HealthFreedoms Protect & Preserve Your Health Freedoms2016-02-10T16:00:58Z alice <![CDATA[This School Went GMO-Free. Look What Happened to Their Food Costs…]]> 2016-02-10T02:36:37Z 2016-02-10T16:00:58Z Kids that go to this Trinidad, California school enjoy healthy, locally-grown, pesticide-free, non-GMO fare that actually saves the school money.

Sourcing everything from local farmers markets and even growing some of their own vegetables on site in a small garden, in addition to making things from scratch, ensures that children receive a balanced, nutritious meal that doesn’t cost the school a fortune. The school avoids purchasing processed foods, and for eight years now kids have enjoyed food that is the antithesis of ‘fast-food’ nation garbage.

Colleen Kelly, the school’s nutritional director says:

“It’s nice to not feel stressed about the budget, so much, that we’re able to be flexible and get really good, quality food for the kids.”

Easily sourced foods that are in season

The meals that the school prepares also give the kitchen staff flexibility to cook with ingredients that are easily sourced and in season. This is a drastic difference to how most school lunches are planned and prepared.

Approximately 30.6 million students in the US typically eat a cafeteria lunch, which means they are more than likely consuming high sugar, high fat, MSG-containing, and high-fructose laden, GM food. With our extremely low standards for feeding our children in school, it’s no wonder that students who eat school lunches are at a higher risk for being an unhealthy weight, as found in a study by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center.

Elizabeth Jackson, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of internal medicine at the U-M Health System says:

“This study confirms the current and escalating national concern with children’s health, and underscores the need to educate children about how to make healthy eating and lifestyle choices early on. Although this study doesn’t provide specific information on nutrient content of school lunches, it suggests there is a real opportunity to promote healthy behaviors and eating habits within the school environment. This is where kids spend a majority of their time.”

It looks like kids in Trinidad are way ahead of their peers when it comes to eating right and making good food choices, due to the diligence of their school nutritionist.




alice <![CDATA[This 1 Ingredient In Milk Has Been Linked To Parkinson’s And Brains Deterioration]]> 2016-02-10T13:29:09Z 2016-02-10T16:00:29Z Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a chronic progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects the person’s ability to move. According to the CDC, every 3 out of 100,000 people in the US died from this disease in the 1980s, in the early 2000s that number doubled. A new study published in the journal Neurology on Dec. 9 shows a possible link to this increase — a pesticide (heptachlor) that was found in milk in the early 1980s.

The researchers from Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan noticed this connection when they studied Japanese-American men in Hawaii – the state where this pesticide was used frequently, reported The Huffington Post. Men who drank two or more glasses of milk per day (16 oz) at the start of the study had 40% fewer brain cells in the substantia nigra (associated with movement) part of the brain 30 years later (comparing to men who drank less than two cups of milk per day).

The researchers also discovered that 90% of men who drank the milk had residues of the pesticide (heptachlor epoxide) in their brains. Only 63% of men who did not drink milk had these residues.

According to the Medical Encyclopedia from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, PD slowly develops as cells are destroyed in parts of the brain, especially in the substantia nigra. Because PD is a slow progressive disease, visible symptoms of it can take decades to appear, meaning this disease may still be manifesting itself in people who have been exposed to heptachlor and other pesticides.

Was This Pesticide Prevalent in Hawaii because of the Pineapple Industry?

The pesticide was used for insect control by the pineapple industry in Hawaii in 1980s, and high levels of it ended up in the milk supply because the cows were fed parts of the pineapple debris, according to Time. It was banned in commercial agriculture in 1988, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Time magazine reported that even though banned, the pesticide may remain in water and soil for many years.

How the Study Was Conducted:

The study, titled “Midlife milk consumption and substantia nigra neuron density at death,” looked at 449 Japanese-American men for at least 30 years until their deaths. After they died, the researched performed autopsies, studies the cells in the substantia nigra and the residues of the pesticide in the brains.

Is there a legitimate Milk Parkinson’s connection?

Even though it is known fact that a lot of milk in 1980s contained the pesticide, and a high amount of it, the milk that the men drank was not tested, so there is no way to show a cause-and-effect relationship between PD and this pesticide. However, the study shows an association between the two.

The study’s author Robert D. Abbott said that the researchers see “no other explanation for how heptachlor epoxide found its way into the brains of men who consumed milk.”

“We don’t have all the data yet, but we are close to finding the smoking gun here. It’s not complete, but it’s very suspicious,” he said.

Can pesticides cause PD? The current understating in medicine is that PD is caused by a combination of genes and environmental factors, diet being one of them.

“Your genes load the gun and the environment pulls the trigger,” states the National Parkinson Foundation website.

Abbott said that people should try to avoid consuming food that contains pesticides in general.

This Pesticide is Still Used Today!

Heptachlor/ heptachlor epoxide was banned in 1988 for use in agriculture and for insect-control in homes but is still used for fire ant control in power transformers, according to the CDC.

Unfortunately, heptachlor is not the only pesticide that may come with an inherent risk for Parkinson’s Disease. As many as 11 commonly used pesticides have been linked to PD, including glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.

And if this study is any indication it may be wise to avoid non-organic milk, since today’s cows are known to feast on genetically engineered corn that has been doused with glyphosate, instead of their natural diet of nutrient-rich grasses.




alice <![CDATA[Cancer Curing Doctor Found Shot Dead Shortly After Govt. Raid On Clinic]]> 2016-02-10T02:24:49Z 2016-02-10T16:00:26Z In recent articles the use of cannabis oil (THC) has been explored in the treatment of seizure, proving with literature that the oil can have a drastic and positive impact on patient quality of life. Big Pharma companies and ‘sponsored’ medical practitioners would prefer you believe in pixie dust than alternative medicines. In recent times, the demonization of chiropractors has also been spotlighted, with the American Medical Association portraying them as quacks.

The suppression of medical science is a history backdating over decades. Coupled with the oddity of several medical researchers who were on the cusp of medical breakthroughs, meeting with unexpected and sometimes violent deaths, one’s curiosity is piqued, to say the least.

One such medical researcher was the pioneering Dr. Bradsheet, found floating in a river recently, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Dr. Bradsheet was working on a molecule called GcMAF, a little known but potentially groundbreaking cure for cancer, and treatment for HIV and autism.

Autism researcher and vaccine opponent, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet.

GcMAF is a naturally occurring molecule in the body, and has demonstrated its healing properties over multiple studies, with little side effects on the patient. As with all treatments there are pros and cons, but the pros in this instance seem to outweigh chemotherapy for instance, costing less than US$2000 for a full 24-week treatment that is witnessing over 85% success rates, prolonged remissions, cure, and what appears to be a life-long immunity after treatment in a high percentage of cases.

Dr Bradsheet’s death followed a raid on his clinic by the U.S. government confiscating his research on GcMAF and halting his treatment of his patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had outlawed its use, calling it an “unapproved drug.” However, in dozens of countries around the world, including Japan, GcMAF is legally practiced and with outstanding results.

GcMAF has been hailed by those who use it as the “universal cancer cure.” The blood product (Globulin component Macrophage Activating Factor) can treat a range of conditions including HIV, autism, and Parkinson’s disease. Where endocannabinoids can be mimicked by the use of THC at a molecular level; the GcMAF works by stimulating the immune system and activating macrophages “so they can destroy cancer cells and other abnormal cells in the body.”

According to a FAQ page of a treatment clinic in Japan, GcMAF can treat the following diseases where there is immune dysfunction or compromise.


In a world where cancer and other illness’ are a lucrative business, a potential miracle treatment like GcMAF can be seen as a threat. Laws such as the 1939 Cancer Act in the UK, which makes it illegal to discuss the possibility of curing cancer with your medical provider, become part of the medical world’s monopoly on profiteering from disease. Lives can be saved each year simply by repealing this Act, let alone providing further funding for GcMAF research and THC repeal of prohibition.

Six doctors on the East Coast of Florida were found dead in one month, most in similar circumstances: single gunshot wound. Although some of these cases have presented open and close cases, in the context of the above, too many questions remain unanswered. As for the case of Dr. Bradsheet, his family are calling for answers, most of which are falling on deaf ears.



alice <![CDATA[Which Type of Vinegar Bath is Best for Detoxification?]]> 2016-02-10T02:43:40Z 2016-02-10T16:00:17Z This is the time of year when many people choose to adopt a regular regimen of detoxification, sensible exercise and dietary modifications to improve health. When it comes to detoxing, a vinegar bath is one of the most all around beneficial therapies according to Dr. Hazel Parcells, who herself lived to the ripe old age of 106. Obviously she was doing something right!

Depending on the type of vinegar selected for a detox bath, it can also be an extremely affordable choice as well.

Why a Vinegar Bath is Beneficial

The reasons for a regular vinegar bath are simple: this holistic therapy is a great overall detoxifier especially for muscle aches and pains brought on by physical exertion. A vinegar bath is also helpful and the best detox bathchoice for those with candida issues that affect the skin. This is because bathing in water with a small amount of vinegar returns the skin to an optimal, slightly acidic pH which is a difficult environment for candida and other pathogens to thrive.

Most importantly, the acidity of a vinegar bath draws excess uric acid out of the body. Uric acid is created when the body breaks down substances called purines in certain foods and drinks. While most uric acid is easily eliminated by the kidneys, some people such as those prone to gout can have issues with excess levels from time to time. A vinegar bath can provide welcome relief for those with any sort of joint problems, not just gout, including arthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis.

A regular vinegar bath is very helpful for those with excessive body odor problems too. Be sure to soak those armpits while in the bath and you will no doubt notice a substantial improvement immediately.

Toxic Vinegar to Avoid

Before we talk about the various types of vinegar that can be considered for a cleansing vinegar bath, let me just suggest one very important tip:

Always buy vinegar in glass!

The reason it is important to source vinegar in glass containers is because vinegar is highly acidic and can have a pH as low as 2.4 as in the case of white distilled vinegar. Remember that the pH scale runs from 0-14 with 7 being neutral (water). So, a pH of 2.4 is clearly acidic and considerably so!

Acidic liquids stored in plastic have the very real potential of leeching undesirable chemicals out of the container and into the liquid itself – – in this case, the vinegar. Hence, plastic is not a suitable container for any type of vinegar. Those of you who are familiar with fermentation of traditional beverages will no doubt remember that the popular drink from Russia known as kombucha is supposed to be stored in glass as well, and a properly brewed batch of kombucha has a pH around 3.5 which is slightly less acidic than white distilled vinegar.

GMO Vinegar

Another important consideration is that is how the vinegar is made. White distilled vinegar that is not organic is usually made from genetically modified (GMO) corn that has been heavily sprayed with pesticides, so it is best to only choose organic if this is the type of vinegar you favor.

In addition, given that the FDA has approved the cultivation of GMO apples, cider vinegar that is not organic will likely be a GMO product in the future, so best to stick with organic for this type of vinegar too just to be on the safe side.

Therefore, be sure to select vinegar for bathing that is stored in glass and is non-GMO when you commence a detoxification regimen that includes regular vinegar baths. Attempting to detox in a bath where the vinegar is likely compromised with chemicals and/or pesticides kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think?

Now, on to the types of vinegar and which one might be best for you for improving and maintaining health.

Types of Vinegar to Consider for Bathing

Vinegar has been made and used by humankind for thousands of years. Traces of it have been found in Egyptian urns discovered during archaeological digs dating back to 3000 BC.

Given that the vinegar used historically in a given culture tends to reflect the plants available in that region, there are many, many types of vinegar that still remain popular today for all manner of purposes.

For example, countries known for making wine, such as France, Italy, and Spain, produce wine vinegars. North America produces apple cider vinegar as apples are a main crop on this continent. Countries that brew beer such as Great Britain, produce malt vinegar. In Asia, where wine is made from rice, a milder variety of rice vinegar is widely used.

I’m not going to go over every single type of vinegar that is available to use in a vinegar bath in this article, but rather focus on the main types that are readily available for a reasonable cost at the supermarket.

  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Wine vinegars
  • Rice vinegars

The vinegar bottles pictured above were all purchased by me at my local grocery store. The cost for these five bottles (16 oz each) was a little over $15.

Very cost effective indeed!

The most important piece of information about the vinegar you choose for bathing is the pH. You can buy inexpensive pH strips and test yourself as desired. Apple cider vinegar is one of the mildest vinegars you can choose for bathing (with a pH of about 4-5) which is why it is so often recommended for vinegar bath purposes. The next mildest is rice vinegar, wine vinegars and finally white distilled vinegar which typically tests at a 2.4 pH (source).

The strength of the vinegar, i.e., the amount of acetic acid diluted in water, is also an important piece of information. To be called “vinegar”, the liquid must be at least 4% acetic acid by volume. Typical store bought vinegars have a dilution strength of 5%, but wine vinegar can sometimes go as high as 7%. Just check the label and it will tell you the strength of that particular bottle. The five bottles in the picture above are all 5% strength with the exception of the rice vinegar which is 4.2%.

A major difference between various types of vinegar is the smell and hence the flavor (if you use them for food). Since the sense of smell varies considerably from person to person, the type of vinegar you select for bathing purposes will be the one that you find the most pleasant (or least offensive) as the case may be.

I carefully smelled each of the types of vinegar pictured above and found the white wine vinegar to be the mildest by far. The rice vinegar, surprisingly, was the strongest smelling of all. Can’t stand the smell of any vinegar? Then you can substitute pure lemon juice with no additives for your vinegar bath instead, although this is definitely the more expensive way to go.

So which vinegar to choose for bathing? It’s really up to you. Since the goal of a vinegar bath is simply to raise the acidity of the water to the point where it is therapeutic for the skin and to draw out toxins, any vinegar will do. However, note that white distilled vinegar is a lower pH than apple cider vinegar, so if you have very sensitive skin, it is probably best to stick with the tried and true ACV bath. If the smell of apple cider vinegar poured into the bath is just too strong for you, however, try a milder smelling vinegar such as white wine vinegar or switch to pure, undiluted lemon juice.

How to Take a Vinegar Bath

Taking a vinegar bath is so very simple. Add 2 cups of vinegar (or lemon juice) of choice to a regular sized tub of water as hot as comfortably tolerated. Use more as needed if your tub is oversized. Stay in the bath at least 20 minutes and ideally until it has cooled to close to body temperature which will be about 45 minutes. Use this time to relax!

Step out of the bath and towel dry. Don’t shower or even rinse off for at least 8 hours in order to maintain the slightly acidic effect of the vinegar bath on the skin in order to maximize benefits. Remember – water has a neutral pH of 7 so even just rinsing off will reduce the positive health effects of the vinegar bath to the skin. Don’t worry — you won’t smell like vinegar! The skin smells surprisingly sweet, refreshing and very clean after a vinegar bath.

Enjoy! Healthy can and should be a pleasant journey.




alice <![CDATA[High Fructose Corn Syrup and the Brain]]> 2016-02-10T13:16:29Z 2016-02-10T16:00:11Z Excessive alcohol use can cause fat accumulation in the liver. Ultimately, This accumulation of fat may lead to liver failure that may actually prove fatal.

But it turns out, that there is another form of fat accumulation in the liver that has nothing to do with consumption of alcohol, hence the name non-alcoholic liver disease (NAFDL). NAFDL is considered the most common liver disorder in developed countries, estimated to be present in an incredible 30% of American adults.

NAFDL is often not a benign condition. It is strongly related to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. That means that people who have NAFDL are far more likely to develop things like type II diabetes and ultimately may even develop cirrhosis of the liver.

But the main concerns for our discussion center on the relationship between NAFDL and issues with sugar metabolism, insulin activity, and, perhaps most importantly, inflammation, the cornerstone of our most dreaded and unfortunately all too common conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, coronary artery disease, and even cancer.

So, as common as this condition is, and its profound relationship to so many other conditions, you definitely want to know what may increase your risk of developing NAFDL, and one of the biggest culprits is the dietary consumption of fructose.

Researchers at the University of Florida have demonstrated that a diet high in fructose dramatically increases the production of fat in the liver. In fact, in a recent report they demonstrated that in individuals who had NAFDL, their consumption of fructose was 2-3x higher than controls (people who did not have this liver disorder).

To be clear, this is the type of sugar typically found in soft drinks and other products made with high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that is widely used in food production here in America

From my perspective as a brain specialist, I was particularly taken by a recent report appearing in the Journal of Neuroinflammation, in which researchers demonstrated a powerful effect of NAFDL, in laboratory animals, in terms of increasing the changes in the brain that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. The changes in the brain included a dramatic increase in inflammation in laboratory animals suffering from NAFDL.

This research again confirms the notion that inflammation, as a process, as in this case starting in liver, can be detrimental throughout the body. Further, we know that NAFDL is a powerful cause of inflammation and that there is a strong relationship between the development of NAFDL and the consumption of fructose.

So again, this is a very powerful argument in favor of dramatically reducing your consumption of products containing high fructose corn syrup, despite what advertisers may tell you.




alice <![CDATA[Has PBS Become a Front for Big Pharma?]]> 2016-02-10T02:29:25Z 2016-02-10T16:00:06Z A PBS Frontline documentary argues that supplements are useless—relying on “expert testimony” from paid Pharma representatives.

Last week, PBS’s Frontline aired an hour-long program titled “Supplements and Safety.” Jointly produced by Frontline, the New York Times, and the Canadian Broadcasting Commission, the program was clearly intended to leave viewers with the one-sided impression that dietary supplements are unregulated, unsafe—and that ultimately you, the consumer, should not have the right to stay healthy in a manner of your choosing.

There is too much to comment on in this corrupt documentary. But we’ll address a few key points.

Medical Establishment Says Supplements are Useless!

The overarching narrative of one especially egregious segment was that supplementation of any sort is unnecessary and does not impart any benefits—and worse, that it may even be dangerous.

For example, the documentary has longtime natural health foe and vaccine millionaire Dr. Paul Offit explaining that one 1000 milligram tablet of vitamin C is equivalent to eating “seven or eight entire cantaloupes,” and that this is bad because the body was not meant to eat so much. Never mind that this says nothing about how many milligrams might be required for certain individuals to achieve optimal nutrition, nor that a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that food alone does not provide enough nutrients to the human body! Considering also that 93% of Americans are nutrient deficient, how does Dr. Offit propose we correct nutrient imbalances?

With respect to C, he also skips over the abundant scientific evidence that early humans, when everyone lived in a tropical environment, consumed much more C than we do today (which means our bodies evolved to handle C in abundance). We need to consume our vitamin C, unlike most animals whose bodies simply make it as needed, often in very large quantities.

As for vitamin D, other “experts” were lined up to argue that any dose higher than the antiquated, absurdly low 600 IU recommendation from the ponderously conservative Institute of Medicine (IOM) is not only “not beneficial,” it may even be harmful—a claim that is patently bogus.

An old editorial titled “Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements”—which was based on three studies which even conventional practitioners have dismissed as flawed and inconclusive—was resurrected to further bolster the documentary’s case (see our detailed rebuttal to this editorial here).

Fish oil was specifically targeted, with claims that almost no clinical studies have shown a benefit to consuming fish oil supplements—an astoundingly false claim, considering the vast preponderanceof scientific evidence to the contrary. Fish oil has been found to be so beneficial, in fact, that Big Pharma has patented expensive fish oil-derived drugs (more on this below).

The pretext for all of this, of course, is to undermine the credibility of supplements and to make the case that more regulation and oversight is required—ostensibly, a pre-approval system similar to the one suggested by supplement foes Sens. Durbin (D-IL) and Blumenthal (D-CT). What is not mentioned in the Frontline piece is how profoundly such a system would infringe upon the rights of millions of Americans who rely on dietary supplements to maintain and optimize their health. It would drive the cost of supplements through the roof, which would then sweep them off the shelves and into the hands of drug companies.

The Frontline piece propagates the false notion that supplement users are only using supplements to treat or prevent diseases. This is an incomplete and misleading picture. Many consumers of supplements are just trying to bolster their overall health in combination with diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices. The integrative community knows there’s no “magic pill” for health, and therefore strives for holistic solutions. However, the medical establishment seems to believe that Americans should not have the freedom to stay healthy the way they choose. Instead, Americans should stay healthy in a manner the medical establishment chooses—that is, in a way that lines the coffers of pharmaceutical companies and the doctors on their payroll.

Supplement Safety—Same Old Story

Other segments perpetuated the same lies we’ve heard many times before from the likes of Sens. Durbin and Blumenthal, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and others. The documentary writers highlight a few supplements containing adulterated (illegal) ingredients that led to adverse reactions, holding these illegal products up as examples of why the industry needs more regulation. As we’ve argued time and time again, the FDA has the authority to remove dangerous and illegal products from the market—and actually did so in each instance cited in the documentary, proving once again that the current system works when the FDA enforces the law.

The documentary also fails to highlight the overwhelming safety record of supplements for the millions of Americans who take them every day.

Big Pharma Pulling the Strings

All of this comes into focus, however, in a segment in which fish oil supplements were attacked as being inferior to their pharmaceutical counterparts.

To substantiate these claims, the documentary’s primary expert, Preston Mason, PhD, cuts open fish oil supplements and points out how different they are from a pharmaceutical fish oil drug.

As it turns out, Dr. Mason is very familiar with that particular drug. It’s called Vascepa, and for the past several years he has worked as an advocate for the drug. He even lobbied the FDA on behalf of Amarin Pharma, the drug’s manufacturer, to broaden the uses it was originally approved for. Apparently the producers of the Frontline piece did not think viewers needed to be informed of this conflict of interest.

It gets worse. Immediately following the broadcast, Amarin was ready with a website that highlights the documentary, as well as a media campaign (sponsored by Amarin) that features Dr. Mason and a fellow Vascepa advocate, Eliot Brinton, MD. According to, Dr. Brintonearned $366,698.68 from pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Mason is not a medical doctor, so he is not required, under the Sunshine Act, to make his compensation public.

Was the Frontline documentary a coordinated effort to boost sales of Amarin’s Vascepa by attacking the more popular and affordable competition? The facts speak for themselves.

We also suspect that this documentary could be the opening salvo in renewed attempts by Sens. Durbin and Blumenthal to implement a pre-approval system for supplements, which we are expecting to come out some time this year.

As always, we will closely monitor the happenings in and out of Capitol Hill, and keep you informed of developments.




alice <![CDATA[Not a Hoax: Hot Dogs Brands Tested Positive for Human DNA]]> 2016-02-10T02:49:41Z 2016-02-10T16:00:04Z If you’ve ever chosen the prosaic American classic at a grill out, you’ve likely suffered the snarky query: “You really gonna eat that? Do you have any idea what they put in hot dogs?!”

While insect parts, eyeballs, and that one oddly unidentifiable hard bit might cross your mind, any suggestion a hot dog contains human DNA likely sounds facetious.

It shouldn’t.

An astonishing 14.4% of samples tested for “The Hot Dog Report” by Clear Food — which provides molecular analysis of commonly purchased food brands — were euphemistically labeled “problematic.”

Some of the problems found:

According to the report:

“Clear Food found human DNA in 2% of the samples, and in 2/3rds of the vegetarian samples.”

That’s not all. If you’re vegetarian or you have dietary constraints for religious or ethical reasons, it’s important you know just how little labeling matters:

– “10% of vegetarian products contained meat.” Chicken showed up in a veggie breakfast sausage and pork was found in a veggie hot dog.
– Vegetarian selections had labels exaggerating protein content “by as much as 2.5 times.”
– Vegetarian selections were also responsible for 67% of cases in the report where human DNA was detected —4 of 21 veggie samples had these hygiene issues.
– Pork had been randomly substituted for the chicken or turkey listed in the label’s ingredients in 3% of samples “in products of all price ranges.”
–  Unexpected substitutions occurred with startling frequency. Overall, the number and type of undisclosed ingredients were: chicken (10 samples), pork (9), beef (4), turkey (3), and lamb (2).

Hot dogs seem to be dubbed “mystery meat” for perfectly valid reasons

A few hot dog brands tested quite well, upholding their label claims and leaving out the human element. Of major brands, Butterball, McCormick, Eckrich, and Hebrew National tied for top score. In the “specialty and regional” category, Gardein, Taverrite’s, and Field to Family Natural Foods garnered top spots.

“Despite the problems we found, what was most promising in our tests was the fact that there are a number of hot dog manufacturers, large and small, that are producing high-quality hot dogs with integrity. These producers are not limited to organic producers or high-end specialty brands,” the report stated.

Clear Food offers several suggestions, including staying away from chicken products if you avoid pork and shopping Trader Joe’s if you’re vegetarian.

With such unsettling findings, perhaps the question should be asked once again:

“Are you really gonna eat that?”

So if I want to eat Hot Dogs, Which ones should I buy?

Clearfood has a list of 345 hot dogs and sausages that were analyzed for this report.

Despite the problems we found, what was most promising in our tests was the fact that there are a number of hot dog manufacturers, large and small, that are producing high-quality hot dogs with integrity. These producers were not limited to organic producers or high-end specialty brands—products across a variety of price points scored well.

One of the biggest takeaways from the report: when analyzing the data was that there was no correlation between price and score.

We were surprised to find that prepared vegetarian sausages face some pretty serious challenges including hygienic and substitution issues. Finding even trace amounts of meat in vegetarian products is troubling, especially because many vegetarians abstain from eating meat for dietary, ethical, and religious reasons.



alice <![CDATA[Flu Vaccine contains 25,000 Times More Mercury than is Legally Allowed in Drinking Water]]> 2016-02-09T21:29:21Z 2016-02-10T10:00:48Z In case you missed it, recent lab tests conducted at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab found that seasonal flu vaccines, which are pushed on virtually everyone these days, including young babies, pregnant women and the elderly, contain outrageously high levels of neurotoxic mercury. Vials of batch flu vaccine produced by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) were found to contain upwards of 51 parts per million of mercury, or 25,000 times the legal maximum for drinking water established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This shocking discovery was made using advanced mass spectrometry technology with incredible accuracy, filling the gap left by the nation’s regulatory agencies that have failed to conduct this type of safety testing themselves. Millions of people are injected with flu vaccines annually, and most of them are completely unaware that one of the most toxic metals known to man is being implanted directly into their muscle tissue unabated.

“Mercury is one of the most poisonous substances known to mankind,” explained Dr. David Brownstein, a board-certified family physician and holistic medicine specialist, on his blog. “For over twenty years, I have been testing nearly every patient seen in my office for heavy metal contamination. … I have found that over 80% of my patients, both healthy and sick, have mercury toxicity.”

Pregnant women, young children and elderly encouraged to line up for mercury injections

Presenting this type of concrete data, which contradicts the official government position on vaccines, has sparked many venomous attacks from angry pro-vaxxers who insist that mercury is completely safe. Either that or they claim that mercury is no longer being added to vaccines, a detestable lie that continues to harm the most vulnerable among us, including innocent children.

You can see for yourself on the official drug insert for FluLaval, the flu vaccine evaluated by Natural News, that the vaccine does, indeed, contain mercury. The following quote is taken directly from, the so-called “Internet Drug Index,” proving that flu vaccines contained added mercury in the form of thimerosal:

“Thimerosal, a mercury derivative, is added as a preservative. Each 0.5-mL dose contains 50 mcg [micrograms] thimerosal ([less than] 25 mcg mercury). Each 0.5-mL dose may also contain residual amounts of ovalbumin ([less than or equal to] 0.3 mcg), formaldehyde ([less than or equal to] 25 mcg), and sodium deoxycholate ([less than] 50 mcg) from the manufacturing process.”

And yet, even with all these added contaminants, pregnant women, the elderly and young children are prodded to get jabbed every year by health authorities. Never mind that each of these ingredients is a known neurotoxin, not to mention the fact that formaldehyde is a known cause of cancer — just line right up and get your flu shots, because the government says they’re good for you!

The mercury double standard continues to ravage public health

The irony in all this is that the government now admits that mercury is toxic, at least when it comes from other sources. The Obama administration, as we recently reported, is on a crusade to shut down all coal power plants, using the excuse that they blast heavy amounts of mercury into the atmosphere. And official government warnings tell pregnant women to avoid mercury from canned tuna.

But what about the mercury still being used in vaccines and dental fillings? Why is mercury exposure from these sources completely safe, according to the government, but mercury in food and smokestacks should be avoided?



alice <![CDATA[Scam Alert: “Vegetarian Fed” Free Range Chicken]]> 2016-02-09T20:43:28Z 2016-02-10T10:00:32Z The only way food manufacturers are able to get away with their food labeling tricks of today is because the vast majority of consumers are so incredibly out of touch with their food, where it comes from, and how it is produced.

One of the most outrageous food labeling tricks today? The scam of labeling free range chicken and eggs – organic or not – as “vegetarian fed” like this is somehow a good thing that is desirable for the consumer as well as the chicken.

Chickens are not vegetarian my friends!  In fact, feeding a free range chicken a vegetarian diet is a recipe for poor quality, low nutrition eggs and meat. Not only that, this approach for feeding chickens is inhumane as the chickens will more likely suffer from parasites and ill health and probably live a shorter life than properly fed chickens.

Let’s decipher what labeling free range chicken as vegetarian fed really and truly means. If a chicken is vegetarian fed, it means that particular bird is not really free ranging at all as there is no access to actual dirt and green grass. Eggs or meat labeled as “vegetarian fed” means that the poor chickens were actually “free ranging” on concrete floors.

If you see free range chicken or eggs labeled in this way, run! It doesn’t indicate a healthy choice for your family, and it certainly doesn’t deserve your budget dollars. Worse, if the chicken and eggs aren’t organic, the vegetarian feed the chickens are eating is nearly guaranteed to be very heavily loaded with genetically modified , aka GMO soy. And, if you are allergic to soy, this can cause you to have a reaction to the eggs from the soy fed chickens. Research has shown that the (GMO) soy isoflavones end up in the eggs of soy fed chickens.

A truly free range chicken would never voluntarily choose to be vegetarian fed and forcing them to eat this way harms their health and is inhumane. Meat and eggs from vegetarian fed chickens may win brownie points for being politically correct, but it’s a sub-par choice nutritionally speaking for your family.

Chicken are omnivores and will seek out and aggressively eat bugs, lizards, spiders, wasps and other small critters if they are truly “free ranging” outside.

Chickens know what is good for them and they will even fight amongst themselves when a particularly juicy treat is discovered. This article details how our backyard chickens eliminated a problem with spiders around our home. They also eat up wasps and keep wasp nests from forming around your house. I didn’t have to knock down a single wasp nest this past summer for the first time in the over two decades we’ve lived in our home!

My backyard chickens will even chase down my cat when she has caught a lizard and brazenly steal it from her to eat for themselves.

The one minute video below shows two of my chickens gobbling up a couple of lizards that my cat brought into the house (yikes!). The lizards were beyond help as she had played with them until they were nearly dead, so it was easy for me to pick them up and get them outside quickly. Note: It was the humane thing to do to feed these lizards to my chickens so they wouldn’t suffer any more than they already had.

Watch how happy my chickens are to each get a lizard treat and remember this the next time you see the free range chicken “vegetarian fed” label at the store!

Healthy free range chicken and eggs come from omnivore chickens, not vegetarian ones!

Proof Positive: Free Range Chicken Should Not Be “Vegetarian Fed”

Look for Pastured Chicken instead of Free Range Chicken

The good news is that pastured chicken and eggs are becoming more widely available. When chickens are pastured as opposed to free range, they have access to green forage (in addition to space to move around) which provides them with an opportunity to eat what Mother Nature intended for them – lots of critters, grubs, and fresh green shoots.

I’ve even seen pastured chicken and eggs starting to appear regularly in health food stores around town. These nutrient dense foods aren’t cheap though – a dozen pastured eggs at Whole Foods will run you about $7.50. Once you see and taste the difference, however, you won’t be scammed by free range chicken and eggs labeled “vegetarian fed” ever again!




alice <![CDATA[How Many Die From Medical Mistakes In U.S. Hospitals?]]> 2016-02-09T21:17:04Z 2016-02-10T10:00:28Z It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse.

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous “To Err Is Human” report, which dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up to 98,000 people a year die because of mistakes in hospitals. The number was initially disputed, but is now widely accepted by doctors and hospital officials — and quoted ubiquitously in the media.

In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year.

Now comes a study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher — between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.

That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second.

The new estimates were developed by John T. James, atoxicologist at NASA‘s space center in Houston who runs an advocacy organization called Patient Safety America. James has also written a book about the death of his 19-year-old son after what James maintains was negligent hospital care.

Asked about the higher estimates, a spokesman for the American Hospital Association said the group has more confidence in the IOM’s estimate of 98,000 deaths. ProPublica asked three prominent patient safety researchers to review James’ study, however, and all said his methods and findings were credible.

What’s the right number? Nobody knows for sure. There’s never been an actual count of how many patients experience preventable harm. So we’re left with approximations, which are imperfect in part because of inaccuracies in medical records and the reluctance of some providers to report mistakes.

Patient safety experts say measuring the problem is nonetheless important because estimates bring awareness and research dollars to a major public health problem that persists despite decades of improvement efforts.

“We need to get a sense of the magnitude of this,” James said in an interview.

James based his estimates on the findings of four recent studies that identified preventable harm suffered by patients — known as “adverse events” in the medical vernacular — using use a screening method called the Global Trigger Tool, which guides reviewers through medical records, searching for signs of infection, injury or error. Medical records flagged during the initial screening are reviewed by a doctor, who determines the extent of the harm.

In the four studies, which examined records of more than 4,200 patients hospitalized between 2002 and 2008, researchers found serious adverse events in as many as 21 percent of cases reviewed and rates of lethal adverse events as high as 1.4 percent of cases.

By combining the findings and extrapolating across 34 million hospitalizations in 2007, James concluded that preventable errors contribute to the deaths of 210,000hospital patients annually.

That is the baseline. The actual number more than doubles, James reasoned, because the trigger tool doesn’t catch errors in which treatment should have been provided but wasn’t, because it’s known that medical records are missing some evidence of harm, and because diagnostic errors aren’t captured.

An estimate of 440,000 deaths from care in hospitals “is roughly one-sixth of all deaths that occur in the United States each year,” James wrote in his study. He also cited other research that’s shown hospital reporting systems and peer-review capture only a fraction of patient harm or negligent care.

“Perhaps it is time for a national patient bill of rights for hospitalized patients,” James wrote. “All evidence points to the need for much more patient involvement in identifying harmful events and participating in rigorous follow-up investigations to identify root causes.”

Dr. Lucian Leape, a Harvard pediatrician who is referred to the “father of patient safety,” was on the committee that wrote the “To Err Is Human” report. He told ProPublica that he has confidence in the four studies and the estimate by James.

Members of the Institute of Medicine committee knew at the time that their estimate of medical errors was low, he said. “It was based on a rather crude method compared to what we do now,” Leape said. Plus, medicine has become much more complex in recent decades, which leads to more mistakes, he said.

Dr. David Classen, one of the leading developers of the Global Trigger Tool, said the James study is a sound use of the tool and a “great contribution.” He said it’s important to update the numbers from the “To Err Is Human” report because in addition to the obvious suffering, preventable harm leads to enormous financial costs.

Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital whose book Unaccountablecalls for greater transparency in health care, said the James estimate shows that eliminating medical errors must become a national priority. He said it’s also important to increase the awareness of the potential of unintended consequences when doctors perform procedure and tests. The risk of harm needs to be factored into conversations with patients, he said.

Leape, Classen and Makary all said it’s time to stop citing the 98,000 number.

Still, hospital association spokesman Akin Demehin said the group is sticking with the Institute of Medicine’s estimate. Demehin said the IOM figure is based on a larger sampling of medical charts and that there’s no consensus the Global Trigger Tool can be used to make a nationwide estimate. He said the tool is better suited for use in individual hospitals.

The AHA is not attempting to come up with its own estimate, Demehin said.

Dr. David Mayer, vice president of quality and safety at Maryland-based MedStar Health, said people can make arguments about how many patient deaths are hastened by poor hospital care, but that’s not really the point. All the estimates, even on the low end, expose a crisis, he said.

“Way too many people are being harmed by unintentional medical error,” Mayer said, “and it needs to be corrected.”