Victory for clean water advocates in California

Source: RT
April 25, 2017

California is planning to set a maximum contaminant level for a toxic chemical known as 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP). For 25 years, state regulators have considered TCP a cancer-causing agent, yet it remained unregulated and the water sources of millions of homes are contaminated. RT America’s Brigida Santos reports.

Skin care expert reveals the 20 most toxic chemical ingredients in beauty products… are you poisoning yourself?

Image: Skin care expert reveals the 20 most toxic chemical ingredients in beauty products… are you poisoning yourself?
Source: NaturalNews.com
Earl Garcia
April 25, 2017

Renowned skin care expert Dr. Trevor Cates lists 20 of the most toxic chemicals found in personal care products. “What we put on our skin should be as clean as what we eat. But for most people, it’s not. Even in tiny amounts, many of the chemicals commonly found in our cosmetics can have a tremendous health and hormonal impact, and we are only beginning to understand the consequences,” Dr. Cates writes in DailyMail.co.uk.

  1. Fragrances – According to Dr. Cates, fragrance mixtures may contain hundreds of individual chemicals that may trigger allergies and disrupt certain hormones. He suggests avoiding fragrances unless in their natural form such as pure essential oils.
  2. Formaldehyde – Nearly one in five personal care products contain this chemical. This toxic chemical can be found in hair care products, adhesives and nail products. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), formaldehyde is a carcinogenic chemical associated with the onset of various forms of cancer.
  3. Ethanolamines – According to the skin care expert, impurities in these chemicals may trigger the onset of certain types of cancer.
  4. Mineral oils – These oils, along with petroleum, are key ingredients in cosmetic products such as foundation, moisturizers and cleansers. However, these chemicals contain dioxane. According to Dr. Cates, dioxane is found to be carcinogenic in various animal studies.
  5. Oxybenzone – This harmful chemical is commonly found in lip balms, sunscreens, and other products that contain SPF. Oxybenzone is found to be easily absorbed in the bloodstream, and is associated with the onset of early puberty in girls.
  6. Parabens – Parabens are commonly used preservatives in various beauty products. The chemical is linked to breast cancer cell growth in women and lower testosterone levels and sperm count in men.
  7. Hydroquinone – According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), hydroquinones may cause ochronosis, a skin disease characterized by disfiguring and irreversible lesions on the skin. Hydroquinones are also found to be carcinogenic.
  8. Coal tar – Coal tar is a known carcinogenic. The chemical can be found in dandruff shampoos, creams, soap, and ointments.
  9. Toluene – According to Dr. Cates, toluene is a potent neurotoxic chemical and may trigger impaired breathing and nausea. Toluene is commonly found in nail care products.
  10. Butylated hydroxyanisole – BHA is a waxy compound that is used in various cosmetics and personal care products such as eye shadow and lipstick. The U.S. National Toxicology Program has identified BHA as a potential carcinogen, while the European Union (EU) classified the chemical as an endocrine disruptor.
  11. Triclosan and triclocarban – These chemicals are commonly used as antibacterial agents in personal care products. Both chemicals are known endocrine disruptors.
  12. Mica, silica, talc, and nanoparticled titanium dioxide – According to Dr. Cates, these minute particles may lead to lung disease when they accumulated in the body over time.
  13. Heavy metalsHeavy metals — such as mercury, lead, arsenic and aluminum —  can cause brain and nervous system impairment and hormone disruption. These heavy metals are also known carcinogens.
  14. Carbon black – Carbon black is a commonly used pigment in make up and nail polish. This chemical is known to cause cancers.
  15. P-phenylenediamine – This chemical is commonly found in hair dyes. Exposure to this chemical may lead to organ toxicity, adverse skin reactions, and cancer.

Other toxic chemicals commonly found in personal care products include resorcinol, methylisothiazolinone and teflon as well as phenoxyethanol and acrylamide.

“The personal care products industry is inundated with extremely toxic, cancer-causing chemicals,” explains the Health Ranger, founder of the Health Ranger Store which formulates and retails hundreds of non-toxic personal care products. “The average consumer poisons themselves with over 300 synthetic chemicals before they even leave the house each morning, and these chemicals are deliberately added to personal care products by manufacturers that care more about profit than consumer safety,” he adds.

Personal care products — such as cosmetics, body washes and hair and skin care products — have been subject to scrutiny for years due to potentially hazardous chemicals that most of them contain. These chemicals, when in contact with human body, may cause adverse health effects. In fact, a study by Herb Research Foundation reveals that the skin may absorb up to 60 percent of toxic chemicals found in personal care products.

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DailyMail.co.uk

OSHA.gov

Big Pharma conspired to destroy supply of life-saving cancer drugs by putting profit before people

Image: Big Pharma conspired to destroy supply of life-saving cancer drugs by putting profit before people
Source: NaturalNews.com
Amy Goodrich
April 24, 2017

If you are familiar with the fraudulent practices of the pharmaceutical industry, then you know how much power some of these companies have. Cancer drugs are a multi-billion dollar business. In the past, we have seen Big Pharma use the power of the state to grant themselves monopolies on drugs to control the market. We have also seen outrageous price rises in many useful and necessary drugs. In light of this information, the following story should come as no great shock.

After getting its hands on leaked internal documents, including emails and presentations, The London Times recently revealed that one of the world’s leading drug companies created artificial shortages and threatened to destroy supplies of life-saving cancer drugs to drive up prices in Europe.

South African company Aspen Pharmacare, whose European headquarter is based in Dublin, wanted to impose a rise of up to 4,000 percent after purchasing the portfolio of cancer drugs from the British firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for more than £270 million (or nearly $350 million) in 2009.

After they had bought the rights to five cancer medicines, they started to drive up the price. Since the patent had long expired on drugs that Aspen bought, and there was no competition from other manufacturers, Aspen had free reign. In England and Wales, they exploited a loophole that enables a company to impose rises if an existing brand name is dropped. In 2013, the company raised the cost of the leukemia drug busulfan from £5.20 ($6.66) to £65.22 ($83.59), while the price of the blood cancer medicine chlorambucil jumped from £8.36 ($10.72) per pack to £40.51 ($51.92).

Since 2012, Aspen Pharmacare actively tried to impose higher prices on its cancer drugs throughout Europe. The leaked cache documents cited by The Times showed that employees called for “celebrations” over price hikes of cancer drugs.

“We’ve signed new reimbursement and price agreement successfully: Price increases are basically on line with European target prices (Leukeran, a bit higher!)… Let’s celebrate!” an Aspen employee wrote in one of the emails.

Aggressive approach to negotiating with European authorities

In October 2013 Aspen threatened to stop supplying medicines if Italian authorities did not agree to price rises of up to 2,100 percent. Temporary drug shortages were orchestrated to increase pressure.

At one point, a pharmacist wrote to Aspen and its Italian distributor to complain that due to a deliberately small supply of cancer medicine he had to choose which of sick two children was to receive the single package of medicine he had left.

And Italy was not the only country suffering from the unscrupulous business practices of the firm. Several other countries including Belgium, Germany, and Greece reported significant shortages of cancer medicine at about the same time.

In 2014 several staff members at Aspen Pharmacare systematically plotted to destroy stocks of life-saving cancer drugs during a price dispute with the health service in Spain. At some point, they stopped the direct supply of five drugs, leaving patients reliant on foreign packs of expensive medicine.

When an employee at Aspen’s headquarters asked what he should do with existing Spanish packages of the medicine, a senior executive replied that they could not be sold due to a price dispute, adding that donating or destroying the entire stock were the only options.

In yet another email from the company, employees discussed whether they would make more money if they sold cancer drugs destined for Italy in Spain, even though that would mean putting Italy out of stock. (Related: Read more about the Big Pharma drug cartels at DrugCartels.news.)

These internal emails showed corruption on a whole new level. To increase the profits, Aspen was plotting to destroy supplies of medicines to create temporary shortages to increase pressure and eventually get what they wanted. Though the emails provide clear evidence of their inhumane practices of putting profits before people. Aspen did not address questions about the destruction of cancer drugs.

In the company’s defense, Dennis Dencher, chief executive of Aspen Pharma Europe, said the price rises were “at levels appropriate to promote long-term sustainable supply to patients” and claimed they had been increased from “a very low and unsustainable base.”

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Sources:

DailyMail.co.uk

TheTimes.co.uk

Independent.co.uk

Senators ask FDA to ban cancer-causing chemical from bath products

Image: Senators ask FDA to ban cancer-causing chemical from bath products
Source: NaturalNews.com
Frances Bloomfield
April 21, 2017

Your shampoo could be harming you. The substance 1,4-dioxane, is a carcinogen that’s commonly found in personal care products that create suds, such as in shampoos, hand soaps, and shower gels. According to the Environmental Working Group, at least 8,000 products contain 1,4-dioxane. In spite of this, companies are not required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to list it as an ingredient. This is because 1,4-dioxane is a contaminant that is created through ethoxylation, in which ethylene oxide—a breast carcinogen—is combined with other chemicals to make them less harsh. This reaction occurs during the manufacturing process, making 1,4-dioxane an unintentional byproduct in addition to being a contaminant.

The FDA encourages manufacturers to remove 1,4-dioxane, but this is not required by federal law. According to DailyMail.co.uk, New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are aiming to change this and are pushing for a nation-wide ban on 1,4-dioxane. “It’s time to drain 1,4-dioxane from everyday products,” Schumer has said.

The legislative petition by Schumer will ask the FDA to begin requiring manufacturers to remove the chemical from their products. In a statement, Schumer commented: “The fact that 1,4-dioxane, a potentially dangerous chemical, is hiding out in everyday products expected to make us clean is very disturbing, and to make matters worse, likely carcinogens like this one can be even more harmful to kids.” (Related: FDA Regulations Permit Toxins in Cosmetics)

Based on a recent survey by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Schumer has also proposed that water providers conduct regular tests on the water supply in wells on Long Island and other areas of N.Y. “Consumers can’t identify it and most importantly, it ends up in our water supply,” the senator has said. Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, has stated that 1,4-dioxane can enter the water supply through “legacy manufacturing contamination and consumer personal-care products that get washed down the drain.”

Infants, teenagers, and pregnant women are the ones most vulnerable to the compound. Tests conducted on laboratory rats showed that the toxin can indeed cause cancer. Organizations like the EPA, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have labeled 1,4-dioxane as a human carcinogen.

Aside from the probability of cancer, Schumer has noted that the other long-term effects of 1,4-dioxane include liver and kidney damage. Studies performed on animals have shown that breathing 1,4-dioxane vapors can affect the nasal cavity. Even short-term exposure can dangerous as it can lead to nose, throat and eye irritation.

With these effects in mind, you need to be more careful of all your future bath product purchases. There may be no label for 1,4-dioxane, but you can read the label for other ingredients. According to SafeCosmetics.org, the names that you should look out for are “sodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds, chemicals that include the clauses xynol, ceteareth and oleth.”

Choosing organic alternatives to common branded bath products is perhaps the safest way to avoid exposure to 1,4-dioxane. There exists a good number of organic personal care products that aren’t made with questionable chemicals or created through harmful manufacturing procedures. Many products available on the market contain small doses of 1,4-dioxane, notes the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry. So if you really want to avoid any and all contact with 1,4-dioxane, you have to be a more cautious and prudent consumer.

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Sources:
DailyMail.co.uk
NewsDay.com
SafeCosmetics.org
ATSDR.cdc.gov

Do not toss: Overripe bananas may be effective against cancer cells, finds scientific study

Image: Do not toss: Overripe bananas may be effective against cancer cells, finds scientific study
Source:NaturalNews.com
Frances Bloomfield
April 14, 2017

While yellow bananas may be tastier, the darker brown ones may be better for you. According to TheHeartySoul.com, a 2009 article in the journal Food Science and Technology Research claimed that overripe bananas contained more Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), a cancer-fighting cytokine or small protein.

The TNF in Bananas

The study was conducted by Masatoshi Yamazaki and Haruyo Iwasawa. They made this discovery via in vitro tests on mice cells. Results showed that older bananas with brown spots were 25 percent more effective at producing TNF than the yellow variety. The TNF found in overripe bananas was said to prevent the growth and spread of tumor cells that would cause the death of cells in the body, reports TheSun.co.uk. Known as apoptosis, this a naturally occurring cellular process that is negatively affected by tumor cells.

Bananas are a fruit known to contain a wide variety of health benefits. They contain high levels of antioxidants that not only boost the immune system and increase the production of white blood cells, but can also reduce blood sugar spikes. Bananas have even been said to help against depression and improve mood. This is in addition to their cancer cell-inhibiting properties.

Unlike other substances that prevent cancer, TNF was shown targeting it, meaning you could be getting more cancer-fighting benefits from the TNF in bananas than the substances in other antioxidant-high foods.

If the soft texture of overripe bananas still make them unappetizing for you, then you can enjoy them in a variety of other ways.

  • Banana bread and muffins: Perhaps the best way to make the most of your overripe bananas. The darker the bananas, the better and more flavorful your banana bread and muffins will come out. You can even toss in macadamia nuts or shredded coconut for added taste. For extra punch, you can throw in some sweet potatoes to make sweet potato banana bites.
  • Banana pancakes: A great way to start your day. You can either mash up the bananas and stir them into the batter or directly add banana slices into the pancakes as they cook. Bananas add a touch of sweetness into the pancakes and keep them moist. If you’re in a rush or too lazy to prepare the batter then you can just combined mashed bananas with eggs to make 2-ingredient banana pancakes. If you want to make them even healthier, you can add ground flax seed.
  • Banana smoothies and milkshakes: If your bananas are still too mushy and ripe for your liking, then you can simply turn them into smoothies or milkshakes. You can enjoy these as a morning pick-me-up or as an addition to an already delicious meal. The best part is that you can customize banana smoothies and milkshakes to fit your personal preferences, so you can make these as sweet or as thick as you like.
  • Banana oatmeal: Mixing in some mashed bananas with your oats is a great way to enjoy both. To make this breakfast staple even tastier, you can toss in some chopped walnuts, a dash cinnamon or a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Banana ice cream: Though this may sound unhealthy, you can actually make banana ice cream with just the banana. This single-ingredient ice cream just requires you to freeze banana pieces for at least 2 hours and then blend them in a food processor or blender.

Let your bananas ripen in your fruit bowl but don’t just leave them there. Make these cancer-fighting wonder fruits a part of your daily diet for your own benefit. Find more news on anticancer solutions at Anticancer.news.

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Sources:

TheHeartySoul.com

TheSun.co.uk

NaturalNewsBlogs.com

After Reading This You’ll Never Throw Out an Avocado Seed Again

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Source: TheMindUnleashed
April 5, 2017

The flesh of an avocado (Persea americana) is already amazing. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, containing 20 different vitamins and minerals that can help prevent obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, and depression, but did you know that the seed of the avocado makes the flesh of this stone fruit pale in comparison? 70 percent of the antioxidants, amino acids, and other healing plant compounds are in the seed!

After reading further, and learning how to consume the seeds of avocados which contain one of the highest sources of bioactive compounds imaginable, you’ll never want to throw them out again.

Here are just a few things the seeds of avocados can do for you:

  • They’ve been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for ailments such as monorrhagia, hypertension, stomach ache, bronchitis, diarrhea, and diabetes.
  • The Mayans used the leaves, fruit, bark, seed and peel for different health promoting actions.
  • The seed alone contains high levels of Vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids that prevent against neurodegenerative disease, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, cataracts, and rampant free radical damage.
  • The active plant compounds found in the seed include: Peptone, b-galactoside, glycosylated abscisic acid, alkaloids, cellulose, polygalacto urease, polyuronoids, cytochrome P-450, phenolic compounds, and volatile oils all contribute to the prevention of cellular aging.
  • In a study published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology, researchers from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia found that extract from avocado fruit and seeds caused leukemia cells to self-destruct. Another study, published in the Cancer Research Journal found that avocado seeds contain a compound called vocation B which has proven to be extremely effective against acute myeloid leukemia. It was proven to be more effective than 800 other natural health products which were tested.
  • They greatly boost our immune systems. Avocado seeds are rich in antioxidants like procyandis and catehchins which have anti-inflammatory properties. A whole list of diseases is caused due to a poorly functioning inflammatory response, from cardio disease, to depression, to cancer. These little seeds halt an over-active inflammatory response. Avocado seeds fight diseases caused by microbes, fungus, and parasites.
  • The high levels of amino acids in avocado seeds prevent excess cholesterol and trigylcerides to prevent coronary disease. “Any heart disease patient must eat the avocado including the seed,” says Tom Wu.
  • They are fat burning: avocado seeds contain more fat burners that the fruit’s pulp. It also contains soluble fiber, which improves the intestinal tract and makes you feel satisfied so that you don’t overeat.
  • They are considered an aphrodisiac and increase libido.
  • They ease arthritis and joint pain.
  • The high levels of antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids reduce stress and curb depression.
  • Avocado seeds halt cancerous tumor growth.
  • Prevent epilepsy.
  • Can be used to prevent blemishes on the skin.
  • Extracts from avocado seeds can regulate thyroid disorders.
  • They boost collagen formation in the skin.
  • Avocado seeds are the ideal supplement for those who suffer from asthma.

Here’s how to eat avocado seeds to get all these amazing benefits:

First, allow your avocado pit or seed to dry out for approximately a week once it has been removed from the fruit. Then, remove the fine layer around the seed which separates it from the flesh of the avocado. Use a cheese grater, coffee grinder, or food processor, and grate the seed. If you like, you can also brown it with avocado, coconut, or olive oil on very low heat. This will cause the seed to take on a reddish color, but the browning part isn’t necessary to consume it.

You can either sprinkle the grated avocado seed on salads, rice, and vegetable dishes, use it in smoothies, or make an infusion by boiling the grated seed for a few minutes and then letting it sit to cool. Once it has cooled down you can simply sip on the avocado seed “tea” you’ve made throughout the day.

You can also mix the avocado seed with a little coconut oil to use as a topical for great skin and hair, or to reduce joint and muscle pain.

Avocado seed is contraindicated if you are nursing or pregnant.

The only precautions are to drink plenty of water, because the seeds contain tannins which can cause constipation. If you are eating plenty of soluble fiber, and stay hydrated, this shouldn’t be a problem, though.

Avocado seeds also contain a substance (fungicidal toxin) called persin which is toxic to animals, but not especially so to people, so don’t feed them to your pets! As long as they are eaten in small quantities, avocado pits do not cause harm to humans.

There have been no adverse health reports on eating avocado seeds, as it is a relatively newly re-discovered practice, but with this being said, there also has been little research on eating them whole and much more on the compounds within them. Though there is ample research about these benefits in lab trials, please do research the topic yourself before you decide to eat your avocado pits.

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Coca-Cola’s Beverages are “Poisonous” Rules Nigerian Judge, Boycott Ensues

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Source: TheMindUnleashed
Christina Sarich
April 5, 2017

Coca-Cola is in vehement opposition to the recent ruling of a Nigerian judge concerning their sugary sodas. In a lawsuit over beverages Coca-Cola makes in a Nigerian factory, a Lagos High Court judge recently stated that the drinks contained high levels of carcinogens that are both harmful and “poisonous.”

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The Carcinogens in Question

The carcinogens in question are benzoic acid and other additives like 4-methylimidazole (4-MI), which are used to create the “caramel coloring” that is added to Coca-Cola’s products. The judge’s warning implies that consumers of the popular drinks have much more to worry about than just rotting teeth and obesity caused by sugar consumption. (Just months ago, it was found that Coca-Cola funded scientists were paid to tell Americans they were too worried about what they were eating and drinking though sugary sodas have been directly linked to an obesity epidemic.)

A Nigerian judge has called Coca-Cola products

A Nigerian judge has called Coca-Cola products “poisonous.”

The Nigerian court Justice, Adedayo Oyebanji, held that high levels of carcinogenic additives were causing an unnecessary health risk, and that when mixed with ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) they could cause dire health consequences. Coca-Cola’s Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) was forced to put warning labels on Coke’s products – including Fanta and Sprite, and awarded 2 million naira (around $6,350 U.S. dollars) against the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for failing to ensure specific health standards.

“It is manifest that NAFDAC has been grossly irresponsible in its regulatory duties to the consumers of Fanta and Sprite manufactured by Nigeria Bottling Company,” the judge said.

He continued, “NAFDAC has failed the citizens of this great nation by its certification as satisfactory for human consumption products … which become poisonous in the presence of ascorbic acid.”

Meanwhile the Nigerian Health Ministry released a claim stating that Coca-Cola’s products were safe to consume even though several studies including the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed that soft drinks containing a mixture of the salt of benzoic acid, sodium benzoate and vitamin C can cause cancer and other chronic conditions

Coca-Cola representatives are also trying to quash the roiling ramifications of Justice Oyebanji’s verdict now that Nigerians are boycotting Coca-Cola products in the lawsuit’s aftermath.

Additionally, the NBC and the federal food-safety agency are both appealing the ruling, arguing: “Coke’s products don’t exceed benzoic acid limits in Nigeria …” The Coca-Cola Company and the agency cite limits set by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, which technically wouldn’t label the sodas as dangerous, but only because permissible ingredient levels vary by country, depending on many factors.

Coca-Cola’s Incendiary History

Many are not wise to Coca-Cola’s shady past, though most are well advised of the company’s current lackluster image.

  • Coca-Cola Beverages Used to Contain Cocaine. This addictive drug was used to keep people coming back for more Coke. It was only removed in 1929, more than forty years after Coke products were introduced to a mass market. (In other words, plenty of time for the company to have developed a mass following through a highly-addictive product.)
  • Coca Leaf Extract is Still Used in CocaCola Products Today. This plant alkaloid still has a highly stimulating effect on the brain, just like speed.
  • The Coca-Cola Corporation has been Accused of Assassination to Further the Company’s Greed. The notorious Columbian death squad terrorism funded by Coca-Cola are detailed here.
  • Coca-Cola is Not All-American. The company has promoted its drinks as all American when they were doing business with Nazi Germany, with their logo resting comfortably next to the 3rd Reich’s Swastika.

    Is the Nigerian judge over-zealous in his determination that Coca-Cola’s products are “poisonous”? If the company’s history is explored, he seems quite right.

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