How Safe is it ?
1.Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
3. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!
4. Want to avoid a hangover or prevent a terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!
5. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
6.Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing,
also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!
Toxic Poisoning from Soy, Salt, MSG, GMO
Toxicity of Soy Products
*NEVER FEED AN INFANT COW’S MILK FORMULA
In our society, breast-feeding mothers often consume more dairy products than usual, thinking they are doing themselves and their babies good. Sadly, though, they aren’t. Breastfed babies can get colic and other symptoms of cow’s milk allergies if the mother consumes dairy products. The dairy proteins pass into the mother’s breast milk, make their way into the baby’s intestine and blood, and may result in persistent crying, fussing, and many other expressions of allergic reactions. In fact if you feed a newborn calf the processed cow's milk formulas or the milk you purchase at the grocery store that they recommend you give to infants around the world the calf will die.
Dairy products and the pH miracle diet
The pH miracle diet attempts to control many different conditions in the body, including obesity, through the omission of acidifying foods and behaviors. One of the most surprising inclusions on the list, at least to Westerners, is milk. Dairy products, although a mainstay of the Western diet, are not included in the diets of most of the populations around the world. So what does the rest of the world know that we don’t? Dairy is not necessary for health; from a pH perspective, it is actually harmful to the body.
Many people believe that dairy and milk are essential for bone density and for overall health. However, dairy products have large amounts of protein and fat, which are both acid forming elements. Cow’s milk and products made from cow’s milk produce acid. Goat and sheep milk and cheeses, which have less fat and protein, produce less acid. The only dairy exception is clarified butter that is alkalizing due to the short chain fats within it.
In 2003, the Harvard School of Public Health released an alternative pyramid to the FDA recommendations based on imbalances that the members saw in the original pyramid. Although it did not mention acid and alkaline foods specifically, the pyramid shows a tendency toward alkaline foods. One of the most striking differences between the FDA pyramid and the Harvard pyramid is the inclusion of a dairy serving or calcium supplement 1 time daily. The FDA recommends 2 to 3 servings per day, in addition to dietary supplements.
Dr. Meir Stampfer, a professor in the departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition and the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, points out in an explanation of the Harvard pyramid that Americans should be eating less dairy products. The body needs calcium, but not at the levels present in the two to three servings recommended by the FDA. Calcium is necessary for normal bone development and maintenance; yet the average adult can get enough calcium from a supplement. The levels of calcium present in 2 to 3 servings of dairy per day can actually be harmful to health. Excess calcium intake may increase the risk for certain cancers and there have been no links between massive amounts of calcium and osteoporosis prevention.
In addition, dairy is far from being a pure food. The dairy industry has worked hard to proliferate the image of cow’s milk being essential and harmless. Consider, however, that fifty years ago the average cow produces 2,000 pounds of milk per year and today cows average 50,000 pounds per year. Drugs, antibiotics, hormones, specialized breeding and forced feeding all up milk production so dairy farmers can produce in mass quantities. All of these additives are part of the milk that people drink everyday.
A growing number of Americans, including those who follow the pH miracle diet, are eliminating dairy from their diet and having fantastic results. In recent studies, milk has been linked to intestinal colic, intestinal irritation, anemia and allergic reactions in infants and children. In children, the main problems were allergy, ear and tonsil infection, asthma, colic and childhood diabetes. The studies showed that adults suffered from heart disease, arthritis, allergy and sinusitis as a result of conventionally produced milk.
Just a quick search on the dangers of dairy can really open your eyes about this “safe” food. Reading the research and seeing the acidic effects of milk and other dairy products make it clear why it is excluded on the pH miracle diet.
The list of the most common symptoms of dairy allergens is a long one
Dairy and Your Health
Many researchers and health advocates agree that cow’s milk is simply not designed for anyone but a cow! All of the nutrients which we need can be gained from a diet of whole foods without the use of dairy-based products. That we need to consume dairy products to obtain calcium is a myth endorsed by the Dairy Council and uneducated individuals. We can simply use our own common sense in determining what is best for our bodies. Just look at how many people have adverse reactions to dairy and the industry which has been created to deal with the side effects of milk-based products, not to mention many other processed foods which are difficult to digest and assimilate. Why would something which is supposedly good for us, have an entire shelf in the drug store dedicated to products which will help us digest it, or deal with it’s side effects!
Please note – soy isn’t necessarily a healthful replacement for dairy, as some have been misled to believe. Please see the information on the hazards of soy on this website.
The consumption of modern dairy products has been found by researchers to be a leading cause of arteriosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes. The highest death rate from heart disease in the world is found in Finland, a country with one of the very highest rates of dairy product consumption. Compared to people in the US, the Finnish people consume one and a half times as many dairy products, and die one and a half times as often from heart disease.
The higher fat forms of dairy products have been implicated as the culprit in contributing heavily to heart attacks, strokes, and arteriosclerosis. The higher fat dairy products are also those most likely to contain unsafe levels of environmental contaminants including pesticide residues and dangerous radioactive substances. Dairy products are high on the food chain, and dairy fats tend to collect very high concentrations of these pollutants. Of all the foods available to Americans, full-fat dairy products such as whole mile and cheese rank with fish as carriers of the highest levels of dangerous environmental contaminants.
What about low-fat dairy products?
Low-fat dairy products are higher in protein. Many people mistakenly assume this to be a health advantage. But as a result of their higher protein concentrations, low and especially non-fat dairy products make an even greater contribution to osteoporosis, kidney problems, and some forms of cancer than do their higher-fat counterparts.
What about allergies?
Modern Western dairy products are the leading cause of food allergies, and the lower-fat versions are actually more allergenic than those higher in fat. It is the proteins in dairy products that induce allergic reactions in humans.
The list of the most common symptoms of dairy allergens is a long one, as are the benefits often obtained by sensitive people who remove dairy products from their diets. Many studies have shown allergies to dairy products to cause irritability, restlessness, hyperactivity, muscle pain, mental depression, abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhea, bad breath, headaches, lack of energy, constipation, poor appetite, malabsorption, nasal stuffiness, runny nose, sinusitis, asthma, shortness of breath, rashes, eczema and hives.
Scientific literature contains numerous accounts of dramatic improvement, not just for the above problems, but also in cases of ulcerative colitis, obesity, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, and iron deficiency anemia occurring with the removal of dairy products.
What about Calcium and Iron?
The dairy council distributes an attractive booklet free of charge to hospitals and schools throughout the country. Titled “Is it safe to be a vegetarian?”, the booklet provides a remarkably self-serving answer. The booklet says yes, it is safe-so long as you substitute more cheese, yogurt and milk for the “missing” meat.
In fact, what the Dairy Council is suggesting is likely to cause food allergies and is an open invitation to iron-deficiency anemia. If you consume too many dairy products, be they in the form of skim mild, whole mile, cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream, or whatever, there is a very real possibility of iron deficiency. Cow’s milk is so low in iron that you’d have to drink many gallons to get the iron available from a single serving of any dark green, leafy vegetable!
Not only do dairy products provide no iron, they also block it’s absorption. Breastfed babies, for example, have a much higher rate of iron absorption than those fed cow’s milk formulas, even if they are especially fortified with extra iron.
Breast Feeding VS Bottle Feeding
Submitted by Courtney on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 21:24 Breast Feeding vs. Bottle Feeding
For years caring parents have been lead to believe that formula is a suitable substitute for breast milk. In fact, there was a campaign once upon a time that touted formula as being BETTER than breast milk. A conception that formula fed babies came from wealthy and “well-to-do” families also arose, thus making it a status symbol amongst society. But are any of these claims actually correct?
The fact of the matter is that formula lacks much of what breast milk provides a thriving infant. Many studies have indicated that formula doubles (if not quadruples, in some instances) the chance of infant death in America. Not only is formula not tailored to your baby’s needs, but it lacks one key element that breast milk has: antibodies. When babies are brought into this world, they have an immature, underdeveloped immune system. During natural child birth (and to a far lesser extent during premature births and c-sections) antibodies are passed from the mother, to the placenta and to the baby, providing some protection when he or she is first born. But the bulk of the immune-boosting antibodies that a baby receives are directly from his or her mother’s milk.
Formula Studies: Many studies have resoundingly concluded that for babies under 12 months in age, formula poses increased risks and either contributes or is responsible for the following ailments that American infants suffer:
Respiratory Distress, i.e. the flu, pneumonia, collapsed lungs (8.5% of all infant deaths in 1999)
Bacterial Sepsis, i.e. infections (2.5% of all infant deaths in 1999)
Circulatory System Diseases (2.4% of all infant deaths in 1999)
Necrotizing Enterocolitis (1.4% of all infant deaths in 1999)
Intestinal Inflammations, i.e. diarrhea (1% of all infant deaths in 1999)
Meningitis (0.3% of all infant deaths in 1999)
Cancer (0.3% of all infant deaths in 1999)
The results of compiled studies are astounding. For instance, babies that are formula fed have 5 times the chance of dying from SIDS than those babies that were breastfed. German infants were even more at risk, being 7.7 times more likely to die from SIDS when fed formula.
Breastfeeding vs. Formula Another interesting fact were the results in regards to inadequate oxygenation and apnea, both of which affected only those babies who were formula-fed (for breastfed babies, both issues were found to be virtually non-existent). It is suspected that, due to lack of oxygenation, formula may play a key role in infants developing congenital heart disease.
Necrotizing enterocolitis was another frightening statistic I came upon. Necrotizing enterocolitis is described as a severe inflammation of the intestines which kills up to one-third of low birth-weight infants and one-fifth of full term babies who have the condition. Though it is true that breastfed babies can also suffer from this deadly disorder, formula fed babies are up to ten times more likely to suffer from it.
Thanks to money-hungry corporations and ingenious marketing it has some how become the “norm” for parents to feed their defenseless infants mass-produced formula. It is important for parents to remember that formula was initially created to be used in hospitals for children that could not receive their mother’s breast milk and that it is not to be considered an adequate substitute for most children. Formula is not tailored for your child’s specific needs and requirements, and is no match for your own body’s milk, regardless of what formulations these companies come up with. Your breast milk contains the best protection from the outside environment that your baby needs and offers the greatest first start to your child’s long life.