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.
The search for a longer and happier life is an ancient one. As our minimum for what we define as “being old” keeps extending, more people are looking for ways to stay healthy and vibrant to live to an age that would have been unthinkable in days past.
The secret to longevity is remarkably simple. A lower risk of cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and many other conditions now being treated by drugs isn’t a high-priced specialty only available to a select few. In fact, it will cost you nothing and ultimately save you money.
It’s called caloric restriction…• • • • More • • • •
There’s no magic bullet when it comes to being healthy, but there are small steps you can take each day that will eventually add up to big benefits. If you want to live a long, healthy life and achieve a healthy weight in the process, eating the right foods is the most important thing you can do! Here I outline the top ten superfoods I think everyone should incorporate into their daily diets for optimum health.
Including walnuts in your diet can do wonders for your health, because they’re packed full of healthy unsaturated fats. Walnuts are…• • • • More • • • •
The most common question most people ask when measuring strength is, how much can you bench press? I am not a strength coach or trainer, but I just don’t understand why the bench press is so highly regarded as a measure of strength. Even professional teams, including the NFL, measure their athletes by the number of bench presses that can be done consecutively with 225 pounds. I don’t see how that measures their strength. The bench press can only be done until the triceps give out and become fatigued. Strong triceps will never win a game. Especially for a professional…• • • • More • • • •
The fact that natural fats, whether animal or plant, are bad for us has never been proven scientifically. The harmful effects of fats started off as an opinion of one well respected doctor. Yes, just one doctor, but when an opinion is accepted universally, it becomes truth. It seems no one wanted to go against an established opinion by one highly respected doctor. So, the medical sheep all fell in line without questioning the opinion.
When fats were maligned with a smear campaign, food manufacturers jumped on board to not be left behind and offered American consumers packaged foods loaded…• • • • More • • • •
Writer: Cheryl Myers
Not everyone sees their relationship with their animals in the same light. To some, animals are workers and nothing more, and to others, animals are cherished members of the family. I have had animal companions so dear to me that they were some of the most important relationships in my life. They brought me great joy, and their loss broke my heart into a million pieces.
Having an animal companion, be it dog, cat, horse, or something else entirely—is a tremendous responsibility. And loving an animal dearly deepens this sense further…• • • • More • • • •
If someone asked me to recommend the most healing plant of all times, I would have to recommend comfrey.
How much of your life and energy is sapped by anxiety? Do you find your waking moments clouded by a sense of impending disaster, or outright fear—without any obvious cause? Or is it constant, indefinable worry and tension that leaves you on edge? Are you overreacting to minor setbacks and are you easily overwhelmed? If you are, then you are likely dealing with the joy-sapping effects of anxiety. In this article, we are going to look at the harmful impact of excessive anxiety in our lives, and a surprising, clinically studied botanical for anxiety that, in scientific tests, performed as…• • • • More • • • •
If you’ve ever wondered why we’re seeing such an epidemic of diabetes and prediabetes, all you have to do is look at our diets. In a very short time, we have dramatically increased our consumption of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and refined carbohydrates like white flour and white rice.
The Sugar and Insulin Connection. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. It picks up sugars in the bloodstream and carries them into the cells for energy. The more starch you eat, the more insulin your body needs to produce. High-sugar and high-carbohydrate diets put a huge burden on…• • • • More • • • •
I think there is a lot of misinformation about exercise out there.
Want to live a long, healthy life and achieve a healthy weight in the process?
Your body needs it every day, yet most people don’t get enough. That’s because iodine is a trace element, meaning it’s present in small amounts in the environment, and nearly impossible to obtain through the Standard American Diet. Some people believe they obtain the benefits of iodine through table salt, but the quality and absorbability of iodized table salt lends little benefit to improved health.
Deficiency from Toxic Exposure
People are also more iodine-deficient these days due to toxins in the environment. Chlorine, fluoride, and bromide—which lower iodine levels in the body by blocking iodine receptors—are increasingly consumed from foods…• • • • More • • • •
Adaptogens are a special group of herbs that do just as their name implies, help us to adapt. By definition, adaptogens must be non-toxic and restore balance to the body by working on all body systems. One of the largest uses today of adaptogens is to promote energy and vitality. Our energy reserves are constantly under attack, and in my opinion, virtually everyone could use more adaptogens in their daily routine.
Rhodiola to the Rescue
Rhodiola is an adaptogen that grows native in tundra-like areas of the world such as Northern Europe and Asia. Perhaps its ability to thrive in…• • • • More • • • •
While curcumin is now being hailed as a very powerful medicine, not all curcumin nor turmeric are the same. Many companies are taking advantage of the consumers who have yet to understand the difference and what story to believe. Here, for example, is a product being shouted out as a favorite from a well-known website host, HAWAIIAN TURMERIC GUMMY BEARS. You are being misled terribly by someone you thought you could trust. Shame on him. The medical research has typically used 1000 mg of super absorption curcumin in clinical studies for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. These gummy bears,…• • • • More • • • •
There are numerous occasions where medical authorities or so called experts slam natural products that are touted for the prevention and treatment of cancer, or for that matter any health condition. They claim that the natural products do not work, there is no real science and are not only dangerous but they keep the consumer from seeking proper medical treatment for cancer.
OMG WHAT IS PROPER MEDICAL TREATMENT?
In some respect this is true. I am not pointing out any particular natural treatment for cancer nor am I recommending a treatment. My point is to bring up the fact that…• • • • More • • • •
While sugar may not directly cause our modern day diseases, it certainly is a major risk factor for weight gain and obesity, which then in turn may be responsible for many of our diseases. It has been estimated that 30 million adults and several million children have fatty liver disease. For many years, fatty liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver were caused by excessive consumption of alcohol.
We see the same disease in millions of people who do not drink alcohol excessively but is caused by the common acceptance of the consumption of huge quantities of sugar. This form…• • • • More • • • •
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…• • • • 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 • • • •
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 • • • •
In this current blog, I want to make a point that you and I have as much influence in preventing and curing cancer as the current medically accepted cancer treatments. My message is in no way disrespectful to what physicians are doing today in the treatment of cancer. More than 99 percent of practicing physicians and oncologists are sincere in their interest to help cancer victims find a cure, or help them find the best quality of life possible. HOWEVER, I THINK THAT THEY COULD BE DOING MORE TO HELP THEIR PATIENTS UNDERSTAND THE CONNECTION BETWEEN PERSONAL LIFESTYLE CHOICES AND…• • • • 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 • • • •