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What One Can Of Coke Does To Your Body In Less Than One Hour

Hardly anyone these days is under the impression that drinking sodas is in any way, healthy. In fact, sodas may well be the very unhealthiest of all the unhealthy possible options available to us. Soda serves no health benefit. They have no fiber to help blunt the massive sugar loads they deliver. They aren’t a natural source of vitamins or minerals. They aren’t calorically dense. In fact, as you will see in the graphic below courtesy of the RenegadePharmacist, they add in chemicals to help you refrain from vomiting the poison sugar loads.

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And don’t think for a second that “diet” versions of these drinks are any better. In fact, many studies show them to actually be worse than their regular version counterparts. Sounds insane, right? Well often times the body treats fake sugar like real sugar, elicit an insulin response. Many people report huge weight loss and big health benefits just from ceasing consumption of sodas. If you still drink sodas, you might consider this.

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There Is SO MUCH Lead In Children’s Blood, This Town Declared A State Of Emergency

This just makes me absolutely sick. According to The Washington Post, the children and people of Flint, Michigan are being severely infected with lead poisoning; so much so, the city has been declared a state of emergency. Children are reporting learning disabilities and behavorial issues from what might turn out to be years of exposure. Unfortunately when it comes to lead, the toxic side-effects can remain rather stagnate until years later.

The Hurley Medical Center, in Flint, released a study in September that confirmed what many Flint parents had feared for over a year: The proportion of infants and children with above-average levels of lead in their blood has nearly doubled since the city switched from the Detroit water system to using the Flint River as its water source, in 2014.

Lead poisoning can severely affect children’s brain functions and reduce intelligence. It can also create short attention spans, behavioral disorders and anti-social behavior. The circumstances surrounding this issue are nothing short of absolutely tragic. People have been dumping in their river forever and the water is grossly cloudy and smelled foul. People are getting rashes and reporting difficulty breathing. Lets really hope this situation gets worked out and these people are somehow helped out.

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7 Reasons You Should Be Using Shea Butter This Winter

Shea butter is a superfood for your skin. It comes from ivory-colored seeds of the fruit of the Shea tree in Africa and is loaded with lots of good stuff. I use this stuff all the time, not sure what I’d do without it! Shea butter is a great alternative to skin products which are typically filled with chemicals and toxins. It can help protect you from the sun and improve your collagen production. It’s a natural, affordable alternative to processed skin products which harm your skin in the long term. It is incredibly nourishing for your skin due to the concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids. In 2010, a study showed the cinnamic acid present in shea butter made it anti-inflammatory (source). I use it on my face, hair and body! Check out the below simple reasons to use it (this stuff isn’t complicated).

It can help you relieve stretch marks and rashes.

Shea Butter is wonderful at keeping the skin healthy and in shape. It can help cure a variety of skin issues.

It is filled with antioxidants. 

It has vitamin A and E in it. These vitamins help the body fight cancer causing free radicals and heavily contribute to younger, more vibrant looking skin. Your skin will feel healthier and you will have some protection from harmful UV rays.

It heals.

Shea butter can help cure skin discoloration, chapped lips and dark spots. The vitamin A promotes healing. It can really help counter dry skin.

Anti-aging

Look 20 until you are 80. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exageration, but you get the idea. Shea butter helps the production of collagen which is amazing for skin and nails. Surely you’ve seen supplements for collagen?

Your lips

Put it on your lips to prevent chapping. Shea butter is a healthy alternative to chapsticks, many of which contain harmful chemicals!

Your hair

Put it on your hair and you get similar benefits as you do from putting it on your skin. It can protect your beautiful hair from UV rays.

Put it on baby

Babies need mosturizing too. Many baby products contain a variety of harmful chemicals. Shea butter is a wonderful natural alternative to those products. You can help baby with diaper rash and dry skin.

What are you waiting for? Get this stuff immediately and reap these wonderful benefits this winter!

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This Beautiful Moment Between Santa & An Autistic Kid Gives Life Meaning

These days, reading the news or social media can almost cause you to give up on people. That’s why it is important that we get the occasional reminder that in this world, there really are still good people operating among us. As is the case in this moment between a Santa and an Autistic kid. The child wanted to tell Santa about his Autism and well, the Santa’s response is pure gold (and maybe a tear jerker). Namoi Johnson was at the RiverTown Crossings Mall with her son, who has Autism, when the moment occurred.

I had an AMAZING experience w the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall and I want to share my story with you:My child…

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I have to be honest, I may read this article each morning when I wake up so that I am reminded of the vast greatness of the human spirit. We are all too often focused on the bad in the world and that causes us to miss the beauty that’s all around us.

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Walnuts Are A Natural, More Powerful Statin. Big Pharma Would Rather You NOT Know This.

I love walnuts. Maybe you love walnuts also. But once you realize how great they are for you, you will love them now more than ever. A new study is showing that walnuts naturally lower cholersterol. In a randomized controlled study by David L. Katz, 112 people were assigned a diet with or without counseling regarding adjustments in their caloric intake. Some were added walnuts while some were not. The study was conducted for 6 months. Check out the results.

When compared with a walnut-excluded diet, a walnut-included diet for 6?months, with or without dietary counseling to adjust caloric intake, significantly improved diet quality as measured by the Healthy Eating Index 2010 (9.14±17.71 vs 0.40±15.13; p=0.02 and 7.02±15.89 vs -5.92±21.84; p=0.001, respectively). Endothelial function, total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol improved significantly from baseline in the walnut-included diet.

With all the hype about statins, which are some of the most prescribed drugs in the world, wouldn’t it be easier to just include walnuts in your diet? Walnuts are easy to include in a daily diet. You can eat them straight up (that’s how I do it), or you can add them into salads, oatmeal or a variety of other foods. Walnuts are high in good fats, high in potassium, high in fiber and are a good source for Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Iron. Daily ingestion of Walnuts is a no brainer.

Remember, statins inhibit enzyme HMG-C0A as a way to prevent cholesterol. Walnuts naturally just keep your cholesterol healthy (cholersterol isn’t really completely bad for you, your body needs it). Natural solutions mean less risk, less cost and more time spent without side effects.

What else can Walnuts do for you?

They can help you manage your weight.

Walnuts are high in fiber, so they satiate you. In other words, they cause you to feel full, which means lower caloric intake. Which means managing or losing weight, depending on your current weight. A good way to use Walnuts is to keep them on your desk at work, or beside your bed, for whenever you feel bad sugar cravings hit. By the time you eat a handful of them, the cravings for bad foods are gone.

They contain powerful antioxidants

Antioxidants fight free radicals, which contribute to things like aging and cancer. Walnuts contain some rare and powerful antioxidants, including tannin telimagrandin, flavonol morin and juglone. Yeah, not fancy names, but they work hard to help you stay looking younger.

They may make you smarter

Seriously, Walnuts are brain food. They contain vitamin E, melatonin, omega 3 and folate. That’s steroids for your brain.

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Tom Brady Slams Coca Cola & Frosted Flakes. And That’s Awesome.

Tom Brady is best known as the 4 Time Superbowl champion quarterback of the New England Patriots. In some circles, he is considered the best quarterback ever. And now he might also be remembered for his assault on the processed foods industry, of which he has a history of taking verbal jabs at. On his weekly radio show on WEEI, he once again called out processed food companies as being the evil empire which they are. This time his disdain targeted Coca Cola and Frosted Flakes. Below are some excerpts from the Interview. He really nails it.

Talking about big food in general.

“I think we’ve been lied to by a lot of food companies over the years, by a lot of beverage companies over the years. But we still do it! That’s just America, and that’s what we’ve been conditioned to. We believe Frosted Flakes is actually a food. And you just keep eating those things and wondering why we do have incredible rates of disease in our country. And no one thinks it has anything to do with what we put in our body.“

Talking about soda.

“You’ll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, oh yeah, that’s no problem, why? Because they pay a lot of money for advertisements. … I totally disagree with that. And when people do that, I think that’s quackery. I think that the fact that they can sell that to kids — that’s poison for kids! But they keep doing it.”

Tom Brady doesn’t think much of donuts…

“Of course they taste very good. All those companies make lots of money selling those things, they have lots of money to advertise. When you go to the Super Bowl, who are the sponsors? That’s the education we get, that’s what we get brainwashed to believe. That all these things are just normal food groups that you should eat. And these are the things you should take when you get sick. I like to try to avoid those things.”

The food pyramid? Nah, Tom Brady doesn’t like that either.

“I disagree with that. I disagree with a lot of things that people tell you to do.”

Tom Brady approves of alternative health.

 “There’s a lot of things that I see on a daily basis in Western medicine that I think, wow, why would they ever do that? That is crazy, that doesn’t work. That’s just how life is. There’s a lot of things that are the norm, that are very systematic, that just don’t work.

I’ve had doctors with the highest and best education in this country telling me that I wouldn’t be able to play football again. That I would need multiple surgeries on my knee for my staph infection.  That I would needed a new ACL, a new MCL. That I wouldn’t be able to play with my kids when I’m older… It’s interesting because, like I’ve said, I’ve chosen a different approach, and that approach works for me.

Here is the full interview for anyone who is interested. This man is a professional athlete who’s body depends on health and energy. If he is using alternative health and avoiding big food, then how can we all not see the benefit?

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Babies Are Now Born ‘Pre-Polluted’ With Toxins, Chemicals. And It Gets Even Worse.

Are the chemicals found in daily use products the new tobacco? That’s the claim being made today in a New York Times article. The relationship between the two is being qualified by the fact that chemicals and tobacco are harmful and in both cases, Government agencies have been ultra-slow to respond to the issues. The core focus is on endocrine disrupters, which have long been linked to reproductive issues, are now being linked to a host of other cancers and epidemics.

The Gynecology Federation’s focus on the endocrine disrupters, chemicals that imitate sex hormones and often confuse the body, endocrine disrupters are found in pesticides, plastics, shampoos and cosmetics, cash register receipts, food can linings, flame retardants and countless other products.

“Exposure to toxic chemicals during pregnancy and lactation is ubiquitous, ” the organization cautioned, adding that virtually every pregnant woman in America has at least 43 different chemical contaminants in her body. It cited a National Cancer institute report finding that “to a disturbing extent babies are born ‘pre-polluted.'”

The National Cancer institute report can be found here. Here is their list.

Environmental Exposures Related to Modern Lifestyles Conveniences of modern life—automobile and airplane travel, dry cleaning, potable tap water, electricity, and cellular communications, to name a few—have made daily life easier for virtually all Americans. Some of these conveniences, however, have come at a considerable price to the environment and human health, and the true health impact of others is unconfirmed. For example, mobile source air emissions (e.g., from cars, trucks, other passenger vehicles, ships), especially diesel particulate pollution, are responsible for approximately 30 percent of cancer resulting from air pollution. Disinfection of public water supplies has dramatically reduced the incidence of waterborne illnesses and related mortality in the United States, but research indicates that long-term exposure to disinfection by-products such as trihalomethanes may increase cancer risk. Chemicals used for household pest control can become a component of carpet dust, posing a risk to children when they play on the floor.

The Endocrine society is now increasing their warnings to include diabetes and obesity.

Emerging evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure to two of the biggest public health threats facing society – diabetes and obesity, according to the executive summary of an upcoming Scientific Statement issued today by the Endocrine Society. (source)

They also include other hormone-related cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer, prostate conditions, thyroid disorders and neurodevelopmental issues.

When are we going to learn that toxins are a serious dilemma which needs to be sorted out? To be honest, just saying the word “toxins” causes many people to think that pseudoscience is at it’s core. But the fact is, reality is setting in and now studies are revealing the true dangers which do exist. Our babies are being born ‘pre-polluted,’ this needs to be a serious wake up call to our society. To be honest, I hate receiving receipts and in any scenario where possible, I just tell them I don’t need one (I mean I don’t need to return or write off groceries in most cases). Any place that allows me the option for email receipts I also opt for. We need to take action and reduce our exposure to these toxins. New chemicals are constantly being placed in our lives, we need more transparency and education over the matters to exist.

Be very careful about what cleaning agents you use in your household. In addition, as mentioned before, there is no reason to always take receipts, just ask the register person to throw it away if you don’t need it. If you don’t have to be around car exhaust, don’t be. Pay attention to your exposure levels and reduce them wherever and whenever you can.

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Harvard Study ‘Low Fat Milk Not Good For You’

Low fat milk was all the rage for years. To be honest, I never really bought into it because I never fully bought into the low fat movement, but you couldn’t argue with the popularity of low fat food and drink options. Low fat milk was a huge seller for those people thinking they were being health conscious. But now the rub, which is, they probably weren’t being health conscious: instead low fat milk may have been serving as a detriment to their health.

Low fat milk containers added sweeteners. Remember, without fat or sugar, things just aren’t palatable. In order for a food or drink to be palatable to most people, you need one or both of them. According to the Daily Mail, David Ludwig, who has often likened sugar to poison, low fat dairy solutions are bad for us.

In a paper published, Ludwig argued that dairy products with added sweeteners are a detriment to one’s health and that drinking less milk isn’t necessarily a bad idea, provided you eat certain foods.

‘Americans are consuming billions of gallons of milk a year, presumably under the assumption that their bones would crumble without them,’ Ludwig wrote in an article published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics.

The U.S Government recommends we drink 3 glasses of milk a day. Does anyone know anyone who actually does this anymore? I haven’t drank a glass of milk in 30 years at least. Ludwig is especially concerned with kids who are often forced by schools to meet Government food and drink recommendations. When given low fat versions of milk, they don’t typically like them, so schools replace them with sweetened versions such as chocolate milk.

But wouldn’t our bodies and our children’s bodies fall apart without milk and all that calcium? No, not at all. Spinach and Kale are both loaded with calcium. As adults, we can simply add in more kale and spinach using salads or even juicing them. With children who might be reluctant to consume these two greens, you can always sneak them into their food sources (food processors are a wonderful thing). If kids must have milk, you are best to avoid the sweetened versions, in particular chocolate and strawberry. Try to get whole fat versions of the milk. Sugar is the main problem here. With childhood obesity at an all time high, avoiding processed sugars has never been more important.

Other non-dairy calcium sources for people include: Sardines, Soybeans, Fortified cereals and orange juice.

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Moisturizing Creams Could Increase Skin Cancer Risk

Body and hand lotions are some of the most used skin products on earth. Many people keep lotions at their work desk, beside their beds or in their bathrooms. The marketing pitches by these creams contend that use of the products can cause anti-aging effects as well as soften skin. But the fact is, these type of lotions really are just chemicals. Have you ever read the ingredients on a bottle? There are lots of natural solutions available in place of these.

A study has show that Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, or Vanicream may cause skin cancer. This also means tanning oils and lotions parents may apply to their babies. Sunlight-induced nonmelanoma skin cancer is diagnosed in over 1 million people per year. Each year, the rate of diagnosis in people increases, which science has justified with an increasing aging population. Many people do survive, but squamous cell carcinomas are killers.

The sun gets blamed as the cause. But the fact is, studies haven’t been incredibly extensive past this. Meaning there is a whole list of variables that are ignored when we merely say “the sun causes skin cancer.” One of those other variables is the application of topical creams. It could stand to reason that the increase in skin cancer is directly affiliated to the increase in the use of topical creams. Once a study took a closer look at this, the results, well, weren’t too incredibly surprising.

During studies to determine the safety of four commercially available and widely used moisturizing creams as possible vehicles for topical chemoprevention studies, we found that they all had tumorigenic activity when applied topically to UVB-pretreated high-risk mice.

Of course, the study only used mice, but it is all we have to go on since no other types of testing are done. This study was not funded, of course, by any of the large corporate producers of topical lotion, rendering it unbiased. In addition, the study points out a greater need for more studies, but it also highlights that these topical creams are never tested for carcinogenic activity. In other words, “safety tests” do not apply to skin cancer issues. This is hugely important to anyone considering using these product.

We are a wellness site. So of course, we say slather on some coconut oil and avoid the risk. Skin cancer is rising yearly and it seems to reason that these creams are playing some kind of a role.

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The FDA Just Approving GMO Salmon

Yep, this is actually happening. GMO Salmon is now approved by the FDA. So go ahead folks, eat your science lab fishy with that peaceful safe and secure feeling you eat regular fish that was made by nature with. Because that just makes all the sense in the world.

The FDA Approves AquAdvantage Salmon.

The FDA has approved AquaBounty Technologies’ application for AquAdvantage Salmon, an Atlantic salmon that reaches market size more quickly than non-GE farm-raised Atlantic salmon. The FDA regulates GE animals under the new animal drug provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, because the recombinant DNA (rDNA) construct introduced into the animal meets the definition of a drug. In this case, the rDNA construct introduces a trait that makes the AquAdvantage Salmon grow faster.

“The FDA has thoroughly analyzed and evaluated the data and information submitted by AquaBounty Technologies regarding AquAdvantage Salmon and determined that they have met the regulatory requirements for approval, including that food from the fish is safe to eat,” said Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

The CEO of AquaBounty, Ronald L. Stotish, says it’s a “game changer.”

So what does this mean? It means corporations and labs are inventing your food, both vegetables and actual paraphyletic species. Of course, you can’t avoid eating it by reading the label, but you can avoid farmed salmon to avoid ingesting it. So buying wild salmon means you aren’t. Or buy farmed “game changer laboratory invented” salmon. Your choice. I think we all know the choice we plan to make.

The FDA is clearly got it’s hand in someone’s pocket, which is disturbing at the highest of levels. This is our food supply. I can’t see how they can pitch the “GMOs save the world” with this one, as I doubt highly they are producing this same for philanthropic purposes in Africa.

 

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