Heart disease is the number one cause of death around the world and the #1 killer of people in the United States, claiming about 375,000 lives in a year. But despite these sobering statistics, there are places across the world where heart disease is far less prevalent, including France, Japan and Korea, and also in a traditional society found in the Amazon Rain Forest named the Tsimanes, who were found by the National Institute on Aging to Have the healthiest hearts on the planet. Most medical problems like heart disease are complex, with emotional, dietary and lifestyle all factoring in. But there is much to learn from the societies who protect their hearts the best, especially among Americans who still rank in the top 10 for heart disease deaths despite our highly advanced, life-saving emergency medical system. Six Heart Disease Prevention Tips from Around the World When it comes to heart health the little details and the actions we take on a day-to-day are what ultimately matter the most, which is part of the reason why the aforementioned countries are so heart-healthy. Here are eight secrets of heart healthy societies around the world that you may want to work into your daily routine: 1. Walking Matters. A Lot- The Tsimane people in the Amazon Rain Forest have lived in health for centuries while preserving their culture, language and heritage. They surprisingly eat a high-starch, high-inflammatory diet, much like the vast majority of Americans. Yet according to researchers, an 80-something member of this culture has the same “vascular age” as an American in their mid-50s on average. “I was just floored by the data,” said Dr. Gregory Thomas according to NPR about his research on the Tsimane society. For them, walking plays a huge role, as they trek approximately 7 ½ miles per day. Walking is also a major factor in the health of heart-healthy French, Japanese and Korean people. Since we can’t always walk, do your best to get steps in wherever you are, even if that means walking around the block or your home. 2. They Take Time Out to Relax and De-Stress- There’s a big difference between meditating, as Koreans and Japanese do, or praying as the long-living Seventh Day Adventists of California do, and the most popular American ways of relaxing (we prefer online distractions, movies, video games and other mentally distracting hobbies). There’s no substitute for mental clarity and consistent breathing for both heart health. Stress relief takes on different forms for different people, but ultimately the key is to find something that works for you and take note of how you truly feel in your heart when you do it. 3. They Eat Fermented Foods- Fermented foods are making a comeback in the U.S., and it couldn’t come at a better time. Fermented foods like organic sauerkraut (Polish), kimchi (Korean) are excellent for gut health and perhaps even reducing heart disease according to Dr. Dean Ornish (as mentioned in this article from Reader’s Digest). Fermented foods are a clear hallmark of many of the longest-living and most heart-healthy societies. As with any food, try it out and see if it works for you, in consultation with a holistic doctor. 4. Smaller Portions- In traditional Japanese society there’s a saying, “hara hachi bu,” which means to eat until you’re 80% full. Compare that with the American mentality of eating until everything on the plate is gone (regardless of the plate size), and you can see a huge difference. When you slow down and eat smaller and more varied portions, you also taste and enjoy your food more. It takes time and practice to eat this way, but it’s worth it. 5. They Prefer to Stand- Apart from simply moving and walking more, standing could also be a major benefit for heart health. According to a Canadian Fitness survey, people who stand for most of the day had a 33 percent lower mortality rate than those who sat. If you don’t have the opportunity to work a non-desk job, you may want to purchase an affordable stand-up desk like this one, or at least learn about the health benefits of standing while working in order to plan for the future. [Read: Research Backed Reasons Why Sitting is Slowly Killing Your Health] 6. Alcohol in Moderation- Researchers have long wondered about the French Paradox, a name given to the phenomenon of the country’s high consumption of saturated fat and low levels of coronary heart disease. Society and lifestyle could have a lot to do with it. Many have attempted to explain it, but a diet based on Mediterranean cuisine (including high Omega-3’s from fish) and moderate consumption of red wine could play a major part. Other heart healthy countries also enjoy alcohol in moderation, but generally don’t overdo it like we do in the U.S. at bars and clubs for the purposes of getting drunk. It’s a social custom meant to foster goodwill and cheer. “The trick is to drink one to two glasses per day,” says Dan Buettner in his book The Blue Zones Solution, “with friends and/or food…Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers.” Final Thoughts on Heart Healthy Nations While many of these strategies can be helpful for heart health, it’s important to keep in mind that the way you feel and how you do things are just as important as what you do, if not even moreso, and avoiding the bad stuff like trans fats, fried foods, isolating yourself from friends and family, sitting for too long and working in a dead end job that you don’t enjoy are just as important. Mainstream medicine still views the heart in an extremely mechanical way, but there are secrets to its power and what keeps a heart healthy that are still being unlocked, as illustrated by Baptist de Pape of the Heartmath Institute. “The language of the heart is feeling,” de Pape said. “When you follow your heart, you listen not to your head, but to what you [...]
The Bayer AG company is often seen in a positive light because so many people have relied on its aspirins and drugs for years, but few people know the true history. The Germany chemical and drug giant was once a part of IG Farben, which played a key role in giving tools to the Nazis to commit some of the most egregious war crimes in history. Now Bayer is the new owner of Monsanto, a company that shareholders feared could drag its reputation (and bottom line) down into the mud even further. And judging by the events of recent days, that seems to be the exact scenario that is playing out as Bayer’s merger with Monsanto has lost a significant amount of value already. Monsanto Loses Landmark Cancer Trial in Federal Court If you haven’t heard by now, you’re missing out on one of the biggest stories for the health of the planet and people in decades: 61-year-old Dewayne Johnson recently won a $289 million verdict against Monsanto in federal court, after it was determined that the company acted with “malice and oppression” toward the former school groundskeeper, who now may have only months to live according to doctors. [Get the full scoop on the Monsanto/cancer verdict here] For its part Monsanto, which is now under the Bayer Cropscience umbrella, has insisted that Roundup is safe. But the Johnson trial is just the beginning in a miles-long line of lawsuits that includes over 4,000 plaintiffs, who are all expected to have their day in court in the coming months. The monumental costs of this legal war could come close to sinking both companies, when it’s all said and done, or perhaps just their reputations at the very least. Bayer AG Shares Tumble to Lowest Levels in Nearly Seven Years Now that the cat is out of the bag and people are starting to realize that Bayer is the owner of one of the oft-voted “Most Evil Companies in the World,” its bottom line has taken an unprecedented hit. Bayer AG’s share prices have tumbled to their lowest levels in nearly seven years, in large part due to concerns of the potential costs of a protracted legal battle over Roundup, according to a new report in Bloomberg. The official drop was recorded at 14 percent as investors recalled another major Bayer legal disaster in which the company was forced to pay $1.1 billion to settle lawsuits surrounding the heart drug Lipobay in 2005. Now all of a sudden, what looked so promising for the two companies is anything but, as a whopping $14 billion was knocked off the German agrochemical and drug maker’s market value on Monday, about 20 percent of the total value of the entire Monsanto acquisition. If any more rulings go against the new Bayer/Monsanto machine, the costs could be “ruinous,” according to investment management company Sanford C. Bernstein analysts, the article said. The Future of the Monsanto/Bayer Merger While the Johnson case is a major setback for the new Monsanto/Bayer merger, the coast is far from clear for activists seeking to mitigate the companies’ impacts on the environment and human health. The new company is expected to own as much as a quarter or more of the world’s seeds and pesticides market, which has many decrying it as a monopoly in the world agriculture sector. Monsanto has also invested $125 million in new “longer-lasting” GMO crops using the CRISPR technology, which will be unlabeled and not independently tested as usual (even though preliminary studies have also linked the new technology to cancer). Bayer and Monsanto are expected to begin integration next month — all while the specter of the Johnson trial and thousands of other alleged cancer victims’s lawsuits looms large. It’s not the way Bayer envisioned things going when they purchased the St. Louis-based company, but those are the risks of doing business when you’re a chemical conglomerate known for creating some of the world’s most toxic products. Speaking of cancer, have you heard? Many people have reversed the symptoms of this dreaded disease naturally including Chris Wark of ‘Chris Beat Cancer.’ His latest venture, the ‘Square One’ Cancer Coaching Program, starts August 14, 2018…Click here to reserve your spot now and watch the full series for free, including all 10 healing modules to have and keep for your own personal use.
After years of denying its flagship product Roundup causes cancer, the Monsanto Company has officially been found guilty in federal court, after a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of a school groundskeeper dying from the disease. Dewayne Johnson, who has long served as a pest control manager in a San Francisco Bay Area school district, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2014 at age 42. But now doctors say he only has months to live after his exposure to Roundup, the chemical weedkilling cocktail with active ingredient glyphosate deemed a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015. After a four-week deliberation, the jury returned the landmark verdict: Monsanto has acted “with malice or oppression” toward Johnson, a verdict that was unanimously reached against the chemical and GMO giant. Nearly $290 Million Awarded in Monsanto Cancer Case Johnson, who goes by the nickname “Lee” and is a father of three, will now be awarded a total of nearly $290 million from the company — $2.3 million in economic losses, $37 million for pain and emotional distress, and $250 million in punitive damages. He suffers from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to the his exposure to Roundup and another Monsanto product, Ranger Pro, during his years on the job according to the lawsuit as noted in this report from NBC News. Jurors deliberated for three days on the case, the article said, before finding that the corporation failed to properly warn Johnson and other consumers about the risks posed by its chemical products. Groundskeeper Exposed to Monsanto Chemicals Now in the Fight for His Life In an attempt to heal his cancer, Johnson has undergone chemotherapy recently and has been considering a bone-marrow transplant as well. One of his doctors testified that he is unlikely to survive until 2020, and others have said he only has mmonths to live according to a report from Sustainable Pulse. Monsanto for its part denied the allegations, and an oncologist testifying on the company’s behalf said that he might survive for decades according to his medical records. As much as 80% of his body is covered in lesions from exposure to the chemicals. What Monsanto Cancer Case Means for the Future of Roundup Litigation With Roundup still on the market and devoid of cancer labels in the vast majority of all states, the focus now shifts to its future status, as well as the roughly 4,000 people still suing Monsanto for similar reasons to Johnson. Bans on the chemical have reached the planning stages in various parts of Europe, but it’s still a top-selling garden product here in the United States. The hope among many in the natural and organic movement is that Johnson’s trial could be the beginning of the end for Roundup and the lab-created GMO crops Monsanto and Bayer have created to withstand it. In the meantime, be sure to avoid your exposure as much as humanly possible — the stories of Johnson and thousands of his peers clearly show that this is one controversy that isn’t going away anytime soon, and that Roundup is far more dangerous that Monsanto and Bayer would like us to believe. Thanks for reading! For more articles like these in your inbox (plus a free eBook, click on this link).
Chronic stress is one of the biggest killers and precursors to disease in this world, but regardless of how stressful your daily situation is, there are ways to work around it and support your body’s recovery. On top of the stress we’re currently facing, we also face a mineral deficiency epidemic brought on by vanishing levels of nutrients due to topsoil and mineral loss from toxic modern-day farming systems. We’re eating more, yet taking in less and less minerals with each passing year. According to statistics from a study by the University of Texas-Davis published in the American Journal of Nutrition in 2004, 43 different popular fruits and vegetables experienced “reliable declines” in nutrients from 1950-1999: protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C. What our grandparents ate growing up is a far cry from what we’re eating today, and it’s especially true for people getting a large portion of their food from conventional sources, restaurants and grocery stores. That’s the bad news. But the good news is that eating more nutrient dense foods will help you better cope with stress, to feel better throughout your day regardless of the situation. With that in mind, here are six powerful anti-stress, mineral-dense foods to work into your diet (many happen to be low in calories too): Pumpkin Seeds- They might not be the most exciting thing to snack on, but pumpkin seeds are worth their weight in nutritional gold and can make a huge difference in managing stress. If you’re not a big fan of the taste, try them in a homemade trail mix with organic cacao nibs and dried fruit. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent natural source of magnesium (the first mineral we dump when we experience stress), zinc and other key minerals. Blackstrap Molasses- A teaspoon of molasses first thing after you wake up is an excellent complement to your morning coffee due to its mineral content. Blackstrap molasses also has a relatively low glycemic load (55), making it a potentially good choice for diabetics looking for sustained energy throughout the course of the day (consult a doctor first). It also will help your body load up on important minerals including hard ones to get like magnesium (for stress, 61% daily value), potassium (for healthy heart function, 42% DV), and vitamin B6 (metabolism, brain and liver function, 34% DV). [Learn more about the many unique health benefits of Blackstrap Molasses here] 3. Seaweed- It may not seem practical to get much seaweed into your diet, but it makes up as much as 10% of what Japanese eaters consume and is a key ingredient to sushi. Because of our iodine-starved diets and the value of the mineral for thyroid and brain function, working seaweed into your diet can work wonders. Try picking up a little at the health food store and adding it to salads, soups, broths and other dishes. Or consider an iodine or kelp supplement. 4. Leafy Greens- Simply put, people who eat more leafy greens generally feel better and more composed than those who don’t. And high levels of anti-stress minerals like magnesium are a big reason why. The best leafy greens to eat for magnesium and mineral content include kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip and mustard greens, along with watercress, which was recently given the prestigious title of the world’s top nutrient-dense superfood. 5. Mushrooms- Extremely low in calories and high in minerals, mushrooms are the missing link to good health for millions. Top mushrooms in terms of mineral content include shiitake, crimini, portabella, and white button. Just be sure to always cook them and eat organic whenever possible. [Related: Two Ways to Never Eat Mushrooms: You May Be Exposing Yourself to Toxins…] 6. Cacao- Chocolate has long been respected as a “sacred” heath food, but candy companies have taken it and twisted it into a sugar-heavy confection that has lost much of its nutritional value. The darker the chocolate, the better: that way you’ll get more of the essential minerals your body needs to fight stress and rebuild itself over the course of the day including magnesium (of which dark chocolate and cacao are extremely high, which is why we crave it so much), iron, zinc and more. To get the most nutritional benefits, you should always be on the lookout for cacao brands that are completely devoid of sugar. A quality organic cacao powder in your morning smoothie will boost your body’s magnesium levels allowing you to fight stress more effectively. Just make sure you take a few moments to relax, breathe or say a prayer, and enjoy it in solitude for a few minutes, because at the end of the day the only nutrients that matter are the ones our body actually absorbs. You can’t absorb nutrients in a high-stress state, which is unfortunately the state most of us have been living in for the majority of our lives. It’s time to break the cycle, and these six foods can be a big help. Thanks for reading! For more articles like these in your inbox (plus a free ‘Healing Secrets of the Amazon’ eBook, click on this link).
One of the most important lessons you could learn about health is that the little things truly do count, and consistency and good habits form the backbone of any healthy human being. Over the course of creating these new habits, it’s important to let go of old ones that are holding you back, no matter how odd you may appear to the “mainstream” crowd. Whether we admit it or not, we are currently living in the midst of a profoundly sick society in which half of all Americans now have at least one chronic disease, and these problems begin and end with the little things we do (or don’t do) each day. Ultimately, it’s about making smarter decisions, especially for the sake of reducing the toxic chemical load on our bodies. When it comes to avoiding one of the most ubiquitous toxins out there, plastic, you can never reduce your exposure enough — which is why making the simple switch to a glass drinking water bottle is one of the most underrated health decisions you could ever make. The Health and Environmental Dangers of Plastic In 2007 author Beth Terry was driving around New York when she heard a radio story about Colin Beavan, also known as the “No Impact Man,” and his quest to become the most environmentally friendly human being possible. Intrigued by his tales of plastic-free living, Terry began to research and learned more about the giant “dead zones” that are now plaguing our oceans and killing off wildlife from the Pacific Coast to the Gulf of Mexico and everywhere in between. One particular photo of a dead albatross chick that had been fed plastic for most of its life instead of actual food (the birds can’t tell the difference) made a huge impact on Beth’s life, which led her to write the popular book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too about her own experiences going plastic-free for almost a decade. While going plastic-free may be the future of humanity, every change counts for both today’s environment and the future. According to the Plastic Oceans Foundation, about 300 million tons of plastic is produced each year, and a shocking 8 million tons of the toxic building material is dumped into our oceans. It’s not just bad for the environment, it’s terrible for our health as well. Why You Should Always Drink Out of a Glass Bottle (If At All Possible) It may sound a little “out there” in a world where everyone seems to carry a plastic bottle with them at all times, but switching to a glass bottle is one of the best things you could ever do for your health. Sure, it’s a little heavier, but what you lose in convenience you make up for in many ways, including the following: Better Taste- There’s a reason why high-end specialty beverages like beer and wine, liquor and even kombucha (a type of fizzy, fermented drink that is highly beneficial for gut health) are packaged in glass bottles: glass is tasteless, and doesn’t interfere with the good stuff you actually want to use your taste buds to enjoy. Once you start drinking your water out of a glass bottle, you’ll also gain a sixth sense for water purity, which is important in this crazy, overly polluted world. More Natural- Unlike most plastics, glass bottles are made almost entirely from natural and recyclable materials such as sand and limestone. If they do happen to contain any harmful chemicals, they won’t leach from the bottle like plastic ones, especially in the sun (leaving a plastic bottle in a hot car could be a serious health hazard). Glass bottles are also fully recyclable with a much smaller impact on the environment. Truly BPA-Free- In 2010 even the notoriously hesitant FDA issued a warning on the chemical BPA that parents should not use cups containing it when feeding their children. This chemical mimics estrogen in the body and has been linked to increased risks of heart disease, obesity, asthma, thyroid problems, and even infertility in both men and women with prolonged use. Bisphenol A is omnipresent in our society and environment, and so-called “healthier” plastics may not be much better. Even BPA-Free Is Far From Ideal- With the cat out of the bag on BPA, many companies have begun touting BPA-free products. But these could present similar risks according to new research. One study showed a host of pregnancy-related problems in mice exposed to the replacement chemical BHPF including low uterine weight, inflammation and thinning of the womb lining. Another shared by CNN in 2016 (‘BPA-free plastic alternatives may not be safe as you think’) found that a common replacement, BPS, had a similar impact to BPA on zebrafish embryos, causing premature birth and accelerated embryonic development. Thyroid health problems may also result from exposure. Still another 2013 study out of Texas found that as little as one part per trillion of BPS could interfere with the normal functioning of a cell, potentially even leading to cell death. “It’s all pointing in the same direction: BPS is not harmless,” said senior author and reproductive endocrinologist Nancy Wayne, who worked on the zebrafish study. “Consumers should be cautious about the assumption that ‘BPA-free’ means a product is safe.” Where to Find Glass Bottles for Drinking Water If you’re looking to make the switch from plastic to glass, there are plenty of options. For traveling, I’m a big fan of Voss glass water bottles, which are sold everywhere from party stores to health food stores to Amazon.com, where they can be purchased in a six pack of 27-ounce bottles. The water filter company Clearly Filtered also has an 18-ounce stainless steel glass bottle that I’ve been using a lot lately because it’s a little smaller and easier to carry than a Voss bottle (along with fluoride filtering water pitchers and under-the-sink filtration systems). Finally, if you’re looking for elegant glass bottles with a casual feel to use at [...]
Butter is one of the staple foods in millions of households, and for good reason as it also happens to be one of the healthiest foods out there — as long as you buy the right kind, of course. In 2005, butter finally broke loose from its nutritional banishment and reclaimed its top spot from longtime rival margarine, which was originally developed by a French chemist way back in 1869. Lately butter sales have been spurred even more by health trends like the Paleo Diet and Bulletproof Coffee, which centers around mixing grass-fed butter with coffee for a nourishing and stimulating morning drink. These dietary protocols are very particular about the type of butter allowed, however, which is a good thing considering the many pitfalls of the modern American grocery store. Here are five things to look for the next time you’re in the butter aisle and want to make a healthier choice: 1. Grass-Fed is Best- If you’ve ever tried Kerrygold Irish butter before (which by now you probably have considering it’s the second-best selling butter in the U.S.) you’ve probably noticed a huge difference between it and the so-called natural stuff served by Land O’Lakes and other companies. Grass-fed butter is much higher in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin K2 than butter from cows eating grain-based diets, as well as in conjugated linoleic acid, a powerful and healthy substance that may help prevent heart attacks and can aid in weight loss. One caveat: the term “grass-fed” is still not well regulated at all. Be sure to know your supplier or farmer if you want 100% grass-fed butter. [Related Reading: The One Thing Health Conscious People Haven’t Been Told About Kerrygold Irish Butter] 2. Organic is a Huge Bonus- If you want to make sure your butter comes from cows that haven’t been fed GMOs or a Roundup-laced diet, look for organic butter (even Kerrygold may contain butter from cows fed up to 3% GMOs as of last count). Organic butter is usually found under store name brands, and it’s well worth the price. Organic and grass-fed together is a match made in heaven. 3. Watch Out for Additives- Food companies are sneaky, and they know how to get people to buy an inferior product by painting it as “healthy” or by hiding additives in the fine print. If your butter isn’t organic and has canola oil, corn oil, or soy oil in it (all three are likely to come from GMO-derived sources), avoid at all costs. Non-organic and non-grass fed butter could also come from cows that have eaten high amounts of GMO content, which will cause more inflammation in the body and could lead to health problems. 4. Country-of-Origin Matters- If you want healthy butter and you’re in a pinch because of a lack of organic options, look for European butter or other imported brands (like Kerrygold, from Ireland, for example). Other delicious alternatives such as Anchor butter (New Zealand) and Algau (Germany) are grass-fed as well. Keep an eye out for unique overseas brands like these and check the label for more info. 5. Avoid All “Monsanto Butter”- As mentioned above, many top brands may claim to be natural, but are still from cows fed an unnatural diet of Monsanto GMO corn, soy, and even alfalfa (hay). Consuming dairy from grain-fed cows leads to more inflammation in the body, a major precursor of disease. People who consume more grass-fed dairy with higher concentrations of CLAs in their diet also had a much lower heart attack risk (up to 36 percent), according to a study from Harvard researchers. Grass-fed and organic are clearly worth the extra dollar or so — an investment in your health, and the health of the environment. These purchases add up, so make yours count. Where to Buy the Best Quality Butter As far as butter goes, the old saying never rings more true: knowing your farmer is the best way to assure a quality grass-fed and organic product. If you can’t always find grass-fed or organic locally, do your best to “minimize the damage” by buying the most natural butter you can find. For cooking purposes, you can’t go wrong with ghee, a type of clarified butter that is often grass-fed and can be found in health food stores, specialty websites and on Amazon.com (the Pure Traditions brand is grass-fed, cultured and organic with almost 70% five-star reviews). I personally buy Kerrygold as much as possible because of the combination of convenience, price, health and taste. But there are plenty of other healthy grass-fed options like Organic Valley to try as well. At the end of the day you really can’t go wrong, as long as you know your source and stay active to make sure you’re circulating that body-nourishing saturated fat throughout your system on a daily basis. Thanks for reading! For more articles like these in your inbox, click here. This article is for informational purposes only. Consult a doctor for more information; see our full disclaimer here.
The world of cancer treatment is fraught with pitfalls ranging from highly toxic “treatments” like chemotherapy and radiation to completely unhealthy dietary choices for patients that end up feeding the disease, rather than healing it. But whether the mainstream medical industry cares to admit it or not, people are healing and reversing their cancer through natural and holistic methods, and the truth about these success stories is finally coming out thanks to the power of social and alternative media. Oftentimes, someone who is touched by cancer (and disgusted with the way it’s treated) ends up becoming an evangelist for the holistic treatment cause, and that certainly has been the case with Stephanie Offman McKeith of Michigan. When Stephanie’s father was diagnosed with lung cancer, it was immediately recommended that he undergo the Big Two of hazardous cancer treatments, both of which are capable of causing more harm than the disease itself: chemotherapy and radiation. “We asked what else, what are the other options and they said, ‘You don’t have any,’ McKeith says in an interview below with David Benjamin from HealthyWildandFree.com. McKeith, a longtime fitness trainer and physical therapist, then went on a journey to learn as much as she could about holistic cancer treatment options. “I started calling and researching and emailing and I found this whole new world of holistic healthy living and cancer treatment options,” she said. Now she’s hosting an event that should be considered “can’t-miss” by anyone curious about holistic cancer options. Paradigm-Shifting Cancer Event Heads to Michigan on Sunday, August 19 The result of McKeith’s ground-breaking research? Theta Living, a Community Wellness Center in Michigan, which will be hosting a paradigm-shifting event called the Cancer Prevention Convention on Sunday, August 19 in Dearborn, Michigan. The event features some of the biggest names in holistic cancer awareness, treatment and prevention including Ty Bollinger and Charlene Bollinger from The Truth About Cancer, Del Bigtree, an Emmy-award winning producer of The Doctors and vaccine damage investigator, Dr. Rashid Buttar, an osteopathic doctor and specialist in cutting edge therapies, Marcy Jimenez, whose daughter overcame leukemia naturally through treatments in Mexico, and many more. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, check out the official page for the event by clicking here. You can also learn more by watching the interview with David of Healthy Wild and Free by clicking below, and follow the Thea Living Center on Facebook here for more updates as the event draws near. The event will be held at the beautiful Dearborn Inn, a classic style hotel just steps from the Henry Ford Museum and Village in Dearborn, one of the biggest and most popular attractions in the Midwest. The event sells out every year and is a little over two weeks away (August 19), so be sure to secure your tickets now before it’s too late (click here to purchase)! I look forward to see you there! (Watch the full interview with Stephanie and David below): This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, prevent or diagnose any diseases. See our full disclaimer here.
Our ancestors often hold forgotten knowledge of medicinal plants that could help treat illnesses and even aid in healing cancer if they were used today. But in the modern world, listening to personal experiences with herbs passed down to generations is not always enough. The scientific arm of society requests studies, but usually does not have enough funds to actually conduct them, unless they’re sponsored either covertly or overtly by corporations, of course. Sometimes proving the medicinal values of a plant comes from an unexpected source. One such plant, or rather a specific traditional recipe using it, gained its spotlight when a high school Native American student proved its worth at the International Science Fair in Los Angeles, reported Indian Country Today (ICMN). When Destany “Sky” Pete, of the Shoshone and Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Idaho and Nevada, was having a conversation with a leader in the community, she learned that the modern health problems the tribe has today is largely due to the lack of traditional foods being consumed. One important forgotten recipe is toishabui or chokecherry pudding. As Sky later found out, one of chokecherry pudding’s health benefits is its cancer-killing properties. She decided to verify this by conducting an experiment with the help of biochemistry professor Dr. Ken Cornell at Boise State University, who works with cancer cells in a lab. Dr. Cornell tested four types of chokecherry specimens on uterine sarcoma cancer cells. Only one sample was successful at inhibiting cancer cell growth – and that was the traditional chokecherry pudding. In just 24 hours, cancer cells started dying. The other specimens lacked an important part of the pudding – the chokecherry pits. “It was the traditional preparation of toishabui with the crushed seeds that had the results,” Sky said. Proving that another herb is beneficial for treating cancer was well celebrated in the community. And the chokecherry pudding experiment won the First Grand Prize in the 2017 Elko County Science Fair in Nevada by beating over 440 of other projects. In the future, Sky plans to conduct experiments on other types of cancer cells and for a longer period of time. “I feel like our ancestors were really healthy. Nowadays, we’re prone to diabetes and other diseases. But back then, it was our food that made us healthy,” Sky said. Chokecherry – Cancer-Killing Fruit Chokecherry or Prunus virginiana (not to be confused with chokeberry) is a North American tree, which is often found growing next to streams, roads, and in wooded areas. Its fruits, which are less than half an inch in length and ripen in August and September, are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. But most importantly, the tiny pits of these fruits aid in killing cancer cells. The pits, the most important part of this plant, have unfortunately been largely forgotten, and so was the chokecherry pudding. Today, the most known recipe using chokecherry is a chokecherry jam. But because the recipe requires one to drain the juice and discard the pits, the recipe is no longer medicinal. This is why Sky believes that it is important to bring back traditional healthy and medicinal Native American recipes such as the chokecherry pudding. Traditional Chokecherry Pudding Recipe The recipe for chokecherry pudding may vary slightly between different tribes, but the most important aspect of it is using the whole chokecherry fruit, together with the pits (please be aware that chokecherry is different from black cherry and other types of cherries. Do not try the same recipe with anything else but chokecherry, as other fruit pits will have completely different health benefits and potentially even risks). “The traditional (Shoshone and Paiute) method of preparing chokecherry pudding includes the seed of the chokecherry, crushed up. Nowadays, some people just kind of juice the berry and take out the seed completely. But maybe the seed has medicine that can help us to stay well,” Sky told ICMN. Here is one recipe that has been submitted on Idaho State University’s website. Pick chokeberries fresh from the trees. Wash them and place on a hard cutting surface, preferably stone (a stone mortar may be useful. Some people use a meat grinder to chop up the pits). Crush the berries together with the pits. Place crushed berries in a small pot of boiling water, and let boil until the water starts changing color. Start adding flour to the pot until you have the consistency of a runny pudding. Add sugar to taste and stir. Remove from heat, let it cool down, and enjoy. What About the Cyanide? They say “the dose makes the poison,” and that is absolutely correct with some medicinal materials. Chokecherry seeds do contain a small amount of a cyanide-like substance. It is okay to eat a small amounts of cyanide-containing food, and may even act as medicine like in case of apple seeds. But if ingesting too many, it may become a health risk (consult a naturopathic doctor if you have any questions). However, there is no need to panic because cyanide does not survive the heat. The crushed chokecherry pits become completely safe as the pudding boils. If you would like to try chokecherries just for the taste, and not the medicinal properties, you can also make fruit leather, jam, or juice. (Or you can buy chokecherry jelly online). This article is not intended to treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease and is for informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before making any changes to your health routine. 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In today’s social media-dominated world, one well-placed health graphic can practically start a revolution. One of the most popular graphics making the rounds online today praises the health benefits of Graviola, the super fruit/herb/tree from the Amazon Rainforest, and its “powerful effects at stopping cancer.” As the popular viral graphic says, Graviola, also known soursop, is “10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy” at killing cancerous cells, and basically positions Graviola as the answer to one of the most devastating diseases out there. There is also a popular video making the rounds that you can watch below. It highlights the exciting results of a Purdue University study showing anti-cancer effects, and the has been viewed more than 100,000 times. What is the truth of the matter and what does the FDA say about Graviola and stopping cancer? Let’s investigate further. Health Benefits of Graviola May Include Antioxidants, Immune Support and More Found in South America in the Amazon river basin, the Graviola tree is usually about 15-30 feet tall but packs a strong nutritional punch. The tree’s fruit has a delicious custard-like texture and a striking, “spiked melon” like appearance, but most of the best health benefits are actually found in the leaves and bark. This is one important point many websites forget to make. The Graviola tree bark and the leaves have been consumed in healing teas by the Amazon natives for thousands of years to treat ailments ranging from arthritis to parasites to liver issues. While the remarkable possible cancer-killing properties of Graviola have been disputed by government agencies, there is much evidence that the popular Amazon superfood offers a wide variety of benefits to help protect and boost your health. Those Graviola health benefits may include: -Highly active antioxidant compounds, offering protection against aging -Help in stimulating blood circulation within your system -Assistance in draining the lympathic system -Support for your entire immune system The FDA has approved Graviola as an immune booster. but has not done the same in terms of its anti-cancer effects. In fact, websites publishing information about the anti-cancer effects have been targeted by the government agency and told to remove the anti-cancer claims from their websites or face stiff penalties. While the FDA doesn’t agree with anti-cancer studies that show Graviola’s potential for selectively targeting and killing cancer cells within the body, many people continue to take it for that purpose, and there is much independent research out there on Graviola’s purported anti-cancer effects. The real question is why no further long-term trials have been done. Graviola and Anti-Cancer Studies Perhaps the biggest and most comprehensive study on the anti-cancer effects of Graviola comes from Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which looked at substances in the tree called annonaceous acetogenins. The university spent millions on researching Graviola (and other plants for their anti-cancer effects including a similar one, the pawpaw, which actually has more of those compounds) and eventually found out some promising news: the compounds were shown to be powerful at inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, while remarkably leaving normal cells along. These compounds from Graviola were also found to work against drug-resistant cancer cells as well. Those who question the study, including the FDA, point out that these were in vitro results, done on cancer cells in test tubes and not in clinical trials. Unfortunately, there are no long-term human studies on Graviola for cancer and other diseases it is believed to be effective against. It should be noted that if you do plan to use Graviola, it is a powerful natural medicine and you should consult with a doctor first. That being said, if you’d like to see the research on Graviola for yourself, you can visit the website PubMed.Gov, which offers more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, science journals and online books. There are several studies on Graviola which can be viewed by clicking on the screenshot below. Where to Buy an Organic Graviola Supplement We must stress that this article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. That being said, it is clear that Graviola offers a ton of healing potential that warrants future studies, and that it has a long history of use as a complementary natural medicine. I personally know a woman, a good friend’s mother, who used it as part of her protocol in healing from very serious health problems, which is part of what inspired me to create this site. At the end of the day the best way to take graviola is under the care of a naturopathic physician who has utilized it in their practice before. The most potent forms are graviola are those that are Wildcrafted meaning they were grown in their typical natural surroundings and harvested in the wild rather than in large monocultures. One such company that offers wildcrafted graviola is Amazon Therapeutic laboratories; you can read the reviews or purchase their graviola by clicking here. Another good company to buy from is RainTree, as they have been researching the herbs for years and often cited as a popular source for information on Amazon Rainforest herbs and healing plants. Thanks as always for reading! Nick Meyer, AltHealthWORKS.com Founder
Golden paste is a turmeric-based paste that taken orally provides health benefits to humans as well as animals (dogs and horses). Turmeric, known for is anti-inflammatory properties and used medicinally for over 4,000 years, is great for arthritis, skin health, immune system, and even cancer. Recent studies have confirmed that it may be as effective as 14 different Rx drugs – without the side effects. Taking it daily in a paste designed to improve absorption an easy way to tap into its enormous benefits. How to make Golden Paste: This recipe for golden paste requires the following ingredients: ½ cup turmeric powder 1 cup water (+ ½ extra if necessary) 1.5 tsp ground black pepper 70 ml olive oil or coconut oil Directions: Mix water (1 cup) with turmeric powder in a pan and slowly heat it up and stir for 6-10 minutes until you get a thick paste (add the additional ½ cup water if it is too thick). Add black pepper and oil and continue stirring until all the ingredients are fully mixed in together. Allow the paste to cool. Store in the refrigerator in a jar for up to 1 week (some people successfully stored it for 2 weeks). This recipe was developed by Doug English, a veterinarian who has utilized the ancient healing spice in all manner of animals ranging from dogs to cats to the more exotic types like alpacas and even crocodiles. His research can be found on his website TurmericLife.com.au, where he tells the story of how he used his mixtures on horses, which began to thrive under his care thanks to this “miracle” spice. Why add Black Pepper? It is beneficial to take black pepper with turmeric (and it is in the golden paste recipe) because it helps the body to absorb turmeric. A 1992 report in Clinical Pharmacokinetics on black pepper explained why some studies did not show the same benefits of turmeric as the others did. The human body has a tough time utilizing curcumin effectively. However just a small amount of black pepper boosted bioavailability of curcumin by up to 2000%, the study shows. How to use golden paste: A lot of people incorporate the golden paste into their diet or daily routine, instead of taking it once in a while like a “medication.” The paste can be taken as is in small amount (1/4 tsp recommended by Doug) 2 to 3 times a day, or mixed with honey for a better taste. It also can be added to different dishes: salads, smoothies, curries, rice or soup. Experiment with what tastes better for you. A simple and delicious turmeric rice recipe can be found here. Turmeric Dosage (in all forms): The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends the following daily dosages for adults: Raw root: 1.5-3 grams Powdered turmeric: 1-3 grams Curcumin standardized powder: 400-600 mg, three times a day Liquid extract (1:1): 30-90 drops Tincture (1:2): 15-30 drops, four times a day Note: many studies have shown that higher doses of turmeric are needed for greater medicinal benefits. Standard dosage may be better for preventative, every day use. What is curcumin? Curcumin is the principle curcuminoid, a compound in turmeric that gives it its yellow color and is also responsible for the amazing health benefits. The percentage of curcumin in turmeric varies depending on type – medicinal or aromatic, as well as where it was grown, and how it was processed. Some percentage of curcumin is lost during the heating process when making turmeric powder, which is why raw turmeric is very healthy. A 2010 peer-reviewed research article published in The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology concluded that “the various effects of curcumin has been widely studied in Western systems of medicine for decades, and has been found to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Considering that inflammation plays a major role in most chronic illnesses, anti-inflammatory agents are needed for prevention purposes. Because curcumin inhibits multiple pro-inflammatory pathways and is affordable, this phytochemical should be further explored for prevention and treatment of various chronic diseases.” Turmeric and Arthritis: In traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurveda medicine, turmeric is used to treat arthritis. A 2006 study found the turmeric helps reduce join inflammation. A different study from the same year found turmeric to have anti-arthritic effect. And a 2012 study provided evidence that curcumin might even be more effective for rheumatoid arthritis than anti-inflammatory drugs. Turmeric for Digestive Issues: Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce more bile, which may aid digestion. The German Commission E, a scientific advisory board equivalent to the FDA, approved turmeric for digestive problems. A 2006 double-blind, placebo-controlled trial found curcumin helpful for keeping ulcerative colitis in remission. And a 2013 paper concluded that curcumin is “a very promising new therapeutic option for the treatment of gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases for which present therapies are largely unsatisfactory.” Turmeric as First Aid: Turmeric can be used to treat wounds, cuts, rashes, bruises, insect bites, and swelling. A 2014 article from Life Sciences concluded that topical application of curcumin has a great therapeutic effect on skin wounds. And a 2006 study concluded that it accelerated wound healing. For a turmeric paste to use topically all you need is 1 part turmeric powder and 8 parts of water (the paste keeps in the freezer). Warning: Do NOT use on open wounds that can get infected. Read more information about wound healing at One Green Planet. Curcumin and Cancer: A 2008 research article references almost 300 studies that show the effect of curcumin on cancer cells. The research showed that curcumin has anticancer properties and may be beneficial in helping to treat the following cancers: leukemia and lymphoma, gastrointestinal cancers, genitourinary cancers, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, lung cancer, melanoma, neurological cancers, and sarcoma. The article concluded that “curcumin can modulate multiple cellular signaling pathways and interact with numerous molecular targets. Thus, it may have the potential to act against [...]
In March 2016, a one-of-a-kind event unfolded as approximately 100 people packed the historic Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan for a mesmerizing new type of spiritual and emotional healing event. The star of the show? An impressive collection of 333 hand-crafted Tibetan healing bowls, direct from small artisans in Nepal, where they had been flown in from in order to perform a special ceremony. Dubbed the ‘Galactavation,’ the event was the brainchild of Mark “Dr. Dream” Peebler, who specializes in the ancient and widely revered art of sound healing with Tibetan bowls. The many different bowls were separated into categories representing the different energy centers (or chakras as Eastern healers call them) of the body, and played in a specific order to stimulate and re-energize all of these different key points. Each bowl was also accompanied with a specific essential oil ranging from peppermint (uplifting and energizing) to the fabled Biblical oil Frankincense (soothing, calming) to pure rose oil, which is said to have the highest frequency of any essential oil. Audience members were instructed to inhale each oil after it had been rubbed on their wrists, as they sank deep into the healing vibrations of the specially-tuned bowls. As time flew by and the boundaries between the physical and the spiritual became blurred, it became clear to the audience that something special was happening. Sound Therapy – A Powerful Healing Modality The event was part of the third Awake and Empowered Expo, which has become a showcase for all things holistic healing (and all things “alien” and spiritual in a city that’s still in the middle of its own personal transformation (Detroit). Guests at the ‘Galactavation’ flocked to Peebler’s booth after the event to discuss all of the unique things they felt, heard, and saw at the event. Many of them purchased their own Tibetan healing bowls to take home (proceeds went to help Nepalese villagers); each of them tuned to specific frequencies to correspond with different sounds and emotions. They had experienced the power of sound healing up close and personal in an especially powerful and visceral way. Sound Healing Proven Throughout History While there haven’t exactly been a whole lot of 333 Tibetan bowl healing performances happening these days, sound healing is nonetheless making a major comeback. And while modern medicine doesn’t officially recognize it, it’s been a long part of human history. In traditional tribal cultures, mantras, communal songs, and chants have long been a sacred part of healing ceremonies. In temples of the Far East, the aforementioned Tibetan bowls and other soothing instruments have long played a major role. Even churches have a long history of sound healing, from songs and hymns to gospel choirs and even more traditional methods such as special songs which contain special ‘Solfeggio’ healing frequencies. As holistic health has continued to evolve, more and more people are implementing sound as part of their healing practices as well. Doctor Used Tibetan Bowls to Heal Cancer Patients One health professional who conducted real-life research on the cutting edge of sound as healing was Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, author of ‘The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice and Music.’ The monk left after 2 weeks of treatment, but not before telling Gaynor his personal story of how he became an orphan and how he was essentially suffering from a broken heart, missing his parents. The monk left a bowl with the doctor, who immediately was transfixed by it. “I was taken with the tones and the over-tones and I could literally feel them going through every cell in my body,” Gaynor said in this interview. “I could not only hear it with my ears, but I felt it through-out my body. So, I figured that would be an excellent thing for patients who were dealing with serious illnesses” Gaynor started using bowls to work with his patients and the results were “phenomenal,” he said, noting that they allow people dealing with fear and other negative emotions to find an inner sense of calmness and harmony. “That’s something all of us have, but most of us don’t know exists,” he said. Gaynor used the bowls to work on people with problems relating to illness, personal problems, stress from work or financial issues, and much more, including cancer patients. In addition to metal Tibetan bowls he also used crystal healing bowls, which emit similar sounds and can be tuned to various frequencies. According to Gaynor, research shows that certain types of music can change our brain waves and put us in more relaxed and peaceful inner states, from which more outer peace can eventually flow. Immune function can also be improved by listening to certain types of music ranging from classical to the soothing tones of Tibetan healing bowls, he said. “I believe that sound can play a role in virtually any medical disorder, since it redresses imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning,” he said. While chemotherapy and similarly harsh physical treatments have serious questions surrounding their efficacy and safety, there’s no question that sound healing is a safe and powerful way for anyone to heal. As Gaynor’s career progressed, he began to implement more and more holistic treatment methods into his practice even though some supporters of mainstream medicine questioned him. But as Gaynor noted, there’s still so much that mainstream medicine can learn from the tried-and-true knowledge of the ancients. “I think it’s very important for us to bring back some of the ancient wisdom,” Gaynor said, noting the success he’s seen with his patients. “When I started looking into sound and healing I found that every culture on earth has used sound, voice and music as part of their healing rituals.” To learn more about holistic cancer treatments being used around the world, watch ‘The Truth About Cancer’ online series by clicking here. You can also learn about an alleged “10,000 times stronger than chemo” herb here.
One of the first steps to avoiding genetically engineered foods and ingredients is to know where they may be lurking at the grocery store. But here in the United States, where Monsanto supporters reign supreme and have worked their way into top U.S. government posts, including the Secretary of State recently, it seems as if no amount of hard work can overcome and help change the current system, in which consumers are kept in the dark. With new GMO labels on the horizon that appear to be a clear gift and handout to the GMO industry, Bayer and Monsanto, it goes without saying that natural and organic food advocates weren’t expecting much from the current admnistration. But what the Trump administration just proposed could make “knowing if it’s GMO” even harder than ever before. New Loopholes Could Exempt 1 of 6 GMO Foods From Labels According to the Environmental Working Group, one of six GMO foods will be exempt from labeling if new loopholes proposed by the current administration come to pass, including foods that contain GMO oils like canola, soybeans, corn and many more. The analysis comes on the heels of the announcement of the new labels, which look like a clear gift to the Biotech industry and Bayer/Monsanto, with cheerful looking logos that purposely confuse customers. The proposed new rules in question will exempt foods produced with GMOs if the food products contain highly refined GMO sugars and oils, an EWG analysis said. In total, over 105,000 food products in the organization’s food database were analyzed, and it was estimated that roughly 67,111 of them contain at least one GMO ingredient. Of these products, as many as 58,377, or 87 percent, contain a highly refined sugar or oil that is most likely made through the process of genetic engineering. Finally, 10,889 contain a highly refined sugar or oil that is likely produced with GMOs, therefore exempting them from the new labeling requirement. Products with less than 5 percent GMO ingredients by weight also would be exempt according to the EWG report. In addition, the number of exempt products could be even higher than originally thought, the report continued, because many foods contain thickeners, emulsifiers, preservatives and other agents that don’t necessarily weigh a whole lot but still add greatly to the overall GMO content in the product. In other words, tens of thousands of foods that are highly processed and stuffed full of GMO foodstuffs could potentially escape labeling, confusing consumers even more and making true discernment a near impossibility for the consumer. How to Make a Difference and Save GMO Labeling The Department of Agriculture is still accepting comments on the draft rule until tomorrow (July 3), but after that it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not even an ounce of common sense will come into play in regards to these new labels. It would stand to reason that a simple label for any and all foods that contain GMOs would be enough, but it’s been clear from the beginning that this administration is once again hell bent on protecting the interests of Bayer and Monsanto, rather than upholding the will of the people. Even if the labels do pass as expected, we can continue to raise awareness by sharing articles and posts on social media, informing our friends, and voting with our wallets and supporting local farmers. The goal is to make organic and non-GMO food the norm, the way it was a few short decades ago before chronic disease enveloped the U.S. population and bees and butterflies began dying off in droves. You can submit you comment by clicking here. This article was republished with permission via March Against Monsanto. For more articles like these in your inbox (plus a free ‘Healing Secrets of the Amazon’ ebook, click here).
Monsanto has long been one of the top producers of GMOs, but because these lab created foods aren’t labeled, many people don’t even realize that they’re supporting the oft-voted “Most Evil Company in the World” with each purchase. Supporters of GMOs, whether paid by the Biotech industry or not, point to government safety approvals as evidence that these foods are “safe.” But what they fail to realize is that there’s a long history of scandals preceding the approval and widespread adoptions of GMO food ingredients in the United States, which serve as clues tuning us into the vast conspiracy of the true health effects of these creations. Over the 20+ years that GMOs have been on the market, independent studies have been squashed, journalists have been forced to resign, and newspapers have censored the truth, allowing our food supply to become corrupted by the very companies that specialize in creating poisons. With that in mind here are the top six historical reasons to avoid GMOs, buy organic and grow organic whenever possible: 1. GMO Potato Exposed in Europe- When scientist Arpad Pusztai discovered several concerning health effects relating to GMOs in Europe, it made front page news, in stark contrast to the United States where uncensored information on the true health effects of these crops is not allowed. Since then the cultivation of these crops has been virtually halted, leading to widspread bans in recent years. The power of the press on full display. 2. George Bush’s Infamous Seven Words- In a visit to Monsanto headquarters prior to the approval of key GMO crops, George H.W. Bush was caught on tape saying “Call me, we’re in the de-reg business” to Monsanto officials. Not long after, Monsanto was able to overcome previously insurmountable safety hurdles to get their crops approved. Decades later, American farm lands are drowning in chemicals from these “Roundup Ready” crops. 3. Warnings from the FDA’s Own Scientists- According to public interest attorney Steve Druker, offer of the hard-hitting investigative book ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth,’ the FDA’s own scientists warned about increased allergy risks from GMO foods and crops. Despite that, political collusion allowed these crops to become approved anyway, without any special warnings or labels. 4. Roundup Dangers- Most GMO crops are engineered either to produce a Bt insecticide within the crop, or to be sprayed heavily with Roundup herbicides. Roundup’s main ingredient glyphosate was dubbed a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015 by the IARC of the World Health Organization. 5. Forgotten Studies- Monsanto points to GMO safety studies conducted through labs they have affiliations with, or studies that are done in-house, as proof of GMO safety. But the truth is that there are tons of independent research papers showing the ill effects of GMOs and synthetic pesticides (you can view many of them here). 6. Monsanto and Bayer’s Sordid History- If you haven’t heard yet, Monsanto and Bayer, a new combined company planning to control over 25% of the world’s seeds industry, is the latest GMO giant on the block. But both companies have closets stocked full of skeletons, as you’ll see in this article, including a history of supporting the war efforts in Vietnam and Nazi Germany, respectively. Most people are waking up to the dark legacy of the Monsanto Company, which includes the manufacturing of Agent Orange (see this haunting photo gallery for more info), but the Bayer-Nazi ties are especially troubling, no matter how long ago they might have been. In 1995, the Bayer aspirin company (which now also produces GMOs, drugs and pesticides) finally apologized for the inhumane acts of its parent firm IG Farben, including using Jewish slave laborers during the Holocaust, according to an NY Daily News report. “I have sorrow and regret and apologize for the inhumanity in my country for what IG Farben did to your people,” said Helge Wehmeier, the head of Bayer at the time, to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. The company also had a significant investment in another company that made Zyklon B has, which was used for killing off concentration camp prisoners in Poland. Do these sound like the kind of companies you want making your food? If not, shop accordingly. This list of the top 10 independent organic companies worthy of your support is a great place to start. This article was republished with permission via March Against Monsanto. For more articles like these in your inbox (plus a free eBook), click on this link.
The world of GMOs is an insane one: scientific experiments have included the following: rice with human genes, “spermicidal” corn, and genetically engineered foods of all kinds ranging from corn to tomatoes. What most people don’t realize, however, is that GMO tomatoes are not currently on the market, although conventional tomatoes are sprayed with toxic ripening gases and pesticides among other chemicals. Now, however, things are about to come circle, as a new GMO tomato is being developed once again, this time for a far more convoluted process than anyone ever expected. GMO Tomatoes on the Way for Strange New Purpose According to this article from the website Hakai Magazine, genetically engineered tomatoes are on the way, and they are being designed in order to trick consumers into think their farm-raised fish are more natural or were even caught in the wild. That’s because farm-raised fish don’t have the same type of hue as the wild caught ones (think of a pink filet of salmon that has been caught directly from the boat and thrown on the grill, compared with one that was raised in a pen), and consumers know it. In order to combat this problem while still selling pen-raised fish at a premium price, a new genetically engineered tomato is being developed in order to create colorants to replace dyes for petrochemicals. In other words, these scientists are swapping one pollutant for an entirely new potential pollutant of a different breed. GMO Tomato to Give Fish a New Color The tomato, called ‘Moneymaker,’ has been genetically modified in a laboratory (not bred in the field like traditional hybrids) to add bacterial DNA capable of producing ketocarotenoids, which lead to the formation of colorful compounds used to make fish more pink in color. The new GMO tomatoes were created in Great Britain and then shipped to Germany where they were crushed and mixed into fish feed, the article said. The fish that ate the GMO feed ended up absorbing about twice the same amount of the ketocarotenoids as fish eating the same amount of petrochemical-made dyes have in the past. It’s part of a complex plan to make farmed fish look more like a premium product to the consumer, who once again will be left in the dark about the fact that they may be consuming unlabeled GMO material, if the new plan comes to fruition, of course. The Future of GMOs While Monsanto has been bought out by Bayer and many GMO experiments such as the fish that eat these tomatoes are far away from seeing our dinner plates, the truth of the matter is that the GMO situation is about as dire as it’s ever been. Sure, the organic movement is huge, but with Bayer and Monsanto expected to seize over 25% of the world seed market and Monsanto’s new $125 million deal to produce longer-lasting “CRISPR” GMOs, the future remains cloudy. As always, do your best to buy organic and support local organic farmers, because these ethical food producers need our help now more than ever. This article was republished with permission via March Against Monsanto.
The Monsanto-Bayer merger came to light with a ton of controversy, but now, it appears to have slipped the radar screen as the two companies quietly merge into a monstrous entity that could control more than a quarter of the world’s pesticides and seeds market. The two companies were able to receive anti-trust approval in the United States despite petitions and objections toward their allegedly monopolistic practices, infuriating many activists who had fought for more regulations or a halt to the merger. But meanwhile in Mexico, the historic pesticide and GMO alliance has just been dealt a monumental blow, as the country’s anti-trust agency has just ordered Monsanto and Bayer to disinvest in two of their biggest GMO business interests. Monsanto, Bayer Dealt Huge Blow in Mexico According to this article from the website Reuters, Monsanto and Bayer have been ordered to disinvest in their GMO cotton seed business and all of their vegetable seed businesses. The news comes on heels of the companies’ $60 billion-plus merger, which is still being finalized as Monsanto comes to terms with the ending of its company’s identity and the beginning of a new era under the Bayer umbrella. The article said that the new conditions would prevent Bayer from becoming Mexico’s only provider of GMO cotton seeds and obtaining a large share of vegetable seeds including for popular crops like onion and tomatoes, according to the Federal Commission for Economic Competition, or Cofece. “Without the conditions imposed, the partnership would significantly reduce the alternatives for Mexican farmers in a wide range of seeds,” Cofece said in a statement. Mexico Has a Long History of Battling Monsanto While GMO foods are still allowed in Mexico, the country has seen widespread protests against Monsanto’s flagship products, especially genetically engineered corn, and judges have done their best to protect local maize varieties from the contamination of GMO corn. In the United States, GMO corn makes up over 90 percent of the crop each year, and corn and soy (and other crops) from GMOs finds its way into packaged and processed foods in a large majority of all grocery store products. Protesters have long been worried that GMO corn from Monsanto will cross-pollinate its treasured varieties of natural and non-GMO maize in the country, of which there are many. Monsanto, Bayer and similar companies also are well known for cornering the market on the seeds business and squeezing out competition, which limits choices in the long run to only the seeds that are the most widely produced and the most profitable. As more and more farmers become invested in Monsanto and Bayer and vice versa, seed saving becomes limited and the chemical giants gain more control. Many countries still have a huge problem in this area, but it looks as if Mexico is starting to get the message and doing its part to break up these monopolistic practices before they become too serious. In the case of cotton, onion and tomato seeds, it appears as though a massive change has been initiated by the Mexican government. And this time around it’s a huge win for seed sovereignty, even though we still have miles and miles to go in order to create a food system that is fair and just for all, while limiting the reach and influence of chemical giants like Bayer and Monsanto who are just as well known for their actions in wartime as they are for actually feeding the people. Congrats, Mexico! Photo via Yucatan Expat Life. This article was republished with permission via March Against Monsanto.
An “autism tsunami” has been hit the United States hard dating for the past several decades, and shows little signs of slowing. While some researchers simply point to “increased diagnosis” as the biggest reason for this, others have sounded the alarm on the potential role of glyphosate, toxic vaccine additives and poor diet as other contributing factors. By the year 2025, autism treatment could become an industry over $1 trillion in total profits, just one of the reasons why so many people are now exploring holistic alternatives. And as is the case with one then-10-year-old girl named Isabel who overcame debilitating autism symptoms holistically, one specific dietary focus may hold the key to preventing autism from taking root in the first place. Health of Mom’s Gut Could Prevent Autism, New Study Finds It’s well known that the diet of pregnant mothers can have a dramatic impact on their child’s health. Pregnant mothers are told to give up drinking and smoking, take a folic acid supplement (although you should be careful to avoid one particular brand), and to eat healthy in general in order to give their baby the best chance at a healthy life. But now it appears as if a new recommendation should be added to the list: gut health. According to a new study from the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, the mother’s microbiome, the collection of microorganisms that make up her gut, is a key contributor to the risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in her offspring. “The work raises the possibility that we could help prevent autism by altering expectant moms’ diets,” a report from Science Daily states. The scientists were able to use their study results to prevent the development of autism-like neurodevelopmental disorders in lab mice, by blocking an inflammatory molecule produced in the immune system called interleukin-17a. “We determined that the microbiome is a key contributor in determining susceptibility [to autism-like disorders], so it suggests that you could target either the maternal microbiome or this inflammatory molecule, IL-17a,” according to lead researcher John Lukens, PhD, of UVA’s Department of Neuroscience. “The microbiome can shape the developing brain in multiple ways,” added Lukens. “The microbiome is really important to the calibration of how the offspring’s immune system is going to respond to an infection or injury or stress.” If their research is in fact true, how a mother takes care of her “second brain,” the gut could have dramatic effects on the actual brain in her newborn child. “The microbiome can shape the developing brain in multiple ways,” Lukens said. “The microbiome is really important to the calibration of how the offspring’s immune system is going to respond to an infection or injury or stress.” How to Support a Healthy Microbiome for Autism Prevention During Pregnancy As noted in the Daily article, there are three main ways the gut microbiome can be modified: through diet, probiotic supplements, or fecal transplants. The good news is that the damage from years of unhealthy eating and pharmaceutical drugs can be reversed, by employing simple strategies to heal and repair the gut through nutrition, supplements, and avoiding the things that caused dysfunction in the first place. Six Ways to Support a Healthy Gut in Pregnancy When it comes to supporting a healthy gut, there are countless things that can be done. Here are eight of the most important ways women can do so leading up to the birth of their baby: 1. Consult with a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor- While traditional doctors are fully capable of overseeing healthy pregnancies, supporting the gut takes a balanced, holistic approach. Search the Web for holistic doctors near you and seek out as much advice as possible, because nothing is more important than a baby’s health. 2. Avoid Simple Sugars- Pregnancy cravings are inevitable, but simple and processed sugars can feed the growth of harmful bacteria in your digestive tract according to Dr. Terry Wahls, a best-selling author and naturopath. Starve out the bad bacteria while feeding the good bacteria and you have a recipe for success. 3. Double Down on Probiotics- From sauerkraut to kimichi to kombucha, there are countless diet-related ways to add more healthy bacteria to your gut. Science is still understanding the role each type plays within our complex microbiome, but one thing’s for sure: adding even a small amount of fermented foods like these to your diet each day can make a major positive difference. 4. Cut Down on Gluten and Grains- According to Functional Medicine Dr. Jolene Brighten, adopting a gluten or grain-free diet during pregnancy can help prevent intestinal permeability or leaky gut, while cutting down on bacterial or yeast overgrowth in your system. Instead opt for whole food carbohydrate like squash, broccoli and sweet potatoes whenever possible. 5. Take a Probiotic Supplement for Support- As noted by Dr. Josh Axe, the gut microbiome is believed to be important for more than just preventing autism in newborn children. Taking a probiotic supplement during pregnancy may also help prevent preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, vaginal infections, infant and maternal weight gain, and allergic diseases according to a study published in the Current Diabetes Reports journal. If you’re looking for a non-GMO holistic doctor-formulated variety, check out this one from Garden of Life. Considering that Garden of Life was just bought out by Nestle, however, you may also want to try or ask your doctor about MegaFood’s non-GMO ‘Baby & Me’ probiotics blend formulated specifically for pregnant women. 6. Make Sure You Get Enough Vitamin D- According to Dr. Brighten’s website, adequate Vitamin D3 also provides benefits to the microbiome, including support for the gut lining and preventing leaky gut. She recommends having your levels tested and supplementing whenever possible, especially if you can’t get at least 20 minutes of high quality sunlight in per day during pregnancy. For more information, see her full list on supporting gut health during pregnancy here. University Researchers Make Major Breakthrough in Discovering the Antidote to Autism for Expectant Mothers [...]
One of the most popular DNA testing companies called 23andMe just signed a $300 deal with a pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, and what many feared came true. There is a grey area with who 23andMe can give the customer’s DNA to and what that second party will do with it. What’s worse, once in the system, deleting the genetic information or destroying the sample may be close to impossible. DNA Testing Companies’ Popularity There are many reasons why DNA testing companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com gained popularity. The companies promise the customers to show them where in the world their roots came from and by what percentage. Some good has come from it as some people could find their long lost relatives and family members they did not know existed. The DNA test can also explain which diseases a person is more susceptible to—genetically speaking. Of course, any of us can still develop an illness without a genetic predisposition but because of environmental and lifestyle factors. The huge downfall to signing up for this test—spit test to be exact—is that 23andMe can and often does sell customers’ information to drug makers. 23andMe Makes Many Deals With Drug Companies GlaxoSmithKline is not the only drug giant to make deals with 23andMe. Pfizer and Lundbeck are already working with them. Moreover, 23andMe is getting into the drug making world themselves. They even hired a former Genentech executive, Richard Scheller, to lead their development team, and the company is going to develop their own drugs using the customers’ information. What You Need To Know About 23andMe The new $300 million deal with GlaxoSmithKline is said to be used to research new pharmaceuticals. The collaboration will last for four years and research Parkinson’s disease. Can this be a good thing? Regardless of your stance on pharmaceuticals versus natural ways of treatment, most people do not read the small print and have no idea what they are signing up for using 23andMe. Even knowing that the company and its partners will use the genetic information, there is no way to tell exactly how—because of the agreement that they have most customers accept (about 80% willingly opt-in to share their private health information). Leaks of information do happen. Privacy advocates warn the consumers that incidents of leaked private information happen all the time, often without the customer ever knowing where their private information ended up. It is not any different with the DNA information. Deleting your DNA information once in the system is tricky if at all possible. 23andMe asks every customer if they would like their spit test discarded or stored after the test is done, however, they do not ask about the raw genetic data they collect. What happens with this data is unclear. To at least make sure that your spit test is thrown out, you need to go to the Customer Care page on their site and find the “Requesting Account Closure” option. If your DNA test was done by Ancestry.com, you will have to call them to request the spit to be discarded. To delete your test results, you can go to their website, your account settings, and choose “Delete Test Results.” It is questionable, however, if this deletes your private information just from the account you can access or the company’s server. A lesser known genetics testing company Helix will throw out your spit if requested, but they will keep your DNA information forever, according to their policies. Any company working with 23andMe can access and use your information. Taken from the 23andMe consent agreement: “By choosing to have 23andMe store either your saliva sample or DNA extracted from your saliva , you are consenting to having 23andMe and its contractors access and analyze your stored sample, using the same or more advanced technologies.” 23andMe can hang on to your information for up to 10 years. Unless they decide otherwise. Instead of worrying about your private information, it is best to consider pro versus cons of these DNA testing companies before signing up for the spit test. Recommended reading: BREAKING NEWS: New Research Links CRISPR Gene Editing To Unexpected Genetic Damage The Health Benefits of the Chinese Herb Astragalus Include Extending the Lifespan of Your DNA
One of the most exciting developments of the 21st century and social media culture is the abundance of positive messages we see each day, a constant reminder to strive for our best life. Our Facebook and Instagram timelines have become like a 24/7 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, in which seemingly every message has a dramatically positive refrain. Meanwhile inside of our minds, an entirely different picture unfolds: we’re human beings after all, and our thoughts run the gamut of emotions ranging from happiness to frustration to joy, anger, sorrow and everything in-between. We speak in terms of pure, unmitigated positivity, and yet few people know what they truly want, let alone put in the countless hours necessary to make their dreams a reality. In the midst of all of this, depression has become the leading cause of disability worldwide, even as society’s message persists: be positive, and you will be happy. Grin and bear it, don’t “complain,” don’t rock the boat, and everything will be alright in the end. But according to one prominent Harvard-educated author and psychologist, purely positive thinking won’t automatically make you happy after all. And in the wrong context, it could even be as self-sabotaging as your negative thoughts over time. Positive Environments vs. Supportive Environments While positivity can create a productive and welcoming environment for all, too much of it has its downsides, just like everything else. That point was hammered into the consciousness of Harvard psychologist and author Susan David after her experience with a friend who later died of cancer. “A lot of our cultural dialogue is fundamentally avoidant, so people will just say things like, ‘just be positive and things will be fine,’ she said. Her friend had been in a breast cancer support group, but the overwhelming positivity did not mesh with her in her healing journey. An overly positive environment that is not welcoming of other emotions, dissenting views or belief systems can do more harm than good (not to mention many conventional cancer treatments, but that’s another story altogether). “The tyranny of positivity’ was what a friend of mine called it,” David says in an interview with The Washington Post. “By sending out the message that our thoughts are responsible for creating our health, well-being, and reality, we are overvaluing the power of our thoughts, while making people feel culpable when something bad happens to them. They feel it is because they weren’t positive enough.” Perhaps in the case of the psychologist’s friend, a more supportive, and non-judgmental environment may have been more powerful and uplifting. For cancer and other disease-addled patients, a combination of both is generally preferred. Automatically Correlating Positivity With Happiness May Not Be the Best Idea That’s not to say that positivity is by itself a bad thing, by any means. Positive thinking and speech help us to express our innermost desires to ourselves and our peers, and help push us through difficult circumstances. When a group of like-minded positive people get together, pure magic can unfold. But in the long run, automatically associating positivity with happiness just might be a one-way ticket to being unhappy, according to recent research. David cites a study in her book published in the peer-reviewed journal Emotion which found that people who were asked to read about the benefits of being happy were actually less happy after watching a happy movie than people who read something different. Another study found that people who prioritized and valued being happy as often as possible were more likely to experience negative emotions and depression. True feelings of happiness arise in the moment naturally, and we can’t be happy all the time no matter how positive we become toward our daily circumstances. Make Happiness a Priority: What Makes You Happy? The key, according to study co-author Lahnna I. Catalino, is to schedule your days in order to maximize happiness, in order to make time for what truly stirs your soul. The anticipation and good feelings both before and after the event provide a source of sustainable happiness that will come naturally. “When people are very unhappy and are focused on thinking positive, what it can actually lead them to do is to then push difficult thoughts and emotions aside,” David said to Business Insider. Without processing and releasing our negative emotions (David recommends journaling, which helped her after the loss of her father at a young age), they will only continue to fester and leave us with more emotional pain and frustration. Expressing and Processing Our Emotions Authentically Over time, positive thinking and commentary can become classified as “good” while even the most valuable forms of constructive criticism or the most freeing forms of self-expression can be seen as “bad.” But beyond the simplistic ideas of positive vs. negative thinking is what David describes as “emotional agility,” a system of accepting your emotions as they are and expressing and observing yourself authentically. “Instead of looking at our emotions as good or bad, positive or negative, you know, ‘I want to be right or wrong,’ rather our emotions just “are,” said David, the author of ‘Emotional Agility:’ Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life’ on the Lewis Howes YouTube channel. In her book, David lays out a four-part method for developing this type of “agility,” which can help a person become more internally satisfied rather than externally happy or “positive.” How to Develop What Harvard Author Calls “Emotional Agility” By practicing emotional resilience, we can stay grounded in the present while experiencing our emotions, and life in its purest form. “And so when I talk about resilience, I talk about how I navigate the world as it is, not as I wish it to be,” David says on the Howes show. Practicing this type of resilience is just one part of how people can develop emotional agility. The Harvard psychologist’s four-part system for developing ‘Emotional Agility’ as referenced in the book is as follows: 1. “Showing Up” and [...]
As it stands, chemotherapy is one of the most difficult things anyone could have to go through on this Earth, especially when it comes to healthcare procedures. The potential side effects of this debilitating treatment include hair loss, nausea, vomiting, and according to recent research, it even has the potential to spread to healthy cells and create more advanced, malignant tumors in the body. While there are plenty of people who have overcome cancer naturally without chemotherapy, it goes without saying that only people who truly have cancer should be administered the treatment (if anyone, considering what this doctor told the American Cancer Society back in 1969). But according to longstanding accusations against one Detroit doctor, over 500 people were allegedly given chemotherapy in what could be one of the most horrific medical scandals of our time. ‘Whistleblower’ Show Takes on Story of Doctor Who Allegedly Gave Healthy Patients Chemo The story of Dr. Farid Fata has made the rounds for many months now, but recently CBS News blew the lid off of the case even further during an episode of the series Whistleblower, which aired on Friday, July 20. Featured in the program was Dr. Fata’s office manager George Karadsheh, who risked his job in order to expose Dr. Fata’s questionable practices. “I couldn’t believe … what was in front of me. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said Karadsheh, who took a job at his oncology office in suburban Detroit in 2011. Karadsheh was surprised one day to find out another oncologist and two nurses were on the verge of leaving. When confronted by Karadsheh, the oncologist told him the words he would never forget. “Patients were given chemotherapy and other treatments when they didn’t have cancer,” he said. Watch the video below from CBS News to learn more. Unecessary Chemo is Given More Often Than Most People Realize While the chemotherapy industry rakes in big bucks and some people do benefit from chemo, the unfortunate truth is that thousands of people are overdiagnosed each year, and many suffer and even die unnecessarily. According to recent research there are two main types of cancer that people should be especially careful of when it comes to being overdiagnosed: thyroid cancer and breast cancer. If you know anyone who’s been diagnosed with these diseases, it’s more important than ever to research and discuss these study results with your doctor. Over 1 Million Women Overdiagnosed with Breast Cancer, Top Medical Journal Says Lost in the shuffle of the glamorous “pink ribbon movement” promoted across the country by Susan G. Komen and many others is the monumental epidemic of breast cancer overdiagnosis. According to a data review in the New England Journal of Medicine, an estimate of over 1.3 million women in the U.S. over the age of 40 were overdiagnosed with breast cancer in the past 30 years. The problem is not just a historical one: it has continued strongly into the 21st century, including in 2008, one of the most erroneous on record for these types of diagnoses. In that year, an estimated 70,000 women were overdiagnosed, in this case meaning that the tumors likely would never have lead to clinical symptoms or caused much if any harm. In total, 31 percent of all breast cancer diagnoses that year were due to overdiagnosis, a shocking number considering the constant mantra in the media imploring women to come in and get checked for cancer (this massive advertising push to screen and diagnosis women leading to failure was profiled in the popular book ‘Pink Ribbons, Inc.,’ written by author and college professor Samantha King). Massive Numbers of Thyroid Cancers Also Overdiagnosed Stories of overdiagnosis or unnecessary treatments like those alleged against Dr. Fata may seem shocking, but this type of thing happens often, and not just to breast cancer patients, either. In fact, it may be the biggest reason for the growing thyroid cancer epidemic according to one major world health body. According to The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), this epidemic is largely due to overdiagnosis of the disease, as it was found that thyroid tumors discovered in as many as 90 percent of all patients in high-income countries are never likely to lead to any symptoms during their lifetime. It may sound too crazy to be true, but it’s happening to people in huge numbers in multiple in countries in Europe, as well as the United States. “The majority of the overdiagnosed thyroid cancer cases undergo total thyroidectomy and frequently other harmful treatments, like neck lymph node dissection and radiotherapy, without proven benefits in terms of improved survival,” said Dr. Silvia Franceschi, one of the authors of the article “Cancer Incidence in Five Continents.”
According to the official CDC statistics, antibiotics are so widely prescribed in the United States that they almost add up to the population of the country as a whole — a rate of 883 prescriptions per 1,000 people overall. Among these prescriptions, the most common type given are relatively simple and natural penicillins, followed by amoxicillins, a type of drug given to nearly 55 million people per year. But a little further down the list, one particular antibiotic stands out like a sore thumb, and not just because of its many uses for killing harsh bacteria in the body, either. That antibiotic is Cipro, in the class of fluoroquinolones, a type of drug that has been the subject of a persistent and well-deserved controversy over devastating side effects ranging from heart-stopping aneurysms to the wanton destruction of the body’s connective tissue. While Cipro and similar antibiotics can be highly useful, especially where massively threatening bacterial infections are present, the grave risks are still being downplayed according to one distinguished activist who knows first-hand. And while the FDA has finally restricted the recommended uses for these drugs and even added strict “black box” warning labels, you can never be too safe, especially taking into account the horrific damage suffered by countless patients like Mark Girard, who went from being a healthy, adventurous man to housebound in months. “I Had a Reaction Immediately…I Knew Something Was Wrong Right Away” Girard’s health issues began over 10 years ago when a broken ankle landed him the hospital, a situation that quickly took a turn for the worse when he developed a life-threatening staph infection. Doctors immediately hooked him up to a Kleflex antibiotic drip and prescribed large amounts of Levaquin, which shares a place in the fluoroquinlone class of drugs along with the aforementioned Cipro, to be taken orally. A little over two weeks later, Girard had blood clots in his chest and arms and found himself back in the hospital, “sick as a dog.” “I had a headache, nausea, I had diarrhea, I was confused and disorientated, I had insomnia, the muscles in my eyes and my cheeks were twitching, and the veins were bulging,” he said according to the website LawyersandSettlements.com. A little while later while attempting to stand, a physiotherapist found that the situation was even worse than originally thought — the tendons around his ankle area had suddenly been turned into “mush.” Girard’s emotional and physical health had been destroyed by the very drugs that healed him. Homeless and suicidal, his friends helped support his return to Canada, where he began to piece things together, and started on his path as a fluoroquinolone educator to prevent others from meeting the same “horrific” fate. The Length of Fluoroquinolone Use Matters Greatly, Activist Says “Despite all the crap I have gone through, these drugs probably saved my life,” Girard said according to the article. While the infection was wiped out by the powerful antibiotics, Girard believes that serious mistakes were made in terms of the length of the prescriptions given and the way they were used in combination with other drugs, creating a chemical cocktail that ultimately did more harm than good. “If I had not been given an FQ, the infection could easily have killed me so I am grateful. I was just prescribed them for far too long and in conjunction with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) and proton pump inhibitors, both of which are contraindicated.” Today, Girard helps to counsel victims of fluoroquinlones in person and on Facebook, while also working with doctors to spread the word and challenge public health officials. They’ve been remarkably successful so far, convincing the FDA to add new restrictions recently along with three black box warning labels (the FDA’s sternest) for neuropathy, tendons, and connective tissue problems. Despite these warnings, including one placed on Cipro boxes noting that the drug may lead to an increased risk of ruptured tendons, the safety warnings on these drugs are still being ignored, as evidenced by the scores of badly injured people across social media who share their own harrowing experiences of “getting floxed.” Girard Speaks About Cipro Dangers in Toronto Wearing a custom t-shirt that read “Have you been Floxed? Fluoroquinlone antibiotics are DISABLING,” Girard sat down for an interview with Robert Scott Bell of the Robert Scott Bell Show, a holistic health podcast, during his appearance at the Total Health Conference in Toronto this past spring. He still recalls the catastrophic damage these drugs did to his system several years later. “The damage is just unbelievably horrific…and it’s common,” Gerard says in the short but illuminating interview, which you can view below. “Over 10 years ago I had adverse reaction to these drugs..they gave me Cipro and then Levaquin back-to-back. I had blood clots, broken blood vessels, spontaneous tendon ruptures. “I had to have a cartilage transplant from a dead child, hernia, torn lumbar muscle, bulging discs just out of nowhere…When I was an extreme snowboarder just months before.” Considering that over 20 million Cipro prescriptions were given according to 2017’s CDC statistics, it goes without saying that millions more are at risk. For now, Girard recommends that anyone prescribed a fluorquinolone drug like Cipro to exercise extreme caution, and to question doctors and look for alternatives whenever possible. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but awareness is lacking and people are suffering, including one Florida man who died when his heart muscles were literally dissolved by one of the drugs, Girard says in the video below. “We’ve gone from where absolutely no doctors took us seriously to starting to hear about doctors who are changing their ways…It’s slow but it’s happening,” he said. Watch the full interview below and let us know what you think in the comments section below. And be sure to share this with anyone you know who still takes these drugs: Thanks for reading! You can learn more about how to recover from fluoroquinolone damage in the book [...]
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