Salmonella Outbreak Alert Includes Texas


FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Centers for Disease Control launched a Salmonella outbreak alert for twelve states, including Texas.

The CDC says 47 people reported getting sick after eating yellow Maradol papayas. Twelve of those people were hospitalized, one died.

The CDC is recommending that people not eat, restaurants not serve, and retailers not sell any yellow Maradol papayas. If you are not sure if your papaya is part of the recall you should call the store where you bought it, if they do not know the CDC says “when in doubt throw it out.”

The alert does not include any information on which stores sold the papayas.

You can find full details on the recall by clicking on this link. [Full Source]

Herbs For Stronger Eyes That Strain All Day


By ClkerToday’s modern lifestyle includes long hours engaged with electronics: computer screens, TV screens, video games, phones, digital readers, and even old fashioned books. We tend to ignore the resulting eyestrain because we assume nothing can be done about it.

Eyestrain doesn’t permanently damage our vision, but it does cause headaches, blurry vision, and loss of mental focus. Compresses and poultices are a good method to use for tired, aching eyes, not incidentally because to apply them you need to relax, with your head back and eyes closed for 10 to 20 minutes and let the herbal tea solution soak into your eyelids. Great home remedies include crushed apples and easiest of all Cool cucumber slices which are still the number one home remedy to pamper sore eyes…read more

I personally like this brand. What works for you?

Debug Fresno, our first U.S. field study


Last October, we announced the Debug Project, an initiative at Verily to reduce the devastating global health impact that disease-carrying mosquitoes inflict on people around the world. Today, I’m happy to announce the launch of Debug Fresno, our first field study in the U.S. to test a potential mosquito control method using sterile insect technique in collaboration with MosquitoMate and Fresno County’s Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District (CMAD).

Debug Fresno will target the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can transmit diseases like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Aedes aegypti first appeared in the central valley of California in 2013, and since then has become pervasive in Fresno County. This study will be the largest U.S. release to-date of sterile male mosquitoes treated with Wolbachia, a naturally occurring bacterium, and will take place over a 20 week period in two neighborhoods each approximately 300 acres in size. When these sterile males mate with wild females the resulting eggs will not hatch. To measure our outcomes, we will compare the adult population density and egg hatching of Aedes aegypti in these targeted areas to two control neighborhoods. Over time, we hope to see a steep decline in the presence of Aedes aegypti in these communities.<!–more–>

14 Herbs for healing the thyroid naturally


Image: 14 Herbs for healing the thyroid naturally(Natural News) Think of your thyroid as a car engine. This tiny, butterfly-shaped gland located near the Adam’s apple produces the hormones that are needed by your cells to perform at their optimum level. The thyroid gland influences all systems, but plays a crucial role in the functioning of the heart, brain, kidneys, and liver. External factors such as disease or injury can cause the thyroid to either not produce enough hormones (hypothyroidism) or excessively generate hormones (hyperthyroidism). Either condition is exhausting, and can leave a person more susceptible to various other diseases. Whereas most people turn to prescription medicine to treat a thyroid problem, there are natural alternatives to consider. Herbs, for example, are a fantastic and cheap way to alleviate these symptoms. Listed below are 14 highly recommended herbs to support thyroid function.

  1. Siberian Ginseng (for hypothyroidism) – This is also known as eleuthero. Siberian ginseng has extremely powerful stimulant properties that give the gland the energy is needs to function. The generally recommended intake of ginseng is around 200 mg per day, split in two doses, one before breakfast and the other before lunch.
  2. Bacopa (for hypothyroidism) – There is evidence to suggest that this herb can alleviate symptoms of hypothyroidism. One study even concluded that regular intake of bacopa can reduce hypothyroidism symptoms by as much as 41 percent. The most ideal reason for taking this herb is that it generally does not cause any negative side-effects.<!–more–>

One that was not added to his list is Kelp.

KELP (Feed Thyroid) – is the number one herb for supplementing iodine. And being that it is a natural source of iodine it is considered to be safer and better for the body than chemical synthetics. Superstars like vitamin C, iron and calcium are always in the news and well-known for their health benefits, while iodine has been essentially ignored. But we need iodine for efficient thyroid and pituitary function. The thyroid, located in the area of the throat, is responsible for regulating metabolism and body temperature.<!–more–>

This New Label On Food Will Keep You From Getting Poisoned By Monsanto’s Weedkiller


A large body of peer reviewed research links glyphosate (which is sprayed on the majority of crops in this country) to cancer, reproductive problems, liver, kidney and skin cell damage, antibiotic-resistance, and more. The WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer has deemed it a probable carcinogen. One of the biggest sellers of glyphosate, Monsanto, has been colluding with the EPA to keep it on the market. It’s truly outrageous and I’m as angry as you are.

A few months ago when the story broke that popular foods like Cheerios and Stacy’s Pita Chips contain glyphosate weedkiller – we were outraged. If you didn’t hear the news, Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project commissioned these tests which found glyphosate in many popular American foods… even some that are organic and non-GMO! My reporting on this was my most shared post of 2016, with millions of views. It struck a chord with so many of you and for good reason.<!–more–>

Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. It was discovered to be an herbicide by Monsanto chemist John E. Franz in 1970.[3] Monsanto brought it to market in 1974 under the trade name Roundup, and Monsanto’s last commercially relevant United States patent expired in 2000.

Farmers quickly adopted glyphosate, especially after Monsanto introduced glyphosate-resistant Roundup Ready crops, enabling farmers to kill weeds without killing their crops. In 2007, glyphosate was the most used herbicide in the United States‘ agricultural sector and the second-most used in home and garden (2,4-D being the most used), government and industry, and commerce.[4] By 2016 there was a 100-fold increase from the late 1970s in the frequency of applications and volumes of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) applied, with further increases expected in the future, partly in response to the global emergence and spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds.[5]:1<!–more–>

Study Shows Chemicals That Alter Male Hormones Prevalent in Boxed Mac & Cheese


A new study has found that phthalates, a group of chemicals already banned from use in children’s toys because they are known to alter male hormones like testosterone, have been found prevalent in popular box mac and cheese products.

Since about two million boxes of mac and cheese are sold in the United States everyday, Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, one of four advocacy groups that funded the study, told The New York Times that it is hard for American households to avoid phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates).<!–more–>

What is Phthalates – Phthalates are everywhere, and the health risks are worrying. How bad are they really?

What are phthalates and how are they used?

Phthalates (pronounced “thah-lates”) are chemical plasticizers that have been widely used since the 1950s to soften plastics that would otherwise be brittle and crack when bent. Because phthalates are not chemically bound to the plastics they’re added to, they’re continuously released into the air or food or liquid. Did you ever notice how plastic sometimes hardens over time? That’s because the phthalates have leached out of it.<!–more–>