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Why no titanium Dioxide?

19 Oct

I get asked the question a lot.

Why no titanium dioxide? What’s so bad about titanium dioxide??

To put this all into context maybe we should go back to the beginning & Bluescope steel who make all of our lovely colour bond roofs.

You see sometime ago, before they changed their warranty to exclude sunscreen damage, Bluescope were getting countless claims of sun-damage, paint peeling claims on their lovely roofs. All shaped in fingerprint patterns around the edge of their metal sheets. This was a little perplexing & financially worrying for the bosses at Bluescope steel so they got some clever scientists to test the damaged roof sheets.

Those scientists found that sunscreen residue on the roof installers fingertips were being transferred to the colour bond sheets during installation & with titanium dioxide’s photo-sensitivity & the lovely sun’s help, the paint was literally peeling off those roofs.

So the clever folks at Bluescope Steel now specifically mention sunscreen & titanium dioxide use in their warranty so they no longer have to pay out for the damage caused by a little bit of transferred sunscreen residue.

Now if your an Aussie, I am sure you have seen the Bluescope Steel add about how it stands up to the test of time & the elements – but a little bit of titanium dioxide & it’s all over.

Now imagine the delicate skin on your face, on your children’s arms & legs. Each day un-knowingly, thinking we are doing the right thing, we slather them up with titanium dioxide in the form of sunscreen & send them out into the sun, all the while never knowing that once exposed to light titanium dioxide creates free radicals that are strong enough to damage steel roofing panels.

It doesn’t take much to imagine what they must be doing to our poor skin each day as we layer on our sunscreen, foundation, concealers, eyeshadows & lip sticks which all contain large doses of titanium dioxide.

If for no other reason – stop using it because of the collarbond roofing!!

Enjoy

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MG Naturals Gives back with Kiva Loans

19 Oct

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We are very excited to announce that a portion from every sale of MG Natural products is now being donated to worthy female entrepreneurs across the globe with Kiva loans

Who is Kiva?
Kiva is a fantastic organisation, that connects people like you & us with budding entrepreneurs in third world countries, where for as little as $25 we can help them achieve their dreams & take control of their financial future.
You get to choose who you help & how much you want to donate & then overtime at no interest your recipient pays the loan back & you can re-lend your money again to another worthy entrepeneur, all without Kiva using a cent of your money to fund their operations.
Love the idea, then visit them today & start your own account or just buy more MG Naturals products & we will do it for you 🙂

Why do we donate to Kiva?                                                                                                                   We wanted a way to give back, to say thank you for all the good fortune & success we have had here at MG Naturals, a little cosmic tithing if you will…. and Kiva came along.
We love Kiva because we get to be in control, but most of all because in a small way we (with your help) are helping to change the cycle of poverty & helplessness for women across the globe.
We are terribly sexist! & only choose women entrepreneurs as we believe that women need empowering the most in our society.
This model is so fantastic because they aren’t just being given a gift, or thrown a fish. We are lending them money to buy more line so they can keep catching their own fish.
We are enabling women, families & communities to feel empowered to take control of their own destinies & break the cycle of poverty.

How do we donate to Kiva?
Technically speaking we don’t – you do!!
Every single purchase of MG Natural products you make we take a portion of the proceeds & loan it out on Kiva.
So everytime you make a purchase you are not only making a difference to our lives & supporting Organic, Vegan, Chemical free business, you are also helping to make a difference to a woman half a world away as she too tries to make her way in the world & provide for her family.
Good on You!!

Every MG Natural Purchase you make helps to increase our loan account, so together we can help more women reach their dreams

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New Instagram Competition Winner

18 Aug

Congratulations to Melissa for being this Months winner of $40 worth of MG Naturals products.

Be sure to get your entry in next month & you could score yourself some FREE make up

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New Foundation Shade Released

10 Aug

At long last after much testing we are excited to announce the release of our ALL NEW foundation shade Medium Glow.

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Our Medium Glow shade is perfect for women with slightly warm, summer tan complexions. It is warmer in tone than our Creamy natural & several shades lighter than our Warm Honey.

So if you were one of the hundred’s of women that told us you fell between our two shades – worry no more as we now have the perfect shade for your complexion.

Be sure to try a sample today for only $2.50 from our website

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Or if you know this shade is perfect for you order it here or in one of our foundation kits here

Enjoy

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Whitening your teeth with Activated Charcoal

10 Aug

I have yellow teeth………….yep, sad but true!

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Lovely Yellow teeth – check out those beauties!!

I am always on the hunt for natural, healthy ways to return that pearly lustre to my poor old yellowing teeth. I have tried brushing my teeth with powdered Tumeric, but to be honest, all I ended up with for my efforts was a bright orange toothbrush. But I love Activated Charcoal for skin conditions, so after doing some research I thought why not see if it works at whitening my poor old teeth.

Am I crazy using a black powder to whiten my teeth, maybe?

But Activated Charcoal loves tannins. And tannins can be found in tea, coffee, chocolate, wine & most things that stain your teeth. The idea is that the charcoal will absorb the tannins from the surface of your teeth without leaching the calcium salts your teeth enamel is made from. So you get whitening without damaging your teeth. Which is a win in my book!!

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After picture, they are whiter after only one application 🙂

Activated Charcoal for whitening your teeth a’la Mama Going Natural

  • half teaspoon activated charcoal
  • 1 teaspoon water

Mix your charcoal & water together to make a very appetising looking slurry.

Brush your teeth in the usual way.

Now for the fun bit, I use my fingertips to apply the lovely slurry to the front of my teeth, I don’t rub it in too much as I find it quite abrasive & I don’t want to rub off my tooth enamel! I then hold the slurry infront of my teeth for as long as I feel I can stand it (about five minutes) before rinsing well, very well & re-brushing my teeth.

It’s not an overnight solution but if your willing to put in the effort & put up with charcoal in your mouth, I think its worth it 🙂

I recommend doing this twice a week to maintain your pearly whites.

Enjoy

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Mrs Tink Reviews MG Naturals

23 Jan

Latest product review from the lovely Mrs Tink – be sure to check out her Blog & enter her giveaway. She has a Mineral Foundation in Creamy Natural to give away!

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I’m a girly girl I love my make up and I love trying new things, the older I get the more I rely on my make up especially a good foundation one that covers up all the tiredness and stress but still looks natural. When I started speaking with the lovely Kailah from MG Minerals I was super keen to try all their beautiful products because unlike half of my make up bag all their products are organic. I try to eat organic and use organic products on Miss 7 months and Master 5 so why not use it on my own skin ?
I was excited to try, to see how it would compare to my current foundation.

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On day 1 of the trial I laid all my new products out from MG Minerals and I was nervous because usually I use more than 3 products…I wait with baited…

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Home made Chai Tea

9 Dec

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Its Christmas time, mistletoe & wine……but not in our house.  Alas no wine, just delicious cups of sweet, spicy homemade Chai Tea.

I have always been a fan of Chai Tea, but I have to admit that I used to drink that awful sweet syrupy stuff that was filled with questionable ingredients that gave me a tummy ache every time I indulged – but of course the odd tummy ache can not deter my sweet tooth & I indulged regularly regardless!

That was until I started making my own Chai Tea, now I can indulge my sweet tooth every night after Miss Three is in bed & no tummy ache!

This Chai is sweet & quite spicy – just the way I like it.

The recipe makes about 4-6 mugs full of Chai Tea (depending on whether you add milk or not) so I recommend making the recipe as it is & then tweaking it to your individual taste preferences by mixing up the quantities of spices etc.

Chai Tea a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 Star Anise
  • 7 Cardamon pods
  • 1/2 t Fennel Seeds
  • 1/2 t Coriander Seeds
  • 8 Cloves
  • 2 Sticks Cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 4 t Tea (I used Organic black tea)
  • 2 Vanilla beans
  • 1 T coconut sugar
  • 3 Peppercorns

This is yet another super simple recipe – what else could you expect from this Lazy Cook?.

Place all ingredients except the tea & sugar into a blender, Thermomix or coffee grinder & blend until the ingredients have been ground to a tea like size. I then pick out the cardamon pod shells (but you can leave them in – it makes no real difference except to the look of your tea). I then add the tea & sugar & blend till combined.

And thats it – It takes all of five minutes & taste divine.

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To make a Mug of Chai Tea (which is the way to go, a cup will leave you wanting more…) simply place about a dessertspoon of your Chai mix into a tea pot, strainer or plunger. Top with 250ml of just off boiling water & leave to steep for five minutes. Enjoy it black or add some almond milk or cows milk & enjoy a wholesome Chai Latte with all the natural goodness from the spices & no nasties!

Enjoy

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Quinoa Chocolate Cake

26 Oct

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In light of my effort to get Miss Three to eat Quinoa, I made chocolate cake.

After all what three year old doesn’t love chocolate cake? And what Mum doesn’t like sneaking some goodness into their childs diet?

This cake is super easy to make and unlike other recipes that use Quinoa flour, this cake can be made with your left over Quinoa, so no waste, another bonus for Mum 🙂

 

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Quinoa Chocolate Cake a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2/3 c cooked Quinoa
  • 1/3 c milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla essence
  • 3/4 c butter
  • 1 c cacoa powder
  • 1 & 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t bicarb soda
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar

This cake, like most of my recipes is super easy to make (I am a lazy cook).

Place the first five ingredients in your Thermomix or blender & process till smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients & blend gently till combined.

Bake at 170 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.

This cake tastes even better the second day & best of all no-one will have any idea its Healthy!!

Enjoy

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Steamed Buns two ways – Custard & Char Sui Chicken

29 May

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We love ordering these light & fluffy buns when ever we go for Yum Cha, but now that we live in an area that has no Yum Cha Restaurants 😦 we have been forced to make our own & boy are we glad about that.

These steamed buns are super easy to make, are super yummy & so versatile, you can fill them with what ever takes your fancy or what ever you have left over in the fridge – last nights bolognaise sauce or left over stir fry. They are great for using up all those odds & ends of left over meals you have languishing in the back of your fridge – thus creating a zero waste kitchen!!

But for something special we recommend trying our Char Sui Chicken filling -the slightly salty asian flavourings work perfectly with the sweet fluffy dough to create a taste sensation for your mouth. We often make a double batch of the Char Sui mix as it makes a great filling for lettuce cups or wraps for quick meals through out the week.

Best of all once steamed, these buns can be cooled, wrapped & frozen to use at a later date. Simply defrost them &  re-steam for another five minutes or even fry them up in a fry pan so that they get all crispy on the outside. These are our new favourite go to snack.

For all of you sweet tooths (my people!) I have included our custard filling recipe too, these make the yummiest sweet buns.

Don’t be put off by the multiple steps to this recipe – these buns are really super easy to make – I make them after all!! I find it best to start the dough & while its rising I then get to work on making the fillings, so that they can be cool & ready to be used when the dough has finished rising.

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Custard Mix for Steam Buns a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 300ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 T coconut sugar
  • 2 T arrowroot powder

Heat the milk, vanilla & sugar over a low heat, beat the eggs & arrowroot powder together & slowly add to the milk mix whisking the entire time. Let your custard slowly come to the boil to thicken, whisking the entire time. This will make a thick custard that you can set aside to cool & thicken further, it is going to be very thick & pasty but don’t worry that is how it needs to be so it doesn’t make your dough soggy.

 

Char Sui Chicken Mix for Steam Buns a’al Mama Going Natural

  • 2 carrots peeled & finely diced
  • 2 sticks celery finely diced
  • 1/2 bunch shallots sliced
  • 2 large chicken breasts finely diced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3 T Char Sui Sauce
  • 2 T Tamari
  • 1 t himalayan salt
  • 2 T water
  • 1 T arrowroot powder
  • Cracked pepper to season

Place olive oil in a fry pan to heat up over a medium heat, add himalayan salt, cracked pepper & chicken & stir fry for a few minutes, add all vegetables & fry off for five minutes. Then add Char Sui sauce, & Tamari & let cook for another five minutes to ensure vegetables are cooked. Mix water & arrowroot together & add this to your mix, stirring constantly to thicken the sauce. Set aside to cool.

Steamed Buns Dough a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1 1/2 T Coconut sugar
  • 1 c lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 t dried yeast
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 400gm White Spelt flour

I used my thermomix to make this dough as it makes the entire process super easy – but you can make it exactly the same way just by hand in a bowl. Place sugar & water in your thermomix with the butterfly attachment in place, turn thermomix onto 4 for one minute to dissolve the sugar. Add the yeast & leave to go frothy & bubbly for ten minutes.

Add the oil, baking powder & spelt flour & set your thermomix to 5 for 2 minutes till your dough comes together, leave your thermomix with the lid on & set aside for an hour or so until the dough has doubled in size. If you are doing this in a bowl, set your dough aside somewhere warm & cover with a damp tea towel.

Once your dough has rested & doubled in size, take it out of your thermomix & set it on a lightly floured bench & knead it gently for a few minutes.

The exciting Part – How to Make your Steamed Buns.

Take your dough & section it into 18 even balls, flatten the balls into even circles that are approximately 1/2 to 1 cm thick. Hold your dough disc flat on your hand & add a Tablespoon of filling in the middle, using your other hand pinch up all the edges till they meet in the middle & twist the top section where your dough joins to seal in the filling.

Cut out little squares of parchment paper & place under each steamed bun. Set buns a distance away from each other as they will double in size during cooking. Turn your Thermomix to the Steam function & place your buns in the steamer, set timer for 12 minutes per batch.

These buns are best eaten straight from the steamer!!

Enjoy

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Titanium Dioxide why we don’t touch it

7 Nov

All of our Mama Going Natural products are formulated without any Titanium Dioxide. Even though it is in nearly all foundations & cosmetics you buy.

Why?, because not only is Titanium Dioxide known to damage cells & speed up the ageing process of our skin, it is now being investigated as a potential carcinogen. 

It has long been known that Titanium Dioxide is not photo stable, when it is exposed to light on your skin it creates free radicals that in-turn attack your skin cells causing premature ageing. As if that isn’t bad enough, now it is being linked to cancer.

Have a look in your bathroom cupboard, not only are you eating Titanium Dioxide on a daily basis but you are also smothering your largest breathing organ (your skin) with it every single day. Nearly all cosmetics (even supposedly natural ones) contain large amounts of Titanium Dioxide, you will find it in your powders, foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushes & even in your sunscreen (although it may not be listed in the ingredients – legally they don’t have to list everything, only “active” ingredients).

Not a nice thought when it has been proven that substances applied to the skin show up in the blood stream within half an hour.

So go through your bathroom cupboards & ditch the Titanium Dioxide today, not only will you prevent premature ageing of your skin, but you might just save your life.

Check out our Titanium Dioxide FREE BB creammakeup & Sunscreens for the whole family.

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7th October 2013

By Sayer Ji

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The U.S. food industry is notorious for poisoning the very consumers who drive their multi-billion dollar enterprise, even spending millions against their right to informed consent (truthful GMO labeling). So, is it any wonder that this deregulated and increasingly deranged juggernaut is experimenting on its own customer base by exposing them to trillions of toxic nanoparticles?

A new study published in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy titled, “Effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in human gastric epithelial cells in vitro,” reveals for the first time that the nanoparticle form of the common “whitening” agent known as titanium dioxide is capable of inducing “tumor-like” changes in exposed human cells.[1]

Whereas previous cell research has established that titanium dioxide (TiO2) is cytotoxic (cell damaging),[2] this is the first study of its kind to find exposed cells undergo a ‘phenotypal’ transition from normal to cancerous cell traits, including an increased rate of cell proliferation and a decrease in programmed cell death – hallmark features of precancerous and/or cancerous cells associated with ‘immortalization.’

Owing to the fact that the researchers tested human gastric epithelial cells, a type of stomach cell in direct contact with material we eat, and considering the broad range of drug, personal care and food products nanoparticle TiO2 is commonly used within, the toxicological implications of these findings are deeply concerning.

We Are Already Eating Titanium Dioxide

TiO2 is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium, and has a wide range of industrial applications as a “whitening” pigment in plastics, ceramic glazes and paints. It is used in sunscreens as a UV absorbing “sun protection factor,” due to its high refractive index. Most of our risk of exposure comes from its use in toothpaste, drugs and excipient-heavy supplements as a pill coating, and food products, including even milk (to ‘improve’ appearance and texture).

Indeed, given that TiO2 is found in thousands of consumer products, the odds are that you are already being exposed to a significant quantity of them on a daily basis. As reported byEverydayhealth.com, “You ingest around 100 trillion nanoparticles every day, researchers at Binghamton University and Cornell University say.”

So, what are some common brands who use it? Nanotitanium is found in products produced by Jello, Nestlé, M&M’s, Mother’s, Mentos, Albertson’s, Hostess and Kool Aid.

Below is a table from the 2012 E Magazine article “Eating Nano” revealing its presence in common U.S. packaged goods.

Nanoparticles and Common Food Brands

Is Titanium Dioxide Regulated?

Much like present day radiobiological risk assessments for technologies like mammography were developed long before the discovery of DNA, making it impossible to comprehend their DNA-damaging properties at that time, present day biosafety regulations of TiO2 were determined long before the advent of nanotechnology. In both cases, the true harms of these technologies were — and still are — greatly underestimated.

As a result of this information gap, TiOis currently classified as ‘generally recognized as safe’ (GRAS) by the FDA, regardless of format. Remarkably, the FDA still allows titanium dioxide in sunscreens “at concentrations of up to 25 percent alone and 2 to 25 percent in combination with any proposed Category I sunscreen active ingredient” without considering the toxicity differential of particle size.[3] Considering that concentrations as low as 0.001% by weight have been found to exhibit clear cytotoxicity within exposed cells,[4] the biosafety regulations governing TiO2 are as great as 5 orders of magnitude or higher less stringent than they should be to protect the consumer.

Nanoparticles are so small they are below the threshold of visibility. This is one reason why they are used for sun protection factor, as 100 nanometers or smaller particles will not leave the white pasty appearance on the skin associated with larger particles. What you can’t see, however, is still there – and in the case of nanotitanium, may slip through the surface layers of our skin into more sensitive tissues, as well as our blood stream. This is also why, if you use sunscreen, you should make sure the ingredients say “non-nanoparticle” when describing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. And this rule applies to purportedly ‘natural’ brands as well.

Technically, a nanoparticle, also known as a ‘ultrafine particle,’ is a particle that is sized within the nanometer scale: literally, anywhere between 1-100 billionth (nano) of a meter in diameter. Going up in scale, larger particles are known as ‘fine particles,’ sized between 2,500 and 100 nanometers, and so-called ‘coarse particles’ are sized between 10,000 and 2,500 nanometers.

How ‘Smaller’ Can Indicate A Much Larger Problem

Nanotechnology inverts the unsophisticated logic of conventional toxicology risk assessments: namely, that the smaller the amount of something (concentration or size), the less harmful it is. We have seen how this logic has failed with petrochemical-derived chemicals like benzene, considered toxic in the parts-per-trillion range, and endocrine disrupters like bisphenol A and parabens, which exert powerful hormone-mimicking properties that sometimes increase as their concentration decrease. More recently, Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (glyphosate), was found to exhibit estrogenicity (and concomitant carcinogenicity) in the parts-per-trillion concentration range. There is also the case of so-called ‘low dose’ radioisotopes such as depleted uranium, whose relatively low radiolytic decay relative to gamma-ray emitting plutonium generates the illusion that it is safer (recent research performed by the U.S. Army’s own Radiobiological Research Institute indicates these “lower risk” radiation sources cause up to a million-fold more damage than present risk models explain due to a phenomenon known as the photoelectic effect).

In other words, less is not only more, but when it comes to particle size, smaller sizes often convey exponentially higher toxicity than larger ones.

Why Are We Not Being Protected?

So, why isn’t more being done to protect the consumer from the clear and present health threat represented by nanotechnology? Considering that the Food and Drug Administration does exactly that: administers and/or executes the interests of the food and drug manufacturers, we are supplicating to the wrong entity. The FDA is at least consistent by deciding to allow the food industry to govern itself, but what about the food industry’s liability in saturating our food supply with trillions of nanoparticles per serving, without warning the consumer?

According to Tom Philpot, writing for Grist in 2010“As with GMOs, the strategy seems to be: release into the food supply en masse first; assess risks later (if ever).”

This strategy, while a seemingly successful short-term business model for nanotechnology stakeholders, is utter insanity when one considers the long-term fall out it will have on the industry once millions wake up to the fact they have been treated, once gain, like guinea pigs.

Moreover, as a growing body of peer-reviewed research on the dangers of nanoparticles accumulates, the millions who have already been exposed unknowingly to their ill effects have a legal right to sue for damages. The food industry’s increasingly nefarious stance towards the very consumers who ensure their continued business defies logic, and indicates just how unethical their business model really is.

There is really only one answer to this problem. As with unlabeled GMOs, the consumer must refuse to consume them, forcing the manufacturers to bow to the holy dollar and reformulate; or, better yet, the ‘consumer’ must learn how to redefine itself entirely by becoming, once again, a producer, one garden (urban, suburban or rural) at a time. By growing and eating whole foods directly from the earth, we eliminate a wide range of health hazards the mass market food industry has built into their disease-promoting business model.

Article Resources

[1] Monica Catarina Botelho, Carla Costa, Susana Silva, Solange Costa, Alok Dhawan, Paula A Oliveira, João P Teixeira. Effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in human gastric epithelial cells in vitro. Biomed Pharmacother. 2013 Aug 23. Epub 2013 Aug 23. PMID: 24051123

[2] GreenMedInfo.com, Research > Problem Substances > Index: T’s > Titanium Dioxide

[3] FDA. Sunscreen Drug Products for Over-the-Counter Human Use; Amendment to the Tentative Final Monograph; Enforcement Policy. Federal Register. 1998;63:56584–56589.

[4] Julia X Yu, Thomas H Li. Distinct biological effects of different nanoparticles commonly used in cosmetics and medicine coatings Cell Biosci. 2011; 1: 19. Published online 2011 May 19. doi: 10.1186/2045-3701-1-19

Further articles by Sayer Ji

About the author:
Sayer-JiSayer Ji is the founder and director of www.GreenMedInfo.com and an advisory board member at the National Health Federation, an international nonprofit, consumer-education, health-freedom organization.

He co-authored the book Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure, and is currently co-authoring another book with Tania Melkonian entitled EATomology: An Edible Philosophy of Food.

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