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Top 10 Cancer Causing Foods

The 10 most cancer causing foods

April 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Top 10 most unhealthy, cancer-causing foods – never eat these again!

The statement “everything causes cancer” has become a popular hyperbole, and one that some people use as rhetorical fodder to excuse their own dietary and lifestyle failures, particularly as they pertain to cancer risk. But the truth of the matter is that many common food items have, indeed, been scientifically shown to increase cancer risk, and some of them substantially. Here are 10 of the most unhealthy, cancer-causing foods that you should never eat again:

1) Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). It goes without saying that GMOs have no legitimate place in any cancer-free diet, especially now that both GMOs and the chemicals used to grow them have been shown to cause rapid tumor growth. But GMOs are everywhere, including in most food derivatives made from conventional corn, soybeans, and canola. However, you can avoid them by sticking with certified organic, certified non-GMO verified, and locally-grown foods that are produced naturally without biotechnology.

2) Processed meats. Most processed meat products, including lunch meats, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, contain chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh and appealing, but that can also cause cancer. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increasing the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, so be sure to choose only uncured meat products made without nitrates, and preferably from grass-fed sources.

3) Microwave popcorn. They might be convenient, but those bags of microwave popcorn are lined with chemicals that are linked to causing not only infertility but also liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in microwave popcorn bag linings as “likely” carcinogenic, and several independent studies have linked the chemical to causing tumors. Similarly, the diacetyl chemical used in the popcorn itself is linked to causing both lung damage and cancer.

4) Soda pop. Like processed meats, soda pop has been shown to cause cancer as well. Loaded with sugar, food chemicals, and colorings, soda pop acidifies the body and literally feeds cancer cells. Common soda pop chemicals like caramel color and its derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) have also specifically been linked to causing cancer.

5) ‘Diet’ foods, beverages. Even worse than conventional sugar-sweetened soda pop, though, is “diet” soda pop and various other diet beverages and foods. A recent scientific review issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of more than 20 separate research studies found that aspartame, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, causes a range of illnesses including birth defects and cancer. Sucralose (Splenda), saccharin and various other artificial sweeteners have also been linked to causing cancer.

6) Refined ‘white’ flours. Refined flour is a common ingredient in processed foods, but its excess carbohydrate content is a serious cause for concern. A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention found that regular consumption of refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220 percent increase in breast cancer among women. High-glycemic foods in general have also been shown to rapidly raise blood sugar levels in the body, which directly feeds cancer cell growth and spread.

7) Refined sugars. The same goes for refined sugars, which tend to rapidly spike insulin levels and feed the growth of cancer cells. Fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are particularly offensive, as cancer cells have been shown to quickly and easily metabolize them in order to proliferate. And since cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS and other refined sugars, this helps explain why cancer rates are on the rise these days.

8) Conventional apples, grapes, and other ‘dirty’ fruits. Many people think they are eating healthy when they buy apples, grapes, or strawberries from the store. But unless these fruits are organic or verified to be pesticide-free, they could be a major cancer risk. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that up to 98 percent of all conventional produce, and particularly the type found on its “dirty” fruits list, is contaminated with cancer-causing pesticides.

9) Farmed salmon. Farmed salmon is another high-risk cancer food, according to Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany. According to his assessment, farmed salmon not only lacks vitamin D, but it is often contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), flame retardants, pesticides, and antibiotics.

10) Hydrogenated oils. They are commonly used to preserve processed foods and keep them shelf-stable. But hydrogenated oils alter the structure and flexibility of cell membranes throughout the body, which can lead to a host of debilitating diseases such as cancer. Some manufacturers are phasing out the use of hydrogenated oils and replacing them with palm oil and other safer alternatives, but trans fats are still widely used in processed foods.

Source: Natural News

***** See this link for cleaning fruit, berries and produce – anything that is grown above ground and would be sprayed with herbicides, pesticides or ripening inhibitors.  If I have a used lemon rind kicking around I slice it very thinly, put it in a mesh bag and add it to the vinegar water. Lemon is known to be great as a detox and keeps fruits and veggies from oxidizing (eg. sliced apples stay white a lot longer.)

https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/cleaning-fruit-berries-fruit-lasts-longer/

Sounds impossible in today’s world to live a healthy lifestyle doesn’t it But it is NOT.

Grow a garden, if you have the space plant raspberries, strawberries, a couple of apple trees. Eat what you grow – even small patios can provide all of your lettuce and tomatoes. Use hanging planters for strawberries. Gardening is an excellent stress reduction tool too.

If you love popcorn, buy a popcorn popper – use real butter and sea salt – YUM and quick

Cook meals from scratch – a bit of planning while shopping and storing groceries can make a huge difference in what you eat and how long fresh produce will last.  Get rid of the sodas and any prepared drinks, make fresh lemon juice or detox waters, make a pot of tea or coffee. Use real cream or milk if you must, sweeten with honey, real maple syrup, agave, stevia or monk fruit.

Meal Prep used to be a staple that involved the whole family and dinner was a social gathering where the days events were shared. Memories were made and family bonds solidified. Turn off all electronics and enjoy each other.

Scientific studies have proven that food that is blessed prior to consumption has increased nutritional value. Take 2 seconds thank whomever – God – The Planet – The Garden- The Universe and ask that the food be blessed.  No matter what the food is – by blessing it you just made it better for your body. Sounds crazy but it works!

Cancer was the bane of our families – I have learned a lot – much of it was unlearning.

Our homes are one of the most polluted places on the planet, natural cleaners work, oxygen is really good for you as is clean water and, salt is important in a natural unprocessed form.

Get lots of Sunshine – Natural Vitamin D3 is the best, drink lots of water, get a full nights sleep, have some fun, take walks, laugh, get some aerobic exercise.  Connect with nature and the world. Give hugs and smiles.  Take a really good liquid vitamin mineral supplement. (link to my fav, Daily Complete) http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=complete

Life is a participation sport – we choose to prioritize busyness over quality – you can choose to tweak certain parts of your life. I allocated certain Saturdays or weekday evening to preparing and freezing casseroles etc.  Everybody had a job – we would prepare 5 Lasagnas or 2 huge pots of stew, roast a couple of chickens etc. Then on the days that there was soccer, hockey, baseball, basketball, dance, karate etc.  Nice fresh bead, a colorful salad and a pre-prepared main course and we had a dinner that was delicious and good for us.

Having a son whose behavior was extremely affected by additives  and certain foods forced us to eat differently but looking back – it turned out to be a very positive lifestyle change with huge benefits. We still grow a huge garden  – it is work but what a sense of  independence and accomplishment. The taste difference alone is worth it.  A few minutes of weeding a day, away from the phone and TV brings relaxation and peace to the craziness. The weeds wait for you – I enjoy a few minutes early in the morning when the air is so fresh and clean or in the evening.

Kids have a lot of activities these days but not much in the way of chores. Helping grow a garden and care for a yard are great chores that build skills and allow them to feel the pride of accomplishment. Promote working barefoot as long as your yard is safe – walking barefoot on natural surfaces is very good for the feet and the spine. Fresh air is a real tonic.

Community gardens that allow you to grow your own produce can be found in most major cities these days.

Cancer is not a death sentence it is a wake up call – I learned so much from reading the following book.

The success rate for his cancer patients is unparalleled –  but his wisdom applies to living the best life for every one of us.

Bernie Siegel: Love, Medicine and Miracles

Here is a wonderful interview that will add to your life no matter who you are or where you are at. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TwAHC4q2K4

5 Foods That Can Help With Depression

5 Foods That Can Help With Depression

It does not say cure depression, it says help with. When people are depressed they often reach for comfort foods, like candy, chips, ice cream, and chocolate. Nutritionists say this is the wrong answer, eating these foods can help alleviate symptoms, plus there is an added bonus of feeling good about doing something proactive for your health.

1) An omelet or scrambled egg, the yolks are rich in B vitamins, they are a good source of protein, and B vitamins help your brain to function at optimal levels. Similar options: fish, poultry, wheat germ, and lean beef

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2) Nuts and Seeds, they are a great source of magnesium, which helps produce serotonin, which helps you feel good. Some examples include: cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds, almonds, and peanuts

3) Cold water fish, excellent source of Omega 3′s, which contains the fatty acid DHA, which helps your brain in a multitude of ways. Some examples include: salmon, tuna, herring, sardines, and anchovies

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4) Ancient grains, which are complex carbohydrates, they take longer to digest which helps stabilize blood sugars, which helps stabilize your mood. Added bonus, they are full of fiber, which helps you feel full longer. Some examples include: amaranth, millet, quinoa, spelt, barley, and teff

5) Green tea, technically a drink, not a food, rich in amino acid L-theanine which can help improve focus while calming the body

Knowing what to eat for your body produces great long-term effects, it helps to resolve feelings of helplessness or powerlessness against the disease that is hurting you, always do the best you can.

Source: http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/depression/5-foods-to-eat-when-youre-depressed-18?pageart=2

Thanks to Positive med for another great find.

Magnesium is best absorbed through the skin so I would recommend a Magnesium Spray, Gel, or a bath with Magnesium Salts. We as a society are severely deficient in Magnesium. Cranky kids are much happier and more relaxed after a a bath with magnesium Salts, just like mom and dad. A scoop in the nightly bath can make a huge difference in falling asleep quickly and easily too.

Vitamin D3 is so much more than a Vitamin and had been shown to have huge mood improvement benefits so get some sun and in the winter supplement. Many knowledgeable physicians now recommend at least 5000IU/ day in the winter months. Now many patients will find that it is part of routine care during hospital stays.  Next to sun on bare skin, Sub-lingual tablets or sprays are the most effective .

Remove Excess Earwax With Olive Oil

Remove Excess Earwax With Olive Oil

Some people just naturally produce quite a bit of earwax that can collect over time and partially or totally obstruct the ear canal. It can become painful and may even reduce hearing.

Your medical provider will flush your ear with warm water. Frequently they will require that you use olive oil for a few days to soften the earwax prior to attempting the water flush.

This makes the process much less painful and increases the success rate so only a single flush is required to remove the impacted ear wax.

If you are someone who has a lot of ear wax – do the following procedure at least once a month to keep the wax soft so it will naturally move towards the outer ear continuously and not become hard or impacted. This will help you avoid needing the painful water flush by a medical professional.

This procedure is natural, effective and cheap. Also you can use any kind of olive oil you have at home. Before starting this procedure, prepare the olive oil at just above body temperature to avoid the shock or potential harm  that could be caused by of hot/cold oil.

I have purchased a small bottle with a dropper lid. I sterilized it, filled it with Olive Oil and store in the fridge between uses. Before use, I put the small bottle in warm water and get the olive oil up to just above body temperature. This makes it more liquid so it encompass all of the ear wax more easily – it is also a much more pleasant experience with the warm oil.

First put your head on one side and pull your ear up and out to straighten your ear canal.

Use a dropper to apply couple of drops of olive oil in your ear. Use enough to completely fill the ear canal to over flowing – with a tissue catch any excess.

Then hold your head in the same position for 4-5 minutes and massage the muscles around your ear to loosen the muscles and the wax in your ear.

After 5 minutes you can lift your head and turn it to the other side to drain any excess oil and let any loosened wax move outward to remove anything that comes out of your ear with  the oil. Do not push anything back in, just gently wipe up excess oil and wipe out the ear with a tissue. Repeat the same procedure for the other ear. Typically if you produce excess ear wax, it happens to both ears.

When you shower next, let the warm shower water gently flush the ear.

You can follow this procedure up to 4 times a day, until all the wax completely disappears. If the problem persists for more than a week, you need to go to a medical center to remove the wax. They will appreciate that you have loosened the wax with olive oil.

When there is a problem, we typically only do it once a day and within 3-4 days, a week at most, our daily shower has flushed all of the excess wax and we can see a clean ear canal. The full feeling has disappeared and hearing is normal.

My husband and one daughter have ear wax issues. Just before her first major flight, we found out that her ear was plugged and we had to have an ear flush done with no time for the olive oil prep. It was very painful and took a lot of flushing by the nurse.

That was our first exposure to the Olive Oil solution. We have used it ever since with great success and not had to resort to medical ear flushes again.

Thanks to Positive Med for the pictures and a bit of the text.

The Development of the Brain

The Development of the Brain

To truly understand autism, one must begin with a clear understanding of how the brain develops. Research during the 1990’s clarified this process in a way that we had never realized before. The most important factor that we must take into consideration is that the brain is not complete at birth, but continues to develop throughout our lifespan. The majority of this development happens to us between the ages of birth and 6 years.

At birth, a baby’s brain contains 100 billion neurons, virtually all the nerve cells it will ever have. It also contains a trillion glial cells, which form a kind of honeycomb which protects and nourishes these neurons. However, the stabilization of the pattern of wiring between the neurons in the brain has yet to occur for most of these cells. The brain has laid out a network of what is required for the basic operation of the body’s organs so that the infant will survive. It is neural activity, driven by a flood of sensory experiences coming directly to the child from the environment, which takes this rough blueprint and progressively refines it.

During the first years of life, the brain undergoes a series of extraordinary changes based directly on experience from the environment. When a baby is born, it can see, hear, smell and respond to touch, but only dimly. The wiring for vital life functions such as heart rhythm and breathing are in place in the brain stem, but all of the other connections between neurons in the brain are limited. Within the first few months of life, the brain’s higher centers create millions of new synapses. By the age of two, a child’s brain contains twice as many synapses and consumes as much energy as the brain of a normal adult.

These synapses are all formed through sensory input. Each time a child listens to a sound, looks at an object or reaches out to touch something, tiny bursts of electricity shoot through the brain, knitting the neurons into circuits. The specific genetic code and the experiences the child has already had come into play. When we combine our knowledge that sensory stimulation from the environment is the method through which our brain is wired after birth with the fact that the level of sensitivity to sensory stimulation from one child to the next is going to differ due to their genetic make-up and to the assaults their body has experienced to date, we open a whole new concept in our understanding of the development of autism in a child. The specific sensory input that each infant is exposed to from birth on will affect the wiring of his/her brain. The specific genetic code of that particular child will determine the level of response to the sensory stimulation, which will also determine the wiring of the brain. The assaults which the fetus experienced in the womb, such as a virus, set the sensory system on alert, thus heightening the sensory response and in turn affecting the specific wiring of the brain. Assaults, such as the effects of vaccinations and antibiotics that happen after birth, will also set the sensory system on alert, raising the level of sensory response and creating a different level of synapses in the brain. This means that every brain will have its own unique wiring. This process of wiring the brain continues on through the preschool years of the child. Everything that happens to this child during that time will have an impact on the actual make-up of his/her brain.

So we have a child who is born into a home in which he/she is held and cuddled by his mother most of his waking hours. His brain will develop differently from that of the child who is left in his/her crib, baby seat or baby swing to entertain his/her self when awake. Whether the holding and cuddling is a positive experience or not will be determined by the level of sensory response of that particular infant in that particular moment. Some children may feel constrained in the arms of their mothers because their tactile and/or olfactory response is higher than that of another child who may experience only comfort and love. The child who is on the extreme end of the sensitivity response may scream and become rigid every time that anyone tries to hold them because the experience is so overwhelming it becomes unbearable. Their mother’s arms are not a safe haven because of their genetic code and the assaults that their body has experienced. The differences in these children’s responses has nothing at all to do with the mother’s actions or reactions, but rather is based directly on their own biological reality. However, the choices that we make as parents to provide sensory stimulation and to respect the response that we get back from our infants will play a major role in the final brain that is produced.

Experience is the chief architect of the brain. Deprivation of any kind for a child, whether it be of nutrition or stimulation, means that the actual brain suffers. Typical children, who are not touched or who do not play, produce brains that are 20% to 30% smaller than those normal for their age (Perry, 1995). Children who are abused or experience high levels of trauma early in life develop brains which are tuned to danger (Schwarz & Perry, 1994). At the slightest threat their hearts race, stress hormones surge, and they anxiously track the nonverbal cues that might signal the next attack. Children born to mothers who suffer from depression show markedly reduced activity in their left frontal lobe, which serves as the center for joy and other light hearted emotions (Dawson, Hessl & Frey, 1994). Infants who are exposed to early pain and stress react more strongly to pain as toddlers, while premature infants who were exposed to multiple painful stimuli in neonatal intensive care units exhibit hyperaglesic responses to subsequent pain, an increased level of sensitivity that outlasts the initial pain by hours and even days (Porter, Grunau & Anand, 1999).

Autistic children, with their higher response to sensory input develop larger, denser, and heavier brains than their peers. High levels of magnification reveal that their brains have more minicolumns than a typical brain and that these minicolumns are smaller than normal. The direct result of this construction is that these brains are overwhelmed by information coming in from the environment which would not affect most people. Other brain research has indicated that there is more white matter in their brains, which will also result in a heightened response to sensory input. This reveals a double-edged sword in the midst of brain development. A heightened level of response to sensory input creates a brain that reacts at a higher level to sensory input. Once this brain is constructed, we can do little to change it. This is the main reason I do not claim to “cure” autism. A major factor of autism is the amount and size of minicollumns in the brain. Once created, they will not change. The gifts that come with this construction such as the heighted level of intelligence, awareness and morality are there to stay. Our work on the SCIO does not affect these gifts other than freeing the individual to share them with us.

The growth of a child’s brain drives children to actively construct their own learning, which in turn, creates further growth. If one takes the time to closely observe our babies, one can see this process in action. Their eyes survey all that a room has to offer. Their hands reach out to grasp anything that is within their reach. Items that can be lifted are brought to their mouths to be further explored. They twist and turn and roll their bodies in an attempt to get as much information in as possible. On the other hand, children who are not safe, whether because of their unique biological make-up, physical pain due to medical difficulties, or unsafe environments, construct a different type of learning, which focuses on developing coping skills which either limit the amount of stimulation that the brain receives or protects them from what is happening in the environment. They may choose to use repetitive behaviours such as rocking or sucking one’s thumb to produce endorphins which block the reactions to sensory input in the brain. Or perhaps they may choose to be quiet so as to not draw attention to oneself so that they are not picked up, or exposed to abuse of any kind. These processes take place automatically, with little acknowledgment on our part. However, each of us will deal with the input from these experiences for the rest of our lives because of the construction process of the brain.

It is repeated experience that strengthens the connections in the child’s brain so that actions and reactions become unconscious, or in other words, done without actual thought. This gives us the opportunity to do without the input of energy that thought requires. We write effortlessly without thinking about the shape of the actual letter or the direction that the pen is going. We type without looking at the keys. We drive without being conscious of what our hands and feet are doing.

Our little ones seem to know that repetition is necessary as they repeat the same actions over and over again until they have them mastered. They are content to listen to the same bedtime story every night for weeks on end, or watch a video repeatedly. They will climb up on the arm of the couch and jump down only to run back to the arm and do it all over again. They ask the same questions over and over again, no matter how many times we give them an identical answer. It’s an incredible process that we each do automatically, on our own, as toddlers. As adults, we experience the power that repetitious action has in our lives as we find ourselves almost at work with no memory of the drive thus far or complete several different tasks simultaneously with our mind on one. It’s only when we do something that is totally new to us that we have to consciously think of each movement. The more we do this new activity, the more unconscious it becomes.

The repetition that people on the autism spectrum engage in differs from that of the rest of us because it is not used to learn but to protect. If we want learning to take place we must make the effort to put them into situations that are safe so that they do not need to concentrate their energies on protection. This means we ensure that the environment is NOT overwhelming, that our interactions with them are those of acceptance, understanding and total respect, and that we DO NOT expose their bodies to any more assaults, if at all possible. It’s not that difficult a job to do if we make the effort. However, it will never happen without clear understanding of this whole process.

 A portion of the impairment in social interaction found in people with autism also develops through this process. As the brain develops, our reactions to each other and to the world are created and stored through the actual experiences we have. We learn how to live, how to interact with each other, how to protect ourselves from pain, and how to define and accept ourselves, by the way that we are treated and through the information that we are given as small children. Much of this information is gathered through the experience of watching our family members interact with one another. More is added through actual experience with our peers. When one’s energy is focused on self-preservation, due to the heightened level of sensory input, most of these lessons will be missed. It may appear to be a problem that is innate, but in reality it is something that develops over time through actual experience.

 The title of the book “All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” is a good synopsis of the process of brain development because most of the connections in our brain are have been created by the time we reach grade one. This is why early intervention for those on the autism spectrum is so important. However, it is also why we must be extremely careful in the type of learning that we share with these children. Placing them in situations in which they will be traumatized by too much stimulation or by the treatment that they receive is going to have a LONG TERM impact on their brain. The lack of understanding and the drive to “fix” these children can be disastrous We must be very careful.

For the next five to seven years of life, the brain enters a new phase in which the neural connections are strengthened and consolidated through experience and repetition and in which excess synapses, which are not being used or are damaged, are pruned. During this period the brain also rests as it prepares itself for the next big struggle for the brain is not complete at this point.

At the beginning of puberty (approximately age 11 for girls and 13 for boys) the brain suddenly produces a whole flood of grey brain matter in the frontal cortex, and the process of building neural connections begins all over again. Those who comment that teenagers appear to be brainless at times, aren’t as far from the truth as one would think, except for the fact that it is not that they don’t have a brain, it’s that their brain is not completely connected. Again actual sensory experience is the architect of these new connections, and again the process takes a number of years to complete. In many ways, the level of difficulty and frustration experienced by our toddlers is mirrored during adolescence as the years of 13 for girls and 15 for boys resemble the “terrible twos”. These years are the most difficult to go through, both for the teens themselves and for their parents. By age 15 and 17 respectively this building process draws to a close and the brain begins again to strengthen and consolidate those connections which are used the most often, and prune those that are not needed.

Puberty is a tough time for those on the autism spectrum. When your brain and body are working at an extreme level, the anxiety that you experience is naturally going to be higher than those who have a more typical reaction. Anxiety leads to the need to use more of the protective behaviors. People who don’t understand the purpose of these behaviors believe that regression has occurred. It hasn’t. It’s not what is stored within the brain that is important at this point, it’s what the body is dealing with in the moment. Parents and teachers throw up their hands in futility. The group home business begins to boom. Psychiatric drugs are administered and begin to do their own type of damage. Segregation from the regular classroom becomes the norm. The barriers to success as adults are firmly put into place by society that has no understanding of what is going on.

The development of the brain continues on throughout the rest of our lives, but not at the level that we see during years of preschool and puberty. Each of us have our own unique brain, created directly through the experiences we have throughout our lives. Isn’t this a neat thing to celebrate!!!

God’s Pharmacy ~ & ~ 1 Ounce Powehouse!

GOD’S PHARMACY

God left us a great clues as to what foods help which part of our body!

The human body responds best to nutrition in the form of Natural Whole Foods. Food such as plants and herbs were recognized for their curative powers and were the original source for early medicine.

The wisdom of the ages still holds as true for today as it did all those thousands of years ago when it was first taught by Hippocrates  – The Father of Western Medicine.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

 

Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are most nutritious & most powerful when eaten raw.
When raw  doesn’t work, the next best choice to get the most nutritional value is to lightly steam.
Grains and rice typically require the most cooking and moisture to make them digestible – I have an awesome 3 level steamer/rice cooker that is a joy to work with. It saves energy and space too.
No more boiling the nutrition out of vegetables and pouring it down the drain.

 Thank You to Present-truth.org and Herb Workshop for a lot of this information.

It’s Magical how each food  below resembles the part of the body that it benefits the most.

Writing this today, the Irony of it all struck me and I couldn’t help but chuckle.

20 years ago,  Bottled and Water were not commonly found in the same sentence nor were the words Obesity and Epidemic.  Today they are predominant word pairs.  Nutritional insufficiency and dehydration underlay almost all disease in a time when there is more food and water available.

More and more we receive our food as processed, packaged in bags and boxes ~ So much of what is eaten today is not whole foods and when it is it a whole food, it is likely over processed.  We see more people now, than ever before have  box or bag like shapes.  Dieting has become BIG BUSINESS.  It is consistently pointed out that fast and processed foods are playing a “huge” role in the size, shape and health of North Americans. The universe has the last laugh  – too many of us are now the shape of those foods containers.

Too funny~ pun intended – we are the BIG BUTT of Universal Irony!

What we choose to eat shapes us. PUN & TRUTH

Shape your food choices well, because they shape you.

I am so proud of myself – last night I chose to snack on the leftover mixed veggies rather than the absolutely creamy yummy Cherry loaded ice-cream. NOT!  Our freezer is in the garage and it was too cold to go out there and freeze my buns off in my slippers and jammies.  The steamed veggies drizzled in a bit of butter, sprinkled with ground peppercorns and sea salt were in the fridge. I chose  the easy route – and it was definitely the better choice for my BUTT and my Health. It tasted pretty darn good too.

Big life lesson that I get is – always make the better choices the easier ones so we just naturally opt for them.

No matter who you are,  when you are hungry or tired – fast, easy and tasty always wins over inconvenient and  time consuming. So set your self up so that fast, easy and tasty is always the best choice.  That is why ice cream will always live in the the freezer in the garage not the fridge in the house.  I set myself up so the fast, easy, tasty choice just also happened to be the better SELF CARE choice.

Now to the IMPORTANT PARTS OF THIS POST

It’s been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden.
He made animals and fish… all before making a human.
He made and provided what we’d need before we were born.
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A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

 

A Tomato has chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

 

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

 

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums.  Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuro-transmitters for brain function.

 

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

 

Celery, Bok Choy and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak.. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

 

Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers.

And how profound is this?  It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

 

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

  

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

 

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries

 

 Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

 

Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

 

A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

Make sure to take a peek at the Food Value Chart below also.

Of all the foods above, Figs and Eggplant are the only ones I don’t recall using.

I am a great believer in Prevention. Often we are not be able practice it as fully as we would like to. I have seen first hand  the huge difference nutrition makes in overall health and well-being. Myself and family members have faced challenges such as severe ADHD, IBS and Crohn’s. Nutrition and complimentary medicine solutions, rather than prescriptions and surgeries have allowed our children all of the opportunities life had to offer.

Was it a pain – OH YES – but our lives and bodies are intact and functioning.  That is not the case for so many others we have met on this journey who face the same challenges. Rather than feel helpless and powerless, we chose to take action and it paid off.  Growing our own garden, making all meals and snacks from scratch, reading anything and everything I could get my hands on ~ then making my family take the next promising solution.

Nutrition hands down is what made the biggest difference to everyone.

It is not always easy to get the nutrition we would like to have so we supplement.

We use a 1 ounce powerhouse Daily Complete to fill any gaps. It is a SIMPLE SOLUTION that was not around when our kids were little. It saves us time and money & ensures daily we are get all those crucial micro-nutrients  in the form of whole foods that our bodies need to perform it’s best and heal itself.

Daily Complete hits all of the really important points for smart SELF CARE.  It is effective, affordable, convenient, really good for us and something our family doctor can recommend.

If you need to fill nutritional gaps – Daily Complete is really worth looking into because……

  • It tastes really good 
  • It is liquid and it is very bio-available
  • It has 194  Essential Vitamins and Major Minerals, Super Food Greens, Phytoplankton,  Omega Fatty Acids, Essential Fatty Acids plus much more in a  natural botanical base  – IT IS REAL FOOD!
  • 100% RDA of Key Vitamins & Minerals
  • Listed in the Canadian Compendium of Pharmaceuticals & Specialties
  • It provides the basic micro-nutrient nutrition we need whether we are 6, 26, 66 or 96 years old.
  • It does not have Dairy(whey), Soy, Gluten, Aspartame, Sucrose,  Artificial Colors or Flavors
  • We no longer need a cupboard full of costly supplements.
  • No more expensive trips to the health food store that empty the wallet.
  • No more hands full of pills to take every day
  • We are getting far more nutrition for a much better price.
  • 1 oz a day  – So simple to take.
  • It’s delivered to our door every month.
  • I love that it, like my Oxygen Spa is Natural and every side effect is better heath.

Go check it outhttp://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=complete

Be sure to take a look at the study ~ “The Efficacy & Safety of Daily Complete For Energy & Overall Well-Being

For the FUN of IT  ~ Check out the Celebrity Fans of Daily Complete who love it enough to do UNPAID endorsements.

I especially wanted everyone to hear about it this month specifically because when  you order and go on auto-ship, you get an awesome gift so check out Synergy Defense too.

It is not just me, or the Celebs,  These folks say it all and more too ~ real customer reviews

I had a skin problem for a long time, and my doctor told me there was nothing he could do about it. I tried Daily Complete, and I’ve noticed my skin is getting better and better each day. — Henry, in BC

I had tried everything to relieve my allergies for two years, after using the Daily Complete for three weeks I no longer take any other products. It’s a miracle! — Carol, in ON

This product gives me the energy to keep me going through the day. My cravings disappear completely since my body is satisfied with this nutritional supplement. — kathy forbes, in ON

My hair was falling out,  after using the product within 30 days my hair was no longer falling out in clumps.— Susan, ON

No vitamin capsule or pill comes close to this! — Lisa Hanson, in MB

Complete is better then taking hard pills, a delightful orange taste to it. Complete mixes well in bottled water or juice and even in the Pure Trim Wellness shakes. — Doug, in SK

Its great to find one product that offers SO much. I was tired of taking 16 different vitamins a day, every day. Complete gives me all I need in a small serving. — Jason, in MB

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Daily Complete will be available in Europe and Asia later this year. The parent company and Daily Complete have a great long term history. It will be terrific when it is available to even more of us.

If you use Daily Complete and the foods listed below – YOU WILL BE PRACTICING EXCELLENT SELF CARE!

I  firmly believe DAILY COMPLETE is The Superman of Nutrition for Today!

Don’t forget to check out the FOOD VALUE CHART at the end of the post.

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Celebrities Shine with AwarenessLife Products!
 

After seeing the health benefits for themselves, many of these celebrities have agreed to reveal themselves to the public!

These are NOT paid endorsements, but real celebrity fans of the AwarenessLife® products!



Lindsey Vonn is the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal winner and a 5-time world champion in downhill skiing!

Overall, Lindsey Vonn is the most successful American female skier in history.



She has appeared in many television series, including Alias, Firefly, Angel,and The Shield.

She is currently starring on the USA Network show Suits as Jessica Pearson.



Alexis is best known for her appearances in the hit comedy films Project X and Pitch Perfect.


Joe currently stars in the CBS series Criminal Minds as FBI Special Agent David Rossi.

He has also starred in hits like The Godfather and The Simpsons.



Arielle is known for roles in films such as American Pie, John Tucker Must Die, and Vampires Suck.

She has also starred in TV series including The Vampire Diaries, Life Unexpected, and 90210.



Alicia is best known for her roles on hit TV shows Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Mentalist.


All of these celebrities have two important things in common. None of them have been paid for this, and they love the AwarenessLife® products!

AwarenessLife® products are being noticed because they work.

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FOOD VALUE CHART

 Apples

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Blocks diarrhea

Improves lung capacity

Cushions joints

Apricots

Combats cancer

Controls blood pressure

Saves your eyesight

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Slows aging process

Artichokes

Aids digestion

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Guards against liver disease

Avocados

Battles diabetes

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

  Smooths skin

Bananas

Protects your heart

Quiets a cough

Strengthens bones

Controls blood pressure

Blocks diarrhea

Beans

Prevents constipation

Helps hemorrhoids

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Stabilizes blood sugar

Beets

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Protects your heart

Aids weight loss

Blueberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Boosts memory

Prevents constipation

Broccoli

Strengthens bones

Saves eyesight

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Cabbage

Combats cancer

Prevents constipation

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Helps hemorrhoids

Cantaloupe

Saves eyesight

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Supports immune system

Carrots

Saves eyesight

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Promotes weight loss

Cauliflower

Protects against Prostate Cancer

Combats Breast Cancer

Strengthens bones

Banishes bruises

Guards against heart disease

Cherries

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Ends insomnia

Slows aging process

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Chestnuts

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Chili Peppers

Aids digestion

Soothes sore throat

Clears sinuses

Combats Cancer

Boosts immune system

Figs

Promotes weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Fish

Protects your heart

Boosts memory

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Supports immune system

Flax

Aids digestion

Battles diabetes

Protects your heart

Improves mental health

Boosts immune system

Garlic

Lowers cholesterol

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

kills bacteria

Fights fungus

Grapefruit

Protects against heart attacks

Promotes Weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Grapes

saves eyesight

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Enhances blood flow

Protects your heart

Green tea

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Helps stops strokes

Promotes Weight loss

Kills bacteria

Honey

Heals wounds

Aids digestion

Guards against ulcers

Increases energy

Fights allergies

Lemons

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

  Smooths skin

Stops scurvy

Limes

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

  Smooths skin

Stops scurvy

Mangoes

Combats cancer

Boosts memory

Regulates thyroid

Aids digestion

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Mushrooms

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Kills bacteria

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Oats

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

Prevents constipation

  Smooths skin

Olive oil

Protects your heart

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

  Smooths skin

Onions

Reduce risk of heart attack

Combats cancer

Kills bacteria

Lowers cholesterol

Fights fungus

Oranges

Supports immune systems

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Helps respiration

 Antioxidant

Peaches

Prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

Aids digestion

Helps hemorrhoids

Peanuts

Protects against heart disease

Promotes Weight loss

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Aggravates
Diverticulitis

Pineapple

Strengthens bones

Relieves colds

Aids digestion

Dissolves warts

  Reduces Inflammation

Prunes

Slows aging process

Prevents constipation

Boosts memory

Lowers cholesterol

Protects against heart disease

Rice

Protects your heart

Battles diabetes

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

Strawberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Boosts memory

Calms stress

 Promotes normal urination

Sweet potatoes

Saves your eyesight

Lifts mood

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

 Very Nutritious

Tomatoes

Protects prostate

Combats cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart

 Good for immune system

Walnuts

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Boosts memory

Lifts mood

Protects against heart disease

Water

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Conquers kidney stones

  Smooths skin

Helps Brain Function and memory

Watermelon

Protects prostate

Promotes Weight loss

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

Wheat germ

Combats Colon Cancer

Prevents constipation

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Improves digestion

Wheat bran

Combats Colon Cancer

Prevents constipation

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Improves digestion

Yogurt

Guards against ulcers

Strengthens bones

Lowers cholesterol

Supports immune systems

Aids digestion

Vitamin B. You’re not crazy – You need your B’s.

Vitamin B. You’re not crazy – You need your B’s.

Thanks to positive med for this article.

I am huge supporter of B vitamins, with any chronic illness or pain they are essential, with a lot of stress they can literally change your life. Because I have Fibromyalgia I take 2 Super B Complex every morning, I know many people who wear a B patch, get injections, and take supplements. I just gave my Dilly half of my bottle so she would start taking them; with a house, a husband, a toddler, a puppy, and the recent death of her mother that girl needs some stress relief! This poster lists all the benefits for you.

vit b

This article and poster really spell out the importance of B Vitamins.
I myself have found that a good vitamin mineral complex combined with a good fatty acid blend is essential to being your mental best. Life gets stressful – anxiety levels increase – quality sleep becomes difficult. We all experience this at some point.

I had 3 small children, one with severe ADHD an extremely intense job and hubby worked away for weeks at a time. There were never enough hours in a day. I thought I was going crazy.

I got myself to a doctor and he wrote a prescription for Prozac. I had researched it for a friend previously so I knew how bad it was.I never filled that prescription but I did go see a call a naturopath and he recommended a very comprehensive vitamin mineral supplement, a good fatty acid blend and Evening Primrose Oil.

That combination changed everything – and to this day is part of my personal SELF CARE  solution. These days I use a product called Daily Complete – that is a terrific combination of nutrition and gets me my B’s as well as all of the other micro nutrients necessary for good mental and physical health. Best of all -it is very reasonably priced. It is only available in North America at the moment but will be available overseas later this year. 194 vitamins, minerals & nutrients in just one ounce,

As it is the best I have found – there is a link at the bottom of the page where you can go to order so you can have it too. Wander around that website – the doctor who put this all together has also provided some other really good supplements that I like to recommend.

They cover a multitude of solutions for problems that are very common place in North America today, Nutrition -Constipation – Weight Loss/Weight Management – Menopause – Immunity  – Detoxification  – Parasite Cleanse.

Check out the celebrity fans for the fun of it – None of them are paid a penny. From what I understand there are quite a number of even bigger names on board as well.

Just take a look at the ingredients – they will blow your socks off.

• 194 Vitamins, Minerals & Special Organic Nutrients
• 100% RDA of Key Vitamins & Minerals
• High ORAC Antioxidant Value (Anti-Aging)
• Organic Fruit & Organic Vegetable Whole Juice Blend
• Organic Anti-Aging Mediterranean Super Seed Blend
• Ionic Mineral Blend
• Essential Fatty Acids Blend
• Whole Superfood Green Complex
• Proprietary Ocean Vegetable Complex with pure Phytoplankton
• Great Orange Taste
• All this in just one ounce a day!
• No Dairy Products, No Artificial Flavors, No Sucrose
• 100% Gluten-Free
• Listed in the Canadian Compendium Of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS)!

Here is the actual is exactly what my husband and I are getting as nutritional support from Daily Complete every day.

I know it makes every day a better day and I am saving a fortune and not filling up my cupboards with tons of vitamin bottles like i used too.

Ingredients
Recommended Adult Use: Take 1 ounce
(30 mL) per day during or after a meal.
Servings Per Container: 30
One serving (30mL) of Daily Complete contains:
MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS
Vitamin A (from Acetate & Beta Carotene) 10,000 IU
Vitamin D 800 IU
Vitamin E 30 IU
Vitamin C 150 mg
Vitamin B1 6 mg
Vitamin B2 4.25 mg
Niacinamide 20 mg
Vitamin B6 5 mg
Folic Acid 400 mcg
Vitamin B12 100 mcg
Vitamin K1 80 mcg
Biotin 120 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 10 mg
Potassium 25 mg
Zinc 15 mg
Selenium 80 mcg
Manganese 3 mg
Copper 2 mg
Silicon 1 mg
Chromium 50 mcg
Choline 50 mg
Inositol 50 mg
Coenzyme Q10 1 mg
NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS

NUTRIENT COMPLEX: Calcium (Gluconate) (28mg), Magnesium (Gluconate) (6mg), Dimethylglycine (3mg).

ORGANIC FRUIT AND ORGANIC VEGETABLE PHYTONUTRIENT COMPLEX WHOLE JUICE: Whole Juice Concentrates: organic apricot, organic mango, organic apple, organic tangerine, organic cranberry, organic lime, organic beets, organic green bell peppers and organic parsley; Carotenoid Concentrate: organic carrot, organic peach, organic yellow squash, organic cantaloupe, organic red pepper and organic tomato; Flavonoid Concentrate: organic orange, organic lemon, organic celery, organic grapefruit; organic phenolic red grape, organic strawberry, organic cherry, organic pear; Cruciferous Concentrate: organic broccoli, organic cabbage, organic cauliflower, organic brussel sprouts, organic mustard greens; Lutein concentrate: organic spinach, organic kale, organic asparagus, organic alfalfa, Hyaluronic acid (potato).

ORGANIC MEDITERRANEAN SUPER SEED BLEND: Organic Anise Seed, Organic Basil Leaf, Organic Bay Leaf, Organic Caraway Seed, Organic Cardamom Seed, Organic Coriander Leaf, Organic Cumin Seed, Organic Fennel (seed), Organic Fenugreek (seed), Organic Mustard Seed, Organic Oregano Leaf, Organic Sage Leaf, Organic Thyme Leaf.

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACID COMPLEX: Glycerin, Sorbitol Fatty Acid Esters, Flaxseed Oil (source of omega 3 fatty acids), Borage Oil, and Evening Primrose Oil (sources of GLA), Almond Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil.

MEDITERRANEAN HERBAL COMBINATION with ALOE VERA LEAF: Macca (Lepidium Meyenii), Eleuthero Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus), Many-flower Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum multiflorum) (seed), False Unicorn (root), Black Cumin Seed (Nigella sativa), Yerba Maté Leaves Ext. (Ilex paraguariensis), Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus), Nettle Herbs (leaf) (Urtica dioica), Calendula (leaf), Echinacea Root (Echinacea angustifolia), Alfalfa Leaves (Medicago sativa), Dandelion Root (Taraxacum off.), Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), Saw Palmetto Berries (Serenoa serrulata), Red Clover Flower (Trifolium pratense), Peppermint Leaves (Mentha piperita), Pumpkin (Cucrbita pepo) (seed), Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum cassia), Ginger Root (Zingiber off.), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) (root), Ginseng Root (Panax ginseng), Chicory (Cichorium intybus) (root), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) (leaf), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) (fruit), Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis), Ashwaghanda (Withania somnifera) (root), Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) (leaf), Helonias Root (Chamaelirium luteum), Horehound (Marrubium Vulgare), Passion Flower (Passiflora Incarta), Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis) (leaf), Olive (Olea europaea) (leaf), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Concentrate (200:1) (leaf), Iceland Moss (Centraria islandica).

IONIC MINERAL BLEND

HERBAL VITAMIN C COMPLEX: Rose Hips, Acerola Cherry, Sago Palm, Camu Fruit.

BOTANICAL COMPLEX with PHENALGIN™: Green tea polyphenols, grape seed extract, Pine bark extract, grape skin extract, phlorotannin extract of Canary Island Cystoseira (canariensis marine algae), Alpine Tea (Rhodenol) (Rhododendron caucasicum), Citrus Bioflavonoids.

WHOLE SUPERFOOD GREEN COMPLEX: Wheat Grass (leaf), Barley Grass (leaf), Spirulina (whole plant), Dunaliella (whole plant), Apple (pectin), Barley (sprouts), Brown Rice Bran, Nova Scotia Dulse, Fructooligosaccharides, Chlorella (whole plant), Oat Straw (leaf), Rye Grass (leaf), Lycopene (from tomatoes).

PLANT ENZYME CONCENTRATE: Papaya (fruit), pineapple (fruit), amylase, cellulase, invertase, lactase, lipase, phytase, and protease.

PROPRIETARY OCEAN NUTRIENT COMPLEX with PLANKTON: Sea Lettuce [ulva lactuca], Wild Atlantic Nori [Porphyra umbilicalis], Dulse (whole plant), Bladderwrack (whole plant), Rockweed (whole leaf), Kelp (whole plant), and Irish Moss (whole plant), Plankton (from golden brown algae).

Other Ingredients: Filtered Water, Natural colours and flavours, Glycine, Yellow Pea Protein, Xanthane Gum (naturally sourced), Potassium Sorbate.

Daily Complete®
194 vitamins, minerals & nutrients in just one ounce, great orange taste!

Here’s the Link to order. http://www.deb.awarenesslife.com/

Here the link to a  Clinical Study on Daily Complete –  The results are terrific.

http://www.awarenesslife.com/research/pdf/dc_report.pdf

Daily Complete® Study #1:
(PDF Format)

“The Efficacy & Safety of Daily Complete For Energy & Overall Well-Being

Conducted By: Dr. Gary Knighton, Clinical and Investigative Research Physician

 

Manage Weight, Blood Sugar and Diabetes – Coconut Fiber

Today we have so many more choices  available in almost every aspect of our lives. That has led to bigger waistlines and butts all over north america. It’s not like any of us set out to become a bigger versions of ourselves – it just happens because of the choices we make.

A big part of the why of this blog is to share choices that make it easier to not be that bigger version of ourselves. I am finding coconut to be a really easy to incorporate choice. You can throw coconut flour, shredded coconut and coconut oil in of almost anything you are making with out really doing anything other than make that food taste richer and creamier. It is one of those no brainer solutions.

The Mediterranean Wellness shakes I mentioned earlier this week already taste so good but adding shredded coconut to it is a great and simple way to increase your fiber intake.

I have to chuckle at my husband. He has a really sweet tooth and loves his coffee. Sometimes it is hard to get him to eat enough real food because he is full of his overly sweet coffee. He is not big on fresh veggies unless we grow them. Making sure that he gets good fibre and quality nutrition in the winter is a bit of a nightmare but he does love a good smoothie. So Wednesday, I make a double batch of the Mediterranean Diet shakes as smoothies because it is going to be a busy day. That takes getting lunch together off the schedule – so I think – and it did,  but he liked it so much, he would happily have drank my lunch too.

Typically – he thinks most of my health solutions taste like crap. So him sneaking the Truffles and offering to drink my smoothie if it is too much for me or volunteering to go get our vitamins (daily complete) – is such a hoot.

He has no idea how good for him any of these are and I AM NOT GOING TO TELL HIM. But I am sure going to continue to enjoy a private chuckle knowing that he is making a far healthier choice because he really likes the taste.

He is a great guy but very much his own person and has a very healthy skepticism so this is too funny. Maybe next winter he won’t accrue that seasonal spare tire that disappears during the summer.

It’s like my oxygen spa – he wouldn’t go near it. After he had a really bad bout of muscle spasms, it cleared them up pouf.  He felt so good afterwards, he is in it all the time now. Another one of those things that I tried to tell him would be good for him – but he had to be difficult about.  I would love to be able to say I told you so but I just bite my tongue and chuckle to myself.

The following is a great article that explains the what and how of cocnut fiber an its’s afects to Manage Weight, Blood Sugar and Diabetes.

Weight Management

Since you cannot digest dietary fiber, you do not derive any calories from it. Dietary fiber is calorie-free. You can eat as much as you like without worrying about gaining weight—good news for those who are concerned about their weight.

Fiber absorbs water like a sponge. For this reason, it aids in filling the stomach and producing a feeling of fullness. It provides bulk without supplying fat-promoting calories. Fiber also slows down the emptying of the stomach, thus maintaining the feeling of fullness longer than low-fiber foods. As a result, less food and fewer calories are consumed.

Studies have shown that consumption of an additional 14 grams of fibre a day is associated with a 10 percent decrease in calorie intake and a loss in body weight. The observed changes occur both when the fiber is from high-fiber foods, like fresh vegetables or coconut, or when it is from products made with high-fiber flours, such as coconut flour.

When you eat high-fiber foods that are generally low in calories, you crowd out higher calorie foods. Simply adding high-fiber foods into your diet will lower your calorie intake even if you eat the same volume of food as you normally do.

Blood Sugar and Diabetes

Blood sugar is an important issue for anyone who is concerned about heart disease, overweight, hypoglycemia, and especially diabetes because it affects all of these conditions.

Carbohydrates in our foods are broken down in the digestive tract and converted into glucose

(blood sugar). Meals that contain a high concentration of carbohydrates, particularly simple carbohydrates such as sugar and refined flours, cause a rapid rise in blood sugar. Since elevated blood sugar can lead to a coma and death, insulin is frantically pumped into the blood stream to avoid this. If insulin is produced in adequate amounts blood sugar is soon brought back down to normal. This is what happens in most individuals. However, if insulin is not produced quickly enough or if the cells become desensitized to the action of insulin, blood glucose can remain elevated for extended periods of time. This is what happens in diabetes.

Dietary fiber helps moderate swings in blood sugar by slowing down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. This helps keep blood sugar and insulin levels under control. Coconut fiber has been shown to be very effective in moderating blood sugar and insulin levels. For this reason, coconut is good for diabetics.

Diabetics are encouraged to eat foods that have a relatively low glycemic index. The glycemic index is a measure of how foods affect blood sugar levels. The higher the glycemic index, the greater an effect a particular food has on raising blood sugar. So diabetics need to eat foods with a low glycemic index. When coconut is added to foods, including those high in starch and sugar, itlowers the glycemic index of these foods. This was clearly demonstrated by T. P. Trinidad and colleagues in a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2003. In their study, both normal and diabetic subjects were given a variety of foods to eat. Some of the types of food included cinnamon bread, granola bars, carrot cake, and brownies—all foods that a diabetic must ordinarily limit because of their high sugar and starch content. It was found that as the coconut content of the foods increased, the blood sugar response between the diabetic and non-diabetic subjects became nearly identical. In other words, coconut moderated the release of sugar into the bloodstream so that there was no spike in blood glucose levels. As the coconut content in the foods decreased, the diabetic subjects’ blood sugar levels became elevated, as would normally be expected from eating foods high in sugar and white flour. This study showed that adding coconut to foods lowers the glycemic index of the foods and keeps blood sugar levels under control. Sweet foods such as cookies and cakes made using coconut flour do not affect blood sugar levels like those made with wheat flour. This is good news for diabetics who want a treat now and then without adversely affecting their blood sugar.

(The same goes for the rest of us too – so if like us you have a sweet tooth – maybe coconut in it’s various forms will help you satisfy the sweet tooth without adding to that spare tire syndrome epidemic that is having such a detrimental affect on so many of our lives.)

Will Eating Coconut Oil Raise My Cholesterol?

Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut” an expert on coconut, diet, and nutrition answers the question.

Will Eating Coconut Oil Raise My Cholesterol? 

Lower Cholesterol Ratio With Coconut Oil

This is the most often asked question I receive regarding coconut oil. This is a legitimate concern because we have been conditioned to believe that all saturated fats raise cholesterol. Since coconut oil contains a high amount of saturated fat it would stand to reason that it too would raise cholesterol.

The truth is, eating coconut oil will improve your cholesterol values and reduce your risk of heart disease. Many people, however, have expressed concern after having their blood cholesterol checked and found that their total cholesterol has increased since they began using coconut oil. If coconut oil reduces risk of heart disease why did their cholesterol levels rise?

I have found that people’s response varies when they start using coconut oil. In some people total cholesterol decreases, while in others it increases. But in either case, their HDL (good) cholesterol always increases. The rise in total cholesterol that some people experience is due mostly to an increase in good cholesterol. Their cholesterol ratio (total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol) improves, thus reducing their risk of heart disease.

It is an established fact that the cholesterol ratio is a far more accurate indicator of heart disease risk than total cholesterol. Total cholesterol, in fact, is misleading and is a poor risk indicator because it lumps together both LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. Total cholesterol gives you no indication of how much is good and how much is bad. You can have high total cholesterol, but if a large percentage of it is made of up HDL, then your risk is low.

The lower the cholesterol ratio the better. A cholesterol ratio of 5.0 mg/dl is considered average risk. Above this value is high risk and below is less than average risk. A ratio of 3.2 mg/dl or less is considered optimal or the lowest risk.

If you have a total cholesterol value of 240 mg/dl, this would be considered high. You would be told that you are at high risk for heart disease. Your doctor would tell you to reduce your saturated fat intake and have you to take cholesterol-lowering drugs. However, if your HDL value was 75 mg/dl, your cholesterol ratio would be 3.2 mg/dl. This value is in the optimal range and you would have the lowest risk. Since the cholesterol ratio is a far more accurate indicator of heart disease risk, even though your total cholesterol may be high, your actual risk is very low.

Just the opposite can also happen. If a person has a total cholesterol reading of 178 mg/dl that we be considered ideal and be said to be at low risk. If, however, their HDL was only 35 mg/ld, their cholesterol ratio would be 5.1 mg/dl, which is in the high risk category! This explains why so many people who die of heart disease have normal or below normal total cholesterol levels and why many people with high total cholesterol levels live long lives without experiencing heart problems.

When people ask me about their cholesterol values I tell them to ignore total cholesterol and look at their cholesterol ratio. In every case, the cholesterol ratio improves when they start using coconut oil and their risk of heart disease drops.

Here is an actual case. A woman had a family history of high cholesterol. Family members had total cholesterol readings in excess of 400 mg/dl. After adding coconut oil into her diet her total cholesterol rose from 336 to 376 mg/dl. Ordinarily this is considered very high. However, her HDL (good) cholesterol nearly doubled from 65 to 120 mg/dl. Her cholesterol ratio dropped from a high risk value of 5.2 mg/dl to a low risk value of 3.1 mg/dl, which is in the optimal range. Although she had a very high total cholesterol reading, her true risk was very low. Her blood pressure was optimal at 110/60.

Studies have consistently shown that coconut oil increases HDL and improves the cholesterol ratio. While coconut oil does not reduce total cholesterol as effectively as polyunsaturated oils do, it has a greater effect on HDL. When HDL and cholesterol ratio values are evaluated, coconut oil reduces risk of heart disease more than soybean, canola, safflower, or any other vegetable oil typically recommended as “heart healthy.” Interestingly, most vegetable oils increase the cholesterol ratio thus increasing the risk of heart disease. Coconut oil is definitely the best oil you can use to protect yourself from heart disease.■

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The Coconut Oil Miracle

This is an extremely well written article that gives a really good overview of what coconut oil can do. Kudos to the author for a very comprehensive and well documented Essay.

Coconut Oil, coconut milk and coconut water can replace so many of the dairy products and unhealthy fats that are in most kitchens today. I find that when I am baking now I use the coconut oil but I also throw in a handful of shredded coconut. It doesn’t change the flavor but your baking has and retains a moistness that you really come to appreciate.

I also find that I feel satiated (full) on smaller portions and that feeling stays with you so you are not reaching for that snack near as frequently. We really enjoy banana bread – I throw in a handful of raisins and shredded coconut. One slice mid-afternoon and I am good until dinner. Enjoy this great article!

The Coconut Oil Miracle: Where is the Evidence?Christine Tomlinson, MD, director of the National Candida Society, in the UK believes in the antibacterial properties of coconut oil, and advises candida sufferers (those with a yeast overgrowth) to include it in their diet. Mary Newport, MD, director of the neonatology unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida, is a firm believer in the power of coconut for the treatment of neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. She should, her husband suffered with Alzheimer’s for five years before she discovered coconut oil. With the aid of coconut oil he’s making a remarkable comeback. Others claim that it can help with diabetes, cancer, kidney and liver function, vitamin and mineral absorption, digestive problems, immune function, and weight loss. From all the glowing reports coconut oil appears to be a super food with a multitude of nutritional and medicinal uses.In recent years coconut oil has shot to superstardom in the world of health foods. Celebrities area using it, nutritionists are recommending it, and patients are extolling its many virtues.Yet, despite the growing popularity, some people are skeptical. How could one thing have so many health benefits? It sounds too good to be true. In addition, many doctors, dieticians, and other health care professionals have been reluctant to accept coconut oil as a health food. Coconut oil contains a high percentage of saturated fat. Saturated fats have been condemned for so many years, that they find it hard to change their opinions even when faced with evidence to the contrary.

The objection they state is always the same: there is not enough evidence to prove that coconut oil is harmless or that it has any health benefits.  “If it has any health benefits,” they bellow, “show me the evidence!” They demand peer-reviewed studies published in respected medical journals. By crying “show me the evidence” they are implying that there is little evidence and that there are no such studies available.

In recent years doctors and editors of health journals are frequently being asked about coconut oil. Most don’t know anything about it and consider it just another passing fad. Their answers reflect this view.

A letter sent to the editors of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association asks: “Is there science to support claims for coconut oil?” The editor’s reply begins by inferring that all the so-called health claims come from websites selling coconut oil and then states, “According to these sources, the health benefits of coconut oil help to prevent or mitigate a wide range of medical conditions. However…there is insufficient evidence to support the claims.”1

A similar question was posed to bestselling author Andrew Weil, MD. “We don’t have any evidence suggesting that coconut oil is better for you than other saturated fats,” he states on his website. “The benefits of coconut oil in the diet, if any, are likely to be minimal, and until we have more and better evidence about coconut oil’s effect…I do not recommend using it.2

Readers of Dr. John McDougall’s newsletter asked him the same question.  “Coconut oil is the newest miracle food promoted on the Internet and at health food stores for rejuvenation and cure of ‘whatever ails you,’” responds Dr. McDougall. “Advocates of coconut oil claim this sensational food has anti-microbial, anti-heart disease, anti-cancer, and anti-obesity benefits.  Furthermore, this fat is sold as a cure for low thyroid function (hypothyroidism).  This is a huge turnaround for a substance that has traditionally been thought of as an artery-clogging saturated fat. Testimonials provide most of the evidence for the miraculous effects these oils have on people, rather than well thought out and carefully designed experiments [italics mine].  Thus, most of these claims are based on a little truth overblown into a sales pitch for sellers of coconut oil.”3

The answers are all the same; the health claims are attributed to people selling coconut oil and that there is little or no evidence to back up their claims. Obviously, these doctors did not bother to take the time to research the question but simply gave their uneducated, biased opinions. That’s the problem with those who refuse to acknowledge new advances in science and medicine. They don’t take the time to find out and belittle those who have.

Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, MD, wrote an article a couple of years ago lambasting coconut oil in the same vein as those above. However, recently Dr. Oz reversed his stance and acknowledged that coconut oil is a healthy food and admitted that he himself now takes it every day. He even included several segments of his TV show to the benefits of coconut oil. (You can view them at http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/coconut-oil-super-powers-pt-1) If these other doctors were open minded enough and had taken the time to do just a little investigation, like Dr. Oz, they would have seen the overwhelming evidence and become believers too.


“Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth.”
-Bruce Fife, N.D.


“Coconut oil is the healthiest oil you can use.”
-Joseph Mercola, D.O.


Coconut oil is the world’s only natural low-calorie fat.


Why has coconut oil had a bad reputation in the past? It’s not what you might think. The reason has nothing to do with science or with health.


“Show me the evidence.” That’s the universal battle cry of the critics. Is there sufficient evidence to justify the safety and value of coconut oil? There is actually plenty of evidence, if you know where to look. On the Internet there is a website sponsored by U.S. National Institutes of Health called PubMed (www.pubmed.gov). This is a research tool that indexes nearly 6,000 medical and biological journals published around the word.If you key in the word “coconut oil” you get a listing of all the studies in the database that involve coconut oil. Currently there are 1,315 studies listed. Over thirteen hundred studies, that’s a lot of evidence! New studies are continually being added. We can say to  
the critics are these enough studies? They would probably say “no, we want more studies.” OK, well you can find additional studies by looking up similar search terms like “virgin coconut oil,” “medium chain fatty acids,” “medium chain triglycerides,” “lauric acid,” “capric acid,” “caprylic acid,” and so forth. When you have done that, you will get a listing of over 17,000 studies! How’s that for evidence! This would blow their minds. Some of these studies, however, will be listed twice. So if we take into account some duplication, that still leaves about 10,000 studies on coconut oil.Ten thousand studies should be enough to convince any skeptic, especially when you consider that the FDA grants approval to new drugs if only two positive studies are published. The arthritis drug Vioxx, had only four published studies before it was approved. When new drugs are approved for distribution to the public, why don’t doctors stand up and scream for more evidence? When Vioxx, Baycol, and Darvon were approved why didn’t the medical community rise up in protest asking for more evidence for their efficiency and safety? They should have, since each of these drugs were later taken off the market because they were crippling and killing peopleWhen the Alzheimer’s drug, Apricept, was approved by the FDA in 1996 there were less than 10 studies available, not all of them positive. The effects of the drug have been less than impressive. A few of the studies suggested that some patients may benefit from taking the drug, while others failed to show any benefit. In general, less than half of those taking the drug demonstrate any benefit. When improvement does occur, it lasts only a few months and is not great enough to have any worthwhile effect on the patient’s symptoms or day-to-day functioning. The results have been generally disappointing, nevertheless, the drug was approved and is currently the most wildly used treatment for Alzheimer’s.
What price does the patient pay for the possibility of a few months of minor improvement? The price can be measured in terms of the adverse reactions from taking the drug, which may include any number of the following: diarrhea, dizziness, muscle cramps, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, vomiting, weight loss, seizures, and death. Is it worth it? While the benefits are only expected to last a few months, patients often continue the drug for years. Where are the voices calling for more studies on Apricept? Where are the voices challenging its safety? Is it because it is a chemical created in a laboratory that gives it acceptance among the medical community, while coconut oil being a product of nature is looked upon with suspicion?Coconut oil has caused no deaths or harm of any type. It’s been used safely for thousands of years. There is no risk in using it. Thousands of studies have proven its therapeutic worth and tens of thousands satisfied users can attest to its health promoting properties. Coconut oil has proven to be far more effective at treating Alzheimer’s than Apricept.4 Yet, critics still call for more studies on coconut oil.Admittedly, not all of the 10,000 studies involving coconut oil are of equal value, some provide little or no useful information. However, the same is true for drug studies as well, not all of them are useful either. Nevertheless, there are ample studies on coconut oil to clearly demonstrate its many nutritional and medicinal properties. Let’s take a brief look at the evidence behind the modern medical uses for coconut oil.

The basic chemistry of coconut oil was figured out back in the 1920s and 1930s. Back then it was discovered that coconut oil was distinctly different from other fats and oils. Coconut oil was found to be composed predominately of a unique family of fats

Death and Injury Caused by

Drugs* VS Coconut Oil (US)


Deaths/Year from Prescription

Drugs** — 106,000

Deaths/Year from

Coconut Oil — 0


Serious Injuries/Year from

Prescription Drugs** — 2 million

Serious Injuries/Year from

Coconut Oil —   0


*These figures are for prescription drugs only. They do not include over-the counter or street drugs. Over-the-counter drugs also cause many deaths. Every year, more than 15,000 people die in North America from ordinary aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).

 

**These drugs have all been through the peer review process and have been evaluated and approved by the FDA.

 

The number of studies that have involved coconut oil is far greater than the vast majority of prescription drugs currently on the market. Coconut oil has a long history of safe and effective use. It is ridiculous for people to cry out for more studies on the safety and effectiveness of coconut oil yet say nothing about investigating the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, which have the potential to do great harm as evidenced in the data above.

 

Source: http://commonground.ca/2012/01/prescription-drug-deaths/

called medium chain fatty acids. In coconut oil these fatty acids are in the form of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).In the 1930s and 1940s. It was discovered that when coconut oil was added into the diet it improved the absorption of various nutrients. For example, W.D. Salmon and J.G. Goodman at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) studied the effects of vitamin B-1 deficiency in animals given different types of fats. Vitamin B-1 deficiency leads to a fatal disease called beriberi. The fats and oils evaluated included olive oil, butter, beef fat, linseed oil (flaxseed), cottonseed oil, and other oils. When rats were given a vitamin B deficient diet, coconut oil was by far the most efficient in preventing the disease and extending lifespan. In fact, those receiving coconut oil actually gained weight, indicating continued growth even though the diet was nutritionally poor.5 None of the tested oils, including coconut oil, contains  vitamin B-1. However, coconut oil makes what little of the vitamin that is in the diet more biologically available, thus preventing the deficiency disease.A number of studies over the years have found similar effects. Coconut oil improves the absorption of not only the B vitamins but also vitamins A, D, E, K, beta-carotene, CoQ10, and other fat soluble nutrients, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and some amino acids—the building block for protein.6 (Please note that for readability only a very few references will be included in this article. If all available references were listed, this article would swell to well over 30 pages in length.)The fact that coconut oil improved absorption of a wide variety of nutrients led researchers to investigate its use in treating malnutrition and malabsorption syndrome in children and infants. Eventually it was included in hospital feeding formulas for the sick and in infant formulas, especially for premature and low birth weight babies. When compared to other dietary fats, coconut oil produced faster growth, weight gain, and improved nutritional status.7 Coconut oil became a standard ingredient in all commercial infant formulas and still is today. Coconut oil or MCTs are also still used in hospital IV and feeding formulas to treat sick patients of all ages. Adding the oil reduces the patients’ recovery time and improves nutritional status.8In the 1950s researchers began investigating the nutritional and medicinal uses for MCTs. Harvard researcher Vigen K. Babayan, PhD is credited with developing the process of distilling coconut oil down into pure MCT oil. He called the purified oil fractionated coconut oil or MCT oil.9 A great deal of research followed and it was soon evident that MCTs possessed unique biological properties with a number of important nutritional and medical applications.

It was soon discovered that MCTs digest differently than other fats. When swallowed, most fats travel down the esophagus (throat), through the stomach, and into the small intestine where they are broken down by digestive enzymes and bile into individual fatty acids (long chain fatty acids). These fatty acids are then absorbed into the intestinal wall where they are repackaged into bundles of fat, cholesterol, and protein called lipoproteins. These lipoproteins pass into the bloodstream. As they circulate in the bloodstream they release little particles of fat and cholesterol that are utilized by the cells or stored as body fat.

The process is completely different with MCTs. When MCTs are consumed, they digest very rapidly and begin breaking down immediately. When they pass from the stomach into the small intestine, they are already completely separated into individual fatty acids (medium chain fatty acids) and, therefore, do not need pancreatic digestive enzymes or bile for digestion, thus relieving stress on the digestive system. Since they are already in the form of fatty acids when they enter the small intestine they are immediately absorbed into the portal vein and sent directly to the liver. In the liver they are metabolized into energy.10

The difference in the way MCTs are digested is very important because it provides a means to treat a number of medical conditions. Extensive research and clinical work in the 1960s and 1970s led to the use of MCTs for the treatment of a variety of malabsorption syndromes including obstructive jaundice11, cystic fibrosis12, tropical sprue13, a-beta-lipoprotenaemia14, intestinal lymphangiectasia15, pancreatic insufficiency16, and to speed recovery after intestinal surgery17.

Because of the unique way in which MCTs are digested and metabolized they produce an increase in energy and boost metabolism. For this reason, MCTs are used by athletes to improve performance. MCTs or coconut oil are commonly found in commercially produced energy bars and sports drinks marketed to people with active lifestyles.

This metabolic boosting effect diminishes fat deposition. This led researchers in the 1980s to begin investigating the use of MCTs as a means for weight management.18 Researchers from McGill University in Quebec, Canada and elsewhere are now recommending the use of MCTs as a means to treat obesity.19

In the 1960s Jon J. Kabara, PhD, a professor of pharmacology at Michigan State University, discovered that MCTs possess potent antimicrobial properties. In his search for a safe means to protect foods from fungal and bacterial contamination he found that MCTs fit the bill. Over the years he and other researchers found that MCTs can kill a wide variety of disease-causing bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites.20 MCTs were not only useful in preserving foods, but could be used topically and internally as antimicrobial agents to prevent and fight off infectious disease. Many common disease-causing microbes as well as potentially deadly ones like HIV and drug-resistant bacteria are vulnerable to MCTs.21-22 This aspect of MCTs is extensively researched. There are literally hundreds of studies on this topic and even entire books describing the antimicrobial effects of MCTs.

Because coconut oil is composed predominately MCTs, it possesses the same antimicrobial power, as evidenced in many clinical and laboratory studies.23

In the 1970s it was discovered that while the liver burns some MCTs immediately to produce energy, others are converted into ketones. Ketones are a super potent form of energy that are used specifically by the brain, but can be used by all the tissues in the body except the liver.

Ketones not only provide a high quality source of energy for the brain but trigger the activation of special proteins that function in brain cell maintenance, repair, and growth, thus providing a therapeutic effect on the brain. Since the 1970s MCTs have been used in ketogenic diets to treat epilepsy. Today modified ketogenic diets, using MCTs, are the standard dietary treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy.24

Besides epilepsy, ketones have been successfully used to treat a number of other neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, ALS, stroke, narcolepsy, brain trauma, and brain cancer. The consumption of coconut oil can increase blood ketone levels to therapeutic levels that can successfully treat all of these conditions. Many patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are currently being treated with coconut oil and are achieving far better results than the medications currently approved for these conditions. Studies show that MCTs can effectively mitigate the effects of Alzheimer’s and a dietary supplement designed for this purpose was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009 for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Coconut oil is known to aid those with diabetes by balancing blood sugar levels. MCTs improve insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity, thus reversing the underlying cause of diabetes.25

Coconut oil has very potent anti-cancer properties. When cancer is chemically induced in lab animals the addition of coconut oil into their diets can completely negate the carcinogenic effects of the chemicals.26

Coconut oil can prevent and even reverse liver disease caused by a variety of toxic agents such as alcohol, bacteria, drugs, and chemicals.27 It does the same for other organs in the body such as the intestines, colon, kidneys, and pancreas.28-30

Even heart health is improved with the use of coconut oil. While much criticism has been cast on coconut oil because of its saturated fat content, the evidence supports its heart friendly nature. MCTs are readily used by the heart as fuel. In fact, it uses MCTs in preference to glucose or polyunsaturated fatty acids as a source of energy. Ketones, as well, which are produced from MCTs act as a superfuel for the heart, increasing oxygen delivery by 39 percent and heart function by 28 percent. In fact, researchers at University François Rabelais in France are now recommending the use of MCTs for the treatment of heart diseases.

They have shown that the diseased heart is energy deficient and by improving oxygen and fuel delivery, heart function and survival is dramatically improved.31 The fact that that coconut oil is not harmful to the heart and may even be therapeutic is substantiated by numerous studies on coconut eating populations where heart disease rates are among the lowest in the world.32 Many other degenerative diseases are also much lower in these populations such as cancer, diabetes, colitis, liver disease, gallbladder disease, and dementia. Could it be due to the coconut in their diets?

Coconut oil has the potential to aid in the protection and treatment of a number of health problems due to its documented antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiulcerogenic, antimutagenic, analgesic, and antipyretic activities.33-34 Scientists and pharmaceutical companies have recognized the importance of MCTs and have filed numerous patents for their therapeutic use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, dental caries, periodontal disease, skin diseases, and various bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Apparently the researchers at these companies feel there is ample scientific evidence to invest their time and money in procuring the legal rights to use them therapeutically.

The health benefits of MCTs are so well documented that the critics cannot argue against their nutritional and medicinal value or safety. However, some will argue that many of the studies were done using fractionated coconut oil or MCT oil, not coconut oil, and therefore, are not representative of the effects of coconut oil. This argument is just a smokescreen to justify the demand for “more evidence.”

Since coconut oil is predominately a medium chain triglyceride oil (63%), “the biological effects of coconut oil are a consequence of the presence of these acids,” says Hans Kaunitz, MD, professor of pathology at Columbia University Medical School and long time MCT researcher.35 Because coconut oil is composed predominately of MCTs, it influence on the body is characterized by theses fatty acids.

While critics may question if coconut oil has the same therapeutic effects as MCT oil, they will acknowledge that soybean oil is characterized by linoleic acid because it contains 51 percent of this polyunsaturated fatty acid, or that olive oil is a monounsaturated oil because it is 77 percent oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid), or that fish oil (salmon oil in this case) is characterized by omega-3s because it contains 38 percent omega-3 fatty acids, yet it also contains saturated fat (22 percent) and cholesterol (485 mg/100g). Likewise, soybean oil and olive oil also contain saturated fats, so they are not pure either, but their character is defined by their predominate fatty acids and their saturated fat content is ignored as inconsequential. Conclusion: coconut oil is an MCT oil and its effects on the body are characterized by these fatty acids. This has been observed time and time again in studies and in clinical settings.

Some of the nutritional and therapeutic benefits of coconut oil come from the saturated fats in the oil, such as its resistance to oxidation, long shelf life, and superior cooking properties. Some come from MCTs such as the antimicrobial effects and its unique mode of digestion and nutrient delivery. However, most of its medicinal benefits undoubtedly come from the ketones produced from the MCTs. The protective effects on the heart, brain, kidneys, colon, pancreas, and other organs, its metabolic boosting and energizing effects, and its anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, anti-Alzheimer’s and other effects come principally from ketones.

If you do a search on PubMed for ketones, as they relate to MCTs and diet, you will find about 25,000 studies. Combining these studies with the 10,000 on coconut oil and MCTs, we have a total of over 35,000 studies describing the effects of coconut oil on health. Is that enough evidence? There is far more evidence demonstrating the safety and efficiency of coconut oil than there are for most FDA approved drugs.

Of course, additional studies are welcomed and encouraged, but to state that there is little or no evidence demonstrating the safety and value of coconut oil is simply not true. Coconut oil has been used successfully in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and in western medicine for at least 60 years with no adverse effects. It’s been granted GRAS (i.e. generally recognized as safe) status by the FDA.

Regardless of the number of studies available, the real test for the value of coconut oil is how it affects people’s lives. Coconut oil is helping thousands of people with various health problems. Here is a typical example. “I was once diagnosed with lupus, lichen planus (lost all 20 nails), ADD, depression, COPD, allergies, atherosclerosis with chest pain, metabolic syndrome, rapidly progressing to full blown diabetes, high CRP, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia,” says Peggy M. “I was living on inhalers, antibiotics, prednisone, antidepressants, sleeping pills, allergy meds and more…I began to try alternative things. I am sooooo thankful to say, I have been using organic coconut oil for several years…My thyroid meds continue to be decreased, and I no longer have to take any allergy meds besides shots. I’m afraid to quit them. My breathing problems are totally gone. I have healthy nails, no fibromyalgia, metabolic syndrome, or diabetes.” You can access similar stories here.

While testimonies like this may not provide “scientific” proof, tens of thousands of people can attest that coconut oil has changed their lives for the better. Medications may give good results in laboratory settings, yet in real life prove disastrous (i.e. Vioxx). Coconut oil has proven its worth in real life.

Whenever someone says, “Show me the evidence,” give him a copy of this article and say “here is the evidence check it out if you want to learn the truth.” If they demand more evidence, refer them to books such as Coconut Cures or Stop Alzheimer’s Now. Every health claim made in regard to coconut is backed up by published research and historical facts. Each book includes hundreds of references to medical studies.

You can also send them to www.coconutresearchcenter.org and have them look under the heading “Medical Studies” to access a 25 page listing of some of the 10,000 studies on coconut oil. ■

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