EWG’s 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce!
Dr. Francesca Grifo (the Union of Concerned Scientists) recommends buying from small, local, organic food producers and doing research—i.e., I found http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org. I asked Jeanette McNelis to report on her research on food safety:
Consumers need to start reading the ingredients on their purchases. Genetically engineered seeds (corn, soy, canola, etc.), owned by large pesticide companies, have made their way, unlabeled (except for Europe), into the majority of our food supply. Check out the following sources:
*The author of Seeds of Deception, Jeffrey Smith is the world’s leading consumer advocate. He gives us four suggestions: Buy organic/local. Look for Non-GMO verified seals. Avoid risky ingredients (invisible GM ingredients such as fructose, dextrose, glucose, Nutra-sweet, Equal) http://www.responsibletechnology.org/ Check out the GMO shopping guide and http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com.
*John Robbins, award-winning author (Diet For a New America and Food Revolution), wrote an article worth reading: “Is Your Favorite Ice Cream Made With Artificial Hormones?” (http://www.johnrobbins.info/)
*www.organicconsumers.org also aims to educate the food consumer with many articles. Do your family a favor by knowing what you are eating and by making healthy choices.
Food Health Tips
Even if you’re a healthy weight, manage stress well, and exercise daily, if you eat Twinkies, white bread, colas, margarine, and blackened fatty meat, that physical assault on the body will take its toll. Poor diet is linked to 20% of heart disease and stroke deaths and 30% of cancer and diabetes deaths. We need to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, although about two-thirds of Americans don’t include this much in our diet.
Eat organic unprocessed foods, preferably grown locally. Avoid all white foods: sugar, flour, rice, fried potatoes, etc. Suggest healthy alternatives for snacks at work meetings—no pastries. Professor Michael Pollan says to only eat food your great-grandmother would recognize as food. He suggests pay more and eat less to get quality food.
Doctors give advice about how to use food as a medicine, as in Dr. Andrew Weil’s books. He suggests regularly eating garlic, ginger, soy bean products, flax seed and salmon (for omega-3 fatty acids), green tea, broccoli and many other fruits and vegetables, as well as taking antioxidant vitamin supplements. He suggests these tonics for the immune and cardiovascular system (in Spontaneous Healing): garlic, ginger, green tea, milk thistle (for liver), astragalus, ginseng, Don Quai (for women), Ho Shou Wu (blood purifier), and maitake and cordyeops mushrooms. Weil’s recommendation for basic supplements is to take vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, B-complex, and selenium. Only 1 in 8 Americans get enough nutrients and vitamins. In Healthy Aging (Knopf, 2005), Weil explains the aging process and how to slow it down. Also see Dr. James Balch and Mark Stengler, ND’s Prescription for Natural Cures, and Prescription for Drug Alternatives: All-Natural Options for Better Health without the Side Effects. Also Phyllis Balch, Prescription for Nutritional Healing.
*Gary Null’s book Power Foods lists these as top on his list:
Almonds, oranges, bananas, blueberries, onions, garlic, ginger, legume like black beans, carrots, peppers, shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes, leafy greens, soy, and whole grains. He uses spelt flour in his recipes.
*Brigitte Mars suggests these foods: Uma is made from plums, is an antiseptic, an alkaline food which neutralizes sugar, breaks down lactic acid generated by exercise, and is an anti-oxidant. It aids digestion and counteracts motion sickness, gas, headaches, and food poisoning. Fermented food like miso and unpasteurized sauerkraut assists with healthy flora. Miso assists with increasing the energy level. Sea vegetables (sea weed) have valuable trace minerals; wash well to remove pollutants. Eat green leafy vegetables and dark-colored orange fruit and vegetables (such as carrots and squash). Almonds, garbanzo beans and oatmeal contain laetrile, which may help fight cancer, as may red clover, licorice root, burdock, chaparral, pau d’arco, and echinaea. However, beans may be hard to digest. Garlic fights bacteria and fungus and it’s good for the lungs (drink peppermint tea or eat parsley to prevent garlic breath). Shiitake (or oak) mushrooms fight tumor growth and viruses, and produce more T and B cells to fight attacks on the immune system.
I did a phone interview with Ms. Mars to update her tape information. Mars’ emphasis is eating raw food, because it has the most energy. Raw foods have more life force, which is why roasted sunflower seeds won’t sprout. She suggests eating apples rather than applesauce, for example, and avoiding processed, refined, and cooked foods. She recommends the website http://www.rawfood.com, which mentions an informative book, The Sun Food Diet and Success System by David Wolfe. For a year Mars has eaten only raw food; as a result she’s frequently been told, “you look 10 years younger,” her skin is perfect, she has lost weight, doesn’t get cramps, and can eat as much as she wants. Her book on raw foods is Rawsome, Basic Health.
More super foods (from a book of that title by Health Magazine):
Cancer prevention: beets, blueberries, broccoli and cabbage, garlic and onions, green tea, hot peppers, citrus fruit, soybeans, spinach, tomatoes, and winter squashes.
Heart health: apples and pears, avocados, beans, blackberries and raspberries, cantaloupe, carrots and sweet potatoes, celery, fish, grapes, olive oil, and shrimp. Diabetes: artichokes, beans, whole grains, wheat bran.
Stomach: bananas, ginger, prunes, rice, yogurt.
Eyes: spinach, corn, bell peppers.
Infection: cranberries, mushrooms, oysters.
Powerful antioxidants include cranberries, nuts and seeds, salmon, eggs, carrots, broccoli, berries, and red grapes, according to cookbook writer Lisa Turner.
Food Dos and Don’ts
*Polluted fish and shellfish
*Food combine (eat fruit alone as it requires different enzymes than starch enzymes).
*Eat when stressed, as the nutrients will not be absorbed. Stress hinders proper digestion and over time can cause acidic build-up.
*Eat a large meal before going to sleep, as the body needs this time to re-build. *Take ephedera, mahaung, or foti, herbs that are like “speed.” Don’t take kava for more than six months at a time.
*Soda pop, deep-fried foods, fast food, peanuts (aflatoxins), soft drinks (phosphoric acid may weaken bones), charred red meat, sugar and artificial sweeteners (Aspartame is sold as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.).
*Refined foods (white flour, rice and sugar; the latter robs the body of calcium and vitamin B1). Substitute sweeteners from grains and concentrated fruit juice.
*Fruit juices’ sugar content over-stimulates the pancreas and can make us feel “spacey.” Sugar switches on a genetic sequence that increases production of insulin and shortens lifespan, while decreased insulin increases the lifespan, at least in worms studied by University of California at San Francisco professor Cynthia Kenyon.
*Commercial red meat (high fat, residues of antibiotics, hormones, insecticides, etc.)
*Margarine and other hydrogenated fats.
*Read food labels.
*Use olive oil or butter instead of margarine or Crisco.
*Aim for mostly alkaline foods, as an acidic body is more likely to get ill. Alkaline foods are all vegetables and many fruits. Acids are meat, dairy products, and sugars.
*Consume antioxidants which fight aging damage caused by free radical oxygen in the body: olive oil, fruits and vegetables including broccoli (cruciferous vegetables fight cancer), tomatoes, carrots, purple grapes, apples, prunes, blueberries, garlic, spinach, green tea (also strengthens insulin’s ability to control blood sugar), nuts, and whole grains help stabilize blood sugar. Also, eat flax seeds or oil, salmon and other fatty fish containing omega-3 oil (fights most chronic diseases). Oatmeal’s fiber lowers cholesterol. Season food with ginger, garlic, turmeric, and onions.
*Drink eight glasses of unpolluted water day, even when not thirsty. It’s necessary to flush out toxins and wastes. A water filter or bottled water is usually required to drink pure water. Use a metal water container rather than plastic.
*Anti-tumor foods include sea vegetables, turmeric, shitake and reishi mushrooms, and cruciferous vegetables.
*As many men get prostrate cancer as women get breast cancer. Preventative foods and herbs are: avocados, salmon, tuna, tomato sauce, and soluble fiber as in beans, saw palmetto, and soy.
*Learn about uses of herbs, such as Echinacea to work with the immune system, hawthorn as a heart tonic, and garlic as a natural antibiotic.
*Have two to three bowel movements a day to eliminate your three meals. If not, consider a colon cleanser containing psylilum and other natural ingredients. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables that contain enzymes needed for digestion.
*Breast cancer may be prevented by regular exercise, low-fat diet, fermented soy foods, folic acid and selenium, and avoiding alcohol. Life Extension recommends for breast health: IC3 (Indole-3-Carbinol), turmeric, green tea, conjugated linolic acid, melatonin at bedtime, selenium, CoQ10, and vitamins A, D, C, E. Cancer feeds on sugar so avoid even concentrated fruit juices. (mix with mineral water)
Chiropractor Susan Kissinger believes the main cause of disease is toxicity caused by: drinking water, vaccines and flu shots that contain mercury and aluminum associated with brain deterioration, commercial dairy products, white sugar (use rice syrup and stevia instead), sugar substitutes, food additives, synthetic vitamins and minerals (get minerals from kelp power and seaweed), rancid oils as in potato chips (use hemp, flax and olive oil), chemicals in soaps and other household products, unnecessary prescription drugs, microwaves and irradiated foods, coffee and alcohol.
To detox she fasts with this drink: 2T of lemon juice, 1 tsp. of maple syrup, and a pinch of cayenne pepper in warm pure water [http://themastercleanse.org/]. Fiber foods to cleanse the intestines are fruits, vegetables, whole grains (not wheat flour which is like glue), legumes, and nuts and seeds. Dr. Kissinger recommends eating mostly raw vegetables and fruits, ground flax seeds, spirolina, fresh bee pollen, fresh wheat grass, and kelp. She juices fruits and vegetables. Fruit should be eaten alone, while protein and carbohydrates/starches should not be eaten at the same meal.
*Supplements: To support the adrenals, vitamins B, C, pantothenic acid, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Selenium helps with anxiety (found in Brazil nuts). B vitamins are found in leafy green vegetables, oatmeal, and whole grains (avoid wheat).
*To relax with calming herbs try chamomile, cinnamon, fennel, gotu kola, lemon balm, licorice root, and passionflower. Other herbs are ginseng, valerian, hops, oatstraw, motherwort, marshmallow, and skullcap. Animal research indicates that Rhodiala rosea reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers reported reducing anxiety and stress in mice by feeding them probiotics. The probiotics influenced the vegus nerve in the gut, which influences the production of GABA in the brain. When anxious, take probiotics or eat plain yogurt.
*Tonics include ginseng, gynostemma, chaga, and rhodiola rosea. The amino acid L-theanine is said to stimulate alpha waves for relaxation. To energize, American ginseng, dong quai, licorice and ginger.
*Support the immune system with astragalus, eleuthero, garlic, mushrooms (cordyceps, maitake, reishi, shitake), and probiotics such as yogurt.
*Stress (adrenaline) causes blood sugar levels to fluctuate, triggering cravings and anxiety. Don’t eat sugar; eat complex carbohydrates.
*To aid digestion, consume bromelain and pancreatin and other enzymes. Also, peppermint tea is good for the stomach.
Kevin Trudeau. More Natural Cures Revealed.
He believes drug companies want us to be sick and fund studies trying to discredit natural cures with herbs and such. They hide the truth about drug dangers, just as tobacco companies hired doctors to appear in ads touting the benefits of smoking. He also faults junk food producers. Trudeau’s book offers an alternative, in terms of natural cures. As a reporter and researcher, he recommends:
Avoid the following toxins: pork, farm=raised fish, Teflon and other nonstick and carbon steel cooking ware, antibiotics (cause Candida; see Jeff McCombs’ book, Lifeforce for Candida cleanse), aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, white sugar and flour, MSG, shell fish, microwaved food, hydrogenated oils, homogenized and pasteurized dairy products, fluoride, sun block and other body care products you wouldn’t eat (including DEA, propylene glycol, sodium lareth sulfate), anti-perspirants, fluorescent lighting, and dry cleaning.
Use: coral calcium, natural sunlight (vitamin D), juicer, organic fruits (effective juices include noni, gogi, aloe vera, acai, and mangosteen) and vegetables, organic cleaning supplies, hepa filter vacuum cleaner, air purifier, organic Kosher meat, natural Vitamin E, omega 3 oils, liquid colloidal minerals, organic honey and bee pollen, digestive enzymes, magnet jewelry and mattress, Feng shui, and laughter.
Trudeau’s Specific Cures
Anti-aging: accai fruit from the Amazon
Cancer: oxygenate the body to prevent cancer: food grade hydrogen peroxide, mixed
tocopherol vitamin E, garlic. Also avoid toxins listed above. He believes cancer is caused by (in this order): toxins, nutritional deficiencies, electromagnetic chaos, emotional stress that creates an acidic body. For breast cancer: flaxseed oil, vitamin D.
Constipation: castor oil
Digestion and acid reflux: 1 T of organic apple cider vinegar and
digestive enzymes (including betaine hydrochloric acid) before eating.
Weight loss: eat a good breakfast to get metabolism moving. Hot peppers (salsa) and ginger help with this. Take virgin coconut oil, 1 T. in the morning and one in the late afternoon, digestive enzymes, 1T. raw organic apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp. of coconut oil before meals (coconut stimulates the thyroid), yerba matte tea (3-4 cups a day)
He also advocates Aryurveda, chiropractic, energy healing, and healing
machines such as the Rife machine and the multi-wave oscillator.