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Most people, especially as they age, have lost faith in their ability to burn fat and get in shape.

They've given in to the idea that an unattractive body shape, poor muscle tone and a sluggish metabolism are inevitable... that their best days are behind them.

The good news is that this is NOT true... but your body HAS changed.

And there is a good chance that doing what MAY have worked for you 10, 20, 30 years ago is NOT going to cut it today.

To get the results you want, you need a DIFFERENT approach... one that takes advantage of a recent breakthrough in exercise science that can overcome a poorly functioning metabolism.

Most people try to start exercising more or harder. But that only makes a bad situation worse as your energy levels plummet, your appetite skyrockets and cravings set in.

Or perhaps they try one of those "insane" infomercial workouts that assume you have the fitness level of a 20yr old -- putting you at risk for damaging your joints, pulling muscles or injuring your back.

Fortunately, emerging research is showing that an "intelligent" form of metabolic training is remarkably effective at combating frustrating fat gain, sagging muscles and a deteriorating body shape.

It also helps turn back the clock by saturating your cells with a cocktail of anti-aging bio-chemicals that get your blood sugar under control, optimize your cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lift mental performance and strengthen your heart and lungs.

And in today's article I'll show you exactly how you can do that -- PLUS how it can all be done in 45 seconds or less... Really!

It all starts with these 3 powerful metabolic advantages that get real, VISIBLE results...fast.

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Metabolic Advantage #1: 3-in-1 Training
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If you do cardio (running, spinning, aerobics, etc.), you will burn some fat. But you'll also burn A LOT of muscle, becoming "skinny fat" with saggy, droopy skin and flabby muscles.

Weight training can be good for building muscles -- but if not done correctly, not only will it NOT burn fat, but it'll make you look bulkier -- like putting on a sweater underneath a winter jacket.

Yoga is GREAT for nervous system coordination, flexibility and core strength, but it falls short when it comes to burning fat -- it's just not designed to do that.

What's the answer?  It's to combine the best of all 3 types of training into a single, ultra-short session that torches fat, tones muscles and that's safe for anybody to do at any age.

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Metabolic Advantage #2: An Expanded Fat Burning Window
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Another major problem of conventional workouts is their focus on burning fat DURING the workout.

That's a BIG mistake that you of your full fat loss potential.

The key is to trigger your body to burn as much fat as possible AFTER your workout.

A study conducted in 2008 and published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning showed that compared to regular workouts, a metabolically intelligent workout can burn up to 10 times MORE fat.

It does this by releasing a wave of metabolic molecules DURING the workout that send a powerful "adaptation" signal to your body to boost metabolism, burn fat and cool inflammation AFTER the workout.

Your body then scrambles to replenish the intramuscular raw materials it burned up DURING the workout in a process that burns fat calories for 2-3 DAYS after the workout.

And guess where it gets the raw materials to replenish those resources?
Thankfully, straight from the extra padding that's parked on your belly, hips, thighs and butt.

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Metabolic Advantage #3: Permanently Upgrade Fat Burning
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Wish you could be burning fat all the time, regardless of what you're doing?

Intelligent metabolic training does this with advantage #3, which sets off a process known as mitochondrial biogenesis -- a fancy term for building new energy-producing power plants.

Since those power plants are mostly inside muscles, your muscles improve -- getting more toned and tighter -- dramatically improving your body shape.

In fact, that same 2008 study also showed that those doing the metabolically intelligent workouts improved muscle shape by 82.2% vs. the regular workout.

And thanks to all of those new fat burning mitochondria you burn more fat calories while at rest, making you a better fat burner -- not just 2-3 days after your workout, but ALL OF THE TIME!

When you're sitting on the couch watching TV, sleeping at night or working at your desk, your body is burning up generally a higher level of fat than it was before.

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How You Can Do Intelligent Metabolic Training at Home
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Intelligent metabolic training is something that anybody can do at home, regardless of their age, fitness level or physical condition -- NO equipment needed, just body weight.

In fact studies have shown that the older and more out of shape one is (including those with type 2 diabetes and heart disease) the more of a benefit they experience.

Plus, unlike nearly every other workout around, you are SUPPOSED to rest as much as you need to.

Sounds crazy, but resting enough is what allows you to up the intensity enough to trigger the release of those metabolic molecules that cause the post-workout fat loss and mitochondria-building.

It's also the key to unleashing the anti-aging bio-chemicals that give you a makeover from the inside out.

Most people totally screw up this rest part -- they try to work out as hard as they can, for as LONG as they can, which just damages metabolism, accelerates aging and zaps energy.

More isn't better -- BETTER is better -- and that's exactly what this intelligent type of metabolic training does, which is technically called Metabolic Rest Training or MRT for short.

You can read much more about MRT here on this page.

The best part about MRT is that the exercises are SUPER short -- only 45 seconds.

And it works fast -- in just a few sessions you'll start seeing the inches come off, feeling the surge in energy and loving the fact that you've gotten back into the swing of things.

==> 45 Second Exercise Strips Fat and Tones Muscle at ANY Age...

To Your Health,

Kelley Herring
Healing Gourmet

PS - This "intelligent" metabolic training was developed and perfected by a brilliant exercise physiologist out of North Carolina, who has conducted over 10,000 workouts with clients over the last 25 years.

He tried it all, but ultimately found this to hands down produce the best results for clients -- both women and men -- of all ages.  You can read more about this remarkable technique here.

Did you know getting into "the fat burning zone" during exercise can actually make you fatter?

Or that pushing too HARD, too LONG, can backfire, unleashing a storm of inflammation that only ages you faster?

Or that millions are under the false belief that they are too old, too out of shape or too injured to take advantage of the powerful ability of exercise to turn back the clock?

Those are just a few of the mistakes made when it comes to getting visible results fast.

But the #1 worst mistake is that most people totally ignore the 3 proven signals that determine whether your efforts will WORK... of if they'll just be a WASTE of time.  And new research shows that when your take note of these 3 metabolic signals, you can optimize your efforts to produce the fat-burning, muscle-toning results that you want.

In as little as 15 minutes a day. At any age.  In fact, when you follow these 3 signs, you can stimulate your metabolism to burn fat at an accelerated rate for up to 72 hours AFTER.

Metabolic Sign #1 - Trigger the After-burn...

Here's the key to unleashing your metabolism's ability to burn fat and shape muscle: get breathless.  That means doing enough so your heart and lungs are sufficiently activated.  When you get breathless, a metabolic alarm bell is triggered that releases catecholamines.

They are known as your "gas pedal" hormones because they instruct your body to break apart stored body fat and burn it for energy -- pouring gas on your metabolic fire.

A 2002 study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology shows a special type of short, smart workout can get you breathless, elevating your metabolic rate for up to 21% in the 24-48 hours after.

That means an elevated level of fat burning for days -- so make sure you get breathless.

Metabolic Sign #2 -- Unleash the Metabolic Smoke Signal...

Scientists used to think the burning sensation experienced during workouts was a sign of waste products building up.

Instead, research out of the July 2009 British Journal of Sports Medicine shows this burning sensation is a metabolic smoke signal that triggers simultaneous fat loss AND muscle growth.

It does this by signaling your body to release HGH, your #1 youth-enhancing hormone responsible for wrinkle-free skin, limitless energy, strong bones and an attractive body shape.  Efficient workouts (if done right, they can be as short as 8-15 minutes/day) release plumes of this metabolic smoke, causing a surge in HGH and other anti-aging hormones that help turn back the clock.

So to stay young, full of energy and attractive, pay attention to the BURN.

Metabolic Sign #3 -- Boost Your Mood and Motivation...

This sign is something we ALL experience when you try to lift something heavy.  The straining, huffing and puffing are all signals that your activating type II muscle fibers.  And that's important because a May 2008 study by Hulmi et al. shows this triggers testosterone production -- important both for men AND women.

Testosterone helps women strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis, while also providing a big lift to mood by relieving stress and anxiety.

For men, testosterone boosts drive and motivation and builds nicely sculpted muscles and a powerful physique.

That's crucial because in men AND women testosterone plunges as we age.

So make sure you leverage the heavy effect -- you don't need any weights, just your own bodyweight works phenomenally well when using intelligent metabolic workouts (more below).

This 15 Minute Workout Optimizes all 3 Signals...

So if what everyone is doing isn't working to burn fat and get results... what does?

They key is to get breathless, get the burn and go heavy.

ALL at the same time.  All in the same workout.  In the LEAST amount of time possible.

Not in separate hour-long daily sessions that suck up all your play time.

And not in super-high intensity "infomercial" workouts that have you jumping around like a crazy person.

But instead in these super-fast 15 minute quick-hit sessions that combine a series of "intelligent" 45-second smart movements that torch fat and shape muscle VERY quickly.

Not only that, the powerful metabolic stimulus provided by these SMART movements can unleash a shockwave of fat-burning and muscle-shaping that lasts for 2-3 days AFTER the workout.  I've seen this type of smart metabolic training in action personally as I use various forms of it with fantastic results that show.

=> Do THIS for 15 Minutes to Spike Metabolism and Trigger Anti-aging Hormones Naturally

Studies show these efficient movements can burn up to 66% more calories, 900% more fat (that's NOT a misprint) and tone muscle at an 82% improved rate.  And this series of 45-second intelligent moves has seen an 80-90% success rate when it comes to burning off unwanted body fat.

Just go to this next page here for the full explanation of how this can work for anybody, at any age, regardless of what shape or health you are in.

Remember, harder isn't better, SMARTER is better.


Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

 

Villi yogurtI love to eat and make different types of yogurts in the summertime. I've been having lots of fun making these yogurtsmade famous in different parts of the world. I have been telling my husband for months that I want to move to an island where it is summertime all year long. I dream about it . . . living on an island with a warmer climate and where fruit and veggies grow all year long. I just know that on an island, I could live to be over a hundred, sustained on kefiryogurtcultured veggiesandkombucha and little else. 

I have discovered that in certain parts of the world, yogurt and kefir have been strongly linked with an unusually  high number of centenarians. In the Caucasus mountains,Kefir (called the "Miracle Food") is a staple food. Many have lived over 100 years, and some claim to have lived to be over 150. Kefir is much stronger than yogurt because of the different strains of bacteria and I don't go many days without kefir. Since yogurt feeds the colonies that kefir provides, it's always a good idea to add yogurt to your diet as it helps your gut microbes grow and thrive. 

Bulgarian yogurtI have done a lot of research on yogurt. Many of the world's centenarians have consumed yogurt daily and often as a dessert or meal. For instance, Bulgarian yogurt has a rich history surrounding it. It dates back to the Thracians, ancient inhabitants of the Bulgarian lands. Stock-breeders would place sheep’s milk in lambskin bags around their waists, and would create fermented yogurt using their own body heat. They credit themselves with inventing Bulgaria’s only source of yogurt. They also produced the healthiest yogurt in Europe, thanks to unique bacteria native to the country. Dr. Stamen Grigorov found the specificLactobacillus bacteria responsible for Bulgarian yogurt fermentation. Grigorov went on to identify two more bacteria: Streptobacillus andStreptococcus thermophilus, which coexisted with Lactobacillus in perfect symbiosis. Interested in Dr. Grigorov’s discoveries, the Nobel prize-winning Russian scientist, Ilya Mechnikov, noted that more people lived to the age of 100 in Bulgaria than in any of the 36 other countries he studied. He directly linked this to Bulgaria’s consumption of yogurt. 

Blue ZonesHave you heard of the Blue Zones?  Blue Zoneis a concept used to identify a demographic and/or geographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives, as described in Dan Buettner's book, "The BlueZones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest." At the cornerstone of Blue Zone living is a  diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, red wine, and dairy, especially yogurt. Meat is reserved as a side dish. Red wine and yogurt are both cultured foods - they have discovered that it is the probiotics in the wine that protect and help your heart and not just the antioxidants in the grapes. 

Greek YogurtThe Mediterranean region has recently become an area of interest for nutritionists, doctors, and conscious living experts all over the world. There, several cultures exist in which an unusually high number of people live to the age of one hundred or more. Greek yogurt has become a huge market as people gobble it up. Higher in protein than regular yogurt, it is a a treat for me and I consider it a dessert food. Top it with some lemon zest, a fresh squeeze of lemon, some cherries, and a small dollop of honey and you have a treat for sure. 

Over the last fifty years, much attention has been given to the Mediterranean diet, but what of the Nordic diet? Scandinavians are extremely healthy with very little obesity and heart disease

You can view the post at: 

http://www.culturedfoodlife.com/living-to-one-hundred-on-yogurt-and-kefir/ .

 



Pima YogurtPima and Viili are cultured yogurts of Scandinavia. They are made much like kefir is made. You place a culture in milk, leave it on the counter, and after a day or two you have a creamy sustainable yogurt. You can use a little from this yogurt and make more yogurt again and again. I have so many different types of yogurt fermenting that I have been living on yogurt for days. It is the perfect breakfast and lunch for me and with summer here,  I am adding all kinds of fruit to it, and Oh My! I love fresh summer peaches and cherries in yogurt with a splash of vanilla. Sometimes this yogurt will take longer to culture on your counter if your home is below 75. Mine didn't look like it was doing much after a day, so I left it another day and  then I discovered it turned into a creamy little tart delicious yogurt that I can't get enough of.

 



Me on Kefir Island, where I shall liveI just thought I would share with you what has been fermenting on my counter. Little jars of yogurt, kefir, fruits, and veggies. I'm getting in practice for when I live on an island. Don't be surprised if someday I really do this. You can come visit if you want to, and I will feed you exotic fruits, kefir, yogurts, and cultured veggies. I'll give you a fresh glass of coconut kombucha and a hammock to enjoy the view. I will make my own Blue Zone and they will write about this woman who lived happily to 120 with her cultures on an island. Just you wait and see, to be continued . . .

NaturalNews) America is being doused every minute of every day with the toxic heavy metal lead as it is burned in "avgas" -- aviation gas, the fuel that powers most piston-driven aircraft (i.e. anything with a propeller). A grand total of 571 tons of lead are dumped each year into the air over our heads from aircraft alone, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (1)

According to a scientific paper titled, "Lead and Halogen Contamination from Aviation Fuel Additives at Brackett Airfield," (2) X-Ray Fluorescence instrumentation was used to analyze lead, chlorine and bromine content in avgas liquids. The tests showed avgas contains the following:

Lead: 48 ppm
Bromine: 42.6 ppm
Chlorine: 605.2 ppm

Lead is a highly toxic heavy metals that causes bone diseases, brain damage and cancer. Chlorine is a highly-reactive chemical with powerful oxidative properties. The fact that both are being sprayed daily into the air above America is inexcusable.

964 tons of lead released into the air (from all sources)

How much lead is being "chemtrailed" across America due to aviation fuel? According to General Aviation News (3), about 681,000 gallons of avgas were burned each day in 2013.

Avgas weighs approximately 6 lbs per gallon, meaning over 4 million pounds of avgas is burned each day, or over 1.8 million kg of avgas.

If lead is 48 ppm in avgas, that means each kg of avgas contains 48 mg of lead. Multiplied by the 1.8 million kg of avgas burned each day, this means avgas fuel is emitting 86.4 kg of lead PER DAY in the skies over our heads. Over a year, that's 31,536 kg of lead dumped directly into our air, and that lead falls onto our farming soils, forests, lakes, rivers, streams, oceans, children's playgrounds, cattle ranches, and so on.

The National Emissions Inventory says that lead emissions are even higher than what I've calculated here. "Piston-engine aircraft are the chief source of lead emissions in the United States, emitting 57% of the 964 tons of lead put into the air in 2008, according to the most recent figures from the National Emissions Inventory," reports the NIH. (4)

Small aircraft pilots dismiss the problem

Some pilots seem inclined to dismiss this problem entirely. "I'm hooked on lead. Maybe not in the way a junkie is addicted to drugs, but hooked nonetheless," writes Air & Space Magazine columnist David Freed, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist. (5) "The tetraethyl lead added to aviation fuel helps keep the engine of my four-seat, 48-year-old Piper Cherokee running smoothly. And that keeps me happy."

He goes on to lament the idea that cleaner lead-free fuels might make him unable to afford to fly: "We live in dread of fuel costs continuing to rise and of FAA airworthiness directives, which often require us to pay for expensive, usually safety-related modifications. Will a government-mandated switch to unleaded fuel ultimately break the bank, leaving us little recourse but to quit flying and sell our airplanes...?"

Later in his article, he does acknowledge that lead is a public health hazard, but he explains that his airplane contributes virtually nothing to the problem: "But is the exhaust from my airplane's 180-horsepower engine really that significant a national health threat...?" he asks. He's right that his one airplane isn't much of a factor in all this, but in a collective sense, if you combine all the piston-driven aircraft flown by pilots like Freed, it becomes a huge issue nationwide. Avgas emissions are thenumber one source of lead emissions into the skies of America.

(David Freed, by the way, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Cordell Logan aviation mystery novels. He's a great writer and obviously a thoughtful, intelligent person... almost certainly a likeable guy and a valuable contributor to society in many ways as an investigative journalist. For example, he authored an 8,600-word expose in The Atlantic which detailed how "the FBI pursued the wrong suspect in a string of anthrax murders following 9/11." Obviously, this is the kind of investigative journalist we like to support in the mainstream media -- people who ask real questions and search for truth. So to be clear, I'm not attacking him in a personal sense over his article; I only hope he reconsiders the importance of the aviation industry getting the lead out of its fuels and thereby out of our skies. We need thoughtful, intelligent people on the leading edge of this issue if we ever hope to have lead-free avgas become a reality.)

As the following EPA chart shows, avgas is the No. 1 source of lead emissions, followed by "industry" in the No. 2 spot, then coal-fired power plants third ("electric generation").



By the way, where does all this lead end up? Much of it appears in the food supply, of course, because plants absorb lead from soils and grazing animals eat and concentrate toxins from plants. This is why heavy metals are often higher in milk or meat than in raw grass. It's also part of the reason why I keep finding lead in so many foods when I run atomic spectroscopy tests in my ICP-MS laboratory. Click here to see lead results on cacao, grasses, pet treats, protein products and more.

If I ever happen to fly airplanes, you can bet I'll find a way to burn unleaded gasoline. I'm not going to streak across the sky dumping toxic heavy metals into the atmosphere, especially since part of my current mission is to explore ways that society can develop cleaner food with lower heavy metals. Even better, I would hope to one day see a huge breakthrough in battery power density that could result in, believe it or not, electric airplanes. (Yes, it seems impossible today because it would require at least a 1000-fold increase in battery power density. But humans are really good at achieving remarkable breakthroughs, so I'm going to remain optimistic on this point and hope the scientists can find a far better way to store power than today's current old-school chemical batteries.)

Lead was removed from automobile gasoline by the EPA

As you explore all this, keep in mind that lead used to be added to regular gasoline for many decades. Lead helped engines run better and improved gas mileage. But it also resulted in millions of pounds of lead being dumped directly into the environment, increasing lead contamination of soils and causing people to inhale lead with every breath.

Children's IQs in America noticeably dropped during those "lead years," and IQs were restored to higher levels once lead was removed from gasoline. Today, it is illegal to add lead to gasoline and burn it in vehicles.

But it's perfectly legal to burn lead in aviation fuel. "Avgas is one of the few fuels in the United States that still contain lead, leaving it the single largest source of lead emissions in the country," reports the National Institutes of Health (4). "Concern over the health effects of lead has sparked a contentious effort to finally get the lead out of avgas -- something the aviation and petroleum industries have been attempting for more than two decades, to no avail."

The NIH goes on to describe the harmful effects of lead:

Lead is a well-documented neurotoxicant that is particularly harmful to children, who are typically exposed when they ingest or inhale lead-containing dust in the home. In recent years, serious harm to cognitive and behavioral functions including intelligence, attention, and motor skills has been demonstrated in children with much less lead in their blood than previously thought to cause harm, and it is now understood there is no safe level of lead exposure.

When will we decide to stop poisoning ourselves?

What's clear in all this is that as long as we keep burning lead in avgas, we're going to keep suffering the health effects on the ground. In an age where the academic achievements of American children are routinely overshadowed by children in India, China or Korea, the continued dumping of IQ-damaging lead into our atmosphere seems absurd. What you dump into the sky falls onto the soils and eventually makes its way into the food supply, too, so burning lead in airplanes sooner or later results is all of us eating lead on our dinner plates.

How big of a problem is this in the really big picture? Arguably it's not the most urgent problem we face. Even I would argue that our nation's power grid vulnerability to high-altitude EMP weapons is a far greater threat to us all (especially with North Korea playing around with long-range ballistic missiles carrying with nuclear weapons).

In an era when war seems to be breaking out in the Middle East, and the global banking system seems forever on the verge of collapse, it's difficult for society to focus on the more subtle (but chronic) long-term problems like lead in avgas. But this is a problem that can be solved with a phased switchover to mogas (unleaded fuel). All that's required is some leadership by the FAA and EPA working together to clean up our aviation industry and get the lead out of our skies.

Is it too much to ask that we stop dumping toxic lead into the skies above our own heads?

Sources for this story include:
(1) http://www.epa.gov/ttnchie1/net/2008inventor...
(2) www.naturalnews.com/files/Lead-Avgas-Airport...
(3) http://generalaviationnews.com/2013/01/02/pr...
(4) http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/121-a54/
(5) http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/the-.

 


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(NaturalNews) Keeping things too clean around the house could be making your children sick. A new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that maintaining too high a level of hygiene and cleanliness can actually cause newborn babies, and particularly those under one year of age, to suffer from allergies and asthma later in life.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Maryland looked at 467 inner-city newborns from Baltimore, Boston, New York City and St. Louis. The babies were enrolled in the study before they were even born, and their health was monitored throughout the course of both pregnancy and birth to attain thorough data.

For the study, researchers collected allergen samples from the homes of each of the babies and measured both the amounts and types of allergens found. They then looked at incidences of allergy and asthma among the infants during their first few years of life, comparing this data to levels of exposure to potential allergens.

Upon analysis, the team observed lower rates of wheezing among children at age three who were exposed to high amounts of mouse and cat dander, as well as cockroach droppings, during their first year of life. In other words, early exposure to these allergens helped build a tolerance in the exposed children compared to those who were sheltered from the germs.

More than half of all children who grow up in "clean" homes with very few germs suffer from wheezing as toddlers. At the same time, only 17 percent of children from dirtier homes develop the condition, illustrating the sometimes beneficial role that bacteria and other germs can play in building strong immunity.

"The combination of both -- having the allergen exposure and the bacterial exposure -- appeared to be the most protective," stated Dr. Robert Wood, co-author of the study and chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins.

Germs are nature's vaccines

The findings support those of earlier studies linking exposure to outdoor pathogens -- that is, the critters and crud lurking in your garden -- to decreased inflammation and stronger immunity. One study published several years ago in the journal Nature Medicine, for instance, found that being too clean can cause children to develop health problems.

Children need to spend more time outdoors getting dirty, in other words. If they don't, their chances of health success are diminished, at least according to science. Germs are essentially nature's vaccines, gradually training the innate immune system how to react properly to the many foreign substances that it will encounter throughout life.

In fact, this is exactly how the body is supposed to build immunity -- through natural exposure to things during early immune development. The chemical vaccines peddled by the pharmaceutical industry mimic this process to some degree, but as we've pointed out in previous articles, they bypass the innate immune system and elicit an unnatural and oftentimes damaging immune response.

"[T]he route of entry [for vaccines] is different [from] a naturally occurring disease," explains the Vaccine Awareness Network. "Most natural diseases would enter through the mouth or the nasal cavity, not the skin.

"Vaccination breaks the skin with a needle and injects foreign matter into the blood supply.

"This bypasses the skin's role in immune function, as well as the tonsils, the mucous membranes, and so on."

What does all this have to do with germ exposure? The answer is simple: Germs and bacteria are meant to be encountered naturally, and avoiding them can leave the body more susceptible to disease.

Visit Vaccines.NaturalNews.com for more information and breaking news on vaccines and how they affect the natural immune system.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.nbcnews.com

http://www.philly.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.sciencedaily.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.vaccineriskawareness.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

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The government and the media tell you to eat MORE wheat... they call it phrases like "wholesome and healthy".  Cereal boxes claim that it's a "nourishing breakfast that champions eat"... But more and more scientists, nutritionists, and researchers are finding verytroubling health issues related to wheat components that most people are eating in almost every meal. 

And this is about MORE than just gluten too...there are many other problematic components of wheat as well.

I saw this article below the other day from my good friends at TheAlternativeDaily, a leading online alternative health publisher, and wanted to share it with you:

Is Modern Wheat Making You Fat and Sick? 
by TheAlternativeDaily.com

Our hunter gatherer ancestors collected all they could from the ground for food including insects, berries, roots, nuts, etc. In their gathering, they found that the animals were eating grass, and they became curious. They broke it down and somehow incorporated wild wheat into their diet. This grass was called Einkorn and had only 14 chromosomes.

Plants can mate with each other and combine chromosomes. At some point in time, the wild grass Einkorn mated with another type of wild grass and the offspring Emmer ended up with 28 chromosomes – this is the wheat that is mentioned in the Bible. However, this is not the wheat of today, that is for sure.

In the Middle Ages (different from the Paleolithic era) bread was a staple and very common food. Emmer mated with another grass which contributed more chromosomes to result in Spelt, Triticum landraces with 42 chromosomes.

In 1960, when the threat of world population explosion was imminent, there was an investment made in agricultural research where lots of money and time were devoted to new ways to increase wheat yield. At this time, different strains of wheat were crossed over and over again to select certain characteristics and to introduce unique genes.

The resulting wheat yielded up to 10 times more per acre. When this wheat was introduced to many third world countries, famine was greatly reduced within one year. Dr. Norman Borlaug received the Nobel Peace prize for his work creating this high yield strain of wheat.

Because this wheat is so prolific, it has taken over almost all of the world’s wheat supply. There are also about a million acres of what is known as Clearfield Wheat being grown in the Pacific Northwest. It is a semi dwarf strain of wheat that has had its seed and embryos exposed to a chemical, sodium azide, which is an industrial toxin.

The makers of Clearfield wheat claim that their wheat is a result of “enhanced, traditional plant breeding techniques,” making a distinction between genetically modified wheat. However, although no gene splicing techniques were used, many other methods were, such as the purposeful induction of mutations using chemicals, high dose x-ray and radiation techniques to induce mutations coupled with cross breeding. These methods might be far worse than genetic modification, according to Dr. William Davis, author of the popular book, Wheat Belly.

The government says eat more wheat – what is up with that?

The government tells us that we need to eat more grain, which generally means more wheat.  In the food pyramid, we are advised to eat 60% of calories from grains like wheat. The new food plate design also tells us to get at least 1/4 of our calories from wheat. Here is why we need to stop listening to what our government is telling us about the food pyramid:

Modern Wheat is a Serious Appetite Stimulant

It is estimated that up to 10% of the population has a sensitivity to the protein in wheat known as gluten (some experts estimate it may be higher, possibly closer to 30%). However, the other 90% of people who consume wheat really should not be eating it either...

Here are a few reasons why:

Gluten is a two part protein that is comprised of gliadin plus glutenin. Glutenin has a unique elasticity that gives us the ability to stretch our pizza or bread dough or even spin it over our heads, if we are inclined to do so. Gliadin, the other part of the gluten protein, was heavily studied in the 1970′s by psychiatrists who found that if they took all of the wheat out of the diet of their patients with schizophrenia, they improved markedly.

When they put the wheat back, they found that the condition worsened. So the question asked was what was in bread that led schizophrenics to hallucinate? It was traced back to the gliadin protein which, when ingested, enters the brain and binds to opiate receptors where it stimulates appetite.

In addition, gliadin, acting like an opiate in the brain, has other disastrous effects. For example, people with ADHD become hypersensitive and have behavioral outbursts, people with schizophrenia have major hallucinations, people who are bipolar become increasingly manic and those with eating disorders, such as binge eating, will develop food obsessions.

By 1985, everything at the supermarket with wheat in it came from the prolific semi-dwarf strain or a spinoff. Interestingly enough, if you compare what happened to America’s weight prior to and after 1985 it is evident that there was an obesity explosion that is still happening today shortly after the “new” wheat was introduced.

A huge increase in the number of diabetics also followed. Although cause and effect cannot be proven scientifically – it seems evident that we have all been fed an appetite stimulant.

Modern Wheat Destroys Blood Sugar

Two slices of whole wheat bread raise blood sugar higher than 6 teaspoons of table sugar. How does this happen when whole wheat is considered a complex carbohydrate that we are encouraged to eat more of?

The complex carbohydrate of wheat is called Amylopectin A, which is highly sensitive to amylase, which we have in our stomach and mouth. This makes it very easy to digest and raises blood sugar rapidly -- even more rapidly and to a higher extent than pure table sugar. Wheat for breakfast (cereal, bagels, bread, muffins, etc), wheat for lunch (sandwich bread), wheat for dinner (pasta, bread, etc), and wheat for snacks (crackers, cookies, etc) results in visceral fat that encircles the intestines, heart, liver and kidneys. Repetitive high blood sugar over and over results in what Dr. Davis calls a “wheat belly.”

Modern Wheat Causes Inflammation

When bacteria or a virus enters the body our immune system responds in many ways. Plants do not have the same type of immune system, but they have lectins which are proteins that are toxic to mold, fungi and insects. Some lectins are benign to humans like the lectin found in spinach while some are very toxic. The lectin in wheat (Wheat Germ Agglutinin) is a four part complex molecule.

When this lectin is isolated and given to rats in very small amounts, it destroys the small intestine. Average Americans consume about 10-20 mg of the wheat lectin in a day, that’s enough to do significant damage.

When we consume wheat, the gliadin protein unlocks the normal intestinal barrier and allows foreign substances entry into the bloodstream – substances such as wheat lectin. This is why people who eat wheat have autoimmune and inflammatory distress such as joint inflammation, bowel inflammation, acid reflux, inflammation of the brain, inflammation of the airways etc. In fact, there is not one system that fully escapes the inflammatory assault of wheat.

What Happens When We Remove Wheat From Our Diet?

First of all, taking wheat out of the diet is not as easy as might think (although it IS easy if you simply avoid any and all processed foods) – wheat is in a lot of foods – even ones we would not associate with having wheat. For example, wheat is in Twizzlers, Campbells Tomato Soup, taco seasoning, frozen dinners, cereals, salad dressings, granola bars and a lot more.

Why is there wheat in so many products?

In 1960, we could find wheat only in things where we would expect to find wheat – breads, pastas, pancake mix, etc. Today is an entirely different story – wheat is in all kinds of foods where we would not expect to find it.

Is it possible that food manufacturers know a little something about wheat as an appetite stimulant (on top of the fact that is it heavily subsidized by our government and therefore artificially inexpensive)?

Impact of a Wheat-Free Diet

Dr. Davis tells us that taking wheat out of the diet will result in the following:
 

  •     Improved weight loss
  •     Reduced appetite
  •     Lowered blood sugar
  •     Reduced joint pain
  •     Reduced inflammation
  •     Improvement in cognitive function
  •     Reduced anxiety
  •     Reduced food obsessions
  •     Reduced blood pressure
  •     Reduced triglycerides
  •     Increased energy
  •     Improved sleep


What About Gluten-Free?

Although going gluten free is a good thing because you avoid problems with gluten and gliadin, wheat germ agglutinin and amylopectin A, gluten-free foods contain other potentially harmful ingredients if eaten in large quantities, mainly potato starch, rice starch, tapioca starch and corn starch. These are the only foods that raise blood sugar almost just as high as the amylopectin A found in wheat.

Warning: If you choose to be gluten free, avoid the commercial gluten-free products, at least until you educate yourself on the differences between the various gluten free products on the market. 

(Mike's note:  If you choose gluten-free products, look for products made from nut flours, coconut flour, and bean flours as opposed to rice flours, tapioco, corn and potato starch... my good friend Kelley Herring shows you how to make amazing gluten-free and low-carb desserts here, which all use healthy low-carb, high-fiber flours and natural sweeteners instead of the blood sugar disasters that are most gluten-free products on the market today)

What Can I Eat?

Most people make eating gluten-free and wheat-free seem too difficult, but it's actually quite simple and enjoyable... Eat real, single ingredient non-grain foods as much as possible...

You can focus most of your diet on nuts, healthy fats, organic fruits/vegetables, grass-fed beef and bison, organic chicken and turkey, wild caught salmon, quality aged cheese, organic eggs, coconuts, avocados, seeds, olive oils, grass-fed butter, coconut oil, as well as a variety of other foods that are in their natural state. The more processed and refined a food is, the more likely it contains wheat and other byproducts of the refinement process that are just too dangerous to your health.

Enjoy the amazing health benefits of eating wheat-free!

-The Alternative Daily
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Dr. Mark Sircus

Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body's magnesium is stored in the blood.

Most doctors and laboratories don't even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don't know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

Consider Dr. Norman Shealy's statements, "Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency" and that, "magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient." The truth he states exposes a gapping hole in modern medicine that explains a good deal about iatrogenic death and disease. Because magnesium deficiency is largely overlooked, millions of Americans suffer needlessly or are having their symptoms treated with expensive drugs when they could be cured with magnesium supplementation.

One has to recognize the signs of magnesium thirst or hunger on their own since allopathic medicine is lost in this regard. It is really something much more subtle then hunger or thirst but it is comparable. In a world though where doctors and patients alike do not even pay attention to thirst and important issues of hydration, it is not hopeful that we will find many recognizing and paying attention tomagnesium thirst and hunger, which is a dramatic way of expressing the concept of magnesium deficiency.

Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in our bodies. Magnesium is by far the most important mineral in the body. After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies; vitally important, yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it

In fact, there happens to be a relationship between what we perceive as thirst and deficiencies in electrolytes. I remember a person asking, "Why am I dehydrated and thirsty when I drink so much water?" Thirst can mean not only lack of water but it can also mean that one is not getting enough nutrients and electrolytes. Magnesium, Potassium, Bicarbonate, Chloride and Sodium are some principle examples and that is one of the reasons magnesium chloride is so useful.

A man with magnesium deficiency
Magnesium Torment (Deficiency)

You know all those years, when doctors used to tell their patients 'its all in your heads,' were years the medical profession was showing its ignorance. It is a torment to be magnesium deficient on one level or another. Even if it's for the enthusiastic sport person whose athletic performance is down, magnesium deficiency will disturb sleep and background stress levels and a host of other things that reflect on the quality of life. Doctors have not been using the appropriate test for magnesium – their serum blood tests just distort their perceptions. Magnesium has been off their radar screens through the decades that magnesium deficiencies have snowballed.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

The first symptoms of deficiency can be subtle – as most magnesium is stored in the tissues, leg cramps, foot pain, or muscle 'twitches' can be the first sign. Other early signs of deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur.

A full outline of magnesium deficiency was beautifully presented in a recent article by Dr. Sidney Baker. "Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can't take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot."

"Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include constipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease; and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear."

"Other symptoms and signs of magnesium deficiency and discuss laboratory testing for this common condition. Continuing with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the central nervous system is markedly affected. Symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations."

"Symptoms or signs of the cardiovascular system include palpitations, heart arrhythmias, and angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse. Be aware that not all of the symptoms need to be present to presume magnesium deficiency; but, many of them often occur together. For example, people with mitral valve prolapse frequently have palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks and premenstrual symptoms. People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be "uptight." Other general symptoms include a salt craving, both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance, especially of chocolate, and breast tenderness."

Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body including those of the brain. It is one of the most important minerals when considering supplementation because of its vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilization of fats and carbohydrates. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. A magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every system of the body.

Water rich in magnesium can prevent magnesium deficiency
Like water we need magnesium everyday. There is an
eternal need for magnesium as well as water and when
magnesium is present in water life and health are enhanced.

One of the principle reason doctors write millions of prescriptions for tranquilizers each year is the nervousness, irritability, and jitters largely brought on by inadequate diets lacking magnesium. Persons only slightly deficient in magnesium become irritable, highly-strung, and sensitive to noise, hyper-excitable, apprehensive and belligerent. If the deficiency is more severe or prolonged, they may develop twitching, tremors, irregular pulse, insomnia, muscle weakness, jerkiness and leg and foot cramps.

If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected. Clouded thinking, confusion, disorientation, marked depression and even the terrifying hallucinations of delirium tremens are largely brought on by a lack of this nutrient and remedied when magnesium is given. Because large amounts of calcium are lost in the urine when magnesium is under supplied, the lack of this nutrient indirectly becomes responsible for much rampant tooth decay, poor bone development, osteoporosisand slow healing of broken bones and fractures. With vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), magnesium helps to reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones.

Magnesium deficiency may be a common factor associated with insulin resistance. Symptoms of MS that are also symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, weakness, twitching, muscle atrophy,  an inability to control the bladder, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), hearing loss, and osteoporosis.  People with MS have higher rates of epilepsy than controls.  Epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiencies.[1]

 

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Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P) (acupuncturist, doctor of oriental and pastoral medicine) is a prolific writer and author of some astounding medical and health-related books. His books are heavily referenced, and for many years Dr. Sircus has been researching into the human condition and into the causes of disease; he has distilled many of the divergent medical systems into a new form of medicine that he has coinedNatural Allopathic Medicine.

While it is not a commonly understood concept that wheat or gluten can cause blood sugar disorders, and certainly not as serious as type 1 diabetes, which involves the autoimmune destruction of the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas, a sizable body of animal and human data points to exactly this causal link. [i]

Gluten, after all, is well known for adversely affecting gut health, and in the case of celiac disease, destroying the absorptive surface of the intestine through a hallmark autoimmune triggered process.  In many ways, gluten opens up a 'pandora's box' of autoimmunity by both triggering intestinal permeability – so-called 'leaky gut' – as well as providing over 23,000 unique, digestion resistant polypeptides which are capable of infiltrating the body causing systemic inflammation and the loss of immunological self-tolerance, i.e. the ability to distinguish self from non-self. 

Adding to this increasingly dismal picture of what was once considered the ultimate poster child for 'healthy food,' a new study published in the PloS One may have uncovered a 'missing' link in understanding how wheat exerts its toxic effects.

Mayo Clinic researchers sought to elucidate the mechanism at play within the long observed link in both animal and human studies between dietary gluten and the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes (T1D), focusing on the role of the gut microflora in mediating its diabetes promoting properties.

In the new study titled, "Low Incidence of Spontaneous Type 1 Diabetes in Non-Obese Diabetic Mice Raised on Gluten-Free Diets Is Associated with Changes in the Intestinal Microbiome",[ii] they sought to confirm "whether changes in the intestinal microbiome could be attributed to the pro- and anti-diabetogenic effects of gluten-containing and gluten-free diets, respectively."  They noted recent research showing that intestinal microflora have a major influence on the incidence of T1D, and theorized that since "diet is known to shape the composition of the intestinal microbiome," they might find an important link by testing changes in the gut flora of animals fed either gluten or gluten-free diets.

The study design was described as follows:

"NOD [non-obese diabetic] mice were raised on gluten-containing chows (GCC) or gluten-free chows (GFC). The incidence of diabetes was determined by monitoring blood glucose levels biweekly using a glucometer. Intestinal microbiome composition was analyzed by sequencing 16S rRNA amplicons derived from fecal samples."

The researchers observed the following results:

  • "First of all, GCC-fed [gluten-containing chow fed] NOD mice had the expected high incidence of hyperglycemia [elevated blood sugar] whereas NOD mice fed with a GFC [gluten-free chows] had significantly reduced incidence of hyperglycemia.
  • "Secondly, when the fecal microbiomes were compared, Bifidobacterium, Tannerella, and Barnesiella species were increased (p = 0.03, 0.02, and 0.02, respectively) in the microbiome of GCC [gluten-containing chow fed] mice, where as Akkermansia species was increased (p = 0.02) in the intestinal microbiomes of NOD [non-obese diabetic] mice fed GFC [gluten-free chows].
  • "Thirdly, both of the gluten-free chows that were evaluated, either egg white based (EW-GFC) or casein based (C-GFC), significantly reduced the incidence of hyperglycemia."

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Not long ago, my 86 year old grandmother was rushed to the hospital. Although she's never had heart problems, she was experiencing shortness of breath, tightness in her chest and palpitations. 

The doctors in the ER thought she was having a heart attack. They watched her vital signs closely, while administering electrolytes by IV. After three days of tests and monitoring, my grandmother was released from the hospital... and referred to a cardiologist.

How an Intelligent and Forward-Thinking Doctor
Saved My Grandmother's Life


Instead of immediately putting her on a heart medication - as most doctors would do - my grandmother's physician did something that I believe saved her life. She did something that's rarely done in acute care within "mainstream" medicine.She checked my grandmother's mineral levels.

The result showed that she was suffering from an acute magnesium deficiency. She left that day with only one prescription - for a daily magnesium supplement.

And to think that for less than $0.05 per day, my grandmother could have avoided a near-death experience... and a $20,000 hospital visit.

But the issue my grandmother faced is all too common...

Some studies have shown that over 80% of the U.S. population is deficient in magnesium, to one degree or another. That means there is a good chance that YOU are deficient.
 
And that can be serious business. It has been estimated that magnesium deficiency is largely responsible for up to 20 million deaths worldwide every year, including nearly 600 per day in the U.S. alone!
This Mineral is Vital to Your Existence...
Do You Have Enough of It?


Magnesium plays hundreds of crucial roles in your body...

It helps regulate the rhythm of your heartbeat (the greatest stores of magnesium in the body are found in the heart). It helps control your blood pressure and maintain insulin sensitivity. It controls the uptake and release of many hormones and neurotransmitters. And it is vital for more than 400 different enzyme reactions in the body (more than any other mineral).

It is also required for normal nerve and muscle function. In fact, 7 out of 10 steps to produce ATP (your body's energy fuel) require magnesium. It's no surprise that some of the most common signs of deficiency are cramping, muscle twitching and fatigue.
 

Magnesium deficiency can also be associated with anxiety and depression, asthma, autism, chronic fatigue, constipation, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart attack, headaches, high blood pressure, IBS, kidney stones, metabolic syndrome, obesity, PMS, stroke, and acid reflux, just to name a few.


Most people used to get about 500 mg per day of magnesium. These days, due to soil depletion and the modern diet, most of us are lucky to get just 200 mg.

Processed foods - which make up about 90% of the money Americans spend on food - contain almost none of this vital mineral. We further deplete our body's magnesium stores with the phosphoric acid in colas and coffee, by consuming, table salt, excess alcohol, diuretics, antibiotics and other drugs. We also lose magnesium as we age.

Consumption of sugar and carbohydrates also contribute to magnesium depletion. It takes up to 272 molecules of magnesium to break down just 1 molecule of glucose!

To Keep Your Magnesium Levels in a Healthy Range...


Be sure to enjoy dark leafy greens (like spinach and Swiss chard), nuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, wild salmon and halibut, black beans and navy beans... and don't forget the most decadent source of magnesium - delicious dark cocoa!

Because magnesium deficiency is potentially so threatening, you may want to consider a supplement. But be aware that magnesium is not easily absorbed through the digestive tract in pill or powder form.

To Your Health,

Kelley Herring
CEO & Editor in Chief

Healing Gourmet

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Turlapaty PD, Altura BM. Magnesium deficiency produces spasms of coronary arteries: relationship to etiology of sudden death ischemic heart disease. Science 1980;208:198-200.
Caspi J, Rudis E, et al. Effects of magnesium on myocardial function after coronary artery bypass grafting. Ann Thorac Surg1995;59:942-947.
Eisenberg MJ. Magnesium deficiency and sudden death. Am Heart J 1992;124: 544-9.
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NaturalNews) Until recently, herbal medicine in Vietnam relied on finding wild medicinal herbs and importing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herbs from China. The latter added more expense for average Vietnamese, and quality control for Chinese imports has been lacking. Overharvesting wild herbs and medicinal trees has proven to be unsustainable, especially after Agent Orange was introduced to Vietnam decades ago.

The grassroots herbal cultivation boom in Vietnam

Apparently, it all started with an impoverished villager who had been a teacher in his village for several years. Now 64, Briu Po was the local high school biology teacher, but he was living in poverty despite his education and position.

Po was invited by Dr. Ngo Van Trai of the Central Institute of Pharmaceutical Products to study the local terrain to determine suitability for cultivating herbal remedies such as Morinda officinalis.

Upon hearing that this herb was on the verge of extinction, Po urged his wife to start planting their own. Po recalls, "In 2007, we tried growing 900 plants. Our villagers thought we were insane as they believed that the plant belonged to God, and hence, could not be planted by humans. They thought that all of our plants would die."

After the first harvest, Po and his wife netted $2,500 US, more than they've ever had at any one time, for their Morinda officinalis roots sold to local herbal pharmaceutical companies. Then the other villagers started their own planting. They were impressed enough to realize that God would let them cultivate the plants and followed Po's example.

The whole village soon had 6,000 Morinda officinalis plants with more from Po, who expected to get even six times more remuneration this time around, according to the report from the English edition of VietNamNet Bridge.

Dr. Mai Van Thanh returned to Vietnam from China to invest in the burgeoning village grassroots herbal farming scene. He intends to ensure that farmers don't use any artificial fertilizers or other chemicals used in modern conventional farming to maintain the purity required for medicinal herbs.

The prime minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, has approved an overall plan to develop traditional medicinal materials until 2020 with extensions envisioned through 2030. Hospitals and medical practitioners are pleased with these plans that will enable them to use locally produced clean herbs for natural medicines.

An anecdote that typifies the growing resurgence of herbal medicine demands in Vietnam comes from 50-year-old Hoang Thi Yen. She proudly asserted that she is still alive and healthy thanks to the herbal remedy known as Trinh nu hoang cung (Crinum latifolium).

It reversed her uterus tumor's growth, which became much smaller from drinking the herbal solution daily. She shied away from surgery but realized that she could drink the Crinum latifolium daily without concerns of side effects.

Similar opportunities elsewhere

On the other side of the planet in the African nation of Kenya, Jonathan Muriuki, lead author of a study in that nation sponsored by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and published in the journal Forests, Trees and Livelihoods commented on how overharvesting wild herbs leads to depletion of supply as demand grows.

Although Kenyans have traditionally relied on using herbal and medicinal tree remedies in rural areas, more urban dwellers throughout Africa and elsewhere are increasing demands for herbal medicines that lack the proper infrastructure to be provided to such markets.

Jonathan sees this as an opportunity for Kenyans to rise from poverty, as infrastructure would provide many new openings within the herbal arena. To improve the market in traditional medicines, the study recommends linking traders to farmers in the form of grower groups, especially women, which could initially focus on the most traded species of the trees and herbs.

"Farmers stated they would sell medicinal products if they had access to market opportunities," said Muriuki. "Access to markets for other tree products has led to increased cultivation of tree species providing these, so it would be fair to assume the same could be applied for medicinal trees."

Sources for this article include:

http://english.vietnamnet.vn

http://www.motherherbs.com

http://www.sciencedaily.com

http://worldagroforestry.org

http://science.naturalnews.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044933_herbal_medicine_poverty_medicinal_trees.html#ixzz34MUf1pxs

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