China to receive safer shipments of U.S. pork starting tomorrow

Americans might grumble about “cheap plastic stuff” from China flooding the U.S. market; however, when it comes to food, the Chinese are often complaining about what we send THEM. It seems they don’t like the amount of chemicals in the meat products we send their way. One could hardly blame them: They already have deal […]

EU passes U.S. as world’s biggest Ag exporter

The European Union has soared past the United States as the world’s top agriculture and food products exporter, mostly due to a huge increase in Chinese imports, notably soybeans, cotton and corn. The European Commission reports that the 28 countries of the Eu sold $163 billion in food and agriculture products in 2013, up 5.8 […]

Controversial coffee: Is it good or is it bad?

Many previous studies have shown that coffee cuts the risk of Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. Now, according to a new Cornell study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, coffee may also aid in the prevention of deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, […]

Bad apples?

The old folk wisdom, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is still good advice….but may not be quite as good as it was once upon a time. Unless, of course, you choose organic apples, which are widely available in most supermarkets and health food outlets. The reason is… that most conventionally raised apples are […]

What the shocking rise in obesity means

Sarah Boseley, writing in the UK Guardian, said the shocking rise in obesity in Britain is bankrupting the National Health System and resulting in multiple health problems and early preventable deaths. Hospital admissions and emergency incidents related to obesity have soared. A full 10 percent of those NHS costs are consumed on spiraling rates of Type 2 diabetes […]

Can autoimmune disease be reversed?

Autoimmune disease in its various forms (rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, thyroid disease, lupus multiple sclerosis, etc.) is more common that you may think. It afflicts 50 million Americans, mostly women, and is the result of systemic inflammation that causes the body to attack itself. According to Dr. Amy Myers, while autoimmune disease has an underlying […]

If we are what we eat, many of us are in trouble

Sometime back we posted an article on the term ‘substantial equivalence,’ and how this doctrine paved the way for the flood of pesticides and GMO foods we have today. Substantial equivalence, introduced enthusiastically in 1993 by an economic and trade organization, NOT a health agency, basically says if a product is ‘mostly equal’ to an existing product […]

Too much of the wrong kind of energy drink can kill you

Many harmful foods and drinks can be taken in moderation with little consequence. There are others, though, that probably shouldn’t be consumed at all. Energy drinks are a candidate for this category . Anecdotal evidence seems to be mounting that consumption of these beverages is extremely harmful. At the extreme energy drinks actually pose a […]

Vitamin A may treat obesity, type 2 diabetes

Most of us have heard that vitamin A  (think carrots) is essential for vision, boosting the immune system, gene function and skin health. In fact, vitamin A deficiency has long been known as a leading cause of  macular degeneration and other vision problems. But now, new animal studies conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal and […]

U.S. Healthcare: Most expensive, but not the best

The U. S. Health Care system has once again been rated dead last among 11 similar industrialized nations, according to a just-released report by the Commonwealth Fund. Despite being far and away the most expensive of all countries, and getting more expensive all the time, the report says  U.S.  healthcare has “failed to achieve better outcomes” since the […]