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Re: Healthy Living

PostSat Jul 05, 2014 7:39 pm

Oh yeah you're are definitely right. Sometimes you just have to experiment and see what's right for you and what your body takes to. I don't focus as much on calories as I do carbs and sugar content. Sugar is my frenemy, to embarrass mysels, there was a time that if given a choice between a healthy meal and something chocolate I'd pick the chocolate over eating right. My body just kept craving it. I do have to say that this scheduled eating has been soo beneficial for me, my sugar cravings have pretty much diminished. My body took right to it. Plus with me being so grossed out with food additives and the meat industry it's actually nice to not worry about eating as much. For years I never felt up for eating in the morning but because it's been hammered into my head that I NEED breakfast early in the morning I forced myself to eat. Eating while not hungry doesn't seem right to me now. Plus the myth that if you go a while without eating your body will go into starvation mode but you'd have to go days without eating for that. I think it's good to give the body a rest from digesting food.

Moral of the story, you have to find what works for you and focus on putting whole foods with high nutritional value in your body. My scheduled eating wouldn't work for everyone. I do know that I've easily dropped some unwanted weight that I put on over the last couple years, I don't feel deprived or hungry, I have improved mental clarity and actually have more energy. I ate good before but I'd find myself splurging on sweets or eating late at night, having cheat days etc. An ankle injury also made me more sedentary so therefore I put weight on. So the scheduled eating, along with eating mostly clean and getting back into an exercise regime has helped me immensely. I couldn't be happier, plus I think it's something that I can keep doing without getting burnt out. I'm one of those people who have to WORK to maintain a healthy weight it else the pounds just pack on so I have to be able to keep up with the changes I make. Doing a fad diet would only be temporary, once I stop the weight would come right back.

I agree that doctors only focus on cures instead of the cause. One of my favorite signs at the Monsanto march was "If you'll run for the cure, why not march AGAINST the cause". Or one thing I do hear is "preventative medicines" but how about preventative diet or exercise?? Then again, we can't always blame doctors because some people believe in miracle pills and refuse to work for their health and would rather their doctor prescribe them something. My family member who is a RN broke that down for me during a debate on why doctors are so script happy. She said "look, we try to tell then to eat right and exercise, recommend a nutritionist but they won't and they ASK for medicine". So that goes back to education. If we were armed with the knowledge we'd be a healthier nation. There's no excuse that a first world country has such poor health and lagging education.
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Re: Healthy Living

PostMon Jul 07, 2014 2:17 am

Here is a list of symptoms and conditions that commonly occur in people with Candida overgrowth. Most all of these same symptoms typically improve or disappear with effective treatment for Candida.

Some of the symptoms listed may sound “normal,” because the Candida problem is so common in the modern world. Some are led to say, when they review this list, “Doesn’t that describe everybody?” It must be emphasized that none of these symptoms are part of normal health. When too many people around us are ill, strange symptoms may become common, but that does not make them normal.

Many of the things listed — such as asthma, diabetes, epidemic obesity, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, ADD/ADHD, autism, panic attacks and others — were virtually non-existent (or at least much less common) before the 1970s. They became much too common as a consequence of various factors, including: widespread overuse of antibiotics starting in the 1950s; increased availability of chlorinated swimming pools; much increased use of pesticides, hormones and antibiotics in the food supply; the advent of the birth control pill; and the addition since the 1990s of barley malt into nearly every baked food (cereals, crackers, cookies) and of high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener in beverages.

A person with Candida overgrowth may have only 2-3 of these symptoms, or may identify with many.

Mental/emotional/nervous system:

•Headaches and migraine headaches
•Sleep problems — difficulty falling asleep, or waking up in the middle of the night with a mind that won’t calm down (typically between 1 and 3 am)
•Irritability and confusion
•Poor memory
•Anxiety attacks, panic attacks
•Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
•Heart beating too fast or irregularly
•Sexual problems — impotence or lack of desire, or excessive sexuality
•Attention deficit, hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
•Feeling of floating or not quite being in your body
•Indecisiveness, difficulty organizing and cleaning messy areas

Digestive system:

•Cravings for sugar, chocolate, milk, cheese, vinegar, pickles, alcohol, bread, nuts or fruit
•“Metabolic syndrome” which includes the following: large abdomen (“beer belly”), adult-onset diabetes, high cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure
•“Beer belly,” also called truncal obesity — excess weight centered around the abdomen
•Acid reflux/GERD (heartburn)
•Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
•Bloating, flatulence or abdominal pain
•Rectal itching
•Constipation and/or diarrhea
•Excessively thin or anorexic/bulimic

Skin, eyes, hair:

•Skin and nail fungal infections (current or past), including: athlete's foot, vaginal yeast infections, fungal toenails, ringworm, jock itch, tinea versicolor or itchy eyelids
•Skin problems like eczema, rashes, psoriasis
•Prematurely graying hair
•Pupils always dilated
•Unusually green eyes, or eye color has turned greenish

Immune disorders:

•Asthma and allergies
•Recurring infections — colds, ears, bladder, sinus
•Autoimmune disease (lupus, hypothyroidism, arthritis, others)
•Penicillin allergy

Whole body:

•Muscle or joint pain, fibromyalgia
•Cold feet, cold hands, sometimes cold nose
•Sweating, especially at night
•Uncomfortable at any temperature

Women’s health issues:

•Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
•Endometriosis (chronic pelvic pain)
•Infertility (female), some miscarriages, toxemia of pregnancy (preeclampsia)

Symptoms seen particularly in children up to about 8 years old:

•Early allergy to foods like milk
•Infections as a baby
•Child had or has frequent ear infections, tonsillitis, strep throat or bladder infections, especially if these infections were treated with antibiotics
•Cravings for milk, cheese, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, or peanut butter
•“Drama king” or “drama queen” — complains quite vocally and often
•Poor sleep patterns — difficulty going to sleep, sleeps too lightly or has frequent nightmares, and wakes up too early (or sometimes too late)
•Too thin or overweight
•Attention deficit with or without hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
•Aggressive, poor social interactions, can’t stop moving, frequent fights or arguments, frequent crying
•Pale complexion, dark circles under the eyes

Two points should be understood with regard to the above list of signs and symptoms of Candida overgrowth. First, while all of the symptoms listed are definitely seen in Candida patients and evidence indicates Candida causes or strongly contributes to the development of these problems, there are other contributing factors that can also bring about some of these problems (such as mercury or other metal toxicity, consistent excess electromagnetic field exposure, underlying viral infections, petrochemical exposure, etc.).

Second, treatment for Candida alone will usually bring about significant improvement in these symptoms, but will not be adequate in all cases to restore health. Often additional treatments aimed at improving liver, adrenal or thyroid function, or correcting immune and allergic problems, are necessary to regain health.

Candida and the medical profession

Why don't all doctors know about Candida? Let me address this question from my own personal professional experience. In my training in medical school and then in family practice, we were taught that Candida can become widespread and damaging only in those patients who are severely compromised, such as terminal cancer, liver transplant or AIDS patients. This simply isn’t true. Many clinicians with experience in Candida treatment estimate that the majority of people in industrialized countries suffer from excess yeast.

What is preventing Candida from being recognized? Here are some factors:

•The symptoms of Candida overgrowth develop slowly as a changing picture over years, so causes and effects are not obvious if one is not trained to look for them. In medicine, we are too often guilty of seeking oversimplified explanations for diseases (for example, asthma is treated as if it were just an inflammatory disease, depression is treated as if it were just a disorder in neurotransmitters, allergy is treated as if it were simply a predisposed genetic condition), rather than looking deeper for the overall disorder in the body that is causing the disease.

This oversimplified approach to disease does not help the physician understand a disease like Candida overgrowth, which has subtle symptoms in multiple organ systems that worsen very gradually. To the physician who is unfamiliar with Candida, its broad array of symptoms will seem like a group of totally unrelated problems.

Candida is so common that it’s likely your own doctor has it. It’s hard to pin down what’s wrong with your patients when you yourself may be suffering with similar things but can’t figure out what the cause is. Also, it’s harder to distinguish an illness as truly abnormal when so many people have it and the illness doesn’t have any single definite identifying symptom.

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The following three components are necessary for effective treatment of Candida:



•Kill excess yeast in the colon and eliminate its breeding
grounds by clearing accumulated fecal waste.
•Re-establish a healthy balance of intestinal flora.
•Adopt a diet that starves Candida but nourishes your body.
•Strengthen your immune system, restoring its natural ability to fend off harmful organisms.


When these three substances pass through the intestines together, they thicken into an absorbent, cleansing gel. The movements of the intestines turn this gel round and round, forcing it against the sides of the intestines, where, in effect, it scrubs Candida away and soaks up toxins for easy elimination. Let's take a closer look at PSYLLIUM, CAPROIL and BENTONITE.

PSYLLIUM - The "Scrub Brush"

PSYLLIUM acts as an Internal brush. In addition, its bulking action forces the CAPROIL and BENTONITE against the sides of the colon.

INNO-VITE's PSYLLIUM product is a blend of psyllium seed and husk. The bulking and lubricating husk softens hardened fecal matter for easier elimination, while the grainy seed powder is a gentle "scrub brush." PSYLLIUM'S absorptive ability complements BENTONITE'S toxin-attracting properties.

NOTE: Medications or supplements should not be taken within two hours of taking PSYLLIUM, as they will not be absorbed.

CAPROIL - The "Detergent"

CAPROIL acts like detergent on the PSYLLIUM brush, killing yeast on contact.

Caprylic acid, a short-chain fatty add extracted from coconut oil, is CAPROIL's main active ingredient. It is a potent anti-Candida agent and lethal upon contact.

INNO-VITE's liquid CAPROIL product is taken mixed with PSYLLIUM and BENTONITE for a very important reason. When administered in pill form (as it is in most other anti-yeast programs), caprylic acid passes straight to the liver for processing and never reaches the colon. In the Yeast Buster™ program, the PSYLLIUM slowly escorts the caprylic acid along the entire gastrointestinal tract ensuring complete coverage of the colon, preventing it from being inactivated by the liver.

BENTONITE - The "sponge"

Like a sponge, BENTONITE soaks up dead yeast and toxins and helps the PSYLLIUM pull this debris from the body.

Hydrated Bentonite is a super absorbent liquid day preparation, scientifically proven to absorb (attract) toxins, bacteria, and viruses. Combining its powerful properties with PSYLLIUM's absorptive power and bulking action ensures that wastes are quickly eliminated. ... erKit.html



Brussels sprouts
Garlic (raw)
Zucchini Eating non-starchy vegetables starves the Candida of the sugar that feeds it. You should buy your vegetables fresh and eat them raw, steamed or grilled.
Avoid starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, all winter squash, beets, peas, parsnips and beans. Olives are OK as long as they are not in distilled white vinegar.


Probiotic yogurt
Kefir Live yogurt cultures help your gut to repopulate with good bacteria. The live bacteria in the yogurt will crowd out the Candida yeast and restore balance to your system. This is especially useful after a course of antibiotics.


Turkey Eat only fresh and organic meat - processed meat (like lunch meat, bacon and spam) is loaded with dextrose, nitrates, sulfates and sugars.
Smoked or vacuum packed meats are also best avoided.


Wild salmon Wild salmon and sardines do contain ocean contaminants, but in much lower amounts than other seafood. Buy these fish fresh or packed in olive oil or water.


Coconut meat
Flax Seed
Sunflower Seeds
Walnuts These nuts are healthy and have a low mold content. If you're still worried about mold, soak them in a diluted grapefruit seed extract solution for a few hours.


Oat Bran
Quinoa These grains contain a high amount of fiber, excellent for keeping your digestive system moving and eliminating Candida toxins. Most products derived from this list are also OK - e.g. quinoa crackers, buckwheat flour. You can find these in the gluten-free section in health food stores.


Black Pepper
Thyme Many herbs and spices have antioxidant and antifungal properties. They can also improve circulation and reduce inflammation. They're great for livening up food if you're on a limited Candida diet.


Virgin Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Sesame Oil
Flax Oil
Coconut Oil
Red Palm Oil Use cold pressed oils where possible. Remember that heating or boiling can destroy many of the oil's nutrients.


Black Pepper
Sea Salt
Lemon Juice
Coconut Aminos
Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic, Raw, Unfiltered) Coconut Aminos are a great alternative to soy sauce. And you can use apple cider vinegar to make some delicious salad dressings.


Chicory root coffee
Cinnamon Tea
Peppermint Tea
Ginger Tea
Licorice Tea These are just a few of the herbal teas that have antifungal properties.
Chicory root is also a great prebiotic (it contains 20% Inulin), so it can help to repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria too.


Xylitol Stevia and xylitol can be used in place of sugar and they have a much smaller effect on your blood sugar levels.

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Re: Healthy Living

PostMon Jul 07, 2014 4:31 pm

B.Moshay wrote:Good stuff guys.. Keep it coming.

@ Kung Fu, yeah it's a little frustrating. If they were really worried about it, they wouldn't consume it. There are alternative choices out there. More and more companies are starting to get non-gmo verified. So I do have to say that over the last year it's been a lot easier for me to find better alternative stuff for my family. Education is key.. A lot of people are just ignorant to these facts. I wish all schools in America required a nutrition course and gardening class. Everything I know about nutrition has been self taught. So had I never had the urge to start researching I would still be in the dark about a lot of things. Then again one of my fav quotes "In the age of information, ignorance is a choice". You get my drift though. These companies are so tricky too, they use health buzz words on their packaging and to the naive consumer they think "oh that's healthy".


B.Moshay wrote:Not to mention, we eat more than our ancestors EVER did. They had meat only every so often and ate mostly a plant based diet. They most likely nibbled here and there through out the day where as we are taught that we need "3 square meals plus snacks a day". Umm BS! Our ancestors never had that much access to food. I've drastically reduced the amount of food I eat (intermittent fasting) and I feel great. At first I was apprehensive because we've been taught by food industries and that your metabolism needs 6 small meals a day. That's a big fat lie. If you keep refueling your body it's only going to burn the most recent food not stored fat.

When prepping for my bodybuilding shows or when I try to make weight for a Judo or kickboxing match, I always go through the intermittent fasting route. Not only can I hit my calories for the day but the nutritional timing helps a lot with the preservation of muscle and loss of fat.

6 meals a day is nothing but "broscience".

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Re: Healthy Living

PostMon Jul 07, 2014 4:39 pm

hermes wrote:Sometimes financial constraints don't allow for another option. Healthy viable food choices can often be far more costly than the cheap junk that they sell us. Most people are in a class position that just does not allow them to spend on such choices (for instance look at the drastic price difference between factory farmed animal products compared to whole organic animal products- where as the former you can get chicken breasts say around 2.50 dollars a lb the latter would surely jump up easily to at least 8 dollars a lb, at least here in Canada). This too is very much a product of a capitalist system that has successfully monopolized the food industry and squeezed competition out; alternative options can't really compete price wise. Whole foods at brand name grocery stores are no more wholesome than the crap sold at McDonalds since much of it is genetically modified or tampered with in some way (ie, use of certain pesticides, etc). Even a head of cabbage is excessively more costly at an organic shop compared to a brand name grocery chain. A capitalistic food industry has created a venomous food production system that aims to slowly kill people all in the name of profits. What's more worse is people actually have hope that within a capitalist system positive change could be made to such bullshit like this by doing things like putting GMO labels, etc- yah sure it's a great way to allow people to understand what they are buying but it doesn't change the system from the core. Those who are poor could care less if a label says GMO when they only have 50 dollars for groceries that week. True change can only occur by a drastic revolution in the system- there needs to be a completely new way of doing all of this. Sorry I ranted.

I know what you mean but that's not always the case. I'm not saying to buy everything organic but to do the best you possibly can. For instance a regular banana you get at your local grocery store isn't that far off in terms of nutrition to an organic banana. Also I buy 5 lbs of boneless chicken breast for around 15 dollars here in Toronto. You just got to know where to go and how to buy :thumbup:
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PostMon Jul 07, 2014 5:42 pm

Even better than buying organic, is buying local. Get your produce, dairy and if possible meat form local producers. They may not be organic, but they aren't using the huge amounts of pesticides, herbicides and all other chemicals that seem to be needed now days to produce our food.

Any food form a local farmer will be more close to nature with the added benefit of keeping your money in your community instead of feeding the beast that is food production.
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PostMon Jul 07, 2014 10:13 pm

Kung Fu wrote: Also I buy 5 lbs of boneless chicken breast for around 15 dollars here in Toronto. You just got to know where to go and how to buy :thumbup:


Does anybody know the science behind EFA's? I hear the reason our waists are growing so much is because we lack omega 3's and are over-saturated in our diet with omega 6's? i recently saw a triple strength EFA capsule which had 2,6,9 fatty acids, but it seems like a marketing gimmick to me. Omega 9 you can make on your own, and 6 we get enough of from our poorly treated animals we munch on.

The historical ratio of omega-6 to omega-3-
Throughout 4-5 million years of hominid evolution, diets were abundant in seafood and other sources of omega-3 long chain fatty acids (EPA & DHA), but relatively low in omega-6 seed oils.

Anthropological research suggests that our hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed omega-6 and omega-3 fats in a ratio of roughly 1:1. It also indicates that both ancient and modern hunter-gatherers were free of the modern inflammatory diseases, like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, that are the primary causes of death and morbidity today.

At the onset of the industrial revolution (about 140 years ago), there was a marked shift in the ratio of n-6 to n-3 fatty acids in the diet. Consumption of n-6 fats increased at the expense of n-3 fats. This change was due to both the advent of the modern vegetable oil industry and the increased use of cereal grains as feed for domestic livestock (which in turn altered the fatty acid profile of meat that humans consumed).
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PostWed Jul 16, 2014 4:45 pm

I'm sure most people already know, but for those who don't.

"Conventionally grown" = pesticides.



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PostThu Jul 17, 2014 9:27 pm

Top 10 Destructive Nutrition Lies Ever Told

By Dr. Mercola

There is no shortage of health advice out there, and no shortage of bad advice to go along with it. Some misguided notions are harmless—but others are outright dangerous and can lead you down the road to chronic health problems and may even trim years off your life.

It is critically important to decipher fact from fiction. Many nutrition myths get repeated over and over until they are mistaken for truth, especially when perpetually spread by public health authorities.

But the good news is that slowly, the real truth finally appears to be reaching mainstream audiences, as evidenced by the eagerness of satirists to take a jab at the food industry, as in the clever Coca-Cola parody featured above.

In an article addressing destructive nutrition lies, Kris Gunnars of Authority Nutrition1 is among those admirably trying to bust the dangerous dietary myths that continue being spread by so many nutritionists. I agree with the majority of his points, but have added a few others that I believe to be important. Read on for my own top 10 list, which builds upon his.

Lie #1: Breakfast Is the Healthiest Meal of the Day, and You Should Eat Many Small Meals a Day

How many of you had mothers who would not let you leave the house without breakfast? Mother may have known best about some things—but as it turns out, this wasn't one of them. There is now a good deal of research supporting the health benefits of intermittent fasting—which is what you were really doing by zipping out of the house without breakfast.

Recent studies suggest that intermittent fasting can provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction which many studies have shown to dramatically increase life span in animals. It may also be helpful for those who cannot successfully reduce their everyday calorie intake.

Besides turning you into an efficient fat burner, intermittent fasting can also boost your level of human growth hormone production (aka the "fitness hormone") by as much as 1,200 percent for women and 2,000 percent for men.

Intermittent fasting and continuous calorie restriction have both been shown to produce weight loss and improve metabolic risk markers. However, intermittent fasting tends to be slightly more effective for reducing insulin resistance.

Other benefits include reducing inflammation, improving blood pressure, and increased lean body mass. Intermittent fasting can also improve your brain function by increasing levels of BDNF, a protein that protects your brain cells from the changes associated with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

There are several types of intermittent fasting to choose from, so I recommend experimenting to see what style works best for you. One of the easiest, however, is to simply skip breakfast, and limit your eating to a narrow window of time each day—say between 11am and 7pm, to start. You can review my more comprehensive article on intermittent fasting for more details.

The advice to "eat six small meals per day" comes from seemingly logical principles (portion control, keeping your energy up, stabilizing blood sugar, etc.), but in reality, eating this way has not been shown to provide these benefits. We seem to need periods of fasting for optimal metabolic function.

And if you think about it, our ancient ancestors never had access to a grocery store 24/7 and they went through regular periods of feast and famine. The problem is that most of us are in 24/7 feast mode. Implementing intermittent fasting is the quickest way I know of to jump start your body into burning fat as its primary fuel again.

Lie #2: Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease

The dangerous recommendation to avoid saturated fat, which arose from an unproven hypothesis from the mid-1950s, has been harming people's health for about 40 years now. As recently as 2002, the "expert" Food & Nutrition Board issued the following misguided statement, which epitomizes this myth:

"Saturated fats and dietary cholesterol have no known beneficial role in preventing chronic disease and are not required at any level in the diet."

Similarly, the National Academies' Institute of Medicine recommends that adults get 45-65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 20-35 percent from fat, and 10-35 percent from protein. This is the polar opposite of an ideal fat to carb ratio and virtually guarantees you a heightened risk of disease.

Most people benefit from a diet where 50-85 percent of daily calories are derived from healthful fats. However, you need very few, if any, carbohydrates for optimal health. Although that amount of fat may seem like a lot, fat is very calorie-dense, and will therefore still constitute the smallest amount, in terms of volume, on your plate.

The truth is, saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide the building blocks for your cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances, without which your body cannot function optimally.

Fats also serve as carriers for the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and are required for converting carotene into vitamin A, absorbing minerals, and a host of other important biological processes. Saturated fat is also the preferred fuel for your heart! Good sources of healthy fats to add to your diet include:

Avocados,Butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk, Raw dairy, Organic pastured egg yolks
Coconuts and coconut oil, Unheated organic nut oils, Raw nuts, especially macadamia, and raw seeds,Grass-fed and finished meats.

Lie #3: High Omega-6 Seed and Vegetable Oils Are Good for You

Of all the health-destroying foods on the market, those made with highly processed vegetable and seed oils are some of the worst. When consumed in large amounts, as they are by most Americans, they seriously distort your important omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. In a perfect world, this ratio is 1:1—but the average American is getting 20 to 50 times more omega-6 fats than omega-3 fats. Excessive omega-6 fats from processed foods significantly increase your risk for heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other illnesses.

The cholesterol found in arterial plaque is oxidized, damaged cholesterol, which your immune system identifies as bacteria. In response, your immune system sends out macrophages to attack it, which creates inflammation inside your artery walls. A major factor driving heart disease is this oxidized cholesterol, which you introduce into your body every time you consume vegetable oils, or foods cooked in them.

Many vegetable and seed oils are also genetically engineered, which only compounds their health risk. More than 90 percent of US canola oil is GE. So what's the best oil to cook with? Of all the available oils, coconut oil is the one of choice for cooking because it's close to a completely saturated fat—meaning, much less susceptible to heat damage. And coconut oil is one of the most nutritionally beneficial fats. For more information about coconut oil, please see our special report. Olive oil, while certainly a healthful oil, is easily damaged by heat and is best reserved for drizzling cold over salad.

Lie #4: Artificial Sweeteners Are Safe Sugar Replacements for Diabetics, and Help Promote Weight Loss

Most people use artificial sweeteners to lose weight and/or because they are diabetic and need to avoid sugar. The irony is that nearly all of the studies to date show that artificial sweeteners cause even MORE weight gainthan caloric sweeteners. Studies also show that artificial sweeteners can be worse than sugar for diabetics.

In 2005, data gathered from the 25-year long San Antonio Heart Study showed that drinking dietsoft drinks increased the likelihood of serious weight gain much more so than regular soda.2 On average, each diet soda the participants consumed per day increased their risk of becoming overweight by 65 percent within the next seven to eight years and made them 41 percent more likely to become obese. There are several possible reasons for this, such as:

Sweet taste alone appears to increase hunger, regardless of caloric content
Artificial sweeteners appear to perpetuate a craving for sweets, and overall sugar consumption is therefore not reduced, leading to further problems with weight control3
Artificial sweeteners may disrupt your body's natural ability to "count calories," as evidenced by multiple studies. For example, a Purdue University study found that rats fed artificially sweetened liquids ate more high-calorie food than rats fed high-caloric sweetened liquids4
The list of health risks associated with artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, continues to expand. I maintain an ongoing list of studies related to the detrimental effects of aspartame, which I recommend you review for yourself if you are still on the fence. I invite you to watch my aspartame video, as well.

Lie #5: Soy Is a Health Food

The meteoric rise of soy as a "health food" is a perfect example of how a brilliant marketing strategy can fool millions. But make no mistake—unfermented soy products are NOT healthful additions to your diet, regardless of your age or gender. I am not opposed to all soy—properly fermented and preferably organic soy, such as tempeh, miso, and natto, offer great health benefits, courtesy of the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) the fermentation process produces.

Thousands of studies have linked unfermented soy to a number of health problems, however. More than 90 percent of American soy crops are also genetically engineered, which only compounds its health risks.5 If you find this information startling, then I would encourage you to review some of the articles on my Soy Page. The following table lists a number of the damaging health effects science has linked to unfermented soy:

Breast cancer,Brain damage and cognitive impairment , Heart disease
Thyroid disorders, Kidney stones Immune dysfunction
Severe, potentially fatal food allergies, Malnutrition,Digestive problems
Problems with pregnancy and breastfeeding, Reproductive disorders and impaired fertility, Developmental abnormalities in infants

Lie #6: Whole Grains Are Good for Everyone

The use of whole grains is an easy subject to get confused about, especially for those with a passion for health and nutrition. For the longest time, we've been told that whole grains are highly beneficial. Unfortunately, ALL grains can elevate your insulin and leptin levels, even whole grains and organic varieties—and elevated insulin/leptin increases your risk of chronic disease. This is especially true if you already struggle with insulin/leptin resistance, which would manifest as high blood pressure, distorted cholesterol ratios, being overweight, or diabetes).

It has been my experience that more than 85 percent of Americans have trouble controlling their insulin and leptin levels and have one or more of the symptoms listed above. You may be one of those if you struggle to maintain an ideal body weight and body composition, tend to accumulate fat around you belly, or have a suboptimal lipid profile. In fact, insulin/leptin dysregulation is a common indicator for many of the diseases so prevalent today, such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and cancer.

Many whole grains also contain gluten, which is a common trigger for allergies and sensitivities. Subclinical gluten intolerance is far more common than you might think, with symptoms that are not always obvious. I strongly recommend eliminating or at least restricting grains from your diet, as well as sugars/fructose, especially if you have any of the conditions listed above. As a general rule, the higher your insulin levels are, the greater your grain restriction should be.

Lie #7: Genetically Engineered Foods Are Safe and Comparable to Conventional Foods

Genetic engineering (GE) of our food may be the most dangerous aspect of our food supply today. I strongly recommend that you avoid ALL GE foods. Since more than 90 percent of the corn and 95 percent of the soy grown in the US are GE, then you can count on virtually every processed food having at least one GE component if it doesn't bear the "USDA 100% Organic" or non-GMO label. Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of them is that the crops are saturated with one of the most dangerous herbicides on the market, glyphosate, to the tune of nearly a billion pounds per year. This toxic chemical can't be washed off as it becomes integrated into nearly every cell of the plant, and then gets transferred into your body.

No one knows exactly what will be the ultimate impact of these foods on your health, particularly over the long term. Animal studies have pointed to increased disease, infertility, and birth defects as the top contenders. The first-ever lifetime feeding study showed a dramatic increase in organ damage, cancer, and reduced lifespan. It's important to realize that, unless you're buying all organic food or growing your own, you're probably consuming GE foods on a daily basis. In order to avoid as many GE foods as possible, be aware that the following common crops are likely to be GE unless otherwise labeled:

Corn Canola, Alfalfa
Soy, Cottonseed, Sugar from sugar beets
Zucchini, Crookneck squash, Hawaiian papaya

Lie #8: Eggs Are Bad for Your Heart

Eggs are one of the most demonized foods in the US... thanks to the cholesterol myth. The misguided belief that cholesterol, such as in egg yolks, will give you heart disease is simply untrue (see Lie #1). Studies have shown that eggs do NOT have a detrimental impact on cholesterol levels and are actually one of the most healthful foods you can eat. In one Yale study,6 participants were asked to consume two eggs daily for six weeks. Researchers found that this egg consumption did not spike cholesterol levels and did not have a negative effect on endothelial function, a measure of cardiac risk.

Choose pasture-raised organic eggs, and avoid "omega-3 eggs" as this is not the proper way to optimize your omega-3 levels. To produce these omega-3 eggs, the hens are usually fed poor-quality sources of omega-3 fats that are already oxidized. Omega-3 eggs are also more perishable than non-omega-3 eggs. Some of the many nutritional benefits of eggs are summarized for you in the table below.

-One egg contains six grams of high quality protein and all nine essential amino acids

-Vitamin D: eggs are one of the few foods that contains naturally occurring vitamin D (24.5 grams)

-Beneficial for eye health due to lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants in your lens and retina that help prevent eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts

-Sulfur (essential component of glutathione, also promotes healthy hair and nails)

-Good source of choline, a member of the vitamin B family (essential for nervous system, cardiovascular system, and prenatal brain development)

-Many other vitamins and minerals (B vitamins, vitamins A and E, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and zinc)

Lie #9: Low-Fat Foods Prevent Obesity and Heart Disease

Conventional recommendations over the past 40 years or more have called for drastically decreasing the overall fat in your diet, but this fat aversion is a driving force behind today's metabolic dysfunction, obesity, and ill health. As discussed earlier, most people need between 50 and 85 percent of their calories from fats—a far cry form the less than 10 percent from saturated fat recommended by the USDA!7 Kris Gunnars stated it quite nicely:8

"The first dietary guidelines for Americans were published in the year 1977, almost at the exact same time the obesity epidemic started. Of course, this doesn't prove anything (correlation does not equal causation), but it makes sense that this could be more than just a mere coincidence.

The anti-fat message essentially put the blame on saturated fat and cholesterol (harmless), while giving sugar and refined carbs (very unhealthy) a free pass. Since the guidelines were published, many massive studies have been conducted on the low-fat diet. It is no better at preventing heart disease, obesity or cancer than the standard Western diet, which is as unhealthy as a diet can get."

Let's face it, if low-fat diets worked, the United States would be the healthiest nation on the planet—folks have been following them since the late 1970s! But if you look at the following graph, you can see that America's waistline has done nothing but expand since then. There's no telling how many people have been prematurely killed by following these flawed guidelines. Yet, despite mounting research to the contrary, low-fat diets are stillbeing pushed as "heart healthy" by the majority of nutritionists, cardiologists, and the like.


Lie #10: Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calories

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I have already covered how insulin resistance is a key factor in disease (see Lie #4). A diet high in non-fiber carbohydrates—particularly processed grains and sugar—leads directly to insulin and leptin resistance. When your highest percentage of calories comes from healthful fats, these problems just don't exist. Most high-carb diets are high in sugar and starch, not vegetables. When the low-fat mantra swept over the country, the high-carb craze soon followed. When fat was removed from foods, something had to be added back in to make foods more palatable—and that something was sugar. Particularly, highly concentrated forms of fructose, such as high fructose corn syrup, which spell metabolic disaster for your body.

With fat being the identified villain (albeit falsely accused), sugar was completely ignored—even though sugar was the real culprit behind inflammation, metabolic dysfunction, diabetes, and heart disease. America's love of sugar was a boon to the processed food industry—which added fructose to practically everything from soup to nuts... literally. If you want to see what effects this had on the country's health and belt size, just turn on your national news.

A high-carb diet disrupts your insulin and leptin signaling, and over time may very well result in type 2 diabetes. By contrast, a diet higher in beneficial fats corrects these metabolic issues. Recent research has demonstrated that the ketogenic diet—one marked by carbohydrate restriction and substantial healthful fats—extended the lifespan of mice by 20 percent, because it optimized their insulin sensitivity and other metabolic processes. There is evidence that low carbohydrate diets, combined with appropriate amounts of protein, can even slow down Alzheimer's disease and cancer.

Now for the #1 Truth...

The more you can eat like your ancestors, the better—fresh whole foods, locally and sustainably raised, and foods that are minimally processed or not processed at all. These are the types of foods that your genes and biochemistry are adapted to and will provide you with the ability to reverse and prevent most diseases. You will find these at your local farmer's market, food co-op, or in your own backyard garden. And you will be amazed at the positive changes you'll see in your health when you "clean up" your diet! Be wary of nutritional advice from mainstream "experts" as it may not be based on science—or based on bad information that is several decades outdated. Truthful, accurate information is your number one weapon in taking control of your health. ... acebookdoc
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Re: Healthy Living

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I could use some organic shampoo/conditioner recommendations if anybody has any.
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PostWed Sep 03, 2014 3:14 pm

Illuminaughty wrote:I could use some organic shampoo/conditioner recommendations if anybody has any.

I recently order the sample pack of the Morrocco Method and are using it, I'm not sure if I like it or not, my psoriasis has clear up which is huge but my hair doesn't look shiny at all. I'm going to finish all product and then decide if I give them another try or get a WEN package and give it a try.

These both are non lather shampoos, if I don't like any, I'll go with and try a regular organic lather shampoo.
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