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Diet, Exercise and Plastic:

Safety from Plastic Chemicals.

Detox and Lose Weight.
Slow Aging.
Superfoods - Prostate Cancer.
Seafood Safety.
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1st Edition Contents:

Recycle Symbols - Which plastics are safe.

Baby Bottles - Harmful chemicals.

Madal Bal - Detox and really lose weight.

Ageing - Halted by exercise.

Acai Berries - A superfood.

Green Tea - Excellent Asian medicinal drink.

Yerba Mate - S. American medicinal drink.

Habanero Chili Peppers - Prostate cancer.

Bluberry Punch - Prostate cancer.

Seafood - What is safe to eat?

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Which plastics are safe:

Plastic safety.

Check the number inside the triangle on the bottom of all plastic containers. 3, 6 and 7 are BAD - throw them away!

1 - PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate).
Usually clear plastic soda and water bottles. Low risk.

2 - HDPE (high density polyethylene). Includes juice bottles, detergent bottles, butter tubs, toiletry bottles. Low risk.

3 - V (Vinyl) or PVC.
PVC contains chlorine, so its manufacture can release highly dangerous dioxins.
Food wrapping. HIGHLY TOXIC POTENTIAL.

4 - LDPE (low density polyethylene)
Food wraps, squeezable bottles, bread bags. Low risk.

5 - PP (polypropylene).
Yogurt cups, medicine bottles, straws, syrup bottles. Low risk.

6 - PS (polystyrene) also known as styrofoam. Can leach toxic chemicals into food.
Disposable plates and cups, fast food containers, packing material. HIGHLY TOXIC POTENTIAL.

7 - Miscellaneous plastic resins (Polycarbonate). Can leach potential hormone disruptors into body.
HIGHLY TOXIC POTENTIAL.

- The Daily Green - A guide to recycling codes.

Research BPA - a weak synthetic estrogen widely used in cans, can linings, and many plastic containers, odds are it's in your body! It is linked to increased rates of breast and prostate cancer, reproductive system abnormalities, and even effects exposure in the womb, problems such as ADHD, obesity, and diabetes.

PLASTIC AND HEAT DO NOT MIX!

NEVER EVER DRINK WATER FROM WATER BOTTLE LEFT SITTING IN HEAT OR SUNSHINE. That includes inside your car!

NEVER PUT ANYTHING PLASTIC IN MICROWAVE.
Better yet, throw away the microwave which alters cell structure of food and effects your DNA.

MUST SEE:
Documentary movie: 'BAG IT' - www.bagitmovie.com



Hot water 'increases baby bottle chemicals'.

Jan 30th - UK Guardian.

"Hot liquids dramatically increase the amount of harmful chemicals released by plastic bottles, according to a study.

Scientists found that polycarbonate plastic bottles released a known environmental pollutant 55 times more quickly when filled with boiling water.

Polycarbonate is used to make everything from compact discs to milk bottles for babies. The plastic is made from bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical produced in large volumes across the world. But over time, the plastic leaches its raw ingredient back into the environment.

"There are a lot of concerns surrounding bisphenol A," said David Santillo, senior scientist at the Greenpeace research laboratory in Exeter. "It is a hormone disrupter able to mimic and interfere with hormone systems in animals."

In the experiment, Scott Belcher, of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, wanted to work out how bisphenol A leaked out of polycarbonates and whether the temperature of the liquid stored in the bottle affected the rate.

"Previous studies have shown that if you repeatedly scrub, dish-wash and boil polycarbonate baby bottles, they release bisphenol A. But we wanted to know if 'normal' use caused increased release from something that we all use, and to identify what was the most important factor that impacts release," he said.

Belcher took reusable water bottles and tested them for seven days with room temperature water and then boiling water, simulating normal usage during backpacking, mountaineering and other outdoor adventure activities.

Baby bottle.

Cow milk is bad for humans
let alone plastic chemicals.

He found that boiling water released bisphenol A from the bottles up to 55 times more quickly than the lower-temperature water.

The results, published in the latest edition of the journal Toxicology Letters, found that with room temperature water the rate of release from individual bottles ranged from 0.2 to 0.8 nanograms of bisphenol A an hour. After exposure to boiling water, rates increased to 8 to 32 nanograms an hour.

"A nanogram is a fairly small amount but, given that a lot of hormones work at levels far below that, even if it's not as potent as a natural hormone, you are in the range there which could be contributing to adverse effects," said Santillo.

"Newborn babies are at a very sensitive stage of their development and the last thing you want to be doing is dosing them with a very potent hormone disruptor," he said. "If there are ways of avoiding that, the time has come for the public to know about those."

- Alok Jha, science correspondent.

Only buy baby and child toys that are BPA free.
Target products are BPA free.



 

Madal Bal - Switzerland.

Detox, lose weight and keep it off.

Madal Bal firat came to the attention of the British public when Beyonce spoke about a fast she used to drop weight safely and quickly whist she was working on her role for 'Austin Powers.'

The tree syrup, called Madal Bal, is produced by Puris AG of Switzerland directed by Dr KA Beyer, one of the original group of practitioners who developed the blend.

Madal Bal is a liquid diet regime or fast, based on a totally natural drink made from a special organic tree syrup, mixed with fresh lemon juice, spring water and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

The tree syrup is a blend of maple and palm tree syrups designed to provide a balance of minerals and trace elements. The fresh lemon juice provides vitamin C and potassium, and helps to dissolve mucus and waste. The cayenne pepper adds a zing to the flavour, as well as a stimulatory heating effect, which speeds cleansing and elimination.

The syrup comes from the sap of five types of tree - the maple, and four rare Asian palm trees- all growing naturally and organically. The maple sap comes from Bird's Eye maple trees of North America. Trees need to be over 40 years old to extract sap without harming the tree, and the sap can only be extracted during a few months of the year. This pure syrup is very different from most maple syrup sold in shops, which can be over 90% artificially synthesized from sugar and corn syrup.

The palm syrup comes from the sap of the Arenga, Kita, Nipah and Palmyra palm trees, which grow in forests in different areas of South East Asia. The sap from each type of tree is extracted using techniques introduced and monitored by Swiss aid workers. The sap is carefully turned into syrup, and then the syrups are blended and canned. No sugar, preservatives or chemical processes are used.

Madal Bal.

Available worldwide:
www.neerasupercleanse.com/pages/madal_bal.asp

The diet originated as a ten-day fast (five days for those not used to fasting) under the supervision of a practitioner. The ten-day fast should not be carried out too frequently. Even for weight loss, the maximum frequency is repeated ten-day fasts with four weeks or more between each one.

NOTE: Fasting is one of the best ways to detox and help the body heal itself. Fasting rests the digestive tract and stimulates the immune system to speed recovery. And YES, Madal Bal WORKS to lose weight - we know because we did a 7 day fast, and we did not regain the weight!




Sedentary life 'speeds up ageing'.

Jan 29th 2008 - BBC World News.

"Leading a sedentary lifestyle may make us genetically old before our time, a study suggests. 

A study of twins found those who were physically active during their leisure time appeared biologically younger than their sedentary peers. The researchers found key pieces of DNA called telomeres shortened more quickly in inactive people. It is thought that could signify faster cellular ageing

"This conclusion provides a powerful message that could be used by clinicians to promote the potential anti-ageing effect of regular exercise." - King's College London researchers.

An active lifestyle has been linked to lower rates of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. However, the latest research suggests that inactivity not only makes people more vulnerable to disease, but may actually speed up the ageing process itself.

The King's team studied 2,401 white twins, asking them to fill out questionnaires on their level of physical activity, and taking a blood sample from which DNA was extracted.

They particularly focused on telomeres, the repeat sequences of DNA that sit on the ends of chromosomes, protecting them from damage. As people age, their telomeres become shorter, leaving cells more susceptible to damage and death.

Examining white blood cells from the immune system in particular, the researchers found that, on average, telomeres lost 21 component parts - called nucleotides - every year.

Couch potatoe

Typical couch potato.

But men and women who were less physically active in their leisure time had shorter leukocyte telomeres compared to those who were more active.

The average telomere length in those who took the least amount of exercise - 16 minutes of physical activity a week - was 200 nucleotides shorter than those who took the most exercise - 199 minutes of physical activity a week, such as running, tennis or aerobics.

The most active people had telomeres of a length comparable to those found in inactive people who were up to 10 years' younger, on average. Direct comparison of twins who had different levels of physical activity produced similar results.

The researchers suggest that physically inactive people may be more vulnerable to the damage caused to cells by exposure to oxygen, and to inflammation.

Stress is also thought to have an impact on telomere length, and the researchers suggest people who exercise regularly may help to reduce their stress levels.

Writing in the journal, the researchers said: "Our results show that adults who partake in regular physical activity are biologically younger than sedentary individuals."

"This conclusion provides a powerful message that could be used by clinicians to promote the potential anti-ageing effect of regular exercise."

In an accompanying editorial, Dr Jack Guralnik, of the US National Institute on Aging, said more work was needed to show a direct relationship between ageing and physical activity.

He said: "Persons who exercise are different from sedentary persons in many ways, and although certain variables were adjusted for in this analysis, many additional factors could be responsible for the biological differences between active and sedentary persons."

"Nevertheless, this article serves as one of many pieces of evidence that telomere length might be targeted in studying ageing outcomes."

Story from BBC WORLD NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/7212698.stm

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Açai Berries - Amazon, Brazil:

The Açai berry, a superfood, has been shown to contain up to 30 times more anthocyanins levels than in the grapes used to make red wine and thereby has an important role to play in the reduction of incidents of heart disease. Packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids.

A few benefits: anti aging, boosts energy, natural viagra, kills leukemia cells, anti inflammatory.

 - www.amazonthunder.com/faq.html

Mona Vie - Watch this video to understand the Acai Berry and learn about Mona Vie, a blend of 19 amazing fruits containing thousands of phytonutrients and antioxidants:

www.monavie.com/html/PlayTheStoryOfMonaVieENGLISH.htm


acai
www.sambazon.com
Organic Acai Juices and Smoothies: It has a rich flavour, with a hint of cocoa, and it contains more antioxidants than blueberries or pomegranates. It's also packed with omega fats, protein and dietary fibre.



Green Tea - China:

CUT YOUR CANCER RISK
Several polyphenols - the potent antioxidants green tea's famous for - seem to help keep cancer cells from gaining a foothold in the body, by discouraging their growth and then squelching the creation of new blood vessels that tumors need to thrive. Study after study has found that people who regularly drink green tea reduce their risk of breast, stomach, esophagus, colon, and/or prostate cancer.

SOOTHE YOUR SKIN
Got a cut, scrape, or bite, and a little leftover green tea? Soak a cotton pad in it. The tea is a natural antiseptic that relieves itching and swelling. Try it on inflamed breakouts and blemishes, sunburns, even puffy eyelids. And that's not all. In the lab, green tea helps block sun-triggered skin cancer, whether you drink it or apply it directly to the skin - which is why you're seeing green tea in more and more sunscreens and moisturizers.

STEADY YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Having healthy blood pressure - meaning below 120/80 - is one thing. Keeping it that way is quite another. But people who sip just half a cup a day are almost 50 percent less likely to wind up with hypertension than non-drinkers. Credit goes to the polyphenols again (especially one known as ECGC). They help keep blood vessels from contracting and raising blood pressure.

PROTECT YOUR MEMORY, OR YOUR MOM'S
Green tea may also keep the brain from turning fuzzy. Getting-up-there adults who drink at least two cups a day are half as likely to develop cognitive problems as those who drink less. Why? It appears that the tea's big dose of antioxidants fights the free-radical damage to brain nerves seen in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

STAY YOUNG
The younger and healthier your arteries are, the younger and healthier you are. So fight plaque build-up in your blood vessels, which ups the risk of heart disease and stroke, adds years to your biological age (or RealAge), and saps your energy too. How much green tea does this vital job take? About 10 ounces a day, which also deters your body from absorbing artery-clogging fat and cholesterol.

LOSE WEIGHT
Oh yeah, one more thing. Turns out that green tea speeds up your body's calorie-burning process. In the every-little-bit-counts department, this is good news!



Yerba Mate - S. America:

More than a drink, Yerba Mate has become a cultural phenomenon throughout South America. This ancient medicinal drink promotes weight loss, mental alertness, energy, longevity and much more.

Argentinians are famous for their beautiful women and handsome men. Very possibly, Mate Tea is one of the reasons why!

Yerba Mate.

Tea bags are available at Trader Joes.



Scorched Mouth, Healthy Prostate.

March 16th 2007 - The Washington Times.

"Gentlemen, eat your chili peppers. Habanero, jalapeno Scotch bonnet -- those hot but tasty varieties of the capsicum frutescens have multiple health benefits -- including the ability to drive prostate cancer cells to kill themselves, researchers announced yesterday.

According to a team from the University of California at Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the hot stuff in peppers -- capsaicin -- caused 80 percent of active prostate cancer cells growing in mice to "follow the molecular pathways leading to apoptosis," or cell death.

The cancer cells literally committed suicide. What's more, the cancer tumors of the mice treated with a hot pepper extract were one-fifth the size of untreated mice.

"Capsaicin had a profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture," said Dr. Soren Lehmann. "It also dramatically slowed the development of prostate tumors formed by those human cell lines grown in mouse models."

What does this mean in the kitchen? Tex-Mex or curry fans are in luck: the hotter the pepper, the more the benefit. According to Dr. Lehmann, the mice were fed a dose of pepper extract equivalent to what a normal man might consume -- 400 milligrams of extract three times a week. That amount translates to three to eight fresh habanero peppers.

Habanero
                          peppers.

Habanero chili peppers cause
cancer cells to commit suicide.

Medically speaking, capsaicin inhibited the action of NF-kappa Beta, a substance found in cells that causes them to grow out of control. Capsaicin also regulates certain proteins that effect the growth of the cells.

"Increased concentrations of capsaicin caused more prostate cancer cells to freeze in a non-proliferative state," according to the study.

American men develop prostate cancer more than any other type of malignancy -- 232,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States annually; 30,000 men die of prostate cancer in the United States each year.

Hot peppers have received accolades from researchers in recent years for their antioxidant, or cancer-fighting, effects. Anti-inflammatory properties in peppers have been tapped for treatment of migraines, arthritis and muscle pain. Hot peppers also have been found to suppress appetites and clear a stuffy head; they can aggravate existing heartburn but not cause it.

They are a good source of vitamins A, C and E, folic acid and potassium. Peppers are low in calories and sodium and contain no carbohydrates. Their taste has spawned numerous appreciation societies around the world, not to mention global competitions to determine the hottest variety on the planet.

Still, the chili pepper came under fire in a 2002 Yale University report that established a link between the hot pods and stomach cancer in Mexican workers who ate from 9 to 25 jalapenos a day. The claim has been disputed by other researchers who found that rates of stomach cancer declined in the United States -- though consumption of salsa, chili and other hot foods actually had increased"

- By Jennifer Harper, Washington News.

FYI: Also hot but doesn't feel that way - important consideration for men - Thermal therapy, also known as Hyperthermia.



Bluberry Punch - Australia.
The blueberry drink that can shrink

tumours.- Dec 7th 2007 - Daily Mail.

"Research shows a mixed fruit punch could provide a devastating blow against prostate cancer. The blueberry, red and white grape, raspberry and elderberry cordial rapidly slashes the size of prostate tumors.

It also includes a host of other natural ingredients thought to boost health, including green tea, olive leaves, the herb tarragon and the spices turmeric and ginger. It is thought the ingredients act together to cut inflammation and block a cancer gene.

In tests, Blueberry Punch cut the size of tumors by a quarter in two weeks. Trials are now planned to see whether a daily glass or two of the drink could treat the disease and even prevent it developing in the first place.

Bluberries.

Blueberries.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in British men, with nearly 35,000 new cases a year and more than 10,000 deaths.

Dr Jas Singh, who conducted the research on mice at Sydney University, said: "We have undertaken efficacy studies on individual components of Blueberry Punch in the same laboratory setting and found these effective in suppressing cell growth in culture. We reasoned that synergistic or additive effects are likely to be achieved when they are combined."

The researchers looked at the effect of Blueberry Punch on both cancer cell cultures in the laboratory and genetically engineered mice with human prostate tumors. After only two weeks of having the syrupy solution added to their drinking water, their tumors had shrunk by 25 per cent, an American Association for Cancer Research conference heard.

Blueberry
                          punch.

Blueberry Punch is an Australian product
available for sale on the internet.
www.drred.com.au/new/

Greg Jardine, the drink's inventor, said the results were comparable to drugs used to treat prostate cancer. Successful human trials would give the punch 'more credibility within the medical and scientific communities', he said, adding: "We would like it to be considered in the same league as a drug."

In Britain, the Prostate Cancer Charity, said the drink had shown 'promising results' but cautioned that the research was still at an early stage. Debbie Clayton, the charity's information manager, said: "The researchers are planning a small study of 150 men with prostate cancer who will drink three glasses of the juice every day.

The research was part-funded by Blueberry Punch's Australian manufacturer, Dr Red Nutraceuticals. However, the scientists said they designed and conducted the experiments independently."

- By Fiona Macrae, Daily Mail.

NOTE: The ingredients of Blueberry Punch have long been recognized as healing medicinal plants - great product.


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Radiation from Japan in the Pacific, poison in the Gulf of Mexico from oil spill and chemicals, toxic polluted farm raised fish from Atlantic, mercury contamination ... what can we eat?

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