Saturday, November 26, 2011

Your Microwave’s Dark Side.

Microwave ovens: the health hazard salesmen don’t want you to know about, and “conveniently” ignored by most users. There is a sinister side to the microwave oven (MWO). Research has found that cooking food in the MWO destroys the nutrients and enzymes that are important for your health. I know several people who have stopped using them, or use them only to heat their wheat bag, or kill the bacteria in a cleaning cloth.

A study published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli cooked in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97 percent of the beneficial antioxidant chemicals it contains.  By comparison, steamed broccoli lost only 11 percent or fewer of its antioxidants.

Microwaves heat your food by causing it to resonate at very high frequencies. While this can effectively heat your food, it also causes a change in the chemical structure of the food that can lead to health issues.

Recent research shows that microwave oven-cooked food suffers severe molecular damage. When eaten, it causes abnormal changes in human blood and immune systems. Not surprisingly, the public has been denied details on these significant health dangers.

Di Creasey proprietor of Enviromart Cairns North Queensland Australia tells this story. Click on Enviromart image on the right to get to Di's website.

I quote:
I once boiled a teapot of water in a microwave.  When it was ready I removed it from the microwave and threw in a scoop of tea leaves. When they broke the surface of the water it ‘exploded.There were tea leaves and water all over me, the ceiling, walls, and floors, everywhere. I was very lucky to receive only minor burns. I don’t own or use microwave ovens any more, since a study was released by JCU Townsville which found that microwave ovens instantaneously destroy all antioxidants in all foods. I grow my own veggies to get maximum nutrition and antioxidants from my food; it would be rather pointless to use a microwave. Unquote

By now, you probably know that what you eat has a profound impact on your health. The mantra, “You are what you eat” is really true. So, is it worth putting your health in jeopardy by cooking in a microwave oven? We got by for decades without microwave ovens and we will cope again without them.  For us it is a simple matter of priority. Do we want to save time or our health?  – Werner

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Following is an extract from an article By Stephanie Relfe B.Sc. (Sydney)
MICROWAVE COOKING is Killing People!
Microwave cooking is one of the most important causes of ill health. It is certainly one of the most ignored.
There was a lawsuit in 1991 in Oklahoma. A woman named Norma Levitt had hip surgery, but was killed by a simple blood transfusion when a nurse "warmed the blood for the transfusion in a microwave oven!" 

Logic suggests that if heating is all there is to microwave cooking, then it doesn't matter how something is heated. Blood for transfusions is routinely warmed, but not in microwave ovens. Does it not therefore follow that microwaving cooking does something quite different?

A little evidence of the harm caused by microwaving cooking was given by the University of Minnesota in a radio announcement: "Microwaves ... are not recommended for heating a baby's bottle. The bottle may seem cool to the touch, but the liquid inside may become extremely hot and could burn the baby's mouth and throat... Heating the bottle in a microwave can cause slight changes in the milk. In infant formulas, there may be a loss of some vitamins. In expressed breast milk, some protective properties may be destroyed.... Warming a bottle by holding it under tap water or by setting it in a bowl of warm water, then testing it on your wrist before feeding, may take a few minutes longer, but it is much safer".

There have been very few scientific studies done on the effect of eating microwaved food. This is rather surprising when you think about the fact that microwaves have been with us for only a few decades - and that in that time the incidence of many diseases has continued to increase.

Two researchers, Blanc and Hertel, confirmed that microwave cooking significantly changes food nutrients. Hertel previously worked as a food scientist for several years with one of the major Swiss food companies. He was fired from his job for questioning procedures in processing food because they denatured it. He got together with Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Biochemistry and the University Institute for Biochemistry.

They studied the effect that microwaved food had on eight individuals, by taking blood samples immediately after eating. They found that after eating microwaved food, haemoglobin levels decreased. "These results show anaemic tendencies. The situation became even more pronounced during the second month of the study."
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If you haven’t been convinced about the danger of microwaved food you never will be. However, if you want to read the full article and find out why the Russians banned Microwave ovens, click here. Click also on this link below for your elucidation. Microwave ovens destroy the nutritional value of your food.
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Another mod con of our time also causing concern is the mobile phone, which uses radio waves to transmit. Wherever you go, you see large numbers of people having one in their hand and compiling text messages or have one on their respective ears talking. Those radio waves penetrate buildings of solid concrete, glass and steel and one has to wonder what these radio waves do to the human brain.
According to: Australia - Mobile Communications - Subscriber Statistics, there are around six million more mobile subscribers than people in Australia. Growth is likely to continue in the foreseeable future as smart phone uptake increases even though subscriber penetration rates are about 125% of the population. Into 2011/12 the rate of growth may drop below 5%. Growth is being driven by population increases and a rise in the number of people using two mobile subscriptions – one for personal use and one for business use. 

One has to wonder if our electronic mod cons is a contributing factor to the ill health of a large number of our population, with medical practices and hospitals filled up to the hilt.To read more, click on this link. Cell Phone Cancer Concerns: What Else Is a Danger in Your Home?
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My thought for today: - Werner
Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings. - Publilius Syrus

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Birds, Keeping Up Appearances.

It is interesting  that our animals are “equipped” with essential qualities or characteristics by which they can function in our harsh world. Animals become self-reliant in a very short time. In contrast, we humans take years to reach that stage. As you will see, there is more to a feather than the naked eye can see - Werner
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HAVE you ever noticed that birds seem to spend a lot of time preening themselves? They spend hours every day apparently doing nothing more than ruffling up their feathers. Whether they are parrots or pelicans, sparrows or flamingos, they all go through this daily ritual. Why? Are they merely trying to look their best?

The real reason is far more substantial than that, Birds need these preening sessions just as much as aircraft need an overhaul. In fact, maintaining plumage in good trim is a matter of life and death to birds. Their feathers suffer a lot of wear and tear, and preening not only keeps them clean and free of parasites but also maintains their aerodynamic functions. Click on image to enlarge.

The daily grooming routine involves "zipping up" any barbs of a bird's feathers that may have come apart. When the barbs are properly hooked together,the feather is more efficient in giving the bird lift. "Two groups of feathers need special attention," explains the Book of British Birds, "the flight feathers of the wings and the `steering' feathers of the tail."

Birds also have a constant battle to keep parasites at bay. In addition to posing a health hazard to the bird, the tiny parasites actually eat the feathers. Naturalists have noticed that birds with damaged bills cannot preen themselves properly and, as a result, harbor many more feather parasites than do normal birds. To facilitate the removal of parasites, some bird species even cover themselves with ants, whose formic acid apparently acts as an effective insecticide.

Finally, the feathers need to be oiled. For aquatic birds the oil on the feathers provides a waterproof coating, and all birds get better weather protection from well oiled feathers. Where does the oil come from? A special gland known as the preen gland, located just above the tail, secretes oils and waxes, which the bird patiently transfers to its feathers. Once again, flight feathers get special attention in the process.

So we need not assume that a bird is idling away its time when preening its feathers. Granted, this process does help the bird keep up appearances, but it also keeps it healthy. In the bird world, preening is a matter of  survival. Source: Awake magazine.
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My thought for today: - Werner
A wise old bird sat on an oak; the more he saw the less he spoke; the less he spoke the more he heard; why aren't we like that wise old bird?”

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Australia’s Water Fluoridation Disgrace.

People across the world have woken up to the futility of water fluoridation and are getting out of fluoridation in droves. Why is Australia persisting with this outdated and ineffective method, and even starting to fluoridate new council areas? Why are we getting rid of the toxic waste product of the Chinese fertiliser and aluminium industries through our water system – yet China will not fluoridate their water?

I highly recommend anyone who still believes fluoridation is safe should read: The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There by Paul Connett, PhD, James Beck, MD, PhD and H.S. Micklem, DPhil (2010, Chelsea Green Publishing).  The title says it all.  

The lead author, a Professor of Chemistry, is a world expert on fluoridation.  He runs the Fluoride Action Network website, where you can learn the truth about this outdated practice.  You will learn that the so-called ‘science’ cited by fluoridation proponents is either faulty or fraudulent.

If fluoridation is so ‘worthwhile’, why is there a crisis in dental health throughout this country today, with waiting lists for public dental services years long, when many states have been fluoridated for decades?  Now Bundaberg is showing some intestinal fortitude and starting to fight against the imminent poisoning of their water and the ever increasing financial cost of it.

The people of Australia will eventually prevail and have this mass medication of the population stopped - and will, hopefully, hold those who forced this dastardly act on Australia’s population to account. Only 1% of the water we use is drunk, so why does all the water have to be fluoridated?  It just doesn’t make sense.  Queensland is broke and the cost of water fluoridation has blown out from the initial cost of $35 Million to $113 million - and you will be paying for it through your rates. 

Talk to your politicians about this undemocratic, unethical forced mass medication – now!Werner
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News Flash! Australia' first Fluoridation court action. Click on this link. Al Oshalck a resident of Northern NSW, took Rous Water and Ballina Council to court before they could apply fluoride to the water supply.

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Watch this “Firewater” video, an Australian made documentary, which our politicians refuse to watch and you would have to wonder why?  Click here.
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Special Report: Cincinnati's dental crisis. Cincinnati’s water has been fluoridated since 1969. Read the full report, click here.  
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Council fights against fluoridation.
1st November 2011 DELEGATION will seek a meeting with Premier Anna Bligh as the Bundaberg Regional Council continues its fight against the forced fluoridation of the city's water supply.

At a council meeting yesterday Alan Bush, who holds the water and wastewater portfolio, moved that CEO Peter Byrne organise the delegation as soon as possible.

The State Government passed laws in 2008 requiring councils to fluoridate their water by October 31, 2012.But Cr Bush, a long-term and outspoken opponent of fluoridation, told yesterday's meeting the council should try to show the State Government the cost of doing so would be too high for any benefits to the region.He said the cost of the infrastructure would be about $10 million, which the council would have to pay upfront before it could apply for compensation."Basically we have to budget for this then apply to get the funding back," he said.But Cr Bush said the biggest worry was the ongoing costs of fluoridation, which he said were estimated at just under $1 million a year.This would cause a 4% rise in water rates.
"This adds to the cost of living," he said."I, as a councillor, believe it is my duty to point out the facts." Cr Bush said Bundaberg had 10 water treatment plants to be modified.Cr Bush was the only councillor who spoke on the motion, which was passed unanimously. Later in the meeting the council agreed to call for tenders for the design, construction and installation of fluoridation at its 10 water treatment sites.
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In a twist Cr Bush moved the recommendation because it fell within his water and waste-water portfolio, then voted against it.
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And here are three letters published in “The Cairns Post” from two people who are making their feelings known about this insidious practice. This would be the view of most Australians, with the exceptions of our politicians.
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Fluoride a problem in the United States.
ACCORDING to Dr Shaughan Terry (1.11.11) evidence of fluoride safety is compelling. Really?
In August 2005 the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention released the findings of a new national survey of oral health in the US. The survey found a 9 per cent higher prevalence of dental fluorosis in American children than was found in a similar survey 20 years ago.
Between 1999 and 2004, about 41 per cent of adolescents aged 12 to 15 years and 36 per cent aged 16 to 19 years had enamel fluorosis. Moderate and severe fluorosis was observed in less than 4 per cent in both age groups.
The very people responsible  for adding fluoride to water in the US since 1945 were also the same people who claimed that smoking, asbestos and lead in petrol was safe.
Han Barkmeyer, Holloways Beach
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 Politicians won't act on fluoridation.
 I agree with Margaret Phillips (28-10-11) about fluoridation and want it removed. It is a toxic waste product and instead of getting safely rid of it, which would cost the fertiliser and aluminium industries a fortune, they simply dump it in our water supply.

It is a lethal cocktail for people and the environment. Every time we flush the toilets or water the garden it pollutes the environment. But what makes Margaret think Katter's Australian Party or the Queensland Party will do something about it? They will do nothing. Politicians do not listen to the people; they listen to their masters, the big corporations.

Governments don't rule, corporations do. Voting only gives the people the illusion of choice. Han Barkmeyer Holloway Beach
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Conduct your own fluoride research.
SOME of your readers may take for truth the one-sided fluoride information passed down as fact by organisations who have never conducted a controlled, scientific, peer -reviewed study of fluoride themselves (such as WHO, UNESCO, the Australian Dental Association and the National Health and Medical Research Council).

When seeking the truth about fluoride, don't accept the hearsay of selective information. Go directly to the horse's mouth, to the studies on which the reviews were based.

For instance, the much-quoted Australian NHRMC fluoride review is largely a review of a UK review of a specifically selected group of fluoride studies obtained through the Medline database.

When you get through the layers to the actual studies, you'll find the jury is still out. Not one of them can prove fluoride to be safe and effective in improving oral health, though they say they can't prove fluoride to be unsafe because there are insufficient studies.

Likewise, the much-quoted child dental studies by the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health comparing tooth decay in children of the same age in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas was found (by the Fluoride Action Network in May 2011 under FOI) to be so flawed that they would need to rewrite their protocols to obtain any valid statistical data.The ethical standard here should be: If in doubt, leave it out. - Monica Mesch, Redlynch.
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My thought for today.Werner
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. - Abraham Lincoln
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