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2012/07/18

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FDA Bans BPAs in Baby Bottles. But Will Other Plastics Follow?

In a surprising twist, the FDA has finally banned BPA compounds in plastics when manufacturing baby bottles and “sippy” cups. It is still, however, allowing baby food containers, and all other plastics to contain them. And how can we avoid the negative side affects since we’re probably not getting rid of plastics any time soon? I use a few simple methods which I can go into momentarily.

Why is BPA bad? Research shows that this chemical used in making plastics mimics estrogen, and that the body cannot tell the difference between this “xeno-estrogen” and the real thing. Increased estrogen leads to testosterone imbalances in men and a number of problems along with it, and increases risks of breast cancer, menopausal problems and other issues in women.

It’s no small victory this has finally been eliminated from children’s products in the States. BPAs are believed to have serious possible side effects on the development of fetuses, infants and toddlers, disturbing hormone balances. Knowing all of this, though, one is befuddled by why these are considered okay for adults, and why the FDA would only ban children’s products.

The disappointing revelation is that the agency appears only to have banned this because the industry was asking them to. Most plastics manufacturers have already banned BPAs from children’s products over concerns expressed by scientists and vocal parents, and wanted it made known that they have addressed it. So the FDA continues to serve often times as a representative of business, and not the health of the American consumer.

The GREATEST revelation rising from all of this, I believe, is that it shows the power of the people to affect change. Some may prefer that positive change would come first from the agency that is supposed to protect us, but even if they fail, our voices are heard and consumers can make them listen. If our government too often serves big business, then we just have to make sure big business is serving us.

Never has this been so poignant as it is now with the upcoming “Label GMOs” bill in California, which, if passed will require the labeling of all genetically modified foods on their packaging, and will likely spread nationwide in a short time.

So how can one protect themselves? We can’t recommend anyone do anything specifically, but avoiding BPA plastics is an obvious start. Here are a few handy tricks & tools of the trade I use.

• Phase out plastics: I gradually began phasing out plastic cups for glass and ceramics. I am more likely to hang on to glass jars and containers, and grab those if I need a container on the go rather than a styrofoam, Tupperware or plastic travel mug. Since they’re leftovers from food or drinks I bought, it’s no problem if I need to dispose of them in a public recycling bin the way I would a paper cup.

• Use BPA-Free Plastics: When I do use plastics, I try to use only BPA free. These are very common now, and just like how they were eliminated from children’s products long before the FDA required it, manufacturers are supplying the demand for non-toxic plastics from adults – you just need be on the lookout for it. Generally BPA-free plastics aren’t supposed to be put under extreme heat, so keep that in mind when using your dishwasher.

• Tribulus: I have a little tribulus a few times a week to help counter the effects of all the xeno-estrogens bombarding my environment and body. This is because Tribulus is an herb that is supposed to give your body what it needs to make the proper amount of testosterone naturally. If you’re out of balance, it is “adaptogenic” and shown to get your system in check. Unlike synthetic hormones, or hormone replacements, it only makes what’s needed – an important function as any extra testosterone the body can’t utilize becomes, yup… more estrogen.

• Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli is especially shown to block the absorption (or manufacturing – not sure of the term there) of estrogen and xeno-estrogens. Other veggies in this family include cauliflower, kale & brussel sprouts.

Creating little protocols like this for yourself and making them a regular part of your lifestyle is key to living a natural, optimal life in the modern world.

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2012/06/24

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SUMMER TIME SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE IMMUNE BOOSTER 5000!

Here’s a smoothie recipe with a bit of a kick perfect for Summer, as well as a great booster for the immune system.

As those of you who read this know I’m not big on specific measurements – so adjust to your personal tastes.

– Pineapple chunks: some frozen some not

– Frozen mango chunks

– Coconut water

– Aloe-vera juice

– MSM / Vitamin C mix (I used Dr. K’s MC-G)

– Spinach (I actually freeze with the fruit – a great way to pile on a LOT of veg without that veggie taste)

– Cilantro – about 1/3 of a “bunch”

Blend. Drink. Yum.

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2012/06/19

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Have a Hard Time Meditating? Here’s a Trick.

“If you don’t have 10 minutes a day to meditate, you need an hour.”  Here’s a very simple meditation trick I developed that may help you finally clear your mind. I’ll first tell you what I do and then we can go over the “why” behind it. Rather than trying to calm the mind so […]

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2012/06/05

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Food is expensive. Not “Organic” Food. Always Has Been.

It’s high time we change our thinking as a nation when it comes to the cost of food. America pays less for food than any other civilized society, and we pay less a percentage of our own income towards food than at any other time in our history, despite the rising inflation. Or do we? […]

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2012/06/03

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A Delicious Frosty “Rawsty”

I think that I just invented a healthy raw version of the “Frosty”. This is already a common way to make raw vegan ice cream I’m sure, but try it and see if you get the same results! – Three frozen peeled bananas – Two heaping big spoons of raw cacao powder – A generous […]

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2012/05/29

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History’s Short Life Expectancy Myth

It’s commonly believed that just a few generations ago people died much earlier than they do now. That if you were 40 you were considered an old man or woman. I’m here to tell you that simply isn’t true… sort of. People did die often at young ages, but it was not from sickness. A […]

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2012/05/23

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The Calcium Myth?

A rising problem is the loss of bone density in both men and women. Especially women. The common remedy is taking a calcium supplement. But it’s worth doing your own research on new information that reveals the body may not use that calcium to restore bones the way we thought. Rather the body may create […]

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2012/05/21

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The Most Amazing Colon Cleanser Out There (Yup… Talkin’ About Poop Today)

What’s up, insurgents? Yup, we’re gonna talk about poop. Rather, about getting poop OUT of you. We don’t like talking about it because it’s gross and embarrassing. Well, then you should want less of it hanging out inside your body causing problems. How do you know if you need to get rid of some? Easy. […]

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2012/05/18

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Superfood Superforce

Yeah, I am aware how nerdy this is. Too late, though. It’s happening. Big Pharma beware!

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2012/05/14

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Should You Ditch Sunscreen for… Seeds?

I was watching The Doctors the other day, the syndicated show, and couldn’t help but argue with the television as I heard them recommending a regiment to prevent skin cancer in the Summer, basically by hiding from the sun like a vampire. Of course if you spend TOO much time in the sun it can […]

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2012/05/01

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My Elite Green Task Force / Morning Chemical Cocktail

Hello, faithful blog readers! I got all my little green soldiers lined up to kick ass and fight the Health Insurgence for me throughout the week. No, these aren’t little plastic green army men, they’re more like a super soldier formula. Just a couple things that jumped out at me this week I thought worth […]

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2012/04/27

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Does Being TOO Health-Conscious Shorten Your Life?

Recently an article was released touting studies that show those who abstain from alcohol completely tend to liver shorter lives than thos who drink in moderation. http://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/stories/study-abstaining-from-alcohol-significantly-shortens-life What this really comes down to isn’t the alcohol specifically, but keeping some common threads with the society that surrounds you. We’re social creatures, even those of us […]

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2012/04/11

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The Selfish Reason to Smile

Yeah, I know this sounds like a hippy feel good intro. Well, it is, kind of. But don’t worry, there’s lots of cold hard science and stern thought that went into it! And knowing just a few basics about it can help you. :] Funny, isn’t it, how such as simple emoticon can indicate in […]

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2012/04/06

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The Great Water Debate

It’s well accepted now in the natural health community that we can all agree tap water is full of chemicals and additives no one wants in their body. Fluoride accumulates in the brain and calcifies the pineal gland. Chlorine is a halogen that impairs iodine’s ability to function and thus the thyroid, and seeps through […]

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2012/04/04

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Are Anti-Biotics and Antacids Contributing to Depression? My Gut Tells Me Yes

First let me start off topic – I just finished listening to a great interview on Coast to Coast AM with the director of Food Matters and natural health evangelist Daniel Vitalis. Great stuff, and highly recommended. One of the key things Vitalis said when asked “What isTHE most unhealthy food someone can eat?” was […]

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2012/03/31

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Protecting Yourself from Hospital Errors May Save Your Life

A great audio interview came through today from Dr. Mercola’s library, interviewing Dr. Andrew Saul. This is a rundown of precautions to take, and things to know before you are forced to undergo any serious hospital stay or surgery (or even minor visits). Did you know that you, the patient, are the most powerful authority […]

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2012/03/29

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Super Coffee Powers – without Super Caffeination

I love coffee. Real coffee.  I love the taste, the smell, the ritual of grinding the beans and brewing a pot. And yes I love the kick. But I’m not a slave to caffeine. I know I’m not alone in this coffee love affair. So if I’m gonna drink it, how can I make it […]

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2012/03/26

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Dislike the Dentist and Heart Attacks? Magnesium May be Your Friend.

When you have as many supplements available to you as I’ve had of late, it’s sometimes difficult to narrow the selection down to just a few that you’d want to keep if forced to. Magnesium, though, is quickly becoming one of those “If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have…” type […]

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