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Food Irradiation Research

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

There is no direct scientific link between food irradiation and hair loss (yet). I avoid all food that has been cold pasteurized (irradiated). We simply do not know enough about the safety. My logic? Unless proven safe, irradiation is not. Food irradiation is being shoved down our throats (similarly to Fluoridation and Pasteurization). For years, food irradiation has been promoted as a simple process that can be used to effectively and significantly reduce food-borne illnesses around the world.

A thorough review of the literature reveals a paucity of adequate research conducted to specifically address health concerns that may directly result from the consumption of irradiated food. Here’s some info so you can learn what the FDA, corporations and their scientists deem good for you (and their wallets).

 

-:: Note: This article serves to archive research and articles written on food irradiation for archival, preservation, dissemination and educational purposes ::-


PDF Document Archive:

Below you see attached PDF documents relating to food irradiation

Top 10 Problems with Irradiated Food (Top10.pdf) – Public Citizen

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Vitamin C and Food

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Q.
I’ve read it is preferred to not take vitamin C with food because it increases iron absorption and too much iron feeds cancerous cells.

Would taking Betaine HCl with enzymes also increases the absorption of iron?

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Thank you for this question, you make good observations.
I take both vitamin C and Betaine HCl with pepsin daily.
Vitamin C is a very beneficial supplement. I take vitamin C on an empty stomach, 2 hours away from food.
Stomach acid (increased by Betaine HCL supplementation) is also very much needed, and is essential. It does increase the absorption of iron, but not having enough stomach acid means you’ll get too little iron and too little protein and not enough minerals.

140+ Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

The following list was written by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. (visit her very informative website www.nancyappleton.com), the author of the book Lick The Sugar Habit.

In addition to throwing off the body’s homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar’s metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.

141 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health

(Just Kidding, it’s 143)

By Nancy Appleton PhD & G.N. Jacobs

Excerpted from Suicide by Sugar

Used with permission

1. Sugar can suppress your immune system.

2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.

3. Sugar can cause juvenile delinquency in children.

4. Sugar eaten during pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle force production in offspring, which can affect an individual’s ability to exercise.

5. Sugar in soda, when consumed by children, results in the children drinking less milk.

6. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses and return them to fasting levels slower in oral contraceptive users.

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Is IGF-1 Linked to Diseases?

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

You will find many studies linking an increase in IGF-I concentrations with the risk of prostate, bladder, colorectal, and breast cancers.. Thus, one would expect to aim at lowering IGF-1.

I asked myself if IGF-1 was a causing agent of cancer or if it was simply a symptom of something else (another causing factor) that causes cancer (and hair loss) … A legit question, don’t you think? I am all for solving the problem at the root, dealing with the real issue not trying to lower “numbers” .. we need to know exactly what the numbers mean.

In the case of IGF-1 it seems, we need it in our system, too little causes dysfunction, too much causes dysfunction.

I was not the only one to question if IGF-1 was a reliable predictor of cancers or hair loss:

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IGF-1 and Prostate Cancer: An Insubstantial Link

A study headed by June Chan at Harvard University links the growth protein insulin-like growth factor type-1 (IGF-1) with prostate cancer, but many health professionals caution against drawing quick conclusions. Methods used by Chan to assess this risk, including adjustment for other prostate cancer risk factors like smoking and the cancer-protective protein IGFBP-3, lead to questions regarding the accuracy of the conclusions drawn from this study. According to growth hormone clinical researcher Dr. L.E. Dorman, “In my experience, PSA [a widely accepted marker for prostate cancer] levels consistently drop 50% over a period of a month or two of growth hormone secretagogue therapy.” Growth hormone–popularized for its anti-aging effects–works by stimulating IGF-1 production.

Dorman, the co-author of Growth Hormone: Reversing Human Aging Naturally, also points out that IGF-1 is produced by cells of the immune system, which may be stimulated in the presence of cancer. “To conclude that IGF-1 stimulates the initiation of prostate cancer goes against everything that we know about its positive effects on the immune system, which protects against cancer. To make any substantial conclusions about the effects of these hormones on prostate cancer, a study should include the use of growth hormone therapy with prostate cancer patients.

Dr. L. Cass Terry, a long-time researcher of growth hormone notes the complete lack of cancer incidence in any of his growth hormone treated patients, “With 800 people over the age of about 40, you would think that given the normal incidence rate of cancer, some of these people would get cancer. It could be that there is some sort of protective effect from growth hormone replacement”. Terry and his associate Dr. Edmund Chein report the results of growth hormone treatment on a man who came to them with prostate cancer, indicating that without any usual forms of treatment like surgery, the patients’ levels dropped from the 50 to 60 range down to 5 to 7 (men with prostate cancer usually show levels of PSA in the 10 to 20 range). It has been hypothesized that these effects come from stimulatory effects on the immune system that result from growth hormone therapy.

Pharmacologist James Jamieson, who headed the development of a growth hormone secretagogue, notes the importance of using growth hormone therapy in a way that keeps IGF-1 within a healthy range. “When stimulated to release growth hormone, the body has mechanisms that typically keep IGF-1 within a normal range.”

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IGF-1 is Linked to Cancers, Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Osteoporosis

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Insulin-like growth hormone (IGF-1) is believed to be linked to Cancers, Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Osteoporosis. It could be used to predict the risk of these disease. OR does it?

The link does exist:

decreases serum IGF-1 concentration by ~40%, protects against cancer and slows aging in rodents.

Source: Aging Cell. 2008 Oct;7(5):681-7. – Long-term effects of calorie or protein restriction on serum IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 concentration in humans.

Plasma levels of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) have been associated with risk of several cancers.

Source: Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2002 Sep;11(9):852-61 – Dietary correlates of plasma insulin-like growth factor I and insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3 concentrations.

Variation in the circulating concentrations of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system has been implicated in the etiology of chronic diseases including cancer (prostate, breast, colon, and lung), heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis

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The results of this study lend additional support to the hypothesis that circulating IGF-I concentrations increase the risk of prostate, bladder, colorectal, and breast cancer

Source: Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2003 Aug;12(8):739-46. Determinants of circulating insulin-like growth factor I and insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3 concentrations in a cohort of Singapore men and women. (more…)



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