Category Archives: Health and Wellness

How to Get Arsenic Out of Your Rice

By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze

When you think of the heavy metal arsenic, does it make you think of an old Cary Grant movie or a 48 Hours Mystery Or perhaps more recently – making an unfortunate appearance in gluten-free diets everywhere. That’s because arsenic is in our environment and gets soaked up into rice like a straw as it is grown in flooded fields.

Arsenic can build up in the body – mostly undetected – until late stage poisoning symptoms finally manifest as hair loss, confusion, cancer, renal failure, liver disease, hyperpigmentation, edema, convulsions, vomiting, diarrhea, trouble swallowing, muscle cramps, blood in urine, profuse sweating and saliva, saliva that tastes metallic, and breath that smells like garlic. Continue reading How to Get Arsenic Out of Your Rice

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You Are Free Through Food And Water

By Paul A. Philips, Thanks to Natural Blaze

One of the many brutal truths about humans is that although it’s something we cannot do without, most of us are quite ignorant when it comes to knowing how our food and water is obtained. Spending very little time with nature, many of us have practically no knowledge of how to achieve food and water self-sufficiency.

We have allowed ourselves to become a mutant race: A major reason for our disconnection from Mother Nature and the resulting inability to be self-sufficient is that we have become overly dependent and taken over by electronics. We have become brainwashed into eking out our narrow everyday existences forever hooked into computers, TVs, cell phones, mp3’s and ‘smart’ (dumb) technologies, threatening our health and wellbeing… Continue reading You Are Free Through Food And Water

These Amazing Benefits Are Yours When You Drink Water on an Empty Stomach

By Christina Sarich, The Mind Unleashed

What if one of the simplest practices imaginable could crank up your health to a brand new level? What if you could start this practice tomorrow, first thing in the morning, before your eyes have even really opened, before you’ve brushed your teeth, and before you’ve had that coveted cup of coffee? It’s called the water treatment, and the Japanese culture has been practicing it for hundreds of years with some pretty astounding results.

Before I explain exactly how you do this mind-numbingly easy practice, you should know that the Japanese medical society found first-thing-in-the-morning-water-drinking as an assistant to curing the following diseases: Continue reading These Amazing Benefits Are Yours When You Drink Water on an Empty Stomach

Dirty Dozen List of Fruits and Veggies With Most Pesticides 2017

By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze

Avoid The Top 12 List Of Fruits And Veggies Ridden With Pesticides

Not all of us can afford organic produce, that’s why the annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” list is so helpful when we navigate grocery stores and farmers markets.

For the last 13 years, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a health watchdog group, has published the top dirty dozen – that is, produce with the most pesticide residues.  They also publish 15 clean counterparts, those fruits and veggies with the lowest or undetectable residues.

Interestingly, the USDA and FDA tests 35,200 produce samples to get these results that are then compiled in an easy-to-understand manner by  EWG. Since these tests are done on washed, store produce, you can be better sure that the pesticide readings match what you find in the store since they are not taken directly from the field. Continue reading Dirty Dozen List of Fruits and Veggies With Most Pesticides 2017

Gluten-Free Diet Can Expose You to More Heavy Metals Like Mercury

By Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze

According to a new report in the journal Epidemiology, people who eat a gluten-free diet may actually be at higher risk for exposure to arsenic and mercury.

This is quite concerning considering the growing popularity of the gluten-free diet with a quarter of Americans having gone gluten-free in 2015. That was a 67% increase from 2013.

The cause for the increased risk for arsenic and mercury exposure, however, is not necessarily a result of the gluten-free diet itself. Instead, it appears to be due to the fact that many gluten-free products contain rice flour as a substitute for wheat. Rice has been known to bioaccumulate both arsenic and mercury, as well as other toxic heavy metals, from water, soil or fertilizers. Continue reading Gluten-Free Diet Can Expose You to More Heavy Metals Like Mercury

Black Seed May Treat Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s Disease), Clinical Trial Reveals

By Sayer Ji, Wake Up World

A recent clinical trial indicates that Hashimoto’s disease, the most common form of hypothyrodism, may be improved by adding only two grams of powdered black seed to your daily diet. 

A powerful new randomized clinical trial reveals that the ancient healing food known as nigella sativa (aka “black seed”), once known as the “remedy for everything but death”, may provide an ideal treatment for the autoimmune thyroid condition known as Hashimoto’s disease, which is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.

The new study, published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, evaluated the effects of nigella sativa on patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and in particular, assessed thyroid function, serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) – 1, Nesfatin -1 and anthropometric features using a randomized controlled trial. Continue reading Black Seed May Treat Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s Disease), Clinical Trial Reveals

Mercury in Compact Fluorescent Lights is Contaminating Homes and Environment

By Pedro Aquila, Waking Times

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s) are contaminating homes and the environment with mercury. They contain much higher amounts of mercury than other typical factors in the poisoning of people, often with many milligrams of mercury, whereas other factors in mercury poisoning are usually measured in micrograms. Thousands of times more than other typical mercury contaminants.

The damage done to people and the environment by mercury is well documented in papers found at sites like PubMed. According to a paper titled: Current approaches of the management of mercury poisoning: need of the hour”:  Continue reading Mercury in Compact Fluorescent Lights is Contaminating Homes and Environment

Mercury Dental Amalgams Are Linked to Chronic Illness, Fatigue, Depression and Anxiety

By Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze

It might seem surprising to some but in 2017 there is still debate in the medical community as to whether or not dental mercury amalgams are safe.

Despite voluminous amounts of evidence suggesting that mercury fillings are incredibly toxic, many dentists and medical doctors maintain that there is no major side effects from their usage. However, an article published in Neuroendocrinology Letters back in 2014 shows that the mercury filling hold outs are standing in stark opposition to the evidence.

The researchers for the article set out to review the evidence surrounding a possible link between mercury exposure from dental amalgams and certain chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, depression and suicide. Continue reading Mercury Dental Amalgams Are Linked to Chronic Illness, Fatigue, Depression and Anxiety

5 Things That Happen When You Quit Eating Sugar

via Body Mind Soul Spirit

First, let’s set the record straight by saying that sugar in and of itself isn’t evil, per se. It occurs naturally in plenty of foods, including fruits and milk. With that being said, adding excess sugar to your dietary intake simply isn’t necessary. In fact, you’ll notice numerous positive things happen when you decide to quit sugar for life.

Although people living in the Western world have been trained to desire sugary treats, as well as foods that include copious amounts of sugar for flavoring, we certainly don’t need it. If you stop eating anything but naturally occurring sugars, you’ll notice that 5 very distinctive things will happen. Continue reading 5 Things That Happen When You Quit Eating Sugar

The Top 40 Disease-Fighting Fruits & Vegetables Revealed

By Melissa Breyer,Tree Hugger, Thanks to Conscious Life News

This nifty list ranks popular plant foods by the 17 nutrients thought to lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.

At this point the advice to eat fruit and vegetables for optimal health has been roundly hammered into our heads – but where do we go from there? Once we’ve embraced the idea of plants on the plate, is their further room for improvement? To take it to the next level, Jennifer Di Noia, associate professor of sociology at William Paterson University, took an in-depth look at the nutrient profiles of 47 fruits and vegetables. Continue reading The Top 40 Disease-Fighting Fruits & Vegetables Revealed