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Aquafina Now Admits It Is Just Tap Water.

One of the biggest bottled water producers is about to make some rather serious changes. And it isn’t good for them or their brand. Long marketed as a better, economical solution to tap water, has lived down to it’s advertising: It’s just tap water itself. Pot, meet the Aquafina kettle.

PepsiCo is now going to admit the public sources of their bottled water product. In other words, they are coming clean.


Yep, that’s right, buyers of Aquafina have been paying to have someone put public tap water in a plastic bottle. Coca Cola admitted that they were full of it back in 2013. “We don’t believe that consumers are confused about the source of Dasani water,” Coca-Cola spokeswoman Diana Garza Ciarlante said. “The label clearly states that it is purified water.” So Pepsi is just now catching up. Congrats to them, I guess.

Bottled water is big business. Believe it or not, America has shifted somewhat away from carbonated sugary drinks and replaced them with water. And that’s when the big producers of Nestle, Coca Cola and Pepsi moved in to save marketshare. And they did this by turning on tap water and filling up plastic bottles. It’s a shame, but sadly brilliant. Hopefully this is lesson learned for the general public. In 2014, the bottled water industry raked in $13 billion ( International Bottled Water Association). This doesn’t take into account the massive plastic dilemma pushed into our environment.
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This Mother Gets Called Out For Hating Halloween. But I Love What She Did Here.

This is a guest column from one of our readers who has struggled with Halloween. This is her story of another mother calling her out about it.
My children are my pride and joy. They are the love of my life. There is nothing in the world I put more as a priority than my children’s happiness. And that’s what makes Halloween such a difficult time for me.

It’s the conflict. And the dilemma. And honestly, it is agonizing.

The other day I was at my daughter’s school halloween function. She’s 9. The kids went classroom to classroom trick or treating. I was one of a handful of mom’s helping out. I admit, I was jaded and bitter over the matter. I hate halloween because I just don’t allow my children to eat processed foods, especially candies. And in the case of Halloween, it is my children begging for the very items that I’ve told them aren’t good for them.

I made the decision this time to allow my daughter to partake and I volunteered to help out. I have battled with the idea of eliminating Halloween, but then I feel as if I am stripping my children of a piece of their childhood. So over the years, I’ve compromised. When my children come back from trick or treating, I allow them to “donate” their candy to a fund that returns itself in gift value. They hand over the candy, then get to go to the store and buy something. I understand, I’m probably not winning mother of the year for this one, but it does typically eliminate them from pounding candy for days.

While I was working the Halloween event, my daughter came over, being the amazing, articulate, and mistimed child she is, and said “mommy here can I just give this to you now to throw away.”

Ugh. No she didn’t, I thought. But she had.

First, I should explain, I do throw the candy away, but I’ve never intended for her to realize that. I always avoided the “what happened to the candy” because in some ways, I never want my daughter to think that throwing away something someone gave you is the nice thing to do. Again, I am not proposing that makes any sense, but it is just the way it has always went down. But children are always more observant than we adults give them credit for, so I guess I should have known.

When she walked away, another mother turned to me and gasped, then said, “you throw the candy away?” This mother and I have some past history here, which should be noted. She knows I have an anti-vaccination stance and she has called me out on it. No punches thrown, but she was rather direct in telling me that I was endangering other children. I mostly avoided further exchanges with her regarding it, but this Halloween drama seemed to give her an opening to challenge me again (just on a different matter).

I kept my cool and replied, “no, they get the choice of eating the candy or trading it in for a trip to the store to pick out a gift.” She then said, “you know, sometimes kids just need to be kids. You are stripping her of her childhood. Don’t you want her to be normal?”

You can imagine how I felt at that moment. It was a mix between a sad, defeated mother and a mother enraged with the wrath of a lioness chasing a gazelle for dinner. Did she really just tell me how to raise my kids?

I turned to her and said, “you parent your kids however you like, I don’t want my kids growing up in a world that revolves around their next sugar high. My daughter is happy and healthy. Move on.” She walked away, but she left a bit of a mental scar on me at a time I feel most vulnerable (again, the Halloween blues). I am not judging you for letting your kids collect candy on Halloween. I am NOT that mother. But I expect every mother to understand my stance. To understand that my negotiation with the holiday, while probably not perfect, is the best I can do given the circumstances.

I really hate this holiday. And sometimes, to be honest, I hate me for hating this holiday.

 

 

 

 

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Report ‘Federal Government is Stifling Medical Marijuana Research’

A new report lambaste the Federal Government for “stifling Medical Marijuana Research.”

Researchers at Brookings Institution are sounding off on a Federal Government which they believe prevent any advances in the use of medical marijuana. The scathing report indicates that that marijuana, both due to prejudice and legal confusion, is treated differently than other medical research and limits research to anecdotal cases and Doctors playing it as it goes.

Via Brookings.edu

Of all the controlled substances that the federal government regulates, cannabis is treated in unique ways that impede research. Specifically, the U.S. government has held back the medical community’s ability to conduct the type of research that the scientific community considers the experimental gold standard in guiding medical practice. Thus, the use of cannabis for medical treatment is happening in states based largely on anecdotal or limited science. In many cases, patients and doctors operate according to a learn-as-you-go approach—a situation that is inexcusably the fault of federal policies failing to keep pace with changing societal views and state-level legal landscapes.

The Federal government’s control over limiting medical marijuana research is likely also spawned by pharmaceutical companies not wanting to lose any revenue. Natural, alternative cures are not nearly as profitable for disease as symptom based pills and concoctions produced in laboratories. This report is not surprising, but it is nice to see someone call them out publicly for what’s becoming a criminal concealment of research which could greatly help the human race. The report, written by John Hudak and Grace, Wallack, calls out bureaucratic and cultural barriers as the core components which hinder the research.

And don’t think for a second that states with legalized marijuana are doing better. In most cases, Federal law intrudes their ability to perform research. Marijuana is still existing in a legal underbelly that’s rather confusing and undefined at the Federal level. In order to solve the issue, the Federal Government would need to classify marijuana as a schedule 2 drug. In this way they allow for research to freely happen.

But it is unlikely that the Federal Government will make anything easy for us, seeing that pharmaceutical companies donate huge funds as lobbyist. Where there is money, there is power. Marijuana could greatly improve the lives of so many people, we are in a sad way for not expanding and evolving in this area.

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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.

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What You Should Know About Apple Cider Vinegar

I take two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar every day. And the results have been nothing short of amazing. My skin looks 100 times better (softer, smoother, glowing). I have more energy. My digestion is improved. Whenever I take a shot of it, I feel immediate energy. So how do I do it and what does it taste like?

Well first, I don’t do it straight. I did that a few times, but I felt it was too harsh and some reports indicate that such a high level of condensed acidity may not be a good way to take it. Still, many do, but it isn’t for me. I simply take a glass of water and put two tablespoons of it into the water. Then I drink the water.

The taste is bitter and the first few sips you take you probably won’t like a whole lot. I know that I didn’t. But, knowing the reported health benefits, I stuck with it. Now I look forward to it. It taste a bit bitter, slightly acidic (when mixed with water). It goes down almost with a warm sensation.

What kind do you want? You want unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s). This is the only kind I buy. I like to keep things as simple as possible. I can see “the mother” floating in it, which is what you want when you buy Apple Cider Vinegar. Remember, there are lots of frauds out there, I’d suggest just going with what’s mentioned here. Bragg’s brand is found at most grocery stores, and if you can’t find it there, order it online.

What does it do?

It can help with weight loss. It can make you feel fuller, increase satiety, which in turn causes you to want to eat less (and less bad foods).

According to Prevention.com, just a tbsp of ACV when you feel a cold coming on can really help your cause.

Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice, to a glass of water helps to alkalinize the body. Creating an alkaline environment helps kill bacteria and viruses. Start drinking it at the first sign of illness and repeat several times a day until the symptoms subside.

It can help with skin issues, such as bug bites and cuts or scrapes. I put this stuff on bug bites all the time, it kills the itch and the bug bite dies off incredibly fast. This is one of my main uses for it! It also has been said that it can help get rid of warts.

ACV contains potassium, which can help your muscles with recovery and help keep you energized.

It helps with digestion and heartburn. ACV reportedly will improve the acid content of your stomach, thereby resulting in less heartburn or indigestion.

You can use it to clean with! It can also kill pathogens and bacteria, making it the perfect natural cleaning agent solution. Check out this study comparing it to Lysol! “Vinegar eliminated <3 logs10 of S. aureus and E. coli,”. I use ACV as my lone cleaning product and it has worked out just perfect for me.
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A Toxin In Nail Polish May Harm Women’s Chances To Conceive

Trying to conceive or already pregnant? A new study shows these nail polishes may be harmful.

Pregnant women (or those trying to conceive) who like keeping their nails polished may not like what this recent study has revealed. A coauthored study (Duke University and EWG) has found evidence that a chemical called triphenyl phosphate exist in the bodies of women who used common nail polishes. TPHP is asuspected endocrine-disrupting chemical which is also found in many plastics. The reason this is problematic is because a number of studies have show that TPHP serves as an endocrine disruption, which can mess with hormone function. It has been shown to cause disruptions in the reproductive process.

According to EWG.org

The study found that when women applied nail polish with TPHP directly to their nails, the levels of a biomarker of that chemical in their urine increased sharply. Technically, the researchers tested the women’s urine for a chemical called diphenyl phosphate or DPHP, which is created when the body metabolizes TPHP.

Most studies of TPHP involve investigations of its effects on cells and test animals. A few have associated the chemical with changes in the hormone and reproductive systems of humans. The most recent studies are striking—they suggest that TPHP interacts with a protein central to regulating the body’s metabolism and production of fat cells. Scientists are conducting more investigations to discover whether, in fact, TPHP contributes to weight gain and obesity.

So which nail polishes contain is?

TPHP is listed on the ingredient labels of a wide array of nail polishes now on the market. Fully 49 percent of more than 3,000 nail polishes and treatments compiled in EWG’s Skin Deep database disclose that they contain TPHP. Even worse, some polishes contain it but don’t disclose it.

It is worth noting that the study was only performed on 26 women. That said, chemicals and toxins are, well, chemicals and toxins. If you’ve been trying to conceive and found difficulties, this may fall under the “no stone unturned” category. Here is a list of brands containing the chemical.

Sally Hansen

Essie

OPI

Butter LONDON

Revlon

Milani

Wet N Wild

SpaRitual

Orly

theBalm

Nuance by Salma Hayek

Maybelline

Beauty Without Cruelty

 

 

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What You Should Know About The Beautiful Powerful Cranberry

The Cranberry is super powerful. It can help prevent certain types of cancers. It can help heal urinary tract infections. Are you eating them, though?

Though it is almost two weeks off the mark, the people of Wisconsin have began to reap the benefits of their official state fruit, the cranberry. The mark was missed due to warmer temperatures, but they’ve now hit their stride.  Cranberries need cooler air to ripen into the perfect edible color.

According to JSOnline.com.

“Before the growers can deliver, the fruit needs to reach a certain minimal color. Because of the warm weather, the fruit hasn’t colored up,” Lochner said

Wisconsin leads the country in cranberry production with about 60% of the nation’s supply — grown on 21,000 acres in 20 counties in the northern and central parts of the state.

So what are the benefits of these beautiful, often forgotten, fruits?

Help Fight Cancer: Cranberries help slow the growth progression of Tumors. (source). “Growing evidence from tissue culture, animal, and clinical models suggests that the flavonoid-rich fruits of the North American cranberry and blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) have the potential ability to limit the development and severity of certain cancers and vascular diseases including atherosclerosis, ischemic stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases of aging.”

Also, resveratrol, piceatannol, and pterostilbene are present in cranberries. You’ve probably heard of the first one before (dark chocolate, red wine), but maybe not so much the following two. (Source) “These naturally occurring stilbenes, known to be strong antioxidants and to have cancer chemopreventive activities, will add to the purported health benefits derived from the consumption of these small fruits.”

Improve Immune System: proanthocyanidins are found in cranberries. And they help the body’s immune system fight off colds and flus. (source) “A study published in December 2013 states that cranberry supplementation enhances immunity and resulted in fewer symptoms of the cold and flu. Cranberry contains organic acids and phytochemicals including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanins with significant antioxidant activity.”

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): This is its most popular function which most people already know, but it can’t be stated enough. (source) “One study looked at women who had a history of urinary tract infections caused by E. coli bacteria. Women who drank 1.7 ounces of cranberry-lingonberry juice concentrate every day for six months lowered their risk of getting a UTI by 20% compared to women who didn’t use any intervention.”

Cranberries are also said to be able to help prevent tooth decay, help you lose weight, and help prevent kidney stones. They truly are a super power when it comes to nutrient density. And what else, they aren’t super expensive, either? So why then aren’t more people eating them? Well, they are, especially the people of Wisconsin.

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Childhood Is Not The “Mental Disorder” Big Pharma Has You Believe.

Today’s children are the subject of labels. Every action or reaction is a symptom, rather than a unique personality trait. While this isn’t me saying that all medications are bad or that all labels aren’t correct, it is me saying that Pharmaceutical companies are out of bounds creating labels in the name of selling pills. Some kids are actually creative, intelligent, compassionate beings. I thought this video was worth a share.

Childhood is not a ‘mental disorder’

Posted by CCHR International on Friday, April 3, 2015

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Monsanto Loses All Over World, But Could Still Be Protect In US.

“Monsanto has spent over $100 million dollars to defeat GMO labeling.”

Monsanto is laying off over 2000 employees, their revenue is way down, and they’ve had their spirit crushed all over the globe. Well, mostly over the globe. The United States remains a safe harbor for the seed modification company which has aspirations of a global takeover. With House Bill 1599 in progress, Monsanto still can come out ahead even in the face of all this global adversity if the bill is to become a law. And the fact is, that’s a reality we may likely be looking at.

The bill takes away the people’s ability to know what’s in their food, it also tramples on state’s rights. GMO foods will be looked at as just as safe as it’s non-gmo competitor (seriously). The FDA would not be able to object to any of this.

So what’s in your food? Do you know? Check out this video for further insights into a very important subject matter.

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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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