Day: September 20, 2015

Carbon Monoxide and Meat

meat

But It Looked Fresh at the Store

Have you ever wondered why you buy meat in the grocery story and when you get it home and turn it over the underside looks kind of brownish while the top looked bright red and fresh?

Apparently, the reason is that those tricky grocery store people have found a new technology that involves increased levels of carbon monoxide inside the meat packages. According to Wenonah Hauter, director of Food and Water Watch. “At worst (it’s) dangerous, at best it’s a consumer rip-off” [because you can’t tell if the meat is fresh or not].

Some consumer groups have petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its approval of sealed packaging that uses a higher portion of carbon monoxide — 0.4 percent — than exists in air.

Carbon monoxide is a significantly toxic gas with poisoning being the most common type of fatal poisoning. Symptoms of mild poisoning include headaches, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome and flu-like symptoms.

Just one more reason to choose organic.

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Super Herbs Beat Super Bugs

inula helenium treats MRSA

Inula vs MRSA

A bright yellow flower known as Inula helenium kills the superbug MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus), which is resistant to some of the most powerful antibiotics available.

Inula is often used in Western herbal medicine in cough syrups. Another herb, Pulsatilla vulgaris, was also effective against the bacteria.

When extracts from both plants were tested against a group of 300 staphylococci, including MRSA, Inula helenium was 100 percent effective against the superbug.

Hooray for natural medicine!

Polyps and Sugar

polyps in the colon

Keeping Blood Sugar Stable Reduces Risk

If you who know me well, you know that I tend to harp a lot on the importance of maintaining a healthy blood sugar level. It’s important for healthy hormone balance, for preventing type II diabetes and researchers have recently discovered that it also helps prevent the recurrence of polyps in the colon. Even modest increases in blood sugar seem to result in a large increase in risk of recurrence for polyps in the colon of the type that are most likely to progress to cancer.

What is a polyp?

Polyps are non-cancerous growths, typically with a stalk that grow from the surface of linings known as mucous membranes. While they are usually benign, they can progress to become cancer.