March 26, 2012
By Mike Barrett
“Here is some good news on the health front – a court rules that the FDA is found censoring foods and supplements.” –KTRN
If you are the maker or seller of health supplements, or follow the decisions made by the Food and Drug Administration, then you probably know of the blatant corruption and injustice revolving around the FDA. Through examining and following the FDA’s decisions, anyone can see that the organization continuously pushes pharmaceutical drugs while censoring health food and supplements and their ability to heal. Such is the case with a company known as Fleminger, Inc. and their green tea product.
Court Rules FDA is Harshly Censoring Foods and Supplements
In 2004, Fleminger Inc. submitted a health claim petition to the FDA for their green tea product. Scientific research is available showcasing green tea’s ability to boost the immune system, promote graceful aging, and help to fight cancers, and so Fleminger Inc. rightfully thought to promote these health advantages. But the FDA responded a year later with proposed disclaiming stating that the “FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that green tea reduces the risk” of breast cancer and prostate cancer — health claims that Fleminger wanted to promote. In 2010, after threatening to seize Fleminger Inc.’s products and enforce the use of new exact language proposed by the FDA, the organization sent over another revised claim which they insisted the company use:
“Green tea may reduce the risk of breast or prostate cancer. FDA does not agree that green tea may reduce the risk because there is very little scientific evidence for the claim.”
March 26, 2012
By Jonathan Benson
“Once a natural product becomes popular, the mainstream machine always tries to say that it’s dangerous – just like they did with colloidal silver.” –KTRN
Kombucha tea is becoming all the rage in popular culture today, with entire refrigerator cases at health food stores now exclusively stocking the stuff, and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Orlando Bloom regularly drinking it for increased longevity and improved health. But with its growing popularity has come a whole lot of scaremongering by the disease industry over its supposed dangers, which begs the question — is kombucha tea a potentially-dangerous fad, or is it truly the health-promoting wonder elixir that many people claim it is?
First of all, kombucha tea has been around for thousands of years, and has long been used by traditional cultures to improve digestion, boost immunity, eliminate kidney stones, reduce high blood pressure, and create sustained and lasting energy. Though there is still much debate over precisely where it originated, this unique, fermented tea — kombucha tea is a simple combination of tea, sugar, water, and starter culture — has no doubt been used safely and effectively by Asian, European, and now North American cultures alike for many centuries without issue (http://www.thedailybeast.com).
It is only since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its cohort of likeminded allies in Western medicine became aware of kombucha’s existence and popularity that it somehow became an untested and potentially dangerous concoction that the public should avoid. Though nobody has ever proven that kombucha is in any way dangerous, the mainstream media has published numerous scare stories over the years questioning kombucha’s safety.
Single death linked to kombucha actually caused by underlying health conditions, pharmaceuticals
One myth you may have heard about kombucha tea is that it can kill you, a claim made by the FDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others based on a single incident back in 1995 where a woman was admitted to the hospital with severe acidosis and elevated levels of lactic acid in her body, and later died. According to reports, she had been consuming kombucha every day for two months prior to her death.
But if you read the report in closer detail, it clearly states that no direct link was confirmed between kombucha tea and the woman’s death. In fact, the report states that she had already been suffering from other underlying health conditions, and that she “took medications for hypertension, anemia, and mild renal insufficiency.” An autopsy later showed that her actual cause of death appeared to be “peritonitis with fecal contamination of the peritoneal cavity” (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00039742.htm).
Since kombucha is an alkaline-forming food rather than an acid-forming food, it is illogical to blame kombucha for this woman’s acidosis and resultant peritonitis. In actuality, it appears as though the woman’s underlying health conditions combined with her medication regimen were the actual cause of her death, and that kombucha tea was merely a last-ditch effort to restore her already-declining health.
If anything, drinking kombucha may have been the only thing actually helping this woman, as the anti-microbial, alkaline-forming cultures present in the brew are known to counteract acidosis and actually restore peritoneal function. But rather than perform due diligence and research both the incident and the history of kombucha’s safe use, the mainstream media took the bait and began propagating lies about kombucha.
February 21, 2012
By Food Matters
“No need for Ambien when you know the natural ways to help you get to sleep.” –KTRN
Sleep is essential for our health and wellbeing. It allows our body to rejuvenate and restore itself. Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest causes of aging. Tiredness can also affect your mood and how you feel. Chronic tiredness can increase your risk of depression and anxiety. It can also affect the way that you respond and react to the people around you.
It can also affect your cognitive ability and your ability to use your brain. This can cause you to be less constructive and creative. It can also decrease your ability to think quickly which may impair your ability to drive or do daily tasks. There is no set amount of time that everyone needs to sleep, since it varies from person to person. Studies indicate that people are generally most effective when they sleep an average of 7 hours, but people can find anywhere between 5 and 7 hours okay for them.
Insomnia and stress can be caused by deficiencies in certain nutrients. The foods that we eat can help us to gain those nutrients and help us sleep. These 7 simple foods can help us get a good night’s sleep at last so that we can feel refreshed and energized in our daily life.
Bananas are a delicious sleepy time fruit. They balance melatonin and serotonin levels, which are the neurotransmitters necessary for deep sleep. They also contain magnesium, which is a muscle relaxant.
Chamomile is a mild sedative that calms and relaxes, making it the perfect natural antidote for restless minds and bodies.
January 10, 2012
By Cathy Jen, PH.D.
Tea—both green or black or anything in between—has been a traditional daily beverage in Asian countries for centuries. The color of the tea is dependent upon the length of the leaves that are fermented (oxidized). The longer the fermentation process, the darker the color is. Black tea has a long fermentation process and a bitter, strong flavor. Green tea, on the other hand, is not fermented at all; rather it’s steamed after the leaves are harvested and dried. The majority of tea consumed in western countries is black.
Tea has long been considered to have health benefits starting as early as the Han dynasty in China (206-220 BC). Recent research has identified more than 700 distinct compounds in tea. Most of these compounds have anti-oxidant properties, meaning that these compounds can protect cells from being damaged by free radicals.
Tea also contains caffeine. However, the amount of caffeine found in tea depends on both the length of time that it’s steeped and the type of tea. Generally speaking, caffeine found in teas is less than that found in coffee.
Many different free radicals can be produced within our cells or brought into our body by inhalation. During physical activity or endurance sports events, oxygen intake is increased due to increased energy needs because efficient energy production requires an adequate supply of oxygen. This increased oxygen intake increases the production of free radicals, too.
Anti-oxidants such as vitamins C and E and CoQ 10 can neutralize the free radicals and reduce the amount of damage that they cause to cells.
Studies have shown that drinking 2 cups of green tea can reduce the risk of endometrial cancers by 25% as well as reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.
Several recent studies examined the relationship between green tea consumption and physical performance. One study that was conducted in the United Kingdom has demonstrated that ingestion of green tea extract increased fat oxidation (more fat broken down and utilized for energy production) during moderate intensity exercise when compared to the placebo phase. Furthermore, green tea extract improved insulin sensitivity. No effect of green tea extract on performance was examined.
November 11, 2011
By Theresa Boyle
“They are corrupt in Canada too. Apparently you aren’t allowed to help people with natural remedies if you are a doctor. How bizarre.” –KTRN
A Vancouver doctor who has been using a ritual hallucinogenic tea to help addicts has been ordered by Health Canada to stop or face criminal prosecution.
Dr. Gabor Maté received a letter in the mail from Health Canada on Monday, warning him to stop using ayahuasca because it is considered a controlled substance and requires proper authorization.
Maté says he has tried helping up to 150 addicts with the traditional Amazonian medicine for about two years. His work is featured in the documentary, The Jungle Prescription, airing on CBC’s The Nature of Things on Thursday night.
CBC’s The National featured a news item on Maté’s use of ayahuasca last Sunday.
“I wish it was otherwise because I have seen how I can help people with this and now it is going to be much longer to seek approval if we even get it,” Maté said in a telephone interview from Vancouver.
Ayahuasca is a psychedelic drink derived from a woody vine that grows in the Amazon basin. It has been used for centuries as a source of medicine by local shamans.
It acts on the centres of the brain responsible for emotional memory and insight, Maté explains. When taken by addicts, it helps them remember traumatic events or get in touch with the “emotional resonance” of these events that led to addictions in the first place.
Addicts can then reprocess the events with the insight of an adult. He says the tea must be taken in a ceremony led by someone trained in shaman traditions and that addicts must be given follow-up support
“If you understand that there is nothing wrong with you but that you have just been hurt and … you can begin to let of it,” he says.
October 19, 2011
By Mark Hyman, MD
What you put at the end of your fork is more powerful medicine than anything you will find at the bottom of a pill bottle. Food is the most powerful medicine available to heal chronic disease, which will account for more than 50 million deaths and cost the global economy $47 trillion by 2030. All you need to do is eat your medicine and think of your grocery store as your pharmacy. The Chinese have known this for centuries.
A Revelation About Food from My Recent Trip to China
Recently I went to Asia to lecture on prevention, wellness, health, nutrition and the new field of nutrigenomics, the science of how molecules in food interact with our genes to support or interfere with our health. I came away feeling humbled and awed as I realized that the average Chinese person knows more about the medicinal properties of food than I do after years of research. Medicinal foods are part of their everyday diet.
The word for eating in Chinese is comprised of two characters: chi fan, or eat rice. The word for taking medicine is chi yao, or eat medicine. The ancient culinary traditions of China created meals for pleasure as well as healing.
Beyond simply being a mechanism for conveying calories, food is a source of special ingredients than can prevent and treat disease and transform your health. These are called phytonutrients — special plant chemicals that are not calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, but special molecules that interact with your biology, special molecules that act like switches on your DNA to heal your body.
Food contributes to your experiences of taste, texture, delight, energy and nourishment. In China, food is all that and a source of medicinal healing compounds known to support well-being and health.
I learned more about food from matter-of-fact discussions about the healing properties of food I shared with my Chinese hosts than from my hours researching medical journals.
A top executive of the Asian branch of a financial services company took me to dinner with his wife at a fine Chinese restaurant. Each dish not only delighted the palate and satisfied the stomach, but with each bite I was aware that I was eating medicine.
While modern scientists are rapidly discovering new molecules, the phytonutrients in food that have medicinal properties and enhance health through improving the function of genes and metabolism, the ancient Chinese have incorporated this knowledge into their cuisine for thousands of years. There is no distinction between food and medicine in Asia.
They Eat Their Medicine.
After 20 years of practice, treating thousands of patients with chronic illnesses, I recognized, yet again, that the most powerful tool in my toolkit is food. Not surgery, not medication. What I saw in China is what I have been teaching my patients for decades: to literally eat their medicine and heal through food.
However, the notion that food is anything other than calories for energy and sustaining life is foreign to most Westerners.
Beyond Calories: Food as Information
Food contains information that speaks to our genes, not just calories for energy. We are learning from research in the field of nutrigenomics, that good “talks” to our DNA switching on or off genes that lead to health or disease. What you eat programs your body with messages of health or illness.
In Asia, I was speaking to the converted, simply illuminating with science what they have applied every day for thousands of years.
For example, a recent scientific review of the effects of glucomannan, a soluble fiber derived from the Asian potato-like tuber, Amorphophallus konjac, and its effects on obesity establishes the value of traditional foods as medicine.
Long used to make konnyaku, a jelly prepared in Japan for more than 1,500 years, and whose medicinal properties were appreciated as early as the sixth century, konjac fiber or glucomannan has multiple benefits. Konjac is much more viscous than usual fibers, retaining up to 17 times its weight in water. Expanding in the stomach and small and large intestine, it absorbs fat, accelerates elimination, reduces cholesterol, blunts sugar absorption and facilitates weight loss, in part by increasing feelings of satiety.
In short, it helps you lose weight and get healthy.
This is only one among thousands of examples of what modern science is teaching us about the healing properties of food. But in Asia, dinner has long been a date with the doctor. Dinner with my hosts was full of wonderfully presented, delicious and sometimes mysterious ingredients. Some of the ingredients were unusual, such as the mild, crunchy white tree fungus, bai mu er, which enhances detoxification and improves the complexion.
A mixed vegetable dish also included sweet, oval and nutty ginkgo nuts to help increase circulation, improve cognitive function and acts as a powerful antioxidant.
The earthy shitake or Chinese black mushrooms boost immunity through special polysaccharide molecules.
The crisp, deep green gai lan or Chinese broccoli contains glucosinolates that improve detoxification, prevent cancer, and is rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium, folic acid and many other vitamins and antioxidants.
The deep red crispy Peking duck skin is colored with Chinese red rice yeast, known to contain a statin-like substance that lowers cholesterol.
A mellow fish maw and ginseng soup increases energy, helps us adapt to stress and provides easily digested protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Chicken with ginger and bitter melon reduces inflammation, helps detoxification and balances blood sugar.
Even desert was healing. A warm, barely sweet longhan soup with lotus seeds and quail eggs was soothing and nourishing. Longhan improves blood pressure and anemia; lotus seeds enhance male sexual function, alleviate diarrhea, is calming and reduces palpitations. Quail eggs are an easily digestible source of protein, folate, choline and reduces the overall sugar load of this mildly sweetened desert.
A cooling gelatin of aloe and lemon balm washed down the dinner while reducing inflammation.
Aromatic Jasmine tea accompanied the meal, a green tea that improves metabolism, enhances detoxification, reduces inflammation and the risk for cancer as well as helps chelate heavy metals in food.
The limited knowledge of Western science about food is overshadowed by the centuries old Chinese wisdom of medicinal foods to fill the belly, nourish the soul and heal the body. If we recognize that we all chi yao or eat medicine, then achieving robust health may not be such a bitter pill to swallow. Here’s what to do:
Plants use colors as their protective mechanisms. Those colors are the sources of the phytonutrient that act like medicine in our bodies. We use their defense mechanisms to help our bodies function better — these are the anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, antioxidant and hormone-balancing compounds that we should eat every day to prevent disease and create optimal health or UltraWellness!
The vast array of colors in vegetables represent more than 25,000 chemicals that are beneficial. There is evidence that interaction between the colors provides additional benefits, so it’s important to have a diverse diet and eat different foods.
Fruits and vegetables are historically and biologically important. Our ancestors, the hunter-gatherers, ate more than 800 varieties of plant foods.
Each color represents a different family of healing compounds. Though we have selectively bred the colors we eat into very narrow ranges in nature vegetables comes in a painter’s palate of color. There are red carrots in India, we eat orange ones. There are 150 varieties of sweet peas, but only a few are available to us. We need to make an extra effort to eat many different foods to get the full range of benefits.
Here are a few tips to put healing medicines in your diet without swallowing a pill. If there were a better drug on the market I would prescribe it, but there isn’t, so eat your medicine every day.
Remember eat the rainbow!
Red Group (tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon)
These contain the carotenoid lycopene, which helps rid the body of free radicals that damage genes. Lycopene seems to protect against prostate cancer as well as heart and lung disease. Processed juices contain a lot of the beneficial ingredients. One glass of tomato juice gives you 50 percent of the recommended lycopene.
Yellow/Green Group (spinach greens, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, yellow corn, green peas, avocado, honeydew melon)
These are sources of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These are believed to reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Lutein is a yellow-green substance that concentrates in the back of your eye. It may also reduce atherosclerosis.
Orange Group (carrots, mangos, apricots, cantaloupes, pumpkin, acorn squash, winter squash, sweet potatoes)
These contain alpha carotene, which protects against cancer. They also contain beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. It protects the skin against free-radical damage and helps repair damaged DNA. Beta-carotene is also good for night vision. It’s important to note that these beneficial nutrients can be received from other foods, too. For instance, vitamins found in dairy products and meat. But it’s not as beneficial because you get high calories and fat along with it.
Orange/Yellow Group (pineapple, orange juice, oranges, tangerines, peaches, papayas, nectarines)
These contain beta cryptothanxin, which helps cells in the body communicate and may help prevent heart disease. In addition, a single orange contains 170 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C. It’s interesting to note that the skin of an orange is high in a protective fat that has been found to kill cancer cells in humans and animals, which highlights the fact that two-thirds of all drugs come from the plant world.
Red/Purple Group (beets, eggplant, purple grapes, red wine, grape juice, prunes, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, red apples)
These are loaded with powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins believed to protect against heart disease by preventing blood clots. They may also delay the aging of cells in the body. There is some evidence they may help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Green Group (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage or bok choi, kale)
These contain the chemicals sulforaphane and isocyanate, and they also contain indoles, all of which help ward off cancer by inhibiting carcinogens. It’s a fact that 10 percent of the population — like George Bush Sr. — doesn’t like broccoli. But it is important in diets because of the beneficial chemicals it contains.
White/Green Group (leeks, scallions, garlic, onions, celery, pears, white wine, endive, chives)
The onion family contains allicin, which has anti-tumor properties. Other foods in this group contain antioxidant flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol.
Now I’d like to hear from you:
How many fruits and vegetables do you eat a day?
How many colors do you eat?
How many different kinds of vegetables do you eat a day or week? (You might realize you only eat a few common ones over and over — branch out and eat all the colors and varieties.)
To your good health.
September 26th, 2011
By: Angelika (Angie) Stehle
People are focused on enjoying life. Preventing disease sounds good to most individuals, as long as it doesn’t stop them from having their pleasure trips, including delicious food. To the wise, for a discerning person real enjoyment begins with the state of good health, never mind in which areas they have to exercise self-control to achieve or maintain it. This difference becomes very evident in view of the ever-present threat of cancer. In the western world every 2nd man and every 2.8th woman has cancer or will suffer from it in their lifetime. Obviously early detection would be advantageous, as long as it is followed by a treatment that works. Typically, cancer is diagnosed only after it can be seen on an x-ray or felt or palpated. A cancerous tumour forms when tiny individual cells change from being oxygen-dependent to being sugar- and fermentation-dependent, and then they multiply and spread, often unnoticed for quite some time. But the body has reacted even before a tumour forms, as the underlying cancer-causing conditions affect the entire organism. In order to nip it in the bud it’s important to recognise the very early symptoms and other pointers, contributing factors and habits. Here are some important ones, some of which might surprise you.
-Do you have a sweet tooth?
-Do you come down with colds and infections often?
-Do you get very tired?
-Do you have a craving for meat, eggs, dairy, fish?
-Do you exist on a typical western diet?
-Do you eat fried food?
-Do you eat your vegetables cooked instead of raw?
-Is there stress in your life?
-Have you lived through a trauma? Do you suffer from depression?
-Do you have late nights or sleepless nights often?
-Do you drink alcohol, coffee, tea rather than clean water and fresh juices?
-Are you overweight?
-Have you been exposed to numerous x-rays or radiation?
-Have you undergone hormonal treatment especially HRT?
-Do you use plastic wrapping or other materials with your food storage and preparation?
-Do you drink tap water, or bottled water from plastic bottles?
-Do you suffer from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or allergies?
-Is your digestion often congested?
-Do you avoid exposure to sun (Vitamin D)?
-Do you take antibiotics and pharmaceutical products often or even regularly?
-Do you use regular shampoo, skin care products, deodorant, tooth paste?
-Are you a couch potato whose physical exercise consists only of trips to the fridge and back?
-Do you suffer from a persistent cough?
-Do you have blood in your stool or urine?
-Have you found a lump, or do you have swollen glands?
-Has a wart or mole changed?
-Do you have sores that don’t heal?
-Do you experience pain that never goes away?
Please note that the above symptoms can be indicative of a variety of illnesses; if however you can come around to the thinking that there is in fact only one illness, then you can more clearly recognise the one natural solution.
What you need to do is:
-Stop making cancer and disease.
-Detox very thoroughly (physically and mentally-emotionally).
-Build your immune system to maximum strength through truly right nutrition.
-Maintain your newly found health continually in these natural ways.
So whether you use prevention or need to treat yourself instead, fully apply the natural self-healing ability of the body.
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August 22nd, 2011
The Huffington Post
A plan by New York City to combat obesity by restricting the purchase of sugary drinks with foods stamps would be too large and complex, federal officials said Friday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture rejected a waiver request that would have allowed the city to implement the plan, which would have barred food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy sodas, teas, sports drinks and other sugar-sweetened drinks.
The ban would have applied to any sweetened beverage that contains more than 10 calories per 8 ounces.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson announced in October that they would seek a waiver from the USDA to start up a temporary program that would be evaluated before becoming permanent.
In a statement released Friday, Bloomberg said his administration was disappointed by the USDA’s decision.
“We think our innovative pilot would have done more to protect people from the crippling effects of preventable illnesses like diabetes and obesity than anything being proposed anywhere else in this country — and at little or no cost to taxpayers,” he said.
While sharing the goal of reducing obesity, an official with the nation’s food stamp program said in a letter Friday addressed to the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance that the USDA had concerns about the plan’s “potential viability and effectiveness.”
Jessica Shahin, associate administrator of the program, wrote that the proposal lacked clear product eligibility guidelines, didn’t take into account the burden that might be placed on city food retailers and failed to put forward a credible design for evaluating the effect on obesity and health.
The food stamp program was launched in the 1960s and serves more than 40 million Americans each month.
The city has been actively working to shape diet choices by New Yorkers, including with a public advertising campaign called “Pouring on the Pounds” that targets the excessive consumption of sugary drinks by linking it to obesity and diabetes.