Summer is almost there. Instead of shopping for new clothes, what about recycling? I found these 2 videos where you can learn how to turn your old t-shirt into a pretty cool and trendy top or how to make a funky dress. So let’s do it?
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E nossa primeiríssima convidada do quadro “autor convidado” é Thayna Carvalho minha prima linda que tá aí dando uma força pro blog. Valeu prima!
Os desmatamentos são métodos que ocorrem por todo mundo, consequência de um aumento das atividades produtivas e econômicas, particularmente pela expansão da densidade demográfica em escala internacional, colocando em risco as regiões compostas por florestas.
A exploração que naturalmente deixa sujeito a devastação diante das atividades humanas já diminuiu cerca de 310 anos, mais de 55% de toda área de vegetação natural em todo mundo.
A atividade de extrativismo vegetal é extremamente importante em vários países como o Brasil, com predomínio de florestas tropicais, assim como a Indonésia e o Canadá com florestas temperadas, e essa extração coloca em risco diversos tipos de vegetações distribuídas no mundo.
Atualmente a devastação ocorre em “passos largos” com a destruição da vegetação nativa de maneira desproporcional, gerando o desequilíbrio a enorme biodiversidade que as áreas de matas e florestas apresentam vai desaparecendo junto com a vegetação. Que concentra cerca 55 mil espécies de plantas superiores (22% de todas as que existem no mundo), muitas delas endêmicas (só existem no país e em nenhum outro lugar); 524 espécies de mamíferos; mais de 3 mil espécies de peixes de água doce; entre 10 e 15 milhões de insetos (a grande maioria ainda por ser descrita); e mais de 70 espécies de psitacídeos: araras, papagaios e periquitos.
O desmatamento ocorre, na maior parte das vezes, por motivos comercias (pecuária, agricultura, extração de madeiras) e muitas vezes por atos ilegais. Com o desenvolvimento do capitalismo industrial, fez com que aumentasse com o desmatamento. Hoje em dia, o problema do desmatamento é muito maior nos países subdesenvolvidos, mas suas conseqüências atingem o ecossistema mundial. Em 2004, o setor madeireiro extraiu o equivalente a 6,2 milhões de árvores no Brasil.
O Brasil concentra 30% das áreas de florestas tropical da terra. Em 1988, satélites mostravam que o desmatamento da Amazônia já tinha atingido 12% da região. As causas da seca, é por causa do desmatamento. Por isso e nosso dever preservar as florestas que são os pulmões do planeta. Projetos de proteção da Amazônia são importantíssimos e devem sempre ser divulgados para que finalmente diminua a quantidade de queimadas e florestas desmatadas para fins comerciais.
Algumas dicas para a Preservação das Florestas e Lazer.
Ao comprar produtos de origem florestal como móveis, objetos decorativos, artigos para cozinha e escritório, jogos, cestaria, papéis e embalagens, produtos gráficos, construção civil, brindes entre outros produtos, exija o selo Conselho de Manejo Florestal, com a garantia conferida pelo selo (FSC) para ter a certeza de que eles provém de florestas manejadas de acordo com critérios rigorosos e não predatórios. O selo verde atesta o uso de técnicas de corte que respeitam os ciclos de regeneração da mata. No site do selo FSC encontra-se a lista com todas as empresas certificadas.
Um método para a ajuda no combate ao Desmatamento é a redução do consumo de carne em geral. Tudo porque muito da produção de soja e milho é utilizada como ração de animais, como aves, porcos e bois. Além de fazer bem à saúde, uma dieta com variados tipos de vegetais é a forma que menos prejudica o meio ambiente. Ao comer menos carne vermelha, por exemplo, estamos contribuindo também no sentido de reduzir a necessidade de abertura de novas áreas de pastagens. Além disso, são economizados 20 mil litros de água tratada envolvida na produção de cada quilo de carne bovina. Evite consumir produtos feitos com couro animal. Procure alternativa como o couro vegetal (ecológico) feito a partir da extração do látex e couro de peixe uma novidade no mundo da moda.
Os comerciantes devem evitar a compra de madeira ilegal, sem documento. Essas madeiras são retiradas de forma clandestina sendo enviada a galpões, lojas e depósitos de material de construção. Evite comprar algumas flores orquídeas, bromélias, xaxins, palmitos, Flor de Carajás sem o certificado de origem por estarem sob o risco de extinção, só é permitida sua venda se ela for cultivada para essa finalidade.
O palmito Juçara, encontrado na Mata Atlântica vem sendo explorado de forma predatória. A sua palmeira está em extinção. Evite comprar palmito vendidos na beira de estradas. Recuse palmito em conserva que não tenha registros do Ministério da Saúde ou do Ibama. Não arrisque sua saúde. O botulismo é uma intoxicação alimentar provocada pela consumo de palmito produzido sem condições de higiene necessárias. Combata o palmito clandestino.
Unidades de Proteção Integral tem o objetivo de preservar a natureza, sendo admitido apenas o uso indireto dos seus recursos naturais, com algumas exceções. Fazem parte deste grupo, as seguintes unidades de conservação: Estação Ecológica, Reserva Biológica, Parque Nacional, Monumento Nacional e Refúgio de Vida Silvestre.
Unidades de Uso Sustentável tem o objetivo de compatibilizar a conservação da natureza com o uso sustentável de parcela de seus recursos naturais. Projetos de desenvolvimento sustentável são importantes para gerar emprego e renda para as comunidades que vivem na gigantesca área da Amazônia e em diferentes localidades. Respeitar o frágil equilíbrio ecológico da região é um pré-requisito fundamental. E Comprar artesanato é uma forma de o visitante colaborar com o povo da região.
Para saber um pouco mais sobre a Amazônia visite o site da Imazon. A missão do Imazon é promover o desenvolvimento sustentável na Amazônia por meio de estudos aplicados, apoio à formulação de políticas públicas, disseminação ampla de informações e formação profissional. O site também fornece informações sobre a situação, dinâmica e pressão sobre as florestas e Áreas Protegidas da região.
Remunerar a população local para a preservação é a proposta do bolsa floresta. A floresta em pé ajuda a regular o clima, a temperatura, a umidade e as chuvas. Absorve gás carbônico da atmosfera prestando um enorme serviço para o equilíbrio climático mundial que merece valorização. Conservar a Amazônia é preservar vidas vegetais, animais e humanas.
Denúncias : Nós podemos fazer denúncias sobre agressões ao meio ambiente causados pelo homem, como incêndios florestais e desmatamento podem ser feitas através da Linha Verde do IBAMA 0800-61-8080. Para mais informações acesse www.ibama.gov.br/prevfogo
Vamos juntos preservar as florestas e lutar por um mundo mais verde!!!
Texto : Thayna Carvalho
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You might have heard about organic cotton and hemp fabrics being used in the fashion industry, but have you heard about fabrics made from PET plastic bottles, or from milk? These are just a few sustainable textiles that are starting to be used in the fashion industry.
The milk fabric is not a new invention. It was created during the Second World War by a German biologist and fashion designer Anke Domaske. To create the fiber, liquid milk is dried and its proteins extracted. The separated proteins are then dissolved in a chemical solution and placed into a machine that essentially whirls the fibers together. The fibers can then be spun into yarn and woven into fabric. The process is quite long, but the milk fabric has some great advantages. It holds dye, is breathable and it captures the moisture to make skin tender and smooth.
Another way to go green in fashion is to use recycled materials. You can find some brands online that produce clothes and accessories using a large range of recycled items, like bags made with old advertising banners, or recycled aluminium can pull-tabs. There is also an American brand called Harvey that uses car seat belts to make their eco-chic bags.
In 2009 the American agency Cone Communications raised some questions regarding how high was consumer interest in environmentally friendly products purchasing despite the bad economy. Here are some interesting results from the Cone Consumer Environmental Survey:
- 35 percent of Americans have higher interest in the environment today than they did one year ago.
- 70 percent of Americans indicate that they are paying attention to what companies are doing with regard to the environment today.
Aware of this new consumer behaviour and interest, luxury brands are also going green. Some iconic brands are adopting eco-fashion style in their new creations. In 2012 Stella McCartney launched her brand new eco-friendly collection of sunglasses. She also created an eco-friendly lingerie collection that is made with organic cotton. Check out the green blog from Stella McCartney. Another new player in the eco-friendly scene is Gucci. The luxury brand launched a range of sustainable shoes called “Sustainable Soles” in June 2012.
But eco-fashion is more than that; in my view eco-fashion is all about creativity. You can transform your old clothes and create something totally new and fashionable. You can make a funky bag with your old jeans, or a pretty cool bracelet or necklace with some seeds or buttons. It’s up to you to be original, go wild and create your own green style!
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- Brit Designer Eco Lingerie – Stella McCartney ‘Stella’ Collection Features Eco-Conscious Creations (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)
- EcoFabrik Joins FashionHaunt to Bring Eco-friendly Products to the Customers of FashionHaunt; FashionHaunt Welcomes Sellers to Sell Eco-friendly Products on the Site (virtual-strategy.com)
- A Clothing Line Made From 100% Recycled Trash (psfk.com)
- A New Lingerie Line for Stella McCartney (fashiontv.com)
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Today I decided to write about how we can save water and electricity. These few tips are easy to incorporate to your everyday life and will also have an impact on your water and electricity bills.
Turn off the tap when brushing you teeth, washing your hair, shaving and soaping your dishes.
Checking for leak in the house is quite easy. Turn off all of the faucets, stop consumption and check to see if the hydrometer still spins. If it does, you are wasting water and money.
Did you know that watering the garden and plants early in the morning or evening prevents the water from evaporating? Not everyone think about that, but this is a great green tip.
I recently read that occasionally cleaning light bulbs in the house can help save energy and improve the lighting in your home up to 20%. Increasing lighting reduces the need for extra lamps and other light sources.
Don’t leave the door of your fridge open for a long time trying to decide what to eat. The fridge uses a big chunk of the energy consumed in the home. In most homes around the world the refrigerator is the second largest user of electricity (13.7%), right after the air conditioner (16%).
Do you use your microwave as a clock? Leaving the machine on day and night even without using uses electricity. Leaving home appliances on stand by can consume up to 20% of the power used when they are functioning. Get into the habbit of switching off appliances at the socket or unplug them when the are not in use. When I use to live in Switzerland we had an extension led with a button that you could switch off all the appliances at the same time. Choose the best option for you and try to turn off your home appliances.
When washing your clothes make sure that you gather a reasonable quantity of clothes to wash together instead of a few items at a time. The same you can do when ironing. Personally I never iron my clothes, only if they really need it.
Wash clothes in cold water to save 90% of the energy. Avoid pre-washing to save energy. If your clothes are really dirty, you can soak them in detergent before turning on the washing machine. And why not use eco-friendly laundry products? Personally I never use the “Pre-wash” option and always use eco-friendly laundry liquid.
What are you doing to save water and electricity? Share your tips with us! It can help others to save too! You can also share your tips on our Facebook page!!!
- Energy Star Appliances – Save Money and Energy with new Technologies (greendiary.com)
- Clever and chic water saving tap (ecocitizenaustralia.com.au)
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Em um dos post da semana passada falamos de aplicativos e jogos voltados para ecologia, sustentabilidade e meio ambiente, hoje vamos falar de alguns sites ligados ao mesmo tema.
Caronetas é um site de caronas que integra colaboradores de empresas e centros comerciais com trajetos similares, compartilhando custos e ajudando o trânsito e o meio ambiente. E necessário que o usuário cadastre sua empresa para poder usar o serviço. O cadastro para o usuário e para empresa é gratuito. A ideia é reduzir o trânsito das cidades, consolidando a carona como uma alternativa viável e parte da rotina dos brasileiros. Muitas empresas do centro empresarial de São Paulo já aderiram ao projeto. Verifique se a sua empresa já tem cadastro e que tal pegar uma carona e fazer novas amizades?
É uma comunidade online de troca de objetos entre os usuários. O site não é novidade, já existe ha uns 10 anos, mas vale sempre lembrar que ao invés de jogar fora algo que não nos serve mais, podemos doar para outra pessoa ou trocar por algo que nos tem mais serventia. #FicaAdica!
Pra quem gosta de por a mão na massa, tem o site “Recicloteca” onde você pode encontrar varias dicas de reciclagem que você pode fazer em casa. O site também oferece dias legais para artesões que trabalham com reciclagem ou para alguém que queira iniciar uma atividade remunerada. O site explica como separar o lixo, também tem oficinas e cursos relacionados ao assunto. Eu acho que também pode ser interessante para professores que queiram ensinar sobre reciclagem de uma maneira mais lúdica. Eu acho o site bem legal e já peguei varias dicas!
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I’m truly excited to be bringing you this information today about the miraculous healing abilities of aloe vera. First off, in case you don’t know, let me emphasize that I don’t sell aloe vera products of any kind, I haven’t been paid to write this article, and I don’t earn
In fact, my yard is an aloe farm, and each day before I make my superfood breakfast smoothie, I walk out to my yard, slice off an aloe vera leaf, thank the plant for granting me its healing medicine, then I fillet the leaf and drop the aloe vera gel into my blender. A few minutes later, I’m enjoying the most impressive medicinal herb that nature has ever created. (Click here to see the new PhotoTour showing step-by-step pictures of how to fillet aloe vera and remove the inner gel.)
When I say aloe vera is the most impressive medicinal herb invented by nature, I don’t make that statement lightly. Of all the herbs I’ve ever studied — and I’ve written thousands of articles on nutrition and disease prevention — aloe vera is the most impressive herb of them all. (Garlic would be a close second.) There is nothing on this planet that offers the amazing variety of healing benefits granted by aloe vera. In a single plant, aloe vera offers potent, natural medicine that:
• Halts the growth of cancer tumors.
• Lowers high cholesterol.
• Repairs “sludge blood” and reverses “sticky blood”.
• Boosts the oxygenation of your blood.
• Eases inflammation and soothes arthritis pain.
• Protects the body from oxidative stress.
• Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates in coffee and tea.
• Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
• Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders.
• Reduces high blood pressure natural, by treating the cause, not just the symptoms.
• Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients.
• Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns.
• Replaces dozens of first aid products, makes bandages and antibacterial sprays obsolete.
• Halts colon cancer, heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract.
• Ends constipation.
• Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics.
• Prevents and treats candida infections.
• Protects the kidneys from disease.
• Functions as nature’s own “sports drink” for electrolyte balance, making common sports drinks obsolete.
• Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance.
• Speeds recovery from injury or physical exertion.
• Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair.
Truly, there is nothing else that compares to the medicinal potential of aloe vera. And yet most people only know about the topical applications of aloe vera gel. They think it’s only good for sunburns. In reality, aloe vera is useful for both external and internal use. In this article, I’ll discuss both.
Journey with me to the desert
To understand why aloe vera is so important, come with me to the deserts of Arizona. There, you’ll find an abundant diversity of plant life featuring impressive adaptations to living in a nearly water-free environment. Some of the trees, for example, have green bark and almost no leaves in order to reduce water loss. Small weeds have incredibly strong tap roots that thrust deep underground to find every last drop of moisture, and succulents have developed water storage techniques that capture water in an internal matrix of unique long-chain polysaccharides.
After a rain in the desert, you can actually watch the succulents swell to 130% their usual size as they take in water. During periods of drought, they slowly shrink back to normal as the excess water locked in their gel matrix is consumed.
It is these succulents we’re interested in here, and it’s only the inner gel that we’re focused on, because this inner gel has medicinal properties you’d be surprised to learn. For starters, there’s the fact that all succulents have self-repairing abilities. They don’t simply store water in a giant internal “water tank” that leaks out if torn or punctured: Their internal gel repairs any cut or tear by automatically shrinking the wound and creating a new water-tight seal. This gel matrix is comprised of hundreds of different phytochemicals that not only store water and repair injury; they also grant notable medicinal effects to humans who consume them.
Until now, there was only one good way to get aloe vera gel: Grow it yourself. I’ve done that for years, and when I’m making a smoothie, I often cut a large aloe vera leaf out of my yard, slice off the thick green skin of the leaf, and drop the large gel piece into a blender. You can see how this works in the aloe vera PhotoTour. The piece of aloe vera gel you see in the last picture is what I ate.
The reason I’m writing about aloe vera now is because a company I know here in Arizona called Good Cause Wellness has launched a line of low-temperature dried aloe vera & berry products that you can use as ingredients in any smoothie. It’s the next best thing to growing your own fresh aloe vera leaves. It’s a high-grade, pesticide-free, highly concentrated aloe vera gel powder (just the gel, not the leaf) available in two mixtures: Aloe Vera + Raspberry Powder and Aloe Vera + Blueberry Powder. This makes aloe vera gel available to everyone, not just those who live in the desert.
You see, until now, I’ve been a strong proponent of the health benefits of aloe vera, but I had no advice for teaching others how to take the product. The typical aloe vera liquids available in retail are very weak, and some contain almost no aloe vera juice whatsoever. Many are mixed with food thickeners to make them look like a gel, but most have been heated, destroying a significant portion of their healing effects. This new aloe vera gel powder is the best form of aloe vera I’ve seen yet, and it’s in a convenient format that’s perfect for using in your own smoothies.
I’ll talk more about the products in a different article. Here, I’d like to focus on the substantial health benefits of aloe vera to let you see just why I’m so excited about the medicinal applications of this miracle plant.
Health benefits of aloe vera gel
What I’m about to offer here are my own opinion statements about aloe vera’s healing benefits. It’s interesting that if I were selling aloe vera myself, I could never make these true statements because the FDA would seize my inventory and shut me down for “selling unapproved drugs.” But I’m not in the aloe vera business, I’m in the business of helping people heal, and I will not censor the truth about the healing powers of aloe vera merely to appease a corrupt Food and Drug Administration that continues to censor and oppress information about the healing benefits of natural medicine.
Here’s what I know about aloe vera’s health benefits:
Aloe vera boosts immune function and destroys cancer tumors
Scientific research shows strong immunomodulatory and antitumour properties for aloe vera polysaccharides. That means the gel helps boosts immune system function while destroying cancer tumors. One study published in International Immunopharmacology (1995) showed that aloe vera polysaccharides exhibited potent macrophage-activating activities including producing increased volumes of nitric oxide (which has antitumor potential).
Click here to read more studies about aloe vera and cancer (Google Scholar).
Personally, I believe that anyone wishing to prevent or cure cancer should seriously investigate aloe vera as part of their recipe for eliminating cancer for life. I wouldn’t rely solely on aloe vera, especially since there are dozens of cancer cures that are now well known in naturopathic medicine. Combining the right herbs (like cat’s claw), superfoods (like spirulina), advanced therapies (like intravenous vitamin C), oxygen therapy and other modalities will give you the best results when battling any form of cancer. Work with a naturopathic physician to learn more.
Aloe vera halts inflammation
Using aloe topically is well known to ease inflammation of joints, reducing arthritis pain. But aloe can also be used internally, reducing inflammation throughout the body from the inside out. People who drink aloe vera for two weeks typically begin to experience a significant reduction of inflammation symptoms.
Aloe vera enhances skin health
Aloe is one of the most widely-used ingredients in high-grade skin care products. There’s a reason for that: It’s great medicine for the skin! Aloe soothes the skin, hydrates it, nourishes it and accelerates the regeneration of new skin tissue. (In fact, simply removing the gel from a living aloe vera leaf and placing the raw gel on your face is far superior to even the most expensive eye cream or skin care product on the market.) And while most people are only familiar with using aloe vera externally, aloe also enhances skin health when used internally. Drink more aloe and your skin glows!
Aloe vera stabilizes blood sugar in diabetics
Diabetic patients who take aloe vera for 3 months experience a significant drop in fasting blood sugar levels. They also exhibit lower cholesterol levels and slight improvements in total cholesterol. Numerous clinical studies have been published that demonstrate aloe vera’s antidiabetic properties.
Diabetics are also likely to benefit strongly from aloe vera’s blood enhancements (see below). Since aloe reverses “sludge blood” and boosts circulation to extremities, diabetics suffering from peripheral neuropathy (hands and feet going numb) are likely to benefit strongly from aloe vera supplements.
Click here for more science on aloe vera and diabetes.
Aloe vera lowers cholesterol and triglycerides
When used internally, aloe vera gel improves the quality of the blood and helps rebalance the blood chemistry in a way that lowers cholesterol and total triglycerides (in people with elevated levels). When you consider that blueberries are also powerful cholesterol-lowering medicines, you realize why the Good Cause Wellness Aloe Vera + Blueberry product is such a smart idea: Both ingredients lower high cholesterol! Plus, this is far safer than using statin drugs, which have extremely harmful negative side effects while depleting the body of nutrients such as CoQ10.
My advice to anyone on statin drugs is to strongly consider using high doses of aloe vera + blueberries to safety transition off statin drugs (all under the supervision of a naturopathic physician, of course). Aloe vera won’t kill you like statin drugs can, either. Aloe is completely safe to eat like a food. Given the cholesterol benefits of aloe and blueberries, statin drugs are actually obsolete. There are natural alternatives that are far safer, less expensive and more effective. Aloe vera is one of them.
Aloe vera relieves joint and muscle pain
This effect is directly related to the inflammation factor mentioned above. It works when used both internally and externally. Essentially, aloe reduces overall inflammation. Of course, is you continue eating a pro-inflammatory diet (red meat, milk, sugar, white flour, fried foods etc.) then you’ll never get rid of all your inflammation with aloe alone, but aloe can help ease your pain while you transition to a healthier lifestyle that eliminates the inflammation for good!
Aloe vera amplifies the antioxidant effects of vitamins
This is an especially interesting effect of aloe: It makes vitamin C, vitamin E and other antioxidants work better! It actually potentiates antioxidants, probably due to its effect on enhancing blood quality and allowing the blood to more effectively transport oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells. In fact, it is my belief that aloe vera makes everything nutritious work better due to its blood-enhancing effects. If I’m right about that, it means aloe can potentiate anti-cancer herbs, too, helping them more effectively target tumors.
Aloe vera actually contains advanced biochemical technology that the drug companies can only help to understand someday. This technology was built by nature, and it’s 100% compatible with the human body. All you have to do to experience this technology for yourself is eat aloe vera gel!
Aloe vera cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease Polysaccharides in the aloe vera plant have curative effects on numerous digestive disorders. The Internet is a storehouse of information and testimonials about aloe vera curing IBS, ulcers, Crohn’s disease and other disorders of the digestive tract. This is one of the best-known applications of aloe vera gel.
Taking aloe certainly isn’t a magic bullet cure, of course. It won’t reverse your disease after drinking one glass of aloe vera gel. It needs to be used regularly. Most people report positive results in 3 – 30 days, depending on the condition.
Aloe vera contains acemannan, a natural immune booster
There’s research being done now on the anti-cancer effects of acemannan, a phytonutrient found in aloe vera. In one study, dogs and cats undergoing radiation for cancer were given acemannan as an adjunctive therapy. Not only did the tumors shrink more in the acemannan-treated group, but post-treatment survival was significantly extended. Click here for an abstact on the study.
Google Scholar lists hundreds of links exploring the anti-cancer effects of acemannan. If you browse the studies, you’ll realize that acemannan from aloe vera accelerates the destruction of cancer tumors, improves survival time and results in far better recovery from toxic cancer treatments. One study shown here demonstrates that acemannan increases cells’ production of nitric oxide (NO), an anti-cancer chemical strongly associated with the shrinking of cancer tumors. Essentially, the more nitric oxide you produce (to a point), the less cancer you have, and acemannan increases the production of nitric oxide. Although this particular research was focused on chickens, the same effect has also been observed in humans.
Throw out your toxic first aid kid: Aloe vera makes everything else obsolete
Aloe vera is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. This fact is well known by not just herbalists around the world, but also by anyone with even a hint of common sense. If aloe vera gel wasn’t antibacterial, then any little nick or scrape of the aloe plant would result in the whole thing being eaten up by bacteria. Aloe has to be antibacterial simply to survive in the wild! Otherwise, the moist, nutrient-rich gel would be a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Aloe vera makes most first aid kits obsolete. You can get rid of all those silly, toxic first aid sprays (antibacteria sprays, lotions, bandages, etc.) and just replace them all with aloe vera. I’ve been known to pack small chunks of aloe vera gel inside wounds that ultimately healed with zero scarring. As the aloe vera dries, it actually contracts, pulling the wound shut and keeping it completely free of dangerous bacteria. Plus, it provides nourishment to the wound tissue itself. It’s also perfect for use on animals, because if they lick the wound, they won’t be licking the toxic chemicals found in most first aid products.
Now, I don’t mean to imply that aloe vera is a replacement for an emergency room. If you chopped off your finger in a shop accident, you can’t just glue it back together with aloe vera gel. Or if your daugher ripped a gash in her leg on a swing set accident, she’s probably still going to need stiches, but before you get to the emergency room, aloe vera gel can protect the wound and set the stage for accelerated healing.
Aloe is so useful, in fact, that I take a leaf with me every time I go hiking. It’s my portable first aid kit, and when you have aloe, you hardly need anything else. It treats cuts, scrapes, burns, bites, stings, punctures, sprains, sunburns and even bruises. And as a bonus, if you’re dying of thirst, you can eat the gel for its water content. An entire multi-billion dollar industry in chemical first aid products and synthetic skin care products is made obsolete by aloe vera. That’s why I hope Alan Friedman, the founder of Good Cause Wellness, will soon offer a pure aloe vera gel without any other ingredients. That way, it could be used both as a food supplement AND as a first-aid product.
Aloe vera as a natural food preservative
A thin layer of aloe vera gel can be used as a natural food preservative, eliminating the need for chemical preservatives. Research conducted by Daniel Valero, Ph.D., of the University of Miguel Hernández in Alicante, Spain, showed that a thin layer of aloe vera gel was highly effective in preserving foods. For the experiment, they dipped table grapes into an aloe vera gel, then stored them at refrigerator temperatures. Untreated table graped went bad in 7 days, but the grapes dipped in aloe vera stayed fresh and tast for as astonishing 35 days! Click here to read the ScienceDaily article on this.
Because of this remarkable ability, aloe vera gel could revolutionize food safety around the world. Dipping fruits and vegetables in aloe vera gel would eliminate e.coli, preserve freshness, and greatly extend shelf life. So why isn’t anybody doing this with aloe? Probably because, once again, aloe vera gel can’t be patented. And it’s easier and cheaper for food companies to simply add synthetic chemicals to foods than to switch to something safe and natural.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t do this yourself! Soon, a pure aloe vera gel product (with no added flavors) will likely be made available at Good Cause Wellness . You can simply mix some powder with purified water to make your own gel, then dip fruits and vegetables in the gel yourself. Apples, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, peaches, potatoes, grapes and many other food items can be preserved in this way. And when you’re done dipping produce in the gel, you can either drink the gel in a smoothie or put it on your skin as a skin rejuvenation treatment. None of the aloe goes to waste, and your fruits and vegetables will last far longer! (This is especially useful for organic produce, which tends to ripen more quickly.)
Aloe vera extends lifespan
A study on rats showed aloe vera extends lifespan by 10 percent. The abstract on this study, shown here, explains the following:
A summary of results are as follows: Aloe ingestion, both crude and processed, was shown to extend (10%) average life span and slow the mortality rate doubling time. Also, several beneficial effects from aloe ingestion on age-related disease were found: Group 2 and 3 showed a lower incidence of atrial thrombosis than Group 1. Furthermore, Group 2 showed a significantly lower incidence of fatal chronic nephropathy and occurrence of multiple causes of death compared to the control group. All groups ingesting aloe showed a slightly lower incidence of fatal leukemia. Moreover, no adverse, toxic effects were found with the ingestion of aloe vera.
“Nephropathy” simply means kidney disorders, by the way. So this is explaining that aloe vera reduces kidney disease and other causes of death. It also demonstrated a lower rate of leukemia, which is an interesting finding given that so many children today still eat hot dogs laced with cancer-causing sodium nitrite (a chemical added by junk food companies to turn the meat red), and sodium nitrite causes leukemia and brain tumors, among other cancers. You can read more about the dangers of sodium nitrite by clicking here.
Aloe vera ends acid reflux disease
Acid reflux isn’t really a disease. The drug companies just call it that to convince everyone that they need to take medications to ease the symptoms. But in reality, all you probably need is aloe vera. Drink aloe vera gel on a regular basis, and your heartburn symptoms will usually vanish within a few days. Of course, it would also help if you’d stop eating fried foods and processed foods.
Aloe vera heals radiation burns from radiation cancer treatments
For those cancer treatment victims who have been maimed by radiotherapy treatments (which don’t cure cancer, by the way: the treatments are largely a medical hoax), applying aloe vera topically to the radiation area will rapidly accelerate the healing response. Consuming aloe vera internally will also help heal radiation burns. Of course, it’s smarter to avoid radiation in the first place, since the procedure actually causes cancer just like mammograms do.
A complete discussion of the fraud in modern cancer treatments would require another article entirely, but the short version is that the cancer industry has no interest whatsoever in actually curing or preventing cancer and, instead, generates windfall profits through ongoing cancer treatments that only harm or kill patients. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery for cancer are largely medical frauds, and mammography is actually an insidious recruiting system that scares women into unnecessary treatments for cancers they often don’t even have. (The rate of false positives is shockingly high, and mammography has been scientifically proven to harm 10 women for every one woman that it helps.)
If you undergo such barbaric procedures, note that using aloe vera (both internally and externally) can greatly improve your results by protecting you from the treatment itself. Of course, modern oncologists are simultaneously so arrogant and ignorant that they will insist you take nothing that might “interfere” with their poisons, which is why people who foolishly believe in modern oncology are rapidly removing themselves from the human gene pool.
Radiomodifying effects of the leaf extract of Aloe vera were observed on the testes of Swiss albino mice at 50 and 100 mg/kg dose levels. This extract was non-toxic when injected up to 800 mg/kg, and significant enhancement in survival time of the irradiated group was observed. In addition, treatment reduced radiation-induced damage to germ cells and loss in body weight.
Got that? The key concepts here are “significant enhancement in survival time” (the mice lived longer), and a reduction in radiation-induced damage to germ cells, meaning that the DNA in your sperm remains more intact. That’s a good thing unless you really want to have mutant children someday or have an unnatural desire to watch your genitals shrivel and die (another side effect from radiation therapy).
Aloe vera cures gum disease
Want a simple, effective cure for gum disease? It’s easy: Just sprinkle some of this aloe vera powder on your toothbrush before brushing. The aloe vera powder actually heals gums and eliminates gum disease.
Merely drinking the aloe also helps heal your gums: Just swish the liquid around your mouth a few times before each swallow. You’ll be bathing your gums in healing aloe gel, and they’ll begin to heal rapidly. Even severe cases of gum disease can be completely cured in a matter of weeks using aloe vera gel. (By the way, most people with gum disease are also chronically deficient in vitamin D, so if you boost your vitamin D intake while treating your gums with aloe vera gel, your results will be greatly accelerated!)
Aloe vera heals burns, cuts and scrapes
When used externally, aloe is the best wound dressing ever discovered, far exceeding the capability of even the most advanced emergency room wound dressings. It works by simultaneously sealing the wound while attracting an increased flow of blood to the wound, acclerating wound healing. Aloe has been known to heal third-degree burn victims with no scarring and to restore burned skin that would have normally died. Every emergency room in every hospital around the world should have aloe vera on hand, but they’d rather stock chemical medicines than far more effective aloe vera gel from nature (you can’t patent aloe vera gel, so there’s no profit incentive).
Aloe vera gel is extremely effective in wound care. Large chunks of aloe vera gel can literally be packed inside wounds such as gunshot wounds or tissue tears. Placed directly on or in the wound, it kills bacteria, prevents infection and actually nourishes the traumatized tissues while sealing the wound against outside infection. Nothing beats aloe for emergency trauma medicine. If the U.S. military had any sense, they’d be carrying aloe vera leaves around to treat soldiers suffering from shrapnel wounds and explosion burns.
Aloe vera saves animals and human from severe hemorrhagic shock (blood loss)
Here’s a fascinating use of phytonutrients found in aloe vera. I’ve talked about this in previous articles but never discussed it in detail until now. It turns out that special polymers found in aloe vera gel have the ability to potentiate the oxygen carrying capacity of blood.
What do I mean by that? I mean that aloe vera gel turns sludgy, oxygen-depleted blood into smooth-flowing oxygen-rich blood! It’s being used experimentally right now by the U.S. military to save the lives of soldiers who have lost enormous amounts of blood from battlefield injuries. The original research was done on rats (see below) by unethical researchers who kill rats for a living. They bled out the rats, removing up to 3.15mL of blood per 100g of rat body weight (which is a huge amount of blood when you consider the small size of the rats), then tried to resuscitate them by injecting a polymer made from aloe vera. The study showed phenomenal improvements in the resuscitation, blood pressure and survival in the group receiving the aloe vera polymer.
What it means is that the aloe vera made the remaining blood work better. And this was done in rats who, believe it or not, have far healthier diets than the average U.S. consumer. By using aloe vera in humans, the improvement in the “sludge blood” found in most U.S. adults would be nothing less than astonishing. Drug companies, of course, want to isolate some chemical found in aloe vera and turn it into a patentable drug. But that’s entirely unnecessary. Just eat aloe vera gel and you get the benefits. Besides, the benefits are not due to one isolated chemical, they’re made possible by a symphony of supporting phytonutrients. That’s something that all the minds in western pharmaceutical science today still can’t understand: the synergy of healing compounds from nature.
Aloe vera gel is one of my own secrets to strong athletic performance. People who know me at the gym call me a “cardio machine.” They even gave me a nickname in Capoeira that means “The Machine.” Because at age 38, I’m out-performing twenty years olds. One of my secrets is simply that I frequeuntly eat raw aloe vera gel. It makes my blood carry more oxygen to enhance the function of my tissues and organs. That gives me a strong “oxygen advantage” over everyone else, because almost nobody else eats aloe vera (they’re too closed minded to even consider the possibility of what it might do for them). So while others are eating poisonous foods and taking toxic drugs, I’m eating nutrient-dense superfoods and taking aloe vera.
The effect is so powerful that I’m fairly certain as soon as professional athletes figure this out, they’re going to start doping with aloe vera gel. They’ll cycle farther, swim faster and recover more quickly from any physical exercise. Aloe vera gel turns normal blood into super-oxygenated blood. But you have to eat a lot of it. I blend up an entire leaf (a piece of gel about the size of my forearm) in a smoothie and drink that. You can’t expect huge benefits from taking tiny nibbles of aloe vera. You have to make it part of your diet. Eat it like food.
Source PubMed abstract study.
Reducing stroke and heart attacks
Now, if you know anything about the cause of strokes and heart attacks, you realize that enhancing the quality of the blood will have a significant impact on reducing heart attacks and strokes. To my knowledge, there aren’t any strong studies measuring this effect yet, but I have no doubt there will be in time. Eating aloe vera is like adding an all-natural non-stick additive to your blood flow. It stops blood cells from clumping together, which is part of what causes a stroke.
Dark-field microscopy is a technique for viewing live human blood vessels. As with any truly useful technology for preventing disease without drugs and surgery, it’s been censored and oppressed by the medical establishment, but what’s interesting about dark-field microscopy is that it shows the form and structure of your blood cells. You can actually see how your blood cells are shaped and whether they clump together. Most people’s blood cells clump together because they live on a disease-inducing diet of fried foods, homogenized dairy fats, saturated animal fats, hydrogenated oils and other deadly foods. These massive clumps of blood cells slow bloodflow and can ultimately get lodged in the capillaries of the circulatory system, blocking off nutrients and oxygen to tissues and brain cells. Aloe vera, on the other hand, causes sticky blood to become “unsticky blood,” making it flow like it should — one blood cell at a time — so that oxygen and nutrients can reach every last organ and cell in your body.
The fact that aloe vera can reverse “sludge blood” while allowing the blood to carry more oxygen means that it will quite obviously reduce heart attacks and strokes. In fact, it will also reduce high blood pressure because part of the reason blood pressure is so high in some people is because their blood has turned into a thick, viscious liquid that flows like molasses. Basic physics tells you that a thicker liquid will take more pressure to pump through any system. By reducing the viscosity and making the bood flow in a more frictionless manner, blood pressure is automatically lowered.
There are many other benefits that come from eating aloe vera gel, too, such as increased blood flow to the brain, which might mean a reduction in Alzheimer’s progression, improved learning, enhanced memory and better cognitive function. These benefits have yet to be proven in studies, but just because the studies haven’t been done doesn’t mean the aloe isn’t already providing these benefits to those who take it. Since there’s no money to be made from studing aloe vera, the science will lag behind reality by several decades. Most of the best healing benefits of herbs remain unstudied because there’s no profit motive to fund such studies. So don’t expect scientists to be leaping at the opportunity to “prove” that aloe vera has all these health benefits. Just eat it yourself and observe your own health improvements. You get the benefits regardless of whether a journal has published statistics about those benefits.
What’s in aloe vera gel:
• 20 minerals
• 12 vitamins
• 18 amino acids
• 200 active plant compounds (phytonutrients), including:
• Triterpenes (a phytonutrient that lowers blood sugar)
• Glyconutrients & glycoproteins
• Polysaccharides, including:
• Acemannan, mannose-6-phosphate polymannans
• Phenolic glycosides, including:
Mike Adams’ Miracle Aloe Very Smoothie Recipe
• 1 large fresh, raw aloe vera leaf gel (or low-temperature dried aloe vera gel powder if you don’t have fresh plants)
• 1 scoop Jay Robb’s egg white protein powder (unsweetened)
• 2 cups fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or a combination)
• 1 quart Blue Diamond unsweetened almond milk (or soy milk or whatever milk you drink)
• 1/2 teaspoon stevia or 2 tablespoond agave nectar (or your favorite sweetener)
• (Optional) 1 cup cooked quinoa (adds protein and fiber to the drink)
• 1-2 cups of water (see below)
Instructions: Add all the ingredients except the water and aloe vera gel. Blend until it’s a smooth liquid (using a Vita-Mix blender is recommended). Add aloe vera and additional water as your last step, then blend for no more than 10 seconds. Resulting thickness should be like a milkshake. Drink and enjoy!
Find more smoothie recipes in my book, Superfood Smoothies. I have home-grown recipes for halting degenerative disease, ending digestive disorders, lowering cholesterol and much more, all using delicious natural medicine from fruits and vegetables!
Note: Fresh aloe vera has virtually no taste. Other forms of aloe will have a slightly bitter taste, so you may need to add more sweetener if using dried aloe vera. I always recommend using fresh, raw aloe vera right out of your yard if possible. Nothing is superior to the living, raw plant, but the low-temperature dried aloe vera mentioned here is the next best thing.
Notes on using aloe vera
If you’ve never eaten aloe before, be sure to take only a small amount at first. I’ve never heard of anyone having an allergy to aloe vera, but you never know until you try it.
In any case, after taking large amounts of aloe vera, you may feel some difference in your digestion for a few days. If you’ve been constipated, aloe will likely reduce its severity, and you may notice a far easier time passing stools. If you’ve had stomach pains or intestinal pains, you’ll likely notice them easing or vanishing completely. Aloe vera is the best internal medicine for the treatment of colon polyps, in my opinion. It soothes the intestinal tract and helps heal pre-cancerous lesions or growths. In fact, a raw juice diet using vegetable and fruit juices combined with aloe vera gel is practically a miracle cure for early-stage colon cancer. Think of it as a raw juice fast + aloe vera. It’s a very powerful cleansing recipe.
To blend or not to blend?
Because aloe vera contains many beneficial long-chain polysaccharides, I have often wondered whether blending the gel in a Vita-Mix might cause some of the polysaccharides to be broken. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s best to add the aloe vera as the LAST ingredient so it gets blended the least, thereby minimizing any potential shredding of the polysaccharides.
So whether you’re using raw aloe vera gel or a dried aloe vera powder, blend all your other ingredients first, adding aloe vera as the last ingredient. Try to blend the aloe for the shortest time necessary.”
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