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    10. Many olive oils “extra virgin” imported (and expensive) are actually made with cheaper oils of seeds and nuts.
    To boost profits, for example, some producers have been caught adulterating the oil they label as “extra virgin” with much cheaper hazelnut, soy, or sunflower seed oil, among others, as well as mislabeling its country of origin.
    Read the fascinating (and hilarious) report by Tom Mueller on olive oil fraud business, that eventually became the book Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. Source
    11. Food products that are red and pink are often dyed with cochineal extract, also known as tiny crushed insect bodies.
    Cochineal extract sometimes appears as carminic acid or carmine. You can learn more about the process of making the dye here. Source
    12. Coffee creamer is made from corn syrup and (trans fatty acids/hydrogenated) vegetable oils.
    There is no cream. These are the ingredients listed on the label of the original liquid cremora Coffee – Mate:
    Mono-and diglycerides
    13. To make bacon, the pork bellies hanging in this strange wash cabinet are bathed in a shower of “liquid smoke”. The creepy red rain converts the flesh tints to a more familiar color of bacon that consumers desire. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is investigating the safety of liquid smoke as a food flavoring. Source
    14. Shredded cheese is packed with refined wood pulp to prevent sticking.
    Cellulose made of decomposed plant fibers (including wood) and is a common food additive to make make ice cream creamier or thicken salad dressing without adding calories. Since it is natural, even packaged foods labeled as organic often include cellulose. Mmmmm Sawdust! Yummy.
    Drug Depletion Chart
    Drugs that deplete vitamins
    When taken regularly, some frequently prescribed medications can diminish or deplete your body’s stores of important vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
    If you take any medications, talk with a nutrition-oriented medical professional about whether you should add certain supplements to your daily regimen.
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    Vitamin B-12, folic acid, vitamin D, calcium, iron, zinc
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    Vitamin B-12
    Amoxicillin, Erythromycin, Penicillin, Tetracycline
    “Friendly”/beneficial intestinal bacteria
    Adapin, Aventyl, Elavil, Tofranil
    Vitamin B-2, coenzyme Q-10
    Antidiabetic drugs
    Dymelor, Micronase, Tolinase
    Coenzyme Q-10
    Vitamin B-12
    Vitamin C, folic acid, iron, potassium
    Advil, Aleve, Dolobid, Feldene, Indocin, Lodine, Motrin, Nalfon, Naprosyn, Orudis, Relafen, Voltaren
    Folic acid
    Betamethasone, Budesonide, Cortisone, Dexamethasone, Hydrocortisone, Methylprednisolone, Prednisolone, Prednisone
    Vitamin C, vitamin D, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc
    Blood pressure-
    lowering drugs
    Vitamin B-6, coenzyme Q-10
    Bumex, Edecrin, Lasix
    Vitamin B-1, vitamin B-6, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc
    Aquatensen, Lozol, Zaroxolyn
    Coenzyme Q-10, magnesium, potassium, zinc
    Folic acid, calcium, zinc
    Blocadren, Cartrol, Corguard, Inderal, Kerlone, Lopressor, Normodyne, Sectral, Tenormin, Viskin
    Coenzyme Q-10
    lowering drugs
    Baycol, Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor
    Coenzyme Q-10
    Colestid, Questran
    Vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, folic acid, iron
    Hormone replacement
    therapy (HRT)
    Evista, Prempro, Premarin, Estratab
    Vitamin B-2, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, folic acid, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc
    Oral contraceptives
    Estrastep, Norinyl, Ortho-Novem, Triphasil
    Vitamin B-2, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, folic acid, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc
    Ormazine, Mellaril, Prolixin, Thorazine
    Vitamin B-2, coenzyme Q-10
    Coenzyme Q-10
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    Drug Induced Nutrient Depletion Chart
    Tricyclic Antidepressants- Elavil, Tofranil, Pamelor- CoQ10, Vitamin B2
    Beta Blockers- Atenolol, Corgard, Lopressor, Inderal- CoQ 10, melatonin.
    ACE Inhibitors- Lisinopril, Captopril, Ramipril- Sodium, zinc
    Diuretics – HCTZ, Lasix, Dyazide- CoQ 10, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Potassium (most), sodium, zinc, B1, Vitamin C, phosphorus, folic acid, calcium
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    Glucophage- B12, B6, CoQ 10, Folic Acid
    Seizure medications – Phenobarbital – Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Biotin, Folic Acid, Calcium, B Vitamins
    Dilantin – B Vitamins, Thiamine, B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Biotin, Calcium
    Tegretol- Vitamin D, Folic Acid, Biotin
    Valproic Acid- Folic Acid, Carnitine
    Statins – Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor- CoQ 10, Omega 3″Click to Continue > by CM addon” Fatty Acids
    Estrogen Replacement – Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Folic Acid
    Oral Contraceptive Use- B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc, Tyrosine
    Steroids- Prednisone, Cortef- Vitamin A, C, D, B12, Folic Acid, Calcium, Chromium, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc
    Anti-inflammatory Medicines- Indocin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen- Folic Acid, Vitamin C
    Antibiotics – (general)-B vitamins, Vitamin K, good gut Bacteria
    Tetracycline- Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, B12, B6
    Bactrim- Biotin, Folic Acid, Inositol, B Vitamins, Vitamin K
    Acid Blockers-Zantac, Pepcid”Click to Continue > by CM addon”, Tagamet- Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin D
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    Inhaled Steroids-Flovent, Nasonex, Azmacort- B Vitamins
    Digoxin – Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus
    Theophylline – Vitamin B6
    Cholchicine – Beta Carotene, Vitamin B12, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus
    Haldol – CoQ 10
    Clonidine- CoQ 10
    Evista – B Vitamins
    Sinemet – B Vitamins
    Over the Counter
    Aspirin-Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium
    Mineral Oil -Vitamin A, D, E, K, Beta Carotene
    Magnesium and Aluminum Antacids”Click to Continue > by CM addon”-Calcium, Phosphate, folic acid
    Tylenol- Glutathione
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    Show of the Month November 30 2013
    Are Probiotics a Promising Treatment Strategy for Depression
    Fatty Acid Produced by Gut Bacteria Boosts the Immune System
    Sofrito Contains Substances That Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
    Inflammatory Skin Damage Blocked by Bleach Solution in Animal Study
    Household Bleach Can Decontaminate Food Prep Surfaces in Ricin Bioterrorist Attack
    Salt and Turpentine cleanse and extract
    Yogurt Fertilizer
    Are Probiotics a Promising Treatment Strategy for Depression?
    Nov. 14, 2013 — Probiotics are not new, but their status as a nutritional buzzword is. Most folks have now heard and seen the term countless times in commercials and advertisements, as yogurt, dietary supplement, natural food product, and even cosmetic companies promote their probiotic-containing products.—But what are they, and why are they important? Probiotics are live bacteria that help maintain a healthy digestive system. The development and marketing of products that contain live bacteria has flourished as there is a growing perceived interest in the ingestion of ‘natural foods’ that might promote health.—Many of the numerous health-improvement claims have yet to be supported scientifically, but these micro-organisms do exert positive effects in intestinal tracts, particularly when used to counteract the effects of antibiotics, which kill both ‘bad’ and ‘good’ bacteria. Indeed, the first known description of probiotics occurred in 1908 when a Russian scientist named Élie Metchnikoff observed that rural Europeans who regularly consumed fermented milk product had longer life spans.–Over the past few years, studies have been undertaken to explore the possible impact of probiotics on behavior. It is within this context that the concept of a psychobiotic has arisen.–The authors of a new review article in Biological Psychiatry, Timothy Dinan and his colleagues from University College Cork in Ireland, define a psychobiotic as “a live organism that, when ingested in adequate amounts, produces a health benefit in patients suffering from psychiatric illness.”–They review the evidence that these bacteria, when ingested in adequate amounts, offer enormous potential for the treatment of depression and other stress-related disorders.—The gut microbiota, which contains approximately 1 kg of bacteria, can be modulated by diet and many other factors. It is not static and can change from day to day, starting at birth. Evidence has shown that even the form of delivery (vaginal versus cesarean) alters an individual’s microbiota.—Early life stress, such as maternal separation, is known to induce long-term changes in the microbiome. Dinan and his colleagues review one study that assessed the potential benefits of a specific probiotic, B. infantis, in rats displaying depressive behavior due to maternal separation. The probiotic treatment normalized both their behavior and their previously-abnormal immune response. This preclinical study and others like it strongly support the hypothesis that probiotics have the potential to exert behavioral and immunological effects.–Some psychobiotics have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. This is important because depression and stress are both associated with inflammation in the body. Infectious diseases, such as syphilis and Lyme disease, can also produce depressive states. Evidence suggests that immune activations, perhaps via psychobiotic action, could alleviate such states. According to the authors, “the intestinal microbial balance may alter the regulation of inflammatory responses and in so doing, may be involved in the modulation of mood and behavior.”–Human studies are still largely lacking, but a few have shown promising results. In one, healthy volunteers received either a probiotic combination (L.. helveticus R0052 and B. longum) or placebo for 30 days. Those who received the probiotics reported lower stress levels. In a separate study, volunteers who consumed a yogurt containing probiotics reported improved mood.–“What is clear at this point is that, of the large number of putative probiotics, only a small percentage have an impact on behaviour and may qualify as psychobiotics,” said Dinan.–“This intriguing new area of research may open new possibilities for the treatment of depression,” said Dr. John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry.–For now, we must all wait for scientists to conduct large-scale, placebo-controlled trials to provide definitive evidence.—Story Source-The above story is based on materials provided by Elsevier. -Journal Reference-Timothy G. Dinan, Catherine Stanton, John F. Cryan. Psychobiotics: A Novel Class of Psychotropic. Biological Psychiatry, 2013; 74 (10): 720 DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.05.00
    Fatty Acid Produced by Gut Bacteria Boosts the Immune System
    Nov. 13, 2013 — New research from the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences in Japan sheds light on the role of gut bacteria on the maturation of the immune system and provides evidence supporting the use of butyrate as therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease.–Published in the journal Nature today, the Japanese study shows that butyrate, a by-product of the digestion of dietary fiber by gut microbes, acts as an epigenetic switch that boosts the immune system by inducing the production of regulatory T cells in the gut.–Previous studies have shown that patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease lack butyrate-producing bacteria and have lower levels of butyrate in their gut. However, butyrate’s anti-inflammatory properties were attributed to its role as main energy source for the cells lining the colon. This study is the first to provide a molecular basis for the role of butyrate on the production of regulatory T lymphocytes.–The Japanese team, lead by Dr Hiroshi Ohno from RIKEN in collaboration with the University of Tokyo and Keio University, investigated the molecular mechanisms by which commensal microbes augment the number of regulatory T cells (Treg cells) present in the colon of mice that were bred germ-free.
    Their research demonstrates that butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid produced by commensal bacteria acts on naïve T cells to promote their differentiation into Treg cells. It achieves this through epigenetic changes that regulate the expression of the genes responsible for differentiation of naïve T cells into Treg cells.–The study shows that mice suffering from colitis see their levels of Treg cells increase and their symptoms improve after administration of butyrate as part of their diet.–“Regulatory T cells are important for the containment of excessive inflammatory responses as well as autoimmune disorders. Therefore these findings could be applicable for the prevention and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), allergy and autoimmune disease,” said Dr Hiroshi Ohno.–“Butyrate is natural and safe as a therapy and in addition to that it is cheap, which could reduce costs for both patients and society,” Dr Ohno added.– Story Source-The above story is based on materials provided by RIKEN. — Journal Reference-Yukihiro Furusawa, Yuuki Obata, Shinji Fukuda, Takaho A. Endo, Gaku Nakato, et al. Commensal microbe-derived butyrate induces the differentiation of colonic regulatory T cells. Nature, 2013 DOI: 10.1038/nature12721
    Sofrito Contains Substances That Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
    Nov. 15, 2013 — The combination of tomato, olive oil, garlic and onion in a sofrito increases the amount of polyphenols and carotenoids. These bioactive compounds respectively help to prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer. This is contained in a study carried out by the University of Barcelona and the CIBERobn network, Spain, which confirms sofrito as an essential part of the Mediterranean diet.–The study, PREvention with a MEDiterranean Diet (PREDIMED) has recently shown the link between the Mediterranean diet and low levels of cardiovascular disease. The questionnaire used as a reference asked consumers how often they ate vegetables, pasta, rice and other dishes made with sofrito, but the beneficial compounds of this product had never been analysed.—Now researchers from the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Biomedical Research Centres Network — Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn) of the Carlos III Health Institute, have for the first time identified polyphenols and carotenoids -healthy antioxidant substances- in sofrito, by using a high resolution mass spectrometry technique.–The results have been published in the ‘Food Chemistry’ magazine and they show the presence of at least 40 types of polyphenols. “These compounds produced by plants and which we eat are related to reduced cardiovascular diseases,” Rosa María Lamuela, researcher at the UB and the person responsible for the project, told SINC.–Other bioactive compounds found in the sofrito are carotenoids and vitamin C. Various studies have shown that the intake of carotenoids such as lycopene prevents prostate cancer and the consumption of foods rich in beta-carotene help to reduce the incidence of lung cancer.–“Eating a daily amount of 120 grams of sofrito, the total intake of polyphenols is 16 to 24 milligrams per portion and 6 to 10 milligrams in the case of carotenoids,” explains Lamuela.–The team analysed ten types of commercial sofritos, “although the results do apply to homemade sofrito, given that they generally include the same ingredients, without taking into account thickeners: tomatoes, onions, garlic and oil.” The combination of these foods equals the bio-health compounds of each one separately.–With regard to oil, scientists recommend using virgin olive oil instead of sunflower oil. In fact, they are now looking for the ideal proportion of the four ingredients and it would seem that the inclusion of 10% extra virgin olive oil gives very good results in the sofrito properties.–Researchers have also performed a statistical analysis with the levels of phenolic and carotenoid compounds present in each sofrito, which has enabled them to identify markers that differentiate the components of each brand.– Story Source-The above story is based on materials provided by Plataforma SINC. — Journal Reference-Anna Vallverdú-Queralt, José Fernando Rinaldi de Alvarenga, Ramon Estruch, Rosa María Lamuela-Raventos. Bioactive compounds present in the Mediterranean sofrito. Food Chemistry, November 2013
    Inflammatory Skin Damage Blocked by Bleach Solution in Animal Study
    Nov. 15, 2013 — Processes that age and damage skin are impeded by dilute bleach solution, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.-The study was conducted on mice. But if shown to work similarly in humans, the inexpensive, widely available household chemical could provide a new way to treat skin damage caused by radiation therapy, excess sun exposure or aging.–Dilute bleach baths have been used for decades to treat moderate to severe eczema in humans, but it has not been clear until now why they work.–“Originally it was thought that bleach may serve an antimicrobial function, killing bacteria and viruses on the skin,” said Thomas Leung, MD, PhD, an instructor in dermatology at Stanford and a pediatric dermatologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. “But the concentrations used in clinic are not high enough for this to be the sole reason. So we wondered if there could be something else going on.”–Leung is the lead author of the study, which will be published online Nov. 15 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Seung Kim, MD, PhD, professor of developmental biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, is the study’s senior author.–“Dr. Leung relentlessly followed his hunch that an antimicrobial effect of dilute bleach wasn’t the whole story,” Kim said. “And his work has revealed new mechanisms for targeting inflammatory pathways with this versatile small molecule. It has also identified new possible clinical applications.”
    Effects of inflammation—Leung and his colleagues knew that many skin disorders, including eczema and radiation dermatitis, have an inflammatory component. When the skin is damaged, immune cells rush to the site of the injury to protect against infection. Because inflammation itself can be harmful if it spirals out of control, the researchers wondered if the bleach (sodium hypochlorite) solution somehow played a role in blocking this response.–To find out, they homed in on a molecule called nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells, or NF-kB, which is known to play a critical role in inflammation, aging and response to radiation. When activated by signaling molecules, it enters the cell’s nucleus and binds to DNA to control gene expression. When inactive, it is sequestered in the cytoplasm, away from the DNA.–Leung wondered if there could be a link between the effect of the dilute bleach solution and NF-kB’s role in skin. He exposed human keratinocytes, or skin cells, to 0.005 percent bleach for one hour before treating them with a signaling molecule that normally activates NF-kB function. He found that exposure to the solution blocked the expression of two genes known to be regulated by NF-kB. The effect was reversible, however — waiting 24 hours after the bleach treatment restored NF-kB’s ability to activate expression of the target genes.–Further investigation divulged how this happens.–“We found that the bleach solution oxidizes and inhibits an activator necessary for NF-kB to enter the nucleus, essentially blocking NF-kB’s effect,” Leung said. When the researchers mutated the activator to be oxidation-resistant, NF-kB’s gene targeting activity was unhindered.–Next, the researchers turned to potential clinical applications. Radiation dermatitis is a common side effect of radiation therapy for cancer. While radiation therapy is directed at cancer cells inside the body, the normal skin in the radiation therapy field is also affected. Radiation therapy often causes a sunburn-like skin reaction. In some cases, these reactions can be quite painful and can require interrupting the radiation therapy course to allow the skin to heal before resuming treatment. However, prolonged treatment interruptions are undesirable.
    Fighting effects of radiation–“An effective way to prevent and treat radiation dermatitis would be of tremendous benefit to many patients receiving radiation therapy,” said Susan Knox, MD, PhD, associate professor of radiation oncology and study co-author.–Leung and his colleagues tested the effect of daily, 30-minute baths in bleach solution on laboratory mice with radiation dermatitis. They found that the animals bathed in the bleach solution experienced less severe skin damage and better healing and hair regrowth than animals bathed in water.–They then turned their attention to old — but healthy — laboratory mice.
    “Multiple research studies have linked increased NF-kB activity with aging,” Leung said. “We found that if we blocked NF-kB activity in elderly laboratory mice by bathing them in the bleach solution, the animals’ skin began to look younger. It went from old and fragile to thicker, with increased cell proliferation.” The effect diminished soon after the dilute-bleach baths were stopped, indicating that regular exposure is necessary to maintain skin thickness.–The researchers are now considering clinical trials in humans, and they are also looking at other diseases that could be treated by dilute-bleach baths. “It’s possible that, in addition to being beneficial to radiation dermatitis, it could also aid in healing wounds like diabetic ulcers,” Leung said. “This is exciting because there are so few side effects to dilute bleach. We may have identified other ways to use hypochlorite to really help patients. It could be easy, safe and inexpensive.”–Story Source-The above story is based on materials provided by Stanford University Medical Center. – Journal Reference–Thomas H. Leung, Lillian F. Zhang, Jing Wang, Shoucheng Ning, Susan J. Knox, Seung K. Kim. Topical hypochlorite ameliorates NF-κB–mediated skin diseases in mice. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2013; DOI: 10.1172/JCI70895
    Household Bleach Can Decontaminate Food Prep Surfaces in Ricin Bioterrorist Attack
    Mar. 30, 2011 — Help for a bioterrorist attack involving ricin, one of the most likely toxic agents, may be as close at hand as the laundry shelf, according to a report presented on March 29 at the 241st National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Anaheim, California . It concluded that ordinary household bleach appears to be an effective, low-cost, and widely available way to decontaminate food preparation surfaces in homes, restaurants, and processing plants that are tainted with ricin.–Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans, which are grown and processed throughout the world to produce castor oil. Although no longer widely used as a laxative, castor oil remains a key raw material in the manufacture of soaps, paints, dyes, inks, lubricants, hydraulic and brake fluids, and other products. Ricin occurs in the waste “mash” left behind after production of castor oil. Because it is so easy to obtain and so toxic, with no antidote, experts regard ricin as one of the most likely bioterror agents.–“This discovery is important because it provides a practical, readily available way to inactivate ricin on food processing equipment in the event of an intentional contamination event,” said Lauren Jackson, Ph.D., who reported on the research. “It is the first study to explore ricin decontamination in the presence of food, and it shows that household bleach is effective.”–Jackson and colleagues prepared solutions of bleach and two other substances routinely used at food processing plants to disinfect counters, machinery and other surfaces that may contain harmful bacteria or viruses. The other disinfectants were peroxyacetic acid (PAA) and so-called quaternary ammonium compounds. In one set of experiments, they tested the substances on discs of stainless steel smeared with milk-based infant formula, pancake mix, peanut butter and other foods that contained ricin. They also tested the three disinfectants on a “control” solution containing ricin, but without any food, to make sure it was the disinfectants that inactivated ricin and not something present in the foods.–Household bleach turned out to be the most effective anti-ricin agent. Bleach significantly reduced the toxicity of ricin within five minutes, noted Jackson, a research food technologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Summit-Argo, Ill. Bleach completely eliminated ricin in the “control” samples using just a small amount of bleach. PAA also showed effectiveness, but less so than bleach.– Story Source-The above story is based on materials provided by American Chemical Society.
    Salt and Turpentine cleanse and extract
    Take salt any salt will do and put into a pot and heat up then you will take a towel or wash cloth like towel and utilize this as a means to put your hot salt into—this will be placed on the skin to draw out the poisons that are there—once the salt is heated after about 5 minutes then place the salt into the cloth fold over—now add your turpentine to the front part of the cloth and apply to the area where you need the poison removed and as well around the area as well to minimize the spread—this will permeate deep into the skin all the way to the very bottom layers—this can be utilized as well for back aches and joint aches as well as respiratory issues to break up congestion in the chest
    Yogurt Fertilizer
    Take yogurt and a mixed set of vitamins and left over juice fibers and mix together this will be mixed afterwards in dirt then apply seed or plant in the dirt and fill up the rest with dirt to top off this can be used in indoor growing or out door—this will increase the vitality of the plants as well and feed them through the bacteria and fermentation that the soil utilizes to feed the plants