Tuesday, October 30, 2012

12 Most Toxic Consumer Home Products

I posted this a year ago and thought it was worth reposting.  Also called the "Dirty Dozen" by the Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC), the top 12 toxic products found in the average home are:

Friday, October 26, 2012

What is in Vaccines? MSG, Mercury, & Much More!

Are vaccines safe?  "Make sure you get your children vaccinated before school starts.  Make sure you get a flu shot before flu season starts."  Once again these comments are frequent on the morning TV shows during August and early fall.  So are vaccinations really safe?  Maybe we should look at what is in a vaccination.  Below is the fact sheet from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) regarding vaccinations.  As you will see common ingredients of vaccinations are aluminum, egg protein, antibiotics (except penicillin), MSG, mercury, and formaldehyde.  MSG, aluminum, and mercury are toxic to the brain even in small amounts.  MSG is an excitotoxin that crosses the blood brain barrier and kills neurons.  Formaldehyde is a known carcinogenic.  That means it causes cancer.  Mercury has been shown to be linked to autism in studies outside this country.  Studies linking mercury

Monday, October 22, 2012

WHAT IS HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN FOUND IN PROCESSED FOODS?

Just what is hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) and why should you care?  According to Wikipedia, HVP is a flavor enhancer produced by boiling cereals or legumes, such as soy, corn, or wheat, in hydrochloric acid and then neutralizing the solution with sodium hydroxide. The acid hydrolyzes, or breaks down, the protein in vegetables into their component amino acids. The result is a dark coloured liquid that contains, among other vegetable based amino acids, glutamic acid.  It is used in many, many processed foods. HVP also contains aspartame. 

Both glutamate (found in monosodium glutamate also known as MSG) and aspartame are 
excitotoxins.  Excitotoxins. like glutamate and aspartame are able to cross the blood-brain barrier.  The blood-brain barrier protects the brain from blood toxins. Glutamate and aspartate are amino acids that can cross the blood-brain barrier.  In normal amounts, they have cause no harm to the brain and are essential.  In food additives, such as HVP, these amino acids are in much higher amounts than is required and therefore become toxic.  They cause neurons to become "excited" and eventually die.  HVP is one of the most dangerous additives because it contains both of these excitotoxins which together are more toxic on the brain then each one is by itself. 

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener found in most diet soft drinks and diet foods.  One of the best things you can do for your health is to stop drinking sodas of any kind.  They have no nutritional value and in either form (sugar or sugarless) ruin your health.  Drink water, teas, and water diluted 100% fruit juice.  Even coffee is better for you.   

Most products containing MSG or aspartame are also considered genetically modified since they use soy or corn to produce.  Guinea pigs feed GM corn grew large tumors.  Best to just eat whole foods and stay away from this cancer causing, brain wasting food. 
 
For those of you who have pets.  HVP can be found in pet food and pet supplements.  I recently purchased Potassium Citrate Chewable pills for my dogs.  Potassium citrate helps reduce the risk of kidney and bladder stones which my dogs are prone to get.  I purchased them online.  HVP was not listed as an ingredient online but was on the ingredient list when I received them.  If HVP will destroy your brain, it will destroy your pet's brains too.  Be just as careful purchasing supplements and food for them as you would for yourself. 

More detailed information on excitotoxins and hidden sources of these deadly additives can be found at  my post Excitotoxins: Dangers of Aspartame and MSG

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Do Statin Drugs Prevent Heart Attacks?

Are eggs good for your heart?
Statin drugs are drugs that lower cholesterol levels in the blood. They have been on the market since the late 1980's.  So what does cholesterol have to do with heart disease?  Cholesterol is a natural part of the human body comprising some 25% of the brain.  Cholesterol is needed in the metabolism of hormones.  Why, then, has cholesterol become the enemy?  It all started some 50 years ago with a guy named Ancel Keys who performed a study of some 16 communities in 7 countries in which he followed 12,000 men for 20 years.  Keys study actually consisted of 22 countries but he cherry picked the countries to "prove" saturated fats and cholesterol were the villain in heart disease.  Had he included all 22 countries, his results would have proven no such correlation between heart disease and saturated fats.  So for 50 years most people have altered their diets by eating less meat, butter, eggs, coconut oil, and palm oil in the false hope of lowering their risk of heart disease.  Well, I have news for you.  My father had total total cholesterol of 170 when he died at the age of 61 from a massive heart attack. His low cholesterol did not save him.  And it will not save you.  

Another reason cholesterol has become the enemy is the cholesterol or plaque found in arteries of those with blocked arteries. As strange as this may seem, although cholesterol is found in arteries, it is not the cause of heart disease. Cholesterol builds in arteries to prevent damage from inflammation. Many experts now believe this is more likely than cholesterol being the enemy to eradicate.   

In a six year study of over 47,000 patients treated with a statin drug, those with total cholesterol levels between 200-219 mg/dl had a lower rate of heart disease than those with higher or lower levels.  The lowest mortality rates were seen in patients with total cholesterol levels between 200-259 mg/dl.  People with total cholesterol levels below 160 had the highest death rates.  

To be fair, cholesterol-lowering drugs do have some benefits. First of all, they have anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting effects.  Since inflammation is associated with heart disease, this can lower your risk.  And of course we all know that blood clots can cause strokes.  In experiments with mice statins have shown to reduce frequency of calcification and plague ruptures, both markers of advanced heart disease.  In animal studies, statins have also been shown to reduce oxidative stress (free radical damage) even as cholesterol levels remain unchanged.  Sounds good but there are safer ways to lower inflammation and that is through diet and supplements.

Now let's look at the dark side of statins--side effects.  Your doctor will probably tell you that statin drugs have little known side effects and even if you take the drug and have side effects, he'll tell you it's not the statin drug because few people had any serious side effects in clinical trials so what's wrong with you.  They were proven to be safe, well tolerated, and effective. Let's take a look at how the clinical trials were done. People are carefully screened to get those that are basically healthy with slightly elevated cholesterol levels.  People with serious problems such as liver or kidney problems, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, heart disease, cancer, or other chronic diseases are excluded from the trials.  Women of child-bearing age are also excluded.  In addition, the clinical trials don't usually go on long enough because Big Pharma wants the drug on the shelves as soon as possible for obvious financial reasons.  

Remember Baycol?  This cholesterol lowering drug was pulled from the market by Bayer AG after 52 deaths were linked to the drug.  Baycol caused severe muscle damage in some.  Over 100 deaths and over 1,600 injuries have since linked to Baycol. 

Here is a list of the common and not so common side effects of statins:

1)  Extreme fatigue 
2)  Nausea
3)  Gastrointestinal problems
4)  Muscle weakness and pain
5)  Muscle damage.  If you have muscle weakness and pain, it is likely you already have muscle damage which is not always completely reversed when the drug is stopped.  Some people have neuropathy for the rest of their life. 
6)  Coenzyme Q10 depletion.  Statin drugs deplete the body of Coenzyme Q10, a critical component of mitochondria that is responsible for producing all of a cell's energy requirement.  Is is also a potent antioxidant that decreases with age.  This may be one of the reasons for the side effect of fatigue.  Coenzyme Q10 is required for a healthy heart.  Congestive heart failure has risen a few years after statin drugs hit the market.  This very well may be the reason why.  If you are on statin drugs or are over 60, you should be taking this vital supplement on a daily basis.
7) Cognitive dysfunction, memory problems, and TGA (Total Global Amnesia).  TGA is a transient form of memory loss that can last from 15 minutes to half-a-day.  Imagine getting TGA when your driving a car or flying an airplane as pilot and doctor Duane Graveline could have been doing when he got TGA.  he also wrote a book called Lipitor: Thief of Memory. The brain needs cholesterol to function.  The brain is mostly fat and 25% cholesterol.  Blocking cholesterol levels in the blood also blocks it from the brain.  Giving someone with dementia a statin drug is like giving injecting a diabetic with HFCS.  
7)  Cancer. There is a link between cholesterol-lowering drugs and cancer.  In one study, the greatest risk was breast cancer.
8)  Birth defects.  This one is not as common since most women of child-bearing age do not take statins (3% of statins)  However, one study showed that 20 of 52 babies exposed to statins in the womb were born with birth defects.  This link makes sense as babies need cholesterol to develop normally so what idiot doctor would put a pregnant woman or one of child-bearing age on statins?
9) Hormone depletion.  Hormones need cholesterol to synthesis.   Testosterone is especially affected by statins.  Both men and women need this hormone for libido.  Hormone depletion also equals faster aging. 
10) Erectile dysfunction.  As if the above weren't enough to consider.


Eggs are not only good for your heart, they are good for your brain and eyes. Eggs contain lutein, and zeaxanthin, nutrients that protect vision.  They also contain choline, a precursor of acetylcholine which the brain needs for memory and learning. 

I will never take a cholesterol-lowering drug. You will have to weight the risks and benefits and come up with your own decision. In the meantime, here are ways to have a healthy heart without drugs:

 

References:
Colpo, Anthony, The Great Cholesterol Con, Australia 2006
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2005/05/28/cholesterol-heart.aspx 


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Confused on What to Eat? Join the Millions.



I'm in the middle of writing an article (that may turn into a book) on natural healing for preventing a specific disease.   I expected the article to take a couple of weeks to finish but instead I'm still working on it six weeks later.  Frankly, I'm a little ticked off.  I'm ticked off because the more I research, the more I realize that there are so many food myths floating around that it is no wonder most people are unhealthy and overweight.  There are as many differences of opinions regarding food and supplements as there are people in the world.  The same clinical studies are referenced in various books but the interpretations vary depending on the author's agenda.  Many authors are honest but you'd be shocked to know that many are not honest and interpret a study based on an agenda.  I found several studies that were referenced by authors that stated them as facts when the results of the studies were not statistically significant.  Who's gonna check their references, right? 

Freaking unbelievable!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Vote YES on Prop 37 to Reguire GMO Labeling

Here is a new GMO music video by Mike Adams on our right to know what is in our food by labeling products that are genetically modified.  It is only a couple of minutes long and very cute.  If you haven't seen what happened to guinea pigs in a French GMO Study, you should also check out that posting.  If you live in California, please vote and vote YES on Proposition 37 which would require companies to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. 


Just Label It - Music Video by Mike Adams - NaturalNews.com