如何防止人工色素对身体伤害?

Colorful Candy在美国, 加拿大万圣节是小朋友最欢喜的节日, 因为可以 Trick-or-Treat 获得大量五颜六色的 糖果。不过 这些漂亮的颜色就是食品业中广泛使用的人工色素添加剂。在美国,每年有1500万磅的人工合成色素被添加在加工食品 (如: 焙烤食品 bakery, 谷类食品cereal)  , 有色饮料, 糖果, 药品和一些保健品, 化妆品, 护肤品和宠物食品 (pet food)中。根据美国《公众关注科学中心(CSPI)》报告,人工色素对身体健康具有极大的伤害,包括:(1) 导致癌症, (2) 造成多动, 不正常行为 (hyperactivity), (3) 过敏。

因此,含有人工色素添加剂的食品是不安全的。欧盟国家在2010年就通过法令,要求含有人工色素添加剂的食品必须注明其对健康的危害。英国政府也早在2009年就已要求食品制造商不可添加人工色素。遗憾的是,美国, 加拿大政府并没有这样的要求,北美的孩子们每天摄入大量的人工色素及其它的食品添加剂。

以下是常见的8种有毒的食用人工色素以及其对身体的危害:

(1) 人工色素蓝1号(FD&C Blue no. 1,或Brilliant Blue):一项没有发表的研究报告中指出, 人工 色素蓝1号可导致实验小白鼠产生肾肿瘤。

(2) 人工色素蓝2号(FD&C Blue no. 2,或Indigo Carmine):动物实验证实,人工色素蓝2号可导致肿瘤,特别是脑肿瘤。

(3) 人工色素柑橘红2号(FD&C Citrus Red no. 2):导致小白鼠产生膀胱癌和其它器官癌症。

(4) 人工色素緑3号(FD&C Green no. 3,  或Fast Green):导致小白鼠产生膀胱癌和睾丸癌。

(5) 人工色素红3号(FD&C Red no. 3,  或Erythrosine):导致实验动物产生甲状腺癌。

(6) 人工色素红40号(FD&C Red no. 40,  或Allura Red):导致小白鼠产生淋巴癌、多动和过敏。

(7) 人工色素黄5号(FD&C Yellow no. ,  5或Tartrazine):导致儿童行为不正常。

(8) 人工色素黄6号(FD&C Yellow no. 6,  或Sunset Yellow):导致实验动物产生肾上腺肿瘤,有时还产生过敏反应。

人工色素为化学合成物不能被人体代谢而形成氧自由基 (oxidant) ,它是一种细胞核外含不成对电子的活性基因(free radicals) 。这种不成对的电子很易引起化学反应, 入侵细胞 DNA (脱氧核糖核酸), 损害蛋 白质和脂肪等重要生物分子,进而影响细胞转运过程,使各组织、器官的功能受损,促进造成肿瘤(癌)细胞。

为防止氧自由基 (oxidant)对人体伤害,我们必须运用大量抗氧化剂 (antioxidant) 中合体内不成对电子的活性基因(free radicals)抗氧化维他命和矿物质, 是天然化合物, 有助于保护人体免受害于自由基。譬如,  维他命A,β-胡萝卜素,维他命C ​​和 E,矿物质 硒,锌,锰,铜和铁。常富含抗氧化剂的水果和蔬菜有蓝莓,黑莓,草莓,红葡萄,葡萄干,橘子,花菜 (cauliflower),甘蓝 (kale),花椰菜(broccoli),芽甘蓝 (Brussels sprout) 等。

等渗超级抗氧化剤OPC-3 由葡萄籽, 红酒, 越橘, 柑橘 及 松树皮萃取物 (等渗专利 碧萝芷 Pycnogenol) 组合碧萝芷比维他命C的抗氧化力强20倍; 比维他命E的抗氧化力更有效50倍。碧萝芷的主要活性成分称为原花青素(proanthocyanidin) 通常被称为OPC

Emotional States of the Five Phases

TCM Emtional State of 5 phases
In Chinese medicine, our health is affected by our emotions.
Here is some information about how the Zang-Fu organs affects and helps manage mental/emotional conditions?
Different emotions and mental conditions will affect different organs, leading to weakening, stagnation and deficiency of Qi and blood, therefore, stimulation and strengthening of those organs alongside proper diet, exercises and some form of talking supportive therapies like Hypnosis, CBT, EFT etc… will help re-establish balance and harmonize the mind and body in a holistic way.

-Heart
Lack of positivity, lack of cheerfulness, hysterical behaviours, lack of concentration, panic attacks, mental restlessness, pensiveness, memory loss.

-Spleen
Worry, over thinking, pensiveness on a particular problem, concentrating for too long and too hard, depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia.
Special note: When you treat the spleen for over thinking and worry problems, treat also the heart. The heart produces the thought but the spleen processes the thought.

-Lungs
Sadness, grief, lack of energy, lassitude, low concentration, depression, sudden emotional shock, mental drainage.

-Kidneys
Fear, phobias, desire for solitude, unwilling to listen, timidity, lack of creativity and motivation
Special note: as a general support for any mental/emotional conditions alongside other Zang Fu.

-Liver
Anger, lack of love, lack of compassion, lack of understanding and patience, deep depression
Special note: as a general support for any mental/emotional conditions alongside other Zang Fu.

 

Acupuncture Point – Kidney 6

Kidney 6—also known as Shining Sea (English name), Zhaohai (Chinese translation), and KD6 (acupuncturist lingo)—is located on the inner ankle.
1. It is commonly used tKidney 6o relieve throat issues. Any kind of throat problem can benefit from this point—sore throat, dry or scratchy throat, swelling of the throat, difficulty swallowing, even the feeling of having a lump in your throat.
2. It helps eye problems such as redness, itching, and blurriness in the same way, by regulating moisture to the eyes.
3. It is one of the go-to points on the Kidney channel for restoring balance with the Heart and alleviating emotional symptoms.
4. It has a relationship to the Heart which makes it a good candidate for treating insomnia.

If you are struggling emotionally or can’t stop our minds from spinning at night, try the following exercise: Get into bed, but stay in a seated position from which you can access both ankles. For five full minutes, press Kidney 6 firmly on both sides (or one, if you can’t reach both). Do this exercise every night. As you get more comfortable with the location of Kidney 6, you can easily and hopefully, into a deep sleep.

Natural Cures of Asthma

Natural Cure of AsthmaAsthma attacks – Diagnosis and Treatment

In the early stage of asthma, the treatment focuses on promoting the lung’s dispersive function by regulating qi flow and dispelling phlegm so as to eliminate the pathogenic factors. In a prolonged case with recurrent attacks, the body resistance is weakened. The treatment should focus on nurturing the lung and kidneys, invigorating the spleen and stomach, resolving phlegm and benefiting qi to eliminate pathogenic factors and strengthen the body resistance

(1) Due to cold
Clinical manifestations: Short breath, dyspnea, wheezing, fullness and stuffiness in the chest, cough with white and sticky or thin sputum, yellowish blue complexion, absence of thirst, or preference for hot drinks, a white and slippery tongue coating and a superficial and tense or taut and smooth pulse.
Treatment: To warm the lung, disperse cold, dispel phlegm and ease the throat.

(2) Due to heat
Clinical manifestations: Short breath, dyspnea, rattling sound in the throat, breathing with raised shoulders, choking cough with think, sticky and yellow sputum with is difficult to expectorate, stuffiness in the chest, irritability, sweating, thirst, a red tongue with yellow and sticky coating, and a smooth and rapid pulse.
Treatment: To promote the lung’s dispersive function, disperse heat, resolve phlegm, and send the unhealthy qi downward.

(3) Due to lung deficiency
Lung deficiency manifests itself as aversion to cold, sweating on exertion during the remission stage, sneezing, nasal stuffiness and clear nasal discharge during the attack.
Treatment: To invigorate the lung and consolidate the defensive qi.

(4) Due to Splenic deficiency
Splenic deficiency usually manifests cough with profuse sputum, poor appetite, a distressed sensation in the epigastric region, lassitude, loose stool, or diarrhea and abdominal pain after eating greasy food and sea food.
Treatment: To invigorate the spleen and resolve phlegm.

(5) Due to Renal deficiency
Renal deficiency manifests as the shortness of breath which is aggravated by exertion. Other symptoms are lumbago, weak limbs, aversion to cold, lassitude, dizziness, tinnitus, night sweating and a hot sensation in the palms and soles.
Treatment: To invigorate the kidneys to improve the reception of qi.

 

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Isotonix - Always in seasonHealth Canada (2002) defines the term as “a product isolated or purified from foods that is generally sold in medicinal forms not usually associated with food. A nutraceutical is demonstrated to have a physiological benefit or provide protection against chronic disease.” Such products may range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplementsand specific diets, to herbal products.

Nutraceuticals provide extra health benefits in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foods. Nutraceutical products typically prevent chronic diseases, improve health, delay the aging process, and increase life expectancy. Over 60% of the North American population takes at least one type of nutraceutical health product at present time.

The main use of nutraceuticals is to accomplish desirable therapeutic outcomes with reduced side effects, as compared with conventional approaches like pharmaceuticals. Nutraceuticals are protected by trademarks. Their prices directly reflect the potency, the quality of purification and extraction processes and the bioavailability.

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