Monthly Archives: August 2010

Research Finds Fertilizers Harming Wildlife

Chemicals used in fertilizers appear to be more harmful to the environment, especially to water born animals, than researchers had believed to be the case.

A study by toxicologists from North Carolina State University was published by the journal PLoS One showing that water fleas take in nitrites and nitrites from fertilizer and then convert it into the highly toxic nitric oxide. Scientist had up until now believed that only plants were capable of converting nitrates into nitric oxide. “There’s only limited evidence to suggest that animals could convert nitrates and nitrites to nitric oxide, although plants can,” explained Dr. Gerald LeBlanc, professor of environmental and molecular toxicology at NC State and author of the paper. “Since animals and plants don’t have the same cellular machinery for this conversion, it appears animals use different machinery for this conversion to occur.” Their research showed that water fleas that are exposed to fertilizers suffer from multiple reproductive disorders. “Nitrite concentrations in water vary across the United States, but commonly fall within 1 to 2 milligrams per liter of water,” LeBlanc continued. “We saw negative effects to water fleas at approximately 0.3 milligrams per liter of water.” “It’s not possible to eliminate nitrates and nitrites from our lives – they do wonders in agricultural crop production,” LeBlanc said. “But we can take measures to ensure that the benefits of these chemicals outweigh their risks by keeping them out of surface waters.”

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The Origin Of Cancer

1) What is the origin of cancer? Where does cancer begin? Cancerous tissue, above all other consequences of choice, has countless secondary causes.  But even for a cancerous condition there is only ONE PRIME ORIGIN and CAUSE.  I have simply summarized this origin and cause of cancerous tissue in a few words.  The prime origin and cause of cancerous tissue is the over-acidification of the blood then the tissues due to lifestyle and dietary choices.

A cancerous tissue begins with our choices of what we eat, what we drink, what we think and how we live. In 1966, Dr. Otto Warburg, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1931 for his discovery of the cause of cancer, delivered a lecture at an annual meeting of Nobelists at Lindau, Germany.  In his speech he described the primal cause of cancer as follows: ‘The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.  All normal body cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation.  All normal body cells are thus obligate aerobes, whereas all cancer cells are partial anaerobes.  From the standpoint of the physics and chemistry of life this difference between nomal and cancer cells is so great that one can scarely picture a greater difference. Oxygen gas, the donor of energy in plants and animals is dethroned in the cancer cells and replaced by an energy yielding reaction of the lowest living forms. namely, a fermentation of glucose.’ The following is a summary of understanding cancerous tissues: A cancer cell, is a cell that has been spoiled or poisoned by metabolic or gastrointestinal acids. A tumor is the body’s protective mechanism to encapsulate spoiled or poisoned cells from excess acid that has not been properly eliminated through urination, perspiration, defecation or respiration. The tumor is the body’s solution to protect healthy cells and tissues. Cancer is a systemic acidic condition that settles at the weakest parts of the body -not a localized problem that metastases. Metastases is localized acids spoiling other cells much like a rotten apple spoiling a bushel of healthy apples. Cancer cells do not start out as cancer cells. A cancer cell was once a healthy cell that has been spoiled from acid, or another oxidation process. The tumor is not the problem but the solution to protect healthy cells and tissues from being spoiled from other rotting cells and tissues. The only lasting solution to the acidic liquids that poison body cells causing the affect that medical savants call cancer is to alkalize and energize the body. In conclusion, the human body is alkaline by design and acidic by function! If we desire a healthy body we must maintain that alkaline design. 2)  Does diet and lifestyle have anything to do with cancer? Absolutely!  Cancer is not something we get it is something we do as a consequence of daily choice of what we eat, what we drink, what we think and how we live.  We either have an alkaline lifestyle and diet and enjoy a fit and healthy body or we have an acidic lifestyle and diet and experience the aches, pains and suffering from metabolic acids.

The former US Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, had this to say about diet: ‘YOUR CHOICE OF DIET CAN INFLUENCE YOUR LONG TERM HEALTH PROSPECTS MORE THAN ANY OTHER ACTION YOU MIGHT TAKE.’ 3) If cancer is preventable how do we prevent it? I have said many times that the cure for cancerous tissue will not be found in its treatment but in its prevention. That prevention can only be obtained by making healthier lifestyle and dietary choices.  A cancerous condition is the consequence of choice.  For example, if you want to reduce your risk for cancereous tissue of the lung by 100%, then stop smoking and stop associating or working around people that do smoke.  Secondary smoke is just as acidic and damaging to the lung tissue.  If you don’t want a cancerous liver then stop drinking alcohol and carbonated drinks.  If you don’t want a cancerous pancreas then stop eating the acid sugar.  If you don’t want a cancerous bowel then stop eating too much protein. It is that simple. The following are a few research studies from around the world that substantiate my own findings: Study: Human study at Harbin Medical College in China Results:  CABBAGE was the most important single food in reducing the risk of stomach cancer. Study:  Italian study on Smokers: Results:  Smokers who consumed GREEN LEAFY and other VEGETABLES had a THREE FOLD REDUCTION in their risk of lung cancer with smokers who rarely ate vegetables. Study: Hebel Cancer Institute in China: Results:  GARLIC, ONION AND TOMATO had the ability to INHIBIT the CELL MUTATION caused by common chemotherapeutic drugs… this is based on conclusive evidence that chemotherapy drugs cause cell mutations and lead to other types of cancers later in life. Study: Mayo Clinic: Results:  Cancer patients receiving radiation therapy can benefit dramatically from optimal VEGETABLE based diets. Study: University of Athens School of Medicine in Greece: Results:  Women who consumed the LOWEST level of vegetables had 10 TIMES the rate of BREAST CANCER compared to women consuming the HIGHEST level of vegetables. Study: Human study in Australia. Results:  Consumption of CABBAGE, CARROTS AND GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES: substantial protection against COLON CANCER. Study: Aichi Cancer Institute of Japan: Results:  Eating VEGETABLES reduced the risk of CERVICAL and BREAST CANCER in women. Study: Cancer Control Agency of British Columbia Results:  Eating VEGETABLES dramatically reduced incidence of BREAST CANCER. 4) If I have cancer, such as colon, lung, or prostate cancer can I reverse it naturally? The answer to this question is absolutely!  Once you understand the cause of ALL cancerous tissues as latent tissue acidosis you can then begin the process of reversing, regenerating and preventing the consequences of acidic choices by making healthier alkaline choices. In closing, I would like to share with you my vision of medicine in the 21st century: My vision of the relative purpose of medicine is to include prevention of illness and promotion of health and fitness rather than focusing all our attention on the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Dr. Robert O. Young

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Eating Grapefruit Burns Fat

The body’s natural process of taking stored fat and turning it into energy has just been linked to a naturally occuring component in grapefruit.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) discovered that naringenin, found in grapefruit, triggers several beneficial processes in the liver. Their report can be found in the online journal PLoS ONE. “The liver behaves as if fasting, breaking down fatty acids instead of carbohydrates,” explained Martin L. Yarmush, MD, PhD, one of the paper’s authors and director of the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine. “It is a process which is similar to the Atkins diet, without many of the side effects.” Many other products used for weight loss damage the liver, but “Remarkably, naringenin is a dietary supplement with a clear safety record. Evidence suggests it might actually protect the liver from damage,” said Yaakov Nahmias, PhD, the paper’s senior author from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Black Rice Higher In Antioxidants Than Berries

Move aside berries, black rice has just been shown to be the better source of antioxidants, without all the natural sugar.

Researchers at the Department of Food Science at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, La. reported to the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) that the relatively unknown black rice is an excellent source of antioxidants. “Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants,” said Zhimin Xu, of  LSU, who reported on the findings. “If berries are used to boost health, why not black rice and black rice bran? Especially, black rice bran would be a unique and economical material to increase consumption of health promoting antioxidants.” Black rice is used in some parts of Asia for pudding, decoration, sushi and noodles. With this new research into the health benefits of black rice, U.S. farmers are likely to start growing and using it as well.

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How Exercise Alters Appetite

A new reason to exercise has just surfaced from the scientific community. Burning calories and triggering endorphins can welcome another very useful benefit from exercise, a more attuned appetite.

In a study led by Brazilian researchers at the University of Campinas that will be published next week in the free access journal PLoS Biology, scientists discovered that exercise restores the body’s sensitivity to being full. The part of the brain the registers satiety (being full) regains its ability to regulate the appropriate amount of food needed by the body. “In obese animals, exercise increased IL-6 and IL-10 protein levels in the hypothalamus, and these molecules were crucial for increasing the sensitivity of the most important hormones, insulin and leptin, which control appetite,” explained José Barreto C. Carvalheira who led the research group. The scientists explained that by restoring the body’s natural ability to regulate appetite, less over eating will occur and all around health will improve as a result.

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Berries Naturally Remove Brain Toxins

Berries have long had the reputation of being an excellent source of antioxidants, but new research is showing that berries also benefit what is being called a “housekeeper” mechanism in the brain. This holds the potential to keep brains healthier longer.

Shibu Poulose, Ph.D. and James Joseph, Ph.D. studied berries and discovered that polyphenols (antioxidants) serve a purpose unique to the brain. Antioxidants in the berries restore the “housekeeper” cells (microglia) in the brain. “But in aging, microglia fail to do their work, and debris builds up,” Poulose explained. “In addition, the microglia become over-activated and actually begin to damage healthy cells in the brain. Our research suggests that the polyphenolics in berries have a rescuing effect. They seem to restore the normal housekeeping function. These findings are the first to show these effects of berries.” Although berries are one of the better sources for antioxidants many vegetables and some nuts are also excellent sources as well.

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Home Brewed vs Bottled Tea

For the first time researchers have measured healthful antioxidant levels in commercially available bottled tea beverages and found that there is a big difference between drinking traditionally home brewed tea and mass produced bottled tea.

Scientists Shiming Li, Ph.D., Professor Chi-Tang Ho and his colleagues reported at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The researchers explained that some of the commercially available bottled teas contain as low as 1/20th the amount of antioxidants (polyphenols) as tea that is prepared and consumed traditionally. “Consumers understand very well the concept of the health benefits from drinking tea or consuming other tea products,” said Shiming Li. “However, there is a huge gap between the perception that tea consumption is healthy and the actual amount of the healthful nutrients — polyphenols — found in bottled tea beverages. Our analysis of tea beverages found that the polyphenol content is extremely low.” In addition to low polyphenol content, these bottled teas have large sugar content. Li continuted: “Someone would have to drink bottle after bottle of these teas in some cases to receive health benefits,” he said. “I was surprised at the low polyphenol content. I didn’t expect it to be at such a low level.” Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water of course.

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How Much Tuna Can You Eat Safely?

Most people are aware that there are low levels of toxins, like mercury, in Tuna that can be hazardous to human health if consumed in too high of quantities. What most people don’t know is how much is too much.

Thanks to the scientists at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) you are about to find out what constitutes too much tuna. EWG researchers were able to use established guidelines from the FDA on how much mercury is found in the different types of tuna fish,  how much fish people should eat in a week and how much mercury a human can have on a daily basis based on their weight. With that research already done for them by the FDA the EWG discovered that the safe levels of mercury and recommended amounts of tuna do not match up. There is an equation used to know how much mercury a person can ingest before their health suffers. the FDA’s safe mercury dose is measured in grams of mercury per kilogram of person per day. All that is needed is your weight and it is a simple math equation to figure out how much tuna a person can safely eat. The EWG recommends, based on the equation, that a 100lb person have no more than 3.1 oz of albacor tuna or 9.1oz of light tuna. The FDA recommends 6oz of albocor tuna fish per week. For a person weighing 175lbs: 5.5oz (one can) for albacor tuna. 16oz (nearly 3 cans) for light tuna. The FDA recommendations are nearly double these figures. Three ounces of tuna is about half a can, while Nine ounces is one and a half cans.

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ADHD Linked To Food Pesticides

Common pesticides found on fruit and vegetables are being linked to attention disorders in young children who were exposed to the pesticides while in utero.

Research from the University of California, Berkeley has just been published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) explainging the connection between syndromes like ADHD and the widely used pesticides called organophosphates. “It’s known that food is a significant source of pesticide exposure among the general population,” said Brenda Eskenazi, UC Berkeley professor of epidemiology and of maternal and child health. “I would recommend thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables before eating them, especially if you’re pregnant.” The analyst at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health during the study, Amy Marks, cautioned that “Given that these compounds are designed to attack the nervous system of organisms, there is reason to be cautious, especially in situations where exposure may coincide with critical periods of fetal and child development.” “High levels of the symptoms of ADHD by age 5 are a major contributor to learning and achievement problems in school, accidental injuries at home and in the neighborhood, and a host of problems in peer relationships and other essential competencies,” said UC Berkeley psychology professor Stephen Hinshaw, one of the country’s leading experts on ADHD, who was not part of this study. “Finding preventable risk factors is therefore a major public health concern.”

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Meditation Boosts Brain Connectivity

New research shows that lack of good brain connectivity, which is associated with attention deficit disorder, dementia, depression, schizophrenia and many other disorders, can be mitigated by meditation.

Integrative body-mind training (IBMT) is the form of meditation that a team of Chinese researchers led by Yi-Yuan Tang of Dalian University of Technology in collaboration with University of Oregon psychologist Michael I. Posner tested in their resesarch. “The importance of our findings relates to the ability to make structural changes in a brain network related to self regulation,” explained Posner. “The pathway that has the largest change due to IBMT is one that previously was shown to relate to individual differences in the person’s ability to regulate conflict.” “We believe this new finding is of interest to the fields of education, health and neuroscience, as well as for the general public,” Tang said. Article Source: click here

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