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British Journal Study Confirms Organic Produce Significantly Higher in Antioxidants

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
September 2, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Organic, Produce, Vegan


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Consumers are becoming concerned about food, health and safety issues and the social and ecological implications of their purchases. There is a growing distrust of conventional agro-industrial foods and consumers perceive organic products to be a more sustainable system delivering better-tasting, healthier and safer food.

A ten-year study by scientists at U.C. Davis in California found that the level of quercitin, the most common flavonoid in the human diet and the major flavonoid in tomatoes, increased 79 percent as a result of organic management. Also remarkable, the level of kaempferol, a natural antioxidant thought to prevent arteriosclerosis.

According to a report by The Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado, eating organic fruits and vegetables will increase the body’s antioxidant intake by about 30 percent, as compared to conventionally grown produce[1] …read more of British Journal Study Confirms Organic Produce Significantly Higher in Antioxidants here

 
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Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Saturated Animal Fat

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
August 25, 2014
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Multiple Sclerosis, Vegan

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, degenerative autoimmune disease of the central nervous system in which the body attacks its own nerves. MS often strikes in the prime of life and can cause cognitive impairment and painful loss of vision, as well as tremors, weakness, loss of bladder control, muscle pain, and fatigue.

The most frequently prescribed drug for multiple sclerosis is interferon beta, which can make one feel lousy and cost $30,000 a year, which might be OK if it actually worked. We have recently learned that interferon therapy doesn’t seem to prevent or delay long-term disability. That leaves chemo drugs like mitoxantrone, which causes irreversible heart damage in one out of every eight patients and causes cancer (leukemia) in nearly 1 percent of those who take it. But MS is no walk in the park either.

Dr. Roy Swank was a distinguished neurologist who authored over 170 scientific papers died recently at the age of 99.  Dr. Swank, who was interviewed by Dr. John McDougall when he was 84, believed that MS is related to diet. He said, “it seemed possible to me that this could be a matter of food, because the further north you go the less vegetarian a life is led and the more people are carnivores, you might say – they spend a lot more time eating meat.” …read more of Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Saturated Animal Fat here

 
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Rule of Three – Strategy for Success

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
August 3, 2014
File under: Financial Advice, Practical Solutions, Stress Relief

Your house is perfect but your body is a wreck.  Sound familiar?  Or how about this one? Your house and health are perfect, but your finances are a wreck.

Have you noticed that when you focus on making some areas of your life their very best other areas oftentimes suffer?  Perhaps it’s just me, but it seems that there is a “Rule of Three.”

I am not talking about the Latin rule-of-three phrase, omne trium perfectum, where everything that comes in threes is perfect, or that every set of three is complete.

That may have been true millennia ago, but in today’s fast-paced world it has taken on a new meaning.   Ponder this . . . that it may be possible for you to achieve amazing results for your efforts in only two areas of your life. …read more of Rule of Three – Strategy for Success here

 
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Should Mammograms Go The Way of The Dinosaurs?

By Christine Horner M.D.
July 21, 2014
File under: Health Concerns

For over forty years, women have been told that the best way to lower their risk of dying of breast cancer is by getting a yearly mammogram.

However, several recent, well-designed studies have found that may not be true. Researchers say the value of mammograms has been overrated and their harms severely underrated.

Last year, a study of 600,000 women published in the journal Cochrane Database System Review concluded that there is “no evidence that mammography screening reduces overall mortality.” In addition, thirty percent of the “breast cancers” found by mammogram were “over-diagnosed,” meaning they would never become a problem.

For every 2,000 women invited for screening for 10 years, the researchers stated that only one will avoid dying of cancer and ten healthy women would be unnecessarily treated with potentially harmful surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. …read more of Should Mammograms Go The Way of The Dinosaurs? here

 
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Bagel Mom

By Deborah Elkins
July 14, 2014
File under: Empathy, Food Supply, Food Waste, Social Responsibility

No act of kindness however small is ever wasted. ~Aesop

The Bagel Mom Movement all started with a donation of bagels from a mom who knew that unsold bagels go to waste and who approached local shop owners, Ted and Patra Cichowski  of New York Bagel in Brentwood.

That one container of bagels fed hundreds of children at Paul Revere Middle School. In order to bring bagels to kids that need a little more, you have to offer bagels to everyone. Some kids really are hungry and may have skipped breakfast, but other kids are just happy to get some kind of attention… a bit of love and kindness in the gift of a bagel.

It is an honor and a privilege to be the ‘Bagel Mom.’ Every act of kindness has a ripple effect and the Bagel Mom Program has been just that.

I had no idea when I began this effort with one supply of bagels where it would lead. There was no intention or plan to be Bagel Mom; there was just the obvious waste and a corresponding need. There were kids slipping through the cracks at my schools for many different reasons who just do not have enough to eat. …read more of Bagel Mom here

 
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