Dangers of Glyphosate to human health

glyphosate-effectsWhile this story will never appear in the corporate-controlled U.S. media, the UK-based Daily Mail reports that the mutations "look like something from a horror movie - a black dog with a mini trunk protruding from its nose. The baby yellow chick with not two but four feet, the spider piglet with one head, two bodies and eight legs, the goat with two heads and the baby pig with skin so wafer thin you can see the muscles and blood flowing around its body."

"Farmers blame harsh chemical Glyphosate for causing the mutations," reports the Daily Mail, adding that "local media said that the deformation was due to the use of pesticides on farmland in the region."index

Number of mutations had QUADRUPLED as use of genetically modified crop chemicals increases
Local who were not aware of the toxicity of glyphosate originally thought the mutations were caused by evil spirits or some sort of demonic curve. But "blame has shifted to the widespread use of the harsh chemical glyphosate which is used as a pesticide," reports Daily Mail UK:

Argentina is the world's biggest user of the controversial product, which kills all non-genetically modified (GM) crops. The country supplies GM soya beans that are fed to animals in the UK, and cotton that is used in the manufacture of everything from T-shirts through to tampons. EU policy makers are considering banning the harmful chemical which is known to cause serious birth defects in both animals and humans.

Glyphosate has unleashed a chemical holocaust across our world
What we are all witnessing is a chemical holocaust that has already begun to devastate our world. That so many animals are now being born with devastating, grotesque mutations which resemble hellish life forms is no coincidence: Glyphosate is "Satan's chemical" and it is sold by a demonic, life-hating corporate monstrosity named Monsanto.

All the promoters of glyphosate, it turns out, are also hate-filled destroyers of life and the planet. Filled with rage and hatred towards women -- the bearers of new life -- glyphosate-pushing dark operatives like former Forbes.com writer Jon Entine echo the patterns of destruction and deception that you'd most likely associate with Satan himself.

Observe the following photos for yourself, if you dare, and witness what glyphosate has done to our world.
Glyphosate weed killer unleashes grotesque chemical deformations in farm animals... two-headed calves, pigs born with no skin, twisted life forms seem spawned from Hell... PHOTOS

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Nano Gold – The miracle heart healer

nano gold 617x493Gold is one of our most valuable commodities but its use extends far beyond jewellery and gold bars. It’s a conductive material and is helping us to develop new medical innovations such as specialised patches that could be used to grow new heart tissue following a heart attack.

Heart attacks are caused by an abrupt blockage of one or more of the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. This immediately reduces the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the heart muscle and if the blood flow is not restored quickly, causes irreversible death of the cells and eventually affects the performance of the heart muscle.

Unlike cells in the liver, heart cells can’t multiply. And although the heart contains few stem cells - “mother cells” that have the potential to become any type of cell in the body - their amount is not enough to repair the tissue damaged by a heart attack.

Because of this, the damaged tissue following a heart attack can become tough and fibrous and the efficiency of the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body is reduced. This eventually leads to end-stage heart failure, when treatment becomes difficult, and can lead to a patient’s death.

Currently the only therapeutic option available to treat patients with terminal end-stage heart failure is a heart transplant. However, the scarcity of cardiac donors has led to an urgent need to develop new experimental treatments.

One biomaterial that we’re working on to restore heart function is a special cardiac “patch” that utilises gold to help stimulate tissue growth.

These patches are three-dimensional biomaterials that work like temporary scaffolds to support cells and promote their reorganisation into functional tissue. After they are transplanted into the body, the patch integrates with the heart’s own tissue and improves its function.

Using gold to mimic ‘electrical wiring’

The heart can contract when electrical stimulation from one cell spreads to neighbouring cells. This allows the cells to beat and contract together, efficiently pumping blood to the rest of the body. For the patches to work we also need to mimic the native “electrical wiring” of the heart cells. This can trigger the cells to organise into functioning heart tissue that could be transplanted.

Most of the biomaterials that cardiac patches are made from are non-conductive. So the scaffold basically blocks electrical signals from travelling from one beating cell to neighbouring cells, making it extremely difficult to get them all to beat in unity.

In our work, we are using nano fibres covered with gold nano particles - the size of one billionth of a metre - to conduct the electrical signalling.

As the gold increases the connectivity of the engineered scaffold, cells grown on these scaffolds are also able to mature into functioning tissue, contracting with a greater force, rate and uniformity when compared to cells grown on other kinds of scaffolds.

This has all been done in a lab, but the next step is to test the potential of the engineered gold-incorporated scaffolds to restore heart function after a heart attack in an animal model. If successful, it will provide the first step to creating functioning, transplantable heart tissue that can eventually be used to treat human patients.

What is Nano-gold?

Nano-gold is a small object composed of gold and, which has one-, two-, or three-dimensions on the nanoscale, i.e., a sheet, a rod, or a particle. For the purpose of our discussion nano-gold refers to the gold moiety alone, while nano-construct infers a moiety that consists of a core of nano-gold to which has been adsorbed or covalently bound a biomolecule or xenobiotic (drug, therapeutic, analytic), forming a more or less defined overall structure. A nano-gold construct formulation defines the character and often the proportions of bound entities to the nanoscale gold core.

Whether biomolecules or drugs bound physically or chemically to the gold surface should be considered when evaluating the size of a nano-construct seems to be somewhat dependent on the technology being used. For example, electron microscopy can readily detect the high-contrast gold core of a nanoconstruct, but it is much more difficult to visualize or measure exactly what and how many biological molecule or xenobiotic might be bound. On the other hand, dynamic light scattering is due to the entire entity, and all or most of the bound elements are included in the measurements. Thus, there are many challenges even at the level of rigorously defining what exactly we mean by nano-gold or a nano-gold therapeutic. Hopefully, these introductory comments and brief definitions have armed the novice to nano-gold with information to navigate our orientation to recent discoveries of exciting new roles for nano-gold in nanomedicine.

Properties of Nano-Gold In Vivo

When administered systemically, it is not surprising that gold nano-constructs are readily taken up by the reticulo-endothelial system including Kupffer cells in the liver [3]. While local presentation such as intra-tumor injection appears to result in retention of the nano-constructs [14]. Similarly, treatment of the cornea appears to result in an initial local distribution, followed by slow clearance and was not associated with inflammation or edema (in a rabbit study), and was effective in delivering gene transfer [7].

Nano-Gold in Energy Transfer for Therapeutics and Diagnostics

Nano-gold also has physical properties that make it useful across a range of other applications. Both optical and plasmon resonance properties suggest that they will have multiple applications across both therapeutics and diagnostics [15]. Used in conjunction with X-radiation, smaller nano-gold constructs appear to be effective in raising intracellular free radical concentrations [16], providing another potential mechanism via which cancer cells might be eliminated. Using related technology, X-ray computed tomography, targeted nano-gold labeled cells were readily detected in a small animal model of human disease [17], adding to the potential diagnostic arsenal.

Conclusion

Evidence in support of nano-gold constructs as bases for multiple medical applications appears to be accumulating with generally favorable outcomes to date. There is still much to learn about the potential cytotoxicity, which at least initially appears to be minimal at effective doses. The binding of biomolecules appears to be another area for further study and the general area of specific tissue and/or cellular targeting is a broader issue for all of nano-medicine and medicine generally. Nano-gold may provide a new light for applications spanning from gene-regulation to diagnostic imaging. Although the light is yet a single candle, the studies summarized in this virtual edition point the way to greater illumination of nano-gold in medicine.

References

1. Wang GK, Papasani MR, Cheguru P, Hrdlicka PJ, Hill RA: Gold-peptide nanoconjugate cellular uptake is modulated by serum proteins. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2012; 8 (6): 822-832

2. Papasani MR, Wang GK, Hill RA: Gold nanoparticles: the importance of physiological principles to devise strategies for targeted drug delivery. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2012; 8 (6): 804-814

3. Sadauskas E, Danscher G, Stoltenberg M, Vogel U, Larsen A, Wallin Hk: Protracted elimination of gold nanoparticles from mouse liver. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2009; 5 (2): 162-169

4. Lin IC, Liang M, Liu TY, Monteiro MJ, Toth I: Cellular transport pathways of polymer coated gold nanoparticles. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2012; 8 (1): 8-11

5. Gu Y-J, Cheng J, Man CW-Y, Wong W-T, Cheng SH: Gold-doxorubicin nanoconjugates for overcoming multidrug resistance. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine 2012; 8 (2): 204-211

6. Wang G, Norton AS, Pokharel D, Song Y, Hill RA: KDEL peptide gold nanoconstructs: promising nanoplatforms for drug delivery. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2013; 9 (3): 366-374

7. Sharma A, Tandon A, Tovey JCK, et al.: Polyethylenimine-conjugated gold nanoparticles: Gene transfer potential and low toxicity in the cornea. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2011; 7 (4): 505-513

8. Simpson CA, Salleng KJ, Cliffel DE, Feldheim DL: In vivo toxicity, biodistribution, and clearance of glutathione-coated gold nanoparticles. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2013; 9 (2): 257-263

9. Letfullin RR, Iversen CB, George TF: Modeling nanophotothermal therapy: kinetics of thermal ablation of healthy and cancerous cell organelles and gold nanoparticles. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2011; 7 (2): 137-145

10. Raoof M, Corr SJ, Kaluarachchi WD, et al.: Stability of antibody-conjugated gold nanoparticles in the endolysosomal nanoenvironment: implications for noninvasive radiofrequency-based cancer therapy. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2012; 8 (7): 1096-1105

11. Arvizo RR, Rana S, Miranda OR, Bhattacharya R, Rotello VM, Mukherjee P: Mechanism of anti-angiogenic property of gold nanoparticles: role of nanoparticle size and surface charge. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2011; 7 (5): 580-587

12. Dobrovolskaia MA, Patri AK, Zheng J, et al.: Interaction of colloidal gold nanoparticles with human blood: effects on particle size and analysis of plasma protein binding profiles. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2009; 5 (2): 106-117

13. Etame AB, Smith CA, Chan WC, Rutka JT: Design and potential application of PEGylated gold nanoparticles with size-dependent permeation through brain microvasculature. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2011; 8(7): 992-1000

14. Chanda N, Kan P, Watkinson LD, et al.: Radioactive gold nanoparticles in cancer therapy: therapeutic efficacy studies of GA-198AuNP nanoconstruct in prostate tumor-bearing mice. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2010; 6(2): 201-209

15. Brullot W, Valev VK, Verbiest T: Magnetic-plasmonic nanoparticles for the life sciences: calculated optical properties of hybrid structures. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2012; 8(5): 559-568

16. Misawa M, Takahashi J: Generation of reactive oxygen species induced by gold nanoparticles under x-ray and UV Irradiations. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 2011; 7(5): 604-614

Movement Against Monsanto Explodes

Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society
Waking Times

The international resistance against Monsanto and the genetic manipulation of the food supply has advanced to an all new level, with countless citizens around the world taking the fight online and partaking in the Monsanto Video Revolt grassroots movement. Though scheduled to officially take place on July 24th, we’ve seen thousands of citizens around the world upload their videos exposing Monsanto from as far away as Nigeria and Thailand.

The massive response to the campaign, which I just announced last month with my friends and alternative news titans Mike Adams of NaturalNews and Dr. Edward Group of Global Healing Center, signifies a massive shift in global response to Monsanto’s food abominations. While for years we have been sounding the alarm and growing the number of individuals who were aware of GMOs, we now have the opportunity to make history— the right way.

It’s time now to kick Monsanto out of the food supply and dig up the corporation’s infected roots from deep within our ever-depleting soil. Now is the time to make this a reality, as we take the fight online like never before. And unlike physical demonstrations where the mainstream media can choose to ignore them despite massive turnouts, completely blasting the net with information like never before through this Monsanto Video Revolt (connect on Facebook to get the word out) will be like posting up a billboard on the front page of virtually all social media and video upload websites.
Anyone can participate with ease and in the comfort of their own home; all you need is a webcam, phone, or video camera.

Step 1 – Create a video of any length detailing why you stand against Monsanto and GMOs at large. The video can be as long as you want – it’s your choice.
Step 2 – Upload your video to major video websites like YouTube, Vimeo, LiveLeak, DailyMotion, NaturalNews.TV (where it will not be censored), etc.
Step 3 – Spread the word about Monsanto and be the final stake in their vampire heart. Share your video any way possible, through Facebook, Twitter, or any other platform you can think of.
In other words, we now have enough concerned citizens and activists to properly expose Monsanto on a major level like never before — and it’s time to organize this power of truth telling into one coordinated campaign.

I encourage all of you to join the Monsanto Video Revolt today and on July 24th. We will be running a livestream on the 24th documenting the videos coming in (which includes some awesome music videos and mini documentaries made by talented and creative activists just for the revolt) and much more. Be on the right side of history and kick Monsanto out of the food supply!
About the Author

Anthony Gucciardi is the Editor of NaturalSociety, producer, consultant, and seeker of truth. Anthony’s work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, like the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Infowars, and many others. Anthony has appeared, oftentimes routinely, on programs like Russia Today (RT), The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and others. Anthony is also a founding member of Natural Attitude and the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

5 Keys to Killing Cellulite

Cellulite is the result of a few things, toxin build up in the fatty tissues as well as sluggish muscles. GMO foods which are full of pesticides contribute a great deal to the toxin levels in the body. Mostly though its the under developed and slack muscles under the skin of your thighs.

"The word, “cellulite”, was cleverly made-up several decades ago, in a European beauty-spa, to DESCRIBE the bumpy, shadowy and dimpled appearance of skin in the lower body trouble zones of the female body. (butt, hips, thighs, legs)"
The beauty spas then started cashing-in and profiting big-time by marketing "beauty" services and products to get rid of "cellulite". And if you're like most women who've been challenged by this issue, then you probably already know all of those passive and superficial beauty treatments do not get rid of the dented shadows and mushy dimples on your buns, legs and thighs."

5 Fast Facts

1: You cannot get rid of the dimples and shadows (cellulite) by rubbing an odd gel, weird lotion or goopy cream on your trouble zones and problem spots.

2:Risky and expensive medi-spa treatments can only reduce your bank account not your cellulite problems. And there are many consumer reports about women being seriously scarred or injured as well.

3: The unattractive dimples, shadows and saggy ripples known as cellulite are not genetic and you are NOT stuck with them forever if you have them.

4: You can get rid of cellulite, regardless of your age or when you began to notice it.

5: The only proven way to permanently get rid of the dimples and shadows of cellulite is through a series of simple, yet specifically targeted lower-body movements

"These muscle-stimulating movements can be done right at home, in total privacy."

The female lower-body has over 90 muscles…"Picture those 90 muscles BENEATH your skin’s surface in your legs, butt, hips and thigh zones. That’s where the magic happens in regards to true removal of mushy dimples and saggy shadows in the trouble spots and problem areas…

Despite what most women have been led to believe, there is a critical difference between a ‘general workout program’ – and a laser-focused, cellulite removal method. The sweetest benefit of this is; you don’t need access to a health club or fitness center."

Stress

stress-workThe Word STRESS is such a common part of our vernacular that it has lost it's importance.

So many people are suffering from stress it has become synonymous with the 21st Century. You don't seem to get much sympathy these days from colleagues, friends or family if you suggest you are suffering from stress.

So what is stress?

Stress is the biological reaction to a "Stressor".  The biological changes that occur within the body are known collectively as the "general adaption syndrome".

 There are 3 phases of a Stress Response:

1. Response

2. Resistance

3. Exhaustion

Stressors can be anything that creates a disturbance to the balance of your bodies biochemical environment.  Toxins, exposure to extreme temperatures, physical trauma, and emotional response to daily interactions.  This includes:- job pressure, keeping up with peer or parental expectations, arguments and financial pressure.

Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action.

These symptoms can include:
•Headaches, other aches and pains
•Sleep disturbance, insomnia
•Upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhoea
•Anxiety
•Anger, irritability
•Depression
•Fatigue
•Feeling overwhelmed and out of control
•Feeling moody, tearful
•Difficulty concentrating
•Low self-esteem, lack of confidence
•High blood pressure
•Weakened immune system
•Heart disease

Foods that can release STRESS in our systems

1. Garlic

Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.

2. Grapefruit

High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.

3. Beets and Carrots

Both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene; eating beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.

4. Green Tea

This liver-loving beverage is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a compound known to assist liver function. Green tea is a delicious, healthy addition to any diet. Just remember that green tea offers the benefits, not green tea extract. Some research suggests green tea extract may actually have a negative effect on liver health. Keep it simple and stick to the beverage to enjoy the benefits of green tea.

5. Leafy Green Vegetables

One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophyll, greens suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.

Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.

6. Avocados

This nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, a compound that is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins.

7. Apples

High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.

8. Olive Oil

Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for the liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. In this way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload many of us suffer from.

9. Alternative Grains

It’s not only that you need alternative grains like quinoa, millet, and buckwheat in your diet, it’s that if you’ve got wheat, flour, or other whole grains in your diet, it’s time to make changes. Your liver is your body’s filter for toxins, and grains that contain gluten are full of them. A study last year found that persons who experienced gluten sensitivities also had abnormal liver enzyme test results, and that’s just one of many.

10. Cruciferous Vegetables

Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of our body which may significantly lower risks associated with cancer.

11. Lemons & Limes

These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.

12. Walnuts

Holding high amounts of the amino acid arginine, walnuts aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal liver cleansing actions. Make sure you chew the nuts well (until they are liquefied) before swallowing.

13. Cabbage

Much like broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage helps stimulate the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. Try eating more kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup and sauerkraut.

14. Turmeric

The liver’s favorite spice. Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next lentil stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me-up. Turmeric helps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens.
Tips For Doing a Liver Cleanse

Other liver cleanse foods not listed above include artichoke, asparagus, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Eating the foods listed above is a great way to help keep your liver functioning properly. However, for best results, I recommend performing a liver cleanse. Performing a liver cleanse at least twice a year will eliminate any foreign substances that may be trapped in your liver.

**Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your health care professional.

Raw Diet

The diet of raw food and juice can help us remain healthy. Juice-diet can cure us of chronic diseases and keep our mind and body healthy. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of many diseases.

  • Try to eat more fruits and vegetables. If you need 2,000 calories a day to maintain your weight and health, aim for at least nine servings (4½ cups) a day.
  • Choose a variety of different fruits and vegetables. Break out your habits and try a wider variety - include dark-green, leafy vegetables; yellow, orange, and red fruits and vegetables; cooked tomatoes; and citrus fruits.

Apple

This fruit is also an excellent source of pectin, a fibre that helps reduce blood cholesterol and possibly prevents cancer. One medium-sized apple provides five grams of dietary fibre, or 20 per cent of the recommended intake of fibre. If these numbers aren't enough to convince you of the benefits of eating apples, you might want to consider these facts:

 

  • Ripe apples contain 80 per cent water and are virtually fat free.
  • Apples contain important minerals, notably potassium, which is needed for regulation of water balance and muscle function.
  • Apples provide a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin C.
  • One apple equals one portion of the five fruit and vegetables required for daily intake.
  • Apples contain 8-14 per cent natural fruit sugar that gets converted to energy.
  • This fruit has low sodium content.
  • Unpeeled apples provide their most plentiful nutrients just under the skin, so be sure to eat the apple with its skin on.

Acai Berry

For many generations the Acai Berry has been used by the natives of Brazil. Acai Berries containten times the antioxidants of grapes and twice that of blueberries. The versatility of the Acai Berry is making it the latest wonder food. The Acai Berry is naturally rich in omega fats, amino acids, electrolytes, antioxidants, protein and Vitamins A, B1 and E.

The native Amazon tribes have long used the Acai Berry as a treatment for digestive problems, skin irritations, sexual dysfunction and even insomnia. For diabetics the Acai Berry is perfect because it is naturally low in sugar.  More recently at the University of Florida researchers studied the effects of the Acai Berry and found that is actuallydestroyed leukemia cells.

Increase Your Strength

  • Increases your life span
  • Gives you greater energy
  • Increases your strength
  • Keeps you looking and feeling younger
  • Allows you to maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Works to prevent certain types of cancer
  • Keeps your cholesterol levels healthy
  • For diabetics it can help promote a normal blood sugar level
  • It can enhance your sexual function
  • It can promote weight loss
  • Relieves dizziness and headaches
  • Gives you a better sleep cycle
  • Helps improve your vision
  • Helps strengthen the health of your heart
  • Increases your resistance to diseases
  • Fights against inflammation and arthritis
  • Reduces the effects of menopausal symptoms
  • Improves the strength of your muscles and bones
  • Increase your memory
  • Aids the digestion process
Helps to Cleanse and Detoxify the Body

  • Promotes your body's overall wellness
  • Reduces your recovery time after injury
  • Helps reduce the effects of aging
  • Gives you all the vital vitamins your body needs
  • Provides your body with several important minerals
  • Fights against free radicals
  • Contains a high amount of fiber
  • Helps to cleanse and detoxify the body
  • Reduces the risk of heart problems
  • Improves mental function

Avocado

Avocados are rich in potassium and have appreciable levels of the B vitamin and monounsaturated fat. Avocados contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol Helps regulate blood pressure and to guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke. Avocado juice helps absorb the health-promoting carotenoids that vegetables provide.

Banana

Rich source of beta carotene, vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium, Calcium, phosphorus and potassium . Good source of B vitamins and natural fibers

Banana smothies are good for healthy bowels, cardiovascular health, protection from ulcers, great energy booster and also helps reduce water retention.

Beetroot

The beetroot has been used as food for the last 2,000 years. The early Romans and the Greeks used to consume it generously. The beetroot is somewhat hard to digest. It is oily, cool,nutritious and a bile-controller. It improves the quality of the blood. It reddens and vitalizes the body. The betaine content of the beet helps in cleansing the stomach and the intestine. Beet juice can even cure cancer.

Adequate amounts of nutrients can be obtained only when beet is taken in juice-form. In France, there have been many experiments on the use of very large quantities of beet-juice to aid recovery in cases of malignancy. In Germany, beet-juice is available in bottles. It is widely used as a powerful restorative during convalescence.

In 1946, a German naturopath Kunstmann was successful in curing a number of cancer-patientswith beet­juice. Thereafter, in 1950, Dr. Firenczi from Hungary successfully treated a patient ofmalignant tumour with beet-juice. It was noted that beet-juice had a beneficial effect on other ailments also. Many patients gained weight by consuming beet-juice.

Beet-juice is harmless and beneficial. As it is rejuvenating, it is effective in every type of weakness. It also purifies the blood and brings redness to the body.

BEL Fruit

Bel is a native of India. From time immemorial it has been regarded as a medicinal herb.

Bel is sweet, light, digestive, a kindler of gastric fire and slightly constipating. It destroys intestinal worms, stops nausea, vomitting and relieves cramps of stomach-muscles. In fact, the Ayurveda considers it a remedy for the three systemic disturbances viz. cough, wind and bile.

The pulp of the ripe bel may be taken directly or it may be taken in its juice-form. The medicinal value of bel is principally dependent upon the tannin it contains. In digestive disorders and chronic dysentery, bel is regarded as an invaluable remedy. As a remedy for bowel complaints, diarrhoea and chronic dysentery, the juice of bel fruit has no equal.

Bel fruit is nutritious and a blood-purifier. 50 mg. of the juice of bel fruit mixed with warm water and sugar, two-three times a day helps to eradicate blood-impurities.

Cabbage

Cabbage is delicious, vitalizing, pungent, bitter, cool, digestive and light. It kindles gastric fire and is good for the heart.  It is useful in cough, bile, leucoderma, coughingand impurities of the blood.

One of the reasons for which cabbage is esteemed is its ascorbic acid (vitamin C) content. Nearly one-third of the day's allowance of vitamin C may be secured from only one cup of raw chopped cabbage.

Raw cabbage is used in a salad and is also used as a cooked vegetable. But its medicinal benefit can be acquired only when taken in juice-form. The outer green leaves of the cabbage are excellent source of vitamin A. The inner white leaves are devoid of it. Hence the outer leaves should not be thrown away. The percentage of iron is also higher in the outer green leaves.

Carrot

The carrot is sweet, warm, pleasant, stimulant of gastric fire, dry, appetiser, diuretic, constipating and to some extent bitter. It gives relief in fistula, worms and dysentery. It eradicates windiness and cough. If taken in excess, it increases bile.

Besides all these, it contains vitamin C and vitamin D, niacin. Pyrodoxine, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid in minute quantities, and the minerals potassium, sodium, magnesium, copper, etc. in small amounts.

The calcium in carrot is easily digestible hence the daily requirements of calcium may be met by intake of sufficient quantity of carrot only. Carrot contains six times more calcium than potato.

Carrot juice is a wholesome diet for growing children because it is a good source of carotene andcalcium. Carrot-juice contains carotene (pro-vitamin A) which is very beneficial to the eyes. The carotene in carrot is converted by the liver into vitamin A and is also stored therein.

Carrot-juice is easily extracted with the help of a juicer. Juice can also be extracted by shredding it minutely and pounding it. The middle yellow part of carrot (root) should be discarded. Carrot can be eaten also by chewing it well.

Carrots eaten by chewing cleanse and strengthen the teeth. Grated carrots mixed with a small amount of salt have beneficial effects on eczema. Carrots are an excellent food for maintaining health of the eyes. Carrots contain a hormone known as tocokinin. This is an insulin-like compound which has been proved useful in diabetes.

Carrot has insecticidal properties. It destroys harmful bacteria thriving in the intestine. One gets reilief from enteritis with the help of carrot-juice. It also heals intestinal ulcers.

Lemon

Lemon is a must in the kitchen. It is a universally favourite fruit.

The Ayurveda has regarded lemon as a valuable fruit and admired its properties. Lemon is sour, warm, promoter of gastric fire, light, good for vision, pungent and astringent. It checks the excessive flow of bile and cleanses the mouth. It dislodges phlegm (cough) and expels wind from the digestive tract. It helps in digestion and removes constipation. It prevents vomiting, throat trouble, acidity and rheumatism. It destroys intestinal worms.

Though lemon is acidic to the taste, it leaves off alkaline residues in the body. This is why it is useful in all symptoms of acidosis.

Lemon-juice is a powerful antibacterial. It has been proved by experiments that the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases are destroyed in lemon-juice.

It also contains some vitamin A. Natural vitamin C is much more effective than the synthetic one. Vitamin C of lemon-juice is very effective because it is combined with bioflavonoids (vitamin P). In addition to vitamin C, lemon also contains niacin and thiamin in small amounts.

One should not take concentrated lemon-juice. It should be diluted with water before taking it. Pure lemon­juice contains acid which is injurious to the enamel of teeth.

The body is well cleansed if lemon-juice mixed with cold water and honey is taken on an empty stomach early in the morning. Warm water may be used occasionally to get relieved of constipation.

Lemon-juice prevents or restrains influenza, malaria and cold.

Lemon-juice gives good relief in fever. Lemon-juice mixed with water is useful in quenching the thirst of the patients suffering from diabetes. It gives immediate relief in abdominal disorders. Lemon acts as a sedative for the nerves and the heart and allays troublesome palpitation.

Lemon is especially appreciated for its vitamin C value. When Vasco da Gama made his voyage round the 'Cape of Good Hope' nearly two-thirds of his crew died of scurvy. But at present the recurrence of such a disaster is no longer possible owing to the widespread use of lemon. Innumerable boatmen moving in sea have saved their lives with the use of lemon.

Vitamin P in lemon strengthens the blood vessels and prevents internal haemorrhage. It is, therefore, extremely useful in high blood pressure, in which cerebro-vascular accidents commonly occur.

The most valuable ingredient of lemon, next to vitamin C, is citric acid, of which it contains 7.2 per cent. Lemon contains more potassium than apple or grapes, which is beneficial to the heart.

The vitamin C content of lemon helps considerably in calcium metabolism, maintaining the health of the teeth and the bones

Lemon has been used for many years in gout and rheumatism. Lemon-juice is a diuretic. It, therefore, gives relief in kidney and bladder disorders. It has been used in destroying intestinal worms. It prevents vomiting and helps to cure hepatitis and other innumerable diseases.

Mango

Mangoes are said to be the King of fruits. It is said so because of its beauty and its nutritional factors.

A mango generally contains proteins at about 1% , vitamins and that too majorly Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin C, fatty acids, carbohydrates and minerals. The flesh is a mango also contains about 15% sugar.

Mango as a fruit is used as a major sauce of nutrients in under developed countries. It is said by the health professionals that eating mangoes soothes the intestines as they are easy to digest and they also benefit the brain, and at times also used to stop bleeding and strengthen the heart.

Melons

Melon-juice is very beneficial in acute eczema.

Melon is cool and diuretic. It quenches thirst. It gives a welcome cooling and soothing effect during the days of scorching heat.

As it contains predigested sugar, it provides prompt nourishment.

Melon is mostly composed of water and it contains a little or no fibres. It can, therefore, be taken either directly or in its juice-form.

As melon has a cooling property, it soothes burning sensation in the stomach. Its mineral contents eliminate acidity from the body. It also has a property for curing constipation.

The pulp of the fruit (melon) is a powerful diuretic and relieves kidney diseases. It is also very beneficial in chronic and acute eczema.

As melon-juice promotes cough, one who suffers from asthma and cold should use it discreetly, or use it by making it slightly warm.

Onions

The onion has been cultivated since the dawn of human history.

Vigour, lustre of the body and mental power increase with the use of onions. From medical point of view, white onions are more useful. White onions are stimulant, vitalizing, pungent, promoters of virility, heavy, refreshing, stimulative of gastric fire and lubricous. They produce cough. They increase strength and induce sleep. They are a remedy for tuberculosis, cardiac troubles, dyspepsia, leprosy, piles, swelling and blood impurities.

The onion loses its vitamin C content when preserved for a long time.

The onion has effective germicidal properties. On account of its content of a volatile oil, the onion is very useful in respiratory disorders.

Onions are widely used in salads. But to get the maximum benefit of the onion, one should take two or three teaspoonfuls of onion-juice mixed with honey. White onions should be preferred for medicinal uses.

In virile disorders, one should take onion-juice with honey daily in the morning for two to three weeks. This will increase one's virility. The onion saves one from sunstroke. If one suffers from sunstroke, the onion relieves it. Eating onion in the morning and at bed-time is beneficial in jaundice.

It is interesting to note that during the plague-epidemic in London, when the contagion spread everywhere, the owners of onion and garlic shops were the only persons who proved immune to the disease.It has been proved that onion-juice is a very effective vermifuge (substance which kills worms). Unlike many vermifuges, onion-juice is more harmless and free from side-effects.

The onion dislodges mucous and prevents its fresh formation. The onion is beneficial to the aged. The onion is also beneficial in intestinal disorders. The use of onions stimulates the process of peristalsis (contraction and expansion) of the intestines and removes intestinal putrefaction and flatulence. It is also useful in indigestion and biliousness.

The juice of the onion together with sugar is a capital remedy for bleeding piles.

Orange

The Ayurveda also has recognised the value of the orange. It works as an appetizer. It cleanses the blood, soothes bile and eliminates windiness. It is cool and refreshing. It cleanses the mouth. It is regimen even in fever. It destroys intestinal worms and allays abdominal pain. It strengthens the bones.

The orange is a rich source of vitamin C. The daily requirement of vitamin C is fulfilled by taking 125 to 150 ml of orange-juice. The vitamin C content of the orange is not easily destroyed because it is protected by the citric acid. Besides, vitamin C in the orange is blended with calcium, thereby increasing the qualities of each other. The white membrane, which surrounds the sections of the orange, is an excellent source of calcium.

As orange-juice contains less acid than lemon-juice, it is regarded as superior to the latter. Though the citric acid contained in the orange is somewhat acidic to the taste, it is an alkali-forming food. After being metabolised in the tissues it leaves an alkaline residue and. thus improves the vital resistance of the body.

The orange is usually taken by masticating it or . taken in its juice-form. When there is need for obtaining a large quantity of nutrients, orange-juice is preferred. Those who suffer from cold should add some warm water to orange juice before taking it.

To overcome constipation, it is sufficient to take one or two oranges before going to bed and again on rising in the early morning. Oranges are useful in asthma and other bronchial troubles.

During fever, orange-juice greatly helps in supplying necessary nutrition to the patient. It improves digestion and increases appetite. Orange-juice renders the intestinal tract uninhabitable for the hostile microbes and improves the intestinal health. It increases vitality.

Orange-juice gives relief to pregnant women who suffer from nausea vomiting.

A cup of orange-juice provides as many calories as three-quarters of milk-cup. In chronic dyspepsia, food is not well digested. It causes putrefaction in the digestive tract which produces gas. Orange-juice helps in eliminating this putrefaction of food in the stomach. It cleanses the tracts of the stomach and the 'intestines and thus increases the digestive power of both the digestive organs.

Papaya

Heart disease: Papayas may be very helpful for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.

Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as a very good source of vitamin E and beta-carotene, three very powerful antioxidants.

These nutrients help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Only when cholesterol becomes oxidised is it able to stick to and build up in blood vessel walls, forming dangerous plaques that can eventually cause heart attacks or strokes.

High cholesterol: Papayas are also a very good source of fibre, which has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels.

The folic acid found in papayas is needed for the conversion of a substance called homocysteine into benign amino acids. If unconverted, homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls and is considered a significant risk factor for a heart attack or stroke.

Cancer: Papaya's fibre is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon and keep them away from the healthy colon cells. In addition, papaya's folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin E have each been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer. These nutrients provide synergistic protection for colon cells from free radical damage to their DNA.

Increasing your intake of these nutrients by enjoying papaya is an especially good idea for individuals at risk of colon cancer.

Inflammation: The enzymes contained in papaya have been shown to help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns.

Other benefits: The fibre found in papayas may also help with the symptoms of those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

In addition, vitamin C and vitamin A, which is made in the body from the beta-carotene in papaya, are both needed for the proper function of a healthy immune system. Papaya may therefore be a healthy fruit choice for preventing such illnesses as recurrent ear infections, colds and flu.

The Ayurveda experts have regarded papain as a remedy for abdominal disorders. It is a good medicine for dysentery, hyperacidity, dyspepsia and constipation.

Pimples are removed by rubbing the white pulp of raw papaya on the face. It brings lustre to the face and removes wrinkles.

Peaches

Peaches are low in calories, and are a good source of healthy carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are known to be a vital source of energy to the body. They are very important nutrients. Therefore, peaches contribute to a well-balanced diet. Peaches also contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, carotenoids and flavonoids.

  • Phytonutrients: These play an important role in the key to human health. Research has proven that phytonutrients may help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis and eye ailments.
  • Antioxidants: Antioxidants help to prevent damage to cells caused by oxidation and free radicals. They are also believed to stimulate the immune system. These also have the ability to provide health benefits, which includes protection against cancer, various heart diseases, and diseases which are associated with aging.
  • Carotenoids: Carotenoids play a major role in eye health. Substances in them act as filters, and shield the eyes from sunlight. This helps to protect against age-related eye disorders such as cataracts.
  • Flavonoids: Flavonoids have been proven to protect against heart disease and cancer.

Pineapples

The Ayurveda has brought to light many of the properties of pineapple. The ripe pineapple is a diuretic. It destroys intestinal worms and soothes bile. It is delicious and digestive. It expels gas. It is beneficial to the heart and effective in abdominal disorders, jaundice and anaemia.

The pineapple contains an enzyme called "brosmelin" which resembles pepsin and therefore helps to digest food. It gives relief in digestive disorders.

The pineapple should not be taken on an empty stomach. The upper rind and the innermost flesh of the pineapple should be discarded. The remaining portion should be cut into pieces. Juice should be extracted from these pieces. Raw pineapple or excessively ripe pineapple should be avoided during pregnancy.

Spinach

Spinach is a powerhouse of health among leafy green vegetables. In fact, it ranks second behind kale in total health-promoting carotenoids and folate and third in total antioxidants behind garlic and kale.  However, like other leafy green vegetables, spinach loses its nutritional value the longer it stays refrigerated. To get the best nutritive value out of fresh spinach, it should be used as soon as possible after it is purchased.

The health benefits of spinach are many. It is loaded with a whole host of vitamins, including Vitamin B, folate, iron, as well as the photochemical lutein and zeaxanthin. Folate is associated with a reduction in blood levels of homocysteine, which is an amino acid that has been associated with cardiovascular disease. Zeaxanthin is linked with a lower risk of macular degeneration, a condition which can lead to blindness. Spinach has also been regarded a fighter of cancer.

Being rich in fiber, it has long been considered one of the healthiest foods in the world. Research has proven that spinach may reduce ischemic stroke-induced brain damage, which occurs when the arteries are blocked by a blood clot, impeding the oxygen supply to the brain. In addition to all this, it low in calories (only about 41 calories per cup), so it is also a dieter’s dream!

Grapefruit

  • Is rich in vitamin C, and beta carotene
  • Contains antioxidants
  • Helps reduce insulin levels

Organic or Not?

Food with a Purpose

Not only did God create amazing humans, He chose to give us clues in nature for what is beneficial for our health. Maybe we really ARE WHAT WE EAT!!

Have you ever cut a carrot in half?

Cut a carrot in half and you’ll see an iris!! Carrots contain Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A & K, and antioxidants. Researchers at the Jules Stein Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles determined that women who consume carrots at least twice per week – in comparison to women who consume carrots less than once per week – have significantly lower rates of glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve often associated with excessive pressure inside the eye). Carrots are beneficial in the fight against cancer and other chronic illnesses.

Next, consider the simple Walnut:

The walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function. A limited (but increasing) number of studies have shown potential health benefits for walnuts in the area of memory and general thought processes (often referred to as “cognitive” processes). Thus far, most of the initial research in this area has involved rats and mice, but we expect to see cognitive benefits of walnuts for humans becoming a topic of increasing research interest.

Notice the Celery, Bok Choy or Rhubarb?

They look like bones! Celery is high in Vitamin C, it’s anti-inflammatory, and helps in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol! As for bone health, celery is very high in calcium so it helps protect us against osteoporosis!

Rhubarb in the raw is also high in calcium and potassium which we all know are great for our bones. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

The Avocado, Pear, and Eggplant:

Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

 Figs:

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. They increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

The Tomato:

Slice a tomato and see all the chambers, the color and the shape!  Intake of tomatoes has long been linked to heart health. Fresh tomatoes and tomato extracts have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. In addition, tomato extracts have been shown to help prevent unwanted clumping together (aggregation) of platelet cells in the blood – a factor that is especially important in lowering risk of heart problems like atherosclerosis. (In a recent South American study of 26 vegetables, tomatoes and green beans came out best in their anti-aggregation properties.) But only recently are researchers beginning to identify some of the more unusual phytonutrients in tomatoes that help provide us with these heart-protective benefits.

Beets:

The color of foods can also give us clues about their benefits. Consider the Beet. It’s rich red points us to the color of blood!  Because of the iron content beets are powerful blood purifiers.  This offers a multitude of health benefits and can improve the following conditions:

  • constipation
  • cancer
  • anemia
  • gallbladder and kidney ailments
  • ulcers
  • anemia

Grapes & Wine:

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food. Wine and grapes contain antioxidants called resveratrol. Epidemiological and experimental studies have revealed that a mild to moderate drinking of wine, particularly red wine, attenuates the cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and peripheral vascular risk. Resveratrol is mainly found in the grape skin, whereas proanthocyanidins are found only in the seeds. Recent studies have demonstrated that resveratrol and proanthocyanidin are the major compounds present in grapes and wines responsible for cardioprotection.

Notice the Ginger:

Ginger has always been known by our grandmothers as the cure for the tummy ache. Interesting enough, it looks like our stomach!! In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) andintestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.

Sweet, Sweet Potatoes:

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas! Pancreas-shaped sweet potatoes release sugars gradually into the bloodstream. That means they don’t stress the organ, which helps regulate blood-sugar levels. Sweet potatoes along with other orange and yellow vegetables like carrots, corn and squash contain nutrients which are beneficial for the pancreas and may help prevent cancer.

Citrus Fruits:

Round, plump, and full of fibers! The citrus fruits will assist in female breast health!! Oranges , Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.  Oranges are full of Vitamin C and fight free radicals and toxins in our body.

Onions and Garlic:

Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials, toxins and dangerous free radicals from the body.

The list can go on, but you get the idea now!! It’s incredible how God gave us clues in nature about the foods we need to consume for optimal health. There are some health practitioners that actually believe that your body will be “attracted” to a food because your body needs it. Think of when women are pregnant and have cravings. Usually this means you’re deficient in an area.

Beware of your Cravings:

Chocolate

If you crave chocolate, it doesn’t mean your body has a chocolate deficiency, but it sure would be nice to claim that! Chocolate is high in magnesium. Cravings for it often indicate that your body is low in magnesium, which is a common deficiency. If you’re going to eat chocolate, choose organic raw cocoa and mix it into a healthy smoothie, or eat a small amount of organic dark chocolate. Your body is actually in need of foods high in magnesium such as  nuts, seeds, fish, and leafy greens.s.

Sweets

If you crave sweets you may be experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. When your blood sugar drops, your body may be try­ing to get you to give it more fuel to keep your blood sugar levels stable. If this is a chronic occurrence you may have hypoglycemia, which simply means low blood sugar. Whether your sugar cravings are sporadic or chronic, it is important to choose the right type of food to bring your body back into balance. Giving in to cookies, cakes, candies, or other refined sweets and processed foods will only make the problem worse and cause a blood sugar roller coaster that leads to more crav­ings. Instead, choose a piece of fruit when you’re craving sweets. In the interim, add more high-fiber foods like beans and legumes, and complex carbohydrates like whole grains to give you the fuel you need without the blood sugar fluctuations. And as mentioned above, make yourself a baked sweet potato!!

Salty Foods

My personal craving every night at 9 o’clock!! Cravings for salty foods like popcorn or chips often indicate stress hormone fluctuations in the body. Getting on top of the stress in your life is step one. The adrenal glands help your body cope with stress and, in our fast-paced, hectic lives, tend to become worn out, especially from stress-hormone production. Try medita­tion, breathing exercises, or other stress management techniques. Research at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City showed that people who take a break to breathe deeply or meditate before reach­ing for salty snacks reduced their stress hormones by 25 percent and cut the bingeing in half.

If your adrenal glands are worn out, you can also support them with a high-quality B-complex vitamin and vitamin C. Eating more leafy greens helps to supply your body with minerals that support the adrenal glands, especially potassium.

Toxins in your Food:

Each year the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization puts out a wonderful shopping guide for fruits and vegetables containing the least and most pesticides. The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles. I love this site because they also research cosmetics and other environment issues to keep us safe!

Here's last years list.

I keep their “Dirty Dozen” App on my iPhone handy at all my grocery shopping trips!!

They just released the 2012 update for the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list. This is how it looks now:

What changed from last year’s guide?

1. The order has changed. Notice strawberries were 3rd and now they are 12th, blueberries were 10th and now they are 3rd!

2. Kale moved down out of the top 12, but are mentioned in the side note.

3. And, cucumbers were introduced into the dirty dozen.

The EWG has also called out two items in addition to the dirty dozen – green beans and leafy greens (including collard greens and kale) – noting that they may contain “pesticide residues of special concern.” Although these items did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen criteria, conventional green beans and greens are often contaminated with “highly toxic organophosphate insecticides.” These insecticides have largely been removed from agriculture over the past decade, they have not been banned and therefore still show up on some conventional food crops.

The EWG also noted that consumers who are concerned about consuming GMOs should opt for organic varieties of sweet corn, as there are currently no labeling requirements in the U.S.

I hope this helps you as you make choices for your family!