Questions about Genetically Modified Food (GMO) and Genetically Engineered Food (GE) – Watch “The Future of Food”

October 9, 2009 at 11:32 PM | Posted in GMO | Leave a comment
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Genetically Modified (GMO) and Genetically Engineered (GE) have a global impact – in more ways than you can imagine.

There’s a MUST SEE movie you can find on

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3/31/09 – Potential Salmonella Outburst in Pistachio’s

March 31, 2009 at 2:50 PM | Posted in Salmonella | Leave a comment
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The Food and Drug Administration asked consumers to avoid eating all products containing pistachios as health authorities investigate a California processing plant that shipped about one million pounds of the nuts possibly contaminated with salmonella. Authorities said no illnesses have been reported to date, but they are taking precautions until they can confirm if the shipments are tainted.

What’s Your Health Score?

January 12, 2009 at 6:34 AM | Posted in healthy eating, Public Library of Science | 1 Comment
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2008 Reseach published in the journal of the Public Library of Science shows that people who exercise, drink moderately, don’t smoke, and eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day live, on average, fourteen years longer than people who do not practice these life-style habits.

British researchers followed 20,000 healthy British men and women ages 45 to 79 from 1993 to 2006.  Each participant was assigned a “health score” receiving one point for each healthy habit.  Those who practiced none got a health score of zero; those who practiced all of them got a health score of four.  The researchers also tested each participant’s blood to measure vitamin C intake, an indicator of how much fruit and vegetables they were eating.

After adjusting for age and other factors that could affect one’s chances of dying, the researchers found that people with a health score of zero were four times more likely to have died during the course of the study, particularly from cardiovascular disease,.

The researches noted that a person with a health score of zero had the same risk of dying as someone with a health score of four who was 14 years older. The lifestyle changes offering the most health benefits were not smoking and eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

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There’s no better way to start the New Year than making sure that you, your family and your children are getting five servings of fruits and vegetables each and every day!

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The Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids over Omega-6 Fatty Acids!

October 15, 2008 at 11:17 PM | Posted in Fatty Acids, omega 3, omega 6 | Leave a comment
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This is a reprint of an Oct 14th article by The American Association of Health Freedom (AAHF).

When Time magazine asked to Dr. Water Willett, of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, to name the most significant scientific news of the 20th century, he said simply, “We changed the fats in our diet.”

According to the September 2008 PUFA newsletter, the link between the type and amount of fats consumed and long-term cardiac health is now dubbed “the Japanese Paradox.” Why do Japanese men smoke, have high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure, yet have half the mortality from heart disease as Caucasian American men? And why do Japanese men who migrate to the U.S. develop atherosclerosis (commonly known as hardening of the arteries) as readily or more so than American white males?

Recent research indicates a long-term diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids tends to counteract the development of atherosclerosis. Other studies indicate the Japanese have less carotid artery plaque and a lower incidence of nonfatal heart attacks simply because of their consumption of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Dr. Willett’s point is that our fast and overly processed American diet changed the traditional ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. This shift not only created more inflammation but more allergies than ever before. And current research indicates that when the ratio is skewed above a certain level, depression and suicidal behavior rise dramatically.

Giants in the field of orthomolecular psychiatry like Abram Hoffer, M.D., and Richard Kunin, M.D., have successfully treated schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, and other brain biochemistry diagnoses by focusing on lifestyle choices that include diet and supplements. Though they have solid scientific backing, these physicians often suffered the attacks of peers and boards of medicine; at the same time, the media were beginning to report that vested interests were affecting many specialties in medicine, but psychiatry in particular.

Other new research showed that women who ate fish more than three times a week had fewer non-fatal heart events; additionally, they had fewer tiny hemorrhages in the brain. People without these brain lesions are less likely to have a stroke or impaired cognitive/thinking ability. Another study showed that EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) supplements reduced the likelihood of having a second stroke in those who have already had one. The incidence of stroke has increased dramatically in recent years, and is now the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Omega-3 fatty acids now appear to be integral to the healthy performance of nearly all the body’s major systems.

Dr. Phil Landrigan of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine says that one in seven American children have a learning or behavior disorder. So it is sobering indeed that there has been so little focus on omega-3 fatty acids in the food pyramid, in school lunch menus, and in other federal guidelines. Research shows that children whose mothers eat more than 12 ounces of fish per week outperform those whose mothers avoid eating fish.

Practitioners like Carol Locke, M.D., and Andrew Stoll, M.D., author of The Omega-3 Connection, found that U.S. women have the lowest levels of DHA among all industrialized countries. Their work with bipolar disorder and omega-3 supplements was groundbreaking, though far too few physicians use key supplements like the omega-3 fatty acids in their treatments.


The science is clear: a public health campaign to “change the fats in our diet” would have far-reaching health benefits for every American.

Grapes: Powerful Antioxidants that Reduce the Risk of Atherosclerosis

October 5, 2008 at 5:21 AM | Posted in Antioxidant, Grapes | 1 Comment
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Fresh, delicious, juicy grapes!

Did you know that eating fresh grapes may prevent the accumulation of harmful oxidized cholesterol as well as the development of
atherosclerotic lesions.  Yes. According to the study, as reported
in the Journal of Nutrition (vol. 135, pp. 722-728, 2005.), naturally occurring antioxidants in fresh grapes known as polyphenols are believed to be responsible for this beneficial impact.

In order to ensure the scientific validity of grape health studies, a representative sample of fresh California grapes was collected, freeze-dried and ground into an edible grape powder.  The grape powder used in this study contains all of the biologically active compounds found in fresh grapes.

“We found a remarkable reduction in the development of atherosclerosis following consumption of grape powder,” said principal investigator Bianca Fuhrman, Senior Scientist at the Lipid Research Laboratory headed by Dr. Michael Aviram at the Rambam Medical Center in Israel . “Grapes contain an abundance of powerful antioxidants that appear to inhibit an array of critical
factors that can cause atherosclerosis.”

Atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, is the result of cholesterol build-up on the arterial wall, which leads to blockage of the vessels that supply blood to the heart or the brain, resulting in a heart attack or stroke, respectively. Blood cholesterol is carried throughout the body by two lipoproteins.

Low density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as the “bad” cholesterol, deposits cholesterol in arterial walls when it is present in excess. High density lipoprotein (HDL), or the “good” cholesterol, removes the excess cholesterol from the arteries to the liver and out of the body.

When cholesterol is damaged by oxidation, such as oxidized LDL cholesterol, it is more easily deposited in the arterial walls, leading to a blockage of the vessels. Diseases caused by atherosclerosis are the leading cause of illness and death in the U.S.

Eating 5 to 10 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day will help.  And while you’re at it, be sure to lead your children towards a life of health, happiness, vitality, and longevity by adding delicious grapes to their diet.

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Peanuts: Rich in Antioxidants, Protect Cells from damage linked to Heart Disease and Cancer

August 21, 2008 at 1:09 AM | Posted in Antioxidant, cancer, cholesterol, free radicals, Health, Heart Disease, Hook Up With Health, peanuts, University of Florida | Leave a comment
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Contrary to their name, peanuts are not really nuts. They are a
member of the legume family along with peas, lentils, chickpeas
and other beans. Peanuts start growing as a ground flower – but
because the peanut flower is very heavy – it bends towards the
ground and eventually pushes it’s way underground where the
peanut matures.

A University of Florida team says peanuts are rich in
antioxidants which protect cells from damage linked to heart
disease and cancer. Peanuts also contain high levels of protein
and “good” monounsaturated fat.

The US researchers tested the antioxidant content of a dozen
different varieties of peanuts. Antioxidants are the naturally
occurring substances in plants that protect the body from free
radicals
– ‘volatile’ chemicals in the blood.

Although free radicals do play an important role in the
immune system, they also alter cholesterol in a process known
as oxidation, which is thought to speed up the hardening of
the arteries
.

Red and orange fruits and vegetables are already known to be
particularly high in antioxidants. But the researchers found
peanuts were also high in the beneficial chemicals. They found
peanuts contain high levels of polyphenols, a family of chemicals
commonly found in foods, which have strong antioxidant
properties.

Steve Talcott of the University of Florida, who led the research,
said: “When it comes to antioxidant content, peanuts are right up
there with strawberries. We expected a fairly high antioxidant
content in peanuts, but we were a bit shocked to find that
they’re as rich in antioxidants as many kinds of fruit.”

If you’re a peanut fan we encourage you to consider Buckey Ball
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Study Shows Prostate Cancer improves with Diet and Exercise

June 18, 2008 at 1:06 AM | Posted in cancer, Diet, Exercise, Health, Hook Up With Health, Prostate, Prostate Cancer | 1 Comment
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Did you see the Reuter’s article on a small study done on 30 men with low-risk prostate cancer?  The study shows how changing ones diet and exercise can trigger swift and dramatic changes at the genetic level? 

Read more at the link below…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080617/hl_nm/genes_lifestyle_refile_dc;_ylt=AvQP7gIKx8QtA1CHBQln5uis0NUE

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Find out which Vegetables can Repair DNA and help fight Cancer

May 27, 2008 at 10:16 PM | Posted in cancer, DNA, genistein, Health, Hook Up With Health, I3C | Leave a comment
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For many decades, science has been focused on understanding the
mechanisms of disease so that drugs could be developed. But the
closer they look at disease, the more they discover the
powerful and protective nature of whole foods.
 
In a new study published in the "British Journal of
Cancer" and by the journal "Nature" the researchers show that in
laboratory tests, a compound called indole-3-carinol (I3C), found
in broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, and a chemical called
genistein, found in soy beans, can increase the levels of two
specific proteins that repair damaged DNA.
 
This study is one of the first to provide a molecular explanation
as to how eating vegetables could cut the risk of developing
cancer, an association that some population studies have found,
says the study's senior author, Eliot M. Rosen, MD, PhD,
professor of oncology, cell biology, and radiation medicine at
Georgetown 's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center . "It is now
clear that the function of crucial cancer genes can be influenced
by compounds in the things we eat," Rosen says.
 
"Our findings suggest a clear molecular process that would
explain the connection between diet and cancer prevention."
In this study, Rosen exposed breast and prostate cancer cells
to increasing doses of I3C and genistein, and found that
these chemicals boosted production of the repair proteins
BRCA1 and BRCA2.
 
Since decreased amounts of the BRCA proteins are seen in cancer
cells, higher levels might prevent cancer from developing, Rosen
speculates, adding that the ability of I3C and genistein to
increase production of BRCA proteins could explain their
protective effects. 

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Tips for Controlling Hunger & Preventing Overeating

May 15, 2008 at 6:56 AM | Posted in Binge eating, Health, Hook Up With Health, hunger, insulin, obesity, overeating, weight | Leave a comment
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The New York Times reported today that most people are not enjoying the food that they eat.  Their reasoning is what they call “Mindless Munching”.  The article provides tips on ways to put an end to mindless munching, a habit many of us had at various times throughout our lives. 

To read more click the link below.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121062985377986351.html?mod=hps_us_at_glance_health

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Antioxidants Levels Higher for those with SPICE in their Life!

April 30, 2008 at 4:09 PM | Posted in Antioxidant, spice of life | Leave a comment
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Antioxidants are those nutrients in whole foods that keep
diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer away. When you
think about antioxidants, fruits and vegetables usually come to
mind. But those aren’t the only foods where these health boosting
nutrients are hiding.

New research shows that herbs and spices also pack a powerful
punch when it comes to antioxidants. A USDA study looked at
nearly 40 common herbs and spices to test their antioxidant
activity. Oregano emerged as the leader of the pack.

Researchers found that oregano has 3 to 20 times more antioxidant
activity than the other herbs studied. In fact, it has more than
many fruits and vegetables. Oregano has 42 times more antioxidant
activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more
than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries. But that’s not
the only herb or spice that can improve your health. Dill, thyme,
sage, rosemary, ginger and even peppermint have high antioxidant
levels too.

The main ingredient in curry is Turmeric, from which a spice
called Curcumin is derived. Sally Frautschy, Ph.D., is a
researcher from UCLA who has done extensive testing on Curcumin.
She says that “we accidentally found out that it blocks every
single step in Alzheimer’s pathogenesis and it kills nearly every
cancer cell in the lab.” In India, curry is part of the staple
diet; they also have the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease in
the world.

Marcia Herrin, R.D., a nutritionist at the Dartmouth Medical
School says “practically every herb and spice that’s been studied
has some health benefit,” herbs and spices are loaded with
antioxidants, but we may not be getting those benefits as much as
we could. Herrin says Americans don’t use many herbs and spices
compared to the rest of the world.

Researchers also say that many of these herbs are only absorbed
by the body when they’re eaten with fat, so recipes that include
healthy fats, like those found in Heart of Gold, a delicious
plant oil blend available only from Hook Up With Health, Wholefood Farmacy.

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