What’s Not To Love About Cherries?!

 

I was reading an article about 4 of the best foods for flushing fat from your system and it named turmeric (cleans the liver, your fat-burning “filter”), lemon juice (purges toxins from the blood), cruciferous vegetables (destroy fat-storing estrogen), and tart cherries. I knew cherries were good for inflammation and gout and helping people sleep better, but didn’t know they had a number of other nice benefits. How great, because I LOVE cherries!

 

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(NaturalNews) For those of you who love cherries, this ruby sweet fruit is much more than a tasty summer treat. Shown to combat cancer, improve sleep, balance blood pressure and ease gout, you really cannot lose. Compounds found within cherries also relieve pain as well as aspirin. Possessing potent anti-inflammatory properties, these delicious gems are an excellent way to ward off disease. Rich in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, cherries are a powerhouse of nutrition and should be enjoyed often.

Relish the bounty of the season along with improved health

With the cherry season upon us, now is a great time for basking in all the pleasurable, health promoting benefits of the fruit. Here are a few examples of how cherries can enhance your well-being:

Cancer protection – Overflowing with beta carotene, vitamin C, boron and a class of powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, cherries offer a formidable defense against cancer. As reported by Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., in Eating Well, “… preliminary studies suggest the anthocyanin cyanidin may prevent genetic mutations that can lead to cancer and keep cancer cells from growing out of control. While tart cherries contain some anthocyanins, sweet cherries pack nearly three times as many (two-thirds are found in the skins). The riper the better: As cherries darken, they produce more antioxidants.”

Better sleep – Cherries provide one of the few naturally occurring sources of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep/wake cycles. According to a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, “These data suggest that consumption of a tart cherry juice concentrate provides an increase in exogenous melatonin that is beneficial in improving sleep duration and quality in healthy men and women and might be of benefit in managing disturbed sleep.”

Pain relief – Research at Michigan State University discovered anthocyanins in cherries relieve pain as effectively as aspirin. Lead researcher Muralee G. Nair, Ph.D., observes, “It is as good as ibuprofen and some of the non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs.” The lab results indicate consumption of 20 tart cherries can significantly reduce inflammation and discomfort.

Regulate blood pressure – Loaded with potassium, cherries are an exceptional food for easing high blood pressure. A balancing mineral, potassium helps to maintain fluid equilibrium within the body by offsetting the bloating effect of sodium. Cherries are also a good source of quercetin, an antioxidant that maintains blood vessel integrity.

Tame gout – A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that women, aged 22 to 40, who consumed approximately 45 sweet cherries after fasting had improved urinary uric acid levels and lowered C-reactive protein. Further research demonstrated anti-inflammatory characteristics of the fruit. When rats were fed 2 ounces of cherries, joint swelling was significantly reduced. Both findings indicate cherries are an exceptional food for painful gout flare-ups.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/041145_cherries_tart_cherry_juice_inflammation.html#ixzz2YkDpK9oe

Author: Carolanne is a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness  coach. Her website is  www.Thrive-Living.net

Here’s a little more I found at Truth About Fat Burning Foods about using tart cherries to combat pain and inflammation, flush fat from your system and improve sleep…….

Over 111 million prescriptions are issued yearly for anti-inflammatory drugs. These meds have been shown to wreak havoc on your digestive system, while causing damage to your heart, your liver, and your kidneys.

But the anthocyanins and phenols found in tart cherries have been shown to provide STRONGER protection against muscle injury and damage than these dangerous drugs. In other words, this tiny fruit has been proven BETTER than things like Ibuprofen for reducing inflammation and muscle soreness.

In fact, over 74 published studies indicate tart cherries deliver a high level of protection against cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and can even fight against Alzheimer’s. Many of them also validate tart cherries and tart cherry beverages speed up recovery time from exercise and reduce inflammatory markers significantly.

But there’s MORE…tart cherries also contain a hefty dose of naturally occurring melatonin (improves sleep) and they have one of the highest anti-oxidant scores of all fruits and they score amazingly low on the glycemic index (~20). So they’re one the best fruits to eat for fat loss.

So by eating a hefty dose of tart cherries (or organic, flash pasteurized tart cherry juice) you can help your body recover faster, reduce joint pain through the anti-inflammatory response, sleep better, and fight inflammation to “flush out” more trapped fat from your body.

Related Self-help Health posts:

21 Foods That Fight Inflammation

FYI, you can get tart cherry juice and dried Montmorency tart cherries (love ’em!)  at a discount at one of my favorite places to shop  iHerb.com; use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off, plus can take advantage of their wonderful Specials and Trial Offers section. Shipping is free on orders of $20 and up, and there’s no sales tax. There’s an extra 5% off on orders over $60 and you can earn customer loyalty rewards cash each time you order.

Vitacost.com is another on-line favorite of mine and also has a huge selection of cherry-related products.  If you are new to Vitacost and make your first purchase of $25 or more through the link on my webpage you will receive a $10 off coupon. And if you plan on shopping again after that, be sure to sign up for a free acct. at eBates.com, if you don’t already have one. That way you can use the eBates portal to shop at Vitacost (and 100s of other popular stores) and earn cash back on future purchases. Plus, eBates usually offers some reward–I got a $10 gift card–when you place your first $25 order at a store through them. How does it get any better than that?!

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

What’s In YOUR Rice?

 

Here’s another one of those situations where I thought I was eating something halfway healthy years ago, only to find out later that may not have been the case. I used to be big on rice cakes….loved to top them with peanut butter or tuna fish salad. Great on-the-go snack, right? Then I learned about aflatoxin, a mold that’s often present in peanuts. Next bubble burster was the high levels of mercury in tuna. Now, even rice cakes have come into question. But it’s not just because they are overly processed or that we’re being urged to eat less grains in general. Rice, even the organic brown basmati rice that I thought was definitely a healthy choice for so many years, is now making the news for containing worrisome levels of arsenic. And a new Consumer Report had the headline that just one weekly serving of rice pasta could put a baby at risk for arsenic poisoning. What the____?!

Julie Wilson, a staff writer for Natural News, talks about the situation in a recent article……

 

 

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A new analysis by Consumer Reports explains how easy it is for infants to consume dangerous amounts of arsenic in common foods like hot rice cereal and rice pasta. Just one serving of rice pasta can put your child over the recommended weekly limit, according to the new report, which also details safer alternatives for grains including quinoa, buckwheat and basmati rice grown in California.

A 2012 investigation by Consumer Reports discovered “significant levels” of inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen, in a range of rice products including organic, conventional and gluten-free rice.

Inorganic arsenic found in most rice products

More than 200 rice products were tested, with inorganic arsenic showing up in nearly every “…product category along with organic arsenic, which is less toxic but still of concern.” Organic arsenic is considered to be less or nontoxic to humans and is naturally occurring within the earth’s crust.

Despite warnings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that there are no “safe” levels of exposure to inorganic arsenic, federal limits regarding arsenic levels only apply to drinking water and not food products.

However, in July 2013 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed to limit arsenic in apple juice following widespread consumer concern after Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports found that 10 percent of juice samples from five brands tested positive for arsenic levels that exceeded federal drinking water standards.

New research suggests eating a variety of grains to avoid exposure to arsenic

The most recent testing performed by Consumer Reports provides new information on the risk of exposure through rice cereal and other rice products. After reviewing data released by the FDA in 2013 on the inorganic arsenic content of more than 650 processed rice-containing products, the monthly magazine found that rice cereal and rice pasta had more inorganic arsenic compared with their data from 2012.

The new results concluded that just “one serving of either could put kids over the maximum amount of rice we recommend they should have in a week. Rice cakes supply close to a child’s weekly limit in one serving.”

The report also found rice drinks to be high in arsenic, recommending that children under five avoid them at all costs, drinking milk instead. Consumer Report’s 2012 recommendation that babies eat no more than one serving of infant rice cereal per day, instead adding a variety of grains to their diet, remained unchanged with the new results.

Regular arsenic exposure can increase your risk for bladder, lung and skin cancer

Aside from increasing your risk for developing numerous cancers, regular exposure to small amounts of arsenic can cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes and affect the immune system of unborn babies.

Consuming grains like millet, buckwheat, basmati rice and quinoa lower your exposure to arsenic, according to recent data, but white rice grown in Texas, Arkansas or Louisiana had the highest levels of arsenic. Brown rice also had high levels as arsenic accumulates in the grain’s outer layers, which are removed during the white rice process.

“White basmati rice from California, India, and Pakistan, and sushi rice from the U.S. on average has half of the inorganic-arsenic amount of most other types of rice, “states the report.

Gluten-free grains amaranth, buckwheat, millet, and polenta or grits had negligible levels of inorganic arsenic. Quinoa (gluten-free), bulgur, barley and faro all had low levels as well. Researchers note that some samples of quinoa had “quite a bit more” arsenic, but levels were still low compared to rice.

It may be possible to reduce your exposure to arsenic by thoroughly rinsing any type of raw rice before cooking, and using a ratio of 6 cups water to 1 cup of rice, making sure to drain any excess water before eating. Previous research suggests rinsing raw rice removes about 30 percent of the rice’s inorganic arsenic content.

Learn more:

http://www.naturalnews.com/047851_arsenic_rice_pasta_cancer.html

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/11/arsenic-in-your-food/index.htm

 

And here’s a very helpful table put together by Consumer Reports to see how the rice products you’re eating measure up. Note that the date on this chart is 2012 and in the article above it mentions that in 2013 they found more arsenic than in their 2012 testing, so dangerous amounts could have increased for a number of products…..

Source: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/11/arsenic-in-your-food/index.htm#chart

Personal Note: Hmmm, I used to drink a lot of Rice Dream, thinking it was a good alternative to regular milk, but judging from the list, I guess that wasn’t necessarily true either. Boy, this trying to be healthy can be complicated, eh?

Related Self-help Health posts:

What You Should Know About Wheat

Just Say No To Soy?

Top 10 Cancer-causing Foods To Remove From Your Diet

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

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More Acupressure Points, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit, Health Coaching Webinar AND A Beauty Tip!

 

Recently I did a post that featured some acupressure points from Michael Reed Gach (of Acupressure.com) that are good for dealing with jaw pain, TMJ, headaches and sinus congestion. Well, here’s more useful information from a newsletter of Gach’s…..

 

(by Michael R Gach) Here are several healing thoughts, suggestions and points to support you to continue to learn, heal and grow. I hope my input empowers you to use acupressure on yourself and others. My intention is to cultivate your interest in hands-on healing. I also want to share with you even deeper levels for learning how to heal, using the points to enhance your life.

HOW LONG DO YOU HOLD A POINT?

Hold for 1 to 3 minutes as you breathe slowly & deeply. Be sure to apply the pressure gradually. If you feel a connection with the point, hold for a full 3 minutes. For instance, if your client’s sinuses are blocked, hold St3 underneath the cheekbone for a few minutes until you feel a pulse in your fingertips to open the sinuses.

DOUBTS ABOUT HEALING:

When you practice Acupressure (whether on yourself or others), and doubts arise, whether it’s worrying if you’re doing the right thing, or if you’re on the right point, remember — the purpose of your life and the purpose of doing Acupressure is not to sit around and worry. Doubts distract you from healing and can strangle your body’s vital life force. Instead, whenever you find yourself worrying or doubting, let it be a clue to take several slow, deep breaths. Just 4 or 5 super deep breaths can counteract worry and doubt to allow your healing energy to flow again.

TO RELIEVE GROIN PAIN, MENSTRUAL, ABDOMINAL CRAMPING, or SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE PROBLEMS

Use the “Rushing Door Points” Sp12 and Sp13. Bend your leg. In the center of your groin crease is where energy tends to block-up. Gradually apply pressure slowly with your fingertips or use your knuckles to gradually press into the inguinal ligament, the big ropey cord there. You’ll feel a muscular cord in the crease where your leg joins the trunk of your body. Hold Sp12 and Sp13 points while laying down for 2 to 3 minutes, taking long slow deep breaths to discover the benefits.

TONE & CLEANSE YOUR COLON + RELIEVE CONSTIPATION & IBS:
Use CV6, which is two fingers width below your navel. Lying on your back, apply pressure gradually toward your lower spine until it “hurts good”.  Hold for 10 to 12 super slow deep breaths. Do this routine 2 or 3 times daily. Pressing CV6 daily strengthens the colon for cultivating longevity. I press it on myself every day.  For colon problems, use it for several months, daily —  it takes time to strengthen your colon and cleanse it, but it’s so worth it.
No drugs or side effects; it’s natural, and all you need is your hands.
 Since Alzheimer’s and dementia continue to rise at an alarming rate and are responsible for more deaths annually than prostate and breast cancers combined, this is upcoming summit is very timely and sure to be a great resource for those wanting to know more about controlling and preventing these conditions……

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit is coming up!

Are you concerned about brain health? Or of one day not recognizing your closest friend? If so, or if you care about friends and family members dealing with poor brain function, then don’t miss The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit.

Brain disorders, including memory loss, are fast becoming the single biggest health problem in the world, and this summit starting July 25th and running through August 1st represents a unique opportunity to discover hot to prevent, slow down, and even reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

So be sure to check out this free on-line summit to find out what you can, and should, do before memory loss is irreversible–because taking action now is the key to protecting your brain health and overall well-being. And when you sign up you gain access to 3 great bonuses….one on dealing with heavy metal toxicity, another on stopping memory loss, and one on natural ways to treat depression! How nice!

 

And for those of you interested in possibly having a career as a healthcare professional, check out this free online workshop hosted by Marc David and Emily Rosen at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating……

It’s called The Ultimate Health Coach: The 3 Keys to Turning Your Passion for Healing into Professional Success.The field of Health Coaching is exploding, and it’s an exciting career opportunity. But even more to the point, Marc and Emily will be sharing about the unique
Training they offer through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Here’s just some of what they’ll cover:

  • NEW strategies for breaking free from problems with food, body & health
  • The 3 Keys to being a successful health coach
  • How to make a great living while truly helping others in a meaningful way
  • Real case studies about the impact of this work
  • How you can be part of this powerful new movement
  • And a special opportunity you won’t want to miss!

If you’re at all curious about a new career opportunity OR you’re an already practicing healthcare professional looking to expand your skills, this webinar will show you how it’s possible to make an excellent living helping people finally find freedom with food and live the life they’re truly meant to live.

You can learn more about the summit and the webinar, and sign up for either or both through my What’s New page.

 

And to end on, a beauty tip from David Wolfe, using just cacao butter and coconut oil….

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Inexpensive Multi-purpose Health, Household And Beauty Aid

 

Hydrogen peroxide is one of those readily available, inexpensive items that everyone is familiar with, but may not be aware of the wide variety of uses it has. It is definitely a multi-purpose health, household and beauty aid that should always be on hand, and this article by Andrea Harper does a good job of highlighting a number of ways hydrogen peroxide can help make your life easier and healthier. Just like apple cider vinegar and baking soda, no home should be without it……

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28 AMAZING BENEFITS AND USES FOR HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

By Andrea Harper

Hydrogen peroxide is the only germicidal agent composed only of water and oxygen. Like ozone, it kills disease organisms by oxidation! Hydrogen peroxide is considered the worlds safest all natural effective sanitizer. It kills microorganisms by oxidizing them, which can be best described as a controlled burning process. When Hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic material it breaks down into oxygen and water.

1. Whiten Clothes – An Alternative to Beach

Add a cup of peroxide to white clothes in your laundry to whiten them. Peroxide is great to get rid of blood stains on clothes and carpets. If there is blood on clothing, just pour directly on the spot, let it sit for about a minute, then rub and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

2. Health

Your body makes hydrogen peroxide to fight infection which must be present for our immune system to function correctly. White blood cells are known as leukocytes. A sub-class of leukocytes called neutrophils produce hydrogen peroxide as the first line of defense against toxins, parasites, bacteria, viruses and yeast.

3. Rejuvenating Detoxifying Bath

Use about 2 quarts 3% hydrogen peroxide to a tub of warm water. Soak at least 1/2 hour, adding hot water as needed to maintain a comfortable water temperature.

4. Foot Fungus

To cure a foot fungus, simply spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

5. Douche

Add 2 capfuls of 3% hydrogen peroxide in warm distilled water once or twice a week to remove even chronic yeast infections.

6. Colonic or Enema

For a colonic, add 1 cup (8 ozs.) 3% H202 to 5 gallons warm water. (Do not exceed this amount) For an enema, add 1 tablespoon of 3% H202 to a quart of warm distilled water.

7. Infections

Soak any infections or cuts in 3% for five to ten minutes several times a day. Even gangrene that would not heal with any medicine has been healed by soaking in hydrogen peroxide. Put half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus or other skin infections.

8. Bird Mites Infections

Patients infected by tiny mites report that hydrogen peroxide effectively kills the mites on their skins. They spray it on their skin a couple of times (with a few minutes in between the applications) with amazing results.

9. Sinus Infections

A tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide added to 1 cup of non-chlorinated water can be used as a nasal spray. Depending on the degree of sinus involvement, one will have to adjust the amount of peroxide used.

10. Wound Care

3% H2O2 is used medically for cleaning wounds, removing dead tissue, and as an oral debriding agent. Peroxide stops slow (small vessel) wound bleeding/oozing, as well.

Some sources recommend soaking infections or cuts for five to ten minutes several times a day. However, washing and rinsing action is sufficient. You shouldn’t leave the solution on open tissue for extended periods of time as, like many oxidative antiseptics, hydrogen peroxide causes mild damage to tissue in open wounds. Therefore it is important to use with caution.

Personal Care

Mouthwash / Tooth Care

Healing Properties: Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. You will not have canker sores and your teeth will be whiter. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

Personal Note: I would be careful with this and any of the other tips where you are using H2O2 in your mouth, as it may damage tooth enamel.

11. Mouthwash

Many people don’t realize that hydrogen peroxide makes a very effective and inexpensive mouthwash. Use a mixture of equal parts 3% H202 and water – add a dash of liquid chlorophyll for flavoring, if desired.

12. Toothpaste

Use baking soda and add enough 3% H202 to make a paste. You can also add some crystal salt.

13. Toothbrush

Or, just dip your brush in 3% H202 and brush. Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide to keep them free of germs.

14. Tooth Ache

Hydrogen peroxide is not a pain killer; however, as an anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent, it is effective at treating the pathogen that is causing the infection. The following is from my own personal experience: My dentist wanted to give me a root canal some time ago as one tooth was inflamed and, in her opinion, would die. I felt some discomfort but told her that I would give it  a chance to heal. I rinsed with hydrogen peroxide (several times a day) as well as coconut oil (once a day). The discomfort went away and I have had no further problems with the tooth.

15. Tooth Whitening

Having used 3% hydrogen peroxide as a mouth wash for sometime ago, I am thrilled to note that my teeth have been beautifully and effortlessly whitened. I used to pay so much for professional whitening, those silly strips and uncomfortable trays. Live and learn.

NOTE: Do not swallow any peroxide. When the peroxide rinse is done, be sure to rinse out your mouth with water.

16. Hair Lightening

Peroxide is a bleaching agent and is used for lightened hair. Dilute 3% hydrogen peroxide with water (50 / 50) and spray the solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it’s not a drastic change.

17. Contact Lenses

Hydrogen peroxide is used as a disinfectant in CIBA Vision’s Clear Care no rub contact lens cleaning solution, due to its ability to break down the proteins that build up on the lens from the eye’s immune response, resulting in increased comfort for those with sensitive eyes.

Sanitizing / Disinfectant / Cleaning

18. Straight or Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide

Clean your counters and table tops with hydrogen peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters. Use hydrogen peroxide to clean glass and mirrors with no smearing.

Keep a spray bottle of 3% (straight) to disinfect the interior of the refrigerator and kids’ school lunch boxes.

19. In the Dishwasher

Add 2 oz. of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your regular washing formula.

Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour or spray hydrogen peroxide (and then vinegar) on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

A combination of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide makes a cheap, effective and non-toxic disinfectant agent and is said to be more effective at killing pathogens than bleach.  As it is non-toxic, you can use it to disinfect fruits and vegetables, as well as pet toys, equipment and cages.  In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, pairing vinegar and hydrogen peroxide mists, kills virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces.

Directions:

You need TWO spray bottles. DO NOT MIX the solutions together. Put straight vinegar in one and straight Hydrogen peroxide in the other spray bottle.

NOTE: Light destroys peroxide rather quickly. It’s best to leave it in its original bottle and screw in a spray head. DO NOT DILUTE THEM.

Remember for any sanitizer to work properly, the surface has to be clean before you use it.

When you want to sanitize a surface (vegetables, cutting board, counters, sink, cages, toys. toilets, floors, etc.), spray one (it doesn’t matter which one you use first) on the surface, then you spray on the other.  When they mix, for a brief time the chemical action of the two make a very powerful sanitizer.  You can rinse off the surface afterwards, if you want, but the result is non-toxic.

20. Mold

Clean with hydrogen peroxide when your house becomes a bio-hazard after its invaded by toxic mold, such as those with water damage.

21. Humidifiers/Steamers

Use 1 pint 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of water.

22. Laundry / Stain Removing

3% hydrogen peroxide is the best stain lifter if used fairly soon – although blood stains as old as 2 days have been successfully lifted with hydrogen peroxide, although it will bleach or discolor many fabrics. If a little peroxide is poured onto the stain, it will bubble up in the area of the blood, due to a reaction with catalase. After a few minutes the excess liquid can be wiped up with a cloth or paper towel and the stain will be gone.

3% H2O2 must be applied to clothing before blood stains can be accidentally “set” with heated water. Cold water and soap are then used to remove the peroxide treated blood.

23. Washing/Laundry

You can also add a cup of hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

Peroxide is a perfect alternate solution to keep those clothes white. Also, when chlorinating clothes, they tend to wear out faster – peroxide won’t do that.

Food Preparation

24. Vegetable Soak

Use as a vegetable wash or soak to kill bacteria and neutralize chemicals. Add 1/4 cup 3% H202 to a full sink of cold water. Soak light skinned (light lettuce) 20 minutes, thicker skinned (like cucumbers) 30 minutes. Drain, dry and refrigerate. Prolongs freshness.

If time is a problem, spray vegetables (and fruits) with a solution of 3%. Let stand for a few minutes, rinse and dry.

25.Meat Sanitizing

You can also use it to rinse off your meat before cooking.

26. Leftover tossed salad

Spray with a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 Tbsp. 5%. Drain, cover and refrigerate.

27. Marinade

Place meat, fish or poultry in a casserole (avoid using aluminium pans). Cover with a dilute solution of equal parts of water and 3% H202. Place loosely covered in refrigerator for 1/2 hour. Rinse and cook.

28. Sprouting Seeds

Add 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 pint of water and soak the seeds overnight. Add the same amount of hydrogen peroxide each time you rinse the seeds. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

Grades of Hydrogen Peroxide

A) 3.5% Pharmaceutical Grade: This is the grade sold at your local drugstore or supermarket. This product is not recommended for internal use. It contains an assortment of stabilizers which shouldn’t be ingested. Various stabilizers include acetanilide, phenol, sodium stanate and tertrasodium phosphate.

B) 6% Beautician Grade: This is used in beauty shops to color hair and is not recommended for internal use.

C) 30% Reagent Grade: This is used for various scientific experimentation and also contains stabilizers. It is also not for internal use.

D) 30% to 32% Electronic Grade: This is used to clean electronic parts and not for internal use.

E) 35% Technical Grade: This is a more concentrated product than the Reagent Grade and differs slightly in that phosphorus is added to help neutralize any chlorine from the water used to dilute it.

F) 35% Food Grade: This is used in the production of foods like cheese, eggs, and whey-containing products. It is also sprayed on the foil lining of aseptic packages containing fruit juices and milk products. THIS IS THE ONLY GRADE RECOMMENDED FOR INTERNAL USE.

G) 90%: This is used as an oxygen source for rocket fuel.

Only 35% Food Grade hydrogen peroxide is recommended for internal use. At this concentration, however, hydrogen peroxide is a very strong oxidizer and if not diluted, it can be extremely dangerous or even fatal. Any concentrations over 10% can cause neurological reactions and damage to the upper gastrointestinal tract. There have been two known fatalities in children who ingested 27% and 40% concentrations of H202. Another report tells of a 26 month old female who swallowed one mouthful of 35% H202. She immediately began vomiting, followed by fainting and respiratory arrest. Fortunately, she was under emergency room care and although she experienced erosion and bleeding of the stomach and esophagus, she survived the incident. When she was re-examined 12 days later, the areas involved had healed (J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 90;28(1):95-100).

Personal note:  As with ANY food, drug, or supplement, using the product according to instructions is key to safety.  If someone uses too much, then of course ramifications may be felt.  We’ve NEVER heard of ANY harmful side effects from the correct usage of Food Grade hydrogen peroxide.

35% Food Grade H202 must be….

1. Handled carefully (direct contact will burn the skin- immediate flushing with water is recommended).

2. Diluted properly before use.

3. Stored safely and properly (after making a dilution the remainder should be stored tightly sealed in the freezer).

One of the most convenient methods of dispensing 35% H202 is from a small glass eye dropper bottle. These can be purchased at your local drugstore. Fill this with the 35% H202 and store the larger container in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator until more is needed. Store the eye dropper bottle in the refrigerator. The drops are mixed with either 6 to 8 ounces of distilled water, juice, aloe vera juice or gel.

(Don’t use chlorinated tap water to dilute the peroxide!)

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Here’s more about this “miracle in a bottle” …….

Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.

Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

Use for towels that have become musty smelling. Combine 1/2 cup peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar and let stand for 15 minutes, then wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

De-skunking solution: Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.

Clean your sponges: Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

Whiten bathtub grout: First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit (it may bubble slightly) for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

Clean the toilet bowl: Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

Brighten dingy floors: Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

Clean kids’ toys and play areas: Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

Help out your plants:To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths: Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax. Can also be used for swimmer’s ear.

FACTS ABOUT HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

Hydrogen peroxide could really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this, it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.

It is found in all living material.

Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.

Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.

It is found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.

It is found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.

Hydrogen peroxide has a very simple composition: just water and oxygen. However, its potency lies in its simplicity: it is a powerful antiseptic and can destroy a variety of pathogens through the process of oxidation.

While hydrogen peroxide is usually thought of as a disinfectant for minor cuts and scrapes, it can also be highly effective in halting colds and flu in their tracks. At the first sign of any distress (lethargy, coughing, sneezing, swollen glands, etc.), fill the cap with peroxide and fill your ear canal. Tilt head for 3 to 4 minutes (or longer) to retain (there may be some slight bubbling), then allow to drain out

The key to success with this home remedy is the timing. You must get the peroxide in the ear canal at the very first sign of illness for it to be effective. Miss the window and you will most likely suffer the full bout of the virus.

The theory behind the peroxide protocol came from Richard Simmons M.D., who hypothesized that colds and flu viruses enter the body through the ear canal, not the nose and throat. Like most other non-patentable therapies, the medical community at large ignored the hypothesis and the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide.

In 1938 German researchers used hydrogen peroxide to treat colds and flu with much success, but their research has also been all but ignored. However, even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide to kill influenza viruses.

Source: http://www.thealternativedaily.com/bizzare-home-remedies-health-work/

Do you have a use for H2O2 not mentioned here? Please share in the comment section so that other people can benefit.

 

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sinus Congestion, TMJ, Toothache, Eye Irritation? Acupressure Points St 3 & St 6 To The Rescue!

 

Awhile back a friend turned me on to what I think is a great self-help resource. It’s Michael Reed Gach’s blog on acupressure points called, not surprisingly, Acupressure.com. He has all sorts of information about what points and protocols to use for various health issues, but the ones I was most interested in are St 3 and St 6, since sinus congestion and TMJ are two issues I’ve had over the years. I love that these points are easy to reach and the routines are easy to do, AND St 3 is also known as the facial beauty point. Double woo-hoo!

 

(by Michael R Gach) I’ve had excellent results opening the sinuses and relieving jaw problems, including my own TMJ, simply holding the following acupressure points for a couple minutes at a time.

You’ll have to persist by holding these points for a couple of minutes, several times daily, for a few weeks – to get the best results. There is a lot to learn about how to use these acupressure points and the many things they are good for. I hope you’ll continue reading, to discover the benefits of using these points.

Toothache and Eye Irritation or Pressure:The Facial Beauty Point(St 3) is located at the bottom of the cheekbone (maxilla) directly down from the pupil. This master facial acupressure point relieves a stuffy nose, nasal congestion, and the pressure or pain associated with sinus problems. I have also used this point successfully on a client for facial paralysis.

I use this St 3 point for tooth pain, eye ache, eye irritation, and swelling around your eyes. The St 3 Point also improves facial muscle tone and increases circulation.

St 6 is the acupressure point for relieving TMJ, jaw spasms, and bruxism or grinding your teeth, especially during your sleep. St 6 is located between the upper and lower jaw, on the (masseter) muscle that bulges when the back molars are clenched. Follow the directions in the video clip, by holding this point firmly for two minutes several times a day, for a few months to retrain your jaw muscles and to prevent these jaw problems.

 

 

 

Source: http://www.acupressure.com/blog/index.php/sinus-problems-tmj-jaw-pain-and-bruxism-acupressure-points/

Gach offers a pdf on points (including St 3) for not only relieving hay fever and sinus problems, but also good for Bells Palsey, headache, stress, burnout, neck pain and stiffness and more.

The pdf contains 5 illustrations of 9 points and their benefits; six of these points are on both sides of the body, totaling 15 points. You can download the info and illustrations to have for easy reference here:

http://acupressure.com/sinus.pdf

And to learn about training Gach offers, you can go to this link: 

By signing up, you’ll get 3 illustrated articles and be on the list to get 3 free Acupressure videos that introduce the course and its details, all without any obligation.

 

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https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/neti-your-nose-for-sinus-health-allergy-relief/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/sinus-problems-horseradish-to-the-rescue/

Dealing With Sinus Congestion Naturally

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

“Beanie Brownies,” Great Raw Food World Deal, The Soul Of Healing Summit And MORE!

 

Today’s offering has something for everyone…..a yummy looking treat that’s full of healthy ingredients, spicy sweet potato fries with chipotle mayonnaise, a great deal from RFW, an interesting sounding free on-line event, and a presentation on dealing with auto-immune disorders.

BTW, I have actually tried several chocolate and bean recipes before and was pleasantly surprised with their taste and look, so I am anxious to see how this one turns out. I think it will be a winner!

 

Oh my goodness, these black bean brownies taste just like those Little Debbie snacck fudge brownies I had when I was a kid! I love that these have no sugar, are packed with nutrition and passed the taste test of SEVEN people who couldn't even guess they had beans. My kids are hooked - these black bean brownies are the healthiest dessert ever! :: DontWastetheCrumbs.com

While developing this recipe for black bean brownies, I had flash backs to my childhood when I would have snack fudge brownies from Little Debbie in my lunchbox. You know, those little thick, fudgy ones with nuts on top?

I couldn’t believe that something so healthy, could taste so sinfully delicious!

Now you’re probably thinking there’s no way that something WITH beans and WITHOUT sugar could even remotely possibly be good. Hear me out. I went through rigorous testing to ensure my taste buds weren’t wacked out when I made these:

The first time I made these, they were for the kids and I. Aside from my serving, they ate the whole pan in 2 days.

When I told the kids they had beans in them, they laughed and asked for more.

The second time I made them, they were for the kids and the husband, who ruined dinner two nights in a row by grabbing more than a few of these when he got home from work.

When I told him they had beans in them, he looked at me like I had a third eye.

“Really?” he asked. “Yes, really,” I replied.

“Are you sure?” he asked again.

(Ha! As if I’d be joking about BEANS in BROWNIES!)

I told him, “Yes honey, for real. They really have beans in them. Can you taste them?”

“Nope, not at all. These are really good. You can put these in my lunches,” he told me.

Which by the way, “you can put these in my lunches” is one of the highest compliments you can get in our house.

The third time I made these, they were for company. Two of our three guests had one brownie, another had two and not a single one of them batted an eye.

After I told our guests the brownies had beans in them, the bean-hater (who had two) didn’t even believe me. Like Mr. Crumbs, he kept asking “Really?” and I reassured him repeatedly that yes, there were really beans in these brownies and yes, it is possible to make brownies with brownies taste amazing!

If four batches of brownies and 7 taste testers hasn’t convinced you that these black bean brownies are quite possibly the best thing that will happen to you this year, consider this:

These homemade black bean brownies are made with 9 ingredients that are all 100% real food. Compare to this list of ingredients off the box of Little Debbie snack fudge brownies:

Enriched bleached flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil with TBHQ to preserve flavor, sugar, dextrose, water, cocoa, walnuts, high fructose corn syrup, whey (milk), eggs, soy lecithin (emulsifier), corn starch, salt, leavening (sodium aluminum phosphate, baking soda), colors (caramel color, red 40), natural and artificial flavors, egg whites, citric acid, sorbic acid (to retain freshness), almonds.

Not only does the homemade version have LESS ingredients, but we’re avoiding the especially harmful ones like hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup.

This recipe is also VERY allergy friendly – no gluten, dairy or eggs. Just double check your chocolate chips and you’re good to go.

As if it can’t get any better than this, let me reiterate the obvious: there are BEANS in these brownies! I don’t know if that means they’re a dessert or breakfast or what, so let’s make a double batch and just eat them all day, okay?

Serves: 12 brownies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ cups cooked black beans (how to make them homemade)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 2-3 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)

(Personal Note: I highly recommend using all organic ingredients, if possible.)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish or line with parchment paper.
  3. In a high powdered blender OR in a food processor, combine the ingredients in the order listed.
  4. Process the ingredients until the batter is ultra smooth, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  5. Fold in ¼ cup of the chocolate chips.
  6. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and nuts (if using) on top of the batter.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the brownies are cooked through and set.
  8. Allow to cool thoroughly before cutting.

NOTES:

This recipe is easy to double. Use a 9 x 13 pan and bake for 17-18 minutes so that the center is thoroughly cooked through.
* If you don’t want to go through the trouble of folding in the chocolate chips (and dirtying another bowl), you can sprinkle them all on top. Alternatively, you can fold all the chocolate chips in too. My kids liked having the small bits of chocolate on top.
** I’ve made these with canned beans and dry beans cooked from scratch and we preferred the tasted of dried beans from scratch, although the canned beans came in a close second. If you use canned beans, be sure to rinse them thoroughly (until the water runs clear) before using.

Source:  http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2016/04/black-bean-brownies/

The last time I ordered from Thrive Market I got some of Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Chipotle Lime Mayonnaise and I was hooked from the get-go, so I can’t wait to try it with these fries……

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries With Chipotle Mayonnaise Recipe

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries With Chipotle Mayonnaise

Sugar and spice and everything nice—that’s the secret to our take on sweet potato fries. Cumin and cayenne add just enough heat to bring out the natural sweetness of the potatoes—a little coconut sugar sprinkled on top adds even more complexity. Dunk them in zesty Primal Kitchen’s Chipotle-Lime Mayonnaise for even more zing.

Yield: 2 to 3 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Large pinch sea salt
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar (optional)
Chipotle mayonnaise, for serving

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.Cut sweet potatoes into evenly sized sticks and place in a large bowl. Toss with cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, coconut oil, and sugar, if using.

Arrange in a single layer  on two baking sheets. Bake 25 minutes, flipping the fries once after 12 minutes. Serve with chipotle mayonnaise on the side.

Source:  Merce Muse for Thrive Market

 

And this summit has a long list of expert presenters on what it takes to heal…..

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The Soul of Healing Summit is coming July 11th thru 18th!

Many struggle with pain and illness despite years of treatment. Could healing involve more than physical/medical interventions? Learn how to harness the power of your mind, emotions and spirit to create radical self-healing!

While diet, exercise and supplements may produce remarkable results, if the vital role of the mind, emotions and soul are not taken into account, lasting health may not be possible. Body, mind and soul cannot be separated; they work together. When operating in a unified and optimized way, they have the power to create perpetual health, wellness, wholeness and long-term fulfillment.

 

AND to end on, Raw Food World is now offering their famous 17.5% discount not only at year’s end, but mid-year, too. Woo-hoo!


 

 

 

RFW offers raw, organic superfoods and exotic gourmet treats for the health conscious consumer that are hard to find elsewhere, such as Dragon’s Blood extract (read about this amazing product in this very popular Self-help Health blog post), Pine Nut Flakes and a super healthy version of Liquid Smoke.

And now is a doubly good time to order because you not only have the huge discount on your whole order, but also the benefit of both June AND July At-Cost-Specials being active right now!Dragon’s Blood is at-cost and so is Yacon Syrup (along with lots of other items!).

Clinical trials have actually shown that Yacon Syrup produces a significant decrease in body we!ght, waist circumference and body mass index when simply taking 1 teaspoon, three times a day. Dr. Oz even did an experiment on his show where he got the same results. Furthermore, other clinical studies have shown Yacon to increase bowel regularity and improve food transit time and satiety sensation. It also has high quantities of FOS, which is a prebiotic. Prebiotics feed the beneficial flora in our gut and may be one of the main reasons why Yacon Syrup offers so many benefits. Other clinical studies show that Yacon has the potential to offer positive results with diabetes, by reducing blood glucose levels, glycemia, cholesterol and so much more. You can see all of the clinical studies and information on all of this in the description of Yacon Syrup on the RFW site.

Just use the coupon code when you check out for 17.5% off any size order until June 30th at midnight Pacific time. This discount has zero restrictions, except for on a few appliances!

Additionally, they are having a huge Raw Food and Appliance Giveaway, where they will be giving away over 100 items! The grand prize will once again be a stone grinder for nut butters. Some of the other top prizes will include a Needak Rebounder, Excalibur Dehydrator, Orange Juice Press, Reishi Spore Products, Quintessential and other superfoods, and much more!

Simply order anytime from now until June 30th and you will automatically be entered into the giveaway!

To take advantage of this great deal and find out about the free samples RFW is giving away, just go to my What’s New page for the coupon code and info about some of my favorite RFW products. While you’re there you can also get the code for 20% off Earthie Mama products (maker of the great Master Tonic!), learn about other specials and sign up for the Soul of Healing Summit series. Just do it!:-)

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

The Wheat/RoundUp Connection; Plus, Yoga Day And A Free Acupoints Webinar

 

Geez, I’ve featured several articles about why we should avoid wheat, but here’s a biggie with what may top the list of reasons. I know I’ve heard of a number of people who don’t have problems when they eat bread, pasta and other wheat products when traveling in France and other countries, so the information that follows definitely makes sense. AND, as the article mentions, unfortunately wheat is not the only mainstream crop to be doused in Roundup.

 

by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economistreal reason wheat

THE REAL REASON WHEAT IS TOXIC (IT’S NOT THE GLUTEN)

The stories became far too frequent to ignore.

Emails from folks with allergic or digestive issues to wheat in the United States experienced no symptoms whatsoever when they tried eating pasta on vacation in Italy.

Confused parents wondering why wheat consumption sometimes triggered autoimmune reactions in their children, but not at other times.

In my own home, I’ve long pondered why my husband can eat the wheat I prepare at home, but he experiences negative digestive effects eating even a single roll in a restaurant.

There is clearly something going on with wheat that is not well known by the general public. It goes far and beyond organic versus non-organic, gluten or hybridization because even conventional wheat triggers no symptoms for some who eat wheat in other parts of the world.

What indeed is going on with wheat?

For quite some time, I secretly harbored the notion that wheat in the United States must, in fact, be genetically modified.  GMO wheat secretly invading the North American food supply seemed the only thing that made sense and could account for the varied experiences I was hearing about.

I reasoned that it couldn’t be the gluten or wheat hybridization. Gluten and wheat hybrids have been consumed for thousands of years. It just didn’t make sense that this could be the reason for so many people suddenly having problems with wheat and gluten in general in the past 5-10 years.

Finally, the answer came over dinner a couple of months ago with a friend who was well versed in the wheat production process. I started researching the issue for myself, and was, quite frankly, horrified at what I discovered.

The good news is that the reason wheat has become so toxic in the United States is not because it is secretly GMO as I had feared (thank goodness!).

The bad news is that the problem lies with the manner in which wheat is harvested by conventional wheat farmers.

You’re going to want to sit down for this one.  I’ve had some folks burst into tears in horror when I passed along this information before.

Wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment and allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.

Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980.  It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

wheat graph 2According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT who has studied the issue in depth and who I recently saw present on the subject at a nutritional Conference in Indianapolis, desiccating non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate just before harvest came into vogue late in the 1990′s with the result that most of the non-organic wheat in the United States is now contaminated with it.  Seneff explains that when you expose wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate, it actually releases more seeds resulting in a slightly greater yield:   “It ‘goes to seed’ as it dies. At its last gasp, it releases the seed” says Dr. Seneff.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, as of 2012, 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat, and 61% of winter wheat has been treated with herbicides. This is an increase from 88% for durum wheat, 91% for spring wheat and 47% for winter wheat since 1998.

Here’s what wheat farmer Keith Lewis has to say about the practice:

I have been a wheat farmer for 50 yrs and one wheat production practice that is very common is applying the herbicide Roundup (glyposate) just prior to harvest. Roundup is licensed for pre-harvest weed control. Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup claims that application to plants at over 30% kernel moisture result in roundup uptake by the plant into the kernels. Farmers like this practice because Roundup kills the wheat plant allowing an earlier harvest.

A wheat field often ripens unevenly, thus applying Roundup pre-harvest evens up the greener parts of the field with the more mature. The result is on the less mature areas Roundup is translocated into the kernels and eventually harvested as such.

This practice is not licensed. Farmers mistakenly call it “dessication.” Consumers eating products made from wheat flour are undoubtedly consuming minute amounts of Roundup. An interesting aside, malt barley which is made into beer is not acceptable in the marketplace if it has been sprayed with pre-harvest Roundup. Lentils and peas are not accepted in the market place if they were sprayed with pre-harvest Roundup….. but wheat is okay.. This farming practice greatly concerns me and it should further concern consumers of wheat products.

This practice is not just widespread in the United States either. The Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom reports that use of Roundup as a wheat desiccant results in glyphosate residues regularly showing up in bread samples. Other European countries are waking up to to the danger, however. In the Netherlands, use of Roundup is completely banned with France likely soon to follow.

Using Roundup as a dessicant on the wheat fields prior to harvest may save the farmer money and increase profits, but it is devastating to the health of the consumer who ultimately consumes those ground up wheat kernels which have absorbed a significant amount of Roundup!

wheat graph 1

While the herbicide industry maintains that glyphosate is minimally toxic to humans, research published in the Journal Entropy strongly argues otherwise by shedding light on exactly how glyphosate disrupts mammalian physiology.

Authored by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff of MIT, the paper investigates glyphosate’s inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, an overlooked component of lethal toxicity to mammals.

The currently accepted view is that ghyphosate is not harmful to humans or any mammals.  This flawed view is so pervasive in the conventional farming community that Roundup salesmen have been known to foolishly drink it during presentations!

However, just because Roundup doesn’t kill you immediately doesn’t make it nontoxic.  In fact, the active ingredient in Roundup lethally disrupts the all important shikimate pathway found in beneficial gut microbes which is responsible for synthesis of critical amino acids.

Friendly gut bacteria, also called probiotics, play a critical role in human health. Gut bacteria aid digestion, prevent permeability of the gastrointestinal tract (which discourages the development of autoimmune disease), synthesize vitamins and provide the foundation for robust immunity.  In essence:

Roundup significantly disrupts the functioning of beneficial bacteria in the gut and contributes to permeability of the intestinal wall and consequent expression of autoimmune disease symptoms

In synergy with disruption of the biosynthesis of important amino acids via the shikimate pathway, glyphosate inhibits the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes produced by the gut microbiome.  CYP enzymes are critical to human biology because they detoxify the multitude of foreign chemical compounds, xenobiotics, that we are exposed to in our modern environment today.

As a result, humans exposed to glyphosate through use of Roundup in their community or through ingestion of its residues on industrialized food products become even more vulnerable to the damaging effects of other chemicals and environmental toxins they encounter!

What’s worse is that the negative impact of glyphosate exposure is slow and insidious over months and years as inflammation gradually gains a foothold in the cellular systems of the body.

The consequences of this systemic inflammation are most of the diseases and conditions associated with the Western lifestyle:

-Gastrointestinal disorders

-Obesity

-Diabetes

-Heart Disease

-Depression

-Autism

-Infertility

-Cancer

-Multiple Sclerosis

-Alzheimer’s disease

-And the list goes on and on and on …

In a nutshell, Dr. Seneff’s study of Roundup’s ghastly glyphosate which the wheat crop in the United States is doused with just days before harvest uncovers the manner in which this lethal toxin harms the human body by decimating beneficial gut microbes with the tragic end result of disease, degeneration, and widespread suffering

Got the picture yet?

Even if you think you have no trouble digesting wheat, it is still very wise to avoid conventional wheat as much as possible in your diet!

You Must Avoid Toxic Wheat No Matter What

The bottom line is that avoidance of conventional wheat in the United States is absolutely imperative even if you don’t currently have a gluten allergy or wheat sensitivity. The increase in the amount of glyphosate applied to wheat closely correlates with the rise of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Dr. Seneff points out that the increases in these diseases are not just genetic in nature, but also have an environmental cause, as not all patient symptoms are alleviated by eliminating gluten from the diet.

The effects of deadly glyphosate on your biology are so insidious that lack of symptoms today means literally nothing.

If you don’t have problems with wheat now, you will in the future if you keep eating conventionally produced, toxic wheat!

How to Eat Wheat Safely

Obviously, if you’ve already developed a sensitivity or allergy to wheat, you must avoid it. Period.

But, if you aren’t celiac or gluten sensitive and would like to consume this ancestral food safely, you can do what we do in our home. We only source organic, preferably low gluten, unhybridized Einkorn wheat for bread making, pancakes, cookies etc.  But, when we eat out or are purchasing food from the store, conventional wheat products are rejected without exception. This despite the fact that we have no gluten allergies whatsoever in our home – yet.

I am firmly convinced that if we did nothing, our entire family at some point would develop sensitivity to wheat or autoimmune disease in some form due to the toxic manner in which it is processed and the glyphosate residues that are contained in conventional wheat products.

What Are You Going to Do About Toxic Wheat?

How did you react to the news that US wheat farmers are using Roundup, not just to kill weeds, but to dry out the wheat plants to allow for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest and that such a practice causes absorption of toxic glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides, right into the wheat kernels themselves?

Did you feel outraged and violated like I did? How will you implement a conventional wheat-avoidance strategy going forward even if you haven’t yet developed a problem with gluten or wheat sensitivity?

What about other crops where Roundup is used as a pre-harvest dessicant such as barley, sugar cane, rice, seeds, dried beans and peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets?  Will you only be buying these crops in organic form from now on to avoid this modern, man-made scourge?

Author: Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Source: http://www.realfarmacy.com/reason-toxic-wheat/

And a friend just shared this article on Facebook yesterday about how glyphosate is turning up in the urine of a high percentage of Americans:

http://livingmaxwell.com/93-percent-americans-glyphosate-urine

Related Self-help Health posts:

What You Should Know About Wheat

Glyphosate In Oatmeal

 

On a cheerier note, Cindy Black of Big Tree School of Natural Healing is offering a free on-line course on June 18th at 1 pm ET titled Unlocking The Healing Potential of Acupoints….

During this webinar you will learn::

  1. The use of acupoints as a primary method of health care has been done for over 5,000 years in China – find out why!
  2. How you can benefit from these same acupoints today.
  3. How gentle contact to specific acupoints can relieve headaches, anxiety, tension, and more.
  4. Hands-on practitioners – amplify your results by integrating acupoints into your practice…it does make a difference!

You can go here for more details and to sign up.

http://bigtreehealing.com/acupoints_june_2?

 

And Yoga Day, June 21st is coming up…….

World Yoga Day is happening in just a few days! Millions of yogis will unify on June 21st for a global wave of yoga, meditation, and omming. Go here to find an event in your region or to organize one of your own.

If you sign up here for the Yoga Day Journey, you’ll receive 3 free song downloads from the dynamic musical duo Aykanna to use in your yoga practice or class, or even as your wake-up alarm!

And on Thursday, June 23, Indian Temple Arts master Sofia Diaz will be offering a FREE live webinar to introduce you to her upcoming Real Yoga series. She’ll tell you about her new series and lead you through a powerful Real Yoga body awareness practice.

 

Salud!

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