Health & Wellness


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!

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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."


Wary of mainstream medicine, expats look to their history to cure ailments

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Eliseo Trinidad, left, the owner of La 21 Division Botanica in the Bronx, with a customer.
On a recent afternoon, Ina Vandebroek was poking around the shelves of La 21 Division Botanica on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Its narrow aisles were crammed with thousands of votive candles, herbal potions and brightly colored plaster statues of saints.

Dr. Vandebroek, a Belgian-born ethnobotanist, paused to gaze at herb-infused oils. The vials had names like Amor Prohibido ("Forbidden Love"), for those in search of adventure, and Conquistador, for the timid — both of them big sellers. Bendicion de Dinero Al Hogar ("A Blessing for Money in the House"), which comes in a spray, is also popular. But Dr. Vandebroek was not there to jump-start a flagging love life or curry the favor of spirits. La 21 Division is a regular stop for her, a mile or so from her laboratory at the New York Botanical Garden, where she is the assistant curator of economic botany.



Stop the growth of several cancers with Cloves

You might like the spicy taste of cloves in your meal. But cloves have a deeper side: The ability to halt the growth of a number of types of cancers, including breast, pancreatic, liver, and ovarian cancers.

So you like the taste of cloves as a spice? Turns out that cloves run deeper than taste.

Quite simply, cloves are dried flower buds from a plant scientifically called Syzygium aromaticum L.

Cloves have been used for centuries in several traditional medicines, including Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. They have also been used in Indonesian, Thai and Kampo medicine of Japan for centuries.

This means that cloves have been clinically used as a medicine on billions of people for thousands of years.

Comment: Cloves Are the Best Antioxidant, Says New Study


How much iron is too much? Health issues from excess iron

Iron has an unequivocally positive reputation among the general public. After all, pregnant women use it to construct tiny humans, tiny humans use it to become slightly larger, more functional humans, and our cells require it to grow. And in many developing countries, iron deficiency is a real issue. Too little iron can have disastrous effects on cognition, growth, and overall physical robustness. Even adult women who aren't building tiny humans inside their wombs may run low on iron due to menstrual cycle blood loss. Ask the average person and you'll hear "the more iron, the better." Consequently, many countries mandate iron fortification of wheat flour; in the US, we fortify pretty much everything with the stuff because it's just so, so good for us. Is it true, though?

Not necessarily.

There's another side to iron. Its inherent proclivity for electron exchange can create free radicals that damage DNA, cells, and blood lipids. Observational studies link iron intake and stored iron to diseases and disease states like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, insulin resistance, inflammation, Alzheimer's disease, hypertension, fatty liver, hypothyroidism, arthritis, and cancer. The list of disease states connected to excess body stores of iron is impressive and, frankly, daunting. You name it, it's probably linked to excess iron levels. A huge post on the link between iron fortification and obesity went up at Free the Animal earlier this year. Heck, one researcher even thinks the iron content of tobacco smoke may be responsible for its negative health effects.

Comment: An additional piece of the puzzle with iron consumption is a genetic condition called Hemochromatosis. The relatively small, but by no means insignificant, portion of the population that inherited this condition absorbs iron dramatically better than people without this condition, setting them up for potential problems on a paleo or ketogenic diet. The condition may not become apparent until one cuts out gluten, dairy, sugar, and junk food for long enough for the gut to heal, in which case the body of the Hemochromatosis afflicted person may then begin to assimilate much more iron than they were with a poorly functioning digestive tract and they begin to have health problems. The good news is that the condition can be managed (without the need to return to junk food!).

If you suspect iron overload, it's recommended to get the proper blood work to determine if you have an overload, as well as determining if you have Hemochromatosis, then donate blood on a regular basis and/or take other measures to reduce iron in the body.

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Grocery Manufacturer's Association wants GMOs labeled as "Natural" food

Last week, the FDA announced that it would be accepting public input on how—or whether—to define the term "natural" on food labels. This action came about as a result of a number of petitions filed by the Grocery Manufacturer's Association (GMA) and Consumers Union.

The GMA asked the FDA to redefine "natural" so that foods derived from biotechnology (read: GMO foods) could use the label, while Consumers Union separately filed a petition asking the FDA to prohibit the use of "natural" on food labels altogether since the term is vague and misleading to consumers.

The Consumers Union petition to the FDA is based on data from a Consumer Reports National Research Center survey. According to the survey, nearly 90% of consumers expect "natural" on a food label to mean much more than it does. About two-thirds of consumers thought that "natural" meant that no pesticides, GMOs, or chemicals were used in food carrying the label. Currently, however, the FDA's policy is that it won't object to a product sporting the word "natural" so long as it doesn't contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.

Comment: Grocery Manufacturer's Association overtakes Monsanto as "Most evil corporation on the planet"
The latest developments in the fight for GMO labeling actually makes a strong case for giving the title of "Most Evil Organization on the Planet" to the Grocery Manufacturer's Association of America (GMA), which represents the processed food leaders, including Pepsi, Coke, Kraft, Kellogg's, and General Mills.

The Grocery Manufacturer's Association also lists Monsanto as a member, so it would make sense that the sum would be greater than the parts.

GMA Now Pushing for Industry-Friendly GMO Labeling

As reported in the featured article7 and elsewhere,8 the GMA's preemptive attempts are now in full swing. As stated earlier, a major part of the GMA's plan is to prevent states from creating their own labeling laws by pushing for an industry-friendly, voluntary labeling law at the federal level.
"The push for a softer national standard on GMO labeling comes as consumer interest in biotech foods has blown up into an intense national conversation, and the food industry is clearly trying to get out ahead of a strong, vocal movement pushing strict labeling requirements in multiple states around the country," Politico writes.9"GMA's proposal is aimed at protecting its members from having to fight a series of state labeling efforts as several states..."


Is the chicken pox vaccine behind the outbreak of shingles in children and adults?

Shingles infection
The rate of shingles has been increasing since the 1990s, and it is now estimated that about one in three adults will develop the disease in their lifetime. A certain number of these people will experience recurring outbreaks. About one in five of them will suffer severe and often debilitating pain known as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).

Officially, the cause of this increase is unknown. Yet studies suggest that at least part of the explanation could be the chickenpox vaccine.

Chickenpox and shingles are caused by the same virus, which is known as varicella zoster. Shingles cannot occur in someone who has not been previously been infected with the virus, presumably resulting in a chickenpox infection. Why, then, would the vaccine against this virus be causing more severe outbreaks later in life?

Comment: There is one silver lining in this shingles debacle. It can be treated using Vitamin C.