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9 reasons to keep coconut oil in your bathroom

I write a lot about using coconut oil in recipes but many don't know of the benefits of using coconut oil outside of the kitchen. We keep a jar of coconut oil in our bathroom always! Coconut oil is a wonderful skin moisturizer as well as a leave in hair treatment. Below is a list of 9 ways our family uses coconut oil in the bathroom. 9 Reasons To Keep Coconut Oil In Your Bathroom

Oil Pulling -
Have you swished with coconut oil? Oil pulling is a traditional way to cleanse the mouth of bacteria. Start your day with oil pulling by swishing a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth. Try to swish for at least 10 minutes. If you can, swish up to 20 minutes. Learn more about oil pulling here.

Use as a carrier oil
. When I'm stressed or need to relax I mix a spoonful of coconut with a few drops of my favorite essential oils. I use Panaway for sore muscles, Peace and Calming for relaxation, lemon or peppermint to energize and lavender to help me sleep.

Shave Your Legs
. That's right! Coconut oil is a girls best friend when it comes to shaving. If you want baby soft legs, rub a small amount of coconut oil on your legs before shaving.

Hair Treatment
- Coconut oil helps reduce protein loss when used as a pre or post treatment. I swing towards pre-treating my hair by adding a 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil to the roots and work the oil down to the ends. I then leave the coconut oil on for an hour before rinsing.

Death by Big Pharma painkillers higher than heroin and cocaine combined

First major review provides evidence of sharp increase in deaths from painkillers in US and Canada and leading causes.
The number of deaths involving commonly prescribed painkillers is higher than the number of deaths by overdose from heroin and cocaine combined, according to researchers at McGill University. In a first-of-its-kind review of existing research, the McGill team has put the spotlight on a major public health problem: the dramatic increase in deaths due to prescribed painkillers, which were involved in more than 16,000 deaths in 2010 in the U.S. alone. Currently, the US and Canada rank #1 and #2 in per capita opioid consumption.

"Prescription painkiller overdoses have received a lot of attention in editorials and the popular press, but we wanted to find out what solid evidence is out there," says Nicholas King, of the Biomedical Ethics Unit in the Faculty of Medicine. In an effort to identify and summarize available evidence, King and his team conducted a systematic review of existing literature, comprehensively surveying the scientific literature and including only reports with quantitative evidence.

"We also wanted to find out why thousands of people in the U.S and Canada are dying from prescription painkillers every year, and why these rates have climbed steadily during the past two decades," says Nicholas King, of the Biomedical Ethics Unit in the Faculty of Medicine. "We found evidence for at least 17 different determinants of increasing opioid-related mortality, mainly, dramatically increased prescription and sales of opioids; increased use of strong, long-acting opioids like Oxycontin and methadone; combined use of opioids and other (licit and illicit) drugs and alcohol; and social and demographic factors."

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Lard is cropping up on menus everywhere

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Lard - yes, lard - is cropping up in kitchens around the globe.

The resurgence of lard, or pig fat seems to have come from a change in opinion about saturated fat (fat mainly from meat and dairy) and the growth of the nose-to-tail movement.

Chefs of trendy restaurants like Husk in South Carolina and Marianne in London are coming out as proud lard-servers, saying that it's "so versatile" and "healthier" than alternatives.

But even though some of the stigma has been reduced, people still don't necessarily want to order "lard" off their menus.

Marianne Lamb, the chef and owner of Marianne restaurant in London, told The Guardian that wording is key to get guests interested. "My front of house, Francesca, pronounces lardo di colonnata in perfect Italian, which makes it sound irresistible, compared to just 'lard'!" she said.

Comment: That is right, saturated fat from animals reduces our risk of heart disease. The cholesterol myth has ruined our health and has killed scores of people throughout the world during the last decades. It advocated studies and health policies that are responsible for the world's epidemic of heart disease by promoting carbohydrates as a replacement of anti-inflammatory animal fats. The science behind this simple and common sense concept is irrefutable. For more information see:

The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz.

Straight from the horse's mouth:

-Consequences of replacing saturated fats with carbohydrates or Ω-6 polyunsaturated fats: The dietary guidelines have it wrong
-From the Heart: Saturated fat is not the major issue
-Sweden touts low-carb diet as key to weight loss
-Swedish Expert Committee: A Low-Carb Diet most effective for weight loss

For more information see:

-The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview
-The Obesity Epidemic, Courtesy of the Agricultural Industry
-Saturated fat heart disease 'myth': UK cardiologist calls for change in public health advice on saturated fat
-Heart surgeon speaks out on what really causes heart disease


Farmers see better animal health with non-GMO feed

Farmers across the nation have reported ill effects in their animals when fed GMO corn and soy feed, but with a simple change, often costing less, non-GMO feed is causing better animal health and less disease.

You can conduct scientific studies on GMO all day long, but when you witness your animals getting sick right before your eyes, there is nothing more telling than that first-hand experience. Danish pig farmer Ib Pedersen was one farmer who saw immediate devastation to his pig herd after feeding them genetically modified soy. He's no inexperienced farmer, either. He supplies one of the biggest companies in his country, Danish Crown, with pork - more than 13,000 pigs a year.

He noticed pig deformities, spontaneous abortions, and intestinal health issues before switching to a non-GMO variety of feed.
Just a short time later, he experienced, "less abortions, more piglets born in each litter, and breeding animals living longer." In short, his pig farm became healthy and prosperous, and he wasn't spending as much on medicine to treat unhealthy pigs.

Comment: Yet another example of toxic GMO seeds: Fueling the health of corporations


BPA-free bottles still leach chemicals

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Chemical Leaching: When exposed to UV radiation, plastic bottles - including baby bottles - leach chemicals that are known to mimic estrogens in the body.
Baby bottles from AVENT, Born Free, Green to Grow, Evenflo and Weil Baby all emit high or very high levels of hormone-altering chemicals, says new research published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health. (1)

"Many PC-replacement-products made from acrylic, polystyrene, polyethersulfone, and Tritan resins leached chemicals with [estrogenic activity], including products made for use by babies. Exposure to various forms of UV radiation often increased the leaching of chemicals with estrogenic activity," write the study authors.

The conclusion of the study will send shockwaves across the baby products industry, stunning many parents who thought "BPA-free" meant "free from all hormone-disrupting chemicals."

The study authors write:
Many BPA-free PC- replacement products still leached chemicals having significant levels of estrogenic activity, as did BPA-containing PC counterparts they were meant to replace. That is, BPA-free did not mean [free from estrogenic activity].

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Ebola West Africa death toll rises to 337: MSF chief sez 'situation now totally out of control'

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WHO headquarters in Geneva.
The death toll in west Africa's three-nation Ebola outbreak has risen to 337, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said Wednesday, making it the deadliest ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever.

Fresh data from the UN health agency showed that the number of deaths in Guinea, the hardest-hit country, has reached 264, while 49 had died in Sierra Leone and 24 in Liberia.

The new toll marks a more than 60-percent hike since the WHO's last figure on June 4th, when it said 208 people had succumbed to the deadly virus.

Including the deaths, 528 people across the three countries have contracted Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, the WHO said.

A majority of cases, 398 of them, have surfaced in Guinea, where west Africa's first ever Ebola outbreak began in January.

Comment: See also:

Ebola outbreak in W.Africa 'totally out of control' - MSF

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Texas man battles deadly lung cancer without chemo using ketogenic diet

Joe Mancaruso is kicking cancer to the curb with keto.
Joe Mancaruso, a 56-year-old fitness club owner, has been battling terminal lung cancer without chemotherapy using the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet.

In an exclusive interview, Mancaruso revealed why he decided to quit conventional cancer treatment and rely on a ketogenic diet.

Mancaruso, of Midland, Texas, has been following the ketogenic diet (which for him involves a macronutrient ratio of 78% fat, 17% protein, and 5% carbs) since February 2014 after deciding he was no longer interested in doing chemotherapy to treat his Stage 4 lung cancer.

Overcame testicular cancer with chemo in 1985

Joe, who does not smoke, previously overcame testicular cancer in 1985 with four rounds of chemo.

In May 2013, Mancaruso was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and began treating it with the chemotherapy drug Alimta (at the hefty cost of $10,000 per dose every month). Joe said he suffered seizures and a weakened immune system as a result of chemo, and decided he had enough.

"After three rounds of Alimta, I decided no more chemo," said Mancaruso. "So I tried several diets, and finally ended up following the ketogenic diet, combined with supplements, exercise, sunshine and heat therapy."

Comment: For more information see:

The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview

Low-carb ketogenic diet can combat brain cancer, says scientist Adrienne Scheck

Ketogenic Diet (high-fat, low-carb) Has Neuroprotective and Disease-modifying Effects

Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets

Diet for cancer cure: Starving cancer ketogenic diet a key to recovery

Jeff Volek - The many facets of keto-adaptation: Health, performance, and beyond


Low-carb ketogenic diet can combat brain cancer, says scientist Adrienne Scheck

Cancer scientist Dr. Adrienne C. Scheck
The low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet may be an effective tool to manage malignant brain cancer, said scientist Dr. Adrienne C. Scheck.

In an exclusive interview Wednesday, Dr. Scheck said her research suggests the ketogenic diet can be a powerful adjuvant to radiation therapy to treat brain tumors.

"Studies have shown the use of a ketogenic diet causes a reduction in blood glucose, an elevation in blood ketones, and extends life in mouse models of malignant brain tumors," said Dr. Scheck, Associate Professor in neuro-oncology research and the Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Keto starves cancer because cancer cells love sugar

Dr. Scheck said both mice and human studies have shown the ketogenic diet can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Our bodies use fats to make ketones. Nearly all the cells in our body can use both ketones and glucose (a carb) for energy, but cancer cells thrive on glucose and cannot survive on ketones.

So by limiting carbohydrates (which turns into glucose inside the body), we can limit glucose availability to starve cancer cells. This tumor-inhibiting effect of the ketogenic diet may be further enhanced with calorie restriction, which lowers blood glucose and insulin levels even more.

This phenomenon was first observed in the 1920s by German physiologist Otto Warburg, who won a Nobel Prize in 1931 for discovering that cancer cells have defective mitochondria and thrive on sugar. The "Warburg effect" can be exploited by the ketogenic diet, but this approach has historically not been used to fight cancer. But the tide is gradually turning.

Comment: We've been saying it for years, the ketogenic diet is the key for healing.

The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview

Ketogenic Diet (high-fat, low-carb) Has Neuroprotective and Disease-modifying Effects

Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets

Diet for cancer cure: Starving cancer ketogenic diet a key to recovery

Jeff Volek - The many facets of keto-adaptation: Health, performance, and beyond


Bogus buzzword: Popular 'Natural' food labels are essentially meaningless

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We're teaming up with Consumer Reports for an ongoing series that will look at a wide array of food-labeling concerns.

We ask a lot of our food. We want it to be delicious, to be healthy, to conform to our worldview - a worldview in which we aren't the ones who are damaging the environment or subjugating poor people around the world to grow and harvest and prepare the things we eat. As complicated as the global supply chain that makes sure food shows up on our plates is, the system we rely on to say whether or not this or that product can do all of those things or offer any benefit at all isn't necessarily up to the task. Food labels are supposed to help us decipher those things: This product is natural; that product is organic. But what those words mean in practice can differ wildly from how consumers interpret them.

Comment: Read the following articles to learn more about how many 'All Natural' foods are actually heavily processed:


Clinical study: Cumin essential oil offers relief for IBS

Research from Tehran University of Medical Sciences has concluded that cumin extract can significantly reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome - also referred to as IBS and sometimes referred as inflammatory bowel disease.

Up to 20% of Americans have been diagnosed with IBS at some point. Irritable bowel syndrome is an increasingly prevalent worldwide disorder, and there are no known drugs that will resolve the condition.

The study followed 50 patients who had been diagnosed with IBS using the ROME II criteria. The patients had symptoms including watery and irregular stools, painful elimination, abdominal pain, nausea and other symptoms. The doctors also ruled out other disorders that could have been producing the symptoms. They also excluded patients that had known food allergies.