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A Healthy Snack That Doesn’t Use Gelatin
Posted by Mimi Clark, Veggie Gourmet, Vegan Cooking Instructor and Natural Foods Consultant



I spent the better part of 1993 searching for a preschool that didn’t consider Jell-0 to be a food group for my vegan daughter. When schools asked if I were interested in their curriculum, I politely responded, “No, I am interested in your snack program.” One school proudly showed me a list of “healthy snacks” posted outside the classroom. Topping the list were Jell-0 Jigglers!

‘Bone’ Appetit!

Gelatin is derived from the hooves and cartilage of horses. It is mostly comprised of white refined sugar which, in addition to wreaking havoc on one’s blood sugar level, is sometimes cleaned by running it through charred animal bones.


To Dye For?

Not to mention the food dyes used to color this “healthy” snack, which pose risks of cancer, hyperactivity in children, and allergies. The most widely used dyes, red 40, yellow 5, and yellow 6, are contaminated with cancer-causing substances. While red dye No. 3 has been identified as a carcinogen by the FDA, it is still allowed in the American food supply.

Agar to the Rescue


So where does this leave health-conscious, animal-loving foodies who want to thicken pies, puddings, and other desserts?

In a word: agar (two words for some: agar-agar). Agar is a healthy substitute for gelatin. It is a seaweed used to thicken natural gelatins and aspics. The word “agar,” sometimes referred to as kanten, means jelly. Although the words are used interchangeably, agar is the thickening agent and kanten refers to the name of the dessert. Agar is flavorless, odorless, and colorless. It comes in flakes, bars, and powder.

Agar sets up at room temperature so it is great to take on camping trips. Certain substances, such as citrus, acetic acid in wine and vinegar, and oxalic acid in chocolate and spinach, can interfere with the gelling action.

Cooking with Agar


The general rule of thumb is to use one to three tablespoons of agar flakes for every cup of juice or liquid. I find that two tablespoons of agar per cup of liquid produces the best texture.

Experiment with a variety of juices, preferably organic. The more concentrated the juice, the stronger the flavor. The colors will never be as vibrant as those in brand-name gelatins, but as you just learned, looks can be deceiving.

Organic Fruit Kanten

Ingredients

1-3 Tbsp. agar flakes
1 cup organic juice
Pinch sea salt
1/2 cup bite-size organic seasonal fruit

Directions

1. In a one-quart pot, soak agar flakes and salt in juice for 10 minutes.

2. Cover pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

3. Turn heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until agar is completely dissolved. Stir and scrape sides and bottom of pan frequently. Keep covered when not stirring.

4. Arrange fruit in two individual serving cups. If making multiple servings, pour mixture into 8-inch x 8-inch, or 9-inch x 13-inch glass dish. Pour juice mixture gently over fruit. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, or refrigerate for one hour.

Variation:

After kanten sets up, use cookie cutters to cut it into fun shapes.
Alternatively, whip kanten into a mousse with some dairy-free yogurt.

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That looks quite tasty. I still get funny looks form my kids friends parents when they find out he does NOT eat jello. I prefer not to provide the above reasons, but if pushed I will tell them what it is made out of... they usually don't believe me, or say something snarky like "well, it's not gonna kill him" ???
  
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Big, corrupt, fraudulent, Pharma....Pt #1 - 08-12-2014, 06:40 AM

Irrefutable proof that Big Pharma is a criminal racket: Bribery, scientific fraud, felony crimes and more
7/20/14
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger



(NaturalNews) Those of us who have long been describing the pharmaceutical industry as a "criminal racket" over the last few years have been wholly vindicated by recent news. Drug and vaccine manufacturer Merck was caught red-handed by two of its own scientists faking vaccine efficacy data by spiking blood samples with animal antibodies. GlaxoSmithKline has just been fined a whopping $3 billion for bribing doctors, lying to the FDA, hiding clinical trial data and fraudulent marketing. Pfizer, meanwhile has been sued by the nation's pharmacy retailers for what is alleged as an "overarching anticompetitive scheme" to keep generic cholesterol drugs off the market and thereby boost its own profits.

The picture that's emerging is one of a criminal drug industry that has turned to mafia tactics in the absence of any real science that would prove their products to be safe or effective. The emergence of this extraordinary evidence of bribery, scientific fraud, lying to regulators and monopolistic practices that harm consumers is also making all those doctors and "skeptics" who defended Big Pharma and vaccines eat their words.

To defend Big Pharma today is to defend a cabal of criminal corporations that have proven they will do anything -- absolutely anything -- to keep their profits rolling in. It makes no difference who they have to bribe, what studies they have to falsify, or who has to be threatened into silence. They will stop at nothing to expand their profit base, even if it means harming (or killing) countless innocents.

Let's take a look at recent revelations:

GlaxoSmithKline pleads guilty to bribery, fraud and other crimes

In what is now the largest criminal fraud settlement ever to come out of the pharmaceutical industry, GlaxoSmithKline has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal fines and $2 billion in civil fines following a nine-year federal investigation into its activities.

According to U.S. federal investigators, GlaxoSmithKline (http://www.naturalnews.com/036416_GlaxoSmith...):

• Routinely bribed doctors with luxury vacations and paid speaking gigs
• Fabricated drug safety data and lied to the FDA
• Defrauded Medicare and Medicaid out of billions
• Deceived regulators about the effectiveness of its drugs
• Relied on its deceptive practices to earn billions of dollars selling potentially dangerous drugs to unsuspecting consumers and medical patients

And this is just the part they got caught doing. GSK doesn't even deny any of this. The company simply paid the $3 billion fine, apologized to its customers, and continued conducting business as usual.

By the way, in addition to bribing physicians, GSK has plenty of money to spread around bribing celebrities and others who pimps its products. The company reportedly paid $275,000 to the celebrity doctor known as "Dr. Drew," who promoted Glaxo's mind-altering antidepressant drug Wellbutrin (http://naturalsociety.com/top-radio-doctor-p...).

As the Wall Street Journal reports:

In June 1999, popular radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky used the airwaves to extol the virtues of GlaxoSmithKline PLC's antidepressant Wellbutrin, telling listeners he prescribes it and other medications to depressed patients because it "may enhance or at least not suppress sexual arousal" as much as other antidepressants do. But one thing listeners didn't know was that, two months before the program aired, Dr. Pinsky -- who gained fame as "Dr. Drew" during years co-hosting a popular radio sex-advice show "Loveline" -- received the second of two payments from Glaxo totaling $275,000 for "services for Wellbutrin."
(http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014240527...)

Merck falsified vaccine data, spiked blood samples and more, say former employees

According to former Merck virologists Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, the company: (http://www.naturalnews.com/036328_Merck_mump...)

• "Falsified test data to fabricate a vaccine efficacy rate of 95 percent or higher."

• Spiked the blood test with animal antibodies in order to artificially inflate the appearance of immune system antibodies.

• Pressured the two virologists to "participate in the fraud and subsequent cover-up."

• Used the falsified trial results to swindle the U.S. government out of "hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization."

• Intimidated the scientists, threatening them with going to jail unless they stayed silent.


This is all documented in a 2010 False Claims Act which NaturalNews has acquired and posted here:
http://www.naturalnews.com/gallery/documents...

Millions of children put at risk by Merck

In that document the two virologists say they, "witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine's efficacy findings."

They also claim that because of the faked vaccine results, "the United States has over the last decade paid Merck hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization... The United States is by far the largest financial victim of Merck's fraud."

They go on to point out that children are the real victims, however:

"But the ultimate victims here are the millions of children who every year are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not providing them with an adequate level of protection. ...The failure in Merck's vaccine has allowed this disease to linger with significant outbreaks continuing to occur."

Merck's mumps viral strain is 45 years old

According to the complaint, Merck has been using the same mumps strain -- weakened from generations of being "passaged" -- for the last 45 years! The complaint reads:

"For more than thirty years, Merck has had an exclusive license from the FDA to manufacture and sell a mumps vaccine in the U.S. The FDA first approved the vaccine in 1967. It was developed by Dr. Maurice Hilleman, at Merck's West Point research facility, from the mumps virus that infected his five year-old daughter Jeryl Lynn. Merck continues to use this 'Jeryl Lynn' strain of the virus for its vaccine today."

A complete medical farce

This information appears to show Merck's mumps vaccine to be a complete medical farce. Those who blindly backed Merck's vaccines -- the science bloggers, "skeptics," doctors, CDC and even the FDA -- have been shown to be utter fools who have now destroyed their reputations by siding with an industry now known to be dominated by scientific fraud and unbounded criminality.

That's the really hilarious part in all this: After decades of doctors, scientists and government authorities blindly and brainlessly repeating the mantra of "95% effectiveness," it all turns out to be total quackery hogwash. Utterly fabricated. Quackety-quack quack. And all those hundreds of millions of Americans who lined up to be injected with MMR vaccines were all repeatedly and utterly conned into potentially harming themselves while receiving no medical benefit.

Intelligent, informed Natural News readers, home school parents, and "awakened" people who said "No!" to vaccines are now emerging as the victors in all this. By refusing to be injected with Merck's vaccines, they avoided being assaulted with a fraudulent cocktail of adjuvant chemicals and all-but-useless mumps strains over four decades old. They protected their time, money and health. Those who refuse to be physically violated by vaccines are, once again, turning out to be the smartest people in society. No wonder they also tend to be healthier than the clueless fools who line up to get vaccinated every year.

Merck fraudulently misrepresented the efficacy of its vaccine and contributed to the spread of infectious disease, says lawsuit


The faked vaccine efficacy numbers aren't the only troubles Merck is now facing. Shortly after the above False Claims Act was made public, Chatom Primary Care filed suit against Merck. That document is available from NaturalNews at:
http://www.naturalnews.com/gallery/documents...

It alleges that:

• [Merck engaged in] ...a decade-long scheme to falsify and misrepresent the true efficacy of its vaccine.

• Merck fraudulently represented and continues to falsely represent in its labeling and elsewhere that its Mumps Vaccine has an efficacy rate of 95 percent of higher.

• Merck knows and has taken affirmative steps to conceal -- by using improper testing techniques and falsifying test data -- that its Mumps Vaccine is, and has been since at least 1999, far less than 95 percent effective.

• Merck designed a testing methodology that evaluated its vaccine against a less virulent strain of the mumps virus. After the results failed to yield Merck's desired efficacy, Merck abandoned the methodology and concealed the study's findings.

• Merck also engaged in "incorporating the use of animal antibodies to artificially inflate the results... destroying evidence of the falsified data and then lying to an FDA investigator... threatened a virologist in Merck's vaccine division with jail if he reported the fraud to the FDA."

• "Merck designed a testing methodology that evaluated its vaccine against a less virulent strain of the mumps virus. After the results failed to yield Merck's desired efficacy, Merck abandoned the methodology and concealed the study's findings. [Then] Merck designed even more scientifically flawed methodology, this time incorporating the use of animal antibodies to artificially inflate the results, but it too failed to achieve Merck's fabricated efficacy rate. Confronted with two failed methodologies, Merck then falsified the test data to guarantee the results it desired. Having achieved the desired, albeit falsified, efficacy threshold, Merck submitted these fraudulent results to the FDA and European Medicines Agency."

• "Merck took steps to cover up the tracks of its fraudulent testing by destroying evidence of the falsified data and then lying to an FDA investigator... Merck also attempted to buy the silence and cooperation of its staff by offering them financial incentives to follow the direction of Merck personnel overseeing the fraudulent testing process. Merck also threatened... Stephen Krahling, a virologist in Merck's vaccine division from 1999 to 2001, with jail if he reported fraud to the FDA."

• "Merck continued to conceal what it knew about the diminished efficacy of its Mumps Vaccine even after significant mumps outbreaks in 2006 and 2009."

Obama administration has zero interest in actual justice

Another interesting note in all this is that under President Obama, the U.S. Dept. of Justice showed no interest whatsoever in investigating Merck over the False Claims Act filed by two of its former virologists. Despite the convincing evidence of fraud described in detail by insider whistleblowers, the Obama Department of Justice, led by gun-running Attorney General Eric Holder who is already facing serious questions over Operation Fast and Furious, simply chose to ignore the False Claims Act complaint.

When evidence of criminal fraud was brought before the U.S. Department of Justice, in other words, the DoJ looked the other way with a wink and a nod to the medical crimes taking place right under their noses. Who cares if tens of millions of children are being injected year after year with a fraudulent mumps vaccine? There's money to be made, after all, and exploiting the bodies of little children for profit is just business as usual in a fascist nation dominated by corporate interests.

Pfizer sued by retailers over anticompetitive scheme

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Big, corrupt, fraudulent, Pharma....Pt #2 - 08-12-2014, 06:41 AM

Adding to all this, Pfizer has now been sued by five U.S. retailers (pharmacies) who accuse the company of monopolistic market practices. According to the lawsuit, Pfizer conspired to prevent generic versions of its blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor from entering the market. This was done to protect billions in profits while making sure patients did not have access to more affordable cholesterol drugs. Pfizer sells nearly $10 billion worth of Lipitor each year.

According to the Reuters report on this lawsuit, Pfizer is being accused of (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/05/us...):

• Obtaining a fraudulent patent
• Engaging in sham litigation
• Entering a price-fixing agreement to delay cheaper generics
• Entering arrangements with pharmacy benefit managers to force retailers to buy more Lipitor (chemical name is atorvastatin calcium)

No arrests or prosecution of Big Pharma executives

One of the most astonishing realizations in all this is that given all the criminal fraud, bribery, misrepresentation, lying to the FDA, price fixing and other crimes that are going on in the pharmaceutical industry, you'd think somebody somewhere might be arrested and charged with a crime, right?

Nope.

To date, not a single pharmaceutical CEO, marketing employee or drug rep has been charged with anything related to all this fraud. In America, drug company employees are "above the law" just like top mafia bosses of a bygone era.

How insane is this, exactly? Consider this:

Imagine if YOU, an individual, went around town bribing doctors, falsifying data, selling a fraudulent product to the government, lying to regulators, engaging in anti-trade price-fixing and threatening your employees into silence. What would happen to you?

You'd probably wind up rotting in prison, the subject of an FBI investigation and a DoJ prosecution.

So why is it okay for a multi-billion-dollar corporation to carry out these same crimes and get away with it? Why are the CEOs of top drug companies given a free pass to commit felony crimes and endless fraud?

I'll tell you why, and you're not gonna like the answer: Because America has become a nation run by crooks for the benefit of crooks. It's one big country club, and as comedian George Carlin used to say, "YOU ain't in it!"

If Big Pharma would falsify data on vaccines, what else would the industry do?
I hope you're getting the bigger picture in all this, friends. If these drug companies routinely bribe doctors, falsify data, defraud the government and commit felony crimes without remorse, what else would they be willing to do for profit?

Would they:

• Falsify efficacy data on other prescription drugs?
• Exploit children for deadly vaccine trials?
• Invent fictitious diseases to sell more drugs?
• Unleash bioweapons to cause a profitable pandemic?
• Conspire with the CDC to spread fear to promote vaccinations?
• Silence whistleblowers who try to go public with the truth?
• Give people cancer via stealth viruses in vaccines?
• Destroy the careers of medical scientists who question Big Pharma?
• Force a medical monopoly on the entire U.S. population via socialist health care legislation?

But of course they would. In fact, the industry is doing all those things right now. And if you don't believe me, just remember that five years ago, no one believed me when I said drug companies were engaged in criminal conspiracies to defraud the nation -- something that has now been proven over a nine-year investigation.

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Aloe vera and coconut oil - 08-13-2014, 08:34 AM

Aloe vera and coconut oil: two superfoods shown to treat acne
Sunday, July 20, 2014 by: Michael Ravensthorpe



(NaturalNews) According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 40 to 50 million people across the nation. While acne usually begins in puberty, this unpleasant inflammatory condition -- which manifests as pimples, lumps and plugged pores across the body, especially the face and back -- is not restricted to a specific age group, and can occur at any time. In fact, almost 85 percent of people will suffer from acne at some point in their lives.(1)

Given how widespread acne is in today's society, it isn't surprising that acne treatment is a billion dollar industry for Big Pharma. However, most commercial acne creams are packed with unnatural and aggressive chemicals, making them an unacceptable choice for health-minded individuals. Fortunately, two foods found in nature -- aloe vera and coconut oil -- are proven to treat acne effectively and without side effects.

Aloe vera

There's a good reason why aloe vera is found in so many cosmetic products: this succulent and mucilaginous plant, which is characterized by its green, spear-shaped leaves, is well-known for its ability to heal, soothe and rejuvenate the skin. Indeed, virtually all cultures that had contact with aloe vera came to recognize its significant skin-boosting properties over time, and it remains a popular natural remedy for treating skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, burns and rashes.(2)

However, a recent study published in The Journal of Dermatological Treatment has discovered that aloe vera is also effective at treating acne. For the study, the researchers assembled a group of 60 subjects suffering from mild to moderate acne and, over an eight-week trial period, treated them with a formulation of either tretinoin cream and aloe vera topical gel or tretinoin cream and a placebo. At the end of the trial, the results were undeniable: "The combination TR/AVG was well tolerated and significantly more effective than TR and [the placebo] for the treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris."(3)

To use aloe vera for acne, simply apply some aloe vera gel onto the affected area daily. The gel will improve the swelling, redness and inflammation associated with acne, and also prevent future outbreaks.

Coconut oil

Like aloe vera, coconut oil is beloved for its skin-boosting properties, and is used throughout the world as an anti-aging cream, natural sunblock, lip gel, moisturizer and massage oil. It is also effective at treating skin disorders, and is shown to combat blisters, pimples, sores, rashes and more.(4)

In fact, there doesn't seem to be any skin condition that coconut oil can't at least improve, at that's also true of acne. In 2009, Chinese researchers found that the main saturated fatty acid in coconut oil, lauric acid, possessed even stronger antibacterial activity against acne than palmitic acid or oleic acid. Furthermore, lauric acid loaded with liposomes (vesicles that can administer nutrients) was shown to "fuse with the membranes of P. acnes and release the carried [lauric acid] directly into the bacterial membranes, thereby killing the bacteria effectively."(5)

These results, which were published in the journal Biomaterials, suggest that the topical application of coconut oil can treat acne effectively. For maximum benefits, choose raw coconut oil made that is organic, cold-pressed and extra virgin. This kind of oil will actually smell of coconut, signifying minimal processing.

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(1) http://www.aad.org/media-resources/s...onditions/acne

(2) http://www.newhealthguide.org/Aloe-Vera-For-Face.html

(3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23336746

(4) http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/

(5) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19665786

http://science.naturalnews.com/aloe_vera.html

http://science.naturalnews.com/coconut_oil.html

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GMOs - 08-14-2014, 07:58 AM

Truth Prevails: Study Incriminating GMOs Republished After Retraction
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Last fall, in a blatant attempt to hide the dangers of GMOs from the public, the biotech industry succeeded in having a study that revealed the serious health effects of these foods retracted form a scientific journal. The research was maligned by pro-GMO scientists and factions that stood to gain monetarily from suppressing the expose. Now truth has prevailed, as the study has been republished in another journal.

Study Shows Long-Term Ingestion of GMOs Is Devastating to Health

The study provides compelling evidence that biotech giant Monsanto’s assurances about the safety of GMOs have no merit. Conducted by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, the research in France explored the chronic toxicity of two of Monsanto’s products. Scientists found severe kidney and liver damage as well as hormonal disorders in rats fed GM maize and low levels of the herbicide Roundup. In addition, the research unexpectedly discovered higher rates of large tumors and fatalities in the rats. It should be noted that the amount of Roundup the rats ingested was below the level allowed in drinking water in the European Union.

Seralini’s Public Data Versus Secret Data That Supposedly Exonerates Roundup

First published in Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT), the study was retracted six months after a former Monsanto employee was appointed to a newly created position of “Associate Editor of Biotechnology.” Now, the research along with the raw data undergirding it has been republished in Environmental Sciences Europe (ESE). The release of the Seralini data for public view is unlike the secretly kept data of biotech industry studies that serve as the basis for Roundup’s approval.

Seralini Study Passes Three Rounds of Rigorous Review

GMOSeralini.org editor Claire Robinson notes how Seralini’s study has gone through intense scrutiny through three peer reviews. The first review occurred before it was published in FCT. “It passed with only minor revisions, according to the authors,” she says.

The second review organized by FCT’s editor-in-chief A. Wallace Hayes was cloaked in secrecy. Robinson describes it as a non-transparent evaluation of Seralini’s data conducted by a panel of unnamed persons. “In a letter to Prof Séralini, Hayes admitted that the anonymous reviewers found nothing ‘incorrect’ about the results presented. However, Hayes pointed to what he said was the ‘inconclusive’ nature of some aspects of the paper, namely the tumor and mortality observations, to justify his decision to retract the study. The rationale given for the retraction was widely criticized by scientists as an act of censorship and a bow to the interests of the GMO industry,” she states.

A third round of peer review was done by the ESE, the journal where it is republished. With the second publishing restoring the research to peer-reviewed literature, it can be referred to and build upon by other scientists.

“The fact that ESE republished the study is evidence that there is still some integrity and lack of bias remaining in the medical literature,” says Dr. Michael Wald, Director of Nutrition at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco in Westchester, New York and author of Frankenfoods – Controversy, Lies & Your Health. “The fight to reveal the health and environmental damage that GMOs cause is a difficult one, but I applaud the ESE for having the integrity to report the science and not back down by anti-health, pro-GMO interest groups and scientists.”

Attempt to Suppress the Truth Backfires


The efforts of groups that sought to discredit the study have backfired. They tried to cast doubt on its validity, but the extra review and scrutiny FCT’s retraction generated has only served to increase the strength of the findings. As Dr. Michael Antoniou, a London molecular geneticist, told GMOSeralini.org, few studies would survive such as in-depth examination by scientific peers. “The republication of the study after three expert reviews is a testament to its rigor, as well as to the integrity of the research,” he says.

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More GMOs - 08-15-2014, 07:09 AM

Why You Should Stop Eating This Brand of Yogurt Immediately
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All natural” Chobani Greek yogurt is not as natural as it claims. Actually, it is made from cows that are fed GMO grain.
Since the company has just received a $750 million dollar loan to expand its operations, it will be pouring huge amounts of money into supporting GMO manufacturers, an industry in the process of harming human health and the environment by exponential proportions.

In response to the news of Chobani’s impending expansion, a consumer activist endeavor is underway to ask the company to stop using GMO-laden milk. You can add your voice to the effort by signing the petition at this web address.

The successful recent consumer program to get General Mills to make a GMO-free Cheerios is proof that manufacturers will take notice of a groundswell of public opposition to the way they make their products. Since Chobani is the most popular maker of Greek yogurt, the latest initiative is a worthy undertaking to help put the brakes on the runaway freight train of the GMO industry.

Live in the Now consulted Dr. Michael Wald, Director of Nutrition at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco in Westchester, New York and author of Frankenfoods – Controversy, Lies & Your Health. This GMO expert shares his perspective in the interview below.

Live in the Now: In the case of eating yogurt made with milk from GMO-grain fed cows, humans are ingesting the GMOs indirectly rather than directly. Please explain how this could be a concern.

Dr. Wald: Not unlike breast milk that could contain toxins, food allergens and other adverse substances that may pass into the breast-feeding infant, milk used to make yogurt could pass on undesirable substances to humans. Altered immunoglobulins, proteins and fats found in milk would all be in the yogurt and would eventually find their way into the bodies of those who eat it.

Live in the Now: GMO Insider reports on a study that disputes the dairy industry’s claim that GM particles are broken down in the intestines of animals consuming them. The particles have in fact appeared in their organs and milk; therefore, humans who eat the meat and drink the milk of these animals are actually consuming the harmful GM particles. What are the potential health effects of this consumption?

Dr. Wald:
Genetic modification of our food supply has the potential to cause devastating health risks. GMOs may increase cancers; Alzheimer’s disease; inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis; various autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and lupus; and hormonal problems stemming from effects upon our DNA and immune system. Nutritional deficiencies may also occur because GMO foods are not “nutritionally equivalent” to non-GMOs. In addition, the GMO process may create new allergens and toxicities.

Furthermore, the foods can produce genetic problems spanning multiple generations, as GMO-altered proteins can potentially change the bacteria in our intestines, inserting unfriendly gene sequences into our own cells. This can lead to passing on new genetic abnormalities to our offspring.

Live in the Now: What would you say to someone who discounts the concerns people have about GMOs?

Dr. Wald: I’m convinced GMOs are incredibly detrimental to health, but only the passage of time will reveal the full magnitude of the problem. It will not be easy to quantify because we are all bombarded on a daily basis with various factors that will impact our health quality and disease risk. Separating out the effects of GMOs will never be entirely possible, and this is what GMO seed manufacturers know.

They say, “If GMOs were causing disease, we would all be dropping like flies over the last 15 years since their introduction.” Well, I say to this, “We are dropping like flies, and how do we know that GMOs are not to blame or are not at least contributing factors?” We do not know, but based on the information that I have researched, any reasonable and intelligent person must draw the conclusion that more study and safety testing should have been done before GMOs were released into the human or animal food chain and our environment.

Live in the Now:
Do you have any other thoughts on the topic you would like to share with our readers?

Dr. Wald: Let’s be mindful that as bad as GMOs might potentially be for our health, one must take care to replace the GMO foods eliminated from the diet with non-GMO foods. It is no different from ridding the diet of gluten, which is a food component I believe is bad for virtually everyone. Removing foods from the diet requires proper food substitutions that would prevent deficiencies of protein, carbohydrate, healthy fats, vitamin, minerals and phytonutrients, thus averting disability and disease risk. I am astounded at the imbalanced and nutritionally inadequate diets that I see in my patients who, otherwise well intentioned, have removed GMOs and gluten but have not restructured their food intake.

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Protect Your Brain by Flossing

Flossing not only prevents gum disease, it can also benefit your brain
July 30, 2014 | By Larissa Long



This article originally appeared on Live in the Now.

Let’s face it — flossing doesn’t exactly fall on most people’s list of earth-shatteringly exciting activities. But this simple act, along with brushing, is one of the most important things you can do to protect the health of your teeth, gums, and believe it or not, your brain.

We all know that brushing and flossing your teeth every day is your first line of defense against gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (serious gum infection that damages the tissue that supports your teeth). But few know that preventing these gum diseases has become even more important thanks to research that has shown a link between poor oral health and cognitive decline.

In this study, researchers performed an oral health examination and cognitive function tests on 1,053 participants aged 70-79 over a five-year period. Modified mini-mental state examinations were performed at year 1 (baseline) and year 3, and a comprehensive periodontal exam at year. The cognitive testing was also performed at year 5 on 947 participants.

The results showed that worse scores on almost all oral health measures (including number of teeth, probing depth, number of sites with bleeding at probing, loss of tooth attachment and plaque scores) were associated with cognitive impairment.

Gingival inflammation was the factor most strongly associated with cognitive impairment and the only factor that predicted cognitive decline. This connection between inflammation and cognitive decline should come as no surprise, considering previous research has linked higher levels of inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein and IL-6 with increased risk of dementia.

Protect Your Gums, Save Your Brain


You can prevent gingivitis and periodontitis simply by taking diligent care of your teeth and gums. This involves brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day and seeing your dentist for a cleaning and oral examination every six months.

Periodontitis can be treated, but it’s not always an easy process — especially in advanced cases. So an ounce of prevention at home really is your best bet to protect your gums, and quite possibly your cognitive health, too.

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Stewart R, et al. Adverse oral health and cognitive decline: the health, aging and body composition study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Feb;6(2):177-84.

Schram MT, et al. Systemic markers of inflammation and cognitive decline in old age. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 May;55(5):708-16.
  
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CoQ10 - 08-17-2014, 07:33 AM

The Dirty Little Secret About CoQ10

Most supplements are made with synthetic CoQ10

July 31, 2014 | By Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief, Live In The Now

If you are taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug such as Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor or Pravachol and want to maintain a vigorous, active lifestyle, then I have important news to share with you.


When blood tests reveal high LDL cholesterol levels, doctors tend to reflexively reach for their prescription pad for the quick-fix mainstream medicine solution statin drugs. And while it is true that in many cases, these statins produce lower LDL cholesterol readings, many experts now agree that they may actually do more harm than good.

Statins come with a long list of side effects that range from annoying to debilitating, yet unfortunately, too many doctors never mention these dangers.

This list of side effects includes:

muscle pain and weakness
memory loss and confusion
headaches
fatigue
difficulty sleeping
infertility
dizziness
liver and kidney problems
nausea and vomiting
permanent nerve damage
diarrhea and constipation
increased risk of type 2 diabetes

But the fact is, you are much more likely to be impacted by a hidden danger that is not detailed on the warning label. And your doctor, in his or her rush to see the next patient, may have simply neglected to warn you.

In the next few minutes, I’ll make sure you understand this hidden danger, and more importantly, the simple solution that can boost your energy, mood and brainpower, while providing powerful support for your heart.

My name is Joshua Corn and I’m the Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Now newsletter, one of the fastest growing natural health publications in the nation. My passion for natural health always drives me to seek the truth and to educate people on alternative health solutions that are safe and effective.
Statins Deplete a Vital Nutrient Your Body Needs

It’s widely known that statins severely deplete your body’s natural levels of CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is very dangerous. A Columbia University study found that within 30 days, your CoQ10 levels can be decreased by half.[1]


Not only does CoQ10 help your heart, it boosts cellular energy throughout your entire body and fights fatigue. In addition, CoQ10 helps to reduce muscle pain and weakness, which are the most commonly reported side effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs.

CoQ10 Is Fuel for Your Heart


Your heart, which beats about 100,000 times a day to get its job done,[2] is fueled by CoQ10 which is why so many studies have shown that it confers powerful protection for your entire cardiovascular system. When your heart has the high levels of CoQ10 it needs, it works like a charm. But when levels get low, your heart strains to do its job, and ultimately your entire body suffers.[3]Suboptimal heart function can result in the “mystery symptoms” that so many of us experience as we get older such as fatigue, pain and decreases in mental functions. The fact is, if you have health problems that seemingly won’t go away, CoQ10 may be the natural solution you’ve been looking for.

By Age 50, Your CoQ10 Levels May Be Critically Low

According to leading experts on the cutting edge of natural health, it’s critical to supplement with CoQ10 as you age. After the age of 30, natural levels of CoQ10 begin to diminish. By the age of 50, your CoQ10 levels may be too low to support optimal heart function,[4] and by age 70, your levels can become so low they can actually accelerate aging.[5] Age aside, further loss of CoQ10 may be caused by stress, illness or the use of statins or other medications.

In fact, the very WORST culprit is statin drugs.[6] It’s now estimated that 1 in 3 adults over 50 take a statin. That’s right — statins literally suck the CoQ10 right out of your body. Meanwhile, few doctors warn patients that by taking a statin to “help” their heart, they are in fact slowly draining it of the very fuel it needs for optimal health. This is a crying shame in my opinion, since so many people’s hearts are needlessly being jeopardized at the hands of their own doctors.

Why You Need the Right CoQ10 Right Now

I can tell you firsthand that once you start taking the right kind of CoQ10, you’ll know it without a doubt. You’ll experience massive boosts in your mood, energy and brainpower, profound relief from everyday aches and pains, better heart health — even better looking skin. The fact is, the majority of people over age 45 are critically deficient in CoQ10, so you really need to be taking an effective, highly absorbable CoQ10 supplement if you want to stay active and healthy as you age.[7]

The Supplement Industry’s DIRTY Secret

You can find CoQ10 supplements virtually everywhere. And unfortunately, most people are tricked into thinking all CoQ10 is the same. But there’s a dirty little secret that they won’t tell you on the label. All of the research supporting the benefits of CoQ10 has been conducted with natural CoQ10. But most supplements are made with synthetic CoQ10.

Worse yet, guess what synthetic CoQ10 is synthesized from? Believe it or not, tobacco leaves are the primary source. This synthetic junk is called the “cis” form, and there is absolutely no good data out there proving its effectiveness or safety. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anything in my body that’s used to make cigarettes.

You might be surprised, but 100% natural CoQ10, known as the “trans” form, is usually no more expensive then synthetic CoQ10 — you just need to know how to look for it. It’s easy if you follow my simple “cheat sheet.”
How to “Read Between the Lines”

Discount brands, such as those found in drugstores or big box retailers, take advantage of labeling requirement loopholes, and do a great job hiding the source of their CoQ10. Don’t fall victim to their cost-cutting.

Here’s my foolproof guide that will prevent you from being scammed:

Look for the words ”trans-form” on the label. Trans-form CoQ10 is identical to the CoQ10 produced naturally within the body, and if you read all of studies on CoQ10 like I have, you’ll notice every single researcher in the world worth his or her salt only uses trans-form CoQ10.

Also check to see if the CoQ10 is made using yeast fermentation, which yields by far the most effective form. This is a patented process used by only the most reputable, higher quality producers of CoQ10.

Seek out a supplement that contains piperine, an extract of black pepper. One problem with CoQ10 is that it’s not always well absorbed within the body. However, research shows that piperine significantly increases CoQ10 absorption by over 30%![7]

Finally, make sure it says ”Made in the USA” right on the bottle. Who needs CoQ10 bottled overseas in facilities of questionable integrity? It’s just not worth the risk.

CoQ10 May Be The Solution Your Doctor Overlooked

I’ve read hundreds of CoQ10 studies from around the world, and it’s been confirmed time and time again that CoQ10 is amazingly safe and well tolerated by the human body. I feel confident in saying that almost everyone can benefit from a high quality CoQ10 supplement.

There appears to be no toxicity whatsoever, even at very high levels, and it has virtually no side effects. [8,9,10] Also, it doesn’t make you jittery or upset your stomach, and it doesn’t conflict with any other medications or supplements.

What CoQ10 does do is nothing short of a health miracle:

Energizes your heart and keeps it pumping strong[11]
Boosts brain power and provides mental clarity[12]
Increases cellular energy and effectively combats fatigue[13]
Fights off harmful free radicals that accumulate in your body[14]
Helps to reduce wrinkles and protects skin from sun damage[14]
Improves vision and keeps your eyes healthy[12]
Promotes optimal gum and oral health[5]

3 More Secrets to Vastly Improving Your Heart Health

My readers ask me all the time about what supplements they should take to ensure superior cardiovascular health. And my answer always includes CoQ10, because its heart health benefits are so profound.

However, since heart disease is the # 1 killer in the U.S., I always implore people to consider these three natural miracle workers. Like CoQ10, they also have extensive clinical research backing their heart-protective effects, and they should be part of any comprehensive heart health regimen.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The amazing benefits of these healthy fats have been documented in thousands of clinical studies. In addition to quelling inflammation body-wide, [15,16] omega-3s have been shown to support healthy blood vessels and circulation, while promoting normal cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure levels.[17] Personally, I prefer plant-based omega-3s, so you don’t have to worry about ocean pollutants.

Resveratrol: Best known for giving red wine its health benefits, stunning research shows that resveratrol can actually switch longevity genes “ON,”[18] while also preventing cholesterol oxidation and keeping artery walls free of build-up.[19] Other studies have shown that resveratrol fights free radical damage and inflammation throughout the body, specifically in arteries.[20] Make sure you take the “trans” type of resveratrol for maximum benefits.

L-Carnitine: This vital amino acid is also a potent antioxidant, and studies show that it maintains normal blood pressure and optimal arterial health.[21] L-carnitine is also effective at protecting cognitive function,[22] while boosting energy and stamina. I recommend taking at least 100 mg a day for best results.
  
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Anti-Inflammatory Supplements - 08-18-2014, 08:36 AM

10 Anti-Inflammatory Supplements That Work
Posted by Gale Maleskey, MS, RD



Inflammation — pain, swelling, redness and heat — is a double-edged sword. This immunity-mediated process is crucial when you have an injury. It helps your body fight infection and clear away damaged tissue. But inflammation can become a chronic condition if your body fails to shut off this reaction, or activates it when there is no apparent trigger.

Inflammation can last for years. It can target a particular area — like your skin, sinuses, prostate, bladder or gums. (Any diagnosis that ends with “-itis” is an inflammatory condition.) Inflammation can become a body-wide condition, and has be identified as the underlying cause of many diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and neurological degeneration, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Inflammation is a big threat. That’s why it’s so important to get it under control.

A diet focused on vegetables, fruits, fish, olive oil, nuts and whole grains can reduce inflammation. Nutritional supplements also help, and unlike drugs, they work without causing stomach ulcers. There are plenty of natural inflammation-fighters. Here are our top choices:

1. Fish Oil

Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease the body’s production of a long list of pro-inflammatory biochemicals, including the same ones targeted by most NSAIDs — cyclooxygenase (COX 1 and 2). It also helps to reduce levels of inflammatory interleukins, specifically interleukin-1, a marker of chronic inflammation. In studies, people with rheumatoid arthritis who took fish oil were able to reduce their dosage of anti-inflammatory drugs. They also reported less pain and stiffness.

Fish oil has a synergistic effect with aspirin on inhibiting synthesis of thromboxane A2 and the highly inflammatory leukotriene B4. It’s reported to help asthma, cystitis, hepatitis, pancreatitis, prostatitis and dermatitis.

2. Antioxidants


Immune cells cause oxidative damage as they fight infection, and ongoing oxidative damage drives chronic inflammation. Reducing oxidative damage can help control inflammation. Antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium all help to control oxidative damage by neutralizing “free radicals,” the molecular renegades that cause oxidative damage and can start a chain reaction that keeps it going.

3. Quercetin


The anti-inflammatory effects of quercetin seem to come from its ability to dampen the production and activity of pro-inflammatory biochemicals such as leukotrienes and prostaglandins, and to block the release of histamine, the biochemical that causes allergic symptoms like runny nose and itchy eyes. Quercetin also seems to help symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and chronic, nonbacterial prostatitis.

4. Curcumin

Curcumin, a component of the yellow spice turmeric, found in curry, may have special anti-inflammatory properties in the eyes, where a layer of yellow pigment helps to protect the retina — and especially, the macula — from the harmful effects of sunlight. The pigment actually acts as a filter, blocking harmful blue UV light from striking the retina. Curcumin has been proven helpful for chronic anterior uveitis (an inflammation of the front part of the eye) and for macular degeneration.

5. Bromelain


This protein-dissolving enzyme is obtained from the stem and fruit of the pineapple. Bromelain seems to exert its anti-inflammatory effect by altering leukocyte migration and activation. Leukocytes are white blood cells that help fight infection but can also perpetuate inflammation. Bromelain is good for an acute injury or inflammation caused by ongoing injury, such as osteoarthritis, with its ongoing injury to joint cartilage.

6. Resveratrol

Some evidence suggests that resveratrol is a more potent anti-inflammatory agent than NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or indomethacin. Injections of resveratrol into the joints of animals decreases inflammation and reduces cartilage destruction. Like ginger and fish oil, resveratrol inhibits a number of inflammation-producing biochemicals, including COX-1 and COX-2. It also seems to have a regulating effect on certain immune cells. It may reduce T cell proliferation. T cells are involved in some autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. It also affects cells called granulocytes, which are associated with the inflammation produced in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, so it may be helpful in reducing the lung damage associated with this smoking-related ailment.

7. Flax Seed Oil

For some reason, flax seed seems to especially target the skin. In zoos, it’s given to hippos, elephants and rhinos to help keep their massive hides healthy. Some of the fat in flax seed oil converts to EPA and DHA, the same active components in fish oil. Flax seed oil can be a good addition to fish oil, especially if you are on a low-fat diet or have dermatitis — dry, scaly, itchy skin.

8. Ginger

Certain constituents of ginger, called gingerols, have a strong anti-inflammatory effect. They inhibit a number of biochemicals that promote inflammation, including COX and lipoxygenase pathways. Ginger has been shown to reduce pain from both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. However, you will need to be patient. It can take up to three months of treatment to get relief.

9. Alpha Lipoic Acid


Alpha lipoic acid is a coenzyme that has lots of talents, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection. It is both fat and water soluble, and can regenerate other important antioxidants like vitamins E, C and glutathione. It provides anti-inflammatory protection in blood vessels and in the fatty tissues of the brain and nerves. It’s a must for anyone with diabetes, neuritis or neuropathy, since it also improves glucose metabolism and blood flow in nerves.

10. Zinc

Many people take zinc to boost their immunity, but recent research shows that zinc may also be a natural inflammation fighter. Popping zinc regularly can help reduce inflammation and has also been shown to offer immune support. Researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit, tested whether zinc supplementation decreases oxidative stress. They found that consuming 25 mg three times a day for three months decreased TNF-alpha, a cytokine that amplifies inflammation.

The bottom line is that chronic, uncontrolled inflammation has been linked to a wide range of health problems which can dramatically affect your quality of your life as you age. But research has shown that anti-inflammatory supplements can provide effective relief with virtually no side effects. Before you start taking a NSAID or other potentially dangerous drug to deal with inflammation, why not consider some safe natural alternatives?
  
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Weight Gain - 08-19-2014, 09:58 AM

The 2 Hormones That Cause Weight Gain — and How You Can Balance Them
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“Insulin shunts sugar to fat. Insulin makes fat. More insulin, more fat. Period.”

If you’ve been involved in nutrition for the past few years, then you’ve probably heard of Dr. Robert Lustig, who was the source of this quote. He is a pediatric endocrinologist and an expert on childhood obesity. He became well known in 2009 for his viral YouTube lecture called Sugar: The Bitter Truth.

In this video, he is interviewed by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt to discuss what he believes to be the true cause of obesity and other diseases of civilization.

There Are “Biochemical Forces” That Make us Eat More and Exercise Less

Some people believe that obesity is caused by eating too much and exercising too little. In other words, the behavior is driving the weight gain and it is the individual’s fault that this happened. However, Lustig does not believe this to be the case, at least not in the majority of people.

He believes that the behavior, increased food intake and decreased exercise, is secondary to changes in the function of hormones. It turns out that there are well defined biological mechanisms that can explain how the foods we eat disrupt the function our our hormones, which makes us eat more and gain weight.

In other words, we’re not getting fat because we’re eating more, we’re eating more because we’re getting fat.

Insulin and Leptin Are Two of The Major Players in Obesity


Obesity is an incredibly complex disorder and scientists don’t agree on what it is that causes it. However, it is well established that hormones have a lot to do with it.

A key player here is a hormone called leptin. This hormone is secreted by the fat cells. It sends a signal to the brain that we have enough energy stored and that we don’t need to eat. Obese people have a lot of body fat and a lot of leptin in their bloodstream. But the problem is that the leptin isn’t getting to the brain to send that signal. Put simply, the brain doesn’t “see” the leptin. It doesn’t see that we have enough fat stored and therefore, thinks that we’re starving. This is known as leptin resistance and is believed to be a leading driver of obesity.

When people are leptin resistant, it is the hormones that drive the increased food intake. We’re eating more because the brain doesn’t see the leptin and thinks we’re starving. Trying to exert willpower against the leptin-driven starvation signal is next to impossible.

Another hormone, which Lustig (and many other respected scientists) believe to be a major culprit, is called Insulin. Insulin is the hormone that tells our cells to pick up glucose from the bloodstream. It is also the major energy storage hormone in the body. It tells our cells to store energy, either as glycogen or fat.

According to Dr. Lustig, one of the ways that insulin contributes to obesity, is by blocking the leptin signal in the brain. For that reason, having chronically elevated insulin levels could be one of the reasons that people become leptin resistant. High insulin -> No leptin signal -> The brain doesn’t “see” that we have plenty of energy stored and thinks we’re starving, making us eat.

Another thing that insulin does, is sends signals to the fat cells, telling them to store fat and to hold on to the fat that they already carry. It seems simple and makes a lot of sense, but I’d like to point out that many other researchers do not believe this to be true.

What Causes Insulin to Go Up?


A key feature of the metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes is insulin resistance. What insulin resistance means is basically that your body’s cells don’t see the insulin signal and therefore the pancreas need to make even more insulin.

This leads to a condition called hyperinsulinemia, which basically means that insulin levels are high all the time. Of course, insulin is not a “bad” hormone. It is absolutely essential for survival. But when it becomes chronically elevated, it can start to cause major problems.

But what is it that causes insulin to go up? According to Lustig, excess dietary fructose from added sugars is one of the leading drivers of insulin resistance, and insulin resistance leads to chronically elevated insulin levels.

There is actually quite a bit of evidence showing that when people eat a LOT of fructose (from added sugars, not fruit), it can lead to insulin resistance, high insulin levels and all the related metabolic problems.

But it’s important to realize that even if dietary fructose from added sugars is one of the main causes of insulin resistance, simply removing added sugar is NOT sufficient to reverse obesity and associated metabolic dysfunction. Therefore, avoiding sugar is an important prevention strategy, but it won’t be very effective as a cure.

The Simplest Way to Lower Insulin Levels

If high insulin levels are causing leptin resistance and weight gain (which is controversial), then reversing it is very simple. The main stimulus for insulin secretion is dietary carbohydrate. Protein also stimulates insulin release, but carbohydrates are THE major factor.

Many studies show that eating less carbs (a low-carb diet) leads to drastically reduced insulin and automatic weight loss. When people cut carbs, they lose weight. Without counting calories. Whatever the mechanism is, it works.

So… you don’t need to wait for the scientists to reach a consensus about what exactly it is that causes obesity, because whatever the mechanism is, there is already a simple way to reverse it. Even though low-carb diets aren’t any sort of “magical” solution to these problems, we do know that they are, at the very least, much better than the failed low-fat diet that is still being peddled today.

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Best Protein-to-Carb Ratio for Weight Loss

Study looks at how varying amounts of protein affected weight loss
August 4, 2014 | By Kimberly Day

When it comes to losing weight, there are nearly as many weight loss programs as there are people trying to lose weight! Some tout eating particular foods, while others advocate avoiding specific or even categories of foods.

One popular idea is the high-protein diet, which was strongly advocated by Dr. Atkins several decades ago. While the Atkins plan pushed more for no to little carbs than high protein, it was the excess protein that had some people concerned.

How much is too much is and is there such a thing as too little, especially when it comes to weight loss?

Finding the Right Ratio


Two Canadian researchers questioned this very thing. They wondered which of three diets would be most effective in terms of weight loss and biomarkers of metabolic syndrome in overweight women.[1]

They divided 54 overweight or obese women into one of three groups:

Low protein (1 gram of protein for every 4 grams of carbohydrates)
Normal protein (1 gram of protein for every 2 grams of carbohydrates)
High protein (1 gram of protein for every 1 gram of carbohydrates)

Additionally, all three groups cut nearly 30 percent of their calories, and no more than 30 percent of those calories were to come from fat. They were also encouraged to focus their meals on fresh, whole foods as opposed to pre-packaged, processed foods, junk food, fried food, sugary products, or high-fat red meat. To keep track of this, all participants were asked to complete daily food journals, documenting the amount of protein and carbs they consumed each day.

Participants did a one-hour fitness program three days a week. The fitness program consisted of the following:

A nine-minute warm-up
Thirty minutes of circuit training, alternating between resistance training and aerobic exercise
Twenty-one minutes of abdominal exercises and flexibility stretches

They began the exercise program at 65 percent of their maximum heart rate for the first three weeks and worked their way up by 5 percent every three weeks until they reached 80 percent by the end of the study.

Finally, researchers tested several biomarkers of obesity and metabolic syndrome, including:

Height and weight
BMI
Waist and hip circumference
Blood pressure
Heart rate
Body composition
Glucose levels
Cholesterol levels
Triglycerides
Creatinine
Nitrogen balance

Does Protein Matter?

At the end of the 12 weeks, researchers found that all participants lost a significant amount of weight, with the normal protein group losing a bit more than the low-protein and high-protein groups. Similarly, all groups reduced their BMI and enjoyed significant decreases in body fat. However, those in the normal protein group lost more total body fat as a percentage of total weight than the women in the low- and high-protein groups.

When it came to waist circumference, those women in the normal protein group lost 11.6 centimeters, as compared to just 7.9 in the low-protein group and 8.6 in the high-protein group. For hip circumference, the normal protein group lost 8.8 centimeters, with just 7.4 lost in the low-protein group. The high-protein group fared a bit better with 8.4 centimeters lost.

On the blood pressure front, those in the high-protein group saw a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure (10.6 mmHg), as compared to the low-protein group (8.7 mmHg) and the normal protein group (8.1 mmHg). Numbers were closer when it came to diastolic blood pressure, with decreases measuring in at 5.4 mmHg, 5.7 mmHg, and 5 mmHg for the low-, normal, and high-protein groups, respectively.

Resting heart rate decreased across all groups, with the normal protein group seeing the largest reduction at 13 beats per minute (bpm). The low group had a mere 5.6 bpm reduction and the high group enjoyed an 8.8 bpm decrease.

While there were no significant differences in fasting glucose levels, insulin levels decreased significantly in the high-protein (71 pmol/l) and normal protein groups (66 pmol/l). The low-protein group had a modest 43 pmol/l reduction in insulin levels.

All groups saw reductions in triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol levels, though the differences between groups were not significant. Similarly, HDL cholesterol levels increased in all groups, but with no significant differences among the three diet plans.

Finally, there were comparable increases in creatinine levels (indicator of kidney function) across the groups. But when it came to nitrogen balance (another indicator of kidney function), the low-protein group had the greatest reduction with 4.0. The normal group had less than half that reduction at 1.74, while the high-protein group had a miniscule 0.34 decrease.

Based on these results, researchers concluded, “There were no significant differences between the diets, in the weight loss achieved. Thus, the present trial supports the idea that total energy intake, rather than the macronutrient composition, is the most important determinant of weight loss.”
Protein Actually DOES Matter

While the numbers of the various biomarkers denote overall losses across the three diets, there were a few areas where the normal protein diet seemed to stand out, namely:

Total body fat
Waist and hip circumference
Resting heart rates

However, the one area that really made the normal protein diet shine was compliance. Those women asked to eat a 1:2 ratio of protein to carbohydrates found it much easier to stick with the diet than those women eating the 1:1 or 1:4 ratios. And sticking to a diet, ultimately, is the key to successful weight loss.

Therefore, if you are looking for a weight loss program that not only works but is realistic, then take a note from this study. First, reduce your current calorie load by 30 percent. Next, make sure that less than 30 percent of your overall caloric intake comes from fat. And, finally, aim for one gram of protein for every two grams of carbohydrates.

[1] Campbell, DD and Meckling, KA. Effect of the protein:carbohydrate ratio in hypoenergetic diets on metabolic syndrome risk factors in exercising overweight and obese women. Br J Nutr. 2012 Jan 16:1-14. [Epub ahead of print.]
  
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How These 5 House Plants Can Boost Your Health
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It is no secret that a collection of healthy plants can bring a sense of warmth and comfort to your home. They can help to keep the indoor air fresh, and fill your home with life and color. However, indoor plants are sometimes difficult to grow and maintain, especially for those of us who are lacking a green thumb. With this reality in mind, here is a list of air-cleansing indoor plants that everyone can grow at home without too much effort or trouble.

1. Snake Plant

The snake plant may be the easiest of all houseplants to grow, having been labeled “nearly indestructible” by Better Homes and Gardens. These plants grow at a wide range of temperatures, are able to withstand low amounts of light, and do not require much water. Their ability to grow upright to heights of up to four feet makes them an interesting option, and they help to clean your air by absorbing nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde.
  
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Back Away From the Splenda — It Could Have Neurotoxic Properties
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Yes, quite possibly, according to a new study on the product conducted by Swedish researchers. Splenda, the commercial name for the common artificial sweetener sucralose, continues to be a popular sugar substitute despite a growing history of alarming research findings and cautions. Now, this new research suggests that it may have dangerous neurotoxic properties.

Splenda is widely used as a sugar substitute and approved for consumption in over 70 countries. It remains a highly popular sweetener despite an ever-growing body of evidence suggesting that it may be harmful to humans. In fact, sucralose is a synthetic chemical compound that is highly resistant to biodegradation, meaning that it remains in the environment for an extremely long time. This compound is classified within the organochloride class of chemicals, a group that includes the notorious pesticide DDT. Past research has suggested that it may have potential carcinogenic and diabetes-promoting properties, and it has even been proposed to be the cause behind a worldwide increase in inflammatory bowel disease. Yet, despite all of these cautions and concerns, its use remains widespread.

The New Research

Published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS), the new Swedish study adds another alarming caution to the growing list of warnings. The researchers conducted their study using water fleas, which are becoming a leading option for scientists in investigating environmental influences on animals’ behaviors and physiology. In this study, the scientists investigated the compounds impact on the animals’ levels of acetylcholinesterase (AChE), an important enzyme in neurological function, and observed its oxidative biomarkers as well. Alarmingly, the study results led the researchers to conclude that sucralose may induce neurological and oxidative mechanisms, thus potentially disrupting animal behavior and physiology. In other words, Splenda could be responsible for adverse brain effects, possibly resulting in mental and physical harm.

Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

There is still much to be learned about the health effects of Splenda, and it remains widely available for consumption today. However, in light of the ever-growing body of evidence suggesting that it has serious negative health consequences, it seems wise to avoid such substances until they can be proven to be safe.

Instead of using Splenda or other artificial sweeteners in your beverages and foods, try using natural sweeteners such as honey or stevia. Even using sugar is likely a better option than Splenda, though it should be used in moderation. Finally, for the best option of all, aim to gradually reduce your sweetener intake over time. If you slowly reduce the amount of sweetener that you use, you will probably find that you start to enjoy foods more and more for their natural flavors, which turns out to be the healthiest option of all.
  
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1. Scallions



Green onions can have a big flavor impact on a dish and all you need is about an inch of the white part and roots to regrow many more! Place the root and white part of the scallion, roots down in the water and watch the green part regrow! To learn more about how to regrow your scallions, visit theKitchn.com.

As for the onions, keep the little furry looking end (the “onion butt”) of your onion and place it in a pot full of soil outside this spring. Remember to water it and Voila! — the never-ending onion.

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Nothing, not even our OJ, is sacred any longer.... - 08-25-2014, 09:45 AM

Commercial 100% Orange Juice Fraud: Toxic Perfume Flavor Packs Added
Posted on July 10, 2013 by The Alternative Daily



Don’t be fooled by the labels – those cartons of so-called ’100 percent orange juice’ that you buy in the grocery store are usually not simply squeezed oranges and water.

Thanks to the highly complex and loophole-filled labeling laws in the United States, juice manufacturers get away with adding ‘flavor packs’ to their juice. Since they are derived from orange oil, essences and by-products, even though they are chemically processed into a state that cannot reasonably be called natural, these flavor packs are not required to be listed in the ingredients.

It is thanks to these flavor packs that an orange juice brand such as Minute Maid achieves the exact same flavor batch after batch, but always tastes slightly different from another brand, such as Tropicana, for instance. These juices use different flavor packs, allowing them to have a distinct, uniform flavor glass after glass.

Anyone who has ever juiced oranges at home knows that no two oranges ever have the exact same flavor, especially in different seasons. So, what is the process that juice companies use to create their concoctions?

After squeezing the juice from oranges, it is stored in large holding tanks. Afterwards, all of the oxygen from the juice is removed. This is done to extend the shelf life of the juice. When the oxygen has been removed, a flavor pack is added. These flavor packs are provided by fragrance and flavoring companies, often the same companies that manufacture perfume.

The flavor packs added to orange juice in the United States often contain ethyl butyrate. According to Toxipedia.org, ethyl butyrate, “is commonly used as an artificial flavoring such as pineapple flavoring in alcoholic beverages (i.e. martinis, daiquiris etc.); solvent; in perfumery products and as a plasticizer for cellulose. In addition, ethyl butyrate is often also added to orange juice, as most associate its odor with that of fresh orange juice.”

Instead of drinking down this chemical-filled solution, orange juice lovers should strongly consider squeezing their own fresh, organic orange juice at home. However, many experts are now recommending that people cut down on juice, and instead eat the fruits whole.

For starters, when drinking juice, it is very easy to get an overload of sugar in a very short amount of time. When the entire orange is eaten, the fiber in the pulp actually aids the body in digesting the fructose content, as it blocks some of it from being absorbed.

Whole oranges are also more filling than drinking a glass of orange juice, satisfying your hunger as well as your thirst. Additionally, the pulp and peel of the orange contain a flavonoid known as hesperidin, which has been linked to anti-inflammatory properties and lowered blood pressure.

Home-juiced, organic orange juice still has its health benefits and antioxidants, and can be enjoyed in moderate quantities, although the whole fruit certainly packs more punch. When it comes to those cartons lining the grocery store refrigerator, however, best to steer clear; the added chemicals should signal you to ‘stay away.’

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California Woman Sues OJ Giant Tropicana Over Flavor Packs

Jan. 20, 2012
By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES

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A California mother is taking on orange juice giant Tropicana, alleging in a lawsuit that the company's not-from-concentrate Pure Premium juice is "heavily processed" and not a "natural" product.

In a class-action suit filed Jan. 6 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Angelena Lewis, 32, of Vacaville alleges that the addition of aromas and flavor packs "changes the essential nature" of the juice.

"While Tropicana claims that 'making Tropicana orange juice is truly art,' it is far more a science," the lawsuit alleges.

If the class action moves forward, the lawsuit would represent anyone in the nation who had bought Tropicana Pure Premium, which is made by Tropicana Products, a division of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc.

They allege that advertising claims are misleading and that Tropicana Products has violated consumer fraud statutes in various states, including California's false-misleading advertising law.

Lawyers have also made their claim under California's Legal Remedies Act and the Unfair Competition Law.

The lawsuit cites the packaging of the Pure Premium brand, "an illustration of an orange with a straw stuck into it, which is meant to convey the message that [not-from-concentrate] juice is fresh from the orange. This reinforces the '100 percent Pure and Natural Orange Juice' claim in large prominent type."

"It is not natural orange juice," according to the complaint. "It is instead a product that is scientifically engineered in laboratories, not nature, which explains its shelf-life of more than two months."

Tropicana spokesman Michael Torres would not address allegations of false advertising, but instead provided a written statement to ABCNews.com.

"Our juice is safe, nutritious and Tropicana remains committed to offering great-tasting 100 percent orange juice with no added sugars or preservatives," Torres wrote. "We take the faith that consumers place in our products seriously and are committed to full compliance with labeling laws and regulations."

Tropicana holds about 40 percent of the market share of all orange juice sold each year and had worldwide retail sales of about $5 billion in 2010, according to the lawsuit.

On its website, Tropicana said each 59-ounce container of Pure Premium has "16 fresh-picked oranges squeezed into it."

"Angelina purchased Tropicana for her family based on the representation Tropicana made on its product label," Lewis' lawyer, Sarah N. Westcot, said. "I think they know people have a preference for natural products and capitalize on that. ... She wouldn't have bought the product if she knew what went in to making the juice."

Under California law involving class action suits, the litigants are seeking an aggregate of at least $5 million, she said.

"It is a national class-action suit on behalf of everyone in the United States," Westcot said. Tropicana has 21 days to file their response.

Westcot said she believes "we have a strong case."

Lewis has not returned a call from ABC News for comment.

The lawsuit comes on the heels of news that trace amounts of the fungicide carbendazim was recently found in some Minute Maid orange juice made by Coca Cola and juices of some of its competitors.

The juices in question were made of oranges imported from Brazil, where that fungicide is legal, and Coca Cola alerted the FDA of the trees had been sprayed with the chemical.

The FDA found no chemicals in Tropicana brands and the company has subsequently said it will use only Florida oranges going forward.

ABCNews.com reported last month that many brands of pasteurized orange juice contain flavor packs. Similar flavorings are used in a variety of foods, including alcoholic beverages, chewing gum and as a solvent in perfumes.

The Food and Drug Administration does not require companies to add flavor packs to the labeling of pasteurized juice (which includes the from-concentrate as well as the not-from-concentrate versions), according to the citrus industry.

As for claims of being a natural product, agency spokesman Siohban DeLancy said, "The FDA has never defined the term, 'natural.' However, we don't object to its use if it is truthful and not misleading."

Citrus Industry Defends Juice-Making Process

The industry as a whole says that the methods generally are essential for keeping up with consumer demand for orange juice.

For the past 30 years, companies have used flavor packs to process what the FDA identifies as "pasteurized" orange juice. That includes top brands such as Tropicana, Minute Maid, Simply Orange and Florida Natural, among others.

After oranges are picked, they are shipped off to be processed. They are squeezed and pasteurized and, if they are not bound for frozen concentrate, are kept in aseptic storage, which involves stripping the juice of oxygen in a process called "deaeration," and kept in million-gallon tanks for up to a year.

Before packaging, the juice is jazzed up with an added flavor pack, gleaned from orange byproducts such as the peel and pulp, to compensate for the loss of taste and aroma during the heating process.

Different brands use different flavor packs to give their product its unique and always consistent taste.

Kristen Gunter, executive director of the Florida Citrus Processors Association, confirmed last month that juices are blended and stored and that flavor packs are added to pasteurized juice before shipping to stores.

Flavor packs are created from the volatile compounds that escape from the orange during the pasteurization step.

But, she said, "It's not made in a lab or made in a chemical process, but comes through the physical process of boiling and capturing the [orange essence]."

The pasteurization process not only makes the food safe, but stabilizes the juice, which separates in its fresh state. Adding the flavor packs ensures a consistent flavor.

"If consumers have the false impression that pasteurized orange juice is not heated or treated because they have a picture of an orange on the carton, then they are not informed," Gunter said.

The lawsuit also alleges that one of the chemicals found in flavor packs in the United States is ethyl butyrate, "further revealing that [the juice] is not pure and natural.


But Doug Kara, a spokesman for the FDA's food safety division, said the chemical is "generally recognized as safe as a food additive for flavoring."

Particularly egregious, alleges the lawsuit, is a video on the company's website, "Tropicana Orange Grove Tour," which shows pristine groves, but none of the processing.

"While Tropicana provides videos and images of its groves in Florida,"
the complaint says, "it has never advertised or shown pictures of massive orange juice tankers that carry millions of gallons of orange juice cargo in enormous cylindrical tanks, much less trumpeted its dependence upon them and their cargo."
  
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