GMO giants dictate international trade policy

Russia seems to be an eternal U.S. foe or sparring partner—except of course, during a brief period during World War II, when it was a convenient temporary ally. Now the vociferous sparring match is on again; this time the point in contention is genetically modified crops. Anyone whose head is not buried under a rock is aware […]

EPA finally taking baby step to save bees

According to a report by, a Washington DC online watchdog, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  announced last week that it is developing new labels that prohibit the use of some pesticide products (neonicotinoids) where bees are likely to be located. The labels will have a bee advisory box and an icon. Pesticides containing neonicotinoids will […]

Study links herbicides and depression

A study of 700 French farmers, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who used herbicides were two and one half times more likely to suffer from severe depression. The higher the exposure, the greater the chance. It is not known exactly what the mechanism is that affects the body’s nerves and […]

Antidepressants rampaging through population

Feeling down? Just take a pill. Many doctors are only too willing to help you with one of those Pharma chemicals advertised  endlessly on TV. According to a study published in the April journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics and reported in the New York Times, one in  ten Americans take antidepressants. Even more shocking, one in four […]

Grapeseed extract shown to stop growth of cancer cells

Researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center found that doses of grapeseed extract outperformed chemotherapy at stopping the growth of colorectal cancer cells. What’s more, they discovered that the more aggressive the cells, the more effective the extract. Molly Derry, a doctoral candidate in the center’s lab of Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, said that while doses of […]

China takes the lead in international debate on GMOs

China recently hosted the International Conference on Ethnic Food Cultures and Food Safety, featuring scientists and doctors from around the world. The general theme of the conference, held in Kunming, was concern about getting safe, nutritious food from the farm to the plate–sustainable and healthful agricultural practices now and in the future. Featured speakers included […]

Ditching sugar in favor of honey may prolong your life

Sugar is poison, honey is medicine While honey and sugar share similar degrees of sweetness, the differences in the way our bodies respond to them are profound. A recent article published in notes a number of profound differences in the two sweeteners: “First, honey is a whole food and sucrose is not.  In other words, sucrose […]

Cocoa may prevent memory decline according to study

Drinking cocoa every day may help older people keep their brains healthy,  suggests new research from Harvard Medical School. A small study of 60 elderly people with no dementia found two cups of cocoa a day improved blood flow to the brain. Those participants whose blood flow improved also did better on memory tests at […]

Vitamin K may slash diabetes risk according to recent study

Vitamin K, a relative newcomer to the world of vitamin research, has made headlines in recent years as study after study links it to a host of health benefits. Recent studies also suggest that vitamin K deficiencies may be more widespread than earlier thought. There are two types of Vitamin K: Phylloquinone (Vitamin K1), which […]

Another attack on supplement freedom by Senator Dick Durbin

In another well-orchestrated attack that should fool no one, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois has re-introduced his previously lapsed and ill-fated bill, the “Dietary Supplement Labeling Act” (then S.1310, and now as S.1425). This is yet another inaccurately-named attempt to shut down the dietary supplement industry in favor of pharmaceutical companies—a major contributor to the “esteemed” senator’s […]