Black is the new green: Discover the health benefits of black foods

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'Rainbow colored, whole organic fruits and vegetables have become a staple in most health conscious individuals' diets.

Most already know antioxidants are a key health benefit of brightly colored whole organic food. But how many know that black or dark foods are even more powerful antioxidant powerhouses?

One particular antioxidant from the dark side is the superstar anthocyanin. Anthocyanins are powerful phytonutrients, a type of flavonoid consisting of water soluble pigments that serve numerous functions in plants.'


Reishi: The Brilliant Mushroom




'Reishi is found in six colours: red, white, black blue, yellow, and purple but it is the RED that is most prized and medicinally effective and studied.

Reishi is considered to be one of the greatest of the traditional Chinese medicines, ranking up there with ginseng.

GreenMedInfo has at least 46 abstracts listed for the reishi mushroom.'


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Throw Out Your Back? 8 Tips to Help You Recover


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'When you “throw out” your back, it may feel like it,
but usually nothing has actually moved out of place.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, one-half of all working Americans admit to having symptoms of back pain each year. It’s the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office (second only to respiratory infections), and costs Americans $50 billion annually.

Fortunately, most cases of back pain are not caused by serious conditions like fractures or arthritis or infections. You’ve probably experienced the sharp, piercing pain of “throwing out” your back, perhaps followed by that sense that you better not move—not even an inch! What is it, exactly, that happens, and what’s the best thing to do about it?'


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Work On The Largest Determinants Of Your Health First


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'The other day, I spoke briefly with someone looking to address chronic edema in her legs. It was clear that she had been to the moon and back in her quest to find a solution, and despite all of her efforts, her condition had remained essentially unchanged over 20 years.

I asked her some questions to see about ruling out congestion and dysfunction of her kidneys, as well as her circulatory and lymphatic systems, and her earnest answers left me no closer to identifying the likely root cause of her edema.

Ultimately, I told her that the best that I could suggest was to look at what she could do to reach and maintain a healthier body weight for her structure (she was about 50 pounds away from this goal).'


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Corntamination – A Mini-Documentary on ‘Pharming’







'A sneak peek at our upcoming mini-documentary profiling the threats of contamination to our food supply, and the increasing movement to replace organic life with synthetic.

Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton take on one case example, where leading “Pharming” firm Prodigene accidentally tainted food crops with their experimental pharmaceutical corn products growing in open air side by side. Instead of learning from their mistakes and stopping risky practices, biotech continues growing pharma crops with government funding and a boost from regulatory fast-tracking.

Who is watching and regulating our food supply? From the Secretary of Agriculture on down, many of our government officials are little more than tools of lobbying efforts to promote genetically-modified foods… at any cost.'


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Corporations Replace BPA with More DNA-Damaging Bisphenols


Corporations Replace BPA with More DNA-Damaging Bisphenols


'Just when you thought it was safe to buy "BPA-free" products, manufacturers flood the marketplace with an alphabet soup of toxic bisphenols.

Consumer beware. New research published in the journal Chemosphere confirms that the hormone-disrupting chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA) is not the only bisphenol with DNA-damaging effects. In fact, the new cell study found that "...bisphenol AP, bisphenol M, or bisphenol P exerted genotoxic potentials that are greater than that of BPA."' 


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Green Tea Compounds Effective Against Tumors and Genetic Diseases


Green Tea Compounds Effective Against Tumors and Genetic Diseases



'Tea is the most popular beverage in the world and many people drink it for its pleasant taste, comfort, and general health benefits. But green tea can do much more. It can save lives.

Researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discovered that two compounds found in green tea show great promise in the treatment of two types of tumors and a deadly congenital disease. The discovery resulted from research led by principal investigator, Dr. Thomas Smith at The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and was published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry.'


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3 Minerals Your Skin is Craving


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'Minerals are essentially the “spark plugs” of the body, carrying out important bodily functions through enzyme reactions. They facilitate the transfer of nutrients across cell membranes with important assistance from vitamins.

In addition, they maintain PH balance and proper nerve conduction, contract and relax muscles, provide structural support, and regulate tissue growth. As you can see, minerals are a must to maintaining a healthy functioning body, but also to maintain healthy vibrant skin.'


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McDonald's Transparency Campaign Revealed 17 Ingredients in Their French Fries


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'The transparency campaign initiated by McDonald's last year was intended at marketing a more health conscious image of McDonald's Corp.–and at using social media more effectively, but instead of talking about their love for the brand, the hashtag became a forum for people to talk about how disgusting they believe the food is. 

The ingredients in their french fries went viral. Instead of the basic two ingredients-potatoes and oil, consumers found out McDonald's french fries contain 17 ingredients.'


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Top 10 Natural Health Remedies of Coconut Oil


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'The popularity of coconut oil has skyrocketed in the Western world over the last several years. However, its many health benefits have been known in other regions of the world as part of their ancient history. Better late than never!

Coconut oil is finally taking center stage, and is much needed in our modern world which contains more environmental and food toxins than ever before.

Coconut oil is being hailed as a super ingredient, superfood, and, lately, a super beauty aid. Add to this that it can be consumed or applied to all ages and it becomes a must-have in anyone’s natural health kit.'


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Sensible Sun Exposure Can Help Prevent Melanoma, Breast Cancer, and Hundreds of Other Health Problems


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'A growing body of research clearly shows the absolute necessity of vitamin D for good health and disease prevention. However, despite vitamin D’s role in keeping your body ticking along like a well-oiled clock, you are likely deficient in the “sunshine vitamin”—because the majority of people are.
 
Our vitamin D levels have dropped as a result of being scared sunless by those spreading misinformation that the sun causes melanoma, a myth that survives by mass promotion but really lacks any factual basis. It has been repeated so many times that most people believe it.


Vitamin D affects your biological function by influencing nearly 3,000 of your genes through vitamin D receptors. In fact, vitamin D receptors are found throughout your body, which should come as no surprise, given we humans evolved in the sun.'





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Tired and Edgy? Sleep Deprivation Boosts Anticipatory Anxiety


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'UC Berkeley researchers have found that a lack of sleep, which is common in anxiety disorders, may play a key role in ramping up the brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying.

Neuroscientists have found that sleep deprivation amplifies anticipatory anxiety by firing up the brain’s amygdala and insular cortex, regions associated with emotional processing. 

The resulting pattern mimics the abnormal neural activity seen in anxiety disorders. Furthermore, their research suggests that innate worriers — those who are naturally more anxious and therefore more likely to develop a full-blown anxiety disorder — are acutely vulnerable to the impact of insufficient sleep.' 


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Tomato Mango Salsa

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'Fresh tomato mango salsa has quickly become one of my family’s favorite toppings. We’ve spooned it over seasoned, grilled hamburger patties, savory grilled fish filets, and even used it to top salads. In this tomato mango salsa, summer tomatoes meet plump mangoes with a kiss of cilantro, aromatic green onions, and zesty lime. Finally, yogurt and honey add a bit of sweet and sour to round out the salsa.

Tomato mango salsa is another unique and lovely way to use your bountiful harvest of garden fresh tomatoes. Hope you enjoy!

For the best possible salsa, tomatoes should be hand gathered from the garden and not refrigerated.' 


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Mother Brings Baby Back to Life With Two Hours Of Loving Cuddles After Doctors Pronounce Him Dead




'It was a final chance to say goodbye for grieving mother Kate Ogg after doctors gave up hope of saving her premature baby. She tearfully told her lifeless son - born at 27 weeks weighing 2lb - how much she loved him and cuddled him tightly, not wanting to let him go.

 Although little Jamie's twin sister Emily had been delivered successfully, doctors had given Mrs Ogg the news all mothers dread - that after 20 minutes of battling to get her son to breathe, they had declared him dead.

Having given up on a miracle, Mrs Ogg unwrapped the baby from his blanket and held him against her skin. And then an extraordinary thing happened. 

After two hours of being hugged, touched and spoken to by his mother, the little boy began showing signs of life. At first, it was just a gasp for air that was dismissed by doctors as a reflex action. But then the startled mother fed him a little breast milk on her finger and he started breathing normally.'

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20 Signs That The Pharmaceutical Companies Are Running A 280 Billion Dollar Money Making Scam

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'If you could get 70 percent of Americans addicted to your drugs and rake in $280 billion a year in the process, would you do it? If you could come up with a “pill for every problem” and charge Americans twice as much for those pills as people in other countries pay, would you do it? 

 If you could make more money than you ever dreamed possible by turning the American people into the most doped up people in the history of the planet, would you do it? In America today, the number of people hooked on legal drugs absolutely dwarfs the number of people hooked on illegal drugs. And sadly, the number of people killed by legal drugs absolutely dwarfs the number of people killed by illegal drugs. But most Americans assume that if a drug is “legal” that it must be safe.'


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How To Make Irresistible Coconut Oil Chocolates



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Do you want to satisfy a sweet tooth without a bunch of effort, still have it portion controlled, and have it be good for you?

I hope the answer is yes.


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The Health Benefits of Saunas and What You Might Be Doing Wrong

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'Saunas and sweat lodges developed independently in very diverse cultures, from Finland to Native America to Russia and beyond. People have promoted sweating throughout the world for many reasons, including health maintenance, detoxification, and spiritual rituals. Indeed, the health benefits of saunas are numerous.'

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5 Clues You Are Addicted To Sugar

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'Most of us have felt the urge, the unstoppable craving driving us to seek out something sweet and devour it in a flash. That uncontrollable yen for cookies, cake or ice cream or that whole basket of bread calling to us to finish it off. Why do you overeat? 

Why does that cookie have such power over you, even though you know it will make you fat and sick? Is it an indication of your moral weakness, lack of will power, or is it a powerful hardwired brain response over which you have little control?

Debate has raged recently about whether junk food, the hyper-processed, hyper-palatable food that has become our SAD (standard American diet) is addictive in the same way that heroin or cocaine is addictive. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that, in fact, higher sugar, higher glycemic foods can be addictive.'

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Energy Drinks Are Sending Teens to ERs and May Be Killing Them, Too

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'Paula Morris’ 19-year-old son, Alex, habitually drank two cans of Monster energy drinks per day, for two years. After her son died suddenly, Morris took up a lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp. on June 25, 2013.

Alex Morris died from cardiac arrest “while engaged in sexual activity with his girlfriend," according to the lawsuit. He consumed a Monster brand energy beverage prior to his death in July 2012.

Morris’ suit was filed on by the same attorneys representing the family of 14-year-old Anais Fournier, who died in 2011 following the consumption of Monster energy drinks. Monster has insisted its energy drinks were not involved in Fournier's death.'

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How I Lost 20 Pounds in 2 Months On a High-Carb, High-Fat Diet

How I Lost 20 Pounds in 2 Months On a High-Carb, High-Fat Diet


'In this post, I’ll share with you how I lost 20 pounds just 2 months, eating a high-carb, high-fat diet.

Before I get into the “how I did it” meat of this post, let’s talk first about why I don’t believe in restricting carbs or fat when you are trying to lose weight.
Why I Don’t Restrict Carbs, Fat or Protein

I maintain that it is not necessary to restrict any macronutrient or food to lose weight. Fat, protein and carbs are all vital to good health.

Let’s face it, carbs and fat are the FUN things to eat! They are the satisfying foods that make us enjoy eating.

Try eating a salad with no salad dressing and you’ll see what I mean. Or a baked potato with no butter, cheese or sour cream. No fat = no fun. You may as well chew on cardboard.'

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5 Totally Painless Ways to Be More Active

5 Totally Painless Ways to Be More Active


 '“Find ways to be more active!” I hear it all the time. And to be honest, I really do need to find easy ways to be more active. Most of my work is on the computer, so it’s easy to lose track of time and suddenly realize I’ve been sitting down for most of the day! And I have a feeling I’m not the only one who has this problem.

But I Exercise! Why Find Ways to Be More Active?'

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Dietary fats found to play a crucial role in the development of Alzheimer's disease

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ED NOTE: Unfortunately, the "nutritional consultant" who wrote this article is from the old school that healthy saturated fats are bad for you and presents a study of that same old school ilk. Hydrogenated processed fake fats are the actual culprits. At least some of the commentators caught that.

'Newly diagnosed cases of Alzheimer's dementia have steadily skyrocketed over the past half century, suspiciously coinciding with the rise in meals consumed in fast food restaurants and the marketing of convenience products that consist largely of saturated and hydrogenated fats along with refined carbohydrates. 

It is no coincidence that the two events are closely related, as more scientific evidence continues to explain how this dreaded disease is largely the result of dietary indiscretions and lack of proper nutrition.'

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A Pox on the CDC’s Vaccination Agenda: The Rise of Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

 
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The Vaccines Don't Work As Advertised

'Despite the largely politically- and economically-motivated immunization agenda of the CDC, there is a growing body of clinical research establishing that vaccination does not effectively 'improve upon' or 'replace' natural immunity in the way that the masses have been made to assume; to the contrary, there are now hundreds of diseases that have been linked to commonly administered childhood and adult vaccines; and when we say "linked" we don't mean anecdotally, but in the biomedical literature itself [see the data set establishing the dangers of vaccines].'


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Superorganism You: The Role of Gut Bacteria in Health and Disease

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'Your digestive health, and even your overall health, could be dependent on the bugs in your gut.

Why is it that up until recently, medical theory was based on a time before smart phones, high-speed personal computers, and international research collaboration? For much of the last century, only findings by American scientists were considered important. Your doctor parroted what was taught in medical school, which was often based on incomplete, naïve, and often outright wrong research findings.

That’s why much of medical dogma does not serve post-modern patients with chronic disease. However, medical researchers—those scientists who keep up with technology—are pushing doctors into the 21st Century.' 

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On the Verge of Losing Supplements … Again!

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'Make no mistake, there is a well orchestrated campaign underway to take away your rights and access to vitamins and supplements.

You have likely witnessed the recent flurry of articles from doctors with scary headlines like “Don’t Take Your Vitamins” written by Paul Offit.  Senator Dick Durbin has taken a leading role as well.
Senator Durbin was also a sponsor for the SOPA / PIPA act, which would give the government even more power to censor and control the internet. You would think it would be impossible at this point to have MORE control, considering the recent leaks regarding the NSA.

There is no satiating the hunger for more power in our federal government. Politicians will scare you about sugary beverages loaded with caffeine as examples of the dangerous and ‘unregulated’ supplement industry.'

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Thymoquinone Fights Against Seasonal Allergies

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'Black cumin seed oil contains a known immune modulator that could potentially help millions of people dry up their sinuses.
Now, we’re not talking about the spice cumin — that’s a totally different plant species from black cumin. This is something else entirely.

So, although I would always advise to cook liberally with cumin, it probably won’t help your runny, itchy nose. Sorry.

But black cumin, however, may very well help because it provides thymoquinone — an immune modulator.

Let's explore how it works.'


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The Experiment Is on Us: Science of Animal Testing Thrown into Doubt

The Experiment Is on Us: Science of Animal Testing Thrown into Doubt

'Everyday products, from soft drinks and baby foods, to paints, gardening products, cosmetics and shampoos, contain numerous synthetic chemicals as preservatives, dyes, active ingredients, or as contaminants. 

Official assurances of the safety of these chemicals are based largely on animal experiments that use rabbits, mice, rats and dogs. But new results from a consortium of researchers and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggest such assurances may be worthless (Seok et al. 2013).'

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Iodine: A Breast Cancer Cure?

Iodine: Breast Cancer Cure?


'Could iodine be a breast cancer cure?

One of my good friends died last year of breast cancer. She was in her 40s. Nowadays, none of us are immune. One in 8 women in the US are diagnosed with breast cancer.
Iodine: Breast Cancer Cure?

I’ve been reading the new book, The Iodine Crisis: What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life by Lynne Farrow, founder of BreastCancerchoices.org. (Look for my review on the blog soon.)

Here are some interesting quotes from the book:

Breast cancer rates have risen since the 1970s as iodine consumption decreased and anti-iodine bromine exposure increased.'

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The Rockefeller Foundation’s True Plans with Golden Rice: GMO for Population Control

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'If you know a little about the Rockefeller family’s history, what at first seems like a story of a benevolent clan of wealthy individuals, intent on financially supporting cultural and agricultural development for the world, along with sundry other social endeavors, gives way to a more sordid tale.


In the 1990s, the Rockefeller Foundation approached one Swiss Doctor, Ingo Potrykus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, who specialized in plant engineering, specifically of GMO rice. 

It was in his lab that some of the first genetically modified rice was produced. This scientist and his team infused rice with daffodil genes in order to increase its beta-carotene. At first glance, this seems like a benevolent enterprise. This bio-fortified rice was meant to feed starving nations and be a solution to the ‘world food crisis.’

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Bee Sting Treatment and Remedies

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'Sometimes the smallest thing can be the biggest problem. One of these tiny problems comes in the form of bees – specifically bee stings. Even if you are not severely allergic to bee stings, it can still be an annoyance with some people experiencing swelling and itching of the site. Whether you are at home in the garden, out for a picnic, or camping and hiking, you will want to find some effective relief and learn bee sting treatments and remedies.'

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Top 10 Natural Health Remedies of Coconut Oil

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'The popularity of coconut oil has skyrocketed in the Western world over the last several years. However, its many health benefits have been known in other regions of the world as part of their ancient history. Better late than never!

Coconut oil is finally taking center stage, and is much needed in our modern world which contains more environmental and food toxins than ever before.

Coconut oil is being hailed as a super ingredient, superfood, and, lately, a super beauty aid. Add to this that it can be consumed or applied to all ages and it becomes a must-have in anyone’s natural health kit.

Let’s take a look at a mere snapshot of the solutions to common and chronic ailments that can be provided by coconut oil.'

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