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WATCH: Are Your Tomatoes Healthy?

Concerned that you can’t tell the difference between GMO tomatoes and regular healthy tomatoes? Well, you are definitely not alone. But the good news is there is an easy way to tell the difference. And in learning how to tell the difference, we are also exposed to the nasty nature of GMO foods.

Our future is one that will have us unable to depend on appropriate, honest food labeling. So it is incumbent on us to be able to decipher good from bad when it comes to good. This video is a great start to that journey.

 

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Mom Says She’s Found Secret To Cutting Sugar Down In Kid’s Diets

Mom of 6 Leanne discovers the secrets to being more Sugar Smart and you won’t believe how easy it is. Watch as Leanne and her family tackle the challenges and see what changes they make with the help of Change4Life and the Sugar Smart app.

Maybe a good app to help monitor sugar in your kids during the New Year? Would you ever use an app like this?

So how much does sugar affect your children’s lives? Some experts have linked symptoms of ADHD to a high sugar diet in kids. Kids intelligence may suffer from high sugar loads as well, according to recent studies.

But in the end, the subject is polarizing amongst parents, teachers and the medical community. Some believe sugar has been unfairly demonized. In the end, it comes down to what you feel as a parent.

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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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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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It is Said This Fruit Is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemo

So why aren’t more people talking about it?

Alternatives to chemo therapy aren’t exactly popular talk these days. The chemo business is a robust, money-making machine. And the FDA has its back. Whenever any sort of alternative treatment arises, it is met with great criticism and public backlash. As is the case with the Graviola (also known as Soursop).

The Graviola is a tree found in the Amazon basin of South America. They can range from 15 to 30 feet in height and are well known in the area to be extremely nutrient dense. It appears from the exterior to be a watermelon with spikes on it. It has a soft and smooth flesh. But it is the tree bark and the leaves, when consumed, that are supposed to offer people incredible healing benefits. The natives of the amazon make tea with it. It is supposed to be an incredible immune system boost. A natural, viable healer to the human race.

The noted benefits:

Increased immune function

Antioxidant density

Lymph drainage

Better overall circulation

Soursop / Graviola is loaded with vitamin C and a handful of B vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. It contains good amounts of calcium, phosphorus and a bit of iron. As an herbal remedy, it is given to help people with stomach issues, fevers, coughs and asthma. It is also believed to be antiviral.

Many people drink it daily as tea, or in canned products, as you can see below.

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But its ability to kill cancer cells is what is being called into question by Government agencies. Soursop has been associated with many unsubstantiated claims, says Daniel Kellman, Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine at our hospital outside AtlantaAnd the rabbit hole goes even deeper. In two separate studies (here) and (here), this same Clinical Director pushed the idea that merely consuming the fruit could lead to Parkinson’s disease and potentially neurotoxicity.

A study published by the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry in 1997 suggested otherwise, though. When Graviola was tested on breast cancer cells in cultures, they were more effective than chemotherapy (source). But the data is considered to be unsubstantiated due to not having a Government backing. This was published on SFGate’s health section regarding the fruit and it’s effects on cancer.

Soursop’s acetogenins are the compounds that have been most studied, especially for their potential to prevent or slow the growth of cancer. The Cancer Center also says that some compounds in soursop may be naturally antiviral and antiparasitic, and may also suppress inflammation. (source)

So is Graviola a true natural healer that’s considered a rival to a booming chemotherapy industry? The dilemma here is, as always, the Government shuts out any experimentation which could legitimize such a science. Anything that challenges the Pharmaceutical industry is an enemy of the state. It’s an unfair shake for a fruit that clearly has some merit in the game. And this is the case with most alternative health treatments, unfortunately. Without being able to take part in real, unbiased studies, alternative concepts such as this have no chance to garner merit. We have to believe at this point that solutions exist outside of Chemotherapy treatments, which are harsh and destructive.

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Why Bone Broth Is An Amazing Daily Health Bomb

When I think of bone broth, I think of grandma’s house when I was a child. A sort of peppery, onion smell filling the room. A hot stove, a simmering pot. Bone broth is making a comeback, so much so, that places in NYC are now starting to serve it up, like Starbucks serves coffee. Bone broth is going mainstream you say? Say it isn’t so. Well, it is very so. And hey, that’s a good thing. We live in a society that gulps down too much coffee and soda, why not introduce people to bone broth? It just makes sense.

I am going to break down some benefits of Bone Broth, as well as give my laymen’s spin over the matter because quite honestly, it can be a bit confusing. Let’s start with the benefits.

Great for your gut

Digestion and gut health is huge business for your body. It might even be number 1, but rarely is it considered that high in the equation. Gut health means brain health. Things like anxiety and depression can start in the gut. I highly suggest you understand this concept. Below is a quote from an article you might consider reading later.

If you’ve ever “gone with your gut” to make a decision or felt “butterflies in your stomach” when nervous, you’re likely getting signals from an unexpected source: your second brain.  Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this “brain in your gut” is revolutionizing medicine’s understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think.  (article is here)

The gelatin found in bone broth is great for healing the intestines, which helps with leaky gut syndrome. Whether you have leaky gut syndrome or not, you want to keep your gut and intestines primed.

Hair, Nails, Skin (you will look fabulous)

We spend all this time on our hair and skin (and ladies, on your nails), then why not add bone broth into your diet and get the full on hair/ nails / skin health bomb? Bone broth has collagen in it. Yep, you’ve seen that as a supplement in the vitamin section. Well, it’s naturally found inside of bone broth. So when you drink bone broth, you get an infusion of health into your hair and nails and skin. You get it direct from source. My nails grow really fast now that I drink bone broth. That’s a great indicator of healthy being!

Sleep sounder

Some researchers believe that consuming gelatin, which is found in bone broth, before sleep helps you sleep deeper and more soundly. Gelatin contains the amino acid glycine. That’s hooked to your brain’s neurotransmitters. Nope, it won’t put you to sleep if you drink it on the way out the door, quite the opposite. But at night, it will help relax you.

Helps heal bones

Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus. Those are found in large quantities in bone broth. Those minerals help your body heal injured bones. As well, helps your joints.

Mineral overload

Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals are all found in bone broth. They are naturally occurring, straight from the source.

Now, let’s get into the details of actually making and drinking this stuff.

How does it taste? Great. If  you make it right, it tastes really good. I absolutely love drinking it in the morning time. It taste a lot like chicken soup or onion soup (pending you use the onions).

Can’t I just buy it at the store? No. You can’t. You will see “bone broth” for sale, lots of people use that to cook food in crock pots. But that stuff does not contain the collagen, which you need. To get what you need, you just have to make it.

How do I buy the bones? This can be tricky. There are online sources for this, but many of those sources run out of the bones due to lots of people wanting to buy them. If you have a local butcher, I’d visit them and ask. Grocery stores are a maybe. Whole Foods tends to get them in once a week, but you will have to ask them what day and if you can call and have some put aside. But buyer beware…. Lots of meat in this country is just plain bad. If a cow or chicken was injected with hormones and antibiotics, you probably don’t want the bones which stored the life of the animal. Basic grocery stores are probably bad when it comes to broth bones. If you want to potentially look online to order, start here. They look pretty good, though I admit to never having ordered from them.

Should it be chicken or beef bones or both? You can mix. Or you can do specific ones. I don’t think it really matters. But, you want specific types of bones. Knuckles, neck bones, bones that have the collagen fillers in them. Ask for “soup bones” for broth at the butcher, or of course, use a trusted online source.

How do you cook it? I use a crock pot, but you can use a p0t on the stove. I roast the bones first for about 40 minutes. I then put the bones in the crock pot. I also put an onion chopped 3 ways, a few carrots, pink himalayan salt, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (most important, see below) and a tomato. I don’t want to get overly detailed here, to be honest, because I am a known simpleton. Anything I make will be simple and that might not be your “cup of broth.” The Internet is filled with some amazing recipes on how to make it, I’d encourage you searching around. Wellness Mama has a good instructional on it that I encourage you check out.

I can’t get it to “gel.” Ok, this is the number one complaint. For starters, make darn sure you put the apple cider vinegar in it as mentioned above. This will help draw out and extract the gelatin. Other considerations are cooking time (did you cook it long enough). I cook for around 40 hours in the crock pot. How was your bone to water ratio? Here is a good troubleshooting article on food renegade. But don’t panic….when I first started making my own bone broth, gelling was hit or miss for me. And I would always think, “so is it worthless now?” No, not at all. It is still GREAT for you. Many people put on sad failure faces as if what they made is worthless without gelling, this isn’t true at all.

Did this help? Leave us a comment. Remember, people read comments as a way to extend on the article. I’m no big meanie, if you have criticisms, throw them down below. If you have suggestions or recipes, post them in comments. This website is just about helping others and part of that is participation.

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The Amazing Benefits Of One Egg a Day

I wish we all had know this earlier, right? This is amazing. Eggs are life changers.

Eggs. Remember when eggs were given a villainous rap? They caused heart disease. Their cholesterol was bad stuff. If you started your day off with eggs, you were slowly killing yourself.

It was all a non-sensical diatribe based on incredibly faulty science. The cholesterol in eggs was supposed to be killing us, but instead, it was saving us the entire time. In fact, the cholesterol in eggs seems to help prevent heart disease and breast cancer. Who feels like they were taken for a ride now?

Via Ngrguardiannews.com: The stakeholders which include: farmers, students, markets and egg merchants expressed the believe that that an egg has many nutritional benefits like protein, vitamins, and cholesterol, which can reduce the risks of heart diseases.

And

Via foodforbreastcancer.com: Egg yolks are a significant source of choline, consumption of which has been found to be associated with lower risk of breast cancer in some studies. A case-control study of the participants in the Nurses’ Health Study found that consumption of eggs during high school was positively associated with lower risk of breast cancer for the women in adulthood. A major study combining the data in eight previous prospective North American and European studies found breast cancer risk was slightly decreased for women who consumed fewer than two eggs per week but slightly increased among women who consumed one or more eggs per day compared to women who did not eat eggs.

What are the other benefits?

  1. Eggs are a good source for choline (mentioned above), vitamin A, vitamin D, iron, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), lutein, zeaxanthin. That’s a super health bomb of nutrients right there!
  2. Buy the Omega 3 enriched eggs, or pastured eggs, and you get Omega 3 fatty acid. Most people in the US are heavy on Omega 6, which can cause inflammation. Omega 3 balances things out. Think fish. Yep, you can eat these eggs for the same effect.
  3. Eggs raise your good cholesterol: HDL. “HDL-C is the “good” cholesterol because it exerts multiple beneficial functions within the cardiovascular system. Higher levels are more beneficial, and your physician should not undertake any therapeutic measures to reduce your HDL-C. “(source)
  4. Eggs contain Lutein (mentioned above) and Zeaxanthin. These help your eyesight stay strong. “Lutein, zeaxanthin, 3′-epilutein, and 3-hydroxy-beta,epsilon-caroten-3′-one in human retina may be interconverted through a series of oxidation-reduction reactions similar to our earlier proposed metabolic transformation of these compounds in humans. The presence of the direct oxidation product of lutein and 3′-epilutein (metabolite of lutein and zeaxanthin) in human retina suggests that lutein and zeaxanthin may act as antioxidants to protect the macula against short-wavelength visible light.” (source)
  5. They are easy and simple to prepare and affordable. You get all the protein you need from eggs. You can boil them, scramble them, fry them in coconut oil. You can buy easy to use egg boiler contraptions that work while you are getting dressed.

Eggs are a health bomb. They are easy to prepare. No reason to not eat at least one egg a day.

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The Amazing Medicinal Power Of Eating Raw, Crushed Seeds

Cancer prevention. Hair loss. Energy. Inflammation. These are the things which can be helped by eating whole, raw, crushed seeds. This is awesome information. You will learn a lot about how you can vastly improve the nutrient density of your life. And how you can help prevent illness naturally.

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Kid Heals Stage 4 Cancer with Raw Food After Chemo Almost Kills Him

It’s great to hear more stories like this. Alternative cures curing big, scary diseases.

“In this video, I speak with Jared, who healed from Stage 4 Cancer naturally. Jared was told that he only had 6 months to live, and that was over one year ago! Chemo almost killed him, so he stopped that, went on a juice fast to heal naturally and cleared the cancer.

Since he is a minor, it was difficult for him and his parents to go against the medical system’s prescription for chemo. However, since his mom had quit her job to be with her “dying” son, she no longer had medical insurance. Therefore, the hospital system finally let him go without question, because there was no money to be taken. However, they found another way to give this family grief.”