Yahoo Sports: Mark Munoz shows off slimmed down physique for UFC 162 after ‘turning to food for comfort’

Mark Munoz - Before & After

Mark Munoz lost 261 – 199lbs in 5 months

Last summer, Mark Munoz was knocked out by Chris Weidman. Then he had to recover from a foot injury sustained while training for the Weidman bout. It was a rough turn of events for a fighter who had title shot hopes and who had been on a four-bout winning streak.

He turned to what so many turn to for comfort in tough times — food. Munoz talked about his struggles on his website.

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Yahoo Shine: Restaurant Meal Named ‘Worst in America’

From the Editor: Fried foods, sugar and GMO’s should be the first things a healthy person removes from their diet. Unfortunately, these chemically warfare vehicles such as the Big Catch contain all three of these in deadly combination. A healthy person does not eat from any of the large chain fast food restaurants.

Long John Silver's Big Catch

Why would anyone eat this poison? Long John Silver’s Big Catch is the worst meal in America!

Nutritionists have been telling us to eat more fish for years, but not all fish is prepared in a healthy way. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has revealed the worst restaurant meal in the United States to be Long John Silver’s Big Catch.

On Tuesday, the consumer advocacy group tweeted:

The restaurant chain introduced the meal, which includes a piece of fried haddock, hush puppies, and onion rings, in late May for the bargain price of $4.99 writing in a press release, “The Big Catch is a premium menu item, with the classic taste that Long John Silver’s is known for.” While it may be a lot of food for a small amount of money, it’s no great deal in terms of nutrition.

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EPA Set to Increase Levels of Controversial Chemical on Food

gmo-crop-charts2“Pesticides may be putting young children at risk of cancer” read a headline. Other headlines have suggested that pesticides are linked to Parkinson’s, autism and other conditions.

That can be tough to hear for anyone who has put regular, non-organic groceries into her shopping cart and on her dinner table. So when a headline hit this week that the EPA was seeking to increase the allowable levels of a controversial chemical used on our food crops, it was enough to make me wonder if anyone is watching out for the health of our children or if it is just about the financial health of corporations.

Now some in the industry will argue that we need these chemicals to feed the world. The USDA reports that we throw away 30% of the food that we produce, so this is a hard conversation to have as it is so loaded with emotion not to mention shareholder demands.

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U.S. Approves a Label for Meat From Animals Fed a Diet Free of Gene-Modified Products

The Agriculture Department has approved a label for meat and liquid egg products that includes a claim about the absence of genetically engineered products.

It is the first time that the department, which regulates meat and poultry processing, has approved a non-G.M.O. label claim, which attests that meat certified by the Non-GMO Project came from animals that never ate feed containing genetically engineered ingredients like corn, soy and alfalfa.

The U.S.D.A.’s Food Safety Inspection Service “allows companies to demonstrate on their labels that they meet a third-party certifying organization’s standards, provided that the third-party organization and the company can show that the claims are truthful, accurate and not misleading,” Cathy Cochran, a U.S.D.A. spokeswoman, said in a statement.

HuffingtonPost.com: Choice of Monsanto Betrays World Food Prize Purpose, Say Global Leaders

2013-06-26-WFP_HuffPoImage“This statement is supported by 81 Councillors of the World Future Council, a network of global luminaries who “form a voice for the rights of future generations,” and/or Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, often called the Alternative Nobel. Supporters’ names appear below.”

In honoring the seed biotechnology industry, this year’s World Food Prize — to many, the most prestigious prize in food and agriculture — betrays the award’s own mandate to emphasize “the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people.”

The 2013 World Food Prize has gone to three chemical company executives, including Monsanto executive vice president and chief technology officer, Robert Fraley, responsible for development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Yet, GMO seeds have not been designed to meet the Prize’s mandate and function in ways that actually impede progress toward the stated goals of the World Food Prize.

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FoodSafetyNews.com: With Recent Victories, Movement to Label GMOs Gains Steam

Map indicating which states have pending GMO labeling bills or upcoming ballot initiatives. Credit: Right to Know.

Map indicating which states have pending GMO labeling bills or upcoming ballot initiatives. Credit: Right to Know.

More than six months after a big defeat in California, the movement to label foods containing genetically modified organisms appears to be picking up steam across the country.

In the past three weeks, Connecticut and Maine passed labeling bills, the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the first time approved a non-GMO label claim for meat products, Chipotle began voluntarily labeling menu items containing GMO ingredients online, and, perhaps most notably, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted last week to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration funding to label genetically modified salmon if the agency approves the fish.

These are all small steps compared to what California’s Proposition 37 would have accomplished – since the populous state consumes a significant share of groceries in the United States, some speculated that food giants would have reformulated their products to avoid creating two supply chains – but the string of victories has many in the so-called ‘Right to Know’ movement confident the tide is turning in their favor.

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Shiitake and other little magical wood mushrooms

Shiitake

Shiitake

Editor’s Note: Shiitake (椎茸) and maitake (舞茸) Mushrooms are delicious when properly prepared and can be found at many grocery stores across America. Vitamin D has been in the news quite a bit lately in light of its incredible anti-cancer properties and synergistic effects with calcium and magnesium. Humans produce vitamin D through our skin when we are exposed to ultra-violet light, which happens to be the same way that shiitake produce vitamin D. It has been shown that shiitake exposed to the sun regularly can have up to 46,000 IU of vitamin D! That is an outstanding amount of the nutrient and with the rampant fear of sun exposure, for the possibility of skin cancer, this little wood mushroom may may be the future and present of natural vitamin D supplementation. Between this and the abnormally high copper levels in shiitake, it is no wonder these fungi are gaining more fame and admiration every day!

NaturalNews.com: Shiitake mushrooms help fight cancer, reduce cholesterol, and boost immunity

(NaturalNews) The shiitake, also called the oakwood mushroom or the black forest mushroom in English-speaking countries, is an edible brown mushroom that is native to Japan, China, and Korea. It has been cultivated for over a thousand years, and fresh and dried shiitake remain popular in East Asia today. Like maitake muhsrooms, which bear a similar nutritional profile, shiitake is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine due to its alleged healing properties.

Though less popular in the West than the East, the shiitake mushroom is nonetheless prized in North America and Europe for their robust taste, curious texture, and nutritiousness. Indeed, some researchers tasked with investigating the health benefits of shiitake have proclaimed it a superfood. Let’s find out why.

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Food industry front groups exposed in new report: Monsanto, Coke, Pepsi and more

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Some say it’s the best public relations that money can buy, because when you can’t refute the truth about an issue, the next-best thing to do is stack the deck in your favor.

The third edition of a report released last month by the International Food Information Council Foundation is anything but the “reasonable and helpful document” it may outwardly appear to be, writes Michele Simon, JD, MPH, of the Center for Food Safety, in a recent blog post.

Rather, she says, it “is in fact the product of a well-oiled PR machine whose board of trustees includes executives from such food giants such as Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, and Mars.”

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Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields; male infertility and sex ratio of offspring.

Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields; male infertility and sex ratio of offspring.
Baste V, Riise T, Moen BE.
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Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Section for Occupational Medicine, UNIFOB AS, University of Bergen, Kalfarveien 31, 5018 Bergen, Norway. valborg.baste@isf.uib.no
Abstract

Baby in a Microwave

Baby in a Microwave

Concern is growing about exposure to electromagnetic fields and male reproductive health. The authors performed a cross-sectional study among military men employed in the Royal Norwegian Navy, including information about work close to equipment emitting radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, one-year infertility, children and sex of the offspring. Among 10,497 respondents, 22% had worked close to high-frequency aerials to a “high” or “very high” degree. Infertility increased significantly along with increasing self-reported exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. In a logistic regression, odds ratio (OR) for infertility among those who had worked closer than 10 m from high-frequency aerials to a “very high” degree relative to those who reported no work near high-frequency aerials was 1.86 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.46-2.37), adjusted for age, smoking habits, alcohol consumption and exposure to organic solvents, welding and lead. Similar adjusted OR for those exposed to a “high”, “some” and “low” degree were 1.93 (95% CI: 1.55-2.40), 1.52 (95% CI: 1.25-1.84), and 1.39 (95% CI: 1.15-1.68), respectively. In all age groups there were significant linear trends with higher prevalence of involuntary childlessness with higher self-reported exposure to radiofrequency fields. However, the degree of exposure to radiofrequency radiation and the number of children were not associated. For self-reported exposure both to high-frequency aerials and communication equipment there were significant linear trends with lower ratio of boys to girls at birth when the father reported a higher degree of radiofrequency electromagnetic exposure.

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