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Are serious health problems caused by common food additives?

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Emulsifiers are common food additives found to cause gastrointestinal inflammation.
Emulsifiers approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are commonly added to processed foods to improve texture, increase shelf life and prevent oils and fats from separating. You'll see them listed on ingredient labels as polysorbate 80, lecithin, carrageenan, polyglycerols, xanthan and other gums in everything from bread and cookies to salad dressings, ice cream, non-dairy milks and more. Emulsifiers are also utilized to reduce or remove trans fats and gluten from low-fat, dairy-free and gluten-free items marketed as "health" foods and can appear in organic and non-GMO labeled foods as well. As pervasive as they are in packaged foods, could emulsifiers be causing health concerns?

A recent study concludes that dietary emulsifiers promote inflammatory diseases in mice by interfering with beneficial microbiota in the gut. According to researchers, dietary emulsifiers disrupt the mucus layer separating beneficial microbiota from epithelial cells of the intestinal wall, resulting in increased bacterial translocation and inflammation of the gut.

Comment: More information on food additives:
For more than 50 years, many in the food industry have not had to disclose information to consumers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the safety of chemicals they put in our food. Additives manufacturers have taken advantage of a dysfunctional regulatory system that allows for minimal or no disclosure, is plagued with conflicts of interest, and provides weak oversight of something as vital to our health as food.

For consumers, it's bad enough that most of the ingredients listed in packaged food have hard to pronounce names and we do not always know why they are there; we don't know how much and how many chemicals leach from the packaging into the food; or little is known about the safety of those chemicals because a small percentage are actually tested.

But it gets worse: Companies can add chemicals into our food without ever telling the FDA about their identity, their uses and (wait for it) their safety!



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A new government report shows that 1 in 9 children in the U.S. are using complimentary therapy to stay healthy

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Most of those who practiced yoga in 2012—more than 900,000 children—included meditation, deep-breathing exercises, or both.
A new government report shows that 1 in 9 children in the U.S. (11.6 percent) are using complimentary therapy to stay healthy, an amount that has not changed in five years.

What has changed since the report was last conducted in 2007: kids are doing a lot more yoga and taking more melatonin, a plant-based sleep aid. Many of the other types of natural healing included in the National Institutes of Health survey -chiropractic care, and use of herbal remedies and supplements - are being used in similar amounts by kids as they were five years ago.

"One of beauties of this survey is that it allows us to make estimates of actual use," said Richard L. Nahin, PhD, MPH, in a media presentation. Dr. Nahin, one of the authors of the report, is the Senior Advisor for Scientific Coordination and Outreach at the National Institutes of Health.

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Vaccine hysteria: Setting the stage for an ugly, end-game scenario

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Government propaganda is now reaching surreal levels. Anyone awakened to the plans of the globalist new world order understands the context of the accelerated multi-phased propaganda. However, the masses still watching and believing mainstream media news still seem clueless to what is really happening both domestically and abroad. Or are they?

Despite the disparity of the awareness, many of us get the sense that at least some are becoming less clueless with every day that goes by. Perhaps this is wishful thinking or optimism but I get the feeling this might be the case. Why? Because the empire is becoming more and more daring.

With every day we are seeing the big government challenge basic human values, ethics, common sense, logic and reason. Because of their desperate overreach, this overall scenario may contain a silver lining in terms of human awakening. However, looking at the recent pro-vaccine hysteria, the more frightening reality staring us in the face may be this - the vaccine propaganda is spinning off in its own bizarre direction and is now quietly cementing itself as one of the most powerful tools to be potentially used to implement tyranny and depopulation consistent with the globalist plans for a new world order outlined in the Georgia Guidestones.

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What do measles, tuberculosis, and grains have in common?

What do measles, tuberculosis, and grains have in common? For that matter, what do anthrax, influenza, and brucellosis also share in common with grains?
All the conditions listed are examples of zoonoses, i.e., diseases contracted by humans from animals. When humans first invited domesticated grazing creatures - cows, sheep, goats - into our huts, adobe homes, or caves, often sleeping in the same room, using them for milk or food, we acquired many of their diseases. These diseases were essentially unknown prior to the human domestication of grazing ruminants.

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Western medicine and the death of informed consent

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A monumental ethical issue is hovering over the entire medical establishment in the United States that threatens its integrity and trust. The human element is being removed from the equation, replaced by computers to give us our options, and legislation to remove our choice. Somewhere in the shuffle, the individual's informed consent was broken down, lost in the paperwork, and made irrelevant.

Informed consent is the process by which the treating health care provider discloses appropriate information to their patient so that the patient may make a voluntary choice to accept or refuse treatment. It originates from the legal and ethical right that the patient has to direct what happens to their body, and from the ethical duty of the physician to involve the patient in their health care. Concerning the current hot button area of vaccination in the United States, the patient is not given proper informed consent of side effects or the actual vaccine inserts to look at prior to injection. If they did receive the insert, they would quickly see the repeated words "there have been no controlled trials" and "safety and effectiveness have not been established."

Comment: The current vaccine reality: Disinformed consent


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WHO report: Ebola virus death toll in West Africa reaches 9,840

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The death toll from the current Ebola outbreak has reached 9,840. The number of those infected amounts to 24,014, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Friday.

These cases were reported from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In line with statistics, the maximum number of Ebola-related deaths and cases has been registered in Liberia — 4,117 cumulative deaths and 9,249 cumulative cases. Liberia is followed by Sierra Leone (3,576 deaths and 11,517 cases) and Guinea (2,147 deaths and 3,248 cases).

The number of Ebola deaths in these three countries rose by 17 and the number of cases rose by 31 since March 5.

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Grass-fed butter is one of the healthiest fats on the planet

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Despite having been demonized in the past, real grass-fed butter is one of the healthiest fats on the planet. Period.
Butter is one of the healthiest fats on the planet.

It's not just a big pile of yellow-colored fat, there are many important nutrients in there, some of which have potent biological effects.

However, this does depend on the type of butter, and the amounts of these nutrients vary greatly depending on what the cows ate.

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Birth defects and brain damage: The lingering effects of pesticide use

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The recent number of articles in the popular press concerning loss of intellect among children exposed to chlorpyrifos is important in the use of this pesticide. Although in-home use of chlorpyrifos was restricted in the U. S in 2000, it is widely used in agriculture, and is a serious risk to health and intellect for people working and living in proximity to fields. Detectable levels of chlorpyrifos detected in New York City children, raises the question of exposure via food.

Across the U. S. we learn that students are doing poorly in school, often blaming the teachers and their unions. Are teachers no longer competent to teach or have children been "dumbed-down" by exposure to this neurotoxin?

The State of California is considering restriction on use, but is prepared for strong opposition from the pesticide and big agricultural industries.

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Having a sense of purpose in life associated with 23 percent reduction in death from all causes

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Making up a batch of cookies with grandchildren. Having a strong sense of purpose in life is linked to a having a healthier heart.
Having a high sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt and presented on March 6 at the American Heart Association's EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions in Baltimore.

The new analysis defined purpose in life as a sense of meaning and direction, and a feeling that life is worth living. Previous research has linked purpose to psychological health and well-being, but the new Mount Sinai analysis found that a high sense of purpose is associated with a 23 percent reduction in death from all causes and a 19 percent reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, or the need for coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) or a cardiac stenting procedure.

Comment: This adds confirmation to other studies that have shown how greater purpose in life consistently predicts lower mortality risk, showing the same benefit for younger, middle-aged, and older participants.


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Is the U.S. 'fast-tracking' its way to a toxic nightmare?

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The EU prohibits many harmful ingredients America allows. But multinational corporations are looking to change that and the TPP would allow them to.

A speaker at an event I recently attended asked why U.S. food companies put butylated hydroxyltoluene, a food preservative and endocrine disruptor, in cereal sold stateside, while in Europe the same companies formulate the same product without BHT.

There are three answers to that question:
  1. The European Union prohibits numerous harmful ingredients U.S. regulatory agencies allow.
  2. Well-informed European citizens have organized and pushed for those regulations.
  3. U.S. citizens have not yet pushed for such regulations in sufficient numbers.

Comment: Monsanto, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, & Global Food Dominance
Global food control has nearly been achieved, by reducing seed diversity with GMO (genetically modified) seeds that are distributed by only a few transnational corporations. But this agenda has been implemented at grave cost to our health; and if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our food but our health, our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations.

The TPP and International Corporate Control

As the devastating conclusions of these and other researchers awaken people globally to the dangers of Roundup and GMO foods, transnational corporations are working feverishly with the Obama administration to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that would strip governments of the power to regulate transnational corporate activities. Negotiations have been kept secret from Congress but not from corporate advisors, 600 of whom have been consulted and know the details. According to Barbara Chicherio in Nation of Change:
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has the potential to become the biggest regional Free Trade Agreement in history. . . .

The chief agricultural negotiator for the US is the former Monsanto lobbyist, Islam Siddique. If ratified the TPP would impose punishing regulations that give multinational corporations unprecedented right to demand taxpayer compensation for policies that corporations deem a barrier to their profits.

. . . They are carefully crafting the TPP to insure that citizens of the involved countries have no control over food safety, what they will be eating, where it is grown, the conditions under which food is grown and the use of herbicides and pesticides.