Monday, May 28, 2007

Tips To Avoid Toxins (2)

  • Have your tap water tested and, if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter on all your faucets (even those in your shower or bath)
  • Remove any metal fillings as they're a major source of mercury. Be sure to have this done by a qualified biological dentist
  • Avoid artificial food additives of all kind, including artificial sweeteners and MSG
  • Avoid spraying insect repellants on your body

Friday, May 11, 2007

More Reasons to NOT Eat Processed Foods

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FDA: More animals got tainted food
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of hogs in at least five states and poultry at a Missouri farm ate salvage pet food that had been laced with an industrial chemical, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday , opening potential avenues for the contaminant to enter the human food supply.

Urine from hogs in California , North Carolina, and South Carolina tested positive for melamine , a chemical contained in rice protein concentrate imported from China . Hogs in New York , Utah, and, possibly, Ohio also ate tainted pet food, but their urine has not yet been tested.
In addition, the FDA is testing rice protein concentrate for a second contaminant, cyanuric acid , a chemical used as a pool cleaner that is high in nitrogen .

The agency's theory is that rogue suppliers in China added melamine and other compounds to inferior protein products, artificially inflating their nitrogen content and price. In testimony yesterday before a US House of Representatives oversight panel, the company that imported contaminated wheat gluten from China and a pet food manufacturer whose use of the suspect ingredient led to one of the nation's largest recalls of pet food, called themselves victims of a "fraud" that likely would have gone undetected -- had dogs and cats not begun to die.

The ease with which an imported ingredient laced with industrial chemicals penetrated the pet food supply paints a "frighteningly easy" road map for would-be terrorists to strike America's food supply, said US Representative Janice D. Schakowsky , Democrat of Illinois . Schakowsky's comments came during sweeping and emotional testimony that linked faulty federal oversight to nationwide recalls of tainted peanut butter , suspect spinach, and lethal pet food .

While FDA inspections have steadily dropped in recent years, the proportion of imported food used in domestic manufacturing has skyrocketed. There is no requirement that the FDA conduct an in-person inspection before a foreign producer begins to ship ingredients to US suppliers seeking bargain-basement prices.

Paul K. Henderson , Menu Foods Income Fund chief executive , told members of the House panel that should change. Henderson said that before Menu Foods is allowed to ship products to Europe , its US and Canadian manufacturing plants must be "qualified."

It would be "a very good, positive step" if Chinese exporters shipping food ingredients to the US undergo similar accreditation, certification, and inspection process for their plants, Henderson said.

Late Monday , after congressional pressure, the Chinese government gave a long-awaited green light for FDA inspectors visits to determine how the contamination occurred.

In addition, the FDA will begin domestic tests of corn gluten , corn meal , soy protein , rice bran , rice protein concentrate, and wheat gluten imported from China to determine if those products are also tainted with industrial chemicals. Such ingredients are used in breakfast cereal , pizza dough , baby formula, and protein shakes , but Dr. David Acheson , chief medical officer at the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition , said there is "no evidence" those human foods contain contaminated ingredients.

Since mid-March, the Menu Foods' recall has taken 60 million cans and pouches of pet food off store shelves. But the recall could have easily included human food, ChemNutra , the company that imported the tainted wheat gluten, testified before Congress. The gluten was certified as suitable for human consumption."We just dodged the bullet," said US Representative Jay Inslee , Democrat of Washington . Democrats say they will introduce legislation that would permit the FDA to force mandatory food recalls -- a power it now lacks -- and increase funding to hire more inspectors.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

When You Get a Virus

When your body is infected with a virus, it focuses its energy toward removing the invader. If your body cannot stop its growth, the organism would quickly multiply and overpower your body and kill you. This is why immune deficiency diseases are so serious.

When we get sick, our bodies instinctively tell us not to eat and we lose our appetite. When you are sick, your stomach may grumble because it is empty, but you do not actually feel hungry. Your body is effectively telling you that fasting is what it wants.

These are the times to drink plenty of water, and not eat.

To build up your body's immunity before you get ill, try a detox, and in particular, a juice detox. While your system gets a break, a well need rest from digesting foods, the massive amounts of nutrients it will receive from the fresh juices will increase your health.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Tips to Avoid Toxins 1

We cannot avoid coming into contact with toxins in our lifestyle today. And while there are many we can do nothing about, there are certain areas of your life where exposure to toxins can be minimized.
  • Avoid any kind of processed food, as they contain chemicals.
  • Use natural cleaning products in your home. Microfibre cleaning cloths are ideal, as they only need water to clean, no chemical based cleaning agents needed.
  • Avoid using artificial air fresheners, fabric softeners or synthetic fragrances as they can pollute the air you are breathing.


Sunday, April 22, 2007

Health Problems Increasing

Governments of both poor and rich countries must do more to help their fast-growing older populations stay healthy by tackling chronic diseases and ensuring their social well-being, the World Health Organisation says.

"If we look at the prevalence of chronic illnesses, like arthritis, they are equally common in developing countries as in developed countries," said Dr Somnath Chatterji, team leader of WHO's Multi-country Studies Unit.

But poor countries with growing life expectancies have additional problems, including health systems that are too underfunded to handle their increasingly older populations.
Some countries "will grow older before they grow richer," Chatterji told a five-day conference today of the UN commission on population and development.

That could bring an increase in health problems common in older people - such heart disease and stroke - to countries already coping with high rates of infectious illnesses, he said.
Countries such as France, Japan and Germany - which have some of world's oldest populations - have had more time and economic resources to improve social and health services, he said.
But people are also living longer in developing countries like China, Peru, and Sierra Leone. Their life expectancies have grown at a faster rate than those of richer countries, he said.
"Something that took France over a century," Chatterji said, "has happened in a matter of two decades in other countries."

China has one of the fastest growing older populations in the world. Its over-65 population is growing at nearly three per cent a year, compared to a rate of less than one per cent for the overall population, said Jiang Fan, China's Vice Minister of National Population and Family Planning.

The trend "constitutes another grave challenge and exerts unprecedented pressure on social security," he said. "Social security system of the elderly has not been established in most of China's rural areas, and most of the elderly mainly depend on their families."

Chatterji urged governments to develop comprehensive strategies "so that as (people) age, they continue to remain in states of better health," he said.
The strategy should include helping older people cope with daily activities - such as driving - discouraging smoking and managing chronic illnesses, he said.

Source : Sydney Morning Herald

My Comment : Why are our health problems increasing, when billions of dollars are being spent on health? It makes sense that while our world is becoming more toxic every day, our bodies are at the same time taking in more and more toxins every day. A detox diet is one way these increasing health problems, particularly chronic illnesses, can be overcome.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Ways Our Bodies Naturally Eliminate Toxins

While a juice detox or juice fast is a wonderful thing to give to your body, it isn’t enough on its own to REALLY get healthy. There are far more toxins around us now in our everyday lives, than our bodies were ever designed to process. Because of all the toxins we ingest everyday, it is necessary to continually detox, to eliminate these poisons. Otherwise we store them inside, or our body’s natural detox process will eliminate them through the channels that your body uses.

Some Ways Our Bodies Naturally Eliminate Toxins :
Skin - Acne, rashes, psoriasis, boils, eczema and other skin ailments.
Lungs - Respiratory diseases, excess mucous, coughing, bronchitis and pneumonia, sinus
Nausea and Vomiting or Diahorrea

And while most people will see these ailments as something to be stopped (with medicines) or tolerated, the truth is that our bodies are just doing their self-healing jobs. Better to put up with them than to suppress them because if the body isn’t allowed to eliminate them, the toxins will cause a lot more harm, which can lead to serious illnesses.

But rather than put up with ailments, we can induce a detox to cleanse our systems. Then stay on a detox diet which will continue the detox process and remove toxins on a daily basis. This is the way to optimum health.


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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Cooking Destroys Valuable Nutrients

Valuable and sensitive micronutrients are damaged when foods are heated or cooked. Cooking and processing food destroys these micronutrients by altering their shape and chemical composition. Avoid all processed foods and eat only organic vegetables and fruits unless not otherwise possible. Most of us do not, or cannot abide by this sort of diet, however, juicing fresh and vegetables is a way that you can get all the nutrients without damaging them.