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Monsanto to spend $1B to produce Dicamba, yet another toxic herbicide

A billion dollars would feed a lot of people for a very long time, but instead, Monsanto will spend this absurd amount of money to build a new plant in Luling, Louisiana to produce weed-killing, and health-damaging dicamba.

In an effort to expand its business after glyphosate was declared likely carcinogenic by the WHO, Monsanto has announced that it will focus on an alternative herbicide - dicamba. While the EPA only considers dicamba to be 'mildly toxic' thus far, and it has been used since the 1960s, research does link the chemical to colon cancer and lung cancers.

It is also very similar in its chemical make up to 2,4-D, another herbicide which was recently called 'possibly carcinogenic' by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Comment: Farmers and ranchers opposed to the use of dicamba and 2, 4-D herbicides have stated that these are both are likely to drift, posing serious threats to non-target crops, can be highly mobile in soil and easily contaminate water. According to the Center for Food Safety, epidemiology studies have tentatively linked exposure to dicamba to increased incidence of colon, lung and immune system cancers in pesticide applicators. Other pesticide applicators exposed to dicamba exhibited a 20% inhibition of an enzyme critical to brain function. This is hardly a benign pesticide!

Pesticide drift: USDA says "Yes" to Dicamba -tolerant crops

Tune in to this episode of the Health and Wellness show for more on environmental toxins.


Particulate matter from modern gasoline engines is harmful to our airways

© Frank Reiser/Paul Scherrer Institute
Smog chamber at the PSI with researchers involved in the study.
Particulate matter from gasoline engines is harmful to our airways, regardless of whether the engines are a bit older or comply with recent EU standards. Fine dust particles allow pathogens to enter the lungs easier. Researchers at the University of Bern and the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have shown this conducting a realistic laboratory experiment.

According to the latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO), 7 million worldwide died early of the consequences of air pollution in 2012. Studies have shown for more than a decade that particulate matter (PM) in the air adversly affects health.

Besides primary particles, i.e. those emitted directly by the source, secondary particles, which are photochemically produced altered by sunlight, are of crucial importance: They are ubiquitous and can make up to 90 percent of the total particulate matter.

One important source of particulate matter are emissions from gasoline engines and it has only recently been discovered that these produce significant amounts of secondary particulate matter. However, their toxicity has largely not been investigated to date.

Comment: Air pollution kills 3.2 million people around the world every year


High consumption of fructose can lead to cardiac enlargement and heart failure

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High consumption of fructose can lead to uncontrolled growth of cardiomyocytes and heart attack.
'Walk through any supermarket and take a look at the labels on food products, and you'll see that many of them contain fructose, often in the form of sucrose (table sugar)' -- that's how Wilhelm Krek, professor for cell biology at ETH Zurich's Institute for Molecular Health Sciences, summarises the problem with today's nutrition. Prepared foods and soft drinks in particular, but even purportedly healthy fruit juices contain fructose as an artificial additive -- often in high quantities. In recent decades fructose spread throughout the food market, due to a reputation as being less harmful than glucose. In contrast to glucose, fructose barely increases blood glucose levels and insulin secretion. This avoids frequently recurring insulin spikes after any glucose consumption, which are judged harmful. In addition, fructose is sweeter to the taste.

But there's a downside: the liver converts fructose very efficiently into fat. People who consume too much high-fructose food can in time become overweight and develop high blood pressure, dyslipidaemia with fatty liver and insulin resistance -- symptoms that doctors group together under the name metabolic syndrome.

Comment: Fructose is so prevalent in the food system now, that it might be difficult for people eating the standard diet to avoid, or even to be aware how much they are consuming. It is important to carefully read labels and avoid processed or packaged foodstuffs to avoid consuming toxic sugar and fructose.

Bacon n Eggs

SOTT Radio Health and Wellness Episode #17 - The Mood Cure

The Health and Wellness show on the SOTT Radio Network covers topics of health, diet, science, homeopathy, wellness culture, and more. Tune in weekly!

Today we'll be discussing mood and mood-stabilizing supplements, four syndromes that affect mood, carbohydrate addiction, the gut brain connection and some possible solutions to neurotransmitter imbalances.

Included, as always, is the pet segment.

Here's the transcript of the show:


Florida man, 26, dies from bacterial infection he picked up in the Gulf

A Lake County man died from a bacteria more than a week ago and there is still no warning from the Health Department.

According to the victim's mother, the group was swimming about 2 miles south of Pine Island Beach in Hernando County in waist-deep water when her 26-year-old son, Cason Yeager, contracted the Vibrio Vulnificus. Now, she wants to put a warning out to everyone even a healthy man can fall victim to this bacterium.

"This has been a nightmare for me to say the least and nobody should have to go through this," said Karen Yeager, talking about the death of her son, who was swimming on June 14. Cason died two days later.

"He coded out again and then they worked on him for about 45 minutes and they could not bring him back," said Karen Yeager.

Yeager died on June 16, but his doctor at The Villages Regional Hospital didn't sign the death certificate until June 23 -- a full week later. Now, it's up to the state to notify the public.

"I think it's sad. I think it's very irresponsible," said Harold Young.


Only two weeks of inactivity causes a loss of one third of muscular strength

New research reveals that it only takes two weeks of not using their legs for young people to lose a third of their muscular strength, leaving them on par with a person who is 40-50 years their senior. The Center for Healthy Aging and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen conducted the research.

Time and again, we are told that we need to stay physically active and exercise daily. But how quickly do we actually lose our muscular strength and muscle mass if we go from being averagely active to being highly inactive? For example when we are injured, fall ill or simply take a very relaxing holiday. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have examined what happens to the muscles in younger and older men after a period of high inactivity, by way of so-called immobilization with a leg pad.

Comment: Those who are forced into inactivity due to injuries might consider engaging in visual exercise. Research has demonstrated that imagery exercises could be a valuable tool to prevent or slow muscles from becoming weaker when a health problem limits or restricts a person's mobility.

Mind over matter: Thinking about exercise can regulate muscle strength


5 essential spices to add to your meals

In a world where everyone appreciates a meal that's both visually and gustatorily satisfying, the gourmet experts utilize just the right foods for zest and flavor. But where taste and display go hand in hand, one often forgets to give due credit to the salubrious properties of foods. Have you ever thought about the health-boosting advantages of these minuscule condiments, in addition to their ability to make your meal zesty?

If not, here are 5 health benefits of including essential spices in your diet that you must know.

Comment: For more on beneficial herbs see:

Bacon n Eggs

The meat fix! How a reformed vegan gorges on all the foods his granny enjoyed... and has never felt better


Diet swap: John was fat and ill as a vegan, left, but is now the picture of health as a meat eater, right
As the kitchen filled with the smell of caramelised meat, my mouth watered in anticipation of the coming feast: a thick cut of tender steak, fried in butter and olive oil.

This was not a regular treat. In fact, for the previous 26 years I'd been a vegan, eschewing not just meat but all animal products.

My diet was an extreme version of the NHS Eat Well regime, which recommends lots of starchy foods and smaller quantities of saturated fats, cholesterol, sugar and red meat.

According to government advice, I was doing everything right — and yet my health had never been worse. My weight had crept up over the years, until in 2008 I was 14½ stone — which is a lot of blubber for someone who is 5ft 10in — and was classified as clinically obese.

I waddled around, sweating and short of breath, battling extremely high cholesterol and suffering from chronic indigestion. I was always tired and needed to take naps every afternoon. I had constant headaches and swallowed paracetamol and sucked Rennies like they were sweets.

Worst of all, I had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which left me feeling as if I had lead weights in my gut. My belly was bloated and distended after every meal. I was, to use a technical term, knackered.

But that was about to change. In 2010, I decided to give up my supposedly healthy lifestyle and embrace good old-fashioned meat.

Comment: See also:

Half a century too late! The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol in your diet

A call for a low-carb diet that embraces fat


California mandates poisoning children: SB277 Vaccine Bill Passes

California has become a state which demands that you poison your children. Kenny Valenzuela covers the murky paid-for politics and disgusting tactics used to get this monstrosity to pass. But there still are some solutions and actions that can be taken...


Risks associated with heartburn drugs outweigh the benefits

Common reflux drugs linked to increased heart attack risk
Are you among the 20 million1 Americans taking an acid inhibiting drug to treat your heartburn?

Please be aware that for most, the risks far outweigh the benefits as there are plenty of alternative effective strategies to eliminate heartburn without serious side effects.

Previous research2,3,4,5,6,7 clearly shows that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid, are severely overprescribed and misused.

Indeed, PPIs are among the most widely prescribed drugs today, with annual sales of about $14 billion8--this despite the fact that they were never intended to treat heartburn in the first place.

Comment: Changing your diet may also help to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux, as researchers have found that high-carbohydrate diets may overload our digestive systems. For more more information and tips for improving digestion, see: