An unconventional approach to dental health that works

One of the greatest fears for most people is a trip to the dentist, especially if they know there is work to be done. The grinding, pulling, smells, and needles are not exactly a situation that drums up warm and cozy feelings. But it has to be done, right?

Well, yes and no. If your teeth have deteriorated or been damaged to a point that they need to be restored or removed because it is an emergency and you are not able to salvage them, then the work of a dentist is probably required. However, if the damage is light or you just want to save the teeth you have right now, then a dentist is not necessarily required.

Like doctors, we have handed over our dental health to the “professionals” whose archaic thinking is often dangerous to our health. The fact that many of them still believe that any type of the mercury in the mouth is safe, that fluoride is fantastic, and that cavities can’t be healed naturally, shows their lack of knowledge of toxins and the healing power of the body. [For more information on the dangers of heavy metals, visit]

If you believe that you can be mostly responsible for the restoration and maintenance of your oral health naturally, then get ready to dig into an unconventional approach to dental health.

As noted by Healing the Body:

“Tooth decay, as researched by Dr. Weston Price and other dental pioneers, boiled down to three factors:

Over a period of time, if your diet lacks vitamins and minerals from a poor diet and/or contains high levels of phytates (from grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes), the blood chemistry and the ratio of calcium and phosphorous become out of balance, which results in minerals being pulled from bones, causing tooth and bone loss.”

Once digestion becomes moderately hampered, the ability to absorb nutrients becomes even more problematic, which continues to promote the problem. Add in daily habits like soda and coffee consumption, and the mineral depletion continues as the body attempts to buffer the acidity by pulling minerals from various areas of the body (like bones and teeth).

Then there’s the whole issue with different types of unfriendly bacteria and microbes making their way into the oral cavity through poor food choices, and incomplete root canals. Fortunately, both can be cleaned up with better food choices and a visit to a holistic dentist.

All these things and more usually land someone back in a dentist’s chair for some restorative or maintenance work. However, if you know some important details on taking care of your oral health, those trips can be minimized or eliminated altogether.

First of all, when taking a holistic approach to oral health, you need to consider more than simply brushing and flossing. Although both of those habits have merit, focusing on only these two things is a myopic approach that will not give you the best oral health possible. This is even more true when using traditional toothpastes loaded with toxic ingredients like fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, diethanolamine, and sorbitol.

Most importantly, what you put in your mouth is going to help determine the health of your teeth and gums. Too much sugar and processed foods will only make the problem worse, while vitamin and mineral rich foods and supplements that are easily digestible will help build a glassy hard tooth structure. These types of foods and various herbs will also provide a strong antibacterial component, which is helpful in keeping those harmful microbes in your mouth at bay.

When focusing on tooth health, make sure to eat plenty of foods rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K. These foods would include beef liver, carrots, sweet potato, kale, spinach, broccoli, butter, coconut oil, eggs, salmon, tuna, mushrooms, almonds (soaked), avocado, sunflower seeds, natto, scallions, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cucumbers, and basil.

For supplementation, consider fermented cod liver oil, mineral formulas, and magnesium (required for the body to use calcium and phosphorus correctly). The Health Ranger’s Concentrated Mineral Drops as well as Chief Originals Magnesium Comfort are two great options to do that.

When it comes to brushing, using a toothpaste with antimicrobial properties and using oil pulling is of tremendous benefit to your gums and oral health. You can maximize this routine in one fell swoop with the Health Ranger’s Dental Essentials Kit, which includes the Toothsalt with Neem and Ozone Infused Oil Pulling Solution. Combining that with a daily flossing routine will get you a gold star.

Last but not least, consider seeing a holistic dentist that can remove any mercury fillings you may have, as well as any faulty root canals. Either of these can facilitate chronic health issues, and together, they can make you very ill. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how good you feel after those procedures are done.

In doing all this you will help clean up your oral cavity, freshen your breath, and mitigate future health concerns. Your smile might be just a bit brighter as well.



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MASSIVE RECALL: Packaged vegetables from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s may contain Listeria

Salinas, California-based Mann Packing Co., Inc. has issued a voluntarily recall of its packaged vegetables that are distributed all over the United States and Canada over fears that the products are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The vegetables are sold at grocery stores such as Albertsons, Target, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and 10 California-based Whole Foods stores. The recall was issued during the second week of October after random product testing revealed a single positive result for listeria.

The recall might not do a lot of good, however, as some of the products which were marked “best if used” between October 11 and October 20 may have already been purchased and eaten by consumers.

Target recalled 14 prepackaged grocery products while Trader Joe’s issued a recall for its $2.50 Kohlrabi salad blend, and will be refunding customers who will return the salad mix. Whole Foods also recalled salads, including Sesame Chicken Power Salad, Mexican Chicken Powder Salad, and Mann’s Veggie Power Blend, from 10 of its California stores.

Among the contents of the packaged products are meat, cheese, and hummus products, and packaged broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.

Officials said they have yet to receive reports of listeria infection; however, they reported that all of the products that they have inspected were already past their expiration dates.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are around 1,600 listeria cases reported each year, with 260 of them becoming fatal, especially to the very young, the very old, the frail, and those with weakened immune systems.

Listeria monocytogenes thrives in warm temperatures; however, it is one of the few bacteria that can live at refrigerator temperatures and is known to commonly infiltrate pre-packaged foods. In the 1990s, a swarm of listeria infested hot dogs and deli meats all over the U.S. (Related: Listeria Linked to Contaminated Deli Meat Slicers, Says New Report.)

Listeria infections can cause headache, balance issues, convulsions, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and stiff neck. These side effects, however, are not felt until after one week to 70 days after consuming the infected food.

Pregnant women should be extra careful about not getting listeria contamination, as it can cause premature births, miscarriages, or stillbirths. In pregnant women, listeria infection can manifest as flu.

In a separate development, Front Royal, Virginia-based Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods LLC has issued a voluntarily recall of its product, Nature’s Touch Frozen Organic Fine Whole Green Beans, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The product is in distribution throughout three retailers in the following states: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia.

Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods’ other products were not affected by the recall.

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Heavy metals WARNING and safe detoxification strategies

The increasing exposure to heavy metals in our immediate environment – and within the human body – is proving to be a major threat to the health of both. Exposure to mercury, one of the most neurotoxic of all metals, is widespread – with an Environmental Working Group study finding that 30 percent of pregnant women studied had mercury levels over the safe limit set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to Dr. Chris Shade – an expert in mercury toxicity issues and detoxification – between 200,000 and 400,000 children in the United States are born (yearly) with pre-natal exposure to mercury sufficient to put them at risk of neurologic impairment – an unacceptable situation and one that is too often unrecognized by Western medicine.

Find out how to safely detoxify the body of mercury plus many other unwanted heavy metals. On the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and heavy metals detoxification expert Dr. Chris Shade reveal the unpopular truth about these highly-toxic metals and, most importantly, a protocol for safe detoxification. This program will outline the importance of proper testing, analysis and the best nutraceutical support to avoid getting hurt.

If you are concerned about exposure to mercury and other toxins, you won’t want miss this lifesaving program.

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Mercury, a chemical element symbolized by Hg, is a known neurotoxin – and number three on the ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) Substance Priority List. This heavy metal is capable of being absorbed through skin and mucous membranes, and can also be inhaled as a vapor – a particular threat for those with “silver” (mercury-based) dental fillings.

It is also found in infant teething formula, and in many vaccines, where it is used as an adjuvant.

Mercury exposure can cause motor impairment, cardiovascular problems, developmental delays in children and even – in acute cases – premature death. Dr. Shade reports that mercury can cross the blood-brain barrier and the placenta, presenting a serious risk to unborn children.

Although mercury exists naturally in the earth’s crust, most of the mercury in the environment comes from industrial sources. Mercury pollutes rivers, lakes, streams and oceans, where naturally-present bacteria convert it into methylmercury – a particularly toxic and dangerous form.

Methylmercury, or MEHg, can be ingested via contaminated food, particularly fish – which is why all 50 states currently have fish-consumption advisories for mercury.

Three different (and dangerous) forms of mercury are measurable in the human body.

Methylmercury, or organic mercury, is easily absorbed – but, difficult to eliminate. According to Dr. Shade, the higher on the food chain an animal is, the more methylmercury it contains – with the highest amounts found in swordfish, tuna and shark.

Inorganic mercury accumulates in tissues when a more mobile form of mercury – such as mercury vapor from dental fillings – is absorbed by body tissues.

Ethylmercury is an organic form of mercury that is found in petroleum hydrocarbons. It is also present in many commonly-used vaccines.
Dr. Shade notes that a high-quality mercury level test can measure all three forms of mercury in the body, while also evaluating excretion levels. Once mercury toxicity is identified, Dr. Shade advises an individually-tailored, targeted detoxification program involving nutraceutical supplements.

Don’t miss the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour – which gives great details about how to safely detoxify the body of heavy metals.

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Referred to by many natural health experts as the “master antioxidant,” glutathione helps to protect cells from oxidative damage. It is also essential to the immune system, and has cancer-fighting effects.

Glutathione is an indispensable ally in heavy metal detoxification. This protective peptide binds to toxins and carries them into bile and stool, promoting their safe elimination from the body.

Glutathione is produced in the body from three different amino acids: L-cysteine, L-glutamic acid and glycine. You can boost your levels of glutathione by eating grass-fed goat whey protein powder – which helps raise cysteine levels. Because your body also needs the mineral selenium to make glutathione, eating selenium-rich foods such as organic Brazil nuts, sardines or small amounts of grass-fed beef is a wise move.

Is it possible to raise glutathione levels with supplementation? Fortunately, there is good news on that front – and it’s called liposomal glutathione. In studies, liposomal forms of glutathione have been found to be 100 times more efficient for intracellular delivery than non-liposomal forms – allowing the full benefit of this extraordinary nutrient.

To learn more about the best ways to detoxify heavy metals – join us for the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour with Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Chris Shade.

Discover a SAFE detoxification protocol for heavy metal toxicity – Sun. Nov. 12

This week’s guest: Chris Shade, PhD – an expert in detoxification and heavy metals toxicity issues

Chris Shade, PhD is an internationally recognized expert on mercury exposure and detoxification and the developer of the Liquid Chromatographic Mercury Speciation system – a patented technology to analyze and measure human mercury exposure. Dr. Shade has designed a protocol to remove metallic and organic toxins, assisted by superior liposomal delivery systems.

Dr. Shade received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in environmental and aqueous chemistry from Lehigh University, and received his PhD from the University of Illinois – where he studied the analytical chemistries of mercury along with advanced aquatic chemistry.

Currently, Dr. Shade is focused on neuroinflammatory issues, immune dysregulation and toxicity – addressing layers of overlapping dysfunction to assist the body in healing itself.

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Are your food allergies a result of lifestyle choices? Nearly half of people experience their first reactions after reaching adulthood

A new report from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has found that more than 45 percent of people develop food allergies after the age of 17.

According to the new research, more than 35 percent of allergies to many types of seafood – including shrimp, crab, and lobster – do not appear until after age 17, and black, Asian and Hispanic adults are more at risk for developing certain allergies than white adults.

The researchers surveyed 53,575 American adults between October 2015 and September 2016, taking into consideration whether or not the food allergies people reported having had been diagnosed by a doctor and whether or not they were considered severe.

The findings reveal that 3.69 percent of adults have a shellfish allergy; 2.66 percent are allergic to peanuts; 1.8 percent to tree nuts; 1.11 percent to fin fish; and 0.3 percent to sesame.

“Food allergies are often seen as a condition that begins in childhood, so the idea that 45 percent of adults with food allergies develop them in adulthood is surprising. We also say that, as with children, the incidence of food allergies in adults is rising across all ethnic groups,” according to study lead author Dr. Ruchi Gupta.

Little is known about the prevalence of food allergies in adults, unlike in children: As of 2011, eight percent of all American children reported having a food allergy – 40 percent of them had experienced a severe reaction and 30 percent were allergic to multiple foods.

The report noted that the prevalence of tree nut and sesame allergies among children is on the rise, and a separate study has found that childhood peanut allergies have risen to an alarming 20 percent in the last seven years.

About two million children suffer from peanut allergies, and black children are more likely to have the allergy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that the following foods account for 90 percent of all allergies:

Children with a food allergy are up to four times as likely to suffer from other related conditions, including asthma.

The report noted that “very little remains known about the relative prevalence of childhood vs. adult-onset food allergies and their associated risk factors.”

The researchers encourage adults to see an allergist for testing and diagnosis if they are having a reaction or suspect a food allergy. “Because many adults believe food allergies mostly affect children, they may not think to get tested,” said study co-author Christopher Warren.

Natural medicine tends to view food allergies as an imbalance that can often be corrected by detoxing. There is no current “cure” for food allergies, but you can reduce symptoms with some natural treatments:

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More science confirms fluoride exposure damages brains and lowers IQs in newborns

Getting cavities is no fun, but just how far are you willing to go to prevent them? Most people who have had a cavity filled consider regular brushing and flossing to be a small price to pay to avoid repeating the unpleasant experience in the dentist’s chair. However, few would say that they’d be willing to sacrifice their children’s intelligence to lower their risk of cavities.

Unfortunately, that’s the type of trade-off that many American expectant mothers could be making without even realizing it. Fluoride was first introduced to the American public water supply more than 70 years ago, and since then, children and adults alike have noted a 25 percent reduction in cavities. It’s now found in around 75 percent of the water supply however, some areas like Tucson, Arizona and Portland, Oregon have resisted. Nevertheless, the CDC is hoping that 79.6 percent of public water systems will be fluoridated by 2020, and this could be bad news for the intelligence of future generations.

A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives followed the cognitive development of 300 children and their mothers in Mexico over 12 years. Fluoride is not added to water in Mexico, but people are exposed to it in other ways there, including via fluoridated salt and supplements.

In the study, researchers tracked the levels of fluoride in the urine of mothers and followed up with their children until they reached 12 years old. What they found confirmed the conclusions of many other studies: Exposure to fluoride can lower intelligence. Even after accounting for factors like exposure to other chemicals, a higher prenatal exposure to fluoride was linked to lower cognitive function scores at age 4 and again between the ages of 6 and 12.

New York University Langone Health Pediatrician Dr. Leonardo Trasande said: “This is a very well-conducted study, and it raises serious concerns about fluoride supplementation in water.”

Dr. Trasande, who was not involved in the study, said that the fluoride levels in these mothers were slightly higher than the typical American mother might expect to have from drinking tap water, but they were not exceptionally high. He believes that fluoride’s disruptive effect on thyroid function is connected to its effect on brain development.

Past studies in China have shown fluoride to be a potential neurotoxin. Chronic excessive intake of the chemical can also lead to tooth discoloration and the painful condition called skeletal fluorosis.

While the U.S. Public Health Service says the optimal fluoride concentration level is 0.7 milligrams per liter, the EPA has set 4 milligrams per liter as the limit. However, it is important to note that the link between fluoride and lower IQ in the study started at just 0.5 milligrams per liter in the mother’s urine.

Recently, health, environmental and medical groups have been pressuring the EPA to stop fluoridating the public water supply. The coalition pushing for this action presented them with a petition and 2,500 pages of scientific documentation illustrating the hazards of fluoride.

It remains to be seen if their efforts will lead to any changes. Cavities and tooth decay can be prevented by proper nutrition, curbing sugar intake, and practicing good oral hygiene, so why are we slowly poisoning ourselves and hurting our children’s brain development?

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Tai Chi found to be pleasant and effective rehab for heart attack patients

Lovingly called “meditation in motion” by those who regularly practice it, the noncompetitive martial art of Tai Chi is now being validated as an effective and alternative rehabilitation treatment for heart attack patients. Tai Chi is comprised of a series of gentle physical movements that can be increased in pace over time. Already it has been found efficient in alleviating symptoms of depression as well as lowering back pain among the elderly. The new study, conducted by a team from the American Heart Association, concluded that the slow movements of Tai Chi could help those who refuse traditional cardiac rehabilitation.

As explained by lead author Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, M.D., Ph.D. on Science Daily, “Tai Chi exercise can reach low-to-moderate intensity levels. The emphasis on breathing and relaxation can also help with stress reduction and psychological distress.”

It is estimated that around 60 percent of heart attack patients refuse conventional cardiac rehabilitation programs. Doctors have taken note of the various reasons for this, but say that a prevailing factor in the non-acceptance is that most patients believe rehab to be uncomfortable, expensive, and physically taxing.

The team thought that Tai Chi might be a better option. To test this, they recruited 29 physically inactive heart disease patients (21 men and eight women with an average age of 68) and randomly split the participants into two. One group adopted the LITE program which featured a crash-course on the exercise with 24 classes over 12 weeks. The other followed the PLUS program, which is a longer system composed of 52 classes over 24 weeks. All participants followed the Tai Chi stretches explained to them on a DVD.  

Other than minor muscular pain noted at the start of either program, all participants reported feeling physically better and more emotionally stable after completing their Tai Chi program. Moreover, more than two-thirds of participants became more confident in their ability to move and raised their weekly amount of light to moderate physical activity over time. (Related: Tai Chi really works to alleviate fibromyalgia.)

However, the researchers were quick to mention that Tai Chi should not take the place of traditional cardiac rehabilitation. Complete programs not only include helping patients become more physically active but have thorough educational programs on diet and lifestyle habits as well as training sessions on how to deal with a weaker heart. Tai Chi does not provide for this. Nonetheless, the exercise can be used by cardiologists as a supplement to an overall treatment plan.

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese technique that has its basis in martial arts. There is a misconception that anything related to martial arts must be aggressive in nature. Those who practice any fighting technique — particularly those made centuries ago — understand that the underlying philosophy of these movements is peace and enlightenment. Warriors and monks used to train and go through these physical movements to clear their mind and establish discipline. The ultimate goal of martial arts was not to create a “fighting machine” but a master who was very self-aware — and who could defend himself against any attackers.

Over the course of time, Tai Chi has now just become an easy set of exercises anyone can do. The intention, nevertheless, remains the same. While these stretches seem easy at first, it requires focus and discipline to fully attain its health benefits. This is why many people claim it enhances their mood.

The mind is a very powerful thing — and it works together with your body to improve overall health. To learn more on holistic treatments that rejuvenate both the mind and body, visit today.

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Oysters found to help restore balance to aquatic ecosystems by removing pollution

Researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) have determined the role of oysters in reducing nutrient pollution through inference of the denitrification potential of microbiomes in the gut and shell of eastern oysters. The study is the first to identify and quantify the potential denitrifying nature of bacteria in oysters using a new computer program that interprets bacterial activity based on the sequences of ribosomal RNA genes.

In the study, the scientists explored the capability of microbiomes (community of microscopic organisms) living inside and on the oysters for denitrification.

According to lead author Ann Arfken, a VIMS Associate Professor, “Most studies addressing denitrification associated with oysters have focused on sediments in and around oyster reefs.”

Thanks to the results of the study, the researchers believe it is possible to reduce nutrient levels in coastal waters through an oyster restoration project. Unlike previous studies which focused on sediments for denitrification capabilities, the researchers focused on the oysters themselves. “We found that oyster shells contain unique microbial communities with higher denitrification activities than sediments,” according to study co-author B.K. Song. “It’s thus possible to reduce nutrients at the beginning of an oyster restoration project as shell microbiomes are actively removing fixed nitrogen.”

Studies of an organism’s genetic makeup are logistically and financially challenging. The researchers developed a solution to this challenge through a new computer program called “PAPRICA” – Pathway Prediction by Phylogenetic Placement – that allowed researchers to interpret metabolic pathways from gene sequences based on a small sub-unit of ribosome called 16S rRNA.

Song explained: “We combined a customized genomic database with the PAPRICA program to identify bacteria carrying denitrification genes among the microbiomes associated with oyster guts, shells, and reef sediments. This would be somewhat like distinguishing among different human populations by comparing the number of stomach ailments with the gene needed to digest milk.”

Using this technique, the research team measured rates of denitrification among live oysters, oyster shells and sediments near oyster reefs. They discovered that live oysters and shells had higher denitrification potential and carried a particular gene sequence called nosZI that is an important denitrifier and which could effectively remove nitrogen in oyster reefs, according Arfken.

The study was a complex undertaking but the research team remains optimistic in conducting more studies to further validate the use of gene-based metabolic inferences as a reliable method in identifying potential in microbiomes. “We have to be careful when inferring denitrification and other metabolic processes from the presence of a gene in a bacterial genome,” said Arfken.

The study was published in the September 29 issue of PLOS ONE.

Oysters are bivalves that live in brackish or saltwater habitats, where they congregate in groups called “oyster reef.” Oyster reefs are a critical source of habitat and food for other animals. Oysters are filter feeders, consuming microscopic compounds such as phytoplankton, which contain nitrogen particles. This process significantly improves the quality and clarity of the water. Oysters (and other mollusks) are considered a keystone species, which means an ecosystem will collapse without them.

Denitrification is a facilitated process in the microbial level whereby the compounds nitrate and nitrite (found in soil, air, and water) are chemically reduced to nitrogen gas, which is relatively harmless, but could be highly toxic to aquatic life in excessive amounts. An excess in nitrogen in aquatic habitats can have devastating results such as lack of oxygen (marked “dead zones”), reduced harvests in fisheries, and loss of sea-grass habitat. One of the ecosystems to have suffered this phenomenon is the Chesapeake Bay. (Related: Massive oyster die-offs in Chesapeake Bay leave watermen jobless, local economy in shambles.)

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Nutrients in apples and grapes found to increase stamina

A recent study found that certain nutrients in apples and grapes increase the body’s stamina, according to a report by NutraIngredients-USA.

Scientists from the Faculty of Sports Science at the University of Burgundy reported that two 500 milligram (mg) doses of polyphenols increased the endurance of athletes studied by almost 10 percent.

Furthermore, the study found that the time the time it took for athletes to reach the maximum perceived exertion or fatigue barrier was delayed by almost 13 percent. The study was conducted in partnership with the European Center for Evidence Based Nutrition.

The study found healthy and physically active males who took acute supplements of polyphenols had significant increases in endurance with greater energy expenditure, as demonstrated by the lengthening of time to exhaustion and time to maximal perceived exertion. Energy expenditure is the amount of energy that a person needs to carry out physical movements.

Forty-eight physically active men with an average age of 31 were recruited to participate in the study published in Nutrients. The participants were randomly given either 500 mg of polyphenols or a placebo at two separate testing sessions.

The findings did not show significant differences between the main cardiovascular and respiratory measured patterns. Moreover, a similar observation was obtained on muscle pain two days after exercise.

The results indicated that improved performance from the acute polyphenol intake was safe and did not cause additional pain to the subjects. “Polyphenols are already known to have an impact on blood flow and benefits for sports performances,” said Guillement. He noted that the population size of the study is bigger than usual and that the benefits were observed after acute administration.


“Generally, polyphenol-based ingredients require a (sub)chronic administration to demonstrate a significant physiological impact,” he explained. As noted by the researchers, polyphenols, such as those found in grapes and apples, may be beneficially impacting endurance through an action on nitric oxide, which is a potent vasodilator that widens blood vessels to improve blood flow.

Guillemet said in the article that he and his team plan to conduct more study regarding the association among nitric oxide, vasodilation, and sport performance improvements.

They plan to further investigate and explore performance improvements for other kinds of exercise.

Polyphenols are micronutrients that can be obtained from certain plant-based foods which contain antioxidants. They are also known to improve or help cure digestive problems, difficulties in weight management, diabetes, osteoporosis, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases.

Polyphenols are commonly found in cloves and other seasonings, cocoa powder and dark chocolate, berries such as strawberries and blackberries, plums, sweet cherries, beans, nuts, vegetables like spinach and artichokes, soy, black and green tea, and red wine. (Related: Scientists discover how polyphenols in green tea may protect the health of diabetics.)

The best way to consume polyphenols is through foods that naturally contain them because artificially-made supplements may come with side effects such as carcinogenic effects, genotoxicity, thyroid issues, and estrogenic activity in isoflavones. More research is needed to confirm the side effects of the nutrient.

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Genetically engineered “golden rice” suffers “metabolic meltdown” and devastating yield plunge as GE technology goes horribly wrong

Supporters of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have long claimed that Golden Rice is key in alleviating vitamin A deficiency, but it turns out that’s not at all the case.

According to a new report by Indian researchers, the genes necessary to produce Golden Rice cause unintended side effects, Independent Science News reported recently.

When scientists introduced the genetically-engineered DNA “their high-yielding and agronomically superior Indian rice variety became pale and stunted, flowering was delayed and the roots grew abnormally,” the site reported.

Also, crop yields were so dramatically scaled back that they were not even suitable for cultivation, scientists noted.

While rice is a great nutritional source, it does lack vitamin A and in some parts of the world, there are dramatic deficiencies in vitamin A. That’s important because these regions depend heavily on rice for their diets.

Big Ag and GMO pushers like Syngenta and Monsanto claim that vitamin A can be enhanced through the introduction of GMOs. And for years, that scientific dogma has been accepted as fact.

But it isn’t true, and continuing research is proving that. In 2016, Washington University in St. Louis noted that the promise of GMO-laden Golden Rice was not living up to the hype. He also said that researchers did not blame “GMO opponents” for that, either.

“Golden Rice is still not ready for the market, but we find little support for the common claim that environmental activists are responsible for stalling its introduction. GMO opponents have not been the problem,” said lead author Glenn Stone, professor of anthropology and environmental studies in Arts & Sciences.

That was substantiated by a March 2017 report in the journal Agriculture and Human Values by Stone and co-author Dominic Glover, a rice researcher at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Their research also found that GMO opponents have nothing to do with the fact that Golden Rice isn’t the vitamin A panacea that it has long been touted to be. (Related: Golden Rice fairy tale nothing more than biotech industry GMO propaganda.)

“The rice simply has not been successful in test plots of the rice breeding institutes in the Philippines, where the leading research is being done,” Stone said. “It has not even been submitted for approval to the regulatory agency, the Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).”

Stone was referencing Golden Rice cultivation research that was being done in the Asian country. “A few months ago, the Philippine Supreme Court did issue a temporary suspension of GMO crop trials,” Stone added. “Depending on how long it lasts, the suspension could definitely impact GMO crop development. But it’s hard to blame the lack of success with Golden Rice on this recent action.”

In September 2013, Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, reported on the failed effort to genetically ‘transform’ Golden Rice into a major GMO success. Recounting all of the Big Ag hype surrounding the altered crop, Adams noted:

There’s a problem with all this, of course: the golden rice hoopla is pure hokum. Quackery. Charlatanism. There is no evidence whatsoever that golden rice can treat, prevent or cure any medical condition. And since when did pro-GMO people ever care about nutrition in the first place? Aren’t they in agreement with the FDA that there is no vitamin, no mineral and no herb that has any ability whatsoever to prevent, treat or cure any disease?

That was then. Since Adams’ report, absolutely no additional research has proven that GMO-altered Golden Rice is anything but a wild pipe dream offered up by genetically modified food pushers who are the enemies of wholesome, clean — and much healthier — organic foods.

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Why lavender is the most important essential oil to use right now

Due to the current popularity of essential oils and large selection of these plant based extracts, it can become difficult to choose which one to start with that can provide the most benefits. With so many amazing scents and healing properties, it’s easy to get carried away with your essential oil collection.

However, if you were to keep one essential oil around for daily use, it would no doubt be lavender. It is the most used essential oil in the world today, and once you discover the key functions it optimizes, you’ll know exactly why lavender is the most important essential oil to have right now.

There is no shortage of toxic insults to the body and brain today. From terrible food choices to stress inducing world events, our digestion, immunity, liver, brain, and hormones are stressed to the max. They are crying for a break (and so are you) from the current reality so they can get some much needed rest and rejuvenate their functional capacity.

No, Calgon is not the best remedy for this situation. This is where lavender oil comes into the picture.

With it’s beautiful fragrance and skin-friendly application, lavender can be used in a variety of ways to support your health. Some of the most popular benefits of lavender include:

In a society that is chronically stressed, lacking sleep, fighting sickness, and dealing with constant indoor and outdoor pollutants, doesn’t the smell of lavender and these health benefits sound like a dream come true?

There are no shortage of ways to introduce this health optimizing oil into your daily life. Add some drops to purified water and make a purifying mist for select areas of your home. Put it in your bath with some bath salts and excite your sense of smell while absorbing the therapeutic benefits of the oil. Cold diffuse it in your bedroom to facilitate a more restful sleep. Add it to your laundry washer (great for towels), or use it to clean the kitchen counters and sinks. For some more practical applications of lavender, check out Six Powerful Ways To Use Lavender During the Cold and Flu Season.

If you do choose to make a mist, use it in your bath, cold diffuse it, or use it for cleaning, check out the Health Ranger’s 100% Organic Lavender Essential Oil.  You may want to consider the Health Ranger’s Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser as well, for purification of your indoor air.

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If you prefer to massage this amazing oil into your body for the same benefits and to leave your skin looking amazing (while purifying it), try the Oxygen-Infused Lavender Body Oil. You might want to convince your massage therapist or significant other to rub it on for you!

However you decide to use lavender, know that it will help refresh, uplift, and calm your mind while offering your immune system increased support during the cooler seasons. Those reasons alone, make lavender one of the most important essential oils you can use right now.

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