Thursday, April 9, 2020

Biological Warfare: Is Smallpox a Threat? Recent Government Activity Suggests It Is


by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

ReadyNutrition Readers, we have done several articles on biological weapons, as well as specific diseases that one might encounter with an attack by a so-called “rogue” state.  But we also know the value of a good “false flag,” that is an operation by a government and made to appear to be something different.  The burning of the Reichstag prior to World War II and blaming it on Marius Van Der Lubbe is one example.

In this vein, recently a vaccine for Smallpox has come to the forefront of news reports. An article from Outbreak News Today is reporting on an investigational smallpox vaccine that has successfully passed one of its clinical trial phases.  As a matter of fact, it is so successful that USAMRIID (the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) has been doing the testing…and is developing this as an alternative to the current U.S. smallpox vaccine.

“If approved, this vaccine will have a direct impact on improving force health protection for U.S. Soldiers and other service members who are required to be immunized against smallpox,” said COL Gary Wheeler, commander of USAMRIID.

According to Paul Chaplin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bavarian Nordic, IMVAMUNE has been given to more than 7,800 subjects in 21 clinical studies, including this trial and one other Phase 3 study. He said the company plans to file a Biological License Application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration later this year.

“This program has only been possible through the consistent and strong support of numerous U.S. Government agencies and demonstrates what can be achieved through a successful public-private partnership to protect the public from the deliberate release of the smallpox virus,” Chaplin added.

If the disease was eradicated more than 40 years ago, then why all the concern now?

Smallpox does not exist in its natural state outside of laboratories.  It is, however, kept as a biological weapon in many countries, including North Korea, China, Russia, and Iran, as well as the United States.  USAMRIID is located at Fort Dietrich, Maryland, the premier research facility for bioweapons in the United States, as well as a “repository” for many devastating pathogens such as Ebola Virus and Avian Flu (Bird Flu) Virus.

The kicker: the U.S. government has ordered $133 million of the smallpox vaccine, and Canada recently ordered just over 65,000 doses of this experimental vaccine, going by the name “IMVAMUNE” and produced by the Bavarian Nordic corporation. 

Prepare for pandemics and other disasters with this comprehensive preparedness guide

How This Deadly Pathogen Can Affect You

Firstly, I strongly recommend going into the archives and reading the articles on bioweapons and smallpox.  I have detailed a good deal of information about herbal aids with such a threat.  In addition, emphasis must be placed on the fact that it is possible to obtain such medicines in Canada and bring them into the United States.  Before you are rendered completely aghast, remember there are legal methods for obtaining such meds, provided they aren’t banned in the United States.

But if the United States government is testing them for its use it makes it highly likely that you may be able to import some for yourself.  We faced a similar situation back around 2009-2010 with stockpiles of Tamiflu running out.  Granted, it is not a “perfect medicine,” but it is better to have something and have the choice of whether to use it or not than not to have it and have no choice whatsoever.

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Skyrocketing cancer rates driven by processed food, warn researchers

by Isabelle Z., Natural News:

If you’re still eating processed foods, the latest study in the British Medical Journal should be enough to steer you away from this dangerous habit. That’s because French researchers have found that the skyrocketing rates of cancer deaths can be pinned on the popularity of processed foodslike sodas, sugary cereals, and ready-made meals.

Ultra-processed foods are loaded with chemical additives and are a far cry from a home-cooked meal. The more of these foods you eat, the higher your risk grows of getting any type of cancer. This is believed to be due to the higher amounts of sugar in these foods as well as the low content of fiber and vitamins.

In addition, the procedures used in manufacturing and the chemicals and additives used to enhance flavor and prolong shelf life are contributing to the risk. For example, processing food creates carcinogenic compounds like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and acrylamide.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Mathilde Tourier, said: “They all have food additives, they all have compounds formed during the processing and heating of the products, and they have compounds that could come from the packaging itself.”

The more processed food you eat, the greater your risk of cancer

To reach these findings, researchers from the Sorbonne University in France studied food diaries filled out by 105,000 adults and ranked them by the amount of ultra-processed food they ate. The top quarter of the sample, for example, got 32 percent of their diet from ultra-processed food on average. This group had a 23 percent higher likelihood of developing cancer of any type during the following five years than the people in the bottom quarter of the sample, who only ate 8 percent ultra-processed food.

Overall, they found that a 10 percent rise in the proportion of highly processed foods in a person’s diet was linked to more than a 10 percent higher risk of all cancers overall and breast cancer specifically.

While these foods are bad for everyone, they are particularly risky for middle-aged women in terms of breast cancer risk. Women in the top quarter were a full 38 percent more likely to have post-menopausal breast cancer and 27 percent more likely to get premenopausal breast cancer, depending on their age. Prostate cancer risk was not impacted, but colon cancer risk was 23 percent higher in this group.

An assessment of 3,300 different food products found that the most common type of ultra-processed food was sugary products, which accounted for 26 percent of the foods that were in this category. Drinks accounted for one fifth of these foods, while breakfast cereal made up 16 percent.

The study also compared 19 European countries in terms of their ultra-processed food consumption. The U.K. topped the list with nearly 51 percent of the food bought by households in the country being ultra-processed; just 14.2 percent of the food bought in France fit the definition.

Less processed foods, meanwhile, did not have a cancer link. These include foods like cheeses, canned vegetables, pasta, and freshly made bread that is not packaged. Those who mainly ate unprocessed and fresh foods – like vegetables, fruits, beans, and fish – had lower cancer risks.

Foods to avoid

Some of the foods that are considered ultra-processed include mass-produced buns and breads, processed meats, potato chips, sweets, sodas, nuggets, meatballs, instant noodles, instant soups, and frozen meals. Experts suggest avoiding foods that have more than 15 grams of sugar, 5 grams of saturated fat, or 1.5 grams of salt per 100 grams.

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PSYCH DRUG SHOOTERS: Florida school shooter “was on medication,” reports Miami Herald, just like nearly all other mass shooters

by Mike Adams, Natural News:

Nearly every mass shooting over the last 20 years has one thing in common… and it’s not GUNS.

It’s actually psychiatric medications.

And now, to no one’s surprise, we are learning that Nikolas Cruz, the shooter who killed 17 students and staff at a Florida high school, was reportedly taking mental health medications, reports the Miami Herald.

In a story entitled, “Florida school shooting suspect was ex-student who was flagged as threat,” the Miami Herald describes Nikolas Cruz as “a troubled teen with few friends and an obsessive interest in weapons.”

The story quotes Barbara Kumbatovich, an in-law of the family, who “said she believed Nikolas Cruz was on medication to deal with his emotional fragility.”

Other media sources — even the Washington Post — have reported Cruz was treated in a “mental health” clinic, which are of course well known for dosing up patients with mind-altering, psychiatric drugs.

Psychiatric drugs are the common thread in nearly all school shootings

The website details over 100 school shootings carried out by individuals who were taking psychiatric medications. Natural News has reported on this phenomenon for over a decade with stories like:

Illinois Shooter was Treated with Psych Meds Prior to Shooting Rampage

Xanax link to mass shootings confirmed yet again

Mainstream media avoiding any mention of link between psychiatric drugs and violent shootings

The left-wing media, predictably, exploits every school shooting to push its agenda of repealing the Second Amendment and confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens, turning the United State of America into a police state where a corrupt government has a monopoly of firepower. But they refuse to consider the mind-altering effects of psychiatric medication, which emerges in nearly every school shooting in recent memory.

Psychiatric medications cause shooters to believe they are playing a video game

The working explanation behind the psych drug link to mass shootings is that psychiatric drugs cause shooters to believe they’re playing a video game. The medication disconnects their brains from the real world, and the actions they’re taking don’t seem “real” to them.

One of the ways SSRI drugs and other psych drugs actually work is by disconnecting the brain from emotional reality. This is widely considered to be a “treatment” for “depression.” See my music video “S.S.R.Lies” for a musical rendition of how this works:

Notably, such drugs do not actually resolve the cause of depression. They merely cause individuals to mentally disconnect from their real life, making the causes of depression seem far away (or not real). This same biochemical mechanism, when combined with a disturbed individual who may have been subjected to extreme bullying by classmates, can cause that person to act out a mass shooting as if they were playing a video game. It doesn’t seem real to them until the drugs wear off, at which point they express extreme sorrow once they realize their actions were real. This is exactly what’s happening now with Nikolas Cruz.

Until America gets serious about the links between psychiatric medications and mass shootings, we’ll never solve this problem (and more mass shootings can be expected).

For ten years, I’ve been warning America about the link between psychiatric medications and mass shootings

As I wrote in Natural News almost a decade ago, in an article entitled, “Orlando shooter, US army Fort Hood shooter both linked to psychiatric drugs:”

Until we halt the chemical holocaust being perpetrated against our world by the psychiatric drugging industry, we will continue to see more of these violent, drug-induced shootings take place. Count on it. Psych drugs cause violence. And the more psych drugs are prescribed, the more violence we’ll see.

According to Medwatch statistics, 63,000 people in the U.S. have committed suicide while on antidepressant drugs (that’s more than ten times the number of Americans who have died from H1N1 swine flu, by the way).

The mainstream media absolutely refuses to tell you the truth about the link between psychiatric drugs and violent killings, but it’s the obvious connection in nearly every single shooting that’s taken place in recent memory: The Virginia Tech shooting, the Stephen Kazmierczak Illinois shooting (Stephen Kazmierczak), the Omaha mall shooting, and so on.

Two years earlier, in December of 2007, I publicly predicted more school shootings would take place among psychiatric medication patients:

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Tincture basics: Recipe for making home remedies


by Rhonda Johansson, Natural News:

Tinctures are liquid extracts made from medicinal plants. Because they are made from natural ingredients, tinctures are able to alleviate various symptoms of certain diseases with little to no side effects. Most people buy their tinctures from their local herbal store but what many don’t realize is that they are actually quite easy to make. This short guide will walk you through several simple recipes that you can try at home. (h/t to

Tinctures are typically made using alcohol as their base. Other bases such as vinegar or glycerin can be used but they are less effective in extracting the medicinal constituents of the plant. Make sure that you choose an alcohol that is made for human consumption. We’d recommend using a clear vodka or a grain alcohol that is 95 percent alcohol (or 190 proof). For most of the recipes that we will be discussing, you would need to let the tincture sit for around two weeks. After this time, you can then strain it and pour it to a small dropper bottle. Take note that tinctures are meant to be medicine. Use only small amounts, and add only a little bit to your tea, juice, water, or directly into your mouth.

Three recipes to try

The first recipe involves the burdock root. Historical evidence as well as scientific data have shown burdock root to be effective in reducing fevers and improving the immune response. The herb is also high in inulin which is a powerful prebiotic. Consuming prebiotics improve your gut flora and lessen the likelihood of getting sick.

There is a discussion on which part of the burdock is more medically beneficial: its seeds or root. In general, the seeds are typically “stronger” in its effect than the root. That is, burdock seeds address symptoms of acute stages of an illness whereas the root is better for chronic diseases. This makes the root more permanent in terms of action and is the reason why we’d recommend using the root for this tincture.

  • Clean and cut several fresh burdock roots.
  • Place the chopped pieces in a glass container.
  • Use a vodka that is 100 proof (50 percent alcohol content).
  • Follow a ratio of 2:1; for every two cups of vodka, add one cup of fresh roots. If you are using dried roots, the ratio is at 5:1 (five cups of vodka to one cup dried roots).

The next recipe is for a dandelion tincture. This “weed” is a noted blood purifier. The constituents of dandelion improve the digestive system. Dandelions are also great diuretics. Many healers use dandelion tinctures to improve the function of the liver.

  • Clean and cut several fresh roots or leaves.
  • Place these in a clean container.
  • Use a vodka that is 90 proof (45 percent alcohol content).
  • Follow a ratio of 2:1; for every two cups of vodka, add one cup of fresh roots.  If you are using dried roots, the ratio is at 5:1 (five cups of vodka to one cup dried roots).

The last recipe is for a stinging nettle tincture. Stinging nettle is a detoxifier. The herb can boost your immune system, improve energy levels, and support skin health. It is helpful for allergies. Women who have painful menstruation or who are bleeding heavily are suggested a stinging nettle tincture. (Related: Powerful Plant Based Detoxification.)

  • Clean and cut fresh or shred dried plants.
  • Put the shredded pieces in a clean container.
  • Use a vodka that is 100 proof (50 percent alcohol content).
  • Follow a ratio of 2:1; for every two cups of vodka, add one cup of plant material.

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Greens, legumes and unsaturated fats: How to reverse diabetes with food


by Edsel Cook, Natural News:

In a Daily Mail article, Dr. Michael Greger explained that switching to a vegetarian diet can ease or even reverse the ill effects of diabetes. The dietary change is so effective that improvements can be felt within a matter of hours.

Diabetes is a medical condition where your blood sugar levels far exceed the norm. The disease has two forms: type-1 sets in if your pancreas halts the production of the critical hormone insulin that controls your blood sugar, while type-2 takes place if your body somehow gains immunity to insulin. By far type-2 diabetes is the more common variant. It is usually triggered by excess fat accumulated in human muscles and livers. It should not come as a surprise that nine out of 10 diabetic patients are overweight.

A lot of Americans suffer from diabetes. The American Diabetes Association websitecounts more than 30 million cases in the United States alone. That’s more than nine percent of the population. Every year doctors diagnose 1.5 million new cases.

Both types of diabetes can be controlled with drugs such as intravenous insulin injections. But the disease is still considered to be deadly because runaway amounts of sugar in the blood can severely disrupt the functions of vital organs. Blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks and strokes are just some of the devastating complications that can be expected to follow the onset of diabetes.

However, there is hope. Studies have shown that a plant-based diet can mitigate or reverse the progress of type-2 diabetes. There are recorded cases of long-term patients who were able to forego their need for insulin in as little as two weeks. (Related: Beat diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and dementia by choosing the right foods.)

According to Dr. Greger, the more plants present in your diet, the better your chances at overcoming diabetes. The majority of plant-based foods are rich in nutrients and low on calories. These qualities make them a very popular choice for people who want to shed pounds. It also makes for an ideal and natural way to treat diabetes without resorting to artificially-made pharmaceuticals.

Furthermore, the unsaturated fats found in edible plants such as avocados, nuts, and olives are studied to be healthier. They counter the ill effects of the saturated fats found in animal products such as dairy, eggs, and fish. Unsaturated fats can hurt muscle cells and leave nasty byproducts in your blood, which may contribute to diabetes.

Dr. Greger recommends variety in any plant-based diet to improve your resistance to diabetes. Adding just two different kinds of fruits and vegetables to your weekly groceries can reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes by as much as eight percent.

Beans, legumes, and pulses (the edible seeds of pod-bearing plants) are all good choices for green additions to your diet. There are numerous studies that show people who eat chick peas, lentils, and split peas enjoy lower weights, slimmer figures, and better blood pressure. In fact, one particular study discovered that eating a kilogram of pulses each week is better at inducing weight loss than skipping 500 calories a day.

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Physical Fitness and Survival: Why Your Body Needs Recovery Time


by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

We often focus on tasks to do: physical exercise, and numerous physically-demanding work, such as woodcutting, building, gardening, snow removal, and so forth.  I have written in several pieces about the importance of recovery, but I am emphasizing it here in-depth.  Most people are so busy in the course of the day that they neglect to take the time to physically recover from what they have done…and recover properly.

Your Body’s Recovery is Important

Such a recovery means more than just simple rest.  It entails nutrition and understanding how the human body’s physiology works.  As I have stressed in the past, your protein intake is critical to tissue repair.  I also emphasized how you must take in protein and carbohydrates within a ½ hour at the conclusion of demanding physical exercise that lasts one hour or more.  You may also have to increase that protein/carbohydrate intake more frequently.

If you have worked a physically-demanding occupation, you may have a good basis for understanding already of these concepts and it may just be a matter of touching upon some of the finer points.  Construction workers put in 8, 10, or 12 hour days with only a couple of short breaks and a lunch break in the middle.  A tremendous amount of hydration is required during their day.  Your muscles are 80% water.  Stands to reason that dehydration means a loss of muscle tissue.

Remember glycogen that I mentioned in earlier articles?  When you work hard physically or exercise, glycogen is converted into glucose to fuel your body.  This is taken directly from stores in your body.  After that glycogen is depleted and you’ve “hit the wall,” then your body will break down its own proteins in the form of muscle tissue and converts those proteins to glycogen.  For every half hour of extra physical labor you perform without replacing lost glycogen, protein, and carbs, your body will take 5-6 grams of proteins from out of your muscles to do the job.  That is referred to as “cannibalism,” which is where the body “eats” its own proteins in order to compensate for loss or deficiencies.

What does that mean to you?  Knowing this, you must continually replace those substances in the form of food and water as you work periodically.  Then when the work is completed, you must nourish yourself fully and get the proper amount of rest you need.  A high-quality protein powder is worth its weight in gold in this manner.  It is simple to use and quick as well.  You can expect to spend about 75 cents to a dollar on a serving, but it goes right to your cells and starts the repairs on the cellular level.

Rest is Key

When you’re done with the work (which is a workout, as I’ve mentioned previously), you need to head first to the chow hall and then to the couch.  Sleep is very important.  One of the things I do is to take a shake about a ½ hour before bedtime, and my evening vitamins as well.  While you’re sleeping, your body metabolizes the nutrients more slowly, and the “uptake” is better as you’re resting.  If your work is not going to take the entire day, then try to break it up and give yourself an hour of lunch and another hour to just relax.

A day of complete rest during the week will help you to “reset” everything and to jump back up on the grinding wheel just that stronger and more invigorated.  It’s a matter of time management and knowing when to divide the time between labor and the recovery that you need.  It will take some practice, but you can help yourself out in a few ways:

  1. Always have a good supply of drinking water on hand that you can partake often. Remember: Thirst is a late sign of dehydration, and you need to consume (on average) about a gallon of water per day.
  2. Take sandwich bags and measure off a scoop/serving of your protein powder. Then throw it in the jar later with your milk and mix it up…keep your milk/fluid in a cooler where you can get it and employ it quickly.
  3. Keep batches of good snacks on hand: sunflower seeds, beef jerky, fruit (fresh or dried), nuts, and so on to help give you those quick bursts of food and energy to carry you through.
  4. Supplements: I use ginseng and Vitamin E throughout the day (see my articles on both), as well as other supplements and vitamins.
  5. Nervines: for the evening…tea of chamomile, catnip, or peppermint to relax you. I also recommend Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) to help your sleep be more full.

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Customize your own protein shakes to fit your particular health needs


by Janine Acero, Natural News:

Fuel is an important part of any training and exercise, and protein shakes have become increasingly prevalent as fuel sources for athletes, or just about anyone with fitness routines. In addition, there are protein shakes specifically tailored to provide nutrients for body recovery after strenuous activities. Training and exercise are highly individual in nature; making your own protein shakes is a great way to ensure you get the most out of the nutritional benefits that match your personal needs.

Check out some of these cost-effective alternatives and additions to your usual protein shake. Whip up your own protein shake according to your body’s needs; whether for training fuel or post-workout recovery:

  • Coconut oil – One teaspoon of coconut oil contains 39 calories, while one tablespoon has 117 calories. Coconut oil has an abundance of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which enables it to boost metabolism.
  • Dairy milk substitutes – Non-dairy milk alternatives such as almond, hazelnut or coconut-based milk generally contain higher levels of protein and lower sugar levels than dairy milk. These milk alternatives are also rich in calcium and vitamins. For those without an allergy, nut milk is an excellent option for training athletes. Meanwhile, peri and post-menopausal would benefit from the hormone-boosting qualities of soya milk, only in moderation. Unsweetened dairy milk alternatives are particularly good for those seeking a low-carbohydrate content, while those seeking an energy boost may choose the sweetened versions. Goat’s milk protein is also a good milk alternative; most people with lactose intolerance can handle goat’s milk.
  • Egg whites – Eggs are excellent sources of protein. An egg white alone provides 3.6 g of protein, and a cup serving of egg white provides 26 g of protein. Boiled eggs are a convenient, cheap and highly effective snack for adding protein and replenishing energy stores.
  • Hemp – Most protein powders are pure protein, but hemp powders are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Hemp protein also contains all of the essential amino acids, which are necessary for building muscle. (Related: 4 Tasty, Healthy Alternatives to Whey Protein.)
  • Nut butter – Nut butters are one of the best sources of protein and energy. They are excellent ingredients for providing training fuel and replenishing lost energy. Peanut butter has the highest level of protein with eight grams for every two-tablespoon serving, while cashew and walnut butters contain six grams of protein per serving. Almond butter provides four grams of protein.
  • Oats – Oats are a highly nutritious source of fiber, complex carbohydrates, and protein. They contain 17 grams of protein per 100-gram serving, or six grams of protein per half a cup. Oats are a great source of amino acids, which makes them a perfect addition to natural protein shakes.

The addition of blended fruits and vegetables into your protein shake is also a great way to rehydrate lost electrolytes during training and workout naturally. Bananas are an excellent addition for pre-workout energy and replenishing energy stores post-training, due to their high potassium and magnesium content. These are vital electrolyte minerals that are depleted during exercise.

Dates are another highly nutritious option for energy, vitamins, and electrolytes. Like bananas, they are abundant in potassium and magnesium, as well as calcium and iron. Likewise, dark green leafy vegetables and berries are particularly rich in antioxidants, which help the body recover from strenuous physical activities.

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A Step-By-Step Guide for Starting Seeds Indoors


by Tess Pennington, Ready Nutrition:

While the weather outside is still on the chilly side, many are making use of their time indoors and get a headstart on the upcoming gardening season by starting seeds indoors. Doing so results in earlier and longer harvests. This economic gardening method doesn’t require special equipment – just some moist soil, comfortable temperatures, and some TLC!

Seeds need perfect growing conditions to grow healthy: water – allows the seed to swell up and the embryo to start growing, oxygen – so that energy can be released for germination, and warmth – germination improves as temperature rises.

Starting longer growing varieties like herbs, broccoli, cauliflower, and onions can greatly benefit from indoor growing methods. This gives the gardener a headstart and helps to control the growing environment.

A Step-By-Step Guide for Starting Seeds Indoors

Home gardeners can start vegetable and flower seedlings indoors between 4 to12 weeks before the last average spring frost in their area, which means it’s time to get started! Above all, start with good seeds. At Ready Gardens, we prefer time-tested heirloom varieties. These plants have been shown to have outstanding flavor and good harvests. Heck, if these seeds were good enough for my grandparents, they’re good enough for me. As well, you want to ensure that your seed starting mix has nutrients to feed young plants when they start growing their true leaves. Adding perlite and vermiculite can do wonders for emerging seedlings.

  1. Fill a flat or other container with moist, sterile germination mix. Add enough mix to fill the container within an inch of the rim. Gently pat the soil down for even distribution.
  2. Plant seeds according to their growing instructions. Some seeds can be planted in rows or scattered onto the soil’s surface. Typically, seeds need to be planted at 1/2 inch below the soil surface and covered with soil.
  3. With a spray bottle filled with water, water lightly until the soil has proper moisture. Take precautions so that the soil is not waterlogged.
  4. Add a small layer of vermiculite to the top of the soil. This reduces moisture loss and cuts down on mold growth.
  5. Label the flat and cover your newly planted seeds with plastic wrap until the first sprouts emerge. This avoids drying out of the soil.
  6. Set seeds in a dark area that is not drafty. Seeds need a warm area to germinate.
  7. Once seeds have germinated and sprouts appear, transfer the containers to a sunny spot or place under grow lights. Make sure the seedlings get up to 16 hours of sunlight a day. If seeds do not get enough sunlight, they grow long and leggy and this will not produce the healthiest plants. Full spectrum grow lights can assist in giving plantlings adequate light needed for growth. Water as needed.
  8. When plants have grown to the proper size, you need to begin hardening them off and get them accustomed to outdoor living. Harden off gradually, so that seedlings become accustomed to strong sunlight, cool nights and less-frequent watering over a 7-10 day period. On a mild day, start with 2-3 hours of sun in a sheltered location. Be sure to protect seedlings from strong sun, wind, hard rain and cool temperatures.
  9. Once plants are hardened off, plant them in the garden according to the seed packets instructions.

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How to beat heart disease with diet and lifestyle


by Michelle Simmons, Natural News:

You can prevent heart disease — eating a healthy diet, such as a plant-based diet, and making healthy lifestyle changes are just some of the steps you can make. Cholesterol is the greatest risk factor for coronary heart disease. It increases in levels because of poor diets. Most people who were raised on a conventional Western diet, a plaque rich in cholesterol builds up inside the blood vessels that provide the heart with oxygen-rich blood. This, in turn, can result in chest pain and pressure known as angina. In addition, a blood clot can form within the artery and cause a heart attack if the plaque breaks. Cholesterol levels are increased by adhering to a diet rich with particular types of fats such as trans fat, saturated fat, and dietary cholesterol. Trans fat can be found in processed foods and meat and dairy products, while saturated fat can be found mainly in animal products and junk foods. Lastly, dietary cholesterol can only be obtained from animal-derived foods such as eggs.

However, unhealthy, fatty meals cause internal damage years into the future as well as triggering problems after hours of eating. Fortunately, the damaging process brought by fatty meals can be reversed. Past studies of patients with advanced heart disease tried plant-based diets as a way to stop the progression of the disease. After following a vegan diet, the heart disease of the patients began to reverse as they were getting better. (Related: Plant-based diet prevents and fights chronic diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, and coronary heart disease)

“It seems that as soon as they stopped eating artery-clogging diets, their bodies were able to start dissolving some of the plaque that had built up,” Dr. Michael Greger wrote in Daily Mail Online.

Greger explained that the body could heal itself through a plant-based diet and other healthy lifestyle changes, which explains why heart disease patients almost immediately experience relief after starting a diet composed of plant foods. He also cited a study that found a 91 percent decrease in angina attacks in just a few weeks after patients began adhering to plant-based diets. On the other hand, those patients who did not change their diets had an increase of 186 percent in angina attacks.

Another problem is that most doctors prescribe cholesterol-lowering statins for those who are at risk of heart attacks. However, these drugs may lead to adverse side effects, such as liver and muscle damage. Thus, this makes plant-based diet a better and safer option for lowering cholesterol levels. A lot of studies also show that many Western epidemics of chronic disease, like coronary heart disease, did not occur in populations, such as the Chinese and rural African populations, because their diets were focused on plant-derived grains and vegetables.

“This means heart disease could be a choice, not a genetic inevitability,” he wrote.

Lifestyle changes you can make to prevent heart disease

Aside from eating a healthy diet, here are some healthy lifestyle changes that you can do to prevent heart disease.

  • Be physically active – The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends doing physical activity for a minimum 30 minutes every day. A Harvard study discovered that watching TV for two hours a day increased the chance of developing heart disease by 15 percent, and as TV time increases, the risk also increases.
  • Stop smoking – Smoking cigarettes increases the risk of heart disease by two to four times, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It also causes plaque buildup and hardened arteries.
  • Relieve stress – Stress causes strain on the heart, which increases the risk of heart disease. Manage stress through exercise and meditation.
  • Maintain a healthy weight – Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to protect the heart from damage or fatigue. A healthy weight means the blood can circulate more efficiently and manage necessary fluid levels.

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