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Hazards of Sugar

If You Overeat This, It´s Almost Impossible to Control Your Appetite

By Dr. Mercola

Dr. Richard Johnson is the head of nephrology at the University of Colorado and is actively engaged in clinical research. Over the past 25 years, much of his research (which is funded by the National Institutes of Health) has focused on fructose and obesity-related diseases.

Not only has he published some 500 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, he´s also authored books along the way. His latest book, The Fat Switch, is a really intriguing book that shatters many of our age-old myths about diet and weight loss.

His hypothesis is that, rather than being driven by eating too many calories and lack of exercise, obesity is primarily driven by eating too much refined sugar, particularly fructose. According to Dr. Johnson:

"The conventional wisdom is that people are eating too much and exercising too little. Of course, there´s a lot of evidence that supports that. . . It´s too much energy in, too little out, and the rest is turned into fat.

This is the law of thermodynamics, and there´s some truth to it. The issue is that when people talk about this, they seem to think that it´s the culture that’s driving obesity...

But what we know is that animals in general will regulate their weight very tightly. . . In order to gain weight significantly, you actually have to block your sensation of fullness, so that you’re hungry more, and you have to block your energy output. You actually block the ability to oxidize fat to burn fat.´




Ractopamine: The Meat Additive Banned Almost Everywhere But America

By Dr. Mercola

Meat—and beef in particular—is a mainstay of the traditional American dinner. Unfortunately, the vast majority of it is filled with harmful additives of one form or another, and is raised in such a way that it contributes to the degeneration of health...

This is no minor concern, as most of the animals are also fed genetically engineered feed that is loaded with the potent herbicide glyphosate that winds up in your body.

I am so convinced of the cumulative harms of consuming meat from animals raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFO’s) that the ONLY type of meat I recommend eating (and the only meat I will eat myself) is organically-raised, grass-fed or pastured meats and animal byproducts.

This applies to all types of meat: beef, pork, and poultry, including turkey. In a recent article published by the Cornucopia Institute,1 investigative health reporter Martha Rosenberg discusses the questionable yet widespread use of ractopamine in American animal farming.

According to Rosenberg, the controversial drug is used in as many as 80 percent of all American pig and cattle operations. It’s also used in turkey farming. . .


Unraveling: Major health insurance companies . . .


Unraveling: Major health insurance companies abandon Obamacare exchanges

(NaturalNews) More and more health insurance companies are bailing out of Obamacare, fearing - correctly - that they will lose massive amounts of money if they participate in the state-run "exchanges" called for under the law.

Not that the Obama administration wants to discuss the bailouts, other than to dismiss them as generally rare occurrences. And while the overall number of companies bailing might be small, what is significant is the size of the companies; they are among the largest insurers in the U.S.

Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, United Health Group and Humana have all said they won´t be participating in exchanges in certain states. These exchanges, mind you, are going to be the only place Americans will be able to purchase health insurance using taxpayer-provided subsidies under the law. . . .


Sebelius: If you oppose Obamacare, you are somehow a racist


Sebelius: If you oppose Obamacare, you are somehow a racist

(NaturalNews) Politicians pander - it´s just what they do - but some of the most offensive pandering involves race and racism and, quite frankly, I´m sick of it.

Take the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. After the jury found Zimmerman not guilty, the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, scooted off to the NAACP´s annual meeting in Orlando recently to stoke the racial fires, talking about how he himself was racially profiled when he was younger and insinuating that Zimmerman profiled Martin - though the prosecution never introduced any evidence whatsoever indicating that Zimmerman, who at one time was a mentor to young black children, tracked Martin because of his race.

Not to be outdone, our president himself, Barack Obama - who many thought at one time could finally be the one person to instill racial harmony but who has instead only exacerbated the problem - pandered to his political base after the verdict, making a speech at the White House in which he talked about his days of being supposedly profiled and targeted because he is black. . . as if whites, Hispanics, Native Americans and other ethnic groups haven´t or don´t face similar treatment every day . . .


Frequent exposure to sunshine lowers rheumatoid arthritis risk


Frequent exposure to sunshine lowers rheumatoid arthritis risk

(NaturalNews) Frequent exposure to sunshine has been linked to the prevention of several serious diseases, from Type II diabetes to between 15-20 types of cancer. According to a new study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases journal, however, we have yet another reason to love the sun: Older women who enjoy frequent exposure to sunlight throughout their lives are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that affects joints.

The researchers, who are members of the Department of Epidermiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, monitored the health of two groups of female nurses. The first group, comprised of over 120,000 women between the ages of 30 to 55, was monitored from 1976 to 2008. The second group, comprised of 115,500 women between the ages of 25 and 32, was monitored from 1989 to 2009. . . .


Nine pharmaceutical drugs that can cause chronic fatigue


(NaturalNews) There are many different factors and underlying health conditions that can affect energy levels from day to day, as well as trigger the condition that is now commonly known as chronic fatigue. In addition to poor diet, irregular sleeping patterns, and preexisting health conditions, a common but unexpected cause of chronic fatigue is pharmaceutical drugs, which many people are likely unaware could be draining them of their energy and life.

Here are nine types of pharmaceutical drugs that are linked to causing chronic fatigue: . . .


Hepatitis B vaccine halted . . .


Hepatitis B vaccine halted after 3 newborns die from system shock.

(NaturalNews) The Vietnamese Health Department is coming out and ending the use of hepatitis B vaccines throughout the entire country of Vietnam. The decision was made after three different families lost their babies after the precious young ones were inoculated with standard, proven hepatitis B vaccinations. The three babies died on July 20th in the central province of Quant Tri. The cause of their death is listed as anaphylactic shock. Officials from Vietnam's National Expanded Program on Immunization reported that the vaccines were not expired, were properly stored, and were properly administered. Awkwardly, the chairperson of the program asked parents to "keep calm and continue vaccinating their children."

Meanwhile, the Vietnamese Health Department has decided to pull the hepatitis B vaccines altogether, also discontinuing the use of two other vaccine lots. . .


Burrito backlash:


Burrito backlash:
Chipotle announces it might use sick cows as beef source,
then reverses itself after internet backlash

(NaturalNews) Earlier today, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., reportedly told that it was considering expanding its supply chain to include sick animals treated with antibiotics. As Bloomberg shockingly reported:

If Chipotle allows sick animals treated with antibiotics to remain in its supply chain, it will increase the amount of beef available to the company, said John Nalivka, a former U.S. Department of Agriculture economist and president of commodity researcher Sterling Marketing Inc. in Vale, Oregon.

"That opens up their supply quite a bit," he said. Chipotle will be able to buy cattle outside the USDA´s Never Ever 3 program, which says cattle may never be given antibiotics, growth promotants or fed anything with animal byproducts. . . .


Mortality rate doubles for females eating refined white sugar


(NaturalNews) In what is arguably the most shocking food study conducted since the Seralini "GMO rats" study released last year, researchers at the University of Utah have found that even a small amount of refined sugar consumption resulted in a doubling of the death rate of female mice.

Fed merely the equivalent of three cans of soda a day, females experienced a 100% increase in death rates, and males experienced a sharp drop in fertility. Males were also found to have impaired ability to hold territory, according to the study authors.

"Our results provide evidence that added sugar consumed at concentrations currently considered safe exerts dramatic adverse impacts on mammalian health," the researchers explain. (SOURCE)

One of the study authors, James Ruff, explained that even though the mice did not show observable symptoms of obesity or diabetes, a careful monitoring of their behavior showed that they died more frequently and reproduced less frequently. . . .


Turmeric may be more effective . . .


Turmeric may be more effective than common anti-depressant drugs at treating depression.

(NaturalNews) A study published recently in Phytotherapy Research indicates that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has potential anti-depressant effects. This isn't the first study to suggest that turmeric may play a role in elevating our moods, but it is the first randomized controlled clinical trial of its kind.

"Researchers with the Department of Pharmacology of Government Medical College in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India compared the effects of turmeric and Prozac (fluoxetine), both used together and individually, in 60 patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD)."

The "suicidal" side effects of Prozac use

More than just a potential replacement for Prozac because of its efficacy, turmeric does not cause "suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders" which is a documented frightening side effect from taking Prozac. . . .


Heart Specialist Calls for Major Repositioning on Saturated Fat,


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Heart Specialist Calls for Major Repositioning on Saturated Fat, as it’s NOT the Cause of Heart Disease

By Dr. Mercola

For the past 60 years, conventional medical authorities have warned that saturated animal fats cause heart disease and should be severely restricted in a heart-healthy diet.

As of 2010, recommendations from the US Department of Agriculture1 (USDA) call for reducing your saturated fat intake to a mere 10 percent of your total calories or less. This is astounding, considering the fact that many health experts now believe you likely need anywhere from 50 to 70 percent of healthful fats for optimal health! . . . .


Oreos Are Found to Be as Addictive as Cocaine


By Dr. Mercola

        When you eat refined processed sugars, they trigger production of your brain's natural opioids -- a key ingredient in the addiction process. Your brain essentially becomes addicted to stimulating the release of its own opioids as it would to morphine or heroin.

        This addictive nature of sugar and processed food has again been confirmed by a psychology professor and a team of students at the College of Connecticut,1, 2 who showed that Oreo cookies are just as addictive as cocaine or morphine.

        The study, which was designed to investigate the potential addictiveness of high-fat/high-sugar foods, also found that eating Oreos activated more neurons in the rat brain’s pleasure center than exposure to illicit drugs did . . .



Monsanto´s Tricky Plan to Defeat GMO Labeling?

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Who is behind the recent study of organic food and why?

Okay—let´s not miss the point about the Stanford "study" on organic food, the one released in early September that concludes that the scientific literature "lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods" . . .


Children IQ levels lower in 3 studies when mothers were exposed to organophosphates:

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Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on
Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce

The argument that organic produce is more nutritious "has never been major driver" in why people choose to pay more, said Ms. Lunder, the Environmental Working Group analyst.

Rather, the motivation is to reduce exposure to pesticides, especially for pregnant women and their young children. Organic food advocates point to, for example, three studies published last year, by scientists at Columbia University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. The studies identified pregnant women exposed to higher amounts of pesticides known as organophosphates and then followed their children for years. In elementary school, those children had, on average, I.Q.´s several points lower than those of their peers . . .


10 Americans (full video)

10 Americans by: Ken Cook

Watch Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group, share shocking information about how babies are born pre-polluted with as many as 300 industrial chemicals in their bodies. One of the most entertaining presentations that you'll see about the health effects of environmental pollution.

Vaccines Linked To Neurological Disorders

Government report links thimerosal laden vaccines
to neurological disorders

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 by: Richard S.
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(NaturalNews) A government report published in 2003 acknowledges a direct link between vaccines containing Thimerosal and Neurodevelopmental disorders in children.

For those who may not be familiar with thimerosal, it is an organomercury compound that has well known antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It is used as a preservative in vaccines, immunoglobulin preparations, skin test antigens, antivenins, ophthalmic and nasal products, and tattoo inks.

Here is the study published at website:

"We were initially highly skeptical that differences in the concentrations of thimerosal in vaccines would have any effect on the incidence rate of neurodevelopmental disorders after childhood immunization. This study presents the first epidemiologic evidence, based upon tens of millions of doses of vaccine administered in the United States that associates increasing thimerosal from vaccines with neurodevelopmental disorders." . . .


Safe Alternative To Mammography

Thermography is a safe alternative to Mammography

Friday, September 16, 2011 by: Dr. David Jockers
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(NaturalNews) Thermography is a high technology tool that specifically measures inflammation in the body. This test is particularly good for assessing active areas of cancer cell formation. It is more effective and is significantly less invasive than mammography.

Research has shown that the major mechanism involved with all degenerative disease is inflammation. Most medical testing searches for disease processes that have already developed. They are looking downstream to the effect rather than upstream at the underlying cause. More advanced health care practitioners use instruments and technology that search upstream for the cause of physiological abnormalities in the body.

Thermography is a scanning device that measures your body surface temperature and presents the information as a digitized image. This tool makes a digital map of your body and very accurately illustrates heat patterns. These patterns may detect some abnormal condition such as cancer cell growth or active infection. . .


Is there fluoride in your grapes?

Is there fluoride in your grapes?

Thursday, August 09, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
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(NaturalNews) Most of the talk concerning fluoride exposure these days centers around the chemical's forced presence in many public water supplies, and how this is causing an epidemic of chronic health problems. But little do many people realize that fluoride exposure is also problematic throughout the food supply, including in fresh food crops that have been sprayed with pesticides and herbicides made from fluoride compounds.

Grape growers in particular have long used a chemical known as cryolite, which also goes by the trade name Kryocide, to deter leaf-eating and other types of pests. This fluoride-based chemical is used on all sorts of food crops, in fact, including on many different fruits and vegetables consumed by millions of people. And because insects have yet to build up a resistance to cryolite, despite its having been in use for at least 50 years, the chemical has become a staple pesticide for many growers. . .


Burzynski The Movie

Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business

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Minding Your Mitochondria

VIDEO - Minding Your Mitochondria

Dr Terry Wahls

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Biotech Firm and USDA Accused


Largest Corporate Dairy, Biotech Firm and USDA Accused of

Conspiring to Corrupt Rulemaking and Pollute Organics

Watchdog Requests Federal Investigation, Files Ethics Charges

WASHINGTON, DC: The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry research and watchdog organization, announced it has formally requested the USDA´s Office of Inspector General (OIG) to investigate corruption at its National Organic Program resulting in the use of illegal synthetics in organic food and then allowing powerful corporations to "game the system" for approval "after the fact."

The controversy surrounds products developed by Martek Biosciences Corporation. Martek, part of a $12 billion Dutch-based conglomerate, recently petitioned for approval of its genetically modified soil fungus and algae as nutritional supplements in organic food.

Martek´s formulated oils are processed with synthetic petrochemical solvents in a blend containing a myriad of other synthetic chemicals. Supplements derived from these oils, commonly marketed as DHA and ARA, are being added to milk, infant formula and other organic foods by such companies as Dean Foods (Horizon), Abbott Laboratories (Similac) and Nurture, Inc. (Happy Baby). . .


Booted Out of Germany - the Ignorance that Could Destroy Your Health

In Germany, massive resistance to genetically engineered (GE) foods, both among politicians and the general public, has caused chemical giant BASF to close its German biotech division.

European opponents of GE foods are jubilant.

A reported 75 percent of Germans oppose genetically engineered foods, and few politicians are in favor of genetic technology.

Over there, opposed to the US, it's actually politically risky to support it!

This explains why BASF is moving its genetically modified (GM) plant science headquarters from Germany to Raleigh, North Carolina...

According to Farmers Weekly: . . . .


Organic Famring Methods are Improving the Quality of our Food

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After thirty years of a rigorous side-by-side comparison, the Rodale Institute confidently concludes organic methods are improving the quality of our food, improving the health of our soils and water, and improving our nation’s rural areas. Organic agriculture is creating more jobs, providing a livable income for farmers, and restoring America’s confidence in our farming community and food system.

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Dayna, a friend, writes:

Thanks again for taking some of your time to speak to me this morning . . . I know time is precious for you, especially right now. As promised, I have pasted below the link to the video I mentioned.  In case the link doesn´t work (you never know!), just go to YouTube and type in “My Potato Project” or “organic sweet potato” - - it will come up either way.   This so impressed me and my friends in Florida that I have been much more conscientious about buying organic ever since.

Gas Fracking

Gas fracking in Arkansas / What will fracking do to our food supply?
For sustainable agriculture, fracking is a disaster!


EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides

We are getting ready to release the just-updated EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in partnership with renowned medical expert on natural health and wellness Dr. Andrew Weil. But first, we wanted to give loyal EWG supporters like you an exclusive first look at the latest Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists.

Our exclusive EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides lists fruits and vegetables based on their levels of pesticide residue. Because you're an EWG fan, you can see the guide before anyone else and find out how favorites like apples, spinach and potatoes -- and for the first time ever, blueberries -- rank.

Click here to watch a video from Dr. Andrew Weil explaining why he uses EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides, then download your own!

Ready to eat fewer pesticides? We at EWG always recommend eating more fruits and veggies and buying them organic if you can, but we know that sometimes they're too expensive or flat-out unavailable.

That's why we created EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides -- so you know which fruits and vegetables have the lowest pesticide residues and which you should try to always buy organic.

Click here to see what Dr. Andrew Weil has to say about how EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides saves you time and money, then download the exclusive list for yourself.


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Lawn Care Chemical’s Deadly Secret

Roundup Weed Killer more toxic than originally believed!

Lawn Care Chemical’s Deadly Secret
Report: A labeling loophole means the world’s most common herbicide is even more toxic than originally believed.
By Leah Zerbe
What you can do:

Don’t turn to chemicals to get rid of weeds. Find many secrets to keeping your lawn and garden naturally weed-free at

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—If you ever turn over a bottle of Roundup, one of the most popular chemical weed killers in the world, you’ll see glyphosate listed as the active ingredient. What you won’t see is a list of inactive ingredients. And that’s problematic. Because researchers who recently tested the product’s active ingredient in combination with certain inert ones found the combo makes this weed killer much more toxic than previously disclosed. “It’s not as benign as people are led to believe,” says Greg Bowman, editor of the Rodale Institute’s New Farm online publication, which focuses on nontoxic farming methods. And even the listed ingredient may be more dangerous than was previously thought. “More and more studies by medical and agricultural specialists are revealing the subtle, low-level impact that Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, has on wildlife, soil life, and—directly and indirectly—people themselves,” Bowman says.

THE DETAILS: Researchers tested four combinations of Roundup on cultured human cells, and found that one inert ingredient in particular, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA, significantly boosted the toxic effects of the main ingredient, glyphosate. In the study, the combination of the two killed or damaged many more of the cells than glyphosate alone. The study was published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.

WHAT IT MEANS: In the U.S. alone, farmers and homeowners use an estimated 100 million pounds of the Roundup herbicide a year. The problem is, weeds are becoming resistant to the chemical, so farmers are forced to apply more and more of it. Between 1994 and 2005, the use of glyphosate increased 1,500 percent. And while the manufacturer and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say the product is safe, a growing body of nonindustry-funded scientific research suggests otherwise. When the active ingredient alone is tested—which is standard procedure in toxicology testing—the product may seem relatively safe. But when all the chemicals in the product are tested together, which provides a realistic snapshot of the product’s safety, the results suggest much more toxicity.

A recent Rodale Institute article on pesticides like Roundup highlighted some of the research showing the detrimental effects this type of weed killer has on people and amphibians:

• In May 2009, a group of environmental lawyers in Argentina filed a petition to ban glyphosate after a study linked it to embryonic mutations affecting the nervous system and skeletal development in amphibians.

• Government-funded research out of Argentina also found higher-than-normal rates of birth defects and cancer rates in people in areas with glyphosate fumigation.

• In 2005, a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found Roundup to be toxic to placental cells at concentrations lower than that used in agriculture.

You don’t need nasty chemicals to keep your lawn and garden looking gorgeous—try these techniques and keep dangerous chemicals away.

• Go natural and save money. Protect your family and the environment (and save money in the process) by using tried and true organic techniques from Hint: Corn meal gluten could be your new secret weapon.

• Get off the Roundup treadmill. A product that becomes less and less effective, forcing consumers to buy more and more of it, may be profitable for the manufacturers. But it’s not so great for your budget. The nonprofit Rodale Institute, a pioneer organization in organic farming, recently investigated the topic of superweeds, ones that have grown resistant to glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup. The U.S. Department of Agriculture–named “worst weed in the world,” Johnsongrass, is among them. Switch to chemical-free methods for a better bargain.

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Maybe coating your lawn with poison isn't such a good idea.

Lyme Disease Hearing May Lead to Major Shift

Lyme Disease Hearing May Lead to Major Shift

By Leah Zerbe

UPDATE: (5 p.m.): The hearing just finished up, and members of The Infectious Diseases Society of America Lyme Disease Review Panel will consider the different points made during the hearing, revisit studies referenced in testimonies, and write a report up regarding new guidelines. The panel hopes to do this by the end of 2009. For more information on the hearing and the possible impact it will have regarding diagnosing and treating Lyme disease, visit tomorrow.

UPDATE (1 p.m.): The Lyme hearing in Washington, D.C., is still in progress, but here are some of the interesting things we’ve seen so far:

-Current guidelines suggest prescribing a single dose of doxycycline if a person finds an attached tick on their body; however, one researcher pointed out that it won't effectively block out infection, and it could also lead to false negative blood tests.

-The blood tests of people who are chronically ill with Lyme disease may come back negative because of past antibiotic use, namely, azithromycin. This is problematic, because current guidelines rely on those blood tests to confirm Lyme, if an infected person doesn't have a bull's eye rash.

-Some Lyme patients record pain similar to people suffering from heart failure or osteoarthritis.

-A Brown University statistics expert ripped apart two studies heavily relied on to create current Lyme guidelines. (The current guidelines are under scrutiny because members of the group that drafted them, Infectious Diseases Society of America, have been linked to financial conflict of interest with vaccine makers, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance companies. She found inadequate statistical analysis in the trials that helped form the current guidelines, recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

UPDATE (11:30 a.m.):There’s no definition for chronic Lyme, according to Phillip Baker, PhD, of the American Lyme Disease Foundation. Well, let’s get one!

-There are more than 100 different strains of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, which could explain why some people with Lyme actually test negative on screening tests, or respond a certain way to treatment.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS PA—Is Lyme disease a short-term bacterial infection or a long-lasting syndrome that can include chronic pain and disability? Even as the incidence of Lyme disease has risen over the past several years, arguments in the medical community about how handle the ailment have deepened. As part of an antitrust settlement brought by the Connecticut Attorney General to address alleged serious flaws in the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) Lyme disease guidelines, IDSA will hold a panel review hearing all day today. The nearly 20 speakers testifying will include patients, physicians, and research scientists. The panel’s findings could lead to new, and possibly very different, recommendations for doctors and patients faced with the increasingly prevalent disease. If nothing else, it will raise awareness, which could hopefully spur more independent, academic research on the complex disease.

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Lyme Disease Review Panel Hearing Webcast

Popular Herbicide Affects Sexual Development in Frogs, Research Finds

Popular Herbicide Affects Sexual Development in Frogs, Research Finds:

ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2009) — The controversy surrounding the unintended effects of herbicide and pesticide use has intensified as researchers from the University of Ottawa's Department of Biology have identified that atrazine, a heavily-used herbicide, alters the sexual development in frogs.

There have been numerous scientific and journalistic reports on the detrimental effects of herbicides, including atrazine, yet investigations by other research teams report no adverse effects of the popular herbicide.

In an attempt to help resolve differences between the various reports, Dr. Vance Trudeau and his team at the University of Ottawa's Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics developed a system to evaluate the effects of a commercial formulation of atrazine. Specifically, PhD student Valérie Langlois applied it to outdoor tanks where tadpoles of leopard frogs were kept for an entire spring and summer. Under these semi-natural conditions in mesocosms, the levels of atrazine were low and comparable to those measured in the Canadian environment.

At the end of the summer, the results showed that atrazine levels in the tanks were at levels within currently acceptable guidelines. However, researchers also found that the herbicide reduced the number of tadpoles reaching the froglet stage. Also noteworthy was that atrazine had a feminizing effect on the animal, resulting in sex ratios favouring females, with a reduced number of males.

This study, recently available online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, raises important questions about the level of atrazine in the environment, and its negative effects on animal development.

Atrazine is one of the top selling herbicides used worldwide and was designed to inhibit weed growth in cornfields. It is so widely used that it can be detected in many rivers, streams and in some water supplies. This has raised the alarm on the possibility of other serious detrimental environmental effects.

Cinnamon and Honey

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call "crystallizing" .

When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was.

Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:

It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world.. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases.

Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.

Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients..

Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat.. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and v eins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University , it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan , it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ' Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America , first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!