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Candida: All There Is To Know & Candida Diet

Candida: All There Is To Know & Candida Diet


What is Candida & A Candida Diet?

There are a number of common misconceptions about candida as well as the candida diet; candida is actually part of a healthy natural intestinal flora. But when conditions are right (or wrong in this case), candida can transform into a very harmful destructive fungus. Candida overgrowth can lead to leaky gut, depression, joint pain, mood swings, acne and a host of other symptoms. One must remember that candida release over 180 chemicals into the body and more than 75 in the fungal form are toxic. See Signs of Candida Overgrowth below…

Even Dr. Oz admits that candida is an under-diagnosed problem that negatively affects millions in the US.

How did I get this?

Often, the causes are rather simple and take place over time. Anything taken that disrupts the natural intestinal flora can be the first step in allowing candida to reproduce in unhealthy numbers.

For instance, taking antibiotics either for an infection or through the animals we eat, will remove much of the intestinal bacteria clearing an area for the fungus to breed. Some patients aren’t aware that even prescriptions such as birth control pills can promote the overgrowth of candida.

The source of fuel for candida is sugar and complex carbohydrates. In the US, we consume 156 pounds of sugar annually. That’s ten times the amount we were ingesting just 100 years ago. This prime source of energy is fueling our candida growth problems.

A weakened immune system, poor diet leading to poor nutrition, stress and hormone irregularities are also contributing factors. The medical community has recognized this as Candida Overgrowth Syndrome (COS).

Leaky Gut Candida Connection

For those suffering from leaky gut (where fissures or weakness in the gut allows particles to flow into the body) candida overgrowth is often the cause. This occurs when candida transitions to the fungal form and grow ‘hyphae.’ These long branches grow into and degrade the gut wall leading to leaky gut and in many cases the invading toxins overwhelm the body and causing health problems within the liver..

Signs of Candida Overgrowth

Because candida displaces the natural flora and negatively effects nutrition, it is the cause of many common disorders seen today. Surprising to some are all the neurological implications. Below we have named a few:

Digestive trouble – IBS, Constipation, Heartburn, Food sensitivities, ulcers, indigestion, food cravings

Swelling nasal passages – Sinusitis, secondary infection, Thrush

Female problems – Yeast infection, iron deficiency, reduces sex drive, Bladder infections, Infertility

Behavioral – Antisocial, Suicidal, Depression, anxiety, Irritability, Hyperactivity, Lack of impulse control

Mental – Brain fog, Dizziness, Poor memory, Headaches, adrenal fatigue

Immune problems – Too many to list

Skin & joint problems – Acne, rashes or hives, Joint pain

 Also a good link for top 10 signs of Candida Overgrowth

Testing

Most practitioners may say there is no test for Candida Overgrowth Syndrome (COS). While there are some rather involved tests gathering data on the immune system, there is one fairly common test that doesn’t cost a penny. It’s called the spit test. While not scientific, it does have a fairly high accuracy rate.

Spit Test

First thing in the morning, spit into a glass of water and wait two to three minutes. Healthy saliva will sit on the surface. But if there is an overgrowth, strings will appear to come down and the glass will have cloudy look. Spit test overview

We suggest this website if you are interested in taking a candida questionnaire to find out if you are suffering from overgrowth after performing the spit test.

Treatment

Starve & Kill

The candida diet is a rather easy diet to outline, but can be difficult to follow. Believe it or not, candida has a direct line of communication through the vagus nerve to the brain. This accounts for much of the sugar and carb cravings we often get. Some consider this rather unnerving that some of our urges are being influenced by fungus.

The first step in the candida diet is eliminating all sugar and carbs. The idea is to starve the candida and reduce its ability to reproduce. There is a list of foods to avoid and eat as well as a link to a recipe book below. But to really solve this overgrowth problem, you must research the following:

  • Candida-killing supplements
  • List of food for anti-candida diet 
  • Foods to avoid, foods to eat
  • Candida Diet Recipes

Reduce Candida

As I mentioned before, during the ‘die off,’ candida will release over 75 toxins into the body. A person will often feel much worse before feeling better. This process is hazardous and really should be done along with a liver detox supplement like Hepatiben to reduce the toxic effects.

The best solution for ridding oneself of the harmful fungus is not a prescription. Nature provides the best solution for breaking up the cell wall and killing off candida.

Larch Arabinogalactan is often an overlooked ingredient, as it feeds the beneficial form of candida and they will outcompete the fungal form. These recommendations are from Dr. John Reed and are supported by numerous other physicians in this field of study.

Many of these ingredients are found in Liver Medic’s candida supplement. It’s important to keep in mind that our formulation has key ingredients that are anti-fungal. For successful removal of harmful candida, a variety of ingredients are necessary. While many practitioners will suggest multiple supplements for this purpose, we want to remind everyone that Liver Medic’s formulation is complete and developed with this in mind.

It’s also important that once someone is ridding one’s body of candida, it’s wise to also take probiotics. Remember, one of the main reasons why overgrowth occurs in the first place is because antibiotics were left unoccupied in the gut lining causing the fungal form to flourish. We recommend taking a liver supplement to reduce the toxic effects and our candida supplement that also contains probiotics.

Are you ready to rid your body of harmful candida overgrowth, and get back to feeling healthy and vibrant again? Order your first shipment of Candida Complex from our website to get started!

Sports Nutrition Dangers

Sports Nutrition Dangers


Sports nutrition supplements history has been plagued with episodes of steroid tainted products whose tragic consequences for customers diminished only with increased government regulations. What we need to know today is the dangers posed by other ingredients and the impact they have on the liver, kidneys, pancreas, brain and other critical organs and functions.

At Liver Medic, we have been asked numerous times to analyze leading supplements in sports nutrition and report on their relative safety. We did and the findings are not good. The industry is using the most dangerous artificial sweeteners, flavorings, and colors. We learned that leading brands of sports nutrition supplements have contained trace amounts of heavy metals. Another concern is that GMOs find their way into these supplements. GMOs are present in protein shakes and those pre and post-workout drinks. Sorry bodybuilders!

All that time spent sculpting those incredible bodies only to consume a drink destroying your body’s organs is not acceptable for good health. We are here to let you know what you are putting in your body.

The Big 4:

Artificial Sugars

Artificial Colors

Heavy Metals

GMO Contaminants

Artificial Sugars:

Aspartame 
Acesulfame Potassium 
Acesulfame K

Crystalline Fructose
Sucralose
Amino Sweet.

All of these sugars are to be avoided! They have all been cleared by the FDA and added to food, but did you know they have not been proven healthy for human consumption?

As obesity rates have increased so has consumption of artificial sweeteners. They promote weight gain and more specifically fat accumulation. Bodybuilders might be tempted to say, “but not on me.” Though an individual may not have visible body fat, the liver may be infiltrated with fat and other damaging toxins reducing liver functionality. The biggest offenders are pre-workout drinks, but protein shakes are a close second.

Let’s take a look at sucralose for example. Approved in 1998, multiple studies were conducted by the maker of sucralose and none of them for longer than four days of human trials. Even more ominous, the study was limited to only reporting on safe levels of tooth decay.

Sucralose

Has been known to cause cancer in mice, is not accepted by the body and is treated as a toxin. It has been shown to promote fat accumulation and reduce good bacteria in the intestine by up to 50%. This often leads to leaky gut, IBS, discomfort and additional toxin flow into the body.

Aspartame

Is known by many names and you should become familiar with all of them especially if you frequent the GNCs of the world looking for supplements. It’s chemically made up of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. The latter contains a methyl group that gives it a sweet taste. Unfortunately, phenylalanine converts to methanol and then formaldehyde. Formaldehyde breaks down DNA and other critical proteins. There is a reason people don’t drink formaldehyde for recreation–it’s toxic and strains the liver. Bodybuilders are already consuming heavy doses of branched chains of amino acids (BCAA) so loading up on additional liver responsibilities is a really bad idea.

Common Side Effects of Aspartame are; birth defects, cancer, diabetes, liver disease, emotional disorders and seizures.

Crystalline fructose

is a new one, but is much more dangerous than regular high fructose corn syrup (HFCS.) For the health devotees out there, you are not immune. It can be found in vitamin water and is more efficient in creating type II diabetes as it reduces insulin sensitivity more quickly.

Artificial Colors

In the research we conducted many of the leading brands in sports nutrition contain FD&C Red #40. Red #40 is the worst added color, but all artificial colors add an element of risk to our health. They have some of the same side effects as sugar because they are toxins and will migrate to the liver.

Heavy Metals

Consumer Reports was able to identify arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury in some of the most popular protein shakes. How that ignored by quality assurance inspection is beyond comprehension, but it speaks to the level of concern or lack of it in this category

GMOs

GMO contamination comes from whey, artificial colors and excipients. Any animal consuming GMO corn will produce glyphosate and other GMO contaminants in their milk. The same is true for most ingredients listed as carrageenan or lecithin typically found in GMO soy.

These ingredients pit the lining of the GI tract, reduce good bacteria and allow toxins to stream into the liver. The fat accumulation is a defense mechanism to store the excess toxins rather than allow them to destructively roam the body. If you are a toned lifter this accumulation may be focused solely in the liver, compounding the liver’s duties and accelerating fatty liver. Our genes determine where the toxin filled fat cells are stored in the body.

When bodybuilders battle resilient body fat, they will find it easier to reach their desired sculpted body by reducing the body’s toxin load.

When we researched leading whey proteins we find few ingredients, but typically half of them are known toxins or GMO contaminated. Here is a typical example of commonly found ingredients in a leading brand:

Protein Blends, Lecithin (soy GMO), natural & artificial flavors, citric acid, 
Sucralose (carcinogen), FD&C Red #40 (carcinogen), Aminogen, Lactase. 

Here is a sample of the many comments from customers who have experienced the effects of using sports nutritional supplements:

“I run between 5-6 miles per day 6 days a week and I am looking for a way to easily increase my protein intake following my runs. I cannot tell if the product has an impact on muscle mass because I was only able to consume it 3 times. Besides the fact that it has a very metallic taste (and I mean really metallic like drinking liquid aluminum), I got physically ill all 3 times I consumed it, including bloating and nausea. I tried mixing it with water and gatorade and same result (I don’t drink any dairy, soy or almond milk products). So now I will cook a chicken breast each night and have it ready to eat after my run.”

“Well we used to buy this product as a staple at our house. No they’ve “improved the taste” They added Sucralose, (artificial sweetener), and Cellulose gum, (makes it thick and foams up in the blender). Now it is way too sweet, and if you are sensitive to artificial sweeteners like me you will get that tell tale head ache right away. Sending this junk back for a refund.”

“I was using the double dark chocolate for a while and it’s been OK. I recently bought the mocha cappuccino flavor and it’s been a bad experience every time. At first I thought it was the milk, so I tried it with water. It’s definitely the powder. Maybe it’s because they use Aminocore now, which improves protein absorption (there’s a peer-reviewed clinical study on it. Google it). I don’t know, but every time I drink this stuff I feel nauseated, I get cramps and bloating.”

“Smells great when you open the bottle, very drinkable texture, will order this again! I switched from other brands that had either too much sugar, or were so natural (no fillers and BS) that they weren’t drinkable due to the taste/aftertaste.
UPDATE: discovering that this may be where my heart palpitations and high blood pressure originate from, will be considering an undenatured product; exitotoxins….read up on them.”

Conclusion

The trouble with many of these toxins is that they promote slow, but significant declines in health. Sometimes these impacts are difficult to detect at first, but the feedback in just a few of these comments indicate a much more significant troublesome health problem beneath the symptoms.

I have spoken with owners of these companies and brought up these very issues. They say they are responding to their customers. Many of them are former bodybuilders and may not believe the dangers themselves. The problems exist because many consumers either don’t know how dangerous it is or don’t demand change. Brands are simply giving you what you demand. So demand better.


References

  1. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/04/protein-drinks/index.htm

Inflammation Fighting Foods

Inflammation Fighting Foods


It is now common knowledge that the way to live a long and high-quality life is to reduce inflammation; it’s the root of most aging and diseases including: heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Inflammation in general is a positive as it wards off infection and helps repair damaged tissue. However, low-grade chronic inflammation was not how the body was designed and does long-term damage to the body.

Foods To Avoid

Fried foods, soda, HFCS, sugar, processed oils, vegetable oils, GMO foods.

*Note: an important supplement that aids in reduction of inflammation is Serrapeptase, a naturally occurring proteolytic enzyme. Our enteric coated 80,000IU Serrapeptase is pharmaceutical grade

Anti-Inflammatory Foods


CELERY – We all know the body pH plays a role in inflammation. Celery is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory; consuming it helps reduce body acidity.

GARLIC & ONIONS – Onions contain quercetin, a flavonol known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic has been used by cultures for centuries if not millennia and contain sulfur compounds that help the immune system.

BERRIES – We list berries meaning all berries here, but the standout is blueberries. They contain high concentrations of anthocyanins, which are very powerful antioxidants and help reduce inflammation.

TART CHERRIES – Some studies have shown the anthocyanins contained in tart cherries have as comparable a pain relieving affect as aspirin, along with its other powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

GREENS – This includes spinach, kale and collards. All contain two very important anti-inflammatory phytonutrients: flavonoids and carotenoids. They also contain Vitamins A, C and K, which are very effective anti-inflammatory compounds in their own right.

PINEAPPLE – This fruit is particularly good at reducing inflammation in the gut as it contains the digestive enzyme bromelain. This is a strong anti-inflammatory and additionally contains vitamins and minerals that boost immune effectiveness.

TURMERIC – Contains curcumin, which is a very strong anti-inflammatory used in many cultures to increase overall health. It is very effective at inhibiting inflammatory enzymes and reducing inflammation especially in the liver.

GINGER – Ginger works very similar to turmeric and is particularly good at reducing the pain associated in arthritis. The anti-inflammatory compounds such as gingerols, shogaol, and paradols have also been shown to be a cancer fighting food according to The International Journal of Preventative Medicine. 1

TOMATOES – Most people are aware that tomatoes contain lycopene, which is beneficial for prostate health in men. But lycopene also decreases inflammation making it a good addition to this list and your diet.

OLIVE OIL – Containing omega-3s and oleocanthal, it is an excellent source for anti-inflammatory compounds and is especially helpful for joints. It should be noted that extra virgin oil should never be heated as it turns into a pro-oxidant, a toxic compound.

NUTS (almonds, cashews) – This relates to the increase in omega 3 in our diet. Both omega 3 and 6 are important but our diets typically have lots more omega 6 than 3 and when this is out of balance it creates inflammation. Bringing the proper balance back will reduce inflammation. We should also include chia seeds and flaxseeds for the same reason.

AVOCADO – High in carotenoids and monounsaturated fats, this food packs in the anti-inflammatory benefits.

FISH (salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines) – We are again adding foods that have omega 3 to bring back into balance the omega 3 and 6 in the body to reduce inflammation.


Think GMOs Are Safe for Human Consumption?

Think GMOs are safe for human consumption? Think again. There are plenty of reasons GMOs should be banned, or at the very least labeled.


Written by Dr. Gary Null, PhD

For twenty years the federal government, through the USDA and FDA, has stated unequivocally that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are safe and can help feed the world and save lives. However, over the last two decades independent scientists have brought forth challenges to the prevailing dogma on this important issue. The response of the GMO industry to any critic–irrespective of their credentials or the scientific evidence they provide–is that they are wrong. To determine where the truth lies, we have set about reviewing all available scientific literature on the safety and efficacy of GMOs. The results of our independent investigation are stated in the following 44 reasons to ban or label GMOs.

All of the information is footnoted and fully referenced

1.Because 91% of Americans want GMO labeling.[1]

2.Because 64 countries around the world including Japan, Australia, China and the entire European Union require GMO labeling.

3.Because in September 2015, Russia completely banned the production of food using GMOs. This came after the country undertook independent scientific research of the GMO issue.[2]

4.Because GMO giant Monsanto has a history of producing highly dangerous chemical compounds including DDT, Agent Orange, saccharin, and recombinant bovine growth hormone, all of which are known to cause significant health issues. [3]

5.Because Monsanto has launched smear campaigns against GMO labeling advocates, organic farmers, anti-GMO organizations, and made threats of lawsuits against state governments and media outlets for even suggesting mandatory labeling. For example, supporters of GMOs recently pressured Reuters to fire veteran journalist Carey Gillam for reporting fairly on GMOs.[4]

6.Because the pro-GMO lobby pushes its own research that contradicts the conclusions of independent studies on GMO safety. The Hindustani Times remarked that

“There are over 500 research publications by scientists of indisputable integrity, who have no conflict of interest, that establish harmful effects of GMO crops to human, animal and plant health, and on the environment and biodiversity… On the other hand, virtually every paper supporting GM crops is by scientists who have a declared conflict of interest or whose credibility and integrity can be doubted.”[5]

7.Because according a meta-analysis carried out by researchers at Caen University in France, a GMO feed diet contributes to kidney and liver toxicity in rats.[6]

8.Because a study published in the Turkish Journal of Biology in December 2014, associates GM corn and soy consumption with several health complications in rats including DNA damage, abnormal sperm, blood changes, and damage to liver, kidney, and testes.[7]

9.Because pregnant goats fed a diet of GM soybeans were found to produce less nutritious milk and give birth to offspring that grew slower and were shorter.[8]

10.Because GM tomatoes were discovered to cause stomach lesions in research mammals.[9]

11.Because the genetic engineering of foods can trigger allergic reactions to GM substances. For example, one study carried out by researchers at the University of Nebraska showed that an allergen commonly found in brazil nuts that is used in the creation of GM soybeans caused an allergic reaction in individuals who consumed soybeans.[10]

12.Because research demonstrates that DNA fragments from GM foods can enter the human bloodstream. Considering that the health risks posed by GM foods are still not well understood, this finding is especially troubling.[11]

13.Because an increase in GMO consumption in the United States has coincided with a rise in health issues among the US population. According to Jeffrey Smith’s Institute for Responsible Technology,

“numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise.”

While this connection has not been confirmed through science, it’s important that we investigate the potential associations between human health issues and GMOs.[12]

14.Because GMO crops are prone to failure. Bt insecticidal brinjal eggplant in Bangladesh is facing widespread collapse, with a failure rate of four out of five farms. In Brazil, after only three years of GM Bt cultivation, pest resistance has been observed. Similar observations are being reported in Bt maize in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Philippines, South Africa and US, and in Bt cotton in Australia, China, India and the US. American scientists confirmed that rootworms destroying corn fields are no longer resistant to GM corn.[13][14]

15.Because GM crops contaminate non-GM agriculture through cross pollination, polluting the genetic integrity of crops for many years to come.

16.Because South Korea, despite having a nationwide ban on the cultivation of GM crops, is currently contending with wild GM crops sprouting across the country. Officials fear that these wild GM strains will disrupt local ecosystems.[15]

17.Because GMO cross pollination has resulted in financial hardship and difficulty for farmers who wish to grow crops that are non-GMO and organic.

18.Because GMO research can be costly and ineffective. In 2015, a trial testing out the viability of GM wheat in the UK failed miserably when aphids destroyed an entire crop, costing the taxpaying public about $5 million.[16]

19.Because permaculture and organic farming practices are being refined to create sustainable agricultural models in the long term. For example, scientists have found that crops can actually sense pests approaching and attract pest predators in order to survive. Kenyan farmers have used this knowledge to successfully eliminate an insidious pest affecting their corn crops at no cost.[17]

20.Because rats fed a diet of GM Roundup Ready crops were observed to have structural and functional alterations to liver cells.[18]

21.Because it was revealed in 2015 that GM salmon is more susceptible to disease and slower growing than their non-GM counterparts.[19]

22.Because the FDA approved GMOs to be introduced into the American food supply despite some FDA scientists raising questions about the safety of GMO consumption in the long term.[20]

23.Because some GM crops are sprayed with chemicals that have been found to decrease their nutritional value. A recent meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition which reviewed 373 studies concluded that organically grown fruits and vegetables contain up to 69% greater amounts of important antioxidant compounds when compared to their conventionally grown counterparts.[21

24.Because GM corn has been found to be nutritionally inferior to non-GM corn in terms of vital nutrient content. One assay found that non-GM corn is 437% richer in calcium, 56% times richer in magnesium and 16% richer in potassium.[22]

25.Because the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA), representing food giants including PepsiCo, ConAgra, Nestle and Kellogg has spent tens of millions of dollars in lobbying efforts to keep Americans from knowing if their food contains GMOs. In an apparent attempt to undermine the democratic process, this group has sued the state of Vermont in 2014 after it became the first state to require GMO labeling.[23]

26.Because Big Ag companies contribute to an unsustainable and environmentally unhealthy monoculture form of agriculture, in which only one type of crop is farmed. The UN Commission on Trade and Development issued a report in 2014 warning against corporate dominated monoculture farming methods and promoted farm diversity and small scale organic farming as the most sustainable way to feed to the world’s population.[24]

27.Because the domestic production of GM corn, which accounts for about 90% of all corn grown in the United States, is forcing the US to import organic and non-GM corn from other countries. This dynamic hurts farmers in the United States who could otherwise capitalize from the growing demand for non-GM corn.[25]

28.Because new research suggests that some biotech firms are engaging in highly questionable scientific practices while conducting trials assessing GMO safety in animal feed. Data gathered by researchers at Caen University in France indicates that the feed given to animals in the control group during various trials conducted by GM firms such as DuPont actually contained high quantities of pesticides and GMOs, which may have heavily skewed the test results.[26]

29.Because glyphosate (Roundup), the widely used pesticide that Monsanto’s GM seeds (Roundup Ready Crops) are created to withstand, has been shown to be a probable carcinogen. [27]

30.Because glyphosate has been found to disrupt proper enzyme function in the body of mammals, causing inflammation.[28]

31.Because research links glyphosate exposure with the alarming rises in chronic degenerative disease in the United States. According to one study published in The Journal of Organic Systems “Evidence is mounting that glyphosate interferes with many metabolic processes in plants and animals and glyphosate residues have been detected in both. Glyphosate disrupts the endocrine system and the balance of gut bacteria, it damages DNA and is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer.”[29]

32.Because glyphosate can act as a genotoxic endocrine disruptor in human cells.[30]

33.Because glyphosate has been identified as a potential health hazard for decades yet nothing has been done to curb its production. The Permaculture Research Institute states that “Monsanto and the European Commission (EC) have known about birth defects since the 1980s. Industry studies found statistically significant skeletal and/or visceral abnormalities as well as reduced viability and increase in spontaneous abortions in rats and rabbits exposed to high doses of glyphosate. Lower doses were later shown to cause dilated hearts. The EC dismissed all the findings.”[31]

34.Because glyphosate may no longer be as effective at killing weeds. Worse still, glyphosate use has been shown to give rise to “superweeds” that are resistant to the chemical and therefore highly problematic for farmers. [32]

35.Because glyphosate residues do not break down as quickly or completely but end up poisoning our soil, rainwater and air, accordingly to official government research.[33][34]

36.Because evidence suggests that glyphosate not only contaminates soil with its chemical compounds, but actually destroys beneficial soil organisms.[35]

37.Because glyphosate contamination has become so pervasive that it is present in our urine. One German study found the pesticide to be present in significant concentrations in all the urine samples tested from non-agricultural workers in Berlin.[36]

38.Because glyphosate exposure has been linked with birth defects. [37]

39.Because evidence suggests that glyphosate may contribute to Parkinson’s Disease.[38][39]

40.Because glyphosate may seriously damage the kidneys. In early 2014, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published a study linking glyphosate runoff in Sri Lanka’s water systems to an epidemic rise in a fatal unknown chronic kidney disease or CKDu.[40]

41.Because recent studies reveal that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicides are contributing to the decline of honeybee populations. In August 2014, Mexican beekeepers in the state of Yucatan won a victory to halt Monsanto’s plans to plant thousands of acres of Roundup Ready soybeans. After a careful review of the science, a Mexican judge ruled that GMO soy agriculture is an economic threat and incompatible with the state’s honey production, home for 25,000 families involved in producing 40% of Mexico’s honey exports. The ruling is having a rippling effect across other Mexican states involved in honey production.[41]

42.Because oversight on pesticide use may be hampered by serious conflicts of interest. In October 2015, the Washington Post reported that entomologist Jonathan Lungren blew the whistle on his superiors at the US Agriculture Department for attempting to block his research conclusions showing that pesticides are particularly lethal to key pollinators such as bees and butterflies.[42]

43.Because the rise of Big Ag monoculture and GMO farming in India has resulted in significant economic and social hardships among Indian farmers and their families. Dwindling crop yields stemming from farmers’ reliance on corporate agricultural models to grow crops such as bioengineered cotton has contributed to many farmers going bankrupt. It is suspected that around 250,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide over the last 16 years; some of them are thought to have been brought to the brink by the economic difficulties that accompany corporate farming practices. [43]

44.Because simply handling bioengineered cotton crops caused Indian farmers to develop a range of frightening symptoms, which included, according to one report “allergic reactions in various body parts which included hands, feet, face, eyes and nose, with some having fallen seriously ill.”[44] Similarly, more than a decade of documentation shows that Argentinean agricultural workers who were exposed to glyphosate had developed medical conditions including skin rashes, infertility, cancer and respiratory issues.[45]

It’s Time to Act

Time is running out for your voice to be heard on this issue. Contact your local members of Congress today to let them know that we want all GMO foods to be labeled, if not removed from the shelves completely, until they are proven to be safe for consumption. Let them know that we would like congressional hearings on this issue during which qualified independent scientists present the evidence for GMOs being harmful.

To find the contact information for congressional members visit: https://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup

There are many small local food organizations in the individual states. However, the following list of organizations are those that have been at the forefront to protect organic and traditional agriculture and have been fighting on behalf of American consumers and food health against the big agricultural and chemical giants. Most of these organizations have e-lists you can subscribe to and receive daily or periodic information and updates about the battle against GMOs.

Institute for Responsible Technology was founded by Jeffrey Smith, who is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified foods and crops. The organization publishes frequent reports on GMO risks and impact on health, the environment, the economy, corporate practices and agriculture.

Food Democracy Now was founded by David Murphy, who has built a national grass-roots community dedicated to a sustainable food system that protects the environment and supports traditional farmers and their families. The organization has been at the forefront in advocating for the labeling of GMO foods and products.

Organic Consumers Association, directed by food activist Ronnie Cummins, is a grass-roots public-interest organization campaigning for food sustainability, children’s health, and corporate accountability. OCA is the primary organization fighting on behalf of the nation’s estimated 50 million organic food consumers with a goal to convert American agriculture to at least 30% organic by the year 2015.

GM Watch is a UK-based information organization monitoring everything related to bioengineered foods and big agriculture gathered from around the world. You can sign up at GM Watch’s site to receive daily news and reports as they arrive.

The Center for Food Safety is directed by national legal and consumer-interest advocate Andrew Kimbrell. The organization is a non-profit environmental advocacy initiative challenging harmful food production technologies, including genetic modification, and a leader in promoting sustainable agriculture.

Food and Water Watch is a health safety advocacy organization dedicated to assuring our food, water and fish are safe and sustainably produced. The organization pressures legislators to promote wholesome food (including the labeling of GMO foods) and clean water accessibility to all for their basic needs. The organization has 15 offices in the US and a staff in Europe and Latin America.

Natural News was founded by its chief editor and national health activist Mike Adams. It is among one of the best daily news resources for information on all issues related to health, including alternative medicine, genetically modified foods, vaccines science, and corporate corruption.

Dr. Joseph Mercola publishes one of the nation’s most widely read health sites dedicated to natural health and everything related to the corporate pharmaceutical, medical, chemical and agricultural industry that threatens the health and safety of people.

Coalition of States for GMO Labeling is a grass-roots effort now with 30 states to persuade state legislatures to bring up a vote on GMO labeling. For information on becoming involved in your state to educate and promote GMO labeling, inquire with an email to gmolabelingstatecoalition@gmail.com

The Alliance for Natural Health is an international organization promoting sustainable health practices, freedom of choice in healthcare, and accessibility to non-toxic healthy food, vitamins and supplements at the federal and local state levels. The Alliance is perhaps the most active organization lobbying Congress and state legislatures, and serves as a government watchdog to file complaints on actions taking by the FDA, USDA and other federal health agencies.

Just Label It is a grassroots organization started in California to fight state legislators to mandate GMO labeling. The organization, in partnership with many of the more notable organic food companies, is taking the petition for mandatory labeling to the FDA.

Center for Environmental Health is a non-profit organization taking on the industrial chemical industry to eliminate the threats chemicals pose to children, families and communities.

Consumers Union is a large national organization with lobbyists fighting for a fair, just and safer marketplace for consumers. Their website provides consumer information on a wide variety of topics, including genetically modified foods.

Environmental Working Group is a public health and environmental organization that advocates for health protection on Capitol Hill. Among their primary goals is to conduct scientific research to expose chemicals and products dangerous to health, the environment and the natural resources we rely upon, and to replace federal policies favoring big corporations with policies that invest in conservation and sustainable development.

Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. Their mission is to work through collaborative education, advisory services, and research programs with organic farmers and other seed professionals to advance a more sustainable agriculture.

Seeds of Change is an organic seed company founded in 1989 with a mission to preserve biodiversity and promote organic agriculture. It is an excellent source to purchase organic seeds and learn tips about rural, personal and urban organic farming.

Navdanya was founded by Dr. Vandana Shiva in India to lead the way to food and seed sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, and fair trade organic networking. The organization’s learning centers, School of the Seed and Earth University, bring people together from all over the world to build a food network that will be sustainable in the future.

The National Organic Coalition is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a “Washington voice” for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and progressive industry members involved in organic agriculture.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is an alliance of grass-roots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. Its vision of agriculture is one where a safe, nutritious, ample, and affordable food supply is produced by a legion of family farmers who make a decent living pursuing their trade

The Oakland Institute is an independent policy think-tank, founded by renowned agricultural and trade activist Anuradha Mittal, that brings fresh ideas and bold action to the most pressing economic, social and environmental issues directed towards a more sustainable, just future.

Foodconsumer is an online health, diet and food site taking a lead in promoting GMO labeling.

Food Freedom News is an educational site addressing food safety, food freedom and sovereignty, and local food production. It is a popular site for those who wish to begin growing their own produce.

Moms for Safe Food is a national community blog website offering a lot of advice about transitioning to eating a safe, healthy, GMO-free diet


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Cleanse: Where To Begin

Cleanse: Where To Begin


A Simple Approach to Detox

It’s practically common knowledge that one must cleanse the body to stay healthy. People are more aware than ever that our environment and foods contain endocrine disrupting compounds, herbicides and pesticides that need to be filtered from the body and needing our help to do so. It is not however, common knowledge how to begin detoxification.

Where To Begin

There are two main areas of the body that should consider a focal point; our intestinal tract and liver. Breaking down nutrients, absorbing those nutrients while defending against harmful organisms and chemicals is the very complicated balancing act performed by our intestinal wall. When health is compromised the gut is often where the problems first arise, so it’s important to incorporate a detox regimen that focuses here.

Probiotics and the prebiotics that stabilize and feed the new and beneficial microbes is important. There are situations where harmful bacteria and other organisms have gained a foothold and they need to be cleansed from the gut so the benefits of probiotics can be realized.

A cleanse focused on rebalancing candida would be a great first step since most people have candida overgrowth, which often leads to increased permeability of the gut lining (leaky gut). There are many natural ingredients that safely support this rebalancing and the best approach combines enzymes with oregano oil, caprylic acid and anti-parasitic compounds (these and more can be found in

Drink Water!

Always drink plenty of water during these cleanses. A typical cleanse should run for two weeks to two months depending on the supplement(s), intensity of the cleanse and the person’s current state of health. A good guide for daily water consumption is take the pounds an individual weighs, divide by two to arrive at the correct number of ounces.

Die-Off: Defend Yourself!

During these cleanses, many toxins are released into the blood stream. Often people complain about the side effects of a successful cleanse. They range from chronic fatigue to headaches and joint pain. It’s considered best practice to compliment any cleanse with a liver supplement or liver detoxifying foods. This is especially the case with candida cleansing as it releases over 70 endotoxins during a “die-off”. Taking a liver supplement like Hepatiben is good practice not only to mitigate cleansing side effects, but also to help reduce the build-up of stored toxins in the liver.

The liver conducts over five hundred chemical reactions and regulates everything from DNA repair to blood glucose levels, fat-soluble vitamin storage and ongoing toxin removal. If the liver is burdened by toxin buildup, the liver’s ability to perform these functions will be compromised. Recent studies show a negative impact in diabetes, adrenal health, LDL cholesterol levels, chronic inflammation and even cognitive decline in people with toxic livers.

Combining intestinal cleanses with liver cleansing supplements or foods are great ways to reboot for maximum nutrient absorption, increasing energy levels and reducing the likelihood of disease long-term.

Common Detox Regimens Recommended by Our Physicians:

Drink 20oz of water with lemon first thing in the morning. This initiates toxin filled bile to flow into the intestines from the liver washing the gallbladder in the process. Then follow these supplement steps below.

Morning: 1 Candida / 1 Serrapeptase 
Afternoon: 1 Candida / 1 Serrapeptase 
Evening: 2 Hepatiben [takes advantage of your liver detox cycle] 

Advanced Use: Morning: 2 Hepatiben / 1 Candida / 1 Serrapeptase Afternoon: 1 Candida / 1 Serrapeptase Evening: 2 Hepatiben