Real Food Rules! Yes, there is a place for certain supplements, but here are some foods you can get anywhere that help tighten that tummy! http://bit.ly/qkCvAp
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Here’s some more evidence on why it’s a wise decision to cut meat out of your diet if you are truly seeking for optimal health! When the animals are drugged and people eat their flesh (MEAT), health challenges are bound to result! Read this article and let us know what commitments you’re willing to make to cut out the toxins from your life and continue on the wellness journey.
Meat and Antibiotics: Getting Our Animals Off Drugs
Posted by BRYAN WALSH Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—gingerly, gingerly—took a step on Monday towards addressing one of the most fundamental but unknown threats to public health: the overuse of antibiotics in animal food and water. The FDA said in a new policy document that the uses of antibiotics for agriculture should be limited to treated sick animals, and that veterinarians should be involved in giving out the drugs. (See the FDA document here.) The change came in part out of concerns that the use of antibiotics on animals was helping to breed resistant bacteria—an estimated 100,000 people a year now die from hospital-acquired bacterial infections that can no longer be treated with most antibiotics, thanks to resistance.
While doing nothing to change the present oversight of antibiotics, the document is the first signal in years that the agency intends to rejoin the battle to crack down on agricultural uses of antibiotics that many infectious disease experts oppose.
Doesn’t sound like a big deal, right? Drugs like penicillin and tetracycline were developed to help sick people, and it might stand to reason that they should be preserved for use in sick people—not to speed the growth of pigs, chicken and cattle. And given the scale of the problem—according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), about 13 million lbs. or 70% of all antibiotics in the U.S. goes to food animal production—the FDA’s statement was just a baby step. As Deputy FDA Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein told reporters in a news conference after the recommendation was made: “We’re not expecting people to pick up this guidance and change their practice tomorrow. This is the first step in the FDA establishing the principles from which we could then move, if necessary, toward other mechanisms of oversight, which is regulation.” Sharfstein was so cautious he might as well have been wearing a flak jacket and a crash helmet while speaking.
But he has reason to be careful. the powerful agriculture industry has fought every attempt by federal regulators to crack down on the use of antibiotics in animals—and they’ve won every time . The meat industry argues that antibiotic use in animals is far lower than its critics say—the Animal Health Institute, a trade group, estimates that just 13% of all agricultural antibiotics are used for growth promotion, with the rest going to treat sick animals or prevent illness. And they’ll fight hard against any attempt by the government to limit their ability to dispense drugs to the millions of swine, chicken and cattle being raised for food in the U.S. “Show us the science that use of antibiotics in animal production is causing this antibiotic resistance,” Dave Warner of the National Pork Council told the Washington Post.
It is difficult to make the direct connection between an antibiotic being used on a pig in Iowa and a person dying from drug-resistant Salmonella in a hospital in New York. But there’s no disputing that doctors are increasingly worried about the rise of resistant bacteria and the threat the problem poses to each of us. The Centers for Disease Control found in its 2005 annual report that half of all Campylobacter infections are drug resistant. One in five Salmonella infections, and nearly 100,000 Salmonella infections would resist treatment with at least five antibiotics, according to Congressional testimony in 2009 by Margaret Mellon, the director of the food and environment program at the UCS. The World Health Organization has sounded the alarm of antibiotic resistance, and the Institute of Medicine has estimated that longer hospital stays because of resistant food-borne microbes cost the U.S. an additional $4 to $5 billion a year in health care costs—plus all the additional time sick people have to take off work. Superbugs like MRSA—Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus—are truly scary, resistant to nearly every antibiotic we have at our disposal. We’re in an arms race with bacteria—and we’re in danger of losing, as Dr. Ken Harvey of La Trobe University’s School of Public Health in Melbourne told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation today:
“Although we’ve developed new antibiotics, the more we’ve used them the more the bacteria have become resistant. It’s sort of Darwinian selection of the species if you like.” Dr Harvey says bacteria have the edge in this evolutionary battle. “We’re grossly outnumbered by bacteria and they’ve got very efficient mechanisms of mutating, becoming resistant, passing on that mechanism of resistance to other germs.”
And a small but growing number of studies are connecting the use of antibiotics on farms to resistant bacteria in hospitals. A strain of MRSA responsible for 20% of all MRSA infections in the Netherlands has been shown to be transmitted from pigs to farmers and their families, and hospital staff. Even news organizations as mainstream as CBS have begun to raise questions about the connection between antibiotic use in our farms and resistant bacteria, as this Katie Couric investigation from February shows.
The meat industry has argued that restricting antibiotics in animal feed will lead to unbearably high costs, but other countries have already taken that step without destroying their to make bacon. In Europe, Denmark led the way by banning antibiotics for growth promotion in 1998, after concerns grew about resistant bacteria. In the years since the industry has thrived—Danish swine production from 18.4 million in 1992 to 27.1 million in 2008, while total antibiotic use decline 51% from an all-time high in 1992. I had a chance to see the situation for myself when I was in Denmark last December for the UN climate change summit. Pork farmers told me that the rule was a pain when it was first put into practice, but that they’d adjusted, taking better care of their pigs because they knew that they could no longer rely as heavily on drugs. (Antibiotics were still available for sick animals, but were much more closely regulated.) And in 2006 the European Union followed suit and banned antibiotics for growth promotion.
Given all that, what the FDA did on Monday is too weak, not too strong—as some public health groups argued. “Te FDA has proposed good steps, but they have not gone far enough or moved fast enough,” said Representative Louise Slaughter of New York, who happens to be the only microbiologist in Congress. “We cannot wait any longer.” Given how strong the farm lobby is in the U.S.—which I can tell you from experience—we might be waiting forever.
How are you really feeling? Many people just settle with being symptom-free of major disease and think that they’re healthy. But if you’re like me, you live a fast-paced life and desire OPTIMAL HEALTH to be and do MORE of what you LOVE!
Take this Vitality Checklist Quiz and let us know how you’re really doing! If there’s a gap between WHERE YOU WANT TO BE and WHERE YOU ARE NOW, Let’s TALK! We have guaranteed solutions that provide results!
|Using the following statements as indicators of health and wellness. Rate yourself on items 1-15 with “5″ being the most/best and “1″ being the least/worst. This is not intended as a thorough health diagnostic, but rather as an opportunity to take note of factors that contribute to vibrant health.|
|1.||I wake up with a positive ‘can do’ attitude most days.||_||_||_||_||_|
|2.||I sleep soundly and awaken feeling refreshed and ready to go.||_||_||_||_||_|
|3.||My level of energy is ample and balanced throughout the day.||_||_||_||_||_|
|4.||I am able to do daily activities and sustain energy without the use of coffee, caffeine, or other stimulants.||_||_||_||_||_|
|5.||I feel well most days–have infrequent colds/flu and show no evidence of degenerative/autoimmune conditions.||_||_||_||_||_|
|6.||I easily manage life’s daily stresses without significant nervous tension or upsets. I feel joy and happiness daily and feel positive most of the time.||_||_||_||_||_|
|7.||I digest food easily without a decline in energy after meals or gastric upset. No bloating or gas. I easily eliminate daily.||_||_||_||_||_|
|8.||I exercise on a regular basis–2-5 times a week, including at least 20 minutes of aerobic activity.||_||_||_||_||_|
|9.||When I exercise or do physical work, I recover quickly with no soreness or stiffness.||_||_||_||_||_|
|10.||I am free of discomfort from old injuries.||_||_||_||_||_|
|11.||I am free of food and environmental allergies/sensitivities.||_||_||_||_||_|
|12.||I am free of recurring discomforts:–i.e. headaches, stomach aches, constipation, neck/back, joint pain, skin rashes, etc.||_||_||_||_||_|
|13.||I am at a comfortable body weight/size/body composition.||_||_||_||_||_|
|14.||I am free from the need to use tobacco, alcohol, sugar or particular foods on a regular basis. (i.e. have no substance addictions)||_||_||_||_||_|
|15.||For women:My monthly menstrual cycle is regular and uneventful i.e., without PMS/ discomfort.||_||_||_||_||_|
|16.||I take _____ pharmaceutical drugs on a regular basis|
As you review your scores, consider the items you scored below “4.” Use your scores to identify your health goals, such as:
__ Lose weight, especially fat and reduce cravings.
__ Balance hormones, effectively handle stress.
__ Support immune system and help clear my body of toxins (including pharmaceutical drugs)
__ Enhance my general energy/vitality level/moods and body functioning
__ Support optimal digestion, absorption, and elimination
__ Provide overall nutritional support and anti-aging protection for myself and family
__ Achieve optimal performance for exercise/sports, reduce soreness and improve recovery time
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April 30, 2010 — The Deepwater Horizon incident occurred about 50 miles southeast of Venice, La., on April 22 after an explosion and fire damaged a Transocean oil rig, causing it to burn for hours and sink. There were approximately 700,000 gallons of fuel onboard before the fire, and exactly how much of this fuel burned before it sank is not known, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Silver Spring, Md.
The spill could affect hundreds of species of fish, birds, and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast, which is one of the world’s richest seafood grounds. According to NOAA, there may be risks for people working as oil spill responders, observers, and in wildlife rehabilitation due to inhalation of fumes.
Oil-derived compounds including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) tend to be readily cleared from fish and mammals, so eating fish after an oil spill generally does not pose a health risk to humans. But oysters, shrimp, and crab do not readily clear PAHs and are more likely to accumulate these potentially toxic substances after oil exposure, NOAA states.
These compounds can also be toxic for fish eggs and larvae and may can cause a wide range of health problems in other marine species.
Impact on Air Quality
LuAnn White, PhD, a professor of environmental health sciences and the director of the Tulane Center for Applied Environmental Public Health in New Orleans, is on the front lines of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
“We are watching it very closely,” she tells WebMD. “The odor from the spill could affect people with respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema, but the spill happened off shore, so that is good because there is no one out there,” she says. The occupational health issues are immense, but proper safeguards are being taken by oil spill responders and others involved in the clean-up process, she adds.
The oil involved in the spill was sweet crude oil. “It didn’t have sulfur, so it doesn’t smell as bad as other types of oil and it is composed of lighter compounds that will evaporate,” she explains.
So far, she says, the odor is light and transient.
There has been other reassuring news regarding air quality, White tells WebMD. “There has been air monitoring along the coastline and that didn’t pick up anything so far.”
Touching the oil can cause skin irritation and burning, she says. “Standing next to it and not touching it will not cause any problems.”
As far as drinking water concerns, there are none. “The Gulf of Mexico is a saltwater body, not a freshwater source, so drinking water contamination is not an issue,” she says.
The risk of contaminated seafood reaching consumers is also relatively low, she says. “Fisherman won’t be allowed to collect seafood in any area with an oil spill, so seafood caught will come from other areas.”
Did you see the news about how Lettuce is now recalled due to a strain of E. Coli in pre-shredded Romaine? At least 30 people in four states got sick, 12 went into the hospital and 3 had kidney failure! The outbreaks happened in Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Tennessee… all from a farm in Arizona. So not only was that lettuce shipped over thousands of miles, it was contaminated.
CHECK OUT the article below and the VIDEO at this link, and then leave a comment about how you feel about the sad state of our food supply!
E. coli Outbreak From Romaine Lettuce Widens
May 13, 2010 — At least 30 people in four states have been sickened by a rare, virulent strain of E. coli in pre-shredded Romaine lettuce.
Twelve of the victims have been hospitalized, three with kidney failure. There have been no deaths to date. Some cases may have gone unreported because many labs do not test for the E. coli strain causing the outbreak. Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Tennessee have reported cases.
The contaminated Romaine lettuce was sold by restaurants and by grocery/deli salad bars and processed by Freshway Foods in Sidney, Ohio. An unopened bag of Freshway shredded Romaine lettuce was found to carry the E. coli with the same genetic fingerprints as E. coli isolated from patients.
Freshway has recalled all Romaine lettuce with a use-by date of May 12 or earlier.
Freshway got the lettuce from a farm in Yuma, Ariz. Another lettuce distributor, Vaughan Foods, has also recalled lettuce from the same farm. However, no illnesses have yet been traced to lettuce distributed by Vaughan.
Lettuce harvested from other areas does not appear to be associated with the outbreak, the FDA investigation suggests.
The illnesses occurred between April 10 and April 26. Because of a lag time between the last reported illness and testing, it’s possible new illnesses may still be occurring.
People with E. coli infection usually get diarrhea and abdominal cramps for two to eight days after eating a contaminated food. Most people recover within a week, but some cases are much more severe and last much longer.
Some people may develop a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome or HUS. HUS tends to appear just as the diarrhea is getting better. Symptoms may include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin, fatigue, irritability, decreased urine output, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and swelling of the face, hands, feet, or body.
Seek immediate medical care if these symptoms appear after several days of diarrhea.
News release, CDC.
News release, FDA.
Freshway Foods web site.
Do you understand what oxidation means? Think of a car that’s been scratched up. Add to that the humid, salty air of south Florida and BAM! You have rust!
Oxidation means: ox·i·da·tion (ŏk’sĭ-dā’shən) n.
- The combination of a substance with oxygen.
- A reaction in which the atoms in an element lose electrons and the valence of the element is correspondingly increased.
Check out this video of Alton Brown on “Good Eats” explain what our bodies are going through and the need for antioxidants! Leave us your feedback. =D
So how do you choose the best antioxidant supplement for your body? There are dozens of mega-juice or pills that claim a lot of “protection” but when looking at independent lab studies, it’s pretty disappointing! You need a product that is completely plant based, that has blood serum ORAC values that are PROVEN to increase protection! And we have the source. We’d love to share the information with you.
This is scary stuff! You can not read this and see this and believe that it doesn’t affect humans! The largest organ of your body is your skin. Drinking filtered water is great but you absorb the most water when you bathe so please consider getting a filter for your shower, too. Read/Watch this and let me know how you feel! ~ Suji & Arthur
According to World News April 20, 2010: More and more male fish in the Potomac River are exhibiting female traits, but the reasons for the growing number of intersex fish are not known.
The Potomac Conservancy says more than 80 percent of the river’s male fish are producing eggs or exhibiting other female characteristics.
The Potomac River supplies much of the region’s drinking water, and that has the group calling on Congress to solve the fish mystery.
Scientists say chemicals that mimic hormones and disrupt the endocrine system are believed to be the leading reason for the intersex conditions.
The chemicals may be birth control pills, pharmaceuticals or some of the newer herbicides and pesticides that are flushed into wastewater or that run off farms and feedlots.
Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is sponsoring a bill to study intersex fish problems. He says he wants to know more about the chemicals.
“Why they are so prevalent in the water? Why they are causing these fish with both sexual organs and if there isn’t some kind of connection with human diseases,” he says.
The Potomac River isn’t the only body of water where the problems have surfaced. A U.S. Geological Survey found intersex fish in about one third of 111 sites tested in 2009.
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Stem cells have received a lot of media attention in the last few years. What we know is that every human being has them, in varying amounts, depending on several factors. I think the important question is, “How do we increase our bodies’ production of these cells when we need them?“
Tuesday, April 27th
US Time: 6pm PT, 7pm MT, 8pm CT, 9pm ET
Here’s what to expect from tonight’s webinar:
“In this presentation, we will describe stem cells and explain the differences between embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells, thus giving viewers a more accurate understanding of the information shown in mainstream media pertaining to stem cells.
The core of the presentation will focus on the natural roles of adult stem cells in the body and what we can do to support those roles. Finally, we will describe the discovery and development of the first stem cell enhancer and the implications of this discovery to health and wellness.”
~ Christian Drapeau, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer,
About Christian Drapeau:
Mr. Drapeau is an author (Cracking The Stem Cell Code), research scientist and neurophysiologist with over thirteen years of research experience in the fields of natural foods and nutrition. While pursuing scientific research in collaboration with various universities and research centers on the health benefits of certain botanical raw materials, he has lectured on nutrition to thousands of people since 1994, presenting profound health information and insights with clarity and humor.
Mr. Drapeau has been the Director of Research and Development at Cell Tech International and then Desert Lake Technologies, before co-founding STEMTech HealthSciences and becoming its Chief Science Officer. Based on research he produced and information he researched produced by numerous scientific teams, Mr. Drapeau and his collaborators proposed in 2001 a breakthrough theory on adult stem cell physiology. He is the co-inventor of the revolutionary product StemEnhance and author of the Stem Cell Theory of Renewal, detailed in his new book Cracking the Stem Cell Code.
Did you know that there are some companies that have been experimenting–successfully–with a healthcare model that is working? Take Safeway, for example. Rather than simply provide blanket coverage for everyone without consideration of their lifestyle choices, they have promoted Wellness. See the Article we included from the Wall Street Journal written by none other than the CEO of Safeway himself. What he shows is that the solution is really quite simple. But its not easy! Its not easy because it requires each individual to take responsibility for their own actions and choices when it comes to their health.
Read on, though and tell us what you think!
Here’s to healthy choices!
Do you know what you’re swallowing when taking your one-a-day supplements? Most of the supplements out there are glorified, ground up synthetic chemicals from petroleum and/or ROCKS! This is an eye-opener and you need to share this with everyone! We can help you evaluate your current supplements and provide you the resources so that you can make the best decision for your health. Our bodies were designed to absorb and utilize plant-based natural vitamins and minerals!
Proclivity, a continuing education, third party company holds post graduate training for all types of doctors for their continuing education requirements in nutrition. Medical doctors, chiropractors, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists, and nurses can all earn Category One, CME credits studying these nutritional discoveries. Proevity just released a brochure looking at 23 of the best known companies and what to look for in a vitamin, mineral, and phytonutrient product.
To your health,
What to look for in vitamin and mineral supplements By Thomas L. Taliaferro, D.C.
Since the 1930’s we have been educated by such governmental agencies as the F.D.A. and U.S.D.A to supplement our diet with vitamins and minerals to prevent certain diseases. Even the AMA has stated every American adult should supplement their diet with vitamins and minerals. Why do we continue to supplement? One reason is that an estimated 90% of our standard American diet (sad for short) is processed. Meat often contains growth hormones and antibiotics. Vegetables and fruits are picked green, before they are ripe and crops are grown in nutrient deficient soil, polluted with pesticides and herbicides.
Farm land used to be cultivated for seven years. One crop a season and left alone for a year to “season” the land for the next crop. Not anymore. Commercial practices of today harvest in one day, rip the next, and plant again. Sometimes up to three or four times a year.
First generation supplements were synthetic (United States Pharmacopeia-USP). These were inexpensive and standardized. The problem becomes obvious when we realize some basic chemistry. The body knows the difference between food that can be properly assimilated and synthetic variants that too often can not. Every single pharmaceutical ever produced has a side effect because the body knows the difference between food and synthetic. “A study published in the Journal of Food Chemistry stated that, with the exception of selenium, less than 10% of the synthetic minerals contained in the most popular brands of multivitamins were in a soluble bioavailable form”. (Proevity, Continuing Education Group) Simply put, a rock is a rock and can not be absorbed as food. This is one reason many physicians believe supplements are nothing more than expensive urine.
Second generation supplements are from whole food. These are from fruit and vegetable extracts as well as from single exotic plants. The problem here is nutrient deficiency, especially in minerals. Also, this category cannot be standardized. You never know how much you are getting from serving to serving. Therefore, whole food supplements cannot be labeled for nutritional values. No single plant, fruit or vegetable on the market today can meet all RDA or DV requirements.
Third generation supplements contain standardized, natural vitamin complexes, standardized, plant derived minerals, standardized plant derived phytochemicals and all sources of all a product should be identified and labeled. We can digest and assimilate a plant that has been grown using hydroponic cultivation techniques. This means all vitamins and minerals are standardized in a special formula and used as food for the plant.
Misleading labeling and claims does more than just drain your wallet. These claims can be dangerous. “Provides you with 2000% of the daily requirement of 90 nutrients.” “Offers the highest absorption.” Are you eating food?
Minerals are typically salts and have less than a 10% absorption/solubility rate.
Chelated minerals are tricks by companies attempting to psych out the body to think a mineral (rock) is actually an amino acid. This has the potential to increase absorption. This is only marginally better than mineral salts.
Plant sourced minerals have an absorption/solubility rate of 80-100%.
The market is flooded with drugs which make clams to increase bone density but with each and everyone one of these drugs there are side effects. Many times the side effects end up being worse that having poor bone density. Women ask frequently – What can I do to increase my bone density without having to worry about the negative side effects that come from taking drugs? There has to be natural elements that will benefit me.
The research and development company that supplies our nutraceuticals have been doing extensive 3rd party research into this issue. They chose theHealth and Medical Research Center in San Antonio Texas, an independent research entity that conducts clinical trials on health-enhancing product and technologies. Gil Kaats, PhD is the executive director of the center. Their web site is http://www.ihtglobal.com/
They have conducted over 40,000 body composition and bone density test using the most accurate technologies. Their database now has over 19,000 study participants of all ages from nearly every state in the US plus 5 Canadian provinces.
The results of all that study have now been published.
Gil Kaats, PhD has now published a book on his findings which you can order from the Health and Medical Research center in San Antonio Texas.
Results to bone mineral density (BMD) from taking the wellness program from our research company were impressive. Here is quick summary of the study.
We have now completing our 14th year of the trials and have accumulated over 8,000 DEXA and blood tests from people taking our wellness program. I’m often asked for a “bottom line” describing our findings of our 14 years of research. In responding, I typically limit my remarks to the published findings and state that our studies suggest that taking these glyconutritional plant polysaccharide supplements can:
1. Improve bone strength by increasing bone mineral density
2. Aid in the reduction of excess body fat
3. Help maintain or increase lean (muscle) mass
4. Facilitate or maintain healthy cholesterol and blood lipid levels
5. Increase self-reported quality of life
Improve immune health as measured by C-reactive Protein (CRP) levels.
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Know the Facts
Healthcare statistics don’t lie. The effects of healthcare’s rising cost in America are both profound and pervasive. Exponential increases in cost over past decades, coupled with impending demographic shifts, stand to worsen the dismal state of healthcare in the world’s richest nation. Without reform, in due time the federal government will be paralyzed by debt, American business will be unable to compete on the world stage and the American people will be asked to sacrifice even more to avoid joining the swollen ranks of the uninsured.
As the soaring cost of healthcare has consequences for all aspects of American society, the inescapable truth is that government, business and individuals must all accept a degree of responsibility. Without a universal concern for containing the cost of healthcare, there can be little hope for any necessary action. There is no single person or entity behind the healthcare crisis facing America, nor is there a single victim. Only through a better understanding of the facts that support the reality of this crisis, we Americans can start piecing together the solutions to solve it.