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  • Frankenfish/pigs/cows/crops...where does it end?

    "frankenfish" that could cause unknown allergic reactions and the eventual decimation of the wild salmon population.
  • A Nutrient Dense Approach to Your Food

    Nowadays we are bombarded with so much information about what to eat and when to eat, how to lose weight or gain weight and so much more that it becomes nigh on impossible to know what to do. This is where nutrient dense foods come in. We will always be on the winning team if the foods we do eat are packed with nutrients, rather than being more or less empty, like most processed foods. Eat more green foods, berries, tomatoes, watermelon, melon, carrots and other nutritious veggies and fruits. Bright colors are also a key sign of high nutrient content. If you wonder how you will find the time to prepare these foods, consider making a healthy dressing and dipping your veggies. Eat a fruit salad for a snack or make a quick smoothie with frozen nutrient dense fruits such as blueberries. While you are at it add some good fats such as coconut milk along with a superfood green smoothie powder.

    If you follow these suggestions on a daily basis, you will feel better and set your health back on a better track.

  • Healthier Cat Foods

    cat foods with great reputations
  • Dehydration is one of the most overlooked and basic causes of disease.

    This is a great article on hydration and its importance for our health from a fellow health pioneer Dr Mark Sircus. Read it well and follow the advice. If we take this advice and use it well, it can dramatically improve our health. As you will see in the article, as many as 3 out of every 4 Americans are regularly dehydrated. One sign of whether you are or not is to look at the color of your urine. It should always be as clear as water. If it has even a hint of color you are dehydrated even if you do not think so. A good rule of thumb is to determine your body-weight in kilos and drink that number of fluid ounces every day. If you weigh yourself in pounds just divide the pounds in half and drink that number of fluid ounces every day. Get used to carrying a water bottle around with you and refill it frequently throughout the day. I recommend a stainless steel or glass bottle rather than plastic although if you can not access filtered water at work and do not want to carry all of your water to work with you, you can filter tap water with a Berkey portable water filter. Of course the quality of water you drink is also very important. For the last ten years I have used a Berkey gravity fed water filter and I would not be without it. You can even use stream or rainwater in it. Check out the article following this introduction!

    Most people do not look at water as a nutrient but it is, and it is the most important one. We can live for a few months without food but will last only about 10 days without water. Next to the air we breathe water is the most important element. Every life-giving and healing process that happens inside our body happens with water. Most experts insist that the majority of Americans are chronically under-hydrated and should drink more water, and the reasons behind their insistence are solid.

    Dr. Charles Peterson of NIH says dehydration is mainly a problem among Americans suffering from other illnesses, such as diabetes, or those who undergo extreme exertion, but this is not really true. Anyone can suffer from dehydration and the facts seem to point to the fact that most people suffer from mild dehydration at one time or another. Though everyone understands the vital importance of water, it is impossible to find solid information about dehydration statistics. On the Internet the consensus is that 75 percent of Americans are dehydrated but medical science does not weigh in on this statistic.

    We can assume that dehydration is a real problem, especially for those who believe that beverages like coffee and sodas can substitute for pure drinking water. Eating and drinking the wrong foods will lead to dehydration. Foods such as fruits and vegetables are supposed to provide 20 percent of our water intake – junk foods do little tohelp us remain fully hydrated. [1]

    Thus under normal circumstances many of us flirt with mild dehydration over sustained periods. This is where things start to go wrong and doctors routinely make matters worse by not only failing to recognize dehydration but also by  prescribing medicines that further depress water levels in the body and blood.

    According to a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, more than 70% of preschool children never drink plain water. Pediatric medicine does not pay attention enough to dehydration that occurs when acute diseases strike [2] and children can pay with their life for this if doctors then go ahead and administer vaccines when the blood is compromised. One of the most common lawsuits in pediatric emergency room medicine is overlooking dehydration; this tells us of a gaping hole in pediatric medicine that need not be there.

    Shortness of breath is a common symptom of dehydration and when someone experiences this he merely has to drink several glasses of water to feel the body’s almost instant response to hydration. Add some sodium bicarbonate and the response is even greater.

    The first objective sign of dehydration is seen in the vital signs, in an increase of the pulse rate between 10% and 15%. The body tries to maintain cardiac output (the amount of blood that is pumped by the heart to the body); and if the amount of fluid in the intravascular space is decreased, the body has to increase the heart rate, which causes blood vessels to constrict to maintain blood pressure. Other common symptoms of dehydration may include nausea, fatigue, headaches, dry mouth and reduced mental acuity.

    Symptoms of moderate to severe dehydration include:

    Low blood pressure Fainting Severe muscle contractions in the arms, legs, stomach, and back Convulsions A bloated stomach Heart failure Sunken fontanelle– soft spot on a head Sunken dry eyes, with few or no tears Skin losing its firmness and becoming wrinkled Lack of elasticity of the skin (when a bit of skin lifted up stays folded and takes a long time to go back to its normal position) Rapid and deep breathing, faster than normal Fast, weak pulse Dehydration, the simple lack of sufficient quantities of water affects cell life profoundly. Water shortages in different parts of the body will manifest different signs and symptoms (cries of thirst), but we normally do not think to treat the cause of the problem with water. It is almost blasphemy among contemporary physicians to think that water can cause or cure diseases.

    Drinking enough water is crucial and when we don’t drink enough, the first sign of that is darkening urine. The color of urine in a dehydrated person will be dark yellow to orange. The more hydrated we are the lighter the color of our urine. Any dark color at all in the urine could indicate a water deficiency.

    Mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. Drinking five glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45% and the risk of bladder cancer by 50%.

    Dehydration is an underappreciated etiology in many diseases. Most doctors fail to understand – or refuse to consider – that water plays such a huge part in disease states probably because it is too common of a substance. Water is the first thing we should take as a medicine but physicians rarely prescribe water, and you’ll never hear of a pharmaceutical company recommending it, yet water can prevent and cure many common conditions because intake of sufficient amounts of it is a basic or underlying cause of disease.

    From the perspective of Dr. F. Batmanghelidj [3], the famous water doctor, most so-called incurable diseases are nothing but labels given to various stages of chronic dehydration. In my work Natural Allopathic Medicine water is the most primary medicine and before one embarks on more radical medical approaches, full hydration with the best water one can manage is a good idea. According to Batmanghelidj, water can relieve a broad range of medical conditions. By simply adjusting our fluid and mineral intakes we can treat and prevent dozens of diseases and avoid costly prescription drugs, surgery and other medical procedures and tests.

    Dehydrated Cells

    Cells are more vulnerable to chemical poisoning when in a dehydrated state. One overlooked factor in metabolic syndrome and inflammation is dehydration. When you do not drink enough water inflammation feels worse because it gets worse. Certainly dehydration is a contributing and complicating factor in diabetes.

    When for any reason the body cannot deliver the necessary nutrients to the cells and carry away metabolic wastes, we set up the conditions for disease. Dehydration leads to damage from deterioration, because the transporting of nutrients and wastes is diminished and even cut off at strategic points in the body. One of the first protocols for a patient in the emergency room is an intravenous saline solution. Emergency room doctors are well aware that dehydration, second only to oxygen deprivation, robs life fastest.

    Protoplasm, the basic material of living cells, is made of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, salts, and similar elements combined with water. Water acts as a solvent, transporting, combining, and chemically breaking down these substances. A cell exchanges elements with the rest of the body by electrolysis, and in a normal case, minerals and microelements pass through the cell membrane to the nucleus by electro-osmosis. The body needs electrolytes (minerals like sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate) for its basic functions.

    The cells are made of water and they live in a water solution. Our blood is mostly water and serves to dissolve, process, and transport nutrients and eliminate waste materials. When dehydrated the blood becomes thick and saturated and is unable to flow freely. The excess of toxins must then be stored within the interstitial space surrounding the cells, pending elimination for life to continue, and over time this space begins to resemble a toxic waste site – an acidic medium. Since the cells cannot have the proper oxygenation and nutrition they begin to change in form and function in order to survive.

    Dr. Sang Whang, author of the Reverse Aging, says the aging process is basically the accumulation of acidic wastes built up within the body. He says, “The nutrients that we deliver to our cells burn with oxygen and become acidic wastes after giving energy to our body. The body tries its best to get rid of these acidic wastes through urine and perspiration. Unfortunately, our lifestyle, diet and environment prevent our body to get rid of all the wastes that it generates. Gradually, these leftover acidic wastes accumulate somewhere within our body. Since acid coagulates blood, the blood circulation near the waste areas becomes poor, causing all kinds of degenerative diseases to develop...”

    When the blood becomes concentrated and acidic, as in dehydration, then abrasions and tears are produced in the arterial system. L-lactic acidosis is thought to arise from poor  tissue perfusion due to dehydration or endotoxaemia with subsequent anaerobic glycolysis and decreased hepatic clearance of L-lactate. We must look beyond what allopathic medicine thinks and see that the body makes more cholesterol in part as a reaction to chronic dehydration, a condition where the body is trying to fix these abrasions and tears that are produced in the arterial system. Cholesterol actually saves people’s lives because it acts as a bandage – a waterproof bandage – that the body has designed.

    The body manifests dehydration in the form of pain with the location of the pain being the point or points where dehydration is most settled. Tests consistently reveal that chronic pain patients suffer from chronic dehydration. A significant number of these patients also have a lower than normal venous blood plasma pH. A person with low venous plasma pH has what is termed acid blood. Acid blood is typically dark in color due to low oxygen content. [Note: The body does whatever is necessary to maintain its blood pH within a narrow window – 7.35-7.45. If this level is not maintained, it is a serious medical emergency.

    Painful joints are often a signal of water shortage, thus the use of painkillers does not cure the problem but instead exposes the person to further damage from these pain medications. Intake of water and small amounts of mineral salts will address this problem especially if that mineral is magnesium.

    Dr. Norman Shealy says, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency” and that, “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.”The benefits of drinking water are amplified immensely with water high in magnesium and bicarbonates.

    Like water we need magnesium every day. When magnesium is present in water, life and health are enhanced. One of the main benefits of drinking plenty of magnesium-rich water is to prevent heart disease and stroke. Full hydration is essential to help prevent clogging of arteries in the heart and brain and when waters are rich in magnesium, water becomes the primary treatment for hypertension. Full hydration with water and magnesium is crucial in treating high blood pressure without using diuretics or other pharmaceutical medications.

    Mark Sircus Ac., OMD Director International Medical Veritas Association http://publications.imva.info

    I hope you liked the article!

  • Prozac will not cure PMS!

    Millions of women could be spared the monthly misery of premenstrual syndrome by taking a small dose of the anti-depressant Prozac, a study suggests.
  • The Importance of regular cleansing in the pursuit of optimal health

    Are you wondering how to cleanse your colon and/or other organs at home? Discover how to clean your colon and restore your body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins. Our bodies are designed to digest nutrients and then eliminate any toxins or waste in a relatively short period of time. Total body cleansers, colon health and immune health are inextricably linked. A good cleansing program restores colon functionality and helps your body digest food properly, eliminates toxins and helps maintain a healthier immune system. However many people consider having one bowel movement every few days healthy. In reality, in a healthy individual one bowel movement for every major meal is normal. Couple this with the fact that many people simply don’t eat enough fibrous greens and whole grains and it is no wonder so many people suffer from a variety of digestive maladies. Using a safe and gentle cleansing formula on a regular basis can help restore your digestive system and renew your energy. When starting a detox or colon cleanse, natural and gentle products should be encouraged. If you ever feel bloated, tired, run down and old before your time you owe it to yourself to try a gentle, safe and healthy colon cleanse. A healthy digestive tract and colon will make you feel healthier and more energetic at any age.

    Colon Cancer is a killer

    With colon cancer killing more people than breast or prostate cancer, it has become blatantly clear that we can no longer look the other way, with regards to our digestive health. We should probably look down at our bellies. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is currently the third leading cancer for men and women in cause of death. It accounted for some 50,000 deaths in 2008. The desire to cleanse your colon at home is becoming increasingly important.

    Indigestion is an industry

    Simply visit any pharmacy or pharmacy aisle in your local supermarket and you will often find an entire aisle devoted to indigestion and constipation remedies. Very few are actually cleansers for the colon. Skip over a few aisles and you will find the refined, empty and clogging foods that caused the problem in the first place. Home cleansers for the colon are safe, effective and affordable and cleanse your colon with natural foods and herbs. In order to cleanse there are a few things to pick up on this journey to wellness.

    Try one of our Specialized cleanse programs

    We have a variety of cleanse programs you can download, along with herbal tinctures and instructions for cleansing at home. You can use our cleanse programs at home here.  Due to the inclusion of a full spectrum of high quality cleansing ingredients in this formula, your body can enjoy a much more complete and equally gentle cleansing experience. Just follow the downloadable cleanse program closely for best results. Natural body detox and colon cleanse can also be taken once daily for maintenance separate from meals.

Natural body detox and colon cleanse contains a whopping 120 one teaspoon servings, many more than most leading competitors. It is designed for you to complete all six Enerhealth 4 day cleansing programs. During these programs five 1 teaspoon servings will be consumed for a total of 20 teaspoons per 4 day cleanse or 120 teaspoons for the entire program.

    The American Dietetic Association recommends 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day, but the average American eats about 5 to 20 grams a day. Whole natural psyllium husk is one of the best dietary fibers known to man. Add to that the modern "rediscovered" power food chia and you have a winning combination. The Natural body Detox and colon cleanse is a safe, effective, gentle and all natural vegan way to cleanse your colon at home. It is also calming to the digestive system with its use of ginger and cinnamon and other herbs as well as being nutritive and sustaining from the inclusion of chia. Gentle bulking comes from the inclusion of chia and psyllium hulls which help eliminate constipation. Our detox cleanse for colon is natural and gentle
and will clean the circulatory system by attracting and carrying out toxins from the organs and blood. Apple pectin, bentonite clay and activated charcoal attract to themselves toxins and accumulated poisons.

    Shop intelligently and read before you eat

    First, learn to shop intelligently; from experience this means reading labels, avoiding processed foods whose ingredients are incomprehensible and eat more organic fruits and vegetables. This will help keep you cleaner inside but it does not mean you should bypass cleansing. In our toxin filled world, cleansing should be considered imperative rather than a choice.

    Cleanse your entire body

    Second, perform a total body cleanse preferably once a season to help keep your body running smoothly. A good cleanse must incorporate several key elements in order to be effective. Among these it is very important to follow a vegan cleansing diet. When you choose to cleanse your colon at home, you control the products in the program and bring yourself benefits which with safe natural ingredients means less discomfort and bloating.  Also, during the cleansing process you must consume at least a gallon of water per day, in addition to any other liquids. That might seem like a lot of water but it is essential.

    A green superfood formula is strongly advised if you decide to cleanse your colon at home, for both its cleansing and its nutritional properties. In addition to an intestinal bulking and cleansing formula like our Total Body Detox, it is highly recommended to consume an herbal formula to assure regular bowel motility.

    Cleanse your spirit

    Thirdly, consider cleansing on more than just the physical level. Cleansing goes both ways. When we feel low and depressed, we tend to reach for unhealthy foods and beverages that cause us to retain more toxins. Similarly poor food choices create conditions in our body that make us more likely to feel low and depressed. When you cleanse your body you might want to get rid of old clothes, books and belongings. Make good food and beverage choices a gift rather than a chore. Consider cleaning up your life on other levels. Set boundaries, clean house, work on creating the life you want even in small baby steps. Combining these approaches you will feel happier and better immediately.

    What Makes the Natural Body Detox so good?

    Hydrated bentonite clay absorbs and binds toxins such as heavy metals, free radicals and pesticides that reside in the intestinal tract. In addition, recent studies also showed positive benefits of psyllium in IBD, Crohn's Disease and Colitis.

    Psyllium acts as a prebiotic - aiding in the healing the inner lining of the inflamed intestines. Indeed, psyllium has long been recognized for its potential role in reducing blood cholesterol. These are natural cleansers - colon health and natural weight loss is the result.

    Chia seeds - natures nutritional cleanser Chia itself is considered a superfood. It has an optimal balance of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as well as being a superb source of vegetable based protein. Chia is hydrophilic in nature. It absorbs much more water than most other foods, leaving you feeling full and allowing your body to absorb nutrition more slowly. This hydrophilic nature in addition to its high fiber content, makes it a perfect cleansing food.

    Activated charcoal This miracle ingredient absorbs most drug residues, pesticides and harmful chemicals. This is why it is used in water filtration worldwide.

    Herbs for soothing and improving your digestion

    Cinnamon is an astringent, diminishes chronic long term bleeding, stimulates digestion, and dilates blood vessels to help get rid of inflammation.

    Ginger Ginger is good for intestinal flus and helps reduce cramping and nausea. It helps with upset stomach and indigestion. Ginger is also shown to be superior to Dramamine in independent studies for travel sickness.

    Marshmallow Root is also mucilaginous and soothing to both the digestive and urinary tract. It increases the viscosity of urine and is diuretic. It is anti- inflammatory to the kidneys and bladder and stimulates macrophage activity in the urinary tract as well as being soothing to the intestines.

    Apple Pectin Apple Pectin has a drawing capacity and is great at attracting heavy metals to itself, which are then carried out of the body with the cleansing program.

    Eating out, fast food, freezer dinners, sugary drinks and empty calorie snacks are a way of life in America. Our everyday diets have become so nutritionally deficient that you can dramatically offset this deficit by simply adding an EnerFood and Coconut Milk Powder shake once a day! The result will not only help you lose weight but will give you more energy, mental clarity and vitality.

    So try a cleanse today. It will make you feel better and look better. Benefits of cleansing include but are not limited to the following;

    Improvements in the appearance and texture of your skin

    Better digestion and elimination

    Clearer thinking and enhanced memory

    More energy

    Improvements in the functioning of all your organs

    Blood pressure normalization

    Allergic symptoms will diminish

    Your mood will be much more level and stable

    Your immune system will work better

    You will sleep better

  • Is cholesterol such a big deal after all? Part 1.

    Based upon what your doctor and the media declare, you would think that cholesterol has been determined to be the biggest health issue in the developed world today. Many foods and food groups are now shunned and even blamed for the cholesterol epidemic. For me to say that there has been a major misunderstanding of the whole cholesterol question would be an understatement. Cholesterol has to be in the top three medical topics talked about today.

    Fats are now demonized and only recently have debates begun to surface about the difference between good and bad fats. We truly need to deepen our understanding of the difference between good fats and bad fats. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from hydrogenated oils and to get more Omega 3’s from chia and flax seeds. Frankly, considering fats to be demons is actually harming your health. Cholesterol is in fact an essential portion of optimal health. Without it our brains do not function properly and even our cell membranes begin to deteriorate.

    Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance present in all your cells and also in your blood. It is used to make vitamin D, cell membranes, hormones, and certain liver chemicals that aid in fat digestion. It is also essential for brain and neurological function. A vast majority of the cholesterol in your body is made in your liver.  This is one reason why it is so important to protect, rebuild and also cleanse the liver. There are two main types, HDL and LDL. HDL cholesterol brings cholesterol from your arteries and cells to your liver to be reused and sent elsewhere where it is needed. We are told that our total cholesterol should ideally stay below 200 and that 300 is almost a certain sign of heart disease. As many of you have recently heard, in the last 6 years those numbers have become a downwardly moving target, with doctors now recommending statin or cholesterol lowering drugs to patients that were previously considered normal and risk free. Obviously this has become a major boon for the pharmaceutical companies that have seen record sales in this class of drugs that often come with particularly dangerous side effects.

    In order for us to be better informed we need to understand that both types of cholesterol are in fact fats and proteins combined. This is why they are called lipoproteins, lipo coming from lipid or fat. Basically cholesterol is a vehicle for carrying fats bound to proteins from cell to cell. In this bound for it moves better in the blood. We need to think of cholesterol as our friend rather than our enemy. No life form can exist without it. In fact many within the natural health community believe that abstaining from fats is one of the major reasons for the upsurge in brain and neurologically related disease forms such as MS, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s and other problems. Many now agree that this obsession with lowering cholesterol has become one of the biggest travesties in modern medical history, and is also responsible for many hormonal disorders, since without cholesterol our bodies cannot make essential hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. Cholesterol is also converted in the skin into a precursor compound that the liver and kidneys then make into vitamin D. Adequate safe sun exposure is definitely the optimal way to create optimal levels of vitamin D.

    Another misunderstanding is the role of cholesterol in inflammation with some past medical journals naming cholesterol as a culprit in arterial and venal inflammation. Inflammation is not bad by the way. It is the body’s way of mobilizing the immune system to fight invading viruses and bacteria. When there is a wound the site becomes inflamed and immune cells rush there to fight the infection. Many people have weakened immune systems and benefit greatly from immune system boosters derived from potent herbs and often from medicinal mushrooms. Scars form to protect the wound and similarly such scars form in the arteries. They are a plaque like substance. Cholesterol then comes in as a repair agent, because it is necessary in the creation of cell membranes and thus for the repair of all cells, even those in the arteries. Whenever there are damaged cells in the body the liver will make more cholesterol to aid in the repair process.

    The main problem here is that many doctors still freak out when they see cholesterol circulating in the blood, believing it to be the precursor to heart disease, rather than realizing that it is in fact being sent by the liver to repair damage and inflammation. For certain, chronic inflammation can contribute to heart disease and there are now tests to determine inflammatory levels in the blood. The test is known as a C reactive protein test. Basically if your number is above 3 milligrams (mg), you have a high level of inflammation. Boosting your immune system with immune system boosters is very important here. A level of 1 mg is considered normal.

    Unfortunately the obsession with lowering cholesterol may actually be preventing the body from repairing itself and thus contributing to more deaths rather than saving folks. We need to let cholesterol do its job within the picture of a healthy lifestyle that helps prevent damage in the first place. When we have low levels of cholesterol, we are more prone to disorders in the nervous system, from depression, mood disorders and MS to Parkinson’s and even suicide because the nervous system has a high need for cholesterol in its cell membranes. It basically needs more insulation because it is responsible for sending electrical signals from the brain, through the nerves to the rest of the body. Cholesterol also assists in the metabolism of various important brain chemicals. It is by no mean the only compound needed for a healthy nervous system. Good levels of B complex are also essential and these can be found in whole grains and certain supplements.

    So let’s reexamine this whole picture. Our doctors are telling us to keep our cholesterol under 200 or so, while I believe that keeping it slightly above 200 would be better. Who benefitted from recommendations for lower cholesterol levels? Basically big pharma, to achieve such low levels, is recommending that doctors give their patients not just one, but often a cocktail of cholesterol lowering statin drugs. Who pays? The patients. Who benefits? Big pharma.

    Be sure to read part 2 on cholesterol next week!

  • Expectant Mothers Diet

    Diet is so important to your health. Both Darren and I have been preaching this for years now. Mainstream media does sometimes highlight this, and in the following article the importance of diet to expectant mothers is covered.

    We urge all pregnant moms to really boost their nutritional intake. Our wives were taking greens during pregnancy.

    Mother’s diet, genes raise birth defect risk: study

    LONDON (Reuters) – Mothers who eat a high fat diet before and during pregnancy may be putting their offspring at risk of birth defects, scientists said on Tuesday.

    British researchers studying mice found that a pregnant mother’s diet may interact with the genes her unborn baby inherits and influence the type or severity of birth defects such as congenital heart disease and cleft palate.

    “These are very important findings as we have been able to show for the first time that gene-environment interactions can affect development of the embryo in the womb,” said Jamie Bentham of the Wellcome Trust Center for Human Genetics at the Oxford University, who led the study.

    “We know that poor diet and defective genes can both affect development, but here we have seen the two combine to cause a much greater risk of developing health problems and more severe problems. We are excited by this as it suggests that congenital heart defects may be preventable by measures such as altering maternal diet,” he said in a statement about the findings.

    Congenital heart disease is the most common form of birth defect, and previous studies have shown that children born to mothers who have diabetes or who are overweight have an increased risk of it.

    It is also known that certain genetic changes — such as deficiency in Cited2 — can give rise to congenital heart disease, but until now scientists did not know if external factors such as a mother’s diet could interact with genetic changes to affect their babies.

    The British researchers, whose findings were published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, compared healthy mice with those lacking a gene called Cited2.

    Cited2 deficiency results in heart defects in mice and in humans and can also lead to a serious type of heart defect called atrial isomerism, where the left-right asymmetry of the heart is disturbed.

    Researchers fed the mice a high fat diet before and during pregnancy and then studied the development of their babies using magnetic resonance imaging. The results were compared to mice from a second group who were fed a balanced diet.

    Among offspring mice that were deficient in Cited2, the risk of atrial isomerism more than doubled, the researchers found, and the risk of cleft palate increased more than seven-fold when the mothers were fed a high fat diet.

    The changes did not happen in the genetically normal offspring of mothers who had a high fat diet, suggesting that it is the combination of high fat diet and the genetic defect that is responsible, they said.

    Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director of the British Heart Foundation charity, which part-funded the study, said the findings could shed light on human birth defects.

    “This research shows that diet during pregnancy can directly affect which genes get switched on in unborn offspring. The study was with mice, but a similar link may exist in humans, leading to some cases of congenital heart disease.”

    He said the research reinforced the need for pregnant women to have a balanced diet and avoid eating too much fatty food.

    (Editing by Jon Hemming)

    So go to our store and stock up on a few items that would benefit you.

  • 4 ways to Avoid GMO

    The following is very useful information. The link is also great, especially if you have and iPhone.

    To maintain health avoiding GM products is mandatory. These organisms have not done well in laboratory settings, causing damage to your body and it’s organs.

    4 Simple Ways to Avoid GMOs

    1. Buy organic – organic producers are not allowed to use GMOs

    2. Look for “Non-GMO” labels

    3. Avoid risky ingredients: corn, soy, vegetable oil (canola, cottonseed, and soybean), sugarbeet sugar

    4. Buy products listed in the Non-GMO Shopping Guide, click here

    Take heed of this advice and increase your odds of staying healthy and alive long term.

  • Healthy Weight loss, Apple Cider Vinegar

    Apple Cider Vinegar is a very useful tool for not only losing weight but for general health! Many people I speak with use it and are very happy with the way they feel over time.

    I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. It comes in very handy when you make up salad dressings. A tablespoon a day can keep the doctor/pounds away!

    Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

    Since Ages, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is used as one of the most productive medicinal tool in reducing body weight. It is believed that inclusion of Apple Cider Vinegar in your diet can prevent numerous diseases and ill effects, leading a very energetic healthy life.

    There is an old saying-”An Apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Don’t you think all these ancient adages or sayings carry a great amount of wisdom? Certainly they do. This above mentioned saying points out the immense importance of Apple Cider Vinegar in diet.

    Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

    By turning the pages of medicine history, we can find that even Hippocrates, father of modern medicine had praised Apple Cider Vinegar diet for its unique medicinal values. For ages, it is being used as remedy for many diseases.


    It is obtained by the process of Fermentation of apple juice into alcoholic apple cider. This alcoholic apple cider is then let interacted with the oxygen which turns the alcohol into acetic acid. This acetic acid along with apple pectin forms the core of the finished product- Apple Cider Vinegar.


    The studies have derived that Apple Cider Vinegar is a combination of ninety different substances including eight types of ethyl acetates, thirteen types of carbolic acids, eighteen types of alcohols, four types of aldehydes, twenty types of ketones etc. It also contains minerals like Potassium, Calcium, Sodium, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorous, Sulfur, Copper, Chlorine, Silicon, Fluorine etc. There are Vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Provitamin beta-carotene etc. along with enzymes, potash and apple pectin, a dietary fiber.

    Advantages of Apple Cider Vinegar in Diet

    There are numerous advantages of ACV. Smooth metabolism functioning; Reduction in cholesterol level, Regulation of the cell water content in body; assistance in regulation of blood pressure, smooth functioning of circulatory system, assistance in maintenance of body temperature… The list goes on!

    It is a very safe supplement, with no known side effects. For long times, it has been used as a tool for weight loss and circulatory health. Again, the pH of ACV is identified as very beneficial factor for the health.

    Health Benefits

    1. Cholesterol Control – Increased levels of cholesterol is considered as the main reason behind heart attacks. Apple Pectin present in the Apple Cider Vinegar is basically a water soluble dietary fiber which absorbs the fats and cholesterol and then excretes it outside thus helps reducing its level.

    2. Diabetes – Apple pectin, the dietary fiber also helps in absorption of glucose, thus reducing extra amount of glucose.

    3. Arthritis – Arthritis is an inflamed condition of joints, caused by a build-up of toxic wastes in the tissues due to unhealthy life styles It has been reported that apple cider vinegar have a positive influence on the patients suffering from Arthritis.

    4. Blood pressure – The potassium present in ACV is believed to be beneficial to both the heart and blood pressure.

    5. Cold – Here it is believed that the Ph factor of ACV is instrumental. Prior to a cold, the pH of the body becomes a bit more alkaline. ACV helps to rebalance it.

    6. Constipation – Often, improper bowel movements are blamed for constipation. As in old age, there is reduction in release of digestive enzymes like pectin, hydrochloric acid; more and more toxic waste products are retained and absorbed back by the body instead of throwing them out. With apple cider vinegar diet, we add fibers like apple pectin which helps in having proper bowel movements.

    7. Diarrhea – Although, there are various reasons for diarrhea, ACV can offer a way for the body to get rid of harmful ingested compounds. The pectin in apple cider vinegar plays very important role to calm down the pain. As, the intestinal enzyme secretion transforms pectin into a kind of protective coating which pacifies the irritated inner lining of the colon.

    8. Candida – Apple Cider Vinegar can be useful in the treatments of yeast infections like Candida caused by the unbalance of acid levels in the body. Douching by making a solution of ACV in Luke-warm water can get you rid off from the symptoms.

    9. Indigestion – In intestine, Hydrochloric acid and pepsin, an enzyme are essential to proper break down the food which is then absorbed by body. Sometimes, intestine is unable to produce required amount of these enzymes which ultimately leads to the indigestion. However, ingestion of apple cider vinegar can assist in rebalancing this acidic environment and can be proved as effective medicine.

    10. Metabolism – Liver plays a crucial role in the metabolism process. If the food is not metabolized properly, it will result in the weight gain by the body. For centuries, ACV is used in assisting liver to detoxify the toxins and in helping in the digestion of rich, fatty foods, and for proper metabolizing of proteins, fats and minerals into the required byproducts.

    11. Fatigue – Due to the overexertion by muscles extra amount of Lactic acid is produced and we call the stage as fatigue. Amino acids present in the apple cider vinegar interact with this lactic acid and break them down. Moreover, potassium present in ACV helps to regain more energy and vitality.

    The list has no end. Apple Cider Vinegar is believed to help in conditions like, nasal congestion, chest congestion, sore throat, stiff joints, headaches, cataract, depression and so many. The biggest advantage it carries is of help in reducing the body weight.

    In many ways, Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Helps. It is recommended that you should take three teaspoons of apple vinegar before each meal. Well you may face some difficulty to swallow three teaspoons down initially, but a practice of few days can make you habitual of it. So, Begin your new healthy, revitalized journey with Apple Cider Vinegar Diet.

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