How deep is the South Pacific and other oceans? What natural health secrets can be found?

November 12th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

The Ocean is a deep and scary world that is completely removed from most of our lives. In this video I explore just how deep the ocean actually is while discussing some of the strange life down there… and other just plain weird and odd things about the ocean.

Seaweeds are one of the most nutritionally dense foods in the plant kingdom and are an abundant source of minerals and beneficial polysaccharides.

Join Harmonic Arts Herbalist Angela Willard as she shares some of the Secrets to a Mermaids Vital Health and the benefits of working with Sea Vegetables.

100% Organic Supermarket? Aldi, German Giant to overtake Wholefood Markets with Rapid Expansion in 100% Non-GMO Organic Choices

November 12th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

 Aldi, the German chain with global reach, is in transition to overtake Wholefoods Markets as to carry the biggest range of organic products. The 100% Non-GMO Organic Supermarket plans are well underway. There are currently 1,500 Aldi stores in the U.S and the plan to open 500 more by 2018. Numerous news sources have explained the Aldi push for more organic, non gmo, gluten free, pestiside free naturals products are a big part of their expansion plans.

Aldi (stylized as ALDI) is a leading global discount supermarket chain with almost 10,000 stores in 18 countries, and an estimated turnover of more than €50 billion.

As of January 1st 2017, they will be removing 8 pesticides from all products on its U.S. stores shelves.

Chef Marcus Guiliano is an award-winning chef, green restaurateur, real food activist, professional speaker, restaurant consultant & ultra-marathoner. Devoting his career to a whole food, whole life approach, Chef Marcus has coined the phrase Eco-Lectic Cuisine. His youtube Video, Aldi Bans All Pesticides, Goes Organic, Rivals Whole Foods As Healthiest Grocery Store In The U.S. has created a lot of interest on Youtube with comments of praise and excitement from the channel viewers:

“Love Aldi’s, I shop there all the time, just hope their prices don’t go up lol! They are so much cheaper than Walmart it’s crazy”

“Good for Aldi. It the right direction for a big chain store to go!!”

“This is quite a shock. I went there years ago and all they sold was crap filled with chemicals.”

An article by Organic & Healthy Org has been shared 600,000 times explaining the amazing news for #organic and #nongmo shoppers.

The article explains Aldi’s commitment to organic and They are expanding their organic food brands,

Aldi has made a name for itself in recent years for being strict about removing certain pesticides and chemicals from its products, and they are going even further in their quest for quality.

The pesticides being removed are:

    Thiamethoxam
    Chlorpyrifos
    Clothianidin
    Cypermethrin
    Deltamethrin
    Fipronil
    Imidacloprid
    Sulfoxaflor

Business Insider has explained the impact on branding and growth for the Aldi Organic Supermarket concept; The grocery chain is expanding organic-food brands, removing some artificial ingredients from its products, and adding more gluten-free items in hopes of attracting more health-conscious shoppers.

A video by Leah Brooks shows a range of organic products at Aldi stores and her experience.

 

References for this post: 

http://www.businessinsider.com/aldi-is-fixing-is-biggest-weakness-and-that-should-terrify-whole-foods-2016-1

http://www.organicandhealthy.org/2016/11/aldi-goes-full-organic-bans-pesticides.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldi

 

 

Acid Blockers Cause Brain Damage, Kidney Disease?

June 7th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

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Increase the risk of Alzheimer’s by 50%? Kidney disease by up to 50%? Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the science shows. Over the years, we’ve written extensively about the dangers of stomach acid drugs—conventional medicine’s completely wrongheaded answer to stomach pain and acid reflux. Scientists aren’t certain what causes acid reflux, but a leading hypothesis is that it’s [...]
Acid Blockers Cause Brain Damage, Kidney Disease?
Increase the risk of Alzheimer’s by 50%? Kidney disease by up to 50%? Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the science shows.

Over the years, we’ve written extensively  about the dangers of stomach acid drugs—conventional medicine’s completely wrongheaded answer to stomach pain and acid reflux.

Scientists aren’t certain what causes acid reflux, but a leading hypothesis is that it’s caused by a stomach environment that is not acidic enough. The lack of acid in the stomach short-circuits the signal needed to close the pyloric valve.

Stomach pain apart from acid reflux may also be caused by a lack of stomach acid. It sounds counterintuitive, but the lack of acid leads to poor digestion, causing undigested food to ferment in the gut. This leads to painful intestinal gas and other symptoms of “bad bacteria” (such as helicobacter bacteria) taking hold. Here, too, more acid, not less, will help.

Despite this evidence, conventional medicine gives us proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat stomach pain and acid reflux, which work by eliminating  acid production—thus making the problem even worse .

Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t stop there. Recent studies have revealed a frightening spectrum of side effects caused by acid blockers:

A large study  published in JAMA Neurology  found PPIs to be linked with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that regular use of PPIs increased the risk for dementia by as much as 52% compared with nonusers.

Two new studies  have linked  acid blockers with chronic kidney disease. The increase in risk is cited as 20–50%.

Another study  found that PPIs may raise the risk of heart attack by 15–20%. Other studies have shown that PPIs damage the lining of blood vessels and thus promote cardiovascular events.

The link with pneumonia and other infectious diseases was established years ago. This may be because acid is a barrier to infectious organisms getting inside your body.

Because stomach acid helps digest food, too little stomach acid can lead to nutrient deficiencies (since it is harder for the body to extract minerals and vitamins from food) and food poisoning. Reduced calcium absorption, for instance, leaves people who regularly take PPIs susceptible to bone fractures.

It can also be hard to stop taking  PPIs once started. When patients stop taking them, fermentation can cause pain. It may also be hard to re-establish the ability to produce acid.

Given these dangers, why do doctors continue to suggest these drugs to their patients? As always, it is instructive to follow the money. Blockbuster drugs in this class such as Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium bring in billions of dollars each year and are some of the most widely prescribe d  drugs in the US. Nexium alone brings in about $6 billion a year . With so much money at stake, drug companies presumably do not want us to learn the truth, and drug companies are often the only source of information on the subject for doctors.

The good news is that stomach pain can be managed without using these dangerous drugs. Restoring stomach acid with hydrochloric acid supplements both helps the stomach signal the pyloric valve to close and also helps control the helicobacter bacteria. Lifestyle changes can also help reduce stomach pain and acid reflux, such as losing weight and eating a healthy diet.
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Ignoring Consumer Protests, FDA Throttles Medical Foods

June 7th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

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Want your doctor to help you manage your diabetes with specially formulated foods? The FDA says no way. Action Alert! What does your doctor know about nutrition and its ability to heal illness? That’s a good question for many conventional doctors, but most integrative doctors actually know a lot about it. And the FDA has [...]
Ignoring Consumer Protests, FDA Throttles Medical Foods
Want your doctor to help you manage your diabetes with specially formulated foods? The FDA says no way. Action Alert!

What does your doctor know about nutrition and its ability to heal illness? That’s a good question for many conventional doctors, but most integrative doctors actually know a lot about it. And the FDA has no business telling them what to do.

Recently, the FDA issued its final guidance on medical foods. In doing so, the agency completely ignored the many passionate comments from ANH-USA members and our allies. The agency has decided to severely restrict consumer access to medical foods—and is banning medical foods for diabetes patients.

Why? Presumably because the use of medical foods might interfere with Big Pharma profits. With the FDA, money always seems to be the same transparent motivation. In 2010, Americans spent $34.4 billion on prescription diabetes drug s . The drug industry is expected to make as much as $54 billion on diabetes drugs alone within the next four years.

“Medical foods,” by federal definition , aren’t simply a diet plan prescribed by a doctor. They are foods that are specifically formulated and processed for a sick patient.

Medical foods do not require FDA premarket approval. Manufacturers of such foods can make disease claims without random controlled trials. Medical foods do, however, have to follow current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs), facility registration, and other safety requirements.

The FDA’s final guidance drastically limits the number of medical conditions that medical foods can claim to help manage. Specifically:

The guidance uses “inborn errors of metabolism ” (IEMs) as the criterion for determining which diseases or conditions are included on the list.

For example, inherited biochemical disorders in which absence of an enzyme interferes with the metabolism of protein, fats, or carbohydrates would be treatable with medical foods.

Don’t get too excited, though—the guidance specifically excludes diseases resulting from essential nutrient deficiencies like scurvy and pellagra.

More to the point, the examples given by the agency that fit the new IEM standard are restricted to rare genetic conditions that affect a small fraction of people, and are not applicable for patients who have more common disorders, no matter how controllable the condition might be with medical foods.

Outrageously, the guidance specifically excludes diabetes—both type 1 and type 2, as well as gestational diabetes—because, according to the FDA, diabetes can be controlled by simply managing or tweaking one’s normal diet (together with taking FDA-approved drugs, of course). According to the FDA, type 1 diabetics should use carbohydrate counting or the carbohydrate exchange system to match their insulin dose to their carbohydrate intake. And type 2 diabetes patients should simply restrict calories, eat regularly, increase fiber intake, and limit their intake of refined carbohydrates and saturated fats—in addition to taking prescription diabetes drugs.

We applaud a food-based approach to controlling many chronic conditions, particularly diabetes, but the FDA’s specific advice to diabetics (like the agency’s decision to declare that a “healthy” American diet includes getting 10% of calories from sugars added during processing, as we reported recently ) is woefully out of date—and is therefore bad medicine. By contrast, nearly all integrative physicians and even many conventional doctors would argue that diabetes requires very aggressive nutritional intervention, and medical foods can be a part of the treatment plan, at least for some patients.

For example, this ingredient list  for the medical food for diabetes provides many of the essential nutrients required—including cinnamon, a number of specific vitamins, and plant sterols—all of which are essential toward managing diabetes. Now there won’t be any more medical food for diabetes.

Frankly, it’s outrageous that the FDA is able to override doctors’ judgment and tell them what’s necessary for their patients. It’s true that conventional physicians are often remarkably deficient in nutrition training and knowledge—but the FDA is even more deficient in that regard. You may recall that Congress conducted an audit of the FDA and concluded that the agency “cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak.”

This is yet another instance of the FDA inserting itself into the doctor-patient relationship—an illegal federal infringement on the practice of medicine, which is supposed to be regulated at the state level.

Action Alert! Tell Congress that the FDA is violating federal law in its interference with medical foods, and ask them to instruct the FDA to retract its guidance and listen to the consumers who have already clearly told the agency how important medical foods are to their health. Please send your message immediately!
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