Thursday, December 13, 2012 by: John Phillip
(NaturalNews) Nearly one-quarter of a million men will be diagnosed with some stage of prostate cancer this year in the U.S., and many will suffer the unnecessary consequences of invasive treatment techniques that cut, irradiate and poison tumor cells in an effort to control the illness. In a manner similar to many other types of cancer, prostate cancer incidence is closely related to dietary and lifestyle practices over the course of many years and decades of life. New research pending publication in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that fast-releasing carbohydrates and sugary drinks dramatically increases risk of the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer.
A study team from the University of Lund in Sweden determined that men who drink one normal-sized soft drink per day are at a greater risk of getting more aggressive forms of prostate cancer. Lead researcher, Dr. Isabel Drake commented “Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks or other drinks with added sugar, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 percent.”Those who drank one 330-millilitre (11-fluid-ounce) soft drink a day were 40 percent more likely to develop more serious forms of prostate cancer that required treatment.
by Elizabeth Renter
December 13th, 2012 | Updated 12/13/2012 at 2:38 am
In today’s news from the desk of Captain Obvious—scientists have found that pesticides may be contributing to the decline in bumblebees. Yes, apparently we needed another study for this. That study, led by biologists with the University of London, looked at what happened to bees in areas where different crops are sprayed with pesticides. What they found could explain why bumblebee colonies are failing.
According to Raw Story, the study was particularly important because it looked at what happened to bees following pesticide exposure for four weeks. Current industry guidelines in the testing of pesticides for safety, only require 96 hours.
The bees were divided into four groups. Three had access to feeder boxes with a sugary syrup spiked with either imidacloprid insecticide or a filter paper with gamma-cyhalothrin on it. The bees were not forced into these boxes, but the boxes were left in the path of the bees, around landscaping for pollen-foraging. The fourth group of bees was a control group, having no access to the chemicals.
All of the bees who were allowed access to the pesticides showed negative results. Those colonies who had contact with imidacloprid were less likely to return to the nest after foraging. Also, the larvae in that colony was less likely to mature to adult bumblebees, suggesting the adult bees brought home the chemicals to the immature insects.
The other group exposed to chemicals, in this case gamma-cyhalothrin, experienced a higher death rate. In both colonies exposed to pesticides, the colonies were more likely to fail.
While this study, published in Nature, was only conducted on bumblebees (the big fuzzy ones), the same results would be likely in other bee varieties—specifically honey bees, whose colonies are much larger.
“Our findings have clear implications for the conservation of insect pollinators in areas of agricultural intensification, particularly social bees, with their complex social organisation and dependence on a critical threshold of workers,” said researchers.
And of course this isn’t the only evidence linking pesticides with bee collapse. Another study confirms that the bee population decline is also linked to corn insecticides that are among the most widely used in the world. The study sheds more light on the rampant downfall of the bee population through mass die-offs, also known as colony collapse disorder, with the researchers noting that an increase in bee deaths began to be observed as soon as the insecticide was put into use.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 by: J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) The next time you reach for the bacon, ham, pork chops or pork steaks, you may want to rethink your dining choice: A majority of samples of “the other white meat” that were obtained in a recent study contained bacteria, potentially deadly drugs or a combination of both.
According to Consumer Reports, samples of U.S. pork chops and ground pork were found to contain substantial amounts of harmful, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, along with low levels of a type of growth hormone used on pigs.
“Our analysis of pork-chop and ground-pork samples from around the U.S. found that yersinia enterocolitica, a bacterium that can cause fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, was widespread. Some samples harbored other potentially harmful bacteria, including salmonella,” the magazine said in a recent report.
By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:46 EST
A worker laid off by a beef processor after US media reported the use of “pink slime” in fast food and school lunches is suing reporters and a celebrity chef, alleging a campaign of “misinformation.”
Bruce Smith is one of some 750 employees laid off earlier this year by Beef Products Incorporated (BPI) after a flood of reports about the substance. He is suing ABC News, British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and blogger Bettina Siegel.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses them of “the dissemination of untrue facts and misinformation” about Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB). It argues they “engaged in negligent, willful and reckless behavior” against BPI.
The process involves heating beef scraps and running them through a centrifuge to separate out fat, then treating the final product with ammonium hydroxide to prevent contamination by e.coli and other pathogens.
The company, which had produced 700 million pounds of the substance each year, insists LFTB is a “significant, safe and reliable source of lean beef meat” and that the ammonium hydroxide is not considered an ingredient.
“Pursuant to USDA and FDA regulations, LFTB was, and is, 100 percent beef,” it said in the court filing.
Smith, 58, has also written a book, entitled “Pink Slime Ate My Job.” He has only requested $70,000 in compensation, saying that a larger amount might see the case transferred out of his Nebraska community and into a federal court.
“I want those responsible for the ‘pink slime’ smear campaign to appear here in Dakota County, Nebraska… and to face those who lost their jobs firsthand,” Smith says on his website, pinkslimeatemyjob.com.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Both Congress and the White House are said to be in the process of frantically trying to concoct an appropriations bill to thwart the impending “fiscal cliff,” which is expected to arrive at the end of 2012 when the provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2011 come into effect. But corporate agriculture and the biotechnology industry both want a piece of the legislative pie as well, which is why they are pushing to basically turn any proposed fiscal cliff bill into the ill-fated Monsanto Protection Act by attaching so-called “GMO Riders” onto its primary provisions.
The health freedom advocacy group Alliance for Natural Health – USA (ANH-USA) has issued a warning about the developing appropriations bill that Congress is currently working on to solve the fiscal cliff crisis, as it will more than likely contain special provisions for the biotechnology industry to continue thrusting genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) into the food supply with little or no resistance. According to ANH-USA, Monsanto and its cronies already know that any proposed fiscal cliff bill will more than likely pass with flying colors because the “crisis” it addresses is urgent, so the industry is heavily lobbying Congress to add special provisions for GMOs that must be stopped.
In an announcement tied to a corresponding Action Alert, ANH-USA explains that Big Biotech will likely try to tack on the so-called Farmer Assurance Provision to the fiscal cliff bill, which would strip federal courts of their authority to halt the sale or planting of GMO crops that have not undergone an appropriate Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) review. If passed, this provision, which has been nicknamed the Monsanto Protection Act, would allow the Secretary of Agriculture to arbitrarily grant temporary approval permits for the planting of illegal GM crops, including those that have been shown to be toxic and deadly.
By Anthony Gucciardi
December 13, 2012
Experts have been warning for years against the dangers of sodium fluoride, but recently more awareness has spread than ever before.
Following the rampant success of essential news stories centered around fluoride, including a story I authored just three short days ago highlighting the horrendous amount of sodium fluoride in doctor recommended toothpaste (500,000% higher than fluoridated water), it’s now important to discuss how to actually get it out of your system through
Even if you somehow managed to escape the ingestion of fluoridated water in your younger years, chances are you’ve been exposed to food items that actually can contain about 180 times the sodium fluoride content as fluoridated water according to fluoride expert Jeff Green.
This has to do with how what’s known as aluminum fluoride, or Cryolite.
Used as a pesticide due to its ability to kill bugs, conventional farmers will oftentimes spray excessive amounts of the sticky substance onto crops. As a result, the aluminum fluoride substance will reside unless thoroughly washed off of the produce.
In an interview with Dr. Joseph Mercola, Jeff explains the issue:
“Cryolite is actually sodium aluminum fluoride… This sodium aluminum fluoride is especially effective at killing bugs,” Green says. “It’s also very sticky, so when they spray it, it’s more likely to stick on your produce, unless you’re… really working at trying to get it off of it.”
Admittedly it’s not as high as the extra-fluoride toothpaste that is pushed on kids to treat their nonexistent ‘fluoride deficiency’ peddled by some dentists, however it is still a detrimental amount.
Plus, it’s more than likely that you’ve been exposed to both fluoridated tap water and conventional fluoride-sprayed. So what can you do about it?
Fluoride Detox Protocol
The realm of fluoride detox, or fluoride detoxification, is often left untouched.
After all, this poisonous substance is still considered perfectly safe by many despite even Harvard admitting that it completely wreaks havoc on IQ and brain development. But this article isn’t about the history of fluoride, it’s about getting it out of your system.
Thankfully, a number of fluoride detox methods do exist that can help remove sodium fluoride from your body in addition to another of other concerning materials.
Selenium is one nutrient that oftentimes is the first answer given to those seeking to combat the existence of sodium fluoride in their bodies.
As FoodConsumer reports, selenium has actually been found to help block the effects of fluoride as well as fluoride elimination. A great natural source of selenium is Brazil nuts, but is important to keep your intake in balance.
I don’t recommend you start eating handfuls of Brazil nuts. Many in the field of natural health recommend a dose of 100 to 200 micrograms, though this does fall below the National Institute of Health’s ‘upper limit’ of 400 micrograms.
Brazil nuts vary in selenium content depending on a number of factors, but on average you can expect 70 to 90 micrograms per serving. Selenium is also found in fish, meat, and nuts.
Don’t forget also that taking selenium along with high doses of vitamin C and zinc can actually inhibit proper absorption. Here is a useful list of foods that contain selenium that includes microgram count.
Iodine is important in many ways even outside of fluoride detox, but the reality is that fluoride directly attacks the thyroid.
The key here is that iodine, preferably nascent iodine which is the best quality, helps to remove sodium fluoride through the urine as calcium fluoride. I recommend and personally take Dr. Edward Group’s Detoxadine (as always, I was not paid to recommend this product — I actually take it and purchase it myself).
Have you ever heard of tamarind? It’s a staple in the ancient Ayurvedic medicine system, which is considered to be the ‘mother’ of natural medicine.
In addition to yielding delicious teas when added to your favorite tea beverage, tamarind also helps expel fluoride through the urine.
As with many other toxic substances, a powerful dry sauna session can help to excrete sodium fluoride from fatty tissues. Be sure to drink up on purified water to replenish yourself afterwards.
Detoxifying fluoride from your body can be challenging, but it is a process that can help alleviate the massive build up of this toxic chemical sold to the public as ‘safe’ and ‘effective’ by pseudo-scientific fraudsters.
While you cannot go back in time and avoid all exposure to fluoride, you can utilize these methods to detoxify it from within your body today.
This article originally appeared at Natural Society
by Lisa Garber
December 12th, 2012 | Updated 12/12/2012 at 3:41 pm
While many of us live a largely sedentary lifestyle, the United States remains a highly mobile society, addicted to the road and high-speed, demanding daily schedules—hence, our addiction to fast food. The convenience of this food, however, comes at a high price belying its reputation as the food of the masses. The ingredients in these foods, unfortunately, make the exchange little more than murder.
There’s little more comforting when you’re on the road than a long sip of wholesome ice cream and milk. And about a dozen other ingredients, as it turns out.
You can count guar gum, cellulose gum, and carageenan (which has a checkered past) in that list of ingredients, and those are just the thickening agents. Mercury-inclusive high-fructose corn syrup and several others sugars and oils linked to high blood pressure are also present.
The new Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty includes a laxative chemical—propylene glycol—often used in electronic cigarettes and cosmetics Its Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) actually indicates possible skin, liver, and kidney damage with contact since it can get into our blood stream and our bodies, where it stays for weeks at a time. Some animal studies indicate cellular mutation. And some sources say that it’s all about the dosage Our friend Mike Adams over at NaturalNews, however, says it’s more complicated, and best left out of your dessert.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) There is something to be said for allowing your children copious amounts of free time outdoors to ride their bicycles, engage in sports activities, and play with their friends, especially if you want them to grow up to be healthy, strong, and vibrant members of society. And a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics clearly illustrates this point, having found that many of the most critically ill children are also the ones with the most severe vitamin D deficiencies, which means these young ones are not getting enough natural sunlight exposure to maintain proper health.
For their study, Dr. Kate Madden, M.D., and her colleagues from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston evaluated 511 children, all of whom were severely or critically ill, and who had been admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) for treatment between November 2009 and November 2010. Each of the children was also given a blood test, which was evaluated for concentrations of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D), a marker that is considered to be the most accurate indicator of vitamin D levels.
Upon evaluation, the team observed that the more ill a child was, the more likely he or she was to have inadequate or deficient levels of 25(OH)D. Similarly, the team noticed that higher levels of vitamin D were associated with fewer cases of illness. Children admitted to a PICU during the summer, for instance, or who had already been taking vitamin D3 supplements were far less likely to be critically ill compared to children admitted during the winter and not taking vitamin D3.
“We found a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in critically ill children, which was associated with higher critical illness severity,” wrote the authors in their abstract. “Vitamin D is essential for bone health and for cardiovascular and immune function. In critically ill adults, vitamin D deficiency is common and associated with sepsis and with higher critical illness severity.”
You can view the complete study here: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/3/421
What these findings ultimately reveal, of course, is that children need sunlight in order to build immunity and stay healthy. Thanks to all the extensive research that has been conducted in recent years on the prohormone, we know that maintaining optimal blood levels of vitamin D between 50-80 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) is essential for deterring a myriad of chronic health conditions, including influenza, bacterial and viral infections, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune disorders, among many others.
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It’s been over a week since Cheerios had to remove a Pinterest App that actually exposed them for containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), being pro-GMO and for *General Mills’ funding over $1 million to “No on Proposition 37.” Consumers are still slamming Cheerios’ Facebook page in their “Recent Posts by Others” section. Actually, thousands of angry comments are now visible on the “face” of their page as well their other sections for comments.
But that’s not all – when Cheerios posted a retro commercial called “Grandma’s Visit” it was immediately slammed and removed from their Facebook videos. Consumers followed the vid to YouTube and commented on Cheerios’ YouTube page. More than 1200 users left negative comments on the Facebook vid before its removal saying things like “Nostalgic old commercials are no substitute for healthy ingredients. I won’t buy Cheerios until they are GMO-free.”
We know that they got the message – they haven’t posted on their Facebook page in over a week. Cheerios finally responded by patronizing consumers and carving out a special comment section for “robust conversation”. So, they aren’t backing down from their stance supporting GMO ingredients and their promotion.
|New section for angry comments – Wow, Cheerios really understands me!|
|A short capture of Facebook response to “We’re Listening” Click to Enlarge|
|YouTube Vid & Top Comments|
The heart of the matter surrounds consumer rage over big food companies’ deceptive health marketing, meanwhile, actively funding efforts to stop the labeling of GM foods – the paying consumers’ desire for greater transparency. It’s like someone smiling while flipping you the bird behind the back – or taking your money and watching you poison yourself. Profits over principles – and consumers won’t forgive this time.
Alisa Gravitz, CEO and president of Green America said:
The sheer volume of comments on Cheerios’ Facebook page raising concerns around genetically engineered ingredients is incredibly inspiring.
But some commenters still ask whether Cheerios themselves contained GMOs – mega YES.
Regular Cheerios contain modified corn starch and sugar – most likely made from GM sugar beets. Other flavors contain corn syrup, corn, corn bran and canola oil – over 90% chance of GMO contamination there.
Guess what else they contain among other harmful substances? Trisodium phosphate – a common and strong cleaning agent. Also a stain remover, degreaser and food additive considered by the FDA as GRAS (generally recognized as safe).
This article by natural nutritionist Evita Ochel goes into major health deficits of Cheerios. She was irked by constantly hearing her clients’ wishes to continue eating Cheerios because they believed the commercials and box covers claiming to be heart healthy. She had advised ditching all processed cereals.
She demonstrates why they’re not whole grain, they’re not good for the heart. She shines light on deceptive marketing – whole grain and heart medical councils will gladly take money to “approve” processed cereals and in turn the FDA looks away, but calls natural walnuts a drug.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia is popular for saying,
I think maybe the key to eating healthy is not eating any food that has a TV commercial.
If you ever find yourself burdened with uneaten Cheerios, consider using them for an age-old purpose – potty training.
From the Label It Yourself Facebook page:
*General Mills also owns organic sub-companies: Muir Glen Organic, Cascadian Farm Organic, & LARABAR
Pulaski, New York may be a small town of just 2,400 residents, but it has now added itself to the list of more than 130 communities across the country that have banned the addition of fluoride to their water supply.
While not all fluoride is bad, the type that has been promoted by dentistry and added to our water and food supply beginning in the 1940s certainly is. Calcium fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, while its synthetic counterpart, sodium fluoride (silicofluoride), is an industrial-grade hazardous waste material made during the production of fertilizer. Its past history includes patented use as rat poison and insecticide. There are many blind- and double-blind studies that show sodium fluoride has a cumulative effect on the human body leading to allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, bone weakening, cancer, and neurological problems, while actually damaging tooth enamel if consumed in high enough quantities. The chart below illustrates that dental fluorosis rates have only risen over the 60 years since its addition to dental products, food and water.
|source: Fluoride Action Network|
As people have become more aware of the dangers of the toxic effects of excessive fluoride exposure, activist pressure has forced its removal in many locations. However, in the case of Pulaski, NY, it was was not due to public outrage; it was a well-informed water board chaired by Mike Sacco who voted to pull the plug on exposing the community to fluoride’s harmful effects.
A rather biased piece from The Post-Standard features a local dentist who gives his testimony as to the benefits of fluoride he has observed over his 45 years in practice, as well as the position taken by the 20 or so people who did show up for the meeting that comprised mostly people from the dental and healthcare professions.
An ancillary concern was that of corrosion that had been noticed in the town’s copper water pipes. However, even on this note Sacco “said village water workers were told during one of their state-mandated training classes that fluoride damages the pipes.”
Nevertheless, for Chairman Mike Sacco, he cites Dr. Paul Connett’s book The Case Against Fluoride which documents the damaging effects of what winds up in 72% of the nation’s tap water without their knowledge. As you will see in the video presentation below, Connett also documents how politics often trumps health, especially in the case of Portland, Oregon.
Due to monied corporate and political interests, the debate about the health effects vs. benefits of fluoride is sure to rage on, but one thing should remain clear, as Mike Sacco notes, the central issue is one of the right to informed consent; fluoride supplements are still available for those parents who would like to offer them to their children. And it would be a far more honest way to do it. If government wants to end the conspiracy theories, then it’s very simple: let people research all aspects of the issue and choose for themselves.
As the Post notes, while the Pulaski verdict went in favor of the “anti-fluoride movement,” (in the Post’s view due primarily to the Internet) big money and politics is still winning, with 297 communities deciding to add fluoride during the same 12-year time period that 139 have removed it.
Meanwhile, we should share the positive news about any community that has voted for the precautionary principle, and let each one of them serve as a point of information and awareness for others to adopt.
As stated by a resident of Pulaski who sent us this news item:
Much of the state is preoccupied with preventing hydrofracking from polluting our water, many are still ignorant to how much our water is already is intentionally contaminated. If we can defeat fluoridation, we can defeat fracking as well.
Let this be a lesson: One person CAN make a difference!
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December 10, 2012
Concerns about the health implications of genetically modified (GM) crops are “a complete nonsense” according to the environment secretary, who said Britain should be “emphatically” looking at their cultivation.
Owen Paterson, whose brief includes food and rural affairs, also said he was confident that the prime minister would find an “appropriate moment” in future to back GM food and that it would be a question of persuading the public.
“Emphatically we should be looking at GM … I’m very clear it would be a good thing,” he told the Daily Telegraph in an interview.
By Heather Callaghan
December 7, 2012
In a gutsy move, Kenya’s government has banned all imported GMO goods – effective immediately.
They are also suspending all sales of genetically modified produce and foods with GM ingredients until health safety is confirmed.
The ban is not permanent, however – it depends on what evidence the ministry concludes. Biotechnology research can continue.
On November 8th, Health Minister Beth Mugo made the announcement with Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki present and also said:
My ministry wishes to clarify the decision was based on genuine concerns that adequate research had not been done on GMOs and scientific evidence provided to prove the safety of these foods.
Taking a better-safe-than-sorry approach, she added, “Where there is apprehension and uncertainty regarding the safety of food products, precaution to protect the health of the people must be undertaken.”
This new health fear is most likely a result of the now famous French GMO study in September, complete with pictures of grotesquely tumored rats.
Or maybe even rising suspicions and admissions of biotech scientist knowledge of an infertility gene – and a coordinating rise of infertility and miscarriages in humans but definitely, undeniably those issues and death in cattle eating GMO feed.
One biotech scientist wrote to Natural Society, telling them it would be “awesome” if “this **** causes infertility” because he’s among those who fiercely believe the world is overpopulated, and goes on to say that GMO is saving the planet.
The news is flying fast with cheers through anti-GMO consumers on Facebook using the Internet meme picture of a happy African boy with a fist in the air saying “Aww Yeah!!!” and “Kenya just banned GMOs!”
Despite hints of ultimate depopulation efforts and major safety concerns, it is not surprising that many biotech researchers, universities, farmers, students, and consumers are unhappy about the decision.
They’ve got investments riding on genetic modification in fear of a growing (deliberate) food crisis and hopes of economic uptick.
They are also perplexed because, until now, GMO efforts enjoyed friendly laws. Dr Silas Obukosia, Director Regulatory Affairs at Africa Harvest thought the ban was misinformed and hindered Kenya’s ability to increase food production:
Mugo’s ban on the importation and trade of GMOs due lack of evidence regarding their safety is puzzling. This is because major investments such as the approval of the National Biotechnology Development Policy by the Cabinet in 2006, and the enactment of the Biosafety Act in 2009, and gazettment of three different biosafety regulations in 2011 have been made to address the issue of safety.
But take a good look at the names of those institutions – bias much? It is reminiscent of our FDA and USDA allowing Monsanto to conduct its own safety studies.
The pressure is on with headlines like “Kenya risks losing billions over GMO ban.” Those are hypothetical billions of course – it was spoken at a big Ag Biotechnology forum and focused on Africa being a transit point for GM food with other countries. Arguments against the ban focus on food security, the economy, and wasted money – not sincere public health.
While those will cry unfair – what we don’t want to see in Africa is what’s happening in India, where tens of thousands of farmers have committed suicide, some by dousing themselves with Roundup-ready pesticides and setting fire, making one last statement about their betrayers.
They risked Monsanto crops and went destitute when “the crops to end world hunger” failed to yield. They, their families and their communities lost more than just their initial investments.
Ms. Mugo and the cabinet have more true public safety in mind than many will ever realize for some time to come.
Let’s hope the ban holds during their safety confirmations – if the ban is lifted do you think it will make the news? They’ve already taken a big step with the ban and nipping disease and corporate takeover in the genetic bud.
J. D. Heyes
December 6, 2012
As the U.S. trade deficit continues to soar, the one thing America has been successful at exporting is its fast food industry, and with it, all of the health problems it causes.
When Mexico signed on to become a participant in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the early 1990s, the country’s leaders thought they were getting unprecedented access to the vast U.S. marketplace. Goods and services would flow more freely between the two countries and Canada; no tariffs, fewer trade regulations and far less red tape.
Well, that experience in “free trade” has turned out not to be so free after all: With an explosion in the importation of American-based fast food venues has come a similar explosion in the waistlines of average Mexicans, who are now collectively more obese than any other country on the planet, except the United States. That will mean infinitely higher healthcare costs for a country that, despite a young labor force and plenty of natural resources, still struggles with crushing poverty.
“With each bite into a greasy taco and slurp of a sugary drink, Mexico hurtles toward what health experts predict will be a public health crisis from diabetes-related disease,” says a report by McClatchy Newspapers.
Diabetes rates rising past the point of treatment capabilities
Citing the most current statistics, the report says one-fifth of all Mexican women and 25 percent of men are thought to now be at risk for diabetes. Already, it is the nation’s number one killer, claiming about 70,000 lives a year – far more than drug cartel and gang violence, which is also high.
Public health officials are blaming the dramatic uptick in diabetes on changes in Mexican lifestyles. Such changes have come from a surge in powerful snack and soft drink industries as well as increasingly sedentary ways of living, as well as a genetic heritage that is susceptible to the chronic, debilitating, life-threatening illness.
As food allergies become increasingly common, a new study offers the first proof that they may be linked to pesticides found in tap water.
Researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology used existing government data to see whether people with more dichlorophenols in their urine were more likely to have food allergies. Dichlorophenols are a kind of chlorine in certain pesticides that are known to kill bacteria, and in theory, they could be killing the naturally occurring bacteria in humans’ digestive systems, causing food allergies.
“We wanted to see if there was an association between certain pesticides and food allergies, and we were specifically interested in dichlorophenols because those were the ones that had this antibacterial effect,” said lead researcher Dr. Elina Jerschow. “When researchers have compared bacteria from the bowel in healthy kids versus bacteria in the bowel for kids that have lot of allergies, they’ve noticed a big difference.”
The number of children and teens with food or digestive allergies in the United States has increased 18 percent between 1997 and 2007, according to a 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about 3 million people under 18 years old.
Eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat make up 90 percent of food allergies, according to the CDC report. Symptoms can range from mouth tingling to anaphylaxis, which is the swelling of the throat and tongue and can lead to death.
Jerschow clarified that the researchers were only looking for a statistical association, meaning they were not able to examine patients to see how these chemicals physically caused their allergies. Because it’s only an association, these findings could mean that the chemicals caused the food allergies, or it could mean the food allergies caused the chemicals in the urine. That part is not yet clear.
“While the study does not allow concluding that pesticides are responsible for the allergies, it certainly raises the possibility and justifies pursuing the kinds of studies that can help sort of if these pesticides are, indeed, the cause,” said Dr. Kenneth Spaeth, who directs the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center at North Shore University Hospital. He was not a researcher involved in the study.
Dec 5, 2012
Many of us are shunning wheat for lots of reasons, but we usually cite gluten as the culprit. Cardiologist and author Dr. William Davis, however, says it’s not gluten that makes modern wheat a “perfect, chronic poison.” It’s the fact that genetically modified wheat has become the wheat we know today.
Davis spoke on “CBS This Morning” earlier this year about one of agribusiness’s biggest creations—the word “creation” not used lightly.
Genetically Modified Wheat – Increased Appetite, Altered Genome
“[Modern wheat is] an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the ‘60s and ‘70s This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as there’s a new protein in this thing called gliadin. It’s not gluten. I’m not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. I’m talking about everybody else because everybody else is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate. This thing binds into the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people stimulates appetite, such that we consume 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year.”
Increasing hankerings and padding on pounds aren’t all genetically modified wheat is capable of doing. A new GM wheat in development by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CIRO), an Australian governmental research agency, may permanently alter the genes of the humans and animals that consume it.
“Through ingestion,” says Professor Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety, “these olecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes.” The double stranded RNAs present in this genetically modified wheat would also survive cooking, digestion, and generations of life.
Sunday, December 02, 2012 by: John McKiernan
(NaturalNews) The United States leads the way in high fructose corn syrup intake with a staggering 55 lbs/person/year average. Although it is common knowledge that a high sugar diet is the leading risk factor in developing type II diabetes, it is now becoming more clear that HFCS is the primary culprit.
A brief lesson in sugar
In the U.S. HFCS is the chief sweetener used, particularly in processed foods. It’s used in thousands of consumer items including bread, cereals, lunch meats, yogurts, soups, condiments and almost any other packaged food you can think of. Because HFCS is made artificially cheap by government subsidies it is used in greater quantities and more foods than sucrose (table sugar).
Sucrose or table sugar is a combination of 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose. HFCS is also a combination of fructose and glucose, only with a higher percentage of fructose. Fructose is fruit sugar. In its natural state (in fruit) paired up with fiber it has a much slower absorption rate, which means no spike in insulin levels and no increased risk for diabetes. This is why fructose in fruit is very different from refined fructose in corn syrup.
The Agenda employs proven plays from past oppressions. Divide and Conquer (the Left/Right paradigm, pro-green/pro-business), repetitive propaganda (Goebbels). Hegel’s formula for oppression: Problem/Reaction/Solution. It is a Soviet model of governance empowering an alphabet of unelected NGOs, agencies, coalitions and “advocacy” groups employed to make decisions and synthesize “consensus” for the Agenda’s implementation all cloaked in a green blanket of lies.
Agenda 21 also uses the Precautionary Principal. This guilty ’till proven innocent postulate basically states that in the absense of their scientific consensus, our activities can be stopped even if suspected to pose any potential risk of harm to the environment. Once such an accusation has been fabricated, the burdon of proof that it is not harmful falls on those under this scrutiny. These unfounded accusations can defy common sense, and often do.
Hundreds of dams have been blown up ruining generations of agriculture, ranching, growing, destroying clean hydro-electric operations and allowing fresh water to run to the ocean, by citing the detriment to salmon spawning, or deference to fish that aren’t even indigenous to the local ecosystem.
Such an evil paradox that this controlling cabal could have their way with our planet with their “geo-engineering”, turn our plasma to a microwave, orchestrate the Gulf disaster, etc., etc… Yet seek to impose guilt on our children and oppress the world under an environmental Agenda!
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Over 30 years ago, scientists observed mycotoxin contaminated animal feed (grains) interfering with normal sexual development in young female pigs, resulting in estrogenic syndromes and precocious puberty. Recent human research in the U.S. is now confirming that the contamination of our food supply with fungal toxins is adversely affecting the sexual development of young girls.
Grains, once considered the foundation of the USDA’s food pyramid, have recently come under scrutiny due to their purported evolutionary incompatibility (e.g. Paleodiet), their co-option by biotech and agricultural corporations (e.g. Monsanto’s Franken-Corn), as well as the fact that they convert to “sugar” within the body, to name but a few of a growing list of concerns. But there may be a more underlying problem affecting all grains, including both organic and conventional varieties, that Nature herself produces, and it goes by the name of Mycotoxins.
What Are Mycotoxins?
While it is remarkable that these exceedingly low concentrations can have deadly effects, the absence of acute signs and symptoms of mycotoxin poisoning does not necessarily mean you are not being affected. Indeed, much lower, harder to detect, concentrations of various mycotoxins are capable of profoundly disrupting endocrine function in exposed population, likely contributing subclinically to many other chronic degenerative health conditions.
Mycotoxins As Endocrine Disruptors
A groundbreaking study published in the journal The Science of Total Environment in 2011 found that the estrogen-disrupting mycotoxin known as zearalenone (ZEA), produced by the microscopic fungus Fusarium graminearum, was detectable in the urine of 78.5% of New Jersey girls sampled, and that these Zea-positive girls, aged 9 and 10 years, “tended to be shorter and less likely to have reached the onset of breast development.”[iii]
ZEA mycotoxins originate in grains such as corn, barley, oats, wheat, rice and sorghum,[iv] but also travel up the food chain to grain-fed meat, eggs and dairy products, and are even found in beer. Indeed, the researchers were able to find an association between the young girls’ urinary levels of ZEA and their intake of commonly contaminated sources such as beef and popcorn.
Interestingly, derivatives of ZEA mycotoxin have been patented as oral contraceptives. Also, according to a recent article “[zearalenone] has been widely used in the United States since 1969 to improve fattening rates in cattle by increasing growth rate and feed conversion efficiency. Evidence of human harm from this practice is provided by observations of central precocious puberty. As a result, this practice has been banned by the European Union.” Other research has confirmed the link between mycotoxins and premature puberty.
Pigs fed zearalenone contaminated corn fed pigs has resulted in estrogenic syndromes including uterine enlargement, swelling of the vulva and mammary glands, and pseudopregnancy, according to research published over 30 years ago.
Molecular research on ZEA’s endocrine disruptive properties indicate that it has much higher estrogen receptor binding affinity, when compared nanogram to nanogram, than found in other well-known endocrine disruptors, such as DDT and bisphenol A, in both estrogen receptor subtypes.[v] Also, healthy human intestinal microflora have been shown incapable of degrading zearalenone, unlike bisphenol A. [vi]
Surprisingly, the ZEA study in young NJ girls was the first ever performed to evaluate this mycotoxin’s potential estrogen-disrupting properties, and indicates just how great a need there is for further research on the topic, as far as public health is concerned. There are already over 40 mycotoxins of great enough concern to be subject to regulation by over 100 countries.[vii] And yet, most of these have not been fully characterized or evaluated for their potential health risks.
What Can We Do About The Mycotoxin Problem?
Unfortunately, both conventional and organic grain products are equally susceptible to mycotoxin contamination.[viii] Also, cooking mycotoxin contaminated grains does not appear to reduce their concentrations. The solution, therefore, may require shifting away from cereal grains, altogether – especially those that are not fresh, i.e. corn on the cob. Due to the fact that much of the U.S. corn supply is contaminated with agrichemicals such as glyphosate, the primary herbicide ingredient within Roundup, and has been altered with recombinant DNA technology to contain potentially harmful transgenes, kicking the corn habit may not be so difficult. However, our infatuation with other susceptible grains, such as wheat, may be harder to kick.
One of the best approaches to modifying the diet to exclude mold-susceptible grains is to focus on low-starch, high-nutrient vegetables such as kale instead, and choosing fresh produce instead of consuming more shelf stable, but mycotoxin rich, processed grain-based products.
Also, garlic has been studied to be capable of reducing the adverse effects of zearalenone toxicity, indicating that it would be an excellent seasoning to use if one were to consume potentially contaminated grains or grain-derived products of any kind. In fact, it is likely that the near universal use of spices within world culinary traditions may, in part, be due to their role in reducing adverse health effects associated with mycotoxins and related food-borne pathogens.
[ii] Lauren Lewis, Mary Onsongo, Henry Njapau, Helen Schurz-Rogers, George Luber, Stephanie Kieszak, Jack Nyamongo, Lorraine Backer, Abdikher Mohamud Dahiye, Ambrose Misore, Kevin DeCock, Carol Rubin, . Aflatoxin contamination of commercial maize products during an outbreak of acute aflatoxicosis in eastern and central Kenya. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 Dec ;113(12):1763-7. PMID: 16330360
[iii] Elisa V Bandera, Urmila Chandran, Brian Buckley, Yong Lin, Sastry Isukapalli, Ian Marshall, Melony King, Helmut Zarbl. Urinary mycoestrogens, body size and breast development in New Jersey girls. Full Free Text. Sci Total Environ. 2011 Oct 3. Epub 2011 Oct 3. PMID: 21975003
[v] G G Kuiper, J G Lemmen, B Carlsson, J C Corton, S H Safe, P T van der Saag, B van der Burg, J A Gustafsson. Interaction of estrogenic chemicals and phytoestrogens with estrogen receptor beta. Endocrinology. 1998 Oct ;139(10):4252-63. PMID: 9751507
[vi] Akiyama, H., Toyoda, M., Kato, M., Igimi, S. & Kumagai, S. (1997) The degradation of several mycotoxins by human intestinal microflora cultured by continous flow culture system. Mycotoxins, 44, 21-27.
[vii] Hans P van Egmond, Ronald C Schothorst, Marco A Jonker. Regulations relating to mycotoxins in food: perspectives in a global and European context. Anal Bioanal Chem. 2007 Sep ;389(1):147-57. Epub 2007 May 17. PMID: 17508207
[viii] Carlo Brera, Carla Catano, Barbara de Santis, Francesca Debegnach, Marzia de Giacomo, Elena Pannunzi, Marina Miraglia. Effect of industrial processing on the distribution of aflatoxins and zearalenone in corn-milling fractions. J Agric Food Chem. 2006 Jul 12 ;54(14):5014-9. PMID:16819910
This article first appeared at GreenMedInfo.
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