Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Using a Fever Bath to Hasten Healing

Using a Fever Bath to Hasten Healing

Frankincense Beats Chemotherapy At Treating Ovarian Cancer

According to new research from Leicester University, there may be a new treatment for ovarian cancer. The research team says that AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), which is a compound found in frankincense resin, has the potential to kill ovarian cancer cells.
Frankincense is most well known for being one of the gifts the three Wise Men gave to the baby Jesus in the bible. It is the resin from the Boswellia sacra tree, which is found in Africa and Arabia.
The research team used the compound AKBA and found that it had potential for treating ovarian cancer. More specifically, they found that it may be effective at killing late-stage ovarian cancer cells.
After a year of studying the AKBA compound with ovarian cancer cell lines in vitro, we have been able to show it is effective at killing the cancer cells,” explained lead researcher Kamla Al-Salmani, PhD student from the University’s Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine. “Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side effects. This finding has enormous potential to be taken to a clinical trial in the future and developed into an additional treatment for ovarian cancer,” Al-Salmani added.
Frankincense is well known for it’s potent anti-inflammatory properties, and has been used as a treatment for asthma, skin conditions, gastroenteritis, and many other conditions.
Previous studies have linked AKBA to potential colon, breast, and prostate cancer treatment, but this is the first study to link frankincense to ovarian cancer.
Dr Mark Evans, Kamla’s PhD Supervisor and Lecturer in the University’s Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine added: “We have shown that this frankincense compound is effective at killing ovarian cancer cells at realistic concentrations. What has been most surprising is that the cells we have tested which are resistant to chemotherapy have shown to be more sensitive to this compound, suggesting frankincense may indeed be able to help overcome drug resistance, and lead to an improved survival rate for patients with late-stage ovarian cancer.”
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The Truth About Almonds (Almost No One Knows This Dirty Secret)

Research shows which brands to choose.
There is no doubt that almonds were once one of the healthiest foods on Earth; there are many health benefits of almonds. But before you buy almonds today, here is something you should know: most of the almonds sold in the U.S. have been fumigated with propylene oxide, a chemical that even the CDC has admitted causes cancer.
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  • In 2007, it became illegal for raw almonds to be sold in the U.S. What brought about this law was an outbreak of Salmonella in Canada that was traced back to an almond grower in California. The California Department of Health Services stepped in to help this grower increase the safety of his almonds, and that appeared to be the end of it.
    But a second surprising outbreak of Salmonella occurred shortly after, and several government agencies got together to mandate treatment so there would be no more Salmonella outbreaks. If you are thinking how strange it is that Salmonella would occur in something as dry as almonds, you are not alone.
    To achieve a dramatic reduction of salmonella, almonds had to be treated in one of two ways:
    -Exposure to heat sufficient to raise the temperature to 200 degrees

    -Insertion of the kernels into a closed chamber to be fumigated with propylene oxide gas
    This all happened very quickly, and many small and mid sized almond growers were pushed out of business by the cost of compliance. The result is that the once-thriving almond industry made up of many small growers has been diverted to big corporate almond producers.
    As it played out, almonds sold as ‘organic’ are generally treated with the heat process to achieve a kernel temperature of 200 degrees. Those not labeled as ‘organic’ are fumigated with propylene oxide gas, as a general rule.
    This means that all almonds sold in the U.S. have been treated in one of these ways and thus have lost much of their life-enhancing properties. The only potential exceptions are almonds shipped from another country, and almonds sold in small amounts directly from the grower at local markets or roadside stands.

    The Danger of Propylene Oxide
    Propylene oxide (PPO) is banned in Mexico, Canada, and all of the E.U. In the U.S., it has been banned by both the American Motorcycle and the National Hot Rod Associations, where it had been used as fuel before the dangers of its noxious fumes became apparent.
    Propylene oxide is classified as hazardous to health under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, for its acute toxicity, ability to cause irritation, and its mutagenic and carcinogenic properties.

    Which Almond Brand is Best? Research Shows…
    Food Identity Theft did some research on popular brands of almonds sold both in stores and online. They found that:
    -Costco’s Kirkland Signature chocolate-covered almonds as well as their whole almonds are fumigated with PPO.
    -Planter’s brand almonds (now owned by Kraft Foods) are heat treated.
    -Diamond of California almonds are treated with PPO fumigation.
    -Blue Diamond almonds vary. Sliced and slivered almonds are heat treated, while their whole-nut ‘natural’ line is treated with PPO. Some other Blue Diamond products containing almonds may use steam-treated almonds.
    -Whole Foods Market 365 brand is a question. There is an organic 365 line that is almost certainly heat treated, and a conventional 365 line that may or may not be.
    -Back to Nature almonds are heat treated.
    -Superior Nut Company almonds are gassed with PPO, with the exception of their organic almonds sold online, which may be imported and not even subject to being heated to a temperature of 200.
    -Trader Joe’s says all the almonds sold under the their name are heat treated.
    There are many other nut companies whose treatment choice is unknown, and there is no way to know how almonds used as an ingredient in other products were treated.

    What we Have Lost
    The stringent standards now in place for almonds may protect a few people from salmonella, but it guarantees chemical toxicity for the all the millions of people eating almonds treated with PPO. The treatment imperative for almonds is a tragedy in light of the many health benefits they offer, including:
    • -Lowering total cholesterol and improving LDL to HDL ratio
    • -Protection against diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weight gain and obesity
    • -Stability of blood sugar levels and prevention of hypoglycemia
    • -Provision of high amounts of magnesium, the mineral in which many Americans are deficient
    • -Improvement of digestive health through prebiotic action that encourages beneficial gut flora to flourish
    • -Abundance of trace minerals that are essential co-factors for production of superoxide dismutase (SOD) a powerful antioxidant made in the mitochondria
    • -B vitamins necessary for recycling glutathione, another antioxidant made in the body
    The bottom line? Reasons that made the almond a premiere nut may no longer exist. Maybe it’s time to get to know other nuts that have not yet felt the heavy hand of government. (Here are some health benefits of pistachios!)

    Teaching Cancer Patients to Treat Themselves at Home

    March 31, 2015 under Medicine

    Even the rich should learn how to treat cancer at home for more reasons than one. First reason is that everyone has to treat themselves before the doctors do, during treatment and even after standard medical treatments, if one survives them. Oncologists do not teach their patients how to take care of themselves.
    It is naïve to think we just have to open ourselves to dangerous surgeries, toxic chemotherapy and highly dangerous radiation without some kind of buffer to help our body handle and survive the toxic storms and dangerous procedures. Additionally, supportive natural noninvasive treatments have their own ability to help the body eradicate cancer.
    My original title to this essay was ‘Get Rich or Learn How to Treat Cancer at Home’ because one literally has to be rich today to treat their cancer with mainstream oncologists.
    Cancer is incredibly costly disease to fight. The time it takes to develop cancer drugs, as well as their specialization toward a specific cancer type -- or potentially even a gene or protein related to a targeted cancer -- can make these products quite expensive. Based on a March 2014 report issued by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the cost to treat cancer in the United States is expected to soar 40% between 2010 and 2020 to $175 billion. Keep in mind, these are direct cancer care treatment costs and don't include the indirect economic costs of premature death and lost productivity.
    But, we'd like to think that all of the money being thrown into cancer research and new medications is serving a purpose by improving cancer patients' quality of life and possibly prolonging their survival. Unfortunately, a fresh cancer care value study out of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth would appear to indicate that the vast amount of money being thrown at cancer care in the U.S. is only having a marginally positive effect on survival and quality of life.
    According to the two researchers, Samir Soneji and JaeWon Yang, who published their findings in Health Affairs, comparing the amount of money spent on cancer care in the U.S. relative to cancer care in Western Europe led the researchers to the observation that the extra spending in the U.S. did not always avert cancer-related death. Additionally, since 1970, researchers note that cancer death rates have only decreased by 12%, compared to heart disease mortality rates, which have declined by 62%.
    After studying the 12 most common cancers in the U.S. and Western Europe between 1982 and 2010, researchers concluded that within the U.S., 67,000 breast cancer deaths, 265,000 colorectal cancer deaths, and 60,000 prostate cancer deaths were averted by increased cancer care spending. However, the incremental cost to quality-adjusted-life-years saved worked out to $402,000 for breast cancer, $110,000 for colorectal cancer, and a whopping $1,979,000 for prostate cancer. In other words, this was extremely expensive advancement.
    Cancer is a scary diagnosis in any form. Cancer can be a swift killer (depending on the type), making it a truly terrifying and difficult-to-fight disease. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer ranked as the second-leading cause of death in the United States as of 2013, claiming the lives of nearly 585,000 people. That is over half a million people that the field of modern oncology let fall through the cracks. Does that sound like successful treatments?
    Put another way, cancer was the primary cause of one in every five deaths in the U.S. in 2013. If the World Health Organization's forecasts are correct, global cancer incidence is set to rise from 14 million annual cases currently to 22 million cases two decades from now. In short, cancer is poised to potentially become the leading killer in the U.S. and possibly around the globe.
    If oncologists are expecting better drugs at higher costs why is the lookout so gloomy? There is so much room for improvement that one would think oncologists would be open to suggestions on how treatments could be improved safely without great additional cost.
    This is exactly what Natural Allopathic Medicine’s goal is for cancer patients. My approach to cancer treatment is to teach people to set up a field hospital in their own homes so no matter what treatments they decide on they have a better basis to survive their cancer. It is ridiculous to assume that one’s standard cancer treatment is sufficient and that one does not have to bother with anything else that will support a person’s immune system or one’s bodies ability to negotiate the toxic storms from harsh and dangerous treatments like chemo and radiation.
    Even all types of surgery are mitigated with magnesium intake before, during and after surgery. I offer a series of books and consultations that teach people how to treat themselves. The fact is that it is simple and relatively inexpensive to do so and can only help and hardly ever hurt because there are no poisons (pharmaceutical drugs) used in the Natural Allopathic protocol.

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    Homeopathy in Trouble with FDA


    Can Magnesium Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes?

    March 30, 2015 | 21,254 views

    By Dr. Mercola
    Magnesium is often thought of primarily as a mineral for your heart and bones, but this is misleading. Researchers have now detected 3,751 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins, indicating that its role in human health and disease may have been vastly underestimated.1
    Magnesium is also found in more than 300 different enzymes in your body, including some of those that help regulate blood sugar. This is one mechanism by which magnesium may keep diabetes at bay – a finding that's been gaining increasing scientific support.
    Magnesium May Lower Your Risk of Diabetes
    There have been several significant studies about magnesium's role in keeping your metabolism running efficiently—specifically in terms of insulin sensitivity, glucose regulation, and protection from type 2 diabetes.
    Higher magnesium intake reduces risk of impaired glucose and insulin metabolism and slows progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes in middle-aged Americans.2 Researchers stated, "Magnesium intake may be particularly beneficial in offsetting your risk of developing diabetes, if you are high risk."
    In addition, a meta-analysis of seven studies showed that for each 100 milligrams (mg) of magnesium consumed in a day, the risk of diabetes is decreased by 15 percent.3 Those researchers concluded, "Magnesium intake was inversely associated with incidence of type 2 diabetes."
    A meta-analysis of 13 studies conducted in 2011 similarly found "further evidence supporting that magnesium intake is significantly inversely associated with risk of type 2 diabetes in a dose-response manner."4
    Magnesium Has a Beneficial Effect on Insulin Resistance
    Part of the benefit appears to be due to magnesium's effect on insulin resistance. For one study, overweight participants with insulin resistance received either 365 mg of magnesium daily or a placebo. After six months, those taking the magnesium had lower fasting blood sugar levels and less insulin resistance than the control group.5
    Insulin resistance occurs when your body cannot use insulin properly, allowing your blood sugar levels to get too high. Insulin resistance is a precursor to type 2 diabetes, as well as a risk factor in many other chronic diseases.
    The mechanism by which magnesium controls glucose and insulin homeostasis appears to involve two genes responsible for magnesium homeostasis.6 Magnesium is also required to activate tyrosine kinase, an enzyme that functions as an "on" or "off" switch in many cellular functions and is required for the proper function of your insulin receptors.
    It is well known that people with insulin resistance also experience increased excretion of magnesium in their urine, which further contributes to diminished magnesium levels. This magnesium loss appears to be secondary to increased urinary glucose, which increases urinary output.7
    Therefore, inadequate magnesium intake seems to prompt a vicious cycle of low magnesium levels, elevated insulin and glucose levels, and excess magnesium excretion. In other words, the less magnesium your body has, the less it appears to be able to "hang onto it."8
    The Magnesium-Diabetes Link
    The evidence is pouring in that if you want to prevent type 2 diabetes, proper intake of magnesium is crucial. Unfortunately, by some estimates up to 80 percent of Americans are not getting enough magnesium and may be deficient.
    Other research shows only about 25 percent of US adults are getting the recommended daily amount of 310 to 320 milligrams (mg) for women and 400 to 420 for men.9
    Consuming even this amount is "just enough to ward off outright deficiency," according to Dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical and naturopathic doctor. If you're deficient, you could be at risk of type 2 diabetes. Here's a snapshot of some recent research:
    • One 2013 study involving pre-diabetics found that most had inadequate magnesium intake. Those with the highest magnesium intake reduced their risk for blood sugar and metabolic problems by a whopping 71 percent.10
    • In a large Japanese study (the Hisayama Study) published in Diabetic Medicine in 2013, researchers found magnesium intake was a significant protective factor against type 2 diabetes in the general Japanese population, especially among those "with insulin resistance, low-grade inflammation, and a drinking habit."11
    • In the Framingham Offspring Cohort (2006), higher magnesium intake improved insulin sensitivity and reduced type 2 diabetes risk.12
    Magnesium Isn't Only Important for Diabetes Prevention…
    Magnesium is a mineral used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys.13 If you suffer from unexplained fatigue or weakness, abnormal heart rhythms, or even muscle spasms and eye twitches, low levels of magnesium could be to blame. In addition, magnesium is necessary for:
    • Activating muscles and nerves
    • Creating energy in your body by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
    • Helping digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
    • Serving as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis
    • Acting as a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin
    Dr. Dean has studied and written about magnesium for more than 15 years. The latest addition of her book, The Magnesium Miracle, came out in 2014 and in it you can learn about 22 medical areas that magnesium deficiency triggers or causes, all of which have all been scientifically proven. This includes:14
    Anxiety and panic attacks
    Blood clots
    Bowel diseases
    Heart disease
    Kidney disease
    Liver disease
    Musculoskeletal conditions (fibromyalgia, cramps, chronic back pain, etc.)
    Nerve problems
    Obstetrics and gynecology (PMS, infertility, preeclampsia)
    Raynaud's syndrome
    Tooth decay

    5 Factors Associated with Low Magnesium Levels
    Certain foods can actually influence your body's absorption of magnesium. If you drink alcohol in excess, for instance, it may interfere with your body's absorption of vitamin D, which in turn is helpful for magnesium absorption.
    If you eat a lot of sugar, this can also cause your body to excrete magnesium through your kidneys, "resulting in a net loss," according to Dr. Danine Fruge, associate medical director at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Florida.15 The following factors are also associated with lower magnesium levels:16
    1. Excessive intake of soda or caffeine
    2. Menopause
    3. Older age (older adults are more likely to be magnesium deficient because absorption decreases with age and the elderly are more likely to take medications that can interfere with absorption)
    4. Certain medications, including diuretics, certain antibiotics (such as gentamicin and tobramycin), corticosteroids (prednisone or Deltasone), antacids, and insulin
    5. An unhealthy digestive system, which impairs your body's ability to absorb magnesium (Crohn's disease, leaky gut, etc.)
    Is It Possible to Get Enough Magnesium from Diet Alone?
    Seaweed and green leafy vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard can be excellent sources of magnesium, as are some beans, nuts, and seeds, like pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds. Avocados also contain magnesium. Juicing your vegetables is an excellent option to ensure you're getting enough of them in your diet. However, most foods grown today are deficient in magnesium and other minerals, so getting enough isn't simply a matter of eating magnesium-rich foods (although this is important too). According to Dr. Dean:
    "Magnesium is farmed out of the soil much more than calcium… A hundred years ago, we would get maybe 500 milligrams of magnesium in an ordinary diet. Now, we're lucky to get 200 milligrams."
    Herbicides, like glyphosate also act as chelators, effectively blocking the uptake and utilization of minerals in so many foods grown today. As a result, it can be quite difficult to find truly magnesium-rich foods. Cooking and processing further depletes magnesium. If you opt for a supplement, be aware that there are a wide variety of magnesium supplements on the market, because magnesium must be bound to another substance. There's simply no such thing as a 100 percent magnesium supplement.
    The substance used in any given compound can affect the absorption and bioavailability of the magnesium, and may provide slightly different, or targeted, health benefits. The table that follows summarizes some of the differences between the various forms. Magnesium threonate is one of the best sources, as it seems to penetrate cell membranes, including your mitochondria, which results in higher energy levels. Additionally, it also penetrates your blood-brain barrier and seems to do wonders to treat and prevent dementia and improve memory.
    Besides taking a supplement, another way to improve your magnesium status is to take regular Epsom salt baths or foot baths. Epsom salt is a magnesium sulfate that can absorb into your body through your skin. Magnesium oil can also be used for topical application and absorption. Whatever supplement you choose, be sure to avoid any containing magnesium stearate, a common but potentially hazardous additive.
    Magnesium glycinate is a chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide the highest levels of absorption and bioavailability, and is typically considered ideal for those who are trying to correct a deficiency
    Magnesium oxide is a non-chelated type of magnesium, bound to an organic acid or a fatty acid. Contains 60 percent magnesium, and has stool softening properties
    Magnesium chloride / Magnesium lactate contain only 12 percent magnesium, but has better absorption than others, such as magnesium oxide, which contains five times more magnesium
    Magnesium sulfate / Magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia) are typically used as laxatives. Be aware that it's easy to overdose on these, so ONLY take as directed
    Magnesium carbonate, which has antacid properties, contains 45 percent magnesium
    Magnesium taurate contains a combination of magnesium and taurine, an amino acid. Together, they tend to provide a calming effect on your body and mind
    Magnesium citrate is magnesium with citric acid, which has laxative properties and is one of the better ones out there.
    Magnesium threonate is a newer, emerging type of magnesium supplement that appears promising, primarily due to its superior ability to penetrate the mitochondrial membrane, and may be the best magnesium supplement on the market
    Magnesium Must Be Properly Balanced for Optimal Health
    Anytime you're taking magnesium, you need to take calcium, vitamin D3, and vitamin K2 into consideration as well, since these all work synergistically with one another. Excessive amounts of calcium without the counterbalance of magnesium can lead to a heart attack and sudden death, for instance. If you have too much calcium and not enough magnesium, your muscles will tend to go into spasm, and this has consequences for your heart in particular.
    "What happens is, the muscle and nerve function that magnesium is responsible for is diminished. If you don't have enough magnesium, your muscles go into spasm. Calcium causes muscle to contract. If you had a balance, the muscles would do their thing. They'd relax, contract, and create their activity," Dr. Dean explains.
    When balancing calcium and magnesium, also keep in mind that these must be balanced with vitamins K2 and D. These four nutrients perform an intricate dance together, with one supporting the other. Lack of balance between these nutrients is why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, and why some people experience vitamin D toxicity. Part of the explanation for these adverse side effects is that vitamin K2 keeps calcium in its appropriate place.  
    If you're K2 deficient, added calcium can cause more problems than it solves, by accumulating in the wrong places, like soft tissue. Similarly, if you opt for oral vitamin D, you need to also consume it in your food or take supplemental vitamin K2 and more magnesium. Taking mega doses of vitamin D supplements without sufficient amounts of K2 and magnesium can lead to vitamin D toxicity and magnesium deficiency symptoms, which include inappropriate calcification that may damage your heart. Also, some are unable to achieve therapeutic levels of vitamin D with supplementation and this might be related to a magnesium deficiency.
    Additional Steps for Lowering Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
    In the United States, nearly 80 million people, or one in four has some form of diabetes or pre-diabetes. What's worse, type 2 diabetes among children and teens has also skyrocketed. The good news is that not only is type 2 diabetes preventable, it's also curable, and in the vast majority of cases does not require any form of medication for treatment. The following nutrition and lifestyle modifications should be the foundation of your diabetes prevention and treatment plan.
    Also, make sure to monitor your FASTING insulin level. This is every bit as important as monitoring your fasting blood sugar. You'll want your fasting insulin level to be between 2 and 4. The higher your level, the greater your insulin resistance and the more aggressive you need to be in your treatment plan, especially when it comes to altering your diet.

    • Swap out processed foods, all forms of sugar—particularly fructose—as well as all grains, for whole, fresh food. A primary reason for the failure of conventional diabetes treatment over the last 50 years has to do with seriously flawed dietary recommendations. Fructose, grains, and other sugar forming starchy carbohydrates are largely responsible for your body's adverse insulin reactions, and all sugars and grains—even "healthy" grains such as whole, organic ones—need to be drastically reduced.
    • If you're insulin/leptin resistant, have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are overweight, you'd be wise to limit your total fructose intake to 15 grams per day until your insulin/leptin resistance has resolved. This includes about 80 percent of Americans. For all others, I recommend limiting your daily fructose consumption to 25 grams or less, to maintain optimal health. The easiest way to accomplish this is by swapping processed foods for whole, ideally organic foods. This means cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients.
      Processed foods are the main source of all the primary culprits, including high fructose corn syrup and other sugars, processed grains, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, and other synthetic additives that may aggravate metabolic dysfunction. Besides fructose, trans fat (NOT saturated fat) increases your risk for diabetes by interfering with your insulin receptors. Healthy saturated fats do not do this. Since you're cutting out a lot of energy (carbs) from your diet when you reduce sugars and grains, you need to replace them with something. The ideal replacement is a combination of: 
      • Low-to-moderate amount of high-quality protein. Substantial amounts of protein can be found in meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, legumes, and nuts. When selecting animal-based protein, be sure to opt for organically raised, grass-fed or pastured meats, eggs, and dairy, to avoid potential health complications caused by genetically engineered animal feed and pesticides. Most Americans eat far too much protein, so be mindful of the amount. I believe it is the rare person who really needs more than one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass.
      • Those that are aggressively exercising or competing and pregnant women should have about 25 percent more, but most people rarely need more than 40-70 grams of protein a day.
        To determine your lean body mass, find out your percent body fat and subtract from 100. This means that if you have 20 percent body fat, you have 80 percent lean body mass. Just multiply that by your current weight to get your lean body mass in pounds or kilos. The chart below shows some common foods and their protein content:
      • Red meat, pork, poultry, and seafood average 6-9 grams of protein per ounce.
      • An ideal amount for most people would be a 3-ounce serving of meat or seafood (not 9- or 12-ounce steaks!), which will provide about 18-27 grams of protein
      • Eggs contain about 6-8 grams of protein per egg. So an omelet made from two eggs would give you about 12-16 grams of protein.
      • If you add cheese, you need to calculate that protein in as well (check the label of your cheese)
      • Seeds and nuts contain on average 4-8 grams of protein per quarter cup
      • Cooked beans average about 7-8 grams per half cup
      • Cooked grains average 5-7 grams per cup
      • Most vegetables contain about 1-2 grams of protein per ounce
      • As much high-quality healthy fat as you want (saturated and monounsaturated). For optimal health, most people need upwards of 50-85 percent of their daily calories in the form of healthy fats. Good sources include coconut and coconut oil, avocados, butter, nuts, and animal fats. (Remember, fat is high in calories while being small in terms of volume. So when you look at your plate, the largest portion would be vegetables).
      • As many non-starchy vegetables as you want
    • Exercise regularly and intensely. Studies have shown that exercise, even without weight loss, increases insulin sensitivity.17 High-intensity interval training (HIIT), which is a central component of my Peak Fitness program, has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity by as much as 24 percent in just four weeks.
    • Improve your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. Today's Western diet has far too many processed and damaged omega-6 fats, and has far too little omega-3 fats. The main sources of omega-6 fats are corn, soy, canola, safflower, peanut, and sunflower oil (the first two of which are typically genetically engineered as well, which further complicates matters). The optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is 1:1. However, our ratio has deteriorated to between 20:1 and 50:1 in favor of omega-6. This lopsided ratio has seriously adverse health consequences.
    • To remedy this, reduce your consumption of vegetable oils (this means not cooking with them and avoiding processed foods), and increase your intake of animal-based omega-3, such as krill oil. Vegetable-based omega-3 is also found in flaxseed oil and walnut oil, and it's good to include these in your diet as well. Just know they cannot take the place of animal-based omega-3s.
    • Maintain optimal vitamin D levels year-round. Evidence strongly supports the notion that vitamin D is highly beneficial for diabetes. The ideal way to optimize your vitamin D level is by getting regular sun exposure, or by using a high-quality tanning bed. As a last resort, consider oral supplementation with regular vitamin D monitoring to confirm that you are taking enough vitamin D to get your blood levels into the therapeutic range of 50-70 ng/ml. Also, please note that if you take supplemental vitamin D, you create an increased demand for vitamin K2.
    • Get adequate high-quality sleep every night. Insufficient sleep appears to raise stress and blood sugar, encouraging insulin and leptin resistance, and weight gain.
    • In one 10-year-long study of 70,000 diabetes-free women, researchers found that women who slept less than five hours or more than nine hours each night were 34 percent more likely to develop diabetes symptoms than women who slept seven to eight hours each night.18 If you are having problems with your sleep, try the suggestions in my article "33 Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep."
    • Maintain a healthy body weight. If you incorporate the diet and lifestyle changes suggested above, you will greatly improve your insulin and leptin sensitivity, and a healthy body weight will follow in time. Determining your ideal body weight depends on a variety of factors, including frame size, age, general activity level, and genetics. As a general guideline, you might find a hip-to-waist size index chart helpful. This is far better than BMI for evaluating whether or not you may have a weight problem, as BMI fails to factor in both how muscular you are, and your intra-abdominal fat mass (the dangerous visceral fat that accumulates around your inner organs), which is a potent indicator of leptin sensitivity and associated health problems.
    • Incorporate intermittent fasting. If you have carefully followed the diet and exercise guidelines and still aren't making sufficient progress with your weight or overall health, I strongly recommend incorporating intermittent fasting. This effectively mimics the eating habits of our ancestors, who did not have access to grocery stores or food around the clock. They would cycle through periods of feast and famine, and modern research shows this cycling produces a number of biochemical benefits, including improved insulin/leptin sensitivity, lowered triglycerides, and other biomarkers for health, and weight loss.
    • Intermittent fasting is by far the most effective way I know of to shed unwanted fat and eliminate your sugar cravings. Keep up your intermittent fasting schedule until your insulin/leptin resistance improves (or your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol ratios, or diabetes normalizes). After that, you only need to do it "as needed" to maintain your healthy state.
    • Optimize your gut health. Your gut is a living ecosystem, full of both good bacteria and bad. Multiple studies have shown that obese people have different intestinal bacteria than lean people. The more good bacteria you have, the stronger your immune system will be and the better your body will function overall. Fortunately, optimizing your gut flora is relatively easy. You can reseed your body with good bacteria by regularly eating fermented foods (like natto, raw organic cheese, miso, and cultured vegetables).



    (NaturalNews – Dr. David Jockers) Gallstones are crystalline formations of cholesterol and calcium formed within the gallbladder and biliary tracts. These stones can vary widely in size from as small as a grain of salt to nearly the size of a golf ball. Gallstones are a sign of incomplete liver detoxification and pose a significant threat to the body. Beat gallstones naturally with an anti-inflammatory diet and cleansing cycle.
    The gallbladder serves as a reservoir for the bile that is produced by the liver. Bile is necessary to digest and metabolize fatty acids. The extra bile storage allows the body to effectively metabolize fat-rich foods such as steak and eggs. When the liver and gallbladder get congested with toxins they are not able to secrete bile effectively. This can cause bile material imbalances that lead to gallstone formation.
    Gallstones are typically a combination of cholesterol and calcium. Most individuals do not experience any outward signs or symptoms. As the stones get larger they hamper digestion and can cause mild to severe pain in the upper right abdomen area. These painful episodes usually occur at night after eating a fatty meal. Other symptoms include abdominal bloating, belching, gas, fatty stools, low energy after eating and diarrhea.
    GallBladder infections
    Gallstones can also lodge infectious organisms such as E Coli and Bacteroids and cause further inflammatory stress to the liver and gallbladder. These infections can create life threatening issues and must be addressed. Fermented foods and probiotics work to both inhibit these infectious bacteria and reduce the severity of any infection.

    An anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle is necessary to inhibit gallstone formation. This diet consists of phytonutrient rich organic fruits & vegetables, grass-fed animal products and healthy fat sources such as avocados, coconut & olive oil. Raw cheese from grass-fed cows and goats is an important food due to its rich content of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin K2 & D3. The synergy between vitamin K2 & D3 helps regulate calcium metabolism to inhibit the formation of gallstones.
    Foods that are rich in organic acids and natural enzymes are especially important for the entire digestive system including the liver and gall bladder. These foods include apple cider vinegar (ACV), fresh squeezed lemon/lime, kombucha, kimchi and red cabbage sauerkraut. Probiotic enriched, raw dairy products such fermented whey, kefir & amasai are extremely beneficial.
    Liver health is dependent upon a regular fasting cycle to effectively cleanse and detoxify. A 12-hour fast between dinner and breakfast is a great daily habit. If one were to finish their final solid food meal at 8 p.m. they should not attempt another solid food meal until at least 8 a.m. This gives the body four hours to digest and metabolize the food and then 8 hours for the liver to cleanse.

    Once you incorporate this 12-hour daily detox cycle into your lifestyle you can choose to increase this period of time. Two to three 16-hour liquid fasts each week and/or a 24 hour liquid fast will keep the liver well flushed.
    These fasting periods are much easier than most people believe. Many individuals will drink fresh vegetable juices, functional beverages made with fermented whey, kombucha and water with lemon. The fluid and nutrients supply the body with very clean energy that enhances the liver’s ability to purge toxins and facilitate bowel movements.
    Anyone with pronounced and symptomatic gallstones should go on a liquid diet with lots of water & lemon, ACV, fermented whey, coconut kefir and fresh organic vegetable juices. Try to limit solid food to one meal per day with very moderate portions of anti-inflammatory foods.



    Do These Bottles Cause Permanent Brain Damage? New Study Results Reveal Shocking News! Samantha HemmingwayMen's Health, Mental

    Throughout recent discoveries it has become more apparent to doctors and parents that genetics aren’t the only cause of autism. The understanding that chemicals have a contributing role in autism rates has become more apparent.
    Research led by Rowan University and Rutgers New Jersey School of Medicine suggests a popular chemical found in canned food and receipts may also hold blame for some autism cases.
    “For some children, there is a link between bisphenol A (BPA) and autism,” says study coauthor T. Peter Stein, PhD, director of problem-based learning at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
    A Food and Drug Administrative, and European Union, directive that children under three and pregnant women should limit their exposure to BPA, Stein notes. “This recommendation is based primarily on animal studies,” he adds. “Our study is the first study in humans to show that these reservations are justified.”.
    BPA can be found in many No. 7 plastics. Research has found that plastics with the popular BPA-free chemical S (BPS) are damaging as well. BPS has also been linked to heart problems and brain damage.
    Autism Research published a study linking BPA and autism. This found that links children with autism being more likely to have trouble metabolizing and eliminating BPA from the body. This suggests that there could be a relation between genetics and environment. (Researchers have also linked these other environmental factors to triggering autism.)
    “It has been suspected for a lot of years that BPA is involved in autism, but there was no direct evidence,” says Stein. “We’ve shown there is a link. The metabolism of BPA is different in some children with autism than it is in otherwise healthy children.”
    The latest study doesn’t specify how many children with autism have trouble-processing BPA. However, there are studies that have looked at BPA’s role with regards to autism. “This was a small exploratory study that yielded some very interesting information,” Stein says.
    Throughout the study, scientists examined the urine of 46 children with autism and 52 children without autism. This study was conducted to access the concentration of BPA within the children. This showed that autistic children did not metabolize and eliminate BPA like the children without autism.
    Children with autism tend to leave BPA unbound within the body. “Other studies involving rodent data have shown that BPA functions as an endocrine disruptor, but ours is the first to show this in humans and the first to associate it to autism,” Stein says.
    Stein adds: “One implication of our study is that there might be a benefit to reducing BPA exposure for pregnant women and for children with autism.”
    Avoiding BPA is easy, if you don’t eat or drink out of plastic containers, even BPA-free ones. Use a glass, stainless steel, cast-iron, enamel storage containers and cookware. (Check out these plastic-free food storage solutions). Other things to avoid are canned foods and drinks, so typically use fresh or frozen when you can.
    Try your best to avoid cash-register receipts; they have worrisome levels that have been shown to easily travel from the receipts to your skin.



    Fiber Provides Food to Your Gut Microbes That They Ferment to Shape Your DNA

    March 30, 2015 | 115,110 views

    By Dr. Mercola
    Your body is a complex ecosystem made up of more than 100 trillion bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa, collectively referred to as your microbiome, which must be properly balanced and cared for if you want to maintain good health.  
    These microbes are so numerous they actually outnumber the cells in your body 10 to one. With such a high prevalence of microbes in your system, it seems reasonable to suspect that they're of some major importance.
    And indeed, recent years have brought a scientific flurry of information demonstrating just how crucial your microbiome is to everything from genetic expression, immune function, body weight and composition, to mental health, memory, and the prevention of numerous diseases, from diabetes to cancer.
    For example, in one study,1 DNA analysis of diseased sections of intestine removed from patients suffering from Crohn's disease revealed that one particular bacterium, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, was lower than normal.
    While researchers have linked the overabundance of specific bacteria to various diseases, this finding suggests certain anti-inflammatory microbes may be actively involved in preventing certain disease states and when they're lacking, you end up losing this protection.
    Recent research also suggests that genes from microbes have become incorporated into human DNA, including some genes that help your immune system defend itself against infections.
    Modern Diseases Linked to Alterations in Intestinal Microflora
    The composition of the human microbiome varies from person to person based on factors such as diet, health history, geographic location, and even ancestry, and it's readily influenced by diet, chemical exposures, hygiene, and other environmental factors.
    In fact, it's become increasingly clear that destroying your gut flora with antibiotics and pharmaceutical drugs, harsh environmental chemicals, and toxic foods is a primary factor in rising disease rates.
    The reason for this is because your gut is actually the proverbial gatekeeper for your inflammatory response, and inflammation tends to be a hallmark of most chronic diseases.
    The inflammatory response starts in your gut and then travels to your brain, which subsequently sends signals to the rest of your body in a complex feedback loop. It isn't important that you understand all of the physiology here, but the take-away message is that your gut flora's influence is far from local. It significantly affects and controls the health of your entire body.
    Microbial Genes Are Passed from Parent to Child
    It's important to realize that the foundation of a person'sgut flora is laid from birth. Just like other genetic information, microbes (and their genetic material) are passed on from parent to child.
    A baby basically "inherits" the microbiome from its mother as it passes through the birth canal (provided it's a vaginal birth). This is why it's so important to address your gut health before, during, and after pregnancy.
    Microbes are also passed between mother and child via breast milk and close body contact in general. As noted in a recent article by Scientific American,2 all of these transfers are crucial for the child's health, but can easily be circumvented by medical interventions and modern "conveniences":
    "Because the critical issue is the intergenerational transfer of microbes and its timed assembly, three periods are relevant: before pregnancy, during pregnancy and in the child's early life.
    For all three periods, antibiotic use is relevant because it may directly change maternal microbes prior to transfer or the child's microbes afterward.
    Elective cesarean sections mean that the child misses the birth canal transit, and antibacterials in soaps and foods directly affect microbiota composition.
    Infant formulas have not been constructed with the benefit of millions of years of mammalian evolution, because breast milk contains nutrients that specifically select for the growth of preferred coevolved organisms and inhibit opportunists and pathogens."
    Unfriendly (or lacking) flora can predispose babies to Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS), which can raise the child's risk of any number of health problems, including autism and autoimmune disorders.
    Babies who develop abnormal gut flora are left with compromised immune systems, which may turn out to be a crucial factor when it comes to vaccine-induced damage.
    As explained by Dr. Campbell-McBride, vaccinations were originally developed for children with healthy immune systems, and children with abnormal gut flora and therefore compromised immunity are not suitable candidates for our current vaccine schedule as they're more prone to being harmed. To learn more about this, please see this previous article.
    Microbe Genes Found in Human DNA
    Some of the latest research3 in this arena reveals that bacteria, fungi, and viruses may be part of the "missing link" in the progress of humans. As noted in a report by CNN:4
    "Though most of our genes come from primate ancestors, many of them slipped into our DNA from microbes living in our bodies, says British researcher Alastair Crisp. It's called horizontal gene transfer...
    Bacteria slip genes to each other, and it helps them evolve. And scientists have seen insects pick up bacterial genes that allow them to digest certain foods... Humans may have as many as hundreds of so-called foreign genes they picked up from microbes."
    The human genome consists of about 23,000 genes, whereas the combined genetic material of your microbiome is somewhere between 2-20 million. According to the researchers, these extra genes may have played a role in helping to diversify our own DNA.
    In this study,5 researchers at the University of Cambridge identified 128 "foreign" genes in the human genome, including the gene that determines your blood type (A, B, or O). This gene, and others—including some that help your immune system defend itself against infections—appear to have been transferred into the human gene pool from microbes.
    Microbes That Ferment Fiber Are Important for Health
    One of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your gut health is via your diet, as the microbes in your body consume the same foods you do. The beneficial ones tend to feed on foods that are known to benefit health, and vice versa. Sugar, for example, is a preferred food source for fungi that produce yeast infections and sinusitis, whereas healthy probiotic-rich foods like fermented vegetables boost populations of health-promoting bacteria, thereby disallowing potentially pathogenic colonies from taking over.
    Fiber is also important for a healthy microbiome. Some of the microbes in your gut specialize in fermenting soluble fiber found in legumes, fruits, and vegetables, and the byproducts of this fermenting activity help nourish the cells lining your colon. Some of these fermentation byproducts also help calibrate your immune system, thereby preventing inflammatory disorders such as asthma and Crohn's disease.6,7

    Source: Illustration by AXS Biomedical Animation Studio; Source: "Feed Your Tregs More Fiber," by Julia Bollrath and Fiona Powrie, In Science, Vol. 341; August 2, 2013.8
    Your intestine harbors over 500 different species of microbes, and research suggests virtually all of these have the ability to affect your health in one way or another, although we still do not fully understand all the mechanisms and pathways by which they do so. It is a quickly evolving field however, and we're learning more with each passing year. For example, research published a couple of years ago show that common bacterial metabolites—short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs)—selectively expand regulatory T cells called Tregs, which are critical for regulating intestinal inflammation.9
    According to one of these studies:10 "Treg cells suppress the responses of other immune cells, including those that promote inflammation. This finding provides a new link between bacterial products and a major anti-inflammatory pathway in the gut." Other research11,12 has linked Tregs—which are fed by dietary fiber—to the prevention and reversal of metabolic syndrome, in part by stimulating oxidative metabolism in your liver and adipose tissue.
    Are You Getting Enough High-Quality Fiber?
    Dietary guidelines call for 20-30 grams of fiber per day. I believe an ideal amount for most adults is around 32 grams daily. Most people, however, get only half that, or less. Many whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables, naturally contain bothsoluble and insoluble fiber. This is ideal, as both help feed the microorganisms living in your gut. The same cannot be said for grains (including whole grains) and processed foods, as the carbohydrates found in both can serve as fodder for microorganisms that tend to be detrimental rather than beneficial to your health.
    Gliadin and lectins in grains may also increase intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome. So, to maximize your health benefits, focus on eating more vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The following is a small sampling of foods that contain high levels of soluble and insoluble fiber.
    Psyllium seed husk, flax, and chia seeds
    Vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts
    Root vegetables and tubers, including onions, sweet potatoes, and jicama
    Green beans
    A simple tip to increase the amount of fiber and biodense nutrients in your diet would be to add sunflower sprouts to your meal. They work great in salads but can also be added to virtually any dish to radically improve its nutrition. Organic whole husk psyllium is another effective option. Taking it three times a day could add as much as 18 grams of dietary fiber (soluble and insoluble) to your diet. Opting for an organic version of psyllium will prevent exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers, as conventional psyllium is a very heavily sprayed crop. I also recommend choosing one that does not contain additives or sweeteners, as these tend to have a detrimental effect on your microbiome.
    Optimizing Your Microbiome May Be One of Your Most Important Disease Prevention Strategies
    Optimizing your gut flora may be one of the most important things you can do for your health, and the good news is that this isn't very difficult. However, you do need to take proactive steps. To optimize your microbiome both inside and out, consider the following recommendations:

    Eat plenty of fermented foods.Healthy choices include lassi, fermented grass-fed organic milk such as kefir, natto (fermented soy), and fermented vegetables. If you ferment your own, consider using a special starter culture that has been optimized with bacterial strains that produce high levels of vitamin K2. This is an inexpensive way to optimize your K2, which is particularly important if you're taking a vitamin D3 supplement.
    Antibiotics, unless absolutely necessary (and when you do, make sure to reseed your gut with fermented foods and/or a probiotic supplement). And while some researchers are looking into methods that might help ameliorate the destruction of beneficial bacteria by antibiotics,13,14 your best bet is likely always going to be reseeding your gut with probiotics from fermented and cultured foods and/or a high-quality probiotic supplement.
    Take a probiotic supplement. Although I'm not a major proponent of taking many supplements (as I believe the majority of your nutrients need to come from food), probiotics is an exception if you don't eat fermented foods on a regular basis
    Conventionally raised meats and other animal products, as CAFO animals are routinely fed low-dose antibiotics, plus genetically engineered grains, which have also been implicated in the destruction of gut flora.
    Boost your soluble and insoluble fiber intake, focusing on vegetables, nuts, and seeds, including sprouted seeds.
    Chlorinated and/or fluoridated water.
    Get your hands dirty in the garden. Germ-free living may not be in your best interest, as the loss of healthy bacteria can have wide-ranging influence on your mental, emotional, and physical health. According to the hygiene hypothesis, exposure to bacteria and viruses can serve as "natural vaccines" that strengthen your immune system and provide long-lasting immunity against disease. Getting your hands dirty in the garden can help reacquaint your immune system with beneficial microorganisms on the plants and in the soil.
    Processed foods. Excessive sugars, along with otherwise "dead" nutrients, feed pathogenic bacteria. Food emulsifiers such as polysorbate 80, lecithin, carrageenan, polyglycerols, and xanthan gum also appear to have an adverse effect on your gut flora.15 

    Unless 100% organic, they may also contain GMOs that tend to be heavily contaminated with pesticides such as glyphosate.
    Open your windows. For the vast majority of human history the outside was always part of the inside, and at no moment during our day were we ever really separated from nature. Today, we spend 90 percent of our lives indoors. And, although keeping the outside out does have its advantages it has also changed the microbiome of your home. Research16 shows that opening a window and increasing natural airflow can improve the diversity and health of the microbes in your home, which in turn benefit you.
    Agricultural chemicals, glyphosate (Roundup) in particular.
    Wash your dishes by hand instead of in the dishwasher. Recent research has shown that washing your dishes by hand leaves more bacteria on the dishes than dishwashers do, and that eating off these less-than-sterile dishes may actually decrease your risk of allergies by stimulating your immune system.
    Antibacterial soap, as they too kill off both good and bad bacteria, and contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistance.

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    How To Consume Garlic But Avoid The “Inevitable” Bad Breath

    March 29, 2015

    - follow carefully our instructions
    After many years spent on studying the natural medicines, both the herbalists and the doctors agree that garlic is one of the healthiest remedies, because it has many benefits for our health.
    The garlic is used as an excellent natural remedy almost in all the countries around the world.
    Nevertheless many people do not eat garlic at all because of the bad smell that remains after the consumption of raw garlic.
    Some tend to eat it only during the weekend when they are at home, but most people avoid eating it even then. They even change their mind about trying some delicious tzatziki that includes garlic, because of the fear that people might judge them for the characteristic odor caused by garlic.
    Garlic is healthiest when it is raw and if it`s chopped and crushed several minutes before consumption. And left like that on the air in order for it to create the corresponding chemical elements primary allicin. The garlic prepared like this is healthiest but at the same time creates maximum unpleasant odor.
    But don’t worry!!!  There is a way to consume garlic and enjoy its benefits without smelling bad. Follow carefully our instructions:

    You will have to find smaller garlic. After the invasion of Chinese garlic started in our markets many people have tried to plant garlic in their gardens. The Chinese garlic has large heads and cloves and what is most important it can be easily peeled. However those who consume it raw soon became aware that this garlic makes them feel sick and cause them some gastric problems.
    Unlike the Chinese garlic the garlic planted in our gardens, especially if it is an old variety, has twice smaller head with very little cloves whish are difficult to peal. Many of the people who started planting garlic soon gave up. But, that`s a huge mistake.
    Although it`s small and difficult to peel the this garlic is far more healthier and do not cause any stomach problems.

    1. Provide small garlic like this.
    2.Take the head between your palms and rub roughly.
    3.Take 2-3 cloves and soak them in a water for ten minutes
    1. After that take them out of the water and very carefully with your fingers peel the thin shell. You will easily peel the wet and humid garlic.
    Do not use a knife!! It is really important not to damage or cut the cloves. Only the undamaged garlic won`t cause unpleasant odor in your body.
    1. Ater you have done this drink the garlics with a glass of water as if you were drinking tablets or capsules. That’s way it is important the cloves to be in the same size as capsules.
    2. Do this on empty stomach at least 45 minutes before breakfast.
    That`s all
    If you consume the onion in this way, you won`t have problems with the unpleasant odor, the onion will dissolve in your body and you will get the greatest part of its beneficial components. Not only that the odor won`t appear during the day but the same will happen the following day.
    If you`re not sure about the procedure you can easily check it by asking people around you whether they can feel the unpleasant odor of garlic. It is important to remember that the cloves should not be cut or damaged by peeling.
    Garlic can help you for almost any pain that you have, and even if you are completely healthy, regular consumption of garlic will extend your life and improve your health in all its aspects
    Garlic regulates the toxins in the body, eliminates bacteria from the digestive tract and the body, has anti-inflammatory effect, reduces blood pressure, cleanses the blood vessels, lowers blood fats, has beneficial effect on the heart and the brain, improves circulation, cleanses the liver, kidneys and intestines, helps with fatigue, irritability and nervousness, prevents almost all types of cancer, effects positively on  vision, hearing, memory, peripheral circulation, provides energy and strength. And there is no body or disease on which it won`t have positive effect
    We recommend you to consume the garlic in this way, everyday and in a short period of time you will notice the improvement of your health and life.

    One or two small cloves garlic everyday will be enough, and you can consume it in any period of the day depending of your lifestyle.

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    The Way of Beauty

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Toxic buildup leads to weight gain, belly fat, and other health problems. Try This Simple Detox Drink

    February 7, 2015

    Allergies, insomnia, depression, excess weight, joint pain, fatigue, headache and acne indicate a toxic overload and imbalance. Health experts associate weight gain and belly fat with toxic buildups in the liver.
    This vital organ has two main functions – to metabolize fat and cleanse blood. Fatty and overworked liver leads to weight gain and other health problems.

    When you are stressed, fatty cells release stored toxins and cause cellular damage, but the liver cannot process these amounts of toxins. Toxins are usually stored in cell membranes, muscle tissue, brain tissue, and even nervous tissue.
    Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton explains that weight gain is directly linked to the natural weight control system. This system gets poisoned and loaded with chemicals that enter our body through the food we eat, the environment that surrounds us, and all the skin care and cleaning products.
    In her book, The Detox Diet  – Eliminate Chemical Calories and Enhance Your Natural Slimming System, Dr. Baillie-Hamilton explained the connection between toxic synthetic chemicals and the modern fat epidemic.
    Toxins clog up liver and affect its role in burning fat. Detoxification is one of the healthiest all-natural ways to protect your body from toxic buildups. Once you eliminate the toxins, you will also eliminate the fatty deposits. Try this detox drink and enjoy its results.
    Detox drink – Recipe
    • 1/3 tsp turmeric
    • 2 tbsp lemon juice
    • 12 oz water
    • 1 tbsp honey
    Combine all the ingredients together and consume this drink on a daily basis. Share your experience and help anyone who may use the benefits provided by the detox drink.

    Source: livingtraditionally.com
    (Obtained permission from the content owner)

    BMAA from Blue Green Algae from fish might cause ALS Parkinson's and Other Neurological Disorders


    Mascara and False eyelashes

    Is Your Mascara Toxic?
    Both Consumer Reports and the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend mascara as a safe alternative to false eyelashes or extensions, but mascara isn’t without risk either. For starters, in a study of 49 different face makeup items, including seven mascaras, their testing revealed serious heavy metal contamination in virtually all of the products:12
    • 96 percent contained lead
    • 90 percent contained beryllium
    • 61 percent contained thallium
    • 51 percent contained cadmium
    • 20 percent contained arsenic
    Further, each product contained an average of two of the four metals of highest concern (arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury), which are designated as toxic in Canada because of proven health concerns. Most of the products also contained an average of four of the eight metals tested (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, beryllium, thallium, and selenium). Other common chemicals in mascara include:13
    • Parabens: Synthetic preservatives known to interfere with hormone production and release. Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like the estrogens, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male gynecomastia (breast growth). Other studies have also linked parabens to breast cancer. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has linked methyl parabens in particular to metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders, as well as various cancers.
    • Phthalates: Another synthetic preservative that’s carcinogenic and linked to reproductive effects (decreased sperm counts, early breast development, birth defects) and liver and kidney damage.
    • Petroleum products: Petroleum products coat your skin like plastic – clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They can also disrupt hormonal activity.
    • Dioxane: This toxic byproduct is "probably carcinogenic to humans," and is toxic to your brain, central nervous system, kidneys, and liver.
    Another consideration is bacterial contamination. A study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science revealed the presence of Staphylococcus aureus in 79 percent of mascara samples tested.14 Dr. Jody Krukowski of the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Department of Integrative Medicine told Bustle:15

    “The moist, dark environment inside of the mascara tube combined with normal daily eye secretions that get transferred from the mascara wand to the tube creates the perfect place for bacteria to grow… [And because there are] many pores where eyelashes come out of the eyelids as well as glands and tear ducts, our eyes become very vulnerable to infection.”http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/03/28/eyelashes-keep-eyes-safe.aspx?e_cid=20150328Z1_DNL_B_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20150328Z1_DNL_B&et_cid=DM72908&et_rid=893597497

    Vitamin D and other vitamins and minerals

    The way that vitamins and minerals work in your body is interconnected. How well vitamin D works depends on the amount of other vitamins and minerals that are present in your body. The other vitamins and minerals needed to help vitamin D work well are called cofactors.
    To get the most benefit from vitamin D, you must have other cofactors in your body. Vitamin D has a number of cofactors; the ones listed below are the most important.
    • Magnesium
    • Vitamin K
    • Zinc
    • Boron
    • Vitamin A
    Doctors and scientists are still working to understand fully how different vitamins and minerals work together in your body, and how that affects your health.
    The Food and Nutrition Board in the United States sets Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for the amount of some vitamins and minerals.  These tell you the amount you need to take every day to stay healthy and are different for each vitamin and mineral. If you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet you should be getting most of the vitamins and minerals you need (with the exception of vitamin D!).

    You can find magnesium in leafy greens, nuts and seeds.
    Your body needs magnesium to help it work properly and efficiently. Every organ in your body needs magnesium to work properly and it’s a key part of the process that turns the food you eat into the energy your body needs. Magnesium is important for functions such as controlling your blood pressure and blood sugar levels and keeping your heart beating regularly.
    Magnesium helps your body to use vitamins and other minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin D.
    You can get good amounts of magnesium from foods such as leafy green vegetables like spinach, nuts and seeds, and whole grains (wheat germ or bran).You can also get magnesium by taking magnesium supplements. However, many people in the United States probably don’t get enough magnesium from the foods they eat. African Americans and other ethnic groups are more likely to be lacking in magnesium than white Americans.
    What we say

    The Vitamin D Council believes that the daily amounts of magnesium recommended by the Food and Nutrition Board aren’t enough to keep your body healthy; and that both men and women may need more than is recommended.  Some research studies show that your body needs between 500 and 700 mg a day.
    Magnesium may help vitamin D by helping your body activate vitamin D into a form your body can use, though it’s not known how much is ideal or if not getting enough magnesium harms your ability to fully make activated vitamin D. Also, magnesium is important in helping vitamin D to maintain calcium in the body and is essential for bone health.
    If you want to take magnesium, and you’re taking medications or have health problems, check with your physician first. See the Office of Dietary Supplements for more information on magnesium.
    Vitamin K
    Your body needs vitamin K for two important reasons; to help wounds heal properly, by making sure your blood clots, and to keep your bones strong and healthy. There is also some research which shows that vitamin K may help to protect against developing conditions like heart disease, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
    Vitamin K is important in making sure that the calcium you get from foods or supplements is used in your bones. Vitamin D and vitamin K work together to strengthen your bones and to help them develop properly.
    There are two main types of vitamin K.
    1. Vitamin K1, which comes from leafy green vegetables like kale, chard and spinach.
    2. Vitamin K2, which comes from meats (organ meats in particular, such as liver), eggs, insects and hard cheeses. This type of vitamin K2 is called MK-4. There is also a different kind of vitamin K2, called MK-7, which comes from natto.
    Vitamin K can also be taken as a supplement, either as K1 or K2, and the K2 can be either MK-4 or MK-7.
    Which type?

    Research is still trying to sort it all out, but research is showing that you likely need both vitamin K1 and K2.
    The National Academy of Sciences has set Adequate Intake (AI) levels for vitamin K, which is the amount that adults and children need every day.
    National Academy of Sciences has set Adequate Intake (AI) levels for vitamin K:
    Children under 1 year
    2-2.5 mcg
    Children 1-3 years
    30 mcg
    Children 4-13 years
    55-60 mcg
    Adolescents 14-18 years
    75 mcg
    Adult men
    120 mcg
    Adult women
    90 mcg
    Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
    75-90 mcg

    If you’re taking blood thinning medicines, such as Warfarin or Coumadin, don’t take vitamin K supplements. This is because it may affect how well your blood clots.

    Zinc is important to the body for a variety of reasons.
    Zinc is a mineral and it’s found mainly in your muscles and bones. It is important for:
    • fighting infection and healing wounds.
    • helping your body to make new cells and substances called enzymes.
    • helping your body  to use the carbohydrate, fat and protein in food.
    • growth and development  – so it’s vital to get enough during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence.
    • your sense of taste and smell.
    You can get zinc from a number of foods. Oysters contain more zinc that any other food, but it’s also found in red meat, poultry, beans, seafood such as crab and lobster and nuts. Some breakfast cereals have zinc added to them.
    Much of the zinc we get from foods comes from meat, and the zinc that is found in vegetables and grains is harder for your body to use. This means that if you’re a vegetarian, you may need more zinc every day than people that eat meat. If you’re over the age of 60, you’re also more likely to be lacking in zinc.
    Zinc isn’t stored in your body, so you need to eat foods that contain it every day, or take supplements. Supplements are available in a number of different forms, such as tablets and capsules or as part of many multivitamins. Some cold lozenges that contain zinc are also labeled as supplements.
    Zinc may help vitamin D to work inside the cells of your body. It’s also important in making sure that the calcium you get from foods or supplements is used in your bones. Vitamin D and zinc work together to strengthen your bones and to help them develop properly.

    If you’re taking amiloride, prednisone, cyclosporine or any other medicine that suppresses your immune system (immunosuppressant) you shouldn’t take zinc supplements without talking to your physician first.
    Boron is a trace mineral, which means it’s only present in small amounts in your body, and your body only needs small amounts of it to stay healthy. It’s essential for good health and helps your body to use other minerals such as calcium and magnesium properly. It helps to keep your bones healthy, affects how well your brain works and affects the hormone levels in your body, for example your level of testosterone.
    You get boron from the foods you eat and from some drinks. Fruit, leafy vegetables and nuts contain good amounts of boron, as does wine, cider and beer. Peanut butter, avocado and raisins are other good sources of boron. You can also take boron as a supplement.
    There is no recommended dietary allowance for boron to tell you how much you need each day. However there is a Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL). UL is the maximum dose you can take, when you wouldn’t be likely to have any harmful effects. The National Academy of Sciences UL for boron is:
    The National Academy of Sciences UL for boron is:
    Children 1-3 years
    Children 4-8 years
    Children 9-13 years
    Adolescents 14-18 years
    Boron works with vitamin D to help your bones use the minerals they need, such as calcium. This ensures you have strong and healthy bones.

    Don’t take boron supplements if you have kidney disease or your kidneys are not working well. This is because your kidneys need to work hard to get rid of boron from your body.
    Vitamin A
    Your body needs vitamin A for good eyesight, to help you fight infection and to keep your skin and mucous membranes healthy. Mucous membranes are the linings inside parts of your body such as your nose, your intestines and your lungs. Vitamin A is also important in the development of cells and is therefore vital for a baby developing inside the womb.
    There are two main types of vitamin A:
    1. Beta-carotene, which you can get from brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, apricots, mango and leafy greens.
    2. Retinol, which you can get from organ meats (such as liver) and dairy products such as butter, cheese and milk.
    You can also take vitamin A as a supplement, both in the forms beta-carotene and retinol. However, it’s possible to take too much retinol, and as your body can’t get rid of it easily, this can be harmful. Your body can get rid of excess beta-carotene, however.
    Don’t take more than the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A in the form of retinol. Vitamin A can also interact with a number of medicines, so if you’re thinking about taking a supplement and you’re taking medicines or have health problems speak to your physician for advice. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, you could be more at risk of the harmful effects of too much vitamin A.
    Vitamin A and vitamin D work together to help your “genetic code” work properly. If you don’t have enough vitamin A, vitamin D may not be able to perform this function properly. On the other hand, research also shows that if you have too much vitamin A, vitamin D does not work as well. At this time, however, researchers don’t know how much vitamin D you need compared to how much vitamin A you need.
    Our take

    We think that humans most likely get enough vitamin A through diet and do not need to supplement with retinol.
    Visit the Office of Dietary Supplements for more information on vitamin A

    Too much vitamin A can be harmful to a developing baby, so if you’re pregnant don’t take vitamin A supplements. Don’t eat large amounts of liver or foods made from liver such as pate either, as these contain large amounts of vitamin A.