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'With making these particular raw chocolate truffles, it’s really just about going for consistency. We’re working with 2 main ingredients here: coconut oil and cacao. We’re working with a liquid – coconut oil (that can also be manipulated with temperature to be more solid if we need it to). And we’re working with a solid, the cacao powder. So if it’s too liquidy, adding chocolate powder will help solidify. If it’s really sticky, then add more coconut oil.'
Suzanne Humphries, MD, Internist and Nephrologist speaking on Polio at the Association of Natural Health Conference, November 2012.
ED NOTE: Dr. Humphries is now a naturopath and homeopath
'This is what real salt looks like—we all know what regular white salt looks like—and we mistakenly think it is real salt when it is not. The fact is that refined white salt, such as commercial table salt is bad, very bad stuff. Unrefined natural salt on the other hand is good, very good stuff providing many health benefits.
Unrefined sea salt is healthy. The blood-pressure-raising effect of table salt can be due to its high content of sodium with not enough magnesium to balance it. This has a magnesium-lowering effect that can constrict the arteries and raise blood pressure. Real salt (of various kinds) contains plenty of magnesium and other important minerals, which is why it usually does not affect blood pressure in a negative way.'
'Over the years, published research has demonstrated that the practice of regular meditation can increase brain density, boost connections between neurons, decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, provide clarity of thought, and increase positive mood endorphins. New research is demonstrating why training in mindfulness meditation helps patients manage chronic pain and depression'.
'Yoga can be valuable not only for healthy people but also cancer patients because it helps us so much with stress. The discomfort and debilitating fatigue along with nausea and weakness brought on from chemotherapy and radiation treatments can take a great toll on the body, mind and soul. Patients would be advised to avoid these toxic treatments and use Yoga for healing instead of symptom management.
Yoga offers a source of relief for cancer patients through breathing techniques, meditation and precise postures that will benefit patients, both mentally and physically.'
The French GMO trial by research scientist Seralini was NOT flawed. It was the same as Monsanto's study used to get EU acceptance for Roundup resistant corn. THE SAME. Except with Monsanto's 90 day test, Seralini went for 2 years with the same number and types of lab rats, more closely resembling the average human lifetime, and fed them the same crappy ingredients. This video is the mini-doc version that can be viewed as an extended trailer for the full documentary to be released soon. Thanks for sharing this trailer Occupy Monsanto - http://www.occupymonsanto360.org - SWALLOW THIS GMO SHILLS!!!
'The number of death rates from prescription drugs compared to supplements is absolutely staggering! Pharmaceutical drugs are 62,000 times more likely to kill you than supplements, says research from the UK-based Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl). The data ANH-Intl collected shows that food supplements are the safest substances regularly consumed by UK citizens, even though they are the target of increasingly restrictive European legislation aimed at ‘protecting consumers.'
'Most of us have taken antibiotics at some point in our lives.
We take these powerful drugs because we are told by our healthcare professionals that we must. After all, who would want to risk a serious bacterial infection when it could be easily avoided? Antibiotics are great at what they do; they kill bacteria. Unfortunately, they are unable to discriminate between good bacteria and bad bacteria.
There are over 100 trillion good bacteria in our bodies that play a vital role in our overall health and well-being, particularly to immune function and digestion.
Many of these bacteria are destroyed by antibiotic treatments and therefore must be quickly replenished. The best way to do this is by consuming probiotics, which contain live bacteria that will repopulate the gut.'
'When it comes to toileting habits, the topic is not exactly a favorite among Americans – at least for those above the age of four. Mention poop and you can easily clear a room – or at the least, generate some unusual facial expressions, nervous laughter, and wisecracks about “too much information.”
But your bodily emissions are an important health topic that deserves serious attention, regardless of the “ick factor.” In fact, if you ignore what you deposit in your toilet, you could be flushing your health down the drain!
Did you know the average person generates about five TONS of stool in his or her lifetime? Turns out, there is much to be learned from this mountain of poop.'
The Greeks called the walnut “the nut of Jupiter,” fit for the gods. Native to Persia, walnuts now come from California, which has over 122,000 acres of walnut trees. The tree itself is very hardy and is 15 years old before reaching full production. The average tree produces for 45 years.
Walnuts are high in unsaturated, fatty acids, iron, and B vitamins. The oil in walnuts has a tendency to absorb strong odors, so they should be kept in cold storage.'
'The entire framework of orthodox contemporary medicine is on quicksand and as it sinks it is literally pulling down with it millions of humans into misery and death. We have known for a decade, thanks to the work of Dr. Gary Null, Dr. Carolyn Dean and Dr. Barbara Starfield, that even when properly prescribed, pharmaceutical medications are killing over 100,000 Americans each and every year. Now we know why!
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
ALL THESE ARE DEATHS PER YEAR:
12,000 —– unnecessary surgery
7,000 —– medication errors in hospitals
20,000 —– other errors in hospitals
80,000 —– infections in hospitals
106,000 —– non-error, negative effects of drugs'
'Most antidepressants cause a change in the electrical pulse of the heart, which changes the rhythm of the heart beat. It’s called an extended QT interval—and it can result in sudden death with no warning of any kind: BMJ study.
The antidepressant citalopram—brand names Celexa and Cipramil—has joined a growing list of drugs that can cause sudden death by stopping the heart. The study, published in the BMJ, found that the drug causes lengthening in the QT interval, a part of the heart beat cycle.
Several drugs are noted for this issue. The most famous is methadone, noted for sudden death in some individuals, especially when dosage is increased too rapidly. There are no symptoms indicating a risk. A perfectly normal person will literally drop dead.'
Researchers from the Medical College of Thailand's Khon Kaen University conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled and randomized clinical study with 60 elderly adult volunteers with an average age of 63 years old. The researchers gave the adults either a placebo or an Ayurvedic herbal medicine called Brahmi – botanical name Bacopa monnieri – for three months.'
'Many state it's not what honey is good for, but what isn't it good for. Honey has been used medically for hundreds of years, but for no reasons other than profit, mainstream medicine has sought to develop man-made antibiotics which have only led to antibiotic resistance and other diseases. New research has shown the honey kills every type of bacteria scientists have thrown at it, including the antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" plaguing hospitals and killing patients around the world.'
'Health Secrets) Years ago I read a study about the healing power of love which I then saw repeated in several locations. I have not been able to find this study, but the principle is sound, so even if I misquote it a little, the point will not be lost. The study was an attempt to induce heart disease in rabbits by feeding them high cholesterol food. Various groups of rabbits in different areas of the country were used and various people were hired to feed the rabbits the artificially altered food.'
'As many of you know, there are changes afoot at TreeHugger. I wrote my first post for TreeHugger exactly seven years ago, and it turned out to be the only post I ever did on TH that included meat. This is my last post for TreeHugger and I'd like to thank everyone who has read my work and tried the recipes over the years.'
'The American Cancer Society (ACS) made news waves when they disputed the findings of the President's Cancer Panel on the role of toxins in causing cancer. Though the new report echoes what other experts have maintained for years, the ACS went out of its way to attack the report and downplay the role of toxins. Many critics have questioned the ACS's motives apparent conflicts of interest due to numerous ACS ties to chemical industries influence and donations.
Critics note that the ACS condemnation of the toxins report is far from the first time the Society has taken a stance that benefits those it has ties to while disputing expert reports and studies.'
'In a recently-published study, researchers have concluded: Essential oil components have the crucial advantage of being directly delivered to lung tissue through inhalation.
This (paraphrased) statement can be found in a study titled: “Vapor of Volatile Oils (extracted from the essential oil of) Litsea cubeba Seed Induces Apoptosis and Causes Cell Cycle Arrest in Lung Cancer Cells”. The complete study can be found here.
The prevalence of this type of lung cancer makes this study even more exciting. Non-small cell lung cancer accounts for about 87% of diagnosed lung cancers, and lung cancer in general accounts for about 13% of all cancers.'
'Valentine's Day, the holiday traditionally associated with love, is most notably celebrated with chocolate. Considered by some to be an aphrodisiac, by others to be an antidepressant, chocolate is a food that people feel passionate about -- a passion that often goes well beyond merely a love of sweets.
For the true chocoholic, just thinking about chocolate can evoke pleasure, though the body's physical response is likely due to one or more of the cacao bean's more than 380 known chemicals (Andújar, Recio, Giner, & Ríos, 2012). Research is proceeding at a fast clip to reveal the cacao bean's specific chemicals and chemical combinations, so we can better understand its effects.'
'We don't have to live in a medicated world, but we certainly choose to. The crux of the matter is that we refuse to proactively think about prevention because we reactively commit to treating the symptoms of underlying health problems. This is the allopathic model. We want the quick fix so we can continue our poor lifestyle and dietary habits.
It doesn't have to be this way, but it is. We can blame doctors, the medical institutions and healthcare systems all we want, but self-responsibility is our only recourse if we are ever to surface from this mess. There are no excuses--if you're taking one of these drugs, consult with a Natural Health Practitioner this week about phasing out your medication and phasing in these powerful natural foods and remedies.'
'Diabetes is a serious disease that shortens one’s life expectancy. Most adults with Type 2 diabetes die of heart attack and stroke, and these deaths occur at a younger age compared to people without diabetes. Diabetes also ages the body more rapidly, causing harm to the kidneys, nervous system and eyes, and also increases the risk of cancer. Premature death and the devastating complications of this disease simply do not have to happen. Type 2 diabetes is a devastating disease, but it is both preventable and reversible.'
ED NOTE: Despite morphing into an informercial for a book, this is a worthwhile quick read. We don't get anything if you do buy the doctor's book.
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'If you are eating a wholesome, healthy diet and are still using underarm deodorant from the store, it’s time to wake up and smell the roses.
Store deodorant is loaded with chemicals and toxins that easily penetrate the skin, getting into the blood supply.
It’s even worse if these products are applied soon after shaving. Tiny nicks in the skin provide an even easier route for chemicals to penetrate the skin barrier directly into the bloodstream.'
'Permitting corporations to genetically modify, synthetically process and artificially preserve substances for you to ingest, and then calling it “food” insults our health and well-being. The claim that starving masses must be given cheap alternatives is a fabrication to let them trod upon our garden'
'GMOs are hazardous materials that have no place on the planet, much less our dinner plates, and we the people are waking up. So, what is really happening on the GMO labeling front? A lot of hoopla for legislation that is really non-legislation.
In other words, legislation that sounds good on the surface, but is really constructed as eye candy to appease the masses while enabling the proliferation and acceptance of GMOs at the same time. Labeling implies coexistence. Especially if that labeling is selective, only applying to certain GM products while others have free reign.'
'We all know that eating right is a good way to maintain your health. Do you remember your mother telling you to “eat your vegetables” when you were a child?
We all know that a diet high in raw foods and vegetables is good for our physical health; but did you know that eating your vegetables can also improve your psychic ability? Research has shown that regular consumption of dark, leafy greens such as kale, bok choy, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, and seaweed vegetables, improves the health of the pineal gland.'
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Kutcher Lands in Hospital After Adopting All-Fruit Diet
'Actor Ashton Kutcher recently disclosed health issues brought on by following an all-fruit diet,1 adopted in preparation to play the character of Steve Jobs in the upcoming film “Jobs,” due out April 19.
Jobs had adopted an all-fruit diet in his younger days, and even the brand he co-founded – Apple – was a nod to his dietary obsession. Kutcher recently told USA Today:2
"First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues. I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain. My pancreas levels were completely out of whack. It was really terrifying ... considering everything."
The “everything” is likely a reference to pancreatic cancer – the disease that killed Steve Jobs on October 5, 2011, at the age of 56. Even though Jobs consumed a fruitarian diet years before he contracted his pancreatic cancer, there could be some relationship.'
'Rice bran oil has been touted by some health experts as the solution to the ever increasing cases of metabolic syndrome. Although this unique edible oil has many nutritional benefits, including being a worthy source of the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and antioxidant nutrients, it has one major disadvantage which may outweigh all of the above benefits.'
'A groundbreaking review of cardiovascular disease research studies dating back to as early as 1937 finds that low magnesium levels—not cholesterol or saturated fat intake—are the greatest predictor of all aspects of heart disease.'
'In an indication of deteriorating health, a new study has documented that, though the incidence of strokes in the elderly has decreased, it has increased in the young and middle-aged. The question is why. Could vaccines be related?'
'Strokes have been declining in people over age 55. However, younger people are now becoming the victims. The reduced age of stroke patients is of great concern, as it indicates a trend. More than that, though, is the confusion it brings to the medical world, as they scramble to explain how a disease of the elderly is transforming into a disease of people in their prime.'
'I’ve written articles attacking the theory and practice of vaccination from a variety of angles. But the whole issue also needs to be approached from the perspective of logic.
Unfortunately, generations of people have been shut out of learning logic in school. They don’t know what it is. Therefore, vaccine advocates have been able to peddle their basic theory without much challenge.
It’s time to put an end to that free ride.'
'If you were told to ingest a biologically alien synthetic chemical whose presence on this planet did not predate 1976, and whose structure is only a few atoms away from the deadly pesticide DDT, and you knew that not only were there no long term human safety studies performed on it, but that it had been already proven in tests to have following adverse health effects:'
'This post offers a collection of dietary and lifestyle guidelines that I have found to be helpful to people looking to overcome ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel conditions.
Because these guidelines are designed to take burden off of the gastrointestinal tract, following them can also help relieve common symptoms of indigestion, including bloating, excessive gas production, acid reflux, constipation, and diarrhea.Ulcerative colitis is a condition that is characterized by inflammation in the colon.
The most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are:'
'We're not getting sicker by accident.'
"Americans are sicker and die younger than people in other wealthy nations."
'That stark sentence appears in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and it comes from the authors of a landmark report -- "Shorter Lives, Poorer Health" -- on differences among high-income countries.
You probably already know that America spends more on health care than any other country. That was one of the few facts to survive the political food fight pretending to be a serious national debate about the Affordable Care Act.
But the airwaves also thrummed with so many sound bites from so many jingoistic know-nothings claiming that America has the best health care system in the world that today, most people don't realize how shockingly damaging it is to your wellness and longevity to be born in the U.S.A.'
'The idea of a coconut oil detox seems a little crazy at first. I'm not big on fad cleanses personally. I've never been good at subjecting myself to an insanely restricted diet (aside from my milk diet, but what can I say? I love milk), especially one that required heavy duty fasting. I know now this is probably because my adrenals have been whacked out for a few years, and fasting can generally aggravate adrenal fatigue (can we say mood swings, anyone?).'
'Mammograms are in the news again, and it doesn’t look good for those who continue to advocate using them to “detect cancer early” in asymptomatic populations. The science increasingly runs directly counter to the screening guidelines produced by both governmental and nongovernmental health organizations claiming to be advocates for women’s health.
Remember that only last November, the New England Journal of Medicine published a shocking analysis of the past 30 years of breast screening in the US, finding that 1.3 million women were overdiagnosed and overtreated for breast cancer – euphemisms for misdiagnosed and mistreated.'
Hearing loss is reaching epidemic proportions -- and not just among people who play their music too loud. We all expect to go a little bit deaf when we get older. But in this era of ubiquitous Bluetooths and iPods, hearing loss is starting younger than ever before.
According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, one in five people between 48 and 59 is already experiencing a deficit. And a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a record one in five teens is suffering from hearing loss, as well. Here's how to turn down the volume in your environment before it's too late.'
'If there was a food that you had to eat in order to reduce the risk of mental, physical and emotional issues for your children, it is safe to say most family would have it with every meal. Even if that food smelled, cost a decent amount of money and left a sour taste in mommy’s mouth, she’d still keep it around so her keeps would grow up strong and vibrant. Well, there is a food that is proven to help kids mentally, physically and emotionally and it is called daddy.'