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Feeding Tube Nutrition

A Practical Guide for Creating a Healthier Formula for the Feeding Tube.

Learn how to make better food choices to create radiant health for your loved one who is on a feeding tube program.

Proper nutrition is required for the body to stay healthy and strong. If you’re unable to eat and it’s hard to swallow food, you may need a feeding tube, which is called percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy or PEG for short, in medical terminology.

The tube is surgically inserted into your stomach, and is used to provide food, liquids, and/or medicines.

Even with a feeding tube, it is possible to get the essential nutrients needed for healing, creating a strong immune system, and  maintaining body weight. A healthy diet includes proteins, fats, carbohydrates and optimum hydration. They are all important components and work together like a symphony in the body.

Depending on the situation, when someone gets a feeding tube, you will need to learn some new skills, including how to use and care for the tube..

Adapting to this process may take a little time and patience, but before you know it, you will get accustomed to doing this, and will do it easily and accurately.

As you start on this program, you will need to focus and concentrate on what you are doing and be faithful in the fundamentals of keeping the equipment clean.

Just remember that obtaining optimum nutrition can be one of the most important parts of maximum health and healing for a radiantly healthy life.

By Nancy Addison

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The author and publisher are not liable for misuse of this material. This article, website and books are strictly for informational and educational purposes. Nancy Addison offers information and opinions, not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or healthcare provider before taking any home remedies or supplements, or following any treatment suggested by Nancy Addison or by anyone listed in the books, articles, or other information contained here. Only your healthcare provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.

 

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Vitamin D, The Sun and Sun Protection

Vitamin D, The Sun

and

Sun Protection

      

The sun promotes health and vitality. Still, we want to protect ourselves and our children from the sun during the summer.

Which sunscreens are healthy to use?

Not all are helpful, and many are harmful. Recent studies reveal that some sunscreens can cause vitamin D3 deficiency and increase the risk of skin cancer.(1)


Approximately 87 percent of the population is vitamin D deficient in the winter months. Seven out of 10 children and 70 percent of breastfed babies are deficient in vitamin D3, which affects their growth and development.(2) Because of these alarming numbers, many doctors recommend significant daily supplements of vitamin D and, more specifically, vitamin D3.

Vitamin D is a hormone known in its active form as calcitriol. A deficiency of calcitriol may be responsible for over seventeen cancers, autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, hypertension or high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and genetic disorders, and may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.(3) Rickets (bone softening) is a disease caused by vitamin D deficiency.

The American Medical Association recommends we get at least 15 minutes of direct midday sun, without applying sunscreen, several times a week.

Sunscreens

For about 25 years, we have used sunscreens that block out UVB rays, but not UVA rays. UVB rays were thought to be the cause of skin cancer, but studies now reveal that sunscreens were blocking UVB cancer-protecting rays and allowing in UVA rays that can cause cancer. There is no vitamin D toxicity from sunshine, because UVA rays break down excess vitamin D.

We can store vitamin D in fat cells and use it in the winter months if we get enough in the summer.

UVB rays are at their peak in the summer and are not available for most of the winter north of Atlanta, Georgia. When UVB rays stay on the skin’s surface, they help the body make vitamin D3, which is why they were incorrectly blamed for causing skin cancer. The SPF rating only measured the UVB blocking power.

Sunscreens reportedly reduce vitamin D3 levels in the blood by up to 99 percent.(4)

What do you do about sunscreen if you need to be outside for long periods?

Stay in the shade when you can, wear protective clothing/ hats, and select the safest sunscreen you can.

Some sunscreens have carcinogenic ingredients and hormone disrupters that should be avoided: oxtinoxate, octisalate, oxybenzone, homosalate, avobenzone, and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A). Check all sunscreens for these ingredients. They absorb easily through the skin and are toxic when combined with sun exposure.

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide have been called safe, and reportedly do not penetrate the skin. But, my most recent research leads me to believe they are not safe. Micronized metals will penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream, resulting in cancer and tumors. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a known carcinogen.

Dr. Elizabeth Plourde, in her research paper “Exposing the Hazards of Sunscreen,” says there is concern that “sunscreen chemicals should be examined in relation to rising autism rates.”(5)

In her work she states that “Sunscreens are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) or TiO2 or ZnO nanoparticles. Current research shows these are toxic to all life.” (6)

She also found that sunscreens are a major toxin to coral reefs and could be a predominant factor in their decline. When exposed to sunscreens, “Coral dies in 96 hours. Plankton dies, jeopardizing our vital-to-life source of food and oxygen. Fish become intersexed, and some even stop spawning.” If you are interested in any of these subjects (autism, coral death, etc.), I recommend reading her papers or books. (7)

Which Sunscreens Are Safe to Buy?


I’m 62 now, and I personally haven’t used commercial sunscreens in about 18 years. If I know I am going to be at the beach all day, I use a  combination of essential oils that are completely non-toxic, but have a sunscreen effect.

I mix a combination of non-GMO: raspberry seed oil, vitamin E oil, Moroccan Argan nut oil and jojoba oil and use that as my personal sunscreen oil. I rarely even wear sunglasses. I truly believe the sun is a positive and healthy part of our life.

If you feel you absolutely have to use sunscreen, then look for sunscreens that are non-nano, because extremely small particles can penetrate the skin. You want particles so large, that they cannot penetrate the skin.

The Environmental Workers Group (EWG) tested more than 1,500 sunscreens for safety and effectiveness.

The sunscreens listed below still contain either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in some form. Keep in mind, titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a known carcinogen.

The ones listed with an asterisk are recommended as the safest by the EWG.(8)

Thinkbaby and Thinksport **
UV Natural*
Soleo Organics*
Badger*
Loving Naturals*
Purple Prairie Botanicals*

Just remember, never wear sunscreen when going into fresh water rivers, lakes or the ocean, because it is highly toxic and it will harm aquatic life.


Drinking carrot juice or eating carrots or supplementing with beta carotene in addition to vitamin E, also gives the body some natural sun protection. (9)

This is just one more positive reason to be eating fresh, organic vegetables and fruits!

So, this summer, eat fresh vegetables and fruits, and get some fresh air, sunshine and exercise!

 

Sources:

1. Dr. Joseph Mercola. “Slathering on Sunscreen Does Not Prevent Cancer.” Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/08/02/sunscr een-cancer.aspx

2.  Dr. John Douillard, DC. “Vitamin D Has Astonishing Health Benefits.” Dr. John Douillard’s Lifespa.com website. http://www.lifespa.com/vitamin-d-has-astonishing-health- benefits

3. Dr. John Douillard, DC. “Sun Exposure: Don’t Be Fooled By Your Sunscreen.” Dr. John Douillard’s http://lifespa.com/dont-be- fooled-by-your-sunscreen

4.  Dr. John Douillard, DC. “Vitamin D Has Astonishing Health Benefits.” Dr. John Douillard’s Lifespa.com website. http://lifespa.com/vitamin-d-has-astonishing-health-benefits/

5.  “Exposing the Hazards of Sunscreen.” Elizabeth Plourde,
CLS,NCMP, PhD. Price-Pottenger Journal Vol. 36, No. 1
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6. “Exposing the Hazards of Sunscreen.” Elizabeth Plourde,
CLS,NCMP, PhD. Price-Pottenger Journal Vol. 36, No. 1.
https://price-pottenger.org/store/sunscreens-biohazard-treat-hazardous-waste

7. Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat As Hazardous Waste,
https://price-pottenger.org/store/sunscreens-biohazard-treat-hazardous-waste

8.”Sunscreens Exposed: 9 Surprising Truths. EWG’s Skin Deep—Sunscreens 2011.” Environmental Working Group website. June 20, 2011. http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2011/06/9-\

9. WebMD -Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E Help Prevent Sunburn, By Gay Frankenfield, RNhttp://www.webmd.com/beauty/news/20000302/beta-carotene-vitamin-e-help-prevent-sunburn#1


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The author and publisher are not liable for misuse of this material. This article, website and books are strictly for informational and educational purposes. Nancy Addison offers information and opinions, not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or healthcare provider before taking any home remedies or supplements, or following any treatment suggested by Nancy Addison or by anyone listed in the books, articles, or other information contained here. Only your healthcare provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.

 

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Let’s Talk About Soy

Let’s Talk About Soy

Many people eat and drink soy and soy products. I’m asked questions about soy frequently, so I thought I would address this food.

Soy has many negative effects on health because it is difficult to digest, affects your hormones, and is closely linked to GMOs, pesticides, and harmful processing chemicals.

Soy protein is a complete protein but can be very hard to digest. The Chinese did not eat unfermented soybeans, because they contain quantities of natural toxins or “anti-nutrients” and are high in phytic acid. This means ingesting unfermented soy can prevent the body from absorbing other nutrients like calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, and particularly protein.

In China, soy was not used as a food until fermentation techniques were discovered in the Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BC). When soy is fermented—as in miso, tempeh, or soy sauce—the soy nutrients are more digestible and easier to absorb.

Soy has been linked to gastric distress and pancreatic problems, including cancer, and it can impair our body’s uptake of amino acids.(1) It also contains goitrogens, which are known to suppress the functioning of the thyroid.(2)

Most soy on the market today is from genetically modified (GM) seed. 91 percent of soybeans planted in the United States are GM, and the rate is rapidly growing throughout the world, according to Natural News newsletter.(3)

Dr. Gregory Damato points out that “more than 95 percent of GM soy (and 75 percent of other GM crops) is engineered to tolerate glyphosate herbicide, the most common formulation of which is Roundup. (4)
Recent studies by French scientists on the Toxicity of Roundup and Glyphosate found this herbicide carcinogenic.(5)
They found it:

1. Causes cell cycle dysregulation, which is a hallmark of tumor cells and human cancers.

2. Inhibits DNA synthesis in certain parts of the cell cycle— the cells’ reproductive process, which underlies the growth and development of all living organisms.

3. Impedes the hatchings of sea urchins. (Sea urchins were used because they constitute an appropriate model for the identification of undesirable cellular and molecular targets of pollutants.) The delay was found to be dose dependent on the concentration of Roundup. The surfactant polyoxyethylene amine (POEA), another major component of Roundup, was also found to be highly toxic to the embryos when tested alone, and could therefore be a contributing factor.(6)

These reasons are some reasons why I don’t eat soy if I can avoid it, or any other genetically modified food or non-organically grown food.

I recommend reading more about glyphosate herbicide if you are eating non-certified organic foods.

Be aware that soy is added to tortillas, breads, fake meats, and many other foods, supposedly for the “health” benefit. In my opinion, it is really used as cheap filler.

Health and nutrition expert Dr. Joseph Mercola writes that the advertising industry has misled the public about the safety and health benefits of soy, as well as the widespread use of it in the Asian diet. He states, “A study of the history of soy use in Asia shows that the poor used it during times of extreme food shortage, and only when the soybeans were carefully prepared (e.g. by lengthy fermentation) to destroy the soy toxins.”(7)

He goes on to say that, contrary to some reports in the West, it is not the usual practice in Asian countries to feed soy milk to infants.(8)
Be aware of this when you read food labels that refer to soy’s health benefits, even those that display an FDA statement that soy can help lower the risk of heart disease.

In 2000, two FDA employees, Daniel Doerge and Daniel Sheehan, were so worried about the danger of soy that they wrote a controversial letter to their employer, protesting the positive health claims for soy that the FDA was approving at the time.

They wrote:
There is abundant evidence that some of the isoflavones found in soy—including genistein and equol, a metabolite of daidzen—demonstrate toxicity in estrogen sensitive tissues and in the thyroid. This is true for a number of species, including humans.
Additionally, isoflavones are inhibitors of the thyroid peroxidase which makes T3 and T4.

Inhibition can be expected to generate thyroid abnormalities, including goiter and autoimmune thyroiditis. There exists a significant body of animal data that demonstrates goitrogenic and even carcinogenic effects of soy products.
Moreover, there are significant reports of goitrogenic effects from soy consumption in human infants.(9)

Think carefully about the effects that soy can have on the thyroid (our master gland which affects almost all aspects of our health) and estrogen. Many doctors and nutritionists are soy proponents. Be careful and research this yourself if you are concerned.

A billion-dollar industry advertises soy as the answer to many health issues, from heart disease to weight problems. Soy is frequently touted as the answer to women’s menopause hormone imbalances. This is one of the reasons why so many doctors and older women were happy to embrace it.

Soy and soy-based products contain isoflavones or phytoestrogens, which are plant-based estrogens. Soy is not the only food that contains phytoestrogens. There are other less controversial and more digestible foods with phytoestrogens you can include in your diet.

For men, eating soy isoflavones can significantly reduce testicular function and lower luteinizing hormone (LH) production, which is what signals the testicles to work. A high soy intake which potentially lowers level of LH increases the probability of estrogen dominance in men, contributing to hair loss, swollen and cancerous prostates, and insulin resistance.

Dr. Doris Rapp, MD, a leading pediatric allergist, asserts that environmental and food estrogens are responsible for the worldwide reduction in male fertility.(10)

Soy consumption has been linked with cancer in adults, notably breast cancer, as I read in an article by Jim Rutz. He went on to say:

That’s why the governments of Israel, the UK, France, and New Zealand are already cracking down hard on soy… In sad contrast, 60 percent of the refined foods in US supermarkets now contain soy. Worse, soy use may double in the next few years because (last I heard) the out-of-touch medicrats in the FDA hierarchy are considering allowing manufacturers of cereal, energy bars, fake milk, fake yogurt, etc., to claim that “soy prevents cancer.”

It doesn’t…P.S.: Soy sauce is fine. Unlike soy milk, it’s perfectly safe because it’s fermented, which changes its molecular structure. Miso, natto, and tempeh are also okay, but avoid tofu.(11)

Soy can create allergic reactions. In 1986, Dr. Stuart Berger, MD, placed soy among the top seven allergens, one of the “sinister seven.”

Finally, completely avoid soy protein isolate. It is a byproduct of soybean oil processing that is found in a huge number of vegan foods. A standard soybean contains 40 percent protein, while soy protein isolate is usually about 95 percent protein. But it poses serious health risks.

The processing of soy protein isolate is done mostly in aluminum tanks that leach high levels of aluminum into the product. Then MSG, flavorings, preservatives, sweeteners, and synthetic chemicals are frequently added to help get rid of the “beany” taste and add more “meaty” flavor. In animal experiments, the test animals fed soy isolate developed enlarged organs, particularly the thyroid and the pancreas.

After the soybeans—which are mostly GMO varieties—are crushed to extract the oil, the leftover soy “chunks” (which still contain fiber, water, some fat, and other carbohydrates) then undergo another extraction process that involves hexane—a neurotoxin that is also a substantial component in gasoline.

The next step involves soaking these chunks in a chemical mixture (which commonly contains ammonia and hydrochloric acid) to help concentrate protein levels and achieve a sponge-like texture. Finally, the mixture is spray-dried.(12)

Soy protein isolate can only be made in factories. Healthy, whole foods should be possible to make in a kitchen. You can grind your own almond flour at home from almonds. You can make your own seitan (wheat meat) at home. You can make your own rice milk or hemp milk at home with a blender and some whole-food ingredients.

The only way to make soy protein isolate is by using extremely flammable and hazardous chemicals, like hexane, and extreme temperatures that you could not possibly obtain in a kitchen setting.

Hexane is not used in the production of organic soy protein isolate. For a list of which protein bars and soy burgers are made using hexane-extracted soy protein isolates and which aren’t, go to: www.cornucopia.org/hexane-guides/hexane_guide_bars.html.

As I researched soy, I came to seriously reconsider its use. I avoid it in most forms, but I do, however, use organic, non-GMO fermented soy sauce. I also use organic miso and tempeh occasionally. There are alternative organic misos now that are made with brown rice, garbanzo beans, and barley—and they taste terrific. I buy these instead of the soy variety.

In conclusion, I do not recommend soy or soy protein for a healing diet.

If you are going to buy soy, purchase certified organic, sprouted, non-GMO soy because it won’t be from genetically modified seeds. If you must buy soy, purchase sprouted and/or fermented, non-GMO, certified organic soy for a more digestible and less harmful soy protein, and avoid soy protein isolates.

Sources:
1.    Damato, Gregory. (2009, May 27). “GM-Soy: Destroy the Earth and Humans for Profit.” Natural News. http://www.naturalnews.com/026334_soy_Roundup_GMO.htm l#ixzz1RzIZAWwh
2.    Fallon, Sally, & Enig, Mary G. (2000, April–May). “Newest Research on Why You Should Avoid Soy.” Nexus, 7(3). http://www.eregimens.com/therapies/Diet/Soy/NewestResearc honwhyYouShouldAvoidSoy.htm
3.    Damato, Gregory. (2009, May 27). “GM-Soy: Destroy the Earth and Humans for Profit” Natural News. http://www.naturalnews.com/026334_soy_research_Roundup.h tml
4.     Ibid.
5.    Mercola, Joseph. (2012, June 9). “New Evidence Against These Cancer-causing Foods – and the Massive Cover-up Effort.” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/06/09/mons anto-roundup-found-to-be-carcinogenic.aspx
6.    Bellé, R., et. al. (May 9, 2012). Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B: Critical Reviews, 15(4): 233-237. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10937404.2012.67 2149
7.    Mercola, Joseph. (2009, January 9). “Learn the Truth About Soy. Just How Much Soy Do Asians Eat?” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/01/09/truth-about-soy.aspx
8.    Ibid.
9.    Sheegan, Daniel M., & Doerge, Daniel R. (1999, February 18).Letter to Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305). The letter was posted on ABCnews.com as “Scientists Protest Soy Approval.”
10.    Bellatti, Andy. “You Ask, I Answer: Soy Protein Isolate.” Medpedia. Belatti is a commenter on the original article by Kelsey Lepp. http://smallbites.andybellatti.com/you-ask-i- answer-soy-protein-isolate/
11.     Rutz, Jim. (2006, December 12). “Soy is Making Kids ‘Gay’.” WND Commentary. http://www.wnd.com/2006/12/39353/
12.    Cousens, Gabriel. (2008). There Is a Cure for Diabetes. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

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Tests Reveal That High Levels Of Weed Killer Is In Food, Including Baby Food.

Tests Reveal That High Levels Of Weed Killer Is In Our Food Supply, Including Baby Food!

Why Aren’t We Hearing Or Reading About This In The News?

        An FDA-registered Food Safety Testing Laboratory recently found extremely high levels of the pesticide glyphosate (the active ingredient in round-up weed killer made by Monsanto) in some popular foods, including Cheerios, Oreos, Doritos, and Ritz Crackers! (1) Scientific evidence demonstrates that levels as low as 0.1 part per billion (ppb) can cause extreme harm to one’s health. Cheerios measured as much as 1.125.3 ppb! (2)

        Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the most heavily used chemical weed-killer in history. “U.S. regulators allow a very high level of daily glyphosate residue in America’s food. The acceptable daily intake (ADI) limit is set at 1.75 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight per day (written 1.75 mg/kg bw/day) in the U.S., versus a more cautious 0.3 mg/kg bw/day in the European Union.

        Tolerances have been set through the submission of corporate-sponsored studies and industry influence on the regulatory process. New research shows that Roundup causes liver and kidney damage in rats, as reflected in changes in the functions of 4,000 genes at only 0.05 parts per billion (ppb) glyphosate equivalent, indicating damage.” (3)

        Recent studies on the Toxicity of Glyphosate (Roundup) found this herbicide carcinogenic.[4]

They found glyphosate:

  1. Causes cell cycle dysregulation, which is a hallmark of tumor cells and human cancers. It’s deemed a carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s team of international cancer experts. Strong evidence from animal studies has linked the chemical to various forms of cancer, and “limited evidence” from human studies has linked it to non-Hodgkins lymphoma in particular. (5)

  2. Inhibits DNA synthesis in certain parts of the cell cycle—the cells’ reproductive process, which underlies the growth and development of all living organisms. It disrupts hormones and leads to reproductive problems, early onset puberty, obesity, diabetes, and some cancers. (6)

  3. Impedes the hatchings of sea urchins. (Sea urchins were used because they constitute an appropriate model for the identification of undesirable cellular and molecular targets of pollutants.) The delay was found to be dose dependent on the concentration of Roundup. The surfactant polyoxyethylene amine (POEA), another major component of Roundup, was also found to be highly toxic to the embryos when tested alone, and could therefore be a contributing factor. [7)

        I would like to let our voices be heard, so that the news will report these findings, and so that the FDA and the USDA will put a ban on this chemical that is leaching into our water and our environment, and is poisoning our food supply.

        If we do nothing, they assume we do not care.

        The only way they will listen is if we demand they listen. Please share this story with your friends, family, etc.  The only way this injustice will be corrected is if enough of us stand up and demand that something be done to stop the poisoning of our food supply.

        Here is a detailed list from Food Democracy Now, showing the test results. (8)

        Click here to see Food Democracy Now’s full report. (9)

        Why is this weed killer  in non-GMO and organic food?

        It’s because the widespread use of this chemical has seeped into the water supply, the soils, and the air. Glyphosate is not just used on GMO crops, even though most GMO crops were developed to withstand huge amounts of this chemical herbicide to be dumped on them in the field. There are quite a few farmers, who are not organic farmers, who use it to help dry their oat and wheat crops. In all of these types of crops, the round-up is then in the food, and is not able to be washed off.

        They also use these toxic herbicides, containing glyphosate, extensively in public areas like parks.  They are neurotoxins and can cause nerve damage. They can go right through the skin and directly into the blood stream. Think of your baby crawling on the grass or your pet’s nose sniffing it. Look at the rise in cancer in pets and children in the US. I find this incredibly alarming.

        The American Cancer Society states on their website that Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children aged 1 to 14 in 2016.

        Likewise, the Veterinary Cancer Society states that cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs.

        Everyone seems to act as if this is something that is normal, but I firmly believe it to be a direct result of the toxins (like carcinogens such as glyphosate) in our environment, food and water.

        Pollinators travel all over the place gathering food from flowers. Even though “there is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the United States,” (10) Glyphosate is used so extensively, that the FDA found it in every single honey they tested. (11)

        “Even though the FDA annually examines foods for residues of many pesticides, it has skipped testing for glyphosate residues for decades. It was only in February of this year that the FDA said it would start some glyphosate residues analysis…The government and Monsanto have maintained that any glyphosate residues in food would be minimal enough to be safe. But critics say without robust testing, glyphosate levels in food are not known. And they say that even trace amounts may be harmful because they are likely consumed so regularly in many foods.” (12)

        Bees are so sensitive that these toxins are one of the reasons the bee population has declined by over 90% in the last few years, and those are only the hive bees that can be counted. We can’t effectively count the wild bees  or other pollinators, who live singularly.

        Can we even guess how many people have glyphosate-filled foods in their pantry? This can be one of the reasons half the men in the US have cancer. One third of women have cancer. The leading cause of death in the US of children is cancer.

        So, my question is: why isn’t our government protecting our food supply from these cancer-causing chemical and herbicides?

        Why isn’t this type of information being reported?

        This is in my opinion the slow poisoning of Americans, and it’s being allowed by our own government.

        I just wonder how much money is changing hands from Monsanto and other companies that manufacture these glyphosate herbicides, to these agencies or the people who are in charge of regulating the toxins in our environment and our food supply. I can’t imagine any other reason for them to allow this kind of continued use to happen, especially after being shown time and time again that they are harmful.

          I feel we need to ban lobbyists, and also demand that our government regulators start protecting us from these harmful poisons that are saturating our food, our environment and our water supply.

         According to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) archives in the United States, it has been documented that Monsanto knew of the potential of glyphosate to cause cancer in mammals as long ago as 1981. (13)

        Why would the EPA create a cover-up, or continue to allow Monsanto and other companies to use these documented cancer-causing herbicides on crops?

        I personally am so disgusted with the regulations for our food in this country.

        I think it’s disgraceful what our country’s regulatory agencies allow to happen to our food, (including baby food!), our environment and our water. (14)

        I don’t think it will stop until we demand it.

        We need to share this story and other ones like the Food Democracy Now’s documented studies, until they can’t deny it any longer, and must do something about it.

         Just remember that you, your family and your friends’ health depends on what you ingest.  Avoid the herbicide-laden foods by choosing certified organic foods. These toxic chemicals, including glyphosate, are prohibited on organic crops.

        In closing, I’m asking for a call to action.

        Please share this story on twitter, facebook, etc.

        We need to demand that our food be safe.

        The government should take action on this, because it’s the ethical thing to do.

Sources:
1 & 2. Report by Food Democracy Now, “Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate.” Link:https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.fooddemocracynow.org/images/FDN_Glyphosate_FoodTesting_Report_p2016.pdf
  1. Mesnage R, Arno M, Costanzo M, Malatesta M, Seralini GE, Anto-
niou MN. Transcriptome profile analysis reflects rat liver and kid-
ney damage following chronic ultra-low dose Roundup exposure.
Environ Health. 2015;14:70. http://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/arti-
cles/10.1186/s12940-015-0056-1
  1. Mercola, Joseph. (2012, June 9). “New Evidence Against These Cancer-causing Foods – and the Massive Cover-up Effort.” Retrieved from  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/06/09/monsanto-roundup-found-to-be-carcinogenic.aspx
  2. Monsanto Roundup Harms Human Endocrine System at Levels Allowed in Drinking Water, Study Shows By J. D. Heyes, Global Research, April 06, 2015
  3. Entropy 2013, 15(4), 1416-1463; doi:10.3390/e15041416
Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases
Anthony Samsel 1and Stephanie Seneff 2,*
1Independent Scientist and Consultant, Deerfield, NH 03037, USA
2Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
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  2. Report by Food Democracy Now, “Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate.” Link:https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.fooddemocracynow.org/images/FDN_Glyphosate_FoodTesting_Report_p2016.pdf
  3. Huffington Post:  FDA Finds Monsanto’s Weed Killer In U.S. Honey
09/15/2016 07:27 am ET | Updated Sep 15, 2016
 by Carey Gillam
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Food by LC/MS. Narong Chamkasem, Southeast Regional Laboratory, U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, Atlanta, GA, http://www.nacrw.org/2016/presentations/O-27.pdf
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determination of glyphosate, glufosinate, and AMPA in
Food by LC/MS.
Narong Chamkasem,
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Administration, Atlanta, GA, http://www.nacrw.org/2016/presentations/O-27.pdf
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J Environ Anal Toxicol, ISSN: 2161-0525 JEAT, an open access journal
Open Access Research Article, Environmental & Analytical Toxicology
Krüger et al., J Environ Anal Toxicol
2014, 4:2 http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2161-0525.1000210
*Corresponding author: Dr. Awad A Shehata, Institute of Bacteriology and
Mycology of Veterinary Faculty, University of Leipzig, Germany, Tel: 0049-
03419738183; Fax: 0049-03419738199; E-mail: shehata@vetmed.uni-leipzig.deReceived January 04, 2014; Accepted January 28, 2014 Published January 31, 2014 Citation: Krüger M, Schledorn P, Schrödl W, Hoppe HW, Lutz W, et al. (2014)  Detection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and Humans. J Environ Anal Toxicol
4: 210. doi: 10.4172/2161-0525.1000210 Copyright© 2014 ,Institute of Bacteriology and Mycology of Veterinary Faculty, University of Leipzig, Germany 2 Medizinisches Labor Bremen Haferwende 12, 28357 Bremen, Germany 3 Wildlife Research Institute, Bonn, Germany 4 Avian and Rabbit Diseases Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Sadat City University, Egypt, http://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/detection-of-glyphosate-residues-in-animals-and-humans-2161-0525.1000210.pdf
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Holiday Traditions

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Holiday Traditions

        In a world faced with uncertainties, we crave our holiday traditions now more than ever.  We want to embrace what is familiar.  


      What is comforting is a table filled with family, friends, laughter, and food from recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.  

 
       I was in charge of the stuffing and Waldorf Salad this year.  My mother gave me the stuffing recipe that she has used since her mother taught her to make it. Now I am taking up the tradition, and I will pass it on to my children. These recipes and traditions can be such a stabilizing part of our lives. 

 
        My mother recently moved, and it has not been the same this year.  She said that she wasn’t going to decorate for Christmas this season, because it is so much trouble getting all the ornaments out, and then putting them away after the holidays.
 
        It would have been so hard to imagine going to my mother’s home on Christmas morning without the Christmas tree and the festive decorations that she so lovingly put out every year of my life.

        I suggested that we just change a few things this year and still make it work, and the traditions will grow and change with the times, and my mother agreed. 

 
         When my daughter asked my mother about the traditions we always had every year, she said that many years ago, she just decided that we were going to have some traditions, and she simply made them up as she went along. 

         After all these years of my mothers’ wonderful traditions, these are what her children and grandchildren now embrace and cherish so very much. 

 
        One of these traditions that my mother started years ago was to have a “Family Wassail Party” the weekend after Thanksgiving. The entire family goes over to my mother’s house, and drinks wassail (a hot mulled cider), eats, talks and helps decorate the tree. 

         There is a rule that you must put at least 10 ornaments on the tree before you can leave.  This creates such fun and merriment, as everyone is part of the overall creation.

        The tallest members of the family put the ornaments way up high, and the smaller ones decorate the lower hard-to-reach part of the tree.

         The laughter and sharing of the evening together is a time when we all get to relax and just catch up with each others’ lives, since we are all running at lightning speed these days. 

 
        My family is very large, and even though most of us live in the same city, we don’t get to see each other all that often.  It is the eye-to-eye contact, sharing and communication that truly bond us together. 

         These traditional events reconnect us and bring us closer together as a family. 

         I am going to make my grandmother’s recipe (that was handed down to my mother, and now to me), with loving care.  I know that the energy and love that I will put into the making of this dish will be what makes it so good. 

         All the foods your grandmother made had her loving energy in it. The main ingredient was always love. That is why that familiar traditional food tastes so much better.  That is also why we crave it when we are sad or lonely.  

 
       So as we continue our traditions, remember that we can create comforting, wonderful memories for our families and friends by just relaxing, and putting a lot of love into everything we do. It is the warm feelings in the traditions that we will always cherish.

         It truly is about being present, and being here, right now.  Slow down and savor the moment.  It is food for our soul. 
 
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The Power Of Plants And Flowers On Our Health And Well-being

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The Power Of Plants And Flowers On Our Health And Well-being

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. At this time of year, we tend to spend much more time indoors. We aren’t outside as much and around the gardens or plants in our yard or park. Having plants, going for a walk in the park, or even looking at a landscape poster can produce psychological benefits that include reduction of stress,  and improving concentration.

In a research study by Rutgers University, Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology decided to explore the power of plants and flowers on our health and well being. She said that “What’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way,”

In this study, a “team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

  1. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.

  2. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.

  3. Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.” (1)

Flowers and plants lift the spirit and clean the air.
So, my suggestion to everyone would be to surround yourself and your loved ones with fresh flowers and/or plants. Plants add vibrancy and fresh air, and change the feeling of a room.

Not just the Rutger’s study, but there are many studies I’ve read over years ago that said adding a vase of fresh flowers or a plant to a room made people’s attitudes happier and more positive. I add flowers and plants to my space and to the spaces of those I love, whenever I can.

When a loved one is in a nursing home, hospital, or small place where they can’t get out much, it’s an easy thing to add a plant or vase of flowers to the room.

Plants increase humidity, reducing some of the drying effects of indoor heaters and air systems.

Take a small cutting from the garden of mint or ivy and put it in water, and—presto!—you have a plant that will create a new feeling to the room.

Clas Bergvall, an ethnologist at Umeå University in Sweden, wanted to know what plants did for people emotionally—so he dedicated his doctoral dissertation to the subject. What his research found was that:

  • Research suggests that indoor plants reduce symptoms of fatigue, headache, cough and dry skin.

  • Studies show that plant filled rooms contain up to 60 percent fewer airborne molds and bacteria than rooms without plants.

  • The following plants are best at  decontaminating air and balancing humidity: Areca, Reed and Dwarf date palms; Boston ferns, English ivy and Peace Lilies. (2)

When my former husband (an environmental trial lawyer) was conducting environmental impact studies on air quality, I learned that plants are masters at cleaning certain toxins from the air.

Ficus plants are great at cleaning formaldehyde out of the air. Low-light plants like the ivy plants are great to use in general. Many low-light plants that have shallower root systems are the easiest and most beneficial for removing toxins from indoor air.

Plants remind us of  life, beauty, spirituality and make us more introspective. By incorporating plants and flowers into our natural environment, they can bring calm to our chaotic lives.

Source: 1. The Emotional Impact of Flowers Study was published in the April 2005 issue of Evolutionary Psychology. Click here for the academic paper (PDF).
2. Study Documents the Power of Indoor Plant By Melinda Wenner,
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How To Have A Healthy Halloween

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How To Have A Healthy Halloween

Halloween is almost here, and everyone is wondering what costume to wear and what treats to give. Careful planning can make this holiday even more enjoyable than you imagined.

Sugar is usually the treat of choice, but it is harmful to our health. Since we want to set a good example for our children, I’ve found some truly wonderful alternatives that are enjoyable and entertaining.

While children may not always appear to be listening, they are always watching, so send a consistent message that healthy eating is important—even on holidays.

This can be challenging when the rest of the country is trying to eat as many pieces of candy and sugary desserts as possible.

According to research, one teaspoon of sugar can shut down a person’s immune system for up to 5 hours.  Yale University says that children should get only 3 to 4 teaspoons of sugar per day, and that an adult should limit  their intake to 5 teaspoons.

This is even possible on Halloween. We all benefit from avoiding going overboard on holiday occasions.

Try to find a healthy balance for your children’s food intake and create an atmosphere of wise choices.

First, before going trick-or-treating with your children or sending them to a Halloween party, serve a filling and healthy meal so that tempting sugary desserts and candy aren’t eaten simply because of hunger.

You can also pass out non-edible treats as substitutes for candy.  Try things like stickers, crayons, bubbles, kaleidoscopes, slinkies, yoyos, sidewalk chalk, small flashlights, glow sticks, hacky sacks, funny glasses, or other fun gifts.

You can even pass out toothbrushes! You can find packs of these online or at the local party or craft stores. Make sure you pick age appropriate treats for children, and especially make sure that the gifts do not include small parts that a child could choke on.

Some gifts may be better for smaller children, while others may be more fun or safer for older children.

If you would prefer to hand out edible treats, try some commercially-packaged alternatives to candy like trail mixes, raisins, popcorn packets, or nut butter crackers. People will trust packages from the grocery store more than homemade tems, as they are sealed.

For a home party, you can make healthy pumpkin muffins or popcorn with nuts and raisins. It is the perfect time to serve a green kale smoothie, which you can call the Martian Magic Mixture! (Recipe below) Guests will think they are having a special Halloween drink, when in reality you are introducing a healthy green drink.

With childhood obesity on the rise at an alarming rate, and literally doubling over the last 30 years, it is good to be someone who isn’t contributing to the sugar disease epidemic.

You’d be surprised how much all of us enjoy an alternative to the sugar laden candy that is so common.

If your child goes trick-or-treating, instruct your child to wait and allow you to inspect the food they collect before they eat it. Tell them that if any candy or food they received isn’t wrapped professionally (commercially), they should throw it away, especially if it looks like there is any kind of tampering (tears, holes, discoloration, etc.) with the package.

I always threw out any kind of candy or treat that my children were given that looked suspicious in any way. Don’t take a chance.

Just throw it out if there is doubt.

If you allow your children to eat candy or treats, be aware that some have a shelf life. If you are allowing your child to have one or two pieces per day, check the candy for freshness or an expiration date before he or she can have it.

Teach your children to do this as well. Children can be very responsible if given the chance.

Children’s teeth and gums are damaged by sugar. Dental decay can be painful and damaging to a child’s health. Conditions like this can challenge a person for their entire life.

Help your children make the best decisions for their health now. Make certain they brush and floss after consuming sweets. Your children will always be grateful for the love you show them.

They may not show it today, but they will recognize and appreciate it more as they grow older.

For Halloween, spend time together, play fun music, bob for apples, make jack-o-lanterns, and bake pumpkin bread or other items that benefit your family’s health.This shows your family how much you really care about them.

May you have a fun, safe Halloween holiday.

Sources:
1.    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “Albert”Sanchez,”J.”L.”Reeser,”H.”S.”Lau,”P.”Y.”Yahiku,
“R.”E.”Willard,”P.”J.”McMillan,”S.”Y.”Cho,”A.”R.”Magie,”
and””U.”D.”Register.”-“Role of sugars in human
neutrophilic phagocytosis.” –
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Copyright © 1973 by The American Society for Clinical Nutrition, Inc,
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2,”Yale+Health+Newsletter.”“Be”a”Sugar”Detective.”http://yalehealth.yale.edu/sugardetective
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Martian Magic Mixture

 

There’s just something about smoothies that makes them a perfect addition to the healthy lifestyle. This refreshing hearty green smoothie will be a special, nutrient-rich, treat.

 

Ingredients:

Organic of course!

1 cup unsweetened, vanilla coconut milk
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup pineapple chunks (fresh is great, but frozen is fine)
1 banana
2 kale leaf (stem removed)
1 cup baby spinach

Directions

1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth.

Note: Add more coconut milk if it’s too thick.

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Healthy Snacks For Nursing Mom’s And Tot’s

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Healthy Snacks For Nursing Mom’s And Tot’s

Eating a well balanced diet is always a good choice for new moms. But many new moms wonder how breastfeeding will affect their child and their diet. You probably don’t need to make any major changes to what you eat or drink when you’re nursing, though there are a few important considerations to keep in mind, like avoiding alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs of any kind and avoiding caffeine are some of the most important. Also, it’s important to minimize your exposure to contaminants in your food, body care products (they go directly into your blood stream through your skin, without being filtered) or environment, while you’re nursing. Pesticides, insecticides, and other chemicals that you ingest or put on your body will get into your breast milk.

You want to be aware that your body also draws on its reserves, when you don’t get the nutrients you need from your diet and that can eventually make you become depleted. That is not good, because you need strength and stamina to handle the physical demands of caring for your new baby. So a high nutrient rich diet is recommended.

Some of the best snacks are simply fresh fruits and vegetables cut up into bite sized pieces. I frequently take raw, freshly washed green beans or raw okra and rub or sprinkle unrefined sea salt on them. They make a great snack! Green beans have an insulin-type of effect on the body, so they make particularly good snacks for anyone who has to regulate their blood sugar.

Place about a half of a cup in small snack containers or zip lock baggies. That way, you can then grab them quickly throughout the week for quick snacks. They taste delicious.

Hummus is a high fiber food that is easy and inexpensive to make or buy. I make mine with a variety of beans. Hummus goes well with whole grain, gluten-free crackers, chips, cut up veggies (example: red bell pepper or sliced cucumber), pita chips, etc. I use it as my sandwich spread for many things. It is a delicious high protein staple to keep around for emergency snacks or meals.

Be careful to avoid artificial ingredients and additives like dyes, sweeteners, flavorings, growth hormones and antibiotics (given to animals) and toxins from the ocean or environment (as in fish). They can be toxic to you and your child. I expand on this and how it can affect your child’s brain health as well as their behavior and physical growth in my healthy cookbook, “Raising Healthy Children.”

Raisins and dates (pitted) are both a good source of carbohydrates for energy.

Dates are an excellent source of potassium, sulphur, iron, and magnesium.. Raisins are also rich in B vitamins, iron, and potassium. This might seem surprising, but compounds found in raisins fight bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum disease.

Also, nutrient dense smoothies with the proper amount of healthy fats, super foods, protein, etc. are an easy way to get intense nutrition in an easy effective way.

I have many great recipes in my healthy, award winning cookbook: “Raising Healthy Children.”

If you are concerned about pesticides or the high cost of organically grown food, you can check the list created by the Environmental Working Group, and their list of the worst foods tested for highest for pesticides, They call them the dirty dozen. They list them from worst to least. Some of them listed as the most toxic are: strawberries apples, celery, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines and grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, and kale and collard greens.

The clean fifteen list of fruits and vegetables that had the lowest amount of pesticide residue were onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocados, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, and mushrooms.

If you are concerned about losing some of the weight you had gain from pregnancy, you might plan to take up to a year to get back to your pre-pregnancy/normal weight.

Some new moms find the weight just seems to fall off, while others don’t lose much. This will all depend your food choices, your activity level, your metabolism and on your own body,

I suggest avoiding any kind of weight loss plan for a couple of months after your child is born. A low calorie diet can drain your energy and limit your milk supply. Also, always stay hydrated. This is critically important for your and your child’s health and well-being.

When you combine healthy eating with moderate exercise, this can be a safe and effective way of losing weight and getting back into shape.

Enjoy this time with your child, it goes very quickly and it’s one of the most important parts of your child’s life. So, relax, enjoy and find peaceful moments in your time together.

By Nancy Addison CHC, AADP, CSN, CPT

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Drinking Water Can Help You Lose Weight!

 

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Losing Weight By Drinking Water!

Many people today go on diet after diet, in an attempt to lose unwanted pounds. I personally know several people who are always dieting. What if you could lose weight easily and without a huge monetary investment? Well, here is a method that just might work for you. Drinking plentiful amounts of water can actually help a person lose weight. When people diet they may cut out a lot of water because they don’t want to retain water or they may think drinking water will make them retain water weight. But in reality, it may do just the opposite.

Studies have shown that if a person isn’t getting enough water in their system, then organs, like the kidneys will actually start hoarding water. (1) When dehydrated other negative reactions by the body occur. Dehydration can lead to dizziness, headaches, a feeling of weakness, cramping muscles, and a general feeling of tiredness. A dehydrated person may not feel like doing things, like exercising. In fact, when someone is feeling fatigue, it is most likely caused by dehydration. Other studies have shown that consuming water can help curb hunger pangs. (2) In reality, many hunger cravings are actually the result of the body craving hydration. (3) And “even mild dehydration will slow down” the body’s “metabolism by as much as 3 percent.” (4) So, if you want to lose some weight, try drinking lots and lots of water first thing in the morning and then all through the day, about two and a half hours after each meal.
Dehydration is more common than you might think. In fact, a Harvard Medical School study said that seventy –five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (5) In a study by Associate professor Robert Kenefick of kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire, he found that even in the winter, “people just don’t feel as thirsty when the weather is cold.” (6) “When they don’t feel thirsty, they don’t drink as much, and this can cause dehydration.” He also discovered that when exposed to the cold, the hormone AVP reacts differently and the thirst sensation is reduced about 40 percent. Kenefick says. “Humans don’t naturally hydrate themselves properly, and they can become very dehydrated in cold weather because there is little physiological stimulus to drink.” (7) Kenefick offers this advice: “Drink plenty of water, especially when exercising or working outdoors. A good way to monitor proper hydration is to examine urine output – the color should be nearly clear.” (8)

When we get thirsty, we are already in a dehydrated state. Most illnesses today can actually be traced to dehydration. Many people may be drinking fluids and thinking they are hydrating their body, but in actuality, if they are consuming fluids like coffee and sodas, they are consuming dehydrating liquids.
“ Dr. Batmanghelidj studied water while he was a prisoner in an Iranian jail. He treated and cured about 3,000 prisoners using water and sea salt to treat, what he called chronic intracellular dehydration. He found that most people are sick because of dehydration. He wrote quite a few books on the subject after his release. The “water cure” that he prescribed in his books is:

1. Sufficient water. Drink an ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight daily. This means that someone weighing 200 pounds should drink 100 ounces of water a day. This is in addition to any other beverages. Consume water first thing upon getting up in the morning and then drink it all day long, on a continual basis, every two hours.

2. Sea salt. Put 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt on the tongue with every 16 ounces of water. This is a key component in the “water cure.” This is really important for people suffering from allergies or asthma; the salt acts like an antihistamine.” (9)

The doctor used pure sea salt, not purified table salt. Pure sea salt contains the minerals that our body needs in order to absorb water optimum ally. So, take this formula and add some hydrating water to your diet. The benefits can be surprising. This new formula for weight loss can have you feeling and looking great!

Sources:
2, 3, 4, & 5: The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County, May and June Connecting Lewis County Newsletter. 2011. P.O. Box 72, 5274 Outer Stowe Street, Lowville, NY 13367
1, 6, 7 and 8: http://www.livestrong.com/article/392737-hydration-weight-loss/, Hydration & Weight Loss
9. How to be a Healthy Vegetarian by Nancy Gibbons Addison 2012. -taken from the chapter on water.
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Fresh Produce Storage Tips

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Fresh Produce Storage Tips

Fresh produce is part of this healthy eating plan and lifestyle.  Storing it properly is important. We go to the store and buy delicious-looking food. But then we get home and end up storing it improperly, or we get busy and forget about it. Then we find our refrigerator having the aroma of over-ripe or rotting fruits and veggies. One way we can spend less AND eat healthier is by storing our fresh food properly.

Don’t try to buy produce to last for a week. It may not last that long. Some root veggies can last a month, if stored properly, but fresher, more fragile fruits and veggies will only last about 2 -5 days. If you do buy too much, you can think about making a pie, or doing some canning, or freezing some of your more fragile fruits and veggies before they spoil.

Always store your food in its complete wholeness. Never place fruits and veggies in airtight bags. That actually will speed up the decay. You do want to be mindful that mold will proliferate quickly and can spoil the whole group of fruits or veggies. So, toss out any spoiled produce immediately, or put it into your compost bin.

Next, make sure you are storing the various types of fruits and veggies with the right partners. Some give off high levels of ethylene gas (a ripening agent), which makes them and everything around them ripen or decay quickly. You want to keep these types of foods separate from each other. Put things like kale and spinach in the same bin, and peaches and apples in another. If you put fruit with greens, it will cause the greens to rot or turn yellow in a few days.

Greens are very sensitive to the ethylene gas. There are a product called the Bluapple  and it absorbs the ethylene gas. I just put it in my bin with the fruits and/or greens. Of course, if you need something to ripen faster, then you can use this knowledge to your advantage.

You can put the one you need to ripen with a fruit that gives off the high level of ethylene gas. I also use produce bags by Evert-Fresh. They will absorb ethylene gas and help your produce stay fresher longer.

Keep root veggies (including all kinds of potatoes) in a cool, dark, dry place. They can last up to a month if kept properly. Never store potatoes in the refrigerator, because they will develop much higher sugar content.

Here is a list of fruits and veggies, showing the best way to store them. These are high ethylene producers, and you can refrigerate them: apples, apricots, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherimoyas, cranberries, figs, green onions, guavas, grapes, honeydew, kiwifruit, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, prunes, quince, and tomatoes.

This is a high releaser, but should be stored in a cool dark place outside of the refrigerator: banana.

There are very sensitive to ethylene gas: asparagus, bananas (unripe), blackberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, garlic, green beans, kale, leafy greens, leeks, lettuce, okra, onions, parsley, peas, peppers, raspberries, spinach, squash, strawberries, watercress, and watermelon. Keep them separate from the high ethylene gas producing foods.

Try to purchase fresh fruits and veggies that have been ripened on the vine or on the tree. Tree or vine-ripened foods contain salvestrols, which are compounds that have natural anti-cancer properties.(1)In fact, the word salvestrol comes from the Latin word “save.” So, growing your own food or buying from a local farmer is one way of getting food that is vine or tree-ripened. Food that is picked green and then ripened on the way to market does not contain these salvestrols.

Organic food is best, because it is more nutrient dense. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides can destroy nutrients in the soil, like sulfur and chromium, which are vital for our health. “The Organic Center study found that organic foods were more nutritionally dense in 61% of the cases” and they “found conventional foods to contain higher nitrates, which are widely considered a potential health hazard. (2)

With all the fresh fruits and vegetables enticing us from their bins at the farmer’s market or grocery store, now we can make those delicious meals with our properly stored produce!

Bon Appétit!

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Sources;

  1. Johnson, Dr. Ben. Qtd. in Bollinger, Ty. (2014). The quest for the cures… continues. (Film transcript). TTAC Publishing.
  2. Steury, Tim. (Winter, 2009). “Is organic more nutritious?” Washington State Magazine. Retrieved from http://wsu.edu/s/index.php?id=749

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