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News briefs about ongoing events in the types of alternative medicine are an important method of keeping abreast of the ever-changing world of medicine.
As information filters through the news, in this section I will try to give you a small synopsis of the article(s) so you can pursue the items that interest you and your loved ones.
Check back here often to see what is new and breaking in the news pertaining to the world of types of alternative medicine.
April 4, 2013 General Health
Information Source: General Knowledge
Narrowing Down The Selections
So, you've listened and heard the news. The media, magazines and radio, your doctor or the nurse, even your friends and co-workers all embellish the benefits of yogurt. You're beginning to wonder why you don't use it?
Yogurt can and does add an appreciable amount of nutrition to your overall health. Why? Because of the word fermentation. Yogurt is fermented dairy products. Our beneficial gut flora (the good bacteria in your digestive system) love fermented foods. It is one way to grow and flourish an entire army of beneficial bacteria with the end result only increasing the immune system.
So to the grocery store you go... gotta buy yogurt.
Once there, my gosh but there's a ton of selections. Which ones do I buy? Now here is the trap and every manufacturer knows this. So print this and take it with you to the store.
All yogurt is made with live and active cultures. It doesn't matter what any of the labels say. The difference though, most yogurts are heat-treated after fermentation. It extends their shelf life (means it keeps them from spoiling as easy so it can sit in that store longer). Heat treating though kills all of those friendly bacteria you think you are trying to add to your diet
So this is what you must find on that label:
- active yogurt cultures
- living yogurt cultures
- contains active cultures
Do not ever purchase any product which states it is "made with active cultures". They all are - this variety though has been heat-treated. Remember the caution above... dead active cultures can do your body no good! Don't waste your time and money on any of these varieties! There will be no beneficial returns for your health.
March 25, 2013
Information Source: Natural News, internationally recognized supporter of American's right to obtaining safe foods
It's About Time!
One small town in Maine, known as Sedgwick has been the first to say "enough is enough". They are tired of being pushed around by state and federal regulations when it regards their own parameters for growing and selling their own safe foods.
A small rural farming town, small farmers are continuously fighting to even try to stay in business, compliments of the continuous "butting of heads with the state and local governments". Much of the current climate of food regulations actually is the concerns which are generated because of large corporate farming practices. And yet the small farmer is the one who is affected the most by these regulations even though the problems are not theirs.
To Sedgwick, Maine I say congratulations. Letting the power of the people maintain their own set of rules and regulations can only be a step up for this small farming community. Check at this link for more information.Sedgwick, Maine is first town to declare total food sovereignty, opposing state and federal laws
Information Source: Consumer Reports On Health
Clean Up Your Medicine Cabinet
Many people do not realize the danger in just throwing away unused drugs/pharmaceuticals into a trash can or flushed down the toilet. Each of these has their own set of unintended unsatisfactory results.
Flushing down the toilet means all of these drugs are now entering into the waste system, ultimately it will end up in either the water supply or back into our streams, rivers and oceans. That tap water you are drinking therefore, although it does run through the water treatment plant, many toxins which are in our daily supply actually do not get completely flushed out.
For those particulants which do not make it back into the local water supply, they are often enroute to the local rivers thus finally ending up in the ocean. After all, all rivers lead to an ocean somewhere.
So what's the solution - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up soon on April 27, 2013. Many local fire departments or police stations observe this "holiday" by accepting unused medicine bottles for safe disposal. Check with your local offices or check at the Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration website for a center nearest to you.
Information Source: Natural News and Dr. Tim O'Shea, licensed physician and author of the book "The Doctor Within"
New Information About Why The Rise In Peanut Allergies
The news media, the medical community, research and testing and among the general population itself, everyone is always asking why all of a sudden within the last decade or so is the incidences of fatal reactions to peanuts escalating? What's changed?
Well, this particular physician believes he may have stumbled upon one of the possible reasons.
Do you or your children get vaccinations? Breastfeeding mothers and children who receive their childhood vaccinations have actually been injected with peanut oils. It is one of the ingredients used in the manufacturing of vaccines. It is not mandatory though these companies give full disclosure what the exact ingredients are in their formularies.
For more information about this, especially if it affects any member of your family (or yourself) check at Peanut oil in vaccines behind widespread peanut allergy ". Research this information completely first before you talk to your own family physician. Why? Because they probably don't know anything about it either.
Information Source: General Information
Well, Who Wins?
I'm willing to bet every one of us has thought about this in one way or another when we were in a grocery store. The question:
"Which One Is The Best?"
Sure the fresh fruits and vegetables actually have to be fresh, don't they? After all, I'm looking at them and they aren't wilted or rotting yet. But the frozen and canned people all tell you, "picked and processed within hours right out of the field". That sounds even better because I know all that fresh stuff had to be shipped in here so it has to be more than a few hours old.
So who wins? Which one should I actually buy to get the best?
The answer is:
- Fresh is always best as long as it is Organics. It retains all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients inherent in the plant itself.
- Second, if fresh is out of season, purchase frozen, again organics whenever possible. The flash freezing process does retain much of the nutrients, just not all of them. Most frozen fruits and vegetables do have some processing done at the factory. On most varieties, heat processing does destroy much of the valuable nutrients in fresh produce.
- And finally it is canned. Canned has several disadvantages. First, the heat processing destroys those precious nutrients. Most varieties, even the low sodium varieties, are much higher in salt (the salt is used as a flavoring agent but more importantly as a preservative, and the can itself is lined with a chemical compound known as BPA or BPS. Both of these are known carcinogens in the human body.
So for yours and your families future health, fresh produce from the organics section is always going to be a better buy.
February 3, 2013
Information Source:The New York Times
Refuse To Carry Your Epipen?
Almost every food allergy sufferer is familiar with a device known as the Epipen. It is used to reverse anaphylaxis, the standard treatment protocol which is an injectable dosage of epinephrine which can reverse the symptoms of a severe allergy attack.
Two brothers though, both with severe allergies, noticed they were uncomfortable with this device, especially in their teen years. Many others, they noticed, also did not keep their "pens" with them. Allergy sufferers were just refusing to carry it.
So, older now and hopefully wiser, the brothers decided to re-design this device, hopefully so more people will find it comfortable to carry and use it when needed. Already introduced to the market, for more information, check here. Use this information to talk with your own physician or allergist to decide which is better for your situation.
January 25, 2013
Information Source: Natural News Investigative Research Study
Are You Taking Probiotics Regularly...
If So, Read This!
Are you on a probiotic regularly, whether it is for health or routine general maintenance?
A disturbing investigation has shown many people are unwittingly consuming GMO's without even their knowledge. In effect, you are feeding yourself one of the detrimental factors which could be causing your illness.
GMO's, or genetically modified organisms have been hidden in so much of the USA's food market, it is actually hard to keep up with where it can be found at all.
Now it seems, many of the companies in the USA have been using genetically modified fillers (the most prominent one is maltodextrin) without putting this information on the label.
Why not? Because they aren't required to. Maltodextrin in this country usually is a by-product of corn. Yes, corn is a major concern in this country (as an allergen) but it still doesn't have to be itemized on a label like dairy, eggs, gluten etc. have to be. But the most disturbing part of all that, almost every brand tested turned out to have maltodextrin as an actual ingredient and yet none of them had it shown in the ingredients.
So, using a standard probiotic from this country means if you have a corn sensitivity, you aren't being told it has corn in the ingredients. If you have the desire to avoid GMO's, you don't know that either.
How to get around this whole mess. You must buy any product certified as 100% organic, unless you wish to keep right on taking your own brand, have it tested, and see if you happen to be purchasing from a conscientious supplier.
January 11, 2013
Information Source: General Information
Food Alert: Picking And Choosing The Right Sugar
Now I'm not going to say sugar is a healthy part of any diet but some people really do not have to worry about their intakes of sugar on a daily basis. But those "good 'ole days" seem to be over too.
If you haven't heard the term GMO foods yet, get with it. You're eating this stuff. Now if you choose to eat it, that's your business, at least know what you are choosing to eat.
But for those of us that don't want any part of it, you have got to become a label reader. And unless that label says specific words, you ARE EATING GMO foods. So from now on, just quickly browse that ingredient label and make sure you do see one of these:
- 100% organic sugar
- evaporated cane sugar
- 100% cane sugar
These three terms are the only guarantee you have presently that your source of sugar is GMO free
January 7, 2013
Information Source: General Knowledge
Is My Yogurt Healthy
By now, all yogurt eaters have heard the line "Be sure your yogurt has live and active cultures on the label".
But many people are making one very large mistake. If your label says "made with active cultures" do not ever purchase this brand. How come is easy. It's nothing but a play on words.
All yogurt is made with live and active cultures. But many varieties are heat-treated after fermentation. The downside in this is all of the active cultures are killed off from the heat, thus effectively rendered useless as an aid in your digestion.
Read those labels carefully and only purchase the varieties which say "contains living cultures", "contains active cultures" or any group of words which explicitly says the cultures are still living.
Otherwise, pass it by!
January 1, 2013
Information Source:; General Knowledge
There Is No Get Rich Quick Scheme In Health
We've all heard of the get rich quick scheme. Our "cash cow", "the ship that has come in" and every other cutesy slang saying which relates to an exorbitant lump of cash which has fell into our lap very unexpectedly.
But many people think this process works for our health also. Feel a few cold symptoms coming on? Gotta get my vitamin C. Need to update and boost the immune system, now!
Well, sure C is going to help but the immune system doesn't get a boost that quick and that easy to prevent some underlying bacterial or viral infection which may be coming on. It takes an on-going program of good digestive health care with a continuous emphasis of boosting your immune system health.
So, if you truly want to get your immune system up to par, or even better, forget the short-term "get rich quick scheme" and make a few lifestyle changes now which will give you that extra boost you are looking for every day, not just at the times when it sure would be convenient.
December 17, 2012
Information Source: General Information
Pistachio's: Help Or Hindrance
Many people still believe all the hype from the media from the last decade or so downplaying fresh nuts as a source of good nutrition. All we ever heard was Calories...Calories...Calories! Translated - that meant get fat!
But, unless you have a tree nut allergy (and get it tested because you may not be allergic to all varieties), pistachios
(the white ones - not the red-dyed) are an excellent source of nutrition. Some of their advantages are:
- reduce or eliminate mid-meal hunger pangs which eliminate the need for unhealthy snacks
- reduces the risk of heart disease
- antioxidant strong which reduces internal inflammation
- better source of good dietary fiber than spinach, oranges and apples
So all in all, one serving (47 nuts) of the white variety of nuts (a tinge of green is fantastic for its extra healthy benefits from natural chlorophyll) can not only fulfill your stomach's immediate desire for food, it also improves your future metabolic health.
Pick some up today (it's Christmas season - they are everywhere in the stores) and forget about the high calories. Enjoy them in moderation and reap the benefits in your future health.
Information Source: Dr. Andrew Weil
Are you as confused as I was about salt?
First, you hear avoid it - raises the blood pressure and causes excess fluid build-up in the extremities. Then there's the message use it, sea salt only though.
So which is correct? And why does it make a difference anyway?
Here is the easiest way to understand this anomaly that I have ever heard:
Unrefined sea salt can heal you while processed salt (the chemically-processed table salt) will kill you with over-consumption.
So much of your answer is right there in that quote. Lose the chemicals! Your body has no clue what to do with them.
So to know what to look for, how to choose and what to avoid, click here for an easy primer on how to keep yourself safe.
Information Source: General Digestive Information
Can't Stand Olive Oil?
By now, pretty much everyone has heard the advantages olive oil can bring to a healthy diet but if you don't like the flavor... well, guess what, you aren't going to be very inclined to actually use it, are you?
So if this is your problem, how about what's next? Does this mean you can switch back to corn oil, safflower oil etc. and forget about that guilty conscience which keeps telling you it's OK if you cheat on just this one item?
Actually this is one situation where that guilty conscience needs to keep knocking at the internal door in your mind and begging you to change to a better selection. Using the wrong kind of oil(s) can be so damaging to your health, it's pretty much a lifetime of medical complications always in the making if you don't change.
So if olive oil is out of luck in your mind, opt for a healthy version of coconut oil or avocado oil instead. Both of these are much better for you and your future health.
Remember though, all oils still have the same amount of calories (which is 120 calories per tablespoon) so you still have to go easy on the serving size.
Information Source: Personal Opinion
Tuesday Could Decide Whether You Enjoy A Long Life Or An Early Death!
Are You Willing To Forward An Email To Help Decide?
Today is November 4, 2012. On Tuesday, November 6th it is election day in the US. We're supposed to pick a president that day. Is that at all important, well - maybe, kind of.
But what is so much more important to every single one of us USA citizens? It's the vote on PROP37 in the state of California.
I don't even care if you live in California. If you know anyone who lives there, I am asking that you forward a simple email. It can and will help to decide our future health.
Here's the website address I wish them to read. It's a simple message from me. But it is so terribly important that the people of California do find out before Tuesday that money, money and more money can and does infiltrate the airwaves with tons of untruths and misrepresentations of the actual truth.
Before you go to vote, just remember that you are actually deciding the fate of your own and your entire family's future life.
Information Source: FDA/Federal Government Safety Recall division
Recall! Recall! Recall!
By now, hopefully almost everyone has heard of the difficulties Sunland Inc is having because of their peanut recall and the latest bout of salmonella. Since this company is so large it is affecting a major amount of peanut products.
Today, the same crop of peanuts has now been proven to affect the pet bird and small animals line of foodstuffs purchased through the retail/wholesale market in your stores also.
Here is the recent bulletin:
Wildwood Seed & Specialties Voluntarily Recalls Pet Bird And Small Pet Animal Food Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination
10/24/2012 06:20 PM EDT
Wildwood Seed & Specialties, Monroe, Oregon, is voluntarily recalling a limited supply of their Sleek and Sassy brand bird and small animal foods that contain raw in-shell peanuts. These products contain peanut ingredients recalled by Sunland Inc. due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
For detailed information pertaining to this Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts message, please click the link at the beginning of this bulletin.
The link to get further information is :
If you have small pets at home, double check and verify their foodstuffs are not the Sleek and Sassy line first please.
October 8, 2012
Information Source: American Association Pediatric Dentistry
Fluoridated Water Got You Running Scared?
Many municipalities add fluoride to their public drinking water supplies which means every time you turn on the tap you are getting a heavy dose of a toxic chemical - fluoride.
Now yes, natural occurring fluoride is present in all water supplies. But the unfortunate part, the compounds put into your water supplies are not naturally-occurring fluorides. They are man-made chemical compounds, highly toxic to the human body.
This information has many people, especially parents (because children are affected the most), running scared. They are trying to get this compound out of their child, thus out of their tap thus they end up purchasing bottled water (which is another whole set of problems in today's market).
But if you decide to purchase an in-home filtration system for your faucet(s) assuming this should take care of the problem, keep this one important reminder in your head upon purchase. Reverse osmosis filters are the only variety which can effectively remove any traces of the chemical fluoride. Both carbon filters and charcoal filters end up letting most of it through.
September 27, 2012
Information Source: Dr. Josh Axe, practicing family physician and certified nutrition coach in the USA plus personal opinion
Top Ten Antioxidants
By now we've all probably heard of the value of getting fruits and vegetables into our daily diet because of their antioxidant value. But to most people, the general attitude is still "who cares?"
Now really, let's get rational here. Most people know they seem to make it through every single day without those antioxidants (whatever that is, they say). So since they really don't want those fruits and vegetables anyway, and they seem to make it through every day without them, what's the fuss about?
But unfortunately for the "human machine", yes the day is going to come when you will realize that skipping this important rite to good nutrition is going to stack up against you in increased incidences of poor to degenerating health and disease.
So, the purpose here, try adding as many of these as you can to your daily/weekly diet as an insurance policy for future good health. Many of them are very easy. Sprinkle a little here or drop a few in there. You don't even have to just sit down and eat them off your plate.
- acai berries
See, that's it! Adding many of these to your daily diet will be super easy.
September 24, 2012
Information Source: Dr. Josh Axe, practicing family physician and certified nutrition coach in the USA
Habits To Age You Faster
I don't care if you are in perfect health, you have a few aches and pains or food allergies or any other medical condition is your nemesis, all of these can be easily worsened by your normal daily habits. So if you are fighting a few problems, or your ambition is just to preserve your health, try to stay away from this list as far as you can.
- Sugar - this includes any form of real sugars (honey, molasses, sugar, brown sugar and on and on), artificial sweeteners and even the sugar replacements (stevia, agave etc.) which are stated to be good for you. Our body was not designed to process high quantities of sweeteners.
- Toxicity - this can come from so many places now. The air you breathe, the chemicals you touch (plastic bags, register receipts), the non-organic foods you eat, the meats and dairy products not from free range, organic farms, the water you drink (fluoridated water), toxic seafood. You get the idea, toxins are everywhere.
- Stress - it does not matter what the stressor is. If your body feels like it is overload, it is still stress.
- Unhealthy Fats and Oils - all fast foods, most pre-packaged and processed foods all contain high levels of man-made saturated fats. These unfortunately are a disease in the making in the human body.
- Excessive amounts of alcohol
- Smoking - it doesn't matter what kind it is. Every single one has its list of disadvantages
- Too much exercise - yes, your body has limitations. Observe them and you will live longer and healthier.
Information Source: Dr. Josh Axe, licensed and board certified nutritionist and family medicine
The Value Of Food Density
Are you on a diet? How about trying to revamp your daily food selections to gear up for better nutrition?
It's time to learn about the value of food density then. Gone are the days when you worry about calories. From now on, think of your selections from the value of its food density and you are automatically going to be making the correct selections. A quick and easy example is with an all-American favorite bowl of oatmeal.
By the principles of food density:
It takes 5 bowls of oatmeal to receive the same nutrient value as 1 cup strawberries for your breakfast every morning.
Or, it takes 20 bowls of oatmeal for lunch or dinner to equal the same nutrient content as 1 cup of fresh (or stir-fried) kale.
Obviously it's a whole lot easier to eat 1 cup of kale in a salad than it is to chow down on the calories of 20 bowls of oatmeal.
Information Source: Natural News, online resource for news and important information relevant to the actual consumer AND site owner's opinion.
The Skeletons Coming Out Of The Closet?
The actual voting on Prop 37 this Fall in the state of California is heating up as the corporate giant Monsanto is seemingly showing their true colors.
Monsanto is the largest corporation in the world with a vested interest in the US never having GMO on a food label. You see, Monsanto has no desire to let the general public know we are actually eating "doctored and engineered food". There's very little actual real food in the supply chain anymore. Corporate America has figured out ways to change it to bring them a monetary advantage.
So, if you purchase your food from any grocery store, from many farmer's markets, from a lot of those farmers on their own personal property and even if you now get it online... the chances you are getting some of "Monsanto's Specials" are greater than you are getting the old and real versions your grandparents used to eat.
You may not live in California and figure this whole debate has nothing to do with you, let them worry about it. But, this is one of those cases of David (us general consumers) versus Goliath
(the majority of corporate America) where without solidarity now, we are going to continually be served up tainted food on an even larger and grander scale in the upcoming future.
It's no secret to anyone familiar with my websites, I gave up that food entirely 15 months ago. I research every piece of food which goes into my mouth to confirm to myself I am not getting any of the "Frankenfoods" as they are called. That might sound like a pain but healthwise, since that stuff is out of my life, I am healthier now than I have been in the last 58 years of my life.
So, if you are unfamiliar with the current events surrounding this story, please take the time and do familiarize yourself for your sake, your children's sake and your grandchildren's sake. I am not a corporate America guinea pig and if you actually realized what is going on, I don't think you want to be one either.
Check here for some more information important to you and your family, get informed and when the time comes that your advice and vote is needed, please let the whole world know we are not a test subject for corporate America while they line their pockets with our health and our gold.
Monsanto supported GMO labeling in Europe, but not in US
September 7, 2012
Information Source: The Complete Guide To Healing Yourself Naturally
Mandatory You Need An Antibiotic
Add This For More Effective Relief
You just went to a doctor and he is talking the liklihood you need an antibiotic. As far as you are concerned though, isn't there another way for relief?
Yes, sometimes, depending on the situation, an antibiotic is the best course of treatment. But antibiotic- resistant bugs is more and more common in many people. So what happens though if you find a way to increase the power and effectiveness of that medication?
Ask your doctor the next time this conversation comes up if he/she has any objection to you adding propolis (bee glue) also to your regimen. Bee propolis has the ability to increase the effectiveness of that antibiotic by 10 to 100 times greater than without it according to an Australian study. With the propolis, destroying the growth of bacteria, fungi and viruses along with the antibiotic destroyed the bacteria causing the problem.
The study also revealed several common antibiotics (tetracycline and erythromycin) was unable to even kill the bacteria without the propolis also combined.
Commonly marketed as a cream, spray, in tincture form or as capsules, have a talk with your practitioner and see if they are agreeable to you "up-ing the effectiveness" of their recent prescription.
August 23, 2012
Information Source: Craig Marguiles, Store owner of Organic Corner, Long Island, NY plus site owner's opinion
Have You Ever Heard This
If are in love with juicing fresh fruits and vegetables, because of all the chemicals, herbicides and pesticides which is so widely used all over the agricultural industry in this day and age, the general opinion out there in the medical community right now, if you are not using organics - Stop Juicing!
The amount of toxins you are putting into your system every time you drink one of your shakes is actually worse for you than the quantity of vitamins and minerals you are supposed to be getting from the shake itself.
What a sorry state our farming industry is in when we actually start telling people to avoid fresh produce.
Information Source: General Information
Peanut Allergy: A Possible Solution
Peanut allergies are right now a demon in the world of allergies. Why? Because the threat of a severe allergy is so - well, Severe, that it is possible for a life to be forfeited within minutes all just because of an accident.
We aren't talking about some kind of traffic accident here either. Or it's nothing like some slip and fall to break your neck type of accident. It can be something so simple as a person was told the french fry oil was corn oil and it turns out the fryer was cleaned last night. Yesterday though, it was peanut oil. Traces could still be inside that french fryer. To many a peanut allergic person, that one small mistake, or misinformation, could be the end of their life.
So many people that are having this problem do pray for an answer, a solution. This is only a suggestion, but Traditional Chinese Medicine has been utilizing an herbal formula for generations known as FAHF-2 in other countries. While studies are being done in the United States, not enough time has went by to finalize these studies yet. But other countries have used this information for hundreds of years with success.
Obviously, this is a family decision. Appointments are needed for you to discuss this information with a licensed practitioner. If you decide to adopt this program, realize you must work closely with that practitioner throughout the course of the treatments. This is not some home study course where you give it a go yourselves.
August 2, 2012
Information Source: Dr. Mark Hyman, world-renowned, physician, educator, researcher, author, director of several major institutes for modern health care, administrative fact-checker for several major publications, governmental agencies, medical groups plus many more
Top 3 Steps For Eventual Long Term Best Health Care
Do you want to know the top 3 things you can start today
which is going to give you the greatest return in obtaining and maintaining better health in your future?
Actually all of them are very easy. But seriously, very few people even make the effort to try currently. But hey, we can all use the excuse we didn't know.
Now you've read this...You Now Know! What are you willing to do about it?
This is going to be your new lifestyle digestive plan for better health:
- Eat no more than 2 teaspoons of sugar in one day -
be careful on this one. Many people think this one is easy. Stop the sodas (or switch to diet sodas and I've got it mastered.) What you don't seem to remember though, if you eat
ANYTHING which came from a box, bag, can or pre-packaged food, you are eating sugar. Food processing uses sugar in the production of their products every single day.
Sugar is not just on the label spelled as sugar. This can be HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), molasses, honey, agave, stevia, cane sugar, beet sugar, maltose, sucrose, glucose plus so many more
- eliminate all liquid sugars and chemically derived sugars -
this group includes all the Nutrasweet, Splenda, Equal, Truvia, Sweet One and everything else you find on the supermarket shelves
- eliminate all white flours and gluten-containing products -
this includes almost every baked good, pasta, bread and bun, dough plus so many more you will find in and out of a store or bakery. This is because whole grain goodness from our grandparents day is not the same thing we eat today.
Today's grain products has very dense and starchy kernels because of GMO's and hybridization during the growing stage. Two slices of bread today will raise your blood sugars more than sugar. Food processing also uses compounds known as excitotoxins which are super addictive to the human metabolism which creates a disturbing cycle causing you to crave more. It is a never ending battle between your brain and your body to even attempt to stay safe.
So by relying on these three easy steps, yes it takes some practice and a lot of education to comply, you can effectively control your own future health.
July 24, 2012
Information Source: Institute Of Medicine
Public Comments Being Accepted
Do you have any information you feel is important to the representation in this country regarding vaccinations?
It does not matter if it is personal, or you are familiar because of another family member or friend. The IoM (Institute of Medicine) is asking for public opinion between now and July 31, 2012 in anticipation of a case study they are doing regarding the current standards on the books about the required vaccination schedules. If this has impacted you in any way, or if you feel you have information you believe is important, please consider taking a moment to add your voice to the IoM's case study.
For information on how to accomplish this, please check here for more details.
July 12, 2012
Information Source: General Information
The Time Is Right - Now!
It's the spring and summer months in many parts of the world: an ideal time to get started on a detoxification program. A doctor supervised detox program (for your first time for safety's sake) is an ideal way to get your body cleaned up and your digestive system cleared out and the energy levels revved up for peak efficiency.
Your choices now can include the standard water fast, the more popular juice fast, or even all the way up to certain foods can be used as a doctor-approved fast which can also give excellent results if followed correctly.
If it's been in your mind to check this method of healthy eating out whether it could be because of allergies (whether they're food, seasonal or environmental related), start here to familiarize yourself with the many options and confirm if this is the right way for you and your body.
July 3, 2012
Information Source: General Information
How Much Sugar Is In Your Breakfast Bar?
Time is short and you are running late so what do you do - grab one of those protein bars all wrapped up and marketed everywhere these days as a replacement fast food bar.
But there's still that little nagging doubt in your mind because you've heard so much now about hidden sugars. So can you really determine "on the fly" if there is actually too much sugar in that single bar from that box from the store?
Actually, it's pretty easy. It's just not a well-known or well publicized fact because the food manufacturing industry doesn't really want you to know this information. So to figure it out, turn the bar (or box) over to the nutrition label and find the line that gives you the total grams of sugars in each bar. The formula now is:
Every 4 grams of sugar on the label is equivalent to one teaspoon of sugar. Therefore 20 grams of sugar (read right from the label) means you have just dipped the cereal spoon into your sugar bowl and filled that spoon five times, and then plopped all that white stuff into your mouth".
See how fast it can add up without you ever realizing it?
June 23, 2012
Information Source: general knowledge
The "Good White Foods"
Information abounds all constantly telling us to avoid the white foods for better health and wellness.
But the reality, not all white foods are bad for you. Somewhere there usually is an exception to every rule and this one just happens to have those exceptions.
So, next time you're in the store, Do Not try to avoid the following. Throw as many as you want in your cart and enjoy them daily in your diet if you are so inclined.
- Tofu - made from soybeans so confirm it is an organic and non-GMO source for your selection
- fresh seafood - both lake trout and sole are two whitefish varieties which are high in protein but low in mercury
- jicama root - looks kind of like an overgrown potato or root but when peeled and chooped it is excellent in tossed salads
- cauliflower is one of nature's powerhouses full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients all of which generate better health. Enjoy it raw or lightly steamed to retain its abundance of flavor.
- daikon radish - is a newcomer to many people but it looks like an overgrown radish, only pure white. If you are attempting to follow a quality alkaline diet for better health, this is an absolute must have for your grocery cart
So, don't think the whole world of whites is against you when you reach the store. Pick up a few of these offerings to start you on your road to eating healthy foods.
Information Source: Rodale Health Institute
Worm In Your Apple? Thank Him For Proving Its Safety!
Have you ever bit into any piece of fresh fruit or vegetable and found an insect crawling his way around your lunch?
Most people's first reaction... Ugh! Did I eat it?
But actually you should be thanking him for his care and concern to his own health... thus yours also.
You see an insect already has enough brains and intuition to understand organic produce and non-GMO is the only type of produce he is willing to chomp on for his own safety. Fresh clean produce with no bugs, no way!
How come? Because the insect kingdom is smart enough to realize all those pesticides and herbicides are bad for their health.
This would make a perfect comic strip character, I think. See the little worm crawling out of an apple, spitting the fruit out of his mouth, and turning to his friend exclaiming "Leave it for those humans, they'll eat it! They'll eat anything!"
So, as I said, take a knife, cut that part out and thank that little worm for verifying that food's safety.
And sadly, the majority of us do, every day of our life.
May 24, 2012
Information Source: WebMD UK Health News by Tim Locke
Anapen Epipen Users Warning
Any individual using the line of epipens manufactured and distributed under the name of Anapen must stop usage and contact your primary care physician for your allergies as soon as possible. Current warnings issued are:
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 alert to healthcare professionals after the product was withdrawn as a precaution by the manufacturer.
For further details and instructions please see the information issued directly from the company itself about an on-going problem that has been discovered in some of the equipment. Please check here for further details.
May 2, 2012
Information Source: Rodale Research Institute for the Consumer's Safety
Is Just Going BPA-Free Safe?
Many of us now are enlightened, and concerned about the overuse of BPA in our general everyday society so public pressure has made many manufacturers delete it from their products. Advertising on package products proudly displays the BPA-free label
all the time.
But, slow down a little. Many of those same labels are using a sister product of BPA known as BPS, slightly different but it still has the same health risks attached to it that was the concern with BPA.
For some help getting both of these out of your life, switch to glass. Glass storage containers, glass drinking glasses, glass casserole dishes plus many other alternative plastic products can help you reduce you and your family's risk from this dangerous chemical.
April 24, 2012
Information Source: General Information
Carbohydrates: Are They Really A Villain To Our Diet?
Carbohydrates, most of us love them, often though we over-indulge in the varieties
which are bad for our health. Some of these include the overly-processed versions like the white flour cakes, cookies, pies and pasta. Or there is the types which are high in natural sugars (many tropical fruits) or the ones which are high on the glycemic scale which makes the blood sugars soar (white potatoes or corn). So, very many of these, we are always being told to avoid...avoid...avoid them.
But truthfully, carbohydrates are an important part of your body's nutrition. So why does the whole world think of them as just plain old fattening?
It's back to that adage, most of them are just plain old processed foods, right out of a box, a bag or a can in the grocery store.
Real whole, natural carbohydrates though (found in every fruit and vegetable plus whole grains and legumes) are packed with vitamins and minerals which our body's need to run at their peak efficiency.
Do you need a primer to understand how to get started? The easiest way, just opt into the whole foods diet plan.
April 23, 2012
Information Source: General Information
What Is "All-Natural"
To the average consumer, place two packages side by side, the first with the label "All Natural" and the second with the Organics seal and which would you buy?
For the average shopper, the All-Natural package just got picked up and thrown into their shopping cart. But the reality is:
Currently in the United States, there is no definition for the term "all-natural".
What does this mean to you, the consumer?
It's pretty much whatever the manufacturer wants you to believe. That's why it's on that label. After all, most people hear the term and immediately think "this has got to be the best product - after all, it's all natural. In their mind, they are thinking pure, no additives, fillers, coloring agents, no bug spray, and all those pretty little pictures the mind conjures up which makes us just have to have that product.
But, the actual reality, by current law, if any single ingredient in the final product originated direct from nature, then the manufacturer can use the term all-natural on his packaging.
Think of the cereal aisle... somewhere in there every one of those boxes we hope came from a grain (which just made it natural, by law). But check any one of those labels and the amounts of additives, fillers, coloring agents etc. which are added can make your head spin with many varieties.
And then many of those cereal boxes were made from genetically modified organisms, pesticide and herbicide-laden grain fields with a whole host of chemicals added anywhere from seeding to harvesting on many of the different ingredients contained within.
So, from now on, pick up the Organics package and know you are helping retain the health and safety of yourself or a loved one.
April 20, 2012
Information Source:Dr. Julian Whitaker, Whitaker Wellness Institute
Proteins and Vegetarianism
Many people who follow a vegetarian diet lean very heavily on carbohydrates as their main source of food, then end up eating too few sources of good quality protein because they believe I don't eat meat, so I don't get protein.
But the first fallacy in this way of thinking is, number one a cow, pig, chicken etc. is not a source of good quality protein from birth, the feed which they live on is the best source, so therefore they accumulate their proteins through their diet. Well, if you eat the same thing as them, you also get the benefits of this protein.
What is that source of wonder foods? Nothing more than good grains, grasses, fruits and vegetables, etc.. All the wonder foods which is supplied direct from nature.
Second, a vegetarian which does use dairy products has the advantage of using greek yogurt as an exceptional quality source of protein. Mixed with some fruits or berries, nuts and seeds and eaten direct from the carton or as a smoothie gives you up to 23 grams of protein. As a comparison, regular yogurt only includes up to 12 grams per container.
So finding some good quality vegan snacks no longer has to be a deterrent for most. Use your imagination and just eat like a free-range, grass-fed cow! You have just become a walking, talking source of good quality health.
April 10, 2012
Information Source: Dr Mercola, Naturopathic physician
Fluoride Exposure: Your Body Going Over The Top
Ask anybody how they can possibility be getting too much fluoride in their system and greater than 90% will always say it's from the drinking/cooking water or their brand of toothpaste.
But the reality that almost no one thinks of - the answer is neither. The actual answer is right out of your grocery store.
Where is it coming from in there?
Actually all over. The vegetables and fruits... the meats and deli products... packaged and processed foods like, jams, jellies, peanut butters, breads, cakes and pies plus many many more.
How is this happening?
Because the chemical pesticides used during the growing/feeding/harvesting stage are all full of high concentrations of fluorides. The fresh produce is sprayed with it. Your meat selections feed on it. Your pre-harvest and harvesting procedures rely on it. So whenever you eat any of it - you are upping your own pesticide toxicity levels in your own body.
You see now why this is just one more important reason to try to switch to utilizing more organics in your daily diet?
April 4, 2012
Information Source: Current Ongoing Research: Preliminary Results plus site owners opinion
Unconscious Actions Do Lead To Future Problems Also
Everyday we take actions, often unconsciously, never even realizing the risks we are taking to our possible future health. The stage is being set up for further medical difficulties without we even realizing the possible damage we are inflicting upon ourselves, or another family member.
Now understand, it is impossible to be 100% safe in life. But there is little things which add up to bigger and uglier things if we had only known the risks. A perfect example involves the use of the microwave oven and a simple plastic bowl or sheet of plastic wrap.
Big business has invented plastic. Many people's lifestyles are dependent on the plastic bottles (water, soda or juice), plastic containers for food storage, plastic dishes to cook their lunch in, plastic bottles all over the refrigerator (the ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise etc.).
What big business never told us though, almost all of these containers use a chemical compound known as Bisphenol A (BPA for short). It is a known toxic compound to the human endocrine and hormonal system.
But big business has lots of money. Many times this money is used for purposes which are for the betterment of the company itself, not necessarily the protection of the buying public. Governmental agencies can sometimes be swayed to make inopportune decisions also when it affects big business vs. the public's right to know. Personally, I believe the use of BPA is one of those times.
But, we the people, we also have the right and ability to refuse to use a product which we feel may be injurious to our health. Going bpa-free is possible. Change up your daily habits to use glass, stainless steel or ceramic containers in your daily use.
No one is asking you sacrifice the use of the microwave (although it is recommended you do not cook with it, just use it for re-heats until further testing is finalized). Also, realize there is some companies out there that also understand the dangers and risks of BPA so they do not use this chemical compound in their product.
Be safer. Do a little investigation before you purchase or pick-up your next plastic container.
Toxic chemicals leaching into your foods and drinks may be so slight it can seem almost ridiculous that the subject is even covered. But how many times a day, how many days a week, how many weeks a year do you touch or use plastic?
March 24, 2012,
Information Source: General Knowledge
Baking Soda: Miracle Healing Agent In A Box?
Baking soda is more and more coming into age again as an effective healer/cleaner and all-purpose household agent used repeatedly in our everyday lives.
Two main reasons, I say. Number one, it works. Number two, it's cheaper. Those two are a great combination for any self-help routine which you are trying to utilize for your own and your family's everyday health.
Two treatment routines that are building in popularity more and more again (actually your great-grandparents already knew this) though, it is being used more frequently as people are finding out now on some things, grandparents just may know best.
- Baking soda is a cheap and easy way to alkalize the human body. By reducing the acid in your body, especially the mouth which tends to harbor an overgrowth of bacteria, better general dental health is a noticeable result. And don't we all appreciate the possibility of fewer and easier dental visits and checkups?
- Also one glass of warm water plus a teaspoon of baking soda stirred in is a first choice treatment for indigestion, nausea or just an upset stomach. Actually, Tums, Rolaids and Pepto-Bismol already know this. The main active ingredient of each is baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
But yes, baking soda has a whole host of other uses common for in and around the house. Check here for some other good suggestions to help you put some ease into your daily care and cleaning routines.
But some new information circulating, for your own safety and protection, anytime you use baking soda as a health care/food product internally, it is recommended you pick up an aluminum-free version (aluminum toxicity is becoming a rapidly growing concern in many doctor office visits leading to allergies and sensitivities for many people). Unfortunately, the good old stand-by Arm & Hammer is not aluminum free.
It is highly recommended, you must also let your own doctor know where you have decided to add baking soda into your personal life. Some medical conditions and prescriptions are affected by high levels of sodium bicarbonate. Therefore your doctor may have to make a few adjustments to your normal health maintenance plan.
Information Source: Suzy Cohen, Registered and Licensed Pharmacist and a leading Healer in the ways of Alternative Medicine
Are You An Antibiotics Believer?
Many people believe the use of an antibiotic is the cure-all for almost everything. Something is wrong, go to the doctor and get a prescription. There's an antibiotic out there for everything, seems to be the general opinion of many people (by the way, that IS a False statement).
So, today, I wish you to read an article asked of this pharmacist who has been working both sides of medicine for over two decades successfully. It isn't a speech, a call to action or even a "get real/get smarter" answer. It is just a simple explanation why modern medicine does not always have the right answer for every ill there is out there.
Sometimes, just sometimes, not trying another way can be a big mistake. See here for a gentle explanation why it is so important to sometimes use your own brain and common sense before you start one more round of antibiotics.
March 18, 2012
Information Source: US Food and Drug Administration
Food Supplements and Safety Concerns
It is becoming more and more commonplace that some manufacturers are splicing their food supplements with pharmaceutical properties also to enhance their performance. The problem here though, depending on the medications you are already on, your doctor may explicitly not be using something because of a possible reaction.
Unbeknownst to you, you now pick up a supplement, start using it, and find out later you are having some funny reactions (or fatal reactions). This is why it is so terribly important all of your medical team must be notified when you change to a new drug/supplement, even if it was bought at the regular store.
If you are unsure, some possible help may be available by checking at the www.fda.gov website. They keep an entire list there of substances that have been recalled for whatever the reason.
March 12, 2012
Information Source: General Knowledge
Are You Killing Yourself With Savings?
Many of us are cash-strapped. What does that mean, put simply? It means we spend more than we actually make in earnings. So, often we are always on the lookout for a bargain. Many people's solution to this, buy bulk.
But sometimes this philosophy can get you into big trouble without you even realizing it. How?
Mega-Mart stores and retailers often sell over the counter vitamins and supplements at excellent prices. But just stop and think. Are these people really in the health industry? Do they actually know anything about your health? Or is the purpose here for these manufacturers, the gross profits they can contribute to the company's coffers?
Yes, your supplements is big business. And yes, there is tons of them out there. And yes, many of them just plain do not work.
It's not that they are dangerous for you or anything. It's just the human body is not able to break down and metabolize much of the industries processed versions of "daily vitamins". And what good are they doing you if they get swallowed today, pass through your entire digestive system and get excreted tomorrow?
So, yes, vitamins and supplements is one area where the "Shop to Save" urge needs to be curbed. Yes, you may put out extra bucks to pay for a good quality supplement now, but you more than make up for it in reduced medical expenses in your future.
March 3, 2012 General Health
Information Source: Natural News and site owner (opinion)
Raw Milk vs. Pasteurized Milk
Normally, I do not repeat or duplicate information between my health sites. But sometimes, some types of information is so important the whole world needs to be made aware of the information which is being withheld from them, supposedly for safety's sake.
Read over this, disregard it, at your own risk, but at least read it with an open mind and then you can make your own judgement which you feel is better for you and your own family.
In this country, the United States, the Food and Drug Administration(FDA), the Center for Disease Control(CDC), all federal, state and most local governments all seem to sing the same song - "All hail to pasteurized milk and condemn the raw milk industry".
Why is this when mankind has been drinking raw milk directly off the farm (straight out of the barn) for centuries and centuries? How do you think our grandparents, great-grandparents and on and on got their milk? Are cows today supposed to be different somehow from prior centuries?
The answer, protection for Big Agri-Business in this country comes at all costs to the small farmer trying to make a living with his small scale home-business and operation. And those cows, for shame for them assuming they could actually in this day and age pretend to make a safe and edible food product which is still safe for the average individual.
It's big news in every source of media when it exists there may be a possibility that raw milk has led to a large (or small) scale outbreak of food poisoning. Day one, even before testing to confirm the source has been the raw milk product, it is plastered over every radio, TV and newsprint to warn all of us unsuspecting consumers of the dangers lurking from those fresh raw (milk) cows.
Now obviously, sure cleanliness and safety protocols MUST be followed to confirm a safe and healthy product is to be received, even from the small scale operation. When safety protocols are not followed, sure the risk and possibility is there raw milk can become dangerous to man's health.
But many times, after testing, do you ever hear the outcome of the final test results? Sure, you do. Every single time the tests confirm the bacterial count was so high that the source of the raw milk was the source of the food poisoning.
But when was the last time you heard any media source take days and days, article after article to explain to us consumers that the problem was not the fresh raw milk products, it was something else. Have you ever heard? I sure haven't.
And yet, if you follow the full story, many times the dairy products themselves had nothing to do with the outbreak itself. Often times, it has been confirmed a fruit or vegetable, direct from seed from big business, was the offending culprit. But that's not news the "powers to be" in this country wants you to know. The media blitz against raw milk products is the information they want at the forefront of your mind.
Now obviously, just from my remarks here, it is obvious I am biased towards raw milk. But then I am against GMO's, pesticides and herbicides,food additives, food dyes, and artificial sweeteners and a whole host of other things they put in my foods.
All of these chemical cocktails they insist in placing in our foods is the cause of many of our health problems in this day and age. Get back to the basics and it is amazing how many medical conditions start to clear up and no longer become a deciding factor in your daily health.
I have included a link here where a conscientious source, the Health Ranger releases raw milk infographic comparing fresh raw dairy to pasteurized homogenized dead milk. I wish everyone to take the time to check it, even if you aren't a milk enthusiast. Remember, just because you don't drink milk does not mean this is not being done to your cheese, yogurt, baked goods, casseroles and any other item you eat daily which includes milk. In it, it explains the main differences between raw milk and pasteurized milk. Take a look at this information yourself and use your own common sense (and judgement) which one do you think is actually better for your long-term health.
March 1, 2012
Information Source: The Herb Quarterly,
Combating Environmental Allergies Through Herbs
In many parts of the world, we are just going into the spring season for allergies, in others the fall season. Whether your troublesome symptoms are predominant in either, or both, some help for you to reduce your adverse reaction has been shown to help with the use of wild greens, especially nettles, chopped up dandelion or burdock roots.
Nettles, made into a tea, drank several times daily helps to boost your immune system, thus effectively fighting off many spring allergens. Chopped up dandelion and burdock roots added to your diet can help your liver to break down your sensitivity allergens, thus reducing or even eliminating the symptoms.
Following up with the use of a neti pot then to irrigate the nasal passages (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pure sea salt to a filled neti pot) once daily will aid in cleaning out and eliminating your troublesome pollen and allergen bacteria from the sinus cavity.
February 27, 2012
Information Source: Dr. Julian Whitaker, Whitaker Wellness Center
Probiotics: Man's Gift From Mother Nature?
Probiotics is getting so much attention these days. Whether it is in the news, on TV commercials or the programs themselves, at your druggist, doctor's office or any health publication. You name it, somebody is talking about them.
But how many times have you been informed, even with the best of efforts, many times all your good intentions in taking them (whether by eating food-rich sources or a supplement), this does not necessarily mean you are getting an ample quantity to aid you in increasing your health.
Because probiotics must get into the intestinal system alive to be beneficial. So, what's the problem? They must first go through your stomach which just happens to be a pool of acid. What does acid do? It destroys things. See the problem here!
Of course, there is good quality probiotics available on the market which can negate this troublesome factor. But, just remember there is also supplements and foods on the market which are a waste of your time and money.
Yes, Whitaker Wellness does market a beneficial supplement which has corrected this problem. But then, many good quality supplements from other sources also can get you good results. Check here for some more information concerning probiotics and determine if this is going to be a safe course for you to obtain a better healthy digestive system.
February 22, 2012
Information Source: Nupe News, Dr. Penti Nupponen
Your New Lifestyle Digestive Health Plan
Many people eat the correct amount of calories each day but they still gain weight.
Why? What's the problem here?
Often it is just a question of they are eating all of their calories at the wrong time of day. So what's this mean you are supposed to do?
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper?
So what does this mean explained in an easy fashion?
Take in the majority of your calories in the early to middle part of the day because this is when you are most active. Your daily movements and metabolism will actually help to work off the calories you have consumed. If you eat a late dinner and then go to bed several hours later, your body does nothing but holds on to all those calories, eventually turning it all to fat.
February 18, 2012
Information Source: Site owner
The Scarcity of Organic Fresh Foods In The Colder Months
Many people find it really easy to stay out of the local supermarket (and get tempted by all those pretty fruits and vegetables - loaded with pesticides and herbicides) all summer. How? They grow their own garden fresh produce.
But in the winter, as the containers get used up from the canned and frozen goods from last summer, eventually they have to hit the store shelves if they want more.
But due to the increase in farming advantages, now just a few minutes on the Internet can actually get you many of the things shipped directly to your house (or somewhere close local) that you always had to do without before.
Check out these sites and see if any of them can possibly be an answer to your family's prayers for good, quality safe foods the whole year long.
- Green Polka Dot Box carries an assortment of organics, all-natural and grass fed meats and pasture-raised food plus household products. Anything from safe foods (for people and pets), toiletries, cleaning supplies, entertainment supplies plus so many other situations around the home. The site is growing continually so what is not available right now is probably already in the works to be added.
- Eggzy.net is a food-coop positioned in the United States which matches pasture-raised eggs direct with the consumer. Bring up their site, check your state and local area to find the farm nearest to you.
- LocalHarvest.org is a resource for connecting farmers, food service, restaurants, retailers, farmers markets and the general consumer all with outlets for good fresh and safe foods right in your own local area.
Check out any of these three sites to start building yourself a continuous resource to find the products you need for your own family.
February 7, 2012
Information Source:Institute for Natural Resources
Is There A Difference Between Hunger and Appetite
For most people, this one takes some thought. Usually though, most people come up with the wrong answer. Most people believe when they are hungry it just means their appetite is telling them, feed me!
But the reality, hunger is a biological characteristic which is in-bred into any kind of living being. It is our brain's response to tell you it needs fuel. The characteristic symptoms include a growling stomach, body and muscle weakness or lightheadness. All of these signs mean your body needs nourishment.
Do not mistake this feeling though with dehydration. Your body can feel thirsty, weak and lightheaded and the only thing it craves is moisture also. Learn the difference in the feelings and honor the one over the other.
Appetite now is a learned response. It has nothing to do with actual hunger. The site, taste, smell, or just the availability of food in the area does fuel your appetite making you want to eat. This scenario is more a desire for pleasure, it has little to no relationship to actual hunger.
Learning what your body needs for true digestive health care is not a cumbersome project. Take some time and teach yourself what your appetite triggers are and then you can set up a plan of attack to prevent yourself in over-indulging when confronted with a feast.
February 5, 2012
Information Source: Organic Gardening Magazine
Using Probiotics To Aid In Lessening
Food Allergy Symptoms
No, probiotics are not going to prevent food allergies, we aren't that lucky. But what they can do - build a better and stronger immune system that which can help fight off the complications of that allergy.
Children aged 6 months or older are all able to safely take both fish oil supplements and probiotics (get a nutrition packed label which is also identified as child-safe though).
Within our current lifestyle, antibiotics, stress, poor dietary choices and even some people relate vaccines can cause undue dietary stress in the gut lining. A daily supplement program re-introduces healthy bacteria into the system thus aiding in the reduced gastro-intestinal symptoms common with many food allergies. All of this supplemental help therefore leads to an easy way towards building a healthy immune system.
February 4, 2012
Information Source: Original Bach Rescue Remedies
Bach Rescue Flower Remedies
The common stress and aniety formula for both humans and animals has been known as Rescue Remedy. Generations of people have grown up utilizing this formula in times of extreme stress or anxiety.
But as with all homeopathic medicines, many people dislike pills or dispensing medications from an eye dropper. Well, new to the market is several easier forms of dispensing for the user's convenience.
Keep on the lookout for a new spray version. Open your mouth, spray the tongue twice and you are finished. The second new formula is called a Rescue Pastille. The pastille, a name commonly used in the candy industry, is just a small piece of melt-in-your-mouth "candy" which you open up, drop it in and let the warmth of your mouth and tongue take care of the rest. One pastille is the equivalent of one dose. Lastly, for those chewing gum lovers, exercising the jaw can now be done with the use of Remedy Gum. One piece of gum is equivalent to one dose.
If Rescue Remedy is a staple in your house, look for these newer versions in your local health food stores soon.
February 1, 2012
Information Source: Allergy Watchdog Group "AllergyEats"
Fast Food Restaurant Changes Can Affect People With Food Allergies
Recently the franchise Burger King and Wendy's has made what may seem like minor changes to their menus but if you have an allergy, both of these choices can become an issue for many people.
Wendy's has added a new burger to their menu. The bun itself is now buttered and then toasted. Anyone with a dairy allergy can not eat this. But the difficulty though arises because of cross-contamination, even if you do order a former "safe food", your food could now be cooked on the same equipment which toasted that buttered bun.
Ask questions before ordering.
Burger King has now changed their french fries. All of the top eight major allergens (dairy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish and shellfish) has still been eliminated but still there has been an ingredient change for some lesser known allergens. If you have food sensitivities, ask questions before ordering.
January 31, 2012
Information Source: General Knowledge
Parent Alert: What You Need To Know For Your Child's Safety
Vaccinations, it's in the news more and more these days. As a parent should I do it, should I not?
Every medical professional and researcher understands the importance of this program. Many though have grave concerns about the efficacy and safety of the vaccines themselves. Sufficient safety protocols are not built into many vaccines, is the answers they are getting from current research and from the patients adverse reactions themselves at the doctor's offices.
If you are a parent, you deserve to know all the answers before you get your children vaccinated. Many state the pharmaceutical industry itself tries to steer the general public away from knowing this information.
One of the conditions common to a vaccine side effect is known as autism from vaccinations. This, plus many other troublesome symptoms, have left many children suffering through a previously unknown medical condition which they did not have prior to the vaccination.
Check at the above link for some safety information which every parent deserves to have so this can be covered with your child's doctor before a vaccine schedule is decided to be the norm for your children.
January 27,2012 Allergies
Information Source: Dove's Farm Buckwheat Flour
Allergen Alert Warning For Normally Safe Product
Buckwheat, a common replacement grain, is a standard grass (not actually a wheat at all) which is considered safe for the gluten free community. But recent testing has shown Doves Farm Buckwheat Flour has readings greater than 20ppm of gluten in each 1kg bag with a batch code of 2011 and best before date of 12/10/12.
All other products and date codes are shown to be safe.
Currently the company has pulled all the affected product but if you, the consumer, have any of this batch code in your possession, please contact the company for recommendations how to receive your refund. Company contact information is available on the package itself.
January 21, 2012
Information Source: site owner
At Home Remedies With Money Still Left In The Bank
The news is widespread in the alternative health community right now that the availability of natural supplements is being threatened
in the Unites States. Finding a good reputable source may become very, very difficult due to the attempts in Washington D.C. to control the "dietary supplements" industry.
Even though many of the compounds we depend on for our very health are not dietary supplements per say, to the federal government, many of these compounds are labeled as such since they are not pharmaceutical medications either. Many people in this country are of the opinion that our efficient lawmakers in this country spend way to much time listening and believing everything the pharmaceutical industry says is the gospel's truth.
But if you are a firm believer in the advantages of many natural medicines, the day may come when your source is so restricted or it even has dried up. The easiest solution to this - make your own tinctures!
Information Source: Natural News
Do You Really Know What You Are Eating?
Released today is a remarkable article known as The Amazing Food Fact Machine"
. It quite simply leads us through some simple nutritional information all of us should know, but most of us don't know, about the foods we tend to eat every day.
I don't care who you are when it comes to this story. If you ever open your mouth to insert food, you also will find this story informative and interesting.The Amazing Food Fact Machine launched by Natural News; reveals shocking facts about what you're eating. Just click on the link for this FREE visit to "Nature's Kitchen".
Information Source: Naturopathic physician, Dr. Mercola
Are You A Victim Of The Drug Cascade?
Many people seem to have unusual signs and symptoms which often can not be tracked back to a diagnosis. This is especially prevalent if you are a firm believer in conventional medicine.
But this difficulty can also show up in Alternative Medicine also if you are a home remedies type of diagnostician. Check this information about pharmaceutical medications but realize any type of substance you put into your body can result in a cascade of drug interactions.
January 13, 2012
Information Source: Site owner
How To Remove Common Contaminants From Your Drinking Water
Most people's very first answer - bottled water!
But the actual reality of that, many bottled water companies have higher concentrations of contaminants in their selections than you do right from your own home. So if you already thought yours was bad, boy are you in even more trouble now.
Removing contaminants from your water though in your own house isn't that difficult, or that expensive either. There is two main ways to achieve this process. The first one:
- a Reverse Osmosis System is considered the best in most circles. This system will remove almost every drug and any contaminants from your system that was introduced before it comes out of your tap. Often whole house systems can be purchased which eliminates these contaminants when you also shower, brush your teeth, water your garden etc.
- A Carbon Filtration System also reduces many contaminants but it requires you to slow down the rate of flow in your faucets so the water can contact the carbon filters for a longer period of time before coming through your tap. The longer extended times in contact with the carbon filters leads to a more efficient filtration.
So although bottled water vs tap water may be your first thoughts, finding a good quality filtration system will eventually be a wiser investment for both you, your family and everybody's future health.
January 8, 2012 Egg Allergy
Information Source: Bloch's Best Inc. and Food and Drug Administration
Undeclared Eggs On Label Initiates Recall
Bloch's Best Inc has formally initiated a recall on the item labeled as Laromme Brand Vanilla Rugelach in 14 oz. Round Containers distributed in the states of Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey. The product comes in a 14 oz. round clear plastic container with UPC 87062500954-8. A total of 10 cases, with 18 containers each, were distributed between November 2, 2011 and December 22, 2011.
Bloch's Best has formally initiated this recall due to an accidental change on an ingredient label which has deleted the information eggs are contained within. New labels have been printed and necessary changes have been made to all subsequent product.
Extreme care needs to be taken if purchasing this product if you or any family member has an egg allergy. For questions and further information please contact 845 352-8811 and ask for Sam Bloch or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
January 3, 2012
Information Source: Prevention magazine
One More Reason To Say Yes To Walnuts
A recent study had two control groups eating an identical diet for heart health with continuous monitoring of their health. Eventually, 1/2 of the participants were given an additional 8-13 pieces of walnut halves per day. After just 4 weeks, the walnut eaters were now showing a 64% increased capacity
of heart-pumping action, increased blood flow with 20% lower amounts of residues accumulating in their system. None of these advantages were seen before the addition of the walnuts nor to the control group not served the walnuts.
Research is still continuing to determine why this amazing transformation is taking place but to date the findings are showing the increased levels of omega 3's, found only in walnuts, not the other nut varieties, are the supporting material. Add 1 ounce of Raw Walnuts, or approximately 14 halves per day, at a total of 190 calories per serving to your daily diet for this increased benefit.
Information Source: Natural News Editor Mike Adams
Has The Media Got You Running Scared?
The neti pot, one of the oldest and most frequently used pieces of equipment in the home for many people who have any type of sinus condition, has come under fire recently by the news media because of its possible link to an infection you are liable to get if you routinely use this piece of equipment. So far, by the media, the infection has been dubbed as "a brain-eating amoeba" because of its seeming capability of causing an infection in the brain
But stop to think here. The infection is not the result of the carrier (the neti pot). The infection is being caused by the contents of the neti pot - infected and chemical-laden water these people are using from their own kitchen or bathroom tap water. If you put infected water into the neti pot - you get infected water out.
The solution here is just be careful the water you are using to mix your saline solution is also SAFE water!
And just be extra wary the next time about believing the news media.
December 23, 2011
Information Source: Distributor of EpiPen and Epipen Jr.,
Epipen Safety Alert!
Every person diagnosed with a food allergy that has been advised by their doctor or allergist to have an Epipen in their possession at all times needs to be especially careful. The reasons why:
- First, actually have one in your possession. This doesn't mean sitting at home in a drawer, in the car's glove compartment while you are in the mall, or in your purse while you are in the other end of the house. An epipen can only do its job when it is in your possession.
- Second, ask your doctor for a demonstration how it works
(and pay close attention to those instructions). It has been noticed many people are taking the pen and twisting the cap or trying to bend it off. This action will render the pen incapable of injecting the life-saving medication.
The correct procedure, hold the pen vertical with the tip facing down. Grasp the cap and pull it off, STRAIGHT UP! Once the cap is off, then the tip can be placed against the side of the upper leg and the medication from the epipen can be injected.
Information Source: Rodale News, US Dept of Agriculture and Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods has issued another recall on up to 42,000 lbs. of ground beef which has been distributed in 16 states throughout the United states. The following states are affected by this recall:
Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
If you have purchased any ground beef from a supermarket or store under the label of Tyson Foods, do not eat it. Return the product to the grocery store and ask for a refund.
December 16, 2011
Information Source: General Knowledge
Just How Healthy Is Alkaline Water
Bottled water is Big Business, these days. Almost anyone can figure that out. Just look at the shelves in any store. Now the soda aisle is half filled with plain old water.
But the reality - is that stuff Plain-Old-Water?
Alkaline water, the stuff many say they strive for, isn't just an accident. Due to all the chemicals we now place in the water, air, ground, lakes and streams, it pretty much doesn't matter the water source anymore - it's no longer pure water.
But some companies actually do filter their water first to get it back to an alkanalized status and then bottle it for our use. The problem here, though - they have now returned water to as close as they can get it to its natural state and then placed it in a man-made bottle manufactured by the chemical industry.
You say you don't use "chemical bottles".
All plastic bottles are a derivative of petrochemical companies, thus a form of petroleum. This commonly leads to an increase of BPA in your system. This is because the chemicals in the plastic bottle itself leach into the water. So, you take a big long drink of cool refreshing water and you have just downed an entire chemical cocktail.
Reversing BPA complications is possible. But the safer and saner way - just do not drink it at all.
Put your own filtering system right on your own tap at your kitchen sink and pour yourself a glass of pure clean water anytime and every time you want some.
December 13, 2011
Information Source: Living Better...For Less Periodical
Battling The Picky Eater At Meals
Having a picky eater at any regular mealtime can become one constant continuous battle of wills between the parent, caregiver and the child. But your child is trying to tell you something. You just have to learn to listen and understand their views before mealtimes can become a safe and enjoyable hour for the whole family again.
Having a child with autism just intensifies these concerns in the child's mind. Instead of one long continuous battle, try a few of these often simple changes which will make any child, whether they are excitable, autistic, ADHD or just trying to be a little temperamental with tonight's dinner offerings. A child who is given some time, attention and love will eventually come to realize , mealtime does not have to always be the War Zone".
December 9, 2011
Information Source: Site Owner plus Kim Wilson, author of
"Good and Easy Eats"
Tomorrow Is The Day"
Saturday, December 10th is the special day for the unveiling of the new kitchen manual which should be in every food allergy sufferer, diabetic, or vegetarian kitchen. As an added bonus, if you are alive and breathing still, this collection of recipes is also a must for you too!
Good and Easy Eats is a well-written manual to help guide you through your kitchen, especially for the millions of people who suffer from a food allergy. Its importance is not just its ability to show you a few recipes which are safe - it has the capability of teaching you how to cook safely in your kitchen for many years to come to insure the health and safety of every family member.
Stop by and click here to visit Good and Easy Eats.It is a one stop shopping experience for some of the best and most well-trusted information you can find anywhere to help you navigate your way through a special diet for any member of your family.
December 8, 2011
Information Source: Site Owner
Healthy Digestion, Nutrition and Your Taste Buds Are Happy Also?
Are you interested in a lifestyle plan that can afford you healthy digestion, good nutrition and then you actually like the food also? All of this is coming packaged in a new cookbook being introduced this coming weekend (December 10th, 2011) by the author and kitchen food specialist K. Wilson.
This is a simple, quick and easy collection of basic kitchen recipes which can be used by every home, every day all across the majority of people in the world who believe in no frills cooking. Plain, normal ingredients can be combined (with a few new skills and directions on how to do it) to make every day dishes such as biscuits and gravy, cookies, cakes and pies, brownies, roasted or grilled vegetables, award-winning chili plus many more.
The bonus here for almost every family, this entire cookbook is allergen free, great for diabetics, weight loss, vegetarians or anyone trying to add a few days or a lifetime of good nutrition to their diet. The recipe combinations are free of the following:
- corn free
- dairy free
- dye free
- egg free
- gluten free (or wheat free in most situations)
- peanut free
- soy free
- tree nut free (some need a substitution but directions are included in the collection)
- sugar free
- yeast free
- acceptable for Vegetarians/Vegans
Further information will be available here this weekend for your inspection so check back and give the easiest, quickest collection of recipes a try at an extremely low affordable price.
November 29, 2011
Information Source: General Knowledge
The Fallacy Of Public Opinion
Many times, many people have been heard expressing the opinion that herbs and spices can't possibly lead to any kind of increased health and vitality. Their opinion unequivocably states you have to use medicines to get satisfactory results.
But what many of these people do not realize is many medicines originate direct from nature, plants, trees, shrubs and flowers themselves. Whether the pharmaceutical industry uses the natural plant itself for the medication (morphine from the opium poppy) or vincristine, the leading cancer drug, is from the herb periwinkle) or there is a synthetic version copied (salicylic acid is from the willow bark or meadowsweet varieties) which is used as an aspirin derivative in many over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs.
Many common herbal medicines used in alternative medicine for hundreds and even thousands of years are now being marketed by the pharmaceutical industry at much higher prices under different names. Unless you read the label or are familiar with the drugs chemical breakdown, you may possibly be using the same thing without even knowing it.
November 25, 2011
Information Source: General Knowledge
Keeping Track Of Your Good Intentions
We've all heard the phrase, get a minimum of 6-8 glasses of water per day but many people just aren't accustomed to drinking that much liquid in one day so they can never remember where they are at in their endeavors.
Well an easy way to solve this problem is grab one stainless water bottle and fill it full. Check your bottle size (most hold 16 oz.) which is equivalent to 2 cups. Therefore to drink eight glasses you need to fill it 4 times that day. If you are smart, you can reduce that to 6 glasses and get your other two glasses with some high water content fruits and vegetables (watermelon, radishes, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes plus many others).
So to give yourself a reminder, in almost every dollar store or kid's toy section, the stretchable rubber bands or bracelets are all the rage. Pick up a few for every family member and add three (or four) to your bottle. As you empty that bottle each day, remove one band. As you keep emptying the bottle, continue removing a band.
By the end of your day, all of the bands should be gone and you can be assured you have drank the necessary amount which is healthy for your body that day.
Repeat this procedure every day.
November 23, 2011
Information Source: Ongoing research and both mainstream and alternative practitioners
The Battle Rages On
It's in the news all the time now - especially this time of year. Flu shots, get your flu shots. Help protect yourself and the people around you from a violent outbreak of a raging strain of influenza.
But many in the mainstream and complementary fields of medicine are waking up to the fact that this just might be one great big marketing ploy of the pharmaceutical industry. Why do they say this...
It's because several hundred ongoing and completed studies of several thousand people show there is very little support for actually getting a flu shot. The overall effectiveness of a flu shot is less than 20% at it's greatest. Many studies even believe that percentage is too high.
The next problem is one of the majority ingredients, Thimerosal is 50% ethyl mercury, the most toxic form of poison on the earth. Protective gear, clothing and face masks are required for all personnel when working around it in the United States at concentrations of 200 parts per billion.
One flu vaccine injected into your body contains a mere 250,000 parts per billion. That is more than 100 times greater than what is considered a poisonous dose at current industry levels.
So what is a person supposed to do as a preventative?
Stop all the injections of poisons into your body and build up your health and immune system safely but effectively. Vitamin D3, vitamin C, probiotics, and some well placed immune system boosters taken daily is all that is needed to stay safer from both the flu and the vaccine industry.
Information Source: Emory University
Raising The Odds For Success
It's human nature - we can't change that.
We are all more comfortable doing things we are familiar with. The fear and mystery gets taken out of the equation as soon as we know what to expect which lulls us into a state of relaxation.
And sometimes, this feeling just happens to be good!
So what am I talking about?
You, or your child has just been informed of a possible severe allergic reaction. A new device, called the Epi-pen has been handed to you with the instructions carry it with you everywhere, everytime for the rest of your life. It may save your life some day.
Six months later a group of 63 children were invited to participate in a study about food allergies. They were all asked to show up on a certain date and time as one big group and fill out a questionnaire about their allergen. The number one most important question on that survey (and the only reason for the survey itself) was "Do you have your Epi-pen with you today?"
It turns out 90% of the kids which were shown how to use that epipen if the need every arises, all carried this life-saving piece of equipment even though none had ever had to use it.
Of the children which did not receive instructions on how it is used, none had it along.
The moral here - take those few minutes and demand you the parent and your children are to be shown exactly how, why and when that pen is to be used. Sitting at home in a drawer or in the refrigerator isn't ever going to be of any use if the day ever arises Now is the time of accidental indigestion.
Information Source: by S.C. Teatronaturale International
Did You Ever Think Of It This Way?
Many people in both conventional medicine, alternative medicine and the general populace itself often question why the use of common herbs and spices often seem to have such a remarkable effect on the human body when it comes to relieving certain conditions. This next paragraph is an enlightening explanation of why this often remarkable condition seems to often hold true.
Do you know why plant chemicals have an effect on the human body? The reason is that living things are created off the same organic compounds. Therefore, the enzymes, sugars, vitamins, proteins etc. are bound to have an effect on the human body also. The chemicals of plants that act as antibiotics for the plant are found to inhibit the fungus and bacteria in animals too. Similarly, if these chemicals block parasites and tumors in the plant they are found to have the same similar effect on the human body also.
I personally feel this paragraph is an excellent example of why an animal in the wild does not have a system of medicinal capabilities to further their life (and their species) on the face of this Earth and yet they still survive, without any outside interference by man.
Nature itself has supplied us with the tools we need to extend our health and longevity. We just have to be smart enough to realize this and use what we have already been given.
November 9, 2011
Information Source: Dept. of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science plus the Director at the Metabolic Cardiovascular Diseases Laboratory
Can Trans Fats Actually Be Good For You?
Everyone has now heard trans fats, alias saturated fats are nothing but bad for you and your health, right?
Well, kind of...
The problem here. Man-made artificial trans fats, also known as hydrogenated oils or partially hydrogenated oils are trans fats. Do what ever you must to avoid them. They are a complicated long list of future medical problems all building in your system.
But trans fats found in pasture-raised meat and dairy products are known as saturated fats also. Science has proven though this type can actually help reduce your chances of developing cardiac occurrences or even some types of cancers.
Currently, nutrition labels do not identify which type of trans fats each product contains on a label. Many in the nutrition industry feels this is a great injustice to the consumer. By knowing this information, an educated consumer can protect themselves and still help lower their incidence of obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and diabetes.
November 6, 2011
Information Source: General Knowledge
What Do I Do With Herbs
This list can be pretty long but several of the more popular uses can include any of the following:
- use as herbal remedies for healing many conditions, often right from your own home
- the ladies love a warm, soothing herbal bath. Hang a close-knit open weave bag filled with fresh herbs under the running faucet as the bathtub fills. Step in and sit down and relax and soak your worries away for a much deserved break from the routine of the day.
- fresh (or dried) herbs in the kitchen can liven up the taste and flavor of any meal when the right combination of herbs and flavors get joined for your meal tonight
- a quick cup of herbal tea (commonly known as an infusion) can often give a quick boost of energy and promote the healing qualities inherent to many plants. Add one teaspoon of dried herbs or 2 teaspoons of fresh herbs to a cup of boiling water. Allow to steep (sit and brew) in the cup for 5- 10 minutes before drinking. This method can be drank either hot or cold, whichever is preferred. Limit to a maximum of 3 cups per day (when used as medicinal purposes) unless otherwise directed by a physician or herbal healer.
November 4, 2011
Information Source: General Knowledge
Basics of Buying and Storing Herbs
When using herbs as a food source, the fresher the herb, the better the flavor of your finished dish is often quite customary. But using the herb as an herbal remedy, this procedure, and optimum results, always demands using the freshest variety of herb possible.
Shelf life though on many herbs can run from only 3 to 12 months though so a good reliable source is mandatory. Check the harvest date when purchasing to guarantee you are getting the freshest possible.
If you or a family member uses a certain variety consistently, check with your local garden center and ask about the growing requirements of the variety you often need. It might be just as easy to grow it yourself instead of finding a good source when needed.
October 26, 2011
Information Source: 60 Minutes, news magazine on television weekly
Resveratrol: A Food Gift From The Gods
Publicity about the advantages of this miracle antioxidant have been circulating in the news for about the last decade but many people still are not aware that their best source for this valuable nutrient is still in a product right out of nature.
News reports abound stating the amount of resveratrol in grape skins (particularly red grapes) is the highest quality of antifungal and a natural antibiotic which is available to man. This is because this antioxidant was derived specifically to ward off any type of fungal or bacterial attack originating in nature. Thus, resveratrol has the capability of fighting off and defeating its own predators.
But, not very common knowledge, conventionally grown grapes contain very low quality resveratrol. This is because common farming practices rely on pesticides and fungicides under repeated spraying conditions to ward off any fungal attacks.
Wild-grown grapes though do not utilize a spraying program. Wild grapes must rely on their own natural resistance, thus they cultivate enormous quantities of this powerful antioxidant. Therefore after harvest, you and your body also receive the benefits of their natural ingrown benefits.
This alone should give you the initiative to source out and purchase true organic grapes and wines.
Information Source: Mike Adams, The Health Ranger, editor of Natural News.com
Did You Think The Term Health Foods
Meant Weeds, Grasses and Superfoods?
Are you ready for one of the biggest surprises of your life?
When a professional in nutrition tells you you must get some superfoods into your daily diet, is all those funny weeds and grasses that you throw into a blender with liquids the first thing that comes to your mind? If so, step right up and be prepared for a surprise!
The five most common health-enhancing NORMAL foods you can eat daily in your diet:
- Mustard - plain old simple mustard seed is high in selenium, good for lessening migraines,as a natural antiseptic and antifungal plus as a deterrent to many common forms of cancer
- Cole Slaw - most notably its major component Raw Cabbage - long hailed for its abilities as a cure for stomach ulcers and as a cancer curative/preventative
- Cooking Spices - Almost all of the fresh spices are on a list of curative agents for different maladies. Their anti-inflammatory properties, anti-fungal capabilities, antiseptic tendencies, lowers blood pressures, blood sugars, complications of sinus infections, coughs, colds and on and on.
Although fresh spices are a better option, the standard jars can be used as an effective replacement as long as you replace your supply every 6-8 months to continually be using a fresh supply. Dried spices do lose much of their medicinal qualities as they age.
- Raisins are nothing more than dried grapes and the skins on a grape, especially the organic variety ( no outward sprayed chemicals on them during growth) have an abundance of the antioxidant resveratrol, a plus in nutrition.
For any diabetic, to reduce their impact on your sugars, combine them with 1/4 cup fresh raw nuts to lower their glycemic index ratio to prevent huge swings in your blood sugar levels
- Raw nuts and seeds, just plain and unadorned is one of the biggest brain and health boosters you can find in any store. Skip the salt, cooking or roasting, or favorite coatings and enjoy them raw. Your body will thank you in the future.
Remember though, nuts are an excellent source of quality proteins and fats but they are high in calories. You can't just sit everyday and pig out on the whole can or bag. A handful a day is all it takes to receive the benefits of these nutrition-packed powerhouses.
So see, finding superfoods is as easy as one stop at the grocery store with no major cash outlay on the expense of the foods or any necessary equipment to prepare your daily eating healthy program.
Information Source: German Health Interview/Examination Survey For Children and Adolescents
Are Vaccinations As Necessary As Big Pharma Tries To
Makes Us Believe
For decades now the general public has been led to believe many common forms of illnesses have been eradicated or controlled all through the continuous efforts of a stable vaccination program.
Many doctors, researchers and the health professionals themselves though question this summarization, stating their observations as they work with the public do not show this type of relief at all. More and more common, many people are showing often irreversible signs and symptoms of degenerative conditions, all tracked back to the vaccination itself.
After tracking more than 25,000 patients (some vaccinated/some not vaccinated) from 15 different countries the final results surprised even many in the medical field. The final stats show in every single health category that the un-vaccinated children were in far superior health than their vaccinated counterparts.
Common reported problems in the vaccination group included:
- increased allergies, both food and environmental
- asthma or chronic bronchitis difficulties
- increased ratio of autoimmune disorders in the vaccinated group
- symptoms of Autism and ADHD more prevalent in the vaccinated group
- more frequent occurrence of skin conditions, ear aches, epilepsy and other types of seizures
- plus many other lesser known conditions often unusual to childhood
The pharmaceutical industry itself relies heavily on the vaccination program as a large percentage of its annual income. It is not going to be cost effective for them to admit to possible trials and tribulations possible with this lucrative money winner.
Full details on this survey can be found at the following: http://www.vaccineinjury.info for complete information.
October 7, 2011
Information Source: Natural News
Are You Unfamiliar With The Term GMO?
It's been heard more and more often now in the news and yet many people have no idea what GMO (genetically modified organisms) mean and why they should have to take the time to sit up and listen.
Check at this link for five very short videos which affect all members of you and your family's life. After seeing them, you can now make up your own mind whether the use of GMO's in our food supply is something you need to worry about for your family's safety.
October 6, 2011
Information Source: General Knowledge
Biggest Advantage Of Eating Vegan
Many people state they try to conform to eating healthier by going vegan or they are trying to show compassion for the animal kingdom but the biggest and best advantage most people always miss is this:
The healing power inherent to the human body by conforming to the vegan lifestyle comes from your ability to eat a diet with multitudes of different plant colors. The healing power because of the ongoing variety provides a wider range of vitamins and minerals, thus a larger assortment of different nutrients, all of which leads to better health without you even trying
October 6, 2011
Information Source: Mike Adams, Editor - Natural News.com
Is There Toxic Foods On Your Grocery List
The pantry shelves are getting kind of bare so it's that time again to go refill all the staples from the grocery store. Although it's a chore, you know it's getting harder and harder to prepare a meal when the family is home. Every time you go for something, the shelf is bare already.
But have you noticed the family seems to be getting minor aches and pains more often, colds and the flu sets in easier, stomach aches and your bathroom habits are increasing due to digestive disturbances?
Most of us assume it's something we ate, but how come it is happening so much more often?
Take a look at this list of poisons you need to avoid when in a grocery store all sitting so innocently on those shelves beckoning you and your family. Sure, it's stuff you have been buying all the time. But it is also stuff which is probably the reason for the increased digestive disturbances of the whole family.
Make a copy and take it with you to the store. There is no way you are ever going to remember all those funny sounding names, unless you happen to be a chemist or something.
October 5, 2011
Information Source: www.askall.com
Vegan Candy Corn
Starting a new dietary plan always requires a few changes to your new dietary plan, which ultimately means there is a few things you have to give up. One of the hardest for many people is the snack food candy corn.
Candy corn is a Fall season staple. There is no other vegan candy and snacks which symbolizes the fall season better. So, starting a vegan diet means candy corn has to go (it includes gelatin in the ingredients which is animal-based).
But if you're a die-hard, some good samaritan who loves to cook at this website has tried and tested this version which resembles candy corn so closely, it can become a new Fall favorite.
October 5, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Independent news Rodale.com University of Research and Development For Safe Farm Practices
First Cantaloupes, Now Lettuce....Recall!!
Romaine lettuce is the next Listeria outbreak concern which may be found at your local grocer or restaurant. Check here for full details to get yourself and your family prepared.
October 2, 2011
Information Source: Cadbury (formerly Jaret Industries)
Some Good News For The Vegetarian
Everyone is familiar when you start a specialty type of eating program you are probably going to have to give up certain foods you really did enjoy in the "before diet" days. So for many people, Swedish Fish and Sour Patch candies are two of those candies that seems to be most popular with the entire world over.
But finding some surprise vegan candy and snacks that you enjoyed and are still possible for your new eating plan has got to be one of life's most pleasurable moments.
So go ahead and dig in because unlike most gummy/juju candy, Swedish fish and sour patch assorted fruits contain no gelatins, which automatically makes them suitable for the vegetarian.
September 25, 2011
Information Source: International Health and Wellness Inc.
Are You Contemplating Adding Juicing To Your Diet
Is there really any advantages to juicing as one of your daily meals?
A liquid meal, juicing is a means of taking an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, adding them to a machine like a blender, pulsing, and the result is a glassful of pure liquid nutrition. Only one pint of fresh vegetable juice contains the equivalent in vitamins and minerals that you achieve in two full size dinner plates heaped with fresh vegetables and salad ingredients.
The requirements, a good quality juicer (unlike the blender, a juicer has the capability of releasing the liquid portions of every fruit or vegetable plus retaining the all-important fiber content also). A blender just chops up everything, not extracting the liquid juice at all. Add to your juicer an assortment of fresh fruits and veges and some good-tasting juicer recipes and you have everything you need to get you started.
Information Source:Old-Folk Remedy Encyclopedia
Watch Out For Those Tubers
Maybe as we get older we get more lax in our expectations. Or many people just assume all the "bad stuff" we hear in the news can't ever happen to them, it always happens to the other guy
But one prime example of asking for possible trouble is right in your own kitchen for you and your family.
Do you remember the last time you peeled the potatoes and there was green spots right under the skin? We all have the attitude, peel a little deeper and it goes away. But the reality of this situation, green potatoes means the spread of glycoalkaloids (a natural substance) has started in that potato.
Sounds OK, huh? It's natural. But the reason you see that spread is because that particular tuber is showing signs of spreading a fungus, disease, insect damage, rotting or sensitivity to too much light. This natural compound is the potatoes way of fighting off the offender.
Unfortunately, to the human body - it's toxic. There is no way to deactivate the toxicity once these compounds have taken over and are doing their job.
Throw the potato away. It's not worth the risk.
September 19, 2011
Information Source: Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
Two Quick At Home Health Boosters
This is two quick remedies any person can follow right from your own home or for many at work when the need arises.
- Soothe a sore throat by using fresh garlic. Allicin, the predominant compound in fresh garlic boosts the immune system which will fight the germs causing the soreness and irritation.
Crush two FRESH cloves (or mince in small pieces), microwave for 10-15 seconds to reduce the strong flavor and then use this as a topper a couple of times each day as your throat is bothering you considerably.
- Most people know chocolate and fresh turkey has the capability of increasing your mood for the better. This is because both of these are a good source of amino acids known as tryptophan.
But we don't always have fresh-roasted turkey around, and most chocolate contains sugar after processing which allows extra calories. How about changing to raw pumpkin seeds instead. Half of your daily requirements for magnesium is included in just one ounce of pumpkin seeds and is easy to use in snacks, in baked goods, on salads, in soups or main dishes. The list is endless everywhere it's possible to sprinkle a few pumpkin seeds daily.
September 16,2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Rodale Health Institute
URGENT:Toss Those Cantaloupes
Shipping previously from July 29 thru September 10, 2011 into the following states:
New Jersey/New Mexico/New York/North Carolina/Oklahoma/ Pennsylvania/Tennessee/Texas/Utah/Wyoming
the Rocky Ford region of Colorado has distributed fresh cantaloupes which have been determined to be infected with the bacteria known as Listeria. The only method available to the general consumer to kill this bacteria is through cooking, which would not apply when eating fresh cantaloupe.
Listeria contamination is most common to the soil and water of meat and dairy operations. Somehow though, the produce when passing through the distribution channel has developed this possible fatal strain of bacteria.
Common symptoms include miscarriage in a pregnant woman, headaches, muscle and joint pains, stiff neck, mental confusion, loss of balance and possible convulsions.
The only effective therapy in this case to prevent infection is immediately dispose of any prior purchases made which have the following identifiable labels:
- a green and white sticker labeled "Product of USA-Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe"
- a grey, yellow and green sticker which reads "Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords"
- If you reside in one of these states and the produce is not labeled, contact management and ask where their product was sourced.
September 12, 2011
Information Source: General Knowledge
Who Is Paying For Alternative Therapies
Right now, who is responsible for the payments for alternative medicine treatments and practitioners? Of course, for most of us, it's the individual themselves.
But slowly this trend is starting to reverse. Many insurance companies, mainly I believe through public pressure, is starting to realize, that alternative or complementary medicine can be very cost effective to their bottom line. By utilizing some at home simple but effective remedies up front, instead of automatically dispensing pharmaceutical medicines to ward off possible future problems, the patient themselves often reduces a long list of possible side effects, the insurance company reduces their cost ratios of paid out expenses and the final outcome in the patient's health is often just as productive or many times even better.
September 10, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Rodale Health and Wellness Institute
What Is Complementary Medicine
Alternative medicine, its principles and therapies are becoming more and more popular
all the time with mainstream consumers because many are finding out the remedies often do give satisfactory results at a much cheaper cost than conventional medicine.
So do we now have conventional medicine, alternative medicine and complementary medicine?
Actually the short answer is No!
Many mainstream doctors of conventional medicine and many in the field of alternative therapies are finding that the union of the two treatment plans is more advantageous to the patient than using just one protocol itself. With this joining of treatment plans, the blending is rapidly becoming known as complementary medicine, no longer being called alternative medicine.
Although it will be years and years until everyone has changed over to the new name, if you happen to hear the term complementary medicine being used, just know you are still using a form of treatment that has been around, often being practiced for many centuries all over the world.
September 9, 2011
Information Source: Folk Remedy Encyclopedia of Health
Worried About Possible Food Poisoning
This one is no guarantee but if you believe there is a chance you ate some spoiled or "just turning" contaminated food, don't wait around for food poisoning
to set in and see if you get sick. Get pro-active, grab a tall glass of water and add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (preferably organic) and drink it all down at once.
Apple cider vinegar has the capabilities of neutralizing much of the bacteria in toxic foods to contain an outbreak of food poisoning symptoms. If you don't stay 100% better, it may be able to at least reduce your uncomfortable symptoms to a degree.
If you didn't have any spoiled food at all to begin with, the addition of the vinegar-water mixture can do nothing but actually help your current digestive system anyway.
September 6, 2011
Information Source: Leading health and wellness research institute: Rodale Health Institute
Are you one of those 83%?
Daily, up to 83% of the workforce eats their lunch right at their own desk in the office. Most believe it's convenient, time-saving or just easier since they bring a lunch right from home. But for the bad news...
Less than 50% of the over 2000 people polled admitted they washed their hands or cleaned their desk area before eating. A University of Arizona study found that most people's desk had about 400 times more bacteria rampant on it than the common public toilet seat.
Preventing food poisoning and its concerns is a priority for everyone. When eating off the public toilet is safer than your own desk, it's time to make a few lifestyle changes, don't you think?
September 4, 2011
Information Source: Folk Remedy Encyclopedia of Natural Therapies
Prevention and Safety Of Your Foods From E.Coli
More and more often the term e. coli poisoning is showing up and being reported in the news. Food recalls because of it make big splashy headlines
. This is because an outbreak can lead to severe health problems, ultimately even death.
So if this has you worried, what can you as the family's major handler of food preparation do to try to keep your family safe?
Open up the doors to your spice cabinet for starters and try some of these common tricks to prevent food poisoning.
August 30, 2011
Information Source: Folk Remedy Encyclopedia of Natural Healing Sources
Oolong Tea and Contact Dermatitis
Common for many people is a skin condition known as contact dermatitis during an allergic reaction, whether that's from food or environmental allergens. If this sounds like one of the symptoms common to you, try adding a cup of oolong tea to your daily diet about 3 times a day for a couple of weeks. Most people notice an obvious improvement over the frequency and the severity of their condition. If you continue to add this daily for an extended period (approximately 3- to 45 days), up to 66% of people trying this method have reported favorable results.
Or, if poison ivy or poison oak is one of your yearly trials and tribulations, many people during controlled studies have shown a compress of raw, cold milk at least once an hour for 2 days helps to relieve the itch and swelling. Soak a guaze or soft flannel cloth and apply for 10 to 20 minutes hourly.
August 24, 2011
Information Source: General Knowledge in the medical field
What Did You Say I Might Be Allergic To?
Many people are sensitive to certain things but they never really put the nuisance symptoms together as actually being an allergy or sensitivity. Here's a list of common offenders which may be your bothersome troublemaker.
- Jewelry is a common culprit. If you notice a rash, itchy skin or any common symptoms you may be sensitive to the nickel which is in many types of jewelry. Switch to stainless steel jewelry or confirm yours has no added nickel.
- If you are a fan of acrylic fingernails, nail polish or nail hardeners, many of these have formaldehyde as a base which is a common irritant for most people.
- Fragrances are a common ingredient in soaps, shampoos, laundry detergent, hair rinses, perfumes and colognes plus even toilet paper rolls these days. Many people find if they get fragrance free versions, it's easier on their skin and allergy symptoms.
- Hair colorings, deodorants and antiperspirants, make-up selections, children's balloons, cotton underwear with elastic bands at the waist and legs, clothing labels inside a shirt or jacket.
As you can tell, this list can go on and on from some of the dumbest places where you can find people are sensitive to those items. If you feel like you are getting allergy symptoms from some of the dumbest places, remove one thing at a time which you think might be causing your problems and see if it clears up after a few days to a week. Re-introduce it later and check for symptoms again to verify that particular item is the source of your trouble.
August 23, 2011
Information Source: Common Sense Knowledge
Ration The Use Of Soap And Water
Healthy skin is dependent on the use of washing with a good quality soap and water bath, but yes, there can also be a danger with too much of a good thing.
Avoid all hand-sanitizer soap bottles first. Those sanitizers in it, you were never told were you they are toxic chemicals. If they're toxic to bacteria, what makes you think they're not toxic to you also?
Next, over-washing leads to dry, cracked, brittle skin especially in the cold months. Lather with lukewarm water and a regular bar of soap or better yet, a soap free cleanser, rinse with cool water and pat dry thoroughly. Afterwards rub in a moisturizer to prevent future dryness.
Your skin is your biggest protection against germs and bacteria getting into your body. Take care of it and half your battle of protection has already been won.
August 19, 2011
Information Source: Natural Healing Reference Material
Choices Towards Good Digestion
It's getting harder and harder going to a grocery store, isn't it?
When you get in the sweeteners aisle, the flours and grains, the oils and fats, the cleaning supplies and now add the dairy aisle for yogurt. Why do we need all those selections and which one am I supposed to take home?
Many people are lost when they get into the yogurt aisle now so don't feel bad, you aren't alone. So here's a little rundown of the most common types available and some of their characteristics.
- Dairy Yogurt- the original version, some higher in fats, sugars and proteins than others. All of this information can be found right on the nutrition label. Also, the addition of live active cultures to dairy yogurts can boost your immune system health.
- Non-Dairy Yogurt- The most easily recognizable one is soy yogurt. Often non-dairy yogurts are higher in fats and sugars so read the label carefully. Other versions could be almond milk yogurt (high in monounsaturated fats - the good fats) or any other tree nut version.
- Coconut Milk Yogurt- hitting more and more shelves is the coconut version which actually has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties to help obtain and then maintain better health.
August 14, 2011
Information Source: General Knowledge
Herbs or Vegetables: Which Are They?
Everyday we hear it -"Make sure to get at least 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables". But how do I know if my vegetable is an herb or do I count it as a vegetable?
Many common plants (onions, garlic, parsley etc.) are eaten everyday by most people and yet who sits down and eats a plate of parsley or a plate of garlic?
The difference here really comes down to quantity. If you have a sprig of parsley on the side of your dinner plate and you didn't touch it except to move it out of the way, guess what - it's an herb. But say your entree, vegetable dish, maybe the soup course and the garlic bread all had parsley as a seasoning, well now you've had a serving of parsley as a vegetable, as long as you ate some of each of those selections.
So yes, those little herbs that you throw in all over your dinner menu can actually add up to a full serving of a vegetable for each day.
August 12, 2011
Information Source: Diabetes Forecast Magazine
Eating Out Tonight With Allergies
If you have an allergy and you are eating out tonight, no matter how difficult or inconvenient you believe you are being - read these statistics and realize you are being a Pest for your life. So don't apologize for trying to stay alive.
If possible, visit the establishment on off hours when the manager, chef, servers etc. actually have the time to speak with you to help you verify your safety. But make sure you make them realize the importance of what you are trying to convey - nicely.
- 66% of the restaurants surveyed did not realize that the ingredients of an allergen free dish can not be stored near the normal ingredients.
- these same 66% did not realize if you state you are allergic to shrimp, you can't just pick the allergen out of the regular food dish and consider it safe. This applies to any type of allergen, not just fish.
- 69% did not realize you must start with all clean utensils, pots and pans, a clean grill etc. before preparing an allergen friendly meal
A whopping 81% of the respondents, when asked if they could serve an allergen-friendly meal, does their establishment have the capabilities of doing so at a customer's request. The answers were Yes. And yet as shown above more than 50-70% of these same establishments don't even understand the basics of preparing an allergen-friendly meal.
August 10, 2011
Information Source: Weight Watchers Magazine, Consumer Reports Testing and Personal Opinion
Is Food Sourced From Out Of Country More Dangerous
The rumor has circulated for many years implying foods imported from other countries into the United States often may harbor a greater chance at food borne illnesses. But the reality of the situation
just shows this is not true.
Tainted fruits and vegetables can happen anywhere. The reasons, the water for irrigation could have been contaminated, the soil is often depleted of vital minerals because of over-production, herbicide use, pesticide use or tainted manures used for fertilization. Runoff from local streams or other soil and water sources can and do run downhill, often contaminating crops miles and miles away. Natures elements themselves can pass along disease by wind, insects, birds etc.. The amount of factors contributing to food borne illnesses is unmeasurable.
Also, becoming more and more prevalent all the time in the States is the difficulties with large factory farms. Lack of cleanliness, over-crowding, GMO's, lack of a quality diet fed to the animals, the over-use of antibiotics and growth hormones to retain an animal alive to get to slaughter all mount to an endless amount of abuse to our food system.
For your family's safety, the easiest and best way to confirm your safety, wash and dry every piece of produce before ingestion.
August 9, 2011
Information Source: Dr. Mark Stengler, Naturopathic physician
Food Intolerances Tamed By Probiotics?
With a true allergy, nothing is going to completely eliminate all signs and symptoms except complete avoidance but often, an intolerance is not that unforgiving.
A healthy digestive tract holds trillions of bacteria, some good, some bad. Many people think the objective is to get rid of all of them - rush to a doctor and get an antibiotic. But your body thrives on bacteria also. It just needs a balanced percentage of the good ones to counter-attack the bad ones.
Therefore probiotics are in great demand to crowd out the harmful bacteria which leads to symptoms of gas, diarrhea, bloating and other common digestive symptoms.
Speak to a pharmacist or your doctor to find a good source from supplementation and it doesn't hurt to add in a daily cup of yogurt with added live cultures. Remember though, if you decide to add yogurt, completely avoid the varieties with added sugars, fruits or artificial sweeteners. All of these are just compounding the inconvenient symptoms you are already having. If you like fruit, take the plain home with you and chop up your own fresh fruit and stir it in without any of the sweetener.
August 2, 2011
Information Source: Nutrition and Healing supplemental journal
Don't Stock Too Far Ahead On Spices
Many people try using spices as a supplemental program against certain diseases and conditions. Research has even shown some of these can actually prevent other conditions if used consistently.
But many people make the mistake they buy so much, especially when on sale, that they can not use them up in time before the spices lose their potency. Many of the active ingredients such as the phytonutrients, antioxidants (carotenoids) lose their potency with storage. Parsley, when dried, loses up to 75% of its
disease fighting properties within 3 months of storage.
For optimum health benefits, never store fresh or dried spices near any heat source or location high in moisture. Also, for optimal health benefits, try to use up or replace all spices every 6 months to 1 year.
July 29, 2011
Information Source: Dr Mark Stengler, Naturopathic physician, researcher and educator
Yoga For Food Allergies?
Many physicians which are familiar with yoga state this is probably the most underutilized therapy program available in the United States. The many advantages the human body drives from yoga can not be found in any other form of exercise. This is because it is an all-around, low impact, all-over body maintenance plan.
Now, guidance must be sought out initially because there is so many types of yoga, each with their own specific purpose, so if you just arbitrarily pick one - and pick the wrong one - you can physically harm yourself without even knowing the final outcome.
But how can yoga actually help in the treatment of food allergies?
It is actually an indirect strengthening of the entire body's immune system which seems to lessen the times of occurrence and the severity of any occurrence.
July, 21, 2011
Information Source: Rodale.com
Autism Factors and Increasing Research Results
To date, Autism has always been considered a genetic disorder in most children and adults. But current published research is showing this might not be accurate. Scientists are continually finding that many children, especially newborns, are affected by what the mother-to-be does during and before pregnancy. All kinds of chemical and environmental toxins can lead to difficulties in the fetus and newborn baby.
What are some of the preventative measures a mother-to-be can make to try and avoid these difficulties?
- Prenatal vitamins even before the actual pregnancy itself. The journal Epidemiology has published studies which prove vitamins taken even before pregnancy itself has a proven 40% lower incidence of later developments of Autism. This doesn't mean start popping One-A-Day's. Check with a prenatal physician when you are just planning a new family member for your best options.
- Eat organic. Limit your exposure to chemicals, pesticides, herbicides as much as possible
- Change your cleaning products over to organics also. Start thinking baking soda, vinegar and water. Do an internet search for green-cleaning products (or Eco-friendly) to eliminate these same pollutants in your everyday airspace.
- Fish high in omega 3's are extremely important additions to your diet. But, at the same time, these must be safe varieties. Check with your doctor for their recommendations first.
- Unless you are familiar with BPA-free products, switch to glass. Stop using plastics for anything.
- When it's time to re-do the nursery, be smart and stay out of the dirt and mess. Excess dust, lead paint, wallpaper pastes, flooring adhesives, carpet fibers and a whole host of remodeling supplies are manufactured with toxic ingredients. Have the work done, air out the room well each day before you visit to check on progress.
Although these are not the only undesirable factors you will contact on a daily basis, this gives your new baby a good start at having a safe and happier future.
July 19, 2011
Information Source: Bottom Line: Natural Healing Journal
One Of The Quickest-But Healthiest Home Remedies
It sounds to simple to actually accomplish anything but it's true.
Our skin is the largest organ on the human body. We daily slough off more dead cells and regenerate new ones which allows us to keep a measure of good health. How can you help keep this process in good working order? Start dry-brushing your body each and every day.
How To Do It? Take a long handled bath brush and start brushing every square inch of your body (always brush towards the heart) each and every day. The easiest way, do this before your shower or while in it.
Use long brush strokes, brushing up your feet and legs towards your abdomen and then to the chest area. Repeat the same thing on the back heels, legs, buttocks, waist and the back. Start on your head and brush down. Start on your fingers and brush up the arm towards the heart. Always just remember, the principle is always brush towards the heart, no matter which part of the body you are doing.
Why is the heart so important as the final destination? The lymph system carries blood flow always towards your heart. The smooth steady stokes of the brush activates the lymphatic system increasing blood flow, thus carrying impurities towards the heart and in line to be eliminated from the body through the normal system of elimination. This once a day habit keeps a smooth constant flow of impurities always being removed from the body thus allowing your immune system greater time to concentrate on doing its job to sustain health without getting so bogged down in fighting impurities, infection etc. in your blood stream.
Just 10 short minutes each day during your normal personal hygiene time is enough to generate far-reaching benefits for the aid of your good health in the present and future. And just think, it's like receiving a daily all-over massage and who can argue with that!
July 17, 2011
Information Source: CNN News
Please America, Rally Around This Cause
Two US Senators of the USA are finally realizing that the American people are tired of having to feed chemical toxins, pesticides and GMO's to our families and we want a better and safer way for us to eat. Legislation is being introduced to put a stop to some of the shenanigans currently passing by in corporate America, all in the interests of more and more money
Many people are waking up to the fact that the increased incidences of cancer, heart disease, food allergies and sensitivities, obesity, diabetes and on and on have to be coming from somewhere. The entire country did not just wake up one or two decades ago and decide to start eating trash everyday so we could all ruin our health.
We as the public though must keep the pressure on our state representatives and our federal government to make sure they understand we want better and safer laws to help the people's interests, not corporate America.
This can be done, it just takes a united voice from the American people.
July 15, 2011
Information Source: Mayo Clinic College Of Medicine
Some Of The Best Complementary Therapies Per The
Large Mayo Clinic Hospital
Complementary Therapies are starting to be used more and more frequently by many of the larger institutions due to the success in combining standard treatments with alternative therapies. Some of the best, and the reasons for using them are mentioned below:
- Acupuncture, when it is heard about, instantly brings up visions of needles, thus pain, in most people's mind. But the reality, a good experienced practitioner can give you a treatment and many people sleep through the whole thing because it is so relaxing. Commonly used for the pain from the lower back, surgical pain, arthritis, and neck and headache pain - good results are also obtained when used in digestive upsets and disorders like nausea and vomiting.
- Guided Imagery, otherwise known as visualization, is the act of healing through the use of your imagination. Sounds funny to many, but its health benefits have been proven so often that statistics can not be avoided. Extreme anxiety attacks from claustrophobia, surgery, dangerous or fatal diseases have effectively been reduced or managed by the aid of Guided Imagery.
- Hypnosis is the act of placing a patient into a deep relaxed sleep and then a trained therapist will work with a patient to relieve, anxiety, stress, pain, insomnia, or bad headaches. Often, when hypnosis is used on surgery patients, the amount of drugs, recovery times and pain levels has been shown to reduce to exemplary levels when compared to patients without this method of treatment.
- Massage is everyone's visualization of relaxation and comfort, especially on a stressed out, rush here, rush there day.
But the Mayo Clinic has realized the advantages of massage also reach into the art of actually healing post-surgical patients, strengthening the immune system and as an aid in fighting lower back pain and its complications.
- Meditation is just focused breathing which ultimately results in a calmer state of mind and body. It has been effective with patients fighting blood pressure problems, high anxiety (panic attacks) and as a smoking cessation program.
- Music Therapy can actually be utilized on your own at any time or location. Listening to your favorite music without constant interruptions actually induces feelings of peace and well-being. It is highly effective for use in post-surgical patients to aid in better and speedier recovery times.
- Spinal Manipulation is a practiced art, usually done by a chiropractor or a trained physical therapist with the use of their hands. Correcting musculoskeletal problems and lower back pain by correcting muscle, joint and nerve inbalances of the spine often leads to better relief than pharmaceutical drugs.
- Spirituality can be based on a deep faith or belief in their own religion or the secular community can often place their trust and faith in the balances of nature to aid in recovery.
- Tai Chi is a form of exercise from the old methods of chinese martial arts. It is a preplanned and executed balance of movements which aids many of the elderly in facilitating improved balance to prevent future complications from too many falls.
- Yoga has so many derivations you must check around and research the many types of instructors to aid you and your medical condition. All forms of yoga are based on the ability to use a combination of stretching and breathing exercises to aid in generating a more peaceful and calmer mind. Yoga therefore is excellent at achieving stress relief, and lower the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, osteoarthritis, anxiety and depression.
July 14, 2011
Information Source: Medical News Weekly
Are Your Antibiotics Losing Their Power
Unless you have been hiding in the woods for the last decade with no contact at all to civilization, by now you have heard that the medical community is becoming more and more nervous because of the loss of faith in antibiotics
. It seems some of the most commonplace and easy infections which used to be cured by antibiotics are now becoming resistant to the exact same medications. The bacteria themselves are evolving, becoming smarter and now have the capability of out-smarting the drugs commonly used to treat them.
So, is there anything you can do to help yourself if you are stuck in this phenomenon? Actually, the answer is yes. It happens to come from an ordinary enzyme which is ever-present in the fresh pineapple. It is called bromelain.
Now if you wish you can add lots of fresh pineapple to your daily diet, (not a good idea if you also happen to be diabetic because of its high sugar content), but the easiest way is stop in at the local health food store, pick up a bottle of 500mg and use this 4X daily with the prescribed antibiotic. Research is showing across the board, all types of infections do benefit from the addition of the bromelain enzyme.
Be sure to inform your doctor though of your intentions before starting this program for safety's sake in preventing any kind of cross-reaction with any other medication you may be currently taking.
July 13, 2011
Information Source:Chicago News "Empowered Times"
Enter A New Field Into Sports Medicine
Very few practicing physicians to date have the equipment or the capabilities of utilizing Biopuncture
but it is a new and rapidly up and coming field of alternative medicine which is very popular in the field of sports medicine.
Biopuncture is the use of an injection into an injury site by using a homeopathic remedy explicitly for that condition. Other than a lack of fewer side effects, greater and faster healing times (the body actually heals itself, not just masks the symptoms from pharmaceutical drugs) and a better recovery response, obviously sports teams and team members worldwide are sitting up and taking notice of the possibilities of this new procedure.
Currently one of the most prestigious doctors utilizing this method can be found practicing near Chicago, Il. His name and practice is Martin Plotkin, MD, M.D. (H) F.A.A.O.S., founder and medical director of Wellness Concepts, LLC, in St. Charles, Il. A description of it's uses can be summarized by the following:
This procedure can be used to deeper stimulate the homeopathic effect into subcutaneous tissue, muscle, tendon, and ligaments,” said Dr. Plotkin. “It provides a safe, effective treatment and in some cases an alternative to surgery for orthopedic problems.
July 11, 2011
Information Source: Rodale's Farming Institute Trials
Why All The Recent Devastation From Floods
More and more, people are commenting on the devastation this year by nature. Although it is possible at any time, in any place, this year the law of averages
just seems to be climbing higher and higher.
One of the new theories to hit the news (and scientifically proven) answers may be as reported in the following:
It’s about the soil—the massive destruction of our soil’s ability to absorb moisture, a soil genocide, really. It has been occurring over the past few decades and has reached a critical mass. What’s destroying our soil’s ability to absorb water? That’s easy: the massive application of agricultural chemicals, which has been accelerated by the almost complete conversion to GMO crops (mainly corn and soy) that enable even MORE chemical usage.
Now how do you think this reasoning is possible? When you think about it, it's easy. We on this planet are daily killing off all the good organisms in the soil by the use of stronger and stronger herbicides, pesticides and chemicals all in the name of progress. But all this killing destroys the bad, but it also destroys the good also. Good fresh dirt is always teeming with worms and many types of living organisms. All of these absorb water like they are a sponge also. Dirt which has been ruined through crop and chemical depletion has lost its ability to absorb water. The excess sits on the top and then accumulates into run-off, thus flooding.
Obviously this is a simplified explanation of the harm we are inflicting on all of our soil, but for a way to try to stop the destruction and return to safety, make every trip to the grocery store or farmer's market count by buying Organics!
July 7, 2011
Information Source: Dr Julian Whitaker, leading physician and director of the Whitaker Wellness Center
Does Heat Intensify The Leakage of BpA From Water Bottles In Plastic Bottles
It's a hot summer day and your water bottle always sits in the car as a safeguard when thirst is overwhelming. But science is now suggesting this may be a bad idea indeed.
Yes, the compounds in plastics do leak into the food or beverages which are packed into them and heat does accelerate this process. To date, research is finding that many of these compounds can actually be traced back to hormone disruptors and possible carcinogenic compounds in the human body.
Research is still too new and testing too young to verify the association between BpA free plastic bottles and cancer but the easy way to prevent this entire problem is stay away from plastic.
Other than doing the environment a favor (less waste in landfills), your pocketbook a favor (less wasted money on bottled water), now it seems it may also be doing your health a favor also to avoid these bottles. Putting a good quality filtration system in your own kitchen faucet at about the expense of one months supply of water bottles will make you break even on the expense of the filtration system.
July 3, 2011
Information Source: Emily Ho, associate professor and research author from the Oregon State University Department of Nutrition
Preventing Autoimmune Diseases Just With An Increase In T-Cells?
If you have allergies, there is a good chance you are familiar with the term T-cells from your current allergist. T-cells have the capability of suppressing many types of auto-immune diseases to help prevent or at the very least allow your immune system to operate at its peak efficiency.
Research has shown without a substantial amount, the human body has the capability of mounting a battle against your own system, believing foreign invaders have overtaken and overun your immune system, thus causing cancerous tumors, body wide inflammation, food and environmental allergies plus the continual degradation ultimately leading to heart disease.
So if these T-cells are so vital - how do you get them? Another unique but well-documented source easy for everyone to use daily is add the unprocessed tea leaves known as green tea to your diet. Green tea has the ability to support the growth and power to increase your body's numbers of immune support T-cells.
Now and in the future years, as more and more information is becoming available through research, the public itself is soon going to be learning and utilizing the power of the polyphenols which are found by just drinking approximately 2-3 cups of green tea each day.
June 30, 2011
Information Source: Dr Andrew Weil, leading practitioner, teacher, researcher, consultant in alternative therapies
The Advantages Of Pure Peppermint
Many of the common digestive ailments can actually be relieved through the addition of peppermint to the diet. Peppermint isn't just used for flavorings in baking, candies and confections. It also has a list of proven medicinal qualities.
- commonly used to help relieve breathing difficulties associated with the common cold
- used for indigestion, nausea, and other related stomach disorders such as IBS, allergies or diverticulitis
There is several conditions though which NEED your doctor's approval before adding peppermint to your at-homr remedies program. If you have been diagnosed with GERD(gastroesophageal reflux disease) or gallstones, both of these conditions can be worsened in some situations. You must always check with your doctor first before attempting to add peppermint to your diet.
Babies and young children should also avoid the pure oils due to a possible constriction of the threat when the oils are inhaled.
Always check the volatility of your peppermint oil (purchase only brands with at least 44% available tree oil components) or just look for 100% peppermint leaves, now sold in many supermarkets in the tea bags section.
June 21, 2011
Information Source: Prevention Health and Wellness
Put Away That Hydrogen Peroxide As A Wound Cleaner
Through the decades, everyone just normally uses hydrogen peroxide and iodine as a treatment for cleaning and treating a small cut or wound. But it turns out this has probably been the wrong thing to do
While the cleaning process is accomplished in the depths of the cut, the peroxide is also killing off the skin cells around the cut, thus slowing the actual healing process. Your skin now has to re-grow and replace all the newly damaged skin. A smarter way to accomplish this same goal:
Wash the cut with warm water, do not use soap as this will just irritate the skin. Apply a thin film of bacitracin (check the label of most over the counter ointments and it will be listed as an ingredient) and then cover with a band-aid or bandage. This keeps the cut moist and pliable allowing faster regeneration of skin cells without scabbing and scarring.
June 17, 2011
Information Source: Consumer Reports On Health
Is Your Water Bottle Making You Sick?
The alternative medicine community has been warning
about the dangers of BpA (Bisphenol A) for years and yet no one seemed to want to listen. All of that is changing though now, as more and more the conventional medicine community is figuring out these guys were probably right all along.
BpA is a harmful chemical produced in the manufacturer of plastics. We heat our foods in it (microwave), store our foods in it, drink our liquids from it, feed our babies out of it, place our lunch sandwich in it and buy our bulk goods out of it... Do you get the idea here? Plastic is everywhere near our daily food sources.
Research though has shown a continuous build-up of this toxin in the brain and body leads to serious adverse reactions in the human body, especially the fetus, newborn or young children still in the stages of development.
Becoming a food detective and finding ways to make your life bpa-free is necessary to reduce your exposure to this harmful toxin.
June 17, 2011
Information Source: Consumer Reports On Health
What Alien Particles Are Considered Normal In Your Foods?
Were you aware that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration of The United States) actually has a list of defects which are permissible
for the food manufacturing industry when preparing and packaging processed foods?
For example, 24 oz of dry pack oatmeal may contain up to 13 insects, 745 insect fragments and 27 rodent hairs and still be considered safe for final packaging. Actually chocolate,pasta, coffee beans and dried beans plus other standard kitchen staples all are considered safe if only a certain amount of bugs, or even maggots, are present in processed foods at the end of packaging.
Is this another one of those reasons that people are deciding buying, preparing and using only whole foods are cleaner, maybe safer, for your ongoing health?
June 3, 2011
Information Source: Health and Wellness Clinic
It's Bug and Allergy Season Time
The weather has turned warmer, the spring rains are come and leaving, flowers and trees have blossomed, and the BUGS have descended on the outside picnics, BBQ's, ballgames and swimming parties.
Are you being eaten alive every time you step out your doors?
This year, instead of plastering your arms, legs, hands and face with an assortment of dangerous chemicals, how about trying some natural insect repellents?
Stop at your local health foods store and pick up some of the natural fragrance oils like neem oil, cinnamon, eucalyptus, cedar, rosemary plus many others and use them as your repellents. Alternatively, check out the website healingtreenaturals.com for some valuable information on how to help protect yourself through this spring and summer season.
May 28, 2011
Information Source: excerpted from www.naturecity.com
Buying Aloe - Is It The Real Stuff?
Herbal and homeopathic medications are becoming more and more popular as the general public is learning of its effectiveness, ease of use and lesser costs entails than pharmaceutical drugs.
But because of the increased demand, many more companies are jumping into the processing and marketing of these products. Often lack of knowledge and because of cost control, many companies are now selling inferior products. Many of these do not have the recommended strengths or dosages needed to obtain satisfactory health.
Aloe is one of the preparations which fall into this category. Trying to purchase the best is not easy to figure out in the store itself but here is an easy way to verify the product you purchased is just aloe or is it full of fillers.
- Purchase a bottle of iodine from your drug store
- Pour about 1/4" into the bottle cap
- Open 2-3 capsules and shake out contents into the bottle cap (which contains the 1/4" iodine). Stir with a toothpick. Wait a few minutes.
- If the liquid has turned bluish/black or all black you have capsules full of fillers.
- If the granules are difficult to stir in, retains some of its shape as a powder and does not turn black - you have 100% pure aloe.
May 27, 2011
Information Source: Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, doctor of traditional natural medicine
Itchy Allergy Eyes?
Anyone who suffers from eye problems as a symptom of their seasonal allergies, is well aware of the uncomfortable and disruptive reactions their body must contend with on a yearly basis. But do you really want to spend month after month
taking medications to try and relieve some of the symptoms?
For centuries all over the world the herb Eyebright has been successfully used to treat all types of eye problems. One of the symptoms it is very successful on offering relief is the reactions from an allergy.
Eyebright is sold as a tincture, capsules or eye drops. Several of the best varieties available in the eye drops are sold under the trade name Oculoheel or Euphrasia. Either of these can be used 3 times daily, usually only needing one drop for each eye.
For severe symptoms, check with a health practitioner first, but alcohol tincture and capsules are available for internal use also.
May 27, 2011
Information Source: Shona Botes, feature writer for Natural News.com
Medicinal Mushrooms and Daily Nutritional Booster
Mushrooms are a powerhouse of nutrients which is an immune system booster for our every day health. Potassium, selenium, niacin, and edible fibers all combine to aid in better digestive health, blood pressure control, helps to ease muscle and cramping pains, a natural antibiotic, prevents strokes plus relieve the symptoms (or possibility) of developing heart disease, osteoarthritis, alzheimer's, and diabetes. This is just a short list of the many advantages the human body derives from the mushroom.
A good source of protein for diabetics, eating these can actually lessen the symptoms of many common diabetic complications.
Although there is over 14,000 varieties of mushrooms growing on this planet, only around 3,000 of these are actually edible. Therefore care and knowledge about mushrooms themselves is very important before you actually sample any variety. Do not ever pick any growing outdoors and start to eat unless you are 100% sure of their variety. Many can be deceiving because of the many mushroom look-alikes in nature.
May 25, 2011
Information Source: Researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre in Quebec, Canada
Independent Research Has Shown Previous Toxicity Studies
For many years now, information from the manufacturers of GM crops have stated the toxicity levels of many of their food crops are safe for human consumption. This was because the chemicals were not digested by the human body, anything ingested was just automatically passed through the system. Many countries world-wide have accepted seed crops and seeds from these industries because of this information.
An independent facility though now in Canada is showing the exact opposite of this to be true. Bt toxin, always used in GM corn and other crops is showing percentages at toxic levels in up to 93% of pregnant women. Testing levels in their unborn and newborn children are also showing levels up to 80% of the time.
This means almost 80% of the newborns (or soon to be newborn) babies monitored during this testing cycle will already be poisoned with Bt toxin even before their birth, direct from their mother's blood supply. On non-expecting mothers tested during this program, 69% of these women also already had toxic levels of Bt in their system.
Unfortunately, just avoiding corn is not a solution to this dilemma. The crop itself is grown and used as a food source for both people and animal sources. Almost all farmers use corn as a food source for raising their beef, pork and chickens.
To date, the safest way to avoid this toxic chemical in your system - buy organic produce and shop pasture-raised animal farms. These farms do not rely on corn as a food source, or chemicals for their crops.
May 18, 2011
Information Source: Homeopathic research and natural parenting.com
Parents: Is There An Alternative To Vaccinations?
Many parents have been hearing all the news about the safety or the concerns with vaccinations and they just do not like the odds they hear when they are given this information.
But at the same time, not vaccinating seems like a cruel thing to do because they are almost guaranteeing their child is going to get sick. So what is a parent to do?
Another field of homeopathy deals with this situation by actually injecting a very minute strain of the individual disease into the child. This gives the child's immune system the opportunity to recognize and start to build up an immunity to an actual disease if and when the child actually does contract the condition. This method, known as Homeoprophylaxis (HP) has shown over an 80% success rate to help minimize the severity of any future outbreak of the disease.
May 18, 2011
Information Source: General Information About Different Food Sources
Seasonal Allergies And At Home Care Tips
It's seasonal allergy season and many people have problems with their allergy symptoms, such as watery eyes, sneezing and scratchy throats this time of year. These symptoms is the body's way of fighting back against perceived invaders such as the increased molds spores or pollen which is in the air.
Several common everyday foods though can actually help reduce those symptoms. Start building up a little bit of immunity early by using these before and during allergy season for some possible relief.
- The pineapple has a compound called bromelain which naturally occurs in the stem and juice of this fruit. Use it to help reduce swelling, suppress cough and help break up and drain nasal congestion
- Quercitin in your system helps to prevent the histamines which cause all the adverse reactions. This compound can be found in red grapes, skin of a red apple, red onions and black tea.
- Adding carotenoids to your diet will prevent much of the inflammation of the airways. Add some apricots, fresh spinach, or carrots to enhance your carotenoid levels.
Adding these daily, whether they are used for meals, snacks or in a breakfast or lunch smoothie (drink) is another way to try and reduce some of the adverse symptoms common with spring and fall seasonal allergies.
May 9, 2011
Information Source: Environmental Working Group
Want To Buy Organic But Can't Afford All That Extra Money Each Week?
Many people would gladly buy organic everything if they could. But if the budget just does not stretch that far, here is a partial solution to make it a little easier to keep your family safer. Remember, any amount of chemicals you can reduce because of the foods you eat daily, with time adds up to a greater boost in your health.
Most Allergenic Plants - Try to buy these products Organic whenever possible
- bell peppers
- kale/collard greens
- imported grapes
Least Allergenic Products - you can buy these conventionally grown if you must because of their lower toxicity counts
- sweet corn
- sweet peas
- sweet potato
May 9, 2011
Information Source: Kim Evans, an nationally accredited author and health foods writer about the ways and means of living a healthier lifestyle with alternative therapies.
Superfoods For The Backyard Gardener's Plants
We as humans often hear the term superfoods for our own health and safety. Well, why would you think that a growing plant itself would not have the same requirements.
Comfrey, a common and easy to grow herb is a dose of good medicine just for your garden. Often thought of as invasive because of its rapid spreading capabilities, it is wise to grow it in containers for at home use only. Large commercial farms can then effectively turn over part of their operation to a field of comfrey for a continuous supply of this "nature's plant booster."
Ease of use, (just make a tea from the harvested leaves) and an easy recipe all combine to make this one quick and easy solution. Add approximately 1/2 cup harvested and shredded leaves to a gallon of water for 24 hours and let it steep until you have a tea. Water your plants, about a cup per small plants, more for large plants about once a week and in about one month you will start noticing the upsurge in health, heartiness and productivity of your at-home garden.
Trying this method is an easy, but effective way of no longer being dependent on the chemical fertilizers and poisons which are sold at your local agricultural store.
Information Source: Dr Mark Stengler, leading USA Naturopathic physician
Store Bought Chelation Products: Are They Useful?
Lean on the side of caution when contemplating an at-home chelation therapy kit as a means to an end as a treatment option.
Although it is an excellent means of ridding the body of many of the toxic substances we contact every single day, at home kits have the disadvantage they may be unreliable due to the manufacturing process containing either too little (or too much) of a synthetic amino acid which will throw satisfactory results off-balance. Even when these kits are used short-term, it is possible for your body to end up with a mineral inbalance because at-home kits get rid of both the toxic and the good minerals the body requires for continuous health.
This is definitely one of those situations where it is necessary to see your doctor first. An experienced holistic doctor can get you set up and following a program that is right for your circumstances to retain the correct balance of nutrients in your system for good health.
April 11, 2011
Information Source: Dr Mark Stengler, leading Naturopathic physician in The USA
Is There A Better Way To Treat ADHD
Conventional medicine uses strong medications almost exclusively as a treatment program for ADHD. Alternative medicine though feels there is a better way
. All of this must be discussed with a practitioner of alternative medicine though.
It has been proven that many kids (and adults) can have food triggers which aggravate their symptoms. Common troublesome foods include dairy, gluten, sugars, food dyes and even chemical laden artificial sweeteners. Slowly eliminate one of these at a time and watch for reactions. A slight improvement can actually mean this food group could be one of your child's food triggers.
Second, lean heavy on high protein foods for every meal throughout the day. These types of foods help to stabilize your child's blood sugar levels, thus resulting in a reduced incidence of hyperactivity as being possible.
There are also several supplements which are showing promise for the treatment of this condition. Check with your doctor and see if they are familiar with PS (known as phosphatidylserine), fish-oils and Pycnogenol (the bark from a french maritime pine tree).
Obviously these names are a mouthful for the common patient so make sure to consult a licensed, experienced practitioner to see if any of these may be of help for your family during this trying situation.
Information Source: Current Research and Testing Results
Reducing The Everyday Toxins In Your Family's Life
Yes, toxins are everywhere around us. But there actually is a few ways we can reduce the influx of toxins which overtake us on a continuous basis. Start by training your family members to avoid the following as much as possible:
- avoid BPA by limiting the amount of foods you eat which comes out of a can.
- do not microwave in any plastic containers until you have verified it is safe and bpa-free
- do not accept any receipt from any location where it is not necessary you need it. Cash register receipt rolls are lined with BPA chemicals.
- avoid triclosan by NEVER using any product labeled "antibacterial" or anti-microbial". Sure these products defeat the germs on your hands and in your system. That's because triclosan is a poisonous chemical additive. But guess what, it is also poisonous to you also. Just use regular soap and water instead or alcohol-based hand-washing soap. You get the same cleaning results without the toxicity to your body.
Keep your eyes open for the words antibacterial, antimicrobial, microban, and biofresh. All of these contain triclosan. Many personal care products (top of the list is hand-washing bottles of soap, kitchen products (dishwashing soaps, cutting boards, laundry soaps) outdoor equipment and garden hoses use this compound.
March 26, 2011
Information Source: USDA (United States Dept of Agriculture) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
More Frankenfoods Soon To Be Released Into
The US Food Supply
Unknown to many Americans, our food supply has been genetically modified
(GM) for many years without our knowledge
Field-grown potatoes and tomatoes are two of the agricultural anomalies which have been served for close to two decades to the unsuspecting public. Just this year GM alfalfa has been approved and GM sugar beets. GM corn and soybeans have been on the market for many, many years also.
Although most people believe these products do not end up in their body, alfalfa is the feed source for most cattle. If you eat any kind of beef or some pork, you are also getting alfalfa.
GM corn and soybeans make up approximately 70% of the grocery store shelves when buying any kind of pre-packed or processed food supplies according to the national Grocery Marketers Association. GM sugar beets are later processed into a sweetener of choice by the food processing industry.
Now the newest addition is GM FrankenSalmon. A new type of salmon, quicker and easier to raise, according to the manufacturer, has been genetically bred by changing the DNA of the fish to in-breed the qualities the manufacturing industry deems responsible. Unfortunately, none of this food line has been tested on human or animal to study possible side effects.
Man is now constantly playing around with nature's original food source. The more changes man makes, the higher the incidences of reported food allergies.
To date, no one publicly has come forward and stated this is the reason behind the rising rates of food sensitivities but in my mind, it sure seems entirely plausible. If I add a product to my daily diet which has been injected with chemicals, herbicides, fertilizers, re-structured DNA and a whole host of other changes deemed necessary to get their "desired result", an accumulation of these toxins in the human body has got to start making some kind of undesirable effects.
March 14, 2011
Information Source: Maria's Kitchen
Organic Fruits and Vegetables
So have you decided this year is going to be the year you go organic in your garden
? Or maybe this is your first garden and you have decided to try starting it out right the first time.
Growing an organic garden though starts with finding organic seeds. Many times though, that's easier said than done. If you can't find any organic selections at the stores around your area, here's some helpful places to contact to get your garden started just a little safer and less toxic this year.
Information Source: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Vitamin D deficiency: Can It Really Be A Cause For Food Allergies
Several large major research studies have been showing a correlation between the low levels of Vitamin D and the increased incidence of food allergies in the United States.
Before birth, a mother testing with a vitamin D deficiency yields a newborn with low levels also. An increased incidence of allergies in these children is becoming evident after several studies.
Young children also with low vitamin D levels also seem to be at a greater risk of developing severe allergies.
Although all of the current tests, run by different studies, are returning similar results to date, further studies have been scheduled to verify and expound on this issue to confirm the present findings.
For your own benefit and your young children's though, ten minutes a day with sunshine directly on the human skin is all it takes to . This is because the human body has the capability of manufacturing its own, with the help of the sun. So a short daily walk outside may make it possible for you and your children to become one less statistic
in the fight against food allergies.
Information Source: Internal Revenue Service
Breastfeeding Just Became A Little Cheaper
Statistics are very low on the amount of mothers who actually do breastfeed their newborn. One of the biggest reasons is the short amount of time a new mother is given time off from her job and the second reason is the high cost of breastfeeding supplies.
While the IRS can't do anything to help you on reason number one, they have just simplified reason number two.
Routinely, after all the supplies, the pump, the bottles and bags for storage have been obtained, the price tag on all this equipment can run up to $1000 per year. Many women just can not afford this.
So, if you do desire to breastfeed and the price tags are scaring you away, consult your tax adviser first but the IRS is actually positioned now that breastfeeding expenses are actually tax deductible with a few minor restrictions.
Information Source: Organic Gardening Newsletter
Valentine's Special Treat
Many of us would never think of this but Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching and how about this year give your sweetheart a bouquet of organic flowers
Flowers in this country most of the time are shipped in from other countries around the world. Because of import regulations and to prevent insect and bug infestations coming into the country, flowers are sprayed so heavily with all kinds of herbicides and pesticides to prevent bug infestations. This means that bouquet you just gave her can have up to 50 times the chemicals on it than what is currently available on conventional produce.
Finding organic blooms locally grown in most areas is not only possible but the blooms are usually fresher, thus a longer lasting product is available.
If you are not familiar with a grower in your area, check at Local Harvest for a listing of the entire country (USA) which will give you some suggestions of the closest organic florist nearest you.
February 8, 2011
Information Source: Grand Rapids Examiner, daily newspaper
Possible Beer or Alcohol Allergy
Many people are familiar with a gluten allergy and beer do not often mix because of the malted barley as one of the major ingredients.
But were you also aware many people with milk allergies and corn allergies must carefully check these labels and confirm with the company they safety from milk products or corn derivatives?
Milk, in the form of casein or lactose is sometimes used in the wine and beer industry to add a richness of flavor. Labels on alcoholic beverages are often not fully labeled with all ingredients. Check with the manufacturer for confirmation.
Also corn is often used in malt beverages, especially beer and this item is never included on a label as it is not required by law.
February 6, 2011
Information Source: Dr. Mark Stengler, Natural Healing physician
Nasal Itching Relief Because Of Allergies
Many people mention they seem to have a lot of nasal itching -inside their nose- and wonder what the problem is and how to help prevent it.
Often times, per Dr. Stengler, the problem is an allergy or sensitivity to something in your environment (dust or pollen is possible) or some food product you are eating. If you can't narrow down the allergen yet to avoid it, try the following instead.
The homeopathic remedy Wyethia taken twice a day in the 30C potency usually helps. Continue this for 5 days. If you desire, you can also use quercitin (a natural antihistamine) at the same time for a few days. Follow this program anytime you notice an active flare-up returning again.
If neither of these remedies work, it is now time to make an appointment with a holistic doctor for a full check-up to find the problem.
February 1, 2011
Information Source: Archer Daniel Midlands, oil and grain conglomerate
Jumping From The Pan Into The Fire
The large oil and grain conglomerate ADM recently made the announcement it has found a way to reduce the dependency of BPA
in plastics by exchanging that compound for a corn-based derivative instead.
Although this may sound like a step up into the right direction, the frequency of corn allergies is increasing all over this country at a vary rapid rate.
Because of this possible exchange, all plastics products now using BPA could be converted over to this corn-based compound instead, thus eliminating another large group of products the corn allergic individual must steer clear of.
January 19, 2010
Information Source: Natural Healing newsletter by compliments of National Ayurvedic Medical Association
Greater Results Possible Through Ayurvedic Exercise Program
If you are at all familiar with the therapy programs offered by Ayurvedic medicine, another health preventative program has been offered which utilizes your own body's dosha to determine the best program for you to follow for the best results.
Most people's biggest problem with exercise is they have great intentions initially but outside factors get in the way eventually to prevent them continuing to follow through on their best intentions. So check here with this ayurvedic exercise program and see if it is not possible to blend this into your daily routine.
With this program, you actually have the benefit it was designed for your own personality type. If you can decide on your own personality type, follow through on the suggestions outlined within, chances are much greater that outside factors will not be as big an obstacle as you are doing something you already like.
January 15, 2011
Information Source: American College of Sports Medicine
Health Complications From Neglecting Exercise For The
Do you happen to be active in sports, jogging or any type of continuous program where you consistently lead an active lifestyle? And then the unfortunate happens and you get injured. Or maybe it's just a schedule change and you can't fit in your normal routine for a few weeks.
Research now is showing that if you go from active to sedentary in a short period of time, your body will rebel and you will start noticing symptoms of depression and extreme moodiness. Extreme fatigue and tension also seems to be the norm for your days and nights.
In this scenario, even though you can't keep up with your normal routine, at least find a way to give your body some level of exercise.
Maybe instead of jogging, try walking or pool walking if possible. Giving your body that slight resistance and you can save yourself, and your body, the extremes of exercise withdrawal.
January 14, 2010
Information Source: Personal Opinion
News Is Traveling Slowly
It is slowly getting out, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)are agreeing that the amount of flouride the general public is exposed to on a continuous basis is actually bad for our health.
Health conscious working groups have been working for decades to get a reversal on this long-standing continuous infiltration of flouride into our everyday lives. People have always heard about the flouride in public water systems, but what no one really knows is all the chemically based flouride products which are used daily in many crops we ingest everyday also.
Add all this up and we are walking - talking flouride depository tanks.
If any of this lack of concern which is shown by the EPA and FDA bothers you about the continuous approval of toxic chemicals being allowed into our food system, please visit this website for the next 90 days and voice your opinion -
This website will only be available until April 2011.
Information Source: Ethan Huff, staff writer, Natural News
Removing Flouridation From Public Water Systems Picking Up Steam
Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Queens) is issuing a referendum to have all flouride treatments discontinued in the city of New York due to mounting evidence of its toxicity to the human body.
Recent research has actually shown indisputable proof that flouride treatments actually do not help and can actually cause much harm because of the chemical toxicity to the human body.
Keep watching because if this makes it through one of the largest cities in this world, hopefully more towns and cities will open their eyes also and take a closer look at the consequences to a human's health.
January 2, 2011
Information Source: Natural News, daily investigative health news reports
California's Farmland Workers Showing Major Signs Of Toxicity Poisonings
California's "salad bowl" region, named because the largest majority of the States' fresh salad produce comes from this area, has the distinct advantage now of being labeled as the highest producer of women and children
showing developmental disorders in the last 12 years.
Pesticide use has developed more and more consistently in this area as a common way handling the harmful effects of bugs during any growing season. The laborers though which commonly work these fields, daily handling these products are showing signs of high toxicity in their systems of these chemicals.
Poor health, higher incidences of Autism and behavioral disorders plus many other complications to the immune system are not allowing this group of individuals any possibilities of retaining good health.
Twelve years of studying the same groups of people, the same families is showing what an over-abundance of these chemicals in the system can cause to an individual.
Information Source: Carey Morewedge, assistant professor of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University
Are You Prone To Uncontrollable Food Cravings
Some people just can't get enough of a good thing it seems.
It does not matter how many times they see it, they want it. Controlling food cravings though has been proven to not only be possible, you can actually train yourself through visualization to not even need to eat it anymore.
How is this to be accomplished? It is called Visualization.
Think of your most favorite food you just love to eat but you absolutely know is not good for you. It could be because of the fats, calories, portion sizes (which you can't seem to control), whatever the situation is it does not matter. Whatever your item, visualize your perfect dream of it.
Build the image in your mind, feel it, smell it and taste it with your imagination. Imagine you are eating it. Want seconds, go for it, have thirds or how about eating the whole cake yourself.
The icing is so soft and smooth, the chocolatey aroma makes your senses perk up and insist for more. Moist and gooey lava flow trails across your plate as you cut into the center of your piece of cake. There is absolutely nothing you can find that makes you want to control the urge to splurge.
The study's results:
With consistency, the study's participants, after trying this exercise on a consistent basis, with time they actually managed to curtail their ideal image of this particular food item. The art of visualization actually has the power to override your food cravings and helps you to prevent over-indulgence.
Now understand if you are starving at the moment, this is probably going to be a bad time to try starting this program, but it is proven that people which try this therapy actually end up eating less of their forbidden food. The body has already reached its threshold of satiety just on your dreams alone.
December 16, 2010
Information Source: Natural Healing Monthly Newsletter
Alternative To Olive Oil
Now that canola oil (rapeseed oil) has been determined to possibly be detrimental to your health, what can you do if you just do not like the taste of olive oil but you need to stay with a healthful monounsaturated fat?
Enter avocado oil. This type of oil still has all the health benefits such as its excellent anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to reduce your LDL cholesterol levels, it has a high level of antioxidants, and it is processed from a cold-processed method which helps it retain its slightly acidic content which is another boost for your health.
December 6, 2010
Information Source: World News Agency and personal opinion
Are GMO Foods Taking Over The Supermarket?
Every single week it seems another food product is asking the FDA for the rights
to produce and sell their genetically modified version of food products to the general market.
GMO corn and soybeans has been on the market for a long time. Many countries in the world have actually "kicked" us out of their countries because corporations in the United States have tried to get GMO foods accepted in their locations.
Earlier this year, manufacturing firms of GMO salmon is pushing hard for approval. Recently apples, and oranges are hoping for their turn at approval.
To date, we the general consumer are the testing program for all of these products. Never has it been definitively proven these products are safe for human consumption.
But the whole purpose of the GMO variety has been the built-in weed or pest control factors (done by chemicals to help control these problems)or by altering nature's method of growth to speed up the birth to growth rate of salmon and soybeans.
Myself, right up front, if I was handed an apple and told it was genetically altered to kill off pests, bugs and diseases common to an apple tree, my first question sure would be how do you know over time it's not going to kill off me?
Information Source: Care2 green living advocates organization
California Strawberries Off The Menu Unless They Are Organic
Because of continuous pressure by farmers, the California Dept. Of Pesticide Regulation has approved the use of methyl iodide for use in growing strawberries in this state for use as an insecticide, herbicide and for bacterial control.
The untold part of this equation though is five independent research facilities, doctors and the Environmental Protection Agency has all expressed grave concerns due to the toxicity of this chemical.
Lung tumors, increased rates of cancer, burning on the skin from contact, possible drowsiness, lack of coordination, slurred speech, diarrhea, vomiting and reported cases up to even death with over-consumption of this chemical has been reported. This list is just a few of the common complaints along with an an entire menu of other symptoms.
The Pesticide Action Network Of North America is stating any farmer has the OK now to use up to 125 lbs. of this toxic chemical per acre on his own land. The application method approved for use is by spraying. This method also means surrounding land, water, animals and people are in danger therefore of groundwater contamination. Any animal or human who lives or works nearby is impacted by the increased toxicity levels in the surrounding area.
November 29, 2010
Information Source: Reuters.com, worldwide health and wellness dispatch organization
Finally New European Parents Can Relax A Little Easier
Starting in March 2011, there is now a ban
on the use of BPA (bisphenol A) in the manufacture of all baby bottles and cans.
The European countries join Canada and several other isolated locations in banning the use of this estrogen-like substance which is known to cause disruptions in the undeveloped child's endocrine system.
Information Source: Institute at Arizona State University and Science Daily periodical
Antibacterial products were originally issued to the general consumer as a means towards better health care to aid in fighting off the effects of the cold and flu season.
But what most people were never informed was just how detrimental the long term effects are to the human body and the environment.
Plain old-fashioned soap and water can eliminate all the detrimental factors an antibacterial version can without the damaging effects to us and our environment.
For your own health and safety, the environment's safety and usually for some extra change in your own pocket (the antibacterial versions are usually higher in price), avoid these antibacterial selections and just purchase the good old-fashioned counterpart for all of our health and a safer environment.
November 18, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source:San Francisco Times, published editorial
New Treatment Plan To Reduce Hypertension
Treatment resistant hypertension can be a struggle for many people who can't find a way
to control their high blood pressure through pharmaceutical drugs.
A new device proclaiming the possibility of lowering your systolic number by an average of 32 points has now generated excitement in research and testing.
This treatment has the capability of silencing nerve tissue and the nerve pathways leading into and out of the kidneys, thus leading to a reduction in blood pressure.
Already approved for use in Europe, the treatment is hoping to start trials in the United States during the year 2011.
Information Source: Mr Tony Isaacs, Natural Health author and advocate
Bisphenol A: The Concerns Of Canadian Officials Pull This Compound From The Market
Controversy has surrounded the use of Bisphenol A for decades because of its toxicity to the human body. This chemical is so widely prevalent in our everyday life it is overwhelming.
Almost all plastic containers, baby bottles, canned foods from your grocery store shelves, sports water bottles and on and on are manufactured with this compound as an active ingredient. Testing has shown toxic levels of this compound in humans and newborns for many years.
Canadian officials have now listened to the call from their residents. Public pressure has been trying to get this compound removed from their manufacturing facilities because of proven research results. Bpa-free will now become a reality within the next several years for any future manufactured products on the Canadian soil.
November 9, 2010
Information Source: Rodale Daily Health Newsletter
Reducing The Impact Of Morning Allergies
Many people remark their allergy symptoms always seem to be at their worst first thing in the morning
If this is the case for you, check with your doctor first and see if there is any problem with you taking your allergy meds before you go to bed each night. Almost all allergy medications make you drowsy to some degree so when can you find a better time to help you sleep.
By the time morning gets here, the medication should still be working so you won't have symptoms as severe as is normal.
November 4, 2010
Information Source: Anita Khalek, health and wellness consultant
Baby Carrots Can Be A Time Bomb For Health And Safety
Are you one of those confirmed health and wellness converts trying to adhere to a better dietary program? You have been so proud of yourself for finally finding a program which seems to be working for you.
Now the roadblock. Baby carrots, you know those short, cute, pre-washed, pre-cut and pre-cleaned selections you find in every grocery store nowadays. It seems, we the consumer are paying the price with our own health for all that convenience.
Remember the last time you were in an indoor swimming pool and you felt all that chlorine in that pool was making your eyes burn terribly? Well, guess what they are cleaning your carrots with? The very same solution.
It seems the chlorine bath is great for bacteria control and extended shelf life. It keeps those carrots looking cute that much longer in those bags.
One more reason to try to find organic?
Information Source: Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
Animals In The Wild Have The Capability Of Treating Their Own Disease
The human race has always had the mind frame we are so superior to the rest
of the world's species.
But every once in a while, someone or something will happen to make us humans realize we aren't really as smart as we think we are. There actually is species on this earth that could bypass our abilities, or at least match them.
Emory University in Atlanta has just finished such a research study on the monarch butterfly. You know, this is the breed everybody ooh's and ah's over because they have such beautiful colors.
No harm was done to the butterfly itself or its offspring during this study but scientific proof has been observed and verified that the monarch does have the capability to self-treat itself and its offspring during any illness or disease through the use of plant medications.
Actually, testing procedures have determined this capability has extended as far back as when that butterfly was still in its caterpillar stage. The caterpillar itself had the capability of determining its adverse symptoms and knew how to differentiate between numerous selections of plants in its own environment to pick and choose the correct one for its own disease prevention.
Sometimes, isn't it just a great feeling to know our creator has the ability to humble us and make us realize we aren't as "perfect" or as superior as we seem to believe we are. The world itself was designed on a more balanced scale. It is just us who like to tip those scales more to our advantage, every day of the week.
Information Source: Personal Opinion
Is Big Pharma Stealing Us Blind?
Often I do wonder, being a business owner myself which manufactures and sells a product direct to the consumer, how an industry believes they have the right and permission of us the consumer to sell us a "defective, damaged or just inferior product" on a daily basis.
The pharmaceutical industry, if you ever happen to watch television commercials, seems to believe all of us must be too stupid, or maybe it's just we are too dumb, to figure out we are being "taken for a ride" with their continued insistence we need their inferior product selections to allow us a lifetime of continued "better" health.
With all the constant begging (from advertising) for our continued use of their product to keep them rich - and growing richer - which just seems to keep us, as a country, sick and getting sicker.
So my question: "Is Big Pharma Stealing Us Blind?"
Information Source: BBC News, United Kingdom
ADHD Drugs: Is It Possible To Make Them Obsolete As A Treatment Program
Many parents with children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD have all kinds of complaints in regards to the medications their children must endure because of the diagnosis of ADD or ADHD.
Prolonged studies though in the United Kingdom at Nottingham University has shown that control groups of kids on drugs like Ritalin did not score as well as the behavior modification groups which daily worked with the children on a reward/demerit system. Both of these methods have been shown to produce striking similar results in the brains and yet the kids which were taught by the rewards/demerit system actually scored 5 times higher scores than the children on medication.
The only differentiating factor between the two groups that the researchers could confirm, the ADHD child must be given their demerit as soon as the incident has happened. If you wait and try behavior modification in a later time period, the ADHD child could not apply the reason for the demerit to the incident it applied to. Delayed rewards or punishments was an inefficient strategy for the ADHD child.
October 5, 2010
Information Source: Professor Luc Montagnier, Nobel Prize Winner for his work on viral and bacterial infection
A Scientific Basis For Homeopathy Has Been Discovered
One of the biggest stumbling blocks in medical science has always been the belief in conventional medicine that homeopathy can not possibly work because of its low to no concentrations of the disease actually being present in its dilutions. Much of conventional medicine has always purported, multiple dilutions, leaving no trace of the disease or its cure can have no effect - alas they have always stated you can not cure with water.
An award winning scientist though has disproven this theory and has proof why this is an incorrect analysis.
In laymans terms, the presence of any original disease before dilution has a radio wave signature that emits waves to the diluting substance. It does not matter how many times the original solution has been cut and re-worked, the original disease signature is and always will be present in that particular sample. So when a homeopathic physician has always contended that the curative power is in his treatments, it turns out he was always correct.
Although to a layman in medicine this all kind of sounds like magic, to the scientific field, this finding does show proof that the medications used in homeopathy would actually work. For now, there is actually a scientific basis to prove the acceptability of using homeopathy as a viable method of treatment.
Homeopathy as a field of medicine has always had an uphill battle in industrialized society proving its viability as a true means to a cure. With this information, Professor Montagnier has now given the field of medicine and science the missing link to explain why homeopathy should be considered as an equal in the field of alternative and conventional medicine.
Information Source: Taken from the observations and speculations of attending physicians at a recent medical convention
Allergies And Sugar: Is There A Common Link?
Many practitioners state, just from observation only, working the front lines of patient care has shown that the higher the concentrations of sugar and sweetened products a person routinely eats, the greater the incidence of any type of allergies or sensitivities to other food products.
Hyperactive people, when taken off sugars from any kind of source (candy, cookies, whole milk products, excess dried fruits, apple or grape juices etc) always seem to have a resurgence in severity of symptoms from allergies as their sugar intake rises again.
Information Source: Independent UK wire news service
Good News About The Spread Of GMO Crops
Although it is good news for the consumer, it has to be a mounting anxiety for the Monsanto Company, based here in the United States.
Public pressure against the use of GMO crops is catching on world-wide and the buying public is saying they do not want this merchandise in the food supply or manufacturing community.
Because of heavy advertising in some of the larger countries of the world, the public pressure has not mounted enough yet to completely oppose the use of genetically modified crops and seeds. But in most countries, large or small, where the residents have not been bombarded with "happy ads", these people have researched and realized genetically modified crops is not the way to go for a good final result.
Because GMO crops and foods are one of the suspected contributing factors in food allergies, ADD, ADHD and Autism, almost all medical therapy programs now suggest all patients try to eliminate these crops from their diet.
September 7, 2010
Information Source: Dr. Mark Stengler, Naturopathic Medical Physician
Reducing Anxiety For Better Future Returns On Your Health
Many people in this day and age are so stressed and time-consumed, new research has shown that these individuals under high anxiety are a future cardiac patient in the making.
With current patient test ratings running as high as 50% or greater, continuous high stress levels is a predictor of rising cardiac, hypertension, stroke or heart disease in most patients immediate future.
Therefore, if stress does seem to fill up most of your days, it is time some natural anxiety reduction methods become a common occurrence in your life also. Some easy ways to start reducing your stress include:
- increase or start a low-impact exercise schedule daily
- talk to a good friend (or a therapist) religiously
- reduce your dependence on junk food and stimulants (candy, pastries, coffee, tea)
- start a holistic program of using supplements to control your anxiety
Reducing your anxiety levels now, will award you many more years of possible better health and fitness.
Information Source: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Grounding: Re-Charge Your Batteries The Natural Way
Do you remember the days when you used to get to walk through the grass barefoot all the time? To most people, this brings back fond memories and a feeling of peacefulness and relaxation.
Well, it has now been proven there is a reason you felt that calm and peaceful feeling. It is now being termed "grounding" or "earthing". It is a new study in science which has been proven to show direct contact between your feet and the earth itself has health benefits for the human body.
It is now being recommended, everybody should take a few minutes weekly to allow your body to connect with the earth itself to allow the earth's electrical energy (with negatively charged electrons) to neutralize the positively charged electrons common in the human body.
Information Source: Centers for Disease Control, Autism Society of America and the Greater Harrisburg Chapter of the Autism Society of America
What Do You Want The World To Know About Autism?
At a recent meeting at the Autism Society of America, an often forgotten crowd of adults with autism was approached with this question.
Many of the adults all had the same response. Autism is not only a children's disease. We as adults can have the same disorder also.
After a session with this group, it was obvious many of these individuals are very intelligent and out-going. Unfortunately, when life throws certain situations in their paths, they do not have the capabilities to process the correct response to certain situations.
Children with autism are generally worked and prepared from a young age and up how to deal with these pressures. An adult with autism is usually thrown into the job environment without this communication skill and practice. Therefore trials do arise and very few employers and fewer employees understand how to work with the autistic. Ultimately, the person with autism is usually "fired".
What is the normal hopes and dreams of most adults with autism?
It is usually the same thing we all hope for in our lives- acceptance for who we our and what we are capable of doing. Many adults with autism do excel in positions in the job environment but when a situation strikes that we do not understand how to handle, work with us-not against us for our own morale.
Information Source: Honest Food Guide: The Food Guide to Benefit Health and Wellness
Using Foods and Nature To Achieve Better Health
Are you looking for some inspirational ways to make your health jack up a notch without spending a fortune at the doctor's office or pharmacy?
Then how about doing it the easy way: take some suggestions from nature Try some of these for better health and vitality over the long-haul. Remember though- these are not quick fixes. It is a lifetime program to gain and maintain future health and well-being. Start today to get yourself back on track to great health.
- Sunlight yields healthier bones, internal organs and brain function because of an increase in your vitamin D levels
- Raw fruits and vegetables yields a bonanza of vitamins and minerals which is eons above the value of the synthetics from a bottle
- Heart healthy oils such as flax, walnut, macadamia and olive oils all help prevent heart disease while reving up the engine on your brain power
This is just a few of the daily contributors you can easily add to your every day diet.
Information Source: Natural News.com - a division of Truth Publishing
Omega 6 Fatty Acids- Are They Actually Good For Us
So much confusion and misconceptions surround the Omega 3/Omega6 philosophy that the normal individual has no idea what they are supposed to do.
Originally we were told how important it was to get Omega 6 and more Omega 3 into our daily diet. Then that became taboo when Omega 6 was proving to cause complications. All the news magazines, papers and periodicals asked us to back off on Omega 6's.
Now occasionally you still hear how you must have Omega 6's and Omega 3's for a balanced diet. Here's the full details on this ever-changing story.
Omega 6's are a very important part of an overall health care plan. The problem is that most of the products which contain high concentrations of omega 6's also contain high concentrations of saturated fats. This is because the manufacturing community has taken pure natural cooking oils, processed them and now they are hydrogenated and high in saturated fats/trans fats. Everyone has heard how these must be avoided.
Pure omega 6 is still a mandatory requirement for our body. Our body does not have the capability of manufacturing them. We only receive them from our diet.
Omega 6's are necessary for the health of our
- cardiovascular system- helps to prevent heart disease
- brain and eye health
- muscle and joint health
- digestive system regulator
Therefore cold-pressed (means there is no processing done by high-heats and chemical additives) omega 6 is easily ingested by using some of the following in your cooking.
- pumpkin seed oil
- safflower oil
- sunflower oil
- hemp seed oil
Each of these can be commonly found at a health food store but many are now also available on the grocery store shelves.
Information Source: Pocono Record Daily News
Neti Pots, Still Popular For Better Sinus Health
Although the original neti pot is a staple of the alternative medicine community
, more and more mainstream doctors are using this technique as a therapy for their patients in their practice also.
The neti pot actually looks like a gravy boat that you may use on your dinner table. But its effective use of clearing infected sinus passages and relieving allergy symptoms has been chronicled for centuries.
If you have a recurring sinus infection or continuous hay fever, stuffy nose or cold symptoms, check with you local health food store or many pharmacies for some nasal relief in a dish.
Actual instructions on how to use it may take a couple of times to practice, but once the proper positions have been learned, most people swear by the continuous relief to be found in a small pitcher.
June 9, 2010
Information Source: Mr. Tony Isaacs and MSNBC News
Increased Usages Of Pesticides A Contributing Factor To The Increase In ADHD
It has been common knowledge that organophosphates (commonly found in pesticides) disrupt the neurological systems of insects to aid in insect control. It has never actually been studied until now though the effect these compounds have on the human body. Because of the increased incidence of ADHD in many children, the long overdue information is now coming to light.
Recently published in the Pediatrics magazine, a joint venture by Harvard University and the University of Montreal has definitive proof that children showing high markers of pesticide residue in there system have a 93% greater chance of showing the symptoms of ADHD.
Do not make the mistake though of assuming only farmers or rural country life is showing greater incidences. Samplings of children have been taken from every walk of life for the study. Many children with equal to or greater occurances of pesticide residues are showing in city dwellers vs rural children. This is an indicator the exposure comes from the air we breathe and the food we consume as much as from the agricultural environment.
Common food sources with high pesticide residues include frozen blueberries, fresh strawberries, and celery.
Although there is no convenient way to prevent exposure from the air, wash (and scrub where applicable) all vegetables and fruits before eating or an easier way is to buy only 100% organic selections. It is recommended to also clean all frozen selections as possible.
Use only fresh cold tap water and a brush when possible. Do not use soap. Soap is another whole list of chemicals it is best to avoid.
Information Source: Food and Drug Administration
FDA Standards For Organic Foods Labeling
The United States Food and Drug Administration has set certain standards which every company using the "Organic" label must adhere by. Anytime you see this product label, the following information does apply:
- 100% Organic: means the entire product and all ingredients must be certified organic
- Organic: means at least 95% of all ingredients must be verified organic
- Made with Organic Ingredients: this label must have at least 70% of the available ingredients being verified as organic
Information Source: Word of mouth, through the grapevine, and assorted research institutions
Is It A Myth Or A Godsend
Detox Foot Patches- look it up! One big continuously long struggle to attain the credibility
that the "followers" believe is its due.
When you read about them, talk about them or even listen to someone explain their use, the first thing which crosses most people's minds is probably "Yea, and money grows on trees, doesn't it?"
But after weeks of researching the subject, whether you believe this whole thing is a fairy tale or not, there is multitudes of people which swear by the effectiveness of this product.
The patch was designed to work on the principles of Reflexology whereby your body, with the assistance of the patch, can set up and balance the lymph system to aid in the elimination of an excess build-up of toxicity in our bodies. Thus the final result leads to a greater sense of health and well-being.
While all this sounds too good to be true, don't argue the case with all of the satisfied customers. This is one product where most of these people turned to this because nothing else worked and I tried them all- what's one more, was their attitude? To their surprise- it does work by many, many testimonials being offered for the product.
Many times, doctors and researchers always warn the general public about the placebo effect. This is just another method of mind over matter. Often, if we wish for something hard enough and believe in it strong enough, the placebo effect does "kick in" and you actually may get better. This argument seems to be used all over the field of detox foot patches.
But remember, most people who break down and try these patches are already resigned to the fact they are never going to feel better - some already say the have tried everything. What's one more disappointment among a few years to decades of trying to find a possible answer.
A placebo effect can not be a factor when the patient is going into a program already convinced of its disappointing results also.
So, this is one of those situations where you are going to have to make the decision for yourself. The naysayers in this field all seem to have one thing in common- none of them have ever tried the product.
Yes, there is some who have tried and did not receive exemplary results but who in medicine is also cured 100% of the time. I have never heard of a 100% cure rate in any field of medicine, have you?
So, foot detox patches may be a blessing in disguise for your situation or it could be just one more disappointing end to the same old story. Give it a try and hopefully you may be one of the new firm believers in the miracle of alternative medicine.
Information Source: Kim Evans, freelance journalist to the medical community
Simple Methods To Curtail The Symptoms Of Autism
The increasing incidence of Autism in this day and age has led to many people studying the possibility of finding,if not a cure, at least a method to help relieve the symptoms
Some unusual, but reported, effective treatment protocols which many people have tried and have had successful results are shown below. As with any new treatment though, always run it by your doctor first.
- Do not use the standard vaccination program advocated by the current medical establishment without investigating the pros and cons first.
- To help contain metal toxicity from a vaccination program that is deemed necessary, begin eating plenty of organic cilantro each day. The easiest way to ingest it is to juice it with some apples or carrots and drink it for several weeks.
- Delete processed and junk foods from your diet during the whole pregnancy.
- Add red beets to your diet. This multi-functional food actually helps to detoxify your system of many toxic substances.
- One that many people never think of, check with your doctor first, for safety purposes, and use a detoxification diet before becoming pregnant. This provides the new member of the family a clean environment to grow and mature in for better health.
April 19, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: American Dietetic Assn.
Incorporating Nutrition From The Ground
Into Your Daily Diet
Are you trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet? No one says you have to become a vegetarian but how about trying a few of these simple tricks to get a few other "good for you meals "slipped in there occasionally on your diet.
- Going meatless occasionally without giving up the look and texture of meat is not only possible but even delicious. Substitute Meal Starters Recipe Crumbles from your grocery store for the beef or pork in sloppy joes, casseroles, stuffed peppers etc.
- Adding some varieties of nuts to your daily diet can give you a long list of advantages such as fiber, calcium, magnesium, omega 3's and vitamin E. Check out the current values of your favorites and snack on a small handful daily or add to cereal, salads, parfaits, desserts etc. for a flavor boost.
- Try changing many of your servings of pasta, bread and cereals, muffins and pastries etc. to whole grain products to get the advantage of a nutritional boost of fiber. Most people do not get anywhere near the suggested amount of servings of fiber per day. Remember though, the ingredient label must say whole grain, whole wheat, 100% stoneground etc. to be getting a true whole grain product. When an ingredient label just says wheat bread or wheat pasta, all this is is white flour colored. You are not getting the benefits of whole wheat.
- You can even go to a plant based beverage drink of your choice by converting to a cup(s) of tea daily. Fresh brewed tea
allows you to receive more than just a thirst-quenching drink. The flavonoids/antioxidents in a cup of tea are a great boost to your own immune system's health.
Information Source: Herbs, the monthly periodical
Mother Nature's "Honeybee", A Source Of Cold Prevention
100% pure honey from the hive has once again been proven to be one of the best immunity boosting elixir's for the treatment, and even prevention of the common cold.
The Penn State University College Of Medicine has proven the #1 cough ingredient in bottled cough syrups, dextromethorphan is not as effective in quieting the symptoms of cough in children during nighttime sleep.
Plain 100% pure honey, soothes the throat and activates the endorphins in our system to help ease many of the symptoms of the common cold.
Treatment daily is more an enjoyment to many than taking medicine. Daily add 1 to 2 teaspoons to a cup of warm tea and drink. Using tea, which is high in polyphenols also aids in treating the symptoms of virus. Repeat this 2-3 times daily as needed until you feel better.
Warning: Remember though, this treatment can not be used with children under the age of 1 year. Pure honey does have a toxin that a newborn's new digestive system has not developed enough yet to reduce the symptoms of digestive upset.
Information Source: Krikorian et al (2009). Blueberry Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Blueberries Once Again Have Been Proven More Than Just A Low-Calorie Snack Food
A repeat trial and case study by a second organization has once again shown that blueberries consumed consistently do show a marked improvement in a person's capability of learning, retaining and memory recall.
The recent article in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has confirmed earlier findings from a 2008 study that suggests the anthocyanins in blueberries activate the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Impressive results in controlling depressive mood symptoms and better glucose control also were attributed to the effects of the increased flavonoids in the system.
Once again, despite the failure rates of modern mainstream medicine finding successful programs to curtail the increasing rates of dementia, Nutrition Therapy, not medications is proving successful in reducing and controlling the rates of decreased mental functions in many of the world's elderly population.
Information Source: Vegetarian Times
Another Proven Benefit Of The Wonder Food Garlic
The anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits of fresh garlic have long been known to be a at home therapy for many a common condition to help reduce or prevent the symptoms of many conditions.
Dr.David Kiefer, the assistant professor of the Integrative Medicine teaching center in Tucson,Az. has explained how raw garlic has now been shown to reduce the effects of the common cold or in many cases to outright prevent any occurances. The compound allicin in raw garlic does have the capability of attacking the microbes causing the cold in the human body.
Because raw garlic seems to work best, dicing, slicing or just finely chopped garlic can be used to add to soups, stews, as a topping for salads, breads pizza etc. to enhance the flavor of many foods. Try to prevent long-term cooking of your garlic as high temperatures tend to reduce the effectiveness of allicin's compounds.
Information Source: The Best Of Herbs, the periodical
Cayenne: The Power Of Heat
Capsaicin, the compound in cayenne which generates the heat, is commonly used in sports medicines or over the counter drugs to prevent the transmittal of sensations of pain to the human brain.
It has also been shown that capsaicin's antiseptic properties though can reduce the risk of many bacterial infections which ultimately lead to clogged sinuses or bronchial passages.
As a safety precaution though, never give any capsaicin compounds to any child under two years of age or nursing mothers.
Information Source: Timothy Culbert, staff doctor at Children's Hospitals and Clinics Minnesota
Recent Survey Shows Overwhelming Number Of People
Are Receptive To Learning About Alternative Medicine
Up to 90 % of the parents surveyed recently at a major children's hospital have expressed the desire to be informed of any alternative treatments available for the health and care of their child.
Many parents are disillusioned because of ineffective treatments, escalating costs out of their price ranges and the continuous pain and suffering their child must endure while undergoing a treatment program based on conventional medicine.
Even after asking their physicians about alternative medicine, many parents are informed it is not a viable option in the care and treatment of their child's condition. Many times, parents find out later that this may have been a complete fallacy.
Most integrative medicine facilities (this location uses a combination of conventional and alternative therapies for the treatment of all their patients) have expressed the conditions are usually present where if the child had been seen earlier in the treatment program, integrative medicine could have prevented much waste of time, money and greatly improved the child's quality of life during treatment.
Due to there being to few facilities available to date because of the newness of these programs, often it will be the responsibility of the parent to research this option and set up appointments for consultations if they do wish to pursue the possibility of care by this mode of treatment.
Information Source: Daily Health Ranger Report
Should The Use of BPA Be Scrutinized More Closely In Our Current Food Packaging System
Numerous studies not funded by the large chemical industry have seemingly been ignored when the message that BPA (bisphenol A)should be banned from coming into contact with any food products.
Currently, the linings of many soup, tuna and soda cans, baby bottles and water bottles and many types of food packaging materials use BPA as an additive during the manufacturing process.
Because of increasing pressure on the FDA from multiple sources, a closer look at the health effects from this additive are being promoted. Many of the FDA's own science advisors are stating published material is available to warrant a closer look at the possible risk this product is to human health.
Information Source: Natural News Insider Alert
Safety Procedure For The Sensitive Individual To MSG
Canned soups now commonly proclaim on the label how there is no MSG added to their product line. But from reading the ingredient label, many of these varieties do include yeast extract or autolyzed and hydrolyzed ingredients. Each of these do often contain MSG. Avoid any products if you see these three words on the label if you are sensitive to MSG.
Information Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Introduction Of Solid Foods To A Newborn
New evidence suggests that current and former recomendations of not allowing a newborn solid foods within the first 6-8 months of their life may be a mistake. By going without solid foods this long, there is a stronger possibility the child may develop food allergies a few years later in their childhood.
Up to this time, it has always been assumed early introduction during the first year may contribute to allergies. Now,after extensive testing of 994 children which participated in an ongoing study, the exact opposite seems to be true.
It is still recommended that the first six months of a newborn's life should be from breastfeeding, after this time though solid foods should be slowly introduced to prevent sensitization of allergens in a young child.
All of this is a new proposal to date and you must be consulting your child's pediatrician before any major dietary changes can be made.
Information Source: Natural News: Editor Mike Adams
Can the H1N1 Vaccines Be Stopped From Entering The Market
Jim Turner, a well-respected practicing attorney with the firm of Swankin and Turner has decided a lawsuit will be filed in Washington, D.C. on October 9, 2009 to stop the distribution and mandatory vaccinations of the H1N1 virus. Mr. Turner's expertise is solely in the fields of health and medication safety and food safety for the general population.
The lawsuit is being pursued by several practicing physicians and licensed health care workers that are worried about possible adverse reactions from this vaccination because of lack of "apparent testing for safety and efficiency results". Many health care workers feel this vaccination has not received the scrutiny needed for FDA approval this quickly.
Because of the apparent lack of documentation normally available during standard testing protocol, many health care workers being pressured into taking the vaccine are asking for an injunction to halt the mandatory vaccination requirement.
Is It All Hype About Sports Drinks
Listen to any TV commercial, radio or print ad or just pick up a bottle from any shelf of the many major kinds of sports drinks, and the average active boy/girl or man/woman is inundated with advertising trying to convince us of the necessity to maintain our level of electrolytes in our bodies.
While it is important and our body does need electrolytes, these sports drinks are also full of sugars, artificial colors, dyes, flavors and possibly chemical sweeteners. This list is not a requirement for good health.
A simple and effective way to get your daily requirement of minerals is by switching to using a small amount of sea salt everyday. Eat the suggested 4-8 servings of organic vegetables(which are high in minerals) plus use a small amount of sea salt for seasoning and you will effectively replace any benefit that the sports drink could have gave you without all the sugars, colors and chemicals.
Information Source: Private MD News
Affy Tapple candy company has recalled has recalled their premium line of coated apples which were shipped to the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio and Kentucky.
All of the packaging on this product did not reflect the allergen statement of being produced on equipment which also processes peanuts and tree nuts.
A concerned consumer has reported purchasing some product with a visible peanut on top.
Please return any product to the location of purchase for a refund.
Information Source: Natural News Health Newsletter- Mike Adams plus comments by the website owner
Would Patrick Swayze Still Be Alive With Alternative Medicine
Within hours ago the world just lost a good friend. Patrick Swayze was one of those Hollywood actors we always loved to watch. His personality came out in every movie he made. He made us feel like we were his best friend. He shall be missed dearly.
But now the controversy pitted between alternative medicine and conventional medicine rears its ugly head again.
Conventional medicine (which practices under the philosophy of treating the symptoms to cure the disease) knows and freely admits there is no cure for cancer. All they can do is either hope for a miracle, give you a few extra years of quality life, or the philosophy "it's just too late, we couldn't do anything about it".
Many people believe this to be a false statement. Conventional medicine does have the capabilities they say- they just can't use them. It is the fastest way to put a business (medicine) out of business, by making all of your "customers well".
Alternative medicine, being they work by the philosophy "cure from within" does not adhere to this standard. An alternative practitioner does not believe curing a symptom will necessarily get rid of a disease. It may be just masking a symptom for a future outbreak again at a later date.
Therefore an entirely different plan of treatment is used in the cases of chronic degenerative disease.
An alternative practitioner will tell you right up front- this will be a hard road to travel. You are going to completely change your lifestyle, eating habits, work ethics, sleeping habits and almost everything you have ever known. If you value your life, in other words, you are going to have to fight for it. There will be no machines which may guarantee results, no pills to pop that can take everything away. You, with some instruction and guidance from a healthcare team, are going to be responsible for keeping yourself alive.
Many people can not handle that responsibility. It is up to each and every one of us to make that choice.
For now, the two sides are still saying his death was inevitable. One side is referring to the fact it was because he had such a debilitating form of cancer. The other side is saying it because his treatment method was not capable of bringing about a positive result.
But,for now, the world has still lost a good friend!
Information Source: UMDNJ(University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) and the Mayor of Newark
Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet Green Expo
The UMDNJ and the mayor of Newark would like to invite you to a program on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 entitled: "Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet."
The main sponsors of this program, the New Jersey Medical School of Pediatrics, the Autism Center, the Institute For Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the city of Newark is offering this health expo featuring 25 plus organizations all detailing information on the preventative health issues and environmental issues affecting us today. Major emphasis is on children's issues such as ADHD, Autism, Allergies and Asthma, Childhood Cancer and Obesity, and Prenatal and Infant Care.
Also some of the scheduled activities include music, crafts, food and cooking demonstrations, yoga exercises for the beginner, "going green" exhibits featuring building, remodeling and landscaping plus many others.
Admission is free for children under 15 years of age plus all Newark residents with proper ID. All others, general admission is $15 at the door.
For more information and discounted rates on admission tickets, please visit SOKHOP.com for online registration.
Information Source: Van's International Foods
Recall: Frozen Breakfast Product
Van's International Foods, Inc. has issued a recall on all frozen waffles with the lot code # 200060629B1 with a use by date of 3/30/2010.
Because of an error in packaging on one shift, this product is not packaged in the correct carton. The carton is labeled as wheat, egg, gluten and milk free. The contents is incorrect.
The company is offering two types of return policy.
# The company is offering 5 free boxes of waffles, pancakes or french toast sticks with the return of the cartons' printed lot # to the following address:
Van's International Foods,Inc.
Attn: Wheat Free Pancake Recall
3285 East Vernon Avenue
Vernon, Ca. 90058
With the return, coupons will be forwarded to you for the 5 free boxes of merchandise. Please be sure to include your name and mailing address.
# If you prefer return the box with the correct lot number to the same place you purchased it for a full refund.
If you have any questions, please contact them at 303-848-6013 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (Daily Newspaper) Released by Kraft Foods
Missing Allergen Information
Approximately 8000 lbs. of frozen pepperoni and sausage pizza was released to the public with incorrect ingredient labels. All of these products do possibly contain the ingredient soy protein concentrate. This information is not included on the ingredient label. Anyone with a severe soy allergy must avoid this product.
The recall affects the pizzas sold under the Kraft Foods label, Jack's Pizza and Tombstone Pizza. Identification markers shown on the packaging will say:
Product # 7192100519
Lot code # 09320
USDA mark: EST 2461
Anyone with any questions should please contact the customer service line for Kraft Foods at 1-800-394-6989.
Information Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Fact or Fiction
Currently, the general public has many misconceptions about food allergies and available treatments. In an online survey, better than 2100 people responded to a general list of questions. Greater than 2/3 of the answers on many questions show how many people are mis-informed about food allergies.
Some of the common mis-conceptions are:
* Many people believe it is possible to take daily medications to prevent an allergic reaction
* Strict avoidance of your allergy triggers is not necessarily all that important. There is other means to prevent an allergic reaction.
* Food Intolerance and food allergy is the same. It's just some people get it worse than others.
* A cure is available for every food allergy.
The following notes are the opinion of the website owner: If you happen to be one of the people that do have a true food allergy, some of the above misconceptions stated by many people will be frustrating, irritating or just make you angry. Many people seem to have the impression you just live with this condition because you don't take the time or energy to "fix yourself. After all, the treatment is there-you just prefer to stay sick".
This morning I read an article about a mother that does not want to advertise her child has multiple food allergies. Therefore everywhere they go, she takes his food along but does not explain the reason her child may not eat with others or play with other children etc.. Personally, I believe she is doing a great dis-service to her child (make him grow up feeling like he always need to be segregated from everyone and everything.) She is also not doing anything to help educate the general public about the mis-conceptions shown above. People can not be expected to understand the restrictions placed on you and your family if you do not let them know the facts.
Information Source: Supermarket Numbers Game
A Blessing In Disguise
Remember those pesky little labels you see on your produce at the grocery store. Until you get home you have to spend all your time finding them and peeling them off.
Don't ever whisper under your breath again about the inconvenience of it all. Other than the grocery store clerk generally using it for an identification marker or a pricing marker at the cash register, that little sticker can tell you just how healthy that banana or apple is. All stickers with a four digit number indicates that item was grown conventionally. A five digit number beginning with a 9 indicates that item is organically grown. All other produce should have a five digit number beginning with a number 8, which signifies that item is a genetically modified product or GMO. Genetically modified products have only been around about 15+ years so no long term case studies have been completed but reports are coming in all around about food sensitivities which many believe are linked to GMO's.
Information Source: PR Web News Releases
Cookbook For Children And Adults
Living With ADHD
The Feingold Program has now released a new cookbook featuring recipes for people living with dietary restrictions because of ADHD in their family. The "Feingold Family Favorites" is a recipe book showing you ways to plan a party, pack snacks and lunches for a day-trip or school or how to dine out safely at a restaurant.
The main objective for the program has always been to help each family to learn how to eat normal everyday foods but just in a more natural form which is free of salicylates, dyes, colorings and preservatives.
For information or to order a copy please call 800-321-3287 or visit their website their website at www. feingold.com.
Information Source: Camp T.A.G.
Founder and President, Eleanor Garrow-Majka
"Safe Camp" For The Food Allergic Child"
Coming in thw summer of 2011, the states of Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., Illinois, Marylland, and Texas will be the new locations of a summer camp for the food allergic child and their brother and sisters. Other states may be added to the list if demand is available.
The camp will be based on a 5 day/4 hours per day weely schedule for kids in the 3-12 years of age group. The purpose is showing kids fun and enjoyment even with their food restrictions in their family. Curriculums have been researched and organized by a team of medical and food professionals to guarantee each child's safety.
For more information, visit the website at www.pochaofwillcounty.com
Information Source: Dr. Ed Zimmey,MD. Health Talk Series
Acetaminophen Drugs Under Fire: Should You Stop Using Tylenol
Recently reports are making the news about acetaminophen and liver damage. All of the facts to make an educated decision are not covered in all of these reports.
"When Used As Directed",all medications currently on the market, whether they are over the counter or prescription, can be used as directed and still be safe and reliable. The problem stems from the fact many people do not follow the recommendations.
A second area of concern, which is unknown to many, they do not realize just how much acetaminophen they consume in a days time. Acetaminophen does not just come out of an aspirin bottle. Tylenol, Excedrin, some forms of Anacin, many cough syrups, prescription pain killers (like Vicodin and Oxycodone)plus many other prescription drugs do use acetaminophen as an active ingredient. So for a cold, with a few swallows of cough syrup, a few aspirin for the headache and chills, plus your normal allergy medications and any pain pills you may be taking- as you can see high levels can build up.
For an already "stressed" liver, these levels can be toxic. For any person without decreased liver function, if consistency is maintained of mixing medications with acetaminophen, again high levels can add up.
Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before you start mixing medications. Just because they are over-the-counter dosages, when combined with others, further damage can be caused just through lack of knowledge.
Information Source:Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Tx.
Hope on the Horizon For The Peanut or Tree Nut Allergic
Because of the opportunity of a peanut or a tree nut protein being absolutely anywhere, most families with an adult or a child with this allergy live in constant worry for their health.
Going to the church or the mall, on an airplane, at a hotel room, school or summer camp sounds like an everyday routine to most people but to someone with a severe peanut or tree nut allergy, this can spell the beginnings of a reaction. No one with an allergy can tell if there is a small piece of nut lying around, if a person eating a PB&J sandwich just pushed their way through a door or turned the doorknob. Anywhere and everywhere nut proteins can be hiding.
Currently, a family in the state of Texas has changed the life of several families through the use of a detection dog. These animals receive a minimum of six months of intense training on how to locate and inform their owner of the presence of a peanut protein. To many people, very skeptical of the possibility of success, they have been amazed at the opportunities that have opened up for their family.
To date, interest in the program has been very high but the costs of fulfilling a family's dream are very expensive. To date, discussions are being made to try and help defer the costs associated with the program. For more information check at www.peanutdog.com.
Information Source: The book: Healthier Without Wheat copyright 2009 by Dr Stephen Wangen(a gluten specialist)
Vinegar:Trying To Clear Up The Confusion
Vinegar has long been a source of confusion in the gluten free diet. Not all vinegar contains gluten. Any vinegar which has been distilled, whether it be from apple cider, wine, grapes(balsamic) or grains(wheat) is gluten free. Continuous research has proven that the distillation process itself totally removes any gluten which may have been present (this especially applies to wheat-based white vinegars). Malt vinegar though does not go through any distillation process( this includes beer) so therefore it is not gluten free.
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Information Source: Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition- the European leader in medical nutrition for children
100% Non-Allergenic Weaning Formula Now Being Introduced
Currently being introduced to the market, Neocate Nutra is a 100% non-allergenic amino acid formula which is safe for all infants and young children in the weaning stages of growth. Parents with children showing any kind of allergic response to cow's milk or a food protein intolerance to date, have had difficulties trying to wean their children off of formula. Neocate Nutra will step in and make this transition easier.
Neocate Nutra has also been formulated to contain a child's full day supply of calcium and 2/3 of the Iron and Vitamin D requirements needed for proper nutrition, growth and development.
Information Source:WMBD/WYZZ News Staff
Recall:Buffalo Style Chicken Wings
It has been announced , due to an ingredient label mix-up, all 32 oz. bags of Fully Cooked Buffalo Style Chicken Wings sold at the Kroger stores in the state of Illinois are being recalled by the manufacturer. The ingredient label is incorrect. The product does contain wheat, soy and dairy allergens that is not shown on the ingredient label.
Information Source: Bristol Press, Bristol, Ct. USA
Lake Compounce: Fun In The Sun Even With Food Allergies
Lake Compounce, the world's oldest amusement park, has slowly over the last few years been trying to cater to the needs of the Food Allergic individual. Because of repeated requests from the public, the park is now able to cater to most food allergies. All employees of the park are trained on how to answer questions or how to get the answers if asked.
If for any reason the park can not cater to a specific allergy, they will waive their admission rule of "No foods may be brought into the Park". This right will only be given as long as you do call in advance and explain your circumstances. Therefore 24 hours notice to the park is requested.
Information Source:Joe Graedon & Dr. Teresa Graedon Special Correspondents of the Richmond Times-Dispatch
Allergies and Asthma: Does This Help or Hinder
Recently a reader asked about the possibility of Vitamin D and tumeric used in conjunction, do they have the capability of helping to relieve spring allergies. This reader states she has tried the program and to date, has shown none of her normal asthma or allergy difficulties plus no sinus infections.
According to the Molecular Nutrition and Research journal (09/2008) tumeric has the capability of preventing the release of histamines in mast cells thus preventing allergy symptoms from developing. To date, this procedure has only been verified on animal studies.
Also, Vitamin D works as an anti-inflammatory agent on the muscle cells in the airways (British Journal of Pharmacology) thus this may help counteract symptoms of asthma.
Information Source: Food Allergy Initiative (Organization)
Faster and Safer Streets In New York City For The Food Allergic
Effective April 2009, it is now mandatory all basic life support ambulances in New York City must carry epinephrine auto-injectors(Epi-Pens) on board at all times. Prior to this, only Advanced units were required to have this life-saving piece of equipment on board.
But because 4900 plus calls were received in one year only by the city's emergency response department reporting anaphylaxis due to food allergies, the city's 300,000 plus registered people with food allergies and the countless thousands that visit the city each year can now breathe easier knowing that help is finally only a few minutes away.
Information Source: UPI News Track Health and Sciences Center
Can Folic Acid Help To Relieve Allergy Symptoms
Because of ongoing testing at the John Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, Md. a link has been found between the severity of allergy symptoms and the use of folic acid.
Patients studied from the age of 2-85 years of age have shown the greater the levels of folic acid in their system, the lower the effects are on the respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems and it has shown fewer IgE antibodies being present during an allergy attack.
These initial findings will be followed up with more emphasis now being placed on tracking a specific group being given folic acid treatments. Many more questions need to be answered before any possibility exists that supplementation may be an answer to help prevent or treat an allergy.
Information Source: Mr.Tony Pruyn , General Manager of Maynards in Rogers (an upscale dining facility in Central states of USA)
According to Mr. Pruyn, the most dangerous and high-risk situations commonly found in a restaurant for the allergic individual include the following:
* Buffets and salad bars is the #1 most danger zone in a restaurant
* Bakeries- Common ground for nuts, milk, eggs, and wheat products
* Asian Restaurants- Nuts, wheat, fish and soy are predominantly found
* Ice Cream Shops- Look out for nuts, milk, egg, and wheat
* Seafood Restaurants- Fish or shellfish abound
Information Source: Article reprint, Newswire Service
Food Allergy Information Released By Major Fast Food Chain
Effective January of 2009, McDonald's Corporation has admitted their french fries do contain dairy and gluten products for the past several years. It is very important for the dairy, gluten or wheat allergic to avoid this item.
Information Source: The Associated Press
Lawry's Fajita Spices and Seasonings Recall
McCormick Spices, a leading manufacturer of seasonings and flavorings distributed in this country, has issued a recall on the following: LAWRY'S FAJITA SPICES AND SEASONING. The product left the factory mis-labeled because the ingredient label does not reflect that milk products were used in production. Identification factors include: UPC Code : 2150022500 Use by date: October 0110PX62 Name on Label: Lawry's Fajitas Spices and Seasoning If you have any of this product and you are milk allergic, please contact the company with the customer service information supplied on the bottle. A full refund will be issued.
Information Source: Denver Daily News, Denver Co.
School Allergy Bill Passes Senate
After much time and debate, a standardized policy has been accepted and will be placed in effect for all public and charter schools in this country. Senate bill 226 states all schools are responsible for maintaining a stockpile of injectable epinephrine in case of an emergency by any student having an allergic reaction from food allergies during school hours.
Information Source: Eastern League Bowie Baysox
The Bowie Baysox are proud to announce that Thursday May 14th has been declared Food Allergy Awareness Night in conjunction with the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.
This eastern league team, which is an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, has plans of sectioning off certain parts of the stadium for safety reasons for the food allergic individual. Tickets must be purchased at least 48 hours in advance.
For more information or to purchase tickets please contact the box office at 301-464-4865 or www.baysox.com.
Information Source: LA Times
Traveling and Eating In Foreign Countries Just Became Easier
If you are a customer of the Apple iPhone, travel outside of this country just became a whole lot easier for just $3.99.
iPhone now offers a new program, by using pictures, if you do not speak the language, you can "converse" with the "wait" staff by showing them the restrictions on your diet if you have food allergies.The program is available now to download through the store or through iTunes.
Information Source: Inside Indiana Business report
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
The world's leading organization on food allergies recently honored the Santa Claus,In. amusement park with its contribution towards making life with food allergies easier when traveling or on vacation. The annual "Making A Difference" award was given to the Indiana business for their efforts started during their 2008 park season. Separate areas, cooking stations and menus are now available at numerous locations all over the park offering selections which do not contain the top eight food allergens. For more information, either visit their website or call 877-463-2645.
Information Source: WDEF News and CNN
Pistachio Nuts Recall
Setton Farms of Terra Bella, Ca. has voluntarily recalled one million lbs of roasted pistachios after strains of salmonella were found in the nuts by Kraft Food Kitchens when they did some random testing on the nuts.
Until further information can be obtained, the Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to avoid all pistachio products.
Information Source: Duke University Medical Center Dr Wesley Burks-director of Pediatric Allergy Division
Peanut Allergy In Children- Hope For The Future
A 2 1/2 year study conducted by the Duke University Medical Center has reported findings that a small control group of children has been able to conclude with positive results. This study may in the future years be able to help children with a peanut allergy. According to Dr Burks, the director of the study, more extensive studies are needed in the upcoming years but at least now there is hope that tolerance can be developed.
Information Source:Dr. Robert Wood, director of pediatric allergy and immunology at John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.
Sesame Allergies On The Rise In The U.S.
Although it has not been reported by the FDA, the sesame seed is now showing more reported cases per year than several of the other top eight allergens in the United States.
Sesame seeds have been showing substantial increases yearly for the past two decades but to date no well designed studies have been initiated to study this trend.
Information Source: McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc.
Children's Sugar Free and Dye Free Zyrtec Bubble Gum Allergy Syrup
A new sugarfree and dyefree bubble gum flavored product is now available over the counter (without a prescription) in the original prescription strength. This syrup is used to help relieve the symptoms associated with your child's allergy symptoms because of indoor and outdoor play exercises.
***** Be advised there has been reported problems with the use of this cough syrup. It seems some children are not able to accept the suggested dosage without adverse reactions. Some suggestions have stated if the dosage is cut in half, adverse reactions seem to be eliminated. Therefore be careful when first administering this formula to your children. Watch them carefully after the first dose in case of the onset of any unusual reactions.
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