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Which is better animal or plant protein?

Ginger Mint Green SmoothieWhy don’t we bypass animal protein and simply eat amino acids?

If you want to be horrified, search the internet to see what animals like cows, pigs, chickens and even fish are forced fed on farms to fatten them up for market. Too scary to print here but I think you already know.

All we are trying to do when we eat meat, poultry and fish is get protein.

Q. What is protein?

A. “Protein is found in both animals and plants. The basic building blocks of life, amino acids, come from protein.” Mark Hyman, M.D. author of the New York Times best selling book “Ultra Metabolism.”

Q. What are Phytonutrients?

A. “Phytonutrients are healing plant chemicals, and they can be found only in certain types of carbohydrates. The prefix phyto simply means ‘plant,’ so Phytonutrients are nutrients that are found specifically in plant food. The only way you can acquire these important substances is to eat real, whole, unprocessed plant food.”

“Phytonutrients are essential to optimal health. They help to turn on genes that make you burn fat and age less quickly.” Mark Hyman, M.D.

Q. Are there amino acids in plant food?

A. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The body has twenty different amino acids that act as these building blocks. Nonessential amino acids are those that the body can synthesize for itself, provided there is enough nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen available. Essential amino acids are those supplied by the diet, since the human body either cannot make them at all or cannot make them in sufficient quantity to meet its needs. Under normal conditions, eleven of the amino acids are nonessential and nine are essential.

Humans consume many foods that contain proteins or amino acids. With the increasing emphasis on vegetarian diets, plant sources of protein are gaining in popularity. Such sources include dried beans (black, kidney, northern, red, and white beans), peas, nuts, and seeds. Although plant sources generally lack one or more of the essential amino acids, when combined with whole grains, or by eating nuts or seeds with legumes, all the amino acids can be obtained.

Conclusion: Eating plant food can give you all your essential amino acids and much, much more. Let’s leave the animals alone and eat live nutritious whole raw foods, lose weight and be healthy.

Paul Turnbull, Purpose Consultant

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Ten Commandments of Health

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1. Help yourself to health. Form habits that will fight for you, not against you.

2. Do not expect to have good health without effort. Health must be earned.

3. Adopt firm policy that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

4. Make food your servant, not your master. Eat for strength.

5. Breathe deeply, for air is life’s first requisite and nature’s best tonic.

6. Exercise for health, not for strength. Exercise sends clean blood  to the brain.

7. Seek sunshine, for sunshine and disease are always enemies.

8. Water, use plentifully daily; warm for cleanliness, cold for tonic.

9. Keep a clear conscience, for true rest is mental as well as physical.

10. Work planfully, read much and play often. Play keeps old age at bay.

 
 

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Anti-parasitic Raw Foods

Ginger Mint Green SmoothieWhat are parasites? 

Parasites are organisms that derive nourishment and protection from other living organisms known as hosts. They may be transmitted from animals to humans, from humans to humans, or from humans to animals. Several parasites have emerged as significant causes of foodborne and waterborne illness. These organisms live and reproduce within the tissues and organs of infected human and animal hosts, and are often excreted in feces. 

Parasites can live within the intestines for years without causing any symptoms. When they do, symptoms include the following:

  • Fatigue

  • Abdominal pain

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Gas or bloating

  • Dysentery (loose stools containing blood and mucus)

  • Rash or itching around the rectum or vulva

  • Stomach pain or tenderness

  • Feeling tired

  • Weight loss

  • Passing a worm in your stool

Is there a remedy?

Eat an abundance of raw foods considered “anti-parasitic,” such as cabbage and onions, garlic, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, almonds, figs, blackberries, papaya, pomegranate, ginger, hot peppers, radishes, coconut oil, and cloves. Implement fasting as well, as an overall body cleanse.

It’s also recommended to exclude honey and dried fruit from your diet when treating for parasites.

On a raw diet you have a better chance of keeping a clean, alkaline bloodstream and a healthier intestinal terrain to discourage parasites from sticking around. The name of the game: If you want to get rid of and stay rid of parasites, become a poor host!

  • Apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon per 8 ounces of pure water to help alkaline your body
  • Fresh ginger root- boiled into a tea or included in your food, like in a stir fry
  • Fresh garlic, a natural microbe fighter
  • Oil of oregano, which is anti microbial
  • Turmeric, which is highly anti inflammatory
  • Coconut, coconut, coconut!  Another great use for coconut is soothing an upset stomach as it helps maintain intestinal flora
  • A probiotic supplement, one not sourced from dairy or soy and not containing yeasts
  • Add papaya and pineapple in moderation, to provide bromelain, an enzyme which aids in digestion
  • Focus on copious leafy greens, and possibly a bit less fruit, temporarily, as many bacteria tend to feed on sugar.

In addition, if your stomach is feeling particularly sore, you may want to focus on steaming your veggies for a few days simply to make them easier to digest. 

I have a powerful raw food blender that I put a combination of kale, ginger, raw cocoa powder, pineapple, spirulina, chlorella, apple,pure water and some stevia to sweeten the taste. Most times it turns out tasting like ginger ale and of course it’s all raw and I have the fiber of the whole foods.

 

 

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Autism – What you can do about it

Two plus two = 4. Processed food + sugar + pharmaceuticals + chemicals = Autism. Report came out yesterday that one out of eighty-eight children have been diagnosed with Autism, “Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its estimate of autism prevalence in the United States to 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls). By comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.”

These facts are alarming. The odds of having an autistic kid are one on every block. How can that be? What is the real cause of such an epidemic that started ten years ago. The experts are saying that “better testing” is revealing more autistic children. Are they saying they were always there and we just couldn’t see them until now! I highly doubt that. I believe that these children are turning out this way because of the food and drinks they are being fed, along with all the vaccinations a new born is given, 27 at my last count.

Let’s do an experiment. Take a vibrant healthy plant in your house and now pour a can of coke into it instead of water. Do this 4 times a day and let me know how long that plant lives. It becomes obvious when you do this. The experts are being paid $176,000,000 this  year to discover the cause of Autism.

Now you can say that a new born wouldn’t drink 4 cans of coke a day but did the mother while she was pregnant? Did she eat processed foods from a fast food restaurant, does she crave ice cream? Did she consume any water while pregnant or is her beverage of choice a double dose of caffeine four times a day? When was the last time she ate raw vegetables on a regular basis?  Then the child is born and is not breast fed, but given a chemical formula of imitation food.

I can’t say enough of how obvious it is that each generation of children are born physically worse than the one before. If you want to see the results of processed, cooked food on cats, search “Pottenger’s Cats” on YouTube and you will see the kittens didn’t live beyond the third generation. We’re there now with our children.

The good news is that a pregnant mother can change her diet, breast feed her child, and ensure that her children are fed wholesome food that isn’t contaminated with sugar or chemicals and this epidemic can be reversed in one generation.

So the formula for this is for the mother and father to change their diet and then the diet of their children and they’ll live happily ever after.

 

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Death by Food

I’ve written several posts on obesity and children. It seems that this plaque is getting worse. The results of eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) is having a wide range of effects on our children. Once they get a taste for fatty foods it becomes an uphill battle to get them to convert to a healthy lifestyle. My advice is to not let them get a taste in the first place. A great book for this is “Dr. Attwood’s Low-Fat Prescription for Kids” available on Amazon.com. There are numerous recipes that are really appealing to the young ones.

Two other books are worth mentioning: “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell and “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” by Caldwll B. Esselstyn, Jr. M.D.

A study of these three books will give you all the information you need on nutrition and help you not only change your life but the lives of all those that follow you.

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Children's Health, Weight loss

 

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Early Lifestyle Changes

Nutrition research shows that optimal health and health habits – or the lack thereof – originate early in life. Conditions such as osteoporosis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity – all traditionally associated with adulthood – are “down aging,” appearing in early childhood and adolescence.

Research connecting lifestyle and diet to future chronic disease risk, and outlining ways that health professionals can intervene and facilitate health-promoting habits early in life are an absolute necessity if we are going to help the younger generations. Such action is critical if we are to avoid a potential medical meltdown of health care resources as chronic diseases take their toll earlier in life.

Within the context of setting the stage for risk of chronic disease, the conventional wisdom that pregnant women eat for two takes on additional meaning. For example:

–  Maternal calcium intake has been linked to lower blood pressure in children, potentially helping to prevent hypertension in the next generation.

–  Twin offspring of mothers supplemented with calcium had lower cardiovascular risk factors (triacylglycerol, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol) at age 9 years than other children.

– Calcium’s (and vitamin D’s) role in bone health and the development of osteoporosis later in life is well known. Optimizing bone deposition before age 18 is especially important in females.

– Maternal overweight and obesity not only contribute to complications during pregnancy, but also increase the risk of obesity in infants. Research on children born to overweight mothers showed that by age 4, weight, body mass index (BMI) and lean body mass were significantly greater and by age 6, weight and fat mass were greater than those born to lean mothers.

Over the past 30 years, the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled for preschool-aged children and adolescents aged 12-19, and it has more than tripled for children aged 6-11. This evolving childhood obesity epidemic is linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes. In the past referred to as “adult-onset,” type 2 diabetes now commonly occurs in the adolescent and teen years; cases in children as young as 4 have even occurred. One study found that for each adolescent diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there were 10 others with impaired fasting glucose. Researchers expect pre-pubescent type 2 diabetes rates to soar as the population becomes increasingly overweight. African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian children who are obese and have a family history of type 2 diabetes are at especially high risk.

Blood pressure has increased steadily in children over the past decade, across all age and race/ethnic groups and in both genders. Clinical guidelines for ranges in blood pressure in children now include a “pre-hypertensive” range mirroring the revised categories for hypertension in adults. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products such as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet have had positive effects on blood pressure in adults – and research indicates a beneficial effect during childhood. Children who ate 4 or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables or 2 or more daily servings of dairy products during preschool years had smaller yearly.

The down-aging of chronic diseases and the identification of “pre-conditions” are relatively new phenomena. The impact on children, their family’s quality of life, and on our health care system is still to be felt. As health professionals we need to take a more proactive approach through early screening, intervention and referral when necessary to other disciplines to prevent these consequences.

What we have to promote is healthy food in appropriate portions coupled with appropriate levels of physical activity? We had hoped research would find a magic bullet but we aren’t even close to manipulating our basic genetic and metabolic mechanisms. The only way to achieve energy balance is through appropriate food choices and activity. We must make changes in our communities, worksites and schools to enable us to get in energy balance, but we cannot afford to wait for all the needed changes to take place.

 

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Creating Juvenile Zombies

Miami Herald

Creating juvenile zombies, Florida-style

May 28, 2011

By Fred Grimm

They’re children of the new Florida ethic. Zombie kids warehoused on the cheap in the state’s juvenile lock-ups. Kept quiet, manageable and addled senseless by great dollops of anti-psychotic drugs.

A relatively small percentage of young inmates pumped full of pills actually suffer from the serious psychiatric disorders that the FDA allows to be treated by these powerful drugs. But adult doses of anti-psychotic drugs have a tranquilizing effect on teenage prisoners. Prescribing anti-psychotics for so many rowdy kids may be a reckless medical practice, but in an era of budget cuts and staffing shortages, it makes for smart economics.

Florida fairly inundates juvenile offenders with this stuff.

The Palm Beach Post reported last week that the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has been buying twice as many doses of the powerful anti-psychotic Seroquel as it does ibuprofen. As if the state anticipated more outbreaks of schizophrenia than headaches or minor muscle pain.

The Post found that Florida purchased 326,081 tablets of Seroquel, Abilify, Risperdal and other antipsychotic drugs during a two-year period for the boys and girls who occupy the 2,300 beds in state-run residential facilities. (Most of the state’s juvenile offenders are held in jails operated by for-profit contractors. Records revealing the quantity of medications that private companies pour down their prisoners’ gullets were not available.)

Such drugs, meant for adults, are known to send children into suicidal despair, along with risking heart problems, weight gain, diabetes and facial tics. Yet, the DJJ and its contract psychiatrists push them willynilly onto their young wards.

It’s not as if state officials have been unaware of the risks facing children prescribed “off label” uses (unapproved by the FDA) of these pharmaceuticals. Even as the state doled out Seroquel like candy to kids in DJJ jails, the Florida Attorney General’s office was entering into a lawsuit with 36 other states against drug manufacturer AstraZeneca for promoting dangerous, off-label uses of Seroquel for treating both the young and the elderly. (AstraZeneca agreed to settle the lawsuit in March for $68.5 million and to stop marketing the drug for unauthorized uses.)

It was as if the schizophrenics most in need of Seroquel were roaming the halls of government, not the juvenile jails.

“This is the face of all these budget cuts; what happens when you eliminate social workers and prison guards,” said Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein. He suspects that DJJ has compensated for the staff shortages at state lockups by pumping “the most powerful drugs known to man into children who have not been diagnosed for psychiatric problems.”

Finkelstein says he assigned two of his staff attorneys last week to visit juvenile lock-ups and investigate what he calls the “zombification” of young offenders who had been represented by his office.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi opened her own investigation last week. Bondi’s staff attorneys are interested in the Post’s report that psychiatrists prescribing off-label uses of such astounding quantities of the profitable anti-psychotics for DJJ prisoners (at taxpayer expense) had been greased by drug manufacturers with some $250,000 in gifts and speaking fees.

The DJJ drug scandal seems all the more maddening considering that it follows a similar uproar just two years ago after the suicide of a seven-year-old Margate foster child. Young Gabriel Myers had been given adult dosages of three anti-psychotics before he hung himself.

The Gabriel Myers Task Force, made up of child advocates, state officials, political leaders and judges from across the state, spent a year investigating whether the Florida Department of Children and Families had administered dangerous drugs as “chemical restraints” for troublesome foster children.

Foster kids, as it turned out, weren’t the only victims of the on-the-cheap ethic. But don’t think of children reduced to zombies. Think of all the money we save on prison guards.

 

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