Oregano essential oil kills antibiotic resistant superbugs “without any side effects” urges scientist … Pharma-controlled media SILENT

It is no longer a secret that antibiotic-resistant bacteria, commonly known as superbugs, are on the rise. This has many in the medical community gravely concerned. One of the greatest causes fueling this epidemic is the indiscriminate overuse of antibiotics.

In 2015, in an attempt to address the problem, the White House released a plan to half inappropriate outpatient use of antibiotics by 2020. This is an ambitious and laudable goal, but with 2020 just around the corner, one that is not likely to come to fruition.

The problem of antibiotic overuse is incredibly widespread. In fact, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partner organizations, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), recently confirmed that as many as 30 percent of all antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. are totally unnecessary. In analyzing data from doctors’ rooms and emergency facilities around the country, the researchers determined that about 47 million excess prescriptions are written every year for conditions that are totally unaffected by antibiotics, most especially viral respiratory tract infections. In an effort to placate patients who feel they need to be given something for their symptoms, when in fact the only treatment is time and their body’s own immune system, doctors put patients at risk of potentially dangerous allergic reactions and the sometimes fatal pathogen, Clostridium difficile.

But there is a natural solution to the problem that Stavros Saripanidis, consultant in obstetrics and gynecology in Thessaloniki, Greece, wants to remind colleagues of: oil of oregano. Saripanidis calls oil of oregano an “extremely powerful broad spectrum fungicidal and bactericidal” that has no side effects. And best of all, unlike antibiotics, it has never caused bacterial resistance. Of course, as is only to be expected, the mainstream media has done nothing to promote this natural antibiotic.

So, what makes oil of oregano so powerful? Its active ingredient, carvacrol.

In 2012, researchers out of Utrecht University in the Netherlands published a study in the journal PLoS One, in which they examined the antimicrobial properties of carvacrol against the most common foodborne pathogen, Campylobacter jejuni. They concluded that carvacrol effectively blocked the damaging effects of eukaryotic cells without interfering with healthy cell function. They noted: “These results broaden the spectrum of antimicrobial activity of carvacrol and support the potential of the compound for use in novel infection prevention strategies.”

Another 2012 study, this time by researchers from the University of Connecticut and published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, looked at the effects of three plant-based antimicrobials, one of which was carvacrol, against another foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes (LM). All three were found to be effective in vitro, and their results suggested that these antimicrobials could potentially be used to control LM infection, though they noted that in vivo studies were needed to validate the results.

A third study, conducted by the University of Arizona in 2010, and published in the Journal of Food Protection, examined the effects of carvacrol and another natural antimicrobial against antibiotic-resistant Salmonella. Their study found that both antimicrobials inactivated all pathogens.

In addition to being a “natural antibiotic,” carvacrol has also been proven to protect the liver and is a powerful antioxidant. (RELATED: Find out how one woman cured her psoriasis with wild oregano oil at NaturalNews.com)

Other health benefits of carvacrol include reducing pain and inflammation. It is also a very effective natural treatment for respiratory treatments and asthma.

Those suffering from yeast infections, or Candida albicans, will find it to be a very effective natural remedy.

Another problem that haunts millions is cholesterol. It is the oxidation of LDL cholesterol that causes a build-up and the narrowing of arteries. Oil of oregano prevents this process, thereby contributing to normal cholesterol levels.

And finally, a study conducted in Georgia and published in the journal Georgian Medical News, found that carvacrol effectively lowers blood sugar for those suffering from diabetes, without any damaging side effects.

There are clearly plenty of sound reasons to always keep oil of oregano in your arsenal of natural medications.









Originally POsted:http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-23-oregano-essential-oil-kills-antibiotic-resistant-superbugs-without-any-side-effects-urges-scientist-pharma-controlled-media-silent.html

Managing Autoimmune Diseases & Reducing Flare-Ups Naturally

auto immuneAutoimmune diseases are a diverse range of over 80 illnesses that are often difficult to diagnose and hard to manage. Disorders include multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and many more.

Although these diseases vary greatly in symptoms and severity, they all have one thing in common; they are characterized by the body’s own immune system attacking itself and resulting in chronic, destructive inflammation.

When someone with an autoimmune disorder experiences a flare-up, symptoms are greatly exaggerated and can cause intense discomfort, pain and damage to the individual. There are several compounds, found naturally in our food, that act as natural inflammatories. While natural anti-inflammatories do not work as rapidly as pharmaceutical medications, they do not have adverse side-effects, they can be taken as often as required, and they promote natural healing.

Managing autoimmune diseases naturally

Ginger – ginger contains the compounds gingerol and shogaol which suppress pro-inflammatory pathways in the body, as well as down-regulating inflammatory gene expression1. Ginger extract also reduces the expression of NFκB, a protein linked to inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis and psoriasis2.

Turmeric – the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. Studies have shown that curcumin inhibits molecules involved in inflammation including tumor necrosis factor, prostaglandins, thromboxane and leukotrienes3.

Lemon – lemon has been demonstrated to exert an anti-inflammatory action by preventing the infiltration of inflammatory cells into the joints and protecting against articular cartilage degeneration4.



  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 200 mls almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, frozen & finely grated
  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper


  1. Make a turmeric paste by mixing the turmeric powder with melted coconut oil in a small bowl. Set to one side.
  2. Add the almond milk to your blender, along with the banana, fresh ginger, fresh lemon juice and black pepper.
  3. Add the turmeric paste into your blender then blend on high until there are no lumps left in the smoothie.
  4. Enjoy!


About the author: Sonia Nicholas is a Biomedical Scientist, Clinical Editor & Science Writer. Sonia is Founder of The Green Apple Club, an online community dedicated to using food as medicine. Visit www.thegreenappleclub.com for more evidence-based articles on food and health and free clean eating recipes. You can also follow The Green Apple Club on Facebook and Twitter for daily inspiration and motivation.



  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665023/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16563357
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12676044
  4. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2090989614000071

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Could Your Fitbit Data Be Used To Deny You Health Insurance?

fit bitBy Andrew Boyd, University of Illinois at Chicago

Wearing a fitness tracking device could earn you cash from your health insurance company. At first, this sounds lucrative for the people who participate, and good for the companies, who want healthier insurance customers. But it’s not quite so simple.

Under the program, people who have certain health insurance coverage plans with UnitedHealthcare can elect to wear a Fitbit activity tracker and share their data with the insurance company. The data would be analyzed by Qualcomm Life, a company that processes medical data from wireless sensors for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. Depending on how active participants are, as measured by the Fitbit, they could earn as much as US$1,500 toward health care services each year.

Interest in wearable fitness trackers is booming. More than half of people who already own one believe their devices will help them increase their life expectancy by 10 years – even though it’s impossible to actually know that because the clinical trials necessary would take at least a decade. Adding free money to the mix only makes the devices seem more attractive.

Before we celebrate this new partnership, though, it’s important to consider potential costs to the patients. We are not far from days when wearable health devices will be able to diagnose illnesses. While this is not legal now, if Obamacare were repealed, as Republicans have vowed to do, corporate partnerships like this one with UnitedHealthcare and Fitbit could pave the way for insurance companies to use fitness tracker data to deny coverage or hike up rates for consumers.


Diagnosis by device

There are positive elements to pairing wearable fitness trackers with health data.

An existing flu treatment medication works best when administered within 24 hours of onset of symptoms. But it’s difficult to catch the flu so quickly. A Fitbit could make that much easier. If the device measures a sudden decrease in the number of steps the person takes per day, plus perhaps an elevated resting heart rate, that could signal the presence of a virus.

If an insurance company has access to those data, it could send a message to the patient. If the person really was feeling poorly (rather than just having decided to watch TV all day or gotten snowed in), she could be directed to go to her doctor or an urgent care clinic. The person could see a health professional quickly, get an effective treatment and be on the mend sooner – thanks to her Fitbit data.

This ability will only increase in the future. There are more than 20 clinical trials using Fitbits underway, studying the role of activity in treating pediatric obesity and cystic fibrosis, and even how it can boost chemotherapy’s effectiveness and speed in recovery from surgery. As those studies are published in the coming years, researchers and doctors will get even better at identifying signals of specific diseases in wearable devices’ data.

Beyond the Fitbit

Similar efforts include one to detect influenza with a portable heart-rate monitor. Other researchers are analyzing voice and speech patterns to reveal neurological disorders and other diseases – and are using calls to a health insurance company as a data source. Even eye-tracking software could measure cognitive understanding, which could identify signs of dementia. Detecting symptoms earlier through Fitbit data could allow faster, more effective treatment.

The biggest push, though, is coming from Qualcomm, which has offered a $10 million prize to the team who can develop a specific type of multifunction medical device. Without involving a health care worker or facility, the device must be able to accurately diagnose 13 health conditions, including pneumonia and diabetes. It must also be able to capture in real time five vital signs, such as heart rate and breathing rate, and process the data locally.

The global competition is down to finalists; the winner will be announced early this year. That could bring wearables’ insights to doctors – and insurance companies – much sooner than we might think.

Cause for concern

Wearables’ data can definitely be used to help patients. But it could also be used to harm them, particularly in light of recent political developments. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare), insurance companies were barred from denying coverage to customers who had preexisting medical conditions at the time they signed up for insurance. If that rule is lifted by Republicans in Congress, insurers might look to wearable devices for evidence they could use to refuse to pay for patients’ health care.

This development would have enormous consequences. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as many as half of all Americans have some sort of condition that could be used to exclude them from coverage, such as asthma, cancer or mental illness. Might insurance companies ask prospective customers for their Fitbit data, in addition to – or even in lieu of – a physical exam or laboratory tests? If that provision of Obamacare were repealed, could insurance companies set rates based on what those data show – or deny coverage entirely?

Car insurance companies are already using similar methods. Some insurers provide their customers with devices to install in their cars, measuring drivers’ behavior and calculating the risk involved – and the rate they pay for coverage.

Assembling the data

At the moment, the algorithms connecting activity tracker data and health conditions are still under development. But the biggest thing UnitedHealthcare would need is a large data set of customer Fitbit measurements, so it can link them to insurance claims. Its new cash-for-data program will begin to assemble that information.

As insurance customers signed up to use a Fitbit and get some extra cash for sharing their data, United would be able to match their Fitbit measurements with any health conditions identified in their medical records. Over time, the company could build up enough information from, say, people with asthma and people without it to be able to tell asthma patients apart by looking just at their data. The company could do this for other common diseases, too, or even adapt the algorithms from the contestants in the Qualcomm competition.

It’s unclear what the company would do with what it learned. But one possibility is that when evaluating a prospective customer, the company could look at his data and know all about any preexisting conditions. That might mean a person doesn’t get insurance, or has to pay more for coverage.

Making coverage decisions

The financial power of the health insurance industry is enormous. Not only are there many large companies, but they have the ability to determine whether a sick person gets well or doesn’t – and whether the cost is ruinous or merely expensive.

Would people feel able to object if insurance companies required customers to wear fitness trackers or other monitoring devices? Would new patients provide access to past data a Fitbit collected? Could an insurance company consider it fraud if a user didn’t wear the device?

If used – and regulated – well, the devices can help individual patients change their daily habits to become healthier, saving insurance companies money, and passing some of those savings along to customers. Alternatively, the devices could provide justification for denying coverage to the inactive or unhealthy, or boosting their insurance rates.

Consumers should not assume their insurance companies will use their data only to improve patient care. With millions of dollars on the line, insurers will be sorely tempted. With the legal landscape around preexisting conditions in flux, people should think twice before signing up.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to correct the spelling of UnitedHealthcare’s corporate name and the fact that Fitbits cannot detect tremors, and also to reiterate that the Affordable Care Act presently bars insurance companies from denying coverage to patients with preexisting conditions.

Andrew Boyd, Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences,University of Illinois at Chicago

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Image Caption and Credit: A log of your preexisting conditions? Timo Newton-Sims/timo_w2s/flickr, CC BY-SA

Originally Posted: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/02/could-your-fitbit-data-be-used-to-deny-you-health-insurance.html

Nature Comes To The Rescue Again – Peppertree Disarms Most Dangerous Bacteria

By Karen Foster

Superbugs are without a doubt a major threat affecting all health care systems. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Despite attempts by new antibiotics to neutralize the effects of MRSA, none have succeeded. But nature did.

The red berries of the Brazilian peppertree — a weedy, invasive species common in Florida — contain an extract with the power to disarm dangerous antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, scientists at Emory University have discovered.

The journal Scientific Reports is publishing the finding, made in the lab of Cassandra Quave, an assistant professor in Emory’s Center for the Study of Human Health and in the School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology.

“Traditional healers in the Amazon have used the Brazilian peppertree for hundreds of years to treat infections of the skin and soft tissues,” Quave says. “We pulled apart the chemical ingredients of the berries and systematically tested them against disease-causing bacteria to uncover a medicinal mechanism of this plant.”


The researchers showed that a refined, flavone-rich composition extracted from the berries inhibits formation of skin lesions in mice infected with MRSA. The compound works not by killing the MRSA bacteria, but by repressing a gene that allows the bacteria cells to communicate with one another. Blocking that communication prevents the cells from taking collective action, a mechanism known as quorum quenching.

“It essentially disarms the MRSA bacteria, preventing it from excreting the toxins it uses as weapons to damage tissues,” Quave says. “The body’s normal immune system then stands a better chance of healing a wound.”

While infections are becoming increasingly difficult to beat, no new class of antibiotic has been discovered since 1987. In contrast, a new infection emerges on an almost yearly basis.

The discovery may hold potential for new ways to treat and prevent antibiotic-resistant infections, a growing international problem. Antibiotic-resistant infections annually cause at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The United Nations last year called antibiotic-resistant infections a “fundamental threat” to global health and safety, citing estimates that they cause at least 700,000 deaths each year worldwide, with the potential to grow to 10 million deaths annually by 2050.

Bacteria are rife in conventionally grown US meat including antibiotic-resistant bacteria also known as superbugs. Almost half of beef, chicken, pork and turkey in samples tested from US grocery stores contained staph bacteria reported the Los Angeles Times in 2011 including the resistant MRSA staph bacterium (methicillin-resistant S. aureus). Pork tested by Consumer Reports in 2013 also contained MRSA and four other kinds of resistant bacteria.

Blasting deadly bacteria with drugs designed to kill them is helping to fuel the problem of antibiotic resistance. Some of the stronger bacteria may survive these drug onslaughts and proliferate, passing on their genes to offspring and leading to the evolution of deadly “superbugs.”

In contrast, the Brazilian peppertree extract works by simply disrupting the signaling of MRSA bacteria without killing it. The researchers also found that the extract does not harm the skin tissues of mice, or the normal, healthy bacteria found on skin.

“In some cases, you need to go in heavily with antibiotics to treat a patient,” Quave says. “But instead of always setting a bomb off to kill an infection, there are situations where using an anti-virulence method may be just as effective, while also helping to restore balance to the health of a patient. More research is needed to better understand how we can best leverage anti-virulence therapeutics to improve patient outcomes.”

Quave, a leader in the field of medical ethnobotany and a member of the Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center, studies how indigenous people incorporate plants in healing practices to uncover promising candidates for new drugs.

The Brazilian peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia) is native to South America but thrives in subtropical climates. It is abundant in much of Florida, and has also crept into southern areas of Alabama, Georgia, Texas and California. Sometimes called the Florida holly or broad leaf peppertree, the woody plant forms dense thickets that crowd out native species.

“The Brazilian peppertree is not some exotic and rare plant found only on a remote mountaintop somewhere,” Quave says. “It’s a weed, and the bane of many a landowner in Florida.”

From an ecological standpoint, it makes sense that weeds would have interesting chemistry, Quave adds. “Persistent, weedy plants tend to have a chemical advantage in their ecosystems, which help may protect them from diseases so they can more easily spread in a new environment.”

Also Read: 1000-Year-Old Recipe Can Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

Karen Foster writes for PreventDisease.com, where this article first appeared.

Image Credit: Pixabay.com

ALERT: Pesticides, heavy metals found in organic rice

arsenic-riceIf you think a food declaring on the package that it is organic really is organic and healthy, you definitely need to think again. That has been proven by some unsettling news coming out of the Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC) based in Ahmedabad, India. The organization is reporting the discovery of small amounts of pesticides and heavy metals in several brands of rice. The problem? Those products had been labeled and sold as “organic,” “free from chemicals and toxic substances,” or “pesticide-free.” Talk about misleading.

Unsafe levels of toxins

One of the culprit toxins was the pesticide known as chlorpyrifos, and it was discovered to be at an unsafe level in two of the rice products that were tested. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), even being exposed to that pesticide for a short time can lead to problems like nerve and muscle issues, mood alterations, behavior changes, and sleep issues.

Every single one of the brands that was tested contained heavy metals like lead and copper. Although those elements were at levels considered to be safe, it is still not a good idea to be consuming such ingredients.

A leader at the CERC spoke out about this serious issue:

“The very rationale for buying an organic product is to buy a product free of pesticides and chemicals. Moreover, consumers pay a premium for organic products and despite this, they don’t get the proper quality. This is because there are no standards to govern the production and sale of organic food products,” said Pritee Shah, chief general manager, CERC.

Shah also commented regarding the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP):

“Currently, NPOP certifies organic process standards; but it should also certify the final product. While we do encourage promoting consumption of organic products, manufacturers and regulatory authorities must ensure that consumers get quality products. India also needs to follow labeling norms according to global best-practices in the interest of consumers,” added Shah.

The admonition “buyer beware” has never been more true when it comes to buying food anywhere in the world. Consumers must always be on their toes and willing to thoroughly investigate every single product bought with their hard-earned dollars.

What you can do to avoid food toxins

It seems like it’s practically a full-time job just to research, source, and buy healthy food these days. That doesn’t even include the time spent preparing, cooking, and cleaning up from homemade meals. But that is time and effort well spent, because it is such a valuable investment in current and future health.

Thoroughly research every brand and product you are thinking about purchasing to make sure it doesn’t contain hidden toxins. If necessary, call the manufacturers to get more details. Ask for further information. If a food is organic, ask for proof of that. Ask questions about how they test the food for purity. (RELATED: Learn more about pesticides in foods at Pesticides.news)

Buy local food as much as possible. It is much more possible to hold local farms and companies accountable when they know you can stop by to check out their facilities in person.

Better yet, grow as much of your own food as possible. True, you may not be able to grow foods like rice and other grains, but there is still a lot you can grow outdoors and indoors. It is totally worth it, and there is nothing like the taste and satisfaction that you get from food you grow yourself.

Be safe out there. It certainly is a brave new world when it comes to grocery shopping and trying to feed your family healthy, organic food.








Originally Posted: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-14-alert-pesticides-heavy-metals-found-in-organic-rice.html



Alternative MedicineHaving been raised from birth visiting alternative doctors and healers to boost and maintain my health I can honestly say I cannot imagine what state I would be in if it were not for them.

In the United States, the accepted norm is to visit your primary care medical doctor and when something is wrong outside of their scope of treatment, to be referred to a specialist. It is not unusual to wait very long periods past your appointment time sitting in waiting rooms for a five-minute visit where very little is actually analyzed yet prescription medications are often given. Side effects are accepted and even expected and root causes are not the main concern, working to cover symptoms are.

In Western medicine, the agenda is to treat the symptom, not the cause. This seems so incredibly backward to me.

Of course when you are ill what you want most is to feel better (symptom relief) but don’t you also want to address the root cause so you don’t end up feeling this way again once you stop taking whatever medication is causing the symptoms to subside?

Alternative medicine – Treat the cause not the effect.

When visiting alternative medicine doctors there is a huge difference. Far more of an in-depth background is taken and considered. Time is actually spent talking with and listening to you. They work with you to help figure out what it is in your life, diet, environment, or genetics that could be causing your current health issues. They then, depending on modality, will work with you to correct the imbalance, whatever it may be.

The times in my life where I have consulted medical doctors, I have almost always inevitably regretted it. Side effects from medications were worse than the initial illness, misdiagnosis’s that could have killed me, the total dismissal that anything was wrong at all… yet in all of these cases, they were more than happy to continue billing me anyway. Large bills for zero results or answers. That is our medical system.

Your best health comes from working with your body, not against it. Finding a practitioner who is knowledgeable, skilled and willing to listen and help you intemperate the signs your body is giving you is the key to lasting whole health.

My personal recommendation is to find a great Chiropractor, a masterful Massage Therapist, and a practiced Nutritional Response Therapist. That combination has been what has saved me time and time again.

Sarah J. Barendse

Originally Posted: https://sarahbarendse.com/2017/02/13/chiropractors-and-alternative-doctors-the-superheroes-of-health/

Alert: US dog food recalled after discovered to contain fatal dose of euthanasia drug

dogEvanger’s Dog & Cat Food has recently issues a recall on some of their products after traces of a potentially lethal drug were found in their food.

Pentobarbital is a sedative normally used to euthanize horses, cats, and dogs.

Evanger’s Hunk of Beef Dog Food is currently the only product suspected of contamination. The manufacturer is subsequently voluntarily recalling all Hunk of Beef items bearing lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The FDA reports that the second half of the bar-code should read, “20109,” and it can be located on the back of the product label.

These five lots of food are the sole focus of the recall, as they were all produced with the same lot of beef from the same supplier that is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product.

The FDA reports that while the majority of the potentially contaminated food has been pulled from store shelves, they advise that “if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.”

So far, five dogs have reportedly been affected by consuming this tainted product, and one sadly passed away. The deceased pup had consumed food bearing the lot number 1816E06HB13.

Talula, the pug who passed away, had eaten the food on New Year’s Eve. Three other dogs in the same household also experienced negative effects from consuming the pentobarbital-tainted food. Mrs. Mael, the pets’ parent, commented, “I fed them one can and within 15 minutes, they were acting drunk, walking around, they couldn’t … they were falling over.”

Fortunately, Talula’s three “siblings,” Tito, Tank, and Tinkerbell, survived after an emergency trip to the vet. Talula’s post-mortem examination revealed that pentobarbital was the cause of death.

Evanger’s has reportedly paid for all of the dogs’ medical bills and donated to an animal shelter in Talula’s honor. The dog food company has also paid for the medical bills of two other dogs.

In a statement, Evanger’s said, “We feel that we have been let down by our supplier, and in reference to the possible presence of pentobarbital, we have let down our customers.”

The company, which claims to only use USDA-approved beef for their food, also commented that they had thought “something like this seemed impossible.” Evanger’s has also “terminated” a 40-year relationship with their beef supplier — which also supplies to other pet food companies.

The source of contamination is still not yet known, but the company says that they will continue to investigate.  It is the first recall Evanger’s has had to issue across their 82 years in the pet food industry. (RELATED: Learn more about toxic food ingredients at Ingredients.news)

Oddly enough, the FDA has already examined the potential side effects pentobarbital may have on pets: the federal agency has even conducted a study on how much of the sedative needs to be present in a dog’s kibble to do harm.

The research, done some 15 years ago now, concluded that the most pentobarbital a dog would likely consume was 4 micrograms per kilogram of bodyweight per day — an amount they concluded was “harmless.” Of course, these findings only pertained to dry kibble; Hunk of Beef is a canned food.

Regardless, the FDA has suspected that pentobarbital was present in dog food for at least the last 15 years — they even noted in their study, “Presently, it is assumed that the pentobarbital residues are entering pet foods from euthanized, rendered cattle or even horses.”

While the researchers found pentobarbital poisoning to be unlikely, it has become a reality: the amount of phenobarbital in dog food — at least canned dog food — does have the potential to be harmful.

And it certainly makes you wonder: is pentobarbital in human food, too?






Originally Published: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-07-alert-us-dog-food-recalled-fatal-dose-euthanasia-drug.html

Nutritionist warns: 3 ingredients that can make your smoothies far less healthy

Smoothies are a popular choice for breakfast or a snack because they are ostensibly healthy and so easy to make. There is no need to follow a recipe; you can just toss in the organic fruits and vegetables that you have on hand, along with some yogurt into a blender and you’re all set, right? While smoothies do have the potential to be a great and easy way to nourish your body, a lot of people are turning these healthy concoctions into something that could do their body a lot of harm without even realizing it.

Here is a look at the top three ingredients that nutritionists say you should stop putting in your smoothies right away if you want to be healthy, along with some substitutions that will get you on the right track. (RELATED: See Ingredients.news for more news about healthy vs. risky ingredients.)

Flavored Yogurt

Yogurt features prominently in many smoothies because of its high protein content and the creamy texture it lends to the beverage. However, if you’re using flavored yogurt, you are veering into dessert territory. The American Heart Association says that women should only eat around 25 grams of added sugars each day, and some types of flavored yogurt have 26 grams in just one 6-ounce container!

If you want that creamy texture without any of the dangerous sugar, opt for low-fat Greek yogurt, which normally has around 6 grams of sugar per serving. You’ll also need to pay attention to portion sizes; check the labels carefully to make sure your yogurt of choice is within an acceptable range.

Frozen Yogurt

Another mistake that many people make is putting frozen yogurt in their smoothies, thinking that they are doing themselves a favor by forgoing ice cream. While it is true that frozen yogurt is a healthier alternative to ice cream, it still has no place in a healthy smoothie. It does not provide much in the way of nourishment, and it also has an unacceptable amount of sugar and calories. If you want your smoothie to be refreshing on a hot day, ditch the frozen yogurt and add some plain yogurt and crushed ice instead. You’ll still get that cool and creamy consistency you crave without any unnecessary sugar. Let the organic fruits you add provide the sweetness instead.

Artificial Sweeteners

Smoothies are not dessert, and there really is no reason to add sugar of any type if you are using fruit, which is naturally sweet. While adding honey or table sugar is overkill, turning to an artificial sweetener is an even bigger mistake that could have serious consequences for your health. It doesn’t matter which one you turn to – they have all been linked with a variety of side effects and illnesses. Aspartame has been linked to cancer and promotes weight gain, while sucralose has been linked to inflammatory bowel disease and cancer. Why take the risk when a smoothie is naturally sweet in the first place? By adding up to a cup of your favorite organic fruit, your smoothie will be plenty sweet and won’t adversely affect your health. (RELATED: Find more news about artificial sweeteners at Sweeteners.news)

While these are the three biggest offenders, there are a few other ingredients that you should stop adding to your smoothies. Dried fruit, for example, can have quite a lot of added sugar, as can some juices. Instead, you can also experiment with healthy add-ins like apple cider vinegar and kale. Some people like to add turmeric, hemp seeds, or organic chia seeds to their smoothies. Part of the fun of making a smoothie is experimenting. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that anything that goes into your blender is completely natural.

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Originally Posted: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-06-nutritionist-advice-3-ingredients-that-can-make-your-smoothies-far-less-healthy.html

7 Things That Happen When You Start Eating Ginger Every Day

By Adonia Dennis, Natural Blaze

Originating from China, ginger is one of the healthiest roots out there, being recommended for a wide range of medical conditions and also for those who are interested in maintaining an excellent state of health. On the one hand, ginger can be used for the purpose of adding flavor and spice to a meal, transforming it into something spectacular. On the other hand, it can be used for its health benefits, especially when integrated into the daily routine. Let’s keep on reading and discover what happens when you start eating ginger every day.

1. You can say goodbye to the nasty acid reflux

All over the world, there are a lot of people who suffer from acid reflux, this condition affecting their overall quality of life. Well, it might interest you to know that Ginger contains many active substances, which are similar to those found in the medication recommended for acid reflux. Moreover, ginger has proven out to be much more effective than any medication, about improving the symptomatology associated with GERD. To get rid of the acid reflux, you can drink natural ginger tea or add ginger to the dishes you prepare.



2. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties

If you suffer from joint inflammation and you want to improve this condition, then you need to consume it on a daily basis. One of the active substances it contains is gingerol, which is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, this substance is found in high quantities in ginger, so you do not have to consume too much, to benefit from its healthy properties. The regular consumption of ginger can bring the much-desired pain relief, improving the overall functionality level.


3. No more morning sickness

During the first trimester of pregnancy, one of the most upsetting symptoms you have to deal with is morning sickness. In such situations, ginger can be an excellent remedy, helping you deal with nausea and vomiting. The one thing to make sure is to talk to your doctor, before taking any supplements or consuming ginger as such. Upon receiving the approval from your physician, you can use ginger with confidence and say goodbye to morning sickness symptoms.


4. Helps you get through a cold in an efficient manner

When you have a cold, there are some upsetting symptoms that you have to deal with, including coughing and the difficulty in swallowing, due to a sore throat. In this case, ginger comes to the rescue, helping you get over the cold, in an efficient manner. All you have to do is boil ginger slices, adding other beneficial remedies, such as lemon and honey. Allow the mixture to cool and drink it, to soothe your throat and reduce coughing frequency and intensity.


5. Better digestion

Speaking about the benefits of ginger, it might interest you to know that one of the main ones concerns the gastrointestinal system. If you suffer from digestion problems, with upsetting symptoms, such as bloating and flatulence, you certainly have a lot to gain by consuming ginger each and every day. You can include ginger in the meals you prepare or boil ginger slices, adding some honey to the mixture. In a short period, you will notice that your symptomatology has improved.


6. No more headaches

Headaches are among the most common health complaints in the general population, with a lot of people relying on medication to function. Ginger is an excellent natural remedy for headaches, especially when used in combination with other remedies, such as cayenne pepper and peppermint. What you need to do is add these three natural remedies to boiling water, with a little bit of honey as well. Allow the mixture to cool before drinking it, enjoying its beneficial properties.


7. You can lose excess weight

Weight loss is a subject of concern for a lot of people out there, especially as there are so many health risks associated with being overweight. If you have tried various diets, but nothing seems to work, you might want to give it a try. This natural remedy can help you burn excess fat and re-activate the metabolism so that you can return to a healthy figure. Interestingly enough, the regular consumption of ginger ensures that you stay full for a longer period, thus preventing you from eating more food than your body needs.

In conclusion, eating this on a daily basis has a lot of benefits to offer, helping you deal with inflammation, pregnancy-related symptoms, and digestion problems. Whether you consume it as natural tea or you include it in your meal, it is guaranteed that you will have a lot of health benefits to derive from the daily usage.

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Originally posted: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/02/7-things-that-happen-when-you-start-eating-ginger-every-day.html

Delicious, Flourless Sweet Potato Brownies That Are 100% Gluten And Dairy Free

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We love sweets – but if we’re like you, often have trouble finding healthier alternatives. Check out this amazing recipe, though, for healthy sweet potato brownies!

This sweet potato brownie recipe is amazing: it’s moist, paleo, vegan, gluten-free, and super tasty! This recipe uses natural sweeteners that are WAY better for you than artificial ones. What else makes it so healthy?
If you’re trying to cut down on sugar, the sweetness of sweet potato may fool you into believing it’s bad for your pancreas; however, sweet potatoes improve blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, regardless of their seemingly high Glycemic Index (GI)


Anthocyanin (what makes a sweet potato orange) is full of anti-inflammatory health benefits. These benefits are found in brain and nerve tissue throughout the body
Sweet potatoes are FULL of vitamins A and C (which makes them great for your immune system). They also have vitamin B6, B1, B2, and B3.
Sweet potatoes are also full of manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber; all of which work together to keep your blood, digestion, and whole body healthy.
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato
  • ½ cup smooth nut butter of choice (we recommend almond or cashew butter)
  • 2 tblsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • Handful of carob chips (optional)
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease a small cake/loaf pan.
  • On the stove, melt nut butter with maple syrup.
  • In a large bowl add the mashed sweet potato, melted nut butter and maple syrup, and cocoa powder and mix well.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Pour mixture into greased pan and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing and refrigerating.
  • These brownies are best when cooled completely. Store in fridge or freezer and ENJOY!

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Originally Posted: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/02/flourless-sweet-potato-paleo-brownies-gluten-free-dairy-free.html