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Preclinical study: Noni leaf extract superior to chemotherapy for lung cancer

Tragically, 1.4 million die from lung cancer each year, with 1.6 million newly diagnosed. Could this humble leaf extract beat a drug that can cost over 100,000 dollars to improve lung cancer survival only a few months?

A promising new study published in the journal Food & Function titled, "Morinda citrifolia edible leaf extract enhanced immune response against lung cancer," has found that an alcohol-based leaf extract of the noni tree (Morinda Citrifolia) was more effective than a commonly used chemotherapy drug in treating lung cancer in an animal model.

In the new study, a team of Malaysian researchers tested the relative effectiveness of the drug erlotinib (trade name Tarceva), a so-called epidemal growth factor receptor inhibitor (EGFR inhibitor), to a noni leaf extract, in lung tumor-induced albino house mice (BALB/c), and found that 21 days of treatment with a 300 mg kg-1 body weight of leaf extract was more effective suppressing lung tumour growth than a 50 mg kg-1 body weight erlotinib treatment.


Poisoning our children - beginning in the womb

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Birth defects, premature births, endocrine disruption, cancer, Parkinson's—why are we doing this to our kids?

According to a new study published in the journal Endocrinology, oil and natural gas operations are contaminating surface and ground water with chemicals that wreak havoc on birth and growth hormones. Other recent reports show toxic levels of selenium contamination in the groundwater near fracking operations. This is leading to premature births.

Comment: 'Only a strong response from the public can have a chance at getting the federal government to put the safety of its citizens first.'

Sad to say the federal government isn't going to be putting the 'safety of it's citizens first' anytime soon. It is painfully obvious that government organizations like the USDA and the EPA favor industry when assessing chemical dangers! It's all about profits, not protection. The following articles are just a few examples:


Optimal mitochondrial function and metabolism is vital for your health

Mitochondria: you might not know what they are, but they are vital to your health. Rhonda Patrick, PhD is a biomedical scientist who has studied the interaction between mitochondrial metabolism, aberrant metabolism, and cancer.

She's also done research on aging at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in La Jolla, California.
"I've had a variety of experiences doing research on aging, cancer, and metabolism," she explains. "Now, currently, I'm in Oakland, California, where I'm doing my post-doctoral research, working with Dr. Bruce Ames...

The primary focus of the research is the role of nutrition in preventing age-related diseases like cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and different inflammatory-related diseases like obesity and type 2 diabetes.

I've been doing a lot of research currently on nutrition, specifically what roles micronutrients play in biological processes; how inadequacies and certain micronutrients can lead to insidious types of damage that can accumulate over decades, [and how they] lead to things like cancer and Alzheimer's disease."
Part of her work involves the identification of early biomarkers of disease. For example, DNA damage is an early biomarker for cancer. She then tries to determine which micronutrients might help repair that DNA damage.

She's also investigated mitochondrial function and metabolism, which is one of my own most recent passions. Dr. Lee Know's book, "Life - The Epic Story of Our Mitochondria", is a really good primer if you want to learn more about this topic after listening to this interview.


It's time for the USDA and EPA to come clean over RoundUp residues

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Corporate Witchcraft
Each year the US Department of Agriculture manages to test for over 400 pesticides in food, writes Carey Gillam. But glyphosate, the world's biggest-selling herbicide, is not among them, even as evidence of its dangers mounts. It's time for USDA and EPA to stop their buck-passing - and give consumers their right to know.

When microbiologist Bruce Hemming was hired two years ago to test breast milk samples for residues of the key ingredient in the popular weed-killer Roundup, Hemming at first scoffed at the possibility.

Hemming, the founder of St. Louis-based Microbe Inotech Laboratories, knew that the herbicidal ingredient called glyphosate was not supposed to accumulate in the human body.

Comment: It would be great if the EPA-USDA respected 'consumer concerns' and includes tests for glyphosate residues in the Pesticide Data Program. The reality is that it isAgriculture industry norm to not conduct such tests and to keep consumers in the dark about the extreme amount of toxic chemicals we are exposed to daily!
It would be easy to believe the Environmental Protection Agency's mission "to protect human health and the environment" — after all, environment is right, smack in the government agency's very name — but that would be quite the mistake. In fact, judging the EPA's magical manipulation of testing and data concerning glyphosate — the chief ingredient in Monsanto's weedkiller, Roundup — it's arguable the government 'watchdog' functions primarily as a de facto propaganda division for the agrichemical behemoth.

The EPA's willingness to warp science — and therefore the truth — shows the true depth of its love for Monsanto. This unholy matrimony between the EPA and Monsanto has resulted in sound science's divorce from the planet's health.


The many uses and benefits of baking soda

I have read a great number of articles on baking soda and all its benefits. The list is long and it seems that this simple ingredient found in every kitchen cabinet should be made a part of every normal person's life.

Here is a gather up of some of the most important uses for baking soda.

Some of these benefits are:
  • a reduced risk and prevention of diarrhea, metabolic acidosis, acidity, peptic ulcer, and drug intoxication,
  • improved skin and hair quality due to its antipruritic (anti-itching) properties,
  • effective treatment of cold and flu,
  • plaque removal,
  • prevention of hyperkalemia, bladder infection and kidney stones.


SHTF health: Are you fit enough to outrun a bear?

A few years back when my kids were still pretty young, one of my girls and I and the family dog took a short walk in National Forest not too far from where we live. I had let the dog off the leash to stretch its legs while my young daughter and I enjoyed a leisurely stroll down a familiar trail. Free from the leash, the dog shot off down the trail only to come to an abrupt stop several hundred yards away, her hackles up, and staring intensely into the thick manzanita that lined each side of the trail. It was a bear with cubs.

I yelled, "run!" and my daughter took off like a rocket back the way we had come. Within seconds, I followed hoping the dog would distract the bear long enough for us to make it safely back to the vehicle. Time loses all meaning in moments like that and what could have been minutes felt like seconds. I quickly realized that the shock of accidentally crossing paths with a bear sow with cubs and the sudden burst of speed had stressed my heart. I was nowhere near close enough to the car and it already felt like my heart was going to burst and the muscles in my legs were on fire.

At the same time, the old saying, "I don't have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you" flashed through my head. I was very glad to see my daughter running down the path and over fallen trees with the speed and agility of a deer. And I took comfort that, although I loved my dog very much, she would probably give her life to protect me from the bear...until she shot past me like a bullet.

Comment: Diet plays a big part in achieving these five components of physical health. Avoid GMO's and inflammatory foods and check out the benefits of a low carb, ketogenic diet.

Apple Green

Salt restriction increases heart disease deaths and hospitalizations

Since graduating from medical school in 1989, I have come to the conclusion that much of what I was taught was wrong. In fact, at my medical school graduation, the dean said, "Fifty percent of what we just taught you was wrong, your job is to figure out which part was correct and which was incorrect." When medical students come to my office, I always encourage them to question everything I tell them and, furthermore, to question what they have been taught.

I was taught in medical school that a lowered salt diet was a healthy diet—for everyone. Furthermore, it was drilled into my head that anyone with heart disease, particularly heart failure, should limit salt in his/her diet. In fact, it is still standard-of-care for a cardiologist to tell his/her heart patient to limit salt in their diet. This is especially true when the patient is suffering from heart failure.

So, does limiting salt in the diet of a patient with heart failure result in a better outcome?


Top 10 facts you may not know about your diet

Drum roll, please ...


Senior scientist at MIT declares 'half of all children will be autistic by 2025' thanks to Monsanto

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A senior scientist at MIT has declared that we are facing an epidemic of autism that may result in one half of all children being affected by autism in ten years.

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, who made these remarks during a panel presentation in Groton, MA last week, specifically cites the Monsanto herbicide, Roundup, as the culprit for the escalating incidence of autism and other neurological disorders. Roundup, which was introduced in the 1970's, contains the chemical glyphosate, which is the focal point for Seneff's concerns. Roundup was originally restricted to use on weeds, as glyphosate kills plants. However, Roundup is now in regular use with crops. With the coming of GMO's, plants such as soy and corn were bioengineered to tolerate glyphosate, and its use dramatically increased. From 2001 to 2007, glyphosate use doubled, reaching 180 to 185 million pounds in the U.S. alone in 2007.

If you don't consume corn- on- the -cob or toasted soybeans, however, you are hardly exempt from the potential affects of consuming glyphosate. Wheat is now sprayed with Roundup right before it is harvested, making any consumption of non- organic wheat bread a sure source for the chemical. In addition, any products containing corn syrup, such as soft drinks, are also carrying a payload of glyphosate.

Comment: Also see: Monsanto: The complete history of the world's most evil corporation


Flint hospital reports finding Legionnaires' bacteria in water

The Flint Water Plant tower
A hospital in Flint, Michigan, reported Friday that low levels of Legionnaires' disease bacteria were discovered in its water system.

The discovery came after the city switched its water supply and the medical staff noticed an increase in people coming in for treatment who were diagnosed with Legionnaires,' McLaren Hospital said.

Legionnaires' disease is a respiratory bacterial infection usually spread through mist that comes from a water source.