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Personal Ecosystems – Microbiota

A microbiota is “the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space”. Joshua Lederberg coined the term, emphasising the importance of microorganisms inhabiting the human body in health and disease. Gut microbiota info – Everything you always wanted to know about the gut microbiota… The word microbiota represents an ensemble of microorganisms that resides in ...

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Foreign Labs Say US Import Food is Safe

The veterinary laboratories of the world are often quite good or even excellent.   The determining factor for a food product to be accepted into international trade agreements, it must pass rigorous standards or the entire country may be denied the export of food products. Even with these constraints and controls, large industrialized countries like the US may have tolerances ...

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International Agricultural Transparency – cultivating consciousness (IAT-CC)

HOME PAGE People care more about where our food comes from, its quality and how it is raised however, learning about methods of animal agriculture and meat quality is especially puzzling because it is so secretive. Even the quality of plant cultivation is difficult to define. Vegetarians are often very sensitive to animal agriculture issues.   Their motivations range from ...

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Why Restrict a Sow’s Diet?

Hunger in sows The food provided for pregnant sows is usually much less than that which they would choose to consume so the animals are hungry throughout much of their lives.28 Intensively reared sows are usually fed on restricted rations of concentrated feed. These provide for the nutritional requirements of the sow, but lack the bulk or roughage to satisfy ...

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Calendula – World Wide Use

Its suspension or in tincture is used topically for treatingacne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding, and soothing irritated tissue.[11][12] Limited evidence indicates Calendula cream or ointment is effective in treating radiation dermatitis.[13][14] Topical application of C. officinalis ointment has helped to prevent dermatitis and pain; thus reducing the incidence rate of skipped radiation treatments in randomized trials[12]  Calendula (/kəˈlɛndjuːlə/),[1] is a genus ...

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Lifting Heavy Necessary? – Not Really

    Upending conventions about how best to strength train, a new study finds that people who lift relatively light weights can build just as much strength and muscle size as those who grunt through sessions using much heftier weights — if they plan their workouts correctly. Strength training has long been dominated by the idea that to develop a ...

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Taking The Battle Against Lyme Disease Ticks To The Backyard

Reducing the number of deer ticks in a yard can reduce the risk of Lyme disease. But no strategies are a sure thing. Scientists have tried all sorts of strategies for stopping the blacklegged tick, the carrier of Lyme disease, from biting us. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that affects an estimated 3000000 in the United States each year, primarily ...

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Quality of Nutritional Supplements

What are some hallmarks of quality when selecting nutritional supplements? To understand the difference, it’s important to know that there are no published FDA GMP standards for dietary supplements under which products must be manufactured and sold. When a company states that they “follow” or “comply” with GMPs they are really stating that they are monitoring themselves. In contrast, GMP ...

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ISO Certification – What Does it Mean

First, lets review what ISO 9001 Certification means in an official sense.  It means that a Certification Body, often called a Registrar, accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has closely audited the ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) and found that it meets all the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 QMS Standard. This means the organization is committed ...

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