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NYC Allows Doctors to Prescribe Fruits and Veggies Instead of Pills ("eat full and get well")

NYC Allows Doctors to Prescribe Fruits and Veggies Instead of Pills ("eat full and get well") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A new program in New York City, the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, allows doctors to prescribe families fruits and vegetables to combat disease.

In the upside-down world we live in, the Food and Drug Administration won’t admit that foods are a significant part of illness and disease prevention or treatment, and doctors are more apt to give you pills than healthful eating and lifestyle tips. In this world, it’s not often we see officials taking a progressive step towards natural health and away from our overdependence on Big Pharma. However, sometimes it does happen, and in New York City, it’s happening now.

And while Big Pharma and corporations involved in the junk food industries would love nothing more than a population fed off a steady diet of pills and processed foods, the largest city in the nation (and global leader itself) is taking a stand for natural health and true wellness. Here’s hoping they are only the first in many more to come.

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Michael Wiener's curator insight, August 24, 2013 6:21 PM

This is great news to encourage the younger generation and generations to come to concentrate on fresh fruits and veggies. Thanks Doc, for making that brilliant move.

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, September 28, 2013 7:27 PM

Why would anyone pay even a cent, much less hundreds of dollars for common sense "prescriptions?"

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Want to improve your sex life? Eat this, not that ("must-read for male adults & seniors")

Want to improve your sex life? Eat this, not that ("must-read for male adults & seniors") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Let's dispel some myths about traditional aphrodisiacs and focus our diets on the power of green — as in green, leafy vegetables.
Planning a romantic evening? You might think a juicy steak, a good bottle of wine and some chocolate will set the stage. But you'd be wrong. Saturated fats from meats, alcohol and chocolate are the exact things you'll want to avoid for good sex. Each is filled with chemicals and stimulants that have the opposite effect on libido and performance."If the body is spending its time and energy cleaning itself constantly from these chemicals we put in it, it cannot begin to perform at its peak sexually," ..."One-third of young marrieds have fertility problems today and instead of seeing men with performance problems at age 70 the way we did a few decades ago, we now see it at age 40," says Clement. "Fifty percent of 40-year-old men cannot perform."The Clements attribute heavy metals, air pollution, food toxins, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and soda consumption for contaminating and weakening the cell systems in the body leading to sexual libido and performance issues in both men and women.What can you do to improve your sexual health naturally? Throw out old myths about aphrodisiacs, as we've been accustomed to thinking of them. ... Also skip: Bacon, sausage and other fatty meatsDairy. Processed baked goods. Soy-based products  
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Michael Wiener's comment, August 11, 2013 2:00 AM
Process foods really do not bring any good to the body, except for being full. But when digested, it's a different story.
Michael Wiener's curator insight, August 11, 2013 2:01 AM

The foods mentioned are truly amazing, and when consume regularly, it gives a refreshing feeling to the entire body. Of course, that include being active sexually.

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, September 28, 2013 8:43 PM

Everyone's body chemistry is different, so there is no blanket answer to this and most other health questions. Healthy eating and lifestyle do wonders in your sex life too.

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Harvard Says Reducing Red Meat Consumption can Extend Life by 20% (extend your life & mitigate CC")

Harvard Says Reducing Red Meat Consumption can Extend Life by 20% (extend your life & mitigate CC") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
According to Harvard Medical School, cutting out or reducing red meat consumption can help prolong your life by up to 20%.

“We estimated that substitutions of 1 serving per day of other foods (including fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) for 1 serving per day of red meat were associated with a 7% to 19% lower mortality risk. We also estimated that 9.3% of deaths in men and 7.6% in women in these cohorts could be prevented at the end of follow-up if all the individuals consumed fewer than 0.5 servings per day (approximately 42 g/d) of red meat.”
Even though people who consumed high levels of red meat also tended to smoke, drink, and have less-than-healthy body weights, those factors were calculated into the study, and people who ate more red meat still died sooner than their more vegetarian counterparts. The study concluded that each daily serving of red meat increased risk of death by 13%. The impact rose to 20% if the serving was processed, as in food items like hot dogs, bacon, and cold cuts.
The good news is that you don’t have to go completely meat free, though. You can substitute other proteins that the body can more easily assimilate and digest. Fish resulted in a 7% decrease in risk, beans and legumes resulted in a 10% decrease in risk, chicken and whole grains resulted in a 14% reduction, and nuts as a source of protein offered a whopping 19% reduction in cardiovascular and cancer risks compared to red meat consumption. The study did not measure sprouted beans or other sprouted seeds that often have up to 900% more nutritional value for the body as well.

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, September 28, 2013 8:47 PM

Has been known for a good while, but it's good to have it confirmed nevertheless.

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FDA cracks down on illegal diabetes remedies ("I am sure some landed in the Phil. already.")

FDA cracks down on illegal diabetes remedies ("I am sure some landed in the Phil. already.") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on more than a dozen companies that market illegal treatments for diabetes.

All of the products aim to cash in on the country's diabetes epidemic, which affects nearly 26 million Americans. Regulators worry that consumers who buy such unapproved products could put off getting legitimate medical care, which could exacerbate heart disease, kidney failure and other deadly complications.

The FDA sent warning letters to 15 companies, both in the U.S. and abroad, ordering them to stop selling diabetes treatments which violate U.S. drug laws.

"Consumers should exercise caution before using products claiming to be herbal or all-natural alternatives to FDA-approved prescription drugs," the agency said in a statement Tuesday.

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Jackfruit Benefits: 12 Reasons to Eat and Love Jackfruit ("another superfruit!")

Jackfruit Benefits: 12 Reasons to Eat and Love Jackfruit ("another superfruit!") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Here are 12 health benefits of jackfruit - the exotic (child-size) fruit with bright yellow pods inside a bumpy green external skin.


A raw, organic jackfruit delivers the following benefits:

- Full of vitamin C, jackfruit is both antiviral and antibacterial.

- jackfruit is full of special cancer-fighting phytonutrients such as lignans, isoflavones and saponins. These same nutrients are known to slow aging, slow cancer-causing free-radicals, and prolong the lives of cells in the body as well.

- Jackfruit helps to treat gastric ulcers and digestive disorders. It helps with constipation thanks to fiber content, and drives carcinogenic chemicals into the large intestine to be eliminated.

- Full of vitamin A, jackfruit can help support better eye sight and prevent blindness caused by macular degeneration. It also helps with night blindness for the same reason.

- The vitamin A in jackfruit is also a great way to support glowing, beautiful skin.

- Jackfruit is great for dieters, as it contains very few calories per serving and no saturated fats.

- The high levels of potassium in jackfruit have been known to help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

- Jackfruit root can be boiled to help with asthma.

- Jackfruit contains two bone-supportive minerals – magnesium and calcium. This means fewer cases of Osteoporosis.

- This tropical fruit contains enough iron to correct iron-deficiency anemia.

- Copper is an important element for maintaining thyroid health, and jackfruit is full of this important trace mineral.

- Jackfruit can support energy levels with high levels of B2 – riboflavin, and B1 – thiamin, which helps cells convert energy from carbohydrates.

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America's Organic Food Shortage ("when there is a hike in demand, why not go organic?") - WBUR

America's Organic Food Shortage ("when there is a hike in demand, why not go organic?") - WBUR | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
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2, 2012 photo, a cow is seen in a field at Raindance Farm in Westville, N.Y.

Even as more consumers are willing to pay premium prices for organic milk, supermarkets are having trouble keeping it on the shelves as high feed and fuel prices have left some organic dairy farmers simply unable to keep up with demand.

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Fish Oil's Cancer Risk ("oh no! where are anti-prostates? -- my broccoli, tomatoes and ginger") - CNBC

Fish Oil's Cancer Risk ("oh no! where are anti-prostates? -- my broccoli, tomatoes and ginger") - CNBC | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center released a study revealing men with concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids have an increased risk of prostate cancer. Co-author Alan Kristal shares more from their study on the best ...

A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates that the supplements could lead to the development of prostate cancer. In fact, men with high levels of the fish fats in their blood were 43 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than those with the lowest levels.

The new research found that the link between omega-3 fish oils and prostate cancer was noted in both low- and high-grade cancers. High-grade prostate cancer is the type that has a high risk of serious problems. Nearly all men that died from prostate cancer had the high-grade variation.

He said the nutrients in fish fight harmful inflammation, but they can also raise oxidative damage to cell DNA similar to the way stress acts on the body.

In recent years, omega-3 fish oil has been tied to lower heart disease and Alzheimer's risks. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2010 recommends that people swap out high-fat protein with seafood including fatty fish such as salmon, trout and tuna. The American Heart Association approves consuming fish (particularly fatty fish like salmon) twice a week, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that up to three grams of fish oil daily is "generally regarded as safe.”

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HowStuffWorks "10 ‘Healthy’ Things That Aren't" ("don't get carried away by advertising")

HowStuffWorks "10 ‘Healthy’ Things That Aren't" ("don't get carried away by advertising") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Healthy choices aren't always as healthy as we think. Read about 10 faux-healthy culprits.

If your go-to snack is a handful of pretzels and a bottled tea, which you selected as an improvement over chips and a soda, listen up: Your food isn't as healthy as you think, and you can do better. Yes, those pretzels are lower in calories than a bag of chips, but in addition to being low in fat and calories, pretzels are also low in vitamins and nutrients -- they have little nutritional value. And that tea? If it's sweetened, it may be just as bad for you when it comes to sugar as soda. For some of us, the idea we're leading an unhealthy lifestyle may come as a surprise.

Eighty percent of Americans think their fellow Americans lead an unhealthy lifestyle, although 85 percent say they live healthy [source: American Public Health Association]. Only three percent of Americans follow the steps that define a healthy lifestyle, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Those include: not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet [source: Oswald].

Here we've compiled 10 things you probably think are healthy; but as it turns out, they're not. Let's start with what's in the bread basket.

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The 7-Minute Total Workout, No Equipment Required! ("this is for me!!! no more excuses!")

The 7-Minute Total Workout, No Equipment Required! ("this is for me!!! no more excuses!") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A seven-minute total workout without gym equipment...Is that even possible?! According to scientists, it most certainly is!

The May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal published an article about the new and wonderful 7-minute workout. The best bit? It requires no gym equipment whatsoever! All you need is a chair, a wall, and your own body weight; do each exercise for 30 seconds with a 10 second rest in between.
Scientists have discovered that the best kind of workout is one that concentrates on the following 12 exercises. Even only a few minutes of high intensity exercise creates molecular changes in your muscles that are similar to those created after running or riding a bicycle for hours! The following 12 exercises that make up the miraculous seven-minute workout do require brief intervals of rest in between each however, in order for the workout to be effective. Ten seconds of rest between each high-intensity exercise is the optimal length of time.

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Ginger: A Prostate Cancer Treatment from the Kitchen Spice Rack

Ginger: A Prostate Cancer Treatment from the Kitchen Spice Rack | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Research shows that a food as simple as ginger could be the answer to preventing and even treating prostate cancer without any toxic side-effects.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and luckily it’s a slow growing cancer. By the age of 50 most men have some non-life threatening, cancerous prostate cells, although they are asymptomatic and may never know it unless they are screened. The serious trouble begins when the naively unsuspecting succumb to toxic life threatening Big Pharma interventions. But as you’ll learn soon, a food as simple as ginger could be the answer to preventing and even treating prostate cancer.

Unfortunately, early aggressive allopathic prostate cancer treatment can and does cause permanent damage including impotence, heart attacks, incontinence, and even death from a disease that is statistically unlikely to kill them.

An American study published in the British Journal of Nutrition reported: “Here, we show that whole ginger extract (GE) exerts significant growth-inhibitory and death-inductory effects in a spectrum of prostate cancer cells.”

The animal study conducted in 2011 at the Department of Biology, Georgia State University wanted to explore ginger’s use for prostate cancer based on the established anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-tumor properties of ginger.

The results were impressive, cutting tumors in half after eight weeks. They concluded that humans taking 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) of fresh ginger daily may see the same benefits.

They discovered ginger extract interrupts cancer cell progression, impairs reproduction, and induces cancer cell apoptosis (self destruction). They also discovered that ginger is non-toxic to other non-cancerous cells, even rapidly dividing cells such as gut and bone marrow tissues.

Big Pharma’s epic fail: They have nothing in its arsenal nearly as effective or safe as ginger.

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Health Recipes Fitne's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:38 AM

There are so many benefits for taking herbs in your diet and also for an alternative healing method.
Not many people know that taking some ginger extract interrupts cancer cell progression and can stop it, but please read the whole article as it is fantastic

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United States an Overfed Yet Malnourished Nation ("the malnutrition of the affluent")

United States an Overfed Yet Malnourished Nation ("the malnutrition of the affluent") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Almost 40 percent of the U.S. is fat, yet is also nutritionally-starving to death. The truth is that the U.S.is over-fed and under-nourished.

So, how exactly is it possible to be starving to death when the average American eats more than 3700 calories a day? An adequate daily caloric count for rural Chinese farmers is around 2600. For professional athletes, they might healthfully consume 3000 calories in a day, but that is with a disproportionate amount of physical activity compared to the general public. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) admits that obesity causes a plethora of disease: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some types of cancers, among them.

One problem is that even with all of this calorie consumption, people aren’t obtaining the basic nutrients their bodies crave in order to carry out its basic functions. This, in turn, leads to more eating, as the body feels ‘hunger’ as a neurological response to depleted nutritional stores.

Second, many of our agriculture practices have completely ruined the soil we grow food in, so we no longer enjoy the proper nutrients that were once provided for abundantly by just having highly fertile turf on which to plant our crops. We eat too many processed foods, and when we do eat a vegetable or fruit, it often has been grown in a mineral-depleted soil that has been improperly used since at least the 1950′s.

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lissacoffey's curator insight, August 2, 2013 1:22 AM

One problem is that even with all of this calorie consumption, people aren’t obtaining the basic nutrients their bodies crave in order to carry out its basic functions. This, in turn, leads to more eating, as the body feels ‘hunger’ as a neurological response to depleted nutritional stores.

Second, many of our agriculture practices have completely ruined the soil we grow food in, so we no longer enjoy the proper nutrients that were once provided for abundantly by just having highly fertile turf on which to plant our crops. We eat too many processed foods, and when we do eat a vegetable or fruit, it often has been grown in a mineral-depleted soil that has been improperly used since at least the 1950′s.

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193 Billion-Plus Reasons to Quit Smoking - Stop Smoking Center - Everyday Health

193 Billion-Plus Reasons to Quit Smoking - Stop Smoking Center - Everyday Health | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Despite the health risks, more than 46 million American still light up. Everyday Health gives you the cold, hard facts on smoking by the numbers.

The CDC links smoking to a laundry list of health conditions and premature deaths in United States each year. Most people know that lighting up can lead to heart disease — the leading cause of death in the country — as well as stroke, lung cancer, and respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. But smoking also plays a significant role in many other less-obvious conditions, from cataracts to skin cancer and tooth and gum decay.

Secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke, or the buildup of smoke residue on everything from furniture and walls to hair and clothes, also contribute to the problem, especially in children. A ban on smoking in cars recently proposed by the British Medical Association (BMA) reinforces the severity of smoking’s health risks on non-smokers. Passengers in the car of a smoker are likely to take in 23 times more toxins than they would at a smoky bar.

Once you’ve given up cigarettes, the positive effects on your physical andemotional health begin almost immediately — and continue for years. Your heart disease risk is halved just one year after quitting. After five years, your risk of stroke has almost disappeared. After 10 years, you’re less vulnerable to ulcers and cancer of the lungs, mouth, and throat, among others types of cancer.

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6 Natural Pain Reducing Remedies

6 Natural Pain Reducing Remedies | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Instead of popping an aspirin, try targeting pain with natural remedies. Here are 6 side-effect-free, natural pain-reducing remedies.

Instead of popping an aspirin, or taking one of the many pain medications on the market today, you can target pain with natural remedies that cause absolutely no side effects and induce no negative impact on the body. Frequent use of aspirin can cause everything from intestinal bleeding to kidney failure while Ibuprofin can cause gastrointestinal discomfort and heart problems.
So take advantage of these 6 natural pain-reducing remedies.

1. Find Some Good Company

2. Laugh It Off 

3. Eat Some Chile Peppers or Jalapenos 

4. Meditate 

5. Juice Some Ginger 

6. Spice it up with Turmeric 

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Health Benefits of Watermelon - Lose Weight, Fight Cancer, and More ("it worked for me - lost 20+lb")

Health Benefits of Watermelon - Lose Weight, Fight Cancer, and More ("it worked for me - lost 20+lb") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
The health benefits of watermelon are astounding, with the fruit shown to protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer, and help you lose weight.

Researchers used mice to mimic human biochemistry and found that a diet that included watermelon juice and fresh watermelon was highly beneficial to increasing cardiovascular health. When the study group was compared to the control group, it was determined that the citrulline in watermelon lowered dangerous levels of LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol that had been attacked by free radicals. The amount of plaque build up on arterial walls was reduced, as was the overall animal weight.

The study reported further good news when researchers discovered that mice that received the watermelon juice supplement gained 30% less weight than the control mice. 

The health benefits of watermelon don’t stop at weight loss and protection from heart disease – the fruit can also help lower your blood pressure naturally.

Earlier studies found that 4 grams of watermelon extract per day reduced systolic blood pressure but recorded no change in heart rate in adults with prehypertension and hypertension.

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When the study group was compared to the control group, it was determined that the citrulline in watermelon lowered dangerous levels of LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol that had been attacked by free radicals. The amount of plaque build up on arterial walls was reduced, as was the overall animal weight.

The study reported further good news when researchers discovered that mice that received the watermelon juice supplement gained 30% less weight than the control mice. 

The health benefits of watermelon don’t stop at weight loss and protection from heart disease – the fruit can also help lower your blood pressure naturally.

Earlier studies found that 4 grams of watermelon extract per day reduced systolic blood pressure but recorded no change in heart rate in adults with prehypertension and hypertension.

Michael Wiener's curator insight, August 11, 2013 1:58 AM

This fruit is delicious and healthful. Besides its cancer-fighting properties as mentioned here, it has also viagra effect, whch is good for those individuals who are seeking natural aphrodisiacs.

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Discovery Health "Nonfat Yogurt: Natural Weight-Loss Food" (better than taking ice cream)

Discovery Health "Nonfat Yogurt: Natural Weight-Loss Food" (better than taking ice cream) | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Nonfat yogurt is a good weight-loss food to add to a healthy-eating diet Learn about nonfat yogurt, weight-loss, and healthy eating.

Yogurt certainly has a lot to offer. As a protein source, it is complete, so it can be used as the basis for meals, substituting for high-fat meats. It provides bone-building calcium in a dose as great as that from a glass of milk but can be digested more easily when live, active bacterial cultures are present. It also features riboflavin, vitamin B12, and many minerals.

It's believed that the bacterial cultures used to make yogurt (Lactobacillus bulgaricus and L. acidophilus, L. bifidus, and Streptococcus thermophilu) carry their own health benefits. Research suggests that eating yogurt regularly helps boost immune function, warding off colds and possiblycancer. It's also thought that the friendly bacteria in yogurt help improve colon health as well as prevent and cure diarrhea. Another study has demonstrated that women plagued with chronic vaginal yeast infections found protection by eating a daily dose of bacteria-toting yogurt.

To ensure your carton is a welcome addition to your weight-loss regimen, look for three traits when choosing a yogurt carton from the supermarket cold case. First, select one that's nonfat. Second, look for yogurt that contains live, active cultures. And third, it's best to choose plain, vanilla, lemon, or any yogurt without a jamlike fruit mixture added, which adds little nutrition but lots of calories. Also, check for a "sell-by" date on the carton. Refrigerated, yogurt will keep for up to ten days past that date.

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Study Reveals Average Person Exposed to Cancerous Levels of Toxins ("poison from unexpected sources")

Study Reveals Average Person Exposed to Cancerous Levels of Toxins ("poison from unexpected sources") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A recent, frightening study indicates even the “average” person is being exposed to cancerous levels of toxins like arsenic, dioxins, and DDE.

Using dietary surveys and toxin content datasets, the scientists were able to determine an estimated toxin level and compare this to the “cancer benchmark” of each compound. (The “cancer benchmark” is a term used to describe the “exposure level that would generate one excess cancer per million people over a 70-year lifetime”, according to NaturalNews.

In both children and adults, cancer benchmarks were exceeded for dioxins, DDE, dieldrin, lead, and arsenic. Children also exceeded the cancer benchmark for the toxin chlordane. In all cases, children had greater exposure margins than adults. When it came to DDE, children exceeded the cancer benchmark level by more than 10 times. For dieldrin, arsenic, and dioxins, their exposure level was 100 times over the cancer benchmark levels.

As reported by NaturalNews, here are the top sources of these food toxins:

Arsenic: poultry, cereal, salmon, tuna, mushrooms.

DDE: dairy, potatoes, meat, freshwater fish, pizza.Dieldrin: dairy, meat, cucumber, cantaloupe, pizza.

Chlordane: dairy, cucumber, meat, popcorn, potatoes.

Dioxins: dairy, meat, potatoes, cereal, mushrooms.

Acrylamide: crackers, fried potatoes, cereal, graham crackers, chips.

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Top Children’s Vitamins Full of Aspartame, GMOs & Harmful Chemicals ("better go for fruits & veggies")

Top Children’s Vitamins Full of Aspartame, GMOs & Harmful Chemicals ("better go for fruits & veggies") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
How often are parents aware of the ingredients contained in the multivitamin that they feed their children? We often believe what we hear without ever questioning what mass marketing and media has to say about a product.

If we look at the Flintstones vitamin, (one of the top multivitamins in the United States) it contains a number of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), aspartame, aluminum, petroleum-derived artificial colours and more. All of these ingredients are not optimal for health and can be very toxic. 

I think it’s time for us to examine what we choose to feed our children. All it takes is a little investigation and stepping into our own awareness of what is going on around us. Many of us live a robotic life style, we are all here doing the same thing. We’ve been programmed to grow up, work and spend most of our hours doing just that. While we participate in a  9-5, eat sleep watch TV, participate in a number of activities for entrainment purposes type of reality, there are those working behind the scenes manipulating the consciousness of the human race. All we have to do is notice, after that we can begin making better choices in our own lives. The world is indeed waking up, something new is desired, the current Earth paradigm is one many people don’t resonate with any more. A lot of us feel that it’s time to move on, grow and explore our infinite potentiality.

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How come I'm not surprised?

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Vegetarians live longer than meat-eaters ("find out why") - Kansas City Star

Vegetarians live longer than meat-eaters ("find out why") - Kansas City Star | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Vegetarians live longer than meat-eaters Kansas City Star Here's what they discovered: The vegetarian (and mostly vegetarian) participants - people included in this group ranged from those who didn't eat any animal-based foods at all to those who...

Here's what they discovered: The vegetarian (and mostly vegetarian) participants - people included in this group ranged from those who didn't eat any animal-based foods at all to those who ate meat only once a week - were 12 percent less likely to die prematurely than those who ate meat regularly. Those in the vegetarian group were 19 percent less likely to die from heart disease, in particular, and were also less likely to die from diabetes and kidney failure. In addition, they tended to be thinner and have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Although the researchers were quick to note that the vegetarians were more likely to exercise and less likely to smoke or drink in excess, they attributed their findings largely to the participants' food choices. The researchers weren't completely sure why a plant-based diet has such a protective effect, but they speculated that it's because plant foods tend to be higher in fiber and lower in saturated fat.

And unlike meat, which contains high amounts of cholesterol, sodium, nitrates and other unhealthy ingredients, plant-based foods are cholesterol-free and contain phytochemicals and antioxidants that help combat carcinogens and other harmful substances in the body.

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Cauliflower Prevent Various Cancers: Thanks to Sulforaphane Compounds (just like broccoli")

Cauliflower Prevent Various Cancers: Thanks to Sulforaphane Compounds (just like broccoli") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Cauliflower is just one of the many cruciferous vegetables that may be able to treat cancer, according to a study coming from Rutgers University.

Cauliflower contains glucosinolates and thiocyanates — both sulfur-containing phytonutrients that cleanse the body of damaging free radicals. It also contains a substance called sulforaphane (SFN), a compound known to inhibit the occurrence of some cancers in rats caused by carcinogens, primarily colon cancer.

Even the American Cancer Society admits that more than two thirds of cancers can be prevented with lifestyle modification, and this includes diet. In this particular study, mice fed a diet high in sulforaphane, the substance naturally occurring in cauliflower and broccoli, enjoyed fewer cancerous tumors, polyps, and smaller tumors in the their colons. After three weeks, the mice fed sulforaphane had a 25% decline in tumors and those given double the dose had a 47% decrease in cancerous tumors.

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Top 10 Weirdest Home Remedies That Actually Work | iWebStreet

Top 10 Weirdest Home Remedies That Actually Work | iWebStreet | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

1. Listerine cures toenail fungus

2. Yogurt cures bad breath

3. Olive oil cures eczema

4. Sugar stops the hiccups

5. Chewing peppermint or cinnamon gum eases commuting stress

6. Duct tape cures warts

7. Biting on a pencil cures headaches

8. Vodka-soaked rug eliminates foot odor

9. Olives and lemons cure sea sickness

10. Tomatoes cure acne

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Vloasis's curator insight, July 14, 2013 9:33 PM

Although there are better uses for vodka than putting it on your feet, a couple on this list are truly neat and exceptional.

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Avocado: The Prolific Green Fruit, Vegetable, and Nut Combined ("good even for diabets")

Avocado: The Prolific Green Fruit, Vegetable, and Nut Combined ("good even for diabets") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Studies have even found avocado-eaters to be especially healthy. Here is why the health benefits of avocados are some you will not want to miss:
Avocados have enough protein in them to (almost) replace meat or cheese. This is why they are a staple food of many vegans and vegetarians.Avocados are full of 13 essential minerals that our bodies need to carry out a plethora of vital functions, from repairing red blood cells to balancing our endocrine system to preventing anemia. They contain potassium, iron, copper, magnesium, and more.The fruit is a great source of linoleic acid and oleic acid, important forms of monounsaturated fats that the body needs to keep us at a healthy body weight and improve cardiovascular health.Avocados can lower your cholesterol levels significantly and may help to regulate cravings for other, less healthy, man-made fats that convenience foods are packed with.A spoonful of avocado oil daily can help to prevent pre-mature aging. Full of both vitamins A and E, avocados help to restore smooth skin and repair aging skin.Avocados provide great energy with their high B vitamins content, containing three important B vitamins: pyridoxine (B6), pantothenic (B5) and folate.Avocados help with sluggish digestion due to their high fiber content. A long standing remedy for constipation is to mix two avocados with just one teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, then eat one spoonful at a time.  Avocados also help with colitis, ulcers, and bowel disorders.
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The Truth About Zero-Calorie Food - Weight Center - EverydayHealth.com

The Truth About Zero-Calorie Food - Weight Center - EverydayHealth.com | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
You cant magically lose weight by only eating food with so-called zero calories. Learn the role these foods play in your diet for weight loss or maintenance.

Apart from foods that have been engineered to be calorie-free, like sugar substitutes, virtually all foods contain calories. Some foods contain very few calories, and we do burn a few calories when we chew and digest the foods we eat. But the notion that eating certain foods can put us into a negative calorie balance just isn't true.

Although these food choices with supposed "zero calories" aren't going to put you into a negative calorie balance, there are other great benefits to eating them. "They are all fruits and vegetables, so they are great foods to incorporate into your diet," says Lummus.

These foods are also high in fiber and pack a hefty nutrition punch. Fruits and vegetables tend to be "nutrient-dense," meaning that they contain relatively few calories in comparison to their high level of nutrients.

What's more, they can help you lose weight. Fruits and vegetables can be just as filling as higher-calorie foods, but with far fewer calories and often a lot more bulk.


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Ditch the Toxic Sunscreen; Use Coconut Oil Instead ("you can even ingest it for better health")

Ditch the Toxic Sunscreen; Use Coconut Oil Instead ("you can even ingest it for better health") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Coconut oil is an awesome natural alternative to toxic sunscreens - it has an SPF of 10, is completely natural, and doesn't contain any harmful ingredients.

That’s right, the same extra virgin coconut oil found in your kitchen pantry will do the trick to protect your skin – minus the toxicity from health-compromising ingredients. Coconut oil has been used as an effective sunscreen for thousands of years by indigenous, pacific islanders. Why slather toxic chemicals on your body when you can use non toxic coconut oil instead?
Sunlight is by far the optimal way to produce your vitamin D. Blocking UVB rays may inadvertently be increasing your cancer risk by blocking vitamin D absorption. Plus, sunscreen causes cancer through carcinogenic ingredients.
Coconut oil has an SPF of 10 which means 90% of beneficial vitamin D creating UBV rays are blocked.

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Childhood Obesity Determined Not by Genes or Laziness, but Environment

Childhood Obesity Determined Not by Genes or Laziness, but Environment | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Three new studies appearing in the journal Pediatrics confirm that environment has more impact on childhood obesity levels than genetics and laziness.
It isn’t just one factor contributing to the obesity rates of the nation, there are multiple reasons – all environmental, by nature. Everything from plate size for portion control (taking away the term ‘super-sizing’ along with the portions that go with it) to observing adults eating too much are proven to contribute to obesity rates in the most recent studies. We are a product of our environment – children especially. Our kids are learning from our own poor choices when it comes to nutrition and proper weight, but the good news is that as we prove to be better living examples of health and stewards of the land and food supply, our children will follow.
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Video: Fast Food Burgers Oozing With Parasites and Ammonia ("Meat was found at 2.1% to 14.8% only")

Video: Fast Food Burgers Oozing With Parasites and Ammonia ("Meat was found at 2.1% to 14.8% only") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A recent analysis into several different fast food hamburgers found relatively little meat, and a whole host of other “stuff”.

The burgers, from 8 different fast food establishments, were analyzed by weight and then microscopically for tissue types.

Their analysis found that water constituted about half of the weight of the burgers, with water content ranging from 37.7% to 62.4%, with an average of 49%. Meat, what you’d expect to make up the majority of the burgers, was found to be as low as 2.1% in some cases, to the maximum of 14.8% in others.

If you think that those providing the least meat did so to cut costs and deliver savings to you, you’d be wrong. The researchers found that the cost per gram of hamburger ranged from $0.02 to $0.16 and was not related to the meat content of the burger. In other words, the cost was likely related to what was on the burger, the packaging, the fast-food company’s greed, or the name on the greasy bag.

In addition to a whole lot of water and a little meat (muscle tissue), the burgers contained connective tissue, blood vessels, peripheral nerves, adipose tissue, plant materials, bone, and cartilage. In other words, the burgers were a slew of animal parts with only brain tissue missing.

In two of the studied hamburgers, intracellular (Sarcocystis) parasites were found. Also present, ammonia—used in sterilizing the meat and creating what is known as “pink slime.”


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