The Most Effective Natural Antibiotics

Nature has provided thousands of natural medicines and natural antibiotics over millennia. These can also be used as the first line of defense against those seasonal ailments which require a fortified immune system.Natural Antibiotics

The good news is that many of them are already in your kitchen, or maybe they should be. Find out after reading about them.

Here is a list of 15 natural antibiotics worth knowing courtesy of the Natural Society

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US Restricts Japanese Food Imports Over Radionuclide Contamination Concern

“According to Import Alert 99 – 33 issued by US FDA , a list of Japanese food will be banned”

These restrictions by the FDA comes amidst recent scandals (mislabeling, paperworks falsified etc …) and warrantedaccusations by Taiwan that the FDA is continually covering imports of radioactive food.


日本の「科学的」とは何か? そうなってしまっている。(Kitagawa Takashi)


Pressure is on … specially since the LDP is spending billions of Yens to promote their myth of safety to the international market and unaware consumers. More on this in my next post. The FDA have always banned a few items … a couple of Fish variety here and there … but usually lifted their bans a couple of months after. But this extensive list of products is definitely related to their attempt  sell mislabeled and radioactive food to its neighbors! Which is a very stupid intent to begin with since its a constant cat fight between China and Japan – so of course they are going to check.





Districts may detain, without physical examination, the specified products from firms in the 福島県 Fukushima, 青森県 Aomori, 千葉県 Chiba, 群馬県Gumna, 茨城県 Ibaraki, 岩手県 Iwate, 宮城 県 Miyagi, 長野県 Nagano, 新潟県 Niigata, 埼玉県 Saitama,  静岡県 Shizuoka,  栃木県Tochigi,  山形県Yamagata and 山梨県 Yamanashi prefectures.

The United States has recently tightened restriction of food import from Japan. According to Import Alert 99-33 issued by US FDA, a list of Japanese food will be banned unless they pass physical examination. It includes milk, butter, milk-based infant formula, and other milk products, vegetables and vegetable products, rice and whole grain, fish, meat and poultry, venus clam, sea urchin,  yuzu fruit and Kiwi fruit. ”  FAD indicates that revision to this import alert is due to radionuclide contamination.  COMPLETE LIST TO FOLLOW

FDA says it will continue consultation with Japanese government to ensure products from the affected prefectures do not pose a health risk to US consumers. FDA will continue monitoring the public health risks due to radionuclide contamination, and when appropriate will remove the Import Alert and resume routine coverage of entries.


Checking Japanese products  byTaiwanese authorities



COMPLETE LIST of products from the indicated prefectures:

青森県 AOMORI PREFECTURE: Wild Mushrooms

千葉県 CHIBA PREFECTURE: Shitake mushrooms; Bamboo shoots; Common Carp; Sliver Crucian Carp, Eel, Boar

福島県 FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE: Raw Milk; Wild Aralia Sprout; Azuki Bean; Bamboo Shoot; Non-head type leafy vegetables (i.e. Japanese Mustard, Spinach (Komatsuna), Garland Chrysanthemum, Qing-geng-cai, Potherb Mustard (Mizuna), Leaf Lettuce (red), Spinach and other non-heading leafy vegetables); Head type leafy vegetables (i.e. Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage and Lettuce); Flower head brassicas Vegetables (i.e. Broccoli and Cauliflower); Chestnuts; Wild Japanese Butterbur Scrape; Japanese Royal Fern; Kiwi Fruit; Koshiabura (wild tree sprout); Log-grown Shitake mushrooms; Log-grown Pholiota Nameko (outdoor cultivation), Mushroom; Ostrich Fern; Pteridium Aquilinum (bracken fern); Rice; Soybean; Turnips, Ume; Giant Butterbur; Uwabamisou; Yuzu Fruit; Alaska Pollock; Ayu (excluding farm raised); Barfin Flounder; Black cow-tongue; Black rockfish; Brass blotched rockfish; Brown hakeling; Salmon (landlocked) (excluding farm raised); Common Carp(excluding farm raised); Conger Eel; Fat Greenling; Flathead; Fox Jacopever; Goldeye rockfish; Black Porgy; Dace; Eel; Sandlance (excluding juvenile); Seabass; Long Shanny; Marbled Flounder; Nibe Croaker; Ocellate Spot Skate; Olive Flounder; Panther Puffer; Poacher; Red Tongue Sole; Ridged-eye Flounder; Rockfish (Sebastes cheni); Scorpion Fish, Sea Raven; Shotted Halibut; Slime Flounder; Spotted Halibut; Starry Flounder; Stone Flounder; Surfperch; Venus Clam; Vermiculated Puffer; Whitespotted Char (excluding farm raised); Bear meat; Beef; Boar; Cooper Pheasant; Green Pheasant; Hare Meat; Spot-Billed Duck

群馬県 GUMNA PREFECTURE: Wild Mushrooms; Salmon (landlocked) (excluding farm raised); Whitespotted Char (excluding farm raised); Bear meat; Boar; Copper Pheasant; Venison;

茨城県 IBARAKI PREFECTURE: Log-grown Shitake mushrooms; Bamboo shoots; Koshiabura (wild tree sprout); Seabass; Eel; Rockfish; Ocellate Spot Skate; Channel Catfish(excluding farm raised); Stone Flounder; Boar

岩手県 IWATE PREFECTURE: Bamboo shoots; Log-grown Brick-cap mushrooms (outdoor cultivation), Log-grown Shitake mushrooms; Log-grown Pholiota, Nameko (outdoor cultivation), Wild Mushrooms; Wild Japanese parsley; Royal fern; Koshiabura (wild tree sprout); Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern); Soybean; Black Porgy; Seabass; Whitespotted Char(excluding farm raised); Bear meat; Beef; Venison; Cooper Pheasant

宮城 県 MIYAGI PREFECTURE: Royal Fern; Bamboo Shoots; Koshiabura (wild tree sprout); Wild Araila Sprout, Ostrich Ferns; Rice; Log-grown Shitake mushrooms(outdoor cultivation); Wild Mushrooms; Soybean; Ayu(excluding farm raised); Salmon (landlocked) (excluding farm raised); Black Porgy; Dace; Seabass; Whitespotted Char (excluding farm raised); Beef; Bear Meat; Boar meat

長野県 NAGANO PREFECTURE: Wild Mushrooms, Koshisabura


埼玉県 SAITAMA PREFECTURE: Wild Mushrooms


栃木県 TOCHIGI PREFECTURE: Wild Aralai Sprouts; Bamboo Shoots; Chestnuts; Wild Japanese Peppers; Wild Royal Fern; Koshiabura (wild tree sprout); Wild Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern); Wild Ostrich Ferns; Log-grown Brick-cap mushrooms (outdoor cultivation), Log-grown Shitake mushrooms; Log-grown Pholiota Nameko (outdoor cultivation), Wild Mushrooms; Whitespotted Char (excluding farm raised); Beef; Boar meat; Venison




Kitagawa Takashi さんからの便り

Source; FDA公式サイト。

40% of Consumers More Likely to Shop with Retailers That Offer Green Packaging

Consumers Value Environmentally Friendly Supply Chain Practices

Earth Friendly Sustainable PackagingEnvironment-friendly packaging and green supply chain practices are important to most online shoppers, according to a new study from Dotcom Distribution, a provider of fulfillment and logistics services for both brands.

The study, which surveyed over 500 online shoppers about their packaging preferences, found that 57 percent of consumers say that green packaging is important to them—and 61 percent of consumers have considered green packaging when deciding where to shop.

“Today’s consumers are environmentally aware, and making changes to become more environmentally friendly is one of the best things you can do as a brand,” said Maria Haggerty, CEO of Dotcom Distribution, in a news release. “Brands that are not able to make sustainable changes themselves should look to third-party logistics providers that can help implement these changes in a cost-effective way.”

Survey respondents noted that they’re also concerned about individual retailers’ carbon footprints. The study found that 55 percent of shoppers have considered an online retailer’s overall carbon footprint when deciding where to shop, and 64 percent have considered supply chain practices, like low-impact shipping processes, when deciding between brands.

As major retailers like Apple begin to address these issues, it’s important that emerging brands also consider environmentally friendly practices to attract and retain loyal customers. While Apple recently bought 36,000 acres of forest to sustainably produce packaging, smaller brands can still make a difference by implementing changes that are less drastic. Haggerty argues that green packaging doesn’t always take the form of a plain brown box.

“Green packaging comes in many forms, and retailers can consider various different factors like inks, source materials and recyclability when deciding to make environmentally friendly changes,” said Haggerty. “For brands looking to reduce their carbon footprints but lack the resources to do so, implementing one or two small, cost-effective changes will still make a big difference.”

Source: PRWeb; edited by Richard Carufel

A Review Of Nutritional Interventions For Schizophrenia Treatment

SuperfoodsSchizophrenia is a chronic condition that significantly impacts  the individual and the family. The disorder also has wider consequences for society in terms of significant costs to the economy. This highly prevalent condition affects approximately 1% of the worldwide population, yet there are few therapeutic options.

The predominant treatment strategy for schizophrenia is anti-psychotic medication (with or without additional talking therapy) even though this approach lacks efficacy in managing the negative symptoms of the condition, is not effective in one-third of the patient group and the side effects of the medication can be severe and debilitating.

In recent years, a number of pathophysiological processes have been identified in groups of people with schizophrenia including oxidative stress, one-carbon metabolism and immune-mediated responses. A number of studies have shown that these altered physiological mechanisms can be ameliorated by nutritional interventions in some individuals with schizophrenia.

This review published in Nutrition Journal by Megan Anne Arroll1*, Lorraine Wilder2 and James Neil2 briefly describes the aforementioned processes and outlines research that has investigated the utility of nutritional approaches as an adjunct to anti-psychotic medication which includes:

  • Antioxidant and vitamin B supplementation,
  • Neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory nutrients and
  • Exclusion diets as an adjunct to anti-psychotic medication
  • Oxidative stress and the benefits of supplementation
  • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
  • Alpha lipoic acid (ALA)
  • Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine)
  • Vitamins C and E
  • Essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)
  • L-Theanine
  • One carbon metabolism and B vitamins
  • Folate and B vitamin supplementation
  • Immune-mediated responses and the therapeutic benefits of casein- and gluten-free diets
  • Vitamin D as a risk factor for the development of schizophrenia

While none of these interventions provides a ‘one-size-fits-all’ therapeutic solution, the authors suggest that a personalized approach warrants research attention as there is growing agreement that schizophrenia is a spectrum disorder that develops from the interplay between environmental and genetic factors.

Healthy Aspirations and the Disconnect From Health Actions

CONSUMER| 08-14-2014

Health and wellness is trending. At the start of year, U.S. consumers listed health among their top five concerns for 2014. Concurrently, the popularity of fitness bands, smartphone apps that track health and fresh food saleshave all risen dramatically.

Despite the recent explosion of the health and wellness industry, however, one-third of American adults remain clinically obese.* According to findings in the Nielsen/NMI Health and Wellness in America report, we literally want to have our cake and carrot juice—and eat them, too. For example, while 75 percent of us say we feel we can manage health issues through proper nutrition, a whole 91 percent of us admit to snacking all day on candy, ice cream and chips. So why is there a disconnect between our what we know is healthy and what we actually do? What are the perceptions around “health foods” that prevent us from making better choices? And how can retailers help bridge the gap?

American consumers overwhelmingly aspire to lead healthy lives. For example, 89 percent say taking personal responsibility for one’s health is the best way to stay healthy, 75 percent say they feel they can manage health issues through nutrition, and 64 percent say they will take whatever means necessary to control their own health. However, when it comes down to putting those thoughts into action, only 70 percent say they’re actually “actively trying to be healthier,” 50 percent say it’s a challenge to eat healthy, and 66 percent say they don’t exercise enough.

When it comes to healthy habits, life appears to get in consumers’ way. Along with health, food prices were among consumers’ top five concerns for 2014. More than half of consumers cite “rising food prices” as a barrier to healthy eating§, and 54 percent of consumers agree that “healthy foods are too expensive to eat regularly.”† As a result, shoppers aren’t buying healthier options even when they’re available. In a Nielsen Global Survey, half of U.S. consumers said the availability of organic or nutritionally-enhanced products at grocery had no or next-to-no impact on their grocery purchases in the last year.

Beyond the practicalities of price, however, taste also influences consumers’ food shopping decisions. Half of consumers agreed that “…healthy food should taste good, and I am not willing to give up taste for health.” Given concerns with price and taste, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that when consumers are spending more—such as when dining out—their healthy habits are kicked to the curb. More than 50 percent of consumers say they “splurge” when dining out and give in to cravings.

Of course, another reason for this gap could be the broad nature of health and wellness. Consumers today face a wide range of concerns, problems and diseases—and not every person focuses on every issue. To help consumers balance their desires for healthier lives with their not-so-healthy lifestyles, retailers should consider introducing solutions designed to address specific conditions.

For example, two areas that all ages, but especially Baby Boomers and Matures, cite as the most important wellness aspirations are weight maintenance and heart health. These health-aware population segments recognize that achieving these goals requires taking personal responsibility for managing health through proper nutrition. This finding suggests that advertising and promotional campaigns emphasizing the personal responsibility angle of health and wellness could be highly effective with these groups, especially as satisfaction with America’s healthcare system continues to wane.

The message is clear—Americans are well intentioned when it comes to their health and wellness goals, but their aspirations are not yet reality. We want to be healthier, to eat better, to exercise, we know what we need to do to lead healthier lives, yet our busy lifestyles get in the way. We are looking for solutions, and manufacturers and retailers face a real opportunity to help bridge the gap. By understanding the need of consumers and the obstacles getting in the way of their healthy aspirations, the industry can solve for consumers’ needs and have a positive effect on their health and wellness.

*“Adult Obesity Facts,” Fact Sheet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 28, 2014. http://www.cdc. gov/obesity/data/adult.html
§Nielsen Global Online Survey—Q1 2012
†Natural Marketing Institute 2013 Health & Wellness Trends Database

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