Plastics can be found in virtually every area of your household: in containers of all kinds, bags, baby items, electronics and even clothing and personal care products, in the form of microfibers and microbeads
Microbeads, tiny plastic pellets found in body washes, facial scrubs and toothpaste travel right through wastewater treatment plants, clogging waterways and filling the bellies of sea animals with plastic that acts as a sponge for toxins
Plastic microfibers from clothing also pose a serious threat to marine life and migrate into fields and onto our plates, inside of fish and other seafood
(Natural News) Personal trainer Bob Harper, who hosts the fitness competition program Biggest Loser, recently confirmed in a statement that he had suffered a heart attack two weeks prior. He was reportedly working out at a New York City gym when he collapsed, and a doctor at the gym administered CPR with paddles to keep him alive.
Harper spent more than a week in the hospital, and the Los Angeles-based host had to extend his stay in New York because he had not been given clearance from his doctors to fly home.
Many are wondering how someone like Harper, who espouses a healthy lifestyle, could have suffered from a heart attack at just 51 years of age. In his case, genetics could be to blame. His mother died of a heart attack, which is something he has long cited as one of the driving forces behind his interest in health and fitness. Having a parent with heart disease makes a person more likely to suffer from it themselves. This is considered a heart attack risk factor that cannot be changed, which is why those who already have the odds stacked against them due to genetics need to work on the factors they can change, such as diet and exercise.
While some people are expressing concern about working out after hearing about his heart attack during exercise, it is important to note that a 2015 study in the journal Circulation says that only 5 percent of people aged 35 to 65 who suffered sudden cardiac arrests were working out at the time. Moreover, it found that a person’s odds of surviving a heart attack were higher if it happened during exercise because they are more likely to be near others who can perform CPR or call an ambulance.
While intense exercise can technically trigger a heart attack, this is a lot less likely in a person who is already as fit as Harper was. Moreover, good health habits like exercise and a clean diet can help people recover more quickly from heart attacks and prevent them from recurring.
Mediterranean diet recommended post-heart attack
Since the life-threatening incident, Harper’s doctors have instructed him to follow the Mediterranean diet. He shared one of his heart-friendly dinners with his Twitter followers: branzino, a type of sea bass, with Brussels sprouts and a salad. The Mediterranean diet has been shown in countless studies to help protect the entire cardiovascular system, preventing the risk of peripheral artery disease, stroke, and heart attacks.
The diet focuses on a high consumption of foods like olive oil, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Fish and poultry are consumed in moderate amounts, while red meat is discouraged. Cheese and yogurt are the main sources of dairy in the diet but are only eaten in limited amounts, while some red wine is also allowed.
A study in Spain found that supplementing the diet with additional extra-virgin olive oil enhanced its protective effects. In fact, it was so effective that the study had to be ended early because the results were so clear that it would have been unethical for them to continue.
What won’t you find on the Mediterranean diet? High-fructose corn syrup, sugar, processed carbohydrates and processed foods in general are all prohibited. These are foods that should not be part of any diet because they are void of nutrients and loaded with hidden toxins.
Harper credits the company of his dog with helping him get through this challenging time, and he says he has been reading up on heart health. He has also had to modify his vigorous workout routine as his body recovers, taking a break from Crossfit and going for walks with his dog instead.
While those who are happy to find any excuse not to exercise are already using Harper’s situation as justification for their unhealthy habits, experts insist that the overall benefits of exercise for your heart far outweigh any risks.
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(Natural News) Should Californians start preparing for a potentially massive earthquake that’s looming on the horizon? Going by data presented in a recent study, it may be a good idea, if not now then at least some time in the not so distant future.
The study shows how a 7.4 tremblor could potentially rupture underneath Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties, producing an earthquake that would be 30 times more powerful than the 6.4 magnitude quake of 1933 in Long Beach, which claimed the lives of 120 people.
But reaching the status of a 7.4 magnitude earthquake would not necessarily be easy. Indeed, certain circumstances would have to be in place to bring about a natural disaster of such epic proportions. Besides rupturing the Newport-Inglewood fault in Los Angeles and Orange counties, the quake would also have to impact the Rose Canyon fault system. The fault system, which hasn’t been ruptured since roughly 1650, runs entirely through downtown San Diego. (RELATED: What caused Oklahoma’s recent record-breaking earthquake?)
Valerie Sahakian, the lead author of the study, explained that “these two fault zones are actually one continuous fault zone.” Sahakian wrote the study while working towards her doctorate degree at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. She is now a research geophysicist working with the U.S. Geological Survey. (RELATED: Scientists warn that massive earthquakes may be right around the corner.)
While scientists in the past have reported that the gaps between the two faults reached as far as 3 miles apart, this new study indicates that the gaps are actually much closer at 1.25 miles apart. Sahakian explained that this is the reason the two faults are actually characterized as one continuous fault.
Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said that even though there was already an existing consensus that the two faults were actually one, “we now have real evidence that this is the case.”
Because of the geographic location of the faults on a map, it was very difficult to prove this to be true. So in the year 2013, Scripps researchers traveled out in boats and spent over 100 days collecting data. In the end, they were able to create a rather detailed map of the sea floor using technology that is similar to sonar used by submarines.
While the study serves as a horrifying reminder that San Diego and Orange County could one day be destroyed by a massive earthquake, the chances that it will happen anytime soon are slim. In our lifetime, the chances of a tremblor on the Newport-Inglewood/Rose Canyon fault are less than the chances of a tremblor on the southern San Andreas Fault.
So while Californians are safe from a devastating 7.4 magnitude earthquake for now, the information presented in this study is still worth taking into consideration.
(Natural News) Widely used heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may cause chronic or even end-stage kidney failure without any prior warning, according to a study conducted by researchers from Washington University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System, and published in the journal Kidney International.
It has been common clinical practice to assume that unless patients taking PPIs show signs of acute kidney failure, they are not at risk of chronic kidney failure. This study completely refutes that premise.
“Our results indicate kidney problems can develop silently and gradually over time, eroding kidney function and leading to long-term kidney damage or even renal failure,” senior author Ziyad Al-Aly said. “Patients should be cautioned to tell their doctors if they’re taking PPIs and only use the drugs when necessary.”
Big Pharma pushes pricier, more dangerous drugs
PPIs suppress the stomach’s production of acid, and are intended to treat only very severe ulcers or heartburn (gastric reflex). The FDA has repeatedly issued warnings about casual or long-term use of these highly dangerous drugs. Yet the drugs are widely used, in both prescription and over-the-counter form, by 15 million people yearly in the United States alone.
Brand names include Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix.
In the new study, researchers reviewed databases from the Department of Veterans Affairs to examine the medical records of 125,596 new users of PPIs and 18,436 new users of H2 blockers, an unrelated class of heartburn drugs.
H2 blockers are significantly less likely to cause kidney damage than PPIs, but are less widely used in part because they are not as effective — and in part because PPIs are aggressively marketed by pharmaceutical companies.
H2 blockers cost about half as much as PPIs.
The researchers found that over the course of 5 years, about 20 percent of PPI users went on to develop acute kidney problems, characterized by urine buildup, fatigue, and swelling of the legs and ankles. Many cases of acute kidney failure are reversible.
Yet among patients who developed chronic kidney damage or end-stage renal disease, only half had previously experienced acute kidney problems. That means the other 50 percent of cases came on without warning.
End-stage renal disease is fatal unless treated by dialysis or kidney transplant.
Among users of H2 blockers who developed chronic kidney disease, 92.33 percent had previously shown acute kidney symptoms.
“Doctors must pay careful attention to kidney function in their patients who use PPIs, even when there are no signs of problems,” Al-Aly said. “In general, we always advise clinicians to evaluate whether PPI use is medically necessary in the first place because the drugs carry significant risks, including a deterioration of kidney function.”
PPIs disrupt all systems in the body
The risks of PPIs are not limited to kidney failure. Research has shown that by interfering with stomach acid production, the drugs create a cascade effect throughout the body. First, they interfere with the absorption of key nutrients, including vitamin B12, calcium and iron — thus producing neurological problems, anemia, bone fractures, and osteoporosis. They also disrupt the gut microbiome, encouraging the presence of the superbug C. difficile, as well as the bacteria that causes pneumonia, leading to correspondingly higher risks of those diseases.
The microbiome plays a wide variety of roles in the body, regulating digestion, immune function, and even mood.
PPIs have also been shown to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and to worsen cognitive decline in the elderly.
Even the Big Pharma-friendly FDA continually emphasizes that PPIs should be used only for very severe cases of gastric reflux. Even with severe heartburn, patients should first try to control it using natural methods such as eating smaller portions; avoiding heartburn triggers such as very fatty foods, alcohol, tobacco or drugs; wearing loose-fitting clothing; remaining upright for at least two hours after eating; elevating the head of the bed; and losing as little as 5-10 pounds.
Gluten-free foods are widely consumed by people who aren’t even gluten sensitive in the first place. As I explain in the eye-opening mini-documentary video below, many people mistakenly believe they have a “gluten insensitivity” when, in reality, they are experiencing the toxic effects of glyphosate in wheat products.
Even worse, most gluten-free foods that are labeled “gluten-free” are heavily processed, non-organic junk foods that tend to lack the very kinds of natural fresh plant fibers that promote healthy digestion and elimination. Many foods labeled “gluten-free” are loaded with crazy levels of processed sugars and refined carbohydrates, too.
Don’t fall for the myth that “gluten-free” automatically means clean and healthy. If it’s not organic, it’s probably laced with pesticides and herbicides. If you do buy gluten-free foods, always buy organic.
(Natural News) As we become more health conscious and choose leaner meats, Americans are increasingly pushing red meat to the side and opting for chicken instead. On average, we eat 84 pounds of chicken meat per person per year. While we may think we are doing the right and healthy thing, America’s new obsession with chicken meat comes with a foul truth.
Nutrition experts from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) found that nearly half of grocery store chicken is contaminated with chicken feces. After analyzing chicken products from 15 U.S. grocery store chains in 10 cities, the researchers concluded that 48 percent of the samples tested positive for E. coli, an indicator of fecal contamination.
Feces, toxins, and superbugs
When we look at poultry farms, bird transportation, and slaughter methods, this may not come as a big surprise. Chickens are crammed into small spaces where they defecate freely. Hence, why most chickens spend their short lives covered or standing in feces. Also, during slaughter, feces can be released from the intestines contaminating the chicken meat.
In an environment littered with fecal matter, these particles can easily end up in the final product. And chicken feces are not the only worrisome compounds ending up on your plate. Since chicken producers know about these filthy practices, chicken meat is often rinsed with chlorinated water in an attempt to clean up the mess.
This, however, only adds more health-damaging contaminants and carcinogens to the chicken meat. In addition to chicken feces, chicken products also often test positive for toxic chemicals and antibiotic resistant superbugs.
Choose your chicken meat wisely
For the study PCRM researchers tested chicken meat obtained from the grocery store chains Fry’s, Albertsons, Dominick’s, Giant, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Pick ‘n Save, H-E-B, Jewel-Osco, Piggly Wiggly, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Ralphs, Randalls, and Safeway.
Both antibiotic-free chicken samples and conventional samples were found to be contaminated with the same level of fecal matter. Next time you go grocery shopping be sure to watch out for following chicken brands as they may be laced with fecal matter: Foster Farms, Gerber’s Poultry, Piggly Wiggly, Nature’s Promise, Open Nature, Publix, Red Bird Farms, Sanderson Farms, Wild Harvest Natural, Safeway O Organics, Springer Mountain Farms, Pilgrim’s, Eating Right, Harris Teeter, Harvestland, H-E-B, Smart Chicken, Roundy’s, Safeway, Super G, Supervalu, Hill Country Fare, Perdue, Murray’s, and Covington Farms.
As reported by Natural Health 365, over 8 billion chickens are slaughtered each year in the United States. Given the alarming number of contaminates found on chicken meat, one would think the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is increasing their inspection procedures to keep feces and other nasty substances out of our food chain to protect the consumers. Sadly, the opposite is true.
Maybe you have heard about the “Filthy Chicken Rule.” Instead of upping the inspections, the USDA is allowing most trained government inspectors to be replaced by untrained company employees to allow big chicken companies to slaughter chickens at a much faster rate.
While purchasing higher quality organic free-range chicken from a local farmer instead of mass produced products from a huge chicken factory will reduce the exposure to superbugs and nasty chemicals, know that these birds poop too!
Because you can never be sure of how your chicken meat has been handled, not even the organically produced, free range chickens, it is crucial to thoroughly rinse raw chicken under running water before cooking to remove possible contaminants. Also, make sure to use separate cutting boards and cook chicken to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill superbugs and other nasty germs.
“This system operates on fear, you have no fear and that’s a problem for us.” − District court official to Ben Taylor in private chambers
After years of silence, the story can finally be told…
In February 2012, a small supplement company and its owner scored a huge victory for health freedom. This happened when all charges against the Utopia Silver Supplement Company and its owner Ben Taylor were withdrawn (i.e. non-suited) by the prosecution after almost 11 years of a protracted struggle instigated by the FDA. Though not as widely publicized as cases such as the Dr. Burzynski trial, the implications may be even larger. Read More