For “Foodie Friday”:
From Autism to Anorexia, It's All About the Gut
“Whether you suffer with a chronic illness, psychiatric disorder or psychological condition, the first thing to check is your belly. "All diseases begin in the gut," says Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D., a leading expert on the subject of autism as well as other learning disabilities and digestive disorders. In her work, she heals both mind and body by focusing on the health of the belly.
At her Cambridge Nutrition Clinic established in England in 1998, Dr. Campbell-McBride traces the connection between neurology and nutrition as well as digestion and the functioning of the rest of the body. "The digestive system holds the root of our health," she says pointing out the extensive role that gut flora plays in disease prevention, including protecting us from invading pathogens, detoxification, facilitating the digestion of food as well as the absorption of vitamins and minerals like calcium and zinc, and actually producing B vitamins. In addition, between 84-88% of the immune system is housed in the gut lining, she says, which would equal the size of a tennis court if opened up and laid flat.
"There cannot be cancer in the digestive tract if the gut flora is healthy," asserts Dr. Campbell-McBride, a medical doctor with postgraduate degrees in both neurology and human nutrition. But in today's society, many people are walking around with impaired gut flora due to steroids, prescription medications, alcohol, stress, a poor diet of processed foods and sugar (which actually feed abnormal gut flora), disease, age, bottle feeding of infants, toxic chemicals, pollution and radiation.
Gut Health and the Autism Epidemic
According to Dr. Campbell-McBride, as a population we are degrading healthy gut flora more and more every generation. Mothers who have been on the Pill or antibiotics or a poor diet for long periods develop abnormal gut flora and pass it on to their children. This, she believes, has led to an epidemic of eczema and autism, noting that 20 years ago the autism rate was 1 in 10,000 children and today is 1 in 88.” More at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/autism-anorexia-its-all-about-gut Written By: Margie King, Health Coach
How GMO Farming and Food Is Making Our Gut Flora UNFRIENDLY
“Two studies published in the past six months reveal a disturbing finding: glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup® appear to suppress the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, leading to the overgrowth of extremely pathogenic bacteria.
GMO Herbicides May Lead To The Overgrowth of Harmful Bacteria, Including Deadly Clostridum Botulinum
Now a new study published in the journal Anaerobe titled, "Glyphosate suppresses the antagonistic effect of Enterococcus spp. On Clostridum botulinum," confirms this herbicide's ability to adversely affect gut bacteria populations (i.e. generate dysbios).[i] In an attempt to explain why Clostridum botulinum associated diseases in cattle have increased during the last 10-15 years in German cattle, researchers theorized that since normal intestinal flora is a critical factor in preventing Clostridum botulinum colonization in conditions such as infantile botulism perhaps the ingestion of strong biocides such as glyphosate found in GM cattle feed could reduce their natural, lactic acid bacteria dependent immune defenses as pathogenic microbes.
They reported on the toxicity of glyphosate to Enteroccocus, the most prevalent lactic acid bacteria species in the gastrointestinal tract of cattle, and concluded "Ingestion of this herbicide could be a significant predisposing factor that is associated with the increase in C. botulinum mediated diseases in cattle."
Of course, the implications of this finding extend beyond the health of cattle or poultry. The majority of American consumers who don't even have the legal right to know through truthful labeling if they are eating GMOs, are consuming non-organic, Roundup Ready soy, canola, cottonseed or soy on a daily basis, and therefore are being exposed to glyphosate residues year round; additionally, animals fed Roundup sprayed GMO plants will bioaccumulate glyphosate and/or glyphosate metabolites, adding to the consumer's bodily burden of these gut flora-altering, highly toxic chemicals.
GMO Herbicides Kill More Than 'Weeds,' Are Broad-Spectrum Biocides
Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum biocide. It does not discriminate by killing only the "weeds" that compete with the genetically modified plants resistant to it.
In fact, it has been found to be toxic to human DNA at concentrations 450-fold lower than presently used in agricultural applications.[ii]
When combined with adjuvants and other so-called 'inactive' ingredients, the glyphosate-formulations are far more toxic than their component ingredients taken in isolation.[iii] Nor are the toxic effects limited to plants. A 2012 study published in the journal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment found that Roundup herbicide has DNA-damaging effects to fish after short-term, environmentally low concentration exposures (6.67 μg/L, or, 6.67 micrograms per Liter).[iv] For a comprehensive list of the toxic effects of Roundup and glyphosate visit our research page on the topic: Glyphosate formulations.” More at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/how-gmo-farming-and-food-making-our-gut-flora-unfriendly
Second Brain - Manage your gut and gut flora
NaturalNews) “Your mind is your most important asset, but it can become your worst enemy. And your gut may be your most important organ when it comes to mental health.
The awareness of intestinal flora deficiencies as the root causes of a wide spectrum of mental problems is constantly expanding. The gut is often called the "second brain". This is something you can easily manage.
The relationship of friendly gut flora to pathogenic bacteria needs to be rather lopsided, around 85% good guys to 15% bad guys. When it goes the other way, all sorts of physical and mental problems arise.
Mentally, disorders ranging from ADD to autism in children and depression to mental fogginess in adults have been connected to intestinal flora imbalances that create inflammation of the gut and elsewhere. This is known as the "gut-brain axis".
There are many environmental and dietary issues that kill our friendly bacteria. The whole idea of killing bacteria has been overdone in our culture.
Pasteurization, irradiation, processed foods and sugar are the main culprits.” Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033826_second_brain_gut.html
“This is the unhappy truth about soda: http://therealbears.org
It wasn't so bad when soft drinks were the occasional treat. But now sugary drinks are the number one source of calories in the American diet. With one third of America overweight and another third obese, it's a wonder anyone is still swallowing what the soda companies are selling.”
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The Effect of Soda on Your Body
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On This day:
Mariner 10 visits Mercury, Mar 29, 1974:
“The unmanned U.S. space probe Mariner 10, launched by NASA in November 1973, becomes the first spacecraft to visit the planet Mercury, sending back close-up images of a celestial body usually obscured because of its proximity to the sun.
Mariner 10 had visited the planet Venus eight weeks before but only for the purpose of using Venus' gravity to whip it toward the closest planet to the sun. In three flybys of Mercury between 1974 and 1975, the NASA spacecraft took detailed images of the planet and succeeded in mapping about 35 percent of its heavily cratered, moonlike surface.
Mercury is the second smallest planet in the solar system and completes its solar orbit in only 88 earth days. Data sent back by Mariner 10 discounted a previously held theory that the planet does not spin on its axis; in fact, the planet has a very slow rotational period that stretches over 58 earth days. Mercury is a waterless, airless world that alternately bakes and freezes as it slowly rotates. Highly inhospitable, Mercury's surface temperature varies from 800 degrees Fahrenheit when facing the sun to -279 degrees when facing away. The planet has no known satellites. Mariner 10 is the only human-created spacecraft to have visited Mercury to date.”
White House ousts GM chief, Mar 29, 2009:
“On March 29, 2009, Rick Wagoner, the chairman and chief executive of troubled auto giant General Motors (GM), resigns at the request of the Obama administration. During Wagoner's more than 8 years in the top job at GM, the company lost billions of dollars and in 2008 was surpassed by Japan-based Toyota as the world's top-selling maker of cars and trucks, a title the American automaker had held since the early 1930s.
On March 30, 2009, the day after the White House announced Wagoner had been asked to step aside, President Barack Obama stated that GM would have to undergo a fundamental restructuring in the next 60 days in order for the government to consider loaning it any more money. On June 1, 2009, GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Bankruptcy was a move once considered unthinkable for the company that was founded in 1908 and became a giant of the U.S. economy in the 20th century. GM pursued a strategy of selling a vehicle "for every purse and purpose." By its peak in 1962, GM produced 51 percent of all the cars in the U.S. However, according to The New York Times, during the 1960s the automaker "began a long and slow process of undermining itself" as it failed to innovate fast enough in the face of competition from foreign car manufacturers.”
The Prednisone doesn’t seem to be helping my sinuses, and sometimes it keeps me awake, so after coughing quite a bit during the night, that made me oversleep to 7.00AM.
I knew I had to go shopping before I ran out of canned cat food. This hungry Terry-cat sure eats a lot, but doesn’t gain weight. He is such a gentle, sweet cat and doesn’t fight me giving him his meds. He enjoys lying on my bed and snuggles right up to my feet, but doesn’t realize that he makes my sinuses block up, then that makes me cough. It’s not his fault, so I want him to enjoy his stay here, and even though I know I can’t keep him, I still needed food for “Blondie”.
Jay wanted to go with me, so Misty and I had our walk down there. We didn’t even leave until 10.30. First, we went to unload the paper re-cycling, but the thrift shop was closed for the holiday. On to the next one, and Jay found things to buy there. At the third thrift shop, I found a new filter for my air cleaner, (that saved about $30) and two big food storage containers (50¢ each) for my vinegar-washed produce when I am getting it ready for the juicer. We had to stop at Walmart to get some filters for Jay’s aquarium, so I bought a few things there. Then to Petsmart for the cat food, and it was getting so late that we didn’t even stop at a grocery store. I don’t and won’t buy food at Walmart, they have nothing that I want.
I had intended to take Terry back to the vet after lunch, he only has one dose of antibiotic left, and is still sneezing. But when I called to find out which vet would be there, I found out that they are closed until Saturday to re-do their floors. That would have been a nearly 50 mile round trip if I hadn’t called.
Morning and evening, “Blondie”, the sweet, scared, little blonde abandoned cat comes back and meows for food, but I can’t get near him/her. We know who dumped the poor thing when they moved. Another neighbor didn’t want it near their place and has been shooting at it with a cap pistol, so no wonder it is scared. It comes to my screen porch and looks in my window, pleading. I hope that by feeding it each day, it will see me as a friend, and let me get close. That’s how I got one of my very best cats, my white one, once he trusted me, we bonded like glue. Abandoned pets are always so grateful to have a new human friend. I am going to open the little hidden door on my screen porch, put it’s food there, and see if I can entice it in today.