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Juice Fasting: Health Benefits You Don’t Want To Miss Out On

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So, let me get this straight! You want me to not eat anything for 3 full days?

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It sounds ludicrous, but there are tangible outcomes that may just convince you, that juice fasting is an effective and necessary technique to reset your body. Most of us are goal driven individuals and tend to stick to habits more if we have specific outcomes to work towards. So here is the promised list of juice fasting benefits:

1. Your digestive system will get much needed rest!

If you have read Part 1 of the Juice Fasting Guide, then you know how many steps are involved in digesting food optimally so that your body can use it to fuel and nourish itself. It’s an exhaustive process, which is why your digestive system needs a break once in a while -just like every other part of your body that you work out strenuously. Remember when I asked you to work out your legs 88,695 times with no break? That was NOT a challenge, I repeat, it was not a challenge! Now if you haven’t read up on the digestive system, go check it out here.

2. You will lose those extra (toxic) pounds!

healthyweightYou’re fasting — so naturally you are going to lose a few pounds. What’s important to keep in mind, though, is that these are not just any kind of pounds. Juice fasting is a cleansing mechanism, so the pounds that you will be shedding are made up of toxins that have accumulated in your body. One of the self-defense strategies your body deploys when dealing with toxic overload is to increase the number of fat cells and then stuff them full of toxins. This is said to prevent the toxic waste from making its rounds in our circulation and to keep it away from our organs, which is helpful. But, it also causes easy weight gain.

Juice fasting will not just lead to weight loss. More importantly, it gets rid of the toxins that may have triggered any weight gain to begin with. And if you need a little extra motivation, you may want to watch Sick, Fast, and Nearly Dead.

3. You will prevent a toxic overload!

toxinsRemoving toxins and waste from your body is a benefit in and of itself. This is important to note because your body doesn’t get the chance to “clean house” if there is constantly something else to do. When you give your digestive system a break from solid foods, it can focus its attention on removing these culprits in your body by utilizing the army of nutrients, amino acids and minerals which you are feeding it via fresh, organic juices.

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It’s no secret that we live in a polluted environment. The first thing we usually think of is air pollution, but that’s really just the start. The chemicals we breathe in while cleaning our homes with conventional household products; when we apply perfume or cologne. Or the chemicals that seep into our skin when we apply deodorant, go to the swimming pool, when we put on make up or dye our hair. And not to mention the toxins we put directly into our body via the junk food and drinks some of us choose to consume. It’s absolutely necessary to get rid of these toxins before they accumulate in your body and cause serious illness. Hint: juice fast!

4. Your skin will clear up and glow radiantly!

happy womanAnother great benefit that you can see with your own eyes! Your skin is actually an external reflection of what’s happening inside of your body. It is the largest organ we have and just like our kidneys and liver, it plays an active role in ensuring that toxins are expelled routinely to avoid a build-up inside our body. While we do everything to hide our pimples, zits and acne, we must acknowledge that beneath all the cover-up is a warning sign that we must cleanse our bodies of the toxins.

Juice fasting is an incredibly effective cleansing technique and therefore has positive effects on the appearance of our skin. And here is the trickle down effect that goes beyond our skin: when the skin looks good, we feel more beautiful which consequently makes us happier. And when we are in a positive state of mind, our body functions way better. So you see, it’s a full circle! One good thing leads to another when you juice fast.

5. A love potion for your bowel problems!

happybowelsAs you may have noticed, there has been a dramatic increase in chronic illnesses that affect our digestive tract. The number of teenagers with Crohn’s disease, for example, has jumped more than 300 per cent in the last 10 years in England. Comparatively, the rest of the developed world doesn’t look much better. Other common digestive tract diseases are Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Ulcerative Colitis. The gluten-free craze has certainly been a result of the rising number people who are concerned with or affected by health issues related to their digestive system. Limiting your gluten intake is probably a wise decision for most in order to prevent the onset or manage the symptoms of digestive tract diseases, but so is juice fasting. The aforementioned army of nutrients, amino acids and minerals you take in through the juices will ensure that your digestive system functions (more) optimally.

Although there haven’t been many scientific studies conducted to explore the effectiveness of juicing and juice fasting to treat digestive tract diseases (perhaps for financial reasons), there are reasonable explanations from professionals in the field. One reason may be that our body can take full advantage of the healing properties of plants without having an “irritable” reaction to the insoluble dietary fiber. Also, your body has a built-in mechanism that breaks down and digests diseased tissues and damaged cells. Juice fasting accelerates the process of removing this “waste” and then helps build new, healthy blood cells and tissues which will repair the damaged lining of your intestine. Makes sense, right? (Now we just need the science community to start paying attention!)

6. You will be more mentally alert and focused!

superbrainA build-up of toxins and diseased tissues in the body have been linked to episodes of ‘brain fog’ — that feeling when you can’t think clearly and it’s difficult for you to focus on tasks; everything is kind of blurry and your cognitive abilities slow down. Juice fasting alleviates the symptoms of brain fog by removing the toxins that have likely been the root of the problem to begin with. But even if you’re not suffering from brain fog, it’s great to take your mind off food. How much time do you spend a day thinking about what you should eat, when you should make it, and how much you should make? It gets a bit tiring, especially if you are someone who makes a habit of cooking at home, rather than eating out all the time (good for you!).

Note that during the juice fast, you might experience the exact opposite – you may find it difficult to concentrate. That’s because your brain has gone into panic mode and turned on your survival instinct. It will try to say anything to make you eat food ! Remember that this is a natural mechanism and as long as you recognize that, you can simply respond, “chill out brain, this is good for us!”

7. You will increase your willpower!

You can do itYou may have already discovered that one of the greatest “secrets” to life is Willpower. It helps you elevate your inner strength and defy the type of resistance that keeps up from doing the things we want or need to do, out of fear or uncertainty. How many times have you said you would do something and then didn’t do it? Afterwards you kick yourself, creating a negative environment for your body, mind and soul to sulk over.

Juice fasting trains your willpower by saying NO to the most basic need –food –every single day for 72 hours. This will naturally, and perhaps magically, reflect in other aspects of your life. All of the sudden, other tasks you put your mind to will no longer seem so farfetched and a lot easier to accomplish. Shaka!

8. It will unleash your body’s natural healing powers!

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 12.30.47 AMThe act of cleansing in and of itself is a very powerful tool to regaining your health, or to prevent illness from setting in. People (me included) have accredited juice fasting for expediting their recovery from a disease by unleashing the natural healing powers of the body, mind and soul. Juice fasting is a natural, relatively inexpensive, and widely accessible medicine that is available to everyone if they are strong enough to give it a try. Are you?

 

 

Side note: I strongly advise against any type of hardcore cleansing and detoxifying, such as  juice fasting, while you are undergoing conventional cancer treatments (including chemotherapy and radiation). During that time, it is important to support your body and allow it to rest, rather than putting it to work.

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1-rWuR7VSLt_hMzEMICxGjSgHi everyone, my name Tina Schomburg and I’m super excited to talk to you about Juice Fasting. WHY am I so exciting about it? Because Juice Fasting has been truly miraculous for me. I was diagnosed with cancer at 22 and I honestly accredit my recovery and survival in part to juicing and juice fasting. The image to the left was a picture I took after my last 3-day juice fast. I felt incredible, my skin cleared up visibly, my energy was up and my mental agility was noticably improved. I love the euphoric feeling post-juice fast and I’d love for you to follow along this 4-part series. Maybe it will inspire you to embark on your own juice fast journey! Juice it real good – cheers!

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Glyphosate & Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults

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  • The Facts:

    This article was written by By Lyn Redwood, RN, MSN, President of Children’s Health Defense.

  • Reflect On:

    How did our federal health regulatory agencies ever approve something so dangerous and damaging to human health?

In Part I, “The Disturbing Increase in Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults,” we called attention to the steep rise in colorectal cancer incidence in young people in their twenties and thirties and discussed the risks associated with viral vaccines. In Part II, we discuss glyphosate as another plausible culprit in the colorectal cancer epidemic.

Gut bacteria play a pivotal role in shoring up brain health and overall health. This fact has become a widely acknowledged talking point in scientific circles as well as in the popular press. The reverse is also true—when diet or environmental factors produce gut dysbiosis (an imbalance of the microbes that reside in the gastrointestinal tract), the imbalance can “impact the pathologies of many diseases.”

Colorectal cancer has increased by 51% in Americans under age 50 since the mid-1990s, and researchers suggest that “early life exposures…may be contributing to the rise” in that age group. A leading hypothesis is that gut dysbiosis is playing an active part—perhaps by disrupting young people’s immune response and triggering overactivation of cell signaling proteins in the colon. Some researchers have even posited a “bidirectional self-feeding relationship” between the gut microbiome and colorectal cancer, with gut dysbiosis contributing to colorectal cancer growth and progression, and tumor growth in turn disturbing the gut microbiome.

Autism investigators have been at the forefront of research on the gut microbiome. They point to environmental toxins and antibiotic use as two influences that can shift the gut’s microbial composition in an unfavorable direction. Scientists attribute up to 85% of colorectal cancers to environmental and microbial factors. Glyphosate (the leading ingredient of Roundup) is both an herbicide and a patented antimicrobial. Could the upward trend in glyphosate usage that began roughly three decades ago have something to do, therefore, with the skyrocketing incidence of colorectal cancer in young people? Although recent court cases linking Roundup to cancer have focused mostly on other types of cancer such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the evidence that glyphosate wreaks havoc with gut bacteria has led many researchers to suspect that the answer is yes.

Glyphosate in the air and everywhere

These days, glyphosate exposure affects everyone, not just farmworkers. Newsweek reported in 2016 that the world is “awash in glyphosate,” with a fifteen-fold increase in Roundup use since the mid-1990s. American agriculture sprays glyphosate on at least 70 food crops. As a result, glyphosate residues are now rampant in the U.S. food supply, including in the processed Cheerios, Doritos and Oreos so frequently gobbled up by children and adolescents.

Studies have documented concerning levels of glyphosate in Americans’ urine and breastmilk. One study of U.S. adults found that average glyphosate levels in urine increased by a factor of thirteen over the two-decade period between 1993–1996 and 2014–2016—and seven out of ten study participants had glyphosate levels above the limits of detection. Mean levels of a glyphosate metabolite called AMPA measured approximately 36 times higher in the second time period. Moms Across America has reported high levels of glyphosate in three out of ten breastmilk samples tested.

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Glyphosate and the gut

A variety of in-progress clinical trials are exploring the link between the intestinal microbiota and colorectal cancer. Completed studies have already shown that individuals with colorectal cancer “display instability in the composition of their gut bacterial communities when compared with healthy controls” and have elevated levels of unfavorable bacterial species. Several of these species exhibit “pro-inflammatory and pro-carcinogenic properties, which could consequently have an impact on colorectal carcinogenesis.” In fact, researchers suggest that measurement of these out-of-whack bacterial populations could have “potential value as a marker of colon cancer.”

The widespread and intensive use of glyphosate has exacerbated “distortions in microbial communities.” Researchers note that:

Shifts in microbial compositions due to selective pressure by glyphosate may have contributed to the proliferation of plant and animal pathogens. …[W]e hypothesize that the selection pressure for glyphosate-resistance in bacteria could lead to shifts in microbiome composition and increases in antibiotic resistance to clinically important antimicrobial agents.

Researchers Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have written extensively about glyphosate in a series of papers elucidating “pathways to modern diseases.” They note that in animals, glyphosate “has been shown to disrupt gut bacteria…, preferentially killing beneficial forms and causing an overgrowth of pathogens.” Overgrowth of opportunistic pathogens can lead to a breakdown of the gut lining and the development of “leaky gut” syndrome. Researchers describe “the loss of gut barrier integrity” as “an early event which contributes to chronic inflammation,” and they have observed both gut dysbiosis and a dysfunctional intestinal barrier in colorectal cancer patients.

Turning a blind eye

Far from sticking up for American consumers, U.S. regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have largely turned a blind eye to concerns about glyphosate safety. The environmental website EcoWatch reported in 2016 that although the FDA routinely tests foods for pesticide residues, it had never tested for glyphosate residues until that year; EPA critics believe that the agency “has been unduly influenced by the agrichemical industry.” EcoWatch also observed that U.S. regulators allow a much higher “acceptable daily intake” of glyphosate than is permitted in other countries.

In July, 2019, Children’s Health Defense filed a lawsuit against Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, asserting that the company’s labeling and marketing practices “deceive parents who seek to be mindful of what is contained in the baby foods they provide to their infants.” Independent laboratory testing identified multiple synthetic pesticides, including glyphosate, in Beech-Nut’s “Naturals” line of baby food. Children’s Health Defense and Chairman and Chief Legal Counsel Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. take the health of our most precious resource—our children—very seriously and are at the forefront of legal efforts to challenge fraud and free children from exposure to toxic chemicals.

The rising toll of colorectal cancer deaths in young people who are in the prime of life points to the urgent need to reset regulatory priorities and put people before profits. Glyphosate’s deleterious effects on the gut microbiome—just one of many problems associated with the herbicide—are one more nail in the coffin for a toxic product that is well past its use-by date.

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Johnson & Johnson Found To Have Knowingly Allowed Asbestos In Their Baby Powder

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  • The Facts:

    Johnson and Johnson have recently lost lawsuits for negligence in knowingly allowing carcinogenic substances in their talc-based hygiene products.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we starting to turn the page on an era where human health and safety are not the prime considerations in the manufacturing of consumer products?

We are starting to awaken to the fact that it seems to be the rule, and not the exception, that large Western corporations put profits above human health considerations. The only time they seem to give any regard to human health concerns is when their forecasts of potential lawsuits down the road would likely exceed the cost measures needed to ensure the safety of their product.

Johnson & Johnson is just one of a long line of corporate perpetrators who believed that covering up and lying about known health concerns would make better business sense than taking the time and resources to actually address those health concerns within their products.

Contaminated Baby Powder: The Height Of Indignity

One would think, regardless of an understanding that the bottom line is a priority for most private companies, that the health and safety of a nursing mother and her newborn child would be sacrosanct for any industry. The reality is that this is simply not the case, even though J&J could have mitigated this problem from the start.

Companies that mine talc are required to take extra steps to ensure the absence of asbestos in their talc. Instead, J&J allegedly went to great lengths to fake it.

Not only did the company know about the asbestos contamination, evidence suggests, but J&J also failed to warn its customers about the link between Baby Powder and cancer or replace its talc with a safer alternative. As a result, J&J guaranteed its customers’ exposure to asbestos.

And regardless of their size or numbers, asbestos fibers are lethal at any capacity. As the World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed repeatedly, there is no safe level of exposure. (source)

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The Testimony of Scientist James Webber

Baby Powder’s contamination with asbestos (a mineral that naturally occurs near talc) has long been the subject of lawsuits. But only in recent years has evidence begun to unravel J&J’s defense – that the company had no idea – and threatened its success in lawsuits to come.

In March, a California jury awarded $29 million to Terry Leavitt, a woman who said that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-powder-based products caused her terminal mesothelioma. Environmental scientist James Webber testified in her high-profile California trial and made these observations:

During several hours on the stand, Webber explained how he ran tests that showed “clear” evidence of asbestos contamination in the mines from which J&J sourced talc.

“The testing I have seen [shows] that it was present at least as early as 1971 and up through the late 1990s,” said Webber, who ran an asbestos laboratory in New York state.

Despite denying it publicly, J&J had observed this contamination in internal memos. Its notes dismissed the amount of asbestos in its talc as “but a trace,” Webber alleged. But that was just an optimistic interpretation of superficial testing, he said: the tests used methods too weak to detect microscopic asbestos fibers. Webber insisted the actual tests results revealed there could be millions of asbestos fibers per gram of talc.

And J&J’s inaccurate reports were allegedly only the tip of the iceberg. In some instances, Webber said, photos attached to J&J’s reports revealed that “they had been seeing it and not reporting it.”  (source)

And It’s Getting Worse

The $29 million verdict, in California Superior Court in Oakland, was the latest defeat for the healthcare conglomerate facing more than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits nationwide. And things may be getting even worse for J&J, according to ZeroHedge:

Johnson & Johnson shares are down over 5% after Bloomberg reports that, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the U.S. Justice Department is pursuing a criminal investigation into whether Johnson & Johnson lied to the public about the possible cancer risks of its talcum powder…

Now, a grand jury in Washington is examining documents related to what company officials knew about any carcinogens in their products, the people said.

The Takeaway

It seems as though corporations have long been willing to take the calculated risk of short-cuts and denials instead of ensuring that their products are safe for public use. My suspicion is that a part of our collective awakening process will be issuing in a new business paradigm in which human health and safety become paramount.

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Prescription Infant Formulas Found To Be Contaminated With Aluminum

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  • The Facts:

    Multiple brands of prescription infant formula were found to contain high levels of aluminum.

  • Reflect On:

    Should we be questioning the quality of products that come from pharmaceutical production? Do we veer away from natural methods of raising children more than we should? At what cost?

You may not think aluminum is a big deal, but it is. For anybody who has looked into aluminum toxicology, it’s quite clear and apparent that it has no place inside of any living biological organism. Putting it simply, it wreaks havoc on our biology. High amounts of aluminum have been found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, with experts in the field believing that aluminum brain accumulation may be one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s also been discovered within the brains of MS patients, and some of the highest aluminum content ever recorded in brain tissue has also been discovered in people with autism. Aluminum is associated with several diseases. But an adult body can do a great job of flushing out aluminum.

Despite the fact that aluminum has no place within earth’s biota, it’s still present in many of our medications, our food, and even in the water that we drink due to contamination since the industrial revolution. Aluminum inside the body is a new phenomenon and still understudied. Again, there is a threshold, and aluminum that is injected via vaccines doesn’t exit the body–there is strong evidence that it remains inside the body and ends up in distant organs and eventually inside of the brain. If you want to access more studies on that topic, you can read this article I published that provides them and goes into more detail. You can also watch this interview with Christopher Exley, where he also points to that fact.

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has shown that multiple popular infant prescriptions are contaminated with aluminum. You may be asking how much aluminum, but the authors make it a point to stress that there are no safe amounts of aluminum levels that can be inside of a human body, let alone a newborn baby. That being said, the amounts found are listed within the abstract of the study:

Historical and recent data demonstrate that off-the-shelf infant formulas are heavily contaminated with aluminium. The origin of this contamination remains to be elucidated though may be imported via ingredients, packaging and processing. Specialised infant formulas exist to address health issues, such as low birth weight, allergy or intolerance and medical conditions, such as renal insufficiency. The aluminium content of these prescription infant formulas is measured here for the first time. We obtained 24 prescription infant formulas through a paediatric clinic and measured their total aluminium content by transversely heated graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry following microwave assisted acid/peroxide digestion. The aluminium content of ready-to-drink formulas ranged from 49.9 (33.7) to 1956.3 (111.0) μg/L. The most heavily contaminated products were those designed as nutritional supplements for infants struggling to gain weight. The aluminium content of powdered formulas ranged from 0.27 (0.04) to 3.27 (0.19) μg/g. The most heavily contaminated products tended to be those addressing allergies and intolerance. Prescription infant formulas are contaminated with aluminium.

Another very important point made right off the bat by the authors:

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Human exposure to aluminium is a serious health concern. Aluminium exposure in infants is understandably a burgeoning issue. While infant exposure to aluminium continues to be documented, its consequences, immediate and in the future, have received only scant attention and research is required to understand the biological availability of aluminium through formula feeding. For example, how much aluminium is absorbed across the neonate gut and its subsequent fate, including excretion.

There is already too much aluminium in infant formulas and herein we have measured its content in a large number of prescription formulas, products which are fed to vulnerable infants in their first months of life. Many of these products are heavily contaminated with aluminium.

As for the specific infant formulas, you can refer to the study. The researchers obtained 24 prescription infant formulas via the Paediatric Clinic of Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, United Kingdom. The ready-to-drink and powdered products were new, ready-to-be used and unopened samples. These formulas are for babies with some sort of growth restriction, like for preterm infants or infants who have poor weight gain. There were also powdered formulas for allergies and intolerances and powdered formulas with additional amino acids.

The authors contacted each manufacturer and expressed that they denied knowing that there was any aluminum in their products, which means it’s still a mystery as to their source. The authors hypothesize on a number of ways that aluminum could be entering into the formulas.

In their conclusion, the authors emphasize that:

Where possible, breast milk feeding should be prioritised, as the aluminium content of breast milk is invariably an order of magnitude lower than in formula feeds. Where infant formulas are the only source of nutrition for many infants in their first weeks and months of life, aluminium ingested in formula feeds will be the major contributor to their body burden of aluminium. The last thing that vulnerable infants fed specialised formulas for their specific nutritional/medicinal need is additional aluminium in their diet.

Detoxing

There is a lot of information out there on how a person can detox from aluminum and other heavy metals. There are multiple studies, and based on what I’ve looked into, water with high amounts of Silica are effective in draining aluminum out of your body and brain. Herbs like cilantro and substances like chlorella and spirulina are also great for removing some metals. The information is out there, so be sure to do your research.

The Takeaway

It’s concerning to think about what these corporations are doing. Again, aluminum should hold no place in our society, it should’ve remained well below our surface as part of the Earth’s crust for a reason. It wasn’t until humans began digging it out and using it for a number of things, irresponsibly I might add, that we started to see the health implications which still go largely ignored by the medical community.

In fact, heavy metal accumulation and detoxification of aluminum haven’t been addressed at all, which is odd given the fact that heavy metal accumulation is linked to a variety of diseases.

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