36 Natural Alternatives for Infection

Most people have issues with bacterial or viral infections from time to time. Unnecessary antibiotics ARE dangerous! Antibiotics damage the integrity of the microbial balance in the gut. The healthy gut microflora is 70-80% of the immune system. Impaired immune systems are less effective at healing Continue reading

Why You Are Insane If You Think GMOs Are Safe

You are insane if you are drinking Biotech’s GMO-infused Kool-Aid. Here’s why…

Let’s put aside the debate about antigenic proteins introduced by transgenes in GMO crops. Transgenes are genes from species that are not naturally present in crops of feed or Continue reading

Toxic Herbicides Now Common in Pregnant Women’s Breast Milk, Placentas, and Umbilical Cords

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A recent study showed the toxic herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) in the breast milk of a significant percentage of American women, even those actively trying to avoid chemical contaminants

Glyphosate was Continue reading

36 Natural Alternatives for Infection

Most people have issues with bacterial or viral infections from time to time. Unnecessary antibiotics ARE dangerous! Antibiotics damage the integrity of the microbial balance in the gut. The healthy gut microflora is 70-80% of the immune system. Impaired immune systems are less effective at healing the body. Plant products have historically been consumed and utilized for their anti-microbial and health boosting benefits. Many plant materials are being researched for Continue reading

Infant BPA Exposure from Breast Milk Now Widespread

Researchers from the Republic of Korea’s Sookmyung Women’s University College of Pharmacy have confirmed that a majority of infants are now being exposed to Bisphenol A (BPA) – a well-known endocrine disrupter – through their breast milk. Continue reading

Fighting Microbes with Microbes

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  • Microflora in soil influences plant health, helping to provide nutrients and suppress disease; there are more than 30,000 varieties of microbes in soil
  • In humans, antibiotics are often overprescribed, killing off beneficial bacteria and promoting the formation of antibiotic-resistant ”super germs”; Continue reading

Breast Milk Contains More than 700 Bacteria

Microbes taken from breast milk by the infant are identified

Spanish researchers have traced the bacterial microbiota map in breast milk, which is the main source of nourishment for newborns. Continue reading

This Popular Moisturizer Applied to Mice for 17 Weeks Got 69% More Tumors

A study has found that topical applications of moisturizers such as Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, or Vanicream could increase skin cancer risk.

Irradiated mice who were treated with the moisturizers exhibited a significant increase in their rate of tumor formation and increase in tumor size per mouse. Treatment of the mice with Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin, or Vanicream for 17 weeks increased the total number of histologically characterized tumors by 69 percent.

According to the study, as reported by Green Med Info:

“The results indicate that several commercially available moisturizing creams increase the rate of formation and number of tumors when applied topically to UVB-pretreated high-risk mice. Further studies are needed to determine the effects of topical applications  Continue reading

Breastfeeding: The Good and the Bad

It seems like everything we read these days tells us that we must breastfeed our babies. Research indicates that breastfed babies have better immunity and perhaps even better intelligence! But I think that generalization is unfair to mothers who simply can’t breastfeed. It wasn’t that long ago that breastfeeding was simply unfashionable. Somehow that generation of bottle fed babies managed to survive. So let’s talk about the true realities of breastfeeding.

The Good

Healthy breast milk is good for a baby. We know that it departs early immunity to the baby and protects them from germs that their baby immune systems may have trouble fighting off. Formula companies have tried for years to simulate breast milk but have never succeeded in an exact replica. The fats and nutrition in breast milk are completely unique. Some breast-fed babies have demonstrated higher IQs later in life. The vision capability of babies is known to be just about the distance from the breast to their mother’s face. They know their mother’s face and smell. They bond closely during feeding.

The Bad

So why wouldn’t you want to breastfeed? Unfortunately, some medical conditions and medications make the breast milk bad for the baby. HIV infected mothers can pass the disease to their babies through their breast milk. Certain medications can be passed to the baby through the breast milk that may be detrimental to the baby. What about babies that are adopted? Their adoptive mother isn’t prepared to breast feed since the pregnancy hormones prepare the breast for breastfeeding. Some women have had breast surgery that prevents them from breast feeding. For others it simply doesn’t work out. I have one friend who developed horrible abscesses throughout her breasts. And some women just don’t feel comfortable breastfeeding.

So What Should You Do?

I recommend that if you are healthy and it is okay with your healthcare provider, try breastfeeding. It’s often a great experience for many women and babies. Even if you only do it for a few weeks, the baby gets the benefit of those early immunities. And you may even find that you’ll want do it for much longer!

If you can’t breastfeed, choose a good formula with the help of your pediatrician–and hold the baby close enough to see you and smell you during feedings. Most importantly, do not despair; there are plenty of bottle fed babies out there who have become healthy, productive and intelligent members of society! Life is about a lot more than how you were fed as a baby!

Breast Milk Best if Consumed as Soon as it is Expressed

MADRID – Breast milk should be given to a baby at the same time of day it is expressed, a new study has said.

The levels of the components in breast milk change every 24 hours in response to the needs of the baby. And a new study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience shows, for example, how this milk could help newborn babies to sleep.

Breast milk contains various ingredients, such as nucleotides, which perform a very important role in regulating babies’ sleep. The new study confirms that the composition of breast milk changes quite markedly throughout the day.

To reach the conclusion, scientists looked for three nucleotides in breast milk (adenosine, guanosine and uridine), which excite or relax the central nervous system, promoting restfulness and sleep, and observed how these varied throughout a 24-hour period.

The milk, collected from 30 women living in Extremadura, was expressed over a 24-hour period, with six to eight daily samples. The highest nucleotide concentrations were found in the night-time samples (8pm to 8am).

“This made us realise that milk induces sleep in babies”, Cristina L. Sanchez, lead author of the article and a researcher at the Chrononutrition Laboratory at the University of Extremadura, tells SINC.

“You wouldn’t give anyone a coffee at night, and the same is true of milk – it has day-specific ingredients that stimulate activity in the infant, and other night-time components that help the baby to rest”, explains Sanchez.

In order to ensure correct nutrition, the baby should be given milk at the same time of day that it was expressed from the mother’s breast.

“It is a mistake for the mother to express the milk at a certain time and then store it and feed it to the baby at a different time”, points out the researcher.