NATURAL HEALTH SITES BLAME GOOGLE ‘CENSORSHIP’ FOR PLUMMETING WEB TRAFFIC

Natural Products – By Jim Manson -July 16, 2019

THE OWNERS OF A NUMBER OF LEADING NATURAL HEALTH WEBSITES ARE BLAMING A NEW GOOGLE ALGORITHM FOR PLUMMETING SITE TRAFFIC. 

In June, Google announced that it was implementing an update to its Broad Core Algorithm. The tech giant said the update would improve its search results and was “nothing big”. 

However, some websites have witnessed dramatic reductions in visitor traffic since the change, with natural health sites being particularly affected

Site owners fear that alt-med websites are being increasingly targeted by social media companies and search engine operators, as tech companies seek to deflect criticism that they are promoting fake news and misinformation – including misinformation on health issues. 

One website, owned by leading US alternative medicine advocate Dr Joesph Mercola, has seen google traffic to the site crash by “about 99%”. 

Mercola notes that, “now, any time you enter a health-related search word into Google, such as ‘heart disease’ or ‘Type 2 diabetes’, you will not find Mercola.com articles in the search results.”

He adds: “Big Tech has joined the movement bringing in a global concentration of wealth to eliminate competition and critical voices…all disguised as a means to protect you from ‘misinformation’.”

Mercola says all this has happened in spite of the fact that the articles on his site are “fully referenced…to studies published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature”. He adds: “ …none of this now matters, as the very fact that the information I present typically contradicts industry propaganda places me in the lowest possible rating category.”

New York-based holistic health specialist Kelly Brogan wrote on Twitter that her “writing and teachings are largely unsearchable online as of 6/3 (the date of the Google algorithm update)”. She urged her followers to “stay with me through this wild time on our newsletter”. She shared an image with followers of the analytics for her website, showing the sudden drop-off in traffic. 

“GOOGLE IS MORPHING FROM AN ‘ORGANIC’ SEARCH ENGINE TO A TOOL OF CENSORSHIP – OTHER WEB PLATFORMS MAY FOLLOW AND WE SHOULD ALL BE CONCERNED”

Responding to the development, editors at the UK-based website Natural Health Newswrote that “Google is morphing from an ‘organic’ search engine to a tool of censorship – other web platforms may follow and we should all be concerned”. 

They add: “…most of our traffic comes from searches – from people…looking to manage uncomplicated health problems in a less invasive, more holistic and more natural way. Those people can no longer find us.” 

Also taking to Twitter, the UK-based journalist and activist Pat Thomas, wrote: “The latest Google ‘algorithm change’ wiped traffic off of the worlds natural #health websites. Maybe you don’t care about natural health. But what happens when Google next removes something you do care about from its search results? #censorship is censorship.” 

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Are industrial farming practices and geoengineering destroying the Earth’s soil?

Organic Farming News – FEB /28/2019 / By Vicki Batts

Modern farming practices have been shown to increase the amount of aluminum in the soil available to plants, and reduce overall soil quality. When more aluminum is available to crops, it means the soil is more acidic. In humans, aluminum has been linked to causing neurological problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease. But could it be harmful to plants, too? New research has shown that aluminum can, in fact, stunt plant growth. The degradation and acidification of soil has been an ongoing issue that is reaching a pivotal point, and Australian scientists have shown that aluminum could be making the problem even worse.

Researchers from the University of QueenslandUniversity of Oxford, and the University of South Australia recently joined forces with Elettra to conduct research on the impact aluminum has on plant growth. Aluminum becomes more bioavailable as a result of the acidification process — and there is reason to believe that current geoengineering practices could also be increasing the amount of aluminum seen in the Earth’s soil, along with modern farming techniques.

Aluminum hinders plant growth

To conduct their research, the team utilized a TwinMic microscope at the Elettra synchotron facility located in Trieste, Italy. There, they showed how aluminum accumulates in the root tips of soybean plants — and how it exerted its toxic effects on the cells needed for root growth.

Together, the researchers have found that aluminum in soil can reduce the growth of plant roots within just 30 minutes of exposure. The negative effects aluminum has on plant roots could even be detected within just a 5 minute window of exposure.

Researcher Peter Kopittke, of the University of Queensland School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, says, “For these cells, growth occurs when the cell walls loosen, yet we demonstrated that aluminum accumulates in the cell wall and inhibits their growth.”

Kopittke explains that if the plant’s roots don’t grow well, the plant will be unable to access essential nutrients and water — rendering it unable to flourish. According to Kopittke, their research shows that in order to overcome soil degradation and keep up with the global demand for food, it is essential to grow crops with a higher tolerance to aluminum.

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Soil degradation is a global issue

Soil degradation is a huge problem. About one-third of the world’s food-producing land has been lost over the course of the last 40 years. Monoculture farming practices have played a significant role in soil degradation. While soil degradation does occur naturally, current agricultural practices (like monoculture) serve only to exacerbate and worsen the natural process.

In January, U.N. officials announced that if we continue the path that we are on, the world’s topsoil could be completely gone within just 60 years. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), “the global amount of arable and productive land per person in 2050 will be only a quarter of the level in 1960.”

At the FAO headquarters, Volkert Engelsman, an activist with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, spoke before a forum. He stated, “We are losing 30 soccer fields of soil every minute, mostly due to intensive farming.”

Engelsman added, “Organic (farming) may not be the only solution but it’s the single best (option) I can think of.”

Geoengineering and industrial farming: A path to destruction

Is anyone really surprised that human activity is destroying the planet? Aluminum is one of the key compounds featured in the chemtrail “cocktails” that are sprayed into the atmosphere, under the guise of “climate control.” Eventually though, these sprays fall to ground and pollute the soil, water and air along the way. The aluminum from geoengineering has even been linked to the decimation of bee populations; and if it’s harming insects, it’s not a very far leap to harming plant life too — as this most recent study has shown.

Monoculture farming is a huge issue when it comes to the health of Earth’s soils. In monoculture farming, only a single plant is grown on a plot of land. Crop rotation of nitrogen-replenishing and non-replenishing plants is essential for keeping soil healthy, but monoculture practices tend to ignore this basic concept. Year after year, the single crop grown in monoculture plots will deplete the soil of the same nutrients, until it is veritably unusable. The soil then must be replenished by other means, such as fertilizers that often come with their own array of environmental issues. For example, nitrogen fertilizers have been connected to the massive increase in ocean dead zones and the decline of marine life.

Monoculture farming comes with many other drawbacks, such as attracting specific weeds and insects — which then creates a reliance on herbicides and insecticides, and the inevitable occurrence of so-called “super-weeds.” Over all, it is clear that current farming practices are unsustainable. They are causing substantial harm to our environment — and as Engelsman says, moving back to organic methods may be the only hope we have.

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RFK Jr Leads Thousands in Fight Against NY Vaccination Law 912 views Video – 19 min

The Conscious Resistance – Aug 16, 2019 – Video 19 min

RFK Jr. leads anti-vaxxers in court over ban on vaccine exemptions

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Canada At Risk For Food Shortages If Climate Change Not Slowed: UN Report

Huffpost / Canadian Press – Aug 8, 2019

Changes need to happen to agricultural practices, human consumption habits and forestry management.

OTTAWA — Canada will not be spared the impact of food shortages and price shocks if global warming is not kept below 2 degrees Celsius, a new report on land use and climate change suggests.

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The report, released Thursday by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, delivers stark warnings about the need for drastic changes to agricultural practices, human consumption habits and forestry management to prevent an escalation in the climate-change-related floods and forest fires that could lead to a global famine.

The Paris climate change agreement is straining to keep global warming below 2 C and as close to 1.5 C as possible, and Thursday’s report is the third in 10 months to lay bare the consequences if it fails. It also comes a week after the planet experienced its hottest month ever in July, following the warmest April, May and June on record.

Food shocks and disruptions

At warming above 1.5 C, the report predicts periodic food shocks, significant and widespread melting of permafrost and an increase in the length of wildfire seasons.

Above 2 C, there will be sustained disruptions in food supplies all around the world, widespread increases in wildfire damage and detectable losses of soil and vegetation that can be attributed to climate change.

It is projected that for every degree of global warming, the world’s yield of wheat will fall six per cent, corn by 7.4 per cent, and rice and soybeans both by a little more than three per cent each. Together those four crops account for two-thirds of the calories consumed by people, and with the population growing by 80 million people each year on average, the world needs to produce more food, not less.

Werner Kurz, a senior research scientist at Natural Resources Canada and one of two Canadians among 108 scientists who co-authored the report, said he doesn’t think most people understand the magnitude and pace of climate change, but he also said he believes reports like Thursday’s must be used to deliver potential solutions, not just nightmares.

“As scientists we need to be careful in sort of communicating doomsday scenarios because if we create a fearful world, then inaction will be the consequence,” he said. “People will be paralyzed and fearful.

“What instead this report is trying to do — and I hope is successful in achieving — is to, yes, lay out the consequences of inaction, but also then highlight the many opportunities we have for action and the co-benefits this has for livelihoods, for water.”

Kurz said to slow global warming, people need to burn fewer fossil fuels and improve how land is used, so that it not only contributes fewer greenhouse emissions, but also absorbs more of them.

The report suggests agriculture, forestry and other land use activities contributed almost one-quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity between 2007 and 2016.

That includes changing human diets to be more plant-based and less meat-based, because plant-based proteins require less farmland.

Forests aren’t carbon sinks

It also means diversifying the kinds of trees being planted in forests rather than focusing entirely on coniferous trees, which burn differently than deciduous trees. Using more wood to build things like houses and buildings and replanting with more diverse species can help regenerate forests, which become bigger risks for fires when they are old, he said.

But Kurz, whose job for Natural Resources Canada is to track the contributions forests make to Canada’s emissions, said there is a vicious cycle in play where climate change has made more forests vulnerable to burning, but that burning is then contributing to more climate change.

Catherine Abreu, executive director of the Climate Action Network Canada, said the idea of diversifying forests is critical to improving their management.

“Canadians and Canadian governments tend to think of our forests as carbon sinks rather than sources of emissions, but we know that has been false now for a couple of years,” she said.

Kurz acknowledged that the changes needed likely won’t come easily for many people, but he said understanding the implications of not doing it should help.

“What we need to realize is that how we choose to live will have an impact on future climate.”

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Moringa 101: All you need to know about its health benefits, medicinal applications and nutrient profile

Natural News – August 07, 2019 by: Ralph Flores

Superfoods are pretty much like superhero films these days: Every day, a plant is hailed as the “new” superfood, which has more benefits than most foods in the market.

However, most of these plants can’t hold a candle to moringa (Moringa oleifera), a tree whose health benefits have been established since the time of the ancient Indians. In an article published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness, researchers from PES University and the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad listed some of the commercial and medicinal applications of moringa, which they dubbed the “Miracle Tree.”

Small leaves, huge benefits

The moringa tree — which also goes by the name drumstick tree or horseradish tree — is native to northern India in the Himalayas but is now grown in many tropical and subtropical regions around the world. The tree is easily cultivated, fast-growing, and drought resistant, making it a sustainable remedy in communities that struggle for food resources, like West Africa and Mexico. In countries like Senegal and Benin, moringa is used to treat malnutrition in children.

Compared to other superfoods, moringa is a nutritional powerhouse. It has:

  • Seven times more vitamin C than oranges
  • 1o times more vitamin A than carrots
  • A whopping 17 times more calcium than milk
  • Nine times more protein than yogurt
  • 15 times more potassium than bananas
  • 25 times more iron than spinach

It’s also rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, and E, phosphorus, and dietary fiber.

Health benefits of moringa

Moringa has long been used in traditional medicine, where it’s known to treat over 300 diseases. While many people believe that the leaves of moringa are its most beneficial parts, in India, even the root bark is used in medicine.

In the review, the authors highlighted some of the known benefits of moringa.

  • Antidiabetic. Scientists found that moringa extracts act as an antidiabetic agent for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The antioxidants present in the leaves protect beta cells in the pancreas from oxidative stress, allowing them to produce much-needed insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal. Researchers also found that the plant can benefit those with diabetes by preventing some of its complications, including retinopathy and nephropathy, to name a few.
  • Anticancer. There’s no question that cancer is a devastating disease, for both the sufferer and his family. According to the World Health Organizationmore than 9 million people worldwide die from cancer every year, making it the second leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease. While conventional treatments exist, these can be expensive and have adverse effects. Multiple studies provide evidence that moringa leaves exhibit anticancer potential; scientists say that its ability to protect cells from oxidative damage also helps in preventing the abnormal spread of cancer cells in the body. Additionally, moringa can upregulate caspase 3 and 9, which are associated with programmed cell death in cancer cells.
  • Anti-inflammatory. While inflammation is part of the body’s natural response to infection, chronic inflammation is not. Inflammation that persists can be a precursor to other chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. According to researchers, moringa leaves, pods, and seeds are rich in isothiocyanates, which have potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Every part has its benefit

It’s worth noting that no part of the moringa tree is wasted, especially when it comes to health benefits and nutritional value.

The leaves are rich in fiber, fat, protein, and minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium. They also have B-vitamins as well as essential amino acids. Studies show that moringa leaves can treat diseases like asthma, diarrhea, headaches, and eye and ear infections, thanks to the presence of flavonoids like quercetin. (Related: Moringa is a nutrient-dense superfood that protects you from oxidative damage.)

The seeds contain oleic acid and other fatty acids like linoleic, and behenic acids. They are also rich in tannins, phenolics, and other phytochemicals. Studies show that moringa seeds can help treat Crohn’s disease, arthritis, gout, cramps, and hyperthyroidism. Moringa seeds are also potent antimicrobial agents.

The root bark has alkaloids and minerals such as magnesium and calcium. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer activities. The alkaloid content of the root bark is responsible for both bioactivities and can even help in relaxing cardiac muscles.

The benefits of moringa extend beyond food and medicine. Its seeds are also pressed for their oil, which can be used in perfumes, cosmetics, and lubrication. In agriculture, moringa is highly valued for its ability to increase crop yield and eliminate heavy metals from water.

FoodScience.news has more stories on moringa’s other health benefits and uses.

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