12 House Plants That Remove Toxins and Purify Your Air

We all know that plants in our home release oxygen. But they are also able to clean the air from mold and toxins. Several studies have been conducted showing that certain plants can rid a room of up to 89 percent of harmful VOCs like formaldehyde and xylene. If you or anyone in your family has allergies, smokes or just wants to breathe fresher, cleaner air in their homes, read on for 12 plants that purify the air around you as well as which specific pollutant each one targets and removes.


1) Aloe
– It’s one of the best plants to keep in every bedroom. It absorbs benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. The gel from aloe vera has been found to multiply the oxygen transportation and diffusion capabilities of red blood cells. Because it contains several mineral ions which aid the body in fluid transport and regulation, consumption of Aloe Vera juice can help you to eliminate toxins more efficiently through your skin via sweat.

2) Garden Mum – In the NASA research, this plant was an air-purifying champion, removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air. Popular and inexpensive at garden stores, they can be planted outside after they’re finished blooming.

3) English Ivy (Hedera Helix) – A clinging evergreen vine, Ivy removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from indoor air. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant and not always suitable for indoors, English Ivy can grow up to 100ft if left unchecked.


4) Spider plant (ChlorophytumComosum)
– Spider plants are among the easiest houseplants to grow, making them a great choice for beginners or forgetful owners. They are able to perform photosynthesis under minimal light. One plant is enough to clean the air in up to 200 square meters. It removes formaldehyde and xylene.

5) Dracaena
– There are more than 40 different kinds of Dracaena plants, making it easy to find one that’s a perfect fit for your home or office. They’re common foliage plants with long, wide leaves that are often variegated with lines of white, cream, or red. Pet owners might want to select a different plant, however, as these are toxic to cats and dogs. It removes benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.http://castletongardens.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Dracaena-Rikki-10-pot.jpg

6) Ficus (FicusElastica) – Also known as “rubber plant”, it is grown around the world as an ornamental plant. In cultivation, it prefers bright sunlight but not hot temperatures. It is quite effective in purifying the air of formaldehyde.
7) Ficus (Ficus Benjamina) – Though the ficus is a tree in its native home of southeast Asia, when it grows indoors, it’s a hardy plant that ends up being between two and 10 feet tall. So why not get figgy with it? Grow this low-maintenance houseplant in bright, indirect light and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Although this plant has some serious air-cleaning abilities, it can also be taken outside in late spring and brought back indoors when temperatures are warm and well above freezing. It removes benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

8) Snake planet (SansevieriaTrifasciata) – This is one of the hardesthouseplants to kill. Although it does need to be watered occasionally, it generally prefers drier conditions and some sun. It is excellent for the bedroom as it produces oxygen during the night. It removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

9) Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifritzii)
– A superstar of filtering formaldehyde, these palms thrive in full sun or bright light. Part of the reason they can filter so much air is that they can grow to be pretty big–as tall as four to 12 feet high, making them exciting (and pet-friendly) indoor additions.

10) Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum)
– It removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, ammonia and xylene from the air. It lives best in shade and needs little sunlight to thrive, and is watered approximately once a week. The soil is best left moist but only needs watering if the soil is dry. Spathiphyllum is mildly toxic to humans and animals when ingested.

11) Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)
– These plants prefer to clean the air from a cool location with high humidity and indirect light. They’re relatively easy to grow, but they do need to stay moist. Check the Boston Fern’s soil daily to see if it needs water, and give it a good soak once per month. It remove formaldehyde and xylene.

Chrysanthemum Morifolium – Also called Florist’s daisy it has risen in popularity as an indoor houseplant in part because of its air cleaning qualities as per a study done by NASA, removing trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and other chemicals from the air. In general, the plant is best fertilized once a month and watered two to three times a week depending on climate.

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This New Research Shows the Incredible Effects Your Thoughts Have On Your Health and Longevity

April McCarthy, Prevent Disease

Advances in health, education, disease prevention and treatments are high on the list of things that have allowed people to extend their lives, especially since chronic medical conditions and engaging in unhealthy behaviors are known risk factors for early death, however findings from a longitudinal study of over 6,000 adults suggests that certain psychological factors may be the strongest predictors of how long we’ll live.

The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

How you think about death affects how you behave in life. “Our study shows that two psychological variables, lower self-rated health and age-related decrements in processing speed, appear to be especially important indicators of elevated mortality risk in middle-age and older adults,” says psychological scientist Stephen Aichele of the University of Geneva in Switzerland. “This information may facilitate diagnostic accuracy and timely interventions.”

Researchers around the world are slowly integrating research on how our energetic and emotional states cause health and/or disease. How we connect emotionally to our overall wellness and wellbeing may indeed be more relevant than any supplement, food, exercise, medical intervention or health treatment.

Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. This is often called the “mind/body connection.” When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right. For example, high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer might develop after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one.

Aichele and colleagues Patrick Rabbitt (University of Oxford, UK) and Paolo Ghisletta (University of Geneva, Switzerland) were interested in investigating the relative influence of cognitive, demographic, health, and lifestyle variables in predicting mortality risk. While previous research had provided some clues as to the roles played by these variables, comprehensive longitudinal studies were few and far between.

“It has been long known that particular factors such as illnesses, socio-economic disadvantage, cognitive decline, and social support determine how long we survive in old age,” explains Aichele. “The problem has been that these and other markers for mortality have been tested separately, rather than together. Given that they are strongly associated with each other, it makes it difficult to determine which variables most influence mortality risk.”

To address this gap in the available research, Aichele and colleagues turned to the Manchester Longitudinal Study of Cognition, examining 29 years’ worth of data collected from 6,203 adults who ranged in age from 41 to 96 years old when they began the study.

Aggregating data from 15 different tasks, the researchers looked at participants’ cognitive performance across five domains of ability: crystallized intelligence, fluid intelligence, verbal memory, visual memory, and processing speed. The tasks–all well-established measures of cognitive ability–were administered up to four times over a 12-year period, allowing the researchers to assess participants’ baseline performance and change in performance over time for each domain.

To gauge participants’ health, the researchers used the Cornell Medical Index, a measure that includes detailed checklists of a total of 195 pathological symptoms related to physical and psychological disorders.

Finally, the researchers looked at participants’ subjective reports of various lifestyle factors, including perceived health, number of prescribed medicines, sleep patterns, hobbies, leisure activities, and social interactions.

People who consider themselves self-disciplined, organized achievers live longer and have up to an 89% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s than the less conscientious. When you’re good at focusing your attention, you use more brainpower, says the lead researcher in both studies, Robert S. Wilson, PhD, a professor of neurological sciences and psychology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

About 17% of Americans are flourishers. They have a positive outlook on life, a sense of purpose and community, and are healthier than “languishers”–about 10% of adults who don’t feel good about themselves. Most of us fall somewhere in between. “We should strive to flourish, to find meaning in our lives,” says Corey Keyes, PhD, a professor of sociology at Emory University. “In Sardinia and Okinawa, where people live the longest, hard work is important, but not more so than spending time with family, nurturing spirituality, and doing for others.”

Using two types of statistical analysis, the researchers were able to assess the relative importance of a total of 65 different variables in predicting participants’ mortality risk.

The results revealed subjective health and mental processing speed to be two of the strongest predictors — that is, better perceived health and smaller decreases in processing speed over time were associated with reduced mortality risk.

Being a woman was also associated with reduced mortality risk, while years of smoking tobacco was linked with an increased risk of early death.

The influence of the two psychological factors relative to known medical risk factors, such as cardiovascular symptoms, came as a surprise:

“The result that psychological variables are so strongly linked to mortality risk is very surprising because much extant evidence supports the hypothesis that the strongest predictors of survival in old age are of medical or physiological nature,” explains Aichele.

These findings may provide useful insights to health professionals, who need better methods for identifying individuals at risk of early death.

“Addressing the needs of an aging global population will require accounting for numerous morbidity and mortality risk factors, such as demographic variables, health conditions, functional capacities, mental abilities, and social support,” the researchers conclude.

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8 Things Your Nails Are Telling You About Your Health

via Family Health Freedom Network

Though your fingernails may seem like a very insignificant part of your body, they are actually indicative of your overall health in many different ways. Your fingernails reflect how well you eat , how much you sleep, and the state of your internal health. Learn more about the top eight ways that your nails can show you that something’s going wrong.

1: Heart Problems
Heart disease is a serious threat in the United States, and your fingernails can actually warn you about possible cardiovascular problems. Thin red or brown lines under your nails may be a sign of a heart valve infection, while congenital heart problems often cause your nails to club.

2: Oxygen Deprivation
Your body relies on getting enough oxygen to function properly. However, if there is not enough oxygen, your extremities are often the ones to get the shaft. That’s why fingernails may be a sign of oxygen-related health problems, like emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, or low hemoglobin.

3: Lack of Nutrition

Sometimes, the body is strong enough to overcome any nutritional deficiencies you may put it through. However, over time, these deficiencies get expressed in a variety of ways. If you aren’t getting the protein, omega-3 fatty acids, or iron you need, your nails may start to splinter, get pale, or break.

4: Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the world, and it can pop up just about anywhere in your body. Surprisingly, it can even develop under your fingernails. A specific type of melanoma is very likely to develop under the fingernails, and many people don’t even know to check that part of your skin. Skin cancer under the nails often manifests as dark lines.

5: Thyroid Disorders
Irregularities in your fingernails can indicate a thyroid disorder. If your nails start splitting away from the nail bed, this may be a sign of hyperthyroidism. Nails that take on a concave shape and seem to round away from the finger are often a sign of hypothyroidism.

6: Arthritis
Different types of arthritis can cause quite a range of nail conditions. Weak nails that easily split, yellow nails, a puffy nail fold, or red lunula can all indicate joint problems. If you notice any of these symptoms, you may be at risk for osteoarthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or rheumatoid arthritis.

7: Infection
Your fingernails are particularly prone to infections, thanks to how easily they can break and how weak the skin is right around your fingernails. If the skin around your nails becomes red and puffy, it is likely that you’re dealing with an infection. Snagged or ingrown nails are common culprits, but artificial nails can also lead to nail infections.

8: Diabetes
If you have diabetes , the glucose in your body often connects with the proteins in your fingernails. This causes nails to take on a yellow tint. If your nails stay yellow for any prolonged period of time, you may want to get checked out for diabetes.


Walmart Recalling 90,000 Pounds of Beef Containing “Extraneous Wood Materials”

Walmart announced this week that they will be recalling 90,000 pounds of beef because they could possibly contain “extraneous wood materials.”

According to a press release from the USDA, The Sam’s Choice Black Angus Vidalia Onion items which were produced on various dates between Nov. 19, 2015, and Dec. 9, 2015 are at risk of contamination.

The press release stated that:

The foreign material originated with an incoming ingredient and was discovered during production. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

The beef patties were produced by the Huisken Meat Company, which is based in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.

The food products sold at Wal-Mart are known to be questionable.

As we reported last year, a mother accidentally discovered that Wal-Mart ice cream bars will not melt, even when exposed to very hot temperature, after she left one of the bars out in the sun for an extended period of time. Her discovery sparked experiments across the country which all ended up with the same results: something inside of the ice cream bars is preventing them from melting. After testing the product more thoroughly, Consumer Reports linked the slow melt time with the various gums that are injected into the ice cream.

Wal-Mart recently rolled out a new public relations scheme to improve their public image, and make people think that they care about the environment.

Unfortunately, as Stacy Mitchell of Grist recently pointed out, Wal-Mart’s new environmentally friendly promise is a total lie, even according to the company’s own writing.

Starting recently, Wal-Mart is now tagging over 3,000 of its products with a new “Sustainability Leaders” label, which gives the impression that they are doing something for the environment, but in reality the label means absolutely nothing.

In the fine print of Walmart’s sustainability shopping portal reads the following warning, “The Sustainability Leaders badge does not make representations about the environmental or social impact of an individual product.”


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Anger is One of the Healthiest Emotions We Can Have, Finds New Study

by Josh Richardson,

According to society, anger rarely pays. That’s partly true, but the unfortunate omission according to what is socially acceptable is the difference between the type of anger that leads us to spiraling out of control, and that which has a positive role in not only our individual growth, but the entire world’s. Constructive anger can aid intimate relationships, work interactions and social expressions, including many types of responses that can change humanity.

“Don’t you dare raise your voice in this house,” says just about every parent in the modern world. Although anger directed at another human being can be hurtful and detrimental to our health, outward expressions of anger fueled to exercise or simply distress may help protect us from heart disease and stroke. Men with moderate levels of anger expression are less likely to have a stroke than those who rarely expressed anger. 

We all know very bitter and angry people. We often judge them in ways that represent our own convictions relating to aggression and violence. But anger is not necessarily associated with either of those. In fact, anger seems to be followed by aggression only about 10 percent of the time, and lots of aggression occurs without any anger at all.

Yes, when not properly expressed, anger can come out “inappropriately” in the form of road rage, hurtful humor, procrastination, illness, memory loss, chronic lateness, gossip, depression, or violence.

Anger is a Beneficial Healthy Emotion

However, a number of studies show that in the places where anger is usually played out–especially on the domestic front–it is often beneficial. “When you look at everyday episodes of anger as opposed to more dramatic ones, the results are usually positive,” says James Averill, PhD, a University of Massachusetts Amherst psychologist whose studies of everyday anger in the 1980s found that angry episodes helped strengthen relationships about half the time, according to a community sample.

In its purest sense, anger is a normal, healthy emotion. It is a warning signal that something is wrong. It can alert an individual of the potential for physical or psychological trauma.

Anger is also a mixture of both emotional and physical changes. A big surge of energy goes through your body as chemicals, such as adrenaline, are released. The emotion can provide the energy to resist emotional or physical threats, allowing defense or escape. It can aid in our awareness of emotional or physical boundaries and help individuals set healthy limits. Anger can also mobilize us to make much-needed changes in our world when we are faced with injustices.

The difference is not the levels of anger, but the styles of coping with anger. Sarcastic remarks to others, slamming doors, or arguing with others will only increase stress. However, outward expressions which are controlled can release tension and decrease cortisol levels responsible for inflammation and pain. It’s one of the reasons very angry people who exercise are able to control the emotion. Anger can ultimately motivate us to take action and remedy situations that are wrong. The key is figuring out how to appropriately channel our anger.

The concept of constructive anger is also gaining empirical support from a recently validated measure developed by Mount Sinai Medical Center psychologist Karina Davidson, PhD, and colleagues. Described in an issue of Health Psychology (2000., Vol. 19, No. 1), the instrument explores factors like people’s propensity to calmly discuss their angry feelings and to work toward solutions. Indeed, use of the scale with male heart patients high in hostility suggests that constructive anger may have health benefits as well.

A 2002 study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology (Vol. 58, No. 12) by Tafrate, Kassinove and Louis Dundin, found that 40 percent of a community sample of 93 people reported positive long-term effects of angry episodes, compared with 36 percent that reported neutral and 25 percent that reported negative long-term outcomes.

Similarly, a 1997 study by Kassinove and colleagues in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality (Vol. 12, No. 2) found that 55 percent of a comparative community sample of Russians and Americans said an angry episode produced a positive outcome. Almost a third of them noted the episode helped them see their own faults.

“People who are targets of anger in these studies will say things like, ‘I really understand the other person much better now–I guess I wasn’t listening before,'” comments Kassinove. “While assertive expression is always preferable to angry expression, anger may serve an important alerting function that leads to deeper understanding of the other person and the problem.”

The ability to identify and distinguish between negative emotions helps us address the problem that led to those emotions in the first place. But while some people can tell the difference between feeling angry and guilty, others may not be able to separate the two. Distinguishing between anger and frustration is even harder.

Positive Feedback Loop

Several factors can make the difference between constructive and destructive anger, say psychologists who study and treat everyday anger. For one, constructive anger expression usually involves both people, not just the angry party. In the best-case scenario, the angry person expresses his or her anger to the target, and the target hears the person and reacts appropriately.

There is an intriguing relationship between suggestion, cognition, and behavior. Psychological science’s most intriguing findings may be driven, at least in part, by suggestion and expectations. When something violates our expectations or blocks our goals, then we get angry. Some of these goals and expectations are personal — we expect to get ahead with hard work, and we expect our significant others not to forget our birthdays. Some of these expectations are shaped by societal standards; we expect everyone to wait in line for their turn with a bank teller.

We build these expectations in our heads of what other people should do, how they should act, what their lives should be like and how they should behave, but it’s not real…it’s all in our minds, and when we let our minds and ego get the best of us, we often become disappointed and angry when those fantasies clash with reality.

Likewise, it is helpful to understand that anger is contextual and social. When anger fails to fill a constructive framework, however, it can morph into undesirable expressions of the emotion, anger experts say. Anger externalized can turn into violence and aggression; anger internalized can cause depression, health problems and communication difficulties, they note.

Take the following steps to help control your anger:

  • Try finding the source of your anger, and learning to adapt to why this is making you angry in the first place.
  • Try to stop expecting people to meet your approval and appreciate them for who they are rather than who you want them to be.
  • Physical release. Trying a non-contact competitive sport.
  • Learning relaxation or meditation.
  • Move your feelings out through writing. Writing down your emotions–without judging them–is one of the quickest ways to become aware of what’s going on inside you.
  • Share your anger – Another way to mindfully explore and express your anger and other feelings generated in upsetting incidents is to share them with another person.
  • Find a new truth – The idea is to find a new truth for yourself; a message that will offset and replace the limiting belief–the old truth–that you developed. Hearing that message now, even so many years later, can be an extremely liberating experience.



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30 Scientific Studies That Prove Vaccines Are Linked To Autism


Parents want to know if their child can develop autism from their vaccines. If they believe that the answer is yes, and the risk of brain injury from vaccination is higher than their risk from a disease, it is their right to decline vaccination for themselves and their children without coercion.

Patients MUST be able to make their own informed vaccine decisions, because often, they know more about potential vaccine risks that even top public health officials do.

1. Hepatitis B Vaccination of Male Neonates and Autism

Annals of Epidemiology, September 2009 

CM Gallagher, MS Goodman, Stony Brook University Medical Center

Boys vaccinated as neonates had threefold greater odds for autism diagnosis compared to boys never vaccinated or vaccinated after the first month of life.

2. Porphyrinuria in childhood autistic disorder: Implications for environmental toxicity

Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 2006 

Robert Natafa, et al, Laboratoire Philippe Auguste, Paris, France

These data implicate environmental toxicity in childhood autistic disorder.

3. Theoretical aspects of autism: Causes—A review 

Journal of Immunotoxicology, January-March 2011 

Helen V. Ratajczak, PhD

Autism could result from more than one cause, with different manifestations in different individuals that share common symptoms. Documented causes of autism include genetic mutations and/or deletions, viral infections, and encephalitis following vaccination.

4. Uncoupling of ATP-mediated Calcium Signaling and Dysregulated IL-6 Secretion in Dendritic Cells by Nanomolar Thimerosal 

Environmental Health Perspectives, July 2006. 

Samuel R. Goth, Ruth A. Chu Jeffrey P. Gregg

This study demonstrates that very low levels of Thimerosal can contribute to immune system dysregulation.

5. Gender-selective toxicity of thimerosal 

Exp Toxicol Pathol. 2009 Mar;61(2):133-6. Epub 2008 Sep 3. 

Branch DR, Departments of Medicine and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto

A recent report shows a correlation of the historical use of thimerosal in therapeutic immunizations with the subsequent development of autism; however, this association remains controversial. Autism occurs approximately four times more frequently in males compared to females; thus, studies of thimerosal toxicity should take into consideration gender-selective effects. The present study was originally undertaken to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of thimersosal in male and female CD1 mice. However, during the limited MTD studies, it became apparent that thimerosal has a differential MTD that depends on whether the mouse is male or female.

6. Comparison of Blood and Brain Mercury Levels in Infant monkeys exposed to Vaccines Containing Thimerosal 

Environmental Health Perspectives, Aug 2005. 

Thomas Burbacher, PhD, University of Washington

This study demonstrates clearly and unequivocally that ethyl mercury, the kind of mercury found in vaccines, not only ends up in the brain but leaves double the amount of inorganic mercury as methyl mercury, the kind of mercury found in fish. This work is groundbreaking because little is known about ethyl mercury, and many health authorities have asserted that the mercury found in vaccines is the “safe kind.” This study also delivers a strong rebuke of the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation in 2004 to no longer pursue the mercury-autism connection.

7. Increases in the number of reactive glia in the visual cortex of Macaca fascicularis following subclinical long-term methyl mercury exposure 

Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 1994 

Charleston JS et al, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Washington

The identities of the reactive glial cells and the implications for the long-term function and survivability of the neurons due to changes in the glial population following subclinical long-term exposure to mercury are discussed.

8. Neuroglial Activation and Neuroinflammation in the Brain of Patients with Autism 

Annals of Neurology, Feb 2005. 

Diana L. Vargas, MD [Johns Hopkins University]

This study, performed independently and using a different methodology than Dr. Herbert (see above) reached the same conclusion: the brains of autistic children are suffering from inflammation.

9. Autism: A Brain Disorder, or a Disorder That Affects the Brain? 

Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 2005 

Martha R. Herbert M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University

Autism is defined behaviorally, as a syndrome of abnormalities involving language, social reciprocity and hyperfocus or reduced behavioral flexibility. It is clearly heterogeneous, and it can be accompanied by unusual talents as well as by impairments, but its underlying biological and genetic basis in unknown. Autism has been modeled as a brain-based, strongly genetic disorder, but emerging findings and hypotheses support a broader model of the condition as a genetically influenced and systemic.

10. Activation of Methionine Synthase by Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 and Dopamine: a Target for Neurodevelopmental Toxins and Thimerosal 

Molecular Psychiatry, July 2004. 

Richard C. Deth, PhD [Northeastern University]

This study demonstrates how Thimerosal inhibits methylation, a central driver of cellular communication and development.

11. Validation of the Phenomenon of Autistic Regression Using Home Videotapes 

Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 

Emily Werner, PhD; Geraldine Dawson, PhD, University of Washington

Conclusion This study validates the existence of early autistic regression.

12. Blood Levels of Mercury Are Related to Diagnosis of Autism: A Reanalysis of an Important Data Set 

Journal of Child Neurology, 2007 

M. Catherine DeSoto, PhD, Robert T. Hitlan, PhD -Department of Psychology, University of Northern Iowa

Excerpt: “We have reanalyzed the data set originally reported by Ip et al. in 2004 and have found that the original p value was in error and that a significant relation does exist between the blood levels of mercury and diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. Moreover, the hair sample analysis results offer some support for the idea that persons with autism may be less efficient and more variable at eliminating mercury from the blood.”

13. Developmental Regression and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in a Child With Autism 

Journal of Child Neurology, February 2006 

Jon S. Poling, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Excerpt: “Children who have (mitochondrial-related) dysfunctional cellular energy metabolism might be more prone to undergo autistic regression between 18 and 30 months of age if they also have infections or immunizations at the same time.”

14. Oxidative Stress in Autism: Elevated Cerebellar 3-nitrotyrosine Levels 

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2008 

Elizabeth M. Sajdel-Sulkowska, – Dept of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Excerpt: The preliminary data suggest a need for more extensive studies of oxidative stress, its relationship to the environmental factors and its possible attenuation by antioxidants in autism.”

15. Large Brains in Autism: The Challenge of Pervasive Abnormality

The Neuroscientist, 2005. 

Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, Harvard University

This study helps refute the notion that the brains of autistic children are simply wired differently and notes, “neuroinflammation appears to be present in autistic brain tissue from childhood through adulthood.” Dr. Herbert suggests that chronic disease or an external environmental source (like heavy metals) may be causing the inflammation.

16. Evidence of Toxicity, Oxidative Stress, and Neuronal Insult in Autism 

Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Nov-Dec 2006. 

Janet Kern, Anne Jones, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

“This article discusses the evidence for the case that some children with autism may become autistic from neuronal cell death or brain damage sometime after birth as result of insult; and addresses the hypotheses that toxicity and oxidative stress may be a cause of neuronal insult in autism… the article discusses what may be happening over the course of development and the multiple factors that may interplay and make these children more vulnerable to toxicity, oxidative stress, and neuronal insult.”

17. Oxidative Stress in Autism 

Pathophysiology, 2006. 

Abha Chauhan, Ved Chauhan

This study provides a helpful overview of the growing evidence supporting the link between oxidative stress and autism.

18. Thimerosal Neurotoxicity is Associated with Glutathione Depletion: Protection with Glutathione Precursors 

Neurotoxicology, Jan 2005. 

S. Jill James, PhD, University of Arkansas

This recent study demonstrates that Thimerosal lowers or inhibits the body’s ability to produce Glutathione, an antioxidant and the body’s primary cellular-level defense against mercury.

19. Aluminum adjuvant linked to gulf war illness induces motor neuron death in mice

Neuromolecular Medicine, 2007 

Christopher Shaw, Ph.D., Department of Ophthalmology and Program in Neuroscience, University of British Columbia

This study demonstrates the extreme toxicity of the aluminum adjuvant used as a preservative in vaccines.

20. Environmental mercury release, special education rates, and autism disorder: an ecological study of Texas

Health & Place, 2006 

Raymond F. Palmer, University of Texas Health Science Center

This study demonstrated the correlation between environmental mercury and autism rates in Texas.

21. Autism Spectrum Disorders in Relation to Distribution of Hazardous Air Pollutants in the SF Bay Area 

Environmental Health Perspectives, September, 2006 

Gayle Windham, Div. of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control, California Department of Health Services

Excerpt: “Our results suggest a potential association between autism and estimated metal concentrations, and possibly solvents, in ambient air around the birth residence.”

22. A Case Series of Children with Apparent Mercury Toxic Encephalopathies Manifesting with Clinical Symptoms of Regressive Autistic Disorder 

Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, 2007 

David A. Geier, Mark R. Geier

This study reviewed the case histories and medical profiles of nine autistic children and concluded that eight of the nine children were mercury toxic and this toxicity manifested itself in a manner consistent with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

23. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and blood mercury level: a case-control study in chinese children

Neuropediatrics, August 2006 – P.R. Kong

Excerpt: “There was significant difference in blood mercury levels between cases and controls, which persists after adjustment for age, gender and parental occupational status. The geometric mean blood mercury level was also significantly higher in children with inattentive and combined subtypes of ADHD. High blood mercury level was associated with ADHD. Whether the relationship is causal requires further studies.”

24. The Changing Prevalence of Autism In California 

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, April 2003 

Mark F. Blaxill, David S. Baskin, and Walter O. Spitzer

This study helps to refute the supposition made by some researchers that autism’s epidemic may only be due to “diagnostic substitution”.

25. Mitochondrial Energy-Deficient Endophenotype in Autism 

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology 2008 

J. Jay Gargus and Faiqa Imtiaz, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine,

While evidence points to a multigenic etiology of most autism, the pathophysiology of the disorder has yet to be defined and the underlying genes and biochemical pathways they subserve remain unknown.

26. Bridging from Cells to Cognition in Autism Pathophysiology: Biological Pathways to Defective Brain Function and Plasticity 

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology 2008 

Matthew P. Anderson, Brian S. Hooker and Martha R. Herbert, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

We review evidence to support a model where the disease process underlying autism may begin when an in utero or early postnatal environmental, infectious, seizure, or autoimmune insult triggers an immune response that increases reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in the brain that leads to DNA damage (nuclear and mitochondrial) and metabolic enzyme blockade and that these inflammatory and oxidative stressors persist beyond early development (with potential further exacerbations), producing ongoing functional consequences.

27. Heavy-Metal Toxicity—With Emphasis on Mercury 

John Neustadt, ND, and Steve Pieczenik, MD, PhD

Conclusion: Metals are ubiquitous in our environment, and exposure to them is inevitable. However, not all people accumulate toxic levels of metals or exhibit symptoms of metal toxicity, suggesting that genetics play a role in their potential to damage health.

28. Evidence of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism and Implications for Treatment

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Daniel A. Rossignol, J. Jeffrey Bradstreet

MtD and oxidative stress may also explain the high male-to-female ratio found in autism due to increased male vulnerability to these dysfunctions.

29. Proximity to point sources of environmental mercury release as a predictor of autism prevalence 

Health & Place, 2008 

Raymond F. Palmer et al, University of Texas Health Science Center

This study should be viewed as hypothesis-generating – a first step in examining the potential role of environmental mercury and childhood developmental disorders. Nothing is known about specific exposure routes, dosage, timing, and individual susceptibility. We suspect that persistent low-dose exposures to various environmental toxicants, including mercury, that occur during critical windows of neural development among genetically susceptible children (with a diminished capacity for metabolizing accumulated toxicants) may increase the risk for developmental disorders such as autism.

30. Epidemiology of autism spectrum disorder in Portugal: prevalence, clinical characterization, and medical conditions 

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2007 

Guiomar Oliveira MD PhD et al, Centro de Desenvolvimento da Criança, Hospital Pediátrico de Coimbra; Assunção Ataíde BSc, Direcção Regional de Educação do Centro Coimbra;

The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and identify its clinical characterization, and medical conditions in a pediatric population in Portugal.

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The Way You Sleep With Your Partner Reveals More About Your Relationship Than You Think

Have you ever thought your sleeping habits and patterns could reveal important details about your relationship? Turns out, they do.

Check out what these sleeping patterns mean for you.

1. Pillow Talk


A need for intimacy and closeness

2. Spooning


A protective partner.

3. Lovers Knot


A great compromise between independence and intimacy

4. Cherish


Most common in new relationships, both people are very relaxed and comfortable with each other.

5. Liberty


Connected and not overly needy, these couples are secure in their relationship.

6. Superhero


One partner is establishing dominance over the other or showing off in mid sleep, leaving the other hanging to one-quarter of the bed…… self-explanatory.

7. The Lovers


Lack of independence, if slept the majority of the night in this position. Sweet and embracing, if for only a short time.

8. The Romantic


Common early in relationships, this position says it’s all about vibrant and passionate love.

9. No Boundaries


It’s all about comfort when it comes to no boundaries, legs can be wrapped, overlaid, entangled it doesn’t matter. These couples are very secure and comfortable, as well as possess a deep understanding and acceptance for one another.


7 Serious Reasons Why You Should Avoid Milk and Dairy Products

7 Serious Reasons Why You Should Avoid Milk and Dairy Products

by Guest Writer PL Chang,

Are dairy products (i.e., milk, cheese) good for your health? According to John A. McDougall, dairy products are not as healthy as they claim, especially conventional dairy products. The informational video in this article explains why conventional dairy products are health hazards and how they are linked to chronic health conditions, such as chronic fatigue, atherosclerosis, anemia, constipation, degenerative disease, cancer, allergies, infection, food poisoning, etc.

Here are some shocking facts about dairy products that should make you think twice about eating or drinking dairy products:

1.Cow’s milk contains “pus” which is created when white blood cells fight infections caused by certain harmful microorganisms.
2. Many dairy cattle are infected with bovine immunodeficiency viruses (BIV) and bovine leukemia viruses (BLV). According to John A. McDougall, BIV is also known as Bovine AIDS viruses. “In the United States, results show that, on average, 40% of beef herds and 64% of dairy herds are infected with BIV and 89% of dairy herds infected with BLV.”
3. A study done on breast cancer found that “10 of 23 human breast cancer specimens were infected with BLV.”
4. Conventional cow’s milk is one of the causes of allergies and has been linked to diabetes.
5. In certain places, dead cows are still being used as feed for cattle. Many of these cattle are used to produce milk.
6. Conventional cow’s milk does a poor job of strengthening bones, because it lacks the right nutrients to help the body to absorb and utilize calcium.
7. Conventional cow’s milk has been linked to serious gastrointestinal disorders, neurodegenerative disease (i.e., Parkinson’s), heart disease, and brain disease.

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A 9 Step Tantric Couples Meditation To Rekindle Your Relationship

When I started practicing Tantra with my husband, I was thrown for quite a dizzying loop! In the midst of the breathing and the movements, I connected to him in a way that I never had before. Mind you, we’ve been together for more than a decade, and we’re very close. But in our meditations together, we somehow reached a whole new plain of intimacy and understanding. His eyes were the same ones I had been looking into for many years, but now they were tinged with a new kind of depth and color. It was like we were creating an entirely different language; like we were ploughing across a fertile and exhilarating new land.

It is with much excitement that I share this Couples’ Meditation with you! You and your partner can use this whenever you like. It’s a good one to help you plug into one another after a long day apart. It’s also a good way to energize and start the day, and on the opposite end, it can be a relaxing thing to do before bedtime. And if you do this meditation right before lovemaking, it can really strengthen your chemistry!

Whenever you choose to do it, be sure to approach the meditation with complete awareness and an open mind!

Here we go…

1. Find a comfortable place for you and your partner to meditate. If you want to play some music, be sure to turn on something that is nice and soothing!

2. Sit back to back, whether it’s cross-legged on the floor or on your bed. Wherever you choose to go, make sure that your backs are touching.

3. Feel your spines come together and take a nice deep breath here.

4. Now, close your eyes and start to synchronize your breathing, inhaling and exhaling together. It might be tricky at first, but be patient, and you will find that you’re soon in-step with one another! Keep up with the synchronized breathing for a few minutes.

5. And, still breathing together, pull your shoulders back about an inch and hook your arms together. Your left arm should be hooked into your partner’s right arm, and your right arm should be hooked into your partner’s left arm.

6. With your arms hooked and your breathing still synchronized, start to sway side to side together. As you move to one side, inhale together, and as you move to the other side, exhale together. Be sure to keep your eyes closed, and just allow yourself to get lost in this union with your partner. Drop all thoughts from your mind, and just focus on slowly moving as one single unit. Do this for a few minutes.

7. Now, start to slowly move forward and backward. (As you go forward, your partner is moving back; and as you move back, your partner is moving forward.) As you move in one direction, inhale together; and as you start moving in the other direction, exhale together. Be sure to keep your arms hooked, and continue with the breath synchronization! The slower the movements, the better. This way, you can really feel every subtle shift in your body, and you’ll be able to put more pointed focus toward breathing with your partner. Do this for a few minutes as well.

8. When you’re finished, unhook your arms, and adjust yourselves so that you’re both facing each other.

9. Make gentle eye contact, and as you do so, try to get your breathing synchronized again. You might want to inhale and exhale through your mouths, so it will be easier for you both to match your breathing throughout. Try and keep this going for five minutes. It may feel kind of strange to hold eye contact for this long, but trust me, it’s worth it!

While you’re breathing and making eye contact, you may feel any number of emotions coming up. You may feel like laughing or crying or making noise. Or you may not feel like doing any of these things! Know that wherever you are is where you should be. And trust that completely. Surrender to it, and just allow your body to guide you. Leave your mind out of the equation for this entire exercise.

After the eye-gazing and breathing, give one another a nice, long hug.

And there you have it!

A super easy way to connect, grow, experience, and love, as an ever-evolving couple!

About the Author

Rhoda Jordan Shapiro teaches Tantra/Meditation sessions and workshops in Los Angeles, CA. In her work, she seeks to empower people with the tools to live ecstatic lives. As well as teaching, she works as an actress and writer. Her journey as an artist has been enhanced significantly by not only practicing Tantra, but by living it from moment to moment. In all of her work, she thrives on co-creating spaces where everyone is inspired to look outside the box and toward the budding potential that grows there.

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8 Real Effects That “Earthing” Can Have On Your Body

8 Real Effects That Earthing Can Have On Your Body

The earth is vital to the existence of human beings. It provides us with the air that we breathe and the food that we need in order for our bodies to function. It is one thing to know that our basic needs are provided for by the earth that we live in, but it is another to realize that the earth can also affect us on a spiritual level.

Getting in touch with what lies beneath our feet

Have you ever tried walking barefoot along the beach or on your grassy lawn? It felt relaxing, didn’t it? Barefoot walking or “earthing” allows the earth to treat our tired bodies. When we set our bare foot on the ground, the earth scans our feet and gives energy that flows to the organs of our body that need it. Walking barefoot on uneven ground also stimulates our body’s healing reflexes.

The earth is also a natural antioxidant. It gives off negatively charged ions that neutralize free radicals in our body which, according to studies, are one of the main causes of cancer. Earthing has many other beneficial effects to the human body which includes:

1. Improved blood circulation
2. Better sleep
3. Anxiety reduction
4. Improved energy and metabolism
5. Inflammation reduction
6. Balanced hormone levels
7. Healthy nervous system
8. Improved immunity

How to do earthing

It is recommended to do 5-20 minutes of earthing each day to enjoy the transformation it can create in your body. However, the longer that you can walk barefoot, the better. When the weather or time constraints prevent you from being able to walk barefoot, you can use Reiki to do earthing indoors. Here’s a simple form of meditation that will enable you to connect with the earth’s nourishing energy:
• Breathe deeply and relax your whole body.
• Imagine yourself sitting directly on the ground outside.
• Concentrate on the earth. Feel your loving connection with it and its heart chakra.
• Visualize your life force energy and let it flow to the ground.
• Continue to establish a strong connection with the earth. Remind yourself of its beauty and how it has enveloped you with its nourishing support.
• Next, visualize the earth’s energy flowing up your feet. Intend for the earth’s energy to travel and nourish the different chakras of your body.
• Keep feeling the Reiki connection between you and the earth knowing that the earth’s divine energy will build you up spiritually and heal you if you are emotionally or spiritually wounded.
• Whenever you are ready, make sure to express your gratitude to the earth. You do not have to say it loud. You can express it through the life force energy that you send to the earth. Slowly come to your awareness and end your meditation.

The earth’s nourishing power

The earth knows each one of us. It knows exactly what we need energetically and this feature is similar to the Reiki technique. The next time you feel drained, anxious or stressed out, remember that you are living on an earth that nourishes not only your physical body but also your spirit. Just take off your shoes and let the earth work its wonders.

If You Suffer From Migraines and Headaches, This Piercing Could Be Your Cure

If You Suffer From Migraines and Headaches This Piercing Could Be Your Cure

If you’re a long term sufferer of migraines and headaches, you’re about to hear some promising news. If you’re a lover of piercings also, this news will suit you just perfectly.

A daith piercing is an ear-piercing which passes through the ear’s innermost cartilage fold, and advocates claim it works for them in much the same way as acupuncture – targeting pressure points on the body’s surface to ease their discomfort.

Some acupuncturists believe there is a pressure point located in that little fold and target the area when treating migraines. Dr. Thomas Cohn in Minnesota blogged back in March that he witnessed patients “coincidentally” seen improvement with their condition after getting the daith piercing. He stressed that the correlation between the piercing and migraines has not been formally studied. It sounds too good to be true but it’s pretty exciting news, if it does turn out the piercing is a cure!


The theory that daith piercings help ease migraines is based on the idea that it is the same pressure point as that targeted by acupuncturists to relieve chronic headaches

Acupuncture, a therapy which began in China more than 2,000 years ago, involves placing fine needles at specific pressure points on the body’s surface.
The needles are then manipulated by a acupuncturist, either manually or electrically.

It causes the blood vessels around the needle to open up and become wider, allowing for an increase in blood flow to the tissues in the immediate area.

A report published in 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine analysed nearly 18,000 patients and doctors from eight universities and hospitals in the UK, US and Germany.

The results showed in conditions including chronic headache, acupuncture was twice as effective as the drugs and exercise recommended by most doctors.

The Migraine Relief Center recognises the link, albeit an unproven one, between ‘daith’ piercings and easing migraine symptoms.

‘The principle is that the piercing mimics acupuncture by hitting a pressure point, which relieves the pressure in the patient’s head,’ a blog on the website states.

‘By having it done on the same side as most migraines occur, it’s thought to help reduce the incidence of migraines in the area.’

But, it cautions: ‘At this point, the effect of daith piercings on migraine has not been officially studied so it’s difficult to determine whether there’s any truth to the claims or not.’

Sources; Hellogiggles | Unlaid | Metro

10 Food Companies Who Are Poisoning You Everyday and Lying About It

Much of the mainstream American food supply is laden with unhealthy additives,artificial flavorings, coloring, dyes, preservatives, hormones, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and toxins. Not everyone agrees that GMOs have been proven harmful to humans, which is why the food chains listed here were selected specifically because they are responsible for a wide variety of health violations—the GMOs and their concealment from public knowledge are included for informational purposes.

As with all things, I urge you to read with your head on a swivel, adjusting your worldview based on new information.

#1: ConAgra Foods

ConAgra—whose brands include Hunt’s, Healthy Choice, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher, Slim Jim, Reddi-wip, Egg Beaters, Hebrew National, P. F. Chang’s, and Bertolli—labels many of their products under the confidence-inspiring statement of “made with all natural ingredients.” Their slogan, “Making the food you love,” is equally charming and disingenuous. Unless you contextualize them in a world of Orwellian doublespeak, these statements are the antithesis of truth. ConAgra was found guilty of “health code violations and bacterial contaminations at its food processing facilities, which have endangered consumers and in some cases been linked to deaths.” They’ve also concealed the use of GMOs in their products and practice unethical factory-farmsourcing.

In 2003, it was revealed that for two years, ConAgra had been poisoning Americans with E.coli-tainted beef, which the USDA was complicit in covering up.

#2: General Mills

Trisodium Phosphate (also known as TSP) is an additive and flavor enhancer found in thousands of frozen and processed foods, including kids’ cereals. It also happens to be an ingredient that was used in industrial cleaners—that is, until the EPA declared it unsafe for human exposure. Still, that doesn’t stop General Mills from using it. It’s okay, though, because GM states: “In our food products we use very small amounts [of TSP]”. Phew! Only a small amount of poison, thank God!

Up until just this year, General Mills’ foods also used BHT, or butylated hydroxytoluene, which animal tests have proven to be toxic.

General Mills has also come under fire for the widespread use of GMOs in nearly all of its foods. The company actively lobbies against any required labeling of GMO ingredients and it spreads disinformation concerning the safety of GMOs.

#3: Kraft Foods

There’s a reason why Kraft’s Mac N’ Cheese has such a beautifully golden hue to it: it’s the artificial coloring agent Yellow No. 6, which has been linked to hyperactivity, asthma, skin conditions and even cancer. In 2013, Kraft bowed to pressure and removed the artificial coloring, but tens of thousands of people have already consumed their products. Kraft also hides the presence of GMOs in their foods while actively fighting against regulations to require the labeling of these potentially dangerous ingredients. And, of course, their highly processed, pre-packaged products contain high amounts of fat, sugar and sodium.

Oh, and one last thing: as of March 18th, 2015, Kraft was in the process of recalling 6.5 million boxes of Mac N’ Cheese because some of them contained fragments of metal.

#4: Heinz

Heinz recently lost a lawsuit over false advertising. They’ve been busy lying to the public by labeling products made from GMOs as all natural. Whether you tolerate GMOs in your food or not, the fact is that this company has a proven track record of lying to the public.

Furthermore, Heinz products contain the following ingredients: tomato concentrate made from non-organic tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), corn syrup, salt, and variety of spices and flavorings. Each squirt of that classic ketchup contains pesticides, HFCS (a neurotoxin), a particularly unhealthy type of sugar, and table salt, which dehydrates the body and depletes minerals.

You don’t have to stop eating ketchup—just switch to a healthy organic brand. The same goes for all of these foods.

#5: Campbell’s Soup Company

Is it a prerequisite for success that all large food companies must actively lie to their customers? Campbell’s soup, forever emblazoned in our minds by Andy Warhol’s iconic prints, has been a staple in most American homes for decades. Unfortunately, Campbell’s has been sued for hiding the presence of GMOs and for labeling foods as low-sodium when they contain as much salt as regular products. The average cup of Campbell’s soup contains a staggering 850mg of sodium. Unless that’s your only major meal of the day, consuming it means you’re riskingheart attacks, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Just as importantly, if not more so, is the fact that for many decades, Campbell’s has lined its epoxy-resin cans with the toxic chemical, bisphenol A (BPA). “BPA has been linked in lab studies to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty in girls, type-2 diabetes, obesity, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” according to Breastcancerfund.org. Only recently did the company finally bow to pressure and phase BPA out of its production.

#6: Coca-Cola

Does this really surprise anyone? By this point, you should be aware of the myriad health problems that Coca Cola and Diet Coca Cola cause, but sometimes it’s helpful to break it down to the specifics. Coca Cola has over a half dozen chemical additives that are detrimental to your health: E150D, a food coloring agent; E952, or Sodium Cyclamate, a synthetic sugar substitute that was actually banned by the FDA in 1969 and then inexplicably reinstated by WHO a decade later; E950, or Acesulfame Potassium, which is 200 times sweeter than sugar, very addictive, and is bad for the cardiovascular and nervous system; E951, or aspartame, a sugar substitute that has been linked to brain tumors, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), epilepsy, Graves’ disease, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, mental deficiency and tuberculosis; E338, or Orthophosphoric Acid, which can cause irritation of the skin and eyes; and E211, or Sodium Benzoate, a compound that, according to one study, damages human DNA.

#7: Nestlé

Nestlé is one of three companies using GMOs in their infant formula. Okay, so maybe you want to trust corporate-paid scientists about the safety of GMOs— but Nestlé also has the additional track record of using traces of the industrial poison melamine. For context, this is the same chemical that sickened at least 50,000 Chinese infants in 2008.

Purina, which is owned by Nestlé, also had a lawsuit filed against it for the use of propylene glycol, a known animal toxin and component of automotive antifreeze in its dog food. After over 3,000 dogs became ill, Purina responded on its website that propylene glycol is “an FDA-approved food additive that is also in human foods like salad dressing and cake mix.” How reassuring.

#8: Kellogg’s

Kellogg’s has been the target of a nationwide ban over GMOs after spending over $1,012,552 on pro-GMO, anti-organic media propaganda in California, Washington, and Oregon in order to defeat GMO labeling initiatives. Did the nationwide ban impact Kellogg’s corporate ethos? Unfortunately, the company actually doubled down and its products now contain 100% GMO corn that contains traces of glyphosate and BT toxins.

#9: PepsiCo

Following the lead of Coca Cola, Pepsi vowed to changed its formula after a California law mandated a carcinogen warning for soft drinks. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Pepsi still contains 4-methylimidazole, or 4-Mel, which has been linked to cancer in humans.

Another major opponent of GMO labeling laws, PepsiCo invests millions in celebrity endorsements to make sure you don’t equate their products with obesity, diabetes or cancer. A 2014 study has shown Pepsi has even more sugar fructose than previously believed.

#10: Hershey’s

Along with many other chocolate companies, Hershey’s was recently found to have unsafe levels of lead—which can lead to neurological damage and learning disabilities—as well as cadmium, which can cause reproductive harm and damage to the kidneys, liver, and bones.

Additionally, Hershey’s has spent more than a million dollars to make sure you can’t be certain whether or not the candies you are eating contain GMOs. Their most popular treats contain many modified ingredients, a fact they obviously hope stays unknown.


Thanks to Body Mind Soul Spirit for this article