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Can your multivitamin increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease?

Many of us want to improve our odds of getting into old age in the best of shapes by using multivitamins. I do it. You probably do it, too. But can your multivitamin increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease? Recent research focuses on copper, a common ingredient of many multivitamins as a possible suspect in dementia.

“For some time it has been clear that copper toxicity plays a major role in Alzheimer’s disease,” says professor George Brewer, a researcher at University of Michigan.

It all started with Larry Spark’s rabbits. In his West Virginia laboratory Dr. Larry Sparks, a researcher investigating the effect of high cholesterol diet in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), developed an animal model of this disease. He and his team fed rabbits with high-fat diet until they developed AD-like disease (and you thought you had a depressing job!). When he moved his lab to Arizona, to his surprise he found that he no longer was able to induce dementia in his animals. What happened? He maintained the same conditions (same breed of rabbits, identical food etc.). The only change, he realized after some time, was that in West Virginia he used tap water, whereas in Arizona the water was distilled. After experimenting with different substances in water he narrowed it down to a difference in the levels of copper.

But keep in mind: this doesn’t make copper a villain. Copper remains an important trace element; its deficiency can cause as much trouble as its excess. It is a crucial component of many enzymes.

We get 75% of our copper from food such as shellfish, nuts, grains, many fruits and vegetables and chocolate.  It is so-called “organic copper” or copper-1. Over millennia our bodies figured out a safe way of handling it through processing it through liver, which works like a distribution center, sending it to whatever cells may need it.

Then, there is remaining 25%, inorganic copper or copper-2, which we get from water (leached from copper piping) and more recently from supplements.  It slightly differs from copper-1 in that it is unattached to any bigger molecules.  As a result, it shows up in our blood almost immediately after ingestion, as it bypasses the secure channels in liver. What’s more concerning, it can cross through the blood-brain barrier, an important mechanism, which decides which substances can cross safely into the brain.

We have evolved to handle copper-1 safely, but copper-2 is a different matter altogether. Excess of copper-2 in water is a new phenomenon and our organisms don’t have efficient pathways to handle the increased amount of this mineral. But we may be making matters worse by getting even more of copper-2 in our bodies by taking it in form of supplements (almost all copper in supplements and multivitamins is copper-2).

So how does copper affect the brain?  In a nutshell, it increases oxidative stress and beta amyloid plaque formation. Beta amyloid is a protein that forms the plaques, which are hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.  It is possible that forming the beta amyloid clumps may be body’s way to cope with increased oxidative damage from metals like copper.  But after its role has been fulfilled, the body will try to eliminate excess of beta amyloid. If removal is unsuccessful, as a result beta amyloid will aggregate in plaques, gumming up the work of the neurons.

More recently researchers from University of Rochester found that adding small amounts of copper to water fed to mice has affected that cleanup mechanism.  The blood-brain barrier become leaky, admitting even more copper into the brain circulation.

There is another factor, which can make problems with inorganic copper even worse. You saw it in Larry Spark’s rabbits. It turns out that eating a diet high in red meat and trans fatty acids increases absorption of copper, enough to make a difference in cognition. Perhaps this is just how it works in rats, you wonder. Maybe it was one-off result? Fair point. Alas, no.

Look at the results of this study done on seniors in Chicago. In 2006, Morris and his colleagues published the results of 6 years follow up on over 3700 residents of Chicago, 65 and older. The researchers looked at dietary content of copper and fat and following patients’ memory with four different tests. There was a strong association of memory problems with high copper intake (mostly from vitamin supplements) and fatty diet. In fact, the risk of dementia in people whose copper intake was in the top 20%, was increased six fold (yes, you read that right – six fold!). Interestingly, there was no such correlation in people who avoided saturated and trans fats.

Could this be the key to the increased rate of dementia we have observed in the last 60 years? George Brewer, professor at University of Michigan, and one of the main researchers on copper and brain, thinks that it may be the case. He proposed that the high prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease (20% of those 70 and older and 30% of 80 and above) arose in context of increased affluence in US after WWII, which brought with it diet rich in meat and processed food and widespread use of copper plumbing.

Consider this: the rates of Alzheimer’s disease in undeveloped countries are only a fraction of what we see in US. For instance, in rural India its prevalence in people over 65 is only about 1%. In Nigeria it is even lower, at about 0.5%. Their diet contains much less saturated and trans fats. And there is much less infrastructure in terms of plumbing, copper or otherwise. Now, look at Japan, admittedly a developed country, but with low prevalence of dementia (8%). They have rejected copper plumbing because of concern about its toxicity. But, when Japanese migrate to Hawaii (where use of copper plumbing is as common as in continental US), their rates of Alzheimer’s disease increase to match the rest of the population.

Did you know that over 80% of US households use copper plumbing? Environmental Protection Agency set its “action level” for copper content in water at 1.3 mg/L. But the amount of copper in water that jumpstarted the dementia in Larry Sparks’ rats was less that tenth of that, at 0.12 mg/L. Should we be concerned?

Concerned – yes. Ripping out your copper plumbing? Probably overkill. As this is all rather new, the researchers don’t have enough data to make definite recommendations yet. Here is what I do, as we are all awaiting more conclusive figures:

  • I use copper-free multivitamin. Almost all copper in multivitamins is copper-2, potentially toxic to the brain.
  • I stopped using unlined copper cooking pots, as they may leach some inorganic copper into food, particularly in higher acidity. But here should be no problem with copper cookware lined with ceramic or stainless steel.
  • It seems that dietary copper (copper-1) is safe. I don’t go out of my way to avoid copper-rich foods. However, if concerned, cooking beans and grains will reduce the amount of copper by 50%.
  • I never use hot water tap for cooking. Heat increases corrosive properties of water and with that – copper leaching from the plumbing.
  • For drinking water – I let the faucet run for at least 30 sec. I haven’t been able to find and studies on that and to my knowledge and there is no consensus on how long is enough – I’ve seen numbers anywhere from 15 sec to 5 min. You could use the flush water for watering the plants, washing the dishes etc. to minimize the waste.
  • I use water filter for all drinking and cooking water. Reverse osmosis filter will eliminate 97-98% of copper-2. Activated carbon and ion exchange resins filters, like Brita will work, too.
  • If you have copper pipes, like I do, it may be worthwhile to test the water copper content. A single test (copper only) from local water testing company costs about $ 30.
  • Finally, if you worry about your memory, you may run it by your doctor, and ask to have your serum copper and zinc level tested. Calculate your copper/zinc ratio (divide copper over zinc; make sure they are reported in the same unit, usually μg/dL). Desirable copper/zinc ratio is 0.7-1, but it may increase with age and inflammatory diseases. Should your ratio be above 2, talk to your doctor about zinc supplementation. Don’t do it on your own – there may be some real, irreversible downsides to over supplementing zinc. Stay tuned – I will be writing about copper/zinc ratio as a biomarker of aging, cognition and inflammation soon.


Brewer GJ. Copper-2 ingestion plus increased meat eating leading to increased copper absorption are major factors behind the current epidemic of Alzheimer’s Disease. Nutrients 2015;7:10053-64

Brewer GJ, Kaur S. Zinc deficiency and zinc therapy efficacy with reduction of serum free copper in Alzheimer’s Disease. Int J Alzeimers Dis. 2013; 2013:586365

Squitti et al. Low copper diet as a preventive strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease. Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Sep;35 Suppl 2:S40-50

Morris MC et al. Dietary copper and high saturated and trans fats intakes associated with cognitive decline. Arch Neurol 2006 Aug;63(8):1085-8

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3 Miracle Ingredients You Need to Detox Your Skin

-Pollution and dirt from the environment are clogging your pores and damaging your skin;

-Both sun exposure and free radical are big causes of skin damage;

-Toxins from the foods you eat are harming and causing your complexion to suffer;

-The chemicals in some beauty products are causing red, irritated skin and allergies;

-Smoking, as well as other bad habits, are also ruining your skin.

An unhealthy skin will result in wrinkles, acne, pimples, redness and even skin cancer. So it’s time to learn what you can do to avoid the damages to your skin and protect this largest organ in your body properly.

Now you know the importance of detox your skin, but how? A few changes to your skincare routine, life habits and diet may help improve the look of your skin.

Increase the intake of organic vegetables, fruits and drink enough water will help your body detox the toxic chemicals that may result in unhealthy skin. And there are lots of natural ingredients that clear your skin from the inside out.

1-Lemon Juice

Lemon juice helps your liver detox all the organs in your body, including skin. Simply mixed lemon juice with water and drink a cup every day, you will notice the differences in just a few days: fewer wrinkles, less dark or brown spots and it helps with both dry and oily skin types.

Natural Ways to Use Lemon Juice For Skin

Lemon juice + Honey + Aloe Face Wash

Make your face wash by mixing lemon juice, aloe, honey, and water. Wash your face with it every morning.

Natural Lemon Mask


  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • A few drops of essential oil that you like

Mix them together and put this mask on your face, wash it off after half an hour.

Homemade Lemon Juice Moisture Cream

Mix equal parts of lemon juice, honey and olive oil, use the mixture on the dry areas on your face and let it stay for 15 minutes before washing off.


Pineapple has great anti-inflammatory properties, it makes your skin looks clearer by decreasing the infections and removing toxins from the bloodstream. Pineapple is also a good source of vitamin C, which is an effective acne treatment.

Pineapple Juice Face Wash

Apply pineapple juice onto your face and let it dry, wash it off with cold water. Do it regularly will make your skin clear.

Ripe Pineapple Facial Mask

Mash a ripe pineapple, mix raw honey within and apply it on your face. It makes a simple but very effective facial mask to improve your skin condition.

Pineapple Slices

Rub pineapple slices onto the acne, pimples, dark spots and blemishes to cure them. Keep in mind of that wash it off after 5 minutes, or the acids in pineapple may burn your skin.


Turmeric has been widely used as a natural remedy for treating skin problems, this miracle spice contains curcumin, which cleanses your blood, increases circulation and has great anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric also has antibacterial properties, thus helping reduce acne and pimples.

Anti-wrinkle Facial Mask

Mix turmeric powder, rice powder and tomato juice to get a paste, apply it onto your face, it will help peel off the dead skin cells and reduce wrinkles.

Oil-control Mask

Mix sandalwood powder, turmeric powder and orange juice to make a paste, apply it onto your face ad wash it off after 10-15 minutes. This mask works effectively for oily skin.

Turmeric + Lemon Juice + Cucumber Juice

This mask made with turmeric powder, lemon juice and cucumber juice works well to reduce skin tanning and pigmentation. Apply the mask on the affected areas, and rinse off with warm water after 20 minutes.


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I have written articles on various physical and mental health related conditions, including diabetes/ heart disease/ autism/depression/Nutrition/fitness/diets/fad diets/herbs/alternative therapies/weight loss/obesity in children and adults/smoking risks/alcohol risks/fast foods/disease….

Beyond Gluten Free – Still having digestive problems and migraines?

For those of you who’ve been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, you’re inundated with a wide variety of packaged gluten free food products in the grocery stores. Initially, this sounds like a good idea. But when you look a bit closer, you realize that the vast majority of these products are loaded with bad ingredients.

Various studies have been done that have found significant numbers of people continue to have digestive and other Celiac symptoms even after they’ve switched to the standard gluten free diet.

  • Varying Sensitivity

The exact sensitivity to gluten varies, with some people being triggered with as little as 3 parts per million (ppm), which is much lower than the 20 ppm the FDA standards set as the limit to label a product Gluten Free. Because of this, many of you will still be getting gluten in your diet.

  • Other Food Allergies and Sensitivities

Many people are sensitive, allergic or unable to properly digest a variety of other common foods. These will also cause many of the same or related symptoms. Some of them include:

» Cereal grains (oats, corn, rice, etc.)

» Soy (oil, flour, food additives made from soy, etc.)

» Processed vegetable oils (canola, safflower, sunflower, corn, soy, etc.)

» Sugar (all processed forms)

» Dairy

  • Thyroid Disorders

Celiac sufferers also have a much higher rate of thyroid problems. These can be much harder to diagnose and to treat. The key to solve these issues, once you’ve tried to resolve your problems with a variety of diet changes, is to find a doctor or practitioner that actually has experience successfully treating these conditions. This is actually much harder to treat than you’d expect. Very few doctors know how to do anything other than the old fashioned thyroid treatments, such as killing the thyroid and putting you on medication the rest of your life. They just don’t know anything about the more extreme diet changes that are needed to put these kinds of issues into remission. The Functional Medicine field is starting to gain more traction in spreading the word about the successful protocols they’re creating and customizing for patients.

  • Other Triggering Substances

The vast majority of food additives come with varying degrees of side effects. Since the sheer number of food additives makes it virtually impossible to test them individually to see which of them causes you the worst problems, it really is wise to simply eliminate them all. This may seem daunting, but there are a number of food plans available that do a very good job of eliminating these toxins. The Paleo diet is an example. If you make a point of avoiding buying all the packaged foods that are becoming more popular for Paleo (and any other food plan), and stick to making your own food, these can go a very long way to setting you on the right path.

Almost all of the 3,000 + food additives have side effects of varying degrees, so when you have any sort of health problem, it just makes sense to remove them from your diet. Most of these additives are highly processed, and derived from unnatural ingredients, or ingredients that have been so highly processed and stripped and chemically manipulated, that they don’t behave in the body like normal food. The sheer volume of information out there on how bad some of these substances are for humans, and the fact that nothing is done to remove these substances from the food supply, raises a red flag about the entire industry. Though the main stream media does not cover this topic, it doesn’t change the fact that the evidence is overwhelming, when you look for it, and that these substances are bad for us.

The Functional Medicine field is also starting to really gain some momentum in documenting success with patients via diet changes. These diet changes involve cleaning up the diet, getting the toxins out, and then customizing a diet plan just for you. For those who are eating a gluten free diet, this field of medicine can really help root out some hidden gluten, as well as knowing the other substances that are common, and not so common, that need to be removed from your diet. Some of them have the experience on how to fine tune what should be added, and how to customize a treatment plan for the stubborn cases where you just can’t find all the problems yourself.

When you first start eating Gluten Free, or make any other major diet change, it does take a bit of an adjustment to get used to planning out what to eat. At first it can seem very daunting. But with practice, it does become much easier, and will eventually become second nature. I’ve been eating a restricted diet for over 15 years, and it truly has become automatic. I’m an avid label reader, but even that has become automatic; I just look at the label, and know if it has bad food additives in it.

It can be easier, when you start, to create a menu for yourself. Then, once you’ve got a list of recipes you know are gluten free, you can build your shopping list from that. That way you’re not wandering around the grocery store trying to figure out what’s for dinner; that’s where it becomes overwhelming. This can work whether you create an entire weeks worth of recipes, or just a couple of days at a time. If you know you’re going to have days you’re not prepared for, then preplan out a couple of fallback recipes. You can either make sure you always have those ingredients on hand, or keep a couple recipe cards in your purse or wallet. Then you know you’ll have something good to eat, even if you didn’t have time to properly plan.

My favorite fallback recipe is chicken soup. I just throw in a whole chicken, water, salt, pepper and whatever vegetables I have on hand. Since it actually contains a chicken, I don’t even need flavoring (which is a No-No when trying to clean up your diet). The “power” flavor vegetables for chicken soup are fresh onions, fresh garlic, and fresh celery. Then throw in whatever other fresh veggies you want, and your favorite fresh herbs. You can either freeze the soup to eat later, or if you like to eat the same thing for a few days, then keep it in the fridge.

As you build the new habits, and start to make progress on your digestive issues, it really does motivate you to stick to it. And don’t worry too much if you make a slip up. Take it as a lesson learned, and remind yourself later on, when you want to do it again, how bad you felt. Use it as a motivator to find some other recipes for things you like, that don’t make you feel bad.

We often get in the routine of buying our groceries at the same places. Adding some new places to buy from, and different kinds of places that you may not have normally thought of, can help bring some variety to your diet. When you’re on a restrictive diet, it can sometimes feel like there’s nothing left to eat. Bringing in some new flavors, and new foods, can help overcome this feeling. If you ask the clerks in these new stores, especially the smaller ones, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that many will know a lot about special diets.

Taking control of your health can seem like a big task at first. I’d suggest just getting started, with the goal of making progress. There won’t likely be instant success. Sometimes it can take a while to figure out what you need to cut out. Every person is different, every person is unique.

Start by making yourself a plan, and know that the plan is not set in stone. It will be a moving plan, with changing goals, and shifting priorities. Try to avoid letting people tell you there is only one path, one solution. Some of the diet plans out there, especially those really heavy into the promotion of their plan, and their products, will try to sell you on their “magic,” one size fits all solution, or their magic powder, or magic pills. There is no magic solution. It’s a plan you will build, and mold, and shape, in the years to come.

I’d like you to know that you’re not alone. There are a lot of us out there who’ve cleared the path for you, and can help you on your food journey, on your recovery journey.

Further Details to Help You Build New Habits – from Thora Toft’s Site – Feast for Freedom

Gluten Free “Eat Real” Quick Start Guide with Membership – FREE

Changing Habits for Transformation – Article

Finding New Places to Buy Food – Article

Research and Sources

Do You Still Have Symptoms, Even Though You’re Gluten-Free?

I’m Eating Gluten-Free, But I Still Have Symptoms. What’s Going On?

Dr. Tom O’Bryan – information about autoimmune diseases and gluten-related disorders

New Glutens Discovered to be Harmful To Health

Gluten Sensitivity Genes and the Flaws of Lab Testing

Leaky Gut & Gluten Interview – with Karen Brimeyer & Dr. Peter Osborne

Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm. D.

Gut Microbiota for Health

Data gaps in toxicity testing of chemicals allowed in food in the United States

Food Forensics – The Hidden Toxins Lurking in Your Food and How You Can Avoid Them for Lifelong Health

The #1 Reason You Must Read Ingredient Lists: The FDA Admits They Can’t Do Their Job

Toxic Chemicals Deemed Safe Due to ‘Chemical Safety’ Loopholes

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Thora shares her insights on eating gluten free while also eating “Real” via her website – Feast for Freedom. Thora has overcome chronic migraines and digestive problems by eating gluten free and removing all the toxic chemicals that have invaded the modern food supply. She combines her lifetime love of cooking with the concept of eating real, clean food. Get the FREE “Gluten Free Eat Real Quick Start Guide”.

Environmental Toxicity

We have no idea of the heavy metal dangers lurking about us. So, I am gong to present common heavy metals, what they may cause in cumulative amounts and their common sources.
Constipation; Vomiting; Learning difficulties; Mental retardation; Hyperactivity; Vertigo; Gout, arthritis; kidney damage; Birth defects; Coordination inabilities; Muscle weakness; Anorexia; Seizures; Cirrhosis of the liver; Metallic taste sensations; Thyroid dysfunction; Nausea; Diarrhea; Difficulty in concentration; Confusion; Restlessness; Insomnia; Muscle aches; Fatigue; Pituitary damage; Impotence/sterility; Tremors; Degeneration of motor neurons; Schizophrenic-like behavior; Growth problems in long bones; Cataracts; Headaches; Anemia; Lead-lined gums.

Emphysema; Hypertension; Kidney damage; Arteriosclerosis; Abdominal cramps; Colic; Diarrhea; Slow healing acne; Nausea/vomiting; Liver disease; Anemia.

Tremors; Birth defects; Kidney damage; Nausea; Loss of hearing or vision; Gingivitis; Vertigo; Nervousness; Fatigue; Chromosome damage; Insanity; Abdominal pain; Vomiting; Mental retardation; Tooth loss; Headaches; Skin eruptions.

Digestive disorders; Colic; Gastritis; Dementia; Alzheimer’s; Seizures; Motor and behavioral dysfunction; Skin rash; Headache.

Mental disorders; Anemia; Arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis; Hypertension; Nausea/vomiting; Hyperactivity; Schizophrenia; Insomnia; Autism; stuttering; Copper deposits in kidney, liver, brain, eyes; Postpartum psychosis; Inflammation and enlargement of liver; Heart problems; Cystic fibrosis.


Auto exhaust; Industrial smelters and paint factories; Lead water pipes; Industrial pollution in the water; Pesticide runoff; Acid rain be it industrial or volcanic; Roof paint through the catchment system; Lead paint on children’s cribs which they eat because it tastes sweet; Cigarettes due to lead arsenate as an insecticide; Insecticides/fungicides; Burning newspapers due to the lead in the ink; Soldered items; Gardens near a main road; Children playing near main roads; Jogging on main roads; Commercial baby milk; Industrial materials such as nails, solder, plaster, putty; Shellfish; Gasoline; Bullets; Organ meats; Dog food; Cosmetics, Dolomite; Paper clips; Cooking utensils; Hair colorings; Wines; Leaded toothpaste tubes.

Cigarettes; Fertilizers; Water pipes; Soft drink dispensers; Coal burning; Refined foods.

Dental fillings; Pesticides/ fungicides; Pollution; Fish; Adhesives; Fabric softeners; Drugs; Coal burning; Cosmetics; Water-based paints; Chemical fertilizers; White powdered laxatives.

Deodorants; Cookware; Emulsifiers in cheese processing; Baking powder; Construction materials; Antacids; Foil; Salt (Anti-caking ingredients); Beer and soda cans; Catchment water.

Copper water pipes; Copper water heaters; Meats using copper sulfate as a growth enhancer; Frozen greens and canned greens using copper to produce an ultra-green color; Zinc deficiency; Alcoholic beverages from copper brewery equipment; Instant gas hot water heaters; Hormone pills; Pesticides. insecticides; fungicides; Copper jewelry; Copper cooking pots.

Okay, from what you read above, it is obvious that these substances can pose some serious health risks. This knowledge has come slowly and with a lot of suffering.

The entire Roman Empire routinely dosed itself with toxic lead by drinking out of lead goblets, lining its aqueducts with lead, or even adding wine in the form of lead acetate. Called “sugar of lead” to enhance its flavor and sweet taste.

In the seventeenth century the serious condition of “painter’s colic” was recognized as being lead related.

Later, laws were passed to prevent rum from being made in lead-containing pots. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries lead poisoning was epidemic in the upper classes, which habitually drank an excess of lead-containing port wine.

Exposure of workers to toxic metals has been the major source of knowledge about their harmful effects. Industrial technology recognizes that toxic exposure to lead, cadmium, mercury, aluminum, copper, and other less common metals may cause serious disease and even be fatal.

With this awareness came the establishment of permissible levels or threshold limits to monitor workers and their environments.

Blood and urine tests have been used primarily to diagnose a suspected toxicity, but for the most part estimation of probable heavy metal levels is the major preventive measure.

Even among the orthodoxy there is dissatisfaction with these inexact methods and the heavy reliance on threshold limit values, which do not take into consideration individual differences between heavy metal susceptibility, other sources of contamination off the job, the effect of a closed environment, or the fact that some heavy metals like lead are cumulative in their effects.

The real question, however, has been at which point do these substances cause even a slight deviation from health? The assumption is usually that some toxic metal absorption is harmless. But many now feel that even slight amounts may cause abnormal physical and mental problems.

Threshold limits are clearly designed to protect the majority of workers from clinical disease, bit it’s the subclinical symptoms of heavy metal poisoning that may be the greatest threat to the health and well-being of the industrial worker.

With the rise of industrialization, heavy metal pollution of the air, water, and the food chain became an increasing problem. Now, environmental exposure is unavoidable. By the 1950s routine tests of “symptomless”
U.S. kids showed hundreds of thousands with toxic lead levels.

Look at the variety of ways we are getting metallically polluted – cigarettes, auto exhaust, newspapers, canned foods, frozen foods, aluminum cookware, insecticides, fungicides, pesticides, water pipes, cosmetics, hair dyes, antacids, deodorants, and now the chemtrails that drop aluminum, barium and strontium on us day by day.

So, what do we do when prevention of metal poisoning is not easy, despite it being vital to health and well-being? Obviously, we need to avoid consuming contaminated foods and water for openers. All canned food or frozen green foods are suspect because of the possibility of lead-containing solder used in canned foods and copper sulfate used in canned and frozen green vegetables to give them an ultra green color to aid in marketing.

Then any food exposed to insecticides, pesticides, for fungicides could have high levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, copper, or other toxic chemicals and should be strictly avoided.

Yet, Monsanto asserts that their crop sprayed with enormous amounts of roundup Ready pesticide and the active ingredient in Agent Orange is perfectly safe and fit for human consumption.

Bottom line: the safest vegetables to eat are the ones that are organically grown. If you have your own garden, make sure you are at least 25 to 50 feet away from a major road. And the further the better.

Cooking utensils with copper or aluminum surfaces should never be used. Use stainless steel, tempered glass, or non-lead glazed earthenware.

Since heavy metals tend to concentrate within the ocean food chain, passing from bacteria to algae, then to small fish and later to big fish, it is important to stay away from fish or at least not eat too much. Eating sea vegetables is fine because they do not have muscles or flesh to store the toxins.

Then there’s commercial meats, which are generally unfit for human consumption.

Water supplies are difficult to change for most people. Those living in very old houses might want to check the plumbing to be sure that lead is used nowhere in the system as the most potent dose of heavy metals comes from water in the morning after it has been in the pipes all night. To be safe, let the water run first thing in the morning for about 2 minutes to drain the crap out. Water filters work well also.

Although it is the duty of an employer to prevent occupational heavy metal poisoning, many seem clueless as to the health risk. There was a project that was undertaken with auto body shops. Spot checks were done and it was found that not a single shop required their workers to wear air filter masks while on the job.

Day after day, year after year, there workers were exposed to an incredible amount of heavy metals in the grinding, sanding, and painting process, completely oblivious to the dangers to which they were being subjected to. People involved in such industries should do a yearly hair analysis as a preventative measure.

The human fetal brain concentrates heavy metals very quickly. It is therefore essential that pregnant mothers make all efforts to avoid these poisons.

Kids are also very susceptible as well. So if a playground is near a major road, find another place for your kid to play. Even soft drinks from beverage dispensers can cause toxic metal poisoning.

And if, God forbid, your kid has learning difficulties or behavioral disorders, get him a hair analysis to discern toxic metals before being subjected to other treatments. Actually, this applies to everyone.

Let’s get into detox. First and foremost, the organic sulfur crystals remove toxins, heavy metals, radiation, and parasites, which everyone has.

Next would be short periods of citrus fruit or apple mono diets that are useful in the elimination process. Each individual will determine his her length of the initial mono diet. The more severe the toxicity, the shorter will be the first elimination. The usual period for the first mono diet is 3 to 7 days.

Following this fairly rapid detoxification would be a mostly raw foods regimen with the exception of cooked beans or lentils as protein.

The diet would consist of hot water and lemon juice as soon as you get out of bed,
Breakfast would be fresh grapefruit or organic apples.
Between breakfast and lunch should be carrot juice.
Lunch should be a green salad with cooked beans or lentils.
Between lunch and dinner more carrot juice.
Dinner should be a cooked vegan meal with plenty of organic green vegetables, seaweeds and beans or lentils.
Then, later in the evening, some raw apple juice or carrot juice.

Oh yeah, 1 tablespoon of raw bran should be taken with all meals and Spiulina should be added whenever possible and the freshest bee pollen you can find should be eaten. Your water should be as pure as possible and there should be no alcohol and no cigarettes or tobacco of any kind.

This should be done for about 2 weeks.

Between you and me, the sulfur crystals are easier to do and you will detox completely. After it is finished the detox will never come back and you will also never get the flu. A cold, yes. The flu, no.


“Food Forensics” by Mike Adams

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I have been doing a weekly radio show in Honolulu since 1981 called “Health Talk”. In the beginning of 2015 I started doing an internet show on

In 2007 I was “forced” to get a Masters degree in Nutrition because of all the doctors that would call in asking for my credentials. They do not call in anymore.

Going to enables you, among other things, to listen to the shows.

I am an activist. In addition to espousing an organic vegan diet for optimum health, I am strongly opposed to GMOs, vaccines, processed foods, MSG, aspartame, fluoridation and everything else that the pimps (Big Pharma, Monsanto and the large food companies) and the hookers (the doctors, the government agencies, the public health officials, and the mainstream media) thrust upon us, the tricks.

After being vaccinated with the DTP vaccine as a child I developed asthma. After taking the organic sulfur crystals (they are harvested from the pine trees in Louisiana) in November of 2008 for 3 days my asthma reversed and has not come back ever since, 29 cases, so far, of autism have been reversed, as has cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, osteoarthritis, joint pain, astigmatism, gum disease, increased sexual activity, heavy metal and radiation elimination, parasite elimination, free radicals elimination, faster athletic recovery time, increased blood circulation, reduced inflammation, resistance to getting the flu, reduction of wrinkles, allergy reduction, reduced PMS and monthly period pain, nausea, migraines, erectile dysfunction and so much more.

And it’s only possible because of the oxygen it releases that floods the cells of the body. The sulfur, as proven by the University of Southampton in England, enables the body to produce vitamin B12 and the essential amino acids. You can find out more about this incredible nutrient also on my website – -.

My book, “A Sane Diet For An Insane World”, has finally been published. It can be viewed at

Bergamot – Immensely Potent Cholesterol-Lowering and Heart-Protecting Fruit

You have probably adopted a healthy lifestyle and taken many types of natural products in the hope to reverse heart diseases due to clogged arteries or to maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels to protect against heart disease.

Yes. You have used pomegranate, turmeric, curcumin, astaxanthin, and acai berry (and other berries as well). You have used a concoction comprises lemon, garlic, ginger, apple cider vinegar and honey. You have drunk a glass of lemon water every morning. You also have taken liquid lime extract.

There is one miracle fruit you probably haven’t used.

What is it?


Bergamot essential oil provides Earl Grey Tea its fantastic and distinct flavor!

All this while, you are familiar with Bergamot oil and its health benefits. It can help you with skin problems, stress, and anxiety, cardiac problems (antiarrhythmic). and antianginal properties), inflammatory conditions, digestive trouble, and food poisoning.

But you are probably not familiar with or haven’t heard about Bergamot juice benefits that can protect you against heart disease by increasing HDL, lowering LDL and triglyceride.

So what?

There are other fruits do the same thing as well!

You are right. But after reading thru the info of Bergamot benefits on your lipid profile and heart health which I am going to share with you in the rest of the article, I hope you would add Bergamot juice/extract in your heart-protecting protocols.

What is Bergamot?

Bergamot, Citrus bergamia, is a type of orange that grows in southern Italy, from which the majority of the world’s supply of bergamot now comes.

Today, it is also grown elsewhere including in some parts of The USA especially in the sub-tropical/Mediterranean climates that may include Florida and Southern California.

First Human Study – Improved Lipid Profile and Reduced Atherosclerotic Plaque

You doctor will prescribe statins if they find that you are having high cholesterol levels. However, statins intakes may lead to several adverse effects over time.

Bergamot juice or extract differ from other citrus fruits in the composition and content of several distinct flavonoids, such as neoeriocitrin, neohesperidin, and naringin.

A 2016 6-month study involving human subjects have demonstrated that a fixed dose of daily intakes of a bergamot juice extract comprises 150 mg of flavonoids, with 16% of neoeriocitrin, 47% of neohesperidinand 37% of naringin has significantly reduced plasma lipids and improved the lipoprotein profile.

After 6 months, the authors found the bergamot extract:

  • reduced total cholesterol from 6.6 to 5.8 mmol/l
  • reduced triglycerides from 1.8 to 1.5 mmol)
  • reduced LDL-cholesterol from 4.6 to 3.7 mmol/l
  • increased HDL- cholesterol from 1.3 to 1.4 mmol

In addition, they found:

  • a significant increase in LDL-1 from 41.2 to 49.6%
  • accompanied by decreased small, dense LDL-3, -4, and 5 particles from 14.5 to 9.0 %; 3.2 to 1.5%; 0.3 to 0.1%, respectively.

Carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) also decreased from 1.2 to 0.9 mm.

The study suggests that the 6-month bergamot juice extract may possibly help reduce subclinical (not severe enough) atherosclerosis plaque.

In my opinion, there is a possibility that you will experience similar or better results if you take the juice or extract for a longer period.

Isn’t the result of the study encouraging?

Simultaneous Rat and Human Study – Both Showed Improved Lipid Profiles

Hyperlipidemia refers to increased levels of lipids (fats) in the blood, including cholesterol and triglycerides. Although typically symptomless, it can significantly increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which in turn can lead to chest pain, heart attacks, strokes, and other problems.

A 2011 study was conducted to investigate the effect of bergamot extract in diet-induced hyperlipidemia in Wistar rats and in 237 patients suffering from hyperlipidemia either associated or not with high blood glucose (hyperglycemia).

The extract was given orally for 30 days to both rats and patients. The study authors found that the extract

  • reduced total cholesterol
  • reduced LDL cholesterol levels (accompanied by increased HDL levels)
  • reduced triglyceride levels
  • caused a significant decrease in blood glucose
  • inhibited HMG-CoA reductase activity (thus, lowered cholesterol production)
  • effectively reduced blood pressure.

In the conclusion section, the authors suggest that daily intake of bergamot juice or extract may possibly be an efficient herbal approach in combating high lipid and sugar disorders.

My View

Statins help reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase activity. The abovementioned study has shown bergamot extracts also can exert similar action in your body.

As you can see, bergamot extracts not only able to harmonize lipid profile but at the same time limit the cholesterol production.

My opinion?

First, bioflavonoids (and most probably with the help of limonoids and triterpenoids too) in bergamot extract help reduce LDL by reducing oxidative stress, thus leading to lesser oxysterol (oxidized cholesterol) levels.

Cholesterol is found everywhere in your body that includes all lipoproteins and in cell membranes of organ systems. Therefore, when antioxidant phytonutrients have neutralized free radicals which lead to reduced oxysterol levels everywhere, including that in your cell membranes, lesser healthy cholesterol levels are needed for membrane repairing and strengthening purposes.

This, results in reduced LDL and increased HDL, hence reduced total cholesterol levels.

As for the inhibition of HMG-CoA reductase activity, I believe it takes place simultaneously with the phytonutrient content actions in reducing oxidative stress. I also believe scientists will from time to time find a similar phenomenon exerted by many other super antioxidant foods.

Higher HDL levels during bergamot extract intake can be interpreted as the cell membranes only need certain optimal amounts of healthy cholesterol to help maintain their structure. Extra healthy cholesterol and oxysterol are removed from the membranes.

High LDL levels may possibly indicate there are mixtures of healthy and oxidized cholesterol. Higher HDL levels always occur during oxidative stress due to many factors.

Low LDL levels, on the other hand, indicate your body experience low oxidative stress level. A healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet (high antioxidant foods, among others) yields lower LDL levels.

As for HDL, higher numbers can indicate it carries more cholesterol away from your cells. It is not known whether it only specifically remove oxysterol or both forms of cholesterol, healthy and oxysterol.

As your gene can respond epigenetically to external stimuli that include nutrients, it is possible to deduce that upon receiving more healthy cholesterol levels carried by LDL (when there are sufficient antioxidants available, thus lower LDL levels), via cascades of reactions, your gene may help repair the membranes by replacing oxysterol with healthy cholesterol.


Human studies have used 500 or 1,000 mg of bergamot extract with success as shown in the abovementioned short-term studies, then daily intakes of 500 mg of bergamot may possibly give you the expected result.

Adding 50 mg vitamin C to your daily extract intakes are said to help provide synergistic effects.

Some experts suggest 250 mg bergamot extract plus 50 mg vitamin C twice per day. Perhaps divided doses may help the extract remain in your body for a longer period which in turn provide you with better protection against oxidative stress.

Fresh Bergamot Juice

How much fresh bergamot juice is needed to produce 1,000 mg extract is not known. Perhaps 100 ml (roughly 1/3 glass) of fresh bergamot juice can provide you with roughly equivalent to between 500 – 2,000 mg of a dried bergamot extract. It’s only a guess… The actual content can be less or more.

If you wish to take fresh juices you can start experimenting with lower doses first.

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Nutritionist Explains the Surprising Truth About Flavored Coffee

Let’s face it. For many of us, that cup of coffee in the morning is the only way to start the day. As the coffee market has diversified more and more, we have all turned our attention towards flavored coffee. But how safe is that sweet and flavorful beverage? The research comes from the University of Illinois, after a 12-year study, regarding coffee drinking habits in the US. As you will have the opportunity to see in the following paragraphs, the number of calories per cup increases significantly, when you add sweeteners, flavors, etc.

Coffee, from blessing to potential problem

A simple cup of coffee does not have too many calories, which makes it a perfect choice for those who are weight conscious. However, flavored coffee is another matter. When you add your favorites, such as sugar/sweeteners and cream, you are suddenly face-to-face with a beverage that contains a whooping amount of calories. The study undertaken by the specialists working at the University of Illinois confirmed that adding flavors to your coffee also means an additional intake of 69 calories per cup. Now comes the question: is it really worth it?

What did the study reveal?

We live in an age where obesity is a common problem, leading to life-threatening complications, such as heart attack, stroke, and even death. In such situations, more and more people turn to the best diet plan, to lose that extra weight and enjoy a good state of health. However, as it turns out, many of them have a hard time giving up their morning brew, not to mention the additional flavors used for its making.

Researchers at the University of Illinois analyzed 12 years worth of information, regarding coffee and tea drinking habits in the US. The data was provided by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, encompassing more than 20.000 people and their coffee/tea drinking habits. It was revealed that approximately 51% of the Americans drink coffee on a regular basis, while only 26% have tea as their daily preferred beverage.

As it was mentioned above, drinking plain coffee is good and even healthy. The problems appear when you add flavors and sweeteners, upping the calorie intake. Two-thirds of the response prefer flavored coffee, adding sugar/sweeteners, cream, and other flavors to their daily coffee. By comparison, only a third of those who drink tea have the same habits. For many people, coffee is a must in the morning; in fact, there are many women who swear that this beverage is their number one weapon against the nasty morning sickness.

Why should you never drink flavored coffee?

The reason why you should never drink flavored coffee is simple. There are simply too many hidden calories in such a beverage. Even if you use sweeteners, such as half-and-half and honey, you are still taking in more calories than normal (by comparison to plain, black coffee). You might be enjoying more flavors with your coffee, but, at the same time, you are increasing your risks for weight gain. Moreover, such a flavored beverage interferes with diets, affecting your overall ability to reach a certain weight-loss goal.

Many would argue that the milk or cream added to the coffee provides the body with calcium, but the quantity is limited, while the calories are not. Apart from that, many of the calories come from sugar, which we all know, is all about empty energy. Black coffee remains the best alternative for a healthy start in the morning, as it provides all the benefits of this delicious beverage, without any additional calories.

In recent years, there was a trend to add butter to one’s coffee, to enjoy a unique flavor. This is even more damaging, as, aside from the empty calories that come from sugar, you are also taking in more fat than it is necessary. The same is valid for cream, which has a high content of fat. At first, it might seem like the added intake is not that big but, if you are already battling with excess weight, it matters. Even if you do not have such problems, you might still find yourself gaining weight, as the intake is daily and the body cannot use such calories.

What is the solution?

The obvious solution to the problem is to quit adding all these things to your coffee. At first, it might seem impossible, especially if you have already formed a habit of ordering your coffee from one of those fancy places (you cannot even begin to imagine how many calories there are in those blended, flavorful drinks). However, if you are persistent and committed to maintaining a healthy weight, you will learn to reduce the daily intake of sugar/sweeteners, cream, and other flavors, little by little.

A plain cup of coffee can guarantee that you start your day in a healthy manner. Say goodbye to sugar, as it contains only empty calories and it strips away your energy, affecting the proper functioning of the body. Eliminate artificial sweeteners, as these are just as damaging to your health and, please, forget all about flavors that can be added to coffee or cream/butter, as you do not need those additional fats. If you want to stop gaining weight, remember that black coffee is the best way to go. No calories, only pure energy.

Final word

Tomorrow, when you wake up, try a black cup of coffee. Remember that you are taking in unnecessary calories, which will have a negative impact on the weight loss process. Keep your coffee simple and, soon, you will see a genuine difference. Your brain might be tempted to go back to its old habits, as sugar can be pretty addictive but you are stronger than that. Use your willpower in the right direction and learn how to say no to flavored coffee. On the long-term, this is one of the best decisions you can take for your body and health in general.


A Controversial Way To Heal Type 2 Diabetes With A High-Carbohydrate Diet

If you’re looking for alternative methods to naturally heal your type 2 diabetes for life, then there’s a highly effective method for you to try.

The actual statistics for type 2 diabetes are shocking.

Worldwide there are now 347 million people who now have diabetes. (1)

Of these same people 90% of them suffer with type 2 diabetes. (1) The World Health Organisation projects that diabetes deaths will increase by two thirds between 2008 and 2030 (1).

In the United States, diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages which is 8.3% of the U.S. population (2).

Shocking as these figures are, it is also the other diseases and health issues that can affect many diabetics that is also a great cause for concern.

Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States, as well as a major cause of heart disease and strokes. (2)

So what exactly is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes or ‘adult diabetes’ as it used to be call (not so now as more and more children are now suffering from it) is a metabolic disorder where the body becomes insulin resistant and is characterized by a high level of glucose in the blood.

Put simply the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, is required to transport the sugars in our blood (that we get from what we eat) into your body’s cells where they can then be utilised.

The problem with type 2 diabetes happens when the body’s cells begin to literally ‘resist’ the insulin hormone which is transporting the sugars.

This means the sugar continues to circulate around the blood instead of going straight into the body’s cells and so the pancreas produces even more insulin in an effort to transport the sugar (glucose) out of the blood and into the cells of the body, thus stressing the pancreas.

Over a long period of time this will have a debilitating effect on the pancreas due to it being stressed by the over-production of insulin.

This will often result in less and less insulin being produced by the pancreas and so the need for more drugs/medical intervention.

The other type of diabetes (type 1) differs from type 2 in that the insulin producing cells of the pancreas are destroy by the body’s own immune system (known as autoimmune disease).

As yet, there is no known cure for the Type 1 diabetes, where patients need to take insulin via medication, though a healthy lifestyle, including diet, can certainly help you improve Type 1 diabetes.

Why do people get type 2 diabetes?

Within the mainstream medical profession, it is understood that there is no one single cause of type 2 diabetes and it is thought that a person’s chance of developing this disease is linked to several factors, which include:

  • An individual’s genetic predisposition
  • Environmental factors, such as exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals
  • Lifestyle factors, such as being overweight/obese, lack of exercise and poor diet

No doubt factors, such as genetics and the others listed do play a part in ‘deciding’ what diseases may affect you personally.

Yet people with type 2 diabetes have completely healed their condition with the help of a high-carbohydrate, plant-based diet.

So what exactly has a standard diet got to do with type 2 diabetes?

Processed food, FAT and large amounts of it!

Many health professionals outside of the mainstream now advocate around 10% fat or less to be truly healthy such as Dr John McDougall, Dr Neal Barnard, and Dr Michael Klaper to name just a few.

And the reason is because they recognize that the modern western diet as it is now has way too much fat, including saturated animal fat, which is well known for its many negative health effects.

Insulin and high fat intake do not go together well!

Consuming too much fat (both animal and plant-based fat) and over loading the body with it can lead to also sorts of health issues.

One of these is when fat begins to interfere with the process of sugar metabolism and brings on the disease we know as type 2 diabetes.

With a sustained high fat intake the cells of the body begin to struggle with the delivery of the sugars via the transport medium we know as the hormone (insulin).

With the excess fat coating the cells and thus impairing this hugely important process the disease we know as type 2 diabetes begins.

Many studies have been conducted over the years that show a high carbohydrate, low fat, plant-based diet can make a huge positive impact on the health of people who are suffering with Type 2 diabetes.

For instance, studies carried out by the University of Kentucky Medical School reported that as many as two-thirds of diabetics were able to discontinue with the use of insulin and almost all of them stopped oral medication (3).

Another study found how a low fat vegan diet improves glycemic control in individuals with Type 2 diabetes. (4)

Studies tend to use low fat vegetarian diets to carry out their testing, but you can do even better than this diet and that is switching to a low fat vegan plan with lots of raw foods on the menu.

For example, several of our clients and followers have actually reversed their type 2 diabetes completely by switching to a fruit based raw or mostly raw food lifestyle.

Bibi Zambrano came off her diabetes medication within 2 weeks after switching to a high fruit mostly raw food diet and has been off it since. She’s also lost excess weight that she was carrying and healed many other health issues that she had.

She shares her story in this video:

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What can you do if you already have type 2 diabetes?

With the understanding that diet plays a crucial role in whether or not you get Type 2 diabetes, the need for a high carbohydrate, low fat and plant-based diet becomes self-evident.

As well as helping you balance Type 2 diabetes, it will also help you shed excess weight naturally, maintain a slim figure for life, have more energy and a much greater inner connection.

Making a transition to this way of eating doesn’t have to be hard either — you can simply begin to replace your old food with new and healthy alternatives.

Once you’ve started experiencing all these amazing changes, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!

About the author: Yulia Tarbath is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist at Rawsomehealthy, author, parent and international speaker with nearly 8 years of experience on a raw foods, vegan lifestyle. She’s passionate about supporting you in cleansing and healing your body the sweet way, as well as achieving the shape and health of your dreams.

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  3. Kiehm TG, Anderson JW, Ward K.  Beneficial effects of a high carbohydrate, high fiber diet on hyperglycemic diabetic men.  Am J Clin Nutr. 1976 Aug;29(8):895-9.