HealthFreedoms Protect & Preserve Your Health Freedoms 2016-05-04T15:00:49Z WordPress alice <![CDATA[What Are Natural Flavors?]]> 2016-05-04T13:43:47Z 2016-05-04T15:00:49Z Natural Flavor Definition

Ever look at the side panel of your packaged food or prepared food to see “natural flavors” listed as an ingredient? Did you wonder exactly what they’ve actually used for these “natural flavors”?

Answer: Well, turns out that your guess is as good as mine! As to exactly what natural flavors were used, there are a few things that we do know for sure – just not the exact name of the natural ingredient(s).


The only thing that we know for sure about “natural flavor” is that these natural flavors come from either a plant or an animal.

That is, as opposed to “artificial flavors” which come from man-made ingredients.

The facts about “natural flavor” ingredients:

  1. Actual spices and flavor enhancers, such as MSG, must be listed separately on a food label and thus would not be included as part of the “natural flavor” item.
  2. Actual plant or animal tissues, such as celery powder, must be listed separately on a food label and not grouped into this “natural flavor” item.
  3. Any man-made substance used as flavoring would be included under the “artificial flavor” ingredient item.
  4. The amount of these substances is small, even minuscule, referred to actually as “incidental”.
  5. When only one natural flavor is used, it will be named. When there are two or more, they may be referred to as “natural flavors”.
  6. The natural flavor category can include such a wide range of ingredients that producing a list of them all would be virtually impossible.
  7. The ingredients used as “natural flavors” can range from earthy to downright disgusting.
    For instance, essential lemon oil which is extracted from real lemons is a natural flavor… but so is castoreum, which comes from the anal gland secretions of beavers! Both understandably “natural”, but the “flavor” part is highly questionable! By the way, castoreum is most likely found in your imitation Vanilla product… does real vanilla extract suddenly seem worth the added investment?
  8. The official natural flavoring definition by the USFDA is: “The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional. Natural flavors include the natural essence or extractives obtained from plants listed in 182.10, 182.20, 182.40, and 182.50 and part 184 of this chapter, and the substances listed in 172.510 of this chapter.”[1].

Additional Information

Additional information is need on the topic of natural flavorings, even on the stand-alone word “natural”. Actually, the USFDA is attempting to define the word “natural” because this word is used to mean all sorts of things, basically depending on the manufacturer right now. The USFDA is having such a hard time with this definition that they have even enlisted the help of the general public. To give your input, please visit USFDA guidance regulations before the extended deadline May 10th, 2016 to add input.

To check out lots of other packaging label terms that may not mean exactly what you might imagine, see our food labeling post.





alice <![CDATA[Your Colon Is Filled With Over 33 Pounds Of Toxic Waste: 6-Ingredient Flaxseed Smoothie To Flush It]]> 2016-05-04T13:31:00Z 2016-05-04T15:00:49Z Many experts believe that a lot of the food we eat ends up stuck in our large intestine, otherwise known at the colon. They say that undigested meat and other foods cause a mucus build up in the colon. This mucus buildup can produce toxins which can then enter the bloodstream and poison the body.

Thankfully, there are many natural foods that you can eat which promote colon health and prevent this buildup from occurring. I’m going to tell you about the many benefits of some of these foods and also give you the recipe for a delicious, colon-cleansing smoothie that will help prevent the buildup of toxins in your colon.


Flaxseed is commonly used to aid with digestion problems, ranging from constipation to diverticulitis. This is due to the fact that it is an incredibly rich source of fiber, which aids in all components of digestion, including colon health.

Fiber benefits colon health by adding bulk to your digestive system, which shortens the amount of time that waste takes to travel through the colon. This helps prevent many diseases, including colon cancer, due to all of the toxins and carcinogens that can be found in this waste. Additionally, when fiber is broken down in the colon substance called butyrate is produced which inhibits the growth of tumors in the colon and rectum.

Coconut Water Kefir

Coconut water kefir is beneficial for colon health due to it being a rich source of probiotics.

According to medical researcher Dr.David Williams, eating probiotics is a great way to deliver beneficial bacteria to the gut. This ensures colon health as it prevents the build up or “over-colonization” of harmful bacteria such as E.coli or Salmonella. Although small amounts of these bacteria can already be found in your gut, if the beneficial bacteria in your gut dwindle then the bad bacteria can take over and produce seriously harmful effects.


Bananas also help restore beneficial bacteria to the intestinal tract, and have also been found to reduce inflammation, which is the cause of many colon disorders. The bananas benefits come from it’s high levels of magnesium and potassium.


Kale and other cruciferous vegetables are also beneficial to colon health. This is because these vegetable contain metabolites, which contain sulfur. These are known as glucosinolates and they are broken down by microbes which release substances that reduce inflammation in the colon and also lower the risk of developing colon cancer.

This happens because glucosinolates “latch” on to carcinogens found in the waste in our colon and remove them before they can cause damage. Many studies show that people who eat cruciferous vegetables reduce their risk of developing colon cancer by up to 18%.

Smoothie Recipe

Now that you know about all of the wonderful benefits found in these foods, I am now going to show you how to make a delicious and nutritious smoothie out of them.


  • Two cups of leafy, cruciferous greens (Kale, cabbage, etc.)
  • A half cup of coconut water kefir (or any other source of probiotics)
  • Two ripe bananas
  • Two tablespoons of ground flaxseed
  • Two pitted Mejdool dates
  • One teaspoon of cinnamon
  • One cup of water (or coconut water)


Throw all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serves one. Enjoy!






alice <![CDATA[6 Headache Types: How to Recognize Which Ones are Dangerous]]> 2016-05-04T13:21:26Z 2016-05-04T15:00:32Z Ordinary headaches are part of the normal human experience and there are many ways to get rid of a headache fast. Headaches that are severe, persistent or associated with other symptoms may signal other health problems. While most headaches are completely harmless, there are several major types to be aware of.

The brain itself is insensitive to pain. Headache pain occurs either in the tissues covering the brain, attaching structures at the base of the brain, or Muscles and blood vessels around the scalp, face, and neck.

A Primary Headache is one when a disease or other medical condition does not cause it.

Secondary headaches are caused by other medical conditions, such as sinusitis infection, neck injuries or abnormalities, and stroke. About 2% of headaches are secondary headaches caused by abnormalities or infections in the nasal or sinus passages.



1) TMJ Headache
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) headache is caused by clenching the jaws or grinding the teeth (usually during sleep), or by abnormalities in the jaw joints themselves. The diagnosis is easy if chewing produces pain or if jaw motion is restricted or noisy. TMJ pain can occur in the ear, cheek, temples, neck, or shoulders.

2) Sinus Headache
Many primary headaches, including migraine, are misdiagnosed as sinus headache. Sinus headaches can occur in the front of the face, usually around the eyes, across the cheeks, or over the forehead. They are usually mild in the morning and increase during the day and are usually accompanied by fever, runny nose, congestion, and general debilitation. Sinus headaches spread over a larger area of the head than migraines, but it is often difficult to tell them apart, particularly if headache is the only symptom of sinusitis; they even coexist in many cases. Often, the visual changes associated with migraine can rule out sinusitis, but such visual changes do not occur with all migraines.

3) Cluster Headache
Cluster headaches are among the most painful of all headaches. The signature is a pattern of periodic cycles of headache attacks, which may be episodic or chronic. (It should be noted that a significant percentage of people who experience a first cluster attack do not have another one.) Between 80% and 90% of these headache patients have episodic cluster headache cycles. Such patients experience cycles of daily or near daily attacks that may last from one week to one year. During an active cycle, sufferers can experience one or more bouts a day, or as few as one every other day. The attacks themselves are usually brief but extremely painful. Such cycles are followed by headache-free periods lasting at least fourteen days. About 10% of cluster headache patients have a chronic form, which lasts more than a year and remissions that last less than 14 days. About 10% of patients experience so-called premonitory symptoms from one day to 8 weeks before a cluster headache attack. They can include fatigue, neck ache, stiffness, odd sensations in the limbs, an extreme sensitivity in the area where the headache will develop. When the actual attack occurs, symptoms typically increase rapidly (within about 15 minutes) to intense levels. People often awaken with them a few hours after they go to bed. The attack typically causes very severe, stabbing or boring pain centered in one eye. Pain may also occur above the eye, near the temples, or on one side of the head. Migraine-like symptoms (sensitivity to light and sound, auras and rarely, nausea and vomiting) may occur. Women have a higher risk for nausea and vomiting than men do.  Capsaicin-based nasal sprays have been found to be very effective for cluster headaches.

4) Tension Headache

Tension-type headache (also called muscle contraction headache) is the most common of all headaches. Tension-type headache is often experienced in the forehead, in the back of the head and neck, or in both regions. It is commonly described as a tight feeling, as if the head were in a vise. Soreness in the shoulders or neck is common. Sufferers of tension-type headaches are more sensitive to light than the general population, even between attacks. They also may suffer from visual disturbances. (Neither of these symptoms is as intense as in people with migraines. Tension-type headaches also do not cause nausea or limit activities as migraine headaches do.) Tension-type headaches can last minutes to days.

5) Neck Headache
Cervicogenic Headache, is a secondary headache disorder. In other words, your headache is caused by a neck joint problem. The good news is that by fixing your neck problem, your neck headache can be alleviated. Researchers feel that neck headache accounts for between 4% to 22% of all headaches seen clinically. Your neck headache can originate from a variety of musculoskeletal and neurovascular structures in your upper neck; including the upper three neck joints, C2/3 disc, spinal cord coverings and neck muscles. A dysfunction in these areas can trigger pain signals that travel to your brainstem. This information is then transmitted into your brain and interpreted as a headache. The most likely sources of your neck headache is dysfunction of either your upper neck joints, neck muscles or nerves, which trigger pain signals that travel to your trigeminal nucleus in your brainstem, where you interpret the pain signals as a neck headache. The most common cause of neck headache is dysfunction of your upper three neck joints. In simple terms, your neck joints can cause neck headache or pain if they are either too stiff or move too much (eg wobbly and unsupported by weak muscles) or are locked in an abnormal joint position eg. locked facet joint or poor posture. Skilled Osteopaths and Chiropractors can release locked joints and relieve these headaches almost instantly.

6) Migraine
Migraine is now recognized as a chronic illness, not simply as a headache. In general, there are four symptom phases to a migraine (although they may not all occur in every patient): the prodrome, auras, the attack, and the postdrome phase. The prodrome phase is a group of vague symptoms that may precede a migraine attack by several hours, or even a day or two. Such prodrome symptoms can include sensitivity to light or sound, changes in appetite, fatigue and yawning, malaise and mood changes. Auras are sensory disturbances that occur before the migraine attack occurs. Patients may have mixed positive and negative auras. Positive auras include bright or shimmering light or shapes at the edge of their field of vision called scintillating scotoma . They can enlarge and fill the line of vision. Other positive aura experiences are zigzag lines or stars. Negative auras are dark holes, blind spots, or tunnel vision (inability to see to the side). If untreated, attacks usually last from 4 to 72 hours. A typical migraine attack produces throbbing pain on one side of the head, but it can be bilateral. But the word migraine is derived from the Greek word hemikrania, meaning “half of the head” because the pain of migraine often occurs on one side. Pain also sometimes spreads to affect the entire head. After a migraine attack, there is usually a postdrome phase, in which patients may feel exhausted and mentally foggy for a while.






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alice <![CDATA[Would You Soak Away Your Stress with Float Therapy?]]> 2016-05-04T13:10:04Z 2016-05-04T15:00:22Z Imagine the way you feel stepping out a warm bath: relaxed, nourished, and at peace. Maybe the world isn’t so bad after all. Float therapy takes this to a whole new level, by offering a gravity-free soak that promotes a meditative state of mind.

Floatation Therapy vs Sensory Deprivation

Floatation tanks were originally known as sensory deprivation tanks. First used in the 1950s by researcher John Lilly, these tanks were designed to be lightless, sound-proof spaces where the use of your senses would be made virtually impossible.

Today’s float tanks are a bit different, and most let you choose your level of sensory stimulation. You can choose a dark and soundless experience, or you can skip the pitch black and opt for softly glowing LED lights and music. Most tanks have buttons on the inside, so that you can adjust your sensory input as the session progresses and reduce it incrementally.

Float, Relax, Escape

Spas and other health centers offering float therapy have popped up in cities all over the world. But what’s the float therapy experience really like?

After showering, you’ll enter a private room with a sterilized float tank. Fancy float therapy outlets have rounded, clam-like tanks that reduce the coffin-like vibe. You’ll be completely naked, except for earplugs, as you step into the warm, silky water.

Opt for a head pillow, and dial up or down your music and lights. After several minutes, your brain will stop seeking stimuli and start to relax. Most float therapy sessions last 60 to 90 minutes, and afterwards you’ll shower again to rinse off the salt waters.

Magnesium’s Protective Powers

Your body is able to float in the tank due to a very high concentration of Epsom salts, aka magnesium sulfate. In most tanks, the super salty water has a relative density of 1.25 – which is approximately equal to that of the Dead Sea. Your body floats, and your mouth and nose stay above the water level so it’s easy to breathe.

But Epsom salts do much more than make you float. Magnesium is best known for soothing sore muscles, but it’s also an essential mineral for physical and mental health. It helps regulate blood pressure, enables immune function, and may even protect against Alzheimer’s. Many people today are deficient in this crucial nutrient.

Health Benefits of Float Therapy

Our world is bursting with stimulation, and it’s easy to see that stepping away from all the updates, emails and issues could reduce stress levels. But scientific studies have also shown that sensory deprivation tanks reduce blood pressure and the level of stress-related hormones, while increasing creativity.

Float therapy has been used to treat headaches, insomnia, chronic pain, hypertension, and rheumatoid arthritis. As with most health treatments, the only way to truly know its benefits is to try it yourself.






alice <![CDATA[Don’t Spend Your Money On Pedicure: Use Two Ingredients From Your Kitchen and Make Your Feet Look Nice]]> 2016-05-04T13:35:25Z 2016-05-04T15:00:21Z It is interesting that many people take care about their overall appearance, including the face and rest of the body, but mostly they ignore their feet. Isn’t that true?

Dry feet, cracked feet and tired feed should be treated properly. They require special attention. It is fact that our feet get exposed to tons of force impact during the day and that is the main reason why they are most likely to get damaged and look unattractive.

The good news is that you don’t need any expensive spa treatments in order to take care about your feet and make them nice and relaxed.

In this article we are going to present you the perfect recipe for your feet. Namely, this is all natural and a safe choice that will relax your feet, but also will help you to remove the dead skin easily and make your feet look perfect in your new sandals.

Just follow the following steps:

First of all you need to warm 2 – 4 cups of milk.

Next step is to dip your feet in that milk for 5-10 minutes. Add baking soda and scour well.

At the end rinse your feet with warm water and apply foot cream.




alice <![CDATA[Victory For Walmart Employees: $224 Million Awarded For Stolen Lunch Breaks]]> 2016-05-04T13:13:59Z 2016-05-04T15:00:18Z Walmart made headlines with another scandal this past week after losing its appeal of a $224 million judgement to Pennsylvania employees that had been forced by the retail giant to work through lunch breaks.

The Supreme Court declined to hear the company’s appeal, meaning that 187,000 workers who have been waiting for 6 years will finally receive compensation for their work. As the nation’s largest labor union Making Change at Walmart declared,

“The world’s largest retailer won’t be able to continue to mistreat its workers and get away with it. Walmart workers, when they come together, have a powerful voice that cannot be silenced.”

Attorney Michael D. Donovan of Donovan Litigation Group expressed deep empathy for workers, stating that “wage theft will not be tolerated”. He also noted that, including interest, the original $140 million has increased to $224 million.

This is by no means the first time Walmart has made headlines with some financial or legal scandal. The corporation has become infamous for selling cheap, imported goods for prices so low they inevitably tank any local business. Because of this model, the business has made billions – all while not even sustaining employees with living wages. A recent Bloomberg investigation furthered the tarnished reputation of the retail giant, finding that nearly $76 billion was stashed in foreign tax havens and sheltered $1.3 billion paying a 1 percent tax rate. The US Corporate income tax rate is 35 percent; by using this method, Walmart was able to reduce its income tax bill from $455 million to a mere $13 million.

Walmart’s behemoth of a sales force is larger than the U.S. Army, yet is paid appallingly low wages. By maintaining such low salaries, the company essentially gets paid in a what is a federal benefits package, which costs American taxpayers $7 billion annually in subsidies. Six Waltons own 55 percent of Walmart, all of whom profit $4 billion a year in benefits from taxpayers through wage subsidies to low-paid workers.

As a company, Walmart claims that its entire income tax bill is $6 billion annually; so in a way, the taxpayers give Walmart back their check each year, equal to about 2 percent of all corporate taxes paid in America. That means roughly an extra billion goes directly back to Walmart, and an extra $600 million on top of that that each of the Walton family shelters from paying in income taxes alone, thanks to a massive loophole in tax law. The absolutely absurd amount of profits this company produces begs the question of why they would even bother stealing lunch breaks from their employees.

The very same antics that allowed for such a profit to be made, however, may be the cause of their downfall. Bloomberg called Walmart’s recent record low for worst sales growth since its conception 45 years ago ‘The End Of An Era’. The company shut down 154 U.S. locations just this past January and about 100 locations overseas. Perhaps the reign of yet another abusive corporation is coming to a close, with workers experiencing at least the small triumph of getting their lunch breaks compensated.

Is Walmart’s collapse imminent? Please comment, like, and share!




alice <![CDATA[Eating Black Raspberries Significantly Lowers Cardiovascular Disease]]> 2016-05-04T13:51:38Z 2016-05-04T15:00:07Z Black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) has long been used in traditional alternative medicine in Korea because of its potential to improve vascular function. An extract found in black raspberries can significantly lower arterial stiffness, a key measure of cardiovascular disease, according to data from a Korean study.

Previous research has shows that Black raspberries are highly effective in preventing colorectal tumors and esophageal cancer.

Current findings establish a link between the consumption of this fruit and circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which help repair and regenerate damaged arteries.

Arterial stiffness is considered a key indicator of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of cardiovascular (CV) risk factors, especially in obese andinsulin-resistant patients.

Korean trials

Researchers from Korea University Anam Hospital (Seoul) and Gochang Black Raspberry Research Institute (Korea) carried out the trial.

The results of a randomised controlled trial saw two groups of patients with metabolic syndrome receive either 750 mg/day of black raspberry extract or a placebo for 12 weeks.

Here, blood pressure, degree of vascular stiffness, circulating number of EPCs and various markers of inflammation were recorded at the start of the study and at a 12-week follow-up.

The team of researchers from Korea University Anam Hospital and Gochang Black Raspberry Research Institute in South Korea found vascular stiffness values were significantly decreased in the black raspberry group compared to the placebo group (–5% vs. 3%).

In addition, EPCs at the 12-week follow-up were significantly higher in the black raspberry group compared to the placebo group (19 microlitres vs. –28micro-L).

Indicators of inflammation, such as interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF), were significantly greater in the black raspberry group compared to the placebo group (–0.5 picogram per millilitre vs. –0.1 pg/ml, and –5.4 pg/ml vs. –0.8 pg/ml, respectively).

Adiponectin levels, a hormone involved in regulating metabolic processes, were significantly higher in the black raspberry group when compared to the baseline (2.9 micro-g/ml vs.– 0.2 micro-g/ml).

“The use of black raspberry significantly lowered the augmentation index and increased circulating EPCs, thereby improving CV risks in patients with metabolic syndrome during the 12-week follow-up,”

Black raspberry benefits

The health benefits of anthocyanidins such as those found in purple potatoes and its derivatives have been well-documented and add to an ever growing body of science to support the potential heart health benefits of black raspberries, with the bioactives proposed to be anthocyanins, flavonols, resveratrol, ellagitannin and tannins.

Check out this comparison graph that uses ORAC (a way of measuring antioxidant capacity) of different caneberries from Oregon State University Food Science:


Antioxidant compounds of black raspberry, in particular are effective in reducing blood pressure.

Black raspberry has long been used in traditional alternative medicine in Korea because of its potential to improve vascular function.

These components have already been well-documented for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and anti-atherosclerotic effects.

Studies have shown antioxidant compounds of black raspberry, in particular as especially effective in reducing blood pressure and improving arterial stiffness.

Some studies have demonstrated black raspberries improve blood pressure, lipid profiles and vascular function.

The researchers pointed towards the fruit’s flavonoid content as primarily responsible for the improvement of vascular function in the subjects.

Flavonoids are known to increase bioavailability of nitric oxide (NO) and the enzyme endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), two known factors that contribute to the relaxation of coronary arteries.

Anthocyanins too were highlighted as factors that possess an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capacity, further improving vascular function by up-regulating NO and eNOS.

Meanwhile, the researchers hypothesised that the degree of vascular stiffness was lessened due to the increased circulating number of EPCs.

EPCs are believed to home into the injury site to replicate endothelial cells and activate the endogenous repair system.

“The number of circulating EPCs inversely correlates with CV risk factors, suggesting that the circulating number of EPCs is lower in patients with CV diseases,” the study noted.

“Increases in circulating EPCs during the 12-week follow-up in this study suggest rapid restoration to the damaged endothelium, thereby contributing to the improvement of arterial stiffness and the augmentation index.”




alodin <![CDATA[Genetic Switch Could be Key to Increased Health and Longevity]]> 2016-05-04T09:23:35Z 2016-05-04T09:25:57Z Newly discovered genetic switches that increase lifespan and boost fitness in worms are also linked to increased lifespan in mammals, offering hope that drugs to flip these switches could improve human metabolic function and increase longevity.

These so-called epigenetic switches, discovered by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, are enzymes that are ramped up after mild stress during early development and continue to affect the expression of genes throughout the animal’s life.

When the researchers looked at strains of inbred mice that have radically different lifespans, those with the longest lifespans had significantly higher expression of these enzymes than did the short-lived mice.

DNA link_tn“Two of the enzymes we discovered are highly, highly correlated with lifespan; it is the biggest genetic correlation that has ever been found for lifespan in mice, and they’re both naturally occurring variants,” said Andrew Dillin, a UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology. “Based on what we see in worms, boosting these enzymes could reprogram your metabolism to create better health, with a possible side effect of altering lifespan.”

These are the first epigenetic modifiers known to affect metabolic function and longevity, though others are known to affect either metabolism or lifespan.

Starvation leads to longer life spans

For decades, researchers have found correlations between nutrient availability during early development and adult health and metabolism. Brief changes in the energy available to the cell – caused by restricting diet, for example – seem to reshape animal physiology for years to come, even affecting lifespan.

These observations led to the idea that reducing cellular energy production could slow the aging process and make organisms live longer.

gene_tnPuzzlingly, these energy restrictions had to occur during a specific window of development in order to affect the aging process, suggesting the existence of a critical metabolic switch that could remodel cellular functions throughout the organism´s entire lifespan. The mechanisms of how these changes were sensed and perpetuated, however, remained elusive, though researchers have focused their search on the power factory of the cell, the mitochondria.

Malfunctioning mitochondria have been reported as a cause or a consequence of nearly every single age-onset human disease, Dillin said, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. When mitochondrial function is shut down during a specific period of development in model organisms, the animals live longer. These transient metabolic changes appear capable of restructuring the way our cells read our DNA, shutting down the use of some genes, while amplifying the expression of others – ultimately affecting health into adulthood.

They found that mitochondrial stress activates enzymes in the brain that affect DNA folding, exposing a segment of DNA that contains the 1,500 genes involved in the work of the mitochondria. A second set of enzymes then tags these genes, affecting their activation for much or all of the lifetime of the animal and causing permanent changes in how the mitochondria generates energy.

Epitalon and the mitochondria

For decades, through study after study, Epitalon (Epithalon) has been linked to an increase of length, and health of telomeres, at the end of DNA strands.

A very good reason to keep our telomeres long is their influence on the mitochondrial part of our cells, the power plant in our cells. Science as demonstrated that too short telomeres induce the death of the cell, but also compromises the mitochondria previous to that.

Telomeres dysfunction, due to their progressive shortening, disturbs mitochondria functions and reduces energy production, increases free-radical production, and utlimately starts the cell’s self-destruction.

Keeping long and healthy telomeres is the most important step anyone can take to stop and hope to reverse aging, as without long telomeres cells can’t live nor duplicate, nor even produce energy to supply to our body!

Epitalon_Telomerase_longevite_web-300x201With Epitalon, one can begin to apply these findings immediately, because it’s available now through OceansLab.

The brain’s hunger switch

The first set of enzymes – methylases, in particular LIN-65 – add methyl groups to the DNA, which can silence promoters and thus suppress gene expression. By also opening up the mitochondrial genes, these methylases set the stage for the second set of enzymes – demethylases, in this case jmjd-1.2 and jmjd-3.1 – to ramp up transcription of the mitochondrial genes. When the researchers artificially increased production of the demethylases in worms, all lived longer, a result identical to what is observed after mitochondrial stress.

“By changing the epigenetic state, these enzymes are able to switch genes on and off,” Dillin said.

This happens only in the brain of the worm, however, in areas that sense hunger or satiety.

“These genes are expressed in neurons that are sensing the nutritional status of the animal, and these signals emanate out to the periphery to change peripheral metabolism,” he said.

When they profiled enzymes in short- and long-lived mice, they found up-regulation of these genes in the brains of long-lived mice, but not in other tissues or in the brains of short-lived mice.

“These genes are expressed in the hypothalamus, exactly where, when you eat, the signals are generated that tell you that you are full. And when you are hungry, signals in that region tell you to go and eat,” he said. “These genes are all involved in peripheral feedback. ”

Among the mitochondrial genes activated by these enzymes are those involved in the body’s response to proteins that unfold, which is a sign of stress. Increased activity of the proteins that refold other proteins is another hallmark of longer life.

These observations suggest that the reversal of aging by epigenetic enzymes could also take place in humans.

“It seems that, while extreme metabolic stress can lead to problems later in life, mild stress early in development says to the body, ‘Whoa, things are a little bit off-kilter here, let’s try to repair this and make it better.’ These epigenetic switches keep this up for the rest of the animal’s life,” Dillin said.


alodin <![CDATA[Johnson & Johnson: Another Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Pay-out over Talc Powder and Ovarian Cancer]]> 2016-05-04T09:24:07Z 2016-05-04T09:25:39Z

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $55 million in another talc powder lawsuit, and with more than 1,200 lawsuits to go, experts say it’s time for the company to think about setting up a settlement program.

This undated photo provided by Onder, Shelton, O'Leary & Peterson, LLC shows Gloria Ristesund. A St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a second huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer. The company was ordered Monday, May 2, 2016, to pay a multi-million dollar settlement to Ristesund, who blamed her ovarian cancer on years of baby powder use. (Courtesy of Onder, Shelton, O'Leary & Peterson, LLC via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

This undated photo provided by Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC shows Gloria Ristesund. A St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a second huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer. The company was ordered Monday, May 2, 2016, to pay a multi-million dollar settlement to Ristesund, who blamed her ovarian cancer on years of baby powder use. (Courtesy of Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

In the latest case, a St. Louis jury found in favor of Gloria Ristesund, a woman who developed ovarian cancer after four decades of using J&J’s baby powder for feminine hygiene, reports Reuters. The verdict in favor of the 62-year-old, whose cancer is now in remission, followed a three-week trial. Earlier this year, the same court awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer after 35 years of using the company’s baby powder and Shower to Shower products for feminine hygiene.

Ristesund’s lawyers successfully argued that the company had been aware of health risks since the 1970s but failed to warn women about the link to ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson maintained that no link has been proven and nobody knows what causes ovarian cancer.

Attorney Jere Beasley, whose firm was involved in both cases, tells Bloomberg that the latest case was a “defense pick,” unlike the Alabama case, which plaintiffs decided should be the first case to go to trial. “If they can’t win that one, they can’t win one,” Beasley says. “They’re going to have to come to the table and start settling cases.”

The company plans to appeal. (A J&J subsidiary had to pay $25 million after admitting it knowingly sold kids’ Tylenol with metal bits in it.)


]]> 0 alodin <![CDATA[Broccoli sprouts help prevent flu]]> 2016-05-04T09:22:47Z 2016-05-04T09:25:38Z


Preventing flu could be as simple as adding a daily drink of broccoli sprout juice, according to new research.

Brassica vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage are particularly rich in a plant chemical called sulforaphane (SFN).

Young broccoli sprouts have a particularly high level of SFN compared to other foods and a homogenate (or puree) of broccoli sprouts has previously been shown, in the lab, to limit the influenza virus’s ability to replicate as well as increasing natural killer (NK) cell activity, thus boosting immunity.

This small randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled human study took place during the flu season of 2012-2013.

It was designed to investigate the effects of broccoli sprouts on immune cell activity, especially NK cell activity, in blood of non-smoking, healthy subjects deliberately infected with a live attenuated influenza virus (LAIV).

The participants were divided into two groups. Over a four day period each of which was given a daily 200g ‘shake’ containing 111 g of pureed broccoli sprouts (reported to contain 100 µmol of sulforaphane) or alfalfa sprouts (said to contain “minimal” amounts of sulforaphane).

Protection for longer

Subjects were instructed to abstain from the consumption of other vegetables in the Brassicaceae family and from anti-inflammatory drugs during the study period.  Blood samples were collected before and during the study in order to determine NK cell activity while nasal swabs were used to determine the viral load of each participant.

Through the 21 days of the test both the broccoli and alfalfa seemed to aid immunity and lower viral load, but the broccoli sprouts continued to exert a protective effect for longer. At day 21 those who took the broccoli sprout shake still had signs of a strengthened immune response to the flu.

Previous research in animals has found that an antioxidant in broccoli called sulforaphane (SFN) increases activity of proteins called Phase II enzymes that are important in protecting the lung against oxidative damage. Researcher speculate that this effect may be helpful supporting lung health in those who have asthma.