Mar 26 2017

GMO labeling laws…do they exist?

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GMO labeling laws…do they exist?
Last year, Congress passed a bill requiring labeling, but is it enough?


Last July, Congress passed and President Obama signed a bill, which establishes a federal standard for labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Within a few years, consumers will have access to tools that allow them to know whether foods in the supermarket contain GMO ingredients. But proponents on both sides of this debate are not really 100% satisfied.(1,2)*

GMOs are estimated to be in between 75% and 80% of our food. Though the FDA insists GMOs are safe for consumption, consumer groups argue that we have the right to know what is in our food.. Companies in the US claim that adding GMO labeling to packaging is too expensive, yet 64 countries already require such labeling.1*

“…The bill allows companies several choices for labeling. They can add text to a label stating that it contains genetically engineered ingredients; put a symbol (yet to be determined) on packaging to denote such ingredients; or use a “digital link” like a quick response, or Q.R. code that consumers can scan with their smart phones…3*

“…Many proponents of G.M.O. labeling contend that anything short of text will allow food companies to obscure the genetically engineered ingredients in their packaging. They object in particular to Q.R. codes which they consider discriminatory because many consumers do not have access to the tools needed to read them….”3*

The details of this new bill have yet to be worked out. That responsibility falls on the Department of Agriculture, which will have two years to write up the rules.1*

There are criticisms regarding the bill because by allowing companies to use QR codes, or 1-800 numbers as their form of GMO labeling, it discriminates against those who don’t have access to smart phones, or don’t know how to use them in order to access this off label information. Some are calling this bill “…the DARK Act, short for “Denying Americans the Right to Know,.”…”. Others oppose the bill because it isn’t as stringent as the Vermont legislation which will now be superseded by this federal law.1*

Many food companies along with farm groups oppose the bill, as they fear that being required to provide GMO labels will drive consumers away from their products, which is something that happened in Europe.. At the same time, “…the Organic Trade Association, which supports GMO labeling, decided to support the compromise, in part because the law includes some special benefits for the organic industry. It includes, for instance, a provision that allows organic food companies to label their products as non-GMO. (1,2)*

The battle over GMO labeling is not nearly over. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture tackles the details, they will have to decide whether such refined products as soy oil or sugar from beets should require labeling. They are made from GMO crops, but the final product doesn’t contain genetically modified material to include DNA or proteins…”2*

There are some companies taking the lead when it comes to these labeling laws. One is Whole Foods Markets, which will require GMO labeling in two years, and will hopefully set the standard for other grocery store chains. Another is Dannon yogurt. They announced that they will disclose whether their products contain genetically modified ingredients, which was to go into effect by the end of last year.2*

There are many ways you can avoid GMOs, which we have discussed in the past. But continuing to demand that companies provide transparent labeling regarding whether their products contain GMOs is one of them. BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ does not contain GMOs. Additionally, the consortia of friendly bacteria help to clean up the gut from years of consuming toxins, pesticides, sugar, GMOs and other chemicals that can damage the delicate balance of the microbiome. *

I hope you found this information helpful! We will keep an eye on upcoming legislation that may affect the results of these new labeling laws.

Healthiest wishes,






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Mar 19 2017

Brands to avoid if you want to avoid GMOs.

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Brands to avoid if you want to avoid GMOs.
Show your disapproval of GMOs by voting with your wallet.

What can we eat? If you are trying to avoid GMOs, your options can be limited. You have to do your research and choose wisely. Gone are the days of skipping happily through the store throwing whatever you want in your basket, thinking all food is safe and nutritious.

Years ago, our grandparents didn’t worry about the health aspects of the foods they ate. Several decades ago, we didn’t question where our food came from, as we still had the local dairy, butcher, and produce stands right in our neighborhoods, but that is rarely the case today. It is easy to live in ignorance and believe that all foods sold in the grocery store are safe, but there is just so much available to us for purchase that we just shouldn’t be putting in our bodies. It’s common knowledge that big business and money drive market brands, and big dollar advertising influences our decisions. And if people will buy it, companies will sell it. So who is really looking out for what we put into our bodies? You! Me! We are the ones that have to be our own regulatory agencies. Don’t leave it up to the government or big business, because they are looking out for the mighty dollar.

Let’s look at Monsanto for example.  This company is BIG business. And their insidious claws are getting into all aspects of our food supply. This is the company that got its start developing saccharin, which is shown to cause cancer in rats. Yet, they continue to sell it to the public, and are allowed to continue to sell it, despite substantiated research. They are also the company that created Agent Orange. And they have created the herbicide glyphosate, better known as Round Up. And because Round Up kills not only weeds but also crops, Monsanto has genetically modified seeds  that grow plants resistant to this weed killer.(1,2,3)*

Last week we looked at the many seed companies to avoid if you want to steer clear of Monsanto GMO seeds. And, we included the safe list of non-GMO seeds. This week, let’s look at the brands that use GMOs in their foods. Most of these are processed foods, that you might not even think about whether they contain GMOs. But they do.(1,2,4)*

Here is a list of brands that use ingredients owned by Monsanto and are therefore subject to genetic engineering practices (1,2)*


  • Aunt Jemima
  • Aurora Foods
  • Banquet
  • Best Foods
  • Betty Crocker
  • Bisquick
  • Cadbury
  • Campbell’s
  • Capri Sun
  • Carnation
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Coca Cola
  • ConAgra
  • Delicious Brand Cookies
  • Duncan Hines
  • Famous Amos
  • Frito Lay
  • General Mills
  • Green Giant
  • Healthy Choice
  • Heinz
  • Hellman’s
  • Hershey’s Nestle
  • Holsum
  • Hormel
  • Hungry Jack
  • Hunts
  • Interstate Bakeries
  • Jiffy
  • KC Masterpiece
  • Keebler/Flowers Industries
  • Kelloggs
  • Kid Cuisine
  • Knorr
  • Kool-Aid
  • Kraft/Phillip Morris
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Lipton
  • Loma Linda
  • Marie Callenders
  • Minute Maid
  • Morningstar
  • Butterworths
  • Nabisco
  • Nature Valley
  • Ocean Spray
  • Ore-Ida
  • Orville Redenbacher
  • Pasta- Roni
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • Pepsi
  • Pillsbury
  • Pop Secret
  • Post Cereals
  • Power Bar Brand
  • Prego Pasta Sauce
  • Pringles
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Quaker
  • Ragu Sauce
  • Rice-A-Roni
  • Smart Ones
  • Stouffers
  • Shweppes
  • Tombstone Pizza
  • Totinos
  • Uncle Ben’s
  • Unilever
  • V8 (1,2)*

 You can fight back by choosing wisely. Buy products that have the stamp of certified organic or Non-GMO. You will find many products proudly state that on their packaging. And if enough consumers stop buying the products that use GMOs, brands will get the message as they are in it to make money…so hitting them where it hurts will make them wake up to the fact that people want not only good tasting food, but food that is good for our bodies as well.  

Because there are so many toxins and chemicals in our environment and our food and water supply, it is imperative to continue to stay on a regular dose of BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily. The friendly bacteria, along with the naturally occurring minerals in the humic and fulvic prebiotic blend help to isolate and eliminate the accumulated toxins and putrefaction that accumulates in the intestinal tract. By taking all of these steps…eating organic, avoiding GMOs, keeping your gut healthy with proper intake of SBOs, you will be on the right path for long term good health.


Healthiest wishes,






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Mar 12 2017

Become aware of the Non GMO Alternatives

Published by under Food Additives,GMO's

Say No to GMOs and Yes to the Non-GMO Alternatives

As Monsanto’s ownership of seed companies continues to grow, so must our awareness of non-GMO alternatives.

In our theme of Buyer Beware, let’s look at one of the food goliaths that is taking over a good portion of our food supply. After researching more and more about Monsanto, it reminds me how incredibly important it is to purchase local, seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables and free-range, organic animal products from small producers and farmers that you know and believe to be trustworthy.1

In case you are not familiar with Monsanto, it is an “…American-owned, multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation…” It was started by John Francis Queeny, who  formed Monsanto Chemical Works in 1901, back when chemical companies were on the rise. It was formed primarily to produce the artificial sweetener saccharin. “…By the 1920s, Monsanto had expanded into sulfuric acid and polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, a coolant used in early transformers and electric motors, now more famous as a pernicious environmental contaminant. The company moved on to plastics and synthetic fabrics, and by the 1960s it had sprouted a division to create herbicides, including the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange. A decade later, Monsanto invented Roundup, a glyphosate-based weed killer that farmers could apply to reduce overgrowth between crops, increasing productivity…” Monsanto’s resume of other achievements include the production of the insecticide DDT, aspartame and bovine growth hormone ”all of which are considered to be a threat to our  water safety,  global ecosystems and biodiversity…“2*

Recently acquired by Bayer, Monsanto is a leader in the area of developing and selling genetically modified seeds, and one of the largest producers of GMO food products. They also are well known for their development and application of associated chemicals, to include the infamous Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide.1*

Roundup is widely used both commercially and privately. Though it is promoted by Monsanto as harmless to humans, many health experts claim it is not. …The residues of Roundup, which remain in genetically modified foods, are believed to cause many dangerous effects to human health, including the death of embryonic cells and extreme damage to the intestinal microbiome…”1*

In 2005, Monsanto bought the world’s largest vegetable seed company Seminis.  “…It is estimated that Seminis controls 40 percent of the U.S. vegetable seed market and 20 percent of the world market—supplying the genetics for 55 percent of the lettuce on U.S. supermarket shelves, 75 percent of the tomatoes and 85 percent of the peppers, with strong holdings in beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and peas. The company’s biggest reenue source comes from tomato and pepper seeds, followed by cucumbers and beans…” (2,3)*

Seminis’ varieties are used in large industrial production which supply supermarkets and are also used by regional conventional and organic farmers as well as gardeners growing at every volume and of every nature. Their seed offerings include over 3500 varieties and can be found in a number of commercial and garden seed catalogs.3*

The website NesaraNews published a full list of Seeds that are owned by Monsanto or Seminis or that sell even small percentage of seeds from them. I’ve copied this list for you here: 3*


Audubon Workshop
Breck’s Bulbs
Cook’s Garden
Dege Garden Center
Earl May Seed
E & R Seed Co
Ferry Morse
Flower of the Month Club
Gardens Alive
Germania Seed Co
Garden Trends
Jung Seed Genetics
Lindenberg Seeds
McClure and Zimmerman Quality Bulb Brokers
Mountain Valley Seed
Park Bulbs
Park’s Countryside Garden
R.H. Shumway
Roots and Rhizomes
Seeds for the World
Seymour’s Selected Seeds
Spring Hill Nurseries
T&T Seeds
Tomato Growers Supply
Totally Tomato
Vermont Bean Seed Co.
Wayside Gardens
Willhite Seed Co.
American Seeds
De Ruiter
Diener Seeds
Fielder’s Choice
Gold Country Seed
Heritage Seeds
Hubner Seed
Kruger Seeds
Lewis Hybrids
Rea Hybrids
Stone Seed
Western Seeds3*
From the same website, here is a list of safe seeds which can be purchased to ensure Non GMO Seeds. The following are not owned by Monsanto and do not sell Monsanto or Seminis Seeds. 3*
Amishland Seeds
Annapolis Valley
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Burpee Seeds
Heritage Seed Company (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Diane’s Flower Seeds
Ed Hume Seeds
Garden City Seeds
Heirlooms Evermore Seeds
Heirloom Seeds
Heirloom Organics
Horizon Herbs
Johnny’s Seeds
Landreth Seeds
Lake Valley Seeds
Livingston Seeds
Local Harvest
Mountain Rose Herbs
Organica Seed
Park Seeds
Sand Hill Preservation Center
Seeds of Change (Owned by Mars Inc.) But GMO Free.
Southern Exposure
Sustainable Seed Co
Territorial Seeds
Tiny Seeds
Uprising Seeds
Virtual Farm Seed Co
Wildseed Farms
The Safe Seed Resource List – 


Aravaipa Heirlooms
Hatching Bunnies Farm
Humble Seed
Native Seeds

Old Pueblo Plant & Seed Company
Sherizona Seed Co.
Terroir Seeds LLC home of Underwood Gardens
Westwind Seeds and Gardenscapes LLC

All Good Things Organic Seeds
Bountiful Gardens
Cornucopia Seeds
Deb’s Kitchen
Environmental Seed Producers
Green Mountain Resources, LLC
Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery
Jacob’s Farm/Del Cabo, Inc.
Living Seed Company
The Natural Gardening Company
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
Pearson’s Gardens
Redwood City Seed Company
Renee’s Garden
Rolling Hills Herbs & Heirloom Annuals
Seed Dreams
Sustainable Seed Co.
Underground Seeds
Botanical Interests, Inc.
Golden Harvest Organics LLC
Grant’s Plants, Seeds & Such
Lake Valley Seed
Sourcepoint Seeds
Butterbrooke Farm
Comstock Ferre & Co.
John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
New England Seed Company
Select Seeds Company
Chia Growers, Inc.

Florida Mycology Research Center
Growin’ Crazy Acres
Organic Sanctuary
QR Seeds Inc.
The Pepper Gal
Self Reliance Strategies, LLC

Earthly Delights Farm

EarthCare Seeds
High Altitude Gardens and Seeds Trust


Borries Open Pollinated Seed Corn Farm
Safeguard Seeds
Underwood Gardens
Garden Harvest Supply Inc.
Nature’s Crossroads, LLC
Rich Farm Garden Supply
Urban Farmer
Sand Hill Preservation Center
Seed Savers Exchange
Girasole, Inc. (DBA Seeds from Italy)

Skyfire Garden Seeds

Ferry Morse Seed Company

FedCo Seeds

Johnny’s Selected Seeds
The Heirloom Garden of Maine
The Maine Potato Lady
Wood Prairie Farm Organic Seed Potatoes
Where the Wild Things Grow
Annie’s Heirloom Seeds
Edible Seed Co.
Michigan Heirlooms
MyHeirloomSeeds – AMAL Enterprises LLC
Orchard House Heirlooms
Cheap Seeds
EnJoy Garden Fresh Farm
Melissa’s Seeds
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Barney’s Ginseng Patch
Gardeners Choice Heirloom Seeds
Granny’s Heirloom Seeds
Green Thumb Seeds
Morgan County Wholesale
Soper Family Farm

God Seed Planet, LLC

BLM Enterprises/Markham Farm

New Earth Organic Farm
Creekside Garden
Gourmet Seed International, LLC
Italian Seed and Tool
J&L Gardens
Plants of the Southwest
Pollinator Nation
New York Botanicals, LLC
Ommas – Aarden
On Warren Pond Farm & Seed Co.
The Sample Seed Shop
Turtle Tree Seed
WinterSown Educational
Christopher Weeks Peppers
Sow True Seed

Companion Plants, Inc.
Secret Seed Cartel

Clear Creek Seeds
Red Sky Farm
Survival Essentials
The Seed Guy


Boondockers Seed Company
Folly Farm
Goodwin Creek Gardens
Green Journey Seeds
Heirloom Organics, LLC
Horizon Herbs
Nichol’s Garden Nursery
Restorations Seeds
Siskiyou Seeds
Territorial Seed Company
Thyme Garden – Herb Seed Company
Victory Seed Company
Wild Garden Seed and Shoulder to Shoulder Farm
Wild West Seed, Inc.

The Ark Institute, Inc.
Heirloom Seed Project
Landis Valley Museum
Heirloom Seeds
Hollow Elm Gardens, LLC

Pepper Joe’s, Inc.
Penny’s Tomatoes
Seeds for the South

New Hope Seed Company
Readiness Essentials
Diane’s Flower Seeds

The Cook’s Garden
Dirt Works
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Ladybug Herbs of Vermont
Weed Farm Herbs


Garden Medicinals and Culinaries

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants


Backyard Heirloom Seeds & Herbs
E & M Heirloom Seeds
Frosty Hollow Ecological Restoration
Gator’s Green Thumb
Osborne Seed Company LLC


St. Clare Heirloom Seeds


Eden Seeds/Select Organic

Green Harvest Organic Gardening Supplies


Alberta Nurseries and Seeds, Ltd.
At Home Organic Farms
Brother Nature Organic Seeds
Clear Sky Farm
Dirt Sun Rain Garden Products
Eternal Seed
Heritage Harvest Seed
Hope Seeds
The Incredible Seed Company
Mandy’s Greehouses
Mapple Farm
Matchbox Garden & Seed Co.
Prairie Garden Seeds
Richter’s Herbs
Salt Spring Seeds
Stellar Seeds
Soggy Creek Seed Co.
Tatiana’s TOMATObase
Tourne-Sol Cooperative Farm
Two Wings Farm Organic Seeds
Urban Harvest Organic Seeds
West Coast Seeds
William Dam Seeds Ltd.
MyHeirloomSeeds – AMAL Enterprises LLC
B and T World Seeds
Organic Seeds

Livingseeds Heirloom Seeds
Chiltern Seeds Limited,
The Real Seed Company
VidaVerde Seed Collection.
D T Brown and Co.
Chiltern Seeds.
Samuel Dobie and Son.
Mr Fothergill’s Seeds.
E W King and Co
S E Marshall
S M McArd.
W Robinson and Sons – home of the Mammoth Onion, and lots more.
Secret Seeds – organic vegetable and herb seeds.
Seeds of Italy.
Seeds By Size
Simpson’s Seeds, The Walled Garden Nursery,
Suttons Seeds
Tamar Organics.
Thompson and Morgan**
**For a complete list of addresses, emails, websites and contact information for the above listed, as well as new additions to the list, visit  Resource 3 below.

I hope this is helpful as you continue your journey towards healthful living. It is tricky to navigate which foods are clean and free of pesticides, GMOs, antibiotics and other additives. Continue to read labels and support companies, local farmers and grocery stores that offer organic and Non-GMO products.

Healthiest wishes,






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Mar 05 2017

Consumers tricked again by food suppliers

Published by under GMO's,Organic

Consumers tricked again by food suppliers
The agromafia in Italy passed off fake olive oil to the public, making billions.  

Unfortunately, the public is repeatedly deceived by food suppliers. This continues to be an important topic of many of our blog posts in the hope of creating awareness. It is infuriating when we try to do the right thing by purchasing and consuming what we believe are “healthy foods” to find out we were duped by greedy companies or individuals who just want to fatten their own wallet, while deceiving the public at such an insidious level. From dyes added to farmed salmon, to GMO vegetables, to chemical additives, we continually are shocked at what gets added to our food supply without us knowing. Despite our best efforts to eat right, we can be undermined by the products that we trust.

This is the case with olive oil coming out of Italy. This story, which has been a topic of interest for some time and was reported in depth not too long ago on 60 Minutes, is being taken very seriously by the Italian government. The crooks behind this case of fraud is a mafia group, who have found a billion dollar industry in passing blends or other not pure oil off as 100% virgin olive oil. Recently, “…33 suspects in the Calabrian mafia’s Piromalli clan, a criminal enterprise whose illicit dealings allegedly include exporting fake extra virgin olive oil to the United States…” were arrested. Called the agromafia, they had an elaborate scheme to pass off fake olive oil, or olive oil blended with other oils as 100% extra virgin olive oil. Last year, high quality olive oil was selling at $50 or more per gallon while fake versions cost as little as $7 per gallon. (1,2)*

“…In Europe, the International Olive Council, chartered by the United Nations, establishes standards and works to ensure that products labeled extra-virgin, the highest grade of oil, live up to their billing; the countries do the policing. …“ 3*

So what is extra virgin olive oil? “According to the IOC, extra-virgin olive oil must meet strict chemical and organoleptic (taste and smell) standards, including low levels of acidity and ultraviolet-light absorption. (High levels suggest poor processing or deterioration.) It has been extracted from mashed fruit by mechanical means, not through the use of heat or chemicals, which can reduce flavor. It should have at least some fruitiness and be free of defects in flavor and aroma….”(3,4)*

What makes olive oil extra virgin? “First…

  • The oil must come from fresh olives that were milled within 24 hours of their harvest.
  • Next, it must be extracted by mechanical means, not from heat or chemicals.
  • They must not be treated chemically in any way.
  • Extra virgin oil is, in fact, fresh olive juice.
  • Being a fruit, olives contain natural antioxidants that protect the plant during its lifetime.
  • When the olive tree is very old it contains more of these antioxidants.
  • This is one of the reasons that olive trees are often hundreds of years old and create antioxidant rich products…”.(3,4)

When purchasing extra virgin olive oil, how do you know a fake from the real thing?

  1. Look for the International Olive Oil Council (IOC) seal.
  2. Stay away from “light” olive oil or blends, as these are not virgin quality.
  3. Purchase oils in dark bottles only. The dark bottle protects from oxidation
  4. What’s the price? If it is less than $10 a liter, chances are it’s not real. .
  5. Authentic virgin olive oil should have a harvesting date on the label.
  6. Do a taste test. Real virgin olive oil will taste fruity in the front of your mouth and have a peppery taste in the back. 4*

After all the news of the fraudulent oils, we now have a list of those oils that failed to meet the standard as “extra virgin”?

  • Filippo Berio
  • Bertolli
  • Colavita
  • Newman’s Own
  • Star
  • Mazzola
  • Mezzetta
  • Carapelli
  • Safeway
  • Whole Foods (4,5)*

These oils did meet the standards:

  • California Olive Ranch
  • Bariani Olive Oil “…is Stone Crushed, Cold Pressed, Decanted and Unfiltered California Extra Virgin Olive Oil and they are committed to producing an authentic extra virgin olive oil which is raw. Weston Price recommends this oil…”
  • Corto Olive – sometimes available at Costco.
  • Cobram Estate  – Most awarded extra virgin olive oil in Australia.
  • Lucero (Ascolano)
  • McEvoy Ranch Organic
  • Ottavio
  • Omaggio
  • Whole Foods California 365 
  • Olea Estates 100% extra virgin olive oil (4,5)*

In a 2012 issue of Consumer Reports, the results of a taste test of 138 bottles of extra virgin olive oil from 23 manufacturers were published. Of those sourced from Italy, the US, Greece, Argentina and Chile, the  California oils ranked higher than those from Italy.

Besides the fact that we want to receive honest products, there are serious health concerns when it comes to food fraud. Someone with food allergies could have a reaction when they believe they are getting one thing yet receive another. Some “…agromafia products have also been found to include low-quality contaminants, which presents an additional set of risks…”1*

So, follow the guidelines laid out above and be a smart consumer when it comes to all your purchases. Read labels. Look for stamps of certification. And continue to buy the products that meet the standards of organic and authentic.

Healthiest wishes,





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Feb 26 2017

Seek organic whenever possible, but choose “the Dirty Dozen” first.

Published by under GMO's,Organic

Seek organic whenever possible, but choose “the Dirty Dozen” first.
Some fruits and vegetables retain more pesticide residues than others. Know what they are so you can choose wisely. 

Last week we looked at ten steps you can take in your daily diet to “clean up your act.” The idea is to take ten measures in your daily life to get healthier. Once you master those, pick ten more! By taking these “baby steps” it helps us to slowly make lifestyle changes that will result in a healthier gut and healthier body for the long term. In keeping with that theme of replacing certain foods or activities with healthier ones, let’s look at the foods in your diet that you should replace with organic alternatives. Some produce, when grown with conventional means, absorb or retain pesticide residues more than others, so their organic counterparts should be sought.*

If you can buy only organic all the time, it is healthier for your body over your life span. Our organs don’t know what to do with pesticides and poisons, so years of consumption can lead to possible unwanted health issues. (This is why taking BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily is so important as it helps clean up some of these unwanted toxins in the body and help eliminate them from the body.) But not everyone has access to good organic produce in their communities, and oftentimes it can be cost prohibitive. So if you, like many people, need to pick and choose, here are some guidelines for your decision making process.(1,2,3)*

Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases a list of what they call the “Dirty Dozen. ” This list is based on their evaluation of a wide variety of crops, and they rank them highest to lowest in terms of pesticides. They updated their list for 2016, which is below. This is a list of fruits and vegetables, ranked highest to lowest. In other words, those at the top of the list are the highest in pesticide residues, while those at the bottom have the least. The top 12 would be considered the “Dirty Dozen.” The bottom 15 would be “the Clean Fifteen,” and there are some in the middle. (2,3)*

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Sweet bell peppers
  11. Cherry tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers
  13. Snap peas – imported
  14. Blueberries – domestic
  15. Potatoes
  16. Hot peppers 
  17. Lettuce
  18. Kale / collard greens 
  19. Blueberries – imported
  20. Green beans
  21. Plums
  22. Pears
  23. Raspberries
  24. Carrots
  25. Winter squash
  26. Tangerines
  27. Summer squash*
  28. Snap peas – domestic
  29. Green onions
  30. Bananas
  31. Oranges
  32. Watermelon
  33. Broccoli
  34. Sweet potatoes
  35. Mushrooms
  36. Cauliflower
  37. Cantaloupe
  38. Grapefruit
  39. Honeydew melon
  40. Eggplant
  41. Kiwi
  42. Papayas*
  43. Mangos
  44. Asparagus
  45. Onions
  46. Sweet peas frozen
  47. Cabbage
  48. Pineapples
  49. Sweet Corn*
  50. Avocados3*

It is important to note that sweet corn, summer squash and papaya sold in the United States is often produced from GMO seeds. Avoiding GMOs is also important, so buy organic varieties of these crops if you aim to avoid GMOs in your diet…which you should!3*

So what does it mean to eat organic? According to one organic farmer, “…We do not use any insecticides, herbicides or fungicides. We do not use genetically modified seeds and all of our fertilizers are organic. The organic fruit or vegetable may not be the prettiest at the market but it is certainly the cleanest and grown with much care and attention…”1*

So remember, it is important to get plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. You don’t want to avoid them if you can’t buy organic, but organic fruits and vegetables are healthier for our bodies. Organic farming is also better for the planet and it is healthier for the farmers that grow them for us. As the demand for organic produce continues to go up, more farms will rise to meet the demand, which will be a good thing for the consumers and the entire industry as a whole.*

Healthiest wishes,





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Feb 19 2017

Small easy steps towards better health

Take small steps towards better health.
Getting on track for a healthier lifestyle might be easier when taken one step at a time.  

I was talking to a client recently about health issues, improving gut health and getting started on a path towards healthier living. She was feeling overwhelmed at the thought of completely changing her diet and at the many pounds she had to lose. It made me realize…it is easier said than done! When someone is faced with many pounds to lose, a lifetime of poor dietary habits to change and mounting health issues, it can feel pretty discouraging and daunting. Her response….”I don’t even know where to start!”

Of course, we start with the gut. That is a given in my book. But completely changing behaviors overnight may not be realistic. If you have a soda, alcohol, cigarette or sugar habit, we all know, these are very hard addictions to beat. Perhaps you just have a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. That is also hard to beat. It requires a lot of educating of one ’s self, and sometimes requires starting small.*

Our conversation made me take a good look at our societal habits as a whole. It is so easy to be an armchair quarterback and say, “Do this, don’t do that! Eat this, but not that,” but saying is one thing and doing is another. So I made a deal with my client and we came up with a game plan to start with just 10 things she could change that might make a difference towards better health. After she masters those ten things, than she can pick ten more. Here are the ideas that we came up with and I encourage you to do the same. Perhaps these ten aren’t changes you need to make, but if you can make your own list, what would they be?

Here are the ten small changes we came up to start towards better health:

  1. Take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily. Of course, this is where I would have anyone start, if they are not already on these friendly critters. This will help begin the process of cleansing out the years of putrefaction and restoring the balance of the microbiome.
  2. Start each morning with one big glass of lemon water. (Take the Body Biotics™ with this). This helps to rehydrate after a long night’s sleep and alkalize the system.
  3. Make the first meal of the day a very healthy one. Whether you make a veggie, egg white omelet, or a whole grain cereal with fresh fruit and almond milk, start your day off right. When we eat donuts first thing in the morning, our bodies tend to crave more junk food throughout the day. When we start our day healthy, we have a tendency to eat healthier.
  4. Cut out all fried food and fatty, greasy meats. Fried food and greasy meats are hard on the digestive system and the microbiome as a whole. The body has to work very hard to process these foods and they are full of fat and calories which are just not good for us. Replace with a vegetarian dish or a low fat meat such as chicken or fish.
  5. Cook meals at home as opposed to eating out. This simple step gives you control over what you are putting in your body. You can purchase organic ingredients, and decide exactly what goes into your meal and what doesn’t.
  6. Walk for 30 minutes each day, instead of doing Facebook! (Build up to an hour over time). Exercise is so important for building muscle, burning calories and lubricating the joints.
  7. Replace the afternoon soda with a cup of green tea. Green tea is full of antioxidants while soda is full of Candida loving sugar and empty calories.
  8. Replace processed peanut butter with all natural peanut butter or almond butter. No one needs the hydrogenated oils or preservatives found in processed peanut butters. There are plenty of natural brands available that have only peanuts and salt in their recipe. Many stores allow you to grind your own nut butters…even better!
  9. Snack on fresh vegetable sticks instead of potato chips. Save on calories and provide the good fiber needed to feed the friendly bacteria in your gut.
  10. Cut alcohol intake by half. Alcohol is full of sugar and calories. It is very hard on the microbiome when abused, so start with cutting alcohol intake in half, then cut it in half again to get to where you only indulge on occasion. (If alcohol addiction is an issue, seek professional help or find a meeting near you to receive the support needed).
  11. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Water hydrates the muscles, flushes toxins and provides a channel for fat to leave the body.*

Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, conquering a healthy lifestyle won’t take place overnight. Just as poor health can creep up on us over a period of years, so it is with getting back to optimal health. The important message here is that sometimes we need to just take things one step at a time, one day at a time. Make small changes, but stick with them. Once you master your ten things…create ten more!

Healthiest wishes,


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Feb 12 2017

Finding Foods that Help Heal the Gut

Finding foods that help heal the gut.
Focus on these foods to heal your gut after experiencing Candida overgrowth.

As we wrap up our series on Candida Albicans, let’s look at the foods that you want to be sure to include in your diet in order to help heal your gut and your body after Candida overgrowth and the detox period that comes with eliminating it. Because diet is such an important factor in limiting Candida overgrowth as well as healing your gut, you need to focus on the foods and lifestyle that will allow you to get and stay healthy. As we have discussed, Candida loves sugar, processed foods, and alcohol — any foods that turn to sugar in the body. Avoiding these while getting rid of Candida overgrowth is important. Limiting them going forward to avoid a reoccurence of Candida overgrowth is key. Additionally, here are some foods you can be sure to include in your diet to help your gut heal.*

Coconut oil
Various varieties and forms of Coconut oil are available in many grocery stores today and that is a good thing because it is an excellent source of a fatty acid called caprylic acid. This antifungal interferes with Candida growth by poking holes in the yeast cell walls, causing them to die. Keeping coconut oil in your diet will help prevent candida from over multiplying again. Suggestion: Cook with coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.1*

Garlic may not be great for your breath, but it is great for your health and killing candida, as it is one of the most powerful natural antifungals around. When eaten raw. Garlic contains allicin, a sulphur-containing compound with natural antifungal properties specific to Candida. So load up…and enjoy the healing benefits of this amazing food. Suggestion: add to homemade pestos, hummus and salad dressings.1*

Apple cider vinegar
While other vinegars are not recommended while combating Candida, apple cider vinegar is a good choice. While research is somewhat limited in regards to apple cider vinegar, it appears to contain enzymes that help break down Candida. Suggestion: Use in a salad dressing.1*

Cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, arugula, and radishes, have a property called isothiocyanates which are sulphur- and nitrogen-containing compounds that attack Candida. Additionally, their high fiber content make them an excellent prebiotic, the food source for probiotics. Suggestion: Eat raw! 1*

While ginger may not be the most powerful antifungal of the group, it provides liver support during the detoxifying process as you combat Candida overgrowth. It contains ginerols and shogaols which are the anti-inflammaotry and antifungal components of the ginger root. Suggestions: Use in fresh vegetable juice and in stir fry dishes.

Olive oil
Olive oil contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants that can help your body fight Candida. You could also find polyphenols in flax, avocado, and primrose oils. Suggestions: Replace vegetable oil with these healthier oils.1*

Eugenol, which is naturally found in cloves, is an essential oil which is very effective as an antifungal when ingested. Clove oil is also effective when applied topically for toe and fingernail fungal infections.1*

Cinnamon is a wonderful anti-inflammatory with antifungal properties. Just as caprylic acid found in Coconut Oil appears to damage yeast cells, causing them to die off, Cinnamon appears to be equally beneficial treating Candida. If you suspect you have a stomach or intestinal ulcer, cinnamon is not recommended. Suggestions: sprinkle on top of smoothies.1*

Wild salmon
Wild salmon provides a powerful punch of omega-3 fatty acids with each serving. It is also great for fighting fungal infections. Be sure to get wild salmon as opposed to farmed salmon that contain dyes and is fed on gmo grains in many cases.1*

Lemon juice
Lemon juice is a great equalizer for the body and its essential oil may contain mild antifungal properties. It is an excellent detoxifier for the liver as well. Since detoxing from Candida can be hard on the liver, drinking plenty of lemon water can be especially good for you during the detox and healing periods. 1*

With Aloe’s gentle healing properties, this is another good choice to add to your diet. It also contains antioxidants,  as it contains polyphenols, which inhibit candida growth and promote healing. Body Biotics Aloe Pure™ capsules help with detoxing and cleansing the digestive tract. You’ll want to follow the directions on the bottle and not take more that prescribed. Aloe can help with constipation and work as a gentle cleanse which is helpful while detoxing from candida overgrowth, but taking too much will be counterproductive.2*


As mentioned last week, it is important to repopulate the gut with friendly bacteria, so you will want to continue to take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probitoics Consortia™ daily to keep Candida at bay.


We will continue to explore this topic as new research surfaces and topics of interest arise. I hope it has been helpful to learn more about Candida, what it is, causes of candida overgrowth, health issues related to this condition, how to get rid of it, and how to heal your gut and keep it healthy going forward. 


Healthiest wishes,





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Feb 05 2017

Candida is more dangerous than you think

Published by under Colon Cleanse

Candida is more dangerous than you think.
When allowed to grow out of control, Candida leads to multiple and dangerous health conditions.

Last week we laid out a regimen for crowding out Candida and taking back one’s health. If candidiasis is a condition you think you might be suffering from, I hope you took the advice to heart and really got serious about taking the necessary steps to clean up your gut. Candida Albicans, when allowed to overrun your microbiome, can break down the delicate membrane walls of the digestive tract and actually penetrate into the bloodstream. If left unchecked, this can become quite dangerous as Candida is toxic to our systems. As the body’s organs are all interdependent, when one becomes unhealthy, others can follow. As we know, addressing our health at the core, and ensuring the gut is healthy, sets us up for long term health. It is unfortunate that so many of today’s doctors don’t follow this. As we go from one doctor to another with our myriad symptoms, they continue to prescribe medications that often mask our symptoms instead of addressing the true problems. Without ever addressing the core problem of an unhealthy gut, one’s health issues can spiral out of control, and it’s a shame to know that a few simple steps, (though for so many can be difficult to follow), might have made the difference. .

“…When Candida breaches the intestinal barrier and enters the bloodstream it releases toxic byproducts—including acetaldehyde—into your body. Acetaldehyde is a well-known carcinogen and is responsible for “hangover” symptoms such as nausea, headache, fatigue, and liver damage—definitely not something you want floating around in your body in large quantities…”(1,2)*

Candida overgrowth and leaky gut are bedfellows.  “…A leaky gut creates the perfect environment for Candida to multiply, pass through the intestinal lining, and enter the bloodstream along with the undigested food particles..” At the same time, if Candida is allowed to colonize the gut, it can damage the intestinal lining, therefore leading to leaky gut syndrome. Once to this point, the body becomes compromised as the Candida toxins, food particles and other bad bacteria enter the blood stream. Your body, because it doesn’t recognize these particles, creates antibodies to fight them off, leading to autoimmune disorders to include Rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammation, liver damage and the snowball effect of other metabolic conditions. This is why Candida overgrowth should not be taken lightly. (1,2)* .

When the toxins released from Candida overgrowth enter the bloodstream, they must now be filtered by the liver. Too many toxins can stress the liver, making it difficult for it to function properly. Its role of maintaining blood sugar levels, regulating hormones and storing nutrients, is compromised. This explains why many of the symptoms of Candida overgrowth to include brain fog, fatigue and mental health disorders are similar to an overworked liver. Part of many Candida cleanses include liver support supplements and detoxification support.(1,2)*

Another byproduct of Candida overgrowth and leaky gut syndrome is chronic inflammation. When foreign particles and toxins enter the blood stream, the body releases antigens to fight them off. When left unchecked, this continuous release of antibodies causes the body to be in a constant state of “battle” and inflammation. Inflammation is our bodies’ defense mechanism to buffer and heal (as with a bone break for example). But if the inflammation doesn’t go away, this is when chronic inflammation occurs, resulting in joint aches and pains, arthritis, skin rashes, brain fog and can eventually lead to autoimmune disease.(1,2)*

You can see how Candida overgrowth is a nasty health problem to overcome. The terrible part is that the worse it gets, the harder it is to stave off sugar cravings which feed this yeast. Last week we laid out a plan for you to start the clean up necessary to balance the gut and starve out Candida, which included cutting off Candida’s food source, repopulating the gut with good bacteria by taking a therapeutic dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, and finally healing the gut. Stay strong and follow the course! Next week, we will look at healing the gut and the foods which help with this step. These are foods that are particularly beneficial when cleaning up the gut and healing it as you detoxify your microbiome of this damaging condition.

Healthiest wishes,






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Jan 29 2017

Crowd out Candida in three steps.

Published by under Womens Health

Crowd out Candida in three steps.
If you’ve been battling Candida overgrowth, isn’t it time you feel good again?  

Over the last few weeks, we have talked about Candida overgrowth and how this yeast can harm the microbiome and lead to many serious health issues.

We’ve talked about what candidiasis is, what causes Candida Albicans to multiply and how to determine if you have it. Next week, we will look at some of the more serious health issues brought about by Candida overgrowth. But before we do that, let’s look at what you can do to get rid of it and bring your gut back in balance. If you suspect that you suffer from Candida overgrowth, you want to get busy getting this aggressive yeast under control.

Did you review the list of symptoms last week? Did you perform the “spit test”? If after doing these two self tests you think you may have Candida overgrowth, you’ll want to take immediate steps to clean up your gut. So, if you have determined that you have this condition, what can you do?

There are basically three steps you need to take to successfully treat Candida.

  1. Stop the yeast from growing.
  2. Re-populate the gut with friendly bacteria
  3. Heal the gut so that Candida is no longer entering your bloodstream.1*

Step one: Stop the yeast overgrowth. The best way to do this is to cut off the Candida’s food supply. Candida loves sugar, carbohydrates, and anything else that turns to sugar in the system. Additionally, eliminate inflammatory foods to include gluten, dairy, soy and corn…essentially those foods that lead to food sensitivities. Also, cut out any gastric irritants such as alcohol, drugs and caffeine.(1,2,3)*

Limit your diet to fresh vegetables and proteins. A vegetable juice detox is a great way to kick start your regimen. After a week or so, you can add, but limit yourself to one cup of complex carbohydrates daily (beans, grains, bread, fruit, pasta and potatoes). If you stick to this strict diet, you will keep the Candida from multiplying and eventually, without its food source, it will die. To keep it from returning, you’ll to need maintain this healthier lifestyle.(1,2)*

Step Two: Repopulate the microbiome with friendly bacteria. The second important part of getting rid of Candida is to increase the friendly bacteria population in the gut. Start by increasing Body Biotics™ Bio Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to a therapeutic dose of 6 to 8 capsules per day for several months. Once you feel that the Candida is under control, cut back to 4 to 6 per day, and then eventually back to a maintenance dose of 2 to 4 daily. Additionally, your health care practitioner can prescribe an antifungal medicine and you can purchase supplements of caprylic acid from your local apothecary or health food store. Derived from coconut oil, caprylic acid essentially “pokes holes” in the wall of the yeast cell causing it to die.  Avoid using herbs such as oregano oil as it kills good bacteria as well as bad.1*

Third Step: Healing the gut. This step is important for repairing the intestinal lining and reducing inflammation in the body. With severe cases of Candida, the yeast starts to leak into the bloodstream. This is when it leads to many dangerous health conditions, which we will cover next week. There are foods you can eat to help promote healing, such as coconut oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, cruciferous vegetables, fresh ginger, lemon, cinnamon, and cloves. In a couple of weeks, we will look at specifically why these foods help fight Candida and heal the gut. Additionally, during this step, you can take Body Biotics Aloe Pure™ to calm and help cleanse the intestinal tract. There are also supplements your naturopath can recommend. According to Dr. Amy Meyers, renowned leader in Functional medicine, “…Providing the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself is essential. One of my favorite supplements is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the gut wall lining. Other key nutrients include zinc, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin A, C, E as well as herbs such as slippery elm and aloe Vera…”(1,2,3)*

If you believe you are suffering from an overgrowth of Candida, take it very seriously and follow these steps to starve out the Candida, repopulate the gut with friendly bacteria and then lastly, get on a diet full of healing foods to reduce inflammation and repair the lining of the digestive tract.*

Next week, we are going to discuss the various health issues that can result when Candida goes unchecked.

Healthiest wishes,





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Jan 22 2017

Don’t delay if you suffering from Candida overgrowth

Published by under Womens Health

Are you suffering from Candida overgrowth?
Don’t ignore the warning signs of this serious condition.

Last week we talked about Candida Albicans, what it is and different factors that cause this yeast to multiply in the gut. This week, let’s look at the signs and symptoms to determine if you are suffering from this condition, which affects not only the gut, but can lead to vaginal yeast infections, nail fungus, skin infections and urinary tract infections. If left untreated, much more serious autoimmune conditions can result. Once Candida takes hold in the intestinal tract, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of it. *

Candida Albicans is a yeast microorganism which lives in all of our intestinal tracts along with many other microorganisms. In a normal, healthy gut, the percentage of friendly bacteria to unfriendly bacteria is approximately 80% friendly to 20% unfriendly. The bacteria to Candida ratio is about 10 to 1. In a healthy gut, Candida Albicans help us with digestion and nutrient absorption. (1,2)*

Introduce a round of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, a poor diet with lots of sugar, alcohol and processed foods, and the delicate balance of the microbiome can be compromised. If the percentage of friendly to unfriendly bacteria in our guts changes enough, it can leave us susceptible to myriad health issues. To make matters worse, a vicious cycle begins. As the unfriendly microorganisms feed off of sugar and empty carbohydrates, we experience increased cravings for these unhealthy foods and if we indulge,  lead to more overgrowth.. Yes, that’s right….we truly are what we eat. A healthy gut does not have these strong sugar cravings.(1,2)*

According to the National Candida Center, “…Candida overgrowth was rare before World War II. The introduction of the mass use of antibiotics paralleled the rise in yeast infections. Initially a prescription for antibiotics directly preceded almost all yeast infections. In other words, during the 1950’s a yeast infection usually followed a course of antibiotics by a few weeks…” Because antibiotics wipe out both good and bad bacteria, it leaves the gut susceptible to the unfriendly taking over1*

With a weakened gut, comes a weakened immune system, leaving us vulnerable to other unwanted microorganisms and bacteria which ultimately can cause us to get sick. When our guts have an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, it shows up as vaginal yeast infections, nail fungus, UTI’s and more. The problem is that once these conditions appear, the Candida has already grown out of control and a larger problem of dysbiosis (dysfunction of the microbiome) exists, which can slowly spread to other parts of the body. Once you get to this stage, Candida can leak into the blood stream, leading to autoimmune disorders to include rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, scleroderma, to name a few. Candidiasis can sneak up on you and make you extremely ill, and with many varied and often unrelated symptoms, it can be confusing and hard to diagnose.  “…Candida yeast not only steals nutrients from the food that you eat, it then poisons the tissues with waste material containing over 75 known toxins. (1,2,3)*

 Candidiasis is not a condition to be taken lightly, so let’s look at some signals indicating this may be a condition you have. Have you been experiencing any of the following (for more than a month)?  If you have, this is a sign you may have Candida overgrowth.(1,2,)*

  • Strong sugar cravings
  • Digestive problems to include bloating, diarrhea or constipation.
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Severe seasonal allergies and ears that are itchy
  • Brain fog, difficulty concentrating, lack of focus
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Toe fungus or athlete’s foot
  • Eczema, psoriasis and other skin issues
  • Mood swings, irritability and depression
  • Canker sores
  • ADHD, ADD or Poor impulse control. (1,2,3)*

You can also take the spit test. Though this sounds somewhat unscientific, it can be a good determinant that you have yeast overgrowth. Simply spit in a glass of standing water. Check it after about 15 minutes. If you see strings of the saliva going down  through the water to the bottom of the glass, or a cloudy glob of saliva at the bottom of the glass, this is another indication of Candida Albicans. If after this test and answering yes to several of the above, it may be time to talk with your health care practitioner about conducting a blood, stool or urine test to help you know for sure. 1*

Blood test

With a blood test, you can check your levels for IgG, IgA, and IgM Candida anti-bodies. If your levels are high, it can indicate Candida  overgrowth. The problem with this test, is that sometimes these can be negative when a stool or urine test shows positive. From what I have read, this is not the most reliable test.3* 
Stool test
Seemingly the most accurate, a comprehensive stool test checks for Candida in the colon or  lower intestine. 3*

Urine Organix Dysbiosis Test 
The urine test detects D-Arabinitol, a waste product of Candida yeast overgrowth. This test can determine if Candida is present in the upper gut or small intestines. 3*

Now you know the symptoms and warning signs along with some tests you can take to determine if you may be suffering from Candida overgrowth. Next week we will look at how to get rid of this stubborn yeast. This is where Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ plays such a crucial role. We know feeding our guts friendly bacteria is key to staying healthy, and in the case of Candida overgrowth, it is more important than ever.

Healthiest wishes,





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