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  1. Study finds glyphosate levels in people up 1,200 percent

    Dear Reader,

    Do you have cancer-causing weed killer glyphosate, a.k.a. Roundup, inside of your body? How about your kids and grandkids?

    According to some new research, that's not just a possibility... but a probability.

    Some stunning findings have just been released showing that we're all being turned into walking test tubes in Monsanto's long-running experiment with this chemical.

    And doing whatever it takes to reduce exposure has now become more urgent than ever before.

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    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have been studying human exposure to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) for over two decades. And their most recent findings are unbelievably frightening.

    After analyzing urine samples from volunteers in southern California for the past 23 years, they've now found that the number of people who have the chemical in their body has increased 500 percent, and the amounts of glyphosate they harbor have gone up by a whopping 1,200 percent!

    Yet back in the early 1990s, when they started this testing, almost none of the participants had detectible levels.

    Now, if you ask the FDA, CDC, or some other so-called health agency what that means, you'll probably hear the old "don't worry, be happy" refrain they've all been handing out for years.

    And if you ask the folks at Monsanto, they'll tell you that there's nothing unusual about those numbers. In fact, they're "consistent with prior reports," and in no way "raise health concerns."

    Well, OK, if they say so!

    In all seriousness, the harsh reality of this situation is that, while we really don't know exactly what this is doing to us (and even scarier, what it could be doing to our kids), what we've heard so far isn't very reassuring.

    For example:

    • In a study out of the UK, rats who were fed low levels of glyphosate were at significantly higher risk of developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, which can destroy your liver before you know what's happening. And the levels of the chemical detected in people just so happen to be "100-fold greater" than in those rats.
    • Several years ago, glyphosate was found to interfere with bacteria in the GI tract, which can cause essential amino acids to be depleted.
    • It's also been linked to kidney and liver damage, as well as being a likely contributor to a whole host of diseases such as IBS, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's.
    • And last, but certainly not least, two years ago, the World Health Organization said that glyphosate can "probably" cause cancer in people -- that's right, not rats or mice but human beings.

    But instead of our regulators pulling in the reins, glyphosate use is now totally out of control.

    And it's not just used on Frankencrops anymore, but loads of other foods as well. As we told you, Monsanto has been encouraging farmers to apply it as a drying agent on everything from lentils to peas to oats -- even oats that end up in baby food!

    While those California researchers are planning to conduct studies looking at liver disease, including NAFLD in people, I don't think we have the luxury of waiting for those results.

    That's why the most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is take these three steps to reduce your glyphosate exposure right now:

    #1: Don't be tricked by TV ads into using Roundup or any other weed killer anywhere in the vicinity of your home.

    #2: Give the boot to any products containing the big four Frankencrops -- corn, soy, canola, and sugar that comes from sugar beets -- unless they're organic or certified as GMO-free.

    #3: Whenever possible, avoid using nonorganic lentils, peas, dry beans, flax, barley, potatoes, and oats, as these may be subject to post-harvest glyphosate applications.

    Getting the glyphosate beast back into its cage, unfortunately, is next to impossible at this point. But thanks to these findings, at least we know what we need to do to keep it from attacking us.

    To Taking Action Now,

    Melissa Young

  2. New research finds omega 3s and vitamin D are vital for lupus patients

    Dear Reader,

    The Lupus Foundation of America calls the disease a "cruel mystery."

    But what's really mysterious here is how in the world two natural, safe, and effective treatments for this autoimmune disease keep being left in the dust... while risky meds continue to sell like hotcakes.

    One thing is very clear: If you or someone you love is suffering from lupus, the benefits of making sure your levels of these two nutrients are up to par is no mystery at all.

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    Two new studies have just confirmed what we've known all along -- that vitamin D and omega-3s can significantly help lupus patients.

    One, from the University of Michigan, found that those with lupus who included plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets slept better and scored lower on what's called a measure of lupus "disease activity."

    The key seems to be concurrently upping those omega-3s while easing up on the omega-6 variety of fatty acids, but I'll get to more on that in a minute.

    In the second study, doctors at Johns Hopkins looked at the data on close to 1,400 lupus patients and found that low levels of vitamin D could actually "predict" kidney failure. Not having enough D circulating in your blood, they concluded, can up the risk of severe kidney disease by nearly 70 percent in those with lupus!

    Since direct sun exposure -- the best source of vitamin D -- aggravates lupus symptoms, low levels are practically a given among those with the disease. Close to 30 percent of the lupus patients in the Johns Hopkins study were found to be deficient in it.

    Dr. Michelle Petri, the study author who just so happens to be the director of the Hopkins Lupus Center, was very clear in her recommendations: "Supplementary vitamin D is very safe" and can help safeguard your kidneys, preventing one of "the most dreaded complications" of the disease.

    Getting sufficient levels of the sunshine vitamin, she added, can also help prevent blood clots, heart disease, and excessive protein in the urine.

    And, as I said, this is far from the first time vitamin D and omega-3s have been found to be breakthrough treatments for lupus patients. In fact, eAlert readers have been hearing about their benefits for a decade or more!

    Just last year, for example, we told you about a study out of Michigan State University that found DHA, a type of omega-3, was able to stop lupus in its tracks. That research was done in mice that were specially bred to be predisposed to the disease.

    One of the researchers said that he had never seen such a "dramatic protective response."

    So, why does it seem as if we're always having to reinvent the wheel where these kinds of valuable treatments are concerned?

    Much of that has to do with responses like this from the Lupus Foundation of America: Dr. Stacy Ardoin, a member of the foundation's medical and scientific advisory council, said that these studies, while "encouraging," really don't prove much of anything.

    She went on to say that she receives plenty of questions about what lupus patients should eat, but "It's an area where we have little evidence."

    Seriously? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard!

    Could remarks such as those have anything to do with the fact that GlaxoSmithKline, which makes the horribly risky drug for lupus called Benlysta, is one of the foundation's top sponsors?

    Whatever the reason, it's clear as day that these two nutrients are vital for those with lupus. They're also easy to add to your routine.

    Vitamin D supplements, in fact, are about the least expensive ones out there. You can also up your levels by having more D-rich food such as eggs, wild salmon, mushrooms, and almond milk.

    Wild salmon is a great source of omega-3s as well, along with sardines, walnuts, flax and chia seeds. This essential fatty acid is also widely available in supplement form (just be sure the one you buy contains high amounts of DHA and EPA).

    As for omega-6 fatty acids, the ones those Michigan researchers said you should be consuming less of, they can be best avoided by eliminating "unhealthy" oils (such as corn, sunflower, and safflower) from your diet and replacing them with coconut or extra virgin olive oil.

    To Living Better With Lupus,

    Melissa Young

  3. Don't Let Musculoskeletal Pain Dominate Your Life

    pain MusculoskeletalIf you’re suffering from short-term or ongoing musculoskeletal pain, you know how all-encompassing it can be.

    Every day, every position, everything can hurt.

    It’s easy to let your whole world be controlled by the discomfort.

    Decisions get made on what will hurt less.

    Plans get cancelled because you just can’t risk it.

    You know the routine, and you know it’s no way to live.

    But you don’t have to. We promise… Continue reading

  4. What is Warm Water Therapy?

    therapy warm waterEverybody loves an indulgence. And everybody loves an easy at home remedy that makes them feel better.

    Now, there’s something that combines the two – warm water therapy.

    In fairness, warm water therapy has been around for thousands of years, but we’re finally understanding how and why it actually works to ease stiffness, pain, and just about every other symptom of musculoskeletal conditions. Continue reading

  5. 4 Healthy Pie Recipes That Are GOOD For You

    Pie Recipes HealthyWho doesn’t love pie?

    Especially this time of year, when it seems like holiday tables are sagging under the weight of desserts!

    If only there were such a thing as a healthy pie…

    Well, guess what? There is!

    Not only are there healthy pie recipes, but there are ways to make your favorite pie recipes a little healthier without making many changes at all.

    Read on for healthy pie tips AND healthy pie recipes. Continue reading

  6. Eating Cheap: How to Feel Full on a Strict Budget

    cheap eatingWhen you’re on a strict budget, it’s easy to think that you can’t eat well.

    Because yes, organic foods cost more and fresh foods cost more – generally.

    But they don’t have to.

    You can eat healthily, well, and feel full even on a strict budget.

    It just takes a little planning and creativity. Continue reading

  7. Is SetraVida Safe to Use?

    safe setravidaThe most important question you can ask when looking at a new supplement or medication, even before “does it work?”… is “is it safe?”

    It’s the question we ask first, too!

    After all, it really doesn’t matter if something works or not if it’s going to cause bigger problems than the ones you’re trying to solve.

    So we respect the fact that you want to know if SetraVida is safe or not.

    Being worried about your health and premature aging is enough.

    You shouldn’t be worried about if the supplement you’re taking for it is safe, too.

    We’re always happy to revisit the question with you. Continue reading

  8. SetraVida Benefits: Help Activate the Longevity Gene

    benefits setravidaThe fountain of youth…

    Methuselah from the Old Testament…

    Dorian Gray and his portrait in the attic…

    For as long as there have been people growing older, there have been people trying to stay young.

    Longer, healthier lives has been the dream since the beginning of time.

    And now – the dream is becoming a reality. Because researchers may have learned how to activate the gene that could keep you younger, longer.

    That’s the SetraVida benefit we’re excited to share with you! Since researchers have learned this power, we’ve learned how to harness it.

    That’s right – SetraVida actually helps activate the longevity gene. Continue reading

  9. The Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Dementia

    For generations, avoiding dementia – or not – was a roll of the dice.

    Essentially, you would get older and hope you kept most of your cognitive abilities in the process.

    But no more. These days, researchers have learned that avoiding dementia is possible, and more importantly, relatively easy. Continue reading

  10. Your Stuffy Nose Could Mean Something More

    It’s almost winter and that means it’s stuffy nose season.

    Colds, flu, dust, even allergies can all cause a miserable stuffy nose.

    But it could be something else, too. Something that’s supposed to help, not make it worse.

    To understand it, though, it helps to understand how and why your nose gets stuffy in the first place… Continue reading

  11. SetraVida Ingredients: What’s in the SetraVida Formula?

    ingredients setravidaImagine ingredients that can practically stop aging in its tracks.

    Because that’s what SetraVida ingredients can do.

    It’s a little heavy on the science but, please, stay with us, because it’s worth it to understand how the SetraVida ingredients work. Continue reading

  12. Everyday Things You Can Do to Boost Your Libido

    things everydayIf you listen to commercials, it seems like the only everyday thing you can do to boost your libido is to change your diet.

    It’s enough to make a man decide to put up with a slow sex life instead.

    Luckily, there are plenty of other everyday things you can do to boost your libido, without having to rely on something questionable or live with a lackluster love life! Continue reading

  13. Lumbar Spine Stretches and Exercises to Erase Your Lower Back Pain

    stretches lumbar spineWhen your back hurts, all you want to do is stop and rest.

    As counterintuitive as it seems, though, the key really is to get up and get moving.

    Lumbar spine stretches and the right kind of exercise can be your first step back towards feeling good and living pain free.

    The key is to choose your exercise and lumbar spine stretches wisely.

    Because some of the most common stretches and exercises can do more harm than good.

    When your back hurts, avoid toe touches, leg lifts, and sit ups.

    Yes, they can help stretch and strengthen a healthy back – but one that’s already hurting will only make it worse!

    So what are you supposed to do? Try these exercises and lumbar spine stretches, instead. And feel your pain melt away. Continue reading

  14. My Eyes Are Dry - Now What?

    dry my eyesWhen your eyes are dry every day feels like an annoyance.

    No, there’s nothing seriously wrong, but there’s certainly nothing right, either.

    On bad days, life can become an itchy, scratchy irritation one just has to get through.

    That’s no way to live life!

    Luckily, just because your eyes are dry doesn’t mean you have to live with it.

    Let’s take a closer look at dry eyes, and the natural ways you can manage them. Continue reading

  15. Men Over 60: How to Enjoy Sex for the Future

    over 60 menMen over 60 have to learn how to deal with so many changes – to their health, to their bodies, and yes, to their sex drives.

    But just because things are changing doesn’t mean things have to be bad.

    Your sex life can be different, and still be fulfilling and sexy!

    These tips can help men over 60 navigate the changes in the bedroom without ever missing a beat – Continue reading

  16. Don't Ignore These 9 High Blood Pressure Warnings

    warnings high blood pressureToo many people are unaware that high blood pressure comes with warnings.

    They think that high blood pressure is something you can’t identify until you’re in the doctor’s office waiting for the cuff to release.

    But that is a false and quite frankly dangerous misunderstanding of how high blood pressure works.

    High blood pressure warnings do exist, and you can identify them. You just have to know what they are. Continue reading

  17. 11 of the Best Herbs to Defeat Your Pain

    herbs bestThere’s so many health-related things you can do naturally these days – so why are you still using scary drugs to relieve your pain?

    Because there’s no need to! Not when there are herbs that work just as well at relieving your pain.

    Look no further to find the best herbs for easing your pain.

    Give up the NSAIDs and stick with your healthy lifestyle even when it comes to pain relief. Continue reading

  18. How to Enjoy Good Sugars this Halloween

    sugars goodHere’s our secret – we haven’t eliminated sugar from our diets completely.

    The occasional treat is simply too delicious for us to get rid of it completely.

    After all, have you seen our BenVia Gold brownie recipe?

    Have you tasted it? So no, we haven’t given up sugar completely.

    The key, though, is that we use good sugars the majority of the time, and save traditional sugars for very occasional indulgences.

    Which makes Halloween tough, because there are chocolates, candies, and desserts everywhere this time of year.

    And none of those bags you see at the grocery store are sweetened with good sugars, you just know it.

    We aren’t, however, willing to throw away our occasional taste of traditional sugar on the mass produced stuff that will fill trick or treat bags later this month.

    Luckily, we don’t have to – and neither do you. Not with these good sugar desserts that taste just as good as anything made with traditional sugar! Continue reading

  19. 8 Rules for Defeating Anxiety That Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You

    anxiety defeatingAlthough defeating anxiety is one of the most important things you can do, it’s also one of the most intimidating.

    After all, part of anxiety is the feeling that you can’t ever get better.

    How are you supposed to defeat anxiety when the very fact that you have it makes you feel like you can never defeat it?

    First, it’s vital that you lose the stigma about having anxiety.

    Talk to your doctor. Admit you’re struggling with it. There are ways your doctor can help.

    But your doctor isn’t the only one who can help with defeating anxiety.

    You have a powerful ally where you might not expect it: yourself.

    In spite of what the anxiety may have you believing, you really can help manage, control, and defeat it. Continue reading

  20. BP Complete 120 Ingredients: What’s in the BP Complete 120 Formula?

    Ingredients BP Complete 120When you take your health seriously, you’re not willing to trade one unhealthy condition for another.

    You’re not willing to trade worrisome blood pressure numbers for worrisome blood pressure remedies.

    So instead of jumping blindly on the bandwagon of the next new thing, you do your research. You ask questions.

    We get that. We respect it. Which is why now that we have a new blood pressure support supplement, we want to ask – and answer – your questions before you ever have to.

    What are the BP Complete 120 ingredients? How do they help keep your blood pressure where you want it?

    And what makes the formula so special? Continue reading