Radiation, hormone replacement, and drugs are some of the more conventional methods of treating prostate cancer. More recently surgery has been suggested to prolong survival and check the spread of cancer outside the prostate gland. Alternative prostate cancer treatment approaches the problem from a different perspective. It attempts to control the disease by means of dietary changes, nutritional supplements, exercise, exposure to sunlight and fresh air, stress management, detoxification, and homeopathic treatment. Here we will concentrate on dietary changes and nutrition. Nutritional supplements are perhaps the easiest and most popular means of alternative prostate cancer treatment. These supplements include certain vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty and amino acids, and herbs. Vital vitamins include vitamin A, B3, C, and E. Amydalin or Laetrile is a special type of vitamin B available in supplements as well as in the form of tablets.

Some minerals have strong anti-cancer properties and are included in supplements. Minerals effective against prostate cancer include: selenium, calcium and magnesium, and small amounts of zinc and copper. Some trace minerals in colloidal form are included in alternative prostate cancer treatment via diet.

More Alternative Prostate Cancer Treatment Methods

Enzymes are important in food digestion. When taken between meals, certain enzymes show therapeutic functions especially against inflammation and the spread of cancer. In treating prostate cancer, pancreatic and plant-derived enzymes are used. Bromelain extracted from pineapple is an effective plant-based enzyme used in anti-cancer supplements. The most famous oral herb mixture is the Essiac, popularly sold under the brand name FlorEssence. It was introduced by a Canadian nurse Rene Caisse. Vitae Elixxir is another well known purple colored herbal mixture used extensively in anti-cancer supplements. Alternative prostate cancer treatment by diet tries to make a balanced proportion of essential fatty acids with flaxseed oil, or omega 3 fatty acids with primrose oil to act as anti-cancer agents.

Recommended Foods

Flavonoids are known for their anti-oxidant properties and are found naturally in citrus fruits, green tea, onions, soybeans, parsley, and red wine. Flavonoids are included in the list of effective anti-cancer agents. Foods particularly useful in treating prostate cancer include cartilage of shark or bovine fish, soybeans preparations, mushrooms, and many fresh vegetables rich in vitamin C.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10, also called ubiquinone, is a natural vitamin-like compound found in natural foods like beef, soy, mackerel, sardines, spinach, peanuts, soybeans and vegetable oil. Alternative prostate cancer treatment includes the intake of proper amount of Coenzyme Q10 either through diet or capsules.

Prostate cancer is a very common disease in men. In fact, one in six men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime, although only one man in 34 will actually die of the disease. There are some men who may never even know that they have prostate cancer, but when they die of another illness prostate cancer will be detected in their bodies. The reason for this is because prostate cancer is often a very slow moving disease, which makes it easy to treat once it is detected. Since this cancer often does not show any symptoms in the early stages, the disease is often discovered during a routine screening in your doctor’s office. For this reason, it is important to understand the potential causes of prostate cancer, since your risk factor in getting the disease may determine how early your screenings will begin.

Cause of Prostate Cancer

To this date, the actual cause of prostate cancer is unknown. However, there are many risk factors that can contribute to the likelihood that you will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in your lifetime. By understanding these risks, you will have a better idea of how soon you should begin prostate cancer screenings and how closely you should watch for the signs of the disease. One of the biggest risk factors or causes of prostate cancer is age. Very few men under the age of 50 are ever diagnosed with prostate cancer, although that statistic goes up considerably by the time a man reaches the age of 65. While most doctors will recommend that cancer screening begins at the age of 50, if you have other risk factors in your medical history, your doctor may suggest that you begin testing for the disease as early as the age of 40.

Another risk factor or cause of prostate cancer is race. African American men run a much higher risk of developing prostate cancer than white, Asian or Hispanic men do. If you are an African American man, your doctor will probably advise you to begin testing for prostate cancer long before you turn 50. Prostate cancer is also diagnosed more often in men who have a history of the cancer in the family. Especially if your father or brother has ever been diagnosed with the disease, you should talk to your doctor about the likelihood that you could be diagnosed as well. Finally, diet can play a role in the cause of prostate cancer, just as it can with other types of diseases. To reduce your cancer risk, eat a diet that is low in fat and high in fresh fruits and vegetables.

While there is no known cause of prostate cancer, there are many risk factors to consider. If you fall into the high risk category for being diagnosed with prostate cancer, you should begin screenings as early as possible to ensure that if you are diagnosed with the disease you also have the highest chance for effective treatment.

Sight is priceless, perhaps never more so than when you have problems with it. That’s what happens when you get a cataract. You may find that you have a spot on the lens of your eye that blocks your vision, or you may “see” things in a hazy way, like through a fog. The size and location of a cataract determines how it impacts your sight.

Often you’ll experience a reduction in vision at first. You may need more light to read by or have difficulty reading street signs when you’re driving. You may get a cataract in one eye and not the other, and this will affect your depth perception. This is not what you want when you’re navigating; it can lead to missed steps and accidents.

Foods and Nutrients to Focus On

Since free radicals play such a large role in the formation of cataracts, you’ll want to include plenty of foods packed with antioxidants. This includes carotenoids, which are in orange and red veggies like squash and carrots. (Yes, Bugs Bunny did have it right!) It’s important to pick foods that are high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids (also high in antioxidants), too, like citrus fruits, berries, green tea, onions, and dark chocolate. You can also take a bioflavonoid supplement that contains quercetin, the most effective bioflavonoid in the prevention of cataracts. All of these nutrients help prevent cataracts by quenching free radicals.

Focus on Dark Green Leafy Veggies

Research in the Journal of Nutrition shows that lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants found in dark green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, collard and turnip greens, and broccoli, help protect the eye lens cells from exposure to ultraviolet light—one of the leading causes of cataracts. “Lutein and zeaxanthin reduced UVB-induced damage by 50 to 60 percent and provided protection against oxidative damage that can contribute to age-related cataract development,” says Joshua Bomser, a study co-author and associate professor of nutrition at Ohio State University. To reap the benefits, aim for the recommended nine servings (or 4.5 cups) of a variety of fruits and vegetables a day. Says Bomser, “Proper nutrition is important in maintaining ocular health.”

Foods to Lose

To eliminate even more free radicals, try to cut out fried and processed foods and saturated and hydrogenated oils. Avoid caffeine (green teas are the exception) and products that contain artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

Ease up on your sugar habit, too, including refined carbohydrates, like white flour and pasta that quickly raise blood glucose levels. Nix “good-for-you” natural drinks that contain loads of sugar, like fruit juices. “Even milk sugar, or lactose, found in dairy products can contribute to cataract formation because it destroys vitamin C and glutathione in the lens,” says Dr. Grossman, whose website is www.naturaleyecare.com.

Try an Elimination Diet

Sensitivity to dairy foods can also make eye problems worse by causing sinus congestion, which can impair lymph and blood drainage from the area around the eyes. This means nutrients don’t reach the eyes, and toxins and metabolic wastes can’t be eliminated as efficiently. To see if dairy products are an issue for you, try doing a food-elimination diet for two weeks to see if you become less congested. Gradually reintroduce dairy products one at a time to identify your specific problem foods.

If you’re a woman, you may have had a bladder infection; up to 20 percent of women have. And if you’ve had one, you’re not likely to forget it. Not only do you feel like you have to go to the bathroom all the time, but it’s not much fun once you get there! Although you may not urinate much, you will still suffer from pain and burning—and this won’t be relieved by “going.”

You’ll find that bladder infections, or what is known as cystitis, are often caused by bacterial infections caused by Escherichia coli or E. coli. Your doctor will likely discover these bacteria and white blood cells in your urine when doing a urine culture.

When It Hurts to Go

Ask any man about bladder infections, and you’ll probably get a blank stare. That’s because, as women, our anatomy works against us. This means we’re the ones who are most prone to this condition. Why? It’s because our urethras are much shorter than a man’s is (it makes sense if you look at an anatomy chart), and this means that bacteria have a very short trip from the anus to the vagina.

It doesn’t take much to trigger an infection. Maybe you overuse antibiotics, which can destroy the “friendly bacteria” we need to stay well. An infection can also be triggered by that romantic getaway, a diaphragm, spermicides, and douches.

Natural news

Cranberry juice may help prevent bladder infections by preventing E. coli bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. This property may come from a specific type of tannin found in the cranberries. New evidence from Yale researchers also shows that doubling the amount of cranberry juice you drink, from 4 to 8 oz., may double the protective effect, meaning it may be a more potent fix against bladder infections. Although more research needs to be done, you may want to try this natural approach as a preventive measure. If you do this, go for the unsweetened kind. Bacteria love sugar.

Herbs can be tremendously soothing when it comes to bladder infections natural remedies. This can be good news if you’re suffering. Try herbs like uva-ursi and dandelion, marshmallow, juniper, horsetail, and Oregon grape, for starters. You also have a choice. You can either make up a nice pot of, say, marshmallow tea, or use a tincture if you’re on the go, to get relief from your symptoms.

Studies show that using dandelion and uva-ursi together can help reduce the recurrence rate of bladder infections. This is thought to be because uva-ursi has antibacterial properties and dandelion, a diuretic, increases urination. Research still isn’t definitive about long-term use of this combination, however, so check with your health care practitioner.

You may also want to take 3,000 mg of vitamin C in divided doses (cut back on the total if you experience diarrhea) and 10,000 IU of vitamin A daily to help build up the immune system to fight infections.

If you have chronic bladder infections, the homeopathic remedy Staphysagria may do the trick, says Beverly Yates, N.D., a naturopathic physician and director of the Naturopathic Family Health Clinic in Mill Valley, CA. “It can be really helpful—particularly if it’s a chronic case and it’s really a burning, stabbing kind of pain when you urinate.” Staphysagria eases inflammation of the urethra in men and women. It can also help balance emotions.

Hopefully by now, you’ve heard the name “Monsanto” mentioned at least a few times. Monsanto is a monstrous company that aims to control the food industry, farmers, seeds, and GMO crops. Ever hear of DDT or Agent Orange? They manufactured those products. To this day, they continue to manufacture dangerous pesticides and herbicides that are doing a number on our wildlife (namely, amphibians, the biological indicators), soil, weeds, food, and eventually, us. Roundup is the main one, being used by farmers (and probably you neighbor) for years. They are responsible for many of the genetically modified organisms found throughout the world, including corn, cotton, soy, and sugar beets, four very common and widely used crops.

In a nut shell, Monsanto is:

Producing GMO seeds (Genetically Modified Organisms). Plants grown from GMO seeds are supposed to be able to grow under conditions that wouldn’t normally warrant their growth. For example, tomatoes are genetically modified to preserve freshness. GMO soybeans are considered to be “Round-up ready,” which means that they are resistant to herbicides, pests, disease, etc. This might sound incredibly useful, as the demand for food is on the rise along with the human population, but here’s the thing: there have been no significant long-term studies testing the effects of GMO’s on humans, and the studies that have been done report shocking rates of cancer-related deaths in lab rats being fed GMO corn. Additionally, “super weeds” are becoming more and more common with the introduction of GMO’s, which has lead to even more spraying of Round-up than if GMO’s weren’t used at all. Which leads me to my second point:

Monsanto promotes and produces the use of Roundup, a herbicide that is widely used by farmers. It is touted as being “biodegradable,” which is alluring to most consumers, but the term “biodegradable” only means that it will eventually break down in the system. There are no set parameters, and no time frame for a substance that is considered biodegradable, unless specified by the producer. This means that it could take two days or two-hundred years to break down in the system. People are comforted by the idea of Round-up binding to clay in the soil and denaturing, but the truth is, takes much longer for Round-up to biodegrade than is implied by it’s producers. Not only that, but the rate of Round-up accumulation in the soil is surpassing the rate of degradation, thus its toxic effects will be felt long before it manages to break down. Round-up is detrimental to the soil, wildlife, and anyone consuming foods with herbicide residue. Moreover, it accumulates in the soil, contaminating the water table, which will eventually effect the majority of us, as it is widely used all across the U.S. Round-up has been linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility, and many more horrifying diseases and health issues.

Monsanto is trying to control farmers by marketing suicide seeds and making it illegal for them to use anything else, including their own seeds. In the documentary, “Bitter Seeds,” farmers in India growing cotton are sold GMO seeds that are touted as producing a high yield. The details of pesticide use, etc. are not explained to these farmers, who rely on traditional methods of crop cultivation. As a result, the cotton yield is poor for many of these farmers, who rely on cotton as a main source of income. A shocking number of them end up committing suicide after a devastating year of farming. Monsanto, fully aware of the impact that the GMO’s are having on the farmers, chooses to continue monopolizing the seed industry. In the U.S., Monsanto is suing farmers who want to use their own seeds instead of suicide seeds that are not viable the next year. This is another way that they are monopolizing the seed industry, and taking away farmers’ freedom.

Monsanto has ties inside the U.S. government which has allowed them to pass the “Monsanto Protection Act,” essentially overruling government regulations on GMO crops and testing. It allows Monsanto to continue its irresponsible methods of GMO production, all while eliminating any FDA approval before being released to the public. It’s almost like selling the public poison without testing to see if it will kill them or not.

Monsanto has generated GMO crops such as corn, soybeans, sugar beets, rice, potatoes, tomatoes, etc., which can be found in almost every processed product on grocery store shelves. Does corn syrup or canola oil sound familiar? How about “sugar?” Check the label. It is much more prevalent that you might think.

The list below includes brands which contain some form of GMO ingredients. I choose not to support these companies, as they support the use of GMO’s by placing them in their products. Many of these companies have also funded the fight against labeling GMO’s in the last election. As GMO labeling becomes more of a hot topic, we might see more “Certified non-GMO” labels showing up on products. Keep an eye out for these labels. Additionally, some of these brands might decide to alter their values, in which case, you can cross them off this list.

Power Bar

Pepperridge Farms

Orville Redenbachers

Oreo

Ocean Spray

Nabisco

Mrs. Butterworths

Morningstar

Minute Maid

Lipton

Kraft

Phillip Morris

Jello

Kool-aid

Planters

Oscar Mayer

Miracle Whip

Maxwell House

Philadelphia

Velveeta

A1

Cheeze Whiz

Cracker Barrel

Deluxe

Polly-o

Stove Top

Tropicana

Gateorade

Near East

Garden of Eatin

Imagine Foods

Doritos

Frito-Lay

Pepsi

Coca Cola

Cheetos

Aquafina

Ruffles

Tostitos

AMP

Sobe

Naked Juice

Kashi

Horizon Organic

Sun Chips

Life

Izze

Propel

Eggo

Kellogs

Kraft

General Mills

Honest Tea

Odwalla

Larabars

Boca

Back to Nature

Silk

Rice Dream, Etc.

Betty Crocker

Bisquick

Gold Medal

Pillsbury

Yoki

Cascadian Farms

Haagen Dazs

Good Earth

Green Giant

El Paso

Food Should Taste Good

Muir Glen

Nature Valley

Progresso

Campbells Soup

Mountain High Yogurt

Yoplait

Aunt Jemima

Aurora

Banquet

Best Foods

Caprisun

Chef Boyardee

Delicious Brand Cookies

Duncan Hines

Famous Amos

Healthy Choice

Heinz

Hellmans

Hershey

Nestle

Hungry Jack

Hunts

Jiffy

Keebler

V-8

Uncle Bens

Tombstone Pizza

Smart Ones

Ragu

Stouffers

Rice-a-

Roni

Quaker

Pop Secret

Pringles

Prego

The Organic Cow

Alta Dena

Bear Naked

Tribe Mediterranean Foods

Wholesome & Hearty

Natural Touch

Seeds of Change

Lightlife

Green & Blacks

Celestial Seasonsand on and on and on.

My advice: buy local ORGANIC foods, make sure you know they are local. Eat organic fruits and vegetables. Grow your own food. Steer clear of processed foods. Even products from your friendly Trader Joe’s might be questionable, considering they are opposed to labeling GMO products. Be smart, read labels, and don’t support this monstrous company. If the label reads “certified non-GMO” then I’d trust the company. Chances are, they are on your side, standing for the right to know if it’s GMO.

When we think about pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides, we often imagine their use in the food industry, primarily with crops. Another key area where these chemicals are heavily used is the textile industry. Clothing, bath towels, bed sheets, and even mattresses can contain harmful chemicals and pesticide residues that can accumulate in our bodies through our skin. It is tough to discern between harmful fabrics and safe fabrics as there is usually no immediate symptom of chemical/pesticide exposure from standard fabrics. Like with produce, however, we can assume that any conventional fabric contains some level of harmful substance, be it GMO cotton, synthetic materials, chemicals, harsh dyes, or pesticide/insecticide residues.

Here’s why:

Cotton, one of the most popular fabrics on earth, is also one of the most heavily sprayed crops. Billions of dollars are spent annually on chemicals for cotton, accounting for more than 20% of insecticides used. These chemicals are harmful to soil organisms, wildlife, aquatic life, and humans, as many are known carcinogens.

Chemical dyes, bleach and formaldehyde used in clothing production are harmful if inhaled and have been shown to disrupt hormones and cause skin irritation, cancer, and allergic reactions in some people. Formaldehyde alone, a common chemical found in bra fabrics, has been linked to certain types of cancer. Additionally, the use of these chemicals is highly underregulated, leading to both employee and customer exposure.

Couch cushions, car seats, carpet, and mattresses (among several other things) all contain flame retardants. These chemicals have been shown to have longterm health effects, including cancer and hormone imbalance. They often accumulate in our systems, which is detrimental to our health and the health of our children. Mothers with high levels of flame retardants in their systems had higher levels of infertility, and the children they did bare were prone to developing birth defects.

Chemical byproducts are usually dumped in aquatic systems, leading to pollution and environmental degradation. Many chemicals, pesticides/insecticides, flame retardants, etc. don’t break down in the ecosystem. Instead, they end up accumulating in the soil, organisms, and ultimately in us.

The majority of cotton grown in the U.S. and worldwide is genetically modified. GMO crops in general typically see herbicideresistant pests along with new pests that arise as others disappear. This leads to a increase in the use of herbicides on plants, almost defeating the purpose entirely. Not only that, but GMO cotton itself is harmful enough, as it likely contains the herbicide within its genetic makeup.

When choosing the best type of fabric to clothe your family and yourself with, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Most clothing is composed a mixture of fibers, some synthetic. Synthetic fibers like polyester, acrylic, and nylon are widely used for texture and durability among other things. These fibers are derived from harmful substances, and spun together using a series of chemical processes. These chemicals are harmful to come into contact with and over time, more of them are released as the garment ages.

Even natural fibers like wool aren’t free from the cycle. Sheep often have mites in their wool. Pesticides are used to kill the mites, however, they also create a dangerous environment for the workers and anyone who comes into contact with the wool thereafter, including consumers. On a similar note, sheep are often treated with substances that increase wool output. This leads byproducts and pollution of nearby water sources and soil.

Don’t be fooled by fabrics like “modal” and “tencel” that claim to be made from wood pulp. These fibers are highly processed with harsh chemicals to produce their soft texture.

Bamboo can be a wonderful fabric because it grows quickly with very little space and water required, and often doesn’t necessitate the use of pesticides. It is also naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and durable, getting softer with age. Like modal and tencel, however, it does require chemicals to produce a desirable texture, making it very difficult to be GOTS Certified. (see below for GOTS description).

Hemp is another great fabric because, like bamboo, it resists pests (and thus the use of pesticides), and grows quickly. It is also hypoallergenic and durable with natural UV protection. Unlike bamboo, it doesn’t require the multitude of chemicals to get it to a desirable texture, and it becomes softer with use.

Organic fabrics are definitely the way to go, but like anything, not all organic fabric is created equal:

Organically grown cotton is not GMO, nor is it treated with herbicides/insecticides. This alone greatly reduces its environmental impact and health effects on organisms throughout the food chain. Unfortunately, organicallygrown cotton and other textile crops aren’t without their downsides. Chemicals are often used when processing the fabric, including dyes and bleach found in conventional methods. The fabric may start out organic, but by the end, it resembles any other piece of cotton.

Look for GOTS Certified fabric. GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard. It means that fabrics under this standard have been inspected through the entire process, from the initial growing stage of the crop, to the packaging stage of the finished product. It raises the bar of organic fabrics, ensuring that the majority of the fabric used is certified organic, and that any chemical used in the production process passes very strict environmental and toxicological guidelines. Byproducts are regulated instead of disregarded, and environmental impact is taken into account.

Animals are treated humanely without the use of artificial treatments that enhance wool production.

No GMO textiles are used, and dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde, flame retardants, and carcinogenic dyes are prohibited. Even materials used in packaging and tagging are strictly regulated.

The work environment of employees is also highly regulated, including their wages and basic rights (this might seem like a given, but many clothing companies mistreat their employees through inequality/discrimination, chemical exposure, poor wages, long hours and nonexistent age limits).

This website outlines the GOTS Certification process and how to get certified while providing resources for locating GOTS Certified companies. This website is a little tricky to navigate, but there are other helpful websites that can guide you through reliable companies to choose from. Like with anything, it is always a good idea to read about the company or contact them directly if you are unsure whether or not they’re certified. Many times, if a company is GOTS Certified, they’ll mention it in the “About” page, or at the bottom of the home page.

Other important textile certifications you may find on company websites:

OE Standards

Organic/Textile Exchange (Examines the integrity of the fabric, and tracks many aspects of organic fabrics)

REACH

Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of Chemicals (Examines chemical use and safety with regards to human and environmental exposure)

OEKOTEX

Organic Eco Textiles (Examines textiles through the entire handling process, texting for harmful substances)

Soil Association (Examines and regulates toxic chemicals and pesticides, complying with GOTS certifications)

ICEA

Ethical and Environmental Certification Institute (A corporation that embodies the GOTS standards, working to certify companies under these standards)

GOLS

Global Organic Latex Standard (This standard pertains to latex specifically, ensuring the safety of humans and environment throughout the processing aspect of the product)

My favorite GOT Certified companies are:

PACT Apparel (Socks, Intimates, Apparel)

Silverstick (Hoodies, Sweats, TShirts)

Gaim (Yoga, Bed, Bath, Home, Apparel)

Rapanui (TShits, Hoodies, Socks)

Bleed (Tops, Bottoms, Socks, Bags, Jackets, Etc.)

Blue Bird Prints (TShirts, Hoodies, Kid & Baby Apparel)

Maggie’s Organics (Socks, Leggings, Shirts, Dresses, Baby)

Soul Flower (Dresses, Shirts, Pants, Baby, Accessories)

Synergy (Women’s Clothing, Yoga)

Pants to Poverty (Intimates, Tank Tops)

My Heart Beats Green (TShirts, Tops, Kid & Baby Apparel)

BGreen Apparel (Tops, Bottoms, Intimates, Etc.)

Two Birds Apparel (Men’s Apparel)

Others:

The Futon Shop (Mattresses, Toppers, Pillows)

West Elm (Bedding, Bath, Home)

Plover Organic (Baby & Adult Bedding)

Pure Rest (Baby Bedding)

Loop (Bedding, Sheets, Blankets)

Coyuchi (Bedding, Bath, Baby, Home)

Nana’s Fine Baby (Baby Apparel, Toys, Maternity, Etc.)

Levana Naturals (Baby & Kid Apparel)

Friendly Tip: One company that stands out from the crowd is Stanley & Stella. This company has raised the bar on organic clothing, obtaining most of the above certifications. Their company procedures are explained, making them completely transparent to the consumer. Additionally, they provide a wide range of appealing styles and colors, though they only sell to businesses. I did happen to find a UK based store that sells their products and EarthPositive, another admirable company, for much cheaper than I’ve seen anywhere on the web.

Long ago, I was on the verge of eliminating all meat from my diet, with the exception of the occasional egg. Not only was I completely against the meat industry (which I still am) economically, environmentally, and morally, but I didn’t appreciate how taken-for-granted the process was, considering that if I had to kill an animal in order to have a steak dinner, I couldn’t. Therefore, I didn’t think that I had a “right” to be eating meat.

That being said, I still have strong feelings about the meat industry and that whole process, however I have gained a new perspective. Ever since discovering the Bulletproof Diet, I have slowly acknowledged that meat is a vital part of an omnivore’s diet (that’s us), and that not all meat is created equal.

For the most part, I’ll be talking about beef. Poultry is still something I avoid, because it isn’t nearly as useful in my diet as beef is, and sea food is off-limits for me, as the fishing industry is out of control, and now the Pacific Ocean has large amounts of radioactive material seeping into it (Japan Nuclear Disaster). Enough said about that.

Conventional meat from grain-fed cows is completely different from meat from grass-fed cows. The list outlining the differences is extensive, but essentially:

Grain-fed cows live in unacceptable conditions where, if not for antibiotics, sickness would easily thrive. Many pollutants result from beef farms, thus leading to contamination of the surrounding soils and water. Cows are often fed a diet based on cheap GMO grains that often irritate their digestive system because they are ruminants, designed to digest greens. This affects the meat, believe it or not. Because of this diet (usually soy and corn, which are the most common GMO crops out there today), the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is off-balance. Omega-6’s tend to be higher in grain-fed meat.

Grass-fed cows tend to live in pastures where fresh greens are readily available. There is a lower risk of spreading sickness because they have more room to roam. Because they are able to eat what they are designed to eat, their systems function properly, and they retain the most nutrients from their diet. Healthy cows equal healthy meat. The omega-3 to 6 ratio is more balanced, and there are more nutrients, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties in the fat.

Additionally, the fat in grass-fed meat is better for you, contrary to popular belief. Body by Science by Dr. Doug McGuff outlines the true reasons behind cholesterol and heart disease. In a nut shell, saturated fats (solid at room temp.) like beef fat, butter, Ghee, and Coconut Oil are not the main causes behind heart disease (in fact, they may lower your risk). Many people think that a fat solid at room temperature will clog arteries when ingested, when in actuality, it turns to a liquid inside our bodies. These are healthy fats, packed with countless nutritional properties that cannot be obtained through substituted proteins such as soy.

According to the book, plaq builds up when an area within the artery is agitated or inflamed (for reasons most likely related to poor health). Having more healthy fats in your diet, including fat from grass-fed cows, can lead to a decrease in inflammation in your body. This is important for reasons related to cancer, heart disease, muscle and joint function, etc. (See the article on anti-inflammatories).

All in all, I have compassion for animals, and don’t like to see them slaughtered for my benefit, however, I do believe that some meat should be consumed in order for our bodies to function properly. Consuming meat doesn’t mean that you have to support the conventional meat industry. Speak to local farmers and visit markets. Humanely raised, grass-fed cows are probably closer than you think.

If you are still against eating meat, then I suggest taking supplements like omega-3 and K2 for heart and bone health.

Hopefully this helps!

Vitamin D3 plays many vital roles in the human body. Like most vitamins, proper dosage and form will make the difference in terms of how well it’s absorbed and utilized by the body. In this vitamin D3 overview, I’ll outline its role in human nutrition, good sources of D3, supplement facts, and recommended dosage.

Vitamin D3 in Human Nutrition:

Vitamin D3 is an essential component in human health because it helps our bones remain strong by preventing demineralization. Some studies even claim that bone density can be predicted simply by assessing the alleles in our DNA that encode for vitamin D

Having adequate amounts of D3 can positively affect a person’s mood during months with very little sunlight. In countless studies, a positive correlation has been found between poor mood and vitamin D3 deficiency, which could explain the onset of seasonal depression in many people. (Other studies have shown, however, that once a person’s D3 requirements are met, increasing dosage won’t necessarily lead to an increase in mood. Thus maintainance is key.)

Most cells in our bodies have vitamin D receptors. As a result, vitamin D3 has a huge effect on potential gene expression and cell behavior. Vitamin D also plays a major role in immune function, helping the body to effectively fight infections and disease

Vitamin D helps to balance phosphorous and calcium concentrations, ensuring proper assimilation, as well as assist in the absorption of magnesium

Vitamin D Deficiency:

Inadequate intake of vitamin D, or not enough sunlight, can aggravate osteoporosis, cause bone disease, as well as bone and muscle weakness and sensitivity

Because sunlight is a good source of vitamin D, wearing sunscreen can severely decrease one’s ability to produce this vitamin

Old age also plays a role in leading to a potential D3 deficiency, as one’s kidneys gradually lose their ability to convert D3 into a usable form. This may also be linked to inadequate bone density and osteoporosis in the elderly

As stated earlier, a D3 deficiency may lead to seasonal depression and anxiety during months when sunlight is rare

Having a more melanin in your skin may reduce the amount of sunlight that is converted to vitamin D

Having liver problems could lead to improper assimilation of vitamin D3, as this is the first site where D3 is metabolized in the body

Other factors like Crohn’s and celiac disease might severely decrease how much vitamin D is absorbed through the digestive tract, leading do deficiency issues down the road

Caffeine can also block the absorption of vitamin D, as well as various vitamins and minerals by interfering with cell receptors. Limit coffee/caffenated tea intake to less than 3 cups a day, and supplement with vitamin D3, preferably away from caffeinated drinks

Cortisol, a hormone that is produced by acute or chronic stress, may also interfere with vitamin D3 absorption. While acute stress usually doesn’t pose a problem, chronic stress can deplete the body of this vitamin, as well as having many negative effects. Practice reducing stress levels on a daily basis

Vitamin D Toxicity:

On the very rare occasion, vitamin D toxicity can occur. These symptoms may include: kidney stones, increased blood calcium levels, nausea and loss of apatite. Supplementing with a lowdose of vitamin A (2,5003,000

IU) can work to regulate vitamin D3, reducing the likelihood of toxicity. Too much vitamin A can work against vitamin D, so be careful when supplementing with these two. My rule of thumb is 1:2 ratio, A:D

The average daily intake of vitamin D is roughly 5,000 IU/day, though 10,000 IU/day is also acceptable. A dose of 50,000 IU/day over a long period of time could lead to vitamin D toxicity, though this far exceeds the recommended daily dose and should not be considered

Forms and Sources of Vitamin D:

Vitamin D, when absorbed by the body, takes on several different forms in the liver, kidneys, and bloodstream. When supplementing with vitamin D, however, all you need to know is whether to take vitamin D3 or D2. Both are absorbed by the body, but D3 is synthesized much more readily, having a greater effect on the body. Research has found that D2 is markedly less powerful because it is typically synthesized in plants

Plants do not contain vitamin D, but they do contain sterols, which are unsaturated alcohols like cholesterol, that can be irradiated to produce vitamin D. Mushrooms and the human skin contain different types of sterols that can be converted to vitamin D, which is why sun exposure is so important

Egg yolks, fatty fish, cod liver oil, and milk (fortified with vitamin D,) are other good sources of vitamin D, though the quantity and availability might vary widely among them. In essence, vitamin D is typically lacking in the human diet, so acquiring it solely from food isn’t the best method

Sunlight is the best and most natural source of potential vitamin D3 because one’s body can produce it on its own, no supplement necessary. When unprotected skin is exposed to sunlight, UVB rays spark a chemical reaction, producing preD3 and, when metabolized, D3.

For best absorption, avoid having calcium at the same time

Recommended Dosage:

Roughly 20 minutes of sun exposure per day is recommended for one’s skin to properly convert sunlight to D3. In order to ensure proper absorption, refrain from washing the oils off your skin, and using sunscreen prior to sun exposure

If sunlight is rare, and/or assimilation of D3 is difficult, try supplementing with vitamin D3. The average recommended dosage is 45000 IU/ day. If you know you’re deficient, increase the dosage to 1000 IU/ 25 lbs of body weight per day. If you get adequate sun exposure every day, less might be needed to maintain healthy levels of D3. Only a blood test will verify this.

Vitamin D3 is fat soluble, so supplements should be taken with a saturated fat source (coconut oil, butter, ghee, etc.) in order to ensure proper absorption

Research has also shown that magnesium and D3 work together. Magnesium converts D3 into its activated form, while D3 can help magnesium be better absorbed by the body. Try taking them together

Because vitamin D3 has a positive effect on the absorption of vitamin K2, A, and zinc, it might make sense to take these vitamins at the same time as well to optimize their effectiveness

Brands I recommend (soyfree): Natural Stacks D3 (5,000IU) and Life Extension D3 (5,000IU)

Note: Only a blood test will verify if you are deficient in vitamin D, though many people, especially those living in the northern hemisphere, suffer from some degree of deficiency. Considering how unlikely vitamin D toxicity is, some supplementation is probably better than none. If in doubt, always refer to a professional.

If you would like to reduce your risk of heart disease,you would do well to consider the benefits of eating saturated fats. Getting sufficient amounts of saturated fat in your diet will help you to avoid the ‘bugs’ and the flu’s that go around, and reduce your risk of heart disease,diabetes,osteoporosis, and cancer. Let’s take a look at some of them.

1- HEART HEALTHY

Saturated fat is what your heart is encased in! It thrives on it! Contrary to popular opinion, saturated fat has proven in studies that it lowers a ‘bad’ cholesterol in your body known as Lp(a), while raising the levels of good HDL cholesterol.

Researchers in Canada found that replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat in the diets of animals caused heart lesions.

When saturated fat was fed, there was NO tissue damage.

In Sri Lanka, where residents consume an average of about 120 coconuts a year, their death rate due to heart disease is the lowest in the world – estimated to be 1/100,000. Compare that to people in America who eat virtually no coconut oil (saturated fat) and nearly 1 out of 2 deaths is heart related.

In 1948 a study in Framingham, MA was begun to research heart health, and is still ongoing. In 1992, Dr. William Castelli reported: “In Framingham,Massachusetts…the people who ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active.”

2- ENHANCES OUR IMMUNITY AGAINST DISEASE

As I mentioned in an earlier article, our cell walls are composed of approximately 50% saturated fat – or at least they’re supposed to. When the proper amount of saturated fat is present, the cell walls are able maintain their firmness, thereby protecting our cells from virus attacks.

On the flip side of that coin, saturated fat also destroys the cell walls of many harmful microorganisms, including virus, bacteria, fungi and parasites. They do this by merely dissolving the cell walls of the invaders, without causing any harmful side effects.

Caprylic acid, found in coconut oil, has been shown to be effective in fighting candida, and lauric acid, found in breast milk and coconut oil, has proven effective in destroying the HIV virus.

3- PROTECTS AGAINST OSTEOPOROSIS

Effective assimilation of calcium into the bone requires saturated fat. According to Dr. Mary Enig, one of the foremost research experts in dietary fats and human health, at least 50% of a person’s daily intake of fat should be saturated for this reason.

If you are a health buff, for sure you are always conscious about your figure. Maybe you even have a collection of all the fancy equipment found in gyms. Nevertheless, ordinary people can’t afford that kind of lifestyle. Only one thing is essential to everyone: to remain fit and healthy. One way to achieve this is to exercise everyday. Do you know that you can do this even without any gym equipment? How? Let us examine some of the simple ways to do so.

Walking. It is nice to do this exercise while enjoying the cold weather early in the morning or while roaming around to observe the beautiful sceneries. However, if the climate is not so good, why not workout inside your house? You can tone your legs by going up and down your stairs. If you don’t have any, you can walk around the house several times. Nevertheless, it might be boring to do so.

Crunches and leg lifts. You can build up the muscles around the abdomen area using crunches. You may utilize some workout equipments to stretch those muscles and you will be surprised to see how beneficial it is. On the other hand, leg lifts will build the muscles in your legs just like walking. You may do this exercise either legs straight or slightly bended.

Aerobic dancing. This exercise is considered the healthiest since it is good for your heart. It won’t only make you healthy physically, it is great emotionally since it will help you uplift your spirits. Through aerobic dancing, you will also experience doing other healthy exercise like step exercises, jumping jacks, and jogging. Surely, it will bring a lot of fun! Other manly exercises. These exercises are usually done by men. What are those? Push-ups, squats, and weight lifting. First, push-ups are hard to do, particularly to women. Nevertheless, there are easier ways that women can follow. Number one rule, don’t try the “Rocky” push-up, doing it with one hand. Next, kneel instead of keeping the legs straight. Another, stand up against the wall and do push-up, very easy right? Second, the squats. It is an excellent exercise to build up muscles in the legs and buttocks areas. If you find this difficult to do, use a regular chair to sit and stand up repeatedly. The third one is weight lifting. Well, this one doesn’t have to be expensive, you can just browse some power tower reviews and pick the most efficient equipment that will fit your specifications.