Health & Wellness


Coming to a grocer near you: FDA green lights the first genetically modified salmon

AquaBounty's salmon are genetically modified to grow twice as fast as regular salmon. (AquaBounty Technologies)
A genetically modified salmon that grows at twice the rate of regular salmon has been approved as food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The eggs for the salmon are raised in a facility in the eastern P.E.I. community of Bay Fortune and exported to Panama, where they're grown in above-ground tanks.

This is the first genetically modified food animal approved for sale in the world.


The 9 best essential oils for your survival kit

There are many reasons why learning about essential oils is useful for preppers. Not the least of those reasons is to lessen the reliance on expensive and often ineffective and toxic pharmaceuticals. How often have you filled an expensive prescription only to have side effects or find that the drug simply did not work? Other than add these meds to your SHTF barter kit, you are out of luck.

On the other hand, most essential oils are quite inexpensive and have the added bonus that a prescription is not required. With essential oils you have the freedom of where to shop, how much to pay, and how to use them. You can dilute essential oils in a carrier oil or salve, use them in a compress, or diffuse them, or use them in a myriad of other ways suitable to your situation.

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Frakenfish alert: Genetically modified salmon cleared for human consumption by the FDA

Federal regulators cleared the way for a genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for human consumption in the first-ever such approval for an animal whose DNA has been scientifically modified.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of the salmon, developed by AquaBounty Technologies to grow faster than conventional, farmed salmon, followed years of deliberations. The regulator has now declared that the salmon is as nutritious as normally grown Atlantic salmon, which means the salmon will not require special labeling.

Comment: Muir said there is "no credible evidence" that these genetically modified fish are a risk to either human health or the environment."

Really?! Interesting that this debate has gone on for years and yet now, with FDA approval, the 'frakenfish' will not be labeled as such! Talk about setting a precedent for other genetically engineered fish and animals.

Unsure about the safety of this new frakenfish coming to market?


Return to the Dark Ages? Deadly gene resisting all forms of antibiotics found in China

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Scientists have identified the first gene helping bacteria resist the only antibiotic group known to be effective when all others fail. Chinese and British experts came to the alarming conclusion that our last line of antibiotic defense has been breached.

The conclusion follows a large body of prior research that warns humanity about the dangers of becoming completely resistant to antibiotics. Now, Chinese doctors cooperating with UK specialists from Bristol and Cardiff Universities say we could soon be looking at the spread of uncontrollable superbugs.

In the research published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, the researchers predict a return to the Dark Ages, when even common germs like E. Coli put a person in mortal danger.

"These are extremely worryingly results," professor and co-author on the study Liu Jian-Hua, from China's Southern Agricultural University, said in a press release.

Comment: See how Mother Nature takes care of herself when humans are out of control and not caring enough for the environment and the planet we rely on for sustenance.


Circumcision decision

Male circumcision rates in Utah decline as parents reconsider the procedure

Spenst Hansen knows better than to take his body for granted.

Born in the midst of his parents' divorce, the 24-year-old Salt Laker was, of course, a major sticking point in the split. More surprisingly, so was his circumcision status.

"My mother and her side of the family really wanted to get [the procedure] done—so much so, apparently, that they were threatening to get it done behind my father's back," Hansen says. "My father was very adamant and very passionate about letting me keep my whole and unaltered body. From what I understand, he actually put out a court-ordered cease and desist for every pediatrician in the state."



Antibiotics in animal feed endangers your kids

According to the new report from the U.S. Pediatricians, the overuse of antibiotics within animal feed it making it harder for doctors to help children fight off life-threatening infections.

The recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that the fairly common practice of giving healthy livestock antibiotics as a 'prevention' tactic is making the drugs more ineffective especially when they are needed to treat infections in our children. Most of the nonorganic meat in the US is full of hormones and antibiotics which ends up in the food and is negatively influencing our health.


"Cradle to Grave" vaccine schedule developed by Pfizer

Recently on this blog we posed the question as to whether or not the "clean vaccine movement" and the clean food movements should be separated, or marching together in unison. That topic is still up for debate, but with the vaccine movement growing in strength and more people in the spotlight questioning additives and packed vaccine schedules, it's important to be aware of the latest happenings.

It's no secret that vaccines are virtually unparalleled moneymakers for the pharmaceutical industry, and one of the biggest players, Pfizer, has reportedly set its sights on a "significant expansion" of its vaccine repertoire.

As reported by the New York Times, the company is taking steps to promote vaccines to be used "from cradle to grave, from shots for pregnant women to protect their babies from the moment of birth to vaccines for senior citizens with waning immune systems."

Comment: Historical Data Shows Vaccines are Not what Saved Us


Detoxify and improve immune functioning with activated charcoal

You may be surprised to learn that charcoal isn't made exclusively out of wood. Charcoal can be made from a wide range of materials including peat, sawdust, bone char, and coconut shells. Coconut shell charcoal is one of the most commonly sold and used forms of activated charcoal - and for good reason. It produces a high quality and extremely absorbent charcoal without damaging the environment.

There are higher standards for 'food-grade' activated charcoals compared to other charcoals that are available. Food-grade activated charcoals are made to be consumed, or used in devices that filter blood such as liver and kidney dialysis units.

Benefits Of Coconut Charcoal

Eastern medicine has been using activated charcoal for centuries to combat different health problems. Activated charcoal has been known to relieve gas and bloating and pull and remove toxins from the body that can assault our health with things like pain and inflammation. Here are some reasons you should consider including activated charcoal in your holistic health arsenal.



The Thyroid-Breast cancer connection: Iodine deficiency can lead to thyroid issues & eventually breast cancer

In coaching hundreds of women on "The 7 Essentials System" for healing the body naturally, over half of them have "low thyroids" and many have been diagnosed with "thyroid cancer."

Indeed, it's estimated today that 27 million Americans, 80% of them women, suffer from "thyroid disease" (a.k.a. hypothyroidism) and that more than 60,000 were diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid last year. What exactly is causing this epidemic of weak thyroids and how does this relate to breast cancer?

Comment: Iodine: An old life-saving medicine - rediscovered!

Light Saber

GMO Salmon fight continues: Eco groups take Canadian government to court

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If they are slated for human consumption, GMO salmon would become the first genetically modified food animal in the world—and about five percent of them would be able to breed in the wild.
Genetically modified fish pose too high of a risk to surrounding ecosystems, lawsuit states

Green groups on Tuesday launched a legal challenge against the Canadian government's approval of genetically modified (GM or GMO) salmon egg manufacturing, which they say was done in secret, violated environmental protection laws, and risks widespread, long-term damage.

"Canadians expect government decision-making to be open and transparent, especially when it comes to something as significant as manufacturing genetically-modified salmon that may pose serious risks to wild Atlantic salmon stocks," said Kaitlyn Mitchell, an attorney with the environmental law firm Ecojustice. "This decision should have never been shielded from public view."

Comment: Freaky things about 'Frankenfish':
  • GMO salmon has 40% more IGF1, a hormone linked to prostate, breast and colon cancers in humans.
  • GE salmon is less nutritious than normal salmon. It has the lowest omega-3 to omega-6 ratio of all the salmon in the studies FDA reviewed.
  • GE salmon have mean allergenic potencies that are 20% and 52% higher than normal salmon, increasing the risk of potentially deadly allergic reactions.
The FDA notes evidence of "increased frequency of skeletal malformations, and increased prevalence of jaw erosions and multisystemic, focal inflammation" in the tissues of GMO salmon.

Most people wouldn't be too surprised to learn that genetic engineering can mess a fish up. What might shock you is that the FDA dismisses these findings as "within the range observed in rapid growth phenotypes of non-genetically engineered Atlantic salmon."