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WARNING: You Might Be About To Eat Thanksgiving Turkey That Contains Insane Size-Enhancing Drug BANNED In 29 Countries!

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Ractopamine In Turkey
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IMPORTANT NEWS for anyone who eats turkey, pork or beef: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed widespread use of ractopamine in turkey feed since its approval in 2008 without conducting comprehensive scientific studies that document the risks of ractopamine to human and animal health.

Ractopamine – a chemical drug fed to turkeys, pigs and cattle to make them grow bigger and faster – is BANNED throughout Europe and in several other countries, but still completely legal in the USA.

The Center for Food Safety, the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club have now filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approving ractopamine for use in turkey feed without fully examining how the drug affects people, animals and the environment.

Ractopamine is a beta-adrenergic agonist used as a veterinary drug to increase weight gain in certain animals raised for food. It increases their heart rate and causes them to put on more lean muscle. There are limited studies available on ractopamine. And the ones that have been done raise serious red flags: The primary human study, conducted on just six healthy men, caused heart pounding in three of the men so severe that one of them had to be withdrawn from the study. The effect of ractopamine on humans is not fully understood, but consumption of products that contain ractopamine residues is certainly not advisable to people with cardiovascular issues. It has also been found to generate feelings of restlessness, apprehension and anxiety. [1]



It’s also HORRIBLY cruel to the animals: Since the drug was introduced, more than 160,000 pigs taking ractopamine have been reported to have suffered adverse effects, as of March 2011, according to a review of FDA records. [1] The drug has triggered more adverse reports in pigs than any other animal drug on the market. Pigs suffered from hyperactivity, trembling, broken limbs, inability to walk and death, according to FDA reports released under a Freedom of Information Act request. [1]

Ractopamine has been linked in a 2014 study to significantly increased mortality in cattle fed the drug. [2]

Ractopamine is fed to an estimated 80% of all beef, swine, and turkey raised in the United States. [3] California attempted to ban the sale and slaughter of livestock unable to walk, but that law was struck down by the Supreme Court after a lawsuit from meat producers. [4]

Both USDA and Consumer Reports have found traces of ractopamine in meat samples. One problem is that there is currently no mandatory date when the drug must be curtailed from animal feed – meaning that it can currently be fed to them up to the day of their slaughter!

Ractopamine has been approved for turkey feed since 2008. I believe that turkey should contain turkey… (and I’m sure the turkey feels this way also!) and should be fed real food. The only reason this drugging of turkeys with growth enhancers is done, is for increased profit.

The USA is out on a limb here. Numerous countries have banned imports of USA meat products because of this issue. 27 members of the European Union, China, Russia and Taiwan, ban or strictly limit the use of ractopamine. Yet the U.S. continues to approve ractopamine and drugs like it at break-neck pace.

It’s time that the chemical companies were reined in, instead of using humanity as a testing ground for their poisons. They shouldn’t be allowed to get rich while taking such cavalier risks with the public health. And the meat industry needs to start putting human health and animal welfare before profits.

What Can You Do About This?

There’s a lot you can do. Here are my ideas:

1) Share this page with your loved ones. I don’t want my family and friends eating this stuff and I’m sure you don’t either. So let’s get this info out there. Hit the share button, drop the link into an email or post it on your Facebook page.

2) Insist on turkey that isCertified Organic: Ractopamine, (as well as antibiotics and GMOs!) are totally prohibited in organic farming. [5]

3) Go vegetarian. Not that this page is a “go veg” promotional piece, but you would avoid these kinds of problems if you eat a nut roast instead… your call…

4) Ask questions. Where do you buy your Turkey? Where does the store buy it from? Ask them if the Turkey was fed with Ractopamine. If they don’t know what it is, make them aware! Send them to this page or email them the link. Ask them for the contact number for their supplier. Ask the supplier. Don’t give up. Pursue, pursue, pursue. This is the way that changes are made. If enough people do this, we arrive at a thing called “critical mass”. In short, it’s harder to manipulate an informed public. Research, learn and help others do the same. But speak kindly. It’s not their fault that they don’t know.

5) The Center For Food Safety has launched a petition to the FDA herehttp://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15184

6) Contact your political representatives and make them aware of this important issue. They all have families too. Do you think they want to be giving them a potentially dangerous drug in their Thanksgiving Dinner that was banned in 29 countries?

References:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ractopamine

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24621596

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24799633

[4] http://thefern.org/2012/01/dispute-over-drug-in-feed-limiting-u-s-meat-exports/

[5] http://foodbabe.com/2014/11/06/this-drug-has-sickened-thousands-of-animals-will-it-be-at-your-holiday-feast/


Amazing Herb Kills 98% Of Cancer Cells In Just 16 Hours In Lab Test

Amazing Herb Kills 98% Of Lung Cancer Cells In Less Than 16 Hours In Lab Test Photo – Wikipedia – lic. under CC 4.0

Artemisia (aka. Wormwood) has been used in herbalism since ancient times. It is extremely bitter tasting and named wormwood on account of its efficacy in destroying intestinal parasites. It is also one of the herbal ingredients in that mysterious alcoholic beverage Absinthe – which according to the traditional recipe was also prepared with several other herbs including lemon balm, mint, anise, fennel, hyssop, marjoram, angelica and dittany of Crete. [1]

After discovering a write-up on the highly selective and rapid anticancer properties of Artemisia on Healthy Food House, I dug in and did some research. What I found was astounding: The research base is solid. Artemisia has tremendous promise as a potential anticancer agent – especially when combined with iron: It targets the cancer cells specifically.

Artemisinin, a compound derived from Wormwood, has been the subject of much research – and it has shown much promise as an anti-malaria agent. It is now well established to have anti-proliferative and apoptotic (killing) effects on a number of cancer cell types. [2]

Artemisia annua was first noted as a possible anticancer herb in 2001, when two researchers at the University of Washington learned that wormwood showed highly selective activity against breast cancer cells. “Artemisinin reacts with iron to form free radicals that kill cells. Since cancer cells uptake relatively large amount of iron than normal cells, they are more susceptible to the toxic effect of artemisinin.” [3] The anticancer effect of artemisinin is thus much enhanced (up to 100x) by the preloading of cancer cells with iron. [4]

Recent scientific research conducted at the Cancer Research Laboratory, University of California (Berkeley) has found that Artemisinin, a compound found in Artemisia, induced a growth arrest of tumorigenic human breast cancer cell lines with preneoplastic and late stage cancer phenotypes, but failed to arrest the growth of a nontumorigenic human mammary cell line. [5]

In lay terms, what this means is that artemisinin killed the breast cancer cells without harming the healthy cells. This is exactly the kind of effect that researchers are looking for – because one of the greatest challenges of modern cancer research is to develop effective anti-cancer agents which do not also harm healthy cells. Current anticancer regimens are notorious for their highly toxic effects – aka “collateral damage”. [4]



It is also thought that hyperbaric oxygen therapy could further enhance the anticancer effects of artemisin. [6]

Note that these studies were performed in vitro i.e. in laboratory glassware and so this research, though highly encouraging, should not be considered as proof that artemisinin can cure cancer in human subjects. It is however one of the more promising anticancer herbs we have come across and worthy of due consideration not only by naturopaths but by orthodox medicine. Artemisinin is sometimes being used as supplementation as an adjunct to chemotherapy. I just discovered this comment from a lady whose husband had lung cancer:

“My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer, it filled the left lung and it was wrapped around his spinal cord. Too close to a main artery and esophagus to operate. It also got into the Lymph system. The doctors were surprised that he wasn’t paralyzed since the cancer had crushed and cracked the spinal cord. I gave him Artemisinin capsules for four days at the beginning of the treatments with radiation and chemo. After six weeks hubby was cancer free and stayed that way. An amazing recovery. The medical staff said “they don’t see that very often.”" [7]

I am sure we will here more about artemisinin soon as research continues…

For more anticancer herb reports, please view our full page investigating 60+ “Anticancer herbs” – with links to the scientific studies.

References:
[1] Aleister Crowley “The Green Goddess” (1915) http://www.museeabsinthe.com/Crowley-Green-Goddess.pdf
[2] “Artemisinin Blocks Prostate Cancer Growth and Cell Cycle Progression by Disrupting Sp1 Interactions with the Cyclin-dependent Kinase-4 (CDK4) Promoter and Inhibiting CDK4 Gene Expression” (2009) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2629082/
[3] “Effects of artemisinin-tagged holotransferrin on cancer cells” (Life Sciences 76, 2005) http://assasmus.s.a.f.unblog.fr/files/2010/05/publicationartemisiadrlai.pdf
[4] Antitumor Activity of Artemisinin and Its Derivatives: From a Well-Known Antimalarial Agent to a Potential Anticancer Drug http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3228295/
[5] “Antiproliferative effects of artemisinin on human breast cancer cells requires the downregulated expression of the E2F1 transcription factor and loss of E2F1-target cell cycle genes” http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/22185819
[6] http://www.washington.edu/news/2011/04/04/high-dose-of-oxygen-enhances-natural-cancer-treatment/
[7] http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/amazing-herb-kills-cancer-cells-in-just-16-hours/ (in comments)


8 Refreshing Drinks To Shrink Your Belly

8 Refreshing Drinks To Shrink Your Belly Image © Liv Friis-larsen – fotolia.com

If you want to change your health, it’s time to switch up your drinks! :) You’ll be amazed at the huge difference you can make to your life by cutting out store-bought junk drinks and making real drinks using fruit, superfoods and herbs. We’ve a great collection for you here that is not only super healthy but also DELICIOUS.

Most store-bought so-called “refreshing” beverages are hugely loaded with sugar (sometimes over 50 grams!) and calories, causing blood sugar spikes and other health consequences.

However as you now know if you have been reading our blog for a while, diet sodas too have come under much criticism over suspected negative health impacts of their artificial ingredients.

We all know that it is important to stay hydrated to maximize healthy organ function and minimize negative consequences of dehydration – but what is the best way to go?

Here we have a super list of 8 super refreshing drinks that will not only replenish your fluid levels but are delicious and super healthy also.

Flat Belly Drink #1 – Fruit-Enhanced Water. There are lots of options here involving adding fresh fruit and herbs to water and then allowing to steep for several hours. Here’s a collection of 5 fruit water recipes to get you going – Citrus Blend, Blackberry Sage, Pineapple Mint, Raspberry Lime, Watermelon Rosemary. More here: How To Make Naturally Flavored Water

Flat Belly Drink #2 – Honey Lemon Ginger Tea. An all-time fav, this one is widely agreed to work wonders if you have a cold or mildly upset tummy – but it has healthful effects that are worthwhile at any time. It also happens to be amazingly delicious! To prepare, chop fresh organic lemon and ginger into a cup and pour on boiling water. Add raw honey to taste. Two tips on the honey – 1) make sure you are getting the real stuff (see this list of raw honey suppliers with explanation of why it’s important). 2) some of the beneficial components in raw honey are destroyed by high temperatures (read: boiling water). So, you might want to do what I do, which is eat the raw honey from the spoon in between sips of the lemon-ginger tea… ;)

Flat Belly Drink #3 – Organic Apple Carrot Ginger. This has now become a staple in healthy circles and it’s both delicious and SUPER-healthy. After drinking this, I am sure that I can feel some deep parts of my body being nourished and hydrated like tree roots after the first rain! :) Peel and slice 3 fresh organic apples, 2 organic carrots and an inch (or more if you like it hot!) of organic ginger. Put it all in the blender or juice press and juice away. This one is best consumed immediately after being made, so as to minimize the oxidation of the apple. Tip – add dark red beets as well for an amazing color and more healthy benefits!

Flat Belly Drink #4 – Matcha Mango Pineapple Smoothie. Matcha is a high quality powdered green tea very popular in the orient and now becoming very popular in the west – not only as a tea in its own right but as a smoothie ingredient. Matcha is kinda expensive but so worth it, and a jar goes a long way. Green tea has long been noted for its beneficial healthy effects, including a sustained energy boost that revs up the metabolism. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which is highly regarded as a digestive aid. Put a small scoop of matcha (as you would if you were making the tea) in the blender along with freshly prepared mango and pineapple and you have an amazing combo that will help cleanse the system and give your whole day a dynamic boost!

Flat Belly Drink #5 – Peppermint tea. Consumed either hot or iced, peppermint tea has practically zero calories, is deliciously refreshing, and is reported to assist the stomach with processing of fat – meaning that it deserves its place in a list of flat-belly drinks.

Flat Belly Drink #6 – Sassy Water. Add 2 sliced lemons, half a cucumber (also sliced),
10-12 mint leaves to 3 quarts of water. Put in refrigerator overnight. Wash and rinse all produce carefully before use – ideally using the apple cider vinegar soak method. (1 cup of ACV in bowl of water, leave produce in there for 10+ minutes, brush gently if using produce brush if necessary, rinse thoroughly). For a variation, you can also try other culinary herbs instead of mint – what about rosemary, lavender or sage? :)

Flat Belly Drink #7 – Banana Coconut Maca Cacao Ginseng smoothie. This one is a super-nutrient-packed superfood blast that will keep your metabolism high without any added sweetener! :) Cacao, the main ingredient in chocolate, has super-healthy antioxidant and energy boosting qualities. Maca and ginseng are both considered energizing (and possibly aphrodisiac!) Add frozen bananas, coconut water or almond milk, organic dried coconut flakes, a teaspoon full of raw cacao nibs, 1/4 teaspoon of maca and (optional) ginseng (I break open a capsule so as to get a controlled supplement amount) to a blender and hit the button. You should find this one is mood elevating also. (I think all these drinks are actually!)

Flat Belly Drink #8 – Watermelon Base Smoothie. Watermelon juice has all kinds of health benefits and is considered beneficial for detoxing. It contains lycopene (yes that’s the same substance that is thought responsible for the cardiovascular health qualities of tomatoes!), high levels of vitamin C and A, and citrulline, which is considered beneficial for kidney cleansing and the urinary system. To make this smoothie, simply use watermelon as the “base” for your favorite smoothie recipe! Use real fruit and skip any sweeteners.

Mix it up: In general, mixing freshly made organic fruit juice of your choice with high quality filtered water is going to create a fine drink that is both nutritious and hydrating. Stay hydrated and healthy! :)