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Reasons to Give Up Wheat

Jul 10, 2014 - 0 comments

Wheat today is not like the wheat from the ancient plant. The newer, high-yield wheat we've been eating since the 1980s is full of genetic changes that seem to inflame our bodies, cause our guts to leak, and trigger autoimmune diseases.
Many experts now believe anyone giving up not just gluten, but wheat altogether, could enjoy tremendous weight loss and health benefits. Whole wheat, whether in bread or pasta form or hiding out as an ingredient in canned soup or frozen dinners, could be sending you on a path toward type 2 diabetes!
Eating two slices of whole wheat bread could raise your blood sugar level more than if you'd eat two tablespoons of pure sugar! "Aside from some extra fiber, eating two slices of whole wheat bread is really little different, and often worse, than drinking a can of sugar-sweetened soda or eating a sugary candy bar," Dr. Davis writes in Wheat Belly. I also recommend reading Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter.
Spikes in blood sugar and insulin can cause the growth of dangerous visceral fat, an accumulation that leads to fat encasing your liver, kidneys, pancreas, small intestines, and, on the outside, your belly. This unique abdominal fat manufactures excess estrogen in both men and women. That increases the risk of breast cancer in women and could lead to dreaded "man boobs" in men. Use it as a signal that you need to cut wheat. "I'd go as far as saying that overly enthusiastic wheat consumption is the main cause of the obesity and diabetes crisis in the United States," Dr. Davis writes.
I suggest reading the books.

Keep Clear of Pistachios

Jul 09, 2014 - 0 comments

The FDA is asking stores, cafeterias, and restaurants to check with their suppliers and find out if any pistachio products came from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. If so, the nuts should not be sold because of possible contamination with multiple strains of salmonella, a germ that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Young children, sick or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable. The FDA says several illnesses have been reported and could be tied to the pistachio contamination, but they are conducting genetic testing to confirm the links.

Some of the recalled products include:

Frito-Lay salted pistachios
Kraft Foods Back to Nature products containing pistachios
Chukar brand and Norm Thompson brand packaged products containing pistachios
Setton Farms and Corrado pistachio products

WHAT IT MEANS: Recalls are still trickling in from last January’s huge recall of salmonella-tainted peanut butter products; the incident sickened hundreds and is believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least 9 people. Pistachios may not be as widely consumed as peanuts, but they are used in many processed foods and snacks, so the recall could become far-reaching.

Here’s how to protect yourself against tainted-nuts:

Check your stash. If you have pistachio products in the house, check the FDA's updated recall list before you snack on them. According to the FDA website, the list is being updated regularly but does not reflect all products that may contain pistachios from Setton. Avoiding all pistachios, and products containing them, is the only way to be 100 percent sure of avoiding tainted nuts.

Ask before you munch. If you’re hell-bent on a restaurant dish containing pistachios, make sure your server or chef confirms that the nuts came from a safe source, and not the company in question.

FDA Recall

Jul 02, 2014 - 0 comments

Oriya Organics, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Oriya Organics Superfood Protein Medley
Containing Sprouted Chia Seed Powder for Possible Salmonella Contamination

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm403696.htm

Roundup Chemical Doubles Your Risk of Lymphoma

Jun 30, 2014 - 0 comments

There's been a striking increase in the number of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cases over the past three decades, and a major new scientific review suggests chemical pesticides—particularly glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup—are playing an important role in fueling the cancer.

The Roundup-Lymphoma Connection

The review, recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, examined 44 papers to see how 80 active ingredients in 21 different chemical classes impacted farmers' risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer researchers found that exposure to glyphosate doubled a person's risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. That's problematic, since the chemical is now so heavily used it's winding up in the rain! The reason for the surge in glyphosate use can be attributed to the rise of genetically engineered crops. Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, developed genetically engineered seeds that were designed to withstand heavy Roundup sprayings. In the last 20 years, the use of these seeds has skyrocketed.

Despite being hailed by industry as a way to reduce chemical use in farming, Professor Chuck Benbrook, PhD, a research professor at Washington State University, recently found that between 1996 and 2011, GMO technology actually increased herbicide use by 527 million pounds—that's an 11 percent bump. For 1 pound of insecticide avoided, four pounds of herbicides are used. Since weeds are developing resistance to glyphosate because it's being overused, farmers are applying higher levels of glyphosate more frequently. In fact, Norwegian scientists recently detected extreme levels of Roundup in a popular U.S. food ingredient.

Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate have been linked to:
death of human embryonic cells
breast cancer and other cancers
infertility
hormone disruption
birth defects
eye, skin, and respiratory irritation
spontaneous abortions in farm animals.

"Data has been emerging that point to various health and environmental consequences resulting from glyphosate and Roundup use. These include an increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, genetic damage, neurological impacts, as well as water contamination, impacts on amphibians and immune function, and increasing weed resistance," explains Warren Porter, PhD, professor of environmental toxicology and former chair of zoology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The chemical is so widely used—farmers sprayed approximately 57 million pounds in 2010 alone—that glyphosate is routinely detected in human and even cow urine. Scientists have shown that incredibly tiny doses can trigger health problems, including potentially irreversible biological changes.

"A compound that supposedly degrades rapidly due to sunlight has been measured by the United States Geological Survey in the atmosphere and water—in abundance—all over the Midwest over multiple years," Porter adds. "This compound can affect the rate of conversion of testosterone to estrogen, which implies effects on sexual development and sexual preferences."

Aside from the Roundup-non-Hodgkin's lymphoma connection, researchers also found 2,4-D exposure in farming led to a 40 percent higher increase in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma risk. That's worth noting, too, since the federal government is considering the approval of GMO seeds designed to withstand both 2,4-D and glyphosate.
Scientists believe many of these farming chemicals—substances commonly detected on and in the nonorganic foods we eat—are negatively impacting white blood cells, throwing our immune systems out of whack.

Eat organic whenever possible. GMO seeds designed to be sprayed with glyphosate; these GMO seeds are banned in organic agriculture.

Avoid nonorganic processed foods as much as possible.

If you do opt for nonorganic processed foods, look for "Non-GMO Verified" options, or foods without corn, soy, canola, or cotton oil ingredients. (Note: These foods could still contain other harmful systemic pesticides.)

Source:  LEAH ZERBE