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FDA Quietly Gives Approval To This Harmful Chemical In Your Food And Drink

8448194_sThe evidence against the safety of Biphesnol-A (BPA) – an epoxy based lining used in the packaging of many food and drink products – is staggering. Many researchers and scientists have studied this chemical and found it to be clearly disruptive to normal cell growth and reproduction, as well as messing with hormones. Yet, the FDA has recently chosen to ignore the mountains of research and has now subtly cleared BPA for use in food cans.

Using this publication as a thumbs up, American can maker trading groups are spreading news of the FDA’s apparent approval as far and wide as anyone will listen. This is only natural, since without the FDA’s approval, these same groups would have to spend a lot of money reformulating and re-engineering the can manufacturing process – a $126.3 billion dollar industry as of 2014.

In recent years, many food and container packaging companies have made an effort to phase BPA out of their products to assure the public of their product safety. For example, baby bottle manufacturers no longer use BPA in their bottles. Likewise, popular reuseable water bottle manufacturer Sigg reformulated the epoxy inner liners of their bottles in 2009 after admitting that the old liners contained trace amounts of BPA.

The canning industry, however, has taken a different approach. Instead of denying that their products contain BPA, they instead focus on claiming that BPA poses no danger to the general public. In fact, the North American Metal Packaging Alliance says boldly that “the extremely low levels of BPA found in canned foods do not present a health risk to children or adults.”

But many researchers and medical authorities disagree on this one. The difference between the FDA and canning industry’s claims, and the growing body of medical research available on BPA, isn’t the question of whether BPA is toxic. Everybody agrees that it is. However, – whereas the FDA and canning manufacturers insist on measuring toxicity by how much of a chemical can cause widespread organ and tissue damage or cause cancer, the medical researchers are focusing on the initially subtle yet permanent damage that endocrine disrupting chemicals can cause in small amounts, and its long term devastating effects on human health.

We may never know exactly what the FDA’s motivation is, but this kind of approach in the face of solid research is not a good way to gain trust from the public. In the meantime, it is probably a good idea to steer clear of BPA for your health.

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Mental Health
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Researchers Discover The Surprising No. 1 Predictor of Mental Illness

31020940_sMental illness is still in large part a mystery and very little has been done to figure out what causes it or who may be more susceptible. Now, new research may be taking us one step closer to assessing the origins of this debilitating disease and opening new doors to the prevention of it.

Recently, scientists from the Washington University of St. Louis ran a 12 year long study of 145 preschool age children. These children were assessed for feelings of guilt and depression through the ages of 3-6. Later, during their 7th to 13th years, these same children were given fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) brain scans every year and a half. Although the initial findings of this study has already been published, these children will continued to be studied for the next 5 years.

The study concluded an interesting and intricate relationship between feelings of guilt, depression and future mental illness. 47 of the 145 preschoolers were found to have feelings of depression. Of these 47 children, over half of them showed feelings of pathological guilt. On the other hand, of the non depressed children, only 20% of them displayed guilt.

The rather shocking discovery was that the children who dealt with guilt, whether or not they also had depression, had a smaller volume in their anterior insula – the part of the brain that has been connected to mental illness such as schizophrenia and mood and anxiety disorders. The anterior insula is also responsible for the regulation of emotion and self perception. Small anterior insula volume is already known as an indicator of later occurring depression. Accordingly, the children with the smaller anterior insula volume were also more likely to have recurring episodes of depression in their future.

This study is the first of its kind to link childhood guilt to actual changes in brain matter. What is exciting about this research is that it shows that with early intervention, it might be possible to stave off mental illness in a person’s future. This research promises to develop some crucial tools for assessing children at risk and empowering their caretakers to recognize early symptoms and take steps to change their life.

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Diet, Digestion, Foods
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The Battle Between Table Sugar And Corn Syrup – Is One Healthier? You Might Be Surprised

18119164_sIts old news – neither corn syrup nor white table sugar are great for your health. They are both devoid of vitamins and minerals, leaving behind refined empty arbohydrates that run through your body wreaking havoc on your health, messing with your blood sugar levels and leeching minerals and vitamins from your body in its futile efforts to metabolize and utilize these carbs. But is one worse for you than the other?

You may be surprised to learn that corn syrup – innocently derived from a vegetable – is more toxic and damaging than table sugar.

New research out of the University of Utah found that female mice fed fructose from corn syrup had decreased reproductive abilities and shortened lifespans compared to female mice who were fed sucrose from plain table sugar. In order to correlate the dietary amounts in this study to the amounts in normal human consumption, the mice were fed diets that consisted of 25% calories from either high fructose and glucose monosaccharides, like that found in corn syrup, or from fructose, like that found in table sugar. The average American consumes between 13-25% of added sugar and roughly half of that amount comes from high fructose sugars.

These mice were observed for a total of 40 weeks. During that time, their overall lifespans, number of children and their ability to defend their territories with the other mice was studied. The results: female mice on a fructose diet had a death rate that was 1.87 times higher than the female mice on the sucrose diet. They also had 26.4% fewer children.

Interestingly, in this particular study, the different sugars seemed to have no noticeable levels of different effects on the male mice. However, this is not in defense of the health of either sugars, as researchers believe that this only means that both types of sugars were equally damaging to male mice.

Researchers are still unsure why the two different sugars caused such different levels of reactions in female mice, but they believe the clue may lie in the fact that sucrose (table sugar), is broken down into monosaccharides before being absorbed by the body. Since corn syrup also consists of monosaccharides, whatever is causing the difference is likely occurring before absorption.

James Ruff, the study’s first author, said:

….we speculate that the different sugars could favour different microbes in the guts of mice. Other research has shown differences in bacterial communities in the gut to be associated with metabolic diseases in rodents and in humans. It’s possible one form of sugar causes more bacteria to get across your gut than another…

Either way, it is certainly worth thinking about the next time you indulge in a sweet treat.

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Blog, Disease Outbreak, Prescription Drugs
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Breaking News: Scientists Discover New Way To Eradicate Germs For Up To 30 Years

16706388_sAs society has evolved, so have germs. Millions of people die prematurely every year due to illnesses and complications caused by bacteria.These days, with overuse and abuse of antibiotics, microbes are evolving and getting more and more difficult to fight against.

Now, a new class of antibiotics have been discovered that could make a huge difference in disease control. Its name: Teixobactin. This antibiotic has been shown in lab tests to kill many types of drug-resistant bacteria in lab mice. Among these bacteria are Clostridium difficile colitis (C. dif) which is commonly implicated in gut disease, as well as the species that cause tubercolosis, septicaemia, staph infection and strep throat.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Teixobactin is that it got rid of these infections not only completely, but without any noticeable side effects whatsoever. It even outperformed Vancomycin, which is the antibiotic currently most used in the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by over a hundred times.

Another exciting thing about this new antibiotic is the way in which it was discovered. Traditionally, antibiotic discoveries happen by mining and isolating the lethal compounds that bacteria and fungi release to protect themselves against other microbes. However, 99% of these germs cannot be grown in laboratories. In the case of Teixobactin, the research team used a device they created called the iChip, which cultures bacteria in their natural habitats (dirt) instead of a lab. When the iChip was removed from the ground, scientists were able to isolate the natural antibiotic producing bacteria by layering other pathogens on top of the iChip and observing which bugs killed those pathogens off.

Using this method, 25 new antibiotic compounds were actually discovered, and Teixobactin became the clear winner of the bunch very quickly, as it appears to prevent microbes from developing any kind of resistance by obstructing cell wall construction – which means widespread death for the microbes. With no survivors, there can be no resistance. Kim Lewis, lead researcher and director of the Antimicrobial Discovery Center at Northeastern University said,

My guess is that if resistance is going to develop against Teixobactin, it will take up to 30 years for that to occur.

It will be awhile before Teixobactin is ready to be on the market, as vigorous testing and trials still need to be performed. But this discovery promises to be the tip of the iceberg on manipulating natural microbes to win the struggle between man and germs.

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FDA Admits to Approving Use of This Carcinogenic Poison in 70% of US-Produced Chickens

21201854_sDid you know that chickens produced in the US have been fed arsenic on a regular basis? To be specific, 3-Nitro or Roxarsone is an approved animal drug that has been used widely in the poultry industry since the 1940’s. Used in concentrations of 5%, 20% or even 50%, it increases weight gain, improves pigmentation and feed efficiency in chickens, as well as offering protection against coccidiosis, a parasitic disease common in chickens.

To put the scale of this drug in perspective, it has been estimated that 1 million kilograms of roxarsone was manufactured in 2006. The arsenic it contains is organic, which renders it less toxic than inorganic arsenic. However, tests from the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Food Safety Applied Nutrition has released data detecting low levels of inorganic arsenic in the edible tissue of chickens. This could only mean one thing – organic arsenic can turn into inorganic arsenic, and all arsenic, regardless of whether it is organic or inorganic, is mutagenic as well as carcinogenic.

Although the FDA has now officially admitted to finding arsenic levels in our poultry supply, they have still not withdrawn approval to market Roxarsone, stating that…

Continuing to eat chicken as 3-Nitro® is suspended form the market does not pose a health risk. The levels of inorganic arsenic found in chicken livers were very low.

In 2011, main manufacturer Pfizer did a voluntary suspension of 3 out of 4 drugs it produces that contain arsenic, including Roxarsone. However, this means little, as the temporary suspension did not mean they could not continue to market and sell these drugs in the future. Roxarsone is currently banned in the European Union, but approved for use in 14 countries other than the US.

In 2013, a study showed that there was three times more inorganic arsenic in the breast meat from conventionally produced chickens than in the breast meat of organically produced chickens. Additionally, researchers found that that arsenic was 3 times more concentrated in the samples that contained detectable levels of roxarsone than in the samples that did not contain roxarsone.

If you are concerned about ingesting arsenic in your poultry products, here are a few tips to avoid it:

1. Stay away from chicken meat that looks unnaturally bright pink.
2. Buy organic chicken – USDA Organic standards prohibits use of arsenic in poultry.
3. The chicken fat should look white or yellow – not greyish.

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Toxins, Vaccines
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How A Popular, “Safe” Vaccine Ruined The Lives of One Woman and Her Daughter – A Real Life Story.

30278220_sBreanna DeJaynes was a happy, energetic, normal all-American 13 year old. That is, until one vaccine destroyed her health. Her mother, Shayne DeJaynes shares that within 2 days of receiving her first round of the HPV vaccine in April 2011, Breanna began suffering a sudden onset of symptoms she had never experienced before – including dizziness, headaches, fainting spells, leg and arm cramps, and an achy arm where she had been vaccinated.

Shayna would take her to the doctor every time a new symptom happened, and if it happened at school, they would call 911 and take her to the hospital, as was their policy. There were no clear answers from the doctors or hospital initially. Every time Breanna was taken in, they were brushed off and told that her symptoms were likely a result of her being too active, or standing up too fast, being dehydrated, or overheating – not entirely unusual things for growing teenagers.

However, the horror was just beginning. In the summer of 2011, Breanna got her second round of the Gardasil vaccine. This is where things took a turn for the worse. Her arm and leg cramps began to intensify, and she began to have headaches so severe that being in light would cause nausea. She had severe anxiety and large crowds made her hysterical. Then, the seizures began, often causing her memory loss, disorientation and sometimes even being unable to talk and walk.

Still, nobody had connected any of this to the vaccine, least of all Breanna’s family. After all, they had been told by doctors that it was perfectly safe and could prevent cancer in Breanna’s future.

When the symptoms worsened, Breanna understandably began to struggle mightily at school and began to fall behind fast. By October 2012, her mother Shayna grew tired of the unsatisfying answers and solutions from the local medical team, and after an episode of 15 seizures in one day, she took Breanna to the Children’s Hospital in Tulsa. There, they monitored her with an EEG for several days and were asked all kinds of questions about Breanna’s routine and changes in her life. This is where things slowly started to click. A nurse at the hospital, upon learning that Breanna had received 2 doses of the HPV vaccine, asked Shayna if she had researched this vaccine before. She then encouraged Shayna to go home and do some research on Gardasil.

What Shayna discovered rocked her world: Breanna was far from the only victim of this vaccine. Many others had reported similar symptoms.

Thankfully, Shayna learned this information in time to prevent Breanna from getting her third and final round of Gardasil. However, to this day, Breanna continues to suffer from debilitating seizures, aches, and other symptoms. She is currently unable to go to school and is trying to finish schooling online. Breanna has gone from a healthy, perfectly normal child to one who is not only physically ill on a daily basis but also endures depression, anxiety and even embarrassment from dealing with her symptoms.

Today, Shayna has lost her long time job as a result of having to be caretaker for her daughter 24-7, making sure that her seizures do not injure her. Breanna continues to take it one day at a time and their hope is that there will be someone out there who can one day help Breanna recover from getting the Gardasil shots.

This is a grave story, and sadly there are many others continuing to come forward with stories just like that of Breanna DeJaynes. What we can do is to learn from her tragic story and help create awareness to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

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Blog, Immune System
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Mainstream Media Blames Anti-Vaxxers for Measles Outbreak While Conveniently Ignoring These Blatant Vaccine Risks

22214937_sIf you read or watched the news anytime recently, you won’t have been able to ignore the many headlines and articles about the measles outbreak at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Local health officials say that the outbreak started in December 2014 at the theme park and has spread to approximately 80 people in 7 states and Mexico, with the bulk of the patients being in California. There is now a health warning suggesting that children under 12 and those who are not vaccinated stay away from theme parks.

The reality is, in the year 2014, an estimated 644 people actually caught the measles. This is an extremely low rate, compared to deaths from say, prescription drug side effects – of which 100,000 people unfortunately fell victim to last year. So before you rush your entire household to get caught up on the measles vaccine, you need to be aware of the information below.

While vaccine companies tend to propagate 100% positive results with zero risk, this is actually not the case. If you need any proof, you don’t need to look further than at the vaccine inserts – which most people never read. Whether or not you choose to vaccinate, there are risks involved, and it only helps you to be informed. Typically, these vaccine inserts tell a very different story from what the media will tell you. You may have to ask to see these inserts, or look them up online at the pharmaceutical company websites, because they are not typically handed out to patients as the tear away inserts come typically in ratios of 1 sheet to every 10 doses, which obviously does not leave enough to go around.

Lets take a quick look at the most common measles vaccination insert – the Measles, Mumps and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live, or MMR-II from Merck & Co, Inc.

Several interesting points to note:

1. The insert warns against giving the vaccine to pregnant women, as effects on fetal development are not known at this time. It is also advised that women not get pregnant at least 3 months after receiving this shot.

2. Because the measles vaccine is cultured in a chick embryo cell culture, those who are allergic to eggs are warned that they may be at risk for anaphylactic reactions inculding hives, swelling and difficulty breathing.

3. The insert states – “As for any vaccine, vaccination with M-M-R II may not result in protection in 100% of vaccinees.”

4. There are many, many adverse reactions (reported during clinical trials) to this vaccine listed – too many to mention here. Among them are: atypical measles symptoms, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, diabetes, thrombocytopenia, anaphylactic reactions, arthritis, pneumonia, encephalitis, and death.

Yes, you read that right – diabetes, arthritis and death may actually result from this vaccination. Read it for yourself here.

And if you were curious, the MMR II’s ingredient list as are follows:

Amino acids, fetal bovine serum, glutamate, hydrolyzed gelatin, neomycin, recombinant human serum albumin, sodium phosphate, sorbitol, sucrose, vitamins

So before you allow yourself to get caught up in the media storm of measles and vaccinations, do yourself a favor and make sure you know what you’re getting into. The truth is, vaccinations are far from 100% effective and even further from 100% safe.

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USC Researchers: Restart Your Immune System Within 3 Days Doing Just One Simple Thing

18448717_sThere is always a concern about how to boost your immune system, especially when winter time hits, and with it, the flu season. Doing an internet search will bring such suggestions as eating clean whole foods, exercising and consuming medicinal herbs, spices and foods that support the immune system such as certain teas, garlic or mega doses of vitamins. What if there was a simpler, fuss free way to not just boost your immunity, but to actually regenerate your entire immune system within 72 hours?

Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) recently published new research in the journal, Cell Stem Cell that shows a surprising and effective way to do just that by using a completely natural intervention – prolonged fasting. Trials were done in both mice as well as in humans undergoing chemotherapy – a medical cancer fighting process that severely damages the cells that are responsible to provide your body immunity. The study showed that when subjects were put on prolonged fasting cycles, white blood cell counts were significantly lowered. In mice, it seemed like a switched was flipped, causing regenerative actions of stem cells that are responsible for the blood and immunity cell growth.

Valter Longo, coresponding author of the study, Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and director of the USC Longevity Institute, said,

When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged,” Longo said. “What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?

The idea behind the concept is that fasting makes your body go into serious elimination mode – making you burn through not only your stores of glucose, fat and ketones, but also breaking down white blood cells quickly and efficiently. This draining of white blood cells induces stem cells to trigger the renewal of immune system cells. An enzyme called PKA is key here, as it has been identified as the main gene that – when shut down, wakes the stem cells up. Prolonged fasting reduces PKA.

This study has enormous potential, not only for chemotherapy patients who suffer from severe immune system damage, but also for the elderly, who have declining immune systems, and for disease healing in general. The research builds upon previously introduced ideas that fasting could be an answer for natural healing – from health pioneers in the alternative health field called “natural hygiene“, the founders of which include Herbert Shelton.

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Science Shows The Most Common Mental Illness May Simply Be An Allergic Reaction

18732519_sAccording to the CDC, an estimated 1 in 10 adults in the US suffer from depression – an alarmingly high statistic. Depression has been attributed in the past to many causes – among the – genetics, substance abuse or certain medications, life circumstances and even lack of sunshine. Now, new research has surfaced with the interesting discovery that this pervasive and far spread mental illness could be a symptom of inflammation in the body.

When we are sick, injured or have foreign compounds enter our bodies, our system responds by triggering the release of specific cells and proteins into our bloodstream and inducing inflammation. This includes cytokines – a special class of proteins that handle intercellular communication. They are known to modulate brain neurotransmitters and a part of the brain called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which are both disturbed in depression. People with depression have high levels of cytokines and usually, cytokine levels shoot very high when depressive episodes are occurring.

This has led to new research connecting the dots between depression and inflammation – namely, that depression could actually be nothing more than a side effect of inflammation. This knowledge could open up a whole new world of possible new treatments for the condition. But to expand on this knowledge, scientists need to discover the root of the inflammation. There is currently one camp of researchers who believe that the inflammation is typically caused by reaction to poor eating and the whole epidemic that comes along with it – obesity and toxicity from processed foods and chemicals. Another camp of researchers believe that this particular inflammation comes from outside stress due to circumstantial situations such as loneliness, bullying or rejection.

In the initial trials, good results have been reported when anti-inflammatory drugs were added to the antidepressants.

Caroline Williams, Guardian reporter, said,

The good news is that the few clinical trials done so far have found that adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants not only improves symptoms, it also increases the proportion of people who respond to treatment, although more trials will be needed to confirm this. There is also some evidence that omega 3 and curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, might have similar effects. Both are available over the counter and might be worth a try, although as an add-on to any prescribed treatment – there’s definitely not enough evidence to use them as a replacement.

Although it will be a few years before this groundbreaking research has been sorted out to determine an exact cause, this discovery should go a long way toward improving the outlook for the millions who suffer depression – by prescribing not only a healthy supportive lifestyle with medication if needed, but also introducing anti-inflammatory foods and medicines to complement traditional treatment.

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Blog, Foods, Vitamins
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The Most Common Mineral Deficiency Is Also The Least Diagnosed. Hint: It’s Not Calcium

6020776_sWhen talking about mineral deficiencies, the ones that we are usually most concerned with are calcium, iron or zinc. However, the most commonly misdiagnosed mineral deficiency is actually magnesium deficiency.

There are many studies out there that show the majority of Americans to be deficient in magnesium. But, because only 1% of your body’s magnesium is stored in your blood, magnesium levels do not register on blood tests, and are indeed not even routinely included in normal blood tests.

Magnesium plays a big role in keeping our bodies stable. It is actually more important in the regulation of your body’s homeostasis than calcium, potassium and sodium, and yet, very few are aware of it’s importance and as a result, many suffer daily and subject themselves to unnecessary drugs and treatments when a simple magnesium treatment could reverse their symptoms.

Because magnesium is vital to every cell in our bodies, the signs of magnesium deficiency are numerous, subtle, involving virtually every organ in the body, and can mimic other conditions and deficiencies – and therefore are not easy to figure out. The list is extremely long, and includes:

Neck pain, backaches, tension headaches, twitching, tense muscles, cramps, TMJ, severe menstrual cramps, constipation, urinalysis spasms, difficulty swallowing, insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, restlessness, panic attacks, sensitivity to loud noise, numbness, tingling, palpitations, arrhythmias, hypertension, mitral valve prolapse, to name a few.

Some interesting symptoms that most would never think to connect to a deficiency include: the feeling of being unable to draw a deep breath, and salt and carbohydrate cravings.

When the magnesium deficiency is severe, more serious conditions develop, as the brain can be affected. Things like hallucinations, disorientation, confusion and depression can happen. Also, because magnesium plays a big role in calcium absorption, severe lack of it can result in calcium being leeched out of your body through urine, leading to bone loss, tooth decay and osteoporosis. Additionally, some forms of epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiency.

Unfortunately, many modern drugs push magnesium levels into undesirable or even dangerous levels. When surgeries are done when magnesium levels are already low, the outcome becomes much more risky.

If you relate to many of the symptoms on this page, you should contact your physician and talk to them about checking your magnesium levels and consider supplementing and improving your diet to see if it improves your symptoms. Eat plenty of magnesium rich foods such as dark leafy greens, avocado, pumpkin seeds, certain fish like mackerel, and bananas.

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