Apocalypse Alert: Scientists Warned of Rising Superbugs that Potentially Could Wipe-out Humanity

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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.

On Saturday night at 9:00 PM EST, I have a blog talk radio show called God’s Health System and Protection. During this show, we pray for people’s health and protection as found in Psalm 91 and also discuss health information found posted on this blog. You are welcome to attend: God’s Heath System and Protection. The information discussed is cutting edge for your health. The show is archived if you cannot attend it live.

Commentary

The goal of this blog now is to build you to withstand the coming pestilences that are now rampant in America and the world. God gave the knowledge to prepare for pestilences, so take advantage of this information.

The focus is posting articles with great information that can immediately help your health and quality of life.

God bless you.

Babylonian Health System

Big Pharma’s secret payments to corrupt doctors, scientists finally to be exposed by US government

“The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was successfully moved through the Senate with the help of an extensive investigation led by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), provisions that doctors who receive payoffs from drug or vaccine companies must disclose this when pushing new therapies or medical procedures from what would otherwise appear to be unbiased intentions.”

Pestilence

Apocalypse Alert: Scientists Warned of Rising Superbugs that Potentially Could Wipe-out Humanity

“Emerging superbugs or smart bacteria that defeats even the most lethal antibiotics could lead to a deadly plague or mass deaths. In such scenario, even the most common infection could kill as the world nears “a post-antibiotic era,” according to a report by Business Insider. And these efficient killers are already upon us.”

Cancer News

Curing cancer naturally – Four inspiring stories of healing disease with diet

“Even though each method may differ in approach, all tend to have one element in common, namely, a nutrient dense, cleansing diet. For some, raw juices are the key. For others, sea vegetables and grains. Regardless of the method, one thing is certain: a clean diet is powerful medicine.”

Antibiotics

5 Natural Antibiotics that Kill Superbugs

“Because traditional antibiotics have been prescribed so heavily in modern medicine and because people are exposed to them through eating conventionally raised meat and dairy products which are produced with antibiotic use, many strains of bacteria are now becoming drug-resistant. This means that the medicines treating them will be less effective and this leaves people vulnerable to infection or disease. However, there are some natural ways to kill off bacteria, even these superbugs”

Nature’s most powerful antibiotics in one bottle

“There has never been a better time then RIGHT NOW to strengthen your immune system, which may help keep you alive and healthy should the virus spread out of control in major population areas. Your first line of defense against Ebola, or any virus for that matter, is your own immune system,”

Health

Is Aluminum Making You Sick?

“Aluminum is linked to a host of neurological and other disorders. Although aluminum is added to many foods, drugs, and other products we ingest, in most cases, it’s possible to use an aluminum-free alternative. These are major sources: Vaccines and drugs (including some antacids): Read ingredient lists and ask your doctor or pharmacist for an aluminum-free product. For example, Gaviscon antacid tablets (but not liquid) are aluminum-free. Processed foods and candy: Baking powder (not baking soda), artificial coloring (such as a color followed by a number), anti-caking and drying agents often contain aluminum. Canned beverages: Acidity in soda makes aluminum leach from cans. Glass bottles are safer. Antiperspirants: Aluminum-free deodorants are an option.Sunscreens and cosmetics: Check ingredients and look for products without aluminum. In the kitchen: The metal can leach into food from aluminum pots and pans. Leaching is most common when foods being cooked are highly alkaline (like baking soda) or highly acidic (lemon juice, tomato sauce, vinegar.”

“Research will look to produce compound derivatives of punicalagin for a drug that would treat neuro-inflammation and slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, scientists report. The onset of Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed and some of its symptoms curbed by a natural compound that is found in pomegranate. Also, the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease could be reduced, according to the findings of the two-year project.”

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.

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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Happy (and Safe) Holidays for Your Pets

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                     Proverbs 12:10

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

Commentary

Be careful when sharing with your best friends - some human foods are toxic to pets

Be careful when sharing with your best friends – some human foods are toxic to pets

We all give our dogs table scraps at times. When they sit watching us eat and they focus those pleading eyes on us, our hearts melt. We love sharing as much as they do. But a food may actually be healthy for us and yet still cause serious harm to our dog. Therefore, we need to know the items on this list very well to make sure we never share them. Remember that these 20 foods also can appear within other foods (such as onions in chili, for example). And just because you’ve fed any of these in the past and had no obvious problem doesn’t mean you should continue to do so. You’re overdue for problems if that’s the case.

The featured article is very long, with information relating to how each item harms dogs, symptoms to watch for, how long it may take for symptoms to appear and how quickly to seek vet care. Unfortunately, each item is on a separate page so it takes some time to go through the entire article thoroughly. Because of the length of the article and the depth of information on each item within it, the only topic this post will cover is protecting your bff through the holiday season.

Listed below are the 20 items, but to learn specifics on each, please check the article. That time spent will be well worth it if it allows you to avoid serious problems with your best friend. Be sure to keep an eye on holiday guests as well.  Although you may know that something is dangerous for your pet, everyone else may not. Guests can be well meaning when they share, but that doesn’t change the harm that can occur. And unfortunately, certain guests can find it ‘funny’ to see how an animal reacts when given alcohol or other items so that they appear drunk. But they won’t be laughing when your pet becomes seriously ill or dies as a result of their prank.

Pet Health

Goldens like Audie are attracted by yummy foods left out around the house

Goldens like Audie are attracted by yummy foods left out around the house

20 Human Foods That Can Cause Serious Illness or Death To Your Dog

“Even though a lot of the food that we eat is good for our canine friends, some human food is downright dangerous for them. So dangerous, in fact, that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had to issue an official statement…

To keep your dog healthy, avoid giving him the following snacks.

1. Chocolate
The chemical that gives chocolate, especially dark chocolate, its distinctive taste can be fatal to dogs when consum[ed] in larger amounts. And when we say fatal, we mean fatal, because there have been numerous dog fatalities due to consuming chocolate.

Keep it away from them and do not give chocolate to your furry friend, no matter what.

Chocolate may not be toxic to your dog if given in very small amounts, however, it is a very common cause of dog poisoning because people who do give their dogs chocolate, usually give them way too much.

Cocoa beans contain caffeine and theobromine, a chemical compound. The dog isn’t able to metabolize theobromine as fast as humans can, and the more theobromine the chocolate contains, the more poisonous it is for your dog.

2. Grapes
Some dogs are especially sensitive to grapes (and raisins) and can suffer kidney damage from eating the sweet food. The reason some dogs develop renal failure following the ingestion of grapes and raisins is not known, but there have been many reported incidents of this occurring. Their toxicity to dogs can cause the animal to develop acute renal failure (the sudden development of kidney failure) with anuria (a lack of urine production).

These are all serious health conditions and should not be taken lightly. Be especially careful with grapes that have gone bad, because dogs will sometimes sniff them out of the trash bin and eat them if not properly disposed.

If your dog eats grapes [or raisins] and experiences …symptoms, instant treatment is necessary. The recommended treatment is to induce vomiting, but make sure to call your vet for assistance.

3. Garlic and Onions
Although it’s rare for a dog to eat enough garlic or onions to hurt themselves, you should be aware of the possible dangers from allowing them to consume it. Damage to their red blood cell production is a common problem that comes with dogs eating onions or garlic.

If your dog eats garlic or onions, take him to your veterinarian immediately (the onions don’t have to be raw to be bad for your dog’s health).

Some of the symptoms of problems that stem from onions and garlic include weakness, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, pale gums and breathlessness.

Also, remember that even the smallest amount of garlic can result in life-threatening problems and in severe cases, garlic or onion poisoning can lead to organ failure and even death.

4. Macadamia nuts
[S]ome dogs will experience health problems after eating them, while others will not, so it really depends on the dog and how he copes with it. The exact amount that causes health problems can significantly vary from dog to dog as well, usually depending on size.

If your dog develops any symptom of food poisoning, take him to your veterinarian immediately. These signs include vomiting, tremors, hyperthermia and the inability to walk.

5. Avocado

6. Alcohol
Ethanol is found in alcoholic beverages and is toxic to dogs. Dogs can’t process the substance nearly as well as humans and it can be fatal for them.

With the holidays coming up, keep in mind that dogs are especially tempted by eggnog.

Although some people think that there’s nothing funnier than a dog that has had something to drink, this unusual and cruel practice is actually hurting the dogs very seriously, especially if it becomes a habit. So pay close attention to your younger friends and relatives who might try to do something similar, and prevent them from hurting these poor, defenseless animals.

However, you also need to know that poisoning can occur even if your dog doesn’t drink actual alcohol. For example, cakes soaked in rum and similar foods and treats [that] contain yeast can result in alcohol poisoning. If you suspect that your dog is intoxicated, you might need to induce vomiting or even take him to the vet to pump his stomach. Alcohol poisoning is frequent in dogs…”

7. Bread dough
Even the smallest amount of some foods can actually be very poisonous for your beloved friend. Your home and kitchen need to be dog-friendly.

We have already talked about alcohol poisoning, but what you need to know is that ingesting bread dough can lead to this problem as well. The combination of rising dough in your fluffy friend’s stomach and alcohol poisoning can seriously threaten your dog’s health.

It takes approximately one or two hours for the symptoms to appear.

8. Bad or moldy food
Food that has gone bad should not be in your house at all and should be properly disposed of, so that even stray dogs cannot get poisoned. The toxin found in some molds that leads to food poisoning is called tremorgenic mycotoxin.

Since you can’t know for sure whether a particular mold contains this toxin, don’t give your pet moldy food ever. To put it simply, if you wouldn’t eat it, neither should your dog. If your see your dog eating food it shouldn’t eat, try to take it away.

9. Anything with caffeine in it

10. Bones and leftovers
You may think that it’s only natural to give bones with some meat on them to your dog but this may cause some serious health problems.

One is pancreatitis, which can lead to problems with regulating blood sugar levels and digestion. All these problems are very serious and should not be taken lightly. So be very careful when it comes to leftovers.

As far as bones are concerned, they may splinter or break and get lodged inside the intestines or even the throat. [They also can easily puncture the stomach which will cause an agonizing death.]

11. Ice cream
It can cause relatively serious intestinal problems that can lead to internal bleeding, and when this happens, the chances of survival are not good.

Although it’s not lethal in small amounts, it’s still something that you just shouldn’t feed to your pet. Usually after eating ice cream, dogs will get diarrhea and start scratching themselves like crazy.
You should take them to the vet immediately and not wait it out. A general rule is that you should treat your dog as you would treat your own child and that means taking him to the doctor/vet immediately.

The problem with ice cream is that dogs don’t digest milk and milk products easily. Basically, your dog will enjoy himself/herself for a couple of minutes and then will start experiencing stomach pain.

12. Raw meat and fish (salmon)
Raw meat can cause various bacterial infections, and this is even truer for fish. Salmon is especially dangerous since it can cause salmon poisoning disease that can kill your best friend in two weeks.

Salmon poisoning disease is caused by an infection with a type of rickettsia, Neorickettsia helminthoeca bacteria. Symptoms of SPD begin about one week after eating the salmon and include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, depression, high fever, and enlarged lymph nodes.

Now, here’s one fact that might frighten you, but you should be frightened when it comes to salmon poisoning disease, because it’s no joke: Untreated, mortality reaches 90 percent.

13. Plums
Any fruits that have large seeds or pits should be kept away from your dog for obvious reasons. Inflammations and intestinal obstructions are caused by them. In addition, dogs, especially older ones, can break their teeth on these pits while they are trying to chew through them.

When eating this type of fruit, you should put the pits or seeds in one separate bag that will be tightly tied and immediately disposed of it. Stray dogs are might go through the garbage and they shouldn’t eat things that might harm them either.

Another fact that you may not have known is that plum seeds contain cyanide, and we are certain you know what cyanide is, so be careful with plum seeds.

14. Raw Eggs
First of all, there is a chance of a Salmonella infection, the same as in humans, but more importantly, if a dog was fed raw eggs for a longer period, he may experience problems with Vitamin B regulation.

Another worry with the consumption of eggs is the biotin deficiency. The signs of intestinal obstruction include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, stomach pain, fever, dehydration and weight loss.

And although eggs are a good source of nutrition, don’t overdo it – an occasional treat could be perfectly fine, but avoid them on a daily basis. Another option is to simply cook the eggs if you’re worried that they could harm your doggy.

15. Salt
If your dog ate excessive amounts of salt, he could get sodium ion poisoning, which is rather difficult and painful to treat.

Treatment for salt poisoning includes the careful administration of IV fluids, electrolyte monitoring, treatment for dehydration and brain swelling.

16. Candy
Of course, it’s okay to give your dog a treat, but you have to be careful with the kind of the treat.
Candy usually contains Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that causes sudden release of insulin in their bodies. [Be careful of sugar-free gum as well. It can be deadly because xylitol is what makes it sweet.]

You have probably heard that chocolate is bad for dogs, well Xylitol is estimated to be 100 times as toxic as chocolate to dogs. For example, Xylitol can cause liver damage and low blood sugar.
It is also advised to avoid giving your dog any foods that contain artificial sweeteners, preservatives or additives.

17. Hops
Used as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, they are commonly found almost anywhere…. They are the cause of hops poisoning, which causes uncontrollably high temperatures and restless behavior followed by excessive panting.

If you notice these symptoms, take your dog to the vet immediately. They can also cause malignant hyperthermia in dogs, usually with fatal results.

Chemical succinylcholine overwhelms the body’s capacity to supply oxygen, remove carbon dioxide, and regulate body temperature, eventually leading to circulatory collapse and death if not treated quickly.

Additionally, without treatment, death can occur within 6 hours of ingestion.

18. Chicken jerky products [See our post: Pet Health: Contaminated Pet Food – Deadly Ingredients!]

19. Dairy
You might think a slice or two of cheese isn’t a big deal, but it all depends on the type of reaction your dog has to the lactose in the dairy product. Many dogs are severely allergic to it, and can also be lactose intolerant.

While some dogs can have a bit of ice cream or a slice or two of any cheese with no reaction at all, for some dogs, it could lead to vomiting, severe stomach upset, diarrhea, excessive gas, and weight loss. So the dog may also try to drink an excessive amount of water to compensate for the water lost during vomiting or diarrhea periods.

20. Yeast
Live yeast can be dangerous to all animals, especially when consumed in large quantities. According to the Veterinary Medicine portal, there are two major health risks associated with dogs ingesting yeast.

The first is that a warm and wet stomach provides the ideal surrounding for the yeast to expand, which, in turn, could cause the organ to react by expanding too, possibly cutting off blood flow and causing breathing problems. It can cause a bowel obstruction. Secondly, it can actually cause alcohol poisoning, believe it or not.

Foods Dogs, Cats Should Not Eat, Dangerous, Toxic, Lethal and Foods That are Beneficial This article has a fairly complete list of foods (and added ingredients like specific preservatives) which are dangerous for pets, and it’s all on one page. But because it also has much more, we’ll discuss it in more depth in a future post. For now, if you want info on a specific food, it’s easier for reference than the lead article, though it doesn’t cover all of the foods listed above.

Ribbons on packages and tinsel on trees are the most deadly cat attractors

Ribbons on packages and tinsel on trees are the most deadly cat attractors

Holiday Dangers for Cats and What You Can Do to Lower the Risks  The holidays can be especially dangerous for cats. Many cats love to chew on house plants, and Christmas roses, amaryllis, mistletoe and holly all are poisonous to cats. Poinsettias are dangerous too, though they’re not as toxic as the others. If you have cats, don’t take the risk. Forego these plants as decorations. Similarly, potpourri has herbs and oils that are unsafe.

Another real concern comes with packages under the tree. Ribbon and strings are especially attractive to young or playful cats who are tempted to eat them. When that occurs, they can easily wrap around inside and cause intestinal obstructions that require surgery, or are fatal. Candles and electrical cords also make tempting playthings and can cause disaster. (Remember the film “Christmas Vacation”?) Finally there’s glass ornaments which easily smash and stagnant tree water to consider.

“We all enjoy special foods, particularly over the holidays. During these weeks, our homes are often filled with chocolates, wine and other culinary masterpieces. Many of these items can be quite dangerous for our pets, both feline and canine.

Besides the wonderful foods we share over the holidays, many of us also spend a lot of time decorating our homes and decking out the halls. Although these decorations add beauty to our homes and are a traditional part of the holidays, they can also pose significant risks for your cat.
The ASPCA Poison Control Center can be reached at and the Pet Poison Helpline is available at 855-764-7661 (a fee is applied). Program these numbers into your telephone so they are readily available if needed. Hopefully, there will be no need to use these telephone numbers but, if needed, you’ll be glad to have them close.

Christmas tree catFor Happy Cats And A Happy Holiday Season: Think Like A Cat 

“Being naturally curious, cats will sniff the Christmas tree, may try to climb it or even pee on it. No cat paw can resist shiny dangling ornaments or shiny wrapped chocolates in a candy dish. They don’t understand why you’re angry for breaking Aunt Martha’s antique what not, or rolling mandarin oranges under the sofa. To a cat, everything is a potential toy and a potential

hazard.

Accidents can and do happen to cats and or the home in a blink of an eye. The following are a few real hazards that are well documented.
• Cats have an accident or get suddenly ill requiring immediate vet care.
• Water bowls get spilled, leaving nothing to drink.
• Toxic products can be pried open with paws. Windows can be opened, screens ripped open.
• Water pipes freeze and bursting, Fires in the home or nearby. Burglaries.
• Suffocation or electrocution from cords or decorations. Always unplug Christmas lights before leaving the home. The most dangerous decoration is tinsel. If swallowed, it can be lethal so just say no.
• Nothing spells holiday blues quicker than an emergency trip to the vet. The best solution is prevention.

Finally, even though this is a commercial, it’s one of the best cat videos you’ll find, especially when it comes to how cats perceive Christmas:

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

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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.

On Saturday night at 9:00 PM EST, I have a blog talk radio show called God’s Health System and Protection. During this show, we pray for people’s health and protection as found in Psalm 91 and also discuss health information found posted on this blog. You are welcome to attend: God’s Heath System and Protection. The information discussed is cutting edge for your health. The show is archived if you cannot attend it live.

Commentary

The goal of this blog now is to build you to withstand the coming pestilences that are now rampant in America and the world. God gave the knowledge to prepare for pestilences, so take advantage of this information.

The focus is posting articles with great information that can immediately help your health and quality of life.

God bless you.

Pestilence

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

“The overall conclusion of the book is downright horrifying in the context of a global pandemic outbreak with a 50% fatality rate. No nation in the world is more over-medicated than America, where drug companies have invented quasi-medical justifications to put millions of children on mind-altering psychiatric drugs. Many elderly Americans are currently taking 10 – 15 prescription medications per day, every day! 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.”

Prescription Drugs

america-mental-illness

30 Million Americans On Antidepressants And 21 Other Facts About America’s Endless Pharmaceutical Nightmare

“Has there ever been a nation more hooked on drugs than the United States? And I am not just talking about illegal drugs – the truth is that the number of Americans addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans addicted to illegal drugs. As you will read about below, more than 30 million Americans are currently on antidepressants and doctors in the U.S. wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for painkillers last year.”

Water

Why Water Fluoridation Continues, Despite Flying in the Face of Science

“Many fail to realize that fluoride is indeed a drug, and as such it is grossly inappropriate for it to be indiscriminately added to water supplies, as there’s no way to control the dose. Contrary to popular but misguided belief, fluoride is NOT an essential nutrient, and there is simply no such thing as “fluoride deficiency.” In fact, if you decided you wanted to take fluoride, you’d have to get a prescription for it, and that prescription would specify the recommended dosage. Yet fluoride is added to municipal water supplies reaching nearly 211 million Americans, including infants and the elderly.”

Fluoride is a poison

Fluoride is a poison

Important Facts You Need to Know About Water Fluoridation

“Fluoride affects many tissues in your body besides your teeth. Many assume that the fluoride in drinking water (or in any other fluoride supplement) will somehow only affect your teeth. But according to a 500-page scientific review,6 fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect your bones, brain, thyroid gland, pineal gland and even your blood sugar levels. At present, 42 human studies7 have linked moderately high fluoride exposures with reduced intelligence, and over 100 animal studies have shown that fluoride exposure can cause brain damage. Most striking among these are 30 (out of a total of 32 investigations) that have shown that fluoride lowered the ability of animals to learn and remember. Studies have also demonstrated that fluoride toxicity, caused by overexposure, can lead to a wide variety of health problems”

Why Water Fluoridation Continues, Despite Flying in the Face of Science

“Many fail to realize that fluoride is indeed a drug, and as such it is grossly inappropriate for it to be indiscriminately added to water supplies, as there’s no way to control the dose. Contrary to popular but misguided belief, fluoride is NOT an essential nutrient, and there is simply no such thing as “fluoride deficiency.” In fact, if you decided you wanted to take fluoride, you’d have to get a prescription for it, and that prescription would specify the recommended dosage. Yet fluoride is added to municipal water supplies reaching nearly 211 million Americans, including infants and the elderly.”

Gut Flora

Surprising Finding: Gut Microbes Make Dark Chocolate Healthy

“While it’s known that cocoa powder is rich in potent antioxidants called polyphenols, it was thought that these molecules were poorly digested and absorbed due to their large size. Researchers have now discovered that certain bacteria in your gut actually break down and ferment the components in dark chocolate, turning them into absorbable anti-inflammatory compounds that benefit your health. In particular, beneficial microbes including Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria like to “feast” on cocoa, according to the researchers. The microbes also break down the fiber found in cocoa powder, turning it into highly absorbable short fatty acid chains that promote satiety.”

Do gut bacteria control your mind?

“Bacteria may influence your decisions by releasing signaling molecules into your gut. Because the gut is linked to the immune system, the endocrine system, and the nervous system, those signals could influence your physiologic and behavioral responses — and health. Bacteria may be acting through the vagus nerve, which connects 100 million nerve cells from the digestive tract to the base of the brain, changing taste receptors, producing toxins to make you feel bad, and releasing chemical rewards to make you feel good.”

Surprising discovery: HIV hides in gut, evading eradication

“Some surprising discoveries about the body’s initial responses to HIV infection have been made by researchers. One of the biggest obstacles to complete viral eradication and immune recovery is the stable HIV reservoir in the gut. There is very little information about the early viral invasion and the establishment of the gut reservoir. “We want to understand what enables the virus to invade the gut, cause inflammation and kill the immune cells,” said the study’s lead author.”

‘Normal’ bacteria vital for keeping intestinal lining intact, preventing disorders

“Einstein scientists found that absorption of a specific healthy bacterial byproduct is crucial for maintaining the integrity of the intestinal epithelium — the single-cell layer responsible for keeping intestinal bacteria and their toxins inside the gut and away from the rest of the body. Breaching of the intact intestinal epithelium is associated with a number of diseases. “Intestinal bacteria secrete a wide variety of chemicals known as metabolites,” said Sridhar Mani, M.D., co-corresponding author of the paper. “These bacteria and their metabolites were known to influence the intestinal epithelium’s integrity, but precisely how they did so wasn’t known.”

Coconut Oil

80 Uses for Coconut Oil

Articles

 Staying healthy and surviving our toxic world

“Diet is the most important factor in our survival – it is the basis of good health. Even in a cesspool of environmental toxicity (Okinawa) a good diet results in low cancer rates. Yet these same people immigrate to the United States, adopt a Western diet, and their cancer rates mirror our own.”

Prenatal exposure to common household chemicals linked with substantial drop in child IQ 

“Children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common chemicals found in the home — di-n-butyl phthalate and di-isobutyl phthalate — had an IQ score, on average, more than six points lower than children exposed at lower levels, according to researchers. The study is the first to report a link between prenatal exposure to phthalates and IQ in school-age children. While avoiding all phthalates in the United States is for now impossible, the researchers recommend that pregnant women take steps to limit exposure by not microwaving food in plastics, avoiding scented products as much as possible, including air fresheners, and dryer sheets, and not using recyclable plastics labeled as 3, 6, or 7.”

Garlic Soup – 100x Stronger Than The Best Antibiotics On The Market

“The interesting thing about garlic, is that new and mutated viruses/infections, which cannot be treated with traditional antibiotics, are still effected by the garlic. The reason behind garlic’s amazing antibiotic properties is a chemical called allicin, found within the cloves. A study preformed by Washington University has shown that garlic is 100 times more effective than 2 most popular antibiotics on the market.

Antioxidant capacity of orange juice is multiplied tenfold

“The antioxidant activity of citrus juices and other foods is undervalued, experts say. A new technique for measuring this property generates values that are ten times higher than those indicated by current analysis methods. The results suggest that tables on the antioxidant capacities of food products that dieticians and health authorities use must be revised. Orange juice and juices from other citrus fruits are considered healthy due to their high content of antioxidants, which help to reduce harmful free radicals in our body, but a new investigation shows that their benefits are greater than previously thought.”

ALZHEIMER’S IS AN AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER  

“Researchers are discovering a causal relationship between an imbalanced gut microbiome (gut dysbiosis) and a growing number of conditions and diseases – for example, acne, allergies, asthma, celiac disease, chronic Lyme disease, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, Graves disease, gum and tooth disease, irritable bowel, lichen planus, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, UTIs, all the other 80-100 autoimmune diseases, and some cancers.”

“New evidence has been found that explains how some aspects of our personality may affect our health and wellbeing, supporting long-observed associations between aspects of human character, physical health and longevity. But researchers ask: “Is this our biology determining our psychology or our psychology determining our biology?”

Neurobiological basis of human-pet relationship: Mothers’ brains respond differently to images of their child and their dog

“How closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship? Researchers makes a contribution to answering this complex question by investigating differences in how important brain structures are activated when women view images of their children and of their own dogs.”

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.

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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                 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.

On Saturday night at 9:00 PM EST, I have a blog talk radio show called God’s Health System and Protection. During this show, we pray for people’s health and protection as found in Psalm 91 and also discuss health information found posted on this blog. You are welcome to attend: God’s Heath System and Protection. The information discussed is cutting edge for your health. The show is archived if you cannot attend it live.

Commentary

The goal of this blog now is to build you to withstand the coming pestilences that are now rampant in America and the world. God gave the knowledge to prepare for pestilences, so take advantage of this information.

The focus is posting articles with great information that can immediately help your health and quality of life.

God bless you.

Vitamin D3

vit-d-sunshineVitamin D reduces lung disease flare-ups by over 40 percent

“Vitamin D supplements can reduce chronic obstructive pulmonary disease lung disease flare-ups by over 40 percent in patients with a vitamin D deficiency, according to new research. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) includes conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.”

Depression Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency

“Vitamin D — sometimes nicknamed the “sunshine vitamin” — is also involved in the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine within the brain, both chemicals linked to depression, according to the researchers.  “Seasonal affective disorder is believed to affect up to 10 percent of the population, depending upon geographical location, and is a type of depression related to changes in season,” said Stewart. “People with SAD have the same symptoms every year, starting in fall and continuing through the winter months.”

 

Inflammation and suicide attempts: Where does vitamin D fit in?

“As we and others have previously shown that peripheral and central inflammation is increased in suicidal patients, we here suggest that low levels of vitamin D could be a contributing cause of this inflammation.”

“As inflammation is suggested to directly be part of the neural mechanisms underlying depressive and suicidal behavior, it should be of high relevance to detect and cure the vitamin D deficiency in these patients.”

Drinking Water

Fluoride Dangers: What You Need to Know

Almost half of U.S. adolescents have fluorosis. But the risks may reach much further than cosmetic mottling of tooth enamel.David Brownstein, M.D., a board-certified family physician, points to water fluoridation as a likely source of serious illness.“Fluoride poisons hundreds of enzymes in the body,” says Dr. Brownstein, author of the newsletter Natural Way to Health and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. “Fluoridation of the water supply is associated with an increase of certain cancers and causes thyroid problems.” While critics of fluoride were once considered a fringe group, they are now finding themselves gaining a voice in mainstream medical circles.”

San Diego citizens forced to drink their own pharmaceutical pollution through emergency sewage recycling program

“The question, therefore, becomes a health matter. Are San Diego residents, where the sewage will be recycled for drinking water, harming their health by consuming a resource that likely harbors pharmaceutical pollution from commonly used drugs? Consider the fact that several studies have already found active pharmaceuticals in drinking water throughout the United States. American Water Works Association Research Foundation and the WateReuse Foundation tested 19 drinking water treatment plants that provide water to more than 28 million Americans. They discovered metabolites and pharmaceuticals present in ALL tested areas. In a separate analysis, an Environmental Protection Agency-funded review found there to be 54 active pharmaceutical ingredients and 10 metabolites in treated drinking water.”

Omega 3 Oils

Not just the type of oil, but the container also impacts the quality of olive oil

Not just the type of oil, but the container also impacts the quality of olive oil

Olive Oil, Extra Virgin, or Cold-Pressed…What’s the Difference?

“The higher the level of antioxidants in an olive oil, the healthier it is for you. One can actually assess the level of antioxidants in olive oil by the peppery “burn” on the back of the throat. Thus, the more pepper-like burn the olive oil has, the higher its antioxidant content. In terms of culinary applications however, there are some dishes were you may not want a pair a high antioxidant olive oil (more peppery), with a light dish.”

High-Fat Diets Delay Brain Aging

“We therefore hope that a diet with a high content of coconut oil or similar fats will have a beneficial effect, because the brain cells are given extra fuel and thus the strength to repair the damage,”

How Trans Fat Harms Your Memory

Oxidized cholesterol forms when polyunsaturated vegetable oils (such as soybean, corn and sunflower oils) are heated. This oxidized cholesterol (not dietary cholesterol in and of itself) causes increased thromboxane formation—a factor that clots your blood. Two of Dr. Kummerow’s papers pertain to how these oils harden your arteries and play an important role in the development of atherosclerosis. As reported by The New York Times:8 “The problem, [Dr. Kummerow] says, is not LDL, the “bad cholesterol”… What matters is whether the cholesterol and fat residing in those LDL particles have been oxidized… [He] contends that the high temperatures used in commercial frying cause inherently unstable polyunsaturated oils to oxidize, and that these oxidized fatty acids become a destructive part of LDL particles. Even when not oxidized by frying, soybean and corn oils can oxidize inside the body.”

Gut Flora

Exercise to Connect Your Brain and Gut

Prescription Drugs and the Gut…Friend or Foe? 

“Ingesting antibiotics is one of the worst things you can do for healing bacterial-induced disease. Why? Because the most commonly ignored “side effect” of using antibiotics is that they destroy normal gut flora too…allowing the bad bacteria to overpower the good bacteria. We warned decades ago how this imbalance disrupts proper digestion, causes food sensitivities and malnutrition, creates cellular toxicity, and ultimately results in chronic diseases of all kinds. Even one course of antibiotics may be sufficient to do permanent damage to the balance of your gut flora.”

 

The high price of antibiotic use: can our guts ever fully recover?

Pestilence

CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year’s vaccine doesn’t work!

Mutated flu virus could signal more hospitalizations, deaths this season

Articles

Natural substance in red wine has an anti-inflammatory effect in cardiovascular diseases

“A natural substance present in red wine, resveratrol, inhibits the formation of inflammatory factors that trigger cardiovascular diseases, a research team concludes. They report that resveratrol binds with the KSRP regulator protein and provides for its activation.”

Herbs to treat inflammation: The 10 most powerful natural medicines that really work

63% of Americans Actively Avoid Soda 

“Soda is on my list of the absolute worst foods and drinks you can consume. Once ingested, your pancreas rapidly begins to create insulin in response to the sugar. A 20-ounce bottle of cola contains the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). In addition to contributing to insulin resistance, the rise in blood sugar is quite rapid. Here’s a play-by-play of what happens in your body upon drinking a can of soda: Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat. Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.After 60 minutes, you’ll start to have a blood sugar crash, and you may be tempted to reach for another sweet snack or beverage.”

How Your Oral Health Contributes to Your General Health and Wellbeing

“Thousands of studies have linked oral disease to systemic disease. Inflammation is well-known as a “ravaging” and disease-causing force, and gum disease and other oral diseases produce chronic low-grade inflammation in your body.

“This inflammation has very, very deleterious effects on just about every major organ system – from Alzheimer’s to stroke, heart disease, and diabetes,” Dr. Curatola explains.

Advanced periodontal disease or gum disease can raise your risk of a fatal heart attack up to 10 times. According to Dr. Curatola, if you get a heart attack related to periodontal or gum disease, nine times out of 10, it will actually kill you.”

Soy Dangers Summarized There are more than this listed in the article.

“Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth. Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women. Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.”

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.

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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Bottled Water: How Good Is It, Really?

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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

water- where the money isIn virtually every grocery and discount store you’ll find rows of bottled water. Numerous brands, including store brands, fill shelves and coolers. Water has become big business. Most of us are aware of the dangers of tap water, especially from fluoride, chlorine and other chemicals. Well water can be contaminated with bacteria and other organisms. So we buy bottled water, believing it is healthier for us than the water coming from our tap, whatever its source. And it usually tastes better too.

But is it really healthier? We see commercials of mountain streams and springs gushing from a wooded hillside and the images stay with us to such an extent that most of us probably have similar visions in our minds when we’re buying drinking water. But much of the water that’s sold as bottled is produced by the same major food companies responsible for the chemical-laden, processed food that fills the stores. And most of that water actually comes from municipal sources. In other words, it’s basically tap water, sometimes distilled or treated by reverse osmosis, but mostly just filtered. So unless you’re purchasing water for better taste or for convenience, you’re wasting your money.

And the plastic containers they come in have issues of their own with pcbs and off-gassing. Below is a chart of the major brands that lists their sources and what type of treatment each brand receives to ‘purify’ it, along with an approximate cost. The full article discusses the plastic containers that hold the water and other often-used containers like sports bottles. It’s not just food you have to worry about or that can adversely affect your health.

Drinking Water

bottle-waterBottled Water Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction This is a very thorough report on bottled water from “Practical Gastroenterology” a medical journal.

“Bottled water consumption in the United States is continuing to grow annually, and it is now the second most popular commercial beverage choice of consumers according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation. And no wonder—it is conveniently packaged, portable, refreshing, and perceived by many consumers to be safer than tap water.
Some choose bottled water simply because they feel its taste profile is superior to that of municipally treated tap water, others because of concerns regarding potability. This article examines the basic differences between tap water and bottled water, the safety of reusing plastic water bottles, and the safety of popular refillable sports bottles.”

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Grape seed extract also helps dark undereye circles

Grape seed extract also helps remove dark undereye circles

Grape Seed Extract Fights Cancer: Researchers

“[A] new study…demonstrates for the first time that grape seed extract is a wonder supplement in the fight against cancer, aiding chemotherapy’s effectiveness in killing colorectal cancer cells. What’s more, it also reduces chemotherapy’s painful side effects.

Capsules rather than powder are “the preferred way to take grape seed extract because (they are) more tolerable due to (powder’s) astringent taste and unappealing brownish red color….”

“Grape seed extract is showing great potential as an anti-inflammatory treatment for a range of bowel diseases and now as a possible anti-cancer treatment.” Additionally, the researchers found no side effects on healthy intestinal tissue from the use of grape seed extract in high concentrations.

It is impossible to get the levels of beneficial flavonoids and linoleic acid in grape seed extract from drinking wine. (So don’t try!) Also, grape seed extract may interact with some blood thinners and NSAID painkillers such as aspirin, Advil, and Aleve – so check with your doctor if you take any of these medications and want to take grape seed extract.”

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Yogurt has numerous health benefits

Yogurt a Day Keeps Diabetes Away New research indicates that one serving of yogurt each day may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

“The data we have gathered show that yogurt consumption can have significant benefit in reducing the risk of diabetes…It’s not a huge effect, about an 18 percent reduction [in risk].”
“Yogurt is not magic for curing or preventing diabetes…There is no replacement for an overall healthy diet and maintaining [a healthy] body weight.”

When they looked at total dairy intake, they saw no effect on the risk of diabetes. However, when they zeroed in on yogurt, they found one serving a day was linked with about a 17 percent reduced risk. Hu said they did not differentiate between types of yogurt, whether it was Greek-style yogurt or not, and the fat content.

Exactly how the yogurt may help is not certain. The thinking by many experts is that the probiotics in yogurt (“good” bacteria) alter the intestinal environment in a beneficial way, helping to reduce inflammation and improve the production of hormones important for appetite control, he said.”

UCSF Study Links Soda To Premature Aging, Disease, Early Death

“A new study looked at whether America’s thirst for soda speeds up how the body’s cells age.

“We think we can get away with drinking lots of soda as long as we are not gaining weight, but this suggests that there is an invisible pathway that leads to accelerated aging, regardless of weight,” said Dr. Epel.

Epel’s team discovered that in people who drank more sugar-sweetened beverages, the ends of their chromosomes, known as telomeres, were shorter.

The shorter the telomere, the less a cell can regenerate thus aging the body, and raising the risk of disease and early death. “This finding is alarming because it suggest that soda may be aging us, in ways we are not even aware of,” said Dr. Epel.”

Paper towel are safer than air dryers

Paper towel are safer than air dryers

Hand Air Dryers Spread Germs: Study

“For years, many experts thought that using hand air dryers found in public toilets was more sanitary than using paper towels. But they actually spread germs, according to new research….

The researchers found that germ counts around high-powered “jet-air” and ordinary warm-air hand dryers were 27 times higher in comparison with the air around paper towel dispensers.

Air hand dryers scatter germs much like an aerosol can disperses its contents when sprayed, and the study found that both jet and warm air hand dryers spread bacteria into the air and onto users and those nearby. The experts collected air samples around the hand dryers and also at distances of one and two meters away.

Bacteria persisted in the air next to the dryers well beyond the 15 second hand-drying time, with approximately half (48 percent) of the Lactobacilli collected more than five minutes after drying ended. Lactobacilli were still detected in the air 15 minutes after hand drying.”

Vitamin D

In young children, vitamin D deficiency may relate to specific food allergies

“Food allergy is characterized by hives, airway swelling, or difficulty breathing that is caused by eating particular foods. The most common food allergies are milk, eggs, peanuts or tree nuts.

Researchers from Taiwan recently conducted a study to look at the role that vitamin D might play in the risk of developing food allergies during the first 4 years of life.

Vitamin D levels were inversely associated with milk sensitization at age 2, meaning that lower levels were related to a higher risk of milk sensitization.

Higher prevalence of milk sensitization at age 2 was significantly related to risk of developing allergic rhinitis and asthma at age 4.”

vitamin-d-deficiencyNew study suggests independent link between smoking and vitamin D status In a recent study, “smokers had lower serum vitamin D concentrations than non-smokers,” results indicated. That suggests that smokers should take a greater amount of supplemental D.

“New research published in the journal Hormones found a significant relationship between vitamin D status and smoking habits.

The researchers found that 50.3% of the participants were vitamin D deficient with vitamin D levels below 20 ng/ml. Only 8.8% of the participants were considered to be vitamin D sufficient with levels above 30 ng/ml.

Among all risk factors observed, including BMI, age, and alcohol consumption, a significant association was found only between vitamin D status and smoking. Smokers were 60% more likely to be vitamin D deficient than non-smokers.”

Antioxidants

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Cantaloupe, which is high in vitamin A, may be helpful in repairing your lungs

Food That Will Heal Your Lungs From Smoke Damage

“According to SixWise.com, foods containing the flavonoids catechin, epicatechin, quercetin and kaempferol have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory features that may be helpful to lung protection in smokers and ex-smokers. Flavonoids are plant pigments that may protect against lung cancer by arresting the growth of cancer cells and combating the DNA damage done by smoking. Foods containing catechins include strawberries, green tea and black tea, and foods containing kaempferols include brussels sprouts and apples. Quercetin can be found in beans, onions and apples.”

5 must have antifungal herbs for every pantry This helpful article lists the top 5 antifungal herbs and gives information on each of them.

Fungal infections are one of the most common diseases known to humanity. Since the prehistoric times, humans have struggled with fungal infections and have relied on herbs for their treatment and prevention.

In spite of its being considered somewhat dated, herbs still continue to be used as “alternative” remedies for fungal infections of all sorts, and, unlike synthetic drugs which often cause allergic reactions or other unwanted side effects, herbs provide a safe, readily accessible, affordable and reliable way to treat fungal diseases.

Here are the top five antifungal herbs that you should always have in your pantry or kitchen cupboard.

1. Garlic

2. Cloves

3. Oregano

4. Calendula - better known as a Spanish or pot marigold

5. Tea tree oil

Olive Oils

Not just the type of oil, but the container also impacts the quality of olive oil

Not just the type of oil, but the container also impacts the quality of olive oil

Olive Oil, Extra Virgin, or Cold-Pressed…What’s the Difference?

“Have you ever looked closely at the label of an olive oil bottle? Strewn across the grocery store aisles, you’ll find bottles labeled with “first cold-pressed,” “extra-virgin,” or “product of Italy.” With so many labels, distinguishing the difference between these terms can be confusing. If you’ve ever wondered what these terms mean or how to choose a high quality olive oil, we’re here to clarify the confusion.

Extra virgin olive oil is made using a process called “first cold-pressed.” In simpler terms, the word “first” refers to the olives being pressed on the first round of extraction. “Cold” refers to the olives being kept no higher than 81.9 °F, and “pressed” refers to the method of extraction. This method indicates that no heat or chemical additives were used to extract the oil from the olives, which can alter and destroy the flavors and aromas of the olive oil. Without adding heat to the processing, the olive oil also retains its full nutritional value. Virgin olive oil has a slightly more acidic level and does not meet the same requirements . Regular olive oil is a blend of slightly defective or low quality olives. For consumption, these olives are refined and tend to have a colorless and flavorless profile. Light olive oil has undergone a similar process but is lighter in color and flavor, not calories!

 Type of Container – Try to look for an olive oil in a dark or tinted glass bottle, rather than a plastic or clear glass. Any light that enters the bottle can cause the oil to photo-oxidize and taste rancid or bitter. In general, heat, air and light are the enemies of oil. To prevent olive oil from going rancid, store it in a cool, dry area, away from the stove or other hot appliances.”

Pet Health

Audie began having his paws cleaned as a young pup

Audie’s paw care began when he was a young pup

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR DOGS, CATS WITH SORE, IRRITATED PAWS, SKIN This article discusses paw treatments for both dogs and cats. With winter coming on and salt used so frequently to melt ice, it’s important to make sure their paws aren’t affected. And yeast can be a problem at any time, as it often results from excessive moisture. Below are 3 foot soaks that will help your pet have healthy paws all year long.

“If your dog’s or cat’s paws have come into contact with road salt, herbicides, fertilizers or pesticides it is very important to ensure that you remove the particulate and/or residue from these substances right away. Even if you cannot see anything on your dog’s paws – if he/she [h]as walked on or brushed against surfaces or plants that are treated with these substances, a residue will be present… The toxic chemicals found in these substances can make their way into your dog’s and cat’s blood stream by passing through your dog’s or cat’s skin or when he/she licks his/her paws, fur or skin.

The most affective [sp] way to remove toxins (road salt, herbicides, fertilizers or pesticides) from your dog’s and cat’s paws is to provide your dog or cat with a 30 second foot soak. Depending on the size of your dog, you can do a foot soak in the bowl or basin, sink, bathtub, shower or in a small children’s pool.

Foot Soak Recipe #1 – Warm Water and Iodine
Remove Toxins, Disinfect Paw Wounds, Treat Yeast Infection

Foot Soak Recipe #2 – Warm Water, Apple Cider Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide
Treat Yeast Infections or Irritated Paw

Foot Soak Recipe #3 – Warm Water, Apple Cider Vinegar, fresh squeezed Lemon Juice, Peppermint Essential Oil
Treat Yeast Infections or Irritated Paws”

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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Coconut Oil Has Many Benefits

BLOG POST: “Protection Against Pestilences”

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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

I do not have time to do a detailed posting on this blog. What I have done is post articles with great information that can immediately help your health.

The goal of this blog now is to build you to withstand the pestilences that are now rampant in America and the world.

God gave the knowledge to prepare for pestilences, so take advantage of this information.

God bless you

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Has Many Benefits

Coconut Oil Has Many Benefits

The Coconut This is a great resource center about the coconut.

“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.”

5 Reasons to Eat More Coconut 

“Coconut has often been shunned by many of the health-concious due to its high fat content. However, not all fats are created equal. Researchers are finding more and more evidence to the suggest that the unique combination of fatty acids found in coconut oil can have profound positive impacts on overall health.”

Gut Flora

‘Normal’ bacteria vital for keeping intestinal lining intact  

“Scientists have found that bacteria that aid in digestion help keep the intestinal lining intact. The findings could yield new therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and a wide range of other disorders.”

Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome  

“Promoting healthy gut microbiota, the bacteria that live in the intestine, can help treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that increases a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, according to researchers.”

Articles 

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America’s mental illness

How Pain Killers Can Take Your Life

Large doses of these kinds of drugs can cause sedation and slowed breathing to the point that breathing stops altogether, resulting in death.4 A relatively pleasant way to go if you have to go early, but you are still dead. But these people do not have a death wish; they’re not suicidal, and have no idea that they’ll never wake up again after taking their medication and going to bed. Sadly, and far too often, that’s exactly what happens, courtesy of too much of the medication in their system… As stated by Dr. Gupta:5

“[A]ter just a few months of taking the pills, something starts to change in the body. The effectiveness wears off, and patients typically report getting only about 30 percent pain relief, compared with when they started. Even more concerning, a subgroup of these patients develop a condition known as hyperalgesia, an increased sensitivity to pain.

As you might guess, all of this creates a situation where the person starts to take more and more pills. And even though they are no longer providing much pain relief, they can still diminish the body’s drive to breathe.

If you are awake you may not notice it, but if you fall asleep with too many of these pills in your system, you never wake up. Add alcohol, and the problem is exponentially worse. People who take pain or sleeping pills and drink a couple glasses of wine are playing Russian roulette.”

Drug-resistant superbug infections explode across U.S. hospitals: 500% increase foreshadows ‘new plague’ caused by modern medicine

“Drug-resistant superbug infections have reached near-epidemic levels across U.S. hospitals, with an alarming 500% increase now documented in a study just published in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America). (1) Lead author of the study, Dr. Joshua Thaden, warned “This dangerous bacteria is finding its way into healthcare facilities nationwide… A CRE epidemic is fast approaching… Even this marked increase likely underestimates the true scope of the problem given variations in hospital surveillance practices.”

 

Nutritional, food safety benefits of organic farming documented by major study

“Organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues, the largest study of its kind has found. The study looked at an unprecedented 343 peer-reviewed publications comparing the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, and grains. The study team applied sophisticated meta-analysis techniques to quantify differences between organic and non-organic foods.”

How To Build a Strong Immune System

“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. This takes a little bit of time although there are products you can take immediately to jumpstart this process. 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.”

Selenium compounds boost immune system to fight against cancer

“Cancer types such as melanoma, prostate cancer and certain types of leukemia weaken the body by over-activating the natural immune system. Researchers have now demonstrated that selenium — naturally found in, e.g., garlic and broccoli — slows down the immune over-response. In the long term, this may improve cancer treatment.”

Foods that detox heavy metals – with tonic recipe

“Garlic is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese. It’s active ingredient, a sulfur compound, allicin, provides the primary healing aspects of garlic. Garlic prevents or reduces the severity of viruses like the common cold and the flu, lowers blood pressure, lowers LDL cholesterol, and is an antioxidant. It is also antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic. Amazingly enough, it also binds heavy metals and helps us todetox. It’s best effects come from eating 3 or more cloves each day. Always wait 10 minutes or so after cutting or crushing garlic to cook it or eat it raw to allow the allicin to form.”

How The Food Industry Is Making You Mentally Ill

Why the manufactured food supply is designed to keep you addicted, not nourished

“The food supply is not designed to keep you nourished. Instead, the food supply is designed to keep you addicted.  It is widely agreed that commercial corporations exist to maximize profits, not to serve the greater good of humankind. The food industry is no different.”

Studies show that broccoli can treat cancer, respiratory diseases and more

“Research has shown that broccoli is effective at preventing and treating several types of cancer. For example, a review published in Recent Patents on Endocrine Metabolic & Immune Drug Discovery in 2013 concluded that cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli exhibited anti-tumor activity. The researchers also noted that the isothiocyanates in broccoli, which are known antioxidants, could “inhibit the cell viability of human cervical cancer cells, human pancreatic cancer cells, human hepatocellular carcinoma cells, human ovarian cancer cells, and have anti-inflammatory properties in the treatment of human T-cell leukemia cells.”

Health Benefits of Iodine

“Iodine controls the functioning of thyroid glands in human body, which in turn has a significant influence on the metabolic processes in the body. The health benefits of iodine help in the optimal utilization of calories, thereby preventing its storage as excess fat. Other benefits of iodine are the removal of toxins from the body and assistance for the system in utilizing various minerals, like calcium and silicon.”

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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Have You Been Eating Cancer?

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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

pesticide-food-2The health of consumers in the United States is being systematically destroyed through contaminated and genetically modified foods. Consumption of these foods not only deprives the body of nutrients because they are lacking in the foods themselves, but it also is killing off essential bacteria in the gut and altering the DNA of those eating these foods. In addition, it is aiding the rise of superbugs as they become resistant through over-exposure to foods sprayed with chemicals and laced with pesticide genes. Today humans and animals are taking in high amounts of Monsanto round-up, not only because the food is sprayed but through actual genetic changes which incorporate this substance within the crops themselves.

Pesticides are some of the deadliest substances known. Not only can they directly poison living beings if consumed, they also kill essential bacteria and are responsible for numerous types of cancer. Yet our diets (and those of the animals we keep as pets, as well as the animals that end up in our meat department) are subject to increasing amounts of these substances. It’s not surprising that there is a cancer epidemic in the nation, and that many other chronic diseases are proliferating as well. All of us, humans and animals alike, are being poisoned by the foods that we eat.

Organic food is more costly and often more difficult to find. Because of that many people argue that they can’t afford to purchase it. But when we look at the health costs associated with eating non-organics, that argument falls apart. Given the cost in medical care both for us and for our pets, can we afford not to purchase organic? In the long run, what is a drastically shortened life which is troubled by frequent illness, worth? With epidemics becoming frequent and new reports about the hazards of traditional medical treatments like vaccines becoming headline news, the only way to protect yourself is through a strong immune system. And that requires fresh, uncontaminated and unmodified foods.

GMO and Contaminated Food

pesticides edFive ways Big Pharma and Biotech are engineering disease  The War on Drugs, the War on Cancer and the War on Terror are three campaigns launched by government and industry in this nation. But none of the three are really what they seem, and all have hidden agendas designed to profit those entities behind them. For the most part, what they’re really about is profit and money. But there is another “war” taking place that is more effective and more covert than any of these and that is the war on bugs. It also may be the most deadly for average Americans.

“Scientists in labs are concocting new strains of disease by combining genes from insects, bacteria, humans, animals and infectious diseases and creating new strains that have no cure, like Ebola, Swine flu and influenza. Have you heard of enterovirus D68? It spreads mainly among the vaccinated children! Read more on this here and here.

There is a war going on, between GMO food and organic food. There is relatively NO GRAY AREA in between anymore. Most conventional food is doused with so much pesticide in order to fight back superbugs and superweeds that anyone consuming it is most likely instigating cell mutation and, therefore, some form of cancer in their bodies. No surgery, medication, chemotherapy or radiation in the world can prevent or cure this type of blood cancer that develops from the constant consumption of toxic herbicide and insecticide, like RoundUp and atrazine. Have you been “eating cancer”?

How will your body defend itself against superbugs, those pathogens that come from hospitals that aren’t clean, where sick people spread germs that are immune to multiple antibiotics? Will you allow a doctor, surgeon and team of oncologists to tell you that there’s no cure for cancer, only prolonged misery? If you go to the hospital to get a broken bone reset or maybe your knee operated on, you may want to find out what whole, organic foods, herbs and tinctures build you the greatest immunity, from the gut to the heart to the brain, because visiting a hospital or a crowded doctor’s office might just be the entrance to your early grave. Superbugs are no joke. They are real in 2014, and your body, the machine, needs a strong defense arsenal!”

Once almonds were very nutritious

Once almonds were very nutritious

Government Requires Pasteurization of All Almonds, Even Organic & Raw  The FDA is now requiring that all almonds shipped in North America be pasteurized, even organic and raw almonds. The FDA has approved propylene oxide and steam treatment for pasteurization. Although steam meets the standards of the USDA Organic Program, heat destroys the nutritional value of the nuts.

This pasteurization requirement applies not only to whole nuts but to all products containing them, including oils and butters, no matter how they’ve been processed. A serving of 23 almonds has as many flavonoid antioxidants as one serving of cooked broccoli. Pasteurization is ostensibly “to ensure consumers are provided with safe, wholesome food products, without comprising the almond qualities.” This clearly is untrue.

“Almonds that have been pasteurized are heated to the point where their life force is almost entirely dissipated. Recent scientific studies show that heating almonds creates potentially harmful levels of acrylamide, a threatening byproduct of the amino acid asparagine. Acrylamide is a chemical known to cause cancer, or reproductive toxicity (such as birth defects and other reproductive harm).

 WHERE CAN YOU FIND TRUE ORGANIC RAW ALMONDS?
Not in any retailer in the United States… all California almonds labeled “raw” must be steam-pasteurized or chemically treated with propylene oxide. However, this does not apply to imported almonds.
Spain is the second largest almond producer in the world and also offers some of the best almonds in the world which are unpasteurized. Many raw food companies started selling unpasteurized imported almonds from countries like Spain and Italy to the benefit of consumers.”

High Levels Of Arsenic Found In Some Rice; California Rice Safe Researchers are advising that pregnant women completely remove rice from their diets and that children be limited to one quarter cup of rice weekly. Other adults should limit their intake to no more than one half cup per week because of toxic arsenic levels found in almost all brands.

“Consumer Reports found significant levels of arsenic in apple juice earlier this year, and now, the magazine has a new study, showing many brands of rice also contain the toxin.
The arsenic enters into the rice when it is grown …the rice with the highest levels of arsenic is from Texas and Louisiana, and along the Gulf coast where fields were used to grow cotton a century ago.
“When there was cotton there they had to treat the cotton with arsenic pesticides to control the bowl weevil,” he said. “Now a century later, that arsenic is still in the soil, the rice is very effective at pulling it out of the soil and it concentrates in the rice.”
Arsenic causes lung, skin and bladder cancer, Landrigan said. He added that arsenic is also very harmful to babies’ brain development. If a baby is exposed to arsenic in the womb because the mother is eating arsenic or if a baby ingests arsenic in the first months of life in cereal, rice milk or other food, the arsenic could interfere with brain development, reduce the child’s intelligence, and cause behavioral problems.
Stay with California rice, stay with Asian rice or when in doubt go with barley, go with oatmeal,” he said. “The smart thing to do is to be concerned and not do it. … Just avoid the rice.”
He added brown rice often contains more arsenic than white rice because it contains the plant’s shells.”

See also: Rice Linked to Arsenic Poisoning

Southern rice is heavily contaminated with arsenic

Southern rice is heavily contaminated with arsenic

Toxic, cancer-causing arsenic found in rice products — even organic rice milk 10/16/14

“Consumer Reports has released a new report about arsenic levels in rice and rice products, the findings of which may come as a surprise to many. It turns out that virtually every rice product on the market today contains detectable levels of toxic arsenic, including many “all-natural” and organic rice products.

After conducting tests on more than 200 samples of rice products, which included dry rice, infant cereals, hot cereals, ready-to-eat cereals, rice cakes and crackers, rice flour, rice drinks, rice syrup, and rice vinegar, Consumer Reports investigators found that every single sample had detectable levels of both organic and inorganic arsenic, the latter of which has been shown to cause cancer. In most cases, the worst offenders were rice products made from rice grown in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas.

Brown rice was typically found to have higher arsenic levels than white rice, and people who eat rice were determined to have arsenic levels that were about 44 percent higher compared to people who do not eat rice.

Sadly, some of the worst arsenic offenders in the Consumer Reports investigation include Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Long Grain Brown Rice, Barbara’s Brown Rice Crisps, Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli, and DeBoles Rice Spirals.

Other surprising rice products on the arsenic list include several varieties of Lundberg Family Farms brand rice, Earth’s Best Organic Whole Grain Rice Infant Cereal, several varieties of Bob’s Red Mill rice products, Arrowhead Mills Organic Sweetened Rice Flakes, and Organic Rice Dream Classic Original Rice Drink, as well as many of the usual suspects in the conventional and mainstream rice market.

 

Unlike with water, arsenic levels in food are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which claims there is inadequate science proving a need for arsenic regulation. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already declared that there is no “safe” level of exposure to inorganic arsenic,…

Health and Nutrition

Coffee Helps Combat Obesity: Study

“Coffee may do more than simply perk up your morning routine. Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a chemical compound in coffee may help prevent some of the damaging effects of obesity.

In new research published in the journal Pharmaceutical Research, UGA scientists determined that chlorogenic acid, or CGA, significantly reduced insulin resistance and accumulation of fat in the livers of mice who were fed a high-fat diet, Medical Xpress reports.

“Previous studies have shown that coffee consumption may lower the risk for chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said lead researcher Yongjie Ma.They found that CGA was not only effective in preventing weight gain, but it also helped maintain normal blood sugar levels and healthy liver composition.”

Family meals - merely a nostalgic memory?

Family meals – merely a nostalgic memory?

Family Meals Stave Off Obesity: Study

“Researchers from the University of Minnesota and Columbia University found that family meals may be protective against obesity because coming together for meals may provide “opportunities for emotional connections among family members, the food is more likely to be healthful, and adolescents may be exposed to parental modeling of healthful eating behaviors.”

The study… also found family meals tend to include more fruits, vegetables, calcium, and whole grains — often missing from meals eaten away from home, from fast-food restaurants, or consumed on the go. The findings are based on an analysis of information from a 10-year study that tracked the dining habits and weight of 2,287 adolescents.

They showed that 51 percent of the participants were overweight and 22 percent were obese. Among those who reported that they never ate family meals together, 60 percent were overweight and 29 percent were obese. But those who reported having even one or two family meals a week during adolescence were markedly less likely to be overweight or obese than those who said they never had family meals during adolescence.”

weightlifterWeightlifting Enhances Memory: Study

“Lifting weights not only pumps up your muscles, but also gives your memory a boost. That’s the upshot of new research out of Georgia Institute of Technology that found an intense body-building workout — as little as 20 minutes — can enhance long-term memory by about 10 percent.

The study…involved a group of volunteers who were asked to lift weights just once two days before researchers tested their memories of events and photos they were asked to study before working out.

After exercising, the participants were able to recall 60 percent of the photos and events, while a similar group of individuals who did not work out could recall only 50 percent.”

Obesity Not Only Cause of Type 2 Diabetes: Researchers

“Although the type 2 diabetes epidemic is commonly linked to being overweight or obese, excess weight isn’t the only factor driving the trend… [A]t least three new studies have reported on other factors that may underlie a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. These factors include genetic mutations, a lesser-known hormone called amylin, as well as disturbances in the body’s natural clock.

Genes definitely play a role…. Family history and ethnicity also play a role. A sedentary lifestyle is also associated with the development of type 2 diabetes.

[D]isruptions in the body’s internal clock may be a factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. The researchers noted that today’s 24/7 lifestyles constantly disrupt the body’s natural sleep/wake cycles. Factors such as nocturnal lighting, shift work and unusual timing of food can throw the body’s clock off.

Whatever the additional causes might be, right now, weight is one of the few modifiable factors that can help manage type 2 diabetes. “If people lose just 5 to 10 percent of their body weight, they can make a difference in their diabetes. Exercise definitely plays a role, too….”

Listening to jazz reduces anxiety and lessens pain

Listening to jazz reduces anxiety and lessens pain

Listening to Jazz After Surgery Speeds Recovery: Study  Researchers at Penn State studying the effects of noise cancellation headphones and jazz have found that both “treatments” lower heart rates and reduce anxiety and pain in post-operative patients. Although the jazz worked faster in reducing heart rate and anxiety, the noise cancellation headphones worked significantly faster in easing pain.

The very best way to heal like this is by listening to old-time Godly music. The old hymns of the faith and not most of the modern Christian music. There is great power in Godly music for both the body and mind.

“The thought of having a surgical procedure — in addition to the fears associated with anesthesia — creates emotional stress and anxiety for many patients…. Physician anesthesiologists provide patients with pain relief medication right after surgery. But some of these medications can cause significant side effects.”

“The goal is to find out how we can incorporate this into our care,” says Dr. Austin. “We need to determine what kind of music works best, when we should play it and when silence is best. But it’s clear that music as well as silence are cost effective, non-invasive and may increase patient satisfaction.

Pet Health

dog loveDo Animals Feel Love? More Evidence that Cats and Dogs Feel Like We Do Researchers first found that the brain chemical oxytocin is released when new mothers and their babies interact. The level of oxytocin corresponds to the amount of feeling present, and it can make us feel concern even for strangers. It also is what makes us care for our pets, to the point that we will spend thousands of dollars on a sick pet rather than merely euthanize it and get another. It is the chemical responsible for bonding,

Pet owners who are attached to their animals will tell you that their pets love them just as much, but is that true? Researchers recently began to investigate this claim, with some interesting results. Not only do our animals have loving feelings toward their owners, they also have those feelings toward one another. So when we believe our pet is grieving over the loss of a friend, we are reading their feelings accurately. Just as we were created with hormones to ensure we love both one another and our pets, so too our pets have been created the same way.

“Zak found a small domestic terrier and a goat who regularly played with each other and seemed to have a strong friendship. After fifteen minutes of play — during which the friends chased, played, and jumped with one another — the dog showed a 48 percent increase in oxytocin. This rise indicated that the dog truly did view the goat as a friend. The goat, on the other hand, had a 210 percent increase in oxytocin. A similar rise in humans would indicate intense feelings of love.

He states, “This experiment led me to undertake experiments on animal-human relations to try to understand how animals make us care so much about them.” A recent article showcased other benefits of having pets, such as staving off depression, but this study showcases the direct effect oxytocin has on the animal-human relationship and the loving, positive bond that is created.

So, do animals feel love? You bet! And we love our pets unconditionally, too.

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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Is There Any Food In Our Food? If Not, What Is In It?

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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

Choosing food for safety and nutrition takes some education and some work

Choosing food for safety and nutrition takes some education and some work

Most of the food sold today is genetically modified to contain herbicides, genes from insects, or other unsavory things that you’d never eat if you knew about them. Or it is filled with pesticides that not only accumulate in your body but can pass through you to your offspring. And that’s in its raw state; most Americans consume a great deal of highly processed food, which contains all manner of chemicals.

What isn’t in that food? Nutrients, minerals, vitamins – the things our bodies need to function. Normally, minerals are absorbed from the soil into fruits and vegetables as they grow. But the soil long has been depleted of these essential nutrients. So even at their best, they don’t contain all we need. To avoid the worst, purchase organics, though even organics are permitted to contain 5% of these noxious substances.

Then there’s meat. Although it doesn’t have the same problems as food grown in the soil, the animals raised for consumption are eating those genetically modified crops and as noted, that passes into their own DNA and on to consumers.

Is there anything you can eat that actually has what it should and doesn’t have what it shouldn’t? Food you grow yourself using heirloom seeds and old-fashioned methods to enrich the soil, like compost, is a start. Purchasing locally grown food from a farmer’s market doesn’t ensure safety, but at least you can ask about the origins of the produce. And while the label “USDA Organic” isn’t a guarantee of protection, it will eliminate much of what’s undesirable from your diet. Recognize that “all natural” isn’t a substitute for organic; in fact, it may be a tip-off that you’re being deceived about ingredients. Be a savvy consumer – read labels and eat food that’s as close to its original form as possible. It’s not just junk food that’s unhealthy today.

Man is poisoning himself by not following God’s Health System.

GMO and Contaminated Foods

Health Basics: Is there any food in our food? 

“What if you thought your salads were giving you lots of nutrients, and your fruit was rewarding your body with vitamins, and you drank lots of water all the time? Wouldn’t you assume that you are fairly healthy? You could be eating dead food that sounds healthy and heading for a health nightmare you can’t even see coming, because some of the worst disorders and diseases don’t “show up” until it’s late in the game, and you are “way behind.” You could get a head start on the whole thing, if you just knew more about dead food, dead soil and genetically modified organisms. You could turn the tables and stay “out in front” of this genetically mutated food “war” – and you could stop eating food that isn’t really food and doesn’t contain any nutritional value whatsoever.

1. Dead Soil: The synthetic, lab-concocted toxins that the Biotech Industry is dishing out are extreme and are killing the soil, literally, all across the USA. If there are no nutrients in the soil, there are none in the food, and that is a scientific fact.

2. GMO: Genetically modified organisms are exactly that – gene altered. It says not to do it in the Bible, and any sane person’s brain tells them that it’s a really bad idea…. People are consuming the genes of insects, foreign bacteria and viruses mixed with bacteria that kill good bacteria in your intestines. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is PESTICIDE SYRUP.

3. Cooked Food: Even if there are any nutrients left at all in conventional food …it usually gets baked, fried, broiled, grilled or toasted, and that ends that. Most cooked food is dead food once it is heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit, although there are some exceptions….

You can fix the problem by knowing what you are choosing before you ever even set foot in another store… You have to know the history of how things got to be the way they are in America, regarding toxic medicine and the toxic food. “When they say it’s “not about the money,” it’s always about the money. ”

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The Citric Acid Scam – Even in Organics

Who Knew? Organic Foods Contain a Dose of GMOs  In order to carry the label “USDA organic,” at least 95% of the ingredients must be organic. The ingredients in the other 5% most often are derived from GMO corn sprayed with the Monsanto herbicide, Roundup.

One ingredient often found in that 5% is citric acid. Even though it is a synthetic substance, it’s permitted in foods labeled as organic as long as it is “chemically identical”. That means is there is no certainty the food you’re eating doesn’t contain GMOs, even if it carries the the official “USDA Organic” label.

“The fact is that citric acid does not even come from citric fruit like oranges or lemons. You might have envisioned workers pouring vats of freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice into the product. No, my good friend, citric acid is a product derived from GMO corn! Cheap corn permeates every facet of the American diet … even organics!

 Citric acid is one of the worst offenders. It may be chemically identical to citric acid from oranges and lemons, but it was produced in an industrial process not involving any citric fruits whatsoever. In fact it was probably produced using a GMO mold and GMO corn.

Why, you might ask, is an ingredient derived from GMO corn allowed to go under the name of “citric acid”? On September 26, 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a rule that continues its policy of allowing the addition of synthetic nutrients to organic foods.”

Most Foods Labeled ‘Natural’ Contain GMOs: Report  As the video in our Commentary makes clear, most of the foods with the “natural” label contain substantial amounts of genetically modified ingredients. Consumer Reports did independent testing that verified that the “natural” label is misleading many consumers. Recently CR tested for the presence of genetically modified corn or soy, two of the most common GMO ingredients.

While foods labeled as “non-GMO,” or “organic” were found to be free of genetically modified corn and soy, virtually all of the foods labeled as “natural”, or not labeled with any claim related to GMO content, contained substantial amounts of GMO ingredients. Two samples of each in categories such as cereal, chips, and infant formula were tested; altogether GMO content in 80 products was tested. To be considered GMO free, a product can contain “no more than 0.9 percent genetically modified corn or soy”.

Genetically modified wheat field

Genetically modified wheat field

Banned GM wheat found in second US state  This article shows one reason why genetically modified crops are so dangerous. It is impossible to contain them once they have gained a foothold in an area, even when the fields are grown merely for the purpose of conducting tests.

“Unregulated genetically modified wheat has emerged in a second location in the United States. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for US farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose a threat to trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.

The herbicide-resistant wheat was found on up to three acres in Montana, while the genetically engineered plants found in Oregon in 2013 were spread over more than 100 acres. The plants were also found at a university research centre in Huntley, Montana, where genetically modified wheat was legally tested by seed giant Monsanto 11 years ago. The plants in Oregon were found in a field that had never conducted such tests, prompting questions about how they got there.”

Farming Monsanto Crops

Farming Monsanto Crops

Cancer Death Rates Now Doubled In Argentina’s GMO Agribusiness Areas 

“According to the report, deaths from cancerous tumors have as much as doubled in areas where genetically modified (GM) crops are grown and agrochemicals are used. That’s not really surprising, given the fact that numerous studies have linked them to cancer, and other detrimental health ailments.

The highest death rate was recorded in the ‘Pampa Gringa’ area. This is where most GM crops are grown, and the most pesticides are used, it makes up a large portion of the Cordoba region. This area and other areas in the region have cancer rates that are way above the national average.”

Monsanto Announces “Global Center” for Developing GMO Corn I only eat corn that is grown locally and I talk to the farmer about the seeds.

“Monsanto announced this week that it is opening a new facility in Mexico to research and develop new hybrid types of corn resistant to disease and climate conditions. On the other side of the globe, the Chinese government has launched a media campaign on TV, in newspapers and on the Internet to convince a skeptical population that GMOs are beneficial.

While the Chinese government has long been pro-GMO and sees these crops as the key to feeding its large population, the public has been less than receptive. The Chinese military banned GMOs from its food supply chain last spring.

Last year, a federal judge in Mexico City issued a temporary order stopping the Mexican government from issuing new GMO corn permits. The activists said it would contaminate native corn and undermine its biodiversity. When it was upheld on appeal, Monsanto filed a request in April to remove the judge, saying he was biased. The ban is still in effect.”

TIPS FOR AVOIDING GMOs 

USDA_Organic_Seal_09-14“Tip #1: Buy Organic
Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal. Read more about organic standards….

Non_GMO_Project_Logo_09-14Tip #2 Look for Non-GMO Project Seals
Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients.
Look for dairy products labeled “No rBGH or rBST,” or “artificial hormone-free.”

Tip #3: Avoid at-risk ingredients
If it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO: Avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs (see list). [I]f a non-organic product made in North American lists “sugar” as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of …both sugar cane and GM sugar beets.”

Trace elements in tea leaves, made tea and tea infusion: There are heavy metals now in all types of teas.

“Tea …is one of the most widely popular nonalcoholic beverage, consumed by over two-thirds of the world’s population due to its medicinal, refreshing and mild stimulant effects. Mainly four types of made tea viz., black or red, oolong, green and white are used for tea infusion (water extract from fermented tea leaf) worldwide. Tea plays a major role in terms of the intake of a number of nutritional trace elements in humans. [E]xperimental studies have demonstrated that the accumulation of significant amount of excess nonessential trace elements in tea leaves may eventually increase the metal body burden in humans. Different literatures have indicated  …among different trace elements, levels of aluminium (Al), arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), fluoride (F) manganese (Mn), and nickel (Ni) in different tea infusions….”

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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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.

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

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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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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