Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Protein and Milk Myths

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Two articles I wanted to share today are the protein myth and the milk myth. We have been so brain washed over the years by the beef and dairy industries that at times it is just too hard for people to let go of old beliefs. Educating ourselves is of great importance when journeying down the road to health. Here are the articles copied from PCRM's site--Enjoy!

The Protein Myth

The Protein MythIn the past, some people believed one could never get too much protein. In the early 1900s, Americans were told to eat well over 100 grams of protein a day. And as recently as the 1950s, health-conscious people were encouraged to boost their protein intake. Today, some diet books encourage high-protein intake for weight loss, although Americans tend to take in twice the amount of protein they need already. And while individuals following such a diet have sometimes had short-term success in losing weight, they are often unaware of the health risks associated with a high-protein diet. Excess protein has been linked with osteoporosis, kidney disease, calcium stones in the urinary tract, and some cancers.

The Building Blocks of Life

People build muscle and other body proteins from amino acids, which come from the proteins they eat. A varied diet of beans, lentils, grains, and vegetables contains all of the essential amino acids. It was once thought that various plant foods had to be eaten together to get their full protein value, but current research suggests this is not the case. Many nutrition authorities, including the American Dietetic Association, believe protein needs can easily be met by consuming a variety of plant protein sources over an entire day. To get the best benefit from the protein you consume, it is important to eat enough calories to meet your energy needs.

The Trouble with Too Much Protein

The average American diet contains meat and dairy products. As a result, it is often too high in protein. This can lead to a number of serious health problems:
  • Kidney Disease: When people eat too much protein, they take in more nitrogen than they need. This places a strain on the kidneys, which must expel the extra nitrogen through urine. People with kidney disease are encouraged to eat low-protein diets. Such a diet reduces the excess levels of nitrogen and can also help prevent kidney disease.
  • Cancer: Although fat is the dietary substance most often singled out for increasing cancer risk, protein also plays a role. Populations who eat meat regularly are at increased risk for colon cancer, and researchers believe that the fat, protein, natural carcinogens, and absence of fiber in meat all play roles. The 1997 report of the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research, Food, Nutrition, and the Prevention of Cancer, noted that meaty, high-protein diets were linked with some types of cancer.
  • Osteoporosis and Kidney Stones: Diets that are rich in animal protein cause people to excrete more calcium than normal through their kidneys and increase the risk of osteoporosis. Countries with lower-protein diets have lower rates of osteoporosis and hip fractures.
Increased calcium excretion increases risk for kidney stones. Researchers in England found that when people added about 5 ounces of fish (about 34 grams of protein) to a normal diet, the risk of forming urinary tract stones increased by as much as 250 percent.
For a long time it was thought that athletes needed much more protein than other people. The truth is that athletes, even those who strength-train, need only slightly more protein, which is easily obtained in the larger servings athletes require for their higher caloric intake. Vegetarian diets are great for athletes.
To consume a diet that contains enough, but not too much, protein, simply replace animal products with grains, vegetables, legumes (peas, beans, and lentils), and fruits. As long as one is eating a variety of plant foods in sufficient quantity to maintain one’s weight, the body gets plenty of protein.

This site does not provide medical or legal advice. This Web site is for informational purposes only.

What About Milk?

  • Calcium: Green vegetables, such as kale and broccoli, are better than milk as calcium sources.
  • Fat Content*: Dairy products—other than skim varieties—are high in fat, as a percentage of total calories.
  • Iron-Deficiency: Milk is very low in iron. To get the U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance of 11 milligrams of iron, an infant would have to drink more than 22 quarts of milk each day. Milk also causes blood loss from the intestinal tract, depleting the body’s iron.
  • Diabetes: In a study of 142 children with diabetes, 100 percent had high levels of an antibody to a cow’s milk protein. It is believed that these antibodies may destroy the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
  • Contaminants: Milk is frequently contaminated with antibiotics and excess vitamin D. In one study of 42 milk samples tested, only 12 percent were within the expected range of vitamin D content. Of ten samples of infant formula, seven had more than twice the vitamin D content reported on the label, and one had more than four times the label amount.
  • Lactose: Three out of four people from around the world, including an estimated 25 percent of individuals in the United States, are unable to digest the milk sugar lactose, which then causes diarrhea and gas. The lactose sugar, when it is digested, releases galactose, a simple sugar that is linked to ovarian cancer and cataracts.
  • Allergies: Milk is one of the most common causes of food allergy. Often the symptoms are subtle and may not be attributed to milk for some time.
  • Colic: Milk proteins can cause colic, a digestive upset that bothers one in five infants. Milk-drinking mothers can also pass cow’s milk proteins to their breast-feeding infants.
based on percentage of calories from fat
 Fat Percentage
Cheddar cheese74%
Whole milk49%
“2%” milk35%*
* It is 2% fat only by weight.


Ideas for Delicious Dairy-Free Dining

Ideas for Delicious Dairy-Free DiningIf you are curious whether dairy foods are contributing to your allergies, skin problems, asthma, stomach upset, gas, diarrhea, or constipation, or you’d like to see how your body feels when it is dairy-free, just give it a try for three weeks. It takes about three weeks to break or create a habit. And in that short time, many people experience major benefits, such as a drop in blood cholesterol levels, weight loss, relief from allergies, asthma, indigestion, or chronic stomach problems. Here are some simple ideas to get you started:
  • Top your oats or cold cereal with fortified rice or almond milk.
  • Make smoothies with enriched vanilla soymilk or drink an ice cold glass of your favorite soymilk with your meal or snack.
  • “Leave off the cheese, please.” Order your entrée or salad with no cheese. Many dishes can be easily made cheese-free. Ask for guacamole, rice, or extra salsa in your burrito or on your tostada instead of the cheese. Put more vegetables on a dinner salad or add some beans, nuts, or baked tofu chunks instead of cheese.
  • Most recipes calling for milk can be made with soymilk instead. If it’s a soup or other savory dish, be sure to purchase plain soymilk for cooking.
  • Make creamy dips and desserts using silken tofu in place of sour cream or cream cheese.
  • Sprinkle nutritional yeast on popcorn or pasta for a cheesy flavor instead of Parmesan.


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Get your protein from a variety of greens, rotating them each day.
The Raw Family had this wonderful article on their blog summing it up quite nicely.
Every protein molecule consists of a chain of amino acids. An essential amino acid is one that cannot be synthesized by the body, and therefore must be supplied as part of the diet. Humans must include adequate amounts of 9 amino acids in their diet.
In his book, The China Study, Professor T. Colin Campbell shows that the U.S. RDA for protein is greatly overestimated. Studies of the diets of chimpanzees compared to that of humans confirm the same truth. “Chimpanzees maintain a fairly low and constant protein intake …”[1]
vitoria 163 Abundance of Proteins in Greens
Victoria Boutenko
I have looked at the nutritional content of dozens of various green vegetables and I was pleased to see that the aminos that were low in one plant were high in another. In other words, if we maintain a variety of greens in our diet, we will cover all essential aminos in abundance.
I decided to calculate by myself the essential amino acid content in one big bunch of kale and one big bunch of lambsquarters (a weed). I have chosen kale because it is available in most produce markets. Lambsquarters is one of the most common edible weeds that grows in different climates. Most farmers should be able to identify lambsquarters for you.
I then compared the numbers that I got with the amounts of essential amino acids for an average adult recommended by USDA[2]. For more information on the content of Essential Amino Acids in Lambsquarters and Kale, please see page 43 in my book Green For Life
The resulting numbers demonstrated that dark green leafy vegetables contain similar or larger amounts of amino acids than the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). However, because of the confusion between vegetables (roots) and greens, we are told that vegetables, including greens, are a poor source of amino acids. This inaccurate statement has led to the malnourishment and suffering of people for decades. The lack of research on the nutritional content of greens has led to a great confusion among the majority of people, including many professionals. Dr. Joel Fuhrman wrote in his book Eat to Live: “Even physicians and dietitians… are surprised to learn that …when you eat large quantities of green vegetables, you receive a considerable amount of protein.”
Where do I get my protein? Being aware of the confusion around vegetables, I understand why this became a popular question. Since most people were not aware that greens have an abundance of readily available essential amino acids, they were trying to eat from the other food groups known for their rich protein content. However, let me explain the difference between complex proteins found in meat, dairy, fish, etc. and individual amino acids, found in fruits, vegetables, and especially in greens.
It is clear that the body has to work a lot less when creating protein from the assortment of individual amino acids from greens, rather than the already combined, long molecules of protein, assembled according to the foreign pattern of a totally different creature such as a cow or a chicken. I would like to explain the difference between complex proteins and individual amino acids with a simple anecdote.
Imagine that you have to make a wedding dress for your daughter. Consuming the complex proteins that we get from cows or other creatures is like going to the second hand store, and buying many other people’s used dresses, coming home and spending several hours ripping apart pieces of the dresses that you like and combining them into a new dress for your daughter. This alternative will take a lot of time and energy and will leave a great deal of garbage. You could never make a perfect dress this way.
Consuming individual amino acids is like taking your daughter to a fabric store to buy beautiful new fabric, lace, buttons, ribbons, threads, and pearls. With these essential elements you can make a beautiful dress that fits her unique body perfectly. Similarly, when you eat greens, you “purchase” new amino acids, freshly made by sunshine and chlorophyll, which the body will use to rebuild its parts according to your own unique DNA.
Contrary to this, your body would have a hard time trying to make a perfect molecule of protein out of someone else’s molecules, which consist of totally different combinations of amino acids. Plus, your body would most likely receive a lot of unnecessary pieces that are hard to digest. These pieces would be floating around in your blood like garbage for a long time, causing allergies and other health problems. Professor W. A. Walker from the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, states that, “Incompletely digested protein fragments may be absorbed into the bloodstream. The absorption of these large molecules contributes to the development of food allergies and immunological disorders.” [3]
The ironic result of consuming this imperfect source of protein, (animal protein), is that many people develop deficiencies in essential amino acids. Such deficiencies are not only dangerous to health, but they dramatically change people’s perceptions of life and the way people feel and behave. The body in producing neurotransmitters uses some essential amino acids, like tyrosine, tryptophan, glutamine, histamine, and others. Neurotransmitters are the natural chemicals that facilitate communication between brain cells. These substances govern our emotions, memory, moods, behavior, learning abilities and sleep patterns. For the last three decades, neurotransmitters have been the focus of mental health research.
According to the research of Julia Ross, a specialist in nutritional psychology,[4] if your body lacks certain amino acids, you may develop strong symptoms of mental and physiological imbalance and severe cravings for unwanted substances.
For example, let us consider tyrosine and phenylalanine. The symptoms of a deficiency in these amino acids can cause:
  • Depression
  • Lack of energy
  • Lack of focus and concentration
  • Attention deficit disorder
In addition, the symptoms of a deficiency in these amino acids may lead to cravings for:
  • Sweets
  • Starch
  • Chocolate
  • Aspartame
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Caffeine
  • Cocaine
  • Tobacco
Using available data from official sources [5] I have calculated the amounts of these two essential amino acids that we can receive from either chicken or dark green endive:
CHICKEN                                    ENDIVE
One serving:                               One head:
222 mg tyrosine                         205 mg tyrosine
261 mg phenylalanine              272 mg phenylalanine
As you can see, contrary to the popular opinion, there are plenty of high quality proteins in greens. According to the explanation of Professor T. Colin Campbell, “There is a mountain of compelling evidence showing that so called “low-quality” plant protein, which allows for slow but steady synthesis of new proteins, is the healthiest type of protein.”[6] For example, the protein from greens doesn’t have cancer as a side effect. Yet, in many books, greens are not even listed as a protein source because greens have not been researched enough.
Greens have sufficient protein to build muscle in grazing animals. I received this testimony from my very first American friend, a farmer with a BA in psychology from Harvard University, Peter Hagerty of Maine: “When our sheep are in the barn eating concentrated feed such as ground corn and oats, they gain weight much more quickly, but young lambs, once they reach 120 lbs or 90 % of slaughter weight, begin putting this concentrated food into fat rather than muscle which is not advantageous for the consumer who has to trim this fat off and throw it away. If the lambs are grass fed, they grow more slowly but they can reach full slaughter weight with very little fat. So my observations are: concentrates seem to put on easily burnable fats and grasses put on quality muscle.”
In summary, greens provide protein in the form of individual amino acids. These amino acids are easier for the body to utilize than complex proteins. A variety of greens can supply all the protein we need to sustain each of our unique bodies.
As a recommendation, I invite everyone to try green smoothies, the most pleasant and palatable way to consume greens I have found to date.  Get your protein and enjoy!

[1]Nancy Lou Conklin-Brittain, Richard W. Wrangham, Catherine C. Smith, Relating Chimpanzee Diets to Potential Australopithecus Diets, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 1998.

[2] Data from Average Adult Male, Age 19-31, Weight 170 lbs. Source: National Research Council, “Protein and Amino Acids,” in Recommended Dietary Allowances, 10th edition (1989); USDA SR17
[3] Walker WA, Isselbacher KJ. Uptake and transport of macro-molecules by the intestine. Possible role in clinical disorders. Gastroenterology: 67:531-50, 1974
[4] Ross, Julia, M.A. The Diet Cure. New York: Penguin Books. 1999.
[5] U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2005. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 18
[6] Campbell, T. Colin, Ph.D. The China Study. Texas: Benbella Books 2004.

How about a recipe?


Girl Power Salad

by Elizabeth @
1 Container of Organic Girl Super Greens, rough chop
16 oz organic strawberries, reserve 6 for the dressing, sliced
2 Ruby Red grapefruit, juiced
6 organic strawberries, sliced
1 tsp Trader Joe's wild raw honey
1/2 T Barlene's Flax oil
1/2 tsp raw black and white sesame seeds
Blend dressing ingredients well.
Plate the greens and strawberries, pour dressing over them and mix gently. Enjoy!

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for completing yet another organizational project.



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

RAW Vegan Sushi Wraps

In my previous post I said I would share my recipe for these yummy vegan sushi wraps. They are as simple as cutting, smashing, spreading and rolling. To start I finely sliced some organic white cabbage, diced an organic sweet onion and smashed a clove or two of garlic.

 The next step is to smash one small Haas avocado with the fresh garlic, using the back of a fork. This will be the spread for the Nori sheets. We have organic Nori at the local Whole Foods but I prefer to order Raw Nori wraps on-line. Here are the ones I have to buy locally when I run out of my raw wraps.
Take a sheet of Nori and spread on a thin layer of the avocado and garlic.

Now the fun begins, just start piling on your favorite toppings. I personally used sunflower greens

Fresh cilantro

Organic Grape tomatoes, diced
The shredded white cabbage and dice onion

Lastly, roll it up and enjoy!

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for completing my garage cleaning project!!!!


I also wanted to share this giveaway that Chris is giving away at CHRIS BEAT CANCER.

Image and text cut and pasted from



He will pick the winner with a double-blind random drawing on June 30th, 2013.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Preventing Cancer with a Plant-Based Diet

I thought this was an attention getter! Take a look....

taken from

 Billboard Near Kauffman Stadium Warns All-Star Fans of Hot Dog-Cancer Link (2012)

Doctors Ask for Warning Label on Wieners Sold at Kauffman Stadium; 1,200 Missouri Residents Die of Colorectal Cancer Each Year

Warning: Hot Dogs can strike you out

WASHINGTON—A provocative billboard will warn baseball fans flocking to the All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10 that eating hot dogs can greatly increase their risk of colorectal cancer. The billboard, sponsored by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, reads "Warning: Hot Dogs Can Strike You Out—For Good,” and directs readers to

The billboard features an image of hot dogs jammed into a cigarette pack labeled "Unlucky Strikes," and is located at the exit ramp to Kauffman Stadium on I-435 one mile south of I-70. PCRM has also written a letter to Jim Rowland, executive director of the Jackson County Sport Complex Authority, which owns and operates Kauffman Stadium, asking him to require warning labels on all hot dogs served at Kauffman Stadium. The label would read: “Warning: Hot Dogs and Other Processed Meats Increase the Risk of Colon and Rectal Cancer.”

"Hot dogs can cause cancer, and like cigarettes they should come with a warning label,” says PCRM chief medical officer Ulka Agarwal, M.D. “Just one hot dog a day increases a person’s colorectal cancer risk by 21 percent. Add to that other processed meats people could be eating daily, like bacon, pepperoni, and sausage, and the health risk multiplies.”

Hot dogs are popular eats at ballparks, and this season fans are expected to chow down on 20.5 million hot dogs as they watch the games, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. At Kauffman Stadium 8,000 hot dogs were sold on the day of this year’s opening game alone. Offerings at the stadium for the All-Star game will include such unhealthy eats as Royal Blue Dog, a hot dog topped with blue cheese and bacon, which is also a processed meat, and the All-Star BBQ Dog, a hot dog topped with pulled pork and coleslaw.

Missouri has one of the highest colorectal cancer rates in the country. Every year, nearly 3,200 Missouri residents are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 1,200 die of it.

Consuming processed meats increases the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a large number of studies, including the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health says that a daily serving of processed meats, like one hot dog, sausage, or a few bacon strips, increases the risk of premature death by 20 percent.

For a copy of the billboard image or the letter to Mr. Rowland, or to speak with Ulka Agarwal, M.D., contact Dania DePas at 202-527-7382 or

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research,and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.



I signed up to receive updates from Alicia Silverstone's blog called "The Kind Life" and I have been getting some great recipes and information. Here is the link to her blog if you'd like to do the same. The Kind Life blog

I am sharing one of her recent posts because I believe it is a crucial message, one that many just do not want to believe is true; what a shame!! Most people will just not believe that meat and dairy are linked to cancer. They just cannot give up their addiction to these two health offenders and that makes me very sad. Well, here it is given to you by a doctor. But don't take just his word for it, read the numerous medical studies yourself!! Read, educate yourself and spread the word!

I'll be sharing my raw, vegan recipe soon for my hand rolled sushi!

 Preventing Cancer with a Plant-Based Diet by Dr. Neal Barnard
Listen up, everyone! This information from Dr. Barnard is sooooo important. Please read it and share it with everyone you know. - AS
Preventing Cancer with a Plant-Based Diet
By Neal Barnard, M.D.

There is an urgent need for a new direction in battling cancer. More than 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year. At least one-third of annual cancer deaths in the United States are due to dietary factors. Let’s look at the steps we can take to build our general defenses.
While animal products contain potentially carcinogenic compounds that may contribute to increased cancer risk, research shows that, by contrast, fruits and vegetables contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that protect the body.
Several studies published this spring clearly demonstrate the link meat and dairy products have to cancer. According to new data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study, participants who ate the most red meat and processed meat increased their risk of dying by 14 and 44 percent, respectively, compared with those who ate the least. Other recent research found that men drinking more than a glass of whole milk per day had double the risk for fatal prostate cancer, compared with men drinking less. And the National Cancer Institute found that women who consumed one or more servings of high-fat dairy products per day, compared with none to less than half a serving, were at a 49 percent increased risk for dying from breast cancer.
Fortunately, the foods we eat can also help protect our bodies. The American Association for Cancer Research found that beyond the reduced risk for overall cancer, vegetarian and vegan diets significantly reduced the risk of gastrointestinal cancers (stomach, colon, pancreas, etc.) and female-specific cancers (breast, uterine, ovarian, etc.), respectively.
The more naturally colorful your meal is, the more likely it is to have an abundance of cancer-fighting nutrients. Pigments that give fruits and vegetables their bright colors represent a variety of protective compounds.

RED foods such as tomatoes and tomato products, watermelon, and guava contain lycopene, an antioxidant that cuts prostate cancer risk.
ORANGE foods such as carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, mangos, and pumpkins contain beta-carotene that supports the immune system.
YELLOW-ORANGE foods such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits, papayas, and peaches contain vitamin C and flavonoids that inhibit tumor cell growth and detoxify harmful substances.
GREEN foods such as spinach, kale, collards, and other greens contain folate (the same word derivation as foliage) that builds healthy cells and genetic material.
GREEN-WHITE foods such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower contain indoles and lutein that eliminate excess estrogen and carcinogens.
WHITE-GREEN foods such as garlic, onions, chives, and asparagus contain allyl sulfides that destroy cancer cells, reduce cell division, and support the immune system.
BLUE foods such as blueberries, purple grapes, and plums contain anthocyanins that destroy free radicals.
RED-PURPLE foods such as grapes, berries, and plums contain resveratrol that may decrease estrogen production.
BROWN foods such as whole grains and legumes contain fiber that aids in carcinogen removal.
To learn more about the power of a plant-based diet to prevent cancer or to download the Nutrition Rainbow poster, visit

Please, share this with everyone you know! 

About Dr. Neal Barnard: Clinical researcher and author Neal Barnard, M.D., is one of America's leading advocates for health, nutrition, and higher standards in research. As the principal investigator of several human clinical research trials, whose results are published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals, Dr. Barnard has examined key issues in health and nutrition. Neal Barnard is the founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). For more about Dr. Neal Barnard, visit his website

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Mushrooms For Breast Cancer Prevention

June 6, 2013 by Michael Greger M.D. in News with 0 Comments

Breast cancer can take decades to develop, so “early” detection via mammogram may be too late. The breast cancer you may feel one day as a lump in the shower, may have started 20 years ago.  We now suspect that all the epithelial cancers: breast, colon, lung, pancreas, prostate, ovarian—the ones that cause the vast majority of cancer deaths—take up to 20 years or more to manifest. By the time it’s picked up it may have already been growing, maturing, scheming for years, acquiring hundreds of new survival-of-the-fittest mutations to grow even quicker and better undermine our immune system. Early detection may in effect be really, really late detection.
People are considered “healthy” until they show symptoms, so if we’ve been harboring a malignancy for 20 years we may feel all right, but we haven’t been. Thus, many people who do the right thing and improve their diet in hopes of preventing cancer may, at that very moment, be treating it as well. In this way, cancer prevention and treatment may sometimes be the same thing.
What new developments are there are in the battle against breast cancer? Well, most breast tumors are estrogen receptor positive, meaning they respond to estrogen; estrogen makes them grow. The problem for tumors in postmenopausal women is that there isn’t much estrogen around—unless of course you take it in a drug like Premarin (so-named because it’s made from pregnant mare urine). Premarin appears to increase the risk of breast cancer (as well as strokes, heart attacks, and blood clots). Unfortunately, the plant-based bioidentical hormone replacement therapies don’t appear any safer (see my 4-min. video Plant-Based Bioidentical Hormones).
Thankfully millions of women stopped taking Premarin in 2002, and we saw a nice dip in breast cancer rates. Unfortunately, those rates have since stagnated. Hundreds of thousands of American women continue to get the dreaded diagnosis every year. So what next?
Well, with no estrogen around, many breast tumors devise a nefarious plan—they’ll just make their own! Seventy percent of breast cancer cells synthesize estrogen themselves using an enzyme called aromatase. In response, drug companies have produced a number of aromatase inhibitor drugs that are used as chemotherapy agents. Of course by the time you’re on chemo it can be too late, so researchers started screening hundreds of natural dietary components in hopes of finding something that targets this enzyme.
To do this you need a lot of human tissue. Where are you going to get it from? To study skin, for example, researchers use discarded human foreskins from circumcision. They’re just being thrown away–might as well use them! Where are you going to get discarded female tissue? Placentas. They got a bunch of women to donate their placentas after giving birth to further this critical line of research.
After years of searching, they found seven vegetables with significant anti-aromatase activity. You can see the graph in my video Vegetables Versus Breast Cancer. Bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, celery, green onions, and spinach dropped aromatase activity by about 20%, but mushrooms forced down the estrogen-producing enzyme more than 60%.
Which mushroom worked best? Woodear, crimini, oyster, Italian brown, enoki, button, stuffing, shiitake, chanterelle, or Portobello mushrooms? Don’t even try to guess—you won’t get it! Check out my 2-min video Breast Cancer Prevention: Which Mushroom Is Best? for the answer.
More on the magic of mushrooms in Making Our Arteries Less Sticky and Constructing a Cognitive Portfolio. Probably a good idea to cook them, though: Toxins in Raw Mushrooms.
I also have videos on breast cancer risk in relation to applesbroccoliexerciseflax seedsgreen teagreensmeatmelatoninsaturated fatsoy, and trans fat.
-Michael Greger, M.D.

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for the past 4 years that I have been able to eat a plant based diet.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dave's Killer Bread

"Just say no to bread on drugs."

This is what it says on the label of Dave's Killer organic Good Seed Spelt bread. Allow me to tell you the story of how I found this bread. I was reading a blog post about better options for breads and even some gluten free breads. So I began clicking on all of the different bread links that this blogger was describing and the only one that stood out was Dave's! It is not a gluten free bread but an organic spelt bread loaded with seeds. First I scoured the ingredients list, next I snooped all around their web site, and lastly I clicked on the link to Dave's story. Here is the link for you to enjoy.
I was bawling half way into the video and cried again when I watched it the second time with my hubby.
His story is so beautiful and so inspirational that I just had to contact them and tell them just that. I also was so bold as to ask for a sample of their spelt bread so our family could try it and then I could post our review here. They quickly wrote back and said, YES! I was thrilled. The bread was shipped out on Monday and arrived on Wednesday.
They were kind enough to send us 2 loaves!! Thank you Linda! (Customer Relations Representative).
Take a look at this bread!!

  The kiddos could not wait to tear into it and give it a taste test. I got 2 of our 5 children to pose for me while taking their first bite.
Now look at them rip into this bread....they really liked it, we actually finished one entire loaf that day!
And of course I had to smother my piece with veggies and sprouts.
First I topped a plain piece of bread with organic Roma tomatoes, a little bit of 21 spice mix, then topped that off with a generous serving of broccoli sprouts.
We do not eat regular wheat bread anymore, only sprouted grain breads, gluten free breads and some spelt bread. I really have not found a killer tasting spelt UNTIL NOW!!!
 And I, personally, stick to my raw breads that I make myself, but of course I just had to try this bread. Linda was so kind to send it to us and I had to taste it myself  in order to give a proper review.
It is super moist and extremely chewy and flavorful...just how bread should be, right?! My husband really liked how it was packed with seeds. The children couldn't stop eating it and kept asking for more. We even tried it toasted and that was amazing as well. We devoured one loaf the day it arrived and put the other in the freezer. The kiddos look forward to eating the second loaf this week spread thick with sunflower butter and some raw honey.
Just take a look at the list of awesome ingredients in this spelt bread. Of course I personally wish the sugar was not in there, perhaps sweetened with some date paste would be better, but that is just me.

Good Seed Spelt Ancient Grain

SPELT CONTAINS GLUTEN. Spelt, wheat’s ancestor.
 NOT for celiacs!
  • 100% whole grain spelt
  • 25g of whole grains per slice
  • 4g of fiber per slice
  • Certified organic
  • 27oz loaf size
  • Certified Kosher by Oregon Kosher
INGREDIENTS: Organic whole-grain spelt flour (wheat), water, Good Seed mix (organic whole ground flaxseeds, organic whole flaxseeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic unhulled sesame seeds, organic black sesame seeds), organic dried cane syrup (sugar), organic molasses, yeast, sea salt, organic rice bran extract.

I highly recommend you visit their web site and order some of their AMAZING organic breads.

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for those brave enough to do the right thing. I will forever be grateful that I heard Dave's beautiful transformation story.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Truth About GMO's and How to AVOID Them

photo found on GreenMedInfo Banner

The whistle is blown. Shocker: Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini, GMO-Cancer Researcher, Blows Whistle on Biotech Fraud

watch the video interview here.

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Breaking News: China Destroys 3 US Shipments of GM Corn

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013 at 2:00 pm

Breaking News: China Destroys 3 US Shipments of GM Corn

Could the global tide in support of GMOs be turning? A new report reveals that the formerly pro-GMO Chinese government, one of the largest consumers of GMO food crops in the world, is beginning to crack down on GM corn shipments from the US that have not followed appropriate biosafety regulations.

According to a news brief released today by, China destroyed three shipments of GM corn imported from the US. reported:

"The law says that the [Chinese] Ministry of Agriculture must require environmental and food safety tests to be carried out by Chinese institutions, in order to verify data provided by the seed developer. All these documents must be reviewed by the National Biosafety Committee before the MOA can issue a safety certificate. Yet these shipments of US corn did not have the relevant safety certificates and approval documents, according to the news reports below."

The first two shipments are referenced on the website of the Zhuhai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, confirming that two illegal GM corn shipments entered Wanzai Port in Zhuhai City on May 7th, and were subsequently destroyed:

Recently, during inspection and quarantine of imported food from USA by a certain company, the Wanzai Office of Zhuhai Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (in Guangdong Province in the south of China) detected two shipments containing GM corn products, which are not in compliance with China's "Entry and Exit of Genetically Modified Products Inspection and Quarantine Management Approach". The Office destroyed the two shipments of corn according to the provisions.*

The existence of a third shipment was confirmed in a May 19th article appearing on titled, "Harbin intercepted a total of 115 kgs of GM corn seeds, which will be destroyed":

Recently, the Harbin Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau intercepted inbound mail of 21 cartons of corn seeds from USA, totaling 115 kgs, which were detected as GM seeds. This is the first time that the Heilongjiang Provincial Inspection and Quarantine System has intercepted inbound corn seeds containing GM ingredients. These corn seeds will be destroyed. *

Surprisingly, despite these seemingly drastic steps by Chinese authorities to destroy GM seeds, an article in China Daily from last year explains that the consumption of GM soybeans is already universal in China, even despite widespread public concerns that they have not been adequately safety tested:

Summary: Imported RR soybeans (Roundup herbicide resistant GM soybeans) has already accounted to over 80% of total consumption of soybeans in China, but the assessment and approval procedures for the initial imported GM soybeans, has been oppugned that it's examination procedures exists with defects. According to news reports, on Feb. 20, 2012, Gu Xiu-lin and other three citizens upon application were approved to check the "certification documents for the GM soybeans obtaining safety certificates".

The China Daily article goes on to quote Shi Yan-quan, Deputy Director, Agricultural Finance and Education Dept., who stated on April 20, 2012, that over 50 million tons of GMO soybeans were imported to China in 2011 alone. The article also refers to the fact that for eight years, 1.3 billion Chinese consumers have been consuming Monsanto's GM food crops, relying entirely on biotech-funded safety evaluations, without any independent safety testing carried out by the Chinese government. Additionally, a revealing study published in 2012 found that the Chinese print media is completely co-opted by biotech industry influence. They revealed that "48.1% of articles were largely supportive of the GM technology research and development programs and the adoption of GM cottons, while 51.9% of articles were neutral on the subject of GMOs. Risks associated with GMOs were mentioned in the newspaper articles, but none of the articles expressed negative tones in regards to GMOs." The authors concluded: "Chinese print media is largely supportive of GMOs. It also indicates that the print media describes the Chinese government as actively pursuing national GMO research and development programs and the promotion of GM cotton usage."

Are these latest incidents a sign that the Chinese government is beginning to take more seriously the health threats associated with the consumption of genetically modified food? According to the report's primary informant, who for purposes of anonymity goes by the pseudonym "Mr. Li":

"[T]he new government's decisive move to destroy the illegal GMOs "progressive, encouraging, and satisfying". He regards it as a sign that it is keeping its promise to work for the people and the nation.

Mr Li said: "The deeply pro-GMO old government would not have made such a thing public. It would have secretly returned the shipments, or in most cases it would not even have inspected shipments that could contain GM ingredients."


Think your health won't be harmed by consuming Genetically Modified Foods?? Guess again!

Lethality of Roundup 'Weed killer' Extends Beyond Plants To Humans, Study Suggests

Thursday, April 25th 2013 at 7:00 pm



Lethality of Roundup 'Weedkiller' Extends Beyond Plants To Humans, Study Suggests
A shocking new study finds that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, "...may be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment," capable of contributing to a wide range of fatal human diseases.
A new report published in the journal Entropy links the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide known as glyphosate with a wide range of fatal diseases.[i]
Glyphosate is the world's most popular herbicide and is designed to kill all but genetically modified "Roundup Ready" plants, such as GM corn, soy, beet, cottonseed and canola.  Over 180 million pounds of the chemical are now applied to US soils each year,[ii] and while agrichemical manufacturers and government regulators have considered it 'relatively safe,' an expanding body of biomedical research indicates that it may cause over 30 distinct adverse health effects in exposed populations at far lower concentrations than used in agricultural applications.
The new report, authored by Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant from Arthur D. Little, Inc., brings to the forefront concerns voiced by an outspoken minority that Roundup and related glyphosate herbicide formulations are contributing to diseases as far-ranging as inflammatory bowel disease, anorexia, cystic fibrosis, cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and infertility.   In fact, the authors propose that glyphosate, contrary to being essentially nontoxic, "...may be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment."
The researchers identified the inhibition and/or disruption of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes as a hitherto overlooked mechanism of toxicity associated with glyphosate exposure in mammals.
CYP enzymes are essential for detoxifying xenobiotic chemicals from the body. Glyphosate therefore enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins.  The researchers also showed how interference with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria (e.g. tryptophan), as well as impairment in serum sulfate transport, a critical biological system for cellular detoxification (e.g. transulfuration pathway which detoxifies metals).
These effect, according to the researchers, can contribute to causing or worsening "...most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer's disease."
This new report may help to explain why over 30 adverse health effects associated with Roundup herbicide exposure have been identified in the peer-reviewed and published literature so far. The full report in PDF form can be obtained here. Please help us spread this information, as well as our Roundup Toxicity Research and GMO Research pages, by sharing them with other concerned individuals and groups.


So what's the solution? How do I avoid GMO's? You can educate yourself and get free downloads to help you when shopping. But to be totally safe one must switch over to some organic products; these foods cannot be altered genetically by law. So if you don't want to have to think about it or read labels like a detective, you can purchase 100% certified organic foods.

Here is a site you can go to download free apps and shopping guides: Institute for Responsible Technology.

Have fun learning! And eat CLEAN...fresh ORGANIC fruits and veggies!!!

Avoiding the foods that are GMO tainted is really not too terribly hard. You just need to know which crops are tainted. The big 8  are:

  1. Corn (includes all corn syrup and corn solids)

  2. Soybeans (includes soy lecithin)

  3. Canola

  4. Cottonseed

  5. Sugar beets

  6. Papaya form China and Hawaii

  7. Small amounts of zucchini

  8. Small amounts of yellow squash

It is easy to get your own shopping guide @

 Or download the iPhone app at ShopNoGMO. You can print out the guide and bring it with you to the store if you do not have an iPhone. Once you get the hang of it and learn about all of the safe products you can leave the shopping guide at home. It really doesn't take that long to get the hang of it, you just have to be diligent about READING LABELS.


 +JMJ+ Today I am grateful for knowledge.

Scientia potential est. Knowledge is Power, as Sir Francis Bacon said.




















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