14 Apr

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Why Does Organic Food Matter? Intreview With Moiz Habib

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By Chris Sovey, DPT, PT, RN,BSN


I live in Michigan, where organic food is harder to come by than other places. I’m comparing this to the western United States, of course. I struggle to dine out at times because I cannot find restaurants that source (or care about) wholesome ingredients. As I’ve mentioned before in other posts, the majority of restaurants are either don’t recognize (or care about) the importance of using fresh, local ingredients and/or non-GMO oils. I like to feel GOOD after I eat, not inflamed and worn down. In my opinion, food should nourish the body. It should enable us to thrive as individuals and communities.

So I’ve taken it upon myself to search of for individuals and restaurants that are committed to wholesome ingredients and principles. Loya1An expanding list of these restaurants can be found on our website, here. If you are looking for places that put ingredients first, I recommend checking out that list. If you have any restaurants you would like to add, please submit the name and information of the restaurant here.

Recently, I sat down with Moiz Habib, the owner of Loya Organic Middle Eastern Grill in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Moiz has a fascinating past based around financial trading and Wall Street, which I think has enabled him to be successful thus far in his 100% organic restaurant. He is committed to high quality foods and sourcing from local farmers. He believes that food should be a preventative means of keeping the body healthy.

Check out the video above to learn more about:

  • What is organic food?
  • Can organic food be affordable when dining out?
  • How will organic food benefit me?
  • What does it take to run an organic restaurant?
  • Does organic food taste better?
  • How can we build communities through farm-to-table restaurants?
  • How does organic food differ from conventional food?
  • What are the challenges of operating an organic restaurant (especially in Michigan)?

 

You can find out more about Loya Organic Middle Eastern Grill at their website.

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24 Feb

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Dr. Gabriel Cousens: Holistic Veganism and Reversing Diabetes

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I started exploring healing chronic disorders several years ago while suffering from Major Depressive Disorder. As I began my search for information on healing my body, I recognized the value of holistic healing. A reductionist viewpoint was not going to solve my whole-body problem. This is exactly what Dr. Gabriel Cousens is promoting at the Tree of Life Center.

Dr. Cousens is the director of the Tree of Life Center in Patagonia, Arizona. He is a holistic physician who strongly advocates a live foods diet. I am not exclusively promoting a 100% raw vegan diet. However, a primarily plant-based diet is highly supported in the literature for its health and ecological benefits. I believe that for those suffering from medically “incurable” diagnoses, drastic measures or reformations in lifestyles must be implemented to reach a state of wellness.

So this drew me to Dr. Cousens’ approach. He is a holistic healing physician who has multiple documented cases of reversing Type II Diabetes Mellitus (DM). He even has a few case studies of significant improvement or reversal of type I DM. This would seem impossible to the western medical profession, as the pancreas is considered entirely incapable of function.

In my opinion, Dr. Cousens has been more successful in halting the progression or reversing chronic diseases than Dean Ornish or Dr. Esselstyn. See more data in the lecture below:

This lecture was recorded in Chicago, IL. It includes some of the following subject matter:

  • What is the history of the Veganism movement?
  • What are the benefits of a live, plant-based diet?cousens
  • Is it possible to reverse Type I or II Diabetes?
  • Can such a lifestyle can significantly change body function and a state of chronic disease?
  • What are the effects of de-mineralization of our food supply: can we survive (and thrive?) on the nutrients found in today’s foods?
  • What does the research say about cholesterol and heart health?
  • Is saturated fat detrimental to our heart health, especially from animal sources?
  • Is the Fruitarian diet dangerous?
  • How does Dr. Cousens’ research compare to Dr. Esselstyn / Dr. Ornish regarding heart health?
  • What is the Tree of Life Center?
  • What is the impact of the accumulating radiation in our food supply due to sources such as Fukushima, etc.?
  • What are the spiritual implications of a plant-based diet?
  • What are the generational consequences of a uniformly poor diet?

 

19 Feb

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FAQs About Probiotics: Get The Most For Your Dollar

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Probiotics are a hot topic (and market) right now, and rightfully so. Healthcare practitioners are finally starting to realize the endless potential of restoring gut flora balance and proper ecology of the digestive system. I’ve written extensively on the subject of gut health and its effects on immunity and auto-immune disorders. So lets assume we’ve both arrived at the conclusion that probiotics are a beneficial addition to our lifestyle…. So you might ask yourself:

What is the best probiotic?

I  wholeheartedly believe that the best probiotic is one you make yourself. This can be achieved through a variety of methods, but anaerobic lacto-fermentation is by far the most potent, cost-effective method available. Please see my previous post or video on how to make your own homemade probiotics.

If I had to choose a brand, I would recommend GutPro. It is by far the cleanest. It features bio-compatible strains without any fillers, the dosage goes a long ways, and it is supported by the GAPS diet and other healing protocols.

Why should I make my own probiotic?

There are a variety of reasons to produce your own probiotics. The most obvious answer is cost. There is an enormous mark-up in price for quality probiotic supplements. In addition, homemade probiotics also include nutrients extracted from the fermented-plant. These components are known as phyto-nutrients, and are still poorly understood. However, it has been highly suggested in the literature that carrot juices (especially fermented), along with sauerkraut, contain a variety of health-promoting characteristics. In addition, there are enzymes contained within the probiotic juice used to break down the plant in the fermentation process. This will aid in the digestion of your probiotic.

What characteristics should I look for when choosing a probiotic?

The most important characteristic of probiotics is the number and variety of live strains. The strains should contain a variety of bio-compatible organisms, particularly of the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species. Some common examples include:

  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Lactobacillus gasseri
  • Lactobacillus salivarius
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Bifidobacterium infantis
  • Bifidobacterium longum
  • Bifidobacterium breve
  • Bifidobacterium lactis

Depending on your own personal needs, the dosage and number of live organisms will matter. Also consider whether or not the probiotic requires refrigeration. I know that several brands will claim their products are shelf-stable, but I have yet to see a un-refrigerated product that holds up to high-quality medical needs of a healing lifestyle.

Another question to investigate is whether or not the product contains any “filler” ingredients, such as maltodextrin, silicon dioxide, etc. Depending on how compromised your gut is, these ingredients may be contradictory to a healing lifestyle. They often also suggest an inferior product produced for the masses.

How many organisms per serving should my probiotic contain?

The field of gut ecology is still in its infancy stages, so an optimal dosage for various health conditions has yet to be established. I’ve yet to find a source that lays out proper dosages. My recommendation is to start slow, and go low. Work with your healthcare practitioner. In my personal experience, I personally require a minimum of 100 billion colony forming units (CFUs) / day. This is MUCH more than most probiotics on the market, which is why I make my own. If examined under a microscope, a small drop of properly made lacto-fermented vegetable probiotic may contain hundreds of billions of micro-organisms.

What is the best dosage for probiotics?Sauerkraut

This will entirely depend on your personal goals and current status of health. I highly recommend following the instructions of the manufacturer. If you are consuming fermented carrot juice as per my video, I suggest 2 oz daily for adults. I’m not sure on a kid dosage, and I wouldn’t recommend it to infants.

What is the best temperature to make your own probiotics using lacto-fermentation?

64-72 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimal temperature to promote the growth of anaerobic lactobacillus species. Higher or lower will stunt the growth of lacto-bacillus bacteria or promote unwanted species growth, respectively.

How long should I ferment my probiotics for?

I recommend a period of at LEAST 3-4 weeks. 4 weeks is the optimal minimal time to ferment your own probiotics. This allows the bacteria to complete their entire life cycle, yielding the highest bacteria density per volume. Probiotics can ferment indefinitely without consequence in most cases.

Can I use mason jars to make my own probiotics?

I do not recommend using mason jars to fermentation because it does not provide a complete seal. For the best proboitics, a complete anaerobic environment should be used. This can be obtained from fido jars, Pickl-it jars, or less desirably, a Harsch Crock. My reasons for a fido / Pickl-it jar over a crock are outlined in the video at the top of the page

Where can I find resources on how much salt to use when making probiotics.

Information on how to make the most appropriate salt brine for each individual vegetable / fruit can be found here.

Where can I obtain anaerobic, air-tight vessels to make the best probiotics possible?

Fido jars can be found here. Pickl-it jars can be found here.

Can I use tap water to make my own probiotics?

I do not recommend using tap water for fermentation purposes unless fluoride / chlorine is removed via distillation or reverse osmosis first. High-quality well or spring water is the best choice.

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10 Feb

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Back Buddy Review: Get Rid Of All Those Stubborn Tight Spots In Your Neck And Back

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BackBuddyThe average American adult spends 50-70% of their time sitting (1). Prolonged sitting has been linked to increased chance of death from all causes (2),(3). Some of the effects of prolonged sitting are postural changes and a loss of elasticity in the muscles or connective tissues. The more we sit, the less we move! The less we move, the harder it becomes to move. It is a vicious cycle that is difficult to break once started. Stretching alone won’t always overcome some of the nasty postural alterations that occur with excessive sitting. Sometimes direct, hands-on care by a Physical Therapist or Massage Therapist may be necessary to break up some of the “adhesions” formed by our fascia. Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that provides structural integrity to our muscles, organs, etc. It is valuable for several functions, but sometimes fascia becomes increasingly restricted or even rigid with prolonged sitting. To understand fascia better on a basic level, I recommend checking out Gil Hedley’s “Fuzz video.”

How can we prevent some of the detrimental effects of sitting? Movement of course! However, sometimes we need a little extra help, especially after injuries. Two techniques known as trigger point therapy and myofascial release are effective tools to reduce fascial adhesions in our bodies from sitting or decreased movement (4). We may not always have access to  a Massage Therapist or Physical Therapist, so a self-myofascial release tool like the Back Buddy is often invaluable.  See the video below for my full review:

What I like about the Back Buddy:

  • Sturdy construction. Rigid design.
  • Multiple different points of contact for tough-to-reach areas.
  • The contour of the product enables the user to create a strong line of pull with less effort.
  • Excellent for the muscles in the back of the neck, lower back, and scapular region.

Potential negatives of the product:

  • None come to mind. So far I have thoroughly enjoyed this product, and it does exactly what is advertised.

Sources:

(1) Get Up. Get Out. Don’t Sit. NYTimes.

(2) Sitting time and mortality from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

(3) Sitting time and all-cause mortality risk in 222 497 Australian adults.

(4) Immediate effects of various physical therapeutic modalities on cervical myofascial pain and trigger-point sensitivity.

 

26 Aug

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Feeling Lonely? Here Are Some Fresh Ideas!

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I was inspired to write this post by a college friend who I’ve always held dear to my heart. Life circumstances got in the way of keeping in touch. Of course, that isn’t an excuse on my end. When I recently spoke with them, I quickly realized they were going through a tough emotional time. Their situation made it quite difficult to seek out new friends, and as a result, they felt lonely.

There is a bitter irony in this world. Every day, we are surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands of people in close proximity. Yet, somehow, many of us continue to feel utterly alone. I attribute a lot of this to the ever-changing mode of communication, i.e., overuse of Facebook and other similar platforms. Many people are “collecting” more digital friends than those in the real world. Life circumstances, such as illnesses, birth of a new child, or other events may contribute to a sense of loneliness as well.

There’s nothing wrong with spending time on your own for moments of self-reflection or decompression from stressful situations. But when deep feelings of discontent and sadness overcome you, it might be time to evaluate your situation and take action.

 SadDogWHAT IS LONELINESS?

Loneliness is a subjective experience that is different for each person. It is a state of discontent, profound sadness, and sometimes a sense of decreased self-worth. Most attribute the perception of loneliness as a result of a lack of connections with others. Because humans are naturally social creatures, we long for these connections . The level or depth of relationships varies per person. Some individuals may need 1 or 2 connections to feel content, while others may feel a strong desire to be surrounded by large groups.

Are you feeling lonely?

HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS

  • As per the video above, disconnect to reconnect. Turn off cell phones and other electronic devices and be mindful of the world and those around you. I know I sound like a flight attendant badgering you about your mobile device, but if we become too absorbed in things such as these, we miss out on beautiful moments and opportunities in life. 
  • Accept the current moment exactly as it is. Acknowledge that you feel lonely, but attach no judgments to it. Recognize and observe your feeling without making statements such as, “I’m such a loser, no one likes to be with me.” This sets the stage to make changes and go out to find connections.
  • Stop trying to fit in to a model of the world. The more you work on accepting yourself exactly as you are, the sooner you will be able to make connections that really matter to you. Show your true colors. You will naturally attract others that are interested in the same activities and thought patterns.
  • Reach out to social groups in the community. Find an activity that you enjoy and actively seek out others who do the same thing. This may be through a church, an online website such as Craigslist (be careful), or fliers around town. If such a group does not exist, CREATE one! It is likely that others out there feel the same way about things you love to do.
  • Re-connect with old friends and keep in contact with current ones. It is never to late to pick up the phone and check in on an old relationship. Life has its way of separating people over time unless a conscious effort is made to keep a friendship alive. Keep in touch!
  • Try a new hobby or learn a new skill. A beginner’s level course, class, or sport is an excellent way to connect with others on your level looking for new activities in life.
  • Learn to enjoy your time alone. Cherish the moments of silence and pay attention to your breath. Learn more about mindfulness and unconditionally accepting yourself as you are. We have no guarantee of any future. Worrying about tomorrow or the next day serves little benefit from a functional standpoint.
  • Get out in nature! Even a walk around the neighborhood usually feels less isolating than sitting at home by yourself.
  • Be certain to rule out the possibility of depression that may commonly be confused with feeling lonely. If you notice a sense of worthlessness, suicidal ideations, or loss of interest in activities, immediately seek proper care from your healthcare provider.

While these suggestions may not fully resolve a sense of loneliness, they are examples of some action steps that can lead you down the right path. I hope you find these ideas beneficial. Feel free to leave YOUR own suggestions in the comments section below.

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21 Aug

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HealthyConsumer.com’s List Of Organic, Green, and Socially Responsible Restaurants

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Over the last several years, I have underwent an ongoing transformation in my personal health journey. During this time, I believe one of the most challenging roadblocks has been eating out with friends and family. Let me make something very clear: Even if you are making a sincere effort to eat in a healthful manner, finding appropriate restaurants to meet your dietary needs will be challenging. But if quality food matters to you, it can be done.

For strategies on how to avoid Genetically-Modified Foods, click this link: How to Avoid Genetically-Modified Foods In Restaurants (With Sample Letters)

If you are looking for ways to eat health-promoting foods when dining out, I recommend the following suggestions:

  • Avoid chain restaurants whenever possible. They are producing food for quantity, not quality. Due to the law of supply and demand, it is nearly impossible for these establishments to provide high-quality foods at a reasonable price. They are also laden with GMOs and inflammatory-promoting ingredients and preservatives.
  • Opt for restaurants that source local ingredients whenever possible. Look for terms such as “organic, farm to table, or local ingredients.”
  • Search for “organic food” or “organic restaurants.
  • Search for restaurants that source meat from local farms that feed non-GMO grain, or even better: grass-fed. 100% grass-fed meat is the best option when possible. Meat from confined animal feeding operations is not desirable.
  • The easiest way to avoid GMOs and eat high quality meals while dining out is to state the following: “I have a corn and soy allergy. I cannot eat anything prepared in canola, soy, or vegetable oils. Please prepare my dish in olive / coconut oil, organic butter, or animal fat.”
  • See the above link for more tips on avoiding GMOs. How to Avoid Genetically-Modified Foods In Restaurants (With Sample Letters)
  • It is not critical that every ingredient is organic when searching for healthful restaurants. The point of consciously selecting health-promoting meals is to reduce inflammation whenever possible. GMOs, refined oils, and fried foods are the most likely offenders in our current food system.

HC-ExtendedLogo-Black2In order to help others along their health journey, I have compiled a list of restaurants that offer health-promoting meal options that I have deemed acceptable. The restaurant must meet the following minimum qualifications. The restaurant must:

  • Make a social-declaration of commitment to supporting local farms and growers when seasonally feasible.
  • Offer a minimum of 2 meal options that can be prepared using fresh, whole-food ingredients without GMO components.
  • Cater to a variety of dietary creeds whenever possible.
  • Source ingredients from small, local farms using organic or eco-growing practices.
  • Several meal options contain meats that are grass-fed and not sourced from conventional feeding operations
  • Demonstrate awareness of ecologically-responsible farming methods.

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UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2013

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14 Aug

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Don’t Fall Prey To This Common Mistake That Causes Perpetual Misery

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Before reading this, please start by watching the above video.

After reflecting upon that brilliant speech by David Foster Wallace, how do you feel? Can you relate? What sorts of experiences in your own life resonate with the message contained in that short 9 minutes and 23 seconds?

Honestly, the first time I viewed this video, I noticed a sense of guilt emerged within myself. I recognized that I had made many of the mistakes of false perceptions as outlined in this clip. Our existence is largely determined by individual perception of the world, those around us, and events that occur “to us.” We view ourselves as the center of the universe, and  often neglect to consider external circumstances outside our own personal kingdoms. Our default setting is to react and view ourselves as victims to circumstances.

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened – Mark Twain

Have you ever:

  • Generalized a single event (such as losing a job) as an overall theme in your life?
  • Failed a test in school and belittled yourself with phrases, such as: “I can’t believe I failed that test. I’m so stupid.”
  • Made an initial judgment about someone’s appearance or mannerisms that you found repulsive?
  • Screamed at other drivers during a traffic jam while yelling obscenities or displaying “gestures?”
  • Taken your kids to a hot, expensive amusement park, and thought to yourself, “what am I doing here?”

Stress-Alan-CleaverNone of these responses yield any benefit, and only breed fear or discontent for our fellow mankind. Instead, we should look inside and monitor our self-dialogue. Ask yourself questions like, “Is my fatigue playing a role in the way I am interpreting the events around me? Do I really have all the information I need to make an informed decision about this scenario?”

If we choose to continually and repeatedly view the world as “in our way,” while cruising along on auto-pilot mode, we will commit critical errors in judgment. Opportunities will be missed. Potential relationships will never be formed.

Instead, recognize what Jack Campbell Outlines in his book, “The Success Principles.” EVENT + RESPONSE = OUTCOME, or more simply: E+R=O.

Successful individuals use difficult situations to their advantage through their response. Where most people would back into a corner and enter defensive mode during confrontational scenarios, those who are astute and perceptive look for the magic in every moment. It is there, if you receive it. Sometimes, we must create it.

Example: A stressful event such as a difficult break-up may occur (E). You can choose to: Grieve excessively and leave hateful messages on their voice-mail (R1), OR: Grieve for an acceptable time and do what you need in order to move on (R2). Obviously the outcome (O) is very different based on these two responses.

These concepts can apply to the worst of situations, including depression and mourning the death of a loved one. Positive self-talk and keen observation of potential jems of hope are critical components of working through difficult scenarios. Use these self-talk messages such as:  ”Ok, I am going through a rough patch in my life right now, but at least I am learning, I am breathing, and I have X, Y, Z to support me.” Your subconscious mind can be re-programmed to believe just about anything if you tell it the same thing over and over.

If you always fill your thoughts with self-loathing, pity, hate, and superficial judgments of others, that is what the universe will manifest within your life. If, however, your mind is consumed with messages of love, peace, forgiveness, warmth, happiness, that will be manifested instead. At first, it may seem artificial or forced. But soon enough, with some work, your conscious mind will begin to believe these messages.

If you are personally suffering with depression, loss, or other difficult situations, I encourage you to seek proper assistance from a licensed psychologist or other appropriate healthcare provider. It can make all the difference in the world.

Some other helpful resources: How To Overcome Teenage Depression (And Adult Too!); How Mindfulness Meditation Can Reduce Stress And Improve Mood.

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12 Aug

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The Miracle of Hot Water: OBLITERATE Pain!

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Water is versatile. I’d like to present a cutting edge product from a company called Furohealth. This form of Hydrotherapy may be an effective means of controlling pain for various myofascial or rheumatoid disorders such as Fibromyalgia or Arthritis.

This is not a new concept, just an application of water that is growing in popularity. Water has been used therapeutically throughout history. Depending on the temperature, soaking in water may effectively treat various conditions. This is commonly known as hydrotherapy.

Here is a list of literature-based temperature ranges and their purpose used in hydrotherapy:

  • 32-79° F: Acute inflammation of extremities
  • 79-92° F: Exercise
  • 92-96° F: Wound care, spasticity
  • 96-98° F: Cardiopulmonary compromise, treatment of burns
  • 99-104° F: Pain management
  • 104-110° F: Chronic rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, increased range of motion.

(Adapted from Cameron M.: Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: From Research to Practice. Third Edition. WB Saunders Company. 2008.)

As you can see from the list above, water possesses the ability to address a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Personally, I’ve noticed significant benefit from soaking at temperatures near the top end of the above scale for my own chronic pain. This can be achieved through a product such as an O’Furo tub.

furo2What Are O’Furo Tubs?

O’Furo tubs are traditional Japanese  water soaking vessels that typically exceed 106°-114°F. These tubs involve soaking in hot water while remaining motionless for a short period, depending on the temperature. During this time, the user will experience significant vasodilation throughout the body, along with an artificial fever.

Despite the overwhelming popularity in Japan and other societies, the concept of therapeutic soaking is relatively new in the United States. There are only a handful of companies currently producing these tubs for therapeutic purposes.

(WARNING: The activity of high-temperature soaking should NOT be attempted by anyone with compromised cardiopulmonary health or other contraindications determined by your health provider. Always check with your health provider before using an O’Furo tub)

Why would I want to subject myself to something like that?!

I’ve yet to discover a method of pain relief for conditions related to muscle tension more potent than this. I’ve suffered from chronic back pain for greater than a decade. I combine several various treatment approaches. The first time I used the Furo tub, I noticed >70% reduction in my pain for the remainder of the day. Several other customers of this company have reported significant reduction in their fibromyalgia symptoms.

Also, I actually enjoy the whole experience, and feel a deep sense of relaxation. My sleep has improved. I feel more alert throughout the day. My concentration seems more focused. You will hear more about the many benefits I’ve experienced in the video above.

As an added bonus, artificially induced fevers from hot soaking may help to build your immunity and reduce sick time. (On a personal note: my nephew recently was here with my sister. It appears he brought with him a nasty bug. Everyone in the family became quite ill. I began to feel the “tickle in my throat.” I immediately jumped (more like slowly lowered) in my furo tub. Within two short 5-minute sessions, my symptoms were completely gone and I never became sick.)

A significant amount of research has been carried out on the effects of hyperthermia and immunity. There is even promising research emerging about the potential role of hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer.

Why not just use a bath tub?

I tried that. It didn’t work so well. The water was highly unregulated. Sometimes I’d burn myself. The temperature varied a lot, and cooled off too fast. This technology is affordable, convenient, and even portable. Those are all great things for an active guy, such as myself. Plus, regular tubs really aren’t that comfortable.

I’m not directly selling these tubs, but do encourage people to check out the website below and learn more. When used responsibly and safely, I cannot recommend this product enough.

For more information about these tubs, please click here.

 

07 Aug

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SHOCKING Discovery: 36-Year Old Pringles Can – What’s Inside?

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Pringles were first sold in the U.S. in 1967. Since then, they have become quite the junk food staple. The public is aware they are the epitome of junk food, yet we continue to consume them. If you love Pringles, the video below will likely not change your mind about consuming them, but I hope that it will certainly shed some light on the true nature and power of preservatives.

IMG_0191As you will also notice in this video, junk food is more complicated than it was back in the early days of McDonald’s and other processed foods like Pringles. As the mechanization and industrialization of our food supply continues to flourish, new variables are introduced that pose potential increasing health threats and unknowns over time.

Compared to 40-50 years ago, most processed foods now contain multiple artificially-derived ingredients. In addition, several of these ingredients have been sourced from (largely untested) genetically-modified components.

The purpose of this video is to highlight a shocking visual of chemical preservatives. I hope that as you watch this video, it will encourage you to consider the following:

  • Just because a governmental organization such as the FDA deems a chemical ingredient to be safe, is it so? (Keep in mind that the FDA has intimate connections and blurred, overlapping lines with food production giants, such as Monsanto.)
  • Given the increasing complexity of our food supply, how serious is the threat of food additives to our health over time?
  • What effects do concurrent, multiple food additives pose once introduced to the human body?
  • Greater than 6.7 million women in the U.S. are now unable to carry a baby to full-term in a given year. (3) This rate continues to rise. Fertility rates have declined by nearly 20% since 1990. (4) How significant is the role of environmental factors, such as processed foods, playing in this disturbing phenomenon?
  • Several sources have demonstrated that processed foods and food additives are linked to weight gain (2) and behavioral disorders in children such as ADD / ADHD (1). What other unknowns exist with these ingredients when we introduce them into our bodies?

SOURCES:

(1) Food additives and hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the community: a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. 

(2) Changes in Diet and Lifestyle and Long-Term Weight Gain in Women and Men.

(3) http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/fertile.htm

(4) Revised Birth and Fertility Rates for the 1990s and New Rates for Hispanic Populations, 2000 and 2001: United States

 

01 May

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GE Salmon Approval Likely: What’s To Come?

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The battle wages on. April 26th, 2013 was the last opportunity to submit comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding genetically engineered (GE) salmon. According to the Center for Food Safety, over 1.5 million objections were voiced to the FDA by concerned citizens, scientists, and activists. (1) GE salmon, if approved, will be the first genetically modified animal on the market for human consumption. Proponents of the industry claim that the fish will save the U.S. an enormous amount of money in foreign imports. They claim this is because the fish grows twice as fast as a wild, native salmon.

Significant Rises In Cancer and Other Chronic Ailments

Let’s pause right there. Does the phrase “grows twice as fast” throw up any red flags for you? The fundamental definition of cancer is “uncontrolled cell growth.” While my claim is purely speculation, I imagine the health consequences of GE animals will reach further than ever before. For the last several years, I have been deeply concerned about the rapid rise of GE technology without proper testing. Based on animal studies, GE plants are quite devastating to our health. They may damage every organ system in the body, and have significantly increased tumor growth in lab rats. (2)(3) I have to imagine that the flesh of another animal that grows twice as fast could … maybe … just MAYBE …. impact the rate of cancer in our country in a negative way. In addition, I am alarmed about the ever-rising trend of chronic diseases in America. When we alter the DNA of  a plant by forcefully inserting genes, we still cannot accurately claim the true impact on our health or even the environment.What does this mean for the pioneering field of GE animals?

It is important to distinguish that GE technology is NOT the same as cross-hybridization. In GMOs, DNA is taken from one species and forced into another via gene “guns,” viruses, or other technology. When we apply this model to animals, it takes on a deeper philosophical and spiritual meaning. Some people believe that GMO stands for “God Move Over.I think that this is more true than ever if we start tinkering with the basic building blocks of life inside a living being.

GMO-Fortified Omega-3′s In Your Food?

If you weren’t aware already, GMOs are in nearly ALL processed foods. They’ve even worked their way into organic foods if included in small amounts! Soy and corn may make up the majority of GMO-derived foods at the moment, but Omega-3′s are all the rage these days. Just like GM corn and soy, I can almost guarantee biotechnology companies will find a way to introduce GM salmon into an outrageous number of foods. It will be subtle. They will likely tout claims on cereal boxes, such as “fortified with Omega 3′s!” Of course, it will come from GM salmon, but who needs to know, right? Despite my creative imagination, I can’t even begin to picture the many Frankenfish projects that will come down the pike. Remember, this is only the beginning. 

Gateway To Other GM Animals

Despite widespread rejection of GM salmon by consumers, release of this product onto the U.S. market would be a major victory for biotechnology SONY DSCcompanies.  Long-term health effects are difficult to track (thanks to the near-absence of human-clinical trials) from GE foods, so you can bet good money that biotechnology industries will use GE salmon as a staging ground for the safety of future GE animals. That is the name of the game.

A recent article published in the Australian Veterinary Journey revealed the true tip of the iceberg. GE animals will almost certainly be marketed as a means to combat the ever-expanding human population. It is highly unlikely that GE technology will solve this issue, though. As outlined in Jeffrey Smith’s documentary, Genetic Roulette, there is not a shortage of food, but a lack of access. This occurs due to corruption and other factors. Despite the recent (hilarious) Wall-Street Journal article, The world does not need GE foods! We have survived many years without them, and will find other ways to overcome our greatest challenges. GE technology has made many promises, and failed to deliver. The data doesn’t support their claims. Higher crop yields? It is usually the opposite. Less use of herbicides? The U.S. continues to increase herbicide usage annually. Feed the hungry? I think this speaks for itself.

Research is already underway into GE poultry, livestock, and other aquatic species. (4) It will be interesting to see how the public responds to GE animals upon the likely release of GE salmon. It very well may spread in awareness much quicker than GE plants. (The vast majority of the population is still completely unaware of the presence of GMOs.) There are a greater number of organizations, ethics, and morals involved regarding GMOs once we start to involve animals. It may also be the tipping point necessary to successfully introduce labeling within the U.S.

Concerns Of GE Salmon Escaping Into The Wild

One of the most alarming aspects of GE salmon production is the likelihood of escape into the wild. While the parent company, AquaBounty, maintains that this will not occur, they cannot guarantee this with any certainty. If this happens, the GE salmon may breed with native population. The results will be unknown. Wild salmon populations will be forever tainted. Many are concerned about GE salmon release in the wild. As a result, several legislators have proposed bills to limit the sale, transport, or distribution of GE salmon. The most prominent is the PEGASUS act by Senator Mike Begich.

If you take into consideration past legal battles with biotech industries, we are in for a bumpy ride. In the past, companies such as Monsanto have sued small farmers for “patent infringement.” This happened several times (and continues to this day) when accidental cross contamination occurred from adjacent GM crops to non-GM crops. This often happened without the knowledge of farmers due to cross-winds carrying seeds.

Now, imagine the potential consequences of GE salmon escaping into the wild. Does it not seem likely that companies who patent seafood will attempt these same tactics in the future? I speculate that restaurants, grocery stores, and distributors will all be future targets of GE litigation. Since GE seafood is “property of” a particular company, anyone unknowingly purchasing, selling, or distributing these products may be subject to monetary or criminal punishment.

What Can I Do To Help The Movement Against GMOs?

If any of this bothers you (I sure hope it does), there is a lot you can do.

  • First, subscribe to our mailing list (top right sidebar) for continual updates on this concerning matter.
  • Keep up on pressing bills and legislation at the Institute for Responsible Technology.
  • If you happen to be a Michigan local, please join us in educating others through NoGMO4Michigan.
  • Learn about the dangers to your children and get fired up with informative documentaries, such as Genetic Roulette or Seeds of Death.
  • VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLAR! Learn about genetically-modified products and ingredients. Read labels. Stop buying GE products! Lets hit them where it hurts: their pocketbooks.

SOURCES:

(1) Over a Million Comments Filed on GE Salmon as New Evidence Emerges of Deeply Flawed Review: http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/04/12078/over-million-comments-filed-ge-salmon-new-evidence-emerges-deeply-flawed-review

(2) Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize by Seralini, et. al: accessible at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691512005637

(3) A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health Vendomois, et. al. Accessible at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2793308/

(4) Role of genetically engineered animals in future food production: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/avj.12024/abstract

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