Archive | June, 2014

New benefits found from eating your broccoli

20 Jun

Daily consumption of broccoli can go a long way in protecting people from the harmful effects of air pollution, a study from John Hopkins University has found.

A clinical trial, conducted in Jiangsu Province — one of China’s most polluted regions — found that those that consumed a beverage that included broccoli sprouts helped participants to excrete toxins associated with particle and ozone air pollution.

The study, which involved nearly 300 men and women, found that daily consumption of a 1/2 cup a beverage containing sterilized water, pineapple, lime juice and broccoli sprout powder, produced significantly higher levels of excretion of benzene, a carcinogen, and acrolein, a lung irritant. A control group drank the same beverage without the broccoli powder and. A compound in broccoli, sulforaphane, has previously been shown to have anti-carcinogenic properties in studies conducted on animals.

The study, published in the online edition of the journal Cancer Prevention Research, was conducted by the University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/broccoli-protects-humans-air-pollutions-effects-says-study?akid=11942.35630.Pvyaj4&rd=1&src=newsletter1005177&t=17

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Monsanto is trying to bribe its way into Hawaii

18 Jun

What can we as global citizens do to stop Monsanto in its track. This company that’s killing small farmers and killing us with its genetically modified concoction call food is now trying to use its influence by doling out money to local leaders in Hawaii to gets it way into their agricultural business. Monsanto is bad for business, bad for us and bad for the world. They are surviving because of lack of labelling on their food products. Their foods are fed to poor children all over the world with its food programs including to schools in the US of A. This company is too brazen. Let’s put an end to this madness now.

June 12, 2014 | Hawai’i has become “ground zero” in the controversy over genetically modified (GMO) crops and pesticides. With the seed crop industry (including conventional as well as GMO crops) reaping $146.3 million a year in sales resulting from its activities in Hawai’i, the out-of-state pesticide and GMO firms Syngenta, Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Dow Chemical, BASF, and Bayer CropScience have brought substantial sums of corporate cash into the state’s relatively small political arena.

Chemical Conglomerates Retaliate Against Local Democratic Control

These “Big 6” pesticide and GMO firms are active on the islands in a big way, making use of the three to four annual growing seasons to develop new GMO seeds more quickly. The development of new GMOs by these pesticide and seed conglomerates goes hand-in-hand with heavy pesticide use in some of the islands’ experimental crop fields, new data show.

Kaua’i County — consisting primarily of the island of Kaua’i, known as Hawai’i’s “Garden Isle” and home to Waimea Canyon State Park — passed a law in November 2013 that requires disclosure of pesticide use and GMO crops sewn by growers and created buffer zones around schools, parks, medical facilities, and private residences. The law is set to go into effect in August 2014.

http://www.alternet.org/food/hawaii-ground-zero-national-fight-between-huge-agribusiness-companies-and-public-wants-no-part?akid=11928.35630.1sV_Vt&rd=1&src=newsletter1003923&t=21

Back Story behind American Food Pyramid – Have we been pawns to big industry?

18 Jun

Can you imagine the businesses below involved in our school’s lunch programs?

Not surprisingly, the school lunch program is equally rife with conflicts of interest with the food industry. For example, the School Nutrition Association (SNA)23 is an association of food professionals who describe themselves as “providing high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.” So who are these “food professionals” exactly? Would it surprise you to learn that SNA’s members include some of the largest junk food manufacturers? This includes:
•Coca-Cola
•Domino’s Pizza
•General Mills
•Pizza Hut
•Sara Lee and others

Check out the whole story below

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/18/usda-nutritional-guidelines.aspx?x_cid=20140618_lead_facebookdoc

Diet guru’s scolded for his bogus weight loss tricks

18 Jun

We all oved Dr. Oz in the beginning – he was bringing new and interesting health information about our heart and general health but then he turned on us by making us feel fat when we are not even at by focussing of weight loss and coming up with bizarre weight loss tactics that he shared consistently. Definitely too much. It became like a cheap trick. I hope this talking to will get him back on track with more interesting information. We are not cookie cutter being we are individual and not everyone was made to be thin. Dr. Oz lost me a long time as a viewer because I was tired of hearing about another diet plan.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor who frequently extols weight-loss products on his syndicated television show, got a harsh scolding from several senators on Tuesday at a hearing about bogus diet product ads.

Oz was held up as the power driving many of the fraudulent ads, even as he argued he was himself the victim of the scammers. The hearing is a follow-up to the Federal Trade Commission’s crackdown last January against fake diet products.
“I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true,” Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat who chairs a Senate subcommittee on consumer protection, said at the hearing. “So why, when you have this amazing megaphone…why would you cheapen your show by saying things like that?” Senator Scolds Dr. Oz Over Weight-Loss Products.
Oz plays a role in perpetuating scams, McCaskill said.

“When you feature a product on your show it creates what has become known as the ‘Dr. Oz Effect’ — dramatically boosting sales and driving scam artists to pop up overnight using false and deceptive ads to sell questionable products,’ she said.

“While I understand that your message is occasionally focused on basics like healthy eating and exercise, I am concerned that you are melding medical advice, news, and entertainment in a way that harms consumers.”
http://www.nbcnews.com/#/health/diet-fitness/dr-oz-effect-senators-scold-mehmet-oz-diet-scams-n133226

You can have too much of a good thing

16 Jun

Sometimes I get frustrated with all the conflicting information about foods that are good for you and yet sometimes they carry side effects. It makes me want to jump on the band waggon of Eat Right for Your Blood Type because these are exactly the foods that it has listed that are not beneficial for my particular blood type – Soy, chickpeas, sesame, sunflower seeds and some other types of peas.
I know that leaving my health to doctors is not an option for me and I am a strong believe that the best medicine for me comes on my plate. I just have to figure out which are the best ones for me. I do not believe in eliminating any food completely except Monsanto’s brands but I believe in eating in moderation and eating the foods that are most beneficial according to the most recent scientific findings. I cannot give up by being too overwhelmed with information. My health is my greatest asset and it is worth the trouble.

http://www.alternet.org/food/4-surprising-foods-packed-estrogen-chemical-linked-obesity-and-sexual-dysfunction

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