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To Sprout or Not To Sprout

Lisa Says: we eat sprouts every day now (organic brocolli).  We used to grow them but at $1.50 for a weeks supply for BOTH of us, it is the ABSOLUTELY cheapest healthy food you can buy.
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“Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put [...]

Lisa Says: we eat sprouts every day now (organic brocolli).  We used to grow them but at $1.50 for a weeks supply for BOTH of us, it is the ABSOLUTELY cheapest healthy food you can buy.

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“Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself.” (Ezekiel 4:9a; NIV)

Our dear friend, Maureen D’Amelio, originally gave me today’s recipe. I’ve made a few changes to the recipe along with recommending certain brand names of ingredients. The recipe calls for tortillas. All tortillas are not created equal in today’s massive bakeries. I recommend using sprouted grain tortillas. Perhaps you’ve heard of sprouted breads before. Ezekiel bread is now a popular bread that uses sprouted grains. Sprouting of grains is an “old-time” tradition, beginning centuries ago and is mentioned numerous times in scripture. Sally Fallon’s book, Nourishing Traditions, also presents a treatise on the benefits of sprouted foods.

According to Food For Life’s website, germination (or sprouting) changes the composition of grain and seeds in numerous ways. Sprouting increases vitamin content and neutralizes phytic acid–a substance present in grains–that inhibits absorption of nutrients. Sprouting neutralizes or “predigests” grains through enzymatic activity. The enzymes produced during the natural sprouting process “in effect” break down amino acid protein bonds to promote digestibility of the entire grain. Many people who are allergic to grains, will tolerate them well when they are soaked or “sprouted.”

Sprouted grain bread has numerous advantages over “enriched” wheat flour breads. As I’ve mentioned several times before, white breads have very little nutritional value. (Remember, the whiter the bread, the faster you’re dead.) White breads are made from the endosperm (or the inside portion of the wheat kernel) which contains primarily carbohydrates and few vitamins and minerals. The milling of grain into white flour removes the bran and the germ. This results in the loss of natural fiber, bran, and 22 vitamins and minerals. To compensate, vitamins and minerals (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron, and folic acid) are added back, “in a synthetic form,” thus “enriching” the flour. The combination of the formula from Ezekiel 4:9 of wheat, barley, lentils, spelt, millet and beans when sprouted creates a complete protein that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs.

As a comparison, I’ve printed the ingredients label for the sprouted grain tortillas that I use, followed by the ingredients from a common white flour tortilla. You be the judge. Which one would you choose to feed to your family…or eat yourself?

Ingredients for sprouted grain tortillas: Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Unhulled Sesame Seeds, Organic Sprouted Whole Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Whole Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Millet, Organic Sprouted Whole Lentils, Organic Sprouted Whole Spelt, Sea Salt.

Ingredients for common white flour tortilla: Enriched Bleached Flour (Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Vegetable Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oils); Contains 2% or Less of the Following: Salt, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Sulfate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate, and/or Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Calcium Sulfate), Propionic Acid, Calcium Propionate, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Benzoic Acid, and Phosphoric Acid, (to Preserve Freshness), Dough Conditioners (Fumaric Acid, L-Cysteine, Sodium Metabisulfite).

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Mastering the pH Balancing Act Can Improve Your Health Significantly

Rex Says: it’s common sense.  The first thing I did in curing my cancer was to balance my pH.  In the first 3 months, I lost 40# naturally, my cholesterol and liver functions normalized dramatically, and conditions like my allergies have just disappeared.  The body cannot possibly function as it was designed to without it [...]

Rex Says: it’s common sense.  The first thing I did in curing my cancer was to balance my pH.  In the first 3 months, I lost 40# naturally, my cholesterol and liver functions normalized dramatically, and conditions like my allergies have just disappeared.  The body cannot possibly function as it was designed to without it being  balanced chemically – this is not rocket science.  What happens to fish in a dirty fish tank?  We found The pH Miracle by Dr. Robert Young to have the best info and highly recommend it.  Balancing your pH is your first line of defense in addressing ANY health issue.  Absolutely fundamental.  Other than diet, we use liquid chlorophyll and pH Green Zone.
I don’t even snore anymore !

article from by Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. at http://www.naturalnews.com/z022875.html

NaturalNews) With the aging population of the United States, the incidence of so-called age-related diseases should be expected to rise. In fact the incidence of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and a host of other diseases have been steadily rising for all age groups until it has reached epidemic proportions. That is because the factors of stress, lack of physical activity, environmental pollutants and a diet high in acid-producing foods collectively create the underlying cause of most degenerative diseases: acidosis.

Proper Acid/Alkaline Balance is Fundamental

What is acidosis? It is the reduced alkalinity of our blood and tissues. Why is this so important? Our body stays alive and healthy only because all of its 100 trillion cells communicate with each other. They do this through electrical, chemical and hormonal processes. In order for these signaling mechanisms to work, the body’s internal environment must be in a slightly alkaline state. If our body becomes too acidic, it adversely affects the functioning of all its parts: heart cells, blood cells, brain cells, nerve cells, muscle cells, bone cells, even skin and hair cells. Obviously, this leaves us vulnerable to all sorts of health problems.

The acidity or alkalinity of a substance is usually expressed as a number on the “pH” scale. The pH scale goes from 1 to 14, with 1 being most acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 most alkaline, (The symbol “pH” is the abbreviation for “power of hydrogen,” a measurement of the concentration of hydrogen ions). For blood, a pH level of 7.43 – just slightly alkaline – is optimal. Levels lower than 7.0 indicate an overly acidic state (acidosis) while levels above 7.5 indicate an overly alkaline state (called alkalosis).

The Problem with Chronic Acidosis

Acidosis begins when the body cannot properly dispose of excessive acids building up in the bloodstream. The body attempts to maintain proper pH balance by eliminating the excess acids through the kidneys, lungs and skin or by neutralizing the acids during the processes of digestion and cellular metabolism. However, when too much acid is produced, the body cannot keep pace. The excess waste overwhelms the system, polluting the blood and impairing the ability of the body’s cells to communicate.

In an effort to protect vital organs, the body diverts the harmful acids to store in tissues, joints and bones. This might make the organs temporarily safe, but the diversion can cause joint and skeletal problems such as osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis; skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema; and tissue problems such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

Over time, the acids build up in the organs where they begin to disrupt normal functioning. This produces more waste, which further lowers the body’s pH level. The decreased pH level means that the body is inundated with more dangerous acids and the problem becomes even more severe. Without restoring balance, cell walls harden and solidify. Our organs deteriorate as the cells die off, which further exacerbates our acidic condition. Now the body’s state of acidosis is a prime breeding ground for pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, molds and parasites, which feed off of the diseased tissues and organs. Acidosis literally destroys the body from the inside out, paving the way for disease to take over.

In an attempt to neutralize excess acids, the body draws on its store of alkalizing minerals. Calcium, magnesium and sodium are drawn into the bloodstream at the expense of the bones and organs that these minerals were taken from. The bones are often the hardest hit, as they are drained of their necessary calcium reserves, leading to bone thinning and an increased risk of osteoporosis, rheumatism and fractures. The teeth also suffer as a result of the demineralization, making them more brittle and cavity-prone.

Keeping the body in an acidic state for a prolonged period of time can dramatically accelerate aging. Cellular structures become altered. Cell membranes become narrower and weaker. The cells eventually begin making “mistakes” as they try to repair and regenerate themselves. Acidosis inhibits the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is the principal protein of our bones, cartilage, tendons and skin and provides rigidity. Elastin is a protein that gives our skin, blood vessels and organs elasticity. Without collagen and elastin, the body loses its youthful appearance, as it is no longer able to sustain moisturized and wrinkle-free skin. Internally, the body is also aging more rapidly. The premature cell death impairs brain function as the neurons can no longer properly conduct impulses. We begin to experience memory loss and the abilities to learn and reason decline.

With untreated acidosis, excess acids within the body attack the tissues and organs, resulting in inflammation, lesions and hardening of organ tissues. The skin and kidneys are especially sensitive to the harmful acids. Hives, eczema, blotching and itching can occur from acidic sweat passing through the skin’s pores. The kidneys can become inflamed, which can lead to frequent urinary tract infections. Hardening of tissues and inflammation are also contributors to cardiovascular disease, and the resultant increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

In a state of acidosis, there is less oxygen available to the body. Many pathogens live in oxygen-deprived environments. Acidosis, then, makes the body a prime breeding ground for harmful microorganisms to live. Acid buildup also takes a nasty toll on the body’s immune function by seriously diminishing the production of white blood cells. The white blood cells that are generated are of reduced strength, making it even easier for disease and infection to take hold within the body. Dangerous microorganisms can now spread throughout the body, seeking out weakened areas. They break down tissues and interfere with biological processes, leaving behind a deadly wake of waste, which further perpetuates the acidic state.

Chronic acidosis also contributes to a state of insulin resistance within the body by interfering with glucose delivery to the cells. Normally, ordinary levels of insulin will escort glucose into the cells. With acidosis, the cell receptors fail to recognize the insulin hormone and deny it access to deposit the glucose, causing sugar to build up within the bloodstream. The pancreas, unaware of the insulin resistance, steps up insulin production in an effort to pump out enough of the hormone to remedy the situation. The body interprets the lack of glucose within the cells as starvation and begins to convert every calorie into fat. As a result, obesity and diabetes ensue.

Restoring Acid-Alkaline Balance

The most effective way to reduce acids within the body is by enacting dietary changes. A proper diet should be comprised of 60-80% alkalizing foods and 40-20% acid-forming foods. The Standard American Diet is mostly made up of acid-forming foods including coffee, tea, wine and most proteins (with the exception of milk, butter, soft cheese and almonds) as well as most fats, cereals and sugars. On the other hand, almost all fruits and vegetables (except for tomatoes, cranberries and blueberries) are alkalizing.

Dietary supplements can also be very effective at restoring an alkaline state to the body. Calcium, magnesium, potassium and pH balancing supplements like pH plus or Mega Greens plus MSM by perfectlyhealthy help to maintain normal pH levels. In doing so they also help regulate sugar metabolism, blood pressure, enhance energy and stabilize hormones. Restoring proper pH balance can significantly improve and sometimes even completely reverse chronic conditions. With recognition, dietary changes and supplementation, acidosis can safely be reversed, increasing longevity and improving the quality of life.

About the author

Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. has specialized in Integrative Medicine for over twenty years, using conventional and natural methods to determine and discover the “root of the cause” in her clinic, South Coast Medical Center for New Medicine in Irvine, California, each and every day. Many people come in to the clinic from all over the world with severe chronic illnesses that conventional medical protocols have been unsuccessful treating. She realized early on that she can truly change lives through education as well as treatment protocols.
Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. and her medical staff strives to look at the whole person while exploring the effects and relationships among nutrition, psychological and social factors, environmental effects and personal attunement. Out of frustration of trying to find the right products to help her patients she formulated the perfectlyhealthy brand of products. All perfectlyhealthy products are clinically tested. For more information on recommended products, please visit www.perfectlyhealthy.net or www.perfectlyhealthy.com.

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Medication Pollution Spreads: Water Supply of 24 U.S. Cities Found Contaminated with Pharmaceuticals

Rex Says:  As scary as this sounds, we just drink distilled water and add liquid chlorophyll.  Our next step will probably be a reverse osmosis system you can get at Lowe’s.  http://www.mynsp.com/rex/products/guide.aspx?stockNum=1689
by Mike Adams
(NaturalNews) Analysis of tap water supplies in major metropolitan areas conducted by the Associated Press has revealed that the water supply in [...]

Rex Says:  As scary as this sounds, we just drink distilled water and add liquid chlorophyll.  Our next step will probably be a reverse osmosis system you can get at Lowe’s.  http://www.mynsp.com/rex/products/guide.aspx?stockNum=1689

by Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) Analysis of tap water supplies in major metropolitan areas conducted by the Associated Press has revealed that the water supply in 24 major U.S. cities — serving over 40 million people — are contaminated with trace amounts of pharmaceuticals including antibiotics, anti-seizure medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, psychotropic drugs, pain medications and even caffeine. The upshot of the report is that tens of millions of Americans are unwittingly being subjected to a bizarre medical experiment with unpredictable results. No scientist can say for certain whether long-term exposure to micro doses of multiple pharmaceuticals is safe because such an experiment has never before been conducted on any population.

One of the most startling realizations of the study is that Americans are now using so many medications that their own biological waste products are becoming large-scale environmental pollutants. Yet neither the EPA nor drug companies have yet said anything useful about attempts to protect the environment from the chemical toxicities of pharmaceutical waste. Drug companies have so far pretended the problem doesn’t exist. Their goal is to simply sell more drugs, and they seem to be entirely unconcerned about what happens after a typical medication consumer flushes the toilet and sends the toxic chemicals downstream.

If trace amounts of multiple pharmaceuticals are now in the tap water supplies, it also means that any use of tap water involves the further spread of those pharmaceutical chemicals. Watering your lawn, for example, means spraying small amounts of pharmaceuticals on your lawn. For ranchers, watering their cows, pigs or chickens also means dosing those animals with small amounts of pharmaceuticals, and for public schools in the affected cities, all the water fountains used by the children are now functioning as mass medication dispensing machines.

The most dangerous medical experiment in the history of our nation

The mass medication of America has now turned into a grand medical experiment that exposes infants, children, expectant mothers, senior citizens, voters, law enforcement officers, doctors and everybody else to a combination of drugs known to have extremely dangerous, mind-altering side effects when taken in full doses. And yet this mass medication of the population is being conducted with no doctor visits, no prescriptions, no consent and no medical assessment whatsoever. It is essentially a mandatory medication carpet-bombing of the entire population.

We can only guess what the results will be a generation from now. But clues can be gathered by watching the impact of such drugs on aquatic organisms. Amphibians exposed to very low doses of these types of chemicals, for example, begin to grow dual sex organs and suffer widespread infertility problems. Deformities in fish are being increasingly reported in rivers, and the world’s oceans now have over a hundred “dead zones” where agricultural runoff and medication runoff have combined to form a toxic aquatic poison that kills all fish. This is the same water being used to create tap water in U.S. cities.

What’s in recycled urine, anyway?

I remember hearing people snicker when they learned that NASA was recycling urine on the space shuttle and that astronauts would be drinking each other’s recycled urine. Well guess what, folks? In major U.S. cities, almost everybody is drinking somebody else’s recycled urine!

And guess what’s in that urine? Toxic medications, caffeine, painkillers, and a cocktail of other chemicals like personal care product fragrances, pesticides and more. It’s enough to make you sick. Literally.

Guess what else? This is the water used to make sodas and other beverages at local bottling plants. So every time you pick up a can of soda and drink it, not only are you getting the dangerous chemicals intentionally added to those sodas — like aspartame and phosphoric acid — you’re also getting trace amounts of medication chemicals recycled from other peoples’ urine, too! Yum!

Water treatment plants don’t remove medication chemicals from the water!

Many consumers mistakenly believe that water treatment plants actually remove these contaminants, but that’s not true. Municipal water treatment facilities do remove large solids (like dirt, sand and leaves), but they only sanitize the water by adding chlorine to kill microorganisms. They don’t actually remove toxic chemicals from the water. Only distillation — a highly energy-intensive process — removes everything from the water (including the minerals).

A few cities treat their water with ozone, which is a far healthier method that avoids the use of toxic chlorine (which is linked to bladder cancer). Ozonation can break down some — but not all — medications. So what about countertop filters that use carbon blocks? I’m going to find out the answer to that question later this week when I interview Aquasana, the company that makes countertop filters and shower filters. I’ll be sure to ask them for technical details about the ability of their filters to remove trace amounts of pharmaceuticals. That’s suddenly an increasingly important question to consumers who don’t want to consume toxic chemicals in their water.

Terrorists couldn’t have done a better job of poisoning America

What’s really interesting in all this is that the water supply is often cited as a security vulnerability to the nation; a weakness in the defense where terrorists could easily dump chemicals and poison the American people. But why would they bother? Drug companies have already poisoned the water supply for them!

And just in case the medication chemicals in the water aren’t enough to poison the nation, many water treatment facilities add even more poison in the form of artificial fluoride chemicals that cause bone loss and weaken the immune system. Terrorists could hardly do a better job of poisoning the water supply than what corporate America has done already… with the help of criminally negligent government regulatory agencies, of course.

That brings us to the Environmental Protection Agency, a corrupt organization that has now sold out to big business. Read the following article to learn how the EPA now conspires with the chemical industry to censor scientists who try to protect the public from toxic chemicals: http://www.naturalnews.com/022773.html

The EPA has taken no action whatsoever to regulate or eliminate the presence of pharmaceutical chemicals in the water supply. Apparently, the EPA doesn’t mind the fact that infants, babies and pregnant women are now drinking six different medications in their tap water. The agency remains either silent on the issue or in agreement with the corrupt scientists who say the levels of contamination are too low to really matter. But in truth, nobody knows the health effects of combining multiple low-dose pharmaceuticals and feeding it to the population. Anybody who says there’s no risk of harm is simply lying.

How to avoid contaminated water

The solution to all this? On a personal level, you’ll need to avoid drinking tap water, period. Or filter it really well. Distillation, as I mentioned, is very energy intensive (which makes it bad for global warming), but it does get the water very, very clean. Other consumer-level water filters may remove some amount of pharmaceuticals, but I don’t have all the facts on that yet, so I’m not going to make any recommendations until I learn more.

But I am researching it, so stay tuned to NaturalNews.com and subscribe to our e-mail newsletter at http://www.naturalnews.com/readerregist…

I’ll be sure to e-mail an announcement when I have new information about the effectiveness of consumer water filters.

Get your medications for free!

The funny part in all this is that if medication trends continue and the presence of pharmaceuticals in the water supply continues to increase, it might get to the point where you no longer need to pay for medications at all! Need some anti-inflammatory drugs? Just drink the water!

Of course, it might be better described as “drinking Big Pharma’s kool-aid,” because the pharmaceutical industry is now founded on a cult-like belief in chemicals promoted by commissioned drug reps, psychiatric zealots and mind-numbed doctors. The level of irrational belief in the power of pharmaceuticals has reached such a fervor that it can only have been made possible by a mass brainwashing of gullible professionals. They have schools dedicated to this dark art — they’re called “med schools.”

Seriously, this tap water contamination is yet one more reason to consider leaving the city and moving closer to nature. America is now so intoxicated with medications that they’re showing up in the water! Do you realize how many people have to be taking (and flushing) drugs to get to that point? It means that the nation has become a chemical consumption quagmire that has now poisoned the people, the land, the air and the water.

The people of America deserve better. Problem is, they’re too drugged up to know it! Don’t you find it interesting, by the way, that the EPA is warning everybody about the environmental dangers of colloidal silver, yet utterly ignoring the environmental dangers of pharmaceutical antibiotics? It’s an interesting double standard…

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Warm Asparagus Salad

This salad recipe is an easy way to enjoy the terrific flavor and benefits of asparagus as it comes into season this spring.

Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients:

½ small onion cut in half and sliced thin
2 TBS light vinegar, (rice, apple cider, or white wine)
1 cup hot water
1 bunch asparagus
7½ oz jar of roasted red [...]


This salad recipe is an easy way to enjoy the terrific flavor and benefits of asparagus as it comes into season this spring.

Warm Asparagus Salad

Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ small onion cut in half and sliced thin
  • 2 TBS light vinegar, (rice, apple cider, or white wine)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 7½ oz jar of roasted red bell peppers, drained and slivered
  • 1 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring lightly salted water to a boil in steamer with tight fitting lid.
  2. Slice onion and place in a small bowl with vinegar and hot water while preparing rest of the ingredients.
  3. Remove bottom fourth of asparagus stalks, discard and cut the rest into 1-2 inch lengths.
  4. Place asparagus in steamer, cover, and cook just until the thick part of the stalk can be pierced with a knife. About 3-4 minutes depending on thickness of asparagus.
  5. After about 10 minutes remove onion from hot water and squeeze dry.
  6. Mix together roasted peppers with marinated onion, asparagus, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Marinate for 4-5 minutes and serve warm.
    Serves 4
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9 Reasons why An Apple a Day Really Keeps the Doctor away

Rex says: per the “Dirty Dozen” buying of organics vs. non-organics, just make sure your apples are organic.
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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?but why? Do you really know what makes an apple so special? Why is it that we never hear an orange or a banana a day keeps [...]

Rex says: per the “Dirty Dozen” buying of organics vs. non-organics, just make sure your apples are organic.

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An Apple a Day Really Keeps the Doctor away

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?but why? Do you really know what makes an apple so special? Why is it that we never hear an orange or a banana a day keeps the doctor away?
Apples have properties that no other fruits have and its benefits have been proven overtime. You will be able to get the benefits of these properties individually with other fruits, but an apple combines everything and makes it simpler. It has been shown over and over that if it’s not simple, easy and fast, people won’t take care of their health.

1-Apple contains Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps greatly your immune system. A lot of people who lack Vitamin C in their diet have poor healing, bruise easily and have bleeding gums.

2-Prevent Heart Diseases. The reason it can prevent both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease is because apples are rich in flavonoid. Flavonoids are also known for their antioxidant effects.

3-Low in calories. A regular size apple has between 70-100 calories. Eating an apple when craving for candy or chocolate can make the desire disappear since apple in itself contains sugar, but gives you only ? of the calories.

4-Prevent Cancers. Notice the plural. We all know that cancer comes in several forms and in different places. Apples target multiple cancers such as colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer in women.

5-Apples contain phenols, which have a double effect on cholesterol. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. They prevent LDL cholesterol from turning into oxidized LDL, a very dangerous form of bad cholesterol which can be deadly.

6-Prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay is an infection that seriously damages the structure of your teeth, which is caused primarily because of bacteria. The juice of the apples has properties that can kill up to 80% of bacteria. So there you have it, an apple a day also keeps the dentist away!

7-Protects your brain from brain disease. This is something many people don’t know, and when you consider that your brain makes the person you are, it gives a whole new perspective. Apple has substances called phytonutrients, and these phytonutrients prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism.

8-Healthier Lungs. A research at the University of Nottingham Research shows that people who eat 5 apples or more per week has lower respiratory problems, including asthma.

9-They taste great! And not only that, they also come in many flavors and colors. Not in a mood for a green apple? Why not get a red one, or a macintosh! Their taste can vary greatly, but still give you all the apple benefits. Variety is an important element to maintaining your health.

On average, Americans consume around 20 pounds of apples a year, which comes to around 1 apple a week. Unfortunately, while an apple a week is better than nothing, it is nowhere close to being able to extract all the advantages apples have to offer. Eating apples is part of balanced and healthy diet than will increase your longevity, so why limit yourself to only 1 per week?

 

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Oriental Chicken Salad

Enjoy the great complement of flavors in this fresh-tasting chicken salad also includes the health benefits of sea vegetables.
Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:

5 cups Chinese cabbage, sliced thin
2 boneless chicken breasts, skin on
2 TBS dried organic hijiki seaweed, soak in 1 [...]

Enjoy the great complement of flavors in this fresh-tasting chicken salad also includes the health benefits of sea vegetables.

Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups Chinese cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, skin on
  • 2 TBS dried organic hijiki seaweed, soak in 1 cup warm water and chop
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • ½ cup minced scallion
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 TBS toasted sesame seeds
  • Dressing
  • 2 TBS extra olive oil
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 3 TBS honey
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt & white pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler on high. Place a metal oven-proof pan big enough for chicken breasts under heat to get very hot in the middle of the oven, about 7 inches from the heat source. Season chicken with a little salt and pepper.
  2. While broiler is preheating place hijiki safety in a small bowl of hot water to soften for about 10 minutes.
  3. When pan is hot, about 10 minutes, remove from broiler, reduce heat to low, and place chicken in pan, skin side up, and return to broiler. Cook for about 15 minutes depending on thickness of chicken. This is our Quick Broil cooking method. When done and cool enough to touch, remove skin, and cut into bite size pieces.
  4. Thinly slice head of cabbage, and shred carrot. Carrot is easily shredded in food processor with shredding blade. Otherwise you can shred it by hand, or slice thin. Chop cilantro and scallion and add to sliced almonds, cabbage and carrot mixture. Squeeze excess water from hijiki, chop if needed, and add to salad.
  5. Whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Toss with cabbage mixture and chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. (You can buy sesame seeds that are already toasted.)
    Serves 4
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Diet Soda Now Linked to Heart Disease

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Eating two or more servings a day of red meat increases your risk of metabolic syndrome by 25 percent, compared to those who have two servings of red meat each week, a new study found.
Drinking diet soda also increased the risk of metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors such as excessive fat [...]

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Eating two or more servings a day of red meat increases your risk of metabolic syndrome by 25 percent, compared to those who have two servings of red meat each week, a new study found.

Drinking diet soda also increased the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors such as excessive fat around your waist, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure, all of which can raise your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

The researchers examined the diets of over 9,500 people between the ages of 45 and 64. They were categorized into two groups: a “western-pattern diet” that included processed meat, fried foods and red meat, or a “prudent-pattern diet” that included more fruits and vegetables, poultry and fish.

They concluded that lots of meat, fried foods and diet soda increase your risk of heart disease.

Sources:
  • Circulation February 2008;117:754-761
    Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
    There is a major misconception, even among people who try to eat healthy, that diet soda is a wise choice over regular soda. In reality, there’s no reason to be drinking either one of these atrocities.

    What’s wrong with diet soda you ask?

    At the top of the list is the fact that the sugar is replaced with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose. For an in-depth look at just how dangerous these fake sweeteners really are, I suggest you read my book Sweet Deception, but in the meantime you may be interested to know that they can:

    • Stimulate your appetite
    • Increase carbohydrate cravings
    • Stimulate fat storage and weight gain

    Perhaps even worse, aspartame acts as a neurotransmitter in your brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. But too much aspartame in your brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into your cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill your cells.

    The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartame is why they are referred to as “excitotoxins.” They “excite,” or stimulate, your neural cells to death.

    And don’t be fooled into thinking that diet sodas sweetened with sucralose are any better. Animal studies have revealed that sucralose can cause:

    • Decreased red blood cells — sign of anemia — at levels above 1,500 mg/kg/day
    • Increased male infertility by interfering with sperm production and vitality, as well as brain lesions at higher doses
    • Enlarged and calcified kidneys (McNeil stated this is often seen with poorly absorbed substances and was of no toxicological significance. The FDA Final Rule agreed that these are findings that are common in aged female rats and are not significant.)
    • Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group
    • A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group

    The researchers in the study above were surprised by their finding that diet soda may cause heart disease. But if you consider the well-known fact that diet soda, and diet foods of all kinds, contribute to obesity it makes perfect sense that they would also increase your risk of heart disease.

    And as for the researchers finding that red meat contributes to this disease, well, that all depends on the type of red meat (processed, grass-fed or grain-fed), and this was not specified.

    Quite simply, once you find out your nutritional type, you’ll be able to determine if you thrive on grass-fed red meat, or whether you do better with free-range poultry instead. This is a highly individualized process, and simply stating that “red meat causes heart disease” is not taking any of these factors into account.

    How to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

    You have at your fingertips everything you need to keep heart disease at bay (and this does not include drinking diet soda). What can you do to lower your risk?

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      Important News You Need to Know About Heart Disease

     Diet Sodas May Double Your Risk of Obesity

     Cholesterol is NOT the Cause of Heart Disease

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Vaccine Companies Investigated for Manslaughter

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A formal investigation has been launched by French authorities against two managers from drug companies GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur. A second investigation for manslaughter has also been opened against Sanofi Pasteur MSD.
The investigations are in response to allegations that the companies failed to fully disclose side effects from an anti-hepatitis B drug used between 1994 [...]

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A formal investigation has been launched by French authorities against two managers from drug companies GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur. A second investigation for manslaughter has also been opened against Sanofi Pasteur MSD.

The investigations are in response to allegations that the companies failed to fully disclose side effects from an anti-hepatitis B drug used between 1994 and 1998.

During this time, close to two-thirds of the French population, and almost all newborn babies, received a hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccination campaign was halted after concerns rose over the shot’s side effects.

Thirty plaintiffs, including the families of five people who died after the vaccination, have launched a civil action in the case against the drug companies.

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Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
In the United States, the hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all newborns before they are discharged from the hospital. These recommendations are inexcusable.

It finally seems that the drug companies will be held responsible for the consequences of giving this dangerous vaccine to infants.

Why it Makes No Sense to Give the Hepatitis B Vaccine to Newborns

Folks, let’s make on thing perfectly clear here, hepatitis B is VERY difficult to catch. You nearly always need to have blood or sexual contact of some sort with an infected carrier. That is why the main risk factors for hepatitis B are IV drug abusers and those who engage in sex with multiple partners.

This, of course, makes it nearly impossible for a newborn to contract hepatitis B, unless his mother already has it.

Further, vaccine-derived immunity is thought to be short-lived, and between 30 percent to 50 percent of vaccinated individuals may lose their antibodies within seven years.

Meanwhile, up to 60 percent of people who initially respond will lose detectable antibodies within 12 years. So that means that by the time these newborns get to the age when they could potentially engage in the risky behaviors that would put them at risk of hepatitis B, their childhood vaccine will provide little to no protection.

The central nervous system of a newborn infant is also particularly susceptible to toxic influences. This is one of the reasons why the hepatitis B vaccine is such a problem. If it were given later in life, as is done in many other countries, it would not be as problematic.

Even so, this vaccine is still associated with numerous side effects, such as an increased risk of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid diseases.

Do Your Homework Before Vaccinating: The Drug Companies Won’t do it For You

Aside from highlighting the extreme lack of common sense that goes along with vaccinating a newborn against a disease they have a rare chance of getting until they’re much older, this article points out, once again, that the drug companies are not on your side.

Their primary motivation is in making profits, and if that means covering up side effects to make you believe a vaccination is safe, they will likely do it.

Remember, you do have the right to refuse vaccinations, and there are two basic axioms you should never forget.

    1. Nobody, anywhere or any time and under any circumstances has the right or power in this country to immunize you or your children against your will and conviction. If they attempt to do so, you can legally charge them with “assault with a deadly weapon” and have the full resources of the law behind you.

2.  At all times in attempting to avoid unwanted immunization, you have the Law of the Land behind you. Those who would try to vaccinate you against your will are on very shaky ground. Into every compulsory immunization law in America are written legal exceptions and waivers, which are there specifically to protect you from the attempted tyranny of officialdom. It is not only your right, but your obligation to use them, if this is what your conscience tells you.

While all 50 states have immunization requirements, 28 allow parents to opt out for medical or religious reasons. Another 20 states allow parents to opt out for personal or philosophical reasons as well.

My previous article, How to Avoid Unwanted Immunizations of All Kinds, lays out your opt-out steps in greater detail. There is also an entire chapter in my book Take Control of Your Health devoted to this very topic, including what you should know before vaccinating, and what to do if you decide not to.

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Many Reasons Why Mediterranean Diet Protects against Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

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Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic affecting more than 300 million people, including nearly one-third of American adults. As obesity has increased, so has type 2 diabetes.
Considered a disease of minor significance in the 20th century, type 2 diabetes is now a major threat to human health, afflicting 150 million people worldwide, and its incidence [...]

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Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic affecting more than 300 million people, including nearly one-third of American adults. As obesity has increased, so has type 2 diabetes.

Considered a disease of minor significance in the 20th century, type 2 diabetes is now a major threat to human health, afflicting 150 million people worldwide, and its incidence is projected to double by 2025.

So close is the relationship between obesity and type 2 diabetes that researchers have coined a new term to describe it: diabesity.

The fact that both obesity and type 2 diabetes have so recently and drastically increased suggests that both result from changes in our lifestyle that serve us a recipe for ill health:

Our diet has shifted to emphasize foods with low nutrient density

(supplying excessive calories in comparison to the nutrients they

provide)

Larger portion sizes

Less physical activity

Fortunately, both diet and exercise are within our control, making obesity and type 2 diabetes largely preventable.

Several epidemiological (population) studies have now shown that a Mediterranean diet offers significant protection against weight gain, particularly abdominal weight gain, which has been shown to promote type 2 diabetes. A recent review of the research, published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, (Schröder H.) explains many of the reasons why.

Fiber: the Mediterranean diet is rich in plant foods providing a variety of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.

Not only do fiber-rich foods require more chewing, thus slowing the rate at which food is consumed, they produce a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.

When fiber is present in a meal, the small intestine secretes peptides, such as cholecystokinin, that signal satiety to the brain. Legumes and nuts, two fiber-rich staples in the Mediterranean diet, have been shown to greatly increase the secretion of cholechystokinin.

Healthy Fats: A Mediterranean diet is rich in healthy unsaturated fats from olive oil, cold water fish, nuts and seeds.

Olive oil, a hallmark of the Mediterranean diet, is used for cooking and to add flavor to legumes, salads and vegetable dishes. Some evidence suggests that oleic acid, the predominant fatty acid of olive oil, is associated with lower insulin resistance.

Research has shown that replacing saturated fat with olive oil in the diet of obese men produces significant loss of both weight and body fat after just 4 weeks. In abdominally obese women, olive oil has been shown to increase the rate at which fat is oxidized (burned) after meals.

Plus, in the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is used to dress vegetables and legumes, which are rich in nutrients and fiber, but very low in calories.

The type of fat in the diet affects the composition of cell membranes. Saturated fats make cell membranes less permeable and receptive to signals from messenger molecules such as insulin, while the omega-3-fatty acids supplied by cold water fish, walnuts and flaxseed render cell membranes more flexible and receptive.

Nutrient-density: A Mediterranean meal typically begins with salad as a first-course-a meal plan that has been shown to increase feelings of fullness and, consequently, reduce calorie intake by 12% in comparison to meals without salad as a first course.

Moderate red-wine consumption: A glass of red wine often accompanies lunch or dinner in the Mediterranean.

In animal research, voluntary red wine consumption resulted in reduced calorie intake and prevented weight gain in rats on a high-fat diet, but whether a specific component in red wine causes these effects or if the effects are the same in humans is not yet known.

In human population studies, moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to enhance insulin sensitivity and increase levels of adiponectin, a signaling molecule that stimulates cells’ burning of both fatty acids and glucose (sugar).

Antioxidants: A Mediterranean diet provides an abundance of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.

Not only has consumption of fruits and vegetables been shown to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes in several population studies, but blood levels of antioxidants have been found to be higher in persons following a Mediterranean diet.

In addition to vitamin antioxidants such as beta-carotene, E and C, the characteristic foods of the Mediterranean diet provide a wide variety of phenols with potent, synergistic antioxidant activity.

Since oxidative stress (damage by free radicals) plays a crucial role in the development of insulin resistance and beta cell dysfunction, a Mediterranean diet is highly protective against type 2 diabetes. (Beta cells are responsible for the production of insulin.)

Following an antioxidant-rich Mediterranean diet has been shown to significantly decrease insulin resistance in patients with the metabolic syndrome, and even short-term administration of virgin olive oil has been found to decrease several markers of oxidative stress.

Magnesium: Vegetables, legumes and nuts-key components of the Mediterranean diet-are rich sources of magnesium, which is an essential co-factor in enzymes required for cellular energy production.

Studies have linked insufficient magnesium with increased incidence of type 2 diabetes.

Whole grains: High consumption of whole grains, which are rich in both fiber and magnesium, is another characteristic of the traditional Mediterranean diet.

Population studies consistently show a protective effect of cereal fiber on insulin sensitivity and risk of type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, the fiber provided by whole grains delays the emptying of stomach, slowing the digestion and absorption of food, which in turn slows the rate at which glucose (sugar) passes into the bloodstream and reduces insulin levels.

By simply enjoying the healthy Mediterranean way of eating espoused by The World’s Healthiest Foods, you will naturally receive high amounts of dietary fiber, antioxidants, magnesium and health-promoting monounsaturated and omega-3 fats.

And because, this diet is characterized by nutrient-dense foods, which supply fewer calories overall, it automatically promotes a healthy weight, preventing weight gain and lessening your risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Schroder H. Protective mechanisms of the Mediterranean diet in obesity and type 2 diabetes. : J Nutr Biochem. 2007 Mar;18(3):149-60. Epub 2006 Sep 11. PMID: 16963247

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Latest "Healthy" Soda Swindle — Pepsi Raw

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Pepsi has created a new, supposedly healthier version of their brand of flavored sugar water, called Pepsi Raw.
Regular Pepsi contains ingredients such as fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial colors, phosphoric acid, caffeine and citric acid.
Pepsi Raw, in comparison, uses ingredients like apple extract, caramel coloring, coffee leaf, tantaric acid from grapes, gum arabic from acacia [...]

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Pepsi has created a new, supposedly healthier version of their brand of flavored sugar water, called Pepsi Raw.

Regular Pepsi contains ingredients such as fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial colors, phosphoric acid, caffeine and citric acid.

Pepsi Raw, in comparison, uses ingredients like apple extract, caramel coloring, coffee leaf, tantaric acid from grapes, gum arabic from acacia trees, cane sugar and sparkling water. It has very slightly fewer calories — about 10 calories less in a 300ml bottle.

For the moment, Pepsi Raw is only being served in select bars and clubs in parts of England, but a wider rollout is expected later this year.

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  • Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
    It wasn’t until early last year that I realized the food industry actually outspends the drug industry in seeking to manipulate the truth to increase their profits – usually at the expense of your long-term health.

    And what is Pepsi Raw, if not another wolf in sheep’s clothing trying to convince you that sparkling sugar water is a healthy beverage.

    The food industry, as a whole, spends about $40 billion a year on advertising, brainwashing you to believe that junk food is somehow good for you and your kids. And the beverage industry is part of that pack.

    PepsiCo is now the second largest food and beverage company in the world, with $92 billion in yearly retail sales, according to their 2006 Annual Report. Their advertising budget for just Diet Pepsi alone was $96 million in 2006, according to BrandWeek.

    Like so many other food and beverage companies, PepsiCo has hitched their bandwagon to the “healthy,” “natural,” and “organic” catch words in order to stay in business.

    In 2007, PepsiCo also acquired these natural brands:

    • IZZE Sparkling Juice
    • Naked Juice
    • Duyvis Nuts (Netherlands)
    • Bluebird snacks (New Zealand)

    Most all of you who read my newsletter regularly understand all too well how sugar can destroy your health and why a high-sugar drink can never really be said to improve your health.

    Although it seems conventional medicine is finally starting to “get it,” big business does not. Not even close.

    Why Pepsi Raw is NOT a Healthy Drink

    First and foremost, sugar is one of the biggest enemies you face in your pursuit of a healthy eating program. It appears in almost everything you eat and drink, making it very difficult to avoid, but avoiding sugary beverages is one of the easiest places to start.

    It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to:

    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
    • heart disease
    • diabetes
    • weight gain
    • premature aging, and many more negative side effects

    Controlling your insulin levels is one of the most important things you can do to optimize your health, and avoiding sugar is essential to do this. As an example, drinking just ONE sugary soda per day can drive up a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 85 percent!

    Sugar destroys your health in so many ways; I even compiled it into a long list of no less than 76 entries, including:

    • suppresses your immune system and impairs your defenses against infectious disease
    • feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach
    • weakens eyesight
    • causes autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis
    • greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)

    It Could Be Worse!

    After reviewing all the dangers of sugar you might assume, well heck, let me pick the diet soda as a “safer” and healthier option.

    For many years I didn’t know what was worse, regular soda or diet soda.  Now, after spending a few years doing the hard research and writing Sweet Deception, I am absolutely convinced that diet sodas are FAR more harmful.

    Not only do they cause the same insulin dysfunctions, but they also have additional inherent toxicities that are not present in natural products like sugar. So in one respect Pepsi Raw is indeed a healthier option than two other sodas –ANY diet soda or any soda sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.

    So, if you just have to have a soda for whatever reason, ones sweetened with raw cane sugar, like Pepsi Raw, would be a far better choice.

    Will the U.K. Open the Door For Worldwide Distribution?

    For now, Pepsi Raw will only be available in selected bars and clubs in seven cities in the U.K., including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Brighton, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool.

    It remains to be seen whether or not the Brits will fall for the promise of a “healthy” soda, or whether it will fall flat on its face much like the failed “low-carb” dog and pony show called Pepsi Edge, which survived no more than one year.

    With any amount of luck, and consumer knowledge about the true health hazards of sugar, Pepsi will not be able to spread its phony health product across the world.

    The Healthiest Drink in the World

    Nothing beats pure water when it comes to serving your body’s needs. Keep in mind, however, that bottled water is not an assurance of purity. In fact, about 40 percent of bottled water is regular tap water, which may or may not have received any additional treatment.

    And, most municipal tap water — though generally far from pure — must actually adhere to stricter purity standards than the bottled water industry. In one study, a third of more than 100 bottled water brands tested for contaminants were found to contain chemicals like arsenic and carcinogenic compounds, at levels exceeding state or industry standards.

    Your best bet is simply to filter your own water at home using a reverse osmosis filter.

    Avoid drinking unfiltered tap water, as chlorine and fluoride (which are added to most municipal water supplies) are toxic chemicals that should not be consumed in large quantities.

    Freeing Yourself From Sugar Cravings

    If you’re having trouble with the notion of giving up the taste of sugary sweetness for the “non-flavor” of pure water, The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is one of the best solutions I know of for this challenge.

    EFT is an energy psychology tool that includes a marvelous technique called Turbo Tapping, which has helped tens of thousands of people kick the sugar habit.

    Also, instead of focusing on what you will be losing (negative focus), it helps to look at all the things you will be gaining instead, such as increased energy and a lower risk of many diseases.

    Or you could use the hypnosis program I recommend that actually helps you change cravings for soda into cravings for water.  Read my review here.

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