Biodegradable straw made from MANGO peel wins first prize in university science fair and offers an eco-friendly solution to the scourge of plastic pollution

http://Two students in Mexico won first prize at a science fair for their work  

  • Year-long project resulted in ability to turn discarded mango peel into straws 
  • Creators say it is thicker than a normal straw and retains a smell of mango  

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Healing foods and your emotional state: 5 Natural ways to heal health complaints, regardless of what they are

The quest for effective remedies to different health conditions is a never-ending one, but it isn’t wise to rely on pharmaceutical medication. After all, drugs are often linked to adverse side effects. Continue reading

Buyer Beware: GMO Stevia Is Everywhere

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  • Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana), a perennial shrub native to South America, has a long history of use as a natural sweetener. Steviol glycosides, including rebaudiosides A, D and M are what provide the sweet taste, with Reb A being the sweetest
  • Despite hundreds of years of safe use of stevia, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has labeled stevia leaf and crude stevia extracts “unsafe food additives,” granting GRAS status to certain high-purity steviol glycosides only
  • Genetically engineered (GE) versions of stevia have also received the green light for widespread and unregulated use in food
  • Cargill’s EverSweet contains Reb D and Reb M made from GE yeast fermentation, yet is marketed as “nonartificial”
  • If you want a stevia-based sweetener that is actually made from the plant, opposed to GE yeast, you have to make sure it’s certified organic

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Can Water Be Used As A Form Of EMF Protection?

In 2005, a young lady shared with Gary how her mother had been healed of cancer by eating a raw food diet. Continue reading

Why the Milk Monopoly Is Faltering

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  • Dean Foods, the largest dairy processor in the U.S., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November 2019. Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) — the largest dairy co-op in the U.S. — may end up buying Dean Foods, forming an even larger dairy monopoly
  • The merger would pose a serious conflict of interest for dairy farmers, as DFA is supposed to advocate for farmers but would end up being a processor. As such, they’d have an interest in keeping milk prices low, at the detriment of the dairy farmers they represent
  • Milk is a perfect example of how your choices are being restricted for no other reason than to benefit big business. Raw milk is banned in many states on the basis of claims that it may make you sick. In sharp contrast to the U.S., many European countries sell raw milk in vending machines
  • In recent years, an increasing number of Americans have embraced organics and everything that goes with it, including minimal processing, higher nutrient density, fewer chemical contaminants, animal welfare, food safety and environmental regeneration
  • The dairy monopoly doesn’t seem to understand modern consumers, as it ignores all of the concerns that have brought organics from a small specialty niche into mainstream prominence. The failure to give consumers what they want is killing the dairy industry

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Stevia leaves can potentially be used for improving Type 2 diabetes

Stevia rebaudiana, a member of the Asteraceae family, is widely known as a natural sweetener. Also called candyleaf, sweet leaf or sugarleaf due to its sweet-tasting leaves, Continue reading

How the Dairy Mafia Destroyed Dairy Farmers

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  • Dean Foods, one of the biggest dairy companies in the U.S., has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Dean Foods is in talks with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the largest dairy co-op in the U.S., about a possible acquisition
  • The merger would pose a serious conflict of interest for dairy farmers, as DFA is supposed to advocate for farmers but would end up being a processor
  • As such, DFA would have an interest in keeping milk prices low, at the detriment of the more than 13,000 dairy farmers they represent
  • Many are asking what “killed” Dean Foods, blaming its downfall on everything from plant-based milk alternatives and millennials’ apparent distaste for milk to increased availability of other beverages
  • What’s truly responsible for declining milk consumption, however, is the shift of milk from a fresh, wholesome raw food to one that’s ultraprocessed, homogenized and the product of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)

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Rare Syndrome Can Make You Drunk, Without Drinking

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  • Auto-brewery syndrome (ABS) is a medical condition that causes carbohydrates you consume to be fermented into alcohol in your gut
  • Antibiotic therapy, which altered the microbiome allowing for fungus to thrive, could be one triggering factor in ABS
  • Because ABS may occur more often than realized, researchers suggested that anyone who has elevated blood alcohol levels or a positive Breathalyzer but denies alcohol ingestion should be investigated for the condition
  • Strains of bacteria called K. pneumoniae that generate high amounts of alcohol were isolated from a man with ABS and were found to be higher in those with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Symptoms such as changes in mood, delirium and brain fog may occur early on in ABS, even before symptoms of alcohol inebriation develop

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5 Natural Heartburn Remedies Proven to Beat Drugs

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Radiologists Conceal Heavy Metal Accumulation From MRIs

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  • Enhanced MRIs use a contrast agent or dye to improve the clarity of the images produced. A recent poll reveals 58% of radiologists avoid informing patients when deposits of toxic contrast agents are discovered
  • The most commonly cited justification for omitting any mention of gadolinium deposits in their radiology report was to avoid provoking “unnecessary patient anxiety” over toxicity
  • Gadolinium, a toxic heavy metal, is the contrast agent of choice in about one-third of cases. To reduce its toxicity, the gadolinium is administered with a chelating agent. Research suggests as much as 25% of the gadolinium injected is not excreted, and deposits are still found in some patients long afterward
  • In a 2016 paper, researchers propose gadolinium deposits in the body should be viewed as a new disease category, “gadolinium deposition disease”
  • Patients at high risk for gadolinium deposits include those requiring multiple lifetime doses, pregnant women, children and patients with inflammatory conditions. Minimize repeated high contrast MRIs when possible, particularly closely spaced MRI studies

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From bad to worse: What are the side effects of mixing alcohol and antibiotics?

When consumed on their own, alcohol and antibiotic pharmaceutical drugs cause adverse effects on human health. It stands to reason that taking both substances together worsens those side effects. Continue reading

Dean Foods files for bankruptcy as consumers increasingly reject processed cow’s milk

The largest commercial milk processor in the United States has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing heavy debt and substantial unfunded debt obligations as among the reasons why. Continue reading