12 Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides (2015 Dirty Dozen)

12 Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides (2015 Dirty Dozen)

BY EMI BOSCAMP, MBG EDITORIAL
FEBRUARY 25, 2015 7:39 AM EST

We’re guessing that you don’t always rinse off your apple before biting off a chunk. (Neither do we!) But after reading the Environmental Working Group’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, you might think twice before taking that bite.

Every year, the EWG breaks down which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides and which have the fewest. Their mission is to make food supply more transparent in order to help you decide when it’s worth spending extra for organic produce.

For the fifth year in a row, apples have topped the “dirty” list, because of the chemicals applied to the crop before and after harvest to preserve them. And for the second consecutive year, avocados topped the “clean” list, with only 1% of samples showing any detectable pesticides. We’ll take any excuse to eat more avocados.

So if it works within your budget, the EWG recommends buying organic whenever possible. And if it’s just not doable right now, their guide can help you make more informed choices. The EWG recommends that you eat more fruits and vegetables — even if you’re exposed to pesticides — but now you’ll have a better strategy.

Some key findings from the report:

  • The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
  • A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
  • Single samples of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.

The fruits and veggies with the most pesticides (the “Dirty Dozen Plus“) are:

  1. Apples
  2. Peaches
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Grapes
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

The “Dirty Dozen Plus” includes:

  1. Hot peppers
  2. Kale / Collard greens

And the fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the “Clean Fifteen“) are:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes

Note From Rhonda:  One thing I do that REALLY helps is…I wash all of our produce with strong (11.5 pH) Kangen Water.  Kangen Water with that high of a pH will emulsify oil.  The sprays they’re using on our fruits and vegetables are oil based so washing them with just regular water will NOT remove the chemicals.  The Kangen Water machine from Japan will also provide the healthiest drinking water available on planet earth.  To learn more, request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.com

Amazing Japanese Water Cure

Amazing Japanese Water Cure

DRINK WATER ON EMPTY STOMACH

It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

METHOD OF TREATMENT

  1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 22 ounces of water
  2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes
  3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal..
  4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours
  5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 22 ounces of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it.
  6. According to the Japanese Medical Society, the above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and promote a healthy life

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:

  • High Blood Pressure – 30 days
  • Gastric – 10 days
  • Diabetes – 30 days
  • Constipation – 10 days
  • Cancer – 180 days
  • TB – 90 days
  • Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

The Japanese Medical Society recommends making this procedure an ongoing and routine part of our daily life.

They say: “Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active!”

This makes sense … the Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating! Nothing to lose, everything to gain…

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.

It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

— Reported by a Japanese Medical Society

Note From Rhonda:  I drink Kangen Water and would HIGHLY recommend it.  Kangen Water comes from a medical device manufactured in Japan for the past 40 years and is used in their top hospitals and clinics.  It is loaded with antioxidants, alkaline and micro-clustered.  To learn more, request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.net   And you can watch a demo at www.kangendemo.com

5 Common Chemicals That Are Making You Fat & Depressed

5 Common Chemicals That Are Making You Fat & Depressed

BY VANI HARI

We’ve all heard that if we eat too many calories, we’ll get fat. But there’s more to it: it’s not just the calories, but the chemicals, in our food that contribute to obesity.

Some of these chemicals — called “obesogens” — trigger our bodies to store fat even though we might be restricting calories. The effects are complex: some of these chemicals increase the number of fat cells, others expand the size of fat cells and still others influence appetite, cravings, fullness and how well the body burns calories. In addition to obesogens, other synthetic food ingredients have been shown to help us pack on the pounds and leave us feeling depressed, even when when we think we’re eating healthy.

To stop feeling that way, here are the top five chemicals to avoid in food.

1. Growth Hormones & Antibiotics 

Several drugs, growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics are routinely given to conventionally raised animals to fatten them up on less food. Residues from some of these drugs have been found in meat samples, so you very well could be eating these growth-promoting drugs every time you eat a steak. These drugs are believed to contribute to the obesity epidemic and are poorly regulated in the U.S.

How to avoid: Choose only certified organic grass-fed meat and dairy products (preferably local). Treatment with growth hormones and growth-promoting antibiotics isn’t permitted in organically grown animals. As an added benefit, organic grass-fed beef has been shown to contain more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which may actually help you lose weight.

2. Artificial & Natural Flavors

All of the chemicals that make processed food taste good — monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and natural flavors — are just cheap replacements for the real thing and can cause you to eat more than you would otherwise.

With the innocuous-sounding term “natural flavors,” companies can put whatever they want in your food that’s generally recognized as safe, including naturally occurring glutamate bi-products like MSG, known excitotoxins. These excitotoxins cause your taste buds to experience irresistibility when it comes to food.

How to avoid: Steer clear of processed foods, particularly those that have artificial flavors, natural flavors, monosodium glutamate or other “processed free glutamic acid” additives like autolyzed yeast extract and hydrolyzed proteins.

3. Artificial Sweeteners

Think you’re going to lose weight by switching from regular soda to diet? Think again. Researchers have discovered that artificial sweeteners like those in Diet Coke, can affect gut bacteria, leading to more weight gain. If that isn’t bad enough, the artificial sweetener Aspartame has been linked to mood swings and depression.

How to avoid: Don’t eat anything with artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, saccharin) in the ingredient list. Limit your sugar intake overall, but choose unrefined sweeteners such as coconut palm sugar, maple syrup, raw honey and dried fruits such as dates.

4. Pesticides

Out of all the common pesticides Americans are regularly exposed to, the majority of them are “endocrine disruptors“, making them obesogens. Even in tiny amounts, endocrine disruptors have the ability to disrupt major weight controlling hormones (catecholamines), interfere with the natural hormone systems that regulate metabolism and lead to weight gain.

How to avoid: Minimize your exposure to pesticides by choosing certified organic produce and products. (Synthetic pesticides are prohibited in organic farming.) If organic isn’t available, choose fresh produce that’s on the Environmental Working Group’s “Clean 15″ list of produce with the least pesticide residue.

5. Plastics

Whether it’s a bottle of salad dressing or container of leftovers, most of us are exposed to plastics on a daily basis. Many of these plastics contain substances such as phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA), known endocrine disruptors that have been directly linked to increased fat storage. These chemicals have the ability to leach into food and have infiltrated our society so much that they’ve been found 93% of urine samples tested in America.

How to avoid: Choose your water bottles, storage containers, straws and eating utensils wisely, and stock up on those made from glass or stainless steel instead of plastic. Glass jars make an affordable option for storing food.

Vani Hari is a revolutionary food activist living in North Carolina and the author of the new book, The Food Babe Way that contains the 21 essential habits she taught herself to take control of her health.

Note From Rhonda:  One of the easiest ways to detox your body of harmful chemicals is with Kangen Water. It is micro-clustered which means it has a smaller structure so it’s much more effective at hydrating your cells and flushing out waste.  Kangen Water is 6 times more hydrating.  To learn more, you can request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.net

Natural Treatments For Menopause

Natural Treatments For Menopause

I decided to write this post myself since I’m at that age (56) where I can definitely speak from experience.  Not having to deal with a monthly menstrual cycle sure is nice but the pay off can be a bit challenging.  The main two things I’ve had to deal with are hot flashes and depression.  I’m sure it could be a whole lot worse but I just want to share some things that I know have eased and / or eliminated the symptoms.

If you are struggling with anxiety, irritability, depression, etc, remember…your brain is an organ and without the proper nutrients, it won’t function properly just like any other organ in your body.  I don’t claim to have all the answers but hopefully this list will help:

1.  Kangen Water ~ Your body is 75% water so the quality and quantity of your water is going to have a HUGE impact on your health.  If you are not familiar with Kangen Water, you can watch a demo at www.kangendemo.com and then watch a recorded webinar at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEXWL8LRcYo&list=UUhF_OorcLIl0uohf1iqF4_A

2. Truehope: The Leaders In Brain Health ~ This supplement has helped me so much…it has the vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your brain needs to make all the proper brain chemicals.  It really helps my mood and my ability to handle stress. Here’s the website: http://www.truehope.com/

3.  Protein Shake ~ I have a protein shake every day when I get home form the gym.  I like a raw, organic, vegan source of protein so I use Garden Of Life.  It comes in plain, vanilla, vanilla chai and chocolate.  Here’s what I put in my shake:  Kangen Water, protein, 1 Tbsp of coconut oil, 1 Tbsp of chia seeds, 1 Tbsp of ground flaxseeds, 1 cup of frozen organic berries and 4 or 5 ice cubes.  This makes a large absolutely delicious shake and is very filling.  For a change I will use the chocolate protein and then I add a frozen banana instead of the frozen berries.  Any time we have bananas that get too ripe, we just toss them in the freezer. It’s very easy to slice off the peel when you’re ready to make a shake.

Your body needs healthy fats and coconut oil is one of the best. The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength.

Chia seeds have a positive effects on your health including boosting energy, stabilizing blood sugar, aiding digestion and lowering cholesterol.

Ground flaxseeds ~ This tiny seed provides 3 incredible benefits for your diet. First, flax is a great source of fiber. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular. Because of all the fiber, be sure to start slow and build up. Otherwise, you may experience bloating. Second, flax is a plant source of omega-3. These essential fatty acids play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body. Third, flax contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms. As if this wasn’t enough, flax  has been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. To reap the benefits, this requires a daily dose of 2 tablespoons.

4. Himalaya MenoCare ~ MenoCare® is a unique proprietary herbal formula which helps women cope with occasional challenges associated with menopause. It promotes physical and emotional comfort in menopausal and post-menopausal states. As well as assisting with occasional mood swings‚ sleeplessness‚ irritability and fatigue often reported by women. MenoCare® offers a broad approach to women’s health by promoting normal hormone utilization and assisting overall hormonal balance.  We order a lot of our nutritional products online from www.vitacost.com but lately they haven’t had the MenoCare supplement.  I did find it here: www.luckyvitamin.com

5. Exercise ~ Exercising relieves stress and enhances your overall quality of life.  A lot of women gain weight and lose muscle mass during menopause and exercise helps with both.  I think the key is to find something you enjoy.  For me it was joining the gym.  I go 4 to 5 mornings a week with my husband. He loves to lift weights and use the machines and I LOVE the classes.  Every day is something different so I don’t get bored.  I do yoga, dance and tone, step, zumba, etc.  I really, really enjoy it and that makes it easy to do.  I’ve made new friends so I look forward to going and I actually am disappointed if I can’t go for some reason.

I’m sure there are plenty more things that would help with menopause but hopefully this will give you a good start.  I’m a born again Christian so I rely on my faith all day, every day.  If I’m having a rough day, I just keep telling myself…

“I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me” and “this, too, shall pass.”

8 Real Foods To Eat Yourself Clean

8 Real Foods To Eat Yourself Clean

BY CAT ELLIOTT

Getting healthy and slimming down doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult.

By including the following seven foods into your diet, you can help yourself naturally detox and lose weight:

1. Coconut oil

Surprised to see fat topping the list for weight loss foods? Don’t be. Good fats do not make you fat. The way in which coconut oil is metabolized in the body means that it actually boosts your metabolism. Also include hemp seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed, avocado, and oily fish to help lose belly fat.

2. Blueberries

Loaded with antioxidants, resveratrol, vitamin C, potassium and fiber, blueberries are known to help lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, improve memory, improve digestion, are anti-inflammatory, and since they are so nutritionally dense with such little calories, they are a great addition to your diet to help you lose weight.

3. Apple cider vinegar

Raw, unfiltered & with the ‘mother,’ Apple Cider Vinegar has excellent anti-inflammatory, detoxing and healing properties (both when taken internally and applied externally), has a high probiotic content which helps improve your digestive health, and whilst it is acidic, when taken internally it has an alkalising effect on the body. Use it as a dressing, to cook with, add to sauces, or add a tablespoon of it to warm water in the morning to help boost your metabolism and flush out toxins.

4. Dark leafy greens

There are reasons your mother told you to eat your greens. Dark leafy green vegetables (think kale, spinach, chard, Silverbeet etc.) and greens powders, such as Spirulina, contain a compound called chlorophyll which helps to improve your digestive health, oxygenate your blood, has an alkalizing effect on the body, and provides you with loads of essential vitamins and minerals to help with your weight loss goals.

5. Green tea

Green tea helps to boost your metabolism, works as an, energy booster, weight loss promoter, protector against radiation damage, and a powerful antioxidant. (Tip: Don’t like it? Try white tea, it’s the same tea leaves but just harvested earlier than green tea so it tastes a lot milder and sweeter).

6. Cayenne pepper

Cayenne is extremely high in Vitamin A, B, and C, helps with digestion, aids in detoxing, promotes weight loss, has a thermogenic effect on the body, can help improve heart health, and it boosts your metabolism. Try including some with warm water and lemon juice in the morning, sprinkle it over dishes, or add to homemade sauces.

7. Chia seeds

These are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, complete protein, fiber, calcium (5x more than milk), magnesium, iron, zinc and are loaded with antioxidants. They help promote weight loss, boost energy levels and endurance, and aid in detoxification. Add them to baking, smoothies, use them as an egg replacement in baking, or make puddings with them as a breakfast or snack alternative as they absorb up to 12x their weight in liquids.

8. Fiber-rich foods

Beans (including chickpeas, black beans and kidney beans), lentils, quinoa, fruits, vegetables, and other foods loaded with fiber help to keep you full for longer, and also help with keeping you regular. Two things that are super important for permanent weight loss.

Note From Rhonda:  One of the very best things you can do to clean out your system is to drink Kangen Water.  Because of it’s smaller structure, it is 6 times more hydrating and is much more effective at flushing the toxins out of your cells.  To learn more, request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.net 

Understanding Disease

Understanding Disease

by Raymond Francis

The next major advance in health will be determined by what people are willing to do for themselves. However, willingness is only part of the equation-the other is knowing what to do.

In my book Never Be Sick Again, I outlined a new model of health based on the revolutionary concept of one disease. As varied and complex as “diseases” appear to be, all disease is the result of malfunctioning cells. Cellular malfunction is then the one disease. Modern medicine believes there are thousands of diseases, but viewing all diseases as one presents a profound opportunity-the opportunity to take the mystery out of disease and to gain power over it.

The enormous pandemic of chronic and degenerative disease sweeping the world today is characterized by complex neuro-immuno-hormonal-gastro-intestinal dysfunction. Complexity aside, all disease occurs at the molecular and cellular level, and we now know that virtually all disease has common causes and common solutions.

There is only one disease and there are only two causes of disease: deficiency and toxicity. Cells lacking what they need or exposed to something harmful will malfunction. Unless cells malfunction, there can be no disease. The thousands of different diseases we experience are merely the effects of thousands of combinations of deficiencies and toxicities acting through a combination of inherited genes, the environment, and our beliefs, thoughts, and emotions. Preventing or reversing disease is about preventing and reversing cellular malfunction.

The amount of disease in America today is astonishing. More than three out of four Americans have a diagnosable chronic disease. This is happening because almost all Americans are in toxic overload and are chronically deficient in one or more nutrients. Our unprecedented exposure to toxic chemicals is impairing cellular machinery, causing cellular malfunction and disease. Chronic deficiency of even one nutrient will decrease the efficiency of all the others, causing cellular malfunction and disease.

As the amount of deficiency and toxicity in our society continues to increase, illnesses that used to affect only the elderly are now epidemic in younger people. Children are born with defective brains and immune systems. Historically, cancer affected only 0.1 percent of the population. A century ago it was 3 percent. Today, half our population will get cancer in their lifetime. Unless we get this chronic disease epidemic under control, the economic and social effects on our nation will be catastrophic.

Fortunately, we have the knowledge to end this epidemic. By addressing how to prevent and reverse the two causes of cellular malfunction, we can prevent and reverse almost all disease. But first we must educate-prevention being our most important tool. Let us examine some of the cellular malfunctions that are common denominators of disease and explore how we can prevent and reverse them. First, let’s examine the sodium/potassium ratio in the cell.

Sodium and potassium are minerals critical to cell function, but they must be in balance. Modern dietary practices create serious imbalances. Our ancestors consumed low sodium, high-potassium diets. Their sodium/potassium ratio was a healthy 1:4, the result of eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Our current ratio is reversed to an unhealthy 4:1, the result of too much salt (especially in processed foods) and too few fresh fruits and vegetables. Cells function as little batteries. They have an electrical charge created by the difference in the amount of potassium inside the cell and the amount of sodium outside. By changing the sodium/potassium ratio in our diet, and consequently inside each cell, we damage the “battery of life” and interfere seriously with the body’s self-regulation and repair functions. For example, increasing the dietary sodium of laboratory animals will accelerate cancer metastasis. Preventing and reversing this common cause of disease is simple: eat less salt and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. That’s how easy it is to achieve power over disease!

Another common denominator of disease is abnormal cellular pH. Normal cellular pH is 7.4; maintaining it is critical. If your cells become too acidic or too alkaline, certain functions are inhibited and others enhanced. This causes cellular malfunction and disease-cancer is commonly a disease of too much acidity. Where is this acidity coming from? It’s coming from a diet rich in acid-forming foods such as sugar, white flour, milk products, and cola drinks. Colas combine sugar with phosphoric acid producing a powerful acidic effect. Cutting acid-forming foods from your diet, while eating a diet rich in alkaline foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and supplementing with minerals will work to balance pH and to prevent and reverse disease. It’s that easy!

Improperly constructed cell membranes are another common cause of disease. Each cell has a wall called the cell membrane. Everything that goes in or out of the cell has to pass through the membrane, a “gatekeeper” making sure only the right things go in and out. Improperly constructed cell membranes cause cellular malfunction and disease. To prevent and reverse disease, the billions of new cells we create every day must be constructed with the proper building materials. The vegetable and hydrogenated oils common to our diet are the wrong building materials. Historically the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 oils in our diet was a healthy 1:1. Today it is an unhealthy 20:1. Fish and flaxseed oils are the preferred building materials. Cut out all processed oils and supplement with healthy oils. How easy it is!

Common to almost all disease is a process called inflammation. Inflammation generates free radicals, which damage cell membranes, DNA, and cellular machinery. The result is aging and disease. To prevent or reverse aging and disease, it is necessary to prevent or reverse inflammation. Inflammation is caused primarily by eating the standard American diet. Sugar, white flour, milk products, farmed fish and meat, and processed oils are all pro-inflammatory. By consuming a diet high in pro-inflammatory chemicals and low in anti-inflammatory chemicals, most of our population is now suffering from chronic inflammation and disease. Making matters worse, the American diet makes people fat. Two out of three Americans are overweight, and fat cells produce a constant flood of inflammatory chemicals. To prevent and reverse inflammation, avoid inflammatory foods and eat a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, and antioxidant supplements. It’s that easy!

Tragically, children today do not have to wait to get sick. They are born sick. The deficiencies and toxicities of the parents affect the health of the fetus, thereby affecting that child’s health for a lifetime and the health of grandchildren yet to come. In the early 20th century, Francis Pottenger, M.D. proved that eating processed foods affected the health of the children and grandchildren of parents eating such a diet. Today processed foods are the staple of our diet. That’s why most of our children are born with abnormal brains and bodies, even if it’s not immediately apparent. The brains of our children are getting smaller, and reduction in brain size has been accompanied by an epidemic of behavioral disorders, violence, suicides, and poor academic performance.

To maximize lifelong health, a growing fetus must be supplied with all the raw materials it needs, and it must be protected from toxins that could disrupt its delicate construction process. Unfortunately, this rarely happens in America today. Instead, fetuses are commonly deficient in essential raw materials and are exposed to numerous toxins. Poor nutrition in utero and during infancy programs genes for the early on-set of major chronic diseases. Good nutrition is also required for detoxification. Without nutrients to support detoxification pathways, toxins persist and do more damage.

Among the many toxins passed from mother to child causing disease in the unborn is mercury. Mercury, from dental fillings, vaccinations, and fish, interferes with enzymes that control how the fetal brain is structured. Even minor changes in brain structure will affect behavior, learning, higher-level thinking, and other brain functions, including control of the immune, hormonal, and digestive systems. Fluoride is another problem. Fluoridated water, toothpaste, and fluoride-contaminated foods pose an enormous health risk to the unborn, lowering their IQs and dumbing down our population. Aspartame, another common hazard, is an artificial sweetener found in diet drinks and foods. It breaks down into a number of highly toxic chemicals that can damage fetal DNA, alter brain function, and contribute to cancer. To ensure the health of the unborn, we must supply a fetus with everything it needs and protect it from harm.

No discussion of disease would be complete without addressing how modern medicine contributes to deficiency, toxicity, and disease. Medical intervention is one of our leading causes of disease, and arguably our leading cause of death. Medicine’s archaic and unscientific approach to health and disease has led to a series of epic blunders: x-rays, vaccinations, unnecessary surgery, and prescription drugs. Each of these cause cellular malfunction and have devastating effects on health.

X-rays, which are mostly unnecessary, damage DNA and cellular machinery and have been cited as essential cofactors in 60 percent of cancers and 70 percent of heart disease. Vaccinations have been cited as “a medical assault on the immune system.” Perhaps the greatest blunder of all has been antibiotics. Antibiotics fundamentally alter body chemistry, causing disease of every description.

Antibiotics alter the microbial balance in the gastrointestinal tract, leading to a cascade of events with devastating effects. The gastrointestinal tract functions both as a brain and as a master endocrine gland that controls the immune system. Changing the balance of microorganisms in the gut alters its chemistry, affecting both the nervous and the immune systems. The resulting malfunctions are largely responsible for our epidemic of neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, etc.) and immune disease (allergies, asthma, arthritis, lupus, AIDS, etc.). Abnormal gut flora contributes to cellular deficiency by inhibiting digestion and the production of critical nutrients, and by causing malabsorption. It contributes to toxicity through the production of abnormal bacterial and fungal endotoxins. These toxins interfere with protein synthesis and the production of energy, causing fatigue and ultimately increasing cell death. Since antibiotics are almost completely unnecessary, there being safer and better alternatives, it makes sense to avoid them. How easy it is!

Knowing that disease is the result of malfunctioning cells and understanding what makes them malfunction gives us the power to prevent and reverse disease. By paying attention to providing our cells with what they need, avoiding toxins, and living a good lifestyle, we can put an end to our epidemic of chronic disease. Begin today to make these changes, and you will go beyond health as you know it.

Raymond Francis is an M.I.T.-trained scientist, a registered nutrition consultant, author of Never Be Sick Again and Never Be Fat Again, host of the Beyond Health Show, Chairman of the The Project to End Disease and an internationally recognized leader in the field of optimal health maintenance.

Note From Rhonda: Don’t forget, your body is 75% water.  Fixing this one HUGE piece of the health puzzle will have a bigger impact on your health than anything else you could do.  To learn more, request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.net

The 11 Most Significant Factors Guaranteed To Depress Your Immune System

The 11 Most Significant Factors Guaranteed To Depress Your Immune System

by MAE CHAN

From our environment, to our food, medicine and lifestyle, we are surrounded by things that depress our immune system. Knowing the culprits can make a big difference in how long and how often you encounter illness.

1. Sugar

Sucrose suppresses the immune system, leads to weight gain and leaches precious minerals from your body. Even in small amounts, sugar is detrimental to your health. Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of about two cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by forty percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours. In contrast, the ingestion of complex carbohydrates, or starches, has no effect on the immune system. It plays significant effect on your hormones, throwing your body out of balance and into a state of biochemical chaos. If you eat sugar, morning, noon and night, your body is always in this state of chaos leading to disease. Furthermore, sugar is actually an anti-nutrient, meaning that it leaches nutrients from your body! Because certain nutrients are removed from sugar in the refining process, your body cannot process it. So, it leaches minerals from your body to attach to the refined sugar molecules in order to move the sugar through your body.

2. Lack of Sleep

You may have noticed you’re more likely to catch a cold or other infection when you’re not getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can lead to higher levels of a stress hormone. It may also lead to more inflammation in your body. Although researchers aren’t exactly sure how sleep boosts the immune system, it’s clear that getting enough usually at least 7 hours for an adult — is one key for good health. Lack of sleep also effects the secretion of melatonin.Melatonin is a powerful hydroxyl radical scavenger, and is more than twice as effective as vitamin E at scavenging peroxyl radicals.

3. Vaccines

Contrary to the advice of medical professionals, vaccines hamper the immune system and do not enhance it. Vaccines contain many chemicals and heavy metals, like mercury and aluminum, which are in-themselves immuno-suppressing. Mercury actually causes changes in the lymphocyte activity and decreases lymphocyte viability. Vaccines also alter our t-cell helper/suppressor ratios … just like those seen with AIDS. This ratio is a key indicator of a proper functioning immune system. They suppress our immunity merely buy over-taxing our immune system with foreign material, heavy metals, pathogens and viruses. The heavy metals slow down our immune system, while the viruses set up shop to grow and divide. It is like being chained and handcuffed before swimming.

4. Drugs

More research on hundreds of different drugs are suggesting that the they increase a person’s susceptibility to infection by crippling immune function. Researchers found that certain people taking antibiotics had reduced levels of cytokines — the hormone messengers of the immune system. Many medications counter the synergistic effects of immune cells which network with tissues and organs that work together to defend the body against disease, infection and viruses. Most medications also contain a high level of specific toxins which inhibit good bacteria in the gut which a prime source of immunity in human beings. Consequently, long-term use is associated with a greater frequency of infections and longer durations in those who consume them.

5. Alcohol

Alcohol is known to cause long-term serious consequences for a persons body and mind. Drinking a couple of glasses of wine each day has generally been considered a good way to promote cardiovascular and brain health. But a Rutgers University study indicated that its still a risky behavior that can decrease the making of adult brain cells by as much as 40 percent. Alcohol also impedes the ability of the immune system to fight infection and disease. Excessive alcohol consumption or long term alcohol abuse can lead to immune deficiency in two ways — nutritional deficiency and reducing white blood cells. Alcohol impairs the normal digestion of nutrients due to damage caused to the cells in the digestive tract and by interfering with the secretion of enzymes needed for digestion. Alcohol can also impede the ability of the liver to store important vitamins.

6. Refined Grains

Refined grains, such as white flour, instant rice, enriched pasta, and many types of fast food contain few nutrients and little fiber compared to the natural whole grains they are derived from. Prolonged and excessive consumption of refined grains and highly processed foods containing pesticides, chemical additives, and preservatives can weaken the immune system and make you vulnerable to developing chronic conditions. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria is significantly hampered for up to 5 hours after eating 100 gm of processed foods. Our modern diet of processed foods, takeaways and microwave meals could be to blame for a sharp increase in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, including alopecia, asthma and eczema.

7. Chronic Stress

Mild stress can be a very a good thing for the body. The way we manage, react and deal with stress is the most significant factor in how stress affects our body. Many people ignore stress but it has a major influence on our immune system. Chronic stress — caused by stressful situations or events that last over a long period of time — raises cortisol levels of the body which decreases the production of ‘good’ prostaglandins. Chronic stress can make you more susceptible to colds and the flu, as well as more serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes and other diseases. By practicing stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation and laughter, you can keep your body from going into chronic stress mode.

8. Lack of Vitamin D

When vitamin D binds to specific receptors, it sets off a chain of events by which many toxic pathogens and agents including cancer cells are rendered harmless. However, if there is not enough vitamin D the system can become overwhelmed and disease can develop. It’s one of the reasons that people living closest to the equator have a much lower incidence (or absence) of the common cold and disease in general which generally increase in locations further from the equator. Although vitamin D can be obtained from limited dietary sources, it is the directly exposure from the sun during the spring and summer months where we get the highest amounts of absorbable levels of the sunshine vitamin. Just 30 minutes exposing your torso to the sun in warmer months is equivalent to roughly 10,000 units (UI) of vitamin D.

9. Dehydration

Chronic dehydration can have a variety of different affects on chronic diseases. Some evidence indicates that dehydration may be related to susceptibility to specific cancers. It is vital to maintain a good level of hydration to assist in eliminating byproducts of any illness and help the immune system fight off infection. Dehydration can affect your energy and your sleep, and the ability to get toxins/waste material out of the body.

10. Anxiety and Fear

All negative emotions release something that can affect the functions of the body. Holding negative feelings too long can wear out the immune system and as a result, cortisol levels will increase dramatically. The dangers of modern life have a stranglehold on people’s imaginations. Sociologists call the phenomenon a risk society, describing cultures increasingly preoccupied with threats to safety, both real and perceived, but most definitely imagined. Fear creates a sense of urgency in the body and stimulates the sympathetic system to react. This signals defects causing infections pathogenetic mechanisms. Anxiety and fear influence the entire state of the body, hormonal levels and the way our immune cells are able to defend us.

11. Food Industry Additives and Toxins

Food industry additives and colors are one major cause of ADHD, asthma, cancer and many other disease creating a toxic environment for our health. Every year, food manufacturers pour 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes into U.S. foods — and that amount only factors in eight different varieties, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). In addition to considerations of organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions, mixtures of industry food toxins cause autoimmune disease.

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askdrsears.com
preventdisease.com
webmd.com
mayoclinic.org

Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also blogger and and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health.

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The Root Cause Of Cancer and Why Has it Been Kept a Secret!

The Root Cause Of Cancer and Why Has it Been Kept a Secret!

By Michelle Toole

The Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Otto H. Warburg, had devoted his life to the study of and cause of cancer.

Dr. Warburg was one of the 20th centuries leading biologists, and he discovered that the root cause of cancer is too much acidity in the body, meaning that the pH in the body is below the normal level of 7.365, which constitutes an “acidic” state. Warburg investigated the metabolism of tumours and the respiration of cells and discovered that cancer cells maintain and thrive in a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic acid production and elevated CO2. He firmly believed that there was a direct relationship between pH and oxygen. Higher pH, which is Alkaline, means higher concentration of oxygen molecules, while lower pH, which is acidic, means lower concentrations of oxygen…the same oxygen that is needed to maintain healthy cells.

In 1931 Dr. Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for this important discovery. He stated, “Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline. Water splits into H+ and OH- ions, if there is and excess of H+, it is acidic; if there is an excess of OH- ions, then it is alkaline”.

In his work The Metabolism of Tumours Warburg demonstrated that “all forms of cancer are characterized by two basic conditions: acidosis and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Lack of oxygen and acidosis are two sides of the same coin: where you have one, you have the other.” “All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.”

Dr. Warburg has made it clear that the root cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency, which creates an acidic state in the human body. Dr. Warburg also discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen, as found in an alkaline state.

Note From Rhonda:  I believe the reason it’s been kept a secret is because cancer is a MULTI-BILLION dollar business.  It’s very sad when money is more important than human life.  The easiest way to raise up the pH of your body is by drinking Kangen high antioxidant, alkaline, micro clustered water.  Your body is 75% water!!!  To learn more, request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.net 

Turmeric Naturally Increases Brain Cell Growth

Turmeric Naturally Increases Brain Cell Growth

The results of a new study published in the journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy suggests that the popular ancient Indian spice, turmeric, could help repair the brain following an injury and could also be used to treat neurodegenerative diseases.

In order to examine the effects of turmeric on brain cells, scientists first bathed endogenous neural stem cells (NSCs), which are stem cells found within adult brains, in extracts of a chemical found in turmeric. Amazingly, they observed up to 80 percent more stem cell growth when compared to the control, which used no chemical.

Now, we all know that turmeric offers many health benefits for people, including the ability to cure and treat many diseases without side effects. Multiple studies have shown that cholesterol medications, antidepressants, pain and inflammation medications, some diabetes drugs and many others, can potentially be replaced by the ancient spice.

As remarkable as that sounds, it’s even more exciting to learn that turmeric can possibly help repair brain damage in humans, following events like head trauma or stroke.

Turmeric helps generate stem cell growth in rats.

Taking the experiment one step further, researchers injected aromatic ar-turmerone (a chemical extract of turmeric) into part of a rat’s brain and witnessed “similar increased growth and proliferation of stem cells into neurons,” according to the study’s co-author Dr. Adele Ruger.

Through PET imaging, scientists discovered that the subventricular zone (SVZ) was wider, and the hippocampus had expanded in rats that received the turmeric injections.

This is quite significant considering the SVZ and hippocampus are “the two sites in adult mammalian brains where neurogenesis, the growth of neurons, is known to occur,” scientists say.

Within reason, the brain has advanced capabilities it terms of repairing itself, a process made possible by neural stem cells. NSCs transform into neurons and two other types of neural cells upon stimulation, which contributes to brain restoration, Newsweek reported.

Previous studies have shown that “boosting NSC numbers contributes to better regeneration after [for example] stroke in experimental animals,” said Ruger, who is also a researcher at the University Hospital of Cologne, Germany, and the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine.

Researchers say ar-turmerone prevents microglia cells from activating. If activated, these cells contribute to neuroinflammation, which negatively impacts the brain and is associated with different neurological disorders, according to previous studies.

Until now, scientists had no idea an extract of turmeric could self-repair the brain

Based on these new findings, scientists suggest the spice could be used to effectively treat degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

“While several substances have been described to promote stem cell proliferation in the brain, fewer drugs additionally promote the differentiation of stem cells into neurons, which constitutes a major goal in regenerative medicine,” said Ruger. “Our findings on aromatic turmerone take us one step closer to achieving this goal.”

In addition to brain restoration, ar-turmerone has other benefits including antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It’s believed to help keep the liver healthy, and can even be used as an antivenom.

Another extract of turmeric, curcumin, is much more widely studied and known for reducing inflammation and offering strong antioxidant abilities that fight free radicals in the body, which are believed to contribute to aging and disease progression, according to Authority Nutrition.

Scientists say curcumin also helps improve brain function, lowers the risk of brain diseases and specifically promotes growth of a hormone responsible for preventing depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), the growth hormone responsible for brain function, is increased by curcumin. Scientists believe increasing BDNF can delay or reverse brain diseases, improve memory and make us smarter.

With each new study discovering more of turmeric’s health benefits, it’s likely the research will advance towards fully understanding this spice’s incredible capabilities.

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http://truthwiki.org/Turmeric

http://www.sciencedaily.com

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http://www.turmeric.com

http://www.turmericforhealth.com

Note:  The best source of Turmeric comes from Okinawa, Japan.  
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