Monday, 29 February 2016

Hannah Bronfman's Workout Essentials

She's a model. She's an entrepreneur. She's a DJ. If that's not enough, she's a wellness and fitness enthusiast. In fact, working out is what keeps Hannah Bronfman trailblazing into the future. Just check out her Instagram, Snapchat, or, and you'll get why she was selected to be part of the Clinique #FaceForward campaign. We caught up with Hannah at one of her favourite New York City spots: Ashley DeLeon Pilates. She demonstrated some very impressive moves and gave us a peek into her ambitious mind and easy beauty routine.

Hannah on why she loves exercise…
“When I get in a proper sweat session, I can accomplish more in my day. My mind is very clear, and I’m ready to approach certain businesses and scenarios in a focused way. Scheduling can be crazy, but I think it’s really important to take an hour for yourself, or even just 15 minutes. And it doesn’t even matter what it is—I try everything. I do boxing, strength training, yoga, Pilates…I like to surprise my body. Ultimately, that’s what I think gives you the best results, both mentally and physically.”

"My skin looks great when I'm eating well and hydrating myself."

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Healing with the Guinea hen weed

Anamu, or Petiveria alliacea
The gleaner.
GUINEA HEN weed, known to South Americans as anamu, is a herb that is indigenous to  the Amazon rainforest and the tropical areas of the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa. Its botanical name is Petiveria alliacea. In Jamaica, it has several names – guinea hen weed, guinea hen leaf, garlic weed or gully root.

Dr Vendryes on ”healing with the Guinea hen weed”
Guinea Hen Weed: A Powerful Jamaican Herb

Anamu has a long history of use in herbal medicine in all the countries where it grows. Herbalists and natural health practitioners have traditionally used anamu for a wide variety of conditions including arthritis, digestive disorders, infections, diabetes, cancer, pain relief and even to induce abortions.
Over the past quarter of a century, however, modern scientific research has studied anamu intensively and many biologically active compounds have been discovered in the plant: flavanoids, triterpenes, steroids, and sulfur compounds. The research published on anamu now validates many of the historical uses of this herb.

Interestingly, the researchers found that of the 20 compounds isolated from the plant – several of which had never been identified in nature before – some were similar to compounds found in garlic, a plant known to have medicinal properties.
Anamu kills cancer cells - Laboratory investigations show that anamu retards the growth of several strains of cancer and leukemia cells. In a plant screening programme performed at the University of Illinois at Chicago, more than 1,400 plant extracts were evaluated for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Anamu was one of only 34 plants identified with active properties specifically against cancer.

How does anamu work against cancer?

Several phytochemicals in anamu like astilbin and dibenzyl trisulphide have been documented to directly kill cancer cells. Research showed further that the compounds in anamu were able to differentiate between normal cells and cancer cells, killing only the cancerous cells. In addition, other substances in the herb stimulate the body’s natural defences as described below.

Anamu stimulates the immune system - Anamu has also been verified to have immunostimulant properties. It stimulates the immune system to increase its production of lymphocytes and natural killer cells – powerful disease-destroying cells. At the same time, it increases the production of interferon and interleukins – substances naturally produced by the immune system in fighting cancers and infections.
Anamu fights infections - It demonstrates broad spectrum antimicrobial properties against numerous bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast. Compounds in anamu directly kill and or inhibits the growth of these germs. Interestingly, many alternative medicine practitioners believe that infection plays a major role in many cancers. Anamu is widely used in folk medicine for treating infections.
Anamu relieves pain - Its traditional use as a remedy for arthritis and rheumatism has been validated by clinical research that confirms its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effect. Researchers in Sweden demonstrated its COX-1 inhibitory properties (cyclooxogenase-1 inhibitors are a new class of popular and profitable arthritis drugs). Anamu extracts have been found to relieve pain and inflammation even when applied topically to the skin.
Anamu lowers blood sugar - While anamu has not been widely researched for diabetes, it had been documented to lower blood sugar levels by more than 60 per cent in laboratory animals. This reflects herbal medical practice in Cuba where anamu has been used as an aid for diabetes for many years.

Contradictions to anamu

Anamu has been found to cause contractions of the uterus that can lead to abortions and miscarriages. As such, it should not be used by pregnant women.
Anamu contains a low concentration of a blood thinner called coumadin. People with any bleeding disorder like hemophilia or who are on blood thinning medication should consult their health-care provider before using anamu.

Directions for use

I recommend using organically grown anamu herb, free of insecticides, herbicides and other pollution.
One heaping tablespoonful of the whole powdered anamu plant is diffused in one litre of hot water. The resulting tea is drunk preferably on an empty stomach. An average dosage is four ounces (about half a cup) twice daily.

My experience
I myself was introduced to anamu by a Jamaican oncologist, (a doctor specialising in treating cancer), who had seen good results in some of her patients who used this herb. I thank her for her generosity in sharing the information. I had also heard impressive stories from Jamaican men with prostate cancer who had benefited from its use.

After doing my own research, I now use it regularly in my practice and find it to be a useful, safe, inexpensive addition to a cancer-treatment programme, as well as in the treatment of the other conditions listed above.

Reminder and warning

Many persons are desperately looking for a quick fix – a magic bullet that will miraculously cure their illness. The reality is that there is no quick fix. Like so many useful herbs, anamu will give best results when combined with optimal nutrition, nutritional supplements, exercise, detoxification, stress management and adequate restful sleep.

It must be a part of a programme of healthy lifestyles. It may also be used along with conventional medicines without disturbing their effects. If you have a serious medical condition, do not self medicate without the assistance and guidance of a qualified health practitioner.
You may email Dr Tony Vendryes at or listen to ‘An Ounce of Prevention’ on POWER 106 FM on Fridays at 8 p.m. His new book ‘An Ounce of Prevention, Especially for Women’ is available locally and on the Internet.
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5 must-try Scandinavian fitness trends

Svava Sigbertsdottir, founder of the Viking Method

As well as impeccable architecture and design, Scandinavians tend to have impeccable, lean bodies. These guys and guys know how to stay in shape - despite freezing temperatures that might put off most Londoners - so it comes as no surprise that some of their fitness trends have started filtering across the North Sea to the UK.
Rather than seeing exercise as a shore, Scandinavians have found a way to incorporate exercise into their everyday lives.
See below for five on-trend ways to get Scandi fit that you can try in London:


If you like Tough Mudder, you love Toughest, which has been taking Scandinavia by storm. Coming ot the UK for the first time this April, you can expect the 40 obstacles over an 8km course of tough terrain that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Its 5000 participants should prepare to get muddy - and engage your Scandi mentality to get through it.
Find it: in Pippingford Park, London on April 23

Nordic Walking

So what is it? Nordic Walking is like ordinary walking, but enhanced. Using specially designed poles, it is a full-body exercise that engages the upper body and not just the legs - and it's easy on the joints. Not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running - a qualified instuctor will see that you exert enough force on the specially designed poles that you achieve optimum results. The great news is that it can be done by anyone, anywhere and doesn't cost the earth.
Where: Use to find qualified instructors and walks across London

The Viking Method

Shouting is encourages, bananas are banned and you never weigh yourself - these are some of the 'rules' involved in The Viking method, founded by self-proclaimed fitness maniac and Icelander Svava Sigbertsdottir. It works by shocking your body's metabolism into burning fat with HIIT techniques such as crawling, kick-boxing and leap frogs, switching between aerobi and anaerobic resistance training to work to body to the greatest effect. Take up this method to improve your agility, strength, confidence and power - Suki Waterhouse and Nicole Scherzinger are fans. 
Where: buy this online fitness programme at

Scandinavian Fitness

Want a tailor-made fitness programme that will change your life? This all-female personal training team will led by Olympic athlete Linda Hendenstrom will do the trick. Building on the Scandinavian lifestyle ethos where fitness and nutrition are part of everyday life, its is to show clients that bening healthy is about knowledge, not difficult. Through a combination of kettlebells, boxing, tabata and yoga among others - Linda hopes to get you fit within three months. Trainers are based in Notting Hill, Chelsea and Kensington and will come to you, whether you prefer to be outside or in the gy.
Where: book your session at

Swedish Fit

Super popular in Sweden, this is a full body workout developed in collaboration with doctors and physiotherapists to work out your muscle and maintain and strengthen the psychomotor skills. During Swedish Fit sessions, participants stand in a circle around the coach, reproducing non-exhausting movement to music - it's fitness and morale boosting.
Where: Swedish Fit classes take place in five different locations across London. Book your session online at

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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Dried Plums Protect Bone Loss Due to Radiation

Image: Dried Plums Protect Bone Loss Due to Radiation

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard 

Dried plums, previously commonly known as prunes, can protect bone loss resulting from radiation exposure, says a study published in Scientific Reports.

Reduced bone density and osteoporosis are major health problems that affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and the risk increases as people age. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 54 million Americans age 50 and older are affected by the conditions.

Bone density is affected by radiation, including radiation from medical procedures.

"Bone loss caused by ionizing radiation is a potential health concern for those in occupations or in situations that expose them to radiation," said Dr. Nancy Turner of Texas A&M AgriLife Research in College Station.

"This is relevant to not only astronauts in space, but also cancer patients, those undergoing radiotherapy, radiation workers and victims of nuclear accidents."

Radiation exposure increases oxidative damage in bone tissue and interferes with the process of the body absorbing mature bone tissue and forming new bone, causing "spongy" bones.

"The changes in remodeling activity caused by exposure to radiation can lead to impaired skeletal integrity and fragility both in animals and human radiotherapy patients," Turner said.
Researchers evaluated four methods of treatment, all of which had antioxidant or anti-inflammatory properties: an antioxidant cocktail; dihydrolipoic acid (a form of lipoic acid); ibuprofen; and dried plum, to evaluate their ability to prevent bone loss and to dull the effect that radiation has on bone marrow cells that lead to the breakdown of bone.

Of all of the treatments tested, Turner says dried plum was most effective.

"Dried plums contain biologically active components that may provide effective interventions for loss of structural integrity caused by radiotherapy or unavoidable exposure to space radiation incurred over long-duration spaceflight," she said.

"From this study, we can conclude that inclusion of dried plums in the diet may prevent the skeletal effects of radiation exposures either in space or here on Earth."

Turner noted purified dried plums contain bioactive compounds, including polyphenols that are known for their high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Other institutions involved in the study were the Bone and Signaling Laboratory of NASA's Ames Research Center, the department of radiation oncology at the University of California-Irvine, and the division of endocrinology at the University of California-San Francisco.

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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Red Algae - An excellent Source of Magnesium

Red Algae is naturally rich in calcium and minerals, harvested from the clear waters of Iceland. Calcium contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and muscles.
The Seaweed- derived mineral source, is rich in calcium, magnesium and 70 other trace minerals including zinc, iron and selenium. It is produced from the red algae which absorbs essential minerals from the sea. This gives its unique multi mineral content. The algae then break down naturally and settle on the seabed. These calcified skeletal remains are harvested, washed, dried and milled into this unique multi mineral supplement. Nothing is added and clear vegan capsules are used. The Red algae offers a wide range of minerals from a single natural source. This makes it highly bio-available and the human body easily absorbs the nutrients. The minerals work together and the overall health benefits are enhanced.

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The Age of Toxicity: The Link Between Stress, Magnesium & Disease


Our world is invaded with toxicity, radiation, and synthetic materials thanks to toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, vaccinations, GMO foods, and more. And while mainstream media continues to live under the barrage of government-approved laws, labels, and ideals, there is constant research disapproving the safety of so many things occurring in our world.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 60 percent of adults in the United States aren’t getting the estimated average requirement for magnesium. The recommended daily dietary amount of magnesium is a mere 300-400 mg, however, which is far below how much of this precious and paramount mineral people actually require. This means the average American adult is truly starved of it, leading to both malnourishment and disease.
A truly healthy dose of magnesium ought to be around the 1,000 mg range, due to cellular stresses that cause magnesium levels to drop significantly. Radiation, chemicals, and heavy metals put an incredible amount of stress on organs, tissues, and cells, and without a sufficient amount of magnesium in the body, we cannot filter out such toxins.
So while our level of toxicity increases, our level of magnesium drops, and the result is poor health. From allergic reactions to the flu, to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and neurological concerns, the body reacts to the absence of such a valuable mineral in terrible ways.
As levels of magnesium continue to decline, we must try to understand how we can treat our bodies in a world where we are fighting to keep our health despite our constant exposure to toxicities.
While a supplement may sound like a quick fix, the doses we may require can work against us, loosening the intestines, says Dr. Mark Sircus, who notes in his book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy that magnesium oil is one easy way of increasing our levels of this essential mineral. Applied directly to the skin or put into medical baths for transdermal absorption, he says that, “One can relax in a medicinal bath, without a doctor’s prescription or simply put it on the skin and have someone massage you for sublime effect.”
Mental disorders may also be linked to magnesium deficiency. According to the British Journal of Psychiatry, people who consume a diet heavy in processed foods have a 58 percent higher risk of depression.
They go on to explain that a whole food diet is a necessary avenue for preventing depression, as it consists of consuming foods filled with a variety of important nutrients, whereas one rich in processed foods does not. Dr. Sircus says that along with a whole food diet, people should also be consuming a diet high in magnesium, as without it, our mental and emotional state suffers.
Knowing that our levels of stress are linked to magnesium depletion, it’s even more worrisome to note that a recent poll by Gallup revealed that 67 percent of Americans are consuming more alcohol on a regular basis.
Research has found a serious connection between how levels of stress result in an increased consumption of alcohol. And increased alcohol intake causes an uptick of urinary magnesium excretion soon after ingestion by as much as 260 percent above baseline values. But, the entire problem could potentially be solved if we simply increased our magnesium intake in order to deplete emotional disorders, which would then hinder our desire to consume heavy amounts of alcohol.
Somehow, despite the fact that researchers around the world are well aware of the necessity of magnesium intake, and doctors reach for it as a means to treat patients suffering from heart attacks or strokes, the problem of its depletion as a result of toxicities remains largely ignored. Do the “authorities” really have people’s best interest at heart then? We could be lessening our mental and physical health problems, lowering medical bills sufficiently, and living longer and healthier lives if only we could allow the truth to become a reality.
Is it an issue of population control? Of pharmaceutical companies trying to push synthetic drugs on us to build their empires?  Dr. Sircus notes that, while there are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants (SSRIs) and atypical antipsychotics on the market that are being pushed, the reality of the situation is that there is no replacement for magnesium.

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Friday, 26 February 2016

3 Minute Guacamole!

Avocados are best eaten raw in salads and dips as they turn bitter if they are cooked. The only place I have seen Avocados as part of a cooked dish was in Mexico where they are sliced and added to chicken soup before serving, but even then, he Avocados themselves were not cooked. Guacamole is very popular in Mexican and Southwestern cuisines. This tasty version takes only 3 minutes to make! (Taken from page 137 of the 2nd edition of the World's Healthiest Foods book.)
3-Minute Avocado Dip Prep and Cook Time: 3 minutes

  • 1 medium ripe avocado
  • 1 TBS lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: diced tomatoes

  • Serve with:
  • 1/2 cup carrot strips
  • 1/2 cup celery sticks
  • 1/2 cup sliced cucumbers
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute. Alternatively, you can mash the avocado with a potato masher or fork and then add the rest of the ingredients. Serves 2

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This Is A Must Read Before Ever Using Turmeric Again

Nowadays, it seems that everybody is writing about turmeric, everybody is using it, and turmeric is considered to a real miracle regarding our health. However, its active ingredient, curcumin, is even more popular, as it is responsible for almost all the health benefits of this miraculous spice.
Namely, the study abstract from the National Library of Medicine’s database named MEDLINE lists over 600 potential medicinal properties of curcumin and turmeric.
Nutritionists, doctors and experts recommend the regular use of this spice as a way to improve health and solve numerous heath issues. However, you need to know a few facts concerning turmeric before you begin using it.

Curcumin is Difficult To Absorb

Turmeric’s active ingredient is far from easy to be absorbed. Namely, poor absorption rate should be enhanced in order to enjoy the health benefits you expect to gain from the consumption of turmeric. Numerous clinical and animal surveys have concluded that the concentrations of curcumin in urine, blood plasma, and peripheral tissues, are really low, and even not detectable in some cases, without counting the size of the dosage.
Therefore, it is of great importance to stimulate and improve the bioavailability of this ingredient. We will reveal a few ways to succeed in it:
  1. Heat Increases the bioavailability of turmeric
According to Dr. Sukumar, “the strong substance in turmeric is curcumin, which, unfortunately isn’t easily absorbed by the organism without help. But the sauté pan and a little bit of warm water can be very helpful. I’m adding turmeric in every sauté, only a ¼ of a teaspoon.
But you don’t have to use it moderately, instead, use it in larger amounts. The best way to consume it is to add it in your cooking very significantly. If you have any sauté at home, just add it on. Once you add the turmeric in heated oil, it becomes fully bioavailable for you.”
  1. Combine it With Black Pepper
Black pepper is a powerful medicinal spice ad acts as a potent adjuvant of turmeric.
“If people consume a bunch of turmeric curcumin, in just one hour there will be a little bump in the level in their blood stream. We cannot notice some significant increase since our liver is working hard to remove it. But what will happen if the process is suppressed by consuming ¼ of teaspoon’s worth of black pepper?”
This will literally skyrocket the levels of curcumin. Of course, the amount will remain the same, but its bioavailability will be boosted by 2000%. Note that pepper even in smallest amounts will significantly improve the levels of curcumin. Also, the famous curry spice contains turmeric and black pepper.
According to one study, :” Effects of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human subjects showed that when piperine was co-administered with curcumin and given to human subjects the bioavailability of curcumin have risen by 2000%.”
  1. Healthy Fat
Turmeric is fat-soluble, therefore, if mixed with fat, it will provide all its health benefits.
Namely, when turmeric is combined with healthy fats, including olive or coconut oil, or ghee, through the lymphatic system, curcumin is directly absorbed into the blood, bypassing the liver. This is extremely important as curcumin is not subjected to metabolic enzymes and remains in its free form and stays longer in the body.
Hence, in order to obtain maximum results from the use of turmeric, you should so the following:
  1. In order to activate it, you should heat the turmeric before use.
  2. Mix it with freshly ground black pepper in order to boost its absorption by 2.000%.
  3. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, consume it in these dosages:
  • Dried, powdered root: 1-3 grams a day
  • Cut root: 1.5-3 grams a day
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Heat or cold

Which one travels faster, heat or cold?
Heat, because you can catch a cold.

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Argentine Doctors Believe Larvicide Real Cause of Zika


A group of physicians in Argentina has filed a claim that the sudden microcephaly epidemic in Brazil was not caused by the Zika virus after all. The physicians claim that a larvicide, placed in the country's water supply, is to blame. Months after the first Zika case was reported, the microcephaly outbreak continues to shake the world's medical community.

Maria moved slowly. She remained on the side of the bed. Her joints ached -- a side effect, her doctor said, of the Zika virus.
The pain in her elbows didn't match the pain in her heart as she contemplated the baby she would have in about six months. Would the child be healthy? Eight of her friends were pregnant as well. Five of them had already made the trip to Rio and found out the prognosis for the lives growing inside them.
Maria wondered if she would go to bed that night with good news -- or dread.
Women from all nations have been advised to exercise caution if they are contemplating a trip to Brazil. Microcephaly, a birth defect in newborn babies, has been connected to the Zika virus. Microcephaly is a condition that causes babies to be born with abnormally tiny heads.
The "company line" if being challenged by the Argentine physicians as they suspect that Zika is not to blame for the increase in microcephaly, but that a larvicide in Brazil's water supply is responsible.


The doctor's group, Physicians in Crop-Sprayed Towns (PCST), points to a 2014 incident where larvicide was dumped into Brazilian waterways to stop the spread of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks.
The larvicide, sold as Pyriproxyfen, was first applied in a large government-sponsored program, was meant to control the country's mosquito population. Pyriproxyfen is a larvicide produced by Sumitomo Chemical, a subsidiary of Monsanto.
Malformations found in multitudinous kids living in regions where the chemical was added is not an accident according to a PCST report.
One example is the instance where the Brazilian Health Ministry injected pyriproxyfen into lakes in Pernambuco. The proliferation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito -- the Zika virus carrier -- in Pernambuco is very high according to the PCST.
The first state to notice the problem was Pernambuco and the state contains 35% of total cases of microcephaly in the country.
According to PCST, during previous Zika epidemics, there have been zero instances of microcephaly linked to Zika. Over 75% of the population in countries where Zika has broken out had been infected with the mosquito-borne virus. For example, in Colombia, where there are many Zika cases, there are no records of microcephaly linked to the virus.
It was after the Colombia president announced that many of the nation's citizens were infected with Zika, but no case of microcephaly that the accusations and allegations started to come out. Over 3,000 pregnant women in Colombia were infected with Zika, but PCST reports show these women are carrying healthy fetuses -- or had already given birth to healthy babies.


Sumitomo Chemical says, on its website, that pyriproxyfen poses a minimal risk to birds, fish, and mammals. However, the evidence is overwhelming.
The Washington Post reported in January that experts examined over 700 cases of Zika-related microcephaly and over half were not related to Zika after all.
Even with all of the suspicions, the World Health Organization (WHO) has not linked Zika to microcephaly.
"While a link between Zika infection and microcephaly has not been established, the circumstantial evidence is suggestive and worrisome," said WHO Director Margaret Chan.
While there is no solid proof yet that the larvicide is behind microcephaly, the government of Grande do Sul, in the southern part of Brazil, suspended the use of the chemical pyriproxyfen.
Sumitomo Chemical, the maker of Pyriproxyfen, released a statement to reassure that its product is safe for use:
"Pyriproxyfen has shown no effects on the reproductive system or nervous system and has been approved for use in around 40 countries across the globe.

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

This Powerful Tea Is The Best Remedy For Swollen Legs

The swelling in the legs, also known as edema, or retention of fluids in the body, causes great pain, and may be a result of:
  • PMS
  • Pregnancy
  • Poor circulation
  • Excess consumption of processed foods and foods high in salt
  • A sedentary lifestyle—long sitting or staying in the same position
  • Side- effects of certain medications
At times, either during pregnancy or when standing or sitting for a long time, it is normally for the legs to swell. Yet, if you experience chronic ankle or leg swelling, that is, peripheral edema, it may indicate a more serious issue like liver disease, heart failure, and kidney disease. Therefore, if your swelling is not reduced after a while, you should consult your physician.
In the case of occasional swelling, you can benefit a lot from the use of herbal and natural remedies that will get rid of excess fluids and will successfully reduce the swelling. One of these extremely effective natural remedies is parsley, which has been used By Hippocrates himself.

The name of parsley is a compound of two Greek words: “petrose,” which means rock, since it can often grow on rocky areas and stone walls; and “selenium,” which is the ancient name for celery. Therefore, its name literally means “rock celery.”
There are two parsley types, curly parsley and Italian parsley (which has flat leaves). Parsley is often used as a garnish in numerous dishes, but we usually leave it aside and do not consume it.
However, this is apparently a big mistake, as studies suggest that its consumption can prevent numerous ailments and diseases, such as asthma, allergies, menstrual pain, issues with the urinary tract, digestive disorders, and may  be extremely beneficial as it may help to treat bronchitis, improves the breath, reduces blood pressure and promotes bone health.
As we previously mentioned, this amazing herb had been recommended by Hippocrates as a general tonic in the case of rheumatism, kidney stones or even as an antidote for poison. “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook,” lists parsley as a remarkable and effective diuretic which aids the kidneys to get rid of the excess fluids from the body (edema).

Parsley Is a Natural Diuretic
According to a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2002, “parsley acts as a diuretic by inhibiting the sodium and potassium ion pumps, influencing the process of osmosis and increasing the flow of urine.”
Moreover, parsley is abundant in potassium. On the other hand, many chemically produced diuretics reduce the levels of potassium, so the use of parsley will avoid these harmful side- effects.
A study conducted in Brazilian in 2009 titled “Diuretic and hipotensive activity of aqueous extract of parsley seeds” also confirmed that this fantastic herb increases the urinary flow and reduces the blood pressure at the same time.

Dr. John R. Christopher, America’s most prominent herbalist, and renowned author, suggests that you should consume two quarts (64 oz.) of strong parsley tea on a daily basis in order to obtain best results in the treatment of edema.
If needed, you can increase this amount. Moreover, in the preparation of the parsley tea, if possible, make sure you use the “fresh light-green leaves,” together with the seeds and roots.

Method of preparation of parsley tea:
You need to chop the parsley roots and leaves finely. Then, put about ¼ cup of parsley into an infusion basket. Next, pour the parsley with a cup of boiled water or submerge into a tea pot. Leave it to steep for 5-7 minutes, remove the basket and strain. In the end, you can add ginger, lemon or honey to enrich the taste.

For maximum results, you should consume the tea while warm.
Apart from the consumption of this tea, you should also try other methods to reduce the swelling. Namely, you should regularly do some leg exercises in order to stimulate the fluids from the legs to go to your heart. Also, while lying down, raise your legs on pillows on a height above the heart.

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This Brutally Honest 4-Step Guide To Losing Weight Has Gone Absolutely Viral

Apparently, all we read and hear about these days are some “spectacular”, “miraculous”,”instant” ways to lose excess weight. Yet, experience has shown that there is no shortcut to success.
Namely, the whole process of losing weight requires a lot of strength, efforts, and determination.
Of course, in order to obtain the desired results, you need to pay attention to a few aspects, and not just your diet. Today, we will reveal a 4- step guide to losing weight, which, if you stick to its rules, will definitely help you get the body of your dreams!

These are the steps:

1.Avoid beer
This step may be a one for men, but you need to be aware of the fact that beer, even though it is simply delicious, and is a good opportunity to meet your friends, it seriously harms your body figure. Namely, one beer equals seven slices of bread. What do you think about that?

2. Avoid fruit juice
This is another drink that you should eliminate from your diet as it simply contains too much sugar.

3. Portion control
You should always take care of the size of the portion you are going to consume. This is extremely important in case you go out to eat in a restaurant or you order some food, as you cannot control the size of your dish.
However, it is a good thing to divide your food in two just as soon as you put it in front of you, and in this way, you will reduce the extra calories. You can eat the rest later, or you can just not consume the rest of it.
Moreover, as soon as you start using weight, you will soon opt for healthier meals, for example, a kind of meat and some salad. In this way, you will quickly lose extra weight.

4. Join the gym
Believe me, if you do not exercise, you will never get one of those bodies you admire in the newspapers! No matter how many pounds you lose due to a diet change, your body won’t be tight and muscular if you are inactive.
It is extremely beneficial to run or walk several times a week, but going to the gym will accelerate and boost the effects. Sometimes, you just need a thing to push you and stimulate you to finally reach your goal and stop feeling a loser.
You should visit the gym a few times during the week, and do all kinds of exercises. Remember, always start with moderate expectations, and as you are starting to be good in it, you can also raise your goals.
You should read about exercising, learn and try some new workout routines, study about the different muscle groups. Moreover, as you exercise, you will start to consider even healthier food options. You can even start planning your week menu in advance.
Over time, you will start receiving numerous compliments on your new look and this will boost your confidence. Undoubtedly, that will have a major impact on your entire life. Furthermore, if you proceed in this tempo, you will soon need new clothes!

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Cancer-Causing Baby Powder KILLS a Woman

Johnson & Johnson Must Pay $72 Million After Cancer-Causing Baby Powder KILLS a Woman

A Missouri state jury on Monday ordered the company to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer — the family’s lawyers say the death was linked to the woman’s use of the company’s talc-based products including baby powder and Shower to Shower.
The company was found liable for fraud, negligence, and conspiracy in a civil suit, Reuters reports.
Johnson & Johnson “knew as far back as the 1980s of the risk” but resorted to “lying to the public, lying to the regulatory agencies, ” Jere Beasley, a lawyer for the woman’s family, told reporters, according to Reuters.
While Beasley told that his experts found a link between ovarian cancer and talc powder, findings on the cancer link have been mixed, according to the American Cancer Society. From the American Cancer Society:
Many studies in women have looked at the possible link between talcum powder and cancer of the ovary. Findings have been mixed, with some studies reporting a slightly increased risk and some reporting no increase. Many case-control studies have found a small increase in risk. But these types of studies can be biased because they often rely on a person’s memory of talc use many years earlier. Two prospective cohort studies, which would not have the same type of potential bias, have not found an increased risk.
Still, some people are freaking out about their own use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder.
“Johnson and Johnson is a company I trusted for years with several products I used on my daughter. Before I ‘knew better,'” consumer Michelle Gillard wrote on Facebook.
Amy L. O’Grady wrote: “This makes me sick when I read things like this! Such a ‘well respected’ huge company that should know better! This country doesn’t care about its consumers.”
Justin Trevail commented, “Just when you thought you can trust a company, it turns out you can’t.” 

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

'See' What You Breathe with New Air-Quality Monitor

AirVisual Node
The AirVisual Node can show pollution levels, temperature, humidity and stuffiness, both indoors and outdoors.
Credit: AirVisual

People typically think about clean or dirty air only when they're outside, but air quality can be a significant problem even indoors. And now, using a new gadget, people can identify pollutants — some smaller than the width of a hair — in their homes, and this could help ward off some illnesses, the device's creators said.
AirVisual — a global team of scientists, engineers and others — is producing the gadget, called the AirVisual Node. The Node's bright and colorful screen can illuminate pollution, temperature, humidity and stuffiness, both indoors and outdoors. The team hopes to change the approach to air-quality collection, said Yann Boquillod, co-founder of AirVisual.
People generally have some understanding of what they're breathing outdoors, because most governments actively monitor the air, Boquillod said. Indoor air, on the other hand, is a "big unknown," he told Live Science. "You spend 80 to 90 percent of your time indoors, so if you are able to actually control your indoor air quality," then you can protect your and family's health, Boquillod said. [In Photos: World's Most Polluted Places]

Using this monitor, "I have the visibility of how much pollution my children are breathing," he said.
Indoor air pollution can come from stove tops, fireplaces and wood products, among other sources, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Burning food, especially, can release contaminant-laden smoke into the air, Boquillod said. The Node can identify these contaminants, which can include microscope particles, or particulate matter, called PM2.5. The "2.5" comes from the diameter of the particle, which is 2.5 micrometers. "It's a very tiny particle, much smaller than a hair," Boquillod said.
The Node can measure particles up to 10 micrometers (PM10) in diameter, which includes dust. Particles smaller than PM10 can be inhaled into the lungs and get past the body's normal defense systems, eventually entering the bloodstream, Boquillod said. This can give rise to health issues like eye, nose and throat irritation, he added. The smallest particles can wedge deeply into the lungs, causing respiratory infections, bronchitis and even lung cancer, according to the EPA.
The Node is able to measure the particles using laser technology, the company said. Inside the Node, there is a fan that sucks in ambient air, a laser that shoots a sharp and precise laser beam, and a photo-sensor under the laser. "Whenever particulate matter passes in front of the photo-sensor, it breaks the laser beam," causing interference that is picked up by the photo-sensor, Boquillod said. "The photo-sensor counts how many times the laser beam is broken."

The device relies on a powerful algorithm that identifies the size and number of particles for each intake and extrapolates data from successive intakes to determine overall air pollution, Boquillod said. In addition to examining particles, the device also measures carbon dioxide levels, which can indicate how well a room is ventilated. The larger the amount of concentrated carbon dioxide there is, the stuffier a room tends to be. [The 10 Most Pristine Places on Earth]

When carbon dioxide levels get too high, "you feel like you are not at the most of your cognitive power," Boquillod said. The Node can measure carbon dioxide concentrations of 400 parts per
million (ppm) to 10,000 ppm. When carbon dioxide reaches 1,000 ppm, the environment is confined and needs some fresh air, and when the level rises to 1,500 ppm, people will start to feel poorly, he said. When the level soars to 2,000 ppm, it's time to ventilate and exit, Boquillod said.

The best place to gather air-quality data is wherever you spend the most time, Boquillod said, which could be the bedroom or living room. The Node can also be used to measure air pollution outdoors, though the device needs to be in the shade, away from wind and shielded from rain. The Node can connect to the Internet to send outdoor air-quality measurements to AirVisual, which is planning to consolidate and share the data worldwide.

Revenue generated by the Nodes, which are selling on the crowdsourcing site Indiegogo, will help fund AirVisual's social project to map air pollution around the world. Although governments already collect air-quality data in a number of countries, many other nations are poorly monitored, compromising the health of citizens in those places, Boquillod said.

AirVisual currently offers an app and website that share and forecast global air quality. The group has the same goals as a nongovernmental organization, but wants to be self-funded to increase its efficiency in collecting and distributing data, Boquillod said.

The AirVisual Node sells for $149 and has collected $25,500, or 255 percent of its initial $10,000 goal, on Indiegogo. There are 18 days left in the crowdfunding campaign, and the Airvisual team plans to deliver the gadget in April, Boquillod said.

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Red Algae For Bone Density - Video

Calcium is vital to maintain strong bones. Red Algae is naturally packed full of it in easily absorbable form. Ankh Rah high quality Red Algae Vegan Capsules is an excellent easy way to get it into your body. Your body will thank you!

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Researchers Discover That Conventional Pasteurized Cow’s Milk Does NOT Do The Body Good


***This article is about pasteurized cow’s, not raw milk
Below is some information regarding milk that you probably won’t hear about. It’s not something that will be taught to your children in school, in fact, they are taught the complete opposite.

A large study coming from researchers at the Uppsala University in Sweden found that drinking milk led to an increased mortality rate and actually made bones more prone to fracturing, not less.(1)
The study was recently published in the peer reviewed British Medical Journaland was specifically conducted to examine whether high milk consumption is associated with mortality and fractures in both men and women.

The study took place across three different counties in Sweden, and used data from two large Swedish cohorts, one with 61,433 women aged approximately 39-74 years old and one with 45, 339 men aged approximately 45-79 years old. They were all administered food frequency questionnaires. The study used “multivariable survival models” that were “applied to determine the association between milk consumption and time to mortality and fracture.

The results were as follows:
“During a mean follow-up of 20.1 years, 15 541 women died and 17 252 had a fracture, of whom 4259 had a hip fracture. In the male cohort with a mean follow-up of 11.2 years, 10 112 men died and 5066 had a fracture, with 1166 hip fracture cases. In women the adjusted mortality hazard ratio for three or more glasses of milk a day compared with less than one glass a day was 1.93 (95% confidence interval 1.80 to 2.06). For every glass of milk, the adjusted hazard ratio of all cause mortality was 1.15 (1.13 to 1.17) in women and 1.03 (1.01 to 1.04) in men. For every glass of milk in women no reduction was observed in fracture risk with higher milk consumption for any fracture (1.02, 1.00 to 1.04) or for hip fracture (1.09, 1.05 to 1.13). The corresponding adjusted hazard ratios in men were 1.01 (0.99 to 1.03) and 1.03 (0.99 to 1.07). In subsamples of two additional cohorts, one in males and one in females, a positive association was seen between milk intake and both urine 8-iso-PGF2α (a biomarker of oxidative stress) and serum interleukin 6 (a main inflammatory biomarker).” (1)

The study concluded  that high milk intake was associated with higher mortality in one cohort of women and in another cohort of men, and with higher fracture incidence in women.
 It also concluded:
“Given the observational study designs with the inherent possibility of residual confounding and reverse causation phenomena, a cautious interpretation of the results is recommended.”(1)

This Is Not The Only Study That Suggests Milk Is Not Good For Our Body

In a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, Harvard pediatrician David Ludwig emphasizes that bone fracture rates tend to be lower in countries that do not consume milk. compared to those that do, also noting that there are many other sources of calcium. (source)
Another study published in the American Journal of Public Health showed that dairy consumption might actually increase the risk of fractures by 50 percent. (2)
Studies have also shown that calcium isn’t as bone protective as we thought. Multiple studies on calcium supplementation have shown no benefit in reducing bone fracture risk. In fact, vitamin D appears to be more effective when it comes to reducing bone fracture risk. (3)
Studies have also shown that dairy products might increase a males risk of developing prostate cancer by 30 -50 percent. (4)

The list literally goes on and on.

It’s also interesting to note that approximately 65 to 75 percent of the total human population on our planet have a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. (5)(6)  In some countries, over 90 percent of the adult population is lactose intolerant, think about that for a moment.

Lactose intolerance is an impaired ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Lactose is normally broken down by an enzyme called lactase, which is produced by cells in the lining of the small intestine.

 Keep in mind that the milk we have so much trouble digesting after infancy is cows milk, not our mother’s natural breast milk.  In fact, we are the only species on Earth that consumes the milk of another animal.
Since lactase’s only function is the digestion of lactose in milk, most mammal species experience a dramatic reduction in the activity of the enzyme after weaning. Lactase persistence in humans has evolved as an adaptation to the consumption of non-human milk and dairy products consumed beyond infancy. Our diet has changed a lot, and as a result some of our genes have adapted, but it’s not an easy process. This is why most humans are lactose intolerant.

Every other species weans and then never drinks milk again for the rest of their lives, and because of that they don’t have an enzyme to break down the sugar in milk. But during human evolution, some humans experienced a mutation in the LTC gene, the lactase gene, these mutations allow us to process lactose as adults. With approximately 65- 75 percent percent of humans on the planet unable to properly process it, it is evidence enough that we are not doing what is natural and in accordance with our bodies.
Below is a video of Katherine S. Pollard, a PhD at the University of California, San Francisco going into more detail from the above paragraph.

Milk/Dairy Is Not The Only Source of Calcium

This list is extremely long, here is a very small list of non dairy/vegan sources of calcium, many of them out there provide a healthier source and even more of it. It’s important to do your research, there are so many foods out there that contain a healthy and abundant source of calcium.
  • Kale: One cup of raw kale is loaded with calcium, approximately 90 mg to be exact. This means that a 3.5 cup of kale salad provides more calcium than a one cup class of milk
  • Oranges: One Naval Orange contains approximately 60 mg of calcium
  • Beans
  • Green Peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Quinoa
  • Seeds
  • Hemp

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

World’s Healthiest Vegetable Chili

Jim Bailey 
So-called because this dish uses the most nutrient-rich legumes, fresh tomatoes and peppers, vegetables that are at the top of the antioxidant list, and with heart healthy pure olive oil, your body will thank you. To make this chili even healthier, use low fat, low sodium broth and juice as well as frozen beans. Any type of winter squash is great, but acorn takes the cake when it comes to nutrients and antioxidants. If you must use canned beans, please rinse well before using. 1 tablespoon pure olive oil 2 acorn squashes, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons cumin
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup pure vegetable juice *
2-4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
2 cups vegetable broth
Salt and black pepper to taste 
1 cup frozen or canned lima beans

1 cup white or red, cooked kidney beans
1/2 cup cooked Great Northern beans
1 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves, chopped 
In a large saucepan, heat half the oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Add squash, cooking and stirring about 7-9 minutes, or until starting to brown. Transfer to a bowl; set aside. In same pot, add remaining oil with carrots and onion. Cook, while stirring once or twice, until starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Add chili powder, brown sugar, cumin and garlic, cooking an additional 1 minute. Add remainder of ingredients, bring to boiling and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes, or until squash is tender. Serve immediately.

These cold winter nights make it the perfect time for a warm and healthy bowl of chili. 
Jim Bailey Photo
 These cold winter nights make it the perfect time for a warm and healthy bowl of chili. Jim Bailey Photo

* Use your imagination among the scores of brands and types of pure juice. I enjoy any type of tomato juice blend because it adds just the right amount of a fruit as well (apple for example) to give it a tinge of depth in flavor. I also add some carrot juice at times along with tomato juice blend.

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How EVOO Exerts Neuroprotective Activity Against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

Phenols in extra virgin olive oil exert antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the brain that scavenge pesticide induced free radicals that contribute to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

One of the major contributing factors to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s is oxidative stress.
A recent study on rats, published in Journal of Food Science and Technology, (Jan. 5, 2016), suggests that high amounts of polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) in the body create substrates that are easily oxidized, increasing the rate of reactive oxygen species (ROS). This, combined with low levels of antioxidant enzymes and high oxygen use in the central nervous system, leads to more oxidative damage that is thought to play a key role in such diseases.
Since the 1940s an herbicide known as 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), has been widely used in agriculture and forestry industries, which humans and animals are frequently exposed to through “contaminated air, drinking water, soil and foodstuff or during production of the herbicide.” 2,4-D has been shown to have neurotoxic effects due to the generation of free radicals.
The study suggests that the biological actions of phenols in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) exert antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the brain, with the ability to scavenge ROS. These phenols have been shown in various studies to have neuroprotective effects against, not only Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, but cerebral ischemia, spinal cord injury, Huntington’s disease and peripheral neuropathy.
The aim of this rat study in particular, was to establish if EVOO had effects on 2,4-D induced oxidative stress. Using rat brain slices, the researchers had three different groups, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), olive oil extracting the hydrophilic fractions (OOHF) and olive oil extracting the lipophilic fractions (OOLF). They tested lipid peroxidation and antioxidant defence systems with a particular focus on brain lipid profile and fatty acid composition.
After 4 weeks of exposure to 2,4-D treatment, the brain weight of the rats decreased along with AChE activities – an indicator of cell membrane damage. The brains also displayed a decrease in membrane PUFA contents. Both the EVOO and OOLF groups presented with the same fatty acid composition, 17 percent saturated fatty acids, 65 percent monounsaturated, 15 percent PUFA. The changes induced to the brain via pesticide exposure were all counteracted with the addition of EVOO or it’s fractions, restoring brain weight and stimulating AChE activity.
In addition, supplementing with the EVOO also restored antioxidant enzyme activities and lipid peroxidation to normal levels. The PUFA levels were also restored to normal, especially DHA levels, providing an observable neuroprotective effect of EVOO. ROS reduced in the brain also.
The study suggests that the beneficial effects of EVOO are due to its high antioxidant substances and monounsaturated fatty acids.
Though this is only a study in rats, early data suggests that EVOO could be a natural protective agent against acute 2,4-D neurotoxicity exposure. And while more research is needed, the authors suggest EVOO could be a therapeutic strategy to protect against, not only 2,4-D exposure, but other types of pesticide exposure that contribute to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and increased oxidative stress.

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