is used to promote gallbladder and kidney health. It supports normal bile flow, which helps to cleanse the bile ducts.

4. Gravel Root

Gravel root, commonly known as the Joe-Pye weed, is another herb that has been used for thousands of years, best known for its soothing properties [8] and other health benefits, which includes the ability to keep gallstones from forming.

5. Curcumin

Curcumin, the active compound found in turmeric, has been found to discourage gallstones. [9] Turmeric is also known for being a powerful antioxidant with soothing abilities and numerous additional health benefits.

Have you dealt with gallstones? What was your strategy? Leave a comment below and share your experience with us.

References:

  1. University of Maryland Medical Center Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease. Last reviewed August 26, 2012.
  2. Michael F. Leitzmann, M.D., M.P.H., Eric B. Rimm, Sc.D., Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., Donna Spiegelman, Sc.D., Francine Grodstein, Sc.D., Meir J. Stampfer, M.D., Dr.P.H., Graham A. Colditz, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D. Recreational Physical Activity and the Risk of Cholecystectomy in Women. N Engl J Med 1999; 341:777-784. September 9, 1999DOI: 10.1056/NEJM199909093411101.
  3. Leitzmann MF1, Giovannucci EL, Rimm EB, Stampfer MJ, Spiegelman D, Wing AL, Willett WC. The relation of physical activity to risk for symptomatic gallstone disease in men. Ann Intern Med. 1998 Mar 15;128(6):417-25.
  4. Tsai CJ1, Leitzmann MF, Hu FB, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL. Frequent nut consumption and decreased risk of cholecystectomy in women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Jul;80(1):76-81.
  5. Ros E1. Health benefits of nut consumption. Nutrients. 2010 Jul;2(7):652-82. doi: 10.3390/nu2070683. Epub 2010 Jun 24.
  6. Naziroqlu M1, Güler M, Özgül C, Saydam G, Küçükayaz M, Sözbir E. Apple cider vinegar modulates serum lipid profile, erythrocyte, kidney, and liver membrane oxidative stress in ovariectomized mice fed high cholesterol. J Membr Biol. 2014 Aug;247(8):667-73. doi: 10.1007/s00232-014-9685-5. Epub 2014 Jun 4.
  7. Walcher, Thomas et al. Vitamin C Supplement Use May Protect against Gallstones: An Observational Study on a Randomly Selected Population. BMC Gastroenterology 9 (2009): 74. PMC. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.
  8. Habtemariam S. Antiinflammatory activity of the antirheumatic herbal drug, gravel root (Eupatorium purpureum): further biological activities and constituents. Phytother Res. 2001 Dec;15(8):687-90.
  9. Li Y1, Li M2, Wu S3, Tian Y4. Combination of curcumin and piperine prevents formation of gallstones in C57BL6 mice fed on lithogenic diet: whether NPC1L1/SREBP2 participates in this process? Lipids Health Dis. 2015 Sep 3;14:100. doi: 10.1186/s12944-015-0106-2.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Disclaimer: †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Turmeric Beats Ibuprofen For Arthritis Of The Knee

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An exciting new clinical trial published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has revealed that an effective natural alternative to the exceedingly popular pharmaceutical painkiller ibuprofen exists for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA), and it is a familiar kitchen spice known to be far superior both in safety and the number of side benefits it confers to any drug in the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug class.

Last year, in a Lancet review on the topic, ibuprofen was identified to be as toxic to the heart as the banned anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx, likely contributing to tens of thousands of deaths from cardiovascular disease each year. This is one of the reasons why evidence-based natural alternatives are extremely important, especially when they involve culinary spices that are already known to be safe, affordable, accessible and time-tested.

Titled, “Efficacy and Safety of Curcuma domestica Extracts in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis,”[i] the multi-center trial was conducted with 109 patients with primary knee osteoarthritis who were randomized to receive either ibuprofen 800 mg day ibuprofen (55 patients) or 2,000 mg turmeric (Curcuma domestica) per day (52 patients), for 6 weeks.  The ibuprofen was divided into 2 doses of 400mg daily, and the turmeric into 4 doses of 500 mg daily.

The researchers measured pain on level walking, pain on stairs, and functions of knee assessed by time spent during 100-m walk and going up and down a flight of stairs, as the primary outcomes.

After six weeks, significant improvements were observed in both groups, with all primary outcomes similar, except the turmeric group showed slightly better performance on the 100-m walk and less self-reported pain going up and down a flight of stairs.  Also, the turmeric group showed less adverse events.  Also, the subjects rated themselves to have higher satisfaction with the treatment results in the turmeric group (91.1%) versus the ibuprofen group (80.4%).

While the researchers acknowledged the limitations of their study – no double-blind protocol, the need for a higher dose in the placebo group, and the need for a larger patient sample size – they concluded that “C. domestica extracts seem to be efficacious and safe for the treatment of knee OA similarly to ibuprofen.”

They also pointed out that while some patients in the ibuprofen group rated themselves as having little satisfaction or no satisfaction (10.9% and 2.2%, respectively), not a single patient in the turmeric group reported being unsatisfied.

Finally, they observed a distinct trend towards a greater effect in patients receiving turmeric an ibuprofen.

The form of turmeric used in the study was manufactured by the Thai Government Pharmaceutical Organization. Its preparation was described as follows:

“The preparations were made under the Good Manufacturing Procedures Standard.

Dried rhizomes of C. domestica were grounded into powder. The turmeric powder was extracted with ethanol andthen evaporated at low pressure to obtain ethanolic extracts containing oil and curcuminoids. The oil part was then removed in order to have curcuminoids extracts. Each capsule of C. domestica extracts contained 250 mg of curcuminoids.”

The primary curcuminoid known to science is curcumin, and is the polyphenol in turmeric that gives the spice its radiant golden hue. Turmeric powder contains approximately 2-4% curcumin by weight. Curcumin has been studied to have over 600 health benefits. To view the first-hand research establishing its value, view our biomedical database on the topic: Curcumin Health Benefits.

For additional research on natural interventions for knee osteoarthritis view our database on the topic: Natural Knee Osteoarthritis Interventions


[i] Vilai Kuptniratsaikul, Piyapat Dajpratham, Wirat Taechaarpornkul, Montana Buntragulpoontawee, Pranee Lukkanapichonchut, Chirawan Chootip, Jittima Saengsuwan, Kesthamrong Tantayakom, Supphalak Laongpech. Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter study. Clin Interv Aging. 2014 ;9:451-8. Epub 2014 Mar 20. PMID: 24672232


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Is The Zika Virus A Genetically Engineered Disease?

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(The Real Agenda) In 1947, disease hunters from the Rockefeller Foundation were in Uganda, studying yellow fever using rhesus macaque monkeys. The animals were placed in cages that were perched in trees in the Zika Forest (meaning “overgrown” in the Luganda language). On April 18, 1947, one of the Asian Rhesus monkeys took ill with a previously unknown virus, which the researchers dubbed Zika. In a lab in Entebbe, the Rockefeller scientists injected the new virus into mice, which then developed the feverish illness, thereby proving the virus they had discovered was the cause of the disease. The first human case of Zika fever was identified in Nigeria in 1954. 

How would globalists who favor mass depopulation go about decimating a country’s fertility rate? Normally they do it through two methods. One of them is loud, bloody and generally unwanted, although often used. That method is war.

One can see the application of this technique in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, where western organizations and governments spend billions of dollars a year to promote and maintain the destabilization of nations by financing opposition groups that carry out civil wars.

The second method is stealthy, silent, and consequently more effective in achieving its goal. This second method is spreading bio-weapons over a determined population to affect their reproductive health.

War as method of depopulation is very effective, but it is not very popular. The sounds of war can be heard loudly, way before the first bomb is dropped. People usually have some time to prepare or run away.

In the case of a bio-weapon it is quite the contrary. There is usually no escape, unless you are in the know. The malignant beauty of a bio-weapon is that it achieves its goal of reducing fertility quietly and over a long period of time.

A bio-weapon may not be the choice in many occasions because it takes longer to achieve its end goal. In this respect, war is more effective, because it destroys property and human lives instantly.

The release of bio-weapons in the form of experimental trials with viruses, bacteria and other pathogens is not new, but it continues to be used by private entities funded by philanthropic organizations and government agencies.

Experiments are conducted in highly secured labs which follow standard protocols, but scientists who cozy up to their funding partners find it difficult not to deploy a bio-weapon outside their labs in an attempt to make it perfect. Of course, this is not spoken of publicly. The excuse is always ‘research’, ‘general well-being’ and other things of the sort.

Recently, philanthropists from all origins have advocated strongly for carrying out depopulation campaigns in order to ‘save the planet’ from humanity. The same people are also involved in efforts to reduce carbon emissions by banning certain cars from circulating or imposing high taxes on what they publicly allege are the greatest environmental offenders. Privately, though, these philanthropists believe that the greatest offenders are humans, which is why they have been working for decades to eradicate a big segment of the world’s population. These same people are behind genetically engineered products, such as food, animals and insects.

As we have widely reported, independently conducted experiments show that GMOs are responsible for serious health complications which are irreversible by the second or third generation. This means that if a person is chemically castrated, for example, his or her offspring or those of their children may be born infertile.

Due to the growing body of evidence about the dangers of GMOs, those who seek to drastically reduce the world’s population have already moved to the next phase of their plan: creating genetically engineered diseases whose cure is not available yet; at least not for the wide majority of the population.

Their modus operandi includes deploying those diseases via vectors such as mosquitoes, viruses and bacteria. During one of his speeches, Bill Gates, who has stakes in Monsanto and experiments with GM mosquitos, spoke of his idea to turn these insects into vectors to help improve vaccination rates.

The mosquito would allegedly “carry the vaccine” which would be injected into people via the traditional mosquito bite. Sounds like science fiction? Well, this technology is already being worked on.

The world has witnessed the appearance of diseases that are far from being naturally occurring or that have naturally mutated from older strains of viruses, for example. The H1N1 scare is one of those examples. The Ebola outbreak is another case of a laboratory made disease that was later released or let out of a lab to better understand how the affected population would react to it. And now, some countries seem to be facing another open-air experiment: The Zika Virus.

Generally speaking, the Zika virus is explained as a mild form of dengue. Its victims suffer from the same symptoms than a patient who contracts a flu, which is what dengue used to be confused with before being studied in depth.

Today, dengue is understood as a completely different disease and Zika is in the process of going through the same process. The Zika virus has been connected to the Tiger mosquito, which is said to be the transmitter. The question is, where and how do mosquitoes acquire the virus?

Zika has gone from appearing in a few Brazilian states and Caribbean islands to spreading fast in the South American country, the United States and even Europe in just a couple of months. Right now, 22 different countries have reported cases of Zika.

In Brazil, which seems to be one of the origins of the disease, the government has deployed the army in some states in an attempt to help stop the contagion. An immediate question people ask is, why didn’t the governments in Brazil and elsewhere prevent the appearance of Zika? Why did the virus spread so widely before governments reacted to it? But perhaps a more important question is, how did Zika appear on the face of the Earth?

The Zika virus can affect anyone who is bitten by a transmitting mosquito, but it is pregnant women and their unborn children who are most affected by the disease. This is surely not a coincidence if we take into account the ongoing depopulation campaign.

The consequences for fetuses are devastating, as children are born, if they make it, with severe brain damage. Health authorities have identified Zika as the cause of microcephaly, a condition that causes a child to “be born with a smaller-than-normal sized head which results in impaired brain development.”

It turns out that previous to the Zika virus appearing in Brazil, an experiment was conducted by a group of Brazilian and foreign entities. Such experiment consisted in releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes which would allegedly reduce native mosquitoes’ ability to transmit dengue fever.

The GE mosquitoes were released in the state of Bahia, in the Northeast of Brazil. That state along with Recife, a neighbor state, became ground zero for the outbreak of Zika in the country. Along with Brazil, entities like a company known as Oxitec, also conducted similar experiments in the Cayman Islands, where another outbreak of Zika was detected.

The experiment carried out with Oxitec mosquitoes was supported by the University of Sao Paulo (USP). According to Oxitec, the desired outcome of its experiment was to measure how effective their GM mosquito proved to be in eliminating Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits dengue fever. Apparently, the experiment was a success and the GM mosquito eliminated between 90 and 95 percent of the adult population of Aedes aegypti.

The experiment by Oxitec and USP was also aided by Moscamed, a company that specializes in “environmentally friendly pest control”. At least 1,800 people were exposed to the GM mosquitoes in the city of Itaberaba, in the state of Bahia. Since the experiment started, Brazil alone has reported 3,893 cases of microcephaly, while countries with fewer cases are warning women not to travel to any of the 22 nations where Zika has become a national health threat for pregnant women and their fetuses.

The suspicion that the GM mosquitoes are responsible for the spread of Zika has not stopped the World Health Organization (WHO) from recommending that more experiments like the one conducted in Brazil and the Caribbean be replicated in other countries. “According to published mathematical models reviewed and recommended by the World Health Organization working group on dengue, it would also reduce the number of biting mosquitoes below the disease transmission threshold. The next step is to scale up to even larger studies and run mosquito control projects on an operational basis,” reports Genetic Literacy Project.

The WHO’s plan to carry out more open-air experiments with GM mosquitoes is also supported by Brazilian health and academic authorities. “This invasive mosquito and the diseases it carries is a real challenge,” said Professor Margareth Capurro of São Paulo University.

Aedes aegypti is developing resistance to insecticides, and even when we remove breeding sites they continue to reproduce and transmit diseases because they live in areas that are difficult to treat. This is why we need new tools. We knew that the Oxitec mosquito was a promising tool, so we wanted to independently evaluate its effectiveness here in Brazil.”

As of right now, there isn’t an effective treatment against Zika and it is estimated that it will take between three and four years for some kind of treatment to be developed. Potential treatments undoubtedly include vaccines, which are now being worked on by the same people who are behind the push to use mosquitoes as delivery tools for ‘pest control’.

There seems to be a neatly closing circle behind every single health scare that we have seen in the last decade. Prominent people express their desire to force mass depopulation in order to ‘save us from ourselves’, then, all of a sudden, plagues such as H1N1, Ebola, Chikungunya, and Zika vírus appear from nowhere just right after an open-air experiment is conducted among vulnerable populations, which by the way, were not warned about it. Mass disease breaks out and the solution is always a new vaccine, which will be produced by the same people who advocate depopulation, reduction in carbon emissions, limits to standards of living and so on.

As of today, Brazilian health authorities expect to have some 4 million cases of Zika virus by the end of 2016.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

A Quick Reminder On Why Sleep Is So Important To Your Health

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Sleeping is as important to your health as eating properly and getting exercise. It is actually damaging to your health to work too hard and not get enough rest. Yet, many people are doing this on a regular basis. In America, we do everything on the go and at a hurried pace. Slowing down and taking a breather is mandatory!

Just as you need to breathe deeply (literally) from time to time to gain clarity, you also need to sleep to take care of the mind and body. It is how we are designed to recuperate from the activities of the day. Proper rest also is needed for your morning elimination cycle to be healthy.

One way to facilitate good sleep is to sleep in the darkest setting you can tolerate. Light disturbs the rhythm of the pineal gland’s production of serotonin and melatonin. If you need some light at night, it’s a good idea to not have it evenly in your line of sight. And, along with diminishing the quality of your rest, it also can ruin your night vision.


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Population 2.0: Poor And Unhealthy Into The 21st Century

Over 40 million Children Reach Extreme Levels of Obesity.

(The Real Agenda) Childhood obesity is not just a problem of rich countries. In fact, it is much less so in wealthy nations. According to the World Health Organization, of the 42 million children under five who are overweight in the world, 35 million, or 83%, are part of middle and low income families.

“It’s an explosive nightmare,” says the World Health Organization (WHO), which has advanced data from the Commission to End Childhood Obesity; a body that was established two years ago.

Apart from the figures, the WHO is concerned about childhood development. For example, in Africa, the number of obese and overweight children under five years of age has nearly doubled since 1990, according to this study.

Obesity problems go beyond the scale and into degenerative diseases that are the result of being overweight, obese and morbidly obese. The consequences of these diseases are now much more prevalent in so-called developed countries, where the crisis is not one of undernutrition due to lack of food, but of malnutrition due to the consumption of fast food.

In poor countries, malnutrition is not the only problem. There are more cases of diseases such as dengue, cholera, tuberculosis and AIDS, to name but a few. It is also important to remember that the third world also suffers from high incidence of cancers, cardiovascular diseases and traffic accidents, not to mention other causes of death that were once characteristic of rich countries.

The report, whose data are not yet completed, has drawn a first conclusion: “It is not the child’s fault,” said Monday at a press conference the co-chair of the commission, Peter Gluckman.

According to the data from the WHO, in 2014, 48% of all obese and overweight children lived in Asia, and 25% in Africa. “The region where the problem is so alarming and where t is fast growing is Asia,” warned Gluckman.

Among the factors behind the increase in childhood obesity figures include biological factors, the environment and, of course, food intake. The report also includes other issues such as inadequate access to health services, decreased physical activity in schools and the deregulation of fattening foods. Any solution to the exploding obesity epidemic requires a comprehensive and coordinated response, the report indicates.

Gluckman has explained that it has been detected that Asian children have a specific metabolism that makes them retain fat in the abdominal part of the body, the area surrounding vital organs, exactly where it is most harmful to health.

“We are studying why, but it is a very dangerous development because that fat is installed long before the external and the child shows signs of overweight and obesity on the outside,” he explained.

With regard to Latin America, it is estimated that the prevalence of overweight children in the region stands at 8% in children under five.

Gluckman has pointed out that Latin American leaders are well aware of the problem and are seriously responding, and noted that many countries are directing their policies in the right direction.

“Keep in mind that obesity impacts the quality of life of children, affecting their physical, psychological state, their ability to study, to relate, and will put many barriers in life, so we must urgently deal with this matter,” said Sania Sishtar, the co-chair of the commission.

In addition, Sishtar has warned that childhood obesity is a major factor in the possibility of developing obesity during adulthood and, consequently, major noncommunicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease.

In this situation, the study’s authors expect the WHO Executive Board, meeting this week in Geneva at its 138 edition, to note and suggest to the World Health Assembly to adopt a resolution urging countries to implement measures to fight obesity.

Among them, the report recommends to educate children, parents, teachers and leaders about the importance of eating healthy food and reducing the intake of sugars and fats. It is also necessary to promote physical activity and reduce sedentarism.

In extreme cases of adult obesity in women, the report suggests that they enter into programs that help prevent diabetes for them and their future children, since many cases of obesity may be related to what happened during the months of pregnancy.


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Are These Companies Growing Produce With Oil Industry Waste Water?

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Some commercial farms in California came up with their own solution to the drought, and it’s not pretty. They decided to use recycled oil industry waste water to grow their produce. Chevron Oil Company treats 21 million gallons of waste water per day and sells it to farmers, who in turn use it to water 45,000 acres of crops in one of the country’s primary produce-growing areas.

It’s like something used in third world countries that we scorn for their unsafe practices:

In most developing countries wastewater treatment systems are hardly functioning or have a very low coverage, resulting in large scale water pollution and the use of very poor quality water for crop irrigation especially in the vicinity of urban centres. This can create significant risks to public health, particularly where crops are eaten raw.

But it’s happening right here.

Recycled irrigation water has been used to some degree for decades, but the testing has been limited to naturally occurring toxins, like salt and arsenic. Officially, no testing is done for the chemicals used in oil production. While farmers test crops for pests or diseases, they don’t test them for chemicals that may have absorbed through the roots from water. They figure that the water authorities are looking out for that. So basically, everyone expects that someone else does the testing, and no one does the testing. Nuts, citrus, and grapes may be highly contaminated but no one knows for sure.

Yummy, right?

This is what independent testing of the oil industry waste water showed

One environmental group took it upon themselves to test samples of the treated irrigation water. Water Defense, an advocacy group founded by actor Mark Ruffalo, discovered something very unsettling.

Mark Smith, the scientist who took samples for Water Defense, has been a consultant for the EPA on more than 50 oil spills. He took samples from areas of the canal that were publicly accessible and put them through comprehensive testing.

He found acetone and methylene chloride. These are solvents used to remove grease from equipment and soften crude oil, and said that the concentrations in the water were higher than he had seen at oil spill disaster sites. He also found C20 and C34, hydrocarbons found in oil.

Smith, the Water Defense scientist, has consulted for the Environmental Protection Agency and other government offices on more than 50 oil spills and spent two years studying the oil wastewater used for irrigation in Kern County.

He traveled the eight-mile Cawelo canal, taking samples of the water as it moved from Chevron’s oil fields through the irrigation canals to farmers’ fields. He said he gathered samples only from areas that were publicly accessible. He took samples from 10 points, collecting water from a number of depths at each site through a process that he said is more comprehensive than the sampling state and local authorities require.

The samples Smith collected contained acetone and methylene chloride, solvents used to degrease equipment or soften thick crude oil, at concentrations higher than he said he had seen at oil spill disaster sites. Methlyene chloride, by the way, is classified as a potential carcinogen. The water also contained C20 and C34, hydrocarbons found in oil, according to ALS Environmental, the lab that analyzed Smith’s samples.

Methylene chloride and acetone are used as solvents in many industrial settings. Methylene chloride is classified as a potential carcinogen.

Here’s a horrifying example:

“One sample of the recycled Cawelo irrigation water, for example, registered methylene chloride as high as 56 parts per billion. Smith said that was nearly four times the amount of methylene chloride registered when he tested oil-fouled river at the 2013 ExxonMobil tar sands pipeline spill in Mayflower, Ark. That spill was declared a federal disaster, spurred evacuations and resulted in a $2.7-million fine for the company.

Chevron told The Times it does not use acetone or methylene chloride in its oil extraction process. The company would not disclose the fluids used in drilling or well maintenance.”

But don’t worry. It’s perfectly safe.

The water district is unconcerned. One board member (who grows pistachios and citrus, by the way) feels that the water testing being done is accurate.

Mark Smith, a board member of the Cawelo Water District who grows pistachios and citrus using treated water from Chevron, said he had “never heard a word” about contamination from the oil production process and is satisfied that the water testing is adequate. Glenn Fankhauser, assistant director of the Kern County Department of Agriculture and Measurement Standards, concurs. “As long as they’re treating the water to the point where it’s allowed by whatever agency governs the quality of water, I think it would be OK.”

Note the blithe unconcern shown by those who are, of course, profiting greatly from the use of toxic water to irrigate food crops.

The thing that blows my mind is how small family farms are being regulated out of business to keep us “safe” but this stuff goes on and no one in “authority” bats an eyelash. But somehow, we who are concerned about the fact that those with lots of money are not regulated are the kooky conspiracy nuts. As I’ve written about at length, with regard to something as important as water, you must take the responsibility for safety upon yourself.

Here is a list of companies whose farms receive oil industry wastewater

So, as it turns out, those cute little Halo oranges aren’t really very angelic.

An environmental group called Food and Water Watch received a list from the district of the names and addresses of companies that use its water.

Look for these labels in the grocery store, and avoid them until/unless they are proven safe, because, as per a report by Mother Jones, they’re most likely grown using oil industry wastewater.

  • Sunview (table grapes, raisins, persimmons, and prune plums)
  • Wonderful Citrus (Halos and Cuties – this company also owns  Fiji Water, POM Wonderful, and the world’s largest pistachio and almond growing operation)
  • Trinchero Family Estates (wine)
  • Bee Sweet Citrus (mandarins, oranges, and lemons)

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It all comes back to the same refrain: if you don’t grow it yourself or know the grower personally, you really can’t trust it. We must go back to the days when food was sourced locally so that we can be our own watchdogs.

Sources:

Mother Jones

LA Times


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Why Eating Pomegranate Could Save Your Life

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Millions die every year from cancer. Millions more from heart disease. A solid body of research indicates that consuming pomegranate may be the ideal way to protect yourself against the top two killers in the postmodern age.

I confess I have a bit of an obsession with pomegranate. Not only does is its look and taste highly appealing, but ever since performing a pubmed.gov literature search on what is literally the fruiting ovary of the pomegranate bush, I was simply in awe at the sheer volume of supportive literature on its diverse applications for health promotion and disease prevention.

While I’ve written and lectured previously on foods with life-saving properties, such as garlic, lime juice, and of course the amazing spice turmeric to which I have dedicated an entire resource page on GreenMedInfo.com, I think what intrigues me most about pomegranate is how seldom it is recognized for its powerful, and I would say, life-saving health properties; this, despite the fact that the research literature shows it has 100+ potential health applications. This situation is not accidental. The truth about pomegranate (and all “natural cures” for that matter) is controversial and highly politicized, with The FTC and FDA going as far as  filing complaints against pomegranate juice manufacturers for referencing its well-established health value.

Personally, I’m most fascinated by pomegranate’s striking resemblance to the human ovary and how it contains mammalian-type steroid hormones like estrone and testosterone normally found in the ovaries — an example of the “doctrine of signatures,” which I recently covered in my article: “Why Walnut Resembles the Brain It Nourishes.”

And yet, most of my focus thus far has been on spreading the good news about pomegranate’s unique ability to reverse plaque build up in the arteries; a therapeutic property which could countermand the #1 cause of death in the developed world, namely, atherosclerosis related cardiovascular events such as heart attacks.

Pomegranate’s heart-saving properties are all the more amazing when you consider that we live in a world where millions are taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs even though the cholesterol hypothesis of heart disease remains just that: a theory, and one increasingly refuted by the evidence itself. Ironically, statins have also been demonstrated to weaken the heart muscle, along with causing some 300+ documented adverse health effects. And yet, many of these very same people popping potentially deadly pharmaceuticals without thought, are still afraid to consume pomegranate juice because of its “high sugar content.”

Another thing about pomegranate is that it is also uniquely supported by a folkloric body of cross-culturally overlapping virtues, such as promoting fertility, prosperity, and longevity. Clearly, the logos (science) and mythos (ancient orally transmitted wisdom) agree that this a very special food. I consider it right up there with my personal favorite turmeric; a plant root which, I believe, contains both intelligence and compassion.

If you want to see how I came to this apical point of appreciation for pomegranate, you can follow the biomedical footsteps I took to get here by checking out all the studies I have gathered on my pomegranate database here.

In this article, however, I will be focusing on an under appreciated benefit of pomegranate, namely, its powerful anti-cancer properties. My hope is that through these efforts more people will come to appreciate that only food can truly perform root cause resolution of disease, both by nourishing, stimulating natural detoxification methods, and perhaps more importantly, providing vectors of healing information. You can learn more about my perspective on the topic by watching my lecture below:

Pomegranate: Nature’s Perfect Anti-Cancer Food?

Regular readers of GreenMedInfo.com know that we focus heavily on identifying the true causes and cures for cancer, as well as the still widely underestimated problem of the medical industry’s routine misclassification, overdiagnosis and overtreatment of cancer; a problem, in fact, which was recognized by the National Cancer Institute’s own expert panel in 2013 to apply to two of the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer in men (HGPIN “prostate cancer”) and women (DCIS “breast cancer”), and which has lead to incalculable and needless suffering in millions of men and women in the U.S. over the past 30 years.

The convenient side effect of the mass screening associated overdiagnosis and overtreatment of suspicious “growths” is that cancer has become a multi-billion dollar industry, despite the fact that cancer treatments have made very little progress over the past half century.

A huge piece of the puzzle as to why conventional treatment has been a monumental failure is revealed by so-called cancer stem cell hypothesis. Basically a small subpopulation of cancer cells called cancer stem cells are believed responsible for producing most primary and secondary tumors, as well as their resistance to conventional chemotherapy and radiation. In fact, these two “therapies” actually enrich cancer stem cells in the surviving post-treatment tissue, making their use not only obsolete but fundamentally unethical due to the iatrogenic harms they cause on top of the original disease.

Preliminary research has already shown that pomegranate can inhibit and/or destroy a range of cancers, including prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and pancreatic cancer. But because the cancer stem cell hypothesis is relatively new, there are few studies that have been performed to assess the ability of natural compounds to kill cancer stem cells.

That said, an important study published in 2010 in Oncology Reports titled, “Pomegranate extract inhibits the proliferation and viability of MMTV-Wnt-1 mouse mammary cancer stem cells in vitro,” revealed for the first time that several compounds within pomegranate have the ability to target and destroy the cancer stem cells within mammary cancer. Remember, this is a highly significant finding because this is something that conventional cancer treatments cannot do.

The groundbreaking study opened with a brief summary of the cancer stem cell hypothesis, well worth reading:

The stem cell hypothesis of cancer is based on the existence of a subset of cells in tumors with a high proliferative capacity and multipotency, the stem cell-like ability to produce all cell types found in tumors (9). Tumor heterogeneity arises not by the serial clonal expansion of individual cancer cells that have acquired new, advantageous mutations, but from cancer stem cells. The cancer stem cell hypothesis explains the ultimate failure of chemotherapy; tumors destroyed by chemotherapy may be repopulated by cancer stem cells, which are highly drug resistant through a variety of mechanisms (10). As such, successful chemotherapy and cancer prevention must target not only the differentiated tumor cells that make up the bulk of the tumor, but also cancer stem cells, and treatment may have to be long-term, since cancer stem cells are long-lived.”

The study next moved to why foods like pomengranate may be the future of cancer treatment:

A promising source of novel chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic agents are fruits and vegetables, which are associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer (4,14). Phytochemicals derived from fruits and vegetables have a proven ability to inhibit cancer cell growth in vitro and prevent the formation of tumors in vivo (4,6) and are well tolerated and safe, allowing for long-term dietary administration. However, since the cancer stem cell hypothesis has only recently been proposed, there are few studies on the effect of phytochemicals on cancer stem cells (16,17). We hypothesized that phytochemicals inhibit the growth and viability of mammary cancer stem cells. To test this hypothesis, in the present study we used a mammary cancer stem cell line, designated WA4, derived from tumors arising spontaneously in MMTV-Wnt-1 transgenic mice, as an in vitro model of cancer stem cells. Studies have suggested that mammary tumors arising in this model contain a proportion of tumor cells with cancer stem cell-like characteristics (8), and the ß-catenin pathway, which is activated by overexpression of Wnt-1, is important in governing self-renewal of cells, a hallmark of ‘stemness’. The majority of the cells in the WA4 cell line displays many cancer stem-cell like characteristics, as described in Materials and methods. We chose PE as our test agent. PE is a standardized extract of pomegranate that is commercially available as a dietary supplement and is certified ‘generally regarded as safe’ by the Food and Drug Administration. The extract is standardized by HPLC to contain no less than 70% total polyphenolic compounds, and the final polyphenolic composition is similar to that of the pomengranate fruit (12). Pomegranate juice and seed oil have previously been shown to inhibit the proliferation and metastasis of various differentiated human breast cancer cell lines in vitro (11,18,19). Pomegranate extracts have also been shown to inhibit the proliferation of other cancer cell types in vitro, including lung, prostate, colon and oral cancer (7,20-23). However, the current study is, to the best of our knowledge, the first to examine the effect of PE on cancer stem cells.”

The study results were reported as follows:

In summary, the present study demonstrates that PE is a potent inhibitor of mammary cancer stem cells in vitro. This is the first study to examine the potential of a dietary extract to target cancer stem cells.”

While this was only a cell study, the results are encouraging, as noted by the authors:

“The relatively low concentrations needed to inhibit mammary cancer stem cells in vitro and the demonstrated bioavailability of PE suggest that PE may be an effective inhibitor of mammary tumor growth in vivo, a possibility that is currently being tested in our laboratory.”

The most common criticism against preliminary research like this is that since it has not yet been proven safe and effective in human clinical trials it would be irresponsible, if not illegal, to use it to prevent, mitigate or treat any disease. This criticism, however, belies naivety as to how the biomedical research and publishing industries really work. The funding pay that needs to be scaled in order to perform the phase I, II, II, etc. human clinical trials required by the FDA to obtain drug approval is between 1-11 billion dollars high. Do we wait, for instance, for these studies to be performed, knowing full well that sufficient private and/or public capital will never materialize because natural substances do not produce market exclusivity nor a return on investment? In the meantime, tens of thousands die, annually, from the adverse effects of the highly toxic and ineffective conventional treatments.

As informed consumers and/or patients, who are fully aware that foods like pomegranate are not drugs. i.e., they are not comprised of synthetically produced molecules, we know that foods like these have thousands of years of safe usage behind them. And so, we have every right to use our “food as medicine.” When you consider that heart disease and cancer are the #1 and #2 causes of death in the developed world, and that a simple fruit extract may profoundly reduce the risk of being seriously harmed, or dying from either, it would seem unethical not to use it, or not to advocate for its use vis-à-vis the potentially horrific side effects of the drugs being used for primary prevention and treatment of these conditions.

This is why I believe pomegranate is the world’s most important healing fruit. Add to this the fact that it actually tastes good, and you have the perfect confluence of reasons to start incorporating it into your daily regimen.

For additional research on Cancer Stem Cell Killing foods and spices, visit our database section on the topic, or read my recent article on the topic: 25 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo.


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.