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Health Alert! Secrets of the Processed Food Industry

Health Alert! Secrets of the Processed Food Industry

How to Become a Health Nut in 4 Paragraphs & 5 Minute Video

How Processed Food Makes People Obese

I've posted this before. I'm posting it again for emphasis. CBN did a great job on this short 5 minute message about the waist-busting, health-problems associated with consuming processed food.  I don't care what you call your diet, or which diet you're on because the information in this CBN video is the number one key issue regarding weight loss in this decade.

Remember that the major proprietary weight loss giants out there, the one you're probably on, Weight Wathcers, Atkins, Jenny Craig, HerbaLife, SlimFast, etc.......they all have one thing in common to help you lose weight.  They get you off the processed food supply temporarily and take credit for the results. You drop 20 or 30 pounds, then stop paying for the proprietary weight loss system, and start carefully grazing on grocery and restaurant food and what happens? EVERY TIME! Does the word "BOING!" seem appropriate? Forget the proprietary weight loss systems and just stay away from processed food and your body will reset to normal weight almost effortlessly.

The Ezekiel Diet is actually the "No-Processed Food Diet where you replace the starch with Ezekiel Bread for rapid weight loss." If man or organization produced/processed the food item it's suspect until proven otherwise. This eliminates at least 90% of food at grocery stores and most restaurants. If it's as close to God's design (fresh) meat, fruits, and vegetables (with a few caveats) it's a trusted source.

This is the way people ate pre-1960 before mass production of heavily processed food and lots of fat people showed up. Try to find lots of fat people in old 1950s and 1960s photos. They're not there.


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The amazing healing powers of cayenne pepper (capsicum) stop a heart attack fast

I keep a bottle of 100,000 HU Cayenne Pepper at my office, in a laptop brief case, car glove box, home, bathrooms, kitchen cabinet, etc.  One teaspoon (couple capsules opened) in hot water, drink it down. It's supposedly well documented to stop a heart attack fast while waiting for the EMTs, or next step...get to a hospital fast.

There are many documented cases of an Oriental doctor who used this routinely. He always said, if the patient was still alive when he got there, he could stop the heart attack immediately.

I've always thought that was kind of funny. The body is in full blown heart attack mode, patient drinks a teaspoon full of 100,000 heat unit cayenne pepper in hot water, and the body must say, "WOOOOOO! STOP THE HEART ATTACK, WHAT THE HELL DID HE JUST DRINK?"

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 by: PF Louis
Tags: cayenne pepper, healing, herbal medicine

(NaturalNews) When the famous master herbalist Dr. John Christopher was bothered by stomach ulcer problems as a student, one of his herbal instructors recommended young John drink a solution of cayenne pepper powder in water daily.

At first, Dr. Christopher thought this was a contradiction. How could something so hot help his ulcers? But he bravely took the advice and to his surprise, it did cure his ulcers. Following that experience, Dr. Christopher become a zealous advocate of cayenne for both heart issues and for boosting the efficacy of some of his other herbal formulas.

Christopher has even documented cases where he helped patients come out of heart attacks using only a teaspoon of cayenne powder in a cup of warm water. He isn't alone; there are several anecdotes of people recovering from serious heart attacks by downing cayenne teas or tinctures. (Sources below)

One of Dr. Christophers interns, Dr. Richard Schulze, ND, MH, took up the cause proclaiming, "If you only master one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It's more powerful than any other." Both Schulze and Christopher recommend taking a half to full teaspoon of cayenne powder in water two to three times daily as an overall health tonic.

Using cayenne as an herbal medicine or tonic

If you use cayenne, ensure it's organic. Even organic cayenne is inexpensive and the potential benefits are invaluable. The powder comes from various dried and ground chili peppers, all containing capsaicin (cap-say-sin). The amount of capsaicin is indicated by the cayenne powder's heat levels, measured in Scoville heat units (SHU) or heat units (HU).

The lowest therapeutic level of SHU or heat units is 35,000. You will often find cayenne powder listed at 40,000, 60,000, 90,000 or 100,000 SHU or heat units. Unless you have a fondness for really hot spicy foods, you may want to start at the 40,000 level. Ultimately, moving up the heat line is recommended for optimum efficacy.

Dr. Christopher liked to use warm purified or distilled water to mix in the fine cayenne powder. One-half to a full cup of water can be used for to mix a half or full teaspoon of cayenne that can be quickly gulped. Allowing the heat to permeate is part of cayenne's therapeutic value, which is a reason why Dr. Schulze disdains cayenne capsules.

Dr. Schulze endorses using a homemade tincture in addition to the cayenne tea. A tincture is easy to carry around and may provide an on-the-spot remedy for heart attack to avoid an ER trip when away from home.

Cayenne's health benefits

Cayenne powder serves as both a general tonic and a medicine. In addition to potentially helping cease the fatal throes of a heart attack, ingesting cayenne daily also clears clogged arteries while strengthening the whole cardiovascular system and the heart.

It is also a valuable aid for digestion and elimination which can ultimately help heal hemorrhoids and ulcers. Both Dr. Christopher and Dr. Schulze assert that ingesting cayenne powder will boost the potency of the other herbs and supplements you're taking.

In cayenne studies, scientists have demonstrated an 80% reduction with prostate cancers in mice and in human prostate cancer cells in cultures. The capsaicin in cayenne actually creates accelerated cancer cell apoptosis, or cellular self destruction.

Cayenne pepper contains many beneficial phytochemicals, extremely bio-available vitamins C & E, and minerals, including the vital heart-health mineral magnesium. It cleans the blood, allowing hormonal signals to make their way unimpeded through your system and enhancing the immune system.

You can choose to avoid Big Pharma's expensive toxic "solutions" for heart and other health issues using all natural solutions like this. Inexpensive, non-toxic cayenne goes well beyond culinary applications.

Sources for this article include: Scovile heat units (SHU)


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The Ezekiel Bread Chronicles - How to Eat Frozen Bread

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July 20, 2014

Ezekiel sprouted breads are made with sprouted grains. Sprouting virtually converts grains into vegetables. That's all you need to know, class dismissed.

I'm kidding.

Let's brush up on the basics first....from the Food for Life website we learn:

Ezekiel 4:9 products are crafted in the likeness of the Holy Scripture verse Ezekiel 4:9 to ensure unrivaled honest nutrition and pure, delicious flavors.

"Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…" Ezekiel 4:9

It’s this special, unique combination of 6 grains and legumes that harvests benefits beyond what we normally expect from our breads, pastas, cereals, and other foods.
  • Source of Complete Protein - Rated 84.3% as efficient as the highest source of protein (comparable to that of milk or eggs)
  • Contains 18 Amino Acids - Including all 9 essential amino acids
  • Increased Digestibility - Sprouting breaks down starches in grains into simple sugars so your body can digest them easily.
  • Increased Absorption of Minerals – Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors, so your body can more easily absorb calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.
  • Increased Vitamin C - Sprouting produces vitamin C.
  • Increased Vitamin B - Sprouting increases the vitamin B2, B5 & B6.
  • Great source of Fiber - Combining sprouted grains and legumes gives a good amount of natural fiber in each serving.

And as is true with all our Food for Life Sprouted Grain Products, we only use the very best ingredients and baking methods to ensure you truly get the very most out of your food.

  • We use only freshly sprouted certified organic grains.
  • Our products are kosher.
  • We use absolutely no flour. Studies have shown that grinding grains into flour increases the surface area upon which enzymes in the body can work to more quickly convert starch into glucose.
  • We don’t use any genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)
  • We don’t use refined sugars. When sugar is refined and processed there are many harmful ingredients that are added to the sugar as a result. Instead, we use malted barley, a natural sweetener produced from sprouted barley, which is basically a carbohydrate comprised mostly of complex carbohydrates rather than the "sugar" carbohydrates.
  • We don’t use anything artificial – no preservatives or shortenings.
  • We use a unique slow-bake process to preserve the natural fiber and bran benefits of grains.

How To Eat Frozen Bread

I've been eating Ezekiel Bead daily for four years now. Normally 1 to 2 slices at breakfast, 1 slice at lunch, and a slice for dinner. I also might have toasted Ezekiel Bread with butter and jelly as a snack, either mid-morning or mid-afternoon.

For the first three years I kept it frozen in the freezer. Everyday I would struggle to break off a slice or two to toast as needed. Sometimes it was easy, other times it was a solid frozen rock and I would break pieces trying to get them loose. Occasionally I would buy a loaf with more moisture content where it was almost impossible to break slices loose. When that happened I put that loaf in the fridge and let it thaw. But, by doing this I discovered something I want to pass on here.

Today, after over 4 years of experience with Ezekiel Bread I leave it frozen until I'm ready to open a loaf. Once opened I don't put it back in the freezer. I put it in the fridge. Because I'm eating 4 to 6 slices a day, it's fine for up to a week or two thawed in the fridge.

Here's another trick I've learned over the years. When traveling I use a frozen block of Ezekiel Bread at the bottom of the cooler like ice. I take butter and clean jelly with me, and a cheap plastic toaster. At a quarter a slice Ezekiel Bread is cheaper than nutrition bars. With real butter and organic jelly it's packed with nutrients too.

Just lightly toast Ezekiel Bread to maintain the nutrients and amino acids. 


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Raw Orange and Blueberry Cheesecake

(NaturalNews) Summertime is the perfect time to indulge in healthy, cooling desserts. Here's a delicious desert that's nutritious enough for you and your family to enjoy guilt free all summer long.

Raw Orange and Blueberry "Cheesecake"

Ingredients for Crust:

* Two cups of raw nuts
* One cup of dates or raisins
* A pinch of salt

Ingredients for Orange Cheesecake:

* Three cups of raw cashews
* 3/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
* 1/2 cup of agave/maple syrup
* 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil
* One lemon, juiced
* Zest of all of the oranges that you juiced
* A pinch of salt

Ingredients for Blueberry Layer:

* Two cups of organic blueberries (I used frozen blueberries.)
* 1/4 cup of the orange cheesecake mixture


1. To make the crust, process the nuts and dates/raisins in your food processor until the nuts have become crumbs and the mixture sticks together when you press it. Press it into the bottom of a spring-form pan and put it in the fridge.

2. To make the orange cheesecake, blend all of the ingredients (except the orange zest) in your high speed blender until very smooth. Then, add in the orange zest with a spoon. Reserve 1/4 cup of this mixture for the blueberry topping, but pour the rest onto your crust and put it in the freezer.

3. To make the blueberry layer, blend the blueberries and the 1/4 cup of the cheesecake mixture in your food processor or blender until creamy. It should still have small pieces of blueberry in it for texture. Spread this mixture over your cheesecake and keep it in the freezer or fridge overnight. If you can wait a day -- this mixture is best after two days (and not frozen, of course). Enjoy with sliced oranges and blueberries!

You can view what these deserts look like in the sources below.

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

By Binny Liu
November 20, 2013 5:12 AM EST

Unlike traditional sweets, most raw desserts are nutrient dense, so a little goes a long way. This is perfect for a guilt-free treat that's good for the body!

This raw cheesecake has a base that's delicious, decadent and super easy to make. All you need is a food processor or a good blender. The filling is made from a combination of dates and avocados, both of which are high in nutrients and offer an array of health benefits.



  • 1/2 cup almonds (soak the nuts overnight to activate)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 6 dates
  • 1/2 vanilla essence
  • pinch of sea salt

Mousse Filling

  • 2 avocados
  • 13-15 Medjool dates (roughly a packed cup)
  • 1 cup raw cacao
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut butter


Combine all the ingredients for the base in the food processor and blend until smooth. If you want a crunchier base, pulse and don't blend for as long.

Spread a base layer and pat down flat.

Blend all the filling ingredients together, and pour in coconut oil at the end (it's easier if you warm up the oil to a liquid consistency). It should end up being a thick, mousse-like consistency.

Pour on top of the base and refrigerate overnight.

If you want to add toppings, do it before putting the cheesecake in the refrigerator to set. You can use cacao nibs, granola, or whatever else you like!


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MH17 conspiracy theories emerge: Fake passports, AIDS researchers, false flags and more

(NaturalNews) The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over Ukraine is a catastrophic event resulting in the loss of 295 lives (280 passengers and 15 crew). Details are still emerging about what really happened, but Netizens are already fronting various theories of what may have been the root causes behind the downing of the passenger jet.

So far, the most likely explanation is that pro-Russian forces on the ground in Ukraine mistook a Boeing 777 for a military transport aircraft, and they shot it down using a surface-to-air missile system. This theory holds water because those same forces have already shot down 10 other aircraft, including an IL-76 transport plane which could easily be mistaken for a Boeing 777 at a great distance. However, there may be far more elaborate strategic games being played behind the scene in an effort to stage this humanitarian tragedy for political or strategic gain.

Conspiracy analysts weigh in

"Conspiracy analysis" are people who research current events with great suspicion for "official explanations" and attempt to determine if something far more nefarious and hidden might have taken place. Conspiracy analysts run the gamut from legitimate journalists like Paul Joseph Watson to the clinically insane who invent theories for the sole purpose of muddying the internet with "info graffiti."

So-called "conspiracy theory" analysis also tends to attract disinfo groups who deliberately attempt to post false stories in an effort to distract the public from the truth. Or, at times, disinfo groups promote theories intended to discredit legitimate conspiracy analysts. A great example of this is the spook-run groups who claim that the jetliners which struck the Twin Towers on 9/11 were "elaborate holograms" and didn't exist. The lunacy of the claim is then used to paint all legitimate researchers of 9/11 truth as kooks.

Any time you consider a conspiracy theory or analysis, ask yourself where it came from and whether the source might have a hidden agenda in fronting the information.

The most likely conspiracy theories you'll see for MH17

Here are several of the most likely conspiracy analysis explanations that are likely to emerge from the downing of MH17 as investigations continue. As you read these, keep in mind that I am not in any way stating these are already supported by the facts. Rather, these are the conspiracy explanations which are most likely to be investigated surrounding this event. It is quite possible that none of these is true, but only a more in-depth investigation will tell for sure.

Theory #1) The plane was destroyed because AIDS researchers were close to a breakthrough

It is factually true that 100 AIDS researchers -- including many top scientists on the subject -- were on board the plane as it headed for an AIDS conference in Sydney. (1) It is also widely known that every "disease industry" absolutely does not want a cure to ever be revealed to the public. The cancer industry, for example, depends entirely on the continued existence of cancer for its profits and power. (That's why legitimate cancer cures are systematically suppressed while government funds for cancer cure research are strictly limited to only those things which will never result in a cure.)

This theory says that a team of scientists on board MH17 were about to present key research of an AIDS breakthrough which would result in a real cure. Thus, they had to be taken out in order to protect the highly-profitable cancer industry, which generates billions of dollars for pharmaceutical companies that practically run the government.

And if you don't believe that Big Pharma interests dominate government activities, then ask yourself why FedEx is being charged with multiple felony crimes by the U.S. government for innocently delivering packages from online pharmacies. Click here for the full story.

Theory #2) It was a false flag scripted by Ukraine to paint Russia as evil in order to garner political support for the war effort

This theory supposes that Ukraine forces, desperate for international support for the war, staged the missile launch as a false flag event which could be conveniently blamed on the Russians.

Once the Russians were implicated, international condemnation would soon follow, giving Ukraine a political edge in the war.

Theory #3) A high-level diplomat, war general or weapons scientist was on board and was targeted for termination

There is zero evidence for this theory (so far), but it will be considered nonetheless. As the passenger manifest is meticulously researched, it may be discovered that an important Russian war officer or political officer was on board, and that Ukrainian forces were willing to sacrifice innocent civilians in order to kill this one strategically important person.

Again, I must emphasize there is no evidence of such a scenario, but this is the kind of theory which will be investigated.

Theory #4) MH17 is the missing MH370 Malaysia Airlines jet which was previously hijacked and now had to be destroyed

This is one of the more outlandish theories being floated. It supposes that the Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet which has been missing in the Indian Ocean for many months had to be destroyed in order to eliminate the evidence of the aircraft, and so it was "repackaged" as MH17 and deliberately shot down.

I'm not sure why this would involve loading it up with passengers and flying it over Ukraine, and I very much doubt Malaysia Airlines would fail to notice it was flying the same aircraft used in MH370. For the record, airline companies keep meticulous aircraft maintenance records due to the stringent demands placed upon them by governments. Jet engines, for example, must be completely overhauled after so many hours of operation. Flight controls, electronics, hydraulics and other systems are also carefully inspected in a strict "hours of operation" basis, which obviously requires airlines to know which aircraft they are inspecting or flying.

The theory that MH17 is actually MH370 seems rather outlandish, even to conspiracy analysts who are open-minded about unusual possibilities.

Theory #5) Recovered passports were faked, and therefore...

An article on (2) lays out a number of conspiracy analysis ideas, some of which don't seem to hold much water. But one of the ideas that does raise legitimate question is the photo of the claimed "recovered passports" of MH17 passengers. Miraculously, all these passports appear to be in mint condition, even though the aircraft itself is a smoldering nightmare of wreckage. (See photo, right.)

Here's a legitimate question we should all be asking: What level of damage to passports should be expected after a civilian aircraft is destroyed by a high explosive military missile?

I'm not an expert in military missiles, so I can't answer this as an expert. However, from the point of view of a layperson, it seems like something is fishy here: shouldn't these passports be a lot more tattered, burned or singed in some way?

The answer to this seems to depend on where the missile struck the aircraft. If it struck one of the engines, located under the wings, then it's not really necessary for the main fuselage to have been "burned up" in an explosion. The loss of an entire wing is enough to cause the loss of structural integrity of the aircraft, resulting in a mid-air breakup of the fuselage and possibly "dumping" live passengers into the open atmosphere at 33,000 feet, with their fully intact passports in their pockets or purses.

On the other hand -- and this is really important to understand -- the aircraft EXPLODED on the ground, leaving behind the charred remains shown in another photo on the right.

If you know anything about airplanes -- and I do because I'm a pilot -- you know that the fuel is stored in the wings. For an aircraft to explode on the ground, it would require at least one wing to have dropped to the ground fully intact, and this is only likely to happen if a significant portion of the fuselage remains intact as well. In other words, because of this fireball explosion on the ground, it seems likely that much of the plane remained intact, with passengers inside the fuselage as it plummeted to the ground.

(See fireball explosion photo on the right. This is taken from the actual video of the aircraft hitting the ground and exploding.)

It is difficult to imagine anything coming out of that fireball in pristine condition as seems to be shown with recovered passports. It's not clear, however, if these passports were recovered from passengers killed in the fireball explosion on the ground, or if they were recovered from falling bodies that were somehow thrown clear of the airplane at high altitude and then plummeted to the ground.

What I'm saying here is that if these passports were recovered from falling bodies, then it's reasonable to expect them to be in relatively good shape. But if the official story is that these passports were recovered from bodies blown up in the ground explosion, then that's obviously a cover story that holds no water.

What really happened? Keep asking questions

Ultimately, we may never know what really happened with MH17, as there may be considerable vested interests in keeping it covered up. Or, perhaps, it really was nothing more than a misidentification of a civilian airliner and the firing of a Russian missile that destroyed it.

What we do know for sure is that our world is full of evil people who will stop at nothing to gain power, even if it means killing hundreds, thousands or millions of people. Human history has proven that over and over again.

If we ever hope to achieve real peace and prosperity in our world, we must all continue to ask skeptical questions about "official stories" handed to us by governments, corporations and media outlets. The minute we stop asking questions, we become nothing more than gullible pawns to systems of domination and disinfo.

Our prayers go out to the families of all who lost loved ones on MH17 as well as MH370. Let us all pray that there will be no more air disasters resulting affecting such a large number of people.

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Study: Low-Carb, Higher-Fat Diets Lead to Safe-Effective Weight Loss


Overweight and obese people looking to drop some pounds and considering one of the popular low-carbohydrate diets, along with moderate exercise, need not worry that the higher proportion of fat in such a program compared to a low-fat, high-carb diet may harm their arteries, suggests a pair of new studies by heart and vascular researchers at Johns Hopkins.

“Overweight and obese people appear to really have options when choosing a weight-loss program, including a low-carb diet, and even if it means eating more fat,” says the studies’ lead investigator exercise physiologist Kerry Stewart, Ed.D.

Stewart, a professor of medicine and director of clinical and research exercise physiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and its Heart and Vascular Institute, says his team’s latest analysis is believed to be the first direct comparison of either kind of diet on the effects to vascular health, using the real-life context of 46 people trying to lose weight through diet and moderate exercise. The research was prompted by concerns from people who wanted to include one of the low-carb, high-fat diets, such as Atkins, South Beach and Zone, as part of their weight-loss program, but were wary of the diets’ higher fat content.

In the first study, scheduled to be presented June 3 at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Denver, the Hopkins team studied 23 men and women, weighing on average 218 pounds and participating in a six-month weight-loss program that consisted of moderate aerobic exercise and lifting weights, plus a diet made up of no more than 30 percent of calories from carbs, such as pastas, breads and sugary fruits. As much as 40 percent of their diet was made up of fats coming from meat, dairy products and nuts. This low-carb group showed no change after shedding 10 pounds in two key measures of vascular health: finger tip tests of how fast the inner vessel lining in the arteries in the lower arm relaxes after blood flow has been constrained and restored in the upper arm (the so-called reactive hyperemia index of endothelial function), and the augmentation index, a pulse-wave analysis of arterial stiffness.

Low-carb dieters showed no harmful vascular changes, but also on average dropped 10 pounds in 45 days, compared to an equal number of study participants randomly assigned to a low-fat diet. The low-fat group, whose diets consisted of no more than 30 percent from fat and 55 percent from carbs, took on average nearly a month longer, or 70 days, to lose the same amount of weight.

“Our study should help allay the concerns that many people who need to lose weight have about choosing a low-carb diet instead of a low-fat one, and provide re-assurance that both types of diet are effective at weight loss and that a low-carb approach does not seem to pose any immediate risk to vascular health,” says Stewart. “More people should be considering a low-carb diet as a good option,” he adds.

Because the study findings were obtained within three months, Stewart says the effects of eating low-carb, higher-fat diets versus low-fat, high-carb options over a longer period of time remain unknown.

However, Stewart does contend that an over-emphasis on low-fat diets has likely contributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States by encouraging an over-consumption of foods high in carbohydrates. He says high-carb foods are, in general, less filling, and people tend to get carried away with how much low-fat food they can eat. More than half of all American adults are estimated to be overweight, with a body mass index, or BMI, of 26 or higher; a third are considered to be obese, with a BMI of 30 or higher.

Stewart says the key to maintaining healthy blood vessels and vascular function seems — in particular, when moderate exercise is included — less about the type of diet and more about maintaining a healthy body weight without an excessive amount of body fat.

Among the researchers’ other key study findings, to be presented separately at the conference, was that consuming an extremely high-fat McDonald’s breakfast meal, consisting of two English muffin sandwiches, one with egg and another with sausage, along with hash browns and a decaffeinated beverage, had no immediate or short-term impact on vascular health. Study participants’ blood vessels were actually less stiff when tested four hours after the meal, while endothelial or blood vessel lining function remained normal.

Researchers added the McDonald’s meal challenge immediately before the start of the six-month investigation to separate any immediate vascular effects from those to be observed in the longer study. They also wanted to see what happened when people ate a higher amount of fat in a single meal than recommended in national guidelines. Previous research had suggested that such a meal was harmful, but its negative findings could not be confirmed in the Johns Hopkins’ analysis. The same meal challenge will be repeated at the end of the study, when it is expected that its participants will still have lost considerable weight, despite having eaten more than the recommended amount of fat.

“Even consuming a high-fat meal now and then does not seem to cause any immediate harm to the blood vessels,” says Stewart. However, he strongly cautions against eating too many such meals because of their high salt and caloric content. He says this single meal — at over 900 calories and 50 grams of fat — is at least half the maximum daily fat intake recommended by the American Heart Association and nearly half the recommended average daily intake of about 2,000 calories for most adults.

All study participants were between the age of 30 and 65, and healthy, aside from being overweight or obese. Researchers say that in the first study, because people were monitored for the period they lost the same amount of weight, any observed vascular differences would be due to what they ate.

Funding for the study was provided by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with additional assistance from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Institute for Clinical Translational Research, also funded by the NIH. Besides Stewart, other Johns Hopkins researchers who took part in the studies were Sameer Chaudri, M.D.; Devon Dobrosielski, Ph.D.; Harry Silber, M.D., Ph.D.; Sammy Zakaria, M.D., M.P.H.; Edward Shapiro, M.D.; and Pamela Ouyang, M.B.B.S.


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7 Reasons To Drink More Water

By Thorbjörg
July 18, 2014 4:36 AM EDT

If you suffer from any of the following ailments, you may not be drinking enough water: fatigue, confusion, memory loss, dizziness, dry and wrinkled skin, brittle hair and nails, cold fingers and toes, constipation, eczema, headaches, urinary tract infections, and muscle pains. These are all signs of dehydration.

Your body is made up of around 70% water, which is involved in every bodily function. If you lack water, then your body will try to get moisture from any liquid source in your system. It will automatically tap your blood, cell fluid, intra-cellular fluid, and even your stools and urine. When you're literally draining yourself, you're impacting your physical and mental health and speeding up the aging process.

Below are seven very good reasons to boost your water intake:

1. You'll digest your food better.

If you're spending a bit too much time and effort on the toilet, you could probably use a glass (or two!) of pure water. The body is very wise: it knows that the vital organs need essential nutrients more than the rest of your body.

If you're dehydrated, however, your body will take what’s available. Hence constipation. Water-depleted stools are hard to pass —and they can be there for days! As a result, your stomach feels bloated with the overgrowth of fermenting bacteria and yeast. Not fun!

2. You'll stay sharp.

If you prefer being upbeat and focused, you need to drink water. If you’re feeling confused and forgetful, try drinking more water before going to see the doctor. Dehydration can trigger brain fog.

3. You'll love what you see in the mirror.

If you love what you see in the mirror every morning, good for you! Keep doing what you're doing! But if you struggle with a puffy face and sunken eyes with dark circles, you're being warned that your kidneys are in distress. You are not drinking enough water.

The kidneys filter toxins, salts, and water from the bloodstream. If the body is dehydrated, then the kidneys can’t function properly. If the kidneys are overloaded, this will show in your face. Maybe you just had a fun night out with a bit too much booze. Maybe you ate too many salty snacks — or maybe you’ve been getting a bit too much sodium from take-out. Whatever the reason, the result is written all over your face.

4. You'll have youthful skin.

Dry and wrinkled skin occurs for two big reasons: (1) water retention and (2) a lack of subcutaneous fat. If you want to boost your natural fillers and look more youthful, with glowing skin, do three things:

  • Splash cold water on your face several times every morning
  • Gently pat your skin dry
  • Drink a big glass of chilled water on an empty stomach.

Make sure that you drink more than two liters of water during the day, and eat fat everyday! By fat, I mean pure and unprocessed plant oils from foods like organic flax seeds, butter from grass-fed sources, and organic coconut oil! Fat binds the water to the dermis skin layer and functions as a natural filler. You don’t ever need botox! The fat (mainly from the butter) will store in the fat layer that prevents that hollow look that often appears with age.

5. You'll lower your body fat.

This will probably surprise you, but being dehydrated can make you gain weight! As I mentioned earlier, the body will use all other fluids available when it’s dehydrated. By pulling water out of the bloodstream, excess glucose will remain until it reaches the liver, where it's supposed to be stored as glycogen for later use.

6. You'll curb your appetite.

Do you constantly feel hungry? Do you have cravings for sugar and wheat? Drink a glass of water. Pure water acts as an appetite suppressant. When feeling hungry, I suggest you drink a big glass of water before you act upon that sensation. If you need some taste, you can add a bit of lemon juice, or a splash of açai or pomegranate juice (without any added sugar).

7. You'll help your body do its job.

There’s a reason why they call water the source of life — our blood is 90% water. The bloodstream provides your cells and organs with oxygen and nutrients, and takes away any waste products. As you can see, blood is essential and important.

As I said before, the body will tap the water from cells and blood if needed to help counter dehydration. The blood will become thicker, increasing the risk for clotting, and making it harder to pump it through the system. This can have a serious impact on blood pressure and heart disease. Lack of water is also linked to headaches, pain and tension in muscles and joints. It even causes stomachaches and heartburn. Everything is connected throughout the body, and it’s important not to neglect one of its fundamental tools.

How much water do you need?

In general, you need about 2 Liters (65oz) of pure water a day. You might need more if you live in a warm or dry climate, as well as if you exercise often or practice “Bikram” or hot yoga. You will also need more water if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding. Plus, take into account the diuretic effects of coffee, tea, alcohol, and sodas, as well as salty foods.

Water tip:

Since I live in Iceland, I have been blessed with access to the purest water in the whole world, straight from my tap. When living in New York City, I continued to drink tap water, but I filled my bottles with charcoal filters to help filter out any bad chemicals. If you live in an area where there may be chemicals in the water, I suggest you do the same.

For more information on filters, I found Wellness Mama quite helpful. She has done some great research on how to use filters if you'd prefer something beyond traditional charcoal filters.

And if you'd like more information about how you're aging, consider taking my Biological Age Test. After analyzing results of the survey, I was surprised that one of the main factors in speeding up the aging process was in fact dehydration. Water is the best (and cheapest) anti-ageing skin tonic available.

I hope you'll ask yourself, “Am I drinking enough water?”


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Over 170 harmful chemicals are legally allowed in food packaging

(NaturalNews) More than 170 toxic chemicals banned from European consumer products such as computers and textiles are still allowed for use in food packaging, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Food Packaging Forum and published in the journal Food Additives & Contaminants.

"Chemicals with highly toxic properties may legally be used in the production of food contact materials, but not in other consumer products such as computers, textiles and paints even though exposure through food contact materials may be far more relevant," researcher Jane Muncke, PhD, said. "From a consumer perspective, it is certainly undesirable and also unexpected to find chemicals of concern being intentionally used in food contact materials."

Cancer and hormone disruption
The researchers compiled a list of chemicals used in food packaging from a variety of sources, including the European Food and Safety Authority's ESCO Working Group list of non-plastic food contact substances and the authorized plastic food contact substances from Annex I of the European Union's Commission Regulation No. 10/2011. They then cross-referenced this list with the TEDX list of endocrine disruptors and the Substitute It Now! list of proven hazardous chemicals.

Of the chemicals legally approved for use in food packaging, at least 175 have been shown by scientific studies to be dangerous. Some of the chemicals have shown carcinogenic or mutagenic effects; some have shown toxicity to the reproductive system, and some have demonstrated hormone (endocrine) disrupting effects. In addition to being toxic, many of the chemicals persist in the environment and accumulate in the tissues of animals, including humans.

Among the toxic chemicals allowed in packaging are phthalates, used to soften plastics, which have been shown to produce cancer, genital deformity and male infertility. Other chemicals allowed in food packaging include perchlorate (a jet fuel additive that damages the thyroid gland), tributyltin (which harms the immune system) and even asbestos.

"We are especially concerned about chemicals that affect hormonal activity, known as endocrine disrupting chemicals, or ECDs," Dr. Muncke said. "These chemicals can lead to health effects later in life, like predisposition for obesity, diabetes, and cancer, and we don't know if there are safe exposure levels."

Toxics loophole exempts food productsThere are many situations in which toxic chemicals could move from food, the researchers warned.

"Food contact materials (FCMs) are intended to be in contact with food during production, handling or storage," they wrote. "They are one possible source of food contamination, because chemicals may migrate from the material into the food."

Toxic chemicals in the study were identified as "Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)" under the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. Yet, due to a regulatory loophole, REACH regulations do not apply to food packaging.

"REACH currently covers consumer products but toys and things like that, but food is different, and we are saying why don't we bring it together so that we can have a regulation where chemicals used in food packaging would need similar notification before usage," Dr. Muncke said.

More than 6,000 chemicals are known to be used in food packaging, Dr. Muncke said, and many of them have not been tested for safety. Trade secrets legislation also protects manufacturers from having to reveal (or even knowing) the exact chemical composition of the packaging that they use for their products.

Nevertheless, the researchers called on manufacturers to voluntarily end the use of toxic chemicals in food packaging. In the meantime, consumers can protect themselves by purchasing more fresh, non-packaged food; storing food in glass, stainless steel or ceramic containers at home; and refraining from heating food in plastic, Styrofoam or coated cardboard.

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