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Pre-clinical curriculum complaint corner. 26 December 2014, 02.49 Medical
Pre-clinical curriculum complaint corner.
RustedFox said: ↑ The "old guard" administrators will either embrace change or die. Eventually.When you say (copy/paste, sorry): "After all, if you could master the preclinical years via podcasts, why couldn't the system be
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Waveform capnography 26 December 2014, 02.49 Medical
Waveform capnography
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Viagra and heart disease 19 October 2014, 22.24 Medical
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Distinguishing Bipolar Disorder From Other Psychiatric Disorders in Children
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Tapping in Times Square 08 October 2014, 23.44 Medical
Tapping in Times Square
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Obama Considers Tighter Ebola Screening for Travelers From West Africa
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In Liberia and U.S., Precautions for Two Ebola Workers
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Future perspective of probiotics in dermatology: an old wine in new bottle.
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Understanding Today’s Trends in Healthcare and the Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Testing Marketplace
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The arcuate nucleus mediates GLP-1 receptor agonist liraglutide-dependent weight loss
Article tools Author information Related Video Need help? J Clin Invest. doi:10.1172/JCI75276. Copyright © 2014, The American Society for Clinical Investigation. Research Article Anna Secher1, Jacob Jelsing2,
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New gene mutations for Wilms tumor found 06 September 2014, 20.26 Medical
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China Bribery Probe: GSK Manager Charged with Corruption; Concerned Pharma Executives May Leave China
The Chinese bribery allegations against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have taken a scary turn for pharmaceutical executives working abroad. According to Chinese authorities, Glaxo's employees engaged in a bribery scheme with doctors
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7 Stunning Ways Life Was Different in the 1960s 06 September 2014, 20.26 Medical
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Testosterone Treatment Lawsuit News: New Filing Alleges...
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3D-printed vertebra used in spine surgery 22 August 2014, 19.28 Medical
3D-printed vertebra used in spine surgery
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Not "depression":  Manic-depression and Robin Williams
Was it “depression” that killed Robin Williams, as most media reports say? Or depression mixed with alcohol and drugs.  But “depression” isn’t a diagnosis or a disease; like fever, it’s a set of symptoms that can
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A cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between uric acid and coronary atherosclerosis in patients with suspected coronary artery disease in China
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Liberia president apologises for high toll for Ebola health workers
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From stem cells to cardiomyocytes: the role of forces in cardiac maturation, aging, and disease.
Stem cell differentiation into a variety of lineages is known to involve signaling from the extracellular niche, including from the physical properties of that environment. What regulates stem cell responses to these cues is
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A nationwide clinical quality improvement pilot: interventions to improve chlamydia screening
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Aspirin could dramatically cut cancer risk, according to biggest study yet
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How do sleep trackers work? 28 July 2014, 20.03 Medical
How do sleep trackers work?
The average adult needs at least seven hours of sleep each night, though unfortunately many get a lot less. Approximately 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder, which may be why there's tremendous interest in popular
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The lessons health care can learn from Steve Jobs
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Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada
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Sex Addiction May Function Like Drug Addiction In The Brain
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Hypertension and treatment outcomes in Palestine refugees in United Nations Relief and Works Agency primary health care clinics in Jordan
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The Problem with Perfectionism — How to Truly Succeed!
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NPR Listeners Show A Keen Ear For Temperature 06 July 2014, 22.30 Medical
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Pediatric Pit Crew CPR 29 June 2014, 15.19 Medical
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ASD, ADHD, mental health conditions and psychopharmacology in neurogenetic syndromes: parent survey
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Depressed? It May Be Celiac Disease 27 June 2014, 16.43 Medical
Depressed? It May Be Celiac Disease
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Survey: Nurses Harsh on Overweight Patients 27 June 2014, 16.43 Medical
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Consensus Guidelines -- Hepatitis C ManagementConsensus Guidelines -- Hepatitis C Management
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Prenatal and perinatal factors in eating disorders: A descriptive review
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Psychological Distress Affects Tobacco Use Differently for Men and Women
Follow us on Facebook A new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior finds that women are more likely than men to use tobacco products after experiencing severe psychological distress. The researchers, led by Mary
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Dr. Oz scolded at Senate hearing on diet scams
Popular TV talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz is defending his claims of "miracle" weight-loss supplements amid criticism from members of Congress. Oz testified at a Senate hearing Tuesday on deceptive advertising for
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Fear of aging moderates post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms among older adults exposed to hurricane sandy.
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Expression of SSEA-4 in GBM [Biochemistry] 15 June 2014, 20.23 Medical
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Light Therapy Improves Sleep, Behavior in Alzheimer's PatientsLight Therapy Improves Sleep, Behavior in Alzheimer's Patients
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Practicing Mind-Body Exercises to Prevent or Control Smoking
At the national level, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), estimates that 42.1 million people, or 18.1% of all adults (aged 18 years or older) in the United States smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is more
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Coke ad: It takes 23 minutes to burn off a soda
NEW YORK - Coca-Cola (KO) is taking on obesity, this time with an online video showing how fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda. In the ad, the world's biggest beverage maker asks what would happen
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Victoza Accused of Causing Pancreatitis 08 June 2014, 22.37 Medical
Victoza Accused of Causing Pancreatitis
Endocrinology Published: Jun 6, 2014 The watchdog group Public Citizen has conducted its own analysis of FDA adverse event reports and concluded that the type 2 diabetes drug liraglutide (Victoza) likely causes
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"Godfather of ecstasy" dies at 88 05 June 2014, 15.48 Medical
"Godfather of ecstasy" dies at 88
Alexander ("Sasha") Shulgin, known as the "Godfather of ecstasy," died on Monday. The 88-year-old, who passed away after a long battle with liver cancer, is credited with inventing a number of psychedelic drugs. He is most
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Houttuynia cordata Attenuates Lipid Accumulation via Activation of AMP-Activated Protein Kinase Signaling Pathway in HepG2 Cells.
Houttuynia cordata (H. cordata) from the family Saururaceae is a perennial herb native to Southeast Asia. It possesses a range of medicinal properties to treat several disease symptoms including allergic inflammation and
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Acute Lipotoxicity Regulates Severity of Biliary Acute Pancreatitis without Affecting Its Initiation.
Obese patients have worse outcomes during acute pancreatitis (AP). Previous animal models of AP have found worse outcomes in obese rodents who may have a baseline proinflammatory state. Our aim was to study the role of acute
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Committee opinion no. 600: ethical issues in the care of the obese woman.
: Rates of obesity in the United States have increased rapidly over the past several decades, and physicians should be prepared to care for obese patients in a nonjudgmental manner, being cognizant of the medical, social, and
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We're more stressed at home than we are at work: Juggling household chores means a day at the office seems easier in comparison
Preparing meals and getting children ready for school is key stress culprit Levels of stress hormone cortisol in saliva soared in home environmentWomen are more affected by stress in the home than menThis is because they often
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Thousands of dogs, and 3 people, sickened by jerky pet treats
Rewarding your favorite canine with a tasty treat may pose health risks. The Food and Drug Administration released updated information on Friday about an ongoing investigation into illnesses and deaths caused by jerky pet
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Antioxidants 18 May 2014, 19.02 Medical
Antioxidants
May 12, 2014 Eating an antioxidant found in red wine, dark chocolate and berries does not help people live longer new research reveals. An Italian study of over 780 people has found eating a diet rich in the antioxidant
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The guide to perfect sleep - top experts share their best slumber tips and tricks
Getting a good night's sleep is crucial for your cognitive and physical health[GETTY - Pic Posed by Models] AVOID STIMULANTS AND KEEP YOUR ROOM DARK Paul Tierney is an ear, nose and throat consultant at the Spire Hospital
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CAC Scores Predict Aspirin Benefit in Primary PreventionCAC Scores Predict Aspirin Benefit in Primary Prevention
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WITHDRAWN: Low back pain across the lifecourse
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Energy requirements, protein-energy metabolism and balance, and carbohydrates in preterm infants.
Energy is necessary for all vital functions of the body at molecular, cellular, organ, and systemic levels. Preterm infants have minimum energy requirements for basal metabolism and growth, but also have requirements for unique
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I lost 4lb by joining the cult of kale says MARIANNE POWER
Marianne Power spent a week eating kale in different waysShe tried the vegetable in a smoothie, salad, facemask and even ice creamMarianne believes she feels healthier and has continued eating kaleBy Marianne Power
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Woman's wisdom teeth operation left her in agony for SIX YEARS
Without proper scans of teeth, there is a danger of permanent nerve damage Carol Russell, 46, from Birmingham, can't even kiss her children Her wisdom tooth was removed in 2008 but several operations couldn't stop the
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athenahealth Announces 2013 Meaningful Use Attestation Rate and Early Stage 2 Performance Data
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Can you afford to eat healthily? 26 April 2014, 22.11 Medical
Can you afford to eat healthily?
April 23, 2014 We’ve found out over a third of the UK are struggling to eat healthily. Our survey revealed two thirds of people in the UK wish they could eat more healthily, but 42% said they can't because it’s too
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Risk of completed suicide after bariatric surgery: a systematic review - Peterhänsel C, Petroff D, Klinitzke G, Kersting A, Wagner B.
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Embryos with Genetic Disease Destroyed for Their Stem Cells, Cell Lines Added to NIH Registry
King's College in London is proud that they have provided 16 new embryonic stem cell lines to the United States' National Institutes of Health (NIH) registry of stem cell lines eligible for federal funding. On the King's
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TEMPORARY REMOVAL: Successful bipolar catheter ablation of ventricular premature complex from the posterior papillary muscle
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Major Drop in MI, Stroke, Amputation in Diabetes Since 1990Major Drop in MI, Stroke, Amputation in Diabetes Since 1990
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Edwards Favored Over Medtronic In Recent Artificial Heart Valve Trials
By Ryan Brinks After back-to-back days of research announcements from makers of competing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) devices, the Edwards Lifesciences Sapien XT recently gained an edge over the Medtronic
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Many New Parents Unaware of Safety Guidelines 14 April 2014, 18.58 Medical
Many New Parents Unaware of Safety Guidelines
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Weight Loss Efforts Start Well, But Lapse Over Time
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Four Routes of Exposure to Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: Medicine, Food, Water, and Air PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Mercola

American livestock farmers use nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics each year in the raising of their animals.1,2 Most of these are raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs)—gigantic factory farms that hold many thousands of animals in a warehouse-style setting.

Overcrowding, lack of sanitation, stress, and an unnatural diet make CAFO animals prone to illness, and antibiotics are routinely added to their feed to combat disease. Antibiotics also have the side effect of promoting growth, making the animals grow fatter, faster, which is another reason for the drugs' use.

This agricultural use accounts for about 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the US,3 making it a significant source of continuous low-dose exposure via your diet.

The best way to avoid this exposure is to buy animal products that have been raised according to organic standards, which includes being raised on pasture, as antibiotics are not permitted in organic farming.

The Hazards of Antibiotic Overexposure

Antibiotic usage in agriculture rose by 16 percent between 2009 and 2012,4 and nearly 70 percent of the antibiotics used are considered "medically important" for humans. The ramifications of this overuse are manifold:

  1. Antibiotics are losing their viability in human medicine due to drug resistance, and without effective antibiotics, even minor infections can grow into lethal events
  2. Food has become a major source of exposure to drug-resistant disease, which can be lethal
  3. Antibiotics decimate your microbiome (important health-promoting bacteria in your gut). An unbalanced microbiome can contribute to both obesity and chronic disease

A 2013 paper5 by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) reports that between 1973 and 2011, more than half of the 55 antibiotic-resistant foodborne outbreaks in the US involved pathogens resistant to five or more antibiotics.

Researchers are now finding that when bacteria develop resistance to one drug, their ability to develop resistance to other drugs increases. This is why we're now seeing a growth in multi-drug resistance, and this can make treating human disease really difficult.

Four Routes of Exposure: Medicine, Food, Water, and Air...

Ever since antibiotic-resistance began gaining attention, the focus has been on agricultural overuse (growth promotion) and medical misuse (such as using antibiotics for viral infections, for example).

However, additional routes of exposure exist that also need to be addressed in order to contain the situation. At present, research has revealed no less than four different sources and routes of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria:

  1. Food (both animal products and produce)
  2. Medicine
  3. Water (both aquaculture and contaminated wastewater)
  4. Air (contaminated dust particles)

Contaminated Wastewater: a Breeding Ground for Drug-Resistant Disease

Forbes Magazine6 recently featured an article on the topic of antibiotic resistance, noting that drug manufacturers may be significantly contributing to the problem by flushing out antibiotics with wastewater during the manufacturing process.

This antibiotic-laced wastewater ends up in rivers, drinking water, and on agricultural crop lands.

Many drug companies have located their manufacturing facilities in countries where production costs are low, such as China and India, and according to Swedish researchers, the amount of drugs found in drinking water in certain drug processing areas are quite significant.7

For example, one water treatment plant in Patancheru (near Hyderabad), India, receives 400,000 gallons of wastewater per day from 90 different pharmaceutical companies in the area.8 This manufacturing wastewater is combined with domestic wastewater. As reported by Forbes:

"They found a number of drugs contaminating the water, some in concentrations higher in the water than in patients' blood.

The worst was pollutant was ciprofloxacin, with concentrations up to 31 mg/L and in only one day totaling '44 kg, which is equivalent to Sweden's entire consumption over 5 days, or, expressed in another manner, sufficient to treat everyone in a city with 44 000 inhabitants.'

These researchers also found that the effluent was toxic to many organisms, and that it promoted resistance genes.9 Almost two percent of DNA samples from downstream sites sampled had resistance genes.10" [Emphasis mine]

Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic—a class of synthetic antibacterial drugs that directly inhibit bacterial DNA synthesis. Several drugs in this class have been taken off the market due to their deadly adverse effects.

Due to their tremendous health risks, fluoroquinolones should be reserved for treating serious bacterial infections that will not respond to any other treatment. The idea that Cipro is being disseminated at those levels into the environment, and people's drinking water, is disconcerting to say the least.

Aside from direct ingestion, contaminated wastewater also ends up on crop fields via irrigation and sludge (biosolids) used as fertilizer. In this way, drug resistant genes are spread, shared, and multiplied throughout the environment.

And there does not appear to be any way to contain it. According to a 2008 CDC report,11 E.coli bacteria resistant to multiple drugs have even been found in the Arctic; brought there by migrating birds.

Fish Farms—Another Water-Borne Source of Antibiotic-Resistance

The same problems that are occurring on land are now also occurring in the sea, with farmed fish becoming another major outlet for antibiotic usage. Unlike land animals, fish are not fed the antibiotics for growth promotion but rather for disease prevention.

Industrial fish farming, or aquaculture, is the fastest growing form of food production in the world, nearly tripling in the last two decades. About half of the world's seafood now comes from fish farms, including in the US, and this is expected to continue increasing.

The close quarters where farmed fish are raised (combined with their unnatural diets) means disease occurs often and can spread quickly. On fish farms, which are basically "CAFOs of the sea," antibiotics are dispersed into the water, and sometimes injected directly into the fish.

Unfortunately, farmed fish are often raised in pens in the ocean, which means that pathogens can spread like wildfire and contaminate any wild fish swimming past. Antibiotics can also spread to wild fish via aquaculture and wastewater runoff. In the largest study12 of antibiotics in US seafood to date, researchers detected five different antibiotics in shrimp, salmon, tilapia, and trout.

Some of the antibiotics detected are also used to treat human diseases and showed up in wild-caught seafood as well, likely due to wastewater treatment plant runoff. Even a variety of farm-raised salmon that was labeled as antibiotic-free was found to contain antibiotic residues.

And, although the levels detected were low, and within legal limits, the threat of antibiotic resistance remains. In fact, the researchers noted that publications reporting antibiotic resistance in aquaculture have increased eight-fold over three decades, adding that: "Antibiotics present at levels well below regulatory limits still can promote the emergence of drug resistant microorganisms."

How Drug-Resistant Bacteria Spread Via the Air

Researchers at Texas Tech University recently proposed that antibiotic-resistant bacteria may travel and disperse into the environment via the air, in the form of contaminated airborne dust from feedlots.13 As reported by Food Safety News:14

"Scientists collected air samples upwind and downwind of 10 feedlots in the southern High Plains region and found greater amounts of bacteria, antibiotics and DNA sequences responsible for antibiotic resistance downwind of the feedlots compared to upwind. [T]heir findings help characterize how pathogens could travel long distances to places inhabited by humans."

According to Philip Smith, an associate professor of terrestrial ecotoxicology at the university’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health, microbes are “promiscuous with their genetic information,” and can share their genetic information across species. What this means is that microbes that have not been directly exposed to antibiotics may still develop resistance, simply by coming into contact with drug-resistant bacteria.

The fact that this mingling may occur just about anywhere—even out in nature—is troubling, as it implies there’s virtually no way to stop the progression of resistance. It simply cannot be confined. Greg Mayer, an associate professor of molecular toxicology told Food Safety News that “this study is proof of the principle that antibiotic-resistant bacteria could plausibly travel through the air.”

What Can Be Done to Curb Antibiotic-Resistance?

At this point, there's no one singular solution. In order to get a handle on drug-resistant microbes, we need a multi-pronged approach. A paper15 published in the Environmental Health Perspectives in 2013 provides an overview of management options for reducing the release of antibiotics and resistant genes into the environment, which includes:

  • Limiting agricultural and aquacultural use of antibiotics
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Biosolid treatment, and
  • Finding and using alternatives to antibiotics

Not only do we need to control and significantly limit or eliminate agricultural use of antibiotics, we also need to improve basic sanitation on a global level. This includes improving wastewater treatment to filter out drugs. But even then, the issue remains of what to do with these filtered out contaminants. Ideally, these drugs should not end up in wastewater in the first place. Manufacturing processes need to be revised to prevent antibiotics (and other drugs) from being flushed out. This would likely necessitate stronger regulations of industrial waste management, and stronger enforcement of the regulations currently in place. Individuals also need to be educated on safer drug disposal, as many will simply flush unused drugs down the drain.

Ultimately, we need to stop supporting CAFOs and eat less but higher quality pastured products. More nutrient dense, eggs, dairy and meat can be savored and are much more satiating.  You may find it surprising, but essential oils have antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties, rendering them useful in various areas of food production. A recent article in The Atlantic16 discusses the experimental use of essential oils to combat disease and pests, citing a number of positive studies, including the following:

  • Recent research published in Poultry Science17 found that adding oregano oil to chicken feed resulted in a 59 percent reduction in mortality rate from ascites, a common infection in poultry
  • A 2011 study18 published in BMC Proceedings showed that certain combinations of plant extracts actually changed the gene expression of treated chickens, resulting in weight gain and protection against intestinal infection
  • An earlier study19 produced similar findings, using extracts from turmeric, chili pepper, and shiitake mushrooms
  • A 2012 study20 found that rosemary and oregano oils were effective against pathogenic bacteria. In addition, these oils produced the same growth rate in chickens as the antibiotic avilamycin

Taking Control of Your Health Is Part of the Solution

Buying organic is, I believe, a crucial step to protecting yourself, your family, and the environment from undue exposure to antibiotics and potentially drug-resistant pathogens. This includes buying grass-fed or pastured animal products, such as beef, chicken, milk, and eggs. When it comes to seafood, I recommend avoiding farmed fish and other seafood, and sticking to wild-caught varieties. While contamination may occur even there, at least the risk is lower. You can also grow your own organic vegetables, thereby circumventing exposure to unknown chemicals and potentially contaminated sludge fertilizers. Filtering your drinking water is also a good idea.

Unfortunately, those who need water treatment the most are also among those least likely to be able to afford it; this includes rural areas in the US, and countries like India and China where drug manufacturers are significantly adding to the burden of water contamination. If you live in the US, the following organizations can help you locate farm-fresh foods that have been raised in a humane, sustainable manner. Supporting local farmers—especially those who are switching over to regenerative land management practices, and there are increasing numbers of farmers who are doing just that—will help promote a cleaner, safer, healthier food system for everyone in your community.

Weston Price Foundation21 has local chapters in most states, and many of them are connected with buying clubs in which you can easily purchase organic foods, including grass fed raw dairy products like milk and butter.
Local Harvest -- This Web site will help you find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
Farmers' Markets -- A national listing of farmers' markets.
Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals -- The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, and hotels, and online outlets in the United States and Canada.
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) -- CISA is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and promoting the products of small farms.
FoodRoutes -- The FoodRoutes "Find Good Food" map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSAs, and markets near you.
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Troubling Revelations: Roundup Herbicide Worsens Antibiotic-Resistance Already Fueled by Factory Farming PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Mercola

Scientific evidence demonstrating the harms associated with chemical-based agriculture and attendant confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have stacked up fast and furiously over the past several weeks and months.

Four components of our current food system causing a wide array of health and environmental problems are genetically engineered (GE) crops, pesticides, CAFOs, and the routine use of antibiotics in livestock.

This includes problems like antibiotic-resistant disease, weed and pest resistance, water shortages, environmental pollution, and toxic exposure through foods that threaten your health from the ingredient glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup.

Here, I’ll review some of the latest research pertaining to these issues, and how GE crops, herbicides, CAFOs, and antibiotics are synergistically exacerbating the problems created by each individually.  

Most corn and soy grown in the US is genetically engineered (GE). According to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data,1 94 percent of soybeans cultivated in 2014 were GE herbicide-tolerant, along with 89 percent of corn.

These GE crops end up in your diet both via processed foods—in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and trans fat vegetable oils—and via CAFO beef and other animal products, as the majority of GE grains are actually fed to factory farmed livestock.

Groundbreaking Research Reveals Herbicides Promote Antibiotic Resistance

As it turns out, the use of antibiotics in agriculture is not the only way our food system promotes antibiotic-resistance—a trend that now threatens to revert our medical system back into the pre-antibiotic era when you could die from a common infection.

In the first study2,3 of its kind in the world, researchers found that commonly used herbicides also promote antibiotic resistance by priming pathogens to more readily become resistant to antibiotics.

This includes Roundup (the actual formulation of Roundup, not just glyphosate in isolation), which was shown to increase the antibiotic-resistant prowess of E. coli and salmonella. As reported by Rodale News:4

The way Roundup causes this effect is likely by causing the bacteria to turn on a set of genes that are normally off, [study author] Heinemann says. ‘These genes are for 'pumps' or 'porins,' proteins that pump out toxic compounds or reduce the rate at which they get inside of the bacteria...

Once these genes are turned on by the herbicide, then the bacteria can also resist antibiotics. If bacteria were to encounter only the antibiotic, they would instead have been killed.

In a sense, the herbicide is 'immunizing' the bacteria to the antibiotic:...This change occurs at levels commonly used on farm field crops, lawns, gardens, and parks.’” [Emphasis mine]

Other herbicides scrutinized in the study include dicamba and 2,4-D, which is particularly relevant in light of the recent approval of a new generation of GE crops resistant not only to glyphosate, but also to dicamba and/or  2,4-D (an ingredient in the devastating defoliant Agent Orange).  

This important research implies that combating the weed and pest resistance caused by Roundup Ready GE crops by introducing dicamba- and 2,4-D-resistant varieties is probably only going to speed up the process of creating multi-drug resistant pathogens.

And, since GE grains are fed to CAFO animals, the entire food supply is a massive source of potentially lethal multi-drug-resistant pathogens. The study,5 published in the peer-reviewed journal mBio on March 24, concluded that:

“Increasingly common chemicals used in agriculture, domestic gardens, and public places can induce a multiple-antibiotic resistance phenotype in potential pathogens. The effect occurs upon simultaneous exposure to antibiotics and is faster than the lethal effect of antibiotics.

The magnitude of the induced response may undermine antibiotic therapy and substantially increase the probability of spontaneous mutation to higher levels of resistance.

The combination of high use of both herbicides and antibiotics in proximity to farm animals and important insects, such as honeybees, might also compromise their therapeutic effects and drive greater use of antibiotics.

To address the crisis of antibiotic resistance requires broadening our view of environmental contributors to the evolution of resistance.”

More Support for Link Between Glyphosate and Escalating Antibiotic-Resistance

As noted by RenewableFarming.org,6 Monsanto “has long assured users that glyphosate is ‘as safe as table salt’.”

While dubious to begin with, quickly mounting toxicology research shows that such a statement has virtually no foundation in science—at least not in research that doesn’t have Monsanto’s fingerprints all over it.  

As synchronicity would have it, on the same day that the mBio study was published, another study suggesting a similar hypothesis was published in the journal Surgical Neurology International.7

This paper is primarily focused on glyphosate's impact on chelation of manganese in the human metabolism, but it also has a section in which the authors hypothesize that glyphosate may cause an increase in the ability for pathogens to develop antibiotic resistance.

It does this by way of disrupting your gut bacteria and dysregulating manganese utilization. Manganese accumulation in your bile acids allows Salmonella to gain a stronghold there.

“Glyphosate acts as a catalyst for the development of antibiotic resistance genes in pathogens,” they write. “Since both poultry and cow manure are used as natural fertilizers in crops, it can be expected that a vector for microbial resistance to multiple drugs is through contamination of fruits and vegetables.

Indeed, multiple resistance genes have been identified from diverse phyla found in cow manure, including Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, and Actinobacteria, that is, in phylogenetically diverse organisms.”

The study, authored by Anthony Samsel and Dr. Stephanie Seneff, also explains how glyphosate interferes with the synthesis of pyrrole (an aromatic organic compound) , which is crucial for the rings (heme ring, corrin ring, etc.) that biological systems build around minerals, including manganese, iron, and cobalt. According to the authors:

"Many diseases and conditions are currently on the rise in step with glyphosate usage in agriculture, particularly on GM crops of corn and soy. These include autism, AD, PD, anxiety disorder, osteoporosis, inflammatory bowel disease, renal lithiasis, osteomalacia, cholestasis, thyroid dysfunction, and infertility. All of these conditions can be substantially explained by the dysregulation of manganese utilization in the body due to glyphosate."

The take-home message here is that, in addition to the antibiotics livestock routinely receive, they also get another dose of “antibiotics” through chronic glyphosate exposure (courtesy of GE and conventional herbicide-treated grains), and if you eat these foods, you’re getting antibiotics via multiple routes as well. Moreover, endocrine disruptors such as glyphosate often have an inverted dose–response relationship, which means that low doses can actually have more severe effects than higher doses. As noted in Samsel and Seneff’s study, glyphosate in parts per trillion has been shown to induce human breast cancer cell proliferation in vitro. There’s lots of interesting information in this paper,8 so I highly recommend reading through it if you want to learn more.

CAFO Meats Are Also a Major Source of GMOs, Toxic Chemical Exposure, and Antibiotics

Besides the potential health and environmental risks of the genetically altered plants themselves, GE crops are also heavily sprayed with glyphosate, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently classified as a “probable carcinogen” (Class 2A). 9,10,11 According to Dr. Aaron Blair, a cancer epidemiologist and scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health (NIH):12

“There were enough studies to suggest something was going on, but not enough to be sure that was absolutely happening.”

IARC is the research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), and is considered the global gold standard for carcinogenicity studies, so this determination is of considerable importance. IARC is also one of the five research agencies from which the OEHHA—which is the California agency of environmental hazards—gets its reports to declare carcinogens under Prop. 65.

So, eventually, foods containing detectable levels of glyphosate will likely have to have a Prop. 65 Warning label to be sold in California. While glyphosate is commonly used on conventional crops, GE crops tend to be more heavily contaminated.  Roundup Ready plants are designed to tolerate greater amounts of the chemical, and farmers growing GE plants tend to have more trouble with resistant weeds, requiring ever-heavier herbicide applications.

Contrary to industry promises and popular belief, GE plants have NOT resulted in reduced chemical use. On the contrary, genetic engineering has dramatically increased it. In his paper Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops,13 Dr. Ramon J. Seidler, Ph.D., a former Senior Scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), presents USDA data showing that glyphosate use has increased 12-fold since 1996, when the first GE crops were introduced.

Disturbingly, on the heels of rising application rates, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) significantly raised the allowable limits for glyphosate in food in 2013, despite studies suggesting harm might occur even at low levels. As noted by the Institute for Science in Society:14

“The amount of allowable glyphosate in oilseed crops (except for canola and soy) went up from 20 ppm to 40 ppm, 100 000 times the amount needed to induce breast cancer cells.”  [Emphasis mine]

In addition to GMOs and glyphosate, CAFO beef and other animal products are also a significant source of antibiotics in your diet. In fact, 80 percent of the antibiotics used in the US are used in agriculture,15 for disease-prevention as well as non-medical growth promotion purposes.

Antibiotic Use in Food Production Continues to Climb, Despite Dire Warnings

Unfortunately, despite the ever-louder warnings of dire consequences, the US has done very little to curb antibiotic use in agriculture. On the contrary, antibiotic use increased by 16 percent between 2009 and 2012,16 and nearly 70 percent of the antibiotics used are considered “medically important” for humans. The result of this routine practice has led to an exponential rise in antibiotic-resistant disease, which now kills an estimated 23,000 Americans each year. Bacteria are also becoming increasingly multi-drug resistant.

A 2013 paper17 by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) reports that between 1973 and 2011, more than half of the 55 antibiotic-resistant foodborne outbreaks in the US involved pathogens resistant to five or more antibiotics. And it’s likely to get even worse.  According to a forecast study18,19 published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in February, antibiotic use in livestock production worldwide could rise by nearly 70 percent by 2030.

The driving force is the growth in consumer demand for meat in middle-income countries, and the subsequent shift toward CAFO-style farming to keep up with demand. Add to everything I’ve already mentioned the fact that both our chemical-based agriculture CAFOS are a major source of air, water, and land pollution,20,21 (the latter of which is visually illustrated in the video below), and the status quo of our food system is really starting to look like a dead end.

You Are Part of the Solution

In my view, the evidence is overwhelmingly showing us that we cannot continue on our current path. We’re really at a “change or die” moment in history, even if these stark realities are not staring us in the face every moment of the day as of yet. The good news is, if Americans rapidly started making dramatically different food choices, it could quickly revolutionize the US agricultural system because farmers will grow that which sells. If people want uncontaminated organic foods, that’s what farmers will grow—and there’s already evidence that biodynamic farming can be done even on the large scale. In fact, using regenerative agriculture  principles, you can grow a lot more food on fewer acres.

There are solutions. There are ways to begin to reverse the damage, but we must act quickly, and the political hamster wheel simply isn’t efficient enough to be an immediate solution. This change needs to be driven by consumer choice, because that’s going to promote quicker changes. So please remember, your money either goes to support the chemical-based system that threatens the survival of the Earth and your descendants, or it supports a system that can regenerate and revitalize the soil and the environment so that healthy food and healthy people can thrive. And, to make life-affirming choices, we need information, and that is why GMO labeling is so crucial.

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How a Terminal Illness Can Change Your Perception of Time PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Mercola

"Clocks are now kind of irrelevant to me … time, where it used to have sort of a linear progression, now feels more like a space," said Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon, writer, father, and husband, after learning he had metastatic lung cancer.curc

Kalanithi, who died at age 37 in March 2015, wrote a series of poignant works describing the "strange relativity" of living with a terminal cancer diagnosis, and how it rattles your concept of self and your perception of time. He wrote:1

"Verb conjugation became muddled. Which was correct? 'I am a neurosurgeon,' 'I was a neurosurgeon,' 'I had been a neurosurgeon before and will be again'? Graham Greene felt life was lived in the first 20 years and the remainder was just reflection.

What tense was I living in? Had I proceeded, like a burned-out Greene character, beyond the present tense and into the past perfect? The future tense seemed vacant and, on others' lips, jarring. I recently celebrated my 15th college reunion; it seemed rude to respond to parting promises from old friends, 'We'll see you at the 25th!' with 'Probably not!'"

Amidst many questions, including how much time he had left (a question no one could, with certainty, answer), Kalanithi spoke of his infant daughter. Recognizing he would not likely see her grow up, he wanted her to know the joy she brought him in his last days, "a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied."2

'Days Are Long, Years Are Short'

Kalanithi's story has struck a chord in many people's hearts. It's the type of inspiration that stops you in your tracks, makes you think deeply and can change the way you're living your life right now. As he said, "the days are long, but the years are short."

Some of you reading this may be struggling with chronic illness right now. You may have a loved one who is ill, or you may be healthy but acutely aware that health is one gift not to be taken for granted.

In Kalanithi's case, doctors found a specific genetic mutation tied to his cancer. In many other cases, the cause is unknown. What we do know is that each cell membrane in your body has receptors that pick up various environmental signals, and this mechanism controls the "reading" of the genes inside your cells.

Your cells can choose to read or not read the genetic blueprint depending on the signals being received from the environment. So having a "cancer program" in your DNA does not automatically mean you're destined to get cancer. Far from it. This genetic information does not ever have to be expressed.

In other words, having a genetic mutation is by no means an automatic death sentence. As you will see below, there are many things you can do to dramatically decrease your cancer risk through the lifestyle choices you make, which have a profound impact on your genetic expression... and this should give you hope.

Cancer Is the Second Leading Cause of Death in the US

Sadly, even with the latest technology and "advances" in medicine, cancer continues to kill people far before their time. And the current medical paradigm remains essentially clueless about the underlying causes of cancer, along with how to effectively treat them.

In 2015, it's estimated there will be more than 1.6 million new cancer cases diagnosed and nearly 600,000 cancer deaths in the US.3 Further, the lifetime risk of developing or dying from cancer over the course of a lifetime is incredibly high. For American men, the lifetime risk of developing cancer is slightly less than 1 in 2; for women, it's a little more than 1 in 3.4

There are many causes of cancer, from certain bacteria in your mouth to viruses, environmental chemicals, radiation and more. In 2010, researchers studied hundreds of Egyptian mummies along with literary evidence for ancient Greece and medical studies of human and animal remains dating back to the age of the dinosaurs.5

They found evidence of cancer is extremely rare in history and instead is a modern, man-made disease, noting:6

"In industrialized societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death. But in ancient times, it was extremely rare. There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle."

What's important to remember is that many cases of cancer can be prevented, which means you are empowered to take control of your health. Even the American Cancer Society states:7

"A substantial proportion of cancers could be prevented. All cancers caused by tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption could be prevented completely…

In addition, the World Cancer Research Fund has estimated that up to one-third of the cancer cases that occur in economically developed countries like the US are related to overweight or obesity, physical inactivity, and/or poor nutrition, and thus could also be prevented."

Cancer Rates Predicted to Rise by Nearly 60 Percent in the Next 20 Years

The 2014 World Cancer Report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) predicted worldwide cancer rates to rise by 57 percent in the next two decades.8

The report refers to the prediction as "an imminent human disaster," noting countries around the world need to renew their focus on prevention rather than treatment only. Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer told CNN:9

"We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem. More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally."

Besides the death toll, there's also the financial cost of treating cancer. According to the report, the worldwide cost for cancer treatment was estimated at $1.16 trillion in 2010. But again the report noted that about half of all cancers were preventable and could have been avoided if "current medical knowledge was acted upon." This includes promoting preventive lifestyle strategies such as:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing alcohol consumption

Does Sugar Fuel Cancer?

There is quite a bit of truth behind the old adage that sugar feeds cancer. According to one study, older women who drink a lot of soda or other sugary beverages may be at significantly increased risk for endometrial cancer—an estrogen-dependent type of cancer that affects the lining of a woman's uterus.10 Previous research has also shown that dietary fructose can promote cancer growth in a number of different ways, including:

  • Altered cellular metabolism
  • Increased reactive oxygen species (free radicals)
  • DNA damage
  • Inflammation

In 2010, researchers also published findings showing that fructose is readily used by cancer cells to increase their proliferation.11 Cancer cells did not respond to glucose in the same manner. In this case, the cancer cells used were pancreatic cancer, which is typically regarded as the most deadly and universally rapid-killing form of cancer. According to the authors:

" … fructose intake has increased dramatically in recent decades and cellular uptake of glucose and fructose uses distinct transporters. Here, we report that fructose provides an alternative substrate to induce pancreatic cancer cell proliferation. Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different; in comparison with glucose, fructose... is preferentially metabolized via the nonoxidative pentose phosphate pathway to synthesize nucleic acids and increase uric acid production.

These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation. They have major significance for cancer patients given dietary refined fructose consumption, and indicate that efforts to reduce refined fructose intake or inhibit fructose-mediated actions may disrupt cancer growth."

In other words, they found that tumor cells do thrive on sugar (glucose). However, the cells used fructose for cell division, speeding up the growth and spread of the cancer. This difference is clearly of major consequence, and should be carefully considered by anyone who is currently undergoing cancer treatment or seeking to prevent cancer, particularly by avoiding the consumption of fructose-containing processed foods and beverages.

Exercise Is Another Key Player

Mounting evidence continues to show that exercise may be a key component in successful cancer prevention and treatment. Studies have also found that it can help keep cancer from recurring, so it's really a triple-win. Yet not surprisingly few oncologists ever tell their patients to engage in exercise beyond their simple daily, normal activities, and many cancer patients are reluctant to exercise, or even discuss it with their oncologist.

Research presented at the 2013 International Liver Congress, for instance, found that mice who exercised on a motorized treadmill for an hour each day, five days a week for 32 weeks, experienced fewer incidents of liver cancer than sedentary mice.12 A report issued by the British organization Macmillan Cancer Support also argued that exercise really should be part of standard cancer care. It recommended that all patients getting cancer treatment should be told to engage in moderate-intensity exercise for two and a half hours every week, stating that the advice to rest and take it easy after treatment is an outdated view.13

Research has even shown that breast and colon cancer patients who exercise regularly have half the recurrence rate than non-exercisers. Macmillan Cancer Support also notes that exercise can help you to mitigate some of the common side effects of conventional cancer treatment, including:14

Reduce fatigue and improve your energy levels Manage stress, anxiety, low mood or depression Improve bone health
Improve heart health (some chemotherapy drugs and radiotherapy can cause heart problems later in life) Build muscle strength, relieve pain and improve range of movement Maintain a healthy weight
Sleep better Improve your appetite

I would strongly recommend you read up on my Peak Fitness program, which includes high-intensity interval training exercises that can reduce your exercise time while actually increasing your benefits. Now, if you have cancer or any other chronic disease, you will of course need to tailor your exercise routine to your individual circumstances, taking into account your fitness level and current health.

Often, you will be able to take part in a regular exercise program -- one that involves a variety of exercises like strength training, core-building, stretching, aerobic and anaerobic -- with very little changes necessary. However, at times you may find you need to exercise at a lower intensity, or for shorter durations.

My Top 12 Cancer Prevention Strategies

There is so much you can do to lower your risk for cancer, but please don't wait until you get the diagnosis—you have to take preventative steps now. It's much easier to prevent cancer than to treat it once it takes hold. I believe you can virtually eliminate your risk of cancer and chronic disease, and radically improve your chances of recovering from cancer if you currently have it, by following these relatively simple strategies.

  1. Food Preparation: Eat at least one-third of your food raw. Avoid frying or charbroiling; boil, poach or steam your foods instead. Consider adding cancer-fighting whole foods, herbs, spices and supplements to your diet, such as broccoli, blueberries and resveratrol. To learn more about how these anti-angiogenetic foods fight cancer, please see our previous article: "Dramatically Effective New Natural Way to Starve Cancer and Obesity."
  2. Carbohydrates and Sugar: Reduce or eliminate processed foods, sugar/fructose and grain-based foods from your diet. This applies to whole unprocessed organic grains as well, as they tend to rapidly break down and drive up your insulin level. The evidence is quite clear that if you want to avoid cancer, or you currently have cancer, you absolutely MUST avoid all forms of sugar, especially fructose, which feeds cancer cells and promotes their growth. Make sure your total fructose intake is around 25 grams daily, including fruit.
  3. Protein and Fat: Consider reducing your protein levels to one gram per kilogram of lean body weight. It would be unusual for most adults to need more than 100 grams of protein and most likely close to half of that amount. Replace excess protein with high-quality fats, such as organic eggs from pastured hens, high-quality grass-fed meats, raw pastured butter, avocados, and coconut oil.
  4. GMOs: Avoid genetically engineered foods as they are typically treated with herbicides such as Roundup (glyphosate), and likely to be carcinogenic. A French research team that has extensively studied Roundup concluded it's toxic to human cells, and likely carcinogenic to humans. Choose fresh, organic, preferably locally grown foods.
  5. Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats: Normalize your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by taking a high-quality krill oil and reducing your intake of processed vegetable oils.
  6. Natural Probiotics: Optimizing your gut flora will reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune response. Researchers have found a microbe-dependent mechanism through which some cancers mount an inflammatory response that fuels their development and growth. They suggest that inhibiting inflammatory cytokines might slow cancer progression and improve the response to chemotherapy. Adding naturally fermented food, including fermented vegetables, to your daily diet is an easy way to prevent cancer or speed recovery. You can always add a high-quality probiotic supplement as well, but naturally fermented foods are the best.
  7. Exercise: Exercise lowers insulin levels, which creates a low sugar environment that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells. In a three-month study, exercise was found to alter immune cells into a more potent disease-fighting form in cancer survivors who had just completed chemotherapy. Researchers and cancer organizations increasingly recommend making regular exercise a priority in order to reduce your risk of cancer and help improve cancer outcomes. Research has also found evidence suggesting exercise can help trigger apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells.
  8. Ideally, your exercise program should include balance, strength, flexibility, high intensity interval training (HIIT). For help getting started, refer to my Peak Fitness Program.

  9. Vitamin D: There is scientific evidence you can decrease your risk of cancer by more than half simply by optimizing your vitamin D levels with appropriate sun exposure. Your serum level should hold steady at 50-70 ng/ml, but if you are being treated for cancer, it should be closer to 80-90 ng/ml for optimal benefit. If you take oral vitamin D and have cancer, it would be very prudent to monitor your vitamin D blood levels regularly, as well as supplementing your vitamin K2, as K2 deficiency is actually what produces the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity.
  10. Sleep: Make sure you are getting enough restorative sleep. Poor sleep can interfere with your melatonin production, which is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and weight gain, both of which contribute to cancer's virility.
  11. Exposure to Toxins: Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, herbicides, household chemical cleaners, plastics chemicals, synthetic air fresheners and toxic cosmetics.
  12. Exposure to Radiation: Limit your exposure and protect yourself from radiation produced by cell phones, towers, base stations, and Wi-Fi stations, as well as minimizing your exposure from radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms.
  13. Stress Management: Stress from all causes is a major contributor to disease. It is likely that stress and unresolved emotional issues may be more important than the physical ones, so make sure this is addressed. My favorite tool for resolving emotional challenges is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

Have You Been Diagnosed With Cancer?

One of the most essential strategies I know of to treat cancer is to starve the cells by depriving them of their food source. Unlike your body cells, which can burn carbs or fat for fuel, cancer cells have lost that metabolic flexibility. Dr. Otto Warburg was actually given a Nobel Prize over 75 years ago for figuring this out but virtually no oncologist actually uses this information. You can review my recent interview with Dr. D'Agostino below for more details but integrating a ketogenic diet with hyperbaric oxygen therapy is deadly to cancer cells. It debilitates them by starving them of their fuel source. This would be the strategy I would recommend to my family if they were diagnosed with cancer.


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Diet Soda Adds Inches to the Waist of Seniors, Researchers Say PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Mercola

Recent research again confirms what many previous studies have concluded: diet soda tends to promote weight gain rather than prevent it. In this study1,2,3,4,5,6 diet soda consumption was linked to increased belly fat in Americans over the age of 65.

Abdominal fat (visceral fat) is associated with an increased risk for diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few, and your waist-to-hip ratio is one potent indicator for your level of risk for these and other chronic health problems.

Diet Soda Increases Hazardous Belly Fat in Aging Adults

Seniors aged 65 and over were followed for an average of nine years, and while the study was an observational one and hence cannot prove causation, the authors note that there was a "striking dose-response relationship" between diet soda consumption and waist circumference.

This held true even when other factors such as exercise, diabetes, and smoking were taken into account:

  • People who never drank diet soda increased their waist circumference by an average of 0.8 inches during the nine-year observation period
  • Occasional diet soda drinkers added an average of 1.83 inches to their waistline in that time period
  • Daily diet soda drinkers gained an average of nearly 3.2 inches—quadruple that of those who abstained from diet soda altogether

What's worse, abdominal fat gain was most pronounced in those who were overweight to begin with. According to senior author Dr. Helen Hazuda:7

"People who are already at cardiometabolic risk because they have higher BMIs are really in double or triple jeopardy. When they think they're doing something good by drinking artificially sweetened beverages, it's actually totally counterproductive." [Emphasis mine]

This isn't the first time diet soda has been linked to expanding waistlines. One 2011 study, in which soda drinkers were followed for nearly 10 years, found that those who drank diet soda had a 70 percent greater increase in waist size compared to non-diet soda drinkers.

Those who drank two or more diet sodas a day had a 500 percent greater increase in waist size. According to earlier research, drinking just one diet soda a day may raise your risk of obesity by 65 percent. Diet soda consumption has also been linked to a 50 percent increased risk for stroke.

Obesity Raises Women's Risk of Cancer by 40 Percent

Obesity is associated with one in five deaths in the US and, as noted by the authors, for older individuals who are already at an increased risk for metabolic disorders, increased visceral fat will exacerbate that risk. Recent research8 also warns that obesity raises a woman's risk for a number of different cancers by about 40 percent.

As reported by WebMD:9

"Overall, the Cancer Research UK study found that obese women have about a one in four risk of developing a weight-related cancer in their lifetime. Those include cancers of the bowel, gallbladder, uterus, kidney, pancreas and esophagus, as well as post-menopausal breast cancers...

There are a number of possible ways that obesity can increase cancer risk in women, including one that's linked to fat cells' production of hormones, especially estrogen, which is believed to fuel cancer development... However, everyone can lower their risk by trimming their waistline, one expert said."

Losing Weight Can Eliminate Irregular Heartbeat if You're Obese

Recent research10,11 also suggests that obese people suffering from atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, may restore healthy heart rhythm simply by losing weight. In the US, this condition is quite common, affecting an estimated 5.6 million adults.

In this study, patients who shed at least 10 percent of their weight over the course of four years were six times more likely to become symptom-free without any additional drug or surgical intervention, compared to those who did not lose weight.

In total, 45 percent of those who lost 10 percent or more of their body weight became symptom-free without treatment. Thirteen percent of those who lost a more modest three percent of their body weight became symptom-free. According to the authors:12

"Long-term sustained weight-loss is associated with significant reduction of atrial fibrillation (AF) burden and maintenance of sinus rhythm. Weight-loss and avoidance of weight-fluctuation constitute important strategies for reducing the rising burden of AF."

How Obesity Impacts Your Offspring

Researchers also warn that if you are overweight prior to becoming pregnant, or gain an excessive amount of weight during your pregnancy, your child is more likely to be obese at age seven.

This in turn can predispose your child to health problems in adulthood, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer.

This study13 focused primarily on African-American and Dominican mothers, living in low-income neighborhoods in New York City. Lead author Elizabeth Widen told Reuters:14

"Because there is limited evidence of the long-term effects of pregnancy weight gain on childhood health outcomes in low-income urban populations, we sought to evaluate how pregnancy weight gain was related to childhood body size and obesity."

Among mothers who gained greater amounts of weight during pregnancy, their children were nearly three times more likely to be obese at the age of seven, compared to other children. So how much weight gain during pregnancy is too much? The US Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends the following:

  • If you're of normal weight prior to pregnancy, you should gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy
  • If you're overweight, you should gain 15-25 lbs
  • Obese women are advised to limit their pregnancy weight gain to 11-20 lbs

Artificial Sweeteners Is Not the Answer if You're Seeking to Lose Weight

Considering the many health risks associated with obesity, the issue of whether artificially sweetened foods and beverages is a weight loss aid or hindrance is an important consideration. Many have fallen for industry claims suggesting that no- or low-calorie "diet" foods will help you lose weight and allow diabetics to indulge in the sweeter side of life without harmful effects, but studies have repeatedly blown massive holes in these claims. Research over the last 30 years—including several large scale prospective cohort studies—have shown that artificial sweeteners actually stimulate appetite and increase cravings for carbs.

They also produce a variety of metabolic dysfunctions that promote fat storage and weight gain,15,16 and many studies have directly associated artificial sweeteners with an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Some studies have even shown that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame actually worsen insulin sensitivity to a greater degree than sugar. Other mechanisms of harm have also been revealed. In recent years, we've learned that gut microbes play a significant role in human health. Certain gut microbes have been linked to obesity, for example, and recent research17,18,19,20 shows that artificial sweeteners raise your risk of obesity and diabetes by disrupting your intestinal microflora.  

Most importantly, this research actually shows causation. Specifically, they found that artificial sweeteners cause decreased function in pathways associated with the transport of sugar in your body. Artificial sweeteners were also found to induce gut dysbiosis and glucose intolerance in otherwise healthy people. Glucose intolerance is a well-known precursor to type 2 diabetes, but it also plays a role in obesity, because the excess sugar in your blood ends up being stored in your fat cells. According to the authors of this widely publicized study:21

"[W]e demonstrate that consumption of commonly used non-caloric artificial sweeteners formulations drives the development of glucose intolerance through induction of compositional and functional alterations to the intestinal microbiota... Collectively, our results link non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) consumption, dysbiosis and metabolic abnormalities, thereby calling for a reassessment of massive NAS usage."

Many Studies Refute 'Diet' Claims of Artificial Sweeteners

Below is sampling of some of the studies published through the years, clearly refuting the beverage industry's claims that diet soda aids weight loss. The 2010 review in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine22 is particularly noteworthy. It provides a historical summary of artificial sweeteners in general, along with epidemiological and experimental evidence showing that artificial sweeteners tends to promote weight gain. It also illustrates that as usage of artificial sweeteners has risen, so has obesity rates.

Obesity Rates

Source: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine June 8 2010: v83(2)

Preventive Medicine, 198623 This study examined nearly 78,700 women aged 50-69 for one year. Artificial sweetener usage increased with relative weight, and users were significantly more likely to gain weight, compared to those who did not use artificial sweeteners—regardless of their initial weight.

According to the researchers, the results "were not explicable by differences in food consumption patterns. The data do not support the hypothesis that long-term artificial sweetener use either helps weight loss or prevents weight gain."
Physiology and Behavior, 198824 In this study, they determined that intense (no- or low-calorie) sweeteners can produce significant changes in appetite. Of the three sweeteners tested, aspartame produced the most pronounced effects.
Physiology and Behavior, 199025 Here, they found that aspartame had a time-dependent effect on appetite, "producing a transient decrease followed by a sustained increase in hunger ratings."
Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 199126 In a study of artificial sweeteners performed on college students, there was no evidence that artificial sweetener use was associated with a decrease in their overall sugar intake either.
International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 200327 This study, which looked at 3,111 children, found that diet soda, specifically, was associated with higher BMI.
International Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, 200428 This Purdue University study found that rats fed artificially sweetened liquids ate more high-calorie food than rats fed high-caloric sweetened liquids. The researchers believe the experience of drinking artificially sweetened liquids disrupted the animals' natural ability to compensate for the calories in the food.
San Antonio Heart Study, 200529 Data gathered from the 25-year long San Antonio Heart Study also showed that drinking diet soft drinks increased the likelihood of serious weight gain – far more so than regular soda.30 On average, for each diet soft drink the participants drank per day, they were 65 percent more likely to become overweight during the next seven to eight years, and 41 percent more likely to become obese.
Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 200531 In this two-year long study, which involved 166 school children, increased diet soda consumption was associated with higher BMI at the end of the trial.
The Journal of Pediatrics, 200632 The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study included 2,371 girls aged 9-19 for 10 years. Soda consumption in general, both regular and diet, was associated with increase in total daily energy intake.
Journal of Biology and Medicine, 201033 This study delves into the neurobiology of sugar cravings and summarizes the epidemiological and experimental evidence concerning the effect of artificial sweeteners on weight.

According to the authors: "[F]indings suggest that the calorie contained in natural sweeteners may trigger a response to keep the overall energy consumption constant. ...Increasing evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners do not activate the food reward pathways in the same fashion as natural sweeteners… [A]rtificial sweeteners, precisely because they are sweet, encourage sugar craving and sugar dependence."
Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 201034 This review offers a summary of epidemiological and experimental evidence concerning the effects of artificial sweeteners on weight, and explains those effects in light of the neurobiology of food reward.  It also shows the correlation between increased usage of artificial sweeteners in food and drinks, and the corresponding rise in obesity. More than 11,650 children aged 9-14 were included in this study. Each daily serving of diet beverage was associated with a BMI increase of 0.16 kg/m2
Appetite, 201235 Here, researchers showed that saccharin and aspartame both cause greater weight gain than sugar, even when the total caloric intake remains similar.
Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, 201336 This report highlights the fact that diet soda drinkers suffer the same exact health problems as those who opt for regular soda, such as excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.37,38 The researchers speculate that frequent consumption of artificial sweeteners may induce metabolic derangements.
Nature, 201439 This study was able to clearly show causality, revealing there's a direct cause and effect relationship between consuming artificial sweeteners and developing elevated blood sugar levels.

People who consumed high amounts of artificial sweeteners were found to have higher levels of HbA1C—a long-term measure of blood sugar—compared to non-users or occasional users of artificial sweeteners.

Seven volunteers who did not use artificial sweeteners were then recruited, and asked to consume the equivalent of 10-12 single-dose packets of artificial sweeteners daily for one week.

Four of the seven people developed "significant disturbances in their blood glucose," according to the researchers. Some became pre-diabetic within just a few days. The reason for this dramatic shift was traced back to alterations in gut bacteria. Some bacteria were killed off, while others started proliferating.
PLoS One, 201440 This study, which was done on rats, using aspartame, also found an increased risk of glucose intolerance. Animals that consume artificial sweeteners ended up with raised levels of propionate—short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) involved in sugar production. Consumption of artificial sweeteners shifted gut microbiota to produce propionate, which generated higher blood sugar levels. 

Reclaim Your Health by Ditching Artificially Sweetened 'Diet' Foods

The evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners have likely played a role in actually worsening the obesity and diabetes epidemics since their emergence in our food supply. And considering their many routes of harm, including disrupting your gut flora, I strongly recommend avoiding artificial sweeteners, and to read food labels to make sure you're not inadvertently consuming them. They're added to some 6,000 different beverages, snacks, and food products, so there's no telling where they might be hiding.

In addition to boosting weight gain and insulin resistance, artificial sweeteners can also be addictive. Your brain actually craves more of it because your body receives no satisfaction on a cellular level since no calories accompany the sweet flavor. If you have trouble quitting diet soda or other artificially sweetened products, I suggest trying Turbo Tapping. This is a version of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) that is specifically geared toward combating sugar cravings. For instructions, please see the article, "Turbo Tapping: How to Get Rid of Your Soda Addiction." The video below with EFT practitioner Julie Schiffman also demonstrates how to use EFT to fight food cravings of all kinds.


If you still have cravings after trying EFT or Turbo Tapping, you may need to make further changes to your diet. My free nutrition plan can help you do this in a step-by-step fashion. As for safer sweetener options, you could use stevia or Luo Han, both of which are safe natural sweeteners. However, if you struggle with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or extra weight, then you have insulin sensitivity issues and would likely benefit from avoiding ALL sweeteners until your condition has normalized.

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Nearly Half a Million Babies Die from Poor Hygiene PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Mercola

Simple interventions to improve hygiene, such as access to safe water, toilets and soap, could prevent one in five newborn deaths in the developing world.

The sobering finding comes from the non-profit organization WaterAid America, which revealed that nearly half a million babies die in their first month of life each year because they are born into unhygienic conditions. According to WaterAid’s Healthy Start report:1

For one in five babies who die during their first month of life in the developing world, simply being washed in clean water and cared for in a clean environment by people who had washed their hands could have prevented their untimely deaths.

In Mali, for instance, one woman in every 17 will lose a baby to infection during her lifetime compared to one in 2,958 in the US.”

Nearly Half of Hospitals in Africa Do Not Have Access to Clean Water

The World Health Organization (WHO) also released a report on water, sanitation and hygiene in the developing world, particularly as it relates to health care facilities. The report revealed that nearly half of hospitals and clinics in Africa do not have access to clean water, and of the 58 percent of facilities that do, only half of them can depend on their water supply being reliably clean.2

In some cases, such as in 18 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, only 20 percent of healthcare facilities have access to water. In all of the 54 developing countries included in WHO’s report:3

  • 38 percent of healthcare facilities do not have clean water
  • 19 percent do not have safe toilets
  • 35 percent do not have anywhere for staff or patients to wash their hands with soap

Many were also lacking adequate systems to dispose of health care waste, such as syringes, bandages and personal protective equipment, further promoting the spread of infection. According to WaterAid’s Healthy Start report:4

“It is hard to imagine that there is any medical professional, health department official or health minister who is unaware of the risks of exposing babies to infection due to unclean birth conditions and poor hygiene practices.

And yet, women are still giving birth in environments which do not have clean water, soap and sanitation, attended by carers who cannot or do not observe basic hygiene. The links between dirty hands, dirty water and infant mortality have been known for over 150 years, so this is not a situation waiting for an answer, but an injustice waiting for action.”

Disease Rates Drop as Hygiene Improves

We need only look to history to see how drastically improvements in hygiene can affect disease rates. In the US infectious disease rates dropped dramatically throughout the 1900s, and this is often attributed to the introduction of vaccines. In reality, improved sanitation and hygiene were responsible. As reported in the Journal of Pediatrics:5

The largest historical decrease in morbidity and mortality caused by infectious disease was experienced not with the modern antibiotic and vaccine era, but after the introduction of clean water and effective sewer systems.”

A more recent example could be seen in Haiti in 2010, when a cholera epidemic broke out, sickening over 100,000 Haitians and killing over 2,000. The epidemic was related to the 2010 earthquake that hit that country, wiping out water and sanitation networks that served as protection against this kind of disease.

In a study published in Geophysical Research Letters, researchers concluded that clean water and education would outperform vaccines in reducing the spread of the disease.6 According to the study:

“ …our results show that mass vaccinations would have a negligible impact at this stage of the epidemic. We also show that targeted sanitation strategies, providing clean drinking water supply and/or staging educational campaigns aimed at reducing exposure, may weaken the strength of the residual evolution of the infection.”

The Problem With Pouring Billions Into Vaccination Programs in Developing Countries

Bill Gates, the biggest philanthropist in the world, continues to channel his billions into vaccines. While admirable on the surface, it’s tragic when you realize clean water and hygiene education are far more effective at reducing the spread of disease than any vaccination campaign.

Even vaccine magnate GlaxoSmithKline admitted to WHO that safe drinking water has a greater impact on reducing mortality rates than vaccines and antibiotics, but that’s more lip service than action.7

The fact is, clean water has saved far more lives than vaccines.8 Every year, diarrhea causes 2 million deaths, and 1.5 million of those victims are children.9 According to Unicef, bad water kills 4,000 children per day.10 It costs $20 million to vaccinate those 1.5 million children against rotavirus so that they don’t develop the diarrhea that can kill them.

On the flip side, the same amount of money – $20 million – is enough to provide wells, clean water and irrigation pumps to 100 million families. If you figure each family has a father, mother and two children, that means with the same investment it takes to vaccinate 1.5 million children for rotavirus, you can provide clean water to 400 million individuals, which will also help prevent other enteric diseases such as cholera and polio.

At the same time, it will irrigate their crops and essentially lift those families out of poverty. If instead you only vaccinate the children in that 400 million, you're spending $2.8 billion just on rotavirus vaccines alone. Nor will they have clean water, wells, or a means to financial freedom.

In addition to clean water, lack of sanitation and basic hygiene education are problems that must also be addressed if we are to help children around the world.

No Food and Clean Water … Just Vaccines?

An American family, the Gianelloni’s, visited a village in Uganda shortly after a Bill Gates vaccine campaign swept through and discovered what Bill Gates’ money does for hungry, sick children – essentially nothing.11

The family found that the children were starving, living on one meager meal a day. Their only water source was the same stagnant stream that they bathed in. They had no sewage or sanitation.

But, thanks to Gates, they were now vaccinated against measles and polio. Never mind that the most pressing epidemics in the area were actually Yellow Fever, malaria, HIV/AIDs and diarrhea … Worse yet, one little girl who had received a measles vaccine two weeks earlier was now suffering with the measles as a result!

After this blogger left, thanks to her and the mission group that arrived with her, the village had a water tank and clean water system, a cow, and a year’s worth of rice and beans. You can probably understand why the blogger made this comment about Gates’ “philanthropy”:

“I don’t care who you are or what side of the vaccine philosophy you fall under, there is no logic in the world that can explain that going into a remote village and giving children who only eat one meal a day and have never had clean drinking water, a vaccine.

Seriously? Think about it. Can you imagine walking up to this precious little girl and saying ”I know you are starving, but here is a measles vaccine instead. I promise this will make you much healthier than food or water”.

It’s a scary day when simple logic no longer exists. Food & Water, nope. Vaccines, yep. And innocent children suffer the consequences. It’s absurd."

Nutrition is incredibly important as well. Infectious organisms are more likely to penetrate the bodies of malnourished children due to inadequate vitamin C, which causes their skin to break down more easily and facilitates the entry of bacteria and other pathogens. The same is true for vitamin A deficiency, another common third-world problem, which results in increased susceptibility to infection and which could be rectified in individuals for pennies a day. Also, the living conditions of third-world children are often so poor that they are exposed to inordinately large numbers of pathogens, from which they have little defense.

In order to eradicate infectious disease from a nation, you also have to first address compromised immune systems. If you hit immune suppressed children with a potent, adjuvant-loaded vaccine, you're far more likely to create new disease, not eradicate it. With all of the billions being poured into vaccines to “save” the children, how many water purification systems could have been built? How many sanitation facilities? How many rations of meat and fresh produce?

US Infant Mortality Rate is High Among Developed Countries

It’s not only the developing world that could use improvements to protect its children. The infant mortality rate in the US is absolutely abysmal, at more than six infants deaths per 1,000 births. This is a higher infant mortality rate than 27 other wealthy countries.12 This despite having "the best" medicine in the world—and spending more than any other country on health care to boot. As reported by the Washington Post:13

A baby born in the U.S. is nearly three times as likely to die during her first year of life as one born in Finland or Japan. That same American baby is about twice as likely to die in her first year as a Spanish or Korean one. Despite healthcare spending levels that are significantly higher than any other country in the world, a baby born in the U.S. is less likely to see his first birthday than one born in Hungary, Poland or Slovakia. Or in Belarus. Or in Cuba, for that matter.”

Research has found "a high statistically significant correlation between increasing numbers of vaccine doses and increasing infant mortality rates."14 And in the US, doctors give American babies 26 doses of vaccines before age 1, which is twice as many vaccinations as babies in Sweden and Japan get. Still, this is only part of the picture. Some of the high mortality rate is due to early premature births, which may be classified as a miscarriage or still birth in other countries, but which are noted as live births in the US. There is also a wide gap in infant mortality according to socio-economic status, with mortality rates among infants born to wealthy Americans much lower than those born to disadvantaged mothers.15

Hospital-Acquired Infections and Antibiotic Resistance Represent Major Threats

While developing countries struggle with access to clean water and soap in their health-care facilities, the US, which has widespread access to both, is still struggling with infectious disease. Hospitals have become particularly notorious for spreading lethal infections. According to the most recent report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospital-acquired infections now affect one in 25 patients.16,17

In 2011, an estimated 722,000 patients contracted an infection during a stay in an acute care hospital in the US, and about 75,000 of them died as a result of it. That amounts to just over 205 deaths from hospital-acquired infections every day of the year! Believing an antibiotic will cure your infection is taken for granted by most people in developed countries nowadays, but that is rapidly changing, as evidenced by current statistics. Antibiotic overuse and inappropriate use bear a heavy responsibility for creating the superbug crisis we are facing today.

But the pervasive misuse of antibiotics by the agriculture industry plays an even more significant role. Agriculture accounts for about 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the US. According to a landmark "Antibiotic Resistance Threat Report" published by the CDC, a staggering 2 million American adults and children become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and at least 23,000 of them die as a direct result of those infections.18 Unfortunately, hospital settings are undoubtedly among the most dangerous of places when it comes to contracting an antibiotic-resistant infection.

According to the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), just one organism—methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA—kills more Americans each year than the combined total of emphysema, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, and homicide.19 The real death toll could be much higher, however, because no one is tracking the full extent of antibiotic-resistant infections in the US.

Help Support Worldwide Access to Clean Water, Sanitation and Proper Hygiene

Proper health can only be achieved if you lay down a solid foundation of healthy food, clean water, proper sanitation facilities/toilets and hygiene. Even Bill Gates himself has admitted that vaccines alone don't eradicate disease. In a Wall Street Journal article about the resurgence of polio in African countries, Gates said that's why he is revamping his disease fight to incorporate health, hygiene, and clean drinking water programs into vaccination programs.20 Polio spreads, after all, largely through feces-contaminated water, so ignoring that major risk factor while trying to eradicate the disease is ignorant, to put it nicely.

Along those lines, WaterAid’s mission is to secure access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone, everywhere by 2030. They note that for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of $4 is returned in increased productivity, and that’s saying nothing about the lives saved as well. If you’d like to get involved, you can send a message to the US government, urging them to prioritize safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene as part of its global Sustainable Development Goals.

As noted by WaterAid, in 2013, more than 2.7 million babies died in their first four weeks of life, and one in 10 children in Sub-Saharan Africa will not reach their fifth birthday. Access to clean water and sanitation could change that. Meanwhile, if you live in the US, remember the importance of bolstering a healthy immune system as your first line of defense against infectious disease.

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How to Burn Body Fat in Your Sleep PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Mercola

Studies have shown that in general, the optimal room temperature for sleeping is quite cool, around 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and temperatures much above or below this range can lead to restlessness.

But a new study suggests there are nuances to this phenomenon, and that a restful night’s sleep may be more complicated than simply turning down your thermostat.

Thermoregulation—your body's heat distribution system—is strongly linked to sleep cycles. Even lying down can induce sleepiness by redistributing your body heat from your core to your periphery.

Sleep deprivation has virtually the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or illness, which explains in part why lack of sleep is associated with an increased risk of multiple chronic diseases. Therefore, high-quality sleep is critical to your health.

In this article, I’ll be discussing the latest research on sleep temperature, as well as other factors that can ease you into a blissful night’s slumber.

Cooler Heads Prevail

While you sleep, your body’s internal temperature actually drops to its lowest level of the day, generally about four hours after you fall asleep.

Research has determined that insomniacs typically have a warmer core body temperature just before bed than normal sleepers, which leads to heightened arousal and difficulty drifting off.

Many scientists believe that anything that mimics your body’s natural temperature drop may help promote sleep—such as the abrupt temperature change that occurs shortly after getting out of a hot bath.

Keeping a “cool head”—or more specifically, a cool brain—appears to induce sleepiness. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that a cap worn by insomniacs filled with cool circulating water helped them sleep almost as easily as people without sleep disorders.

Those whose caps were set to the coolest temperatures were able to get more sleep than those whose caps were set slightly warmer.1 The caps’ success can be explained by the fact that heightened brain activity raises your brain’s temperature.

Many insomniacs report that they can’t fall asleep because they “can’t turn their brains off” at night, but the cooling cap helped resolve this. Researchers concluded that their extra brain activity was keeping their brains too hot for sleep.

Cooling off your brain makes sense, as melatonin (your sleep hormone) works in part by lowering your body temperature. Yawning may also serve to cool your brain by drawing a bolus of cool air into your sinuses.

Your brain temperature is higher when you’re sleep deprived, which might explain why exhaustion triggers excessive yawning.

The Secrets to Burning More Fat While You Sleep

New research2,3 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that sleeping in a cool room has significant calorie- and fat-burning health benefits.

According to Dr. Francesco Celi, Chairman of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, even a small reduction in room temperature helps your body “burn calories and dispose of excess blood sugar”—thanks to your body’s brown fat.

Brown fat generates heat by helping you burn calories, which is why it’s being explored as a tool for weight loss, healthy metabolism, and more. The more brown fat you have, the better, as there are direct correlations between your level of activated brown fat and optimal metabolic markers.

People with more brown fat have a faster metabolism, better blood sugar control, and higher insulin sensitivity when exposed to cold temperatures. As you age, the activity of your brown fat decreases, which helps explain why there’s a tendency to gain weight with age. However, exercise may help prevent this.

Unfortunately, other evidence suggests that the optimal temperature for activating brown fat may NOT be the best for a sound sleep.

Shivering Activates Brown Fat—But Hampers Your Sleep

According to Dr. Celi, there is evidence pointing to shivering as the mechanism that triggers brown fat to produce heat and burn calories.4 Like exercise, shivering triggers your muscles to secrete a hormone that stimulates energy use in your brown fat cells.

But shivering is not conducive to sleeping soundly, as evidenced by research from Dr. Eus van Someren and colleagues at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience.

While a dip in core temperature before bedtime flips on your “time for bed” switches, Someren’s research indicates that deep, restful slumber requires you to keep your skin temperature “perfectly comfortable.” So, if you’re thinking about chilling yourself during the night to boost your health and metabolism, it simply won’t work—you’ll end up sleep deprived.

In fact, Someren’s work and that of others suggest that skin temperatures in the range of 90 degrees may be optimal. Typically, all that’s required to get your skin to 90 degrees Fahrenheit are thin pajamas, plus a sheet, and a light blanket—even if your bedroom thermostat is set to 65.

So, if you’re one to turn the heat way down and crawl under a big puffy comforter, you may sleep well, but you’re probably not experiencing much brown fat activity. The other thing that can happen if your bedroom is too chilly is that the blood vessels in your skin will constrict, locking in heat and raising your core temperature to a point at which your sleep can be disturbed.

If you introduce a bed partner into the mix—and it doesn’t matter whether he or she is the two-legged or four-legged variety—then things get even more complicated, especially if you each have different Goldilocks zones for comfort.

Sharing your sleep sanctuary can be tricky business. Finding your “perfect sleep temperature” is a bit of a process and differs for everyone. But body temperature is only one of many factors that control the quality and duration of your sleep.

Sleeping in the Buff May Be Beneficial

Professor Russell Foster of the University of Oxford recommends ditching your pajamas to improve your slumber—which is actually done by one-third of all adults in the US, according to one study.5 If you’re wearing lots of bedclothes, it may be more difficult for your body to regulate its temperature.

With or without pajamas, it’s important to make sure your hands and feet are warm because if they aren’t, the blood vessels near your skin constrict and reduce blood flow in an effort to prevent heat from escaping, and this prevents your core temperature from dropping easily. Conversely, warming your skin causes your peripheral blood vessels to widen, promoting heat loss. To summarize, if you want to fall asleep easily, you’ll need to be warm enough that your blood vessels won’t constrict, but not so hot that your body can’t cool down.

The Health Risks of Poor Quality Sleep

Millions of American adults are sleeping less than six hours per night, which recent studies have linked to chronic inflammation, higher stress, and increased mortality from all causes. Getting just one hour less sleep per night may raise your risk of several chronic diseases. Interrupted or impaired sleep can lead to the following:

Increase your risk of heart diseaseHarm your brain by causing brain shrinkage, halting new cell production, and interfering with brain detoxification, contributing to the buildup of amyloid-beta plaques (which are found in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s)
Impair your ability to lose excess pounds or maintain your ideal weight. This is likely the effect of altered metabolism, because when you're sleep deprived, leptin (the hormone that signals satiety) falls, while ghrelin (which signals hunger) risesContribute to a pre-diabetic state, making you feel hungry even if you've already eaten, which can wreak havoc on your weight
Accelerate tumor growth, primarily due to disrupted melatonin production. Melatonin inhibits the proliferation of a wide range of cancer types, and triggers cancer cell apoptosis (self-destruction). The hormone also interferes with the new blood supply tumors require for their rapid growth (angiogenesis)Contribute to premature aging by interfering with your growth hormone production, normally released by your pituitary gland during deep sleep (and during certain types of exercise, such as high-intensity interval training)
Resistant hypertension, the type that does not respond to typical drug-based treatmentsIncrease your risk of dying from any cause

A Simple Trick to Help You Spend More Time in Deep Sleep

Deep sleep is one of the most important sleep phases as this is when your body repairs and regenerates, and your immune system is strengthened. The more time you can spend in this crucial sleep phase during the night, the more refreshed you’ll feel in the morning. Sound stimulation has been shown to be effective for prolonging deep sleep. So, if you’re having trouble staying asleep, this is a simple trick to try.

A study published in the journal Neuron6 found that playing “pink noise” sounds that were synchronized to the subject’s brain waves when the subject approached deep sleep allowed them to remain in deep sleep longer than when the sound was not played. The participants’ memory also showed dramatic improvement after sleeping with “pink noise.”

Participants were shown 120 pairs of words before going to bed and tested the following morning to see how many they could remember. After sound stimulation, the subjects improved their memory retention by nearly 60 percent, recalling an average of 22 sets of words compared to 13 when the sound was not played. The key, according to the authors, is that the frequency of the sound was synched to the subject’s brain waves. This amplified the size of the brain waves during deep sleep, and these slower brain waves are associated with information processing and memory formation. You can find special “pink noise” apps to play in your bedroom, or you can simply turn on a fan to get this benefit.

Additionally, if you don't already have a fitness tracker that records your sleep, I would encourage you to get one. It’s difficult to change a habit when you’re not monitoring it, and chances are, you’re not getting nearly as much sleep as you think you do. Using a sleep tracker can help motivate you to get to bed earlier so you can get eight hours of sleep. Jawbone’s Up37 is among the most advanced fitness tracker to date, but there’s an explosion of fitness trackers coming, so even more advanced ones are sure to follow. The Apple Watch,8 which is set to launch this year, is one example. I have reviewed many of them and the Jawbone is one of the best.

Electronic Gadgets and Other Sources of Sleep Disturbance

If your sleep is being interrupted, the first step is to determine the cause. Most sleep disruptions are related to environmental or emotional factors, such as:

  • Eating the worst foods for sleep too close to bedtime, such as a heavy meal, unhealthy fats, spicy foods, coffee, or dark chocolate
  • Pets in your bed or bedroom
  • Pain
  • Drinking alcohol in the evening
  • Use of your computer, tablet, cell phone, or television

The last one is a biggie, as about 95 percent of Americans use an electronic device within one hour of turning in.9 These devices interfere with your sleep-wake cycle by making noises, emitting light that interferes with your body’s natural melatonin production, and emitting low level radiation. One 2008 study10 showed that people exposed to radiation from their mobile phones for three hours before bedtime had more trouble falling asleep and reaching deep sleep.

According to the 2014 Sleep in America Poll,11 53 percent of respondents who turn electronics off while sleeping tend to rate their sleep as excellent, compared to just 27 percent of those who leave their devices on. This is why I recommend avoiding watching TV or using a computer or tablet at least an hour or so before going to bed. If you do keep your devices in your room, make sure they are physically turned off along with your Wi-Fi router. An alternative is trying a free computer program called f.lux (see justgetflux.com), which alters the color temperature of your computer screen as the day goes on, pulling out the blue wavelengths as it gets late.

How to Get Uninterrupted, Restorative Sleep

Small adjustments to your daily routine and sleep sanctuary can go a long way to ensure uninterrupted peaceful slumber. I suggest you read through my full set of 33 healthy sleep guidelines for all of the details, but to start, consider implementing the following changes:

  • Avoid watching TV or using your computer/smartphone or tablet in the evening, at least an hour or so before going to bed.
  • Make sure you get BRIGHT sun exposure during the day. Your pineal gland produces melatonin roughly in approximation to the contrast of bright sun exposure in the day and complete darkness at night. If you are in darkness all day long, it can't appreciate the difference and will not optimize your melatonin production.
  • Get some sun in the morning. Your circadian system needs bright light to reset itself. Ten to 15 minutes of morning sunlight will send a strong message to your internal clock that day has arrived, making it less likely to be confused by weaker light signals during the night.
  • Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible. Even the tiniest glow from your clock radio could be interfering with your sleep, so cover your clock radio up at night or get rid of it altogether. Move all electrical devices at least three feet away from your bed. You may want to cover your windows with drapes or blackout shades, or wear an eye mask when you sleep.
  • Install a low-wattage yellow, orange, or red light bulb if you need a source of light for navigation at night. Light in these bandwidths does not shut down melatonin production in the way that white and blue bandwidth light does. Salt lamps are handy for this purpose.
  • Keep the temperature in your bedroom below 70 degrees F. Many people keep their homes too warm (particularly their upstairs bedrooms). Studies show that the optimal room temperature for sleep is between 60 to 68 degrees F.
  • Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime. This increases your core body temperature, and when you get out of the bath it abruptly drops, signaling your body that you are ready to sleep.
  • Be mindful of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in your bedroom. EMFs can disrupt your pineal gland and its melatonin production, and may have other negative biological effects as well. A gauss meter is required if you want to measure EMF levels in various areas of your home. If possible install a kill switch to turn off all electricity to your bedroom. If you need a clock, use a battery-operated one.
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies: Magnesium deficiency can cause insomnia; potassium deficiency can cause difficulty staying asleep; and low vitamin D levels can result in excessive daytime sleepiness.
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Michael Mosley: Why I Consumed My Own Blood PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Mercola

Dr. Michael Mosley, a physician like me and also a journalist for BBC in the UK, is no stranger to trying out new techniques he believes might benefit his health.

He has gone from being overweight, diagnosed with diabetes and high cholesterol, to regaining his health, largely through a program of intermittent fasting and high-intensity exercise. You can learn more about that in my interview with him, above.

However, he recently shared with the BBC a new "strategy," if you will, that he believes holds real promise to curing disease and restoring your health: the use of human blood. Mosley has consumed his own blood, in the form of blood pudding and blood sausage, noting that it's rich in iron, protein and vitamin C, with nearly twice as many calories per millimeter as beer.

But his investigations have uncovered something even more interesting about blood, including that it might be a fountain of youth of sorts, helping old mice to grow new neurons.

Young Blood Reverses Age-Related Impairments in Cognitive Function

"A 16th century Hungarian Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, is said to have bathed in the blood of 650 slaughtered virgins in the hope that their fresh blood would somehow help her cling on to her own fading youth," Mosley wrote.1

It sounds outrageous, but there might be some truth to the rejuvenating power of "young blood." Writing in the journal Nature Medicine, Dr. Saul Villeda, a biologist at the University of California, and colleagues explain that "our data indicate that exposure of aged mice to young blood late in life is capable of rejuvenating synaptic plasticity and improving cognitive function."2

It's not a work of science fiction, either. When old mice were given transfusions of blood from young mice, they gained new connections between neurons such that they showed significant improvements in cognitive function, including spatial learning and memory. The researchers believe the young blood may lead to increased activity in stem cells that help the old mice grow new neurons.

There's even a trial underway at Stanford University in people with early signs of Alzheimer's disease. They are getting infusions of blood from young volunteers to determine if it impacts brain function.

According to Dr. Tony Wyss-Coray at Stanford University, who also was involved with the mouse study, injecting young human blood plasma into old mice had rejuvenating effects. "The human blood had beneficial effects on every organ we've studied so far," he told the Daily Mail.3

Blood-Based Rejuvenation Therapy Is Growing in Popularity

So-called "vampire facelifts" are another phenomenon born out of the potential rejuvenating power of blood. In this case, your own blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the red blood cells. The platelets are then injected back into your face, which is said to help reduce lines and wrinkles.

The downside to the procedure – a form of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy that has become popular among some celebrities – is that it's expensive ($1,200 and up for a session) and the results are only temporary. According to Mosley, who tried a vampire facelift personally:4

"… I did it and a couple of weeks later, just as promised, there were some subtle changes. But it is expensive and the improvement was not impressive enough to make me want to do it again."

Perhaps more intriguing are studies showing that PRP may promote wound healing and treat sports injuries. The therapy has even shown promise for treating wounds in people with diabetes, who often develop slow-healing wounds.5

It's thought that "growth factors released from activated platelets initiate and modulate wound healing in both soft and hard tissues," according to research published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.6

Using Your Own Blood to Promote Your Body's Natural Healing Process

PRP is a component of whole blood that contains a number of growth factors that takes advantage of your body's natural healing process. After your blood is spun to separate and concentrate the specific platelets and growth factors sought, the PRP is then injected into the site of injury to help jumpstart the natural healing process.

According to one of the largest multi-center studies to date on the use of PRP treatment for lateral epicondylar tendinopathy ("tennis elbow"), 84 percent of patients reported significantly less pain and elbow tenderness at six months following the treatment, compared to those who received a placebo.7

The treatment has also garnered some attention for its potential in treating problems such as:

Osteoarthritis of the knee Shoulder injuries Hip, spine and neck injuries
Rotator cuff tears Chronic plantar fasciitis Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
Ankle sprains Tendonitis Ligament sprains

What Exactly Is Blood?

Blood is a living tissue made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma (which is more than 90 percent water). Your body weight is about 7% blood. Men have about 12 pints of blood in their body while women have about nine.8

Blood's main role is to transport oxygen throughout your body, although it also plays a role in fighting off infections and carrying waste out of your cells. Blood also:9

Regulates your body's acidity (pH) levelsRegulates your body temperature (increased blood flow to an area adds warmth)
Supplies essential nutrients, such as glucose and amino acids, to cellsHas specialized cells that promote blood clotting if you are bleeding
Transports hormonesHas 'hydraulic functions,' helping men to maintain an erection, for instance

There are four blood types, and your blood type may be either positive or negative, depending on the presence or absence of Rh factor (about 85 percent of people are Rh positive). It's thought that different blood types developed as a way to help protect humans from infectious disease. For instance, cells infected with malaria don't 'stick' as well to type O or type B blood cells, which means a person with type O blood may get less sick if they're infected with malaria than someone with a different blood type. Perhaps not coincidentally, regions with high burdens of malaria, such as Africa, also have a high rate of type O blood.

Blood Transfusions Are Often Life-Saving

According to the BBC:10 "Human blood is an extraordinary substance that manages simultaneously to nourish, sustain, protect and regenerate our bodies, but despite decades of research we are only just beginning to exploit its full potential." While researchers continue to explore ways your own blood may contribute to your longevity and well-being, one of the most important uses of blood currently is for transfusions.

Someone in the US needs blood every two seconds,11 so if you're up for doing a good deed, donating blood is a phenomenal choice. More than 41,000 blood donations are needed each day, but although about 38 percent of Americans are eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent actually do so each year.12 The two most common reasons why people don't donate blood are fear of needles or simply not thinking about it. On the other hand, those who choose to donate most often do so in order to help others (which it does in spades, as one donation may save the lives of up to three people).

So, if you can spare an hour or so of your time, your donated blood may save the life of someone in an emergency (or the countless other scenarios in which blood transfusions are necessary). Finally, if your iron levels are high, donating your blood is a safe, effective and inexpensive solution, as one of the best ways you can get rid of excess iron is by bleeding. Men as well as post-menopausal women, in particular, may be at risk of elevated iron, so I encourage you to have your iron levels checked regularly.

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‘Super Juice Me’ Documents Profound Healing Effects of Juicing PDF Print E-mail

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By Dr. Mercola

If you feel challenged in consuming enough vegetables, then making a small investment in a high-quality juicer is one of the best steps you can take for your health.

Raw juice is equivalent to a "living broth" teeming with micronutrients that many people are lacking, and this deficiency is a major factor in disease.

More people die from chronic disease today than all other causes combined. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 36 million people die every year from degenerative conditions, and 100 million are driven into poverty by healthcare costs alone.

When you drink fresh, live juice, it's almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your body without needing to be broken down. Since juicing is essentially "mainlining" live nutrients, it's no surprise it can produce rapid and profound health benefits.

What if the answer to preventing and reversing disease is as simple as juicing? Jason Vale designed an experiment to help answer that question.

'Super-Juicing' for 28 Days Cured Diabetes and Chronic Pain

Juicing expert Jason Vale recruited eight people who collectively suffered from 22 different chronic diseases and put them on a juice-only diet for 28 days (plus exercise) in order to explore juicing's potential benefits for reversing chronic disease. And then he filmed their experience.

The documentary "Super Juice Me" chronicles Vale's 28-day "super-juicing" experiment. The health improvements seen by those eight are nothing short of astounding.

Every participant felt energized and lost weight, and most reported a drastic reduction in their symptoms—as well as in the number of medications they used. One man went from 52 prescription pills per day to two pills per day. Another had his diabetes completely resolve.

One woman went from years of chronic pain to being completely pain free, and others suffering from asthma, colitis, and sleep apnea enjoyed a profound reduction in symptoms.

It was not an easy journey as several experienced detoxification reactions, food cravings, and for some, a temporary increase in symptoms as their bodies began to purge toxins they'd been accumulating for years. But those reactions were relatively short-lived, and they felt immensely better on the other side—better than they'd felt in years.

The Many Health Benefits of Juicing

The movie shows an extreme example of juicing, but it can be incorporated into your life to any degree you choose—as an occasional cleanse or as the start of every morning. There are several reasons to consider incorporating vegetable juicing into your health plan:

Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from your vegetables. This is important because most people have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years, which limits your body's ability to absorb all of the nutrients in whole, raw vegetables. Juicing helps "pre-digest" them, so that you won't lose any of this valuable nutrition.
Juicing makes it easier to consume a large quantity of vegetables. Virtually every health authority recommends that you get six to eight servings of vegetables and fruits per day, but very few actually get that. Juicing virtually guarantees you'll reach your daily target.
You can add a wider variety of vegetables to your diet. Many people eat the same vegetables every day, which violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to certain foods. Juicing expands the number of different phytochemicals you receive, as each vegetable offers unique benefits. Juicing also allows you to consume vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.
Boosts your immune system. Raw juice supercharges your immune system with concentrated phytochemicals and biophotonic light energy, which can revitalize your body. The nutrients in fresh juice also feed your body's good bacteria and help suppress potentially pathogenic ones.
Increases your energy. When your blood is flooded with nutrients and your body's pH is optimized, you'll feel energized. Since juice is absorbed and utilized by your body very rapidly, juicers report feeling an almost instantaneous "kick" of energy.
Supports your brain. In the Kame Project,1 people who consumed juice more than three times per week were 76 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those who consumed juice less than once a week.
Provides structured water. Vegetable juice is one of the purest sources of water and actually qualifies as water. Vegetable water is structured water (living water), which is different from regular water—H3O2 rather than H2O. Water from vegetables is the best quality water you can drink!

What About Protein and Fat?

When you think of protein, the image that might come to your mind may be a big juicy steak—but many vegetables actually contain substantial amounts of protein. For example, broccoli contains roughly 4 to 5 grams of protein per cup. Spinach contains 5 to 6 grams, and kale, watercress, collard, and turnip greens have respectable amounts of protein as well.

So during a juice fast when you are drinking juices all day long, you could easily be consuming 20 to 30 grams of protein or more from your juices alone. If you're doing a short fast—a few days, for example—chances are you're going to get plenty of protein from the juices.

If you were to try an extended juice fast (as in the film), you might want to consider adding a source of high-quality protein, such as whey, especially if you're exercising heavily. You could augment your fats by blending healthy fats into your juice, such as avocado, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil, as well as raw seeds (flax, chia, hemp, etc.).

It's important to remember that juice is not a beverage—it's a liquid food. The way to get substantial protein from veggies is to consume them in high volume, and the way to consume a high volume of veggies is by juicing! I recommend getting into the habit of juicing daily. But even if you don't, a three- to seven-day monthly juice fast is a great detox that can give your health a considerable boost.

My Thoughts on Why this 28 Day Juice Fast Worked

If you haven't watched the video yet, I would certainly encourage you to do so as there were some very dramatic improvements noted in the individuals who took part in the experiment. There is simply no question in my mind that high quality vegetable juices can lead to dramatic improvements in one's health as the video clearly demonstrates. However, what the program did not elaborate on is that there was another factor involved. It was clear that most of the people on the program ate a typical Western diet.

Not only did they juice, but they eliminated many of the toxic processed foods that they were eating. I suspect that in many cases it was the elimination of the processed foods was the more important factor. So unless you commit to eliminating all the processed foods in your diet, there is a strong likelihood that you will not observe the same improvements that the people in the video did.

Juicers 101: Three Basic Types of Juicers

Please understand that blenders, like Blendtec and Vitamix are NOT juicers but blenders. They are great blenders but will damage the juice because they process it at much higher temperatures, and the added fiber makes it less palatable and more difficult to consume larger amounts. When it comes to juice extractors, you have three options:

  • Centrifugal Juicers: Centrifugal juicers separate the juice from the fiber through a spinning process. These are the most common and least expensive machines, but they are noisy, generate higher heat, are harder to clean and typically less efficient at separating the juice from the pulp.
  • Masticating Juicers: Auger or masticating types of juicers (single and double gear) chew up the vegetables and push them through a strainer. They work very well and tend to give you more juice than a centrifugal juicer (possibly 20 to 25 percent more), with less heat. They're also quieter than other models and tend to be easier to clean and assemble. They cost a bit more than centrifugal juicers, but over time you'll break even as they give you more juice per veggie.
  • Grind-and-press: Presses work like an apple cider mill. These are quite expensive and therefore not as popular for everyday juicing.

Study Shows Blenders Significantly Damage Vegetable Nutrients

In addition to juicers, there are also high-power blenders that some people use to make "whole juice," which is essentially whole vegetables and/or fruits blended with water or another liquid. This is not the same as juice. You lose at least one of the major advantages of juicing—which is being able to consume a very large quantity of vegetables, because the fiber limits the amount you can drink and it's not as tasty. While fiber certainly has its own benefits, the abundant live nutrients in real juice are more important. The following comparison between blended juice and extracted juice by Juicing Science is instructive in understanding why the fiber issue may be insignificant:2

"One hundred grams of kale contains more than 100 percent of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, and more than 10 percent of your RDI of vitamins B1, B2, B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, and manganese. Yet, despite its dense, dry appearance, it is made up of only 1.7 percent fiber, which means it provides less than six percent of your RDI for fiber."

So if you're pursuing a high-fiber diet, blended green smoothies may help, but you're still going to have to get the majority of your fiber from other sources. Another downside to blended juices is that the heat generated by blending significantly damages many of the micronutrients, due to oxidation. One laboratory analysis3 found that 60 seconds in a high-powered blender destroys between 23 and 63 percent of the vitamin C, calcium, and potassium in green vegetables. There is simply no replacement for the flood of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients your body gets from fresh, cold-extracted juice.

Don't Be Afraid of the Green!


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Your juices should consist mostly of green vegetables, with minimal fruits so its sugar (fructose) content will be low. You can add in an apple, kiwi, or a handful of berries to give your juice flavor, but the bulk of it should come from organic green veggies—spinach, celery, kale, Swiss chard, etc. Unfortunately, green juice has a stigma for tasting bad, and many people avoid it simply because of its color. But green juice actually has a very pleasant flavor, and it's easy to "tweak" it to taste even better.

If you're new to juicing, you can start with more mild-tasting veggies, like celery and cucumbers. From there you can work your way up to red leaf lettuce, romaine, spinach, and escarole, along with parsley and cilantro. Kale, collard, dandelion, mustard, and other greens can be bitter, so you'll want to start slowly and add just a few leaves at a time.

Some of the most nutrient-dense veggies are the strongest tasting, but don't avoid them—just use a lesser quantity in your juice until your taste buds acclimate. Selecting organic, non-GMO produce is very important when juicing, but the price can be a challenge for some. One alternative is to grow your own veggies, making sure to avoid toxic garden chemicals (synthetic herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers). A great trick to make your juice more palatable, especially in the beginning, is to add one or more of these elements:

  • Limes and lemons: You can add one half to a whole lime or lemon for every quart of juice. Provided you're using organic lemons or limes, you can even juice the skin if you want to avoid the hassle of peeling them. Limes are my favorite for cutting bitter flavors.
  • Cranberries: You can also add some cranberries if you enjoy them. Limit the cranberries to about four ounces per pint of juice.
  • Fresh ginger: This is an excellent addition if you enjoy the taste—it gives your juice a little "kick"!
  • Limited amounts of apple and carrot (just be mindful of your overall sugar content)

Juice Preparation and Storage Tips

One nice thing about juicing is that you don't have to peel the majority of your veggies, provided they're organic—simply brush them thoroughly. One exception is beets, which have a rather foul tasting skin. If you're using non-organic vegetables, your best bet is to peel them, to avoid juicing pesticide residues. This is particularly important for fruits and vegetables that have been waxed, as this seals in the chemicals. It can be difficult to discern if a vegetable has been waxed or not, because the wax can be applied in a very thin, transparent layer. According to Dr. Saul:

  • Eggplant, turnips, cucumbers, and tomatoes are almost always waxed
  • Zucchini and other squash are usually waxed, but not always
  • Carrots are never waxed

Ideally, you'll want to drink the juice right away. The longer it sits, the more nutrients are lost through contact with the air (oxidation). You also lose taste. This brings me to another reason I prefer masticating juicers: they introduce less air into your juice, so the juice may actually stay fresher longer. When storing juice in a container, such as a Mason jar, make sure you fill it all the way up to the top to minimize air space.

You might want to enlist the help of a FoodSaver vacuum sealer, which comes with an attachment designed to suck out the air from the top of a Mason jar. You still need to keep the juice refrigerated, and you'll want to drink it all that day to avoid the risk of botulism, which can happen over time in an oxygen-free environment.

Juices stored more than 24 hours can also build up methanol. Your body is not adapted to detoxify methanol, which can cause a number of problems—for example, it can convert into formaldehyde that can then make its way into your brain. Methanol toxicity, which is primarily associated with the artificial sweetener aspartame, has been linked to Alzheimer's and other health problems. Methanol is not a problem in fresh produce because the methanol is bound to pectin, which allows it to safely pass through your system, but juice is a different story. So, if you haven't consumed your juice within 24 hours, toss it into the compost bin.

Managing Cravings and Detox Symptoms

Changing your diet or any other aspect of your lifestyle is sometimes stressful, and stress can sabotage your success. As some of the people in Vale's super-juicing experiment discovered, you might feel a little worse before you feel better, as detox symptoms and food cravings can arise. You simply can't address your physical health without also addressing your mental health. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) makes it possible to tap away your anxiety about dietary changes—it's one of the most powerful tools for reducing stress and anxiety that I know of. In 2012, a triple blind study4 found that EFT reduced cortisol levels and symptoms of psychological distress by 24 percent—more than any other intervention tested.

If you worry that you won't be able to get the juice down or you won't take the time to do it, or your food cravings will be unbearable, EFT may be able to help. The first couple weeks of a new eating routine are typically the most challenging, while your body is making the necessary biochemical adjustments. Tapping can be extraordinarily beneficial for reducing anxiety, cravings, and detox symptoms during this time.

EFT is easy to learn and once you do, it's always at your fingertips—whenever and wherever you need it. You can even adapt this intermittent fasting EFT video by Julie Schiffman, for juice fasting. Just as juicing helps reduce your body's toxic burden, you can think of EFT as detoxification for your mind. By combining the two, your healing will be unstoppable!


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Cannabis for the Treatment of Epilepsy, and More PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Mercola

Many drugs are developed not because there's a great medical need, but rather because there's big money to be made from them.

In many cases, holistic therapies and medicines already exist that can take the place of any number of synthetic pharmaceuticals. Cannabis is one such therapy, and according to Dr. Gedde, "it's time to ask questions and look at a new way of thinking about this plant."

Dr. Gedde is the owner and founder of Gedde Whole Health, located in Colorado, and the Clinicians' Institute of Cannabis Medicine.

"I actually never imagined that I'd be in this field," she says. "My medical training was originally in pathology and research, and I spent many years in the research lab.

My PhD is in biophysical chemistry along with my MD. I did my training at Stanford, and then I worked in the pharmaceutical industry. I had no idea that cannabis actually was medicine."

A wealth of research shows marijuana does indeed have outstanding promise as a medicinal plant, largely due to its cannabidiol (CBD) content. Cannabinoids interact with your body by way of naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body.

There are cannabinoid receptors in your brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, immune system, and more. Both the therapeutic and psychoactive properties of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates a cannabinoid receptor.

Setting Up a Medical Practice Around Medical Cannabis

About 10 years ago, Dr. Gedde opened her medical practice to focus on non-pharmaceutical alternative therapies. But it wasn't until 2009 that she discovered medical cannabis.

"That was when this whole topic came up in Colorado. I started to look at the possibility of including recommendations for [medical cannabis] in my practice.

What I started hearing from my patients really amazed me. I started hearing about all the benefits and the lack of toxicity of cannabis.

I learned about the endocannabinoid system, which helped me understand how it could possibly be true that it could do all these things without being toxic."

About two years ago, she received her first request from a parent who wanted to use the high-cannabidiol (CBD), low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) form of cannabis for her child's epileptic seizures.

"I went ahead with that and started to learn about what this could do. Now, two years later, the news that cannabis is a therapy for epilepsy has reached the world I think.

We're very committed to gather ongoing information about what's happening with these children and to get this information out to other physicians in a way that they can use and understand.

We want to generate high-quality, publishable data from practice and our experience. We want to help people understand the background and the scientific basis of what cannabis can do, and really start to understand that it's a medicine, and bring it into what we have as medicine," she says.

Cannabis Basics

The cannabis plant contains cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both have medicinal properties, but whereas THC has psychoactive activity that can make you feel "stoned," CBD does not. The whole plant also contains a variety of terpenes that have medicinal properties as well.

Through traditional plant breeding and seed exchanges, growers have started producing cannabis plants for medical use that have higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC. Dr. Allan Frankel, a board-certified internist in California who treats patients with medical cannabis, works with a number of CBD-rich strains.

CBD is currently a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which means:

  • The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse
  • The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the US
  • There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision

There's no doubt that CBD needs to be rescheduled, as each of these three points are blatantly wrong.

"The place to advocate, in my opinion, would be on the federal level," Dr. Gedde says. "Advocate for the rescheduling of cannabis. It's currently listed as a Schedule I—very dangerous substance. To match its actual safety and toxicity profile, it should be at a much lower schedule. If it was moved, three major things would happen:

(1) Physicians would be able to prescribe cannabis. Doctors could actually help their patients to get the exact thing that they need without the sort of situation where patients are required to find their own source.

(2) Physicians can do actual clinical research. You can't do an approved human study with a substance that the federal government says is highly dangerous. It's not permitted. If it's rescheduled, doctors can now do actual clinical research, which has been prohibited.

(3) We could potentially get insurance coverage for cannabis, which would be very important for people to be able to really benefit from it."

She also suggests talking to your state legislators. At present, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana.1 Another 11 states have pending legislation for 2015.2

Awareness is starting to shift, and many are now starting to recognize the medical value of cannabis. Even the US Surgeon General recently spoke out in favor of medical marijuana.

His statement echoes a growing sentiment in the medical and scientific communities that the health benefits of marijuana should no longer be ignored. But there are still many hurdles, and many states still have strict laws against its usage—even in terminal patients. 


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How Does Cannabis Compare to Prescription Drugs?  

A number of prescription drugs are well known to be dangerous. Pharmaceuticals in general are among the leading causes of death in the US, and some drugs have killed tens of thousands of individuals. The painkiller Vioxx is one classic example that killed over 60,000 before being pulled off the market.

According to Dr. Gedde, cannabis is certainly far safer than most prescription drugs, and there's enough information to compare it against the known toxicities of many drugs currently in use. This includes liver and kidney toxicity, gastrointestinal damage, nerve damage and, of course, death. Moreover, cannabidiol and other cannabis products often work when other medications fail, so not only are they generally safer, cannabis preparations also tend to provide greater efficacy.

As noted by Dr. Gedde:

"There's an ongoing death rate from use of pain medications as prescribed. So, even as prescribed, they're highly dangerous and they are open to abuse. As far as medications used in the pediatric population to control seizures, there are also severe toxicities to organs. Many of them are very sedating. The children become unable to function or really to interact because of the sedating effects. Other medications have a side effect of rage and behavioral problems.

Unprovoked rage is actually a known side effect of some of the anti-seizure medications. Cannabis and in particular cannabidiol has none of these issues. No toxicities. The main side effect of cannabidiol is sleepiness. As a child gets accustomed to it, that does wear off and the child can be very alert and functional on the cannabis oil once they have worked into the dosing. Once you put them against each other, there really is no comparison in terms of safety."

Cannabis for Seizure Control in Children

In Dr. Gedde's experience, about 25 percent of children experience a rapid reduction in seizures when given cannabis oil—sometimes within days, or weeks. But results do vary, and not every child will respond well in the immediate term. She notes that some children are so sensitized to medications that they need to start at a very low dose, and give it plenty of time to work.

"We are working out in the clinical practice the protocols that seem to give the best benefit the most quickly to the most children, but we do find that some children get results very quickly. For others, it takes more time, up to a number of months," she says.

There's limited information on using cannabis in children for issues other than epilepsy. However, in January 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their policy statement on marijuana,3 acknowledging that cannabinoids from marijuana "may currently be an option for… children with life-limiting or severely debilitating conditions and for whom current therapies are inadequate."

The main objection of pediatricians at the Children's Hospital in Denver to using CBD in children—even for conditions like uncontrolled seizures—is that there are no studies in children of potential harms of long-term use of CBD (cannabidiol). There might be long term adverse effects of CBD and other cannabinoids that we will only come to discover later.

"This is a good point in my view, and a reason not to suggest use of CBD as a dietary supplement or as a general "health tonic" for children," Dr. Gedde says. "In my view, it is important to weigh the use of a therapy, including potential risks not known, against the risks of the uncontrolled illness itself and of other therapies in use. For many patients, even with incomplete information about CBD, weighing those risks including known toxic effects of their current therapies does point to at least a therapeutic trial with CBD being a good choice."

Potential Side Effects of Medical Cannabis

According to Dr. Gedde, the main side effect you need to watch out for is the psychoactivity of THC, i.e. its ability to make you "high." However, she also stresses that THC actually has many valuable medical benefits, so depending on your problem, you may want higher or lower levels of THC. For example, in patients who suffer with severe pain, where the perception of pain causes great distress, the psychoactivity of THC allows the patient to shift their perception of the pain in their mind and body.

"That's an example where the psychoactivity is needed, but there are other areas where it's not. Selection of the type of product, the actual cannabinoids in it, and the mode of using it is very helpful for dealing with that side effect," she says.  "Beyond that, and the kind of distress that excessive psychoactivity [can cause] if somebody gets too much, cannabis is very safe. There are no known deaths linked with it. That cannot be said about virtually anything else on the planet, including water. You can overdose on water and die. You can't get enough cannabis in your body to kill you."

US Government Holds Patent on Cannabis as a Neuroprotectant

Interestingly, the US government, through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), holds a patent on cannabis, specifically on cannabidiol (CBD) as a neuroprotectant and an antioxidant. This patent was filed over a decade ago, and was approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2003. The patent was based on studies done with the support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

"It certainly is a paradox. Through the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the US federal government holds the stance that marijuana has no medical value and is highly dangerous; whereas we have in fact scientific evidence that it is useful as a medicine, and that far from being dangerous, it's actually quite non-toxic and supportive—certainly in comparison to other medications.

I think we have to ask why we have this split. It really seems like a policy, especially in certain areas of the federal government that would encompass the drug war and drug laws. That type of policy certainly is not consistent with our medical knowledge and scientific knowledge."

Education Is Key

Many people ask how they can educate themselves about cannabis, and Dr. Gedde notes that it can be a difficult proposition despite the fact that there are numerous peer-reviewed publications about the benefits of cannabis.  

"The reason why it's difficult is that the preponderance of research funds has been to show harms related to cannabis as a drug of abuse... [L]ook for the real research that's there on the endocannabinoid system and the ways that marijuana cannabis has been helping people for centuries. And look into the history of medical practice; that's where the information starts to come out."

It's also helpful to look at current clinical practice, which is possible in a few states, including Colorado, where cannabis is safely and legally accessible. This is where you can learn more about appropriate dosing, and the methods of use that have been found to be effective for a range of different conditions. "[T]he story about marijuana and cannabis that we've been told has been very one-sided," she says, "and there's a lot more to the story. There's a lot of potential benefit there."

One reputable source where you can find research relating to the use of cannabis is cancer.gov.4,5 This is the US government's site on cancer. You can also peruse the medical literature through PubMed,6 which is a public resource. The Journal of Pain,7 a publication by the American Pain Society, has a long list of studies on the pain-relieving effects of cannabis and would certainly seem worth the effort for anyone with chronic pain to utilize.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,8 which also has information relating to the medicinal aspects of marijuana, preclinical and clinical trials are under way to test marijuana and various extracts for the treatment of a number of diseases, including autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease; inflammation; pain; and mental disorders. To learn more, I also recommend listening to my previous interview with Dr. Frankel, in which he discusses many of the medical benefits of cannabis.

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Braised Beef Moroccan Style Recipe PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Mercola

Treat your whole family to this mouthwatering Moroccan-inspired dish that will definitely earn you a two thumbs up. Made only with the most nutritious choice ingredients, here’s my Braised Beef Moroccan Style recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2½ pounds chuck roast
  • 2 cups chopped shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup grape, pomegranate, or cranberry juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup freshly diced tomatoes
  • 1½ cups golden raisins
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Honey (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Heat a large pot. Add two tablespoons coconut oil. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Add meat to pot, sauté until no longer pink, about five minutes. Transfer meat to bowl.
  2. Heat one tablespoon oil in same pot. Add shallots and sauté till brown, about eight minutes. Stir in garlic and next five ingredients.
  3. Add fruit juice. For acidity or deglazing, add about a tablespoon of red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar per cup of fruit juice.1 Stir occasionally.
  4. Add the broth, tomatoes with juice, and raisins. Stir to blend. Add beef and juices, heat to simmer.
  5. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally until the sauce is thick and the beef is tender, about one hour and 15 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.

This recipe makes six servings.

(Adapted from Healthy Recipes for Your Nutritional Type)

Braised Beef Moroccan Style Recipe Cooking Tips

To pump up the healthy goodness in this braised beef recipe, follow these practical cooking and preparation tips:

  1. Spices
    • Store your spices in a cool and dark place like your cupboard to prevent sunlight exposure, which facilitates its decline in quality.
    • Discard spices more than six months old. The sooner you use your spices, the better.
    • Most dried spices are best added at the beginning of the cooking process since heat and moisture are necessary to release their essential oils.2
    • Ground and whole spices can be lightly toasted or dry-roasted to release their more natural oils. Toasted spices have a shorter shelf life, so toast only when ready to use in your next recipe.3
    • Wash your hands thoroughly immediately after handling cayenne pepper and avoid contact with your eyes at all cost to prevent irritation. Tip: to reduce the burning sensation, remove the seeds from the cayenne pepper before cooking.4
    • Opt for the full organic turmeric spice rather than the curry blend, which has a very little amount of healthy components.
  2. Garlic
    • Be careful when sautéing garlic as it can turn extremely bitter once burned.
    • One finely minced or pressed garlic gives off way more flavor and aroma than a dozen cooked whole cloves combined. Tip: the smaller you cut your garlic, the stronger its flavor will be. Chopping finely and/or pressing a clove exposes more surfaces to the air, causing a chemical reaction to produce that strong aroma and potent flavor.5
  3. Tomatoes
    • Go for organic tomatoes as research shows they contain 55 percent more vitamin C and 139 percent more total phenolic content at the stage of commercial maturity compared to conventionally grown tomatoes.6
    • Avoid canned tomatoes. Although a popularly convenient choice when making tomato sauces, canned tomatoes typically have a lining that contains bisphenol-A (BPA), which is a potent endocrine-disrupting chemical that has been linked to a number of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, neurological effects, reproductive problems, and obesity.
    • Since lycopene is a fat-soluble nutrient, it’s best to consume raw or cooked tomatoes with some type of fat, such as coconut oil, which is what we used in this recipe.
    • Do not put your tomatoes inside the refrigerator to prevent changes in their taste and texture. If a tomato gets too cold, not only will its flavor be affected but also its texture, color, ripening potential, and much more. If you've put your tomatoes in the fridge by mistake, just let them sit at room temperature for 24 hours before eating. Allowing them to ripen naturally on your countertop will bring out the best in your tomato in terms of taste and flavor.
  4. Beef
    • Buy only locally grown grass-finished beef from a trusted producer to guarantee that the cow was not given grains, hormones, or any artificial enhancers, which have long been proven to cause numerous harmful side effects to humans.
    • There's a lot of confusion about the term "grass-fed," and in many cases, it's an abused term like the word "natural." Some producers of beef will misuse this term because the rules around it are still somewhat undefined. Most all calves are fed grass for a certain amount of time.

      This is one factor that allows less scrupulous producers to get away with calling their beef grass-fed. The key to a truly grass-fed product is actually the finishing. Optimal beef is both grass-fed and grass-finished beef.

      To make sure you're getting the highest quality possible, your best bet is to get to know your local farmer or rancher—what his philosophy is and how he raises his herd. If at all possible, visit the farm to see the operation for yourself.

      If you cannot find a wholesome, organic rancher near your area, visit reputable online sources like The Grassfed Network, Eat Wild, Local Harvest,  Grassfed Exchange, FoodRoutes, Eat Well Guide, and Farmers' Markets.

    • Joey Jones of the GrassfedNetwork.com recommends thinking of grass-fed beef as a seasonal product, just like produce. You could buy it fresh, in season, and then freeze it afterwards. According to Joey, a steak or ground beef will stay fresh for up to a year if properly vacuum sealed and frozen.
  5. Bone Broth
    • I recommend making your own bone broth instead of buying pre-packed supermarket varieties. For a more detailed instruction on how to make your own bone broth, check out this hearty Bone Broth Recipe.
    • Make sure you get your bones only from organic, grass-finished beef to save yourself and your family from consuming a concentrated cocktail of toxic growth enhancers and feeds that non-organic sources will give you.
    • Mix meaty bones with thick marrow, also called “soup bones” by local butchers, with some cut up hooves, knuckles, or skull. Not only will they add more flavor, but they’ll also give your broth that rich gelatinous consistency packed with glucosamine and chondroitin, which your joints will surely thank you for.
    • Cook your broth in bulk and store them for future use either in storage-friendly quart-sized freezer bags or in ice cube trays, which are very useful when you need to add only a dash of flavor to your dishes.7
  6. Fruit Juice
    • Make your own fruit juice at home instead of buying from the grocery. This way, you’re sure that it’s free from toxic preservatives and unnecessary additives.
    • Visit a farmers’ market near you to get hold of the freshest organic and locally grown fruits for your juice.  
    • Choose firm and plump berries, pomegranates, and grapes with vibrant colors. Avoid those with stains, wrinkles, cuts, bleached spots, and other signs of damage.

Why Is Braised Beef Moroccan Style Good for You?

This braised beef recipe is truly a one-of-a-kind dish because of its delightful combination of super nutritious ingredients. Here are more reasons to love my Braised Beef Moroccan Style recipe:

  • It uses organic, grass-fed beef.
  • A joint effort between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Clemson University researchers determined a total of 10 key areas where grass-fed is better than grain-fed beef for human health. In a side-by-side comparison, they determined that grass-fed beef was:

    • Lower in total fat
    • Higher in beta-carotene     
    • Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
    • Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin     
    • Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
    • Higher in total omega-3s
    • A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 versus 4.84)  
    • Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter 
    • Higher in vaccenic acid, which can be transformed into CLA

    Another troubling aspect of grain-fed cattle involves the well-being of the animal and, consequently, the health effect this has on you. Common consequences among grain-fed cattle include acidosis, liver abscesses, bloating, feedlot polio, and dust pneumonia.

  • It has turmeric.
  • This bright yellow spice, traditionally used as food and medicine, contains potent antioxidants and benefits that studies have shown can fight diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Research also suggests that turmeric may be helpful in:

    • Treating inflammatory bowel diseases
    • Lowering cholesterol levels
    • Protecting the heart
    • Relieving indigestion
    • Improving liver function
    • Preventing Alzheimer's disease

    Cancer prevention and inhibited cancer cell growth –specifically cancer of the breast, colon, prostate, and lung, and childhood leukemia – are also on the list of possible benefits.

  • It has cayenne pepper.
  • Cayenne is rich in capsaicin and contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and flavonoids, which give chili its antioxidant properties. It’s been proven to help relieve pain, burn calories and suppress appetite, treat psoriasis, and alleviate cluster headaches. 8

  • It has garlic.
  • Garlic boasts an impressive list of historical use as a natural medicine with modern research to support it. Some of garlic’s most noted health effects include its ability to:

    • Effectively fight against drug-resistant bacteria
    • Reduce risk for heart disease and stroke
    • Normalize your cholesterol and blood pressure

    It's thought that much of garlic's therapeutic benefits come from its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin, which also give it its characteristic smell. Other health-promoting compounds include oligosaccharides, arginine-rich proteins, selenium, and flavonoids.

  • It has bone broth.
  • Bone broth contains a variety of valuable nutrients of which many Americans are lacking, in a form your body can easily absorb and use. Some of these include calcium, phosphorus, silicon, collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin sulfate, and essential amino acids proline, glycine, and glutamine.

    Aside from that, bone broth is also worth incorporating into your family’s everyday diet because of its astounding reputation as a food medicine. Experts have found that bone broth:

    • Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion
    • Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses
    • Reduces joint pain and inflammation
    • Encourages calming effects
    • Promotes strong, healthy bones
  • It uses antioxidant-rich fruit juice instead of alcohol-based wines.
  • Most braised beef recipes use wine to add extra flavor to the dish, but for this, I opted to use freshly made fruit juice that’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.

    Resveratrol, an antioxidant often referred to as the fountain of youth due to its wide-ranging health benefits, is found in abundance in grape, pomegranate, and cranberry. Muscadine grapes have the highest concentration of resveratrol in nature because of their extra thick skins and numerous seeds where it’s concentrated.

    Resveratrol is well-known for its broad-spectrum antimicrobial, anti-infective, cardio-protective, and neuroprotective properties. In addition to its anti-cancer properties, resveratrol has also been shown to help:

    • Reverse oxidative stress
    • Reduce inflammation
    • Normalize your lipids
    • Protect your heart
    • Stabilize your insulin levels

    I do not, however, suggest drinking large amounts of fruit juice as they contain very high concentrations of fructose, which will cause your insulin to spike and may counter the benefits of the antioxidants. As a general rule, it's wise to severely restrict your consumption of fruit juice, especially if your uric acid is above the ideal levels. Also, if you suffer from type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, or cancer, you'd be best off avoiding fruit juices altogether until you've normalized your uric acid and insulin levels. Aside from that, I believe most will benefit from restricting their fructose to 25 grams a day; and as little as 15 grams a day if you're diabetic or have chronic health issues. Read this article to learn how much fructose can be found in different kinds of fruits.

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What You Need to Know About Trade Agreements and Fast Track PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Mercola

Ben Lilliston is the Vice President of Program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. In this video, Lilliston discusses an issue that is rarely reported in the mainstream media, and poorly understood by the general public, namely: free trade agreements.

Free trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), have huge implications, both in terms of our economy and our daily lives. Lilliston began looking at NAFTA in the early '90s when he worked with Ralph Nader.

"I have now been working at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) since year 2000," he says. "What we do is really focus on the details of trade agreements that are very inaccessible for the public. They're written in legal jargon and so forth.

What we're trying to do is really break it down. What does this mean for farmers? We're particularly interested in that. What does it mean for rural communities?

What does it mean for public health, for the environment, and for workers?...These are all things that we're interested in and trying to shed a light on."

Trade Agreements Are Negotiated in Secret

One of the aspects Lilliston finds most disturbing is the fact that trade agreements are negotiated in secret; hence it's very difficult to engage in a public debate about them.

By the time Congress votes on them, the deals have already been struck, and the public has no way of knowing the details of the negotiations.

"That's why it's really important to speak out now about it and try to raise questions, so that we can be sure that the agreements reflect the interest of the public good and not just a handful of private corporations who are behind the scenes negotiating hand in hand with the US Trade representative on these trade agreements," he says.

Fast Track is an important part of this discussion. Fast Track, Lilliston explains, gives the President the right to negotiate and finalize a trade agreement, and then present it to Congress for a vote.

Under the US constitution, Congress has the right to engage in trade agreements prior to this, and to set negotiating parameters. For example, Congress might insist on parameters to protect the environment or public health.

But under Fast Track, Congress more or less relinquishes this right (and responsibility), letting the President negotiate at will instead. And, once the agreements are completed, you can no longer make any amendments. Congress simply votes for the agreement or against it, in its entirety.

"This makes it very difficult for members of Congress to vote against a trade agreement because there will be an enormous amount of pressure. The agreement's already been agreed upon. It's a big deal," Lilliston says. "It's really is about democracy as we view it."

Adding to the difficulty is the fact that even members of Congress are limited in getting a full understanding of the details of the agreement they're voting for. They're only allowed to read the agreement in a special room, and they're not allowed to bring in any aides, experts, or trade legal lawyers they might need to decipher the text. Moreover:

"They can take notes, but they can't bring the notes out of the meeting with them. They have to leave them there. This is how secret this trade agreement is," Lilliston says.

Current Trade Agreements Under Negotiation

Right now there are two huge trade agreements being negotiated, both of which will have a major impact on the US economy and other aspects of public and environmental health:

  1. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which involves the United States and 11 other countries around the Pacific Rim. Japan, Malaysia, and Vietnam are some of the bigger countries involved
  2. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is an agreement between the US and Europe

There’s a lot at stake here, as these two trade agreements are negotiating rules around medicines, local food programs, food safety programs, and even labor rights. According to Lilliston, there’s simply too much at stake to allow the President to negotiate these agreements on his own, and not be able to amend the agreements once completed.

"Fast Track really says... take it or leave it, basically. This is our major concern about Fast Track. We think it's really important to oppose Fast Track, to really put pressure on the President to make these agreements public, and to have a public debate about them before they're completed and not after they're a done deal," Lilliston says.

Trade Agreements Lower and Destroy Regulatory Standards

Interestingly, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership both largely deal with regulations. If you're like most people, you probably think about trade partnerships as agreements that increase trade.

But these two agreements are largely about creating "regulatory harmonization" among participating nations. Basically, they seek to set up the same regulatory infrastructure in all countries involved in the agreements. As explained by Lilliston:

"What that means is the same kind of food safety rules, the same kind of rules around chemical regulation, the same of rules around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), for example; the same rules around intellectual property and medicines, and the same rules around financial regulations.

[M]ultinational corporations are involved in these negotiations, through trade advisory committees. They want one system of a regulatory environment where it makes it easy for them, where a product is approved here is also approved there...

Now, what we've seen over and over in trade agreements of the past is that this kind of harmonization of regulations, where you find one common standard, really lowers the standards. What they're finding is the lowest common denominator of a standard, so that everyone can meet it. It pushes regulations down."

Trade Agreements Give Corporations Legal Power to Oppose Regulations

The lowering of regulations is a major concern, especially when it comes to environmental- and public health safety. If the standard is lowered via a trade agreement, a country must lower its current regulations or standards or potentially face legal challenges.

Both of the trade agreements currently under negotiation grant corporations special legal rights, and if a corporation feels a nation's regulation violates one of these trade agreements, they can legally challenge the regulation. As noted by Lilliston:

"They can say, 'We set up our business operation this way based on this regulatory environment, and you've gone back on your word that you made in those trade agreements, so we are suing you. We want to get expected profits back as payment.'

It's called the Investor-State provision... [and] it grants corporations special legal rights under trade agreements. It really poses a major threat over new regulations and even with the existing trade agreements. We fear that this will be used as a hammer against regulations that protect public health through the environment."

Another major issue in these trade agreements relates to rules of procurement. For example, the US has many farm to school programs in place to support local farmers and local businesses, but public programs like these can be challenged by a foreign corporation saying, “We’re not eligible for that program, and that’s illegal under the trade rules.” As crazy as that sounds, that’s a very real concern. As noted by Lilliston, “the ‘Buy American’ provisions, which are very common in public procurement programs right now, could be under threat under trade rules.” Many states also have their own environmental regulations in place to protect human- and environmental health. These too could be challenged by these trade agreements.

"These trade agreements want to set one standard, so they're not going to have any state-based standards that are stronger than the national standard," Lilliston explains. "This particularly comes up in the case of GMO labeling where we're seeing all these states in United States pushing for GMO labeling. Vermont... Maine, and Connecticut have passed laws. There's a lot of momentum behind that.

These agreements would say, ‘No, you can’t do that at the state level. Sorry. We need one standard through all the countries involved.’ Basically, it’s kind of an end run around those state-based [initiatives] that have been very important in pushing for GMO labeling. These are the kind of things that we’re really troubled about.”

How Trade Agreements Can Impact Public Health Safety

The trade agreements also affect public health safety. Europe, one of the trading partners in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement, has in some cases stronger public health protections than in the US, which they stand to lose under this agreement. As noted by Lilliston, Europe has written into their law something called the precautionary principle. If there’s scientific uncertainty with regards to the safety of a product, it will not be permitted onto the market.

“There are 80-something pesticides that are approved here in the United States that are not approved in Europe, and largely, that has to do with the precautionary principle there and how they apply it,” Lilliston says. “This has been a major target of the US government in this negotiation with Europe. They want to get rid of the precautionary principle in Europe. I think for people in United States, the precautionary principle is a very important one and one that we want to advance more here in the United States in our regulatory system. So, really what these agreements are doing is tying our hands to improve our own regulations.

The more we learn about not only chemical exposures but other exposures through our food system and how that impacts health, we believe that regulations should evolve based on that. The more we find out about GMOs and how they are causing problems in the field for farmers, we think regulations should step in and say, ‘Okay, maybe we shouldn’t approve those anymore’... We think [these trade agreements] will limit our ability to protect public health in the future.”

Here’s another example: While neonicotinoid pesticides—which have been linked to the decimation of bee populations—are not regulated in the US, they have been banned in the European Union in order to protect pollinators. Pesticide companies have not taken kindly to the ban, and are pushing for the US-EU trade deal to lower the standard in order to get pesticide-treated seeds back into the EU.

Naturally, this would also prevent the US from creating more stringent regulations against this hazardous pesticide in the future, which is the exact converse of what needs to happen! The EU saw quick improvements in bee populations when neonics were withdrawn, and reintroducing them is clearly not in the best interest of public or environmental health. This is a very important issue, as bee colony collapse disorder isn't just about protecting one species of insect. It's about protecting the ecosystem and the human food supply! It's about protecting the future of mankind...

Take Action to Stop Fast Track!

So what can we do to stop Fast Track and start an open discussion about these trade agreements? Lilliston believes the most important thing to do right now is to contact your member of Congress and tell them to oppose Fast Track.

“We think that there will be a bill that has not been introduced, but is expected in April. That bill will come out, and there will probably be a lot of news about that from April to May and maybe longer. They’ll have to work their way through committees, then get to the floor, and be in the House and Senate simultaneously. But this is an issue that we need to stop right here, and that will change the whole dynamic of these trade agreements,” Lilliston says.

“And we can win. Most Democrats are against Fast Track, and a lot of growing numbers of Republicans also are, just based on constitutional grounds and democracy grounds. I think you can even be in favor of trade and free trade agreements, but be against Fast Track.

We think that this is a really important opportunity to change the whole debate about trade. If we can beat back Fast Track, we [can then] have another conversation about what these trade agreements are about, why we’re negotiating them... and in whose interest are they being negotiated. And is there a way to do trade that protects public health, protects farmers, protects consumers, and protects the environment, rather than lowering standards for all those as we’ve seen in the past?”

Trade Agreements and Intellectual Property Rights

Trade agreements also often include chapters on intellectual property, which is particularly important when it comes to medicine. As a rule, drug companies are very intent on protecting their patents as long as they possibly can, and they want to do this through trade agreements. If they can set the rules through trade agreements, they can enforce their property rights around the world. But when companies retain patent rights for very long periods of time, it decreases people's access to less expensive [generic] medicines.

According to Lilliston, this is a big issue in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, because it grants drug companies legal rights to enforce their patents, and to sue governments if they feel like their patent is not being enforced. What's worse, it also allows companies to patent things that most people would agree should not be allowed to be patented, such as life forms for example.

"This is a big deal for public health and access to medicine, especially because, again, the negotiations are taking place in secret. We don't know what's in the text," Lilliston says. "We're going by what we've seen in the past, some public statements here and there, and a document that was leaked [from] Trans-Pacific Partnership. But we need to see the text. We need to understand what is at stake in intellectual property and access to medicine before we can even consider these trade agreements."

How Trade Agreements May Sabotage the Local Food Movement

The local food movement is a really fast-growing movement in the United States. Not only is there plenty of evidence supporting the idea that locally grown foods, especially if organic, are healthier for you, it's also an important part of local economic development, and reducing our carbon footprint. One of the ways in which local farmers are supported is through public programs such as farm to school programs. These programs are still small and need to grow, but it's an area that's gaining a lot of momentum.

"One of the real concerns with these trade agreements is that they're basically going to take an ax to all these efforts to support local food production, because what they say is that you cannot prejudice local," Lilliston warns. "That is a fundamental tenet of these free trade agreements. You cannot give preference to local purchasing. Obviously, that goes beyond just food. It could be any support for local businesses.

You set up a procurement program, where if it's a local business competing against a national business, you're going to give the preference to the local business. That's the kind of thing that these trade agreements will take away. The same thing if you're giving a preference to local farmers... Europe has said freely and explicitly that they're going to challenge US procurement programs once they get this trade agreement done. That's their big goal.

We're very concerned about how these trade agreements will impact the momentum and the growth [of local food]. Clearly, consumers want more locally produced food. Clearly, government programs and public spending have been part of that. We shouldn't be restricted in any way by trade agreement to support our local farmers and local businessmen and businesswomen."

Trade Agreements Also Undermine Renewable Energy Initiatives

The trade agreements may even put the kibosh on locally sourced renewable energy programs because, again, the agreements do not permit giving preference to locally produced energy. The potential effects on the environment are manifold. One example in which an existing trade agreement is driving environmental destruction is the case of the Keystone tar sands.1

Under NAFTA, Canada is required to export an ever-increasing amount of oil to the United States, so one of the major factors driving the tar sands is NAFTA, as Canada is bound to continually produce and export more and more oil. The trade agreement prevents Canada from reducing production. As you may have heard, President Obama recently vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline,2 and the Senate failed to override it.3 However, the company that owns Keystone may very well end up challenging this decision under NAFTA.

"These are some examples of how trade rules really kind of tie our hands in moving towards more clean energy and supporting local renewable energy production," Lilliston says.

Tell Your Congressman to Oppose Fast Track

"Fast Track is coming up. We need people to oppose Fast Track, and let their member of Congress know they oppose it," Lilliston says. If we can stop Fast Track, we'll be in a much better position to beat back these damaging trade agreements, so please, take a moment to contact your Congressman, and tell him or her to oppose Fast Track. On April 18, 2015, you can also join in Global Trade Day -- a day of action to defeat free trade and investments treaties.

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