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This government scandal has my blood boiling
Why the USDA says we’re eating “pests” instead of food
Just say no to GMO
I very rarely introduce politics into my newsletter articles. I’d much rather leave political discussions to big media experts like Forbes, USA Today and the Washington Times.
But every now and then government officials make outlandish decisions that can have an enormous impact on the health of an entire nation. When that happens, my number one priority is to ensure the long-term health of my patients and readers.
You see, just a few weeks ago the U.S. passed a bill that may force Americans to spoon more and more genetically altered foods onto their plates – and into their mouths.
This little piece of legislature has all the components of a horror novel. But it’s occurring in real life.
And nobody – not the government; not the scientific community; not even the folks engineering these Franken foods – has any idea what the final health outcome will be.
Let me tell you about it…
It introduced nourishing and beneficial bacteria into the digestive tract. This helped prevent harmful microbes from running unchecked throughout our bodies.
Our grandparents were able to introduce plenty of these health-giving microorganisms into their diets. That’s because they still canned their own foods, drank cultured milk and enjoyed naturally fermented beer.
But today we don’t get nearly enough of these noble fighters into our guts.
We no longer use fermentation to prevent spoilage. Our food supply is now preserved with chemicals, pasteurized and irradiation. Whatever good bacteria they may have had in them to start with are completely stripped away.
It works like a statin to lower cholesterol levels. Italian researchers tested an extract of the plant on overweight people with high cholesterol. After eight weeks,1 the extract decreased their total cholesterol and “bad” LDL levels. Even more significant…it simultaneously increased their “good” HDL cholesterol levels.
A German study got even better results. Participants improved their cholesterol ratios after only six weeks. Their total cholesterol levels dropped 18.5 percent.2 Their LDL cholesterol decreased by 22.9 percent. Their LDL to HDL ratios decreased 20 percent. And unlike statins, the extract had no adverse effects.
What’s the funny-looking—yet delicious—plant that can lower cholesterol in six weeks?
Sugar—in all its forms—is considered the primary cause of type 2 diabetes. It also suppresses the immune system, is linked to cancer, and leads to cognitive problems, as we reported last year. Government subsidies, taking a great variety of forms, are increasing rather than decreasing. Diabetes drug sales are now $35 billion with other related illness sales even higher. Let’s see how all this connects.
The US is the world’s largest sugar producer. We produce an average of 8.1 million tons of granulated sugar every year. Since the mid-1990s, sugarcane has accounted for 45% of the sugar produced domestically, with sugar beets providing about 55%. By 2010, genetically engineered varieties accounted for about 95% of sugar beets, up from 60% in 2008.
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is derived from the milling of corn. Production of HFCS increased from 2.2 million tons in the 1980s to an average of 9.2 million tons during the 2000s. In general, deliveries of sugar (raw cane sugar and sugar beets) and other sweeteners (corn sweeteners, honey, maple syrup, and edible syrups, excluding no caloric sweeteners) averaged about 21 million tons during the 2000s.
The US Department of Agriculture makes loans every year to processors of domestically grown sugarcane and sugar beets as part of the 2008 Sugar Act. HFCS processors, on the other hand, benefit from corn subsidies (also reinforced in the 2008 Farm Bill).
Last October, sugar processors (both beet and sugarcane) borrowed $862 million under the price support program—loans secured with some 4.1 billion pounds, or 2.05 million tons, of sugar that companies expect to produce from the current harvest.
Nearly every day, a patient or two asks me which supplements I consider most important. The answer really depends on the individual’s overall health and lifestyle, things such as diet, exercise, medications, sleep habits, and similar considerations. But as a rule, I most often recommend the following 4 Basic Dietary Supplements:
A good multivitamin
An omega-3, good-fat supplement
I’ve written about omega-3s and vitamin D3 in earlier newsletters, so today I’d like to explain why I think curcumin is so essential. Supported by findings from literally thousands of studies, here is a brief summary of why curcumin is shaping up as the supplement of the decade. Curcumin can do the following:
Combat cancer stem cells (where cancer begins) as well as multidrug-resistant cancer
Reduce out-of-control inflammation
Help maintain healthy cells and neutralize damaging free radicals
Protect against the ravages of aging
Enhance heart health and inhibit the formation of LDL (bad) cholesterol
Prevent blood platelets from sticking together, which improves circulation and minimizes the likelihood of blood clots
Counteract damage caused by radiation
It’s being called the straw that broke the camel’s back. Bloomberg, The New York Times, Politico—media of all political persuasions—ran searingly critical articles about the biotech rider that the Senate slipped into the Continuing Resolution despite messages pouring into Congress via our and others’ alerts. The Daily Show mocked Congress, which may have gotten more attention than all the articles. Facebook and Twitter were ablaze with people like you telling their friends and neighbors about the provision, and the outrage was even greater once the legislation was passed.
For a long time no one was stepping forward to claim responsibility for the rider, but we now know that the person behind the Monsanto rider was Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). In 2010, the year of his Senate run, agribusiness PACs gave him over $243,000. Back in 2005 the Washington Post wrote that Blunt had “converted what had been an informal and ad hoc relationship between congressional leaders and the Washington corporate and trade community into a formal, institutionalized alliance.”
But Sen. Blunt didn’t work alone.
We’re in for one of the worst allergy seasons…ever.
There will be a massive explosion of pollen and other allergens this spring.1 That means more itching, sneezing, watery eyes, and stuffiness.
Prescription and over-the-counter allergy medicine, of course, have tons of side effects. And even if they weren’t so risky, who wants to walk around in a haze all spring?
Well, we’ve got good news. Researchers have found a natural way to decrease allergy symptoms. One that lessens their severity and supports your immune system. It’s a win/win.
The journal Food Science and Nutrition recently published the study.2 Researchers followed roughly 50 patients with ragweed allergies. They took 250 mg of this nutrient for four weeks.
The results were significant.
Many of my patients are on the lookout for anti-aging news and products that will help them stay younger-looking, stronger and healthier as they age. Perhaps you, too, are looking for the best anti-aging products and information you can find. Well, you’ve come to the right place, as anti-aging medicine is my specialty. I’d like to tell you about one of the best anti-aging substances out there – literally a “star” amongst antioxidants.
Astaxanthin – An Amazing Carotenoid
The Greek word “asta” means “star-like” and even has been translated as “love” itself. Xanthin means yellow in Greek and is a descriptive term given to the yellow, orange, red colored-carotenoid family of vegetables like carrots, red peppers, sweet potatoes, etc. Together they form the word astaxanthin and it pretty much describes the wonderful health benefits of this amazing antioxidant. It’s a “star” carotenoid nutrient that really loves your body inside and out with a miraculous list of health benefits that include the following:
Protects your eyes and brain – crosses the blood-brain, and blood-retinal barrier which allows it to nourish brain and eye tissues – specifically preventing retinal damage.
Reverses skin aging – fights oxidative damage in the surface as well as cellular level, reversing signs of aging like wrinkles, brown spots, dryness and sun damage by building collagen. Also acts as a natural sunscreen.
Powerhouse anti-inflammatory – fights inflammation throughout the body which is now thought to be the precursor to many serious diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer.
A recent investigative report by NBC Dateline producer Andrea Canning has revealed some shocking new details about the pervasive nature of chemicals in both everyday consumer products and the general food supply. As relayed by ElephantJournal.com, using conventional cleaning and sanitary products and eating standard food items significantly increases levels of bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, and triclosan, not to mention hundreds or even thousands of other chemical additives, inside the body.
As little as five years ago, most Americans were likely unaware of the existence of BPA, phthalates, or triclosan, let alone have any understanding of their pervasive use, even though these three chemicals are widely used in hand soaps, canned foods, cash register receipts, plastic containers, and many other products we are exposed to on a daily basis. But awareness is growing, especially as elevated levels of these “deadly three” have been detected in at least 90 percent of the population.
This fact came as a surprise to Canning, who decided to test her own urine, as well as the urine of her daughters, as part of a segment on chemical exposure and persistence. Canning began her investigation by taking baseline urine samples that reflected her everyday eating and living habits. She then cut out all the things that admittedly or may potentially contain the “deadly three,” and took new samples. Following this, Canning went back to her original lifestyle and took another set of samples.