Trailers, RVs, & Tiny Houses

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DIY Backyard BBQ set-ups

DIY Backyard Smokers & BBQ Pit ideas:

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More ideas:

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Cement block:

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Animal trough + landscape yard pavers:

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Shopping cart BBQ:

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Truck BBQ:

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Computer case BBQ:

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Brick BBQ:

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Cute + affordable terra cotta flower pot BBQ smoker:

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Animal trough from Tractor supply / Lowes / Home Depot + landscape pavers:

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Brick & walkway backyard pavers + buried trash can:

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Welded horse shoe BBQ with tire rim base:

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Fancy concrete fire pit:

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BBQ pit:

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Tire rim BBQ with wood base & roller wheels:

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HUGE concrete rebar DIY BBQ:

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Tire rim wheel BBQ pit:

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Soursop fruit = Dangerous Toxin or Cancer Cure?

Soursop is a prickly fruit comes from the Graviola tree, an evergreen native to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. It’s also known as custard apple, guanabana, paw paw, Annona cherimola, Annona macrocarpa, Annona muricata, Cherimoya, Corossol, Corossol Épineux, Corossolier, Durian Benggala, Guanabana, Guanavana, Nangka Blanda, Nangka Londa, Soursop, Sour Sop, Toge-Banreisi. Does it’s benefits outweigh it’s risks? You decide:

We’ll start 1st with it’s benefits:

Parasite Control: The anti-parasitic nature of soursop has made it a popular treatment in many of the rural areas of Latin America and South America, particularly in areas where parasitic infections are more common. By brewing a tea from the leaves of the fruit, you can cleanse your gut and ensure that your gastrointestinal system is running smoothly.

Anti-inflammatory Properties: If you are suffering from joint pain or inflammation, particularly from conditions like gout or arthritis, then rubbing a decoction of soursop on the affected area can be a wonderful way to find some relief. The anti-inflammatory compounds found in soursop can quickly speed healing in affected areas, while also soothing pain and improving flexibility.

Respiratory Distress: If you are struggling with a cough, cold, or other form of respiratory ailment, then soursop’s anti-inflammatory properties can help to clear out your airways, relieve congestion, and soothe irritation. Acting partially as an expectorant, soursop is a reliable way to eliminate phlegm and mucus, where many pathogens can live. By reducing inflammation of the nasal cavities and respiratory tracts, it can also speed healing.

Sedation and Stress: Soursop tea has been used as a stress relieving strategy for centuries. There are certain anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of soursop that make it very effective if you are suffering from excess stress and anxiety. Stress hormones in the body can be detrimental, and can mess with your natural metabolic cycles, as well as your sleep schedule. If you’re suffering from insomnia or restless sleep, soursop tea is a wise choice.

Skin Health: You can pulverize the seeds of the soursop fruit into a powder, which can then be formulated into a skin astringent, helping you to reduce lines and wrinkles, and improve the appearance of age spots and blemishes. Topically apply this paste to the affected areas regularly and enjoy healthier skin, while also protecting yourself from bacterial and microbial infections.

Cancer Prevention: Some of the most interesting benefits of soursop relate to its antioxidant activity, which namely comes from acetogenins, as well as quinolones and alkaloids. These have been directly linked to cancer prevention and the reduction in size of tumors. Extensive research has been done on the unique organic compounds of soursop and it has been widely studied as an alternative cancer treatment. These acetogenins are actually unique to the Annonaceae plant family, which is what makes them so fascinating. They can apparently cut off blood flow to foreign or non-normal cellular growths, and have already been positively associated with treating breast, pancreatic, prostate, and lung cancers.

Research shows that bioactive components of graviola leaf extracts may have a positive cancer-fighting effect due to the free radical scavenging abilities and antioxidant enzymes it contains, thus helping eliminate cancer cells. It’s believed that the graviola leaves kill cancer cells by blocking ATP production. ATP, aka adenosine triphosphate, is a usable form of energy for cells.  Graviola leaf extract can help block this activity, which may cause apoptosis (programmed cell death). Scientists in Mexico discovered acetogenins in the soursop fruit hold chemotherapeutic properties.

A study conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center found that the extract can greatly reduce pancreatic cancer. Because cancer cells have more glucose, cell growth is typically enhanced as well as tumor growth. However, in this study, cells that were treated with graviola extract decreased their glucose uptake when compared to untreated cells. This decrease can make it difficult for the bad cells to live and multiply, which is a good thing.

Immune System Booster: Protecting the immune system is one of the most important components of a healthy diet and fitness regimen. Adding a bit of soursop fruit to your diet, either through refreshing beverages or desserts, can positively impact your overall health and keep those illnesses at bay. Rich in vitamin C, this fruit stimulates the production of white blood cells, while the concentration of antioxidants helps to neutralize free radicals and prevent chronic disease.

Gastrointestinal Health: Being rich in vitamin C, soursop was used for many years as a natural remedy for scurvy and dysentery. The juice of the soursop fruit can also be a very effective diuretic, to cleanse the gastrointestinal tract and remove excess toxins and salts from the body. The anti-inflammatory components, including the alkaloids and quinolones, can reduce parasites in the gut and alleviate any pain and irritation in the stomach/colon.

Analgesic Properties: In terms of pain relief, soursop has been topically applied to wounds and injuries for generations, but also works internally to relieve pain and speed healing. The sedative and anti-inflammatory aspects of this impressive tropical fruit make it an ideal solution for all types of body pain, both inside and out.

CHART: Pharmacological activities of A. muricata extracts evaluated in vivo:

Activity Plant part Solvent Dose Test model and results References
Hypoglycemic Leaf H2O 100 mg/kg p.o. by 25 days Reduction of blood glucose (4.7 mmol/l) in diabetes mellitus rats Adewole and Caxton-Martins (2006)
H2O 100 mg/kg p.o. by 25 days Increase of serum insulin glucose (12.2 μU/ml) in diabetes mellitus rats
MeOH 100 mg/kg, daily for two weeks Reduction of blood glucose (4.22 mmol/l) in diabetes mellitus rats Adeyemi et al. (2009)
H2O 100 mg/kg, daily for 28 days Reduction of blood glucose (80.75 mg/dl) in diabetes mellitus rats Florence et al. (2014)
Stem bark EtOH 100 mg/kg, daily for 14 days Reduction of blood glucose (187 mg/dl) in diabetes mellitus rats Ahalya et al. (2014)
Anti-cancer Leaf EtOH 100 mg/kg/4 wk Restoration of colon total protein in cycas-induced colorectal carcinogenesis in rats Okolie et al. (2013)
Leaf EtOAc 500 mg/kg/8 wk 72.5% of ACF inhibition in AOM induced colorectal carcinogenesis in rats Moghadamtousi et al. (2015c)
Anti-tumorigenic Dried fruit H2O:Cet 50% 200 mg/kg/35 wk 32% growth inhibition (weight) of breast tumor induced by MDA-MB-468 cell in rats Dai et al. (2011)
Leaf/ Stem H2O 50 mg/kg/35 days 59.8% growth inhibition of pancreatic tumor induced by CD18/HPAF cell in rats Torres et al. (2012)
Leaf EtOH/H2O 30 mg/kg bwt 0% of incidence of initiation and promotion of tumors induced in mouse skin Hamizah et al. (2012)
Anti-diarrhea Leaf MeOH 25 a 200 mg/kg, vo 13.94% of inhibition of activated charcoal transit in mouse Salinas et al. (2011)
Gastroprotective Leaf EtOH 80% 300 mg/kg 92.8% of inhibition of total area of gastric lesion in rats Roslida et al. (2012)
Leaf EtOAc 400 mg/kg Reduction of ulcer index in ethanol-induced ulcerogenesis in rats Moghadamtousi et al. (2014)
Hepato-protective Leaf H2O 400 mg/kg twice daily for 7 days: Reduction of bilirubin level (5.68 μmol/l) in rats hyperbilirubinemia induced Arthur et al.(2012a)
Leaf H2O 50 mg/kg 97% of protection versus hepatotoxicity induced in rats by CCl4 Arthur et al. (2012b)
Leaf H2O 100 mg/kg 100% of protection versus hepatotoxicity induced in rats by acetaminophen
Anti-inflammatory Leaf H2O 1.5 mg/kg 71.12% reduction of plant edema induced in mouse model Poma et al. (2011)
Leaf EtOH 400 mg/kg Reduction of volume (0.47 ml) of carrageenan-induced paw edema in rats Sousa and Vieira (2010)
Anti-nociceptive Leaf EtOH 80% 10 mg/kg op 53.92% prolongation of reaction time of mice exposed to the hot plate Roslida et al. (2012)
Leaf EtOH 80% 300 mg/kg 95.3% inhibition of abdominal writhes of mice induced by 0.6% acetic acid
Leaf EtOH 80% 100 mg/kg 47.36% of reduction time spent licking on formalin-induced in mice
Leaf EtOH 400 mg/kg 41.41% inhibition of acetic acid-induced writhing in mice Sousa and Vieira (2010)
Leaf EtOH 400 mg/kg Increase the latency time (13.25 min) in mice
Leaf EtOH 400 mg/kg 45% inhibition of formalin-induced nociception in mice
Anxiolytic-like effect Leaf EtOH 40% 0.5 g/kg, vo: 45% reduction of time reaction in Albino mice/elevated plus maze Oviedo et al. (2009)
Hypotensive Leaf H2O 48.53 mg/kg Reduction of blood pressure (57.7 mm Hg) in rats Nwokocha et al. (2012)
Wound healing Stem bark EtOH 4% in ointment/12 days 88.58% reduction of area of open wound produced in rats Padmaa et al. (2009)
Leaf EtOAc 10% in cream, two applications a day per 15 days 77% of wound closure in rats Moghadamtousi et al. (2015b)

NR, Not reported; EtOH, ethanol; H2O, water; MeOH, methanol; EtOAc, ethyl acetate; Cet, cetone; CCl4, carbon tetrachloride; wk, week; ACF, aberrant crypt foci; AOM, azoxymethane.

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Soursop and Cinnamon Milkshake

INGREDIENTS:

1 ripe soursop
1/2 cup coconut water
½ cup almond milk
1 medium frozen banana
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

DIRECTIONS:

In a blender, place the soursop, coconut water and almond milk. Blend until smooth. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
For a thicker shake, use less liquid ingredients. For a thinner shake, add more almond milk. Once you have the shake at your desired consistency, pour into a glass. Add a cinnamon stick for a nice touch.

Now for the risks & side-effects:

Soursop contains Annonacin. Annonacin is a neurotoxin. It can kill nerve cells in the brain and other parts of the body. It may cause movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease. It’s believed that it may be causing atypical parkinsonism in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe where consumption of soursop and pawpaw is common. Studies indicate that consumption of annonacin cause brain lesions (consistent with Parkinson’s disease).

It reduced the brain’s striatal neurons. Annonacin causes a reduction brain ATP levels, causes neuronal cell loss and gliosis in the brain stem and basal locomotive ganglia.

Consuming more than 5 g/kg of aqueous extract might cause kidney damage.

Annonacin is more toxic than the pesticide Rotenone,

 

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878535216000058

https://draxe.com/soursop/

All I.M. Healthy Soynut Butters and I.M. Healthy Granola products Recalled due to E.Coli

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All I.M. Healthy Soynut Butters and I.M. Healthy Granola products Recalled due to E.Coli contamination. Twelve people have been hospitalized. Nine people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

Cases have shown up in the following states so far: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.

On March 7, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company recalled all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all varieties of I.M. Healthy Granola products. On March 10, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company expanded its recall to include Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter. On March 23, 20/20 Lifestyle Yogurt Peanut Crunch Bars were recalled because they contain a recalled ingredient.

Turmeric Lemon Water – so many benefits!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 glass lukewarm water (nut milk works too)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Juice of ½ lemon (or 1 lime)
  • Pinch of black pepper (to increases turmeric’s bioavailability)
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)...[feel free to substitute 1/2 to 1 packet of Splenda]
  • A pinch of cinnamon (optional: for extra anti-diabetic effect) … [I used a stick, as seen in photo]

Directions: Add lemon juice, black pepper, turmeric, honey, and cinnamon to a glass of lukewarm water.

Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for the best energizing effect. Stir constantly while drinking to prevent the turmeric & honey from sinking to the bottom of the glass.

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Q. Why should you drink Turmeric Lemon Water? A. Lukewarm lemon water is great your body. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, enzymes, antioxidants, and fibers. This adds healthy nutrients, aids digestion, boosts the immune system, fights inflammation, and hydrates & energizes the body.

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  • Turmerics boosts the anti-inflammatory properties of lemon water. Curcumin, or turmeric’s active compound, is a potent anti-inflammatory compound which matches the effectiveness of many over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Improve brain power. Lemons are an excellent source of brain-boosting potassium and magnesium, while turmeric has been found to reduce the risk of cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • Antioxidant activity. Both lemon and turmeric possess strong antioxidant activity to keep your skin in perfect condition and keep tumors at bay.
  • Improve digestion. Eating or drinking turmeric on a daily basis stimulates the gallbladder, reduces bloating and gas, and prevents inflammation of the digestive tract, while lemon juice helps to loosen and flush out toxins from the digestive system.
  • Heart-friendly. Curcumin reduces LDL (or bad) cholesterol, prevents blood clotting, and removes plaque build-ups in the arteries.
  • Weight-loss aid. Lemons stoke the metabolic fire, which helps you to burn more calories from the food you eat.
  • Cleansing properties. Lemons and turmeric stimulate your liver to produce more enzymes. It enables the liver to work more efficiently in eliminating toxins and waste materials.

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Exact items I used (from image above):

  1. Simply Organic Turmeric
  2. Watkins Black Pepper
  3. Organic Cinnamon Sticks from HEB Grocery (but any will do, like these)
  4. Natural Clover Honey
  5. Organic Lemons from HEB Grocery

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I found this recipe & information on NaturalNews.com http://www.naturalnewsblogs.com/heres-will-happen-body-add-turmeric-morning-lemon-water/

What’s in it: Blue Bell Ice Cream – Ice Cream Cone

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1. Milk — vague…what kind?

2. cream — vague…what kind?

3. skim milk — vague…what kind?

4. sugar — vague…what kind?

5. chocolate coated cone pieces:

5a. chocolate coating:

5a1. sugar

5a2. vegetable oils:

5a2a. coconut

5a2b. palm kernel

5a3. cocoa (processed with alkali) — chemically processed to reduce the acidity & bitterness of cocoa, and darkens the color

5a4. soy lecithin — may cause problems https://draxe.com/what-is-soy-lecithin/

5a5. salt

5a6. natural flavor— aka: mystery ingredient

5a7. milk

5b. waffle cone:

5b1. bleached white flour:

5b1a. niacin

5b1b. reduced iron

5b1c. thiamine mononitrate — synthetic and may cause allergy/liver/kidney problems http://www.livestrong.com/article/313249-the-side-effects-of-thiamine-mononitrate/

5b1d. riboflavin

5b1e. folic acid

5b2. brown sugar

5b3. vegetable oil shortening:

5b3a. soybean oil or canola oil

5b3b. modified palm oil — doesn’t sound great, but I can’t find much info except research studies that show it caused weight gain.

5b3c. soy lecithin

5b4. soy lecithin — may cause problems https://draxe.com/what-is-soy-lecithin/

5b5. oat fiber

5b6. salt

5b7. artificial flavor — mystery ingredient…could be anything

6. high fructose corn syrup — it’s just all kinds of BAD https://authoritynutrition.com/why-high-fructose-corn-syrup-is-bad/

7. peanuts

8. corn syrup —  a liquid sweetener that’s made by hydrolyzing cornstarch into glucose

9. cocoa (processed with alkali) — chemically processed to reduce the acidity & bitterness of cocoa, and darkens the color

10. coconut oil

11. modified food starch — can be made from wheat and may have MSG

12. cellulose gum

13. vegetable gums:

13a. guar gum — can cause excessive gas & bloating

13b. carrageenan gum — can cause excessive gas & bloating

13c. carob bean gum — may decrease the absorption of calcium, iron and zinc

14. salt

15. emulsifier

15a. DATEM — possible: heart fibrosis, adrenal overgrowth, alters kidney & spleen https://www.isitbadforyou.com/questions/is-datem-bad-for-you

15b. monodiglycerides = trans fat http://www.stopkillingmykids.com/monoglycerides-diglycerides/

16. annatto color — may cause adverse reactions to: skin, gastrointestinal, airways and central nervous system http://www.fedup.com.au/factsheets/additive-and-natural-chemical-factsheets/160b-annatto

Sweet Apple Smoothie for digestive health maintenance…

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The last smoothie I made (using greens) didn’t go well, but this one tastes great! For anyone looking to add more probioitics into their diet, natural yogurt can be helpful. The yogurt that most people buy from a grocery store is full of harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and flavoring, etc. Kellogg’s yogurt contains BHT & High Fructose Corn Syrup, Chobani contains added flavors and concentrates, many of Dannon’s yogurts contain artificial flavors, potassium sorbate, & other harmful additives.

I personally cannot stand the flavor of natural yogurt – it’s too sour/bitter/blah for me…so I prefer to mix it in with other foods like a meat dish, or in this case – a smoothie. Do NOT cook the yogurt – it will kill the good probiotics – add it in afterward. The ingredients I used:

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  1. 1/2 cup prune juice (just natural pune juice, no concentrate, no added sugar, etc)
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 medium apple
  4. 1/4 cup yogurt (use the most natural/organic yogurt you can get)
  5. 1 serving cup of natural, unsweetened/unflavored applesauce
  6. 1/4 cup of coconut water
  7. 3-5 ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. This recipe almost filled 2 red solo cups – makes plenty for you to have one now and put the other one in the fridge for later or share with a friend. You could easily add other ingredients such as ginger, coconut, parsley, cinnamon, etc.

Specific brands I used:

Yogurt: White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt (I think it’s made in Austin, I bought it at HEB – it’s the best I can find near me)

Coconut juice: VitaCoco 100% Pure Coconut Water

Unsweetened applesauce: HEB Unsweetened Applesauce 6pk

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15 Food ingredients still allowed in the U.S. that have been banned in other countries

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1. BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
Many chips, sausages and cereals contain butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene. It acts as preservatives, keeping foods from becoming rancid. While BHA and BHT have been “generally recognized as safe” by the U.S. FDA, they remain controversial. They’ve been shown to raise cancer risks in animal tests, according to the U.S. National Toxicology Program. Both BHA and BHT are banned from foods in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and throughout Europe.
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2. Azodicarbonamide
It’s used to enhance texture of soft white breads, including hamburger buns at McDonald’s and Burger King. Azodicarbonamide is banned in Australia, the U.K. and European countries. It can interfere with respiratory health, causing allergic reactions and asthma in some people. Be sure to choose baked goods that do not list azodicarbonamide as an ingredient.

 

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3. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone and Recombinant Bovine Somatropin
To increase milk production in cows, many U.S. dairy farmers have turned to recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and recombinant bovine somatropin (rBST). The use of these synthetic hormones is not permitted in the European Union, Canada, and some other countries, due to human and animal health risks. According to the American Cancer Society, cows treated with rBGH tend to develop more udder infections (mastitis). These cows are given more antibiotics than cows not given rBGH, and this increased use of antibiotics might lead to more antibiotic-resistant bacteria which could pose a health concern for people. To avoid these chemicals try buying milk labeled rBGH/rBST-free or organic milk.

4. Potassium Bromate
This bread additive strengthens dough, reducing its baking time and saving manufacturers money by lowering production costs. Also called bromated flour, it is believed to disappear from foods during baking and therefore trace amounts are considered safe in U.S. foods. Potassium bromate has been banned in the EU, Canada, Peru, Nigeria, Brazil, South Korea and China. Researchers in Japan published a study showing that potassium bromate causes cancer in the thyroids, kidneys and other body parts of rats and mice. The U.S. FDA hasn’t banned potassium bromate, but it does advise moderate use only and proper labeling. Many small and large bakeries in the U.S. voluntarily avoid using potassium bromate, however, it’s still found in many fast food buns and other products.

5. Olestra
Used in some fat-free foods, including chips, crackers and fries. It was found to cause side effects, namely gas, cramps and anal leakage—another term for uncontrollable diarrhea and Olestra was also found to reduce the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients. Illegal in Canada and the United Kingdom, the faux-fat remains legal in the U.S.

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6. Genetically Modified (GM) Canola Oil
In Europe, farmers cannot legally grow genetically modified canola crops. According to NPR, as of 2010, roughly 90% of canola plants in the U.S. are genetically modified varieties (GMO) that can resist two types of herbicides, glufosinate and glyphosate. This means canola oil producers use a lot of pesticides on their crops. Residues find their way into the finished product. You should choose organic or non-GMO, expeller-pressed brands of canola oil. The lower-cost products sold in supermarkets have often been extracted with chemical solvents or high-speed presses that generate heat. Both methods alter the oil’s fatty acid chemistry in undesirable ways.

 

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7. Genetically Modified (GM) Corn
Ninety percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified (GM). Countries including France, Greece and Algeria don’t allow genetically modified corn to be sold. “The tricky part about avoiding GMOs is that, even though the vast majority of Americans are in favor of labeling GMOs, manufacturers are currently not required to do so,” said Jon McGoran, magazine editor and urban agriculture advocate in Pennsylvania. A June 2013 study published in the Organic Systems Journal found that pigs fed a combination of GM soy and corn suffer more frequent severe stomach inflammation and enlargement of the uterus than those who eat a non-GM diet. To avoid these risks, try purchasing corn from your local farmers’ market, and when buying processed foods opt for certified organic.

8. Genetically Modified (GM) Soybeans
While genetically modified soybeans are banned in Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, and Luxembourg, more than 90% of soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. Even if you never eat edamame or tofu, soybeans and soy derivatives are found in countless common (and surprising) foods, including energy bars, butter substitutes, breads, crackers, deli meats, meat substitutes, vegetable oils and salad dressings. Dr. Joseph Mercola writes, “Animal studies have shown devastating effects from genetically engineered soy including allergies, sterility, birth defects…” To avoid genetically modified soy, choose organic edamame and avoid all non-organic foods that list soy, and soy flour as ingredients.

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9. Blue Dye No. 1
Though it’s been banned in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, this food colorant is often found in U.S. ice cream, cereals, canned processed peas, packet soups, bottled food colorings, icings, and in the liquor blue curacao. Research has connected Blue No. 1, which is also called Brilliant Blue with allergies, hyperactivity, learning problems, aggressiveness and irritability in children. To ban it from your kitchen, keep an eye on ingredient lists. If you see Blue No. 1, move on.

10. Yellow Dye No. 5 (also known as tartrazine)
Yellow Dye No. 5 is a food colorant that is banned in Finland and Norway and available widely in the U.S.. “Six of the 11 studies on Yellow Number 5 showed that it caused genotoxicity, a deterioration of the cell’s genetic material with the potential to mutate healthy DNA,” say Jayson and Mira Calton. These effects can have serious complications, such as causing growth abnormalities. In research published in Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2010, tartrazine was administered to organ tissue in male rats. The researchers found that the artificial dye negatively affects markers of disease in vital organs, such as kidneys and livers — at low and high doses. Common sources include cheese-flavored crackers and chips, colorful cereals, butterscotch pudding, yellow sports drinks macaroni and cheese mixes.

11. Yellow No. 6 (also known as sunset yellow)
Yellow No. 6 is the third most widely used food coloring in the U.S. found in Fruity Cheerios, Trix, some Eggo waffle products, and some Kraft macaroni and cheese dinners. While it enhances the color of many American cheeses, cheese-flavored pasta mixes, candy, cereals and carbonated drinks, it may also contribute to some serious health problems. Finland and Norway banned Yellow No. 6 after lab studies showed a link between the additive and tumors in the adrenal glands and kidneys of animals. To avoid these risks, look for foods free of artificial additives. Foods and drinks colored with tumeric, a natural spice with anti-inflammatory properties, are a safer bet.

12. Blue Dye No. 2

Blue Dye No.2 is a petroleum product, with the chemical formula C16H10N2O2. It is used in baked goods, cereals, ice cream, snacks, candies and cherries. It is also called indigo blue or indigotine. Tests have shown that this dye is linked to brain cancer, hyperactivity, and other cancers.

13. Red Dye No. 40

It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in candy, cereal, baked goods, gelatin powder, drugs and cosmetics. Synthetically derived from petroleum, the additive is also known as FD&C Red No. 40, Allura Red and Red 40. Red 40 has potential for serious side effects, states the CSPI. Red 40 may cause symptoms of hypersensitivity in some people, including swelling around the mouth, and it may also cause hives. The colorant might contain contaminants that may contribute to cancer in humans and could trigger hyperactivity in children. In a handful of studies, Red 40 damaged the DNA of mice, according to the CSPI.

14. Brominated Vegetable Oil   (BVO)

Health concerns about BVO stem from the fact that it contains bromine, the element found in brominated flame retardants. Studies show that bromine builds up in the body. It has caused memory loss, skin and nerve problems in some people. This additive is banned in the Europe and Japan.

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15. Arsenic

It is found in some chicken, rice, and water. It can cause: abdominal pains, destruction of red blood cells (hemolysis ), shock, death, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dark urine (termed black water urine), dehydration, cardiac problems, hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells), vertigo, delirium, skin changes (darkening or discoloration, redness, swelling and hyperkeratosis), whitish lines (Mees’ lines) may appear in the fingernails, both sensory and motor nerve defects can develop. Additionally, liver and kidney function may be affected. Arsenic exposure over the long-term has  been associated with the development of certain cancers(bladder, kidney, lung, & skin). Arsenic has been classified as a carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 

Do you live in a toxic Superfund area?

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Superfund areas have contaminated water, air, soil, and/or living organisms. Some areas are being monitored, some have been cleaned up to the best of our abilities, some have no intervention due to lack of funds/etc. Some of these areas aren’t well contained and still leach into surrounding air/soil/water for miles.

http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/

http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/query/queryhtm/nplfin.htm (entire list)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfund

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Superfund_sites_in_the_United_States

Alabama: 14 sites — Highest score area: 61.42 Triana/Tennessee River. An estimated 475 tons of DDT residues accumulated in sediment. Fish tested, exceeded the FDA guidelines for DDT ppm.

Alaska: 6 sites

Arizona: 9 sites

Arkansas: 9 sites — Highest score area: 65.46 92 acres in Jacksonville, belonging to Vertac. Soil, surface water, and ground water have been contaminated by insecticides, herbicides, chlorinated phenols, and dioxin.

California: 98 sites  — Highest score area: 74.86 in Stockton. MCCORMICK & BAXTER CREOSOTING CO. Soils throughout the site were contaminated with arsenic, chromium, copper, PCP, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Soil contamination extends to depths of 40 feet below ground surface (bgs) in some areas. The aquifer beneath the site is contaminated with many of the same substances to a depth of 175 feet bgs. The aquifer is interconnected with a deep aquifer. The deep aquifer within 4 miles of the site provides drinking water to approximately 97,000 people.

Colorado: 18 sites   — Highest score area: 64.32 Rocky Flats Plant (USDOE). Releases of solvents, pesticides, plutonium, and tritium have contaminated soils, surface water sediments, and ground water at various locations on the facility. Plutonium contamination of soils and sediments has also been documented beyond the boundaries of the Federally owned land. Additionally, three evaporation ponds have contributed to nitrate contamination of ground water.  A USDOE report identified Hillside 881 as the most significant potential risk to populations. Hillside 881 is near the Woman Creek drainage, which eventually discharges into Standly Lake, a major drinking water supply reservoir for several Denver suburbs. 

Connecticut: 14 sites    — Highest score area: 69.92  New Castle County. The Army Creek Landfill. Contaminants include lead, chromium, arsenic, and a variety of organic compounds, that migrate to an aquifer that supplies water to over 100,000 people. The site holds 1.9 million cubic yards of trash. 

Delaware: 13 sites — Highest score area: 69.92 New Castle County, Delaware

District of Columbia: 1 site (Washington Navy Yard listed 1998)

Florida: 55 sites    — Highest score area: 70.71 Old Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp in Jacksonville.  Contaminants: volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, and metals at concentrations exceeding EPA cleanup target levels in the soils, ground water, and sediments. Offsite migration of contaminants has adversely impacted St. Johns River water quality.

Georgia: 16 sites

Guam: 2 sites

Hawaii: 3 sites   — Highest score area: 70.82 6,300 acres in Pearl Harbor on the Island of Oahu, Honolulu County at the Pearl Harbor Naval Complex.  Contaminant sources include landfills, pesticide disposal pits, chromic acid disposal areas, PCB disposal areas, mercury-contaminated harbor sediments, leaking underground solvent tanks, waste oil facilities, and numerous other types of sources resulting from industrial activities at the complex.  Hazardous substances found include mercury, chromium, PCBs, pesticides, trichloroethene, trans-1,2-dichloroethene, and other volatile organic compounds.

Idaho: 6 sites 

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Illinois: 44 sites   — Highest score area: 70.71 DePue/New Jersey Zinc/Mobil Chemical Corp.  in the Village of DePue, Bureau County, Illinois.  Contaminant souces include  a residue pile, a waste pile, lithopone waste material ridges, a cinder fill area, contaminated soils, lagoons/cooling ponds, and gypsum stack ponds. All of the sources were found to contain elevated levels of metals, including zinc, lead, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and copper. Elevated levels of cadmium were found in residential soil samples. In addition, contamination of a fishery, state wildlife refuge, and wetlands have been documented in Lake DePue.

Indiana: 34 sites

Iowa: 11 sites

Kansas: 12 sites

Kentucky: 14 sites

Louisiana:  9 sites

Maine: 13 sites   — Highest score area: 70.71 EASTLAND WOOLEN MILL Corinna, Maine area and area/wells to over 1,900 feet down stream contaminated with chlorobenzene.

Maryland: 20 sites

Massachusetts: 32 sites   — Highest score area: 72.42 250 acres in North Woburn, Massachusetts has over 170 years’ accumulation of industrial by-products and wastes. Many of the pits, piles, and lagoons are continuously leaching toxic metals into the environment.

Michigan: 65 sites

Minnesota: 25 sites

Mississippi: 8 sites

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Missouri: 33 sites   — Highest score area: 84.91 BIG RIVER MINE TAILINGS/ST. JOE MINERALS CORP. Desloge, Missouri approx 110 square miles. St. Joe Minerals Corp. who operated at the site, disposed of lead, cadmium, and zinc-rich mine tailings over approximately 600 acres in a rural area bordered on three sides by Big River. The air, water, soil, and living organisms have been contaminated. Missouri has numerous sites that score 70 or higher. They appear to be along an area called the “lead belt” which produced over 80% of all lead for the US. The EPA provides bottled water to many residences in this area. Sampling data has indicated elevated levels of lead, cadmium, barium, and arsenic in soil, surface water, and ground water. Hundreds of wells are contaminated.

Montana: 16 sites

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Nebraska: 13 sites

Nevada: 1 site

New Hampshire: 20 sites   — Highest score area:70.71  An inactive waste oil recycling and virgin fuel oil storage and distribution facility located on Kelley Road in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Chlorinated VOCs, PCBs, copper, and zinc have been detected in Kelley Brook and associated wetlands. Ground water is contaminated with chlorinated VOCs and metals, and concentrations of vinyl chloride and arsenic in a nearby drinking water well exceed maximum contaminant levels

New Jersey: 113 sites — Highest score area:  75.60 LIPARI LANDFILL Pitman, New Jersey. Domestic and industrial wastes, including various toxic organic compounds and heavy metals, were dumped at the site. They percolated into the ground water under the landfill and leached into Chestnut Branch, Rabbit Run, and Alcyon Lake.

New Mexico: 14 sites

New York: 87 sites

North Carolina: 37 sites   — Highest score area: 70.71 The Barber Orchard located along U.S. Highway 74 in Waynesville, Haywood County, North Carolina. Various pesticide mixtures containing DDT, hexachlorocyclohexane (BHC), endrin, and/or dieldrin, as well as arsenic, lead, and other hazardous substances, were applied to the orchard to control insects and rodents. Pesticides and related metals from spills, leaks, and improper disposal of pesticide-contaminated containers, as well as from product application, have been detected in soils and ground water throughout the site. The site is being proposed to the NPL because pesticide-related contamination is present in residential soils and in private drinking water wells. NC has a few sites that score over 70.

Ohio: 37 sites

Oklahoma: 8 sites

Oregon: 14 sites   — Highest score area: 71.78 TAYLOR LUMBER AND TREATING Sheridan, Oregon.  Contamination sources include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), SVOCs, pentachlorophenol (PCP), metals, and dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofuans (dioxins/furans). Further, many of these hazardous substances were documented to have migrated to surface water, soil, and air targets. Air contamination is documented up to 1 mile from the site. Actual contamination has also been documented in residential surface soils for up to a 1/2 mile of the site. Contaminants include barium, lead, mercury, zinc, cadmium, pyrene, bis(2-ethylexyl)phthalate, and several dioxins.

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Pennsylvania: 96 sites — Highest score area: 70.71 Safety Light Corporation (SLC)  located in South Centre Township near Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in Columbia County. SLC activities have resulted in contamination of surface and subsurface soil, surface water (lagoons and the Susquehanna River), sediment, and ground water. Waste generated at SLC includes solid and liquid wastestreams contaminated with radioactive materials, including radium, strontium, cesium, and tritium. Ground water contamination as a result of activities at SLC have impacted drinking water wells located within 4 miles of the facility, including private drinking water wells .

Puerto Rico: 16 sites

Rhode Island: 12 sites 

South Carolina: 16 sites

South Dakota: 2 sites 

Tennessee: 16 sites

Texas: 50 sites

Utah: 16 sites

Vermont: 11 sites 

Virgin Island: 1 site

Virginia: 31 sites

Washington: 49 sites

West Virginia: 9 sites

Wisconsin: 38 sites

Wyoming: 2 sites

Beef Recall – Possible E.Coli Contamination

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a Kansas company has recalled approximately 50,000 pounds of meat due to a possible e.coli contamination.

The beef, which was sold by the National Beef Packing Company, was sent to retailers, wholesalers and food services distributors across the country. Affected products include:

    • 10 lb. chub of “National Beef” 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 0707
    • 10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7031
    • 10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7054
    • 10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 90/10 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7344
    • 10 lb. chub of “NatureSource” 93/ 7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7004
    • 10 lb. chub of “NatureWell 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7484
    • 10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7454
    • 10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 90/10 Fine Ground Sirloin, Product Code 7577
    • 10 lb. chub of “NatureWell” 93/7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7404

 

The ground beef also features the establishment number “EST.208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2013/Recall-043-2013-Release

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/31/beef-recall_n_3685744.html

http://www.examiner.com/article/beef-recall-2013-due-to-e-coli-scare-50k-pounds-of-tainted-beef

WARNING: The Vitamin B supplement Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50 contains illegal & harmful substances

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that they should not use or purchase Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50, marketed as a vitamin B dietary supplement. A preliminary FDA laboratory analysis indicated that the product contains two potentially harmful anabolic steroidsmethasterone, a controlled substance, and dimethazine. These ingredients are not listed in the label and should not be in a dietary supplement.

“Products marketed as a vitamin but which contain undisclosed steroids pose a real danger to consumers and are illegal,” said Howard Sklamberg, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The FDA is committed to ensuring that products marketed as vitamins and dietary supplements do not pose harm to consumers.”

The FDA has received reports of 29 adverse incidents associated with the use of Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50.  These reports include fatigue, muscle cramping, and myalgia (muscle pain), as well as abnormal laboratory findings for liver and thyroid function, and cholesterol levels.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm362799.htm

http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/8461/20130729/fda-steroids-healthy-life-chemistry-purity-first-b-50-contains.htm

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57595919/fda-anabolic-steroids-found-in-vitamin-b-supplement/

Kelly Clarkson on a health kick & drinking kombucha?

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A fail post…don’t ever, ever, ever mix these things together…

99% of the time, I can toss a smoothie together and it tastes great. Once in awhile I make something gross and this is one of those times! This thing tastes like sour grass! This is what I used: bok choy, baby kale, pineapple, a tomato, and a squeeze of real lemon. Greens + citrus (in this case) did not = delicious. It looks like something from a horror movie:

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On a side note, try cooking bok choy or kale (they taste similar) with mushrooms + meat (chicken, beef, etc). <<< tastes great!

If you make a smoothie with citrus fruit or berries, it’s always a good idea to use a banana to neutralize the strong flavors.

How to make ice cream in a coffee can

No ice cream maker? No problem! You can make ice cream in a tin can, a jar, or even a ziploc baggie.

PALEO ICE CREAM RECIPES

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Coffee Can Ice Cream How To:

http://theysayitsmylife.blogspot.com/2012/09/tin-can-ice-cream.html (step by step pix)

http://meinmykitchen.blogspot.com/2011/07/tin-can-ice-cream.html

http://recipes.slides.kaboose.com/303-easy-fun-homemade-ice-cream/4

http://chewnews.com/originals/how-to-make-ziploc-bag-or-coffee-can-ice-cream/

Jar Ice Cream How To:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-save-your-sanity-with-single-serving-coffee/?ALLSTEPS (lots of pix)

Ziploc Bag Ice Cream How To:

http://debbidoesdinnerhealthy.blogspot.com/2010/08/ice-cream-in-baggie-kids-project.html

 

DIY Homemade Swimming Pool Gallery

Looking for an interesting, creative, or economical way to make your own swimming pool? Here are some ideas:

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livestock water trough:

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4×4 lumber pool:

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trash dumpster:

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sea containers (things 18 wheelers and trains haul):

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Wood pallets + IBC liquid container = pretty nice little hot tub:

Wood pallets + large sheet of (painter’s?) plastic = nice big pool:

cardboard pool: 

plywood & 4×4 lumber + tarp pool: 

Bill Murray swimming in a dumpster pool: 

Whatever object you use, you may want to coat it a time or two with a water-proof epoxy, and/or put a tarp in it:

Heavy Duty tarp (better at holding water than cheap blue tarps)

Paint & seal almost anything & turn it into a pool with this:

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You may also want to buy a pump/filter from Walmart, Academy Sports, etc.

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These options may not be more practical or less expensive than traditional pools from the store…but if you or someone you know already has one of these items and some free time on your hands, you could be swimming in no time! 🙂

Best sources of calcium

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Vegetables

Bok choy (cooked) – 330 mg

Kale – 180mg

Spinach (cooked) – 250 mg

Collard greens (cooked) – 260 mg

Mustard greens (cooked) – 100 mg

Turnip greens (cooked) – 200 mg

Swiss chard (cooked) – 100 mg

Seaweed (Wakame) – 120mg

Okra – 130 mg

Broccoli – 45 mg

Artichoke – 55 mg

Celery – 40 mg

Leeks – 55 mg

Nuts

Almonds (1/4 cup) – 95 mg

Brazil nuts (1/4 cup) – 55 mg

Hazelnuts (1/4 cup) – 55 mg

Fruit (per cup)

Figs (dried) – 300 mg

Apricots (dried) – 75mg

Kiwi – 60mg

Rhubarb (cooked) – 350 mg

Orange – 70 mg

Prunes – 75 mg

Blackberries – 40 mg

dairyfWhy isn’t milk on this list? Because humans shouldn’t drink it beyond infancy. It has been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, heartburn, hormone problems, it pulls calcium(ironic, right?) and water from your body,  etc. Most humans stop producing lactase (needed to digest milk) by the age of 12-24 months, the rest stop producing lactase by the age of 5 or so. If someone beyond this age is still producing lactase and consuming milk with no issues, it’s highly likely that they have a specific European gene mutation. Cow’s milk is full of pus, antibiotics, hormones, etc…

http://www.healthyalterego.com/index.php/2009/09/is-milk-good-for-kids-or-anyone-else/

http://www.ejnet.org/bgh/nogood.html

http://www.healthyalterego.com/index.php/2011/06/why-it-is-weird-for-adults-to-drink-milk/

http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/reproductive_system/mastitis_in_large_animals/mastitis_in_cattle.html?qt=Mastitis%20in%20Cattle&alt=sh

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/dangers-of-cows-milk/

http://www.stevecarper.com/li/ten_top_questions.htm

Michelob ULTRA Light Cider Beer – Gluten Free

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One of my favorite beverages is Smirnoff No. 21 with some citrus such as oranges or limes. I’ve kept my eye out for a lighter alternative. I recently discovered Michelob Cider. I’m not a huge beer fan, but this stuff is light and delicious. It’s 4% and tastes even better than a cold corona or bud light lime. I’ve been seeing it in more & more gas stations, Brookshires, HEBs….. If you want to indulge a little, but not go crazy, you should try a 6pk. Enjoy! 🙂

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Raw Zucchini Pasta and Creamy Avocado-Cucumber Sauce

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Ingredients

1 large zucchini (1 per person)

Grape, cherry or mini heirloom tomatoes, halved

Arugula

Zest of one meyer lemon or regular lemon

Pea shoots (optional)

Jalapeno, thinly sliced and seeds removed (optional)

Avocado-Cucumber Purée

1 medium avocado

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thick

1 meyer lemon or regular lemon, juice of

2 garlic cloves

1/4 tsp white pepper or black pepper to taste

Salt to taste

A few large leaves of basil (optional)

Directions

Prepare your zucchini noodles julienne style or spiralized. Or alternately, cook your pasta of choice, about 8 ounces.

For the puree, place all ingredients into a food processor/blender and process until creamy. Taste for flavor adding anything extra you might like.

Toss zucchini pasta with avocado-cucumber puree and a handful of arugula. Serve with tomatoes, peas shoots, jalapenos, lemon zest, lemon wedges and fresh cracked pepper.

Thanks to: Dr. Oz & Julie West

Refreshing Cucumber Limeade

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4 cups water (or however much fills desired pitcher)

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

3 limes

4 tsp agave syrup (or any sugar syrup)

Ice (as much as desired)

Sprig of cilantro

Sprig of mint (optional)

Directions

Add 1 thinly sliced cucumber, a large sprig of mint and a sprig of cilantro to a large pitcher of water. Allow the flavors to infuse for at least an hour. This will become the base for the drink.

Heat 3 limes, sliced in half, in the microwave for 30 seconds. Squeeze the juice from the limes into a cocktail shaker. Add 4 teaspoons agave syrup or a sugar syrup to the lime juice, ice cubes and 1 cup of the cucumber infused water. Shake vigorously and pour into glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Bonus tip: Freeze the cucumber-infused water in an ice cube tray and use this ice in place of regular ice when making the drink.

Man loses 155lbs

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Velez, an English-as-a-second-language teacher from Albertville, Alabama, really wanted to make a change.

He attributes his weight struggles to eating habits he learned as a child. He grew up in a Latin family, with a diet consisting of rice, beans and plenty of fried food. His family moved from Puerto Rico to Florida when he was 4.

When he was younger, Velez loved playing baseball, but after his sophomore year of high school he weighed 250 pounds and had to give up the sport because it exhausted him.

In college, his eating habits worsened. Like many students, he ate whatever was readily available and cheap, such as cafeteria hamburgers, French fries and chicken fingers.

By the time Velez reached adulthood, he weighed 310 pounds.

It was not until he was reminiscing over photos from one spring trip to the Bahamas with friends that he realized he was significantly overweight.

Velez set a goal to drop 100 pounds in a year’s time before his next trip. He changed his diet, exercise routine and most importantly, his attitude.

He began walking 45 minutes every morning and soon after was able to jog.

“It was only after I lost 30 to 40 pounds from jogging that I joined a gym,” says Velez. “It’s intimidating.”

Once there, he began lifting weights and building muscle to sculpt his ideal body. But “it doesn’t just happen at the gym, it happens after (the gym), too,” Velez says.

He cut out soda, sweets and carbohydrates while focusing on high-protein foods such as fish and chicken, pairing them with fruits and vegetables.

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Since Velez had never been a gym-goer or calorie counter, many people who knew him discouraged him from starting his weight loss journey. They told him he was working toward an unrealistic goal because of his past habits.

Velez says that he’s competitive and that their words fired his desire to prove everyone around him wrong.

“You really have to want it bad enough,” says Velez. “Once you get the mental part right, you can’t let the negative Nancys get you down.”

After a year and two months — and 155 pounds lost — he decided to reward himself with skin removal surgery. He now has plans to tone and sculpt his body to compete in men’s physique competitions for the 2014 season.

Velez says he has no problem maintaining his diet and exercise plan and that the temptation to eat unhealthy food is no longer present. He takes his own meals to work to ensure he sticks to his routine and sacrifices the candy he once had a sweet tooth for.

After seeing Velez transform into a more confident and fit individual, his sister, Zorry Padilla, began her own healthy journey to shed the weight she gained after the birth of her children.

“I always had an excuse,” says Padilla.

Velez helped his sister lose 40 pounds in nine months by following the same meal plans he does. Padilla plans to run the next 5K in their area with her brother.

“Though I’m not a personal trainer, I know what it takes, and I want to help others as much as I can,” Velez says.

Long-time friend Angel Ramirez says he is amazed at Velez’s life changes.

“On Facebook he has so many followers that are trying to do the same thing he did,” says Ramirez. “Every time he posts something, he’s got instant feedback.”

Velez says his outlook on life has been altered for the better; he now creates goals and sticks to them.

He finds he is more confident in his own skin and his day-to-day decisions, unlike before when he would frequently change his mind and had low self-confidence.

Velez says he was once known as “the big goofy guy.” However, now, both Padilla and Ramirez say his jokes come in moderation because he doesn’t need to hide behind his weight anymore.

“Drive, determination, discipline and dedication are the four D’s to my success,” Velez says.

Thanks to: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/01/health/edwin-velez-weight-loss/index.html?hpt=he_t4

Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Corn Cocktail

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ingredients

  • 16 jumbo shrimp (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

preparation

1. Rinse the shrimp under cold running water, then blot them dry with paper towels.

2. Place the chile powder, garlic salt, coriander, oregano, cumin, and pepper in a mixing bowl and whisk to mix. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Stir in the olive oil. Let the shrimp marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

3. Cook the shrimp, following the instructions below for any of the grills, until just cooked through. When done the shrimp will turn pinkish white and will feel firm to the touch.

4. Spoon the Avocado and Corn Salsa into 4 large martini glasses or serving bowls. Drape 4 of the hot shrimp over the edge of each glass or bowl and serve at once. Or for a cold shrimp cocktail, let the cooked shrimp cool to room temperature. Refrigerate the shrimp, covered, until they are chilled before serving them with the salsa. The cooked shrimp can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

CONTACT GRILL:
Preheat the grill; if your contact grill has a temperature control, preheat the grill to high. Place the drip pan under the front of the grill. When ready to cook, lightly oil the grill surface. Place the marinated shrimp on the hot grill, then close the lid. The shrimp will be done after cooking 1 to 3 minutes.

GRILL PAN:
Place the grill pan on the stove and preheat it to high over medium heat. When the grill pan is hot a drop of water will skitter in the pan. When ready to cook, lightly oil the ridges of the grill pan. Place the marinated shrimp in the hot grill pan. They will be done after cooking 1 to 3 minutes per side.

BUILT-IN GRILL:
Preheat the grill to high, then, if it does not have a nonstick surface, brush and oil the grill grate. Place the marinated shrimp on the hot grate. They will be done after cooking 1 to 3 minutes per side.

FREESTANDING GRILL:
Preheat the grill to high; there’s no need to oil the grate. Place the marinated shrimp on the hot grill. They will be done after cooking 2 to 4 minutes per side.

FIREPLACE GRILL:
Rake red hot embers under the gridiron and preheat it for 3 to 5 minutes; you want a hot, 2 to 3 Mississippi fire. When ready to cook, brush and oil the gridiron. Place the marinated shrimp on the hot grate. They will be done after cooking 1 to 3 minutes per side.

tips:

•The traditional way to devein shrimp is to make a V-shaped cut that runs the length of the back. The advantage of this method is that the shrimp opens up like a butterfly as it grills. A quicker way to devein is to insert the tine of a fork in the back of a shrimp about 1/4 inch deep to snag the vein, then slowly and gently pull it out.

•For a striking presentation, spoon the salsa into oversize martini glasses and drape the shrimp over the side of the glass.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chile-Rubbed-Shrimp-with-Avocado-Corn-Cocktail-231540#ixzz2Y3CyhfyX

Acid & Alkaline pH Quick Reference Food Chart

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Are you trying to go more alkaline or more acidic? Here is a handy, general guide to alkaline and acid foods:

ALKALINE FOODS ACIDIC FOODS
ALKALIZING VEGETABLES
AlfalfaBarley GrassBeet Greens

Beets

Broccoli

Cabbage

Carrot

Cauliflower

Celery

Chard Greens

Chlorella

Collard Greens

Cucumber

Dandelions

Dulce

Edible Flowers

Eggplant

Fermented Veggies

Garlic

Green Beans

Green Peas

Kale

Kohlrabi

Lettuce

Mushrooms

Mustard Greens

Nightshade Veggies

Onions

Parsnips (high glycemic)

Peas

Peppers

Pumpkin

Radishes

Rutabaga

Sea Veggies

Spinach, green

Spirulina

Sprouts

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes

Watercress

Wheat Grass

Wild Greens

ALKALIZING ORIENTAL VEGETABLES

Daikon

Dandelion Root

Kombu

Maitake

Nori

Reishi

Shitake

Umeboshi

Wakame

ALKALIZING FRUITS

Apple

Apricot

Avocado

Banana (high glycemic)

Berries

Blackberries

Cantaloupe

Cherries, sour

Coconut, fresh

Currants

Dates, dried

Figs, dried

Grapes

Grapefruit

Honeydew Melon

Lemon

Lime

Muskmelons

Nectarine

Orange

Peach

Pear

Pineapple

Raisins

Raspberries

Rhubarb

Strawberries

Tangerine

Tomato

Tropical Fruits

Umeboshi Plums

Watermelon

ALKALIZING PROTEIN

Almonds

Chestnuts

Millet

Tempeh (fermented)

Tofu (fermented)

Whey Protein Powder

ALKALIZING SWEETENERS

Stevia

ALKALIZING SPICES & SEASONINGS

Chili Pepper

Cinnamon

Curry

Ginger

Herbs (all)

Miso

Mustard

Sea Salt

Tamari

ALKALIZING OTHER

Alkaline Antioxidant Water

Apple Cider Vinegar

Bee Pollen

Fresh Fruit Juice

Green Juices

Lecithin Granules

Mineral Water

Molasses, blackstrap

Fermented Vegetables

Probiotic Cultures

Soured Dairy Products

Veggie Juices

ALKALIZING MINERALS

Calcium: pH 12

Cesium: pH 14

Magnesium: pH 9

Potassium: pH 14

Sodium: pH 14

Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.Note that a food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.

ACIDIFYING VEGETABLES
CornLentilsOlives

Winter Squash

ACIDIFYING FRUITS

Blueberries

Canned or Glazed Fruits

Cranberries

Currants

Plums**

Prunes**

ACIDIFYING GRAINS, GRAIN PRODUCTS

Bread

Corn

Cornstarch

Flour, wheat

Flour, white

Hemp Seed Flour

Kamut

Oatmeal

Oats (rolled)

Quinoa

Rice (all)

Rice Cakes

Rye

Spelt

Wheat Germ

Wheat

ACIDIFYING BEANS & LEGUMES

Almond Milk

Black Beans

Chick Peas

Green Peas

Kidney Beans

Lentils

Pinto Beans

Red Beans

Rice Milk

Soy Beans

Soy Milk

White Beans

ACIDIFYING DAIRY

Butter

Cheese

Cheese, Processed

Ice Cream

Ice Milk

ACIDIFYING NUTS & BUTTERS

Cashews

Legumes

Peanut Butter

Peanuts

Pecans

Tahini

Walnuts

ACIDIFYING ANIMAL PROTEIN

Bacon

Beef

Carp

Clams

Cod

Corned Beef

Fish

Haddock

Lamb

Lobster

Mussels

Organ Meats

Oyster

Pike

Pork

Rabbit

Salmon

Sardines

Sausage

Scallops

Shellfish

Shrimp

Tuna

Turkey

Veal

Venison

ACIDIFYING FATS & OILS

Avacado Oil

Butter

Canola Oil

Corn Oil

Flax Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Lard

Olive Oil

Safflower Oil

Sesame Oil

Sunflower Oil

ACIDIFYING SWEETENERS

Carob

Corn Syrup

Sugar

ACIDIFYING ALCOHOL

Beer

Hard Liquor

Spirits

Wine

ACIDIFYING OTHER FOODS

Catsup

Cocoa

Coffee

Mustard

Pepper

Soft Drinks

Vinegar

ACIDIFYING DRUGS & CHEMICALS

Aspirin

Chemicals

Drugs, Medicinal

Drugs, Psychedelic

Herbicides

Pesticides

Tobacco

ACIDIFYING JUNK FOOD

Beer: pH 2.5

Coca-Cola: pH 2

Coffee: pH 4

** These foods leave an alkaline ash but have an acidifying effect on the body.

UNKNOWN:There are several versions of the Acidic and Alkaline Food chart to be found in different places and on the Internet.  The following foods are sometimes attributed to the Acidic side of the chart and sometimes to the Alkaline side.
Brazil NutsBrussel SproutsBuckwheat

Cashews

Chicken

Corn

Cottage Cheese

Eggs

Flax Seeds

Green Tea

Herbal Tea

Honey

Kombucha

Lima Beans

Maple SyrupMilkNuts

Organic Milk (unpasteurized)

Potatoes, white

Pumpkin Seeds

Quinoa

Sauerkraut

Soy Products

Sprouted Seeds

Squashes

Sunflower Seeds

Tomatoes

Yogurt

Here’s a chart that ranks foods from most alkaline to most acidic:
 Ranked Foods: Alkaline  to  Acidic
Extremely Alkaline Lemons, watermelon.
Alkaline Forming Cantaloupe, cayenne celery, dates, figs, kelp, limes, mango, melons, papaya, parsley, seaweeds, seedless grapes (sweet), watercress.Asparagus, fruit juices, grapes (sweet), kiwifruit, passionfruit, pears (sweet), pineapple, raisins, umeboshi plums, and vegetable juices.
Moderately Alkaline Apples (sweet), alfalfa sprouts, apricots, avocados, bananas (ripe), currants, dates, figs (fresh), garlic, grapefruit, grapes (less sweet), guavas, herbs (leafy green), lettuce (leafy green), nectarine, peaches (sweet), pears (less sweet), peas (fresh, sweet), pumpkin (sweet), sea salt (vegetable).Apples (sour), beans (fresh, green), beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carob, cauliflower, ginger (fresh), grapes (sour), lettuce (pale green), oranges, peaches (less sweet), peas (less sweet), potatoes (with skin), pumpkin (less sweet), raspberries, strawberries, squash, sweet Corn (fresh), turnip, vinegar (apple cider).
Slightly Alkaline  Almonds, olives (ripe), onions, pickles (homemade), radishes, sea salt, spices, tomatoes (sweet), vinegar (sweet brown rice).Chestnuts (dry, roasted), egg yolks (soft cooked), essene bread, goat’s milk and whey (raw), mayonnaise (homemade), olive oil, sesame seeds (whole), soy beans (dry), soy cheese, soy milk, sprouted grains, tofu, tomatoes (less sweet), and yeast (nutritional flakes).
Neutral Butter (fresh, unsalted), cream (fresh, raw), cow’s milk and whey (raw), margine, oils (except olive), and yogurt (plain).
Moderately Acidic Bananas (green), barley (rye), blueberries, bran, butter, cereals (unrefined), cheeses, crackers (unrefined rye, rice and wheat), cranberries, dried beans (mung, adzuki, pinto, kidney, garbanzo), dry coconut, egg whites, eggs whole (cooked hard), fructose, goat’s milk (homogenized), honey (pasteurized), ketchup, maple syrup (unprocessed), milk (homogenized).Molasses (unsulferd and organic), most nuts, mustard, oats (rye, organic), olives (pickled), pasta (whole grain), pastry (whole grain and honey), plums, popcorn (with salt and/or butter), potatoes, prunes, rice (basmati and brown), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), soy sauce, and wheat bread (sprouted organic).
Extremely AcidicArtificial sweeteners, beef, beer, breads, brown sugar, carbonated soft drinks, cereals (refined), chocolate, cigarettes and tobacco, coffee, cream of wheat (unrefined), custard (with white sugar), deer, drugs, fish, flour (white, wheat), fruit juices with sugar, jams, jellies, lamb.Liquor, maple syrup (processed), molasses (sulphured), pasta (white), pastries and cakes from white flour, pickles (commercial), pork, poultry, seafood, sugar (white), table salt (refined and iodized), tea (black), white bread, white vinegar (processed), whole wheat foods, wine, and yogurt (sweetened).

Highly Alkaline Forming Foods

Baking soda, sea salt, mineral water, pumpkin seed, lentils, seaweed, onion, taro root, sea vegetables, lotus root, sweet potato, lime, lemons, nectarine, persimmon, raspberry, watermelon, tangerine, and pineapple.

Moderately Alkaline Forming Foods

Apricots, spices, kambucha, unsulfured molasses, soy sauce, cashews, chestnuts, pepper, kohlrabi, parsnip, garlic, asparagus, kale, parsley, endive, arugula, mustard green, ginger root, broccoli, grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, citrus, olive, dewberry, carrots, loganberry, and mango.

Low Alkaline Forming Foods

Most herbs, green tea, mu tea, rice syrup, apple cider vinegar, sake, quail eggs, primrose oil, sesame seed, cod liver oil, almonds, sprouts, potato, bell pepper, mushrooms, cauliflower, cabbage, rutabaga, ginseng, eggplant, pumpkin, collard green, pear, avocado, apples (sour), blackberry, cherry, peach, and papaya.

Very Low Alkaline Forming Foods

Ginger tea, umeboshi vinegar, ghee, duck eggs, oats, grain coffee, quinoa, japonica rice, wild rice, avocado oil, most seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, flax oil, brussel sprout, beet, chive, cilantro, celery, okra, cucumber, turnip greens, squashes, lettuces, orange, banana, blueberry, raisin, currant, grape, and strawberry.

Very Low Acid Forming Foods

Curry, koma coffee, honey, maple syrup, vinegar, cream, butter, goat/sheep cheese, chicken, gelatin, organs, venison, fish, wild duck, triticale, millet, kasha, amaranth, brown rice, pumpkin seed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, pine nuts, canola oil, spinach, fava beans, black-eyed peas, string beans, wax beans, zucchini, chutney, rhubarb, coconut, guava, dry fruit, figs, and dates.

Low Acid Forming Foods

Vanilla, alcohol, black tea, balsamic vinegar, cow milk, aged cheese, soy cheese, goat milk, game meat, lamb, mutton, boar, elk, shell fish, mollusks, goose, turkey, buckwheat, wheat, spelt, teff, kamut, farina, semolina, white rice, almond oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, tapioca, seitan, tofu, pinto beans, white beans, navy beans, red beans, aduki beans, lima beans, chard, plum, prune and tomatoes.

Moderately Acid Forming Foods

Nutmeg, coffee, casein, milk protein, cottage cheese, soy milk, pork, veal, bear, mussels, squid, chicken, maize, barley groats, corn, rye, oat bran, pistachio seeds, chestnut oil, lard, pecans, palm kernel oil, green peas, peanuts, snow peas, other legumes, garbanzo beans, cranberry, and pomegranate.

Highly Acid Forming Foods

Tabletop sweeteners like (NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal or Aspartame), pudding, jam, jelly, table salt (NaCl), beer, yeast, hops, malt, sugar, cocoa, white (acetic acid) vinegar, processed cheese, ice cream, beef, lobster, pheasant, barley, cottonseed oil, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, fried foods, soybean, and soft drinks, especially the cola type.  To neutralize a glass of cola with a pH of 2.5, it would take 32 glasses of alkaline water with a pH of 10.

Alkaline Forming Foods
VEGETABLESGarlicAsparagus

Fermented Veggies

Watercress

Beets

Broccoli

Brussel sprouts

Cabbage

Carrot

Cauliflower

Celery

Chard

Chlorella

Collard Greens

Cucumber

Eggplant

Kale

Kohlrabi

Lettuce

Mushrooms

Mustard Greens

Dulce

Dandelions

Edible Flowers

Onions

Parsnips (high glycemic)

Peas

Peppers

Pumpkin

Rutabaga

Sea Veggies

Spirulina

Sprouts

Squashes

Alfalfa

Barley Grass

Wheat Grass

Wild Greens

Nightshade Veggies

FRUITSAppleApricot

Avocado

Banana (high glycemic)

Cantaloupe

Cherries

Currants

Dates/Figs

Grapes

Grapefruit

Lime

Honeydew Melon

Nectarine

Orange

Lemon

Peach

Pear

Pineapple

All Berries

Tangerine

Tomato

Tropical Fruits

WatermelonPROTEIN

Eggs (poached)

Whey Protein Powder

Cottage Cheese

Chicken Breast

Yogurt

Almonds

Chestnuts

Tofu (fermented)

Flax Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Tempeh (fermented)

Squash Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Millet

Sprouted Seeds

Nuts

OTHERApple Cider VinegarBee Pollen

Lecithin Granules

Probiotic Cultures

Green Juices

Veggies Juices

Fresh Fruit Juice

Organic Milk

(unpasteurized)

Mineral Water

Alkaline Antioxidant Water

Green Tea

Herbal Tea

Dandelion Tea

Ginseng Tea

Banchi Tea

KombuchaSWEETENERS

Stevia

Ki SweetSPICES/SEASONINGS

Cinnamon

Curry

Ginger

Mustard

Chili Pepper

Sea Salt

Miso

Tamari

All HerbsORIENTAL VEGETABLES

Maitake

Daikon

Dandelion Root

Shitake

Kombu

Reishi

Nori

Umeboshi

Wakame

Sea Veggies

Acid Forming Foods
FATS & OILSAvocado OilCanola Oil

Corn Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Flax Oil

Lard

Olive Oil

Safflower Oil

Sesame Oil

Sunflower OilFRUITS

CranberriesGRAINS

Rice Cakes

Wheat Cakes

Amaranth

Barley

Buckwheat

Corn

Oats (rolled)

Quinoa

Rice (all)

Rye

Spelt

Kamut

Wheat

Hemp Seed FlourDAIRY

Cheese, Cow

Cheese, Goat

Cheese, Processed

Cheese, Sheep

Milk

Butter

NUTS & BUTTERSCashewsBrazil Nuts

Peanuts

Peanut Butter

Pecans

Tahini

WalnutsANIMAL PROTEIN

Beef

Carp

Clams

Fish

Lamb

Lobster

Mussels

Oyster

Pork

Rabbit

Salmon

Shrimp

Scallops

Tuna

Turkey

VenisonPASTA (WHITE)

Noodles

Macaroni

SpaghettiOTHER

Distilled Vinegar

Wheat Germ

Pot

Top Cancer Killers

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Loma Linda University  reported that people who ate beans at least three times a week had a 33% reduced risk of colon polyps (which often lead to colon cancer).

Researchers at Colorado State University reported on the anticancer abilities of beans: white kidney beans have greater impact on cancer cells than navy beans, and that more colorful beans have milder effects. Foods that were found to be especially protective against head and neck cancers, which include cancer of the mouth, throat, and larynxthese cancers included beans, carrots, and tomatoes, among others.

1305104161078Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and kale, among others, contain several compounds shown to fight cancer.

Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant that has been associated with a reduced risk of various cancers, including prostate, mouth, throat, colon, stomach, and bladder. This does not include beta-carotene supplements – to receive the benefits, carrots must be eaten.

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In one laboratory study, capsaicin slowed the growth of prostate cancer cells and prompted apoptosis (cell suicide), while a subsequent study found similar results regarding apoptosis and prostate cancer cells. Capsaicin also fights stomach cancer.

Garlic contains allium compounds that enhance the activity of immune system cells designed to fight cancer – they block carcinogens from getting into cells and also slow the development of tumors.

Mushrooms, including shiitake, reishi, coriolus versicolor, and maitake, have demonstrated cancer-fighting properties. The anticancer abilities are attributed to polysaccharides, including beta glucan, which enhance the immune system and strengthen it against cancer. Mushrooms also contain complex protein/sugar molecules called lectin, which have an ability to prevent cancer cells from multiplying. Another compound in mushrooms is ergosterol peroxide, which can inhibit the growth or prostate cancer cells and prompt apoptosis, according to a study reported in Chemico Biological Interactions. The yamabushitake mushroom has demonstrated potential against human leukemia.

Raspberries have been shown to decrease the number of esophageal tumors. In subsequent studies, black raspberry extracts inhibited the growth of colon cancer cells.

A recent review in Current Medicinal Chemistry reports on the impact of lycopene on cancer in general, and how its potent antioxidant properties help it prevent cell damage and inhibit cell growth. In addition, some case-control studies have shown that greater consumption of tomatoes and lycopene is associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer.

The spice turmeric: Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, appears to involve a blend of anti-carcinogenic, pro-apoptotic, anti-angiogenic, anti-metastatic, immunomodulatory and antioxidant activities. One study showed  it inhibited the growth of both human and animal prostate cancer cell lines.

Frozen Fruit:Townsend’s Organic Antioxidant Blend Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

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Townsend Farms is recalling bags of a frozen fruit mix commonly used in smoothies because they could be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. Townsend’s Organic Antioxidant Blend is suspected in an outbreak of the virus that has affected five Western states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty-four people have been infected with hepatitis A, and 11 of them have been hospitalized as of Monday. Infections have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, the CDC website said Tuesday.

The fruit mix with contaminated ingredients was sent to Costco stores and Harris Teeter stores. At Costco, the recalled codes include T012415 through T053115; consumers can find these on the back of the package near the words “BEST BY.” Harris Teeter packages have “BEST BY” codes of T041615E or T041615C.

The highly contagious infection inflames the liver and limits its ability to function. “Mild cases of hepatitis A don’t require treatment, and most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage,” the Mayo Clinic website says. Severe cases can lead to liver failure and death, according to the World Health Organization. There are an estimated 1.4 million cases of hepatitis A annually worldwide. Consumers who may have eaten the contaminated product should contact their doctor, and the product should be thrown away immediately.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html

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