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.
Food is our best medicine. Really, it is our only medicine for health, vitality and longevity. Drugs are not the answer to our health.
Without drugs, injuries, defects and accidents could be catastrophic. But drugs were not meant to cure diseases that come about because we are lacking vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat. The foods we eat today are far from the food that our ancestors ate 80-100 years ago when many families still lived on the farm and ate the natural food produced on the farm. Today, many family farms have been deserted and huge corporations…• • • • More • • • •
This was a recent news report on the number of drugs taken by Americans. Drug companies are taking extreme advantage of Americans by pushing their drugs for even minor conditions that probably would not warrant a drug prescription. TV advertising of drugs absolutely drives me crazy when I see them. They use well recognized personalities like sportscasters, former NFL quarterbacks, and TV celebrities to push their drugs. There is no other country in the world that allows prescription drugs to be advertised on TV. It’s like the Big Bang Theory comedy where Bernadette is employed by a drug company and…• • • • More • • • •
Long-term exposure to triclosan, an antimicrobial agent often found in liquid soaps, just might increase your odds of liver cancer. Findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences report that mice exposed to the chemical were more vulnerable to developing liver tumors than those who weren’t. What’s more, the tumors that did develop were larger in the triclosan group. Earlier studies have found traces of the chemical in 97 percent of breast milk samples from nursing mothers and in the urine of nearly 75 percent of people tested. Triclosan is already under scrutiny by the FDA, thanks to…• • • • More • • • •
Coffee improves heart function. Coffee beans are hailed as a good source of antioxidants. Coffee has been ranked as now being good up to 5 to 6 cups daily. But there is a time to watch out for an overdose of caffeine. A new research study indicated that caffeine can improve your golf game. A group of golfers with U.S. Golf Association, handicaps of 3-10, received 155 mg of caffeine at tee-off, and again after 9 holes another 155 mg of caffeine, about 1 cup each time or against the placebo. The next day, the groups crossed over and played…• • • • More • • • •
Hardly, that’s like a pie in the sky. But doctors still continue to tell patients that you don’t need to take vitamins or minerals, just eat a healthy diet. What consumer knows what a healthy diet is today? The average American today consumes a diet which is 70% carbohydrates and sugar. 55% of the 70% comes from wheat, a genetically modified grain that has been engineered to increase the content of the protein (gluten and gliadin) and yield per acre. Gluten is a protein that is indigestible by 90% of humans. The result of consuming gluten causes a thickening and…• • • • More • • • •
We are being overmedicated rather than educated on how to eat a healthier diet and select healthier lifestyle choices. During the evening local and world news, within an hour span of time, there are probably a dozen commercials on drugs we should ask our doctors for. This hour is prime time for senior citizens. We are the only country in the world that our FDA authorities allow drug companies to push their drugs. When I travel to other countries around the world, during discussions with researchers and scientists on natural medicines versus synthetic drugs, they can’t believe that the FDA…• • • • More • • • •
I am absolutely convinced and believe without a doubt that our current American diet is responsible for the major increase in disease and sickness across America. More and better drugs will not be the answer and we are not deficient in drugs. Our body only functions on vitamins and minerals and other natural food factors. I Believe the American diet has also increased mental illness to the degree that we have more suicides and more killings and violence. Many Americans are going through life mentally and physically sick and we try to patch them up with drugs, which makes them sicker…• • • • More • • • •
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 • • • •