Friday, 21 December 2012

You have to smile at the End of the World :)

Well, the Mayan’s were correct and the doomsday people were, thankfully, wrong... The world did not end today.

I imagine those who got caught up in the ‘world is nigh’ are either relieved or feeling a little red in the face, not to mention a few £’s lighter.

Some descended on a small village in Bugarach, France, where it’s said, the mountain is a garage for UFO’s which would supposedly transport them to safety, presumably to some hospitable planet unknown to mankind as yet.

Others paid £600 per person to party the end of the world away in a Russian Cold War bunker 184 feet below ground level which had been turned into a nightclub.

If the Druids and Pagans (and perhaps some Doomsdayer’s) believed it was going to rain fire and brimstone then they were going to see their last night out at Stonehenge because over 5,000 gathered there to celebrate the Winter Solstice.

At least they enjoyed themselves in their respective chosen locations.

As for those who stocked up on tins, dried food and bottled water in preparation of being holed up for a few months, take heart, you are a few leaps ahead the rest of us should some disaster befall the world in the near or distant future.

How did you prepare for the End of the World?

Soy The toxic bean

Soy (or soya) has been hailed as the wonder bean, pushed to the public as a cure all for cancer prevention, menopause, osteoporosis, heart conditions, weight loss as well as other health issues. Health conscious people and vegetarians alike have consumed huge amounts of soy as meat replacement and in energy bars believing the cleverly marketing techniques used by soy multi billion industries that soy foods and supplements are the health food to consume.

It may come as a surprise to learn that soy may not be the wonder bean it’s been touted to be. In fact, a little searching on the internet will bring up an amazing amount of sites which outline the hidden dangers of toxins lurking in the soy bean which may have adverse effects on our bodies and health and has been attributed to a rash of modern day illnesses including fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism.

Even the Guardian newspaper wrote a warning article "Should we worry about Soya in our diet?":

Fitzpatrick carried out an exhaustive study of soya and its effects. "We discovered quite quickly," he recalls, "that soya contains toxins and plant oestrogens powerful enough to disrupt women's menstrual cycles in experiments. It also appeared damaging to the thyroid." James's lobbying eventually forced governments to investigate. In 2002, the British government's expert committee on the toxicity of food (CoT) published the results of its inquiry into the safety of plant oestrogens, mainly from soya proteins, in modern food. It concluded that in general the health benefits claimed for soya were not supported by clear evidence and judged that there could be risks from high levels of consumption for certain age groups. Yet little has happened to curb soya's growth since.

More than 60% of all processed food in Britain today contains soya in some form, according to food industry estimates. It is in breakfast cereals, cereal bars and biscuits, cheeses, cakes, dairy desserts, gravies, noodles, pastries, soups, sausage casings, sauces and sandwich spreads. Soya, crushed, separated and refined into its different parts, can appear on food labels as soya flour, hydrolysed vegetable protein, soy protein isolate, protein concentrate, textured vegetable protein, vegetable oil (simple, fully, or partially hydrogenated), plant sterols, or the emulsifier lecithin. Its many guises hint at its value to manufacturers.

Soya increases the protein content of processed meat products. It replaces them altogether in vegetarian foods. It stops industrial breads shrinking. It makes cakes hold on to their water. It helps manufacturers mix water into oil. Hydrogenated, its oil is used to deep-fry fast food.

Soya is also in cat food and dog food. But above all it is used in agricultural feeds for intensive chicken, beef, dairy, pig and fish farming. Soya protein - which accounts for 35% of the raw bean - is what has made the global factory farming of livestock for cheap meat a possibility. Soya oil - high in omega 6 fatty acids and 18% of the whole bean - has meanwhile driven the postwar explosion in snack foods around the world. Crisps, confectionery, deep-fried take-aways, ready meals, ice-creams, mayonnaise and margarines all make liberal use of it. Its widespread presence is one of the reasons our balance of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids is so out of kilter.

You may think that when you order a skinny soya latte, you are choosing a commodity blessed with an unadulterated aura of health. But soya today is in fact associated with patterns of food consumption that have been linked to diet-related diseases. And 50 years ago it was not eaten in the west in any quantity.

But Soy is the staple diet of Asian countries isn’t it? Certainly that’s what we’ve been led to believe but the reality and truth of the matter is somewhat different:

The hypothesis behind the health claims is that rates of heart disease and certain cancers such as breast and prostate cancer are lower in east Asian populations with soya-rich diets than in western countries, and that the oestrogens in soya might therefore have a protective effect.
Fitzpatrick, however, looked into historic soya consumption in Japan and China and concluded that Asians did not actually eat that much. What they did eat tended to have been fermented for months. "If you look at people who are into health fads here, they are eating soya steaks and veggie burgers or veggie sausages and drinking soya milk - they are getting over 100g a day. They are eating tonnes of the raw stuff."
In fact, most Asian dishes are brimming with fresh vegetables, fish and meat. They do use soy sauce however it is fermented for months to remove the toxicity of the soy bean

Soya is used in traditional oriental diets in these forms, after cultures, moulds or precipitants have achieved a biochemical transformation, because in its raw form the mature bean is known not only for its oestrogenic qualities but for also its antinutrients, according to the clinical nutritionist Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story. Soya was originally grown in China as a green manure, for its ability to fix nitrogen in the soil, rather than as a food crop, until the Chinese discovered ways of fermenting it, she says.

The young green beans, now sold as a fashionable snack, edamame, are lower in oestrogens and antinutrients, though not free of them. But raw mature soya beans contain phytates that prevent mineral absorption and enzyme inhibitors that block the key enzymes we need to digest protein. They are also famous for inducing flatulence.

Even the lecithin (a heavy sludge in the soy bean oil draining storage) was once considered a waste product, but now with clever marketing it’s used as an emulsifier and can be found in a high amount of food including margarine.

Soy Online Services has summarised the dangers of soy:

• High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.
• Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic orders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
•  Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.
•  Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
•  Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body’s requirement for B12.
•  Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D.
•  Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein.
•  Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
•  Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and added to many soy foods.
•  Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.

•  Babies fed soy-based formula have 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula.
•  Infants exclusively fed soy formula receive the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day.
•  Male infants undergo a “testosterone surge” during the first few months of life, when testosterone levels may be as high as those of an adult male. During this period, baby boys are programmed to express male characteristics after puberty, not only in the development of their sexual organs and other masculine physical traits, but also in setting patterns in the brain characteristic of male behavior.
•  Pediatricians are noticing greater numbers of boys whose physical maturation is delayed, or does not occur at all, including lack of development of the sexual organs. Learning disabilities, especially in male children, have reached epidemic proportions.
•  Soy infant feeding—which floods the bloodstream with female hormones that inhibit testosterone—cannot be ignored as a possible cause for these tragic developments. In animals, soy feeding indicates that phytoestrogens in soy are powerful endocrine disrupters.
•  Almost 15 percent of white girls and 50 percent of African-American girls show signs of puberty such as breast development and pubic hair, before the age of eight. Some girls are showing sexual development before the age of three. Premature development of girls has been linked to the use of soy formula and exposure to environmental estrogens such as PCBs and DDE.

Far from the being the "wonder" bean it appears that soy is the "toxic" bean. Most of us are probably consuming soy in unsuspecting food stuffs such as bread, cakes, sauces, chocolate, frozen foods, mayonnaise and margarine to name but a few.

The Real Bread Campaign  found that “fresh” bread sold in supermarkets is part baked and then finished off at the supermarkets. The consumer may not know the amount of artificial ingredients (including soy flour) which lurk in the so-called fresh loaves because loopholes in labelling rules mean they need not list all additives and processing aids.

The Daily Mail’s article "Supermarket bakeries are just loaf tanning salons"  tells us:

Supermarkets dress up these loaves as 'fresh' or even 'artisan' bread - suggesting they are the result of craft and expertise.
But a range of processing aids and additives are used, while fat, ascorbic acid, soya flour and sugars are included as 'improvers'.

Processing aids include the fungal enzyme alpha amylase, which increases volume and gives a darker crust and prolonged softness.

The campaign said it could cause an allergic reaction. Enzymes created by genetic modification may also be included.

I asked my local Tesco ‘baker’ if there were any loaves which didn’t contain soy flour. Surprisingly he fanned his hands out to the breads on the ‘freshly’ baked rack, including the organic range, and said “none of these...” then promptly led me away from the ‘fresh’ loaves and past the manufactured bread to their gluten free section...”..Perhaps something here?” he suggested.

Because of the low cost of soy the food industry has been adding soy additives and derivatives to their products. Over the years soy has found its way into vegetable oil, mayonnaise, margarine, chocolate, salad dressings and biscuits.

I find shopping a chore at the best of times, but now it’s a nightmare because I’m scrutinising every ingredient label on all packets, cans and jars looking for the words lecithin, mono-diglycerides, monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and of course now I avoid processed foods like the plague because more often than not they contain some sort of soy additive or derivative.

Whatever happened to real food?

Edited to add: For anyone who is interested, there is a book called “The Hidden Dangers of Soy” written by Dianne Gregg and available to buy at Amazon.

For more information about soy and the book, please consider visting Dianne’s blog: Hidden Dangers of Soy, and/or her home site

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

UKIP Geoffrey Clarke: Compulsory abortion of Down’s Syndrome

Only last night I was viewing video’s of an area in Siberian Taiga which is probably as close to Utopia as you can possibly get, where the population of 4,000 appear to live in perfect harmony with nature and teach children their complimentary male/female roles in society and what’s more, they all seem perfectly happy and content. The only problem is that the person who founded and heads this beautiful place is Vissarion. This man claims to be a reincarnation of Jesus. As much as I love the idea of being out of the rat-race, government control and living in harmony with nature I can’t say I'm overwhelmed by the thought of Utopia being overseen by someone who proclaims himself as the Voice of God.

 By the way, if you have never read the inspirational book ‘The Shack’ then pick up a copy! You will never see life in the same light again.

Reading the book and viewing Vissarion’s way of life has done one thing for me, it’s made me look at the real world around me...the ugly, self indulgent culture of the Western World where the ‘me’ society has sprung forth from a fountain of greed...where its commercial industry is destroying the land and waters and the ceaseless battle of violent video games and video nasties are poisoning the minds of our young. I hate what I see; I dislike what the modern world currently stands for and I'm repulsed at how far removed we, as a society, are from the rhythm of nature.

Last night I went to bed with a longing to part of a society who love and desire to be loved; have compassion for all living things, possess respect for one another and above all else, to live in harmony with nature.

Then this morning I woke to a News article that reflected everything I dislike about the modern way of thinking and living - Geoffrey Clarke, a UKIP candidate, stated that: 
"...Consider compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Downs, spina bifida or similar syndrome which, if it is born, will render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family". 
 It? It! If IT is born.

"It should also look into medical treatment for people over the age of 80, which the 66-year-old says is 'extraordinarily costly' to the NHS".
So basically that's what modern life boils down to – burden and cost.

How have we moved so far along the road that we missed the turning onto the path of compassion and understanding?

I can’t express my upset over Mr Clarke’s statement because there just are not any words that could convey exactly how I feel. Instead, I would like you to see this from someone else’s point of view...Stephen, a 47 year old man who has Down’s Syndrome and who has beaten the odds with the help and devotion of his father Grenville Green and patience and understanding from Helene, Grenville’s wife.

I met Grenville, Helene and Stephen for the first time in 2010 and we've been in contact ever since. Admittedly I found it difficult to understand what Stephen was saying when I first met him, but Grenville was at hand to help me by ways of repeating Stephens’ words without actually giving the impression that he is. Over time and after a few phone calls talking directly with Stephen I began to hear his words for myself.

You really could not meet a more compassionate family than the Greens. Prior to meeting Stephen I had no experience of those with Down’s Syndrome, in fact, it’s through Grenville, Helene and Stephen that I have learnt so much in a relatively short space of time.

Grenville and Helene have spent time showing Stephen just how much he has to offer, that he has worth as a human being and can accomplish anything he desires if he puts his mind to it. Stephen has learnt to play the piano, organ and keyboard and most importantly, he has learnt how to read music, something that was once thought impossible for those with Down’s. His list of accomplishments is probably as long as my arm which includes a sponsored canoe paddle on the river Trent and more recently, in October 2012, he became the first man with Down’s Syndrome to be elected as councillor for Nuthall parish.

But with his accomplishments aside and looking at Stephen through my eyes, he is a warm and considerate person who smiles a lot and is brimming with enthusiasm for life. He is like any one of us except he has Down’s Syndrome. He has a tremendous sense of humour, he hurts inside when someone upsets him because he simply cannot understand why anyone would want to use hurtful words, and he feels for the plight of others, eager to help where he’s able and loves to make people laugh. He has never had a bad word or thought about anyone...and there lays the magic of Stephen...his thoughts. He thinks. He lives. He loves. He learns.

What right does anyone have to look on those with Down’s Syndrome, or any syndrome for that matter, as an ‘it’?! And what right do people like Mr Clarke have to condemn them simply because he believes they are “a burden on the state as well as on the family”. If families like the Greens love their children regardless of their outward appearance and have patience and love to teach them then the likes of Mr Clarke has no right whatsoever to play God.

It’s about time we ditched this modern way of selfish thinking, step off the road of the ‘me’ society and take the next turning onto the path of compassion and understanding that we all have within us. If we don't then where will it end? Who will be the next group of people to be targeted by the likes of Mr Clarke because he considers them a burden on the state or an extraordinary cost to the NHS?

Compassion, Mr Clarke, a word that encompasses the very nature of all human beings even those born with any type of syndrome or disability. Perhaps you should pick up a dictionary, learn the meaning of the word and engrave it in your heart and mind.

UPDATE: UKIP has suspended Mr Clarke
"The UK Independence party has suspended one of its election candidates who suggested that mothers carrying foetuses with Downs syndrome or spina bifida should be forced to have abortions to avoid the child being "a burden on the state as well as on the family". 

Ukip had initially backed Geoffrey Clark, saying that members held "a range of views and opinions" that were not party policy and adding that while it disagreed with his comments, they were contained in a "personal manifesto". 

But following a backlash, the party performed a u-turn and said in a later statement the views of the would-be Kent county councillor were "abhorrent" and that he would not be standing for the party again.

"Ukip reject the abhorrent views expressed in the personal manifesto of Mr Geoffrey Clark, a candidate in the local elections," said a spokesman who said that Ukip wanted to apologise to anyone who has suffered distress as a result of this matter. 

"The party was not aware of these views when it allowed him to stand under our name."

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Peach seed contains anti-cancer medicine laetrile

Amazing food facts: The seed of a peach contains an almond-like nut containing the anti-cancer medicine laetrile 

Source: Natural News
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

Peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and almonds are all closely related fruit trees with very similar pits. In all these fruits, the pit must be broken open to reveal the almond-shaped kernel within. In fact, this is what almonds actually are: the kernel within the pit of the fruit of the almond tree!

The kernels of all these species contain high concentrations of a chemical known as laetrile. It's also known as amygdalin or vitamin B-17. Research has shown that laetrile induces programmed cell death in cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It's sort of like Mother Nature's chemotherapy except that it doesn't make you suffer the way man-made synthetic chemotherapy does.

Laetrile appears to work because the nutrient is actually composed of four separate molecules: two of glucose, one of benzaldyhide and one of cyanide. The latter two chemicals are toxic, but are bound up in a non-bioavailable form. Cancer cells contain an enzyme that healthy cells do not, known as beta-glucosidase. This enzyme actually breaks apart the component pieces of laetrile, and the cell is poisoned by a combination of benzaldyhide and cyanide. Healthy cells do not undergo this effect, which is why they remain unaffected by laetrile.

The medical establishment, learning about this natural "chemotherapy" that killed cancer cells and didn't even require a prescription, quickly began to attack it by spreading lies about the dangers of laetrile . The FDA, long an enemy of healing through nutrition, banned laetrile in 1971. Highly toxic chemotherapy substances, however, remain perfectly legal and continue to kill hundreds of thousands of people every single year. (Most people who "die from cancer " are actually killed by chemotherapy and radiation, not from the cancer itself. "Cancer survivors" are people who miraculously survive chemotherapy.)

G. Edward Griffin wrote a sensational book on this subject called World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17. It's available on at

More information is also available at

Source: 25 Amazing Facts About Food, authored by Mike Adams and David Guiterrez. This report reveals surprising things about where your food comes from and what's really in it! Download the full report (FREE) by clicking here. Inside, you'll learn 24 more amazing but true facts about foods, beverages and food ingredients. Instant download of the complete PDF. All 25 facts are documented and true.

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