Thursday, May 29, 2014

Why Statins Side Effects May (Literally) Be Killing You


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(NaturalNews) Millions of Americans take statins to lower their cholesterol levels. While these highly prescribed drugs may seem like a magical cure-all for high cholesterol, the truth is that statins lead to a multitude of dangerous -- and sometimes fatal -- conditions. Read on to learn why statins' side effects may (literally) be killing you.


The 411 on Stains

Statins work by blocking the body's ability to produce cholesterol. They may also help your body reabsorb built-up cholesterol along the artery walls, thereby preventing further blockages from occurring. While this may sound terrific on paper, it's a simplistic explanation. When statins block the liver's production of the cholesterol-making enzyme hydroxy-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMG-CoA reductase), they also cause a multitude of side effects, including muscle and joint aches, nausea, rash, headaches, constipation and diarrhea.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Shock Finding: Double Mastectomies Don't Prevent Cancer, Scientists Discover

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If you read Natural News long enough, you'll notice a familiar pattern: The things we proclaim in any given year are immediately attacked... but within five years or less the exact thing we said is confirmed by scientists or medical authorities!

Case in point: We've been warning for years about the medical hoax called "preventive double mastectomies" which have been aggressively pushed onto women by cancer surgeons who profit from the useless procedures. Now a scientific study conducted at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and led by researcher Sarah Hawley has found that most women who undergo double mastectomies are driven by FEAR, not actual risk, into undergoing the procedures.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Warning Signs that You are Deficient in Magnesium



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(NaturalNews by Reuben Chow)

Magnesium is a very important mineral, the second-most abundant within human cells. Some 60% of it in the human body is contained within the bones, over 25% in the muscles and the rest in soft tissue and body fluids. Learn about the important functions of this essential mineral and some warning symptoms of deficiency.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Honeybee Population Collapse Continues: Nearly One-Quarter Died Over the Winter


Natural News

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(NaturalNews) During the 2012-2013 winter season, US bee populations plummeted by nearly a third (30.5 percent), raising serious questions. How can key vegetable crops survive and reproduce long-term as the pollinators disappear? Why aren't pesticides being rigorously studied for the damage they do to honeybee immune systems and their role in disrupting ecosystems?

With less pollination activity taking place, crops like apples, almonds, watermelons and beans suffer the most. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA_ estimates that honeybee pollination adds up to $15 billion dollars to the agriculture sector in the US.

"More than three-fourths of the world's flowering plants rely on pollinators, such as bees, to reproduce, meaning pollinators help produce one out of every three bites of food Americans eat," the USDA said in a recent statement.

23.2 percent of honey bees die during 2013-2014 winter season

Friday, May 23, 2014



Resource Strategist Warns of New Russian Threat: “It Would Be the Greatest Blackout in American History” (via http://www.SHTFplan.com)
Amid tensions between the United States and Russia in recent months many international analysts have warned of consequences that may include everything from thermo-nuclear detonations to asymmetric warfare such as financial cyber attacks, weapons of…




Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chronic Insufficient Sleep Increases Obesity, Overall Body Fat in Children



Contributed by Natural Blaze

One of the most comprehensive studies of the potential link between reduced sleep and childhood obesity finds compelling evidence that children who consistently received less than the recommended hours of sleep during infancy and early childhood had increases in both obesity and in adiposity or overall body fat at age 7. The study from Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) investigators, published in the June issue of Pediatrics, also finds no evidence of a specific period during which insufficient sleep has greater influence on later obesity.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014



Report: Food Prices Skyrocket: “We’re Going to Have a Major Problem Coming Into the Fall” (via http://www.SHTFplan.com)
While government statisticians claim robust growth, recent data points suggest otherwise. Consumers are quickly running out of money, home sales have collapsed and hit their biggest drop in three years, there are more Americans out of the labor force…



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT A REFRIGERATOR?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Having a refrigerator in the house is one of those conveniences that we take for granted.  Most homes and apartments come with a fridge, and if it didn’t, most everyone would get one right away.
Why even consider living without a fridge?
  • Long term power outage
  • Personal emergency:  your fridge breaks and you can’t afford another one right
  • Living in a downsized space such as boat or RV.  Many boat and RVs have very small refrigerators
  • Extended camping trips

Monday, May 19, 2014

6 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY AND THE ENVIRONMENT


Contributed by Natural Blaze 

I just finished reading this gem from the online media juggernaut Huffington Post - 16 Eco Friendly Products for the Home. They feature outstanding deals like four napkins for $25, a single 15-watt light bulb for $11, four Eco-Dryer Balls for $25, and one re-usable tote bag for $45. Talk about a bargain! 

These days it seems the term "eco-friendly" may as well be synonymous with "ridiculously expensive". Why is it that an eco-friendly version of an existing product has to cost several times more than the already existing version? Perhaps caring about the environment is something that’s reserved for the affluent. A budget-conscious consumer couldn’t possibly have the time nor the means to concern himself with something as trivial as bettering the earth. If they did, the next step would be deciding what their family has to sacrifice in order to indulge this lofty aspiration to make a difference. Hey kids, let’s all skip dinner tonight and instead gather around our newly purchased re-usable tote bag. 

Unfortunately, it seems most people are content paying some company to make a difference, rather than exerting personal effort to make a difference on their own. 

Below are a few suggestions on how you can personally help save the environment, and more importantly, save yourself some money in the process. 


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Large Study Reveals the Importance of Sunshine on Health



Contributed by Ready Nutrition

Anyone’s life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit. – Lillie Langtry

For years, experts have warned us that overexposure to the sun can lead to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. We’ve been told to coat ourselves in sunscreen year round – no matter what the weather is like. Experts also urge us to wear hats, shirts, and other cover-ups while outdoors, and to avoid peak sun at midday.

Now a major new study has shown that those who avoid sunshine are twice as likely to die than those who sunbathe every day. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, followed nearly 30,000 women for 20 years.

Lead author Dr. Pelle Lindqvist explained the findings:

Thursday, May 15, 2014

HOW TO CONTROL ANTS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE

Great ideas for getting rid of ants inside and outside the house without using poison. I have successfully used diatomaceous earth for keeping ants out of the house. Just sprinkle some powder where you see them coming in. 

Diatomaceous earth wasn't so successful in the garden. I'm not sure why. Maybe when the powder gets wet it is not as effective. Anyway, the video has several ideas.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SORRY, BUT I DON'T GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION

Sorry I do not give out personal information

By Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper

Welcome to the wonderful world of surveillance shopping, where the most innocent purchase is documented.
Today I had to run into town to buy some boxes. I really like the U-Haul boxes for storage, because they are all exactly the same size, they’re very sturdy, and they have those nice little handle openings to make stacking things easier.
My usual place wasn’t open so I went to another one that said “Authorized U-Haul Dealer.”  It was also an auto parts store.  I went in and selected my boxes, then took them to the register to pay, something I’d done numerous times at the usual U-Haul store I patronize.
And it went downhill from there.
The gentleman behind the counter tallied it up and as I handed him a $20 bill, he said, “Your name?”
I looked at him, baffled.
He repeated himself, “What’s your name?”
I said, “Why do you ask?”
He said, “I need it to set up your account.”
I replied, “That’s okay, I don’t need an account. I’d just like to purchase these boxes.”
He said, “You have to have an account, that is how our computer system works.”
I said, “Are you telling me that I cannot purchase these boxes unless I give you my name?”
He sighed and stopped just short of rolling his eyes. “I just work here and that is the way we do things, ma’am.”
I told him, “I know it seems like I am being difficult, but I don’t give out personal information. I’m sorry, but I guess I will just have to buy my boxes elsewhere.”
The man behind the counter decided it was okay and he would go ahead and sell me the boxes, despite the limitations of his computer system.  So then he asked me, “What is your phone number?”
“Really?” I asked. “Didn’t we just basically go through this?  This is beginning to sound like that whole ‘Who’s on First’ riff.  I’m not giving you my phone number.”
He couldn’t stop himself, I detected a slight eye-roll this time. I magnanimously let it go because I hoped to leave the store sometime during this particular day.
He proceeded through his nosy computer program and then said, “Now, I really do have to have an answer here – where are you moving to?”
What?  Nope. No way.
I said, “None of your business. None of your computer’s business. Are you taking my money or not? Because either way, I am out that door in about 5 seconds. I’m very sorry to be your most difficult customer of the day, but what part of ‘I do not disclose personal information’ is not clear?”
Without another word, he handed me my change, looking incredibly uncomfortable.  I left wondering, “When did the U-Haul guy become an agent of the de facto government?”
***

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

GARDENING TIPS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GROWING TOMATOES

Second video in the series on garden secrets. If you have problems with blossom end rot or the dreaded tomato horn worm, you should watch this video. I will be trying the suggestions for preventing end rot and fertilizing. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

GARDENING TIPS: HOW AND WHY TO COMPOST

Great and funny video on how to compost using purchased bins or making one of your own.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Cash Money Beats Electronic Money after a Disaster - For a While

Written by Ken Jorgustin at Modern Survival Blog

Cash is King. At least it will be, for awhile, following any disaster or collapse – until such time that it is not.
Having a quantity of cash on hand, both in your wallet and stashed in a safe at home, will be invaluable for awhile after any disaster.
Here’s’ why:
Almost all of today’s current money supply is electronic. Digits, computer data entries, one’s and zeros. Cash on the other hand is real and tangible (and essentially untraceable). Real to the extent that fiat currency is real…so long as people accept it as currency exchange for goods and services, and the accepted value of said fiat ‘paper’ at any give time…

Saturday, May 10, 2014

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS COFFEE CAN SLASH YOUR RISK OF DIABETES





by Dr. Victor Marchione

As our regular readers know, we’ve written about coffee and its potential health benefits before. In my opinion, the good things coffee can do for your health greatly outweigh the negatives—if you drink coffee regularly, you should have nothing to worry about. Of course, there are always amendments to that rule—like how much you drink and especially what you put in it—but drinking a few cups of black coffee per day can be a healthy habit.

Now, new research shows there’s another benefit to America’s most popular morning drink—and it’s a pretty big one. A large-scale review indicates that the more coffee a person drinks, the less risk they have of developing type 2 diabetes.

Led by a research team of doctors from the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the European journal Diabetologia, the study showed that increasing coffee consumption by 1.5 cups per day leads to an 11% reduction in type 2 diabetes risk. On the other hand, the less coffee a person drinks, the greater their risk of developing the disease. People who decreased their coffee consumption by one cup per day experienced a 17% increase in risk!

Researchers learned that people with the highest coffee consumption, consuming three or more cups per day, were at the lowest risk for type 2 diabetes, while those at the other end of the spectrum, who consumed less than one cup per day, were 37% more likely to develop the disease.

To come up with the conclusion that daily coffee consumption is related to lower type 2 diabetes risk, researchers looked at three major studies that offered more than 20 years of data. There were more than 123,000 participants tracked in the studies. Of those participants, 7,269 cases of diabetes were documented. Observing data collected every two to four years, the researchers were able to look at how coffee consumption was tied to type 2 diabetes. Only caffeinated coffee lowered riskand in a relatively short period of time, often a maximum of four years.

Of course, a healthy cup of coffee can turn into junk food pretty quickly, so if you decide to boost your daily intake, it’s important to limit your additives. Loading it up with cream, sugar, flavor shots, syrups, and other calorie-laden options can turn your coffee from health food to a decadent, sugary dessert in the blink of an eye. Like eating a piece of cake, creamy, sugary coffee can actually contribute to increased diabetes risk. To get the most from your coffee, keep it black. If you do need to add something, opt for skim milk over cream and low-calorie sweeteners over refined sugars—and do so very sparingly.

Sources for Today’s Article:
Image credit: Stuart Miles at Free Digital Photos

This article “New Research Shows Coffee Can Slash Your Risk of Diabetes” was originally published on DoctorsHealthPress by Victor Marchione, MD.

Author Bio: Victor Marchione, MD received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973 and his Medical Degree from the University of Messina in 1981. He has been licensed and practicing medicine in New York and New Jersey for over 20 years. Dr. Marchione is a respected leader in the field of smoking cessation and pulmonary medicine. He has been featured on ABC News and World Report, CBS Evening News and the NBC Today Show and is the editor of the popular The Food Doctor newsletter. Dr. Marchione has also served as Principal Investigator in at least a dozen clinical research projects relating to serious ailments such as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

Friday, May 9, 2014

BIRDS ARE LOSING THEIR WAY



Contributed by Heather Callaghan

What's happening? They are losing their inner-compass...

The migratory pattern of birds - even if it is a dry subject and the aim of comedic cracks - for some odd reason, has always held the high fascination of biologists.

Never more so than now...

That's because the classic experiments were so predictable. Such as a cage with some kind of monitors to catch which direction the bird wanted to travel at night.

That is, until it started going tragically wrong in the mid-2000s.

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE: A GUIDE TO SELF-SUFFICIENT LIVING

A great infographic on energy on off-the-grid living from Vermont Law School.


Vermont Law School Online

Thursday, May 8, 2014

WHY YOU SHOULDN'T BE AFRAID OF EATING FAT

Contributed by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition

Do you remember when SnackWells arrived and the low-fat craze started?

Ah, 1992…the beginning of the onslaught of low-fat and non-fat “food” products. Back then, I believed that I could eat as much low-fat or non-fat “food” as I wanted without having to worry about calories. As a person who has always loved sweets and baked things, it was a dream come true! I remember arguing about it with my mother, who insisted that calories still did matter – and warned me that eating a box of fat-free cookies every day was probably going to make me fat.

She was right, as usual.

The low-fat/no-fat craze is partially responsible for our current weight problem (and a myriad of other health problems) here in America.

Why?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

WE'RE ALL LIVING UNDER CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE, ALL THE TIME

by Melissa Melton

Originally Published at The Daily Sheeple


 “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”
C.S. Lewis
The latest leaks from former ex-National Security Administration contractor Edward Snowden aren’t really “leaks” or even revelations…they are more just basic observations on the way things are in society today.
“Everyone is under surveillance now” the Guardian headline begins.
Everyone.
Worse, the people in charge of pushing this agenda say it’s for our own good, you know, for National Security and all.
The US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that entire populations, rather than just individuals, now live under constant surveillance.
“It’s no longer based on the traditional practice of targeted taps based on some individual suspicion of wrongdoing,” he said. “It covers phone calls, emails, texts, search history, what you buy, who your friends are, where you go, who you love.”
Snowden made his comments in a short video that was played before a debate on the proposition that surveillance today is a euphemism for mass surveillance, in Toronto, Canada. The former US National Security Agency contractor is living in Russia, having been granted temporary asylum there in June 2013.
The video was shown as two of the debaters – the former US National Security Administration director, General Michael Hayden, and the well-known civil liberties lawyer and Harvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz – argued in favour of the debate statement: “Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedoms.” [emphasis added]
(source)
So it’s “legitimate”…to openly and indiscriminately spy on everyone…all the time…without cause.
By taking away our freedom, they’re actually defending our…freedom?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

STUDY: BPA SCREWS UP REPRODUCTIVE HORMONES, CAUSES LOW SPERM COUNTS

Written by Melissa Melton of The Daily Sheeple

A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has concluded that the petroleum byproduct Bisphenol A, commonly found in plastic products from food packaging and can linings to water bottles, not only competes for receptor space with reproductive hormones in the body, but it appears that men with higher BPA concentrations in their urine also have lower sperm counts.

Worse, the study said that out of 308 men chosen from the general population, BPA was found in a whopping 98% their urine.

Monday, May 5, 2014

STUDY REVEALS SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN DIABETES

A study reported in the NY Times has revealed that among children up to 19 years of age, type 1 diabetes has increased 21% from 2001 to 2009. For those aged 10 - 19, type 2 diabetes has increased 30% for the same time period. 

The large increase in type 2 diabetes is obviously linked to diet. More processed foods and more carbohydrates consumed equals more incidence of type 2 diabetes. The ADA recommends that those with diabetes eat a diet low in fat and moderate in protein and carbohydrates. This only perpetuates the problem.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

WHY YOU SHOULDN'T BUY FOOD IMPORTED FROM CHINA

According to a report in BBC News, about 20% of the soil in China is contaminated. Cadmium, nickel, and arsenic are the main pollutants. 

Foods grown in China and exported to the U.S. in large amounts include apple juice (70%), mushrooms (43%), and spinach (22%). Dr. Oz reported about the high amount of arsenic in apple juice so this shouldn't be a surprise. Eat organic apples instead of drinking apple juice. Don't buy mushrooms that don't state where they come from because it is likely they come from China. Same with spinach. You could also grow spinach. Spinach is easy to grow in the city and in the country.   

Another large import from China is the fish tilapia.  78% of tilapia consumed in the U.S. comes from China. It may look like a good deal but tilapia is anything but as it contains PCBs and heavy metals. Tilapia is farm raised. There is a rumor that about 50% of tilapia are fed animal feces making them highly susceptible to E. coli and salmonella. Also, because tilapia are farm raised, just like cows, they are given large amounts of antibiotics to keep infections at bay.  You might want to stay away from tilapia and all farm raised fish. Wild caught salmon is still your best choice for fish consumption.

Resources:
Report: One Fifth of China's Soil Contaminated
A decade of Dangerous Food Imports from China  
Rumor: Imported Chinese Tilapia are Often Raised on Feces

Saturday, May 3, 2014

RECIPE: HEARTY BEAN SOUP

This warm and hearty bean soup is filling, satisfying, and nutritious. 

Hearty Bean Soup

  • 1 lb. legumes - navy, kidney, black, chickpea, and/or split peas
  • 1 16 oz. canned tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2-1 lb. meat depending on how much you like meat - chicken sausage, chopped chicken or turkey, or vegan meat 
  • salt and pepper to taste
1. Check beans for foreign objects and remove. Wash beans, place in large pot (~6 quarts), cover with water and soak overnight or at least 8 hours. 
2. Drain beans and return to pot. Add all ingredients except meat.  Cover with water (about 10-12 cups) and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat and simmer 1.5 – 2 hours until beans are tender.  In the meantime, saute meat with olive oil and add to soup. Meat should be added about 1/2 hour before soup is done.  

 Note: You may also use canned beans. If you do, use 2 cans of different varieties.

Friday, May 2, 2014

DIRTY MONEY CAN MAKE YOU SICK

NYU researchers identified 3,000 types of bacteria on ONLY 80 one-dollar bills collected in New York. The sample of bacteria included but was not limited to acinetobacter species (causes antibiotic-resistant infections), staphylococcus (causes skin infections), e-coli (causes food poisoning), helicobacter pylori (causes gastric ulcers), and corynebactrium diphtheriae (causes diphtheria). Also found was traces of anthrax, and DNA from horses and dogs plus two from white rhino.  

How many times do we go into restaurants to eat or pick up food, pay with cash, and never wash our hands before we eat? I shudder thinking about it. You can either stay out of fast food restaurants (best choice), use a credit or debit card that only you handle and wash frequently, or wash your hands well before you eat.   

Resource:
Why You Shouldn't Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Study: Antibiotic-Resistant MRSA Superbug Found in U.S. Homes

Written by Lily Dane of The Daily Sheeple

An antibiotic-resistant superbug that has long been a problem in hospitals and other health care settings has found a new reservoir: U.S. homes.
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacteria that is responsible for many hard-to-treat infections in different parts of the body. Its resistance to common antibiotics like penicillin and amoxicillin has earned MRSA a place in the “superbug” category.
In hospitals and other medical facilities, MRSA can cause life-threatening infections in the bloodstream, urinary tract, lungs, and surgical sites.
Outside of medical settings, MRSA usually manifests itself in the form of skin infections spread by physical contact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Anyone can get MRSA through direct contact with an infected wound or by sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, that have touched infected skin. MRSA infection risk can be increased when a person is in certain activities or places that involve crowding, skin-to-skin contact, and shared equipment or supplies. This might include athletes, daycare and school students, military personnel in barracks, and people who recently received inpatient medical care.