Posted by: thaiyogacenter | 09/12/2013

More Contaminated food? A closer look at McDonalds McNuggets

Dr. Anthony B. James DNM(P), ND, MD(AM), SMOKH

More Contaminated food? A closer look at McDonalds McNuggets under the microscope raises serious questions.

Anthony B. James: I was shocked to see this recent report on possible contamination of a popular fast food chains products. Millions of people serve their families and themselves these so called food items. Our overall health as a nation may be suffering as a consequences.

As we strive to bring wellness and healthy balance in our lives we must learn to recognize and avoid obvious land mines, such as contaminated food.

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(NaturalNews) Today we announce the first investigation conducted at the Natural News Forensic Food Laboratory, the new science-based research branch of Natural News where we put foods under the microscope and find out what’s really there.

Earlier today I purchased a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets from a McDonald’s restaurant in Austin, Texas. Under carefully controlled conditions, I then examined the Chicken McNuggets under a high-powered digital microscope, expecting to see only processed chicken bits and a fried outer coating.

But what I found instead shocked even me. I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff in my decade of investigating foods and nutrition, but I never expected to find this…

Update: Natural News has now released a second round of “mysterious fiber” photos of Chicken McNuggets, in addition to the photos you see below.

Strange fibers found embedded inside Chicken McNuggets

As the following photos show, the Chicken McNuggets were found to contain strange fibers that some people might say even resemble so-called “Morgellon’s.”

We found dark black hair-like structures sticking out of the nugget mass, as well as light blue egg-shaped structures with attached tail-like hairs or fibers.

These are shown in extreme detail in the photos below, taken on August 15, 2013 at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab. The actual Chicken McNugget samples used in these photos have been frozen for storage of forensic evidence.

We also found odd red coloring splotches in several locations, as well as a spherical green object that resembles algae.

We are not claiming or implying that these objects in any way make McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets unsafe to consume. We do, however, believe that this visual evidence may warrant an FDA investigation into the ingredient composition of Chicken McNuggets.

In particular, where are the hair-like structures coming from? This is especially important to answer, given that chickens do not have hair. Is there cross-species contamination in the processing of Chicken McNuggets? This question needs to be answered.

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Microscopic photos reveal an alien-like landscape with weird shapes and fibers

Here are the some of the photos from the Natural News Forensic Food Lab:

Natural News Forensic Food Lab has now released a second round of “mysterious fiber” photos of Chicken McNuggets, in addition to the photos you see above.

Posted by: thaiyogacenter | 08/16/2013

Raw Food Risks and Solutions!

Dr. Anthony B. James DNM(P), ND, MD(AM), SMOKH

 

Raw Food Risks and Solutions!

By Anthony B. James

 

 

 

 

Virtually every class we hold at SCNM (SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine)  has one or more “Raw Foodists”, and it appears to be a growing trend. However, in conversation with them there appears to be a lack of knowledge and uninformed prejudice regarding the risks of eating an exclusive raw food diet, as well as the actual necessity and benefit of cooking and or processing some foods.

We teach nutrition and healthy eating based on traditional principles here at the SCNM: Thai Yoga Center. We stress the value of a predominantly plant based diet in the most unadulterated state possible to support safe and dense nutrition.

As SomaVeda® Thai Yoga practitioners nutrition advocacy is one of our most powerful and reliable adjuncts. However, there is no scientific or traditional support for the idea that eating raw food exclusively is healthy. Our Native American culture from ancient times consumed a varied and primarily plant based diet consisting of both raw and cooked foods. Yet, there are definite and very clear health risks associated with consumption of some raw foods.

Fact sheet No. 9.369 published by the Colorado State University Extension sites research and specifically addresses the prevalence and risk of E. coli in raw vegetables. “Fresh fruits and vegetables once were thought to be relatively free of disease-producing pathogens. In recent years, however, outbreaks of foodborne illness linked to fruits and vegetables have become more common. These outbreaks come from produce grown both in the United States and in other countries. Outbreaks have been linked to Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella on apples, lettuce, cantaloupe and sprouts; Listeria monocytogenes on cabbage and cantaloupe; Shigella on parsley and lettuce; and Cyclospora on imported raspberries.”

“Root crops and leafy vegetables have the greatest risk of infection from manure application to soil. They can also become contaminated through direct or indirect contact with cattle, deer and sheep. E. coli O157:H7 is most prevalent in ruminants in general and in cattle in particular (both beef and dairy). Other known carriers include birds, insects and squirrels. While the bacteria do not appear to make these animals sick, the animals carry and shed the bacteria in their feces. Drinking and recreational water have been carriers in several outbreaks, most likely from fecal contamination by infected animals or people.”

Truth is we have no way to verify from garden to table that there has been no vector of contamination somewhere along the line.

These bacterial and fungal contaminants can produce life threatening illness especially in persons with lowed or challenged immune systems. For specific details read the full report at (http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09369.html)

What about my favorite Super Raw Foods such as Raw Cacao?

I love chocolate as much as the next person. I helped build a Cacao farm in Ecuador the year before last (see photo) and was convinced of the benefits of raw chocolate. However, recent studies and revelations have come to mind to discourage me from other than occasional use of raw, uncooked chocolate. Sad, I know, but I want to be healthy and I want my clients to be healthy. The main issue with unprocessed or raw chocolate is pathogenic Mycotoxins such as Aflotoxin and Ochratoxin A which can cause the following effects: Neurotoxic (destroys nervous tissue), Immunosuppressive (suppresses immune function), Genotoxic (causes genetic mutations), Carcinogenic (cancer causing), Teratogenic (causes birth defects).

Dr. Anthony James Cacao

One study makes the following points:

  • “The occurrence of aflatoxins and ochratoxin A in chocolate was investigated.”
  • “Ochratoxin A was present in 98% of the evaluated chocolate samples.”
  • “Aflatoxins co-occurred in 80% of the samples contaminated with ochratoxin A.”
  • “Tendency of higher amounts of mycotoxins as higher is the cocoa solids content.”

(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713511005640)

This strongly suggests that safer chocolate is roasted chocolate!

What does CDC say about Foodborne Illness?

Apparently quite a lot!

“We estimate that foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year.”  (Mead PS, Slutsker L, Dietz V, McCaig LF, Bresee JS, Shapiro C, et al. Food-Related Illness and Death in the United States. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 1999, Oct [date cited]. Available from http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/5/5/99-0502.htm)

According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control) references, to have a safer food experience:

CLEANhttp://www.cdc.gov/Other/disclaimer.html: Wash produce.

  • Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables in running tap water to remove visible dirt and grime.
  • Remove and discard the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage.
  • Because bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of fruit or vegetable, be careful not to contaminate these foods while slicing them up on the cutting board, and avoid leaving cut produce at room temperature for many hours.
  • Don’t be a source of foodborne illness yourself.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food.
  • Avoid preparing food for others if you yourself have a diarrheal illness.
  • Changing a baby’s diaper while preparing food is a bad idea that can easily spread illness.

(http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/facts.html – whatprotect)

Of course, in addition I would recommend avoiding consuming any foods that are inherently risky or likely candidates for contamination.

No food is automatically and exclusively safe from contamination!

According to The Partnership for Food Safety Education (http://www.fightbac.org/): “Despite progress improving the quality and safety of foods, the CAST report explains, “any raw agricultural product can be contaminated. Bacteria may survive despite aggressive controls at the processing level, or the food may become contaminated somewhere along the way during transport, preparation, cooking, serving, and storage.” (http://www.fightbac.org/about-foodborne-illness/challenges)

It has to do with the growing risk of Microbial and Mycological hazards. They cite the nonprofit Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), which has reported that zero risk of microbiological hazards is not possible and no method will eliminate all pathogens or toxins from the food chain (“Food Safety and Fresh Produce: An Update”, 2009).

What can I do to have a safer experience consuming vegetables and raw foods?

There are a few opinions but there is also within them a generally accepted standard for the safety of your veggies. The recommendations stated in the above referenced reports are:

Food handling and preparation practices are the last line of defense for preventing infection from E. coli O157:H7 and other foodborne pathogens. The following actions can help ensure the safety of the food you serve. They are especially important if you or those you are serving are at risk for foodborne illness. The groups at highest risk include pregnant women and infants, children, the elderly and immuno-compromised individuals.

  • Wash hands thoroughly before working with food and after using the toilet, changing diapers, handling animals or helping people who have diarrhea.
  • Thoroughly wash raw fruits and vegetables just before preparing or eating them. This not only helps remove dirt, bacteria and stubborn garden pests, but it also helps remove residual pesticides. Separate and individually rinse the leaves of spinach and lettuce. Peel potatoes, carrots, yams and other root vegetables, or clean them well with a firm scrub brush under lukewarm running water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Clean and sanitize cutting boards, utensils and surface areas used to prepare any raw food before using them to prepare another product, especially if that food will be eaten raw. Use 3/4 teaspoon of chlorine bleach per quart.
  • Avoid cross-contamination between raw and cooked foods. Store fresh meat below produce in the refrigerator. Never place cooked meat on an unwashed plate that held raw meat.
  • Cook ground meats thoroughly to 160 degrees F. Check the internal temperature with a thermometer.
  • Don’t drink raw milk. Also, avoid unpasteurized juices or ciders.
  • Use only safe, treated water.
  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly.

Rinsing some produce, such as leafy greens, with a vinegar solution (1/2 cup distilled white vinegar per 2 cups water) followed by a clean water rinse has been shown to reduce bacterial contamination but may affect the taste.

Although bleach is recommended as a cleaning, disinfecting agent, I totally disagree with its use! Instead of chlorine bleach, which is disastrous for the environment and life on earth, I recommend using one or more of the following: Oxygenated Water, Colloidal Silver, or Vinegar. They are safe and do not cause contamination themselves!

I also don’t agree with the prohibition of Raw Milk and Dairy provided that the origin is safe and reliable. Raw milk has been proven to have many health benefits over its pasteurized cousin. (http://www.realmilk.com/health/health-benefits-of-raw-milk-from-grass-fed-animals/)

Closing ideas on Raw Food Risks and Solutions!:

Be informed about your food choices and do the research on what you eat! No foods are inherently risk free. This includes water. The best way to guarantee the quality of your food is to grow your own or cooperate with someone who does. Buy or use the freshest, cleanest, organic, local foods. Keep your self and your preparation practices clean. Always properly handle and clean your veggies or other foods properly and avoid cross contamination issues. Rotate your diet to avoid toxic saturation including allergens. Avoid eating Raw Chocolate in other than small amounts and on rare occaision!

Where can I learn more about SomaVeda Integrative Traditional Therapies®: Thai Yoga trainings, certificate and college degree programs?

SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine

Gain a College Degree in Traditional and Natural Based Medicine and Therapeutics. SCNM is offering two to four year College Degrees: AABSc, and DNM/ ND entirely based in Natural Medicine.

Gain professionally recognized training, certification and a college degree as a Natural Health, Natural Medicine Provider? Want to learn the ins and outs of natural remedies for infections and a host of other conditions? Consider joining the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine.

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Disclaimer:
 All Information is provided for educational purposes only and not intended to be used for any therapeutic purpose, neither is it intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. Please consult a health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. While all attempts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. The author and ThaiYogaCenter.Com does not accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions.

Copyright© 2013, Dr. Anthony B. James DNM(P), ND, MD(AM), RAC, SMOKH  All rights reserved under International and Pan American copyright conventions. World rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Inquires should be addressed to: Dr. Anthony B. James DNM(P), ND, MD(AM), RAC, SMOKH, 4715 Bruton Rd. Plant City, FL 33565 ·  www.ThaiYogaCenter.Com

Posted by: thaiyogacenter | 07/31/2013

Letter to Prospective New Students

Dear Prospective Student,

We invite you to begin your study of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy with SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine: Thai Yoga Center. Students are always telling us what a wondrous and transformational experience this study brings. Why? Because in studying classically based healing arts and sciences and practicing them as well that you will come to understand yourself and others in new and profound ways. You will come to realize that the human being is governed by the same laws of nature that govern all of life. That the natural laws and principles that govern life and healing have been well understood for ages and have been passed on to us through the teaching and ceremonies of the Oklevueha Native American Church of SomaVeda (ONACS) and the indigenous, traditional natives peoples and Native American’s of North and South America as well as the indigenous traditional “Science of Life”, Ayurveda. By practicing the hands on and actual clinical applications of the Yogic therapies derived from the classical traditions you will learn how to use these principles of nature to create balance within yourself and others who seek your help in creating optimal wellness and longevity.

It is our sincere desire to make this great wisdom of Native American Healing practices and Classical Ayurveda and it’s practical methods such as Traditional Thai Ayurveda, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy accessible to students around the world. We do this by offering convenient, cost-effective opportunities for education and training. Our 525 Hour SomaVeda®  Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Certificate  (AWP: NAMA Approved) training program, The 1008 Hour SomaVeda® Ayurveda Yoga Therapists Certificate (AAPNA Approved) and the Independent Study option both allow you to study Ayurveda without the need to travel frequently or relocate, saving you time and money. We’re often asked why our tuition is so low and our tuition scholarship programs so generous?

Why are we at the ONACS Thai Yoga Center being so generous?
First of all we are a 501c(3) compliant, Florida State registered Not for Profit Religious/ Church/ Ecclesiastical Organization with a Charitable, Education and Service Mission!

Oklevueha Native American Church of SomaVeda Legal Compliance.

Second. Anyone who has ever taken class with Aachan, Dr. Anthony James will tell you he is nothing if not generous! Aachan wants the Practitioner and Instructor programs to be the best, the most intensive and comprehensive trainings of this kind offered anywhere in the world! It’s not just about listing and memorizing techniques and so called “trigger points”. Trigger points are good information… however, we believe to truly handle pain and suffering the fundamental dissonance of essence and being manifesting the pain and suffering must be addressed. It’s about the true teaching and transmission of knowledge and being via a living master associated with living lineage and active lines of transmission.

Our program is not so much about technique as about transformational processes using the traditional tools we have been given permission to use. And use we will. Aachan says “Be what you know”. In our programs you will learn and practice living the practice.
We have priced our training programs with the intention of eliminating tuition cost as a barrier to study because we believe everyone should have the opportunity to learn this life-changing knowledge and that it should not be reserved for a select and privileged few.

SCNM Pre-requisite Tuition Scholarship Program

The Ocean of Ayurveda Knowledge

This great ocean of knowledge called by many different names: Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, SomaVeda Integrative Traditional Therapies® Thai Yoga Therapy, Classic or Traditional Indian medicine, Native American Medicine, contains a gift and an opportunity to empower each and every person to experience their personal best in body, mind and emotions. We wish this great gift of blessed and complete health and wellness for all people. By training practitioners, we fulfill our calling to spread this knowledge across the globe to help transform as many lives as possible. If you are called to be the lighthouse of this wisdom in your community, join us in our vision and mission of healing the world, one person at a time. By training teachers we share our mission to spread this healing knowledge to more than we personally could ever reach and create our Sanga of brothers and sisters sharing our mission.

We invite you to apply to our live Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner (AWP) Training Program beginning in September, or to the Independent Study options available at our store BeardedMedia.Com
With our four live class start dates and Independent Study options, you can begin anytime.

Please feel free to email or call us at  any time with any questions you may have or to register.

Contact SCNM: Thai Yoga Center

We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Anthony B. James and Dr. Julie James, Directors, SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine: The Thai Yoga Center

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