Lose weight and relieve pain with chili peppers

Chili peppers—jalapenos, serranos, habaneros, cayennes, poblanos and many others are indigenous to the Americas, and their remains from thousands of years back have been found in ancient ruins in Peru, El Salvador, Venezuela and Ecuador. The spicy little goodies that add tang and flavor to many a dish began spreading through the rest of the world by the 16th […]

Oops! European trade friends of U.S. get glyphosate, too

For the first time ever, monitoring has been carried out across Europe for the presence of the deadly weedkiller glyphosate (Roundup) in human bodies. People in 18 countries across Europe have been found to have glyphosate in their urine, according to the results of a study commissioned by the Friends of the Earth Europe. Europeans, […]

Obesity linked to U.S. farm subsidies

Taxpayers are providing tens of millions of dollars in subsidies to giant monoculture  farms that grow commodity wheat and genetically modified corn and soy that will be processed for cheap bread and other food and additives (such as High Fructose Corn Syrup, HFCS) that make us fat… and corporations rich. That is the conclusion of a study […]

Probiotic deficiency linked to autism

About a decade ago as sharply increased cases of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) were diagnosed,  scientists began to see a link between autism and  a deficiency of  beneficial bacteria, or gut  microflora. The deficiency was thought to be the result of various environmental and dietary factors, but particularly the over prescribing of antibiotics that kill friendly, as […]

The magic of honey

Honey is possibly the  most revered and most ‘magic’ of all foods. Why magic? Honey’s shelf life appears to be eternal as long as it is sealed. Honey in sealed clay jars thousands of years old  has been found in ancient tombs and ruins in Egypt and other lands. Though there is no expiration date on […]

Farming ‘up above’ may be next food frontier

No, we’re not talking about ‘Heavenly’ gardens, although they’re reaching that way. We’re referring to rooftop gardens. Gardens and farms on top of multi-story urban buildings and even skyscrapers. “People are hungry for local food, tired of thinking of pesticides and other crummy things found in today’s food,” said Lauren Mandel, a  project manager and […]

Death by obesity may be 4 times higher than previously thought

A team of researchers led by a Columbia University demographer concluded that premature U.S. deaths associated with obesity and the host of health problems it causes is now over 18 percent– -four times higher than previously estimated! The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health. Women–especially African-American women–suffer more obesity-related deaths than […]

7 Summer drinks to keep you cool and slim

Compared to the rampant obesity in Western countries, the Chinese are known for being slim. But what most people don’t know is that China, for the most part, also suffers some pretty brutal summers. With these two issues in mind, you can expect some time-proven drink ideas that the Chinese incorporate into their lives to […]

Oregon governor protects Willamette Valley from invasion of GMO canola

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber last week enacted a moratorium banning the introduction of GMO canola (rapeseed) production in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, one of the world’s pre-eminent seed production regions, and the cultural and agricultural heart of of the state. The ruling (HB 2427) came after the Center for Food Safety (CFS) sued Oregon’s agriculture department for […]

New research confirms Vitamin C is beneficial against the common cold

In case you’re one of those people who are still suspicious about whether vitamin C does any good for warding off colds, the year 2013 seems to be another banner year in reporting positive results for vitamin C studies. According to an updated Cochrane Review on vitamin C and the common cold, vitamin C seems […]