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List of Contributing Causes of Autism

Autism_Puzzle_t670List of possible causes or contributing factors in the autism epidemic:

Genetics:
Autism in the family history raises the risk. A child with an autistic sibling has an 18% risk of becoming autistic him/herself.
One genetic condition predisposing a child to austism is mitochondrial dysfunction. Julie Gerberding. former head of the CDC, admitted this on nation-wide television and admitted that vaccines, by stressing the immune system of a child with this condition, could trigger autism.

The MTHFR mutation, which inhibits the body’s detoxifying process known as methylation, is also implicated in autism. This is connected to other environmental causes, however, as the ability to methylate can be impaired by exposure to heavy metals. About 25% of the North American population have the MTHFR mutation. You can learn more at www.MTHFR.net
and please read this mother’s blog post about her experience with MTHFR contributing to her daughter’s autism. autismroadtorecovery.blogspot.ca/2012/09/mthfr-mother-fer-gene.html

Others include:
CBS Mutations. These alter the body’s process of detoxification. “CBS (cystathionine beta synthase) catalyzes the first step of the transsulfuration pathway, from homocysteine to cystathionine. Dr. Yasko considers addressing CBS mutations as first priority aside from addressing the gut. CBS defects are actually upregulations.”
SHMT and/or ACAT mutations. Please see this link to Dr Amy Yasko’s website for help addressing these mutations.
PTEN gene, which is associated with autism and some types of cancer and is present in about 10% of ASD kids.
SHANK3 Mutation, which affects neurological development and is associated with autism.
Mutations in neuroligin genes. Little is known about this and whether it is a contributing cause in ASD.

Genetic Conditions that can have ASD symptoms or be misdiagnosed as ASD include:
Noonan Syndrome
Landau-Kleffner Syndrome

IVF with ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection)
Children conceived by IVF with ICSI may have a higher risk of autism. IVF is known to raise the risks of birth defects, rare genetic abnormalities, and childhood cancers. The results for IVF and ICSI in relation to autism risk are inconclusive and even though there is some corelation, it maybe be due to other variables.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/why-children-born-by-ivf-may-be-more-at-risk-of-autism-and-childhood-cancers-422353.html

http://getbetterhealth.com/is-autism-caused-by-fertility-treatment/2010.06.01

Fertility Drugs:
It has been found that children who were conceived with Clomid (Clomiphene citrate) have nearly double the risk of autism and the greater the number of cycles, the higher the risk. The link between the two is not clear, though, as other variables may account for it.

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1990567,00.html

Could it be possible that Clomid and Pergonal (human menopausal gonadotropin) contribute to austism because they suppress cholesterol, which the embryo needs for brain myelination?

http://www.drugs.com/answers/has-anyone-considered-low-cholesterol-as-being-315528.html

Ultrasounds During Pregnancy:
In 2006, a study led by Dr Pasco Rakic at Yale on mice found that prenatal exposure to ultrasound waves changed the way neurons distributed themselves in the brain: a smaller percentage of cells migrated to the upper cortical layers and a larger percentage to the lower layers and white matter. This was interpreted by another neuroscientist, Manuel Casanova, to confirm that ultrasound exposure is the main environmental factor contributing to the exponential rise in autism. This study was only looking at mouse brains and didn’t take anything else into account. Personally, I don’t believe it is the main cause, because autistic children have been shown to have many medical issues related to the gut and other things, and addressing these underlying problems has been shown to improve symptoms and even lead to recovery to the point that many children lose their labels and become much like neurotypical children. If it were just a difference in brain development, they shouldn’t be able to ‘recover’ with biomedical treatments.and

Maternal Infections/Elevated C-reactive Protein During Pregnancy
It has been known for some time that infections like flu in a pregnant woman raise her child’s risk of autism. More recently, it has been discovered that it is not the infection itself, but the mother’s immune system’s reaction to it, that causes changes in brain development which seem to raise the risk of not only autism but also schizophrenia. Neuroscientist Dr Russell Blaylock has warned for a long time that it is known that stimulating a pregnant woman’s immune system raises these risks for her child, and says that vaccines such as flu shots may carry the same risk because they also stimulate the mother’s immune system.
A study has now shown C-Reactive Protein to be a biomarker for this process and has demonstrated the link between raised levels of CRP in the mother and increased risk of autism in her offspring.
“Autism risk increased by 80 percent among children of mothers with CRP in the top 10th percentile (higher than 90 percent of those tested).
The findings add to mounting evidence that an overactive immune response can alter brain development during pregnancy. However, Dr. Brown emphasizes that the vast majority of mothers with increased CRP levels will not have children with autism.”

autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/prenatal-inflammation-linked-autism-risk

Terbutaline
This drug, which is used to halt preterm labor is known to cause brain damage and is associated with autism. This article is wrong about there being no corroborating studies linking MMR to autism, but they have a lot of good information on Terbutaline.
autisticfraternaltwins.oddodesign.com/articles/terbutaline-unrelated-to-mmr-vaccinations/
Here is a scientific study showing that Terbutaline exposure for more than two days in the third trimester raises the risk of ASD fourfold:
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21874331

If you think your child has been injured by Terbutaline, here is a lawyer who specializes in lawsuits concerning this matter
discepolollp.com/about_us.html

Pitocin
Pitocin is an artificial version of the hormone oxytocin and is used to induce or speed up labor. It appears to be that there is a connection between the use of Pitocin and later autism diagnosis. Since all women who receive Pitocin also receive a variety of other drugs and medical interventions during labor, it is not known whether Pitocin itself is a causative agent in autism or is only indirectly related. The following article states that in an informal survey of midwives, it was reported that no babies birthed at home were later diagnosed with ASD. Perhaps medicalized births in general are a causative factor.
autismtoday.com/articles/ATTN_Researchers.htm

Formula Feeding
One study showed that babies fed formula-fed without ARA and DHA were 4 times as likely to be autistic and 13 times more likely to have regressive autism than breastfed babies. Early weaning (under 1 week) was also associated with a higher rate of autism. Although there was a correlation, this does not prove that formula feeding caused the austism. However, because formula feeding is known to undermine the establishment of healthy gut flora, it is possible that there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship, as unbalanced gut flora is known to be part of the autistic condition.

BPA/Bisphenol-A This chemical is found in plastics, including can liners (such as baby formula cans) and baby bottles (although BPA has now been banned from baby bottles in Canada) Exposure to BPA has been found to alter genetics and brain development and to raise the risk of autism.
cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57571171/bpa-exposure-linked-to-genetic-changes-that-alter-brain-development

Vaccinations
Most people have by now heard that many believe there is a link between vaccinations and autism. Many parent shave reported that their children regressed abruptly following vaccinations, in particular the MMR shot. However, there are cases of unvaccinated autistic children as well, and most children who receive vaccinations do not become autistic. One of the most famous (and infamous) figures in the vaccine-autism connection debate is Dr Andrew Wakefield who found a link between persistent measles infection in the gut and a condition he named autistic entero-colitis. He was subjected to what basically amounts to a witch hunt for doing this and this had a lot to do with Merck, the makers of MMR-II, threatening to withdraw funding form the Royal Free Hospital in London, where Wakefield had done his study, unless the study authors would recant or be subjected to disciplinary actions. Dr Wakefiled, however, stands by his findings and 28 other studies have also found a link between MMR and autism and you can see links to them here.

While the media continues to push vaccine propaganda and deny a link between immunizations and autism, US and European vaccine courts have admitted the connection by default. This Pace Environmental Law Review article documents 83 cases of American children being awarded damages for ‘autism-like symptoms’ and you can download it here
Hannah Polling became autistic after receiving 9 immunizations in one day and was awarded $1.5 in damages for vaccine-induced autism. Her case records were the sealed. What are they hiding?
There was a similar case in Italy as well. ‘Judges in Rimini, north-east Italy awarded the Bocca family Euros 174,000 (£140,000) after the Italian Health Ministry conceded the MMR vaccine caused autism in their nine-year-old son Valentino. ‘
Studies have shown that vaccinated, but not unvaccinated dogs develop auto-immune disease.
A recent Polish meta-analysis showed that vaccines can trigger auto-immunity in children and that this is related to autism.
Here is a link to a list of 68 studies that show the connection between vaccines and autism.

Antibiotics and Abnormal Gut Flora:
Many parents and doctors who specialize in autism believe there is a connection between antibiotics use and autism and some parents have witnessed their children regress or deteriorate following treatment with antibiotics. One study examined the possibility of a connection via antibiotics ability to alter genetics.
It is also possible that the connection is due to antibiotics ability to alter gut flora. Gut dysbiosis (abnormal flora) is known to be present in nearly all autistic children. Probiotics tend to improve symptoms and some even claim that a diet that restores the gut can reverse autism.
Gut flora is inherited from the mother. If the mother has been exposed to antibiotics before or during pregnancy or during labor, this can compromise the baby’s flora.
It is possibly to test for dysbiosis before vaccinating, to see whether your child may be susceptible to vaccine damage due to pre-existing gut flora problems.

Heavy Metals Toxicity:
“Evidence supports the role of heavy metals in causing autism, PDD and ADHD. These children often have biochemical impairments that put them at greater risk for damage caused by heavy metal accumulation.” This is related to imparied glutathione production. From what I have read, many parents have found their autistic children improved with metals chelation and glutathione supplements. Environmental sources of heavy metals in infancy include maternal amalgam fillings, fish consumption, vaccinations, lead in toys or paint, living near industrial sources of mercury such as power plants, and others.

http://treatautism.ca/detoxification/heavy-metals/

Industrial and other sources of environmental mercury exposure:

http://www.who.int/ipcs/features/mercury.pdf

Results of studies that assess metals burden in autistic children are mixed:
One famous study by Hornig et al showed that some types of mice developed autism-like symptoms after being exposed to mercury-containing Thimerosal equivalent to what babies receive in their vaccines. ““Profound behavioral and neuropathologic disturbances were observed after postnatal thimerosal in SJL/J mice, but not in strains without autoimmune sensitivity.” -Horning’s conclusions. You can read more about the resemblance between mercury poisoning and autism symptoms and related studies here
The IOM quickly concluded, however, that this research was inconclusive and that there was no proven connection.

One study showed higher concentrations of lead, mercury, and uranium in the hair of autistic children, compared to controls
Another study showed unremarkable levels of metals in the urine of autistic children on chelation challege:
(This was a small sample and they were looking at general metals levels in autistic children, not comparing risk of autism in children exposed to higher sources of metals.)

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Acetaminophen has been causally related to asthma and may possibly be implicated in autism as well. By depleting glutathione, Acetaminophen inhibits the body’s ability to detoxify via sulfation. Dr Shaw believes this leads to overgrowth of clostridia in the gut, which causes alterations in brain neurotransmitters (the gut-brain connection has been well established), which then leads to abnormal behavior. You can read more about this here:
ventography.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/update-from-dr-shaw-acetaminophen-and-autism-connection/

Anesthesia
Some parents in the autism community have reported their completely unvaccinated, neurotypical kids becoming autistic after receiving anesthesia. Research shows receiving anesthesia at age 3 or younger can double the risk of developmental disorders.
“A total of 304 children with no history of developmental problems had surgery for a variety of reasons before the age of three, while the remaining 10,146 children did not have surgery.
Findings showed 25 percent of children who had surgery were subsequently diagnosed with developmental and behavioral disorders, compared with just 9 percent of children who did not have surgery.
After taking into account pre-existing illnesses, birth complications and sex, the researchers concluded surgery at an early age doubles the risk of children having developmental disorders. The researchers also concluded that children exposed to anesthetics are more likely to have developmental delays.”

sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101018163301.htm

Low Cholesterol:
58% of autistic children have low cholesterol, and in 19% it is very low. Low cholesterol can impair brain function and cause autism symptoms.

http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/mediaroom/releases/Pages/Ohio-State-Studying-How-Cholesterol-Levels-Affect-Autism.aspx

Cholesterol supplements reverse many autism symptoms in Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS).

http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/cholesterol.asp

Because of these connections, cholesterol supplements are being considered as a possible treatment for autism symptoms.

http://www.generationrescue.org/latest-news/resources/the-role-of-cholesterol-in-autistic-behaviors/

7-Glyphosate (Roundup), the herbicide used on GMO crops:
This agent inhibits cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, which serves to detoxify xenobiotics (such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides).
“Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body. Here, we show how interference with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria, as well as impairment in serum sulfate transport.”
The authors of this study believe this to be cause of many conditions including autism. Gut dysbiosis, inflammatory conditions and impaired ability to detoxify, are known to be common in autistic children.

http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416

http://ecowatch.com/2013/study-links-monsantos-roundup-autism-parkinsons-alzheimers/

GMOs:
As you just read above, there seems to be a link established between Roundup (glyphosate) and inflammatory and neurological conditions, of which autism is one. GMO crops are engineered to withstand Roundup, so they end up being sprayed with and containing large quantities of this pesticide. In addition, some GMO crops such as certain varieties of corn, are engineered to contain a built-in pesticide called Bacillu Thuringiensis (Bt). Once in the digestive tract, this has been shown to alter gut flora. Gut dysbiosis (altered gut flora) is known to be a major contributing factor to autism, as evidenced by its strong prevalence in autistic children and by the fact that restoring the gut flora improves autism symptoms. Read more on GMOs and autism here:
responsibletechnology.org/autism

Food Intolerances
Regular allergy tests only check for the kind of frank allergies that result in physically visible symptoms like hives or anaphylactic schock, but many kids on the spectrum have food intolerances that mainly affect brain chemistry. Some of the most reactive foods include wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, and eggs and many kids improve when these are restricted. These food sensitivities are associated with abnormal gut flora and a ‘leaky gut’ that allows peptides, partial protein molecules, through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream, where they make their way to the brain and act as opiate-like substances. There is also a condition called non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which has many of the symptoms of celiac disease but does not show up on celiac tests. Please read this woman’s story of how she recovered her daughter from behavior that is common to ASD kids, just by removing gluten from her diet (note: I’m not implying that GF is a cure for autism, only that intolerance should be considered as a possible contributing factor to behavioral problems)
anchoragepress.com/news/the-gluten-made-her-do-it-how-going-gluten-free/article_39e2478e-4585-11e2-a80c-0019bb2963f4.html

P.A.N.D.A.S./P.A.N.S.
No, I’m not talking about a bear. PANDAS stands for Pediatric Auoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep. PANS is Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome. As their names suggest, these are conditions which present with neurological and psychiatric symptoms and are caused by an autoimmune reaction to an infection with strep or another bacteria or virus, including strains of Lyme disease. These conditions can cause symptoms/behaviors of autism and high percentage of kid on the spectrum who also have PANDAS/PANS. There is so much overlap that it is likely that many kids diagnosed as autistic or PDD-NOS actually have underlying PANDAS/PANS/PITANDS. Please see this article on the connection between this condition, brain damage, autism and self-injurious behavior. vaxtruth.org/2012/01/is-pandas-really-vaccine-injury

Classic symptoms of PANDAS/PANS include abrupt onset of tics, OCD, and rages. This often follows an atypical strep infection that does not present with regular strep throat symptoms, but can be detected with a blood test. Some kids’ illness follows a saw-tooth pattern where symptoms flare up with infection, then decrease back to baseline, only flare again with the next re-exposure. Over time, the condition between flares (the baseline) deteriorates as well.
Prognosis is variable. Some kids improve with a course of antibiotics. Others require long-term antibiotics. In other cases, IV immune globulin or plasmapharesis is necessary. Some people find their kids respond to herbal treatments or homeopathics. Sadly, this condition is sometimes stubbornly resistant to treatment.
Many doctors are unfortunately not aware of this condition or are skeptical about whether it really exists, even though it is well-known to specialists and is on our government’s list of conditions for which treatment with IV immune globulin is approved in Canada.
For more about the connection between PANDAS/PANS and autism, see this article:
ageofautism.com/2011/11/autism-and-pandas-.html

As you see, there are many environmental and genetic factors that can contribute to causing autism. In the big picture, what we see is exposure to toxins, impaired detoxification, altered gut flora, auto-immune reactions and altered brain development and activity. Some of these can be remedied and some children improve or even recover with biomedical treatment.

Gluten-Free Cooking with Chef Andrew Doyle

eat taste liveConsidering going gluten-free, but not sure how to go about it? Need advice on shopping or recipes? Chef Andrew can help! And what’s even better is, he will be joining me live tonight on Truther Girls Radio from 11-midnight EST.
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When chef Andrew Doyle’s father nearly died from undiagnosed Celiac Disease years ago, he became a dedicated gluten-free chef and has been been cooking gluten-free ever since. He currently hosts an online gluten-free cooking show called Eat, Taste, Live, which is a live, interactive cooking class for celiacs, gluten-intolerants, and healthy eaters.
Their mission is to create amazing, tasty recipes for those with Celiac disease and/or gluten intolerance.
and those seeking a healthier, better today. Each class features Chef Andrew Doyle preparing various dishes that are 100% gluten free and 100% delicious.

Eat. Taste. Live. Always delicious. Always gluten free.

Tickets are $12.50 per episode and can be purchased at eattastelive.com/#!kitchen-studio/c1bcs

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List of GMO-Free Foods

If you are trying to avoid GMO foods, you here is a list for you of some GMO-free foods:

Arrowhead Mills: GMO-free providers of baking mixes and flours found in both natural health food stores and regular supermarkets.

Eden Foods: GMO-free providers of canned goods, noodles, tamari, miso, vinegar and Asian foodstuffs.

Natural Choice Foods: GMO-free roviders of frozen dessert products.

Purity Foods: GMO-free makers of spelt-based noodles, snacks and other goodies.

Rapunzel: My all-time favorite chocolate company. They also sell speciality oils.

Spectrum Oils: GMO-free manufacturer of speciality oils, cooking oils, salad oils and natural shortening.

Genisoy: Uses only certified GMO-free soybeans for their many soy products.

Earth’s Best: Baby food manufacturer uses non-GMO ingredients.

Healthy Times: Baby food manufacturer uses non-gmo ingredients.

Bob’s Red Mill: GMO-free provider of baking mixes and specialty flours.

Pamela’s Products: Provider of luscious gluten-free baking mixes sources non-GMO ingredients.

Cascadian Farms: Provider of frozen entrees, juices, frozen vegetables and fruit, yogurt and other foods.

Imagine Foods: GMO-free provider of soy and rice milk as well as broth and other foods.

Thai Kitchen: Source for coconut milks and Asian ingredients sources gmo-free ingredients.

Amy’s Kitchen: GMO-free source of canned soups, chilies, boxed and frozen meals.

Nature’s Path: Manufacturer of cereals and snack bars made with ingredients sourced gmo-free.

Annie’s Naturals: Manufacturer of BBQ sauce, salad dressings and other condiments sourced from gmo-free ingredients.

San J: GMO-free manufacturer of soy sauce, shoyu and tamari.

Tradition Miso: Manufacturer of miso pastes that are made from GMO-free ingredients.

Barbara’s Bakery: Manufacturer of cookies sources from gmo-free ingredients.

Lundberg Family Farms: GMO-free provider of rice and wild rice foods including raw rice, soups and convenience foods.

Walkers: Provider of the best shortbread cookies ever as well as other sweet treats.

Fantastic Foods: Provider of hummus, falafel, risotto couscous, soup and other mixes with gmo-free ingredients.

Vitasoy: Manufacturer of soy-based foods sourced from gmo-free ingredients.

Clif: Manufacturer of energy bars sourced from gmo-free foods.

Kettle Chips: GMO-free manufacturer of potato and tortilla chips.

Que Pasa: Manufacturer of tortilla chips and other Mexican foods sourced from non-gmo ingredients.

Garden of Eatin: Manufacturer of chips, salsas and other snack foods.

French Meadow Bakery: Manufacturer of bread and baked goods using non-gmo ingredients.

White Wave: Manufacturer of soy products including tofu and tempeh using gmo-free soy.

Bearitos: Manufacturer of snack foods and dips using gmo-free foods.

Chaffin Family Orchards: Is committed to GMO-free foods and sells an assortment of goods including olive oil.

Cultures for Health: All starters and products sold at Cultures for Health are GMO-free.

Grindstone Bakery: GMO-free provider of wheat- and gluten-free bread.

Pure Indian Foods: GMO-free provider of grass-fed ghee.

To Your Health: Provider of gmo-free sprouted breads and sprouted flours.

US Wellness Meats: Provider of pasture- and grass-fed meats free of GMO supplemental feed.

Zukay: Provider of live cultured condiments and salsa free from GMO.

Wisconsin Healthy Grown Potatoes: GMO-free potatoes.

Thanks to Natasha Myers-Holcomb for providing me with this list, which she got it from Barbara Eis.

Still Drinking Soda? Read This!

A lot of attention had recently been given to the fact that Coke and Pepsi have decreased the amounts of caramel color in their drinks to avoid having to label them with a cancer warning. But reducing the amount of caramel color won’t change the fact that sodas are carcinogenic chemical cocktails. Here is a list of what makes soda so toxic. And by the way, caramel color is found in many foods most people eat every day, such as some breads, so if you are concerned about your caramel color intake, make sure to read the label on anything you buy.

1- Hormone-disrupting BPA in the can lining. This chemical mimics the female hormone estrogen and has been shown to have a number of detrimental effects on your health including raising your risk of breast and prostate cancer. You might also wind up with a bad case of moobs if you’re a guy.
http://www.naturalnews.com/026143_BPA_soda_chemicals.html

2- Aluminum in soda cans. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease in many studies.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/01/02/aluminum-and-alzheimer-prevention.aspx

3-Brominated vegatable oil. This is present in about 10% of fruit-flavored sodas and sports drinks in the USA. Bromine displaces iodine and the resulting deficiency can increase your risk of breast, thyroid gland, ovary and prostate cancer. Bromine toxicity itself can cause symptoms such as skin rashes, severe acne, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, fatigue, metallic taste, and cardiac arrhythmia. It can also impair fertility.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/11/brominated-vegetable-oil-in-us-soda.aspx

4-Corn syrup sweetener, found in sodas, juices and many other processed foods is directly linked to obesity in a dose-dependant manner. Fructose, which is found in corn syrup, has also shown to induce the creation of new fat cells around internal organs (visceral fat). Obesity is a cause of type-2 diabetes and visceral fat, in particular has been linked to metabolic disturbances, increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes as well as breast cancer and the need for gallbladder surgery in women. http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/Abdominal-fat-and-what-to-do-about-it.shtml

5-Aspartame in diet sodas can cause many health problems, including neurological, psychiatric, gastro-intestinal and other issues and has been shown to cause cancer in lab animals.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/aspartame-health-risks_b_668692.html

6-Soda contains a lot of sodium, which will not slake your thirst, but lead to more dehydration. Too much sodium in your diet is bad for your health and can affect your blood pressure.

7-Soda is highly acidic. When you take in acidic substances, it alters your body ph. To maintain your blood ph in the right range, your body has to leach alkaline minerals from your own bones. This is why acid-causing substances can contribute to demineralization and its associated problems. Your cells also don’t transport oxygen as well when your ph is acidic. What’s more, cancer cells thrive in an acidic, oxygen-depleted environment while an alkaline environment wipes them out. This is why alkalization and oxygenation are the basis of many natural treatments for cancer. In other words, by acidifying your ph, drinking soda turns your body into a friendly place for cancer cells. To read more about Ph and cancer, go here http://www.alkalizeforhealth.net/cancerselftreatment.htm

8- Caramel color. It’s a chemical, not caramel, and it is so carcinogenic that Coke and Pepsi recently opted to reduce the amount of caramel color in some of their sodas rather than have to label these drinks with cancer warnings according to new FDA guidelines.

9- Mountain Dew turns mice to jelly. This was the defense launched by the company when they were assailed with a lawsuit from a man who claimed to have found a dead mouse in his soda. They said that was impossible because the acids in the soda would have disintegrated in the mouse into a jelly-like substance. Yech! If it does that to a mouse, what does it do to your insides? And if it does that to a mouse, who knows how much disintegrated junk you might be ingesting when you have a can?

10- Phosphoric acid, added to sodas to give them a tangy taste, is so corrosive it destroys tooth enamel and is even used industrially as a rust remover. http://www.naturalnews.com/021774.html

Besides being poisonous, soda makes you burp. That’s not ladylike!

Still feel like drinking soda?

Lose Weight and Feel Great in 2012 with Natural Neda

“The concept of bio-individuality is that each person has their own nutritional needs. So, when the experts say, “dairy is good for you” or “fat is unhealthy,” it’s too much of a generalization. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets don’t work in the long run. I look at how you live your life and teach you how to listen to your body’s wisdom. You will never have to go on another diet again.” -Neda Smith

Today on The Truther Girls, I will be talking to Neda Smith, a wholistic nutritionist who specializes in metabolic typing and who is now launching her new web-based program “30 Days to Lose Weight and Feel Great” . The whole program is done via webinar and phone so you do not have to live nearby, or find a babysitter or drive anywhere. If you can not make the sessions Live, they will ALL be recorded so you can listen to them at your convinience. This is for the person who is just sick of trying to lose weight and is ready to commit to making changes in their lives. It is not a FAD diet, it is a whole food diet based on your metabolic type. There will be some restrictions but there will be lots of great foods to eat and enjoy, for which your fad-dieting friends will envy you. Do the program with a friend and start feeling great about yourself!

Visit Neda’s website at naturalneda.com

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Rawsome Foods: Unhealthy Family Farms?

There is some information circulating that the farmer, Sarah Palmer, who was supplying Rawsome foods with eggs and milk has a criminal history and was running some kind of scam. Her son stated to investigators that she was buying regular eggs and repackaging them as organic in Health Family Farms cartons. And incidentally, it just so happens that he was arrested the next day for burglary.

This site has posted the results of all their investigations, including a PDF with Sarah Palmer’s arrest history. I’m not sure if every Sarah Palmer in each case is the same one who was involved with Rawsome, but apparently she did have prior convictions for fraud.
http://unhealthyfamilyfarm.com

As far as I am concerned, this is the old ‘liberty vs security’ argument. To me, Sarah Palmer’s criminal history and whether she was scamming the Rawsome customers doesn’t change the fact that the members of this private club should have the right to make their own decisions when it comes to what they eat- and this includes to do so at their own risk, without some nanny looking after them.

The nanny, after all, is an utter hypocrite. Recently, it was found that Similac formula, made by Abbot Laboratories, was contaminated with beetles and beetle larvae, which had been sickening some of the babies who were drinking it. Abbot were subjected to a lawsuit for misleading consumers, which ended up being dismissed the judge, who ruled that although the makers of Similac had claimed their product was ‘wholesome’ and ‘nutritious’, they never actually said it was safe.
http://www.naturalnews.com/033263_Similac_baby_formula.html

Another example is the labeling of eggs as ‘free-range’. By law, this only means the hens must have access to the outside for one hour a day. They don’t actually have to go outside, they just have to have access to it. How is that any better than Sarah Palmer taking eggs from one basket and putting them into another? Do you think that door being open at the back of the barn really makes any difference in the quality of the ‘free range’ eggs you get at the grocery store?

And NaturalNews recently reported that “current USDA regulations allow a meat production facility to pass inspection even if 49.9% of the meat is contaminated with salmonella”!

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033283_ground_turkey_salmonella.html#ixzz1UmkpSN4C

In the end, when it comes to your food, you either have a nanny or you don’t. If you want food freedom, you make your food your own responsibility and do so at your own risk and leave no room for any corporate Mary Poppins. Rawsome was a private club and should have been left alone and all this talk about Sarah Palmer’s criminal leanings is doing nothing other than serving as a way to manipulate the public back into believing that they do need the state to rule over them and their food with a white-gloved iron fist.

Watermelon Facial

Someone sent me this tip on youtube. Although I haven’t tried this recipe myself yet, I personally don’t use any commercial beauty creams and such. All I use is olive oil to clean my face, and coconut oil and aloe vera as a moisturizer. Not only is it clean, natural, free of chemicals and guaranteed good for your skin, but it’s a lot cheaper, too, than buying creams.

Here is the recipe for a watermelon facial. i hope you enjoy it. As I always say, just because you are a truther doesn’t mean you have to look like one.

“You need to find a watermelon, yeah, a watermellon…non-GMO. After you’ve found a good watermelon proceed to slice it into pieces that will resemble small 3″x5″ cubes. Then juice that watermelon into juice, yeah, juice it. After it’s juiced apply the juice to your skin…no joke. The watermelon juice contains several minerals that will make your skin actually shrink and you will look ten years younger.”

Neotame, a Sweet New Poison

Neotame

Someone recently tipped me off to the existence of a new sweetener: Neotame.

A simple googling of the name alone immediately brought up several websites warning that this substance is toxic. According to Monsanto spokesperson Nancy Nevi, Neotame compositionally begins with Aspartame, but through a ‘simple enhancement to the dipeptide base’ it becomes 40 times sweeter. It was discovered by accident at a military facility during research on a chemical weapon called Neotox-II. http://www.holisticmed.com/neotame/history.html

Dr. Betty Martini, long-time forerunning anti-Aspartame activist penned an open letter to Dr Jane Henny, FDA commissioner, highlighting the evidence that aspartame is a deadly poison that can has been shown to cause brain tumors, birth defects, blindness (http://www.focusnewsletter.org/aspartame.htm) and other health problems possibly including infertility and miscarriage. In her letter, Dr Martini basically pleads with the FDA to recall Aspartame and not approve Neotame.
http://www.karinya.com/neotame.htm

She also refers specifically to several studies that showed the toxic effects of Aspartame such as :
“Monsanto funded a study on birth defects which was disastrous, so they withdrew their funding and Dr. Diana Dow-Edwards had to pay it herself. Then neither Monsanto or the FDA would accept it. Quite a message to the world – if a researcher will not say it is safe, the study will not be accepted.”
And:
“A pivotal study (SC18862) submitted was done on 7 infant monkeys: 5 had grand mal seizures and 1 died.”

According to holisticmed.com:
“Even Monsanto’s own pre-approval studies of neotame revealed adverse reactions. Unfortunately, Monsanto only conducted a few one-day studies in humans rather than encouraging independent researchers to obtain NIH funding to conduct long-term human studies on the effects of neotame.”
http://www.holisticmed.com/neotame/toxin.html

Despite the fact that nearly 100% of independent studies on Aspartame have found it to be cause adverse effects, and that there have been no long-term studies on Neotame and those that have been conducted showed adverse reactions, Neotame is already used as an additive in 1000 foods.

The Neotame website describes it as an ‘exciting’ new flavor enhancer and sweetener. I’ll bet that much is true: it’s exciting, alright- it’s an excitotoxin! And I guess it’s especially exciting to those who would like to reduce the world’s population and profit off the remainder’s sickness.

http://www.neotame.com/faq.asp

The purveyors of this poison declare that Neotame fits into healthful eating;
“A balanced diet including a variety of foods is the foundation of healthful eating. As part of a balanced diet, neotame provides a little sweetness without adding calories.” Since when is a chemical weapon is part of a balanced diet?

The makers of Neotame state that it is suitable for diabetics, even though Aspartame has been shown to cause blindness in diabetics, and even go on to proclaim safe for children and pregnant women!
“People of all ages, including pregnant or breastfeeding women, teens and children, and people with diabetes, can enjoy products sweetened with neotame while maintaining a healthful diet.”
That’s a bit like saying people of all ages can enjoy crystal meth while maintaining a healthful diet. It’s not exactly untrue, but it doesn’t change the fact that crystal meth will kill you.

Because of labeling laws, it is possible for Neotame to be listed as ‘natural flavors’ if it amounts to less that 5% of a product’s ingredients, so beware! The best policy is to avoid pre-made, processed and pre-packaged foods altogether, or you could wind up eating Neotox-II – I mean, Neotame. And I would be willing to wager that Neotame…Will kill you.

inGREEDients, The Movie

Today, on February 8th at 2:00 pm EST, TrutherGirl Sonia will be interviewing David Lawrence Dewey on The Truther Girls radio show. You can listen live at http://americanfreedomradio.com at that time, or download the archived show later from http://americanfreedomradio.com/TrutherGirls_11 .

David Lawrence Dewey is an author and syndicated columnist with over 42 million readers worldwide. Dewey was the Content Consultant, Creative and Journalistic Consultant on the film inGREEDients, directed by David Burton, which exposes the dangers of hydrogenated fats and other toxins in our food. Dewey was also the first journalist in 1996 to warn consumers of the dangers of hydrogenated oils, aspartame, MSG and other toxins in the food supply.

Today on The Truther Girls, we will learn from David Lawrence Dewey how:
- hydrogenated oils are implicated in causing numerous conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and others, at the cost of trillions of dollars in health care.
- how ‘no trans fat’ on the label doesn’t mean the product is actually free of trans fats!
- how removing trans fats does not solve the problem.
- how hydrogenated drastically alter your immune system and undermind your health.
- how toxins such as TBHQ, found in fast food such as McDonald’s chicken nuggets, build up in the liver over time.
- how companies are able to avoid labelling products as containing hydrogenated oils, in spite of existing labelling laws.

…And much more.

Read DL Dewey’s column on hydrogenated oils to learn why just removing trans fats does not make the food safe to eat: http://www.dldewey.com/hydroil.htm

Dewey also has a column about other additives, dyes, chemicals, preservatives in the food supply which he will be talking about on the show. http://www.dldewey.com/additives.com

Read about the movie, inGREEDients here: http://ingreedientsmovie.com

The movie has attracted a huge following on FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/inGREEDients

View the trailer for inGREEDients here:

CETA: A New Threat to Canadian Sovereignty

Written by Youtube user daelka

Negotiations are presently taking place between the “EU” and “Canada” for a so-called “Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement” (CETA). Simply put, it is a threat. It threatens everything from food sovereignty to local development through procurement.

The Trade Justice Network has a good website to get an overview of this corporatist attack. http://tradejustice.ca.
A good part of it is also available in French. The leaked text, however, seems only available in English, on the English version of the site. But I think the information available in French on the site can still be spread among French speakers so that all Canadians can take a stand. The Trade Justice Network’s French name is Réseau pour le commerce juste and the URL for the French version of the site is
http://tradejustice.ca/fr

The Council of Canadians is organizing a protest event in Ottawa this Friday: http://www.canadians.org/media/trade/2010/15-Oct-10-a.html

The Trade Justice Network also has a YouTube channel:
http://youtube.com/user/TradeJusticeNetwork

Here are a couple of excerpts from the leaked document (with commentary from Sonia):
Page 20: measures to eliminate export subsidies. Will we become more and more dependant on imports? As if we’re not dependant enough? Is the government intentionally trying to undermine local production, including local food production, for the benefit of multinational corporations?
“The Parties recognize that agricultural export subsidies may also have distorting
effects in third-party markets.
4. Each Party shall eliminate agricultural export subsidies on agricultural goods
originating in or shipped from its territory by December 31, 2013.
5. Pending the elimination of all agricultural export subsidies, if either Party adopts or
maintains an agricultural export subsidy which the other Party considers to be
distortive of its trade with a non-party, the Party providing the agricultural export
subsidy shall, at the request of the other Party, consult with a view to avoiding such
distortionary effects.”

Page 38: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. ‘Phyto’ as in ‘plant’. When I see ‘phytosanitary measures’ being addressed, I can’t help but wonder whether this will lead to an increase in irradiated produce. This bill, after all, first seeks to eliminate export subsidies. Irradiation is used to prolong shelf-life of produce, which is a benefit to any corporation seeking to export their product to a distant place. It is not necessary for locally produced food, which has a shorter trajectory from farm to store and is not at risk of being contaminated with foreign pests.
“1. The Parties hereby establish a Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary
Measures (SPS Committee), comprising representatives of each Party from the
relevant trade and regulatory agencies, ministries or other institutions who have
responsibility for SPS matters.
2. The SPS Committee shall
(a) provide a regular forum for exchange of information relating to each
Party’s regulatory systems, including the scientific and risk assessment
basis for SPS measures;
(b) provide direction for the identification, management and resolution of
SPS issues; and
(c) improve understanding between the Parties related to specific
implementation issues concerning the WTO SPS Agreement, including
clarification of regulatory frameworks and decision making procedures”

This is a 366-page document! They are seeing to it that they have all the angles covered.