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Millions Wrongly Treated For ‘Cancer,’ National Cancer Institute Panel Confirms

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A devastating new report commissioned by the National Cancer Institute reveals that our 40-year long ‘War on Cancer’ has been waged against a vastly misunderstood ‘enemy,’ that in many cases represented no threat to human health whatsoever.

If you have been following our advocacy work on cancer, particularly in connection with the dark side of breast cancer awareness month, you know that we have been calling for the complete reclassification of some types of ‘breast cancer’ as benign lesions, e.g. ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), as well as pointing out repeatedly that x-ray based breast screenings are not only highly carcinogenic but are also causing an epidemic of “overdiagnosis” and “overtreatment” in US women, with an estimated 1.3 million cases in the past 30 years alone.

This week, a National Cancer Institute commissioned panel’s report published in JAMA online confirmed that we all – public and professionals alike – should stop calling low-risk lesions like DCIS and high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN) ‘cancer.’

There are wide-reaching implications to this recommendation, including:

  • Millions of women in this country have been diagnosed with DCIS, and millions of men with HGPIN, and subsequently [mis]treated. Are they now to be retroactively reclassified as ‘victims’ of iatrogenesis, with legal recourse to seek compensation?
  • Anyone engaged in a cancer screening will now need to reconsider and weigh both the risks and benefits of such a ‘preventive’ strategy, considering that the likelihood of being diagnosed with a false positive over 10 years is already over 50% for women undergoing annual breast screening.
  • The burgeoning pink ribbon-bedecked ‘breast cancer awareness’ industry will be forced to reformulate its message, as it is theoretically culpable for the overdiagnosis and overtreatment of millions of US women by propagating an entirely false concept of ‘cancer.’

As reported by Medscape:

The practice of oncology in the United States is in need of a host of reforms and initiatives to mitigate the problem of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of cancer, according to a working group sanctioned by the National Cancer Institute.

Perhaps most dramatically, the group says that a number of premalignant conditions, including ductal carcinoma in situ and high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, should no longer be called “cancer.”

Instead, the conditions should be labeled something more appropriate, such as indolent lesions of epithelial origin (IDLE), the working group suggests. The Viewpoint report was published online July 29 in JAMA.

Fundamentally, overdiagnosis results from the fact that screen-detected ‘cancers’ are disproportionately slower growing ones, present with few to no symptoms, and would never progress to cause harm if left undiagnosed and untreated.

cancer diagnosis

As you can see by the graph above, it is the fast-growing tumors which will be more difficult to ‘detect early,’ and will progress rapidly enough to cause symptoms and perhaps even death unless treated aggressively. But even in the case of finding the tumor early enough to contain it through surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation, it is well-known that the minority subpopulation of cancer stem cells within these tumors will be enriched and therefore made more malignant through conventional treatment. For instance, radiotherapy radiation wavelengths were only recently found by UCLA Jonnsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers to transform breast cancer cells into highly malignant cancer stem-cell like cells, with 30 times higher malignancy post-treatment.

What this means is that not only are millions of screen-detected abnormalities not ‘cancer’ in the first place but even those which can be considered fast-growing are often being driven into greater malignancy by the conventional chemotherapy, radiation and surgery-based standard of cancer care itself.

Our entire world view of cancer needs to shift from an enemy that “attacks” us and that we must wage war against, to something our body does, presumably to survive an increasingly inhospitable, nutrient-deprived, carcinogen- and radiation-saturated environment, i.e. Cancer As An Ancient Survival Mechanism Unmasked.

When we look at cancer through the optic of fear and see it as an essentially chaos-driven infinitely expanding mass of cells, we are apt to make irrational choices. The physiological state of fear itself has been found to activate multidrug resistance proteins within cancer cells, explaining how our very perception of cancer can influence and/or determine its physiological status and/or trajectory within our body.

The NCI panel report opined:

“The word “cancer” often invokes the specter of an inexorably lethal process; however, cancers are heterogeneous and can follow multiple paths, not all of which progress to metastases and death, and include indolent disease that causes no harm during the patient’s lifetime.”

For more details on what our founder Sayer Ji calls the “Cancer Malignancy Meme,” see his video presentation at the Mind Body Week DC conference, wherein he discuss the ‘Rise of Biomedicine’ within the context of the mind-body connection, and breast cancer overdiagnosis in particular.

Sayer Ji, Mind Body Week D.C., Cancer Lecture

We must keep in mind that this proposed redefinition of cancer is no small academic matter, but will affect the lives of millions of women. Consider that every year, approximately 60,000 women in this country are diagnosed with DCIS, a diagnosis so traumatic that it results in significant psychiatric depression 3 years after even a ‘false positive’ diagnosis. For those less fortunate women, numbering in the millions over the past 30 years, who were told they had ‘cancer’ and needed to undergo lumpectomy, radiation, chemotherapy and/or mastectomy, the NCI panel’s recommendation is a hard pill swallow after the damage has already been irrevocably done.

So, what’s the solution? There is a growing movement towards the use of thermography as a primary diagnostic tool, as it uses no ionizing radiation, and can detect the underlying physiological processes that may indicate inflammation, angiogenesis, cancer-specific metabolic changes, etc., many years before a calcified lesion would appear within an x-ray mammogram. Also, the mainstay of any truly preventive strategy against cancer is diet, nutrition, exercise and avoiding chemical and radiation exposures – the things that we can do in our daily lives to take back control of and responsibility for our health.

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded 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.

Drug-Free Burgers?


You’ve heard the pundits talk about a drug-free society. But what about a drug-free hamburger?

As health officials sound the alarm about antibiotic resistance caused by the overuse of antibiotics in meat production, a few fast-food chains are taking steps to clean up their acts. But overall, when it comes to getting antibiotics out of their supply chains, the fast-food restaurant industry gets a failing grade, according to a new report compiled by Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Consumers Union, FACT, Center for Food Safety and Keep Antibiotics Working.

The report, Chain Reaction, includes a scorecard on the top 10 fast-food chains. The only two chains to earn an A grade? Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill. (Chipotle was attacked by the media earlier this year, for announcing plans to go GMO-free. OCA National Director defended Chipotle’s decision to heed consumer demand for GMO-free food).

According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.

Antibiotic-resistance is largely attributed to the routine use of sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics on factory farms. The factory farm industry says the antibiotics are needed to prevent disease—partly true, as animals confined indoors in cramped, inhumane conditions, are more susceptible to disease. But it’s widely known that industry uses the drugs to grow bigger animals, faster.

It’s been nearly two years since the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a plan to curb the routine use of sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics to treat and fatten up livestock on factory farms. But the mostly voluntary, loophole-riddled “plan” falls far short of what scientists say is needed to stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that now pose a real and widespread danger to public health.

It’s clear that the FDA isn’t going to regulate away the problem. So who will solve it?

You. By not buying any meat that comes from factory farms. And by encouraging your fast-food restaurant-going friends to at least choose brands that are rejecting meat from animals pumped full of antibiotics.

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4 Reasons Your Brain Is Foggy

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Toxins are all around us, and while we already know how harmful they can be to the body, have you stopped to think about what they can do to the brain? Studies suggest neurotoxins impede brain development in kids, something that might also lead to ADHD, autism, or Parkinson’s later in life. [1] [2] Keeping your brain free from toxin exposure could go a long way in boosting overall brain health, but if your thoughts are feeling a little sluggish, there might be other things—besides pollution—you should consider.

4 Causes of Brain Fog

If you’re having trouble concentrating, thinking clearly, or even relaxing your mind, your brain may have invasive forces trying to impede your health. Here are just 4 reasons your brain could be foggy.

1. Stress

The body releases cortisol during stress; small bursts can help us manage things during these times. The problem comes in when the body is in a constant stressed-out state. [3] If a pregnant woman were stressed from poverty, for example, cortisol could ‘“get through the placenta into the fetus, potentially influencing her baby’s brain and tampering with its circuitry.” After birth, the child’s cortisol could, then, continue to sabotage brain development.

2. Air Pollution

One study suggests traffic pollution could be responsible for lower memory test scores and slower cognitive development in kids. [4] But, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) aren’t only from traffic pollution; they’re also products of everything from burning coal to tobacco smoke, so avoiding them completely might be easier said than done. You can definitely take steps to limit your exposure though.

3. BPA Exposure

BPA is such a nasty toxin that many manufacturers have started making BPA-free products; however, some studies say its substitute bisphenol-S, or BPS, could be just as bad for your brain health, suggesting BPA/BPS exposure could be linked to altered brain growth and hyperactivity. [5] And always be careful when buying food; there are still a lot of canned goods out there that still use BPA in the linings of cans. [6]

4. Diabetes

A new study even suggests type 2 diabetes “is associated with worse performance on cognitive tests measuring abilities involved in the control of emotions, behaviors and thought.” [7] Because doctors encourage self-management (diet, blood sugar, medication) and many patients already burn out when it comes to managing the disease, this loss of executive function is worrisome, to say the least.

Other Ways to Improve Brain Function

So if you find yourself feeling foggy, there are things you can do. First things first: get outdoors. One study even found being outside was linked to positive cognitive development in kids. [8] That sounds like a great idea for all ages! Another easy thing is taking probiotics. There’s lots of research that suggests our gut health is directly connected to our mental health. [9] Exercise is also a great way to rev up the creative and analytical thinking skills.

What would you do when your brain gets a little foggy? Tell us about it in the comments.


  1. National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. Early Exposure to Toxic Substances Damages Brain Architecture: Working Paper No. 4. National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.
  2. Weiss, B. & and Landrigan, P. J. The developing brain and the environment: an introduction. Environmental Health Perspectives. 108 (Supplement 3).
  3. National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain: Working Paper 3. Updated Edition. National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.
  4. Sunyer, J. et al. Association between Traffic-Related Air Pollution in Schools and Cognitive Development in Primary School Children: A Prospective Cohort Study. PLOS Medicine.
  5. Kinch, C. D. et al. Low-dose exposure to bisphenol A and replacement bisphenol S induces precocious hypothalamic neurogenesis in embryonic zebrafish. PNAS.
  6. Environmental Working Group. BPA in Canned Food. Environmental Working Group.
  7. Vincent, C. & Hall, P. A. Executive Function in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: A Meta-Analytic Review. Psychosomatic Medicine.
  8. Dadvand, P. et al. Green spaces and cognitive development in primary schoolchildren. PNAS.
  9. Reardon, S. Gut-brain link grabs neuroscientists. Nature. 515 (7526).

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.

4 Things That Cause Hair Loss


Genetics is seen as the biggest factor in hair loss, but the fact is many other factors also play a role. [1] [2] Some of these factors are actually under your control. Just what can you do to promote healthy hair? While there is no research to suggest that you can reverse hair loss by using preventative approaches, you may be able to prevent the progression. Even still, you may have options, and that should be encouraging.

4 Factors Associated with Hair Loss

Research is showing that many controllable factors in our lives can actually override genetics, potentially preventing the genetic tendency of hair loss from expressing itself. Here are 4 things you might not have known could cause hair loss.

1. Gravity

Believe it or not, a recent report suggests that gravity could actually be a factor in male hair loss, and that it only gets worse as men age. The young scalp has enough “fat tissue under the skin, and it is capable of keeping itself well-hydrated, buffering the pressure on hair follicles.” [3] As men get older, though, “the skin and underlying fat become thinner, and the pressure on the hair follicles increases.” But, this isn’t an issue for pre-menopausal women since estrogen doesn’t thin out fat tissue like testosterone does. More so than anything, it’s a game of hormonal imbalance, as well.

2. Stress

Not that surprising, stress makes our list as one of the causes of hair loss. When you’re stressed out, hair can go into what’s called the telogen phase—basically, it falls out. [4] This process can even happen as much as 3 months after the stressful event! Luckily, that hair can grow back in 6 to 9 months time. But, sometimes, due to things like childbirth or surgery, the body needs a “time-out” from hair growth in order to focus its efforts on recovery. Everyone reacts differently to stress, and, for some of us, hair loss is just one of those things.

3. Smoking

One recent study from the Archives of Dermatology even suggests that age-related hair loss in Asian men could be connected to smoking. [5] Though it’s unknown what exactly could lead to hair loss, one theory is that smoking might damage the hair follicles. While the study only looked at smoking among Asian men, quitting smoking might be a great idea for anyone facing hair loss!

4. Dental Infections

That bald patch on your head could even be an unfortunate side effect of poor dental health. Infectious outbreaks on the teeth have been linked to a localized hair loss called alopecia areata. Any unexplained hair loss isolated to one area of the scalp should be cause for concern and could mean you might want to make a trip to the dentist to get those teeth checked out. [6]

Are There Solutions?

So, what’s the solution to hair loss? Well, you don’t really have to look that hard to realize the baldness cure marketplace is filled with shysters. Is there any research to back up anything at all? There may be a connection between nutrition and hair loss, particularly with iodine. Researchers seem to believe that hair loss is caused by the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, and inhibiting this enzyme responsible for conversion may halt hair loss. This is only a theory, but some research supports it. Also, it seems hair loss could begin and end in the human body. Recently, researchers were able to use human stem cells to grow new hair. [7] This marks a huge step in “the development of a cell-based treatment for people with hair loss.”

Do you suffer from hair loss? If so, what do you think about this latest research for a treatment? Tell us about it in the comments.


  1. Hillmer, A. M. et al. Genetic Variation in the Human Androgen Receptor Gene Is the Major Determinant of Common Early-Onset Androgenetic Alopecia. American Journal of Human Genetics. 77 (1).
  2. Shimomura, Y. et al. APCDD1 is a novel Wnt inhibitor mutated in hereditary hypotrichosis simplex. Nature. 464 (7291).
  3. Ustuner, E. T. Cause of Androgenic Alopecia. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. 1 (7).
  4. American Academy of Dermatology. Feeling Stressed? How Your Skin, Hair And Nails Can Show It. ScienceDaily.
  5. Su, L. & Chen, T. H. Association of Androgenetic Alopecia With Smoking and Its Prevalence Among Asian Men. JAMA Dermatology. 143 (11).
  6. University of Granada. Developing A Bald Patch? It Could Be A Hidden Tooth Infection. ScienceDaily.
  7. Gnedeva, K. et al. Derivation of Hair-Inducing Cell from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. PLOS ONE. 10 (1).

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.

One Little-Known Mistake That Keeps Millions Overweight


More than two-thirds of all Americans are overweight. And right now, more than 108 million Americans are on a diet. The average dieter makes four or five attempts each year, yet less than one percent of these attempts actually results in long-term weight loss.

Before we continue, it should be noted that the issue of weight loss is more about health and wellness than anything else. If our only motivation for slimming down is to look a certain way and be attractive to other people, we are destined to fail. We have to tap into the true reasons for wanting to be healthy and lose weight.

We hear these statistics all the time, but I think we’ve become numb to what they’re actually telling us. Is there any other sphere of endeavour where so many people try so hard with so little success? What would we think if fewer than 1% of people who enrolled in college ever graduated, while the other 99 percent spent billions dropping out and re-enrolling four or five times each year?

The one biggest mistake we make is that we rely on willpower! The fact is, for most people achieving lasting weight loss requires a lot more than willpower or desire. According to recent research, it takes a fresh understanding of how the brain interacts with food. Food addiction is something that so many of us struggle with, and there are many reasons for it. Some of us are more susceptible to it than others, though. You can take a quiz here to see what your own relationship with food looks like.

A Program 7 Times More Effective Than Weight Watchers

Food Freedom! It’s a program by Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson, a tenured psychology professor with a Ph.D in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. For sixteen years she struggled under a torturous relationship with food. She dieted again and again, only to watch her weight balloon back up. She was clinically depressed, and, in her darkest hours, would lie in the fetal position and weep for a solution.

Finally in 2003, Dr. Thompson’s cognitive studies put her in the path of the answers she’d been seeking. She shrank from obese to slender in six months and today she’s among the top .01 percent of successful weight loss maintainers.

Now Dr. Thompson has created a program called Bright Line Eating to share what she’s learned about how the brain blocks weight loss, and so far the results are promising. She reports her data to reveal that for the first 1,000 graduates, her program was three times more effective and seven times faster than Weight Watchers.

She talks in great detail about the one big mistake we make when trying to lose weight in her video series you can check out here.

Stealthy Junk Food Marketing

As we have discussed in previous stories about losing excess weight and why we struggle with it:

Kids are the primary target for junk food marketing. We can see this clearly in check-out lines, where chocolate bars, candy, and soda are strategically placed at the eye levels of children. This type of marketing must be working, because one out of three (1/3) children in the US today are considered obese. This type of lifestyle is obviously detrimental to children both physically and emotionally.

Kids are now exposed to marketing via brand licensing, product placement, schools, stealth marketing, viral marketing, DVDs, games, and the internet. According to a 2013 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), children aged 2-11 now see an average of more than 10 television food ads per day.

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, recently warned that “obesity is a bigger global health threat than tobacco use.” The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) also recently issued a position statement on obesity and cancer in which they too state that “obesity is quickly overtaking tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer.”

During this year’s World Health Organization annual summit, De Schutter urged nations to join forces to place stricter regulations on unhealthy foods, saying: “Just as the world came together to regulate the risks of tobacco, a bold framework convention on adequate diets must now be agreed.”

How To Avoid Weight Gain Factors


As previously mentioned, one of the main ways to avoid weight gain is to examine the quality of the food you are eating, rather than the quantity (calories).

Organic food does not contain harmful chemical preservatives, hormones, or pesticides that cause weight gain. Stay away from overly processed food, as you will only get frustrated when you discover the food you’re eating is laced with the aforementioned weight gain factors.

If foods are advertised, it is almost certain they are bad for you. When was the last time you saw a commercial advertising apples? Kale? Didn’t think so.

Buy whole, organic foods, and cook from scratch. This will automatically reduce your sugar consumption, which is the root cause of insulin resistance and weight gain. If you buy organic produce, you’ll also cut your exposure to pesticides and genetically engineered ingredients, and in ditching processed foods, you’ll automatically avoid artificial sweeteners and harmful processed fats.

Healthy fats are essential, so make sure you aren’t consuming the wrong fats. Sources of healthy fats to add to your diet include avocados, coconuts and coconut oil, unheated organic nut oils, and raw nuts and seeds.

Opt for glass packaging and storage containers to avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Make the process a learning journey, implement slow changes, and have fun along the way. Eating clean doesn’t have to be a struggle.


Joe Martino

I created Collective-Evolution 5 years ago and have been heavily at it since. I love inspiring others to find joy and make changes in their lives. Hands down the only other thing I am this passionate about is baseball.

Do Hidden Opiates In Our Food Explain Food Addictions?

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Food addictions are not strictly “psychological” problems, but have a hard-wired, organic component.  Many of the most commonly consumed foods in Western culture actually contain narcotic properties associated with the presence of psychoactive chemicals that bind to opioid receptors in the nervous system.  These peptides are so powerful that researchers block their action with drugs such as naltrexone which is used to treat addiction among heroin abusers, and naloxone which is used to prevent death from heroin overdose.

These “food opiates” are heavily concentrated in wheat and dairy products, especially cow’s milk. Wheat contains the following opioid peptides, known as gluten exorphins, alongside which are listed their amino acid structure:

  • Gluten exorphin A5: H-Gly-Tyr-Tyr-Pro-Thr-OH
  • Gluten exorphin B4: H-Tyr-Gly-Gly-Trp-OH
  • Gluten exorphin B5: H-Tyr-Gly-Gly-Trp-Leu-OH
  • Gluten exorphin C: H-Tyr-Pro-Ile-Ser-Leu-OH
  • Gliadorphin: Tyr-Pro-Gln-Pro-Gln-Pro-Phe

Cow’s milk, depending on the milk variety (A1 or A2), contain a variety of combinations of the following casomorphin peptides:

  • β-casomorphin 1-3: H-Tyr-Pro-Phe-OH
  • Bovine β-casomorphin 1-4: H-Tyr-Pro-Phe-Pro-OH
  • Bovine β-casomorphin 1-4, amide: H-Tyr-Pro-Phe-Pro-NH2
  • Bovine β-casomorphin 5: H-Tyr-Pro-Phe-Pro-Gly-OH
  • Bovine β-casomorphin 7: H-Tyr-Pro-Phe-Pro-Gly-Pro-Ile-OH
  • Bovine β-casomorphin 8: H-Tyr-Pro-Phe-Pro-Gly-Pro-Ile-Pro-OH

It can be argued that many of the most popular foods consumed in Western culture are done so not primarily for their nutritive value but rather for their addictive properties. Some of these foods we become truly infatuated with and are identified as “comfort foods,” that are “to die for,” or that we “love.”

Food opiates are widely distributed throughout our diet, and are found in many unsuspecting places.  Fructose, which is fast becoming the primary source of calories in the American diet, while not itself an opioid peptide, is known to increase brain levels of endogenous morphine following ingestion,[1][2]and may produce metabolic products in the brain very similar to those produced by morphine.[3]  In fact, it has been identified to stimulate a “hedonic pathway” in the brain, not unlike alcohol, which incidentally is metabolized along the same liver pathways.[4] Fructose, in isolated or concentrated form, is highly toxic and have been linked to over 70 health conditions.

Some other common food opiates include

  • Spinach: popular leafy green contains two opioid peptides named rubiscolins-5 and -6.[5][6]
  • Coffee: the oil known as cafestrol which is found in both decaffeinated and caffeinated coffee contains potent morphine-like activity.[7] Many of coffee’s effects therefore may be mediated via opiate receptors, as well as the effects of caffeine. [8]
  • Rice protein: rice albumin may have opioid properties, depending on how thoroughly it is digested; incomplete digestion may increase the likelihood of there being a pharmacologically active effect.
  • Meat and Fish Protein: when complex animal proteins are enzymatically degraded some exhibit opiate-like properties. Some of these “biogenic peptides” as they are known have been investigated for their potential role in the treatment and prevention of hypertension.[9]
  • Chocolate: One of the well-known mechanisms behind cocoa’s cardioprotective activity is the ability of epicatechin to act via opioid receptors, specifically through the δ-opioid receptor, to produce cardiac protection from injury associated with low oxygen.[10]  Animal feeding studies also show that the opiate-blocking drug naloxone reduces chocolate cravings, suggesting that some of chocolate’s desirable qualities may be related to their opiate activity in the nervous system.[11]
  • Sugar: As mentioned above fructose has opiate-like properties, but so does sucrose (table sugar) and glucose. Since starch as found in “complex carbohydrates” is hidden sugar and often technically higher on the glycemic index than actual sugar (e.g. puffed rice makes the blood sweeter than white sugar), even grains may elicit addictive behaviors through the modulation of opioid pathways in the brain.


While many of our most commonly consumed foods and beverages contain food opiates, our original infatuation with opiate peptides actually begins at birth, as is nature’s inherently intelligent design. Being born into the world an extremely underdeveloped mammal (i.e. compared to horses we take years longer to gain independence),* the biological imperative is for there to be a strong bond between mother and offspring consummated in the act of breastfeeding.

Breast milk, therefore, contains actual morphine. This is to ensure that a very close bond forms and that the offspring will seek out and obtain nourishment by garnishing physical dependency.

The fact that our first food — breast milk — contains opiates and that the biosynthetic pathway for morphine exist in tissues such as the liver, blood and brain, indicate that our species was destined to be drawn to substances that either mimic the action of opiates, or modulate their secretion and/or activity within our bodies.[12]

Ultimately, many food opiates are consumed in order to self-medicate. Coffee, for instance, has profound psychoactive properties that cannot be reduced to its caffeine content alone. The opiate-like property of coffee explains why it may relax and/or reduce stress in certain people, raising the threshold of anxiety or aggression in a way quite opposite to what would be expected from the effects of caffeine alone.

This effect may be maintained as long as coffee is administered continuously, like any other pharmacologically drug. However, if suddenly withdrawn, some experience symptoms identical to those associated with withdrawal from opiate drugs.

In addition, many food opiates, such as are found in wheat and cow’s milk products, entice us to consume foods that are intrinsically unhealthy. Wheat, for instance, has been linked to over 160 health conditions, and cow’s milk is known to be a risk factor for type 1 diabetes. But both are consumed globally in the billions of pounds and lauded as “health foods” by the unsuspecting masses unaware of the addictive hold they may have on them. The Dark Side of Wheat and cow’s milk is rarely acknowledged, though the role of food opiates may shed some much needed light on the topic.

The point is that food is not just a “fuel” for the body, as classically defined through nutritional reductionism. It has profound genoregulatory and neuroendocrine modulating properties. One of the best ways to ascertain whether food opiates are affecting your health is to embark on an elimination diet. Sometimes following a gluten or cow’s milk free diet, the physiological shackles are thrown off, and it is possible to experience renewed health and vitality.

Many seemingly unrelated health conditions may improve and/or go into remission. When the food is reintroduced months later, it is far easier to feel its true effects on the body — adverse effects that were always there, but due to their chronic consumption were considered normal.

*an interesting fact of evolutionary biology is that our head size has grown so large in proportion to our hip size that we must be born with a relatively underdeveloped body in order to make it through the birth canal.  This ensures that a great proportion of our development must occur outside of the womb, making our dependence on milk much more intense.

For the same reason that human breast milk contains morphine, the casomorphins in cow’s milk are intended to sedate/placate/anesthetize calves born into the wild. Is it any surprise that humans (whose poignantly aware brains contain as many neurons as stars in our galaxy!) are the only mammals who never stop weaning themselves from this narcotic elixir? Perhaps we dope and dumb ourselves down with these opiate peptides in order not to go insane from the poignant awareness that such a huge brain generates.

[1] Antagonism of the morphine-induced locomotor activation of mice by fructose: comparison with other opiates and sugars, and sugar effects on brain morphine. Life Sci. 1991 ;49(10):727-34.

[2] Opioid receptor antagonism in the nucleus accumbens fails to block the expression of sugar-conditioned flavor preferences in rats. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2010 Mar ;95(1):56-62. Epub 2009 Dec 13. PMID: 20006967

[3] Antagonism of antinociception in mice by glucose and fructose: comparison of subcutaneous and intrathecal morphine. Eur J Pharmacol. 1988 Feb 9 ;146(2-3):337-40. PMID: 3371404

[4] Fructose: metabolic, hedonic, and societal parallels with ethanol. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Sep ;110(9):1307-21. PMID: 20800122

[5] Delta opioid peptides derived from plant proteins. Curr Pharm Des. 2003;9(16):1325-30. PMID: 12769740

[6] Rubiscolin, a delta selective opioid peptide derived from plant Rubisco. FEBS Lett. 2001 Dec 7;509(2):213-7. PMID: 11741591

[7] The coffee specific diterpene cafestol induces peripheral antinociception mediated by endogenous opioid peptides. Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2012 Feb 14. Epub 2012 Feb 14. PMID: 22332877

[8] Coffee contains potent opiate receptor binding activity. Nature. 1983 Jan 20;301(5897):246-8. PMID: 6296693

[9] Biogenic peptides and their potential use. Curr Pharm Des. 2003 ;9(16):1345-55. PMID: 12769742

[10] Dark chocolate receptors: epicatechin-induced cardiac protection is dependent on delta-opioid receptor stimulation. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2010 Nov ;299(5):H1604-9. Epub 2010 Sep 10. PMID: 20833967

[11] Naltrexone and amperozide modify chocolate and saccharin drinking in high alcohol-preferring P rats. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 1998 Jun ;60(2):407-13. PMID: 9632223

[12] Morphine: new aspects in the study of an ancient compound. Life Sci. 1994;55(13):969-79. PMID: 8084213

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded 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 You Need To Know About Using Old Drugs For Survival


When it comes to survival medicine, I make no claim of being an expert.  I am, after all, a mere layman with no medical training.  On the other hand, I do possess a good deal of common sense so when something seems a bit off, I do my own research and make decisions based upon data and not upon supposition.

Something that has always been “off” to me are expiration dates on pharmaceuticals.  Why is it that drugs always expire exactly one year after the date they were filled?  The truth, as I wrote about in The Myth of Expiration Dates on Drugs and Prescription Meds, is that those expiration dates are often bogus.

In that article, I referenced the following statement from the the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide:

Most of what is known about drug expiration dates comes from a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration at the request of the military. With a large and expensive stockpile of drugs, the military faced tossing out and replacing its drugs every few years. What they found from the study is 90% of more than 100 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration date.

The question of whether outdated drugs are viable beyond their expiration date is a heated topic within the prepper community.  I get that because there are some medications that absolutely should not be taken when they are old and expired.  Some common examples include nitroglycerin, insulin, liquid antibiotics, and epinephrine but there are others.

Still, if the choice is to take an old, outdated medicine or die, I know what I would do.

In order to continue the discussion, and to shed further light on the myth of expiration dates, I am sharing an article by contributing author, Joe Alton.  Joe, also known as Dr. Bones, is a medical doctor who is well versed in survival medicine.  Here is his take on using old drugs for survival purposes.

Straight Talk About Expiration Dates

Years ago, I wrote an article about the truth relating to expiration dates on medications. Lately, I’ve seen some confusing information on the internet that tells you how dangerous they are while telling you that, in a survival scenario, you should probably use them. So I think it’s time to set the record straight with regards to expiration dates on medications.

Before I start, I want to tell you that my focus is medical preparedness for major disasters and long-term survival. That means a strategy of putting together stockpiles of supplies that might save a life in times of trouble.

Now, what you need to know.

Expiration dates were first mandated in the us in 1979.

They are the last day that a drug company will guarantee 100% potency of a medicine. These medicines do not, by and large, become toxic after the expiration date. I promise you that you will not grow a horn in the middle of your forehead if you take a pill the week after it expires.

In many cases, drugs in pill, powder, or capsule form will be 100% potent for years after their expiration date. How do I know this?  FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Defense stockpiles millions of doses of medications used in emergency settings. In the past, when those drugs expired, they were discarded.

This gets to be pretty expensive, so a study was performed called the shelf life extension program, something I first wrote about years ago. This program found that most medications, as long as they are in pill or capsule form, were still effective after their expiration dates, sometimes for years.  As such, I recommended not throwing them away but, instead, making them part of your survival medical storage.

This, by the way, was not the case for medicines in liquid form. They lost potency quickly after their expiration dates, so are not useful for long-term survival settings.

These findings led the government to put out extensions of expiration dates for certain drugs as needed, such as the 5 year extension given the anti-viral drug Tamiflu during the 2009 swine flu epidemic.

Despite this, you’ll see quotes, often from academic types, that medications are dangerous when expired and should be tossed. These opinions are fine in normal times, but if you’re reading this article, you’re probably a member of the preparedness community or at least interested in the subject. You might even be the person that would be medically responsible in situations when the rescue helicopter is heading the other way.

Good, you’re exactly who I want to talk to since you may one day have to make a decision in a true disaster setting about whether or not to use an expired medication.

Let’s say a loved one is fading from an infection. Something bad has happened and you’re off the grid with little or no hope of getting to modern medical care. You have an expired bottle of antibiotics. What are you going to do? Someone you love is dying. Are you going to use the expired drug or not? Exactly.

Of course, medicines should be stored in cool, dry, dark conditions. Their potency will fade twice as fast if stored at 90 degrees as if stored at 50 degrees. Freezing them, however, is rarely helpful. Even if stored in suboptimal conditions, a capsule or tablet that hasn’t changed color or consistency is probably still worth keeping for austere settings.

Sometimes, in a true disaster, the issues that will facing the medically responsible will be very basic.

What’s the problem? Do I have medicine that will treat it? Could this medicine, although it has expired, possibly save a life? When it comes down to it, can you really choose to not use it to prevent a death because it may possibly have side effects or not be quite as strong as it was?

I say: In this situation, don’t withhold a drug because some professors said it wasn’t a good idea to use it. Believe me, they weren’t seriously considering a time when an expired medication might be the only option you have left.

Let’s hope it never gets to that point, but preparing for the worst, while hoping for the best isn’t a bad strategy to deal with the uncertain future.


The Final Word

In our heart of hearts, we would never purposely do harm to a loved one.  Talking that one step further, we would do everything we could to ensure their health and their safety when the chips are down.

These days, my own preference is to use herbal remedies and essential oils to take care of my loved one’s health care needs.  But in times of distress, who can predict what we will have available following a disaster or other disruptive event?  For that reason, I have stockpiled old, no longer used drugs.  This includes both prescription and over-the-counter meds.  They are tucked away with many of my other “I hope to never have to use” preps.  The only cost to keeping them is the space they take and what the heck?  Why wouldn’t I do that?

I know I have said this before but it bears repeating:  knowledge is power and the best piece of survival gear you will ever own is the gray matter between your ears.  Read and study as much as you can about survival medicine and always, use common sense.

To read more from Joe and his wife Amy, you can visit their website at  There you will find hundreds of articles related to medical preparedness in wilderness, disaster, or other austere settings.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye Levy, also known as the Survival Woman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and has moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle through her website at At Backdoor Survival, Gaye speaks her mind and delivers her message of prepping with optimism and grace, regardless of the uncertain times and mayhem swirling around us.

How Eating Kimchi Prevents Lethal Cancer


Kimchi is one of the world’s most popular fermented foods, but did you know that eating it daily can significantly impact your cancer risk? 

A new study published in the journal Oncotarget titled, “Dietary prevention of Helicobacter pylori-associated gastric cancer with kimchi,” is the latest example of how a simple dietary intervention can make a world of difference in reducing the risk of one of the most lethal cancers.

Gastric or stomach cancer is the third leading cause of death from cancer (9% of all cancer deaths), and the fifth most commonly diagnosed form.1 It is believed that Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is a primary cause, though smoking, nitrates and nitrites found in cured meat, regular aspirin use, and a lack of vegetables and fruits (and associated antioxidant consumption), also contribute to this multifactorial condition.


In the new study, researchers set out to prove that kimchi, a traditional Korean fermented cabbage dish not unlike sauerkraut (though spicier), could prevent Helicobacter-induced atrophic gastritis (chronic inflammation of the stomach mucosa) and subsequent gastric cancer, by administering to mice a high salt diet and H. pylori. They created a special formula of kimchi, which they called cancer preventive kimchi (cpKimchi), and which added mustard leaf, pear, mushroom, Chinese pepper, and sea tangle juice in addition to the standard kimchi recipe (sKimchi).

First, the researchers compared the effectiveness of the two different types of kimchi in suppressing cancer cell growth in vitro (test tube studies). They found that the cpKimchi recipe was superior to the sKimchi recipe at reducing gastric cancer cell survival. Moreover, they found the cancer killing properties of the cpKimchi recipe was very specific:

All of these experimental results that cpKimchi selectively induced cytotoxicity in cancer cells, while no cytotoxicity in non-transformed cells were further validated with wound healing assay to find that cpKimch imposed capacity to limit the cell growth relevant to anti-tumorigenesis.”

Selective cytoxicity is an extremely important property in juxtaposition to conventional cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy, which almost invariably harm both healthy and cancerous cells and tissue, leading to iatrogenic morbidity and increased mortality.

Next, the researchers evaluated the effects of the two Kimchi recipes in a rat model of atrophic gastritis. Mice received 24 weeks of a high salt diet and H. pylori infection, which lead to the development of both atrophic gastritis and erosive gastritis. They were next administered cpKimchi mixed with their drinking water up to 36 weeks, with their gastric lesions undergoing evaluation after 24 and 36 weeks, which included analysis of molecular changes that occurred during the intervention. In the cpKimchi group there was a significant decrease in all the adverse changes observed in the control group (e.g. chronic atrophic gastritis presenting with loss of parietal cells, inflammatory cells such as monocytes, lymphocytes, and macrophages replacing gastric glands, and erosive mucosal changes), leading the study authors to hypothesize the cpKimchi had a “rejuvenating effect” on their condition.

They explored the mechanism behind these regenerative effects further, and identified a range of positive molecular changes induced by the cpKimchi intervention, such as:

  • Down-regulation of the “inflammation enzyme” cyclo-oxygenase 2

  • Reduction in macrophage infiltration into the damaged mucosal tissue

  • Reduction in HF-KB p65 expression (a marker for stress associated immune response and inflammation)

  • Reduction in interleukin-6 (a chemical messenger associated with increased inflammation)

  • Reduction in STAT3 activation (increased STAT3 activity has been linked to cancer)

  • Reduction in PGE2 levels (a prostaglandin whose activity is linked to inflammation)

  • Reduction in Malondialdehyde (MDA) levels (a marker of oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation)

  • Increases in H0-1 and HSP70 (an indirect marker of improved oxidative stress)

  • Increases in gastric mucin (an indication of improved infection)

In the third phase of their research, they evaluated the long-term effect of cpKimchi intake on the prevention of H. pylori-induced gastric tumorigenesis by observing the effects of the dietary intervention for up to 36 weeks. The control animals developed significant gastric tumors at 36 weeks, whereas the cpKimchi group saw a significant decrease in their size and occurrence.

The researchers explored their findings, again, looking at molecular mechanisms and markers at play, finding:

  • Reduction in COX-2/ and F/80 expression

  • Reduction in COX-2 mRNA

  • Reduction in macrophage infiltration

  • Reduction in macrophage-related inflammatory mediators (including IL-1β, VEGF, IL-6, and MMP-2)

  • Reduction in transcription factors related to gastric inflammation (STAT3 and NF-KB)

  • Reduced apoptosis (indicating less H. pylori-induced cell damage/cell death)

  • Increased NQ10 and HO-1, indicative of increased antioxidative and cell-protecting function.

The authors of the study pointed out that previous observational research has confirmed kimchi’s anti-gastric cancer properties:

A case-control study to assess the influence of Korean foods showed that kimchi significantly decreased the risk of gastric cancer, whereas intake of cooked rice with beans, charcoal grilled beef, pollack soup, and Dongchimi significantly increased the risks [5]. In a follow up study, they also found that gastric cancer risk could be decreased if those with H. pylori infection increase their intakes of antioxidant vitamins [6].”

The authors stated that while well-designed human clinical trials should be done to confirm these findings, it is possible that “long-term dietary intervention with cpKimchi can be an alternate effort of high risk country like Korea to rescue from troublesome H. pylori-associated gastric carcinogenesis.”


They also detailed the common ingredients in kimchi, all of which we have a significant body of research indexed on our database showing that they possess profound anti-cancer properties:

The common gradients of kimchi are pepper, garlic, black cumin, hyme, allspices, bay leaves, mustard leaf, rosemary containing carnosol, flaxseed in addition to Chinese cabbage, in which carotenoids, flavonoids, catechins, isothiocyanates, allicin, glucosinolate, and lignin are plentifully contained. We have added the following five ingredients (Supplementary table 1), pear, mushroom, red pepper, mustard leaf, and sea tangle juices upon common vegetables for kimchi in order to produce cpKimchi. One of core ingredients in cpKimchi, pear extracts, had been already reported to possess significant anti-mutagenic actions evidenced with anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation, and cell proliferation regulation. Feugang et al [20] have previously reported that aqueous extracts of pear significantly reduced gynecologic cancer cells growth through apoptosis induction and ROS-sensitive genes [21]. Though cranberry had the highest total phenolic content followed by apple, red grape, strawberry, pineapple, banana, peach, lemon, orange, pear, and grapefruit [22], these ingredients, except pear, are not usually included in kimchi. Next, special attention was paid to mushroom polysaccharides, since mushrooms are regarded as powerful pharmaceutical products against cancer. Numerous bioactive polysaccharides or polysaccharide-protein complexes from medicinal mushrooms had been described to either enhance innate and cell-mediated immune responses or exhibit antitumor activities in animals and humans [12, 23].

Kimchi, of course, is a Chinese cabbage-based food. And this one ingredient, alone, contains one of the most powerful anti-cancer and anti-H. pylori compounds known: sulforaphane. You can take a look at our research page on sulforaphane which presently includes 212 studies showing its value in over 150 different conditions, 63 studies of which specifically concern it’s anti-cancer properties.

Another amazing aspect of kimchi as a fermented food is it’s beneficial bacteria which can number in the trillions per serving, and which help to suppress, neutralize, or otherwise create balance with H. pylori, which technically inhabits about 50% of the world population’s intestinal tract without causing any discernible harm to the majority.2  Given that triple drug therapies (usually two antibiotics + an acid blocker) focus on attempting to eradicate H. pylori but also destroy and/or alter the beneficial bacteria, fungi and viruses in the gut, it is possible that focusing on improving the terrain with kimchi-derived probiotic colonies offers an entirely different and more sustainable approach — especially given that triple drug therapy often fails and/or leads to the development of antibiotic resistant strains of H. plylori.

Consider also that kimchi has been identified to contain strains of beneficial bacteria that are actually capable of degrading highly toxic pesticides, as well as petrochemical toxicants such as bisphenol A, underscoring the broad way in which kimchi may be of value to those at risk or actively suffering from gastric cancer or pre-cancerous lesions. And don’t forget that we have a number of ways to further enrich empower you, including a separate database page on kimchi which reveals research on its potential therapeutic value in over 20 health conditions, an anti-Helicobacter pylori research page, and a page dedicated to things that contribute to and prevent and/or treat gastric cancer naturally. You can also check out our recent article on 3 Natural H. Pylori ‘Cures’ That Are Clinically Proven.

Lastly, the best extrapolation of this data is the use of food for prevention, and the incorporation of healing foods into daily life.

Additional References

1 “Chapter 1.1”. World Cancer Report 2014. World Health Organization. 2014. ISBN 9283204298.

Pounder RE, Ng D (1995). “The prevalence ofHelicobacter pylori infection in different countries”.Aliment. Pharmacol. Ther. 9 (Suppl 2): 33–9. PMID 8547526.

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded 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.

How Antibiotics Disrupt Intestinal Flora


The Harvard Medical School report that antibiotic side effects can last up to 42 days after the last dose. [1] You’re probably familiar with many of these side effects: diarrhea, irritable bowels, bloating, and even constipation. What you don’t see are aggressive and dangerous bacteria, like Clostridium difficile, E. coli, H. pylori, and a fungus like Candida establishing themselves in your gut. But, when you take antibiotics, harmful organisms like these can do just that.

Antibiotics: The Cure with a Catch

When you get a prescription for an antibiotic, you might feel that you’re on the path to recovery. But, there’s a catch, and it has to do with how antibiotics work. About 70% of your immune response takes place in your digestive tract. When you take an antibiotic, it goes through your system and kills off all the invading bacteria. The thing is, it also kills off your native bacteria, the ones needed to keep digestion smooth, have regular bowel movements, and protect your body from aggressive and invading bacteria.

As the Harvard Medical School reports, it takes 6 weeks for your body to recover from an antibiotic. During this time, your gut is a vacant neighborhood just waiting for someone to move in. While friendly bacteria like Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria can replenish the gut during this time, you’re at a much higher risk for unwanted bacteria colonizing your intestinal tract. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help avoid intestinal flora disruption.

How To Promote Intestinal Balance

For the best and fastest recovery while taking antibiotics, you need to get plenty of probiotics through food or a probiotic supplement. To lay the best foundation, it’s also a good idea to cut out refined and processed sugars. Unfriendly bacteria and fungi, like Candida, gobble up these sugars and reproduce much faster.

Fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi are also loaded with probiotics. These will help restore the necessary bacteria in your intestinal tract to encourage proper digestion and keep out the nasty bacteria. Another thing you can do is add prebiotics like inulin and oligosaccharides to the mix. They’re found in fruits, vegetables, and plants and are the dietary fiber that actually feed the probiotics and encourage them to flourish. [2]

Have you dealt with intestinal imbalance from antibiotics? What did you experience and how did you deal with it? Leave a comment below and share your experience with us.


  1. Pallav K1, Dowd SE2, Villafuerte J1, et al. Effects of polysaccharopeptide from Trametes versicolor and amoxicillin on the gut microbiome of healthy volunteers: a randomized clinical trial. Gut Microbes. 2014 Jul 1;5(4):458-67. doi: 10.4161/gmic.29558.
  2. Ladirat SE1, Schoterman MH2, Rahaoui H3, et al. Exploring the effects of galacto-oligosaccharides on the gut microbiota of healthy adults receiving amoxicillin treatment. Br J Nutr. 2014 Aug 28;112(4):536-46. doi: 10.1017/S0007114514001135.

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.

The Health Benefits Of Tienchi Ginseng Root

The Health Benefits Of Tienchi Ginseng Root

If you’re familiar with natural health, chances are you’ve heard about ginseng. But do you know that there are different types of ginseng? Also called Panax notiginseng, Tienchi ginseng promotes health and energy in a similar fashion as American ginseng, Eleuthero, and Jiaogulan. It should be noted, however, that it works very differently from other types. This is one reason why it’s so highly valued.

What Makes Tienchi Ginseng Potent

Ancient healers and herbalists have declared tienchi ginseng “more precious than gold.” Tienchi ginseng contains several active compounds, including antioxidant flavonoids, oxygen-rich polysaccharides, essential oils, and ginsenosides. Ginsenosides are basically powerful plant compounds generally useful to the human body. Each of these compounds contribute to cellular energy metabolism and combined have a positive effect on blood flow and vascular health.

Key Benefits of Tienchi Ginseng

Tienchi boosts energy and endurance and improves blood flow. Polysaccharides like those in Tienchi are rich in oxygen, an essential component in the final step of cellular energy creation. A California State Polytechnic University study of 30 young adults reported a significant increase in endurance, energy levels, and oxygen levels after taking Panax notiginseng for thirty days. [1] How does this happen? When you increase oxygen to your cells, your energy naturally increases.

Tienchi also encourages red blood cell production and promotes circulation that delivers oxygen-rich blood to your cells better than Panax ginseng and American ginseng. [2] In addition, it also seems to possess a hemostatic ability that stops internal and external bleeding. [3] It’s basically like a tonic for your blood stream. The better your blood flows, the more oxygen and nutrients delivered to your cells.

Added Benefits of Tienchi Ginseng

Blood sugar support is necessary in this day and age, with metabolic syndrome running rampant in the developed world. Studies have revealed Tienchi ginseng to be a powerful adjunct in insulin resistance, a hallmark symptom of metabolic syndrome. Trials so far have found Tienchi lowers blood sugar by encouraging glucose absorption, reduces irritation associated with diabetes, improves insulin response, and has anti-obesity properties. [4] It also lowers blood pressure and helps improve male fertility.

How to Supplement With Tienchi Ginseng

The active compounds in Tienchi ginseng make it ideal for a safe energy boost. Today, tienchi survives through controlled cultivation, so it’s unlikely you’ll find a wild-sourced supplement. For the best results, I personally recommend a ginseng supplement–like Ginseng Fusion™–that combines Tienchi with other types of ginseng.

Do you use Tienchi ginseng? Share your experience with us below.


  1. Liang MT1, Podolka TD, Chuang WJ. Panax notoginseng supplementation enhances physical performance during endurance exercise. J Strength Cond Res. 2005 Feb;19(1):108-14.
  2. Lau AJ1, Toh DF, Chua TK, et al. Antiplatelet and anticoagulant effects of Panax notoginseng: comparison of raw and steamed Panax notoginseng with Panax ginseng and Panax quinquefolium. J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Sep 25;125(3):380-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2009.07.038.
  3. Cicero AF1, Vitale G, Savino G, Arletti R. Panax notoginseng (Burk.) effects on fibrinogen and lipid plasma level in rats fed on a high-fat diet. Phytother Res. 2003 Feb;17(2):174-8.
  4. Uzayisenga R1, Ayeka PA, Wang Y. Anti-diabetic potential of Panax notoginseng saponins (PNS): a review. Phytother Res. 2014 Apr;28(4):510-6. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5026.

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.

Mammography Is Harmful And Should Be Abandoned, Review Concludes


“I believe that if screening had been a drug, it would have been withdrawn from the market long ago.”

~ Peter C Gøtzsche

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month just around the corner, a new study promises to undermine the multi-billion dollar cause-marketing orgy that shepherds millions of women into having their breasts scanned for cancer with x-rays that themselves are known to contribute to breast cancer

If you have followed for any length of time, you know that we often report on the adverse effects of mammography, of which there are many. From the radiobiological and psychological risks of the procedure itself, to the tremendous harms of overdiagnosis and overtreatment, it is becoming clearer every day that those who subject themselves to screening as a “preventive measure” are actually putting themselves directly into harms way, unnecessarily.

Now, a new study conducted by Peter C Gøtzsche, of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and titled “Mammography screening is harmful and should be abandoned,” strikes to the heart of the matter by showing the actual effect of decades of screening has not been to reduce breast cancer specific mortality, despite the generation of millions of new so-called “early stage” or “stage zero” breast cancer diagnoses.

Previous investigation on the subject by Gotzsche resulted in the discovery that overdiagnosis occurs in a staggering 52% of patients offered organized mammography screening, which equates to “one in three breast cancers being overdiagnosed.” The problem with overdiagnosis is that it almost always goes unrecognized. This then results in overtreatment with aggressive interventions such as lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation; overtreatment is a euphemistic term that describes being severely harmed and/or having one’s life shortened by unnecessary medical treatment. Some of these treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can actually enrich cancer stem cells within tumors, essentially altering cells from benign to malignant, or transforming already cancerous cells into far deadlier phenotypes.

Other recent research has determined that the past 30 years of breast cancer screening has lead to the overdiagnosis and overtreatment of about 1.3 million U.S. women, i.e. tumors were detected on screening that would never have led to clinical symptoms, and should never have been termed “cancers” in the first place. Truth be told, the physical and psychophysical suffering wrought by the harms of breast cancer screening can not even begin to be quantified.

Gøtzsche is very clear about the implications of his review on the decision to undergo mammography. He opines that the effect of screening on mortality, which is the only true measure of whether a medical intervention is worth undertaking, is to increase total mortality.

Gøtzsche summarizes his findings powerfully:

Mammography screening has been promoted to the public with three simple promises that all appear to be wrong: It saves lives and breasts by catching the cancers early. Screening does not seem to make the women live longer; it increases mastectomies; and cancers are not caught early, they are caught very late. They are also caught in too great numbers. There is so much overdiagnosis that the best thing a women can do to lower her risk of becoming a breast cancer patient is to avoid going to screening, which will lower her risk by one-third. We have written an information leaflet that exists in 16 languages on, which we hope will make it easier for a woman to make an informed decision about whether or not to go to screening.

I believe that if screening had been a drug, it would have been withdrawn from the market long ago. Many drugs are withdrawn although they benefit many patients, when serious harms are reported in rather few patients. The situation with mammography screening is the opposite: Very few, if any, will benefit, whereas many will be harmed. I therefore believe it is appropriate that a nationally appointed body in Switzerland has now recommended that mammography screening should be stopped because it is harmful.

We are only a month away from Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a cause marketing orgy bedecked with pink ribbons, and infused with a pinkwashed mentality that has entirely removed the word “carcinogen,” i.e. the cause, from the discussion. All the better to raise billions more to find the “cure” everyone is told does not yet exist.

breast cancer

Women need to break free from the medical industrial complex’s ironclad hold on their bodies and minds, and take back control of their health through self-education and self-empowerment. The following articles and resources should help aid in that goal:

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Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded 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.

Health Benefits Of Ginseng Eleuthero


Chinese healers have prized eleuthero–or Eleutherococcus senticosus, also known as Siberian ginseng–for thousands of years. Though it’s not a “true” ginseng, it possesses adaptogenic properties and has a well-established reputation as an energy enhancer and brain booster. Recent research reveals it does a lot more. Let’s take a closer look at this powerful herb.

What Makes Ginseng Eleuthero Beneficial?

Before science took its modern form, healers knew from experience how eleuthero improved their health and the health of their patients. Today we know it contains powerful phytochemicals like sterols, coumarins, flavonoids, and polysaccharides. Each of these compounds offer unique healing potential, but together they increase oxygen availability at the cellular level, encouraging blood flow, immune response, and antioxidant effects that protect your DNA.

Eleuthero: A Great Energy Booster

If you’re looking for an energy pick-me-up, eleuthero may work for you. In one clinical trial, the endurance of study participants improved by 23%. [1] And a study from Sweden reported it improved both mental and physical stamina in cases of mild fatigue and feelings of weakness. [2] Other research indicates it reduces the effects of stress.

The Many Benefits of Eleuthero

When you take eleuthero, you’ll have more energy. But as it turns out, energy is only part of its benefits. Here are additional benefits attributed to it.

  • Improves immune system response
  • Antioxidant protection [3]
  • Reduces irritation [4]
  • Better memory and recall [5]
  • Increases libido
  • Improves mental clarity
  • Better focus
  • Alertness
  • Strengthens bones [6]
  • Reduces outbreaks in individuals infected with Herpes [7]
  • Encourages more restful sleep

How to Supplement With Eleuthero

There’s a lot of eleuthero supplements on the market. When looking for the best one for you, make sure to check for purity. Also, make sure you buy from a trusted source as some products may include additives. I personally recommend Ginseng Fusion™ as it combines the power of Eleuthero with American ginseng, Tinechi ginseng, and wild-crafted Jiaogulan for the maximum effect.

Do you take eleuthero? Share your experience with us below!


  1. Kuo J1, Chen KW, Cheng IS, et al. The effect of eight weeks of supplementation with Eleutherococcus senticosus on endurance capacity and metabolism in human. Chin J Physiol. 2010 Apr 30;53(2):105-11.
  2. Panossian A1, Wikman G. Evidence-based efficacy of adaptogens in fatigue, and molecular mechanisms related to their stress-protective activity. Curr Clin Pharmacol. 2009 Sep;4(3):198-219.
  3. Vaško L1, Vašková J, Fejerčáková A, Mojžišová G, Poráčová J. Comparison of some antioxidant properties of plant extracts from Origanum vulgare, Salvia officinalis, Eleutherococcus senticosus and Stevia rebaudiana. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 2014 Aug;50(7):614-22. doi: 10.1007/s11626-014-9751-4.
  4. Jung SM1, Schumacher HR, Kim H, et al. Reduction of urate crystal-induced inflammation by root extracts from traditional oriental medicinal plants: elevation of prostaglandin D2 levels. Arthritis Res Ther. 2007;9(4):R64.
  5. Xu Y.J., Han C.J., Xu S.J., et al. Effects of Acanthopanax senticosus on learning and memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease and protection against free radical injury to brain tissue. Neural Regeneration Research 2008 3:2 (192-195).
  6. Lim DW1, Kim JG, Lee Y, Cha SH, Kim YT. Preventive effects of Eleutherococcus senticosus bark extract in OVX-induced osteoporosis in rats. Molecules. 2013 Jul 8;18(7):7998-8008. doi: 10.3390/molecules18077998.
  7. Perfect MM1, Bourne N, Ebel C, Rosenthal SL. Use of complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of genital herpes. Herpes. 2005 Oct;12(2):38-41.

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.

Killer Back Pain? Four Techniques To Avoid Surgery

Killer Back Pain 4 Techniques to Avoid Surgery

By: Anica |

According to one report, at least 30 million people have some form of lower back pain. Lower back pain is not only one of the most common reasons for people missing work, but also the leading cause of workplace disability. There are many causes of back pain, such as arthritis, obesity, injuries and even poor posture. However, surgery can be avoided and back pain can be managed by following the four techniques below.

Therapeutic Exercises

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) recommends specific, regular exercises to restore back strength. Physical therapists typically recommend that people with back pain perform particular exercises to strengthen the back area. Some are quite simple, such as standing against a wall and slowly walking the feet out, or more advanced, such as lying on the floor with a yoga ball and strategically raising the arms and legs.

Instead of simply getting surgery, consider consulting with a physical therapist or an occupational specialist to see which exercises can help you reduce pain and regain mobility. Besides this, regular exercise is also beneficial because it raises the body’s pain threshold. However, each person must find the right exercises that result in minimal discomfort and maximum health improvement.


Most people associate yoga with weight loss or meditative poses. However, yoga is very effective in helping a variety of health conditions. For example, yoga reduces the risk factors for developing certain diseases, such as hypertension and heart disease. Yoga helps to alleviate the side effects of pain, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Yoga also helps to reduce stress while improving balance, concentration and fitness. From a medical standpoint, yoga improves muscle and spinal elasticity and flexibility. Yoga also increases blood flow and enhances the immune system.

Keep in mind that muscle tension is the primary source of back pain. Therefore, yoga loosens up the muscles and ligaments while properly aligning and strengthening other parts of the body. As a result, stronger limbs and core will positively affect the weakened back. Overall, yoga cannot cure back pain, but it definitely will reduce pain and minimize the need for surgery.


Certain foods can actually reduce pain and inflammation while increasing your overall health. For example, vegetables and fish rich in Omega 3s are some of the best foods to reduce inflammation. While garlic and onions may cause bad breath, they can do wonders for your back pain. Certain spices, such as basil, turmeric and cinnamon, contain anti-inflammatory agents. Finally, green and white tea are ideal for reducing back pain.

Don’t forget that calcium and Vitamin D contribute to strong bones. In addition to this, certain foods actually can contribute to back pain. For example, an unhealthy diet rich in fatty foods and calories, such as junk food and fast food, will eventually lead to weight gain and possibly painful joints. Meat, gluten, eggs and other dairy products can also contribute to inflammation.

Chiropractic Care

According to the National Library of Medicine, seeing a chiropractor in your particular locale is a way to treat certain health problems, such as back pain. After obtaining your health history and performing tests, such as x-rays and spinal exams, the chiropractor will perform spinal manipulations or adjustments. As a result, the patient will experience pain relief and improved joint, nerve and physical functioning. Licensed chiropractors are trained medical professionals who will be able to permanently cure back pain without invasive surgery or detrimental medications.

Overall, back pain can be reduced and surgery can be avoided through specific exercises, yoga and regular exercise. Be sure to eat healthy and avoid processed foods. Chiropractic care is an excellent treatment for chronic neck and back pain.

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here. If you need a chiropractor in Heber, UT, Anica suggests the services of Heber Valley Chiropractic.

Extreme Raw-Fooding: The Final Word On Food As Medicine

By: Noah James Hittner |
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Defining: “Optimal Physical Health”

Regardless of whether our discussion is about athletics and fitness, or health and wellness, the undeniable fact of the matter is this:

Our bodies are—and can only be—made-up of what we consume.
We are built out of the food we eat.
It’s that simple.

The profound nature of this fact is matched only by its simplicity. And, it begs a question:

How high quality of a heart, or a lung, or a quadricep, or a transverse abdominis, or a brain, or blood, ligament or tendon can a body produce when fed a steady diet of Coca-Cola, Doritos, McDonald’s and Miller Lite?

Think about it. Everything we consume is involved in the creation of our bodies…everything. High quality in—high quality out. Action—reaction.

Choice—consequence. It is basic physics. In short: As the quality of our food increases/decreases, so increases/decreases the quality of our bodies.

And so, it really just makes sense that as the food we eat becomes more and more refined—we become less and less hardy. In turn, we develop all manner of disease.
What does not make sense, however, is that rather than looking to the building blocks (i.e. our nutrition) as the general cause of our physical state, we have blamed a few mysterious dark forces, such as our genetics/family history (EX: Cancer is in my genes), or a thing called “the germ” (EX: I caught my disease from someone else).

The body is literally programmed for success. So let’s be honest with ourselves…would we use Silly Putty to create the foundation of a skyscraper? As ridiculous of an over-exaggeration as that may sound, it’s not far off. Why are so many people so sick? Think about your circle of people…really think about it. Do you really believe it is supposed to be this way?

Of course there are other factors at play here, such as our environment and physical activity—both of which have profound effects on our health. But this article will focus primarily on the nutritional aspect to optimal physical health, as my experience has shown me that a vast majority of people have never been presented with the kind of information that I’ll be sharing here; making it, in my humble opinion, paramount.

Speaking of which, just what does “optimal physical health” mean anyway? It’s fairly easy to assume we all have the same meaning for that phrase. Yet, in my experience, it’s very likely that we do not. Thus, I think that it’s crucially important to mention that before we can agree on what circumstances create optimal physical health (the target)—we must first agree on what it means in the first place (the location of the target).

For the sake of this article, I will define optimal physical heath, and a few other terms here:

Optimal Physical Health: A physically disease-free state.

Raw Food: A food in whole form and not subjected to extreme temps/heating/cooking, pasteurization, homogenization, irradiation, freezing, chemical processing, and the like.

Extreme: Not commonly held or accepted as normal by societal standards.

Now, obviously that definition of optimal physical health is a tall order—a near impossible one by my estimation—as even healing requires the presence of some disease. Thus, to reiterate, this definition serves only as a basis for communication—so that all of you understand my agenda as you read on. The definition above does not imply that you or I ever achieve it. It only communicates an intention so that the dialogue can be as free of assumption(s) as possible.


The Basics of “Extreme” Raw-Fooding

Look, it’s pretty simple: Cooking, pasteurizing, irradiating, freezing, and the adding of chemicals—denatures food, period. (This includes the processing of “nutritional supplements.”) Once food is denatured, it is vastly inferior from a nutritional perspective. “The following analogy applies to many nutrients, including fats and minerals that are destroyed by cooking and other food-treatments: Clay is malleable, pliable, and able to foster growth of bacteria and plants. When fired, clay becomes hardened and life-deprived. When cooked, nutrients in food become hardened and life-deprived.”(2)

Thus, the processing and subsequent consumption of our once fresh, raw foods—whether we are dealing with meat, vegetables, dairy products, or what have you—inevitably leads to disease in two all-encompassing ways:

1. Consuming cooked foods weakens the body via the creation and buildup of toxic residues.
2. But perhaps more profoundly, cooked foods simply do not contain the adequate nutritional value needed for our bodies to mitigate the rampant ground, water and air pollution that we face every day. Without the right kinds of live, raw nutrition present to deal with that pollution, our bodies become collectors of it.

The two factors above lead to the diseases of today: diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease and countless others. What it boils down to is that raw foods are more bio-available. In fact, the nutrients in the ideal raw foods are 100% bioavailable. Meaning: All of the nutrients are utilizable. They have more life to offer, more energy…more “value,” if you will. That said, it could be suggested that, relatively speaking, where chronic disease is present, overall food value has been low.

So just what are we getting into here? Right about now, your mind is probably asking one or both of these two questions:

1. Is this about Vegetarianism? And/or…
2. What about germs & bacteria?

Both are very reasonable trains of thought. For now, I’ll simply address question #1: This article is absolutely not about vegetarianism. Yup, we’re taking about raw meat, with no exceptions. Question #2 will be addressed a bit later.


Raw Meat

First, let’s briefly discuss the consumption of meat, in general. It has been found that we—as a species—have the digestive juices most resembling that of a carnivore’s. It is a scientific fact that we—as a species—do not have the intestines or gizzards of herbivores. “Our Intestines are 2 ½ times shorter than most herbivores. We have only one stomach, while herbivores have 2-4 stomachs. Herbivores have nearly 60,000 times more enzymes than we have to disassemble cellulose (plant fiber) to obtain the fat and proteins from vegetation and grain. Vegetable fiber passes through an herbivore’s digestive system in about 48 hours. In our digestive tracts, vegetables complete their journey in 24 hours. Only a fraction of the cellulose is digested. Sixty-five percent of the protein and fat are undigested.”(2)

You see, it seems that humans are designed to eat meat. This observation is not made to discredit any ethical or moral argument. It is simply an observation of scientific fact. And, that said, we can choose from there. Yet, if our agenda is indeed optimal physical health (as defined above), then eating meat takes on a new degree of relevance.

The myth of “the Germ:”

The most obvious concern with raw meat consumption is the scare of food poisoning by way of “the germ.” Again, a reasonable concern. But just what is this villain? Think about it for a moment. We’re talking about bacteria, right? Unfortunately, there is big money to be made in “Germ Warfare.” Which means it is very profitable for the conventional medical/pharmaceutical establishment to have the masses believe that bacteria (and other so-called “germs,” such as virus and fungus), are the creators and causes of all manner of illness. Quite literally, the opposite is true. And, I’ll not only offer a bit of research, but also some of my own practical application and experience to prove that to you…once and for all.

Excerpted from Vonderplanitz’s book, The Recipe for Living Without Disease, consider the following passage about Louis Pasteur and Dr. Antoine Bechamp’s conflicting contentions about microbes and disease…

In the 1870’s, Louis Pasteur proved that heat-processing slowed food spoilage and lengthened the shelf life of mold-damaged wine. He saved vineyard owners from financial loss and ruin, but he condemned wine drinkers to seasons of toxic wine produced from unhealthy crops of grapes.

Pasteur presumed that fungus and bacteria caused disease. He failed to realize that an unhealthy crop succumbed to fungus and molds. Rather than looking to enrich the soil to generate healthy grapes, he attacked the fungus and mold that were symptoms of the unhealthy crop. Diseases, he surmised, originate from constant types of microbes attacking the body from outside.

Contrary to Pasteur, his contemporary, Dr. Antoine Bechamp, 1816-1908, claimed that disease originates from within the body because of the destruction of cellular integrity by toxic food and pollution. He contended that all microbes were beneficial, some for cleansing, some for maintenance and others for regeneration, but that none were responsible for causing disease.

I suppose that because we are a warring society, we ignored Bechamp and embraced Pasteur. Maybe it was easier for us to believe that we could recognize and battle invading forces rather than consider changing our life styles. Regardless, modern medicine’s justification for microbial wars is based on speculation, fear and pseudoscience.

Louis Pasteur made the “germ theory” famous but he killed it on his deathbed. Many reports said that some of his dying words were:

Pathogens are not the problem. The environment in which and on which pathogens feed is the problem of disease.

That means that the cause of disease is the quality of our air, food and all substances with which we come in contact.(2)

Essentially, what this all means is that the advertised contention of the conventional modern-medical machine that microbes cause disease by attacking the body from the outside is motivated absolutely by profit margins—not by science, nor a promise of health and wellness. You see, if suddenly we were all generally and independently well, an enormous economic flux would quickly ensue.

The reality here, is that bacteria are essential for digestion, as it has been found that 80-90% of digestion is bacterial!(4) And yet, modern medicine continues to wage a war on them!

But perhaps a more profound consideration is this: Bacteria, fungus, virus and others act as the body’s janitors. And let’s REALLY GET THIS POINT HERE… These little creatures CLEAN HOUSE. They perform the vital task of removing dead and toxic garbage from the body via colds, flus, and the like. They are symbionts, working with us—not against us—for the mutual benefit and betterment of the organism as a whole…our body. “They appear as a response, not as the cause. ‘Pathogens’ respond to decay within the body, reversing or preventing disease that is more serious. They are the first stage of the cure, the cleansing stage. Eliminating pathogens, such as salmonella, campylobacter and E. coli, and parasites forces decaying tissue to remain in the body, endangering the inner body environment. Our bodies gradually get sicker.”(2)

To blame these little critters for creating some kind of disease could be likened to this analogy: When I was a kid in school, every now and then a student would get sick and, unable to reach the restroom in time, would inevitably vomit in the hallway. Well, shortly thereafter, we would all hear that familiar “ding” noise over the PA, which was a signal to the janitor to come and clean the mess. Basically, blaming microbes for disease in the body would be like coming out into that hallway, and upon observing that janitor cleaning the mess, promptly blaming him for it. It quite literally makes no sense.

But, like most things in life, the proof is in the pudding. So here’s your proof: I’ve been involved with this brand of raw fooding for over six years now. Part of my own personal journey toward optimum physical health has involved the consumption of what I like to call raw “cultured” meat as a natural and powerfully effective probiotic. Let me be frank with you about what this means: I regularly consume carefully, intentionally rotted-raw meats (also known as “High Meat”), as a potent means to build and maintain a healthy bacterial flora in my body. This has involved the consumption of 9-month-old raw high-chicken, and my current batch of 2 ½ -YEAR-old raw high-beef. Never, let me repeat, never have I experienced any type of food poisoning…only the benefit of cleaner, clearer digestion and a more clearly focused mind.

A quick word about Food-Poisoning:

What it boils down to is, “the belief that raw food causes bacterial food-poisoning is nonscientific myth and hysteria. All epidemic food-poisoning that has occurred was caused by bacteria feeding on cooked food. The bacteria feeding on cooked and/or chemically treated food develops disease and mutates. The mutant/diseased bacteria excrete volatile toxins that cause poisoning…”(1) Thus, with a sense of irony, it seems that even bacteria get sick when they eat cooked food.

How does it taste?

So, all emotion and squeamishness aside, it makes sense, does it not? Being 100% bioavailable, raw meat provides awesome, live nutrition with which the body can thwart disease and build robust health. Yet, at the end of the day, perhaps the biggest concern is taste…right? I can say with great confidence that there are endless recipe options specifically for raw meat eaters, that when combined with appropriate/natural marination, offer delicious flavor and pleasant texture. (For more information about the consumption of raw meat, raw meat recipes, as well as more information on germ theory, see references 1 and 2 below.)


Raw Fat

The low-fat craze that has seemed to endure for so long is founded in nothing connected to the reality of optimal physical health. In this man’s humble opinion, this notion—that fat is generally unhealthy—is once again, nothing more than a product of stigma, marketing and economy…nothing more.

Raw fats—such as those found in raw dairy (butter, cream, milk, cheese), raw meats, raw eggs, and raw avocados—are absolutely essential to optimal physical health. Above all, on our highly polluted planet, raw fats are the primary macronutrient that protects us from toxicity by binding with—and escorting—toxins from the body. “In an ideal healthy world, we would not need such an abundance of fat. In our civilized, polluted, disease-ridden world, we need an abundance of fat.”(2)
Fats also lubricate the body and provide an efficient source of energy. For this, and other reasons, raw fat is arguably the most important nutrient—the most necessary nutrient—that we consume.

A quick word about Raw Dairy:

The debate about dairy has gone on long enough. The only debate that really needs to take place concerns dairy processing. Once again, the equation is simple: UNprocessed, NON-homogenized, NON-pasteurized milk, cream, cheese, and butter from healthy cows provides profound, vital nutrition with which the human body can strengthen, fuel, protect and rejuvenate itself (with rare exceptions to those who are sensitive to even raw dairy). I was unable to drink pasteurized milk when I was young. It would upset my digestive system, sometimes sending me urgently to the restroom. Now, years later, I consume gallons of whole, full-fat, organic, raw milk every month, experiencing only an increasingly hardy brand of health. (For more information about the consumption of raw fats and dairy, see references 1 & 2 below.)


Raw Vegetable Juice

Eating whole, raw vegetables on a primarily cooked-food diet has been found to prevent constipation by countering the putrefaction that can occur with cooked foods in our digestive tract. That said, as stated in Part 1, we simply do not have the kind of digestive system that can make good, efficient use of plant-based food. Furthermore, on a raw diet, frequent consumption of raw vegetables hinders the body’s digestive abilities by creating an over-alkaline state.

Therefore, the best way to receive/supplement the beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals from vegetation is via juicing. Juicing has become necessary in regards to achieving optimal physical health because these nutrients are often lost or damaged in foods due to depleted soils and food transport, as well as being drained from our bodies after years of eating cooked foods.

I consume roughly 16 ounces of vegetable juice daily, first thing in the morning. On days when I don’t consume the juice, I notice fluctuations in what is normally smooth and consistent energy. (For more information on vegetable juicing, as well as specifics on what/how to juice, please see references 1 & 2 below.)



Raw fooding in the manner described in this article naturally hydrates the body because, “raw food contains from 55% to 92% H20 that is 92-100% cellularly utilizable. Water that is not in raw food has no active ions, electrolytes nor minerals bound with nutrients. It must have all 3 properties or it is only 10% cellularly utilizable.”(2) In terms of optimal physical health, eating/consuming raw foods like raw milk, raw vegetable juices and raw tomatoes provide the fats, minerals, enzymes, vitamins and electrolytes that the body needs in order to hydrate properly.

Furthermore, in cases of severe thirst, raw fats like raw butter/cream have been found to be very effective; suggesting that, “rather than dehydrated, we are delipidated. That means we are deficient in the raw fats that can properly lubricate us. Our thirst is more for raw fat than for H2O.”(2) Remember what was said in Section 3: “…raw fat is arguably the most important nutrient—the most necessary nutrient—that we consume.” (For more information on water and hydration, as well as hydration formula recipes, please see references 1 & 2 below.)


A Nutritional Revolution

Why hasn’t EVERYONE heard about this!?

This question alone could have an article many times this size dedicated to it. The simple answer is: Follow the money. If everyone on the planet suddenly embraced their health in this radically independent manner, the economies of the conventional medical establishment, the current healthcare systems, the pharmaceutical companies, and others…would collapse, quickly. Those financial interests are being protected by not revealing this kind of healthcare information to the masses. Combine that with the knowledge that most medical doctors have studied only 0-16 hours of nutrition in their medical schooling(2), and the picture that’s painted quickly becomes one of self-reliance.

But here’s the good news: Now, you know.

Anything is possible:

What this nutritional revolution seems to be suggesting is this: Generally speaking, there may be no diseases by conventional standards (i.e. occurring by way of random, chaotic chance, or poor genes). Perhaps, there are only the consequences of a certain series of choices. And, that said, my own education as well as over six years of practical application with this nutritional technology has led me to believe, quite literally, that anything is possible—anything can be healed.

Prior to passing away this past August, nutritional pioneer, Aajonus Vonderplanitz had absolutely incredible success treating terminal cancer patients (and so many other serious, chronic illnesses), with nothing more than raw foods. His success rate with all but two types of cancer was around 90%! That’s correct, I said 90%! That means no pills, no shots, no supplements, no radiation…just raw whole foods, in the right combinations and quantities, as generally described in his two books shown as references 1 and 2 below.

Imagine the implications that a diet this rich in fresh, live, energy-giving, disease-thwarting nutrients could have on one’s average workday, or on an athlete’s performance, or on someone’s fitness goals, or on our ability to be involved parents and partners! The implications are endless, and limited only by the choices we make.

In over six years of this style of “extreme” raw fooding I’ve eliminated my hay fever allergy, vastly improved my eyesight, naturally dissolved a tumor in my left leg, seen the end of seasonal depression, resolved my chronic low back pain, and experienced an increase in my mental focus so profound that I’ve been able to write and self-publish 3 books (working on a 4th now), self-record/produce 3 musical albums, perform in front of hundreds, launch and maintain a website, travel across the world, and do it all while, at times, working as much as 60-80 hours/week. People…this is real.

On a quick side note, it’s crucial to mention that consuming raw foods that are also organic (or better), greatly supports our journey toward optimal physical health because they are typically produced without the use of many chemicals that cause great toxicity/disease in the body (pesticides, herbicides, etc.).

Finally, it should also be noted that this article represents an extremely over-simplified version of the full raw-food picture. The references below represent over 40 years of study and application. For anyone interested in the version of optimal physical health portrayed in this article—I highly recommend the two books below (references 1 and 2), as a great starting point.


1. Vonderplanitz, A. (2005). We Want to Live—The Primal Diet (Expanded and revised in 2005). Los Angeles, CA: Carnelian Bay Castle Press, LLC. Pg. 229-30.
2. Vonderplanitz, A. (2002). The Recipe for Living Without Disease. Los Angeles, CA: Carnelian Bay Castle Press, LLC. Pg. 21, 34, 35, 151, 156, 162-3, 164, 179.
3. Vonderplanitz, A. (2 May 2009) Live Lecture.
4. Vonderplanitz, A. (24 April 2010) Live Lecture.
5. Aajonus Vonderplanitz’s website:

Noah James Hittner is an independent Author and Musician from rural Wisconsin who has appeared on both radio and network television. His books and music inspire the mind and warm the heart. To contact Noah, or explore more of his work, visit:

Does It Matter How Late We Eat?

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Some may reason that it shouldn’t matter how late we eat just as long as the calories we consume are within range of what our bodies need. However, eating late affects the body in a different way than eating a larger meal at mid-day. Calories that are consumed at night are usually not processed as efficiently as those during the day.

Think about it, unless you work the night shift, most people’s activities wind down as the day does. Settling in after dinner isn’t uncommon. Unfortunately, if we lie down after a huge meal, it can be a strain and lead to a feeling of lethargy in the morning. Disrupted sleep is also common when the body is working hard to digest what was eaten recently.

Meat takes longer than any other food item to digest. I recommend avoiding eating meat late at night, as it tends to stay in the digestive tract longer than grains, fruits, or vegetables.

Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine believe the late evening and early morning hours are the time for cleansing and healing the body from the day before.

If we are using the body’s energy to digest food (which should have occurred during the active day-time hours), we are not giving the body that precious cleansing time that it needs to help fight off disease, as well as help heal ourselves naturally.

Research Into Late Night Eating

Studies by Dr. Louis J. Aronne, director of a weight control program for the Weill Cornell Medical Center, have shown that people who eat late, eat more than they would during a day-time meal [1].

Furthermore, these studies found a link between larger evening meals and an increase in triglyceride levels associated with diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and overall weight gain [2].

When triglyceride levels are high, our body thinks it needs to store fat from excessive night-time eating for later use. Eating large meals at night, in essence, informs the body that there will be a shortage of food soon and it should store fat!

Some people find they are able to eat healthy meals during the day, but crave sweets and heavier foods at night. Often times this involves an emotional component to eating, perhaps even a minor one. Are you stressed? Exhausted? What emotional comfort are you seeking from large amounts of late night food? Try taking a warm bath with essential oils to comfort yourself.

Tips to Avoid Eating Late At Night

  • Eat a moderate breakfast and a heavier lunch.
  • Have a larger dinner before 6 PM.
  • When you feel like eating late at night, drink a cup of warm lemon water or an herbal tea with raw honey. Hot liquids are soothing and warming.
  • If eating late is a habit of yours, you will have to break that habit. Start by reducing your portion sizes and choosing healthier meals.
  • Trade in junk food, white sugar, processes foods and white flour for whole grains, soups, fruits and vegetables.
  • Brush your teeth earlier! It may sound too simple, but some people find that if they just brush their teeth, they are less likely to indulge in late-night eating patterns.
  • Turn off the TV. Studies have shown that television can subconsciously trigger desires for more food.
  • Take a warm bath. Turn on some soothing music. Read a book. Create new night-time rituals that don’t involve heavy eating.
  • Go on a brisk walk after dinner. Ayurvedic medicine says that we should eat no later than six o’ clock, and afterwards take a walk of at least 108 steps!

These are just some tips; please share your methods in the comments below!


  1. C. Claiborne Ray. Where do those late-night calories go? Chicago Tribune. 2008 March 04.
  2. C. Claiborne Ray. Midnight meals. The New York Times. 2008 February 26.

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.

How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar At Home – 9 Easy Steps

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Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has SO many healthful purposes, its head spinning. You can use this super food liquid to treat the common cold, get rid of yeast infections, condition your hair, ease digestive woes, reduce swelling, lower blood sugar, get rid of lactic acid build up, increase energy, and even get rid of warts, among other things. What’s more, while you can purchase organic Apple cider vinegar from health food stores that contain ‘the mother,’ you can also make apple cider vinegar quite easily yourself. Learn how to make apple cider vinegar below.

Apple cider vinegar (and almost all vinegars) is usually made with a broad two-step process, very similar to how alcohol is made.

To make ACV, just start with organic apples of any variety. You’ll want to place these in sealable jars or bowls that have tight-fitting lids. The apples will be crushed or diced and exposed to yeast, which helps the sugars that naturally occur in the apples to turn into alcohol.

You can even add the peels and cores. If you stopped at this step, you would have, simply, apple cider. You could add cinnamon and nutmeg and other flavors and have a delicious holiday cocktail, however, ACV requires another step. In France, the word vinegar means ‘sour wine.’

Next, healthy bacteria are added to the alcohol solution, which then further ferments the liquid and turns it into acetic acid – one of the active compounds in ACV that makes it so healthful and healing. While the ACV is ‘cooking,’ though it doesn’t ever meet heat, you will simply cover your jars or bowls with cheesecloth so no debris or pests get into the mixture. Add three parts water to every part ‘apples,’ as well as a few tablespoons of honey and ½ teaspoon of active dry yeast.

Read: 24 Apple Cider Vinegar Cures

ACV brews best when you place the jars or bowls in a warm, dark place to allow the fermentation process to occur.

In order to make ACV that mimics organic, unfiltered Bragg’s or other brands of apple cider vinegar on the market, there will also be strands of proteins and enzymes along with the friendly bacteria that are called ‘the mother.’ It looks like little spider webs floating in the mixture, and will make your vinegar look a little murky. If you don’t like the murkiness, you can simply strain it through a coffee filter.

Once you’ve tasted your ACV after several weeks and it seems strong enough, you can remove the apple cores, skins, and other fragments. Cover your end product in air-tight jars and put in your refrigerator, or store on a shelf in a cool place, and enjoy daily for ACV’s numerous benefits.

To make your ACV really powerful, you’ll want to ferment it twice (not once like alcohol). Though this adds another step, it is worth it to get the most out of your apples.

Materials and Ingredients:

  • A large bowl or a jar with a wide mouth/opening
  • Apple scraps (the cores and peels from organic apples are perfect)
  • A piece of cheesecloth that you will use to cover up the jar so no debris or flies can get inside
  • 3 parts water
  • 1 part sweetener (sugar, honey, etc)

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar – 9 Steps

1. Cut organic apples into quarters and allow them to rest for a few minutes
2. Place the apples in a wide-mouthed jar
3. Pour water in the jar so that the apples are covered
4. Add one cake of yeast per quart of cider (optional)
5. Cover the jar with cheesecloth
6. Put the jars in a warm, dark place for 6 months, stirring once per week.
7. Filter the liquid into another jar
8. Cover the new jar with cheesecloth for 4-6 weeks
9. Drink! Or transfer into tightly sealed containers

If you need more help or information, check out the below links to read other posts on how to make apple cider vinegar from your home.

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The Human Cannabinoid System Fighting Bioweapons Like HIV (VIDEO)

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For those who are ready to keep an open mind, there is a ton of evidence to suggest that HIV is a man-made biological weapon. Once this is known, what is the best path to keep you and your family safe?

In the video below, Kenny Valenzuela highlights how cannabis could be the cornerstone for accessing the natural systems of the human body.

And do you know what Terpenes are?

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EV HIV Documentaries
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Is Your Toothpaste Making You Stupid?
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Chewing Gum Filled With Bacteria Feces
Steep Hill Labs Cannabinoid Break Down
Bottled Water Contains Neurotoxins
31 Clinical Trials on HIV and Cannabis
Genetically Modified Soldiers DARPA: The Mutant War’s
Bubblemans World The Hash Church YT channel
Experimental Vaccines Alternative Cancer Cures
Vaccine Exemption Forms

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