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Endocrine disrupting chemicals or EDCs are chemicals that can interfere with the body's endocrine or hormone system - the highly sensitive chemical messaging system the body uses to control different metabolic and developmental processes. Human and animal hormones regulate bodily functions such as metabolism, sexual development and growth. Hormones are released into the blood by various glands including the thyroid, ovaries and testicles.

During the autumn of 2009 the world was in the grip of swine flu pandemonium. Some people panicked because they couldn't get the vaccine fast enough while others were afraid of its side effects and preferred to take their chances without.

Now that spring is on its way it's time to plant some seeds. This is a perfect opportunity to do a little experiment on the effects of microwaves. Buy a bag of tomato seeds. Fill two plant pots with earth and plant a few seeds in each. Mark the pots "tap water" and "microwave water" and water them accordingly. Microwave the water for the "microwave" pot in advance and cool it before use, storing the water in a glass bottle. Give each of the pots enough water to keep them slightly damp during the coming days and weeks.

Vegetable nutrients are easily affected when cooked. It is better to steam than boil vegetables as nutrients leach into the water when boiled. But when broccoli is microwaved its antioxidant and estrogen balancing benefits are reduced even more than when it is boiled. Its indole content is reduced by 74% and its vitamin C content by 40% compared to that of raw broccoli. (Vallejo et al 2007)1

Today's environmental debate is mainly about carbon emissions. Most of us find it hard to grasp complex environmental issues and put our trust in research and policy analysis. So what should we make of the "green motorists" and environmentalists who have led us to believe that ethanol is a safe environmental choice. Are they right or wrong?

Danish girls develop breasts a year younger that they did 15 years ago. This has been demonstrated by a Danish study that was shown on Swedish TV recently. The researchers suspect this is due to chemicals that act like hormones. Phthalates and parabens are chemicals that are used as softeners in plastics and in common everyday products like shampoo, shower gel, nail polish, perfume, cosmetics, floor covering and laundry detergent.

Some people have the notion that C-vitamin intake should be limited because it can cause diarrea. In fact this provides you with some important information. As virus thrives when human C-vitamin levels are inadequate we need to assess how much is adequate. A C-vitamin flush lets you know.

The human body can't produce C-vitamin and needs it in the form of fruit, vegetables or a food supplement. Some do best on the buffered ester C form which is less acidic, while others thrive on the more acidic ascorbic acid.

There are several natural antibiotics and even antivirals. Those we know best are Echinacea, Elderberry and Propolis - the bee's natural protection from infection. Some less well known are Lauric acid (Monolaurin) and L-lysine which is very effective against the herpes family of viruses. Then there is Allicin from garlic which is possibly the most exciting antibacterial as it is capable of conquering fungus, virus and even the killer bacteria MRSA.

Flu vaccines can contain a number of chemical toxinsincluding ethylene glycol (antifreeze), formaldehyde, phenol (carbolic acid) and even antibiotics like Neomycin and streptomycin. In addition to the viruses and other additives, many vaccines also contain immune adjuvants like aluminium and squalene.

Within 3 months of installing 30 so called energy-efficient lightbulbs: Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) a US technician, who researchers cutting-edge clean technology, was troubled by exceptional ill health. These 30 lightbulbs were installed in his home and during these three months he and his family all developed unusual health problems including chronic migraines, nausea, skin rashes and arthritic-like conditions.