This Food Poisoning Expert Revealed The 6 Things He Refuses To Eat – By RJ Wilson

You’ll think twice before ever eating these foods again.

Most of us live in relatively ignorant bliss when it comes to our food. We know that we shouldn’t eat from the salad bar of a seedy motel, for instance, and that we’re better off avoiding fast-food sushi.

Ultimately, however, we don’t really know what happens to our food before it’s presented to us.

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Studies show that 76 million people are affected by food illness every year. Those illnesses can be caused by bacteria, viruses, molds, and even parasites—and in some cases, the symptoms are life-threatening.

Food poisoning attorney Bill Marler has seen just about everything. He has represented clients in some of the biggest food safety cases on record, and over time, his professional life has shaped his food preferences.

I have a different relationship with food because of my profession.

In early 2016, Marler compiled a list of six foods that he never eats (although, as we’ll explain shortly, he’s taken occasional liberties with one of those foods). The article quickly went viral, which didn’t surprise the attorney.

“I get asked a lot about what foods I stay away from,” Marler explains to HealthyWay. “It was one of those kind of things where I finally decided to just put them [together], and I came up with six.”

But while Marler thought that the piece would do well, he might not have anticipated its reach.

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“My daughter called me and said, ‘Dad, you’re trending [online],'” he recalls. “It was the first time she actually thought I was interesting!”

We spoke with Marler to review the original list—and to find out whether he’s really serious about some of these.

1. The first item isn’t exactly a hard one to pass up…

What’s healthier than raw sprouts? They’re a great addition to any sandwich, right?

Not quite. In the past 20 years, over 30 reported illness outbreaks resulted from sprout consumption, including numerous cases of salmonella and E. coli.

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In 2014, 19 people were hospitalized with salmonella poisoning from eating sprouts. Marler warns that there have been too many outbreaks to not pay attention to the risks.

The U.S. government’s consumer food safety website, Foodsafety.gov, includes this warning: “Children, the elderly, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).”

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Of course, the site also notes that cooking the sprouts kills the harmful bacteria, so if you prefer your bean sprouts cooked, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Plus, sprouts are…well, kind of gross, so we don’t really mind avoiding them. Unfortunately, the list gets harder from here.

2. Marler admits to cheating on this one.

This one isn’t so much about the food as the way it’s prepared.

Pre-cut fruit seems like a great idea, in theory; you get delightfully sliced pieces of perfectly ripened fruit filled with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

However, in his original article, Marler wrote that he avoids pre-cut fruit “like the plague.”

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As Marler wrote, the extra handling and processing increases the chances that the fruit will be contaminated. According to the Australian Institute of Food Safety, pre-cut fruit is one of the most common foods associated with foodborne illnesses.

Still, Marler admits that he doesn’t exactly avoid cut fruits “like the plague.” He was using a bit of hyperbole to get his point across.

“If I’m traveling or looking for a quick lunch, sometimes it’s just too convenient,” he says.

He does recommend eating whole fruits instead; that should help people avoid listeria, a bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal and nervous system issues.

3. Ready for a healthy breakfast? Well…sorry in advance.

This one might be hard for some people to stomach; we can’t imagine asking for our eggs over-hard.

Even though much has changed in the way of the handling and processing of eggs nowadays, it wasn’t long ago that people were getting sick from raw eggs. In the early ’80s and ’90s, salmonella was an epidemic, but in 2010, the CDC reported around 2,000 cases of salmonella contamination involving eggs.

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Salmonella can live both inside and outside the shells of eggs. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning can last for over a week and include cramps, diarrhea, and fever. Infectious disease experts recommend keeping eggs refrigerated until they’re ready to be prepared.

Marler admits that eggs are getting safer. “[Salmonella in eggs] is less of a problem than it was, say, 10 years ago,” he says. “But it’s still a risk that is, in my view, not worth taking.”

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Not to disagree with our expert, but we’ll note that the risk is quite limited. Per Forbes, about one in 20,000 eggs is infected with salmonella. That’s a pretty small number, all things considered. Cooking your eggs (properly) limits the growth of bacteria and reduces the chance of salmonella poisoning.

Still, a representative of Foodsafety.gov tells HealthyWay that eggs still pose a pretty significant risk, particularly to immunocompromised people, and consumers need to understand that risk before partaking.

4. This food trend might seem healthy, but that’s not the case.

Pasteurization removes some of the nutrients in juice and milk and that doesn’t bode well with the super-health-conscious crowd. As a result, raw milk and juices have become more popular over the past few years, despite warnings from the FDA.

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Marler argues that there’s no benefit compelling enough to minimize the risks involved with these drinks. Since pasteurization is an important safety procedure that eliminates harmful parasites, bacteria, and viruses from beverages, it would be irresponsible to risk possible infection for a couple of extra nutrients.

Of course, his opinion is informed by his case work. In 1996, Marler fought for several children against the popular beverage company Odwalla. One client developed a serious affliction called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) from drinking unpasteurized apple juice. HUS is caused by E. coli and is linked to anemia and kidney failure.

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Ultimately, Odwalla was held responsible and had to pay a $1.5 million fine and another $12 million to the victims.

5. We’ve got bad news for meat eaters.

Although something of a delicacy, rare steak (and other kinds of beef) carry with them a host of potential foodborne pathogens, including listeria, salmonella, and E. coli. Marler recommends steering clear of meat that is cooked rare.

He suggests that steak should only be consumed if it’s medium-well or well, which should kill the harmful bacteria.

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It may not be the most delicious way to eat a steak, but Marler says the risks outweigh the rewards. The FDA cautions that red meat needs to be cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees for ground meats) in order to be safe.

Ground meat products (like hamburgers and meatloaf) need to be cooked even more thoroughly since bacteria that sits on the surface of the meat is often ground inside of it.

Still, we had to ask: Does he really order all of his steaks well done? Yes, although he recalled one meal in which a restaurant confused his order with his colleague’s.

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“They switched the order, and I quickly looked at his steak and my steak and realized it,” Marler recalls. “We had to switch them back.”

6. But Marler received the most complaints for this final item.

Most people know that oysters are not the cleanest food available, but often people don’t realize why. Oysters filter feed, which means they eat (and hold on to) everything that’s in the water—and we mean everything.

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When you eat raw oysters, you ingest their bacteria (somewhat obviously). Marler says that he has seen many more issues with the consumption of raw oysters over the last five years as compared to 20 years ago, and he believes that warmer water temperatures are to blame.

Why? Well, higher water temperatures mean more microbial growth, which means more cases of foodborne illness. In order for an oyster to be safe from bacteria and viruses, it must be cooked thoroughly. That reduces the risk of an illness, but doesn’t eliminate it altogether.

“We’re starting to see more cases [involving oysters],” Marler says, noting that, despite the pushback from his friends on the East Coast, he wouldn’t take the mollusks off of his list.

So, would Marler make any changes to this list?

Nope. He says that while he’s seen contamination with specific brands, he doesn’t think he’d make any additions.

“There’ve been lots of outbreaks linked to, for example, soy nut butter,” Marler says. “But [the list] includes things that, historically, in my experience, have been much more risky. They’re involve products that don’t have a ‘kill’ step—they’re not cooked.”

He also says that while he’s fairly strict about his own diet, he doesn’t ask his friends to order differently at restaurants.

“Most people know what I do, and they either don’t care or they change their order,” Marler says with a laugh. “I have a different relationship with food because of my profession.”

Source: This Food Poisoning Expert Revealed The 6 Things He Refuses To Eat

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Scientists Discover That CoQ10 Can Program Cancer Cells To Self-Destruct – RiseEarth

Source: Scientists Discover That CoQ10 Can Program Cancer Cells To Self-Destruct – RiseEarth

by Lori Alton; NaturalHealth365

It has been 60 years since the discovery of CoQ10, a vitamin-like substance first identified by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Frederick Crane. Currently used to help treat heart disease, CoQ10 may have even more therapeutic benefits to offer – especially for cancer patients.

A promising study shows that this nutrient causes cancer cells to self-destruct before they can multiply – giving rise to hopes that it can be utilized as an important integrative therapy for cancer patients. Let’s take a closer look at this wonderful scientific work.

CoQ10 “reminds” cancer cells to die

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – which supports many indispensable biochemical reactions – is also called “ubiquinone.” This is due to its ubiquitous nature – CoQ10 is found in nearly every human cell, with particularly high concentrations in the mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell.

Researchers have found that CoQ10 is vital in producing adenosine triphosphate, the “energy molecule” (ATP). In addition, it is a potent antioxidant that boosts immune health and energy.

But CoQ10 may have an even more important function to perform. Researchers report that the out-of-control replication characteristic of cancer cells is a result of the cells’ lost capacity to respond to programmed cell death, or apoptosis. An exciting study shows that CoQ10 brings this ability back – by modulating the protein which causes the resistance to cell death in the first place.

CoQ10 suppressed the growth of cancer cells and reduced tumor growth

To conduct the study, researchers at the University of Miami added CoQ10 to prostate cancer cells – and found a 70 percent inhibition in growth over 48 hours, along with a reversal in the anti-apoptotic protein bcl-2. Adding CoQ10 to breast cancer cells also inhibited proliferation, without harming healthy cells.

The team noted that treating a culture of melanoma cells with CoQ10 resulted in the death of all cancer cells within hours – and that applying CoQ10 topically to mice with melanoma tumors caused a 55 percent reduction in tumor mass. There was also a “profound disruption” of tumor vasculature – the structure of veins needed by tumors for oxygen and nutrition.

According to lead investigator Dr. S. L. Hsia, “This is the first time in history we have been able to selectively teach a cancer cell to kill itself with CoQ10…without harming healthy cells.”

The findings were presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Anaheim, CA.

Additional studies show anti-cancer effects

Researchers have also examined CoQ10’s ability to help prevent damaging side effects from chemotherapy drugs such as tamoxifen, used to treat breast cancer.

In one study, rats with chemically induced breast cancer were given CoQ10 along with tamoxifen, and displayed significant improvements in the function of their antioxidant enzymes – a development that could potentially help to mitigate oxidative damage. CoQ10 has also been found to reduce chemotherapy-associated damage to the mitochondria of the heart.

A groundbreaking study published in 1994 in Molecular Aspects of Medicine involved 32 high-risk patients with breast cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes. The group was studied for 18 months, following a nutritional intervention that involved 90 mgs a day of CoQ10 – along with vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium and essential fatty acids.

Although the expected number of deaths was four, not one of the patients in the study died. In addition, quality of life improved, use of pain medication decreased, and six patients showed apparent partial remissions – a stunning result.

CoQ10 may also help combat cancer by strengthening the immune system. Studies have shown that CoQ10 and vitamin B-6 together can boost blood levels of disease-fighting immune system cells known as T-4 lymphocytes.

Looks like CoQ10 supplementation is a wise choice

Researchers agree that decreased CoQ10 levels are associated with poor health, with low levels seen in cancer patients and those with other chronic illnesses. Moreover, many scientists believe that having low levels of CoQ10 can damage cell DNA.

The use of statin drugs can cause CoQ10 levels to drop, as can viral infection, strenuous exercise, and cancer. Normal aging plays a role as well, with natural stores of CoQ10 beginning to decrease by age 20.

Foods rich in CoQ10 include cold-water, oily fish such as sardines and mackerel. Liver, peanuts and whole grains are also good sources. But, because dietary intake isn’t always sufficient, supplementation may be advisable – especially for aging adults, breast cancer patients, and people taking statin drugs.

Before taking CoQ10, first get the go-ahead from a knowledgeable integrative physician. If you have cancer, your doctor can help you determine if CoQ10 is an appropriate integrative therapy. In addition, natural health experts tend to recommend supplement doses of CoQ10 ranging from 30 to 200 mg a day, while some clinical studies have used dosages up to 500 mg.

For maximum benefit, CoQ10 should be taken with a meal that contains some fat.

Research into CoQ10’s possible anticancer effects is ongoing, with various studies suggesting that CoQ10, when integrated with conventional cancer treatment, could be an effective anti-tumor agent, and may reduce the harm produced by chemotherapy medications. There is no doubt that this non-toxic natural nutrient deserves a closer look.

Sources: Lifeextension.com; Miami.edu; NIH.gov; NIH.gov

 

Kryon of Magnetic Service – ‘Body Communication’ (Heal Your Body & Mind) ~ through Lee Carroll – 23rd November 2017

 

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Learn How Your Face Can Reveal What Part of Your Body Is Sick and What to Do About It – @ CoreSpirit

Ancient Chinese healers didn’t rely on sophisticated machines in order to detect diseases – in fact, they learned how to read the face and recognize the signs of any disease and condition. For example, they believed that any kind of skin problem (redness, dry skin, acne) is directly caused by some kind of problem in your organs, as all organs in the body are interconnected. Although it has been lost at some point throughout history, face mapping was an important “tool” for detection of numerous health problems in ancient times.

Face mapping is a technique which relies on the position of acne on the face to detect health problems in the body. It’s a safe and non-invasive method that can identify diseases and help you treat them accordingly. The technique works on the premise that all organs are interconnected in the body, and that a thorough look at the face can help the doctor diagnose anything.

Diet and lifestyle face mapping

The face can show any kind of problem you might be facing. Here’s what the location of acne signifies:

Acne on the cheeks

  • Smoking
  • Touching your face frequently
  • Bacterial buildup

Acne on the T-zone

 

  • Stress
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Too much coffee
  • Poor circulation

 

Acne on the chin, jaw or neckline

 

  • Excessive consumption of starch
  • Candida infection
  • Hormonal problems
  • Excessive consumption of processed sugar

 

Face mapping by organ

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Source: Learn How Your Face Can Reveal What Part of Your Body Is Sick, and What to Do About It

Vitamin C Deficient Stem Cells More Likely To Turn Into Leukemia – by Lori Alton @NaturalHealth365 – RiseEarth

 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 23,564 people lost their lives to leukemia in 2014 alone. The most common form of cancer among children and teens, leukemia also strikes adults – especially as they age. Unfortunately, to make matters worse, none of these patients probably heard about how vitamin C could help in the healing process.

For example, new research shows that insufficient levels of vitamin C can make you more susceptible to leukemia. The good news: boosting your dietary intake of the nutrient can help prevent it. Plus, this type of strategy offers no (negative) side effects and the cost is minimal.

How vitamin C “puts the brakes on” leukemia

In a study conducted at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature, researchers found that vitamin C helped to slow the development of leukemia by re-activating an enzyme that stops leukemia cell from growing and spreading.

The new research helps to reveal the nuts and bolts of the way vitamin C – or ascorbic acid – assists the function of stem cells – which need large amounts of this nutrient to function properly.

The researchers reported that when stem cells are depleted of vitamin C, their epigenome – the cellular system that controls which genes are turned off or on – is damaged, thereby impairing stem cell function and raising the risk of leukemia.

In addition, deficiencies in vitamin C can limit levels of TET2, a beneficial enzyme that helps stem cells do what they were designed to do: mature, make white blood cells, and then die off. TET2 mutations can cause this lifesaving enzyme to become inactive, leading to uncontrollable cell division – in which the cells neither mature properly nor die at the proper time.

This inactivation of TET2 is an early step in the development of leukemia.

But, optimal levels of vitamin C can re-activate the gene and the enzyme it produces – thereby slowing the spread of leukemia. Having optimal levels of vitamin C, the researchers noted, allows patients to “maximize” remaining TET2 tumor-suppressor activity.

The researchers noted that getting enough vitamin C is especially vital for older individuals with clonal hematopoiesis, a form of “pre-leukemia.” Patients with this condition often have a TET2 mutation as well.

TET2 mutations currently account for 42,500 cancers yearly within the United States. Fifty percent of patients with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, 30 percent with “pre-leukemia” and 10 percent with acute myeloid leukemia have TET2 disorders.

More good news about vitamin C and its cancer-fighting properties

In a related study published in Cell, researchers genetically engineered mice to have variable TET2 function – and found that reducing TET2 activity by 50 percent could induce cancer. The good news was that six months of daily high-dose vitamin C genetically restored TET2 – turning the gene “on” again – which not only stopped leukemia cells from reproducing, but also killed them outright.

The same study demonstrated that vitamin C substantially improved the effectiveness of pharmaceutical cancer drugs known as PARP inhibitors.

Lead study author Dr. Benjamin Neel, Ph.D., praised vitamin C as a “promising treatment” for cancer, and expressed his hope that high-dose vitamin C might become a “safe treatment for blood diseases caused by TET2 deficient leukemia cells, most likely in combination with other targeted therapies.”

The dosages used in the study would translate to 300,000 milligrams if adapted for humans – an amount that is impossible to obtain orally. However, many integrative cancer clinics (worldwide) offer intravenous high-dose therapies.

How much more evidence is needed?

Researchers have reported that vitamin C works as a pro-oxidant in cancer cells, depleting stores of the antioxidant glutathione and causing oxidative stress and death in cancer cells. It also impairs glycolysis, the process that produces energy in cell mitochondria.

Yet, mainstream medicine continues to ignore vitamin C therapy – in the face of emerging studies that show its merits. For example, other research has shown that high-dose vitamin C substantially decreases inflammation in cancer patients, reducing pro-inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein.

Yet another recent study showed that vitamin C outperformed an FDA-approved clinical drug, along with various experimental medications.

And, clinical studies show that high-dose vitamin C can improve quality of life in cancer patients – while suppressing symptoms of fatigue, nausea, vomiting, pain and appetite loss. Extensive animal studies have shown that high-dose vitamin C treatment blocks tumor growth in pancreatic, liver, prostate and ovarian cancers.

Yet – unlike toxic chemotherapy drugs – vitamin C leaves healthy cells unharmed, leading the National Cancer Institute to publicly acknowledge that intravenous high-dose vitamin C has caused “very few side effects in clinical trials.”

One wonders: what more will it take for the medical community to recognize high-dose vitamin C as a safe, natural and inexpensive therapy for cancer?

Sufficient levels of vitamin C are of paramount importance in preventing cancer

Low levels of vitamin C are associated with numerous health conditions (aside from cancers.) These ailments include high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, stroke, atherosclerosis – to name just a few health issues.

Many Integrative healthcare providers maintain that the recommended daily amounts – currently advised by the Institutes of Medicine – are woefully inadequate. Some holistic practitioners recommend supplementing with vitamin C to the tune of 10,000 to 12,000 mg a day. (Of course, you should never undertake this without first consulting with a knowledgeable healthcare provider).

You can boost your dietary vitamin C intake by consuming healthy amounts of whole, organic foods such as bell peppers, kiwi, grapefruit, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli. For maximum benefit, eat these foods raw, or only slightly cooked.

For supplementation, many experts suggest the use of liposomal vitamin C – especially for people looking to avoid bowel intolerance issues. The vitamin is contained in sub-microscopic bubbles, or liposomes, which make it possible for the nutrient to travel through the GI tract undamaged, then to the liver via the lymphatic system – after which it is metabolized and released into the bloodstream.

This exciting new study clearly highlights the importance of optimal vitamin C status. With ever-increasing amounts of environmental toxins and harmful microwave radiation surrounding us, getting enough vitamin C is an important investment in your health, and one that can pay enormous dividends.

Sources: Nature.com; Hindustantimes.com; NDTV.com; NewScientist.com; NaturalHealth365.com; Cell.com

Source: Vitamin C Deficient Stem Cells More Likely To Turn Into Leukemia – RiseEarth

The dangers of nightshades: Why eating the wrong fruits and vegetables could make pain worse : The Hearty Soul

Not just nightshades – nuts and oatmeals too. I’ve eliminated these from my daily diet and I am feeling much better now.

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This post was originally published on My Health Maven. Elisha is deeply passionate about educating people and empowering them to lead healthier lives. I encourage you to check out her blog.

Nightshades are a specific group of plants belonging to the Solanaceae family which includes over 2,000 species. They are also some of the most popular foods consumed today; they include tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant. Not truly a nightshade member but containing the same inflammation-inducing alkaloids are blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng).

The theory suggests that nightshades induce inflammation through a specific chemical known as solanine. Researchers now believe this chemical may actually irritate the gastrointestinal tract. When it’s absorbed into the bloodstream, it can cause the destruction of the oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

Solanine is known as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor – it acts to prevent the breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh), leading to an excessive build-up of ACh in nerve receptor sites. This action allows for constant over-stimulation of Ach receptors, especially within the nervous system as it’s responsible for stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. (source)

Solanines are not water soluble, are not destroyed by cooking, and are not broken down inside the body but must be excreted as alpha-solanine. Alpha-solanine is classified as a neurotoxin. Interestingly most “foods” that contain alpha-solanine also contain at least 5 other neurotoxins including atropine and nicotine.

Nightshades Could Be Causing Your Arthritis Flare-Ups

One of the major problems attributed to nightshades is arthritis. In fact, some researchers believe that arthritis is often misdiagnosed in people who may in fact only be experiencing the effects of nightshade consumption while having a nightshade sensitivity.

Alkaloids appear to affect the metabolism of calcium. Though not yet understood how, nightshade foods may remove calcium from bones and deposit it in soft tissue, setting the stage for arthritis. For this reason, researchers have recommended that all individuals with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other joint problems like gout eliminate nightshade foods from their diet. (source)

Norman F. Childers, Ph.D., is the founder of the Arthritis Nightshades Research Foundation. He has the following to say on this subject: “Diet appears to be a factor in the etiology of arthritis based on surveys of over 1400 volunteers during a 20-year period.

Plants in the drug family, Solanaceae (nightshades) are an important causative factor in arthritis in sensitive people.” The primary cause of the reactions in some people is the presence of an alkaloid called tropane which many are very sensitive to.

Eliminating nightshades from my diet has had a profound effect on my health. In 2006 I completely eliminated all nightshades from my diet. The first big change I noticed was that I no longer needed an inhaler. I had been diagnosed with reactive airways disease ten years’ earlier and used inhalers on almost a daily basis.

My need for inhalers decreased dramatically, until two weeks later, when I noticed I hadn’t used an inhaler at all. Six years later, I have never had the need for an inhaler. Within three months of eliminating nightshades, I noticed that the knee pain and leg weakness I had on a daily basis was also completely gone.

For those that suffer from arthritis or an arthritis-related disease such as lupus, rheumatism, and other musculoskeletal pain disorders members of the Solanaceae family of flowering plants, more commonly known as nightshades, may be adversely affecting their health.

The Nightshade List

  • Tomatoes (all varieties, including tomatillos)
  • Potatoes (all varieties, NOT sweet potatoes or yams)
  • Eggplant (aubergine)
  • Okra
  • Artichokes
  • Peppers (all varieties such as bell pepper, wax pepper, green & red peppers, chili peppers, cayenne, paprika, etc)
  • Goji berries
  • Tomarillos (a plum-like fruit from Peru)
  • Sorrel
  • Garden Huckleberry & Blueberries (contain the alkaloids that induce inflammation)
  • Gooseberries
  • Pepino Melon
  • The Homeopathic “Belladonna”
  • Tobacco
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper

Soy sauce made in the U.S. is generally made with genetically modified (GMO) soy beans, which are cut with the nightshade plant Petunia. A healthier option is to purchase Braggs Amino Acids at your health food store. It is naturally fermented soy sauce and the only other ingredient is spring water….it tastes exactly the same as other soy sauces only this one is pure.

Note: The condiments black/white pepper and peppercorns are NOT nightshades

Other Ingredients / Products to Avoid

  • Homeopathic remedies containing Belladonna (known as deadly nightshade)
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications containing potato starch as a filler (especially prevalent in sleeping and muscle relaxing medications)
  • Edible flowers: Petunia, chalice vine, day jasmine, angel and devil’s trumpets
  • Atropine and Scopolamine, used in sleeping pills
  • Topical medications for pain and inflammation containing capsicum (in cayenne pepper)
  • Many baking powders contain potato starch
  • Don’t lick envelopes, many adhesives contain potato starch
  • Vodka (potatoes used in production)

Read labels carefully because you could be doing everything else right, and still be sabotaged by one small amount of an ingredient. You should never buy a food that uses the generic term of seasoning or spices because you won’t know what is really in your food. (source)

Three Month Challenge

If you want to know if nightshades negatively affect you, take the three-month challenge. Avoid all nightshades for three months. (It’s called a challenge for a reason). Be careful to note the previous nightshade list, and become a label reader as some homeopathic, prescriptions; over the counter medications as well as numerous processed foods contain nightshades.

Prescriptions and over the counter medicines may require a discussion with your pharmacist or a phone call to the manufacturer of your over the counter medicines. After three months begin to reintroduce one nightshade at a time. Take note of any aches, pains, stiffness, and loss of energy, headaches, respiratory problems or any other symptoms. You may find as I did, that the quality of your daily health will dramatically improve after eliminating nightshades from your diet.

The Cost of Pain

A report released on June 29, 2011, from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies shows that 116 million adult Americans (one-third of the population) live with some level of daily pain. This is more than the number of people with cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. The cost to the U.S. is upwards of $635 billion dollars a year. These costs come from direct medical one-third, disability, lost wages and loss of productivity.

This article was republished with permission from myhealthmaven.comSources

Source: The dangers of nightshades: Why eating the wrong fruits and vegetables could make pain worse : The Hearty Soul

What to Eat to Cure High Blood Pressure | NutritionFacts.org

Not one pathway can help with any form of ailments.

Eat right – the right kind of ‘fats’ ( and not without fats because our brains do need some good ‘fats’ to work), eat everything in moderation .. what you love like deep fried foods .. eat it once in a while or use an air fryer.

Important! – Stay away from hydrogenated fats!!!

Moderate dairy food stuff – I don’t drink milk but one use half & half for my hot beverages. Cakes, pastries .. all in moderation. I prefer to bake fruit pies, or fruit cobblers and fruit puff pastries using ready made puff pastries.

Eat fruits everyday and more than 1 serving of vegetables everyday. Usually our dinner is 2 servings of veggies per person per meal and I like to mix my veggies. E.g. – green beans with sliced colorful bell peppers or broccoli florets with cauliflowers and baby corns or nappa cabbage with fresh mushrooms and sliced canned chestnuts.

Use your imagination to give colors to your everyday meals. When you see more colors that means .. your meals are healthy.

I use coconut oil (unrefined) to cook my meals – use only 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls per dish with garlic (always) and if the weather is too cooling, I add one teaspoonful of ginger (it’s in a bottle – read the labels).

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High blood pressure ranks as the number-one risk factor for death and disability in the world. In my video, How to Prevent High Blood Pressure with Diet, I

Source: What to Eat to Cure High Blood Pressure | NutritionFacts.org

Homemade Ginger Oil To Replace Pain Pills + Cough Syrup + Antibiotics – RiseEarth

Extracted from ginger root, ginger oil benefits you by relieving pain and motion sickness. This uplifting and energizing oil has a wide range of uses. With its yellow color, pleasantly pungent aroma, and thin consistency, ginger oil is something you want to include in your diet immediately. So, keep reading and find out more about this oil that it is gaining popularity for the numerous benefits it possesses!

Uses of Ginger Oil

When applied topically, ginger oil can relieve pain and aches, and promote normal blood circulation. Due to its soothing and warming properties, ginger oil can treat digestive problems as well. Actually, this is one of the most popular uses of ginger oil: relieving any digestive problem, such as indigestion, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and morning sickness.

How to use ginger oil for other health problems:

  • Apply 2-3 drops in a diffuser and inhale. This will boost your energy levels and revitalize your mind, soul, and body.
  • Mix 2-3 drops in an ounce of carrier oil and use this oil for massage. It will relieve arthritis, rheumatism, backache, fractures, muscle pain, revitalize your libido and stimulate your circulatory system.
  • To relieve gas and diarrhea, apply a drop on your abdomen and gently massage.
  • To relieve sinusitis, sore throat, and runny nose, you should inhale via a diffuser or vaporizer.
  • Add it to your hot bath or apply a few drops on a hot or cold compress and place it on the painful areas

Composition of Ginger Oil

Ginger oil contain powerful mono and sesqui-terpenoids, including 1,8-cineole, neral, geranial, B-bisabolene, B-sesquiphellandrene, and zingiberene. Moreover, it contains linalool, nerol, geranyl acetate, geraniol, a-pinene, B-pinene, borneol, camphene, and y-terpineol.

Benefits of Ginger Oil

The numerous benefits of ginger oil are due to its powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, digestive, carminative, expectorant, and stimulating properties. It can treat many health problems, including:

Ginger oil’s many benefits are attributed to its anti-inflammatory, digestive, expectorant, antiseptic, carminative, analgesic, and stimulating properties. It’s helpful in alleviating various health problems, such as:

1. Stomach and Bowel Related Problems
Ginger oil has the ability to improve digestion, and it is an excellent remedy for dyspepsia, spasms, flatulence, and indigestion. Moreover, it is recommended for individuals who are trying to gain weight as it can increase the appetite.

2. Food Poisoning
Due to its potent antiseptic and carminative properties, ginger oil can treat food poisoning, bacterial dysentery and intestinal infections.

3. Malaria And Yellow Fever
According to a study, ginger oil can repel Anopheles culicifacies mosquitoes, which are the main cause of malaria in tropical countries.

4. Respiratory Problems
This oil can treat coughs, bronchitis, breathlessness, flu, and asthma. In fact, fresh ginger can eliminate mucus from lungs and throat, and is usually added to tea because of its soothing effects.

5. Relieves Pain
Ginger and ginger oil can reduce prostaglandins, compounds related to pain.

6. Heart Ailments
The regular usage of ginger oil can reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis, blood clots and lower the bad cholesterol levels in the blood. People who consume ginger regularly, can reduce their risk of coronary heart disease by 13%

7. Hypertension
The regular consumption of ginger can reduce the risk of developing hypertension by 8%. According to a 2005 study, ginger can lower blood pressure by blocking the voltage-dependent calcium channels.

8. Chronic Disease
The journal Nutrition published a study which showed that the daily intake of 2-4 grams of ginger can prevent numerous chronic diseases.

How to make ginger oil

Needed Ingredients:

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Source: Homemade Ginger Oil To Replace Pain Pills, Cough Syrup, Antibiotics – RiseEarth

Hold Your Hand in This Position…You Won’t Believe What Follows

Surya Mudra

This pose will help you improve your digestion and metabolism. The technique is also used for low blood temperature and loss of appetite.

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How Much Water Should We Drink Every Day? | NutritionFacts.org

quote {{ Based on all the best evidence to date, authorities from Europe, the U.S. Institute of Medicine, and the World Health Organization recommend between 2.0 and 2.7 liters (8 to 11 cups) of water a day for women, and 2.5 to 3.7 liters (10 to 15 cups) a day for men. This includes water from all sources, not just beverages. We get about a liter from food and the water our body makes. So this translates into a recommendation for women to drink 4 to 7 cups of water a day and men 6 to 11 cups, assuming only moderate physical activity at moderate ambient temperatures.

We can also get water from all the other drinks we consume, including caffeinated drinks, with the exception of stronger alcoholic drinks like wines and spirits. Beer can leave you with more water than you started with, but wine actively dehydrates you. However, in the cancer and heart disease studies I mentioned above, the benefits were only found with increased water consumption, not other beverages. }} unquote

More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates (460–377 BCE) said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little an

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