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Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease

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Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease

 

In a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from John Hopkins University found that the drugs that treat acid reflux and heartburn (like Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium) may not be as safe as once thought. While most considered the drugs effective and relatively free from side effects, this new study shows two things: a large number of people taking the meds don’t actually need them and proton pump inhibitors (PPI) raise the risk of kidney disease from 20 to 50 percent. And those facts come on the heels of another study from last June done by Stanford University which found those medications contributed to a higher chance of heart attacks.

 

Researchers looked at the records of more than 10,000 people and found that the, “risk of the onset of chronic kidney disease was 20 to 50 percent higher in those who took the PPIs. No increased risk was seen in people who took a different class of heartburn drugs like Pepcid and Zantac, which work by blocking histamine production in the cells lining the stomach”(PPIs block the secretion of acid into the stomach).

More from the article:

“JUST AS IT IS A FALLACY THAT PPIS ARE SAFE TO TAKE EVERY DAY FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, SO IT IS ALSO A FALLACY THAT HEARTBURN IS CAUSED BY TOO MUCH STOMACH ACID, ACCORDING TO NOTED NATURAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER DR. JOSEPH MERCOLA. CONTRARY TO WHAT IS WIDELY BELIEVED, REFLUX IS CAUSED BY TOO LITTLE ACID. FURTHERMORE, TAKING DRUGS THAT SUPPRESS STOMACH ACID MERELY TREATS THE SYMPTOMS RATHER THAN ATTACKS THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM. IN FACT, THE MEDICATIONS ACTUALLY WORSEN THE CONDITION THAT PRODUCES THE SYMPTOMS, A RESULT THAT PERPETUATES THE PROBLEM. HE RECOMMENDS THAT PEOPLE WHO TAKE PPIS SHOULD GRADUALLY WEAN THEMSELVES OFF OF THEM INSTEAD OF STOPPING COLD TURKEY. AFTERWARDS, MERCOLA ADVISES TAKING NATURAL REMEDIES AND ADOPTING LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS.”

What many health practitioners have known for a long time is that it’s possible to treat heartburn naturally- and therefore- safely; some people use yellow mustard, many take apple cider vinegar (from the Mother is always best and either straight or in water), and still others have found success using a different type of salt, like a pink himalayan (if you use added salt in your food).

Some of those lifestyle modifications would be eating foods that help, rather than hurt and stress, your gut biome; fermented vegetables (kimchee/sauerkraut), kefir, and for those non-vegans, yogurt made from raw milk, are all great. And don’t be afraid to move your body! Exercise is good for you and will help. Then there are the more obvious things like smoking, caffeine and excessive alcohol.

Sadly, some kidney problems are irreversible and chronic kidney disease can result in kidney failure (which necessitates either dialysis or a transplant). Now, the research doesn’t prove PPIs cause chronic kidney disease but their findings should be considered serious enough to at least pay attention to and unless you really, really need them, you shouldn’t take them. In fact, it almost makes more sense to try alternative therapies first and use the PPIs as a last resort. Once you start to look at the issue, you really only have two options- treat your body better or take PPIs (and maybe play russian roulette with the outcome).

 

Please share with family and loved ones and call with all your healthcare concerns and for your personalized healthcare plan.

 

 

 

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Simple and Cleansing Kichadi

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Simple and Cleansing Kichadi

Serves 6-8

 

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. coconut oil or ghee

½ Tbsp. cumin seeds

½ Tbsp. mustard seeds

½ Tbsp. coriander seeds

½ tsp. ground turmeric

1 cinnamon stick

1-2 Tbsp. minced ginger (to taste)

1 large tomato, chopped (optional)

2 medium yellow onion, diced

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 small / 250g sweet potato (or other seasonal root veggie), chopped

1 cup / 200g brown rice

½ cup / 110g mung beans or brown lentils

1 tsp. fine grain sea salt

1 cup / 140g green peas, frozen or fresh

4 cups / 1L water (or more, as needed)

a couple handfuls finely chopped cilantro

lemon to garnish

 

Directions:

  1. If possible, soak the rice and pulses together overnight, or for 8-12 hours. Drain and rinse very well.

 

  1. Melt the oil in a large stockpot. Add the cumin and mustard seed and fry just until the mustard seeds start to pop. Add the remaining spices, stir and then add the tomato and ginger (if you’re opting out of the tomato, simply use a few splashes of water). Fry for a couple minutes until fragrant.

 

  1. Add the onion, carrots, sweet potato, brown rice, mung beans, salt, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for about 45 minutes, until the rice and beans are soft. About five minutes before serving, add the peas whether fresh or frozen, and cook until they are warm. Add more water for a stew-y consistency, or if the pot becomes dry while cooking.

 

  1. Serve kichadi hot, garnished with cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Give thanks and enjoy.

 

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Whole Wheat Ginger Pancakes

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Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes

 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1 tablespoon molasses

1 egg

1 tablespoon sunflower oil (or melted butter)

3/4-1 cup milk

 

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 200˚ and place an oven-safe plate inside for keeping pancakes warm.

In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients and give a good stir. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and pour over dry ingredients, stir just until combined.

Heat a skillet over medium heat. When skillet is hot, take about 1/4 cup of batter and pour onto skillet. Let cook for 1-2 minutes (until the pancakes begins to bubble slightly. Flip and let cook for another 1-2 minutes until pancake is cooked through.

Place in oven and continue with remaining batter.

 

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Chickpea And Spinach Burger

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Chickpea and Spinach Burgers

They are simple, delicious, and have a texture I love in veggie burgers: crunch on the outside, soft on the inside, and don’t fall apart when cooked. These burgers come together rather quick and cook up just as fast. I prefer pan frying these burgers in a bit of oil (helps the crispy outside) but you can also grill them. If you’re looking to make a big batch for use throughout the month, go through the baking process, separate them with a bit of wax paper, and store in an airtight container in the freezer.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup chickpeas (drained, if using canned)

1/4 cup red onion, diced

1 cup fresh baby spinach, packed

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg white

1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, for frying

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine chickpeas and onion in a food processor, pulse a few times to break up the chickpeas. Add in spinach, sunflower seeds, olive oil, soy sauce, oregano, paprika, and salt; pulse a few more times.

Add in egg white and bread crumbs, pulsing until mixture comes together. Remove from food processor, run your hands under water, divide mixture into two balls, and shape into 1/2″ thick patties.

Heat a pan over medium-low heat. Add olive oil, followed by burgers. Fry for 5 to 7 minutes, until the burger is browning and has become crisp on the outside. Flip, cook for another 5 or so minutes until the burger is cooked through and crisp on both sides.

 

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Slow Cooker White Cheddar Broccoli Mac & Cheese Low Calorie

Slow Cooker White Cheddar Broccoli Mac & Cheese

Slow Cooker White Cheddar Broccoli Mac & Cheese

Low Calorie

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups milk

2 egg whites

2 teaspoons cornstarch or tapioca starch

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup grated white cheddar cheese

1 small head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets

2 cups dry, whole wheat pasta

( taste good with angel hair and bacon crumbled)

 

Directions

Whisk together the milk, egg whites, and cornstarch in your slow cooker insert. Be sure to whisk well.

Stir in the grated cheese, broccoli and pasta shells.

Cook on low for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

After the first hour, stir the food on a semi-regular basis (about every 15 minutes or so). This will do two things. It will allow the pasta to cook evenly. It will also allow you to keep any eye on the pasta and see when it’s done.

Every slow cooker is different, so the timing for this recipe may be slightly different on this for you. Pasta goes from “cooked” to “mush” very quickly. So be sure to keep stirring on occasion to keep an eye on things.

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SPICY BEEF & PEPPER STIR-FRY RECIPE

SPICY BEEF & PEPPER STIR-FRY RECIPE

SPICY BEEF & PEPPER STIR-FRY RECIPE

 

INGREDIENTS

1 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips

1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot

3 garlic cloves, minced, divided

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

1 cup light coconut milk

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon Sriracha Asian hot chili sauce

1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

1 large sweet red pepper, cut into thin strips

1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced

4 cups fresh baby spinach

2 green onions, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, toss beef with ginger, 2 garlic cloves, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt; let stand 15 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk coconut milk, sugar, chili sauce, lime peel, lime juice and remaining salt until blended.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add beef; stir-fry 2-3 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pan.

Stir-fry red pepper, red onion, jalapeno and remaining garlic in remaining oil 2-3 minutes or just until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in coconut milk mixture; heat through. Add spinach and beef; cook until spinach is wilted and beef is heated through, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with green onions and cilantro. Yield: 4 servings.

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Sweet Potato Fudge

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Sweet Potato Fudge

 

 

2 cups sweet potato, cooked and puree

 

1/2 cup raw, unsweetened, shredded coconut

 

1/2 cup coconut oil, gently melted

 

1/2 cup cocoa powder

 

1 tsp vanilla

 

dash of sea salt

 

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.

 

Line an 8×8 casserole dish with parchment paper or wax paper.

 

Press fudge into pan.

 

Sprinkle shredded coconut over fudge and press into place with the back of a spoon.

 

Place in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

 

Cut into squares.

 

This recipe is also good with one walnut or pecan pressed into each square before it sets.

 

 

 

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Truvia Sweetener A Powerful Pesticide

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Truvia Sweetener a Powerful Pesticide

 

Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol

 

Truvia sweetener is made from about 99.5% erythritol (a sugar alcohol), and 0.5% rebiana, an extract from the stevia plant (but not at all the same thing as stevia). A shocking new study published in the journal PLOS ONE (1) has found that Truvia, an alternative sweetener manufactured by food giant Cargill, is a potent insecticide that kills fruit flies which consume it.

 

The study is titled, Erythritol, a Non-Nutritive Sugar Alcohol Sweetener and the Main Component of Truvia, Is a Palatable Ingested Insecticide.

 

The study found that while fruit flies normally live between 39 and 51 days, those that ate the Truvia ingredient erythritol died in less than a week.

 

Erythritol made from yeast fed genetically modified corn derivatives

Erythritol is often indirectly derived from genetically modified corn, by the way. Cargill was forced to settle a class action lawsuit last year (2) for labeling Truvia “natural” when it’s actually made from a fermentation process whereby yeast are fed GM corn maltodextrin.

 

Cargill plays word games with this process, insisting that “erythritol is not derived from corn or dextrose feedstock; it is derived from the yeast organism.”

 

Yeah, okay, but the yeast are fed GMOs. So they’re playing mind games with their explanations.

 

There is a verified non-GMO erythritol available today, by the way, and it’s made by Pyure Brands, based in Florida.

 

Pyure Brands offers alternative sweeteners for the health-conscious marketplace, and their product is USDA Organic certified and Non-GMO Project Verified.

 

Truvia a really amazing insecticide

This story on Truvia’s insecticidal properties has really caught the attention of the public. Even CBS News (3), a mainstream media outlet that rarely covers the dangers of food additives, covered this story, reporting:

 

Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia, has a new, unexpected application — it may be used as an insecticide. …Researchers found that fruit flies fed with food that included erythritol or the erythritol-containing sweetener Truvia died much sooner than flies fed with food containing other types of sweeteners.

 

“The more you get [fruit flies] to consume erythritol, the faster they die,” Sean O’Donnell, a professor of biology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, told CBS News.

 

“We are hoping to develop it into a human-safe insecticide,” O’Donnell later says in the story.

 

The abstract of the published study concludes, “Here we show that Erythritol, a non-nutritive sugar alcohol, was toxic to the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.”

 

No other sweetener killed the fruit flies

Fruit flies were also subjected to feeding tests with sucrose and corn syrup, but those sweeteners didn’t kill them. Only erythritol had this effect, as it shown in the chart below:

 

 

 

Erythritol also interfered with the flies’ motor coordination, as stated in the study text:

 

…adult flies raised on food containing Truvia displayed aberrant motor control prior to death. We therefore assayed motor reflex behavior through climbing assays. Flies raised on food containing Truvia showed a significantly decreased ability to climb.

 

Researchers were also able to determine that stevia was not the cause of the problem. They also tested Purevia and found it was safe for fruit flies. Only erythritol, the main component of Truvia, replicated the toxic effects on fruit flies.

 

Erythritol also exhibited a dose-dependent death response, meaning the more that was consumed by the flies, the more quickly they died.

 

What to make of Truvia’s usefulness as a pesticide?

The FDA has declared Truvia to be safe for human consumption. Then again, the FDA has also declared aspartame to be safe for human consumption, so that doesn’t carry any real credibility.

 

Sugar alcohols are widely consumed by millions of people, but that also isn’t any guarantee of their safety because Vioxx was also widely consumed by millions of people (while killing tens of thousands of them via heart attacks).

 

Most people believe sugar alcohols are safe to consume, and perhaps they’re right. But maybe there’s some yet-unknown contaminant in erythritol that’s causing these toxic effects. Or perhaps it’s the GMO connection, since most erythritol comes from genetically modified corn. A really interesting study on this would test GMO-derived erythritol vs. non-GMO erythritol to determine if there’s any difference.

 

Many scientists might also argue that perhaps erythritol is perfectly safe for humans and only selectively toxic to insects because of their different physiology. That would be the best-case scenario.

 

If true, it opens up a positive conclusion to all this: What if erythritol could be used as a natural pesticide that replaces the toxic chemical pesticides sold by companies like Monsanto and DuPont?

 

Imagine, if you will, a natural, plant-based pesticide that could be sprayed on crops to kill insects, yet still eaten by humans in trace amounts with no ill effects. That’s the hope of this discovery: maybe sugar alcohols can be sprayed on crops or used in organic food production.

 

By the way, the idea for this research came from a sixth-grader named Simon D. Kaschock-Marenda, once again proving that science is available to everyone, including children. This is why I have openly called for enhanced science education in America — in the hope that more children can learn about scientific investigations and use their knowledge to help achieve a safer, less toxic world.

 

 

 

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Eat Dark Chocolate and Olive Oil Together!

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Those with a high cardiovascular risk profile should eat dark chocolate with olive oil, new study finds

 

In recent years, the medical community has put a lot of effort into educating people about reducing their cholesterol levels in order to protect their heart health. Of course, those who do have elevated cholesterol levels are often prescribed statin drugs like Lipitor, Zocor and others to lower these levels. In fact, these are among the most prescribed drugs of all time.

 

Nonetheless, these toxic drugs carry serious side effects, including muscle pain and weakness, increased liver enzymes, asthma complications, and birth defects in pregnant women, to name just a few.

 

This doesn’t mean, though, that there isn’t a healthy solution to reducing cholesterol levels naturally. In addition to maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly, a recent study has unlocked another key to taking care of your heart: eating dark chocolate and extra virgin olive oil together.

 

The study, undertaken by researchers from the University of Pisa in Italy, who presented the results at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in August, concluded that dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil can lead to improved heart health and a better cardiovascular risk profile.

 

“A healthy diet is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Rossella Di Stefano, a cardiologist at the University of Pisa, and the lead author of the study. “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols, which are found in cocoa, olive oil, and apples. Research has found that the Italian Panaia red apple has very high levels of polyphenols and antioxidants.”

 

The researchers set out to determine whether a combination of either dark chocolate and olive oil or dark chocolate and Panaia red apple might halt the progress of atherosclerosis (a build-up of plaque on the artery walls, causing obstructed blood flow, and potentially a life-threatening blood clot) in otherwise healthy people with cardiovascular risk factors.

 

The ESC explained in a press release:

 

The randomised crossover study included 26 volunteers (14 men, 12 women) with at least three cardiovascular risk factors (smoking, dyslipidaemia, hypertension, or family history of cardiovascular disease) who received 40 grams of dark chocolate daily for 28 days. For 14 consecutive days it contained 10% extra virgin olive oil and for 14 consecutive days it contained 2.5% Panaia red apple. The two types of chocolate were given in random order.

 

Progression of atherosclerosis was assessed by metabolic changes (levels of carnitine and hippurate), lipid profile, blood pressure and levels of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs). EPCs are critical for vascular repair and maintenance of endothelial function.

 

The researchers took urine and blood samples at the beginning of the study and again at the end. The urine samples were analyzed for endogenous metabolites using proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and circulating EPC levels were evaluated with flow cytometry. Body mass index (BMI), blood pressure levels, smoking status, lipid profile and glycaemia, were also carefully monitored for all participants.

 

The results were quite astounding. At the end of the 28-day study, the researchers found that EPC levels were significantly increased after consumption of the olive oil-enriched chocolate. Carnitine and hippurate levels were considerably decreased – which is a good thing – both in comparison to baseline figures and to the apple-enriched chocolate.

 

Most encouragingly, consumption of the olive oil-enhanced chocolate resulted in significant increases in high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and sizable reductions in blood pressure levels. (Related: Olive oil antioxidant naturally kills all cancer cells tested within an hour.)

 

So, if like millions of others you’ve been advised to take steps to decrease your cholesterol levels, you now have a fantastic excuse to increase your consumption of delicious dark chocolate. Just make sure you take some pure virgin olive oil with it! Perhaps melt that chocolate in a little olive oil and pour over fresh strawberries? Yum

 

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