Live in the Now http://www.liveinthenow.com Health. Freedom. Knowledge Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:38:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 75% Percent of Cancer Stem Cells Died When Attacked By Compound in These Veggieshttp://www.liveinthenow.com/article/these-green-gems-may-be-potent-cancer-fighters http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/these-green-gems-may-be-potent-cancer-fighters#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:23:38 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=36105 broc1 copy

Potent cancer-fighters are hidden within the leaves, stalks, husks and stems of cruciferous vegetables like watercress and broccoli. A study shows a compound and enzyme found in these foods can kill cancer stem cells, which is a discovery that could help prevent the re-occurrence and spread of some malignancies.

The Danger of Cancer Stem Cells

According to lead author Moul Dey, cancer stem cells present quite a danger. They are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation, so they continue to live in the body after such traditional treatments. While the stem cells only comprise about 5 percent of a cancerous tumor, they act like a ticking time bomb. “These tiny cells are very difficult to detect in a tumor,” she says. “It’s like finding a needle in a haystack.” Consequently, they can migrate through the blood vessels, thus causing the cancer to metastasize.

Seventy-Five Percent of Cancer Stem Cells Died Within 24 Hours

When cruciferous vegetables are eaten, a compound and enzyme combine during the chewing process to form phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC). Scientists at South Dakota State University tested the effects of this substance, known as PEITC, on human cancer stem cells in a Petri dish. The results were impressive, as 75 percent of the cells died within 24 hours. Even low concentrations of it proved effective. This finding builds upon previous research that reveals the anti-cancer properties of similar foods.

When a tumor outgrows its blood supply, it sends a sign to surrounding tissues to deliver more nutrients and oxygen. Prior studies show PEITC switches off this sign.

Cruciferous vegetables include watercress, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes, arugula, bok choy, kale, turnips and rutabaga. The researchers found concentrations of PEITC were particularly present in land and watercress. If you want to ingest the amount of PEITC used in the research, eat a diet rich in these vegetables, especially watercress.

Earlier Research Suggests Watercress is a Cancer-Fighting Powerhouse

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a daily serving of watercress can significantly curtail DNA damage to blood cells, a problem thought to be a major trigger of cancer. In addition, the vegetable boosted the ability of the cells to resist further harm perpetrated by free radicals. This study is one within a body of accumulating research that indicates watercress may reduce the risk of colon, breast and prostate cancer.

Try This Watercress Recipe:

Live in the Now consulted Sylvia Meléndez-Klinger, registered dietitian and leading expert in cross-cultural Hispanic cuisine as it relates to health. She shared the recipe below that combines two extraordinarily healthful foods: watercress and fatty fish. “Everyone should aim to eat 2 to 3 servings of fish, especially those high in omega-3 fatty acids, each week to reap the benefits that include cognitive function, heart health and more,” she says.

Tarragon Tuna Watercress Salad

• 1/2 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
• 1/4 cup low fat sour cream
• 1/4 cup fresh tarragon, chopped or 2 teaspoons dried
• 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 2 5-ounce cans solid white albacore tuna fish in water, drained
• 2 green onions, sliced
• 2 celery stalks, sliced
• ground pepper to taste
• 1 pound watercress, thick stems removed

In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, tarragon, lemon zest and juice. Gently fold in tuna fish, green onions, and celery. Season with pepper and serve over the watercress.
Makes: 4 servings

Sources:
https://www.yahoo.com/health/broccoli-watercress-may-hold-potent-118305401687.html
http://news.therawfoodworld.com/how-to-kill-cancer-stem-cells/
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/63314.php
http://naturalsociety.com/watercress-block-breast-cancer-cell-growth/


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.


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How You Should Sleep if You Want to Avoid Memory Problemshttp://www.liveinthenow.com/article/how-you-should-sleep-if-you-want-to-avoid-memory-problems http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/how-you-should-sleep-if-you-want-to-avoid-memory-problems#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:57:45 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=37189 sleeping2

Chances are your sleeping posture is something you think very little about. But a study recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience finds there’s one in particular that may be better than the rest for decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

As we’ve reported in the past, when you sleep, the brain is diligently involved in removing toxins that accumulate during the day. This function is vitally important because the buildup of harmful chemicals can lead to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. In fact, the link between brain toxins and neurodegenerative illness is so strong that such disorders have been called “dirty brain diseases.”

Now, the latest discovery linking certain sleep habits to brain health has found that sleeping on your side may be better than sleeping on your back or stomach, because it helps the brain remove damaging wastes more effectively.

The Brain-Cleaning System

While the lymphatic system cleans away toxins from the rest of the body, the brain has its separate system of waste removal. It is the glymphatic pathway, a network of piping surrounding the blood vessels, which propels the cleansing agent of the cerebrospinal fluid forcefully through the brain. The process works similarly to the lymphatic system. It is critical for brain health, as some of the toxins are proteins that produce the buildup of amyloid plaque — the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

Study Found Side Sleeping Helps the Brain Remove the Most Toxins

In the experiment at Stony Brook University, researchers anesthetized rodents and then used MRIs and computer modeling to measure the effectiveness of the brain’s filtration system. After putting the rodents in the positions of lying on their side, back and stomach, side lying proved to be the most conducive for removing toxins.

“It is interesting that the lateral sleep position is already the most popular in human and most animals — even in the wild — and it appears that we have adapted the lateral sleep position to most efficiently clear our brain of the metabolic waste products that built up while we are awake,” said researcher Dr. Maiken Nedergaard. “The study therefore adds further support to the concept that sleep subserves a distinct biological function of sleep and that is to ‘clean up’ the mess that accumulates while we are awake. Many types of dementia are linked to sleep disturbances, including difficulties in falling asleep. It is increasing acknowledged that these sleep disturbances may accelerate memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease. Our finding brings new insight into this topic by showing it is also important what position you sleep in,” she explained.

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Regardless of your sleeping position, optimal shuteye is essential for health. Research shows poor sleep increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as accelerates the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Noted natural health practitioner Dr. Joseph Mercola provides the following tips for good sleep.

  • Get bright sunlight exposure regularly, especially in the morning.
  • Set your thermostat at a cool temperature, and make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible.
  • Avoid watching TV or using the computer at least one hour before retiring.
  • Turn off your wireless router before you go to bed because the electromagnetic radiation can disrupt you melatonin production, which can interfere with sleep.

Sources:

http://www.jneurosci.org/content/35/31/11034

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3188183/Could-position-sleep-affect-risk-Alzheimer-s-People-sleep-enable-brain-detox-better-sleep.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/297807.php

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/08/20/side-sleeping-may-decrease-alzheimers-risk.aspx


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.


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This Anti-Aging Weapon Also Detoxes Your Body Like None Otherhttp://www.liveinthenow.com/article/glutathione-a-powerful-anti-aging-weapon http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/glutathione-a-powerful-anti-aging-weapon#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:41:33 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=37105 Older woman astaxanthin

In today’s world, there’s no escaping the environmental toxins that are all around us. They’re in our food, our water, the air we breathe and everything we touch. These toxins not only accumulate in our body and disrupt the function of our organs but they also create oxidative stress that can damage our DNA. In fact, DNA damage that results from oxidative stress is a major contributing factor to the development of many serious health issues.

The Toxic World We Live In

It may shock you to learn that most of us are exposed to hundreds of different chemical toxins everyday just from ordinary personal care products such as shampoos, moisturizers, shaving creams, makeup, cleansers and deodorants. Some of the most toxic of the chemicals commonly found in these products are substances such as phthalates and parabens that are known to disrupt the delicate balance of the endocrine system, which regulates sex hormones, thyroid hormones and even blood sugar balance.1,2

In addition, many of the pesticides and herbicides used to produce much of our food are known carcinogens, some of which have been tied to significantly increased risk of serious neurological issues. The way some of these pesticides work to kill insects is by creating free radicals, which can do a lot of damage to our bodies when we consume even trace amounts of these chemicals on a regular basis.3

And did you know that most municipal water supplies are simply treated sewer water? Just about every major city’s water supply has tested positive for antibiotic, birth control, anti-depressant and pesticide residues, as well as heavy metals.4  These chemicals put stress on the liver no matter how you are exposed to them. In addition, our detoxification pathways are further taxed by the high levels of chlorine used to sterilize our water, along with added fluoride.

In order to stay healthy, we all need to detoxify. Our body’s detoxification systems were not designed to keep up with the onslaught of chemicals now found in modern life.  This makes it absolutely essential to take daily steps to support and enhance our natural detoxification pathways. And by far, the most powerful natural detoxifying nutrient our bodies produce is glutathione.

Glutathione plays an especially critical role in the phase of detoxification in which toxins processed by the liver are prepared for elimination. A lack of available glutathione can cause harmful chemicals to be recirculated back into the body or, worse yet, can leave toxins stuck in an intermediate phase of detoxification, which is often more harmful than its original state.

Glutathione: The Master Antioxidant

Biochemical science has shown us that oxidative stress is a major factor in many health issues, impacting our heart and brain function — and even our blood sugar levels. And poor diets, environmental toxins, physical and emotional stress, as well as alcohol consumption and smoking, are all linked to increased levels of the destructive oxidative molecules in our body known as free radicals. Reducing free radical damage through lifestyle, diet and nutritional supplementation has proven to be an effective strategy for supporting the health of our organs.

For many years, antioxidants like vitamins C and E were considered the best ways to fight free radicals. But recent research is showing that glutathione is, in fact, the most potent antioxidant of them all. It plays a particularly key role in helping our body eliminate toxins via its role in liver detoxification.5

Unlike vitamins, which our body cannot produce, glutathione is made in every cell and in particularly high amounts in the liver.  It is considered the most powerful antioxidant in our body because of its incredible ability to neutralize free radicals and because it activates the natural antioxidant defense system engineered by our cells, acting like a shield to protect our DNA and vital cellular structures from free radical damage.

Unfortunately, natural glutathione levels can decline by up to 50% below optimal levels as you age, making you more vulnerable to serious health issues.6

The Right Way to Boost Your Glutathione Levels

One way to boost glutathione levels is with sulfur-rich foods, such as cruciferous vegetables. Foods like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale are among the best dietary sources of glutathione boosting nutrients. In particular, broccoli sprouts contain not just high levels of sulfur, but also contain another compound called glucoraphanin, which has been shown to increase liver detoxification and support glutathione levels.[7]

As you can imagine, the vast majority of Americans do not consume enough of these sulfur-rich food to maintain adequate levels of glutathione.

Clinical research has shown that daily oral glutathione supplementation does increase blood levels of glutathione in humans[8] However, glutathione can be difficult to absorb when taken by itself. But recently, researchers have discovered that some specific nutrients and herbs can help significantly increase cellular glutathione production. With the right combination of nutrients, you can boost glutathione levels and unlock this free radical-fighting powerhouse stored inside each of your cells!

So in order to get the full range of its benefits, glutathione should be taken in conjunction with these specific nutrients:

Milk Thistle: This herb has been shown through extensive human and animal research to protect liver cells from damage due to toxic exposure and can even help liver cells to regenerate. The mechanism involves milk thistle’s ability to prevent the uptake of toxins into the liver cells. Silymarin, one of the active ingredients in milk thistle, has been shown to boost glutathione levels by preventing its breakdown when exposure to toxic compounds occurs.9,10,11

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC): This critical amino acid is a building block of glutathione. When taken orally, it can provide the amounts of the amino acid cysteine needed to boost glutathione levels in the body, helping to replenish intracellular stores of glutathione, supporting the entire immune system and acting as a potent antioxidant.12

Selenium: This important mineral plays many roles in cellular metabolism, with one of its most important functions being the regulation of the enzyme that helps glutathione neutralize free radicals.13 Glutathione peroxidase is the enzyme in the body that is needed to neutralize free radicals. Without this enzyme and the necessary selenium to power it, your glutathione cannot be utilized to combat oxidative stress. It is widely known that the co-administration of selenium with glutathione or glutathione precursors enhances the protective antioxidant properties of glutathione.

Alpha Lipoic Acid: This nutrient is a close second to glutathione when it comes to antioxidant support. It has a unique property of being both water and fat-soluble, unlike many other water-soluble only antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. It has also been shown to recycle antioxidants, including glutathione, once they have been used to quench free radicals giving them a second life for protecting cells. In fact, human studies have demonstrated the ability of orally administered alpha lipoic acid to significantly boost blood glutathione levels.14

While avoiding oxidative stress and dangerous toxins is virtually impossible in this day and age, supporting glutathione production in your body is an easy and critical component to staying healthy as you age. Supplementing with glutathione in combination with the other nutrients mentioned in this article ensures that your cells will get a significant glutathione boost.

The Easy Way to Start a Detox Plan That Works!

I hope I’ve convinced you of the importance of a making sure your body is supported by adequate levels of glutathione, because it plays such a crucial role in the detoxification process and serves as your primary cellular antioxidant. I think you’ll be amazed as to how quickly boosting your levels can help you revitalize your health from head to toe. You’ll feel better, look better and have much more energy.

The supplement industry is flooded with products that promote detoxification. Some are expensive programs that require major dietary changes and some are nothing more than laxatives. While there may be a place and time for each of those, the most effective way to rid your body of toxins is through a daily detoxification regimen.

The All-In-One Supplement I Recommend to My Patients

I feel it is of the utmost importance that people promote daily detoxification through a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. However, I also advocate that my patients take additional steps to boost antioxidant levels and support the detoxification pathways of their body using nutrients. For years, I could not find an affordable all-in-one detox support product that contained clinically validated doses of the most important nutrients needed for daily detox.

In fact, I got so frustrated with trying to find a high quality product and hearing patients complain about the high cost of the available cleanses, that I decided to partner with Stop Aging Now to develop a detoxification formula called Synergy7® that is gentle, effective and very affordable.

Synergy7 includes clinically researched doses of glutathione, as well as all of the glutathione boosting nutrients described above including milk thistle, N-Acetyl-Cysteine, alpha lipoic acid and selenium to support antioxidant protection, optimal liver function, daily detoxification of environmental toxins, balanced hormones and optimal overall wellness — all in just 2 small capsules per day. (No messy powders, complicated protocols or restrictive diets).

And for a limited time, Live in the Now readers can try Synergy7 for as low as $14.95 per bottle with free shipping! And because I’m so confident it works, it also comes with an unbeatable 365-day return policy.

Click here to take advantage of this special offer and get free shipping.

 


 

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2. NIEHS. 2010. Endocrine Disruptors. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Research Triangle Park, NC.http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/materials/endocrine_disruptors_508.pdf
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Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate medical education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Passero has trained with some of the nation’s leading doctors in the field of natural medicine. In his practice, Dr. Passero focuses on restoring harmony to both the body and mind using advanced protocols that incorporate herbal therapy, homeopathy, vitamin therapy and nutritional programs. Through education and guidance patients are able to unlock the natural healing power contained within each one of us. For more information, visit his website, Green Healing Wellness, or follow him on Facebook.


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10 Pets That Should Have Been in Trouble, But Then They Gave “The Face”http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/10-pets-that-should-have-been-in-trouble-but-then-they-gave-the-face http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/10-pets-that-should-have-been-in-trouble-but-then-they-gave-the-face#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:45:47 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=36518 Oh the woes of being a pet parent. We often come home to find our favorite shoes destroyed, our carpets stained from markers we thought were lost or — my favorite — an explosion of stuffing. But we deal with it.We even tend to laugh about it (later on…). But how can these little guys have such power over us?

Many people say that true, unconditional love can only be found twice in life: When you first lay eyes on your child — and forever more — and when you first lay eyes on your new puppy or kitten — and forever more. Only, unlike children, your pets will never want to leave or sass you. (Score 2 points for pet parents everywhere!) I argue this rare, unconditional love is one of the many reasons we so treasure the special bonds we share with our pets. And while their rascally ways can sometimes try our patience, our pets are also masters at tugging on our heart strings. Because when we look up from the messes they’ve made we’re often met with a face that makes it impossible to stay mad.

Here are 10 times this rang truer than ever.

10 Pets That Should Have Been in Trouble, But Then They Gave The Face

1. He really was just trying to help. And look how bad he feels. Forgiven!

10 Pets That Should Have Been in Trouble, But Then They Gave The Face

2. They actually don’t even look sorry. Their dog mom is clearly an amazing baker. Worth it!

10 Pets That Should Have Been in Trouble, But Then They Gave The Face

3. Well… they are some ‘sweet’ looking shoes.

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10 Pets That Should Have Been in Trouble, But Then They Gave The Face

4. We get it — when they don’t make a suitable lipstick for dogs, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. And she probably didn’t mean to eat the money, she was just trying to “blot.”

10 Pets That Should Have Been in Trouble, But Then They Gave The Face

5. His heart was in the right place!

10 Pets That Should Have Been in Trouble, But Then They Gave The Face

6. “Okay the smearing may have been excessive, but Mom can’t be mad because she knows hidden butter is funny!”

10 Pets That Should Have Been in Trouble, But Then They Gave The Face

7. Running out of Fancy Feast — it’s the new FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). What if she’s never fed again?!

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8. With that “Im sorry” face, we have a feeling that Tulo will soon be allowed on the bed, too!

10 Pets That Should Have Been in Trouble, But Then They Gave The Face

9. When stuffing attacks.

10 Pets That Should Have Been in Trouble, But Then They Gave The Face

10. Our hero!!!

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Can This Veggie Really Reduce Hunger and Curb Cravings?http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/can-this-veggie-really-reduce-hunger-and-curb-cravings http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/can-this-veggie-really-reduce-hunger-and-curb-cravings#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:18:22 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=37023 spin

Once again, scientific evidence shows solutions to health problems may lie in natural compounds within food. A study finds spinach extract can help with weight control because it increases satiety, which is a feeling of fullness and the absence of hunger. The discovery is the latest of a number of wellness benefits that research has linked to the consumption of this incredibly nutritious vegetable.

Spinach Increased Satiety Two Hours

In an experiment published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, scientists assessed the effect of a single dose of spinach compounds called thylakoids on satiety. The participants in the double blind randomized crossover study were a group of 60 overweight or obese people, of whom half were male and half were female. They were tested on two days that were at least one week apart. On one occasion the group took the thylakoid extract, while on the other occasion they took a placebo.
Breakfast, lunch and supper were provided on both days. The response of the participants was evaluated through blood tests, along with a visual analog scale, a tool that measured their attitude toward food. The researchers found the spinach extract containing the thylakoids decreased hunger and longing for food over two hours compared to a placebo.
Researcher Frank L. Greenway, M.D., said, “The reduction in hunger and the desire for salty food that we saw in this study might make thylakoids particularly useful for people with high blood pressure and associated weight problems.”

What Does Earlier Research Show?

Prior studies have shown thylakoids found in green plants like spinach can aid in weight control through more than one mode of action. They suppress a hunger hormone as well as delay fat digestion, a benefit that boosts the production of satiety hormones.

Earlier research on animals found spinach extract containing thylakoids significantly reduced body weight and percentage of body fat. Moreover, a 2014 study on overweight women discovered that 5 grams of the extract taken daily for three months produced a 43 percent greater reduction in body weight compared to a placebo. Thylakoids may also reduce gender-specific food cravings, as another study showed they diminished the urge for sweets in women.

The Advantage of Spinach Over Drugs that Inhibit Fat Digestion

A class of drugs used to treat obesity works by preventing the digestion of fat, an action that causes the unpleasant side effect of undigested fat excretion. Conversely, spinach extract temporarily delays fat digestion rather than prevents it, an advantage that makes it superior to the drugs.

How Else Does Spinach Benefit Health?

Let us count the ways. Aside from helping with weight control, spinach has an array of other health benefits. Studies have revealed it reduces the risk of colon cancer, improves muscle tone, prevents varicose veins, speeds reflexes, strengthens bones and keeps the mind sharp. Spinach is probably one of the most healthful vegetables to include in the diet.

Sources:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07315724.2014.1003999#.VcY8L5XbIW5
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150731111343.htm
http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/28410/20150802/obesity-spinach-extract-reduce-hunger-cravings.htm
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=155141&CultureCode=en


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.


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Guess What Kills One Person Every 13 Minutes?http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/guess-what-kills-one-person-every-19-minutes http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/guess-what-kills-one-person-every-19-minutes#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:12:10 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=21963 Drugs KillWhen it comes “how you’re going to die,” many people fear things like airplane crashes or shark attacks, even though statistics show that deaths from these events are very rare. Conversely, far too many people mistakenly believe that certain common aspects of everyday life are extremely safe — when, in reality, this is often far from the truth.

One such daily ritual that is far more dangerous than many people believe is taking properly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs. Popping pills on a daily basis to “improve health” has become far too common for many Americans. In fact, according to the CDC, approximately 70% of all Americans take a pharmaceutical drug daily. When you isolate senior citizens, the number shoots up to an astonishing 90%. And perhaps even more troubling, 20% of children take a pharmaceutical drug.

At the same time, statistics are showing that deaths from pharmaceutical drugs are rising at an alarming rate. But don’t take my word for it. Just google the term “pharmaceutical drugs kill” and you’ll see headlines from major news organizations such as Fox and CNN that read:

“Prescription drugs 62,000 times more likely to kill …

“Prescription drugs kill 6200% more Americans …”

“Prescription Drugs Kill 300 Percent More Americans than Illegal Drugs…”

“Prescription drugs are now killing more people than traffic accidents…”

“Prescription Drug Deaths Skyrocket…”

“Prescription Drugs Now Kill More People Than Heroin And Cocaine Combined…”

“Prescription drugs kill one person every 13 minutes…”
(This has worsened since 2012, when prescription drugs took a life every 19 minutes.)

Sadly, most people don’t know that properly prescribed prescription drugs kill over 100,000 Americans each year. (This excludes prescription drug abuse, which causes this number to skyrocket even higher.) This is more than or equal to the number of people who die from accidents, Alzheimer’s, influenza and diabetes!

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One reason that most people are in the dark about the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs is due to a fundamental misunderstanding of how these drugs get tested and approved. Too many people believe that the FDA has some kind of rigorous testing and evaluation system. Sadly, this is far from the truth.

The current system puts almost the entire burden to test the safety of a new pharmaceutical drug on the developer of that drug. And since developing a new drug costs billions of dollars, you can imagine the immense pressure on the entire organization to make sure that drug gets to market. Making things worse are the fees that the pharmaceutical companies pay the FDA, which amount to about 20% of its total budget. Now, I’m no expert on organizational structure, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this system is inherently flawed and corrupt.

What’s the final product of this cozy relationship between Big Pharma and the FDA? It’s simple – dangerous drugs being put on the market, leaving us hapless consumers as real world guinea pigs. Simply put, the big drug companies profit and we die.

One of the most infamous examples of this is what happened with the painkiller Vioxx. It’s widely known that Merck engaged in several illegal and dubious strategies to influence the research backing the safety of Vioxx. Sadly, this easily tricked the FDA who approved the drug, only to remove it from the shelves after it killed approximately 60,000 people – more than the number of brave soldiers who died in Vietnam. Will we be building a memorial for the Vioxx victims?

The latest example of the flaws in the process for getting pharmaceutical drugs approved by the FDA is the diabetes drug Avandia.  A Senate Finance Committee investigation showed that GlaxoSmithKline intentionally hid reliable scientific data clearly showing that Avandia significantly increases the risk of heart attack. Naturally this came to light after the FDA approved the drug, and it didn’t take long before it was linked to 83,000 heart attacks and deaths, according to the FDA’s own scientists.

And the Vioxx and Avandia cases are hardly flukes. There are dozens, and perhaps hundreds, of drugs killing people every day, because their makers provided flawed, biased and corrupt data to the FDA. And since the FDA is unequipped, incapable or unwilling to change the system, more and more people are going to die.

If you believe your doctor provides the final line of defense for you, think again. Despite good intentions, guess who trained your doctor on all of the “benefits” of the drug they are prescribing to you? You guessed it – the company that stands to make billions of dollars from its sale. Your doctor got duped (and probably got a free golf trip in Hawaii). Meanwhile, you got a potentially harmful drug that may put your health in jeopardy.

The bottom line – don’t trust that pharmaceutical drugs are safe. Big Pharma has a long, sad track record of lies, corruption and deceit, all in the name of profits. And the FDA’s system to approve drugs is as flawed as perhaps any function of government.

My advice: If your doctor prescribes you a drug, take your health into your own hands! Consider lifestyle changes, look for natural alternatives, get second opinions and do your own research. Only take the drug after you are 100% certain it is safe and in your best interests. After all – your life may depend on it!


Josh CornJoshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.


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Senator McCaskill Continues Efforts to Ban Supplementshttp://www.liveinthenow.com/article/senator-mccaskill-continues-efforts-to-ban-supplements http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/senator-mccaskill-continues-efforts-to-ban-supplements#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:32:01 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=37042 supp-bottle-sl

Treating supplements like drugs will lead to one thing only: eliminating supplements altogether. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is a key ally of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL). Under the auspices of the Special Committee on Aging, where she is the ranking member, Sen. McCaskill sent letters to over a dozen major retailers including Amazon, CVS, Target, the Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, Kroger, Safeway, and Walgreens, asking—in effect, demanding—that the retailers supply information and documents to the committee, with the expectation that it will lead to a Senate hearing. The committee wants to review the retailers’ policies relating to:

  • the sale and marketing of supplements;
  • the removal of products determined to be adulterated, improperly labeled, or fraudulently marketed;
  • the reporting of serious adverse events; and
  • how consumers’ complaints regarding supplements are handled.

The letters also ask that the retailers brief the Special Committee on Aging staff regarding the above procedures.

Some of the letters express specific concerns about supplements that are being used to protect against and/or mitigate the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

This is not the first time the senator has tackled this topic. In 2010, the Special Committee on Aging held a hearing, titled “Dietary Supplements: What Seniors Need to Know.” The overall tenor of the hearing was that regulators needed more authority to clamp down on deceptive marketing practices of some dietary supplement manufacturers. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) responded by clarifying that such deceptive marketing practices were already illegal and that the FDA already had the authority to criminally prosecute offenders, making any further regulation redundant. The hearing showed that many in Congress simply do not understand dietary supplement regulation.

In 2014, Sen. McCaskill headed a Senate Consumer Protection Subcommittee hearing on false or misleading marketing of weight loss supplements, where she famously grilled Dr. Mehmet Oz for using what she considered sensationalist language to push certain products on his popular television program.

It is interesting that Sen. McCaskill is targeting supplements that may protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia. We’ve written before about the positive results from coconut oil in patients with Alzheimer’s after Big Pharma drugs either failed to improve, or actively worsened, the patients’ condition. Other evidence suggests that high doses of B vitamins limit brain shrinkage, a common precursor to Alzheimer’s. A proper diet and proper supplementation may also improve our memory as we grow older.

The Mediterranean Diet has also been shown to be associated with slower cognitive decline. Well-functioning brains contain high levels of DHA, which can be obtained by a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish, walnuts, flaxseed, and eggs. Limiting intake of trans-fats common in fried foods and omega-6 fats helps maintain a healthy brain along with getting enough sleep andreducing stress.

There is much more research to be done on these topics, but it is remarkable how much research already has been done, considering that the foods and supplements cannot be patented.

Let’s be clear. Inquiries such as this are often only the first step in a process that culminates in lawmakers calling for supplements to be regulated more like drugs—which, because of the high cost and what we call the “Catch-22” of drug approval, would likely result in the complete elimination of many important supplements from the market. This is precisely the approach Sen. Durbin has taken in the past—and why it is so very important that we take action now, before it snowballs.

Besides Sens. McCaskill and Durbin, politicians such as Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and former Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) have repeatedly intimated that supplements are unregulated, which is simply untrue. As we’ve written before, supplements are subject to regulation by both the FDA and the FTC, and must adhere to strict current good manufacturing practices to ensure the safety of the supplements consumers buy. Unfortunately, as in most industries, some bad actors will not follow the law, and it is then up to federal regulators to enforce the rules. In one notorious memo from the past, the FDA admitted that it was not doing its job—clearly hoping that some dire result would lead to new legislation against supplements.

It should be remembered that the current system actually works: supplements have a sterling track record of safety. Our friends at ANH-Europe calculated that UK residents were actually more likely to get killed by lightning as to die from taking dietary supplements.

We’ve long suspected that these attacks from certain politicians have less to do with protecting consumers than with doing the bidding of Big Pharma, which would love any competition from supplements to be eliminated. Just compare the price of drugs to supplements. And compare the safety record of supplements to that of FDA-approved drugs which, even when properly prescribed, cause about 1.9 million hospitalizations and kill about 128,000 Americans every year.

Moreover, the drug industry has yet to produce a drug for Alzheimer’s that really works. Personal testing, food, supplements, and lifestyle—the key elements of integrative medicine—are all we have at the moment to protect our aging brains.


This article is republished with permission from the Alliance for Natural Health USA, February 15, 2011. Go straight to the source.


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The Best Way to Keep Your Eyes Healthy for Lifehttp://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-natural-way-to-keep-your-eyes-healthy-for-life http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-natural-way-to-keep-your-eyes-healthy-for-life#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:45:21 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=30060 Woman near Eye ChartOver 30 million Americans suffer from some degree of age-related vision loss,[1] and millions more are sitting on the sidelines waiting to become another statistic. But it doesn’t have to be this way for you.

Experts aren’t sure what’s causing an alarming increase in the prevalence of vision problems, but poor nutrition, environmental toxins, harmful UV radiation and increased exposure to computer screens may be to blame.

Keep reading, because vision loss is not inevitable. I’m going to tell you about an amazingly simple and effective way to sharpen your vision and protect your eyes so that you can enjoy clear, healthy eyesight for life.

Why Do Eye Doctors Take Such a Passive Approach?

When you go to the eye doctor, you get an exam and then usually walk out with a stronger lens prescription. However, when was the last time your doctor discussed what you should be doing proactively to keep your eyes healthy?

The fact is, exciting new research shows that certain key nutrients can help put the brakes on vision loss, while at the same time reducing eyestrain, fatigue, dryness and redness. And if you take action NOW, you may even be able to improve your vision.

Yet, clearly patients aren’t being informed of this, since the American Optometric Association estimates that less than a third of Americans use nutritional strategies to help ward off vision loss.[2]

Maybe someday, your doctor will hand you a pamphlet detailing the ways nutrition can preserve your vision. But until then, it’s up to you to learn how you can protect your eyes.

Understanding How Your Eyes Work

Your eyes are incredibly complex and sensitive organs. If you want to learn how to protect your eyes, it helps to understand how they work.

The colored part of your eye is the iris and its dark center is your pupil, which determines how much light to let into your eye. The lens sits behind the iris and pupil and focuses light onto the retina. The retina senses light from the lens and creates impulses that are sent to your brain. Maintaining clear lenses as you age is the key to keeping your vision intact, since they are essentially the gateway for everything you see.eyeball

Another important component of your eye is the macula, which produces your central vision. This enables you to read, drive and perform other activities requiring fine, sharp, straight-ahead vision.

All of these delicate structures are extremely vulnerable to free radical damage and inflammation, and protecting them from these dangers is how you maintain crisp and clear vision as you age.

Your Eyes Crave These Specific Nutrients

Twenty years ago, researchers discovered a profound link between certain key nutrients and eye health. They found that people who ate a diet high in carotenoids (a class of antioxidants found in brightly colored vegetables) had a 43% lower risk of vision problems. Scientists found that two carotenoids in particular, lutein and zeaxanthin, were most strongly associated with healthy vision.[3]

Scientists now know that lutein and zeaxanthin act as natural antioxidants and absorb damaging blue light (such as that emitted by computer screens) and ultraviolet light from the sun. They have the unique ability to pass through the blood-retina barrier that other antioxidants can’t cross where they neutralize free radicals.[4,5]

Several studies have also suggested high dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with maintaining clear lenses, which, as I mentioned above, is key to healthy vision as you age.[6,7,8]

While you can get some lutein and zeaxanthin from food, research shows that by supplementing with high doses of these nutrients, you can actually rebuild macular pigment receptors, strengthen eye cell membranes and improve your visual acuity.[9]

6,000x More Powerful Than Vitamin C

Just when scientists thought lutein and zeaxanthin were the most important nutrients for eye health, they discovered another carotenoid called astaxanthin that also has profound eye health benefits. Found only in a specific type of freshwater algae, astaxanthin is up to 500 times more potent than vitamin E, 800 times more powerful than CoQ10 and up to 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C![10,11]

Like lutein and zeaxanthin, astaxanthin can cross the blood-retina barrier[12] and has also been shown to have the unique ability to protect specific parts of the eye that are critical to excellent sight as we age.

An exciting Italian study published in the journal, Ophthalmology, found that the combination of lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin greatly improved the function of the retina, visual acuity, contrast sensitivity and overall quality of life related to vision.[13]

Why You Need a Supplement for the Best Protection

The health benefits of lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin are undeniable. But if you think you can get what you need from food, think again. You’d have to eat heaps of specific vegetables on a daily basis to get therapeutic levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin is barely present in food.

Your best bet is a high quality supplement formulated specifically for eye health. But you need to be extremely careful, since many companies cut corners with cheap inferior ingredients. And even more play what I call “the label game,” in which they list the right ingredients on the label to make it look good, but the amounts are so minuscule that they provide negligible benefits. Skimpy doses of the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin simply won’t help you!

And here’s one more piece of advice. One problem with carotenoids is that often times your body doesn’t absorb them very well. To counter this, make sure you’re getting plenty of omega-3s at the same time. Omega-3s not only increase absorption of carotenoids,[14] they’ve also been shown to promote healthy tear production and optimal lubrication of the eyes, which can keep dryness and redness to a minimum.[15,16]

A Simple, Affordable Vision Solution

Since vision problems are so widespread, I consider a vision support product an absolute “must-take” supplement. However, when I was looking at the different options available, I was shocked by how many low-quality formulas were out there.

So I worked with the Scientific Advisory Board at my nutritional supplement company Stop Aging Now to develop a complete, affordable and convenient vision support supplement that combines powerful doses of the highest quality lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin with essential plant-based omega-3s — all in just 1 pill per day. I call my breakthrough formula Vision360®.

I invite you to do your own research to make sure I’m not just shamelessly promoting my own product, but here’s why I think you’ll find no other vision support product like Vision360:

  • Only Vision360 is formulated with the revolutionary VisionPlex Carotenoid Complex™, which features the ideal blend of astaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin for maximum vision protection.
  • Vision360 features 200 mg of plant-based omega-3s in the form of alpha linoleic acid. Omega-3s are essential for optimal absorption of carotenoids and support healthy lubrication of your eyes.
  • Vision360 is enhanced with vitamins D3, B2 and B12. These essential nutrients help to rejuvenate aging eyes by promoting a healthy inflammatory response, normal retinal function and optimal visual acuity.[17, 18, 19]
  • Vision360 is enhanced with GMO-free sunflower-derived phospholipids to increase bioavailability of the carotenoids it contains.
  • Vision360 is made in the USA in an FDA inspected facility to meet or exceed stringent USP standards for quality, purity and potency.
  • Vision360 is available for as little as $14.95 per bottle (which lasts a full month). This is up to 3 times less than similar high quality brands.
  • Vision360 ships to you for free, is tax-free and comes with an amazing 365-day “any reason” guarantee. This way you risk nothing!

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get Vision360 for as low as $14.95 a bottle — plus FREE SHIPPING. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal.

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.


Scientific References:

1. http://www.amdalliance.org/user_files/documents/AMD_ChronicDiseasePolicy_M03_NoCrops_Low_Res.pdf
2. http://www.visioncare.org/_programs_information/documents/AmericanEye-QSurvey.pdf
3. JAMA. 1994 Nov 9;272(18):1413-20.
4. Nutr Neurosci. 2013 Jan;16(1):21-9. doi: 10.1179/1476830512Y.0000000024.
5. Ophthalmology. 2012 Nov;119(11):2290-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2012.06.014.
6. Nutrients. 2014 Jan 22;6(1):452-65. doi: 10.3390/nu6010452.
7. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Dec 13;54(14):ORSF42-7. doi: 10.1167/iovs13-12914. Review.
8. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan;252(1):63-70. doi: 10.1007/s00417-013-2492-3.
9. Nutrients. 2013 Apr 9;5(4):1169-85. doi: 10.3390/nu5041169. Review.
10. Br J Nutr. 2011 Jun;105:11,1563-71.
11. J Agric Food Chem. 2000; 48(4):1150-4.
12. http://www.valensa.com/resources/Astaxanthin.php
13. Eur J Ophthalmol. 2011 Oct 17:0. doi: 10.5301/ejo.5000069.
14. Ann Rev Nutr. 1998;18(1):19-38.
15. Cornea. 2011;30(3): 308-314.
16. Ophthalmology. 2013 Nov;120(11):2191-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2013.04.006.
17. Neurobiology of Aging. Oct 2012;33(10): 2382-2389.
18. Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(7):1009-1019.
19. Curr Ther Res. Jul 2000;61(7):443-451. doi: 10.1016/s0011-393x(00)80027-2.


Josh CornJoshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.


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5 Recipes for Your Summer Zucchini + Why It’s So Versatile and Nutritioushttp://www.liveinthenow.com/article/5-recipes-for-your-summer-zucchini-why-its-so-versatile-and-nutritious http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/5-recipes-for-your-summer-zucchini-why-its-so-versatile-and-nutritious#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:07:30 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/zucchini-versatile-and-nutritious By August, like many other gardeners, I’m loaded down with zucchini, and so are all my gardener friends. It’s just so easy to grow, and luckily it’s very versatile.

There are several kinds of summer squash, but most common are zucchini and yellow squash. All share some healthy qualities. They’re a good source of fiber, vitamin C and carotenoids, trace minerals and potassium. They’re low in fat and calories, and can fill you up nicely. Summer squash can be used in everything from salads to cakes.

As we near the end of the summer, inevitably, I find one baseball bat-sized zuke that escaped detection. I use it to make baked stuffed zucchini. That way, I scoop out the big seeds and tough skin, and use only the flesh that is still tender.

Summer squash can be the center of any number of light vegetarian meals. For inspiration, my favorite cookbook is Cooking from an Italian Garden by Paolo Scaravelli amd Jon Cohen.

QUICK TIP: Use summer squash a a low-carb pasta replacement! Learn More

Zucchini Cakes, HealthyRecipes.com

Zucchini Bread, MyRecipes.com

Zucchini Fritters, 100DaysofRealFood.com

Zucchini Gratin, foodnetwork.com

Zucchini Jelly, AllRecipes.com

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The Science Behind Why “Diet Foods” Will Never Satisfy Youhttp://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-science-behind-why-diet-foods-never-satisfy-hunger http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-science-behind-why-diet-foods-never-satisfy-hunger#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:24:18 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=36865 light-foodsYou’ve eaten innumerable fat-free, low-calorie crackers; yet half an hour later, you’re raiding the fridge, looking for something to quell those hunger pains. Many people can identify with this experience. It illustrates what scientists know about diet foods: they don’t satisfy hunger. New research may reveal why.

One theory that may account for this phenomenon is that artificial sweeteners don’t provide the calories or energy the brain expects from sweet-tasting food, so they don’t trick the brain into satiating hunger. However, until the recent study, scientists didn’t understand how a person’s body could distinguish between sugar and an artificial sweetener. “We knew that the human brain could tell the difference between real and fake sugar, we just did not know how,” says Monica Dus, a researcher from the University of Michigan.

Now Dus has discovered how the brain of a fruit fly can differentiate between the two, and she believes the human brain operates in the same way. This could explain why eating diet foods can backfire and sabotage a weight-loss plan.

Fruit Flies Preferred Sugar Because it Gave Them Energy

In the study published in Neuron, researchers withheld food from flies for several hours and then gave them a choice between real sugar and an artificial sweetener. When the flies fed on the real sugar, a group of six neurons was activated that released a hormone with receptors in the brain and gut. The hormone enabled the flies to digest the sugar and feed on more of it. Conversely, when the flies fed on the artificial sweetener, no hormone-digestive reaction occurred because it had no energy-giving value.

Consequently, the starved flies abandoned the artificial sweetener and opted for the sugar, as it gave them the calories they needed to fuel their body.

Das believes this is why diet foods don’t satisfy people and they end up gaining weight. People who eat foods containing artificial sweeteners tend to keep on eating until they consume enough calories to meet their energy requirements.

Roughly speaking, the human brain has 86 billion neurons compared to the 100,000 in the brain of a fruit fly. While the human brain is so much larger, the neurons that fired in the flies are located in approximately the same region in people. Since these nerve cells are activated only when they encounter real sugar, it provides a way for the brain to distinguish between sugar and artificial sweeteners. The differentiation is all based on energy.

In earlier research, Das and her team found that flies can’t taste the difference between real sugar and artificial sweeteners. This discovery gives additional credence to the theory of preference based on energy rather than taste.

Takeaway

Eating food and drinking beverages that contain artificial sweeteners to lose weight is counterproductive. Since they have no nutritive value, consuming them will lead to excess eating. When the munchies strike, reach for a piece of fruit or some carrot sticks. Such foods are nutrient-dense and contain enough calories to provide the fuel your body needs.

Sources:

http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/multimedia/videos/22948-regular-soda-please-hormone-that-differentiates-sugar-diet-sweeteners-could-exist-in-humans

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150611122657.htm

http://zeenews.india.com/news/health/healthy-eating/why-diet-foods-dont-satisfy-us_1612122.html

http://tribune.com.pk/story/902415/why-diet-foods-dont-satisfy-us/


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.


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