Till we meat again

Welcome to another Friday and this week I would like to cover the topic of killing critters. As for the whole Lion Cecil thing, the media sure seemed to care about it more than almost all else. Not sure why though when one looks at all the killing of animals we do every second here in America.

In America on average we slaughter 100,000 Critters per hour twenty-four hours a day. Including cattle, swine, and poultry. The figure does not include fish and seafood. I have written before on the amount of water it takes to raise a pound of beef (1800-2500 gallons), and from a logical perspective that is not a reasonable trade-off.

At eighteen I took my first rifle, a 30/30, into the rocky mountains and shot my first and last rabbit. I was shown how to dress it (gut it) and then had a friend cook it for me, and we ate it. Yes, kind of like chicken. I have had zero interest in killing one ever since. Watching a critters life run out of them can do that for you.

I used to go deer hunting almost every Thanksgiving and I enjoyed spending time with those I hunted with but never managed to shoot a deer. I do miss the camaraderie, as it was about sharing stories and laughter. My wife is convinced I have become a softy over the years and never wanted to kill a deer in the first place.

Today I have less interest in eating meat than I ever thought possible. I am sure at some point I too will likely drop my name into the vegetarian hat. When I eat a meatless or an animal product-less meal, I always feel better about it. Since reading the China Study, critter flesh has taken a back seat.

At brunch this morning I tried vegan “pulled pork” for the first time and was not disappointed. It was made with jackfruit and though a bit heavy on the vinegar it was really good. There are hundreds of meat replacements available and avoiding soy may limit them but is well worth it.

I never thought I would care about such things, and yet I do. If you’re a huge fan of meat, I get it. Consider learning more about industrialized meat and the benefits of grass-fed and pasture raised meats. Consider joining many folks for meatless Mondays and see how satisfying meatless can be. I used to be of the opinion that “we are at the top of the food chain” and today it is more the thought of “nothing had to die for this meal”.

Have an amazing weekend. We are wrapping up editing on the audio version of Nutritional Truths, and I should be telling you next week it is available on iTunes etc. Please share this as you deem appropriate and Be Well!

Graham Herd

Graham Herd

DARK day indeed

The Deny Americans the Right to Know Act H.R.1599 was just approved by 275 politicians in the house. It keeps Americans from knowing about GMO’s in their food. H.R.1599 will ensure that labeling of GMO’s is never required and repeals the labeling already put in place in Vermont. It forbids states from requiring any labeling of GMO’s and there are many who benefit from this, though not the consumer.

Genetically Modified Foods have been banned or restricted in over 50 countries including France, Germany, and Italy. The GMO crops introduced 20 years ago have required an extra 500 million pounds of herbicides to be used including Glyphosate (Roundup) that has been linked to the bee colony collapse and lowered numbers of monarch butterflies.

90% of Americans have said they want to know what is in the foods they are buying. If folks understood all the risks and dangers of consuming GMO’s this would not be allowed to happen. Good thing it’s baseball season and along with summer’s heat can keep folks distracted.

If your still not clear on how prominent GMO’s are see here: 88% of all corn grown today is GMO, 94% of all soy is GMO, 87% of rapeseed or canola is GMO, and sugar beets are just over 50% GMO crops. And although we don’t eat it 88% of all cotton grown is GMO. Investigate it yourself to learn more.

It now goes to the Senate for a vote, feel free to reach out to your Senators and let them know your thoughts on the issue. I used to think a politician’s role was to look out for their constituents. Things aren’t always as they seem and be sure to eat organic when possible. The audio version of Nutritional Truths is still being edited and should be out by months end. Feel free to share this with others and Be Well!

Mon

Got Hemp?

The first drafts of America’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written upon it, Henry Ford built a car from it that was fueled by it, and Washington and Jefferson both grew it. Cultivated for over 10,000 years it was the very first American crop to exceed $1 billion dollars. It made over 25,000 different products including paper, plastics, textiles, paints, oils, food, rope, etc. I am speaking today of hemp, as it is one of our planet’s most amazing plants & this is national hemp week!
HEMP Industrialized hemp is not cannabis (marijuana), and no amount of smoking industrialized hemp can get you high. Prior to 1900, almost all medicines were cannabis-based as it contains proven healing properties. Legalization of many forms of cannabis has spread across the US. Today’s pharmaceuticals are reported to kill an average of one person every 19 minutes. There has never been a single case of death due to cannabis or hemp, except for the times hemp rope was used in hangings.

Government and corporate criminals stole hemp from the American people back in 1937 when they lumped it together with cannabis. Twenty years earlier the government had announced a program to focus on hemp cultivation rather than deforestation. However, folks with tree pulp processing patents, petroleum interests as well as massive tree-filled landowner/paper producers stood to lose a fortune from further embracing hemp. Corporations like Hearst and DuPont profited massively as a result of the Government making all-natural solutions illegal (see product list above) and allowing the patents of countless petrochemical based solutions (rayon, nylon, pharmaceuticals, etc.).

A single acre of hemp produces the same amount of fiber as four acres of trees. A hemp crop can be grown three times in a single year while trees take 10 to 15 years to mature. Hemp requires no pesticides, half the water it takes to grow cotton, and will grow in all fifty states. We have been importing it from Canada, and we look forward to buying it locally sooner rather than later. Hemp is now being grown in America once again as the people regain the right to make the most of a natural and effective resource. The time has come for such a blatant misuse of government power and corporate corruption to cease so that all people will benefit.

All parts of the hemp plant are used: the seed in shell is normally toasted; the center of the seeds or the hearts can be bought whole or in a powder form as protein and as an oil; the fibers of the plant can be made into paper, plastics, textiles, paints, oils, etc. The seeds contain all the essential amino and fatty acids that support optimal health. The seeds contain vitamins and minerals, Omega 3 & 6 Acids, in a perfect ratio of 1:3 to benefit our bodies and minds. Hemp also contains both Super Omegas Stearidonic Acid and Gamma Linolenic Acid, which allows the body easy conversion of all of its Omega 3 & 6 goodness.

If you investigate the facts further, you too will wonder how such a blatant series of lies have been told for so long to the American people. Based on results, hemp will make its way back as will cannabis, to be considered a norm in American society. I look forward to passing organic hemp fields growing as far as the eye can see. Knowing that it will create fuel, food, housing, and clothing. I go into further detail in my book. You can purchase hemp foods at healthful grocery stores or on Amazon. Please share with those for whom you care. Till next week, Be Well!

1914 $10 bill printed on hemp with image of hemp being harvested

1914 $10 bill printed on hemp with image of hemp being harvested

Diseases are Mostly an Option

For the first 30 plus years of my life Pluto was a planet and then one day in 2006 it was not. We grow up with certain mindsets about foods that sometimes serve us and other times do not. It depends on what you learned and picked up on growing up. For some of us fast food was the norm and for others fresh veggies filling the dinner plate was. One will support illness and the other health.

More often than not our mindset is that if someone upstream of us biologically had a disease we are predisposed to it as well. That is a lie, with few exceptions. When it comes to almost all heart disease, diabetes or cancers the fate of our wellness lies squarely on us and our behaviors. The actions include what and how much we eat and drink, how we think, exposure to toxins, and how we move.

We tend to model our parents behaviors around all these things much as we do our faith and how we handle relationships, careers, etc. So the “It’s in our genes” mentality, for the most part, is simply not true.

Great news to many who are living with the idea that moms or grandmas disease awaits them. Now if they eat, drink, think, expose themselves to toxins, and move as they did, it very well might, but they have the choice to shift those habits and outcomes.

Nutritional Truths covers these facts and much more. You are most likely not a victim of genetic fate, you just need to be clear on the facts that will serve you well. If you’re not a fan of paperbacks the book is now available on Kindle. Till next week-Be well!

Most people don't really want the truth.

Is your Salt actually worth its Salt?

From way back when salt has been an important part of many cultures and human health. The Egyptians used it to cure meat and fish and the Chinese counted on it as a means of state revenue. Why it was even a means of payment of wages for soldiers long ago and began the term “worth his salt”. Today it is generously added to all processed foods including lunch meats, soups, bread, and dressings.

For many of us salt comes in one particular container and can easily be found in almost every restaurant and kitchen across America. Too bad the salt I am describing has been stripped of all of its minerals we require and has gone through a 1200 degree heating process. Often bleached and processed with aluminum and ferrocyanide, it no longer resembles real salt but has become a Frankensalt.

Many are concerned they will miss out on iodine if not in their salt but the iodine in the salt is actually synthetic and along with the anti-caking agents can easily prevent our bodies from even absorbing it. Iodine is naturally found in baked potatoes, boiled eggs, strawberries, sea veggies, yogurt, shellfish, fish and there are also supplements.

Kosher salt is the exact same but blessed and in larger flakes. Today’s sea salt has often times been through the same process as table salt but not ground down into as fine of pieces and along with the toxins in today’s seas as well as unknown contamination, keeps me from ever suggesting it. Ancient seas located far underground from Pakistan and Utah offer the cleanest best tasting and mineralized salt available today. Himalayan sea salt is pink and full of minerals as is the whiter Real Salt that comes from Utah.

Consumption of salt is something to keep a check on but even much more important is to know that processed and restaurant foods, and fast food places use as much as they can and it is of the lowest quality. When cooking at home consider using a real salt, as nature intended, that works to mineralize and nourish your body. Our bodies are mostly salt water, you deserve to have it filled with the very best possible. Learn more in my book Nutritional Truths available on Amazon and very soon on Kindle.

Truths you should know about salt!

Truths you should know about salt!

Birthing of Nutritional Truths.

What began as a personal experiment turned into a quest for truths and then came the need to share much of what I have learned with as many folks as I can. Deciding to write Nutritional Truths and then actually delivering on that decision exposes one to their ways-of-being in life. There is much room for organization and I could not live with myself without publishing what I had learned. This book for me, as it seems for many, is not a finish line, but rather my starting line.

If I waited till I had reached some level of perfection in my own life, it may have never happened. Realized last summer out in the deserts of Arizona that my life’s purpose going forward is to educate about illness and wellness. Still don’t have anywhere near all the answers, likely never will, but the ones I now know are in the book.

I have witnessed too many family members, friends and colleagues dying needlessly and often at far too young an age. Many of them from heart disease and cancer. I learned that while they were likely oblivious to their own contributions to their illness, they were also in the dark about various effective solutions for what ailed them. While not pointing any fingers, as I would have four pointed right back at me, it is important for us to know how we can shift the crosshairs of disease off of us through informed choices and actions.

This begins my weekly blog and you’re invited to join me each week, as I share information that may serve you well! Kindly share my book,join me on Face Book-link to the right, and that will allow you to see each new addition to my blog. Consider sharing with those you know and care about and I welcome your feedback, questions and ideas! Take a look around this site to learn more. Be kind to yourself for me, and be well!

EDP