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!

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All wet

When it comes to the heat of summer, the use and availability of water can be of concern. If you have a lawn, you’re watering it, and if you’re a farmer, you’re well aware how little will grow without it. In our area as in many this mid summer, there has been no shortage of it. When it comes to what we eat water plays a big role there as well. Even though we likely never consider it.

When it comes to water conservation, we rarely think of how our food choices impact water use. For every gallon of cow’s milk we drink it takes 1000 gallons of water to produce it. For every pound of hamburger meat or boneless steak we consume it takes nearly 1900 gallons of water. For chicken fans, it takes 520 gallons of water to produce a single pound of boneless chicken.

On the other side of the food isle are vegetables and fruit with water requirements a bit lower. A pound of broccoli takes 34 gallons of water to produce; tomatoes take 26 gallons, potatoes take 34 gallons while citrus takes 67 gallons of water. Fruit and vegetables that are grown hydroponically take much less.

When you’re eating something you enjoy this weekend be aware of all the water it takes to produce it. Consider investigating online for the water it takes grow your favorite foods and become aware of your H two O footprint at each meal. No matter what you choose to consume may it be enjoyable and nourish you. Feel free to share this and Be well!

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Being on the Rebound Increases Fluidity

Most of my life I was oblivious to the work of and overall life supporting purpose of the lymphatic system. Its main function is to transport lymph, a clear fluid containing white blood cells that supports the body in ridding itself of toxins, waste and other undesirable matter. It consists of lymph nodes, vessels and lymph. Your spleen, tonsils, adenoids, and thymus are all part of this system. We have twice as much lymph fluid as we do blood.

As bacteria are identified in the lymph, the lymph nodes make extra white blood cells, which can cause swelling. If you have ever felt kind of sickish and felt the nodes in your neck to be swollen, that’s what is taking place. Lymph does not flow and circulate through the body as blood does; it has its own system and goes in only one direction, towards our neck.

Since the network of the lymphatic system does not have muscles and it flows in only one direction, the only way to actually move the fluid is through massage or movement. Many massage therapists offer lymphatic massage and you can easily do it yourself at home. It only requires a very light touch as most of the system is right under the surface of the skin.

The best way to move lymph fluid throughout the body so it may bathe every cell in nutrients and take all the waste away is to use a rebounder or small therapeutic trampoline. The lymph is completely dependent on physical exercise to move and since the network of vessels run up the legs, torso, and arms, the vertical up and down motion of rebounding is most effective at making the lymph flow effectively!

The movement created by jumping on a rebounder stimulates the system, allowing the lymph to flow freely to support the removal of toxins and dead or cancerous cells, heavy metals, infectious viruses, and all the other waste cast off by our cells. It can be more effective an exercise than cycling, running or jogging with much less impact and opportunity for injury. It also works more body muscles and your core, and maintains balance while jumping. NASA found it more effective and health affirming than running on a treadmill.

There are a dozen or more different rebounder manufacturers and you get what you pay for. The top of the line rebounders use bungee cords and make no noise when in use, whereas some of the spring ones do make a bit of noise, some much more than others. There are several reviews of various rebounders online. Will be completing the audio version of Nutritional Truths in the studio next week and appreciate you being here and sharing. Be well!

Lymphatic system on a rebounder

Lymphatic system on a rebounder

Wheatgrass vs. Crisco and the Art of Misinformation

Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes don’t care in what month you were born. The latest Columbia University report claims the month you were born decides to what disease you’re predisposed. This is a bit hokey. Their figures are probably accurate when it comes to winter and vitamin D deficiencies, but overall it alludes to the idea that we are predisposed to disease, and it is beyond our control.

The recently released John Hopkins study that suggests unlucky people get cancer is laughable. The medical establishment and media will say almost anything to have us believe that it is not within our power to avoid disease. There are few genetic issues we cannot escape, but almost all disease is self-induced.

One of the first things I subscribe to is the belief that, as an adult, whatever we consume is our choice – from food and beverages to information and thoughts. For years, I was oblivious to just how poorly I was supplying my body with nutrients. Day after day I was filling it with toxins and “food” void of almost all nutrition. How it is I am alive and in as good health as I am, is a testament to our body’s ability to endure. Our bodies ability to heal is greater than most of us have been taught.

When it comes to nutritious food, I have a shot wheatgrass juice at one end of the food spectrum and on the opposite end I have a shot of Crisco. Wheatgrass is full of energy, minerals, chlorophyll, and enzymes. It nourishes our bodies and promotes wellness. Crisco, on the other hand, is essentially toxins that can likely only promote illness (hydrogenated GMO soy and palm oils and TBHQ, which is a form of butane).

Choose foods that are closer to wheatgrass than to Crisco. Be aware you are choosing your fate. Your health outcomes are not just some predetermined thing over which you are powerless. By making choices closer to wheatgrass, you can ensure healthier outcomes and less disease.

The book, Nutritional Truths, and this blog have been written to ensure folks like you know the truth: you, more often than not, have the ability to create wellness. Kindly consider sharing this on social media and help me spread the word. I am heading into the studio next week to record the audio version of Nutritional Truths; by month’s end the audio version will be available on iTunes. Thanks for your time and Be Well!

When making food choices go for items with more in common with wheatgrass than crisco

When making food choices go for items with more in common with wheatgrass than crisco

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

If it tastes too good to be true, it’s likely the MSG talking

Many times have I taken a bite of something and think “Wow this is amazingly delicious”! and today I quickly realize it is likely MSG talking. Almost all processed, fast and restaurant foods are laden with it. Since it comes in our food supply in over sixty different names, you would need to keep a cheat sheet with you to avoid it. Preparing food at home with all known ingredients is the only way to skip it consistently.

The folks in our military at the end of the second world war noticed how much tastier the Japanese MRE’s were than Americas and learned all about MSG. In the beginning, they thought they could add an MSG shaker on tables across America like salt and pepper but it never took off. Once food manufacturers knew how it helped drive their sales by tricking consumers into not tasting the negative flavor found in many packaged foods, sales of it took flight. They have been increasing its use and even turned to hiding it under various ingredient names ever since.

What many may not know is that feeding lab rats MSG is the standard protocol to fatten them. Seems rats aren’t regularly overweight, but if you feed them MSG they are guaranteed to become obese. Of course, all food manufacturers and fast or full-service restaurants know this, but MSG also keeps customers loving the food and keeps them from feeling full so that they will consume more and regularly. A simple look at Americas statistics around our growing obesity over the past fifty years proves this out.

Next time you find yourself overwhelmed with taste-joy over something, stop and realize if you’re being duped. Some folks consider this a drugging of the food while others consider it food science. We will all eat whatever we choose, and that is as it should be. At the same time, you have a right to know if they are intentionally flipping switches in your brain to get you to love it and eat more. One of many ingredients, it pays to be clear on and in Nutritional Truths I cover them all. Along with paperback, it is now on Kindle, and we will go into the studio soon to make it available in audio. Be well!

You deserve to know

You deserve to know


 

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!

Cha cha cha changes…

Sometimes when the right thing happens it almost doesn’t seem real. The folks at Pepsi-co, this week announced the departure of aspartame from their diet Pepsi products in the US. Seth Kaufman, vice-president of Pepsi, said: “Aspartame is the number one reason consumers are dropping diet soda.” and well they should I say! Aspartame has the most complaints of a product/ingredient ever at the FDA.

And unlike most situations when it comes to food manufacturers and America, this time the British are getting the raw deal with Pepsi-co keeping aspartame in their UK version of diet Pepsi. Normally the cheap and most offending ingredients are left in the US versions only. This is one in a growing list of small shifts, food manufacturers are beginning to take.

Chipotle Grill just yesterday announced all of their offerings are now GMO-free. Nestle recently announced their decision to remove all artificial colors and flavorings from their candies and several other manufacturers or food sellers are making changes based on pressure from their customers. Look for more shifts by the junk food sellers as we have I believe turned a corner on caring about what’s in our food and sharing those concerns with the powers that be.

So with the Pepsi products, only the diet Pepsi versions will have the aspartame removed, all other diet drinks they crank out like diet Mt Dew will still retain it. For Nestle, this won’t take all the GMO corn-based high fructose corn syrup out of their products, but it is a start. Chipotle will still be using beef and pork from animals fed GMO corn though they say they are working on it. Still easiest to avoid all the “stuff” by preparing real organic food at home.

In my book Nutritional Truths, I go over in detail the reasons why to avoid GMO’s, Aspartame and the ills of artificial colors and flavorings. I also cover dozens of other ingredients to avoid and soon enough the book will also be available on Kindle. Be kind to yourself & Be well!

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