Monday, July 31, 2017

Food wisdom: How to avoid GMOs and toxic herbicides

(Natural News) This may seem like a simple question for our long-time readers, but many new readers are asking, “How do I avoid GMOs?”
It’s not just the GMOs themselves, of course, that people wish to avoid. It’s also the toxic, cancer-causing herbicide known as glyphosate that frequently saturates both genetically engineered crops and non-GMO crops alike. Glyphosate was recently added to California’s Prop 65 list of known cancer-causing chemicals.
In this short video, I explain the simplest ways to avoid GMOs and glyphosate. They include:
  • Buying certified organic produce.
  • Looking for the “Non-GMO Project Verified” logo on grocery products.
  • Growing your own food.
 Follow more news on organics at Organics.news.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Desperate: Dairy study claims drinking more milk will reduce diabetes, hypertension

(Natural News) Thanks to a rapidly growing community of health-conscious consumers, the dairy industry has seen its profits plummet over the last several years. Though raw milk was once a wholesome, nutrient-rich drink, today’s milk is pumped with hormones, sugar, and other health damaging substances. The idea that we need to consume calcium-rich milk to sustain healthy bones is quickly fading. Therefore, the industry is coming up with other ways to make sure we drink some every day.
According to new research, conducted by scientists at the National University of Singapore (NUS), people who drink at least eight ounces of milk every day have a 12 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes and a six percent lower risk of hypertension.


For both studies, the researchers analyzed data from the Singapore Chinese Health Study of 63,257 middle-aged and elderly Chinese, enrolled in the study between 1993 and 1998. All participants had no history of hypertension or cardiovascular diseases when they signed up.
Additional information was collected during two follow-up interviews, conducted between 1999-2004 and 2006-2010. The study was a collaboration with the Singapore Ministry of Health, funded by grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.


To standardize the study methodology, the researchers focused on only one racial group to rule out dietary differences that arise from cultural factors. However, Prof Koh Woon Puay, who led the research, noted that the health benefits of milk are applicable to all racial groups and ages. Dietary intake patterns were determined using a 165-question survey.

Ice cream to reduce the risk of diabetes and hypertension — Really?

These two NUS studies are the first-of-their-kind to show a positive effect of milk on high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes in an Asian population that traditionally has a low consumption of dairy products. Similar observations were made for the regular consumption of other dairy products such as yogurt, Milo, Yakult, Ovaltine, Horlicks, frozen yogurt, and ice cream, reported Straits Times.


Yes, you read that right. If we believe these recent research papers, then ice cream, among other highly processed dairy products, will protect your body against hypertension and type 2 diabetes. This smells like dairy industry-funded research. Don’t you think?
The researchers also considered the use of butter in bread and dairy products in cooking procedures of local dishes to get an accurate estimate of the total dairy intake among the Chinese population living in Singapore.


“Our findings indicate that drinking a cup of milk daily may be beneficial for health; thus those who do not have a problem tolerating dairy products may enjoy it as a potential healthy choice,” said the study’s authors, Dr. Talaei and Prof Koh.


Today, the number of people with diabetes has skyrocketed in America, with some 30 million people living with the disease. This is more than three times the number recorded in the early 90s, according to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report.


Fortunately, there is an easy solution to the fast-growing problem. Not entirely surprising, the answer isn’t coming from the medical world since in more than 90 percent of all type 2 diabetes cases, poor lifestyle choices are the primary culprit. In fact, the medical world isn’t interested in preventing, reversing, or curing diabetes, since managing diabetes is so incredibly profitable for the pharmaceutical industry.


Natural News just released a new book, “Reversing Type 2 Diabetes: Evidence-based strategies for reversing type 2 diabetes that your doctor doesn’t know and drug companies hope you never find out,” that shows how you can easily prevent, reverse, or cure the disease by eating healthy foods and engaging in daily exercise.
Find more diabetes-related health news and natural prevention strategies at DiabetesScienceNews.com.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dunkin' Donuts Dumps Artificial Colors! Hooray!

If you enjoy coffee and ice cream but loathe artificial colorings, it seems that you may be in for a treat sometime soon. Dunkin Brands Group Inc., which owns the popular Dunkin Donuts coffee chain and Baskin-Robbins ice cream chain, has announced that it plans on removing artificial colorants from the majority of its products by 2018.

Organic Authority reports that in a recent press release, Dunkin’ Brands Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis said, “This is a significant undertaking on the part of our product development teams and suppliers.”
Travis went on to state, “However, we are committed to meet the evolving needs of our customers, including their preference for more nutritional transparency and simpler ingredients, while maintaining the great taste and the fun, vibrant colors expected from Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins products.”

The research and development teams for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins are currently re-working a host of products to meet this new goal. At Dunkin’ Donuts, donut icings, toppings, frozen beverages, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and coffee flavorings are all being revamped to become free of artificial colorants. And at Baskin-Robbins, the plan is to remove synthetic dyes from ice creams, syrups, sauces, sprinkles and beverages.

However, neither brand will be removing a selection of supplier-branded ingredients that are produced by other companies and used as ingredients in their foods, such as topping or mix-ins for ice creams. Baskin-Robbins has also noted it will take them longer to replace the artificial colorants used in the decorative elements of their famed ice cream cakes.

A number of fast-food and chain restaurants have launched initiatives to improve the quality of their ingredients in the last few years. Subway, Panera, and Taco Bell have also announced their plans to remove artificial colorings from their products, along with other questionable ingredients.
In 2015, General Mills announced it would be removing synthetic dyes and artificial flavors from its cereals. That same year, Kraft finally caved in and made a similar announcement, after refusing to remove artificial colors from its iconic macaroni and cheese product for 2 yers.

What’s the fuss about food dyes?

Artificial dyes have been controversial for many years. In Europe, many of these dyes were banned in 2008, after a study showed that they could cause behavioral problems in children. The U.S. FDA failed to administer a similar ban, even in the face of a massive petition from The Center For Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI also recently authored a report that outlined the adverse effects artificial food dyes can have on children’s health, as well as the lack of policy surrounding this issue and more, which you can view in full on their website.

The report indicates that eight separate analyses have demonstrated that removing food dyes from children’s diets can help correct behavioral issues. More concerning is the fact that many American children are consuming amounts of these dyes far higher amounts than what was used in these trials, which could indicate an even bigger problem. According to CSPI, many of these dyes “fail to meet the federal safety standard for color additives, which requires ‘convincing evidence that establishes with reasonable certainty that no harm will result from the intended use of the color additive.'” In 2008, the organization petitioned the FDA to ban Red 40, Yellow 5 and six other synthetic colors for this reason.

Some food dyes are produced with coal tar or petroleum and are known to be carcinogenic.  As Food Matters explains, Yellow 6 has been linked to tumors of the kidneys and adrenal glands, while Green 3 is linked to bladder cancer, and Red 3 causes thyroid tumors in rats.
Synthetic dyes are not as safe as they are purported to be — especially not in the amounts they are often consumed. CSPI President Michael F. Jacobson had said that major food companies “should be embarrassed” by what they are selling to the American people, especially while they are accommodating the EU and providing them with naturally-colored or dye-free versions of the same food.

While it is great that consumer demand is finally working and driving these big corporations to find natural alternatives to synthetic compounds and ingredients, it has taken far too long.
Sources:
OrganicAuthority.com
DailyMail.co.uk 
CSPINet.org
FoodMatters.com 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The shocking ingredients in flu vaccines

(NaturalNews) The push for widespread flu vaccination is something that happens year after year. In fact, it seems as though the mainstream medical community is becoming even more demanding and aggressive about their vaccination agenda than ever before.

Just this past September, the CDC updated their flu vaccination guidelines so they could encourage people with egg allergies to get the flu vaccine. As many people are aware, in the past having an egg allergy exempted you from having to get the vaccine because this particular shot contains traces of eggs. Seems perfectly reasonable and logical, doesn't it? Well, they're throwing logic out the window with their new suggestions.

People with minor allergic reactions, like hives, are called upon to be vaccinated as usual, at any location of their choosing. For those with more severe reactions – like anaphylactic shock, which can kill you – it is suggested that they get vaccinated at their doctor's office, a hospital or other medical facility. That way, when the person's throat closes up, hopefully someone will be able to save their life. That seems perfectly reasonable to ask someone to do, don't you think?

Apparently having a life-threatening food allergy is no longer enough to allow people to be remiss in their civic duty to be injected with harmful substances.

To be perfectly honest, for the average non-allergic person, eggs in the flu vaccine are really the least worrisome ingredient. There are things in vaccines many times more toxic than egg whites could ever hope to be.

Mercury, for example, is a toxic heavy metal. Despite industry claims that mercury is not used in vaccines, it still seems to have quite the presence. In 2014, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, revealed that laboratory testing showed quite a different story about the mercury content in flu shots. Using ICP-MS technology, Adams found that Fluval – a common flu shot – contained mercury at a level of 51 parts per million. The Health Ranger notes that this volume of mercury is more than 25,000 times higher than the maximum contaminant level of inorganic mercury allowed in drinking water, as per the standards set by the EPA.

Adams writes, "In fact, the concentration of mercury found in this GSK flu shot was 100 times higher than the highest level of mercury we've ever tested in contaminated fish."

Sodium deoxycholate is another concerning ingredient that is also featured in many flu vaccines. This chemical is actually a water-soluble ionic detergent and bile salt, and it is also known to promote cell death. Sodium deoxycholate has been shown to weaken the blood-brain barrier, and subsequently lead to seizures. It's thought that the chemical can also induce DNA damage. Synergistic toxicity has also been seen when combined with certain medications. Researchers from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine found that the toxicity of sodium deoxycholate created an inflammatory response that persisted for 10 days following exposure.

Neomycin sulfate and polymyxin B are two antibiotic agents that are often featured in flu vaccines. Supposedly, these antibiotics are added to vaccines during manufacturing to prevent bacterial contamination. One would hope that the conditions under which an injected substance is created would be clean and sterile enough not to warrant the addition of antibiotics for "safety," but apparently that may not be the case. Furthermore, given the growing concerns over antibiotic resistance in humans, it stands to reason that injecting antibiotics into uninfected individuals is probably not the best idea.

There are, of course, many other toxic aspects to flu vaccines. Some have alleged, for example that glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup, may be present in a number of vaccines.

Vaccines are not what the mainstream medical world wants you to believe; they are filled with harmful chemicals that no person would willingly inject into their body. The prevalence of pro-vaccine science truly showcases the increasing need for independent science.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Health insurance policies misinform consumers, tell them chronic conditions are treatable but 'not curable'

(NaturalNews) The easiest way to die young and suffer chronic, horrible health conditions along the way, is to eat all the wrong foods daily, consume the chemical toxins prescribed by medical doctors your whole shortened life, and believe what you see and hear on television about medicine and what you read in the newspapers about health.

Top it all off with regular flu shots, vaccinations, fluoridated tap water and over-the-counter symptom cover-up meds, and you will likely suffer from arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and if you live long enough, dementia. The one thing everything just mentioned has in common is that it's all preventable, in spite of the brainwashing by the mass media and the medical doctors of America, who want nothing more than more sick customers for life.

One of the biggest tricks with toxic food and chemical medicine is to state a lie as if it were the truth, and then discuss details of the lie, as if that's all that is left to consider. Example: Health insurance policies openly state that illnesses like arthritis, heart disease and hypertension are incurable, and then have you consider which health insurance policy would best fit you and your family's financial needs. It's like telling you that you will certainly die of cancer, and since there's "no cure," you might as well start picking out which type of chemotherapy works best for you. Another lie would be to have you assume that inflammation is a disease, like hormone imbalance or obesity, so now it's time to choose which medicine "works best for you" and "ask your doctor" if it's right for you and your "symptoms."

Health insurance policies state that arthritis, heart disease and hypertension are treatable but 'not curable' illnesses
Health insurance in the USA is built around treatments invented by Big Pharma that prevent and cure nothing. Sure, if you break a limb or need emergency surgery insurance can come in handy, but if you eat processed and GMO food daily, and you take prescription medications daily, you can expect more chronic conditions to relentlessly attack your system, no matter what the doctor prescribes, no matter what the surgeon removes, and no matter what the health insurance does or doesn't cover. It's as simple as that. Now it's time to talk about some positive subjects, ones the medical industrial complex and health insurance policies don't want you to understand.

Heart disease is curable!
One hundred years ago in America, nary a human suffered from heart disease. It's preventable and curable with a plant-based diet, no matter what your MD tells you. Ready to cure yours or prevent it from ever becoming an issue? Save this article and use it as a shopping guide.

Remember this: Fried foods clog arteries and lead to strokes and Alzheimer's. Clogged veins and arteries cause heart attacks and aneurysms. Arterial plaque increases blood pressure. Potatoes and most bread (buns/pizza crust/pitas/tortillas, etc.) soak up the canola oil and turn to sugar in the stomach. Modified, processed and fried foods don't break down properly in the body, remaining in the kidneys, liver, intestines, prostate and colon for extended periods of time, if not forever. Gluten (mutant food glue) is used for pizza crust, fried seafood, pre-prepared Chinese food, corn dogs, crackers, pastries, cakes ... and the list is a mile long. Stop clogging your veins and arteries with junk science, and concentrate on organic, plant-based foods, and watch your heart "disease" disappear forever.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Senator’s Daughter Who Raised Prices on the EpiPen

Members of Congress are in an unusual position as they demand an explanation for Mylan NV’s 400 percent price hike for the EpiPen and focus attention squarely on its CEO: Heather Bresch.


If lawmakers follow the usual script, Bresch could get called up to Capitol Hill next month to explain her company’s justification for raising the price on the life-saving allergy shot. But that could be awkward, since she’s the daughter of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.


The scrutiny on EpiPen intensified Wednesday after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton called the price increase “outrageous,” sending Mylan’s stock down as much as 6.2 percent. The intense political pressure could lead regulators to speed up their review of a rival product by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., according to some analysts, or force Mylan to curb prices -- in both cases hurting revenue and profits.


While CEO Bresch’s family ties may mute the ire of some lawmakers, others are already asking the company about taxpayers having to foot the bill for these price increases -- particularly after Bresch and the company successfully pushed legislation to encourage use of the EpiPen in schools nationwide.


Mylan is the latest drugmaker to provoke congressional ire for steep price hikes. Martin Shkreli and executives from the company he used to lead, Turing Pharmaceuticals AG, and executives from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. were called before congressional committees earlier this year to explain why they bought the rights to older drugs that lacked competition and raised the prices.


The Mylan controversy fits a similar pattern. Mylan has increased the price of its EpiPen from about $57 a shot when it took over sales of the product in 2007 to more than $600 for two auto-injectors. But the company’s EpiPen is a more mainstream drug used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions from bee stings, food allergies or other triggers, which could give the issue a larger constituency.


Mylan declined to comment when asked to explain the price hike or Bresch’s role in promoting legislation. Manchin’s office also didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Members in both chambers expressed outrage this week.
“I am deeply concerned by this significant price increase for a product that has been on the market for more than three decades, and by Mylan’s failure to publicly explain the recent cost increase, which places a significant burden on parents, schools and other purchasers of the EpiPen,” Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said Tuesday in a statement, noting that he is a parent of a child with severe allergies.


On Wednesday, the Senate Special Committee on Aging asked Bresch to turn over information used by Mylan’s board of directors related to the price increases. The panel wrote a letter to Bresch asking her to “provide a briefing to Committee staff on the pricing of EpiPen at a mutually convenient time no later than two weeks from today.” The letter was signed by the committee’s chairman, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, and its top Democrat, Claire McCaskill of Missouri.


The issue of the price increase became presidential campaign fodder after Clinton issued her statement.
“Since there is no apparent justification in this case, I am calling on Mylan to immediately reduce the price of EpiPens,” Clinton said in a statement from her campaign.
Mylan’s shares, which have dropped this week as the scrutiny increased, fell further after Clinton’s comments. The stock was down 6.1 percent to $42.86 at 3:25 p.m. in New York, bringing the three-day losses to more than 11 percent.


Congressional anger may be fueled by the company’s tactics in pushing legislation that helped boost the use of EpiPens.


Mylan spent about $4 million in 2012 and 2013 on lobbying for access to EpiPens generally and for legislation, including the 2013 School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, according to lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Office of the Clerk for the House of Representatives. Mylan also was the top corporate sponsor of a group called Food Allergy Research & Education that was the key lobbyist pushing for the bill encouraging schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors, of which EpiPen is by far the leading product.


But Bresch’s connections to Capitol Hill already have some lawmakers tiptoeing around the usual Washington blame game.


For example, Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a co-sponsor of the 2013 schools bill, asked Bresch in a letter Monday to explain the “shocking price increases.”


However, in an interview Tuesday, he was less eager to talk about Bresch herself or the prospect that she might soon be testifying to the committee.
He initially answered during one telephone call that he was unaware that she had any direct involvement in the pricing. Then, in a follow-up call, Blumenthal responded when asked again about the possibility of her coming before Congress by saying, “I am just not going to comment on that.”
Bresch, 47, has been CEO of Mylan since 2012 and previously held other senior posts at the company, including as head of government relations. Last year, she had to defend the company after it moved its corporate address overseas to lower its U.S. taxes in a transaction known as an inversion. Now incorporated in the Netherlands, its principal executive office is in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

GlaxoSmithKline fined $3bn after bribing doctors to increase drugs sales

The pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline has been fined $3bn (£1.9bn) after admitting bribing doctors and encouraging the prescription of unsuitable antidepressants to children. Glaxo is also expected to admit failing to report safety problems with the diabetes drug Avandia in a district court in Boston on Thursday.


The company encouraged sales reps in the US to mis-sell three drugs to doctors and lavished hospitality and kickbacks on those who agreed to write extra prescriptions, including trips to resorts in Bermuda, Jamaica and California.


The company admitted corporate misconduct over the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin and asthma drug Advair.


Psychiatrists and their partners were flown to five-star hotels, on all-expenses-paid trips where speakers, paid up to $2,500 to attend, gave presentations on the drugs. They could enjoy diving, golf, fishing and other extra activities arranged by the company.
GSK also paid for articles on its drugs to appear in medical journals and "independent" doctors were hired by the company to promote the treatments, according to court documents.
Paxil – which was only approved for adults – was promoted as suitable for children and teenagers by the company despite trials that showed it was ineffective, according to prosecutors.


Children and teenagers are only treated with antidepressants in exceptional circumstances due to an increased risk of suicide.
GSK held eight lavish three-day events in 2000 and 2001 at hotels in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Palm Springs, California, to promote the drug to doctors for unapproved use.
Those who attended were given $750, free board and lodging and access to activities including snorkelling, golf, deep-sea fishing, rafting, glass-bottomed boat rides, hot-air balloon rides and, on one trip, a tour of the Bacardi rum distillery, all paid for by GSK.
Air fares were also covered for doctors and spouses, in most cases, and speakers at the event were paid $2,500 each.

Before one event, the compere said: "We have a wonderful and unforgettable night planned. Without giving it all away, I can tell you – you'll be experiencing a taste of luxury."
Not everyone was impressed, though. One psychiatrist complained: "The style of the conference would have been suitable for a convention of cosmetics sales reps; this is supposed to be a scientific meeting. To me, the music, lights, videos, emcees are offputting and a distraction, even demeaning."
GSK also published an article in a medical journal that mis-stated the drug's safety for children, despite the journal asking several times to change the wording.


Copies of the misleading article were given to sales representatives to pass on to doctors in the hope that it would secure more business. Tickets to sports matches were exchanged for discussions about Paxil, with one doctor writing: "Dinner and a Yankee game with family. Talked about Paxil studies in children."


Despite knowing that three trials had failed to prove its effectiveness on children, Glaxo published a report entitled "Positioning Paxil in the adolescent depression market – getting a headstart"
The second drug to be mis-sold was Wellbutrin – another antidepressant aimed only at adults.

The prosecution said the company paid $275,000 to Dr Drew Pinsky, who hosted a popular radio show, to promote the drug on his programme, in particular for unapproved uses – GSK claimed it could treat weight gain, sexual dysfunction, ADHD and bulimia.
Pinsky, who had not declared his GSK income to listeners, said Wellbutrin could give women 60 orgasms a night. A study of 25 people using the drug for eight weeks was pushed by a PR firm hired by GSK, generating headlines including "Bigger than Viagra? It sounds too good to be true: a drug to help you stop smoking, stay happy and lose weight" and "Now That is a Wonder Drug".
When a GSK-funded doctor refused to remove safety concerns about the drug from an article he was writing, GSK removed his funding.


The investigation also found that sales representatives set up "Operation Hustle" to promote the drug to doctors, including trips to Jamaica, Bermuda and one talk coinciding with the annual Boston Tall Ships flotilla. Speakers were paid up to $2,500 for a one-hour presentation – up to three times a day – earning far more than they did working in their surgeries.
One speaker, Dr James Pradko, was paid nearly $1.5m by GSK over three years to speak about the drug. He also produced a DVD funded by the company, which was claimed to be independent. It was shown more than 900 times to doctors.


The hope was that doctors would be persuaded to prescribe the drug to patients over its rivals.
The last drug under scrutiny was Advair, GSK's bestselling asthma treatment.
The drug was launched to sales representatives in Las Vegas using images of slot machines, emphasising the bonuses they could make through sales. At the event, the then chief executive, Jean-Pierre Garnier, said: "What is the number one reason why you should love to be a GSK sales rep? Advair's bonus plan. Yeah!"


The company pushed the drug as the ultimate answer for tackling asthma, saying it should be the drug of choice for treating all cases. However, it had been approved only for treating severe cases, as other drugs were more suitable for mild asthma. GSK published material calling mild asthma a "myth" in an attempt to boost sales, according to the prosecution.
About $600,000 a year was given to district sales representatives for entertainment, including regular golf lessons, Nascar racing days, fishing trips, and baseball and basketball tickets.
US attorney Carmin Ortiz said: "The sales force bribed physicians to prescribe GSK products using every imaginable form of high-priced entertainment, from Hawaiian vacations [and] paying doctors millions of dollars to go on speaking tours, to tickets to Madonna concerts."