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/

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).

 

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

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.

Why you should avoid Caffeine – it can make you fat, alter your DNA, and it’s toxic.

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The LD50 (Lethal Dose 50%) of  caffeine is 192 mg. The lower the LD50 number, the more lethal the substance is. For comparison, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has an LD50 of 11,900 mg/kg. Cyanide has an LD50 of 6.4 mg/kg.

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Caffeine is mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells (meaning that is alters your DNA and is passed down genetically to offspring). Mutagenic for bacteria and/or yeast. May cause damage to the following organs: heart, gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system.

It has Chronic Effects on Humans: May cause adverse reproductive effects (fetotoxicity, maternal (parnutrition) and birth defects. May affect genetic material (mutagenic). May cause cancer (tumorgenic) based on animal data.

It may cause gastrointestinal (digestive) tract irritation with epigastric pain, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

It affects metabolism and cardiovascular system with symptoms including flushing, palpitations, rapid heart rate, dysrhythmias, hypotension, blood pressure elevation and weight loss, metabolic acidosis.

It may affect brain and behavior/central nervous system. Symptoms may include nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, dizziness, tremor, seizures, convulsions, hallucinations,
somnolence, toxic psychosis, tremors, convulsions, ataxia.

May also affect blood, respiration (hyperventilation), and urinary system (mild increase in urinary volume and urinary sodium excretion), and may directly produce hypokalemia.

Chronic Potential Health Effects: May cause cancer (tumorigen) based on animal studies. May cause reproductive and fetal effects. May cause digestive tract disturbances (increased gastric acid, and pepsin secretion and a decrease in lower esophogeal sphincter pressure), cardiovascular disturbances.

Caffeine also fits the definition of an addictive substance, with withdrawal symptoms, an increase in tolerance over time, and physical cravings.

Caffeine is metabolized in the liver.

It increases lipolysis, leading to elevated glycerol and free fatty acid levels in the blood plasma.

It dilates blood vessels and increases urine volume.

Caffeine crosses the blood–brain barrier that separates the bloodstream from the interior of the brain.

Caffeine acts as a nonselective antagonist of adenosine receptors. The caffeine molecule is structurally similar to adenosine, and binds to adenosine receptors on the surface of cells without activating them (an “antagonist” mechanism of action). Therefore, caffeine acts as a competitive inhibitor.

Caffeine tolerance develops very quickly, especially among heavy coffee and energy drink consumers. Complete tolerance to sleep disruption effects of caffeine develops after consuming 400 mg of caffeine 3 times a day for 7 days. Full complete tolerance of caffeine was observed when subjects consumed 750–1200 mg per day.

Withdrawal symptoms — headache, irritability, an inability to concentrate, drowsiness, insomnia and pain in the stomach, upper body, and joints — may appear within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuation of caffeine intake. This peaks at roughly 48 hours, and usually last from one to five days, representing the time required for the number of adenosine receptors in the brain to revert to “normal” levels. Analgesics, such as aspirin, can relieve the pain symptoms.

The DOT Classification of caffeine: CLASS 6.1: Poisonous material!!

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Caffeine can lead to a condition known as ”caffeinism.” Caffeinism combines caffeine dependency with a wide range of unpleasant physical and mental conditions including nervousness, irritability, anxiety, tremulousness, muscle twitching (hyperreflexia), insomnia, headaches, respiratory alkalosis, and heart palpitations. Furthermore, because caffeine increases the production of stomach acid, high usage over time can lead to peptic ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

There are four caffeine-induced psychiatric disorders recognized by the ”Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition”: caffeine intoxication, caffeine-induced anxiety disorder, caffeine-induced sleep disorder, and caffeine-related disorder.

Long-term consumption of caffeine could inhibit learning and memory partially through inhibition of hippocampal neurogenesis.

Caffeine binds to receptors on the surface of heart muscle cells, which leads to an increase in the level of cAMP inside the cells (by blocking the enzyme that degrades cAMP), mimicking the effects of epinephrine (which binds to receptors on the cell that activate cAMP production).

Despite its widespread use and the conventional view that it is a safe substance, a 2008 study suggested that pregnant women who consume 200 milligrams or more of caffeine per day have about twice the miscarriage risk as women who consume none.

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5-6 cups of coffee a day may make you fat!

Caffeine can cause retention of fat within cells, glucose intolerance(a pre-diabetic condition), and increase resistance to insulin regulation. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2332044/Is-caffeine-fix-making-fat-Study-shows-cups-coffee-day-cause-obesity.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

LD50 LETHAL DOSE CHART:

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http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9927475

http://www.sciencelab.com/msdsList.php

http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/ag101/pestlethal.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median_lethal_dose#cite_note-21

http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/files/MSDS_Caffeine.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAZMAT_Class_6_Toxic_and_Infectious_Substances

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/UCM205286.pdf

High intakes of coffee are associated with raised concentrations of plasma homocysteine, a predictor of risk of cardiovascular disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11237928

http://www.news-medical.net/health/Caffeine-Pharmacology.aspx

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Personal note: I’ve been caffeine-free for about 8 months now. I’d given up caffeine a few years ago, but I went back to it after some stressful events. Caffeine just made me feel good/happy and I craved it when I felt bad or stressed.

The 1st time I gave it up was super-hard. I was consuming 8-16 cans of Coca-cola and energy drinks a day(insane, I know!). I switched that out to diet Coke and diet Pepsi, then I switched that out to strong tea. I gradually weakened the tea until I was just drinking water. I could not go cold-turkey because I have severe migraines. I had to slowly step it down.

This time, I went from energy drinks and soda straight to water. I had to use some Excedrin to get me through the 1st week. I naturally have 2-5 baaaaaad migraines every year (since I was about 2 years old). As long as I was consuming caffeine I wouldn’t have any, but if I was ever in a situation where I went without it for more than 6 hours – it would induce a monster migraine that would leave me crying in a fetal position. That could be several times a week. I much prefer to deal with my “regular” migraine episodes. I’ve only had 2 since I stopped consuming caffeine this last time. It’s also easier now for me to notice the signs of a migraine coming on – which means I have time to do a few things to take the edge off so that they don’t last as long and aren’t as severe.

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Coconut Facts

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It has been used for thousands of years in ancient India as a healing fruit.

It takes around 9 months for a coconut to filter all of the water that it contains. This makes the water completely pure & sterile, which is why it can be used for blood transfusions.

It has the highest concentration of electrolytes of anything found in nature.

Younger coconuts contain the purest unsaturated fats and are better than mature coconuts.

It boots the immune system, boosts metabolism, and improves thyroud function.

It makes a great topical oil(use a TINY bit – it goes a long way!) that can help to naturally rid the skin of dangerous toxins. It also gives the skin the perfect mix of hydration and antioxidants that it needs to stay healthy, smooth and younger-looking longer.

Eight ounces of coconut water has 46 calories, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 250 mg of sodium, 200-500 mg of potassium, 60 mg of magnesium, 45 mg of phosphorus, and 2 grams of protein. The electrolyte content is more than double that of traditional sports drinks with about half of the carbohydrates. (Potassium is an essential macromineral in human nutrition; it is the major cation (positive ion) inside cells, and it is important in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.)

According to researchers, individuals with high blood pressure usually have low potassium levels. Therefore, drinking coconut water on a regular basis can be quite effective at regulating blood pressure.

Coconut milk (made from the meat of the coconut) has 500-600 calories, and coconut water(liquid inside) contains about 50 calories.

A few studies have shown coconut water to have cytokinins which are beneficial for anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic effects. The American Institute for Cancer Research says that some of the compounds in coconut water, such as selenium, have antioxidant properties and fight cancer in the lab(many common fruits and vegetables are packed with these compounds). Several animal studies suggest coconut water can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, but this research is too preliminary to make any claims  yet.

An article with numerous facts & info: http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

Another article with information & factoids: http://www.thepaleosecret.com/2012/07/19/top-10-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/
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Coconut oil stops most bacteria that produce teeth-decaying acids

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Coconut oil, a natural antibiotic when digested, destroys the bacteria that cause tooth decay, researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland, reported at the Society for General Microbiology’s autumn conference at the University of Warwick, England. They added that the antibiotic component in digested coconut oil could be added to dental care products.

Dr Damien Brady and team set out to determine whether coconut oil might have antibacterial qualities at combating some strains of Streptococcus bacteria which commonly inhabit the human mouth and cause tooth decay. They tested the coconut oil in its natural and semi-digested state. They added enzymes so that the oil could be tested in a digested state.

The bacteria stick to the surface of the tooth and exists on certain types of carbohydrates. As it metabolizes sugars and other sources of energy, it produces an acid that damages teeth.

Although natural, undigested coconut oil appeared to have no impact, the scientists found that the digested oil stopped most Streptococcus bacteria from multiplying. Of particular interest was Streptococcus mutans, a type of bacterium which produces teeth-decaying acids.

Read the entire article here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/249804.php

 

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Diet & Regular Soda just as bad for teeth as Meth & Crack Cocaine

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Heavy consumption of diet soda can damage teeth as badly as methamphetamine or crack cocaine, a new study contends.

“You look at it side-to-side with ‘meth mouth’ or ‘coke mouth,’ it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less the same,” said Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, a professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

Methamphetamine, crack cocaine and soda — sweetened or not — are all highly acidic and can cause similar dental problems, Bassiouny said in a study published recently in the journal General Dentistry.

The acid in soda is in the form of citric acid and phosphoric acid, Bassiouny said. Without good dental hygiene, constant exposure can cause erosion and significant oral damage, he said.

In his study, he found that a woman in her 30s who drank 2 liters of diet soda daily for three to five years experienced tooth rot and decay remarkably similar to that suffered by a 29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine user.

Read the entire article here: http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=676327

Which Vegetables & Fruits are the most contaminated?

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Omega 3 Fish Oil does not help/stop heart problems – according to new study

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Daily treatment with n−3 fatty acids(Omega 3/Fish Oil) did not reduce cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. For the study, over 6,000 subjects were given the n-3.

Read the entire article here.

New study: Drinking cola and diet cola leads to Metabolic disturbances & ASVD

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ASVD: Atherosclerosis (arteriosclerotic vascular disease – when artery walls thicken as a result of the accumulation of fatty materials such as cholesterol and triglyceride)

A new 8-week study on mice showed that 43% of the ones who were given regular cola developed hyperglycemia and 54% had  increased non-HDL cholesterol(bad). The conclusion of the study overall: Cola beverages caused atherosclerotic(AVD arteriosclerotic vascular disease – thick fat/plaque build up on arteries) lesions’ enlargement with metabolic disturbances.

They also tested them with “light/diet cola”. The results were different, but just as harmful. Hypercreatininemia(basically when the kidneys & liver are taxed beyond their capabilities) was almost 3 times that of the mice who were given just water, a 91% increase in Hypertriglyceridemia(high levels of triglycerides/fat in blood), and a 68% increase in hyperuremia(hormone imbalances & metabolic abnormalities – chronic kidney disease & renal failure).

These changes were all reversed after discontinuation, except for persistent hypercreatininemia in the group who were given “light/diet cola”.

Unmetabolized aspartame from the cola (which was 10–15% of ingested aspartame), was found to modify the intestinal environment and trigger inflammatory (pro-atherogenic) processes.

http://www.cardiab.com/content/12/1/57

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Most Poisonous Plants to Humans & Pets

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Cicuta Douglasii: Western Water Hemlock

The toxins are concentrated in the chambered rootstock but also occur in the leaves and stems as well. A consumption of 0.1% of body weight of the green material (leaves and stems) is lethal, however, the oil in a single bulb is enough to kill a 1600 pound cow. This plant may sometimes be confused with parsnip.

 

 

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Aconitum: Wolf’s Bane

Aconitum is also known as: “the queen of poisons”, aconite, monkshood, wolf’s bane, leopard’s bane, women’s bane, devil’s helmet, blue rocket, tiger’s bane, and dog’s bane.   Ingestion of even a small amount results in severe gastrointestinal upset and can result in: slowing of the heart rate, death, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,  a sensation of burning, tingling, numbness in the mouth and face, and of burning in the abdomen, motor weakness, hypotension, sinusbradycardia, ventricular arrhythmia, sweating, dizziness, difficulty in breathing, headache, and confusion. Symptoms may appear almost immediately, usually not later than one hour, and with large doses – death is almost instantaneous. Death usually occurs within two to six hours in fatal poisoning (20 to 40 mL of tincture). Poisoning may also occur following picking the leaves without wearing gloves; the toxin is absorbed easily through the skin. In this event, there will be no gastrointestinal effects. Tingling will start at the point of absorption and extend up the arm to the shoulder, after which the heart will start to be affected.

 

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Brugmansia: Angel Trumpet

All parts of Brugmansia are poisonous, with the seeds and leaves being especially dangerous. Effects can include: paralysis, confusion, tachycardia, dry mouth, diarrhea, migraine headaches, hallucinations, mydriasis, rapid onset cycloplegia, and death.

 

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Nerium oleander: Oleander

All parts of the plant are toxic. It can be grown as a shrub or a tree. Oleander is one of the most poisonous common-grown garden plants. Effects can include: nausea, vomiting, excess salivation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, irregular heart rate, extremities may become pale and cold due to poor or irregular circulation, it can effect the central nervous system and cause drowsiness, tremors or shaking of the muscles, seizures, collapse, and even coma that can lead to death. Oleander sap can cause skin irritations, severe eye inflammation and irritation, and allergic reactions like dermatitis.

 

Earlobe crease? Could be Cardio Vascular Disease or Metabolic Syndrome

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Ear Lobe Crease (aka: ELC)

Linear wrinkles in one or both lobes may predict future cardiovascular events (heart attack, bypass surgery, or cardiac death.) A crease on one lobe raises the risk by 33%; a crease on both lobes increases it by 77%, even after adjusting for other known risk factors. Men with diagonal ear creases were 55 percent more likely to die of heart disease than men without ear creases. The risk was even greater for non-diabetic women.

http://www.examiner.com/article/earlobe-crease-bra-size-calf-size-waist-size-what-do-they-mean

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121106114221.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3437378/

http://www.universalreflex.com/article.php?story=20051027133133490

Small yellow bumps under the skin around your eye? Could be heart trouble!

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People that have xanthelasmata(cholesterol deposits on the eyelids) are at significant increased risk of heart attacks, ischemic heart disease, and death. After reviewing almost 13,000 patient files, researchers found that when these yellowish lesions are observed, the risk of suffering a heart attack is increased 51%, the risk of suffering ischemic heart disease was increased 40%, and the risk of death was increased 17% — when compared with individuals who did not exhibit xanthelasmata. Around 50% of the patients had cholesterol that was within the normal range, but were still at increased risk of heart disease – due to the yellowish, flat lipid plaques on their eyelids.

http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/AHA/23423

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/234575.php

http://www.theheart.org/article/1280303.do

Stopping & Preventing Seizures: Ketogenic Diet

“Research has shown that about one-third of children on the Ketogenic Diet become seizure-free, … and another one-third see a reduction in their seizures. Some children, after several years on the diet, are able to wean off both medication and the diet and go on to live a seizure-free life.”

Alzheimer’s patients on a ketogenic diet showed significant cognitive improvement compared to patients not following the diet. The diet may also help reduce oxidative stress and enhance mitochondrial function. Parkinson’s disease patients on the diet reduced their scores on the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale by 43.4%. The diet may also prove helpful in the treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. Researchers speculate that the diet may prove helpful in even more neurological conditions, such as recovery from stroke and brain injury.

Doctors are using the Ketogenic Diet to prevent seizures in children: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/aboutepilepsy/treatment/ketogenicdiet/

Ketogenic Diet helps prevent seizures in 4 year old girl: http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/high-fat-ketogenic-diet-helps–year-old-keep-seizures/article_ca7dc366-6d66-541a-8516-4e87be41c9c0.html

http://www.chicagoparent.com/magazines/special-parent/winter-2013/feature/epilepsy-diet

http://brainblogger.com/2013/04/10/ketogenic-diet-for-epilepsy-and-other-neurological-disorders/

Check out my other article: Starving Cancer: Ketogenic Diet

 

 

Foods that fight cancer

Garlic

Garlic – Garlic belongs to the family of vegetables called Allium, which includes onions, scallions, leeks and chives. Laboratory research has shown that one garlic component, called diallyl disulfide, exerts potent preventive effects against cancers of the skin, colon and lung. Recently, this compound proved able to kill leukemia cells in the laboratory. A compound derived from garlic called ajoene has displayed similar activity. Garlic protects against stomach cancer and decreases one’s chances of developing colorectal cancer. The higher the exposure to the food = the greatest decrease in risk. In laboratory studies, components of garlic have shown the ability to slow or stop the growth of tumors in prostate, bladder, colon and stomach tissue.

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Peanuts, Grapes, & Mulberry Fruit – They all contain resveratrol, a type of natural phytochemical that belongs to a much larger group of phytochemicals called polyphenols. Laboratory research points to resveratrol’s ability to slow the growth of cancer cells and inhibit the formation of tumors in lymph, liver, stomach and breast cells. Resveratrol has also triggered the death of leukemic and colon cancer tumors. In one series of studies, resveratrol blocked the development of skin, breast and leukemia cancers at all three stages of the disease (initiation, promotion and progression).

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Tomatoes  – Their red hue comes chiefly from a phytochemical called lycopene. Reasearch has  found substantial and convincing evidence that foods containing lycopene probably protect against prostate cancer. Consumption of tomato compounds has been linked to large decreases in prostate cancer risk. Moreover, there is evidence that this cancer-fighting potential is increased if tomatoes are consumed in a processed form that allows these natural compounds to be released and more easily absorbed, such as tomato sauce, tomato paste or tomato juice. In the laboratory, tomato components have stopped the proliferation of several other cancer cells types, including breast, lung, and endometrial.

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Ginger – Ginger causes cancer cell apoptosis(apoptosis is when cancer cells “commit suicide”). The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger prevent precancerous tumors from creating the perfect breeding ground and climate for growth. Ginger also causes autophagy, meaning that ginger tricks the cancerous cells into eating themselves. Researchers have found that ginger exhibited a highly prized anti-cancer trait known as selective cytotoxicity: it inhibited the reproduction of cancer cells while leaving healthy cells largely unaffected. No conventional cancer treatment on the market exhibits this property.

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Citrus Fruits – Citric acid and flavonoids in citrus fruits contributes to their antioxidant & anti-cancer properties. Citrus fruit consumption increases your protection from oral cancer,  and cancers of the digestive and upper respiratory tract. A 2010 study showed that citric acid alone does not protect against cancer – it works best when the fruit is consumed because the flavonoid/citric acid combination is what works and protects against cancers. Limes & lemons have the highest concentration of citric acid – as much as 8% of their dry weight. Citrus foods: limes, lemons, grapefruit, oranges, berries, pineapples, tamarind, tomatoes, & cherries. Please note: If you are taking medication, please consult your doctor before increasing your citric acid consumption – it can interfere with absorption and effectiveness. Also, consuming too much citric acid can have some side effects such as PH balance disturbance, diarrhea, nausea, etc.

 

 

 

 

Artificial Food Coloring – Toxic to humans

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BLUE1 Used in beverages, candy, & baked goods. Testing showed a small cancer risk, might affect neurons, and also causes occasional allergic reactions.

BLUE 2 Used in pet food, beverages, & candy. Studies found some evidence that Blue 2 causes brain cancer in  rats.

GREEN 3 Used in candy& beverages. A study gave hints of bladder and testes tumors in male rats. Fortunately, this possibly carcinogenic dye is not widely used.

ORANGE B Used in sausage. Approved for use only in sausage casings, high doses of this dye are harmful to the liver and bile duct. Orange B has not been used for many years.

RED 3 Used in candy & baked goods. There is  evidence that this dye caused thyroid tumors in rats. FDA’s recommendation that the dye be banned was overruled by pressure from the cherry industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is used in foods ranging from cake icing to fruit roll-ups to chewing gum.

RED 40 Used in soda pop, candy, gelatin desserts, pastries, pet food, and sausage. The most widely used food dye. Red 40 can cause allergy-like reactions.

YELLOW 5 Used in gelatin dessert, candy, pet food, and baked goods. The second-most-widely used coloring causes allergy-like hypersensitivity reactions and triggers hyperactivity in some children. It may be contaminated with such cancer-causing substances as benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl (or chemicals that the body converts to those substances).

YELLOW 6 Used in beverages, candy, & baked goods. Tests indicated that this dye, the third-most-widely-used, causes tumors of the adrenal gland and kidney. Yellow 6 may cause occasional, but sometimes-severe, hypersensitivity reactions.

Food additives:

ANNATTO Natural coloring used for butter, cheese, & other foods. Annatto is a widely used food coloring obtained from the seeds of a tropical shrub. Its hue is yellow to orange. Unfortunately, natural does not always mean perfectly safe. Annatto causes hives in some people. In fact, allergic reactions to annatto appear to be more common than reactions to commonly used synthetic food dyes.

ASPARTAME Artificial sweetener used in diet foods, including soft drinks, drink mixes, gelatin desserts, low-calorie frozen desserts, &packets. Studies have shown that it may cause cancer, neurological problems,  dizziness, brain tumors, lymphomas, leukemias, kidney tumors, headaches, mammary (breast) cancer, liver cancer, and lung cancer. It is possible that the cause of the problems might be the methanol released when aspartame breaks down in the body(or the product’s container). More research is needed.

BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL (BVO) Used as an emulsifier, clouding agent in soft drinks & sports drinks. zzeating BVO leaves residues in body fat and the fat in brain, liver, and other organs. One study shows that it can cause heart lesions, fatty changes in the liver, impaired growth, and impared behavioral development. Doctors have identified bromine toxicity in people who drink large amounts of soda. BVO should not be used (it is not permitted in Europe).

BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE (BHA) Used in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, & vegetable oil. Some studies indicate that it can cause cancer. BHA could be left out or easily replaced with Vitamin E. There is no reason to use/consume BHA.

CARAMEL COLORING Used incolas, baked goods, pre-cooked meats, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chocolate-flavored products, & beer. Causes cancer.

GINKGO Used in beverages and other consumables. It interferes with blood clotting. Just this year, 2013, the U.S. Government’s National Toxicology Program found clear evidence that ginkgo caused liver cancer in male and female mice and caused thyroid cancer in rats.

PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL (Trans fat) Used in fat, oil, shortening, stick margarine, crackers, fried restaurant foods, baked goods, icing, & microwave popcorn. Harvard School of Public Health researchers estimate that it causes about 50,000 premature heart attack deaths annually, making partially hydrogenated oil one of the most harmful ingredients in the food supply.

POTASSIUM BROMATE Used as a flour improver in white flour, bread and rolls. Bromate causes cancer in animals. Bromate has been banned virtually worldwide except in Japan and the United States. The Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the FDA to ban bromate.

PROPYL GALLATE Used in vegetable oil, meat products, potato sticks, chicken soup base, & chewing gum. May cause cancer.

SODIUM NITRITE/NITRATE A preservative, coloring, flavoring used in bacon, ham, frankfurters, luncheon meats, smoked fish, and corned beef. Can lead to the formation of small amounts of potent cancer-causing chemicals. Has been linked with various types of cancer. Some products may not contain added sodium nitrite, but they are sometimes are made with celery powder or celery juice which are naturally high in nitrite.

Starving Cancer: Ketogenic Diet

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“There is a cancer treatment that is free, has virtually no side effects, and can be used in conjunction with other cancer treatments. It involves cutting out carbohydrates, beginning with the worst carb of all – sugar.

Starving Bad Cells —  stop eating carbohydrates, which turn into glucose inside your body. Cancer cells love glucose and need it so badly, that if you stop giving it to them, they die.

The Ketogenic Diet — All cells, including cancer cells, are fueled by glucose. But if you deprive them of glucose, they switch to the alternate fuel, ketone bodies. Except cancer cells. A defect prevents them from making the switch to using ketone bodies as fuel and therefore, cancer cells can only survive on glucose. All other cells can use either glucose or ketone bodies.

…It’s clean eating. Just very clean eating, none of the sugars, the salts, the trash food… Natural proteins are ones that are in their original form. On the other hand, “processed” meats, like cold cuts and hot dogs, are off-limits because often carbohydrates have been added to them.”

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Read the entire article HERE

More helpful info & links:

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/paleo-guide-to-ketosis/

Ketogenic diet does not negatively affect strength performance in elite gymnasts in study (they actually had a decrease in weight & body fat and a tiny increase in muscle mass) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22835211

A Ketogenic Diet for Cancer by the Caveman Dr http://www.cavemandoctor.com/2013/01/01/an-introduction-a-ketogenic-diet-for-cancer/

Say NO to SOY! Disruptive to female reproductive functions, lowers testosterone in males, effects unborn babies….

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Soy, Isoflavones, Soybean, Tofu = Genistein Isoflavones, such as genistein and daidzein, are found in a number of plants including lupin, fava beans, soybeans, kudzu, and psoralea being the primary food source, also in the medicinal plants, Flemingia vestita and F. macrophylla, and coffee. Hundreds of studies say that more investigation is needed and cite numerous serious issues directly related to Soy/Genistein:

2000
Gee JM and others. Increased induction of aberrant crypt foci(clusters of abnormal tube-like glands in the lining of the colon and rectum) by 1,2-dimethylhydrazine in rats fed diets containing purified genistein or genistein-rich soya proteinCarcinogenesis 2000 Dec;21(12):2255-9. Genistein promotes induction of aberrant crypt foci by an as yet unidentified mechanism when fed immediately before treatment with 1,2-dimethylhydrazine.

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Cassanova N and others. Comparative effects of neonatal exposure of male rats to potent and weak (environmental) estrogens on spermatogenesis at puberty and the relationship to adult testis size and fertility: evidence for stimulatory effects of low estrogen levels. Endocrinology 2000 Oct;141(10):3898-907. Administration of genistein to rats significantly retarded most measures of pubertal spermatogenesis. Animals fed a soy-free diet had significantly larger testes than controls fed a soy-containing diet. “It is concluded that. . . the presence or absence of soy or genistein in the diet has significant short-term (pubertal spermatogenesis) and long-term (body weight, testis size, FSH levels and possibly mating) effects on males.”

2000
Watanabe S and others. Effects of isoflavone supplement on healthy women. Biofactors 2000;12(1-4):233-41. After one month of taking 20 mg or 40 mg isoflavones daily, 60% of the young women had prolonged menstruation, 20% had shortened menstruation, 17% remained unchanged and 3% became irregular. Other hormonal changes “suggest that isoflavones influence not only estrogen receptor-related functions but the hypothalamo-hypophysis-gonadal axis(hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and gonad).”

2000
Yang J and others. Influence of perinatal genistein exposure on the development of MNU-induced mammary carcinoma in female Sprague-Dawley rats. Cancer Lett 2000 Feb 28;149(1-2):171-9. “. . . perinatal genistein is an endocrine disrupter and increases the multiplicity of MNU-induced mammary carcinoma in rats.”

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Salti GI and others. Genistein induces apoptosis(cell death) and topoisomerase II-mediated DNA breakage(DNA damage) in coloncancer cells. Eur J Cancer 2000 Apr;36(6):796-802. DNA breakage in colon cancer cells occurred within 1 hour of treatment with genistein.

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Lephard ED and others. Phytoestrogens decrease brain calcium-binding proteins but do not alter hypothalamic androgen metabolizing enzymes in adult male rats. Brain Res 2000 Mar 17;859(1):123-31. Animals fed diets containing phytoestrogens for 5 weeks had elevated levels of phytoestrogens in the brain and a decrease of brain calcium-binding proteins. Calcium-binding proteins are associated with protection against neurodegenerative diseases.

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Strick R and others. Dietary bioflavonoids induce cleavage in the MLL gene and may contribute to infant leukemiaProc Natl Acad Sci USA 2000 Apr 25;97(9):4790-5. Researchers found that flavonoids, especially genistein, can cross the placenta and induce cell changes that lead to infant leukemia.

2000
Chang HS and Doerge DR. Dietary genistein inactivates rat thyroid peroxidase(thyroid/iodine) in vivo without an apparent hypothyroid effect. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2000 Nov 1;168(3):244-52. The activity of thyroid peroxidase activity in soy-fed rats was reduced by up to 80% compared to those on a soy-free diet. As thyroid hormone levels and thyroid weights were no different between treated and untreated groups, the researchers concluded that “the remaining enzymatic activity is sufficient to maintain thyroid homeostasis in the absence of additional perturbations.” However, it is difficult or impossible to measure some of the more subtle manifestations of hypothyroidism in rats.

2000
Gee JM and others. Increased induction of aberrant crypt foci by 1,2-dimethylhydrazine in rats fed diet containing purified genistein or genistein-rich soya protein. Carcinogenesis 2000;21:2255-2259. Rats fed the isoflavone genistein exhibited pathological changes in the colon.

2000
Ikeda T and others. Dramatic synergism between excess soybean intake and iodine deficiency on the development of rat thyroid hyperplasia. Carcinogenesis 2000 Apr;21(4):707-13. Excess soybean intake with iodine deficiency caused abnormal growth of the thyroid gland.

2001

Newbold RR and others. Uterine adenocarcinoma in mice treated neonatally with genistein. Cancer Res 2001 Jun 1;61(11):4325-8. Genistein in soy was found to be more carcinogenic than DES, especially during “critical periods of differentiation.. . . the use of soy-based infant formulas in the absence of medical necessity and the marketing of soy products designed to appeal to children should be closely examined.”

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de Lemos ML. Effects of soy phytoestrogens genistein and daidzein on breast cancer growth. Ann Pharmacother 2001 Sep;35(9):118-21. “Genistein and daidzein may stimulate existing breast tumor growth and antagonize the effects of tamoxifen. Women with current or past breast cancer should be aware of the risks of potential tumor growth when taking soy products.”

2001
Ju YH and others. Physiological concentrations of dietary genistein dose-dependently stimulate growth of estrogen-dependent human breast cancer (MCF-7) tumors implanted in athymic nude mice. J Nutr 2001 Nov;131(11):2957-62. Genistein stimulated breast tumor growth and cell proliferation in mice in a dose-responsive manner.

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Nagao T and others. Reproductive effects in male and female rats of neonatal exposure to genistein. Reprod Toxicol 2001 Jul-Aug;15(4):399-411. Feeding of genistein to newborn rats resulted in lower body weight in male and female rats, estrous cycle irregularities and lowered fertility in female rats. Neonatal exposure to genistein caused dysfunction of postpubertal reproduction performance as well as abnormal development of gonads in female but not in male rats.

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Allred CD and others. Dietary genistin stimulates growth of estrogen-dependent breast cancer tumors similar to that observed with genistein. Carcinogenesis 2001 Oct;22(10):1667-73. Genistin, the glycoside form of genistein, is converted to genistein by human saliva. The glycoside genistin, like the aglycone genistein, can stimulate estrogen-dependent breast cancer cell growth in vivo. Removal of genistin or genistein from the diet caused tumors to regress.

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Whitehead SA and others. Acute and chronic effects of genistein, tyrphostin and lavendustin A on steroid synthesis in luteinized human granulosa cells. Hum Reprod 2002 Mar;17(3):589-94. Genistein directly inhibits steroid-production enzymes.

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Klein SL and others. Early exposure to genistein exerts long-lasting effects on the endocrine and immune systems in rats. Mol Med 2002 Nov;8(11):742-9. Pregnant female rats were exposed to no, low (5 mg/kg diet) or high (300 mg/kg diet) genistein diets throughout gestation and lactation. At weaning, male offspring exposed to genistein perinatally were either switched to the genistein-free diet or remained on the genistein-dosed diets. At 70 days of age, immune organ masses, lymphocyte subpopulations, cytokine concentrations and testosterone concentrations were assessed in male offspring. Relative thymus masses were greater among males expose d to the high genistein diet than among males exposed to no genistein and certain markers of immune system function were also lower. Testosterone concentrations were lower among genistein-exposed than genistein-free males. These data illustrate that exposure to genistein during pregnancy and lactation exerts long-lasting effects on the endocrine and immune systems in adulthood. Whether exposure to phytoestrogens during early development affects responses to infectious or autoimmune diseases, as well ascancers, later in life requires investigation.

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Doerge DR and DM Sheehan. Goitrogenic and estrogenic activity of soy isoflavones. Environ Health Perspect 2002 Jun;110 suppl 3:349-53. “Soy is known to produce estrogenic isoflavones. Here, we briefly review the evidence for binding of isoflavones to the estrogen receptor, in vivo estrogenicity and developmental toxicity, and estrogen developmental carcinogenesis in rats. Genistein, the major soy isoflavone, also has a frank estrogenic effect in women. We then focus on evidence from animal and human studies suggesting a link between soy consumption and goiter, an activity independent of estrogenicity. Iodine deficiency greatly increases soy antithyroid effects, whereas iodine supplementation is protective. . . . Although safety testing of natural products, including soy products, is not required, the possibility that widely consumed soy products may cause harm in the human population via either or both estrogenic and goitrogenic activities is of concern.”
2002
Ju YH and others. Dietary genistein negates the inhibitory effect of tamoxifen on growth of estrogen-dependent human breast cancer (MCF-7) cells implanted in athymic mice. Cancer Res 2002 May 1;62(9):2474-7. Dietary genistein negated or overwhelmed the inhibitor effect of tamoxifen on tumor growth in ovariectomized and athymic mice. “Therefore, caution is warranted for postmenopausal women consuming dietary genistein while on TAM therapy for E-responsive breast cancer.”
2002
Guo TL and others. Genistein modulates splenic natural killer cell activity, antibody-forming cell response and phenotypic marker expression in F(0) and F(1) generations of Sprague-Dawley rats. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2002 Jun 15;181(3):219-27. Genistein caused a decrease in the percentage of helper T cells and an increase in the relative weights of spleen and thymus in rats.

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Kumar NB and others. The specific role of isoflavones on estrogen metabolism in premenopausal women.Cancer 2002 Feb 15;94(4):1166-74. Sixty eight women consuming 40 mg soy isoflavones daily for 12 weeks had changes in steroid hormones and increased cycle length.

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Chiang, CE and others. Genistein Inhibits the Inward Rectifying Potassium Current in Guinea Pig Ventricular Myocytes. J Biomed Sci 2002;9:321-326. Dietary isoflavones genistein dose-dependently and reversibly inhibit the inward rectifying K+ (potassium) current in guinea pigs ventricular myocytes, suggesting the potential for soy isoflavones to cause heart arrhythmias.

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Lephard ED and others. Neurobehavioral effects of dietary soy phytoestrogens. Neurotoxicol Teratol 2002 Jan-Feb;24(1):5-16. Male mice fed diets rich in phytoestrogens had lower levels of maze performance than male mice fed diets free of phytoestrogens. (Opposite results were observed in female mice.) The results indicate that consumption of dietary phytoestrogens resulting in very high plasma isoflavone levels (in many cases over a relatively short interval of consumption in adulthood) can significantly alter sexually dimorphic brain regions, anxiety, learning and memory.
2002
Newbold R and others. Increased uterine cancer seen in mice injected with genistein, a soy estrogen, as newborns. Cancer Research 2002 Jun 1;61(11):4325-8. Infant mice given genistein developed cancer of the uterus later in life. “The data suggest that genistein is carcinogenic if exposure occurs during critical periods in a young animal’s development.

2003

Tsutsui T and others. Cell-Transforming Activity And Mutagenicity of 5 Phytoestrogens In Cultured Mammalian Cells. Int J  Cancer 2003 105, 312-320. Phytoestrogens, such as Genistein and Dadzein, are responsible for the mutation of genes in mammals.

2004
Unfer V and others. Endometrial effects of long-term treatment with phytoestrogens randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study. Fertil Steril 2004 Jul;82(1):145-8. Women treated with soy phytoestrogens for 5 years were more likely to suffer from endometrial hyperplasia than those treated with a placebo.
2004 
Grace P and others. Phytoestrogen concentrations in serum and spot urine as biomarkers for dietary phytoestrogen intake and their relation to breast cancer risk in European prospective investigation of cancerand nutrition-norfolk. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004 May;13(5):698-708. Women who had high concentration of Phystoestrogens were more likely to be at risk for breast cancer.

2005
Chen AC and others. Genistein Inhibits Intestinal Cell Proliferation in Piglets. Pediatric Research 2005, Vol. 57, No. 2, 192-200. Three groups of piglets were fed either sow milk replacer, sow milk replacer with small amounts of genistein and soy milk replacer with large amounts of genistein. The study found that those piglets who had consumed the large and small amounts of genistein had suffered from “reduced enterocyte proliferation and migration.”
Note: Enterocytes are cells which make up most of the inner surface of the intestine.

2005
Wood, C and others. Adrenocorticol Effects of Oral Estrogens and Soy Isoflavones in Female Monkeys. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2005, Vol. 89 No. 5, 2319-2325. Three groups of female monkeys were fed either isoflavone depleted soy protein, soy protein with isoflavones or isoflavone depleted soy protein with conjugated equine estrogens, for 36 months. The group of monkeys fed the soy protein with isoflavones “had significantly lower adrenal weight… These findings suggest that long term estrogen treatment may contribute to an androgen-deficient and hypercortisolemic state.”

2006
Doerge D and others. Lactational transfer of the soy isoflavone genistein, in Sprague-Dawley rats consuming dietary genistein. Reprod Toxicol 2006 Apr;21(3):307-12. The study shows that small amounts of genistein are present in the milk of mothers who consumed the substance.

2006
Etcheverry P and others. Effect of Beef and Soy Proteins on the Absorption of Non-Heme Iron and Inorganic Zinc in Children. J Am Coll Nutr. 2006 Feb;25(1):34-40. Children who consumed beef meal had a “significantly greater” ability to absorb zinc and iron than those who consumed soy meal.
2006
Glover A and others. Acute exposure of adult male rats to dietary phytoestrogens reduces fecundity and alters epididymal steroid hormone receptor expression. Journal of Endocrinology (2006) 189, 565-573. “Adult males, fed a high phytoestrogen diet for 3 days, demonstrated significantly reduced fecundity… lipid peroxidation of epididymal sperm was significantly increased in animals fed a high phytoestrogen diet for 3 days. Disruption of the steroid regulation of the epididymis by phytoestrogens may alter its function, resulting in decreased quality of sperm, and thereby reducing fecundity.”
2006
Milerova J and others. Actual levels of soy phytoestrogens in children correlate with thyroid laboratory parameters. Clin Chem Lab Med 2006;44(2):171-4. Small differences in the amount of soy phytoestrogen consumed had moderately varying negative effects on the function of the thyroid gland.

2007
Jefferson W and others. Disruption of the female reproductive system by the phytoestrogen genistein.Reproductive Toxicology (2007) 23( 3), 308-16. Different amounts of Genistein fed to rats had adverse effect on the ovaries and estrogen cycle. Twenty five milligrams per kilogram caused lessened fertility and complete infertility was seen at fifty milligrams per kilogram. The offspring of females who consumed twenty five milligrams per kilogram of genistein were shown to have a larger number of multi-oocyte follicles(cysts), than those whose mothers had not, showing us that the effects of genistein can be carried for multiple generations. “Thus neonatal treatment with genistein at environmentally relevant doses caused adverse consequences on reproduction in adulthood.”

2007
Rachon D and others. Dietary daidzein and puerarin do not affect pituitary LH expression but exert uterotropic effects in ovariectomized rats. Maturitas 2007 Jun 20;57(2):161-70. “High dose consumption of commercially available preparations containing daidzein or puerarin may expose women with an intact uterus to the risk of endometrial hyperplasia.”
2007
Goodin S and others. Clinical and biological activity of soy protein powder supplementation in healthy male volunteers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2007;16:829–33. Twelve men 18 years or older were fed 56 grams of pure soy per day for 28 days. Over the 28 days the men experienced a 19% drop in serum testosterone.

2008
Chavarro J and others. Soy food and isoflavone intake in relation to semen quality parameters among men from an infertility clinic. Human Reproduction 2008, Vol. 23. No. 10, 2584-90. Those men who consumed considerable amounts of soy food had lower sperm concentration. These findings stayed consistent with “age, abstinence time, body mass index, caffeine and alcohol intake and smoking.”

2009
Eustache F and others. Chronic dietary exposure to a low-dose mixture of genistein and vinclozolin modifies the reproductive axis, testis transcriptome, and fertility. Environmental Health Perspec 2009 Aug;117(8):1272-9. “Chronic exposure to a mixture of a dose of phytoestrogen equivalent to that in the human diet and a low dose… of a common anti-androgenic food contaminant may seriously affect the male reproductive tract and fertility.”

2009
Jefferson W and others. Oral exposure to genistin, the glycosylated form of genistein, during neonatal life adversely affects the female reproductive system. Environmental Health Perspective 2009 Dec;117(12):1883-9. When female newborns are exposed genistin, (the glycosylated form of genistein), it can cause harm to the reproductive system. This harm took the form of “delayed vaginal opening… abnormal estrous cycles, decreased fertility, and delayed parturition.”
2009
Pastuszewska B and others. Nutritional value and physiological effects of soya-free diets fed to rats during growth and reproduction. J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2008 Feb;92(1):63-74. The groups of rats fed egg and milk protein, instead of soy, showed superior reproductive performance.

2010
Sosic-Jurjevic, B and others. Suppressive effects of genistein and daidzein on pituitary-thyroid axis in orchidectomized middle-aged rats. Experimental Biology and Medicine 2010 May;235(5):590-8. Two groups of middle-aged rats were fed 10 milligrams per kilo of either Dazein or Genistein for three weeks and a third group was fed regular feed. “This study provides…direct evidence that (Genistein and Dadzein) can induce microfollicular changes in the thyroid tissue and reduce the level of thyroid hormones…”

2010
Yu C and others. Maternal exposure to daidzain alters behavior and oestrogen receptor alpha expression in adult female offspring. Behavioral Pharmacology May 2010. “Maternal exposure to daidzein has a masculinisation effect on memory and social behavior.”

2010
Ward H and others. Breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer risk in the European Prospective Investigation intoCancer and Nutrition-Norfolk in relation to phytoestrogen intake derived from an improved database. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2010 Feb;91(2):440-8. “Dietary phytoestrogens may contribute to the risk of colorectal cancer among women and prostate cancer among men.”

2010
Cimafranca M and others. Acute and chronic effects of oral genistein administration in neonatal mice. Biology of Reproduction 2010 Jul;83(1):114-21. This study was conducted in order “to develop a mouse model that more closely mimics the oral genistein exposure and total serum genistein concentrations observed in soy formula-fed infants.” Baby mice were fed soy formula until the fifth day after birth. The results showed that the “genistein treatment caused increased relative uterine weight and down-regulation of progesterone receptor in uterine epithelia. Estrogenic effects of genistein were also seen in the neonatal ovary and thymus, which had an increase in the incidence of multioocyte follicles (cysts) and a decrease in thymic weight relative to body weight, respectively. The increased incidence of MOFs persisted into adulthood for neonatally treated genistein females, and estrous cycle abnormalities were seen at 6 mo of age.”

2010
Cedarroth C and others. Potential detrimental effects of a phytoestrogen-rich diet on male fertility in mice.Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 2010 Jun 10;321(2):152-60. Two groups of male mice were fed diets either containing large amounts of soy or no soy at all. The results showed “that long-term exposure to dietary soy and phytoestrogens may affect male reproductive function resulting in a small decrease in sperm count and fertility.”

2010
Balkrishnan B and others. Transplacental Transfer and Biotransformation of Genistein in the human placenta.Placenta 2010 June;31(6):506-511. Genistein has the ability to come through the placenta of healthy human fetuses.

Click here to read the entire article with studies dating back to th 1950’s

Do you have gas, bloating, or drowsiness after eating rice or other carbs? You may have CCI…

no to sugar and carbohydrates1-resized-600 Complex Carbohydrate Intolerance (aka: CI or CCI)

Symptoms of CI include but are not limited to: sleepiness, drowsiness, lack of concentration, a feeling of being bloated after a meal(especially one containing sweet foods or starches), always feeling hungry, having weak legs or knees after eating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach ache.

If left untreated, carbohydrate intolerance, or CI/CCI, can result in many varied symptoms including: hypertension, hyperinsulinemia, polycystic ovaries, breast cancer, high blood cholesterol, pain and inflammation, Type II diabetes (“adult-onset”), obesity, stroke, and coronary heart disease. This is because all these problems are related to something called insulin resistance, which first starts as CI.

As carbohydrate intolerance can cause major distress to your life, correcting it can result in major health improvements.

Similar to a gluten intolerance self-test, the best way to see if you have CI/CCI is to complete a two week test where you will avoid all carbs/starches. View the resources below for more information and instructions for the TWT (Two Week Test).

http://www.livestrong.com/article/480490-complex-carb-intolerance/

http://www.drgangemi.com/healthtopics/diets/carbintolerancetwoweek/

Dr.Oz 28 day plan to kick your carb addiction

http://www.foodreactions.org/intolerance/carbohydrate/

http://www.longnaturalhealth.com/health-articles/carbohydrate-sugar-intolerance  

Caveman or Palaeolithic Diet by Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

“Palaeolithic or the caveman diet is also called the Stone Age diet, and hunter–gatherer diet. The basic premise of this diet is inclusion and consumption of foods that have been assumed to have been available to humans before agriculture was established.

The Palaeolithic period and its food

The Palaeolithic period existed nearly 2.5 million years ago. This was the age when humans first started to use stone tools. The period ended with the advent of agriculture approximately 10,000 years ago.”

The foods that are thought to have been available during this period included wild-animal source foods and uncultivated-plant source foods. These included:-

  • lean meat
  • fish
  • eggs
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • roots and tubers
  • nuts

There was no use of agriculture produce like:-

  • grains
  • legumes and pulses
  • dairy products like milk, butter, cheese etc.
  • salt
  • sugar
  • processed oils

Celicac (Coeliac) Disease Symptoms

“…The presentation of celiac disease may be varied with a wide range of severity of the symptoms. This makes diagnosis a challenge based on symptoms alone. Research suggests that diagnosis usually takes around 10 years after the appearance of first symptoms.” Read more

General symptoms of celiac disease

Broadly found the symptoms and signs of celiac disease include:–

  • Iron-deficiency anaemia and other or unspecified anaemia
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal distension/bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flatulence
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation and irregular bowel habits
  • Short stature/growth failure and failure to thrive
  • Irritability, mood swings and depression/bipolar disorder
  • Alopecia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Recurrent aphthous stomatitis
  • Amenorrhoea/recurrent abortion and infertility
  • Hypertransaminaseaemia and abnormal liver biochemistry

Associated features and diseases

There are several associated features and diseases as well. These include:-

  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Liver disorders
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Rheumatological disorders including Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Crohn’s disease and Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Type 1 diabetes – the prevalence of celiac disease in people with type 1 diabetesis 1.4 to 8.2% in children, 0.3 to 11.3% in adults and 1.7 to 5.7% in combined child and adult populations.
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Down syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Infertility
  • Lymphoid malignancy
  • Autoimmune Myocarditis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Turner syndrome
  • Chronic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Polyneuropathy

Oxidative Stress

“… oxidative stress is involved in many diseases, such as atherosclerosis,Parkinson’s disease, heart failure, myocardial infarction, Alzheimer’s disease, fragile X syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome, but short-term oxidative stress may also be important in prevention of aging by induction of a process named mitohormesis.” Read more