Revitalize Your Reproductive System Health

Statistics show that one in five couples over the age of 30 have difficulty conceiving after one year of trying. Many of these couples turn to acupuncture and Oriental medicine for a safe, effective and natural solution to having a baby.

Oriental medicine has a long history when it comes to enhancing reproductive health and fertility for both men and women. In fact, evidence that acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used to aid fertility can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD.


  Article by Acufinder. Reprinted with permission.

Fertility treatments were first recorded by Zhang Zhong Jing, a famous physician from the Han Dynasty, in his discussion of diseases in women in the Jin Gui Yao Lue or Essentials of the Golden Cabinet.

Successful conception is more likely when both partners are healthy. With acupuncture and Oriental medicine, parents can improve their health to create the most optimal environment for conception.

According to the principles of Oriental medicine, a person’s health is determined by the quality of Qi, the vital life energy, and blood circulating through the body. When Qi and blood are circulating properly, the body is properly nourished and functioning optimally which, in turn, enhances fertility.

In addition to their ability to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, acupuncture and Oriental medicine are effective in treating issues that affect reproductive health and fertility including:

  • regulating the menstrual cycle
  • addressing pre-existing medical conditions or concerns
  • improving sperm count and motility
  • reducing stress and anxiety associated with infertility
  • normalizing hormone and endocrine systems
  • improving blood flow in the uterus
  • decreasing the chance of miscarriage
  • increasing the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)

Fertility treatment approaches and time-frames can vary from person to person, but are usually scheduled for at least three consecutive cycles (twelve weeks). Treatments can include acupuncture, customized herbal therapy, stress reduction and dietary counseling.

If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties with their reproductive health, please call to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Gynecological conditions, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), fibroids, endometriosis, menopause and infertility are some of the problems treated most successfully by acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Oriental medicine has long recognized that health and vitality can be sustained over a woman’s lifetime by restoring balance within the body and supporting the natural production of essential hormones.

Premenstrual syndrome covers a broad spectrum of issues that can include emotional symptoms such as depression, irritability, sadness, anxiety, or poor concentration. PMS can also include physical symptoms, such as breast tenderness, a change in bowel habits, acne, or loss of libido. Symptoms can change from month to month and vary widely in terms of severity. Imbalances can arise from a variety of factors, including poor diet, too much work, physical or emotional trauma, constitutionally weak Qi (energy) or stress.

In Oriental medicine, the liver is considered responsible for the smooth flow of Qi (life force) throughout the body and for smoothing our emotions. When the liver’s function of moving Qi is disrupted, Qi can become stuck. This is referred to as Liver Qi Stagnation and is commonly associated with PMS. In addition to irritability and moodiness, signs and symptoms may include: distending pain in the area below the ribs, chest congestion, abdominal distention, nausea, acid reflux, belching, diarrhea or constipation, feeling of a lump in the throat, irregular periods, painful periods and swollen breasts prior to periods.

Menopause

Menopause is a transitional period marking the cessation of ovulation in a woman’s body. Symptoms manifest as a woman’s body tries to adapt to decreasing amounts of estrogen. Varying from mild to severe, symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, memory loss, dryness, headaches, joint pain and weight gain.

With its deep understanding of the female body, Oriental medicine has always addressed the special needs of women throughout their lives. Menopause, in particular, is an area in which Oriental medicine shines as it has the ability to detect energetic changes that occur in the body and quickly relieve uncomfortable symptoms that accompany the onset of menopause.

Oriental medicine does not recognize menopause as a particular syndrome and treats symptoms unique to each individual through a variety of techniques to restore imbalances found in the body.

Male Reproductive Health

Oriental medicine can help treat various male disorders. As men age, a decrease in the function of male reproductive organs occurs and they experience andropause, or male menopause. Andropause differs from menopause in that it is not characterized by a dramatic or marked physiological change.

Unlike the more dramatic reproductive hormone plunge that occurs in women during menopause, changes in men occur gradually over a period of many years. Some male reproductive health conditions that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help include premature ejaculation, low sperm count, diminished sperm motility, impotence, hernias, testicular pain, prostatitis, male infertility, and andropause.

Prostate Health

The prostate is prone to enlargement and inflammation as men age, affecting about half of men in their sixties and up to ninety percent of men in their seventies and eighties. If left untreated, benign prostate gland enlargement, which presents with symptoms such as frequent nighttime urination, painful urination, and difficult urination, can lead to more serious conditions such as prostate cancer, urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones, and incontinence.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be used to treat prostate problems to relieve the urinary symptoms and prevent more serious conditions from occurring. The few studies completed on acupuncture and prostatitis show positive results, with participants noticing a marked improvement in their quality of life, a decrease in urinary difficulties, and an increase in urinary function.

Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. Many women report feeling healthier than they have ever felt before; however, the physical growth of the baby and changes in hormone levels can bring about pain, discomfort and a variety of health problems. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can provide a safe, effective way to address many of the health complications that may arise before, during and after pregnancy.

A growing number of women are choosing acupuncture to manage their health throughout their pregnancy and as an alternative treatment for an overdue or difficult labor.

Acupuncture during Pregnancy

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can play a vital role in the comfort of a pregnant woman.

There is strong evidence to support the belief that acupuncture is highly effective in treating some of the most common problems experienced during pregnancy.

Some of the problems that an acupuncturist often treats during pregnancy include:

  • nausea, vomiting
  • heartburn
  • constipation
  • edema (swelling)
  • pelvic pain
  • neck and back pain
  • sciatica
  • leg cramps
  • fatigue and exhaustion
  • insomnia
  • anxiety and depression
  • water retention

Acupuncture for Childbirth

While there are acupuncture points that can provide natural pain relief during labor, acupuncture is more commonly used to induce labor. There are several points that stimulate contractions and influence cervical ripening.

Postpartum Recovery

Many women feel depleted after the birth experience. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help smooth the transition during those first few months after birth to ensure a quick recovery.

Some postpartum disorders that can be treated with acupuncture:

  • fatigue
  • postpartum depression
  • mastitis
  • insufficient or excessive lactation
  • post-operative healing
  • night sweats

Postpartum care focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological recovery of the mother from the effects of pregnancy and labor, and also supports breast feeding.

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Even Better Sex After Prostate Cancer

Even Better Sex After Prostate Cancer is both an informative and supportive book for those sexual partners who have traveled the road of getting their first cancer diagnosis and to post treatment for prostate cancer.

The opportunity here is for a deepening in intimacy and creativity in a sexual partnership that can open doors to more and more sensual/sexual pleasure.

The revealing of a new treatment that leaves a man able to get erections after treatment is important to explore.

Exercises, diet, bio identical hormone replacement therapy and acupuncture are necessary to regain libido and muscle control no matter what treatment protocol was chosen.

It is an exciting new time for the sexual couple, great opportunity for expansion of the sexual territory in their relationship.

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Telomerase Activation

Telomerase Activation works on targeted cells in your body and can improve not only cell longevity but quality of life.

Telomeres become progressively shorter each time the cell divides. When they get too short, cells reach replicative senescence and can no longer divide. The result can be the various conditions associated with old age.

Research has shown that people over sixty who have long telomeres experience greater heart and immune system health than their age-matched counterparts with shorter telomeres. Thus, it is becoming well-understood that maintaining telomere length is preventing age-related decline.

Learn more about the new world of telomerase activation as a method to intervene in the aging process. Understand how taking TA-65 may improve your health and vitality.

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Your Hair Dye could Kill you

The use of popular hair dyes can produce extreme allergic reactions, and may even kill you – even if you have used the same hair dye for years with little or no ill-effects.

In one recent case, a woman in the UK, Julia McCabe, last week fell into a coma following her use of L’Oreal Preferences hair dye. “Mr Miller said his daughter had dyed her hair regularly for several years and had used the L’Oreal product in the past. He believes she did a skin test before using the dye.”

A month earlier, a teenaged girl, Tabatha McCourt, died in agony. “A chemical called p-Phenylenediamine has reportedly been suggested as a possible cause for the sudden reaction. Emma Meredith, head of scientific research at the Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association, explained it is used in many dyes that darken hair.”

For more information, please click the link below to read a blog entry at Health Freedoms.

HealthFreedoms.org full article

Julie McCabe and Tabatha

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Postpartum Depression

The following is excerpted from an article at AcutakeHealth.com

“The country’s first inpatient clinic for postpartum depression opened yesterday. Reporting on the opening, taking place at a University of North Carolina hospital in Chapel Hill, NPR said the new clinic will focus exclusively on the needs of women who experience severe mood changes after giving birth. Breast pumps, rocking chairs, individual and family therapy, and extended visiting hours for babies are all part of the specialized treatment regimen.

“Acupuncture should be included as well.

“Depression from an acupuncture perspective is a form of stagnation. Things are not moving as they should through a particular organ or meridian, causing emotional symptoms such as weighty sadness, frustration, or feelings of being blocked….”

Continue to full article at AcutakeHealth.com:
Postpartum Depression is a Depression all its own

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Memory is in the Blood

Two separate studies released last week looked at why we sometimes have a hard time remembering things.

One said internet use plays a role, as we make less effort to retain information we know can be retrieved later.

The other exposed the damaging effects of binge drinking, for its ability to trigger a steroid that interferes with memory.

As anyone who has attempted to recite a phone number in the past 10 years can confirm, technology certainly has dwindled our recall abilities. And drinking need not be of the binge variety to remind us that alcohol clouds the memory.

But what about memory lapses that are unrelated (or in addition) to the deficiencies created by computers and alcohol? What underlying issues make us susceptible to these kinds of external factors that contribute to poor memory? This is where acupuncturists focus their attention…. [continued]

Read the complete article here: Memory is in the Blood

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Foods that Help Eliminate Radiation

When disaster strikes, many rush out and buy the saving grace without exactly knowing its proper use or why they are buying it. We often don’t think of something like radiation exposure until there is a looming threat.

But, there are steps we can take all along to minimize and reverse damage from the many forms of radiation we encounter everyday.

  1. Brown rice
  2. Seaweed
  3. Kelp
  4. Miso
  5. Pumpkin
  6. Spirulina
  7. Bee pollen
  8. Wheat grass
  9. Rosemary
  10. Blue-green algae
  11. Beets
  12. Garlic
  13. Ginger
  14. Alfalfa sprouts
  15. Broccoli
  16. Onions
  17. Olive oil
  18. Leafy greens
  19. Apples and other sources of pectin

These foods protect the body from radiation in different ways. For instance, brown rice is high in fiber and phosphorous, which help remove harmful toxins from the body. Sea vegetables contain a polysaccharide that binds to radioactive strontium to help eliminate it from the body, as well as being high in natural iodine. Pectin has also been shown to bind to radioactive residues, and Cysteine (in onions) binds with and deactivates radioactive isotopes. Alfalfa sprouts and greens are high in chlorophyll, which has been shown to help protect against radiation damage, as well.Keep in mind that you should aim for organic and be aware of the sources. For example, fresh sprouted alfalfa sprouts from your windowsill are preferable to those shipped from thousands of miles away (and possibly doused with those isotopes).

 

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These 8 Conspiracy Theories Are Actually True

8 Conspiracy Theories About Health That The Mainstream Media Has Been Forced To Admit Are Actually True

The following is excerpted from a longer article. Please follow the link at the bottom to find the complete list of 8.

Who knows more about health – the mainstream media or those that believe in “conspiracy theories”? Well, the truth is that time after time after time those in the “alternative media” and those who believe in “conspiracy theories” have been proven to be far ahead of those in the mainstream media when it comes to matters of health. Sadly, the mainstream media receives so much funding and so many advertising dollars from the pharmaceutical industry, the medical industry, the big chemical companies and the health insurance industry that they are extremely cautious to report any information that would be harmful to any of them. So for years, the mainstream media generally refused to talk about the dangers posed by things such as fluoride, aspartame, prescription drugs, genetically modified crops and cell phones. But now the alternative media has been making so much noise about many of these health issues for so long that the mainstream media has been forced to acknowledge that some of these “conspiracy theories” about health are actually true.

Not that the mainstream media is all of a sudden turning their backs on the financial giants that are pumping billions of dollars into them. But the truth is that we are starting to see just a little bit more honest reporting about health issues from the mainstream media these days.

The following are 8 conspiracy theories about health that the mainstream media has been forced to admit are actually true….

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Mouse-Pig & Super-Fish Seek Approval for Human Consumption

“Here I come to save the daaaay! I’m not very mighty, I don’t fly (yet), but my DNA has been spliced with mouse DNA which means that my poop now has less environment-harming phosphorous. This allows me and my cohorts to continue being stacked in barns to the brim – no dietary changes necessary! Soon my mutated flesh will be a tender morsel on your plate but you won’t even know it’s me.”

Enter Enviropig! And his trusty side-kick Super Fish!

Genetically mutated plants and animals always start out as some sort of trial – “Oh we would never allow this on the dinner plate,” is always the beginning line. Blink and you’ll miss the critters crawling onto the grocers’ shelves. Most of us are unaware of our consumption of GM vegetation. The push and final release of GM salmon will be the precedent that allows Enviropig on the market. The supposed intention behind Enviropig is the environment, but that’s a giant load of steaming hog manure, otherwise the pigs themselves would be given better treatment and diets to lower phosphorous waste.Some speculate that the Corn Refiners Association is the influence behind the pigs’ mostly corn-fed diet that attributes to the highly phosphorous poo. Instead of different food and free range, the answer is to create labs, hire scientists, and mix them with mice?

“It is estimated that if just 60 genetically engineered salmon were released, the wild population of salmon could be extinct in forty generations.” Future of Food These genetically “enhanced” animals, as the media often calls them, have no benefit for human consumption; no added nutrient value, etc. GM products were often lauded as the way to end world hunger, but world hunger has nothing to do with the unavailability of food. It has everything to do with a country’s government and that other countries cannot continue to sustain their agriculture with loans from the World Bank.

Health officials and GM research firms are pushing hard and fast for the animals’ widespread use without one iota of thought or impartial testing of the future impact on the environment, animal kingdom, and human species. We’d like to think that such an ecologic and environmental travesty would only happen when pigs fly – but it might just be sooner than you think. ~Health Freedoms

OTTAWA, CANADA – The federal government is refusing to say whether it is close to approving genetically modified animals for human consumption. But if they do, you may never know it.

So far, groups have applied to get approval for fish that grow twice as fast as normal, and pigs with mice DNA spliced into them.

“For confidentiality reasons, Health Canada cannot confirm whether or not a submission has been filed or any other information related to a submission,” said Jenny Van Alstyne, spokeswoman for Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.

This week, media reports revealed that scientists in the department of fisheries and oceans raised doubts about approving genetically modified fish over concerns the fish could escape from fish farms and mate with natural Canadian fish stock.

AquaBounty, a firm with Canadian and U.S. operations, made the application.

AquaBounty’s website claims the company is also working on developing hybrid salmon, trout and tilapia, which will also grow faster than traditional fish.

The application for a genetically modified pig comes from the University of Guelph. Called Enviropig, researchers spliced DNA from mice into Yorkshire pigs to reduce the amount of phosphorous in swine’s manure.

The researchers hope the reduced phosphorous will mean less pollution in rivers and streams near large-scale pig farms.

Under current regulations, there would be no requirement to tell the public the animals they are eating are anything other than a regular fish or pigs.

“Consumers have a right to know what they are eating,” said MP Alex Atamanenko, the NDP agriculture and food security critic.

Atamanenko called on the government to put a moratorium on all genetically modified foods, calling them a health hazard.

“I think it would be a travesty if the government would allow this to happen without letting consumers know what they are eating.

“I think it’s absurd to release a genetically modified salmon or pig into the environment,” said Atamanenko. “There¹s no way to separate a genetically modified salmon from regular salmon.”

By BRIAN LILLEY, Parliamentary Bureau

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/02/23/17383726.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/03/100330-bacon-pigs-enviropig-dead-zones/
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2010/09/25/enviropig-the-next-transgenic-food/

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U.S. Still Using Toxic Dyes Left Out of U.K. Goods

In a never ending pursuit for profit, American companies like Kellog, Kraft and General Mills continue to use dangerous food dyes despite reports linking the chemicals to some types of cancer and causing childhood problems like hyperactivity, bed-wetting, and more. EU regulators require foods containing chemical food dyes to carry a warning label. Since that would deter customers, the US food giants gave into the demands of proven safety in Europe and eliminated the chemical dyes from their products sold overseas, replacing them with natural food dyes made from plants.

These companies find it too hard to part with the half-penny per box profit they generate by keeping the dyes in the US food supply and protect consumers and children by using plant based dyes like those sold in the UK.

“In Europe manufacturers need to prove an ingredient is SAFE beyond a shadow of a doubt for it to be approved for use.

In the US, researchers need to prove an ingredient is DANGEROUS beyond a shadow of a doubt for it to be banned.”

Fooducate.com

United States food giants have the blessing of our government’s administration to use the chemicals, as the FDA gives dyes a GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status. The FDA even words the status loosely, “generally” recognized as safe; that word indicates a lack of certainty on the matter since the dyes have never actually been proven safe. This green light from the FDA is why consumers’ intake of food dyes have increased five times in the last 30 years. Interesting how in the last couple decades, as marketing colorful foods to children became regular practice for these companies, childhood behavioral disorders has skyrocketed. That’s convenient for the corporate giants as now drug companies can market mind numbing pills to our children with the promise to quell this new surge of troubled youth inflicted with the dreaded ADD.

As I left the supermarket today, there was a box of food dye sitting out of place near the checkout; I couldn’t help but imagine who was going to buy it, knowing someone would unknowingly be loading their family up with these chemicals in holiday sweets. While you can’t go around putting poison stickers on every prepackaged fake food product that sits on grocer’s shelves (which was a fleeting thought as I stood in line waiting to check out) you can take measures to protect your family by offering them a diet of whole, organic foods and educating your friends and extended family who may be unaware of what lurks inside processed foods.

~Health Freedoms

When most shoppers reach for Kellogg’s strawberry-flavored, Nutri-Grain cereal bars, they likely assume that the snacks get their hue from, well, actual strawberries. Or if that alluringly red fruit filling didn’t come from real berries, it must at least be the result of other natural ingredients, right? Unfortunately, shoppers would be wrong in making both of those assumptions – in America, that is.

Check a box of strawberry Nutri-Grain bars sold in America and you’ll notice that the treats contain synthetic food dyes like Red 40, Yellow 6, and Blue 1 (pdf). Shoppers on the other side of the pond buying the same products, however, will see that their bars get their colors from all-natural beet root, annatto, and paprika extract.

Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain bars are hardly the only American food products whose ingredients differ from those of their European counterparts. A Fanta soda sold in the States gets its shockingly orange hue from Red 40 and Yellow 6. U.K. consumers can thank pumpkin and carrot extract for creating the bold-colored beverage. McDonald’s strawberry sundaes sold in the U.S. rely on Red 40. In the U.K. those sundaes get their red sauce from – gasp! – actual strawberries. And while America-sold Tostitos Hint of Lime chips contain Blue 1 and Red 40, the snack’s U.K. version lists no food colorants whatsoever.

While countless U.S. foods contain synthetic food dyes like Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, these goods’ European counterparts regularly get their colors from all-natural extracts. “Food safety officials in Europe have moved much more quickly to protect children from artificial dyes,” the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said in a press release. “The British government has urged companies to stop using most dyes, and the European Union requires a warning notice on most dyed foods. As a consequence, the Kellogg Company, Kraft, McDonald’s and other American companies that do business in Europe use safe, natural colorings there – but harmful, synthetic petrochemicals here.”

The difference in ingredients comes at the expense of American consumers’ health. Studies link artificial dyes like Red 40 to behavioral problems and hyperactivity in children. Some synthetic dyes – like Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 – contain cancer-causing compounds, while others have been linked to allergic reactions. As Europe cracks down on the use of these noxious, processed colors, America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fails to regulate their use despite mounting evidence that these dye cause health problems. So while some companies like Kellogg have ditched synthetic food dyes from their European products, they continue to pump American-sold foods full of artificial colors in order to maximize profits. It’s a discrepancy that’s caused Americans’ intake of artificial dyes to skyrocket to five times more than the amount folks consumed 30 years ago.

While Kraft, McDonald’s, Kellogg, General Mills, and Mars continue to use millions of pounds of synthetic dyes every year, some companies are voluntarily eliminating these chemicals. According to CSPI, Starbucks doesn’t use artificial colors in any of its beverages or pastries, while famed candy maker NECCO ditched dyes from its wafers. Frito-Lay is also experimenting with dye-free foods.
The FDA recently said it would (finally) examine artificial dyes’ potential impacts on children’s health, but restricting these harmful chemical could still be awhile off – if this kind of regulation ever happens. In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to demand that companies rid their products of dangerous dyes. It’s clear that safe alternatives exist because food producers are already using them in Europe.

By: Sarah Parsons

Source: Fooducate.com

Source: HealthFreedoms.org

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Very Basic Food Safety Table/Guide

This table isn’t about genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Don’t eat GMOs! There are many studies showing that foods with GMOs are unsafe to eat. This table will not show the GMO content at all! Most commercial corn and soy are GMOs. Be wary of corn- and soy-containing commercial (non-organic) foods like tofu, popcorn, corn sweeteners, corn meal, corn oil, soy oil, soy protein, and dextrose.

As you know, I am very concerned about the usage of excitotoxins in prepared foods as well. You’ll have to read about them elsewhere. For this article, I am writing only about plain, simple foods eaten raw or cooked “from scratch.”

The best foods are raised organically, because this means that they cannot be GMOs. Also, the few chemicals used by the organic farmers are all known to be extremely safe. The best of the organic foods are the original plant foods that produce vegetables/fruits with seeds that reproduce the same plant. These are known as “heirloom” foods.

Heirloom foods have more food value than hybrid foods. Hybridized foods are created by cross-breeding different heirloom foods. Broccoli, for instance, is a hybridized food because it was a cross-breed between two (or more) different vegetables. (This was done by Mr. Broccoli, whose descendants are the producers of James Bond movies.) I was talking with a fourth-generation organic farmer who found that he had to feed 50% more hybridized grains to his livestock for them to grow the same amount as his heirloom grain-fed livestock. So the heirloom foods have more food value and thus are better for you than the hybridized foods.

Although the degree of hybridization of a food is important, we have an even greater concern. As consumers of foods that are not GMO, our greatest health danger is the amount of chemical residues present in the vegetables and fruits.

Here is a list of the contamination of non-organic vegetables and fruits–ranked from most contaminated to least contaminated. Do not eat GMOs or excitotoxins at all! Eat animal products that are at least antibiotic and hormone-free. Remember to bring this list the next time you go to the non-organic grocery store or go to a non-organic restaurant!

Vegetables
Least safe to safest
(based on chemical residue levels)

  • Celery
  • Peppers, bell and hot types
  • Spinach
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Winter Squash
  • Scallions
  • Beets with greens
  • Collard Greens
  • Mustard Greens
  • Yams
  • Eggplant
  • Okra
  • Bok Choy
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Swiss Chard
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Mushrooms
  • Turnips
  • Summer Squash
  • Radishes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas, Sweet, Snap & Snow
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn (non-GMO)
  Fruits
Least safe to safest
(based on chemical residue levels)

  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Red Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Grapes, esp. imported ones
  • Pears
  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apricots
  • Pumpkins
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Persimmons
  • Plums
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon (seeded)
  • Papayas
  • Mangos
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Pineapples
  • Bananas
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GMO Foods

How Frankenfoods Are Contaminating Our Food Supply – and Your Body!

Do stay away from GMO foods, soy and corn being the most highly problematic.

As the saying goes, “We are what we eat” – but considering what we eat nowadays, that’s not saying much. We could do a heck of a lot better! The average American’s diet leans heavily on corn, not so much in its vegetable form – which is okay in moderation when you reach level 2 – but in its nasty, toxic forms, like high-fructose corn syrup, which is found in many of the fake, processed foods at the center of the supermarket. And if you’re a vegetarian, your diet probably also leans heavily on soy.

So what does this mean for you?

Well, corn and soy are two of the leading Frankenfoods – or genetically modified crops – out there. This makes them available and affordable, but don’t be fooled: It doesn’t make them good for our health. While genetic modification is great for the food industry – allowing for hardier produce with a longer shelf life and, sometimes, new and interesting characteristics – it’s simply not that great for our bodies. We’re designed to digest natural, nutritious whole foods – not produce that’s been tampered with in a scientific laboratory.

Ms. Somers goes on to suggest removing any foods that contain corn-based products – especially high-fructose corn syrup – from your diet. and eating animal protein that is organic and naturally raised.

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Revitalize Your Reproductive System Health

Statistics show that one in five couples over the age of 30 have difficulty conceiving after one year of trying. Many of these couples turn to acupuncture and Oriental medicine for a safe, effective and natural solution to having a baby.

Oriental medicine has a long history when it comes to enhancing reproductive health and fertility for both men and women. In fact, evidence that acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used to aid fertility can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD.


  Article by Acufinder. Reprinted with permission.

Fertility treatments were first recorded by Zhang Zhong Jing, a famous physician from the Han Dynasty, in his discussion of diseases in women in the Jin Gui Yao Lue or Essentials of the Golden Cabinet.

Successful conception is more likely when both partners are healthy. With acupuncture and Oriental medicine, parents can improve their health to create the most optimal environment for conception.

According to the principles of Oriental medicine, a person’s health is determined by the quality of Qi, the vital life energy, and blood circulating through the body. When Qi and blood are circulating properly, the body is properly nourished and functioning optimally which, in turn, enhances fertility.

In addition to their ability to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, acupuncture and Oriental medicine are effective in treating issues that affect reproductive health and fertility including:

  • regulating the menstrual cycle
  • addressing pre-existing medical conditions or concerns
  • improving sperm count and motility
  • reducing stress and anxiety associated with infertility
  • normalizing hormone and endocrine systems
  • improving blood flow in the uterus
  • decreasing the chance of miscarriage
  • increasing the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)

Fertility treatment approaches and time-frames can vary from person to person, but are usually scheduled for at least three consecutive cycles (twelve weeks). Treatments can include acupuncture, customized herbal therapy, stress reduction and dietary counseling.

If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties with their reproductive health, please call to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Gynecological conditions, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), fibroids, endometriosis, menopause and infertility are some of the problems treated most successfully by acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Oriental medicine has long recognized that health and vitality can be sustained over a woman’s lifetime by restoring balance within the body and supporting the natural production of essential hormones.

Premenstrual syndrome covers a broad spectrum of issues that can include emotional symptoms such as depression, irritability, sadness, anxiety, or poor concentration. PMS can also include physical symptoms, such as breast tenderness, a change in bowel habits, acne, or loss of libido. Symptoms can change from month to month and vary widely in terms of severity. Imbalances can arise from a variety of factors, including poor diet, too much work, physical or emotional trauma, constitutionally weak Qi (energy) or stress.

In Oriental medicine, the liver is considered responsible for the smooth flow of Qi (life force) throughout the body and for smoothing our emotions. When the liver’s function of moving Qi is disrupted, Qi can become stuck. This is referred to as Liver Qi Stagnation and is commonly associated with PMS. In addition to irritability and moodiness, signs and symptoms may include: distending pain in the area below the ribs, chest congestion, abdominal distention, nausea, acid reflux, belching, diarrhea or constipation, feeling of a lump in the throat, irregular periods, painful periods and swollen breasts prior to periods.

Menopause

Menopause is a transitional period marking the cessation of ovulation in a woman’s body. Symptoms manifest as a woman’s body tries to adapt to decreasing amounts of estrogen. Varying from mild to severe, symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, memory loss, dryness, headaches, joint pain and weight gain.

With its deep understanding of the female body, Oriental medicine has always addressed the special needs of women throughout their lives. Menopause, in particular, is an area in which Oriental medicine shines as it has the ability to detect energetic changes that occur in the body and quickly relieve uncomfortable symptoms that accompany the onset of menopause.

Oriental medicine does not recognize menopause as a particular syndrome and treats symptoms unique to each individual through a variety of techniques to restore imbalances found in the body.

Male Reproductive Health

Oriental medicine can help treat various male disorders. As men age, a decrease in the function of male reproductive organs occurs and they experience andropause, or male menopause. Andropause differs from menopause in that it is not characterized by a dramatic or marked physiological change.

Unlike the more dramatic reproductive hormone plunge that occurs in women during menopause, changes in men occur gradually over a period of many years. Some male reproductive health conditions that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help include premature ejaculation, low sperm count, diminished sperm motility, impotence, hernias, testicular pain, prostatitis, male infertility, and andropause.

Prostate Health

The prostate is prone to enlargement and inflammation as men age, affecting about half of men in their sixties and up to ninety percent of men in their seventies and eighties. If left untreated, benign prostate gland enlargement, which presents with symptoms such as frequent nighttime urination, painful urination, and difficult urination, can lead to more serious conditions such as prostate cancer, urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones, and incontinence.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be used to treat prostate problems to relieve the urinary symptoms and prevent more serious conditions from occurring. The few studies completed on acupuncture and prostatitis show positive results, with participants noticing a marked improvement in their quality of life, a decrease in urinary difficulties, and an increase in urinary function.

Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. Many women report feeling healthier than they have ever felt before; however, the physical growth of the baby and changes in hormone levels can bring about pain, discomfort and a variety of health problems. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can provide a safe, effective way to address many of the health complications that may arise before, during and after pregnancy.

A growing number of women are choosing acupuncture to manage their health throughout their pregnancy and as an alternative treatment for an overdue or difficult labor.

Acupuncture during Pregnancy

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can play a vital role in the comfort of a pregnant woman.

There is strong evidence to support the belief that acupuncture is highly effective in treating some of the most common problems experienced during pregnancy.

Some of the problems that an acupuncturist often treats during pregnancy include:

  • nausea, vomiting
  • heartburn
  • constipation
  • edema (swelling)
  • pelvic pain
  • neck and back pain
  • sciatica
  • leg cramps
  • fatigue and exhaustion
  • insomnia
  • anxiety and depression
  • water retention

Acupuncture for Childbirth

While there are acupuncture points that can provide natural pain relief during labor, acupuncture is more commonly used to induce labor. There are several points that stimulate contractions and influence cervical ripening.

Postpartum Recovery

Many women feel depleted after the birth experience. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help smooth the transition during those first few months after birth to ensure a quick recovery.

Some postpartum disorders that can be treated with acupuncture:

  • fatigue
  • postpartum depression
  • mastitis
  • insufficient or excessive lactation
  • post-operative healing
  • night sweats

Postpartum care focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological recovery of the mother from the effects of pregnancy and labor, and also supports breast feeding.

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Even Better Sex After Prostate Cancer

Even Better Sex After Prostate Cancer is both an informative and supportive book for those sexual partners who have traveled the road of getting their first cancer diagnosis and to post treatment for prostate cancer.

The opportunity here is for a deepening in intimacy and creativity in a sexual partnership that can open doors to more and more sensual/sexual pleasure.

The revealing of a new treatment that leaves a man able to get erections after treatment is important to explore.

Exercises, diet, bio identical hormone replacement therapy and acupuncture are necessary to regain libido and muscle control no matter what treatment protocol was chosen.

It is an exciting new time for the sexual couple, great opportunity for expansion of the sexual territory in their relationship.

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Telomerase Activation

Telomerase Activation works on targeted cells in your body and can improve not only cell longevity but quality of life.

Telomeres become progressively shorter each time the cell divides. When they get too short, cells reach replicative senescence and can no longer divide. The result can be the various conditions associated with old age.

Research has shown that people over sixty who have long telomeres experience greater heart and immune system health than their age-matched counterparts with shorter telomeres. Thus, it is becoming well-understood that maintaining telomere length is preventing age-related decline.

Learn more about the new world of telomerase activation as a method to intervene in the aging process. Understand how taking TA-65 may improve your health and vitality.

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Your Hair Dye could Kill you

The use of popular hair dyes can produce extreme allergic reactions, and may even kill you – even if you have used the same hair dye for years with little or no ill-effects.

In one recent case, a woman in the UK, Julia McCabe, last week fell into a coma following her use of L’Oreal Preferences hair dye. “Mr Miller said his daughter had dyed her hair regularly for several years and had used the L’Oreal product in the past. He believes she did a skin test before using the dye.”

A month earlier, a teenaged girl, Tabatha McCourt, died in agony. “A chemical called p-Phenylenediamine has reportedly been suggested as a possible cause for the sudden reaction. Emma Meredith, head of scientific research at the Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association, explained it is used in many dyes that darken hair.”

For more information, please click the link below to read a blog entry at Health Freedoms.

HealthFreedoms.org full article

Julie McCabe and Tabatha

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Postpartum Depression

The following is excerpted from an article at AcutakeHealth.com

“The country’s first inpatient clinic for postpartum depression opened yesterday. Reporting on the opening, taking place at a University of North Carolina hospital in Chapel Hill, NPR said the new clinic will focus exclusively on the needs of women who experience severe mood changes after giving birth. Breast pumps, rocking chairs, individual and family therapy, and extended visiting hours for babies are all part of the specialized treatment regimen.

“Acupuncture should be included as well.

“Depression from an acupuncture perspective is a form of stagnation. Things are not moving as they should through a particular organ or meridian, causing emotional symptoms such as weighty sadness, frustration, or feelings of being blocked….”

Continue to full article at AcutakeHealth.com:
Postpartum Depression is a Depression all its own

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Memory is in the Blood

Two separate studies released last week looked at why we sometimes have a hard time remembering things.

One said internet use plays a role, as we make less effort to retain information we know can be retrieved later.

The other exposed the damaging effects of binge drinking, for its ability to trigger a steroid that interferes with memory.

As anyone who has attempted to recite a phone number in the past 10 years can confirm, technology certainly has dwindled our recall abilities. And drinking need not be of the binge variety to remind us that alcohol clouds the memory.

But what about memory lapses that are unrelated (or in addition) to the deficiencies created by computers and alcohol? What underlying issues make us susceptible to these kinds of external factors that contribute to poor memory? This is where acupuncturists focus their attention…. [continued]

Read the complete article here: Memory is in the Blood

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Foods that Help Eliminate Radiation

When disaster strikes, many rush out and buy the saving grace without exactly knowing its proper use or why they are buying it. We often don’t think of something like radiation exposure until there is a looming threat.

But, there are steps we can take all along to minimize and reverse damage from the many forms of radiation we encounter everyday.

  1. Brown rice
  2. Seaweed
  3. Kelp
  4. Miso
  5. Pumpkin
  6. Spirulina
  7. Bee pollen
  8. Wheat grass
  9. Rosemary
  10. Blue-green algae
  11. Beets
  12. Garlic
  13. Ginger
  14. Alfalfa sprouts
  15. Broccoli
  16. Onions
  17. Olive oil
  18. Leafy greens
  19. Apples and other sources of pectin

These foods protect the body from radiation in different ways. For instance, brown rice is high in fiber and phosphorous, which help remove harmful toxins from the body. Sea vegetables contain a polysaccharide that binds to radioactive strontium to help eliminate it from the body, as well as being high in natural iodine. Pectin has also been shown to bind to radioactive residues, and Cysteine (in onions) binds with and deactivates radioactive isotopes. Alfalfa sprouts and greens are high in chlorophyll, which has been shown to help protect against radiation damage, as well.Keep in mind that you should aim for organic and be aware of the sources. For example, fresh sprouted alfalfa sprouts from your windowsill are preferable to those shipped from thousands of miles away (and possibly doused with those isotopes).

 

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These 8 Conspiracy Theories Are Actually True

8 Conspiracy Theories About Health That The Mainstream Media Has Been Forced To Admit Are Actually True

The following is excerpted from a longer article. Please follow the link at the bottom to find the complete list of 8.

Who knows more about health – the mainstream media or those that believe in “conspiracy theories”? Well, the truth is that time after time after time those in the “alternative media” and those who believe in “conspiracy theories” have been proven to be far ahead of those in the mainstream media when it comes to matters of health. Sadly, the mainstream media receives so much funding and so many advertising dollars from the pharmaceutical industry, the medical industry, the big chemical companies and the health insurance industry that they are extremely cautious to report any information that would be harmful to any of them. So for years, the mainstream media generally refused to talk about the dangers posed by things such as fluoride, aspartame, prescription drugs, genetically modified crops and cell phones. But now the alternative media has been making so much noise about many of these health issues for so long that the mainstream media has been forced to acknowledge that some of these “conspiracy theories” about health are actually true.

Not that the mainstream media is all of a sudden turning their backs on the financial giants that are pumping billions of dollars into them. But the truth is that we are starting to see just a little bit more honest reporting about health issues from the mainstream media these days.

The following are 8 conspiracy theories about health that the mainstream media has been forced to admit are actually true….

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Mouse-Pig & Super-Fish Seek Approval for Human Consumption

“Here I come to save the daaaay! I’m not very mighty, I don’t fly (yet), but my DNA has been spliced with mouse DNA which means that my poop now has less environment-harming phosphorous. This allows me and my cohorts to continue being stacked in barns to the brim – no dietary changes necessary! Soon my mutated flesh will be a tender morsel on your plate but you won’t even know it’s me.”

Enter Enviropig! And his trusty side-kick Super Fish!

Genetically mutated plants and animals always start out as some sort of trial – “Oh we would never allow this on the dinner plate,” is always the beginning line. Blink and you’ll miss the critters crawling onto the grocers’ shelves. Most of us are unaware of our consumption of GM vegetation. The push and final release of GM salmon will be the precedent that allows Enviropig on the market. The supposed intention behind Enviropig is the environment, but that’s a giant load of steaming hog manure, otherwise the pigs themselves would be given better treatment and diets to lower phosphorous waste.Some speculate that the Corn Refiners Association is the influence behind the pigs’ mostly corn-fed diet that attributes to the highly phosphorous poo. Instead of different food and free range, the answer is to create labs, hire scientists, and mix them with mice?

“It is estimated that if just 60 genetically engineered salmon were released, the wild population of salmon could be extinct in forty generations.” Future of Food These genetically “enhanced” animals, as the media often calls them, have no benefit for human consumption; no added nutrient value, etc. GM products were often lauded as the way to end world hunger, but world hunger has nothing to do with the unavailability of food. It has everything to do with a country’s government and that other countries cannot continue to sustain their agriculture with loans from the World Bank.

Health officials and GM research firms are pushing hard and fast for the animals’ widespread use without one iota of thought or impartial testing of the future impact on the environment, animal kingdom, and human species. We’d like to think that such an ecologic and environmental travesty would only happen when pigs fly – but it might just be sooner than you think. ~Health Freedoms

OTTAWA, CANADA – The federal government is refusing to say whether it is close to approving genetically modified animals for human consumption. But if they do, you may never know it.

So far, groups have applied to get approval for fish that grow twice as fast as normal, and pigs with mice DNA spliced into them.

“For confidentiality reasons, Health Canada cannot confirm whether or not a submission has been filed or any other information related to a submission,” said Jenny Van Alstyne, spokeswoman for Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.

This week, media reports revealed that scientists in the department of fisheries and oceans raised doubts about approving genetically modified fish over concerns the fish could escape from fish farms and mate with natural Canadian fish stock.

AquaBounty, a firm with Canadian and U.S. operations, made the application.

AquaBounty’s website claims the company is also working on developing hybrid salmon, trout and tilapia, which will also grow faster than traditional fish.

The application for a genetically modified pig comes from the University of Guelph. Called Enviropig, researchers spliced DNA from mice into Yorkshire pigs to reduce the amount of phosphorous in swine’s manure.

The researchers hope the reduced phosphorous will mean less pollution in rivers and streams near large-scale pig farms.

Under current regulations, there would be no requirement to tell the public the animals they are eating are anything other than a regular fish or pigs.

“Consumers have a right to know what they are eating,” said MP Alex Atamanenko, the NDP agriculture and food security critic.

Atamanenko called on the government to put a moratorium on all genetically modified foods, calling them a health hazard.

“I think it would be a travesty if the government would allow this to happen without letting consumers know what they are eating.

“I think it’s absurd to release a genetically modified salmon or pig into the environment,” said Atamanenko. “There¹s no way to separate a genetically modified salmon from regular salmon.”

By BRIAN LILLEY, Parliamentary Bureau

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/02/23/17383726.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/03/100330-bacon-pigs-enviropig-dead-zones/
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2010/09/25/enviropig-the-next-transgenic-food/

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U.S. Still Using Toxic Dyes Left Out of U.K. Goods

In a never ending pursuit for profit, American companies like Kellog, Kraft and General Mills continue to use dangerous food dyes despite reports linking the chemicals to some types of cancer and causing childhood problems like hyperactivity, bed-wetting, and more. EU regulators require foods containing chemical food dyes to carry a warning label. Since that would deter customers, the US food giants gave into the demands of proven safety in Europe and eliminated the chemical dyes from their products sold overseas, replacing them with natural food dyes made from plants.

These companies find it too hard to part with the half-penny per box profit they generate by keeping the dyes in the US food supply and protect consumers and children by using plant based dyes like those sold in the UK.

“In Europe manufacturers need to prove an ingredient is SAFE beyond a shadow of a doubt for it to be approved for use.

In the US, researchers need to prove an ingredient is DANGEROUS beyond a shadow of a doubt for it to be banned.”

Fooducate.com

United States food giants have the blessing of our government’s administration to use the chemicals, as the FDA gives dyes a GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status. The FDA even words the status loosely, “generally” recognized as safe; that word indicates a lack of certainty on the matter since the dyes have never actually been proven safe. This green light from the FDA is why consumers’ intake of food dyes have increased five times in the last 30 years. Interesting how in the last couple decades, as marketing colorful foods to children became regular practice for these companies, childhood behavioral disorders has skyrocketed. That’s convenient for the corporate giants as now drug companies can market mind numbing pills to our children with the promise to quell this new surge of troubled youth inflicted with the dreaded ADD.

As I left the supermarket today, there was a box of food dye sitting out of place near the checkout; I couldn’t help but imagine who was going to buy it, knowing someone would unknowingly be loading their family up with these chemicals in holiday sweets. While you can’t go around putting poison stickers on every prepackaged fake food product that sits on grocer’s shelves (which was a fleeting thought as I stood in line waiting to check out) you can take measures to protect your family by offering them a diet of whole, organic foods and educating your friends and extended family who may be unaware of what lurks inside processed foods.

~Health Freedoms

When most shoppers reach for Kellogg’s strawberry-flavored, Nutri-Grain cereal bars, they likely assume that the snacks get their hue from, well, actual strawberries. Or if that alluringly red fruit filling didn’t come from real berries, it must at least be the result of other natural ingredients, right? Unfortunately, shoppers would be wrong in making both of those assumptions – in America, that is.

Check a box of strawberry Nutri-Grain bars sold in America and you’ll notice that the treats contain synthetic food dyes like Red 40, Yellow 6, and Blue 1 (pdf). Shoppers on the other side of the pond buying the same products, however, will see that their bars get their colors from all-natural beet root, annatto, and paprika extract.

Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain bars are hardly the only American food products whose ingredients differ from those of their European counterparts. A Fanta soda sold in the States gets its shockingly orange hue from Red 40 and Yellow 6. U.K. consumers can thank pumpkin and carrot extract for creating the bold-colored beverage. McDonald’s strawberry sundaes sold in the U.S. rely on Red 40. In the U.K. those sundaes get their red sauce from – gasp! – actual strawberries. And while America-sold Tostitos Hint of Lime chips contain Blue 1 and Red 40, the snack’s U.K. version lists no food colorants whatsoever.

While countless U.S. foods contain synthetic food dyes like Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, these goods’ European counterparts regularly get their colors from all-natural extracts. “Food safety officials in Europe have moved much more quickly to protect children from artificial dyes,” the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said in a press release. “The British government has urged companies to stop using most dyes, and the European Union requires a warning notice on most dyed foods. As a consequence, the Kellogg Company, Kraft, McDonald’s and other American companies that do business in Europe use safe, natural colorings there – but harmful, synthetic petrochemicals here.”

The difference in ingredients comes at the expense of American consumers’ health. Studies link artificial dyes like Red 40 to behavioral problems and hyperactivity in children. Some synthetic dyes – like Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 – contain cancer-causing compounds, while others have been linked to allergic reactions. As Europe cracks down on the use of these noxious, processed colors, America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fails to regulate their use despite mounting evidence that these dye cause health problems. So while some companies like Kellogg have ditched synthetic food dyes from their European products, they continue to pump American-sold foods full of artificial colors in order to maximize profits. It’s a discrepancy that’s caused Americans’ intake of artificial dyes to skyrocket to five times more than the amount folks consumed 30 years ago.

While Kraft, McDonald’s, Kellogg, General Mills, and Mars continue to use millions of pounds of synthetic dyes every year, some companies are voluntarily eliminating these chemicals. According to CSPI, Starbucks doesn’t use artificial colors in any of its beverages or pastries, while famed candy maker NECCO ditched dyes from its wafers. Frito-Lay is also experimenting with dye-free foods.
The FDA recently said it would (finally) examine artificial dyes’ potential impacts on children’s health, but restricting these harmful chemical could still be awhile off – if this kind of regulation ever happens. In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to demand that companies rid their products of dangerous dyes. It’s clear that safe alternatives exist because food producers are already using them in Europe.

By: Sarah Parsons

Source: Fooducate.com

Source: HealthFreedoms.org

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Very Basic Food Safety Table/Guide

This table isn’t about genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Don’t eat GMOs! There are many studies showing that foods with GMOs are unsafe to eat. This table will not show the GMO content at all! Most commercial corn and soy are GMOs. Be wary of corn- and soy-containing commercial (non-organic) foods like tofu, popcorn, corn sweeteners, corn meal, corn oil, soy oil, soy protein, and dextrose.

As you know, I am very concerned about the usage of excitotoxins in prepared foods as well. You’ll have to read about them elsewhere. For this article, I am writing only about plain, simple foods eaten raw or cooked “from scratch.”

The best foods are raised organically, because this means that they cannot be GMOs. Also, the few chemicals used by the organic farmers are all known to be extremely safe. The best of the organic foods are the original plant foods that produce vegetables/fruits with seeds that reproduce the same plant. These are known as “heirloom” foods.

Heirloom foods have more food value than hybrid foods. Hybridized foods are created by cross-breeding different heirloom foods. Broccoli, for instance, is a hybridized food because it was a cross-breed between two (or more) different vegetables. (This was done by Mr. Broccoli, whose descendants are the producers of James Bond movies.) I was talking with a fourth-generation organic farmer who found that he had to feed 50% more hybridized grains to his livestock for them to grow the same amount as his heirloom grain-fed livestock. So the heirloom foods have more food value and thus are better for you than the hybridized foods.

Although the degree of hybridization of a food is important, we have an even greater concern. As consumers of foods that are not GMO, our greatest health danger is the amount of chemical residues present in the vegetables and fruits.

Here is a list of the contamination of non-organic vegetables and fruits–ranked from most contaminated to least contaminated. Do not eat GMOs or excitotoxins at all! Eat animal products that are at least antibiotic and hormone-free. Remember to bring this list the next time you go to the non-organic grocery store or go to a non-organic restaurant!

Vegetables
Least safe to safest
(based on chemical residue levels)

  • Celery
  • Peppers, bell and hot types
  • Spinach
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Winter Squash
  • Scallions
  • Beets with greens
  • Collard Greens
  • Mustard Greens
  • Yams
  • Eggplant
  • Okra
  • Bok Choy
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Swiss Chard
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Mushrooms
  • Turnips
  • Summer Squash
  • Radishes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas, Sweet, Snap & Snow
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn (non-GMO)
  Fruits
Least safe to safest
(based on chemical residue levels)

  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Red Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Grapes, esp. imported ones
  • Pears
  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apricots
  • Pumpkins
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Persimmons
  • Plums
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon (seeded)
  • Papayas
  • Mangos
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Pineapples
  • Bananas
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GMO Foods

How Frankenfoods Are Contaminating Our Food Supply – and Your Body!

Do stay away from GMO foods, soy and corn being the most highly problematic.

As the saying goes, “We are what we eat” – but considering what we eat nowadays, that’s not saying much. We could do a heck of a lot better! The average American’s diet leans heavily on corn, not so much in its vegetable form – which is okay in moderation when you reach level 2 – but in its nasty, toxic forms, like high-fructose corn syrup, which is found in many of the fake, processed foods at the center of the supermarket. And if you’re a vegetarian, your diet probably also leans heavily on soy.

So what does this mean for you?

Well, corn and soy are two of the leading Frankenfoods – or genetically modified crops – out there. This makes them available and affordable, but don’t be fooled: It doesn’t make them good for our health. While genetic modification is great for the food industry – allowing for hardier produce with a longer shelf life and, sometimes, new and interesting characteristics – it’s simply not that great for our bodies. We’re designed to digest natural, nutritious whole foods – not produce that’s been tampered with in a scientific laboratory.

Ms. Somers goes on to suggest removing any foods that contain corn-based products – especially high-fructose corn syrup – from your diet. and eating animal protein that is organic and naturally raised.

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Revitalize Your Reproductive System Health

Statistics show that one in five couples over the age of 30 have difficulty conceiving after one year of trying. Many of these couples turn to acupuncture and Oriental medicine for a safe, effective and natural solution to having a baby.

Oriental medicine has a long history when it comes to enhancing reproductive health and fertility for both men and women. In fact, evidence that acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used to aid fertility can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD.


  Article by Acufinder. Reprinted with permission.

Fertility treatments were first recorded by Zhang Zhong Jing, a famous physician from the Han Dynasty, in his discussion of diseases in women in the Jin Gui Yao Lue or Essentials of the Golden Cabinet.

Successful conception is more likely when both partners are healthy. With acupuncture and Oriental medicine, parents can improve their health to create the most optimal environment for conception.

According to the principles of Oriental medicine, a person’s health is determined by the quality of Qi, the vital life energy, and blood circulating through the body. When Qi and blood are circulating properly, the body is properly nourished and functioning optimally which, in turn, enhances fertility.

In addition to their ability to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, acupuncture and Oriental medicine are effective in treating issues that affect reproductive health and fertility including:

  • regulating the menstrual cycle
  • addressing pre-existing medical conditions or concerns
  • improving sperm count and motility
  • reducing stress and anxiety associated with infertility
  • normalizing hormone and endocrine systems
  • improving blood flow in the uterus
  • decreasing the chance of miscarriage
  • increasing the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)

Fertility treatment approaches and time-frames can vary from person to person, but are usually scheduled for at least three consecutive cycles (twelve weeks). Treatments can include acupuncture, customized herbal therapy, stress reduction and dietary counseling.

If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties with their reproductive health, please call to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Gynecological conditions, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), fibroids, endometriosis, menopause and infertility are some of the problems treated most successfully by acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Oriental medicine has long recognized that health and vitality can be sustained over a woman’s lifetime by restoring balance within the body and supporting the natural production of essential hormones.

Premenstrual syndrome covers a broad spectrum of issues that can include emotional symptoms such as depression, irritability, sadness, anxiety, or poor concentration. PMS can also include physical symptoms, such as breast tenderness, a change in bowel habits, acne, or loss of libido. Symptoms can change from month to month and vary widely in terms of severity. Imbalances can arise from a variety of factors, including poor diet, too much work, physical or emotional trauma, constitutionally weak Qi (energy) or stress.

In Oriental medicine, the liver is considered responsible for the smooth flow of Qi (life force) throughout the body and for smoothing our emotions. When the liver’s function of moving Qi is disrupted, Qi can become stuck. This is referred to as Liver Qi Stagnation and is commonly associated with PMS. In addition to irritability and moodiness, signs and symptoms may include: distending pain in the area below the ribs, chest congestion, abdominal distention, nausea, acid reflux, belching, diarrhea or constipation, feeling of a lump in the throat, irregular periods, painful periods and swollen breasts prior to periods.

Menopause

Menopause is a transitional period marking the cessation of ovulation in a woman’s body. Symptoms manifest as a woman’s body tries to adapt to decreasing amounts of estrogen. Varying from mild to severe, symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, memory loss, dryness, headaches, joint pain and weight gain.

With its deep understanding of the female body, Oriental medicine has always addressed the special needs of women throughout their lives. Menopause, in particular, is an area in which Oriental medicine shines as it has the ability to detect energetic changes that occur in the body and quickly relieve uncomfortable symptoms that accompany the onset of menopause.

Oriental medicine does not recognize menopause as a particular syndrome and treats symptoms unique to each individual through a variety of techniques to restore imbalances found in the body.

Male Reproductive Health

Oriental medicine can help treat various male disorders. As men age, a decrease in the function of male reproductive organs occurs and they experience andropause, or male menopause. Andropause differs from menopause in that it is not characterized by a dramatic or marked physiological change.

Unlike the more dramatic reproductive hormone plunge that occurs in women during menopause, changes in men occur gradually over a period of many years. Some male reproductive health conditions that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help include premature ejaculation, low sperm count, diminished sperm motility, impotence, hernias, testicular pain, prostatitis, male infertility, and andropause.

Prostate Health

The prostate is prone to enlargement and inflammation as men age, affecting about half of men in their sixties and up to ninety percent of men in their seventies and eighties. If left untreated, benign prostate gland enlargement, which presents with symptoms such as frequent nighttime urination, painful urination, and difficult urination, can lead to more serious conditions such as prostate cancer, urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones, and incontinence.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be used to treat prostate problems to relieve the urinary symptoms and prevent more serious conditions from occurring. The few studies completed on acupuncture and prostatitis show positive results, with participants noticing a marked improvement in their quality of life, a decrease in urinary difficulties, and an increase in urinary function.

Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. Many women report feeling healthier than they have ever felt before; however, the physical growth of the baby and changes in hormone levels can bring about pain, discomfort and a variety of health problems. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can provide a safe, effective way to address many of the health complications that may arise before, during and after pregnancy.

A growing number of women are choosing acupuncture to manage their health throughout their pregnancy and as an alternative treatment for an overdue or difficult labor.

Acupuncture during Pregnancy

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can play a vital role in the comfort of a pregnant woman.

There is strong evidence to support the belief that acupuncture is highly effective in treating some of the most common problems experienced during pregnancy.

Some of the problems that an acupuncturist often treats during pregnancy include:

  • nausea, vomiting
  • heartburn
  • constipation
  • edema (swelling)
  • pelvic pain
  • neck and back pain
  • sciatica
  • leg cramps
  • fatigue and exhaustion
  • insomnia
  • anxiety and depression
  • water retention

Acupuncture for Childbirth

While there are acupuncture points that can provide natural pain relief during labor, acupuncture is more commonly used to induce labor. There are several points that stimulate contractions and influence cervical ripening.

Postpartum Recovery

Many women feel depleted after the birth experience. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help smooth the transition during those first few months after birth to ensure a quick recovery.

Some postpartum disorders that can be treated with acupuncture:

  • fatigue
  • postpartum depression
  • mastitis
  • insufficient or excessive lactation
  • post-operative healing
  • night sweats

Postpartum care focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological recovery of the mother from the effects of pregnancy and labor, and also supports breast feeding.

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Even Better Sex After Prostate Cancer

Even Better Sex After Prostate Cancer is both an informative and supportive book for those sexual partners who have traveled the road of getting their first cancer diagnosis and to post treatment for prostate cancer.

The opportunity here is for a deepening in intimacy and creativity in a sexual partnership that can open doors to more and more sensual/sexual pleasure.

The revealing of a new treatment that leaves a man able to get erections after treatment is important to explore.

Exercises, diet, bio identical hormone replacement therapy and acupuncture are necessary to regain libido and muscle control no matter what treatment protocol was chosen.

It is an exciting new time for the sexual couple, great opportunity for expansion of the sexual territory in their relationship.

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Telomerase Activation

Telomerase Activation works on targeted cells in your body and can improve not only cell longevity but quality of life.

Telomeres become progressively shorter each time the cell divides. When they get too short, cells reach replicative senescence and can no longer divide. The result can be the various conditions associated with old age.

Research has shown that people over sixty who have long telomeres experience greater heart and immune system health than their age-matched counterparts with shorter telomeres. Thus, it is becoming well-understood that maintaining telomere length is preventing age-related decline.

Learn more about the new world of telomerase activation as a method to intervene in the aging process. Understand how taking TA-65 may improve your health and vitality.

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Your Hair Dye could Kill you

The use of popular hair dyes can produce extreme allergic reactions, and may even kill you – even if you have used the same hair dye for years with little or no ill-effects.

In one recent case, a woman in the UK, Julia McCabe, last week fell into a coma following her use of L’Oreal Preferences hair dye. “Mr Miller said his daughter had dyed her hair regularly for several years and had used the L’Oreal product in the past. He believes she did a skin test before using the dye.”

A month earlier, a teenaged girl, Tabatha McCourt, died in agony. “A chemical called p-Phenylenediamine has reportedly been suggested as a possible cause for the sudden reaction. Emma Meredith, head of scientific research at the Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association, explained it is used in many dyes that darken hair.”

For more information, please click the link below to read a blog entry at Health Freedoms.

HealthFreedoms.org full article

Julie McCabe and Tabatha

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Postpartum Depression

The following is excerpted from an article at AcutakeHealth.com

“The country’s first inpatient clinic for postpartum depression opened yesterday. Reporting on the opening, taking place at a University of North Carolina hospital in Chapel Hill, NPR said the new clinic will focus exclusively on the needs of women who experience severe mood changes after giving birth. Breast pumps, rocking chairs, individual and family therapy, and extended visiting hours for babies are all part of the specialized treatment regimen.

“Acupuncture should be included as well.

“Depression from an acupuncture perspective is a form of stagnation. Things are not moving as they should through a particular organ or meridian, causing emotional symptoms such as weighty sadness, frustration, or feelings of being blocked….”

Continue to full article at AcutakeHealth.com:
Postpartum Depression is a Depression all its own

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Memory is in the Blood

Two separate studies released last week looked at why we sometimes have a hard time remembering things.

One said internet use plays a role, as we make less effort to retain information we know can be retrieved later.

The other exposed the damaging effects of binge drinking, for its ability to trigger a steroid that interferes with memory.

As anyone who has attempted to recite a phone number in the past 10 years can confirm, technology certainly has dwindled our recall abilities. And drinking need not be of the binge variety to remind us that alcohol clouds the memory.

But what about memory lapses that are unrelated (or in addition) to the deficiencies created by computers and alcohol? What underlying issues make us susceptible to these kinds of external factors that contribute to poor memory? This is where acupuncturists focus their attention…. [continued]

Read the complete article here: Memory is in the Blood

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Foods that Help Eliminate Radiation

When disaster strikes, many rush out and buy the saving grace without exactly knowing its proper use or why they are buying it. We often don’t think of something like radiation exposure until there is a looming threat.

But, there are steps we can take all along to minimize and reverse damage from the many forms of radiation we encounter everyday.

  1. Brown rice
  2. Seaweed
  3. Kelp
  4. Miso
  5. Pumpkin
  6. Spirulina
  7. Bee pollen
  8. Wheat grass
  9. Rosemary
  10. Blue-green algae
  11. Beets
  12. Garlic
  13. Ginger
  14. Alfalfa sprouts
  15. Broccoli
  16. Onions
  17. Olive oil
  18. Leafy greens
  19. Apples and other sources of pectin

These foods protect the body from radiation in different ways. For instance, brown rice is high in fiber and phosphorous, which help remove harmful toxins from the body. Sea vegetables contain a polysaccharide that binds to radioactive strontium to help eliminate it from the body, as well as being high in natural iodine. Pectin has also been shown to bind to radioactive residues, and Cysteine (in onions) binds with and deactivates radioactive isotopes. Alfalfa sprouts and greens are high in chlorophyll, which has been shown to help protect against radiation damage, as well.Keep in mind that you should aim for organic and be aware of the sources. For example, fresh sprouted alfalfa sprouts from your windowsill are preferable to those shipped from thousands of miles away (and possibly doused with those isotopes).

 

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These 8 Conspiracy Theories Are Actually True

8 Conspiracy Theories About Health That The Mainstream Media Has Been Forced To Admit Are Actually True

The following is excerpted from a longer article. Please follow the link at the bottom to find the complete list of 8.

Who knows more about health – the mainstream media or those that believe in “conspiracy theories”? Well, the truth is that time after time after time those in the “alternative media” and those who believe in “conspiracy theories” have been proven to be far ahead of those in the mainstream media when it comes to matters of health. Sadly, the mainstream media receives so much funding and so many advertising dollars from the pharmaceutical industry, the medical industry, the big chemical companies and the health insurance industry that they are extremely cautious to report any information that would be harmful to any of them. So for years, the mainstream media generally refused to talk about the dangers posed by things such as fluoride, aspartame, prescription drugs, genetically modified crops and cell phones. But now the alternative media has been making so much noise about many of these health issues for so long that the mainstream media has been forced to acknowledge that some of these “conspiracy theories” about health are actually true.

Not that the mainstream media is all of a sudden turning their backs on the financial giants that are pumping billions of dollars into them. But the truth is that we are starting to see just a little bit more honest reporting about health issues from the mainstream media these days.

The following are 8 conspiracy theories about health that the mainstream media has been forced to admit are actually true….

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Mouse-Pig & Super-Fish Seek Approval for Human Consumption

“Here I come to save the daaaay! I’m not very mighty, I don’t fly (yet), but my DNA has been spliced with mouse DNA which means that my poop now has less environment-harming phosphorous. This allows me and my cohorts to continue being stacked in barns to the brim – no dietary changes necessary! Soon my mutated flesh will be a tender morsel on your plate but you won’t even know it’s me.”

Enter Enviropig! And his trusty side-kick Super Fish!

Genetically mutated plants and animals always start out as some sort of trial – “Oh we would never allow this on the dinner plate,” is always the beginning line. Blink and you’ll miss the critters crawling onto the grocers’ shelves. Most of us are unaware of our consumption of GM vegetation. The push and final release of GM salmon will be the precedent that allows Enviropig on the market. The supposed intention behind Enviropig is the environment, but that’s a giant load of steaming hog manure, otherwise the pigs themselves would be given better treatment and diets to lower phosphorous waste.Some speculate that the Corn Refiners Association is the influence behind the pigs’ mostly corn-fed diet that attributes to the highly phosphorous poo. Instead of different food and free range, the answer is to create labs, hire scientists, and mix them with mice?

“It is estimated that if just 60 genetically engineered salmon were released, the wild population of salmon could be extinct in forty generations.” Future of Food These genetically “enhanced” animals, as the media often calls them, have no benefit for human consumption; no added nutrient value, etc. GM products were often lauded as the way to end world hunger, but world hunger has nothing to do with the unavailability of food. It has everything to do with a country’s government and that other countries cannot continue to sustain their agriculture with loans from the World Bank.

Health officials and GM research firms are pushing hard and fast for the animals’ widespread use without one iota of thought or impartial testing of the future impact on the environment, animal kingdom, and human species. We’d like to think that such an ecologic and environmental travesty would only happen when pigs fly – but it might just be sooner than you think. ~Health Freedoms

OTTAWA, CANADA – The federal government is refusing to say whether it is close to approving genetically modified animals for human consumption. But if they do, you may never know it.

So far, groups have applied to get approval for fish that grow twice as fast as normal, and pigs with mice DNA spliced into them.

“For confidentiality reasons, Health Canada cannot confirm whether or not a submission has been filed or any other information related to a submission,” said Jenny Van Alstyne, spokeswoman for Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.

This week, media reports revealed that scientists in the department of fisheries and oceans raised doubts about approving genetically modified fish over concerns the fish could escape from fish farms and mate with natural Canadian fish stock.

AquaBounty, a firm with Canadian and U.S. operations, made the application.

AquaBounty’s website claims the company is also working on developing hybrid salmon, trout and tilapia, which will also grow faster than traditional fish.

The application for a genetically modified pig comes from the University of Guelph. Called Enviropig, researchers spliced DNA from mice into Yorkshire pigs to reduce the amount of phosphorous in swine’s manure.

The researchers hope the reduced phosphorous will mean less pollution in rivers and streams near large-scale pig farms.

Under current regulations, there would be no requirement to tell the public the animals they are eating are anything other than a regular fish or pigs.

“Consumers have a right to know what they are eating,” said MP Alex Atamanenko, the NDP agriculture and food security critic.

Atamanenko called on the government to put a moratorium on all genetically modified foods, calling them a health hazard.

“I think it would be a travesty if the government would allow this to happen without letting consumers know what they are eating.

“I think it’s absurd to release a genetically modified salmon or pig into the environment,” said Atamanenko. “There¹s no way to separate a genetically modified salmon from regular salmon.”

By BRIAN LILLEY, Parliamentary Bureau

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/02/23/17383726.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/03/100330-bacon-pigs-enviropig-dead-zones/
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2010/09/25/enviropig-the-next-transgenic-food/

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U.S. Still Using Toxic Dyes Left Out of U.K. Goods

In a never ending pursuit for profit, American companies like Kellog, Kraft and General Mills continue to use dangerous food dyes despite reports linking the chemicals to some types of cancer and causing childhood problems like hyperactivity, bed-wetting, and more. EU regulators require foods containing chemical food dyes to carry a warning label. Since that would deter customers, the US food giants gave into the demands of proven safety in Europe and eliminated the chemical dyes from their products sold overseas, replacing them with natural food dyes made from plants.

These companies find it too hard to part with the half-penny per box profit they generate by keeping the dyes in the US food supply and protect consumers and children by using plant based dyes like those sold in the UK.

“In Europe manufacturers need to prove an ingredient is SAFE beyond a shadow of a doubt for it to be approved for use.

In the US, researchers need to prove an ingredient is DANGEROUS beyond a shadow of a doubt for it to be banned.”

Fooducate.com

United States food giants have the blessing of our government’s administration to use the chemicals, as the FDA gives dyes a GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status. The FDA even words the status loosely, “generally” recognized as safe; that word indicates a lack of certainty on the matter since the dyes have never actually been proven safe. This green light from the FDA is why consumers’ intake of food dyes have increased five times in the last 30 years. Interesting how in the last couple decades, as marketing colorful foods to children became regular practice for these companies, childhood behavioral disorders has skyrocketed. That’s convenient for the corporate giants as now drug companies can market mind numbing pills to our children with the promise to quell this new surge of troubled youth inflicted with the dreaded ADD.

As I left the supermarket today, there was a box of food dye sitting out of place near the checkout; I couldn’t help but imagine who was going to buy it, knowing someone would unknowingly be loading their family up with these chemicals in holiday sweets. While you can’t go around putting poison stickers on every prepackaged fake food product that sits on grocer’s shelves (which was a fleeting thought as I stood in line waiting to check out) you can take measures to protect your family by offering them a diet of whole, organic foods and educating your friends and extended family who may be unaware of what lurks inside processed foods.

~Health Freedoms

When most shoppers reach for Kellogg’s strawberry-flavored, Nutri-Grain cereal bars, they likely assume that the snacks get their hue from, well, actual strawberries. Or if that alluringly red fruit filling didn’t come from real berries, it must at least be the result of other natural ingredients, right? Unfortunately, shoppers would be wrong in making both of those assumptions – in America, that is.

Check a box of strawberry Nutri-Grain bars sold in America and you’ll notice that the treats contain synthetic food dyes like Red 40, Yellow 6, and Blue 1 (pdf). Shoppers on the other side of the pond buying the same products, however, will see that their bars get their colors from all-natural beet root, annatto, and paprika extract.

Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain bars are hardly the only American food products whose ingredients differ from those of their European counterparts. A Fanta soda sold in the States gets its shockingly orange hue from Red 40 and Yellow 6. U.K. consumers can thank pumpkin and carrot extract for creating the bold-colored beverage. McDonald’s strawberry sundaes sold in the U.S. rely on Red 40. In the U.K. those sundaes get their red sauce from – gasp! – actual strawberries. And while America-sold Tostitos Hint of Lime chips contain Blue 1 and Red 40, the snack’s U.K. version lists no food colorants whatsoever.

While countless U.S. foods contain synthetic food dyes like Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, these goods’ European counterparts regularly get their colors from all-natural extracts. “Food safety officials in Europe have moved much more quickly to protect children from artificial dyes,” the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said in a press release. “The British government has urged companies to stop using most dyes, and the European Union requires a warning notice on most dyed foods. As a consequence, the Kellogg Company, Kraft, McDonald’s and other American companies that do business in Europe use safe, natural colorings there – but harmful, synthetic petrochemicals here.”

The difference in ingredients comes at the expense of American consumers’ health. Studies link artificial dyes like Red 40 to behavioral problems and hyperactivity in children. Some synthetic dyes – like Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 – contain cancer-causing compounds, while others have been linked to allergic reactions. As Europe cracks down on the use of these noxious, processed colors, America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fails to regulate their use despite mounting evidence that these dye cause health problems. So while some companies like Kellogg have ditched synthetic food dyes from their European products, they continue to pump American-sold foods full of artificial colors in order to maximize profits. It’s a discrepancy that’s caused Americans’ intake of artificial dyes to skyrocket to five times more than the amount folks consumed 30 years ago.

While Kraft, McDonald’s, Kellogg, General Mills, and Mars continue to use millions of pounds of synthetic dyes every year, some companies are voluntarily eliminating these chemicals. According to CSPI, Starbucks doesn’t use artificial colors in any of its beverages or pastries, while famed candy maker NECCO ditched dyes from its wafers. Frito-Lay is also experimenting with dye-free foods.
The FDA recently said it would (finally) examine artificial dyes’ potential impacts on children’s health, but restricting these harmful chemical could still be awhile off – if this kind of regulation ever happens. In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to demand that companies rid their products of dangerous dyes. It’s clear that safe alternatives exist because food producers are already using them in Europe.

By: Sarah Parsons

Source: Fooducate.com

Source: HealthFreedoms.org

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Very Basic Food Safety Table/Guide

This table isn’t about genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Don’t eat GMOs! There are many studies showing that foods with GMOs are unsafe to eat. This table will not show the GMO content at all! Most commercial corn and soy are GMOs. Be wary of corn- and soy-containing commercial (non-organic) foods like tofu, popcorn, corn sweeteners, corn meal, corn oil, soy oil, soy protein, and dextrose.

As you know, I am very concerned about the usage of excitotoxins in prepared foods as well. You’ll have to read about them elsewhere. For this article, I am writing only about plain, simple foods eaten raw or cooked “from scratch.”

The best foods are raised organically, because this means that they cannot be GMOs. Also, the few chemicals used by the organic farmers are all known to be extremely safe. The best of the organic foods are the original plant foods that produce vegetables/fruits with seeds that reproduce the same plant. These are known as “heirloom” foods.

Heirloom foods have more food value than hybrid foods. Hybridized foods are created by cross-breeding different heirloom foods. Broccoli, for instance, is a hybridized food because it was a cross-breed between two (or more) different vegetables. (This was done by Mr. Broccoli, whose descendants are the producers of James Bond movies.) I was talking with a fourth-generation organic farmer who found that he had to feed 50% more hybridized grains to his livestock for them to grow the same amount as his heirloom grain-fed livestock. So the heirloom foods have more food value and thus are better for you than the hybridized foods.

Although the degree of hybridization of a food is important, we have an even greater concern. As consumers of foods that are not GMO, our greatest health danger is the amount of chemical residues present in the vegetables and fruits.

Here is a list of the contamination of non-organic vegetables and fruits–ranked from most contaminated to least contaminated. Do not eat GMOs or excitotoxins at all! Eat animal products that are at least antibiotic and hormone-free. Remember to bring this list the next time you go to the non-organic grocery store or go to a non-organic restaurant!

Vegetables
Least safe to safest
(based on chemical residue levels)

  • Celery
  • Peppers, bell and hot types
  • Spinach
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Winter Squash
  • Scallions
  • Beets with greens
  • Collard Greens
  • Mustard Greens
  • Yams
  • Eggplant
  • Okra
  • Bok Choy
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Swiss Chard
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Mushrooms
  • Turnips
  • Summer Squash
  • Radishes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas, Sweet, Snap & Snow
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn (non-GMO)
  Fruits
Least safe to safest
(based on chemical residue levels)

  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Red Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Grapes, esp. imported ones
  • Pears
  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apricots
  • Pumpkins
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Persimmons
  • Plums
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon (seeded)
  • Papayas
  • Mangos
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Pineapples
  • Bananas
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GMO Foods

How Frankenfoods Are Contaminating Our Food Supply – and Your Body!

Do stay away from GMO foods, soy and corn being the most highly problematic.

As the saying goes, “We are what we eat” – but considering what we eat nowadays, that’s not saying much. We could do a heck of a lot better! The average American’s diet leans heavily on corn, not so much in its vegetable form – which is okay in moderation when you reach level 2 – but in its nasty, toxic forms, like high-fructose corn syrup, which is found in many of the fake, processed foods at the center of the supermarket. And if you’re a vegetarian, your diet probably also leans heavily on soy.

So what does this mean for you?

Well, corn and soy are two of the leading Frankenfoods – or genetically modified crops – out there. This makes them available and affordable, but don’t be fooled: It doesn’t make them good for our health. While genetic modification is great for the food industry – allowing for hardier produce with a longer shelf life and, sometimes, new and interesting characteristics – it’s simply not that great for our bodies. We’re designed to digest natural, nutritious whole foods – not produce that’s been tampered with in a scientific laboratory.

Ms. Somers goes on to suggest removing any foods that contain corn-based products – especially high-fructose corn syrup – from your diet. and eating animal protein that is organic and naturally raised.

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