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There appears to be a continued public misconception (encouraged by the supplement industry) that free radicals are bad, and that antioxidants are good. Of course, like most phenomena affecting our health, it’s not that simple.
Free radicals are molecules or atoms containing an unpaired electron. Unpaired electrons are attention seekers. They really don’t like being alone, so are always searching out other electrons. This makes them highly reactive. Free radicals are like the unstable friend who shows up drunk to the party and starts breaking things. Antioxidants are molecules that are able to donate an electron to the free radical, thus stabilizing it. They’re like the patient friend who is able to convince the free radical not to drive home, takes him to the back room to calm him down, and brings him water and a bucket once he starts throwing up.
Needless to say, without the presence of antioxidants, free radicals can really ruin the party. The cellular damage that results is called oxidative stress, and is associated with ageing, heart failure, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many other health problems.
Until recently, the thinking had been that the more antioxidants, the less oxidative stress, because all of those lonely electrons would quickly get paired up before they had the chance to start mucking things up in our cells. But that thinking has changed.
“Free radicals are not really the bad ones or antioxidants the good ones.” Villanueva told me. Their paper explains the process by which antioxidants themselves become reactive, after donating an electron to a free radical. But, in cases when a variety of antioxidants are present, like the way they come naturally in our food, they can act as a cascading buffer for each other as they in turn give up electrons to newly reactive molecules.
“For instance,” Villanueva said, “chocolate has more than 20 antioxidant flavonoids. One is converted into a free radical and becomes reactive, but less reactive [than the first]. It then reacts with another, and that one is less reactive and so on and so forth, and all of them react with each other, decreasing the damage that would be happening to our lipids, or proteins or DNA”
Source: Villanueva & Kross, 2012
If there is only one type of antioxidant present, say in the case of a high-dose vitamin C supplement, then there are no other antioxidants to provide that protective cascade effect. Then you could end up with a bunch of reactive vitamin C, which itself can cause what they call “antioxidant stress.”
hi guys! I have been using your fermented butter/cod liver oil for the past year - especially for my kids who seem to have cavity prone teeth. Their teeth are doing MUCH better since they have been taking the cod liver oil (thank you!) I DO have a question, though. One of my three kiddos seems to have problems taking the oil - he takes it, and within 12 hours he has a stomach ache and sulfur smelling gas and burps (gross - sorry) It has happened with both batches of oil that we have purchased. I would really love for him to continue taking the oil! Do you have any suggestions or thoughts? thanks!
You will have to do some trial and error. Everyone is different and has different needs. My guess is there will be a issue within the gallbladder, liver, bile duct area. Some things to consider based on our families experience, we have 6 children and one of our children (number 5 Max) had issues that the oils did not fully address and below is what we learned.
1. Reduce the amount of oils and move very slow with the products. These are very nutrient dense and will challenge ones body especially when there are stresses.
2. Consider introducing kelp powder (minerals) or super green powder that is kelp based, brewers yeast (gut help..B vitamins) and maybe getting a juicer. My wife makes a small vegetable (beet based) juice several mornings per week for the family. She will put in 1/2 tsp of brewers yeast, 1/2 tsp of kelp based super green and depending on lunar cycle she will include some diatomaceous earth (parasites are a big deal that are not properly addressed in the overall discussion of health).
I'm reading a book titled Reactive Oxygen Species Vs Antioxidants.... The Oxypocalypse or the War That Never Was by Prof Randolph M. Howes M.D. Ph.D. You know that you are on the edge of radically wierd if you consider reading this book fun :).
The Quote that is imprinted in my mind and changed how I look at antioxidants was when I attended a Doctor Training Seminar several years ago..... "Why are we all afraid of oxygen, we need oxygen to live! If you think you need an antioxidant eat a blueberry, your body knows what to do with a blueberry!"
Here are some quotes publsihed in the book discussed by Dr. Howes
"Finding Your Inner Radical Self"
As the famous "Okie" Will Rogers once said there are three ways to learn how to do something. Some people will learn by reading books, some will learn by watching what others do and there will be those who just have to piss on the electric fence to figure it out.
Dr. Howes Quotes:
The magnanimous dance of the redox electron is the bona fide ballet of life.
Without educating the "radically" ignorant, convincing them of the dangers of antioxidant over use is an impossibility.
Resolving redox confusion has proven fiendishly difficult.
The most important of all rules is the rule that no rule is immitable or put it another way, the rule is that no rule remains the same rule...forever. Rules are progressive and not everlasting.
When the expanding universe collapses, we may experience reverse evolution or "devil-ution."
Two main quarries, oxidants and antioxidants, supply the major building blocks for electron and proton flow in living entities. Rock on!
Just about the entire time you begin to figure out life, it's time to die and you grasp just how little you have figured out.
Just when you figure out that you can not figure out life, is when you realize that we are all as dumb as a box of roxs...er, rocks.
Antioxivores, gobble down your synthetic supplements to support billon dollar sales but so at your own peril.
Oxidants and antioxidants are like Wasabi or a bass player---i.e. they do not work well alone. They are co-dependent in their life-sustaining quest of promoting electron and proton flow.
The half century of occurrance of the free radical theory will merely represent a moment of confusion in the overall history of redox thought, aerobiosis and oxygen appreciation.
Radicophobes can ignore the truth or they can reject the truth but they can not change the magnificent truths regarding the crucial role of EMOD's in the life process of all aerobes or the inherent splendor of oxygen.
Under abnormal conditions, elecronically modified oxygen derivatives may be toxic in excess but the same can be said for water and food.
Friends do not let friends injudiciously ingest antioxidants
Amused and annoyed in equal measure, I peruse the antioxidant vitamn ads. Quotes are inspired by the marketing and business milieu, which distort the facts to score a selling point....so much for science. Let's hear it for sales.
I toil to reveal the deceptive profit-driven agenda of the antioxidant and radicophobes.
The best thing about free radical theory is theat you intuatively feel and instinctively know that it is wrong,.....just plain old wrong.
Antioxidants: Known harm for unknown benefit.
Comprehensive Rejuvenating Antioxidant Program: C.R.A.P. Yes, this is their antiaging plan. Their are CRAP creams, CRAP pills, CRAP supplements, CRAP shampoos etc... In short, it's all a lot of CRAP
Hydrogen and oxygen are two of the most flammable elements. Yet, combine them into water and they are the most effective extingusher of their own fire. The very essence of nature can be drastically altered by association and company we keep.
Oxygen is the biomarker for life on the planet Earth and used as such by those in the search of life throughout the universe. It is not the sentinel of death, as espoused by the ersatz free radi-crap theory.
Many faux theorist on aging subscribe to the free radical theory, which is like the theory of Bigfoot, only with less credibility or substance.
Faith is the capacity of accepting, without question, the incomprehensible as acknowledged and simplified facts.
Theorists propose a multiplicity of parallel universes. I have visited them many times. I sleep and enter via the dream-worm-hole portal. It is as real as all of the other unprovable universes. The dream dimension truely alters space and time in a remarkable, mysterious and inexplicable manner.
Humans are being rejected by the planet. I feel it.
At 65, I have entered a strange place. A place of looming questions and a place where i realize that I am nearer to death than I am to life. I am no longer all
Below is an important book/discussion. Years ago GPP used to add an anti-oxidant to our oils. I was continually challenged by practitioners and others from the perspective that anti-oxidants are harmful to us, they are industries pet preservative. Our oils should not need anti-oxidants, they have natural protections built in from the product and natural process. ...... Read full blog article for complete discussion and how to win the book
Antioxidants Linked To Deadly Unintended Consequences: PhD, Prof Randolph M. Howes MD: 9781470008758: Amazon.com: Books
Dr. Howes presents over 500 scientific reports showing the ineffectiveness of common antioxidants and of these, over 170 studies show harmful effects. This should not be surprising, since our very survival depends on imperative oxidative biochemical pathways. Dr. Howes discusses seven crucial oxidative pathways, including pathogen protection, cancer protection, wound healing, energy production, detoxification, immunity and cellular signaling, which can be blocked or interfered with by "antioxidant stacking or overkill." Thus, it is a no-brainer that antioxidant overload can cause inadvertent harmful maladies and also cause increased risk of death (overall mortality). Antioxidants can act as "dirty bombs" and non-specifically interfere with essential oxidative processes. Preservatives increase antioxidant exposure and this is rapidly contaminating our environment, due to the desire to prevent spoilage (rancidity, discoloration, foul odors, etc.) of common foods and preserve feed supplies of animals, such as cattle, pigs and fish. Antioxidant food fortification is commonplace and genetic modification to augment antioxidant content of foods is on the rise. This book is the world's largest selective collection of antioxidant reports and the cited studies include over 16 million human participants. Thirty two major medical/scientific organizations do not recommend the use of antioxidant supplements but suggest getting them for fresh fruits and vegetables. Dr. Howes has discovered that antioxidants can shield or protect 27 different cancer cell types in the laboratory and 9 murine (rodent) cancer cell types from being killed. Yet, millions of cancer survivors are encouraged to take potentially dangerous doses of antioxidant supplements on a daily basis. Please educate yourself to the inherent dangers of antioxidant overkill. Be smart. Be safe. Dr. Howes presents the downside of antioxidant overloading and exposes the mythology behind aggressive advertising campaigns pushing antioxidant overuse. Dr. Howes convincingly presents overwhelming data which clearly invalidates and nullifies the free radical theory and points out its failure to meet the requirements of the scientific method. The erroneous free radical theory lacks predictability and reproducibility. All antioxidant studies have been based on the flawed free radical theory. Hence, hundreds of studies have failed to show effectiveness or safety of antioxidant use in humans. It is time to move past the debunked free radical theory and to appreciate the many benefits of electronically modified oxygen derivatives (EMODs, previously called reactive oxygen species, ROS). EMODs are essential to normal homeostasis and human survival. Without them we would rapidly succumb, just as we would summarily die without a constant supply of ground state di-radical oxygen. We are, indeed, obligate aerobes. Please do not overlook this most essential fact.
Posted on November 13, 2013 Sir Albert Howard, CLE
Here is another in a line of articles on the topic of Diet, Crime and Delinquency. This paper was published in 1947 By Sir Albert Howard and in a '1984' like prophecy he predicts a link between future generational health and the destruction or change in farming practice ... which is all tied into our food chain.
On another note: Does anyone know a WAPF perspective or book review on Dr. D'Adamo's blood type work. Couple of books of his include: Eat Right for your Blood Typeand Change your Genetic Destiny. His web site is dadamo.com I'm wondering if his work might explain why some people are stronger with skate vs cod, others are stronger on cod and still others do best with both.
I have had this test performed previous along with Geiger count spot checks of inbound livers. We have never seen any issue to date. We will continue to run this type of test from time to time. This was very kind of Dr. Wendy to take the time and effort to run this test as she literally had to bring the product out and physically check 70 people to the product. This is time consuming work. I really appreciate her willingness to do the testing and taking the time to write a report to share.
Neligh Chiropractic & Acupuncture
Wendy F. Meyer, DC
November 6, 2013
RE: Testing results of Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Blue Ice X-factor Infused Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
After Fukushima incident over two years ago, there has been a concern how the radiation is affecting various products from the Pacific Ocean. Testing performed on 70 people revealed no ill effects produced from these two products that have manufactured dates of July 2013.
Testing was performed on Spectravision equipment to assess the energetic effects of the products on acupuncture points related to toxicity and the thyroid. The thyroid was chosen, as it is the major tissue affected by radiation exposure.
Posted on October 8, 2013 Author Alexander Schauss... provided through GPP Blog Discussion
Phosphates, Behavior and Learning
"The West German study reported that the additive found to have an immediate effect of altering a child's behavior was phosphate.
Phosphate is a salt or ester of phosphoric acid. It is used in the food industry to emulsify and improve the consistency of its products. Sodium phosphate is in evaporated milk. Phosphorous insecticide residues are often found in salads. Phosphoric acid is used as a flavor in soft drinks, jellies, frozen dairy products, candy, brews, and soft cheese prododucts.......
A diet low in added phosphates is recommended by the University of Mainz Clinic for hyperkinrtic, impulsive or learning-impaired children. Their double-blind studies indicate that phosphate-free diets improve the behavior and learning performance of some behaviourally impaired children......"
The author goes on to describe a link between additives and actions, crime and delinquency and more study needs to be done especially linking crime to foods and industrial food model.
In addition he cautions against a complete blanket statement saying all additives are problems...more study needs to be done.
"All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing a poison."
I'll add that because we are all individuals, with free will, the 'dose' the author describes above can be substantially different for each person.
Posted on October 4, 2013 Author Alexander Schauss... provided through GPP Blog Discussion
Over the next few wks I will provide different articles on the subject of diet, delinquency and crime. If you have any articles or book reviews on subject please forward. Here is one excerpt and discussion from the book Diet, Crime and Delinquency by Alexander Schauss
Page 55 discusses The Feingold Diet and the book The Feingold Cookbook for Hyperactive Children. Post you comment. Does any of this below still ring true? If so which parts are good and parts that are no longer held in high regard.
In Dr Feingold’s new book The Feingold Cookbook for Hyperactive Children (1981), Two groups of foods are to be eliminated. Group 1....artificial color, artificial flavors... And additionally two anti-oxidant preservatives BHT and BHA are to be eliminated. (I will question other anti-oxidant/preservatives as today there are more variants than was available in 1981 and the list might need to be longer). To determine whether a food or beverage contains these ingredients, read the label. In certain cases, however, these compounds are not listed on the label. For example, BHT or BHA are added to synthetic vitamin D to prevent it from turning rancid. (Is this still true? This book is from 1981 and processes might be different today) Later these fat soluble vitamin containing BHT or BHA is added to milk as required by law. Most low fat milk also contains gylcerol monoleate, an artificial butter flavor used as an emulsifier (again, today might be different than 1981)...... continued on next page
Please take a moment to share with others on this subject; your personal experiences, do you use any of the above Feingold Formula and if so which parts do or do you not follow. What additional resources would you recommend for parents working on this subject within their families.
Below is available on our blog by permission by Dr. Bruce West of Health Alert. If you do notknow Dr. West's work take a moment to go to his web site www.healthalert.com. It is one of themost followed alternative health websites and publications in the world. Over the years we have published many articles discussion linking nutrition to crime and delinquency..here is another, share if you have links to other articles on this topic
THERE WILL BE MORE MASS MURDERS
“Do you know a teen? Or better yet, do you own one? If so, help him or her live a long and healthy life. Make sure he or she eats foods rich in B vitamins—like lean meat, green leafy vegetables, organic eggs, etc. If he or she refuses, get them a good, natural, whole-food vitamin B supplement.”
Remember the term B-Complex Deficiency Syndrome, or BCDS. Over the past 35 years, I’ve cared for more than 10,000 adolescent and preadolescent patients suffering from BCDS. Based on my experience and standard physiology textbooks, there is no doubt that it is the cause of much of today’s emotional and psychological problems with kids. Because of this, it is one of the underlying causes of the horrendous violence in teens that eventually plays itself out as mass murders.
As some know, I enjoy books and on a variety of topics. I was looking through my library last night and found several books that I consider treasures but they are not well circulated. I thought I would share the list and give a brief description. Maybe you will seek them out and include them in your library.
Healing Back Pain By Jon Sarno
I think this book is worthy of this list because of how Sarno shows how the mind is a key player in ones own health including pain. We tend to blame this or that and look for outside influences to 'cure' but in reality much of what ails us is in our mind/stress. Everyone is different and handles environment differently. learning how to cope with ones own mind might be the start to any healing process.
The Curse of Louis Pasteur, Why Medicine is not Healing a Diseased World By Nancy Appleton 1999
Nancy gives a great history of how western medicine got to the place it is and why it is failing. It is Nancy'spremise that we blame disease on 'germs'. When in reality we need to point the finger inward. We are responsible for our own health. Great history with a solid lesson that we all need to hear and understand. Nancy has other great books worthy of reading and placing in your library.
The Science of Psychic Healing by Yogi Ramachalka 1934.
Its been on my shelf for many years.. I admit I have not read the entire book but I think it has something to say about space and movement that is worthy of discussion when dealing with ones health. I used one of the techniques to move molecules (as he describes) and it worked. If anyone has completed this book and would like to post a more complete review please do so.
Health From The Sea and Soil 1962 by Charles Ahlson
Great read, one aspect worth noting, he shows/ documents how simple sea water can be life giving. A spoonful per day. Any one living near the ocean should pick this book up and utilize his inexpensive protocols for health and longevity.
Heliotherapy by A. Rollier 1923
The book documents specific protocols on how to use the sun for healing. He describes a hormonal response that is deeper than the tradition concept of the sun and vitamin D.
Your Own Perfect Medicine by Martha Christy 1994 and Water of Life by Armstrong 1920's I think. Both books teach how important urine therapy is and will make a clear case for all to understand the topic and use it as needed. Armstrong gives case studies from a historical perspective and Christy gives an up to date version that has more 'science' discussion on the subject.
Please share some of your 'Dusty Books' with others in the community by posting/sharing as a comment within this blog
Posted on January 27, 2013 Dianne Jacobs Thompson Extracted from Nexus Magazine, Volume 13, Number 6
I have read a book that discusses sea water diluted in water to be used every day to great benefit. hers is an interesting article i found on a similar topic;
Diluted seawater contains almost the same concentration of minerals and trace elements as blood plasma, and its sodium content matches that of blood. It has been used successfully in animal tests as a blood transfusion substitute, but human trials are long overdue.
Below is a note from a customer and a post on random test data from this year. As most know, we do supply random test data on our website. The data does not pertain to any one jar and is for informational purposes only. I am tardy in keeping this list of data current. I'll will go sit in the corner for the next hour and promise to do a better job keeping this list updated. The Test data never changes as long as the lab/technician is constant. I don't put much faith into test data other than general information as I fully understand that labs and technicians can make a difference in a number, a number does not mean efficacy, and there are thousands of other molecular structures not discussed and not understood in these products.
The note from Diane below shows efficacy. It is the same type of efficacy identified through science earlier in the 20th century and it show the same type of results reported when we had our products tested using the traditional Vitamin D testing standard Rat Bio Assay. This type of test does not parallel counting molecules but rather the efficacy of Vitamin D as it relates to calcium absorption. This is real testing compared to molecule counting which is... well, i don't think it has deep meaning. I understand this view is contrary to typical societal view.
Diane J, Atlanta Georgia , January 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM |
My 14-year-old granddaughter is a gymnast and competes at a very high level. At a practice at the gym she fell from the uneven bars and broke her elbow. Her parents and three doctors decided surgically inserting a screw to hold the elbow together was the only thing that would make her arm strong enough for her to return to such a high level of competition. And so it was done. At a five-week check up with the surgeon, an X-ray showed that the screw had come out and the elbow had not healed. The doctor was beside himself and asked the parents to get a second opinion, because the only thing he knew to do at that point was to surgically put a plate in her elbow. An appointment was made to see another doctor in 5 days. I had just received our first order of Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil capsules from Green Pasture the day they were told her elbow had not healed. I took them to her immediately and suggested at least 6 per day. When the second-opinion surgeon examined her arm after 5 days of BO/CLO, he told her the arm was healed and she could go do whatever she wanted, limited only by whatever hurts. She immediately went to the gym and experienced no pain during her light workout. All that is left to do is remove the screw! Yea Green Pasture!
These results are 5 random FCLO lots from this year. We post random test data on our web site.. It has been awhile since I have done this but will do this today.
Lot C5101912 all units in iu’s per ml unless noted
Posted on December 20, 2012 Adam Cloe Livestrong.com
Molecular isolates.....just does not seem right...too many unknowns
When you take vitamin supplements, they can interfere with the levels of different medications and substances that are absorbed by your body. Increased vitamin D levels appear to be linked with a decrease in the amount of vitamin K in your body, though it is not known if taking vitamin D directly affects vitamin K.
1. Known the vaccines don’t work 2. Known they cause the diseases they are supposed to prevent 3. Known they are a hazard to children 4. Colluded to lie to the public 5. Worked to prevent safety studies
Here is the correspondence with Dr Huber cautioning against firm conclusions from the paper and the paper provided by Dr Huber for discussion. His note to me referencing two slides refers to the 2012 WAPF conference presentation. If you wish to purchase a copy of Dr. Hubers full presentation please visit www.westonaprice.org and inquire.
Posted on October 2, 2012 University of Copenhagen
Studying gut bacteria can reveal a range of human illness. Now, new research shows that the composition of a person’s intestinal bacteria could play an important role in the development of type 2 diabetes. These results, from a joint European and Chinese research team, have just been published in the journal Nature.
The number of people suffering from type 2 diabetes world-wide has risen rapidly in recent years, and scientists estimate that just as many people could be suffering from the illness without realising it. New research now indicates that your gut bacteria can reveal whether you suffer from the disease
Found the Below article of interest... I doubt the story will be covered as too much money and power is controlled by the companies making these drugs... just as the general discussion on drug use/manufacturing/sales and who is making the money will not be covered..... so deflect the real story we will talk about guns and anything else but the real story.
James Eagan Holmes? Makes first court appearance
Health Impact News Editor Comment: The Telegraph and other sources are reporting that James Holmes, the alleged “Joker” gunman,Health Impact News Editor Comment: The Telegraph and other sources are reporting that James Holmes,dosed up on prescription drugs before going on a shooting rampage.
(NaturalNews) A frighteningly growing number of teens and young adults around the world are injecting dangerous chemicals under their skin in the name of art and self-expression. A trend that started growing in America and Europe in the early '90s, tattooing soon became so popular that 36% of Americans aged 25-29 had at least one body tattoo by 2003.1 The numbers have undoubtedly risen in the four years since; tattoos are now well-entrenched in the mainstream. Even the media regularly glorifies tattoo culture, ...
Posted on May 4, 2012 Raine Saunders (Blog; Agricultural Society)
Last fall, Babble posted the 10 most unhealthy “health” foods marketed to kids. It’s encouraging to see mainstream web sites telling the truth about products from the food industry, and hopeful that more will be uncovered in the future. This is invaluable information all parents should have.
As parents, we are bombarded with information from companies about the products they sell. It can be overwhelming. What companies don’t tell us is that labeling is deceptive, and the claims made there usually don’t tell the truth about the food it represents.
Posted on April 12, 2012 by Jonathan Benson, staff writer Natural news
(NaturalNews) The long-term health damage caused by the great H1N1 swine flu scam "pandemic" of 2009 -- and particularly the mass vaccination campaign that accompanied it -- is already becoming apparent in the form of an autoimmune disorder. A new review published in the journal Public Library of Science ONE confirms that Pandemrix, a swine flu vaccine produced by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is responsible for causing an up to 1700 percent increase in narcolepsy among children and teenagers under 17 years of age.
“While engaged in a clinical study of chronic hypoglycemia inpatients of all ages I was impressed with the fact that several patients gave histories of attacks of poliomyelitis with residual paralysis. It occurred to me that a disturbance in carbohydrate metabolism could be a factor in susceptibility to infection with the virus of poliomyelitis, especially since, during hypoglycemia, cellular oxdation will be reduced.”
APPLETON, Wisconsin -- A revolution has occurred. It's taken place in the Central Alternative High School. The kids now behave. The hallways aren't frantic. Even the teachers are happy. The school used to be out of control. Kids packed weapons. Discipline problems swamped the principal's office. But not since 1997. What happened? Did they line every inch of space with cops? Did they spray valium gas in the classrooms? Did they install metal detectors in the bathrooms? Did they build holding cells in the gym?
What would you think if I told you that young people today likely committed violent, criminal acts in partdue to poor nutrition. What if they continued those violent acts in prison as the poor nutrition continued? Reserve judgment for now. This is science - let's see what the data tells us. My theory is that our relatively nutrient-poor modern diets contribute to a great deal of modern psychopathology.
A lack of zinc in your diet may be making you aggressive.
Several years ago I ran across a fascinating article in Psychology Today which focused on the origin of violent behavior. Was it nature or nutrition? Could the underlying cause be in one’s upbringing or in their genes? Or just maybe it could be some type of nutritional imbalance.
Taking the nutritional stance was William Walsh, Ph.D. and his team at the Health Research Institute in Illinois. Walsh and his colleagues published a study in Physiology & Behavior(1997)where they compared the results of blood tests given to 135 “assaultive” young males—who were between 3 and 20 years of age—to those of 18 in the control group without any history of violence. The results were staggering: The violent males had higher copper and lower zinc levels than the control group. The higher the copper and lower the zinc, the more aggressive and violent the behavior.
When the aggressive young males were treated with therapeutic doses of zinc, their aggressive episodes were substantially lessened.
Chicago Tribune reporters Michael Hawthorne and Sam Roe
SCARE: Self-described as “one of the nation's most comprehensive studies of mercury in commercial fish,” a December 2005 Chicago Tribune report from Michael Hawthorne and Sam Roe claimed that a number of popular fish sold in Chicago markets and restaurants were “so tainted that federal regulators could confiscate the fish for violating food safety rules.” In a later editorial complaining about “Tuna Roulette,” the Tribune warned of “dangerous levels of mercury that can be found in many commonly consumed fish varieties” and called for an increase in FDA testing and food warning labels.
FACT: This report completely ignored the reality of the safety margins that are built into the FDA’s consumer advice. Fish samples exceeding the FDA’s mercury Action Level are not inherently unsafe to eat. According to Hawthorne and Roe, the highest mercury reading in its survey was a swordfish whose concentration was 3.07 parts per million. Considering the Action Level’s built-in safety factor, this is less than one-third of the level that might be harmful. No other species averaged above 1.0 part per million.
FACT: Despite their headline hyperbole, Hawthorne and Roe were unable to find a single sample of tuna that exceeded the mercury Action Level, which is itself just ten percent of what might be harmful.
Over the next couple wks i will post a few articles to 'stir the discussion pot' on the topic of mercury.. please post/share your comments
By steering consumers away from the fish counter and the canned tuna aisle, overblown warnings about trace mercury levels have directly and negatively impacted public health, especially the neurological development of children born to low-income mothers.
This report offers the first quantitative measurement of that impact.
In the last 6 months of 2011, 12 US residents in 5 different states (Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia) were found to be infected with this influenza A H3N2 variant virus that had genes from avian, swine, and human influenza viruses. Similar viruses have been found in the past in swine but only very rarely infected people. However, this virus, first detected in August, was a little bit different. It contained another genetic change: It had acquired the matrix (M) gene from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus.
Posted on February 22, 2012 Waleed M. Abuzeid; Nadeem A. Akbar; Mark A. Zacharek Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Recent findings Vitamin D has been shown to have an immunomodulatory effect with a significant impact on immune function. Specifically, vitamin D regulates the mechanisms which suppress the inflammatory response and direct the differentiation fate of immune cells. Vitamin D has been shown to play an important role in asthma, and the concept of the unified airway model allows the extrapolation of vitamin D as a critical player in chronic rhinitis and rhinosinusitis. Summary Recent findings on the function of vitamin D may explain aspects of the pathophysiology of chronic rhinitis and CRS, and may help direct future treatment of these diseases.
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It's almost time to say goodbye to the food your grandparents consumed, because genetically modified crops have spread their toxic attributes across the globe. As their damaged genetics spread, their potential harm is being denied, and scientists who speak out are persecuted.
Posted on July 24, 2011 by Mark Crislip under General,Herbs and Supplements
I found this interesting article... Good for general discussion. The discussion about urine therapy in this type of article is encouraging.
In addition the discussion or debate about levels of vitamin D in blood samples is relevant for debate as the article points out. Real FCLO is different from other cod liver oils as there are many types of D and none of the types are made or extracted and added into the product as other supplements/foods are treated for labeling purposes.
I just don't think we have the knowledge to make conclusions about this molecule or that molecule in relation to natural medicine. So the debate goes on.....
While there are many taxonomies of alternative medicines, one thing almost all alternative therapies have in common is they are originally the de novo discovery of one lone individual. Working outside of the mainstream, they are the gadflies who see farther because those around them are midgets.
Hanneman conceives of homeopathy, the treatment of all disease. Palmer conceives the cause of all disease and its treatment in chiropractic Mikao Usui, while having a mid-life crisis, conceives Reiki. Virgin births all. These pioneers boldly go where no man has gone before.