Alleged Glyphosate Poisoning Leaves 2 Children Dead in Paraguay

A deadly combination of the excessive use of Glyphosate herbicide on GM soybean crops and inaction by local doctors has allegedly left two children dead and 33 people (including 18 children) with poisoning symptoms in the Canindeyú region of Paraguay.

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3-year-old Adelaida Alvarez died suddenly onMonday morning at home while her family was preparing to take her to the hospital, and her sister Adela Alvarez (6 months) died on Tuesday after being discharged from the Curuguaty Hospital.

The sudden poisoning outbreak in the Huber Duré settlement has left locals and the authorities shocked and the two children’s bodies have been sent to the Paraguayan capital Asunción for detailed autopsies.

However, even before the autopsy results Government officials have ruled out herbicide poisoning as a possible reason for the deaths, suggesting that a ‘respiratory virus’ is to blame for the outbreak.

Marcial Gomez, leader of the National Peasant Federation, reported that the first symptoms were a high fever, and doctors in the area have not provided the correct level of care.

Gomez stated that the large farmers in the area had just sprayed their fields with ‘a powerful herbicide’ to kill off the weeds before planting their soybean crops.

The reported poisoning outbreak in Huber Duré is not a one off case. Over the past few years there have been many reports of poisoning, abortions and the death of farm animals in the rural area. Following these cases local residents protested but this did not result in any action by the authorities.

GM Soy in Paraguay

Genetically Modified (GM) or RoundUp Ready (RR) soy has expanded steadily in Paraguay since neighboring Argentina approved its production in 1996. This GM soy variety is resistant to RoundUp herbicide (glyphosate), which allows large-scale monocultures to be grown. The beans were introduced illegally in Paraguay until October 2004, when the first four RR soybean varieties were  approved by the Agriculture Ministry. At present it is calculated that more than 90% of the soy produced is genetically modified.

The expansion of GM soy monocultures and their dependency on a single herbicide have created increased tolerance and/or resistance among pest populations, resulting in the need to increase the quantities applied per unit of surface and the need to apply other herbicides. This has caused a threefold increase in the import of agrochemicals in to Paraguay over the past years. In 2006, it represented a business of USD 160 million annually, with an additional USD 50 million of illegally imported agrochemicals. Due to a combination of widespread corruption among local authorities, porous borders, and lax enforcement of environmental laws, more than 23 million litres of pesticides and herbicides are sprayed onto the Paraguayan soil every year, including several that are classified by the World Health Organization as extremely hazardous (like 2,4-D, Gramoxone, Paraquat, Metamidofos, and Endosulfan).

Paraguay is the world’s sixth producer and the fourth largest exporter of soybeans. The area under soy cultivation more than doubled from 1,150,000 ha in 1998 to 2,645,000 ha in 2008. In 2007, the area expanded by more than 200,000 ha.

Paraguay’s major soy producing states are Alto Parana, Itapua and Canindeyu, respectively producing 2,036,618, 1,411,313 and 1,401,086 tonnes soybeans per year. The frontiers of soy expansion are moving towards the center of the country, more precisely in Caazapá, San Pedro and Caaguazú.

Source : Naturalblaze

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Rosemary and Oregano Contain Diabetes-fighting Compounds

The popular culinary herbs oregano and rosemary are packed with healthful compounds, and now lab tests show they could work in much the same way as prescription anti-diabetic medication, scientists report.

In their new study published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they found that how the herbs are grown makes a difference, and they also identified which compounds contribute the most to this promising trait.

Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia and colleagues point out that in 2012, type-2 diabetes affected more than 8 percent of Americans and cost the country $175 billion. Some people can manage the disease with exercise and changes to their diet, and others take medication. But not everyone can stick to a new lifestyle or afford the prescription drugs necessary to keep their blood-sugar level in check.

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Recent research has shown that herbs could provide a natural way to help lower glucose in blood. So Gonzalez de Mejia’s team decided to take a closer look.

They tested four different herbs, either greenhouse-grown or dried commercial versions, for their ability to interfere with a diabetes-related enzyme, which is also a target of a prescription drug for the disease.

They found that greenhouse herbs contained more polyphenols and flavonoids compared to the equivalent commercial herbs. But this didn’t affect the concentration required to inhibit the enzyme. Commercial extracts of Greek oregano, Mexican oregano and rosemary were better inhibitors of the enzyme, required to reduce risk of type-2 diabetes, than greenhouse-grown herbs.

The researchers say more studies are needed to understand the role of these compounds in reducing the risk of type-2 diabetes in humans.

Source : Naturalblaze

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NaturalSociety and Message of Natural Health Grows to 200,000 Followers

The world we live in today is much different than the world we once knew even just a few years ago – whether it’s through intellectual changes seen throughout society as a result of an enhanced ability to access life-saving information pertaining to the fundamental challenges of our food supply, or just through grassroots movements that explore topics such as our eroding civil liberties. We’ve seen a massive uprising against corporations like Monsanto, while at the same time, major attention on solution-based items like the use of organic whole foods in our daily lives.

And it’s all because of a shared drive for answers and solutions.

Fueled by the desire to share with you the latest natural health advancements, key methods of change, and generally inspiring news, NaturalSociety has recently reached over 200,000 followers on our Facebook page — a monument that represents a thirst for natural solutions that has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years. And it’s all thanks to you spreading the word and continuing the search for health.

Just three years ago, around the time that we really began communicating with you on ways in which you can reclaim your health naturally, it was quite rare for major grocery chains to advertise ‘non-GMO’ products on their shelves (let alone even acknowledge the existence of GMOs). Even with Whole Foods being pushed towards a GMO-free environment, the temperature of the entire movement was still quite low.

Together, We Stand Millions Strong for Humanity

Enter the massive social media campaigns launched between 2011 and late 2012 against GMO foods and the attempts by Monsanto to dominate the food supply. It was during this time that it really became apparent to the general public that Monsanto was not just genetically altering select crops with zero disregard for health, but was also launching a full-scale assault on the entire agricultural industry.

monsanto worst company 400×176 NaturalSociety and Message of Natural Health Grows to 200,000 FollowersWith the massive success of NaturalSociety’s campaign to spread the word on a global scale, we were able to beat out even mainstream media news organizations for one of the most socially shared articles of 2011. The best part? This highly shared article, which at one point was well over 180,000 shares (almost surpassing our total followers now), was about the international resistance to Monsanto! The article, entitled, ‘Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields’, details how Hungary actually went about burning more than 1,000 acres of Monsanto’s GM maize in defiance against their takeover.

What’s more, we are extremely pleased to see other articles sourcing this key article and receiving similarly high share numbers — some in the hundreds of thousands as well (you can see these for yourself by viewing the Google results page for the title’s keywords).

And this is just a small fragment of what has been accomplished over these past few years thanks to you and your support.

We have gone up against not only Monsanto in the past with your support, but major pharmaceutical juggernauts and top politicians as well. It is a powerful testament to note that the message of natural health set forth by NaturalSociety has now reached a powerful milestone of 200,000 followers and is currently on pace to reach an additional hundred thousand in the not-so-distant future. It is essential that we continue to support key organizations that are in support of the effort to naturally revolutionize the health of individuals worldwide.

And most importantly, we thank you for your support in this effort!

Source : Naturalsociety

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Gardening & Sustainability Discouraged in Missouri Town. Violators Face Fines & Imprisonment.

What would you do if the government came into your backyard and told you that your beautiful, well-maintained garden is now illegal? Considering most gardeners spend a lot of their hard-earned money, which has already been taxed, creating and maintaining gardens on their own property, which is taxed as well, you would probably be outraged! Sadly this is exactly what is happening in Fremont Hills, Missouri.

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 Growing Food Is Now Under Attack in Fremont Hills

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The newest proposed ordinance would limit gardening to 10% of a backyard.  Also under the proposed ban would be the growing of any vegetables, fruits, and herbs in any kind of containers, such as pots.

Resident Juliah Tiedemann is not happy that the city is threatening her wonderfully edible backyard.

“We enjoy doing this as a family,” she said.

 

“Not only have we spent a lot of time on this, we have spent a lot of money on this, too…this is what we like to do..and we don’t want a government entity or the city to really be able to tell us what we can do in our own backyard and what we can do as a family,” Tiedermann explained.

“You just do not know where this is going to end. And I think that should be a concern for every citizen”

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 What Does The City Have to Say?

“Landscaping is really one of the things we like to see everyone improve their property. Certainly you want to have some sort of controls,” Mayor Tom Tobin reasoned.

OK, so the government wants some control on the property you own and pay taxes on. So how much control is too much control?

“I don’t want to  necessarily tell somebody what species of flower to plant, but uh- I do want to make sure that they do keep their property up to the standard that uh- I keep mine up,” Mayor Tobin told KY3.(ii)

Obviously the mayor isn’t much of a gardener, but is that any reason that his fellow citizens shouldn’t be able to sustainably provide for themselves?

Let’s take a look at some clauses on the lengthy list of ordinances that if violated are punishable by, “[A] fine not exceeding $500 and costs or by imprisonment in the County Jail not exceeding 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment…”(i)

Water Wells:

Don’t even think about it! The official city website states, “Drilling of individual or shared water wells in the City of Fremont Hills poses a substantial risk to water quality; therefore, the drilling of individual or shared wells for the purpose of providing water is prohibited. [emphasis added]“(i)

Composting:

You’ve got a few acres of land and somewhere on your private back lot you would like to recycle your dead leaves, sticks, weeds, etc. into compost that you can use to fertilize vegetables and flowers.

That shouldn’t be a problem right? Wrong.

The city will fine you, “$200 for the first violation; $300 for the second violation; and $500 for each subsequent violation.” Any piles of, “yard waste, leaves, sticks, limbs, dirt [that]…remain on a lot (developed or undeveloped) located within the City for more than ten days,” are illegal!(i)

Landscaping:

The city wants to prevent families from growing their own food supply while mandating an extremely wasteful amount of water on lawns: “An irrigation system is mandatory in the front yard, side yards and back yard.”(i)

Grass:

“It shall be unlawful for the owner, lessee or agent of a developed lot in the City of Fremont Hills to allow grass to attain a height greater than 8 inches.”(i)

We all know the most sustainable way to keep grass under control is grazing livestock, but you can probably guess how the city feels about that…

Livestock:

“No cows, horses or other animals or poultry, domestic or exotic shall be raised, bred, or kept on any lot, except dogs, cats or other household pets…”(i)

I could have guessed that much. Are there any more rules about pets?

“Additionally, breeds of dogs known as Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman Pincers, whether full blood or of mixed blood, are breeds of dogs that pose an unreasonable risk of attack…because of their vicious nature and tendency to attack and injure passersby. The keeping or presence of these dogs is hereby prohibited within the City limits.”(i)

Solar Panels:

“Solar energy panels are only permitted to be roof mounted in a location not visual from the front street level…The total number of panels is limited to eight panels or a maximum surface area of 256 square feet.”(i) OK, so solar is a green light as long as nobody can see it. You wouldn’t want to offend anyone by harnessing clean energy.

Now I must assume wind power is permitted as long as its offensive presence isn’t visible…

Wind Energy:

“The installation, erection, or use of a wind energy system, wind turbine or associated towers for wind energy conversion is prohibited.”(i)

Dang it! And you just bought a brand new turbine to contribute to a greener society. Oh well, maybe you can sell it at a yard sale. Let’s just check the rule book first…

Garage Sales:

“[A]ll sales entitled “garage”, “lawn”, “yard”, “attic”, “porch”, “room”, “backyard”, “patio”, “flea market” and “rummage sale”…No resident shall conduct or hold more than two (2) garage sales per calendar year, each sale shall not be more than two (2) days in length, shall be held only on a Friday and/or Saturday, and shall not be held on consecutive weekends.”(i)

You know what happens when you don’t govern and regulate yard sales. Those pesky sales spring up all over the place and cause way too much reusing, recycling, and repurposing. We can’t have that in charming Fremont Hills.

There are many more rules punishable by fine and/or imprisonment but we won’t bore you. If you wish, you can visit the city’s website and see for yourself.

 Why Are There So Many Laws?

Maybe Mayor Tobin really does just want the town to look nice even if it means a less sustainable community. Regulations such as, “Exterior paint colors must be approved by the Design Review Committee,”(i) would exemplify that appearance is the City’s primary concern.

Although considering the many other rules that prevent a sustainable lifestyle that are punishable by fines and imprisonment, perhaps this new ordinance is part of an effort to control the people and keep them dependent on corporate business and resources.

Is this a glimpse into the future for the entire country? What would you do if these ordinances were suddenly enforced in your community?

Source : Realfarmacy

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8 Vegetables That You Can Regrow Again & Again…

You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room.

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Garlic

When garlic begins to sprout, you can put them in a glass with a little water and grow garlic sprouts. The sprouts have a mild flavor than garlic and can be added to salads, pasta and other dishes.

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Bok Choy

Bok choy can be regrown by placing the root end in water in a well-lit area. In 1-2 weeks , you can transplant it to a pot with soil and grow a full new head.

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Carrots

Put carrot tops in a dish with a little water. Set the dish in a well-lit room or a window sill.  You’ll have carrot tops to use in salads.

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Basil

Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.

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Celery

Cut off the base of the celery and place it in a saucer or shallow bowl of warm water in the sun. Leaves will begin to thicken and grow in the middle of the base, then transfer the celery to soil.

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Romaine Lettuce

Put romaine lettuce stumps in a 1/2 inch of water. Re-water to keep water level at 1/2 inch. After a few days, roots and new leaves will appear and you can transplant it into soil.

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Cilantro

The stems of cilantro will grown when placed in a glass of water. Once the roots are long enough, plant them in a pot in a well-lit room. You will have a full plant in a few months.

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Source : Realfarmacy

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How Carb Rich Diets Are Kick-Starting Cancer

A carbohydrate-rich diet may be kick-starting certain gut microbes to produce chemical signals that drive abnormal cell growth and increase the risk of cancer, according to new research.

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The study, published in Cell, noted that while colorectal cancer has been linked to carbohydrate-rich western diets, and some have suggested the microbiota may play a role , the underlying mechanisms behind carbohydrate-rich diets being linked to increased cancer rates has been unclear.

Led by Alberto Martin from the University of Toronto, the new study may provide clues to such mechanisms by showing that gut microbes metabolise carbohydrates in the diet, and that these metabolites – such as the fatty acid butyrate – may cause intestinal cells to proliferate and form tumours in mice that are genetically predisposed to colorectal cancer.

The human gut is home to hundreds of species of beneficial bacteria, including P. copri, which ferment undigested carbohydrates to fuel the body and keep harmful bacteria in check. The immune system, primed to attack foreign microbes, possesses the extraordinary ability to distinguish benign or beneficial bacteria from pathogenic bacteria. This ability may be compromised, however, when the gut’s microbial ecosystem is thrown off balance.

The use with antibiotics that damage the gut microbiota and a low-carbohydrate diet were both found to significantly reduce tumours in the mice, said Martin – who suggested that such ‘easy interventions’ provide a starting point for preventing common types of colorectal cancer in humans.

“Because hereditary colorectal cancer is associated with aggressive and rapid tumour development, it is critical to understand how major environmental factors such as microbes and diet interact with genetic factors to potentially affect disease progression,” said Martin. “Our study provides novel insights into this question by showing that gut bacteria interact with a carbohydrate-rich diet to stimulate a prevalent type of hereditary colon cancer.”

‘Western diet’, carbs and DNA repair

Carbohydrates account for about half of the daily caloric intake of adults in many western-style diets. This is type of dietary pattern has been linked to colorectal cancer in humans by previous studies.

Colorectal cancer is also frequently associated with mutations in a tumour suppressor gene called APC as well as the MSH2 gene – which plays a critical role in repairing DNA damage, said the team.

They noted that it until now, it had been unclear why mutations affecting these DNA repair pathways are much more common in colorectal cancer compared with other cancers.

However, the findings from Martin and his colleagues suggest that gut microbes also contribute to the development of colorectal cancer, and could interact with diet to explain how the mutations could cause this type of cancer.

“By providing a direct link between genetics and gut microbes, our findings suggest that a diet reduced in carbohydrates as well as alterations in the intestinal microbial community could be beneficial to those individuals that are genetically predisposed to colorectal cancer,” said Martin.

Knockout study

To explore this question, Martin and his collaborators used mice that had APC and MSH2 mutations and were therefore predisposed to develop colorectal cancer.

They reported that mice given either antibiotics or a low-carbohydrate diet had reduced cell proliferation, as well as the number of tumours in the small intestines and colons.

These groups of mice also had reduced levels of certain gut microbes – which are known to metabolise carbohydrates to produce the fatty acid butyrate.

“By altering the microbiota composition reduces CRC in APCMin/+MSH2-/- mice, and that a diet reduced in carbohydrates phenocopies this effect. Gut microbes did not induce colorectal cancer in these mice through an inflammatory response or the production of DNA mutagens but rather by providing carbohydrate-derived metabolites such as butyrate that fuel hyperproliferation of MSH2-/- colon epithelial cells,” the team wrote.

In further experiments, when the researchers increased butyrate levels in the antibiotic-treated mice, cell proliferation and the number of tumours increased in the small intestines.

Taken together, Martin and his team said their findings suggest that carbohydrate-derived metabolites produced by gut microbes drive abnormal cell proliferation and tumour development in mice genetically predisposed to colorectal cancer.

Source : Preventdisease

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Optimal sulfur levels can reverse chronic disease

Are you unable to lose excess weight? Do you have a family member at risk of dying from an ‘incurable’ disease? According to a growing community of health experts, medical professionals need to consider the danger of sulfur deficiencies in the body and its impact on human health.

Sulfur deficiencies create serious health consequences. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. – Senior Research Scientist at MIT – will deliver a powerful message, to every healthcare provider, about the danger of sulfur deficiency. If you want to avoid disease – don’t miss this program.

Modern farming practices are creating the epidemic rise in mineral deficiencies

Sadly, thanks to conventional nutritional wisdom, most people are led to believe that a ‘balanced diet’ will provide all the essential vitamins and minerals needed to enjoy a healthy life. Unfortunately, monocropping; the heavy use of herbicides and the deployment of genetically modified foods have dramatically reduced the quality of our food supply and its nutritional value.

And, let’s not forget the damage caused by highly-processed, denatured foods – which are so depleted in essential nutrients that food producers are forced to ‘fortify’ the products with synthetic substances, not found in nature. We must wake up the sleeping masses and warn them about the health dangers associated with eating nutrient-depleted foods.

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour – you’ll discover the hidden truth about disease, why sunlight and sulfur production are critically important, how sulfur helps to detoxify the body plus much more.

A lack of sulfur promotes the creation of cancer cells

To prevent cancer, we often hear about the value of chemical avoidance, consuming lots of antioxidant-rich foods plus the need for supplements like, vitamin C and D. But few people ever hear about the importance of sulfur – one of the most abundant minerals, found in the human body. This essential mineral is responsible for cellular respiration, regeneration, detoxification and functions as a precursor to the utilization of amino acids.

Simply put, if we want to avoid cancer – we must eat sulfur-rich foods like grass-fed meats and organically-raised fruits and vegetables. But, more importantly, we must avoid toxic chemicals found in personal care products, household cleaners and industrialized food products – which are loaded with cancer-causing substances that inhibit the absorption of sulfur plus other essential nutrients.

The widespread deficiency in sulfur – due to modern food production techniques – coupled with the proliferation of harmful chemicals in our environment must end for us to eliminate the growing threat of chronic disease in our society.

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, find out how sulfur can improve heart function, reduce inflammation, prevent autism and Alzheimer’s disease plus much more.

This week’s guest: Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. – MIT Senior Research Scientist

Every healthcare professional needs to hear this program about sulfur – Sun. Jul. 27

Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She has a Bachelor’s degree from MIT in biology with a minor in food and nutrition, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, also from MIT.

Her research has focused on understanding the effects of certain environmental toxicants, such as aluminum and glyphosate, on human physiology. She proposes that a low-micronutrient, high-carbohydrate diet, combined with excess exposure to environmental toxicants, and insufficient sunlight exposure to the skin and eyes, play a crucial role in many modern conditions and diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer’s disease and autism.

Without sulfur – there is no life. Sulfur plays a crucial role in cellular regeneration and oxygen transportation. So, if you’re interested in natural ways to prevent premature aging, detoxify the body and reverse disease symptoms – don’t miss our next show.

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EPA denies request to use toxic herbicide on superweeds in Texas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied an emergency application to use a hazardous pesticide on 3 million acres of Texas cotton fields, after groups representing environmental, public health, and organic farm interests urged the agency to reject the request based on environmental effects and the predictable nature of the weed resistance to currently used chemicals.

Despite finding that the application met the urgent and non-routine emergency criteria, EPA cited aggregate exposure through drinking water and other risk assessment concerns as the reason for the denial.

“While we disagree with the EPA that this meets any of the criteria for emergency exemption, we applaud the EPA for putting the health of people and the environment first and upholding the health and environmental standards under the law,” says Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides, which filed comments opposing emergency status for propazine use.
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Propazine is a toxic herbicide in the triazine class of chemicals that has been linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity. The triazines are highly soluble in water and are the most frequently detected pesticides found at concentrations at or above one or more benchmarks in over half of sites sampled. Allowing propazine use on over 3 million acres of cotton in Texas would have increased increase propazine movement into waterways, potentially threatening the safety of Texas’ surface and drinking water.

“This is not an emergency because the weed resistance is predictable since it has been known for many years that GMO cotton sprayed with glyphosate would create resistant superweeds,” notes Mr. Feldman. “It is an abuse of the law to prop up failed GMO cropping systems with toxic chemicals when viable alternatives, like organic growing methods, exist.”

Glyphosate-resistant weeds, like Palmer amaranth, have ballooned in recent years due to the expansion of Roundup® Ready crops, including soybeans, corn, and cotton. Increased selection pressure from widespread use and reliance on glyphosate and the simultaneous reductions in the use of sustainable weed management practices have resulted in glyphosate-resistant weeds—a now common and predictable issue facing agriculture across the United States. Beyond Pesticides opposes efforts to perpetuate a failed and dangerous chemically-reliant agricultural system.

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How Sugar Harms Your Brain Health and Drives Alzheimer’s Epidemic

Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia, affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans, according to 2013 statistics.

One in nine seniors over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s, and the disease is now thought to be the third leading cause of death in the US, right behind heart disease and cancer.

A growing body of research suggests there’s a powerful connection between your diet and your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, via similar pathways that cause type 2 diabetes.

Contrary to popular belief, your brain does not require glucose, and actually functions better burning alternative fuels, especially ketones, which your body makes in response to digesting healthy fats.

According to some experts, such as Dr. Ron Rosedale, Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders may in large part be caused by the constant burning of glucose for fuel by your brain.

Alzheimer’s disease was tentatively dubbed “type 3 diabetes” in early 2005 when researchers discovered that in addition to your pancreas, your brain also produces insulin, and this brain insulin is necessary for the survival of brain cells.

Sugar Damages Brain Structure and Function

In your brain, insulin helps with neuron glucose-uptake and the regulation of neurotransmitters, such as acetylcholine, which are crucial for memory and learning. This is why reducing the level of insulin in your brain impairs your cognition.

Research2 has also shown that type 2 diabetics lose more brain volume with age than expected—particularly gray matter. This kind of brain atrophy is yet another contributing factor for dementia.

Studies have found that people with lower levels of insulin and insulin receptors in their brain often have Alzheimer’s disease. But according to recent research published in the journal Neurology, sugar and other carbohydrates can disrupt your brain function even if you’re not diabetic or have any signs of dementia.

To test their theory, they evaluated short- and long-term glucose markers in 141 healthy, non-diabetic, non-demented seniors. Memory tests and brain imaging were administered to assess their brain function and the actual structure of their hippocampus. As reported by Scientific American:
“Higher levels on both glucose measures were associated with worse memory, as well as a smaller hippocampus and compromised hippocampal structure.

The researchers also found that the structural changes partially accounted for the statistical link between glucose and memory. According to study co-author Agnes Flöel, a neurologist at Charité, the results ‘provide further evidence that glucose might directly contribute to hippocampal atrophy.’” The findings suggest that even if you’re not diabetic or insulin resistant (and about 80 percent of Americans fall into the latter category), sugar consumption can still disrupt your memory.

Long-term, it can contribute to the shrinking of your hippocampus, which is a hallmark symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. (Your hippocampus is involved with the formation, organization, and storage of memories.)

The authors of the study suggest that “strategies aimed at lowering glucose levels even in the normal range may beneficially influence cognition in the older population.”

‘Normal’ Blood Sugar Levels May Still Be High Enough to Cause Problems

Normally, a fasting blood sugar level between 100-125 mg/dl is diagnosed as a pre-diabetic state. A fasting blood sugar level of 90-100 is considered “normal.” But in addition to the featured research, other studies have also found that brain atrophy occurs even in this “normal” blood sugar range.

Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, MD insists that being very strict in limiting your consumption of sugar and non-vegetable carbs is one of THE most important steps you can take to prevent Alzheimer’s disease for this very reason.

He cites research from the Mayo Clinic, which found that diets rich in carbohydrates are associated with an 89 percent increased risk for dementia. Meanwhile, high-fat diets are associated with a 44 percent reduced risk.

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Sugar Lobby Threatens Organizations and Buries Science on Health Effects

Compelling research shows that your brain has great plasticity, which you control through your diet and lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, the American public has been grossly brainwashed by the sugar and processed food industries into believing that sugar is a perfectly reasonable “nutrient” that belongs in a healthy diet.

Without accurate information, it’s certainly more difficult to make health-affirming choices. Newsweek recently ran an article revealing just how far the sugar industry will go to defend its market share:
“According to a new report from the Center for Science and Democracy… industry groups representing companies that sell sweeteners, like the Sugar Association and the Corn Refiners Association… have poured millions of dollars into countering science that indicates negative health consequences of eating their products.

For example, when a University of Southern California study from 2013 found that the actual high fructose corn syrup content in sodas ‘varied significantly’ from the sugar content disclosed on soda labels, the Corn Refiners Association considered paying for its own counter research.

A consultant suggested that the counter research should only be published if the results aligned with their goal of disputing the USC study: ‘If for any reason the results confirm [the University of Southern California study], we can just bury the data,’ the consultant wrote, according to the report.”According to the Center for Science report, the Sugar Association even threatened the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO had published a paper on sugar, recommending a 10 percent limit on added sugars, stating that added sugars “threaten the nutritional quality of diets.”

The Sugar Association shot off a letter to the director general, warning him that, unless WHO withdrew the study, the Sugar Association would persuade the US Congress to withdraw the WHO’s federal funding. The following year, when WHO published its global health strategy on diet and health, there was no mention of the offending sugar study.

The Sugar Lobby Deserves Blame for Fueling Chronic Disease Epidemics

Indeed, despite overwhelming evidence showing that sugar, and processed fructose in particular, is at the heart of our burgeoning obesity and chronic disease epidemics, the sugar lobby has been so successful in its efforts to thwart the impact of such evidence that there’s still no consensus among our regulatory agencies as to the “factual” dangers of sugar…

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, 13 percent of the average American’s diet is sugar. In the UK, a recently published report by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommends limiting your added sugar intake to five percent, in order to avoid obesity and type 2 diabetes. They calculate this to be the equivalent of 25 grams of sugar (5-6 teaspoons) per day for women, and 35 grams (7-8 teaspoons) for men.

This matches my own recommendations for healthy, non-insulin resistant individuals—with one key difference. I recommend restricting sugar/fructose consumption to 25 grams from ALL sources, not just added sugar. This includes limiting your non-vegetable carbohydrates as well. Crazy enough, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition still recommends you get 50 percent of your daily energy intake in the form of starchy carbohydrates, which will undoubtedly and significantly raise your risk of insulin resistance. If you’re insulin/leptin resistant, diabetic, overweight, or have high blood pressure, heart disease, or cancer, I recommend restricting your sugar/fructose consumption to a maximum of 15 grams per day from all sources, until your insulin/leptin resistance has been resolved.

Dietary Guidelines for Maintaining Healthy Brain Function and Avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the same pathological process that leads to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes may also hold true for your brain. As you over-indulge on sugar and grains, your brain becomes overwhelmed by the consistently high levels of glucose and insulin that blunts its insulin signaling, leading to impairments in your thinking and memory abilities, eventually causing permanent brain damage.

Additionally, when your liver is busy processing fructose (which your liver turns into fat), it severely hampers its ability to make cholesterol, an essential building block of your brain that is crucial for optimal brain function. Indeed, mounting evidence supports the notion that significantly reducing fructose consumption is a very important step for preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Because of the very limited treatments, and no available cure as of yet, you’re really left with just one solid solution, and that is to prevent Alzheimer’s from happening to you in the first place. As explained by neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, Alzheimer’s is a disease predicated primarily on lifestyle choices; the two main culprits being excessive sugar and gluten consumption.

Another major factor is the development and increased consumption of genetically engineered (GE) grains, which are now pervasive in most processed foods sold in the US. The beauty of following my optimized nutrition plan is that it helps prevent and treat virtually ALL chronic degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain, also provides powerful arguments for eliminating grains from your diet, particularly if you want to protect the health of your brain. In terms of your diet, the following suggestions may be among the most important for Alzheimer’s prevention:

    • Avoid sugar and refined fructose. Ideally, you’ll want to keep your total sugar and fructose below 25 grams per day, or as low as 15 grams per day if you have insulin resistance or any related disorders. In one recent animal study, a junk food diet high in sugar resulted in impaired memory after just one week! Place recognition, specifically, was adversely affected.

As a general rule, you’ll want to keep your fasting insulin levels below 3, and this is indirectly related to fructose, as it will clearly lead to insulin resistance. However, other sugars (sucrose is 50 percent fructose by weight), grains, and lack of exercise are also important factors. Lowering insulin will also help lower leptin levels which is another factor for Alzheimer’s.

    • Avoid gluten and casein (primarily wheat and pasteurized dairy, but not dairy fat, such as butter). Research shows that your blood-brain barrier, the barrier that keeps things out of your brain where they don’t belong, is negatively affected by gluten. Gluten also makes your gut more permeable, which allows proteins to get into your bloodstream, where they don’t belong. That then sensitizes your immune system and promotes inflammation and autoimmunity, both of which play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s.
    • Eat a nutritious diet, rich in folate, such as the one described in my nutrition plan. Vegetables, without question, are your best form of folate, and we should all eat plenty of fresh raw veggies every day. Avoid supplements like folic acid, which is the inferior synthetic version of folate.
    • Increase consumption of all healthful fats, including animal-based omega-3. Beneficial health-promoting fats that your brain needs for optimal function include organic butter from raw milk, clarified butter called ghee, organic grass fed raw butter, olives, organic virgin olive oil and coconut oil, nuts like pecans and macadamia, free-range eggs, wild Alaskan salmon, and avocado.

Contrary to popular belief, the ideal fuel for your brain is not glucose but ketones. Ketones are what your body produces when it converts fat (as opposed to glucose) into energy. The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil are a great source of ketone bodies, because coconut oil is about 66 percent MCTs. In 2010, I published Dr. Mary Newport’s theory that coconut oil might offer profound benefits in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. She has since launched one of the first clinical trials of its kind to test this theory.

Also make sure you’re getting enough animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil. (I recommend avoiding most fish because, although fish is naturally high in omega-3, most fish are now severely contaminated with mercury.) High intake of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA help by preventing cell damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease, thereby slowing down its progression, and lowering your risk of developing the disorder.

  • Optimize your gut flora by regularly eating fermented foods or taking a high-potency and high-quality probiotic supplement
  • Eat blueberries. Wild blueberries, which have high anthocyanin and antioxidant content, are known to guard against Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases.

Other Helpful Dietary Tips and Valuable Supplements

Another helpful tip is to reduce your overall calorie consumption, and/or intermittently fast.As mentioned above, ketones are mobilized when you replace carbs with coconut oil and other sources of healthy fats. A one-day fast can help your body to “reset” itself, and start to burn fat instead of sugar. As part of a healthy lifestyle, I prefer an intermittent fasting schedule that simply calls for limiting your eating to a narrower window of time each day. By restricting your eating to a 6-8 hour window, you effectively fast 16-18 hours each day. To learn more about intermittent fasting, please see this previous article.

Also be aware that when it comes to cholesterol levels and Alzheimer’s, lower is NOT better. Quite the contrary. According to Dr. Perlmutter, research shows that elderly individuals with the lowest cholesterol levels have the highest risk for Alzheimer’s. They also have the highest risk for dying. As he says, the war on cholesterol is fundamentally inappropriate and harmful.

Finally, there’s a short list of supplement recommendations worth noting for their specific benefits in preventing and treating dementia. So, although your fundamental strategy for preventing dementia should involve a comprehensive lifestyle approach, you may want to take special note of the following natural dietary agents. These four natural foods/supplements have good science behind them, in terms of preventing age-related cognitive changes:

  1. Gingko biloba: Many scientific studies have found that Ginkgo biloba has positive effects for dementia. A 1997 study from JAMA showed clear evidence that Ginkgo improves cognitive performance and social functioning for those suffering from dementia. Another 2006 study found Ginkgo as effective as the dementia drug Aricept (donepezil) for treating mild to moderate Alzheimer’s type dementia. A 2010 meta-analysis also found Ginkgo biloba to be effective for a variety of types of dementia.
  2. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA): ALA has been shown to help stabilize cognitive functions among Alzheimer’s patients and may slow the progression of the disease.
  3. Vitamin B12: A small Finnish study published in the journal Neurology found thatpeople who consume foods rich in B12 may reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s in their later years. For each unit increase in the marker of vitamin B12 the risk of developing Alzheimer’s was reduced by two percent. Remember sublingual methylcobalamin may be your best bet here.

Lifestyle Strategies That Can Help Ward off Alzheimer’s Disease

Lifestyle choices such as getting regular sun exposure and exercise, along with avoiding toxins, are also important factors when it comes to maintaining optimal brain health. Here are several of my lifestyle suggestions:

    • Optimize your vitamin D levels with safe sun exposure. Strong links between low levels of vitamin D in Alzheimer’s patients and poor outcomes on cognitive tests have been revealed. Researchers believe that optimal vitamin D levels may enhance the amount of important chemicals in your brain and protect brain cells by increasing the effectiveness of the glial cells in nursing damaged neurons back to health.

Vitamin D may also exert some of its beneficial effects on Alzheimer’s through its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Sufficient vitamin D is imperative for proper functioning of your immune system to combat inflammation that is also associated with Alzheimer’s.

    • Exercise regularly. It’s been suggested that exercise can trigger a change in the way the amyloid precursor protein is metabolized, thus, slowing down the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s. Exercise also increases levels of the protein PGC-1alpha. Research has also shown that people with Alzheimer’s have less PGC-1alpha in their brains and cells that contain more of the protein produce less of the toxic amyloid protein associated with Alzheimer’s. I would strongly recommend reviewing the Peak Fitness Technique for my specific recommendations.
    • Avoid and eliminate mercury from your body. Dental amalgam fillings, which are 50 percent mercury by weight, are one of the major sources of heavy metal toxicity. However, you should be healthy prior to having them removed. Once you have adjusted to following the diet described in my optimized nutrition plan, you can follow the mercury detox protocol and then find a biological dentist to have your amalgams removed.
    • Avoid aluminum, such as antiperspirants, non-stick cookware, vaccine adjuvants, etc.
    • Avoid flu vaccinations as most contain both mercury and aluminum, well-known neurotoxic and immunotoxic agents.
    • Avoid anticholinergics and statin drugs. Drugs that block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter, have been shown to increase your risk of dementia. These drugs include certain nighttime pain relievers, antihistamines, sleep aids, certain antidepressants, medications to control incontinence, and certain narcotic pain relievers.

Statin drugs are particularly problematic because they suppress the synthesis of cholesterol, deplete your brain of coenzyme Q10 and neurotransmitter precursors, and prevent adequate delivery of essential fatty acids and fat-soluble antioxidants to your brain by inhibiting the production of the indispensable carrier biomolecule known as low-density lipoprotein.

  • Challenge your mind daily. Mental stimulation, especially learning something new, such as learning to play an instrument or a new language, is associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s. Researchers suspect that mental challenge helps to build up your brain, making it less susceptible to the lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Study: Interrupted Sleep May Be as Harmful as No Sleep at All

Sleep deprivation is a well-known risk to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. What makes sleep deprivation so detrimental is that it doesn’t just impact one aspect of your health… it impacts many.

When you’re sleep-deprived, you’re not going to react as quickly as you normally would, making driving or other potentially dangerous activities, like using power tools, risky.

Your ability to think clearly is also dampened by lack of sleep, which means you will have trouble retaining memories, processing information, and making decisions.

As your reaction time and cognition slows, your emotions will be kicked into high gear. This means that arguments with co-workers or your spouse are likely and you’re probably going to be at fault for blowing things out of proportion.

But much more than that, sleep deprivation has virtually the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or illness, which may help explain why lack of sleep is tied to an increased risk of numerous chronic diseases.

There’s an important caveat to be aware of that is not yet widely known, however, and that is your sleep quality is every bit as important as your sleep duration. So if you stay in bed for eight or nine hours a night, but during that time you’re waking up repeatedly, it’s just as bad as getting hardly any sleep at all…

One Night of Interrupted Sleep Wreaks Havoc on Your Mood, Energy Levels

Just one night of interrupted sleep is all it takes to make you feel more depressed, fatigued, and confused, according to new research. What’s more, there was little difference in the negative effects of interrupted sleep (defined as four prolonged awakenings spread across eight hours in bed) compared to those of restricted sleep (spending just four hours in bed, total).

Night-wakings also lead to reduced vigor and motivation and increased errors on an online performance test. The study attempted to mimic life-like night-wakings, which for the study purposes included making a phone call to participants in the middle of the night directing them to complete a brief computer exercise (at four separate occasions during the night).

It’s a scenario that may not seem unfamiliar to you, especially if you find yourself waking at night frequently. What does this mean for new parents, doctors (mostly residents in training but certain specialties like OB and trauma surgeons on ER call), and the millions of other people who find their sleep regularly interrupted at night (by pets, noise, racing thoughts, light pollution, work obligations, and more)? If you suffer from interrupted sleep, it might be putting your health at risk. Professor Avi Sadeh of Tel Aviv University, the study’s lead author, said:
“Our study shows the impact of only one disrupted night. We know that these effects accumulate and therefore the functional price new parents — who awaken three to ten times a night for months on end — pay for common infant sleep disturbance is enormous…

I hope that our study will bring this to the attention of scientists and clinicians, who should recognize the price paid by individuals who have to endure frequent night-wakings.”

Interrupted Sleep Makes It Difficult to Get Through the Necessary Stages of Sleep

It makes sense that interruptions to your sleep would result in much the same damage as lack of sleep, because sleep occurs in phases. Ideally, you should progress from slow-wave sleep back up to REM sleep in 60- to 90-minute cycles.

Any interruptions to this make your body start over, in a sense, which means you might never reach the most restorative, deeper phases of sleep.

You might as well not be sleeping at all, which is likely one reason why lack of sleep and interrupted sleep result in such similar damage. In a healthy night’s sleep, you should progress through the following sleep stages (though not necessarily in this order):

  • Stage One, when you’re preparing to drift off
  • Stage Two, during which your brain wave activity becomes rapid and rhythmic while your body temperature drops and heart rate slows
  • Stage Three, when deep slow brain waves emerge (this is a transition from light sleep to deep sleep)
  • Stage Four, also known as delta sleep, this is a deep sleep stage
  • Stage Five, or rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, is when most dreaming occurs

As reported by Psych Central:
Sleep does not progress through all of these stages in sequence, however. Sleep begins in Stage One and progresses into stages 2, 3, and 4. Then, after Stage Four sleep, Stages Three, then Two are repeated before going into REM sleep. Once REM is over, we usually return to Stage Two sleep.

Sleep cycles through these stages approximately 4 or 5 times throughout the night. We typically enter REM approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep.

The first cycle of REM often lasts only a short amount of time, but each cycle becomes longer. This is why we need long periods of sleep each night as most of the REM sleep occurs in the hours before awakening.

If we get short periods of sleep, we can’t really get through the stages we need to heal and stay healthy. REM can last up to an hour as our sleep progresses. In case you are wondering, if you feel like a dream is taking a long period of time, it really is. Contrary to what was once believed, dreams take as long as they actually seem.”

Small Shifts in Your Sleep Cycle May Make or Break Your Health

If you’re wondering just how sensitive your sleep cycle actually is, you might be surprised to learn that it’s incredibly vulnerable to changes, such that even the small amount of sleep deprivation caused by Daylight Saving Time may be problematic.

One Washington University neuroscientist told CBS News that adjusting clocks forward one hour corresponds with a significant increase in traffic accidents and heart attacks over the next two to three days.

One study also found that the spring transition, which causes a phase advance, is particularly hard on the average person’s sleep-wake cycle, and while it’s generally thought that the loss of one hour of sleep on the night of the change is inconsequential, research suggests otherwise. According to a report in Sleep Medicine Reviews:
“…data suggests that increased sleep fragmentation and sleep latency present a cumulative effect of sleep loss [following the spring transition], at least across the following week, perhaps longer.

The autumn transition is often popularized as a gain of 1 h[our] of sleep but there is little evidence of extra sleep on that night. The cumulative effect of five consecutive days of earlier rise times following the autumn change again suggests a net loss of sleep across the week. Indirect evidence of an increase in traffic accident rates, and change in health and regulatory behaviors which may be related to sleep disruption suggest that adjustment to daylight saving time is neither immediate nor without consequence.”

A One-Hour Difference Is a Huge Deal

As far as lack of sleep goes, research has shown that when participants cut their sleep from 7.5 to 6.5 hours a night, there were increases in the expression of genes associated with inflammation, immune excitability, diabetes, cancer risk, and stress. In other words, getting just one hour less sleep a night may raise your risk of multiple chronic diseases. Interrupted or impaired sleep can also:

Increase your risk of heart disease. Harm your brain by halting new cell production. Sleep deprivation can increase levels of corticosterone (a stress hormone), resulting in fewer new brain cells being created in your hippocampus.
Impair your ability to lose excess pounds or maintain your ideal weight. This is likely the effect of altered metabolism, because when you’re sleep deprived, leptin (the hormone that signals satiety) falls, while ghrelin (which signals hunger) rises. Contribute to a pre-diabetic state, making you feel hungry even if you’ve already eaten, which can wreak havoc on your weight.
Accelerate tumor growth, primarily due to disrupted melatonin production. Melatonin inhibits the proliferation of a wide range of cancer cell types, as well as triggering cancer cell apoptosis (self-destruction). The hormone also interferes with the new blood supply tumors require for their rapid growth (angiogenesis). Contribute to premature aging by interfering with your growth hormone production, normally released by your pituitary gland during deep sleep (and during certain types of exercise, such as high intensity interval training).
Raise your blood pressure. Increase your risk of dying from any cause.

A Simple Trick to Help You Stay in Deep Sleep Longer

Deep sleep is one of the most important sleep phases as your body repairs and regenerates, your immune system is strengthened and much more. The more time you can spend in this crucial sleep phase during the night, the more refreshed you’re going to feel in the morning, as well. Sound stimulation has been shown to be effective for prolonging deep sleep, so if you’re having trouble staying asleep at night, this is a simple trick to try.

Published in the journal Neuron, the study found that playing “pink noise” sounds that were synchronized to the subject’s brain waves when the subject approached deep sleep allowed them to remain in deep sleep longer than when the sound was not played. The participants were also shown 120 pairs of words before going to bed and tested the following morning to see how many they could remember.

After sound stimulation, the subjects improved their memory retention by nearly 60 percent, recalling an average of 22 sets of words compared to 13 when the sound was not played. The key, according to the authors, is that the frequency of the sound was synched to the subject’s brain waves. This produced an increase in the size of the brain waves during deep sleep, and these slower brain waves are associated with information processing and memory formation. You can find special “pink noise” apps to play in your bedroom, or you can simply turn on a fan to get this benefit.

Turn Off Your Gadgets and Avoid Other Common Sleep Disturbances

If your sleep is being interrupted, the first step is to determine the cause. If you’re a new parent being woken by a newborn, there’s obviously little you can do, aside from teaming up with your spouse or another family member so you can each have alternating nights of uninterrupted sleep. Most cases of sleep disruptions, however, will be related to environmental or emotional factors. Some common examples include:

  • Eating a heavy meal, or spicy foods, too close to bed
  • Pets in your bed or bedroom
  • Pain (headache, menstrual cramps, back pain, etc.)
  • Alcohol in the evening
  • Use of your computer, tablet, cellphone, or television

That last one is a biggie, as about 95 percent of Americans use an electronic device within one hour of going to sleep, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll. This has a major implication on the quality of your sleep, in ways you might not even imagine. Certainly, such devices can keep you awake by making noises, but they also interfere with your sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm, in far more insidious, and damaging ways.

Exposure to even small amounts of light from a television, your computer, tablet, or smartphone can interfere with your body’s production of melatonin, which helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Plus, when you’re connected to the Internet, your phone or computer are communicating with nearby cell towers, which means they’re also emitting low levels of radiation. One 2008 study revealed that people exposed to radiation from their mobile phones for three hours before bedtime had more trouble falling asleep and staying in a deep sleep.

According to the 2014 Sleep in America Poll, 53 percent of respondents who turn electronics off while sleeping tend to rate their sleep as excellent, compared to just 27 percent of those who leave their devices on. This is why I recommend avoiding watching TV or using a computer or tablet at least an hour or so before going to bed. If you do keep your devices in your room, make sure they are physically turned off along with your Wi-Fi router. An alternative, you can try a free computer program called f.lux (see justgetflux.com), which alters the color temperature of your computer screen as the day goes on, pulling out the blue wavelengths as it gets late.

How to Get Uninterrupted, Restorative Sleep

Small adjustments to your daily routine and sleeping area can go a long way to ensure uninterrupted, restful sleep. I suggest you read through my full set of 33 healthy sleep guidelines for all of the details, but to start, consider implementing the following changes. Number one on my list? As mentioned, turn off your electronic gadgets and keep them out of your bedroom:

  • Avoid watching TV or using your computer/smartphone or tablet in the evening, at least an hour or so before going to bed.
  • Make sure you get BRIGHT sun exposure regularly. Your pineal gland produces melatonin roughly in approximation to the contrast of bright sun exposure in the day and complete darkness at night. If you are in darkness all day long, it can’t appreciate the difference and will not optimize your melatonin production.
  • Get some sun in the morning. Your circadian system needs bright light to reset itself. Ten to 15 minutes of morning sunlight will send a strong message to your internal clock that day has arrived, making it less likely to be confused by weaker light signals during the night.
  • Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible. Even the tiniest glow from your clock radio could be interfering with your sleep, so cover your clock radio up at night or get rid of it altogether. Move all electrical devices at least three feet away from your bed. You may want to cover your windows with drapes or blackout shades, or wear an eye mask when you sleep.
  • Install a low-wattage yellow, orange, or red light bulb if you need a source of light for navigation at night. Light in these bandwidths does not shut down melatonin production in the way that white and blue bandwidth light does. Salt lamps are handy for this purpose.
  • Keep the temperature in your bedroom no higher than 70 degrees F. Many people keep their homes too warm (particularly their upstairs bedrooms). Studies show that the optimal room temperature for sleep is between 60 to 68 degrees F.
  • Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime. This increases your core body temperature, and when you get out of the bath it abruptly drops, signaling your body that you are ready to sleep.
  • Avoid using loud alarm clocks. Being jolted awake each morning can be very stressful. If you are regularly getting enough sleep, you might not even need an alarm.
  • Be mindful of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in your bedroom. EMFs can disrupt your pineal gland and its melatonin production, and may have other negative biological effects as well. A gauss meter is required if you want to measure EMF levels in various areas of your home. If possible install a kill switch to turn off all electricity to your bedroom. If you need a clock, use a battery-operated one.

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