Amazing Cancer Cure Case Studies with Maitake Mushroom

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Amazing cancer cure case studies with maitake mushroom has been clinically proven to prevent and heal cancer, as well as decrease and even eliminate cancerous tumors. Maitake (grifola frondosa) is a polypore mushroom that is native to Japan. It grows in clusters at the base of trees, particularly oaks, and has been prized for its medicinal properties for centuries. It is commonly known as Hen of the Woods, Ram's Head and Sheep's Head, and its Japanese name, maitake, literally means "dancing mushroom," a term derived from Japanese folk medicine. Maitake is best known for its cancer-fighting properties. In 2009, a phase I/II human trial was conducted by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and it showed that maitake extract stimulates the immune systems of breast cancer patients. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology. Other laboratory studies involving Maitake D-Fraction (MDF), a standardized form of maitake mushroom containing grifolan -- an important beta-glucan polysaccharide, show evidence of MDF's therapeutic value. It exhibits anti-cancer activity, has the ability to block the growth of cancer tumors and boost the immune function of mice with cancer. A study published in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, Feb/Mar 1996 involving 165 individuals with advanced cancer used MDF. This form of maitake was found effective against leukemia as well as stomach and bone cancers. A Japanese clinical study investigated the effectiveness of administering a combination of MDF and whole maitake powder on 36 cancer patients ranging in age from 22 to 57 years old, who were in stages II to IV. Cancer regression or significant symptom improvement was observed in 11 of 16 breast cancer patients (68.8%); 7 of 12 liver cancer patients (58.3%); and 5 of 8 lung cancer patients (62.5%). Here are just a few of the amazing case studies that show the immune-potential effects of maitake in cancer patients. Liver Tumor Disappears Completely A 47-year-old female presented with Stage II hepatocellular carcinoma (cancer of the liver). In March 1994, she was treated with the drug cisplatin 4 times daily. In January 1995, she began taking maitake MD-fraction and 4 grams of whole maitake tablets daily, and the cisplatin treatment was discontinued. As of June 1997, the production of Interleukin-2 (IL-2) in her body multiplied by 2.2 times because of maitake administration. IL-2 is instrumental in the body's natural response to microbial infection. By July 1999 the tumor had completely disappeared. Lung Tumor Vanishes and Doesn't Reappear A 41-year-old female with Stage 3 intraductal carcinoma (breast cancer) had tumors that measured 2.4 cm and 0.7 cm in diameter. In September 1996, she underwent surgery to have the tumors removed, and she began taking 10 mg of tamoxifen (TAM) and 100 mg 5-FU until December 1996. As of June 1997, the cancer metastasized, and a 1.3 cm tumor was found in a lung. She was then administered 125 mg MD-fraction and 4 grams whole maitake tablets daily for 20 months. In March 1999, it was confirmed that the lung tumor had disappeared. While taking maitake, IL-2 production and CD4+ cells (a type of white blood cell that is important in fighting infections) increased by 1.5 and 1.3 times, respectively. As of early 2002, the tumor had not reappeared. Stage III Cancer Turns to Stage I A 45-year-old female with Stage III liver cancer had a serum bilirubin of 3.2 mg/dL, albumin of 2.1 mg/dL, and prothrombin activation of 43 percent. In May 1995, she began receiving transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) 10 mL lipiodol (iodized poppy seed oil), 15 mg ADM, and 100 mg cisplatin. That regimen was discontinued in January 1996 and was replaced by daily doses of 100 mg MD-fraction and 4 grams maitake tablets daily, along with 100 mg of the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Since February 1998 she has received only maitake products and is now diagnosed as Stage I. Source: Can Maitake MD-Fraction Aid Cancer Patients? - Noriko Kodama, PhD, Kiyoshi Komuta, MD, PhD, and Hiroaki Nanba, PhD Case histories such as those described above illustrate the immune-enhancing properties of MDF and whole powdered maitake. They also provide evidence that maitake has the potential to decrease the size of lung, breast and liver tumors. Although maitake mushroom is best known for its anti-tumor, cancer-fighting properties, it also has the following properties: Anti-Diabetic - People with Type 2 Diabetes have been found to benefit from maitake mushrooms. Maitake has the ability to lower blood sugar because it naturally contains an alpha glucosidase inhibitor. A specific, high-molecular polysaccharide called the X-fraction appears to be the active compound with anti-diabetic properties. Anti-Hepatitis - In clinical trials with 32 chronic hepatitis B patients, there was a 72% recovery rate in the group that was administered maitake, as compared to 57% in the control group. Anti-Hyperlipid - Many doctors in Japan use maitake mushrooms to: 1) lower serum and liver lipids (such as cholesterol, triglycerides, and phospholipids); and 2) regulate blood pressure -- two key risk factors in heart disease. Maitake mushrooms are eaten raw or cooked. Many people consume maitake as dietary supplements in the form of capsules and extracts called Maitake D-Fraction.

Fact or Myth: Can Potato Chips Cause Cancer?

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This is a FACT. Those crispy chips you love to crave are loaded with a known carcinogen—acrylamide. Heating foods at temperatures above 250° F produces toxic chemicals proven to damage the human genome and cause cancer. Acrylamide is the byproduct of heating industrialized foods like potato chips, French fries, roasted cereals, grains, processed snacks, roasted coffee and coffee substitutes such as chicory. And research keeps confirming that these acrylamide-containing processed snack foods and beverages aren’t worth the health risks. The Acrylamide/Cancer Link The HEATOX Project, funded by the European Union to investigate heat generated food toxicants, reached some formidable conclusions regarding potato chips and acrylamide. Research shows that acrylamide is classified by WHO (World Health Organization) as a probable human carcinogen. Acrylamide levels were associated with a higher breast cancer risk, and even at low doses acrylamide brings about neurotoxicity in the fetus. Researchers also concluded that acrylamide can cause tumors to develop in the intestines. How much acrylamide is too much? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the limits at 0.2 micrograms of acrylamide per day. Sounds minuscule, but according to the Prob 65 cancer requirement, a food set at this limit should be labeled with a cancer warning. According to a report by the Environmental Law Foundation, potato chips have acrylamide levels over 900 times higher than the limit set by the EPA! So can potato chips cause cancer? You betcha! Some potato chips fare better than others. According to the report, Cape Cod Robust Russet potato chips contain acrylamide levels 910 times higher than the limit set by the EPA, while Pringles Stacks, Lay’s Baked, and Cape Cod Classic chips boasted the lowest acrylamide levels. Keep in mind that it’s not just potato chips that contain acrylamide. Within any industrialized food heated at high temps—including processed snacks like muffins and scones—lurk carcinogens like acrylamide.

Fact or Myth: Can Echinacea Strengthen Your Immune System?

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This is a FACT. Echinacea has been the topic of much debate. Is it or isn’t it an immune-boosting miracle herb? Scientific reviews have been mixed, so to be on the conservative side it’s safe to say that while it might not be a “miracle” it certainly possesses immune-boosting faculties. A Native American medicinal remedy, echinacea has been shown to help accelerate the healing of… Colds Flus Sore throats Sinus infections Hay fever Bronchitis Canker sores Ear infections Enlarged lymph glands Gingivitis Enlarged prostate Urinary tract infections Yeast infections It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties cannot be refuted. Echinacea’s Effect on the Immune System Echinacea is highly concentrated with phenols and alkylamides which have been proven to exert a highly beneficial impact on the immune system. The compound echinacein defends healthy cells against bacteria and viruses, and studies have revealed that echinacea increases the number of white blood cells and enhances macrophage activity. (Macrophages rush to the scene to fight off invaders and infection.) One study made up of 95 people fighting the early stages of cold or flu showed that drinking several cups of echinacea tea for five days helped cold sufferers feel better sooner than those who did not treat their colds with echinacea. A University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy review of over a dozen echinacea studies found that the risk of catching a cold could be lowered by as much as 58% with echinacea supplementation…and the duration of a cold shortened by as much as 1.4 days. Other studies, however, seem to refute such findings. A Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health study suggested that echinacea has no significant influence on the common cold and could only shorten the duration of symptoms by half a day at most. What’s with the contradictory findings? Echinacea studies vary according to the type, strength, and part of the echinacea used, and some formulations work better than others. The roots of the echinacea plant are concentrated mostly with volatile oils, whereas the stems and flowers are packed with polysaccharides, touted for their immune-enhancing effects. Research indicates that the above the ground parts of echinacea demonstrate the most impact on the immune system. In Germany, where herbs are regulated by the government, echinacea roots are used to treat flu infections, and the above ground parts are used to heal colds, upper respiratory infections, UTIs, and wounds. Treating a Cold with Echinacea ConsumerLab.com examined 11 echinacea brands and found that only 4 of them contained the ingredients on the label! Ten percent had no echinacea whatsoever…half were wrongly labeled in terms of the type of echinacea used…and more than half didn’t contain the correct amount of active ingredients specified on the label. It’s imperative to purchase echinacea from a high quality supplement provider. Health experts recommend using echinacea for no more than eight weeks at a time. Use at the first sign of illness, or during cold season to keep your immune system strong and healthy.

Fact or Myth: Can DHA Protect Your Brain from Binge Drinking?

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This is a FACT. Alcohol isn’t all bad. It’s been linked to health benefits like heart health and type 2 diabetes control. But beyond one drink a day and into binge territory—five or more drinks in two hours for males and four or more drinks in two hours for females—puts you at risk for liver failure, certain types of cancer, and dementia. Approximately 88,000 Americans die from binge drinking every year, suggesting that a moderate one drink a day isn’t the norm for many. As well as increasing your risk for heart attack, stroke and death, alcohol activates pro-inflammatory pathways in the brain associated with dementia, greatly decreasing your quality of life as you age. Studies have shown, however, that supplementing with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) can help keep alcohol’s pro-inflammatory state in check. Slipping into Dementia DHA is one of the major building blocks of the brain, and maintaining adequate DHA levels is important throughout life. This fatty acid enhances brain function and reduces inflammation, protects against life-threatening cardiovascular events, improves vision, and helps to manage the various symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Binge drinking drains DHA levels in the brain, but supplementation can help protect your DHA stores. Scientists at Loyola School of Medicine found that when the brain cells of rats were exposed to excessive levels of alcohol along with DHA they exhibited significantly less inflammation and cell death than brain cells not protected by DHA. The DHA appeared to inhibit the oxidative damage normally set into motion by binge drinking. Numerous studies have likewise demonstrated that high levels of DHA in the brain lower the incidence of age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. So whether you drink or not, DHA supplementation is a must! Supplementing with DHA Look for an omega-3 supplement with a rich concentration of DHA—at least 1000 mg. Many omega-3 supplements contain more EPA (eico-sapentaenoic acid). EPA is cheaper to produce and carries less of a fishy odor. The neurological benefits of omega-3, however, come from DHA, not EPA, so check those labels!

Fact or Myth: Can Dental X-Rays Cause Cancer?

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This is a FACT. Whether you visit your dentist once every three months, six months, or a year, chances are high that you’re going to be bullied into getting yet another set of x-rays…that you probably don’t need! The journal Cancer reports that dental x-rays more than double your risk of brain cancer! We’ve got the findings below, and the answer to the pertinent question, “how often should you get dental x-rays?” The Number One Risk Factor for Brain Cancer Meningioma is a type of brain cancer that impacts the membranes that envelop your brain. The number one risk factor for this type of brain cancer is ionising radiation. What’s the main culprit of ionising radiation? Dental x-rays! Radiation infiltrates your cells and injures your DNA. The damage accumulates over time, and impaired DNA strands can lead to gene mutation and the development of cancer. In 2012, scientists determined just how much dental x-rays contribute to your risk of meningioma brain cancer. The results are alarming: Bitewings x-rays that show your upper and lower back teeth taken less than once a year raise brain cancer risk by 110-160% Panorex x-rays that show all your teeth and the surrounding bones taken at least once a year raise your brain cancer risk by 270-300% Dental x-rays taken before age 10 increase your odds of developing brain cancer by almost 500%! Dental x-rays can cause cancer by as much as a 4.9 ratio, according to the last statistic! How Often Should You Get Dental X-Rays? According to the admission of the American Dental Association (ADA), there’s very little evidence to support the use of x-rays in finding or helping to prevent dental disease. ADA guidelines recommend that dentists take bitewing x-rays no more than once every two to three years if the patient is otherwise healthy. The ADA also states that there is little reason to x-ray a patient who isn’t exhibiting any symptoms of dental disease. Despite ADA guidelines, most dentists are x-ray zealous and want to plop you down in the x-ray chair at every cleaning. It is your right to say, “no thank you.” Chances are, the dental hygenist or office manager will give you attitude. Ignore them. Unless you are exhibiting symptoms, stand your ground against the unnecessary radiation. Dental x-rays are a nice source of extra income, which is perhaps why dentists are so insistent when it comes to zapping you with radiation. You might try to remind them of the ADA’s guidelines, asking them if they are aware that once every three years is the standard for healthy teeth and gums.

Fact or Myth: Are Fast Food Buns Safe to Eat?

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This is a MYTH. When scrutinizing the health risks of menu items at fast food joints, the focus mostly rests on the meats and fries.  But did you know that fast food buns pose just as much of a health risk? In fact, these buns aren’t bread at all, but a mixture of the food industry’s favorite synthetic concoctions—bleached wheat, thiamine mononitrate, and health-compromising conditioners and compounds. For examination purposes, let’s focus on the ingredients of the popular Big Mac bun. Bleached Wheat: The whiter the wheat or flour, the more refined, and the fewer the nutrients. Bleached wheat is virtually devoid of any nutrition and contains a dangerous by-product of the bleaching process—alloxan. Alloxan is a toxin used to stimulate diabetes in healthy laboratory animals in order to then test diabetes treatments. Alloxan causes diabetes by flooding the pancreatic beta cells with free radicals, thereby destroying these insulin-producing cells. Malted Barley Flour: Malted barley flour has been linked to brain damage, migraines, and autoimmune diseases. It contains high concentrations of the amino acid glutamate, which is an excitotoxin that supercharges the hypothalamus to dangerous levels. The hypothalamus regulates the nervous and endocrine systems, and when it is not functioning properly can cause autoimmune issues. Malted barley flour is also loaded with tannins, which, if you are allergic, can trigger migraines. Thiamine Mononitrate: A synthetic (man-made) B-vitamin, thiamine mononitrate is an additive found in enriched flour and fortified cereal. Unfortunately, in synthetic form, it can build up in the liver and other fatty tissues, causing cellular toxicity and liver damage. Avoid not only the Big Mac bun, but also other fortified and enriched breads and grains. Ammonia Compounds: Fast food buns are manufactured with ammonia compounds, like ammonium sulfate and ammonium chloride. These preservatives wreak havoc on the gastrointestinal tract, causing diarrhea and nausea. Azodicarbonamide: This conditioner, which is banned in some countries, is used in nearly 500 food products. It’s also used to make yoga mats! Azodicarbonamide has been linked to respiratory distress such as asthma, as well as cancer and skin irritation. It’s an industrial chemical that disrupts human immune cell formation and function, and hormone function. Did we mention it increases gluten? Not good news for the gluten-intolerant! And, of course, the Big Mac bun, like other fast food buns, is flavored with high fructose corn syrup, soybean and canola oils, and corn syrup, not to mention trans fatty acids that cause a host of health issues, from cancer to heart disease. McDonald’s buns don’t fare any better, as they are preserved with calcium propionate, sorbic acid, and sodium propionate. Add stearoyl lactylate, DATEM and mono and diglycerides to the mix—with more than a dash of salt, sugar, gluten, and soy lecithin—and that’s one unhealthy fast food bun!

Got Stress? Try Sophrology!

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There’s a new mind/body practice about to hit the mainstream. The perfect blend of East and West, Sophrology borrows from the disciplines of Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, and Japanese Zen, and sprinkles in the more scientific practices of psychology and hypnotherapy. It combines relaxation, visualization, and movement exercises to achieve a state of balance in body and mind. Sophrology can help you manage both daily and circumstantial life stressors, enjoy deeper and more restorative sleep, quell anxiety and depression, and prepare for events such as childbirth. Let’s look further into this eclectic discipline. The Origin Of Sophrology Professor Alfonso Caycedo, a specialist in psychiatry and neurology, developed Sophrology in the 1960s as a way to treat patients suffering from depression or trauma without having to rely so heavily on prescription drugs. Sophrology spread to Switzerland in the 1970s, when Dr. Raymond Abrezol applied the techniques with sports teams, and to much success! Over the last 30 years, Sophrology has been widely used in France and Switzerland in schools, businesses, hospitals, and sports. While there are only a scattering of practitioners in America and other parts of the globe, Sophrology is steadily growing in popularity. What It Entails There’s no set protocol for the Sophrology practitioner, as she bases her prescription on her client’s individual needs. Sophrology typically combines a set of breathing and relaxation exercises with a simple movement in the form of a guided meditation. During the meditation you reach a state of deep relaxation while remaining alert and aware. Should you opt for a one-on-one session versus a group class, the practitioner will tailor the program to your specific needs, whether you need to work through a physical or emotional block, or prepare for a future event. For instance, Sophrology can help you focus and allay your fears before a big exam or presentation, and can help women more easily adjust to the changes brought on by pregnancy, as well as manage their pain and energy levels during labor. Sophrology is also used to treat… Stress Anxiety and depression Insomnia Self-image issues Sophrology isn’t a one-and-done deal. Rather, the session will arm you with the tools you need to tackle life from a balanced state of mind and body. You will learn how to listen and attune with your body’s needs, and fight off illness and disease. Sophrology helps root you in the present, so that you are no longer playing out your past and can look forward to the future with positivity. If you are interested in exploring Sophrology but cannot find a practitioner in your area, the Internet offers a wealth of resources, from YouTube videos to downloadable PDFs that can walk you through a particular set of exercises.

Caffeine Linked to Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

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Studies haven’t seemed to agree when it comes to the link between caffeine and the vasomotor symptoms of menopause (hot flashes and night sweats). Some evidence suggests caffeine may help such symptoms, while other studies indicate caffeine does more harm than good. A new Mayo Clinic study, however, tilts the balance in favor of negative, showing that caffeine can make hot flashes and night sweats significantly more unbearable.  Turn up the Air Condition—It’s Hot in Here! Did you know that 85% of Americans drink some type of caffeinated beverage daily? And an estimated 79% of perimenopausal women and 65% of postmenopausal women suffer from hot flashes and night sweats. The Mayo Clinic study, published in the journal Menopause, suggests that these percentages may be somewhat correlated. Researchers surveyed 2,507 women who presented with menopausal symptoms at the Women’s Health Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester from 2005-2011. Of those surveyed, 1,806 met all inclusion criteria. Data, collected from the Menopause Health Questionnaire which included information as to personal habits and menopausal symptoms and severity, was compared between those who drank caffeine and those who did not. Results showed an irrefutable link between caffeine intake and more prevalent and severe hot flashes and night sweats. Stephanie Faubion, M.D., director of the Women's Health Clinic, says, "While these findings are preliminary, our study suggests that limiting caffeine intake may be useful for those postmenopausal women who have bothersome hot flashes and night sweats." In addition to cutting out the caffeine, you may want to try the following suggestions to help you with hot flashes and night sweats: Notice what exacerbates your symptoms, like spicy foods and hot beverages. Cut back on alcohol consumption. Implement a stress-relieving program made up of meditation, yoga, or tai chi. Exercise regularly. Talk to your doctor or alternative health care practitioner about hormone therapy and balancing herbs.

Prolonged Sitting May Cause Heart Disease

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We’ve got one more study from 2014 proving that prolonged sitting is incredibly detrimental to your overall health, regardless of if you are fit and regularly exercise, or are a couch potato that hates lifting a limb. Whether you sit in front of a desk for eight hours a day, in front of a television, or both, you set yourself up for increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, insomnia, arthritis, certain types of cancer, and even premature death. A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine establishes a link between prolonged sitting and two biological markers of cardiovascular disease.  Don’t Just Sit There! Researchers analyzed the results of the 2004-2005 AusDiab (Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle) study made up of 3086 Australian adults. Results showed that two heart disease risk factors correlated with prolonged sitting: fibrinogen and C reactive protein. Fibrinogen measures clotting tendency and C reactive protein measures inflammation. Clotting + Inflammation = Increased Risk of Heart Disease! Sitting time significantly increased fibrinogen and C reactive protein in the individuals studied. Furthermore, risk was not mitigated by physical activity. Researchers concluded: "In this large sample of Australian adults, overall daily sitting time and TV viewing time were positively associated with plasma fibrinogen and hsCRP [high sensitivity C reactive protein], independent of LTPA [leasure time physical activity]." Get Moving! When we sit, our skeletal muscles don’t use as much fuel. The extra glucose builds up in our bloodstream, instigating obesity and type 2 diabetes. Blood flow to the legs is reduced, and blood pools in our lower extremities, suppressing the production of compounds like nitric oxide which help prevent heart attacks. The harmful effects of sitting extend to our mental health as well. Less movement means less blood flow to the brain, less oxygenation, and less glucose metabolism, which effects mood, memory, and more. We’ve already seen that an hour of exercise after eight hours of sitting doesn’t reverse the negative health effects. Intermittent movement, however, has demonstrated benefit. A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology showed that 2 minutes of light activity every 20 minutes activated genes that help promote insulin sensitivity and heart health. Another study suggests that 10 three-minute walks conducted throughout an eight-hour workday can improve plasma lipids and hypertension indicators. That’s just 30 minutes of walking a day! So by all means keep up your exercise program, but add some intermittent movement into the mix throughout your day to keep your blood flowing, your blood sugar levels regulated, and your limbs supple.

One More Reason to Go Organic

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In 2012, a Stanford University meta-analysis of 240 studies comparing organic to conventionally grown produce, found that organic was far less contaminated with pesticides. Two years later, European scientists have published their own meta-analysis of 343 studies in the British Journal of Nutrition. These most recent findings give us yet another reason to go organic. Not only does organic produce contain far fewer pesticides, but it is also richer in antioxidant content! The Problem with Pesticides This most recent review found that organic produce has on average 48% lower levels of cadmium, a toxic carcinogen according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Cadmium is found in cigarette smoke, and as noted by the EPA causes cancer and kidney disease. What is a non-smoker’s main source of cadmium exposure? Food, where cadmium is found aplenty! The authors of the study noted: “The frequency of occurrence of pesticide residues was found to be four times higher in conventional crops...” It’s imperative to limit pesticide exposure as much as possible, and choosing organic gives you a leg up. Pesticide Action Network North America reports that exposure to chemicals and toxins starts in the womb, and stays with us throughout the course of our lives! We just need to look at the health of the farm workers responsible for spraying fruits and vegetables with agricultural chemicals. According to the nonprofit organization Farmworker Justice, farm workers who work with pesticides contract significantly more chemical-related diseases (including respiratory conditions, migraines, cancer, and reproductive problems) than any other workers in America. Go Organic and Amp Up Your Antioxidant Status Since the 1920s, the nutrient content of our produce has dramatically declined. The reason is that fruits and vegetables depend on nutrient uptake from the soil, but industrial agricultural methods have destroyed the soil microbes that transfer minerals to plants, leaving our soil pretty much devoid of nutrients. Dr. August Dunning, chief science officer and co-owner of Eco Organics notes that in 1988 you’d have to eat 26 apples to match the nutritional content of 1 apple from 1950! More than 20 years later, and the nutritional content of produce has only gotten worse. That’s why the antioxidant boost from organic fruits and vegetables is particularly significant. Findings indicate that organic fruits and vegetables contain 18-69% more antioxidants than conventionally grown produce does. And it’s not just this one study praising higher antioxidants in organic produce. A 2010 study published in PLOS ONE reported that organic strawberries were far more nutrient-dense than non-organic strawberries. Not to mention, strawberries feature high on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen list, which notes the most contaminated fruits and vegetables you shouldn’t buy conventionally grown. Researchers explain the health benefits of antioxidants, writing: “Many of these compounds have previously been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases and certain cancers, in dietary intervention and epidemiological studies.” That’s an infinite number of reasons to go organic!

Acupuncture for Hot Flashes

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That sudden flush of heat that overwhelms…blotches of red on your face, neck, arms, back, and chest…heavy sweating followed by cold shivers…all symptoms of hot flashes, courtesy of menopause. Approximately half of all women undergoing menopause treat the change with hormone therapy—a mix of meds with estrogen and progesterone. The health risks of hormone therapy, however, include stroke, heart disease, and even cancer. According to a recent review, half of all women treat their menopausal symptoms with complementary and alternative medicine therapies rather than pharmacological prescriptions. A meta-analysis published this month in the journal Menopause, suggests that acupuncture for hot flashes is indeed a viable treatment. Researchers determined that acupuncture can reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes for up to three months regardless of the number of doses, sessions, or the duration of treatment. Hot Flash Relief Researchers studied different types of acupuncture for hot flashes: traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture (TCMA), acupressure, electroacupuncture, laser acupuncture, and ear acupuncture. Analyzing 12 studies made up of 869 women ages 40-60 going through natural menopause, they determined that while acupuncture didn’t exhibit a consistent effect on other menopausal symptoms such as sleep, mood, or sexual disturbances, acupuncture did affect the severity and frequency of hot flashes for up to three months after treatment. However, it appears that sham acupuncture treatment seemed to reduce the frequency of hot flashes to the same degree as actual acupuncture, which calls into question acupuncture’s true effect. A 2011 study published in Acupuncture in Medicine showed that of 53 women receiving traditional acupuncture or sham acupuncture, those who were treated with acupuncture demonstrated significantly lower scores on the scale of menopausal symptoms (including hot flashes) than did those being treated with sham needles. Researchers don’t know why acupuncture influences hot flashes, but theorize that it has something to do with acupuncture’s ability to lower the concentration of the neuropeptide beta-endorphin that hangs out in the hypothalamus. Lowering beta-endorphin levels may just trigger the release of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), a peptide that controls body temperature. There are many other natural treatments for hot flashes, including hypnosis. A 2012 study in Menopause reported that hypnosis lowered the frequency of hot flashes by 75%! The wonderful world of alternative medicine is full of surprises!

Bacopa Supercharges Memory

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Can This Ancient Herb Really Supercharge Your Memory? Experts Say It Can   Recently, a world-renowned medical expert claimed that an herb called Bacopa Monnieri can enhance your memory and help you focus better.  If that sounds too good to be true, read on, because reams of scientific research back up this expert's claims.   Memory Loss FACT Americans are now more concerned about losing their cognitive abilities than they are about cancer, heart disease, or stroke. Source: MetLife/Harris survey   Bacopa: A Memory Miracle Herb Proven by Modern Science  Bacopa is a leafy, creeping herb native to India.  It also grows in wetland areas throughout Asia, Hawaii, and southern parts of the United States. This herb has been used as a brain-booster in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.  Historical texts as far back as the 6th century claim that Bacopa works wonders to enhance memory, learning and concentration. Researchers have confirmed these claims: New information retained better: In a study published in the esteemed journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers gave Bacopa or a placebo to 76 adults ages 40 to 65.  Bacopa had a significant effect on their retention of new information. Memory and learning abilities improved: In an Australian study at the University of Wollongong, Bacopa boosted memory and recall.  Prior to the study, researchers tested participants on their verbal learning abilities, memory and speed of information processing.  After giving them either Bacopa or a placebo, those tests were repeated at week 5 and 12 of the study.  Participants taking Bacopa scored considerably higher than those on placebo. Information learned twice as fast: A study presented at the 1996 International Brain Research Conference showed that Bacopa reduced the time needed to learn new tasks by almost 50%.  Participants taking Bacopa mastered the task in just 6 days, compared to 10 days for the control group. Better attention and information processing: A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicineshowed that elderly participants who took Bacopa daily demonstrated greater improvement in attention and verbal information processing than those taking a placebo.  These results led scientists to conclude that Bacopa strongly supports normal brain function. Bacopa's Powers Enhanced By Companion Plants  Bacopa works wonders to shield and restore your brain... boost your memory... and sharpen your focus.  But even better, this herb's effects are drastically enhanced by other plant-based nutrients. Modern science has revealed 5 other plant-based brain boosters with effects that surpass all others:      The unusual mushroom that protects and rejuvenates your brain: In ancient China, only the emperor was allowed to eat a certain medicinal mushroom that was said to give him "nerves of steel and the memory of a lion."  It was used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to stimulate the mind and soothe the stomach.  This powerful herb protects your brain in two primary ways.  First, it optimizes neuron health and connectivity.  Second, it protects your brain cells from damage from amyloid beta peptide, the production and deposition of which is considered by some researchers to be associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease.      The "graceful aging" mushroom from China:This nearly translucent jelly fungus grows in warmer climates and has been used as a tonic and beauty enhancer by the Chinese and Japanese for more than 2,000 years.  It has proven effective in supporting a healthy immune system... supporting normal response to infection... and maintaining healthy cholesterol.  It has also been shown to boost your capacity to learn and remember things.      The "miracle-worker" mushroom that restores balance: According to traditional Chinese medicine, this adaptogenic herb is a miracle worker because it helps your body maintain a healthy balance—and restores balance when you are sick.  For centuries, this mushroom has been used to boost the immune system... even when fighting chronic diseases... support a healthy cardiovascular system... ease respiratory problems... and relieve allergies.  This mushroom contains triterpenes and polysaccharides that help put the brakes on destructive proteins that cause memory-stealing plaque to form in your brain.  Plus, they protect your brain cells from irritation—which helps with neurodegenerative issues.      Power-packed leaves that even help with severe memory loss: Studies have found that the leaves from one of the oldest living species of this tree can help people suffering with severe memory loss by improving thinking, learning, and memory... social behavior... depression... and the ability to handle daily activities—like eating, walking and dressing.  Plus, it appears to work well in delaying brain aging.  It has been shown to improve blood flow to the nervous system and brain and has been used in China to boost cognitive abilities for thousands of years.  It even helps protect your brain from neuronal damage.      An amazing "cure all" that dates back to 33 BC:This herb has been used to treat everything from memory loss to regulating blood sugar for thousands of years.  Several studies show that it helps boost mental performance by lengthening attention span and improving focus.  In a German study, elderly participants who took this herb saw improvements in memory, concentration, attention and ability to cope. Best Science-Backed Brain Boosters Ever Identified... All-in-One Supplement Imagine what could happen if you were to combine the neuron-restoring, memory-improving powers of Bacopa with all 5 of the above-mentioned, researched and proven botanical memory boosters? You could... Normalize damaged nerve cells and help improve their ability to transmit signals in your brain... Stimulate your levels of nerve growth factor so your brain's neurons can stay healthy, growing and communicating... Protect against dangerous brain plaque and free radicals, before they can damage your nerve cells and wreak havoc with your brain function... Help enhance the circulation of nutrient-rich blood and oxygen to your brain... And protect your brain from memory-stealing irritation.    And as a result, you can remember things better... learn new skills and information faster... focus more easily... and even enjoy better moods! Discover for yourself how to supercharge your memory, boost your brain health, think more clearly, learn faster, and focus better—with the only all-natural supplement that contains optimal amounts of both Bacopa and all 5 synergistic plants to enhance its brain-protecting capacities.  Regain the ability to learn new things and remember even the tiniest of details with the ease of a much younger person, CLICK HERE to start now.

Fish Oil Review

written by Joe Barton

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A hundred years ago, it was said that a good mother always sends her children to bed at night with a spoonful of cod liver oil. Below, a late 19th century ad touts the benefits of Scott’s Emulsion of Pure Norwegian Cod Liver Oil: “It restores the flagging energies, increases the resisting powers against disease; cures Consumption, Scrofula, General Debility, and all Anemic and Wasting Diseases (especially in Children), keeps coughs and colds out, and so enables the constitution to hold the fort of health.”[i] While we don’t hear much about cod liver oil today (though it’s still available), we have been bombarded with advertising about our need for omega-3 fatty acids—those particularly found in fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for health and a variety of body functions including: controlling blood clotting, building cell membranes in the brain, and a variety of other potential benefits.[ii] Of the omega-3’s, the two we’re most concerned with are: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).[iii] DHA and EPA are two primary fatty acids found in the “fatty” fishes, krill, calamari, green-lipped mussel, and marine algae. Other non-marine sources of DHA and EPA include: flaxseed oil, canola oil, soy oil, and walnut oil. But the body can only convert a limited amount of those oils to DHA and EPA.[iv] Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevention against heart attack and stroke: Although once thought to aid in the prevention of heart disease and stroke, numerous studies have produced little evidence of this. However, DHA and EPA do offer some results that can improve the health of our heart. Reducing blood pressure, thinning the blood and lowering triglycerides are three of those benefits.[v] But to date, there is no evidence that taking fish oil supplements will reduce the chance of heart attack or stroke. In fact, there may be more benefit from eating two or more portions of fish per week than taking a fish oil supplement when it comes to living heart-healthy.[vi] Prevention and relief of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases: Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids is known to reduce some forms of inflammation.[vii] Prevention and treatment for cancer: Some evidence links DHA and EPA with reducing the risk of colon, rectum and breast cancers. However, greater amounts of these omega-3 fatty acids have possibly been associated with an increase in prostate cancer. But the jury is still out on this one. The good news is that fish oil may help prevent weight loss during chemotherapy treatments of cancer patients.[viii] Prevention of eye disease: Higher intake of DHA and EPA has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of age-related eye disease and age-related macular degeneration.[ix] Relief of psychiatric, mental disorders and depression: For reasons yet to be discovered, fish oil appears to offer some relief to people with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety.[x] Prenatal care: Due to the need for DHA for normal development of the brain and retina in babies, pregnant mothers and infants may benefit from fish oil.[xi] Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease: Studies of the diets of populations tend to indicate that DHA may prevent Alzheimer’s disease. However, once the disease has onset, increased levels of DHA do not appear to curb its progression.[xii] Reduce acne: One study has demonstrated that daily consumption of a fish oil supplement significantly reduced the severity of acne among men and women from 18 to 33 years old.[xiii] Sources and Dosages of Fish Oil Fish oil is available in three basic forms: softgel capsule, liquid, or “on the fin.” Additionally, enteric-coated softgels are designed to pass through the stomach undigested to alleviate the burping of fish flavor. Primary concerns when choosing a good omega-3 supplement are: the concentrations of DHA and EPA, the quality of the product, cost, and possibly the size of the softgel.[xiv] The concentrations of DHA and EPA vary greatly among the various brands available. There is no official FDA recommended dosage, but generally between 300 and 500 mg of combined DHA and EPA taken daily should suffice.[xv] As for the quality of the produce, Consumer Labs has done this work for us, so I would recommend that you check out their review of 30 different brands. Whether in softgel form or liquid from a bottle, cost can also vary from one cent to 24 cents per serving depending on the source and other factors. Softgels come in a variety of sizes from ½ inch long to over an inch, so if you have trouble swallowing large pills this may be an important factor for you.[xvi] If you prefer consuming your DHA and EPA “on the fin,” you can do so eating just two servings of 3 oz. of “fatty” fish per week. Those “fatty” fish include: Anchovies Bluefish Carp Catfish Halibut Herring Lake trout Mackerel Pompano Salmon Striped sea bass White tuna (albacore) Whitefish Be aware of where your fish is coming from.  For instance, farmed salmon may contain greater amounts of PCBs than wild salmon. Also, albacore tuna and fresh water fish may contain enough mercury that you shouldn’t eat more than six ounces per week.[xvii] Finally, what 19th century mothers did not know is that cod liver oil and other fish liver oils contain high amounts of vitamins A and D. Those vitamins can be toxic, so you’ll want to know how much of those vitamins you are getting. Ad for Scott’s Emulsion around 1884[i] By: Joe Barton Joe is the founder of Barton Publishing, Inc., a leading natural health company specializing in publishing cutting edge reports that show people how to cure and treat themselves using safe, natural, and proven remedies. He is also a contributing writer, helping thousands of people who suffer from acid reflux, diabetes, high blood pressure, gout, and 20+ other disease and ailments enjoy healthier lives.     [i] Diane Wendt, Chemical Heritage Foundation, “The Man with a Fish on His Back: Science, Romance, and Repugnance in the Selling of Cod-Liver Oil,” http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/media/magazine/articles/28-1-the-man-with-a-fish-on-his-back.aspx?page=2.   [i] Nutrivize, “Synthetic VS. Natural Vitamins: We Have No Idea What’s Better,” 2012, http://nutrivize.com/blog/general-health/synthetic-vs-natural-vitamins-we-have-no-idea-whats-better/. [ii]Dr. Frank Sacks, Harvard School of Public Health, “Ask the Expert: Omega-3 Fatty Acids,” http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3/. [iii] Consumer Lab.Com, “Product Review: Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review (Including Krill, Algae, Calamari, and Green-lipped Mussel Oil), 2014, https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/fish_oil_supplements_review/omega3/. [iv] Consumer Lab.Com. [v] Consumer Lab.Com. [vi] Consumer Lab.Com. [vii] Consumer Lab.Com. [viii] Consumer Lab.Com. [ix] Consumer Lab.Com. [x] Consumer Lab.Com. [xi] Consumer Lab.Com. [xii] Consumer Lab.Com. [xiii] Consumer Lab.Com. [xiv] Consumer Lab.Com. [xv] Consumer Lab.Com. [xvi] Consumer Lab.Com. [xvii] Consumer Lab.Com. [xviii] Diane Wendt, Chemical Heritage Foundation, “The Man with a Fish on His Back: Science, Romance, and Repugnance in the Selling of Cod-Liver Oil,” http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/media/magazine/articles/28-1-the-man-with-a-fish-on-his-back.aspx?page=2.

How to Reprogram Your DNA for Optimum Health

written by Underground Health Reporter

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Spontaneous Healing and Other Health Miracles Through Epigenetics How many times have you heard someone say… “Cancer runs in my family. My grandmother had it… my aunt had it… and I may as well accept that I’m going to get it too.” “Almost everyone in my family is overweight, including me. It’s in our genes. I’ll never be able to lose weight – no matter how hard I try.” “My dad died of heart disease when he was just 50. I have his genes, so I’ll probably die young, too.” Or maybe it was YOU saying those things, because you’ve been led to believe that your genes are fixed and can never be changed. Well, what if everything you’ve been told about your genes is WRONG? What if you could change your genes – and take control of your health – in as little as 2 minutes? In the exciting field of epigenetics, scientists have discovered that your DNA – which is shaped like a double helix – is not a fixed structure after all. You can, in fact, alter your DNA with such things as magnetic fields, heart coherence, positive mental states and intention. In a recent study conducted at the Institute of HeartMath, human DNA was placed inside a sealed test tube. Test subjects were then trained to generate focused feelings. When they produced negative emotions, the two strands that make up the human DNA would wind together more tightly. However, when they focused on feelings of love and appreciation, the DNA strands relaxed and exhibited positive changes – in just two minutes! Just think about what this means… You have the power to reprogram your genes – and radically transform your health destiny! Using your emotions is just one way to change your DNA. There are many other ways that are easy for you to do in the privacy and comfort of your own home – without any medical intervention whatsoever. By tapping into the science of epigenetics, you can rewrite the way your genes express themselves and… Experience spontaneous remission from diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes… Conquer your biggest health challenge – whether it’s losing weight… boosting your immunity… or just getting healthier… Sleep like a baby at night, knowing you’re able to change the abnormal genes you inherited into healthy DNA that you can pass down to the next generation… And enjoy better health than you ever dreamed possible. This revolutionary discovery can change your life – and the lives of your future children and grandchildren. Click here to get the full story on epigenetics – and discover how easy it is for you to switch off your “bad” genes… jump start your “good” genes… and rewrite your health destiny.

Using Wheatgrass Health Benefits To Reverse Gray Hair

written by Danica Collins

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Gray hair: The ultimate telltale sign of aging. Approximately half of all 50-year-olds are at least 50% gray. Try as you may to postpone the inevitable with expensive, foul-smelling and messy dyes, the battle against gray is predictable...gray is pretty much the undefeated champion. Or is it? Regular consumption of the young grass of a common wheat plant can recolor those grays so that you can enjoy your lush, natural color well into your senior years. And it doesn't just stop at the gray. This young cereal grass slows down the entire aging process by rejuvenating your cells, detoxifying your body, fighting tumors and tightening loose and sagging skin. Gray Isn't Just a Sign of Age The age-old healing system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) links hair pigmentation to the quality of your blood and the strength of your kidneys. According to TCM, gray doesn't mean old as much as it points to weak kidneys and blood. Made up of 70% chlorophyll, wheatgrass, from the wheat plant triticum aestivum, restores the health of your kidneys and blood. Chlorophyll helps to strengthen, build and oxygenate the blood. It is remarkably similar to hemoglobin, a compound that carries oxygen to the blood. Once consumed, chlorophyll is transformed into blood. It then transports nutrients, such as oxygen, to your cells, tissues and organs, rejuvenating, protecting and strengthening. Renowned nutritionist, Dr. Bernard Jenson, discovered that wheatgrass health benefits and other green juices high in chlorophyll are nature's best blood builders. In his book Health Magic Through Chlorophyll From Living Plant Life, he cites several cases in which he was able to boost red blood cell count in a matter of days simply by having patients soak in a chlorophyll-water bath. Consuming wheatgrass health benefits and other green juices regularly has been proven to boost red blood cell count even more rapidly. Beyond Beautification and into Total Body Health Wheatgrass health benefits is made up of an impressive array of nutrients that reinforce and rejuvenate everything from our cells and tissues to our organs and bodily systems. In addition to its 70% chlorophyll makeup, wheatgrass contains 17 essential amino acids, 90 minerals, 13 vitamins and 80 enzymes. Prominent research scientist Dr. Earp-Thomas says that,"15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery and so forth." Wheatgrass delivers an impenetrable line of defense against disease. An all-natural and powerful detoxifier, wheatgrass protects the liver and purifies the blood by neutralizing toxic substances such as cadmium, nicotine, strontium, mercury and polyvinyl chloride. Detoxifying is the first step. From there, wheatgrass takes the offensive as a proven anti-cancer agent that stops tumors in their tracks. Fact: Cancer cells cannot develop in oxygen rich environments! Wheatgrass health benefits are an abundant source of liquid oxygen. Boosting the production of red blood cells and increasing oxygen in the blood helps fight cancer cells because cancer cannot survive in such alkaline rich environments. A recent study published in the journal Mutation Research pitted chlorophyll against beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and E. Chlorophyll had a greater anti-cancer effect than all the other nutrients. Wheatgrass health benefits is truly a total body nutrition in one gulp! Why Has This Proven Anti-Aging Cure Been Hushed Up? Practically every week, new alternative health breakthroughs are discovered. Most of these anti-aging and longevity cures are already scientifically proven to heal a wide variety of diseases...eliminate pain...slow down or reverse the aging process...and enhance total body wellness. Yet, these powerful health alternatives—most of which are inexpensive or free—are unknown to most people because mainstream media rarely reports them. To the contrary, these powerful health solutions are systematically suppressed and even banned. The reason for this is simple: these inexpensive natural treatments threaten the profits of mainstream medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. Imagine what would happen to the earnings of Big Pharma and the medical industry if people had the information they needed to heal themselves of virtually any disease or health problem? Everyone would be able to optimize his or her own health and well-being... and no one would ever need medical treatment again—except for emergencies and natural disasters. Discover the cutting age, unconventional, top-secret cures for health problems ranging from A to Z—virtually every ailment in existence! You'll discover the No. 1 anti-aging food, and the North American fruit tree extract proven in a National Cancer Institute-funded experiment to be a million times more powerful than chemotherapy, with no harmful side effects. Gain access to hundreds of other scientifically validated natural cures for life-threatening diseases, including the diabetes remedy with a 100% success rate...the non-drug arthritis cure that reverses the breakdown of cartilage...the mind technology that causes spontaneous remission from disease...and more. Discover the single best source of "underground" health breakthroughs that most people will never know.