Posts Tagged Stress
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
By: S. D. Wells
[NaturalNews] It is EPIC IRONY that certain genetically modified vegetables, namely corn, soy and beets, are burning up in the summer heat and drought that is devastating the entire Midwestern United States. There is a certain serendipitous irony, like bad karma coming home to roost for the greedy corporations that continually put profits ahead of human health and wellness. There’s always a price to be paid for unethical business practices, and just about every vegetarian and vegan knows the truth about the detriments to your health from eating vegetables that come from seedlings which are bred with pesticide in a laboratory.
Right now, as you read this, massive amounts of dried up and cracking dirt is strangulating nearly 40 percent of the genetically modified CORN, SOY, and BEET roots, and in some hauntingly similar way, those toxic vegetables have been slowly strangulating the masses who have been consuming them for the past 15 to 20 years.
GMO equals short term profits and shorter human life
Pesticide is now growing inside of the most popular vegetation, thanks to the last two decades of “Ag-science,” (agricultural science) figuring out how to engineer toxic pest killers as part of the plants’ genetic makeup. Now, thanks to plant immunity to RoundUp pesticide, at least five to ten times more pesticide is dumped onto the vegetation as it grows in America’s fields. This means fewer worms, fewer insects, and fewer turtles and rabbits eating away at the plants, which means higher profits for “sell out” farmers and the contributing corporations. Or does it? Human beings can’t eat pesticide or we get cancer, and so as we do “EAT CANCER,” huge pharmaceutical firms prosper, and it just further assists them in running the country, the politicians, Western Medicine and the mainstream media. (http://programs.webseed.com/Dont_Eat_Cancer__TV.htm)
The greatest monopoly to ever besiege mankind is the merger of the U.S. food industry with the U.S. pharmaceutical industry. (http://www.naturalnews.com/030394_GMO_plant_pharmas.html) Perpetuated myths invade the masses via media tricks and ad campaigns, and most people have no idea they are eating pesticide for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every single day. The cleansing and detoxifying organs, like the kidneys, pancreas and liver are being overwhelmed with GMO toxins and food additives.
It’s becoming very difficult to find any soy which is truly organic. Most soy in America is genetically modified, processed, and causes extreme health detriment. Do you drink soy milk because you’re trying to avoid dairy? Switch to almond milk or rice milk right away. Why? Soybeans contain HAEMGGLUTININ, which is a clot promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together. This is what leads to strokes. Also, soy beans contain natural toxins or “anti-nutrients” and are considered enzyme inhibitors, because they block the action of trypsin and other enzymes that humans need for protein digestion. These can produce serious gastric distress and cause chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake. In test animals, they cause enlargement of pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer.
Soy consumption also increases estrogen. Research shows that hamsters fed with GM soy were unable to have offspring and suffered a high mortality rate. Also, steer clear of soy protein isolate, found in most protein shakes and protein bars. Hexane, a petroleum solvent similar to gasoline, is used in the processing phases of soy, and remnants are found in all non-organic soy based food. Oh, but you will never find hexane on the label.
Genetically modified corn does NOT feed the entire world, it poisons the entire world. Frankencorn is laden with pesticides inside and out, and America breeds it and feeds countries and most livestock this toxic, insidious food product, as if it’s just normal daily business. This drought is more like some ancient Egyptian plague for these huge biotech corporations like Monsanto and Dow. This drought is like something out of the Ten Commandments.
Monsanto’s Bt-sweet “Frankencorn,” the agri-giant’s first ever GM corn product, is made available as whole ears right on the cob, so it’s not just the processed corn products to watch out for anymore. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
“What will farmers use to feed livestock if there’s no corn?!” The behind-the-scenes-truth is that corn and grain based animal feed cause digestive infections and disorders in the animals. Those “corporate” infections (and the antibiotics given to treat them) are passed on to carnivores all over the world.
“Agent Orange” corn on the rise like a Grim Reaper: Enlist, known by its critics as “Agent Orange” corn, is created by Dow AgroScience and is engineered to be immune to 2,4-D, an ingredient used in Vietnam that lead to thousands of soldiers coming back from the war with cancer. Farmers can douse their crop with this lethal pesticide and boost profits, all while fueling the $100 billion cancer industry. Studies show that 2,4-D exposure is associated with various forms of cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, nerve damage, hormone disruption and birth defects.
Monsanto GM beets for MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE; who knew?
Anyone wondering why the biotech giant Monsanto would patent beets and prosecute organic farmers for keeping their seeds? You may be thinking that there can’t be massive consumption of beets, like there is of corn and soy, but think again. That concentrated salt (MSG) that gives you migraine headaches, causes your children to vomit, and gives infants brain damage, is mass produced and mass distributed in nearly every salty, non-organic product known to mankind. You’ll even find it in products that claim to be “all natural.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/024417_sugar_Roundup_beets.html)
Plus, the sugar beet pulp is a processed by-product widely used as feed supplements for livestock. Farmers across the country are planting Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beet, genetically engineered for resistance to Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate (marketed as Roundup). Up to 95 percent of the sugar beet crop in Idaho alone is GM, totaling 150,000 out of 167,000 acres. Half of the granulated sugar in the U.S. comes from pesticide laden sugar beets, creating UNPRECEDENTED health and environmental risks.
When did all the MSG mayhem kick into full gear? Back in 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) changed the classification of Roundup Ready sugar beets from regulated to “deregulated.” Basically, the USDA and the FDA failed to conduct research into the impacts of humans eating Roundup pesticide.
The great 2012 drought – A blessing in disguise
Unfortunately, there are many innocent organic farmers suffering from the drought too. However, we don’t need GM corn, soy and beets, so let those prices rise. If corn and soy prices went up 100 percent instead of what the media is warning about (four percent), it would be a blessing. Maybe then the masses who think GM means the “evolution of farming” would stop buying cancer causing food and start buying organic food that heals the body and PREVENTS DISEASE. It’s your choice every day, every meal. Every penny you spend can feed pollution and disease, or promote nutrition.
Here are some helpful links for donating funds and/or joining the organic food mission:
Join the movement and the life-long mission, if you have not already. Buy organic food and easy recipe books and videos/guides and start making your own chips and dips, with organic spices and herbs. And don’t you dare complain that you can’t afford it, because what you can’t afford is to get DIABETES, CANCER, HEART DISEASE AND ALZHEIMER’S.
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Wednesday, August 08, 2012
By: Danna Norek
[NaturalNews] We’ve all heard the jokes about stress turning our hair grey, and everyone understands that stress feels uncomfortable and can cause short term health and psychological issues. However, there was never any conclusive proof that chronic stress could actually shorten your life span by accelerating the aging process until recently.
Stress actually damages your DNA
New research indicates that chronic stress like the kind we experience in high stress occupations actually erodes and damages critical parts of our DNA over time. This damage and erosion can increase our odds of living a shorter life span.
The study showed that those under chronic stress exhibited shortened telomeres. Telomeres are the protective edges that bind the ends of DNA strands together. The damage of these telomeres leads to errors in how the DNA instructs cells to behave, so their length is directly tied to our longevity.
The shortening and damage of these mechanisms leads to a heightened potential for mutations in otherwise healthy cells and genes. When our genetic code and transmission is broken, it means our bodies have a higher likelihood of cancer and other life shortening diseases and generally poor health.
The evidence shows that stress can actually shorten your life span by as much as four to eight years depending on how you handle it and your genetic predispositions and general health. Exercise and a healthy diet can help offset some of the damage done by stress, but chronic and heavy stress is a hard thing to completely overcome by lifestyle alone.
Stress makes you sick
Not only does stress facilitate damaged DNA and shorten life spans. It can also literally make you get sick a lot more often than you should. Studies have shown that it also damages the chromosomes and mechanisms responsible for the health and functionality of your immune system.
When our immune system is compromised, it’s easy to catch every little virus that comes along. It also makes it harder for our bodies to fight off disease and cancer since our immune cells are our front line defense against all things unhealthy.
by: Elizabeth Renter
July 20, 2012
Is there anything that green tea can’t do? A Japanese study found that consuming five cups of green tea each day could work to prevent the development of cancer. They say the study took place over a ten year period and found that green tea was remarkably effective in cancer prevention. Needless to say, the green tea and cancer relationship is certainly not a new one.
The Repeatedly Shown Relationship Between Green Tea and Cancer
The study analyzed consumption among 40,000 Japanese subjects, taking gender, age, lifestyle and health into consideration. Dr. Toru Naganuma of Tohoku University concluded drinking green tea may have a favorable prevention effect for “particular cancers.” Those who drank five or more cups were analyzed against those who drank less than a single cup of green tea daily. The study subjects’ health was also analyzed “in context of alcohol, soybean and fish consumption.”
What was found is that five cups of green tea each day could reduce the risk of lymph cancers by up to 48%, and blood cancers by 42%. Of course this isn’t the only research shedding light on the relationship between green tea and cancer.
Other findings also show how green tea can fight cancer cell growth by significantly reducing the number of lymphocytes.
by: Heather Callaghan
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Are you on the doctors’ list of people who should be exempt from Smart Meters?
In the last couple years, paying electricity residents have witnessed a startling use of force regarding installation of Smart Meters. This is after complaining to Public Utility Commissions about legitimate and serious health problems that were absent before the installations.
More alarming, is that doctors’ notices on behalf of their patients are completely dismissed. One doctor implored help from a commission that the situation wouldn’t be so urgent if patients had the ability to choose another company or have the ability to opt-out (of something they never asked for or actually protested in the first place).
But, tables are turning as awareness grows and doctors, researchers, and activists are joining forces to resist the Smart Meter invasion.
The prestigious American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has just issued a report emphasizing that patients with any of myriad health issues be accommodated to avoid not only having Smart Meters installed on their own properties, but to be accommodated also for their neighbors’ Smart Meters.
The report asks for doctors to recognize EMF/RF exposure in their patients, the cumulative effects, and especially the effects of Smart Grid technology.
by: Kelsey Coy
July 14, 2012
Scientists in Japan have been reporting on the immunopotentiating and stress-relieving benefits of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, since 1982, but only recently has the trend crossed the ocean. In a new spin on the ‘treatment’, scientists from the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto, report on the ability of a 50-minute walk in a park to improve performance on a cognitive task. The study, led by research fellow Marc Berman, will be published later this year in Journal of Affective Disorders.
Shinrin-Yoku, or Forest Bathing
In one of the Japanese studies, researchers found that after a three day and two night trip of forest bathing, including two to four hours of walking per day in the forest, eleven of twelve subjects showed increases in natural-killer (NK) cell activity – powerful lymphocytes known to fight off infection and halt cancer growth. The average increase was about 50%, and expression of other immune cells and intracellular anti-cancer proteins increased as well. Of course, as these twelve subjects were all men who regularly worked at large companies in Tokyo, one might quite obviously ask whether or not three days anywhere other than the office would have a similar effect.
In answer, the same researchers followed up the initial study with a second study, which compared subjects who walked for two to four hours daily on a three day trip in the wood to those who walked for two to four hours daily on a three day trip in a city. The city visiting subjects did not in fact show increases in immune cells or intracellular anti-cancer proteins, nor did they show the same decrease in the stress hormone adrenaline as those experiencing the effects of skinrin-yoku.
It is worth noting, however, particularly in light of recent focus on fraudulent research, that the studies cited above were funded in part by Japan’s Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute.
More recently, Marc Berman and fellow scientists investigated the hypothesis that forest bathing or going for a walk in the woods would help people give ‘voluntary attention’ a break, and thus improve cognition. Turned out they were right: 19 subjects, all suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, showed significant improvements in a cognitive test measuring memory-span administered after a 50 minute walk in the woods compared to a similar test administered before. A similar effect has been demonstrated in non-depressed individuals before.
Berman suggests a variety of hypotheses to explain why forest bathing is so good for our brains, but the most important thing, according to him, is to give the mind a chance to ‘wander aimlessly and be engaged – involuntarily but gently – by your surroundings.’
by: Elizabeth Renter
July 6, 2012
As if green tea couldn’t get any better, a little-known study from a few years ago showed that it is actually one of many foods to reduce stress. According to the Japanese study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2009), drinking five cups of the tea each day could reduce stress by 20%.
Green Tea Among Foods to Reduce Stress
The study looked at 42,093 people, 2,774 of which suffered from psychological stress and said green tea consumption lessened that stress.
As reported by Nutraingredients.com:
“After adjusting their results for potential confounding factors, including age, sex, history of disease, BMI, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, diet, and other factors, a significant inverse association between green tea consumption and psychological distress was observed for people who drank at least five cups of green tea per day, compared to those who drank less than one cup per day.
Being an epidemiological study, the authors could not offer any evidence as to what the active constituents behind the apparent benefits could be. Further study is needed to elucidate the bioactives and mechanism of action.”
The active component EGCG (epogallocatechin gallate) in green tea had been previously associated with reduced physical and mental fatigue. This same component is credited with numerous other benefits of green tea.
Over the past several years, use of green tea in the West has skyrocketed, at least in part due to all of the new and promising research of its benefits. While green tea only accounts for 20% of the global tea production, it is said to contain four times the number of beneficial antioxidents as black tea.
From 2000 to 2003, the number of studies on green tea rose from 430 to 1500. There’s no doubt it’s grown exponentially since that time as well.
Getting five cups of green tea may be a challenge for many people, but there are ways to sneak more into your daily consumption. If you enjoy smoothies, for instance, use a cooled green tea instead of water or your regular liquid. Also, having tea after meals can aid in digestion and shut off your appetite.
Other foods to reduce stress include:
- Blueberries - Contain antioxidants and vitamin C, both of which help to lower stress.
- Broccoli - Contains B vitamins, which are known to relieve stress. Broccoli also possesses folic acid, also shown to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Pistachios, Almonds, and Walnuts – The B and E vitamins in almonds are great for relieving stress. They also contain stress-reducing magnesium and zinc. Walnuts and pistachios also help fight stress thanks to B vitamins.
- Dried Apricots – Also among foods to reduce stress, apricots are rich in magnesium, a known stress-fighter and a natural muscle relaxant.
by: Elizabeth Renter
June 28, 2012
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and is the sixth leading cause of death. But unlike heart disease, stroke, and other leading causes, no link has been established between Alzheimer’s disease and stress. But one study out of the U.K. hopes to discover if stress is among the many causes of Alzheimer’s.
Is Stress Among Causes of Alzheimer’s?
The study will be conducted at the University of Southhamptom and is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity that works to help those diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The scientists hope to determine whether or not there is a concrete link between Alzheimer’s disease and stress.
“All of us go through stressful events,” said lead researcher Professor Clive Holmes. “We are looking to understand how these may become a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s.”
If this study establishes a link between chronic stress or stressful events and the progression of Alzheimer’s, it could be another argument for today’s frazzled, average adult to find some stress-relieving outlets.
According to the study’s research manager, Ann Corbett:
“The study will look at the role chronic stress plays in the progression from mild thinking and memory problems—Mild Cognitive Impairment—to Alzheimer’s disease…We feel this is a really important area of research that needs more attention. The results could offer clues to new treatments or better ways of managing the condition. It will also be valuable to understand how different ways of coping with stressful life events could influence the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.”
Scientists plan to evaluate 140 people over the age of 50 diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, along with a control group of 70 people with no cognitive problems. They will measure their stress levels and stressful events, as well as their cognitive responses over an 18 month period. Blood will be tested throughout that time for the stress hormone cortisol.
According to the BBC, one related study involving 1,500 women over 35 years of age found that a 65% higher chance of developing dementia occurred when the female test subjects were exposed to repeated periods of stress during their middle age. Further showing that stress could be among causes of Alzheimer’s, other Scottish research also showed that memory problems could be the result of hormones released in response to stress.
While is is important to know the causes of Alzheimer’s, knowing how to treat, prevent, or slow the progression of the disease is also important. Even though Alzheimer’s is currently the only cause of death listed in the top ten for which there is ‘no cure’, research shows that simple dietary changes can be great for preventing the disease. For example, the many turmeric health benefits make the spice extremely valuable for helping to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s, and is great for preventing chronic disease.
There is a good chance that like so many other diseases, scientists will find a positive link between stress and Alzheimer’s. Here’s hoping that if they do, people will make the relatively easy lifestyle changes to reduce their stress levels rather than seek out a prescription drug to do it for them.
June 17, 2012
In the past, it was difficult to get an accurate measure of how stress had changed over time. This is because people 50 years ago simply didn’t measure stress levels; it wasn’t the concern that it is now. But because of the status quo, the need to make more money, gain more accolades, or simply pay the bills—stress has become harder to ignore.
Stress Levels Skyrocket Since 1983
In 1983, a telephone stress survey was conducted. Now, almost three decades later, we get to compare the results of that survey with current numbers to see how stress levels have changed through the years.
The results of the research are published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Carnegie Mellon University’s Sheldon Cohen and Denise Janicki-Deverts analyzed the data from the 1983 phone survey and compared it with online surveys from 2006 and 2009. Perhaps not surprisingly, they found that stress levels have gone through the roof.
Most people showed increased stress levels. But women, poor people and those with lower education levels reported more stress in each subsequent survey. The group that experienced the most stress related to the 2008-09 economic catastrophe were white, employed, middle-aged men with college degrees. Researchers surmise this could be because the group had the most to lose when the economy took a downturn.
According to USA Today, “stress increased 18% for women and 24% for men from 1983 to 2009.” They also found that stress tends to decrease as people age, with those in their 30s reporting lower stress levels than those in their 20s, and so forth. Nearly every demographic reported higher stress levels in the 2000s than in 1983, anywhere from 10 to 30% more.
This particular report has been called “more credible than most stress surveys because of its scientific methodology.” And I think most of us would agree that we are living in more stressful times now than 20 or 30 years ago. This is particularly concerning due to the fact that high stress levels have been linked to a 50% increased chance of premature death.
David Spiegel of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford University School of Medicine says, “Economic pressures are greater, and it’s harder to turn off information, and it’s harder to buffer ourselves from the world.”
He makes a good point. Not only do we, as modern adults, seem more preoccupied with getting more “stuff” and having more success, but we have a harder time escaping from the pressures of life. A vacation now isn’t what it was 30 years ago. We remain connected to our office, bill collectors, and everyone else with modern technology, and there really is only fleeting escapes from these constant demands. We are bombarded with reasons to stay stressed, if not from our own doings, than from mainstream media, making things like meditation, proper nutrition, and stress-blasting fitness all the more crucial.
Thankfully, there is information available you may use to understand how to destress.