would-you-like-horse-with-thatA growing scandal involving horse meat mis-labelled as beef is sweeping across Europe, sparking concerns about the accuracy of labelling and the complex path that food travels on the way to the continent’s consumers. The British government has ordered the country’s food industry to test all processed beef products. The move comes after one of the UK’s biggest food manufacturers found horse meat in some of its ready-to-eat meals and withdrew 180,000 of them from sale.

The Findus frozen food company discovered that some of its beef lasagnes were in fact 100% horse meat. The meals were manufactured by a supplier in France where there is no cultural taboo against eating horses and horse meat is widely consumed as a cheaper alternative to beef.

This is not the first time horse meat has hit the headlines in Britain. Last month frozen beefburgers were also removed from many British supermarket shelves after equine DNA was detected.

Alistair Driver, political editor of Farmers Guardian magazine, says the scandal has lifted the lid on the whole business of cheap food, where costs and corners have been cut: “It seems to be the trading of ingredients across the continent from one trader to another, from a manufacturer to a trader.that’s all about just cutting costs and trading these cheap products,” says Driver.

Ironically horse meat is considered healthier than beef as it is leaner. But some safety concerns are emerging. Samples of the lasagne are being tested for Bute, a painkiller given to horses which is harmful to humans. The UK’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has said there is a “limited public health risk” if the drug phenylbutazone, known as Bute, is found in beef products that contain horse meat.

In her first public statement on the horse meat scandal, Davies reiterated the message of ministers that there was no health risk and sought to allay concerns over any potential harm from Bute, an equine anti-inflammatory medicine that is banned in food. Not at all reassuring is it?

It was once so very different. In my youth I spent a lot of my time working on my uncle’s poultry farm, where he had three thousand hens – all totally free range and probably organic, the husbandry employed was natural in every way, though I don’t ever remember the term organic being bandied about that was just natural and the way things were done. They were vibrant with bright plumage, bright red erect cones and laid a large number of double yokers. They had large muscular gizzards and powerful hearts, due to their daily diet and being free to scratch about, finding grubs and such like as chickens love to do. I suppose in today’s day and age they would have to have a badge on any products from them saying “I was a happy chicken” as opposed to an unhappy one who has had a miserable life, they do not seem to put those labels on do they…..

My healthy tip tomorrow is a good supportive diet for chickens during the winter months, for those of you who prefer to stick with the organic and natural way of life! – See more at: http://localhost/vbh2/blog.php#sthash.Lqt61zrL.dpuf

Originally posted 2013-02-12 18:05:41.

To be able to explain this research, it is best to get a few things out in the open for the global community of health enthusiasts to appreciate. The “artificial sweetener” conversation and research is changing, so there must be a new definition of what artificial sweetener means and the platform upon which they are ALL sold to the unknowing public. Consider the following definitions that serve as building blocks for total appreciation of this breaking research revealed about human metabolism:

Metabolic is defined as relating to or deriving from the metabolism of a living organism.

Metabolism is defined as the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of biochemical and physiological abnormalities (and conditions) that occur together, such as increased blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood sugar level and excess body fat around the waist. This greatly increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and, of course, diabetes.

Specific artificial sweeteners were found to alter the gut’s microbial community in HUMANS and mice, and this “multi-pronged” study tells us that this “zero calorie” fake sugar consumption sets in motion metabolic changes associated with diabetes and obesity. How ironic that the very platform upon which artificial sweeteners are sold is the nemesis of their consumers. Want to gain weight? Eat synthetic sweeteners that have ZERO calories. Want to go from borderline diabetic to full -blown diabetic? Eat toxic sugar substitutes that are advertised by skinny, healthy models who don’t eat them.

Stroke, heart disease and diabetes – three “zero calorie” problems you can’t overlook

Though the findings are preliminary, four out of the seven human volunteers eating a diet high in a specific artificial sweetener developed impaired glucose metabolism, a major warning sign for type 2 diabetes. Manufacturers of artificial sweeteners have been claiming for decades that sugar substitutes pass through the gut undigested. This is a BIG LIE.

Basically, that very diet of zero-calorie sweet-tasting foods and drinks is contributing to weight gain and metabolic syndrome — and to that cluster of biochemical and physiological abnormalities that your MD won’t be able to “figure out” or even help with ANY kind of medication. And why is that? Because without proper advice, you will continue consuming a laboratory-made synthetic sweetener that contains chemicals that alter your normal body chemistry right in the biological seat of the entire immune system — your gut.

The new research study, led by a computational biologist and an immunologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, suggests that artificial sweeteners may promote obesity and diabetes, after all of these years that the creators said just the opposite, that they were safe and harmless.

The study: 11 weeks of drinking water doped with saccharin, sucralose or aspartame!

The results: Mice had “abnormally high glucose levels in their blood after eating.” This glucose metabolism spike happened in just five weeks and is considered the hallmark of diabetes. Saccharin (a.k.a. Sweet’N Low) was the quickest contributor to high blood glucose levels, so the researchers zeroed in on it. Also, it appears to have the same effect, regardless of whether the mice were lean or overweight. Meanwhile, all the mice eating the glucose-laced water were shown to have NORMAL metabolisms.

Do you think that the scientists who invented these no-calorie poisons knew this all along? You bet they did. Many were hired by pharmaceutical companies to drive business to the allopathic doctors who prescribe useless medications. The research shows the genetic analyses of the microbes in the intestines of animals (including humans) and reveals MAJOR differences in microbial groups that are responsible for proper glucose metabolism. “This is the home run experiment,” said immunologist Cathryn Nagler of the University of Chicago. “It’s telling you that it is some change in the bacterial community that is detrimental.”

What is clear is that these artificial sweeteners DO NOT pass through the intestines without effect. They’re also killing off good bacteria. Combined with heavy antibiotic use, many humans who consume these toxic sweeteners are setting themselves up for health detriment. If you want a healthy alternative, try Stevia or organic xylitol, and be on your way back to good health.

Originally posted 2016-04-16 11:54:20.

processed cows milkThe idea that consuming calcium-containing cows milk products is required to sustain healthy bones is quickly fading, as new research continues to unravel one of the food market’s biggest myths.

Extensive reporting by Natural News reveals that humans are the only mammals to continue drinking milk past infancy, and that there are actually other sources of nutrition more sufficient for building healthy bones.

A recent study published in The BMJ adds to that theory, suggesting that processed cows milk consumption doesn’t prevent fractures that are often linked to osteoporosis, a condition involving brittle bones that affects 40 million Americans.

More than 200 million people suffer worldwide from osteoporosis, with the majority of them being women over 60. The most concentrated cases exist in Europe, North America and Japan, all of which consume a significant amount of dairy.

Researchers from Sweden, one of the countries that consume the most dairy per capita, examined the lifestyles and diets of more than 100,000 Swedes dating back as far as 1987 and tracking them until their death, or until Dec. 31, 2010.

The results showed that drinking milk did not reduce bone fractures, and those who drank the most milk where likely to die younger than their counterparts

The data used to reach this conclusion were based on two previous studies, including diet surveys answered by more than 61,000 women between 1987 and 1990. Among them, less than 40,000 of them filled out a more detailed diet survey in 1997. Diet questionnaires completed by more than 45,000 Swedish men were also analyzed, confirms the LA Times.

Not only did the study’s results dispel the myth that drinking milk helps prevent bone fractures, but the more milk women drank, the more fractures they had.

More than 17,000 women suffered from some type of fracture, with more than 4,000 of them being hip fractures. The women who drank at least three glasses of milk per day were 16 percent more likely to break a bone, and 60 percent of the avid milk drinkers were more likely to have a hip fracture.

Regimented milk drinkers were 93 percent more likely to die during the study than their counterparts. Those who drank three or more glasses a day were 90 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease and 44 percent more likely to die of cancer, compared with women who drank just one glass of milk a day.

Men also experienced a higher risk of death and fractures in conjunction with higher milk consumption, but the distinction was less pronounced than in women.

“Our results may question the validity of recommendations to consume high amounts of milk to prevent fragility fractures,” said the study’s lead researcher, Professor Karl Michaelsson. While scientists say more studies are needed before making any definitive dietary recommendations, they agree that the role of milk in the U.S. needs to be reevaluated.

Sugar in milk causes aging mice

The risk of early death is likely linked to D-galactose, which is produced by the body as it breaks down the sugar found in milk. Previous studies show that chronic exposure to this nutrient induces “oxidative stress damage, chronic inflammation, neurodegeneration, decreased immune response, and gene transcriptional changes,” scientists say.

D-galactose is known to mimic the effects of aging.

Consuming fermented products like yogurt is associated with lower risk for death and fractures

Women with high intakes of fermented dairy products like yogurt, cheese, butter and sour cream experienced lower rates of fractures and premature death than women who consumed less of these products.

Continued research on this subject is expected to change the way our country perceives milk consumption. Some experts are adamant that milk consumption is directly correlated with osteoporosis. After all, Europe and North America both have high rates of milk consumption, directly correlated with high incidences of hip fractures and disease, says The BMJ.

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Originally posted 2014-11-13 11:42:34.