So when LDL cholesterol combines with sugar (glycation), it becomes smaller and denser and new regions of its surface are exposed. It becomes much more sticky and thus much more likely to clog arteries.
This is another reason to eat less sugar - or to eat fewer foods that cause massive amounts of sugar to enter your bloodstream relatively quickly.
Bright yellow bananas are sold everywhere. In fact, it’s rare that you’ll find a truly ripe, spotted banana for sale at a convenience store or gas station. That’s probably why many of us grew up with the backwards idea that Yellow=Good and Brown=Bad.
Eating unripe fruit (those bright yellow/green bananas!) can cause a number of digestive problems, like constipation and stomach aches, and can also be harmful to your enamel.
The Difference Between Unripe & Ripe Bananas
Unripe (yellow/green): 80% starch, 7% sugar, hard to digest, bad taste
A first year watermelon grower in Jianhsu (ying-soo) Province said he sprayed the growth accelerator, forchlorfenuron (for-klor-fen-ur-on) on the melons with hopes to beat his competitors and get his melons to the market faster and the next day. POW! Hundreds had exploded.
This is just another reason to buy organic as a lot of the time, you simply don’t know what’s in the “conventional” produce you’re buying.
pulsed digital signals from cell phones disrupt DNA, impair brain function, and lower sperm count.
Insect studies have demonstrated that acute exposure to GSM (Global System for Mobile) signals brings about DNA fragmentation in insects’ ovarian cells, and consequently a large reduction in the reproductive capacity of the insects.
exposure to radiation for just six minutes a day affects the bone formation of fetuses.
Dr. Seyhan found that the increasing use of cell phones — and the increasing number of associated base stations — are becoming a widespread source of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. This work suggests that some biological effects are likely to occur even with low-level electromagnetic fields. The team concluded that 900 and 1,800 MHz radiation levels is related to an increase in the permeability of the blood-brain barrier in young adult male rats. The rat’s brains can be used to correspond to the brains of human teenagers.
Just because radiation is not ionizing, doesn’t mean it won’t do damage….
The basic premise is that the ACS gets huge donations from the mammography industry and the cancer drug industry, so this tends to focus the ACS on cancer curing. In other words the ACS focuses on dealing with cancer after you’ve already gotten it.
It makes very little effort to focus on prevention.
"The ACS … [has] long continued to devote virtually exclusive priority to research on diagnosis and treatment of cancer, with indifference to prevention, other than faulty personal lifestyle, commonly known as ‘blame the victim,’ … Not surprisingly, the incidence of cancer over past decades has escalated".
In Guam, a study of why some populations had a high risk of developing a Parkinson’s-like disease discovered that a specific compound in cycad seeds eaten by these populations was neurotoxic. The compound, which resembles a cholesterol with an attached sugar group, is almost identical to a compound produced by H. pylori.
TA-65 is a ‘supplement’ extracted from the herb Astragalus which repairs the telomere – the straggly bits at the end of our DNA wich get shorted each time our cells divide. This process – the reducing of telomere length – eventually kills us off at the age of a maximum of 120. In other words, if we were healthy enough that nothing else killed us off, the shrinking of the telomere would do so at this age.
Why not simply buy Astragalus extracts in a health food store?
Astragalus extracts can be found in most health food stores, but such products contain little or no TA-65. We tested 4 commonly available Astragalus extracts and none of them contained any measureable amounts of TA-65 (the test assay is accurate to one part per million). Our proprietary production process starts with 3 tons of plant material and ends up with capsules that we guarantee contain 5mg of TA-65.
So at this point it’s an expensive treatment that requires a doctor that may or may not increase cancer, but it’s an interesting idea.
flax seed reduced breast cancer size between the time of diagnosis and surgery. The phytoestrogen contained in the flax seed binds to the progesterone receptor, but does not stimulate it. The flax seed phytoestrogen competes with other estrogens that would otherwise stimulate the estrogen receptor. The flax seed phytoestrogen acts as a blocker.
Coffee is a known phytoestrogen that exacerbates fibrocystic breast disease. Since it is a phytoestrogen, decaffinated coffee may still be able to act as an estrogen.
[In clover and alfalfa] Formononetin mimics estrogen [and impairs reproductivity in sheep]
Coumestrol found in sunflower seeds when fed to the mother rat caused permanent reproductive problems in the rat pups….Flax seed oil and Soy oil are known NOT have the active phytoestrogens. Sunflower oil MAY or MAY NOT have active hormone components in it.
Licorice, Red Clover, Yucca, Hops (Beer) and Motherwort - these herbs stimulated estrogen receptor positive breast cancer cells to grow. Red Clover and Yucca were found to be equal in potency to estradiol at the same concentrations. Women who harvest hops for beer begin menstruating 2 days later anecdotally…beer has a significant amount of phytoestrogens that have moderate estrogen activity from hops used in the flavoring of beer.
Bloodroot, Ocotillo, Mandrake, Oregano, Damiana, Pennyroyal, Verbenna, Nutmeg, Tumeric, Yucca, Thyme, Calamus rt., Red Clover, Goldenseal, Licorice, Mistletoe, Cumin, Fennel, Camomille, Cloves… Zava, PhD was able to show that the above herbs are able to bind to the progesterone receptor. These herbs would compete against any natural progesterone taken and should also be avoided. Interestingly enough all the progesterone binding herbs were antagonists or neutral meaning they competed against progesterone and worked against it or blocked progesterone. None of them were progesterone stimulators.
Bloodroot, mandrake, pennyroyal, yucca, and mistletoe all have very strong progesterone binding activity and are used as abortifacents (create an abortion), and to bring on menses. Bloodroot was used in England to treat breast cancer 100 years ago, and was used by Native Americans to treat surface tumors. Herbalists today use it to treat breast cancers, nasal polyps, and cervical dysplasia. Mistletoe has been used for 100 years in Europe to treat breast cancer and leukemia.
I mentioned wild carrot/queen anne’s lace in the previous post. More on that here.
Modern testing has shown that pomegranate does have contraceptive effects. However the effectiveness has varied between species, in two studies sited pomegranate reduced fertility in female rats by 50% and in female guinea pigs by an impressive 100%. This does not mean that pomegranate will have the same effect in women, but the possibility for a reduction in fertility defiantly exists. Both animal types regained their fertility forty days after they stopped receiving pomegranate.
Research has also shown that the highest concentrations of the active substances are found in the seed pulp. Just as the ancients told us in the writings they left behind.
Modern researchers tested plants of the same genus (Ferula) and found anti-fertility effects ran in the family. Crude alcohol extracts of asafetida and a related plant (Ferula orientalis) were found to inhibit implantation of fertilized eggs in rats by 40% (asafetida) and 50% (F. orientalis). Other Ferula species have produced impressive results; one species F. jaeschikaena was found to be nearly 100% effective in preventing pregnancy when administerd to adult female rats within three days of colitus (penis/vagina intercourse).
Neem is also very effective - which is relevant to me because I probably get some of it via neem toothpaste. More on Neem here and here. Neem can be effective for women, and here’s the excerpt on how it can be effective for men:
Neem may become the first truly effective birth control “pill” for men (Riar, 1988). Neem leaf tablets ingested for one month produced reversible male antifertility without affecting sperm production or libido (Deshpande, 1980) (Sadre, 1984). In India and the United States, exploratory trials show neem extracts reduced fertility in male monkeys without inhibiting libido or sperm production (Sharma, et al, 1987).
In a test of neem’s birth control effects with members of the Indian Army, daily oral doses of several drops of neem seed oil in gelatin capsules were given to twenty married soldiers. The effect took six weeks to become 100 percent effective, it remained effective during the entire year of the trial and was reversed six weeks after the subjects stopped taking the capsules. During this time the men experienced no adverse side effects and retained their normal capabilities and desires. (Vietmeyer, 1992) There were no pregnancies of any of the wives during the period of the study.
What coconut oil can do for your skin it can do for your hair. It is wonderful to use as a hair conditioner. Beauticians who are familiar with coconut swear by it. It softens the hair and conditions the scalp. Using the coconut oil as a pre-wash conditioner can rid a person of dandruff better than a medicated shampoo.
Our skin is home to many tiny organisms, most of which are harmless; some are beneficial. At least one variety of bacterium is essential to the healthy environment on our skin. It feeds on the sebum, breaking down the tryglycerides into free fatty acids.
The bacteria actually feed on the glycerol part of the triglyceride. This leaves fatty acids which are now “freed” from the glycerol unit that held them together. Medium chain fatty acids which are bound to the glycerol unit as they are in coconut oil have no antimicrobial properties. However, when they are broken apart into free fatty acids, they become powerful antimicrobials.
So these bacteria convert the medium chain triglycerides (in the sebum or on the skin) into free fatty acids that can kill disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The combination of the slightly acid pH and medium chain fatty acids provides a protective chemical layer on the skin that prevents infection from disease-causing organisms. Due primarily to the action of bacteria, the oil on the surface of your skin and hair is composed of between 40 and 60 percent free fatty acids. The medium chain fatty acids in the sebum provide the protective layer on the skin that kills harmful germs. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium chain fatty acids.
So I’m going to try coconut oil on my hair as a conditioner. I may cut out using apple cider vinegar, as I don’t really want to inadvertently dye my hair red and I’m also concerned about the harsh acidity of vinegar curling or otherwise funking my hair.
Of course I hate traditional shampoos because most contain SLS which causes all sorts of health problems. Shampoos also contain other compounds which might be just as damaging but just haven’t been well studied yet. Your skin is like your second mouth, so if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.
Apples weren’t typically eaten previous to the 20th century. Before then, apples were generally used to make alcoholic drinks. It wasn’t until around the early 1900s, thanks to groups like the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, that people popularly stopped using apples for drink and decided they should eat them.
Queen Anne’s Lace (qal) seeds are one of the more potent antifertility agents available, and a common plant in many regions of the world.
The seeds, harvested in the fall, are a strong contraceptive if taken orally immediately after coitus.” (penis/vagina sex) Research on small animals has shown that extracts of the seeds disrupt the implantation process, or if a fertilized egg has implanted for only a short period, will cause it to be released.
In Chinese laboratory tests, the seeds have been shown to block progesterone synthesis in pregnant animals. Which deprives the uterine tissues of the progesterone needed to make a nutritive bed for the fertilized egg.
The seeds, collected from the flower head in fall are thoroughly chewed, swallowed and washed down with water or juice. The taste is heavy and oily, not very pleasant, but doesn’t taste terrible.
semen is such that it carries estrogen, prostaglandins and oxytocin. The first two mentioned have already been proven to lower depression in women. The oxytocin shows up during childbirth, breastfeeding and lactation. So, if these three hormones that make women feel better and bond with others more easily are readily available in semen, then one would assume semen is the gateway to alleviating depression.
The 2002 study, whose results are finally being revealed, analyzed 293 women who either never had depression or currently were suffering from it. The women in the study were instructed to have protected sex (with a condom) and also to abstain from condom use. This would appear to explain whether the act of sex itself was the reliever of depression or if it was the semen itself.
The study revealed that semen is genetically designed to work in the male’s favor. With those aforementioned three hormones embedded in the semen, the woman he mates with has a stronger bond with him, feels satisfied and is less depressed. The male has thus successfully increased his reproductive chances in impregnating the female and/or having further sexual relations with her.
More interestingly, this same study revealed that when the women who didn’t use condoms were put on a temporary sexual hiatus from sex or broke up with the male, they had a harder time with the estrangement. Having regular sex with the male was a mood booster. Infrequent or interrupted sex increased depression.
When you’re constantly switching back and forth between assignments, you use up more brainpower, which then breaks down your self-control.
Not only can shuffling between projects cause angry outbursts or make you less motivated at the gym, it can lead to overeating and bad nutritional choices,
This goes in line with other psychological studies that show that when you’re stressed you make less rational decisions. So the idea is that if you stress yourself out, you eat poorly.
I actually think it’s more about the type of multitasking - in other words. If you’re trying to do too many things at once and it’s stressing you out that’s no good, but if you’re doing two mindless things like driving and gabbing on a cell phone, probably that won’t produce a lot of stress if traffic isn’t horrendous.
Mayonnaise is a great conditioner for dry hair. Depending on the length of your hair, apply approximately 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to your dry hair. Work into hair really well and then cover your hair with a plastic bag, allowing to set for about 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then shampoo as usual.
Mayonnaise can be made from either vinegar or lemon juice…I’d prefer the vinegar as it seems to have less potential to turn my hair blond. Still, it’s kind of a pain because you need to grab mayo from the fridge when you wash your hair.
You can mix avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oils, and mayo to make a variety of home made conditioners. Other sites mention shea butter.
I think I might try a mix of avocado oil and coconut oil since they are both relatively stable and they are something I can just leave it in a bathroom and experiment with it. I might also add shea butter as that’s easy and stable as well.
Oh and as a background I’m concerned about SLS and other documented toxins in traditional shampoos, so I’m experimenting with food based shampoos, so far with great results.
Oxidation, oxidation, oxidation. Lemon juice is comprised mostly of citric acid, which happens to be a weak oxidizer. The same reason why sodium hypochlorite (bleach) bleaches your hair is the same reason why lemon juice bleaches your hair. Adding NaCl to lemon juice won’t really do anything. … The salt in the water isn’t really adding to the bleaching effect. … The reason that it “seems” to bleach faster when you’re by salt water is that when you go to the beach, you stay outside the whole time for several hours. When you’re inland, you’re constantly passing through shade and going indoors and outdoors.
hair is a filament of protein that’s produced by a hair follicle and extruded out through the skin. Within the hair follicle populations of cells called melanocytes add forms of melanin called phaeomelanin and eumelanin to the hair, giving it its colour.
But once the hair leaves the follicle and grows out onto your scalp it is beyond the reach of the melanocytes and therefore the melanin it carries cannot be replaced; sunlight falling on the hair can therefore photolyse (break apart) the melanin molecules, bleaching the hair.
So oxidize means chemically combine with oxygen, and an oxidizer is something that facilitates that process. Vinegar is also an oxidizer - so can it lighten hair as well? Saw this:
Use white vinegar to bring out blond highlights and lighten your hair. Apple cider vinegar will bring out auburn tones.
Glycation is a process where sugar and protein molecules combine to form a tangled mess of tissue. Glycated tissue is tough and inflexible, leading to wrinkling not only of the skin, but also of important internal organs.
There are two main causes of glycation;
High blood glucose level, and
Eating foods cooked at high temperatures – over 250°F …. Do not barbecue, fry, grill, roast, [or broil]
I’m pretty healthy in that I prefer to steam and use an oven. Yes an oven temperature can be high, but typically you don’t find black charred over-cookedness like you do on a grill.
This actually made think that I should eat scrambled eggs more so than fried, as fried eggs are often overly cooked on the bottom and undercooked on top, where as the heat/cooking distribution with scrambled is better. I also think they can cook more quickly, although beating in a bowl does take some extra seconds :P
Watermelon is rich with citrulline, an amino acid that helps improve blood flow to the heart and genitalia, as well as to the rest of the body. Citrulline is highly effective at relaxing blood vessels, producing an effect similar to drugs like Viagra. Result: Increased blood flow to your sexual organs. One note: citrulline is actually found in higher concentrations in watermelon rind than in the flesh, but there’s still plenty citrulline in the delicious flesh to make eating it worthwhile.
garlic contains allicin, an compound thought to increase blood flow to the sexual organs.
Bananas are rich in the enzyme bromelain (as are pineapples). There is some evidence that bromelain will increase libido in men, although the verdict is out on exactly why.
Chilies — Chilies are hot because they have tons of capsaicin, a chemical which also increases blood flow and triggers the release of mood-enhancing endorphins.
Broccoli — High in Indole-3-carbinol, a compound that helps reduce estrogen levels, broccoli is a great libido booster in men (although it can have the opposite effect in women). Brussel sprouts are also a great source of Indole-3-carbinol.
Maca contains a chemical called p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which reputedly has aphrodisiac properties. Small-scale clinical trials have shown that maca extracts can heighten libido in men and improve semen quality, and maca has been shown to increase mating behavior in male mice and rats.
Goji berries are reputed to increase testosterone levels.
Damiana is a small shrub with smooth, pale green oval leaves and aromatic yellow flowers. It grows in Mexico and Central America. Damiana (or Turnera diffusa) is said to help with impotence, relieve anxiety, promote general well being and act as a sexual stimulant for male and females alike. This plant has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac for men and women in Central America, because it helps to re balance your hormones and also has mildly stimulating properties.
Why bromelain in bananas might be helpful…Basically it reduces inflammation everywhere and that improves blood flow. It reduces platelet aggregation (helping blood flow). It helps break down foods which helps with digestion, and reduces stress. Because it helps break down proteins it may help the immune system fight cancer by being better able to recognize protein fragments. Because it breaks down proteins, it can also help with allergies which can cause stress.Bromelain may benefit people at risk of infection, help to reduce inflammation. It can reduce inflammation elsewhere as well.
Bromelain has cysteine protease activity, it exerts anti-inflammatory effects in a number of inflammatory models. Scientists from Duke University found that bromelain can effectively decrease neutrophil migration to sites of acute inflammation and support the specific removal of the CD128 chemokine receptor as a potential mechanism of action.  Researchers from University of Connecticut Health Center, have previously shown that Br treatment decreased activated CD4(+) T cells and has a therapeutic role in an ovalbumin-induced murine model of allergic airway disease.
Protease supplementation has been purported to reduce the damaging effects of eccentric exercise and accelerate recovery of muscle function, possibly by regulating inflammation. Studies also showed its enhancement on the absorption of antibiotics.
Bromelain may benefit people at risk of infection, help to reduce inflammation. Bromelain has cysteine protease activity, it exerts anti-inflammatory effects in a number of inflammatory models. Scientists from Duke University found that bromelain can effectively decrease neutrophil migration to sites of acute inflammation and support the specific removal of the CD128 chemokine receptor as a potential mechanism of action.  Researchers from University of Connecticut Health Center, have previously shown that Br treatment decreased activated CD4(+) T cells and has a therapeutic role in an ovalbumin-induced murine model of allergic airway disease. Protease supplementation has been purported to reduce the damaging effects of eccentric exercise and accelerate recovery of muscle function, possibly by regulating inflammation. Studies also showed its enhancement on the absorption of antibiotics.
Interesting stuff…in general improved blood flow is good for other things besides sex.
It’s also another argument in favor of eating a variety of foods - because foods you may not eat sometimes have unexpected benefits.
I think celery can go well in green smoothies, so can broccoli within limits.
There’s evidence that some nutrients are better absorbed raw and some are better absorbed cooked so a balance is good.
That fair-trade cup of coffee we savour may not only fail to ease the lot of poor farmers, it may actually help to impoverish them, according to a study out recently from Germany’s University of Hohenheim.
The study, which followed hundreds of Nicaraguan coffee farmers over a decade, concluded that farmers producing for the fair-trade market “are more often found below the absolute poverty line than conventional producers.
For starters, it discriminates against the very poorest of the world’s coffee farmers, most of whom are African, by requiring them to pay high certification fees.
To add to the perversity, it’s an open secret that the certification process is lax and almost impossible to police, making it little more than a high-priced honour system.
Although the certification associations have done their best to tighten flaws in the system, farmers and middlemen who want to get around the system inevitably do, bagging unearned profits. Those who remain scrupulous and follow the onerous and costly regulations — another source of inefficiency the German study notes in its analysis — lose out.
we have received bags of coffee, some labelled fair trade, some not, grown on the very same farm and identical in every respect. The fair-trade certified farmer himself can’t tell which beans will be sold as fair trade and which not — that decision is made by the higher-ups.
Because the fair-trade associations are intent on keeping the price of fair-trade coffee up, they limit the supply of coffee that can be labelled as certified. To the certified farmer’s chagrin, most of his fair-trade certified crop could end up being sold as uncertified conventional coffee.
And in this well-intentioned price-fixing game, the fair-trade farmer is the pawn and the joke is on the customer.
And as wikipedia says…
Fair trade coffee is coffee which is purchased directly from the growers for a higher price than standard coffee. Fair trade coffee is one of many fair trade certifiedproducts available around the world. The purpose of fair trade is to promote healthier working conditions and greater economic incentive for producers.
Mammograms Increase Breast Cancer Risk by 10% in women below 50
“The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 rad exposure increasing breast cancer risk by about 1 percent, with a cumulative 10 percent increased risk for each breast over a decade’s screening.”
When women are below 50, their breasts are denser, so mammograms produce a lot of false positives, which causes a lot more harm.
One effective recipe for a repellent spray uses 10 cloves of garlic, 8 hot chili peppers (any variety), 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap, and 2 pints of water. Finely chop the cloves of garlic and hot chili peppers. Combine those with the water and allow the mixture to steep overnight. The next day, strain the mixture and add the oil and soap. Pour ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the mixture on the leaves of healthy plants, and repeat once a week and after it rains. The strong smells will repel insects from coming near your plants.
A simple slug repellent is lava rock. Simply place lava rock around the base of affected plants. The rough, abrasive surface will be avoided by slugs.
You can make a non-toxic repellent for rabbits and deer using one part egg, one part milk, one part dish soap, and 5 to 10 garlic cloves. Combine all and mix well in a blender. Keep the mixture in a closed container, preferably outdoors, for 24 to 48 hours, or until it begins to spoil. Then strain it and place the liquid in a spray bottle. Spray it around the perimeter of your garden and plants at least once a week. Rabbits and deer do not like the smell of eggs.
Another recipe for rabbit and deer repellent uses 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper, 2 tablespoons dish soap, and 10 tablespoons cooking oil. Combine the three and mix very well. Pour into a spray bottle and spray around the perimeter of any plants or shrubs you want to protect. Repeat as needed. The strong smell of cayenne pepper is a major turnoff for rabbits and deer.
Interesting ideas. Would like to try without the soap - if I had the patience. Would prefer to buy something like this pre-mixed, but it’s an interesting concept.
diatomaceous earth. It’s actually the fossilized remains of microscopic shells. When these remains come into contact with insects, it pierces their shells, so the pests die by dehydration. However, when people touch DE, it’s as soft to the touch as talcum powder and it’s nontoxic. If you have ants or roaches, sprinkle DE around the foundation of your home but not where ladybugs or other beneficial bugs live. Putting it directly on ant piles is also effective. Then, sprinkle it in areas where ants and roaches are most likely to enter your home.
Make sure you buy food grade DE. The other kind of diatomaceous earth is widely used in swimming pools and it is toxic.
even though it’s safe for people and pets, the dust can irritate lungs, especially with prolonged exposure, so wear a mask if you have a big project.
If the cycle of methylation is not working well a dangerous substance called homocysteine accumulates in the blood. High homocysteine levels cause serious damage to the cells and the DNA. This leads to premature aging – and premature death.
High homocysteine is closely involved in:
Heart and artery disease
Various types of cancer
Low thyroid function
IBS (inflammatory bowel syndrome)
ME (Myalgic encephalitis)
and other serious degenerative diseases.
For example a raised homocysteine level can easily double or even quadruple the chances of atherosclerosis and other artery problems, leading to serious illness or death.
To improve methylation and thus reduce homocysteine there are two approaches:
To increase the elements in the blood, which supply the necessary methyl groups – primarily TMG (trimethylglycine) and SAM-e (S-adenosyl-methionine), and:
To make sure the nutrients, which enable methylation to take place all present in sufficient quantities – these are primarily vitamin B12, folic acid and zinc.
The target level of homocysteine in the blood is 6.3 µmol per liter of blood or less. If as high as 15 µmol per liter – and this level is not rare – the risk of coronary artery disease is quadrupled. A simple blood test will show the level of homocysteine present.
I’ve always taken very few vitamins, together with a multi-mineral - but never supplements. I currently take vitamin D, dessicated liver for b12, and then calcium (because I don’t feel like gnawing on bones or grinding egg shells - although perhaps they might be better sources) and a multi-mineral (to be safe). I get tons of folic acid from the food I eat. Zinc? Well that’s a reason to eat more oysters. Dunno. Somewhat skeptical of supplements. Beef liver actually contains folate as well - even though it’s not listed on my supplement data, so I’m not sure about the extent to which it survives in pill form. Anyway, this to me is a very interesting angle on eating healthily.
Your skin is like your second mouth and there’s all sorts of evidence that compounds on your skin are easily absorbed. There’s a lot of talk about SLS in shampoos as well, etc.
It’s tough to find any shampoo with ingredients you’d be comfortable eating. However, there is one exception…
I’ve been trying this apple cider vinegar/water mixture for a week or two instead of shampoo, and at the very least…it’s great for eliminating dandruff…
The theory is that it is lower in Ph than most shampoos and can therefore kill the microorganisms that cause dandruff where as traditional shampoos exacerbate the problem because their Ph is typically quite high. (Ph is a measure of how acidic the shampoo is etc.)
This is an ongoing experiment that is going well so far… but I thought I’d post because I want this blog to have at least some sense of what’s going on with me health-wise + food-wise and not just be all about articles that influence me…
I thought about adding lemon juice for added acidity, but there are some articles that suggest that dies your hair, which I’m not looking to do.
Oh and if you want more on SLS…here’s one tasty nugget on SLS, which is in almost all shampoos:
Perhaps most worryingly, SLS is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of sodium lauryl sulfate is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications and may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.
That’s just the beginning. SLS is a strong detergent which can likely wreak havoc in your body simply because it’s a detergent. Here’s one example:
SLS exerts its effects on proteins by forming a chemical bridge between the fat-soluble and water-soluble parts of the protein moecule. This disrupts the hydrophobic forces needed to maintain the protein structure and the molecule collapses, rendering it useless. This effect is usually irriversible.
The result of this is two-fold. Firstly, existing proteins are damaged, leading to an increase in the amount of healing required by the body. Secondly, new proteins can be damaged and cells disrupted while they are under construction.
And there’s a 3rd way SLS can cause cancer:
Carcinogenic nitrates can form in the manufacturing of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or by its inter-reaction with other nitrogen bearing ingredients within a formulation utilizing this ingredient (many shampoos contain nitrate compounds). A single shampooing can produce more cancer-causing nitrates in the body than eating a pound of bacon, which is VERY high in nitrates!
and remember if your shampoo doesn’t have SLS, it might have something that’s just as bad that hasn’t been sufficiently well studied yet… So that’s why I say, if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin … if it all possible…
Ha, I said I wouldn’t post articles and I ended up doing it. Happy no-pooing.
I have officially not washed my hair in 2 months, using the No-Poo method, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. So I thought I would share another natural haircare secret with you guys.
Every once in a while (or if you can, permanently!) put aside your chemical-filled haircare products and try an Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse for shiny, healthy hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar is full of nutrients and it will balance the pH of your scalp. It has been shown to thicken hair and even aid in growth. And if you ever have an itchy scalp or dandruff, it will help with that as well.
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
Pour the following ingredients into an empty bottle. If you don’t have one, consider emptying out and washing an old bottle that you have laying around your house.
3/4 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup Water
After washing your hair, pour some on and massage scalp. Rinse. Do this 1-2 times per week, or as needed.
You can also keep a mixture of 1/4 cup ACV with 2 cups water in a spray bottle and use this whenever your hair is looking dull, for a quick and easy fix.
Be sure to use the Skin Deep Database to see if your beauty/haircare products are safe and free of toxic chemicals.
"Persisters" are bacteria that shut down their metabolism when faced with antibiotics, so they don’t die and then after you’re done taking your antibiotics, they re-grow…
Researchers discovered a weakness: persisters have a sweet tooth. Adding some ordinary sugar to the antibiotic helps it kill off persisters. Bacteria, persister and not, feed on sugars. Persisters survive by shutting down their metabolism when antibiotics strike, but if they’re stimulated by sugar, they just keep feeding. This allows the antibiotics to destroy them exactly the way ordinary bacteria are destroyed.
Doctors believe that this discovery will help treat urinary tract infections, staph infections, and strep throat, but its most life-saving application may be against the age-old disease tuberculosis.
Here we show that specific metabolic stimuli enable the killing of both Gram-negative (Escherichia coli) and Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus) persisters with aminoglycosides. This potentiation is aminoglycoside-specific, it does not rely on growth resumption and it is effective in both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. It proceeds by the generation of a proton-motive force which facilitates aminoglycoside uptake. Our results demonstrate that persisters, although dormant, are primed for metabolite uptake, central metabolism and respiration.
This is an important qualifier as this seems to only work with some antibiotics - aminoglycoside … examples below…
Researchers conducted laboratory tests to examine the effectiveness of taking antibiotics with sugar and discovered that glucose and fructose, a type of sugar found in plants, encouraged bugs and made them more susceptible to drug treatments. The researchers have claimed that taking antibiotics with sugar not only makes it easy to swallow them but also increases their effectiveness against severe infections such as tuberculosis.
Daniel Kahne, Min Ge and others synthesized analogs of vancomycin by modifying the sugar groups that are attached to the drug’s peptide backbone. These analogs turned out not only to be effective against vancomycin-resistant bacteria, but also more effective than their parent compound against strains that are normally sensitive to the drug
So what’s the big takeaway. As I see it, it’s this : eat your antibiotic together with fruit, assuming that your antibiotic is an aminoglycoside.
I decided to follow one day in the “diet plan” I found in one of my magazines. It called for 6 meals spread out every 2-3 hours. Let’s just say I made 4 meals, haha. Eating that often is actually kind of hard! I just wasn’t hungry when it was time to eat and I wasn’t up enough hours of the day to get 6 meals in.
Cinnamon Bark is Another Good Ingredient to Look For in Toothpaste
A 2010 clinical trial published in the journal “Food and Chemical Toxicology” by Mehmet Unlu and colleagues from the faculty of medicine at Cumhuriyet University in Sivas, Turkey, demonstrated that cinnamon bark oil effectively destroyed 21 different types of bacteria in the laboratory.
I like that cinnamon bark is edible. Invariably some portion of your toothpaste will get into your body despite your best rinsing effort. That’s why edible ingredients are a positive health-wise. Many things that you might ingest from toothpaste are not good for you (eg SLS), so that’s why I tend to favor toothpastes with a few, natural ingredients. I like neem toothpaste, for example.
More Ways Gluten and Wheat Can Hurt You - Beyond Celiac
Celiac disease is hardly the beginning and end of this story. Dermatitis herpetiformis is a rash that results when gluten induces an autoimmune response in the skin rather than the gut, and there is evidence that gluten can provoke a similar autoimmune response in the brain as well.
Gluten sensitivity or intolerance …. might be mediated by the innate, rather than the adaptive, immune system, meaning that T and B cells are not involved.
Gluten “intolerance” is simply when people report that the feel a lot better when they stop eating gluten. It reportedly affects about 10% of the population, but that’s only the 10% we currently estimate, and the effects could be more far reaching than we currently understand - the skin problems and brain issues are likely only the beginning. We’re not used to eating wheat or gluten and my guess is that future research likely uncovers more issues.
The Corn Refiners have just petitioned the FDA to be allowed to use the name “corn sugar” to apply to both glucose/dextrose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). But the existing definition seems to exclude HFCS. While HFCS is about half glucose, it is also about half fructose, and its manufacture from corn starch requires one more enzyme.
Wow, this is crazy and misleading. Good to know. Also, I love the headline.
If you’re trying to figure out how old someone is, take a look at their hands. One thing that can really make our hands look older is obsessive washing. Washing your hands compulsively strips away the outer layers that protect us from germs in the first place.
True for hands, face, etc. Ironic that it lowers protection from germs.
Here’s something interesting that I read on FitSugar:
“There is a myth that people who are out of shape or are just starting to exercise sweat more profusely. This is generally not true, as sweating during exercise is a sign of more efficient cooling. An athlete who has adapted to keep the body core temperature cool during exercise will move more blood to the skin’s surface quickly and thus release heat more efficiently from the body. It could be that you are working out more regularly now compared to when you were younger and thus are more efficient at cooling by sweating. However, in my research on the topic of sweating and aging, typically the number of sweat glands decreases with age, so I don’t think that age has anything to do with why you are sweating more.”
“Basically, when you exercise the main way you keep your body cool is by sweating. An athlete who has adapted (through exercise/training) to keep the body cool during exercise will shunt blood to the skin’s surface more quickly and release heat from the body. At the same time the sweat glands increase their output and so cool the body through sweat evapourating. Therefore the fitter you are the more effectively you keep your body cool = the more you sweat. Training harder, for longer, in hotter and a more humid environment, will also make you sweat more.
Genetics - some people simply sweat more than others Body Size - larger people tend to sweat more than smaller people Fitness - more fit people sweat more and in larger volumes Environment - sweat losses are higher in hot, humid conditions Exercise Intensity - as intensity increases, sweat loss increases as well”
When you drink wine, you might be drinking some snakes
At a wine seminar back in NC, I met a vineyard owner who is quite proud that his vineyard still hand-picks it’s grapes. Aside from being able to only the pick the best and ripe grapes, he cited one of the hidden benefits to this process is that most larger companies that use machines for harvest actually end up with a lot of snakes in the mix. As a wine lover (and extreme snake-fearer) this left me jaw-dropped for months.
How to Avoid Genetically Modified Papayas and other GM foods
Those little stickers on fruit and vegetables contain different PLU codes depending on whether the fruit was conventionally grown, organically grown or genetically engineered. The PLU code for conventionally grown fruit consists of four numbers, organically grown fruit five numbers prefaced by the number 9, and GM fruit five numbers prefaced by the number 8.
This mostly applies to papaya, which I guzzle down, but it’s also true of canola, corn and squash. Of course this isn’t so applicable for processed genetically modified foods containing GM soy, sugar, cottonseed oil etc.
So I got tons of requests for the recipe I made this morning on Good Morning America. Here it goes!
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups water 1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped 3-4 stalks organic celery 1/2 head of a large bunch or 3/4 of a small bunch of spinach 1 organic apple, cored and chopped 1 organic pear, cored and chopped 1 organic banana Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon
Add the water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender at low speed, mix until smoothi. Gradually moving to higher speeds, add the celery, apple and pear. Add the cilantro and parsley, if you are choosing to add them. Add the banana and lemon juice last.
I typically use spinach and frozen raspberries, or spring mix, tomato, apple/pear, baby carrots, and sometimes blueberries.
The lemon, cilantro and parsley combo is food for thought.
Snoring occurs when your throat muscles relax during sleep, your tongue falls backward toward your throat and the walls of your throat vibrate, leading to the familiar sounds of a snore. It’s a common notion, then, that most people only snore when they sleep on their back, as this is what allows your tongue to collapse into the back of your throat and obstruct breathing.
In fact, sleeping on your back can lead to snoring in some people — the New York Times reported one study found that 54 percent of snorers were “positional snorers,” which means they only snored while sleeping on their backs. So switching to your side while sleeping is a simple trick to try if snoring is interfering with your, or your partner’s, sleep — but it likely won’t work for everyone.
Causes of snoring:
Aging, which leads to increased relaxation of the throat muscles
Obesity (particular having a lot of fatty tissue around the neck)
Anatomical abnormalities of the nose and throat (enlarged tonsils or adenoids, nasal polyps, or deviated nasal septum)
Functional abnormalities (such as inflammation of the nose or throat due to allergies)
Drinking alcohol before bed, as alcohol is a potent muscle relaxant, or taking muscle relaxants in the evening
Tropical Blueberries Are Even Healthier Than US/Canadian Blueberries
blueberries that grow wild in Mexico, Central and South America … have even more healthful antioxidants than the blueberries — already renowned as “super fruits” — sold throughout the United States. These extreme super fruits could provide even more protection against heart disease, cancer and other conditions
Too bad you can’t buy ‘em here yet. I hope some good company starts importing them.
Ha, it’s called “powdered cellulose” or “MCC” on the ingredient list, and it’s basically ground up wood.
Food-product makers use it to thicken or stabilize foods, replace fat and boost fiber content, and cut the need for ingredients like oil or flour, which are getting more expensive.
Cellulose products, gums and fibers allow food manufactures to offer white bread with high dietary fiber content, low-fat ice cream that still feels creamy on the tongue, and allow cooks to sprinkle cheese over their dinner without taking time to shred.
Cellulose additives belong to a family of substances known as hydrocolloids that act in various ways with water, such as creating gels.
It’s in organic foods too
Organic Valley uses powdered cellulose made from wood pulp in its shredded-cheese products.
Sometimes cotton is used too.
Kraft Foods Inc. uses forms of cellulose made from wood pulp and cotton in products including shredded cheese and salad dressing.
It could be exposing you to chemicals.
Powdered cellulose is made by cooking raw plant fiber—usually wood—in various chemicals to separate the cellulose, and then purified. Modified versions go through extra processing, such as exposing them to acid to further break down the fiber.
Wood is fairly good at absorbing chemicals. That’s the principle upon which shellacks work. It’s a reasonable bet that some of these chemicals used in the above process are absorbed by the wood. Those chemicals enter your body when you eat foods containing the wood pulp.