The Real World Challenge of Surviving in a World Swimming in Pesticides
Government has largely turned a blind eye to the obvious, which is that too many toxic chemicals, in too great amounts, are being allowed in the growing of food
Eighty percent of genetically engineered (GE) crops are designed to withstand herbicide application. As a result, we’re ingesting far greater quantities of these chemicals than ever before
Long-term exposure to pesticides has been linked to infertility, birth defects, endocrine disruption, neurological disorders, cancer and more. Eating organic food can lower your exposure to pesticides
How Chemical Defense Attorney Blew the Lid Off PFOA and Teflon Dangers
PFOA was an essential ingredient in DuPont’s Teflon cookware for decades. It’s also used in hundreds of other non-stick and stain-resistant products. PFOA is now the subject of about 3,500 personal injury claims against DuPont
Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used to create non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-repellant surfaces are toxic and highly persistent, both in your body and in the environment
The Madrid Statement, signed by more than 200 scientists from 40 countries, presents the scientific consensus on the harms of PFAS chemicals, both old and new
How Your Mitochondria Influence Your Health
Mitochondria are tiny inclusions in your cell, originally thought to be derived from bacteria. Most cells have several thousand of them comprising 15 to 50 percent of the cell volume. They’re the source of over 90 percent of your body’s energy
Important nutrients and co-factors for mitochondrial function include all B vitamins, magnesium, omega-3 fat, CoQ10, acetyl L-carnitine, D-ribose, and alpha-lipoic acid. Exercise is also important for mitochondrial health and function
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How the Oil Industry Conquered Medicine, Finance and Agriculture (ever heard of the Rockefellers???)
“How Big Oil Conquered the World” is a brilliant piece of investigative journalism, revealing the immense extent to which the oil industry has shaped and is ruling the world as we know it
John D. Rockefeller’s father, William Avery Rockefeller, was an authentic “snake oil salesman” going by the fictional name of “Dr. Bill Livingston,” who made money conning people into buying a fake cancer cure
Rockefeller and other key players who made their fortune in the oil business have taken over and now control education, medicine, the monetary system, and the food supply, in a quest to monopolize all aspects of life.
Factory Farm “Cannibalism” and Rising Antibiotic Use Pose Serious Threats to Human Health
In 2014, nearly 10 percent of the entire swine population in the U.S. was wiped out by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) — a highly lethal virus traced back to pig’s blood used in piglet feed
To thwart reemergence of PEDv, some farmers are now feeding the intestines from baby pigs that died from the disease to their breeding hogs — yet another “cannibal” strategy that may produce adverse results
Researchers recently discovered a mutated gene in Chinese meat and human patients that makes bacteria resistant to our last-resort class of antibiotics. The identical gene has also been found in Denmark, suggesting global spread has begun.
How GMOs and Glyphosate Impact Soil Biology
Glyphosate shuts down amino acid synthesis, followed by inhibition of protein synthesis necessary for plant growth. When that happens, it makes the plant more susceptible to pathogens in the soil
Glyphosate also acts as a mineral chelator, and minerals such as zinc, copper, and manganese act as cofactors in many enzymes. This mineral suppression opens the plant up to disease
When minerals are bound to glyphosate in the plant, they will not be available to your body when you eat it. Instead, those minerals will be excreted or stored in your body along with the glyphosate
DuPont: Masters of Deception
PFOA, also known as C8, was an essential ingredient in DuPont’s non-stick cookware for decades. It’s also used in hundreds of other non-stick and stain-resistant products
PFOA is now the subject of about 3,500 personal injury claims against DuPont, including 37 claims for wrongful death
The first case brought led to conviction; DuPont is ordered to pay $1.6 million in damages to woman who contracted cancer from PFOA-contaminated drinking water
Conventional Ground Beef Is Three Times More Likely to Contain Antibiotic-Resistant Fecal Bacteria Than Grass-Fed Beef
Factory farming of beef is efficient and cost-effective, but comes with a number of serious side effects that can threaten your health, including contamination with antibiotic-resistant superbugs
Testing revealed 100 percent of all ground beef samples contained bacteria associated with fecal contamination, which can cause blood- or urinary tract infections, some which can be life threatening
18 percent of conventional ground beef samples were contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, compared to nine percent of sustainably raised beef, and only six percent of grass-fed beef.
How Depression Affects Your Brain Structure
Recurring depressive episodes reduce the size of your hippocampus, a brain area involved in forming emotions and memory; a smaller hippocampus equates to a loss of emotional and behavioral function
Chronic inflammation may be the most important underlying risk factor for depression, and virtually all effective treatments for depression also address inflammation
Key treatment strategies include trading processed foods for real food, with an emphasis on fermented foods to optimize your gut flora, exercise, and optimizing your vitamin D by getting appropriate sun exposure
American Medical Association Supports the Elimination of Parents’ Right to Make Vaccine Choices, and California Takes Another Step Toward Medical Tyranny
California bill SB277 eliminates the personal belief exemption to vaccination for school entry, including for religious and conscientious beliefs, effectively forcing a 99.99 percent compliance with the federally recommended vaccine schedule among children
If passed, this new law will require children to get more than 40 doses of 10 federally recommended vaccines or be denied entry to daycare or public or private schools, including college, and the only option for parents will be to homeschool
The bill’s sponsor has made public comments suggesting he intends to lobby to extend vaccination requirements to the workplace
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently voted to support the elimination of personal and religious belief vaccine exemptions.
New Evidence of Harm from Fluoridation
New research links public water fluoridation to significant increases in ADHD in the US and hypothyroidism in the UK
New study shows link between dental fluorosis and IQ damage in children. There are now over 100 animal studies and over 43 human studies proving fluoride’s neurotoxicity
Evidence has been uncovered showing government agencies trying to hide disproportionate harm to minority communities caused by fluoridation
Could This Headache Causing Neurotoxin Be on Its Way Out?
PepsiCo. is replacing the aspartame in Diet Pepsi with Splenda in an effort to win back customers who’ve become wary of aspartame’s health effects
Splenda is associated with many of the same adverse effects as aspartame, including headaches, seizures, heart palpitations, and weight gain. Splenda also reduces beneficial gut bacteria by 50 percent
Disrupting your intestinal microflora is one of the many mechanisms by which artificial sweeteners, including saccharin, Splenda, and aspartame, cause obesity and diabetes
Special Alert! It’s Make or Break Time—Act Now to Make GMO Labeling a Reality Across the US
On April 27, 2015, a judge ruled against the food industry, spearheaded by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, upholding Vermont’s GMO labeling law. The law will go into effect on July 1, 2016
The GMA, Monsanto, and other chemical technology companies now have only one option remaining: to pass the Pompeo bill (HR 1599) in 2015, which would strip states of the right to pass GMO food labeling bills
If we defeat the Pompeo bill, we will have GMO labeling in the US. It is imperative to contact your representatives and tell them to vote NO on HR 1599
Health Canada to Relabel Roundup Weedkiller
The research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared glyphosate a class 2A carcinogen. Monsanto is pursuing a retraction of their damning report
Health Canada has announced it will update Roundup’s label to reduce human and environmental exposure
As many as 20,000 farm workers in the US may be seriously injured each year as a result of pesticide exposure.
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Agree to Remove Flame Retardant Chemical from Their Products
The US has refused to ban it (it’s been pending safety studies for the last 44 years). Blamed for memory loss, nerve problems, damaged thyroids, infertility, and cancer, it’s in more products than you can imagine. Don’t wait, get it out of your life now.
Bowing to public pressure, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have both agreed to remove brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from all of their beverages in the near future
BVO, first patented as a flame retardant, contains bromine, which has been found accumulating in people’s bodies and in women’s breast milk
Bromine is a toxic endocrine disruptor that can damage your thyroid and lead to cancer, infertility, schizophrenia, and many other serious diseases
BVO is banned across Europe and Japan, but in the US is still permitted under “interim” status, pending safety studies—for the last 44 years!
FDA says studying BVO is not a priority for them at this time because it’s “not a public health risk” and shares interim status with saccharin, mannitol, and acrylonitrile
Four Important Fat-Soluble Vitamins
Four important fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K. Vitamins A, D, and K cooperate synergistically, not only with each other but also with essential minerals like magnesium
Magnesium, calcium, vitamin D3, or vitamin K2 also work in tandem, so if you’re considering taking one, you need to take all the others into consideration as well
To boost absorption of these vitamins, eat your veggies with some olive oil or raw organic butter. Coconut oil is another excellent choice, and has been found to improve absorption of antioxidants and other nutrients better than other fats.
Flame Retardants Cause Chemical-Induced Insulin Resistance, Studies Find
90 percent of Americans have flame-retardant chemicals in their bodies; tests reveal that many have at least six different types of toxic flame retardants in their system
A coalition has created a petition asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban all organohalogens, the most commonly used class of flame retardants
Researchers Keep Finding More Ways Our Flawed Agriculture Model Breeds Antibiotic Resistance
By 2050, antibiotic resistance is estimated to kill 10 million people annually, worldwide. At present, at least 23,000 Americans die as a direct result of an antibiotic-resistant infection each year
The routine use of antibiotics in livestock is a major driver of drug-resistance. Commonly used herbicides also promote antibiotic resistance by priming pathogens to more readily become resistant to antibiotics
DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in cattle yards are also airborne; in addition to contaminated water and meat, this is yet another route of exposure for animals and humans alike
The Case Against Aluminum in Vaccines – Dr. Suzanne Humphries
Aluminum is a known neurotoxin; it can play a significant role in neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease
When you orally ingest aluminum, your body will absorb between 0.2-1.5 percent of it. When aluminum is injected, your body absorbs 100 percent, which is why aluminum-containing vaccines are suspected of great harm
Today, American children end up getting a grand total of 6,150 mcg of aluminum if they get all of their recommended vaccines
Freedom of Choice —Raw Milk
New film shows how the US government, in collusion with big business, is progressively whittling away your freedom of choice
No longer do we have a representative form of government; most regulations benefit only a select few with the most money and power
The demonization of raw milk has nothing to do with safety but everything to do with eliminating the competition for the pasteurized milk industry
USDA Claims Pesticide Residues in Food Is Safe—Here’s Why They’re Wrong
According to the USDA, more than half of all foods tested last year had detectable levels of pesticide residues, but most, they claim, are within the “safe” range. However, foods are NOT tested for glyphosate residues
Glyphosate has been shown to severely damage your gut flora and cause chronic diseases rooted in gut dysfunction. Pesticides and herbicides are also known to disrupt your neurological, brain health, and endocrine systems
Your best bet is to buy only organic fruits and vegetables, as synthetic agricultural chemicals are not permissible under the USDA organic rules
Why Ditching Antibacterial Soap Is a Good Idea
Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical used in a wide variety of consumer products, has many potentially harmful effects, especially for children.
Triclosan can alter hormone regulation and may interfere with fetal development. An increased cancer risk has also been suggested. Tricolsan turns to the formaldehyde molecule in the brain!
Triclosan was found in 100 percent of urine samples taken from pregnant women in Brooklyn, NY.
American Meat Production Uses More Antibiotics Than Ever, Despite Growing Threat of Antibiotic-Resistant Disease in Consumers
The routine use of antibiotics to promote growth in food animals promotes antibiotic-resistant bacteria and drug-resistant disease in humans
Meat tainted with drug-resistant bacteria can cause disease if the meat is improperly handled or undercooked
Two million Americans are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and at least 23,000 of them die as a result
A fecal transplant may be an effective cure in cases where patients fail to respond to antibiotics
New, More Toxic Breed of Crops Gain Approval
The widespread use of genetically engineered crops has led to chemical resistance among weeds and insects alike. Weed resistance has been documented on 60 million farm acres across the US
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently deregulated Dow Chemical’s next-generation GE crops, which are resistant to both glyphosate and 2,4-D—a component of Agent Orange
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also approved Enlist Duo—a new herbicide to be used on Dow’s 2,4-D and glyphosate-resistant corn and soybeans (which is Roundup!!).
In response to the US government’s failure to protect the American public, the Center for Food Safety has announced it will “pursue all available legal options to stop the commercialization of these dangerous crops”
Broccoli-Sprout Compound May Improve Symptoms of Autism; Help to Detox Environmental Pollutants
Sulforaphane, found in high amounts in broccoli sprouts, can significantly improve your blood pressure and kidney function by normalizing a process called DNA methylation.
Preliminary research suggests sulforaphane may also be of particular benefit for those with autism—improving verbal communication and decreasing repetitive behaviors.
Broccoli has the ability to affect gene expression and promote detoxification of harmful environmental pollutants.
Sulforaphane influences bacteria as well. Broccoli sprouts have been shown to inhibit Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria thought to cause gastric ulcers. H. pylori may also play a role in autism.
Autistic children are known to have higher levels of environmental toxins in their system, as well as fewer health-promoting gut bacteria
Common Medications and Multiple Drug Combinations Increasingly Linked to Fatal Car Crashes
According to statistics collected by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.5 million Americans wound up in the emergency room as a result of a car accident in 2012
While there are many factors that make driving risky, including the use of cell phones, texting, drunk driving, and not using a seat belt, there’s also the issue of prescription drug side effects
A CDC report reveals that between 1993 and 2010, the number of drivers involved in fatal car crashes found to have three or more medications in their system nearly doubled, increasing from 11.5 to 21.5 percent
Prescription drugs were involved in fatal car crashes at three times the rate of marijuana
If you take psychoactive medications, or drugs that impair judgment and reaction time either by itself or in combination with other drugs, please exercise good judgment and avoid getting behind the wheel
How Sun Exposure Improves Your Health and How Glyphosate Disrupts It
Sensible sun exposure is an important component for optimal health, for a number of reasons. Vitamin D production is one; production of cholesterol sulfate is another
Cholesterol sulfate is needed to maintain the health of your red blood cells
Both aluminum and glyphosate interfere with sulfate synthesis. Evidence suggests sunscreens and glyphosate-contaminated food may play a role in the rise of skin cancer, as well as many other health problems
Ideally, get an appropriate amount of sun exposure, without the use of sunscreen, to optimize your vitamin D and sulfate levels
Swap out processed foods for organic whole foods to avoid glyphosate exposure, which interferes with sulfate synthesis.
New Film “Second Opinion” Exposes the Truth About a 40-Year Long Cover-Up of Laetrile Cancer Treatment
A new documentary chronicles how a major cancer research center covered up positive studies about Laetrile in the 1970s, as told by insider Ralph Moss
New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center brushed positive Laetrile studies under the rug, bowing to politics and conflicts of interest
Laetrile, banned in the US since 1963, is made from amygdalin, a natural compound derived from the seeds of many fruits such as apricot pits
Contemporary Laetrile studies support Dr. Kanematsu’s findings, but Sloan Kettering still refuses to acknowledge the truth about the cover-up
What Whistleblowers Tell Us About Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness
In 2010, two Merck virologists filed a federal lawsuit under the False Claims Act against their former employer, alleging the vaccine maker lied about the effectiveness of their mumps vaccine
A US District Court Judge has now given the lawsuit the green light to proceed. The Department of Justice has also submitted documents to the court affirming its “strong interest in the outcome” of the case
A senior scientist at the CDC recently admitted he and CDC co-authors of a widely cited MMR vaccine safety study “omitted statistically significant information” and that “the final study protocol was not followed”
A recent study reported a correlation between autism and vaccines manufactured using human fetal cell lines contaminated with retroviruses, including certain MMR, chickenpox, and Hepatitis-A vaccines
A Boston nurses’ union is suing to block a policy that would require nurses to get flu shots in order to maintain employment.
How To Keep Your Brain Young
If you notice memory lapses, you may want to consider making some immediate lifestyle changes to help reverse, or at least minimize further damage that might lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
Stress is an important factor that can have a direct effect on brain function. One recent study found that higher levels of stress hormones can speed up short-term memory loss in older adults
Lack of restorative sleep can lead to loss of brain volume, and may accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease
Those who exercise the most tend to have the least amount of brain shrinkage over time. Not only that, but exercise actually causes your brain to grow in size
Mental stimulation is also an important lifestyle factor for keeping your memory sharp. Ten apps aimed at reducing stress and increasing cognitive function are included
Did you Know???
The Link Between Obesity and Cancer
Obesity is a frequently overlooked factor that can contribute to an increased cancer risk. Less than 10 percent of Americans are aware of this link
The obesity epidemic is directly related to excessive sugar consumption, and this is also a major driving factor for the cancer epidemic
Obesity has been linked to an increased risk for about a dozen different cancers, including cancer of the colon, esophagus, kidney, breast, and pancreas, as well as a heightened risk of dying from the disease
Unless you are vigorously exercising, your body can only use about six teaspoons of sugar per day. Excess sugar is then stored as body fat, and leads to the chronic metabolic diseases we struggle with, including cancer
Once you’ve addressed your basic food choices, and cut your sugar/fructose consumption down to 25 grams/day or less, you can further boost fat loss by incorporating the principles of intermittent fasting
Ten Minutes of Intermittent Movement for Every Hour of Sitting May Counteract Ill Health Effects of Prolonged Sitting
Prolonged sitting significantly impacts your cardiovascular and metabolic function. The combination of excessive sitting and inadequate exercise has been shown to double men’s risk of heart failure
Studies show that these risk correlations hold true no matter how much you exercise. In one recent study, six hours of uninterrupted sitting was found to counteract the positive health benefits of one hour of exercise
The good news is that you have virtually unlimited options when it comes to breaking up your sitting. From standing desks and office-friendly intermittent exercise to short walks; all of it counts
Standing up or bending down increases the force of gravity on your body, and this is the key to counteracting the cellular degeneration that occurs when you’re sitting down
One recent study found that taking a five-minute walk for every hour you spend in your chair can reduce the heart disease risks associated with chronic sitting
“Silver Fillings” Deception, Which Is a Major Source of Environmental Pollution
by Dr. Mercola
Mercury pollution is extremely persistent once in the air, water, and soil, and levels steadily increase over time as it accumulates. A number of industries contribute to mercury pollution, but dental offices are one of the primary culprits.
Dental amalgam, a tooth filling material that is 50 percent mercury—not silver—is the leading intentional use of mercury in the US, and dentist offices are the largest source of mercury in wastewater entering publicly owned treatment works.
Mercury from dental amalgam also pollutes the air via cremation, dental clinic emissions, and sludge incineration; and soil via landfills, burials, and sludge fertilizers.
Once in the environment, dental mercury converts to methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury known to be hazardous to brain and nervous system function, particularly in fetuses and young children.
Safety Questions Loom Over Quorn Brand Meat Substitute
Quorn is a fungus-based ferment used in food production as a meat substitute. It was originally developed by one of the largest chemical companies in Great Britain
The fungus Fusarium venenatum is first grown in large fermentation vats. Once the water is removed, what is left is a paste-like biomass, which is then processed into various food products
Since its launch in 1985, several studies have raised concerns about Quorn’s safety—especially in people with food and/or mold allergies
Reported adverse effects from Quorn include nausea, cramps, diarrhea, forceful vomiting, and anaphylactic reactions
While factory-farmed meats are best avoided, organically raised, grass-fed or pastured animal products provide valuable nutrients that have no equivalence in the plant kingdom