Are Probiotics Right For You?

Are Probiotics Right For You? | probiotics | General Health Special Interests

Maybe you’ve heard how probiotics can help your digestion, perhaps you’ve even tried them. But do you know exactly what they are, and just how they work? Don’t worry, because you’re not alone. There’s a lot of confusion about probiotics, and I want to try to clear that up as best as I can.

Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics are really just live bacteria that are constantly replenishing and growing inside of your intestines. Don’t freak out. A large number of these bacterial critters is actually a good thing, as they have been shown to be beneficial for healthy digestion, nutrient absorption, and even mood balance. After entering the body and feeding on prebiotics (food for probiotics, usually fiber), these microorganisms populate the microbiome, taking up residence in your gut. So while the main benefit is to the digestive system, studies suggest they could boost the immune system and even strengthen respiratory health. [1][2]

And probiotic supplementation could even aid in mental health! For years, scientists have noted the importance of maintaining healthy bacteria levels in the gut for physical health, but one recent study suggests decreased levels of gut bacteria could be connected to behavioral conditions like autism and depression. [3] Another report suggests probiotic treatments could even help autistic children by helping to counteract the “bad” bacteria. [4]

Sources of Probiotics

So now you’ve read about these microorganisms and what they can do, but where exactly are they found? Well, here are three foods that contain a plentitude of probiotics, and they’re very easy to access.

Yogurt

For the full benefit, make sure you’re buying or, even better, making your own live-cultured yogurt. Much of the yogurt you buy nowadays even has added probiotics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Of course, you want to stray away from yogurt with high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.

Kefir

Sort of a cousin to yogurt, kefir is a fermented dairy product made from dairy milk and fermented kefir grains. Goat’s milk is commonly used, especially since it’s high in probiotics like thermophillus, bifudus, bulgaricus, and acidophilus. Kefir is also a great source of lactobacillus and bifudus. If you don’t consume dairy (which is probably a good thing), then you can also make kefir using coconut milk.

Tempeh

Not only is tempeh a fermented soybean product rich in probiotics; it’s also high in vitamin B12, making it a healthier substitute for meat or tofu.

Probiotics: Why You Need Them

Probiotic supplements are an excellent way to ensure a steady supply of probiotic strains in your intestines, especially when your diet is less than ideal. Remember, the goal with probiotics is to maintain or restore the balance of your gut’s “good” bacteria, and taking antibiotics could actually work against that. You should never stop taking a prescribed medication without consulting your doctor, but a recent study suggests that common antibiotics could change “the microbial and metabolic patterns of the gut,” decreasing the diversity of bacteria. [5][6]

Do you take probiotics? Please let us know in the comments!

References:

  1. Behnsen, J, et al. Probiotics: Properties, Examples, and Specific Applications. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine.
  2. West, N. P. et al. Probiotic supplementation for respiratory and gastrointestinal illness symptoms in healthy physically active individuals. Clinical Nutrition. 33 (4).
  3. Kang, D. et al. Reduced Incidence of Prevotella and Other Fermenters in Intestinal Microflora of Autistic Children. PLoS ONE.
  4. Patterson, P. et al. Microbiota Modulate Behavioral and Physiological Abnormalities Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Cell. 155 (7).
  5. Perez-Cobas, A. E. et al. Gut microbiota disturbance during antibiotic therapy: a multi-omic approach. Gut. 62.
  6. Hassan, T. Pharmacologic considerations for patients taking oral contraceptives. CONNECTICUT DENTAL STUDENT JOURNAL.

 


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The Vicious Truth About Antidepressants And Violent Behavior

The Vicious Truth About Antidepressants And Violent Behavior | Antidepressants | General Health Sleuth Journal Special Interests

The brain is a complex organ, controlling our actions, cells, and emotions. When we mess with the brain, either inadvertently or with pharmaceutical medications, we can only expect a negative consequence in the process. If our body is exposed to toxins on a consistent basis, then there’s no doubt that our brain is too, and these environmental toxins–like aluminum and PCBs–are contributing to everything from Alzheimer’s disease to ADHD. [1][2] Interfering with brain chemistry through the use of psychiatric medications is equally as harmful, more so than many people realize.

Antidepressants and Violent Behavior: What Nobody is Talking About

The mind is prone to neuroses, particularly during stressful or traumatic times. Using psychiatric drugs to “treat” depression is more often than not a bandaid approach, and only addresses the biological symptoms of depression rather than the root cause. Instead of addressing nutritional concerns and psychological barriers to personal happiness, many people are doped up on SSRIs, tranquilizers, and similar drugs. Research over the past few years has steadily shown a strong correlation between antidepressants and homicide. World Psychiatry published a recent study confirming past research, making it startlingly clear: psychiatric drugs may ease depressive symptoms, but they possibly increase a person’s chances of exhibiting violent behavior. [3]

You’re probably aware of the mass shootings across the nation in recent years, and many people are left wondering what could be causing the uprising of these violent crimes. Gun control is seen as a solution to this problem, but what if the issue is much more covert? Taking antidepressants is considered normal in this day and age, and no one questions their use. But could it be that this overly-prescribed pharmaceutical is altering minds to a greater degree than we’ve ever imagined? The antidepressant trazodone, for example, was given to a man who shot and killed 12 people at a Navy facility in Washington, D.C. Trazodone carries with it a list of side effects, including suicide behavior, panic attacks, worsening depression, aggressive behavior, impulsive behavior, and abnormal excitement. [4]

The Real Causes of Depression

While many wish to brush off one example of antidepressants and violent behavior as a mere coincidence, we can’t ignore the many other cases of suicides, murders, and violence in the country at the hands of those drugged with these psychiatric pharmaceuticals. [5] Depression isn’t a Zoloft deficiency; it’s a real illness that, at its root, contains one or more causative factors. Improper nutrition is virtually ignored by today’s psychiatrists, but it just so happens that all neurotransmitters responsible for mood stabilization require nutrients for proper functioning. Tryptophan, for instance, requires zinc, copper, B vitamins, iron, and magnesium in order to perform efficiently.

Another hidden and rarely discussed factor related to depression is mold exposure. Mold can remain hidden in a home for years, but the effect it has on your health is insurmountable. Studies have shown that mold exposure, whether you know you’re being exposed to it or not, contributes to neurobehavioral issues. These health issues include worsening memory, mood impairments, and even Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms. [6][7][8]

One Final Thought

When it comes to psychiatric illness, it is up to you and your doctor to find the best way you can to improve your wellbeing. Always keep in mind that there are a number of components playing into disease, including mental illness, so speak to your doctor and do your research to determine the plenitude of factors associated with your particular case. If you are taking pharmaceutical drugs for any kind of mental distress, it is important to not stop taking them, because this action could lead to adverse symptoms, including worsening depression. Supplementing with probiotics can also be a helpful measure, as could physical exercise, meditation, and socialization.

References:

  1. Tomljenoivc L. Aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease: after a century of controversy, is there a plausible link? J Alzheimers Dis. 2011;23(4):567-98. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2010-101494.
  2. Paul A. Eubig, Andrea Aguiar, and Susan L. Schantz. Lead and PCBs as Risk Factors for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Environ Health Perspect. 2010 Dec; 118(12): 1654-1667. doi: 10.1289/ehp.0901852.
  3. Health Day. Do Certain Medicines Raise Murder Risk? Medline Plus.
  4. Medline Plus. Trazodone. NIH. National Library of Medicine.
  5. David Healy, Andrew Herxheimer, and David B Menkes. Antidepressants and Violence: Probles at the Interface of Medicine and Law. PLoS Med. 2006 Sep; 3(9): e372. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030372.
  6. Kilburn KH. Indoor mold exposure associated with neurobehavioral and pulmonary impairment: a preliminary report. Arch Environ Health. 2003 Jul;58(7):390-8.
  7. Crago BR, Gray MR, Nelson LA, et al. Psychological, neuropsychological, and elctrocortical effects of mixed mold exposure. Arch Environ Health. 2003 Aug;58(8):452-63.
  8. Rutgers University. Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease Linked to Fungus. Rutgers Today.

 


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Three Artificial Sweeteners You Should Look Out For

Three Artificial Sweeteners You Should Look Out For | sugar-free | General Health Special Interests Toxins

Artificial sweeteners are everywhere, and if you’re like me, you avoid them at all costs. Things like aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin can be found in a variety of processed diet foods; however, even some foods you wouldn’t expect contain these chemicals. Whether you’re knowingly poisoning yourself with these toxins or not, you must know that their presence in your diet, regardless of the amount, have no purpose for your body. Not eliminating them is sometimes the only obstacle many people have toward achieving an ideal state of health.

The Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

Avoiding artificial sweeteners should already be a no-brainer for you, especially if you are a consistent reader of this blog. Here are the top three sweeteners you should look out for:

1. Why Saccharin Is Not Your Friend

Saccharin was the first artificial sweetener and is still a popular sugar substitute used by many people across the world. Fortunately, it’s not as popular in diet foods as it used to be. You will typically find saccharin in pink packets of artificial sweetener, like Sweet‘N Low. Saccharin can encourage potential allergic reactions in some people, including headaches, breathing difficulties, skin eruptions, and diarrhea. [1] There are also studies indicating saccharin in cancer development; although, these studies are dated and do not appear in any relevant, modern literature.

2. The Ever-Popular Sucralose

Sucralose, or commonly known by its trade name “Splenda,” is another commonly-used artificial sweetener. This sweetener, along with aspartame, is often used in diet sodas and other weight loss and diabetic-friendly foods. While it is true that Sucralose starts off with natural sugar as the starting material, it is chlorinated and goes through a very unnatural process during production. Supposedly, Sucralose is not digested and travels through the GI tract unchanged; however, a recent analysis shows the exact opposite. [2] There is some research also showing that Sucralose affects glucose control in diabetics and prediabetics, something that nonnutritive sweeteners are designed to avoid. [3] Considering that Sucralose was discovered while testing for a new insecticide (at least that’s what’s been widely reported), why would we want to ingest this at any amount?

3. How Aspartame Destroys Brain Cells

Aspartate and glutamate are found in aspartame and behave as neurotransmitters in the brain. Having an excess of these neurotransmitters kills certain neurons by allowing the inundation of calcium. This influx provokes excessive amounts of free radicals which kill the cells. [4] The sweetener also contains methanol, which is subsequently metabolized into formaldehyde. There’s a host of other issues with aspartame, and I firmly believe this to be one of the worst artificial sweeteners on the market.

Alternative Natural Sweeteners

I always suggest that everyone, including healthy individuals, remove added sugars from their diet, including added sweeteners. While you can use stevia and other caloric natural sweeteners in moderation, to eliminate our addiction to sweet tastes and promote balance in our diet we must reduce them on all levels. Here are some of the natural sweeteners you should use, but only in moderation:

  • Coconut Nectar
  • Lo Han Extract
  • Stevia
  • Organic Raw Honey
  • Organic Blackstrap Molasses
  • Sugar Alcohols (xylitol, glycerol, sorbitol, maltitol, mannitol, and erythritol)

What sweeteners do you use? Have you had any personal health experiences with artificial sweeteners? Please share with us in the comments!

References:

  1. Medicine Net. Saccharin: What are the cons? Medicine Net.
  2. Schiffman SS, Rother KI. Sucralose, a synthetic organochlorine sweetener: overview of biological issues. J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev. 2013;16(7):399-451. doi: 10.1080/10937404.2013.842523.
  3. Pepino MY, Tiemann CD, Patterson BW, Wice BM, Klein S. Sucralose affects glycemic and hormonal responses to an oral glucose load. Diabetes Care. 2013 Sep;36(9):2530-5. doi: 10.2337/dc12-2221.
  4. Iyyaswamy A, Rathinasamy S. Effect of chronic exposure to aspartame on oxidative stress in the brain of albino rats. J Biosci. 2012 Sep;37(4):679-88.


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Where Does Your Favorite Brand of Bottled Water Actually Come From? (VIDEO)

Where Does Your Favorite Brand of Bottled Water Actually Come From? (VIDEO) | water-bottles | General Health Multimedia Special Interests

In the hierarchy of water, from municipal to well to purchased, bottled water is generally heralded as the purest drinking water you can get. But is it really?

Often, the bottled water for which you pay a high premium is simply the same water you get from the tap, run through a purification process. In other words, it’s the same thing you could do with your faucet and a Big Berkey. (And if you add some special filters, you’ll be sure to get the fluoride out.)

report from Business Insider reveals that the most expensive and widely distributed brands are quite a disappointment. Dasani and Nestle are simply pumped from local water sources (often in drought-stricken places like California). Aquafina comes straight from public water sources. SmartWater is pretty smart when it comes to making a buck – it’s simply municipal tap water that has been purified.

This animated map shows exactly where in the United States the water is coming from.

In my book, The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide, I wrote at length about the potentially harmful chemical treatments added to municipal water sources. Even with “purification”, you have to wonder if the fluoride and choramination byproducts are actually removed from the water before it’s bottled, particularly the water that comes straight from the taps.

Personally, I’ll be skipping the bottled tap water (which across the board is actually more expensive) and going with the spring water.


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Heme Iron Vs. Nonheme Iron: What’s the Difference?

Heme Iron Vs. Nonheme Iron: What’s the Difference? | spinach | General Health Special Interests

Not all iron is created equally, and if you have an iron imbalance, you should carefully consider which iron is best for your health. Your body recognizes the difference between heme and nonheme iron sources and will absorb each type differently. These types are easy to identify in your daily diet. Heme iron comes from animals, and nonheme iron comes from plants. Here is everything else you need to know about the differences between heme and nonheme iron and how each can affect your health.

What Is Heme Iron?

Heme iron is the type of iron found in blood and muscle. Present in animal foods like red meats, fish, and poultry, heme iron is a significant source of the absorbed iron in a typical western diet, though it only makes up about one-third of dietary iron.[1] Heme iron gets its name from the heme protein attached to a lone iron atom. The “heme” in the blood protein hemoglobin refers to this protein-bound form of iron.

Health Benefits of Heme Iron

On average, the human body absorbs about 15% to 35% of heme iron consumed.[2] While the exact mechanism of absorption is unclear, it is clear that the body absorbs heme iron more readily than nonheme iron.[1] However, it’s important to note that heme iron introduces the problems associated with consuming animal products.

Health Risks of Heme Iron

While iron is an essential mineral, the rapid absorption of heme iron is not always a good thing. Keeping the right iron balance is critical. Too little iron puts you at risk for developing iron deficiency anemia; too much can increase oxidative stress. While these concerns can exist with nonheme iron, there are additional health concerns linked directly to heme iron, including the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, several types of cancer, and gastrointestinal side effects.[34, 5]

Sources of Heme Iron

Heme iron only exists in animal products or animal-based iron supplements. These heme iron supplements are available as powders, tablets, capsules, and even drinks. Heme iron-rich foods include oysters, beef liver, and sardines.[6]

What Is Nonheme Iron?

Nonheme iron is iron found in plant foods like green leafy vegetables, beans, and nuts. Nonheme iron is not combined with a heme protein, and this difference is the reason for the body’s reduced ability to absorb nonheme iron. Slower absorption allows you to eat more iron-rich plants without worrying about iron toxicity.[7]

Health Benefits of Nonheme Iron

Nonheme iron is the iron found in plants, and plant foods are inherently healthier than animal foods. Additionally, because nonheme iron is absorbed at a rate of 2% to 20%, toxic iron overload is less likely. Maintaining adequate levels of iron is a delicate balance. Your body is significantly better at moderating the absorption of nonheme iron. Heme iron, on the other hand, can bypass the body’s attempts to control iron absorption. Since you have no way of eliminating excess iron from the body, this gives nonheme iron a significant advantage over heme iron.[18]

Likewise, consuming plant-based foods provides an array of powerful nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals to support your overall health, not just your iron status. Nonheme iron is also less likely to cause health concerns for your heart, unlike meat.

Disadvantages of Nonheme Iron

Bioavailability is the main difference between heme and nonheme iron.[2] Nonheme iron is absorbed at a lower rate than heme iron. However, in this case, its weakness is a strength in disguise. Nonheme iron poses a lower risk of causing iron toxicity, even when consumed in large amounts. Your body allows the iron to pass through the digestive system for elimination.[8]

Best Sources of Nonheme Iron

Plant-based food is the best source of nonheme iron. You can boost your iron intake by eating more iron-rich vegan foods like spinach, lentils, and pumpkin seeds. Also, taking with vitamin C can enhance the absorption of iron.[6] Some supplements contain only nonheme iron, but they are far less common than their heme supplement counterparts.

Global Healing Center offers the highest quality nonheme iron supplement available. Iron Fuzion™ provides 100% nonheme iron from curry tree leaves along with a proprietary blend of thyme and echinacea extracts to help your body absorb and use iron. Try it today for yourself and experience the benefits of plant-sourced iron.

References (8)
  1. West, Adrian R., and Phillip S. Oates. “Mechanisms of Heme Iron Absorption: Current Questions and Controversies.” World Journal of Gastroenterology. (2008): 4101–4110.
  2. Morsen, E.R. “Iron nutrition and absorption: dietary factors which impact iron bioavailability.” Journal of the American Dietetic Association (1988): 786-790.
  3. Kaluza J., Wolk A., Larsson S.C. “Heme iron intake and risk of stroke: a prospective study of men. Stroke.” (2013):334-339.
  4. Yang, W., Li, B., Dong, X., et al. “Is heme iron intake associated with risk of coronary heart disease? A meta-analysis of prospective studies.” Eur J Nutr. (2014): 395.
  5. Nadia M. Bastide, Fabrice H.F. Pierre and Denis E. Corpet. “Heme Iron from Meat and Risk of Colorectal Cancer: A Meta-analysis and a Review of the Mechanisms Involved.” Cancer Prev Res February. (2011): 177-184.
  6. Office of Dietary Supplements – Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Iron.” National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.
  7. Gulec, Sukru, Gregory J. Anderson, and James F. Collins. “Mechanistic and Regulatory Aspects of Intestinal Iron Absorption.” American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology 307.4 (2014): G397–G409.
  8. Cook, J.D. “Adaptation In Iron Metabolism.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 51.2 (2017): 301-308. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.


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Is Plastic Surgery Going Organic?

Is Plastic Surgery Going Organic? | neck | General Health Medical & Health Organics Sleuth Journal Special Interests

The following article was written by my good friend, Dr. Richard DeAndrea, MD, ND. He’s the Medical Information Director at LifeSci Center and Medical Director at The Good Life. His work places him at the forefront of the exciting advances described.

Is it possible to get a breast augmentation without an implant? Is it possible to get a face-lift without a filler or Botox? Is it possible to get full lips? Is it possible to get a head of hair without a spray or surgery?

Yes, this is already happening, this is not a dream. Plastic surgery has gone organic. Over 250 breast augmentations have been performed in Japan without an artificial implant using the same person’s stem cells taken from fat after a slimming thigh liposuction.

The first face-lift free of filler or botox was performed on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, by Dr. Richard Ellenbogen in 2010. In 2015, Lady Gaga revealed her secret way to natural lips, with full exposure in Cosmopolitan Magazine. CBS Channel 2 News Los Angeles reported about Dr. Ken Williams of the Orange County Hair Restoration Institute. He’s able to transform baldness to a full head of hair, as already has been done hundreds of times at The Hair Transplant Clinic of Rome, Italy.

What Is the Secret?

The secret is in you, your stem cells—not from embryos or another person. In a process known as Autologous Stem Cell Therapy, stem cells that come from your fat and are given back to you. Stem cells are a discovery that is turning the eye of doctors and surgeons to an organic approach, one that works with nature.

What Are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are unique cells found all over the body that regrow and replace the skin, hair, and fat content that changes in our bodies from day-to-day. In fact, millions of cells die on our skin in one day, these cells must be replaced or we would simply degenerate and disappear into the ethers.

How Are Stem Cells Affecting Plastic Surgery?

Stem cells are replacing silicon and saline implants and can be combined with fat from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks after liposuction to fill the breast like a balloon, up to two cup sizes. Women have gone from an A cup to a C cup and retained this size even after dieting. The same cells can be injected under the skin and into muscles to cause a face-lift and regenerate fine lines without a single drug or resection of skin.

Stem cells can be injected into a petri dish with hair samples to cause more hair to grow that may be transplanted into the scalp by micro-needle injection, causing your own hair to regrow.

Stem cells can stimulate growth of other stem cells in the lips. Even stem cells from plants have been shown to catalyze or stimulate the growth of stem cells in the lips, potentially giving lips a younger, fuller appearance.

The plastic enhanced days of Joan Rivers and Michael Jackson are losing traction. Plastic surgery is going organic because a new era has dawned in which the power of nature is replacing the false perception of better living through chemistry. It is time to get real and look good doing it, for beauty is and always has been deep within every cell of our being.

Time to go organic!


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10 Delicious Ways To Infuse Honey

10 Delicious Ways To Infuse Honey | herbal-infused-honey | General Health

Infusing honey with fruit or herbs is a great way to add enhanced taste to honey, as well as additional health benefits. In the wintertime, I regularly make lemon, ginger infused honey and elderberry syrup to boost my family’s immune system, but have never made infused honeys for edible enjoyment. I decided to give it a try and came up with some delightful infusions I wanted to share.

Infused honeys can be enjoyed on fresh fruit, oatmeal, breads, desserts, smoothies, beverages, marinades and even drizzled over yummy homemade yogurt. All you need is your favorite honey (I bought mine from a local beekeeper) and your favorite herbs.

There are two methods in making infused honey: 1. Fast method which involves slowly heating the honey until it reaches a temperature of 185 F (85C) for ten minutes. I prefer not to use this method, as it may kill off the beneficial parts of the honey. 2. The slow method involves allowing the honey to sit in the herbs and/or spices for two weeks. This method may be slow, but you will know that the health benefits are still there.

Infused Honey

  • Fresh or dried herbs: Lavender, Rose petals, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Basil, Ginger, Sage, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Star Anise, Rosemary, and Thyme are just a few of the many options.
  • Raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized honey
  • Empty tea bags or cheese cloth
  • Kitchen string
  • Glass jar
  1. To prevent added bacteria, wash and completely dry off any fresh herbs or flowers you plan on using. As well, if you are using citrus zest, grate your citrus rinds the night before to allow it to dry out.
  2. On a cutting board, chop or muddle the spices to release the aromatic flavors.
  3. Place loose herbs and spices in tea bag or cheesecloth and tie with string to keep the bag remained closed.
  4. Pour honey over the top of the tea bag, filling the jar. Use a chopstick or skewer to stir the honey, then top off the jar with additional honey if needed. Screw lid on tightly.
  5. Allow flavors to infuse for two weeks. Tip: Invert your honey jar whenever your tea bag floats to the surface to keep your herbs and spices submerged and to mix the honey ever so slightly.
  6. Open jar and remove tea bag. Replace your jar lid, screwing it on tightly.

Read these tips of properly storing honey.

1. Lemon-Rosemary Honey

This is great for marinades

  • 1 tablespoon dried, grated lemon zest (allow fresh lemon zest to sit on a windowsill overnight)
  • 1 1/4  teaspoons dried or 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Honey

2. Vanilla Bean-Cardamom Honey

Delicious on desserts

  • 1 vanilla bean, chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cardamom pods (about 25)
  • Honey

3. Vanilla Orange Honey

A nice addition to hot or cold tea

  • 2 tablespoon dried, grated orange zest (about 1/2 large orange)
  • 1/2 Chopped Vanilla Bean
  • Honey

4. Hot Pepper Honey

Great for marinades or drizzled to steamed vegetables

  • 1 jalapeno or 2 teaspoons pepper/chili seeds (can be substituted with other peppers)
  • Honey

5. Cinnamon-Anise Honey

  • 5 sticks of cinnamon
  • 3 anise stars
  • Honey

6. Sage Honey

This one is great for upper respiratory issues

  • 1/2 cup fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried, grated lemon zest
  • Honey

7. Rose Petal Honey

  • Rose petals from 5 roses
  • Honey

8. Lavender-Vanilla Honey

  • 3 tablespoons of culinary grade lavender buds
  • 1 vanilla bean, chopped
  • Honey

9. Ginger-Clove Vanilla Honey

  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 6 whole cloves
  • Honey

10. Chamomile Lemon Balm Honey

A wonderful honey that soothes and relaxes

  • 2 tablespoons chamomile
  • 1 tablespoon lemon balm leaves
  • Honey

So there you have it – ten delicious recipes to start out with. You will love the results and see how easy it really is. Happy Infusing!


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Miraculous Vaccines: Here They Come Again

Miraculous Vaccines: Here They Come Again | microneedle-patch-vaccination | General Health Medical & Health Science & Technology Sleuth Journal Special Interests Vaccines

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(The Real Agenda News) It is said to be as “efficient” as a traditional vaccine, but without the pinch and the pain.

How about the side effects?

I have written at length about the falsehoods pushed by the pharmaceutical industry and how these fraudulent “truths” become pillars to justify massive vaccination campaigns that never prevented, treated or cured any disease.

It is true; not all vaccines kill you, at least not immediately, but all vaccines do slowly kill you over time.

Despite clear evidence that vaccines never had any significant effect in preventing, treating or curing disease, there is a strong echo for new vaccines that will miraculously cure cancer or other difficult to treat medical complications.

A US scientific team has created a micro needle patch to replace the traditional syringe needle when it comes to getting a shot. That somehow has been dubbed as a revolutionary advancement of science.

It is a band-aid with a hundred needles, as thin as a hair, on the adhesive side that penetrate the surface of the skin.

The invention has successfully passed the first clinical trials of the flu vaccine, the results of which have been published in the British medical journal The Lancet, the same publication that hosts climate alarmism so-called anthropogenic global warming studies.

The patch pierces the upper layers of the epidermis, while regular injection of the flu reaches the muscle.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, who are responsible for the study, believe the invention could help boost immunization of the population, including children and other patients who fear needles.

Note that the invention is not highlighted for its safety, for example, but for its convenience. That is because most patients and most doctors still believe that vaccines are safe, even though they are not.

“The patch offers the same protection as a traditional but painless vaccine. You have to apply it on the wrist and make enough pressure to make sure the microneedles will penetrate the skin.

After 20 minutes, the patch is removed. At that time, the micro needles will have dissolved between the skin, along with the vaccine,” said Dr. Nadine Rouphael, one of the leaders of the research.

Rouphael argues that the improvement over traditional methods is that patches are simple enough for anyone to apply to themselves and do not need to be stored cold – they are stable at 40 ° C for a year.

“It does not generate acute waste, which allows people to get vaccinated at home. It could be an advantage for pandemic flu where mass vaccination is necessary,” he says. Dr. Rouphel does not mention that some of the most dangerous pandemics were caused precisely by vaccines themselves.

A hundred people between the ages of 18 and 49, who had not been vaccinated against the flu in the previous season, participated in the tests.

They were divided into four groups: one received a placebo patch, another the traditional injection vaccine, another had the patch applied by a medical team and in the latter, the patches were applied by the participants themselves.

The antibody level with the drug components in 28 days a supposed measure of immunogenicity of the vaccine (falsehood) was the same across all vaccination methods and did not have serious side effects, although some people experienced redness, itching and tenderness in the area of the skin where it had been applied.

More than 70% of the participants stated that in the future they would prefer this method to injection. See, people! Convenience. Not safety.

The creators of the patch, whose patent belongs to the biopharmaceutical Micron Biomedical and must be authorized for widespread use within five years, work on the development of versions for measles, rubella and polio. In reality disease such as polio have made a comeback thanks to the use of vaccines.

Last year the United States already approved a flu shot with a micro needle that also promises to eliminate the pain, and Australian scientists created a nano patch with needles even smaller than those of this flu vaccine.

“The preliminary results of these new routes of administration are quite good, the protective response is the same, and that opens the door to improving the coverage of the population,” said Amos García Rojas, president of the Spanish Association of Vaccines.

The traditional vaccine requires a special transport to keep it cold, in addition to that it can only be administered in medical spaces, which increases the cost and affects its availability.

For this reason, Garcia points out that the new method may be especially interesting for developing countries.

It is precisely in developing countries where this experimental product and others are first deployed under the excuse of advancing medical health in poor countries and it is exactly there where more people die from the same diseases that vaccines are supposed to prevent.


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Truvia’s Sweet Scam: Highly Processed, GMO, And Contains Hardly Any Stevia (VIDEO)

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If you’re one of the people who was excited when the “natural” sweetener that was allegedly made from the stevia plantTruvia’s Sweet Scam: Highly Processed, GMO, And Contains Hardly Any Stevia (VIDEO) | ir?t=nutr0c-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1502302993 | General Health GMOs Multimedia Organic Market Classifieds Propaganda Sleuth Journal Special Interests Toxins became more commonly available, I’m afraid I have some bad news for you.

All of that hype about the “new” zero-calorie Truvia? All the talk about how natural it is? That’s just not true.

Incidentally, while the FDA has approved this bastardization of stevia, the actual leaf, where the active chemicals are found, is banned from sale as a food additive or sweetener and may only be sold as an “herbal supplement.”

The Big Food/Big Agri Connection

There’s a direct connection to Big Agri – Cargill, a privately held, multi-billion dollar corporation, was the driving force behind getting FDA approval of the sweetener, despite evidence that it might not actually be safe in its processed form. Cargill is also a major player in the meat industry (with all of its unspeakable feedlot horrors) and has been subject to numerous food safety recalls over the past few years due to contaminated meat. Cargill, that bastion of food safety, was the driving force behind the FDA’s decision to switch the status of stevia from a “supplement” to a food that is “generally recognized as safe”.

Cargill wasn’t alone, however. Big Food joined forces, since diet soda sales have plummeted over the past 10 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the sale of low-calorie soft drinks has declined by billions per year over the past decade, as consumers became aware of the potential risks of neurotoxic artificial sweeteners.

So, to combat those health concerns, Coca Cola produced Truvia and Pepsi produced PureVia. Now, I don’t know about you, but I can’t consume anything produced by either of those companies (both Coke and Pepsi lobbied fiercely against the labeling of GMOs) and delude myself into believing the product is healthy.

Decades ago, diet sodas were touted as a healthy way to have a refreshing beverage without expanding your waistline. Unfortunately, the zero-calorie beverages were anything but healthy, and many people have suffered ill effects from the consumption of those drinks. Even corporate-funded Fox News was forced to admit that diet sodas were detrimental to human health.

Enter Truvia, the cure for all of those diet soda ills. Because, it’s natural!

Truvia is the second best-selling sugar substitute in the United States, most likely because the deceptive marketing is targeted at those who want to make healthier, less artificial choices. Remember how last week we discussed that Big Food isn’t making very much money? This is just the next volley of propaganda in which Big Food attempts to deceive the public into believing their processed food-like substances are actually food. Sales of Truvia in 2014 exceeded $400 million.

But…Truvia is not actually “natural”

Not so fast. While it’s true that the powdered stevia you get in the little packets is in part derived from a plant grown in Paraguay, it isn’t just the plant you’re getting. If it was just a powdered up plant, Coca Cola and Cargill wouldn’t be able to hold the patents to make it, right?

Traditionally, a leaf from the stevia plant was dropped into a hot beverage to steep and lend its sweetness. But the current product that’s being touted for its “natural sweetness” is a far cry from a leaf from the garden. (Despite how Cargill glosses over the heavy processing on the Truvia website.) In fact, Cargill had to settle a civil lawsuit a few years back because of their claims that the product was natural. The lawsuit forced them to put millions of dollars aside to settle future claims and they were required to put an asterisk on their tagline “Nature’s calorie-free sweetener.”

Nor is it actually mostly stevia…it’s mostly derived from GMO corn

Truvia is actually made mostly of erythritol, a sugar alcohol derived from genetically modified corn. Only 5% of the compound is actually derived from the stevia plant.

Despite the fact that erythritol is made from corn, and most corn is GMO, the Truvia website provides the strangest dance of denial I’ve witnessed in quite some time. They seem to feel that since it’s just derived from corn, then processed like crazy, that the origin of the corn has no bearing on the end product.  Here’s what the website says, which sure sounds to me like GMO corn is used:

Does Truvía® natural sweetener contain GMO? Is it genetically modified? [Link]

No. Truvía® natural sweetener is not GMO, and does not contain any genetically modified ingredients. There are no known varieties of genetically modified stevia available anywhere in the world. The carrier for the intensely sweet stevia leaf extract is called erythritol. The erythritol used in Truvía® natural sweetener is produced by a yeast organism that is found in nature. The yeast ferments or digests dextrose and other nutrients. In other words, dextrose is the food for the yeast – much like corn may be food for a cow that produces meat or milk. The dextrose used as the feedstock for the yeast is a simple sugar that is derived from the starch component of U.S.-grown corn. Although genetically enhanced corn and non-transgenic corn are grown in the U.S. today, erythritol is not derived from corn and dextrose feedstock (just as milk is not derived from cattle feed); it is derived from the yeast organism. Erythritol is not genetically modified, and does not contain any genetically modified proteins.

Do you use GMO corn to produce the erythritol used in Truvía® natural sweetener? [Link]

The erythritol used in Truvía® natural sweetener is produced by a yeast organism that is found in nature. The yeast “ferments” or “digests” dextrose and other nutrients. Dextrose is the food for the yeast – much like corn may be food for a cow that produces meat or milk. The dextrose is derived from the starch component of U.S.-grown corn. Both GM corn and non-GM corn are grown in the U.S. today. Cargill does not segregate the corn used to manufacture the dextrose used in the erythritol process.

Why is Truvía® natural sweetener non-GMO if you use GMO corn? [Link]

Erythritol is not made from corn or dextrose (just as milk is not made from cattle feed); erythritol is made from a yeast organism that eats the dextrose for food. Erythritol itself is not derived from a genetically modified source, and does not contain any genetically modified proteins.

Pardon me, but I sincerely doubt that Truvia is manufactured from the mere 12% of corn in the United States that is not GMO.

Here’s how Truvia is made

Truvia contains 3 ingredients: Erythritol, Rebiana, and natural flavors.

Erythritol

We talked about erythritol and it’s genetically modified origins above. This ingredient makes up 95-99% of the “natural sweetener.” Straight from the Cargill website, here’s how erythritol is made:

Erythritol is the first polyol to be manufactured on a commercial scale by a fermentation process. The starting material is a simple sugar-rich substrate which is fermented by a yeast like fungus to yield erythritol.

The product is then crystallized to 99.5 percent purity from the filtered and concentrated fermentation broth.

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Rebiana

Rebiana (chemical name rebaudioside A)  makes up less than 1% of the little packet. Rebiana (also called Reb-A) is a substance that is derived from the stevia leaf, but is not actually stevia. Although Truvia’s website says that Rebiana is retrieved from the stevia leaf by soaking it in water, the patent held by Coca Cola divulges that it actually takes 40 steps (!!!) to extract the desired molecule, steps that include the use of yummy stuff like acetone, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and isopropanol.

Natural Flavoring

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that the term “natural flavoring” is so broad as to be without definition. Even MSG can be considered “natural” according to some, since it originates,far far back in the process, from yeast. Other types of natural additives are repugnant, so they hide the real origins behind that much-abused word, natural. (Read Natural Additives: Bugs, Hair, and Anal Secretions, Oh My for the full story on that meaningless ingredient listing.)So, really, this third ingredient could be anything.

A Dishonorable Mention Goes to Stevia in the Raw

Another deceptive product on the stevia bandwagon is Stevia in the Raw. It’s also not really stevia -it’s primary ingredients are dextrose and maltodextrin, both derived from corn, and both likely to be genetically modified. As well, maltodextrin often contains MSG, which doesn’t have to be disclosed in the ingredients list.

Incidentally, stevia may reduce fertility

While we’re on this subject, stevia alone may not be great for reproductive health. Women in South America use the herb to decrease the likelihood of conception. Check out this video on the topic.

The Conclusion? Truvia is NOT Stevia

Here’s the long and the short of it: if you have a sweet tooth, you simply have to understand that sweet things have calories. Whether you decide to consume things that are sweet is entirely up to you, but a non-harmful, no-calorie sweetener is simply the stuff of fairy tales. Little packets of sweet substances without calories are, without exception, highly processed and often very harmful.

If you want to sweeten a beverage with stevia, your very best bet is to make like the folks in Paraguay and steep a leaf of it in your beverage.(You can get organic stevia leaves HERETruvia’s Sweet Scam: Highly Processed, GMO, And Contains Hardly Any Stevia (VIDEO) | ir?t=nutr0c-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B004D7J1WY | General Health GMOs Multimedia Organic Market Classifieds Propaganda Sleuth Journal Special Interests Toxins , or you can grow it yourselfTruvia’s Sweet Scam: Highly Processed, GMO, And Contains Hardly Any Stevia (VIDEO) | ir?t=nutr0c-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B006RV7GVM | General Health GMOs Multimedia Organic Market Classifieds Propaganda Sleuth Journal Special Interests Toxins .) The second best option is a pure extract like this oneTruvia’s Sweet Scam: Highly Processed, GMO, And Contains Hardly Any Stevia (VIDEO) | ir?t=nutr0c-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B001K2KR46 | General Health GMOs Multimedia Organic Market Classifieds Propaganda Sleuth Journal Special Interests Toxins .

Truvia, for all its gushing propaganda, contains less than 5% of anything even derived from the stevia plant, much less actual stevia.

 


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The Health Benefits of Water Fasting

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While fasting has been part of human culture for thousands of years, only recently have we begun to investigate the therapeutic benefits of the practice. Interestingly, modern science has found a variety of verifiable positive effects fasting has on human health.

What Is Water Fasting?

Water fasting, also known as a water cleanse, is a type of fasting in which you consume only water for a set period of time. Many types of cleansing diets are referred to as fasts, but in water fasting, you take in zero calories. It’s distinct from caloric restriction in which a person’s daily caloric intake is reduced by 20–40%.

Of course, in the long-term, it’s impossible to live on water alone. Your body can’t function without calories and nutrients; they’re the batteries and building blocks of life. However, a carefully planned, short-term water fast can help reset certain biological processes and reinvigorate your health.

The most common question people ask about water fasting is “why?” Why would you voluntarily subject yourself to hunger and nutritional deprivation? There are many reasons to fast. Some people do it for religious or spiritual reasons; others to raise awareness for a cause. However, there are also well-established health benefits to fasting. Intermittent fasting encourages weight loss, reduces body fat, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and may even reduce the risk of serious conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.[12]

In the early days of humanity, fasting was the norm. Before the invention of agriculture, we were all hunter-gatherers. We ate what we could, when we could. Grabbing a snack from the fridge whenever our stomachs rumbled was not an option. Survival required that we adapt to occasional food shortages.[3]

Our ancestors incorporated fasting into cultural traditions long after the invention of agriculture ended our hunter-gatherer days. Many religions participate in ritual fasting to this day. Those of Islamic faith fast from dawn until dusk during the month of Ramadan. Many Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, and peoples of many other faiths all take part in traditional fasting. Many great healers and thinkers, like Hippocrates, Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle have praised the benefits of fasting.

The Health Benefits of Water Fasting

Fasting isn’t just for times of need or a way to demonstrate faith and devotion. There are some legitimate health benefits to fasting as well.

Weight Loss

The fasting benefit that interests most people is weight loss. While it may seem obvious that not eating will lead to less body fat, let’s take a closer look at exactly how water fasting can help. Ketosis is the state in which your body begins taking energy from your internal fat stores instead of food. Water fasting helps your body reach ketosis more quickly than dieting. When you refrain from eating calories, your body is forced to burn fat cells for energy.[4]

Slows Aging

While we know of no force on earth that can halt or reverse the aging process, it is certainly true that some people age more gracefully than others. Animal studies have found that intermittent fasting can extend lifespan by up to 80% over control groups. In humans, fasting has been found to reduce oxidative damage and inflammation.[4]

Improved Cell Recycling

Autophagy is your body’s normal, natural process for recycling unnecessary or dysfunctional components. Water fasting forces your system into an autophagic state. With the severely reduced caloric intake, your body is forced to be more selective in which cells it protects.[5]

This means that fasting can encourage your body’s natural healing mechanisms to actively destroy and recycle damaged tissues, which may have a positive effect on several serious conditions.

There is bountiful anecdotal evidence from people who claim that water fasting helped them overcome debilitating disorders. Current research backs up many of these claims. Animal studies have found that alternate day fasting caused a major reduction in the incidence of cancer and metabolic syndrome. Rodents placed on an intermittent fast had fewer incidences of neurological disorders including Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease.[4]

Water, Cells, and Human Health: New Breakthroughs

Of course, your body needs water for hydration, but is there more to it than that? Yes there is, according to Dr. Gerald H. Pollack, a professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Pollack and his team have made some new discoveries that challenge our current understanding of water. They found that water behaves oddly within living cells. Close to the cell membrane, water organizes itself in a series of gel-like layers, rather than as a completely fluid solution.

Dr. Pollack calls this “exclusion zone” (EZ) water, and it’s not the H2O we’re familiar with. EZ water is actually H3O2—three hydrogen atoms bonded to two oxygen atoms. So what does this mean for water fasting? Well, the reason this is called the exclusion zone is because it excludes things—things like contaminants and impurities. EZ water holds a negative charge and pushes contaminants away from itself. This discovery may have serious implications for cell signaling and detoxification, but more research needs to be done before we fully understand the connection.[6]

How to Perform a Water Fast

When fasting, planning is crucial; don’t skimp on it. If you’ve never done a fast before, you shouldn’t just start a 30-day water cleanse this afternoon. There is a right way to do any cleansing diet. Fasting is not usually dangerous, but it can do more harm than good if done incorrectly. I recommend consulting with a trusted health care provider before performing any fast.

Drink High-Quality Water

When performing a water fast, it’s more important than ever to only consume fresh, clean, high-quality water. The effect of any contaminants in your water will only be magnified with no food in your gut to help dilute the effect. I recommend you drink only distilled water during your fast. You can also drink filtered water if you have a very good filtration system, but distillation goes further than filtration and removes all harmful organisms and chemicals.

The most crucial step in any fast is to arrange your schedule. If possible, take time off work for the duration of the cleanse. Choose a length of time for your water fasting diet. Fasts can be done for any length of time up to about a month, but 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10-day water fasts are the most common. Start small. If this is your first fast, try a 24-hour or a 3-day fast.

If you perform any fast longer than five days, or you’re fasting to alleviate serious conditions, consider a supervised water fast. Many people choose a supervised fast because it offers a controlled environment, a team of professionals to make sure all goes well, and fellow fasters for emotional support. A fasting clinic can do tests to find the best fast for you, monitor your health during the fast, and help ease your transition back to solid foods after the fast.

Before we get started, let’s go over a few precautions. You should not perform a fast if you are pregnant or lactating. A developing child is just too sensitive to nutritional deficiencies. Likewise, anyone with type 1 diabetes should choose a different type of detox diet. Fasting works best for people who are 20 lbs or more overweight. If you’re less than this, you can still try fasting, but plan a shorter duration for your first fast.

What to Expect During a Water Fast

Fasting is a time for rest, not exertion. Don’t plan on running any marathons during your fast. You shouldn’t even go to the gym. Your body will want to sleep more than usual—let it. Listen to your body; you may need 12 hours or more of sleep each night, and naps during the day. Do not be alarmed; this is part of the process. Relax and embrace it.

Drink 2-3 quarts (or liters) of water every day. Don’t drink it all at once. Space it out over the course of the day to keep yourself properly hydrated and increase satiety.

I won’t lie; the first couple days are going to be tough. You will likely experience some unpleasant symptoms like hunger, irritability, headaches, or disorientation. Fortunately, your body is resilient and should quickly adapt. You should start feeling better around the third or fourth day. Many people even report a feeling of euphoria at this point.

Water Fasting Tips and Tricks

Here are a couple fasting tips that can make your experience go a little more smoothly.

Read

Books are a faster’s best friend. When fasting, it’s important to both rest your body and keep your mind occupied. Now would be a good time to catch up on your reading. Reading is a fantastic low-energy way to keep your mind engaged.

Set Realistic Goals

Be realistic about your goals. Why are you doing this cleanse? To help a particular health issue? To lose weight? Set simple, clear, achievable goals.

Meditation

Meditation reinforces willpower and promotes a healthy connection between body and mind. Many people find that meditating can be a great way to help control cravings and strengthen resolve. Others report that feelings of hunger distract them from mediation. Find what works best for you.

Lemon Juice

Remember, in a water cleanse, you drink only water. No food, no smoothies, no juices. There is one exception, sort of. Some people find the taste of plain water underwhelming. If you’re of a similar mind, you can add a small squirt of lemon juice into your water. Let me be clear; this isn’t an excuse to drink sugary lemonade. A small squeeze of a lemon slice can add some flavor without adding much in the way of calories. Likewise, you can add a spoonful of raw organic apple cider vinegar to add a little flavor and some probiotics.

After the Fast

After the fast, you must resist the urge to overindulge, especially in the first few days. While you may dream of gorging yourself at the taco truck, your rebooted digestive system simply cannot handle it yet. At this point, rich food would cause you severe discomfort, or possibly serious complications.

Instead, break your fast slowly. Start by drinking only juices and detox waters, then broths, and gradually add in solid foods. You can do this over the course of a day if you performed a very short fast, but for fasts of 3-7 days, wait at least 24 hours before reintroducing your system to solid foods. Breaking the fast can be a multi-day process for fasts longer than that.

Fasting is a great way to reset your system and experience some fantastic health benefits, but it’s not a way to cheat basic biology. Don’t expect to live a life of overindulgence and let the occasional water detox cancel out the damage.

Rather, fasting is just one part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Other lifestyle choices you must make include eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest, effectively managing stress, and avoiding environmental toxins. Use your fast as an opportunity to abandon bad habits and add new healthy habits to your routine.

Finally, if you decide that fasting isn’t for you, that’s fine. There are many different ways to detox. Find a method of deep cleansing that suits you and make it part of your healthy lifestyle.

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