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The Amazon Rainforest: Could It Contain Cures For Cancer?

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FACT: Of the 60,000+ plant species in the Amazon rainforest, less than 3% have been studied by modern medicine. Some, including Dr. Mark Plotkin (a top Harvard ethnobotanist working in the Amazon) have placed the figure lower, at 1.5%.[1]

So imagine how many more healing plants are out there, known only to remote tribes who have been using them for hundreds or even thousands of years…..

It’s a race against time: With every acre of Amazon rainforest that is clear-felled, we are actually diminishing our chances of finding cures for our most serious diseases.

A few dedicated people are battling against massive opponents to seek out and protect the ancient knowledge of the Amazon rainforest herbs and to bring it to us – before it is destroyed forever. Check out the free trailer for the amazing documentary “Sacred Medicine” here (incredible stuff!)

Despite environmental campaigns, the Amazon rainforest still continues to shrink year by year. Most of what is cut down is replaced either by pasture for cattle or soya for animal feed.

5,800 km2 of rainforest in Brazil alone was destroyed in 2013 alone. But this figure does not include the deforestation happening in other countries! Brazil has 60% of the Amazon rainforest, followed by Peru (13%), Colobmia (10%), with the rest in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

One of the reasons the Amazon rainforest is so incredible is the biodiversity. One 2001 study found 1,100 tree species in just one quarter square kilometer (62 acres) of Ecuadorian rainforest! The total number of tree species in the Amazon has been estimated at 16,000. You could say that the Amazon is one of the most “alive” places on earth. So you can see why it makes sense that this is the place to look for “keys” to life and healing.

There are an astonishing number of unique phytochemicals (plant chemicals) in the Amazon plants that are not only unstudied, but completely undiscovered. All we know is that they are there, there are hundreds of thousands of them… and they are being destroyed. We also know that a significant number of our modern medicines have their basis in components that were extracted from herbs.

So its not just that we are harming nature by clear-cutting the rainforest. We are actually harming our own chances of survival in a very real way. The Amazon really is the world’s ultimate herbal medicine chest.

Traditional herbal healers may say that there is a plant that can cure every sickness. But the Amazon herbalists don’t write things down; it is a “living tradition” that is taught from elder to youth, mother to daughter, father to son. When these people die or are moved from their lands and go into a city lifestyle, their healing knowledge of these herbs is gone forever. If those tribes go, so does all their knowledge.

One intrepid team has taken sick people to the Amazon in search of healing through ancient methods. What happened is extraordinary. Click here to check out the free trailer for their amazing documentary “Sacred Medicine”.

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Is This The End Of Diet Soda? Huge Study Links Aspartame To Major Health Problems; Sales Drop…

Is This The End For Diet Soda?

As concerns about health epidemics plague the nation, demand and sales of diet soda have plunged as consumers try to make better choices. As WeSupportOrganic.com reported recently, Aspartame (the main sweetener for diet soda – check the labels) is regarded by scientists as one of the most dangerous ingredients used in our food supply, who have linked it to seizures and a host of other major health issues including fatal cardiovascular events.

In a newly published study [1] (presented in 2014 at the American College of Cardiology, Washington D.C.), 60,000 women were sampled over ten years. It was shown that women who drink two or more diet drinks a day have much higher cardiovascular disease rates and are more likely to die from the disease.

“30% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, 50% more likely to die from related disease…”

In the largest study done of its kind, The University of Iowa concluded:

“…Compared to women who never or only rarely consume diet drinks, those who consume two or more a day are 30 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event [heart attack or stroke] and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease.

This is one of the largest studies on this topic, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks to the metabolic syndrome,’ says Dr. Ankur Vyas… the lead investigator of the study.



…The association persisted even after researchers adjusted the data to account for demographic characteristics and other cardiovascular risk factors, including body mass index, smoking, hormone therapy use, physical activity, energy intake, salt intake, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and sugar-sweetened beverage intake. On average, women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day were younger, more likely to be smokers, and had a higher prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and higher body mass index.”

Soda sales slipping… Thankfully this study comes on the heels of reports of already slipping sales of diet soda, one of the largest aspartame markets.

According to Time Magazine’s 2014 report “Soda Sales Drop to Lowest Point Since 1995″:

“One reason for the decline could be a growing awareness of the obesity epidemic in the US and growing health concerns surrounding sugar-sweetened beverages. According to Reuters, industry experts say the beverage industry is shrinking under the scrutiny. Even diet-branded drinks have suffered a loss of sales with concerns over artificial sweeteners.”

Whatever the reason for the decline, this new study should only add fuel to the movement away from artificial sweeteners. There are plenty of natural sweeteners that people can choose that are regarded as much healthier than aspartame.

Another important note is that the overall sales of soda going down also means that less people are being exposed to (mostly GMO) high fructose corn syrup which carries a whole host of other health risks as well.

Super Tip: We also have an awesome guide to making your own refreshing drinks using all natural, healthy ingredients: Check it out here – 10 Healthiest Drink Recipes In The World.

Article from WeSupportOrganic.com, lic. under Creative Commons.

References:

[1] http://now.uiowa.edu/2014/03/ui-study-finds-diet-drinks-associated-heart-trouble-older-women


You Won’t Believe What’s In A Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (Hint: You Won’t Be Happy)

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Image (with permission) – Foodbabe.com

We had to share this amazing report from the ever-indefatigable Food Babe – who had to get past a serious corporate ice wall to find out what was actually in Starbucks’ “Pumpkin spice latte” drink! For the average consumer, it’s safe to assume that if it wasn’t for hard-core campaigners like her, people would simply have no real clue at all what they are consuming.

The main takeaway? That this beverage is junk food. It does not contain any pumpkin whatsoever (how messed up is that?) – but contains an astonishing amount of sugar, together with all manner of other artificial ingredients.

One of the greatest causes for concern here seems to be the Class IV Caramel Coloring. This lab-created additive is reported to have been found by scientists to increase the risk of of lung cancer and leukemia in mice at every dosage level – and there have been campaigns for it to be banned.

Do you think it is a crime to put ingredients in food and fail to disclose what they are? I personally think it’s a form of abuse.

Learn more about this important topic by reading Food Babe’s full report here: http://foodbabe.com/2014/08/25/starbucks-pumpkin-spice-latte/

This is a super article that includes the scientific references – and I am beginning to wonder if Food Babe should be appointed to the FDA. We badly need someone who can fight for transparency in the crazy food industry, rather than simply serving the industry’s profit motives. What do you think?

Learn something interesting about real pumpkin here: http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/scientists-discover-amazing-anti-cancer-effects-of-pumpkin/