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The Importance Of A Kidney Cleansing Diet

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The importance of a kidney cleansing diet cannot be overemphasized. Flushing out your kidneys keeps them functioning at their best. Healthy kidneys are essential to a variety of body functions. Your kidneys help detoxify Your blood by removing toxic compounds and passing them out through the urine. If blood cleansing becomes impeded, toxins can remain and circulate throughout the body to cause harm.

The Function of the Kidneys

Healthy kidneys help manage body fluid stability by regulating the balance of sodium and water. The kidneys also manage the balance between alkalinity and acidity, and they regulate the hormones and enzymes responsible for controlling blood pressure. In addition, as mentioned previously, your kidneys help filter out toxins that build up in response to diet and the environment.

The imbalance of body water caused by toxic kidneys has been linked to negative emotional states, such as stress, paranoia, uncontrolled muscle shaking, general feelings of insecurity and fear, and even panics attacks. Kidney cleansing helps promote the optimal function of the kidneys. When in optimal health, your kidneys can purify your blood up to 60 times per day.

Teas That Cleanse the Kidneys

There are many teas that you can brew yourself that will help cleanse your kidneys.

Dandelion root removes excess water from the body by stimulating urine production. Dandelion root tea can be made by boiling 1 to 2 tsp. of organic roasted dandelion root in 8 ounces of pure water.

Ginger root and turmeric tea can be made by boiling a few dashes of turmeric powder with peeled ginger root. If consumed after lunch and dinner, the tea not only flushes toxins from the kidneys but also helps with digestion.

Cleansing with Fruits and Vegetables

You can also find many organic fruits that will help your body with kidney cleansing. Organic grapes can be eaten raw to provide nutrients and antioxidants that support detoxification. Grapes help flush uric acid and other waste products from the kidneys.

Organic cranberries provide us with quinine, a compound that is sent to the liver. Hippuric acid, which is converted from quinine, helps remove urea and uric acid from the kidneys and urinary tract. It also helps discourage bacteria from attaching to urinary tract walls. Cranberry juice is a great kidney supporter.

Organic apples are one of the best natural foods you can eat, and they also support natural cleansing. Beet juice is another great addition to help you cleanse your entire body. Check out this beets liver cleansing juice recipe.

There are also several organic cleansing vegetables that are readily available in almost every grocery store.

Garlic is a natural diuretic that helps stimulate urine production and flush out the kidneys. Cucumbers also work as a natural diuretic and can help dissolve kidney and bladder stones. Sprouts help flush out the kidneys because they contain so much water.

Onions have been reputed to help people pass kidney stones. The onions are boiled, then liquefied in a blender along with the water they were cooked in. Kidney beans, soybeans, and peas contain a vital amino acid called arginine that helps cleanse the kidneys of ammonia.

A General Rule of Thumb

Eating pure, whole, and raw foods will provide the necessary support for your kidneys as well as every other detoxifying organ in your body. Most raw leafy greens, low-sugar fruits (think berries), and nuts and seeds can support your health in numerous ways, not just for cleansing. Also, it is imperative that you drink enough pure, filtered water every day in order to provide an easier route for toxins to evacuate your kidneys. You can use distilled water for this purpose; simply add 1 tbsp. of raw apple cider vinegar to an 8-ounce glass to give it an extra boost.

What are your experiences with cleansing? Are there any foods listed here that you can’t eat? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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.

Why Is Diet Soda Addictive?

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An addiction to diet soda may seem silly to most people, many of whom have been tricked into thinking that calorie-free soda is the healthier choice compared to traditional carbonated beverages. Since it’s calorie free and sugar free, most people who are dieting will choose diet soda as a beverage of choice at meals and snacks. Due to its highly-addictive nature, diet soda is often consumed in excess, often replacing pure water.

The most common brands of diet soda include these ingredients:

  • Carbonated water
  • Caramel color
  • Aspartame
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Potassium citrate
  • Natural flavors
  • Citric acid
  • Caffeine

This is a toxic cocktail of chemicals that are known to cause changes in brain chemistry, cellular communication, and basic metabolism. Aspartame is one of the biggest health culprits in diet soda, not to mention a host of other processed foods. It is probably the key ingredient associated with addiction.


7 Minute Video of Dr. Group Explaining

Why Diet Soda is Addicting and What You Can Do About It.

Why is Diet Soda Addictive?

Aspartame, the chemical sweetener used to replace high fructose corn syrup in diet soda, activates the reward centers in your brain. [1] The trouble is, because aspartame doesn’t provide any calories (energy), the body misses out and makes it crave more. It’s your body’s way of basically “reaching out” for fuel when it’s missed the calories from the first hit of diet soda consumption. Diet soda is trying to trick the body, but the body rebels and makes you want more and more to satisfy those reward centers in the brain and provide energy for cells.

Brain chemistry is also tampered with when aspartame is ingested. Aspartame is comprised of two amino acids and a methyl ester, and these compounds can affect the dopamine system in the brain linked to positive reinforcement. [2] Alcohol and drugs can cause similar effects, but at different levels of severity. The caffeine in diet soda–not to mention in regular soda, coffee, and energy drinks–is considered a drug, and an addictive one at that. Caffeine is a psychostimulant, and, when combined with aspartame’s dopamine effects, increases addictive behavior. [3]

Withdrawal Symptoms

One of the classic ways to prove whether or not you’re addicted to diet soda is to abstain from the product for one to seven days and see if you experience withdrawal symptoms. First and foremost, caffeine deprivation after a prolonged period of consumption will bring about headaches, irritability, and mood disturbances. Psychological issues may also result as a side effect of eliminating aspartame, as the sweetener can impair the transport of tryptophan which helps produce serotonin. [4]

How to Fight Diet Soda Addiction

The only way to be free from diet soda is to make a deliberate choice not to buy it the next time you go to the grocery store. Don’t order it at restaurants, and pass if a friend offers it to you at your next social engagement. Going cold turkey is the only way for most people; however, extreme cases may need appropriate psychological counseling and behavioral therapy to fight addiction. If you can’t go cold turkey, just start reducing one can or glass of diet soda per day, replacing it with pure water.

You can try replacing diet soda with coffee or tea, but you will still have the caffeine issue. While these beverages are certainly healthy (without sweetener), you may wish to try herbal tea initially. Rooibos tea is a fantastic antioxidant-rich herbal tea that is also free from caffeine. I also advise looking at your food labels and abstain from purchasing anything that has aspartame anywhere in the ingredients list.

Have you experienced a diet soda addiction? We’d love to hear how you combated it! Please contribute your thoughts, opinions, or questions in the comments!

References:

  1. Oyama Y, Sakai H, Arata T, et al. Cytotoxic effects of methanol, formaldehyde, and formate on dissociated rat thymocytes: a possibility of aspartame toxicity. Cell Biol Toxicol. 2002;18(1):43:50.
  2. Marc-Antoine Crocq, MD. Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and mental disorders. Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2003 Jun;5(2): 175-185.
  3. Marcello Solinas, Sergi Ferre, Zhi-Bing You, et al. Caffeine Induces Dopamine and Glutamate Release in the Shell of the Nucleus Accumbens. The Journal of Neuroscience, August 1, 2002, 22(15):6321-6324.
  4. P Humphries, E Pretorius and H Naude. Direct and indirect cellular effects of aspartame on the brain. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (2008) 62, 451-462; doi: 10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602866.

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.

Truvia’s Sweet Scam: Highly Processed, GMO, And Contains Hardly Any Stevia (VIDEO)

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If you’re one of the people who was excited when the “natural” sweetener that was allegedly made from the stevia plant became more commonly available, I’m afraid I have some bad news for you.

All of that hype about the “new” zero-calorie Truvia? All the talk about how natural it is? That’s just not true.

Incidentally, while the FDA has approved this bastardization of stevia, the actual leaf, where the active chemicals are found, is banned from sale as a food additive or sweetener and may only be sold as an “herbal supplement.”

The Big Food/Big Agri Connection

There’s a direct connection to Big Agri – Cargill, a privately held, multi-billion dollar corporation, was the driving force behind getting FDA approval of the sweetener, despite evidence that it might not actually be safe in its processed form. Cargill is also a major player in the meat industry (with all of its unspeakable feedlot horrors) and has been subject to numerous food safety recalls over the past few years due to contaminated meat. Cargill, that bastion of food safety, was the driving force behind the FDA’s decision to switch the status of stevia from a “supplement” to a food that is “generally recognized as safe”.

Cargill wasn’t alone, however. Big Food joined forces, since diet soda sales have plummeted over the past 10 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the sale of low-calorie soft drinks has declined by billions per year over the past decade, as consumers became aware of the potential risks of neurotoxic artificial sweeteners.

So, to combat those health concerns, Coca Cola produced Truvia and Pepsi produced PureVia. Now, I don’t know about you, but I can’t consume anything produced by either of those companies (both Coke and Pepsi lobbied fiercely against the labeling of GMOs) and delude myself into believing the product is healthy.

Decades ago, diet sodas were touted as a healthy way to have a refreshing beverage without expanding your waistline. Unfortunately, the zero-calorie beverages were anything but healthy, and many people have suffered ill effects from the consumption of those drinks. Even corporate-funded Fox News was forced to admit that diet sodas were detrimental to human health.

Enter Truvia, the cure for all of those diet soda ills. Because, it’s natural!

Truvia is the second best-selling sugar substitute in the United States, most likely because the deceptive marketing is targeted at those who want to make healthier, less artificial choices. Remember how last week we discussed that Big Food isn’t making very much money? This is just the next volley of propaganda in which Big Food attempts to deceive the public into believing their processed food-like substances are actually food. Sales of Truvia in 2014 exceeded $400 million.

But…Truvia is not actually “natural”

Not so fast. While it’s true that the powdered stevia you get in the little packets is in part derived from a plant grown in Paraguay, it isn’t just the plant you’re getting. If it was just a powdered up plant, Coca Cola and Cargill wouldn’t be able to hold the patents to make it, right?

Traditionally, a leaf from the stevia plant was dropped into a hot beverage to steep and lend its sweetness. But the current product that’s being touted for its “natural sweetness” is a far cry from a leaf from the garden. (Despite how Cargill glosses over the heavy processing on the Truvia website.) In fact, Cargill had to settle a civil lawsuit a few years back because of their claims that the product was natural. The lawsuit forced them to put millions of dollars aside to settle future claims and they were required to put an asterisk on their tagline “Nature’s calorie-free sweetener.”

Nor is it actually mostly stevia…it’s mostly derived from GMO corn

Truvia is actually made mostly of erythritol, a sugar alcohol derived from genetically modified corn. Only 5% of the compound is actually derived from the stevia plant.

Despite the fact that erythritol is made from corn, and most corn is GMO, the Truvia website provides the strangest dance of denial I’ve witnessed in quite some time. They seem to feel that since it’s just derived from corn, then processed like crazy, that the origin of the corn has no bearing on the end product.  Here’s what the website says, which sure sounds to me like GMO corn is used:

Does Truvía® natural sweetener contain GMO? Is it genetically modified? [Link]

No. Truvía® natural sweetener is not GMO, and does not contain any genetically modified ingredients. There are no known varieties of genetically modified stevia available anywhere in the world. The carrier for the intensely sweet stevia leaf extract is called erythritol. The erythritol used in Truvía® natural sweetener is produced by a yeast organism that is found in nature. The yeast ferments or digests dextrose and other nutrients. In other words, dextrose is the food for the yeast – much like corn may be food for a cow that produces meat or milk. The dextrose used as the feedstock for the yeast is a simple sugar that is derived from the starch component of U.S.-grown corn. Although genetically enhanced corn and non-transgenic corn are grown in the U.S. today, erythritol is not derived from corn and dextrose feedstock (just as milk is not derived from cattle feed); it is derived from the yeast organism. Erythritol is not genetically modified, and does not contain any genetically modified proteins.

Do you use GMO corn to produce the erythritol used in Truvía® natural sweetener? [Link]

The erythritol used in Truvía® natural sweetener is produced by a yeast organism that is found in nature. The yeast “ferments” or “digests” dextrose and other nutrients. Dextrose is the food for the yeast – much like corn may be food for a cow that produces meat or milk. The dextrose is derived from the starch component of U.S.-grown corn. Both GM corn and non-GM corn are grown in the U.S. today. Cargill does not segregate the corn used to manufacture the dextrose used in the erythritol process.

Why is Truvía® natural sweetener non-GMO if you use GMO corn? [Link]

Erythritol is not made from corn or dextrose (just as milk is not made from cattle feed); erythritol is made from a yeast organism that eats the dextrose for food. Erythritol itself is not derived from a genetically modified source, and does not contain any genetically modified proteins.

Pardon me, but I sincerely doubt that Truvia is manufactured from the mere 12% of corn in the United States that is not GMO.

Here’s how Truvia is made

Truvia contains 3 ingredients: Erythritol, Rebiana, and natural flavors.

Erythritol

We talked about erythritol and it’s genetically modified origins above. This ingredient makes up 95-99% of the “natural sweetener.” Straight from the Cargill website, here’s how erythritol is made:

Erythritol is the first polyol to be manufactured on a commercial scale by a fermentation process. The starting material is a simple sugar-rich substrate which is fermented by a yeast like fungus to yield erythritol.

The product is then crystallized to 99.5 percent purity from the filtered and concentrated fermentation broth.

erythritol

Rebiana

Rebiana (chemical name rebaudioside A)  makes up less than 1% of the little packet. Rebiana (also called Reb-A) is a substance that is derived from the stevia leaf, but is not actually stevia. Although Truvia’s website says that Rebiana is retrieved from the stevia leaf by soaking it in water, the patent held by Coca Cola divulges that it actually takes 40 steps (!!!) to extract the desired molecule, steps that include the use of yummy stuff like acetone, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and isopropanol.

Natural Flavoring

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that the term “natural flavoring” is so broad as to be without definition. Even MSG can be considered “natural” according to some, since it originates,far far back in the process, from yeast. Other types of natural additives are repugnant, so they hide the real origins behind that much-abused word, natural. (Read Natural Additives: Bugs, Hair, and Anal Secretions, Oh My for the full story on that meaningless ingredient listing.)So, really, this third ingredient could be anything.

A Dishonorable Mention Goes to Stevia in the Raw

Another deceptive product on the stevia bandwagon is Stevia in the Raw. It’s also not really stevia -it’s primary ingredients are dextrose and maltodextrin, both derived from corn, and both likely to be genetically modified. As well, maltodextrin often contains MSG, which doesn’t have to be disclosed in the ingredients list.

Incidentally, stevia may reduce fertility

While we’re on this subject, stevia alone may not be great for reproductive health. Women in South America use the herb to decrease the likelihood of conception. Check out this video on the topic.

The Conclusion? Truvia is NOT Stevia

Here’s the long and the short of it: if you have a sweet tooth, you simply have to understand that sweet things have calories. Whether you decide to consume things that are sweet is entirely up to you, but a non-harmful, no-calorie sweetener is simply the stuff of fairy tales. Little packets of sweet substances without calories are, without exception, highly processed and often very harmful.

If you want to sweeten a beverage with stevia, your very best bet is to make like the folks in Paraguay and steep a leaf of it in your beverage.(You can get organic stevia leaves HERE, or you can grow it yourself.) The second best option is a pure extract like this one.

Truvia, for all its gushing propaganda, contains less than 5% of anything even derived from the stevia plant, much less actual stevia.


Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. She is the author of The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, and you can email her at [email protected]

The Hidden Toxins In Your Clothing

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Popular clothing stores, like H&M, Levi’s, and Gap, are beginning to turn their attention toward producing healthier and more environmentally-friendly clothing. [1] Increased consumer awareness around the dangers of synthetic dyes, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and phthalates in conventional clothing is fueling a drastic revolution in the fashion industry. Keeping in line with current trends, clothing retailers are finally attempting to appeal to health-conscious buyers as well as appease international health organizations.

How Toxins Invade Your Closet

During the production of clothes, toxic chemicals are used in almost every step. Synthetic fabrics are dyed with man-made chemical dying agents, fabrics are applied with toxins that make them immune to biodegradation, and many clothes contain buttons and accessories that contain known endocrine disruptors. Phthalates, for example, are sometimes found in buttons, and just a few of these worn on a person could, over time, contribute to hormonal imbalance. Common synthetic fabrics like nylon and acrylic are extremely toxic to the body and the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that inhalation of acrylonitrile, the main chemical compound used to produce acrylic fibers, shows carcinogenic potential via inhalation. [2]

Formaldehyde is essentially “baked” into fabric to make it resistant to wrinkling, which is bad news because research shows that this chemical is a human carcinogen. While it’s nice to save time and not have to iron your slacks, at what cost is this convenience factor to our future health? Nonylphenols are another class of endocrine disruptors used in some dying applications, and we’re now detecting levels of this chemical in our water. It is painstakingly clear that, for the future of our health and our planet, we must advocate for a change in the way our clothing is produced. Otherwise, we will be faced with a silent environmental and health crisis, one that may take decades to overcome.

Ways You Can Produce Change

Just as with any health movement, one of the most substantial ways to assist change is to “vote with your pocketbook.” In other words, support companies that produce organic, natural clothing as much as possible. Look for clothes made from bamboo, organic cotton, or flax, and always choose clothes produced using natural dyes. Write to your favorite clothing manufacturers to inquire what they are doing to reduce their reliance on chemicals in their clothing production. Fortunately, choosing clothes made with natural fibers is becoming easier, and the more we support these companies, the faster we will see a change in the clothing industry.

References:

  1. Elizabeth Grossman. Cotton, Cashmere, Chemicals…What Really Goes Into Making Our Clothes? Ensia.
  2. EPA. Acrylonitrile. Environmental Protection Agency.

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.

Three Artificial Sweeteners You Should Look Out For

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Artificial sweeteners are everywhere, and if you’re like me, you avoid them at all costs. Things like aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin can be found in a variety of processed diet foods; however, even some foods you wouldn’t expect contain these chemicals. Whether you’re knowingly poisoning yourself with these toxins or not, you must know that their presence in your diet, regardless of the amount, have no purpose for your body. Not eliminating them is sometimes the only obstacle many people have toward achieving an ideal state of health.

The Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

Avoiding artificial sweeteners should already be a no-brainer for you, especially if you are a consistent reader of this blog. Here are the top three sweeteners you should look out for:

1. Why Saccharin Is Not Your Friend

Saccharin was the first artificial sweetener and is still a popular sugar substitute used by many people across the world. Fortunately, it’s not as popular in diet foods as it used to be. You will typically find saccharin in pink packets of artificial sweetener, like Sweet‘N Low. Saccharin can encourage potential allergic reactions in some people, including headaches, breathing difficulties, skin eruptions, and diarrhea. [1] There are also studies indicating saccharin in cancer development; although, these studies are dated and do not appear in any relevant, modern literature.

2. The Ever-Popular Sucralose

Sucralose, or commonly known by its trade name “Splenda,” is another commonly-used artificial sweetener. This sweetener, along with aspartame, is often used in diet sodas and other weight loss and diabetic-friendly foods. While it is true that Sucralose starts off with natural sugar as the starting material, it is chlorinated and goes through a very unnatural process during production. Supposedly, Sucralose is not digested and travels through the GI tract unchanged; however, a recent analysis shows the exact opposite. [2] There is some research also showing that Sucralose affects glucose control in diabetics and prediabetics, something that nonnutritive sweeteners are designed to avoid. [3] Considering that Sucralose was discovered while testing for a new insecticide (at least that’s what’s been widely reported), why would we want to ingest this at any amount?

3. How Aspartame Destroys Brain Cells

Aspartate and glutamate are found in aspartame and behave as neurotransmitters in the brain. Having an excess of these neurotransmitters kills certain neurons by allowing the inundation of calcium. This influx provokes excessive amounts of free radicals which kill the cells. [4] The sweetener also contains methanol, which is subsequently metabolized into formaldehyde. There’s a host of other issues with aspartame, and I firmly believe this to be one of the worst artificial sweeteners on the market.

Alternative Natural Sweeteners

I always suggest that everyone, including healthy individuals, remove added sugars from their diet, including added sweeteners. While you can use stevia and other caloric natural sweeteners in moderation, to eliminate our addiction to sweet tastes and promote balance in our diet we must reduce them on all levels. Here are some of the natural sweeteners you should use, but only in moderation:

  • Coconut Nectar
  • Lo Han Extract
  • Stevia
  • Organic Raw Honey
  • Organic Blackstrap Molasses
  • Sugar Alcohols (xylitol, glycerol, sorbitol, maltitol, mannitol, and erythritol)

What sweeteners do you use? Have you had any personal health experiences with artificial sweeteners? Please share with us in the comments!

References:

  1. Medicine Net. Saccharin: What are the cons? Medicine Net.
  2. Schiffman SS, Rother KI. Sucralose, a synthetic organochlorine sweetener: overview of biological issues. J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev. 2013;16(7):399-451. doi: 10.1080/10937404.2013.842523.
  3. Pepino MY, Tiemann CD, Patterson BW, Wice BM, Klein S. Sucralose affects glycemic and hormonal responses to an oral glucose load. Diabetes Care. 2013 Sep;36(9):2530-5. doi: 10.2337/dc12-2221.
  4. Iyyaswamy A, Rathinasamy S. Effect of chronic exposure to aspartame on oxidative stress in the brain of albino rats. J Biosci. 2012 Sep;37(4):679-88.

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.

Roundup Herbicide Linked To Parkinson’s-Related Brain Damage

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Alarming new research published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology supports the emerging connection between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonian disorders.

Published this month (April, 2012), the new study entitled “Glyphosate induced cell death through apoptotic and authophagic mechanisms,” investigated the potential brain-damaging effects of herbicides, which the authors stated “have been recognized as the main environmental factor associated with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.”1

They found that glyphosate inhibited the viability of differentiated test cells (PC12, adrenal medula derived), in both dose-and-time dependent manners. The researchers also found that “glyphosate induced cell death via authophagy pathways in addition to activating apoptotic pathways.”

Roundup herbicide is now a ubiquitous contaminant in our air, rain, groundwater, and food, making complete avoidance near impossible. A growing body of experimental evidence now indicates that it in addition to its neurotoxicity it also has the following.

Modes of Toxicity

  • Carcinogen
  • Endocrine Disruptor
  • Genotoxic
  • Biocide
  • Cytotoxic
  • Bioaccumulator
  • Hepatotoxic
  • Teratrogenic
  • Clastogenic
  • Oxidant
  • Aquacidal
  • Mutagenic
  • Aromatase Disruptor
  • Glutathione Down-regulator
  • Malondialdehyde Up-regulator
  • Necrotic
  • Nephrotoxic

Once marketed as “safe as table salt” by Monsanto, the original patent holder and manufacturer of this glyphosate-based herbicide, evidence now indicates it is toxic to human DNA at concentrations diluted 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications.

This study only adds to human case reports of glyphosate-poisoning  and/or occupational exposure where neurological damage was a direct consequence.  A 2011 case study published in the journal Parkinsonism Related Disorders, entitled “Parkinsonism after chronic occupational exposure to glyphosate,” reported the following incident:

Here we report a patient with parkinsonism following chronic occupational exposure to glyphosate. A previously healthy 44- year-old woman presented with rigidity, slowness and resting tremor in all four limbs with no impairment of short-term memory, after sustaining long term chemical exposure to glyphosate for 3 years as a worker in a chemical factory. The chemical plant produced a range of herbicides including: glyphosate, gibberellins, and dimethyl hydrogen phosphite; however, the patient worked exclusively in the glyphosate production division. She only wore basic protection such as gloves or a face mask for 50 h each week in the plant where glyphosate vapor was generated. She frequently felt weak. Two months before she came to our clinic, she had expe- rienced severe dizziness and blurred vision.

Another case study published in 2003 reported a case of parkinsonism subsequent to glyphosate exposure.

These case studies are also backed up by animal research. In the roundworm model of glyphosate exposure the chemical results in neurodegeneration directly associated with damage to the dopamine and GABA producing neurons. In the rat model, glyphosate exposure results in oxidative brain damage, particularly the substantia nigra, where the highest concentration of dopamine-producing cells reside, and which is the primary locus of neurological damage in Parkinson’s disease.

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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.

Does Your Workout Clothes Contain These Toxins?

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Everyone knows that exercise improves your mood and supports your health. But were you aware that the toxins in your workout clothes could be undermining the health benefits you are seeking? A recent news report covering research done by Greenpeace is showing startling evidence that our clothes may be contributing to long-term health concerns, regardless of whether you exercise or not. [1]

The Chemicals and Toxins in Your Sportswear

Recent research showing that sportswear contains dangerous toxins–namely chemical dyes, polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), and solvents–has spawned an international outcry among environmentalists, health professionals, and consumers. Companies like Nike are working quickly to phase out chemical ingredients, and it’s only through more urging by consumers that other companies will follow suit.

Chemicals in clothing tend to rub off on skin, possibly contributing to endocrine disruption. When you’re active and sweating in these clothes, it may become more problematic. Researchers know that PFCs and solvents are linked with many types of cancer! Many countries, particularly those in Europe, have some type of regulation on these chemicals. In the US, however, chemicals in clothing remain unregulated.

What You Can Do

One of the best things you can do to avoid toxins in your sportswear, and in all your clothes, is to purchase 100% organic and/or 100% cotton clothing. There are also companies that make workout clothes made with hemp, flax, and bamboo. You will have to do your research and ask the company you are purchasing from if their brand uses any chemicals during production.

Are you conscious of the clothes you purchase? What was surprising about this article that stood out for you? Please give us your thoughts in the comments below!

References:

  1. Amy Westervelt. Sweat it out: could your sportswear be toxic? The Guardian.

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.

BPA Continues To Pervade Food Supply

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BPA, or bisphenol-A, is an endocrine disruptor you’ve likely heard about a few times on this blog. It’s been shown to mimic hormones in the body–namely estrogen–and contribute to hormone imbalance. According to a new survey of over 250 brands of canned food, nearly 50% of respondents reported using BPA in their products. [1] Around 109 of those surveyed did not respond, so the percentage of those who use the chemical compound may be even higher.

The Troubling Facts about BPA

Because of its numerous uses in products like food packaging, dental sealants, and even paper receipts, BPA is ubiquitous in the environment. Virtually everyone on the planet has trace amounts of BPA in their body at any given time. Research into BPA has found that the chemical compound has links to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and even obesity. [2] Could BPA, along with diet and other factors, be a contributor to these disease epidemics?

Food manufacturers are not required to disclose that they use BPA in the lining of their canned foods, so it can be challenging at times to discern between brands that do contain the compound versus those that don’t. Generally, BPA-free labels will give it away, but be aware that the substitutes used to replace BPA may be just as bad. BPS, or bisphenol-S, is a common replacement that has been shown to promote similar health effects.

What Can I Do?

In order to reduce your BPA and BPS consumption, the best thing would be to eat more whole foods and become less reliant on processed or packaged foods. Make your meals from recipes that only use fresh, whole, living foods, and ditch foods that come in boxes, cans, and jars. If you are going to use a processed food that has the BPA-free label, contact the company to make sure they’re using safer substitutes for BPA. Also, a 9-step body cleanse may be helpful for reducing toxic compounds like BPA.

Were you aware of BPA and its pervasiveness in our world? What do you do to avoid it? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below!

References:

  1. Brian Bienkowski. Survey of canned-good brands finds hormone-mimicking compound still widely used. Environmental Health News.
  2. Vom Saal FS, Nagel SC, Coe BL, Angle BM, Taylor JA. The estrogenic endocrine disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and obesity. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2012 May 6;354(1-2):74-84. doi: 10.1016/j.mce.2012.01.001.

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.

Are Your Candles Emitting Toxins?

candle flameCandles are great for encouraging relaxation and creating a calm, serene environment. A candle’s aroma and soft, warm glow sets a nice tone for romance, sophistication, and tranquility. Most candles today feature a variety of aromas. While refreshing they may be, the chemicals used to produce a candle’s fragrance can be toxic and can contribute to air pollution. Fortunately, there are safe options, and it’s just a matter of being conscious during your purchasing decisions.

The Health Dangers of Candles

Let’s take a quick look at the components of many candles, and how each component may be contributing to a toxic environment.

The Health Dangers of Candle Wicks

One of the main concerns over candles, besides the scents, is the wick. Different wicks are used for different purposes and they can be divided into two main categories: cored and non-cored wicks. Non-cored wicks are usually made of a braided or twisted cotton and considered the safest to burn.

Cored wicks are usually made of cotton around a paper or metal core. Zinc, tin, and lead are standard compounds used in its composition. Burning candles with lead-cored wicks is now known to cause lead poisoning, and there are similar concerns about zinc-cored wicks. In 1974, the National Candle Association of the U.S. voluntarily stopped using lead-cored wicks because of risks with airborne lead. [1] Unfortunately, many countries outside of North America still produce candles using dangerous wicks.

In 2000, the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that indicated candles with wicks containing lead were available at 12 different stores in the Washington-Baltimore area. [2] Testing showed that the candle containing the least lead would, during three hours of burning time, produce enough air lead concentration so that a normally active six-year old would exceed the recommended daily lead limit for children in 45 minutes. The authors concluded that there is no reliable method to distinguish lead-containing wicks from other metal-cored wicks.

The Health Dangers of Candle Wax

The type of wax the candle is made of and and how the candle is burned significantly affects air quality. A candle burned in a draft with a smokey, guttering flame will be emitting particulate matter in every direction. If you prefer a candle that has a metal-cored wick, ask the manufacturer what metal is in the wick. If they can’t or won’t tell you, for safety’s sake, choose another candle.

The Health Dangers of Artificial Fragrances

Beeswax and bayberry wax both contain natural scents, beeswax offering the sweet smell of honey and bayberry a spicy, fresh aroma. Scents added to wax vary in their source and composition. Originally, perfumes came from animal and vegetable sources. In the late 1800s, the first synthetic fragrances were produced and were quickly adopted as a cheaper source of aromas. Many people today are sensitive to artificial scents from perfume, candles, and even air fresheners.

Fragrance oils are specially made for particular uses, such as scenting candles, soaps, cosmetics, and potpourris. They are usually synthetic. Exact formulas for fragrances fall under the trade secrets act in the U.S., but manufacturers of the oils will normally be able to produce a Materials Safety Data Sheet which will cover the physical characteristics of the oil, physical or health hazards, and first aid treatment in case of an accident. Candle scents contain stabilizers and fixatives which allow the oils to mix with wax and give off an aroma when heated.

Essential oils are naturally-occurring oils that are extracted mainly from botanical sources. They are usually more expensive than synthetic fragrances, and may not blend well with candle wax. Natural essential oils are more volatile than synthetics and most of them are difficult to use in candles unless they have added stabilizers or fixatives.

Other Additives

Stearic acid was once the only additive available for paraffin candles and is derived from either animal fat or palm oil. It is now often replaced with Vybar, a polymer which raises the melting point of paraffin, allows scents and colors to blend evenly in the wax, and gives the paraffin some of the qualities of more expensive waxes, allowing candle makers to charge more for a cheap candle.

Microcrystallines are a group of substances derived from petroleum that are added to candles to change the texture of the wax, add gloss, increase opacity, etc. Polyethylenes are produced from natural gas. They add gloss, luster, or clear crystals to wax.

The Bottom Line on Candle Safety

When candles are lit, they emit these chemicals into the air, the air we breathe. Our bodies take the burden of this indoor air pollution with unknown toxic effects. The American Lung Association even warns people from burning scented or slow-burning candles that contain artificial ingredients. In addition, they suggest burning beeswax candles instead with metal in the wick, or candles that are greasy to the touch.

Choosing Safe Candles

Buy candles from trusted countries. Imported candles often come from countries where they employ chemicals no longer used in North America because of health concerns. Find out what the wick is made of. If your vendor can’t tell you, don’t buy it. Cotton or hemp wicks are considered to be the safest. Choose candles made from beeswax or soy wax. Avoid paraffin.

Be aware that many candle manufacturers make claims for their candles or waxes that can’t be substantiated or are untrue. No candle is “soot-free” because combustion causes soot; however, beeswax and soy wax don’t produce sticky, black, petroleum-based soot.

Do you have a safe candle recommendation? Leave a comment below and share it with us.

References:

  1. National Candle Association. FAQs. National Candle Association.
  2. Public Citizen. Millions of Dangerous Candles Sold Throughout U.S. Public Citizen.

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.

Why You Should Use Aluminum-Free Deodorant

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There come times in our lives when we need added protection against body odor. Whether we’re at the gym or in an important meeting, it’s very likely that, without some type of deodorant, we’ll sweat and let out a little odor. Not a pleasant topic, but it can’t be ignored. Choosing the right deodorant is just as important as wearing it regularly, not just because you need to find one that will provide lasting protection, but because you also require one that will protect your health.

Difference Between Antiperspirant and Deodorant

While most people use the terms antiperspirant and deodorant interchangeably, the two are not the same. Antiperspirants work by preventing perspiration from occurring. Deodorants, on the flip side, actually allow perspiration but block odor. The main goal of deodorants is to kill the bacteria that causes odor when we perspire. From a purely natural standpoint, it makes more sense for us to use deodorants, as it is clearly a more natural process. Seeing as our body sweats as a way to cool ourselves, eliminating perspiration is just an unnatural concept.

Of course none of us wants to emit an unpleasant, offensive odor, and some of us don’t particularly enjoy sweating. The fact is many personal care products that deal with these concerns contain aluminum as an active ingredient. Aluminum is also a known neurotoxin. Aluminum-free deodorants are perhaps the best alternative, and these products are growing considerably in both availability and number.

The Dangers of Using Products Containing Aluminum

Many people are allergic to the aluminum and other toxins in the products, including the synthetic fragrance. [1] If you find that your underarms are irritated, it may be an allergic reaction to your product, and not just the sweat from exertion. The focus today is on aluminum because it’s so toxic to the body.

Aluminum has been associated with a variety of health issues, [2] [3] [4] including:

What to Look for in an Aluminum-Free Deodorant

Aluminum-free deodorants should consist of therapeutic-grade essential oils and all natural ingredients. This is much better for your body overall since you’re not taking in all the toxins that are present in regular deodorants and antiperspirants. Don’t be fooled by some deodorants that claim to be natural or even those that claim to be free from aluminum. Some aluminum-free deodorants are still high risk, according to the Environmental Working Group, containing chemicals like triclosan and propylene glycol. Triclosan is perhaps a fiercer endocrine disruptor than propylene glycol, so always avoid personal care products that contain it. You can also make your own deodorant using natural ingredients like baking soda and coconut oil.

The Take Home

With new evidence and reports of adverse reactions staring us in the face, it is difficult to ignore the potential danger of so many health and beauty items on the market. What it boils down to, however, is that each of us has to take the initiative and actively seek out the products that are healthier for us.

Do you use organic or natural personal care products? Tell us about them in the comments!

References:

  1. Matthew J. Zirwas, MD and Jessica Moennich, MD. Antiperspirant and Deodorant Allergy. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2008 Sep; 1(3): 38-43.
  2. Darbre PD. Aluminum, antiperspirants and breast cancer. J Inorg Biochem. 2005 Sep;99(9);1912-9.
  3. Tomljenovic L. Aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease: after a century of controversy, is there a plausible link? J Alzheimer’s Dis. 2011;23(4):567-98. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2010-101494.
  4. Malluche HH. Aluminum and bone disease in chronic renal failure. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2002;17 Suppl 2:21-4.

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.

Parkinson’s Disease: Could Pesticides Be A Cause?

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a movement disorder that generally impairs speech and motor skills and is characterized by tremors and muscular rigidity. There is still a lot to learn about the symptoms and effects of Parkinson’s disease, but recently, a new study concluded with interesting results.

How Is Parkinson’s Disease Contracted?

There are many forms of Parkinson’s disease that appear to be idiopathic, meaning doctors aren’t sure of the causes. Some cases are linked to drug toxicity, medical disorders, or head trauma. The latest observation that medical scientists are exploring is a possible link between pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease.

According to new research [1] into the causes of Parkinson’s Disease, two specific insecticide classes were cited as significantly associated: organochlorines and organophosphorus compounds. While the research isn’t exhaustive or definitive, the results compiled thus far are enough to warrant closer examination by the medical community.

Did Anyone Know that These Chemicals Posed a Health Risk?

The answer is yes. It’s not news that pesticides are harmful. The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) was set up by the World Health Organization to create international safety guidelines for food. They researched the threat, dismissed the evidence of dangers presented to them, and approved seven dangerous toxic chemical compounds, including organochlorines in pesticides.

The Price We Pay for Scientific Advancement?

I have provided a wealth of health-related information explaining even more about the dangers of pesticides and other chemicals that we’re exposed to regularly, with the sanction of the government.

With this new link to Parkinson’s disease, perhaps more attention will be paid to the poisons known as pesticides, insecticides and herbicides. Scientists will have to seriously rethink their ideas about excessive use of chemicals in lieu of non-toxic crop rotation practices, and other such safe practices.

References:

  1. Dana B Hancock, Eden R Martin, Gregory M Mayhew, Jeffrey M Stajich, Rita Jewett, Mark A Stacy, Burton L Scott, Jeffery M Vance and William K Scott. Researching causes of Parkinson’s disease. BMC Neurology 2008 March 6, 8:6.

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.

10 Infused Detox Waters For Healthy Living

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We all have our quirky ailments. Some of us have digestion issues, while others are arthritic inflammation and some have a suppressed immunity. Whatever the case may be, there is a simple way to reduce symptoms that go along with these personal ailments. By gently flushing the system on a daily basis with infusions of fruit, herbs and water, you can start taking steps to get your health to the standards you want to be at.

Infused detox waters act by gently flushing out toxins and provide you added antioxidants and other health boosting nourishment. As well, many of the detox waters improves immunity and digestive function, cleanses and revitalizes the urinary tract, improves your complexion and curbs the appetite and creates a general overall health and wellbeing.

I began making infused detox water so I could get my family away from unhealthy sugar-filled juices and sodas, now it is all they reach for in the refrigerator. Drinking infused waters are great because they add subtle flavor and touch of sweetness. I prefer using filtered water as they do not contain fluoride and other harmful chemicals and organic fruits and herbs from the garden. Steering clear of fruits that have herbicides and pesticides will undermine your detox efforts. Try some of these out during get together, spa days with the girls or as a refreshing treat for yourself.

Best Foods to Add to Your Water to Aid in Detoxing

Adding a few or all of these to your water will give your detox water more of a punch, so to speak. In fact, making a water from all of these ingredients will create a very effective detox water that will help to suppress the appetite for better weight management, and aid in digestion. Not to mention all of these foods are great for naturally detoxing the body.

  • Lemon – Adding a wedge or two of lemon to your water is great for alkalizing the body and maintaining a balanced pH level. As well, lemon juice helps to break up fat in the digestive tract and gives you an added vitamin C boost.
  • Mint – This aromatic herb is wonderful for helping with digestive issues, as well as adding a nice crisp flavor to your waters.
  • Cucumber – Adding a few slices of cucumber to your water is excellent for re-hydrating the body, flushes out toxins and also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Ginger – The spicy root helps to cleanse and detox your entire system, aids in digestion, settles the stomach and gives your water an exotic flavor.
  • Berries – Antioxidants are one of the first lines of defense for the body to remove free radicals and prevent them from causing a domino effect of damage on other cells. All berries possess these antioxidants and help to keep you healthier.

10 Delicious Detox Waters

Each one of the ingredients listed here will provide slightly different benefits, so be sure to choose it according to the particular goal you have.

1. Lemon Cucumber Ginger Mint Water for Appetite Suppression

This recipe is favorite amongst those who are looking to suppress their hunger, naturally cleanse the body, as well as help to get you hydrated. All the ingredients combined create a very effective detox tonic that will help you flush out toxins and the refreshing taste will keep you wanting more.

  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of mint leaves
  • 1 quart of filtered water
  1. Add all ingredients to a pitcher and fill with water.
  2. Let the mixture infuse overnight and enjoy.

 2. Strawberry Pineapple Basil Water to Relieve Stress

Stress can really put a damper on things. Why not drink it away. Pineapple has bromelain that cleanses the bloodstream and breaks down harmful enzymes so that they can be flushed from your body. As well, pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties that helps relieve joint pain and arthritis. Basil fights free radicals and is an excellent source of magnesium so it’s really good for your heart. Apple cider vinegar is rich in acetic acid, which regulates blood sugar levels by slowing the digestion of starch. As well, it also contains in ash, which equalizes the body’s pH levels.

  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 5 strawberries
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 quart filtered water
  1. Mix ingredients in a pitcher and add vinegar and water.
  2. Stir well and set in refrigerator.

3. Blueberry Cherry Lime Water for Antioxidant Boost

This flavorful infused water will be the hit at the party and is a great way to quench your thirst. Blueberries and cherries alike are bursting with antioxidants. As well, lime adds a zesty refreshing taste and aids in digestion and removing free radicals in the system.

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup cherries
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 quart of water
  1. Muddle blueberries and cherries and remove cherry stones.
  2. Add ingredients into a pitcher and add filtered water.
  3. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

4. Lavender Cucumber Mint Water for Stomach Health

This refreshing water recipe will aide in any tummy issues you may have – including bloating and help flush your system at the same time. As well, the calming nature of lavender will help you reduce stress. The cucumber will flush out toxins and help to rehydrate, as well as add anti-inflammatory properties to the water. The mint is a flavorful addition that will also aid in stomach upsets.

  • 1 tablespoon lavender dried or fresh, culinary grade
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon of mint dried or fresh
  • 1 quart filtered water
  1. Add lavender, lemon wedges and mint to a tea bag and set in pitcher.
  2. Fill pitcher with filtered water and allow it to sit overnight.

5. Cilantro Lemon Water for Removing Heavy Metals

Because cilantro is so rich in manganese, an antioxidant that helps reduce the effect of oxidative stress at a cellular level, it can rid the body of heavy metal poisoning from elements like mercury and lead. Scientists have even theorized that the outer cell wall of cilantro is ideal for capturing metals. You can use cilantro to purify water by filling a tube with dried, ground cilantro. When the water runs through the tube, the cilantro absorbs the metals. An easier home solution for a cilantro water cleanse is to fill tea bags with dried cilantro. Place the tea bags in water for a few minutes and voila! Filtered water! Out of cilantro? Its rumored dandelion and parsley have the same effect! Read more here.

  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons honey, optional
  • 1 quart filtered water
  1. Muddle the cilantro leaves add them to a pitcher.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and pour filtered water over them.
  3. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

6.  Berry Rosemary Water for Inflammation

This detox drink is great for reducing inflammation naturally. All berries pack powerful antioxidant compounds like proanthocyanidins and ellagic acid, which fight inflammation and cell damage. Rosemary is equally helpful with inflammation. A  recent study of plant-based anti-inflammatories showed that rosemary significantly inhibits the inflammatory response. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and contains high levels of calcium, iron, and vitamin B6; so drink up!

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • dash of coarse sea salt
  • 1 quart filtered water

1. Muddle the berries and rosemary in a bowl.

2. Add the muddled ingredients to a large pitcher. Pour water over the ingredients and stir.

3. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

7. Watermelon, Lemon and Mint Water for Hydration

Adding watermelon to your water is a great way to flush out toxins from the body because it contains the organic compound citrulline. Citrulline is an amino acid that has been shown to help the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia. Alternatively, you can use cucumber and gain the same effect. Mint leaves are a refreshing flavor to add to your drink and can help you digest more effectively, improving the flow of bile from the liver, to the gallbladder, to the small intestine, where it breaks down dietary fats. This is one of my kids’ favorites!

  • Part of 1 watermelon or 1 cucumber
  • 10-15 leaves of fresh mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon or lime wedges (optional)
  • 1-2 quarts filtered water
  1. Slice up watermelon into cubes, and add to a pitcher.
  2. If you prefer, add lemon or lime wedges and toss in with the watermelon. Add a handful of mint leaves and pour in 2 liters of cool water, filling the jug all the way to the top.
  3. Allow pitcher to sit overnight in the fridge in order for flavors to release into water.

8. Grapefruit Mandarin Cucumber Ginger Mint Water for Cleansing System and Immunity Boost

Grapefruits are wonderful for aiding with healthy blood circulation, and ginger is a notorious for being an immune system booster and provide detoxifying properties. The cucumbers help to rehydrate and provide additional anti-inflammatory relief. As well, the mint provides relief against any tummy upsets and add a splash of flavor. This is also a great infused water to drink when you are nursing a hangover.

  • 6 wedges pink grapefruit
  • 1 tangerine, mandarin, or small orange, sliced
  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • 6 slices of fresh ginger
  • 2 peppermint or mint leaves
  • 2 quarts of filtered water
  1. Combine all ingredients in pitcher. Add water.
  2. Allow the ingredients to sit in refrigerator overnight. .

9. Cranberry Apple Raspberry and Rosemary Water for Liver Detox and Overall Health

Your liver is the body’s purifier, and keeping it healthy is essential in removing toxins from the body. When the liver is clogged with toxins or excess fats can’t perform its duties and your health suffers, as a result. All of the fruit in this infused water will give your liver what it needs to flush out toxins and provide you with better health. As well, the rosemary has as powerful effect on cleaning the liver and has even been shown by studies to protect the liver, especially with those who are suffering from cirrhosis.

  • 2 cup fresh cranberries, crushed
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 quart filtered water
  1. In a bowl, muddle cranberries and raspberries.
  2. Add apples and rosemary sprigs in a pitcher and add muddled fruit.
  3. Add water and refrigerate overnight.

10. Pomegranate Lemon Berry Water for Age Defiance

Pomegranate seeds have one of the densest antioxidant concentrations of any fruit. As well, blackberries and blueberries are highly nutritious and rich in antioxidants. Drinking this infused water will help the skin stay supple and help to remove heavy toxins from the body. Adding a few slices of lemon to this refreshing beverage will help detoxify the kidneys, and promote clear skin.

  • 2 cups pomegranate
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 quart of filtered water
  1. Muddle pomegranate seeds and berries in a small to break up juices.
  2. Add crushed berries to a pitcher and add lemon. Fill with water
  3. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

Try some of these infused waters out and you will feel better and enjoy drinking water all the more.


Tess Pennington is the editor for ReadyNutrition.com. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999, Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response. Tess is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But by following Tess’s tips for stocking, organizing, and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months, or even years.

The Rise Of The Obesogens

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Diet advice as it pertains to weight gain has been simple–take in more than you can burn off and you’ll gain weight. The calorie in, calorie out approach to weight loss is not only outdated, it’s also ineffective in some cases. While no one is arguing the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise regime for maintaining a healthy weight, there is more that goes into weight gain than meets the eye. Obesogens are one of the main factors, and public health officials are calling them one of the greatest health threats of our time.

What Are Obesogens?

Obesogens, as reported by US News, is another term for endocrine disruptors, environmental compounds that trigger an unfavorable response in hormone equilibrium. [1] Your hormones control practically every function you can think of, from maintaining mood to regulating proper energy levels. It turns out that when your hormones are disrupted by a foreign compound, like bisphenol-A (BPA), you’re more likely to see fluctuations in your weight. [2] Exposure to obesogens can come from any place imaginable, and some are so well hidden that it’s practically impossible to avoid 100% of the time.

Fortunately, there’s a great deal of research being conducted on the effects of obesogens, their prevalence, and the best ways to deal with their obstructive toll on the human body. The study of endocrinology has made us highly aware of some of the top endocrine disruptors–or obesogens–in our environment that may be contributing to the obesity epidemic in the United States. These include:

  • Bisphenol-A. Found mainly in commercial plastics. BPA can seep through food contained in plastic containers.
  • Fire retardants. Commonly used in the production of furniture. These chemicals are inhaled in the home and damage thyroid health.
  • Phthalates. These chemicals are also found in plastics. Route of exposure is mainly through water consumption, with research linking them to thyroid disorders, obesity, and cancer.
  • Air pollution. Breathing in air pollution on a consistent basis is associated with hormone disruption and obesity.
  • Pesticides. Most pesticides are consumed through food or breathed in through air exposure. These chemicals have been directly linked to weight gain, most notably by thyroid suppression.

As you can see, these chemicals are everywhere. Using glass to contain your food and beverages, choosing organic whenever possible, and reducing your outdoor and indoor air pollution exposure are all helpful protection methods. If you are experiencing weight gain from a known thyroid disorder, you might want to consider studying up on the many different endocrine disruptors you may unknowingly be exposed to. Knowledge of these compounds can go a long way in protecting you from a host of health issues, not just obesity.

Are you aware of the obesogens in your life? What do you do to avoid them? Please share your tips in the comments!

References:

  1. Magaly Olivero. Obesogens: the Evironmental Link to Obesity. US News.
  2. Song Y, Hauser R, Hu FB, et al. Urinary concentrations of bisphenol A and phthalate metabolites and weight change: a prospective investigation in US women. Int J Obes (Lond). 2014 Dec;38(12):1532-7. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2014.63.

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.

Weed Killer That ‘Probably’ Causes Cancer Is Sprayed Near Schools

By: Willy Blackmore | Takepart.com

The summer I was 14, I woke up before dawn every morning, dressed in pants and long sleeves, and headed out for the high school parking lot, a frozen gallon jug of water in each hand. It was the first summer I was legally able to work, and being an Iowan, I took part in an unofficial rite of passage in the state that doubles as an initial introduction to working life: detasseling.

For the unfamiliar, the tassel is the top part of the plant, which is male, and usually its pollen drops down onto the female silk, which eventually turns into a cob of corn. To make a hybrid variety of corn, which is far and away the preferred kind of seed for commodity GMO corn production, you need to have the tassel of one variety pollinate the silk of another—which necessitates pulling out the tassels from millions of corn stalks.

We wore gloves in the fields to better grip the tassels. We wore neckerchiefs over our faces too, to keep the sharp-edged leaves from making small crisscrossing red cuts across our necks and cheeks. What we did not wear was any kind of gear to protect us from exposure to any of the chemicals used to protect the corn from pests or keep weeds from overtaking the fields. As such, I was undoubtedly exposed to glyphosate, the widely used herbicide that the World Health Organization recently said is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

In light of the WHO announcement, glyphosate use—and its potential impact on rural residents—is undergoing new scrutiny.

For the most part, the scientific understanding of ag chemicals’ effects on human health is based on scenarios where farmworkers are directly exposed to pesticides, herbicides, or other sprays directly. However, there’s another problem: drift. In rural communities in Iowa or California’s Central Valley, farms can run right up against residential properties or schools. On fruit and vegetable operations in California, where a wider array of potentially hazardous chemicals are used to keep crops bug- and disease-free, there’s an array of rules and regulations designed to keep drift to a minimum. Even so, many believe that higher rates of autism and cancer in nearby farming communities are linked to pesticide exposure.

According to an analysis released Friday by the Environmental Working Group, there are 247 elementary schools in the country within 1,000 feet of a corn or soy field—and nearly 500 that sit less than 200 feet from crops that are sprayed with glyphosate.

While the notion of a carcinogenic chemical being sprayed so close to schoolkids is highly disconcerting, no research has shown a spike in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma—the cancer WHO researchers said may be linked with glyphosate—among corn belt residents over the last 20 years. In Argentina, however, there has been concern that ag chemicals, including glyphosate, have led to a precipitous spike in cancer rates and birth defects in some parts of that country.

Meanwhile, in Iowa, a leading producer of corn and soy, the concern over drift is focused solely on the damage suffered by nearby crops, not people.

Smoking Is 36 Times Worse Than Working At A Nuclear Reactor

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It is well-established that 25-30% of all cancer are caused soley by tobacco consumption – a completely avoidable cause.

But what if the tobacco itself were not actually the primary cause of the cancer, but something else contaminating it? And what if it the tobacco industry knew this lethal contaminant was in their product, and even knew how to remove it, but did and said nothing for over 30 years in order to conceal this deadly secret from the public?

In 1998, major tobacco industries’ internal secret documents were made available online by the Master Settlement Agreement, revealing that the industry was aware of the presence of a radioactive substance in tobacco as early as 1959.

It was discovered in 1964 that the cancer-causing radioactive substance was Polonium 210, which millions still inhale in their cigarette smoke, unwittingly. Polonium 210 is a byproduct of the decay of uranium daughter isotopes, which, while occurring naturally in the environment, are primarily found within our soil as a result of pollution from various industries. Uranium mining is one source, as are the nuclear and coal-fired power industries. In fact, “fly ash” produced from coal-fired power carries 100 times more radiation into the surrounding environment than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.1 This is, of course, when nuclear power plants properly contain their radioactive fuel and waste and don’t release massive, irretrievable quantities of radioisotopes into the environment, as occurred in Chernobyl and Fukushima. Nuclear weapons and munitions (depleted uranium), are another well-known source of global contamination.  No matter where the uranium comes from, tobacco plants selectively absorbs and concentrates the byproduct of its decay, Polonium 210, to dangerous — if not lethal — levels. The relatively high levels found within tobacco are rather consistent over time and geographical area.2

A recent review published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research summarized this disturbing fact of history as follows:

“…[T]he industry was not only cognizant of the potential “cancerous growth” in the lungs of regular smokers but also did quantitative radiobiological calculations to estimate the long-term (25 years) lung radiation absorption dose (rad) of ionizing alpha particles emitted from the cigarette smoke. Our own calculations of lung rad of alpha particles match closely the rad estimated by the industry. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the industry’s and our estimate of long-term lung rad of alpha particles causes 120-138 lung cancer deaths per year per 1,000 regular smokers.

These findings indicate that the tobacco industry’s relationship to their consumer base was (and still is) homicidal, in the worst, premeditated sense of the word. Moreover, the industry actually knew how to mitigate the problem, but realized it would interfere with the addictive power of their product (and therefore profitability) to do so:

“Acid wash was discovered in 1980 to be highly effectively in removing (210)Po from the tobacco leaves; however, the industry avoided its use for concerns that acid media would ionize nicotine converting it into a poorly absorbable form into the brain of smokers thus depriving them of the much sought after instant “nicotine kick” sensation.”

Polonium 210 is extraordinarily toxic when ingested or inhaled. In fact, it is 4500 times more toxic than radium 226  — a startling fact considering that during the Manhattan Project (1944), the “tolerance dose” for workers was set at 0.1 microgram of ingested radium. When incorporated into the body, radioisotopes like  Polonium 210 emit alpha particles, which are the radio biological equivalent of howitzers on a cellular level, profoundly damaging, mutating and destroying DNA, as well as causing other forms of irreparable damage to the cell. Because of the fact that the dominant radiation risk model does not acknowledge the profoundly detrimental effects of low-dose, internalized radioisotope exposure (largely because it was developed before the discovery of DNA in the early 50’s and was based on external exposures to the type of gamma-radiation associated with atomic bomb blast), the true dangers associated with Polonium 210 have been largely concealed or discounted.

According to a review published in the journal Health Physics in 2010, smoking tobacco has resulted in “443,000 deaths and 5.1 million years of potential life lost among the U.S. population each year from 2000 through 2004.” Furthermore, the review estimated that the associated collective radiation dose from smoking is “more than 36 times that to the workers at all the U.S. nuclear power plants, U.S. Department of Energy nuclear weapons facilities, and crews of all the vessels in the U.S. Nuclear Navy.” It is no surprise then that it has been suggested that tobacco products should carry a radiation-exposure warning label.3

View the Polonium abstracts from the National Library of Medicine indexed on GMI.

1Hvistendahl M. Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste. Scientific American. 2007. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste
2 Polonium-210 and lead-210 in the terrestrial environment: a historical review. J Environ Radioact. 2011 May ;102(5):420-9. Epub 2011 Mar 5. PMID: 21377252

3 Waking a sleeping giant: the tobacco industry’s response to the polonium-210 issue. Am J Public Health. 2008 Sep ;98(9):1643-50. Epub 2008 Jul 16. PMID: 18633078


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.

What Is Body Burden?

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Every day we are bombarded with toxic compounds. The air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, and even the homes we live in — all have some level of toxic contamination. It’s just the unavoidable nature of our industrialized world; there’s almost no safe haven. You can’t eliminate every point of exposure but you can reduce and control it. And by reducing your exposure to toxins, you’ll help reduce the effect they have on your health.

What is Body Burden?

Body burden is a term that refers to the total accumulation of toxins in your body. This can include anything from dangerous metals like lead or mercury, to pesticides, unsafe food additives, or fluoride — just to name a scant few.

Certainly your body has self-cleansing mechanisms, but if you expose yourself to more toxins than your body can eliminate, they will accumulate in your fatty tissue and organs. The greater the accumulation, the greater the stresses on your health.

Why You Should Be Concerned About Body Burden

Everyday products like plastic containers and even children’s toys can be tainted with any one of over 80,000 chemicals. Very few of these chemicals have been safety tested and almost all were given rubber stamp approval with no consideration for potential health effects.

In the “Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals,” the CDC reported that the average person in the United States has at least 212 chemicals in their blood and urine. [1] Seemingly innocuous substances like non-stick coating, fire retardants, baby products, and plastic food containers all contain some level of chemical contaminants that contribute to body burden. When you consider the fact that you’re nearly always in contact with something, it’s clear how accumulation happens.

Reducing Your Body Burden

Reducing your body burden requires an active approach. The ubiquity of toxins in the environment — the environment known as nature as well as your personal environment — requires you to be awake and actively defend yourself. Be smart about what you allow into your life. Equip your home with water and air purification devices. Consider routine colon, liver, and kidney cleanses. A comprehensive approach is the best strategy to reducing the accumulation of toxins in your body.

References:

  1. Centers for Disease Control. National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. CDC.

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.

5 Ways Air Pollution Is Destroying Your Health

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You probably already know about some of the dangers that severe air pollution exposure can cause and how places like stoplights at intersections can increase your exposure to harmful air particles up to 29 times more than the open road. While these facts are startling, you probably don’t know about the almost invisible dangers. [1] Namely the numerous diseases and cognitive issues now being linked to air pollution. Here we’ll get into five ways you’re letting air pollution destroy your health.

The Hidden Dangers of Air Pollution

Despite the slow turn to more sustainable forms of agriculture and industry, air pollution is still a big problem. Here are just some of the ways air pollution negatively affects your health.

1. Air Pollution is Linked to Suicide

It may seem crazy to think that air pollution could lead to something as serious as suicide, but studies in Taiwan, South Korea, China, and now Utah suggest a link. Not only is suicide the 10th leading cause of death in the US, it is the number 8th cause of death in Utah. [2] Obviously, there are many factors that must be considered when discussing causes of suicide; however, suicide rates increased in Utah during the spring and fall (a time when certain aspects of air pollution can be worse).

2. Air Pollution Slows Cognition in Schoolchildren

We all know that air pollution can exacerbate symptoms of asthma and other respiratory-related illnesses and diseases, but did you also know that it can affect brain development? Dr. Jordi Sunyer did a study to see just how affected schoolchildren are by air pollution (specifically traffic pollution). The study concluded that children who attended schools in polluted areas showed overall slower cognition in comparison to those who attended schools in areas with less traffic pollution. “The associations between slower cognitive development and higher levels of air pollutants remained after the researchers took factors such as parents’ education, commuting time, smoking in the home and green spaces at school into account.” [3]

3. Significant Risks to Frequent Flyers

Those who fly frequently (especially pilots or other airline staff) could potentially be more at risk for certain issues, dubbed “aerotoxic syndrome.” Most planes have a mechanism that compresses air from the engines and uses that as air in the cabin, but sometimes, these mechanisms malfunction and allow oil particles to taint the cabin air. Many airline employees have mentioned this, but one pilot, Richard Westgate, passed away in 2012 after claiming to be a victim of poisonous and toxic cabin fumes. [4]

4. Cremations Release Mercury Into the Air

With land for burials becoming more scarce (and also more expensive), many people turn to cremation as an alternate form of honoring the body of a loved one who has passed on. The unfortunate side effect of cremation is mercury emissions. [5] Honoring a fallen loved one should not come at the price of endangering yourself and others, but there are alternatives such as alkaline hydrolysis or “liquid cremation” that are far healthier for the environment and for you.

5. Air Pollution Linked to Autism

Autism and related disorders have been on the rise for some time and research suggests air pollution may be a contributing factor. Several reports noted a link between exposure to toxic metals and other pollutants in children who were more at risk to develop autism. Other studies focused on pregnant women and how closely they lived to freeways and other sources of heavy pollution. All of the studies found similar exposures to a handful of particular pollutants that seemed to increase the risk of autism in newborns. [6]

Air Pollution: No Simple Solution

It’s difficult to remove all air pollution from your life, unfortunately, but you can monitor and limit your exposure. Keep abreast with local news about your city or even check in on a Breathe Cam. [7] Keep plants inside your home to help remove harmful pollutants. [8] [9] Consider an air purification device, they can be a great active approach for purifying the air in your home.

How’ve you dealt with air pollution? Leave a comment and share your tips below.

References:

  1. Baggaley, Kate. Stoplights are hotspots for air pollution. Science News. 2015.
  2. Pappas, Stephanie. Utah suicides linked to air pollution. Live Science. 2015.
  3. CBC News. Traffic pollution tied to slower cognition in schoolchildren. CBC News. 2015.
  4. Campbell, Jaime. Toxic fumes in plane cabin’s pose health risks to frequent flyers, says coroner. Independent.co.uk. 2015.
  5. Lewis, Barbara. EU should curb mercury emissions from cremations, campaigners say. Reuters. 2015.
  6. Arnold, Carrie. Air pollution and ASDs: Homing in on an environmental risk factor. EHP. 2015.
  7. Keane, Jonathan. Keep an eye on your city’s pollution in real time. New Scientist. 2015.
  8. Barboza, Tony. Cleaner air is linked to stronger lungs in Southern California children. LA Times. 2015.
  9. Kinzler, Don. NASA Study: Houseplants remove harmful substances from indoors. Duluth News Tribute. 2015.

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.