Category: Health & Disease

The Downfall of the Plastic Bag: A Global Picture

by Janet Larsen and Savina Venkova Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute. Usage varies widely among countries, from over 400 a year for many East Europeans, to just four a year for people in Denmark and Finland. Plastic bags, made of depletable natural gas or petroleum resources, are often used only for a matter of minutes. Yet they last in the […]

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Gut Microbes, Probiotics, Leaky Gut, and Autoimmune Disease

A little background and history on gut microbes. You’ve probably already heard about how our little gut microbes (bacteria, yeast, and other microorganisms) are a big deal! Maybe you’ve looked into probiotics (beneficial microbes) and eating probiotic rich fermented foods like kimchi or fermented beverages like kombucha as you started to learn the health benefits of fermented foods. We are basically a walking microbe farm. For every human cell in […]

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The 2014 Food Revolution Summit – Starts in a Few Days!

Free online summit — April 26th to May 4, 2014 Joining John and Ocean Robbins are celebrities like Woody Harrelson, Jane Goodall, Alicia Silverstone, Amy Goodman, and more! These cultural persuaders are joining with expert doctors and food activists because they’ve realized that if we don’t do something now, we’re in trouble.

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Plastic Bag Bans Spreading in the United States

by Janet Larsen and Savina Venkova, Earth Policy Institute Los Angeles rang in the 2014 New Year with a ban on the distribution of plastic bags at the checkout counter of big retailers, making it the largest of the 132 cities and counties around the United States with anti-plastic bag legislation. And a movement that gained momentum in California is going national. More than 20 million Americans live in communities […]

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The Meat Industry and Ideas for What We Can Do About It

Some practical ideas about the meat industry Spacious chicken houses — a stark minority (Photo by David Ashwanden) In many countries, the state of the meat industry is fairly well publicised: poor conditions for animals (see for example 1, 2), strange and unnatural foods and medicines getting into our food chain (see for example 3; 4), unclear labelling (see for example 5), and mass industrialised butchery (see for example 6). […]

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Keystone PipeLIES Exposed

Keystone PipeLIES Exposed (Duration: 23 minutes) This film, produced by the Center for Media and Democracy, debunks the claims of proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline regarding jobs, energy security, gas prices, safety, and climate change. More information about this film and research project, "Keystone PipeLIES Exposed," at pipeliesexposed.org.

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The Pig Farmer

One day in Iowa I met a particular gentleman — and I use that term, gentleman, frankly, only because I am trying to be polite, for that is certainly not how I saw him at the time. He owned and ran what he called a “pork production facility.” I, on the other hand, would have called it a pig Auschwitz. The conditions were brutal. The pigs were confined in cages […]

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The 2014 Food Revolution Summit – Get the Truth About GMOs (Online, April 26 – May 4, 2014)

Get the truth about GMOs and dangerous chemicals — and how carbs, gluten, fat, and sugar affect your weight, energy, sleep and the planet. Watch online from anywhere in the world! When it comes to food, we’re in big trouble. The food supply is contaminated with hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, chemical cocktails, and neurotoxic pesticides. Even many so-called ‘natural’ foods are actually hazardous to your health. Click here to learn about […]

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Sri Lanka Partially Bans Glyphosate for Deadly Kidney Disease Epidemic

Glyphosate’s metal-chelating activity causes bioaccumulation of toxic metals in the body, resulting in an estimated 400 000 cases in Sri Lanka and 20 000 deaths. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji A fully illustrated and referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Sri Lanka is set to partially ban glyphosate-based herbicide use following a new peer-reviewed study linking it to a […]

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Golden Rice Myths

Dr Michael Hansen debunks some of the many myths promoted about Golden Rice. There has been a lot of misinformation and just plain propaganda about Golden Rice (GR) put out recently. It is stunning that so many are talking about this topic without even a basic understanding of the real issues. Bottom line, there are clear unanswered questions on basic efficacy and safety of GR.

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Glyphosate and Cancer

New research shows that the low levels of glyphosate found in human urine can promote the growth of human breast cancer cells, confirming the carcinogenic potential of the herbicide known since the 1980s. by Dr Mae Wan Ho A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and otherwise available for download here. GM and herbicide cancer warning suppressed in retracted study Among the unsettling results […]

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