Free Range? Pastured? Vegetarian? What’s in a Label?

FREE RANGE


'Ever feel overwhelmed when you arrive at the egg aisle? You’re not alone. The classification criteria is seemingly endless and comparing everyday labels like “cage-free” and “free-range” against “organic” and “pastured” can become confusing for even the most educated buyers. What’s the difference?

Egg labels are largely based on diet, space, and access to the great outdoors. We’ve filtered through the buzzwords for you and narrowed down some egg buying guidelines to keep your family happy and healthy.

Natural, Farm Fresh, & Hormone Free

It might be nice to read these labels on your carton, but they truly mean nothing in terms of healthy or humane standards for hens. Don’t let the label entice you, egg-laying hens are not given hormones.'


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Genetics Research Fraud: Your Genes do NOT Determine Your Health


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'Your environment and lifestyle, particularly your diet, has a direct influence on your genetic expression. For example, research using identical twins have shown that diet trumps genes in terms of the level of health you achieve.

The science of epigenetics also challenges the conventional view of genetics, proving that the environment determines which traits a gene will express, and that your fate is in no way written in stone even if you have genetic predispositions.

It has become increasingly clear that there's collusion going on between our government, industry, and scientists, to hide the fact that everything from human health and intellectual capacity to various addictions are indeed caused by the environment in which we find ourselves, NOT genetics and the failed science supporting it with billions of research dollars.

Knowing we are not slaves to our genetic heritage offer tremendous amounts of hope for every single one of us, as it removes us from the position of victims of our heredity, and makes us masters of our own health and well-being.'

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The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten



'AS many as one in three Americans tries to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten-free menus, gluten-free labels and gluten-free guests at summer dinners have proliferated.

Some of the anti-glutenists argue that we haven’t eaten wheat for long enough to adapt to it as a species. Agriculture began just 12,000 years ago, not enough time for our bodies, which evolved over millions of years, primarily in Africa, to adjust. According to this theory, we’re intrinsically hunter-gatherers, not bread-eaters. If exposed to gluten, some of us will develop celiac disease or gluten intolerance, or we’ll simply feel lousy.'


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The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee and Tea


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'If you’re thirsty, pure water is always a good bet for a healthy beverage. But if you’re looking for a beverage to sip and savor while you start your day, take a work break, or relax in the evening, water doesn’t always hit the spot.

Fortunately, while there is no substitute for water (your body needs a healthy amount each and every day) there are other healthy beverages to choose from. Chief among those are coffee and tea, which should be good news to most of you, since these are among the most consumed beverages in the world.

Coffee has gotten a bad rap for health largely because 97 percent of it is sprayed with pesticides, and an artifact of optimizing for cost contaminates many of the beans with mycotoxins. Improper roasting is another area where toxins like acrylamide can creep in.

I am not saying this to justify my coffee addiction, because I do not enjoy the taste and have probably had less than five cups in my entire life, primarily to combat jet lag. To me the evidence is very clear: properly grown, harvested and roasted coffee can be very healthy.'


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Controlling Blood Sugar May Help Prevent Dementia, Study Shows


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'Controlling blood-sugar levels may help prevent dementia, a study released on Tuesday showed, offering hope to patients with diabetes that keeping glucose levels in check might reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of cognitive impairments.'

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Best Drink For Kidney Health & Kidney Disease

Dr. Brownstein: $14,000 For New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs? We Must Be Out Of Our Minds!



'Last Sunday (August 30, 2015) an article about the new cholesterol-lowering drugs appeared in the New York Times (NYT).

The article can be read here: (Editor's Note: The original article is accessed after clicking "Read more" and then clicking the title below on that page)

New Alternatives to Statins Add to a Quandary on Cholesterol

The article focused on the side effects of statin drugs and it questioned if doctors will prescribe the new drugs even though they are very expensive. After reading it in the NYT, my friend and colleague, Dr. Ira Goodman, called me and suggested we write a letter to the editor. Of course, the NYT did not accept our letter, but I thought it would make an interesting blog post.'


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How Eating Kimchi Prevents Lethal Cancer

How Eating Kimchi Prevents Lethal Cancer
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'Kimchi is one of the world's most popular fermented foods, but did you know that eating it daily can significantly impact your cancer risk? 

A new study published in the journal Oncotarget titled, "Dietary prevention of Helicobacter pylori-associated gastric cancer with kimchi," is the latest example of how a simple dietary intervention can make a world of difference in reducing the risk of one of the most lethal cancers.'

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Eat right to avoid macular degeneration and other eye diseases

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'A study published in Ophthalmology found that proper diet, especially a low glycemic index diet, can help preserve sight and avoid macular degeneration, and other sight-robbing diseases. The nutrients that were found to be most protective in combination with a low-glycemic-index diet were vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and the omega 3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA.

But the eye is a complex mechanism that requires many nutrients to function at its best throughout the lifetime. All these nutrients are described below, and the list can seem quite daunting until you realize that these nutrients are easily found and consumed through the daily use of a good superfood powder such as Absolute Greens.'


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Members of Congress Drink Raw Milk in Support of Food Freedom



'It's hard to fathom how we have come to a point where natural, unadulterated, and wholesome foods are forbidden, while foods containing concoctions of untested synthetic chemicals and toxic pesticide residues are permitted; but such is the case when it comes to raw milk and a number of other artisanal foods.

In support of food freedom, two members of the US Congress recently sat down for an "illegal" meal. As reported by The Independent Journal:

"Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) ate their meal... at Jezebel's, a Denver restaurant.
The reason they aren't under criminal investigation, though? Because they were in Colorado, and while the dishes they ate are against the law to buy, they brought the food themselves.
Their meal of 'forbidden and restricted foods,' as Polis called it, was to bring attention to federal rules they hope to change that limit how food can be sold."'

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Study Shows Consuming This 30 Minutes Before a Meal Allows People To Lose More Weight

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'There have been many theories as to why consuming water allows people to shed more pounds, especially when taken shortly before meals. According to new research published in Obesity, scientists have now shown that drinking 500 ml of water around 30 minutes before main meals does in fact allow people to lose more weight than a control group skipped the H2O.'

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The Power of Holy Basil


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'Basil is part of the mint family. You’re probably most familiar with sweet basil, which is the form commonly used in Italian cuisine.

Other forms of basil are lemon basil, Thai basil and holy basil, the latter of which plays an important role in Ayurvedic medicine.

While basil is primarily used for its flavor in Western cuisine, holy basil leaves and oil are revered for their therapeutic properties.'

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Investigation: Largest Factory Farms Producing USDA Certified “Organic” Milk and Eggs


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Regulations Not Being Enforced—Watchdog Asks for USDA to Remove Program Management

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'In what has been called one of the largest fraud investigations in the history of the organic industry, The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy research group, announced filing formal legal complaints against 14 industrial livestock operations producing milk, meat and eggs being marketed, allegedly illegally, as organic.

After years of inaction by the USDA, Cornucopia contracted for aerial photography in nine states, from West Texas to New York and Maryland, over the past eight months. What they found confirmed earlier site visits: a systemic pattern of corporate agribusiness interests operating industrial-scale confinement livestock facilities providing no legitimate grazing, or even access to the outdoors, as required by federal organic regulations.'


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Peppermint Oil for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Frankincense Oil: The King of Oils


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'Frankincense, also known as olibanum,1 comes from the Boswellia genustrees, particularly Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carteri. The milky white sap is extracted from the tree bark, allowed to harden into a gum resin for several days, and then scraped off in tear-shaped droplets.

Boswellia trees grow in African and Arabian regions, including Yemen, Oman, Somalia, and Ethiopia.3 Oman is the best known and most ancient source of frankincense, where it’s been traded and shipped to other places like the Mediterranean, India, and China for thousands of years.'


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ALOE: THE HUMBLE SUPER FOOD GETS BETTER AND BETTER

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'Antiviral and Antitumor Activity, As Well As Immune-Boosting Effects

Aloe vera contains several complex sugars including glucose and fructose, glucomannans, and polymannose. These sugars are found in the sticky translucent layer of the plant and are known as mucopolysaccharides.

Monosaccharaides are the sweet tasting basic units of carbohydrates. Common ones include glucose, fructose, and galactose. The most common polysaccharides are glucomannans. The most prominent monosaccharide in aloe is mannose-6-phosphate.

Polysaccharides are complex carbohydrates. Examples include starching foods like potatoes, corn, rice, and wheat. Glycogen, an energy storage unit found in animal and plant cells, is also a type of polysaccharide.'


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Research Shows that Nutrition, Not Medication, Improves Mental Health

7 Ways To Experience More Joy


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'James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander share their principles for building more joy into your daily experience.

Editor’s note: “Joy is not for just the lucky few,” says James Baraz, a longtime meditation teacher and cofounder of the renowned Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif. “It’s a choice anyone can make.” Each year since 2003, Baraz has taught a 10-month course, both online and at the center, called “Awakening Joy.” Its goal: to help participants increase their daily quotient of positive feelings.

The material is based on universal, nondenominational principles that draw on both Buddhist philosophy and on contemporary neuroscientific studies that show we can deliberately incline our minds toward greater happiness. The seven suggestions that follow will give you a glimpse of his joyful prescription and help you understand how to put it to work in your own life.'

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Vitamin C Cures Disease but Doctors and Pharmaceutical Companies Do Not Want You to Know This

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'Dr. Suzanne Humphries has given what is the most comprehensive and informative lecture on vitamin C that I have ever heard. The entire lecture can be watched below. Please be informed about vitamin C, and how powerful this natural vitamin can be in treating disease. If everyone learned about the health properties of vitamin C and used it accordingly, it would put serious dent into the sales of patented pharmaceutical products'

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Eating Black Sesame May Slash Heart Disease Risk

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'Blood pressure is a major focus of cardiovascular disease prevention, but the blood pressure lowering drugs may actually increase mortality. We need food-based drug alternatives now more than ever, and black sesame may be the perfect candidate.

There is no denying heart disease is a huge concern in the modern world. It is indisputable that your chance of dying from cardiovascular disease is greater than any other cause. 


But modern medicine fixates on suppressing proxy markers of risk, such as cholesterol and blood pressure levels, with drugs, instead of identifying and resolving the actual underlying causes of this global health epidemic.'

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21 Amazing Uses Of Tea Tree Oil Specially For Medicinal Purpose

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'Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree. Tea tree oil is antibacterial powerhouse used for numerous skin disorders caused by bacteria and fungi also treating cuts, burns and curing many common ailments such as acne, athlete’s foot infection and dandruff.'

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