January 21st, 2011 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
European health officials are now warning that the German dioxin outbreak may be worse than previously thought – extending beyond tainted eggs – and prompting some countries to take harsher action.
The dioxin scare surfaced after 3,000 tonnes (over 6,600 pounds) of an animal feed additive sold in Germany were discovered to contain trace amounts of dioxin, causing officials to ban many farms from selling eggs.
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September 30th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Orange juice “brings a sweet and tangy flavor to many recipes and provides a variety of nutrients to help maintain good health throughout the year,” says registered dietitian Kim Galeaz, coauthor of 4 Weeks to Maximum Immunity.
She developed today’s super-easy breakfast recipe to help readers maintain a healthy immune system.
All of the ingredients should be available at a well-stocked natural and organic food store. Enjoy!
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September 28th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
I can’t go anywhere without seeing signs for flu shots—a reminder that it’s time to start boosting our immunity.
“Filling your grocery cart with nutritious foods and beverages from all the food groups will provide your body with essential vitamins and nutrients to help support a healthy immune system,” says registered dietitian Kim Galeaz, coauthor of 4 Weeks to Maximum Immunity.
Galeaz offers the following tips for maximizing nutrients when visiting your local natural and organic food store:
Read More:4 Ways to Boost Your Immunity Before Cold & Flu Season
May 27th, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
New York’s Hudson River is getting cleaned up, finally. Twenty-five years ago, the federal government declared the Hudson River a Superfund site, meaning it’s a filthy polluted mess in need of a good scrubbing.
Good news, starting last Friday a computer-guided dredging system began scooping out piles of disgusting mud, old tires, broken bottles, dead mafia henchmen and whatever else is under there.
Twelve dredging machines will work round the clock, six days a week, hunting for sediment contaminated with PCBs. Then the gunk will be hauled to a hazardous waste landfill in Texas. PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyl are harmful to both humans and animals.
Prior to 1977, before they were banned, an estimated 1.3 million pounds of PCBs flowed into the Hudson. New York officials are calling the cleanup the healing of the Hudson, but Hudson River pollution isn’t all bad.
Here’s my hero. The late, great George Carlin:
When I was a little boy in New York City in the nineteen-forties, we swam in the Hudson River, and it was filled with raw sewage! We swam in raw sewage, you know, to cool off!
And at that time the big fear was polio. Thousands of kids died from polio every year. But you know something? In my neighborhood no one ever got polio. No one, ever!
You know why? Cause we swam in raw sewage! It strengthened our immune system. The polio never had a prayer. We were tempered in raw sh**!
Via The New York Times.
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August 9th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
An extract from the turkey tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor)—commonly found in the woods of North America, Asia and Europe—may boost the immune system, according to a study presented this week at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians’ annual meeting.
The turkey tail mushroom (illustrated above) is too tough to eat, but it may be ingested as a liquid or powdered extract, note researchers from Bastyr University’s School of Natural Health Sciences and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. One such extract, known as Polysaccharide Krestin (PSK), is produced by Kureha, Inc., in Tokyo, Japan, and it has shown some beneficial effects in the treatment of certain cancers—especially when used in conjunction with chemotherapy.
Bastyr and UT researchers isolated immune cells from blood taken from nine healthy volunteers. Their findings suggest PSK may strengthen the immune system against diseases like cancer. It should be noted, however, that this study sample was extremely small, so further testing is necessary. The researchers believe their study, funded in part by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, invites further examination of selected extracts from medicinal mushrooms.
As with any herb or supplement, always check with your traditional or natural healthcare provider before adding it to your organic food regimen.
Read More:A Boost to the Immune System?