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Measles: Exploring The Past Before The Marketing Of Vaccines

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Did you grow up watching The Flintstones or The Brady Bunch? I know I did. These television programs were pretty popular in their day.

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You might want to take a step back in time and reminisce by watching these hilarious measles episodes joking about how trivial getting the measles was, way back before the vaccine was invented. And maybe it will get you thinking, ”why all the fuss today?” Is measles something to be terrified of?

I’m sure we all can agree, most grandparents would say that they caught measles and that they “got through it just fine.” And our mothers can probably also remember measles and chicken pox parties, where people would invite their kids to be around other children who had either of these two viruses. It was nothing to be scared of. Sure, if you didn’t treat it correctly, it could make some children’s symptoms worsen, and it’s definitely not good for adults to get measles (hence the parties!) but all in all, measles was seen as something that was very common and nothing to be frightened of. Please try and view the video first, then read on.

Why are things are so different now?  We’ve all become very scared of contracting any illness. Even the flu makes people rush out and get vaccines that have actually been proven to harm (and can even kill). What’s worse, not only are they harmful, they really do not work very well.

Where Does The Fear Come From?

What has caused such a huge change in our attitudes towards the measles?

Cathy Jameson from Age Of Autism wrote the following in her article A Very Brady Measles:

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Things are so different today. Illness is a bad word. What used to be called a common childhood disease is now viewed as impending doom. Fevers, rashes and sicknesses that last longer than a few hours are treated like the plague. Anything that can be passed from one person to another is a death sentence. These types of exaggerations fill many news stories.  With those exaggerations, as well as how other fear tactics are used, including the mantra that the almighty vaccine is the answer no matter the question, no wonder people feel anxious about disease today!

Cathy also wrote about the Disney ‘outbreak’ that has many people up in arms:

I don’t know why a growing number of news sources that are reporting on diseases are resorting to such exaggeration. Take the latest disease story in the news, the Disney measles story. Pre-vaccine hysteria, we recognized that after a childhood illness ran its course that natural immunity would be gained.  Nowadays, rather than promote natural immunity, we’re being ushered and demanded to get vaccines. I have to ask why, especially why the measles vaccine (MMR), when this particular vaccine clearly isn’t working.

We know that it isn’t working because several of the people who came down with the measles in the recent Disney outbreak were vaccinated. That fact – that vaccinated individuals got the disease that their vaccine was supposed to prevent – negates the current media feeding frenzy. You’d think focusing on those vaccinated individuals who fell ill is a more of a breaking news story. You’d think that because we’re told so many times that vaccines are always life-saving, safe and effective, effective in preventing disease. Evidently, they are not.

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The Chart Used in Brady Bunch TV program to highlight what the Brady kids had caught.

“Over $3 billion has been paid out to victims of vaccine reactions. Not $3 million. Not $30 million. Not even $300 million, but $3 billion. Are we paying that much money to victims of pretend reactions? I think not.”  – Dr Bob Sears

Worried About Measles & Other Viruses?

It personally boggles my mind that most people today are so frightened of common viruses that “everyone got” years ago, yet many don’t know that real health comes from what we eat, how much exercise we get, how we control our stress and how much Vitamin D we get.

But what can we expect when we have a medical system with doctors who don’t tend to learn more than about 12 hours (maybe I’m even stretching this amount!) of training to do with nutrition. And whilst they do mention the other things in their advice to patients, it’s not really emphasised in detail – eg. they will still prescribe a drug that might not be necessary when a lifestyle change may actually fix that concern.

Because doctors don’t receive much nutrition training, this of course, then effects what the media writes about nutrition and allows them to advertise these awful foods to begin with.

So because of this lack of education – generally speaking – many people often regularly eat junk food, always resort to medications (that can harm  the body with regular use), and don’t breastfeed their children for too long – or at all.  They also aren’t concerned about or don’t understand that chemicals are harming society, and just generally lead a very unhealthy lifestyle.

Yet they perhaps want to believe that a vaccine will take care of everything, instantly making them healthier individuals and immune to disease.

Ensure Adequate Levels of Vitamin A

There’s a lot we can do for ourselves and our children in relation to the measles. One is very simple and that is ensuring that we have adequate vitamin a levels.

Leon Chaitow wrote in his book  (published back in 1987 when measles deaths did occur) Vaccination and Immunisation: Dangers, Delusions and Alternatives about the evidence supporting vitamin a deficiences showing that:

  • those children that have the worst symptoms during and following measles have lowest levels of vitamin a
  • such children are the most likely develop eye symptoms during measles
  • they are also likely to have a fever above 40 degrees (104 F) and require hospitalisation
  • they are the children most likely to die from measles
  • supplementing with vitamin a dramatically reduces the risks of severe illness or death associated with measles
  • this has been demonstrated in Africa where a 700% reduction in children dying from measles followed with vitamin a supplementation

Therefore, it must be considered, we may be seeing these outbreaks happen today, partly due to simple vitamin a deficiencies. We know that many children aren’t eating good diets. That’s a fact. You only have to take a walk outside most cities and you will see overweight children who are clearly not having a good wholesome diet.  I often see children with dark circles under their eyes, sallow skin and just lack of ‘spark’ behind their eyes. If they don’t look healthy, chances are they are missing some pretty important nutrients.

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excellent source of Vitamin A

Where Do You Get Vitamin A From In Diet?

As parents or as an individual, we can try and ensure we have good levels of vitamin a in our diets. High levels of  vitamin a – in the form of retinol (the most important source) –  is found in many animal products such as:

  • grass fed organic egg yolks
  • grass fed organic butter
  • grass fed organic liver
  • fermented cod liver oil
  • grass fed organic full fat cream

It is found in plant sources too, but according to research its not the correct source.

Author Lauren, of the Empowered Sustanance wrote:

When you hear think about vitamin A foods, what sources come to mind? Most nutrition books and internet sources list the following as excellent sources of vitamin A:

  1. Carrots
  2. Sweet potatoes
  3. Dark leafy greens
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Bell peppers

Although taken for granted as ideal vitamin A foods, these plants provide only the precursor to vitamin A, carotenoids. Interestingly, we need to be consuming true vitamin A foods, foods containing retinol, to meet our vitamin A requirements.

The most important fact about vitamin A is the difference between retinoids and cartenoids. The vitamin A from animal sources is retinoids, also called retinol, while plant source vitamin A is carotenoids, such as beta carotene.

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Think Carrots Are A Good Source Of Vitamin A? Not So

Animal sources of retinol is bio-available, which means the body can utilize it. The vitamin A from plant sources, in contrast, must first be converted to retinol to be useful in the body. This poses two big problems.

First, when we are in pristine health, it requires at least six units of carotenes to convert into 1 unit of retinol (source). To put this in perspective, that means one must eat 4 1/2 pounds of carrots to potentially get the amount of useable A as in 3 oz. of beef liver (source). What happens if we have digestive issues, hormone imbalances, or other health problems? It requires even more units of carotene in the ratio.

Second,  the carotene-to-retinol conversion is HIGHLY compromised. As a matter of fact, this conversion is negligible for many individuals. This conversion is virtually insignificant:

  • In infants
  • In those with poor thyroid function (hypothyroidism)
  • In those with diabetes
  • In those who are on a low fat diet or have a history of low fat dieting
  • In those who have compromised bile production (think: gallbladder and digestive issues) (source and source)

This information is most certainly not going to appeal to vegans. However, I would suggest you get tested yourself for vitamin a levels and your children as well if they too are following a vegan diet.

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Adequate Vitamin D Is A Must For Healthy Kids And Adults

Vitamin D

We also now know that many people are incredibly deficient in vitamin d, which is vital for good health and a strong immune system. I’d personally go as far as saying that vitamin d is essential for the health of every single part of the body. Concerningly deficiencies are now a huge problem found in children.

Sunlight is the best source, but due to the vilification of the sun years ago, many people always slather themselves with toxic sunscreens before they have any sun exposure at all.  These creams do a fantastic job of blocking out the bad and good rays.

So where are people getting their vitamin d from if they are always covering up? Diet is another area that we can tray and get some more from:

 

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mushrooms – a source of vitamin d

Common Foods That Contain Vitamin D

  • eggs
  • mushrooms
  • oily fish
  • cod liver oil
  • orange juice
  • beef liver

another way to get Vitamin D is from:

Supplementing with Vitamin D

In regards to supplementation, I would like to share what Dr. Mercola wrote on his website:

If You Opt for a Vitamin D Supplement…

If your circumstances don’t allow you to access the sun or a high-quality tanning bed, then you really only have one option if you want to raise your vitamin D, and that is to take a vitamin D supplement (make sure it is vitamin D3, not D2). I recommend regularly testing your levels to make sure you’re staying within the therapeutic range of 50-70 ng/ml year-round. The Society Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee recommends the following dosages. Keep in mind that these guidelines are thought to allow most people to reach a vitamin D level of 30 ng/ml, which many still consider suboptimal for disease prevention.

  • Neonates: 400 to 1,000 IUs per day
  • Children one year of age and above: 600 to 1,000 IUs per day
  • Adults: 1,500 to 2,000 IUs per day

GrassrootsHealth offers a helpful chart showing the average adult dose required to reach healthy vitamin D levels based upon your measured starting point. Many experts agree that 35 IUs of vitamin D per pound of body weight could be used as an estimate for your ideal dose, but you’ll need to test your levels to find out the dosage that’s right for you.

Get Your Levels Checked

Another way to know whats going on with your body is to get some testing done in relation to your levels of vitamin d. You can ask your doctor to do a screening for you (you may have to be quite firm about your request) or you could purchase a kit like this one.

When suffering from the measles another great way to treat it is with Vitamin C.  Dr Suzanne Humphries writes:

Vitamin C is one of the safest medical wonders on the planet. The following link will show you Vitamin C’s success as published in medical literature since the 1940′s.  It has been put down by the FDA and much disbelief exists within the medical community.  Link to article HERE.  However, I and many others have first-handedly enjoyed the nontoxic benefits of sodium ascorbate.  It is important to use high enough doses and the right formulation to achieve best results.

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The reason conventional medical doctors are not taught about the mechanisms of action and benefits of vitamin C in medical school, is that if they knew about it, then not only would a raft of other drugs have been unnecessary, but there would not be serious whooping cough or even deaths.  Vitamin A and C would render measles really easy to treat. You’d never see meningococcal complications, because all people suspected of having it, would immediately be put on IV vitamin C and there would be no coagulopathy at all.  Vitamin C antidotes DIC, the coagulopathy.  The ACIP and it’s cronies wouldn’t be able to use meningococcal complications and deaths as emotional blackmail to get people to vaccinate, because people wouldn’t be scared of infections any more.

Why The Huge Rise In Autoimmune Disorders?

If vaccines were truly making us ‘healthier’ and have stronger immune systems, why is their such a huge increase in auto-immune disorders that we have?

It is estimated that in the US alone, 50 million citizens have an autoimmune disorder. And guess how many different ones there are these days?

Between 80-100.

This is beyond shocking.

I know, to achieve good health, it can cost more, you do have to spend more money on wholesome food, on supplements and other preventative measures, but the long term goal is to not need to suffer later in life – and cost the health system (which uses our taxes to pay for it) so much money.

There’s so much an individual can do to help their immune system become very efficient, it just takes a little interest and serious effort. It’s actually got to become a way of life.  We just need more education on how to do this.

Measle Vaccines Spreads Measles

Another thing people don’t seem to understand about the measles vaccine is that it can spread the disease to others. Because it contains a “live virus,” most people who are recently vaccinated can be contagious for approximately 2 weeks. This is called “shedding.” This is not hearsay, this is a fact and is often clearly stated on vaccine inserts.

In New York City, a 22 year old fully vaccinated adult developed measles and then unknowingly gave the virus to four other people, two of which had also been vaccinated.

Despite kids today being given up to 3 doses of the MMR vaccine, it’s also not guaranteed that they will still be immune later in life  – which is pretty frightening to know considering catching measles as an adult is certainly a lot riskier.

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Vaccines that can shed

 

Measles Vaccine Reactions Not So Rare

If you check out the MMR’s adverse reactions that have been listed after they conducted their study, the list is enormous – too much to list here – but it contains some very frightening noted effects.

However, I also found some concerning information, again, found in Merck’s own product information PDF:

  • As for any vaccine, vaccination with M-M-R II may not result in protection in 100% of vaccines.
  • M-M-R II has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or potential to impair fertility.

So basically they’re saying that they can’t guarantee that the MMR vaccine will provide us with immunity and that it – or any other vaccines on the market – have not been studied to disprove if this vaccine can cause us long term problems such as cancer, or if it could cause other health problems or even effect your ability to conceive a child.

Not So Safe & Not So Effective

Really, they haven’t proven anything in regards to its safety. Sure, some will say, “My kids had it but they are fine, they haven’t had a reaction,” but how do we know that in the long term they might not develop cancer because of this vaccine?

There’s simply no proof from them to say this won’t happen.

Is this a good way to study something that is being commonly dolled out to all of our kids? And yes, the vaccines have been around long enough now for a study to be performed, but pharmaceutical companies simply don’t do these long-term studies.

I don’t know about you, but this is not good enough at all. If something is staunchly recommended for my child to take, I want real proof that it’s safe and that it’s going to work. What I don’t want is a long list of possible adverse reactions that have been recorded during trials and since reported to VAERS.

The possible effects from catching measles naturally (when treated the correct way)  is often so minimal.

The vaccine has far more possible side effects.

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Court Documents Filed Against Merck

What About Deaths From Measles?

In fact, there have been some pretty serious adverse reactions due to the vaccine recorded with VAERS, namely deaths. Yet it’s questionable anyone has died from the measles in the last TEN years.  In the last year, Dr. Anne Schuchat, the director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, made this statement in an Associated Press story published by Fox News on April 25, 2014:

“There have been no measles deaths reported in the U.S. since 2003.

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Does it really look like the measles vaccine caused measles to decrease?

Just this past week a news story came out of Berlin, that a toddler has recently died from the measles. When you look at the story though, there is actually no proof this is true. There is no interview with the parents, no photo, nothing. Also if it true, they have said in the reports that he is an asylum seeker from Bosnia.  Now, if you have a think about what that could tell about his health – it could mean that he a) hasn’t been eating very well or very much b) has been living in poverty c) suffering a lot of stress.

The reports also say that he was suffering from some other disease as well. With what some of us know about the close ties between the media and pharmaceutical industry – this story could be more of a fear tactic. Regardless even if true, it is one death. Not ten, not twenty, not thirty but one. In ten years.

However, the amount of deaths recorded after receiving measles vaccines is up to approximately 108.  And it’s always best to understand the fact that not all vaccine injuries are ever recorded. If a doctor denies to a patient that the vaccine could have caused their child’s death (and most do), sometimes parents just believe that and don’t press the issue any further. So the real amount of deaths from the measles vaccine, could in fact be much higher.”

The odds are more on the side of receiving an injury from the vaccine, than from dying from measles.

This chart below is from Medalerts.org, a public database anyone can access to see what reactions have been recorded.

There have been 4 different measles vaccines in use over the last 10 years.  Not all were combined vaccines (such as the one used solely today – the MMRII)

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Deaths From Measles Vaccines – MedAlert data base

  “It has killed no one. It can kill about 1 person in every 1000 cases. Will someone die of measles in the United States in the years to come? Maybe. But it hasn’t killed anyone in the past 15 years or more.” – Dr Bob Sears

Merck Lawsuit For Fraud

Oh, and lets not forget that Merck is being sued by two former scientists who filed a law suit back in 2010 claiming that Merck was trying to:

defraud the United States through Merck’s ongoing scheme to sell the government a mumps vaccine that is mislabeled, misbranded, adulterated and falsely certified as having an efficacy rate that is significantly higher than it actually is.

So not only do we have a vaccine whose own manufacturer admits that:

a) they can’t prove its vaccine is efficient for everyone

b) it can spread the disease to other people through ‘shedding’ process

c) they can’t say it won’t give you cancer, cause infertility or other health problems

We can also now say that it’s pretty likely they:

d) have committed medical fraud.

This is all so very comforting to know.

Are YOU Fully Vaccinated?

If you are a staunch believer in vaccines, can I get you to ask yourself this question:

Are you “fully vaccinated” for every disease that you are so worried about?

Have a good think about this, because most adults are not. This is because back in our early years, we didn’t have such a huge jam-packed schedule of vaccines. So chances are, technically you are “at risk” for catching disease.

Have a look at the vaccine comparison chart below and see what you would have received and what you are missing. There are about 25 vaccines I haven’t personally been given, but have I caught any of those things? Nope.

I do hope this gets you thinking though, that no, you are NOT vaccinated for all of these things, but you haven’t caught all of the diseases. You’re here and alive and well.

To continue being so adamant that ”everyone” should be vaccinated (with no personal choice on this matter) is an attitude which may in fact make you quite hypocritical.

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Suggested Further Reading:

http://vaccineimpact.com/2015/zero-u-s-measles-deaths-in-10-years-but-over-100-measles-vaccine-deaths-reported/

http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2014/06/24/measles-and-measles-vaccines-fourteen-things-to-consider-by-roman-bystrianyk-co-author-dissolving-illusions-disease-vaccines-and-the-forgotten-history/

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/vaccinated-spreading-measles-who-merck-cdc-documents-confirms

http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/vaccination/whats-worse-measles-or-the-vaccine/

http://www.dinnerforthought.com/blog/ending-the-vaccine-debate-one-voice-at-a-time

 

If you’d like to learn more about Vaccines you can watch Vaccines Revealed, a 9 part Documentary series

 

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Boy or Girl – Baby Gender Selection Issues

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Some parents have the possibility to opt for gender selection; however, being able to decide whether to have a baby boy or girl is a controversial issue.

Many couples expecting a baby do not think it’s a big issue whether they have a boy or a girl; however there are several medical, social, and personal reasons that could influence parents to recur to some form of gender selection.

Like many other controversial practices, the legality of gender selection, also known as sex selection, varies from country to country.

The Legality of Baby Gender Selection

The United States has perhaps some of the most relaxed laws regarding baby gender selection in the world. Most European countries and Australia, on the other hand, have bans on sex selection and only allow it for medical reasons. For example, if a parent is a carrier of a mutation or gene with more chances of manifesting itself in a certain gender, baby gender selection is valid. However, if parents simply wish to balance the ratio of boys and girls in their family, they are not allowed to recur to sex selection.

This has generated a form of medical tourism in which couples from countries where gender selection is illegal, like the UK, travel to the US in order to be able to choose whether to have a baby boy or girl.

On the other hand, sex selection is illegal in the two most populated countries on Earth, China and India. In these countries, baby gender selection has been performed clandestinely for many years and for reasons other than family balancing or avoiding genetic diseases. In these societies, having a baby boy is preferred mainly for cultural and economic reasons. Parents believe that boys have better chances of earning income and eventually support them when they reach an old age.

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Methods of Baby Gender Selection

There are two major types of gender selection methods: the first one is called sperm sorting, and involves separating X-chromosome sperm from Y-chromosome sperm by flow cytometry, a purification technique in which chromosomes are suspended in a stream of sperm and identified by an electronic detector before being separated. Intra-uterine insemination or in-vitro fertilization can then be performed with the enriched sperm. The success rates for this method vary from 80% to 93%.

The other method, called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, consists in generating several embryos through in-vitro fertilization, which are then genetically tested to determine a baby’s gender. The chosen embryos can then be implanted. This method has a success rate of almost 100%; however, it can be quite expensive, costing up to $15,000.

Issues Regarding Baby Gender Selection

While there are few objections against baby gender selection when it is performed for medical reasons, it has become a highly controversial issue when it is used for balancing the number of boys or girls in families. Some people raise the obvious ethical question of whether people who opt for gender selection are “playing God” by manipulating whether to have a baby boy or girl. Others believe that new parents will raise a baby more appropriately if he or she belongs to their preferred gender.

Gender Imbalance Caused by Baby Gender Selection

Gender selection has caused demographic concern in China and India since it has contributed to generate a gender imbalance in the populations of those countries. In some regions of China, for example, the sex ratio for newborns is 118:100, boys to girls. This phenomenon has in turn been associated with social problems such as an increase in violence and prostitution.

It seems like a logical solution for governments around the globe to legalize baby gender selection but to analyze the personal reasons why each couple intends to select a baby boy or girl. Gender selection for medical reasons should even be encouraged, since it could prevent serious genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease, and Haemophilia A. Balancing the gender ratio of a family should be accepted if by doing this, a healthy family environment is created. On the other hand, China and India have shown that baby gender selection as a result of a bias towards a particular gender can not only create a gender imbalance in the population, but contribute to social problems as well.

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Organic Certification: What the USDA Organic Label Means

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Organic and natural labels mean different things, and various types of labels tells you what percentage of ingredients are actually organic. We'll explore what to look for.

  • Reflect On:

    Do you sometimes buy products thinking they are organic or fully natural based on their wording? Have you later found out that those products aren't natural or organic at all? Read labels more closely at grocery stores to be aware.

Don’t get conned by fraudulent claims of “natural” or “organic.” Learn what to look for, and why it’s important, to ensure you’re getting the quality you are paying for.

The industrial age of the 20th century brought about changing agricultural practices that have generated increasing alarm about the effects of these practices on the environment and health. The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, irradiated and genetically altered food and fiber products has created a groundswell of rightful concern. It has led to the growing demand for non-toxic, organic products that many are willing to pay a higher price for to ensure the healthful purity of food and clothing provided for their families.

With such profit opportunities, it’s little wonder that the lucrative organic product market has suffered abuse with so-called “organic” labels being fraudulently placed on products that have not earned the right. As a result of pressure from farming and consumer groups, legislation for the standardization of organic certification was introduced in the 1980s. It has been updated to include more vigorous enforcement and control methods since, with the current standards established in 2002 by the USDA.

The Standards of USDA Organic Certification

Specific standards must be met in order to legally claim a product as USDA certified organic. Organic producers must utilize methods that conserve water, maximize soil health, and reduce air pollution. The specific standards to earn USDA organic certification include:

Free of synthetic chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, and additives

Free from irradiation and genetically modified organisms

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Agricultural products grown on land that has been free of prohibited substances for a period of three years

Animals used for meat, eggs, milk or other animal products must be exclusively fed foods that are organically grown, may not be given antibiotics or hormones, and must have access to outdoors.

Clean and sanitized harvesting and processing equipment throughout the process from harvest to finished, packaged product

Detailed chain-of-handling records from the field through final sales

Physical separation of certified organic products from non-organic products throughout the process of production

Regular on-site inspections from USDA-approved inspectors to ensure compliance

Understanding the Certified Organic Label

Once the rigorous process of certification has been completed, organic producers may place the USDA certified organic seal on their products. Currently, there are four levels of certified organic products, with a specific definition of the percentage of organic ingredients the final products contains. They are as follows:

• 100% organic: all production methods and ingredients are USDA certified organic.

• Organic: at least 95% of the production methods and ingredients are USDA certified organic with remaining ingredients included on the National List of allowed ingredients.

• Made With Organic Ingredients: at least 70% of the ingredients are USDA certified organic with remaining ingredients included on the National List of allowed ingredients.

• No organic wording or seal: less than 70% of the ingredients are USDA certified organic and no claims may be made on the front or back of the product.

Manufacturers or producers who knowingly label a product “organic” when it does not meet the USDA standards are subject to fines up to $11,000 per violation.

Why Organic Certification is Important

When you see the official USDA organic certification seal on food, clothing, and bedding products, you can be assured that these products have met the meticulous standards required and are free of chemicals, toxins, antibiotics, and hormones. When you see the USDA certified organic label, you will understand the value of the higher priced organic products as compared to non-organically produced products.

With the current stringent organic certification requirements enforced by regular inspections from USDA accredited agents, the USDA certified organic label has great meaning and importance to the consumer. Look for the label to know that you are getting the quality you are paying for.

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WHO Finds Global Lack Of Inactivity Rising Especially In Wealthier Countries — What You Can Do

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  • The Facts:

    Inactivity is on the rise and it's the cause of a wide range of health concerns. Our population is only becoming more inactive, not less, and it's time to change that.

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    There are many factors of our modern world that make us less active. Our jobs, driving rather than walking/biking, too much screen time. What can you do differently to bring more activity into your life? What story stops you from starting?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than a quarter of the entire population on this planet are not getting enough physical exercise, this number has barely improved since 2001. There are many factors that contribute to this, but just how much damage are we doing by failing to be active?

The lack of physical exercise raises the risk of many health problems, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and various types of cancers.

Interestingly, according to their study published in The Lancet Global Health, higher income countries, such as the UK, were among the least active population. Women were also found to be more sedentary throughout the world, excluding two regions in Asia.

The study looked at self-reported data on activity levels from 358 population based surveys covering 168 countries and included 1.9 million people.

The populations of higher income countries, which include the UK and USA showed an increase in the proportion of inactive people and had actually risen from 32% in 2001 to 37% in 2016, in the lower income countries it remained at 16%.

Those who were classified as inactive did less than 150 minutes of moderate exercise and around 75 minutes of intense activity per week.

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It was found that women were less active than men overall, except for in South and Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and higher-income Western countries. The authors believe that this was caused by a few different factors including extra childcare duties and cultural perspectives that may have made it more difficult for them to exercise.

Why More Inactivity In Wealthier Countries?

According to the researchers, in the wealthier countries, many of the jobs have transitioned to more office or desk jobs, meaning a more sedentary type of lifestyle. On top of that much of the population of these countries drive automobiles or take public transit to and from work which in many cases accounts for a lot of their time.

In the lower income countries, many of the jobs require the people to be more active, are physically demanding and people often have to walk to and from their jobs.

The WHO has had a goal to reduce the global levels of inactivity by 10% by 2025, the authors of the study feel that at the rate we are currently going, this target will be missed.

Lead author of the study, Dr. Regina Guthold said, “Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health.”

Regions with increasing levels of insufficient physical activity are a major concern for public health and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.”

Co-author, Dr. Fiona Bull added, “Addressing these inequalities in physical activity levels between men and women will be critical to achieving global activity targets and will require interventions to promote and improve women’s access to opportunities that are safe, affordable and culturally acceptable.”

According to the WHO,

Exercise guidelines for 19- to 64-year-olds

How much?

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week
  • strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles
  • break up long periods of sitting with light activity

What is moderate aerobic activity?

  • Walking fast, water aerobics, riding a bike on level ground or with a few hills, doubles tennis, pushing a lawn mower, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, volleyball, basketball

What counts as vigorous activity?

  • Jogging or running, swimming fast, riding a bike fast or on hills, singles tennis, football, rugby, skipping rope, hockey, aerobics, gymnastics, martial arts

What activities strengthen muscles?

  • lifting weights, working with resistance bands, doing exercises that use your own body weight, such as push-ups and sit-ups, heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling, yoga

What activities are both aerobic and muscle-strengthening?

  • circuit training, aerobics, running, football, rugby, netball, hockey

Final Thoughts

I was surprised to see that the WHO didn’t touch on inactivity due to too much screen time — watching television, Netflix, Facebook scrolling, messaging, texting, browsing etc. Certainly, the increase in screen time plays a roll with the amount of inactivity, especially in the higher income countries. If you are someone who spends too much time staring at a screen, then it is important to consider the above information. Can you limit your screen time and replace it with something active? Or would you consider jumping rope, or rebounding while watching the television? Our health is our greatest wealth and having awareness about an issue is the first way to create change and take responsibility for our lives.

Could you walk or bike to work instead of drive? What about trying a new sport? Could you commit to adding a few hours each week of physical activity? These small decisions could have a profound impact on your health, longevity and overall well-being.

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