May 29, 2015

More U.S. adults describe themselves as "pro-choice" than "pro-life" for the first time in seven years, according to a new Gallup poll.

More U.S. adults describe themselves as "pro-choice" than "pro-life" for the first time in seven years, according to a new Gallup poll. 
The poll finds that 50 percent support abortion rights and 44 percent oppose them. That is the first time since 2008 that more people support abortion rights. 
Since then, people have been evenly divided, with those opposed to abortion rights in a small lead — last year by 47 to 46 percent.
The data show that support for abortion rights is ticking back up again after having a clear majority in the 1990s and early 2000s, before it fell off around 2008 — after the Supreme Court upheld a partial ban on abortions
Abortion remains a divisive issue on Capitol Hill. House Republicans were forced to pull a 20-week abortion ban earlier this year over concerns from some women Republican lawmakers about a requirement that rape be reported to the police to qualify for the ban’s exemption. 
Leaders later removed that provision and passed the bill this month, over strong opposition from Democrats. 
Gallup does not define the terms “pro-choice” and “pro-life,” but another question shows many people hold a view in the gray area.
Twenty-nine percent of adults say abortion should be legal in all circumstances, and 19 percent in no circumstances. But in the middle, 13 percent say in “most” circumstances, and 36 percent say in a “few.”
Fifty-one percent of those saying a “few” circumstances identify as “pro-life.” 

We Pay A Shocking Amount For Police Misconduct, And Cops Want Us Just To Accept It. We Shouldn't.

In November 2012, Cleveland patrolman Michael Brelo joined more than 100 fellow officers in an armada of 62 police cruisers to pursue a 1979 light blue Chevy Malibu. After a 22-mile chase that reached upwards of 100 miles per hour, the vehicle came to a halt in East Cleveland.
Neither the driver, 43-year-old Timothy Russell, nor his passenger, 30-year-old Malissa Williams, ever got a chance to explain why they fled. Moments after they stopped, 13 officers, including Brelo, unleashed a hail of 137 bullets into their car. Brelo fired 49 of those rounds, reloading his weapon twice and finishing the assault from atop the hood of the rusty Malibu. When the shooting subsided, Russell and Williams were both dead, each suffering more than 20 bullet wounds.
Last week, a judge found Brelo not guilty on all charges stemming from the incident, ruling that the shooting was justified and that it was impossible to determine if the fatal shots were fired by him or one of the other 12 officers. Brelo was the only officer facing criminal charges in the shooting and remains on the force. Though the Cleveland Police Department's astonishing trigger-happiness led to a Justice Department review that culminated this week in an expansive set of reforms (which the head of a Cleveland police union has already denounced), the city's taxpayers have been on the hook for the tragic mistake for months.
In November 2014, a county judge approved a $3 million out-of-court settlementresulting from a wrongful death lawsuit, to be paid by the city of Cleveland to the victims' families and their lawyers. That money, like the rest of the police department's budget, comes from taxpayers.
Some say this system of liability allows officers to do a difficult job without constant fear of being sued, while also ensuring that victims can seek damages. In many cases, however, it's hard not to feel that we are subsidizing negligent police behavior and misconduct, at a time when city budgets are tight and calls for improved accountability in law enforcement are louder than ever.
As the Washington Post's Radley Balko noted in a 2014 blog post, these lawsuits are "supposed to inspire better oversight, better government and better policing." When the Baltimore Sun reports that the $5.7 million in taxpayer funds paid out to settle police misconduct cases between 2011 and 2014 could "cover the price of a state-of-the-art rec center or renovations at more than 30 playgrounds," for example, citizens are supposed to respond by demanding political change that will help address the root causes of these lawsuits and ensure their money goes to building playgrounds instead.
It hasn't always played out like this at the voting booth, but maybe it's time we begin applying political pressure on the issue of policing.
The sheer size of this financial burden is a big problem, as the regular six- and seven-figure police misconduct settlements around the nation demonstrate. And while the reports below point to some substantial figures, the total amount we're actually paying remains something of an unknown, as the terms of settlements are sometimes sealed to the public and police data collection concerning civil suits and their outcomes has long been criticized as inadequate. There's also the broader question of what messages the civil justice system's indemnification of police sends to officers and the taxpayers who are liable for the costs that officers incur.
If the public ends up paying for an officer's misconduct or alleged misconduct, it seems fair that they'd want the officer and the police department he or she works for to make efforts to keep taxpayers from having to shell out for future settlements or judgments. Instead, we see police departments routinely failing to discipline problematic officers, including those named in lawsuits, even when they may already have a record of misconduct or complaints.
We also see departmental inaction as officers across police forces repeatedly face the same accusations of misconduct, either due to violations of policy or because the policies themselves are inappropriate. We see police departments resist reform and transparency, which would cut back on allegations of misconduct, including in false claims officers inevitably face. And we see a system of adjudication that now regularly seeks to settle lawsuits, supposedly saving taxpayer dollars in part by keeping the facts of a misconduct case from going before a jury, which may decide a plaintiff deserves an award larger than the settlement. (Police don't pay regardless, and this approach coincidentally saves them from further public scrutiny.)
Some police departments have made proactive reforms in the face of these taxpayer-subsidized infractions. Others were forced to change after things got so bad that the Justice Department had to intervene. But many police forces, including those in some of the cities below, have seemingly taken advantage of a system that empowers officers to act with impunity and provides little pressure to deter future misconduct.
There is no easy solution for this deeply entrenched problem. Speaking out with your voice and your vote is a start. Others have suggested a reform that would shift some financial liability in civil lawsuits back onto police -- who are, after all, responsible for the actions in question.
But if we continue to do nothing, we are giving tacit approval to a relationship in which taxpayers sometimes end up being victimized twice -- both as the direct casualties of police misconduct and the unwilling enablers who must eventually pay for that misconduct.
Here's what police misconduct cases are costing taxpayers in big cities across the nation:


$36 million between 2005 and 2015.
report by the Boston Globe published in May found that the city had paid $36 million to resolve more than 2,000 legal claims and lawsuits against the Boston Police Department over the past decade. The payouts went mainly to resolve cases concerning alleged wrongful convictions or police misconduct, and $31 million of this total stemmed from 22 cases, including nine awards of more than $1 million. One notorious case, in which a black officer allegedly beat a white citizen so badly that he was left with permanent brain damage, led to a $1.4 million settlement. Criminal charges were never filed against the officer, and though the Boston Police Department fired him for unreasonable force and for lying about the incident, an independent arbitrator later ruled that the city had to rehire him with back pay, full benefits and compensation. That's a testament to the power of police unions and the arbitration process to shield officers from being held accountable for their actions.
That's enough money for Boston to cover the cost of large-scale renovations to a local high school athletic complex two times over.
Construction began last year on new facilities for the West Roxbury Education Complex. The $18 million project will give the school a new football field, baseball field, softball field and a multi-use field, all with new artificial turf surfaces, as well as a new running track and other features to accommodate spectators.


$521 million between 2004 and 2014.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported in 2014 that brutality-related lawsuits cost Chicago taxpayers more than half a billion dollars in the preceding decade. About 15 percent of these payments went to victims of police torture under the rule of notorious former Police Commander Jon Burge, according to the Sun-Times. Chicago voted earlier this year to set aside additional funds for reparations to the more than 100 black men who faced beatings, suffocation, electrocution and other abuse in order to force confessions between the 1970s and early 1990s. In 1994, a powerful police unioncharacterized a decision to uphold Burge's termination as a "miscarriage of justice." Burge ultimately spent 3 and 1/2 years behind bars on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
That's enough money for Chicago to cover nearly the entire cost of a new, state-of-the-art research hospital being built downtown.
The Ability Institute of RIC is a $550 million project under construction on the lakefront, just two blocks from the Research Institute of Chicago's existing facility. The Chicago Tribune reports that each floor "will be dedicated to a different area of rehabilitation: nerve, muscle and bone; spinal chord; pediatrics; and cancer of all kinds."


$8.2 million between 2004 and 2014.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported in December that the city's taxpayers had paid $8.2 million over 10 years to resolve lawsuits against the police alleging brutality, misconduct or wrongful arrests. The city paid judgments in over 60 cases in this decade, both by settlement and jury decision. These included a $3 million settlement to the families of Williams and Russell, killed by a barrage of police gunfire in 2012. Most of the 100 officers involved in that incident avoided any significant disciplinary action, and the lone sergeant fired in its aftermath was ultimately rehired following a decision by an arbitrator.
That's enough money for Cleveland to pay almost its entire share of the cost to build a new YMCA facility downtown.
The city broke ground on the $12.5 million project earlier this year after raising around $4.5 million from private donors, leaving Cleveland with $8.9 million in construction costs. YMCA executives say the new building will allow them to more than double their previous membership.


$6.6 million between 2011 and 2014.
According to the Baltimore Sun's report, Dallas residents shelled out $6.6 million for a number of substantial settlements and jury judgments between 2011 and the summer of 2014. A Dallas Morning News report from earlier in 2014 pointed specifically to two seven-figure settlements. In one, the city approved a $1.1 million settlement for a black man who was beaten during an arrest and jailed for months on a charge that was dropped when video of the incident contradicted the officer's account. The officer was ultimately cleared in an internal investigation, and eventuallyresigned from the police force for unrelated health reasons.
That's enough money for Dallas to have more than doubled its police community outreach budget for each year between 2011 and 2014.
The Dallas Police Department's community outreach budget, which funds a variety of projects designed to strengthen bonds between officers and citizens, allocated $1.7 million to these efforts in fiscal year 2013 and gave a slight bump to funding in fiscal year 2014. In previous years between 2012 and 2010, that number was closer to $1.3 million.


~$12 million since 2011.
The Colorado Independent reported earlier this month on the heavy price of about $12 million that Denver taxpayers have paid over the past five years due to allegations of excessive force by the city's police and sheriff's departments. This total included a $3.25 million settlement to a jail inmate who accused a sheriff's deputy of encouraging other prisoners to beat and torture him, as well as a $860,000 settlement awarded to a disabled veteran who was beaten so badly by police that he had to be resuscitated. No criminal charges were filed in either of those cases, and no officers were fired. One officer involved in the second case faced temporary re-assignment to desk duty earlier this year, while the department reviewed his record of more than 40 citizen complaints.
An earlier Denver Post analysis in 2014 noted a number of high-profile settlements and judgments over the previous decade stemming from allegations of excessive force and civil rights violations against both departments. These included a $1.3 million settlement in 2004 over a Denver police officer's fatal shooting of a developmentally disabled 15-year-old boy. No criminal charges were filed in that case, and though the officer was suspended, the suspension was eventually overturned and the officer wasgiven back pay.
That's enough money for Denver to completely cover and even expand upon a recently announced $10 million affordable housing loan program.
With the housing market getting increasingly expensive in Denver, the program -- set to be funded from a variety of city and state sources -- will provide credits to developers looking to address a growing shortage of affordable and low-income housing in the city.

Los Angeles

~$101 million between 2002 and 2011.
According a HuffPost analysis of LAPD payment data released by the Los Angeles Times in 2011, taxpayers paid more than $100 million to settle lawsuits against officers accused of civil rights violations, wrongful deaths and other intradepartmental misconduct. These payouts, made by the city between 2002 and October 2011, didn't include huge settlements awarded to citizens in recent years, including a $5 million settlement resulting from the case of an unarmed National Guard veteran killed by LAPD officers on live TV in 2013 and a $1.35 million sumgiven to the mother of a man who died in LAPD custody in 2013 following a traffic stop. Investigators declined to file charges in the first case, though officers were relieved of duty without pay earlier this year, pending an announcement of further disciplinary action. Charges haven't been announced in the second case.
recent National Journal analysis suggests that civil rights lawsuits against police continued to take a heavy toll on taxpayers between 2011 and September 2014.
That's enough money for Los Angeles to match the entire amount it pays each year to cope with homelessness.
Los Angeles Times report found that the city pays around $100 million annually for issues relating to homelessness, and that as much as $87 million of that goes to enforcement-related efforts, including arrests, patrols and mental health interventions. With more money, the city could afford a softer -- and advocates say more effective -- approach. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, an agency designed to respond to community complaints regarding the homeless, has just 19 employees for the entire county and operates on $330,000 in general fund money, according to the LA Times. Members of the Los Angeles City Council have also suggested it could direct more money to mental health and social service funding, as well as housing first projects that have proven effective at reducing homelessness in cities across the United States.


$9.3 million between 2011 and 2014.
Minnesota Public Radio reported earlier this month that the city's taxpayers have been on the hook for $9.3 million to resolve police conduct lawsuits over the past few years. More than half of that total came from two cases, including a $3 million settlement in a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a mentally ill black man who died in 2010 after being restrained by police. No criminal charges were filed against the two officers involved that case, and neither was disciplined.
That's enough money for Minneapolis to fund its police body camera program more than eight times over.
budget passed by the city council in December allocated $1.1 million over the next two years to help roll out a department-wide body camera program. This money will be used to cover the cost of new equipment and data storage fees.

New York City

$348 million between 2006 and 2011.
UCLA study published last year in the NYU Law Review found that New York City taxpayers were left to pay settlements and judgments totaling $348 million in 6,113 cases alleging civil rights violations by police over a five-year period. This sum included a more than $7 million settlement awarded to family and friends of Sean Bell, an unarmed black man killed by officers on his wedding day in 2006. Officers were ultimately acquitted on all charges stemming from the incident, though theNYPD eventually fired one officer and forced three others to resign.
Data obtained by MuckRock last October suggested that settlements and judgments have not slowed over the past five years.
That's enough money for New York City to pay for the construction of more than seven brand new schools.
PS 281, also called the River School, opened its doors to students in 2013. Itsconstruction costs were $47 million, according to the developer's website. The six-story, 103,000-square-foot primary and intermediate school includes an "at-grade playground, a gymatorium, a second gymnasium, rooftop playfield, laboratory spaces, cafeteria and 26 classrooms."


$74 million between 1990 and 2014.
An analysis by Oakland Police Beat in April 2014 found that the city's taxpayers had paid out $74 million to resolve at least 417 lawsuits accusing police officers of brutality, misconduct and other civil rights violations since 1990. Among them was arecord $10.5 million settlement in 2004 for victims who claimed four officers kidnapped, beat and planted drugs on them during the summer of 2000. The officers most closely involved were fired and faced criminal charges, though they were ultimately acquitted. The alleged ringleader fled the country after the charges were announced.
Oakland Police Beat's tally doesn't include any instances of lawsuits that may have been resolved through jury trials, and it also excludes lawsuits that may have stemmed from intradepartmental issues or negligence. It leaves out more recent settlements as well, such as the $230,000 awarded to a black teen in April, two years after police shot him in the face because they believed he was a robbery suspect. Criminal charges were not filed in that case, and no disciplinary action was announced.
That's enough money for Oakland to have invested extra funds each year in a pioneering behavioral health program in the city's schools.
The Oakland Unified School District's Behavioral Health Unit oversees a variety of initiatives designed to support underserved students. These programs include clinical counseling and mental health services, crisis intervention, violence prevention and arestorative justice effort designed to cut off the school-to-prison pipeline by reforming disciplinary policies.

Muslim boys high school soccer team refuses to play against team with 2 girls

A boys soccer team from ISNA Private Islamic High School refused to finish a game on Tuesday because two females were on the opposing team during a Brampton tournament.
Robert F. Hall Catholic School, in Caledon, does not have a girls team so the two females played on the senior boys team, which was approved by the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA).
During halftime, the ISNA Private Islamic High School team brought the concern to the referee. Robert F. Hall Catholic School school was winning the game 3–1 at that point.
Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations, South Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association and ROPSSAA all have the same gender rule stating:
“If a sport activity is not available for a female on a girls’ team, she is eligible to participate on a boys’ team following a successful tryout.”
The girls on Robert F. Hall Catholic School team told CityNews they insisted on sitting out for the second half to allow the game to continue. The team went on to win 6-1 but both teams ended up advancing to the next round.
There is a chance the two teams could face each other again on Monday.
ROPSSAA said their rules are black and white.
But this is uncharted territory for the board so they are gathering their facts and will make a ruling on Friday about how to proceed.
Bruce Campbell of the Catholic School Board says they are disappointed and that they expect any team participating to know the rules.
“We were a little bit caught off guard because we assumed it was a senior boys league and exclusively for boys,” Essa Abdool-Karim. the coach of the ISNA High School soccer team, said.
“Free mixing is generally something we do not do, more so out of respect than anything,” he said.
Abdool-Karim said the team tried to have an open dialogue and explain to the other team that it is their belief.
“We want them to understand this balance between religion and having to sacrifice the sport you love is a difficult situation,” Abdool-Karim said.

Anheuser-Busch Halts Beer Production to Provide Water for Texas, Oklahoma Storm Victims

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch stopped production at its Georgia brewery this week to instead produce drinking water for those affected by a deadly bout of historic flooding and storms in Texas and Oklahoma.
Anheuser-Busch said it had stopped beer production at its Cartersville brewery in Georgia late Wednesday night to produce 50,000 cans of water for the American Red Cross.
"Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer," Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News. 
The Cartersville brewery produces cans of emergency relief water a few times a year, Haas said, partnering with the American Red Cross to provide to places in need within the United States.
"It's something we're uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period," he said.
About 2,000 cases, each carrying 24 cans, are en route to communities in Texas and Oklahoma, he added. The water is expected to reach those areas within the next few days.
Red Cross spokesman Jordan Scott said the organization had been working with Anheuser-Busch, one of their disaster relief partners, to iron out the logistics of the water shipments and what areas they were needed the most. 
"Oklahoma and Texas are in an unprecedented situation," Scott said. "There are a lot of folks in need and everyone's coming forward to help out."
Scott said the additional drinking water would be "critical" to relief efforts in the area.
Heavy storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma this week have left at least 25 people dead, more than a dozen missing, and thousands of homes damaged. The rainfall was enough to fully reverse a drought afflicting the area for the last five years, according to meteorologists.
Anheuser-Busch has 12 breweries in the United States and is the maker of several major brands including Budweiser, Michelob ULTRA, Beck's, Kirin and O'Doul's.

Creationist Museum supporter, who thinks Earth is only 6,000 yrs old, accidentally finds 60 million yr old fossil

Canadian Edgar Nernberg isn't into the whole evolution thing. In fact, he's on the board of directors of Big Valley’s Creation Science Museum, a place meant to rival local scientific institutions. Adhering to the most extreme form of religious creationism, the exhibits "prove" that the Earth is only around 6,000 years old, and that humans and dinosaurs co-existed.
Unfortunately, Nernberg just dug up a 60-million-year-old fish.
Local outlets report that the man is far from shaken by the bony fish, which he found while excavating a basement in Calgary.
Because here's the thing: He just doesn't believe they're that old. And he's quite the fossil lover.
“No, it hasn’t changed my mind. We all have the same evidence, and it’s just a matter of how you interpret it,” Nernberg told the Calgary Sun. “There’s no dates stamped on these things."
No sir, no dates. Just, you know, isotopic dating, basic geology, really shoddy stuff like that. To be fair, I'm not any more capable of figuring out when a particular fossil is from than Nernberg is. I'd be one sorry paleontologist, given the opportunity. I've never even found a fossil, so he's got me there. But the science of dating fossils is not shaky -- at least not on the order of tens of millions of years of error -- so this fossil and the rocks around it really do give new earth creationism the boot. 
But this can go down as one of the best examples ever of why it's downright impossible to convince someone who's "opposed" to evolution that it's a basic fact: If you think the very tenets of science are misguided, pretty much any evidence presented to you can be written off as fabricated or misinterpreted. 
The scientific community is thrilled and grateful for the find, and the University of Calgary will unveil the five fossils on Thursday. These fish lived in a time just after the dinosaurs were wiped out, when other species were able to thrive in the giants' absence. It's an important point in Earth's evolutionary history, because new species were popping up all over to make up for the ecological niches dinos left behind. Creatures from this era give us some breathtaking glimpses of evolution in progress. But it's rare to find fossils of that age in Calgary, since most of the rocks are too old and yield dinosaurs instead.
Ironically, Nernberg's contributions at the Creation Science Museum are almost certainly what scientists have to thank for the find. He's an amateur fossil collector, and he knew the fish were special as soon as he spotted them.
"When the five fish fossils presented themselves to me in the excavator bucket, the first thing I said was you’re coming home with me, the second thing was I better call a paleontologist," Nernberg said in a statement.
“Most people would have overlooked these. When these were uncovered, Edgar right away recognized them,” Darla Zelenitsky, paleontologist and assistant professor of geoscience at the University of Calgary, told the Sun. "He’s apparently interested in fossils, and that’s probably how he saw them. An ordinary person might have just seen blobs in the rock.”

Fox News continues to blackout Rand Paul in their poll coverage

Once again, Fox News forgot to include Sen. Rand Paul in their coverage of a new 2016 presidential poll, even though the senator outperformed other candidates mentioned and the survey cited made Paul a significant part of their original headline.
Quinnipiac released a poll today featuring the headline “Five Leaders In 2016 Republican White House Race, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Rubio, Paul Are Only Republicans Even Close To Clinton.” Yet in Fox News’ coverage, Paul apparently didn’t register enough to justify being shown on the broadcast of the poll.
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In the poll, Rand Paul polled at 7 percent, ahead of Sen. Ted Cruz who received 6 percent.
But Cruz was featured in Fox News’ coverage of the poll.
Instead of mentioning Rand Paul’s competitiveness against Hillary Clinton (Paul and Rubio paired better against the former Secretary of State than any other Republicans), Fox left Paul’s name out to focus on lower-tier performers Donald Trump and John Kasich.
MSNBC covered the same Quinnipiac poll on Thursday, but included the full top seven performers, cutting off their graphic after Cruz.
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Instead of leaving Paul off of their coverage, MSNBC decided to not show candidates with substantially lower polling scores, focusing primarily on the top tier candidates.
For those who are unfamiliar with this tendency of pretending Paul does not exist in Fox News’ poll coverage, two weeks ago, the news channel conducted an in-house poll that pitted 2016 Republican hopefuls against Hillary Clinton. Somehow in their quest for numbers to crunch, the news agency failed to ask poll participants their opinions on a Paul v. Clinton match-up and left him off of their poll completely.
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Despite this Fox News survey blackout, Paul polled significantly high against Hillary Clinton in states such as New HampshireColorado, and Iowa.
In early May Fox News put Paul’s name last although he was the highest polling candidate among the four featured.
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That’s three snubs for Paul in May alone.
Is ignoring Paul’s polling numbers beginning to become a pattern for Fox News?

Chlorophyll: A powerful blood builder and chelating agent

 Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants responsible for absorbing the light necessary for photosynthesis. It is often considered to be the "blood" of plants, since it comprises the basic physiology of the plant and is required for their basic metabolic functions, such as growth and respiration. While most land plants contain chlorophyll to some degree, those with the deepest green colors contain the greatest concentrations of it.

Though humans cannot photosynthesize and therefore cannot use chlorophyll in the same manner that plants do, studies show that chlorophyll is still a powerful phytonutrient that can benefit our health when consumed in whole food or supplement form.

The benefits of chlorophyll

Boosts blood health - Since 1911, scientists have known that the molecular structure of chlorophyll is almost identical to that of hemoglobin in humans - the only difference is that hemoglobin is attached to the metallic ion of iron, while chlorophyll is attached to the metallic ion of magnesium. Consequently, chlorophyll acts like hemoglobin in our bodies, increasing oxygenation and nutrient delivery to our cells. This unique activity is responsible for chlorophyll's well-known blood building and cleansing properties.

Protects against disease - Chlorophyll is a potent antioxidant, and emerging evidence suggests that it can help shield us from serious medical conditions. For example, a study published in the journal Food & Nutrition Sciences in 2013 discovered that chlorophyll(along with pheophytin, a chlorophyll molecule lacking a central magnesium ion) could "prevent oxidative DNA damage and lipid peroxidation" in a dose-dependent manner.

Additionally, research compiled by Dr. George S. Bailey of Ohio State University showed that volunteers who took 100 milligrams of dietary chlorophyllin thrice daily experienced an impressive 55 percent reduction in "urinary aflatoxin exposure biomarker" when compared to the control group, suggesting that chlorophyll supplements could help halve the risk of liver disease among people exposed to high levels of aflatoxin (a natural carcinogen produced by certain parasitic molds).

Chelates heavy metals - It's not a coincidence that many foods that chelate heavy metals from the body, such as cilantro and chlorella, also happen to be packed with chlorophyll. According to research published in the Global Advanced Research Journal of Environmental Science and Toxicology, chlorophyll has a porphyrin ring that functions as a natural chelating agent. Additionally, "[t]he middle of chlorophyll is magnesium," writes the authors, "which is freed under acidic conditions, allowing other heavy metals to bind in its place." For this reason, adding more chlorophyll-rich foods to our diets is a great way to prevent heavy metal toxicity, which is a big problem in today's polluted world.

Other health benefits associated with chlorophyll include improved body odor, treatment for anti-inflammatory conditions and, due to its magnesium content, relief from nervousness and high blood pressure.

The best sources of chlorophyll

As a general rule, the greener the plant, the more chlorophyll it contains. Therefore, deep green herbs and vegetables, such as kale, parsley, cilantro, spinach, chard and broccoli, are some of the best dietary sources of chlorophyll. Algae, such as spirulina and chlorella, and sea vegetables, such as kelp and nori, are also rich in it. Arguably the greatest source of all, however, is wheatgrass juice, which is comprised of approximately 70 percent chlorophyll - as well as a huge number of other health-boosting phytonutrients.