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Woman Heals Developmentally Delayed Grandson with Coconut Oil ("another testimony")

Woman Heals Developmentally Delayed Grandson with Coconut Oil ("another testimony") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
I don’t even want to imagine what this child’s life would be like without coconut oil.

"... The irratic behavior made me think autism, but I guess I was afraid of putting a label on it. I don’t have much faith in doctors and really didn’t want to start out this little guy’s life popping pills into him. I read every thing that I could get my hands on about treating it naturally and coconut oil was part of the remedy."

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What's the Difference Between Cage Free, Free Range and Pasture Raised Eggs? ("aren't they the same?")

What's the Difference Between Cage Free, Free Range and Pasture Raised Eggs? ("aren't they the same?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

How much access to open space do chickens that lay cage-free eggs get? And are these eggs, or pasture-raised eggs, better for your health?

More consumers are paying attention to how the chickens that lay their breakfast eggs are treated, and industry is starting to respond. In the last few months, several major American fast food restaurants chains have made a pledge to switch to eggs from cage-free chickens in the next decade, some by 2020 and others by 2025. 

Should the hens be happy?

Cage free: A cagey term

Cage-free hens, by contrast, are able to walk freely inside the building in which they’re housed and lay their eggs in nests. 

That doesn’t mean they get fresh air and sunshine. Cage-free hens often “live in very large flocks that can consist of many thousands of hens who never go outside,” explains the Humane Society. NPR reports these hens get only 1 square feet of space each on average.

“Free range” and “pasture raised” equal outdoors time

Free-range eggs are eggs produced from birds that are allowed outdoors for at least part of the day. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) asks producers to show that the chickens have been allowed outside access in order for them to claim their poultry is free-range. "Outdoors" doesn't necessarily mean grassy fields, however. 

Pasture raised eggs, on the other hand, are eggs from hens that were fully raised outdoors and had a diet of feed, wild plants and insects, according to the USDA.

"Certified Organic"

Certified organic eggs come from hens that are fed organic and vegetarian feed, free of pesticides and antibiotics, in accordance with the USDA’s National Organic Program regulations. By law, these hens also have access to the outdoors and are not confined to cages.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Eggs aren't all made the same. Be informed. In the first place, hens aren't machines.

"Is cage free healthier for you? 
"It's possible. One 2010 study conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences found that eggs from pastured hens contained more healthy omega-3 fatty acids and more vitamin E than factory hens."
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Here Are the Hidden Health Benefits of Your Workout Routine ("get off that chair & get moving")

Here Are the Hidden Health Benefits of Your Workout Routine ("get off that chair & get moving") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Find out what hidden perks come with your favorite workout routine beyond basic weight loss and calorie burning.

Fitness: Maybe you don’t need another reason to hit the gym, but if you do… Did you know that exercising three times a week can lower your chance of depression? And that getting the recommended 150 minutes of weekly activity (even just energetic walking) can cut your risk of heart disease by 25 percent? We’ve gathered research on the lesser-known payoffs of all types of workouts so you can pat yourself on the back for the perks that you didn’t realize you were getting—or tweak your regimen to reap extra rewards! 

1. The Workout: Lifting Light Weights 

Added Benefit: Builds Bone Density

2. The Workout: A Brisk Morning Walk 

Added Benefit: Improves Sleep

3. The Workout: Strength Training 

Added Benefit: Boosts Memory

4. The Workout: Interval Cycling 

Added Benefit: Relieves Arthritic Pain

5. The Workout: Cross-Training 

Added Benefit: Helps You Live Longer


More is More: Why not add at least one more activity to your weekly routine? If yoga is your primary activity, find time for some strength training. If you’re a runner, mix it up with some cycling. And if you haven’t had time to be active at all lately, let this information motivate you to try different offerings at the gym and fall in love with a few types of movement.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Get off that chair; turn off that computer or gadget and get moving!!! Do some simple exercises and live longer!

"We’ve gathered research on the lesser-known payoffs of all types of workouts so you can pat yourself on the back for the perks that you didn’t realize you were getting—or tweak your regimen to reap extra rewards! 
1. The Workout: Lifting Light Weights 
Added Benefit: Builds Bone Density 
2. The Workout: A Brisk Morning Walk 
Added Benefit: Improves Sleep 
3. The Workout: Strength Training 
Added Benefit: Boosts Memory 
4. The Workout: Interval Cycling 
Added Benefit: Relieves Arthritic Pain 
5. The Workout: Cross-Training 
Added Benefit: Helps You Live Longer"
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Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("benefits of whole egg beats the fear of cholesterol")

Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("benefits of whole egg beats the fear of cholesterol") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Eat your yolks, folks. They have fat, cholesterol and a ton of good nutrients that you just don't get from egg whites.

Left behind are a wobbly mix of water, protein, some vitamins and little else. These whites are also sold in one-ingredient cartons, pasteurized so they can be eaten raw. (That's not the case for shell egg substitutes, like Egg Beaters Original, which come with egg whites but cut out cholesterol by mimicking the yolk with natural flavor and color, vegetable gums, maltodextrin and many other added ingredients.) 

But there's good reason not to fear the yolks. Scientific research has vindicated dietary cholesterol, finding that eating cholesterol has no real impact on cholesterol metabolism. That is, eating foods high in cholesterol does not mean you’ll develop high cholesterol. Some evidence suggests that eggs might even be beneficial for cholesterol by raising levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that’s linked to a lower risk of heart disease. 

Egg yolks contain a vibrant mix of saturated and unsaturated fat—another nutrient that, when it comes from a healthy whole food source, is unfairly slandered. Yolks have a good helping of vitamin E, one of the nutrients Americans eat too little of. But the real case for egg yolks can be made by their abundance of carotenoids, nutrients in plants and animal fats that give things like egg yolks (and even autumn leaves) their yellow color. Egg yolks are rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help eye health and protect against inflammation.

Sure, you can find carotenoids in more virtuous places, like fruits and vegetables. But egg yolks have an edge. Carotenoids need to be eaten with fat in order for the body to more fully absorb them, and a whole egg is the total package. Eat them, and you’ll get more of these nutrients—not just from the eggs, but from the stuff you eat it with, too. Two large eggs provide 143 calories, 13 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of fat.

Bert Guevara's insight:
There is a good reason why eggs were created with the yellow and the white together. Find out why you should eat them together.

"... Egg yolks are rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help eye health and protect against inflammation.
"Sure, you can find carotenoids in more virtuous places, like fruits and vegetables. But egg yolks have an edge. Carotenoids need to be eaten with fat in order for the body to more fully absorb them, and a whole egg is the total package. Eat them, and you’ll get more of these nutrients—not just from the eggs, but from the stuff you eat it with, too. Two large eggs provide 143 calories, 13 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of fat."
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What Bacon Really Does to Your Body ("6 slices daily can increase risk of colorectal cancer by 18%")

What Bacon Really Does to Your Body ("6 slices daily can increase risk of colorectal cancer by 18%") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Bacon reserves are at a 60-year low. Maybe it's time to rethink eating so much of it

Americans are eating so much bacon these days, our reserves of the fatty meat are at the lowest levels seen in half a century. According to the non-profit Ohio Pork Council, inventory of frozen pork belly dropped to 17.8 million pounds in December, which means we aren't going to run out any time soon, but prices will likely rise for the breakfast staple. But this news might be a good moment for Americans to reflect on their bacon habit. In 2015, the World Health Organization's cancer agency found that processed meats like bacon cause colorectal cancer, making headlines and disappointing bacon lovers everywhere. In a cover story called "The War on Delicious," TIME explained the findings meant "that 50 grams of processed meat per day — one hot dog or about six pieces of bacon — raises the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Many of us love bacon. But read the infographic in this article and find out what it may cost you.

"Just 50 grams a day or 6 slices of bacon (both red or white) can increase your chances of having colorectal cancer by 18%."
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Turmeric May No Longer Be So Miraculous (it's still good, but not 'super' as previously thought")

Turmeric May No Longer Be So Miraculous (it's still good, but not 'super' as previously thought") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Are there still reasons to include the “golden spice” of turmeric, with its active compound curcumin, in your diet?

Turmeric, the bright yellow spice often used in curries, mustards and golden milk lattes, has gained quite a reputation as a superfood. It’s been touted for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and hailed as a natural defense against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. 

That reputation, however, may have just gone down a notch: A new review of scientific literature on curcumin, the most well-known chemical in turmeric, suggests that the compound has limited, if any, actual health benefits. 

There may still be reason to include the “golden spice” in your diet, say the authors of the new review, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. But as far as current evidence shows, its most famous compound doesn’t live up to its hype. 

Ground turmeric root has been used in Indian and Chinese cooking (and traditional medicine) for centuries. But when the reviewers looked at several recent clinical trials and epidemiological studies on curcumin, they noticed that research findings often weren’t translated correctly in the media.

One big problem, the new report notes, is that curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body. And despite the thousands of research papers published on turmeric, the reviewers were unable to find any double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials (the gold-standard of medical research) to support its myriad health claims.

But don’t count out turmeric just yet, says registered dietitian Wendy Bazilian, who was not involved in the new research. She says it’s true that curcumin is no cure-all—“just like no other single nutrient isolated and extracted from a food, or for that matter, any one food itself.” But based on research in both animals and humans, she adds, “there’s no question that there are some health properties associated with the spice.”

Bert Guevara's insight:
Like any wonderful herb, it may be best taken in combination with other stuff to aid in absorption in the body.

"One big problem, the new report notes, is that curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body. And despite the thousands of research papers published on turmeric, the reviewers were unable to find any double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials (the gold-standard of medical research) to support its myriad health claims."
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5 Things to Finally STOP Doing in 2017 ("be more earth-friendly and feel good about it")

5 Things to Finally STOP Doing in 2017 ("be more earth-friendly and feel good about it") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

New Year's resolutions often center around things we'd like to add our lives — this year, take some things away instead.

1. Cancel Your Cable

There are many reasons to ditch your digital subscription, but the strongest argument for me has always been the amount of advertising you can avoid.

What can you do instead? Consider switching to something like Netflix, which provides commercial-free entertainment (and, according to some estimates, will save you from watching more than six days’ worth of commercials each and every year).

2. Stop Shopping

We are far more than just passive consumers, and in order to remember this, it would behoove us to spend less of our time wandering around these massive monuments to consumption.

3. Eat Less Meat

This is another area where it doesn’t have to be all or nothing — just reducing your meat intake by one burger a week for a year can have the same effect as taking your car off the road for 320 miles. Not only that, but it allows the environment a little breathing room.

4. Just Say No to Disposable Products

5. Jettison Judgment

When you’re making positive change in your life, it’s easy to slide right past patting yourself on the back to becoming smug and judging others for not making similar shifts. As you carry your new habits through 2017, remember that everyone makes changes at their own pace and to fit their own lives.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Let's strive to become MORE earth-friendly in 2017 by applying some discipline or abstaining from some wasteful habits.
(These suggestions are not mine, nor do I claim to be doing all of it.)

1. Cancel Your Cable
2. Stop Shopping
3. Eat Less Meat
4. Just Say No to Disposable Products
5. Jettison Judgment 
When you’re making positive change in your life, it’s easy to slide right past patting yourself on the back to becoming smug and judging others for not making similar shifts. As you carry your new habits through 2017, remember that everyone makes changes at their own pace and to fit their own lives.
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5 Bad Things about Detoxing You Don't Know ("our bodies have better natural systems of detoxing")

5 Bad Things about Detoxing You Don't Know ("our bodies have better natural systems of detoxing") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Most people have already failed at keeping up with the New Year’s resolutions they made on January 1 and are thinking of coming up with new ones. Many Many toxins are used to grow the food we eat, so we consume the harmful chemicals all the time. Even the air we breathe has too many. The liver and kidneys naturally get rid of them every time you sweat or go to the bathroom. This has been the case for thousands of years. So why do people need to do more? They don’t. Cleaning up your diet instead will do just fine. The basic principle of cleansing is not eating foods or drink beverages that contain toxins. That list can be endless. The goal is to “purify” the body but, again, it does that on its own.toxins are used to grow the food we eat, so we consume the harmful chemicals all the time. Even the air we breathe has too many. The liver and kidneys naturally get rid of them every time you sweat or go to the bathroom. This has been the case for thousands of years. So why do people need to do more? They don’t. Cleaning up your diet instead will do just fine. The basic principle of cleansing is not eating foods or drink beverages that contain toxins. That list can be endless. The goal is to “purify” the body but, again, it does that on its own.Detoxing has been a popular diet over the last several years.

The bottom line is that you can “purify” your body by treating it right. Stop eating junk food and replace it with healthy snacks, fish and lean meat. Add vegetables as sides to your meals and fruits to your smoothies. Drink more water and stay away from sugary drinks. These choices will do you a lot more good than a hundred detoxing diets put together.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Know the negative side of detox diets after the holiday season. Cleaning up your diet is better than meddling with your liver and kidney.

"Many toxins are used to grow the food we eat, so we consume the harmful chemicals all the time. Even the air we breathe has too many. The liver and kidneys naturally get rid of them every time you sweat or go to the bathroom. This has been the case for thousands of years. So why do people need to do more? They don’t. Cleaning up your diet instead will do just fine. 
"The basic principle of cleansing is not eating foods or drink beverages that contain toxins. That list can be endless. The goal is to “purify” the body but, again, it does that on its own."
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14 Dry Eye Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore ("good reason to get emotional when watching drama movies")

14 Dry Eye Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore ("good reason to get emotional when watching drama movies") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Know the dry eye symptoms: Dry eye syndrome means you have a chronic problem with tear production, which can lead to serious eye issues if not treated. The problem? Although it sounds easy to spot, dry eye symptoms can be mistaken for other problems, sometimes for years, before getting a proper diagnosis.

They say oil and water don’t mix, but tell that to your eyes. The tears produced by healthy orbs have a lubricating layer of watery tear and oil, and without this combo, your eyes can be in serious trouble. 

That's where dry eye syndrome comes in. Different from just a one-time episode of dry-feeling eyes, this is an umbrella term for a variety of problems in which tear production is faulty. Ophthalmologists tend to lump dry-eye sufferers into two camps: Those whose tears are in short supply and others whose tears are lacking in oil, causing moisture to evaporate too quickly from the eye’s surface. Some people experience a combination of the two.

Here are some common and troubling dry eye symptoms:

- Red or bloodshot eyes

- Eyes that feel gritty

- Light sensitivity

- Sensitivity to irritants

- Stinging or burning eye pain

- Stringy mucus in the eye

- Excessive tearing or watery eyes following dryness

- Your contacts hurt

- Blurred vision that comes and goes

- Inability to cry

- Heavy eyes or eyelids

- Eye strain when using electronics

- Difficulty driving at night

- Suicidal thoughts

Bert Guevara's insight:
In my last eye exam, I was told I had dry eyes. Aside from the eye drops, I decided to watch more movies that made me emotional. I realized the health value of tears. 
(Check out the symptoms in the article.)

“All bad dry eye starts out as annoying nuisance, or just minimal dry eye,” he says. “If you let it build up over time, you become a significant risk factor for more significant dry eye.”
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A beer a day may be great for your cholesterol ("beer and red wine in moderate dosage is healthy")

A beer a day may be great for your cholesterol ("beer and red wine in moderate dosage is healthy") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The study, conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and Kailuan Hospital in China determined that drinking up to two alcoholic beverages a day may slow the decline of “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which helps to remove “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. 
LDL cholesterol at high levels can cause plaque buildup in the arteries and increase a person’s risk of a heart attack or stroke. High-density lipoprotein carries the ‘bad’ back to a person’s liver, where it can be broken down and eliminated from the body. 
For the study, the team analyzed 80,081 Chinese adults who were an average age of 49 years, Medical News Today reports. Participants were then grouped into those who never drink, used to drink, lightly drink, moderately drink, and heavy drinkers. Their drinks of choice were also recorded. Moderate drinking is described as one of two daily servings for men and up to one a day for women. 
Participants HDL levels were then measured every two years beginning in 2006 and ending in 2012. 
While all participants experienced a loss in HDL levels, researchers found that moderate drinkers experienced the slowest decline. They also found that those who drank beer saw a slower decline than those who preferred hard liquor. The study noted that they did not have enough wine drinkers to determine the correlation between drinking wine and slowed reduction of HDL. 
“Alcohol consumption was associated with slower HDL decreases, with moderate consumption slowest. However, the data suggested differential effects on the basis of alcoholic beverage type,” the study claimed.
Bert Guevara's insight:
Cheers!

"The study, conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and Kailuan Hospital in China determined that drinking up to two alcoholic beverages a day may slow the decline of “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which helps to remove “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol."
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Stop junk food ads on kids' apps - WHO - BBC News ("professional media used to attract kids to junk")

Stop junk food ads on kids' apps - WHO - BBC News ("professional media used to attract kids to junk") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Children need to be protected from the pervasive marketing of junk food to children through apps, social media and video blogs, the World Health Organization says.

Its report warns parents are often unaware of the sheer volume of such adverts as they are precisely targeting children. 

The WHO also criticised governments for failing to keep up with a revolution in the way people consume media. 

Children's doctors said strict measures were needed to stop childhood obesity. 

The report attacked the way some video bloggers - vloggers - get paid by junk food retailers to promote their food. 

It quotes a US analysis that suggests vloggers are now more influential at promoting brands than film or TV because of perceived authenticity. 

It also raised concern about the way fast food chains encourage kids through their doors by making restaurants important locations in augmented reality games like Pokemon Go. 

And said data on children - their age, location, likes and preferences - were being collected to target them with junk food adverts. 

Dr Joao Breda, the WHO programme manager for nutrition, physical activity and obesity, told the BBC News website: "It is going digital very strongly and we know that existing models of regulation have holes and gaps that don't cover the needs of our children. 

"We think it's huge, but parents don't know - sometimes they don't realise their children are being exposed.

"You could argue that is it more dangerous [than traditional media like TV]." 

Some countries such as the UK have introduced rules to protect children from junk-food advertising such as bans during children's television, however, the report said regulation had "failed to keep up with the pace and scope of change in the media".

Bert Guevara's insight:
Our homes are being invaded and our kids are the victims! Aggressive forms of new media are influencing our children and chances are, they are pushing our kids towards junk food.
This is a new challenge to parenthood.

"Prof Viner said there needed to be "strict measures put in place to protect" children and that governments needed to act urgently to prevent "marketers cynically targeting children online, on our streets and on television". 
"Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: "Our evidence review shows that all forms of advertising and marketing - including the use of characters, advergames and digital marketing - affect the balance of children's diets."
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Why dietary supplements are suspect - Harvard Health ("be selective; study your choices; go systemic")

Why dietary supplements are suspect - Harvard Health ("be selective; study your choices; go systemic") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Herbal remedies and other dietary supplements aren’t held to the same standards as FDA-approved drugs. Evidence indicates that few are effective, and many are useless, and others may be harmful.

Dietary supplements—including herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other products—are a $37-billion industry in the United States, and 60% of women are taking them regularly. At the same time, mounting research is suggesting that supplements—even mainstays like calcium—may be harmful at high doses.

The traditional practice of herbal medicine involves combining different herbs and using them in a variety of preparations. Herbal remedies marketed today are usually powders or extracts derived from plant leaves, stems, or roots. Several studies, largely NIH-funded, have put some remedies often recommended for women to the test. The results are summarized below.

What's up with supplements? 

Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other compounds that are essential for good health have been marketed as supplements for decades. However, relatively few have been tested in clinical trials. Those that have been or are being subjected to scientific scrutiny include the following:

Calcium. 

Research has indicated that high doses of calcium from supplements don't have much of an effect on bone density and increase the risk of heart disease and kidney stones. If you aren't getting at least 500 to 700 milligrams (mg) of calcium in your daily diet, you may need a supplement, but it's a good idea to limit your supplement intake to 600 mg a day. 

Glucosamine and chondroitin. ... Clinical trials have shown that they have little effect. 

Melatonin. ... is used for jet lag, sleep disturbances, and insomnia. Research has determined that it can be effective at doses as low as 0.5 mg.

Vitamin D. Because most people who live in northern latitudes don't make enough vitamin D from sun exposure, a supplement may be necessary to fill the daily requirement of 800 international units (IUs). 

Omega-3 fatty acids. ... it's questionable whether omega-3 supplements—available primarily in fish oil capsules—have the same effect.

Supplements for other purposes. ... These, too, are unproven, and some may contain stimulants that are harmful when used for extended periods.

Bert Guevara's insight:
The bottom line.  
The value of most herbs and supplements has been discounted or remains unproven. Few are worth the money spent on them. Moreover, there is no guarantee that the pills, capsules, or tablets contain all—or even any—of the ingredients listed on the packaging. 

"Most important, taking supplements can be risky. A study published in October 2015 in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the adverse effects of supplements were responsible for an average of 23,000 emergency department visits per year. 
"If you are concerned that your diet isn't providing all the nutrients you need, don't shop for supplements before talking to your doctor. If you truly need a vitamin or other dietary supplement, your clinician can suggest an appropriate product and dose. If you're currently talking a vitamin or other supplement, let your health care team know."
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The secondhand smoke you don't even know you're exposed to is killing you ("smoke sniper attack!")

The secondhand smoke you don't even know you're exposed to is killing you ("smoke sniper attack!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Individuals who are unaware that they’re being exposed to secondhand smoke may face a higher risk of death from cancer and other smoking-related disease, according to a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Individuals who are unaware that they’re being exposed to secondhand smoke may face a higher risk of death from cancer and other smoking-related disease, according to a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“Of over 20,000 non-smokers, we found that in those who had high levels of cotinine, somehow they’re getting exposed to smoke without realizing it— many of these [individuals] are going to be in public housing, low-income communities and minority communities,” study author Dr. Raja M. Flores, chairman of the department of thoracic surgery and professor at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, told FoxNews.com.

Cotinine only remains in the blood for a few days, indicating that these findings suggest subjects were exposed very recently. 

According to their study, which was published online on Sept.7 in Carcinogenesis, non-smoking individuals with the highest levels of cotinine lost 13.8 years of life. 

What’s most alarming, Flores said, is that non-smoking individuals are unaware of their risk, answering “no” when asked if they are exposed to secondhand smoke. 

“Little do they know that underneath the door, through the cracks, crevices, there’s stuff seeping in living quarters, work areas or spaces in some other way,” Flores said. 

Doctors need to work on better identifying these unknown at-risk patients, Flores said, including finding out if they live in high-risk areas and potentially screening for diseases like lung cancer.

Bert Guevara's insight:
The unseen killer (2nd hand smoke) may be in the other room or outside the door or window. Whether you are aware of it or not (most people are not), the danger of cancer from second-hand smoke is there.
Protect your health by proactive avoidance.

"What’s most alarming, Flores said, is that non-smoking individuals are unaware of their risk, answering “no” when asked if they are exposed to secondhand smoke. 
“Little do they know that underneath the door, through the cracks, crevices, there’s stuff seeping in living quarters, work areas or spaces in some other way,” Flores said.
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Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("eat whole egg; rich in the carotenoids lutein & zeaxanthin")

Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("eat whole egg; rich in the carotenoids lutein & zeaxanthin") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Eat your yolks, folks. They have fat, cholesterol and a ton of good nutrients that you just don't get from egg whites.

But there’s good reason not to fear the yolks. Scientific research has vindicated dietary cholesterol, finding that eating cholesterol has no real impact on cholesterol metabolism. That is, eating foods high in cholesterol does not mean you’ll develop high cholesterol. Some evidence suggests that eggs might even be beneficial for cholesterol by raising levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that’s linked to a lower risk of heart disease.

Egg yolks contain a vibrant mix of saturated and unsaturated fat—another nutrient that, when it comes from a healthy whole food source, is unfairly slandered. Yolks have a good helping of vitamin E, one of the nutrients Americans eat too little of. But the real case for egg yolks can be made by their abundance of carotenoids, nutrients in plants and animal fats that give things like egg yolks (and even autumn leaves) their yellow color. Egg yolks are rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help eye health and protect against inflammation.

Sure, you can find carotenoids in more virtuous places, like fruits and vegetables. But egg yolks have an edge. Carotenoids need to be eaten with fat in order for the body to more fully absorb them, and a whole egg is the total package. Eat them, and you’ll get more of these nutrients—not just from the eggs, but from the stuff you eat it with, too. Two large eggs provide 143 calories, 13 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of fat.

Bert Guevara's insight:
No need to separate the (yellow) yolk from the white. Eat the whole egg and discard the old myth about dietary cholesterol.

"Yolks have a good helping of vitamin E, one of the nutrients Americans eat too little of. But the real case for egg yolks can be made by their abundance of carotenoids, nutrients in plants and animal fats that give things like egg yolks (and even autumn leaves) their yellow color. Egg yolks are rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help eye health and protect against inflammation.
"Sure, you can find carotenoids in more virtuous places, like fruits and vegetables. But egg yolks have an edge. Carotenoids need to be eaten with fat in order for the body to more fully absorb them, and a whole egg is the total package."
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The Surprising Benefit of Showering at Night ("it's the timing & how it tells your body to sign off")

The Surprising Benefit of Showering at Night ("it's the timing & how it tells your body to sign off") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Discover how a hot shower before bed can improve your sleep.

The main trick is to not start too late. “You don’t want to heat yourself up right before bed,” says Dr. Dianne Augelli of the the Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. That’s because body temperature plays an important part in regulating circadian rhythm, which tells the body when to feel sleepy or alert. During the day, body temperature naturally rises until the late afternoon, when it reverses and begins to fall. “Cooling down is a signal that tells us we’re supposed to go to sleep,” she says, so interrupting this process can make it harder to fall asleep.

Showering earlier in the evening gives your body a chance to cool off and can even trigger sleep, says Shelby Harris, director of behavioral sleep medicine at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center. Several studies have shown that warming your body by taking a bath can help induce sleep when there’s enough time to cool off afterward. While much of the research has focused on baths, a 20-minute shower would have similar effects, Harris says. 

Time your shower so you’re done about an hour and a half before you want to hit the sack, Harris recommends. That way, by the time you lay down in bed, your body will be cool, dry and ready for sleep.

As a bonus, you can fold the very important step of washing your face into your nighttime shower. According to the National Sleep Foundation, cleansing before bed can help clear your skin and reduce breakouts, guard against wrinkles and help night creams and moisturizers work more effectively.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Develop the right habit of telling your body to sign off by taking a shower at night, about an hour and a half before your planned bedtime.
And turn off those gadgets!

“Cooling down is a signal that tells us we’re supposed to go to sleep,” she says, so interrupting this process can make it harder to fall asleep.
"Time your shower so you’re done about an hour and a half before you want to hit the sack, Harris recommends. That way, by the time you lay down in bed, your body will be cool, dry and ready for sleep."
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South Pacific islands ban western junk food and go organic ("so we can live w/o junk food")

South Pacific islands ban western junk food and go organic ("so we can live w/o junk food") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Leaders of Vanuatu province want to turn local people and tourists away from unhealthy imports in favour of locally grown crops and seafood

A group of south Pacific islands are banning foreign junk food imports in favour of an all-local, organic diet as a way to combat future health problems. 

Torba province, part of Vanuatu, aims to impose restrictions on the import of western foodstuffs and instead take advantage of its productive agricultural land and rich natural resources. 

Located in the northern part of Vanuatu, Toba is often described as the “forgotten province” and the majority of its 10,000 people are subsistence farmers.

Father Luc Dini, a community leader and head of the local tourism council, said a ban on foreign food imports would improve the health and wellbeing of islanders. 

“At the moment we have an infiltration of junk food from overseas,” he said. 

“It is easy to boil noodles or rice, but they have almost no nutritional value and there is no need to eat imported food when we have so much local food grown organically on our islands.” 

Dini said his province had an abundance of locally grown or sourced food to sustain its population including fish, crabs, shellfish, taro, yams, paw paw and pineapple. 

The most popular imported foods consumed in Torba were rice, sweets, tinned fish and biscuits, he said. 

“We are Vanuatu’s most isolated province and so far our health has stayed pretty good because of that, but we want to continue to be healthy,” he said.

Bert Guevara's insight:
It only makes sense to eat natural organic food when it is available. We can survive without junk food. Tell that to your kids!

“If you really want to live on a paradise of your own, then you should make do with what you have and try and live with nature,” he said.
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How Coffee Might Slow Down Aging ("coffee fights inflammation, which is connected to aging diseases")

How Coffee Might Slow Down Aging ("coffee fights inflammation, which is connected to aging diseases") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Researchers zero in on the way caffeine and coffee might combat inflammation, a common problem of aging

To the age-old question “Is coffee bad for you?”, researchers are in more agreement than ever that the answer is a resounding "no." A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that older people with low levels of inflammation — which drives many, if not most, major diseases — had something surprising in common: they were all caffeine drinkers.

“The more caffeine people consumed, the more protected they were against a chronic state of inflammation,” says study author David Furman, consulting associate professor at the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection at Stanford University. “There was no boundary, apparently.”

In the study, Furman and his colleagues analyzed blood samples from 100 young and old people. The older people tended to have more activity in several inflammation-related genes compared with the younger group — no surprise, since as people get older, inflammation throughout the body tends to rise. Chronic diseases of aging, like diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, cancer, joint disorders and Alzheimer’s, are all believed to have inflammation in common. "Most of the diseases of aging are not really diseases of aging, per se, but rather diseases of inflammation," Furman says. The more active these genes were, the more likely the person was to have high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.

What's more, even among older people, those with lower levels of these factors were more protected against inflammation — and they had something else in common too. They all drank caffeine regularly. People who drank more than five cups of coffee a day showed extremely low levels of activity in the inflammatory gene pathway. Caffeine inhibits this circuit and turns the inflammatory pathway off, the researchers say.


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"In the study, Furman and his colleagues analyzed blood samples from 100 young and old people. The older people tended to have more activity in several inflammation-related genes compared with the younger group — no surprise, since as people get older, inflammation throughout the body tends to rise. Chronic diseases of aging, like diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, cancer, joint disorders and Alzheimer’s, are all believed to have inflammation in common. "Most of the diseases of aging are not really diseases of aging, per se, but rather diseases of inflammation," Furman says. The more active these genes were, the more likely the person was to have high blood pressure and atherosclerosis."
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The Case Against 'Whole Wheat' and 'Whole Grain' Bread ("don't be fooled with misleading labels")

The Case Against 'Whole Wheat' and 'Whole Grain' Bread ("don't be fooled with misleading labels") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Those wholesome whole grain foods you’re eating? They might not be as full of nutritious goodness — or even whole grains — as you think.

So you’re ready to include more whole grains in your diet, and you reasonably want to start with your daily bread (and crackers, and granola bars, and other grain-based snacks). When you consider that most U.S. adults only get half the recommended amount of daily fiber, opting for the bread that says “whole grain” or “high fiber” or “whole wheat” seems like a sage choice. And it is, if you know what to look for. The trouble is, it’s easy to get duped. 

Not all whole grain foods are what they claim to be. Some contain only a small amount of actual whole grains and instead include refined flour—a pulverized version of what may, at some point, have been a whole grain. That’s a problem, because how much a grain has been milled or manipulated can also make a difference in how nutritious it is. Complicating matters is the fact that there’s no standard for telling people how much of a product — 50%, 100% — comes from whole grains.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates nutrient and health claims about foods, a whole grain food must contain all components of a grain kernel. That includes the bran, the germ and the endosperm (the inner most part of the kernel). Whole wheat, oatmeal, brown rice, whole rye and quinoa are all examples of whole grains. Manufacturers take these whole grains and turn them into all sorts of products, from breads and crackers to pizza crusts, and that’s where the confusion sets in, since some of these products retain all three parts of the grain, while others do not.

Bert Guevara's insight:
To clear up confusion, here are the five things you need to know about whole grains. 
1. “Made with whole grains” does not mean much.
2. The term “whole grain” doesn’t always refer to food of equal nutritional value.
3. Fiber claims can be misleading.
4. “Multigrain” is another very tricky word.
5. Not all whole grain foods are healthy.

"According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates nutrient and health claims about foods, a whole grain food must contain all components of a grain kernel. That includes the bran, the germ and the endosperm (the inner most part of the kernel). Whole wheat, oatmeal, brown rice, whole rye and quinoa are all examples of whole grains. Manufacturers take these whole grains and turn them into all sorts of products, from breads and crackers to pizza crusts, and that’s where the confusion sets in, since some of these products retain all three parts of the grain, while others do not."
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Nutella maker fights back on palm oil after cancer risk study ("would nutella make the shift?")

Nutella maker fights back on palm oil after cancer risk study ("would nutella make the shift?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella.

The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella. 

Italian confectionery firm Ferrero has taken a public stand in defense of an ingredient that some other food companies in the country are boycotting. It has launched an advertising campaign to assure the public about the safety of Nutella, its flagship product which makes up about a fifth of its sales. 

The hazelnut and chocolate spread, one of Italy's best-known food brands and a popular breakfast treat for children, relies on palm oil for its smooth texture and shelf life. Other substitutes, such as sunflower oil, would change its character, according to Ferrero. 

"Making Nutella without palm oil would produce an inferior substitute for the real product, it would be a step backward," Ferrero's purchasing manager Vincenzo Tapella told Reuters. He features in a TV commercial aired in Italy over the past three months that has drawn criticism from some politicians.

Any move away from palm oil would also have economic implications as it is the cheapest vegetable oil, costing around $800 a ton, compared with $845 for sunflower oil and $920 for rapeseed oil, another possible substitute.

The World Health Organization and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization flagged the same potential risk that EFSA had warned of regarding GE, but did not recommend consumers stop eating palm oil. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also has not banned the use of palm oil in food.

Bert Guevara's insight:
To Nutella-addicts! Take it easy! Beware of the palm oil; not the hazelnut.
There are local chocolate/hazelnut spreads available that taste almost the same.

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in May that palm oil generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius. It did not, however, recommend consumers stop eating it and said further study was needed to assess the level of risk.
"The World Health Organization and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization flagged the same potential risk that EFSA had warned of regarding GE, but did not recommend consumers stop eating palm oil. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also has not banned the use of palm oil in food."
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The Case for Eating Cheese is Stronger Than Ever ("the common myths against cheese now debunked")

The Case for Eating Cheese is Stronger Than Ever ("the common myths against cheese now debunked") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Despite its high saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol counts, cheese may actually be beneficial to health, new nutrition research suggests.

That cheese can be a dieter’s friend will come as a surprise to many. It has a reputation as a fatty, sodium-filled indulgence, and there’s no denying that it’s rich in both; just an ounce (about a slice) of cheddar cheese will run you 9 grams of fat and 180 mg of sodium. It’s also high in saturated fat and cholesterol.

... Recent research, from Astrup and others, is showing that the thousands of molecules that make up cheese are working in ways that make the food beneficial to health. Some of these attributes are obvious but others less so. 

Here’s what new research pinpoints as some of the nutritional perks of cheese.

1. It’s high in protein, calcium and hard-to-get B12. Cheese contains almost as much protein as it does fat, which the body uses to build cell structures and stay full. It also contains plenty of bone-building calcium—200 mg per ounce in cheddar cheese, or about 20% of a person’s recommended daily amount—and is one of the few foods to naturally contain vitamin D. Cheese, too, has vitamin B12, which helps red blood cells form properly and neurological function. 

2. It may help your heart. A 2016 paper published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that eating a little more than an ounce of cheese daily was linked to about a 3% lower risk of stroke. 

3. It doesn’t increase high blood pressure risk. What’s more, its high sodium content may not be so bad after all. Salty as it is, cheese wasn’t linked to hypertension in another analysis of studies. 

4. It’s full of good bacteria. Some evidence suggests that eating cheese favorably changes the microbiota, the concentration of bugs in the gut, which in turn may be improving metabolism. 

5. It contains a particularly great fatty acid. “It turns out that this is really a wonderful fatty acid,” he says. It’s generated by the body in small amounts, but it’s found most abundantly in full-fat dairy products—especially cheese. Palmitoleate neutralizes the damage caused by saturated fatty acids, acts like insulin by getting excess sugar out of the blood and is anti-inflammatory, Hotamisligil says. Together, these properties can help protect against excessive lipids and type-2 diabetes, he says.

Bert Guevara's insight:
I love cheese. Now I can have it without the guilt. Read the article and find out why.

"Recent research, from Astrup and others, is showing that the thousands of molecules that make up cheese are working in ways that make the food beneficial to health. Some of these attributes are obvious but others less so.
1. It’s high in protein, calcium and hard-to-get B12.
2. It may help your heart.
3. It doesn’t increase high blood pressure risk.
4. It’s full of good bacteria.
5. It contains a particularly great fatty acid."
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Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is So Good For You ("just the right holiday diet neutralizer; diabets read!")

Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is So Good For You ("just the right holiday diet neutralizer; diabets read!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a cure-all for decades. It seems to help regulate blood sugar and boost digestive health.

One promising benefit: It seems to help regulate blood sugar. A study published in Diabetes Care looked at men and women with type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that when the participants downed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed with a snack (one ounce of cheese), they had lower blood sugar levels the next morning, compared to when they ate the same bedtime snack paired with two tablespoons of water.

Another study published in the same journal compared the effects of apple cider vinegar on healthy adults, people with pre-diabetes, and people with type 2 diabetes. Study participants in all three groups had better blood glucose readings when they consumed less than an ounce of apple cider vinegar with a high-carb meal (a white bagel with butter and orange juice), compared to when they the had the same meal and drank a placebo. People with pre-diabetes improved their blood glucose levels with vinegar by nearly half, while people with diabetes cut their blood glucose concentrations by 25%.

Some research also suggests that apple cider vinegar may ward off scale creep. In a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, mice fed a high-fat diet along with acetic acid—vinegar’s key component—developed up to 10% less body fat than control rodents. The researchers believe the findings support the notion that acetic acid turns on genes that trigger enzymes to break down fat and prevent weight gain.

Bert Guevara's insight:
If you believe in virgin coconut oil, then here is another equally wonderful elixir - apple cider vinegar. Best during holiday overeating blues.

"The researchers believe the findings support the notion that acetic acid turns on genes that trigger enzymes to break down fat and prevent weight gain.
"... At the end of the study, the people who drank one of the beverages with vinegar had less belly fat, lower triglycerides and waist measurements, and a lower body weight and BMI, compared to the no-vinegar group.
"The researchers found that when acetic acid was added to their drinking water, they had higher levels of good bacteria in their guts, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, and reduced symptoms of the gastrointestinal disease."
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You Will Never Throw Away Rice Water After Reading These 8 Miracle Benefits ("ensure rice is organic")

You Will Never Throw Away Rice Water After Reading These 8 Miracle Benefits ("ensure rice is organic") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
It is already well know how household products can boast benefits that we even dream of it. How about rice water, for sure we can say that it is one of the best beauty secrets of our culture. Most of us toss the water after the rice is done, right? In this article, we will reveal a lot about rice water that will make you think twice before throwing it down your sink. First of all, rice water is rich in beauty minerals and vitamins that are extremely good for both your skin and hair. Here are some of those things that you can do with rice water. - - Rise water preparation 
- Take some organic rice and boil it in distilled water 
- Pour the excess water in a glass jar 
- Cover it and store it in the refrigerator 
- Once cooled, you can use it for different purposes.
1. Great Hair 
Shampoo your hair properly 
After this apply some rice water to your hair 
Leave it for a few minutes and wash it off 
Gain smooth and shiny hair with the rich proteins which fill up the cracks of your hair. 
2. For Good Skin 
Wash your face with water 
Now take a cotton pad and dip it in your already prepared rice water 
Apply it all over your face like a toner 
This will fix your pores by conveying a sparkle to your face. 
3. Skin Irritation and Inflammation 
Prepare a good quantity of rice water 
Take at least a 15-minute bath in rice water twice a day 
This remedy will cure rashes and other annoying skin irritations. 
4. Acne Healer 
Using a cotton ball apply on affected area. 
The treatment will help you to outburst acne and reduce the inflammation. 
5. Eczema 
Treat the affected area with cooled rice water. 
Repeat the treatment to obtain better results. 
The usage of the rice water will help you to cure the eczema due to the starch components which are highly effective. 
6. Curing Diarrhea 
Take cooked rice water in a glass 
Apply a pinch of salt to it 
Mix it well to make a homogenous solution 
Drinking this solution during diarrhea is highly effective and expedites the treatment process. 
7. Starching White Clothes 
Take your white clothes and soak them in rice water 
Dilute the rice water by adding more water 
Keep them for a few minutes and wash them off 
8. Health benefits 
Drinking rice water is good for the health in general. 
The richness with 8 essential amino acids help the muscle to regenerate and also is responsible for makes more energetic because the presence of carbohydrates.
Bert Guevara's insight:
Here are 8 more reasons why you should buy organic rice!

You Will Never Throw Away Rice Water After Reading These 8 Miracle Benefits:
1, Great hair
2. For good skin
3. Skin irritation and inflammation
4. Acne Healer
5. Eczema
6. Curing Diarrhea
7. Starching white clothes
8. Health benefits
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Do you need to be de-prescribed? 5 questions for anyone taking meds ("a timely assessment needed")

Do you need to be de-prescribed? 5 questions for anyone taking meds ("a timely assessment needed") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Many Americans are taking too many medications, experts say.

Many Americans are taking too many medications, experts say. And that's especially true of seniors. Shuttling from specialist to specialist to deal with a variety of ills, it's not uncommon for people to end up taking numerous medications. Studies have shown that nearly 40 percent of patients in their 60s are taking more than five different medications. In older patients those medications may produce unhealthy side effects or they may interact in dangerous ways. To combat this, doctors around the country are increasingly embracing a practice called "de-prescribing." That means evaluating all the medications a patient is taking and pruning them back to ease side effects and improve patient health. Dr. Anthony Zizza, a staff geriatrician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and Dr. Sarah Barry, geriatrician and clinical researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and program director for the geriatric medicine fellowship, spoke with NBC News about de-prescribing.


1. Medications are supposed to make us healthier. Where do things go wrong?


2. What about medications that you've been taking for a long time?


3. Are there medications that are especially problematic for seniors?


4. If I'm taking one of these medications and think I'm having problems related to it or if I start having side effects after being prescribed a new medication, should I just stop taking it?


5. Is this a problem only for seniors?

Bert Guevara's insight:
This is the problem with today's medical system of treating maladies separately and the patient ending up with so many prescribed drugs. 
Do you need to be de-prescribed? Check out these questions:

"1. Medications are supposed to make us healthier. Where do things go wrong? 
2. What about medications that you've been taking for a long time? 
3. Are there medications that are especially problematic for seniors? 
4. If I'm taking one of these medications and think I'm having problems related to it or if I start having side effects after being prescribed a new medication, should I just stop taking it? 
5. Is this a problem only for seniors?"
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You Asked: Which Foods Are Treated With Antibiotics? ("meds can't keep up w/ evolution of superbugs")

You Asked: Which Foods Are Treated With Antibiotics? ("meds can't keep up w/ evolution of superbugs") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Foods from fruit to farmed fish are treated with antibiotics. But poultry and livestock are the ones keeping health experts awake at night.

But at least as far back as 1945, health experts have warned that overusing antibiotics could lead to so-called “superbugs,” or sickness-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibacterial drugs. “Bacteria are wily, and they evolve very quickly,” says Lena Brook, a food safety and policy expert with the non-profit National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “So we always knew we were operating on a limited timeframe in terms of an antibiotic’s effectiveness.” 

“We understood the limitations, but for a long time we assumed there’d always be another drug, and so this wouldn’t be a big deal,” says Dr. Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University. “But now we’re seeing new bacteria that have built up resistance to nearly all our drugs.”

The threat posed by these antibiotic-resistant bacteria is not theoretical, and it is not a problem for future generations. This year, at least 2 million Americans will be infected with drug-resistant bacteria and 23,000 will die, CDC data show. According to Jean Whichard, who heads the CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Laboratory, antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. “Illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics are becoming more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat,” Whichard says.

What does all this have to do with your food? “Antibiotics are used heavily in animal agriculture, mostly to encourage growth and to compensate for the stressful, unsanitary conditions these animals live in,” the NRDC’s Brook explains. This heavy antibiotic use accelerates the speed at which bacteria evolve and develop drug resistance.

Bert Guevara's insight:
The threat posed by these antibiotic-resistant bacteria is not theoretical, and it is not a problem for future generations. ... “Illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics are becoming more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat,” Whichard says.

"But at least as far back as 1945, health experts have warned that overusing antibiotics could lead to so-called “superbugs,” or sickness-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibacterial drugs. “Bacteria are wily, and they evolve very quickly,” ... 
“We understood the limitations, but for a long time we assumed there’d always be another drug, and so this wouldn’t be a big deal,” says Dr. Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University. “But now we’re seeing new bacteria that have built up resistance to nearly all our drugs.”
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What You Can Do in Your 20s to Prevent Osteoporosis ("if you missed this chance, try AgeLOC supplement")

What You Can Do in Your 20s to Prevent Osteoporosis ("if you missed this chance, try AgeLOC supplement") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

There's a lot you can do in your 20s to strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis later on.

“Bone loss is inevitable in women,” says Deena Adimoolam, MD, assistant professor of diabetes, endocrinology and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “But there are plenty of lifestyle changes that can help slow down the process.” 

Your bones are still being rebuilt in your 20s, she explains, which means you can continue to strengthen them during this time. Here, a few smart lifestyle strategies that can help offset your risk.

Stay active

“Physical activity has been shown to have beneficial effects on bone health, especially by adding weight-bearing activities into daily workouts,” ...

Eat the right foods 

The diet choices you make in your 20s can help build strong bones for life: “Calcium and vitamin D are very important for bone health,” ...

Maintain a healthy weight

“Women who are underweight are at risk of developing osteoporosis at an earlier age,” she says. Belly fat could also up your risk: Recent research from Harvard found that premenopausal women who had more visceral fat had decreased bone mineral density.

Understand your risk factors 

Some women have greater risk of developing osteoporosis than others. If these factors apply to you, consider discussing bone health with your doctor. 

You have a family history.

You have irregular periods.

You have premature ovarian failure.

You’re a smoker. As if you needed another reason to quit: In addition to lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke, smoking cigarettes can also contribute to osteoporosis.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Please tell your young daughter to read this before it's too late. What if you are past your 30's? 
(My suggestion: take AgeLOC Y-Span supplement to reset the genes that age your bones.)

"While osteoporosis can develop in both men and women at different ages, it most frequently affects older women who have gone through menopause. (Estrogen levels drop during menopause, and experts believe the hormone helps maintain bone density.) The good news, though, is that there’s a lot you can do in your 20s to strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis later on."
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12 Reasons Why Dehydration Is Bad for Your Body ("health effects from fatigue & smelly breath")

12 Reasons Why Dehydration Is Bad for Your Body ("health effects from fatigue & smelly breath") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Being dehydrated can make you tired, grumpy, prone to weight gain, and more.

Are you low on water? 

It doesn't take much to become dehydrated. Lose just 1.5% of the water in your body (the human body is usually about 60% H2O), and you've reached the tipping point of mild dehydration. It can be brought on by many things—and it can do much more to your body than just make you feel thirsty. Dehydration also brings on health effects ranging from fatigue and smelly breath to more dangerous consequences like distracted driving.

- It gives you bad breath 

It's easy to forget to drink water during a busy workday, but at the end of the day you may find people standing unusually far from you when you open your mouth.

- It makes you crave sugar 

Dehydration can mask itself as hunger, particularly sugar cravings. 

- It wrecks your workout

- It dries your skin out 

Keeping skin healthy and glowing requires drinking enough water,

- It may affect your ability to drive safely 

Few things are more uncomfortable than being stuck in traffic or on a long drive when you need to use the restroom.

- It makes you tired 

A mid-afternoon slump may have more to do with hydration than you think.

- It sours your mood 

Cranky much? Drink a glass of water and your mood may change.

- It can give you the chills 

It may seem counterintuitive, but dehydration can bring on chills.

- It can cause muscle cramps 

A lack of water causes less blood circulation, which can make muscles cramp up,

- It makes you feel dizzy and foggy

- It can give you a headache

- It constipates you 

Your body needs water to keep things moving through your colon.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Are you low on water? 

"It doesn't take much to become dehydrated. Lose just 1.5% of the water in your body (the human body is usually about 60% H2O), and you've reached the tipping point of mild dehydration. It can be brought on by many things—and it can do much more to your body than just make you feel thirsty. Dehydration also brings on health effects ranging from fatigue and smelly breath to more dangerous consequences like distracted driving."
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