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(NaturalNews.com’s article is as follows:)

“All regular readers of NaturalNews know that researchers have discovered chocolate (especially the organic, not junked up with additives and sugar type) contains phytochemicals which appear to promote good health. But no one has had much of a clue about the specifics of some of those benefits on the cardiovascular system — until now. Scientists at the European Society of Cardiology Congress currently underway in Paris just announced that chocolate provides huge protection from heart disease as well as stroke.

That’s great news because, despite the billions of dollars spent on mainstream medicine’s drugs and surgical interventions, the battle against cardiovascular disease obviously needs some serious help. Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2030 nearly 23.6 million people will die yearly from heart disease.

So just imagine the fluttering of hearts in Big Pharma offices if they found a no side effect, easy to produce drug that actually worked to lower the risk of developing heart disease in the first place by almost 40 percent. The demand and profits to be made would be enormous. While there is no such medication, it turns out that eating chocolate regularly appears to accomplish what pills can’t.

For a new study, which was just published in the online version of the British Medical Journal, Dr. Oscar Franco and colleagues from the University of Cambridge carried out a large scale investigation of existing research on chocolate. In all, they looked at research involving over 100,000 participants with and without existing heart disease. Then the scientists evaluated the effects of eating chocolate on cardiovascular events including heart attacks and stroke.

For each of seven studies that were analyzed, the research team compared the group with the highest chocolate consumption against the group with the lowest consumption (to minimize bias, they factored in differences in the way each study had been designed). Bottom line: the highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with an astounding 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and an almost 30 percent reduction in stroke compared with lowest levels of chocolate eating.

The studies did not differentiate between dark or milk chocolate and included consumption of chocolate bars, drinks, biscuits and desserts — which raises an obvious question not answered by the new research analysis. Would the cardiovascular protection be even more pronounced if the chocolate didn’t include extra sugars, unhealthy fats or chemical additives found in many chocolate drinks and candy bars?

The authors of the study did warn their findings need to be interpreted cautiously because commercially available chocolate products are often loaded with calories, so eating too much of these can lead to weight gain and be harmful to health in general. However, in a statement to the media, they concluded that given the health benefits of eating chocolate, “initiatives to reduce the current fat and sugar content in most chocolate products should be explored.”

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033463_chocolate_heart_disease.html#ixzz1WZ5HPeX0

So to recap, chocolate is good is small doses depending on your health status. If your overweight or if you love to pig out on chocolate you need to cut back or limit your intake of chocolate. The best tasting chocolate in, my opinion, is 100% organical grown dark chocolate. It can get pricey but it is the perfect left-me-up and the price stops you from pigging out while giving you the health benefits at the same time.

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“I’ll never forget sitting in the counseling room with her. As a crisis pregnancy counselor, I volunteered weekly to administer free pregnancy tests and provide confidential counsel to people in need. Sadly, I would sit with clients as young as twelve years old.

This particular client didn’t seem too concerned about whether her test was positive or negative. As the timer for the pregnancy test counted down, her mind was clearly elsewhere.

“What are you thinking?,” I asked.

“I know I got herpes from my last partner. This is going to change everything.”

Sorrow overwhelmed her and anger began to surface.

Like many in our society, she bought into the “safe sex” lie and falsely trusted a piece of latex.  However, latex doesn’t cover the entire genital region.  Since herpes is a skin to skin contact disease, she was still infected and could never turn back.  

Herpes is a viral STD. There is no cure.

There are two classes of STDs- viral and bacterial.  Once a person acquires a viral STD, it is for life.  There may be medication to treat the symptoms, but they cannot eradicate the disease.  Bacterial STDs, on the other hand, are curable.  If a person sees their physician and tests positive for one of these diseases, antibiotics are available to wipe it out.  Unfortunately, many teenagers are having genital contact and failing to be tested.

But did you know the following?

§                     STDs are the most common diseases in America next to the common cold and flu.  Source:  http://humanlifeservices.org/teens.htm

§                     One in four teens are already infected with at least one STD.  Source:  http://std-gov.org

§                     One in two sexually active youth will contract an STD by age 25.  Source:   http://www.ashastd.org/pdfs/ASHA_05.final.pdf

§                     One in five American’s age 12 and over has genital herpes, a virus for which they can only treat symptoms.  Source:  http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/STDFact-Herpes.htm#common

§                     At least 50% of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. Sadly, for some girls this leads to premature hysterectomies and even death.  Source: http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm#howget

§                     15% of all infertile American women are infertile because of tubal damage caused by an STD (Chlamydia or gonorrhea).  Source:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18076491/ns/health-sexual_health/.

§                     To date, there is no evidence that consistent use of condoms during oral sex reduces your chance of getting most STIs.  Source:  http://www.medinstitute.org/public/92.cfm

§                     Hormonal birth control, while preventing pregnancy, can dramatically increase a girl’s chance of STD infection.  Source: http://www.global-sisterhood-network.org/content/view/218/59/

§                     80% of people infected with an STD have no symptoms.  Source: http://www.physiciansforlife.org/content/view/206/37/

Obviously teens aren’t infecting each other intentionally, but the lack of symptoms in 4 out of 5 people is allowing for disease to spread like wildfire. 

And, unlike a boy who may walk away from sexual contact without permanent damage, girls’ bodies were created with an open sexual system, placing them at risk for internal damage that forever affects their future.  Sadly, girls will pay a higher price every time. 

Sexually transmitted diseases are SERIOUS.    

Pam Stenzel and I want to make sure that you are educated and empowered to make healthy relationship choices.  To help you, we’ve written the book NOBODY TOLD ME.  This book is perfect for every student (12 and up).  If you have abstained, this book will offer a window into the heart of your peers, provide answers to difficult questions you still might have (and be afraid to ask), strengthen you to remain pure until marriage, and offer suggestions to help you live that out.  If you have made mistakes, this book will give you the opportunity to hear stories of young people struggling right along with you, but within that commonality our words will provide clarity where there was confusion, hope where there was pain, understanding that your past choices don’t have to define your future ones, and practical steps to redeeming your future.

Please don’t pass this by. We don’t want you to have to say to God, your parents, a physician, or a future spouse, “Nobody told me. I didn’t know.” 

Pam’s website – www.pamstenzel.com

Melissa’s website – http://melissanesdahl.blogspot.com/

Fan Page for the book – http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Nobody-Told-Me/119424511453919

(This post was written by Melissa Nesdahl, co-author of Nobody Told Me. Nobody wants to talk about STDs, but if you or someone you love has one, contact Melissa or Pam at their websites.)

A friend of the family is trying to raise enough money to buy a BioMat among other things for relief of her chronic Lyme Disease symptoms. Here is her message through facebook:

“I do hate that it’s come to this…but to tell the truth, I have spent everything I ever earned to try to jump back into life. Though what I’m doing has helped, it has been over three years of constantly trying now, and I’m still not back in the game to stay. I would love to be able to work, but I still can’t.

My friend, Shari, set up the fundraiser so I can get three things that I know can drastically change my body’s environment, reduce my pain, and making it easier for everything else I’m doing to actually work. The BioMat is FDA approved for pain and fatigue…I deal with those constantly.

Anyway, I would really appreciate it if everyone could pitch in a dollar or more… I understand if some of you can’t. Please share this on your Facebook walls, and with friends who also would share and may be able to help. The fundraiser will be for 2 months, so please keep sharing it so people can notice!”

Times are tough today, but what is one dollar worth to you at the moment? Would you use it for you next cup of coffee? Or would you try to help someone like this. If you are interested and can help go here: http://www.giveforward.com/supportsnapcracklepopkcsmith to learn more.

If you can’t (or do not want to) help, then please pass on the link and the information. What would you want if you had a disease like Lyme? As Christians we are called, in fact commanded, to help the sick. Why don’t you set an example for others and help KC?

The Special and Help Someone Else categories will host stories like this so that you know HOW and WHERE to help someone, even if you do not even know them… be a good Steward of your wealth, help someone else

Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!