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Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon Extract Decreased Breast Cancer Cell Growth

A Ton Of Bitter Melon Produces Sweet Results For Diabetes

Recipe for Sugar Reduction

GM Crops Facing Meltdown in the USA

 

BitterMelon

Slow acting protein extract from fruit pulp of Momordica charantia with insulin secretagogue and insulinomimetic activities.

Biol Pharm Bull. 2006 Jun;29(6):1126-31–Authors: Yibchok-anun S, Adisakwattana S, Yao CY, Sangvanich P, Roengsumran S, Hsu WH

The protein from Thai bitter gourd (Momordica charantia) fruit pulp was extracted and studied for its hypoglycemic effect. Subcutaneous administration of the protein extract (5, 10 mg/kg) significantly and markedly decreased plasma glucose concentrations in both normal and streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats in a dose-dependent manner. The onset of the protein extract-induced antihyperglycemia/hypoglycemia was observed at 4 and 6 h in diabetic and normal rats, respectively. This protein extract also raised plasma insulin concentrations by 2 fold 4 h following subcutaneous administration. In perfused rat pancreas, the protein extract (10 microg/ml) increased insulin secretion, but not glucagon secretion. The increase in insulin secretion was apparent within 5 min of administration and was persistent during 30 min of administration. Furthermore, the protein extract enhanced glucose uptake into C2C12 myocytes and 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Time course experiments performed in rat adipocytes revealed that M. charantia protein extract significantly increased glucose uptake after 4 and 6 h of incubation. Thus, the M. charantia protein extract, a slow acting chemical, exerted both insulin secretagogue and insulinomimetic activities to lower blood glucose concentrations in vivo.

PMID: 16755004 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

 

Bitter Melon Extract Decreased Breast Cancer Cell Growth

ScienceDaily (Feb. 23, 2010) — Bitter melon extract, a common dietary supplement, exerts a significant effect against breast cancer cell growth and may eventually become a chemopreventive agent against this form of cancer, according to results of a recent study.—“Our findings suggest that bitter melon extract modulates several signal transduction pathways, which induces breast cancer cell death,” said lead researcher Ratna B. Ray, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pathology at Saint Louis University. “This extract can be utilized as a dietary supplement for the prevention of breast cancer.”—Results of this study are published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.—Previous research has shown Momordica charantia, also known as bitter melon, to have hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects, according to Ray. Because of these effects, the extract is commonly used in folk medicines as a remedy for diabetes in locales such as India, China and Central America, according to the researchers.—Using human breast cancer cells and primary human mammary epithelial cells in vitro, Ray and colleagues found the mechanism of bitter melon extract significantly decreased proliferation, that is, cell growth and division, and induced death in breast cancer cells. These early results offer an encouraging path for research into breast cancer.—“Breast cancer is a major killer among women around the world, and in that perspective, results from this study are quite significant,” said Rajesh Agarwal, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado, Denver School of Pharmacy. “This study may provide us with one more agent as an extract that could be used against breast cancer if additional studies hold true.”—According to Agarwal, the Cancer Research associate editor for this study, the simple study design, clear-cut results and the overall importance of these findings in breast cancer prevention makes this research different from previous research.—However, he stressed that “this study is only a step towards establishing the cancer preventive efficacy of bitter melon against breast cancer.” Additional studies are needed to further understand the molecular targets of bitter melon extract in cancer cells, as well as for establishing its in vivo efficacy. Agarwal gave a note of caution, stating that while these results do provide hope as an anti-cancer agent, it is important to establish the validity of these results in animal models before adding them to one’s diet to inhibit breast cancer cell growth.—Ray and colleagues are currently conducting follow-up studies using a number of cancer cell lines to examine the anti-proliferative effect of the extract. They are also planning a preclinical trial to evaluate its chemopreventive efficacy by oral administration.—Bitter melon extract is cultivated in Asia, Africa and South America. Extract of this vegetable is being popularized as a dietary supplement in Western Countries, since it is known to contain additional glycosides such as mormordin, vitamin C, carotenoids, flavanoids and polyphenols.

Story Source: Adapted from materials provided by American Association for Cancer Research, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS

 

A Ton Of Bitter Melon Produces Sweet Results For Diabetes

ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2008) — Scientists have uncovered the therapeutic properties of bitter melon, a vegetable and traditional Chinese medicine, that make it a powerful treatment for Type 2 diabetes.–Teams from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica pulped roughly a tonne of fresh bitter melon and extracted four very promising bioactive components. These four compounds all appear to activate the enzyme AMPK, a protein well known for regulating fuel metabolism and enabling glucose uptake.–“We can now understand at a molecular level why bitter melon works as a treatment for diabetes,” said Professor David James, Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Program at Garvan. “By isolating the compounds we believe to be therapeutic, we can investigate how they work together in our cells.”People with Type 2 diabetes have an impaired ability to convert the sugar in their blood into energy in their muscles. This is partly because they don’t produce enough insulin, and partly because their fat and muscle cells don’t use insulin effectively, a phenomenon known as ‘insulin resistance’.–Exercise activates AMPK in muscle, which in turn mediates the movement of glucose transporters to the cell surface, a very important step in the uptake of glucose from the circulation into tissues in the body. This is a major reason that exercise is recommended as part of the normal treatment program for someone with Type 2 diabetes.–The four compounds isolated in bitter melon perform a very similar action to that of exercise, in that they activate AMPK.–Garvan scientists involved in the project, Drs Jiming Ye and Nigel Turner, both stress that while there are well known diabetes drugs on the market that also activate AMPK, they can have side effects.–“The advantage of bitter melon is that there are no known side effects,” said Dr Ye. “Practitioners of Chinese medicine have used it for hundreds of years to good effect.”Garvan has a formal collaborative arrangement with the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica. In addition to continuing to work together on the therapeutic potential of bitter melon, we will be exploring other Chinese medicines. Professor Yang Ye, from the Shanghai Institute and a specialist in natural products chemistry, isolated the different fractions from bitter melon and identified the compounds of interest.–“Bitter melon was described as “bitter in taste, non-toxic, expelling evil heat, relieving fatigue and illuminating” in the famous Compendium of Materia Medica by Li Shizhen (1518-1593), one of the greatest physicians, pharmacologists and naturalists in China’s history,” said Professor Ye. “It is interesting, now that we have the technology, to analyse why it has been so effective.”–“Some of the compounds we have identified are completely novel. We have elucidated the molecular structures of these compounds and will be working with our colleagues at Garvan to decipher their actions at a molecular level. We assume it’s working through a novel pathway inside cells, and finding that pathway is going to be very interesting.”–The results are published online March 27 in the international journal Chemistry & Biology.

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Adapted from materials provided by Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Ø Recipe for Sugar Reduction and Insulin Regulating—take bitter melon ( dry form) and add ¼ cup of this into a pot of water ( 2 pint or 1 litre) add 1-2 strips of cinnamon bark—1 tablespoon of juniper berry– add 1-2 strips of seaweed or 1tsp of dry—1 tsp of nettle—and boil together—let cool and drink this several times a day—Should see sugar come out in the urine as well as in other areas—may see insulin levels go down as well—Supplements to take with this would be alpha lipoic acid + acetyl L carnitine ( 200 mgs of the ALA—and 500mgs of the Acetyl l carnitine ) –Minerals should be zinc 30 mgs+ manganese 5-9 mgs+ magnesium citrate 200 mgs+ potassium 200 mgs ( or 1 cap at 99mgs 2 times a day )—the big key here is to lay off all-SOY—CANOLA—SUGAR ( processed) ( all breads and cereals today processed or using treated materials are toxic to us )—Definitely No Bananas ( unless eaten black due to the sugar levels going down and the fermented minerals rise –No grapes—Raisons—Watermelons—High Fructose Corn Syrup Definitely out—No pasta or rice or cereal For 5 days and see the impact now do this for a month and slowly introduce bread that are rye—barley—oat—buckwheat—quinoa—amaranth—millet—these will still be cereals but maybe less toxic and less manipulated then the mainstream grains

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GM Crops Facing Meltdown in the USA

Major crops genetically modified for just two traits -herbicide tolerance and insect resistance – are ravaged by super weeds and secondary pests in the heartland of GMOs as farmers fight a losing battle with more of the same; a  fundamental shift to organic farming practices may be the only salvation Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

—Please circulate widely, keeping all links unchanged, and submit to your government representatives demanding an end to GM crops and support for non-GM organic agriculture—Two traits account for practically all the genetically modified (GM) crops grown in the world today: herbicide-tolerance (HT) due to glyphosate-insensitive form of the gene coding for the enzyme targeted by the herbicide, 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS), derived from soil bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens, and insect-resistance due to one or more toxin genes derived from the soil bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis). Commercial planting began around 1997 in the United States, the heartland of GM crops, and increased rapidly over the years. By now, GM crops have taken over 85-91 percent of the area planted with the three major crops, soybean, corn and cotton in the US [1]] (see Table 1), which occupy nearly 171 million acres. –The ecological time-bomb that came with the GM crops has been ticking away, and is about to explode. –HT crops encouraged the use of herbicides, resulting in herbicide-resistant weeds that demand yet more herbicides. But the increasing use of deadly herbicide and herbicide mixtures has failed to stall the advance of the palmer super weed in HT crops. At the same time, secondary pests such as the tarnished plant bug, against which Bt toxin is powerless, became the single most damaging insect for US cotton. Monster plants that can’t be killed It is the Day of the Triffids – not the genetically modified plants themselves as alluded to in John Wyndham’s novel -but “super weeds that can’t be killed” [2], created by the planting of genetically modified HT crops, as seen on ABC TV news. –The scene is set at harvest time in Arkansas October 2009. Grim-faced farmers and scientists speak from fields infested with giant pigweed plants that can withstand as much glyphosate herbicide as you can afford to douse on them. One farmer spent US$0.5 million in three months trying to clear the monster weeds in vain; they stop combine harvesters and break hand tools. Already, an estimated one million acres of soybean and cotton crops in Arkansas have become infested.********** Personnel Observation—I think it is the balance of nature trying to end the anomally—so things are actually working to remove this genetic abnormality and the defence mechanism is acting as it shoud to remove what was not intended to be used as a plant or food source******** The palmer amaranth or palmer pigweed is the most dreaded weed. It can grow 7-8 feet tall, withstand withering heat and prolonged droughts, produce thousands of seeds and has a root system that drains nutrients away from crops. If left unchecked, it would take over a field in a year. –Meanwhile in North Carolina Perquimans County, farmer and extension worker Paul Smith has just found the offending weed in his field [3], and he too, will have to hire a migrant crew to remove the weed by hand. The resistant weed is expected to move into neighbouring counties. It has already developed resistance to at least three other types of herbicides. herbicide-resistance in weeds is nothing new. Ten weed species in North Carolina and 189 weed species nationally have developed resistance to some herbicide. A new herbicide is unlikely to come out, said Alan York, retired professor of agriculture from North Carolina State University and national weed expert

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Canada On The Verge Of Approving Enviropigs – Millions Of Canadians Will Soon Be Eating Mouse-Pig Hybrids

There has been no global warming since 1995

AC-Air Conditioning Dangers

Types of Water

Some Solutions to ANTI-PAIN!!!

 

 

Canada On The Verge Of Approving Enviropigs – Millions Of Canadians Will Soon Be Eating Mouse-Pig Hybrids

The Canadian government is on the verge of approving the introduction of extremely bizarre genetically modified pigs into the Canadian food supply.  These new mouse/pig hybrids have been dubbed “enviropigs” and are being touted as being much better for the environment.  This new “breed” of Yorkshire pigs was created by scientists in Ontario at the University of Guelph, who spliced in genes from mice to decrease the amount of phosphorus produced in the pigs’ excrement.  So soon millions of Canadians will be eating meat from mouse/pig hybrid creatures and most of them will not even realize it.  It is expected that approval for this new “brand” of pigs will be sought in the United States as well.  But this is hardly the first time that scientists have mixed two kinds of animals together in an attempt to create creatures that will be beneficial for humanity.   –The truth is that scientists around the world are now creating bizarre hybrid “animals” on a regular basis.  Over the past couple of decades the field of genetic modification has made extraordinary advances, and now researchers and scientists seem very eager to exploit these new technologies.So what kind of weird, mysterious creatures have scientists been creating? –Well, what would you think of a cat that glows in the dark? -They really exist.–A genetically modified cat named Mr. Green Genes was the very first fluorescent cat created in the United States.  Under an ultraviolet light, Mr. Green Genes puts off a very strange bright green glow.—So perhaps in the future not only can your cat cuddle up to you and keep you warm – it could also serve as a night light.–But U.S. researchers were not even the first ones to do this to cats.  A team of scientists in South Korea had previously created a cat that glows red under ultraviolet light.–Now why in the world would scientists do this kind of a thing?—Well, because they can. But scientists have created creatures that are even more bizarre than fluorescent cats. – One Canadian company is actually producing spider goats. Yes, it is true.  A Canadian company known as Nexia has created goats that are genetically modified to be part spider.—The reason for this bizarre genetic modification is to get goats that will produce spider silk protein in their milk.  This spider silk protein is then collected, purified and spun into incredibly strong fibers. Reportedly, the fibers that are produced are more durable than Kevlar, more flexible than nylon, and stronger than steel.–This substance has industrial and military applications that are apparently extremely valuable.–But when you tell most people that spider goats exist they will just laugh at you.–If that is the response that you get when you tell someone about spider goats, just show them the following video.–The YouTube video posted below contains a television news report that discusses how these spider goats are created and what this company is doing with the spider silk that these spider goats are producing…. So does all of this tampering with the environment disturb you?–After all, at least scientists are not creating human/animal hybrid creatures, right? Wrong.   The truth is that human/pig hybrid creatures will soon be legally grown inside of the United States. This is being publicly announced and almost nobody is getting upset about it. What is being described as a “cutting edge” new program will actually produce pigs with human genes in them.  These hybrid pigs will be “grown” in order to produce organs for transplants into humans. Does this bother you? Perhaps it would bother you more if you knew exactly where these pigs are to be grown. In Missouri. That’s right – human/pig hybrids are going to be raised right in the middle of the United States. So is it possible that such creatures could end up in our food supply? No? You don’t think they would ever do that to us? Don’t be so sure. The FDA has already announced that the offspring of cloned animals could be in our food supply right now and that there is nothing that they can do about it. Of course they have plenty of time to conduct military style raids of Amish farmers, but apparently they have no time to figure out if our food supply is tainted by cloned animals. Yes, this is really happening. In fact, the FDA has said that it is basically a non-issue to them. Of course most Americans eat tomatoes with roach genes in them and most Americans eat corn with insecticide grown inside of it on a regular basis, so why should we get upset about what is in our meat? So does any of this seem incredibly evil to you? It should. That is because all of this is incredibly evil. Creating bizarre hybrid creatures is not a new thing. Did you know that the 3000 year old book of Jasher (a book of ancient history that is quoted in the Biblical books of Joshua and II Samuel) speaks of genetic engineering that was going on in the days of Noah? It is true.  How they did it remains a great unexplained mystery, but according to ancient sources this is apparently what was going on. Jasher 4:18 tells us this…. “and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord” According to the book of Jasher, God was not pleased at all that they were corrupting the wonderful environment that He had created for all of us.–This mixing of animals is also reflected in the ancient book of Enoch.  The book of Enoch is directly quoted by the book of Jude in the New Testament, and it tells us a great deal about what was going on in the world before the Flood.  Enoch 7:14 tells us this…. And they began to sin against birds, beasts, reptiles, and fish, to eat their flesh one after another, and to drink their blood. So apparently they were not only mixing animals together – they were eating them too. Just like we are starting to do. But instead of learning the lessons of the past we are making the same mistakes. We think that we are so “technologically advanced”, but the reality is that we are just indulging in the same foolishness as they did in the ancient world. So what is so wrong with genetic modification? The truth is that once you let the genie out of the bottle you can’t put it back in. We have found that out with genetically modified crops.  Natural strains can literally be bred into extinction once strains of genetically modified crops become widespread enough.  We may think that we are improving the environment through our reckless experimentation, but what if our best efforts go horribly, horribly wrong? The unintended consequences of our reckless genetic meddling may be far worse than any of us ever imagined. The reality is that God said not to mix plants and animals together like this. But we are doing it anyway. Hopefully we are not completely destroying the one and only earth that we have in the process.

 

There has been no global warming since 1995

Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits— There has been no global warming since 1995

· Data for vital ‘hockey stick graph’ has gone missing

· There has been no global warming since 1995

· Warming periods have happened before – but NOT due to man-made changes

Data: Professor Phil Jones admitted his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’

The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information.—Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers. –Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.—The data is crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ used by climate change advocates to support the theory. —-Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.—And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.—The admissions will be seized on by sceptics as fresh evidence that there are serious flaws at the heart of the science of climate change and the orthodoxy that recent rises in temperature are largely man-made.—-Professor Jones has been in the spotlight since he stepped down as director of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit after the leaking of emails that sceptics claim show scientists were manipulating data.—The raw data, collected from hundreds of weather stations around the world and analysed by his unit, has been used for years to bolster efforts by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to press governments to cut carbon dioxide emissions.–

 

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· MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: The professor’s amazing climate change retreat
Following the leak of the emails, Professor Jones has been accused of ‘scientific fraud’ for allegedly deliberately suppressing information and refusing to share vital data with critics.—Discussing the interview, the BBC’s environmental analyst Roger Harrabin said he had spoken to colleagues of Professor Jones who had told him that his strengths included integrity and doggedness but not record-keeping and office tidying.Mr Harrabin, who conducted the interview for the BBC’s website, said the professor had been collating tens of thousands of pieces of data from around the world to produce a coherent record of temperature change.—That material has been used to produce the ‘hockey stick graph’ which is relatively flat for centuries before rising steeply in recent decades.—According to Mr Harrabin, colleagues of Professor Jones said ‘his office is piled high with paper, fragments from over the years, tens of thousands of pieces of paper, and they suspect what happened was he took in the raw data to a central database and then let the pieces of paper go because he never realised that 20 years later he would be held to account over them’.Asked by Mr Harrabin about these issues, Professor Jones admitted the lack of organisation in the system had contributed to his reluctance to share data with critics, which he regretted.

 

 

But he denied he had cheated over the data or unfairly influenced the scientific process, and said he still believed recent temperature rises were predominantly man-made.—Asked about whether he lost track of data, Professor Jones said: ‘There is some truth in that. We do have a trail of where the weather stations have come from but it’s probably not as good as it should be.—-‘There’s a continual updating of the dataset. Keeping track of everything is difficult. Some countries will do lots of checking on their data then issue improved data, so it can be very difficult. We have improved but we have to improve more.’—He also agreed that there had been two periods which experienced similar warming, from 1910 to 1940 and from 1975 to 1998, but said these could be explained by natural phenomena whereas more recent warming could not. He further admitted that in the last 15 years there had been no ‘statistically significant’ warming, although he argued this was a blip rather than the long-term trend.—And he said that the debate over whether the world could have been even warmer than now during the medieval period, when there is evidence of high temperatures in northern countries, was far from settled.—Sceptics believe there is strong evidence that the world was warmer between about 800 and 1300 AD than now because of evidence of high temperatures in northern countries.—But climate change advocates have dismissed this as false or only applying to the northern part of the world.—Professor Jones departed from this consensus when he said: ‘There is much debate over whether the Medieval Warm Period was global in extent or not. The MWP is most clearly expressed in parts of North America, the North Atlantic and Europe and parts of Asia.—For it to be global in extent, the MWP would need to be seen clearly in more records from the tropical regions and the Southern hemisphere. There are very few palaeoclimatic records for these latter two regions.—‘Of course, if the MWP was shown to be global in extent and as warm or warmer than today, then obviously the late 20th Century warmth would not be unprecedented. On the other hand, if the MWP was global, but was less warm than today, then the current warmth would be unprecedented.’–Sceptics said this was the first time a senior scientist working with the IPCC had admitted to the possibility that the Medieval Warming Period could have been global, and therefore the world could have been hotter then than now.—Professor Jones criticised those who complained he had not shared his data with them, saying they could always collate their own from publicly available material in the US. And he said the climate had not cooled ‘until recently – and then barely at all. The trend is a warming trend’.—Mr Harrabin told Radio 4’s Today programme that, despite the controversies, there still appeared to be no fundamental flaws in the majority scientific view that climate change was largely man-made.—But Dr Benny Pieser, director of the sceptical Global Warming Policy Foundation, said Professor Jones’s ‘excuses’ for his failure to share data were hollow as he had shared it with colleagues and ‘mates’.–He said that until all the data was released, sceptics could not test it to see if it supported the conclusions claimed by climate change advocates.—He added that the professor’s concessions over medieval warming were ‘significant’ because they were his first public admission that the science was not settled.

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AC-Air Conditioning Dangers

No wonder more folks are ending up with cancer than ever before.    Here’s one example that explains how we’re exposed to cancer-causing toxins.  Many people are in their cars first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, 7 days a week.

Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car.

Open the windows after you enter your car and turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes. Here’s why:   According to research, the car dashboard, sofa, air freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen – take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car).—
In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. Can also cause miscarriage.

Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50mg per sq.ft.   A car parked indoors with windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene.

If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.

People who get into the car, keeping windows closed will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin.

Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver.. What’s worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxin.

So please open the windows and door of your car – give time for interior to air out – dispel the deadly toxin before you get in.

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Types of Water

Dr. John R. Christopher–Dr. Allen E. Banik, in the book “The Choice is Clear” gives us a listing of the nine kinds of water

Hard Water

This is saturated with calcium, iron, magnesium, and many other inorganic minerals. All water in lakes, rivers, on the ground, in deep wells, is classified as hard water. (Many city systems take water from rivers or lakes, or reservoirs supplied with mountain water; they erroneously call their supplies “soft water” but it is soft only in comparison with water which is harder.)  Practically all kinds of “bottled” water is hard water

Raw Water

This is water which has not been treated in any way.  It may be hard or soft – as hard as lime water, or as soft as rain water.  Raw water contains millions of viruses and bacteria, and is densely inhabited in every drop.  Chemicals dumped into our rivers may cause cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Boiled Water

Boiling helps remove some of the germs, but concentrates the inorganic minerals. Other germs are carried into a fertile element for rapid and lusty propagation of germs and viruses already in the body.

Soft Water

This water is soft in comparison with water which is harder. It may contain many trace minerals and chemicals, viruses and bacteria. It is not to be confused with “softened water.” Soft water may be classified as water which is harder than distilled water.

Rain Water

This has been condensed from the clouds. The first drop is distilled water. But when it falls as rain, it picks up germs, dust, smoke, minerals, lead and many other atmospheric chemicals. By the time rain water reaches the earth it is so saturated with dust and pollutants it may be yellowish in color. Water is supposed to act as an atmosphere purifier. If we had no air pollution, we would have far less pollution in our drinking water.

Snow Water

This is frozen rain. Freezing does not eliminate any germs. All snowflakes have hardened mineral deposits. Melt the cleanest snow and you will find it saturated with dirt, inorganic minerals, germs and viruses.

Filtered Water

This water has passed through a fine strainer, called a filter. Some calcium and other solid substances are kept in the filter; there is no filter made which can prevent germs from passing through its fine meshes. Each pore of the finest filter is large enough for a million viruses to seep through in a few moments. A home filter usually only picks up suspended solids and is effective for the time, maybe only for hours, until it is filled up. Then it is ineffective even for removing suspended solids, and at the same time becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.

De-ionized Water

Water processed by the de-ionized method effectively removes minerals, and compares to distilled water in this respect.  However, it does become a breeding ground for bacteria, pyrogenic matter and viruses.  The fault in this system lies in the resin beds which can become notorious breeding grounds.  Therefore it is not wise to have this possibility exist in your drinking water.  Furthermore, deionization does not remove synthetic chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, insecticides or industrial solvents.

Distilled Water

This is water that has first been turned into steam so that all of its impurities are left behind. Then through condensation, it is turned back into pure water. It is the only pure water – the only water free from all contamination. Distilled water may well be considered the only pure water on earth. —Water is so valuable to the entire system of the human body that it is wise to use only the Best. Use pure steam distilled water for health and well being. —I personally did not know anything about distilled water until just a few years ago. My knowledge of it came in a rather odd way. I had been sitting in a wheelchair (and occasionally up on crutches) for approximately nine months-with both arthritis and also from an accident I had been in a few years before when I had received a concussion on my skull. Build-up of a calcification condition from the former fractured area had put pressure on the brain area causing a paralyzed condition on the right side of my body. I had lost my health-food store (the original “The Herb Shop”) in Orem, Utah, and was broke, so a friend offered me free rent to open another one in Salt Lake City. –Here was a ridiculous situation – a “health” doctor opening a health-food store in a wheel chair. The business started to grow slowly and one day as I sat there, a young fellow came in to do business with me and as he left he dropped a copy of “The Choice Is Clear”, by Dr. Banik, saying, “I’ll bet this will help you!” As I read the booklet through, I was completely sold on distilled water, so called up a company and had some delivered to me. I started using it faithfully and was out of the wheelchair in a very short time. Over the years I had helped patients leave their wheelchairs and had used the same procedure on myself that had cured them. It worked for them but not for me, until I combined my procedure with “pure” water

F MY ADDITION— Here is another water type or system for better water

Reverse Osmosis

In the production of bottled mineral water, the water passes through a RO water  processor to remove pollutants and microorganisms. In European countries, though, such processing of Natural Mineral Water (as defined by a European Directive) is not allowed under European law.(In practice, a fraction of the living bacteria can and do pass through RO membranes through minor imperfections, or bypass  the membrane entirely through tiny leaks in surrounding seals. Thus, complete RO systems may include additional water treatment stages that use ultraviolet light or ozone to prevent microbiological contamination.) In the water treatment industry there is a chart of types of contaminants, their sizes and which ones pass through the various types of membranes.[1] Membrane pore sizes can vary from 1 to 50,000 angstroms depending on filter type. “Particle filtration” removes particles of 10,000 angstroms or larger. Microfiltration removes particles of 500 angstroms or larger. “Ultrafiltration” removes particles of roughly 30 angstroms or larger. “Nanofiltration” removes particles of 10 angstroms or larger. Reverse osmosis is in the final category of membrane filtration, Hyperfiltration,” and removes particles larger than 1 angstrom

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Some Solutions to ANTI-PAIN!!!

We have all heard the word OUCH! That HURT! YEOOOOW! And as we get older it seems like the PAINS of LIFE seem to take longer to go away. If you watch the idiot box or what I call the dummy down box the first thing they would have is do is reach for drugs. I will talk about the top 3 drugs that are most advertised: Acetaminophen, others Ibuprofen, and others Aspirin..And these all have side effects. Let’s take a look at what you are doing with these Chemicals. Acetaminophen is used to relieve mild to moderate pain from headaches, muscle aches, menstrual periods, colds and sore throats, toothaches, backaches, reactions to vaccinations (shots), and to reduce fever. Ibuprofen is another pain killer and is used for to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints) and rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints). It is also used to relieve mild to moderate pain, including menstrual pain (pain that happens before or during a menstrual period). Nonprescription ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and to relieve mild pain from headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, menstrual periods, the common cold, toothaches, and backaches Aspirin is used for rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by breakdown of the lining of the joints), systemic lupus erythematosus (condition in which the immune system attacks the joints and organs and causes pain and swelling) and certain other rheumatologic conditions (conditions in which the immune system attacks parts of the body). Nonprescription aspirin is used to reduce fever and to relieve mild to moderate pain from headaches, menstrual periods, arthritis, colds, toothaches, and muscle aches. Nonprescription aspirin is also used to prevent heart attacks in people who have had a heart attack in the past or who have angina (chest pain that occurs when the heart does not get enough oxygen). Nonprescription aspirin is also used to reduce the risk of death in people who are experiencing or who have recently experienced a heart attack. Nonprescription aspirin is also used to prevent ischemic strokes (strokes that occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain) or mini-strokes (strokes that occur when the flow of blood to the brain is blocked for a short time) in people who have had this type of stroke or mini-stroke in the past. Aspirin will not prevent hemorrhagic strokes (strokes caused by bleeding in the brain). Now as you can see you would be hard pressed to say no to any of these non prescriptions so strongly advertised.. But lets take a look see what is really going on….Side effects…let’s start with Acetaminophen …here is one list of side effects..The most serious side effect is liver damage due to large doses, chronic use or concomitant use with alcohol or other drugs that also damage the liver. Other issues can be rash, hives, itching, swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs, hoarseness, difficulty breathing, or swallowing. So we have liver damage , and other bodily reactions…the stronger reactions can be nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sweating, extreme tiredness, unusual bleeding, or bruising, pain in the upper right part of the stomach, yellowing of the skin or eyes, flu-like symptoms. Some of you might have had other side effects that I have not mentioned. Now there are other things that can work as effectively, with out all of these issues. Lets take ibuprofen This medicine can increase your risk of life-threatening heart or circulation problems, including heart attack or stroke. This risk will increase the longer you use ibuprofen. Do not use this medicine just before or after having heart bypass surgery (also called coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).Seek emergency medical help if you have symptoms of heart or circulation problems, such as chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, or problems with vision or balance. Here are some other things this medication can do: unexplained weight gain fever blisters rash itching hives swelling of the eyes, face, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs difficulty breathing or swallowing hoarseness excessive tiredness pain in the upper right part of the stomach upset stomach loss of appetite yellowing of the skin or eyes flu-like symptoms pale skin fast heartbeat cloudy, discolored, or bloody urine back pain difficult or painful urination, blurred vision, changes in color vision, or other vision problems, red or painful eyes, stiff neck, headache confusion, aggression. Now lets look at Aspirin, here are some things that can be distressing: nausea vomiting stomach pain heartburn hives rash swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, or throat wheezing or difficulty breathing hoarseness fast heartbeat fastbreathing cold, clammy skin ringing in the ears loss of hearing bloody vomit vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds bright red blood in stools black or tarry stools stomach bleeding. Here are some symptoms of over use or taking to much: Symptoms of overdose may include: burning pain in the throat or stomach vomiting decreased urination fever restlessness irritability talking a lot and saying things that do not make sense, fear or nervousness, dizziness, double vision uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body, confusion, abnormally excited, mood hallucination (seeing things or hearing voices that are not there), seizures, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, for a period of time. This is just some of the things that make me go hmmmm…eh! Wonder what else these things will do. And the dosages are high as well aspirin is usually about 350 milligrams a day and a minimum of 4-6 a day which is about 1.4 grams to 2.15 grams ( 1400 mgs -2150 mgs) that is a lot of Drug , the other 2 are in the same ball park for dosing, and higher. Now no one does the natural pain remedies, and it is said because due to social conditioning, no one thinks in terms in natural or balancing, to stop what causes the pain in the first place. Now pain can be caused by a lot of things, being over massed ( bigger then you should be for your frame) straining your self or over exerting, stress, toxic build up from chemicals or toxins in the environment. Over eating, which produces toxicity in the intestinal tract, injuries from sport or work related injuries, hurting your self in some form or fashion, poor circulation, …and the list goes on. The key here is, analyzing what is the root cause. Even taking drugs ( prescription drugs) can cause you duress and or pain. So the thing required is, what’s he cause? And from their we can find the natural balance and rectify this drug free. Give you an example let’s say you strain yourself doing something physical or you over extend yourself working off a cpu or a managerial type work, and you find your self in pain, something as simple as a rub to get the blood going can do the trick , something as simple as taking a magnesium supplement could do this for you as well, you could take a digestive enzyme when you have pain, you can use a specific amino acid for chronic pain DLPA or Dl phenyalanine, you could use something like red pepper and gingko, tumeric and pineapple, garlic and ginger, galangal and pineapple , baking soda with magnesium and arginine with acv, you can use essential oils like lavender, savoury, thyme, eucalyptus, peppermint, black pepper, you can mix and match these oils and apply them to an area where they would be effective in treating the situation. Another thing to do is quit being exposed to toxins, that is subjecting you to pain, if you cannot, then you have to use things that can neutralize the toxic effect of what you are being exposed too, an example of this is using high end antioxidants that will bind and remove these things allowing your bodies to flow as it should without an impediments. Increasing enzyme intake to assist the antioxidants to remove unwanted matter in the body, increasing other supplements that reinforce the antioxidants that you are taking. A good example would be NAC with vitamin C a 2: 1 ratio of C to NAC, and by adding vitamin B1 you get the benefit of the body being strengthened and other negative materials , such as lead , which can cause you pain, is being removed. You can use tumeric and bromelain, with serrapeptase, you can also apply galangal with solomon seal and peppermint, you can increase your protein intake if you have pains as a result of labouring jobs, you can increase other supplements such as creatine and baking soda and applecider vinegar, you can apply ginger and garlic with acv, utilizing good fats such as wheat germ oil and EPO. You could also FAST, this will allow your body to rest, realign itself and remove excess toxins by the way it can remove and reduce the excess. So again the whole key is what’s the cause?

I will give some recipes, that might rectify the situation:

Stomach Pain; Galangal tea, Galangal and ginger tea, ginger and peppermint tea, ACV 2 table spoons in glass in warm water, and drink. Cream of tartar and ACV, Baking soda and ACV, Digestive ENZYMES, HCL, B6, acidopholus, yogurt and cinnamon, thyme tea, GSE, eating a peeled apple, pear or any fruit that has a good fibre to it, these are some examples. There are lots Muscle Pain, cayenne pepper and ginger, mixed in honey, DLPA, Serrapeptase, trypsin enzyme, digestive enzyme taken between meals. Magnesium and malic acid, hydrochloric acid, B1, benfotiamine with an enzyme combo, NAC, l cysteine taken with vitamin C, use essential oils that have peppermint, wintergreen( pain reliever) black pepper, add 1-2 drops of each essential oil into 1 ounce container, add a carrier oil, and masage externally. You can use DMSO, MSM in combo with grape seed, or pycnogenol Headache: release the blocked circulation that might be as a result of neck stress, utilize anything that will increase both circulation and oxygen into the head as well as a detoxifier of the arterial blockages or system support when doing this, a good example would be arginine and acv with magnesium in 2 ounces of warm water and baking soda, Water, utilize more if needed, add more enzyme to your diet and take digestive enzymes when a head pain should occur, utilize a ginger, pineapple juice extract as well, make a papaya drink with ginger or galangal, make thyme and rosemary tea, These are some examples of different options you have that can reduce or rectify pain, remember a lot of these remedies I mentioned not only will increase oxygen and blood flow, they will turn of the pain receptors and remove what is causing the pain to register, repair and regenerate healthy tissue, and keep things in check from fungal bacterial, viral to environmental exposure as well. Minimize again anything synthetic, packaged or modified as best as you can ..if you cannot avoid it all the avoid most and take what you need to neutralize the negative impact of what you are being exposed to. Other things that I have tried are adding a dhea or a testosterone cream directly on a inflammed muscle, this usually shuts off the prostaglandin that is causing the flare up. ( prostagladins are hormones that trigger the release of another enzyme that, causes a pain response ) Another option I have done as well is use DMSO directly on the area where I have hurt myself. You can even use a castor oil pack mixed with specific essential oils or a fused oil with specific herbs that work on pain or blood flow or inflammation. A castor oil pack is a white clean cloth soaked in castor oil, wrung out and applied directly to an area and then with another towel wrap that around the soaked oil cloth, usually within 15 minutes the soaked oil cloth is dry, and sometimes you see it discolour as a result of the removal toxins in the area, where you applied it. I have made my own fused pepper oil and when it was strained and cooled applied it directly on the area for relief. To make your own fused oil just take any oil you use for cooking, such as olive oil or almond or even palm or coconut oil, put into a glass container, add red pepper or black or both, you can also add fresh ginger juice or ginger powder to this, put the contents together in the oil and into a glass, then into a pot of water, let boil, and settle. Once the oil is coloured to the colour of the pepper, remove from jar by straining and letting cool. Make sure you put it in glass, and not plastic. All these methods here can impact you by alleviating the issue or rectify the cause of your pain. Remember as well that rest and proper sleep will do wonders for you, by sleeping your body regenerates and utilizes the things you have consumed, allowing for an emptying out and resting internally or to be better able to rejuvenate and heal your system. Always remember 90 % of our problems are usually toxic issues, and the best thing to do is to clean that up, and utilizing those things that are highly enzymatic, highly antioxidant, and foods effective in removing unwanted build up in our bodies. If these methods can be applied, and MAINTAINED!!! which is key to any kind of restoration, then you will see desired results in healing from pain. The Key here is that with what has been given, and what more is available, you will have to find out what really works for you, the combos or the single things, depending on how much damage is done.

Pain Solutions

Recipe : Muscle Pain, cayenne pepper and ginger or Galangal, mixed in honey—-1 tsp of ginger or a ½ a teaspoon of Galangal, ¼ tsp of cayenne or African birds eye pepper and 1/1/2 tablespoon of Honey mix and consume a ¼ tsp and increase as needed,

DLPA—take 1 capsule 3 times a day for a week and then reduce to 2 a day or take as needed, Serrapeptase, trypsin enzyme—take 1 capsule of these enzymes 3-5 times a day and use as needed when pain should occur, digestive enzyme taken between meals. Magnesium and malic acid, hydrochloric acid, B1, benfotiamine with an enzyme combo, NAC, l cysteine taken with vitamin C, use Essential oils that have peppermint, wintergreen( pain reliever) black pepper, add 1-2 drops of each essential oil into 1 ounce container, add a carrier oil, and masage externally. You can use DMSO—apply this to the area with either a cotton swab or Q tip let dry before you put on clothing, MSM in combo with grape seed, or pycnogenol

Fruit combo—Take papaya or pineapple or Kiwi and add turmeric—pepper—ginger, sprinkle this lightly on a piece (s) you are eating

Red Roses Decocotion—Take dried roses and through in blender and add red wine —1 cup of dried roses to 2 cups of red wine—allow to blend for 10-15 minutes ( be prepared this will heat this into a fusion) so be aware of the straining process after wards the jelly bag or strainer material maybe hot—- Strain through a jelly bag—then take—utilize internally ½ cup or apply directly to skin areas that maybe inflamed—-you can as welll boil this in the wine and apply as per directed

Anti-collagenase, anti-elastase and anti-oxidant activities of extracts from 21 plants.

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2009 Aug 4;9(1):27 Authors: Thring TS, Hili P, Naughton DP

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Owing to their roles in tissue remodelling in health and disease, several studies have reported investigations on plant extracts as inhibitors of proteinases and as anti-oxidants. METHODS: The anti-ageing and anti-oxidant properties of 23 plant extracts (from 21 plant species) were assessed as anti-elastase and anti-collagenase activities and in selected anti-oxidant assays along with phenolic content. RESULTS: Anti-elastase activities were observed for nine of the extracts with inhibitory activity in the following order: white tea (~89%), cleavers (~58%), burdock root (~51%), bladderwrack (~50%), anise and angelica (~32%). Anti-collagenase activities were exhibited by sixteen plants of which the highest activity was seen in white tea (~87%), green tea (~47%), rose tincture (~41%), and lavender (~31%). Nine plant extracts had activities against both elastase (E) and collagenase (C) and were ranked in the order of white tea (E:89%, C:87%) > bladderwrack (E:50%, C:25%) > cleavers (E:58%, C:7%) > rose tincture (E:22%, C:41%) > green tea (E:10%: C:47%) > rose aqueous (E: 24%, C:26%) > angelica (E:32%, C:17%) > anise (E:32%, C:6%) > pomegranate (E:15%, C:11%). Total phenolic content varied between 0.5 and 0.26 mg gallic acid equivalents (GAE)/mL with the exception of white tea (0.77 mg GAE/mL). For anti-oxidant assessment, the Trolox equivalent anti-oxidant capacity (TEAC) assay revealed activity for all extracts. White tea had the highest activity equivalent to ~21 microM Trolox for a 6.25 microg aliquot. In addition, seven extracts exhibited activities [greater than or equal to] 10 microM Trolox with witch hazel (6.25 microg = 13 microM Trolox) and rose aqueous (6.25 microg = 10 microM Trolox) showing very high activities at low concentrations. A high activity for white tea was also found in the superoxide dismutase (SOD) assay in which it exhibited ~88% inhibition of reduction of nitroblue tetrazolium. High activities were also observed for green tea (86.41%), rose tincture (82.77%), witch hazel (82.05%) and rose aqueous (73.86%). CONCLUSIONS: From a panel of twenty three plant extracts, some one dozen exhibit high or satisfactory anti-collagenase or anti-elastase activities, with nine having inhibitory activity against both enzymes. These included white tea which was found to have very high phenolic content, along with high TEAC and SOD activities.

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Phytoestrogens – Panacea or Poison?

The male species of tropical birds carries the drab plumage of the female at birth and “colors up” at maturity, somewhere between nine and 24 months. In 1991, Richard and Valerie James, bird breeders in Whangerai, New Zealand, purchased a new kind of feed for their birds, one based largely on soy protein.47 When soy-based feed was used, their birds “colored up” after just a few months. In fact, one bird food manufacturer claimed that this early development was an advantage imparted by the feed. A 1992 ad for Roudybush feed formula showed a picture of the male crimson rosella, an Australian parrot that acquires beautiful red plummage at 18 to 24 months, already brightly colored at 11 weeks old. —-Unfortunately, in the ensuing years, there was decreased fertility in the birds with precocious maturation, deformed, stunted and still-born babies, and premature deaths, especially among females, with the result that the total population in the avaries went into steady decline. The birds suffered beak and bone deformities, goitre, immune system disorders and pathological aggressive behavior. Autopsy revealed digestive organs in a state of disintegration. The list of problems corresponded with many of the problems the Jameses had encountered in their two children, who had been fed soy-based infant formula. —Startled, aghast, angry…the Jameses hired toxicologist Mike Fitzpatrick to investigate further. Dr. Fitzpatrick’s literature review uncovered evidence that soy consumption has been linked to numerous disorders, including infertility, increased cancer and infantile leukemia; and, in studies dating back to the 1950s,48 that genistein in soy causes endocrine disruption in animals. Dr. Fitzpatrick also analyzed the bird feed and found that it contained high levels of phytoestrogens, especially genistein. When the Jameses discontinued using soy-based feed, the flock gradually returned to normal breeding habits and behavior. —The Jameses embarked on a private crusade to warn the public and government officials about soy foods, particularly the endocrine disrupting isoflavones (genistein and diadzen.) Protein Technologies International (PTI) received their material in 1994. —In 1991, Japanese researchers reported that consumption of as little as 30 grams or 2 tablespoons of soybeans per day for only one month resulted in a significant increase in thyroid stimulating hormone.49 Diffuse goitre and hypothyroidism appeared in some of the subjects and many complained of constipation, fatigue and lethargy, even though their intake of iodine was adequate. In 1997, researchers from the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research made the embarrassing discovery that the goitrogenic components of soy were the very same isoflavones.50 —Twenty-five grams of soy protein isolate, the minimum amount PTI claimed to have cholesterol-lowering effects, contains at least 50 mg of isoflavones. It took only 45 mg daily of isoflavones in premenopausal women to exert significant biological effects including reduction in hormones needed for adequate thyroid function. These effects lingered for three months after soy consumption was discontinued.51 —One hundred grams of soy protein, the maximum suggested cholesterol-lowering dose (and the amount recommended by Protein Technologies International), can contain almost 600 mg of isoflavones,52 an amount that is undeniably toxic. In 1992, the Swiss health service estimated that 100 grams of soy protein provided the estrogenic equivalent of the pill.53 —In vitro studies suggest that isoflavones inhibit synthesis of estradiol and other steroid hormones.54 Reproductive problems, infertility, thyroid disease and liver disease due to dietary intake of isoflavones have been observed for several species of animals including mice, cheetah, quail, pigs, rats, sturgeon and sheep.55 —It is the isoflavones in soy that are said to have a favorable effect on postmenopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and protection from osteoporosis. Quantification of discomfort from hot flashes is extremely subjective and most studies show that control subjects report reduction in discomfort in amounts equal to subjects given soy.56 —The claim that soy prevents osteoporosis is extraordinary, given that soy foods block calcium and cause vitamin D deficiencies. If Asians indeed have lower rates of osteoporosis than Westerners, it is because their diet provides plenty of vitamin D from shrimp, lard and sea food; and plenty of calcium from bone broths. The reason that Westerners have such high rates of osteoporosis is because they have substituted soy oil for butter, which is a traditional source of vitamin D and other fat-soluble activators needed for calcium absorption.

Birth Control Pills for Babies

But it was the isoflavones in infant formula that gave the James family the most cause for concern. In 1998, investigators reported that the daily exposure of infants to isoflavones in soy infant formula is six to eleven times higher on a body weight basis than the dose that has hormonal effects in adults consuming soy foods. Circulating concentrations of isoflavones in infants fed soy-based formula were 13,000 to 22,000 times higher than plasma estradiol concentrations in infants on cows’ milk formula.57 —Approximately 25% of bottle-fed children in the US receive soy-based formula – a much higher percentage than in other parts of the Western world. Fitzpatrick estimated that an infant exclusively fed soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent (based on body weight) of at least five birth control pills per day.58 By contrast, almost no phytoestrogens have been detected in dairy-based infant formula or in human milk, even when the mother consumes soy products. —Scientists have known for years that soy-based formula can cause thyroid problems in babies. But what are the effects of soy products on the hormonal development of the infant, both male and female? Male infants undergo a “testosterone surge” during the first few months of life, when testosterone levels may be as high as those of an adult male. During this period, the infant is programmed to express male characteristics after puberty, not only in the development of his sexual organs and other masculine physical traits, but also in setting patterns in the brain characteristic of male behavior. In monkeys, deficiency of male hormones impairs the development of spatial perception (which, in humans, is normally more acute in men than in women), of learning ability and of visual discrimination tasks (such as would be required for reading.)59 It goes without saying that future patterns of sexual orientation may also be influenced by the early hormonal environment. Male children exposed during gestation to diethylstilbesterol (DES), a synthetic estrogen that has effects on animals similar to those of phytoestrogens from soy, had testes smaller than normal on maturation.60 —Learning disabilities and behavioral problems, especially in male children, have reached epidemic proportions. Soy infant feeding — which began in earnest in the early 1970s — cannot be ignored as a probable cause for these tragic developments. —As for girls, an alarming number are entering puberty much earlier than normal, according to a recent study reported in the journal Pediatrics.61 Investigators found that one percent of all girls now show signs of puberty, such as breast development or pubic hair, before the age of three; by age eight, 14.7% of white girls and almost 50% of African-American girls had one or both of these characteristics. New data indicate that environmental estrogens such as PCBs and DDE (a breakdown product of DDT) may cause early sexual development in girls.62 In the 1986 Puerto Rico Premature Thelarche study, the most significant dietary association with premature sexual development was not chicken — as reported in the press — but soy infant formula.63 The Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which supplies free infant formula to welfare mothers, stresses soy formula for African Americans because they are supposedly allergic to milk. —The consequences of truncated childhood are tragic. Young girls with mature bodies must cope with feelings and urges that most children are not well-equipped to handle. And early maturation in girls is frequently a harbinger for problems with the reproductive system later in life – including failure to menstruate, infertility and breast cancer. Parents who have contacted the Jameses recount other problems associated with children of both sexes who were fed soy-based formula, including extreme emotional behavior, asthma, immune system problems, pituitary insufficiency, thyroid disorders and irritable bowel syndrome — the same endocrine and digestive havoc that afflicted the James’ parrots.

Dissention in the Ranks

Organizers of the Third International Soy Symposium would be hard pressed to call the conference an unqualified success. On the second day of the conference the London-based Food Commission and the Weston A Price Foundation of Washington, DC held a joint press conference in the same hotel to present concerns about soy infant formula. Industry representatives sat stony faced through the recitation of potential dangers and a plea from concerned scientists and parents to pull soy-based infant formula from the market. Under pressure from the Jameses, the New Zealand government had issued a health warning about soy infant formula in 1998. It was time for the American government to do the same. –On the last day of the conference, presentations on new findings related to toxicity sent a well-oxygenated chill through the industry’s giddy helium hype. Dr. Lon White reported on a study of Japanese Americans living in Hawaii. It showed a significant statistical relationship between two or more servings of tofu per week and “accelerated brain aging.”64 Those participants who consumed tofu in midlife had lower cognitive function in late life and a greater incidence of Alzheimers and dementia. “What’s more,” said Dr. White, “those who ate a lot of tofu, by the time they were 75 or 80, looked five years older.”65 White and his colleagues blamed the negative effects on isoflavones, a finding that supports an earlier study in which post-menopausal women with higher levels of circulating estrogen experienced greater cognitive decline.66 —Scientists Daniel Sheehan and Daniel Doerge from the National Center for Toxicological Research ruined PTI’s day by presenting findings from rat feeding studies indicating that genistein in soy foods causes irreversible damage to enzymes that synthesize thyroid hormones.67 “The association between soybean consumption and goiter in animals and humans has a long history,” wrote Dr. Doerge. “Current evidence for the beneficial effects of soy requires a full understanding of potential adverse effects as well.” Dr. Claude Hughes reported that rats born to mothers fed genistein had decreased birth weights compared to controls and onset of puberty occurred earlier in male offspring.68 His research suggested that the effects observed in rats “…will be at least somewhat predictive of what occurs in humans. There is no reason to assume that there will be gross malformations of fetuses but there may be subtle changes, such as neurobehavioral attributes, immune function and sex hormone levels.” The results, he said “…could be nothing or could be something of great concern…if mom is eating something that can act like sex hormones, it is logical to wonder if that could change the baby’s development.”69 —A study of babies born to vegetarian mothers, published in January 2000, indicated just what those changes in baby’s development might be. Mothers who ate a vegetarian diet during pregnancy had a fivefold greater risk of delivering a boy with hypospadias, a birth defect of the penis.70 The authors of the study suggested that the cause was greater exposure to phytoestrogens in soy foods popular with vegetarians. Problems with female offspring of vegetarian mothers are more likely to show up later in life. While soy’s estrogenic effect is less than that of diethylstilbestrol (DES), the dose is likely to be higher because it’s consumed as a food, not taken as a drug. Daughters of women who took DES during pregnancy suffered from infertility and cancer when they reached their twenties.

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What is Lacto-Fermentation?

Lacto-fermentation happens when the starches and sugars in vegetables and fruit convert to lactic acid by a friendly lactic-acid producing bacteria.–This produces not only a tangy, delicious product (like the sauerkraut pictured above), but it also preserves it….. and does so much more than that!

Health Benefits

The health benefits of lacto-fermented fruits and vegetables are wonderful. I think we probably only know a small part of why they are so good for us. For example, unpasteurized sauerkraut and kimchi got a lot of buzz in recent years after some scientists found that birds fed kimchi or sauerkraut would often start recovering from the Avian Bird Flu!—Here’s what we know, when you lacto-ferment vegetables it increases in vitamins, it is more digestible and you get a plethora of good bacteria when you consume it!—“The proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels. These beneficial organisms produce numerous helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anticarcinogenic substances. Their main by-product, lactic acid, not only keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect preservation but also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine.”

Lacto-Fermentation: A Healthy Way to Preserve Your Harvest

Editor’s Note: If you’re gardening for survival, you’re no doubt setting food by with survival in mind. The following article describes a simple method for doing just that. Be sure to click on highlighted phrases for further related information. – John

History is not so much the story of great men as it is the story of outstanding foods and diseases. We know about Captain Cook because he took sauerkraut on his second round the-world trip. As a result, he and his crew did not suffer from scurvy, that devastating disease of sea voyages. The cabbage of his kraut was preserved by lacto-fermentation, a process of natural preservation revered for centuries before modern methods of pickling in vinegar or canning. This kraut was not only effective against scurvy; it kept through the whole voyage.–The advantage of modern food preservation lies in convenience plus a reliable flavor and consistency. Lacto-fermentation, however, is valuable for its enhanced health benefits. Modern techniques are based on sterilization. Lacto-fermentation is driven by beneficial, soil borne bacteria (lacto-bacilli) which:

 

A. break down the food, thus making it more digestible.

 

B. manufacture vitamins, increasing the nutritive value of the preserved food.

 

C. produce enzymes (specially energized molecules used for digestion and other metabolic processes).

 

D. produce natural antibiotics that protect the food from putrefying bacteria.

 

E. produce anti-carcinogenic compounds.

 

F. produce lactic acid.

 

Both lactic acid and vinegar preserve food by making it more acidic. Unlike vinegar, lactic acid regulates the pH of stomach acids, which tear down our food. Lactic acid then activates the metabolic processes that re-synthesize those nutrients into new, living substances the body can use. Lacto-fermented foods are not only a good source of beneficial bacteria for our intestinal tract, they also taste good. Making lacto-fermented vegetables is quite straightforward

Recipe C – Fermented Juice

make carrot juice and add either an acidopholis capsule or powder—or a vinegar to this and 1 tablspoon of sea salt in a 2 quart amount of carrot juice ( the salt protects against mold) allow to sit for 3 days or heat up to about 34 cel or 90 degree fahr or just allow to sit on the stove or oven when it is on and allow the juice just to ferment—when done—pour into a glass through either a filter bag or coffee filter and train through when strained throw away the coffee filter or wash the cloth strainer—Drink it straight up—will see an effect after a couple of days —bowel cleansing and regulating—intestinal restoration—lipid antioxidant—lung support—brain—reproductive support—anti cancer effect—this effect can be applied to any juice or vegetable you may want to ferment to get your nutrition

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Commentary on the Regulations we are all facing irrespective of where you live

New Regs that will strip you of your access based on this the way to reduce the access is to regulate it out of existence—things that have benefited people and who have seen the impact of the orthomolecular healing or herbal healing will now see a host of these supplements and remedies being disbanded or not allowed in the market place –because by a stroke of a pen those who are in charge and have no idea or knowledge of supplements or who are involved in the chemical industry ( prescription drugs are nothing more then toxic chemicals being distributed by the medical field these days —since none of them heal and almost all of them have detrimental side effects—I would call this chemical poisoning by the medical field )—This kind of legislation being formed outside the parameters of a countries autonomy is alarming—due to the fact legislation can be implemented in one country and then this implantation is then spread globally—without any due research or any consideration of environmental differences or health concerns of each individual area—this kind of legislation then will only induce more problems and deny people access that indigenously would be there and yet not being able to utilize as a result of a law in Europe that has nothing to do with Canada or the USA—Agenda 21 laws under the EFSA- or Vice Versa —Laws that can be implemented in China or South America can impact your ability to utilize what is available in your own country—With the different things which impact environmental and personal issues on health the jurisdiction of regulations cannot be summed up as one rule fits all and this is exactly how this is being perpetrated—Scare tactics of contamination ( which are unfounded ) warnings of dangers that do not exist—regulations to make the consumer think that the gov’t is doing something—gov’t officials putting on ignorance and deception to put a spin on taking away your access and making you think they are doing you a favour this is Agenda 21—Bills c-6 in Canada—the new Bill being proposed by Mccain in the USA —DSSA—the Antivitamin Bill In New Zealand –the New food bill in Australia-making foods as a prescription drug—the EFSA making up Articles of regulations that will end the line of most vitamins or herbals or supplements that they feel are not adequate —which in fact have reputable science to back the claims made BUTTTT this institution refuses to recognize the research or the validity of the science take a look at what is going on—and write not to the FDA but to the drug companies and the manufactures of vitamins there is where the rel lobbying works —IN THERE POCKET!!!

F F F EFSA mass rejects probiotics and antioxidants as article 13.1 batch two published

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued negative opinions to ‘most’ of 416 health claim dossiers including submissions linking health benefits to vitamin D, probiotics, green tea, black tea, lutein, beta glucans, meso-zeaxanthin, alpha-lipoic acid and melatonin. —EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) also found causality for various health benefits had not been demonstrated for peptides, xanthan gum, sugar-free gum, guar gum, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), fermented whey and linoleic acid (LA). –The NDA’s latest raft of opinions will come as a massive blow to the European and international functional foods and nutraceuticals industries, especially the herbal antioxidant and probiotic sectors, which have yet to see a positive NDA opinion. —“This proves that the article 13.1 list was only ever suitable for vitamins and minerals,” said Nigel Baldwin, the senior scientific and regulatory consultant and EU manager at claims consultancy, Cantox Health Sciences International. —“The Article 13.1-13.3 list regulation principle was flawed in that regard. So many opinions really allude to the fact that they only went on the data provided. So without an opportunity to present data in full and discuss the relevance of studies, it’s not really surprising.” —He suggested many rejected dossiers will now be tweaked and resubmitted under the proprietary and emerging science article 13.5 route. –Potassium’s ability to benefit blood pressure and normal muscular and neurological function; melatonin’s capacity to reduce jet leg; vitamin D’s potential to boost immunity and maintain normal muscle function; guar gum’s ability to maintain normal blood cholesterol concentrations were affirmed by the NDA, which grouped the 416 submissions into 31 opinions which can be found here . —Meal replacements were also backed to help reduce body weight and maintain body weight after weight loss – making them the first weight management claims to gain NDA approval. —In a statement EFSA said the NDA had issued, “unfavourable opinions on most of the claims in the second series due to the poor quality of the information provided…”

This included:

· lack of information to identify the substance on which the claim is based, e.g. “probiotics”;

· lack of evidence that the claimed effect is indeed beneficial to the maintenance or improvement of the functions of the body (e.g. food with “antioxidant properties”);

· lack of human studies with reliable measures of the claimed health benefit.

Range of opinions

The NDA found:

· Sugar-free chewing gum does not reduce dental plaque

· Melatonin does not benefit sleep

· Xanthan gum does not boost satiety

· Sodium bicarbonate does not reduce gastric acid

· Green and black tea extracts do not protect DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage; reduce acid production in dental plaque; maintain normal bone; decrease potentially pathogenic intestinal microorganisms; maintain vision; maintain normal blood pressure; maintain normal blood cholesterol concentrations

· Beta-glucans do not contribute to the maintenance of healthy blood glucose levels

· Alpha-cyclodextrin does not reduce post-prandial glycaemic responses or help maintain normal body weight

· GLA does not benefit joints; weight maintenance after weight loss; maintenance of peripheral blood flow; maintenance of normal blood pressure; maintenance of normal blood cholesterol concentrations; benefit bone health

· C12-peptide does not help maintain normal blood pressure

· Honey does not produce a range of antioxidant effects (not characterized)

· Lactobacillus plantarum BFE 1685 does not decrease potentially pathogenic intestinal microorganisms

· Lactobacillus rhamnosus LB21 NCIMB 40564 does not decrease potentially pathogenic intestinal microorganisms; reduce mutans streptococci in the mouth or boost digestive health (both insufficiently defined)

· Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (DSM 9843) does not support the immune system (insufficiently defined effect)

· Stearic acid does not maintain normal blood cholesterol concentrations

· LA does not maintain normal neurological function

· Prunes do not help maintain normal bowel function

· Meso-zeaxanthin does not help maintain normal vision

· Lutein does not help maintain normal vision

· A range of foods do not benefit glycaemic control

· A range of antioxidant foods and constituents (relating to about 170 dossiers) do not deliver “antioxidant properties” or protect body cells and molecules such as DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage

· A range of foods do not benefit joint, bone or muscle health (relating to 42 dossiers)

· Alpha-lipoic acid does not protect body lipids from oxidative damage; maintain normal blood cholesterol concentrations; increase beta-oxidation of fatty acids leading to a reduction in body fat mass; maintain normal blood glucose concentrations; regenerate genes or gene transcription

· 50 dossiers related to yeasts and bacteria were not sufficiently characterised

· Guar gum does not maintain normal blood glucose concentrations; increase satiety

· Partially hydrolysed guar gum does not increase satiety; maintain normal body weight; maintain normal (fasting) blood concentrations of triglycerides; maintain normal blood cholesterol concentrations; reduce post-prandial glycaemic responses; maintain normal blood glucose concentrations

· Fermented whey does not support gut health (insufficient characterisation)

· Vitamin D does not benefit cardiovascular health

“This is only a selection of the whole list, so it is too early to conclude on the value of many substances for health as other health relationships are still in the process,” said Stefanie Geiser at the Brussels-based consultancy, EAS.

“Submitters now will have to assess the reasons for the rejections.”

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Codex’s reach

Because the U.S. is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and because the WTO and other treaty agreements require the United States to adhere to Codex standards, any changes approved in Europe, and implemented in the EU-dominated Codex meetings, could subject the United States to WTO-enforced trade sanctions.

Codex will control:
1. Vitamins, minerals and nutrients,
2. Genetically modified organisms,
3. Toxic residues,
4. Antibiotics, drugs, growth stimulants, and other hormones in food animals,
5. Organic foods, and
6. Irradiation of food.

F F F The plan is to suppress all beneficial, high-potency nutrients, and to allow only those and a few other vitamins and minerals that will be high-priced, low-dosage, and synthetically-made by drug companies.

F F F Codex regulations will become binding internationally. Any nation that has entered into trade agreements through the WTO and its adjunctive treaties will eventually be forced to adopt Codex standards.

F F F All “new” types of food supplements will be banned unless tested and approved in a drug-like manner. This is certain to be both time consuming and unnecessarily expensive. And, the validity of such tests is doubtful. A favorite ploy of drug and governmental authorities is to use such small doses of a supplement that tests do not show any noticeable value.

F F F Codex standards are not based upon accepted scientific or research findings. Rather, the standards are developed in a political atmosphere, with seemingly obligatory EU and drug-cartel approval.

Organic foods
From the drug cartel’s point of view, the primary advantage in getting rid of true organic food is that in the absence of quality food, people will become ill and buy more prescription drugs. As a lesser advantage, the farmers will buy more insecticides and chemical fertilizers. The standards and definitions of “organic food” will be changed. Under Codex, a farmer or rancher will be able to call his products “organic” when they are full of toxic poisons. Under Codex, “organic food” may include as little as 70% organic contents, but this will not be noted on labels. (The other 30% can consist of poisons or contaminants.)–The new laws requiring genetically modified crops, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics in foods will be cost-prohibitive to people living in developing nations, and billions of people may die and/or sicken as a result of these policies

Tell Your Senator to OPPOSE S. 3002, the Dietary Supplement Safety Act

We all know how self serving Washington is and if passed, we’d all be shocked and many of us looking for a job in another industry.  For as long as DESHEA has been protecting our industry it would take as long if not longer to repeal this type of damaging legislation. John McCain has been tough on Big Pharma for years and I believe that this proposed legislation is his olive branch to protect Pharmaceutical Company Profits.  The Dietary Supplements Safety Act proposed by John McCain would give Pharmaceutical Companies sole authority to control and sell “Disallowed” Vitamins and dictate supplement potencies!  Please take action as defined below.  And please see this article from the Examiner for more insight on what we could be in store for: http://www.examiner.com/x-2134-DC-Ethical-Issues-Examiner~y2010m2d11-McCain-wants-to-put-Big-Pharma-on-your-OTC-vitamin-shelf

Tell Your Senator to OPPOSE S. 3002, the Dietary Supplement Safety Act

If a new bill, the Dietary Supplement Safety Act, S. 3002, passes, it will amend the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and have severe consequences for retailers and suppliers. As a retailer of dietary supplements, this is how this new legislation could affect you:

  All dietary supplements, whether vitamins, minerals, herbal products and others that were previously allowed under DSHEA, could be removed from the market under S. 3002. This legislation would mandate that every dietary supplement would have to go through a brand new process of government review (yet to be defined) in order to remain on store shelves.

  For the first time in the history of food or drug law, retail establishments would need to register with the FDA. Failing to register could result in severe monetary penalties, up to two times your gross profit. Not complying with even minimal technical requirements, such as minor errors in registration, record keeping or reporting could be considered a criminal offense.

  Retailers would also be required to obtain “adequate written evidence” from suppliers that each dietary supplement product meets all regulatory requirements. Again, failure to do so could result in severe monetary penalties
Go to:  http://www.Saveoursupplements.org to send a note in opposition to S.3002 directly to your two Senators or use the information on the website to write a personal letter.  Either way, you need to act immediately.  Do not let Congress take away your right to dietary supplements.

 

The Need for Networking

With everything going on globally and right here at home it is important to realize the value of networks—gov’ts of the world do it all the time we call it the U.N.—this is where the Leaders decide how and who they are going to invade to keep the global economy going at the expense of war—war on it’s citizens war on indigenous cultures war on tribal peoples who live on pristine land—the idea is that they are networked—undermining them is like knocking a domino down with the other dominoes in line, makes it easier to cause the whole thing to tumble—And this is where we come in—If we are networked when the dominoes go down and around you– you will be connected with people who are like minded and can do things and know how to apply the things that should be applied to make things work—with everyone talking to at least one person, this can generate a dynamic and the web of networks can then be created—causing a synergy and support to everyone else—With our Farming and our Health being threatened by a piece of paper with ink and a wave of a pen you and I can be struck out without a second thought—with a stroke of a pen Our whole health consciousness will be forever changed to consume the toxic genetic and radiated waste the industries are putting out there as food—you are considered expendable, and there are a lot of us so if some die or get permanently disabled as a result of a genetically modified food –nano-particles and cloned meats, Vaccinations and Drugs that have nothing to do but compromise your immune system further. They see a forecast of food consumption and then decide to regulate the production of these toxic foods and then on top tell you that the Vitamins or herbs you are using are “UNSAFE”—It’s time to get a Autonomous attitude and break away from the world—the global gov’ts have no good thing for us !!! The moment we start to network with seed sharing—remedy sharing—food preserving—enzyme making—gardening—communications with short wave and other mean—sharing skills with each other in carpentry—technology—electronics—before you know it we become a lobbying power and can get the country(s) back on track away from the world of regulation and domination through regulation—something to consider—It is doable 1 % of a populace can be a dynamic force that can alter a countries madness and Poisoning the Planet—Just tell One!!! Before you know there are 2 and 2 become 4 and 4 become 8 and 8 becomes 16 and 16 becomes 32 and before you know it in one month there is over a million—and you think they are afraid—YA DAMN BETCHA!

Now there’s a Network!!

 

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McCain Withdraws Support For Dietary Supplement Safety Act
Flu Vaccine Has No Effect in People Over Age 65– Cochrane Collaboration Study
Seaweed calcium ingredient tests well in dairy, says GTC
UHT Methods

Recipe on making your own Calcium

McCain Withdraws Support For Dietary Supplement Safety Act
A Senate staffer confirmed that Sen. John McCain no longer supports a bill he introduced to significantly tighten regulatory requirements for dietary supplements.–McCain offered the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010, S. 3002, in February. The Arizona Republican will now collaborate with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on revised legislation that allegedly provides for transparency and safety within the supplement industry but without the intensive regulatory intervention proposed in S. 3002. No timeline is set for introduction of a new bill.—Hatch thanks McCain for withdrawing his support of the original legislation in a March 4 letter.–“I’m counting on you to work with me to make sure this important industry does not fall prey to over-regulatory regimes and mounds of costly government bureaucracy,” Hatch writes. –It seemed only a matter of time before Hatch, an author of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act and a vocal industry booster, would speak out against McCain’s bill. S. 3002 targeted products containing steroids and other illegal substances, but was viewed as having potentially devastating effects on the supplement industry as a whole. S. 3002 would have authorized FDA to create a list of “accepted” supplement ingredients, essentially eliminating the new dietary ingredient notification regime established by DSHEA. Other provisions would have required supplement firms to report all adverse events to FDA and would have mandated annual facility and product registration with the agency.–õõõ  this is far from over—the efsa in Europe is convening on the new regs  and as the statement said here there is no time limit for the new legislation, this means that they have not stopped to try and pass a bill undermining access this just means it is on hold til the Europeans either match what we have or we change to what they are doing—this will be compromised for now till they can get everyone to be so either distracted that you wil not notice any changes or you will just see blatant changesõõõ

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Flu Vaccine Has No Effect in People Over Age 65– Cochrane Collaboration
A Cochrane Collaboration study has documented that there is no evidence that influenza vaccines have any protective effect in people over age 65. The meta analysis concluded that the “available evidence is of poor quality and provides no guidance regarding the safety, efficacy or effectiveness of influenza vaccines for people aged 65 years or older.”–The standard recommendation by modern medicine and health officials is for people over age 65 to be immunized with every influenza vaccination that comes out, in spite of the fact that there has never been any evidence that it keeps them from getting flu.The study points out that “surrogate outcomes”—antibody stimulation—are used to predict flu vaccine efficacy. That means no influenza vaccine trials actual test to see if they’re effective. Instead, fairly arbitrary blood antibody levels are used to claim efficacy. Trials to see whether the vaccines actually prevent flu are not done. Neither are trials done to determine whether the antibody levels are actually effective in preventing flu. The Cochrane Collaboration study’s results should come as no surprise. The studies provided by drug companies to gain approval of their flu vaccines routinely document that antibody levels in people over 65 are significantly lower than for younger people. This is not the first study to demonstrate a lack of efficacy for influenza vaccines in the elderly. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2005, titled “Impact of Influenza Vaccination on Seasonal Mortality in the US Elderly Population”, (2005;165:265-272) came to the same conclusion in reference to all age groups: We could not correlate increasing vaccination coverage after 1980 with declining mortality rates in any age group.

The Study’s Conclusions—The Cochrane Collaboration study concludes: –Until such time as the role of vaccines for preventing influenza in the elderly is clarified, more comprehensive and effective strategies for the control of acute respiratory infections should be implemented. These should rely on several preventive interventions that take into account the multi-agent nature of influenza-like illness (ILI) and its context (such as personal hygiene, provision of electricity and adequate food, water and sanitation). The effect of vaccination of high-risk groups should also be further assessed.–In other words, use commonsense in personal hygiene, provide the basics for good health: food, shelter, water, and sanitation—and skip the vaccination.
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Seaweed calcium ingredient tests well in dairy, says GTC
Independent sensory testing on the mineral ingredient Aquamin has found that it can boost the calcium content of dairy products by up to 40 percent with no negative impact on taste or texture, says GTC Nutrition. Aquamin is a seaweed-derived multi-mineral source, said to be rich in calcium, magnesium and over 70 other trace minerals. It is produced by the Irish firm Marigot, and is distributed in the US by GTC Nutrition. The company this week announced results of tests conducted by the independent group NIZO Food Research earlier this year, which assessed the impact of two Aquamin grades (Aquamin S and Aquamin Soluble) in ultra high temperature (UHT) milk, long-life yogurt drinks and stirred yogurt products.–Calcium fortification—The UHT ( Ultra High Temperature) milk was fortified with 25 percent calcium and the yogurt products were fortified with 40 percent calcium Participants in the study were asked to comment on the taste and texture of the fortified products. They reported improved viscosity for the milk, and no negative flavor impact for the yogurts. The yogurt drink was also found to have an enhanced strawberry flavor, and a perception of increased freshness. All products were found to be visually stable GTC’s Trina O’Brien told NutraIngredients-USA.com this morning that the current testing was prompted by the recent addition of the most soluble grade to the Aquamin line – Aquamin Soluble. This form, she said, was particularly targeted for use in beverage products The other products in the line are Aquamin F, a fine powdery calcium source for use in liquid and dry applications, Aquamin S, a sea mineral source designed to enhance the nutritional profile of low pH foods such as carbonated beverages and frozen desserts, and Aquamin TG, a granulated natural calcium source for use in dietary supplements.