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Organic Food Contains up to 60 Percent More Antioxidants - Epoch Times (like eating 2 more portions")

Organic Food Contains up to 60 Percent More Antioxidants - Epoch Times (like eating 2 more portions") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Organic Food Contains up to 60 Percent More Antioxidants
Epoch Times
Organic food really is better for you, revealed the largest review of published data on organic food ever conducted.

They determined that, overall, organic produce contains between 18 and 69 percent higher polyphenolic content compared to conventional produce, which is substantial considering the amazing health benefits of this class of antioxidants. Polyphenols, as you may already know, have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic disease, including serious cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as cancer.

Organic produce is so superior, in fact, that eating it is like eating 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables daily, admit researchers. In other words, eating one organic apple may be the nutritional equivalent of eating three conventional apples, at least as far as antioxidant levels are concerned.

During the Newcastle review, scientists found that organic produce contained up to 50 percent less cadmium than conventional produce. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists cadmium as among the 275 most hazardous substances on Earth, and chronic exposure to it through food is known to inhibit calcium metabolism, damage kidneys, induce lung damage and even cause autism.

Similarly, organic produce was found to contain significantly lower levels of pesticide and herbicide residues. Conventional produce, it turns out, often contains up to four times more chemical residue than organic produce, which is reason enough to skip what the factory farms are producing and stick with the clean stuff, even if it’s slightly more expensive.


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Why go to all the trouble of eating organic?

“This study demonstrates that choosing food produced according to organic standards can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants and reduced exposure to toxic heavy metals,” stated Prof. Carlo Leifert, lead author of the study. “This constitutes an important addition to the information currently available to consumers which until now has been confusing and in many cases is conflicting.”

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Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg thinks about the future of news ("reading news on gadgets can save paper")

Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg thinks about the future of news ("reading news on gadgets can save paper") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
In a public Q&A session, the Facebook co-founder and CEO says he just wants to help news publishers.

Facebook has always had a somewhat fraught relationship with the news: Many users seem to think of the social network as just a place where they can see a friend’s baby or dog photos, but research shows a growing number of people also get their news there. And CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that he wants news to play a much larger role in Facebook, with features like Instant Articles—the mobile-news partnership where outlets like the New York Times publish entire articles directly to the platform.

s I’ve explained before, the risk with an offer like Facebook’s is that it gives media outlets something they desperately need: A chance to reach a massive audience with their content, and a share of the ad revenue. But it also comes at a potentially huge cost. A growing number of users think of Facebook as the place where they get their news, as opposed to the actual news outlets that produce that content. What happens if this process accelerates? Facebook ultimately wins.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Although Facebook may have its corporate interests in why it wants people to read news from its app; the environment can benefit when people get their news without the paper. Although it may consume power, it may have a net benefit to the environment and the climate.

 

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Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMO's - Full Movie ("understanding the science behind GMOs")

The world's leading Scientists, Physicians, Attorneys, Politicians and Environmental Activists expose the corruption and dangers surrounding the widespread use of Genetically Modified Organisms in the new feature length documentary, "Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs".

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What are GMOs? Let's hear it from the scientists.

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5 Foods That Actually Offer Skin Protection - Care2.com ("pinoys need protection vs sun")

5 Foods That Actually Offer Skin Protection - Care2.com ("pinoys need protection vs sun") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Did you realize that the foods you eat can affect how resilient your skin is to the sun? Here are foods that have been shown to improve skin health.

But, did you realize that some foods can affect how resilient your skin is to the harsh UV rays of the sun? Here are 5 food groups that have been shown to help improve skin health (keep in mind these aren’t a substitute for safe sunscreen and proper skin protection!).

Salmon & chia. Or any omega-3-rich food for that matter. 
Tomatoes & carrots. Beta-carotene and lycopene have been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect itself from UV rays. 

Dark chocolate. The flavonoids in this superfood have actually been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect itself against sun damage.

Cruciferous veggies & leafy greens. Yes, yes, we all know that broccoli, cauliflower, and that ubiquitous superfood kale are full of antioxidants. And antioxidants prevent free radical damage, like the damage caused by UV rays. But cruciferous veggies also possibly play a role in preventing not only skin cancer, but many forms of cancer, although the research is far from conclusive. 

Green tea. Those polyphenols have done it again. Studies have shown that daily tea drinking, in association with the Mediterranean diet, can offer protection against melanoma. 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Staying in shaded areas, avoiding direct sunlight and eating health foods will keep our skins resilient, but we still need sunscreen lotions when exposed to a lot of sunlight.


"Keep in mind eating a bar of dark chocolate and sprinkling some chia seeds on your oatmeal isn’t enough of an excuse to ditch the sunscreen. Again, be sure to stay in shady areas, avoid tanning beds and use safe sunscreen."

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Global Diabetes Rates Are Rising as Obesity Spreads ("astounding 45% rise in type 2 diabetes")

Global Diabetes Rates Are Rising as Obesity Spreads ("astounding 45% rise in type 2 diabetes") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The prevalence of diabetes has been rising in rich countries for several decades, largely driven by increases in the rate of obesity. More recently, poorer countries have begun to follow the trend.

The global diabetes rate has risen by nearly half over the past two decades, according to a new study, as obesity and the health problems it spawns have taken hold across the developing world.

The prevalence of diabetes has been rising in rich countries for several decades, largely driven by increases in the rate of obesity. More recently, poorer countries have begun to follow the trend, with major increases in countries like China, Mexico and India.

The study, published Monday in the British medical journal The Lancet, reported a 45 percent rise in the prevalence of diabetes worldwide from 1990 to 2013. Nearly all the rise was in Type 2, which is usually related to obesity and is the most common form of the disease.

A major shift is underway in the developing world, in which deaths from communicable diseases like malaria and tuberculosis have declined sharply, and chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes are on the rise. The pattern is linked to economic improvement and more people living longer, but it has left governments in developing countries scrambling to deal with new and often more expensive ways to treat illnesses.

The study, led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research group, was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is the largest analysis of global disability data to date, drawing on more than 35,000 data sources in 188 countries.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Type 2 diabetes is affecting more people but they are living longer in part because medical systems have gotten better at preventing people from dying from its complications.


"A major shift is underway in the developing world, in which deaths from communicable diseases like malaria and tuberculosis have declined sharply, and chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes are on the rise. The pattern is linked to economic improvement and more people living longer, but it has left governments in developing countries scrambling to deal with new and often more expensive ways to treat illnesses."

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15 Health Benefits of Cucumbers: Grow Your Own Cooling Food

15 Health Benefits of Cucumbers: Grow Your Own Cooling Food | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Cucumbers can benefit your health in more ways than you know. Here are 15 health benefits of cucumbers, and why growing your own can be so beneficial.

1.  Being 96% water, cucumbers are great for keeping you hydrated.

2. Cucumbers relieve heartburn and hot skin after sunburns or just spending the day in the sun. They are also full of skin-lavishing minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon, and are used in spa treatments all the time for this reason.

3. They flush out toxins effectively, and may even help dissolve kidney stones.

4. Cucumbers are full of antioxidants – especially vitamins A, B, and C that boost immunity and give you more energy when you are feeling lethargic.

5. Cucumbers can help you lose weight by offering great nutrition and high-water content.

6. Slices of cucumbers on the eyes can reduce puffiness and redness.

7. Several studies show that compounds in cucumbers help to fight cancer.

8. They stabilize blood pressure.

9. They refresh the mouth and gums, while even healing diseased gums.

10. Cucumbers aid in digestion due to their fiber and water content.

11. Silica is great for the hair, nails and skin – so cucumbers are a beautifying food.

12. Cucumbers can soothe joint pain due to their high levels of antioxidants.

13. This great food lowers uric acid levels, making it a potential solution for those with gout. (Check out other home remedies for gout here).

14. Cucumbers support the pancreas for insulin production, so they are great for diabetics.

15. They reduce bad cholesterol due to the presence of plant sterols.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Get to know more about cucumbers. I didn't realize how good they were, especially for diabets like me.

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Shad Zac's curator insight, June 13, 4:40 AM

Cool as cucumbers, they help to easy my eye bags too...

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The Organic Effect - YouTube ("this family took a urine test & discovered the toxins they ate daily")

Want to know what happens in your body when you switch from eating conventional food to organic? Watch this! The study was conducted by the Swedish Environme...

We use all of the below listed chemicals together, too, and we don’t really know what their synergistic results are:

Insecticides, the most widely used of all types of pesticides invented to kill insects, but are likely killing beneficial creatures likes bees and butterflies.Herbicides meant to destroy weeds or unwanted vegetation.Fungicides meant to protect seeds against fungi living in soils.Bactericides that were supposed to control harmful bacteria but have given rise to super-bugs and antibiotic resistant bugs that don’t respond to medicine.Virucides to suppress viruses which have also contributed to very strong mutant viral strains.Nematicides meant to control nematodes (roundworms).Miticides to kill mites and ticks.Rodenticides meant to control rodents.

All these chemicals are pervasive in our environment.

The brief, 90-second video above explains what happens to a Nordic family of five when everyone – children included – test their urine before starting an all organic diet, and after. What they find is absolutely incredible. You’ll never want to eat conventional foods again.

This family could be yours. It could be in the United States, South America, Japan, China , Africa – anywhere.

Watch the 90-second video; it could be the trigger that helps change your life for the better.

Bert Guevara's insight:

This video tells it all! I suggest you watch it and discover the effect of buying commercial cheap food.

In the Philippines, it is now common to hear young people afflicted with cancer and other life-threatening anomalies.

 

"As said by Dr. Jesse Henley, pesticides kill pests by damaging their cellular structure. Though pesticides, fungicides, growth regulators, and herbicides were meant to control how a plant grows, there is no doubt that they affect us too – and we are using more pesticides and herbicides than ever.

"Strangely, these chemicals aren’t destroying pests – they are likely destroying us."

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Don't we all eat about the same things.

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Forget Crest and Colgate - Use Coconut Oil Toothpaste! ("here's a DIY coco-toothpaste that's natural")

Forget Crest and Colgate - Use Coconut Oil Toothpaste! ("here's a DIY coco-toothpaste that's natural") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Did you know that mainstream toothpastes expose your body to several unwanted toxins? Here is why you need to use coconut oil toothpaste instead.

Mainstream toothpastes contains sodium fluoride, an added ingredient that is also used as rat poison. Replacing your toothpaste that contains this toxic industrial byproduct that detrimentally affects your brain with a natural bacteria-killing, Alzheimer’s-reversing substance is much more appealing, isn’t it? Coconut oil cleans the mouth and also acts as an antibacterial to help keep plaque build up from forming on your precious pearly whites. This is why some choose coconut oil when performing the healthy practice of oil pulling.Why use a substance to clean your teeth that has been linked to tumor-formation in rats? FD&C Blue Dye #1 and 2 are used in toothpaste and other food products and even given the FDA’s stamp of approval, but they are no good for your health and certainly shouldn’t be used on a daily basis. Coconut oil is a holistic remedy for bleeding gums, a sore jaw, and dryness of the lips, tongue and mouth. Does your toothpaste do that for you?If you use name-brand toothpastes – they likely contain triclosan, a known endocrine disruptor. When the endocrine system isn’t working right, your hormones are basically going to be in a free-fall. Ditch the triclosan and use coconut oil since it can actually help remove sensitivity from teeth and make them stronger.Instead of using toothpastes that contain foaming agents in the form of sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) that have been linked to the formation of cancer sores, try using a coconut oil massage or coconut oil pulling. This practice can significantly reduce decay-causing Streptococcus mutan, a bacteria which causes plaque and you guessed it – strep throat.

Bert Guevara's insight:

How to Make Coconut Oil Toothpaste

As coconut oil has been hailed as a ‘miracle dental breakthrough,’ it’s time to start creating your own coconut oil toothpaste. The recipe for creating this toothpaste varies from household to household, however the list of following ingredients as well as the instructions are generally agreed upon. Of course you could always do more research into what people use and make your own alterations.

Ingredients for Coconut Oil Toothpaste

- 6 tbsp coconut oil

- 6 tbsp baking soda

- 25 drops essential oil (whatever you prefer, peppermint, eucalyptus, grapefruit, cinnamon, etc. Optional.)

- 1 tsp stevia (also optional)

 

Directions for Coconut Oil Toothpaste

1. Mix baking soda and coconut oil in a bowel or small container until it forms a paste or creamy-like consistency. You can start by heating the coconut oil so it’s easier to work with.

2. Add the essential oil and/or stevia and mix.

3. Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.

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Coconut oil over fluoride?

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Inhaler ban raises costs for people with asthma ("more reasons to clean the air we breathe")

Inhaler ban raises costs for people with asthma ("more reasons to clean the air we breathe") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
A 2008 ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has ended up being particularly costly for people with asthma.

A 2008 ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has ended up being particularly costly for people with asthma.

The ban changed the type of albuterol inhaler available in the U.S., and since then costs have gone up and inhaler use has gone down, according to a new study.

Albuterol inhalers prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness due to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Generic albuterol inhalers using CFCs were banned and were replaced by more expensive inhalers using hydrofluoroalkane (HFA).

Chlorofluorocarbons deplete the ozone layer and have been gradually phased out of use since 1987, but until 2005 the Food and Drug Administration had said CFC inhalers are essential medicines, so they were exempt.

The FDA reversed that decision in 2005 and CFC albuterol inhalers were no longer manufactured, the authors explain in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The active medication in the replacement HFA inhalers is exactly the same. Only the propellant has been changed, according to Dr. Rita F. Redberg of the University of California, San Francisco, who wrote a commentary accompanying the new study.

The inhaler switch “had minimal or no environmental benefits, but great benefits to pharmaceutical companies,” Redberg told Reuters Health by phone.

Since the HFA inhalers are newer and still under patent, these branded inhalers are more expensive than the CFC generics had been.

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

This is another case of protecting the environment vs the cost to man. There must be a better and cheaper way of making inhalers for people with asthma.

 

“Here’s an example of a really well intended public policy geared toward improving the environment, but the question is in this particular case whether or not the reduction in use of these propellants was worth it,” he said.

"About 20 million people in the U.S. have asthma, and their use of these inhalers probably does not have a significant effect on the ozone layer, he said."

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How Music 'Radically' Improves the Brain, Dementia, and Alzheimer's ("turn off noise; bring on music")

How Music 'Radically' Improves the Brain, Dementia, and Alzheimer's ("turn off noise; bring on music") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
A scientific research study has now shown how serious mental afflictions like Alzheimer's disease can be treated with certain kinds of music.

Music therapy has proven to be an extraordinary healing modality for many years now. Those fortunate individuals who have music in their life on a regular basis typically have a more positive frame of mind and emotional comportment. Truly uplifting music triggers a whole set of favorable responses from the human body and psyche.

A scientific research study has now shown how serious mental afflictions can also be treated with certain kinds of music. As the following excerpt demonstrates, both dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have been shown to respond quite favorably for those who really “belt out their favorite show tunes.”

“A recent research study found that those suffering from moderate to severe dementia did particularly well singing show tunes from movies and musicals such as ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Oklahoma!’ in group settings and had a marked improvement in their remembering skills versus those who simply listened during the sing-alongs.”

There is an evolving school of healing which recognizes the integral role that the mind and emotions play in the development of disease. This school of Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine also recognizes the beneficial effects that sound healing and music therapy can have on all sorts of diseases and illnesses.

Not only have serious diseases gone into remission, but chronic degenerative disease can see dramatic improvement with a steady ‘diet’ of emotionally moving and uplifting music.

Bert Guevara's insight:

For aging adults, it's time to invest in quality music. Buy good speakers or headphones. Start looking for downloadable music; a lot of old tunes are free anyway. Turn off the news in the evening and spend time listening to the music you like.

 

"If music, song, and dance can produce these kinds of positive effects for people who are ailing, think of what uplifting music can do as a preventative measure. Getting a daily dose of music might very well be one of the best lifestyle practices that an individual can engage.

Perhaps a new twist on the old adage will emerge in healthcare circles that goes something like this: “Singing a happy song a day keeps the doctor away.” Wouldn’t that be great?"

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Organic Gardening - National Wildlife Federation ("learn some tips in managing your organic garden")

Organic Gardening - National Wildlife Federation ("learn some tips in managing your organic garden") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Learn some organic gardening tips.

Eliminating Pesticides

In the natural world, virtually everything is sought out and "eaten" by something else. In the American garden, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides often take the place of healthy soil and mechanical and natural controls. Pesticides are meant to kill. If there is a safe pesticide, it is one that kills only the target organism and leaves no trace in the environment. Few pesticides meet these very selective criteria.

Eliminating Fertilizers

Most commercial fertilizers boost plant growth rapidly. Too commonly, these high potency fertilizers are used in excess, and end up as phosphorus and nitrate pollution of ground water and small streams. Poisoning of aquatic life and severe oxygen deficiencies may result from these chemicals reaching our water sources.

Organic Pest Control Tips

Prevention:

Talk with your neighbors about not using chemical pesticides.

Plant native plants which can hold their own against native pests.

Build healthy soil to have strong healthy plants - compost.

Gradually eliminate plants that always get sick - they are probably not native.

Weatherstrip your house at windows and doors to keep pests out and heat/ac in.

For aphids, do not over fertilize with nitrogen because they seek fresh plant growth.

Attract birds to your yard by planting appropriate plants.

Prune and destroy infested wood.

Remove garden debris like old boards so slugs don't have a wet spot to live.

Get to know your beneficial bugs and don't hurt them!

Craneflies and moles live in the lawn, so reduce your lawn size.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Managing your organic garden needs a lot of common sense and some simple science. Check out these tips.

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The Truth behind 5 Food Myths ("live free from food myths and enjoy your meals without the guilt")

The Truth behind 5 Food Myths ("live free from food myths and enjoy your meals without the guilt") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Think sweet potatoes are superior to regular potatoes, and red meat will kill you? You may want to read this

Myth #1: "High protein intake is harmful to your kidneys."

What science really shows: Nearly 2 decades ago, Dutch researchers found that while a protein-rich meal did boost GFR, it didn't have an adverse effect on overall kidney function.

 

Myth #2: "Sweet potatoes are better for you than white potatoes."

What science really shows: White potatoes and sweet potatoes have complementary nutritional differences; one isn't necessarily better than the other.

 

Myth #3: "Red meat causes cancer."

What science really shows: No study has ever found a direct cause-and-effect relationship between red-meat consumption and cancer.

 

Myth #4: "High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is more fattening than regular sugar is."

What science really shows: Both HFCS and sucrose—better known as table sugar—contain similar amounts of fructose. 

 

Myth #5: "Salt causes high blood pressure and should be avoided."

What science really shows: Large-scale scientific reviews have determined there's no reason for people with normal blood pressure to restrict their sodium intake.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Update you diet restrictions and free yourselves of food myths. Find out if you have also been stuck with beliefs that need to be replaced.

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12 Proven Benefits of Avocado (No. 5 is Very Impressive) [you may not have heard of its super benefits]

12 Proven Benefits of Avocado (No. 5 is Very Impressive) [you may not have heard of its super benefits] | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Here are 12 health benefits of avocado, that are supported by scientific research.

1. Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious

 

2. They Contain More Potassium Than Bananas

 

3. Avocado is Loaded With Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

 

4. Avocados Are Loaded With Fiber

 

5. Eating Avocados Can Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

 

6. People Who Eat Avocados Tend to be Healthier

 

7. The Fat in Them Can Help You Absorb Nutrients From Plant Foods

 

8. Avocados Are Loaded With Powerful Antioxidants That Can Protect The Eyes

 

9. Avocado May Help Prevent Cancer

 

10. Avocado Extract May Help Relieve Symptoms of Arthritis  

 

11. Eating Avocado May Help You Lose Weight

 

12. Avocado is Delicious and Easy to Incorporate in The Diet

 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

In case you are still doubting the properties of this super fruit, here are scientific findings of how nutritious is the avocado.

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Some of these facts you may already know,

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Test finds 60% of raw shrimp tainted with bacteria, including superbug MRSA ("better if from the wild")

Test finds 60% of raw shrimp tainted with bacteria, including superbug MRSA ("better if from the wild") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
A jumbo problem?

If you’re one of many people who eat shrimp regularly, this may give you pause: A new study by Consumer Reports found that 60% of the raw shrimp that it tested was tainted with bacteria, including some with a dangerous, drug-resistant strain.

Most shrimp is farmed in exporting countries like Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia, which provide 94% of the US supply. And conditions are pretty gross: If ponds aren’t properly managed, “a sludge of fecal matter, chemicals and excess food can build up and decay,” Consumer Reports said in its study, “How Safe is Your Shrimp?” Shrimp are often given heavy doses of antibiotics to ward off bacteria and algae that thrive in their crowded tanks and ponds.

Shrimp exports from the three biggest exporters—Thailand, Vietnam and China—have suffered in recent years due to an outbreak of early mortality syndrome (EMS), a bacterial disease, which has hurt restaurant chains like Red Lobster.

Consumer Reports tested 342 frozen samples purchased from supermarkets and other food retailers in 27 US cities. Sixty percent were contaminated with bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria. Two percent of the samples tested positive for the superbug MRSA(Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a scary strain of drug-resistant bacteria that causes hard-to-treat, life-threatening infections. Three percent of samples had illegally high levels of antibiotic residue.

Raw, farmed shrimp from Bangladesh and India were the most likely to carry bacteria, with 83% and 74% tainted, respectively. Raw, wild-caught shrimp from Argentina and the United States were the least likely to be tainted, at 33% and 20%, respectively.

But the presence of drug-resistant strains suggests that shrimp farms are overusing antibiotics, which can give rise to more dangerous and hard-to-treat superbugs strains.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Shrimp tastes so good, demand is high; so they have to farm it. There lies the problem. Farmed shrimp has its problems, specially if eaten raw.

 

"Harmful bacteria can be neutralized if shrimp are cooked properly—though they can still contaminate other food if they are not prepared carefully. And finding that 60% of shrimp had some levels of bacteria pales in comparison to some other foods: a similar Consumer Reports study found 97% of raw chicken contained harmful bacteria.

"But the presence of drug-resistant strains suggests that shrimp farms are overusing antibiotics, which can give rise to more dangerous and hard-to-treat superbugs strains.

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Places Where People Live the Longest and Their Secrets to a Longer Life ("back to basic living")

Places Where People Live the Longest and Their Secrets to a Longer Life ("back to basic living") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
These are the world's Blue Zones, and through extensive research, Buettner and his team have found their examples can teach us a lot about living a truly healthy life. Here are a few valuable lessons in longevity from each region.

According to a 2012 NY Times article by Buettner, the “traditional folk” of Ikaria live relaxing yet active lives. They wake naturally, spend time working in their gardens, eat late lunches followed by naps and after sunset, spend quality time socializing with their neighbors. Traditional exercise (think running, cycling, CrossFit) isn’t a large part of the Ikarian lifestyle. Buetnner said it “played a small role at best.” Instead, he suspects it’s a combination of their healthful diet and daily socializing that contributes most to their unprecedented longevity. 

Buettner reported that the Ikarian diet consisted mainly of vegetables harvested from their gardens, legumes, leafy greens and “plenty” ofolive oil. “Their diet was also typical: a breakfast of goat’s milk, wine, sage tea or coffee, honey and bread,” Buettner wrote. “Lunch was almost always beans (lentils, garbanzos), potatoes, greens (fennel, dandelion or a spinachlike green called horta) and whatever seasonal vegetables their garden produced; dinner was bread and goat’s milk.” Additionally, according to Buettner, Ikarians are known for drinking many antioxidant-rich herbal teas made with ingredients like wild mint or rosemary.

Bert Guevara's insight:

It is interesting to know how people live longer. Read and learn.


"Buettner accredited this population’s longevity to the culture’s notion of “ikigai,” or “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.” “[It] suffuses people’s entire adult lives,” he wrote. “It gets centenarians out of bed and out of the easy chair to teach karate, or to guide the village spiritually, or to pass down traditions to children.”

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How Texting Actually Affects Your Body ("be more conscious of how gadgets affect the health")

How Texting Actually Affects Your Body ("be more conscious of how gadgets affect the health") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
How much time do you spend texting? Have you ever stopped to consider how all this texting is affecting your body?

Your neck. Your head is heavy — 10 to 12 pounds. Imagine it were replaced by a bowling ball. Think about how heavy that would feel when you lean forward. Hunching over to a 60 degree angle substantially increases the stress load on your spine up to 60 pounds instead of 10. It’s a real pain in the neck. In fact, it can lead to headaches and long-term overuse injuries, like arthritis, pinched nerves, and premature disc degeneration — or developed spinal deformities that can afflict over-texting teens known as ‘text neck‘. 

Your lungs. Leaning forward and rounding the shoulders regularly can lead to breathing impairment and restricted blood flow. Also, when we are focusing intently on something like a screen, we have the tendency to breathe very shallowly. Keep your lungs open and take deep gulps of air, and keep a mindful posture when sending and receiving text messages to keep your blood flowing and your vital organs healthy. 

Your fingers. Constantly gripping a phone can lead to a claw-like tension in your hands. Regularly holding tension in your hands and fingers can stiffen the tendons, decrease range of motion, and weaken grip strength. Instead of texting so intensely, be mindful of the way you grip your phone, along with other parts of your body as well.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Habang abala ka sa pag-text, huwag kalimutan ang kalusugan ng katawan. Basahin ang ilang epekto ng pag-text.


"If you text a lot, try throwing in some opening yoga poses halfway through the day. When you do text, text more mindfully, taking deep breaths, sitting up straight, and loosening your death grip on your precious smartphone. Encourage your kids to do it too. You’ll both be more self-aware and your body will be far healthier in the long run."

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Eat Grains, Veggies And Fish - In Photos: Health Secrets Of The World's Oldest People

Eat Grains, Veggies And Fish  - In Photos: Health Secrets Of The World's Oldest People | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The largest concentration of healthy 100-year-olds is in
Okinawa, Japan. The people there eat a diet high in grains, vegetables and
fish, and low in eggs, meat and dairy. In the U.S., Daisy McFadden, who will
turn 101 in November, follows suit. She regularly eats oatmeal and fruit for
breakfast, a salad with chicken or fish for lunch, and steamed vegetables and
lean meat for dinner.
Bert Guevara's insight:

"Doctors say that healthy habits will help get you to age 85, but how to live beyond that remains a medical mystery. We interviewed people in their 100s to find out how they did it."

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19 Second Breathing Technique Induces Sleep 'Almost Instantly' ("this method is free; try it")

19 Second Breathing Technique Induces Sleep 'Almost Instantly' ("this method is free; try it") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Having trouble sleeping? It may be time to try something called the 4-7-8 breathing technique - which could help you fall asleep in as little as 60 seconds.
Bert Guevara's insight:

Are you worried that you are a sleeping pill junkie? or that you have the better sense to realize that sleeping should be a natural thing for you? Try this free method, in case you have trouble sleeping.

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Good looking: 6 surprising ways to improve your eyesight- New Scientist ("check out these suggestions")

Good looking: 6 surprising ways to improve your eyesight- New Scientist ("check out these suggestions") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
From clever screens to super foods and computer games: the vision-boosting tricks your optician won't tell you about
Phone screens that do the focusing for you

Put away those reading glasses. A new type of screen will make any page look just right for your eyes

The veggies that really do boost night vision

No, carrots can't help you see in the dark. But some other veggies might

Super lens implants are going mainstream

Novel kinds of artificial eye lenses are allowing both the short-sighted and long-sighted to see fine without glasses, even for reading

Keep moving if you want to keep seeing

One of the many benefits of exercising is that it helps to protect against various forms of blindness as we get older

Video games that can help you see better

Playing shoot 'em ups has a surprising benefit – it can train your brain to sharpen your vision

How time outdoors could protect kids' eyesight

The increase in short-sightedness in kids across the world is often blamed on time in front of a screen, but a lack of time outdoors may be the real problem






Bert Guevara's insight:

"Not many of us have perfect eyesight, and we will develop problems as we get older. Until recently, glasses or contact lenses were just about the only options.
"But as we've learned more about the eye, we've come up with surprising ways to preserve or enhance vision, from changing what you eat to software that lets you read your smartphone without reading glasses."

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Study: Driving While Dehydrated 'Just as Dangerous as Driving Intoxicated' ("bring water in the car")

Study: Driving While Dehydrated 'Just as Dangerous as Driving Intoxicated' ("bring water in the car") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
According to a recent study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, driving while dehydrated is just as dangerous as driving drunk.

In addition to drivers not bringing adequate beverages on long road trips, many do not stop intermittently to drink fluids when thirsty. In a haste to reach their destination, some drivers avoid all food and drink throughout their road journey. Doing so, however, may prove to be a neglectful habit that can endanger themselves, other occupants, as well as other drivers on the road.

The environmental conditions within an automobile or truck can also be quite conducive toward causing dehydration. Particularly during the hot and sunny summer months, the ambient air in a vehicle will naturally be drying. Turning up the air conditioner to compensate for the radiant heat emitted from the hot, black roadways only further contributes to the dehydration phenomenon. Windy days will even further exacerbate the situation.

All taken together, the task of driving long distances, on roads that are often in disrepair is not as easy as it once was. The stresses, both physical and psychological, can take a toll in such a way that low level dehydration can easily result. For these and other safety reasons, it is highly advisable that water or other beverages be brought on any short or long distance trip so that they can be sipped on when needed.

Both caffeinated drinks and alcohol are highly discouraged for obvious reasons. Coffee is a diuretic as is black tea. Green tea would be the best choice in a glass-lined thermos. All forms of alcohol are not only diuretics, they also grossly impair judgment and slow down reaction time.

Of course, when significantly dehydrated behind the wheel, drinking practically any fluid (except alcohol) is preferable to not drinking at all.

Bert Guevara's insight:

If you drive in warm weather, make sure you have water in the car and remember to take a sip once in a while.

 

"Lemon water, orange juice, and grapefruit juice are some of the more healthful alternatives that can keep you hydrated at the wheel. So are various herbal teas which do not contain any diuretics. Diluted fruit juices can also serve to quench one’s thirst and somewhat satisfy the appetite when food stops are not taken.

"One of the quickest and best way to rehydrate is to drink coconut water while on the road. The fresher the coconut water, the better – as it will also help balance electrolytes as well as replace trace minerals. It will also stave off hunger attacks while driving."

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Study: Average Attention Span Now 8 Seconds - Lower than a Goldfish ("no longer than 1 paragraph")

Study: Average Attention Span Now 8 Seconds - Lower than a Goldfish ("no longer than 1 paragraph") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
A study from Microsoft involving 2,000 people has found that the average attention span has dipped to a low 8 seconds - down from 12 seconds in 2000.

There are many effects from smartphones and the like on the human body which are never written about. Information technology (IT) is much more powerful in unrecognized ways than is generally acknowledged.

Because these various IT devices are often very close to a person’s body, they can and do have profound effects on the human bioelectric field. The key factor in this ever-intensifying dynamic between human and technology is the length of time of daily interaction.

In other words, picking up a cellphone to make a couple of calls a day is one thing; being tied to your smartphone 24 hour a day, 7 days a week is something altogether different. Herein lies one of the key causes of the shrinking attention span. Additionally, constant exposure to cell phones near our heads may be dangerous.

Attention span is connected directly to the presence of mind necessary to sincerely engage in person-to-person interaction. How often do the younger generations eschew the focus of personal interaction for the sake of not missing the internet happening of the day? Things are now moving so quickly that many within the younger generations do not want to miss out on anything.

Consequently, their attention spans are being shortened to accommodate that next “BIG” event which can only be experienced on the internet or by way of the smartphone.

The study also looked at how we use smartphones and found that 77 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds reach for their phone when they’re bored, 52 percent check their phone every 30 minutes or less, and 79 percent use their phone while they’re watching TV.”

Bert Guevara's insight:

Look at how technology has changed human behavior! Are you included in this?

 

“Our attention spans aren’t just down as a whole — we’re having trouble focusing in general. Forty-four percent of study participants said they have to concentrate really hard to stay focused on tasks, and 37 percent said they’re not able to make the best use of their time, which forces them to work late or on weekends. ...

"Effective stress management, or lack thereof, has always been a major contributor to the ability or inability to focus. This in turn affects our attention span. Unavoidably, attention spans will continue to shorten as long as information technology is allowed to intrude on our lives 24/7."

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Tongue Scraping: A Relatively Unknown Yet Very Important Health Practice ("better breath, taste")

Tongue Scraping: A Relatively Unknown Yet Very Important Health Practice ("better breath, taste") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
In some cultures, especially wherever Ayurveda is practiced, tongue scraping is considered equally important as teeth brushing. Should you be doing it?

Throughout various cultures in the world there are daily practices which are considered indispensable in order to maintain optimal health. In American society, brushing the teeth first thing in the morning is considered one of those absolute “do not miss.” In the Orient, especially wherever Ayurveda is practiced, tongue scraping is considered equally important as teeth brushing.

Because of what takes place in your mouth during a night’s sleep, it’s quite important that the tongue be scraped first thing each and every morning. There are different reasons for performing this health practice, as the following excerpt describes.

“Tongue scraping removes the nightly accumulations of toxins which inevitably coat the morning tongue. Don’t brush them off as they will only be pushed into the the top layer of the tongue.

If the tongue is coated with a white film in the morning it is a sign of the accumulation of toxins in the small intestine, large intestine and/or stomach. The location on the tongue will indicate which parts of the GI tract are dealing with the most toxicity.”

The silver tongue scraper in the photo below is very simply used by gently dragging it across the surface of the top of the tongue — from back to front — over the bathroom sink with warm water running for rinsing the scraper. Doing this a few times removes the white furry tongue growth which inevitably builds up after a night’s sleep.

Bert Guevara's insight:

There are actually five very good reasons for daily tongue scraping

#1 Improves the breath
#2 Improves your ability to taste
#3 Avoid toxins being reabsorbed into your body
#4 Improves dental health
#5 Get to know your tongue

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For the Longest Life: Your Waistline Should Be Half Your Height ("incentive for fitness")

For the Longest Life: Your Waistline Should Be Half Your Height ("incentive for fitness") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Want to know a newly found secret for living a long life? Research says the key to longevity is having a waist size that is no more than half your height.

Want to know a newly found secret for living a long and healthy life? Apparently it applies regardless of your age, gender, or ethnicity. The riddle of good health is solved in part with a simple formula, which predicts how many years of someone’s life will be lost to obesity. According to recent research, the key to longevity is having a waist size that is no more than half your height.

Here’s how you work out the formula for better health:

1. Measure the waist (circumference between the lowest rib and hip bone, around your middle), making sure not to breathe in to artificially expand your waistline.2. Subtract this number (in inches, centimeters, etc.) from your total height in the same way (inches, centimeters, etc.)

If your waistline is at least half your height or less, you can expect to live the average life expectancy of about 81. For every inch over the halfway point, you can expect to shave off several months, or even years from your total life span.

These calculations were devised by researchers at Cass Business School at City University, London who looked at the records of more than 300,000 adults with age differences spanning at least 20 years.

Dr Margaret Ashwell, the lead researchers of the study, said it should be used as a simple health check that anyone can do at home – and a simple reality check if your middle has started to bulge a bit.

Waist circumference is an important indicator of overall health because it shows the amount of central fat in the body – linked to high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Have you checked your waistline lately? It may be the key to longer life.

 

Ashwell thinks the waist-to-height ratio is even more telling than the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is widely used by doctors today. She says if people rely on the BMI, they are not getting an accurate reading of their health.

Professor Les Mayhew, who was also involved in the study to be published by the Public Library of Science, said:

“There is now overwhelming evidence there should place greater emphasis on waist-to-height ratio as a screening tool.”



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Why They Didn’t Tell Us? A Beverage That Is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemotherapy!

Why They Didn’t Tell Us? A Beverage That Is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemotherapy! | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
We continue using chemotherapy even though there is no need! This drink saves lives and it has been proven in hundreds of studies, yet few people know that

The combination of lemon and baking soda are proven stronger “killer” cancer than chemotherapy for about a whopping 10,000 times. Why no one told us anything about this? Well, because there is no profit from healthy people.

They spend nothing. It’s that easy. Billions and billions of dollars that the pharmaceutical industry gets in their budget would no longer exist. Lemon is a proven anti-carcinogen. On the organism it produces a strongly alkaline environment in which cysts and tumors simply cannot dwell. Specifically, cysts and tumors feed on substances that create acidic environment in the body, and as long as the body is acidic tumor can grow. But as soon as you stop the flow of acidity in the body the tumor has no food and becomes stagnant. Therefore, soda combined with lemon is an exceptional fighter against cancer because of their effect is quite alkaline. Namely, combining it with coffee should be avoided and of course all the other ingredients of the body that creates an acidic environment and the result is certainly warranted. This magnificent fact discovered back in 1923 a German scientist Otto Heinrich Warburg, who for his cure for cancer even got the Nobel Prize, but nevertheless, people do not know the truth.

'And if you subtract 35% oxygen, cancer cells can create in just two days. Thus, the cause of cancer today is acidified organism and cells without oxygen. In his work “The metabolism of tumors,” Dr. Warburg showed that all carcinogenic forms fulfill two basic conditions: blood acidity and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). He found that the tumor cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high concentrations of oxygen. Tumor cells can survive only with the help of glucose in the environment without oxygen. Therefore, cancer is nothing but a defense mechanism, which our cells use to survive in an acidic environment without oxygen. What affects the acidification of the body and the occurrence of cancer? The answer is very simple: food. Most people today, unlike twenty years ago, are eating food that is acidifying the body so it is not surprising that the occurrence of this disease is in the systematic increase.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Another natural anti-cancer that costs so little, but is so effective. Find out for yourself.


"This drink saves lives and it has been proven in hundreds of studies, yet few people know that the drink is so amazing. People simply do not believe, probably because it is a very accessible and cheap food, but it really is so. Did you know that lemon and baking soda can be stronger than chemotherapy?"

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10 Things That Are Germier Than a Toilet Seat ("being aware will make us conscious of hand washing")

10 Things That Are Germier Than a Toilet Seat ("being aware will make us conscious of hand washing") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
You touch these filthy items every day—and don't wash your hands afterward

1. Your cell phone

That thing you're pressing to your face? There's a 16 percent chance it has fecal matter on it, London researchers found.

2. Your grill

You probably cleaned your toilet more recently than you cleaned your grill—and that's not a wise choice, considering the latter comes in contact with your food. 

3. Your 'clean' laundry

Crap clings to your underwear, whether you can see it or not. 

4. Your toothbrush

When you flush your toilet, it can spray aerosolized droplets over 20 feet,

5. Your kitchen sponge

Your sponge is probably the nastiest thing in your kitchen. 

6. Elevator buttons

Going up? That elevator button could be crawling with more bacteria than a toilet, a new study from the University of Toronto found. 

7. Your keyboard

How often do you chow down a hoagie at your desk while tapping away at your computer?

8. The ATM

Each button you touch has an average of 1,200 germs—including cold and flu viruses and E. coli, according to University of Arizona researchers.

9. The gas pump

Don't munch on car snacks after filling up your tank. More than 70 percent of gas pump handles have germs that can spread disease, a Kimberley-Clarke study found.

10. Everything else in the bathroom

Your hands could actually be germier after washing them than they were before. That's no exaggeration:

Bert Guevara's insight:

Parents should teach all these to their children. Majority of adults are also unaware of these daily germ sources.

 

"Here's a disgusting fact: Fecal matter is everywhere. You're probably fastidious about washing your hands after using the bathroom, but what about after using your own cell phone? Your toothbrush? No? Well, E. coli could be stewing on both those things and other items that you get your paws on every day."

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5 Foods We Thought Were Bad For Us, Now Turn Out to Be Good ("don't be deprived by myths; update menu")

5 Foods We Thought Were Bad For Us, Now Turn Out to Be Good ("don't be deprived by myths; update menu") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
And 4 other foods we are still debating.

Here are five nutritional flip-flops, and a few more where the jury is still out.

1. Eggs. There was a time not very long ago when eggs were looked upon as cardiovascular time bombs. High in dietary cholesterol, it was said that eating a lot of eggs would result in gummed-up arteries and a high risk of heart attack. Most recent studies, however, cast these assumptions aside. Unless you are diabetic, there is no evidence that dietary cholesterol results in plaque building up in your arteries (studies on diabetics have shown possible correlation but nothing definitive).

2. Saturated fat/red meat. Good and bad news about saturated fat has been bouncing to and fro like a ping-pong ball for several decades. One of our primary sources of saturated fat is red meat (burgers, steaks, beef hot dogs and the like). From the early- to mid-20th century, we were encouraged to consume lots of meat because it was a great source of protein, B vitamins and numerous other nutrients. 

3. Butter. Butter’s stock has gone up and down for 150 years. As far back as 1855, people were told to use oil instead of butter. Like a close-fought basketball game, the duel between margarine and butter has been classic, but it seems that butter has finally gained the upper hand. 

4. Coffee. For many years, coffee was the victim of flawed studies linking it to cancer and heart disease. Problem was, these studies did not take into account other factors, like coffee-drinkers might also be cigarette smokers. The result was that many people gave up coffee, albeit reluctantly.

5. Avocados. Only a few decades ago the avocado was considered a sinful treat. As studies coming out in the 1970s and '80s extolled the dangers of fat, the poor avocado suffered in silence as it was swept up in the low-fat tsunami of scientific opinion.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Eggs, red meat. saturated fat, butter, coffee, avocados. They are all good; just eat them all in moderation.

 

"Remember when eggs were bad for us before they were good for us? Or when certain heart disease was the devil’s bargain we made for loving a good cheeseburger? You may be excused for the vertigo you experience from all the flip-flops, twists and turns written over the years about the goodness or badness of any number of foods. For all of the “scientific” studies of nutrition and health, the bottom line is that we knowsomething about the food we eat. But truthfully, the science behind what we ingest and how it affects our health is in its infancy."

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