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Has Our Over-Medicated, Immunosupressed Society Made Us Ripe for Ebola Deaths?

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                   3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

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Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.

Commentary

Quote-Every-Person-Who-PreparesAmericans take more drugs than any other nation in the world, While the industry would have us believe that means we have better medical care, the reality is that many of these drugs are unnecessary and actually suppress the immune system. Given the current fear over Ebola, this is something everyone should think about seriously. For instance, in this post one article links prescription drugs with low vitamin D levels, and vitamin D is crucial for a functioning immune system.

The new drug which may cure Ebola, ZMapp, works through antibodies which the immune system uses to attack foreign objects, like viruses. Sounds promising, right?  But what happens when a patient’s immune system is suppressed so that it cannot work as it is supposed to? Then the drug cannot provide the promised benefit. Even with the best medical care in the world, if an immune system is compromised the likelihood of death is greatly increased. Our bodies are designed to fight off invaders like viruses, and to heal themselves from many illnesses and injuries. But without proper nutrients and attention, this system can’t function and do what it was designed to do.

The featured article, below, addresses this problem and is followed both by articles relating to building immunity and to articles about the outbreak of Ebola, which is dominating the news. We shouldn’t be surprised that this disease is spreading so rapidly. Jesus told us that in the last days one of the signs of His soon return would be increasing plagues.

In Matthew 24:7 and in Luke 21:11 He said, “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”

If we’re wise, we’ll do all we can to strengthen our own immune system for the plagues and pestilences that are ahead, since it appears that Ebola is just the beginning.

Babylonian Health System

Our immune systems are weaker than ever from lack of proper nutrition and overuse of drugs

Our immune systems are weaker than ever from lack of proper nutrition and overuse of drugs

Over-medicated, immunosuppressed Americans likely to suffer high fatality rate if Ebola sweeps across USA

“The mass medication of Americans has created a nation of immunosuppressed individuals who are unique[ly]  vulnerable to an Ebola outbreak. That’s because medications rob the body of essential vitamins and minerals as documented in the book “Drug Muggers” by pharmacist Suzy Cohen.

All the popular mass medications, it turns out, deplete the body of precisely the same crucial nutrients needed to activate the immune system to fight off viral infections. These includes minerals like zinc; pre-hormones like vitamin D; and common vitamins such as thiamine and niacin.

The result is that most Americans exist in a never-ending state of chronic nutrient deficiencies that strongly suppress their immune function and make them more vulnerable to not just degenerative diseases like cancer but also infectious viral diseases such as influenza.

Ebola …may find fertile ground for spreading like wildfire across a population that is unique[ly] weakened by a profit-driven medical system which places absolutely no value on nutritional support for a patient’s immune function. In fact, much of America’s medical industry depends precisely on the profits and repeat business that come from keeping the population in a never-ending state of chronic nutrient depletion.

The processed food industry further amplifies this potentially fatal problem by mass marketing factory-made foods which are almost entirely devoid of any real nutrition. Making matters even worse, much of the corporate-sponsored “scientific” community has been trained by industry-funded junk science studies to believe that nutrients play no role in human health, so they refuse to recognize any benefit whatsoever from lifesaving nutrients like vitamin D and zinc.”

Pandemic Preparedness FREE Online How-To Course  Episode seven of this audio series has just been released and it’s filled with practical steps you can take to boost your immune system. Changing you habits now can help to ensure your survival in an epidemic, and it can increase your chance of avoiding killer diseases such as cancer. The series is free and can be downloaded in mp3 format to create discs to play on mobile devices, in your car, or to give to friends.

The drug that cured two American health workers

The drug that cured two American health workers

Israeli company offers cure for Ebola  I saw a brief reference to this story and had to do some searching to find the article. The question is, why? Shouldn’t this be front page news, given the rapid spread of Ebola and the panic that’s ensuing with each new case? It seems to me that the answer is the political correctness which trumps everything else, including health, even in life/death issues. With more nations turning against Israel and instituting boycotts of products from that country, a story such as this should demonstrate the utter foolishness of that position.

“[S]upplies of experimental medicines — including the prototype drug ZMapp — are limited, and “will not be sufficient for several months to come,” the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Friday.

Protalix, an Israeli biopharmaceutical company, said Saturday that it has the resources to produce the coveted ZMapp, which has recently run out, Israeli site The Times of Israel, citing Channel 2 TV’s report, said Sunday.

In an interview with Channel 2, Dr. Yossi Shaaltiel, the executive vice president of research and development at Protalix, said: “Today our production capacity exceeds our needs, and we would certainly be happy to have the company producing the Ebola drug have us produce the drug for them. We would know how to do it effectively, in large quantities, and in a relatively short period of time.”

When the company started out, Shaaltiel said, “We were considered crazy.”

“Now we are proving that we are the only ones working with the [kind of] plants that [are developed into] pharmaceutical drugs which are approved,” he said.”

Ebola – What You’re Not Being Told  The mainstream media has repeatedly told the public that it is very difficult to contract Ebola, that it only can be spread through physical contact with bodily fluids. This article was updated on October 16th, but the original version ran in July of this year. So this is not new information although it contradicts what the public has been told for months. This article also points out the discrepancy between the actual facts, and the spin put on those facts by the media before they reported the stories.

“A study conducted in 2012 showed that Ebola was able to travel between pigs and monkeys that were in separate cages and were never placed in direct contact.

Though the method of transmission in the study was not officially determined, one of the scientists involved, Dr. Gary Kobinger, from the National Microbiology Laboratory at the Public Health Agency of Canada, told BBC News that he believed that the infection was spread through large droplets that were suspended in the air.

“What we suspect is happening is large droplets; they can stay in the air, but not long; they don’t go far,” he explained. “But they can be absorbed in the airway, and this is how the infection starts, and this is what we think, because we saw a lot of evidence in the lungs of the non-human primates that the virus got in that way.”

“Translation: Ebola IS an airborne virus. (as is annotated in the video and below, I am using this term in the layman’s sense as TRAVELS THROUGH AIR) …On one hand this is a question of semantics, and the point is well taken, but keep in mind that the study did not officially determine how the virus traveled through the air, it merely established that it does travel through the air. … For the average person however what needs to be understood is very simple: if you are in a room with someone infected with Ebola, you are not safe, even if you never touch them or their bodily fluids, and this is not what you are being told by the mainstream media. Essentially I am using the word “airborne” as a layman term.”

INFOGRAPHIC: What you need to know about the Ebola virus 

“Signs and symptoms of the deadly virus can be noticeable within five to 10 days of infection. Early signs of the virus will be similar to flu symptoms.  They may include:

Severe headaches
Joint and muscle aching and discomfort
Chills
Lethargy/Weakness
Fever
As the virus develops, symptoms will become severe and may include:

Red eyes
Rashes
Chest pain and coughing
Stomach pain
Severe weight loss
Nausea and vomiting
 

It is advised that you see a doctor if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GMO and Contaminated Food

Fukishima area rice has been approved for sale

Fukishima area rice has been approved for sale

Govt OK’s Growing Rice for Public Sale Within Fukushima Contamination Zone The American government also attempts to suppress all information that shows the dangers of GMO food! Most people have no idea how dangerous this food can be, and it is banned in many countries.

“Just recently, farmers in the city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, have begun planting rice in a district previously designated as a ‘no-plant zone’ due to of radioactive fallout. This will be the first time since March, 2011’s core meltdowns that rice intended for public sale will be planted in fields that are possibly still contaminated with radioactive cesium and other toxic materials.

While the Japanese public is vehemently opposed to GMO, do they really want to eat radioactive rice? The government of Japan seems not to care.

 Despite the urging of the people of Japan, the government continues to allow farming in radioactive areas while also permitting large quantities of imported GM canola from Canada. There is also now GM canola growing wild around Japanese ports and roads to major food oil companies.

Thousands of farmers lost their livelihoods when their farms, produce, and livestock were declared off-limits and unsafe, but allowing radioactive farms to plant now doesn’t solve the problem, and neither do genetically modified foods. It seems the corporate biotech bullies won’t stop their own agricultural terrorism, even when a country is down on their luck.”

Vitamin D

Comprehensive new review suggests certain drugs may contribute to lower vitamin D levels 

“A review of various human clinical and epidemiological studies determined that certain medications commonly used by elderly individuals are related to lower vitamin D levels.

Drug-nutrient interactions are the interactions between a food, a nutrient, or nutrition status and a pharmaceutical drug. They are considered to be side effects. For example, deficiencies in calcium, magnesium, or zinc may impair drug metabolism, and certain diuretics and corticosteroids deplete the body of vitamin K.

While polypharmacy, or the use multiple medications by a patient, is very common among elderly individuals who have multiple conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, it is associated with decreased quality of life and decreased mobility and cognition.”

Vitamin D supplements can relieve fatigue

Vitamin D supplements can relieve fatigue

New trial shows treating vitamin D deficiency significantly improves fatigue symptoms 

“A new study published in North American Journal of Medical Sciences found that vitamin D deficiency was common among patients with fatigue, but also found that bringing vitamin D status to a sufficient level significantly reduced symptoms of fatigue.

Fatigue can impact almost every aspect of your life, including your social life and work performance. However, most diagnoses of fatigue are idiopathic, meaning they have unknown causes.

It has been suggested that vitamin D deficiency and fatigue are closely related. Some researchers think that fatigue is a symptom of vitamin D deficiency, while others think there are other factors involved.

For example, osteomalacia is a disease that can be caused by vitamin D deficiency. Muscle weakness is a common symptom of osteomalacia and can lead to fatigue.”

Health and Nutrition

Lemons have numerous health benefits

Lemons have numerous health benefits

What Are Lemons Good For?  This very informative article discusses the health benefits of eating lemons, nutritional facts, and studies on lemons. It also contains information about what to look for when purchasing lemons to ensure peak flavor and benefits. It even includes uses for lemons and give recipes.

“DNA cell protection, immune system regulation, and inflammation relief are just a few of the many nutritional advantages offered by lemons. But what they don’t have a lot of – calories – may be another reason they’re so popular. This cheery yellow fruit with an ancient history is revered, perhaps equally, for its health advantages and as a food. Who doesn’t like lemonade, and the bright, fresh flavor lemons add to so many dishes?

As for the vitamins and minerals, lemons come with infection-fighting vitamin C, as well as thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium, fiber, lots of B vitamins, calcium, potassium, copper, folate, and potassium. Whew! Just think – the antioxidants and flavonoids you get in the lemons you eat today are probably directly descended from the lemon trees Columbus planted more than 500 years ago!”

 Pet Health

The outcry over Excalibur

The outcry over Excalibur’s euthanasia

Dogs and Ebola: What You Need to Know  At the time this article was published, although they were monitoring people who had been exposed to the Ebola patient from Africa, Texas was not monitoring any animals. Since then, the pet of a nurse who contracted the disease has been quarantined as a precaution, though no other animals are being watched.

“Monkeys, bats and a menagerie of animals can spread Ebola. Now there’s worry that dogs – or one dog in particular – might spread it, too. Officials in Madrid got a court order to euthanize the pet of a Spanish nursing assistant who has the deadly virus.

No case of Ebola spreading to people from dogs has ever been documented, but “clearly we want to look at all possibilities,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Dallas, health officials are monitoring 48 people who may have had contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, but “we are not monitoring any animals at this time,” said Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey.”

Can Dogs (And Other Animals) Get Ebola?  There was an enormous public outcry when Excalibur, the dog owned by a Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola, was euthanized by the government. Although it is clear that dogs can get the virus, they are asymptomatic and normally do not die from it. But because of the uncertainty over the disease, the dog was destroyed. In Texas however, the pet dog of a nurse who recently contracted Ebola has been quarantined, fed and cared for. This seems to be a more reasonable approach, not only to those of us who love dogs but to those who can empathize with a nurse who, while fighting for her life, had to face the trauma of losing her best friend as well. Moreover, the Texas approach provides an opportunity for professionals to study the question of transmission from pets.

“To date, there is no documented case of Ebola spreading to people from dogs or dogs to people, and only one study, carried out by the CDC, looks at whether dogs can get Ebola at all. This research into the prevalence of Ebola-virus antibodies in dogs from regions of Gabon affected by the 2001–2002 outbreak showed that “dogs can be infected by Ebola virus” but exhibit no symptoms and the infection eventually clears.

 David Moore, an expert in infectious diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that since no dogs showed symptoms of the Ebola virus “there is absolutely no evidence to support a role for dogs in transmission.”

The study also suggests that differences in behavior and diet of pet dogs may alter risks in Ebola transmission. Whereas most dogs in Western Europe are fed dog food, many of the dogs studied in Gabon scavenged for their food, eating small dead animals that could have exposed them to the virus.

Relatively little research has been carried out into the existence of Ebola in many other animals. It is thought that domestic cats are probably immune to it since the virus has not yet been found in any wild felines in Africa.”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future:
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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Are Generic Drugs Dangerous?

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3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health.

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.

Commentary

My cat Hosanna becomes ill taking generics for her diabetes     My cat Hosanna becomes ill taking a different generic for her diabetes

My cat Hosanna becomes ill taking generics for her diabetes

For years Americans have been urged to request the generic equivalent of brand name drugs whenever they’re available. There has been a heavily promoted marketing campaign to assure us that they are equivalent in all ways with the brand name drugs they’re meant to replace. The biggest reason for using generics is, of course, cost. And as long as they’re virtually the same as brand name, that’s a good incentive to switch to generics.

But with the rise of global trade, many of the medications Americans take in generic form are being produced in countries like India, where there isn’t regulation and oversight like there is in the US. If you’ve purchased generics before, believing that you’re getting the same drug in a different form, and that the only real difference is cost, think again. Even if they were “equivalent” in the past, that no longer is the case and there have been serious recalls of late, along with tests that reveal the American consumer may be gambling with his life by purchasing generics. At a minimum, the drug you get may not do what it is supposed to do; at worst, you may end up very ill or dead, depending on what the medication is for.

I’ve seen this first-hand with my cat, Hosanna (pictured here, yawning, with her brother Necco). She began her diabetes treatment with a specific generic and when I switched to any other, she would begin vomiting constantly. Thinking that was odd, I did some research and found her “generic” is actually made by Pfizer, the company who makes the brand name of the drug she takes. Because their “generic” version is actually the brand, just labeled as generic, it’s much cheaper so I’ve stuck with it. But the pharmacy has a note never to substitute her usual type for a different generic. Regardless of the advertising hype, they aren’t all the same.

Prescription Drugs

Are generic drugs still equivalent to brand?

Are generic drugs still equivalent to brand?

Are Generic Drugs Dangerous?

“A new analysis by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research reveals extensive problems with the quality of generics produced by Indian pharmaceutical companies, which supply about 40 percent of the generic drugs sold in the U.S. Bureau investigators examined nearly 1,500 India-made drug samples collected from 22 cities and found that up to 10 percent of some medications contained insufficient levels of the key active ingredients — concentrations so low, in fact, that they would not be effective against the diseases they’re designed to treat.

This new research adds to a growing body of evidence that the generic drug industry, which supplies 85 percent of the drugs sold in the U.S., routinely violates basic quality control standards and ships sub-par medicines to the U.S. and other countries.

What that means is that many patients prescribed generic drugs are not only getting ripped off, but may be at risk because their medications are not treating the conditions they have, says renowned cardiologist Chauncey Crandall, M.D.

International regulators found more than 1,600 errors in 15 drug applications submitted by the Indian generic giant Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited. Officials noted that these pills were “potentially unsafe and illegal to sell.”

The findings come in the wake of a string of drug recalls of products made by Indian pharmaceutical companies. Some 100,000 bottles of the heart drug Toprol XL were recalled because they didn’t dissolve properly. The medication is a beta blocker taken by millions of Americans to prevent strokes, heart attacks, and sudden cardiac death.

In light of these developments, Dr. Crandall says patients need to talk to their doctors about the medications they are taking.

“There is a difference when we [use] generics and it can cost the patients his life,” he says. “So at all costs I would urge [patients] to pursue the name brand drug. I think we need to make our government officials aware of this. They are pushing you to inferior drugs and we need to get a revolution going to get these inferior drugs off the market.”

A single dose of SSRI antidepressants such as Fluoxetine, shown here, can change the brain's functional connectivity within three hours, a new study found.

A single dose of SSRI antidepressants such as Fluoxetine, shown here, can change the brain’s functional connectivity within three hours, a new study found.

Antidepressants rapidly alter brain architecture, study finds Although advertising has downplayed or covered up the fact that antidepressants physically alter brain structure so that the person taking them becomes increasingly unable to function without them, a new study gives startling evidence of how rapidly that occurs.

“A single dose of a popular class of psychiatric drug used to treat depression can alter the brain’s architecture within hours, even though most patients usually don’t report improvement for weeks, a new study suggests.

More than 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. use these drugs, which adjust the availability of a chemical transmitter in the brain, serotonin, by blocking the way it is reabsorbed. The so-called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs, include Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Paxil and Zoloft.

[A] discovery in the late 1990s [showed] that low-frequency brain signaling during relative inactivity, such as daydreaming, is a good indicator of functional connectivity.

When more serotonin was available, this resting state functional connectivity decreased on a broad scale, the study found. This finding was not particularly surprising — other studies have shown a similar effect in brain regions strongly associated with mood regulation.

But there was a two-fold shock: Some areas of the brain appeared to buck the trend and become more interdependent. And all the changes were evident only three hours after the single dosage.”

Can bee bacteria counter antibiotic-resistant infections?

Can bee bacteria counter antibiotic-resistant infections?

Bacteria from bees possible alternative to antibiotics

“Thirteen lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomach of bees have shown promising results in a series of studies. The group of bacteria counteracted antibiotic-resistant MRSA in lab experiments. The bacteria, mixed into honey, has healed horses with persistent wounds. The formula has previously been shown to protect against bee colony collapse.”

 

Actually, MSG Is Not Safe for Everyone

“A recent video from the American Chemical Society purporting to debunk myths about the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG) led to a slew of news stories — but that coverage failed to recognize that a subset of the population should avoid MSG.

The video contains two misleading facts. The first suggests MSG is considered “Generally Recognized as Safe,” or GRAS. The GRAS label for additives gives the appearance of safety; yet the term GRAS was simply given to food additives that were in use when the Food Additives Amendment of 1958 was established. The label effectively “grandfathered in” the additives so they could bypass premarket approval by the FDA (i.e., safety testing). Secondly, the video states that free glutamate occurs naturally in some foods. This is true; however, it does not mean that MSG is safe for everyone. People who are sensitive to MSG must also avoid foods with high amounts of naturally occurring free glutamate, such as soy sauce and Parmesan cheese.”

Scientists believe that a genetic mutation, which is detectable in blood samples, makes some people more likely to kill themselves

Scientists believe that a genetic mutation, which is detectable in blood samples, makes some people more likely to kill themselves

Blood test could indicate predisposition to suicide  Until now there has been no good way to discern which people are more likely to commit suicide when they’re depressed or under stress. But scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine believe they have found a genetic mutation in those more likely to take their own lives and report that they can detect this mutation with a blood test.

If other studies confirm this finding, eventually it could be used to determine which people are more at risk and tailor their treatment to minimize the risk. This could include screening in order to avoid drugs which carry a higher risk for causing suicidal ideation, such as antidepressants.

“In cases where the people had died by suicide, there was a lower-than-normal concentration of a gene known as SKA2. It plays a part in the brain’s handling of stress hormones, and if it isn’t functioning properly or is lacking, stressful situations that would ordinarily be bearable can drive a person to contemplate or even attempt killing themselves.

It was also found that the mutation not only reduced the levels of the gene, but also added chemicals called methyl groups to the SKA2 that was present.

This finding was backed up by an analysis of blood samples taken from 325 living test subjects. Based on the levels of methyl groups in the SKA2 genes within those samples, the scientists could predict with 80 percent overall accuracy which of the participants had contemplated or attempted suicide. The accuracy went up to 90 percent for test subjects who posed a severe suicide risk, and 96 percent for the youngest group of participants.”

Vitamin D

Is the sun's affect on circadian rhythms due to vitamin D production?

Is the sun’s effect on circadian rhythms due to vitamin D production?

New research finds activated vitamin D regulates genes involved in the circadian rhythm

“Research from Journal of Biological Rhythms discovered that calcitriol, the activated form of vitamin D, modulated the expression of and synchronized two genes involved in the circadian rhythm in stem cells derived from fat tissue.

The circadian rhythm is an internal, entrainable biological process that predictably fluctuates over the course of 24 hours. It is involved in the sleeping and feeding patterns of animals, including humans.

Being internal means that it occurs in organisms despite any outside input. Being entrainable means that it can be reset by external influences. The circadian rhythm affects core body temperature, brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration, and other biological activities.

Sunlight is a Zeitgeber which means “time giver” in German. A Zeitgeber is any external or environmental cue that entrains an organism’s biological rhythms to the Earth’s 24 hour light/dark cycle.

It is relatively known that the sun plays a major role in regulating the circadian rhythm in humans. This is one reason why night-shift workers have abnormal sleep schedules; they are not exposing themselves to the sun during the day which alters the reset of the circadian rhythm.

It is unknown, however, how the sun exactly entrains the circadian rhythm.

Therefore researchers from Mexico hypothesized that activated vitamin D may be mediating the effects of sunlight on biological rhythms.

Controlled trials in which researchers measure multiple biomarkers influenced by the circadian rhythm (such as testosterone, cortisol, melatonin) are needed to determine how vitamin D supplementation affects this process in humans.”

Gut Flora

Are our microbiorne driving our behavior?

Are our microbiome driving our behavior?

Our Microbiome May Be Looking Out for Itself   This is a very interesting article that explains not only why we have cravings for certain foods, but how other behaviors we engage in may actually be driven by promptings of our gut bacteria. It may be that they are controlling much more than what we eat.

Maybe the microbiome is our puppet master.
  In fact, there are many well-documented examples of parasites controlling their hosts. How parasites control their hosts remains mysterious. But it looks as if they release molecules that directly or indirectly can influence their brains.

Our microbiome has the biochemical potential to do the same thing. In our guts, bacteria make some of the same chemicals that our neurons use to communicate with one another….

A number of recent studies have shown that gut bacteria can use these signals to alter the biochemistry of the brain. Compared with ordinary mice, those raised free of germs behave differently in a number of ways. They are more anxious, for example, and have impaired memory.

Some experiments suggest that bacteria also can influence the way their hosts eat. Germ-free mice develop more receptors for sweet flavors in their intestines, for example. They also prefer to drink sweeter drinks than normal mice do.

Dr. Maley and his colleagues argue that our eating habits create a strong motive for microbes to manipulate us. “From the microbe’s perspective, what we eat is a matter of life and death,” Dr. Maley said.

Different species of microbes thrive on different kinds of food. If they can prompt us to eat more of the food they depend on, they can multiply.

Microbial manipulations might fill in some of the puzzling holes in our understandings about food cravings, Dr. Maley said. Scientists have tried to explain food cravings as the body’s way to build up a supply of nutrients after deprivation, or as addictions, much like those for drugs like tobacco and cocaine.”

Health and Nutrition

An ogranic diet for 7 days reduced pesticide levels by 90%

An organic diet for 7 days reduced pesticide levels by 90%

New Study Finds Organic Diet For One Week Drops Pesticide Levels By 90 Percent In Adults

“A recent study conducted by researchers from RMIT university …found that an organic diet for just one week significantly reduced pesticide (commonly used in conventional food production) exposure in adults.

Thirteen participants were randomly selected to consume a diet consisting of at least 80% organic or conventional food for precisely 7 days, afterwards crossing over to the alternative diet from which they started. The study found that urinary dialkylphosphates (DAPs) measurements were 89% lower when they ate an organic diet for seven days compared to a conventional diet for the same amount of time.

“A lot of these agents were initially developed as nerve gases for chemical warfare, so we do know that they have toxic effects on the nervous system at high doses. Conventional food production commonly uses organophosphate pesticides, which are neurotoxins that act on the nervous system of humans by blocking an important enzyme. Recent studies have raised concerns for health effects of these chemicals even at relatively low levels. This study is an important first step in expanding our understanding about the impact of an organic diet.”

Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Can Raise Blood Sugar: Researchers

“Artificial sweeteners may do more harm than good, when it comes to diabetes. New research shows fake sugars in diet soda, yogurt, and other foods consumed by millions can raise the blood sugar level instead of reducing it.
The findings, based on experiments involving mice and people, indicate zero-calorie sweeteners such as saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame can alter the population of gut bacteria and trigger unwanted changes such as higher blood glucose levels — a risk factor for diabetes, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The scope of our discovery is cause for a public reassessment of the massive and unsupervised use of artificial sweeteners,” said Eran Elinav, a physician and immunologist at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science and lead author of the study, which appeared in the journal Nature.”

A Healthy Migraine Relief Drink

A Healthy Migraine Relief Drink

Migraine Relief Drink Recipe – Go Green!

“Ingredients
• 16oz filtered water or coconut water
• 1 cup pineapple
• 1 cup kale (3-4 leaves)
• 1 stalk celery
• ½ lemon, juiced
• 1 cup cucumber (about ½ a large cucumber)
• ½ inch ginger root
• 1 1/2 cups Ice

 

Instructions
Place all ingredients into the blender.
Secure lid and blend well for at least 60 seconds.
Note: You can omit the water and ice and extract the ingredients
with a juicer, or leave it as is for a whole food juice by keeping the fiber.
Enjoy! (Makes 2 drinks)

The ingredients in this drink are very healthy and may help with headache, nausea and stomach upset. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, and is a potent herb that has been known to help with any type of pain or swelling of the tissues. Fresh pineapple contains bromelain, a natural enzyme that has been known to be a form of natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory as well. Cucumber is 95% water and can help with dehydration. It is thought that the chemicals in celery act to cause sleepiness, increase urine to decrease fluid retention, decrease blood pressure, decrease blood sugar, decrease blood clotting, and increase muscle relaxation.”

 Pet Health

Audie keeps his coat shiny with a daily dose of coconut oil

Audie keeps his coat shiny with a daily dose of coconut oil

How to Choose an Omega Supplement for your Pet 

Since pets also need omega fatty acids to remain healthy and not all commercial food contains them either at all or in the correct amounts, this articles lists 6 common oils used to supplement your pets’ diets, and discusses the benefits of each. It thoroughly discusses the subject of oils to give you as much information as possible so you can make the most appropriate choice for your dog or cat. While there isn’t a set ratio of omega 3 to 6 that is standard, generally you should look for a ratio of 8:1 or more.

Step 1: Evaluate your pet’s health
All pets can greatly benefit from an omega supplement as not all foods provide omega fatty acids, and not all foods provide the optimal ratio of them. There are some definite tell tale signs that your pet is experiencing a deficiency in omega fatty acids. You will typically notice the following:
• Dull coat color, lacking a radiant sheen
• Dry, flaky, cracked skin
• Suffers from allergies
• Experiences joint stiffness and joint pain

Many people only supplement omega fatty acids for skin and coat health, but the benefits are far reaching. Omega fatty acids are critical to proper brain function, retina function, a reduction of harmful inflammation throughout the body, and the daily maintenance and production of cell walls.

Step 2: Learn the difference between Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s

One of the most important things you need to know is that omega-3’s produce an anti-inflammatory response within the body, while omega-6’s produce an inflammatory response within the body. This is why the ratio between them is so important, and should be taken into consideration when choosing a product to supplement. Many pets (and humans) suffer from an omega-3 deficiency.

Step 3: Choose your source of Omega Fatty Acids

Now that you know what the omega fatty acids are, and where they come from, you can select which supplement you need, and how you want to administer it to your pet. “

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future:
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

 

 

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The Healing Properties of Unrefined Salts

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3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health.

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.

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Various unrefined sea salts

Various unrefined sea salts

The Healing Properties of Unrefined Salts

This extensive article from “Allergies and Your Gut” is actually a compilation of several articles that each relate to salt in some way. As a result it is lengthy, but it is packed with interesting and useful information. It’s one of those articles that will cause you to change the habits of a lifetime as soon as you read it, because the change in the type of salt you purchase isn’t difficult or expensive and the benefits are so overwhelming. It first gives a history of salt which is interesting reading, though it’s not necessary to gain an understanding of the health benefits and requirements of the human body for salt.

That is followed by a section on “What’s Wrong With Processed Table Salt” which is what we’ll focus on in this post. Following sections focus on the benefits of unrefined sea salt and various natural types of salt which are available commercially such as Himalayan Pink, Celtic Sea Salt, Maldon Salt, Alaea or Hawaiian Red Sea Salt and Black Lava Sea Salt. As is apparent from the names, salt can come in almost any color – clear, pink, red, blue, black and yellow.

Originally salt contained many minerals necessary for proper functioning of the body. The table salt sold today does not contain these minerals. Minerals also used to be obtained from the soil through foods grown there, but in recent decades that source is all but gone, since the soil became depleted of such nutrients long ago. That’s one reason why the refining of table salt is so problematic. In processing desiccants (anti-caking agents) also are added so that it doesn’t clump together once it’s packaged.

There have been a great many news reports and much medical advice to Americans to limit the amount of salt in their diets, since it has been blamed for many modern health problems such as high blood pressure. But it is the refining process that’s responsible for the problems, not the salt itself. In fact, salt is a crucial element for life. The human body is composed primarily of water and salt, and the body’s potassium/salt exchange is vital for correct heart functioning.

“It’s soaked in a solution which may contain sulfuric acid or chlorine and various bleaches. Then it’s heated to a temperature that removes all the minerals and other trace elements that our bodies need to function. Some processed salts are then spray coated with iodine.

Processed table salt is quite different from natural, unrefined salts. It no longer has the ability to combine with our body fluids, so undermines necessary, basic chemical and metabolic processes. Water retention, kidney and blood pressure problems, gall stones, and many other serious health problems can result from refined salt consumption.

On average, Americans consume more than 3,400 mg of refined salt per day. Of this amount, about 75% is derived from processed food. The other 25% comes from sources such as water treatment and medications.
When salt is chemically cleaned and processed, the trace minerals and electrolytes that naturally occur in unrefined salt are removed as if they were impurities.

Chemically processed table salt is inorganic, which means that the chemical bonds are so strong they can’t easily be broken down or metabolized by our bodies. When you take in an inorganic mineral, your body will either store it or eliminate it. In this case, when you take in table salt your body sees it as a poison and tries to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, most of us take in way more table salt than our bodies can eliminate. When this happens, the body has to do something with the excess salt.

Consuming a lot of chemically processed table salt makes us feel thirsty. That’s because the body has been put into a tough position. It can’t get rid of the table salt fast enough so it must neutralize it. To do that it takes water from healthy cells to surround this salt. As a result, you retain water and kill off healthy cells.”

In addition, spraying refined salt with iodine means that we often get a toxic build-up of iodine in the thyroid, which can cause metabolism and immune disorders. Just as with refined salt, the added iodine is not in a form that is immediately useable by the body. (See the video on iodine, in the last blog post, Microwaves: Personal Radiation Ovens) In effect, it becomes a poison. Refined table salt is disastrous because though it claims to provide two nutrients crucial for the body, sodium and iodine, in effect, it is not providing much of either in any useable form.

Vitamin D

Link between vitamin D, dementia risk confirmed

“Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people, according to the most robust study of its kind ever conducted. An international team found that study participants who were severely vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Cruciferous veggies

Cruciferous veggies

2 Cruciferous Vegetables Make It Possible to Absorb Vitamin D  Whether we’re eating lots of foods rich in vitamin D, spending time outdoors or taking a supplement, it still doesn’t mean we’re getting enough vitamin D if we can’t absorb it into our cells. If it isn’t absorbed, we can’t use it. To have that vitamin D biologically active inside us, the vitamin D must be received by “vitamin D receptors”.

“A specific gene called the VDR (vitamin D receptor) gene codes for this receptor.

Unfortunately, sick and unhealthy cells express less of the VDR gene, meaning that they are unable to accept and use vitamin D. Supplementing with more vitamin D won’t help these sick cells. Without a receptor site, vitamin D has nowhere to go.

Broccoli and cabbage contain a very special molecule called sulforaphane.

Research shows that sulforaphane increases the expression of the VDR gene.

In other words, the sulforaphane that we find in cruciferous vegetables and herbs like wasabi helps the body absorb more vitamin D—improving bone mass, as well as the ability to fight infection, cancer, and inflammation.

If you have cramping intestinal pain, bloating, or gas after munching on raw cabbage, this is a sign that you cannot tolerate raw, unfermented cruciferous vegetables.”

For people with this problem, you can either culture your veggies by purchasing a culture starter or ferment them yourself. Cabbage, made into sauerkraut, is one of the most beneficial things you can eat because it contains an enormous number of good bacteria (probiotics). See our post on the health benefits of sauerkraut: An Old Time Food For a Healthy New Body or search the blog for articles under the category “probiotics”.

GMOs and Contaminated Food

New Study Links GMOs To Cancer, Liver/Kidney Damage & Severe Hormonal Disruption

“In November 2012, the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology published a paper titled Long Term Toxicity of Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant genetically modified maize by Gilles-Eric Seralini and his team of researchers at France’s Caen University. (source) It was a very significant study that made a lot of noise worldwide, the first of its kind under controlled conditions that examined the possible effects of a GMO maize diet treated with Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide.

The study found severe liver and kidney damage as well as hormonal disturbances in rats fed with GM maize in conjunction with low levels of Roundup that were below those permitted in most drinking water across Europe. Results also indicated high rates of large tumors and mortality in most treatment groups.

The republished study also has a section describing the lobbying efforts of GMO crop supporters to force the retraction of the original publication. This is scientific fraud at its best. The authors express how the previous retraction was “a historic example of conflicts of interest in the scientific assessments of products commercialized worldwide.”

There were 10 significant findings from the study. These are:

1. Multiple Toxins From GMOs Detected In Maternal and Fetal Blood
2. DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Can Be Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Them
3. New Study Links GMOs To Gluten Disorders That Affect 18 Million Americans
4. Study Links Genetically Modified Corn to Rat Tumors
5. Glyphosate Induces Human Breast Cancer Cells Growth via Estrogen Receptors
6. Glyphosate Linked To Birth Defects
7. Study Links Glyphosate To Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
8. Chronically Ill Humans Have Higher Glyphosate Levels Than Healthy Humans
9. Studies Link GMO Animal Feed to Severe Stomach Inflammation and Enlarged Uteri in Pigs
10. GMO risk assessment is based on very little scientific evidence in the sense that the testing methods recommended are not adequate to ensure safety.

How to Tell GMO Foods from Organic or Conventionally Grown  It has been estimated that 80% of all processed food in the US contains GMOs, food that has been altered at a genetic level in a laboratory. Plants, foods, even animals and fish all have been altered in this manner in recent years. For example, a new strawberry type said to be frost tolerant, has been created by insertion of a gene from “a cold ocean dwelling fish”. Does that sound like something you’d want to eat?

“According to government statements testing has been done on these so-called “Franken-foods” and they were found to be “substantially equivalent” to the original food.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has shown that consumption of GMO foods are linked to genetic problems with: Insulin control, cholesterol, protein formation, and cell signaling, changes in the kidney, liver, spleen and gastrointestinal system, accelerated aging, a weakened immune system and even infertility.

It can be difficult to know how to avoid GMO foods. There is no government standard on labeling and companies are not required to tell you if the products they’re selling you contain them.

So how can you avoid GMO foods and not eat foods spliced with random genes?  There are ways. First you can look for PLU codes.  It’s okay, I didn’t know what they were either.  It stands for Price look-up codes.

The next time you’re in the grocery store pick up a piece of fruit. There’s a good chance it has a sticker on it with a four or five digit number on it. If it has five numbers look closer.

Requirements by the International Federation for Produce Standards require that the first number be a ‘9’ if the item is organic and ‘8’ if it’s a GMO. Nine is just fine but hate the eight.

10 worst GMO foods

10 worst GMO foods

List of Vegetables That Are Genetically Modified  This is a very interesting site, even for those who think they’re up on all the nuances of GMO foods. I’ve been most careful in buying only the “ugly heirloom” tomatoes sold at Walmart, among other places, because genetic modification of tomatoes was one of the first we were warned about. But in reading this recent article, I learned that GMO tomatoes aren’t around much anymore. Did the companies producing them suddenly become concerned about public health? Or did the government finally regulate them out of existence? No to both of those questions. However, tomatoes (and potatoes), once both a health concern, aren’t being produced much in GMO varieties because they didn’t ship or store well. For that reason, fast food chains refused to purchase them so production of them has been discontinued. Profit. The bottom line for most decisions about our food supply has given a boost to consumers for once. You’ll find lots more information of interest here as well.

Health and Nutrition

Applying pesticide to fields

Applying pesticide to fields

Pesticide linked to three generations of disease: Methoxychlor causes epigenetic changes

“Researchers say ancestral exposures to the pesticide methoxychlor may lead to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease and obesity in future generations.

“What your great-grandmother was exposed to during pregnancy, like the pesticide methoxychlor, may promote a dramatic increase in your susceptibility to develop disease, and you will pass this on to your grandchildren in the absence of any continued exposures,” says Michael Skinner, WSU professor and founder of its Center for Reproductive Biology.

Methoxychlor — also known as Chemform, Methoxo, Metox or Moxie — was introduced in 1948 and widely used during the 1970s as a safer replacement for DDT. It was used on crops, ornamental plants, livestock and pets. It is still used in many countries around the world.

It was banned in the U.S. in 2003 due to its toxicity and ability to disrupt endocrine systems. Methoxychlor can behave like the hormone estrogen and profoundly affects the reproductive system.”

Hookworms - Inside the intestine and showing teeth

Hookworms – Inside the intestine and showing teeth

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

“Groundbreaking results were achieved in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease. The results are good news for sufferers of other inflammatory conditions such as asthma and Crohn’s disease. In the small trial run over a year, 12 participants were each experimentally infected with 20 Necator americanus (hookworm) larvae. They were then given gradually increasing doses of gluten, with their daily dose in the final stage being equivalent to a medium-sized bowl of spaghetti.

Significantly, all the trial subjects rejected the researchers’ offer of drugs that would eliminate the hookworms. “They all chose to keep their worms, and they continue to report good health. However they were instructed to return to a gluten-free diet after the trial,” Professor Loukas said.

The potential of helminths (parasitic worms) in treating inflammatory diseases lies in their ability to dial back the human immune response — a skill that enables them to survive, and thrive, in the human gut, without compromising their host’s ability to fight off other infectious diseases.”

See also: Celiac Disease Cure: Parasitic Worms

“Australian researchers have found that hookworms can be used to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease, as well as other inflammatory conditions such as asthma and Crohn’s.

Two-third of the participants in the study were able to increase their gluten tolerance by a factor of 60, said Alex Loukas, head of the Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics at JCU.

“We and others have had promising results in earlier trials but this is clear proof-of-principle of the benefits of hookworm in treating inflammatory disease,” said Loukas.

“This trial has confirmed hookworms as our choice of parasite for clinical applications,” said Loukas. “But despite our growing fondness for them, we do acknowledge that a protein pill will have broader market appeal than a dose of worms.”

Optimal Sleep Time Is 7 to 8 Hours: Study 

“Adults who say they sleep between seven and eight hours per night miss fewer work days due to sickness than others, according to a Finnish study.

The researchers calculate that if insomnia, apnea and other kinds of sleep disturbances were eliminated, the total cost of worker sick days could be cut by 28 percent.

“Our ability to sustain attention and maintain peak cognitive performance is significantly reduced if we are sleep deprived over longer periods….”

“Those sleeping 5 hours or less or 10 hours or more were absent from work 5 to 9 days more each year, as compared to those with optimal sleep,” Lallukka said.

Lallukka noted that individual sleep needs may vary, and one person should not necessarily apply the results of the population-level observational study to their day-to-day routine.”

Pet Health

How Much Do Dogs Sleep?  The answer to that question will depend on several factors: the age of the dog, the breed, the activity level (ordinary house pet versus service dog) level of boredom and interruptions. An average dog will sleep half of his life, roughly 12 hours daily, though some breeds sleep up to 18 hours each day; like people, some dogs love to sleep more than others do. The video, below, is a good example. An older dog will sleep more, and the more noise around your house, the more your pet’s sleep is interrupted. Although they have 2 sleep cycles just like humans, they often sleep in bursts so they are up and awake when there’s activity going on. They’d never want to miss a chance for a walk or a game by sleeping!

“It’s also important to realize the importance of getting a good solid night of sleep. Imagine someone waking you up while you are sleeping, and how hard it is for you to get back to sleep sometimes? Now think about your house and being a dog trying to sleep while everyone is making noise. It can be quite a stressful place sometimes, so when you dog does find time to sleep, try and let them sleep soundly and not annoy or try to wake them up.

One way to ensure your best friend has the best sleep possible, is to make sure they have comfortable sleeping conditions. A quite [sp] area with comfy blankets or even a dog bed would do wonders for a comfortable and quite [sp] sleep area. When preparing an area for your dog to sleep and rest, simply think about what you would like to have, and they will appreciate you that much more.”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future:
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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7 Signs You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency

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         3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health.

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.

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Most Americans are suffering from Vitamin D deficiency

Most Americans are suffering from a deficiency of Vitamin D

Experts have warned against sun exposure for many years and that has led to a tremendous increase in both the number of people wearing sunscreen and in the amount of sunscreen they use. While that may have health benefits in certain areas, it also has contributed to a deficiency in vitamin D3, probably the most essential vitamin there is for overall health.

Almost our entire elderly population (95%) is deficient in this essential vitamin, and as much as 50% of the general American population suffers from deficiency as well. Worldwide that number rises to 75%. Given how many areas of our bodies utilize vitamin D3 and how profound are the effects of a deficiency, this is cause for concern.

With numbers this high, the wise move would be to have your levels tested. While the only way to get a completely accurate reading is through blood tests, that shouldn’t deter you from trying to assess whether you have sufficient levels. The article below gives 7 signs that may indicate a deficiency, but even if you don’t have these symptoms you can benefit from testing which can be done easily in your own at home. A testing kit, produced by GrassrootsHealth is available by joining the D*Action Project for $65. Details are given in the article linked below, and by following the link for the project, above.

If everyone in the country had sufficient levels of D3, rates for certain cancers would be reduced by half and over a million deaths from chronic diseases related to this deficiency would be avoided. And that sun exposure you’ve been warned to avoid because it can cause cancer? While that may be true for certain types of cancer, it should be noted that women who have high sun exposure when young have a 70% reduction in the rate of breast cancer later in life. 

We’ve written in previous blogs about the amount most of us need to take to reach optimum levels, generally 10,000 units daily, as well as the best source of D3 (other than the sun) which is lanolin. And if you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome after complaining to the doctor about aches and pains, it may be that taking enough supplemental vitamin D3 to put you in the optimal (rather than normal) range can end those problems. Many people diagnosed with these illnesses actually are suffering from vitamin D deficiency instead.

7 Signs You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency

“There are very few foods that actually have therapeutic levels of vitamin D naturally and even fortified foods do not contain enough vitamin D to support your health needs.

Despite its name, vitamin D is not a regular vitamin. It’s actually a steroid hormone that you are designed to obtain primarily through sun exposure, not via your diet.

If any of the following apply to you, you should get your vitamin D levels tested sooner rather than later.

1. You Have Darker Skin

2. You Feel “Blue”

3. You’re 50 or Older

4. You’re Overweight or Obese (or Have a Higher Muscle Mass)

5. Your Bones Ache

6. Head Sweating

7. You Have Gut Trouble”

Vitamin D for Depression, Dementia, and Diabetes  Research has demonstrated that optimal levels of Vitamin D can improve many brain disorders like depression and dementia, including Alzheimer’s, by increasing the amount of chemicals that protect and heal cells. Vitamin D receptors also increase brain nerve growth when activated. Deficient individuals had between 53% and 120% higher risk for dementia, especially Alzheimer’s and deficient seniors were 11 times more likely to be depressed.

“Vitamin D may also exert some of its beneficial effects on your brain through its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

Other recent research has found links between depression and dementia, and between vitamin D deficiency and depression. One eight-year-long study3 from Rush University Medical Center found that higher levels of depression translated into greater risk for dementia later on.

Bringing the focus of this article full circle is research showing that vitamin D may also play a role in type 2 diabetes; so now we have a number of cross-links between vitamin D and dementia, depression, and diabetes. One Indian study found that vitamin D and calcium supplementation in combination with exercise can aid prediabetic individuals by preventing the progression into full blown diabetes.

Keep in mind that if you opt for a vitamin D supplement, you also need to take vitamin K2. The biological role of vitamin K2 is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth. It also helps remove calcium from areas where it shouldn’t be.

A robust and growing body of research clearly shows that vitamin D is absolutely critical for good health and disease prevention. Vitamin D affects your DNA through vitamin D receptors (VDRs), which bind to specific locations of the human genome. Scientists have identified nearly 3,000 genes that are influenced by vitamin D levels, and vitamin D receptors have been found throughout the human body.”

Health and Nutrition

We're hard-wired for junk food late at night

It seems we’re hard-wired for junk food late at night

The Science of the Midnight Snack: Why the body craves junk food late at night  A recent study reveals that people crave fatty foods and sugars from 12 midnight to 4 a.m. It appears we’re “hard wired” for junk food cravings at night because the body demands lots of calories at that hour for an energy boost. The most popular items are ice cream, pound cake and French fries, according to a study of volunteers, published in the journal Obesity.

“Regardless of when they’d woken up, when they’d last eaten, and how much they’d eaten that day, the volunteers were hungriest at night. And while their desire for vegetables stayed more or less the same throughout the day, their hunger for sweet, salty, and starchy foods increased dramatically around 8 p.m.—suggesting that our appetite for junk is governed more by our internal body clocks than by genuine hunger.

One reason for this is fluctuation in the hormone cortisol, which tells the liver to release sugar into the blood. Because we don’t need as much energy at night, cortisol levels decrease, telling our bodies that it’s time to go to sleep—when we stay awake, though, we’re driven to compensate for the resulting blood-sugar drop by eating food. But what’s bad for our modern-day waistlines may have had an evolutionary benefit, said the authors of the Obesity study: Because the body burns fewer calories at night, the urge to consume more of them in later hours may have helped our ancestors stay nourished when food was scarce.

Another reason may be that end-of-day fatigue increases the temptation to indulge. When we’re tired, we make less of the hormone leptin, which brings on a satiated feeling, and more of the hunger hormone ghrelin. As a result, our sleepy brains pull a few tricks to nudge our bodies towards energy pick-me-ups in the form of calories. In one 2012 study, researchers found that when people were sleep-deprived, the reward centers of their brains lit up more when they looked at pictures of junk foods than when they saw pictures of healthy foods (in well-rested people, the brain response was roughly the same for both food groups).”

2 Things Diet Soda Does to Your Brain  Brain diseases are appearing more frequently and at an earlier age. While risk factors such as age and sex are fixed, there are numerous factors which can be changed to reduce your risk.

“One simple change to lower your risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia is as simple as ditching the diet soda you drink:

These diet drinks usually include the artificial sweetener and food additive aspartame, which contains what Dr. Blaylock refers to as a powerful “excitotoxin.” Excitotoxins are substances added to certain foods and beverages that can literally stimulate nerve cells to death, causing gradual damage to your brain.
Dr. Blaylock is considered the foremost authority on the subject of excitotoxins such as aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG). He warns that they not only contribute to the escalation of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s, but also to diverse chronic illness, including learning disorders, psychiatric conditions, even cancer.

But you don’t need to just take Dr. Blaylock’s word on the risks of diet soda. Research presented at a recent conference of the American Stroke Association indicates that drinking diet soda daily is linked to a significantly higher risk of vascular events that correlate with vascular dementia.”

Women's waistlines continue to increase

Women’s waistlines continue to increase

Average American Woman’s Waistline Grows to 39 Inches: CDC

Waistlines of Americans continue to grow by the year, and more women suffer from a fast size rise than do men, new government research shows. Data from roughly 33,000 people were examined in the study. Forget the old standard of 36-24-36, the average woman’s waistline is 38.8 inches, with more than an inch and a half increase between 1999 and 2012. Anything over 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men is considered obese, with abdominal fat a risk factor in heart disease and diabetes.

While researchers say they don’t know why women are expanding more rapidly than men or why waistlines are expanding at all when obesity seems to have leveled off, we have some theories of our own and they center around diet. The prevelance of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and soy (which has effects similar to taking estrogen) are two possible reasons. See our last post for information about the increasing use of HFCS. it is now in almost all processed foods and turns immediately to fat in the body. Just check the label for ingredients.

Based on their waist circumference, 54 percent of Americans were abdominally obese in 2012, up from 46 percent 13 years earlier.

Waist circumference is a simple tool that reflects the amount of total body fat and intra-abdominal body fat. Like body mass index (BMI), which is a calculation based on height to weight, it is used to predict heart disease risk.

No single reason for the bulking up stood out. But the researchers speculated that sleep disruption, certain medications and everyday chemicals known to be endocrine disruptors may possibly play a role.

Prescription Drugs

Antibiotics in early life may alter immunity long-term

“A new study aims to help scientists understand how different antibiotics affect bacteria that play a positive role in promoting a healthy immune system. “This is the first step to understanding which bacteria are absolutely necessary to develop a healthy immune system later in life,” says the lead researcher.”

Xanax, Valium Raise Alzheimer’s Risk: Study

“Older adults who habitually use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.

The drugs in question are benzodiazepines, a widely prescribed group of sedatives that include lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax). Older adults commonly take the drugs for anxiety or insomnia, often long-term, according to background information in the study.

That’s despite the fact that guidelines call for only short-term use of the drugs, at most. In 2012, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) put benzodiazepines on its list of drugs considered “potentially inappropriate” for seniors, because of risks like confusion, dizziness and falls.

The current study isn’t the first to link benzodiazepines to Alzheimer’s risk, but it adds to evidence that longer-term use of the drugs — beyond three months — might be a risk factor….”

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Scientist Working on Gov’t Ebola Drug Joked about Culling Population with GMO Virus  The experimental Ebola treatment recently used for Americans who contracted the virus while caring for patients in Africa “was developed by a leading bioengineering scientist from the University of Arizona.”

Dr. Charles Arntzen was caught making jokes on camera about culling the population through a “better genetically engineered virus” designed to wipe out humanity, making reference to the film, “Contagion“.

“Has anybody seen ‘Contagion’? That’s the answer! Go out and use genetic engineering to create a better virus… 25 percent of the population is supposed to go in Contagion.”Among the many high level projects Dr. Arntzen has worked on for DARPA, as well as private biotech industry include an edible vaccine with genetically engineered medicine/vitamins grown into foods like bananas and even work on bioterrorism vaccine antigens for U.S. Biowarfare Defense alongside Mitch Hein, the founder of Epicyte – the biotech firm that created spermicidal anti-bodies grown in corn to slow human reproduction.

Pet Health

Audie always wants to be sure he has my attention

Audie always is watching to make sure he has my attention

Dogs feel jealousy and seek attention just like humans  People attributing human emotions to their pets have long been criticized for making anthropomorphic claims. They’ll often hear statements like, “It’s only a dog; it can’t feel anything like that.” But after studying 36 dogs via videotape in their owners’ homes, researchers found jealousy was apparent in response to being ignored by owners. The study provided owners with three triggers to test emotional reaction. The triggers were “an animated stuffed dog that barked and wagged its tail, a jack-o-lantern and a pop-up children’s book that played melodies.”

The dogs responded to the fake dog more often than to the other items, displaying clear signs of jealousy, including strong distress that a rival was usurping “a loved one’s attention.” They used a variety of methods to regain the attention of their owners and repair the relationship.

“Jealousy is very much considered a complex, social-structured human trait; however, anyone that has a pet will likely tell you about a time when that pet acted jealous.

…Dogs were twice as likely to try to push or touch their owner while they played with the fake dog. One-third of the dogs tried to insert themselves between the owner and the animated dog, and one-quarter snapped at the fake dog. One dog reacted aggressively to both the jack-o-lantern and the pop-up book.

In regard to the dogs that didn’t show jealousy, “It’s possible these are not very bright dogs, who didn’t even realize these items were something to be jealous over, or maybe they were very bright dogs who were not fooled by these inanimate objects. Another possibility is that the bond may not have been very strong with the owner.”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future: 
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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Microwaves: Personal Radiation Ovens

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           3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health. 

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.

Commentary

By Georgann:

This is the most crucial information I’ve come across. I’ve changed my dietary habits to consume coconut oil daily, I’ve added certain vitamins such as 10,000 daily units of D3 made only from lanolin, and I’ve even added supplements for my dog. But nothing has come close to the importance of the information and the change to my life that this lead report has instigated.

I recently had a propane leak, which necessitated shutting down my stove until repairs are completed. During this time I have used my microwave even for tea, because it was the only way to heat anything, including water. But once I read this article, I unplugged the microwave and I’ve resorted to bottled tea and coffee, along with carry out food.

With microwaved water - 7 day test

With microwaved water – 7 day test

That doesn’t completely protect me from microwave danger, (despite Gordon Ramsay’s campaign to convince restaurants that the cardboard taste the ovens produce are largely responsible for the failure of so many new eating establishments) since most restaurants use them in conjunction with packaged, processed, chemicalized food  But even my take away has consisted of things unlikely to be cooked in that manner. I’ve been that careful since I was made aware of the dangers. That should provide some indication of how much I found that not only disturbed me. but downright frightened me into immediately discontinuing the use of mine, despite the present inconvenience.

Two facts from the report made me think twice, even before I learned of the dangerous effects on health. First, the Nazis were the ones who discovered microwaves could be used for cooking and who produced the first ovens for “convenience”. Second, after bringing home a large amount of records relating to the testing of these new marvels, along with some of the ovens themselves, the Soviets totally outlawed them in 1976.

Our own government found the same, but instead of outlawing them like the Soviets did,  the ovens were heavily promoted to consumers as we were told they were safe. Recently our government has found even more uses for microwaves, some involving cell towers. Given their secrecy on these new microwave uses, learning about the hidden reports after WWII didn’t really surprise me though.

See our 666 Surveillance System blog post, Google ‘Nearby’: Infiltration of Every Aspect of Your Life for more articles about microwaves and a clearer discussion of what those uses are.

Health

Your microwave really should be called a radiation oven

Your microwave really should be called a radiation oven

Radiation Ovens: The Proven Dangers of Microwaves  While parts of this report are fairly technical in explaining what microwaves are and how they work, in general it is an important one to read because it provides crucial info that we’re not being given elsewhere. There have been a few published reports and studies which warn consumers never to heat a baby bottle in a microwave, for instance. Although they cite dangers like having the baby scalded or having the bottle explode, the reports also note that the chemicals used to make formula are changed by the microwave process until they create toxins which can be deadly. If the waves change the chemicals in formula to that extent, of course they will do the same thing to the chemicals found in any processed food.

Blood for transfusions no longer is warmed in microwaves because of a lawsuit over the death of a patient who died from a transfusion of “heated” blood, which no longer was compatible with the human body. In general, microwaves weaken cell membranes, making them susceptible to fungi, infections, viruses and other microorganisms. Cells in people who consumed microwaved food and drink produced the poisons hydrogen peroxide and carbon monoxide as waste instead of carbon dioxide and water as they are supposed to.

In addition, virtually all microwaves leak, despite assurances that they seal tightly to protect us from radiation. Numerous studies have found greatly increased cancer rates through regular ingestion of microwaved food and virtually all food, once microwaved, contained carcinogens. And if this isn’t enough, microwaving destroys the nutrient value of food, despite claims that it is different from irradiating.

The article asks some basic questions that we all should have asked long before now:

Is it possible that millions of people are ignorantly sacrificing their health in exchange for the convenience of microwave ovens? Why did the Soviet Union ban the use of microwave ovens in 1976? Who invented microwave ovens, and why? The answers to these questions may shock you into throwing your microwave oven in the trash.

In general, people believe that whatever a microwave oven does to foods cooked in it doesn’t have any negative effect on either the food or them. Of course, if microwave ovens were really harmful, our government would never allow them on the market, would they? Would they?

The purpose of this report is to show proof – evidence – that microwave cooking is not natural, nor healthy, and is far more dangerous to the human body than anyone could imagine. However, the microwave oven manufacturers, Washington City politics, and plain old human nature are suppressing the facts and evidence.

Radiation causes ionization, which is what occurs when a neutral atom gains or loses electrons. In simpler terms, a microwave oven decays and changes the molecular structure of the food by the process of radiation. Had the manufacturers accurately called them “radiation ovens”, it’s doubtful they would have ever sold one, but that’s exactly what a microwave oven is.

One short-term study found significant and disturbing changes in the blood of individuals consuming microwaved milk and vegetables. Eight volunteers ate various combinations of the same foods cooked different ways. All foods that were processed through the microwave ovens caused changes in the blood of the volunteers. Hemoglobin levels decreased and over all white cell levels and cholesterol levels increased. Lymphocytes decreased.

Nutrition

High Fructose Corn Syrup will make this a frequent occurrence

High Fructose Corn Syrup will make this a frequent occurrence

Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup  Most of the soft drinks and juices produced contain high fructose corn syrup. In fact, use of this product has increased until it comprises 40% of sweetener used today. But it’s not just used in drinks. If you read labels, you’ll be astounded at the foods which contain HFCS. Bakery goods, canned fruits, and typically sweet products like jams, pancake syrup and candy. But what’s astounding is how many products that aren’t sweet contain it. Items like condiments, sauces, dressings, breads, dairy products and many others suddenly contain this ubiquitous ingredient.

Manufacturers use it because it’s 2.3 times sweeter than sugar and it costs much less to make. But if you think that it doesn’t make much difference to you which they use as long as things taste good and are less expensive, think again. It is costing you far more than you know.

Sugar causes the body to create insulin which allows cells to use the glucose for energy. But HFCS has more fructose (even the name, high fructose corn syrup is a giveaway to the difference) which the body can’t process for energy, so instead it stores this as fat. Eating products with HFCS is akin to padding your body with extra fat every time you eat.

Another difference between glucose and fructose is in their affect on appetite. Glucose causes us to release chemicals that tell us we’re satisfied; fructose does not. Because of that we never get the signal that we’re full when we eat products with HFCS so we continue to be hungry and to eat without restraint.

HFCS is made from genetically modified organisms as well, (GMOs) which have deleterious effects on the human body. It was developed “40 years ago as a cheaper, sweeter substitute for sugar. Human beings simply don’t have the tools to convert HFCS into usable energy.” It was created with profit, not health, in mind. This substance is directly responsible for the epidemic of obesity which is overtaking the country.

For the sake of your waistline as well as your health, begin to check ingredients carefully if you don’t already do so. Resolve to buy items that don’t contain this substance. If that isn’t feasible, then limit your use of that particular item as much as possible. It’s getting more difficult by the week to find foods without HFCS, but it’s worth the extra effort to avoid it as much as you can.

How To Build a Strong Immune System  This is so good and comprehensive that I was tempted to copy almost all of the article. But rather than do that, I’ll just recommend that you take time to not only look at this page, but to learn what’s on some of the lists on it. Specifically, the most common toxins that we need to avoid to stay healthy is one such list. But this explains what our immune system does, how we weaken it and what we can do to strengthen it.  Everyone should spend time studying the info on this page.

“In most cases, the immune system tends to be strongest when we have removed the accumulation of toxins, yeast, bacteria, drugs and the like from our cells AND restored the vitamins and minerals by eating nutrient dense whole, real food.

A vigilant immune system is the body’s protective barrier against infections and damage from invading bacteria, viruses, yeast, toxins and cancer cells. Your immune system includes your bone marrow, thymus, lymph nodes, spleen, tonsils, adenoids and appendix.

We do not have to live with our “yearly” colds, flu’s, viral infections and the like. With a strong immune system our body can do what it was designed to do naturally…i.e. defend itself against viruses, cancer cells, bacteria, common colds and keep our body detoxified.

Our immune system is directly affected by what we eat, drink, breathe and put on our skin. The poorer the diet, the GREATER AMOUNT OF TOXINS ACCUMULATE IN OUR BODY, and the more susceptible we are to infections, viruses and cancer. Our body is designed to process, metabolize and clear toxins naturally. However, we live in a world where the amount of toxins we take in daily far exceed anything this planet has ever seen before.

Toxins are generally stored in body fat. Many of them bio-accumulate, (which means an increase in the concentration) and remain in the body tissues and organs for years, and as a result, have a cumulative effect.

The body’s immune system does not respond well to drugs. Antibiotics tend to suppress the immune system when used long term.”

Iodine Research: Resource Network of The Iodine Movement  This is a good site for some basic, scientific information on our need for iodine. A particularly helpful page on this site lists the protocols for fighting cancer. There also is a video that gives information on recent research findings concerning iodine.

“The Iodine Protocol from the 2007 Iodine Conference

  • 50 mg Iodoral minimum for breast cancer (may start with 12.5 mg). Some practitioners may recommend Lugol’s solution. Iodoral is the Lugol’s formula in tablet form designed to avoid gastric irritation. Both Lugol’s and Iodoral contain both iodine and iodide.
  • Vitamin C – 3,000 mg per day (more may be necessary to detox bromide).
  • 300-600 mg magnesium oxide (some Iodine Investigation Project participants prefer magnesium glycinate or magnesium citrate.)
  • 200 mcg selenium. The selenomethionine version is preferred by many.
  • 500 mg niacin (B3) twice a day (NOT niacinamide). Start lower to avoid flush.
  • 100 mg Vitamin B2 three times a day. The exact B2 and B3 formulas are combined and available online in one product as the “ATP Cofactors.”
  • A comprehensive vitamin and nutrition program.”

Sugar harms the brain

Sugar harms the brain

How Sugar Harms Your Brain Health and Drives Alzheimer’s Epidemic  There seem to be an increasing number of studies that target sugar as a cause or a contributing factor in numerous health problems. This is especially true since the white, granulated table sugar we’re all familiar with is now made mostly from genetically modified sugar beets. The latest link is between sugar and Alzheimer’s.

If you love sugar but want to avoid some of the health risks, there are a couple of alternatives you can use. Raw honey has benefits all its own. Raw cane sugar is more expensive but readily available in most supermarkets. It has a light brown color and not only is it made from a natural crop, it doesn’t have the bleach that white sugar does, something which is a clear benefit. It is a bit coarser but it tastes just the same as traditional white sugar. There are other natural alternatives like stevia as well. Just don’t go for aspartame or brands like Nutra-sweet, Equal or Splendid. They are many times worse than even GMO white sugar because of how they’re made and what they’re created from.

  • One in nine seniors over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s, and the disease is now thought to be the third leading cause of death in the US, right behind heart disease and cancer
  • A growing body of research suggests there’s a powerful connection between your diet and your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, via similar pathways that cause type 2 diabetes
  • Recent research shows that sugar and other carbohydrates can disrupt your brain function even if you’re not diabetic or have any signs of dementia
  • Long-term, sugar can contribute to the shrinking of your hippocampus, which is a hallmark symptom of Alzheimer’s disease
  • The researchers propose that lowering glucose levels, even if they’re within the “normal” range, may have a positive influence on cognition in older people”

Babylonian Health System

You can keep your doctor?

You can keep your doctor?

Some ObamaCare patients refused by doctors

“News of doctors refusing people with health insurance purchased from exchanges has been reported on NPR, The Daily Caller and elsewhere. The issue is that ObamaCare plans pay so little that physicians and doctors say they can’t accept patients with those types of plans.

“Because of the lower reimbursement rates, some insurance industry officials began calling the ObamaCare exchange plans Medicaid-plus at the time when they debuted in the marketplaces or exchanges….” Manning says this is especially a problem for private practices.“Doctors who work in larger provider groups or hospital settings may not notice this as acutely as doctors who own their own private practices, because those physicians are also operating as small businessmen,” she says. “So they see the backside of this equation. When ObamaCare limits the ability of insurance companies to rate their products according to risk, those insurance companies have to do something else to balance out the equation.”

What insurance companies are doing is limiting the number of doctors they include in a network and offering lower reimbursement rates to those doctors.”

News of doctors refusing people with health insurance purchased from exchanges has been reported on NPR, The Daily Caller and elsewhere. The issue is that ObamaCare plans pay so little that physicians and doctors say they can’t accept patients with those types of plans. – See more at: http://onenewsnow.com/business/2014/08/07/some-obamacare-patients-refused-by-doctors#.U-PkZGOv9CQ

CDC director warns of ‘post-antibiotic era’  Overuse of antibiotics is leading to an increasing number of drug resistant pathogens. Studies have found that one-third of all antibiotics dispensed in this country are “unnecessary or inappropriate.” If the trend continues, we may eventually live in a world where antibiotics no longer stop infection, a world similar to the one that existed before antibiotics were discovered.

Even though Congress has passed incentives for drug companies to develop new types of antibiotics, the industry is not following through because it runs on a profit model, and antibiotics cure people. They prefer to develop and market drugs that are needed for chronic conditions, where the consumer will use a drug long-term.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that the government needs to take immediate action before we live in a world where life-saving antibiotics are no longer effective.

“Every day we delay it becomes harder and more expensive to fix this problem,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden Tuesday.

Frieden says the healthcare system needs to improve how it detects patients with drug-resistant infections, controls the spread of such infections, prevents them from happening in the first place and incentivizes drugmakers to develop new antibiotics.

“We talk about the pre-antibiotic era and the antibiotic era; if we’re not careful we will soon be in the post-antibiotic era,” he said. “And, in fact, for some patients and some pathogens we’re already there.

”The CDC is launching a new system this week that lets hospitals track all the antibiotics dispensed and look at real-time patterns of antibiotic resistance, so doctors can narrow down which antibiotics are most likely to work.

Frieden warns that 23,000 Americans die from drug-resistant infections annually.”

Prescription Drugs

Pets

Do dogs understand us? Audie does - his expressions say it all.

Do dogs understand us? Audie does – his expressions say it all.

Doctor Claims That Dogs Understand What Humans Say To Them

Dr. Greg Berns of Emory University wants to prove that a dog really does understand what its owner is saying to them.

“The more I study dogs and the more I study their brains, the more similarities I see to human brains,” Berns told WGCL-TV. “They are intelligent, they are emotional, and they’ve been ignored in terms of research and understanding how they think. Berns uses an MRI to test a dog’s brain.

“So, we’ve done experiments where we present odors to the dogs and these are things like the scent of other people in their house, the scent of other dogs in the house, as well as strange people and strange dogs,” Berns said. “And so what we found in that experiment is that the dogs reward processing center, so basically the part of the brain that is kind of the positive anticipation of things responds particularly strongly to the scent of their human.”

“Currently, we are trying to understand what dogs perceive about the world,” Berns told WGCL. “You know, what do they see when they see humans, dogs, other animals, cars, etc.”

Miscellaneous

Declining intelligence in old age linked to visual processing speed

“Age-related declines in intelligence are strongly related to declines on a very simple task of visual perception speed, researchers report in Cell Press journal Current Biology (open access) on August 4.

The evidence comes from experiments in which researchers showed 600 healthy older people very brief flashes of one of two shapes on a screen and measured the time it took each of them to reliably tell one from the other.

“As this basic ability declines with age, so too does intelligence. The typical person who has better-preserved complex thinking skills in older age tends to be someone who can accumulate information quickly from a fleeting glance.”

Previous studies had shown that smarter people, as measured by standard IQ tests, tend to be better at discerning the difference between two briefly presented shapes….

The results provide evidence that the slowing of simple, visual decision-making processes might be part of what underlies declines in the complex decision making that we recognize as general intelligence.”

Homemade bug repellent

Homemade bug repellent

3 Secrets to Beat Mosquitoes  This headline and the one below on ice cream sandwiches are short videos on the Weather Channel which have some interesting information.

Beat the bite: Mosquito repellents that work  This interesting article from “Purdue News” clearly demonstrates the logic and method of the Babylonian health system. Mixed in with interesting facts like only female mosquitoes bite, or bug lights are ineffective for mosquitoes, is an attempt at reassuring the public about wearing pesticide as a repellant.

“The best bets for mosquito protection, he said, are repellents registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as pesticides. Registration ensures a regulated level of safety, testing and effectiveness. Consumers should check for an EPA registration number on the label of insect repellents.

…Deet is one of the most effective insect repellent ingredients on the market. Based on extensive toxicity testing, the EPA recently concluded that the normal use of Deet does not present a health concern to the general population. There had been reports that Deet could cause skin and central nervous system problems when applied directly to the skin. Purdue’s entomology department encourages closely following label instructions on repellents that contain Deet. The experts recommend using Deet because of its high effectiveness, but using products that contain smaller concentrations of Deet — 20 percent to 30 percent — and applying the repellent to clothing rather than directly to skin.”

Mosquito bite remedies

Mosquito bite remedies

Does this sound as much like doubletalk to you as it does to me? Why put it on clothing instead of skin if it’s safe? And pesticides that need registered with the EPA because they’re dangerous may be fine for use in swamp areas or somewhere that the health risks of mosquitoes outweigh the danger to people from use of the chemicals, but the human body isn’t one of those areas.

Other interesting facts? Wearing dark clothing will cause more bites because you’ll sweat more in dark clothes since they absorb sunlight, and mosquitoes are attracted to body odor.

This Sandwich WON’T Melt  This is the Weather Channel video mentioned above. This report should encourage everyone to actually read the ingredients in the food you’re purchasing.

Video: Walmart-brand ice cream sandwich won’t melt in 80 degree heat  This is another test of Walmart Great Value “ice cream sandwiches” and the fact that they don’t melt – despite 24 hours on a counter in the Weather Channel video. But Walmart has an explanation. They claim that ice cream with higher amounts of cream take longer to melt. Over twenty-four hours? Isn’t that a bit ridiculous as an explanation? But on to the second test:

Melting ice cream

Melting ice cream

“Dan puts the sammy on a plate in the sun, and a highly scientific clip-art image tells us that the temperature is 78 degrees. 20 minutes later, the temperature has risen to 80 degrees and the dessert is still 95% in-tact. There’s a little bit of bowing around the edges of the white, frothy “ice cream” filling, but overall this thing appears to have been engineered in a military research lab.

35 minutes into the experiment, Dan compares the Walmart sandwich to a scoop of Blue Bunny ice cream that has melting into a puddle on its plate. It really is a testament to the “Great Value” of this cookie-cream concoction — why pay for ice cream that doesn’t last two minutes when you can have a Twinkie-grade treat that will last for years in your backyard time capsule?

After the full hour, some clear, undetermined moisture has begun to seep out of the bowels of the “ice cream,” and Dan seems satisfied that his hypothesis has been proven correct.

“I don’t like it,” he says. Me neither, Dan. Me neither.”

Mom and newborn baby

Mom and newborn baby

Effects of frigid winter weather on the population  Okay, this isn’t really a health issue in the usual sense and it may only be a local phenomenon. This report is from my home area of western Pennsylvania, though there may be similar stories wherever the polar vortex was felt last winter. But it was big news here, with every hospital reporting the same trend. And with so much coming out about what’s bad, from GMO food to microwaves to cell phones, it seemed time to celebrate some good news, especially when it results from an event we view as undesirable. That’s one of God’s trademarks, turning evil so that it unwittingly is used by Him for good. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

“Oh baby! The polar vortex has created a baby boom in Pittsburgh.

August is usually a popular month anyway for babies, but this year, even more so.

Doctors said people wanted to stay inside during the frigid nights, and that’s now showing up in the delivery room.

“There’s nothing else to do. What else are you going to do in the winter time? We watch TV, drink some wine and the next thing you know, nine months later, we have another baby coming,” said father Ryan Addeo.

West Penn Hospital expects a 20 to 30 percent increase in deliveries this summer.

“It has been very busy here lately,” said Dr. Paul Weinbaum…”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.      Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future: 
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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Vitamin B6 : Vital for Life

For Whom Does the FDA Work and What Are They Trying To Do To Vitamin B Access?

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                3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health. 

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.

Commentary

Who do you think the FDA is in bed with?

Whom do you think the FDA is in bed with?

Most Americans believe the FDA is there to protect them from quack remedies, dangerous foods and risky pharmaceuticals. Their primary duty is supposed to be toward the consumers who can’t protect themselves from deceptive claims and dangerous substances in food or medications. But does it really work that way? Are they looking out for Americans’ health before anything else?

There is one major problem with how the system is set up. The FDA, like any other government agency, has as its primary mission its own survival. Budget cuts can threaten the jobs of workers at the agency, so the most crucial aspect of their existence is ensuring that they remain funded. Unfortunately, the way it is structured currently, much of their operating budget comes from fees paid by drug companies during the drug approval process. That automatically gives the agency a bias toward those who are, in effect, paying their salaries.

When it comes to a choice between Big Pharma and average consumers, who do you think gets the most protection? And if drug companies are worried about shrinking profits as their patents on certain drugs expire, what better way to retain profits than to take generally used substances, especially those everyone needs for life, and get the FDA to declare them to be drugs, subject to the approval process. That limits their future availability to the market and essentially grants a patent to a drug manufacturer for that substance. It’s bad enough when a supplement or food is helpful for certain conditions, but when it is necessary to maintain life, the drug company has a captive consumer base.

That is what’s happening more and more at the FDA, as funding is cut further each year. Below are articles discussing this trend and focusing on specific tricks that are being used to keep vital information from the public (such as the health benefits of cherries) and to grant exclusive rights to necessary nutrients (like two separate B vitamins) to drug manufacturers, in order to maintain their profit levels. There are links for you to complain to the FDA about this practice, and to weigh in on proposals for those two B vitamins before they are removed from over the counter and made into drugs requiring a prescription. This affects us all, so we hope you’ll take action with us and let the FDA know Americans are watching them closely.

Babylonian Health System

Whom Does the FDA Work For? This article focuses on colchicine, the active compound in an herbal healer which relieved back pain for 92% of those who tried it. It also was effective in treating gout, but it now has been banned by the FDA so that a pharmaceutical company could make a patented copycat drug. Even if you have neither of these ailments, this article is very important because it exemplifies what is happening across the board to remedies that have been safely used for a hundred years or more. It also contains information on their plan to limit vitamin B6 or P5P because of a drug company proposal.

Increasingly, the FDA is banning natural supplements to make way for drug manufacturers, who don’t realize enough profit once their patents expire. To offset that, they’re turning to natural substances and combining them with other drugs or making patentable formulations of the natural remedies, meaning they have the exclusive right to distribute what once were cheap, effective remedies. As a result, the cost for these remedies are going through the roof, making them unaffordable for some users.

This has forced some users into a subsidized drug program, which means that while drug companies still make their profits, that profit comes from taxpayers. The cost of colchicine has risen from $.09 per pill to $4.85 per pill because of this move. As a practical matter, that means the monthly cost for an average user has risen from $6 to $300. Aside from that, combining these supplements with other drugs means users must take drugs which may be unnecessary to get the original substance.

The article also points to foods formerly considered as such and the rush to reclassify them as drugs for the same purpose. 

“For example, cherries and cherry extract have also been found to be a remarkably effective treatment for gout, among other inflammatory conditions. But when cherry marketers and growers cited peer-reviewed scientific research on the health benefits of cherries—FDA shut them down, insisting that this made cherries a drug.

A 1999 peer-reviewed report in the Journal of Natural Products published by the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, concluded that tart cherries may relieve pain better than aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs. Other research also indicates that a diet rich in cherries reduces total cholesterol by 11%.

When cherry growers began to cite the scientific research, the FDA sent a warning letter to twenty-nine companies that market cherries, threatening regulatory action if they did not remove the scientific information regarding the anti-inflammatory properties of cherries from their websites. The FDA declared cherries had become “drugs” once health claims for a disease were associated with the product. If producers wanted to make health claims, they would have to take cherries through the drug approval process, at vast cost, and with no potential return, since the product could not be patented.”

When drug company reps have nightmares

When drug company reps have nightmares

This is occurring with increasing frequency because much of the FDA’s budget comes directly from drug manufacturers through the drug approval process, so they are protecting the claims and the profits of those manufacturers, regardless of the hardship this causes consumers. Forty percent of their budget is from this source which pits the agency directly against the consumers they’re supposed to protect.

The drug industry has been using a number of strategies to retain their profits including this FDA connection. These include paying other companies to prevent them from making generic alternatives, pushing newer drugs which offer the same benefit as older drugs and reverse payments.

That’s why these three articles on the FDA are so important. All relate to forms of vitamin B which are absolutely necessary for life and which are currently available as low cost supplements. The FDA has plans to remove both vitamin B6 (P5P) and folate from the market, and license them to drug manufacturers for use in proprietary formulas. That would take them out of reach of everyone who needs these vitamins, and that means all of us.

Both this article and the article on the SSRI/Folate Connection (below) have links at the bottom of their individual pages for you to take action and complain about the proposed changes to limit your access to different B vitamins. Just go to each article and click on the “Take Action” button. If enough of us do so, we can head off their plan.

Vitamin B6 – Vital for Life

Vitamin B6 (P5P)  This is a brief update to the article above, discussing the plan to remove B6 (P5P) from the marketplace.

“Human beings cannot live without vitamin B-6. It is also important for the prevention of cancer and the prevention and treatment of seizures, anemia, mental disorders including schizophrenia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions. Its effect on carpal tunnel can seem almost miraculous.

A natural form of the vitamin, Pyridoxamine, was recently yanked off the market by the FDA. Why? Because a pharmaceutical company, BioStratum, wanted sole use of pyridoxamine in a drug, a drug which may or may not ever appear. The company filed a so-called citizens petition and the FDA agreed, notwithstanding protests from ANH-USA, other organizations, and thousands of citizens. You might ask: how can Pharma take a supplement off the market and claim exclusive use of it as a prescription drug? The FDA does not presently feel obligated to answer this question.

Unfortunately, this isn’t all the bad news about vitamin B6. All forms of B-6, natural or synthetic, must be converted to P5P, another natural form, for the body to use it.

Another drug company, Medicure Pharma, wants sole use of P5P and so has petitioned the FDA to ban its use as a supplement as well.

Medicure has yet to market a drug made from P5P, but wants the ban to take place now. And never mind that any individual unable to convert synthetic B6 to P5P would have to rely solely on Medicure’s product to stay alive.

The FDA has not yet responded to Medicure’s petition. We have asked you in the past to send a message to the FDA and Congress protesting Medicure’s P5P grab, and the time has come to send some more messages. So if you haven’t sent in a message to the FDA and Congress yet, or even if you have, please send one today.”

Folate Caplets

Folate Caplets

The SSRI/Folate Connection: Why Big Pharma May Want to Monopolize the B Vitamin You Can’t Live Without

“If you missed our urgent Action Alert on the attempt to ban folate from dietary supplements, please take action now!

 

Last week we told you about FDA’s sneak attack on folate, the B9 vitamin essential to human life. This week, we tell you why the drug industry may want folate all to itself: it could be a ploy to make billions on a new, patented SSRI/folate combo drug.

As clinicians learn more about genetic defects in the genes responsible for the fifteen or so enzymes needed to convert folic acid to the reduced forms of folate the body can use, drug companies have been dreaming of the billions they’d make by turning folate into an expensive patented drug. Now it looks like the FDA is trying to hand it to them on a silver platter.

Much of the population benefits from taking folate—as distinguished from folic acid—in dietary supplements. There are two key things to bear in mind: how much dietary folate you consume, and how much active folate you have available.

If most of your folate is coming from folic acid supplements rather than from food, you may still be gravely folate deficient because of the big variations in how efficiently folic acid is converted to the bioactive form in different people…. Unmetabolized folic acid, as it turns out, is an emerging risk factor linked to increased risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Researchers have also found a strong link between folate deficiency and depression. This is particularly interesting when you consider research showing that 70% of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) carry the MTHFR mutation.

Taking an old drug, combining it with another ingredient, and convincing the FDA to grant a monopoly on the “new” combo drug is a well-known Pharma trick….

URGENT Action Alert! The FDA must not be allowed to implement this change in its Supplement Facts rules. It will in effect ban the natural B vitamin folate and require supplement producers to use only the synthetic, oxidized form of folate, folic acid. Consumers who are less able to convert folic acid to the safe, reduced forms including the bioactive folate (5-MTHF) our bodies so badly need will have no choice but to use the drug version or die. Send your message to the FDA today, and tell them not to turn a critical, natural B vitamin into a drug through bureaucratic labeling sleight-of-hand!”

Nutrition

Watercress rates #1 for overall nutrient levels

Watercress rates #1 for overall nutrient levels

Watercress gets perfect score of 100 in study that ranks foods by nutrient levels  In a study that examined overall levels of key nutrients, watercress took the number one place among healthy fruits and vegetables. Rather than examining the foods for high levels of a specific nutrient, the study looked at levels of all nutrients important for health found in each fruit or vegetable. The study rated levels of “folate, vitamin D, vitamin A, potassium and protein, based on the assumption of a 2,000-calorie per day diet, and took into consideration the daily requirements of such nutrients.”

“It’s easy to understand that watercress tops this list. Weight for weight, there is more vitamin C in watercress than in an orange, and it also has more calcium than milk and more folate than a banana (2). One bowl of watercress (about 80 grams) has about 42 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 50 mg of vitamin C (3).

Its high vitamin C content may play a role in staving off cancerous tumors, as can its folate levels. In fact, it’s been shown that folate consumption can help with breast cancer in particular; one study showed there to be a 22% reduction in breast cancers for women who consumed folate over a 10-year period.”

Probiotics

Cultured berries are easy to make at home

Cultured berries are easy to make at home

Lacto-fermented berries  Fermented berries are easy to make at home and they’ll stay good for up to 2 months in your refrigerator. Choose any berry or combination of them (except strawberries, which are too acidic to ferment properly). Add a few ingredients such as honey and sea salt, then let sit for a day or two – no cooking is necessary. The recipe is in this article.

“Adding fermented foods to your diet has many benefits. Fermented foods have increased vitamins and enzymes, are easier to digest, increase the amount of good bacteria in your gut and can help your immune system. What a great way to keep healthy this winter!!!

Culturing your own fruits and vegetables at home is a very cost effective way of getting probiotics into your diet. Plus, it is fun! Like a science experiment on your kitchen counter.

There are so many uses for cultured berries. Here are some of my favorites…

Smoothies, Over yogurt, cereal, ice cream, In a juice, Make a yogurt popsicle, Make a sauce (mush the berries or puree them) for pancakes, crepes, waffles, custards. Use your imagination!”

Consuming probiotics for a month helps diminish fat accumulation in the liver, according to a new study

“Scientists have demonstrated through an experiment on obese rats that the consumption of probiotics for thirty days helps diminish the accumulation of fat in the liver. This new findingis a step forward on the fight against Non-Alcolohic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), which is closely related to obesity and diabetes.”

Health

On the link between periodontitis and atherosclerosis

“Chronic oral infection with the periodontal disease pathogen, Porphyromonas gingivalis, not only causes local inflammation of the gums leading to tooth loss but also is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis. A new study reveals how the pathogen evades the immune system to induce inflammation beyond the oral cavity.”

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider

Physicians seeing increase in brown recluse spider bites  Medical toxicologists are seeing more patients suffering from brown recluse spider bites this summer. The bites have two components, a cutaneous lesion and systemic symptoms which occur less frequently after a bite.

The symptoms following a bite include fever, rash, muscle pain and hemolysis (red blood cell breakdown) which makes a bite especially dangerous for children. Because of that, it is recommended that all children under 12 have a urine test for hemoglobin in the blood, (which indicates hemolysis) after a bite. Adults do not need a urine test unless the other symptoms of fever, rash or muscle pain are present. If none of the symptoms are present, ice is a better treatment than ointments or antibiotics. If any of the symptoms listed above occur, a doctor should be seen immediately.

“The brown recluse spider, also known as the violin spider, is usually between 6-20 mm. It is typically light to medium brown but can range in color from cream-colored to dark brown or blackish gray. It has six eyes instead of eight and can be identified by the violin-shaped marking on its back.

Spider venom reveals new secret: Once injected into a bite wound, venom of brown recluse spider causes unexpected reaction  Brown recluse spiders, part of the genus Loxosceles, produce a different chemical in their venom than was formerly believed. The discovery could lead to a better understanding of why the bites cause blackened, necrotic lesions or very harmful systemic reactions in certain people, and could lead to new treatments. People living in Arizona will find this especially interesting, since there are more of this genus there than anywhere else in the world, although the spiders are found throughout the continental US.

Although known as a poisonous spider, only about one person of every five years dies from a bite, although less severe but still serious effects are not uncommon. However, many bites are minor enough that the person doesn’t realize he has been bitten. Scientists still don’t know why certain people have such severe reactions to the bite, but they have determined that this newly discovered protein is behind it.

For those who do have a reaction to the venom, the most common response is inflammation that after one to two days can develop into a dark lesion surrounding the bite site. The blackening, or necrosis, of the skin is dead skin cells, evidence of the immune system’s efforts to prevent spread of the toxin by preventing blood flow to the affected area.

“Our bodies are basically committing tissue suicide,” Binford said. “That can be very minor to pretty major, like losing a big chunk of skin. The only treatment in that case is usually to have a skin graft done by a plastic surgeon.”

“If it goes systemic, then it can cause destruction of blood cells and various other effects that can in extreme cases lead to death by kidney failure or renal failure,” Cordes said.

Pet Health

Audie loves a game of water fetch!

Audie loves a game of water fetch!

Splash! 5 Must Read Water Safety Tips For Pets  While summer can be a fun time for both dogs and owners, there are some important safety tips to keep in mind if your outing includes time at the pool or beach. Here’s my take on the tips. First, while we think that all dogs instinctively can swim, that isn’t the case. Just as children need some encouragement and training, so too do certain dogs. My golden retriever Audie, for example, loves to swim now, but as a young dog he feared going out where he no longer could touch bottom. It was only when I went into the water with him and encouraged him to come that he was willing to try his skill at dog paddling in deeper water.

If you’re taking your dog in a boat, be sure to purchase a canine life preserver and strap it on him snugly so that it can’t come loose. Swimming in deeper water is one thing but trying to make it back to shore from a great distance after an accident is altogether different.

1. Not All Dogs Are Good Swimmers 
2. Use A Life Jacket & Preserver
3. Keep Your Pup Close
4. It’s Hot!
5. Water Can Be Dangerous

 

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.      Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future: 
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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An Old Time Food For a Healthy New Body

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            3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health. 

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.

Commentary

The human body has over 100 trillion bacteria which need to be kept in balance. Antibiotics, diet, fluoridated water and our western lifestyle have wreaked havoc on the beneficial bacteria that naturally are present in our system to aid digestion. While antibiotics kill the bacteria that cause infection and make us sick, they also kill the good bacteria that we must have. More people are learning this every day and as a result, common knowledge now says that we should eat yogurt after taking a course of antibiotics. But is that enough?

While foods created from a culture, like yogurt, can help, they aren’t enough. That’s especially true because some popular brands actually contain more sugar than anything else, so that you aren’t even getting those good bacteria. When looking for yogurt, be sure that you get the most natural form possible, and that it actually contains probiotics like acidophilus. Yet even the best brands don’t provide nearly enough to compensate for what that course of antibiotics will have destroyed. 

So to supplement, bottled probiotics are becoming more popular. But all of the probiotics on the market are not the same. Some have only a few of the needed types of bacteria; others have very low levels of good bacteria in them. As a general rule, if they look like a bargain, they probably aren’t. And check expiration dates carefully. While most things don’t actually go bad by the date printed on the label. that’s not true of probiotics because they are live organisms. By the way, your cats and dogs have the same problem if they’ve taken antibiotics. Most like a little yogurt occasionally, but there also are a number of probiotics specifically designed for each species made by companies like Purina, Dr. Goodpet, and others, available at little cost.

But there’s something that’s much better than the best bottled probiotics. It’s a food that was much more common for past generations, and our ancestors made it in a way that maximized its beneficial effect. That food is fermented sauerkraut. The article below notes that the best results are obtained by making it yourself because the overcooked, pasteurized, sterile forms we purchase today have removed much of those beneficial bacteria just by the way it’s made and packaged. Making your own sauerkraut isn’t hard, and it’s one of the best, yet least expensive steps you can take to radically improve your health.

Noah and Lionel enjoy the marvelous taste of barrel cured sauerkraut

Noah and Lionel enjoy the marvelous taste of barrel cured sauerkraut

Making your own has another benefit also – taste. In the 1951 Cary Grant movie, “People Will Talk” Noah Praetorius (Grant), a man who was considered an old-fashioned country doctor even then, is sitting in the kitchen with his best friend eating sauerkraut. He laments, “Sauerkraut belongs in a barrel, not a can. Our American mania for sterile packages has removed the flavor from most of our foods. Butter is no longer sold out of wooden tubs, and a whole generation thinks butter tastes like paper. There was never a perfume like an old time grocery store. Now they smell like drug stores, which don’t even smell like drug stores anymore.” 

The film not only highlights some old fashioned values, it’s fun. And it makes one yearn for the days when sauerkraut in barrels, sauerkraut that tastes like the real thing, was common. Clicking on the title, above, will take you to a site where you can watch this film (and others) online simply by registering your email, then signing in each time you watch. But some evening, instead of sitting back watching this wonderful old film with a bowl of popcorn, try a bowl of homemade sauerkraut instead. Your body & soul both will benefit.

Probiotics

Sauerkraut - Trillions of probiotics in every mouthful!

Fermented Sauerkraut – Trillions of probiotics in every mouthful!

Lab results reveal this truly superior source of probiotics  But there is a source of natural probiotics which is far superior to even the best capsules on the market, and that food is fermented sauerkraut. It is especially beneficial when it is homemade and eaten on a daily basis because of the lack of pasteurization, which means it contains many more beneficial bacteria than commercially processed forms and the fermentation makes it “highly bioavailable to the body.”

Every mouthful contains trillions of good microbes which will “kill pathogens in the gut and restore the beneficial flora.” Eating sauerkraut frequently is one of the best things you can do for your health. Recipes for making it are included in the article. Just make certain that you use organic cabbage shredded very finely when making your own.

“Some of the nutritive benefits of sauerkraut include:

• Vitamin B1, B6, B9, C and K
• Manganese, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron
• A great source of dietary fiber
• An excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients
• Rich in indole-3-carbinol (a known cancer fighter and toxin remover)

A 4-6-ounce serving of homemade sauerkraut that was recently analyzed in a lab showed that it contained literally 10 trillion bacteria! To provide perspective, 2 ounces of raw sauerkraut made at home had more probiotics than a 100-count bottle of probiotic capsules. To look at it another way, 16 ounces (2 cups) of sauerkraut is equal to eight bottles of probiotics! Even one of the more popular and potent brands of probiotics “only” provide 50 billion active bacteria in a 3.5-ounce bottle.”

Feds keeping people sick: The Vitamin D story  Exclusive: Dr. Lee Hieb explains how medical ‘consensus’ robs patients of their health

It's advisable to take 10,000 units of D3 daily

It’s advisable to take 10,000 units of D3 daily

“Studies showing beneficial effects of high vitamin D levels are quite convincing. They not only show a correlation between low Vitamin D blood levels and the problem, but show improvement in the disease or prevention of the condition when levels are raised up through supplementation.

As an example, it has been shown in the laboratory that heart muscle does not contract well unless adequate Vitamin D is present.But to achieve the positive effects seen in many diseases, blood levels need to be in the range of 50 to 100 ng/dl, not the 20 ng/dl that laboratories report as the lowest range of “normal” (how labs determine “normal” is the subject of another column). Specifically in the case of breast cancer, if one achieves blood levels above 55 ng/dl, the risk of breast cancer is diminished 85 percent.

It is the observation of many, many practicing clinicians that 1) most patients test in the low 20s, and 2) 400 iu of Vitamin D a day – the government recommended daily allowance doesn’t raise the levels at all. Studies of equatorial inhabitants demonstrate that some of the longest-lived people on the planet obtain 30,000-40,000 iu of Vitamin D (specifically D3) a day from the sunlight – nature’s source of the vitamin. Given that, it is not suprising that supplementing 10,000 iu a day of Vitamin D3 has been shown to have no adverse effects.

 I for one take 10,000 units of Vitamin D3 a day. I have done so for over 7 years, and my levels of 55 ng/dl are barely in the optimal range of 50-100ng/dl. I recommend the same to all my patients. But I must warn them that the government, via the Institute of Medicine and the FDA, disagree and believe people should take only 600-800 iu a day.

 

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression, Pain, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Breast Cancer

 “It has become abundantly clear that vitamin D deficiency is a growing epidemic across the world and could be contributing to hundreds of common health problems. In fact, correcting your vitamin D deficiency may cut your risk of dying from any cause by 50 percent, according to one analysis.

If this sounds too incredible to be true, consider that vitamin D influences nearly 3,000 of your 24,000 genes. This occurs via vitamin D receptors, which can be found throughout your body, and should come as no great surprise given that humans evolved in the sun.

Just one example of an important gene that vitamin D up-regulates is your ability to fight infections and chronic inflammation. It also produces over 200 anti-microbial peptides, the most important of which is cathelicidin, a naturally-occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic.

This is one of the explanations for why vitamin D is so effective against colds and influenza.

According to a January 2013 press release by Orthomolecular Medicine,1 there are now 33,800 medical papers with vitamin D in the title or abstract, and this veritable mountain of research shows that vitamin D has far-reaching benefits to your physical and mental health. Such research has shown that vitamin D can improve:”

Coconut Oil

The Tree of Life, healthwise

The Tree of Life, health-wise

Coconut (Cocos nucifera) The Tree of Life  This is a post from the Coconut Research Center on the uses of coconut, particularly the oil, which provides incredible health benefits. It breaks down the uses for coconut oil in both traditional and modern medicine and lists all of the ailments for which coconut oil is useful. In addition, it addresses the false claim that coconut oil is unhealthy because it is a saturated fat as it provides accurate information about dietary fats.

Because the list of conditions for which coconut oil is helpful is so extensive, I’d recommend that everyone check out this site and the article linked here.

“Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called “The Tree of Life.” Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut’s amazing healing powers.”

Nutrition

Top 10 Destructive Nutrition Lies Ever Told  This is a great article that covers common beliefs about nutrition. While I’ve only listed the fallacies here, the articles explains why each of these beliefs is inaccurate and what you should be doing instead.

Lie #1: Breakfast Is the Healthiest Meal of the Day, and You Should Eat Many Small Meals a Day

Lie #2: Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease

Lie #3: High Omega-6 Seed and Vegetable Oils Are Good for You

Lie #4: Artificial Sweeteners Are Safe Sugar Replacements for Diabetics, and Help Promote Weight Loss

Lie #5: Soy Is a Health Food

Lie #6: Whole Grains Are Good for Everyone

Lie #7: Genetically Engineered Foods Are Safe and Comparable to Conventional Foods

Lie #8: Eggs Are Bad for Your Heart

Lie #9: Low-Fat Foods Prevent Obesity and Heart Disease

Lie #10: Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calories

pineapple chunks

Pineapple is a natural cough suppressant

Pineapple found to be five times more effective than cough syrup   When combined with other ingredients pineapple has been shown to relieve those suffering from hacking coughs and tuberculosis. The fruit is effective as a natural cough suppressant because it contains bromelain, an enzyme which fights inflammation and and is an aid to digestion. It also is rich in manganese, which aids in forming connective tissue and improves nerve function. All of this aids in fighting coughs and in lessening mucus build-up. It also is high in vitamin C which helps build immune functioning, helping to prevent colds and flu.

“In one case, it was shown that a mixture of raw pineapple juice, raw honey, cayenne pepper and salt helped dissolve the mucus in the lungs of tuberculosis patients. (1) In another instance, researchers found that the raw extracts from pineapple had the ability to decrease mucus five times faster than over-the-counter cough syrup and help patients recover 4.8 times faster. (1) Overall, the fruit was found to offer relief across the board when it came to coughing symptoms, hacking in particular.”

It also assists in arthritis relief, in fighting breast, throat and mouth cancer, in managing blood pressure, and as we noted in an earlier post, in weight loss by speeding up metabolism.

Health

Junk food, antibiotics cause Crohn’s disease rates to triple among young persons    Although doctors don’t know exactly what causes it, in the UK consumption of junk food and widespread antibiotic use are being blamed. Yet American doctors are adamant that diet and emotional stress are not the cause. They maintain that genetic predisposition, an overactive immune system responding to intestinal viruses or bacteria is probably responsible. Because of that belief, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms, not curing the disease.

Junk Food Encoded in Children’s DNA and Beyond:  New study ponders impact of Western food and GMOs on posterity’s genes…  It has been discovered that a “poorly trained immune system” can be passed genetically on to offspring as can a preference for junk food. The recent study came to some conclusions which should raise concern, not only for ourselves but for future generations who are being impacted by our choices.

While a properly functioning immune system can be transmitted to children, if the mother has an imbalance of bacteria in the gut, that too can be passed on to her children. That will lead to weakened immune systems in the children and increased risk for allergies and other diseases.

“What is perhaps of larger concern is that the harmful effects of diet can actually stretch across generations. A mother’s diet may potentially shape her child’s flavor preferences even before birth, potentially skewing their palette towards anything from vegetables to sugary sweets in ways that could influence subsequent propensity for obesity and/or unhealthy dieting. In addition, children inherent their microbiome from their mother mostly through parturition but also during breast-feeding and development until the bacterial balance matures around to four years of age.

Later, while the study definitely doesn’t condemn the genetic modification of food crops, major concern surrounds the inflammatory effects of certain Bt pesticide-resistant varieties and its potential genetic impact on gut bacteria, and perhaps that issue being passed on. They point out that it would be hard to fully determine since patent laws bar independent study without permission, and the potential for evidence suppression and conflict of interest on the word of biotech companies is a possibility. Indeed.”

FDA              food inspector

FDA food inspector

As Food Imports Increase, FDA Can’t Keep Up with Inspections Only 1 to 2 percent of food imported into the US is physically inspected each year. That is very troubling considering that much of the sold and food eaten here increasingly is from international sources. Because of that, the nation is more at risk for outbreaks of food-borne illnesses than ever before since virtually none of that imported food is being inspected. In 2011 the Food Safety Modernization Act was passed to address these problems but as yet, none of it has been implemented due to funding problems. Fifteen percent of our diet is imported from overseas and half of all winter fruits and vegetables originate outside the US. Even worse is the fact that almost all seafood is caught in non-US waters.

Part of the problem is the global economy. There are:

“130,000 export facilities in 150 countries to check on. The agency often inspects foreign processing plants only after there has been shown to be a problem with the product.”

While horror stories are beginning to make their way into news reports, few people know the extent of the problem and how dangerous the problem is. If they did, more would demand better funding and inspection procedures, or they would insist that food imports be limited.

“In India, Moon Fishery India Pvt. Ltd was found to be running a truly horrible operation, replete with “water tanks rife with microbiological contamination, rusty carving knives, peeling paint above the work area, unsanitary bathrooms and an ice machine covered with insects and ‘apparent bird feces,’” FairWarning and INN reported. The company’s exports to the U.S. were halted.

But by then tainted food had already reached the U.S., causing a salmonella outbreak that sickened 425 people, hospitalizing 55, in 28 states and the District of Columbia.”

If you eat seafood you need to see this video. But you should be warned, it was from a 2007 report. In the last 7 years, the situation has worsened so that almost all seafood now is imported and virtually none of it is inspected.

Taking your dog to work can reduce stress for everyone     Taking your dog to work can reduce stress for everyone there

Taking your dog to work can reduce stress for everyone there

Benefits of Taking Fido to Work May Not Be Far ‘Fetched’

A Virginia Commonwealth University study found that having employees’ dogs in the workplace reduces stress and has a positive impact on all employees, not just on the dogs’ owners. Job satisfaction rose even among those who weren’t dog owners. At the North Carolina business where the week long study took place, 20-30 dogs are a regular feature of the work environment. Stress levels were measured through surveys and through objective indicators such as saliva samples.

“Stress is a major contributor to employee absenteeism, morale and burnout and results in significant loss of productivity and resources. But a preliminary study, published in the March issue of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, found that dogs in the workplace may buffer the impact of stress during the workday for their owners and make the job more satisfying for those with whom they come into contact.

“Dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference,” he said. “The differences in perceived stress between days the dog was present and absent were significant. The employees as a whole had higher job satisfaction than industry norms.”

Pet presence may serve as a low-cost, wellness intervention readily available to many organizations and may enhance organizational satisfaction and perceptions of support. Of course, it is important to have policies in place to ensure only friendly, clean and well-behaved pets are present in the workplace,” he said.”

Prescription Drugs

*UPDATE*

Antidepressant use during pregnancy may lead to childhood obesity, diabetes  Research indicates that children may be predisposed to develop type 2 diabetes and obesity later, if their mothers took antidepressants while pregnant. Up to 20% of pregnant women are being prescribed these drugs at present. The study linked fluoxetine (or fluoride, see our post “Escape from Antidepressants” for more info on the dangers of these drugs). One in five American women suffer from depression during pregnancy and are prescribed antidepressant medication.

“While it is known that these drugs can increase the risk of obesity in adults, it is unknown whether a woman’s antidepressant use during pregnancy increases the risk of metabolic disturbances in her children…”

“We have demonstrated for the first time in an animal model that maternal use of a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, resulted in increased fat accumulation and inflammation in the liver of the adult offspring, raising new concerns about the long-term metabolic complications in children born to women who take SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy….”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future: 
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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PET HEALTH: Dogs and Cars

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                 3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health. 

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.”

Commentary

More than other animals, dogs love to ride in cars. Summertime finds any number of cars on the highway with a canine head sticking out of a window, catching the breeze

Wind in his face - a happy pup

Wind in his face – a happy pup

with a look of ecstasy on his face. All of the wonderful smells to absorb, glimpses of other dogs walking with their owners, views of other animals such as squirrels, bunnies and cats to dream of chasing – there’s nothing better for a dog. But what happens when the ride ends and we run into a store, “just for a minute” to get something? Many people believe that if they leave the windows down some, their pet will be fine. That’s especially true when it isn’t stifling hot but merely warm, at say, 72 degrees. But that’s a common fallacy, one that more and more municipalities are seeking to deal with through laws designed to protect pets from summer heat. In some locations you can be arrested for leaving a dog in a car and in others, your car can be towed away while you’re doing your shopping.

Because dogs can’t sweat like people can, even a small degree of heat can be deadly for them. And waiting in a car is the worst of all since rolling down windows helps very little, if at all, in keeping the temperature down. The video, chart, and articles linked below will give you an idea of how dangerous this practice really is, even at relatively cool temperatures. When I take my dog for a ride to the store, I lock him in the car with the air conditioning running on high, and even with that precaution, if I’m going to be longer than 10 minutes, I come out and check on him every 10 minutes or so. If it’s extremely hot, say in the mid-80s or above, he stays home, no matter how much he carries on when he sees me ready to leave. As my best friend, those are the least things I can do to protect him so that we have lots of exciting trips together in the future. If you see a dog in a parked car without air when it’s hot, call 911 and wait until someone arrives to help.

If you think you’re not taking any chances with your own dog because you’ve never had a problem before, please review the information below and think again, just to be safe. The heartbreak that comes with an accidental death from a preventable case of heat stroke will last a lifetime in your memory. And “If only,,,” won’t bring your friend back.

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Pet Health

How hot do cars get?  Since it’s summer and we’re added a section on pet health, we’re addressing a common fallacy that if you open the windows a bit, your dog will be fine if he’s left in your car for a few minutes. The charts on this webpage will demonstrate how little outside temperature relates to the temperatures inside a car for a pet:

“A study from Stanford shows that even on comparatively cool days, such as 72 degrees, a car’s internal temperature will rocket to 116 degrees within 60 minutes. And keeping the windows open a crack hardly slows down the rise at all.”

Pets in hot cars  How dangerous is it to leave a pet or a child alone in a car on a day that’s merely warm? See this article for a good discussion of the subject:

“It takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation. Most people don’t realize how hot it can get in a parked car on a balmy day. However, on a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees — and hit a scorching 160 degrees if parked in the sun! 

Even when the outside air temperature is in the 60s, temperatures inside some vehicles can reach the danger zone on bright, sunny days. So many experts recommend not to leave pets or children in parked cars even for short periods if the temperature is in the 60s or higher. 

Rolling down a window or parking in the shade doesn’t guarantee protection either, since temperatures still can climb into the danger zone. And if the window is rolled down sufficiently, the pet can escape. Plus if a passer-by claims he or she was bitten through the car window, the pet owner will be liable.” 

…Animals are not able to sweat like humans do. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. If they have only overheated air to breathe, animals can collapse, suffer brain damage and possibly die of heatstroke. Just 15 minutes can be enough for an animal’s body temperature to climb from a normal 102.5 to deadly levels that will damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems, often leaving the animal comatose, dehydrated and at risk of permanent impairment or death.” [Emphasis added.]

Dog Care: Your Car Is An Oven! is a public service article by the Weather Channel. This page also contains information for keeping your pet cool outside the car since heat is so much more dangerous for pets than it is for their human owners.

Keep Canines Cool: Don’t Leave Dogs in Hot Cars!Sign the personal pledge to raise awareness and act when pets are at risk.  This site has info on how dangerous hot cars are for dogs, and it contains a link to sign a personal pledge to protect your own pet and to assist any dogs you may see suffering in a hot car.

Dog Care: Protect Pets From Summer Scorchers  This article by the American Animal Hospital Association covers care for pets in hot weather, both inside and out of cars. It has a number of tips for making sure you dog enjoys the warm weather with you for a long time. Tips include making sure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean water available at all times, limiting exercise when it’s very hot and providing adequate shelter. That includes ensuring your pet can retreat to the shade when it’s sunny because it’s even easier for him to overheat in direct sunlight than it is for you. Finally, watch for these symptoms and take steps immediately should there be a problem despite your precautions:

If your pet is panting, has a staring or anxious expression, does not obey commands, has warm, dry skin and a high fever, rapid heartbeat, or is vomiting, lower the body temperature quickly with cool water – either by immersion or by spraying thoroughly with a garden hose. Call your veterinarian immediately.

Conclusion

It’s important for us to think of our pets and provide the best care we can for them. They are created by God and given to us as gifts that add to our enjoyment of life, and in addition, they demonstrate many traits that reflect their divine origin. We can learn a great deal from them and God uses them in many ways. But because they are dependent on us, He has given us the task of caring for them properly. In the summer, our responsibilities increase because of their susceptibility to heat. But bearing a few simple rules in mind will make the season enjoyable both for you and your pets.

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future: 
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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Do The Elderly Need “Protected” From Coconut Oil & Natural Supplements? Big Pharma Wants Us To Think So

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                 3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health. 

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.”

COMMENTARY

The first article linked below refers to a recent report in a psychiatric journal warning of the dangers of coconut oil and other supplements. It’s classic in that it epitomizes the problems inherent in today’s medical knowledge. Even doctors whose main interest is in helping people are hard pressed to do so because they receive no training in nutrition and their knowledge of drugs is supplied by manufacturers which have a

Natural supplements and medications have a long track record of safety

Natural supplements and medications have a long track record of usefulness and safety

profit motive. This journal article is just one more example of the distorted or outright false information being put forth as science, when the real motive is profit. Don’t let their attempts to frighten you away from these supplements that work. It is not your physical and mental health they have at heart. Rather it is their own financial interests that are at issue here. Consumers who are foolish enough to trust the mainstream media and the Babylonian Health System will follow the advice and warnings contained within a report like this, to their own detriment. Those who are wise will look to the articles listed in this blog, and to similar sources for accurate information about the value of supplements.

Reports and articles like the one we’re discussing try to claim that there are no scientific studies to back the claims for supplements. This is inaccurate, as is their claim that antidepressants and other anti-psychotic drugs are effective and safe. In fact, thousands of studies conclusively prove exactly the opposite. Drug companies naturally shy away from natural supplements, because they cannot be patented and therefore, make far less money for those companies. They also have a vested interest in people remaining ill with chronic conditions because they can be treated for years on end.

Another claim they make is that supplements are unsafe because they aren’t subject to trials or regulation by the FDA. In fact they don’t need extensive trials because their safety has been demonstrated by generations of previous use. Neither do they need extensive regulation because they don’t have the side effects that the standard medications of the Babylonian system do. While no one is dying from coconut oil, over 100,000 people die annually from prescription drugs.

The one accurate claim is that there is not much known about their interaction with prescription medications like anti-psychotic drugs. But that is because the prescription drugs potentially are dangerous, not because the supplements are. Rather than skip the supplements, especially when it comes to mental health treatment with drugs like antidepressants, it would be better to skip the antidepressants and stick with the natural supplements. You’ll have far less problems and more chance of recovery. But because their bottom line is at issue, you’re likely to see an increasing number of similar reports being produced.

With any report on the safety and effectiveness of either drugs or supplements, the first question to ask is who’s making the report and what, if anything, do they have to gain from it. The system isn’t there for your benefit; by and large, it’s there for its own. There are trustworthy studies and reports, just as there are honest and compassionate doctors. But all are becoming increasingly rare. It’s up to you as the consumer to investigate before blindly accepting anything. It’s your health and life that’s at stake.

It is so much better to follow God’s Health System than that of the Babylonians.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Babylonian Health System

Big Pharma want to “Protect” the Elderly from “Dangers” of Coconut Oil and Natural Supplements  A recent article published in Current Psychiatry Reports, titled “Natural products and supplements for geriatric depression and cognitive disorders: an evaluation of the research” notes that an increasing number of the elderly are beginning to use “Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for late-life mood and cognitive disorders.” Psychiatrists are becoming concerned about this natural approach since they prescribe anti-psychotic drugs instead. Yet because they are not educated about supplements, they felt the need to warn others in the mental health profession about  “side effects and indications for various natural products” so those psychiatrists could “protect their patients.”
Yearly death rates from approved drugs versus supplements
Yearly death rates from approved drugs versus supplements
If you read our recent post. “Escape from Antidepressants” you’ll find that things are inverted in their world, to say the least. What people need protection from is anti-psychotic drugs like Prozac made primarily from fluoride. It’s interesting that this article is coming out now, warning about the dangers of supplements like coconut oil, just as the public at large is finally being informed about the thousands of studies that conclusively prove antidepressants and similar drugs are ineffective in reducing depression, and that instead, they actually cause a great many mental health problems. At the same time, research is demonstrating how efficacious natural substances like coconut oil are in actually reversing age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s, something the Babylonian Health System has been unable to effectively treat at all.
Particularly troubling is the use of psychotropic drugs among veterans, since their suicide rate is far higher than the population in general. Also discussed in the post mentioned, above, was the fact that those drugs actually are a causative factor in the 22 daily suicide deaths of veterans. According to the article, the dangerous supplements, along with the  complementary and alternative medicine psychiatrists feel are so dangerous are these:

“omega-3 fatty acids, ginkgo biloba, SAMe, St John’s wort, B vitamins and vitamin D, huperzine, caprylidene, and coconut oil.” If these supplements are bringing about positive changes in the lives of elderly folks, it is not surprising that they are competing with Big Pharma drugs, which have a multitude of side effects, and little or no effect on cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, Medicare and insurance companies will cover the toxic drugs, which the medical system admits kill over 100,000 people a year (not including suicides or other secondary deaths), but they will not cover natural products that have few or no side effects, but are often far more effective.”

It might be worthwhile to use this list as a starting place for researching supplements that are effective in alleviating or preventing a number of health problems. If the psychiatric industry, in conjunction with Big Pharma finds these substances so threatening, that’s a hint of how useful they are. Considering that together those businesses constitute some of the wealthiest industries in the world, the basis for their concern becomes apparent.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Touted as Alzheimer’s Remedy  Coconut oil has gotten a lot of attention recently for help it gives to those with Alzheimer’s disease. It has been proved that taking coconut oil can slow the disease and maybe even prevent it. Steve Newport has had his Alzheimer’s begin to reverse in just two weeks after his wife, a Tampa physician, began to give it to him daily. He has seen both mental and physical improvement.

Coconut Oil Has Many Benefits

Coconut Oil Has Many Benefits

“”It appears to be a type of diabetes of the brain and it’s a process that starts happening at least 10 or 20 years before you start having symptoms and it’s very similar to type 1 or type 2 diabetes in that you develop a problem with insulin,” she explained.

In this case, insulin problems prevent brain cells from accepting glucose, their primary fuel. Without it, they eventually die.

But there is an alternative fuel — ketones, which cells easily accept. Ketones are metabolized in the liver after you eat medium chain triglicerides, found in coconut oil.”

The one caveat is to make sure that it’s pure, non-hydrogenated, otherwise it’s no different than trans fats. That’s true for any oil. There has been fear among the public about coconut oil, with many people thinking is would harm their hearts because of reports years ago that it could raise cholesterol, but that is not the case; in fact, it’s just the reverse. There is LDL, bad cholesterol and HDL, good cholesterol which is what you want to have. Coconut oil raises HDL. It also kills bacteria, among other benefits.

 The video below explains why coconut oil is so helpful for those with Alzheimer’s and other diseases. It also tells you how much to take each day. The only thing we’d disagree with is the recommendation to microwave it to get it in a liquid form – microwaving can destroy essential nutrients in foods when there’s no need to heat it at all. And though the video doesn’t mention it, you ALWAYS should make sure that the oil is unrefined virgin oil and not treated with chemicals for processing. Buy coconut oil that says, “organic” whenever possible.

Pet Health

Dog Health: The Skinny on Fish and Coconut Oil  There are several choices when it comes to giving supplemental oils to your pets. Fish oil is the one most

Fish Oil or Coconut Oil For a Better Coat? Dogs Like Both
Fish Oil or Coconut Oil For a Better Coat? Dogs Like Both

commonly found in commercial dog food. Giving additional oil can help skin, coat and heart and a regular regime of it can cure chronic skin problems and alleviate pain from arthritis. There are two kinds, EPA and DHA. Both come from oily fish like sardines and salmon. If you purchase a liquid form, it needs to be refrigerated or it will become rancid in a couple of months. The dose for healthy dogs is 100 to 150 mg of the combined oil per 10 pounds of body weight.

But coconut oil is becoming almost as popular for dogs as for their humans. It can aid digestion, help allergies and inflammation, and regulate thyroid (a common problem in certain breeds like golden retrievers). Where fish oils have omega fatty acids, coconut oil is made up of saturated fats. Reports of improved coats, skin and odor have come from owners using coconut oil.
“There are two kinds of coconut oil – refined and unrefined. You want to use the unrefined “virgin” coconut oil. Refined coconut oil has been treated with chemicals and has no nutritional value. Start adding the oil in very small amounts to food. Too much coconut oil can contribute to diarrhea and digestive discomfort. You can also give the oil directly to your dog or use it in baking treats/cooking food. The max dosage is around 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight.

Health Basics: How are vegetable oils really made?  Do you have any idea how vegetable oils are made? Because they have the word, “vegetable” in the name, most people think they’re not just safe, but actually good for you. And Americans consume a great deal of oil since fried food is so popular. Despite the belief that unsaturated vegetable oil is preferable to saturated fats like butter and coconut oil, the truth is actually the opposite. Once again marketing has been so successful that it has convinced us that foods that are good for us are bad, and foods that are bad for us are good. Equally important as the way these oils are processed is the fact that many are made from genetic creations or genetically modified organisms. Vegetable oils are made by chemical processing, except for virgin oil which is cold pressed, meaning the oil is physically squeezed out of olives, for instance. Non-virgin oils, usually made from GMOs, are the original Franken-foods.

“Canola was invented in a lab by a Canadian scientist. You didn’t know? Even when labeled “organic,” canola still doesn’t come from canola seed… There was never a canola plant before 60 years ago, just rapeseed. Rapeseed cannot be consumed by humans. 

Vegetable oils were practically non-existent in our food regimen as humans until the early 1900s, when new chemical processes allowed them to be extracted. Pressing and separating just wasn’t enough, and unlike with butter or coconut oil, Big Food began using chemicals to do the job, and did it ever do a “job” on our health. 

Some of today’s oils are deodorized so that they don’t stink. They are processed with a petroleum solvent to extract the oil — hexane, a vapor constituent of gasoline. Their genetic makeup is altered and mixed with genes of insects, bacteria and pesticide-creating DNA. Those genes are directly transferred into the human bloodstream.  Vegetable oils are manufactured in a factory, usually from genetically modified crops that have been heavily treated with pesticides and herbicides. If a vegetable oil is to be made into shortening or margarine, it undergoes an additional process called hydrogenation, which keeps it solid at warmer temperatures. Unlike saturated fats (butter, coconut oil, etc.), vegetable oils are not naturally solid at these temperatures and must be hydrogenated to accomplish this. That’s when the horrific trans-fats are made. 

These “vegetable” oils are barely even food anymore, as they contain no nutrition and lots of chemicals, but they’re sold as “heart healthy” because they “come from vegetables.” …People in general underestimate the volatile health detriment and the cumulative effect which takes less than a decade to inflict chronic damage. These oils are some of the most harmful substances you can put in your body. If it’s not organic oil, be leery. You should be buying organic coconut oil and organic, raw (cold-pressed) extra-virgin olive oil.

Prescription Drugs

Have we imported porcine diarrhea along with contaminated dog food?

Have we imported porcine epidemic diarrhea along with contaminated dog food?

In our most recent post, Vitamin D3 vs Vitamin D2: Are You Getting the Right One? under the UPDATE to our earlier post that dealt with the subject of Pet Health: Contaminated Pet Food – Deadly Ingredients! where we discussed pet food that is being contaminated by Chinese ingredients, we noted that the FDA is investigating a link between pet food with Chinese ingredients and the outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea in the United States. (Despite that possible link between Chinese chicken and an epidemic which has wiped out 10% of our pig population and poisoned 6,000 dogs thus far, they still are approving importation of chicken from China to be sold to human consumers in our supermarkets, without a requirement that this chicken be labeled as coming from China. See these earlier posts for more information.)

One effect of this epidemic is the rising price of natural thyroid medication, which because of its similarity to human thyroid, has been safely made from pig glands for over 100 years. Anecdotal reports at a thyroid support group note that one member saw the cost of her most recent 30 day prescription rise from $8 to over $17. But that sill is less than the cost for synthetic thyroid medication.

The “Coalition for Better Thyroid Care”, a Yahoo support group, formerly known as “Save Natural Thyroid” developed as a result of the threat by the US government to restrict use of any thyroid medication but synthetic. It is a source of good information on alternatives to synthetic medication. Members post their thoughts or questions on how and where to find specific natural thyroid medications, different types of medication such as the brands listed below, licensed compounding pharmacies that will create natural thyroid to order and physicians who are familiar with thyroid problems and will prescribe natural thyroid.

Despite a century long safety record and despite the fact that most patients do better on natural thyroid because it contains all of the components of human thyroid, while synthetic thyroid preparations contain only one of the various components, most doctors still prescribe synthetic thyroid. That’s because synthetic medications are touted by the drug companies who educate doctors about their products. Synthetics are subject to patents, therefore they make more money for drug companies. And from the consumers’ viewpoint, synthetics cost more than natural thyroid medications.

Virus Epidemic Affecting U.S. Pigs, Natural Desiccated Thyroid Prices Rise

As many as 8 million pigs, 10 percent of the US pig population have been wiped out in the last year because of an outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).

The virus is affecting only young pigs and does not affect humans which may either consume pigs or take thyroid medications made from pigs with the virus, since it is killed by cooking. But it is dramatically affecting prices which already had risen by 13% because of drought and high prices for feed. 

Natural thyroid drugs include Armour Thyroid, Nature-throid, WP Thyroid, and Erfa Thyroid, a generic natural desiccated thyroid sold in Canadian drugstores, (though it is produced in the U.S. by Acella) which has basically the same constitution and is dosed the same as the original Armour formulation. Natural thyroid has been used for over a century, while synthetic thyroid is a fairly recent product. Natural thyroid contains all of the constituents that human thyroid does, while synthetics lack one or more components, such as those that help remove symptoms like fatigue, etc.

[Natural] drugs, which provide T4, T3, T2, T1, and other thyroid hormones and nutritional elements, more closely resemble human thyroid hormone than the synthetic drugs such as levothyroxine (synthetic T4) and liothyronine (synthetic T3), and [doctors] report that their patients feel better on them.

A similar shortage in 2009 meant much of the natural thyroid drug supply became unavailable for most of the year at many drug chains, causing patients to scramble for other sources of the medication. Such a result seems likely again this year.

Digging Up the Root of Your Health Problems  This video features Suzy Cohen. “America’s most trusted pharmacist,” discussing her book, “Thyroid Healthy” on The 700 Club. She provides useful information on the components of thyroid hormone and explains why each one matters for the twenty million Americans who suffer from thyroid disease. She also gives practical advice for supplements that can help to heal your thyroid.

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future: 
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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Which One Do You Need?

Vitamin D3 vs Vitamin D2: Are You Getting the Right One?

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            3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health. 

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.”

COMMENTARY

There are an increasing number of studies touting the effectiveness of Vitamin D for combating illnesses of many different types. After seeing a number of such articles, anyone concerned about his health will add that to the supplements he’s taking because it has such tremendous benefits for comparatively little cost. But is it enough to just go to the store and purchase vitamin D, or is there more we need to know to obtain those health benefits? Unfortunately, there is more to it than just buying some vitamin D capsules, and if we’re not aware of that, we’re most likely wasting our time and our money – and doing little to improve our health.

Which One Do You Need?

Which One Do You Need?

There are two types of vitamin D, D2 and D3. Only D3 is readily absorbed and useful in the human body, Yet most of the products fortified with vitamin D contain D2. Milk and orange juice come to mind immediately, and if we think we’re getting enough because we spend time in the sun regularly and buy fortified drinks, then we’re sadly mistaken. In fact, studies show that most American adults are woefully deficient in Vitamin D, even if they supplement it because most of the vitamin D sold over the counter is D2, which is plant-based and made from fungus. 

In contrast, D3 comes from two sources, lanolin or fish oil. The articles below explain why D3 is what we need to take to get all of those health benefits we’re reading about. They also discuss how each type is made, what it does or doesn’t do, and how much we really should be taking. The government recommendations are so woefully low that they’d be almost laughable were the consequences not so serious. But it would be almost as effective to drink water as to take the RDA (recommended daily allowance) set by them. So read through the articles below and make sure that next time you purchase vitamin D, you get one that is made from lanolin so that it contains D3. They are more expensive, and there are not a lot of varieties on the market, but they are there and if you shop carefully, you’ll find them. You’re not saving much if you buy the cheaper D2 vitamins but don’t get any benefits from them.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 vs Vitamin D2: Are You Getting the Right One?

You Vitamin D3

You Need Vitamin D3

“Vitamin D3, Vitamin D2. They’re the same thing right? Well, no. Vitamin D [a]bsorption is very much affected by which type of Vitamin D that you are taking. Vitamin D comes in two different formulations. Vitamin D2, also called ergocalciferol; and Vitamin D 3, also called cholecalciferol.

Vitamin D2 was the first synthetic form of Vitamin D and is the form of vitamin d in all Vegan Vitamin D. It was used, and still is in many cases, to fortify foods, make some Vitamin D supplements and is the basis for ALL Prescription Vitamin D. Most over the counter Vitamin D supplements and ALL prescription Vitamin D supplements contain Vitamin D2.

But it is a far inferior form of Vitamin D that does not get absorbed into the body well. This is a phenomenon called bioavailability- or in this case simply Vitamin D Absorption. Many vitamins are not necessarily bioavailable, therefore taking vitamins does not mean that you actually ABSORB the vitamin.

If it were simply an issue of worse absorption, then you could simply take more to do the same job. But unfortunately, vitamin D 2 just doesn’t DO the job that vitamin D is Supposed to do.”

Vitamin D Supplements: Does the Source Matter?

“Vitamin D3 is derived from two places, either fish oil or sheep’s lanolin. Lanolin is a waxy substance that is secreted by glands found in a sheep’s skin. In order to remove the lanolin from wool, the wool is rolled or squeezed, pushing out a yellowish waxy substance. In order to make vitamin D3, the lanolin must be purified which results in…the same precursor of vitamin D found in our skin.

Vitamin D from fish oil comes from the skin of fatty fish such as salmon and tuna which naturally contain vitamin D. It may also be produced from cod liver oil, which is extremely high in vitamin D, containing 1360 IU per 1 tablespoon serving… Fish naturally store vitamin D in in their liver and fatty tissues. Fish do not make the vitamin themselves but actually get the vitamin from the plankton they eat. Certain fish oil may be very high in vitamin A, a fat soluble vitamin, making it important to read the label to avoid vitamin A toxicity.

The other danger in vitamin D from fish oil is its mercury content… Once in the water, bacteria transform mercury into soluble, toxic methylmercury, which fish absorb. When we eat fish high in methylmercury, or consume the vitamin D in fish oil derived from these fish, the toxin accumulates in the bloodstream… Nearly all fish contain trace amounts of methylmercury. Vitamin D derived from sheep lanolin contain no such mercury risk.”

How Is Vitamin D3 Derived?

“Lanolin, the oil found on sheepskin, is a concentrated source of 7-dehdrocholesterol. When it is irradiated using UVB lamps, it creates a chemical process nearly identical to that which takes place in human skin.
Because it is a fat-soluble vitamin, it is frequently sold in a softgel form that enables faster absorption. Other manufacturers may sell D3 as a tablet or dry capsule. Concentrations range tremendously between products: each capsule may contain a dose of between 50 and 10,000 international units per serving.”

Taking Oral Vitamin D? Avoid Making This Serious Mistake  The two different types of vitamin D are not interchangeable. It’s not that D2 is less potent; it’s that it’s very different from vitamin D3, and taking D2 could hurt you more than help you.

“Drisdol is a synthetic form of vitamin D2—made by irradiating fungus and plant matter—and is the form of vitamin D typically prescribed by doctors.

This is not the type produced by your body in response to sun or safe tanning bed exposure, which is vitamin D3.

Some 40 leading vitamin D experts from around the world currently agree that there’s no specific dosage level at which “magic” happens; rather the most important factor when it comes to vitamin D is your serum level (the level of vitamin D in your blood). So you really should be taking whatever dosage required to obtain a therapeutic level of vitamin D in your blood.

…it appears as though most adults need about 8,000 IU’s of vitamin D a day in order to raise their serum levels above 40 ng/ml.4 For children, many experts agree they need about 35 IU’s of vitamin D per pound of body weight.”

Low vitamin D levels during pregnancy may increase risk of severe preeclampsia

vitamin D decreases health problems“Women who are deficient in vitamin D in the first 26 weeks of their pregnancy may be at risk of developing severe preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening disorder diagnosed by an increase in blood pressure and protein in the urine, according to research.”

Higher Vitamin D Levels Associated With Better Cognition, Mood in Parkinson’s Disease Patients

“A new study exploring vitamin D levels in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) opens up the possibility of a new avenue of early intervention that may delay or prevent the onset of cognitive impairment and depression.”

Prescription Drugs

70 million Americans taking mind-altering drugs 02/09/14

“But by following the trail further, we arrive at a place far more shocking and consequential. We discover that not only has the traditional distinction between illegal “street drugs” and legal “therapeutic prescription drugs” become so blurred as to be almost nonexistent, but between America’s twin drug epidemics – one illegal, the other legal – well over 70 million Americans are using mind-altering drugs. And that number doesn’t include abusers of alcohol, which adds an additional 60 million Americans. So we’re really talking about 130 million strung-out Americans. How is this possible? “

Nutrition

Pineapple Tops List of Great Foods for Boosting Metabolism  There are a number of foods that will boost your metabolism, making it easier to lose weight. Pineapple is one of the best because it takes so

Pineapple is a great choice for a metabolism boosting breakfast. Kick start and High Energy.

Pineapple is a great choice for a metabolism boosting breakfast. Kick start and High Energy.

 much energy to burn and it provides essential nutrients and enzymes, some of which aren’t available elsewhere. It also has very few calories and no fat. Although it does have natural sugar, if you eat it for breakfast the sugar will be burned off within hours, especially if you add exercise like a walk. But the raised metabolism can last throughout the day.

“Remember that your body’s digestive processes slow down when you don’t eat. This is just a way to keep your body nourished during times when you can’t get any food. If you train yourself that you will go long periods of time without eating your body will compensate by slowing down. On the other hand, you can eat metabolism boosting foods that can help you burn calories consistently throughout the day.”

GMO and Contaminated Food

Beware of ‘Monsanto Butter’

“Not all saturated fats are nutritionally equal, and butter is no exception. Just like other forms of dairy, butter’s nutritional value depends on how the animals are raised. For example, the fatty acid composition of butterfat varies according to the animal’s diet. The very best-quality butter is raw (unpasteurized) from grass-pastured cows, preferably certified organic. The next best is pasteurized butter from grass-fed cows, followed by regular pasteurized butter common in supermarkets. Even the latter two are a healthier choice than margarines or spreads.

Beware of “Monsanto Butter,” meaning butter that comes from cows fed almost entirely genetically engineered grains. This, unfortunately, makes up the majority of butters you typically see on grocery store shelves.”

Most cows are fed conventional diets that consist mainly of GMOs, mostly corn and soy. These are lab created, genetically modified foods and grains. While there is plenty of evidence what GMOs do to those who consume them, there isn’t as much said about second hand consumption. That is, what happens when people eat meat or dairy from cows which have been raised on GMO foods. While there are less studies about this, there are no studies in which GMOs were not found to have significant effects, both on the primary consumer (the animal) and on the secondary consumer (the people who eat the animals or animal products).

Land O’Lakes is one of the best selling butters in the nation. But the company does not raise the cows they use on organic grain; instead they are fed a diet of “antibiotics, growth hormones and pesticide-loaded grain.” Aside from that, they also contributed almost $100,000 to the campaign to fight legislation that would require foods containing GMOs to be labeled for consumer information and protection. It’s apparent where they believe their interests lie, and it’s not with the health of consumers.

“Here is Food Babe’s handy butter buying guide”:

*UPDATE*

CHINA IS CLOSE TO SHIPPING ITS SLAUGHTERED POULTRY TO AMERICA AND OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM YESTERDAY’S CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON CHINESE-PROCESSED CHICKEN AND PET TREATS

A Congressional hearing was held June 17th on the subject of importing Chinese chicken, since the Obama administration previously gave approval for the trade when the USDA stated that processing in Chinese plants was equivalent to that in US plants. In the first stage, chicken raised in America, Canada and Chile will be shipped to China for processing, then returned to the US for sale in supermarkets. Any chicken processed in China, no matter what the country of origin will not be required to be labeled as coming from Chinese plants.

Dr. Engeljohn, of the US FSIS [Food Safety Inspection Service] said they are working with the Chinese to bring their plants up to US standards, but because the system used there is very different, it isn’t just a matter of making small improvements. But once the standards are certified as acceptable, China can begin sending its own poultry to the US for sale.

The information brought forth at the hearing certainly doesn’t inspire confidence in the agencies charged with protecting our food safety. According to this article, 

“First, even if the slaughtering plants are ultimately approved by FSIS, there will be no on-site inspection to ensure ongoing compliance with our food safety standards. Second, chickens raised in China’s highly polluted environment could pose a potential health threat apart from the adequacy of China’s slaughtering practices.

Rep. Smith hammered on the theme of whether the Chinese government was providing trustworthy documentation to the USDA on their processing facilities and manufacturing processes. Smith pointed out China’s rampant corruption and its government’s penchant for “misinformation, lying and deceit.Finally, I was not reassured by Dr. Engeljohn’s statement that “Yes, we are confident that (China is) maintaining the (poultry processing facility) inspection system we designed to meet our requirements.” After learning that the USDA relied on documentation provided by China to determine equivalency and will continue to rely on Chinese documentation (or “evidence” as Dr. Engeljohn called it) to monitor compliance, I feel even more skeptical.”

Our most recent post was on contaminated pet treats originating in China, Pet Health: Contaminated Pet Food – Deadly Ingredients!  This subject was addressed at the hearing also, and this serves as an update to that post:

”An outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in the United States might be linked to pet food produced in China. Shaun Kennedy acknowledged the possible link, although it’s still being investigated.

FDA has performed over 1,000 tests on suspect Chinese pet jerky treats. According to FDA’s Tracey Forfa, the tests so far have been inconclusive.

Rep. Smith, who co-chairs the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, grilled Forfa about whether the labeling of so-called “Made in the USA” pet products was accurate. Forfa could not assure that dog treats labeled “Made in the USA” did not contain ingredients from other countries, including China.”

Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol

Truvia-Sweeteners-Dead-Fruit-Flies Researchers have found that fruit flies fed Truvia or its main ingredient erythritol died within less than a week, according to a new study. Usually, fruit flies “live between 39 and 51 days”. They also tested other sweeteners and the other ingredients in Truvia, but none of them killed the flies like erythritol did. They also found that it was “dose-dependent”, meaning that the more of it they ate, the faster they died.

“Erythritol [is] made from yeast fed genetically modified corn derivatives

…Cargill [the manufacturer]  was forced to settle a class action lawsuit last byear for labeling Truvia “natural” when it’s actually made from a fermentation process whereby yeast are fed GM corn maltodextrin.

Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia, has a new, unexpected application — it may be used as an insecticide.”

Because the FDA has declared it safe for humans to consume, biologists hope to develop it into a “friendly” pesticide. They then could claim that traces left on food are safe, unlike pesticides in general. But any product which raises doubts and does not have a track record and/or studies to verify its absolute safety should be carefully considered, whether it has FDA approval or not. After all, they also have declared GMOs to be safe for human consumption, despite a great deal of evidence to the contrary.

Health

23 Ingenious Uses for White Vinegar White vinegar is another great natural product to use to keep you way from the chemicals. This is God’s way of cleaning and health.

“White vinegar has dozens of household applications, and the best part is that it’s green. It’s enjoying a new found popularity as many people try to avoid toxic or harsh cleaning chemicals around their pets and children, as well as save money by making their own cleansers. Not to mention that vinegar is cheap, it’s versatile, and it doesn’t irritate allergies like some fragranced cleansers. Chances are, whenever you run into a household funk, vinegar is your answer.”

 

Great Antibiotic

Great Antibiotic

What Are the Health Benefits of Oregano? I now use oregano as an antibiotic and love it, but  take capsules as the liquid  has too strong an odor.

I now use Vit D3, Vit C, zinc and oregano as my antibiotic and in combination this WORKS.

Oregano contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium. Oregano has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal effects, and may kill MRSA, listeria, and other pathogens. Oregano essential oil may be useful for respiratory ailments like colds and flu.”

 Bacteria help explain why stress, fear trigger heart attacks

 Bacteria stained with a fluorescent bacterial DNA probe show up as red biofilm microcolonies within the green tissues of a diseased carotid arterial wall.


Bacteria stained with a fluorescent bacterial DNA probe show up as red biofilm microcolonies within the green tissues of a diseased carotid arterial wall.

“The axiom that stress, emotional shock, or overexertion may trigger heart attacks in vulnerable people may now be explainable, researchers say. Hormones released during these events appear to cause bacterial biofilms on arterial walls to disperse, allowing plaque deposits to rupture into the bloodstream, according to research.”

Bacteria linked to stress-induced heart attacks

“Stress can trigger heart attacks in people with a lot of plaque in their arteries. But bacteria may be the real culprit in blocking blood flow.

Hormones such as norepinephrine may free bacteria from biofilms in plaque build-ups. In their escape, the bacteria may release enzymes that have the potential to damage surrounding tissues and make it easier for plaque globs to rupture, researchers suggest June 10 in mBio. Plaque ruptures can cause clotting, which blocks blood flow to the heart.

The early work suggests that managing bacteria may be as important as managing cholesterol in warding off heart attacks. But scientists will need to test whether the bacteria create their potentially dangerous enzymes in actual arteries, not just cultures, to be sure.”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future: 
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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