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Eight foods for reversing insulin resistance


Research indicates that you don't need drugs to control blood sugar. Food, herbs, and spices are the future of medicine.

Over 80 million Americans have insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes. And you could be on the road to diabetes for 10 years or more and never even know it. Here's what happens.

The hormone insulin directs your cells to open up and take in glucose from the blood. With insulin resistance, your cells become desensitized to insulin. They ignore the instructions to open up and take in glucose. Your body keeps producing more insulin to try to get the message heard. But it doesn't work. And your insulin levels rise higher and higher.

Comment: An important aspect of treating insulin resistance is to determine why one has it. Adjusting diet and lifestyle factors will go a long way to reversing the condition.

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8 Misconceptions About Fiber

The tricky thing about fiber is that it's not a monolith. There are dozens of varieties. Some of them perform similar functions in the body, but others have extremely unique effects. Some rend your colonic lining to stimulate lubrication. Some turn into gelatinous slurries. But we can't talk about fiber without understanding that the word describes a variety of compounds. As such, anyone making declarative statements about "fiber" without differentiating between the different types and their effects isn't being accurate (except for me in that exact sentence).

This leads to a lot of confusion. People make blanket statements that might be true for some types of fibers and incorrect for others.

Today's post will attempt to illuminate the bulk of the matter. I'll go through some of the most common misconceptions and myths about fiber from all corners of the dietary world. Whether you're keto, low-carb, vegan, carnivore, or breatharian, you'll find something to love and hate in today's post.

Comment: See also: Dietary Fiber: The Bulls' S..t In The China Shop

Evil Rays

5G wireless service is coming despite mounting health concerns

5G technology

No part of the country will be safe from ultra-high frequency signals.
The wireless industry is in a race to roll out 5G service. The network is supposed to be up to 100 times faster than current data speeds, but it requires cellphone tower equipment to be closer to users than before. Wireless companies in the U.S. say they'll have to install about 300,000 new antennas - roughly equal to the total number of cell towers built over the past three decades. That's causing outrage and alarm in some neighborhoods, as antennas go up around homes.

At a lab in New York, Verizon invited CBS News' Tony Dokoupil to meet some of the entrepreneurs developing tools to run on the next generation of wireless technology. Jonathan Reeves, the CEO of Arvizio, said 5G service is extremely important to his company's mission. His product allows users in different locations to interact with 3D images projected through a lens.

"Today, we can do this using Wi-Fi technology, and we can do it using landline technology. But of course you're then tied to particular locations. With 5G, now we can begin to extend this. So we can actually begin to start doing this on building sites. We can start doing it on the factory floor. So it really opens up a whole new world," Reeves said.

Comment: What the experts are saying about 5G:
"The new 5G wireless technology involves millimeter waves (extremely high frequencies) producing photons of much greater energy than even 4G and WiFi. Allowing this technology to be used without proving its safety is reckless in the extreme, as the millimeter waves are known to have a profound effect on all parts of the human body." -Prof. Trevor Marshall, Director Autoimmunity Research Foundation, California

"The plans to beam highly penetrative 5G milliwave radiation at us from space must surely be one of the greatest follies ever conceived of by mankind. There will be nowhere safe to live." -Olga Sheean former WHO employee and author of 'No Safe Place'

"It would irradiate everyone, including the most vulnerable to harm from radiofrequency radiation: pregnant women, unborn children, young children, teenagers, men of reproductive age, the elderly, the disabled, and the chronically ill." -Ronald Powell, PhD, Letter to FCC on 5G expansion
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Evil Rays

Military intelligence scientist and specialist on Wi Fi radiation: "We are risking the future generations of all the children in the world"

Barrie Trower
This past week, my attention was on Wi-Fi in schools as I have a third grader whose school has both cabled internet and Wi-Fi routers. (I spoke this past week to both the school board and the PTA.) When I had asked a school official, a few months ago, why they needed, since the school was already cabled, Wi-Fi, I was told it was so teachers could teach special lessons using IPADs. The official told me the goal was "to blanket" every corner of the school in Wi-Fi.

The school district seems to take an aloof but polite approach to any parent who brings up the topic. The parents can give various feedback but they are "out of the loop" in terms of having a kind of working input. The district personnel become increasingly quiet and non responsive and do not get back about meetings that initially they proposed. At the end of this week, I learned not from a school official but from another parent that the school district has ordered "safety testing."

What kind of "safety testing" could this be? Could it possibly be someone who will come in and do readings to confirm that the Wi-Fi "does not exceed FCC limits?" Is this the school district version of Edison and PG&E? Yet industry (utility as well as mobile phone companies) are big business, and we're used to them behaving with a kind of ruthlessness when it comes to squelching information which could interfere with their market goals. But for a school district? For principals and teachers to behave that way? For educators?

Comment: One day, in the not-too-distant-future, people will feel the repercussions on their health more acutely and they'll say "we didn't know" - when the truth is that most people had heard something negative about the technology but decided to remain willfully ignorant about how they used it anyway.


Whole Foods puts the brakes on GMO labeling requirements

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A year after Whole Foods was acquired by Internet retail giant Amazon, the food company is backing off its commitment to ensuring that food suppliers inform the consumer and the store itself if their food products contain GMOs.

There is some confusion about the decision by Whole Foods to walk back on its commitment but one thing is for sure - it is walking back.

In an email sent by Whole Foods President and Chief Operations Officer A.C. Gallo announced that the company is pausing its GMO Food labeling requirements. The requirements, which were scheduled to take effect on September 1, would have required that suppliers disclose on their packaging whether or not their products contained genetically modified ingredients. The requirements, which were announced five years ago, were three months away from being implemented.

As Business Insider reports,

In a copy of the announcement obtained by The New Food Economy, Gallo and two vice presidents write that the pause is a response to suppliers' concerns about having to comply with two competing sets of rules: Whole Foods' own GMO labeling requirements, and rules newly proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which are currently open for public comment.


New pill kills the flu virus in 24 hours

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This year's flu season is said to be the most widespread on record, causing more than 17,000 hospitalizations since October 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Now, a Japanese drugmaker claims to have developed a pill capable of killing off the virus in just one day.

Japanese and American flu patients who took part in the recent trial of the Shionogi & Co. pill are said to have had the virus wiped out from their bodies in about 24 hours. For comparison, the popular Tamiflu medicine produced by the Roche group was found to take three times as long.

The Shionogi compound and Tamiflu take around the same time to entirely contain flu symptoms, but the former provides immediate relief more quickly. What's more, its producers say, it only requires a single dose to be effective, whereas Tamiflu has to be taken twice a day for five days.

Comment: While it's unlikely any miracle drug, no matter how effective, will be allowed to upset the thoroughly entrenched blockbuster vaccination program, it's nice to see that there are at least some researchers looking into vaccine alternatives. However, given the nasty side-effects of the anti-viral Tamiflu, one should be wary of miracle claims.


Evil Rays

15 year-old girl commits suicide due to unrelenting symptoms of wi-fi allergy

Jenny Fry
Jenny Fry's life became a misery due to her electro-hypersensitivity which was apparently caused by wifi.
A leading cancer expert has called for a ban on school wifi networks over fears they could put children's health at risk.

Dr Anthony Miller, an advisor to the World Health Organisation, says pupils could suffer long-term effects from exposure to the radio waves.

He warned: "Radiation from mobile phones and other wireless devices can cause changes in DNA and induce cancer in experimental animals.

"Children's skulls are thinner and absorb much more of this radiation. We ignore this at our future peril."

Campaigners claim an increasing number of people suffer from "electromagnetic sensitivity" - leading to symptoms from a lack of concentration to headaches and nosebleeds.

In one disturbing case, a 15-year-old is said to have taken her own life after being overwhelmed by tiredness, dizzy spells and even itchy skin due to wifi networks at her school.

Comment: These hypersensitive people are just canaries in the coalmine. Imagine the silent damage such technology is inflicting on the rest of the population who claim not to suffer any adverse effects. Ditch the wi-fi:


Organic cattle farmer warns about antibiotics in meat

© Damon Winter/The New York Times
Sandy Lewis at his farm in upstate New York.
The F.D.A. banned the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals last year. One organic cattle farmer is sure the ban is being flouted.

In 2015, Sandy Lewis, a small-time organic cattle farmer in upstate New York, bought 13 bulls, for around $5,000 each, from a breeder in Oklahoma. A few weeks after the animals were trucked to his farm near the Vermont border, Mr. Lewis discovered that two of the bulls had died. He could see holes in their abdomens from where they had gored one other.

A field autopsy proved inconclusive. When two more bulls among the new herd fell sick, Mr. Lewis shipped them off to Cornell University to be examined. One died along the way, but a blood test on the living bull provided the answer: It had anaplasmosis, a bacterial illness that destroys red blood cells and deprives the animals of oxygen, causing them at times to act violently. The disease is relatively rare in the Northeast, yet a quarter of Mr. Lewis's herd ended up becoming infected. He lost another six animals to the disease and spent more than $100,000 trying to save the rest. Ultimately, another 100 animals had to be culled.

Comment: Additional information about the overuse of antibiotics in factory farmed meat production:

Life Preserver

Gut bacteria play a key role in the anti-seizure effects of a ketogenic diet

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UCLA scientists have identified specific gut bacteria that play an essential role in the anti-seizure effects of the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet. The study, published today in the journal Cell, is the first to establish a causal link between seizure susceptibility and the gut microbiota-the 100 trillion or so bacteria and other microbes that reside in the human body's intestines.

The ketogenic diet has numerous health benefits, including fewer seizures for children with epilepsy who do not respond to anti-epileptic medications, said Elaine Hsiao, UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, and senior author of the study. However, there has been no clear explanation for exactly how the diet aids children with epilepsy.

Comment: Read more about the health benefits of The Ketogenic Diet


Gluten and Your Teeth: Could dentists potentially spot undiagnosed celiac disease?

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Celiac disease doesn't just affect the gut. It can have widespread impact throughout your body, from your skin and joints to your mood and brain. Research shows your pearly whites can also be affected, especially in children.

The year before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, at age 25, I got my first cavity. Six months later, I was back in the dentist chair getting two more fillings. As luck would have it, one of these cavities went rogue on me when I was on vacation and I developed hot, pulsing pain on the side of my face. Two days later, I underwent a root canal.

It's been ten years since my celiac diagnosis and I haven't had another cavity. I've often wondered: Could undiagnosed celiac disease have affected my teeth?

Comment: Considering the fact that undiagnosed celiac disease leads to malabsorption and nutrient deficiencies, and that the teeth are so dependent on good nutrition, the connection seems logical. It would be a real step forward if dentists were able to recognize the signs of celiac disease by spotting this particular type of tooth degradation and recommend investigation.

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