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Friday, January 23, 2015

18 Fruits And Vegetables With The Most Pesticides



NaturalNews | By aoulin
Posted Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:09pm EST

What is a pesticide?

A pesticide is a mixture of chemical substances used on farms to destroy or prevent pests, diseases and weeds from affecting crops. According to the USDA, 45 percent of the world’s crops are lost to damage or spoilage, so many farmers count on pesticides.

If you’re eating non-organic celery today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides with it, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group.

The group, a nonprofit focused on public health, scoured nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.

Don’t want to eat fruits coated with toxins? Neither do we! And neither does the Environmental Working Group, which thankfully tracks what’s actually in and on our food.

Some highlights from the report:

A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides.
The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food.
Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.

When it comes to pesticides, fungicides, and other chemicals, all crops are by no means equal.

Here are the 18 nonorganic fruits and veggies Have More Pesticide

Apples

Pesticides cling to apple skin, and can be absorbed into the flesh beneath. Wash fruit thoroughly, and peel before eating.

Tomatoes

The leaves and vines of tomato plants contain alkaloid poisons such as atropine that cause dizziness, headaches and upset tummies. There is also some in green tomatoes and one death has been attributed to it, but generally the amount of ‘tomatine’ in them is too small to cause any harm. Always refuse tea made from the leaves though; it is still something offered on occasion.

Celery

An average of 64 difficult-to-wash-away chemicals can be found on any given bunch of celery, and considering that celery is basically a water-uptake plant that draws liquids (and toxins) from the soil, do you really want to think about what might be running through your veins after you’ve eaten a stalk or two?

Sweet bell peppers

Residues of 15 pesticides were found on bell peppers, among them neurotoxic neonicotinoids, which harm bee colonies as well as people.

Peaches

If you love peaches, go for canned instead of fresh. These luscious globes are right behind celery as far as toxin levels go.

Kale, Collards, and Other Leafy Greens

While the amount of pesticide detected on these greens was not as worrisome as on other produce, the types of pesticides detected were. According to tests by USDA, three insecticides banned from use on most crops—acephate, chlorpyrifos, and oxamyl—were found on kale, collards, and other greens (and on hot peppers)

Strawberries

Strawberries are the most chemical-intensive crop in California, and those grown in South America may be laden with even more, as restrictions aren’t as severe in developing countries. Some organic growers apparently joke that conventionally grown strawberries can be ground up and used as pesticides themselves, since they’re so contaminated.

Cucumbers

Among the 86 pesticides found on cucumbers were neurotoxins, suspected hormone disruptors, and probable carcinogens. Of particular concern is carbendazim, a fungicide that’s considered a probable carcinogen. Carbendazim has been turning up in orange juice and many other food products, prompting FDA consumer health warnings.

Nectarines

These peachy cousins are just as coated with chemicals, and have even thinner skins to absorb them through.

Grapes

Would you believe that a single grape tested positive for 15 pesticides? Perhaps the most serious is chlorpyrifos, an insecticide known to sicken farmworkers and others living or working close to fields. Immediate exposure to chlorpyrifos causes coughing, shortness of breath, headache, nausea, dizziness, and disorientation.

Peaches and Nectarines

If you’ve ever seen a backyard peach tree, you’ve probably seen peach leaf curl, brown rot, or one of the many other diseases and pests that afflict these trees. Hence the high number of pesticides and fungicides needed to get a high yield of stone fruit to market in unblemished condition. USDA data show that 96 percent of all peaches and 100 percent of imported nectarines test positive for pesticide residue.

Spinach

Spinach is so prone to insect nibblings that conventional farmers have to douse it in (carcinogenic!) chemicals just to keep the bugs off. Guess what gets absorbed into each and every leaf?

Lettuce

Non-organic lettuce and kale are contaminated with more chemicals than you really want to think about. If you can’t grow your own, please buy organic instead.

Pears

Like apples, these fruits are sprayed constantly to get rid of mites, aphids, moth eggs, and countless other critters.

Beans

Most legumes (beans and lentils) contain a chemical called phytohaemagglutinin, though it’s most concentrated in red and white kidney beans, followed by fava beans. Lima beans also contain a toxin known as limarin, which can only be neutralized if the beans are cooked thoroughly for about 15 minutes.

Potatoes

Potatoes are perfectly safe unless they have turned green on the skins or are sprouting. They contain solanine, which develops with exposure to light – one reason to always keep potatoes in a cool, dark place. If you eat too much, you will experience severe digestive problems or even death.

Rhubarb

You probably won’t die from it if you eat the leaf, but it contains oxalic acid salts that can cause kidney problems, coma and convulsions. However, the stalks are not a problem and even with the leaves, you would need to eat about 5 lbs before you reached a fatal dose. Just don’t think they look like great greens and why let them go to waste – you will be very ill.

Mushrooms

The mushies that you find at the supermarket will be harmless to anyone except those with an allergy to fungi, but some people are fond of foraging for wild mushrooms in forests and such. Most mushroom-related deaths occur when people eat the death cap (Amanita phalloides) or destroying angel (Amanita bisporigera) mushrooms by accident. If you’re not an absolute expert when it comes to wild mushroom identification, err on the side of caution and don’t put anything in your mouth.

Can pesticides be washed away?

Not necessarily. The pesticide tests mentioned above were conducted after the food had been power-washed by the USDA. Also, although some pesticides are found on the surface of foods, other pesticides may be taken up through the roots and into the plant and cannot be removed.

All fresh produce, whether it’s grown with or without pesticides, should be washed with water to remove dirt and potentially harmful bacteria. And health experts agree that when it comes to the Dirty Dozen list, choose organic if it’s available.


Reference:
http://www.integrativecanceranswers.com eating non-organic celery today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides.

http://www.lifehack.org Residues of 15 pesticides were found on bell peppers, among them neurotoxic neonicotinoids.




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Monday, January 12, 2015

Antiviral Herbs, Vitamins, and Minerals

(NaturalNews) Flu season is upon us. Prevention is the key, but if a virus threatens your health, quick action with natural vitamins, supplements, and herbs can stop that virus in its tracks. How many of these herbs, vitamins, and anti-virals are on hand if you need them?
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Vitamins

Vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin C are all vital nutrients for the immune system, and are all known to help prevent help fight viruses. In particular, vitamin C is well known for it's virus fighting properties, but if you take high doses of vitamin C to fight a virus, you should not stop taking it abruptly-taper off.

Zinc and Selenium

Zinc has been proven to be effective against the common cold and to be effective as a topical treatment for herpes sores. It is believed to be effective due to preventing replication of the virus. The immune system needs selenium to work properly and to build up the white blood cell count.

CoQ10

CoQ10 supplementation has been shown to significantly enhance the immune system.

Probiotics

Probiotics are always helpful in maintaining gut health, especially when the body is under a viral attack that involves the digestive system. Probiotic foods and drinks without added sugar can help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria. Speaking of probiotics, a healthy intestinal tract is absolutely imperative for a strong immune system. See the first source below for more.

Garlic

Garlic is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial. You can take garlic in a tonic or, if you can handle it, chew raw garlic. It not only will help fight the virus, it will help kill any secondary infections trying to take root.

Echinacea

Echinacea not only supports the immune system, it also has been proven to reduce the severity and duration of viral infections.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver is believed to interfere with the enzymes that allow viruses (bacteria and fungi as well) to utilize oxygen.

Elderberry

A double blind trial showed elderberry extract's ability to reduce symptoms of influenza and speed recovery. It also showed elderberry's ability to enhance immune response with higher levels of antibodies in the blood. It is believed to inhibit a virus's ability to penetrate healthy cells and protect cells with powerful antioxidants. Elderberry has also been shown to inhibit replication in four strains of herpes viruses and reduce ineffectivity of HIV strains.

Green Tea

The flavanoids in green tea are believed to fight viral infections by preventing the virus from entering host cells and by inhibiting replication.

Olive Leaf Extract

Though double blind clinical trials are needed, olive leaf extract has been shown to inhibit replication of viruses. In one study, 115 of 119 patients had a full and rapid recovery from respiratory tract infections while 120 of 172 had a full and rapid recovery from viral skin infections such as herpes.

Pau d'Arco

Pau d'arco has been used in indigenous medicine for generations. One of its compounds, lapachol, has proven effective against various viruses, including influenza, herpes simplex types I and II, and polio virus. It is believed to inhibit replication.

Liqorice Root

Studies have shown that glycyrrhizin, a compound found in liquorice root was more effective in fighting samples of coronavirus from SARS patients than four antiviral drugs. It reduces viral replication, cell absorption, and the virus's ability to penetrate cells. It is also being used to treat HIV.

St John's Wort

St. John's Wort has been proven effective against influenza, herpes simplex, and HIV.

Remember that the best defense is a good offense. A healthy diet based on nutrient dense foods, exercise to move your lymph (more on lymph), and aid your immune system, as well as good quality sleep will build a strong, healthy immune system. A strong immune system will fight off viruses without you even knowing the battle ever took place. Check out Bullet Proof Immune System.

Sources:
http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com
http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com
http://truthwiki.org/Garlic
http://truthwiki.org/Vitamin_D
http://truthwiki.org/Oregano
http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com
http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/elderberries-recipes/
http://www.ion.ac.uk
http://www.webmd.com
http://www.immunesupport.com

About the author:
Michael Edwards is the founder, owner, editor-in-chief, and janitor for Organic Lifestyle Magazine and Green Lifestyle Market. At age 17, Michael weighed more than 360 pounds. He suffered from ADHD, allergies, frequent bouts of illness, and chronic, debilitating insomnia.

Conventional medicine wasn't working. While he restored his health through alternative medicine he studied natural health and became immersed in it.



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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ginger can treat stomach issues, boost immunity and more

(NaturalNews) Few herbs have received as much praise throughout history as ginger, the rhizome of the Zingiber officinale plant. Testimonials of ginger's significant medicinal properties have been recorded as far back as ancient Greece, though it was also mentioned in the ancient literature of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The ancient healing systems of China and India particularly venerated ginger, and often prescribed it to treat fatigue, poor blood circulation and nausea.(1)

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Ginger remains the world's most widely cultivated herb, and a large number of studies confirm its numerous health benefits. Like most herbs, almost all of these benefits stem from ginger's many bioactive compounds; it contains few vitamins or minerals in significant amounts.

Research into ginger

Treatment for gastrointestinal complaints -- Ginger has been used for centuries as a home remedy for constipation, bloating, gastritis, gastric ulcerations, indigestion, morning sickness and countless other gastrointestinal issues. A study published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology also found that ginger could help the muscles of the stomach contract, thereby boosting digestion.(2) According to a review published in Food & Function, ginger is effective at treating gastrointestinal conditions due to its high concentrations of antioxidants, whose free radical-scavenging abilities bestow the herb with gastroprotective effects.(3)

Rich in anti-inflammatory gingerols -- Ginger is rich in bioactive, anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and shogaols. These substances are believed to be the reason why so many people with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis experience reductions in pain and improvements in movement after consuming ginger on a regular basis.(4) For example, a study published in the Journal of Natural Products found that crude ginger extracts and gingerol derivatives could prevent joint inflammation.(5) A later study, published in Phytotherapy Research, discovered that ginger could alleviate neuropathic pain in rats.(6)

Boosts immune function -- Ginger is a proven diaphoretic, meaning it can increase perspiration. Though most of us are aware that sweating can detoxify our bodies, German researchers have recently discovered that sweat contains a natural antibiotic named dermcidin that can ward off bacterial, fungal, viral and microbial infections. For this reason, eating more ginger can directly boost our body's immune system and protect us from common infections such as Staphylococcus aureus (a common cause of skin conditions) and Candida albicans.(7)

Natural aphrodisiac and antidepressant -- According to a study published in the African Journal of Biomedical Research, ginger extracts have a positive effect on the reproductive functions of male rats due to its "potent antioxidant properties and androgenic activities."(8) These results confirm the allegations of ancient Chinese and Indian medicine, which claimed for centuries that ginger is a potent aphrodisiac. Moreover, the aforementioned gingerols in ginger are known to possess sedative properties, which might help explain why ginger is also an effective antidepressant that can improve low moods.(9)

Consuming ginger

While ginger root can be eaten raw, it is far more pleasant to consume in tea or powdered form. Ginger tea is an especially popular way to consume ginger and is probably the most accessible way to treat a persistent stomach complaint. Some people like to add honey or lemon to the tea to boost its stomach-settling qualities.

Sources:

(1) http://www.herballegacy.com
(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
(3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
(4) http://www.whfoods.com
(5) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
(6) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
(7) http://www.nature.com
(8) http://www.ajol.info
(9) http://www.irjponline.com[PDF]
http://truthwiki.org/Ginger

About the author:
Michael Ravensthorpe is an independent writer whose research interests include nutrition, alternative medicine, and bushcraft. He is the creator of the website, Spiritfoods, through which he promotes the world's healthiest foods.



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

5 Ways Families on Real Budgets Can Afford Organic Food

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( Ed Yourdon, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
By Mike Adams, editor of Natural News
Everybody who cares about their health wants to eat organic, non-GMO foods, but the challenge is being able to afford it, right? Thanks to dwindling economic opportunities and job cuts almost everywhere, discretionary income is getting harder to come by for millions.
At the same time, eating foods laden with toxic pesticides or cancer-causing GMOs costs you a lot more in the long run due to hospital bills and severe health problems. Cancer treatments, after all, aren’t cheap. So what’s the real solution to eating healthy without spending a fortune?
Check out these five outstanding ways to save money on organic and non-GMO food right now:

#1) Buy Organic Food Ingredients in Bulk

It sounds simple but it really works: seek out organic food ingredients in bulk instead of in small packages.
You might be surprised to know that at least half the cost of small-quantity organic foods comes from the packaging and containers. By purchasing those same foods or ingredients in bulk quantities, you’ll find the cost per ounce (or cost per serving) can be drastically reduced, sometimes by as much as half.
This is especially true for organic grains like rice or quinoa, but it can also hold true on fresh produce such as carrots and apples, both of which stay well refrigerated for an extended period of time.

#2) Grow Some of Your Own

Growing some of your own food may be easier than you think. Sprouting, for example, costs almost nothing but provides you with a high-value fresh source of greens for salads, smoothies and more.
Using nothing more than small containers in a window sill or balcony, you can also very easily grow a nice selection of culinary herbs such as cilantro and rosemary, both of which can be very costly on a per-ounce basis at the store.
Full-scale gardening might be out of your reach, but check out container gardening and small-scale hydroponics for some really interesting approaches to growing abundant food on the cheap.

#3) Shop at More Affordable Food Retailers

Whole Foods is infamous for selling food products are shockingly high prices, but organics are available in a lot of regular grocery stores and retailers, too. Shopping there can often save you 30 – 40 percent on fresh produce compared to Whole Foods.
Even Wal-Mart is getting into the organics business and plans to put tremendous downward pressure on organic produce prices. Although the idea of shopping at Wal-Mart might be somewhat horrifying to many Natural News readers, it’s something to at least consider if they offer a nice selection of organics. In a way, “voting” for organics at Wal-Mart will encourage them to carry more organics, squeezing out the conventional, genetically modified food products there.

#4) Buy Local Organics from CSAs or Farmers’ Markets

Local CSA organizations (Community Supported Agriculture) make organics significantly more affordable by sharing farm production with “subscribers” who agree to purchase a box of produce each week (or so).
Farmers’ markets can also provide you with organic food choices that are significantly more affordable than buying the same produce at retail. That’s because farmers’ markets cut out the retail mark-up, allowing farmers to sell directly to customers at reduced prices that benefit both parties.

#5) Combine Your own Ingredients to Make Mixes and Snacks

It’s not very difficult to make your own granola or muesli mixes by combining bulk organic ingredients purchased at affordable prices.
Mixing your own trail mixes, cereals or snacks can save you a bundle while giving you more control over what you get.

Don’t forget the long-term cost savings of protecting your health!

As you ponder the economics of buying organic, non-GMO foods vs. buying cheaper conventional foods, always remember to factor in the long-term costs of cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases caused by pesticides, herbicides and GMOs.
Buying conventional produce may seem like it saves you money in the short run, but in the long run you’re going to spend far more money on hospital bills and medical procedures than it would have cost to buy organic in the first place. Buying organic is investing in your good health, and it’s an investment that pays huge dividends for the rest of your life.
Because remember:
• Organic foods have higher antioxidants
• Organic foods are higher in vitamins and minerals
• Organic foods are not GMO
• Organic foods are not grown with pesticides
• Organic foods support sustainable agriculture


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CONFIRMED! Lab tests show over 30+ popular food products contain GMOs. Are you eating them?

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This week headlines about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) splashed all over major media outlets across the country. This media firestorm was in response to a new report released by Consumer Reports regarding GMOs in American food products. This report finally shared what I have thought all along: Non-labeled food products most likely contain GMOs if the ingredients include a corn or soy byproduct. 
Before I get into the shocking results of the report, I want to share with you why I personally try to avoid GMOs in my diet:
  1. There are no mandatory safety assessments required before GMOs are introduced into our food system. 
  2. GMOs have contributed to more toxic pesticide usage since their inception. I want the pollution of our earth to stop. The types of environmental chemicals we are being exposed to are what the President’s Cancer Panel says will destine 41% of us to get cancer in our lifetime.
  3. There are no long term human studies to prove GMOs are safe. 
  4. GMOs are responsible for killing bee colonies. Without bees, we are in big trouble.
  5. I could go on with more reasons, but one in particular is very personal. I used to suffer from some of the worst allergies. I have been hospitalized multiple times because of them. I used to be on several prescription drugs to control them too. When I removed GMOs from my diet, eating a majority of organic whole, unprocessed foods, my allergies vanished and was able to stop taking all my prescription medications. I feel like I have ten times more energy now and feel incredible. For this reason alone, I take avoiding GMOs very seriously.

GMOs are running rampant in our food supply  

Earlier this year, the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center sent out secret shoppers to purchase more than 80 processed food products in New York and Seattle, which included a wide range of products all containing corn or soy ingredients: breakfast cereals, bars, corn chips, corn tortillas, baking mixes and flours, baby formulas, meat substitutes, soy “dairy” products, and tofu/tempeh products. Then, they tested these products to see if they contained any GMO ingredients, and if so, how much. This is important because the overwhelming majority of processed food in America contains corn or soy ingredients, which are also the most prevalent genetically modified crops, yet most major food manufacturers are strongly against labeling GMO ingredients. We are being left in the dark in this country, and virtually the only way to know whether a product contains GMOs is to have it tested – and that’s exactly what Consumer Reports did.  
What I love about their report is that Consumer Reports essentially just slapped a big fat GMO label on a few dozen everyday food products here in America, including many that are considered “Natural” and healthy. The manufacturers of these foods do not want you to know that their products contain GMOs and have collectively spent millions of dollars to fight against labeling laws, depriving us of our right to know. This is outrageous considering that 92% of American consumers want GMO labels on food and are becoming increasingly aware of how prevalent GMOs have become in our food supply. 
Brands Guilty of GMOs

The “Natural” Label:  It’s a sham.

Consumer Reports tested several products that are labeled as “Natural” because they found that the majority of Americans still believe that the “Natural” label means that they are non-GMO. As I’ve written about in the past, the word “Natural” on a product means absolutely nothing in regards to GMOs  - the FDA has failed to define the use of this term which allows food manufacturers to deceptively label their products as “Natural” to trick us into thinking their product is better than the others on the shelf.  Consumer Reports notes that, “Consumers who want to avoid GE ingredients should not rely on products labeled “natural” to avoid GMOs. This label is highly confusing and generally misleading for consumers and Consumer Reports is asking the government to ban its use on food”.  They should - because GMOs are not natural.  As put by the Institute for Responsible Technology:  
“A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans… With genetic engineering, scientists can breach species barriers set up by nature. For example, they have spliced fish genes into tomatoes. The results are plants (or animals) with traits that would be virtually impossible to obtain with natural processes, such as crossbreeding or grafting.”

Yet, GMOs remain in “Natural” foods all over the country.  

Consumer Reports found that some “Natural” products contained similar amounts of GMOs as their counterparts without a natural label. For instance, they found substantial quantities of GMO corn or GMO soy in popular “Natural” foods such as Kashi GoLean Honey & Cinnamon hot cereal (owned by Kellogg’s), Utz All Natural Multigrain Tortillas, and Nature Valley Crunchy Oats ‘N Honey Granola Bars (owned by General Mills).
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From Consumer Reports – Products guilty of using GMOs (A-Z):

Betty Crocker Authentic Cornbread & Muffin Mix
Boca Original Vegan Veggie Burgers
Corn Tortillas/Tortilla Flour
Doritos Oven Baked Nacho Cheese
Enfamil ProSobee Soy Infant Formula
General Mills Cocoa Puffs
General Mills Corn Chex
General Mills Kix
General Mills Trix
Gerber Good Start Soy
Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
Kashi GoLean (in the process of of getting Non-GMO project verified)
Kashi GoLean Hearty Honey & Cinnamon (Hot Cereal)
Kellogg’s Froot Loops
Kellogg’s Special K Protein Chocolatey Peanut Butter Granola Snack Bar
Krusteaz Natural Honey Cornbread & Muffin Mix
La Banderita Corn Tortillas
Maseca Instant Corn Masa Flour
Mission White Corn Tortillas
Mission Yellow Corn Tortillas
MorningStar Farms Chik’n Nuggets
MorningStar Farms Grillers California Turk’y Burger
Nature Valley Crunchy Oats ‘N Honey Granola Bars
Nature Valley Protein Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chewy Bar
Nice! Oats & Honey Crunchy Granola Bar (Walgreens)
Old El Paso Crunchy Taco Shells
Ortega Yellow Corn Taco Shells
PowerBar Performance Energy Chocolate Peanut Butter
Quaker Life Original
Quaker Yellow Corn Meal
Similac Go & Grow Soy Infant Formula
Similac Soy Isomil
Snyder’s of Hanover Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips
Tostitos Multigrain Tortilla Chips
Utz All Natural Multigrain Tortillas (some lots tested were non-GMO)
Xochitl Totopos de MaĆ­z (labeling claim “No GMO”) 

See the complete report here and the final results here.


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Just because it seems healthy doesn’t make it non-GMO.

Several products that many people think of as healthy (even without a “Natural” label) tested positive for GMOs, like Quaker Life Original cereal, PowerBar Performance Energy Chocolate Peanut Butter bars, MorningStar Farms Grillers California Turk’y burgers, and Boca Original Vegan Veggie Burgers. Most disturbingly, all soy-based infant formulas they tested (that are not labeled organic) are made with GMO soy, which included Enfamil Prosobee, Gerber Good Start, Similac Go and Grow, and Similac Soy Isomil. If you are looking for the safest baby formula, be sure to check out this full investigation.

Unverified Non-GMO claims: Don’t fall for it.

One of the most shocking things that Consumer Reports uncovered is that Xochitl Totopos de Maiz original corn chips (the non-organic variety) contain on average more than 75% GMO corn, although they claim right on the front of the bag that they contain no GMOs. Consumer Reports tested 6 packages of non-organic Xochitl chips from different lots and found GMOs in every single one. These chips aren’t verified by the Non-GMO project, but they contain the misleading statements “All Natural” and “No GMO” on the package. This just goes to show that because there are no regulations in place to ensure that non-verified claims can be trusted, the only way to be certain that you’re avoiding GMOs is to look for the verified seal or 100% certified organic food. Most of the products that Consumer Reports tested without a Non-GMO Project Verified or Certified Organic label contained GMO ingredients - with few exceptions. Consumer Reports concluded that the “USDA Organic” and “Non-GMO Project” seal is reliable. This is why I do not purchase products that contain high-risk GMO ingredients without a 100% certified organic or Non-GMO Project Verified label.  

Tips to use this information and avoid GMOs at the grocery store:

  • Never buy products purely based on “Natural” or “100% All Natural” label claims.  
  • Look for 100% Certified USDA Organic labels on food.
  • Don’t blindly trust a non-GMO ingredient label claim that is not verified with a Non-GMO project seal or verification of 3rd party testing or certified organic.  
  • Read ingredient labels and watch out for this list of common GMO ingredients, particularly anything derived from corn, soy, canola, cottonseed, sugar beets, papaya, zucchini and squash.
  • Do not buy any products that Consumer Reports verified contains GMOs (see the complete list from their report above). 

Consumer Reports supports mandatory GMO labeling

“Despite this consumer demand, there are no requirements for labeling genetically engineered ingredients in processed foods and there is extremely limited safety testing required. Without labeling, there is a lack of transparency in the marketplace and Consumers’ Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, is actively engaged in a campaign to have foods with GE ingredients (also known as Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs) labeled. In the meantime, consumers are unable to make informed purchasing decisions”.

Consumer Reports dispel many of the myths (and lies) circulating about GMOs, such as:

  • GMOs are necessary to feed the world (FALSE)
“it is interesting to note that the world already produces more than enough food to feed all its inhabitants. Hunger, whether in the US and or other parts of the world, is not caused by an insufficient quantity of food being grown. Rather it is caused by disparities in wealth, waste, wars, and market inefficiencies… Looking at the long term outlook, GE foods may actually threaten food availability and increase food costs”.
  • GMOs are required to undergo pre-market safety testing by the FDA (FALSE)
“FDA, which regulates food safety, does not require any safety assessment of the GE crops, but invites companies to provide data for a voluntary safety review. This is in contrast to other major economies such as European Union, Australia, Japan, and China, which all require that a premarket mandatory safety assessment of GE crops is conducted”
  • GMOs are safe for the environment (FALSE)
“GE crops can have a significant negative impact on the environment. Although the industry often claims that GE crops reduce pesticide use, in fact the opposite is true… The vast increase in herbicide use, especially glyphosate (trade name RoundUp), has caused weeds to become resistant to them, and this chemical is losing its effectiveness… In addition, studies suggest that glyphosate-tolerant crops and the use of glyphosate are likely more responsible for the large decline in monarch butterfly populations than are declines in the overwintering habitat in Mexico, since this herbicide use is wiping out most of the milkweed, which the Monarch butterfly depends on for food.”
  • GMOs have been proven safe to eat (FALSE)
“There is global scientific agreement that genetic engineering has the potential to introduce allergens and toxins in food crops, to change the nutritional value, and to create other unintended changes that may affect human health.”

The tide is beginning to turn in this country – I can feel it!  

The more knowledgeable we become about the use of GMOs in our food, the more quickly we will get transparency. When we voice our opinion to these companies, they have proven time and again that they are willing to change – and they have. Consumer Reports noted that, “between testing and publishing of this report, that there were manufacturers who were obtaining or obtained Non-GMO Project Verified certification. This demonstrates an actively changing market that seems to be responding to consumer demand.” There are few things you can do to help keep this moving in the right direction:
  • If you live in Oregon or Colorado, cast your vote in favor of GMO labeling this November. More information can be found on the Oregon Right to Know and the Colorado Right to Know websites.
  • If you know someone who lives in Oregon or Colorado, call them, facebook them, tweet them or go visit them and ask them to cast their vote in favor of GMO labeling.
  • If you live elsewhere, contact your state legislators and tell them you support mandatory labeling of GMO food.
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Thank you for your commitment to a more transparent food system.
We have the right to know what we are eating!
Vani
(Food Babe)



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Thursday, September 4, 2014

22 Home Remedies for Kidney Stones

Article courtesy of Home Remedy Shop

Kidney stone is a result of collection of calcium oxalate in the kidney. The kidney stones are tiny in size initially, but they can increase to the size of a tennis ball. Sometimes, these stones get accumulated in the ureter, creating troubles in the flow of urine and agonizing pain. Kidney stones, if left not cured on time, may lead to kidney failure.

Causes

  • Lack of calcium supplements
  • High blood pressure (uncontrolled)
  • Unbalanced diet
  • Lack of water
  • Heredity
  • Kidney diseases
  • Gout
  • Bowel diseases

Symptoms

  • Unbearable pain in the back and side
  • Pain and inflammation while urinating
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Blood in urine
  • Urge of urinating more often
  • Feeling feverish or feel like puking
  • Unable to sit still
  • Foul smell in urine

Home Remedies for Kidney Stones

In comparison to women, men are at the more risk of developing kidney stones. In order to remove kidney stones naturally, here are some home remedies.
1. Water
In order to remove kidney stone, drink plenty of water. Drinking water will help to pass out the kidney stone.
2. Figs
Figs can be very helpful, when it comes to kidney stone. Take two figs and boil them in a cup of water. Drink boiled fig water in the morning for 1 month.
3. Basil
Take 1 table spoon of basil juice and mix it with 1 tbsp honey. Take this mixture daily in the morning for at least 3 to 4 months.
4. Apple
Apple helps a lot in removing almost all the diseases from our body. Therefore, eat apples twice a day.
5. Watermelon
Watermelon contains 91% of water. Eat it or drink the watermelon’s juice. It is very good in kidney stones.
6. Radish Leaves
Radish leaves are a very good source for providing vitamin B6. Drink 1 cup juice of fresh radish leaves, two times a day.
7. Kidney Beans
Boil 60 gm kidney beans in 4 litres of water for 4 to 5 hours. Now, strain the liquid and allow it cool, naturally. Drink one glass of kidney beans juice in every 2 hours. Do not use this liquid after 24 hours.
8. Horse Gram Powder
Boil half litre of water and add 1 cup horse gram in it. Boil till the mixture reduces to its 1/5 part. Strain the boiled mixture and add 2 tablespoon of crushed pomegranate. Drink this prepared soup, once a day.
9. Lemon Juice
Drink 2-3 glasses of water a day, with some lemon juice in it.
10. Celery Juice
Take raw celery and squeeze fresh juice from it. This fresh celery juice will help to reduce the level of pain and provide relief.
11. Pomegranate
Eat 1 whole pomegranate or drink juice of pomegranate, regularly.
12. Nettle Leaf
Nettle leaf is also known as kidney cleanser. Take 1 cup of hot water. Add 2 tablespoons of dried nettle leaf to it. Steep this water for like 10 minutes and strain it. Drink this nettle leaf tea, 2 to 3 times a day.
13. Apple Cider Vinegar
Consume 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar on the daily basis. You can drink it mixing in water.
14. Cranberry Juice
Consuming cranberry juice on a daily basis can help to dissolve the kidney stone.
15. Horsetail Tea
Horsetail tea is an herbal remedy for kidney stone. Consuming 3 to 4 cups of horsetail tea daily can be very beneficial.
16. Dandelion Root
Consuming 500 mg of dandelion root on the daily basis can be helpful. Take it twice a day.
17. Grapes
Grape is a natural home remedy for kidney stones. Grapes can be a big help in eliminating kidney stones.
18. Lemon and Olive Oil
Take 2 ounces of organic olive oil and mix it with 2 ounces of fresh lemon juice. Drink it right away. After drinking it, drink 12 oz of water (purified). After 30 minutes, consume water, containing juice of half lemon and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. This is a superb home remedy for kidney stone pain. This herbal remedy will dissolve the renal stone in a natural way.
19. Whole Wheat Bread
Consume 2-3 slices of whole wheat bread on the daily basis. It is rich in proteins, nutrients and fiber and reduces the risk of renal stones.
20. Uva Ursi Herb
Uva ursi, also known as bearberry, has been proven to be beneficial in kidney stones. Consume 500 mg of uva ursi herb on the daily basis, twice a day.
21. Magnesium
Consume 300 mg magnesium on the daily basis.
22. Tomato Juice
Add a dash of pepper and salt in a glass of tomato juice and drink it every morning to get rid of renal stones.

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