Buffaloberries, the new superfruit and cancer-fighter

Not many people have yet heard of the buffaloberry, but it’s beginning to be called the newest superfruit. A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), say that buffaloberries contain great amounts of lycopene–much more than tomatoes–, as well as an acidic compound (methyl-lycopenoate), which are […]

Frozen versus not-quite-fresh

A unique study conducted by the University of Georgia and the Frozen Food Foundation and reported in Acres USA, compared the nutrient content of eight commonly purchased frozen fruits and vegetables with that of the same vegetables and fruits in the ‘fresh’ produce section. The study mimicked consumer purchasing and storage habits of blueberries, strawberries, corn, broccoli, […]

Do GMOs signify the rebirth of alchemists?

Seven hundred years ago the falsifiers of nature were called “alchemists,” according to Acres USA (12/13). The punishment for falsifying nature, said Dante, was to be condemned to the “eighth circle of hell.” Others were condemned to this level for bringing disease upon the people. While there may not yet be enough ‘acceptable’  longterm evidence linking […]

Dangerous effects of prolonged antacid use

Although the alternative health press has long warned about the hidden dangers of prolonged antacid use, the warnings have finally hit the mainstream press. The Week magazine (12/27/13) reported that an examination of the records of 26,000 patients at Kaiser Permanente Clinics between 1997 and 2011 found that those who took a class of drugs known as proton […]

Is the modern food/chemical system making us dumber?

Is the human race, with all its impressive technological advances, actually declining in intelligence? Many scientists believe so. Dr. Gerald Crabtree, Stanford University researcher and geneticist, thinks the general intellectual decline has to do with adverse genetic mutations that have caused our cognitive and emotional cababilities to weaken. Crabtree believes that if the average citizen […]

Stress linked to onset of dementia

BBC News recently reported on a longtime study that linked stressful events in midlife to a greater chance of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Swedish researchers recruited 800 middle-aged women ages 38 and up and followed them for nearly 40 years, checking to see whether they experienced any stressful life events–such as a divorce, the […]

As we age, we need more vitamin C

Vitamin C is so crucial to living creatures that nearly all mammals produce it in their own cells. However, humans, gorillas, chimps, bats, guinea pigs and birds cannot make it inside their own bodies and need to ingest it daily. No matter what age we are, we all require this critical nutrient every day. The […]

Vitamin B12 shows benefits in the battle against osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is one of the world’s most widespread diseases, and virtually every country in the world has carried-out various studies to determine ways to lower the risk of acquiring the disease. Over the years researchers have taken a look at virtually every vitamin and mineral; however, the most attention has been given to studying the […]

No such thing as healthy obesity

“No level of obesity is healthy,” concluded a study of 61,000 people, reported in The Week magazine (12/20/13). Even without hypertension, diabetes, or other metabolic issues, overweight and obese people have a higher risk of dying or having heart-related problems over ten years compared with normal weight people. The new study was a meta-analysis of […]

Old and new plagues hit world’s banana crops

Bananas, by most accounts the world’s best selling fruit, are under attack by plagues of bugs and fungal infections, according to the UK Independent.  Little Costa Rica, one of the centers of banana production, exporting $1/2 billion worth  a year, has declared a national emergency as mealy bugs and scale insects swarm over the plants. […]