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1When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. 4Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.
5But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.17:5 Or the assembly of the people 6But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, 7and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.” 8When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. 9Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.
10As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
13But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 14The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. 15Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.
16While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. 19Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” 21(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
22Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
24“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’17:28 From the Cretan philosopher Epimenides As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’17:28 From the Cilician Stoic philosopher Aratus
29“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
32When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” 33At that, Paul left the Council. 34Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.
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Gene’s Health Decode
What not to put in or on your body
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Your skin is your body’s largest organ and protects your internal organs from injury and infection and is your primary and most important defense against infections by providing a protective barrier to viruses and bad bacteria, thus preventing infections as well as providing a friendly habitat for good bacteria. Additionally, it is the largest organ of the body for waste elimination. It also helps to maintain body temperature by controlling heat flow between you and your environment while sealing in moisture, maintaining your body’s delicate fluid balance. The skin is also the primary organ for producing vitamin D, which is crucial for your health.
The skin is also a primary defense mechanism that sends sensory feedback to your brain with a system of vast receptors, such as hard/soft, hot/cold and pain so that you can react to dangerous conditions around you.
Your skin is vital to your health, yet many people fail to take care of it and even worse put products on the skin that clog and inhibit all its functions. The skin has the ability to absorb much of what is put on it. Thus informed choices are critical to optimize your health. It is very important to give your skin thoughtful care because much of what goes ON you ends up going IN you.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Irritation of the skin and eyes
Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
Possible mutations and cancer
However SLS & SLES are more than just skin irritants, there are studies that point to residual levels of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in the brain, lungs, liver, and heart. These levels follow the use of SLS and SLES used externally on the scalp and skin, and in the mouth as an ingredient in toothpaste. There are findings that link the ingredient to a hormone imbalance. Symptoms such as PMS and PMT and menopausal symptoms are tied to hormone levels. Also lower rates of male fertility have been reported, particularly in western countries. Because SLS mimics estrogen, it’s can play a role in these types of health issues. The concerns are where it’s generally considered safe to use at 1%, but over time the amount absorbed by the bloodstream can mean residual levels in a person’s body are much higher.
A condition known as protein denaturing is another result of exposure to SLS. The chemical structure forms a bridge between the fat- and water-soluble portions at the cellular level. This reduces or eliminates the cell’s ability to heal itself. Over time, the destruction of cellular tissue is irreversible. New protein is affected during the construction process and existing proteins are damaged.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) can become contaminated with Dioxane and Ethylene oxide. This largely depends on the manufacturing process. Dioxane and Ethylene Oxide are carcinogens that endure in the body, primarily because the liver cannot metabolize them effectively. Ethylene oxide also harms the nervous system—the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it interferes with human development.
Lastly, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), is a skin, eye and respiratory tract irritant and toxic to aquatic organisms.
Propylene glycol is the same ingredient found in antifreeze, paint, and plastics. Yet this chemical compound is mixed into thousands of grocery items as a food additive, as well as certain medicines and cosmetics, — even the food our pets eat.
Propylene glycol (PG) is a petroleum-based, colorless, creamy liquid with a faintly sweet taste; it’s used as a solvent to absorb extra water or maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics, and food products. It is found in Valium, Dunkin Donuts flavored ice tea, Windex, Right Guard Deodorant, Glade Aerosol, Liquid Nails, Jergens Skin Moisturizer, Cover Girl mascara, Clearasil, Lysol antibacterial hand wash, Noxzema, Colgate toothpaste, and Nilodor Deodorizing Ferret Shampoo.
All e-cigarettes operate on a simple principle: A liquid is converted to a vapor through the process of heating it. The liquid that turns to vapor is propylene glycol, which contributes to taste and “smoothness” of the smoke.
Side Effects Of Propylene Glycol
Despite the FDA’s milquetoast evaluation of propylene glycol, there are several health concerns, including:
–Infants And Pregnant Women—Propylene glycol enters the body as an alcohol and metabolizes in the body’s enzyme pathways. These pathways do not mature in humans until 12 to 30 months of age. Infants and children below the age of 4 years, pregnant women, and those with kidney dysfunction or in renal failure are not able to eliminate propylene glycol in the body. Even the FDA concedes this inability to process and eliminate this product causes adverse reactions in infants and pregnant women as well as those with kidney problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) has specified that the acceptable daily intake of propylene glycol as a food additive is no more than 25 mg per kilogram of weight per 24 hours.
—Toxic To The Liver And Kidneys—Propylene glycol is used in many IV medications, including Lorazepam. A drug administered to patients with extensive burns as sedation during the healing process or to psychiatric patients. Lorazepam given for an extended period of time in large doses, causes kidney and liver problems.
—Cardiovascular—links to heart disease.
—Neurological Symptoms—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) toxicity profile negatively assessed propylene glycol in varying degrees of neurological issues, including stupor, convulsions, and severe mental symptoms.
—Harmful To Pets—can cause Heinz body hemolytic anemia, a condition in which red blood cells are destroyed. This is why cats die when they lap up the sweet taste of PG in antifreeze. While the FDA has banned PG in cat food, it stills shows up.
—A Catalyst For Damage—constant propylene glycol exposure provides other chemicals a free pass into the bloodstream.
Foods also contain propylene glycol—salad dressings, margarine, box cake mix, sodas, frozen desserts (ice cream, yogurt), icing, and flavored coffee.
Propylene Glycol Toxicity
It has been found to provoke skin irritation and sensitization in humans as low as 2% concentration.
When looking at ingredient lists, look for names like 1,2-Dihydroxypropane; 2-Hydroxypropanol; Methylethy Glycol; 1,2-Propanediol; Propane-1,2-Diol.
Popular products that contain propylene glycol include:
Biolage by Matrix Conditioning Balm
Nivea for Men Hair & Body Wash, Sensitive
Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Overnight Cream
Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant, Unscented
Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer For All Skin Types
15 Ingredients to Avoid
To protect the skin and keep it as healthy as it can be, avoid cosmetic, bath, and beauty products that contain any of the following chemicals.
- BHA & BHT
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are antioxidant preservatives added to beauty products, as well as foods. BHA is considered a likely carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) by the U.S. National Toxicology Program and is added to cosmetic products that contain fats and oils, especially lipstick and eyeshadow.
Animal studies with animals exposed to BHA developed stomach and liver damage and complications with their thyroid and reproductive organs
- Coal Tar & Coal Tar-Derived Colors
Coal tar made by burning bituminous coal contains hundreds of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). It is used in anti-dandruff shampoos, as well as in creams treating skin conditions like psoriasis. Studies have found coal tar leds to skin, lung and liver cancers as well as DNA mutations. Coal tar is comedogenic, which means it blocks the skin pores and increases the skin’s sensitivity to light.
Many hair dyes contain coal tar dyes, usually called D&C or FD&C followed by the color and a number, e.g., D&C Red 33).
- Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Formaldehyde and its cousin formalin are found in nail polish, nail polish remover, eyelash glue, hair gel, soap and other products. There are also many formaldehyde-releasing preservatives—DMDM hydantoin, Diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (in products, including baby shampoos).
- Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Compounds
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) is used in cosmetics to create a cream base, and are used to thicken, soften or moisturize. PEG compounds are petroleum-based and include propylene glycol, polyethylene glycols, and polyoxyethylene. PEG compounds are harmful to DNA.
Exposure to even a small amount of mercury is toxic to the brain and nervous system, as well as the digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidneys. It has been banned in cosmetics in the U.S. since 1974. But mercury-containing cosmetics made overseas can be imported into the U.S. and sold in shops catering to Latin, African, and Middle Eastern communities. Buyer beware! These products may release mercury vapor, which not only causes mercury poisoning to you, but to people around you.
To avoid hidden mercury, steer clear of products with these ingredients: calomel, mercurio, mercurio chloride, or mercury. Products are required to include English ingredients, so avoid products that do not, as they may have been imported illegally and do not abide by FDA regulations.
Hydroquinone is used to lighten skin pigmentation. However, its use sometimes results in a disfiguring skin disorder called ochronosis, which results in blue-black pigmentation that is difficult to treat. Animal studies have found exposure leads to tumor development, DNA mutations, and reduced fertility in males.
Sunscreens contain oxybenzone to absorb UV light. While the American Academy of Dermatology says oxybenzone is safe, the Environmental Working Group, an environmental nonprofit that publishes the Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database warns of moderate to high concern due to its endocrine-disrupting properties. One study found oxybenzone can cause DNA mutations, cell death, and lead to cardiovascular concerns. Synonyms for oxybenzone include benzophenone and phenyl-methanone.
Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal substance in many hand soaps and hand sanitizers, as well as deodorants, skin cleansers, and toothpaste. At very low doses, triclosan is an endocrine disruptor that effects the thyroid and reproductive hormones. After finding extensive evidence of its endocrine interrupting properties, in 2016, the U.S. FDA banned triclosan in personal antibacterial products and is working on getting them out of hospitals.
Many beauty products market themselves as paraben-free. Research indicates that they are endocrine disrupting chemicals; in other words, they mimic estrogen and can lead to hormone imbalances in the body. Although the FDA still considers them safe for use in cosmetics, they are so widespread in products and the environment that these chemicals are in the urine of almost every person in the U.S.
Fragrances are added to lotion, body wash, soap, and many beauty products. However, cosmetic companies don’t have to legally disclose which chemicals are in their fragrance because they are considered trade secrets. Fragrances and perfumes emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals, some of which have been linked to cancer. Products that are labeled as unscented products may contain fragrances with masking agents. Masking agents are often phthalates which are known endocrine disruptors. Choose fragrance-free options. Some fragrances are linked to allergic reactions, asthma, and migraine headaches.
A common ingredient in fragrances, phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that mimic human estrogen and cause hormone imbalance issues for both women and men. Several studies have found phthalates to be obesogens, chemicals that alter metabolism and result in weight gain. Phthalates have also been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
- Petroleum Distillates
Petroleum distillates are mixtures of volatile hydrocarbons created from petroleum, and used in mascara. They are categorized by the European Union as a possible carcinogen and possible mutagen, which is a chemical that mutates DNA.
- Siloxanes and Cyclomethicone
Siloxanes are used in cosmetics to soften and smooth skin, to help deodorants glide on more easily and for hair products to dry more easily. Three in particular – cyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and Cyclopentasiloxane (D5) cyclohexasiloxane (D6) are harmful to the environment, and D4 is a known endocrine disruptor which interferes with fertility. Cyclomethicone is a mixture of D4, D5, and D6.
Toluene is commonly found in nail polish, and research suggests it affects the nervous system, interfering with learning and performance as well as brain development in animal studies. Fertility and fetal development are also affected by exposure to toluene. Pregnant women, in particular, should take every effort to avoid exposure to toluene, as it can affect the brain development of babies in utero.
- Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) aka Teflon
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is the chemical name for Teflon, most commonly known for its use as a nonstick coating on pots and pans. It also shows up in cosmetics. PTFE is found in pressed and loose powder, blush, mascara, eyeshadow, lip balm and anti-aging cream. The chemical itself is relatively safe but has potential to be contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) during the manufacturing process. PFOA is linked to thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, as well as testicular and kidney cancer.
Top 6 Dangers of Canola Oil
Canola (Brassica napus L.) is an oilseed crop created through plant crossbreeding.
Scientists in Canada developed an edible version of the rapeseed plant, which—on its own—harbors toxic compounds called erucic acid and glucosinolates. The name “canola” comes from “Canada” and “ola,” denoting oil.
Most canola crops are genetically modified (GMO) to improve oil quality and increase plant tolerance to herbicides.
Over 90% of the canola crops grown in the United States are GMO.
Canola oil has become so popular it’s found in many foods, including ones you may think are “healthy” food choices. Canola oil is marketed to the health-conscious industry rather than the junk food industry.
However, you must beware and read labels diligently in order to protect your health and the health of your loved ones from the dangers of this popular cooking oil.
Now that you’re armed with the facts, use them to guard your health! I truly hope you will steer clear of canola oil and all GMO foods.
How Canola oil is made:
Once the rapeseed is collected, magnetized rods attempt to remove any foreign metal that may have been introduced into the collection of seed.
Afterwards, a 60+ minute wash of a hexane solvent.
After the hexane wash is complete, a wash of sodium hydroxide is performed.
The “natural” waxes are collected and used to aid in the creation of vegetable shortening.
Bleach is then introduced to lighten the cloudy color of the processed oil.
Steam injection is then applied to remove the bitter smell
A Brief History of Canola
Canola oil is made from the seeds of a plant called rape, which is in the turnip family. Since the Industrial Revolution, rapeseed oil has been an important component of lubricants for ships and steam engines, because unlike most oils, it sticks to wet metal.
During World War II, the U.S. built a lot of ships, and so needed lots of rapeseed oil, but couldn’t get it from traditional suppliers in Europe and Asia. The Canadian rapeseed industry, which had been relatively small, exploded to fill the gap, and played an important role in the allied naval effort, becoming rich and powerful in the process.
Rape oil was the source of the chemical warfare agent mustard gas, which was banned after blistering the lungs and skins of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians during W.W.I. Recent French reports indicate it was used again during the Gulf War.
But rapeseed oil demand plummeted when the war was over, and so began an intensive program to breed a rapeseed edible to humans. About two-thirds of the monounsaturated fatty acids in rapeseed oil are erucic acid, a 22-carbon monounsaturated fatty acid that has been associated with Keshan’s disease, which causes fibrotic lesions on the heart.
In the 1980s, Canola oil came to market in the United States. For that to happen, it had to be granted GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status by the Food and Drug Administration. GRAS status is typically awarded to foods and herbal products that have been traditionally used, for hundreds or even thousands of years, without known adverse effects.
Canola oil, however, was a new product without any track record and it was developed from a banned product known to have toxic effects. So how did it obtain GRAS status? No one knows for sure, but it has been rumored that the Canadian government spent US $50 million to get it approved.
Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991, when it was thrown out. Remember the “Mad Cow disease” scare, when millions of cattle in the UK were slaughtered in case of infecting humans? Cattle were being fed on a mixture containing material from dead sheep, and sheep suffer from a disease called “scrapie”. It was thought this was how “Mad Cow” began and started to infiltrate the human chain. What is interesting is that when rape oil was removed from animal feed, ‘scrapie’ disappeared.
No any further reports of “Mad Cow” have occurred since rape oil was removed from the feed.
US and Canadian farmers grow genetically engineered rapeseed and manufacturers use its oil (canola) in thousands of processed foods, with the blessings of Canadian and US government watchdog agencies.
Genetic Engineering and Canola
In 1978 the word “Canola” was invented to describe a new type of oilseed that was selectively bred from the original rapeseed to have significantly less erucic acid. In nature, there is actually no such thing as a “Canola plant” that produces “Canola oil.” Canola oil is simply a trade name for low-erucic acid rapeseed oil.
Canola means “Canadian oil”; and the plant is still a rape plant, albeit genetically modified. The new name provides perfect cover for commercial interests wanting to make millions.
While the original Canola was created through basic laboratory breeding and selection techniques, the major modification in 1995 introduced Canola that was genetically engineered to contain bacterial DNA to make it resistant to the toxic herbicide, glyphosate (RoundUp).
The Roundup-Ready Canola seed is patented by Monsanto, and farmers can be sued for saving the seed or for having “unauthorized” Canola plants on their fields.
Since canola is wind pollenated so it is almost impossible for organic Canola farmers to keep these patented contaminants out of their crops. It is also next to impossible for farmers (organic or otherwise) to combat the Superweeds that are evolving in response to constant, massive doses of Roundup.
A simple fact is that Roundup-Ready Canola is doused repeatedly throughout the season with a carcinogenic herbicide that is known to harm both people and the planet and is reason enough to stay far away from it.
In 1996, Japanese scientists announced a study wherein a special Canola oil diet had actually killed laboratory animals. Reacting to this unpublished, but verified and startling information, a duplicate study was conducted by Canadian scientists, using piglets and a Canola oil-based milk-replacer diet. In this second study, published in Nutrition Research, 1997, the researchers verified that Canola oil somehow depleted the piglets of vitamin E to a dangerously low level.
The canola supporting websites say that canola is safe to use. They admit it was developed from the rapeseed, but insist that through genetic engineering it is no longer rapeseed, but “canola” instead.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that Canola is an inflammatory oil in your body that contains foreign, genetically engineered DNA, trans fats, and toxic chemical residues, including glyphosate. Industrial Canola is also an environmental scourge and a threat to organic farming, and it should be avoided at all costs. Look at the ingredients list on labels, you’ll find it in an alarming number of processed foods.
Side-effects of Canola oil usage:
- Kidney and Liver Problems
The majority of canola oil produced today is genetically modified. The side effects of GMOs in general cannot be overstated.
A 2011 review published in Environmental Sciences Europe—90-day trials indicated liver and kidney problems as a result of GMO foods.
The kidney and liver findings were differentiated by sex with the kidneys being disrupted by 43.5 percent in male mammals and the liver being disrupted in female mammals by 30.8 percent.
- Life-Threatening Heart Trouble
As a monounsaturated oil, rapeseed oil has high levels of erucic acid. Erucic acid is a fatty acid that’s associated with heart damage, specifically Keshan disease, a disease that manifests itself with fibrotic lesions of the heart.
Research has shown that in areas where people are prone to Keshan, not only are selenium levels lower, but eurucic acid levels are higher.
Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils like canola are also known for causing inflammation and calcification of arteries, well-established risk factors for coronary heart disease.
- Hypertension and Strokes
Studies have shown that the consumption of rapeseed oil shortens the life span of stroke-prone and hypertensive animal subjects.
Additionally, the rats fed the non-canola oil-based diets lived longer than the rats fed canola oil.
Another study published in 2000 in specifically looked at the effects of canola oil on blood coagulation time or how long it takes blood to clot in stroke-prone animal subjects and found there was a “canola oil-induced shortening of blood coagulation time and increased fragility in [red blood cell membranes],” which may promote the occurrence of strokes in animal subjects that are stroke-prone.
- Retards Normal Growth
Up until recently, it was not legal to use canola oil in infant formulate. There have valid concerns about canola oil retarding growth in children.
Specifically, the eurcic acid in canola oil is harmful to infants due to an inability to properly break it down. The FDA previously made the use of canola oil illegal in baby formula.
However, as of a few years ago, canola oil made it to the generally recognized as safe list.
Not only is it highly concerning to feed developing infants a GMO oil, but it’s also highly questionable to give them unhealthy fats. Proponents brag about canola’s overall healthy fat profile, don’t believe it.
- Increases Intake of Unhealthy Trans Fats
In the Journal of Food Lipids, when soybean and canola oils purchased in the U.S. were evaluated, “The trans contents were between 0.56% and 4.2% of the total fatty acids.
Research has related trans fats to weight gain. When you read “partially hydrogenated oil” on any food label, that guarantees there is some amount of trans fat present.
- Numerous Potential GMO Health Side Effects
The mentioned links between GMOs and negative liver and kidney implications, is not all.
According to the Center for Food Safety site Ge-food-and-your-health, there are several new and very serious health concerns and unexpected effects of genetic engineering unearthed by scientific research:
Loss of nutrition
The best oils for cooking (Healthy-cooking-oils):
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is best when it’s cold-pressed and virgin. Your coconut oil should smell like you’re on a beach in the Caribbean.
It contains medium-chain fatty acids that can support both fat loss and your nervous system.
- Olive Oil
Look for an organic extra-virgin or cold-pressed olive oil that’s available in a darkly colored glass container. Many inferior, fake olive oils are mixed with cheaper, GMO vegetables oils so make sure it’s GMO-free.
- Ghee or Organic, Pasture-Raised Butter
High-quality butter or ghee both make a great canola oil substitute. Both butter and ghee benefits
come from alpha lipoic acid and conjugated linoleic acid, which can promote weight loss.
- Red Palm Oil
Red palm oil is made from the palm fruit instead of the palm kernel, and in its unrefined state, it’s high in vitamin E and beta-carotene. It’s also stable under high heat and great for cooking.
Make sure when buying palm oil that it’s certified sustainable.
If for some reason you must buy canola oil, make sure that it’s organic canola oil because then it at least can’t be from genetically modified plants. It’s still illegal to use genetic engineering or modification in certified organic products.
- Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is one of my favorite cooking oils, as it has a high smoke point and mild flavor that goes with any dish you could imagine.
Avocado oil, along with olive oil, is a good source of monounsaturated fat, a beneficial dietary fat. It’s so healthy, in fact, if you visit France, it’s actually received prescription drug status there for its effects against arthritis.
Whether the canola oil you’ve been using is genetically modified or not, you really can’t afford to keep using it for the sake of your health.
It can be confusing to know which are the best oils to choose to cook with and use at home. But one thing you can bet on is that canola oil is simply not the safe, healthy alternative that the mainstream media would have you believe.
Canola oil has become so popular it’s found in many foods, including ones you may think are “healthy” food choices.
In fact, canola oil is marketed to the health-conscious industry rather than the junk food industry.
However, you must beware and read labels diligently in order to protect your health and the health of your loved ones from the dangers of this popular cooking oil.
Now that you’re armed with the facts, use them to guard your health! I truly hope you will steer clear of canola oil and all GMO foods.
There are so many reasons why high fructose corn syrup should be banned from our food supply. Here are some of the most highly disturbing facts:
Americans consume an average of 50 grams of HFCS every day.
HFCS now represents more than 40 percent of caloric sweeteners added to foods and beverages and is the sole caloric sweetener in soft drinks in the U.S.
HFCS has been shown to increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
Consumption of HFCS increased more than 1,000 percent between 1970 and 1990, far exceeding the intake changes of any other food or food group, and is a main factor in our current obesity epidemic.
HFCS can cause leaky gut syndrome.
HFCS contains up to 570 micrograms of health-hazardous mercury per gram.
HFCS has been shown to promote cancer.
The average 20-ounce soda contains 15 teaspoons of sugar, all of it high fructose corn syrup.
- Weight Gain
There is a lot of debate over high fructose corn syrup vs. sugar. A Princeton University study found that HFCS causes more weight gain than refined sugar does.
With high fructose corn syrup found in so many foods and beverages, it’s no surprise that fructose intake has increased dramatically in recent decades. Research from 2010 published by the American Association for Cancer Research found that the fructose in HFCS promotes cancer growth, specifically pancreatic cancer.
This study actually found that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose and induce rapid reproduction of pancreatic cancer cells. Researchers also found that fructose and glucose metabolism are very different, with fructose causing more negative health reactions than glucose.
This research provides very good reason why cancer patients should not be given anything containing high fructose corn syrup and how avoiding HFCS can possibly disrupt cancer growth. When it comes to cancer prevention and treatment, clearly HFCS is an ingredient that should be aggressively avoided.
- Fatty Liver and Liver Stress
Fructose is known to stimulate fat accumulation in the liver by increasing fat synthesis yet blocking fat breakdown. In order to chemically create high fructose corn syrup, glucose and fructose, which are naturally linked together, become separated. When HFCS enters your bloodstream, the freed-up fructose travels directly into your liver and overwhelms your liver’s processing capacity.
This then causes unhealthy fat production in your liver called lipogenesis. This can lead to fatty liver disease if more than 5 percent to 10 percent of the liver’s weight becomes fat. It doesn’t stop there, though. Having a fatty liver can lead to serious liver stress, liver damage, obesity, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Fructose has been directly linked with diabetes, especially high fructose corn syrup, which contains a great deal of free-floating fructose.
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
HFCS requires more energy to be absorbed by the gut and soaks up two phosphorous molecules from ATP (our body’s energy source). This depletes the energy fuel source in our guts required to maintain the integrity of our intestinal linings. Large doses of free fructose have been shown to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining, creating a leaky gut.
Once these holes in the lining exist, it’s very easy for unwanted toxins and food to enter your bloodstream. These invaders are not meant to be in the bloodstream so they trigger inflammation in the body. Inflammation is at the root of many health problems including obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia and accelerated aging.
- Increased Mercury Intake
Multiple studies have found alarming amounts of mercury in products containing high fructose corn syrup, which can contribute to dangerous mercury poisoning.
In a study published in Environmental Health, mercury was detected in almost 50 percent of samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup. Brands behind the products tested included Kraft, Quaker, Hershey’s and Smucker’s.
To create HFCS, caustic soda is used to shuck the corn kernel from its starch, and corn syrup is then created. Enzymes (GMO) are introduced to convert the corn syrup’s sugars to super-sweet fructose. The alpha-amylase and glucoamylase used in HFCS processing have been genetically modified to improve their heat stability for the production of HFCS. HFCS contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals, only sugar and calories.
Here is a list of 20 popular foods that often contain high-fructose corn syrup.
Soda is well known for its high sugar content. In fact, it’s the largest source of added sugar in the American diet.
Candy and candy bars are mostly made of sugar.
Several brands add it in the form of HFCS, and it’s often listed as the first ingredient.
- Sweetened Yogurt
- Salad Dressing
It is important to always be skeptical of store-bought salad dressings, especially those advertised as low-calorie or fat-free. To make up for the flavor that gets removed along with the fat, companies add sugar or HFCS to please your taste buds.
- Frozen Junk Foods
Frozen convenience foods, such as TV dinners and pizzas, have taken over grocery store aisles.
You wouldn’t expect these foods to contain added sugar, but many of them do in the form of HFCS.
When shopping the frozen aisles, always check ingredient lists and choose foods without HFCS and other unhealthy ingredients.
It is always important to double check ingredient lists on bread labels.
Many brands have added high-fructose corn syrup, which can be surprising because bread isn’t usually thought of as a sweet food.
- Canned Fruit
To avoid HFCS, always choose fruit that is canned in its natural juice.
Although juice is naturally high in sugar, some companies sweeten it even more with HFCS.
- Boxed Dinners
HFCS is often added to these products, along with many other artificial ingredients.
- Granola bars
Granola bars tend to be very sweet, as many companies choose to sweeten them with sugar or HFCS. The amounts of added sugar in many granola bars are similar to the amounts found in some candy bars.
- Breakfast Cereal
Many cereals are advertised as healthy, but they are often heavily sweetened with sugar or HFCS.
- Store-Bought Baked Goods
Many grocery stores have their own bakery sections with endless donuts, cookies and cakes.
Unfortunately, HFCS is the sweetener of choice for many store-bought baked goods.
- Sauces and Condiments
Many of these products have HFCS listed as the first ingredient. Two items to be particularly cautious of are ketchup and barbecue sauce.
- Snack Foods
Processed foods, such as chips, cookies and crackers, contain HFCS more often than not.
- Cereal Bars
- Nutrition Bars
Unfortunately, HFCS is added to these quite often, which once again stresses the importance of always checking ingredient lists.
- Coffee Creamer
Coffee creamer seems harmless until you see the ingredients that get added to it. It’s typically made mostly of sugar in the form of HFCS, in addition to several other unhealthy ingredients.
- Energy Drinks and Sports Drinks
- Jam and Jelly
Jam and jelly are always rich in sugar, but store-bought versions are more likely to contain HFCS.
You can often find locally made jams without HFCS at farmers markets and co-ops, or learn to make it on your own.
- Ice Cream
Although modern wheat is not Genetically Modified (in the modern sense, aka gene-splicing) plant scientists since the Green Revolution have subjected wheat not only to extensive hybridization and back-crossing but also to chemical-, gamma-, and x-ray mutagenesis, which created proteins completely new to the human diet in “modern” wheat
Common wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.
- Modern wheat has more gluten proteins
When compared with strains of wheat that are centuries old, modern wheat has many more gluten proteins because all the hybridization that has taken place
- Modern wheat is lower in mineral content
The mineral content of harvested wheat grains has decreased. Because modern wheat has shorter stalks, less sun, and shallower roots systems, it is deficient in many vitamins and minerals. Modern wheat is lower in minerals like zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, and selenium than its ancient ancestor.
- Modern wheat is a mutation caused by radiation
In order to help crops become more resistant to disease, they are exposed to high doses of gamma and microwave radiation. This isn’t considered genetic modification, but is called “mutation breeding
- Modern wheat is grown with harmful pesticides
Most of the wheat produced today uses some type of pesticide. Of the 16 pesticides used on wheat, the most common type of pesticide used is Malathion, which is used on nearly 50% of all wheat. Malathion is called a “neurotoxin”.
- Modern wheat can no longer survive in the wild
Modern wheat has been so modified by humans, modern strains are unable to grow in the wild anymore because they depend on pest control and nitrate fertilization
When an aspartame molecule breaks apart in the small intestine, this carbon disengages from the amino acids and forms a single molecule of methanol.
Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is found in antifreeze and rocket fuel, among many other applications. Methanol’s effect on the body is similar in some ways to that of ethanol (the alcohol found in wine and beer), but unlike ethanol, the body deals with methanol by transforming it into waste products that include formaldehyde, a carcinogen that morticians use as embalming fluid.
9 Aspartame Side Effects Worth Knowing
- Migraines and Cluster Headaches
Research shows it only takes a small quantity of the sweetener to create a severe adverse reaction in the body. Diet soda contains aspartame to replace sugar; the sweetener can create low blood sugar episodes that trigger migraines.
- Diabetic Complications
Aspartame decreases insulin sensitivity, a study done by the American Diabetes Association voices concerns over people with diabetes that eat or drink food products containing aspartame may experience a sudden drop in blood glucose levels.
Further research from the ADA concludes that artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, do have a negative impact on the body’s insulin response to sugar.
- Vision Problems
Aspartame consumption has links to vision disorders. Dry eyes, blurred vision, and the inability to retain focus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered connections between aspartame consumption and vision problems. The test results of controlled studies between two groups of individuals. One group consumed aspartame while the other did not. The results of the research show that aspartame does indeed, cause issues with vision.
Aspartame is made up of aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. The elevation in toxicity creates numerous vision issues. If aspartame is stored for an extended period, or exposed to high temperatures, the chemicals in the compound break down into toxic components that can damage your eyes.
Drinking diet soda regularly, especially if you already have eye problems, could further exasperate existing vision disorders.
- Hearing Issues
Food and Drug Administration lists 90 different health disorders and diseases linked to aspartame. The hearing disorders related to aspartame include tinnitus (a severe ringing in the ears that doesn’t stop, even at night, and in quiet places), as well as sensitivity to loud noises. Hearing loss and disorder such as tinnitus, associated with aspartame consumption, could be a permanent condition.
Studies show that aspartame consumption affects the normal function of the cochlea and vestibular system, a series of there canals located behind the ears. The vestibular system processes sound and balances the body during movement. Aspartame disrupts the signals from the vestibular system to the brain, causing hearing loss and balance issues. There is good news for anyone living with the hearing disorders associated with excessive aspartame consumption. Most of the hearing disorders disappear after discontinuing use of the artificial sweetener.
- Chronic Inflammation
If you suffer from diseases related to chronic inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis, it’s critical that you avoid foods containing aspartame. There are many cases linking aspartame consumption to increased symptoms of chronic inflammatory disease. Inflammatory conditions associated with the use of aspartame include Joint pain, swelling, and skeletal ache.
When aspartame is consumed it creates an inflammatory response in the gut similar to an allergic reaction. The chemicals found in aspartame penetrate cells in the walls of your GI tract. The cells become irritated, swelling due to the onslaught of inflammation in the soft tissues.
- Weight Loss Prevention
Aspartame creates inflammation in the walls of the intestines. This systemic inflammation spreads from the gut into every other biological system in the body. Inflammation is responsible for over 80% of chronic diseases experienced by Americans, and it’s also the reason why you can’t lose fat in your diet. The digestive inflammation prevents your body from absorbing the nutrition in your food, disrupting the efficiency of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Seizure Risk
Consuming aspartame products, like diet soda, at high altitudes may trigger seizures, which is why the FAA recommends against pilots drinking diet soda before, or during, flights.
- Abdominal Pain and Cramping
There are links between aspartame consumption and gastrointestinal irritation. Consuming aspartame products, such as diet soda, inflames GI disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.) When aspartame launched in the early ’80s, complaints from the public regarding stomach cramps inundated the FDA, particularly in the first year of its release.
The results of the studies found that diets containing a high level of aspartame were more susceptible to developing gastric disorders like IBS. When the test subjects discontinued the use of the artificial sweetener, their gastric disorders subsided. The studies noted that the side-effects didn’t return after stopping the use of aspartame.
- Cancer Antagonist
Research suggests that consumption of aspartame may show links to specific forms of the colon and intestinal cancer.
Aspartame Side Effects
The components of aspartame can lead to a number of health problems, as you have read. Side effects can occur gradually, can be immediate, or can be acute reactions.According to Lendon Smith, M.D. there is an enormous population suffering from side effects associated with aspartame, yet have no idea why drugs, supplements and herbs don’t relieve their symptoms.
Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:
blindness in one or both eyes decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring,
bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision,
decreased night vision,
pain in one or both eyes,
decreased tears causing trouble with contact lenses,
tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound,
severe intolerance of noise,
marked hearing impairment.
migraines and (some severe) dizziness,
severe drowsiness and sleepiness,
paresthesia or numbness of the limbs,
severe slurring of speech,
severe hyperactivity and restless legs,
atypical facial pain,
shortness of breath,
high blood pressure,
diarrhea sometimes with blood in stools,
pain when swallowing.
itching without a rash,
lip and mouth reactions,
aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma.
Endocrine and Metabolic—
loss of control of diabetes,
marked thinning or loss of hair,
marked weight loss,
gradual weight gain,
aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia),
frequency of voiding and burning during urination,
increased susceptibility to infection,
aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets,
hyperactivity in children.
Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
irreversible brain damage,
Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses—
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
Multiple Sclerosis (MS),
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings,
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
These are not allergies or sensitivities, but diseases and disease syndromes. Aspartame poisoning is commonly misdiagnosed because aspartame symptoms mock textbook ‘disease’ symptoms, such as Grave’s Disease.
Aspartame changes the ratio of amino acids in the blood, blocking or lowering the levels of serotonin, tyrosine, dopamine, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. Therefore, it is typical that aspartame symptoms cannot be detected in lab tests and on x-rays. Textbook disorders and diseases may actually be a toxic load as a result of aspartame poisoning.