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Drinking iced tea may boost cholera risk in endemic countries
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Clinical trial shows benefit of yoga for side effects of prostate cancer treatment
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Crisp and Spicy Avocado Wasabi Salad: Sweet and Fiery in Every Bite
Recipe From Megan Olson of PaleoHacks
Wasabi: You either love it or hate it. This condiment has an intense
aroma and strong horseradish-like taste that can take some people aback,
although those who are adventurous with their food seem to like it. This green root
is popular in Japanese cuisine and is usually served alongside slices of raw
fish or mixed with sushi rice.[i]
If you?re interested in trying wasabi but don?t want that
very spicy sensation after eating it, you can make this Crisp and Spicy Avocado
Wasabi Salad Recipe by Megan Olson of PaleoHacks. What makes this dish stand
out is the unique sweet and spicy avocado and wasabi dressing. Eating this
salad is sure to deliver multiple flavors with each bite.
1.Prepare the dressing by adding avocado, lemon
juice, salt and wasabi paste to a blender or food processor. Blend on high
until avocado is smooth and creamy. Then add extra virgin olive oil. Blend on
high for 1 minute until fully emulsified. Transfer dressing to a glass jar.
2.Prepare the salad by layering the greens in a
large bowl followed by the shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, sesame seeds and
microgreens. Drizzle the avocado wasabi dressing over the salad and serve
This recipe makes 1 serving.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Crisp and Spicy
Avocado Wasabi Salad Recipe: A Good Choice for a Health Boost
Salads, especially those made from fresh and organic produce, are one
of the healthiest foods you can eat if you want to lose some weight, boost your
health or both. This Crisp and Spicy Avocado Wasabi Salad Recipe is no
However, this isn?t your typical salad, mainly because of the avocado
and wasabi dressing that has a good contrast of sweet and spicy. Plus, the numerous
health benefits you can get from the dressing and the vegetables make this a
top-notch salad you can save for yourself or share with another.
Wickedly Spicy Wasabi?s Health
Because wasabi is typically used in small servings, it does not
typically qualify as a significant nutrient source. Nevertheless, adding
authentic wasabi to your diet may have potential benefits because of its
Wasabi also exhibited anti-bacterial properties, and was most
effective against the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. The roots were the
strongest when it came to destroying the bacteria, although other plant parts
were shown to kill the organisms too.[iii]
Other studies also highlighted the wasabi stem?s capabilities against the
E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus strains.[iv]
Additional research revealed wasabi?s other capabilities, and these
were all traced to compounds called isothiocyanates[v]
in the plant:
cancer risk: Initial research showed that the compounds 6-MITC
[6-(methylsulfinyl)hexyl isothiocyanate] and I7557 [6-methylsulfonyl)hexyl
isothiocyanate] may help prevent pancreatic cancer cell growth.[vi]
Meanwhile, another study found that the 6-MITC
[6-(methylsulfinyl)hexyl isothiocyanate] compound may inhibit growth of breast
and skin cancer.[vii]
However, more research has to be done to fully confirm this link.
aggregation: The isothiocyanates may assist with preventing platelet
or the clumping together of red blood cells that may eventually cause blood
Isothiocyanates showed potential in inhibiting inflammation-related
conditions like asthma and inflammatory bowel disease and in decreasing symptoms
of arthritis, a known inflammatory condition. Wasabi is known to block prostaglandin,
the neurotransmitter responsible for inflammation and pain.
To reap wasabi?s known benefits, you must use real and authentic
wasabi, which is typically found only at specialty stores and high-end dining
places. Beware of most wasabi sold in sushi places and groceries: They?re impostors
that contain artificial colors and flavors and genetically modified (GM)
ingredients like corn and soy. If you cannot find authentic wasabi, you can try
making ?wasabi? using horseradish, turmeric and spirulina.
There are also side effects associated with wasabi, such as diarrhea and nausea (because
of its strong flavor and aroma).[ix]
Increased consumption of wasabi, especially in large doses, can induce liver
damage because of a chemical called hepatotoxin present in the plant, so make
sure to use it in moderation.[x]
How Does Avocado Support Your
Aside from providing a mild sweetness to the dressing, the many
benefits your body can reap from the avocado make this an important fruit you
should add to your diet. Avocado contains vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6, 9, C, E and
K, and nutrients like potassium and fiber, but most of the positives connected
to it come from its high monounsaturated fat content. These healthy fats are
not only used by the body as fuel, but can also help:[xi]
ˇMaintain proper brain function
ˇKeep cholesterol levels in the healthy range
ˇImprove heart health
ˇAbsorb fat-soluble nutrients like alpha- and
beta-carotene and lutein from other foods
ˇPrevent degenerative brain conditions like
Alzheimer?s disease and dementia
To top it all off, there is a low risk that an avocado is contaminated
with pesticides because of its thick skin. The ?Clean 15? report by the
Environmental Working Group (EWG), hailed avocado as the plant with second
least amount of pesticide residue, so it?s OK to buy conventionally grown
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Your
Best Bet for Salads
While coconut oil
remains to be the best type of oil you can use when cooking dishes, you can drizzle
high-quality extra virgin olive oil or plain olive oil all over salads like
this. Just like avocado, this oil contains healthy monounsaturated fats that
can help lower heart disease risk. These fats were also shown to benefit
insulin levels and blood sugar control, thereby reducing type 2 diabetes risk. Other
benefits of olive oil include:
Gentle on the digestive system
Has a high potential in preventing gallstones and soothing ulcers
Has liver-protective properties
Offers anti-viral and antimicrobial properties
A storehouse of beneficial nutrients for eye health like vitamin A
Good source of vitamin E and minerals like copper, fiber and iron
Unfortunately, most olive oils sold nowadays are adulterated, meaning
the product is made inferior by adding cheap and oxidized omega-6 vegetable
oils like sunflower or peanut oil or non-human grade olive oils.[xii]
To avoid deception by profit-hungry olive oil producers, look for these qualities
when purchasing olive oil:
Olive oil is considered rancid if it smells like crayons or putty, tastes
like rancid nuts and/or has a greasy mouthfeel.
flavor: This refers to the instance wherein olives sit too long prior to
milling, resulting in fermentation in the absence of oxygen. While this fusty
flavor is incredibly common in olive oil and already considered normal, it?s
not ideal. Olive oil that has a fermented smell that?s similar to sweaty socks
or swampy vegetation should be avoided.
If you?re not exactly sure what
fusty flavor is, you can look through Kalamata olives and find a brown and
mushy piece, rather than a purple or maroon-black and firm olive. The brown and
mushy piece tends to have a fusty flavor.
flavor: Olive oil that tastes dusty or musty was probably made from moldy
olives, an occasional olive oil defect.
vinegar flavor: If the oil tastes like it contains undertones of wine,
vinegar or even nail polish, it?s a sign that the olives underwent fermentation
with oxygen, which produces this sharp and undesirable flavor.
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Breathing Program to Improve Mental and Physical Health in Two Weeks
By Dr. Mercola
It may be hard to believe, but 9 out of 10 adults breathe incorrectly, thereby impairing their health and exacerbating anxiety and depression. Fortunately, learning to breathe correctly is not a complicated affair.
Psychologists do not typically focus on breathing. As is often the case with health pioneers, it was her personal health problems that led Vranich onto this path.
"What happened is that one year in New York, I woke up and had this dull throbbing pain in my jaw. I went to the dentist and found out I was not only grinding my teeth, I was pulverizing them because of stress ?
Being someone who sort of thrived on stress, I reached a point where it wasn't working for me anymore ? [F]inding out I had to pay thousands of dollars to get teeth replaced and fixed was my [aha] moment.
Most people take a yoga class or have a stiff drink. I decided for the yoga class. I loved the breathing we did in yoga ? When I left yoga, I tried to find other classes that had to do with breathing. Most of them were vague, as far as their scientific explanations of what was going on, although they were lovely ?
[C]oming from a science background, I really wanted to know why things were happening ? Long story short, I found all types of breathing in sports, martial arts, birthing, singing [and] free diving. I put all those practical elements together and came up with the breathing class I give now.
I went back to my own patients [who] had anxiety and depression, and it worked really well with them ? They would spend chunks of the session really wanting to do breath work. That's how the transition happened."
Proper Breathing Is a Cornerstone of Good Health
In her book, "Breathe," Vranich accurately points out that breathing is a cornerstone of good health, and that changing the way you breathe can have an enormous impact, improving your sleep, cognition, eating habits, resilience to stress and more.
It can even lower your inflammation level, improve gastrointestinal (GI) function, increase longevity and reduce pain. When you're in pain, you tense up, which in turn affects your breathing, making it shallower. This actually makes the pain feel worse, and can lead to a vicious circle where the pain becomes constant.
When it comes to breathing style, there are two basic types: vertical and horizontal breathing. Most people breathe vertically. This type of breathing makes you feel a bit taller on the in-breath, as it raises your chest and shoulders.
"Unfortunately, it's anatomically incongruous," Vranich says. "Your neck and shoulders were never meant to be breathing muscles. You're not using the best part of your lungs. You're actually telling your nervous system that you are in a stressed-out state.
If you're not already in a stressed-out state, it's going to make you more stressed ? Horizontally is the way you see all animals on the planet breathe. They breathe and widen where the biggest part of their lungs are ?
If you ask a 5-year old to take a breath, they just widen like a little puffing fish ? It's their deep breath. It's perfect. You take a 10-year-old and ask them to take a deep breath and all of a sudden, it's completely changed.
The 10-year-old will raise their shoulders, puff up their little chests and take this vertical, apical breath. If it doesn't happen by age 10, definitely by age 15 ? What they're doing is mimicking their parents and what they see around them ?"
How to Address Dysfunctional Breathing
The origins of dysfunctional breathing can also be traced back to excessive sitting. The average American sits 13 to 16 hours a day, which puts your body into an unnatural posture. According to Vranich, your posture affects as much as 30 percent of your breathing.
You may also have learned improper breathing through sports. Constrictive clothing such as tight waist bands, compression garments and bra straps add to the problem. Sucking in your gut also worsens the situation.
"Even if you're not pulling in your gut because you think it makes you look thinner, you're bracing because of anxiety. Think about it. That's actually a posture that most of us have very often," Vranich says. "It's this braced middle ? because it makes us feel better.
We feel like we're ready to run or to strike. The problem with all of those things is that it takes the breath and it pushes it up, [turning it into] a vertical breath ?
Luckily, dismantling it is fairly easy because somewhere in your body, you remember having breathed horizontally ? [and since] it does make you feel better [when breathing horizontally], you start doing it."
The book, "Breathe," is a useful resource that provides a variety of different exercises and strategies to address this dysfunctional breathing. One such strategy Vranich calls "rock and roll." You can do it either standing or sitting.
Begin by relaxing and unbracing your midsection. Take a deep breath in and actually feel the middle of your body get wider. Let your belly go. On the exhale, roll backward, tipping your hips underneath you while pressing your fingers gently into your belly, giving it a little squeeze.
These movements are exaggerated because learning a new mechanical movement is easier if you start by exaggerating it. Eventually, this will teach your body to use the diaphragm to breathe. So, on the inhale, let your belly go. On the exhale, roll back and squeeze.
"This is the most important breath," Vranich says. "If you do anything at all, this is the most wonderful one ? You want to get yourself trained to breathe that way all the time."
Remember to Engage Your Diaphragm When Breathing
One of the key things to remember is to work with and engage your diaphragm when breathing, as this will allow you to change your breathing more easily, and make the change permanent. This is what the "rock and roll" breathing exercise teaches you.
"[While] the Buteyko [Breathing technique] focuses on your carbon dioxide levels, breathing through your nose, and posits that most people over-breathe ? I focus on style of breathing.
I really look to see where you're breathing from, because in my experience that has been what really resonates with people and what creates the most change," Vranich says. "Although I touch on Buteyko Breathing in my book, I try to bring in breathing exercises from as many different places as possible, because I want there to be information that resonates with a really diverse group of people.
I talk about breathing that happens in singing ? in martial arts ? In "Breathe," I bring in everything I possibly can, as far as breathing, to really give you a choice to see which of these different exercises works for you. But my main gift, I'd like to think, is that I look at where you're breathing from."
You might know that muscles will atrophy from lack of use. If you've been breathing improperly for several decades, it may take some time to retrain your breathing muscles before you can breathe optimally. Even athletes can have weak breathing muscles, because in order to be strong, they have to be worked out separately. It doesn't happen automatically simply because you're breathing heavily, and it has nothing to do with lung capacity. Your breathing muscles include your:
Intercostals: Muscles that run between your ribs, allowing your chest wall to move
Diaphragm: That thin sheet of muscle that extends across your thoracic cavity below your heart and lungs, above your digestive system
Obliques: The largest, outermost muscles of the lateral, anterior abdomen that give you that six-pack look
How to Strengthen Your Breathing Muscles
Working those muscles and really engaging them when breathing will have a dramatic effect on your ability to breathe well. Your inhale is governed by your diaphragm, while the exhale is primarily governed by your intercostals and obliques. Oftentimes, feeling short of breath is due to insufficient exhalation leaving excess residual air in your lungs. With age, your intercostals and obliques can weaken, thereby weakening your ability to exhale fully.
"When I teach, I teach the extremes so that you understand the mechanics. I make that exhale a squeeze. When you think about exhaling, most people think, 'Inhale, exhale, let go,' and that really messes us up. That idea of 'exhale, let go' makes you relax and flop down when you actually want to be narrowing your body on the exhale ?
If you can think about your belly button getting closer to your spine and even your ribs coming together, that's a really good exhale, which will obviously make your next inhale much better," Vranich explains.
While about 50 percent of people can change their breathing for the better simply by reading the book or taking a single-session breathing class, to really change your breathing for life, most people need to commit to doing the exercises several times a day for one to three weeks.
The Importance of Stretching
Stretching helps improve your range of motion and flexibility, and proper breathing is an important aspect of effective stretching as well. Conversely, stretching can also improve your breathing. Vranich explains:
"Since your intercostals are two layers of muscle on the inside of your ribs, the best way you can stretch them is by inhaling and then stretching ? [This opens] up the spaces between your ribs ? Add air to the ribcage, on the inside, and then stretch. Add a little bit more. It's called air packing ? air packing comes from free diving ? then stretch a little bit deeper. You can actually focus on the side that's collapsing and give that a little crunch ?
Now, I love spinal twists. If you don't have any injuries, if you've been OK'd for doing spinal twists, doing spinal twists on the exhale will definitely get you deeper into the twist using the breath ? Whatever chair you're on, taking the back of your seat ? and pulling yourself around on the exhale will get you deeper into the twist."
Health professionals, such as physical therapists, life coaches, personal trainers, yoga instructors and other coaches and therapists of all kinds can also become certified breathing coaches through her Breathe Certification Teacher Training Program. This year, teacher trainings are scheduled for Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. At present, there are about 50 health professionals certified in her program. You can find more information about this, and a whole lot more, on TheBreathingClass.com.
Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease and reduce your risk of infectious illness. In the U.S. and other developed countries, it's easy to take a bar of soap for granted, but not everyone has ready access to this life-saving commodity.
This is particularly atrocious because in the U.S., where one-third of the world's soap is used, there are 4.6 million hotel rooms. And what comes with each of those hotel rooms?
At least one bar of soap. Most people do not use up the entire bar of soap during their hotel stay and simply leave the unused portion behind.
Have you ever wondered what happens to that leftover soap? It often gets thrown away. The Global Soap Project estimates that the U.S. hotel industry throws away 2.6 million bars of soap daily.1
It's an unspeakable waste but one that the charity Clean the World, which partners with the Global Soap Project, is making a dent in via their soap recycling program.
The recycling, which ends up costing hotels just 75 cents per room a month, allows leftover soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner to be melted down, sterilized and formed into new soap that is sent all over the world.2
Soap Is a Lifesaver
Lack of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) contributes to two of the three leading causes of death in children 5 and under in the developing world: pneumonia and diarrhea ? both of which can be reduced with access to soap.3
In fact, according to the Global Soap Project, washing hands with soap reduces the risk of pneumonia in children by nearly 50 percent. Further, they estimate that 1.4 million deaths could be prevented every year just by handwashing with soap. They explain:4
"Handwashing with soap is the single most effective way to prevent those deaths. In fact, soap is more effective than vaccines, medications or clean water initiatives alone.
Research has shown that soap can reduce diarrheal disease by nearly one-half and rates of respiratory infection by about one-quarter."
Since 2009, Clean the World has sent 40 million bars of soap to 115 countries, saving an untold number of lives in return.5 They're working to not only increase soap in schools around the globe, which could result in 1.9 billion school days gained, but also to provide soap to health care facilities and communities.
They note that 35 percent of health care facilities in low-and middle-income countries do not have soap and water for handwashing. This allows infections to spread readily, including to mothers and newborns during childbirth. According to Clean the World:6
"In 2013, more than 2.7 million newborns did not survive a month, and 99 percent of these neonatal deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. However, 1 in 5 newborn deaths could be prevented with safe water, sanitation and clean hands."
How the Hotel Soap Recycling Program Works
About 4,000 hotels have partnered with Clean the World to recycle the leftover soap products from their hotel rooms. As CNN reported:7
"The recycling process is simple. Clean the World provides collection materials, training and packaging to a hotel's housekeeping staff. The staff then collects soap, shampoo, conditioner and body washes and ships it all to the charity's recycling centers."
The organization has hotel partners in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, including major hotel chains, Bed & Breakfasts and timeshares. If you want to choose your lodging needs when traveling accordingly, you can view an interactive map of Clean the World's hospitality industry recycling partners.
The impact of this recycling program is striking. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, for instance, has contributed more than 103,000 pounds of soap, while Disney World's Port Orleans Resort in Orlando, Florida, has recycled more than 82,600 pounds ? that's the equivalent of about 550,000 and 440,683 bars of soap, respectively.8
Even the eight-room Ivy Lodge in Newport Rhode Island has contributed 325 pounds, or 1,732 bars, of soap, proving that even small outlets can make a big difference. Clean the World also distributes hygiene kits to those in need in the U.S. and is planning to expand to China and the Middle East. Founder Shawn Seipler told CNN:9
"This year  we had $20 million combined revenue and 70 global team members. We were in a garage eight years ago. That is a real testament to the hospitality industry and their commitment to making an impact."
The Value of a Bar of Soap
When you consider the many deadly diseases that can be prevented with a bar of soap, its value becomes priceless. According to the CDC, in lower income countries, access to soap is limited, and even when it is available it's typically used for laundry and bathing, not necessarily handwashing.10
Efforts are underway to spread awareness about the importance of using soap for the purpose of washing hands. The World Health Organization notes:11
"Using proper toilets and hand washing ? preferably with soap ? prevents the transfer of bacteria, viruses and parasites found in human excreta which otherwise contaminate water resources, soil and food.
This contamination is a major cause of diarrhea, the second biggest killer of children in developing countries, and leads to other major diseases such as cholera, schistosomiasis and trachoma [the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide]."
Worldwide, the CDC also reports that washing hands with soap and water could cut deaths associated with diarrhea by up to half while reducing the risk of respiratory infections by 16 percent.12
Research published in The Lancet further placed "the potential number of diarrhea deaths that could be averted by handwashing at about a million (1.1 million; lower estimate 0.5 million; upper estimate 1.4 million)."13
When researchers looked specifically at the effect of promoting household handwashing with soap among children at the highest risk of death from diarrhea, they found that it led to a 53 percent lower incidence of diarrhea among children 15 years and under.14
Among infants, the handwashing promotion and soap led to 39 percent fewer days with diarrhea, and severely malnourished children also benefited, experiencing 42 percent fewer days with diarrhea.
Instilling the Importance of Handwashing in the US
Perhaps surprisingly, in the U.S., where soap is generally not hard to come by, less than half of people wash their hands after using the toilet.15
Further, even those who do may not be doing so correctly. In a study of more than 3,700 bathroom-goers in a college town, only 5 percent washed their hands properly, in a way that would kill infection and illness-causing germs.16
Among the rest, 33 percent didn't even use soap and 10 percent neglected to wash their hands at all after using the restroom. Others did not wash their hands long enough to be effective at removing germs.
There were some trends noted, too. Older generations typically washed their hands more frequently, and for longer, than younger generations, and women tended to wash their hands more often, and more effectively, than men.
Still, the study suggests that a lot of people ? the majority ? are receiving a false sense of security when they wash their hands, believing them to be clean when in fact they've done little to actually remove the germs. Even among health care workers, it's estimated that proper handwashing is carried out less than half of the time it should be.17
How to Wash Your Hands Effectively
If you have regular access to soap, consider yourself lucky ? and take a few moments to learn how to get the most from washing with it. To make sure you're actually removing the germs when you wash your hands, follow these guidelines:
Work up a good lather, all the way up to your wrists, scrubbing for at least 15 or 20 seconds (most people only wash for about 6 seconds)
Make sure you cover all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers, and around and below your fingernails
Rinse thoroughly under running water
In public places, use a paper towel to open the door as a protection from germs that the handles may harbor
Since your skin is one of your primary defenses against bacteria, resist the urge to become obsessive about washing your hands. If you wash them too harshly or too frequently, you can extract many of the protective oils in your skin, which can cause your skin to crack and potentially even bleed, which could invite infection. So how often should you wash your hands? Use commonsense, but for additional advice the CDC recommends:18
? Before, during and after preparing food
? Before eating food
? Before and after treating a cut or wound
? After using the toilet
? After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
? After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
? After touching garbage
? After handling pet food or pet treats
? After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
? Before and after caring for someone who is sick
If you're interested in helping Clean the World's soap recycling project, they will help you to organize a fundraiser or awareness campaign, as they don't accept soap donations from individuals or small groups. At the very least, check into participating lodging partners when you travel, so you'll know the bar of soap you leave behind will be put to good use instead of tossed in the trash.
Back to Eden ? How Simple, Natural Methods Can Take the Work Out of Gardening, and Boost Your Harvest
By Dr. Mercola
The featured documentary, "Back to Eden," reveals a simple organic gardening method that not only can transform your personal garden, but may even be part of the food solution needed on a global scale.
Far from being life sustaining, our modern, large-scale, chemical-dependent farming methods strip soil of nutrients, destroy critical soil microbes, contribute to the creation of deserts where nothing will grow, and saturate farmlands with toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that then migrate into ground water, rivers, lakes and oceans.
This video really inspired me and, after watching it, I called my local tree cutting service and was able to get three truckloads of wood chips dropped on my driveway for free. I then wheelbarreled them onto my landscape.
The great thing about the wood chips is that they are waste and most companies will give you all you want. I plan on adding more every few months.
One important aspect I learned, though, is that the wood chip pile will tend to decompose rather rapidly if you don't spread it on your landscape right away. So, it's best to spread the chips over a few days and not leave it in a pile.
Otherwise you will wind up needing to wear a mask to avoid inhaling the dust when you use a pitchfork to move the chips into your wheelbarrel.
I am convinced that "Back to Eden's" gardener, Paul Gautschi, makes loads of sense and that this is a crucial part of the equation for creating healthy soil to produce healthy plants. Wood chips not only seem to eliminate the need for any fertilizer or mineral supplements, but also to help reduce watering and make weeding a snap.
If the religious overtones of this film don't appeal to you, I hope you will overlook them because regardless of your religious beliefs, the information shared still has tremendous value, and is sure to be of interest to anyone concerned with sustainable agriculture. As presented by Documentary Storm:1
"Dana & Sarah Films, a nomadic grassroots film production company, travel to Washington where Paul Gautschi has developed a revolutionary gardening technique that is estimated to cut back on the need for irrigation by up to 95 percent.
Paul is known locally as a master arborist and is now inspiring people across the nation to experiment with his gardening methods by starting their own 'Back to Eden' gardens."
'Back to Eden' ? Nature Is Self-Sustaining
What many fail to realize is that your health ultimately depends on the health of the soil ? this is what allows your food, the vegetables and fruits, to grow nutrient-dense. When soils are depleted of nutrients, the foods grown in it will be deficient in critical minerals and phytonutrients as well.
Unfortunately, that's the state of a large portion of the Earth's soils today. Clearly, the answer to correcting soils depleted of nutrients is NOT to add even more chemical fertilizers.
The "magical" ingredient that maintains and maximizes soil health is actually the microorganisms living in the soil. This includes bacteria, fungi, protozoa and microscopic roundworms called nematodes.
Far from being scourges to be avoided, microorganisms are an essential necessity for optimized plant growth.
We now understand that it is the cooperation between these microorganisms, the soil's biome and the plants' roots ? called rhizosphere ? that is ultimately responsible for allowing the plant to absorb nutrients from the soil in which it's grown.
As discussed in the featured film, nature is self-sustaining. When left alone, the ground becomes covered with leaves and organic materials that then turn into lush compost that adds nutrients back to the soil. This top layer of organic material also shields the soil and helps retain moisture.
By imitating nature and simply covering his garden with wood chips, Gautschi doesn't need to water any of his plants, even in the summer. And his garden yields plenty of large, well-formed, juicy fruits, berries and vegetables.
While you certainly can purchase wood chips, Paul suggests contacting your local tree service to get large amounts. These are basically tree branches that have gone through a wood chipper.
They usually have to get rid of all these wood chips anyway so, like me, you may be able to get it for next to nothing, opposed to buying bags of mulch from a gardening center. As stated by Documentary Storm:
"In these days of genetically modified organisms, leafy greens replete with pesticides, drought, fruits and vegetables that are deficient of nutrients, soil that is depleted of minerals, and a myriad of problems and side effects that have risen because of the aforementioned, Paul Gautschi seems to have an answer that almost seems too simple to believe."
Others have duplicated his efforts, reaping the same fantastic results. For example, the film also features Ronald and Sylvia Richardson, who were inspired to follow in Gautschi's footsteps after a visit to his garden in 2010, and the McOmber family, who have also successfully implemented his methods in their garden.
A Nearly Magical Soil Amendment, the Results of Which Will Shock You
One of the keys to a truly successful garden is to improve the microbiology of the soil. Many people don't appreciate that it's NOT commercial products like Miracle-GroŽ you put in your garden that give you disease-resistant and nutrient-dense food, but the diverse collection of bacteria, fungi and parasites that actually transfer the nutrients from the soil into the plant.
Miracle-GroŽ will supply some nutrients, but these salts actually kill the soil microbes. Although the film does not discuss this, I believe that one of the primary reasons why Gautschi's experiment is so successful is due to the beneficial effect on microorganism growth.
When the article initially ran, I experimented in my own garden by spreading 15 gallons of vortexed compost tea (basically compost tea that has been stirred, creating a vortex in the bucket) nearly every day for six months.
Each ounce of the tea had hundreds of trillions of beneficial microbes. Since I was applying 2,000 ounces to my garden, that's a lot of microbes! While that provided some benefit, I was still disappointed with the results.
What I learned from that experience is that these microbes need a home to hang out in, live and multiply. Without a proper home they simply die, soon after being applied. As it turns out, Biochar fits the bill perfectly.
Shortly after this interview initially ran I applied biochar to my property and I now have a deep, rich topsoil with wonderful edible landscape. Biochar is created by slowly burning biomass like wood chips, corn stalks, coconut shells or any similar organic material in a low-oxygen environment, such as a kiln.
When burned this way, the carbon in the organic material is not released into the atmosphere as CO2; rather, it traps the carbon and forms a type of charcoal that has a reef-like structure, which serves as a magnificent microbial home. Besides providing excellent living quarters for soil microorganisms, Biochar also has a number of other benefits, including:
Returning much of the depleted carbon to the soil (carbon sequestration), where it can remain for hundreds or even thousands of years
Improving overall soil quality and fertility
Raising the soil's water retention ability
Potentially helping to "filter" toxic chemicals in the soil, much like carbon-based water filtration systems can filter toxins out of your water
Biochar Strongly Supports Plant Growth
The introduction of Biochar into soil is not like applying fertilizer; rather, it's the beginning of a process ? most of the benefit is achieved through the activity of the microbes and fungi that take up residence in the treated soil. They colonize its massive surface area and integrate into the char and the surrounding soil, dramatically increasing the soil's ability to nurture plant growth.
One of the major benefits of Biochar is that it is highly stable and typically lasts for many centuries, if not longer, so it is one soil amendment that does not need to be regularly applied. In this respect, it is far superior to wood chips. As explained in a recent Ecologist2 article, research shows Biochar can more than double a plant's yield! The researchers also discovered the "how" behind this remarkable result. As reported in the article:
"They also tracked for the first time the changes in genetic expression that followed from applying biochar. The response of more than 10,000 genes was followed simultaneously, and two growth promoting plant hormones ? brassinosteroids and auxins, together with their signaling molecules ? were stimulated by the biochar.
Professor Taylor said: 'Our findings provide the very first insight into how biochar stimulates plant growth ? we now know that cell expansion is stimulated in roots and leaves alike and this appears to be the consequence of a complex signaling network that is focused around two plant growth hormones.'"
Urban Gardening Is the Answer to Many of Our Problems
There's no doubt that urban gardening is an important step toward building a more sustainable food system. In fact, I've been encouraging everyone to plant a "Victory Garden" as a proactive step toward fixing our broken food system and improving your health. Victory Gardens are named after the gardens that people were encouraged to plant in their back yards and in parks and other public places during World Wars I and II.
As a result, in 1944, 40 percent of the produce grown in the U.S. was in people's backyards. I really think it's possible to catalyze a similar movement for a different purpose. The new reality is that for most people, it is very difficult to obtain high-quality, nutrient-dense foods unless you grow them yourself.
Food grown in your own garden is overall fresher, more nutritious and tastes better than store-bought food ? and you can't beat the price. Urban gardens are also key to saving energy, protecting water quality and topsoil, and promoting biodiversity and beautifying densely populated communities. It may even be the U-turn we need to rein in out-of-control rates of depression, much of which may be rooted in the feeling of being disconnected from nature, and hence disconnected from our own selves.
According to a survey by Gardeners' World Magazine, 80 percent of gardeners reported being "happy" and satisfied with their lives, compared to 67 percent of non-gardeners. Monty Don, a British TV presenter and garden writer, attributes the wellbeing of gardeners to the "recharging" you get from sticking your hands in the soil and spending time outdoors in nature.
This seems more than reasonable when you consider the health benefits associated with grounding, also known as earthing. As detailed in the documentary film "Grounded," the surface of the Earth holds subtle health-boosting energy, and all you have to do is touch it.
Walking barefoot on the Earth transfers free electrons from the Earth's surface into your body that spread throughout your tissues. Grounding has been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep and enhance your wellbeing. Many a gardener will attest to the sense of wellbeing obtained from sticking your hands in the dirt as well, and this is separate from the pleasure of accomplishment that comes from eating your own home-grown food.
Basic Biochar Guidelines
If you're planning on starting a garden, I heartily endorse Biochar. You just need to make sure it is activated by either combining it with compost, rock dust powder or my favorite, human urine. Urine is a phenomenal source of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and will bind strongly to the carbon in the Biochar rather than draining away.
The nitrogen balances the carbon in the Biochar and serves as food for the microbes, which in turn feed the plant for the long term. A friend of mine did this last year in his garden and his plants produced so many vegetables they almost seemed like mutants.
Wetting the Biochar is also important to promote beneficial earthworms. One 2011 study3 found that earthworms tend to avoid dry Biochar, but that wetting the char resulted in "statistically undetectable avoidance." According to the authors:
"[I]nsufficient moisture could be a key factor affecting earthworm behavior in soil amended with dry biochar. To avoid desiccation of invertebrates and enable their beneficial ecosystem services, we recommend wetting biochar either before or immediately after soil application."
You can certainly add Biochar to existing plants, shrubs and trees but, ideally, it's best if it's in the soil prior to planting, so the plants have an ideal form of nutrition early on. If you have a small garden, you might need only a few hundred pounds. Larger landscapes will require more.
Gardeners Beware: Pesticides Also Kill Off Beneficial Earthworms
Getting back to earthworms for a brief moment, these creepy crawlers also play an important role in maintaining the health of the soil. Pesticides, which are commonly sprayed on crops to protect them against being ravaged by pests, also have a devastating effect on earthworms living beneath the soil, which is yet another reason to avoid chemical gardening.
Research shows that earthworms exposed to pesticides grow to only half their normal weight. Since pesticide exposure also has a detrimental impact on their ability to reproduce, untreated soils can contain as much as two to three times as many earthworms as treated soils. As reported by the Cornucopia Institute:4
"Pesticides have a direct impact on the physiology and behavior of earthworms, a Danish/French research team reports after having studied earthworms that were exposed to pesticides over generations. 'We see that the worms have developed methods to detoxify themselves, so that they can live in soil sprayed with fungicide.
They spend a lot of energy on detoxifying, and that comes with a cost: The worms do not reach the same size as other worms, and we see that there are fewer of them in sprayed soil. An explanation could be that they are less successful at reproducing, because they spend their energy on ridding themselves of the pesticide,' the researchers, Ph.D. student Nicolas Givaudan and associate professor, Claudia Wiegand, say."
Working WITH Nature Rather Than Against It: That's the Future of Farming
Researchers are increasingly starting to recognize gut microbiota as one of your most unappreciated "organs."5 It may even be more appropriate to view your body as a "super organism" composed of symbiotic microorganisms. Probiotics are even becoming widely accepted and adopted in the conventional medical community to support health.
In soil, we have a very similar process. The health of the plants and those who eat those plants all stand to benefit from the optimization of soil microbiology. Optimizing soil biology also strengthens plants against pest infestations without having to resort to chemical warfare that kills far more than the insects they're designed to destroy.
Research shows that there's constant communication going on between plants via the rhizosphere (root ball). Plants "talk" to one another through aerial emissions ? the volatile gasses they emit ? and also through the mycelial networks in the soil. This is a major insight that deepens our understanding of the importance of nurturing and maintaining healthy soil microbiomes.
It also explains why you don't really need synthetic chemicals to grow large amounts of food. On the contrary, the chemicals used in modern agriculture are killing the very foundation of health ? the microbiomes in the soil. In short, if you support and nurture the microbiome in soil, it in turn will provide you with good nutrition and optimal health through the food grown in it. As noted by Documentary Storm:
"A sustainable permaculture revolution is at hand as a solution to earth's mistreatment and the unwillingness of the U.S. government to protect its citizens from agribusiness giants ...
When the burden of proof is in the hands of the affected to prove the food-like products are negatively affecting their health, the safest thing to do is grow the most nutritious food we can at the smallest expense in order to push these food-like products out of market. Paul's garden is an example of sustainable permaculture at its best."
About the Directors
I believe in bringing quality to my readers, which is why I wanted to share some information about Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz, producers and directors of "Back to Eden." We sat down with Dana and Sarah to learn a little more about what goes in to making these films. Thank you to Dana and Sarah for sharing with us.
What was your inspiration for making this film?
I?n 2010 we heard a story about Paul Gautschi, a gardener who practiced a no-till, non-GMO, organic gardening method that was capable of being implemented in diverse climates and soil conditions around the world. At that time, awareness was increasing about GMO?s? and ?the impacts of? conventional farming? practices? on the health and wellness of our bodies and the environment.
We knew that Paul's organic gardening method was a simple, sustainable solution? to the global food crisis? that needed to be documented and shared with the world.
Our goal was to create a visually engaging and educational documentary that taught people around the world how to grow a "Back to Eden Garden" and thus reap the abundant harvest and numerous health benefits of Paul Gautschi's organic gardening method.
What was your favorite part of making this film?
Meeting Paul Gautschi was a life-changing experience. On a daily basis we walked with Paul in his gardens and orchards, experienced eating the sweetest tasting fruits and vegetables, learned how to grow our own organic food, and were immeasurably blessed by his incredible knowledge and generous spirit.
Where do the proceeds to your film go?
If you buy the film through our website www.backtoedenfilm.com, the proceeds go directly ?toward spreading the message of Back to Eden gardening around the world
Sleep Deprivation Costs Billions and Makes People Rude
By Dr. Mercola
Did you get enough sleep last night? If your answer is no, you're in good company. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests 35 percent of U.S. adults are not getting the recommended seven hours of sleep each night.1
When you consider that some people probably need closer to eight hours to be optimally healthy, that percentage jumps even higher. What's at stake when you skimp on sleep, either by choice or consequence? Your emotional and physical health can suffer, and this has steep ramifications for your work life, too.
Lack of Sleep May Lead to Arguments at Work
If you've noticed fellow employees acting unusually quick to anger, their sleep schedule could be to blame. Research conducted by Laura M. Giurge at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands, found that even one night of too little sleep may lead to unwanted behavior at work the next day.2
Giurge conducted the study by sending out text messages to employees, who rated their sleep quality and reported on unwanted behaviors at work, such as acting rude toward co-workers, going home early without notifying their boss or taking a longer lunch break than allowed.
Sleep quality was found to influence behavior at work the next day, especially in people with a low "moral identity." These people put less value on moral traits like fairness and kindness overall, and were also more likely to engage in unwanted behaviors at work after a night of poor sleep.
" ? [D]isplay of unwanted behavior is not a fixed character trait," said Giurge, adding that such behaviors can vary from day to day.
Poor sleep may make it harder for people to stop engaging in such behaviors, as well as to overcome feelings of failure when displaying the undesirable behaviors. In turn, Giurge said, "This can lead into a possibly destructive cycle."3
It could be that poor sleep lessens a person's self-control, which in turn increases the rate of selfish impulses leading to unwanted behaviors ? even workplace theft.4 According to the Rotterdam School of Management, employees' "misbehaving" at work adds up, to the tune of $200 billion a year in the U.S. alone.5
Children's Behavior Also Affected by Lack of Sleep ? Even Years Later
It's no secret that kids may act out if they didn't get enough sleep, but recent research suggests lack of sleep in early childhood may even affect behavior years later.6,7
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston used evaluations from mothers and teachers to determine executive function and behavior among more than 1,000 children.
While sleep duration between the ages of 6 months and 2 years was not linked to later behavior, sleep at ages 3 to 4 was. Those who slept less than 10 hours a day at age 3 or 4 had lower scores on executive function and behavior at age 7. Likewise, 5- to 7-year-olds who slept for nine hours a night or less also had lower scores.
"Insufficient sleep in the preschool and early school years is associated with poorer mother- and teacher-reported neurobehavioral processes in mid-childhood," the researchers concluded.8
For kids, simple steps, like keeping a predictable bedtime schedule, removing TVs and smartphones from the bedroom, and winding down before bed with a story, can help with achieving high-quality sleep.
Lead author Dr. Elsie Taveras, chief of general pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, told Reuters, "What we found was that insufficient sleep in children was associated with poorer executive function and behavior."9
Cutting Back on Sleep to Get More Done May Be Counterproductive
Lacking in this fundamental human necessity takes a heavy toll, raising the risk of chronic diseases, obesity and premature death while costing the U.S. economy up to $411 billion a year in lost productivity alone.10
So, if you're burning the midnight oil hoping to get ahead on work or schoolwork, it may be counterproductive, as you're likely to be less productive and mentally slower the next day.
In one animal study, sleep-deprived mice lost 25 percent of the neurons located in their locus coeruleus, a nucleus in the brainstem associated with wakefulness and cognitive processes.11 The research also showed that "catching up" on sleep on the weekend will not prevent this damage.
Some jobs, like firefighting, require extended shifts and late-night hours that can disrupt circadian rhythms and lead to sleep deficiency that may also affect safety and the ability to function on the job.
Research shows that instituting a sleep health program, along with screening for sleep disorders, at fire stations led to 46 percent fewer disability days used. Those who took part in the program were also 24 percent less likely to file at least one injury report during the study.12
It's even been shown that people with an elevated number of insomnia symptoms are twice as likely to leave a paid job due to poor health than those with no or low symptoms.13
Lack of sleep, specifically insomnia, has been proven to adversely affect many aspects of workplace performance, including, according to research published in Sleep Medicine Reviews:14
Elevated accident risk in the workplace
Reduced workplace productivity
Inhibited career progression
Degraded job satisfaction
Lack of Sleep Influences Your Risk-Taking, Decision-Making and More
Your brain's prefrontal cortex (PFC), which influences such behaviors as risk-taking and social behavior, is vulnerable to the effects of sleep deprivation. Research published in PLoS found that after just one night of sleep deprivation, all participants suffered from increased sleepiness and decreased alertness.15
Differences were noted among men and women, however, in that men tended to make riskier decisions following sleep loss while women tended to become more averse to risks.
Sleep loss also affects decision-making. In separate research, participants underwent two nights of total sleep deprivation followed by two nights of recovery sleep, then performed a decision-making test.16
A well-rested control group (who had slept normally) performed better on the tests than the sleep-deprived group. Particularly revealing was when the rules for the test were reversed? and none of the sleep-deprived volunteers got the right answer, even after 40 tries.
The study's lead author told NPR, "It wasn't just that sleep-deprived people were slower to recover? Their ability to take in new information and adjust was completely devastated."17
The researchers concluded that sleep deprivation is particularly problematic for decision-making involving uncertainty and unexpected change. They concluded:
"Blunted reactions to feedback while sleep deprived underlie failures to adapt to uncertainty and changing contingencies. Thus, an error may register, but with diminished effect because of reduced affective valence of the feedback or because the feedback is not cognitively bound with the choice.
This has important implications for understanding and managing sleep loss-induced cognitive impairment in emergency response, disaster management, military operations and other dynamic real-world settings with uncertain outcomes and imperfect information."
Are You Willing to Risk All of This to Stay Up Late?
Sleep deprivation, or a lack of quality sleep, has a significant impact on your brain health and your overall health and wellness. There are good reasons you may want to develop good sleep habits and strive to achieve quality sleep every night ? and certainly consider going to bed earlier if your sleep deprivation is the result of staying up too late by choice.
? Increased risk of car accidents
? Increased accidents at work
? Reduced ability to perform tasks
? Reduced ability to learn or remember
? Reduced productivity at work
? Reduced creativity at work or in other activities
? Reduced athletic performance
? Increased risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease
? Increased risk of depression
? Increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease
? Decreased immune function
? Slowed reaction time
? Reduced regulation of emotions and emotional perception
? Poor grades in school
? Increased susceptibility to stomach ulcers
? Exacerbation of current chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and cancer
? Cutting one hour of sleep a night increases the expression of genes associated with inflammation, immune excitability, diabetes, cancer risk and stress18
? Contributing to premature aging by interfering with growth hormone production, normally released by your pituitary gland during deep sleep
What Works for a Good Night's Sleep?
If you're having trouble sleeping, I suggest reading my Guide to a Good Night's Sleep for 33 tips on improving your sleep. Tracking your sleeping patterns and time spent asleep using technological devices (like smart belts or bracelets) may be helpful for some people, but getting back to the basics of improving your sleeping environment is of crucial important.
No. 1 on my list? Avoid exposure to blue light, including LEDs, after sunset. Wearing blue-blocking glasses is a simple way to achieve this. Further:
Avoid watching TV or using your computer/smartphone or tablet in the evening, at least an hour or so before going to bed.
Make sure you get BRIGHT sun exposure regularly. Your pineal gland produces melatonin roughly in approximation to the contrast of bright sun exposure in the day and complete darkness at night. If you are in darkness all day long, it can't appreciate the difference and will not optimize your melatonin production.
Get some sun in the morning. Your circadian system needs bright light to reset itself. Ten to 15 minutes of morning sunlight will send a strong message to your internal clock that day has arrived, making it less likely to be confused by weaker light signals during the night.
Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible. Even the tiniest glow from your clock radio could be interfering with your sleep, so cover your clock radio up at night or get rid of it altogether. Move all electrical devices at least 3 feet away from your bed. You may want to cover your windows with drapes or blackout shades, or wear an eye mask when you sleep.
Install a low-wattage yellow, orange, or red light bulb if you need a source of light for navigation at night. Light in these bandwidths does not shut down melatonin production in the way that white and blue bandwidth light does. Salt lamps are handy for this purpose, as are natural, non-toxic candles.
Keep the temperature in your bedroom no higher than 70 degrees F. Many people keep their homes too warm (particularly their upstairs bedrooms). Studies show that the optimal room temperature for sleep is between 60 to 68 degrees F.
Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime. This increases your core body temperature, and when you get out of the bath it abruptly drops, signaling your body that you are ready to sleep.
Avoid using loud alarm clocks. Being jolted awake each morning can be very stressful. If you are regularly getting enough sleep, you might not even need an alarm, as you'll wake up naturally.
Be mindful of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in your bedroom. EMFs can disrupt your pineal gland and its melatonin production, and may have other negative biological effects as well. A gauss meter is required if you want to measure EMF levels in various areas of your home. If possible, install a kill switch to turn off all electricity to your bedroom. If you need a clock, use a battery-operated one.
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What I want to focus on here is the AWAKEN/CLEANSE/FEED program, which is truly unique and designed to facilitate deep detox. You get a discount if you buy the whole system, called the ORENDA ULTIMATE PACK.
Deep cleaning involves improving immune function. Our immune system is mostly white blood cells, and the lymphatic channels. White blood cells contain sacks of enzymes, called lysosomes, which break down any ?foreign? tissue in the body, including parasites, pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungal overgrowth, and undigestible food. About 75% of the burden on our immune system over our lifetime occurs across the ?tube? (gastro-intestinal tract). The other 25% is through the nose and into the lungs.
British psychologists have hit psychiatry hard: There must be a shift to humane natural mental health care!
The British Psychological Society has attacked the rival profession of psychiatry with serious questions raised about the biomedical model of mental illness. Clearly humane non-psychiatric natural mental health care should replace psychiatry.
There has been a shocking trend in medical-legal circles to go after victims of psychiatry who blow the whistle on having been tortured by psychiatrists as being unusually psychotic and in need of
It is every parent?s dilemma when their child has a fever. Doctors recommend antipyretic (temperature reducing) medicines, but frequent use can cause many issues such as liver damage. Reducing a fever without overloading a child with extra chemicals will help the child to recover faster. So, here are 3 home remedies that will reduce fever naturally.
Peppermint (Mentha piperina) is on the top of the list, because its easy to find and its tea tastes nice with some manuka honey.
22 Diet Soda Alternatives that Won't Damage Your Brain or Add to Your Waistline
Recent news suggests that people who drink diet sodas daily have three times the risk of stroke and dementia compared to people who rarely drink them and other research indicated that diet soda actually leads to weight gain and the potential for heart disease and diabetes. Scary statistics to say the least, so you may want to consider a few healthy alternatives.
Before we move on consider looking at these three stories about diet soda.
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