Certain ingredients in shampoo, detergents and other cleaning agents may help form a suspected cancer-causing contaminant in water. The poorly understood water contaminant, called NDMA, is of ongoing concern to health officials.
NDMA and other nitrosamines can form during water disinfection with chloramine. Substances called quaternary amines, which are found in cosmetics and household cleaning agents, may play a role in the formation of nitrosamines.
"... laboratory research showed that when mixed with chloramine, some household cleaning products -- including shampoo, dishwashing detergent and laundry detergent -- formed NDMA ... quaternary amines are used in such large quantities that some still may persist and have a potentially harmful effect in the effluents from sewage treatment plants."Sources:
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
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Scientists believe they now know exactly why polyphenols, such as those found in red wine and green tea, inhibit cancer growth. The antioxidants produce a combined effect to disrupt an important cell signaling pathway necessary for prostate cancer growth.
The SphK1/S1P signaling pathway plays a role both in prostate cancer and in other cancers such as colon cancer, breast cancer, and gastric cancers.
"Scientists conducted in vitro experiments which showed that the inhibition of the sphingosine kinase-1/sphingosine 1-phosphate (SphK1/S1P) pathway was essential for green tea and wine polyphenols to kill prostate cancer cells ... Human prostate cancer cells were implanted in the mice and results showed a dramatic decrease in tumor size in the mice drinking the EGCG or polyphenon E mixtures."Sources:
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
Polyphenols are potent antioxidant compounds in plant foods and their ability to fight numerous health conditions has been the subject of much exciting research in recent years.
At the center of the limelight are the polyphenols in green tea and red wine, both of which have shown powerful anti-cancer effects. In the latest research, it appears the antioxidants disrupt a cell signaling pathway that is necessary for prostate cancer to grow.
How Green Tea Polyphenols May Fight Cancer
Polyphenols in tea, which include EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and many others, are protective against many types of cancer. For instance, women under 50 who drank three or more cups of tea a day had a 37 percent reduced risk of developing breast cancer, and women who regularly drink five or more cups of green tea daily appear about 20 percent less likely to develop stomach cancer.
Other studies have also highlighted tea's potential to fight skin cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer, and compelling evidence suggests that the polyphenols in green tea may be even more effective at fighting the progression of cancer than the antioxidants found in red wine and grapes.
There are several primary ways that green tea, and also green tea extract, may help prevent cancer:
- Green tea extract works by affecting actin remodeling, an event that allows cancer cells to move and invade nearby healthy tissue.
- When a human moves, the muscles and skeletal structure function together to assist that movement. In order for cancer to grow and spread, the malignant cells must be able to move; this movement depends on actin remodeling.
- Green tea extract makes the cancer cells more mature and joins them together more closely (a process referred to as cell adhesion).
- Both the maturity of the cells, as well as the occurrence of adhesion, inhibits their mobility, thus hindering spreading.
The polyphenols in green tea may constitute up to 30 percent of the dry leaf weight, so, when you drink a cup of green tea, you're drinking a fairly potent solution of healthy tea polyphenols. Green tea is the least processed kind of tea, so it also contains the highest amounts of EGCG of all tea varieties.
Keep in mind, however, that many green teas have been oxidized, and this process may take away many of its valuable properties. The easiest sign to look for when evaluating a green tea's quality is its color: if your green tea is brown rather than green, it's likely been oxidized.
My personal favorite is matcha green tea because it contains the entire ground tea leaf, and can contain over 100 times the EGCG provided from regular brewed green tea.
If you're not familiar with tea you may have never heard of matcha tea. Rather than being steeped and strained like typical tea, matcha tea is made of tea leaves ground into a powder, and you mix the powder right into water.
The matcha tea is a vibrant bright green, and is far less processed and of much higher quality than most other green teas, so you also avoid the risk of ingesting high levels of fluoride, lead, and aluminum, which can be found in inferior teas of all kinds, including green teas.
Does Red Wine Fight Prostate Cancer Too?
Red wine contains resveratrol, a polyphenol found in a number of plants, including grape skins, raspberries, mulberries and peanuts. Among its many health-boosting properties is a known ability to fight cancer.
Resveratrol deeply penetrates the center of your cell's nucleus, giving your DNA time to repair free radical damage. It also supports cell functions in your heart and brain so that you can help prevent the rampant spread of cancer cells at any stage.
Further, resveratrol's anti-inflammatory properties help prevent certain enzymes from forming that trigger tumor development. It also helps cut down cell reproduction, which helps reduce the number of cell divisions that could contribute to the progression of cancer cell growth, and may also reduce testosterone levels, which promote prostate cancer growth.
Resveratrol is found in abundance in red wine, and it's highly soluble in alcohol, meaning your body may absorb more of it from red wine than from other sources. This may be why drinking a glass of red wine a day has been said to reduce men's prostate cancer risk by 50 percent.
I do not, however, suggest drinking large amounts of red wine, as the alcohol is a poison to your system.
Instead, you can get some resveratrol from your diet by eating grapes (muscadine grapes have the highest concentration of resveratrol in nature because of their extra thick skins and numerous seeds where it is concentrated), cocoa, dark chocolate and peanuts, but it will likely be difficult to get a therapeutic dose, especially since these are all foods I recommend you eat only in moderation.
The other option is to take a resveratrol supplement (which is one of the few supplements I personally take every day), and in this case be sure to look for one made from a whole food complex that includes muscadine grape skin and seeds.
Your Diet is a Potent Way to Lower Your Prostate Cancer Risk
Remember, it's not only polyphenols in green tea and grapes that can help you lower your prostate cancer risk.
Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. It's also the second leading cause of cancer death, behind lung cancer.
About one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, so it's important to take steps to reduce your risk now.
Fortunately, your diet can either help or hinder cancer development or progression. Eating higher amounts of vegetables and fruit, and avoiding high energy intake, processed meat, and excessive dairy products and calcium may be helpful for preventing prostate cancer, and in treating patients already diagnosed with it.
One 2009 study also identified the following foods as being particularly beneficial against prostate cancer:
- Green tea
- Vitamin E
- Alkalinize your system with loads of raw foods
Two More Important "Vitamins" for Prostate Cancer
No discussion of prostate cancer, or any cancer, avoidance would be complete without mentioning vitamin D. There are, in fact, more than 800 scientific studies confirming the link between vitamin D deficiency and multiple types of cancers, including prostate cancer.
According to a study published last year, men with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood were seven times LESS likely to die from prostate cancer than those with lower amounts. Vitamin D has a protective effect against cancer in several ways, including:
- Increasing the self-destruction of mutated cells (which, if allowed to replicate, could lead to cancer)
- Reducing the spread and reproduction of cancer cells
- Causing cells to become differentiated (cancer cells often lack differentiation)
- Reducing the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, which is a step in the transition of dormant tumors turning cancerous
Overall, getting a safe amount of sun exposure on a regular basis, or taking an oral vitamin D3 supplement could reduce your risk of all cancers by at least half! So please take a few minutes to learn how to safely optimize your vitamin D levels today.
Next, vitamin K2 has also been found to offer significant protection against prostate cancer. One 2008 study by the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) found that increased intake of vitamin K2 may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by 35 percent.
Interestingly, the potential benefits of vitamin K2 were most pronounced for advanced prostate cancer.
It is such an important vitamin that, although I don't typically recommend adding extra supplements to your diet, vitamin K is one of the few supplements you should seriously consider because many people don't get nearly enough of it on a daily basis through the foods they eat (natto and fermented cheeses are rich sources of vitamin K2).
Although the exact dosing is yet to be determined, one vitamin K expert, Dr. Cees Vermeer, recommends between 45 mcg and 185 mcg daily for adults. You must use caution on the higher doses if you take anticoagulants, but if you are generally healthy and not on these types of medications, I suggest 100 mcg daily.
Please note that if you've experienced stroke, cardiac arrest, or are prone to blood clotting, do not take vitamin K without consulting your physician first.
Another important note is that vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that dietary fat is necessary for its absorption
Take Action to Prevent Prostate Cancer Now
Most cases of prostate cancer do not occur until after men turn 50, but in recent years there has been a steady rise in the percentage of men in their 30s and 40s with both prostate problems and prostate cancer, primarily as a result of poor diet and increasing environmental pollution. So it's a good idea to start taking steps to lower your risk now.
Along with including polyphenols, vitamin D, and vitamin K2 in your healthful lifestyle, here is a list of 14 additional guidelines and strategies to help you avoid and treat prostate (and breast) cancer.
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Parents and nutritionists are protesting a line of designer toddler drinks containing mostly milk and sugar. They are aimed at children as young as 1 year old.
Mead Johnson's Enfagrow Premium contains more than 25 additives supposedly intended to boost growth, brain development and immunity for the kids -- but some say the massive amounts of added sugar for flavoring may contribute to the childhood obesity epidemic.
ABC News reports:
"The company responded to the firestorm of criticism by dropping its new chocolate-flavored product, which critics have considered the worst offender with 19 grams of sugar ... In a prepared statement ... Mead Johnson said there had been 'some misunderstanding and mischaracterization regarding the intended consumer' of the product."
Mead Johnson markets Enfagrow for children ages 1 to 3 who have been weaned off breast milk or infant formula.Sources:
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
Mead Johnson's Enfagrow, a nutritional supplement for toddlers, is little more than fortified milk with added sugar. The first three ingredients on the label are just that: whole milk, nonfat milk and sugar.
Enfagrow also contains a smattering of vitamins, omega-3, prebiotics and antioxidants, which is what Mead Johnson keys in on in their marketing messages, calling Enfagrow a "delicious nutritious addition to his daily diet -- one that's specifically tailored for a toddler."
But parents were not happy when the company rolled out their new chocolate flavor earlier this year, which packed a walloping 19 grams of sugar per serving. Nothing like hooking your 1-year-old on sweet, chocolate-flavored sugary drinks right from the get-go to set him up for a lifetime of weight problems and health issues!
Since When is Sugar and Corn Syrup Good for Toddlers?
The list of ingredients in Enfagrow is, strangely, not available online, so it took going to the grocery store to read the package in person to find out what it actually contains.
While the vanilla flavor is sweetened with sugar, the unflavored variety contains corn syrup solids, i.e. fructose -- precisely the ingredient that is contributing to the obesity epidemic facing both adults and children in the United States. You might as well be giving your baby a bottle of Coke or Pepsi!
I've written numerous articles about the dangers of consuming fructose, including its ability to disturb your metabolism, elevate blood pressure and triglycerides, cause weight gain, heart disease and liver damage, and even deplete your body of vitamins and minerals.
There is no way that an infant should be consuming any corn syrup whatsoever, and the fact that Enfagrow is being marketed as a nutritional supplement for kids, when it's loaded with sugar and/or corn syrup, is incredibly deceptive.
Fortunately, due to the public outcry the chocolate flavored Enfagrow was discontinued after just four months, but the vanilla flavor, which contains 16-17 grams of sugar, is still on the market, along with unflavored varieties that contain up to 11 grams of sugar, including corn syrup solids.
When Enough Parents Speak Up, Manufacturers Listen
This is a wonderful example of how powerful your voice can be in prompting change in the consumer marketplace. Mead Johnson is out to make a profit, and they know very well that if enough parents are upset about an issue, word will spread, fast, at the expense of their bottom line.
And parents were indeed outraged that a chocolate-flavored, sugar-filled beverage was being promoted as a nutritional supplement for near babies, many whom had just transitioned from breast milk or formula and had only been eating regular food for a very short time.
In a statement about the product's discontinuation, the company wrote there had been:
". some misunderstanding and mischaracterization regarding the intended consumer" . and "the resulting debate has distracted attention from the overall benefits of the brand."
In other words, they were getting enough bad press that they decided to pull Enfagrow Chocolate, lest it tarnish the image of Mead Johnson's other products.
In the future, remember the power that you, your friends, and your family have in the marketplace, and be quick to voice your opinions about products you think are unhealthful or dangerous.
Tips for Feeding Your Picky Toddler
Toddlers are known for being picky eaters, but you must keep trying to introduce a variety of healthy foods nonetheless. It can take 10-15 times before a child will accept a new food, so if you've tried offering peas or chicken and your toddler would have no part of it, try, try and try again.
What you want to avoid is giving in to your child with a sweetened fortified beverage like Enfagrow, as this will establish a pattern that your toddler will likely want to continue. A much better alternative if you've been breastfeeding would be to continue supplementing your toddler's diet with breast milk until you can transition over fully to solid foods.
You will also want to avoid the common mistake of feeding your infant cereal. Cereal is often one of the first solid foods to be introduced into the infant diet and most pediatricians encourage their patients to start these foods at about 4 to 6 months of age.
This is truly unfortunate, as grains are not a healthy choice for most people, including infants, and infants fed cereal also have an increased risk of type 1 diabetes.
Instead, according to the Weston A. Price Foundation, egg yolk should be your baby's first solid food, starting at 4 months, whether your baby is breastfed or formula-fed. Egg yolks from free-range hens will contain the special long-chain fatty acids so critical for the optimal development of your child's brain and nervous system.
However, the egg whites may cause an allergic reaction so they're best avoided until your child is at least 1 year old.
Infants will also do just fine starting out on a vegetable source of carbs, and simply cooking a squash or sweet potato, mashing it up and putting it into an ice cube tray is an easy way to have ready-made multiple servings available for the rest of the week. By alternating a wide variety of veggies with quality sources of protein like organic chicken and grass-fed beef, you'll be giving your toddler a foundation of nutrition to grow on.
Resist Falling Into the Junk-Food Trap
Most parents do try to feed their kids relatively healthy, but a lot of factors tend to get in the way. First of all, there's so much misinformation out there about what's healthy and what's not, that adults are often confused about what to eat themselves, let alone what to feed their kids.
There's also so much junk-food advertising aimed at children that nowadays kids think anything worth eating must be bright blue, sugary, salty or sour, and turn their tongue orange when they eat it. It helps if the "food" is also shaped like some sort of cartoon character or action figure.
But consider this: a survey from the America On The Move Foundation found that 71 percent of children get information about how to be healthy from their mothers, and 43 percent get such information from their fathers.
Further, the New York Times pointed out that preschoolers will like or reject the same fruits and vegetables that their parents like or dislike. And girls are more likely to be picky eaters if their mothers don't like vegetables. So the more you embrace a healthy diet and share that enthusiasm with your children, even at a very young age, the more likely they are to follow suit.
Finally, it's important that you avoid giving your toddler too much fruit juice, milk or supplemental drinks like Enfagrow because these beverages will make your child full. Most toddlers will not eat if they're not hungry, so you want to be sure you're filling your child's tummy with real, nutritious food instead of various beverages.
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New research shows that eyesight markedly improves when people are experimentally induced to believe that they can see especially well. Their expectations actually enhanced visual clarity, rather than simply increasing alertness.
The findings add to the evidence that visual perception depends not just on relaying information from your eyes to your brain, but also on experience-based assumptions about what you can see. Those expectations can lead people to ignore unusual objects and events.
Discovery News reports:
"... men and women who saw a reversed eye chart -- arranged so that letters became progressively larger further down the chart ... accurately reported more letters... These results reflect people's expectation, based on experience with standard eye charts, that letters are easy to see at the top and become increasingly difficult to distinguish on lower lines ..."Sources:
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
Is it really possible to improve your vision simply by changing your mindset? According to research by Harvard University psychologist Ellen Langer and colleagues, it most certainly is.
When people were primed to believe they had excellent eyesight, their vision improved. Likewise, when participants were told their eyesight would improve with practice, it did. The same occurred when people adopted a "try and you will succeed" mindset -- they tried, and their vision successfully improved.
What you have here is an awesome example of what can occur when you believe it can, and shows once again that the placebo effect is actually very real.
Proof the Placebo Effect Works
If you believe you will benefit from something, you will. And the more you focus your intention on this, the more you'll find that you can manifest nearly any result you desire.
If you think this sounds simplistic or out there, consider that the placebo effect has been demonstrated in countless studies published in prestigious medical journals, and findings show placebos often work better than expensive and side-effect ridden drugs and surgeries.
One of the most powerful examples of the power of the placebo effect was published in the classic New England Journal of Medicine knee surgery study.
It was published in one of the most well-respected medical journals on the planet and was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial performed at some of the top U.S. hospitals.
What did the results show?
That most knee surgery results in a $3-billion hoax in the United States. It is not actually the surgery itself that is responsible for the improvement, but rather is the placebo effect. More precisely, it's the ability of your brain to produce healing.
How Your Mind Might Impact Your Vision
Your mind has the power to create or cure disease because your thoughts affect the expression of your genes. Epigenetics literally means "above the genes," and this new field is now beginning to explain scenarios like placebo effect and spontaneous healing, which lacked a scientific basis until now.
Today's "New Biology" is overlapping with consciousness science and quantum physics, and it's showing us that we have masterful control over our own lives, including how we feel pain, depression, anxiety and even our ability to overcome diseases like cancer or improve our vision
As Scientific American shared:
"In recent decades reports have confirmed the efficacy of various sham treatments in nearly all areas of medicine. Placebos have helped alleviate pain, depression, anxiety, Parkinson's disease, inflammatory disorders and even cancer.
Placebo effects can arise not only from a conscious belief in a drug but also from subconscious associations between recovery and the experience of being treated-from the pinch of a shot to a doctor's white coat. Such subliminal conditioning can control bodily processes of which we are unaware, such as immune responses and the release of hormones."
Or, in the case of Harvard University psychologist Ellen Langer's experiment, simply helping a person believe they would see better manifested that intention into reality. Interestingly, the scenario also worked when a typical eye chart was reversed, so instead of starting out large and getting smaller, the smaller letters were on the top.
The researchers wrote:
"Because letters get progressively smaller on successive lines, people expect that they will be able to read the first few lines only. When participants viewed a reversed chart and a shifted chart, they were able to see letters they could not see before. Thus, mind-set manipulation can counteract physiological limits imposed on vision."
Healthy Eyes Need a Healthy Mind
Even going beyond the placebo effect, your thoughts can influence how well you see because your mind is the source of much of the stress from outside sources brought to bear upon your eyes.
Every thought of effort in your mind, of whatever sort, transmits a motor impulse to your eye, and every such impulse causes a deviation from the normal in the shape of your eyeball and lessens your foveal sensitivity.
If you want to have ideal vision, therefore, you must minimize stress in your mind. Mental strain of any kind always produces conscious or unconscious eyestrain and if the strain takes the form of an effort to see, an error of refraction is always produced.
Mental strain may produce many different kinds of eyestrain, but there is only one solution for all of them, namely, relaxation.
The health of your eye depends upon your blood, too, and circulation is very largely influenced by your thoughts. When your thoughts are not attended by any excitement or strain -- the circulation in your brain is normal, the supply of blood to your optic nerve and your visual centers are normal, and your vision is perfect.
When your thoughts are abnormal, your circulation is disturbed, the supply of blood to your optic nerve and visual centers is altered, and your vision lowered.
You can consciously think thoughts that disturb your circulation and lower your visual power; you can also consciously think thoughts that will restore normal circulation and thereby improve not only all errors of refraction, but also many other abnormal conditions of your eyes.
Relaxing Your Mind and Your Eyes is Important
So while you cannot "make" yourself see, by learning to control your thoughts you can accomplish that end indirectly.
When a disturbing thought is replaced by one that relaxes, your squint disappears, the double vision and the errors of refraction are corrected and this is as true of abnormalities of long standing as of those produced voluntarily.
In a fraction of a second the highest degrees of refractive error may be corrected, a squint may disappear, or the blindness of amblyopia may be relieved.
If the relaxation is only momentary, the correction is momentary. When it becomes permanent, the correction is permanent.
This relaxation cannot, however, be obtained by any sort of effort. It is fundamental that you understand this; for so long as you think, consciously or unconsciously, that relief from strain may be obtained by another strain your improvement will be delayed.
That is why RELAXING your eyes and addressing the stressors that contribute to the stress are the keys to help you recover your vision. You can read more about this system to restore your vision naturally, which I personally used successfully to regain my own vision without the use of glasses or contacts, here.
The bottom line is this: if you have vision problems, your first step to recovery is believing it is possible. The more you set your mind on this fact, and then take steps to enhance your vision naturally, the more likely it is to become a reality.
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