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4 Reasons to Start Adding Cucumbers to Your Juices and Smoothies ("diabetic friendly")

4 Reasons to Start Adding Cucumbers to Your Juices and Smoothies ("diabetic friendly") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Cucumbers are great health-boosting natural foods. Here are 4 healthy reasons you should have a good source of cucumbers all the time.

1. Cucumbers contain high water content, aiding in natural hydration. This makes them an excellent addition to smoothies because you have to add less liquid. Inside this “water” are a host of beneficial compounds including those with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

2. Further adding to the health benefits of cucumbers, these vegetables may even be able to fight and prevent cancer. Numerous studies (pdf) have linked cucumbers with anti-cancer benefits. This is thought to be due to the presence of lignans including lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol, according to NaturalNews.

3. Because cucumbers are a good source of silica, they are good for joints and connective tissue. This paired with their anti-inflammatory properties make them a great choice for people who suffer from arthritis or aching joints.

4. Cucumbers also contain a hormone that helps regulate insulin, making the green veggie a good option for diabetics, whose pancreas doesn’t function to produce insulin normally.

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3-month-old baby dies after vaccination in Lapu-Lapu ("we cannot pretend to be in control of diseases thru blended vaccines")

3-month-old baby dies after vaccination in Lapu-Lapu ("we cannot pretend to be in control of diseases thru blended vaccines") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

PARENTS are calling for an investigation on the death of their 3-month-old baby who died after getting pentavalent vaccine at a health center in Sitio Abuno, Barangay Pajac in Lapu-Lapu City. The baby, Ghir Vaughn McReign Igoy, was immunized last Wednesday, November 8. Igoy's mother, Gian Millicent, said that a certain midwife Grace Mailingin was the one who injected the pentavalent vaccine on her son.

According to the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), pentavalent vaccine "is a combination of five vaccines in one: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenza type b (the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and otitis)." 

Gian Millicent and Riel Igoy, the baby's grandfather, are asking for an investigation on the incident. “For my Beloved Grandson... gusto lng nko mapa imbstigahan ang nag immunize sa ako apo nga 3 months old pa lang dha sa ABUNO HEALTH CENTER sa Brgy. Pajac last Wednesday (Nov. 8, 2017).

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This is what may happen when 5 vaccines are blended into one. We may never know what killed this baby.
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Doing This for 30 Minutes a Day Can Help You Live Longer ("walking can be anywhere; wear comfy shoes")

Doing This for 30 Minutes a Day Can Help You Live Longer ("walking can be anywhere; wear comfy shoes") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

People who met the minimum recommendation for physical activity were 20 percent less likely to die during the follow-up period.

Whether people achieved their 150 minutes a week of physical activity through only walking or through other activities didn’t seem to matter; both groups reaped similar longevity benefits. In the walking-only group, those who walked the most were better protected against death from respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer than those who walked the least. 

This wasn’t surprising to the researchers, because walking has previously been associated with a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and breast and colon cancers. But Patel was a bit surprised that the people who only walked got almost as much benefit as those who got other types of exercise as well.

Only half of U.S. adults—and even fewer adults 65 and older—meet the recommended guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. For those people, Patel says, simply aiming to meet that threshold could have real implications on longevity.

The average pace people in the study walked at was 3 miles per hour, or a 20-minute mile. “It’s faster than you’d walk in the grocery store, and it’s enough to get your heart rate up a little bit, but it’s not like they were power walking or jogging,” says Patel. “Walking is the most common type of physical activity that people engage in in the United States, so I was very, very happy to see these results.”

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"Whether people achieved their 150 minutes a week of physical activity through only walking or through other activities didn’t seem to matter; both groups reaped similar longevity benefits. In the walking-only group, those who walked the most were better protected against death from respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer than those who walked the least. 
"This wasn’t surprising to the researchers, because walking has previously been associated with a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and breast and colon cancers. But Patel was a bit surprised that the people who only walked got almost as much benefit as those who got other types of exercise as well."
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3 Nutrients You Should Add To Your Diet (vitamins B, D & magnesium are easy to get from daily meals")

3 Nutrients You Should Add To Your Diet (vitamins B, D & magnesium are easy to get from daily meals") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Even generally healthy eaters can miss out on critical vitamins and minerals that the body needs to stay in fine tune.

Here, three nutrients that keep everything from your brain to your immune system humming—plus easy ways to make sure you get them, courtesy of Health’s contributing nutrition editor, registered dietitian Cynthia Sass.


B vitamins 

They boost your brainpower and protect your heart 

Of the eight B vitamins, B12 and folate are the most famous. B12 helps your body convert food into energy, and you need it to make the insulation, called myelin, that covers your nerves and helps neurons in the brain communicate with one another. B12 deficiency has been linked to cognitive issues like memory loss, confusion, and depression.


Vitamin D 

It's good for your bones and your immune system 

Scientists don’t agree on exactly how much D people truly need. But plenty of science shows it’s crucial for a healthy body. One of the nutrient’s most important functions is improving your ability to absorb calcium, which helps build strong bones. Vitamin D is also key when it comes to regulating your immune function. There is some evidence linking low levels of D to the development of autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.


Magnesium 

It helps you snooze and eases pain 

Lately it seems every insomniac is popping magnesium like crazy. While it won’t knock you out the way a sleeping pill might, the nutrient has been shown to help muscles relax and is also popular among athletes for soothing achy muscles, says Blatner. And magnesium, which may help quiet areas of the brain that keep us awake, could have a calming effect, helping to relieve mild anxiety that keeps you up at night. There’s also evidence that magnesium may ward off migraines.

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Are you aware of what you are missing without vitamins B, D and magnesium? Actually, they can be found in healthy eating. Check out this article.

"Even if you watch what you eat (most of the time), generally healthy eaters can still miss out on critical vitamins and minerals that the body needs to stay in fine tune, says Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, author of Eat Clean, Stay Lean. Here, three nutrients that keep everything from your brain to your immune system humming—plus easy ways to make sure you get them, courtesy of Health’s contributing nutrition editor, registered dietitian Cynthia Sass."
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Diet and Exercise Tips for Type-2 Diabetes ("back to basics may work if you have discipline")

Diet and Exercise Tips for Type-2 Diabetes ("back to basics may work if you have discipline") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Diabetes is considered to be the next pandemic and is spreading at a rampant pace. Diabetes is disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood. This condition can’t be treated but only be controlled. If left uncontrolled for long periods of time, the high blood sugar levels can damage the tiny blood vessels that supply blood to the the eyes, kidneys and nerves. This in turn leads to permanent damage to those organs.
The best way to manage the disease is strict Diet control, regular physical exercise and if required Hypoglycaemic drugs (drugs that bring your blood sugar down). Hypoglycaemic drugs usually are not prescribed in the initial 3 months of diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus. The idea here is to attempt to control disease with diet restrictions and regular physical exercise. The way to monitor the control of blood sugar levels over the long term is through Glycosylated Haemoglobin levels (Hb1AC). 
Diet tips in Diabetes Mellitus 
1. Have shorter and frequent meals at regular intervals. 
2. Strictly follow a diet chart which includes low carbohydrates, low fat, and limited amount of protein. 
3. Have lots of vegetable salads before every meal to fill your stomach and satisfy your hunger. 
4. Avoid food items which have high glycaemic index like sugar candies, rice, sweet corn etc. 
5. Avoid consumption of alcohol and smoking.

Any exercise which helps in burning the calories will help.
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There is still hope with diabets who exercise discipline. 

Diet tips in Diabetes Mellitus 
1. Have shorter and frequent meals at regular intervals. 
2. Strictly follow a diet chart which includes low carbohydrates, low fat, and limited amount of protein. 
3. Have lots of vegetable salads before every meal to fill your stomach and satisfy your hunger. 
4. Avoid food items which have high glycaemic index like sugar candies, rice, sweet corn etc. 
5. Avoid consumption of alcohol and smoking.
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Bisikletang gawa sa kawayan, may hatid na benepisyo sa komunidad ("bambikes make good green sense")

Bisikletang gawa sa kawayan, may hatid na benepisyo sa komunidad ("bambikes make good green sense") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Bukod sa pagtulong sa kalikasan, maraming Pinoy din ang nabibigyan ng trabaho dahil sa bamboo bikes.

Kilala nang paraan ng pag-eehersisyo ang pagbibisikleta. Pero sa Iloilo, may espesyal na bisikletang may hatid na benepisyo hindi lang sa kalusugan, kundi maging sa kalikasan at komunidad. 

Tampok sa Iloilo ang "bambikes" o bisikletang gawa sa kawayan. Simple lamang ang disenyo nito, ngunit ipinagmamalaking matibay. 

Binuo ni Brian McClelland noong 2010 ang bambikes — o bamboo bikes — at unang ipinasada sa Iloilo City na kilalang bike-friendly na siyudad. 

Bukod sa pagtulong sa kalikasan, maraming Pinoy din ang nabibigyan ng trabaho dahil sa bamboo bikes. 

“May actual full-time job plus mayro’n ding sustainable livelihood fund, meaning, for every bike sold, for every bike tour taken, may percentage na pabalik sa komunidad,” ayon kay McClelland. 

Nakatutulong din ito sa pamamagitan ng iba't ibang sinusuportahang community-based programs. 

Dahil sa magagandang feedback, pursigido ngayon si McClelland na palawakin ang produksyon ng bambikes.

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Bamboo bikes or "bambikes" are both green and sustainable, and lightweight.

"Tampok sa Iloilo ang "bambikes" o bisikletang gawa sa kawayan. Simple lamang ang disenyo nito, ngunit ipinagmamalaking matibay.
"Binuo ni Brian McClelland noong 2010 ang bambikes — o bamboo bikes — at unang ipinasada sa Iloilo City na kilalang bike-friendly na siyudad."
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You Asked: Should I Worry About Wi-Fi Radiation? ("threats still theoretical, just maintain distance")

You Asked: Should I Worry About Wi-Fi Radiation? ("threats still theoretical, just maintain distance") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Researchers have spent years looking for health risks tied to the types of radio waves wireless networks emit. They’ve yet to find any.

Asked for specifics, Foster says it helps to understand how Wi-Fi works. While most people assume their wireless router is constantly sending and receiving information, Foster says these devices actually transmit just 0.1% of the time. “Maybe that goes up somewhat if you’re streaming video,” he says, “but most of the time your router is just sitting idly waiting for something to happen.”

Also, every inch you put between yourself and your Wi-Fi router significantly lowers the strength of the radiation your body encounters. “Put it this way,” Foster says. “During a call, your mobile phone is transmitting steadily at a strength maybe 100 times more powerful than Wi-Fi, and you’re holding the phone right against your head, and we still don’t find any health issues with that level of exposure.”

The World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have classified mobile phones as a “possible carcinogen,” which means there’s currently not enough research to say whether either causes cancer.

Moskowitz doesn’t disagree with Moulder. But he says the amount of radio wave radiation people—and especially children—are exposed to today is different, and this raises new concerns. When it comes to our long-term, cumulative exposures to all our wireless networks and gadgets, “we’re basically flying blind,” he says.

Of course, trying to avoid radio wave exposure is more or less impossible if you live in modern society. Moskowitz advises keeping wireless devices away from your body and turning off wireless networks when they're not in use. While any health risks are still theoretical, “I think trying to minimize exposure is the best advice at this point,” Moskowitz adds.

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Anything in excess has possible negative effects, although there are no conclusive studies yet. In the meantime, do not be paranoid; just apply precautions in the use of your wifi gadgets.

"Of course, trying to avoid radio wave exposure is more or less impossible if you live in modern society. Moskowitz advises keeping wireless devices away from your body and turning off wireless networks when they're not in use. While any health risks are still theoretical, “I think trying to minimize exposure is the best advice at this point,” Moskowitz adds."
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5 Ways to Stop Your Phone Addiction, According to Research ("phone addicts need quick rehab or else")

5 Ways to Stop Your Phone Addiction, According to Research ("phone addicts need quick rehab or else") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

People average 3 hours a day on their phones. In the pre-smartphone era that number was just 18 minutes.

How long do you think the average work email goes unread? 10 minutes? 5 minutes? 1 minute? 

Try 6 seconds.

Yes, Houston, we have a problem. Instead of improving our lives, technology is increasingly getting in the way of enjoying our lives. And the biggest source of trouble is that device that’s with you wherever you go. I figured it was time to call an expert for some advice…

Some might say that they’re not addicted to technology — they just enjoy it. But those same people probably say things like, “I wish I had more time to do the things I love.” As Thoreau once said, “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” 

Well, people average 3 hours a day on their phones. In the pre-smartphone era that number was just 18 minutes. And what happens when you ask young adults if they’d rather have a broken bone or a broken phone? Here’s Adam: 

There’s a study that was done asking people, mainly young adults, to make a decision: if you had to break a bone or break your phone what would you prefer? Forty-six percent of people would prefer to have a broken bone than a broken phone. But even for the fifty-four percent of people who say they’d prefer to have a broken phone, it wasn’t a snap decision. They agonized over it.

Bert Guevara's insight:
What can you do about your phone addiction? First is to admit it! Then what?

"Here’s how to stop checking your phone: 
1. “Don’t” say “Can’t”: You can always check your phone. But decide to be the kind of person who doesn’t. 
2. Proximity is destiny: Put your phone across the room and laziness becomes a superpower. 
3. Use a “stopping rule”: Leaving the house with your phone at 5% battery is extreme… but it’ll work. 
4. You don’t break habits. You replace them: Good apps up front. Evil apps must be downloaded. 
5. Dr. Jekyll, prepare for Mr. Hyde: Give your phone to a friend before you drink so the werewolf can’t drunk-text exes.
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9 Causes of Leg Cramps—and How To Stop Them ("know the causes and decide to adopt lifestyle changes")

9 Causes of Leg Cramps—and How To Stop Them ("know the causes and decide to adopt lifestyle changes") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

We asked experts to explain what causes leg cramps and how you can avoid them in the future

What are leg cramps? 

If you haven't already, you will probably experience leg cramps at some point in your life. They can hit at the worst possible moments; whether you're lying in bed at night or taking a run on the treadmill, that sharp stabbing pain can feel totally debilitating. If leg cramps, also called charley horses, persist, they can become even more irritating, perhaps knocking you off your typical exercise or sleep routine. 

A leg cramp is a sharp, sudden contraction or tightening of the muscle in the calf, which usually lasts a few seconds to a few minutes. If a cramp does hit, you can ease it in the moment by stretching the muscle gently. To find a long-term solution to leg cramps, however, you might need to take a closer look at their many potential causes. 

To keep leg cramps at bay, make sure you're nourishing your body and getting enough rest. You'll also want to rule out any underlying issues that could be contributing to leg cramping, such as peripheral artery disease or thyroid issues. See a doctor when cramps prevent you from exercising, or if they seem to happen spontaneously without a trigger. 

Here, experts weigh in on the major reasons you might be experiencing leg cramps, so you can keep those muscles free of charley horses for good.


1. Dehydration 2. Mineral deficiency 3. Pregnancy 4. Overuse 5. Exercise intensity 6. Fatigue 7. Sitting or standing 8. Medications 9. Medical conditions


Bert Guevara's insight:
Leg cramps can become really painful and no one wants to suffer regularly from them. First step is to check the WHY and later decide on the HOW TO. Read the article to know more.

1. Dehydration 
2. Mineral deficiency 
3. Pregnancy 
4. Overuse 
5. Exercise intensity 
6. Fatigue 
7. Sitting or standing 
8. Medications 
9. Medical conditions
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Why Cauliflower Is the New 'It' Vegetable ("substitute for white rice and glutten-filled grains")

Why Cauliflower Is the New 'It' Vegetable ("substitute for white rice and glutten-filled grains") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

No longer a boring side dish, cauliflower is seeing a surge in popularity, driven by the desire for alternatives to gluten-filled grains

Driven by carbo-adverse consumers' desire for a healthy alternative to white rice and gluten-filled grains, demand for cauliflower has grown steadily over the past few years.

Last summer, Whole Foods introduced a 365-branded cauliflower rice to its freezer section. It now ranks at No. 4 in the store's top 10 frozen vegetables, a list that previously was limited to mainstays like broccoli, peas and spinach, says Jenna Layden, senior buyer for the private label brand at Whole Foods. Cauliflower rice is so popular at Trader Joe's that the grocery chain recently began enforcing a two-bag limit per customer, rationing it so that there's enough to go around. When manufacturer B&G acquired Green Giant in 2015, the company immediately expanded its cauliflower line to include three types of cauliflower rice, increasing the amount of the vegetable harvested every week from 5 acres to 35 acres, according to Green Giant VP and general manager Jordan Greenberg.

The versatility of cauliflower has boosted its popularity. It can be mashed and buttered like potatoes, sautéed in spices for a curry or tossed in buffalo sauce and fried to make meatless chicken wings. The more home cooks learn about the creative ways they can prepare cauliflower, the more we're seeing it on the dinner plate — in a phenomenon similar to Brussels sprouts' growth about four years ago, says Michael Solmonov, the chef at Zahav, an Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia.

Bert Guevara's insight:
When was the last time you had cauliflower? Check out it's now popularity.

"Driven by carbo-adverse consumers' desire for a healthy alternative to white rice and gluten-filled grains, demand for cauliflower has grown steadily over the past few years.
"The versatility of cauliflower has boosted its popularity. It can be mashed and buttered like potatoes, sautéed in spices for a curry or tossed in buffalo sauce and fried to make meatless chicken wings. The more home cooks learn about the creative ways they can prepare cauliflower, the more we're seeing it on the dinner plate — in a phenomenon similar to Brussels sprouts' growth about four years ago, says Michael Solmonov, the chef at Zahav, an Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia."
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Your morning cup of tea could help keep dementia away ("it's not only coffee; tea is new brain brew")

Your morning cup of tea could help keep dementia away ("it's not only coffee; tea is new brain brew") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Drinking tea reduces the risk of cognitive impairment by 50 percent—and as much as 86 percent for older adults who have a genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease—a study of 957 Chinese seniors 55 and older shows.

“While the study was conducted on Chinese elderly, the results could apply to other races as well. Our findings have important implications for dementia prevention. Despite high quality drug trials, effective pharmacological therapy for neurocognitive disorders such as dementia remains elusive and current prevention strategies are far from satisfactory,” says Feng Lei, assistant professor of psychological medicine at the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. 

“Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. The data from our study suggests that a simple and inexpensive lifestyle measure such as daily tea drinking can reduce a person’s risk of developing neurocognitive disorders in late life.”

For the study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, older adults provided information on the amount of tea they drank from 2003 to 2005. The researchers assessed them on cognitive function every two years until 2010. They also collected data on lifestyle, medical conditions, and physical and social activity.

Long-term benefits are due to the bioactive compounds in the leaves, such as catechins, theaflavins, thearubigins and L-theanine, Feng says.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Even if the findings are still new, it won't hurt to start the healthy habit of drinking tea during breakfast. This is great for people who find coffee too strong.

Long-term benefits are due to the bioactive compounds in the leaves, such as catechins, theaflavins, thearubigins and L-theanine, Feng says. 
“These compounds exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potential and other bioactive properties that may protect the brain from vascular damage and neurodegeneration. Our understanding of the detailed biological mechanisms is still very limited so we do need more research to find out definitive answers.”
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The Surprising Benefit of Eating Fish ("are you having problems with arthritis? try some fish")

The Surprising Benefit of Eating Fish ("are you having problems with arthritis? try some fish") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Eating fish twice a week may ease the aches and pains of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study.

People with RA who ate fish at least twice a week reported less joint swelling and tenderness than those who rarely or never did—and the findings suggest that the more fish they ate, the less active their disease. 

The study involved 176 people with RA who answered questions about their diet over the past year. Specifically, the authors looked at responses to questions about how often people ate tuna, salmon, sardines and other fish prepared raw, broiled, steamed or baked. 

They did not look at how often people ate fried fish, shellfish or fish in mixed dishes (like shrimp stir-fry, for example), because these meals tend to be lower in omega-3 fatty acids—a type of fat with anti-inflammatory properties. Previous studies have shown that taking fish-oil supplements (which are rich in omega-3s) may benefit people with RA, but this is among the first studies to look at the consumption of actual fish.

The researchers also looked at the patients’ disease-activity scores, a measure that takes into account the number of swollen and tender joints they have, as well as a blood marker of inflammation. 

Disease-activity scores were an average of half a point lower for people who ate the most fish (twice a week or more) compared to those who ate the least (once a month or never). This was found after researchers adjusted for a number of factors that may otherwise affect the results, including age, sex, body mass index, depression, marital status, medication use and fish-oil consumption.

Bert Guevara's insight:
If you are looking for a dietary solution to arthritis, you have to start liking tuna, salmon, sardines and other fish prepared raw, broiled, steamed or baked.

"Disease-activity scores were an average of half a point lower for people who ate the most fish (twice a week or more) compared to those who ate the least (once a month or never). This was found after researchers adjusted for a number of factors that may otherwise affect the results, including age, sex, body mass index, depression, marital status, medication use and fish-oil consumption.
"The study also suggests that people don’t have to eat fish twice a week to get some benefit, and they don’t have to stop at twice a week, either. Each serving of fish per week was linked to lower disease activity."
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Ketogenic Diet May Be Key to Cancer Recovery ("this preventive dietary approach to cancer may work")

Ketogenic Diet May Be Key to Cancer Recovery ("this preventive dietary approach to cancer may work") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The premise is that since cancer cells need glucose to thrive, and carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body, then cutting out carbs literally starves the cancer cells. Additionally, low protein intake tends to minimize the mTOR pathway, which accelerates cell proliferation.

This type of diet, in which you replace carbs with moderate amounts of high quality protein and high amounts of beneficial fat, is what I recommend for everyone, whether you have cancer or not. It’s simply a diet that will help optimize your weight and health overall, as eating this way will help you convert from carb burning mode to fat burning.

Current conventional cancer treatment typically involves chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Chemotherapy is a cytotoxic poison, and radiation is devastating to the human body. More often than not, the treatment is what eventually kills the patient. This can no longer be accepted as “the best we can do.”

CBN News recently published an article on the ketogenic diet.2 Clearly, many people are realizing that what we have been doing in terms of fighting cancer is simply not working, and we cannot afford to continue in the same way. Prevention must be addressed if we ever want to turn the tide on the growing incidence of cancer across all age groups. But even more astounding, in terms of treatment, is that cancer may respond to diet alone.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Ever heard of KETOGENIC diet? This may be a more pleasant way to fight cancer. Find out what it is all about.

"Clearly, many people are realizing that what we have been doing in terms of fighting cancer is simply not working, and we cannot afford to continue in the same way. Prevention must be addressed if we ever want to turn the tide on the growing incidence of cancer across all age groups. But even more astounding, in terms of treatment, is that cancer may respond to diet alone."
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Eating Eggs and Dairy Makes Kids Grow Faster (better "length-for-age; weight-for-length; BMI")

Eating Eggs and Dairy Makes Kids Grow Faster (better "length-for-age; weight-for-length; BMI") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

New studies found that eggs and cow's milk can help spur child growth at an early age.

Feeding eggs to children as young as six months can help them grow and reduce stunting, according to a recent study published in Pediatrics. What’s more, giving kids eggs at such a young age did not seem to increase the risk of allergic reactions, adding to similar findings from other recent research. In the study, no allergy symptoms were reported by caregivers.

At the end of the trial, the toddlers in the egg group were 47% less likely to have stunted growth, and 74% less likely to be underweight for their age, compared to those who were not fed eggs on a daily basis. Length-for-age, weight-for-length, and body mass index (BMI) percentiles also increased significantly for children in the egg group versus the control group.

Iannotti says that eggs can be an easy way to help children grow and gain weight in poor and undeveloped countries, since they’re widely available, cost less than meat or fish, and can be easily stored and transported. They’re also high in choline, a nutrient that’s important for growth, and amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

“Eggs have been part of the Homo sapien diet for a long time, so we may even be genetically disposed to absorbing nutrients from them more efficiently.”

The researchers also found another benefit of an egg-heavy diet: When kids ate an egg a day, they ate fewer sugar-sweetened foods than those in the control group. “We don’t know if the kids were full and didn’t eat as much sugar, or if the parents were feeding them less,” Iannotti says. “But whatever the reason, it was a positive finding.”

Bert Guevara's insight:
More points in favor of eggs and dairy for children. 

"Feeding eggs to children as young as six months can help them grow and reduce stunting, according to a recent study published in Pediatrics. What’s more, giving kids eggs at such a young age did not seem to increase the risk of allergic reactions, adding to similar findings from other recent research. In the study, no allergy symptoms were reported by caregivers."
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If You Think 120/80 Blood Pressure is Normal, You Are Wrong ("there is an european standard too")

If You Think 120/80 Blood Pressure is Normal, You Are Wrong ("there is an european standard too") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Many people all around the world think that 120 over 80 is a normal blood pressure, That is the standard according to the American Heart Association (AHA). But European heart experts are suggesting something different here. European experts conducted a study and released their findings in 2013.

European Society of Cardiology (ESC) issued new guidelines, according to which the normal pressure to 140 systolic (the top number in a blood pressure measurement) and 90 diastolic (bottom number). So According to ESC, the new standard for normal Blood Pressure Stands at 140/90. 

This does not apply to people with diabetes, in which the limit is 130 over 80, as in the older population.

Previously was thought that if someone’s blood pressure is 139 over 89 that that person is already in hypertensive condition and that this person needs to take meds immediately in order to avoid increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Blood pressure generally considered to be low when either systolic blood pressure is less than 90 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure is less than 60 mmHg, but if your blood pressure is severely low — less than 80/50 mmHg — or you experience a sudden drop in blood pressure, consult your health care provider.

If you have low blood pressure and do not have any worrisome symptoms, such as dizziness, headaches, or an abnormal heart rate, it is probably not a concern. 

Knowing your blood pressure is an important part of health management since undiagnosed hypertension puts you at risk for a variety of other conditions.

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Don't panic right away when your BP goes beyond 120/80. 

"European Society of Cardiology (ESC) issued new guidelines, according to which the normal pressure to 140 systolic (the top number in a blood pressure measurement) and 90 diastolic (bottom number). So According to ESC, the new standard for normal Blood Pressure Stands at 140/90.
"This does not apply to people with diabetes, in which the limit is 130 over 80, as in the older population."
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Does the world really need "diet" avocados? ("maybe they misunderstood the healthy fat in the fruit")

Does the world really need "diet" avocados? ("maybe they misunderstood the healthy fat in the fruit") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A Spanish company just announced a low-fat version of the fruit, but some experts question if it's really necessary.

A Spanish company has been making headlines this week after announcing that it will be launching reduced-fat avocados later this month. 

According to Isla Bonita's website, the "Avocado Light" will contain 30 percent less fat than regular avocados. 

The company claims the product is 100 percent natural and "cultivated in very specific climates" in Latin America. 

It also says the fruit ripens faster, oxidizes slower (meaning it won't turn brown as quickly when sliced), and will be produced year-round, though at this time it will only be available for purchase in Spain. 

The Food and Health Program of the Spanish Heart Foundation has given the Avocado Light its seal of approval as a product with reduced fat content. 

But does the world need a low-fat version of the much beloved avocado?

Generally lauded as a"super-food," avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that may help lower LDL cholesterol levels – often referred to as the "bad" kind of cholesterol. 

"Avocados are also a good source of fiber, and this combined with its healthy fat helps stabilize blood sugar levels and promotes satiety after meals," Kelly Hogan, a registered dietitian and clinical nutrition and wellness manager at the Mount Sinai Dubin Breast Center, told CBS News. "They also contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, and consuming it with other plants helps our body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) found in various foods."

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Take it from me; avocado is good with all its natural fat. I don't need a low-fat avocado!

"Generally lauded as a"super-food," avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that may help lower LDL cholesterol levels – often referred to as the "bad" kind of cholesterol. 
"Avocados are also a good source of fiber, and this combined with its healthy fat helps stabilize blood sugar levels and promotes satiety after meals," Kelly Hogan, a registered dietitian and clinical nutrition and wellness manager at the Mount Sinai Dubin Breast Center, told CBS News. "They also contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, and consuming it with other plants helps our body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) found in various foods."
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How to Make Natural Viagra Using Watermelon Juice ("works for both genders, in case you need it")

How to Make Natural Viagra Using Watermelon Juice ("works for both genders, in case you need it") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

This homemade natural Viagra is perfectly safe and brings positive effects in men of all ages. Women should feel free to use it.

Viagra is a very powerful drug for men that increases sexual performance and “masculinity”, but only a handful of people know that you can prepare a similar drug with even better effects at home! 

This homemade Viagra contains ingredients that are powerful aphrodisiacs and can be found in any grocery store. Here’s how to prepare it:

Ingredients for Natural Viagra 

- Watermelon 

- Lemon juice


Preparation

Begin with cutting the watermelon into small pieces, remove the seeds and then mash them in a blender to get about 1 liter of watermelon juice. Also, make sure you also blend the white lining of the watermelon shell as it is rich concentrated citrulline.

When done, pour the juice into a pot and boil it for a few minutes, then add the lemon juice. Continue boiling until the amount of the mixture reduces to a half. 

Let the mixture to cool down for an hour, then store it in a clean glass bottle and put in the fridge. Drink any amount from 2 tablespoons to 1/3 of a cup of this amazing drink in the morning on an empty stomach and in the evening as well. Consuming it regularly will improve your potency and sexual performance soon. The drink is safe to be consumed by people of all ages and both sexes.

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"Viagra is a very powerful drug for men that increases sexual performance and “masculinity”, but only a handful of people know that you can prepare a similar drug with even better effects at home! 
"This homemade Viagra contains ingredients that are powerful aphrodisiacs and can be found in any grocery store. Here’s how to prepare it: ..." (read article on Scoop.it)
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Third-hand smoke in furniture and clothes damages mouse organs ("more reasons to regulate smoking")

Third-hand smoke in furniture and clothes damages mouse organs ("more reasons to regulate smoking") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Exposure to smoke residue increases rodents’ stress hormones and puts them at higher risk of diabetes, as well as harming their livers and brains.

Exposure to “third-hand smoke” – residue left behind on carpets, clothing and furniture – appears to increase the risk of liver damage and diabetes in mice. 

Residues of cigarette smoke cause a cocktail of toxins to accumulate on surfaces and clothes. Such toxins are thought to resist removal by industrial cleaners. 

To investigate the potential health risks of third-hand smoke, Manuela Martins-Green at the University of California, Riverside, and her team exposed curtains, upholstery and carpets to levels of smoke similar to those found by the US Environmental Protection Agency in smokers’ homes. 

They then exposed caged mice to segments of these fabrics for up to six months, taking brain, liver and blood samples at various intervals. 

After one month, these mice experienced around a 50 per cent increase in inflammatory molecules in their blood and liver compared with control mice who weren’t exposed to the fabrics. 

Two months in, the team saw increased cell damage in the rodents’ liver and brain. At four months, cortisol levels had increased by 45 per cent compared with the controls. High cortisol levels have been linked to weight gain and a weakened immune system. 

At four months, mice exposed to the smoky fabrics saw a 30 per cent rise in the levels of fasting blood glucose and insulin – both measures put the mice at increased risk of diabetes. These levels were even higher at the six-month mark.

Bert Guevara's insight:
BEWARE OF THIRD-HAND SMOKE! 
The dangers of cigarette smoking are further enhanced, although not conclusively yet. Anyhow, this article serves as a precaution.

"Martins-Green believes third-hand smoke is just as dangerous as first and second-hand smoke. She warns parents against assuming that only smoking in their child’s absence, or only smoking outdoors, protects their kids from the smoke’s harmful effects. “Cotton shirts are a terrible sink,” she says. “A parent goes outside to smoke, but then crawls into bed and reads a book to their kid.” 
"Children are especially vulnerable to third-hand smoke because they breathe faster than adults and are in closer contact with household surfaces, says Jonathan Winickoff at Massachusetts General Hospital, whose team coined the term “third-hand smoke”. He says that their effective doses may be 20 times higher than adults’."
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8 Dirty Things in Your Life ("from smartphone to steering wheel, from money to toothbrush, be aware")

8 Dirty Things in Your Life ("from smartphone to steering wheel, from money to toothbrush, be aware") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

From your smartphone to your steering wheel, the items you touch on a daily basis get pretty gross. Here's how to get them squeaky clean

SMARTPHONE

Harboring ten times more bacteria than the average toilet, your smartphone is a technological petri dish.

EARBUDS

When these guys get dirty enough, they can even cause ear infections. And we know you’re a nice person, but we recommend keeping these to your ears only.

COMPUTER KEYBOARD AND MOUSE

Stop reading and look down at your keyboard. See any crumbs? Your computer keyboard and mouse can carry five times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

YOGA MAT

Don’t think too hard about how dirty your yoga mat gets—hands, feet, dust, dirt, sweat. Gross.

CAR STEERING WHEEL AND GEAR SHIFT

You wash the outside of your car regularly, but we bet you don’t pay as much attention to the inside.

TOOTHBRUSH

Bacteria is having a heyday on your damp toothbrush. Germs in your bathroom can stay airborne for at least a few hours. Shudder.

REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS

You’re doing your part for the environment, but did you ever guess that these might be carrying more fecal matter than your underwear? And at least you wash them.

MONEY

Dollar bills. Gross.

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These 8 dirty things look so innocent until you realize the truth.

"From your smartphone to your steering wheel, the items you touch on a daily basis get pretty gross. Here's how to get them squeaky clean.
"No doubt you’ve read up on the seven dirtiest places in your house. But now it’s time to turn your attention to the things you touch every day, like your smartphone, computer keyboard and/or yoga mat. And guess what? They’re pretty gross."
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The Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diet Debate Has a New Answer ("there is much to learn about fats and carbs")

The Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diet Debate Has a New Answer ("there is much to learn about fats and carbs") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A study comparing the health effects of low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets leads researchers to say the focus on fat may have been all wrong

If there’s one message that most people get about their diet, it’s to cut back on fat. Too much fat, especially the saturated fat and cholesterol found in animal meat, dairy products and cheese, can clog up arteries and lead to heart disease, stroke and obesity.

But fat may not be only culprit in those unhealthy conditions. In recent years, studies have revealed that cutting back on fat doesn’t always contribute to a lower risk of heart disease or reduced chance of dying early. In fact, some studies show the opposite, that people who eat extremely low amounts of fat tend to die earlier.

That may be because of something else they’re eating instead. In one of the most comprehensive studies to date looking at how diet affects health and mortality, researchers led by a team at McMaster University report that rather than lowering fat, more people might benefit from lowering the amount of carbohydrates they eat. In a study published in the Lancet, they found that people eating high quantities of carbohydrates, which are found in breads and rice, had a nearly 30% higher risk of dying during the study than people eating a low-carb diet. And people eating high-fat diets had a 23% lower chance of dying during the study’s seven years of follow-up compared to people who ate less fat.

Bert Guevara's insight:
The common knowledge on fat intake and health have changed because of the new findings. It is wise to read the whole article to guide your everyday food choices.

"More study will also be needed to figure out exactly how much fat and how much carbohydrates should be recommended for optimal health. The study did not compare, for example, people who ate low-fat diets to those who ate low-carb diets to see how their diets affected their mortality."
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10 Unbelievable Diet Rules Backed by Science ("the diet debate goes on and we need more science")

10 Unbelievable Diet Rules Backed by Science ("the diet debate goes on and we need more science") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Get ready to question everything you've ever been told about conventional weight-loss strategies!

When describing how you really feel about the latest miracle fix in the diet and fitness world, you'd probably like to drop an F-bomb—as in, what the fad? After all, how many times have you trusted logical sounding ideas, put all your faith in a diet strategy, only to find out that the time you invested was a waste—and you still haven’t dropped the weight?  

Consider this your F-bomb free zone. No fads, no faking, and no frustration. You see, when you really dig into the research, most of what you assume is correct about dieting is actually wrong. Discover the real diet rules for weight loss here and the only f-words coming out of your mouth will be “Finally. Fat loss!”

1. SKIP BREAKFAST FOR WEIGHT LOSS IF YOU WANT

No one meal is more important than any other. What matters most is total calorie intake, food selection (think salad versus Big Mac), and then how much time you spend eating each day.

2. IT'S OKAY TO EAT A BIG DINNER

Living in a world where you can’t eat at night and can’t enjoy food with your friends and family is restrictive and doesn’t adhere to any science-backed rules of weight loss.

3. SNACKING DOES NOT AFFECT METABOLISM

4. EAT CARBS TO GET LEAN

5. THERE IS A WEIGHT-LOSS PILL WORTH BUYING

6. EXERCISE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH

7. EAT SATURATED FAT FOR A HEALTHY DIET

8. CONSIDER FASTING FOR WEIGHT LOSS

9. GOING ORGANIC WON'T HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS

10. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "TOO MUCH PROTEIN"

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What's the FAD-FREE truth?
Get ready to question everything you've been told about diet rules and conventional weight-loss strategies.

1. SKIP BREAKFAST FOR WEIGHT LOSS IF YOU WANT
2. IT'S OKAY TO EAT A BIG DINNER
3. SNACKING DOES NOT AFFECT METABOLISM 
4. EAT CARBS TO GET LEAN 
5. THERE IS A WEIGHT-LOSS PILL WORTH BUYING 
6. EXERCISE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH 
7. EAT SATURATED FAT FOR A HEALTHY DIET 
8. CONSIDER FASTING FOR WEIGHT LOSS 
9. GOING ORGANIC WON'T HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS 
10. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "TOO MUCH PROTEIN"
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20 Ways to Stop Allergies ("there are practical ways to minimize the attacks, check out some pointers")

20 Ways to Stop Allergies ("there are practical ways to minimize the attacks, check out some pointers") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

20 Ways to Stop Allergies.

It's like a scene from a low-budget horror flick: the trees are blooming, the grass is growing... and runny-nosed zombies are invading the planet! Seasonal allergies are here, but if you're one of the sniffly multitudes, you may have noticed that the "allergy season" can span most of the year (and that symptoms may flare right before your period).  

Here's your best defense—from least to most invasive, medically speaking. Try the first few and you may not need to hit the pharmacy at all.

Tree pollens, grasses, and weeds 

Your symptoms surfaced as early as February, when trees started blooming. Right now, it’s grasses that are making you miserable (they will through late summer). Weeds will keep you wheezing through fall. 

Police pollen 

Click on the National Allergy Bureau’s website for a daily ranking of allergens, including seasonal tree pollens, grasses, weeds, and outdoor molds. Stay indoors when levels are high or very high for those that you’re sensitive to.

Wear a mask 

If you must finish that gardening before the in-laws show up, don a not-so-chic but très useful N95 filter mask ($17 for 20; drugstore.com), which keeps pollen out of your nose and mouth.

Wash your hair at night 

Rinse the pollen out, especially if you’re a gel or mousse fan. These products can trap pollen.

(Go to the original article for more suggestions.)

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This problem applies to me, and more and more like me. We can do something about it.

"Seasonal allergies are here, but if you're one of the sniffly multitudes, you may have noticed that the "allergy season" can span most of the year (and that symptoms may flare right before your period). 
"Here's your best defense—from least to most invasive, medically speaking. Try the first few and you may not need to hit the pharmacy at all."
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Artificial Sweeteners Are Linked to Weight Gain: Study ("better to go for natural sweeteners")

Artificial Sweeteners Are Linked to Weight Gain: Study ("better to go for natural sweeteners") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new study suggests that artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain—not weight loss—as well as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

In the report, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers analyzed 37 studies on artificial sweeteners to see if they were successful for weight management. The studies followed more than 400,000 people for about 10 years. Seven of the studies were randomized controlled trials, a type considered to be the gold standard in scientific research. 

Artificial sweeteners did not appear to help people lose weight. Instead, observational studies that looked at consumption over time suggested that people who regularly consumed them—by drinking one or more artificially-sweetened beverages a day—had a higher risk for health issues like weight gain, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

“I think there’s an assumption that when there are zero calories, there is zero harm,” says study author Meghan Azad, an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics and child health at the University of Manitoba in Canada . “This research has made me appreciate that there’s more to it than calories alone.”

It's not yet clear whether artificial sweeteners actually cause harm, however. Observational studies that link the sweeteners to health problems do not prove the sweeteners themselves are responsible. Other factors may muddle the link; people who consume more artificially sweeteners may eat more processed food, for example, which is linked to a higher risk for obesity or heart-related problems.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Artificial sweeteners might seem like a low- or no-calorie way to enjoy sweet food and not gain weight. But a new study links them to the opposite.

"Because artificial sweeteners have been associated with health problems, experts have several working theories to explain the link. Some researchers speculate that the sweeteners interfere with a person’s microbiome, a collection of gut bacteria crucial for the absorption of nutrients. Regularly eating or drinking sugar substitutes may also cause people to crave sweeter foods more often. People may also believe that because they haven't consumed calories, they have license to splurge elsewhere. Some researchers also believe that sweeteners may interfere with the body’s mechanisms for metabolizing sugar."
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4 Natural 'Cures' That Are Bad for Your Health ("there are proper ways of using natural meds")

4 Natural 'Cures' That Are Bad for Your Health ("there are proper ways of using natural meds") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

It’s a common misconception that natural or alternative medicine treatments are safer than prescription drugs and procedures. But a recent death from turmeric is proof that even natural treatments can be dangerous. 

According to a report from a local ABC News affiliate, Jade Erick from Encinitas, California died after an IV infusion of turmeric, which resulted in an adverse reaction to the spice. Her official cause of death was "anoxic encephalopathy," after her heart stopped and her brain was deprived of oxygen.

Dr. Taw had never heard of anyone introducing turmeric to the system via IV infusion—and you should never use an IV of any substance without consulting a doctor first, he says. Also be wary of these other "natural" or alternative treatments, all of which can do serious damage to your health.

Activated charcoal

Doctors use activated charcoal to treat overdoses, because the substance "binds" harmful chemicals, preventing their absorption in the gut ...

"In the alternative medicine community, it is used as a means of decreasing cholesterol through ingestion," she says. 

But there's a laundry list of potential side effects: Activated charcoal can reduce the effectiveness of other medications, including birth control. If inhaled instead of swallowed, it may cause lung damage. And it can also lead to upset stomach. "I strongly advise people don't ingest activated charcoal, as the harms outweigh the benefits," says Dr. Levine.

Aconite

While raw aconite is poisonous, processed aconite is sometimes used in small amounts in the alternative medicine community to treat pain. But Dr. Taw recommends avoiding it altogether.

Hydrogen peroxide

"People believe that it's hyper-oxygenating, putting extra oxygen into your beverage, and that it somehow improves your health." 

There's no scientific truth to back up these cleans, though, so don't be fooled—and definitely don't drink it. "If you accidentally take too much, it could have very serious consequences," says Dr. Hatten.

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The Hidden Dangers of Makeup and Shampoo ("trying to look and feel good may have bad results")

The Hidden Dangers of Makeup and Shampoo ("trying to look and feel good may have bad results") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new study shows that people report a number health and safety issues concerning their cosmetics, makeup and hair care to the FDA.

"As a dermatologist, we live and breathe cosmetics and personal care products," says study author Dr. Steve Xu, a resident physician in the department of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, citing his motivation for the study. "I get asked every day, 'What is safe to use?'" 

In the new research letter, Xu and his colleagues looked at the number of adverse events reported to the FDA and found that over a 12-year period, there were 5,144 health-related complaints submitted due to cosmetic products.

The study authors were able to evaluate the number of cases reported to the agency because in 2016, the FDA made the CFSAN database publicly available. The new researched shows that between 2004 and 2016, an average of 396 events were reported per year, with an increase between 2015 to 2016. The three most commonly cited products were for hair care, skin care and tattoos. "This isn't designed to be alarmist," says Xu. Still, "we have this huge industry and there are lots of chemicals in these products that largely go unregulated."

To combat the problem, the writers of both the study and the editorial argue that better surveillance is needed. Xu encourages more people and their doctors to provide thorough reports to the FDA, and he argues companies should take a greater role in this reporting, too. "I think broader reporting from all parties and mandatory reporting from manufacturers is not a controversial thing to ask for," says Xu. Increasing the agency's budget and oversight is another solution, and the editorial authors argue the agency is "underresourced for even the very limited responsibilities it currently has for the safety of cosmetics." However, a bump to the FDA's budget, at least for now, doesn't seem likely, as the agency is facing the potential for budget cuts in the near future.

Bert Guevara's insight:
There is big money in the wellness industry but not all players are selling safe products. Awareness of health issues is becoming a primary concern.

"The new researched shows that between 2004 and 2016, an average of 396 events were reported per year, with an increase between 2015 to 2016. The three most commonly cited products were for hair care, skin care and tattoos. "This isn't designed to be alarmist," says Xu. Still, "we have this huge industry and there are lots of chemicals in these products that largely go unregulated."
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Red Onions May Help Prevent Cancer More Than White Onions ("never mind the stronger breath effect")

Red Onions May Help Prevent Cancer More Than White Onions ("never mind the stronger breath effect") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Researchers found that red onion extract killed three to four times the number of cancer cells compared to lighter-colored onions.

The next time you’re shopping for burger toppings or salad ingredients, opt for red onions over white. Both types of veggies contain potent antioxidant properties, but a new study suggests that the red variety may be especially powerful at fighting cancer. 

When researchers exposed human cancer cells to extracts from five different varieties of onions, they found that the red-onion extract killed three to four times the number of cells compared to extracts of lighter-colored onions, says co-author Suresh Neethirajan, PhD, associate professor of bioengineering. His team’s findings are published in Food Research International.

The authors say that red onions not only have high levels of quercetin, but that they’re also rich in anthocyanin—a plant pigment that enhances the ability of quercetin molecules to “scavenge,” or hunt down and destroy, dangerous free radicals that can lead not only to cancer but also to heart disease, diabetes and other inflammation-related conditions. 

Anthocyanins are also what provide the red, blue, purple, and black hues of many fruits and vegetables. Nutrition experts have long recommended choosing richly colored fruits and vegetables, and it’s not surprising that red onions would have more cancer-fighting power than white, the authors say. Still, this is the first time the hypothesis has been confirmed in this type of laboratory setting.

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This is a good reason to opt for red over white onions. Anyway, your breathe will smell the same either way.

"The next time you’re shopping for burger toppings or salad ingredients, opt for red onions over white. Both types of veggies contain potent antioxidant properties, but a new study suggests that the red variety may be especially powerful at fighting cancer. 
"When researchers exposed human cancer cells to extracts from five different varieties of onions, they found that the red-onion extract killed three to four times the number of cells compared to extracts of lighter-colored onions, says co-author Suresh Neethirajan, PhD, associate professor of bioengineering. His team’s findings are published in Food Research International."
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