It’s like straining at a gnat but swallowing a flame-retardant couch. If a piece of furniture that has been treated with flame retardant chemicals catches fire, it will give off much higher levels of deadly carbon monoxide, soot, and smoke. These byproducts are actually more likely to kill you than burns. But, the chemical industry stands behind them and swears that the flame retardants they sell save lives. But are these chemicals costing us more in poor health and deaths by disease than the lives they save? Studies are finding more and more that flame retardants in our environments cause cancers, developmental problems and other diseases. When you use flame retardants on furniture and in carpets, bedding and clothing, you are now subject to a daily assault of toxic chemicals. Natural materials like wool, latex and hemp have proven to resist or slow the spread of fire without sousing them with toxic flame retardants.
Fire safety doesn’t begin with chemicals
Chewing on Vitamin C tablets can make your mouth acidic enough to dissolve tooth enamel. If you take chewable Vitamin C tablets, you will want to brush your teeth afterwards.
My kind of family fun!
The latest research puts eye trouble together with iodine deficiency. They eyes contain some of the most sensitive nerves and muscles in the whole body and troubles in the body often show up in the eyes first. Retinal diseases cause a loss of both night and peripheral vision first and then move on to impair the central vision. The standard medical treatments are not effective against these problems because a lack of drugs and surgery does not cause these conditions in the first place – but a lack of iodine does. Harvard Medical School found that retinal swelling is related to dietary iodine intake. Of course, the conclusion is the always pat “additional study is required”. Don’t wait on them! Iodine deficiency is related to cancer, depression, general malaise and a plethora of health troubles. The Japanese people naturally get about 15mg of iodine in their diet a day. Americans get pretty much zip. 15mg a day will help stave off diseases but more will be needed if you are already sick.
Nothing worse than losing your vision a little at a time…
Posted in Health News, Vitamins and supplements
Tagged cancer, depression, eye problems, iodine, iodine deficiency, night vision, peripheral vision, retina, retinal disease, vision loss
Our very own USDA partnered with the American Soybean Association to toss away 34 million bucks of our tax dollars by planting GMO soybeans in Afghanistan as a small part of the 120 billion smackers we have spent there already. This financial boon was intended to start a soy-farming industry under the pretense of boosting nutrition and aiding economic development. As goes with government handouts: with free money comes no accountability. The American Soybean Association didn’t even bother to do a feasibility study before shipping personnel, equipment, cash and soybeans overseas. If they would have bothered looking into a previous viability failure a few years before that they would have returned the money with an apology before they started. So, this is what happened to our money this time: the first crop failed; more soybeans were brought in; a special factory was built to process the desired soybean crops – which has to now be fed with imported soybeans. The final screaming death-knell: the Afghanistan people just don’t like to buy soybean products no matter how much we spend on marketing. They don’t like soybeans? At least the Afghans are smarter than Americans in that sense…
Doomed to fail but they didn’t care.
What you might not have known is that the USDA standards allow for 7.5% of whole chickens sold today to carry salmonella - but there is absolutely NO limit for contamination in chicken parts…
It’s not like the old days when you went to the chicken yard for your supper chicken.
Are you having trouble getting to sleep? Does taking melatonin give you a morning “hangover”? Instead of popping a sleeping pill, what you probably really need is ornithine. The amino acid ornithine works naturally to help you sleep through the night. Ornithine breaks down ammonia and residual alcohol in the body and brain and literally cleans out the brain sleep centers while helping you use your available melatonin. Ornithine also prompts the release of your own natural growth hormones to accelerate the metabolism of excess body fat, aids in liver regeneration, stimulates insulin secretion and helps insulin work for muscle building. 2,500mg at bedtime is what I recommend for an adult. Make sure it is just plain ole ornithine and not mixed with arginine if you want sleep success. Arginine is great in the morning for waking the brain up.
First do no harm to thyself…
Posted in Health News, Vitamins and supplements
Tagged arginine, growth hormones, insulin control, melatonin, natural sleep supplement, not sleeping, ornithine, sleep aid, sleep disorder, sleep drugs, sleeping, tired, weight loss
The only thing sadder than having your doctor put you antidepressants would be finding out that those antidepressants causes birth defects in your child. It is not uncommon at all for doctors to put pregnant ladies on antidepressants – but they don’t really know better because Big Pharma told them they are safe for pregnancy. Well, now Big Pharma is returning to court – once again – because the antidepressants Lexapro and Celexa can cause birth defects. The latest lawsuit reads that “…(Big Pharma) fraudulently concealed the true risks associated with Lexapro and Celexa…” This is just one more of the multiplicity of blatant lies and frauds perpetrated by Big Pharma. Bottom line, if you are depressed you more than likely just need a good nutritionist and perhaps a successful and experienced therapist or spiritual counselor. If your doc writes the prescription for antidepressants without warning you of side effects or offering diet/nutrition/lifestyle suggestions, they are bad docs – very bad docs.
Misdiagnosed and mistreated.
Children with asthma treated with corticosteroid drugs can have suppressed growth according to The Cochrane Review. Studies find that children’s growth slows within the first year of treatment. Corticosteroids only treat the symptoms and while they can prevent death from an asthma attack, they never solve the problem – only make new ones like: obesity, convulsions, depression, euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, and personality changes. The worse side effect of corticosteroids are that they suppress the immune system. I’ve found that a majority of asthma cases improve tremendously going off of sugar, gluten and casein. Some even resolve completely. The big question is: why the increased numbers of asthma cases these days? I blame both vaccines and chemical-laden processed foods for most asthma cases. Another big factor in asthma is a hypo thyroid. If your child has asthma you can actually do lots of simple things to improve their condition – or, just keep on medicating them.
Heaven forbid that we change the lifestyle and diet to lessen the need for drugs…
Popcorn is a great snack cooked up in some organic grapeseed oil, slathered with melted organic butter and dusted with sea salt. Yum! But, bags of nuked popcorn; you know, the 2 minute variety, is a whole different story. First off, the butter flavoring in microwave popcorn uses a nasty chemical called diacetyl – which is linked to lung disease. And that’s just the first problem… The bags it is popped in are made with the non-stick Teflon PFOA and can cause cancer, thyroid disease, child development problems, birth defects and increases infertility by 154%. Nuking the microwave popcorn sends the Teflon chemicals into the popcorn and eventually into the blood. Most of the cancers from PFOA manifests in the liver, pancreas, testicles, prostate and mammary glands. And movie popcorn… don’t even get me started on how bad that one is. When we go to the movies, we take our own organic popped popcorn with us. No one has turned us away from the theater yet.
This is so wrong on many levels…
If you are in the hospital you just want to get better. So what do they feed you? Crap… Over 90% of all diseases are diet and nutrition related. So, how are you going to get better if you are still eating the same stuff that got you ill in the first place? It really is a simple little formula: Dieticians feed a crowd of patients, visitors, staff and various other people on a budget with “X” amount of dollars to spend within a broken food pyramid. Just when you need targeted nutrition to recover your health, you get a standard American diet or worse. Standard food quite likely put you in the living morgue in the first place. For sure, a lack of drugs and surgery didn’t bring you this health crisis! One good nutritionist can save your life. A nutritionist will look specifically at you, your crisis, your lifestyle and diet and develop a health plan that will begin to reverse the process of disease. Remember; THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS! So quit praying for a miracle drug to cure your problem and “Go thy way and sin no more”. Nothing changes if nothing changes…
People often get better in spite of medical treatment…
Posted in Health News, Medical Madness
Tagged diet, dietician, diseases, drugs, health crisis, hospital food, miracle drug, nutrition, nutrtitionist, standard American diet
Only one out of every four children actually get enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. Less than half of all children eat fruit every day and a little over half of all children eat vegetables daily. Children need between 3-5 servings of vegetables and 2-4 servings of fruit daily for optimal health. In general, children do usually eat more fruit than vegetables because fruit is often more readily available and tastier. Child or adult; eating plenty of fruit and vegetables in the daily diet reduces heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer rates. The World Health Organization recommends daily intake of 400 grams of fruit and vegetables total. I’d say that this is a minimum to just maintain health – that is, if you are already healthy…
I don’t know if I can blame her…
Did anyone tell you that essential oils make great food preservatives? A study in the Journal of Food Science shows how essential oils can be used in commercial food packaging to extend the shelf-life and preserve the freshness of food products – naturally! Essential oils are concentrated extracts of aromatic liquids and volatile compounds extracted from roots, peels, leaves, seeds, fruits and bark of different plants. Essential oils are chock-full of antioxidants that scavenge free radicals, neutralize peroxides, prevent lipid oxidation, and more. Essential oils are also highly antimicrobial. Adding essential oils to food packaging is dubbed “active or smart packaging” and knocks-out germs and strengthens film stretchability while improving moisture barriers to prevent food spoilage.
Besides all that, they smell awesome!
The good news is that the shake you slurp at a fast food restaurant provides about 400 mg of calcium. The bad news is that it also supplies up to 600 calories along with at least 9 grams of fat!
Watch out for the high fructose corn syrup too!
If you take your blueberries and freeze them, do you know what happens? You simply improve the already powerful antioxidant punch they have according to the latest study. The blue color in blueberries comes from anthocyanins – a group of antioxidant compounds. Freezing blueberries actually improves the availability of these antioxidants because the ice crystals that form during freezing restructure the plant tissues, making the anthocyanins more available. The best part? Even blueberries frozen for 5 months still retain their original potency. Blueberries help eliminate cancer-causing free radicals in the body and are great for your brain and nervous system along with the cardiovascular system, eyes and even the urinary tract. Could blueberries be one of the world’s healthiest food? Some people would say they are. Make mine organic of course!
It’s really difficult to mess up just plain blueberries!
Exercising daily without breaks can bring BURNOUT! Exercise burnout comes with a loss of motivation that can to lead to quitting exercise completely. Exercising day after day after day can also bring resentment towards exercise times. Dreading your workout is one of the first signs of lost momentum. Also when you exercise too hard or too long you can overtax the body and cause injury. The very nature of exercise brings stress and strain on the muscles – usually a good thing, but without sufficient rest in between workouts you can injure yourself. That being said, give it a rest every once in a while. Unless you under the guidance of a professional; try working out every other day. A brisk and lengthy walk can also be just as good for you as 20 minutes of hard working out. Walking downhill is a great workout.
Exactly like that – only different…
Posted in Health News, Lifestyle
Tagged active lifestyle, burnout, exercise, exercise burnout, exercising, lifestyle, muscle injury, muscle strain, walking, walking downhill, workout injury
Greek women have a 50% lower breast cancer rate and Greek men have an 80% lower incidence of prostate cancer than Americans.
Eat better, live longer-healthier.
The latest scientific news is that zinc is one of the most important essential elements in nutrition. An adult has up to three grams of zinc in their organs, tissues, bones, fluids, and cells. But, about half of the world’s population is at risk for zinc deficiency. Did you know that a zinc deficiency is found in both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease? Did you also know that zinc is actually a natural antidepressant? A zinc deficiency occurs in liver cirrhosis and other liver diseases and adequate zinc levels are required for the regulation of blood pressure. A mild zinc deficiency during pregnancy increases maternal morbidity, prolong gestation, cause inefficient labor, bleeding, and increased risk of harm to the fetus. Some classic symptoms of zinc deficiency are depression, lack of sense of smell, reduced immunity, delayed wound healing, slow hair growth, infertility and white flecks under the nail beds. NEVER take zinc oxide orally. Find a gluconate, glycinate, chelate or other “ate” form.
If you have even one of these spots in your nail bed, you are zinc deficient.
Posted in Health News, Vitamins and supplements
Tagged antidepressant, depression, infertility, lack of smell, parkinson's disease, pregnancy, pregnancy nutrition, slow wound heling, white flecks, white spots in nails, zinc oxide
Being broke, overweight and depressed sucks but a new study shows a way to fix two out of three of those problems. You might not get richer but you can lose weight and get happier! Duke University has helped severely economically disadvantaged obese women with their weight to significantly reduce depression in around half of them. One of the key items on the not-to-do list was NO FAST FOODS! (This makes me happier just thinking about that!) The other thing these women got was a YMCA membership to work out with. Accountability helped als0 with phone calls and a personal health coach. A whopping 20% of both the study group and the control group were moderately to severely depressed at the beginning of this study. By 18 months, 10% of the study group were not depressed any more.
Two out of three of these problems are solved really simply.
Over 40% of young children have at least one parent who smokes. Every year some 600,000 people die worldwide from the passive inhalation of tobacco smoke.
The child has no choice but you do.