As reported by Harvard Medical School, heavy metals (such as lead and mercury), organic solvents, alcohol, and ionizing radiation are confirmed environmental teratogens (agents that cause developmental malformations), and exposure could contribute to pregnancy loss. What’s more, caffeine, cigarette smoking, and hyperthermia are also suspected, and the danger of pesticides to the human fetus remains unknown.
An Apple A Day Keeps Breast Cancer Away
Recent research done at Cornell University concluded with an interesting finding: apples may inhibit breast cancer. Rats that were fed the human equivalent of one, three, and six apples a day showed reduced incidence of tumors by 17%, 39%, and 44%, respectively.
Cornell association professor and author of the study, Rui Hai Liu suggests that the phytochemicals (a kind of antioxidant) present in the apples – and abundantly in other fruits and vegetables as well – help prevent cancer by taking care of cell-damaging, cancer-causing free radicals. “Studies increasingly provide evidence that it is the additive and synergistic effects of the phytochemicals present in fruits and vegetables that are responsible for their potent antioxidant and anticancer activities,” Liu says.
Heart Drugs Causing Heart Problems
Statin drugs (e.g. Lipitor, Pravachol, Zocor, etc.), used by millions of people to lower their cholesterol levels and prevent
heart disease, can actually worsen heart function in some people.
This is due, in part, by a drug-induced deficiency of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Statin drugs work by inhibiting the body’s production of cholesterol.
At the same time, they also inhibit the body’s production of CoQ10, which is a necessary nutrient needed to produce energy. Some studies have shown that people with heart failure exhibited subnormal concentrations of CoQ10. This condition can be reversed by taking a good CoQ10 supplement.
The Journal of the American Dietetic Association recently reported that American pre-school aged children do not get enough fiber from their diets, which may actually predispose them to a life fraught with heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, states: “As dietary habits formed before age two tend to carry into adulthood, it is critical to introduce and emphasize nutritious foods to children as their tastes develop.” Public health programs, educational institutions, and pediatricians should emphasize the importance of eating fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to both children and their parents.
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