Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lifting weights is MORE important for women….Today's post:  Thursday, 12-14-2017 

This is still surprisingly little known!

Some men strength train because they want to be strong and capable.  Many men want to look good and want their muscles to make them look strong.  So, from their teens, many men do strength training.

Many women think that only men do strength training and that women don’t.  Many women think strength training will make them look less feminine.

Even women who exercise and include strength training tend to use tiny weights and exercise their arms a bit but do not do the exercises that use their largest muscles and heavier weights. They also rarely increase how much they lift to make progress and get stronger.

The now very large set of evidence that this is the REVERSE of what keeps women healthy and protects their mobility and longevity is growing every day.

1.  A bit over two weeks ago on Tuesday, 11-28, this study was listed by Medical News Today:

Women at higher cardiometabolic risk due to fat distribution

This study shows that older women tend to lose muscle mass and had less than men to begin with.

They point out that lean tissue in bones and muscles is protective against type 2 diabetes and heart disease and that women tend to have less lean tissue than men.

They don't say so; but past menopause, women lose a good bit of the lean tissue they have in their bones and muscle on top of this initial disadvantage!

This tends to make women become fatter and fatter each year without feeling this as it happens or having a clue why they keep getting fatter!

Their bones become lighter and smaller and begin to contain more fat and less bone.  Their muscles lose size and mass each year too.

Active, lean bone tissue and muscles burn calories besides being protective. When they are lost, women burn fewer calories each day.  And, every year they burn even less.

Meanwhile many women continue to eat as much as they did before.  Then every month the calories that used to feed the lean tissue they no longer have, add more and more to their fat deposits!

As this study points out, this increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and strokes and heart attacks in women.  (They don’t add that this also causes fragile and easily broken bones; but it does.)

Lean muscle is protective and past a certain point this extra fat tends to be harmful.

Paradoxically, this means that to protect their health it is essential for such women to do effective strength training!

At the same time, many women have no cultural models for doing strength training and either do none or do too easy and ineffective strength training.

2.  More recently, last Friday, 12-8-2017 I got an email from Steve & Becky Holman,

It had this!

“Researchers followed people age 65 or older for 15 years--and they discovered something startling about longevity…

After adjusting for BMI, chronic conditions and habits like total physical activity, drinking and smoking, subjects who used resistance training (like lifting weights) consistently were…

46 percent less likely to die during the study than other subjects...

Leader of the study, Jennifer Kraschnewski, M.D., says training muscles against resistance can keep you independent and active as you age.

You stay stronger longer—with better balance, stamina and bone density.

In other words, resistance training is critical as you age for health, mobility and independence.”

Yes that means that strength training.”

3.  There are two resources for women who want to do something about this that have some key good points:

a) Mike Matthews uses a protocol for both men and women that stresses using progressive strength training in exercises that uses the larger muscles of your legs and buttocks and lower back and upper back and chest.

He’s not perfect; but most of his advice is both well researched and tested as effective with his clients.

You do have to have or get access to a gym that has a leg press machine and barbells that can be used for deadlifts and enough weight to stay challenging as you get stronger.

You may be surprised to know that as you get stronger, you will need and be quite able to lift hundreds of pounds in these lifts. is his website to access his information.

b) What if you need a very time efficient way to exercise and are paid well enough to use one that gives you the triple of quite short sessions only once or twice a week; a coach to ensure you make progress; and a quiet place with all the needed equipment.

A resource that provides exactly that and which works very well for women is called:  The Perfect Workout. 

(888) 878-1808

(408) 899-5812

The sessions only last about half an hour. 

Depending on how busy you are and what you can afford, you only go once or twice a week.

You come in and get to the first machine in about five minutes.  Sometimes during that five minutes your trainer will be finishing with the last client who got started a bit late.

Then the actual exercise session only lasts about 20 minutes.

The last five minutes is recovery time and when you and your trainer set up what you need to do next time.

It’s a bit expensive.  But that ensures that quiet space with all the needed equipment AND the trainer who only works with you.

For women who don’t have any background in strength training or even exercise, it’s extremely effective.

Many of the trainers are women.  And the men trainers are all experienced training women.

If you need that kind of expert help to do it at all, it’s “perfect.”   If you need something that time efficient to fit it into your very busy schedule, it’s “perfect.”   If you need something that is a quiet place with all the equipment set to the exact size your body needs, it’s “perfect” too!

Personal comment:  When I went until I learned enough to do it on my own, I found that having them always have me do the leg press first and do it every time instead of every other time, made it easier to make progress AND get it out of the way first  because it is their most challenging exercise.

That way you ensure you always do the exercise that women need most every time.  AND, once it’s done even though the exercises can be challenging too, you can focus on them instead of being distracted by worrying about the leg press yet to come!  

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Fake and fixable mental decline causing ruin….Today's post:  Tuesday, 12-12-2017 

Treating suspected cases of Alzheimer's with today's drugs is like turning on the sprinklers in a skyscraper when you see a bit of smoke and using kerosene in the sprinklers.

You're more likely to burn down the building than stop any fires!

Worse than that, you may miss that rats are eating the insulation off the wires in some rooms because you didn't bother to look for the causes of the smoke first!

You can fix that!

And, this UNDERSTATES the problem and how it’s causing avoidable ruin.

When someone seems to lose key memories or loses short term memories or feels mentally fuzzy and confused, if they are told they have Alzheimer’s and it’s progressive and fatal, it causes people to give up and wait to die.

When someone seems to lose key memories or loses short term memories or feels mentally fuzzy and confused, if they are diagnosed by people not well versed in the ways things that can mimic Alzheimer’s that are fixable, it causes problems with insurance coverage and driving privileges and often causes unemployment.

Worse, often the wife or husband or son or daughter who was gainfully employed stops working or begins working part time to be a caregiver.

Worst of all, they are then given drugs that often harm their mental abilities, have unpleasant side effects, are expensive, double or triple their chances of dying within 10 or 20 years and do NOT improve real cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

The MUCH better news is that there is good and growing evidence this is avoidable for many reasons!  There ARE now also ways that have been found to reverse mental decline that actually IS Alzheimer’s disease.

The full set of what we know and should be doing with that knowledge is quite large and complex.

BUT, it is critical to the survival of the economy of the United States and the quality of life of almost all its older citizens to start using it all aggressively!

1.  First, here are a few things we can do and YOU can do to protect yourself!

2.  Next we’ll cover a new and proven way to reverse real Alzheimer’s in its early stages.  We’ll add some ways to make that protocol far more effective.

1.  Here are a few things we can do and YOU can do to protect yourself!
*Do you smoke or allow yourself to be exposed to significant second hand smoke or use tobacco in other ways?

If you stop this at once and get virtually no exposure to tobacco exposure or exposure to its smoke, did you know that you cut your risk IN HALF of Alzheimer’s and other kinds of mental decline?  

The cadmium exposure alone does much of this research found.  The sharp decrease in blood circulation does the rest.

*Do you eat no foods high in vitamin B12 or take drugs that deplete it? 

If you don’t stop some of these drugs and/or take extra vitamin B12 in the natural methyl form as chewable lozenges that allow you to absorb it directly into the blood vessels in your mouth and throat, you’ll get many kinds of mental decline that are quite similar to Alzheimer’s disease. AND you’ll have enough problems with dizzy spells to impair you.

This problem is NOT Alzheimer’s. It IS reversible!  But if you are diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s and given a drug, your life will be ruined just the same. 

Oddly a large percentage of doctors do not yet know to do this.  So this is a large risk so far!

Vegan vegetarians if they do eat lots of organic vegetables and fruit each day and no hybrid wheat can be quite to extremely healthy otherwise.  But if at some point, they fail to supplement in this way with methyl B12 at least when they get older and deplete their bodies of B12 they can have this happen to them.

The proton pump inhibitor drugs not only reduce stomach acid enough to cause B12 depletion, we now know that they harm the insides of your blood vessels and your kidneys enough to cause enough vascular damage to cut blood flow into and out of your brain cells.

The substitute drug Zantac is not thought to do this vascular damage; but it does cause B12 deficiency without supplementation of this kind.

Metformin, at least at moderate doses, is a relatively safe and effective drug for high blood sugar problems.  And so far, it’s the only one that is both.  BUT it too depletes B12. So if you take it, to avoid mental problems from B12 depletion you might well want to supplement with lozenges of methyl B12.

These lozenges are inexpensive and I think the best way to use them is in the 1,000 mcg strength.

*There is also a large list of drugs with anti-cholinergic effects.  Taking these drugs often causes Alzheimer’s like effects.  With some of these drugs and with some people, if too many of these are taken for too long a time, they actually test as CAUSING Alzheimer’s disease.

Either NOT taking these drugs at all by solving the problem without drugs in some cases or taking the smallest dose for the shortest possible time can prevent this.

*Switching to a healthful eating style and completely stopping soft drinks and fast foods and packaged foods and hybrid wheat AND learning how to completely avoid MSG can also cut your risk of mental decline AND Alzheimer’s disease at least in half!

There are also ways to take some supplements that have the reverse effect such as curcumin and DHA to boost that effect.

2.   There IS a new and proven way to reverse real Alzheimer’s in its early stages!

There is a book on this method now!  Its author has found a way to help reverse Alzheimer’s disease.

It seems one of the genes that tends to cause Alzheimer’s evolved to allow people to survive famines and periods with no food.  In those conditions it helped people live longer.  But to avoid Alzheimer’s you must do intermittent fasting or eat right AND a lower carb version of that and do everything else right.

Here’s that book & some of my comments:

The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline
by Dale Bredesen, MD of UCLA

Hardcover – August 22, 2017

1.  His protocol does not include turning off many of the causes of Alzheimer's & mental decline though I suspect it does include some.

2.  It does not apparently include many things that grow new brain cells or jump start partially restored networks and may not include things that clear tau & beta amyloid.

3.  But the apo e gene that causes it in double doses apparently makes fasting & ketogenic eating work better and easier to do!

Best of all, his methods are becoming well known! Maria Shriver has covered his work!

Last note for this post:  If you do the other things listed here and which keep you in good health otherwise with his book, you do NOT need to work with a doctor to use his methods.

Just follow the principles and do the things needed!

In fact, by adding things like B12 and avoiding tobacco smoke and regular exercise, you can get better results!

The easiest and  cheapest way to clear beta amyloid besides taking turmeric and curcumin is to take beta sitosterol and stigmasterol.  This inexpensive supplement called “Cholesterol Balance” by Natrol because it also lowers LDL cholesterol has been shown to restore the sense of smell in people where beta amyloid plaques have turned off the olfactory nerves.  AND I found out research scientists have known for a few years that taking these clears beta amyloid from your brain as well!

We haven’t touched the other things that we now know clear tau and beta amyloid or grow nerves around the damaged areas and grow new nerves and brain cells and more.

But when you do all the things here and add the more doable of those, mental decline and all its horrible problems is mostly preventable now!  

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Ways to remove locked down fat….Today's post:  Thursday, 12-7-2017 

Mike Geary sent me an email that vividly describes how excess fat can be harmful and nearly impossible to remove with some of the reasons for that.

This then links to a Jonny Bowden site with a possible solution that he says has worked well for some people.

I researched it and it looks to me that trying everything else known to be effective first looks safer and easier to do!

*So, first & next I’ll quote Mike’s vivid description of the problem.

*Second I’ll list the ways to solve this problem that DO sometimes work. Almost all of these have other health benefits.

*And last, I’ll describe Jonny Bowden’s solution and I found when I researched it online.

A.  Here’s Mike:

I apologize for the dark nature of today's email.
However I promise what you'll discover today will be completely worth it.

Imagine a rotting corpse draped over your body from head to toe...
...suffocating tissue, restricting blood flow, damaging joints and infecting your healthy cells.
Shockingly, that nightmare is a reality:
64% of women and 74% of men carry too much bodyfat according to the National Institutes of Health.
It’s choking their organs, assaulting their metabolism and sucking their energy dry.
But here’s the worst part:
For most, this bodyfat has become “calorie-resistant”:
It's completely unaffected by even the strictest diets... and most intense exercises.
This zombie fat is essentially... “dead tissue”.
That's important for those who have 10, 25 or 50 or more pounds to lose...
AND for those who aren’t technically overweight, but have what’s called “pocket obesity”...
...unsightly patches of fat that cling to specific places, like:
just above your hips, lower belly, where your butt and legs meet... and even arms, neck and face.

here’s the #1 reason why bodyfat becomes calorie-resistant:

It lacks blood flow.

This has 3 effects:
1) Not enough oxygen or nutrients reach fat cells, so they become unresponsive...
2) Released fat can’t be sent to other tissues to be burned, so fat cells suck it back in...
3) Metabolic hormones carrying the “burn calories” message don’t reach the fat cell...

All this means one thing:
Your body can’t transform into energy, the 135,000+ of calories the average person stores as fat!
You become a metabolic zombie: NO energy to think. NO energy to move. NO energy to motivate.

A study confirmed that fat deposited by stress contains a substance that tends to lock it in place and prevent you from burning it for fuel.

And, another study confirms that once enough excess fat accumulates, it also contains another substance that does the same thing!

B.  Here’s a list of things that have overcome this problem for many people:

(These all tend to work best when you have already stopped ingesting the things that make you sick and fat –
and have switched to eating and drinking things that are safe forms of the real food that people the world over ate –
before sugar and wheat flour and soft drinks and factory farms and herbicides and pesticides came into use.)

1.  Growth hormone from exercise that causes catch up breathing and/or sweat can work.

2.  Reducing foods & pollutants that boost estrogen or estrogen analogs can help.

3.  Doing things that boost testosterone production can help.

4. Properly done, effective strength training can do 1 & 3.  These things add muscle that burns far more calories than “zombie fat!” 

A recent study reported on Medical News Today even found that effective strength training removed fat from your bones and replaced it with metabolically active bone growing tissue that burns far more calories than the fat did!)

I found myself that doing a set of an exercise like deadlift or leg press with a weight heavy enough to be challenging where I make a strong effort to do the last few reps results in both sweating and becoming a bit out of breath for a minute or two. Your body releases growth hormone when you do this! This also tends to cause your body to make & release testosterone.

5. Properly done, various kinds of progressive but short and fast or intense cardio can help do 1.

Doing such exercise doing nose breathing only causes your body to make more red blood cells and is another way to become more fit and to find that you are making progress as you have to do more to make nose breathing difficult!

When you have to speed up your breathing through your nose or find it difficult to not switch to mouth breathing, you are doing enough to be challenging and increase your fitness and growth hormone.  And, when you find you can do more and more before this happens, you can literally feel yourself becoming more fit.

6. Increasing resilience and lowering real threats and learning ways to beat severe challenges without excessive chronic stress and ways to relieve stress physically when you aren't acting to beat a challenging threat can each help.  (I posted recently on a way to use always on slow breathing through the nose to do some of this.  And, I’ve found it to work!)

7.  The VIBE and maybe other things can pop open stubborn fat.

(Using the VIBE device Bulletproof sells apparently does this in two ways: 

It bypasses the blood vessel problem in this locked down fat by using its vibrations to cause robust circulation of your lymph which being older or having too much fat or sitting too much tends to prevent.  This has been shown to break up the lack of flow into and out of locked down fat AND remove water trapped in lymph that isn’t circulating.  THAT causes weight loss on the scale and removes inches!  This is motivating to put it mildly.

AND spending just a few minutes using it almost every day burns significant amounts of calories.  So simply continuing this tends to prevent the fat burned from coming back.
This of course, is why I plan to buy one and see if it works in my case!

8.  Eating a super low inflammation diet with safe, unpolluted, and organic and naturally fed foods can help. 

High chronic inflammation tends to lock down excess fat and cause many kinds of bad health and even be life threatening.  Low chronic inflammation makes it MUCH easier to remove excess fat.

This way of eating is also low in sugars that add fattening calories and cause rebound hunger and cravings for sweets.  And the fiber and nutrients and health OK fats and oils and protein enable you to avoid excess hunger and continue to live this way and keep the fat off.

Switching to this way of eating often removes 10% of your total bodyweight by removing some of your less locked down fat.

These other methods are to help you get rid of the rest of it!

9.  If necessary, intermittent fasting and ketogenic eating may work. 

(As I’ve reported elsewhere, I tried those and found them to be unpleasant but doable.  And, in my case for progressive fat loss and removing locked down fat I’ve found them ineffective.  That’s why I have a keen interest in other methods that work better.)

10.  Drink Organic Valley organic, whole, unpasteurized milk & use whey from cows fed only grass.  This is does two things.  

This milk provides a high level of IGF-1 and about a dozen other anabolic substances; but despite containing lactose does NOT spike blood sugar.

Doing this AND effective strength training adds more muscle and bone and increases your metabolism.  That enables you to eat more and still get and stay lean!

Mix in some powdered whey from grass fed cows. 

More than 50 years ago research found that whey protein both high in the amino acid L-Leucine -- AND with an amino acid profile almost identical to human muscle combined with effective strength training maximizes muscle gains better than any other form of protein known.

C.  Jonny Bowden’s solution apparently is to also add taking colostrum which has been effective for some people.

I did some research online & found this:

“The hormone insulin-like growth factor number 1 is usually referred to simply as IGF-1. It is strongly linked to sugar usage in the body and consequently is a powerful component in the motions of weight loss. 

Unfortunately, actual synthetic IGF-1 is an illegal substance, banned alongside many anabolic steroids. 

An obscure superfood supplement called colostrum, though, which is safely obtained as a cow milk derivative, is rich in this extremely potent substance. Being informed about how to make optimum use of IGF-1 in a totally natural, food-state form will elevate levels of fat loss for committed users.

Step 1
Avoid isolated, synthetic IGF-1 products. They are not permitted for sale in the United States and Canada. Likewise, they’re also banned throughout all major countries in Europe. Don’t be tempted to try and import from an online supplier based in an outreaching country, because if you are caught by the customs department it is likely that you will be liable for severe penalties.

Obtain your IGF-1 naturally. Bovine colostrum, which is basically a pre-milk fluid secreted by mothering cows, is the best way to raise your levels of IGF-1. This will then assist your weight loss safely. The website of the International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements organization affirms this: We conclude that IGF-1 levels in obese females reflect the intraabdominal fat mass rather than obesity per se. IGF-1 and blood glucose levels are inversely correlated in obesity before and during energy restriction.

Step 3
Purchase a supply of colostrum capsules. These are pretty hard to locate in health stores, but they are readily available from specialist supplement retailers on the internet. Select only additive-free vegetable cellulose capsules if possible, as these products are easier to digest and absorb than tablets of any specification.

Step 4
Use colostrum correctly. Take your dose every day for several weeks in order to notice a really worthwhile amount of fat reduction. Furthermore, always ingest colostrum on an empty stomach. Eat and drink nothing at all for at least an hour before and after swallowing your capsule. As it is a wholly natural, food-derived substance, colostrum must be absorbed in an unrivaled capacity for the IGF-1 content to be fully assimilated into your bloodstream.

Step 5
Drink plenty of milk daily. Although regular milk is nowhere near as nutritionally potent as colostrum is, they are fundamentally similar. According to Stanford University, The protein content of bovine colostrum has three to four times higher value than the protein level found in cow's milk. These include immunoglobulins and growth factors such as IGF-1, IGF-2, TGFbeta and EGF. Hyperimmune bovine colostrum contains a high level of IgG type, which is protective against rotaviruses.

From Wikipedia:

Some athletes have used colostrum in an attempt to improve their performance,[47] decrease recovery time,[48] and prevent sickness during peak performance levels.[49][50] 

Supplementation with bovine colostrum, 20 grams per day (g/d), in combination with exercise training for 8 wk may increase bone-free lean body mass in active men and women.[47][51]

Here’s what I think after reading what I did:

Apparently some male athletes and older women HAVE been able to remove fat but not lean tissue by taking colostrum. 

It sounds like it is hard to get and likely comes from cows fed grains and given rBST. 

This can cause other problems because such cows are fed grains, mostly corn, that has bioconcentrated pesticides and maybe the glyphosate from herbicides. 

Why subject yourself to these problems if you can cause this result another way?

Because colostrum has so many kinds of directly effective antibodies to protect newborns without developed immune systems, its best use may be in combating multi antibiotic resistant bacteria and viruses not otherwise treatable. 

For fat loss, I think you need to do everything else before trying it!  

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Escape Danger from bad flu season ….Today's post:  Tuesday, 12-5-2017 

1.  There have been media reports that from now to the end of March you may encounter an extra powerful kind of flu that showed up first in Australia.

If you got the flu shot and do not also do other things like take enough vitamin D3 to combat the flu and make your flu shot work better, you may have as little as 10% protection.

This flu is strong enough that even 10 % coverage is better than no coverage.

So if you haven’t had a flu shot, you need to do two things.

For sure you need to take 10,000 iu of vitamin D3 a day and the vitamin K2 that helps that be most beneficial starting as close to today or tomorrow as you can according to the studies I’ve seen.

That will help ensure -- or ensure if you begin enough before your body encounters this flu virus --  that if you get the flu your immune system can kill it for you.

A study of a similarly potent flu outbreak found that the people who died were severely deficient in vitamin D3.  The people who were only somewhat deficient were very sick but survived.  And from other studies we know that people who had medium or high blood levels of D3 were even less sick!

In fact, this is so well established in my view, this is more important to do than getting a flu shot.

2.  I part company with the anti-vaccine people because I have seen evidence that people who get a safe version of the flu shot are protected from other strains of the flu.

AND, in addition to that, there is evidence that people who already are taking this much D3 before they get the flu shot then are more protected by the flu shot! 

The vitamin D3 helps ensure your immune system learns to recognize this bad flu virus fast enough and well enough to recognize it if it or a variant of it shows up. 

It also helps ensure that any kind of flu you get will get an enormously stronger attack by your immune system.

That means that by taking the 10,000 iu a day of vitamin D3 and the K2 to make it most beneficial, when you get a flu shot, it will protect you even if it does little for most people who do not.

3.  Unfortunately this year there is a flu shot being promoted to senior citizens and people at most risk of flu exposure such as nurses and doctors and teachers that is touted as being stronger and more likely to be protective.

It’s called Fluad and should never have been approved for use by anyone.  Other than flu that kills you, the side effects of this shot are far worse than the flu.  People recover from the flu.  People who react to the adjuvant can be forced into assisted living and have their lives ruined permanently.  This data is known which is why it should never have been approved.

Three months ago, I posted on this just before the start of the flu and flu shot season.

I include that post next and just after it, I add some more ways to attack the flu and any secondary infections that may occur with it.  These are in addition to those in the second half of that post!

Do NOT get Fluad! Use better methods to Prevent Flu....Tuesday, 9-7-2017

* Fluad is dreadfully dangerous & can ruin your life permanently!

Thursday, 8-31, last week I got the HSI eAlert email from: Health Sciences Institute .

As they often do, they have a health article just after their ad.

I'd already heard that the new Fluad flu vaccine used an adjuvant or booster that had already proven to have life ruining immediate side effects when used in the anthrax vaccine given to US Military personnel.

These severe and immediate autoimmune effects were extremely harsh and damaging.  One fit young man who also did strength training became unable to do more than slow walking without severe pain and weakness after getting a shot with this adjuvant.

So, if you are an older person and someone suggests you get the Fluad flu shot, the risk data suggest you refuse to do so totally and immediately! 

Do you want as early as NEXT WEEK to be sent to a care home for people who cannot do things for themselves and are wheel chair bound?

If you get a Fluad flu shot, this risk is not 100%; but it is apparently well above zero!

The flu can cause you to die.  But you can almost eliminate that risk without any need whatsoever to use Fluad!

Next we'll quote the email from HSI from last week.

And, last, we will cover how to slash your risk of getting the flu or dying from it if you do.

Here's the recent HSI email quote:

"Dear Reader,

This could be one of the most dangerous things to ever happen to seniors.

It's the Fluad flu vaccine, and the TV commercials are already flooding the airwaves.

You'll hear that you must have it because as you get older, your immune system doesn't work as well... and that Fluad contains a special "immune-enhancing ingredient" that's necessary for those over 65.

But there's a whole lot you won't be hearing about that special ingredient. For one, it's something that thousands of American soldiers have already tested in their own bodies.

And for another -- the results were horrific."

"Summer's not over yet, but the flu ads have already started playing.

And the first one out of the starting gate is for Fluad, a vaccine approved by the FDA just two years ago for seniors. It's all about happy, active seniors who "don't have time" to come down with the flu.

You would never, ever suspect that one of its main ingredients has a dark past.

All the hype about why Fluad is so different is because it contains MF59, which is a chemical added to jumpstart your immune system called an "adjuvant." In this case, the adjuvant is an "oil-in-water emulsion of squalene oil."

And if you check that out on the CDC's webpage, it will sound like this MF59 is as safe as a lollipop. The agency reassures us that squalene is "a naturally occurring substance in animals and plants."

But while that may be true, it doesn't make it any safer.

You see, it's well documented in animal experiments that when squalene is injected it can set off a reaction that causes the immune system to go on the attack, triggering autoimmune diseases such as RA, MS and lupus, as well as horrific injuries to the nervous system and brain.

Squalene-laced shots, in fact, are what many experts believe destroyed the health of thousands of vets who served in the first Gulf War. That was the secret (and unapproved) ingredient added to the experimental anthrax vaccine, which is now thought to be the real reason behind Gulf War Syndrome.

But even before that in 1999, dozens of pilots at Dover Air Force Base were reporting adverse reactions from shots that contained the adjuvant. As reported by Stars and Stripes, rather than be forced to take vaccines that contained squalene, many airmen left, and one senior officer resigned.

And for years the Pentagon refused to admit that the shots even contained squalene! Finally, some testing was done proving they did, and the powers that be could no longer deny it.

At that time, Dover Commander Colonel Felix Grieder went so far as to suspend the vaccine program at the base after hearing reports of aviators with severe joint pain, blackouts, dizzy spells, vertigo and rashes. Many developed debilitating arthritis.

And once armed with all this information about how young and healthy men and women in the military reacted to this adjuvant, what did the FDA do?

Why, it went ahead and gave MF59 the okay to be injected into seniors!

So, what was once a secret ingredient that caused a colonel to put the brakes on vaccinations to protect the health of his pilots is now one of the contents of the latest and greatest flu shot being advertised for older Americans.

Now, what could possibly go wrong with that?!"  [End of quoted article.]

Here's my answer to that!

In older people, blackouts, dizzy spells, and vertigo can each cause fatal or impairing falls or car accidents.  Severe joint pain and debilitating arthritis can ruin the quality of life for older people and force them into assisted living or low quality nursing homes.

These effects are much worse than the flu for most older people!

BUT you can ALSO  avoid the flu most of the time.  You can minimize its effects if you get it.  And, you can slash its chances of killing you.

Why take Fluad to avoid the flu when you can do ALL those things without it!

Here's how to protect yourself in these ways!:

1.  Vitamin D3 in the tens of thousands of iu is generated in your body with several hours a day of summer sun exposure.  So taking 10,000 iu a day of vitamin D3 in the summer and 20,000 a day during the winter or any flu season or epidemic is safe.

You can make it build bones and reduce bone minerals in your blood vessels by also taking vitamin K2.

In a major epidemic of a virulent flu when many died, it was found that the people who died were severely deficient in vitamin D3.  And those who had even modest vitamin D3 levels all survived it.

It's also true that people who take ten to twenty thousand iu a day of vitamin D3 tend NOT to get the flu at all.

Vitamin D3 boosts your immune system's killer cells substantially.  Best of all, it also boosts your levels of regulatory T cells. 

This means it ONLY kills harmful viruses and bacteria.

2.  Taking that much vitamin D3 also tends to help your immune system remember the viruses that attacked it before and maintain targeted killer cells.

And, THAT means if you get on ordinary flu shot [NOT Fluad!] while taking this much D3, the flu shot is more likely to protect you.

This means you can boost your flu shot's effectiveness with something that benefits you, vitamin D3.

3.  A study found that people who take NAC, n-acetyl cysteine, year round have cells that are much LESS harmed if you get the flu.  That results in milder cases and far faster recovery of energy after you have the flu!

4.  If you get a flu or cold with a fever, drink LOTS of water!  You are hotter and distracted so you sweat and breathe out more water BUT are LESS thirsty.

That causes dehydration which can cause confusion and weakness and even death.

BUT, if you drink extra water and replace it each time you go to the bathroom, all that changes!

You still feel horrible.  BUT you can think straight and avoid being that weak.  It's a HUGE difference! 

Doctors SAY to drink lots of water; but too few of them teach what an enormous difference it makes!

5.  For people who take enough vitamin D3 and drink enough water, the flu very seldom kills.

BUT, it uses up enough of your immune system's capacity, it can enable pneumonia to harm and kill you.

Most deaths during the flu season are from this cause.

But you can prevent this too!

If you take enough D3 and drink enough water, your immune system may have enough strength to beat pneumonia also.

AND if you get the two pneumonia vaccines before you get the flu and take enough vitamin D3 when you do so, there are 36 kinds of pneumonia you won't get!

(The first pneumonia vaccine has 13 strains it protects you against and; the new one, Prevnar 23 has 23 more.  Initially I thought the total was less from overlap and found out these shots DO prevent 36 separate strains of pneumonia.)”

End of the post from 9-7.

Since I wrote that, I found out that also taking olive leaf extract daily does a very beneficial four way protection for you.

Olive leaf extract kills or slows many viruses directly.  Olive leaf extract kills or slows many kinds of bacteria directly. This includes some bacteria that are multi-antibiotic resistant!

This means that if you take olive leaf extract you are less likely to get the flu or will recover from it sooner and be less likely to get a secondary bacterial infection -- or at least so these studies suggest!

There is even some evidence olive leaf extract kills some kinds of cancer cells.

And there is more. As I also posted when I discovered it, there is some evidence that the olive leaf extract is heart protective in almost every way known! 

This is so much the case that the olive leaf extract oils and phyto-nutrients that are in extra virgin olive oil are a major driver of the heart protective effects the Mediterranean Diet has been shown to have.

AND, if you follow a no or low grain version of the Mediterranean Diet and also take olive leaf extract too, it may more than double your heart protection AND do the same for your flu protection too!  

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Prevent harm over lowering blood pressure….Today's post:  Tuesday, 11-28-2017 

1.  A week ago HSI emailed me about the new guidelines for using drugs to control blood pressure to much lower numbers than they had previously.

Their email points out that the way this was done tends to cause more people to be classified as having high blood pressure.  And, in many cases, when followed this raises costs and even harms some kinds of people.

Worse than that, it ignores suggesting that more people do the things that protect people from high blood pressure and directly reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes and deaths and disability from them.

HSI suggests that this focuses most on increasing drug company sales and ignores the most effective ways to protect people. 

Because some blood pressure drugs are needed when doing the protective things fails to reduce blood pressure below the previous and higher targets, however, what bothers me the most is the failure of these new guidelines to pay three times more attention to suggesting people do more of the things that are far more effective at protecting them as a first priority.

Then it's important to look at different groups of people with different needs and related problems before deciding if these new guidelines make sense to follow.

The second part of this post is their email because I think the points they make are important to take into account and accurate.

The third part of this post is a partial list of things that are proven to protect people from heart attacks and strokes.  Because this is both more important and far more effective than the drugs, it must be the first priority.

Then the better drugs and those only are appropriately used to solve specific problems that some individuals still have. 

2.  Here’s the email I got last week:

“From: Health Sciences Institute

Sent: Tue, Nov 21, 2017 4:06 am

This essay is their feature after the ad "How To Lose 3X More Weight Than Anyone You Know!"

"Dear Reader,

Were you one of the over 30 million Americans who woke up one day last week to find that you'd suddenly developed high blood pressure... overnight?

You didn't even have to go see your doctor to get that news -- you just turned on the TV!

It was one of those "big" medical stories covered by media of every stripe. "Doctors and other experts" from groups such as the American Heart Association (and 10 other organizations) officially moved the "goal line" for what's considered acceptable blood pressure down to readings no higher than 130/80.

And that move is something which will be stuffing a lot of cash into Big Pharma's pockets.

It will also be putting untold numbers of seniors at a very big risk for heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer's, and death... and not because they have high blood pressure.

Forget making your blood pressure soar. This is enough to make your blood boil!

The latest strategy to keep Big Pharma in the black is the most brazen yet -- one that would raise the number of U.S. adults considered to be suffering from hypertension to nearly half the population.

And if you're wondering how this all came about so suddenly, well, it's actually been a few years in the making.

Three years ago, a group of many of the most well-respected heart doctors out there published official guidelines in the top medical journal JAMA that, for once, actually raised blood pressure numbers.

They found no reason for those 60 or older, for example, to start up on blood pressure meds unless their readings are 150/90 or higher (with the systolic, or "top," number, getting shifted 10 points higher than where it had been at before).

And if you were under 60, the "no need to treat" number went up to 140/90.

At that time, the panel that released those higher numbers said that, while lower readings are still healthier, getting to those numbers by using risky drugs isn't.

But Big Pharma has been in a snit ever since, hoping to get those guidelines down to ones more favorable to its bottom line.

The groups behind these latest, higher revisions, of course, claim it's all for your own good -- you know, the hackneyed "ounce of prevention" explanation.

But as we've told you here in the eAlert, blood pressure meds are among some of the most dangerous ones out there.

ACE inhibitors, for instance, can cause sudden, life-threatening swelling of the face and neck... and all these drugs can cause sudden drops in blood pressure that lead to dizziness and falls.

And then there's the risk of artificially driving down your blood pressure too low -- especially true where seniors are concerned.

For example:
A study of the medical records of nearly 30,000 people discovered a link between reducing blood pressure to the recommended low numbers and a substantially higher risk of developing Alzheimer's.

Other research done at Johns Hopkins found that lowering your diastolic, or bottom, number below 60 can make you almost 50 percent more likely to develop heart disease and over 30 percent more likely to die from any cause.

Yale researchers have found that seniors who take blood pressure meds for only three years up their chances of taking a fatal fall by almost 40 percent.

If you're over 60 and being told that it's now time to start up on risky drugs to get those numbers down to meet these new "goals," it's a good idea to get a second opinion from a doctor who practices integrative medicine and will look at your overall health, before you rush off to fill that Rx.

Because this big new announcement didn't change any of the facts -- just the numbers!

To Not Playing a Numbers Game,

Melissa Young”

3.  The things that prevent heart attacks and strokes do take some effort to do.

But they work spectacularly well.  People who do them have far fewer strokes of either kind and far fewer heart attacks. They are less likely to die of any cause.

And, not only do they tend to cause people to live longer, they also help ensure that you are mobile and pain free and mentally sharp so you live more years of life worth living!

a) Here’s one post with a new way to increase this effect and many of the most effective things to do besides that:

This one is from just three weeks ago:

Heart Protection Breakthrough….Tuesday, 11-7-2017 

This information has been out for some time as I remember reading some of it before.

I’ve known and posted that there are known and proven heart attack starters people do to themselves and that stopping them all is protective.  Some like smoking and soft drinks and hydrogenated oils are frighteningly effective heart attack starters.

I’ve known and posted that there are known and proven heart attack preventers that if you stop the heart attack starters and use most of the more effective preventers it can slash your risk of heart disease.  These include eating organic vegetables every day; exercising vigorously in various ways most days of every week – while NOT taking statins or beta blockers; and taking or eating niacin, deodorized garlic, extra virgin olive oil, olive leaf extract, turmeric, curcumin, and ginger. 

(Also eating one piece a day of organic fruit helps AND protects against BOTH kinds of strokes.)

I estimate that two part combination once you fully put it in place for two to six months can cut your risk of heart attack  from over 50% to as little as 5% or less.

The breakthrough:

Wouldn’t it be nice to cut your risk in half while you are putting all that in place?

Wouldn’t it be great to cut your risk to 2% or less?

The good news is that we now know for sure there is one and that it IS doable.

The one downside is that just like the rest of the protective actions, you have to know what to do and spend time doing it every day;  you have to learn to do it well enough; and you have to check regularly to be sure you are doing it well enough since your last check.

Why this information caused this post the minute I’d read it:

I’d read before that gum disease causes heart disease because of the effect of the bacteria involved.  I’d even read before that these bacteria tend to cause harmful lipids with odd numbers of carbon atoms. 

And, I got lucky and discovered that flossing and brushing my gums correctly every day helps prevent gum disease.   Then I got luckier and found out that the SonicCare toothbrush can at least double that effect. 

Then just before I saw the new information, I still had a bad checkup for gum disease at the dentist.  It wasn’t horrible but there were some places not in the OK category. I’ve since added a couple of upgrades to what I was doing to be sure to have everything in the OK category soon and at my next check.

THEN I saw this!  My motivation to improve my teeth and gum cleaning went way up.

AND, I also realized that his WAS a breakthrough that likely could cut the risk in half in people just getting into all the heart protection plus cut the possible risk reduction to near 98% protection!

Why gum disease causes heart disease and foods do so less or not at all!

This was in the Medical News Today email last Friday, 11-3:

“For the new study, the team analyzed atheromas collected from patients being treated in hospital.

They found that the growths contained chemical signatures of lipids that could not have come from animals. Instead, they matched the signature of fat molecules made by bacteria belonging to the Bacteroidetes family.

Bacterial lipids are 'subtly different'

Bacteroidetes make fats that are quite distinct in that the fatty acids that they contain have branched chains and an odd number of carbon atoms. 

Fatty acids in fats that come from animals do not typically have these features.

One of the researchers, Xudong Yao, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Connecticut, explains that if you compare the chemical makeup of human lipids with lipids produced by bacteria, they show subtle differences in weight.

"We used these weight differences and modern mass spectrometers to selectively measure the quantity of the bacterial lipids in human samples to link the lipids to atherosclerosis," he notes.

"Establishment of such a link is a first step to mark the lipids as indicators for early disease diagnosis."
Prof. Xudong Yao

The team suggests that perhaps the immune system triggers inflammation because when it encounters the fatty deposits in the artery walls, it recognizes that the lipids are not of human origin.

Bacteria deliver 'double whammy'

The researchers also found that there is an enzyme that breaks down the bacterial lipids into starting materials for making molecules that promote inflammation.

They suggest, therefore, that the presence of bacterial lipids has a "double whammy" effect on the arteries. First, the immune system spots them and sets off alarm signals, and secondly, the enzyme breaks them down into materials that assist inflammation.

The researchers also point out that it is not the bacteria themselves that are invading the blood vessels and causing problems. 

Bacteroidetes, which colonize the mouth and gut, do not usually cause harm. Under certain conditions, they can give rise to gum disease; and, even then, they still do not invade the blood vessels. However, the lipids that they secrete can get through cell walls and into the bloodstream.

The team now plans to carry out a more detailed analysis of atheromas to find out exactly where the Bacteroidetes lipids accumulate. 

If they discover that lipids from these specific bacteria are building up inside atheromas as opposed to the artery wall, then that would provide more convincing evidence that fat molecules from Bacteroidetes are linked to atheroma growth, and thus to heart disease.

Clogged arteries may be down to bacteria, not diet
An analysis of the chemical signatures of fatty deposits in clogged arteries found that they matched lipids produced by mouth and gut bacteria.

-----Original Message-----
From: Medical News Today
To: iehealth

My comments:

This kind of fatty deposit outside the artery walls can break loose and cause a heart attack or stroke.  If it builds up inside the artery wall too, that can cause a narrow passage easier to block and tend to cause high blood pressure.

(Taking deodorized garlic may combat both; and NOT smoking DOES do both also!)

The really good news is that acting on this breakthrough can really massively improve your heart protection!

It does take extra effort.  But it is really effective!  “

Here’s a similar post from 8 months before that which makes some of the same points but covers the other protective methods a bit better:

Prevent strokes and heart attacks 3 ways.....Tuesday, 3-21-2017

We’ve posted on a number of ways to do this that work.

This post was sparked by a recent email from HSI that I got detailing the very big risks of something even some educated but very busy people don’t do now.

I feel very fortunate to have found a way to do this effectively in as little as two or three minutes a day.

But this email showing that failure to do this is so very harmful that it sparked this post.

1.  Remove plaque from your teeth almost 100% daily to prevent strokes and heart attacks!

Here’s what that is, what great risk and harm it causes people who fail to do it.

And, here’s a superfast and easy way to do it on the weekday mornings you are rushed, that just tested to be effective in me just a few weeks ago.

*Plaque is a biofilm that the bacteria in your mouth coat your teeth with when you eat.  If you remove it every day, you escape the harm that NOT doing this causes.

But most people don’t yet know how extremely dangerous allowing it to build up actually is. 

They don’t know how to remove it effectively. 

AND, they don’t know an effective way to remove it so fast, they can do it even on the most rushed days so they get it removed EVERY day. 

*We’ve long known that allowing plaque to build up just below the gum line allows it to prevent your gums from staying healthy, getting enough circulation, AND shrinking them and removing their attachment to your teeth.

THAT causes horrible bad breath and teeth that fall out or have to be pulled.  And, the fixes for that either ruin your appearance with missing teeth or cost you a LOT of money for false teeth or dental implants.

This condition has been named, periodontal disease.  

*The even worse news that new research has found that was in the HSI email is that this plaque buildup gets these dangerous bacteria in large quantities into your blood stream.

This has already been found to make heart attacks more likely with even moderate periodontal disease increasing the risk and severe periodontal disease increasing it a lot!

The HSI email quoted a study reported in the British medical journal Lancet that had even worse news.  John’s Hopkins research came to similar conclusions.

Periodontal disease increases your risk of ischemic stroke considerably more than it boosts the risk of heart attacks!

It seems that even mild periodontal disease where your gums bleed just a bit after brushing or when you see the dentist doubles your risk of stroke.

And, severe periodontal disease dramatically increases your stroke risk AND may help cause rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease too!

Perhaps the most important finding was that the level of periodontal disease controlled the harm done.  This didn’t just happen to people over 80! 

The researchers found that young adults with some or severe periodontal disease had the same high risks as older people with them.

I once met a younger middle aged woman who was very, very nice and had been a dynamic athlete who survived a stroke.   To see her need a walker and be able to understand clearly what you said to her & even know a response but be unable to say it was heart breaking.

Oh my!  You don’t want that to happen to you!

*The MUCH better news is that there’s a superfast fix for this that works very well.

I was brushing and flossing as well as I could and my once each 6 months checkups at the dentist, that are no charge in our dental insurance plan, found no periodontal disease. 

But the plaque buildup was still high enough, they had to work at prying it loose each time.

Then the dental hygienist said that a Sonic Care toothbrush with its gentle but superfast vibrations removed plaque better than flossing and that I could use it on days I didn’t have time to floss also.

So besides using the Sonic Care toothbrush AND flossing AND brushing well on Saturday and Sunday, I tried using the Sonic Care toothbrush in just two minutes and brushing as well as I could in one or two minutes.

The combination averaged just 3 minutes a day.

So, at my last checkup, I was curious how well that superfast program had removed my plaque buildup.


The dental hygienist was actually impressed because my superfast but every day program using the Sonic Care toothbrush had removed three or four TIMES the plaque I’d been able to remove with the flossing I’d had time to do!

So, this very doable daily fix, has given me almost 100% protection from this stroke risk from periodontal disease!

2.  Did you know there is an almost easier way to cut your overall risk of strokes in HALF on top of that?

Adding just one piece of organic fruit each day to what you eat a study in the UK found does just that!

Even better, doing this cut the risk of BOTH kinds of strokes by doing this ONE easy thing.

Like preventing plaque buildup, eating a piece of organic fruit at least once a day, cuts your risk of ischemic strokes that the plaque buildup can cause.

AND, it cuts your risk of hemorrhagic or bleeding strokes about twice as much too just by eating a piece of organic fruit at least once a day!

Many kinds of fruit taste good and most people like at least some kinds! 

And, many kinds of organic fruit such as blueberries and strawberries have so many OTHER health benefits, they are listed as “Superfoods.”

3.  There is a third way to reduce your stroke risk that is also about twice that effective in preventing heart attacks!

A UK study found that eating 6 or more servings of an organic vegetable other than potatoes each day cut the risk of death by all causes AND slashed the risk of all heart attacks and also cut the risk of strokes about half as much as fruit.

The even better news is that another study found that eating THREE or more servings of an organic vegetable other than potatoes each day AND doing an effective exercise program most days of every week had much the same effect!

This is great news because eating 3 servings of organic vegetables is more doable and manageable in the kitchen than eating 6 to 10!

And, it’s also great news because doing an effective exercise program most days of every week has a very long list of OTHER health benefits!


Incredibly, you can cut your risk of heart attacks and strokes even more with many other methods that you can use also.

But just doing the first two has tested to be so effective, if you’d prefer not to get strokes, do these first two alone and you can worry a LOT less!

This is only PART of what can be done to prevent harm from strokes and heart attacks and avoid them totally.

Few people have high blood pressure so high that they should take drugs too!

Up to 150 over 90 or even 159 over 99, a Cochrane study found that for people who do these protective things or even most of the most important ones, adding drugs to lower their blood pressure, adding blood pressure drugs did NOT result in any less strokes or heart attacks or deaths!

Simply put, when these priority protections are put into place, spending money on blood pressure drugs to get below those levels as these new guidelines suggest  is a waste of money.

Not only that, it subjects the people who do it to extremely undesirable reductions in their quality of life and even harm from falls as the HSI article describes!  

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Safe and effective way to wash produce ….Today's post:  Tuesday, 11-21-2017 

1.  I once read that a woman used half hour baths in a water solution with chlorine bleach to wash produce.

It seems that some people still do this.

I thought that this was a horrible idea at the time.  She didn’t really show that it worked only that she thought it did.

The scent of chlorine bleach is one of the most disagreeable and unpleasant things I can imagine. 

It’s one of the few things that makes me feel like throwing up.  If that smell is in a room and cannot be washed or flushed or power-fanned away, I leave the room.

Not only that if there is a lot of it or I have to use it, I hold my breath and leave the room as soon as possible because I get instant asthma from breathing the fumes.

Recently, I found out this is no accident and that breathing chlorine bleach fumes can cause lung damage.

2.  Meanwhile even “organic” apples have something sprayed on them and then sealed in with wax.  “Conventional” produce has much of the herbicide and pesticide residue on the skins or just below it.

Trying to remove this with chlorine bleach is just replacing one harmful thing to eat with another.  And that’s if it works!

3.  Given this, an article that shows that:  No indeed, chlorine bleach does NOT work well for this grabbed my attention!

But what was even better is that a safer and cheaper and odor free solution DOES work and works way better on top of that!

Here’s the email I got with this wonderful good news:

I thought I’d post it today as some of you will be preparing Thanksgiving dinner in the next day or two and might like to use it:

“From: Health Sciences Institute

Sent: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 4:06 am

“It's the natural ingredient with more uses than vinegar -- baking soda!

Now, another use for good old sodium bicarbonate was just put to the test by some scientists from the University of Massachusetts, and it could save you from the toxic effects of a whole host of dangerous chemicals.

It turns out that baking soda can remove pesticide residue on fruit. You probably already rinse your produce under the tap, but plain ol' water can't wash away what Big Ag has left clinging to the healthy food you're about to eat.

Now, what the EPA has approved for pesticide removal is a solution of Clorox bleach -- which, believe it or not, is commonly applied to non-organic fruit after harvesting!


So, for the new study, the researchers took some organic apples and coated them with two toxic chemicals, the fungicide thiabendazole and the pesticide phosmet.

To remove them, they tried using bleach (again, the "official" way), plain tap water, and water with baking soda added.

Using high-tech testing methods, the apples were then checked inside and out for levels of the pesticides. The researchers found that the ones rinsed in the baking soda solution had the smallest amounts of the chemicals remaining, with 80 percent of the thiabendazole eliminated, and 96 percent of the phosmet removed.

And it didn't take a lot of baking soda, either -- just a 1-percent solution of it, which equates to about a teaspoon for two cups of water.

While baking soda has long been known as a non-toxic way to scrub ovens and kitchen counters, the way it worked on the apples, the scientists said, was that it made the force of the water much more effective in removing the surface residues (although some of the fungicide was found to have penetrated the skin).

Although this study was just about apples, there's no reason why you can't use a similar method on lots of other fruits and veggies.

Fill a large bowl with cool water and mix in a couple of teaspoons of baking soda. In that solution, you can soak celery, grapes, potatoes, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and lots of other fresh produce items for a couple of minutes, scrub them down, and be sure to rinse thoroughly.

It's something that could be a lifesaver, and it will only cost pennies!

Of course, one of the best ways to dodge eating foods contaminated with toxic pesticides is to buy organic whenever possible -- but it's especially important to buy organic versions of certain types of produce.

These four Thanksgiving staples landed on the Environmental Working Group's most recent "Dirty Dozen" list of produce found to have the most pesticide residues:

sweet bell peppers, and

While organic fresh produce was, not too long ago, only available in high-priced specialty markets or health food stores, that's no longer the case.

You should have no problem finding a good selection of organic fruits and veggies at any large supermarket.

But, if what you need isn't readily available in the organic section, you can always go the baking soda route!

To Detoxing Naturally,

Melissa Young”

Whole Foods Markets does a good job of getting in much if not most of their produce from organic sources.

They sell a container with organic Thompson raisins for example.  Raisins are on that "Dirty Dozen" list of produce having the most herbicide and pesticides otherwise.  AND, they are in many holiday recipes, including some for Thanksgiving.

Also, what if you have someone who will be at your Thanksgiving dinner who must have zero soy or wheat or peanuts -- even processed in the same building but was organic to start with. 

These reactions can kill people.  So it’s really important to totally avoid those.

Are there raisins that are both organic and processed all by themselves to avoid this?  Mercifully yes there are!  We got lucky and found them by accident.  You can just learn what we found here:

Newman’s Own sells just exactly that:  “Organic raisins processed in a facility with NONE of those things.”  This is the company that Paul Newman and his wife and daughter created.

Not everything they sell is perfect.  But they are almost always good or better than most.  This is one of their products I think deserves to be on some kind of honor roll!  

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