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  • Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
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Genetically Modified feed has negative effects on pig health

Sep 22, 2013

In a study published in the Journal of Organic Systems, researchers found that feeding pigs Genetically Modified (GM) corn and soy resulted in a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation than pigs fed non-GM diets.  The study, let by Dr. Judy Carman, showed that GM-fed female pigs also had on average a 25% heavier uterus than [...]

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Pesticides used on conventional bananas found in caimans

Sep 19, 2013

A new study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry found pesticide contamination in Costa Rican caiman blood. Researchers examined 14 adult caiman and found levels of nine pesticides in their blood samples. All nine of the detected pesticides were insecticides, and seven were classified as Persistent Organic Pollutants banned under the 2011 Stockholm Convention. The [...]

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Human Contraction of Anti-biotic Resistant Diseases Linked to Antibiotic Use on Pig Farms

Sep 18, 2013

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that antibiotic use on pig farms can lead to human infection with anti-biotic resistant bacteria.  The study looked at infection rates in Pennsylvania in areas near conventional pig farms, to determine if antibiotic resistant bacteria, specifically methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), were being transferred from pigs to [...]

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Threats of Antibiotic Resistant Diseases

Sep 17, 2013

A new report by the CDC details the threats of antibiotic resistant diseases on the public.  One of the factors contributing to antibiotic resistance is the broad application of low doses of antibiotics in rearing animals.  This practice can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which can eventually make their way into [...]

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Arsenic-based drugs used in conventional chicken production may result in increased inorganic arsenic levels in conventional chicken meat

Sep 16, 2013

In a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future found that conventional chicken meat raised with arsenical drugs such as roxarsone contained levels of inorganic arsenic that were four times higher than levels found in USDA Organic chicken. In 2010, almost 88% of all conventional chickens [...]

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Apples may help to prevent colon cancer

Sep 12, 2013

Eating apples may help prevent colon cancer.  According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, oligosaccharaides (complex carbohydrates) in apples decrease the number of tumors, size of tumors, and tumor growth rates in animals, and the more apple extract the animals were fed, the greater the reduction in cancer. The [...]

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Study: GMOs linked to leukemia and anemia

Sep 11, 2013

Be careful what you eat!  Toxins produced by some Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) may be linked to developing leukemia and anemia.  A new study published in the Journal of Hematology & Thromboembolic Diseases has found that Cry proteins, which are produced in some GMOs, may lead to toxic effects on blood cells. Even at the [...]

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Drinking milk during pregnancy linked to adult height, lower risk of type-two diabetes

Sep 09, 2013

A new study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who drink 150 ml of milk a day or more during pregnancy had taller children with less risk of developing Type Two diabetes. Previous research has shown that drinking milk during pregnancy has growth-promoting effects on babies in utero, but this [...]

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Good bacteria gets passed to babies from breast milk

Sep 09, 2013

A study published recently in the journal Environmental Microbiology found that beneficial strains of bacterial may be passed from mothers to their babies through breastfeeding. Researchers in Switzerland, looking at bacteria strains in mothers and their offspring, found similarities between the maternal and neonatal gut ecosystem. This vertical transfer of beneficial bacteria is advantageous to [...]

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Genetically modified genes may enter the blood stream through diet

Sep 01, 2013

A new research study published in PLOS ONE found that complete genes may be able to pass from food into the human blood stream. It was previously thought that the circulatory system was insulated from the digestive tract, and that long chains of DNA ingested in food were unable to enter the blood stream. This [...]

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