Why The USA Has the Shortest Life-Expectancy of All Rich Nations

By: Eric Zuesse

According to the UN’s “Human Development Report 2019”, which is the latest available global information (published on 9 December 2019), the United States is the only country that ranks in the top 15 on “Human Development” in which the life expectancy at birth is now below 80.0 years. On “Human Development” the U.S. ranks as being #15 out of the 189 ranked countries, but is #38 on the crucial life expectancy factor. (See page 300, here, for the complete rankings.) America’s life expectancy is found to be over 1 year shorter than the 80.8 years of the country that’s ranked #14 on “Human Development,” which is Denmark. That’s 80.8 years as the average age of death. America’s number is 78.9 years — almost two full years shorter than Denmark’s, which is the next-better-ranking country. By contrast, Japan, which ranks as being #19 on overall “Human Development” (and so it isn’t even among the top 15 on that) has the world’s highest life-expectancy: 84.5 years. That’s 5.6 years higher life-span in Japan than in America. What can explain such a huge discrepancy?

Some experts attribute that extraordinarily high Japanese life-expectancy number to Japan’s high consumption of the fermented soy food, natto, a uniquely Japanese food-staple, which contains the highest potencies of a larger number of nutrients protective against both heart disease and cancer, and also against osteoporosis, than any other known single food does — components including both nattokinase and vitamin MK-7 — or “K2 (Menaquinone-7)” — as well as containing other promising but less-explored nutrients, such as pyrazine. The research literature on nattokinase, in particular, has become especially extensive, and nattokinase has been found to be at least as effective against the precursors to heart disease and strokes as are statin drugs (the drugs that are the standard medical treatment to reduce a person’s risks of a heart attack or stroke), though far less expensive, and entirely non-toxic. (All drugs have toxicity — are poisonous — but nattokinase is instead a natural food-component, which has been extensively tested for toxicity, and no nattokinase-toxicity has yet been found.) Nattokinase is so powerful that its beneficial effects are measurable even at the first dose. More research is constantly being done, but natto is the likeliest explanation, thus far, of Japan’s extraordinarily high longevity, by reducing heart disease, strokes, cancers, and bone fractures (and maybe other ailments).

By contrast, the American diet is considered to be one of the major reasons why the U.S. has perhaps the shortest life-expectancy of the industrialized and wealthy nations. However, America’s chaotic healthcare system is certainly another important reason for America’s notably short life-spans amongst industrialized countries. For example, America is the only industrialized nation in which fewer than 100% of citizens have health insurance, and America’s percentage is even below 90%; so, America really stands out, as a far-outlier, against all of the other countries, all of which have universal health insurance. In fact, two-thirds of personal bankruptcies in America are because of medical costs, and that situation doesn’t exist in any other industrialized country, because health care in all those others is a right, instead of a privilege that’s available only to people who have the ability to pay for it. In America, this problem isn’t merely among the 15% or so of individuals who have no health insurance; it’s also among the insured, because of the necessary care that isn’t covered in insurance policies, all of which are different from each other. Healthcare is perhaps the biggest uncertainty in America. Insurance companies maximize profits by charging the most money for the least coverage, and only few patients have actually read and understood (far less, compared) the fine print on their insurance contracts (each of which has different wordings and coverages). The underlying assumption is that everyone is entirely responsible for oneself. The Government has no responsibility. In that sense, there is no “society”: socialism is despised, no matter whether it’s of the democratic type — socialism itself is despised. This extreme type of “individualism” is the American way. It’s a contrast to not only Japan, but to all other industrialized countries. And this contrast shortens Americans’ life-expectancies, as compared to other industrialized countries.

So, those are two possible major explanations for America’s relatively low life-expectancies.

Although the UN report hides the life-expectancy rankings, and presents only the life-expectancy numbers, Wikipedia in its “List of countries by life expectancy” shows the nations directly by their rank-order on that factor, of life expectancy. Japan is given the rank of #2 there, because — since China’s enemies (especially the United States Government) treat China as an enemy — they want to break off, and grab whatever pieces from it, they can, which pieces would include especially China’s richest city, Hong Kong, and therefore they prefer for Hong Kong to count here as being an entire country of its own, instead of as being a city within China — which it is. Britain had conquered Hong Kong in 1842 to sell opium there, so China was forced to lease it to Britain for 99 years, set to end on 1 July 1997, in order for Britain to be able temporarily to continue its extremely lucrative opium-marketing business, which was centered in Hong Kong. The imperialists then pretended that the 1997 return of full control, back to China, was an act of British generosity. “Here, I give back to you what I stole from you — aren’t I generous!” That’s the myth, and it continues, though in a different form, even today. The CIA-edited and written Wikipedia blacklists (blocks from linking to) sites that aren’t CIA-approved; so, Wikipedia could be expected to treat Hong Kong as if it were a nation, instead of as a city in China. Whereas Hong Kong’s life-expectancy in the 2019 report (based on 2018 data) was 84.7 years, Japan’s was 84.5 years, and that two-tenths of one percent advantage to China’s richest city is the reason why Japan was listed there as #2: it’s helpful as PR, in order to help to break Hong Kong off from China, again.

Here are the top 38 on life expectancy, in this U.S.-UK-controlled ranking:

Countries and regions by life expectancy at birth in 2018 (2019 report)[7][8][9]

Rank Countries and regions Life expectancy at birth (in years)
Overall Female Male
1 Hong Kong 84.7 87.6 81.8
2 Japan 84.5 87.5 81.1
3 Singapore 83.8 85.8 81.5
4 Italy 83.6 85.5 81.7
5 Spain 83.4 86.1 80.7
Switzerland 83.4 85.3 81.1
7 Australia 83.3 85.3 81.3
8 Iceland 82.9 84.4 81.3
9 Israel 82.8 84.4 81.1
South Korea 82.8 85.8 79.7
11 Sweden 82.7 84.4 80.9
12 France 82.5 85.4 79.6
13 Malta 82.4 84.1 80.5
14 Canada 82.3 84.3 80.3
Norway 82.3 84.3 80.3
16 Greece 82.1 84.5 79.6
Ireland 82.1 83.7 80.4
Luxembourg 82.1 84.2 80.0
Netherlands 82.1 83.8 80.4
New Zealand 82.1 83.9 80.4
21 Portugal 81.9 84.7 78.8
22 Andorra 81.8
23 Finland 81.7 84.6 78.9
25 Belgium 81.5 83.8 79.1
26 Austria 81.4 83.8 79.0
27 Germany 81.2 83.6 78.8
28 Slovenia 81.2 83.9 78.4
29 United Kingdom 81.2 83.0 79.5
European Union 81.2 83.8 78.6
30 Cyprus 80.8 82.9 78.7
31 Denmark 80.8 82.8 77.8
32 Liechtenstein 80.5
33 Costa Rica 80.1 82.7 77.5
34 Chile 80.0 82.4 77.6
35 Czech Republic 79.2 81.8 76.6
36 Barbados 79.1 80.4 77.7
37 Lebanon 78.9 80.8 77.1
38 United States 78.9 81.4 76.3

China was #59, at 76.7 years. (China has far lower per-capita GDP, $9,800, than does its richest city, Hong Kong, which is $49,000. Japan’s is $39,290.)

Russia was #106, at 72.4 years. (Its per-capita GDP is $11,290.)

The global average was 72.6 years

The bottom 12 countries were all in sub-Saharan Africa, and were all below 60 years, and ranged from 52.8 to 59.4 years, in life expectancy.

The highest in sub-Saharan Africa were: Botswana at 69.3 years, and Rwanda at 68.7 years. Botswana’s in 2001 was only 50 years, which was the same as it had been in 1962.

Rwanda’s was likewise 50 years in 2001, but had been only 22 in 1993, then 28 in 1994 which was the year of the genocide, and rose steadily thereafter, to now being the second-highest longevity in Black Africa: 68.7.

Russia’s life-expectancy in 2001 was 65.

China’s in 2001 was 72.

The biggest improvements have occurred in Botswana and Rwanda; and, since Rwanda was below 30 years throughout 1991-1994, its ascent from that hell has been the world’s most remarkable, tripling its life-expectancy between 1993 and 2018 — just 25 years. (Rwanda also happens to be the world’s least-corrupt nation.) This shows what can be done — what can be achieved. It’s not impossible.

The U.S. life expectancy has ranged between 78.0 and 78.84 ever since 2008, through to 2018 — that entire decade — flat, no progress the whole time. Perhaps this plateau is the tipping-point, when the U.S. becomes, more clearly, an underdeveloped country. Perhaps the best thing that could happen now for the American people — especially since the nation’s life expectancy might now be heading downward — would be for America to establish a natto industry of its own, and try to compete with Japan, at least on nutrition (even if not on health care). (Of course, socializing the healthcare function would also help enormously, by increasing the health-insurance rate up to the global norm, 100%. It would certainly improve America’s health care, while greatly lowering its cost.)

The first year of the UN’s Human Development Reports was 1990. In that year, Japan scored in the top spot, #1, on “Human Development.” Now it is #19. In that year, U.S. scored #19 on “Human Development” (Japan’s current ranking). In that year, America’s life expectancy was 75 years, and Japan’s was 79 years. China’s was 69 years. Russia’s also was 69 years. Russia’s “Human Development” (which currently is ranked at #49) was then ranked as “USSR” at #26. But, by the time of 1995, Russia’s “Human Development” rank had plunged precipitously down, from #26, to #52. The U.S. had soared up to #2, right below Canada, and right above Japan. (Canada had been #5 in 1990; and the U.S. — as was mentioned — was #19, so it actually soared up 17 ranks in “Human Development,” within just five years. Russia shriveled, while America blossomed.) By the time of 2000, Russia’s “Human Development” rank had sunk down to #62 — the exact inverse of the Soviet Union’s 1990 rank of #26, and well below Russia’s current rank of #49. So, today’s Russia still has a lower (higher-numbered) “Human Development” rank than it did at the end of the Soviet Union (#26), even though Russia has significantly improved its life expectancy since that time (1991).

Russia’s life expectancy had actually plateaued during all of the 1980s, at between 67 and 69 years. That’s just like America’s has plateaued, during 2008-2018, at between 78.0 and 78.9 years. Russia’s life expectancy sank down to around age 65 by 1993, and didn’t restore to becoming age 67 again until 2006, and it has kept on increasing, since then, to 72.4 years in 2018. So, Russia took approximately 16 years to recover its life-expectancy, to 67, from the economic crash that had occurred with the end of the Soviet Union. And it’s already become more than five years higher than that. But America’s has now plateaued. Who, then, will be America’s Mikhail Gorbachev? The Soviet Union’s highest plateau of life expectancy turned out to have been a historic turning-point, for that country. Might America’s highest plateau of life expectancy turn out to be a historic turning-point, for the U.S., as well? Life expectancy is a lagging indicator from a lot of other factors, but it could turn out to be also a leading indicator of other, and extremely important, historical events. Events such as, perhaps, the end of an empire. Maybe a natto industry will start in America, as a trick to preserve the American empire, instead of as a means to increase Americans’ life expectancies. A country that’s controlled by its billionaires could behave in that way — doing a good thing for a bad reason. It’s often the case that good things are done for bad reasons. It doesn’t mean that the thing is bad, or that the doer is good. On the other hand, maybe the people who control America’s economy and government won’t even care whether America’s life expectancy improves. If they won’t care, then will what happened to the USSR, happen now to the USA? It could happen. Looking at Donald Trump’s and Joe Biden’s Presidential-campaign debate on September 29th did not seem to reflect a rising world power. Maybe America’s plateaued life expectancies do foretell America’s decline.

Going forward, now, into the coronavirus era, America has the world’s 12th-highest percentage of its people infected with the Covid-19 virus, out of the 213 reporting countries. That’s 22,484 cases per million, whereas Japan has 657 cases per million. The global average is 4,389 cases, which is 6.7 times higher than Japan. America’s rate is 5.1 times higher than that global average, and is 34.2 times higher than Japan. China has 59 cases per million. Vietnam has 11 cases per million. Finland has 1,823 cases per million, but is having a second wave, which began July 17th. New Zealand has 369 cases per million. On Covid-19 death-rates, America’s is 639, the world’s is 131, Japan’s is 12, China’s is 3, Vietnam’s is 0.4, and New Zealand’s is 5. These figures reflect not so much the quality of the nation’s health-care system, but instead the quality of the nation’s public-health system. (The up-to-the-minute data can be seen here.) That is another important factor determining a nation’s life expectancy. The U.S.’s future prospects, comparatively to other countries, certainly do not appear to be better in the coronavirus era than during the prior period. If anything, America’s prospects appear instead to have gotten even worse.

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About the Author: Eric Zuesse in an American writer and investigative historian.

Source: https://www.strategic-culture.org/

11 Foods and Drinks to Avoid with Diabetes

Written by Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE — Medically reviewed by Miho Hatanaka, RDN, L.D. —

 

Diabetes is a chronic disease that has reached epidemic proportions among adults and children worldwide (1Trusted Source).

Uncontrolled diabetes has many serious consequences, including heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and other complications.

Prediabetes has also been linked to these conditions (2Trusted Source).

Importantly, eating certain foods can raise your blood sugar and insulin levels and promote inflammation, which may increase your risk of disease.

This article lists 11 foods and drinks that people with diabetes or prediabetes should avoid.

Why does carb intake matter for people with diabetes?

Carbs, protein, and fat are the macronutrients that provide your body with energy.

Among them, carbs have the greatest effect on your blood sugar by far. This is because they’re broken down into sugar, or glucose, and absorbed into your bloodstream.

Carbs include starches, sugar, and fiber. However, fiber isn’t digested and instead absorbed by your body in the same way other carbs are, so it doesn’t raise your blood sugar.

Subtracting fiber from the total carbs in a portion of food will give you its digestible or net carb content. For instance, if a cup of mixed vegetables contains 10 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fiber, its net carb count is 6 grams.

When people with diabetes consume too many carbs at a time, their blood sugar levels can rise to dangerously high levels.

Over time, high levels can damage your body’s nerves and blood vessels, which may set the stage for heart disease, kidney disease, and other serious health conditions.

Maintaining a low carb intake can help prevent blood sugar spikes and greatly reduce the risk of diabetes complications.

Therefore, it’s important to avoid the foods and drinks listed below.

1. Sugar-sweetened beverages

Sugary beverages are the worst drink choice for someone with diabetes.

First, they’re very high in carbs, with a 12-ounce (354-mL) can of cola providing 38.5 grams (3Trusted Source).

The same amount of sweetened iced tea and lemonade each contain almost 45 grams of carbs exclusively from sugar (4Trusted Source5Trusted Source).

In addition, these drinks are loaded with fructose, which is strongly linked to insulin resistance and diabetes. Indeed, studies suggest that consuming sugar-sweetened beverages may increase the risk of diabetes-related conditions like fatty liver disease (6Trusted Source78).

What’s more, the high fructose levels in sugary drinks may lead to metabolic changes that promote belly fat and potentially harmful cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

In separate studies in adults with overweight and obesity, consuming 25% of calories from high fructose beverages on a weight-maintaining diet led to increased insulin resistance and belly fat, lower metabolic rate, and worse heart health markers (9Trusted Source10Trusted Source).

To help control blood sugar levels and prevent disease risk, consume water, club soda, or unsweetened iced tea instead of sugary beverages.

SUMMARYSodas and sweet drinks are high in carbs, which increase blood sugar. Also, their high fructose content has been linked to insulin resistance and an increased risk of obesity, fatty liver, and other diseases.

2. Trans fats

Artificial trans fats are extremely unhealthy.

They’re created by adding hydrogen to unsaturated fatty acids to make them more stable.

Trans fats are found in margarines, peanut butter, spreads, creamers, and frozen dinners. Furthermore, food manufacturers often add them to crackers, muffins, and other baked goods to help extend a product’s shelf life.

Although trans fats don’t directly raise blood sugar levels, they’ve been linked to increased inflammation, insulin resistance, and belly fat, as well as lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and impaired arterial function (1112131415Trusted Source16Trusted Source).

While more research is needed to gain a clearer understanding of the relationship between trans fats and insulin resistance, the links mentioned above are especially concerning for people with diabetes, as they’re at an increased risk of heart disease.

Artificial trans fats have been outlawed in most countries, and in 2018 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of partially hydrogenated oil — the major source of artificial trans fat in the food supply — in most processed foods (17Trusted Source).

This doesn’t mean that all foods in the United States are now free of artificial trans fats. Manufacturers aren’t required to list trans fats on the nutrition facts labels if a product contains under 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving (18Trusted Source).

It’s best to avoid any product that contains the words “partially hydrogenated” in its ingredient list.

SUMMARYTrans fats are unsaturated fats that have been chemically altered to increase their stability. They’ve been linked to inflammation, insulin resistance, increased belly fat, and heart disease.

3. White bread, rice, and pasta

White bread, rice, and pasta are high carb, processed foods.

Eating bread, bagels, and other refined-flour foods has been shown to significantly increase blood sugar levels in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes (1920).

This response isn’t exclusive to products made with refined white flour. In one study, gluten-free pastas were also shown to raise blood sugar, with rice-based types having the greatest effect (21Trusted Source).

Another study found that high carb foods not only raised blood sugar but also decreased brain function in people with type 2 diabetes and mental deficits (22).

These processed foods contain little fiber. Fiber helps slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.

In other research, replacing these low fiber foods with high fiber foods was shown to significantly reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Moreover, people with diabetes experienced reductions in cholesterol.

Increased fiber consumption also improved gut microbiota, which may have led to improved insulin resistance (23Trusted Source).

SUMMARYWhite bread, pasta, and rice are high in carbs yet low in fiber. This combination can result in high blood sugar levels. Alternatively, choosing high-fiber, whole foods may help reduce blood sugar response.

4. Fruit-flavored yogurt

Plain yogurt can be a good option for people with diabetes. However, fruit-flavored varieties are a very different story.

Flavored yogurts are typically made from nonfat or low fat milk and loaded with carbs and sugar.

In fact, a 1-cup (245-gram) serving of fruit-flavored yogurt may contain almost 31 grams of sugar, meaning nearly 61% of its calories come from sugar (24Trusted Source).

Many people consider frozen yogurt to be a healthy alternative to ice cream. However, it can contain just as much or even more sugar than ice cream (25Trusted Source26Trusted Source).

Rather than choosing high sugar yogurts that can spike your blood sugar and insulin, opt for plain, whole milk yogurt that contains no sugar and may be beneficial for your appetite, weight control, and gut health (2728Trusted Source).

SUMMARYFruit-flavored yogurts are usually low in fat but high in sugar, which can lead to higher blood sugar and insulin levels. Plain, whole milk yogurt is a better choice for diabetes control and overall health.

5. Sweetened breakfast cereals

Eating cereal can be one of the worst ways to start your day if you have diabetes.

Despite the health claims on their boxes, most cereals are highly processed and contain far more carbs than many people realize.

In addition, they provide very little protein, a nutrient that can help you feel full and satisfied while keeping your blood sugar levels stable during the day (29Trusted Source).

Even some “healthy” breakfast cereals aren’t good choices for those with diabetes.

For instance, just a 1/2-cup serving (about 56 grams) of granola contains 44 grams of carbs, while Grape Nuts contain 47 grams. What’s more, each provides no more than 7 grams of protein per serving (30Trusted Source31Trusted Source).

To keep blood sugar and hunger under control, skip most cereals and choose a protein-based low carb breakfast instead.

SUMMARYMany breakfast cereals are high in carbs but low in protein. A high protein, low carb breakfast is the best option for diabetes and appetite control.

6. Flavored coffee drinks

Coffee has been linked to several health benefits, including a reduced risk of diabetes (32).

However, flavored coffee drinks should be viewed as a liquid dessert rather than a healthy beverage.

Studies have shown your brain doesn’t process liquid and solid foods similarly. When you drink calories, you don’t compensate by eating less later, potentially leading to weight gain (33Trusted Source34Trusted Source).

Flavored coffee drinks are also loaded with carbs.

For instance, a 16-ounce (473-mL) Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks contains 57 grams of carbs, and the same size of the Blonde Vanilla Latte contains 30 grams of carbs (3536).

To keep your blood sugar under control and prevent weight gain, choose plain coffee or espresso with a tablespoon of heavy cream or half-and-half.

SUMMARYFlavored coffee drinks are very high in liquid carbs, which can raise blood sugar levels and fail to satisfy your hunger.

7. Honey, agave nectar, and maple syrup

People with diabetes often try to minimize their intake of white table sugar, as well as treats like candy, cookies, and pie.

However, other forms of sugar can also cause blood sugar spikes. These include brown sugar and “natural” sugars such as honey, agave nectar, and maple syrup.

Although these sweeteners aren’t highly processed, they contain at least as many carbs as white sugar. In fact, most contain even more.

Below are the carb counts of a 1-tablespoon serving of popular sweeteners:

In one study, people with prediabetes experienced similar increases in blood sugar, insulin, and inflammatory markers regardless of whether they consumed 1.7 ounces (50 grams) of white sugar or honey (41Trusted Source).

Your best strategy is to avoid all forms of sugar and use natural low carb sweeteners instead.

SUMMARYHoney, agave nectar, and maple syrup aren’t as processed as white table sugar, but they may have similar effects on blood sugar, insulin, and inflammatory markers.

8. Dried fruit

Fruit is a great source of several important vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and potassium.

When fruit is dried, the process results in a loss of water that leads to even higher concentrations of these nutrients.

Unfortunately, its sugar content becomes more concentrated as well.

One cup (151 grams) of grapes contains 27.3 grams of carbs, including 1.4 grams of fiber. By contrast, 1 cup (145 grams) of raisins contains 115 grams of carbs, 5.4 of which come from fiber (42Trusted Source43Trusted Source).

Therefore, raisins contain more than four times as many carbs as grapes do. Other types of dried fruit are similarly higher in carbs than their fresh counterparts.

If you have diabetes, you don’t have to give up fruit altogether. Sticking to low sugar fruits, such as fresh berries or a small apple, can provide health benefits while keeping your blood sugar in the target range.

SUMMARYDried fruits become more concentrated in sugar and may contain more than four times as many carbs as fresh fruits do. Avoid dried fruit and choose fruits low in sugar for optimal blood sugar control.

9. Packaged snack foods

Pretzels, crackers, and other packaged foods aren’t good snack choices.

They’re typically made with refined flour and provide few nutrients, although they have plenty of fast-digesting carbs that can rapidly raise blood sugar.

Here are the carb counts for a 1-ounce (28-gram) serving of some popular snacks:

  • saltine crackers: 20.7 grams of carbs, including 0.78 grams of fiber (44Trusted Source)
  • pretzels: 22.5 grams of carbs, including 0.95 grams of fiber (45Trusted Source)
  • graham crackers: 21.7 grams of carbs, including 0.95 grams of fiber (46Trusted Source)

In fact, some of these foods may contain even more carbs than stated on their nutrition label. One study found that snack foods provide 7.7% more carbs, on average, than the label states (47).

If you get hungry in between meals, it’s better to eat nuts or a few low carb vegetables with an ounce of cheese.

SUMMARYPackaged snacks are typically highly processed foods made from refined flour, which can quickly raise your blood sugar levels.

10. Fruit juice

Although fruit juice is often considered a healthy beverage, its effects on blood sugar are similar to those of sodas and other sugary drinks.

This goes for unsweetened 100% fruit juice, as well as types that contain added sugar. In some cases, fruit juice is even higher in sugar and carbs than soda.

For example, 8 ounces (250 mL) of soda and apple juice contain 22 and 24 grams of sugar, respectively. An equivalent serving of grape juice provides 35 grams of sugar (48Trusted Source49Trusted Source50Trusted Source).

Similarly to sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juice is loaded with fructose. Fructose drives insulin resistance, obesity, and heart disease (51Trusted Source).

A much better alternative is to enjoy water with a wedge of lemon, which provides less than 1 gram of carbs and is virtually calorie-free (52Trusted Source).

SUMMARYFruit juices contain at least as much sugar as sodas. Their high fructose content can worsen insulin resistance, promote weight gain, and increase the risk of heart disease.

11. French fries

French fries are a food you may want to steer clear of, especially if you have diabetes.

Potatoes themselves are relatively high in carbs. One medium potato contains 34.8 grams of carbs, 2.4 of which come from fiber (53Trusted Source).

However, once they’ve been peeled and fried in vegetable oil, potatoes may do more than spike your blood sugar.

Deep-frying foods has been shown to produce high amounts of toxic compounds, such as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and aldehydes. These compounds may promote inflammation and increase the risk of disease (54Trusted Source55Trusted Source).

Indeed, several studies have linked frequently consuming french fries and other fried foods to heart disease and cancer (56Trusted Source57Trusted Source58Trusted Source59Trusted Source).

If you don’t want to avoid potatoes altogether, eating a small serving of sweet potatoes is your best option.

SUMMARYIn addition to being high in carbs that raise blood sugar levels, french fries are fried in unhealthy oils that may promote inflammation and increase the risk of heart disease and cancer.

The bottom line

Knowing which foods to avoid when you have diabetes can sometimes seem tough. However, following a few guidelines can make it easier.

Your main goals should include staying away from unhealthy fats, liquid sugars, processed grains, and other foods that contain refined carbs.

Avoiding foods that increase your blood sugar levels and drive insulin resistance can help keep you healthy and reduce your risk of future diabetes complications.

It might likewise help to reach out to others for support. Healthline’s free app, T2D Healthline, connects you with people living with type 2 diabetes. Ask diet-related questions and seek advice from others who get it. Download the app for iPhone or Android.

 

Source: https://www.healthline.com

Farmed Salmon Is Getting Worse

Canadian certified organic farm-raised King Salmon filets are placed on a tray at the Wegmans, Friday, April 10, 2015 in Fairfax, Va. Organic fish is certified in the EU and Canada because the US doesn’t have any standard. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

By Dr. Joseph Mercola,

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • While fishmeal and fish oil once made up about 90% of farmed Norwegian salmon feed, research suggests that by 2016, only 10% of the fat in farmed salmon feed was marine-based
  • High levels of vegetable oils, including rapeseed, or canola, are now used instead, which have had dramatic consequences for the salmon
  • Significant differences were seen in cultured salmon fat cells depending on the type of fatty acid they were exposed to, including changes in the amount of mitochondria — the cells’ powerhouses — and alterations in the release of fatty acids during fasting
  • The findings also suggested that oleic acid, found in vegetable oil, may promote overweight and obesity in Atlantic salmon
  • An undercover investigation in Vietnam, India, and The Gambia revealed that the demand for fishmeal and fish oil used in the aquaculture industry is still fueling overfishing and putting intense pressure on wild fish stocks

Salmon is often used as an example of a health-conscious food choice, but its health value depends greatly on its source. While wild salmon is nutritious, there are many problems with farm-raised salmon, which makes up the bulk of salmon sold in U.S. supermarkets and served in restaurants.

A key part of that lies with their diet, which in the wild is made up of marine life, including zooplankton and other fish. In an attempt to simulate their wild diet, during the 1990s virtually all farmed salmon were fed diets rich in fishmeal and fish oil.1 This wasn’t sustainable, however, and in an effort to create feed for farmed fish that didn’t involve overfishing, vegetable ingredients were added as a replacement.

While fishmeal and fish oil once made up about 90% of farmed Norwegian salmon feed, by 2013 this dropped to about 30%.2 Other research suggests that by 2016, only 10% of the fat in farmed salmon feed was marine-based.3 High levels of vegetable oils, including rapeseed, or canola, are now used instead, which has had dramatic consequences for the salmon and, likely, for those who use them as a food source.

Farmed Salmon Feed Alters Cell Metabolism

Researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Nofima) conducted a study to find out how dietary changes affect the way salmon utilize fat, particularly during fasting.4 In the wild, salmon regularly experience periods of fasting when they’re unable to catch food. Farmed salmon may also fast, but only due to illnesses, spawning and prior to slaughter.5

“During these periods, it is vital for salmon to regulate fat metabolism in the body well, which is why it is interesting to study how these processes change with altered diets,” study author Bente Ruyter of Nofima explained. “This is something that is not easy to study in fish that are alive, but we can conduct a more detailed study of the energy metabolism in cultured cells.”6

Using primary fat cells isolated from 20 live fish, the researchers added fatty acids found in fish feed to determine their effects. The fatty acids included:

  • Eicosapentaenoic (EPA), an omega-3 marine fat that used to be more plentiful in the feed than it is now
  • Oleic acid (OA), which is found in vegetable oil and is added in higher quantities to fish feed than it was before
  • Palm acid, a saturated fatty acid found in fish oil and plant oil, which has also decreased in farmed fish feed

Significant differences were seen in the cultured cells depending on fatty acid, including changes in the amount of mitochondria — the cells’ powerhouses — and alterations in the release of fatty acids during fasting.

The findings also suggested that oleic acid may promote overweight and obesity in Atlantic salmon more so than EPA and palm acid, with the researchers noting, “The supplementation of OA to mature Atlantic salmon adipocytes lead to a higher production of intracellular lipid droplets.”7

Dietary Changes Cause Significant Cellular Alterations

Changes in commercial farmed fish diets have led to significant reductions in EPA, the omega-3 fat DHA and palm acid in salmon’s adipose tissue, along with an increase in OA. These fats yield “very different and often opposing effects on central adipocyte functions,” the researchers explained, affecting adipose tissue metabolism and physiology via a number of mechanisms, including:8

  • Modulating the transcript level of relevant genes
  • Modifying lipolytic activity
  • Modulating metabolic processes, such as lipid droplet formation, the leptin system and mitochondrial dynamics

It was formerly believed that salmon transport fat as free fatty acids, including during sexual maturation, when nutrients from fat tissue are transferred to reproductive cells. The study revealed, however, that the fat is transported on phospholipids, cholesterol esters and triglycerides.9

Correlations were also seen with humans, as the salmon fat cells reacted to fasting similarly to human fat tissue.

“Many of the regulatory mechanisms associated with energy metabolism when on a fatty diet appear to be similar to those found in humans,” according to Nofima.10 The researchers suggested that more research is needed to find out how the lipid composition of fat cells affects fish physiology and health, especially during fasting.

When a fish stops eating, the ability to recruit lipids from fat cells is essential for reproduction as well as recovery from disease, making the dietary changes potentially disastrous. What’s more, it could also serve as a warning for humans. According to Nofima scientist Marta Bou Mira:11

“In this journal, most research focuses on humans, but I think salmon is increasingly being considered as a possible model for humans. We have conducted basic research on fish that has never been done before, and the combination between adipose tissue models and an increased understanding of obesity-related issues most likely caught people’s eye.”

How Does Eating Farmed Salmon Affect Humans?

If you eat farmed salmon, you’re essentially consuming the salmon’s unnatural diet as well. In a review published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, Nini Sissener with the Institute of Marine Research in Norway looked into how changes in commercial salmon feed affect the fatty acid composition of salmon tissues, and how these changes affect the humans who eat them, essentially following the fatty acids through the food chain.12

Salmon is the second most popular type of seafood in the U.S. (shrimp is the first), with just over 2 pounds consumed annually, per person.13 A key reason behind its popularity has to do with its perceived health benefits. As a rich source of beneficial animal-based omega-3 fats, salmon can, indeed, be a very healthy food choice.

While farmed salmon may still provide a source of omega-3 fats, the concentrations are less than they were before, however, and are less than those found in wild salmon.

“Farmed salmon still contributes positively to the overall n-6/n-3 ratio of a Western diet, but to a much lesser extent than before,” Sissener wrote. “Combined with similar changes in much of our food supply, this is a cause for concern, and efforts should be made to limit the amount of n-6 FAs in salmon fillets.”14

Farm-raised salmon makes up 75% of the salmon consumed worldwide, and its volume has increased nearly 1,000% from 1990 to 2015,15 which means that changes in its nutritional content may affect public health.

While half a fillet of wild Atlantic salmon contains about 3,996 milligrams (mg) of omega-3 and 341 mg of omega-6,16 the same amount of farmed Atlantic salmon contains an astounding 1,944 mg of omega-6.17 Aside from an inferior nutritional profile, farmed salmon is also more likely to contain toxins.

Consuming Atlantic Farmed Salmon May Pose Health Risks

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested farmed salmon from U.S. grocery stores and found farmed salmon had, on average:18

  • 16 times more polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) than wild salmon
  • Four times more PCBs than beef
  • 3.4 times more PCBs than other seafood

What’s more, in 2005 researchers found that farmed Atlantic salmon were so contaminated with PCBs, toxaphene, dieldrin, dioxins and polybrominated diphenyl ethers that they posed a cancer and additional health risks to humans, even when consumed in moderate amounts:19

“Many farmed Atlantic salmon contain dioxin concentrations that, when consumed at modest rates, pose elevated cancer and noncancer health risks.

However, dioxin and DLCs [dioxin-like compounds] are just one suite of many organic and inorganic contaminants and contaminant classes in the tissues of farmed salmon, and the cumulative health risk of exposure to these compounds via consumption of farmed salmon is likely even higher.

As we have shown here, modest consumption of farmed salmon contaminated with DLCs raises human exposure levels above the lower end of the WHO TDI [World Health Organization’s tolerable daily intake], and considerably above background intake levels for adults in the United States.”

27% of Wild-Caught Fish Fed to Fish

The environmental risks of farm-raised salmon must not be overlooked, and while feeding farmed salmon a diet more comparable with what they would eat in the wild may be preferable from a nutritional standpoint, it’s not a sustainable solution.

About 27% of wild-caught fish — amounting to about 20 million tons of seafood — is used to make fishmeal that’s fed to farmed fish,20 and stocks of wild fish may be dwindling as a result.

An undercover investigation in Vietnam, India and The Gambia by the Changing Markets Foundation, titled “Fishing for Catastrophe,” also revealed that the demand for fishmeal and fish oil used in the aquaculture industry is fueling overfishing and putting intense pressure on wild fish stocks.21 According to the report:22

“Our findings show that FMFO [fishmeal and fish oil] production, driven by demand from the global aquaculture sector, is visibly accelerating the decline of fish stocks in India, Vietnam and The Gambia that marine fisheries for human consumption have already pushed to breaking point.

Local fisherpeople and communities are clear-eyed about the consequences for them; they see the slump in catches they are currently experiencing as a precursor to the inevitable destruction of the fisheries that sustain them. However, they feel powerless against the economic might of the industry.”

While 90% of the fish being used for fishmeal and other uses could be used to feed humans directly,23 they’re instead being diverted into other uses, contributing to food insecurity in local communities. Further, as noted in “Fishing for Catastrophe:”24

“A report published in July 2019 found that the Scottish salmon industry alone uses roughly the same quantity of wild-caught fish to feed its salmon as the entire adult population of the UK purchases in one year, and that it will require a further 310,000 tonnes of wild fish per year to meet its ambitions to double in size by 2030.”

Safer, Sustainable Seafood Options

With fishmeal and fish oil representing an unsustainable feed source, and plant-based feed alternatives leading to changes in farmed salmon’s cellular metabolism and nutritional value, eating farm-raised salmon is not advisable.

I only recommend eating safer seafood choices such as wild-caught Alaskan salmonsardines, anchovies, mackerel and herring. All of these are at low risk of contamination yet are high in healthy omega-3 fats. You’ll want to opt for sustainably harvested wild-caught fish as well.

One of the best options toward this end is to look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) logo, which features the letters MSC and a blue check mark in the shape of a fish. The MSC logo ensures the seafood came from a responsible fishery that uses sustainable fishing practices to minimize environmental impacts.25

60% of the Restaurants on Yelp That Shut Down Temporarily Are Now Permanently Closed

By Renegade,

Imagine working for years to turn your restaurant into a successful business, which is incredibly hard to do, and then to have the rug pulled out from underneath you in an instant due to government mandates and media hysteria. This has not only happened in America, but also across the world. While big chain restaurants are better able to absorb the hit, local restaurants have been forced to permanently close.

Mashable summarizes the report:

Yelp’s Economic Average report out Wednesday shows exactly how tough: 60 percent of the 26,160 temporarily closed restaurants on the business review site as of July are now permanently shut. Temporary closures are dropping, and permanent shutdowns are increasing.

The Mashable article goes on to give us some “good news” about how patrons are now more concerned than ever with giving their business to black-owned establishments.

It wasn’t all bad news for businesses trying to make it during the pandemic, though. Black-owned business searches soared compared to this time period last year. Yelp searches from May 25 to July 10 showed more than 2,500,000 searches for Black-owned businesses, a 7,043 percent increase compared to overall searches in 2019. Black-owned restaurants are the most popular search, up 2,508 percent from last year.

So if you are a White business owner who has been able to weather the storm, you will have a hard time competing with black businesses moving forward into the era of “woke” capitalism. It’s what George Floyd would have wanted, I am sure.

People’s businesses, and their very lives, have been ruined because of a fake pandemic, made “real” through fraudulent testing and death certificates, while big banks and businesses rake in massive profits and take trillions in taxpayer handouts.

 

Source: http://www.renegadetribune.com

A List Of 50 Things You Should Get Right Now To Prepare For The Chaotic Events Of The Next 12 Months

By Michael Snyder,

People have been asking me to do an article like this for quite some time.  In all the years that I have been writing, I have never seen so many of my readers so alarmed about our immediate future.  Over and over again, I have been getting emails from people asking for advice about how to prepare for what is ahead, and so many of them are using the word “urgency” to describe what they are feeling.  And I can definitely identify with that, because around the middle of last year that is a word that I started using constantly.  I felt an urgency about 2020 that I had never felt about any other upcoming year, and there were certain things that I knew that I had to get done.  One of those things that I had to get done was my new book, and it is now finished.  The plan is to release it this month, and after reading it there will be no doubt about why I have been feeling such a sense of urgency in recent months.

I want to warn you in advance that the list below is not an exhaustive list.

Instead, it is meant to be a very basic starting guide.  There are many other things that could (and probably should) be added to this list, and I very much encourage readers to leave comments after this article with their own suggestions and recommendations.  We should always be willing to learn from one another, because nobody is an expert on everything.

To me, the four primary priorities for preparing for an emergency scenario are food, water, energy and shelter.  Once you have got those four basic areas covered, you can certainly build on that foundation by addressing other considerations.

In the title of this article I use the phrase “the next 12 months”, but I do not mean to imply that everything will be fine after those 12 months are over.  In fact, I am convinced that our problems are only going to intensify as time rolls along.

And I certainly hope that you will not need everything on this list during the next 12 months.  Hopefully, you will not need to use some of these items for a few years.  But this is definitely a great opportunity to purchase many of these things, because a lot of them are only going to become more expensive and more difficult to acquire the worse conditions get.

In putting this list together, I was envisioning a scenario in which most of you will be sheltering at home rather than “bugging out” to an alternative location.  In a “bugging out” scenario, this list would look quite a bit different.

Also, I didn’t address self-defense in this list, but without a doubt it is very important.  In fact, if you live in or near a major city, it is imperative to have a plan for defending yourself and your family.  For years, I have been encouraging readers to move away from the major cities, but for a lot of people that simply isn’t possible at this moment.  More than 51 million Americans have filed new claims for unemployment so far this year, and so a good stable job is an extremely valuable thing to have at this moment.  If your job is keeping you in a potentially dangerous area right now, you will also want to have a plan for “bugging out” to a more remote location if the need arises.

With all of that being said, the following are 50 things that I am encouraging everyone to stock up on in order to prepare for the chaotic times that are coming…

#1 A Generator

#2 A Berkey Water Filter

#3 A Rainwater Collection System If You Do Not Have A Natural Supply Of Water Near Your Home

#4 An Emergency Medical Kit

#5 Rice

#6 Pasta

#7 Canned Soup

#8 Canned Vegetables

#9 Canned Fruit

#10 Canned Chicken

#11 Jars Of Peanut Butter

#12 Salt

#13 Sugar

#14 Powdered Milk

#15 Bags Of Flour

#16 Yeast

#17 Lots Of Extra Coffee (If You Drink It)

#18 Buckets Of Long-Term Storable Food

#19 Extra Vitamins

#20 Lighters Or Matches

#21 Candles

#22 Flashlights Or Lanterns

#23 Plenty Of Wood To Burn

#24 Extra Blankets

#25 Extra Sleeping Bags

#26 A Sun Oven

#27 An Extra Fan If You Live In A Hot Climate

#28 Hand Sanitizer

#29 Toilet Paper

#30 Extra Soap And Shampoo

#31 Extra Toothpaste

#32 Extra Razors

#33 Bottles Of Bleach

#34 A Battery-Powered Radio

#35 Extra Batteries

#36 Solar Chargers

#37 Trash Bags

#38 Tarps

#39 A Pocket Knife

#40 A Hammer

#41 An Axe

#42 A Shovel

#43 Work Gloves

#44 N95 Masks

#45 Seeds For A Garden

#46 Canning Jars

#47 Extra Supplies For Your Pets

#48 An Emergency Supply Of Cash

#49 Bibles For Every Member Of Your Family

#50 A “Bug Out Bag” For Every Member Of Your Family

Are there certain key items that you would add to this list?  If so, please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts below.

I understand that there are a lot of people out there that are feeling extreme financial stress during this severe economic downturn, and acquiring all of the items on this list may not be possible.

And that is okay.  Our job is to do the very best that we can with what we have, and we shall trust God with the rest.

I know that a lot of people out there don’t like it when I write such “negative” articles.  But I wouldn’t be doing my duty if I didn’t warn people about what was coming, and I actually believe that articles like this give people a lot of hope.

There is hope in understanding what is coming, there is hope in getting prepared, and there is hope in connecting with others that are also preparing.

Just like we witnessed during the early stages of this COVID-19 pandemic, the people that will be freaking out when things get really crazy will be those that do not understand what is happening and haven’t made any preparations in advance.

Millions upon millions of Americans will not be able to handle the times that are coming, but we prepare because we believe that with God’s help we can make it through all of the storms that are ahead.

If you wish to mock us for being preppers, please feel free to do so, but you also need to be prepared to issue one whopper of an apology when you are forced to turn to one of us for help one day.

 

Source: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com

Investigating the antioxidant and liver-protective properties of Surattense nightshade

By Evangelyn Rodriguez,

According to research, around 100 different species of medicinal plants have been documented in Saudi Arabia. Among them, at least 35 were confirmed to be natural remedies traditionally used to treat liver disorders.

Some of the most notable ones include Acacia mellifera (black thorn), Aerva javanica (kapok bush), Atriplex subrecta (sprawling saltbush) and Solanum surattense (Surattense nightshade), which are all known for their growth-stimulating and anti-hepatitis B activities. Black thorn, kapok bush and sprawling saltbush have also shown strong antioxidant and hepatoprotective properties in animal studies.

Compared with these medicinal plants, relatively little is known about the benefits of Surattense nightshade for liver health. To find out if it has the same properties as the other three, researchers from Saudi Arabia and Sudan decided to evaluate the antioxidant, anti-apoptotic and hepatoprotective activities of Surattense nightshade using cultured liver cells and rats treated with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) to induce liver injury. They reported their findings in an article published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

The medicinal uses of Surattense nightshade

Surattense nightshade is a perennial weed that grows in Saudi Arabia, the Farasan Islands and India. Sometimes called yellow fruit nightshade, it is a widely used folk medicine and a well-known herb used in Ayurveda. According to studies, Surattense nightshade has anti-fungal, anti-plasmodial, cholesterol-lowering and anti-diabetic properties. It has also shown diuretic properties in rats.

In traditional medicine, Surattense nightshade is used to relieve bronchial asthma, skin diseases, headaches and migraines. A paste made from its roots is used to treat hernia. Meanwhile, Surattense nightshade leaves, when applied locally, can reduce muscle or body pain. The juice made from its leaves, when mixed with black pepper, can be used to treat rheumatism. Surattense nightshade berries, on the other hand, can be used for sore throat.

According to studies, Surattense nightshade is rich in active plant compounds, such as saponins and steroidal alkaloids. Chinese researchers have previously reported isolating a rare steroidal alkaloid saponin from the plant; its biological activities, however, are yet to be explored. Similarly, a study published in the journal Chemistry of Natural Compounds reported finding two new steroidal components of Surattense nightshade, namely, solanoside A1 and solanoside B2.

Surattense nightshade can protect the liver from damage caused by oxidative stress

To further investigate the therapeutic potential of Surattense nightshade, the researchers obtained an ethanol extract from its leaves and assessed its cell-protective and anti-apoptotic activities using liver cells treated with cytotoxic dichlorofluorescein (DCFH). The researchers also performed DPPH radical scavenging assay and linoleic acid bleaching assay to measure the extract’s antioxidant activity.

The researchers reported that at concentrations of 50, 100 and 200 mcg/mL, the Surattense nightshade ethanol extract protected and increased cell proliferation in vitro by inhibiting DCFH-induced caspase-3 and -7 expression. Both caspases are actively involved in apoptosis or programmed cell death. (Related: Poor man’s ginseng found to protect against liver damage.)

In CCl4-injured rats, the extract (200 mg/kg) significantly normalized the levels of serum transaminases, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin, cholesterol, triglycerides and total protein, including tissue malondialdehyde and non-protein sulfhydryls. This demonstrates Surattense nightshade’s ability to protect the liver from irreversible damage and restore liver function.

Using high-performance liquid chromatography, the researchers found that the Surattense nightshade ethanol extract contains a variety of useful compounds, such as flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, plant sterols and saponins. The presence of these phytochemicals, particularly B-sitosterol, enabled the extract to show strong antioxidant activity in assays, as well as the ability to prevent lipid peroxidation. This process is associated with alterations in cell signaling, DNA damage and cell toxicity, all of which contribute to liver damage.

Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that Surattense nightshade can protect against chemical-induced oxidative stress and liver damage.

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Some gluten-free foods contain high levels of heavy metals, reveals study: How can you avoid these toxins?

By Divina Ramirez,

Gluten-free foods like nuts, seeds, grains and starches are beneficial for people with celiac disease, an autoimmune condition triggered by gluten intolerance.

However, a recent review showed that regular consumption of gluten-free products as part of a gluten-free diet led to higher concentrations of toxic metals like arsenic in the blood and urine.

Published in the NFS Journal, the review also revealed an association between gluten-free diets and the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Gluten-free diet: Health benefits and side effects

Gluten is a type of protein found in most varieties of whole grains including rye and wheat. It allows bread to rise during the baking process. Gluten is also responsible for the soft, fibrous texture of most kinds of pastries.

Some people might feel abdominal discomfort after eating foods that contain gluten. This reaction might just point to a mild intolerance for the protein. In such cases, the discomfort can easily be avoided by restricting the consumption of foods that contain gluten.

However, severe reactions to gluten including sharp stomachaches, diarrhea, constipation, weight loss and anemia might indicate a more serious problem in the form of celiac disease. People living with this autoimmune condition have to avoid gluten at all costs since it triggers severe intestinal inflammation.

Prior to their purported weight-loss benefits, gluten-free diets were “created,” so to speak, for the benefit of people with celiac disease. But even though celiac disease affects just 1.4 percent of the global population, gluten-free diets grew to become one of the most popular weight-loss diets.

However, there is no evidence to support the reported link between gluten-free diets and weight loss. That said, a gluten-free diet can lead to proper weight management over time since it promotes the regular consumption of whole, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes and lean meat.

Despite this, gluten-free diets also pose certain health risks and potential side effects. A 2018 review published in the Gastroenterology & Hepatology journal found that the reduced consumption of beneficial whole grains following a gluten-free diet resulted in a higher risk of heart disease. Several studies also reported that adults on gluten-free diets failed to meet all nutritional recommendations due to the severe restriction of food choices.

To date, celiac disease remains the sole acceptable justification for permanent and strict adherence to gluten-free diets.

Some gluten-free products contain toxic metals

A team of researchers from the University of Hohenheim in Germany found that gluten-free diets might be responsible for elevated heavy metal concentrations in the blood and urine. Several studies suggest that the boom of manufactured, non-organic gluten-free products containing rice flour might be responsible for this disturbing health risk.

Most of the available gluten-free products in the market substitute grains with rice-based products. Rice is prone to accumulate toxic substances like arsenic, mercury, cadmium and lead since it is grown under flooded conditions. Experts believe that contaminated irrigation water is to blame for the presence of these toxic substances in rice paddies.

The researchers also found that several studies reported high arsenic concentrations in rice-containing gluten-free products. Arsenic poses serious health risks including skin cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer and heart disease.

Rice from countries like China, Thailand and Indonesia were also found to be contaminated with methylmercury, one of the most toxic organic forms of mercury. Methylmercury is also responsible for most cases of mercury poisoning in humans. Minimal exposure to this organic compound can lead to neurodegenerative diseases, blindness and birth defects.

Cadmium, a chemical element linked to cancers of the lungs, liver and prostate, is also present in certain rice-containing gluten-free products. (Related: Papaya reduces cadmium-induced brain damage.)

In addition to these findings, the researchers found studies that reported elevated lead concentrations in people who followed a gluten-free diet. Although the studies failed to determine the link between the two, research on lead poisoning has long since established the harmful effects of lead including learning difficulties, hearing loss and birth defects. Lead exposure is also linked to a heightened risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Based on all of these findings, the researchers concluded that some gluten-free products on the market do contain toxic metals that pose serious health risks and consequences for patients with celiac disease and healthy individuals alike.

Unless you source your food from trusted organic farmers, you can never be certain if the available produce at the supermarket are 100 percent organic and chemical-free. To avoid food poisoning, steer clear of processed gluten-free products containing refined flour, sugar, sodium and other additives.

There are also several gluten-free grains like quinoa, buckwheat and oats that provide good carbohydrates and soluble fiber. Beans, lentils, peas and chickpeas are also gluten-free, as are most root vegetables like potatoes and squash.

For more stories on the dangers of lead, mercury and other heavy metals, visit HeavyMetals.news.

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ScienceDirect.com

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Health.com

Eight Reasons to Consume Bee Propolis

 

working bee on honeycomb cells close up

Written By: GreenMedInfo Research Group,

Bee propolis, a natural resin sourced from honeybees, hosts numerous health benefits thanks to its antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Here, we’ve outlined eight of the main benefits of consuming bee propolis

Bee propolis, a kind of “bee glue” or resinous substance used by bees to protect against fungus and seal holes or cracks in the hive, is garnering more attention in the health and wellness community thanks to a growing body of research highlighting its therapeutic benefits.[i],[ii]

Composed mainly of resin and wax,

bee propolis is full of phenolic compounds, esters and 12 different kinds of flavonoids that contribute to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties.[iii] If you’ve never tried bee propolis, here are eight excellent examples of why you should consider adding bee propolis products into your routine and diet:1. Bee Propolis Protects Against the Common Cold

Research has shown that due to the antimicrobial properties of bee propolis, it may be useful in relieving symptoms and shortening the duration of the common cold.[iv] Additionally, parents may use propolis as a supplement for preventing colds and flu-like illnesses in children, as it has immune-activating properties and has been shown to reduce the likelihood of colds in children.[v],[vi],[vii]

2. Bee Propolis Fights Upper Respiratory Infections in Children and Adults

The antimicrobial effects of propolis have been shown to effectively fight several strains of bacteria in patients with upper respiratory infections.[viii] Researchers believe that bee propolis could be used as a natural antibacterial therapy to prevent upper respiratory infections in both children and adults.[ix]

3. Bee Propolis Has Antifungal Properties

Researchers have studied the antifungal effects of propolis on onychomycosis, a common nail infection caused by fungus that causes nails to weaken and become brittle or ragged.[x],[xi]

Conventional treatment methods for onychomycosis include medications that often cause severe side effects or interact with other medications, causing the patient to stop treatment.[xii] Because researchers have demonstrated the effective topical antifungal properties of bee propolis, many believe that it could be used as a less expensive remedy for onychomycosis without adverse effects.[xiii]

Researchers have also studied the effects of propolis against 40 yeast strains of the Candida fungus, demonstrating that propolis is effective in inhibiting the growth of these common fungi.[xiv] Common candida infections include oral thrush and vaginal yeast infections, both of which have been shown to benefit from propolis-based topical treatments.[xv],[xvi],[xvii]

4. Bee Propolis May Protect Against Cancer

Propolis contains a substance called caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), which activates DNA damage signaling in cancer cells, making it a potent antitumor therapy in the treatment and prevention of cancer.[xviii],[xix]

In fact, some researchers believe propolis may be as effective as chemotherapy or conventional chemopreventative drugs, without the adverse side effects associated with chemotherapy.[xx]

5. Antidiabetic Properties of Bee Propolis

A heterogeneous disease caused by insulin secretion or action defects, diabetes mellitus is one of the more common chronic diseases affecting Americans today.[xxi] In various studies, bee propolis extract effectively reduced hyperglycemic and oxidative stress associated with hyperglycemia and had ameliorating effects on cardiovascular health in diabetic subjects.[xxii],[xxiii]

Royal jelly, a healing secretion of bees intended for their nourishment, also has potent anti-diabetic qualities and significantly lowers blood sugar levels and oxidative stress caused by hyperglycemia.[xxiv]

6. Bee Propolis Offers Neuroprotective Benefits

Propolis has inhibitory effects against neuronal cell death, possibly preventing the onset of several neurodegenerative and ischemic disorders.[xxv] This may be due to propolis’ effects on oxidative stress, which is believed to be the underlying pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.[xxvi],[xxvii]

7. Bee Propolis as a Potential Gastrointestinal Treatment

The cytotoxic and cytostatic effects of CAPE, an ester contained in bee propolis, make it an excellent potential therapy in the treatment and prevention of gastric cancers.[xxviii] Additional gastrointestinal benefits of propolis include treatment and prevention of ulcerative colitis, probably due to its antioxidant, antiulcer and anti-inflammatory properties.[xxix]

8. Bee Propolis for Dermatology and Skin Care

Bee propolis has been studied for its topical effects on a variety of skin conditions, including burn treatment, wound healing, insect bites, UV-induced photodamage, oral infections and sores, and the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory nature of bee propolis makes it a popular ingredient in many natural cosmetic products.[xxx],[xxxi],[xxxii],[xxxiii],[xxxiv]

Propolis has also been tested for its effects on acne. Conventional antibiotic treatments for this follicular skin disease have become less effective due to the rise of antibiotic-resistant strains of Propionibacterium acnes, but researchers have demonstrated that natural antimicrobial extracts such as propolis seem to effectively reduce redness and lessen scarring.[xxxv]

Safety Concerns Associated With Bee Propolis

Oral or topical use of bee propolis can cause allergic reactions, especially in individuals allergic to honey bee or other bee stings or to asthmatic individuals, with allergies presenting as contact dermatitis or oral mucositis.[xxxvi],[xxxvii]

Nevertheless, researchers believe that while there is a chance for allergic reaction and the exact dosage of propolis has yet to be determined, there is vast potential for the use of this natural and promising substance for those without allergies.[xxxviii],[xxxix]

For more information and additional research studies, please visit the GreenMedInfo.com research database on bee propolis and other bee products such as honey and bee venom


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