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Photo: Harvesting bananas in Peru

Ever wonder where the expression “goin’ bananas” originated? A professor at CCNY (Community College of New York) has the answer. The expression “goin’ bananas” is from the effects bananas have on the brain.

According to the professor: “Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.”

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Photo: Bananas, ready-to-eat

Energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. Bananas can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions:

1–Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

2–Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

3–Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

4–Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

5–Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Organic or not, bananas have some surprising uses!  But, “never put your banana in the refrigerator!!!” 

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Video: Story of Mozi-Q–the safe all natural insect repellent you eat!

Maybe it’s not organic, but if you eat this “all natural” homeopathic Mozi-Q NO mosquitoes will bite you!! True story!

Rejoice, campers and hikers and climbers and backyard barbeque fans! No more toxic oils or sprays staining clothes or poisoning skin. Mozi_Qbrainchild of Erin Bosch, owner of homeopathic clinic in Calgary, Alberta–keeps pesky mosquitoes OFF (like OFF never could).

How does Mozi-Q create this magic? Flower power! Mozi-Q fools mosquitoes into thinking you’re a Delphenium, that tall purple flower that grows in many gardens. In fact, in ancient Greece Delpheniums were known as “the vermin exterminator.” Bugs stay far away from this flower!

How was the product tested? With humor…Friends volunteering to hangout in a swamp after ingesting Mozi-Q. Testimonials followed. Clearly, though, the BEST testimonial will be your own. Give Mozi-Q a try in your own backyard! Where to buy Mozi-Q? Store Locator.

Video (below): Erin Bosch and friends test out Mozi-Q

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Photo: Supplements illustration from GirlsGoneStong health and fitness website

No more Genetically Modified (GMO) ingredients in nutritional supplements? That was the theme of a recent “Non-GMO Future” conference, organized by the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA).

The nutritional supplement industry lags behind the food industry in  removing Non-GMO foods, AND in promoting the labeling of GMO foods.  UNPA Executive Director Loren Israelsen wants to change that, to allow consumers to decide what to eat, what to avoid, by including Non-GMO verified labeling on all nutritional supplements.

At the conference Israelsen encouraged supplement manufacturers to take advantage of the “Non-GMO Project Verified” label, which he called the fastest growing label in the natural food industry.” By example: Whole Foods Market sales increased by 15% – 30% for Non-GMO Project Verified products.

Steve Hoffman, Managing Director of Compass Natural, notes:  “Whole Foods’ recent commitment to label all GMO products in its stores by 2018 is having a major impact. “Other retailers are following Whole Foods’ labeling commitment.” Inquiries alone for the Non-GMO Project have grown four-fold, since Whole Foods’ announcement of 2018 commitment to label all GMO products. Currently, there are 10,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products from 600 brands in stores.  [Source: Non-GMO Report]

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Photo: Illustration from RenegadeHealth website (health, GMO, nutrition)

For supplement manufacturers the challenge to “go Non-GMO” is more complicated, in fact, a lot more complicated.  Sandy Kepler, vice president, Food Chain Global Advisors says: “The supplement industry has a complicated supply chain. [Becoming verified is] not impossible but it can be challenging.” For some supplement ingredients suppliers do not yet even exist. The process of moving away from including any GMO ingredients will take time.

Notes Kepler: “The process of verifying supplements as non-GMO is very rigorous and can be frustrating and lengthy.” The goal is a No-GMO future,  a return to “a system of agriculture healthier for people and the planet,”

[For more information, see Supplement Industry Moves to Go Non-GMO.]

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Video: 14 year-old Rachel Parent debates Kevin O’Leary on Genetically Modified Food (GMO)

Rachel Parent is a teenage GMO activist and founder of Kids Right to Know GMO Walk She is also, currently, an internet sensation. Why?  For “schooling” the ignorant TV host of a popular Canadian TV show about GMOs, and right-to-know GMO food labeling.

In the video (above) grace-under-fire best describes Rachel as she calmly argues for the right-to-know what’s in our food, “even as the condescending bully of a host named Kevin O’Leary verbally assaults the girl and practically accuses her of murdering children.” [Source: OpEdNews]

Why  O’Leary would prefer consumers to have less information about the food (or “food-like substances) they’re buying is an open question. GMO food has been linked to organ damage, cancerous tumors, and food allergies. We–as consumers–have a right-to-know what’s in our food, what health risks we’re taking–if any–by what we buy. This is the message Rachel Parent is spreading online.

[For more information about Rachel and her GMO activism, see “14-year-old teen GMO activist schools ignorant TV host.”]

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Video: Strathcona Community Garden tour

STRATHCONA COMMUNITY GARDEN is one of the oldest and most successful community gardens in Vancouver, and an example of a “growing trend” in the city. More and more people, younger and younger,  are planting gardens here.  In fact, these days younger people quite often know more about organic gardening than their parents. That’s a HOPEFUL sign for sure! 

[For more about STRATCONA COMMUNITY GARDEN, see “A Growing Trend. Vegetable gardening experiencing Renaissance not seen since 1940s.”]

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