Thursday, April 5, 2018

An apple a day really does work: The flavonoid-rich fruit improves cardiovascular health, decreases risk of disease

(Natural News) Apples once again show that they can keep the doctor away. A study has found that the flavonoid-rich fruit enhances cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of disease by improving endothelial function. Just eat it with its skin for more benefits.

Past studies have shown that there is an inverse association between apple consumption and cardiovascular mortality. Endothelial dysfunction is an independent indicator of cardiovascular risk. Therefore, a team of researchers from Australia investigated whether four weeks of constantly consuming apples would enhance endothelial function and blood pressure in individuals with one or more risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

In the randomized, controlled, cross-over trial, 30 individuals with at least one cardiovascular disease risk, such as increased blood pressure, increased blood sugar, increased total cholesterol levels, or central obesity, ate either apples with skin or apple flesh only as a control. 

The research team assessed acute and chronic changes in blood pressure, endothelial function, arterial stiffness, and levels of plasma flavonoid metabolites, cholesterol, glucose, nitrate, and nitrite. In addition, they looked at the changes between interventions by mixed models ANOVA with adjustments for baseline.

The findings of the study revealed that endothelial function greatly improved two hours after acute consumption and after chronic consumption of apple with skin in comparison to eating apple without the skin. Yet, there were no significant changes observed in other measurements.

The researchers concluded that their study’s findings support the theory that flavonoid-rich foods prevent cardiovascular disease by enhancing endothelial function, both in the short-term and long-term consumption. (Related: Dietary flavonoids lower heart disease and stroke risk by nearly twenty percent.)

If you want to keep your heart healthy, eat more fruit. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that eating more fruit may lower your chance of developing major heart disease. Fruit is believed to contain high sugar levels, which is why some people eat it sparingly. However, this study suggested that people should not worry about it.

The study authors from China recruited 512,891 adults aged 30 to 79 years from 10 different localities in China. After a follow-up, 5,173 deaths from cardiovascular disease, 2,551 incident major coronary events, 14,579 ischemic strokes, and 3,523 intracerebral hemorrhages were recorded among the 451,665 participants who did not have a record of cardiovascular disease or antihypertensive treatments at baseline.

Results showed that 18 percent of the participants reported eating fresh fruit daily. Moreover, individuals who regularly ate fresh fruit had lower systolic blood pressure and blood sugar levels as well as a 40 percent lower risk of cardiovascular death in comparison to those who never or rarely at fresh fruit.

The findings of the study are in line with several previous studies that show that increased fruit intake reduces the risk of chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, erectile dysfunction, some cancers, and gallbladder problems that require surgery.
“I recommend that people freely consume fresh, whole fruits as snacks—but not fruit juices, smoothies, or other fruit drinks,” said nutrition expert Dr. Thomas Campbell of the University of Rochester Medicine, who was not part of the study.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Go organic, inside and out while pregnant: Chemicals in personal care products can affect the development of your baby!

(Natural News) A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has revealed that a mixture of endocrine disrupting chemicals found in various industrial and food sources may affect fetal development among pregnant women. The researchers screened for up to 27 chemicals — including seven drugs, 14 industrial chemicals, and six sociocultural chemicals like alcohol or caffeine — as part of the study. The experts identified 11 endocrine disrupting compounds following the screening process.

Four chemical mixtures were developed from the initial 11 chemicals. The resulting mixtures were also been tested on human fetal testes. The scientists observed that the mixtures inhibited testosterone production in human fetal testes. The research team also developed a mathematical equation that determined the potential side effects of a mixture of endocrine disruptors. According to the experts, the study serves as the pioneering research on how a mathematical equation can predict the onset of adverse medical conditions following chemical exposure.

“There is a very precise critical window during the first trimester of fetal development during which simultaneous exposure to weak doses of multiple endocrine disruptors may represent a risk to the development of the child’s genitals and reproductive system. It is particularly concerning as the individual potency of these chemicals can be exacerbated by up to a factor of 1,000. All the experimental data from different models lead us toward the same conclusions. This experimental proof of concept study shows that intensifying research into identifying the real mixtures to which individuals are exposed, and testing the effects on appropriate models, is a necessity,” study leader Bernard Jégou states in a press release.

Endocrine disruptors may impact brain health, study finds

Another study shows that prenatal exposure to endocrine disruptors not only affects reproductive health, but may also impact brain development. A team of scientists pooled data from the EDEN Mother-Child Study Group with a total cohort population of 529 young boys born between 2003 and 2006 and their mothers. According to the researchers, all of the mothers had been exposed to endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A, triclosan and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). The findings showed that the chemicals induced behavioral problems in young boys.

“Exposure to bisphenol A was associated with increased relationship problems at three years and hyperactivity problems at five years,  thus confirming that the effects of bisphenol A on the behavior observed in laboratory animals also occur in humans at low levels of exposure,” the researchers explain.
Likewise, the scientists observed that exposure to DBP is associated with increased emotional and relationship problems such as internalizing behavior at three years old. 

Triclosan is also found to raise the odds of emotional problems at ages three and five. The research team adds that the chemical is shown to reduce in head circumference at birth.
According to the experts, triclosan interacts with the thyroid axis, which plays a central role in fetal brain development. However, the findings did not show a direct correlation between endocrine disruptors and neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism spectrum disorder. (Related: Plastics chemicals BPA, BPS linked to altered brain development.)

“The observed associations between BPA, MnBP, and behavior in boys are consistent with previous findings. Further health impact assessment studies based on dose–response functions corrected for exposure misclassification are required to quantify the public health burden possibly entailed by such associations,” the researchers report in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The shocking TRUTH: Where does your favorite bottled water actually come from?

Our water at Suburban comes from Mountainwood Springs in NJ, an actual natural spring-not a manufactured one!

(Natural News) An animated map generated by Business Insider has provided an overview on where the most popular bottled water brands actually came from.
According to the map, Dasani Purified Water comes from a local water supply, while Nestlé’s Pure Life Purified Water takes its supply from a local well or municipal water source. Likewise, Aquafina’s Purified Water uses public water sources in all of its 40 bottling facilities across the U.S. In addition, Smartwater’s Purified Water comes from municipal water systems.

On the other hand, Poland Spring’s Natural Spring Water uses eight various springs in Maine for its production. These springs include the Cold, Bradbury, Evergreen and White Cedar springs as well as the Spruce, Garden, Clear and Poland springs. Deer Park’s Natural Spring Water also takes its water supply from various springs across the country.
In addition, Ozarka’s Natural Spring Water was found to use water from three various springs in Texas: Roher spring, Moffit spring, and Piney woods spring. As with other spring water products, Crystal Geyser’s Natural Spring Water makes use of springs spread across the country as their sources.

Questionable water sources may imperil consumers

Just last year, a study carried out by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences revealed that public drinking water supplies across the U.S. have extensively high levels of  industrial chemicals called polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances(PFASs).

The chemicals have been used over the past 60 years in various industrial and commercial products such as food wrappers, iron cast pots and pans, and clothing. PFAS have been previously linked to a host of adverse health conditions such as cancer, obesity, and high cholesterol.

As part of the study, the research team pooled data from more than 36,000 water samples collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) between 2013 and 2015. The research team found that the chemicals detected at the minimum reporting levels were seen in 194 out of 4,864 water supplies in 33 states across the U.S. The experts also noted that 75 percent of all the detected chemicals came from drinking water from 13 states, which include: California, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Alabama as well as Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Other states included New York, Georgia, and Minnesota as well as Arizona, Massachusetts, and Illinois.

In addition, the researchers found that 66 of the public water supplies evaluated had at least one water sample that measured at or above the safety limits set by the EPA. The highest levels of chemicals were observed in watersheds near industrial sites, military bases, and wastewater treatment plants. These water supplies cater to six million people, the experts said. (Related: Many Man-Made Chemicals Detected in Drinking Water Supplies.)

“For many years, chemicals with unknown toxicities, such as PFASs, were allowed to be used and released to the environment, and we now have to face the severe consequences. In addition, the actual number of people exposed may be even higher than our study found, because government data for levels of these compounds in drinking water is lacking for almost a third of the U.S. population — about 100 million people,” said lead author Xindi Hu.

“These compounds are potent immunotoxicants in children and recent work suggests drinking-water safety levels should be much lower than the provisional guidelines established by EPA,” senior author Elsie Sunderland added.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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