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Lemongrass essential oil: A useful addition to your first aid kit

Anyone who has used essential oils for a period of time will find that they reach for the same tried and true oils over and over again. In my case, there are the go-to standards lavender, peppermint, rosemary and frankincense; but, in addition, there is lemongrass.

Three years ago, I thought lemongrass was an herbal plant used in tea and in Asian cuisine. While I still enjoy a soothing cup of lemongrass and ginger tea, these days lemongrass essential oil serves an important role in my first aid kit as well.

The lemongrass genus has over fifty different species worldwide, but only some of the species are suitable for utilization as essential oil. The two most commonly used in essential oils are are Cymbopogan citratus and Cymbopogan flexuosus.

Historically, lemongrass has been used to treat fevers, inflammation and indigestion as well as a sedative. These days, it is used for an armload of other ailments as well as for purification and odor control. Today I share 23 uses for lemongrass essential oil that will set you on a path of wellness.

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Plants before pills


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Ayurvedic practitioner Sebastian Pole of Pukka Herbs looks at the role of plants in the history of medicine and why reconnecting with natural food is essential to our health. With the explosion of system-wide health disorders, its time to take a more holistic approach to wellbeing.

We live in a time where the dominant mechanistic worldview of the last few centuries is becoming increasingly exposed as an inadequate interpretation of the interdependent nature of life. But because this ideology has dominated our ideas of how we should grow our food, rear our animals, raise our children, heal our society and look after our planet, we have largely forgotten quite how important the web of life is. Plants take a lead role in this mysterious play of life, providing, in one way or another, most of our clothes, our shelter, our food and our medicine. It's worth reflecting on this mutually beneficial plant-human bond, and on how re-engaging with the web of life may improve all our futures.

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Telephone

A call for a low-carb diet that embraces fat

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People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows.

The findings are unlikely to be the final salvo in what has been a long and often contentious debate about what foods are best to eat for weight loss and overall health. The notion that dietary fat is harmful, particularly saturated fat, arose decades ago from comparisons of disease rates among large national populations.

Comment: Learn more about Low Carb Living with Dr. Stephen Phinney


Arrow Down

Lamb genetically modified with jellyfish sold as meat by Paris butcher

The following article takes the concept of Frankenfood to a whole other level.
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A GM lamb (not shown) was sent to an abattoir from the National Institute for Agricultural Research in Paris late last year and somehow ended up on a butcher’s slab.
From the Guardian:
French authorities are looking into how a lamb genetically modified with jellyfish protein was sold as meat to an unknown customer, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.

The jellyfish-lamb, called "Rubis", was sent to an abattoir from the National Institute for Agricultural Research in Paris late last year and somehow ended up on a butcher's slab.
Yummy.
"A female lamb born to a sheep that was genetically modified as part of a medical research program was sold to a person in the Parisian region in October 2014," said the National Institute for Agricultural Research in a statement, confirming a story first reported by Le Parisien newspaper.

The case has been taken up by a public health court in Paris, a judicial source told AFP.

Rubis "found itself on a plate! Who ate it? No one knows," exclaimed Le Parisien on Tuesday.

France remains one of the staunchest opponents of GM research, ever since environmental protesters pressured the government into banning GM crops in the 2000s.

The European Union authorised the import and sale of 19 GM crops in April, but is likely to pass legislation allowing individual countries to block their use - in part thanks to demands from France.
Don't worry my fellow Americans, that is France, something like this could never happen here.

Bullseye

WHO decrees active ingredient of herbicide once used in Agent Orange as 'possibly' carcinogenic

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The WHO cancer research unit has deemed 2,4-D, the active ingredient of Dow's herbicide - once used in infamous Agent Orange - as 'possibly' causing cancer. The chemical ranked one behind the 'probably carcinogenic' glyphosate in Monsanto's Roundup.

Upon careful review of scientific data regarding 2,4-D, a chemical used for a Dow AgroSciences product, WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) unit has determined that the weed killer be classified as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."

The verdict, produced by a team of 24 scientists, including he Dow scientific lobby, came after a week-long scientific findings review that took place on June 2-9, which met in Lyon, France.

Comment: The fact that this toxin was only labeled 'possibly carcinogenic' is likely due to considerable pressure brought to bear by the chemical industry. What an abysmal understatement, when the devastating health effects from the use of Agent Orange continue to ravage populations that were exposed to it decades ago.


Pills

Psych drugs killing 500,000 seniors every year

Does the long term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good?
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Yes, says Professor Peter C. Gotzche. And, he contends, the harm done by psych drugs causes a shocking 500,000 deaths in adults aged 65 and older every year in the Western World.

Professor Gotzche is a professor at the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark, part of the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration. He presented his argument in the 52nd Maudsley Debate at King's College London.[i] The Maudsley Debates take place three times a year at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) of King's College.

How could this information go unnoticed?

Professor Gotzche blames biased drug trials. Almost all randomized trials include patients already taking another psychiatric drug. They are taken off their medication, and after a short "wash-out" period, are randomized to a placebo or the test drug. But the patients going "cold turkey" are dealing with withdrawal symptoms. As a group they make the new drug look good in comparison.

Comment: It is actually much worse:


Bug

Herbicide-resistant insects are destroying GMO crops like never before

Bt corn was originally created, or so Monsanto claims, to eradicate a farming nuisance known as rootworm. But as evidence from a GMO corn lab comes in, we are learning how the pests are living the lives in fields planted with GM Bt corn seed.

In 2011, a cornfield planted in Iowa with Bt corn was found to be completely decimated by rootworm. A study, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describes the western corn rootworm's rapid evolution after dining on the engineered crop.

The study's lead author, Aaron Gassmann, states that:
"The widespread planting of crops genetically engineered to produce insecticidal toxins derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) places intense selective pressure on pest populations to evolve resistance.

Western corn rootworm is a key pest of maize, and in continuous maize fields it is often managed through planting of Bt maize. During 2009 and 2010, fields were identified in Iowa in which western corn rootworm imposed severe injury to maize producing Bt toxin Cry3Bb1. Subsequent bioassays revealed Cry3Bb1 resistance in these populations.

Here, we report that, during 2011, injury to Bt maize in the field expanded to include mCry3A maize in addition to Cry3Bb1 maize and that laboratory analysis of western corn rootworm from these fields found resistance to Cry3Bb1 and mCry3A and cross-resistance between these toxins.

Resistance to Bt maize has persisted in Iowa, with both the number of Bt fields identified with severe root injury and the ability western corn rootworm populations to survive on Cry3Bb1 maize increasing between 2009 and 2011."

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Water

14 brands of bottled water recalled over E. Coli

It's shocking when I'm in the store and see people loading cases of bottled water into their carts and paying hundreds at the register.

I talked to a friend who said she spends about 100 dollars a week on bottled water, as she doesn't trust tap water. I asked if she'd ever thought of reverse osmosis or water filters and she said it was too expensive. I then told her reverse osmosis starts at 99 dollars at their nearest hardware store, or even better Berkey filters are between 2 and 300 online.

She called me to day she got a filter, is saving a bundle, and so much simpler. She can also rest easy she won't have plastic leaching into her family's water. Nor will she be contributing to the pollution of this planet with millions of bottles thrown out every day.

Here is a full list of the names from this article on the recalled bottled water.

Niagra advises to not drink the affected water without boiling it first or use other bottled water.

The recalled bottled water products were sold under the following brand names:

Dollars

Undue influence: BigPharma made huge donations to California lawmakers voting on mandatory vaccines

One in 50 children are now autistic. No, you didn't read that wrong. Despite the fact that a CDC whistleblower recently came forward admitting that the government agency obfuscated evidence linking vaccines to autistic behavior, California lawmakers passed a mandatory vaccine bill (SB277) which removes parental exemptions - making it so parents couldn't refuse or delay vaccines. Even more damning evidence has surfaced proving that Big Pharma had their hands in the creation of the bill.

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that State lawmakers behind bill SB277 have ties to the makers of vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies and their trade groups gave current members of the Legislature more than $2 million. Nine of the top 20 recipients of these funds are either members of the Senate health committee, or leaders who could influence the outcome of the bill, as well as push it through to law.

One senator, in particular, is also a doctor, Richard Pan, who received more than $95,000 in campaign cash. He also just happens to be the man who wrote the bill.

As if that weren't bad enough, Big Pharma also donated more than $500,000 to outside campaign spending groups that helped some of these top nine individuals be elected to their current legislative positions.

Comment: It's obvious that these mandates have little to do with the actual health and well-being of people, when the pharmaceutical industry wields so much power that it can literally buy votes to insure a favorable outcome.


Arrow Up

Monsanto herbicide faces global fallout after World Health Organization labels it a probable carcinogen

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The fight against glyphosate is gaining momentum, and where governments are not stepping up to enforce bans, citizens and private companies are taking it upon themselves with major successes.

The World Health Organization's official recognition of the health damage caused by glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide, is having ramifications around the world. National governments are moving to restrict the chemical, campaigns to ban it are intensifying, and now 'Roundup Ready' GMO crops are coming under the regulatory spotlight.

Could it be that the World Health Organisation's classification of glyphosate as a 'probable carcinogen' (see [1] Glyphosate 'Probably Carcinogenic to Humans' Latest WHO Assessment, SiS 66) will be the final nail in the coffin for the world's most popular herbicide and Monsanto's flagship product?

Comment: More information on the 'global fallout' of Monsanto's evil herbicide glyposate: