July 27, 2013
Garlic Beats Drugs in Detoxifying
Government Shutting Down Family Farms
What’s Killing the Bees?
US Military and Monsanto Targeting GMO Activists
Boost Your Health With Basil
Former Head of Fukushima Dies of Cancer
Highlights from the Advanced Medicine Seminar
Super SeleniumFrom my research, I have begun to realize that selenium is possibly the most powerful anticancer nutrient there is. I am certainly not alone in singing the praises of selenium. Dr. E. J. Crary states, "Selenium is the most potent broad-spectrum anticarcinogenic agent that has yet been discovered." That's right. The trace mineral, selenium, has been shown in multiple studies to be an effective tool in warding off various types of cancer, including breast, esophageal, stomach, prostate, liver, and bladder cancers. The scientific and medical literature is filled with studies that demonstrate selenium's anticancer effects in humans. For example, in an epidemiological study, Dr. Raymond Shamberger categorized the states and cities in the USA according to whether there was high, medium, or low selenium availability in the diet. He demonstrated an inverse association between selenium availability and age-adjusted mortality for all types of cancer. To put it simply, the more selenium available, the lower the levels of cancer. In a worldwide study Dr. Gerhard Schrauzer, M.D., Ph.D. (professor of medical chemistry at the University of California at San Diego) analyzed the blood-bank data from 27 countries around the world. He compiled a list in order of their blood selenium levels disclosing an inverse proportional relationship to cancer incidence, reporting specifically that areas with low levels of selenium in the diet had higher levels of leukemia and cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, prostate, ovary, and lung. In other words, the number one nation in blood selenium level (Japan) had the lowest cancer level (and consistently has rated highest in longevity) while the number two selenium level nation had the second lowest cancer rate, etc. etc. Selenium was initially used in conventional medicine as a treatment for dandruff, but our comprehension of the mineral has dramatically increased over the past 20 years. It is an essential component of a powerful antioxidant manufactured by the body. This antioxidant, called glutathione peroxidase, defends specifically against peroxides, a type of free radical that attacks fats. Like other antioxidants, glutathione peroxidase also reduces the risk of developing cancer and heart diseases and stimulates the immune system's response to infections. This important enzyme is selenium dependent, with each molecule of the enzyme containing four atoms of selenium. Research shows selenium (especially when used in conjunction with vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene) works to block many chemical reactions that create free radicals in the body. Remember, free radicals can damage our cellular DNA, which eventually can lead to degenerative diseases like cancer. Selenium also helps to prevent damaged DNA molecules from reproducing and proliferating, a process called mitosis. In other words, selenium acts to prevent tumors from developing. "It contributes towards the death of cancerous and pre-cancer cells. Their death appears to occur before they replicate, thus helping stop cancer before it gets started," says Dr. James Howenstine in A Physician's Guide to Natural Health Products That Work. Selenium research over the past 20 years has focused heavily on a novel form of selenium: methylselenocysteine (MSC). A relatively simple organic selenium compound, MSC is formed naturally in various plants, including garlic, broccoli, wild leeks, and onions grown on high selenium soil. MSC is easily converted to methylselenol by an enzyme called beta-lyase, which is widely distributed in the body. According to Dr. Daniel Medina (Baylor College of Medicine Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology), methylselenol has been shown to be an effective anti-cancer form of selenium that kills cancer cells through apoptosis, which is programmed cell death. ("Se-methylselenocysteine: A new compound for chemoprevention of breast cancer," Nutrition & Cancer 2001, 40:12-17) Methylselenol is also known to inhibit angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels) in beginning cancer tumors and represents the safest and most effective anti-cancer form of selenium available today. One of the most important blind studies on selenium and cancer was a double-blind intervention trial conducted by Dr. L.C. Clark (and colleagues) at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. When all the results were tabulated, it became clear that the selenium-treated group developed almost 66% fewer prostate cancers, 50% fewer colorectal cancers, and about 40% fewer lung cancers as compared with the placebo group. The old expression is "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." It would take almost 100 years at almost 800 mcg daily of selenium to consume a pound. Only 200 mcg daily supplementation of selenium has been documented to dramatically reduce cancer incidence, when in a grown, food-formed variety. A daily intake of 400 mcg was recommended by Dr. Schrauzer, mentioned earlier in this article. A daily intake of 600 mcg has been documented for residents of Japan on a traditional Japanese diet where cancer incidence is lowest and longevity is the greatest in the world. If every man, woman, and child supplemented with 200 mcg of selenium, we could almost wipe out the cancer epidemic over night! There is no downside to selenium supplementation, except perhaps to Big Pharma and the Medical Mafia, as this would definitely cut into their revenue stream! My family takes Innate Response selenium at www.choosetobehealthy.com, recommended by my friend Chris Barr.
Garlic Beats Drugs in Detoxifying
by Sayer Ji(GreenMedInfo) Last year, a remarkable study published in the journal Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology revealed something very special about garlic: it is a natural detoxifier of lead and is not only as effective as a common chelation drug known as d-penicillamine at pulling this metal out of the body but is also much safer. The study was titled, “Comparison of therapeutic effects of garlic and d-penicillamine in patients with chronic occupational lead poisoning,” and sought to confirm previous research in animals that showed garlic (Allium sativum) is effective in reducing blood and tissue lead concentrations. The study took the measurements of the blood lead concentrations of 117 workers at a car battery plant who were randomly assigned to two groups of garlic (1.2 milligrams of allicin from approximately 1,000 mg of garlic extract, three times daily) and d-penicillamine (250 mg, three times daily) and treated for 4 weeks. Clinical signs and symptoms of lead poisoning were also investigated and compared with the initial findings. The study found: Clinical improvement was significant in a number of clinical manifestations including irritability (p = 0.031), headache (p = 0.028), decreased deep tendon reflex (p=0.019) and mean systolic blood pressure (0.021) after treatment with garlic, but not d-penicillamine. BLCs [blood lead concentrations] were reduced significantly (p=0.002 and p=0.025) from 426.32 ±185.128 to 347.34 ±121.056Î¼g/L and from 417.47 ±192.54 to 315.76 ±140.00Î¼g/L in the garlic and d-penicillamine groups, respectively, with no significant difference (p=0.892) between the two groups. The frequency of side effects was significantly (p=0.023) higher in d-penicillamine than in the garlic group. Thus, garlic seems safer clinically and as effective as d-penicillamine. Therefore, garlic can be recommended for the treatment of mild-to-moderate lead poisoning. Clearly, despite the near equal reduction in measurable blood lead concentrations in both groups, improvements in various measured clinical manifestations were only found in the garlic group. Also, side effects were higher in the d-penicillamine group. These results clearly indicate the superiority of garlic over the drug and underscore how drug-based interventions often end up ‘normalizing’ target values, e.g. blood lead concentrations, without resulting in improvement in the quality of life or even the objective clinical signs and subjective symptoms of the treated patient; to the contrary, often the patient feels and is much worse off following drug treatment. Lead exposure is ubiquitous in our modern age, and has been estimated to account for approximately 0.2% of all deaths and 0.6% of disability adjusted life years globally. Exposure to this heavy metal results in harm to the cardiovascular, skeletal, gastrointestinal, kidney, reproductive and nervous systems of the human body. It has been identified to be particularly harmful to infants and children, whose developing nervous systems are far more susceptible to lead toxicity than those of adults. In fact, a 2008 PLoS study found decreased brain volume in adults who had been exposed to lead as children. The standard of care involving drugs such as d-penicillamine is dismal, considering that the chemical has been linked to the following side effects:
- Anemia, Aplastic
- Breast Enlargement
- Bone Marrow Suppression
- Collagen Disorders
- Dysgeusia (distorted taste)
- Kidney Damage
- Liver Damage
- Muscle Damage
Government Shutting Down Family Farms
By Jonathan Benson(NaturalNews) Though much of it flies under the mainstream radar, there is a coordinated effort afoot to completely stamp out all private, small-scale food production in the United States, which means your ability to access the clean, high-quality foods of your choice is rapidly diminishing. In his new book Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights, investigative journalist David E. Gumpert covers this pertinent issue in depth, highlighting the ongoing string of government raids and other oppressive tactics regulators are taking to eliminate your freedom of food choice. In a chapter entitled Is There Such a Thing as Private Food?, Gumpert paints a grim picture of what America’s harsh regulatory climate has and is doing to family farmers. What used to be a free and open system of private food production and distribution has devolved into a type of corporate food monopoly controlled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and various other nanny state food agencies that have assumed authority over what people can eat. Many of the cases outlined in this particular chapter have previously been covered here at NaturalNews — the shutdown of Amish raw milk farmer Daniel Allgyer’s Pennsylvania farm; the armed SWAT raid of the Manna Storehouse in Ohio; and the forced closure of the private Underground Market in San Francisco are just a few prominent examples. But each of these independent events represents just a small piece of a much bigger agenda to eliminate the fundamental right to choose one’s own food. “In the public system’s expansion, farming has become increasingly removed from the output process of the nation’s food,” writes Gumpert in his book about the growing disconnect between people and the foods they eat. “More and more of the nation’s farms have become essentially subcontractors to huge corporations that dictate the feed, breed, housing, and life span for chickens, pigs, and cattle.” Big Ag corporations using power of state to drive private food production into extinction
This, of course, has been the goal of Big Ag all along — to buy up or put out of business all American farms that refuse to meld their production outputs into the larger public food system. Those that try to operate outside the system with private food buying clubs, non-inspected goods distribution systems, and other decentralized models eventually become the target of the state, which increasingly exercises the heavy hand of tyranny to force compliance.For Daniel Allgyer, this meant facing armed FDA agents who showed up at his private farm one morning to conduct an illegal inspection, which eventually resulted in the shutting down of his farm. For the Stowers family of Manna Storehouse, it meant being terrorized by a SWAT team that held the family hostage while stealing their private files and other documents. And for Quail Hollow Farm in Nevada, it meant being ordered to throw away hundreds of pounds of farm-fresh food.
Even bake sales, lemonade stands, and other neighborhood-based food events have come under increased regulatory scrutiny in recent years, which in 2011 prompted the formation of an inaugural “Lemonade Freedom Day” protest to assert the right of Americans to freely choose their own food without having to first get permission from Big Brother.“In the recent past, bureaucrats and law enforcers have shut down lemonade stands for not having permits or licenses,” wrote the event’s organizers on their website, echoing the sentiment of many others who have been targeted using similar tactics. Be sure to read the full published excerpt from Gumpert’s book here: http://foodfreedomgroup.com You can also check out his book to learn more about the ongoing war against food freedom in America today: http://www.publishersweekly.com Sources for this article include: http://foodfreedomgroup.com http://www.truth-out.org http://www.publishersweekly.com
What’s Killing the Bees?
By Todd WoodyAs we've written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America's apis mellifera population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought. Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published July 24th in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch's brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once. When researchers collected pollen from hives on the east coast pollinating cranberry, watermelon and other crops and fed it to healthy bees, those bees showed a significant decline in their ability to resist infection by a parasite called Nosema ceranae. The parasite has been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder though scientists took pains to point out that their findings do not directly link the pesticides to CCD. The pollen was contaminated on average with nine different pesticides and fungicides though scientists discovered 21 agricultural chemicals in one sample. Scientists identified eight ag chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by the parasite. Most disturbing, bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected by the parasite. Widely used, fungicides had been thought to be harmless for bees as they're designed to kill fungus, not insects, on crops like apples. "There's growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own and I think what it highlights is a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals," Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study's lead author, told Quartz. Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity but such precautions have not applied to fungicides. Bee populations are so low in the US that it now takes 60% of the country's surviving colonies just to pollinate one California crop, almonds. And that's not just a west coast problemâ€”California supplies 80% of the world's almonds, a market worth $4 billion. In recent years, a class of chemicals called neonicotinoids has been linked to bee deaths and in April regulators banned the use of the pesticide for two years in Europe where bee populations have also plummeted. But vanEngelsdorp, an assistant research scientist at the University of Maryland, says the new study shows that the interaction of multiple pesticides is affecting bee health. "The pesticide issue in itself is much more complex than we have led to be believe," he says. "It's a lot more complicated than just one product, which means of course the solution does not lie in just banning one class of product." The study found another complication in efforts to save the bees: US honey bees, which are descendants of European bees, do not bring home pollen from native North American crops but collect bee chow from nearby weeds and wildflowers. That pollen, however, was also contaminated with pesticides even though those plants were not the target of spraying. "It's not clear whether the pesticides are drifting over to those plants but we need take a new look at agricultural spraying practices," says vanEngelsdorp. SOURCE: http://qz.com/107970/scientists-discover-whats-killing-the-bees-and-its-worse-than-you-thought/#107970/scientists-discover-whats-killing-the-bees-and-its-worse-than-you-thought/
US Military and Monsanto Targeting GMO ActivistsBy Sayer Ji
(GreenMedInfo) A highly concerning new investigative report from the largest daily newspaper in Germany alleges that Monsanto, the US Military and the US government have colluded to track and disrupt both anti-GMO activists and independent scientists who study the adverse effects of genetically modified food.
As revealed yesterday by Sustainable Pulse, on July 13th the German newspaper SÃ¼ddeutsche Zeitung detailed information on how the US Government “advances the interests of their corporations,” focusing on Monsanto as a prime example.
The report titled, “The Sinister Monsanto Group: ‘Agent Orange’ to Genetically Modified Corn,” described a ‘new fangled cyber war’ being waged against both eco-activists and independent scientists by supporters and former employees of Monsanto, who are described as “operationally powerful assistants” and who have taken up sometimes high ranking posts in the US administration, regulatory authorities, and some of whom have connections deep within the military industrial establishment, including the CIA.
Monsanto contacts are known to the notorious former secret service agent Joseph Cofer Black, who helped formulate the law of the jungle in the fight against terrorists and other enemies. He is a specialist on dirty work, a total hardliner. He worked for the CIA for almost three decades, among other things as the head of anti-terroism. He later became vice president of the private security company Blackwater, which sent tens of thousands of soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan under US government orders. Thanks to Snowden and Wikileaks, the world has a new idea of how these friends and partners operate where power and money are concerned. The whistle-blowing platform published embassy dispatches two years ago, which also included details about Monsanto and genetic engineering. For example, in 2007, the former US ambassador in Paris, Craig Stapleton, suggested the US government should create a penalties list for EU states which wanted to forbid the cultivation of genetically engineered plants from American companies. The wording of the secret dispatch: “Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU.” Pain, retaliation: not exactly the language of diplomacy.
The report details the case of Australian scientist Judy Carman, whose work on GMOs underwent heavy criticism by Monsanto supporters. Soon sites that published her work were attacked by hackers with apparent military connections:
Hackers regularly target various web pages where Carman publishes her studies and the sites are also systematically observed, at least that is the impression Carman has. Evaluations of IP log files show that not only Monsanto visits the pages regularly, but also various organizations of the U.S. government, including the military. These include the Navy Network Information Center, the Federal Aviation Administration and the United States Army Intelligence Center, an institution of the US Army, which trains soldiers with information gathering. Monsanto’s interest in the studies is understandable, even for Carman. “But I do not understand why the U.S. government and the military are having me observed,” she says.
The report went on to describe the ongoing though mostly failed crusade of the United States, seemingly on behalf of Monsanto, to open up the European Union’s markets to genetically engineered food and feed crops. According to the report:
The USA is hoping that negotiations started this week for a free-trade agreement between the USA and the EU will also open the markets for genetic engineering. The Americans want to use the Free Trade Agreement to open the European GMO Market. The negotiations will be detailed. Toughness will rule the day. US President Barack Obama has therefore appointed Islam Siddiqui as chief negotiator for agriculture. He has worked for many years for the US ministry of agriculture as an expert. However, hardly anyone in Europe knows: From 2001 to 2008, he represented CropLife America as a registered lobbyist. CropLife America is an important industry association in the United States, representing the interests of pesticide and gene technology manufacturers _ including of course Monsanto. “Actually, the EU cannot accept such a chief negotiator because of bias”, says Manfred Hausling, who represents the Green Party in the EU parliament.
If this report is accurate, we can assume that Monsanto has so thoroughly populated both the government and military industrial complex with its own supporters that any remaining illusion of there being a division of Corporation and State has now been dispelled. Worse, we are bearing witness to the preeminence of the Corporation over State, the very definition of a corpotcracy.
Boost Your Health With Basilby Christina Sarich
(Natural Society) It doesn't matter if you've eaten basil in a creamy pesto drizzled over pasta at your favorite Italian restaurant, or devoured the herb in a delicious Vietnamese Pho _ you'll be experiencing amazingly tasteful health benefits either way. Used for centuries and having its own mythology and folklore due to its numerous royal qualities, sweet basil is a must-have in any kitchen.
Basil means ‘king' in the Greek language, and it is often used in Holy water since it was considered to grow in the same spot that St. Constantine and Helen founded the Holy Cross. In Mexico it is kept in the pocket to entice a long-lost lover back home after an extended journey.
In Romania, basil is given to a fiancÃ© to declare love and start an engagement. The plant's history may just be more interesting than the benefits it provides.
Health Benefits of Basil
- Basil offers 60% of your daily recommended dose of vitamin K, which helps bones and the heart to be strong. Vitamin K is also essential for the proper formation and full activation of the Gla proteins. The Gla protein osteocalcin, when fully carboxylated by vitamin K, allows for the binding of calcium to the bone matrix.
- Holy Basil, which grows all over India might just be another answer to defluoridating water in poor countries all over the world. Research scientists at Rajasthan University have discovered that Tulsi (holy basil) can replace some of the more expensive alternatives to fluoride removal.
- Basil contains high levels of zeaxanthin, a flavonoid carotenoid compound that can be selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea (a part of the eye) where it was found to filter harmful UV rays from reaching the retina. Studies suggest that common herbs, fruits, and vegetables that are rich in zeaxanthin help to protect from age-related macular disease (AMRD), especially in the elderly.
- Unique water soluble flavonoids in basil, called orientin and vicenin protect our cells. Especially the white blood cells are positively affected, enduring radiation and oxygen-based damage more easily with the use of basil.
- Basil is full of iron, the important mineral that helps to move oxygen through the body via the red blood cells. Just 100 grams (a handful of leaves) can supply up to 18% RDA of iron.
- Basil protects against ‘bad' bacteria. This is due to the volatile oils is basil: estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene. Basil can wipe out things like Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli.
- Basil is full of vitamin A. This important nutrient has been shown to reduce certain types of cancers and aid vision.
Basil, native to Asia, grows easily in containers in your kitchen or in a sunny spot in your outdoor garden. Try planting your own organic basil it purchase it from trusted non-GMO growers.SOURCE: http://naturalsociety.com/7-great-health-benefits-of-basil-herb/
Former Head of Fukushima Dies of Cancer
By: Ethan Huff(NaturalNews) In an ironic twist of fate, the former head of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in eastern Japan has died, according to new reports. After battling a bout of throat cancer that emerged just months after the stricken plant was overrun by a historic tsunami and subsequent earthquake, 58-year-old Masao Yoshida died at a Tokyo hospital from a condition that many others will likely also develop in the years to come as a result of Fukushima radiation poisoning. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the facility where at least three nuclear reactors either partially or fully melted down, insists that Yoshida's cancer and eventual death were not the result of radiation poisoning from the plant. It would take at least five years, the company has claimed, for radiation from the plant to develop into full-fledged cancer. But the circumstances surrounding the timing of Yoshida's cancer diagnosis and his work at the plant following the disaster seem to tell a different story. Unlike many other TEPCO officials, Yoshida remained onsite at the failed plant in the days and weeks following the disaster, putting himself at serious risk of developing chronic illness. According to the U.K.'s Telegraph, Yoshida led efforts to get the Fukushima plant under control following the disaster, even though aftershocks and a cascade of plant failures threatened to its undoing. In November 2011, however, just eight months after the initial disaster occurred, Yoshida was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Not long after, he underwent surgery for this cancer, and subsequently developed a brain hemorrhage, which resulted in him having to have another operation nearly one year later. And less than one year after this second surgery, Yoshida died. "Yoshida is believed to have prevented the world's worst atomic accident in 25 years after the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986," reads an RT.com piece about Yoshida's work at the plant. "It was Yoshida's own decision to disobey HQ orders to stop using seawater to cool the reactors. Instead, he continued to do so and saved the active zones from overheating and exploding. Had he obeyed the order, the whole of north eastern Japan would possibly have been uninhabitable for decades, if not centuries." Fukushima radiation levels high enough to have triggered Yoshida's throat cancer In its arbitrary pronouncement that Yoshida's cancer was unrelated to Fukushima radiation, TEPCO failed to acknowledge a key aspect of the disaster â€” radiation levels were unusually high as a result of all the meltdowns, melt-throughs, and explosions. Of course, TEPCO has long denied the severity of all this, so it is to be expected that the company would also deny that radiation from the plant could have been a cause of Yoshida's cancer. But it does not take a rocket scientist to connect the dots. Being in insanely close proximity to untold levels of ionizing radiation for all those months was sure to have had an accelerated effect on Yoshida's health, not to mention the health of other onsite workers. This would explain why adults and especially children living in nearby areas of Japan are also developing cancers and other health problems at a much higher rate than normal. "Even 70 millisieverts is 70 times the yearly dose considered ‘safe' for humans," wrote one commenter on an ENENews.com article, referring to TEPCO's downplaying of the radiation dose received by Yoshida in the aftermath of the disaster. "This was not even a whole year. And generally TEPCO's estimates can be multiplied by 10. He was ‘nuked' for sure." SOURCE: http://www.naturalnews.com/041167_Fukushima_nuclear_power_cancer.html
Highlights from the Advanced Medicine SeminarI just spoke at the Advanced Medicine Seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina. What a blast! In addition to having the privilege of speaking with my good buddies, Robert Scott Bell and Dr. Rashid Buttar, I also was fortunate enough to fly from Texas to the seminar in North Carolina with my good buddy, Dr. Irvin Sahni, MD. Then, the "icing on the cake" was when all 4 of us (RSB, Dr. Buttar, Dr. Sahni, and myself) were able to connect for a special edition of "Outside the Box Wednesday." Here is the LINK to listen to the show. At the seminar, we were able to answer some important questions. What do doctors really learn in all those years of medicinal school and residency? Is it true that nutrition takes a back seat to pharmacology? Or does nutrition even have a seat on the medical bus? How significant is removing the toxins that get in the way of optimal metabolic functions? How about moving from a wheelchair bound state to being fully ambulatory? Yes, it happens. People do walk again! We met a lady at the conference who is living proof! It's funny to consider, but the most important member of society may be the garbage man. Likewise, the most important function of a doctor is to help your body take out the trash! According to Dr. Buttar, "I'm just a glorified trash collector." Here is a collage of photos taken while at the seminar. You may have heard the slogan, "Laughter is the best medicine." I wholeheartedly agree. So, here's a little humor to make you smile. 😉
OK, enough for this time. But stay tuned. My next monthly newsletter will have more great info.
And please remember that CANCER DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A DEATH SENTENCE!
Thanks and God bless.