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Pesticides in tap water, produce linked to food allergies

Pesticides in tap water, produce linked to food allergies

Pesticides in produce and drinking water may be playing a role in the increasing prevalence of food allergies, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 2,211 people and found those in the top 25% for urine concentrations of chemical dichlorophenols – used to chlorinate tap water and keep pests off produce - were also 80% more likely to have a food allergy. "Adults can develop food allergies even though they're not kids anymore," says allergist and study author Dr. Elina Jerschow. "Adult allergies to foods are on the rise. That certainly includes shellfish and fish allergies, but also peanuts. We don't know what influences this development. But having been exposed to dichlorophenols in our study suggests there could be some link."Researchers believe dichlorophenols may alter the composition of healthy bacteria growing in the human gut, which plays an active role in immune system functioning. It&…

Are pesticides and food allergies linked?

People who are exposed to higher amounts of chemicals used to chlorinate water and kill crop pests are also more likely to suffer from food allergies.
The new finding doesn't prove or even suggest that pesticides or water chlorination cause food allergies. But it's possible that a class of chemicals called dichlorophenols could alter the population of microbes in the human body, in turn influencing the immune system's reaction to food triggers.
"Both environmental pollution and the prevalence of food allergies are increasing in the United States," said lead author Elina Jerschow, a practicing allergist in New York City. "The results of this study suggest that these two phenomena might be linked."
In the United States, food allergies affect between 1 and 3 percent of adults and between six and eight percent of children, said Dr. Clifford Bassett, an allergist in New York City and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. And b…

What is GMO?


Is Your Olive Oil Pure?

Olive oil fraud is making the headlines after new research discovered that it may be the world's most mislabeled, misrepresented and downright impure food on grocery shelves. Worse, you'll recognize some of the brand names caught red-handed in the liquid gold scandal.

Olive oil fraud has been around since Roman times, and sadly, it has never really been controlled. The pr...
oblem: It's difficult and
costly to produce excellent olive oil, but easy to doctor it and rake in the profits. In the late 1990s, the European Union recognized olive oil as its most adulterated food; now, the U.S.

Pharmacopeial Convention has released a food fraud database that shows a similar state of affairs. Search the USP database for "olive oil," and you'll find all sorts of reported fraud. These generally fall into three types:
AdulterationUndoubtedly the most criminal type of fraud, and incredibly common. Olive oil is simply mixed, or replaced entirely, with cheaper oils like haze…

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Food for Strong Bones


Affordable Healthcare


Food for Strong Bones


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Food Vitamin Chart


Did You Know about NPEs?

DID YOU KNOW… that clothing made from non-organic cotton and other fabric may contain health-damaging substances called nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs)? NPEs are often discharged to waterways from textile factories. When NPEs enter the environment, they break down into an endocrine-disrupting chemical called nonylphenol (NP). NP accumulates in sediments and in wildlife.

Going Bananas!


Types of Flax


The Power of Ginger


Kale - the Superfood


We need Friendly Bacteria

DID YOU KNOW… that lack of beneficial gut bacteria can impact behavior? In a published study, it was found that mice that lacked beneficial bacteria in their gut showed different behavior compared to normal mice. This altered behavior was accompanied by neurochemical changes in the brains of the lab mice. 

Debunking 7 health myths

You’ve Always Heard That…
1. You Shouldn’t Cut Off the Bread’s Crust. It’s Full of Vitamins. The truth is: In a 2002 German study, researchers found that the baking process produces a novel type of cancer-fighting antioxidant in bread that is eight times more abundant in the crust than in the crumb. That said, it’s more important to serve whole-wheat bread, with or without the crust, because it’s all around higher in nutrients, such as fiber, says New York City nutritionist Keri Glassman, author of The O2 Diet). Make sure the ingredients list “100 percent whole-wheat flour.” Breads simply labeled “wheat” are usually made with a mixture of enriched white flour and whole-wheat flour and have less fiber.
2. If You Go Out With Wet Hair, You’ll Catch a Cold. The truth is: You will feel cold but will be just fine health-wise, says Jim Sears, a board-certified pediatrician in San Clemente, Calif., and a co-host of the daytime-TV show The Doctors. He cites a study done at the Common Cold Research…

18 Surprising Dairy-Free Sources of Calcium

Here’s a list of foods and beverages filled with calcium (no cows required!), along with recipes to help make them an everyday occurrence in a variety of meals.

Natural Calcium
1. Sardines: 321 mg (32% DV) in about 7 sardines fillets  There’s nothing fishy about sardines — they are one of the healthiest fish to munch on! Along with calcium, they also provide a hefty dose of omega 3’s and vitamin D. Try adding them to a Greek salad or eat em straight out of the can.
2. Canned Salmon: 232 mg (23% DV) in ½ can with bones (which provides the calcium!)  To avoid putting a dent in the wallet, canned salmon is a great way to go. Here’s the catch: It’s the bones in canned salmon that hold all the calcium, so they need to be mashed up right along with the salmon meat for all the benefits! But don’t get turned off just yet — the canning process softens the bones so they easily break apart and are unnoticeable when mixed in with the rest of the can’s contents. For a boost of calcium and omega 3’s, tr…

Metabolism myths

It’s seems like every fitness-expert wannabe has a website proclaiming he knows the secret way to turn your body into a fat-incinerating blast furnace.

Yeah, right.

Some myths about boosting metabolism are so prevalent that they’ve been repeated again and again via best-selling fitness books and popular magazines. You’ll hear personal trainers and nutrition counselors spew this information, as well.

Don’t believe it.

Here is a harsh, cold smack in the face for you: There are no secret tricks to boost metabolism.
Granted, we are talking about resting metabolism -- the calories you burn when you’re not active.

Getting active definitely revs things up temporarily, but thinking that all these other tricks you can employ are going to cause your body to burn a bunch of extra calories while you sleep or eat Cheetos or watch porn is a myth.

In reality, the act of getting in shape and, specifically, losing weight will cause your resting metabolism to go down. If you go from overweight, dou…

Mercury levels in our Fish


The power of Ginger

For over 2 thousand years Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger to help cure and prevent several health problems. It is known to promote energy circulation in the body while positively increasing the body's metabolic rate.
Here is a list of medicinal properties ginger has been known to have throughout history.
-anticlotting agent
-anti inflammatory -antiseptic
-circulatory stimulant
-increases blood flow
-promotes sweating
-relaxes peripheral blood vessels

Ginger is good for your health and has been said by some to be a plant directly from the Garden of Eden. It is also said that consuming Ginger before taking a plane flight can prevent motion sickness. It can make good tea, or you can use it as a spicy addition to almost any recipe.

Korean Ginseng


Eat those Colors!


Watch out for those High Heels!

X-Ray of foot in high heeled shoe.......!
Just look at the physical stress that is placed on the joints!!! It is very sad to see what people do to themselves "physically" in the name of fashion. Its harmful "morally" and also "physically" 
so STOP just coping blindly other fools....
2 lines of knowledge can make you more attractive than 2 inches of heel. Avoid it, YOUR health is more important

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5 Cancer fighting Spices


Certain Probiotics Easily Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The use of Antibiotics can create antibiotic resistant, super bugs. In fact, MRSA (multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is immune to many different antibiotics…and in some cases they are immune to all antibiotics known to man. However, certain probiotics can defeat these super bugs with ease. Probiotic bacteria and pathogenic bacteria have been fighting for billions of years. And healthy humans have the perfect environment for probiotic bacteria to beat pathogenic bacteria. The fact that humans have been surviving before the invention of antibiotics is proof of how powerful probiotics are. Take a look at how the Manufacture of Probiotics is crutial in producing High-quality probitoics.

Over 400 Strains Of Probiotics Live In Our Bodies

According to numerous research studies, there are well over 400 probiotic strains resident in our bodies. Some of these probiotics are permanent residents, and others are transient. Interestingly, only 20 strains account for 75% of the mass of bacteria that live in our bodies. Numerous scientists also argue that the combined DNA of our probiotic residents are more important to our survival than our own DNA.

You are what you eat!


Bacteria in guts of elderly differ from those of the young

We are teeming with microscopic life. Scientists recently reported on the billions of bacteria and fungi that grow inside us, finding a lot of diversity from person to person — and from spot to spot on the human body.

Those findings were in 242 young adults (ages 18 to 40) in exceptionally good health. Even gum disease was grounds for exclusion, as we noted in a news article at the time.

But what about older people?
It's known that their bacterial populations are less stable than those of younger people and that the gut flora of one elderly individual can differ greatly from that of another.

It's also known that the populations of bacteria growing inside them are less diverse than what’s seen in younger people. These changes are believed linked to events that take place as we grow older, such as a lengthening of the time it takes food to pass through our guts, reduced saliva production and others.

Now a new paper published in Nature offers a more detailed look at the gut flora of t…

Vitamin C May Lower Gout Risk in Men

New research suggests that the use of vitamin C supplements may help stave off gout in men.

A report in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicates that vitamin C intake of at least 1500 milligrams per day reduces the odds of gout by 45 percent compared with an intake of less than 250 milligrams per day.

Prior research has shown an inverse link between vitamin C and uric acid levels in the blood, but whether higher concentrations of the vitamin reduces the risk of gout was unclear, according to lead author Dr. Hyon K. Choi, from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and associates.

The findings come from a study of 46,994 men who were followed from 1986 to 2006 as part of the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. None of the subjects had a history of gout when the study began. Vitamin C intake was assessed with validated questionnaires every 4 years and gout was determined using American College of Rheumatology criteria.

During follow-up, 1317 men developed gout, the rese…

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Colors of Health


Too much TV linked with weaker kids

( The more TV kids watch in early life, the thicker they get around the waistline and the weaker their muscle strength, a new study finds.

It's no secret that watching TV is linked with some unhealthy outcomes in kids — previous studies have found that children who watch more television are more likely to eat junk food, have trouble sleeping and become obese — but the new study, published in BioMed Central's open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, establishes a link between screen time and specific measures of physical fitness. "We already knew that there is an association between preschool television exposure and the body fat of fourth grade children, but this is the first study to describe more precisely what that association represents," said senior author Dr. Linda Pagani, a researcher at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center, in a statement.
The researchers looked at 1,314 kids w…

Right to Know - GMO Foods


Can Your Beauty Products Cause Diabetes?

Beauty products are supposed to make you, well, beautiful, not sick. But you better be careful with certain nail polishes, hair sprays, soaps, and fragrances. These products can contain chemicals called phthalates, which may increase a woman’s risk of diabetes, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

We know that unhealthy diets and lack of exercise can boost your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, but now recent studies have found a correlation between high levels of phthalates and diabetes. The chemicals may hurt your endocrine system by interrupting normal hormone processes necessary for regulating blood sugar.

In this particular study, researchers analyzed urine samples of 2,350 women who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. After analyzing the amount of phthalates in the samples, they found that women with the highest levels of phthalates were nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes as those with…