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Glyphosate in your cup of tea?

Glyphsate is a good non-selective plant killer, but then, so are many other herbicides. All of them kill both the crops and the weeds. The specialty of glyphosate and its very extensive use is only in relation to its use on genetically modified "Roundup Ready" crops that are so engineered not to die of glyphosate sprayed indiscriminately over farmland by airplane, helicopter and massive crop sprayers. Another dangerous use of more recent origin is to use glyphosate as a desiccant even on non-GMO seed, and cereal crops, cotton and sugarcane - purely for convenience of harvesting.

Tea is not a "Roundup Ready Crop". Therefore, glyphosate is not a crucial requirement for the tea plantations. In fact, glyphosate formulations are not at all necessary for weed control in tea plantations. Any other accepted weed killer will be more than sufficient. If not the administrators of the Regional Plantation Companies, at least the administrators of the Plantation Ministry should have realized this long ago.

Comment: Monsanto's most dangerous product? The case against Glyphosate


The teen drug overdose rate is rising again

A new report has also found the rate of overdose from synthetic opioids has increased sixfold since 2002, while heroin death rates have tripled.

The number of American teens to die of a drug overdose leapt by almost a fifth in 2015 after seven years of decline, a study by the National Center for Health Statistics has found. The jump in fatalities was driven by heroin and synthetic opioid use and by an increasing number of deaths among teenage girls.

Deaths among teenagers represent a tiny portion of drug overdose deaths nationally - less than 2%.

The report comes just as the Trump administration struggles to craft a plan to fight an opioid epidemic that claimed more than 52,000 lives in 2015.


Mercury Policy Project - treaty designed to foster a simultaneous reduction in global mercury demand & supply

© World Mercury Project
The entry into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury Aug. 16 will spur companies worldwide to restrict their use of mercury and pursue alternatives to mercury added products.

The convention seeks to protect human health and curb environmental contamination by obligating its parties to broadly limit the use and export of mercury and restrict mercury emissions into the air, soil, and water.

The legally binding treaty-named after Japan's Minamata Bay where industrial pollution led to widespread mercury poisoning in the 1950s-requires its signatories to phase out many common mercury-added products by 2020 and mercury-bearing processes by 2025. The U.S. and the European Union are among the 74 participants of the Minamata Convention, which also includes China, the world's largest producer of mercury.


Q & A on the enormous lies of vaccination

I've placed these lies in the context of a Q&A:

Q: Let's say I accept the idea that vaccines create protection against disease. Vaccines create immunity. What's the problem? Why should I worry? Why should I go outside the mainstream for information?

A: Well, let's start here. The theory of vaccination states that the shots cause a person's immune system to swing into action against a particular germ that is placed in the vaccine. This is a "rehearsal" that prepares the immune system to react when the real disease and the real germ come along later. Got that?

Q: Yes. That's what I've been taught.

A: But you see, there is one vaccine (Hepatitis B) that is given to a baby the day it is born. The baby has no immune system of its own. In fact, some researchers say a child doesn't fully develop his own immune system until age 12-14.

Q: Yes? So?

A: A vaccine can't cause the desired "rehearsal" unless the recipient has his own immune system. That's obvious.


How arsenic is poisoning Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi woman's hands show the telltale spots of arsenic poisoning.
Despite simple solutions, a fourth of Bangladesh's population is still exposed to drinking water contaminated with the deadly element.

Now in his 60s, former shopkeeper Shahaz Uddin has been looking forward to becoming another white-bearded grandfather enjoying retirement. But there's a signal that may be complicated-a warning sign in the spots freckled across his chest. The speckles of pigmentation start out black and then turn white, says Tariqul Islam, as he leans forward and examines Uddin. Like "raindrops on the sand," he says, following the spatter across his patient's skin. These are the telltale signs of arsenic poisoning.

Comment: Arsenic Turns Stem Cells Cancerous, Spurring Tumor Growth

Life Preserver

The many uses of Diatomaceous Earth

© Chainsaw Journal
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a naturally occurring rock made from the skeletons of fossilized diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. When ground into a fine powder, diatomaceous earth works mechanically to destroy a wide range of pests, insects, parasites and pathogens by cutting through the exoskeleton, absorbing bodily fluids and causing them to die. Food grade diatomaceous earth is chemical-free and non toxic.

Diatomaceous earth has many uses including detoxification of the body - inside and out; protecting pets and livestock from parasites and insect infestation; and keep your yard and garden pest-free.

Comment: Health benefits of Diatomaceous Earth
Numerous clinical studies show that silica is a crucial mineral that plays a key role in many body functions.

Some of the most recent studies show that it can strengthen bones and joints, prevent osteoporosis and restore bone health if you already have osteoporosis, boost the immune system, ward off Alzheimer's, prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, and strengthens the arterial walls to maintain good heart health. Another of the benefits of silica is that it helps to destroy bad fats in the body. Used as a daily treatment, diatomaceous earth can alleviate the potentially deadly risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Additionally, because of its physical structure, diatomaceous earth is a highly effective anti-inflammatory and internal cleansing agent for the body. It can remove intestinal bacteria, parasites, e-coli, viruses, pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins. It has also been known to assist with vertigo, headaches, tinnitus, and insomnia.

Apple Green

All about cultivating cabbage

© REUTERS/Mike Blake
Savoy cabbage is seen at a roadside stand at Chino's farm in Ranch Santa Fe, California October 5, 2007.
With its high concentrations of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. As a cruciferous veggie, in the same family as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, it also contains glucosinolates, phytochemicals that break down into indoles, sulforaphane and other cancer-preventive substances.

Different types of cabbage (red, green and Savoy) contain different patterns of glucosinolates, which suggests you should try to eat a variety of cabbage for the best health effects. Its variety is another one of cabbage's pluses - it comes in hundreds of different types and is incredibly versatile. Eaten raw, cabbage is a mainstay of cole slaw and other summer salads. It's also one of the most popular base vegetables for creating your own homemade sauerkraut.

Cooked lightly and quickly, cabbage also makes an excellent side dish to virtually any protein source and can be seasoned in a number of different ways depending on the type of cuisine. You may be tempted to rely on your local grocery store for cabbage, but growing your own is so much more rewarding, both in terms of freshness and flavor. What's more, growing cabbage is incredibly easy, and if you time your planting right you can expect to harvest it during the summer as well as the late cold-weather season.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Men and Women are Different: What's the Big Deal?

James Damore
Recently, the Google-verse exploded in a firestorm of controversy when one of it's employees, James Demore, published a memo that cited biological differences in the makeup of men and women that influenced job choice and placement. To say that he was lambasted in the press would be an understatement. Demore was labeled as a sexist and misogynist and hastily fired from Google for 'perpetuating gender stereotypes'.

But was he wrong? Not at all, according to social scientists and neuroscientists. There are differences in the brains of men and women that influence their behaviors and career choices. On this episode of the Health and Wellness Show we explored these differences, discuss how this issue sent certain members of society into a frenzy, and try to answer the question as to why stating the obvious is now considered blasphemy.

And stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be marker training for dogs.

Running Time: 01:44:32

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Cloud Grey

The Connection between Sugar and Depression - And Some Natural Solutions To Help Lift Your Mood

Foods have an immense impact on your brain, and eating whole foods as described in my nutrition plan is the best way to support both your physical and mental health. Based on the evidence, avoiding sugar (particularly fructose) is an important prevention and treatment strategy for anxiety and depression, both of which are rising in prevalence.

A number of studies have linked high-sugar diets to a higher risk of depression. Most recently, men consuming more than 67 grams of sugar per day were found to be 23 percent more likely to develop anxiety or depression over the course of five years compared to those whose sugar consumption was less than 40 grams per day.1,2,3

This held true even after accounting for other contributing factors, such as socioeconomic status, exercise, alcohol use, smoking, other eating habits, body weight and general physical health. As noted by lead author Anika Knüppel,4 a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London: 5
"Sweet food has been found to induce positive feelings in the short-term. People experiencing low mood may eat sugary foods in the hope of alleviating negative feelings. Our study suggests a high intake of sugary foods is more likely to have the opposite effect on mental health in the long-term."

Comment: Another perspective on smoking and mood. See: A comprehensive review of the many health benefits of smoking Tobacco


7yr-old girl left with horrific burns after getting henna tattoo in Egypt

Madison Gulliver was on a family break when she had a henna tattoo
Primary school pupil Madison Gulliver was on a family break to a plush hotel in Hurghada when her father Martin allowed her to have the temporary tattoo on her arm at the four-star hotel.

The floral pattern stretched from her fingers on her right hand, all the way up her arm to her elbow.

But less than a few hours after having the tattoo she complained of the design being itchy, and it quickly erupted into painful, bright red blisters.

The youngster was rushed to hospital where she had to have the chemical burns cut away in a specialist unit, leaving her with nasty scars along her arm.

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