Pesticides linked to birth abnormalities in major new study

High exposure to pesticides as a result of living near farmers’ fields appears to increase the risk of giving birth to a baby with “abnormalities” by about 9 per cent, according to new researchResearchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, compared 500,000 birth records for people born in the San Joaquin Valley between 1997 and 2011 and levels of pesticides used in the area.The average use of pesticides over that period was about 975kg for each 2.6sq km area per year. But, for pregnant women in areas where 4,000kg of pesticides was used, the chance of giving birth prematurely rose by about 8 per cent and the chance of having a birth abnormality by about 9 per cent.

‘The sheer size of the study, and the meticulous way it has been carried out, suggest that there is an environmental hazard for mothers resident in an area with large scale pesticide usage’

Writing in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers compared this to the 5 to 10 per cent increase adverse birth outcomes that can result from air pollution or extreme heat events.



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submitted by Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.
“It sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel – an army of tiny weaponised robots travelling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumours and destroying them from within. But research in Nature Communications today from the University of California Davis Cancer Centre shows the prospect of that being a realistic scenario may not be far off.”
But the article is wrong. The day is no longer “not far off.” The day has arrived. The product already exists wherein “Hunter-Killer Nano-Robots” perform a search and destroy mission within our bodies. And the killer cells not only rout out cancer cells, but all pathogenic material in the cellular neighborhoods of the toxic materials. The product that delivers this promise is called APeX.
The creation of APeX derives from two paradigm-shifting scientific/medical discoveries: the first comes from the understanding of specific properties of minute particles of silver that make it an ideal delivery system for carrying oxygen to pathogenic cells; the second arises from Otto Warburg’s discovery in the 1930s that cancer cells thrive in oxygen deficient environments. Fortunately for us, in the 1950s a group of scientists, including William Branson Sr., married these two discoveries together, and created a liquid product, originally called Oxy-Silver Solution. The solution consisted of a specifically formulated water that, to this day, is unique and unrivalled in its therapeutic power for reversing many afflictions and illnesses.
Essentially, the scientists figured out how to encapsulate a smaller than nano-sized silver nucleus within a cluster of oxygen molecules. APeX is made by attaching large numbers of oxygen molecules—clusters—to each silver particle, forming what might be best referred to as a Silver-Oxygen Nano-Cluster.
In the year 2000, the producers of the Oxy-Silver Solution, including Bill Branson Jr., had what they call a “eureka moment,” and added one more component to the process. The therapeutic effects of their specially formulated water increased, and even stronger stabilization of the oxygen encapsulation was effected. It became a solution that is so stable in its properties that the shelf life is, thus far over fifteen years, and still counting. The water looks slightly yellow, the color caused by light refraction off of the oxygen molecules that are attached to the silver nucleus.
In 2006, Bill Chastain joined with Bill Branson, Jr. and the solution was re-named APeX. (I call them the 2 Bills, or just the Bills). Bill C was specifically interested in cancer, formed the not-for-profit APeX Institute, began giving away APeX to terminal cancer patients, and collecting data/medical records/medical results on the usage of the oxy-silver solution in stage 4 cancers.
The 2 Bills continued seeing miraculous things happen, but now with medical records as a backing for the personal testimonials that had been acquired from the beginning of the formulation. APeX has been shown to improve or reverse the various afflictions of Hepatitis, Gulf War Syndrome, flu, typhus, malaria, HIV, cancer (including but not limited to the stage IV cancer volunteers Bill C was following), tuberculosis, Lyme Disease, MRSA, Alzheimer’s, spinal meningitis, staph infections.
It is important to understand that although the miracle of APeX’s therapeutic effectiveness is related to its ability to deliver oxygen directly into the body’s cells, it is not an oxygen-saturated product. (There are many products on the market that claim to have super saturation of oxygen.) APeX is not mere oxygenated water. The oxygen levels in APeX, in fact, measure about the same as regular tap water.
The key to APeX is that oxygen molecules are bonded to the silver core, and through the use of the silver nuclei, the oxygen is delivered, past the cell membrane, into the heart of the cell. APeX is a direct cellular infusion oxygen delivery system. It has the ability to specifically rout out pathogenic cells, and then, one-by-one, destroy them, without any toxic residue to healthy cells.
It is also important to understand that although there is a silver nano-nucleus within the oxygen clusters, the silver used in APeX is unlike ionic and colloid silver products that are currently thought of in the holistic community as natural antibiotics. Rather than influencing a direct effect on the body, as the ionic and colloidal silver products claim, the main function of APeX’s silver is to serve as a dolly to transport the oxygen into pathogenic cells. In fact, the APeX silver nucleus is so completely encased in active oxygen molecules that it has no physical contact with its surrounding micro-environment. The process of the silver/oxygen solution being absorbed by the body is equivalent to targeted drug therapy (but without the toxic side effects of the poisons in the drugs). The silver-oxygen solution that comprises APeX performs exactly as Hunter-Killer Nano-Bots, as suggested is possible in the quote at the beginning of this Report. The clusters of the silver/oxygen molecules have the ability to precisely hunt down and destroy all pathogenic cells. Their “mission” to kill is so precise that it is as though pathogenic expert “snipers” were released into the bloodstream, and through basic principles of physics (as we will soon see), they never miss their target. Continue Reading »

FDA Announcement – Protecting Public Health by Strategic Implementation of Prevention-Oriented Food Safety Standards

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gives FDA a new public health mandate. It directs FDA to establish standards for adoption of modern food safety prevention practices by those who grow, process, transport, and store food. It also gives FDA new mandates, authorities and oversight tools aimed at providing solid assurances that those practices are being carried out by the food industry on a consistent, on-going basis.  FDA will fulfill the vision of FSMA and strengthen food safety protection by applying the principles outlined here across the entire food safety program, while adapting them to the specific challenges posed by implementation of preventive controls, produce safety standards, and FSMA’s new import system. Continue Reading »

Here’s an article from our local paper on contaminated drinking water around the state and the country.  Scroll down to the EWG “data base” and click.  Enter your zip code and it will tell you how healthy or contaminated your drinking water is.  And will list the chemicals.  Was rather shocked to see that my area had 6 contaminants listed … all cancer-causing …
Next thing I’ll be doing is to look into the type of water filter I have (I bought a pretty good one a year ago), and see if it filters out the chemicals listed.
By Betsey Downing PhD –  Awakening Wisdom Yoga & Meditation

   Yogis rising to the historical challenge of our time. “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.”  

As a yoga and meditation teacher since 1973, I am getting many questions about why I’m talking about climate change and civic engagement these days instead of yoga poses and philosophy. To my mind addressing climate and being involved in our collective life is yoga! It’s taking yoga off the mat and into the world, seeing The One in The Many, which is the heart of the non-dual philosophy I’ve studied and taught. This perspective goes to the crux of the crises we are facing: thinking that we are separate beings rather different manifestations of One Spirit. We are in the midst of a tremendous shift in consciousness on the planet ~ from the love of power to the power of love. As Martin Luther King, Jr. says it so eloquently,

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.” 
I have loved yoga, and taught classes, workshops, and trainings for decades, and am now expanding to speak about one of the most urgent and serious issues of our time: climate change and how close we are to irreversible tipping points. I fully believe that yoga practitioners and all spiritual practitioners have immense gifts to offer this unfolding emergency: to honor the Earth, to show compassion for all creatures, especially those weakened by climate stress, and to be courageous in living the deep values of our One Humanity.
So, that said, here’s the latest on climate science …
A recently published study states that the world must set greenhouse gas emissions on a downward path by 2020, or risk not being able to contain the temperature rise within what is considered the safe limits of 1.5-2.0 degrees Celsius, according to the Paris Agreement.
To get a clearer idea of how much warming we’re talking about, convert the temperature in Celsius to Fahrenheit by multiplying the Celsius temperature by 1.8. So that 1.5-2.0 C becomes 2.7-3.6 F. That’s quite a bit warmer that many people may have realized.
One helpful way to get a handle on our climate situation is to consider our ‘carbon budget’, as reported in the Nature article noted above:
“The magnitude of the challenge can be grasped by computing a budget for CO2 emissions – the maximum amount of the gas that can be released before the temperature limit is breached. After subtracting past emissions, humanity is left with a ‘carbon credit’ of around 600 Gigatons (Gt).”
Clearly we cannot continue to burn fossil fuels at the current rate until we spend the 600 Gt budget and then stop on a dime. We must begin as soon as possible to lower our global carbon footprint in order to reach net zero emissions when our budget runs out. See the graph below:


Clearly we are in a climate emergency of mammoth proportions and this should be an “all hands on deck” moment,
            … but it isn’t.  
This could be a time when the entire country comes together to address an enormous problem, that left unattended will ruin the lives of your children and grandchildren (and my niece and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and my new grandnephew born less than a week ago),
… but it isn’t.
Many scientists and researchers point out that we have the tools and the technology to shift from fossil fuels to renewables in time to avoid the worst damage of climate change. Mark Jacobson at Stanford University has a detailed plan for our country to get to net zero emissions that we could be following,
            … be we aren’t. 
This could be a moment that the entire country goes on high alert to address a major risk to the continuation of our civilization as we know it,
… but it isn’t.  

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“Cannabidiol, a Major Non-Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts” by team of researchers headed by Yankel Gabet, DMD, PhD, Bone Research Laboratory, Department of Anatomy and Anthropology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel. E-mail: yankel@tauex.tau.ac.il

A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research says that a component of marijuana known as Cannabidiol (CBD) “significantly helps heal bone fractures” by speeding up the process. It also strengthens bones, protecting them against future injuries.
This research could lead to new treatment options for people suffering from certain bone-related diseases, including osteoporosis, which causes 8.9 million fractures annually across the world, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation.

The team of researchers at Tel Aviv University tested the effect of THC and CBD separately on rat subjects, discovering a connection between our bodies’ cannabinoid receptors and bone growth stimulation. Continue Reading »

When conventional cancer medicine fails to produce positive outcomes, a humble little seed comes to the rescue by Sayer Ji,  founder of Greenmedinfo.com, a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed, Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Federation, Steering Committee Member of the Global Non-GMO Foundation.

A new study published in the International Journal of Oncology illustrates an important shift occurring in medical research today, namely, a growing recognition that conventional treatments like chemotherapy, taken alone, are failing to produce positive results and that the use of natural substances may be an indispensable way to improve outcomes.

In the study titled, Combining doxorubicin with a phenolic extract from flaxseed oil: Evaluation of the effect on two breast cancer cell lines, Italian researchers sought to evaluate the possible synergistic role of an extract of flaxseed in combination with the conventional chemo-drug doxorubicin in a number of breast cancer cell lines. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28101573

Breast cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed forms of cancer and different treatments are used to block its progression. However, it still represents a very common cause of death in women. Doxorubicin (Dox) is reported as an effective agent in breast cancer treatment nonetheless it induces many side‑effects. For this reason, many laboratories are engaged in understanding how it is possible to decrease the drug concentration, considering that one of the possible solutions is to use drug synergy, combining it with natural substances. Recently we showed that a phenolic extract from flaxseed (FS) oil, named PEFSO, induced on MCF‑7 cell line an increase of apoptosis with related modification of G0/G1 phase cell cycle, and the activation of signaling and pro‑oxidant pathways. In this study we present data on the combined effect of Dox and PEFSO on two different breast cancer cell lines to define the conditions to use lower doses of this chemotherapeutic agent. We report the data relating to the ability of this mixture to induce cytotoxicity and apoptosis, cell cycle modification, mitochondrial membrane depolarization and activation of extrinsic and/or intrinsic apoptotic pathway.

They also noted that a commonly used cancer drug known as doxorubicin is notorious for its many side effects. You can review the primary literature on dozens of doxorubicin’s known side effects on our database. The researchers hypothesized that one way around this problem would be to reduce the amount of doxorubicin used by combining it with a safer, more natural compound.

In a previous study, the researchers showed a phenolic extract of flaxseed oil resulted in a number of chemotherapeutic effects (increase in apoptosis, G0/G1 phase cell cycle, and the activation of signaling and pro‑oxidant pathways). The new study looked at the combined effect of doxorubicin and a phenolic extract of flaxseed oil on two different breast cancer cell lines, focusing on what conditions are ideal for using lower doses doxorubicin. They reported the experiment a success:

“We report the data relating to the ability of this mixture to induce cytotoxicity and apoptosis, cell cycle modification, mitochondrial membrane depolarization and activation of extrinsic and/or intrinsic apoptotic pathway.”

While this only a preliminary investigation, and does not have the gravitas of a human clinical trial, flaxseed has been subject to extensive research on its chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic properties. We’re reported on this in depth in previous articles, such as:

We have also done a lot of advocacy around the topic of conventional treatment failure, including the problems of cancer overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and the failure of modern oncology to address the root causes of cancer and the role that cancer stem cells play in the process of carcinogenesis and treatment failure.

There is a profound shift occurring in the medical research community today. With the growing awareness that food is not just a source of energy and material building blocks for the body, but capable of being a form of medicinal or nutrigenomic information, it is no longer considered far fetched to look at something as commonplace, and benign as flaxseed as having disease-resolving power.

For more information on natural substances that may be of value in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Use our Cancer database on the topic to search thousands of studies.