Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Hidden Culprit Behind Wheat Sensitivity

The Hidden Culprit Behind Wheat Sensitivity

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The Hidden Culprit Behind Wheat Sensitivity

Posted: 29 Nov 2014 07:00 AM PST


Wheat is typically avoided these days because of its gluten content. Many people are going gluten free, not always for the right reasons, believing the protein to be one of the most disastrous things to plague humanity. While gluten is certainly difficult to digest and can lead to inflammation, there is another component to wheat that proves toxic. Conventional wheat is commonly consumed in its refined form, mostly from processed foods, and these foods contain a number of toxins.

The Hidden Issue Facing Wheat Sensitivity

Roundup, a glyphosate herbicide manufactured by Monsanto, is commonly applied to wheat prior to harvest. It is now used as not only an herbicide, but a desiccating agent, helping to reduce moisture on crops. Glyphosate has already been linked to enzyme inhibition in animals, and some research shows that it may disrupt the endocrine system. Many people who have wheat sensitivity may actually not be reacting to the gluten. Instead, their body is reacting to the minute chemicals that coat the crop.

What You Can Do

If you wish to continue consuming wheat products, it is always best to choose organic, unhybridized Einkorn wheat. This type of wheat is lower in gluten; however, if you do have a sensitivity to gluten or are downright allergic, you must avoid wheat. Raw vegetation should make the majority of your diet, anyway, letting grains make up a small portion of your daily intake. Be aware that other products, like sugar, often contain Roundup. It is always best to purchase food organic, whenever possible, in order to avoid these toxins.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

This is a rare Saturday email!

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends, I have a couple of quick things to share with you as you get your holiday shopping on!

I know many of you want to give The Food Babe Way to your loved ones this holiday season and now it's really easy to do just that! Just pre-order your copy online, print this gift coupon below, and put it under the tree, in their stocking or present it to your loved ones whenever you like! 

Print Out The Gift Card Here.

Also, until this Sunday at midnight, Amazon has an additional 30% off by using the code "HOLIDAY30″ at checkout, making this book an absolute bargain buy!!! If you want a special signed copy, you can support my local book store and order at Park Road Books (it's "Small Business Saturday" after all!).

I honestly can't think of a better gift than the gift of health and that's why I wrote this book. To give you and everyone who reads the The Food Babe Way the habits on how to navigate successfully in this over processed world including BRAND NEW INVESTIGATIONS that have changed my health and my outlook about food forever! 

Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered this book. Your support and love is so appreciated.

Have a great weekend.



P.S. If you pre-order the book, even for gifts, you will get the upcoming bonuses we will be announcing soon! Stay tuned! 





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Friday, November 28, 2014

Health Benefits of Raw Honey

Posted: 28 Nov 2014 02:37 PM PST

Honey is one of nature's premier superfoods. Not only does honey taste good in tea, yogurt, baked goods etc. but it has been a staple anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory since ancient times. Even modern practitioners swear by its miraculous healing properties.

Top 5 Health Benefits of Raw Organic Honey 

1. Honey Kills Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria 

In the world of medicine, few things can be scarier than bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, but that's exactly the problem that modern medicine faces. Over the past fifty years, over-use of anti-bacterial drugs, like Azithromycin, have encouraged harmful bacteria to evolve and become stronger. But there's no bacterium anywhere that's resistant to honey! That's right, honey can kill even antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Ancient people applied it to wounds, infections, and abscesses to great effect. Just make sure you use raw organic honey, which doesn't include high-fructose corn syrup or white sugar that lower its quality and beneficial effects.

2. Soothes Coughs 

In addition to killing bacteria, honey can reduce the severity of coughs and sore throats more safely than over-the-counter medications. This is another example of a traditional remedy that turns out to be more effective than mass-produced drugs by pharmaceutical companies. While adult cough medicines might be dangerous for children to take, raw honey helps lessen the frequency and intensity of a child's cough, letting parents and kids alike get more sleep during cold season.

3. Boosts Wound and Burn Healing 

Believe it or not, honey sterilizes and heals burns in half the time than its over-the-counter antibiotic competitor silver sulfadiazine. It can disinfect wounds the same way, allowing your body to regenerate faster and with less risk of infection or scarring. If you receive an injury, smear honey on the affected area immediately. Don't worry about using too much, because with honey, there's no such thing. When you're done, apply a bandage over your wound. Repeat this procedure at least once every 48 hours to make sure that you're not getting an infection (though odds are good that you won't.)

4. Provides Many Nutrients

Unsurprisingly, honey offers a staggering amount of nutritional value. (Remember, this is the stuff that bees build their entire colonies upon!) Aside from various nutrients, like riboflavin, folate, betaine, manganese, potassium, copper, zinc, calcium, magnesium, selenium, fluoride and phosphorus, honey is loaded with antioxidants, which can lessen the risk of cancer. It also lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and generally reduces inflammation. Of course, if you have a sweet tooth, one benefit trumps all the others on this list…

5. Raw Organic Honey is the Perfect Sugar Substitute 

As if the health benefits of honey weren't enough on their own. Honey can play another important part in your well-being by sweetening your tea, cookies, pancakes and other baked goods you prepare. Though honey itself is made of fructose, it raises blood sugar far lesser than similar-tasting substances, like sucrose and dextrose. Honey has a healthy Glycemic Index, which means its sugars can be gradually absorbed into the blood stream to result in better digestion. Best of all, you can keep honey on the shelf forever, because it never spoils. Not to put too fine a point on it, but that's pretty sweet.

Raw Honey Has Many Health Benefits 

There's a lot that honey can do to improve your active life and diet. It's a great pre-exercise food, for example, because it'll give you the power you need and you won't crash in the middle of your training session. The healing powers of honey don't just apply to skin wounds – they can help heal painful stomach ulcers, too! Fans of probiotics love honey because it hosts good bacteria, including lactobacilli, which help us digest food. There's even evidence that honey consumption boosts memory in menopausal women and increase the body's ability to recover from drunkenness. Old time medical practitioners knew the secrets of honey before science discovered them. Today, there are many good reasons to add this incredible food to your diet!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

7 Benefits of Lithium

7 Benefits of Lithium

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7 Benefits of Lithium

Posted: 26 Nov 2014 07:00 AM PST

Lithium orotate

Lithium, the mineral known for its efficacy against bipolar disorder, has become one of the most effective go-to prescriptions for psychiatric disorders. What many do not know, however, is that lithium offers a host of other lesser-known benefits, many of which go far beyond brain health. Lithium orotate, one of the popular lithium supplements, is perhaps the most bioavailable lithium available. Look out for this form when looking for supplementation.

What is Lithium?

Lithium is a trace mineral in the same class as essential electrolyte minerals like sodium and potassium. Largely considered a drug, many medical doctors and nutrition authorities believe it to be a vital trace mineral and an essential nutrient. Many health organizations repeat its benefits for the body, setting a provisional recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults at 1 mg per day. [1] Lithium orotate, which differs from prescription lithium carbonate, is lithium combined with orotic acid. It was developed by Dr. Hans Nieper.

The Seven Health Benefits of Lithium

Below is a brief list of the seven little-known health benefits of lithium. Remember that lithium orotate is the best option for lithium considering its safety and bioavailability. While this list is by no means exhaustive, it does provide a bit more insight into its amazing versatility.

1. Promotes Normal Brain Health

Studies have shown that lithium may increase grey matter volume in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain, most likely through the generation of new stem cells. This process is called neurogenesis, or the creation of new brain cells. Research also demonstrates lithium's neuroprotective potential and ability to discourage age-­related, neurodegenerative brain shrinkage. [2] [3] Research shows that smaller doses of lithium orotate can be used to maintain therapeutic brain levels of lithium for longer periods of time compared with lithium carbonate. These findings could revolutionize the field of brain research and neurodegenerative disease.

2. Supports Bone Health

The effects of calcium and phosphorus, two minerals integral to bone formation, may be enhanced through lithium supplementation. Some research indicates lithium's potential to support bone strength. Lithium may also stimulate bone formation. [4] [5] [6] [7]

3. Promotes Focus and Attention

In one randomized, double-blind study comparing a popular mind medicine with lithium, it was found that lithium was comparable at addressing the most common symptoms of short attention span and even secondary symptoms like mood imbalance. [8]

4. Therapeutic Support for Tourette Syndrome?

Tourette's syndrome is a motor system disorder, with symptoms that include involuntary muscle movements and uncontrollable vocal sounds. A preliminary yet promising study found that lithium had a better outcome than a commonly-prescribed drug. Additionally, the group given lithium experienced a significant and dramatic decrease in the number of tics and involuntary vocal sounds. No side effects were reported in the study and recurrence of symptoms in the lithium group were still clear months later. [9]

5. Supports Immune Health

Recent research has shown that lithium may have potent immune-bolstering effects, simultaneously exerting immunostimulating properties along with antimicrobial activity. One major mechanism is by decreasing the level of prostaglandin activity. Prostaglandins are tiny signalers in every cell of the body, modulating a variety of metabolic actions. Excessive prostaglandin activity can depress immune function; however, lithium may play a role in preventing its overproduction and immune-suppressing effects. [10] [11] [12]

6. Longevity

Exciting research from Japan has demonstrated a strong correlation between lithium consumption and longevity. The study involved analyzing 18 water municipalities that consisted of over 1.2 million citizens. Results showed lower mortality rates from all causes in the population groups receiving higher levels of lithium in the water supply. Research suggests that lithium may act as an antioxidant, possibly providing anti-aging, life-extension benefits. [13] [14]

7. Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a subgroup of anxiety disorders characterized by obsessive thoughts and behaviors. The exact cause of this disorder remains unknown; yet, scientists believe a combination of biological, psychological, and even environmental factors may fuel the disorder.

A reduction of symptoms common in classic OCD has been associated with lithium supplementation. Compulsive and pathological gamblers have also shown positive response to lithium supplementation, possibly by modulating dopamine imbalances in the brain. [15] [16]


Aside from helping patients with bipolar disorder and similar mental health issues, lithium orotate has a wide and ever-growing list of health benefits. Researchers continue to investigate the potential of this vital trace mineral.

Like the article? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


  1. Schrauzer GN. Lithium: occurrence, dietary intakes, nutritional essentiality. The Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2002 February;21(1):14-21.
  2. Monkul ES, Matsuo K, Nicoletti MA, Dierschke N, Hatch JP, Dalwani M, Brambilla P, Caetano S, Sassi RB, Mallinger AG, Soares JC. Prefrontal gray matter increases in healthy individuals after lithium treatment: a voxel-based morphometry study. Neuroscience Letters. 2007 December 11;429(1):7-11.
  3. Chuang DM. Neuroprotective and neurotrophic actions of the mood stabilizer lithium: can it be used to treat neurodenerative diseases? Critical Reviews in Neurobiology. 2004;16(1-2):83-90.
  4. Zamani A, Omrani GR, Nasab MM. Lithium's effect on bone mineral density. Bone. 2009 February;44(2):331-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2008.10.001.
  5. Bolton JM, Metge C, Lix L, Prior H, Sareen J, Leslie WD. Fracture risk from psychotropic medications: a population-based analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2008 August;28(4):384-91. doi: 10.1097/JCP.0b013e31817d5943.
  6. Vestergaard P. Skeletal effects of central nervous system active drugs: anxiolytics, sedatives, antidepressants, lithium and neuroleptics. Current Drug Safety. 2008 September;3(3):185-9.
  7. Clément-Lacroix P, Ai M, Morvan F, Roman-Roman S, Vayssiere B, Belleville C, Estrera K, Warman ML, Baron R, Rawadi G. Lrp5-independent activation of Wnt signaling by lithium chloride increases bone formation and bone mass in mice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. 2005 November 29;102(48):17406-11.
  8. Maria Flavia Dorrego, Ph.D.; Lilia Canevara, M.D.; Gabriela Kuzis, Ph.D.; Liliana Sabe, Ph.D.; Sergio E. Starkstein, M.D., Ph.D. A Randomized, Double-Blind, Crossover Study of Methylphenidate and Lithium in Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Preliminary Findings. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2002;14:289-295.
  9. Erickson HM Jr, Goggin JE, Messiha FS. Comparison of lithium and haloperidol therapy in Gilles de la Tourette syndrome. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 1977;90:197-205.
  10. J Lieb. The anti-prostaglandin, immunostimulating and antimicrobial properties of lithium and antidepressants. Ecancermedicalscience. 2008; 2: 88.
  11. Szuster-Ciesielska A, Tustanowska-Stachura A, Slotwinska M, Marmurowska-Michalowska H, Kandefer-Szerszen M. In vitro immunoregulatory effects of antidepressants in healthy volunteers. Polish Journal of Pharmacology. 2003 May-Jun;55(3):353-62.
  12. Lieb J. Lithium and antidepressants: inhibiting eicosanoids, stimulating immunity, and defeating microorganisms. Medical Hypotheses. 2002 October;59(4):429-32.
  13. Zarse K, Terao T, Tian J, Iwata N, Ishii N, Ristow M. Low-dose lithium uptake promotes longevity in humans and metazoans. European Journal of Nutrition. 2011 August;50(5):387-9. doi: 10.1007/s00394-011-0171-x.
  14. de Vasconcellos AP, Nieto FB, Crema LM, Diehl LA, de Almeida LM, Prediger ME, da Rocha ER, Dalmaz C. Chronic lithium treatment has antioxidant properties but does not prevent oxidative damage induced by chronic variate stress. Neurochemical Research. 2006 September;31(9):1141-51.
  15. Rasmussen SA. Lithium and tryptophan aumentation in clomipramine-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder. The American Journal of Psychiatry. 1984 October;141(10):1283-5.
  16. Pallanti S, Haznedar MM, Hollander E, Licalzi EM, Bernadi S, Newmark R, Buchsbaum MS. Basal Ganglia activity in pathological gambling: a fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography study. Neuropsychobiology. 2010;62(2):132-8. doi: 10.1159/000317286.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We are moving.

I just finished recording the audio book for THE FOOD BABE WAY and I can't help but feel overcome by gratitude. When I first started this journey, over ten years ago, I shifted my own eating habits and found that feeling grateful was a side effect of eating real food - just as tangible as a lean body, clear skin, brighter eyes, and having more energy.

Though I have been living this lifestyle for a while I've never once felt as though I've "maxed out" on feeling health or gratitude. Every day I am given a new opportunity to experience and express both in my life. This morning my gratitude feels big picture.

I am tremendously thankful that this food movement is doing just as the name implies, we are moving. In passing glimpses, I get a sense of the enormous combined impact that all of us are having. When I overhear a conversation about food ingredients at a restaurant, we are moving. When a friend chooses organic food at the grocery store, we are moving. When a toddler tugs on his parent's shirt and asks for a green drink, we are moving. When a GMO-labeling election takes an exciting turn, we are moving. When a multi billion-dollar company removes a food additive we no longer want to consume, we are moving. 

I send out my deepest appreciation to you and the world that is forever moving forward. Though it may not always seem to be, we are not only at the forefront but we are the leaders of great change. Hundreds of thousands of acts will take place just today that will lead us to wake up to a healthier world tomorrow.

Today, I am grateful for those who read ingredient lists to their friends. For the powerful film makers, writers and activists who have so carefully documented the chemical age we are leaving. I am thankful for all the people who will say no to the processed food industry that is wreaking havoc on our bodies and health and for all the people who will share healthy food with their loved ones. We, my friends are on the move. Thank you for being the change today. 

I love you so much.



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Neuroscientist Confirms the Danger of Electromagnetic Radiation

Neuroscientist Confirms the Danger of Electromagnetic Radiation

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Neuroscientist Confirms the Danger of Electromagnetic Radiation

Posted: 25 Nov 2014 07:00 AM PST


With the proliferation of cell phones, wireless Internet, and personal electronic devices, the ill effects of electromagnetic radiation are a huge concern. As the discussion surrounding the dangers of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) has become heated, neuroscientist Dr. Olle Johansson has stepped forward to present evidence from his own research and the research of his peers into the mental and physical effects of EMFs.

The Trouble with Electromagnetic Radiation

Dr. Johansson, who is a professor at the renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, recently spoke in front of an audience of health professionals and medical practitioners at a seminar on Environment in Health in Barcelona. He opened his lecture by going over the known negative health effects of EMFs, which include:

• Hypersensitivity to EMFs

• Increase in allergies and allergy symptoms

• Potential link to certain cancers

• Reducing the efficacy of certain drugs (such as Tamoxifen, which is used to treat breast cancer)

Radiation damage

• Long-term DNA fragmentation

Dr. Johansson also discussed the logical shortcomings of those who believe EMFs are harmless, such as the idea that electro-hypersensitivity is actually just a conjured media-driven psychosis. Johansson points to studies that have easily controlled for media-driven psychosis by using test subjects like rats. [1] These studies have shown that EMFs have a measurable effect and are not just psychosomatic.

The evidence presented by Dr. Johansson suggests exposure to EMFs, which are created by electronic devices, has long-term cumulative effects that go as far as changing our very DNA. Johansson argues the only way to reduce these negative effects is to make some major societal changes, such as only letting children under the age of 16 (who may be more sensitive to EMFs, according to research) use cell phones for emergency calls. Johansson notes that any major change will take time, but he is determined to continue presenting the findings from his research in order to encourage that change.

If you're interested in learning more about the potential hazards of EMFs and what you can do to reduce your risk, you can watch Dr. Johansson's entire lecture below or read more about it right here.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


  1. Damvik M, Johansson O. Health risk assessment of electromagnetic fields: a conflict between the precautionary principle and environmental medicine methodology. Rev Environ Health. 2010 Oct-Dec;25(4): 325-33.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

California Jam 2015!

California Jam 2015!

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California Jam 2015!

Posted: 24 Nov 2014 01:00 PM PST


Cal Jam 2014 was one of the biggest chiropractic events of the year, and I was fortunate enough to be a guest speaker on the important topic of natural health. I was joined by fellow speakers Dr. Joseph Mercola, Andrew Wakefield, and Joe Dispenza, just to name a few. Over 2,000 physicians, naturopathic practitioners, and health enthusiasts from all over the world attended the event. I am extremely pleased to announce that I will be speaking at Cal Jam in 2015, an event that is expected to have more audience members than ever.

Please join me March 27th – 29th as I take the stage to discuss the impacts of our environment, food, and day-to-day lifestyle on our health. Every year, California Jam is focused solely on reporting the truth—whether it's related to nutrition, natural living, or medicine. If you are wishing to attend, either live or through an online webcast, you can purchase your tickets now!

Use the promo code TRUTHTOUR to get $50 off of your final ticket price if you're a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) and $25 off if you're not a DC (non-DC) or a spouse.

I'm so ecstatic to be involved in Cal Jam this year. Click here today to purchase your tickets and join me in one of the most exciting, enlightening events of the year!

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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Could Your Smart Tablet Be Damaging to Your Health?

Posted: 24 Nov 2014 07:00 AM PST


Smart tablets, phones, and personal computers are all the rage in today's technology-driven society, and it doesn't look like the trend will ever cease. These devices have made life easier than ever before by acting as a singular storage unit for contacts, documents, money, and social networks. Despite their convenience, many companies are still loading their products with hazardous chemicals that are contributing to our environmental crisis. A new report is showing that many tablets and phones are using Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in their manufacture, chemicals that are drastically affecting the health of consumers.

The Hidden Dangers of Technology

Today's technology is undeniably helpful in many ways as it has improved communication, medicine, and even grassroots projects. Gadgets have also helped to improve awareness around natural health, as many people find their health information online via smartphones and tablets. Unfortunately, the hazardous chemicals used in their production can contribute to a wide range of health issues. Polyvinyl chloride, for example, contains dioxins and other chemicals that have been linked to cancer. [1] Phthalates are often added to PVC, and these chemicals have concerns for neural health. [2]

Flame retardants, despite their dubious benefits, also pose a serious threat to human health. Brominated flame retardants and PBDEs are making their way into consumers and interfering with thyroid health. [3] This new research is causing many countries to begin slowly eliminating the use of these chemicals in products like tablets and computers. Still, many flame retardants and other chemicals continued to be used in the production of smartphones, tablets, and computers, despite the research showing negative health effects.

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself Against Hazardous Chemicals

Technology is practically an unavoidable aspect of life these days, especially in the workplace. Look for companies that use fewer chemicals in their products. You can check out Greenpeace's website to see where your favorite products are on the toxic scale. Be sure to also reduce exposure to your computer or phone's LED lighting at night, as this may interfere with circadian rhythms. A regular cleansing or detox regime may also be helpful for reducing the unavoidable toxins you are exposed to every day. Reduce or eliminate furniture with flame retardants to provide an extra step in your protection protocol.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


  1. S. S. Heldaas, S. L. Langard, and A. Andersen. Incidence of cancer among vinyl chloride and polyvinyl chloride workers. Br J Ind Med. Feb 1984; 41(1): 25-30.
  2. Bung-Nyun Kim, Soo-Churl Cho, Yeni Kim, et al. Phthalates Exposure and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in School-Age Children. Biological Psychiatry. Volume 66, Issue 10, Pages 958-963, November 15, 2009. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.07.034.
  3. Kellyn S. Betts. New Thinking on Flame Retardants. Environ Health Perspect. May 2008; 116(5): A210-A213.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint This Thanksgiving

Posted: 24 Nov 2014 03:44 PM PST

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many. It's a time to eat, indulge and spend uninterrupted time with family. It's also a time for reflection. A time to think about what we're thankful for and a time to think about how the choices we make impact our families and the planet.

Although every day provides an opportunity for reflection and change, Thanksgiving stands out as the perfect day to kick off a few new habits that will effect the longevity of our planet. If each of us revamped our consumption and waste habits by slightly adjusting what's already in place, the overall impact could be huge.

Here are a few tips for the Thanksgiving holiday that will reduce our carbon footprint and help keep the planet healthy for generations to come.

1. Shop Local

Shop locally this Thanksgiving and lend your support to the little local business rather than the big box stores. Go for holiday supplies that don't need to travel far to get to your Thanksgiving table.

2. Buy Organic

Organic food typically requires 30-50 percent less energy during production than its conventional counterpart. Make the shift this Thanksgiving to a table with more organic food choices. Knowing that your food isn't sprayed with pesticides, chemicals or GMOs is enough reason to incorporate organic foods into your menu.

3. Turn the Heat Down

Watch your home heat up on its own as your Thanksgiving guests arrive and as the oven is turned on to warm the food. Rather than opening windows to cool off the space, remember to set the thermostat a few degrees lower before the celebration begins.

4. Don't Use Disposables

Make the switch to reusable napkins, skip the paper towels and pull out the good dishes this Thanksgiving. It's a bit more effort at the end of the evening, but it's worth it. Each person in the United States uses 749 pounds (340kg) of paper every year. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the pulp and paper industry may contribute to more global and local environmental problems than any other industry in the world. The industry is the third largest industrial emitter of global warming pollution.

5. Reduce the Amount You Buy

Reducing is the first of the 3 Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. When planning your Thanksgiving celebration, try making some slight alterations to your shopping list. Give some extra thought as to whether or not you truly need those items on your list and reduce the amount of food and decorations if possible.

6. Compost Table Scraps

Did you know that a typical household throws away an estimated 474 pounds of food waste each year? That means about 1.5 lbs. per person a day in the United States. Food scraps generated by all households in the U.S. could be piled on a football field more than five miles (26,400 feet) high. Compost those vegetable scraps and watch your garden thrive.

7. Fill Your Dishwasher Before Running

Fill your dishwasher to capacity before running a cycle. You'll end up saving water, energy and detergent.

8. Green Your Turkey

A Cornell study shows it takes 14 units of fossil fuel to produce a serving of turkey. If you're planning to have turkey, try to make it a little greener by purchasing it from a local market or farm. If the turkey is traveling a long distance to get to your table, that's adding to your carbon footprint. Best option -- skip the turkey!

9. Clean with Non-Toxic Cleaners

Make the switch to non-toxic cleaning products. When making the switch to green cleaning products, replace products you're currently using as they run out with a safer version. Take the time to research safer, non-toxic products and then make the switch.

10. Stay Local

According to USA Today, it's predicted that 24.6 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines domestically and internationally between November 21 and December 2 this year. That's a 1.5 percent increase from last year, or 31,000 more passengers on average a day. For many of us, traveling is a long-standing tradition and needed to visit with our family. Use this handy calculator from The Nature Conservancy to help you calculate the amount of carbon you emit and offer ways of offsetting those emissions.

If your plan is to drive, make sure your tires are fully inflated and your car has been properly serviced. This will help reduce your carbon emissions and improve your gas mileage.

10 Reasons To Eat Sprouts Daily & How To Grow Your Own

Posted: 24 Nov 2014 03:43 PM PST

Sprouts are an amazing little nutrient dense, powerhouse superfood. Sprouts are shoots from a plant seed. They come in many different varieties and lucky for us a whole bunch of these are edible! Green, red leaf, alfalfa, radish, broccoli, and clover are a few different varieties of sprouts, but did you know that you can also sprout chickpeas, quinoa, lentils and even almonds?

There are many reasons why sprouting is a good idea: it is extremely economical, you can ensure that you are getting extremely fresh, organic, local food into your diet daily and you can do it from home all winter long. I don't think there is one good reason not to sprout. Here are the top 10 reasons to eat sprouts daily.

1. Enzymes

It has been estimated that there can be up to 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than in uncooked fruits and vegetables. Enzymes are types of proteins that act as catalysts for all of your bodily functions. Enzymes extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids from the foods that you eat and ensures your body has the nutritional building blocks to ensure every process works as effectively as possible.

 2. More Fiber

Fiber is an extremely important factor in any diet, did you know it actually binds to fats and toxins within our bodies and helps us eliminate them? It also ensures that any fat our bodies break down is moved through the body before it has a chance to reabsorb through the walls of the intestines.

3. Higher Vitamin Content

The vitamin content from certain seeds, grains, beans and nuts actually increases by up to 20 times the original value after only a few days of sprouting. Mung beansprouts, for example, increase in vitamin B1 by up to 285 percent, vitamin B2 by up to 515 percent and niacin by up to 256 percent.

4. Your Body Can Easily Utilize Sprouts

During the sprouting process, minerals bind to the proteins in the seeds, nuts or grains making them more useable in the body. This is true especially for more alkalizing minerals such as calcium and magnesium, they help us balance our body chemistry for potential weight loss and better health.

5. Sprouts Have The Highest Concentration Of Phytonutrients Of Any Food

That is a pretty bold statement, but according to this study from the Journal of Applied Science it is true. Phytonutrients play an active role in the amendment of disease.

6. Research Shows Sprouts May Prevent Cancer

There have been numerous studies done to show that the consumption of sprouts can actually prevent various forms of cancer. One study in particular that was led by scientists from John Hopkins, found that a highly concentrated source of sulforaphane, a compound they identified in 1992 that helps mobilize the body's natural cancer-fighting resources and reduces the risk of developing cancer. Broccoli sprouts, contain unusually high levels of glucoraphanin, the naturally-occurring precursor of sulforaphane.

7. Sprouts Can Help Alkalize Your Body

Sprouts themselves are quite alkaline, eating them can directly help maintain the acid alkaline balance within the body, which ultimately leads to good health overall. Nobel Prize winner Otto Heinrich Warburgh stated:
"Cancer cannot exist in an alkaline oxygen rich environment."

8. Energizing

The energy contained in the little seed, nut, bean, or grain is ignited through the soaking and sprouting process.

9. Extremely Economical

Sprouting is extremely cheap! Sure you can buy little plastic containers at the store for around $2-$4 for conventional and $3-$5 for organic. Or you could save your money, save the environment, save the trip to the store and sprout your own for just pennies a batch!

10. Sprouts Are Extremely Easy To Grow Yourself Anytime Of The Year

Sprouts are grown indoors, most varieties need only water, and many don't even need sunlight. All you need is a jar, a piece of mesh or old pantyhose, water and sprout seeds!

Bonus: Sprouts are extremely tasty! I like to eat them sprinkled in salads, on sandwiches, and on flatbread type crackers with Vegenaise and tomato slices. Mmm mm good!

How To Sprout Your Own Sprouts

What You Need:
  • A thoroughly cleaned mason jar
  • A piece of fine mesh or a piece from an old pair of pantyhose big enough to cover the top of the jar (cheesecloth doesn't work very well for this because sometimes the seeds get caught in the material.)
  • Sprouting seeds
  • Water
  1. Put between 2 and 4 Tablespoons of any kind of sprout seeds you choose. I really like Mumm's brand seeds. They are organic and they also have a variety of many yummy sprout combinations. My favorite is the "sandwich booster" blend. Sometimes I add a little "crunchy bean mix" and sprout these together. Its very simple.
  2. Cover the seeds with filtered water, let seeds soak for 8 hours or over night.
  3. Cover the top of the jar with the mesh or pantyhose and secure with either the ring only for the top of the jar or a tightly wrapped elastic band.  Drain the water.
  4. Pour some more water over the seeds, then swirl the jar around to rinse them, then discard the water.
  5. Put the jar in a bowl or container so that it can sit downwards at about a 45-degree angle, so the water can drain out.
  6. Place the jar in a dark area, or in a cupboard. Rinse the sprouts and replace them in the downward position twice daily.
  7. Your sprouts should be ready in about 3-5 days, enjoy!
You can also buy nifty little sprouting devices in the form of jars or trays, but this isn't really necessary. The method above has worked very well for me over the years. Happy sprouting!

New Dr. Group Post! - 7 of the Best Herbs for Men’s Health

New Dr. Group Post! - 7 of the Best Herbs for Men’s Health

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7 of the Best Herbs for Men’s Health

Posted: 23 Nov 2014 07:00 AM PST


Every man needs to take an active approach to managing his own health for the better. Good habits, like regular exercise, are vital, and avoiding bad habits (or at least minimizing them) is also imperative. One of the most powerful influences on a man's health is his diet, and as an extension of that, there are a number of herbs that can help support concerns specific to men, namely vitality, prostate health, and sex drive. Here are seven of those herbs and the positive results they can encourage.

1. Pine Bark

Pine bark has been a natural therapy for centuries. Recent research shows pine bark can offer nutritional support to encourage prostate health. [1] Pine bark has also been shown to support sperm quality and quantity, and encourage a desirable sexual response. [2]

2. Pumpkin Seed

Pumpkin seeds offers a range of nutrients that have been positively linked to prostate health, such as zinc, potassium, and iron. Research suggests these nutrients coupled with pumpkin seeds' antioxidant action offer incredible support for the prostate. One study reported that pumpkin seed extract encouraged normal urine flow in men with enlarged prostate. [3]

3. Pygeum Bark

An enlarged prostate is a common problem and finding ways to encourage a normal sized prostate are essential for normal urination. Several placebo-controlled, double-blind studies have found pygeum bark to provide certain compounds that encourage a normal-sized prostate. [4]

4. Saw Palmetto

Native Americans have used saw palmetto to support urinary and reproductive health. More recent research suggests saw palmetto may help inhibit enzymes associated with prostate enlargement. [5] The plant may also support normal testosterone levels, one of the reasons saw palmetto is part of the Prostrex™ formula.

5. Smartweed

Polygonum hydropiperoides, also known as smartweed, is high in antioxidants that defend and protect against free radicals. [6] Antioxidants are important for encouraging prostate health and some research has found that smartweed helps to soothe tissues and potentially reduce swelling. [7]

6. Stinging Nettle

You may not think so, but stinging nettle has a number of health benefits, especially for the prostate and urinary tract. [8] Stinging nettle encourages normal hormone levels and discourages the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, an androgen hormone that can be a factor in prostate enlargement.

7. Turmeric

Turmeric is a favorite to many and the reason is clear–it's high in antioxidants may soothe muscles and irritated tissue. One placebo-controlled, double-blind study found that turmeric helped ease urinary difficulties in patients with prostate issues. [9]

The Take Home

Men, your prostate is like any other part of your body. It needs regular care and maintenance and one of the best ways to encourage it to work normally is by providing good nutrition. The previous seven herbs can be a lot of help in this regard. Before taking any supplement, make sure you're taking quality products that are organic and prepared with care. If you're in need of a suggestion, I like Prostrex™. It's a cost-effective herbal blend that's produced with unparalleled care and attention from seed to bottling.

If you've tried any of these herbs and have had success, please leave a comment below and share your experience with us.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


  1. Neuwirt H1, Arias MC, Puhr M. Oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPC) exert anti-proliferative and pro­apoptotic effects on prostate cancer cells. Prostate. 2008 Nov 1;68(15):1647­ 54. doi: 10.1002/pros.20829.
  2. Ledda A, Belcaro G, Cesarone MR. Investigation of a complex plant extract for mild to moderate erectile dysfunction in a randomized, double-­blind, placebo-­controlled, parallel-­arm study. BJU Int. 2010 Oct;106(7):1030­3. doi: 10.1111/j.1464­410X.2010.09213.x.
  3. Hong H, Kim CS, Maeng S. Effects of pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto oil in Korean men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia. Nutr Res Pract. 2009 Winter;3(4):323-7. doi: 10.4162/nrp.2009.3.4.323. Epub 2009 Dec 31.
  4. Wilt T, Ishani A, et al. Pygeum africanum for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(1):CD001044. PMID: 11869585.
  5. Pais P. Potency of a novel saw palmetto ethanol extract, SPET-085, for inhibition of 5alpha-reductase II. Adv Ther. 2010 Aug;27(8):555-63. doi: 10.1007/s12325-010-0041-6. Epub 2010 Jul 10.
  6. Yang X, Wang BC, Zhang X, Yang SP, Li W, Tang Q, Singh GK. Simultaneous determination of nine flavonoids in Polygonum hydropiper L. samples using nanomagnetic powder three-phase hollow fibre-based liquid-phase microextraction combined with ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. J Pharm Biomed Anal. 2011 Jan 25;54(2):311-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jpba.2010.08.026. Epub 2010 Sep 28.
  7. Yang Y, Yu T, Jang HJ, Byeon SE, Song SY, Lee BH, Rhee MH, Kim TW, Lee J, Hong S, Cho JY. In vitro and in vivo anti-inflammatory activities of Polygonum hydropiper methanol extract. J Ethnopharmacol. 2012 Jan 31;139(2):616-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2011.12.003. Epub 2011 Dec 13.
  8. Tanagho ER, Mcaninch JE. Smith’s general urology. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2008.
  9. Hejazi J, Rastmanesh R, Taleban FA, Molana SH, Ehtejab G. A Pilot Clinical Trial of Radioprotective Effects of Curcumin Supplementation in Patients with Prostate Cancer. J Cancer Sci Ther 5: 320­324. doi: 10.4172/1948-5956.1000222.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Dr. Group Post! - 3 Contributors to Autism

New Dr. Group Post! - 3 Contributors to Autism

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3 Contributors to Autism

Posted: 22 Nov 2014 07:00 AM PST


Cases of autism have risen exponentially in recent years, and researchers are scrambling to find better ways of dealing with the disorder. There has been a 30% increase just within the past two years, [1] suggesting that there are modern risk factors possibly contributing to the developmental disorder. Despite advances in technology and medicine, autism has no cure, partly because there is no known cause.

3 Contributors to Autism

Autism is a complicated disorder that contains a host of contributing factors. There doesn't seem to be one precise cause to the disorder, but some of the biggest risk factors include genetics, toxins, and birthing techniques. Here are three of the top contributors to autism:

1. Genetics

When it comes to any disease state, genetics are often the culprits behind development. Genetics are just one of the contributors to autism, and it's a strong one. A recent study has found over 100 mutated genes may be implicated in autism development, and at least 30% of autism cases are likely caused by these genetic mutations. [2] While researchers aren't sure as to how this identification can help treat current autistic patients or prevent new cases, there are some clues. Antioxidants may protect against DNA mutations, according to some research, which may help protect future offspring. [3]

2. Pollution

Our air and our food is heavily polluted, and it's almost impossible to find a completely pristine environment in today's toxic world. Traffic pollution is something most of us are exposed to on a daily basis, and research is showing that this pollution may be contributing to autism rates. [4] A woman exposed to heavy traffic pollution during her third trimester has a greater chance of having a baby with autism than mothers exposed to lower amounts. Other toxins, like PBDEs, also show a link to autism. [5]

3. C-Sections?

A Caesarean birth, or C-section, is often performed for medical reasons or upon request, and 1 out of 3 children the United States are delivered using this method. Unfortunately, a C-section also increases autism risk, at least that's what some researchers believe. [6] Still, there is plenty of research to be examined in the case of C-sections and autism risk. Natural births may be more helpful for delivering a healthy baby and keeping the mother free from toxic anesthesia.

One Final Thought

Pregnant women should be highly aware of their environment at all times, making sure they are eliminating toxins from their environment and their food. Men may also need to keep their health in check as to protect sperm; however, there is no proof that this can help reduce incidence of children born with autism. Keeping infants away from high levels of pollution and chemicals is also key for protecting their developing brain. In addition, it may be best for expecting mothers to seek out natural birthing methods.

What are your thoughts about autism? What do you think about these contributors? Please let your thoughts known in the comments!

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


  1. Miriam Falco. Autism rates now 1 in 68 U.S. children: CDC. CNN.
  2. Ivan Iossifov, Brian J. O'Roak, Stephan J. Sanders, et al. The contribution of de novo coding mutations to autism spectrum disorder. Nature 515, 216-221. 13 November 2014. doi: 10.1038/nature13908.
  3. Wei YH, Lee HC. Oxidative stress, mitochondrial DNA mutation, and impairment of antioxidant enzymes in aging. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2002 Oct; 227 (9): 671-82.
  4. Volk HE, Lurmann F, Penfold B, Hertz-Picciotto I, McConnell R. Traffic-related air pollution, particulate matter, and autism. JAMA Psychiatry. 2013 Jan;70(1):71-7. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.266
  5. Messer A. Mini-review: polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants as potential autism risk factors. Physiol Behav. 2010 Jun 1;100(3): 245-9. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2010.01.011.
  6. Hannah Gardener, ScD, Donna Spiegelman, ScD, and Stephen L. Buka, ScD. Perinatal and Neonatal Risk Factors for Autism: A Comprehensive Meta-analysis. Pediatrics. Aug 2011; 128(2): 344-355.

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