Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Handsanitizers use linked to seasonal allergies, asthma and more

 

Did you know hand sanitizers in Australia can cause your skin to absorb dramaticaly more BPA, a hormonal disruptor? 

 

Scientists from University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri found that to be the case. See link to article down bellow.

 

Considering the increased rate of conditions associated with hormone imbalance and the staggering number people that use the chemical based hand sanitizers that is alarming. Hand sanitizers sales are sky rocketing in the last few years and it is expected for the industry to almost double in the next 5 years.

 

In animal studies, Triclosan has been found to be an endocrine disruptor and is suspected to be a carcinogen too.It has been linked too seasonal allergies in children and posible asthma.  It is used in personal, cleaning products, kitchen boards and even in fabrics. Other names for Triclosan: Irgasan, Cloxifenolum, Irgasan DP300, Lexol, Cloxifenol, Ster-Zac and its cousin triclocarban.

 

Even FDA agrees that animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation and poses high risk for developing antibiotic resistance and skin cancer.

Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's drugs division said: "Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," She continued saying “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.” 

 

I don't know about you , but for me, my health is important.

 

In spite of mounting scientific evidence, Australia has not banned use of triclosan in cleaning and personal use yet. You can find it in your soaps and toothpaste and even cutting boards and kitchen wiping cloths. 

 

Here are some natural products that come with antibacterial benefits:   

Personal care: aloe vera, witch hazel, manuka oil, tea tree oil, neem oil.

Fresh and fermented produce: garlic, onions, honey, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, fermented foods.

 

So, while our country rulers are waiting for more information to ban triclosan to protect its people, I decided to take the matter in my own hands and make my own hand sanitizer using simple, clean, natural ingredients. 

 

I looked online and found this recipe that has science behind it and will do the job of sanitizing my hands without any harsh chemicals and nasty side effects.

Natural hand sanitizer recipe 

Credit: Anya Vien

 Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
  • 10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 8 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

Instructions:

1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Pour into a spray bottle or a pump type bottle.
3. Shake before applying 


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Refferences
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/triclosan#section=Synthesis-References  
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0110509 
https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm205999.htm
https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/hand-sanitizer-market 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5554376/ 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3515701/
https://anyavien.com/ 
 

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Can mushrooms help with cancer?


Fighting cancer? How about eating some mushrooms? Scientists from all around the world have been intrigued by the possibility. So they went to their labs, pulled up their sleeves and put those mushrooms to test. What they found is astonishing. Specific mushrooms, see the table below, hold the power to strengthen or wake up your immune system if you want, to do its job and fight the precancerous or cancerous cells and in doing that they stopped its proliferation.
Who would have thought, something as humble as mushrooms could make a difference for someone battling cancer?
Scientists found that bioactive compounds from medicinal mushrooms can activate or modulate the immune system response leading to stop cancer from growing and metastasizing. 
More research is needed to find all the scientific bits and pieces about how those mushrooms can do all that but in a meantime, you could find those mushroom at your nearby health store.


Here is the full article:
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2018/7271509/
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2018/7271509/tab1/

Saturday, 13 October 2018

The Microbiome World Inside Of Us

                                                     










Do you know that according to Dr.Perlmutter, researchers at the University of Georgia Institute of Technology have looked at the atmosphere and the troposphere and found out that it has its microbiome. Their contention is that the atmosphere’s microbiome plays a role in weather. Bacteria play a very important role in the production of rain from clouds. As such, with all the pollutants in the environment, in the ocean, in the soil it is very disrupting for the microbiome world.
We owe it to our children and future generation to heal and re-establish the microbiome and the first step in doing that it is to recognize how in the world we’re traumatizing the microbiome.
We have to heal the gut microbiome. It is the time to see it as it is, the overuse of antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acid blockers, enviro toxins are harmful to the gut bacteria.
The good news is there are various foods able to reverse that. Fermented foods, aggressive probiotics, prebiotics like dandelion greens, onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes. The best probiotics for gut lining healing are Lactobacillus Plantarum(reduces gut permeability),  Lactobacillus braves, Bifidobacterium longem, Bifidobacterium lactic, Lactobacillus acidophilus. Also, supplementing with fish oil, cod oil, salmon oil DHA 800-1000mg/day.
Do you know that we are now able to use technology and look at the genetic samples of fossilized fecal material from ancestors living thousands of years ago as well as looking at dental plaque from fossils. What we find is that those specimens are similar to people that live today in extremely isolated and rural places. 
The microbiome hasn't changed much except for those of us who are living a city lifestyle and are exposed to chemical pollutants in our foods, water supply, and drugs that are so prevalent in society.This has a dramatic role in preserving our microbiome.
Gut permeability seems to be a cornerstone player in obesity, ADHD, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Bottom line, we have to heal the gut, the microbiome if it is to continue life on earth.

Dr.Pelmutter is a board-certified neurologist, a fellow of American College of Nutrition.
He is the author of 7 books one of which is “Microbes to heal and Protect your brain”, a New York Times bestseller.


He has been interviewed on Larry King Live, CC, Oprah and Dr. Oz show. 
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Friday, 7 September 2018

SUGAR is the alcohol of today's child




The more I learn about it, the more it scares me.
We keep alcohol out of the hands of our kids, but we liberally give them orange juice liberally without thinking twice. We wouldn't think twice about not giving your kid a Budweiser but you don't think twice about giving your kid a can of Coke but they are the same says Robert Lustig, professor of Pediatrics at California University in San Francisco. Sugar is the alcohol of the child. In his opinion, sugar is poison, is a chronic dose-dependent liver toxin. He studied the subject for 16 years. It is all backed by science, sugar drives the obesity and diabetes. 
Alcohol damages your body. So does the excess of sugar. 
This generation of children is the first one that is predicted to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
Something has to be done. It is criminal and outrageously unjust for our kids.
Obesity worldwide has more than doubled since 1980.
In 2013, more than 42 million kids under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. 
Obesity is killing more people than famine.
Is it because we eat too much fat? Is it because we eat too much SUGAR? Or is it because we eat too little fat and too much sugar?
The World Health Organisation advises adults to stay bellow 25 grams of sugar/day which is about 6 teaspoons/day. Starting your day with a glass of orange juice? There are 23-28 grams of sugar in it, so forget about desert for the rest of the day, have your coffee and sugarless tea and cook everything from scratch if you want to stay within the recommended sugar intake. Seams impossible to you? Then forget about the pulp free orange juice and have a glass of lemon water and an orange instead. 
Not your style? You love your orange juice? I did too. I still do, but I made a conscious decision to choose health. Today's meal sets you up for tomorrow sickness or tomorrow's health. I choose health. What do you choose? 
Hard to change your eating habits? That's understandable.The question is, is it worth setting your body up for diabetes, liver disease, heart disease and others alike? 
Watch the video below to find out more:


Sugar can be as addictive as heroin medical study shows. 



                                    Why is sugar as bad as alcohol for your health?






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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Did you know Roundup, the weedkiller has been linked to cancer?

Did you know Roundup, the weedkiller has been linked to cancer? 
Watch live San Francisco court verdict that ordered Monsanto to pay $289.2 million to former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, currently dying of cancer (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), because Roundup had contributed to his disease. 
More and more animal and epidemiology studies published in the last few decades pointed to the need for a fresh look at glyphosate toxicity. There are studies after studies from all around the world linking glyphosate to all sorts of diseases and even cancer. Let's not forget that glyphosate-containing herbicides often contaminate drinking water sources, precipitation, and even air.
Apparently, glyphosate and its metabolites are widely present in the global soybean supply; It is important to note that over the years, regulators have dramatically increased glyphosate tolerance levels in maize, oilseed (soybeans and canola), and alfalfa crops and related livestock feed.
One would wonder if the fact that glyphosate is used in "ripening" the sugar cane in Central America, would be the real reason behind the rampant cancer development while on a sugar-rich diet. 
I found it interesting that scientists found that fish exposed to glyphosate developed gut dysbiosis and Celiac-like symptoms. It is ell known, glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes, which characterizes Celiac disease as well.  The cytochrome P450 enzymes that are involved with detoxifying environmental toxins, activating vitamin D3, catabolizing vitamin A, and maintaining bile acid production and sulfate supplies to the gut. Deficiencies in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and other rare metals associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate's strong ability to chelate these elements. Deficiencies in tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine, and selenomethionine associated with celiac disease match glyphosate's known depletion of these amino acids. 
Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac diseases, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. The amount of research linking glyphosate to all kind of conditions is substantial but it is still not enough to prompt the regulators to change the law to protect people like the former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson and us.
The first step happened in 2015 when the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded in March 2015 that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Roundup it is probably carcinogenic. 
Today, the San Francisco Court decision is probably one of the most significant verdicts reached in our lifetime, to protect us, the people.


Tuesday, 24 April 2018

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Is meat glue really good for you?

Have you ever heard of meat glue? Yes, you heard that correctly, meat glue.
If you eat meat and even tofu, chances are you eat this industry money saver called meat glue.

What is it meat glue? It's a product derived from pigs or cows blood plasma, an enzyme with clotting properties that makes two protein containing foods glue together. It's sold as Transglutaminase Sprinkle Powder, TG Activa KS-LS and it comes in a white powder form that can be easily sprinkled on the foods you want to glue to each other. In a vulnerable industry selling perishable foods that can get spoiled so easily, drain their profits and put them out of business faster than any other, companies believe that Meat Glue came like a gift from heaven. But maybe not.

Here you have a neat way to increase your profits by gluing cheap-small bits of meat to each other to appear like a premium-expensive looking larger cuts and sell them for double the price. It's like their dream come through, isn't it? Maybe, but for us consumers,  it is a deceit and can become a living nightmare if we eat lots of it or don't cook the meat thoroughly as the restructuring process translocates surface contamination to the interior.

According to a microbiologist interviewed by an Australian TV reporter, you are at a much greater risk of contracting food poisoning when eating glued meat.

Food poisoning affects more than 4 million Australians a year and it's certainly not fun. You don't want to be one of them that's for sure.

The product can glue fish, beef, lamb, sausages. bacon, patties, cheeses and in doing that you can end up eating the pork/beef blood glue stuff in your nuggets,  hot dogs, tofu, yogurt, gluten-free products, even bread, and pastries. Products containing meat glue and sold in the store must indicate on the label that it has been "reformed from a single cut" or "formed from pieces of whole muscle meat".

There is a great concern that some people may have an autoimmune reaction to the transglutaminase, the active ingredient in the meat glue. According to ANH-USA, of 288 people tested,  28% reacted to meat with glue compared with only 9% reacting to meat without glue.

While watching the program, it struck me to see, that we are meant to believe this meat glue is safe for consumption, but it is not safe to breathe in. The butcher and the TV reporter were wearing masks to protect themselves while handling the product. Why? It must carry a hazard, they needed to be protected against. What is the difference between ingesting or breathing it in? I imagine it is the amount and the concentration of it that makes all the difference but that is just my best guess.

What we can do to reduce exposure to meat glue


  • Decrease consumption of meat
  • Buy only meat on a bone
  • Buy from local farmers you trust
  • Buy organic as much as you can
  • Avoid eating processed foods
  • Cook your own food
  • Raise your own animals if you can


Mental diseases, Alzheimer, dementia, allergies, cancer rates are up. Turns out that our doctors don't have all the answers. Things that were inoffensive yesterday, like smoking or antibiotics we are told now, they may harm us or even cause cancer. It is time to start being proactive about our health.

We become what we eat, we like it or not. Our tomorrow's health starts today. Be informed. Be proactive. Get back to the kitchen like your life depends on it. By the time you will hear that on the news, it may be a bit too late.

Click here for the full story on Today Tonight Australia TV program:


          

Source:
Functional Medicine University
ANH-USA.org
nutritionfacts.org

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Revolutionary findings: Vitamin B3 prevents miscarriage and birth defects




Australian study undertaken at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute has identified a

new cause and a way to prevent miscarriages and birth defects; Vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 is located in meats, leafy green vegetables, and Vegemite.
Lead researcher Professor Sally Dunwoodie says that this is the biggest news since folic acid was identified as a preventative of neural tube birth defects and spina bifida in babies.
"Some 15,000 women in Australia every year have a child with a birth defect or they suffer from multiple miscarriages. This discovery brings hope to many of those women", Professor Sally Dunwoodie.
After the dietary change, both the miscarriages and birth defects were completely prevented, with all offspring born healthy. 
Using high technology, researchers looked for gene variants in families that had experienced multiple congenital malformations and identified the gene mutation that caused a deficiency and crippled the growth of the embryo leading to miscarriage and birth defects in mice engineered with the same gene mutations as the study participants.
The deficiency was cured through the supplementation of Vitamin B3 completely preventing miscarriages and birth defects, with all offspring born healthy. "The science is not simple and it took 12 years but the beauty is the simplicity of the prevention, it's cheap and it's available," said Prof. Sally Dunwoodie.
An estimated 7.9 million babies are born with significant congenital malformations globally each year and roughly one in four women will have at least one miscarriage.
The study findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine and expected to revolutionize the way we look at nutrition and its role in health and wellbeing.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Garlic vs Penicilin






Penicilin G constituents: 

Benzylpenicillin 

Known active constituents of garlic: 

Ajoene, allicin, aliin, allixin, allyl mercaptan, allyl methyl trisulfinate, allyl methyl trisulfide, allyl propyl disulfide, diallyl disulfide, diallyl hepta sulfide, diallyl hexa sulfide, diallyl penta sulfide, diallyl sulfide, diallyl tetra sulfide, diallyl tri sulfide, dimethyl disulphide, dimethyl trisulfide, dirpopyl disulphide, methyl ajoene, methyl allyl thiosulfinate, propylene sulfide, 2-vinyl-4H-1, 3-tithiin, 3-vinyl-4H1, 2dithiin, S-allylcycteine sulfoxide,  cysteine PLUS over 35 other constituents whose actions are unkown. Garlic contains 17 aminoacids and their glycosides, arginine and others. Minerals such as selenium and enzymes like allinase, myrosinase, peroxidase. 

Isn't it impressive? Let's dig a little bit deeper and look at the science behind this intriguing plant.
It comes out that the sulfur compounds of garlic are responsible for both medicinal effects and pungent odour. The odour is formed by the enzyme allinase on the sulfur compound called alliin. This enzyme is inactivated by heat, so cooked garlic odour is nowhere as strong as the raw garlic odour and as such much less physiological benefits.
Aliicin, one of the most active compound does not exist in garlic unless garlic it's crushed; crushing the garlic clove activates the enzyme allinase that metabolizes alliin to allicin. Allicin is further metabolized to vinyldithiines. This breakdown occurs within hours at room temperature and within minutes during cooking. Allicin has antimicrobial effect against many bacteria, funcgi, parasites, viruses.
Ajoene is a garlic derived compound with greater chemical stability than aliicin. Several clinical studies and in vitro have demostrated anti-thromosis, anti-microbial and cholesterol lowering activities. Topic application has produced significant clinical response in patients with skin basal cell carcinoma. 
Ajoene was shown to inhibit proliferation and induced apoptosis of several leukemia CD34-negative cells.
Ajoenes and dithiins are the most active compound of fresh garlic. Ajoenes have been shown to posses anti-clotting activity in the lab. It displays significant antifungal activity, inhibiting the growth of Aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, Paracoccidioides-Brasiliensis and Fusarium species. 
Study from University of Minnesota, found that ajoene is a potent as aspirin in preventing sticky red blood platelets from clumping together. Related factors lenghten clotting times, while others actually disolve clots. All three effects can impact on heart attack and stroke prevention.
S-allycysteine and S-allymercapto-L-cysteine had the highest radical scavenging activity. Some organosulfur compounds derived from garlic, have been found to retard the growth of chemically induced tumors.
Diallyl disulfide, prevents colitis induced colorectal cancer in the lab. (Saud SM, 2016) 
Studies demonstrated that diallyl trisulfide rezolved fatty liver issues and has antioxidant properties and protects against alchohol induced fatty liver and as such would be beneficial in the treatment of chronic liver disease.(Chen LY, 2016) 
A 2006 study in the "Jurnal of Nutrition" found that garlic supplements can help treat Helicobacter Pylori, a bacteria that can cause gastric ulcer.
Garlic as a herbal medicine has anti inflamatory and immuno modulatory properties that have been extensively demonstrated in vitro and in vivo in animal models.
Allicin antimicrobial activity was demonstrated by modulation of the cytokines activating macrophages that controlled the parasitic infection.(Arreola et al., 2015) 
Dr. Artturi Virtanen, a Nobel Prize winner for chemistry, proved garlic’s prolonged action against dysentery and typhus, as well as other infections caused by streptococcus and staphylococcus. 
Garlic has been used as antiseptic to prevent gangrene during world war and was ingested as a stimulant by athletes during the first Olympic Games in Greece.(Shobi, 2015)
An antiseptic lotion prepared out of garlic it is used to clean wounds and ulcers in India. Garlic tea is suggested to treat fever, headache, cholera, and dysentery in China. (Shobi, 2015)
Since scientists estimate that within ten years antibiotics will become redundant according to BBC, adding garlic to your everyday meals seams to be a good idea http://www.bbc.com/news/health-30416844 . You don't like the smell, go for garlic capsules. Problem fixed. 
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References:
Saud SM, e. (2016). Diallyl Disulfide (DADS), a constituent of garlic, inactivates NFκB and prevents colitis-induced colorectal cancer by inhibiting GSK-3β. - PubMed - NCBI. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 10 May 2016, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27138790 

Chen LY, e. (2016).  Diallyl trisulfide protects against ethanol-induced oxidative stress and apoptosis via a hydrogen sulfide-mediated mechanism. - PubMed - NCBI. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 10 May 2016, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27107369


Shobi, N. (2015). GC-MS CHARACTERIZATION OF ORGANIC SULPHUR COMPOUNDS AND OTHER VOLATILE ODOROUS COMPOUNDS FROM ALLIUM SATIVUM. Asian Journal Of Microbiology, Biotechnology And Environmental Sciences, 17(Special issues), 73-78. 

Arreola, R., Quintero-Fabián, S., López-Roa, R., Flores-Gutiérrez, E., Reyes-Grajeda, J., Carrera-Quintanar, L., & Ortuño-Sahagún, D. (2015). Immunomodulation and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Garlic Compounds.  Journal Of Immunology Research, 2015, 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/401630

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Do you, or someone you love, suffer from a "mental illness"? There is hope.


Did you know that the brain can move toward the positive or toward the negative, depending on what we do with our environment, diet, lifestyle, stress, toxins, movement, social connectedness?
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change structure and function as it goes along, all throughout our lives. But ONLY if we understand brain health and proceed accordingly.
1.1 billion lives and families around the world are affected by depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer’s, MS, Parkinson’s and Dementia; and the numbers are only growing. Get informed on how you can take control of your brain health.

Watch Dr.Mark Hyman's story. It will change the way you look at mental illness.
Enjoy and feel free to share it with your loved ones and friends!
There is HOPE.


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