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WATCH: How To Treat Psoriasis In 3 Days

Psoriasis sufferers commonly are left out in the cold when it comes to finding a cure for their itchy, scaly symptoms. While some can find ways to alleviate some of the more brutal symptoms, most are left with at least a good portion of symptoms remaining.

So what gives? Is there no hope for psoriasis sufferers?

Well, the answer might be found in the following video.

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Lemon Water Is Flat Out Amazing

Did you know that adding lemon to water will actually help quench your thirst more efficiently than water alone? Wait, this isn’t me saying water isn’t the ultimate human resource for vitality (it is), this is just me saying that adding some lemon can make it an even better experience. Lemon infused water means the body is being nourished with minerals and vitamins. When you wake up in the morning, it is likely you are a little dehydrated. This is natural. Drinking water with lemon will help hydrate, nourish the body, help kidney function and make you feel way more energetic. I know many of you may start your morning off with coffee, but really, trading in at least one coffee for lemon water can be a huge life-changing experience.

I don’t like to write these articles without having an attached, real-experience. Meaning, I like to write about it as from my experience in doing it and not just what “everyone says should happen.” I’ve always had a propensity towards caffeine, namely coffee. I know there are a lot of articles out there citing coffee as healthy, I’m not going to debate the matter, but I will say that once I started replacing my morning coffee with water with lemon, I started feeling a lot better. I didn’t quit coffee, I just moved it. Instead of having it first thing in the morning, I moved it to the afternoon so that I could start my day off better. So in some ways, the great effects of water with lemon could be just the fact that I cut back on caffeine.

What have I noticed? I notice I am sick less than ever. I eat pretty well (I mean this is my site, so of course!), but the water with lemon seems to have really stimulated my immune system. I have also found that if I drink coffee first thing in the morning, it causes a delayed appetite. Meaning, around noon, I’m starving (more than just the normal lunch hunger). When I start with water infused with lemon, I feel way more stable. I feel less hungry and the food I do crave is on the healthier side. The reason? The lemon is providing nourishment causing my body to not crave bad things. The water with lemon makes me feel satiated and satisfied.

When you wake up in the morning, you want to hydrate the body AND add nourishment of vitamins and minerals. To me, coffee was accomplishing none of that and in fact, probably just dehydrating me more. The “first thing in the morning” spot is really huge for infusing the body with hydration and health. What better way to start the day?

Do what do you say, coffee drinkers? Why not try replacing that cup of joe? And those who don’t drink coffee first thing, try this anyways. You really can’t go wrong! I wrote a few good reasons to try it out.

Water with lemon means electrolytes. Electrolytes are a big deal, but not because Gatorade made them so. It is more because electrolytes are the key source for our body’s balance. Electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium are central to our body’s function.

It helps your digestion. The citric acid in lemons helps stimulate gastric acids which help get your digestion working. It helps to detoxify you.

It will cleanse your liver. Lemons in water cleanse the liver, which acts as a detoxification system for the body. Cleansing the liver is central to health and vitality.

Lemon is anti-inflammatory. It will help your immune function.

High levels of potassium can often mean lower occurrence of depression. The nervous system needs potassium for proper function. People with low levels of potassium often also report feelings of depression.

It can help lower blood pressure.

It’s a vitamin C load! Vitamin C is great for the immune system and preventing sickness. Want to always be fighting colds? Water with lemon is the solution.

It can help dissolve gallstones and kidney stones. 

Really, this is a win for anyone who tries it! You can’t go wrong!



Obama Administration Silences Scientist Who Speaks Truth About GMO

This is the worst thing you will read all day (but you should read it). It is no secret that Government agencies don’t enjoy, nor harbor, the presence of those who work against their dogma; a dogma typically stout with crony backdoor deals which prove very profitable. Government agencies are merely businesses which server to protect their own interest.

The case of Jonathan Lundgren, a Scientist who wrote an article for the scientific journal Naturwissenschaften, is just such a perfectly built example. His article had to do with clothianidin, a neonicotinoid, harming monarch butterflies. Neonicotinoids already have a rather salaciously bad rap, having been featured in several documentaries as the main cause of our bee population dwindling away. In this case, Lundrgren was focusing mostly on the butterflies.

Lundgren’s life would change drastically when he was scheduled by the National Academy of Sciences to give a speech on the ill-effects of GMO crops. A series of backlash events by the USDA have called into question the ability for any scientist to legitimately study the effects of GMOs and other controversial matters. If the Obama administration shuts down these scientists, it radically changes the thoroughfare of evolved information.

Lundgren’s full story is published in the Atlantic and it is a frightening ready. I suggest everyone read it (click here).

Here is an excerpt.

For anyone who cares about scientific integrity, or about agricultural practices and policies with profound consequences for everyday life, it’s a disturbing allegation. The potential ramifications extend beyond Lundgren to other scientists who might be discouraged from studying important but politically contentious topics.

Keeping in mind, this is published in The Atlantic, which by all standards is considered a mainstream news source. The fact that this transgression by the Obama Administration is so vile and so obvious, it has received even mainstream media attention over the matter, should tell you a lot.

Our food supply is our lifeblood. Government agencies silencing those scientist attempting to shed light on their transgressions is a terrifying thought. It is my hope that this type of information is shared more liberally, that more people understand what is happening.

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This Guy Eats Nothing But Raw Meat

So you are thinking about going on the Paleo Diet, are you? Well how much heart do you actually have, folks? And seriously, by “heart,” I mean how much of it do you plan to eat? Vice has recently re-interviewed a guy that only eats raw meat. He’s insane. I don’t mean that in a bad way, I’m not judging at all, but in terms of what our culture is used to, the images in the article are incredibly shocking to “digest.” His name is Derek Nance and he’s from Kentucky. He’s traveled the world consuming local raw meats. He began consuming raw meats due to a “mystery stomach illness” which seemed to be impossible to deal with until he turned to eating a raw meat diet. The interview discloses how Derek is doing now (hint, he has a girlfriend it seems!). We encourage you to check it out.

So wait, is eating raw meat good for us?

Well, lets make a pretty important immediate point: Cooked food, in any case, is processed food. Cooking is processing. And yes, I understand that there is a point of being granular which we don’t want to slide into (such as washing meat or vegetables), however, cooking probably isn’t “too far.” We don’t want to group “cooking meat” in with “Toll House Cookies,” of course, but we also don’t want to assume that cooking meat has no effect on the meat at all. More than making it “safe,” it destroys nutrients (same with vegetables). Minerals, such as vitamins A, D, E and K are stable under heat. But fat soluble vitamins, such as B-vitamins and C tend to break down and suffer substantial losses, at the very least. Vitamin C, of course, is something we could all use more of and often times, people rely on worthless vitamin C pills which aren’t really, vitamin C. But at least vitamin C can be supplied by certain vegetables and fruits. Vitamin B is found in spinach and other items that people tend to eat raw.  But if someone is eating a diet limited to mostly cooked meat (think hard core low carbers), you might be running into some deficiencies.

There is also what’s known as the oxidation of fat. When the fat of meat is exposed to oxygen, it oxidizes. This happens even if you don’t cook it, but, it happens at a much expedited rate when you do cook it. Some believe that oxidized fats are inflammatory and should be avoided. Remember, even if you eat lean meats, they still have fat in them.

In some circles, it is believed that charred meat is cancerous. 

When meat—be it beef, pork, fish, or poultry—is cooked at high temperatures, it forms heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). According to the National Cancer Institute, HCAs and PCAs cause cancer in animal models (think: lab rats). So far it’s unclear if humans sprout cancer growths after exposure to HCAs and PHAs, but we aren’t volunteering for any trials to find out for sure.

Meat has long been associated with higher cancer risk, but many sources argue that correlation is not causation when it comes to the studies. A great many other factors, of course, exist, such as hormones / antibiotics found in the meat source and what diet the animal was subjected to while living its life.

But our common sense wisdom says that we cook meat to avoid bacteria and parasites that might do us severe harm. The CDC claims that meat is responsible for 22% of food-borne illnesses. And well, 29% of the deaths. That puts them behind leafy vegetables as the second most dangerous. But this claim, while valid, is wide ranging. It doesn’t dis-include pure, grass fed, organic meats. Any raw foodie is going to tell you that’s a huge difference maker, of course. In other words, maybe raw meat isn’t dangerous, but raw meat from poor sources is.

After this, we get into pretty much the basic premise of raw food eating in general: That’s how humans evolved. For some raw food advocates, cooking is a way of processing which relieves us of vital sources of vitamins and minerals while also putting us at risk for cancer, among other things. Raw, in their eyes, is always better, even when it comes to meat. But what if cooking HELPED humans evolve, rather than served as a detriment to their evolution. That’s exactly what one study from 2009 proposes.

This means that however sophisticated the non-thermal processing methods were, cooking would have conferred incremental energetic benefits. While much remains to be discovered, we conclude that the adoption of cooking would have led to an important rise in energy availability. For this reason, we predict that cooking had substantial evolutionary significance.

This isn’t to say that what Mr. Nance is doing isn’t helping him. He had an ailment which Doctors couldn’t resolve (we all most certainly understand that). He changed his diet and resolved it himself (boy, do we ever understand that). The key question is if it had to be raw meat, or if potentially some other variable exists. We all know that changing a diet is a complex matter. You leave out one item, you feel worse or better, you decide that item was the culprit. Then later you realize you also left out another item due to the complexity that is food and diet.

Many of us eat for various reason. Some are driven by animal ethics, while others are driven by cancer prevention. Some even eat for increased concentration or to help them have a baby. The list goes on. In the end and all things being equal, a diet, no matter how grotesque or shocking it may seem, is a pretty personal experience. This includes Mr. Nance and his vampire cocktail.

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.


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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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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How Much Does Your Diet Effect Your Mental Health?

Our diet drives our mental health. Unfortunately, we live in a world that is ran by pharmaceutical company marketing teams that try to lead us astray. But the fact is, the Standard American Diet has reeked havoc on our bodies. Most of us who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s were attached to a processed food feeding tube. We really didn’t know any better at all.

When I got older, I was a moody teenager. That’s normal, of course, to an extent, but I had no idea that maybe my diet was contributing the most to my mood. But it was. I went to Doctors for anxiety in my 20’s, yet none mentioned that diet could be a cause.

As it stands, here are three main causes of mood changes (depression, anxiety) for me.

Blood Sugar: Blood Sugar ebbs and flows really aren’t given enough credit for how they can alter your mood. Did you know that blood sugar has been linked to schizophrenia? Blood sugar could be the most vital part to your every day mental health. When I skip meals that involve complex carbs, such as vegetables, beans, brown rice, yams, etc., my mood heads south pretty fast. Keeping your blood sugar at a stable pace will help you remain focused, energized and feeling a lot more content with the world around you. This doesn’t mean you need to eat food all day long, this just means that when you choose to eat, choose balanced meals that are infused with complex carbs. Allow the complex carbs to give you a fuller feeling and slowly break down into glucose. This means no big peaks in blood sugar as well as no valleys.

Sugar and your addiction to it: Sugar addiction isn’t healthy (that’s not ground breaking), but it can be incredibly stressful. Being addicted to anything is stressful. When you overload on sugar, your body begins firing off hormones to deal with it. Hormones can cause stress in your body and mind. Check out this study from 2014, whereas 3663 people were tested for depression and their volume of sugar intake was measured. The people who ate high sugar diets were the most likely depressed.

The secondary portion is addiction. Addiction is stressful. Often times, we feel guilty for our inability to stop eating sugary foods. We want to say no to the piece of cake at night, but we give in, and that causes us stress and anger and depression. Learning to stop the cycle of this addiction is the best means of control. How does one do that? Stop eating it. Make it a few days. Your cravings will drop.

Caffeine: the friend or the foe? I don’t even like bringing this one up. People find the subject of caffeine polarizing. It shouldn’t be, but it is. Recent studies have shown that people who drink caffeine are less depressed. I never feel like those studies are well done, however. I think if you enjoy caffeine and you feel great, go with it. BUT, and this is a big BUT, if you are feeling down, anxious, unable to sleep, you should really consider getting rid of it.

I have my affairs with caffeine. I get it. But I can tell you with 100 percent confidence that I feel a lot better overall when I am not drinking it. For me, caffeine is great, that first moment you drink it. But coming down from it is tough. I feel edgy and hungry, or like I need a drink. That’s a super personal experience, of course.

At the end of the day, everyone has to find their own way. But more often than not, when speaking to people about their mood or their anxiety, people still pass over the diet aspect. People automatically look at other factors such as genetics, work-life relationship, marriage, bills, etc. And there is no doubt that much of that has to do with it, but it is unlikely the end all. Diet is a huge factor. What you put in your body (or don’t) can make or break how you deal with stressful encounters.

Pharmaceutical companies wash this under the rug with the singular purpose of keeping people turning primarily to medicinal treatments. They sell you on weight loss pills, SSRI pills for your depression, sleeping pills for the stressed nights. They have trained us. They have conditioned us. It is time to break the cycle, though. And we can do that by sharing more information.