Archive | April, 2014

Learn about Gut Flora from research on Hadza Tribe in Tanzania

19 Apr

In Western Tanzania tribes of wandering foragers called Hadza eat a diet of roots, berries, and game. According to a new study, their guts are home to a microbial community unlike anything that’s been seen before in a modern human population — providing, perhaps, a snapshot of what the human gut microbiome looked like before our ancestors figured out how to farm about 12,000 years ago.

“There have been relatively few studies of gut microbiota among humans eating pre-industrial diets, relative to humans eating post-industrial ones,” said Lawrence David, a microbiologist from Duke University, who was not a part of the study. The new study, published today in Nature Communications, is timely and important, David says, because it provides a snapshot of pre-industrial human’s gut microbiota. It also indicates that the ecosystem in our guts adapts not only to our diets but to the environments we live in… read more

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/hadza-hunter-gatherer-gut-microbiome/

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Four Unsuspecting Foods that are packed with Estrogen that wreaks havoc in the Body

11 Apr

According to recent research: Flax, Soy, some legumes and certain animal products have an enormous amount of estrogen that may be the cause of an increase in intersex babies, feminization of men, prostate and breast cancers in men and women.
A paper which appeared in Science of the Total Environment examines the outbreak of precocious puberty and breast development of children in Italy and Puerto Rico in the late 1970s and 1980s and attributes the symptoms to zeranol-like “anabolic estrogens in animal foods.” In both occurrences, the symptoms disappeared when the hormone-laced food was removed. Zeranol is found in meat, eggs and dairy products “through deliberate introduction of zeranol into livestock to enhance meat production,” says the paper. It is “banned for use in animal husbandry in the European Union and other countries, but is still widely used in the US. Surprisingly, little is known about the health effects of these mycoestrogens, including their impact on puberty in girls, a period highly sensitive to estrogenic stimulation.”

What is the average person to do to eat safely and healthy. I think we can do three things which is within our power:
1. Eat non-gmo organic foods as much as possible
2. Eat foods that are grown locally as much as possible
3. Eat foods that have withstood the test of time and do not fall for fads like Quinoa, flax and all the so-called superfoods. There is really nothing super about them than super advertising.

Let me tell you did you know that the common beet is a superfood, onion is a superfood, garlic is a superfood? Superfoods are everywhere. Let’s stop the madness in this age of persuasion and let’s return to common sense.

http://www.alternet.org/food/4-surprising-foods-packed-estrogen-chemical-linked-obesity-and-sexual-dysfunction?page=0%2C1&akid=11705.35630.4MacRV&rd=1&src=newsletter980429&t=4

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