Vitamin D, lunches in schools, healthcare expenses and more from the week-end readings

Human body heavily relies on vitamin D to function well. View Top 10 Best Sources of Vitamin D (Cheeseslave) to obtain your daily dose.

According NUTRiLiving, here are 14 of the Best Vegetables.

This is unbelievable! The Sad State of School Lunch in the US. (Huffington) How can we be astounded that kids are not performing well in school?

What’s Wrong with Store Bought Honey? (Cheeseslave) Some highlights:

•76% of samples bought at groceries had all the pollen removed. Honey from stores like TOP Food, Safeway, Giant Eagle, QFC, Kroger, Metro Market, Harris Teeter, A&P, Stop&Shop, King Soopers
•100% of honey sampled from drugstores like Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS Pharmacy had no pollen
•77% of honey sampled from big box stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target and H-E-B had the pollen filtered out
•100% of honey packaged in the small individual service portions from Smucker, McDonald’s and KFC had the pollen removed
•Bryant found that every one of the samples Food Safety News bought at farmers markets, co-ops and “natural” stores like PCC and Trader Joe’s had the full, anticipated, amount of pollen.

Evidence suggests that there is a correlation between the spraying of pesticides and the outbreak of diseases such as polio and pertussis as Are Polio and Whooping Cough Caused By Pesticides? (Cheeseslave) explains. It is certain that we will continue to see many more disastrous health and other side effects of pesticides as time goes on. Not that there is not enough already now to cease or drastically reduce their use. However, for numerous companies, large corporations and some individuals, the planet would have to disintegrate to notice the damage the pesticides are causing.

The collapse of bee colonies is well established but what/who shares the responsibility for this devastating state is still under investigation in many parts of the world. Much points to chemicals used today. For second year in the row Health Canada data show that bee deaths are linked to pesticides. (TheStar)

Why U.S. Health Care Is Obscenely Expensive, In 12 Charts. (Huffington) Based on my practice and research, there are more reasons for the pricey healthcare in the US but the most important include: lack of emphasis on prevention, too few primary care providers in many areas, underutilization of primary care when available and insufficient education on what’s involved to maintain well-being. That should start early on, but judging by The Sad State of School Lunch in the US and what we feed our children as an example, the country has a long way to go.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) may not be the panacea of the broken healthcare system but it will help to insure millions of people who would otherwise not be able to see a primary care physician and obtain preventive care. Read and share 15 Myths The Media Should Ignore During Obamacare Implementation. (Media Matters)

A well-known, regarded food writer and environmentalist, author of Tomatoland, Barry Estabrook lists five things that he absolutely refuses to eat.

The CDC has just published the results of research on antibiotic resistance. It provides information on how the resistance affects us all. The use of antibiotics in farm animals must be restricted to therapeutic purposes only and not used to promote growth.

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Reports Another Radioactive Water Leak. (Huffington)

On the GMO front, The Food Industry Is Intentionally Keeping You in the Dark About How Much Genetically Modified Food You’re Eating. (AlterNet) As we learn about the potentially calamitous health consequences of GMOs, we should have a choice as to what ends up on our plates.

Just in time for the season – 9 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds. (Mercola)

Delay reading this section if you are just consuming your lunch of chicken sandwich; otherwise, be aware that New USDA rule allows hidden feces, pus, bacteria and bleach in conventional poultry. (Natural News)

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