We all suffer from information overload. It's hard to know who to trust. In this blog, I offer my take on news about health and nutrition. I ask questions, challenge the status quo, and offer you something to think about every week.
I Often Wonder How We Survived For Over 3 Million Years Until the 1950s When We Were Told Drugs Would Extend Our Life.
No other country in the world prescribes the amount of drugs that we do in the U.S. No other country in the world is allowed to advertise drugs on TV. The pharmaceutical companies control what some may believe is the healthcare system in America. While drugs have their place and can save lives in an emergency or crisis, they have become a mainstay for a lack of a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle choices. 100 years ago, our grandparents and great grandparents consumed food in their natural state. What we buy today as organic food, our grandparents called it food. There was no need for drugs to be prescribed in the early 1900s as they are today.
To prevent oxidative stress and free radical damage, it's important to get plenty of antioxidants such as those found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, berries, coffee and dark chocolate. The reason nutritional experts recommend 5 servings a day of these anti-oxidant foods. Chocolate has received plenty of media coverage for its antioxidant benefits and prevention of free radical damage in the prevention of many disease plus cardiovascular structure and function. The Hershey chocolate company can demand top media news for their chocolate research. The compounds in these foods that have the antioxidant effects are called polyphenols. Dark chocolate has about…• • • • More • • • •
Free radicals are a byproduct of energy consumption in our mitochondria, the factories that produce energy in each of our cells. As we breathe, we can’t help but make some free radicals, but many other factors in our lifestyle and environment can also contribute to their production, like:
Eating too many calories, sugars and/or excessive carbohydrates causing hyperglycemia. When we eat more, our mitochondria releases more “exhaust,” creating higher levels of free radicals as they burn fuel from food for energy.
Excessive alcohol consumption increases our levels of cytokines, inflammatory molecules that are linked to oxidative stress.
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Like an apple turns brown when exposed to air, our cells can turn brown or “rust” when we breathe air (oxygen) due to oxidative stress, a process caused by free radicals. Our cells do not literally rust but the process is very similar. As metal rusts from the elements over time, our cells age (rust) over time. However, the more free radical causing exposure, the faster we age. Picture the face of someone who has lived in the desert for 20-30 years unprotected from the sun. Their face has aged considerably over time from the sun exposure.
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The most powerful antioxidant, glutathione, actually is made by our liver to protect our body’s cells.
When this powerful antioxidant production is reduced for unknown reasons, the aging process and many diseases, primarily neurological diseases, become more common. Diseases such as Parkinson’s, MS and ALS can reap the benefits of a high level of antioxidant glutathione. Scientists have been looking for a way to produce oral glutathione but without success. There has been great success with glutathione when injected, but it’s very expensive and not convenient. Recently, scientists in Europe developed an oral glutathione that is not denatured by the digestive tract and increases blood levels by 230%. This is a huge breakthrough for people suffering…• • • • More • • • •
Instinctively, they know how to use the propolis as a glue to protect their hives from bacteria. They mix beeswax with the plant components that they collect and make it into a putty or glue to seal the cracks and openings in their hive. This keeps their hives sterile. If a small creature ventures into the hive, the bees can sting the mole or mouse to death but cannot remove it from the hive, so they mummify the dead creature with propolis to prevent decaying and contaminating the hive. German scientists have found a way to collect the propolis and…• • • • More • • • •
Grape seed oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) – component known for their cell-saving properties – have been intensively studied for about 40 years. However, much like curcumin, grape seed OPCs can only be useful if they are absorbed. Many grape seed extracts contain tannins, which have too high of a molecular weight to be truly useful – they are simply too big to be absorbed. That’s why I recommend a tannin-free, high-OPC French grape seed extract. And grape seed extract is not some strange therapeutic ingredient. Grape seed OPCs are on the front line of cancer research. Some of the most exciting…• • • • More • • • •
The top two natural compounds I would suggest as natural treatments for disease are curcumin and grape seed extract. They are an amazing pair, working along two different pathways; fat soluble for curcumin, and water soluble for grape seed extract. And the impact they can make on your health is virtually miraculous. Curcumin in the form of turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been consumed as food for over 5,000 years in India and Asia. Curcumin has been researched as a very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory component that could have an effect on 80 to 90 percent of all our diseases. However,…• • • • More • • • •
The origin of most diseases are believed to originate from somewhere outside of us. But in reality, they are a result of our lifestyle choices and the selection of the diet and foods we eat. Americans no longer consume a healthy diet, so we can’t expect to be healthy on our current diet. The Standard American Diet is made up of 70 percent refined grains, grain flour and sugar. And as a result, the majority of Americans suffer from metabolic diseases caused by a lack of nutrients. We will never be healthy until we adopt a healthy diet made up…• • • • More • • • •
The FDA, Big Pharma and your doctor are increasing your risk of dying from the drugs they prescribe.
All drugs are approved by the FDA. All drugs increase the risk of death. An estimated 110,000 people die every year, not from the disease they are being treated for but from the drugs being used to treat the disease. The FDA, Big Pharma and your doctor are increasing your risk of dying from the drugs they prescribe, all in the name of improving your health. Or, is it to improve the profits of the drug companies? Drugs do not promote good health. They were meant to be used to save lives in an emergency, not to instill good health.…• • • • More • • • •
It would be the ultimate trillion dollar winning lottery ticket. We are encouraged to help fund cancer research and to help find a cure for cancer. Cancer is a dreaded disease, one that everyone would like to escape from. What we don’t hear is that cancer, in most cases, is caused by our lifestyle – not by some mysterious unknown force. Cancer is big business. Cancer research and cancer drugs are huge profit making machines. But there will never be a cure for cancer because cancer is many things and is affected by many different metabolic pathways in the body. …• • • • More • • • •
In a recent study of seventy thousand participants taking aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, researchers discovered that taking aspirin causes more harm than benefit and actually was a threat to life. In people without cardiovascular disease, aspirin offers no additional benefits. And taking it regularly can lead to brain and gastrointestinal bleeding. The risk can be life threatening and far outweighs the potential benefit in terms of prevention. The safer more effective action is to toss the pills out and focus on lifestyle modifications. The researchers concluded the best thing to do is to rely on a healthy lifestyle choices…• • • • More • • • •
I am absolutely convinced and want to make it perfectly clear that many of our so-called diseases such as premature aging and mental diseases like ADD and ADHD, cancer and other diseases are based on bodily malfunctions, specifically from the absence of vital nutrients in the body along with the loss of trace minerals and inability to maintain normal blood sugar levels, and toxins from chemicals and pollutants. The Standard American Diet cannot provide an abundance of nutrients to maintain good health. The American diet provides an abundance of empty calories from refined and processed foods. Most Americans today suffer…• • • • More • • • •
Unfortunately, obesity has reached epidemic proportions and is recognized as a major cause of cancer worldwide. It has been estimated that approximately 20% of all cancer deaths in men and women can be attributed to excess body weight and overeating. Obesity is associated with a variety of cancers such as colon, breast, endometrial, kidney, esophageal, pancreatic, colorectal, as well as gallbladder carcinoma. In addition, a study from 2003 considered that more than 900,000 U.S. adults found that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, prostate cancer, and multiple myeloma are also associated with obesity. As early as the 1940s and 1950s, an association of obesity…• • • • More • • • •
You may have seen the very dramatic ads on TV of people who had an outbreak of shingles and the pain they had to endure. I know you are probably wondering if you should arm yourself with the shingles vaccine.
Yes, of course, I believe these people had a horrible time dealing with the virus and the pain it caused. But, let’s think about the health of their body first. I believe the body and its healthy state are already compromised before a viral outbreak can take place. What kind of lifestyle are these people living? Are they already on…• • • • More • • • •
The immune system in a healthy person is always on alert to attack the virus and protect the body against its attack. Why are some people spared the virus from contracting the virus and others not? I believe it’s the healthiness of the body’s immune system of the person who may be in contact with a person carrying the virus that determines whether or not they will come down with the disease (Measles or Shingles, cold and flu). Are the people braking out with Measles or Shingles already unhealthy? Yes, I believe so. What about the 3 year old child…• • • • More • • • •
When a virus attacks the body, there are internal mechanisms and natural components that go to work to defeat the virus. The primary site of this mechanism of action is found in the gut. 80% of the immune system resides in our intestinal tract. “Disease begins in the gut”, Hippocrates. Weeds can be found in an unattended garden. Anyone would agree that a garden overrun with weeds is not a healthy garden. In our intestinal tract, we should also have a garden of healthy bacteria. These bacteria that improve the quality of the immune system in the intestinal tract are…• • • • More • • • •
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
THE FOLLOWING ANSWERS ARE BASED ON WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, TRADE and CONSUMER PROTECTION.
WE ARE TOLD WE CANNOT BUY RAW MILK BECAUSE IT MUST BE HEATED TO DESTROY THE HARMFUL BACTERIA THAT COULD CAUSE SICKNESS AND DEATH.
Can a dairy farmer legally sell dairy products made from raw milk?
No. You must have a dairy plant license to make dairy products that are sold to consumers. Products such as yogurt, butter and cream must be made from pasteurized milk. Cheese must be made from pasteurized milk…• • • • More • • • •
There are many children who are afflicted with autism, ADHD, and ADD. It has been estimated that 25% to 50% of school age children are taking drugs for behavioral modification. Children today are behind the average rate of learning abilities and learning skills. It has been estimated that young adults entering the first year of college have a seventh grade reading skill. Children are not able to concentrate and focus as school age children of 25 to 50 years ago. Why do we have all these brain changing conditions affecting our children today? I believe the majority of these changes…• • • • More • • • •
Men usually take testosterone in the form of creams, capsules or injectables to get bigger, not fatter, more muscular and to increase their sex drive.
A higher level of T will also reduce stress levels and depression.
Men let me give you some tips on how you can increase your testosterone levels naturally.
Eating is the key!
First, reduce your body fat levels as body fat cells produce more estrogen. Often, men look like they have breasts as they put on more weight and they become softer due to higher levels of estrogen. They…• • • • More • • • •