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Big Pharma’s Greed: Increase the Cost of A Life Saving Drug By 5000%

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:35+00:00 October 11th, 2015|Health News|

(NaturalNews) It’s no secret that various industries increase customer pricing so the company can make a profit. That’s Economics 101. However, when prices surge so exorbitantly that the average person can barely afford an item while the company walks all the way to the bank, that’s Greed 101. Sadly, absurdly elevated prices permeate the marketplace, draining the wallets and energy of people in droves, and it particularly impacts those in need of life-saving medications.

A restaurant’s appetizer platter or some trendy bracelet charms are one thing, but when it comes to improving the quality of human lives or even saving them, people often have no choice but to pay steep prices. If you want to live, or live better, you’ll need to either win the lottery or have saved your pennies since childhood. It’s not fair, but it’s a shocking reality.

An eye-opening look at how we’re being ripped off by drug companies

Look at the numbers:

Almost overnight, Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price for Daraprim, a treatment that fights life-threatening parasitic infections from $13.50 per pill to a whopping $750 a pill. The company’s mogul, Martin Shkreli, justified this drastic increase by saying that it’s simply about keeping business going strong, and he even went so far as to say that the increase doesn’t deserve the widespread criticism it is receiving.

Note: The picture above is Martin Schrkeli.  Would you put your well being in his hands? 

When it comes to treating leukemia, it has been estimated that the actual cost for a year’s supply of Gleevec (generic name imatinib), is an affordable $159. However, in the United States, it costs people suffering with the illness more than $106,000 annually; in the United Kingdom, it costs more than $30,000 each year.

The insanity continues.

For example, other cancer-related treatments actually cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to less than $5,000 annually. However, the sad reality is that the cost to consumers spikes outrageously; those few hundred dollars of drugs have been found to cost people in the United States upwards of $135,000 every year.

There’s even a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs hitting the market that promise to lower levels by 60 percent. The catch? Compared to older statins that are said to do the same thing, these newer ones will cost a person approximately $14,000 annually. Some economists, who have taken the drugs’ unknown effectiveness and the role of insurance into consideration, say these newer statins should actually be priced at about 67 percent less.

We’re not done yet.

After an acquisition by Rodelis Therapeutics, Cycloserine, which helps treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, went from $500 for 30 pills to a whopping $10,800 for the same quantity.

On and on the price-gouging goes.

Americans are spending outrageous prices on prescription medications alone, most of which is brushed under the carpet by the drug companies. They maintain that it’s a necessary measure for their businesses to thrive, often citing the need to help pay for monies sunk into developing the drug in the first place. Drug companies also say that any action […]

Academic GMO shills exposed: Once-secret emails reveal gross collusion with Monsanto, academic fraud at the highest levels inside U.S. universities

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:37+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Gardening, Health News, Our Earth|

(From NaturalNews)

U.S. Right to Know (USRTK), a non-profit organization dedicated to exposing the fraud and corruption surrounding the food industry, launched an investigation into the intimate and unethical relationship between the biotech industry and university faculty and staff, which is used to manipulate public opinion about GMOs and to coerce the government into passing legislation supportive of Big Ag’s patented seeds and pesticides.

The investigation, which is still ongoing, reveals how biotech industry giants Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and others, buy academics employed by taxpayer-funded universities to push GMOs and lobby Congress to pass legislation favorable of their products, with one of the most high-profile examples including attempts to derail states’ rights to enact GMO-labeling laws.

The collusion between Big Food, its front groups and university staff has been exposed through thousands of emails and documents obtained through a USRTK Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was meticulously filed over a six-month period.

USRTK: Public deserves to know about flow of money and level of coordination between Big Ag and public university scientists


The FOIA request sought to obtain emails and documents from 43 public university faculty and staff to learn more about the biotech industry’s public relations strategies. Records were requested from scientists, economists, law professors, extension specialists and communicators, all of whom are employed by taxpayer-funded public institutions and steadily promote GMO agriculture under the “independent” research.

Currently, USRTK has received thousands of documents in nine of their requests; however, much more information is expected to be released as FOIA requests continue to be answered.

The documents received thus far expose how the biotech industry funds expenses for university faculty to travel the globe promoting and defending GMOs and their associated pesticides, highlighting the shift that scientists have made from being researchers to being actors in Big Ag PR campaigns.

Named the “Biofortified boys” by Alicia Maluafiti, executive director of Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA), a biotech front group, the academics were awarded thousands, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars in unrestricted grant money.

Dr. Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville, is one of the biotech industry’s most cooperative “Biofortified boys.” Emails show that Folta was enlisted to travel to Hawaii and later to Pennsylvania to “testify to government bodies to oppose proposed mandatory genetically modified labeling measures.”

Folta has repeatedly denied ties to Monsanto or having accepted funds from them; however, newly released documents prove otherwise, exposing him as a bald-faced liar and attack dog for the biotech industry.

Sponsored and organized by the HCIA, which includes Monsanto, DuPont, Dow AgroSciences, Syngenta and BASF, Folta and others were recruited to meet with local business execs to lobby against Hawaii’s proposed GMO-labeling law.

HCIA’s Maluafiti writes:

So please know that you are part of our overall public education strategy and specifically – how do we use your valuable time wisely while you are here in Hawaii (besides hitting the beaches!) I’d love to hear your thoughts. Aloha!

A second email authored by Renee […]

Thermograms- A Safe, Accurate, and Reliable Alternative To Mammograms

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:50+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Health News|

 

(NaturalNews) Various researchers and experts have highlighted several issues and limitations with using mammograms as the main method of breast cancer diagnosis. A viable alternative is thermography. Thermograms are safe, nontoxic, highly accurate and inexpensive.

What is thermography?

Thermography is carried out based on infrared heat emission by the body’s tissues. As bodily cells go about their usual metabolic processes, they give out heat. Cancerous tumors tend to emit more infrared heat than their healthy counterparts, i.e. they are hotter.

Using information on the varying heat emissions, thermography is able to produce images that provide insight into the functional status of a specific area of the human body, in this case the breasts.

Further, as compared to normal tissue, cancer growths are also regulated to a much lower extent by the autonomic nervous system. For example, when cool air is blown over the breasts, the autonomic nervous system lowers the amount of blood flow to normal breast tissue as a means of temperature regulation. The blood and blood vessels at the tumor site, however, are not under autonomic control and do not become cooler – thermography would thus show the abnormal tissues up as “hot spots”.

The process is simple

The woman to be screened stands bare-chested about 10 feet from the machine, and imaging lasts for only a few minutes. The results are available instantaneously on the monitor, and the information can usually be interpreted quickly with the relevant software.

The woman feels no pain, there is no physical compression of the breasts, and no rays or radiation enter the lady’s body.

Advantages and benefits of thermograms

Because neither ionizing radiation nor mechanical pressure are used, thermography does not increase cancer risk or promote cancer spread, making it a safer procedure. And because there is no pain, the process is more comfortable as well.

Unlike mammograms, which become less accurate with denser breast tissue, thermography’s accuracy is not affected by tissue density.

Significantly, in the case of breast cancer, thermograms can flag out cancer development five years before mammograms are able to do so. It does so by showing up the early stages of angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels which is a necessary precursor to tumor formation. Most breast tumors would have been slowly growing for up to two decades before conventional diagnostic methods can detect them. And at the earlier stages of development, cancer tumors are relatively easy to stop and reverse.

Thermograms can also detect breast cancer years earlier than physical examinations.

Problems with mammograms

Its radiation tends to increase breast cancer risk, possibly quite significantly, especially if undertaken annually, as radiation could have cumulative carcinogenic effects. Also, the physical compression and manipulation of the breasts can cause existent tumors to spread. The rates of false-positives and false-negatives are high. And it may not even be effective at lowering overall breast cancer death rates.

“Mammography is not an acceptable way of screening breasts; the only reason it’s tolerated is that it is a major source of steady income for radiologists. They have come to covet […]

How Accurate Are Mammograms?

By | 2015-10-12T15:45:35+00:00 December 7th, 2014|Health Tips|

(NaturalNews) Mammograms are so widely used and promoted for breast cancer diagnosis that you would think it is very reliable. That, unfortunately, is far from the truth.

False-positives

This means mammograms suggest women have cancer when in fact they do not.

In a Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal which involved 60,000 women aged 40 to 64, it was revealed that 70 percent of the 726 women referred to oncologists for treatment after mammograms did not actually have cancer.

According to an article published in The Lancet in July 1995, of the 5 percent of mammograms which suggested that further testing was necessary, up to 93 percent were actually false-positives. Another article in The Atlantic Monthly in June 1996 revealed that 70 to 80 percent of positive mammograms did not reveal any presence of cancer after biopsy.

False-positives lead to many unnecessary biopsies and other invasive surgical procedures, causing needless wastage of money and resources, emotional trauma, financial drain, physical maiming, and loss of breasts.

Not accurate with denser breast tissue

Women under 40 generally have denser breast tissue, and this lowers the accuracy of mammograms. A study published in Radiology in 1991 estimated that 90 percent of the cases called back for further testing after mammograms could have been due to unclear readings arising from dense overlying breast tissue.

False-negatives

Partly because of its inability to effectively detect tumors in the presence of denser breast tissue, mammograms also have significant rates of false-negatives. This means that mammograms show “no cancer” when in fact the women do have the disease, and this shortcoming can prove fatal for many women.

Even for women aged 40 to 49, who have less dense breast tissue than younger women, the National Cancer Institute had in 1993 noted a high occurrence of “missed tumors” – about 40 percent of false-negatives.

Affected by ERT

Mammography’s accuracy is also affected by estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). A study on 8,800 postmenopausal women published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 1996 found that ERT use led to a 71 percent higher chance of getting false-positives on mammograms. It also raised the likelihood of false-negatives.

Misses small tumors

Mammograms also may not detect advanced tumors which are less then 2cm in diameter, when a tumor of about 1cm can already be manually felt via self-examination. With proper training, women can find even smaller tumors.

Late detection

A diagnostic tool like thermography can actually detect breast cancer tumors years before mammograms can.

Being slow to detect breast cancer is problematic because some women, e.g. those below 40, tend to have faster-growing tumors and their conditions could quickly worsen in-between screenings.

Conclusion

Putting everything together, it is no surprise that some research, including a recent large study which looked at 90,000 Canadian women for 25 years, have found that mammograms did not lower the overall death rate from breast cancer.

There are many doctors who feel mammograms are not effective at detecting breast tumors. With its many limitations relating to accuracy and potential harm – its radiation […]

The silent toxin in food that provokes cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and more

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:53+00:00 October 30th, 2014|Health Tips|

(NaturalNews) Found in everything from cereal grains to dried fruit and nuts to legumes, along with wine, hard cheeses and certain types of coconut oil — mycotoxins are difficult to dodge. Associated with a variety of diseases, these fungal metabolites can wreak havoc on the health of both body and mind. Just the same, we don’t need to be at the mercy of these invisible troublemakers. Instead, we can take active steps through dietary interventions to reduce exposure and decrease damage.

Mycotoxins: What are they and why should I care?

Causing a vast range of issues in animals and humans, mycotoxins are produced by fungi and can destroy health when even small amounts are consumed over time. Although tricky to diagnose (due to the diversity of symptoms), there is enough evidence that links the toxin with heart and liver disease, neurological malfunction, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, asthma, stunted growth and premature death.

Mycotoxins are surprisingly resilient and remain relatively unscathed when frozen or cooked. Crops grown in tropical regions are exceptionally vulnerable to contamination due to high humidity and weather fluctuations. One of the most well-known mycotoxins, and also the most damaging, is aflatoxin — a carcinogenic mold often found in peanuts, among other foods. Aflatoxin specifically attacks the liver and has been implicated in cancers of both the liver and cervix.

John A. Tafel, M.D., an integrative medicine physician, provides the following list of high-risk edibles that can contain mycotoxins:

1. Alcoholic beverages
2. Corn
3. Wheat
4. Barley
5. Sugar
6. Sorghum
7. Peanuts
8. Rye
9. Cottonseed
10. Hard cheeses

Dr. Tafel wrote, “One food that is not mentioned on the list is coconut oil. I want to point out that, while coconut oil is an incredible food in terms of nutrition and taste, many coconut oils contain mycotoxins. This is because they are commonly made with copras, or dried coconuts, which are often contaminated with mycotoxins. So in order to fully enjoy the benefits of this coconut oil, you will want to be sure that you find a company that uses only fresh coconuts to make their oil.”

Dairy and meat (from animals fed contaminated grains), mesquite, dried fruits, maple syrup and rice can be problematic as well.

How to reduce exposure

Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to escape contact with mycotoxins. Be that as it may, we can take action and protect ourselves. The first step is to avoid, as much as possible, foods that tend to be highly contaminated, as noted above. It’s also important to bake at home and mill your own flour for ultimate freshness and quality control. Prepackaged baked goods (including bread) are notorious for harboring mycotoxins. Sadly, it doesn’t matter if premade products are organic, sprouted or fermented — all can contain fungal metabolites.

Tree nuts are also troublesome, especially almonds and Brazil nuts. Rinsing nuts will assist in removing surface toxins. Next, soaking nuts in water with 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin C powder (per pint of nuts) for 5 minutes will help destroy mycotoxins within the nut. Drain and gently dry in the oven at 300 degrees […]

Second-generation GMOs will increase herbicide usage and strengthen resistance in superweeds

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:54+00:00 October 16th, 2014|Health News, Nutrition, Our Earth|

(NaturalNews) Now that first-generation genetically modified (GM) crops have proven to be a complete failure, chemical companies are busy seeking regulatory approval for new varieties with resistance to multiple herbicides instead of just one. But according to WIRED, these second-generation GMOs will not only increase overall herbicide usage but also further promote the spread of chemical-resistant “superweeds” and “superbugs.”

As you may already be aware, the existing GMO model has created major problems for commercial farmers, many of whom are no longer able to control their crops and produce the same high yields they once did. This is due to ever-mutating pests and weeds that constantly seem to outsmart the binary chemical inputs originally developed by companies like Monsanto to keep them at bay.

The existing chemical arsenal, in other words, is no longer effective at controlling pests and killing weeds, and farmers are panicking. The biotech agriculture model has locked them into contracts with chemical companies that can no longer deliver on their promises. And rather than admit defeat, these same companies are adding to the problem by simply stacking on more resistance traits to address the problem, at least for now.

Proposals have been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeking approval for new GM crops bearing resistance to 2,4-D, for instance, one of the primary active ingredients used in the U.S. government’s Agent Orange defoliant, manufactured primarily by Monsanto and Dow Chemical, during the Vietnam War. The industry is also seeking approval for other GMO varieties bearing resistance to three and four — and in one case, nine — different chemicals.

“Stacking up tolerance traits may delay the appearance of resistant weeds, but probably not for long,” concluded a recent editorial published in the journal Nature, highlighting the never-ending cycle of resistance brought about by this agriculture model.

EPA claims Agent Orange compound can be applied to all corn and soy crops with no risk to humans
The EPA is accepting public comments on the proposals through June 30. But reports indicate that both the EPA and the USDA already appear to favor the new crops, ignoring their obvious threat to both crops and human sustenance. 2,4-D, in fact, doesn’t even seem to be on the agencies’ radars, considering the EPA’s recent admission that it doesn’t see the poison as being at all harmful.

“We’re at a crossroads here,” stated Bill Freese, a science policy analyst at the advocacy group Center for Food Safety, to WIRED. His group and 143 others recently signed onto a joint letter to the USDA urging further scrutiny of the proposals, which will only make the resistance problem worse.

“With these [proposals], we’re dramatically increasing farmer dependence on herbicides,” he added, supporting the letter’s belief that the entire thing is nothing more than a “chemical arms race with weeds.”

One of the most significant factors in the spread of superweeds throughout the past decade is glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Glyphosate has helped spur the emergence of superweeds on […]

Naturally Boost Youth Hormones

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:55+00:00 October 1st, 2014|Health Tips, Nutrition|

Have you ever marveled at how fast a child heals after getting a scrape?  How they seem to have limitless energy?  Or the smoothness of a toddler’s skin?

What the heck is their secret?

Turns out they have naturally high levels of HGH — our #1 youth hormone.

HGH regenerates and repairs your cells.  It makes your muscles firm, skin tight, bones strong and joints healthy.

And it helps you maintain an attractive body shape by maximizing lean muscle and minimizing body fat.  (That means a nice hourglass shape for women and a powerful superman-style V-shape for men.)

Unfortunately, as we age past 25, our HGH levels plummet.   By age 40, HGH dips to 40% of what it was at 20.  And by age 55 it shrinks to a measly 20%!

This dramatic plunge exposes us to the horrors of aging — thin skin, age spots, wrinkles, gray hair, low energy, slower thinking, lack of romantic interest.

Plus our drive and motivates to get things done evaporates.

Making the situation worse, cortisol — known as the “death hormone” — actually INCREASES.

It wears you down, makes bones and joints brittle and turns muscle into fat, adding an extra layer of padding all-over, ESPECIALLY around your middle.  Frustrating!

While reducing cortisol is notoriously difficult, fortunately there are 3 specific ways you can increase HGH naturally at no cost.

In fact, research shows one of these can boost HGH by up to 352% and slash your risk of death from heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

HGH Booster #1 — A Simple Daily Habit…

First up is something anybody can do, but most people completely mess up.

I’m talking about sleep.  But not just ANY sleep… the right amount, quality and timing of sleep is crucial.

Your brain releases HGH during sleep to rejuvenate, repair and recover from the wear and tear of the day.

That’s why you don’t get enough sleep you look TERRIBLE — ragged, burned out, stressed, plump…and…no coincidence here — OLDER!

When you go to bed late, get up too early or have interrupted sleep it completely throws off your natural HGH release.

Plus, since poor sleep also causes your “death hormone” cortisol to skyrocket, not only are you not recovering properly, your body is being worn down even MORE!

That makes you fatter, older and more tired even faster.

The Recommendation: Go to bed at the same time every night, no later than 9-10 p.m., keep your sleeping area as dark as possible and get AT LEAST 8 hours of sleep.

You’ll wake up feeling 10-20 years younger!

HGH Booster #2 — Remove HGH Blocks…

People get confused by this one because of all the so-called “experts” who spout conflicting information.

But the research is clear on how this powerful HGH booster:

Eat better.  Eat less.  Eat earlier.

1) Fast-digesting carbs boost insulin, which BLOCKS HGH.

2) Eating protein boosts an amino acid called glutamine which increases HGH.

3) Intermittent fasting has been shown to skyrocket HGH.

4) Eating carbs too late raises insulin, BLOCKING the release of HGH while you sleep.

So unless you want to age faster, feel worse and get fat […]

Plastic Ocean

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:06+00:00 April 17th, 2014|Our Earth|

I love the Ocean. I am at the beach every day, with very rare absences.  If I could, I would live at the beach, and listen to the lullaby of the waves morning and night.

One of the greatest threats to the health of the Ocean is plastic. Every week, there is more and more evidence about the toxicity of plastic – not just BPA, but many other compounds as well. Plastic is petroleum-based, and we are still learning about its harmful effects. We are turning our magnificent Ocean into a toxic sewer of plastic and other trash.

There are many negative effects of plastic in the Ocean, but the one I want to focus on, the one that we can do something about every day, is the way that plastic degrades in the Ocean (which is where much of our plastic ends up), referred to as photodegradation. Plastic does not just swirl around the five gyres in a big clump. It is broken down by the sun into smaller and smaller particles, small enough to be ingested by zooplankton, the very base of the Ocean food chain. This means that all Ocean life is negatively affected by plastic. Which means that all of us are affected. ocean plastic

According the the National Geographic News, some of the toxins introduced into the Ocean ecosystem are Bisphenol-A (BPA), styrene trimer (a polystyrene by-product) and other derivatives of polystyrene.

If you care about life on the planet, you must become an activist, in whatever way you are able, and educate yourself and those around you about this horrific problem.

Over the past twenty years or so, many common household products that were once made of glass or metal, such as shampoo bottles, vitamin bottles, etc., are now made of toxic plastic. Walk into a Costco, and you will see the naked truth about how much plastic we consume. Plastic products packaged in plastic, on pallets that are completely wrapped in plastic. Caution tape is plastic. When I order a drink at my favorite restaurant, it comes with a plastic straw and a plastic spear through the lime slice. We are inundated with plastic. It is a modern – human-created – plague.gulls on beach paul jimerson

What can you do about plastic in the Ocean (even if you are a landlubber)?

  •  Buy less products made of plastic.
  • Bring your own cup or mug. I carry a glass with me everywhere for my iced tea.
  • Equip your car or purse with re-usable flatware.
  • Always have reusable bags handy.
  • Pick up plastic and other trash. Do some research.
  • Give to Ocean conservation groups. Google “Ocean plastic.”
  • Buy your kids toys made of natural materials.

These steps take a little effort, but do you really want to sacrifice the Ocean because you desire a little convenience? I certainly don’t. Begin to notice the objects around you that are made of plastic. Get creative. Think of alternatives.

Just because you don’t live near […]

Stop The Environment Guilt! Easy Solutions For Earth Day

By | 2015-10-25T12:37:10+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|Our Earth|

Earth Day often comes guilt about how YOU affect the environment. You are probably genuine in your desire to make a positive difference, yet it can be overwhelming when the changes you are to make include buying a hybrid car or riding a bike to work.

You don’t have to change your whole way of living to make a big impact. I’m going to talk about products for cleaning your home.  You may already know you can use simple solutions like vinegar and water. I’d like to share “state of the art” science solutions that are easy and save you money. First let’s look at why it’s important to make these simple changes.

There are 1,000’s of chemicals in home cleaning products we use today.

Every day the United States produces or imports 42 billion pounds of chemicals, with 90% procured from non-renewable fossil fuels. This is the equivalent of 623,000 gasoline tanker trucks each carrying 8,000 gallons.

  • ·       Scientific research links exposure to toxic chemicals to many diseases that plague humans.
  • Under North America’s current approach to toxic chemicals management, the majority of chemicals on the market has never been, and never will be, assessed for their potential effects on human health.”
  • ·       Illnesses linked to chemical exposure include several forms of cancer, reproductive problems and birth defects, respiratory illnesses such as asthma, and other disorders such as ADHD.
  • There is no legislation designating what is ‘green’ or ‘natural’ so even when you think you are buying non-toxic it’s difficult to know for sure. In 2007, Terrachoice (the company that runs Environment Canada’s certification program) surveyed products in six leading big box stores. Of the 1,018 products bearing environmental claims, a whopping 99% were guilty of some sort of greenwashing sin.

Your Home Safe Cleaning Supply List:

  • Reusable Microfiber cloths for all purpose cleaning of surfaces, counter tops, showers, tubs, windows and all you need is water. “Created by Scientists in early 1990’s to combat superbugs”. Be sure to purchase good quality ones, some have silver in the fibers that destroy bacteria.
  • Reusable Microfiber mops for your floors and walls.
  • A steamer is a great eco-friendly way to clean with water and you can add that vinegar if you so desire. These are great for hard to clean corners in showers, baseboards, toilets, sink edges and stoves.
  • Enzyme cleaners come in odour eliminators, carpet cleaners, oven cleaners, oil cleaners. (see more about enzymes below). They usually come in handy spray bottles and are easy to use.
  • A tip from Preventcancernow.ca says replace any cleaning product with the skull and crossbones with baking soda, vinegar and water.
  • Replace disposable products in your home with reusable ones. Every time you use a disposable wipe in your home it is money going down the drain or into the landfill.

So where do you find these products?

Microfiber cloths can be purchased in grocery and hardware stores. The higher quality ones can be purchased through home based businesses and on line.

  • Steamers are available at most hardware stores. I use the handheld Succinct model but there are many good quality […]

Why Monday? For Meatless Monday

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:07+00:00 March 8th, 2014|Meatless Monday|

Why is Monday a good day for health?

1. The week is a critical unit of time in shaping human life. We plan our lives by the week, keeping track of where we’ve been and where we’re going.  Studies support the idea that frequent, periodic health messaging which taps into this pervasive weekly rhythm can be effective. 1

2. Monday has special significance in Western culture as the beginning of the week. While there are negative associations around the “Monday blues” in popular culture, there are multiple efforts to reframe Monday positively as an opportunity for a fresh start.1  One study found that 57% of people saw Monday as an opportunity for a fresh start and a day to “get my act together.” 2

 3. Health promotions at the beginning of the week have the potential to reduce negative health events. There’s a spike in heart problems, occupational injuries, strokes, suicides and referrals to secondary care on Monday, which researchers believe is caused by stress, unhealthy weekend behaviors and disruption of sleep cycles. Health promotions that foster a positive transition back to a structured routine have the potential to improve these outcomes.

4. People are already using Monday as health day. They’re more likely to start diets, exercise regimens, quit smoking and schedule doctor’s appointments on Monday than any other day.  Health promotions that can reinforce this behavior can help people stay on track with their health goals. 2

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5. On Mondays, people are seeking health information. Internet searches related to health behaviors are higher on Monday than on other days of the week. (For example: “healthy recipes,” “Healthy kids,” “healthy weight.”) 3

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To learn more about the utility of Monday to start and sustain positive behavior change, please visit MondayCampaigns.org.

1 Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future (2010). Healthy Monday: Two literature reviews.
http://www.jhsph.edu/sebin/i/n/healthymondayreport.pdf
2 FGI Research, Inc. (2012). The Meatless Monday Campaign 2012 Research. Online panel of 1,000 respondents.
http://www.jhsph.edu/sebin/i/n/healthymondayreport.pdf
3 Google Insights for Search. Accessed Nov 2, 2011

BPA Causes Devastating Metabolic Changes Inside The Body, Study Finds

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:17+00:00 January 9th, 2014|Health News, Health Tips|

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From NaturalNews.

The real threat from bisphenol-A (BPA), the nefarious plastics chemical linked to endocrine disruption, may have more to do with the substances produced when the chemical is metabolized by the body rather than with the actual chemical itself. A new study published in the journal PLoS One explains how a BPA metabolite known as MPB actually tends to bind much more easily to the body’s estrogen receptors than BPA does, which may help explain why some studies have overlooked BPA’s tendency to wreak metabolic havoc throughout the body.

For their study, researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine created three-dimensional models of estradiol, a natural estrogen in the body, as well as both BPA and MPB. They then compared each of the three structures and determined that MPB is actually more closely related to estradiol than is BPA, which makes it far more likely than BPA to displace natural estrogen.

According to their findings, the BPA molecule is actually too short to effectively latch onto estradiol receptors, at least in most cases. It also only has one end of its structure that is capable of clinging to these receptors, while MPB has two. Compared to BPA, MPB has a 100-fold to 1,000-fold stronger bond when it comes to binding to estrogen receptors, a fact that has remained largely unknown up until this point.

“In other words, MPB is basically grabbing onto the estrogen receptor with two hands compared to just one hand for BPA,” said Dr. Michael E. Baker, a professor of medicine at UCSD and one of the authors of the study. “Two contact points make a much stronger connection.”

What this shows is not that BPA is in any way safe — MPB is produced inside the body as a result of BPA exposure, after all — but rather that BPA is less safe than previously believed. Existing research involving BPA has sometimes failed to demonstrate its true toxicity, in other words, because very little of it properly examined the effects of BPA’s metabolites, which are what BPA essentially becomes upon human exposure.

“In binding to the estrogen receptor, BPA (and its metabolites) can disrupt the body’s endocrine or hormone system, with consequences especially worrisome for fetuses, infants and young children,” says a Science Daily report in reference to the study. “The chemical’s molecular structure is similar to that of estradiol, one of the human body’s three main estrogens, suggesting that BPA binds to estrogen receptors.”

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Chemicals From Teflon Found in Human Breast Milk

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:21+00:00 December 7th, 2013|Health News|

by Leslee Dru Browning 

(NaturalNews) Chemicals used to make nonstick (teflon) cookware and stain-resistant (scotchgard) fabrics are spreading around the world and turning up in surprising places, everywhere from wildlife and drinking water supplies to human blood. Now, a team of researchers including Kathleen Arcaro of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found these suspected carcinogens in samples of human milk from nursing mothers in Massachusetts.

“Perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, are found in human blood around the world, including the blood of newborns, but this is the first study in the United States to document their occurrence in human milk,” says Arcaro, a professor in the department of veterinary and animal sciences and a member of the environmental sciences program. “While nursing does not expose infants to a dose that exceeds recommended limits, breast milk should be considered as an additional source of PFCs when determining a child’s total exposure.”

The breast milk was collected as part of Arcaro’s larger, ongoing study examining the link between environmental exposures and breast cancer risk. Chemical analyses were conducted in the laboratory of Kuruntachalam Kannan at the New York State Department of Health. Results are scheduled for publication in Environmental Science and Technology. This research was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Milk samples were collected in 2004 from 45 nursing mothers in Massachusetts and analyzed for nine different PFCs.  Perfluorooctane-sulfonate (PFOS), used to make stain-resistant fabrics, was found in the highest concentration in breast milk, followed by perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), used in nonstick cookware. On average, each liter of milk, which is roughly equivalent to one quart, contained 131 billionths of a gram of PFOS and 44 billionths of a gram of PFOA. The amount of PFCs that nursing infants would consume each day did not exceed Total Daily Intake Values set by the U.K. Food Standards Agency Committee on Toxicology, which were based on a review of current toxicology studies.

Arcaro cautions that recommended intakes of PFCs based on Total Daily Intake values should be interpreted with caution, since there is no consensus on these values, which are derived from rodent studies. Mothers should also compare the risks of breast feeding with the benefits, which include better nutrition and immune system development and enhanced defense against infections in children.

Milk from mothers who were nursing for the first time was also studied to see how PFC concentrations changed over time. Total PFC concentrations and the concentration of PFOS increased during the first six months of nursing. “This may be related to increased food intake to meet the energy demands of nursing, and changes in food consumption patterns in nursing mothers,” says Arcaro. “In a Canadian study, diet was shown to contribute 61 percent of a person’s total daily intake of PFCs.”

Food sources of PFCs include grease-resistant packaging such as microwave popcorn bags and pizza boxes, as well as fish and other animals that contain these chemicals. Exposure can […]

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