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Best Anti-Aging Foods

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Although the modern world has countless products designed to counteract the effects of aging from the outside, these don’t do anything for degenerative or age-related issues that may be occurring within.

If you can create better health and take better care of yourself, it stands to reason that not only will your internal organs be in better shape, but your skin will be also.

You may feel “invincible” when you are young, but acting as though you are will take its toll. Start caring for yourself properly – get enough sleep, eat healthy food and minimize toxins.

Here is our list of 8 foods that have praised by science for their health-prolonging and even rejuvenating effects:

1. Pomegranate

Pomegranate has been associated with immense cardiovascular benefits in actual human studies, which found that it reversed arterial plaque that is thought to be a prime cause of serious or even fatal heart conditions.

2. Berries

Berries of all types are antioxidant rich (especially organic ones) – which means that they combat free radicals, inflammation and inflammation-related diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and even Alzheimer’s. [1]

3. Omega-3 Rich Fish

Omega-3’s, which are found in wild-caught salmon (in much higher quantities than in farmed salmon), tuna and also some plant sources such as walnuts and flax seeds, have been associated with brain health – especially with beneficial effects on mood and attitude. [1] They are also considered anti-inflammatory.

4. Red Wine or Red Grape Juice

Yes, it’s true. Red wine contains resveratrol – a powerful antioxidant that has actually been associated with reduced cell death in the brain and heart – meaning that this could actually lengthen your life. It’s advised not to drink more than one glass of red wine per day for health reasons – also you could skip the wine and simply drink red grape juice if you prefer something non-alcoholic.

5. Tea

Black, green, white and oolong teas have been been associated with various health benefits. Note that loose leaf tea is considered preferable to tea bags, owing to chemical residues in the paper of the tea bags which can end up in the tea.

6. Chocolate

Who said that staying healthy had to be boring? Did you know that the world’s oldest person, Jeanne Louise Calment, ate a bar of chocolate every day during her later years? It’s true. Calment was a French supercentenarian who has the longest confirmed human lifespan on record, living to the age of 122 years, 164 days.

This amazing lady, who lived on her own until shortly before her 110th birthday, ascribed her longevity and relatively youthful appearance for her age to a diet rich in olive oil (which she also rubbed onto her skin), as well as a diet of port wine. She ate nearly one kilogram (2.2 lb) of chocolate every week. Calment reportedly remained mentally intact until her very end – though (astonishingly, and we don’t want to encourage you) – she smoked cigarettes from the age of 21 to 117! Chocolate’s health giving properties are due to its principal ingredient – cacao – which is noted for numerous health benefits.

7. Olive Oil

As mentioned above. Though be sure that you are getting olive oil that is pure and not adulterated.

8. Lycopene-rich Foods (Tomatoes, red carrots, watermelon)

Lycopene has been associated with reduced cancer risk and (in tomatoes) is a component of the Mediterranean Diet which is noted for producing some of the worlds longer-lived, healthier people.

Other beneficial foods worth adding to your list – avocados, nuts and swiss chard.


[1] http://www.webmd.com/diet/best-anti-aging-foods

Former American Cancer Society Regional CEO Refuses To Drink Milk, Explains Why

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Rick North, former CEO of the Oregon division of the American Cancer Society is now project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Her won’t drink “regular” cow’s milk because in the USA, milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production.

rBGH is a genetically engineered artificial hormone originally developed by Monsanto and which is injected into dairy cows in order to make them produce more milk. Despite opposition from scientists, farmers and consumers, all 50 US states currently allows dairy cows to be injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), also known as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST). [2]

It’s very controversial: rBST has not been allowed on the market in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel or the European Union since 2000. Argentina also banned the use of rBGH. [2] The Codex Alimentarius Commission, a United Nations body that sets international food standards, has to date refused to approve rBGH as safe.

rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers. “When the government approved rBGH, it was thought that IGF-1 from milk would be broken down in the human digestive tract,” says North. “There’s not 100 percent proof that this is increasing cancer in humans,” admits North. “However, it’s banned in most industrialized countries.”

rGBH/rBST is cruel to cows: Two meta-analyses have been published reporting on rBST’s effects on bovine health.[3][4] Findings were that there was a nearly 25% increase in the risk of the cows developing clinical mastitis, a 40% reduction in fertility and 55% increased risk of developing clinical signs of lameness.

So there it is. Studies have reported that it makes the cows ill, that it has potential human health risks, it is banned in numerous countries, was manufactured from GMO ingredients… and yet it is legal in all 50 USA states.

Note In the United States, negative public opinion about rGBH has led some manufacturers and retailers to market only milk that is rBST-free. [2] So it’s obtainable, but you need to know where. A list can be seen here.

Humans are the only creature that regularly drinks the milk of another animal after being weaned. Cow’s milk is considered by many to be an inappropriate food for humans, with many people being lactose intolerant and complaining of digestive issues from drinking milk.

Full report from Eat Local Grown on 8 Foods The Experts Avoid At All Costs


[1] 8 Foods The Experts Avoid At All Costs (Eat Local Grown). http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/12214-8-foods-even-the-experts-won-t-eat.html

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_somatotropin

[3] A meta-analysis review of the effects of recombinant bovine somatotropin. 1. 1. Methodology and effects on production. Can J Vet Res. (2003) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC280708/

[4] A meta-analysis review of the effects of recombinant bovine somatotropin. 2. Effects on animal health, reproductive performance, and culling. Can J Vet Res. (2003) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14620861

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Scientists Warning: New Mutant Bacteria “Now Resistant To All Antibiotics” – 10 Million Deaths Expected By 2050

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Scientists have reported that what has been predicted for some years is now a reality: New bacterial strains have now been found that have evolved to be completely resistant to all known antibiotics, heralding the beginning of the “post-antibiotic era” and the possibility of “untreatable infections”. [1]

Let’s just back up a bit here. Untreatable? What they mean is “untreatable by conventional methods”. They have (of course) completely ignored the possibility that other methods (ahem *cough* herbalism) might have the very answer they have been seeking all along.

Anyway. This really is happening. The new report [2], just published in the prestigious Lancet journal, has discovered new E.coli strains from food animals in China that are resistant to colistin (colistin is considered the “last resort” antibiotic in this case). This new trait is more significant because it has been found that it is very easily shared between bacteria. It is thought that the development was likely caused by overuse of antibiotics – a controversial practice in CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Farming Operations).

The scientists summarized their findings by stating “Our findings emphasise the urgent need for coordinated global action in the fight against pan-drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria.”

Now that is true – but what is this “coordinated global action” they are considering? Even stronger “bacteria-nukes”?

Surely they know that this is going to lead to… you guessed it… even stronger bacteria.

The orthodox medical profession’s “great fear” here is that if bacteria become completely resistant to treatment – also known as the “antibiotic apocalypse” – medicine could be “plunged back into the dark ages”.

This is now expected to actually happen. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are now expected to cause over 10 million deaths by 2050. [1] So clearly something needs to be done – and the answer is NOT antibiotics.

Perhaps they might also consider stopping the absolutely despicable practice of forcing animals to live in tiny cages in their own shit for their entire lives and then progressively giving them stronger and stronger antibiotics in an attempt to overpower the diseases directly caused by the atrociously unhealthy living conditions? These hideous practices are not only a crime against nature but are the ultimate breeding ground for “the perfect bacterial shit-storm”. That’s a huge part of the problem right there. Karma’s coming right back to bite us on the ass… just saying…

A Viable Alternative To Antibiotics?

The facts are clear: It is time to prepare for the end of antibiotics – and we need to change our tactics. This is serious. It’s time to learn, time to grow and time for new ideas. Let me ask a critical-yet-overlooked question here and put forward a common-sense hypothesis.

Why is it that bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics in a few years or less, but essential oils have continued to maintain their effectiveness against bacteria since ancient times?

Please think about this question and let it sink in.

The entire problem with the orthodox approach to medicine is what could be known as the “if it moves, nuke it” approach. However what they found years ago with bacteria is that “attacking” them with single-molecule drugs simply causes them to evolve faster – leading to stronger and more dangerous strains. By attacking them, you may save patients in the short term but you leave an even bigger problem for the future to cope with! Antibiotics have been described as the most overprescribed form of medicine – even being prescribed without any signs of bacterial infection “just in case”. But it is very controversial – partly because no doctor wants to be responsible for the death of a patient by failing to administer something that might have saved him.

The point here is – we will not get rid of bacteria. They are in fact part of us, with trillions of them inside every human being. You are a not a single organism, you are an ecosystem! What is required is to keep bacteria in healthy balance – and interestingly enough, “good” bacteria, encouraged to proliferate, keep the harmful ones in check. Immunity is already designed into us and the best thing we can do is support the immune system – encouraging it to become stronger and allowing it to do its job exactly as it has been evolutionarily designed to do.

The same problem is being faced in farming: Ignoring the fact that soil is an ecosystem, chemical pesticides are used to spray the plants. This kills the beneficial organisms in the soil which are supposed to chelate and make bioavailable the minerals that the plants and animals require for optimal health. Thus the plants become more susceptible to disease and pest, requiring (well, not really) stronger pesticides to be applied. Do you see the pattern? Nature might just be a bit more intelligent than we are giving it credit for. Why do we assume that we are smart and that it is stupid – even though we came from it?

We are part of a living system. On all levels. If we kill part of the system, rather than increasing our health, what we have done unbalances the system and this actually ends up killing us too! This could be argued to be the “big lesson” that is facing humans right now as we encounter escalated problems of the exact same kind on all levels – terrorism, cancer, MRSA, etc are all the same thing. A terrorist could in one sense be likened exactly to one of these bacteria. The more you apply the “if it moves, blow it away” approach, the more enraged they become. Those terrorists have children and those children grow up to be your opponents. Do you understand the parallel? It is called fear of the other and it infects us on all levels. That is the disease.

Fortunately, nature has already provided us with an answer to all of this and you can probably predict what it is and what I am about to say: Herbalism.

It’s not just some wishy washy new-age story. This is science. Did you know that in Australian hospitals for example, eucalyptus essential oil is now used routinely as a germicide against MRSA as the use of regular germicides has (surprise surprise) led to strains that are resistant to antibacterial soaps.

Herbal antibiotics are a real thing, in case you didn’t know – and have been in use since ancient times. We’ve reported on this in greater depth recently in our article 12 Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead Of Pills

I’m not the first person to write about this, in fact other highly regarded herbalists have already done fine work in this area. On my herbal bookshelf is Stephen Buhner’s 2012 Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd Edition: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria – which provides in-depth profiles of 30 valuable herbs, noting for each one its antibiotic properties, methods for collection and preparation, dosages, potential side effects, contraindications, and alternatives.

I could give other examples but one in particular is close to me: A person well known to me had their life saved from MRSA by the herb Usnea after all drugs failed and the doctors had nothing else left to try. True story.

We evolved alongside plants and have lived in synergy with them since ancient times. In the natural cycle of plants and animals, each fortifies the other in a mechanism poorly understood by current science but actually comparable to genetic diversity within a single species.

It is my firm conviction that scientists will find (if they can allow themselves to open their minds a little and let go of their fears) that nature has already provided everything that we need for health. We become healthier by making things more alive, not by making things more dead.

To solve our problems – we don’t need to apply the death force to them. You will find this across the board. Think about this: How can you possibly make the world more healthy, more alive, by killing parts of it? The sad part is that they have no understanding of life force. It is not something measured by their instruments, therefore they disregard it. (Instrumentation not necessary, humans have fully functioning, built in senses for the detection of this force.)

I hope I have explained this well enough that people will at least get their “fingertips on the ledge” of this concept. I don’t honestly think we have another thousand years to keep perpetuating the same mistake. Surely the amount of suffering and fucked-up disasters we are facing will trigger the notion that “we have not been going about this the right way at all”.

And if scientists don’t “like” this perspective – let me ask you this: Do you have any better ideas?


[1] Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of ‘post-antibiotic era’. BBC (2015) http://www.bbc.com/news/health-34857015

[2] Emergence of plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mechanism MCR-1 in animals and human beings in China: a microbiological and molecular biological study. Lancet Infectious Diseases (Nov. 2015) http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(15)00424-7/abstract