Thursday, August 01, 2013

If You Know What's Good For You .... (Part 14)

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Vitamin C : What You Don’t Know About Its Multiple Benefits
I find it tragic that 99.9 percent of doctors are unaware of the many medical benefits of vitamin C which could prevent many catastrophes.
Dr. Gifford Jones
Sunday, November 24, 2013
 
I’ve previously written about Medi-C Plus, a high concentration of vitamin C and lysine powder, and how it can prevent and reverse atherosclerosis in coronary arteries. The combination is a revolutionary discovery. But vitamin C has many other amazing virtues.
Years ago, on long sea voyages up to 90 percent of sailors died from scurvy due to a lack of fruit and its vitamin C content. This vitamin is needed for the production of collagen, the glue that holds cells together. Without C the body disintegrates, blood vessels rupture causing massive hemorrhage and death.
Just 10 milligrams (mgs) of C prevents scurvy. But we need several thousand daily for other medical problems. For instance, millions of North Americans suffer from osteoarthritis. Without sufficient vitamin C to produce collagen, a major component of cartilage, bone eventually grinds on bone. There would be fewer joint replacements if more vitamin C were available to produce healthy collagen.
Rheumatoid arthritis, the inflammatory type, also requires large doses of vitamin C. Every moment of the day our bodies are using oxygen to keep us alive. But oxidation results in metabolic ash, known as “free radicals”, which are believed to trigger an inflammatory reaction in joints. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce damaging free-radicals.
Today billions of dollars are spent annually in North America on cataract surgery. The development of cataracts is a major degenerative disease and an aging population will require more of this surgery. Several studies show vitamin C can slow down the progression of cataracts.
The National Institute of Health reports that macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness, is a nutritional responsive disorder. Its study showed that vitamin C taken along with vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc could also slow down the progression of this disabling disease.
Vitamin C fights what I’ve called generalized ascorbic acid deficiency disease (GAADD), by decreasing the risk of atherosclerosis, (hardening of arteries).
Every year in this country leg amputations are done due to a lack of blood supply causing gangrene of one or both extremities. Others lose eyesight from a blood clot in the ophthalmic artery
The list of health benefits of vitamin C goes on and on. Dr. Robert F. Cathart, an expert on Orthomolecular Medicine, says people with asthma have low blood concentrations of vitamin C. He adds that, “A child having regular asthmatic attacks following exercise is usually relieved by high doses of vitamin C.”
Here is a surprising fact that I wish I had known when I developed poliomyelitis during my final year at The Harvard Medical School. Unknown to my eminent professors, Dr. Frederick R. Klenner, a North Carolina physician, treated 60 patients suffering from this disease with massive intravenous doses of vitamin C. None suffered paralysis.
Klenner also discovered that large doses of vitamin C could cure viral pneumonia, hepatitis, chicken pox, measles, mononucleosis, pancreatitis, lockjaw, cystitis and poison ivy.
Vitamin C works by neutralizing viral toxins and stops the formation of new viral units. Or as Dr. Klenner wrote, “Unless our white blood cells are saturated with vitamin C, they are like soldiers without bullets.”
I ended a recent talk by stressing that C is an amazing vitamin since it cures so many diverse problems. This vitamin bolsters the immune system and decreases the risk of shingles, promotes healthy gums, guards against mercury and lead toxicity, decreases wrinkles and even neutralizes the venom of rattlesnakes.
At the close of the meeting, a friend standing near the exit door could hear the remarks of those leaving. I would have thought that, having discussed how high doses of vitamin C and lysine could protect against life-threatening heart attack and stroke, this would be foremost in the minds of the audience. But I was terribly wrong. The women were all talking about how vitamin C fights wrinkles!
I find it tragic that 99.9 percent of doctors are unaware of the many medical benefits of vitamin C which could prevent many catastrophes. Medi-C Plus is available at Health Food Stores.
W. Gifford-Jones M.D is the pen name of Dr. Ken Walker graduate of Harvard. Dr. Walker’s website is: docgiff.com.

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Why Is The Food Industry Poisoning Us With Trillions of Nanoparticles?
Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder
Tuesday, September 24th 2013
The U.S. food industry is notorious for poisoning the very consumers who drive their multi-billion dollar enterprise, even spending millions against their right to informed consent (truthful GMO labeling). So, is it any wonder that this deregulated and increasingly deranged juggernaut is experimenting on its own customer base by exposing them to trillions of toxic nanoparticles?
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A new study published in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy titled, "Effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in human gastric epithelial cells in vitro," reveals for the first time that the nanoparticle form of the common "whitening" agent known as titanium dioxide is capable of inducing "tumor-like" changes in exposed human cells.[1]
Whereas previous cell research has established that titanium dioxide (TiO2) is cytotoxic (cell damaging),[2] this is the first study of its kind to find exposed cells undergo a 'phenotypal' transition from normal to cancerous cell traits, including an increased rate of cell proliferation and a decrease in programmed cell death – hallmark features of precancerous and/or cancerous cells associated with 'immortalization.'
Owing to the fact that the researchers tested human gastric epithelial cells, a type of stomach cell in direct contact with material we eat, and considering the broad range of drug, personal care and food products nanoparticle TiO2 is commonly used within, the toxicological implications of these findings are deeply concerning.
We Are Already Eating Titanium Dioxide
TiO2 is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium, and has a wide range of industrial applications as a "whitening" pigment in plastics, ceramic glazes and paints. It is used in sunscreens as a UV absorbing "sun protection factor," due to its high refractive index. Most of our risk of exposure comes from its use in toothpaste, drugs and excipient-heavy supplements as a pill coating, and food products, including even milk (to 'improve' appearance and texture).
Indeed, given that TiO2 is found in thousands of consumer products, the odds are that you are already being exposed to a significant quantity of them on a daily basis. As reported by Everydayhealth.com, "You ingest around 100 trillion nanoparticles every day, researchers at Binghamton University and Cornell University say."
So, what are some common brands who use it? Nanotitanium is found in products produced by Jello, Nestlé, M&M's, Mother's, Mentos, Albertson's, Hostess and Kool Aid.
Below is a table from the 2012 E Magazine article "Eating Nano" revealing its presence in common U.S. packaged goods.
Is Titanium Dioxide Regulated?
Much like present day radiobiological risk assessments for technologies like mammography were developed long before the discovery of DNA, making it impossible to comprehend their DNA-damaging properties at that time, present day biosafety regulations of TiO2 were determined long before the advent of nanotechnology. In both cases, the true harms of these technologies were -- and still are -- greatly underestimated.
As a result of this information gap, TiO2 is currently classified as 'generally recognized as safe' (GRAS) by the FDA, regardless of format. Remarkably, the FDA still allows titanium dioxide in sunscreens "at concentrations of up to 25 percent alone and 2 to 25 percent in combination with any proposed Category I sunscreen active ingredient" without considering the toxicity differential of particle size.[3]Considering that concentrations as low as 0.001% by weight have been found to exhibit clear cytotoxicity within exposed cells,[4] the biosafety regulations governing TiO2 are as great as 5 orders of magnitude or higher less stringent than they should be to protect the consumer.
Nanoparticles are so small they are below the threshold of visibility. This is one reason why they are used for sun protection factor, as 100 nanometers or smaller particles will not leave the white pasty appearance on the skin associated with larger particles. What you can't see, however, is still there – and in the case of nanotitanium, may slip through the surface layers of our skin into more sensitive tissues, as well as our blood stream. This is also why, if you use sunscreen, you should make sure the ingredients say "non-nanoparticle" when describing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. And this rule applies to purportedly 'natural' brands as well.
Technically, a nanoparticle, also known as a 'ultrafine particle,' is a particle that is sized within the nanometer scale: literally, anywhere between 1-100 billionth (nano) of a meter in diameter. Going up in scale, larger particles are known as 'fine particles,' sized between 2,500 and 100 nanometers, and so-called 'coarse particles' are sized between 10,000 and 2,500 nanometers.
How 'Smaller' Can Indicate A Much Larger Problem
Nanotechnology inverts the unsophisticated logic of conventional toxicology risk assessments: namely, that the smaller the amount of something (concentration or size), the less harmful it is. We have seen how this logic has failed with petrochemical-derived chemicals like benzene, considered toxic in the parts-per-trillion range, and endocrine disrupters like bisphenol A and parabens, which exert powerful hormone-mimicking properties that sometimes increase as their concentration decrease. More recently, Monsanto's Roundup herbicide (glyphosate), was found to exhibit estrogenicity (and concomitant carcinogenicity) in the parts-per-trillion concentration range. There is also the case of so-called 'low dose' radioisotopes such as depleted uranium, whose relatively low radiolytic decay relative to gamma-ray emitting plutonium generates the illusion that it is safer (recent research performed by the U.S. Army's own Radiobiological Research Institute indicates these "lower risk" radiation sources cause up to a million-fold more damage than present risk models explain due to a phenomenon known as the photoelectic effect).
In other words, less is not only more, but when it comes to particle size, smaller sizes often convey exponentially higher toxicity than larger ones.
Why Are We Not Being Protected?
So, why isn't more being done to protect the consumer from the clear and present health threat represented by nanotechnology? Considering that the Food and Drug Administration does exactly that: administers and/or executes the interests of the food and drug manufacturers, we are supplicating to the wrong entity. The FDA is at least consistent by deciding to allow the food industry to govern itself, but what about the food industry's liability in saturating our food supply with trillions of nanoparticles per serving, without warning the consumer?
According to Tom Philpot, writing for Grist in 2010, "As with GMOs, the strategy seems to be: release into the food supply en masse first; assess risks later (if ever)."
This strategy, while a seemingly successful short-term business model for nanotechnology stakeholders, is utter insanity when one considers the long-term fall out it will have on the industry once millions wake up to the fact they have been treated, once gain, like guinea pigs.
Moreover, as a growing body of peer-reviewed research on the dangers of nanoparticles accumulates, the millions who have already been exposed unknowingly to their ill effects have a legal right to sue for damages. The food industry's increasingly nefarious stance towards the very consumers who ensure their continued business defies logic, and indicates just how unethical their business model really is.
There is really only one answer to this problem. As with unlabeled GMOs, the consumer must refuse to consume them, forcing the manufacturers to bow to the holy dollar and reformulate; or, better yet, the 'consumer' must learn how to redefine itself entirely by becoming, once again, a producer, one garden (urban, suburban or rural) at a time. By growing and eating whole foods directly from the earth, we eliminate a wide range of health hazards the mass market food industry has built into their disease-promoting business model.
[1] Monica Catarina Botelho, Carla Costa, Susana Silva, Solange Costa, Alok Dhawan, Paula A Oliveira, João P Teixeira. Effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in human gastric epithelial cells in vitro. Biomed Pharmacother. 2013 Aug 23. Epub 2013 Aug 23. PMID: 24051123
[2] GreenMedInfo.com, Research > Problem Substances > Index: T's > Titanium Dioxide
[3] FDA. Sunscreen Drug Products for Over-the-Counter Human Use; Amendment to the Tentative Final Monograph; Enforcement Policy. Federal Register. 1998;63:56584–56589.
[4] Julia X Yu, Thomas H Li. Distinct biological effects of different nanoparticles commonly used in cosmetics and medicine coatings Cell Biosci. 2011; 1: 19. Published online 2011 May 19. doi: 10.1186/2045-3701-1-19
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The hidden truth about exercise
The Sydney Morning Herald
September 2, 2013
We all know exercise promotes health, reducing most people’s risk of developing diabetes and becoming obese. Now light has been shed on how it does this at a cellular level.

It seems exercise may be able to drastically alter how genes operate, studies show. Genes are not static. They turn on or off depending on the biochemical signals they receive from elsewhere in the body. When turned on, genes express various proteins that in turn prompt a range of physiological actions in the body.
It seems exercise may be able to drastically alter how genes operate.  

One powerful means of affecting gene activity involves a process called methylation, in which methyl groups, a cluster of carbon and hydrogen atoms, attach to the outside of a gene and make it easier or harder for that gene to receive and respond to messages from the body. In this way, the behaviour of the gene is changed, but not the fundamental structure of the gene itself. Remarkably, these methylation patterns can be passed on to offspring – a phenomenon known as epigenetics.
What is particularly fascinating about the methylation process is that it seems to be driven largely by lifestyle. Diet, for instance, notably affects the methylation of genes, and scientists suspect that differing genetic methylation patterns resulting from differing diets may partly determine whether someone develops diabetes or other metabolic diseases.
But the role of physical activity in this has been poorly understood. Groups of scientists recently set out to determine what working out does to the exterior of our genes.
The answer, their recently published results show, is plenty.
Of the studies, perhaps the most tantalising, conducted by researchers affiliated with the Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden and published last month in PLOS One, began by recruiting dozens of sedentary but generally healthy adult men and sucking out some of their fat cells. Using new molecular techniques, researchers mapped the methylation patterns on the DNA within those cells. They also measured the men’s body composition, aerobic capacity, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and other markers of health and fitness.
Then, under the guidance of a trainer, the volunteers began attending hour-long spin or aerobics classes about twice a week for six months. By the end of that time, the men had shed fat and inches around their waists, increased their endurance and improved their blood pressure and cholesterol profiles.
Less obviously, they also had altered the methylation pattern of many of the genes in their fat cells. More than 17,900 individual sites on 7663 separate genes in the fat cells now displayed changed methylation patterns.
Other studies have found that exercise has an equally profound effect on DNA methylation within human muscle cells. Scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and other institutions took muscle biopsies from a group of sedentary men and women and mapped their muscle cells’ methylation patterns. They then had the volunteers ride stationary bicycles until they had burned about 400 calories. Some rode strenuously, others more easily.
Afterwards, a second muscle biopsy showed DNA methylation patterns in the muscle cells were already changing after that single workout, with some genes gaining methyl groups and some losing them. Several of the genes most altered, as in the fat cell study, are known to produce proteins that affect the body’s metabolism, including the risk for diabetes and obesity.
The implication, says Juleen Zierath, a professor of integrative physiology at the Karolinska Institute and senior author of the study, is that DNA methylation changes are probably ‘‘one of the earliest adaptations to exercise’’ and drive bodily changes that follow.
The intricacies of that complex process have yet to be fully teased out. Scientists do not know, for instance, whether exercise-induced methylation changes linger if someone becomes sedentary, or if resistance training has similar effects on genes. Nor is it known whether these changes might be passed on from one generation to the next. But it is clear, Ling said, that this is ‘‘additional proof of the robust effect exercise can have on the body’’ even at a DNA level.

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Natural superfoods fight prostate cancer
by: Sandeep Godiyal
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
(NaturalNews) Three independent researches conducted between 2004 and 2009 identified green tea, turmeric, and tomato and broccoli combined as the top "superfoods" against prostate cancer. Wisconsin researchers, headed by Vagar Mustafa Adhami, offered substantial evidence that polyphenols from green tea are effective in the prevention and treatment of cancer of the prostate. Meanwhile, researchers from Kentucky, led by Damodaran Chendil, disclosed the efficacy of curcumin, the main component of turmeric, as a radiosensitizer. Likewise, Kristie Canene-Adams and her team of scientists from Illinois and Ohio documented the effectiveness of the tomato-broccoli combination against the disease dreaded by men.
Check these top "superfoods" against prostate cancer:
Green Tea Polyphenols
The glyco-protein secreted by the prostate gland, called prostate-specific antigen (PSA), is the most clinically used marker in the detection of prostate cancer. The level of PSA serum is reduced by agents that lower the level of testosterone. Such agents include leutenizing hormone-releasing hormone agonists, antagonists and anti-androgens, as well as 5a-reductase inhibitors.
Green tea is considered a "superfood" against this type of cancer, because its polyphenol content is capable of decreasing PSA levels in human prostate cancer cells in a culture medium. The effect of the moderately water-soluble polyphenols on PSA levels is dose-dependent. Additionally, its constituent, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), also contributes to its efficacy against prostate and other forms of cancer.
Curcumin in Turmeric

Curcumin is a natural carotenoid and polyphenol which may be isolated from Curcuma longa or turmeric, a rhizome. Owing to their structure, carotenoids are scavengers of free radicals, which make them great anti-oxidants and boosters of the immune system of vertebrates, humans included. Curcumin is also an effective anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic. Studies have demonstrated that curcumin inhibits the growth of a number of tumors when used in combination with radiation therapy. In prostate cancer, curcumin overcomes the effect of prosurvival gene expression induced by the exposure of cancer cells to radiation.
Tomato and Broccoli: The Phytochemical-Polyphenol Tandem
Although the Canene-Adams, et al. study was performed in rats, the results are encouraging, because tomato alone and broccoli alone reduced the tumor growth by only 34% and 42%, respectively. However, when tomato and broccoli were combined in diet, proliferation of tumor decreased by 52%. This finding provided scaffold to earlier recommendations from public health authorities to increase their intake of nutrients from a variety of plant sources. In this respect, combining tomato and broccoli produced a synergistic effect in combating prostate cancer.
Nature's Way Saves the Day
In conclusion, green tea, turmeric, tomatoes and broccoli are the top "superfoods" proven to fight prostate cancer. There are also other foods that work against prostate cancer including pomegranate and juice from the fruit; other cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, bok choy or Chinese cabbage and cauliflower; and soybean. Research methods have been modernized, but today's scientists are going back to naturals, glamorized as "superfoods", for succor against disease. Indeed, the power of food plants over prostate cancer emphasizes the value of nature in man's fight for good health and long life.
Sources for this article include:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk
http://www.dana-farber.org
http://www.naturalnews.com
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About the author:
Sandeep is an mountain climber, runner, and fitness coach. He shares his tips for staying in shape and eating healthy on betterhealthblog.
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Facts About Chemical Sunscreens and Skin Cancer
By Rob Pell
August 2, 2013
NewsWithViews.com
You Should Buy Sunscreens At A Health Food Store
We've all been warned that sun exposure can cause skin cancer, but that's only half the story. The fact is that skin cancer was very rare 100 years ago and is still extremely rare among many populations who spend all day in the sun.
Statistically the greatest rise in skin cancer has been in countries where chemical sunscreens have been heavily promoted. There is almost no skin cancer among dark skinned people living in Africa. That's probably not solely due to skin pigment however because African- Americans have a higher rate of skin cancer and stay in the sun less than their counterparts living in Africa.
It seems likely that the recent rise in skin cancers is due to factors other just sun exposure. Drs. Cedric and Frank Garland of the University of California believe that increased use of chemical sunscreens is the primary cause of the skin cancer epidemic. Dr. Marianne Berwick epidemiologist of Sloan Kettering Cancer institute concluded after years of study that: “we don't really know if sunscreens prevent skin cancer at all.” However, everyone needs to know that there are safe alternatives.
The problem with chemical sunscreens is this: for decades the mainstream media and cosmetic companies have strongly advocated liberal application of chemical sunscreens before any exposure to sunlight, even for young children. This is despite that there has virtually no safety testing of the primary chemicals in these products.
Many popular chemical sunscreens may actually increase cancer rates. 40% of sunscreens contain topical vitamin A, often listed as retinyl palmitate. Recent government studies have shown that tumors and lesions develop 21% faster when skin coated with vitamin A is exposed to sunlight.
Most chemical sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen. Since the skin is a porous organ, oxybenzone penetrates the skin and contaminates the body. These chemicals can mimic real estrogen, feminize tissues and throw the bodies systems out of balance. Oxybenzone can cause reproductive disorders in men and women and increase incidence of many different kinds of cancers, birth defects and innumerable other serious health problems.
Is Sunscreen Really Necessary?
The definitive answer is: maybe, sometimes. For instance, if you live in a northern climate and take a sun-filled winter vacation, your body would not have enough time to gradually tan and build up thicker skin. Or if you have an indoor job and plan to spend the first sunny weekend of the summer outside it would be best to use a safe sunscreen because they help prevent sunburn.
However, if you have time to gradually increase your sun exposure, sunscreen may not be necessary or advisable. Sunscreens definitely reduce vitamin D production and as a result reduce the numerous powerful health benefits natural, sun-created vitamin D provides, including cancer prevention. Take the following steps first before applying sunscreens:
Wear clothes. Shirts, hats, shorts and pants shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays – and don’t coat your skin with goop. Early in the season a long-sleeved shirt is a good start.
Find shade – or make it. Picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella, take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade – they lack tanning pigments (melanin) to protect their skin.
Plan around the sun. If your schedule is flexible, go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky. UV radiation peaks at midday, when the sun is directly overhead.
Don’t get burned. Red, sore, blistered (then peeling) skin is a clear sign you’ve gotten far too much sun. Repeated sunburn increases skin cancer risk. Once the skin turns pink the health benefits of vitamin D production cease.
When choosing sunscreens you'd be smart to completely avoid those with vitamin A, (retinol or retinyl palmitate) and oxybenzone. Far safer active ingredients are zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Inactive skin nourishing ingredients could include coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamins D and E, sunflower oil, or shea butter. Choose a sunscreen effective against UVA and UVB radiation. I've found that one formula from a given manufacturer may be safe while another from the same company has dangerous ingredients. Do your homework or shop at a store that does it for you, then go out for some warm weather fun in the sun.
This article was published in The Daily Courier 5-25 -2011

© 2013 Robert Pell - All Rights Reserve

Rob Pell owns and operates Sunshine Natural Foods in Grants Pass, Oregon and has 35 years experience helping people with natural foods, products, exercise and healing.

E-Mail: RobertPell9@gmail.com 
Also See:
CDC Finds 97 Percent of Americans Contaminated by Sunscreens
by: Ellen Holder
Friday, April 11, 2008
http://www.naturalnews.com/022990.html
(NaturalNews) The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a new study showing that nearly all Americans are contaminated with oxybenzone, a widely-used sunscreen ingredient. This chemical so far has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage, as well as low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers are exposed during pregnancy. Oxybenzone is also a penetration enhancer, a chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin. So where has the FDA been on this?
Apparently in the back pocket of the sunscreen industry. The Food and Drug Administration, again, has failed in its duty to protect the public from toxic chemicals like oxybenzone. Caving to the industry lobbyists, the agency has delayed final sunscreen safety standards for nearly 30 years. FDA issued a new draft of the standards last October under pressure from Environmental Working Group (EWG), but continues to delay finalizing them because of pressure from the industry.
In their online cosmetic safety database, EWG identifies nearly 600 sunscreens sold in the U.S. that contain oxybenzone, including leading brand names like Hawaiian Tropic, Coppertone, and Banana Boat, and many facial moisturizers as well. On top of that, they also show many of these so-called sunscreens offer inadequate protection from the sun. In fact, they found that sunlight also causes oxybenzone to form free radical chemicals that may be linked to cell damage, which is the exact opposite reason many women mistakenly use the sunscreen - to protect them from damaging free radicals which lead to premature aging!
And interestingly, as sunscreen sales have risen, so has the rate of skin cancers. Go figure. We've been pressured to believe that the sun is our enemy and we need to slather on loads of sunscreen to protect ourselves, when in actuality we need sunlight for our bodies to manufacture vitamin D. For those of us who are either fair skinned or just plain vain and worry about age spots and wrinkles, limiting our unprotected sun exposure to 20 minutes a day is adequate for our daily dose of vitamin D. For more fun in the sun, overexposure can be avoided by using a natural or organic sunscreen with a reflective barrier like zinc, instead of chemical sunscreens. Even a small amount of shea butter rubbed into the skin daily offers a bit of natural UV protection. Whatever you do, don't wait for the FDA to help you in your choice. Based on their history in this category, it could be another 30 years before safety standards are improved.
References:
1. Environmental Health Perspectives: Concentrations of the Sunscreen Agent, Benzophenone-3, in Residents of the United States: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003–2004
http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2008/11269/abstract.html
2. Environmental Working Group: Comments from EWG on the U.S. FDA's Proposed Amendment of Final Monograph for Sunscreens
http://www.ewg.org/node/25705
3. Environmental Working Group: Americans Carry 'Body Burden' of Toxic Sunscreen Chemical
http://www.ewg.org/node/26212
About the author
Ellen Holder is a health advocate, blogger and co-founder of Caren, an online store for natural, organic and synthetic chemical free skin care products. http://www.carenonline.com and http://www.carensblog.com
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Food and lifestyle: non-chemo treatments for colon cancer
by: Antonia
(NaturalNews) I wrote recently about Dave the Raw Food Trucker and how his stage 1 colon cancer has subsided from what appears to be the result of an organic, raw food, vegan diet. Or probably more appropriately, the food that he stopped eating.
If that wasn't exciting enough, I want to share another healing story about a man that was at colon cancer stage 3. This man appeared on the Ricki Lake show to discuss his story.
Chris Wark was just 26 years old when he was diagnosed with one of the later stages of colon cancer, stage 3. He was told that he was insane by the oncologist when he refused chemo. His decision instead was to embark on a raw vegan diet.
Chemotherapy for colon cancer for Chris wasn't conceivable. The idea of poisoning himself was not in the cards for him. He, like many others, sought alternative treatments for disease.
Is colon cancer curable?
To answer the question of whether or not colon cancer can be cured, I invite you to ask Dave the Raw Food Trucker and Chris Wark. I'm sure the conversation will enter into the realm of eating cleanly. I'm also sure that the raw food diet will be discussed.
Wark started to eat special salads and began juicing his way to good health. He also started a lymph cleansing program that involved the use of a mini trampoline or rebounder. 10+ years later Wark remains cancer free and in Ricki's words "has become an outspoken advocate of chemo free cancer treatment."
What is colon cancer?
According to the definition on the Princeton education web site, colon cancer is defined as "a malignant tumor of the colon; early symptom is bloody stools."
If considering an alternative treatment yourself, you will face scrutiny from many people from many different walks of life. One thought is that if you believe that you can be cured by the raw food diet, than you can. The opposite also may hold true.
If the videos and stories about Dave, Chris and others spark a belief in you, then watch them every single day to reaffirm that belief, especially when others try to instill doubt.
On a side note, a childhood friend of mine, his father passed away from cancer just the other day. His doctor diagnosed him a few days before and told him that he would die in a few days. The man believed him.
Sources of this article include:
http://www.youtube.com
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http://www.collective-evolution.com
http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu
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http://science.naturalnews.com
About the author:
A science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition, Antonia has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well.
Read more:
http://rawfoodhealthwatch.com/writers/antonia/
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Study: Forget a Word? Make a Fist
By Dr. Mercola
June 06, 2013
The simple body movement of clenching your fist may temporarily change the way your brain functions by boosting your memory, according to new research.
This trick works because making a fist can increase activity in your brain on the opposite side (so if you clench your right fist, activity in the left brain hemisphere increases).
If you’re right-handed, the left side of your brain encodes information while the right side helps you retrieve memories, while the opposite is true for left-handed people. Interestingly, researchers were able to show that by strategically clenching their fists, people were able to improve their memories significantly.
Fist-Clenching for Memory Improvement
In the study, 50 right-handed students were asked to remember a list of words. Those who clenched a ball in their right hand before memorization and in their left hand before recall boosted their memory scores by 15 percent compared to a control group.
If you’re right-handed and you wanted to try this, you would make a fist with your right hand when you need to remember something, like a name or phone number. Then when you need to recall it, clench your left fist.
This trick has also been found to trigger emotions, with right-hand clenching leading to “approach” emotions controlled by the left brain, such as happiness and anger, and left-hand clenching leading to “withdrawal” emotions like sadness and anxiety.
‘Brain Farts’ Versus True Memory Loss: What’s the Difference?
If you’ve reached middle age or beyond, you may have noticed that your memory is not as quick as it used to be. So-called "senior moments" happen to all of us… even those who are far from reaching their golden years. You forget where you parked your car, misplace your keys, forget the name of someone you met last week -- all of these scenarios are part of life, and they're completely normal.
Meanwhile, brain farts, or as neuroscientists call them "maladaptive brain activity changes," are those "oops" moments when you make a really obvious mistake. These occur because your brain perceives many of your daily tasks as patterns, and may revert to its default mode network (DMN), the part of your brain responsible for your inward-focused thinking, such as daydreaming, during this time. This can be a problem as the DMN competes, in a sense, with other areas of your brain for resources, and in order for you to carry out a task that requires focused attention, your brain must inhibit the DMN. So if your brain takes a "time out" during a task that requires your full attention, a brain fart, such as sending an important email to the wrong person, is likely to occur. Fortunately, DMN blips are typically short-lived, and once you realize you've made an error your brain will likely kick into overdrive to try and correct the mistake.
On the other hand, changes in your memory function could be a sign that your brain is on a gradual decline -- and it's time for you to take action to protect and restore your cognitive function. How can you tell the difference?
Even Mild Memory Loss Is a Sign to Take Control of Your Health
Your brain should not feel foggy all the time, nor should you be experiencing episodes of forgetfulness that are so severe they interfere with your ability to function normally. Even very mild memory loss appears to be linked to the presence of the same type of damage seen in more serious cases of cognitive decline.
These mild changes in your cognitive function -- once thought to be a "normal" sign of aging -- is actually one of the first signs of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
So if you notice that your mind is not as sharp as it used to be, don't ignore it -- take action to help reverse, or at least minimize, further damage.
Do You Want to Give Your Memory a Boost? 5 Important Tips
Clenching your fists may work temporarily to give your memory a quick boost, but what about longer-term strategies to boost your memory and brain health? Embracing the strategies that follow may give a hearty boost to your brainpower, help keep you mentally healthy and ultimately even make you smarter.
1. Exercise
Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by stimulating nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage. During exercise nerve cells release proteins known as neurotrophic factors. One in particular, called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health, and directly benefits cognitive functions, including learning.
A 2010 study on primates published in Neuroscience also revealed that regular exercise not only improved blood flow to the brain, but also helped the monkeys learn new tasks twice as quickly as non-exercising monkeys, a benefit the researchers believe would hold true for people as well. To get the most out of your workouts, I recommend a comprehensive program that includes Peak Fitness high-intensity exercise, strength training, stretching and core work.
2. Vitamin B12
Mental fogginess and problems with memory are two of the top warning signs that you have vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12, or rather a lack thereof, has been called the "canary in the cobalamine" for your future brain health, and recent research has bolstered the importance of this vitamin in keeping your mind sharp as you age.
According to the latest research, people with high levels of markers for vitamin B12 deficiency were more likely to score lower on cognitive tests, as well as have a smaller total brain volume, which suggests a lack of the vitamin may contribute to brain shrinkage.
Vitamin B12 is available in its natural form only in animal food sources. These include seafood, beef, chicken, pork, milk, and eggs. If you don't consume enough of these animal products (and I don't recommend consuming seafood unless you know it is from a pure water source) to get an adequate supply of B12, or if your body's ability to absorb the vitamin from food is compromised, vitamin B12 supplementation is completely non-toxic and inexpensive, especially when compared to the cost of laboratory testing. I recommend an under-the-tongue fine mist spray, as this technology helps you absorb the vitamin into the fine capillaries under your tongue.
3. Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats
Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, an omega-3 fat, is an essential structural component of both your brain and retina. Minus the water content, approximately 60 percent of your brain is composed of fats—25 percent of which is DHA. DHA is found in high levels in your neurons -- the cells of your central nervous system, where it provides structural support. When your omega-3 intake is inadequate, your nerve cells become stiff and more prone to inflammation as the missing omega-3 fats are substituted with cholesterol and omega-6 instead. Once your nerve cells become rigid and inflamed, proper neurotransmission from cell to cell and within cells become compromised.
Exciting research is showing that degenerative conditions can not only be prevented but also potentially reversed with omega-3 fats. For example, in one study, 485 elderly volunteers suffering from memory deficits saw significant improvement after taking 900 mg of DHA per day for 24 weeks, compared with controls.
Omega-3 fats such as DHA are considered essential because your body cannot produce it, and therefore must get it from your diet. DHA-rich foods include fish, liver, and brain—all of which are no longer consumed in great amounts by most Americans. To compensate for our inherently low omega-3 diet, a high quality animal-based omega-3 supplement is something that I recommend for virtually everyone, especially if you're pregnant. I prefer krill oil compared to all other animal-based omega-3s because krill oil is absorbed up to 10-15 times as well as fish oil, due to its molecular composition, and is less prone to oxidation (rancidity) because it is naturally complexed with the potent fat-soluble antioxidant astaxanthin.
4. Proper Sleep
The process of growth, known as plasticity, is believed to underlie the brain's capacity to control behavior, including learning and memory. Plasticity occurs when neurons are stimulated by events, or information, from the environment. However, sleep and sleep loss modify the expression of several genes and gene products that may be important for synaptic plasticity. Furthermore, certain forms of long-term potentiation, a neural process associated with the laying down of learning and memory, can be elicited in sleep, suggesting synaptic connections are strengthened while you slumber.
Research from Harvard indicates that people are 33 percent more likely to infer connections among distantly related ideas after sleeping, but few realize that their performance has actually improved. Sleep is also known to enhance your memories and help you "practice" and improve your performance of challenging skills. In fact, a single night of sleeping only four to six hours can impact your ability to think clearly the next day. If you want a quick brain boost, a mid-day nap has been found to dramatically boost and restore brainpower among adults. You can also find 33 tips to help you get the shut-eye you need here.
5. Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels
Activated vitamin D receptors increase nerve growth in your brain, and researchers have also located metabolic pathways for vitamin D in the hippocampus and cerebellum of the brain, areas that are involved in planning, processing of information, and the formation of new memories. In older adults, research has shown that low vitamin D levels are associated with poorer brain function, and increasing levels may help keep older adults mentally fit.
Appropriate sun exposure is all it takes to keep your levels where they need to be for healthy brain function. If this is not an option, a safe tanning bed is the next best alternative, followed by a vitamin D3 supplement. It now appears as though most adults need about 8,000 IU's of vitamin D a day in order to get their serum levels above 40 ng/ml, which is the lowest they should be. Ideally, your serum levels should be between 50-70 ng/ml, and up to 100 ng/ml to treat cancer and heart disease. However, it's important to realize that there's no magic dosage when it comes to vitamin D. What's important is your serum level, so you need to get your vitamin D levels tested to make sure you're staying within the optimal and therapeutic ranges as indicated below.

Too Much Sugar Is Also Detrimental to Your Brain Health…
No discussion of brain health would be complete without discussing the importance of a proper, healthful diet, and with that comes careful attention to limiting your intake of fructose and other sugars.

A UCLA study published last year was the first to show how a steady diet high in fructose can damage your memory and learning. Rats fed fructose syrup showed significant impairment in their cognitive abilities—they struggled to remember their way out of a maze. They were slower, and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity. Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats' ability to think clearly and recall the route they'd learned six weeks earlier. Researchers concluded that a high-fructose diet harms your brain, as well as the rest of your body. So if you want to ensure your memory stays sharp as you age, learning the fist-clenching trick is a novel option. But in the long run, making sure you’re eating a healthful diet is the key to stellar brain health. In terms of fructose, you’ll want to limit your intake to 25 grams per day (or less), and 15 grams or less if you are overweight or have diabetes, pre-diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
How Vitamin D Performance Testing Can Help Optimize Your Health
Additionally, a robust and growing body of research clearly shows that vitamin D is absolutely critical for good health and disease prevention. Vitamin D affects your DNA through vitamin D receptors (VDRs), which bind to specific locations of the human genome. Scientists have identified nearly 3,000 genes that are influenced by vitamin D levels, and vitamin D receptors have been found throughout the human body.Is it any wonder then that no matter what disease or condition is investigated, vitamin D appears to play a crucial role? This is why I am so excited about the D*Action Project by GrassrootsHealth. It is showing how you can take action today on known science with a consensus of experts without waiting for institutional lethargy. It has shown how by combining the science of measurement (of vitamin D levels) with the personal choice of taking action and, the value of education about individual measures that one can truly be in charge of their own health.In order to spread this health movement to more communities, the project needs your involvement. This is an ongoing campaign during the month of February, and will become an annual event.To participate, simply purchase the D*Action Measurement Kit and follow the registration instructions included. (Please note that 100 percent of the proceeds from the kits go to fund the research project. I do not charge a single dime as a distributor of the test kits.)As a participant, you agree to test your vitamin D levels twice a year during a five-year study, and share your health status to demonstrate the public health impact of this nutrient. There is a $65 fee every 6 months for your sponsorship of this research project, which includes a test kit to be used at home, and electronic reports on your ongoing progress. You will get a follow up email every six months reminding you "it's time for your next test and health survey."
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