True Activist – November 18, 2013 – By: Marco Torres
Artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, emulsifiers, sweeteners have saturated the food supply for more than four decades. We are on the precipice of discovering what our toxic food industry has done to our bodies and our environment. There is a heightened awareness and a sense of caution on the minds of most grocery shoppers, so let’s make it easier for them. Here are 25 of the most common toxic ingredients you must avoid in foods. The discovery of even one of these ingredients on a food label means “stay away.”
With the world becoming increasingly toxic and the incredible lack of knowledge regarding appropriate healthcare, it has never been more important to take charge of your health and your life. The Extreme Health Academy is a website that’s full of information to help you learn exactly what you must do to survive and thrive in this world. Best of all this website is a community of people ready to help others on the road to optimal health with features like an online forum, live webinars, podcasts, video courses, and more.
Maintaining good oral hygiene does not need expensive mouthwash or toothpaste. Instead, use lemons. Lemons and other citrus fruits have been associated with many health benefits, such as a lowered risk for gastrointestinal and esophageal cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. In a recent study, it was also revealed that the extract of the rind of lemon has potential protective effects against oral health problems.
Published in the journal Medicines, the study suggests that lemon rind extract may be used in protecting the oral cavity against oxidative and bacterial injuries.
The rind of lemons and other citrus fruits is commonly considered organic waste. However, citrus rinds are actually a great source of phenolic compounds that have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.
For the study, a team of researchers from Italy looked at the antioxidant and antibacterial effects of lemon rind extract. The research team obtained the extract of the rind of lemon by maceration in ethanol, evaporation, and freeze-drying. When they looked at the phytochemical profile of the extract, they found that its most abundant components were gallic acid, neohesperidin, eriocitrin, and neoeriocitrin.
The team also examined the effects of lemon rind extract on oral mucosa in vitro in keratinocytes. The oral cavity is always exposed to irritants and pathogens that can bring about local disorders linked to oxidative stress and microbial infections. In addition, periodontitis, caries, oral precancerosis, and gingivitis can enhance oxidative injury. They found that lemon rind extract prevented oxidative damage and cell death, as well as prevented bacterial growth.
Based on these findings, the research team concluded that lemon rind extract has potential benefits in protecting the oral cavity against oxidative and bacterial injuries.
Other health benefits of lemon rind
Whenever you make lemon juice, do not throw away the lemon peels or rinds. In addition to oral health, lemon rind offers the following health benefits:
It gives you vitamins: Lemon rind contains more vitamins than the juice itself. It contains five to 10 times more vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, and potassium than lemon juice.
It helps protect against cancer: Lemon rind can help the body eliminate carcinogenic substances. Lemon rind contains salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which are known to combat cancerous cells in the body. The flavonoids in the rind also help. Research has also shown that drinking hot tea with lemon peel can prevent the development of cancer cells.
It strengthens the bones: Lemon rind can also enhance bone health because of its calcium and vitamin C content. It can help prevent various bone conditions, such as osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory polyarthritis.
It helps lower cholesterol levels: Consuming lemon rind also has heart health benefits. Evidence shows that it can help lower the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol. This effect can be attributed to its polyphenol content. In addition, its vitamin C content helps in clearing the blood vessels, which, in turn, reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetic heart disease.
The manmade science of modern day antibiotics is at odds with the natural science of the supportive human microbiome. Going to war with microbial life forms, antibiotics attack both infectious bacteria and the benign species of bacteria that support human health.
The destruction of the human microbiome with antibiotics is the precursor to future infections. Because commensal bacteria protect the gut wall, assist in antibody response, and aid in digestion, the loss of their kind promotes disease. As antibiotics are applied, infectious bacteria have no choice but to evolve, garnering new antibiotic-resistant traits that enhance their survival and potential lethality. The ongoing evolution of drug resistant HIV, TB, malaria, MRSA, E. coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) poses a grave threat to the world, with superbug infections having claimed the lives of 50,000 people in the U.S. and Europe alone.
The side effects of antibiotics do not end with the slow death of the human microbiome and the threat of antibiotic resistance. One man almost lost his life from an internal burning reaction after taking a two week round of antibiotics to treat a staph infection. Thirty-eight year-old Josh Dennis from Colorado suffered severe blisters and burns over 90 percent of his body and was temporarily blinded. He suffered from a side effect called toxic epidermal necrolysis, a debilitating condition where the skin cells, mucus membranes, eyes, and genitals begin to burn and blister indiscriminately.
There’s also the story of 41-year-old Chris Dannelly, who was prescribed a brand name antibiotic called levofloxacin for the flu. After a second dose of the antibiotic, he began to suffer from a syndrome that causes the death of muscle fibers and the release of myoglobin into his bloodstream. He didn’t survive.
Now researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found 391 case studies where patients suffered seizures, hallucinations, delirium and other brain problems after taking properly prescribed antibiotics. The problem was not isolated to one type of antibiotic drug. The neurological side effects were reported among 54 kinds of antibiotics from twelve different classes. The delirium-inducing antibiotics included oral forms such as sulfonamides and ciprofloxacin and intravenous types such as penicillin. Symptoms of psychosis were associated with procaine, penicillin, sulfonamides, macrolides, and fluoroquinolones.
About half of the reactions (47 percent) included hallucinations or delusions. Fourteen percent of the reactions were seizures. Fifteen percent of the injured patients showed muscle twitching and five percent lost some degree of motor control, primarily from metronidazole. The antibiotics negatively impacted their brain wave activity, with 70 percent showing abnormal EEG (electroencephalogram) readings. Their brain disorder symptoms came to a halt when the antibiotic treatments were stopped.
When it comes to the elderly, delirium can be a serious issue, especially if the old person is stubborn. The brain confusion brought on by antibiotics causes conflict with the person’s strong will, making them agitated, angry, and verbally or physically violent. Cognitive decline doesn’t automatically come with old age. It can be brought on by properly prescribed antibiotics that elicit brain disorders or the accumulation of neuro-toxic mercuryand aluminum from flu shots. If they have persistently used antibiotics throughout their lifetime, the damage is multiplied, with nutrient absorption loss, poor digestion, mineral deficiencies, and weakened immune response.
The number one health goal of any adult should be to avoid antibiotics, unless there is a life threatening infection. There are a variety of plant-based anti-microbials, anti-virals, and anti-fungal compounds that can help prevent and ease the symptoms of illness. The Western medical system has not evolved quickly enough to know how to produce and administer these medicines. Healing herbal foods such as garlic, clove, ginger, goldenseal, licorice root, tea tree, lavender, mullein, black cumin seed, astragalus, elderberry, echinacea, raw honey, turmeric, cinnamon, etc., support the body’s natural immune defenses, instead of destroying them. Herbal medicine is generally supportive of the human microbiome and strengthens the mucosal, gastrointestinal, and overall humoral response of the immune system.
On November 5, 2018, the federal Ministry of Natural Resources released a Government “Road Map” for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMNRs) in Canada. (See www.ccnr.org/MC_Nov5_2018.pdf )
Nuclear promoters are desperately hoping to revitalize their failing industry by launching a new generation of hitherto untested “small nuclear reactors” across Canada and the world, to accelerate resource extraction in highly vulnerable northern regions of Canada, to power hundreds of isolated northern communities, including indigenous communities, and to salvage the nuclear industry. For this they need government funds and federal commitment.
Just fifteen days days after the government/industry Road Map was published, First Nations Chiefs of Ontario, meeting in a Special Chiefs Assembly at the Union of Ontario Indians in Toronto, passed the following resolution:
More Than 40 Percent of World’s Insect Species on Fast-track to Extinction
Authors of a major new scientific review of the catastrophic decline of insects say a “serious reduction in pesticide usage” is key to preventing the extinction of up to 41 percent of the world’s insects within the “next few” decades.
The review, published online this week in Biological Conservation, highlights that reversing the insect declines will require an “urgent” push to replace the ever-escalating use of harmful synthetic pesticides and fertilizers with more ecologically based, sustainable farming practices.
“This analysis is an alarming wake-up call that we need to dramatically reduce pesticide use,” said Tara Cornelisse, an entomologist and senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Dumping more and more insecticides on our food crops is like fixing a noise under the hood by yanking out the car’s engine. Insects are the foundation of every healthy ecosystem, so we need to quit poisoning landscapes with millions of pounds of toxic pesticides every year.”
Among the authors’ most sweeping conclusions is that
“A rethinking of current agricultural practices, in particular a serious reduction in pesticide usage and its substitution with more sustainable, ecologically-based practices, is urgently needed to slow or reverse current trends, allow the recovery of declining insect populations and safeguard the vital ecosystem services they provide.”
The meta-analysis of 73 studies assessing insect declines over a period of at least 10 years found that industrial farming practices driving habitat loss and extensive use of pesticides and fertilizers is associated with 47 percent of reported declines.
The authors found clear evidence for decline in all insect groups reviewed, but especially for butterflies and moths, native bees, beetles, and aquatic insects like dragonflies. It is estimated that half of butterflies, moths and beetles are declining at about 2 percent per year, and one in six bee species has disappeared in many regions.
A growing body of research indicates that insects are declining about twice as fast as vertebrates.
Earlier studies of insect loss showed declines of insect specialists — those that need specific habitat for nesting, or pollinate only one type of flower. But more and more studies are now documenting large-scale insect loss that includes generalist species, like the endangered rusty patched bumble bee, that were once common throughout their range.
The decline of widely ranging generalist insect species shows that habitat loss, alone, is not enough to explain insect declines. Mounting evidence now demonstrates that a significant driver is the widespread use of pesticides and fertilizers.
“We know neonicotinoid pesticides are a major cause of bee decline and are working to ban them, but this review highlights the urgent need for sweeping pesticide reform,” Cornelisse said. “That reform must start with the EPA replacing its long, troubling embrace of pesticide makers with a truly independent review process for assessing these dangerous poisons.”