The great yogurt myth revieled

 from Alicia Silvestone and The Kind Life blog.  I subscribe to her blog and enjoy her education on food.  I keep getting information that yogurt is so important and is so healthy and useful in so many ways.  Well, Im glad I read this and I do believe she is correct with this information  so I plan to limit my yogurt gradually until I can cut it out completely along with other dairy products that I have been indulging in since my pregnancy which is now over.  Ive strayed from my vegan diet and I am hopeful to return without too many issues.  I had such bad withdrawls from dairy but not as bad as some of the horror stories out there, mine were mostly just cravings.  Please read on if you are curious about the real story behind yogurt and its health benefits or lack there of…

the great yogurt myth…

Posted by Alicia Silverstone on Jul 1, 2011


I’ve always wondered why Americans, particularly American women, are obsessed with yogurt! People seem to think it’s a magic health food, but as you’ll read in Chapter 3 of The Kind Diet, dairy, including yogurt, is bad news for your body (and dairy cows).


Perhaps the most widely marketed component of yogurt is probiotics. Is yogurt really the best place to find these “good” bacteria? According to Christina Pirello, the answer is no. Once yogurt is pasteurized, as most commercial brands are, the probiotics are destroyed by the heat. In raw products, the probiotics have a hard time withstanding the heat of the small intestine, so the benefit is minimal.

The best sources of probiotics for women in food is miso, shoyu, other fermented foods like sauerkraut (but only the raw unpasteurized ones that you buy in the fridge), and natto, a fermented soy product – although I find natto disgusting! I know it’s good for you – but I can’t bear it. I admire those who can – some even like it!

Outside of these foods, there are some pretty wonderful supplemental probiotics out there that are vegan. Christina’s favorite is Eden Foods bifa 15, which can be purchased here.

Why do we need probiotics?

According to Christina Pirello, anyone who eats a typical modern diet needs probiotics. Processed foods and excessive sugar deplete our micro-villi and the enzymes naturally produced in our intestines. Those with weak digestive or compromised immune systems, anyone who has recently been on antibiotics, and those who are just beginning to change their diets to superhero, need probiotics until their digestion improves and their intestines become more alkaline. Those who are chronically tired should try probiotics as well, as fatigue is often related to digestion.

Superheroes should note that miso soup, natto, sauerkraut, and other traditionally fermented foods reduce the need for probiotics. But, in a world where it can be impossible to completely avoid environmental pollutants, probiotics are helpful for strengthening our digestion. In the end, probiotics will never hurt and can only help.

Yogurt Alternatives

So, back to yogurt…when I was little, I loved it. I would eat the plain kind and add tons of raisins…soo yum. But I got over that! I don’t miss it one bit. And when I do, I go for the vegan versions as a treat. If you eat yogurt for the taste, I recommend Nancy’s Yogurt, which is made without cane sugar, or Wildwood (only the plain flavor is sugar-free). In my early veg days, I ate soy yogurts, and they were really good! M Cafe also has a yogurt, granola, and fruit cup that’s pretty yum.

Do you have a favorite brand of vegan yogurt? Where do you get your probiotics?


Some of you have commented that the Eden Foods bifa 15 that Christina recommended is not vegan, so I asked Christina about it, and here is what she said:

“The product has been reformulated since I last used it, and I didn’t realize that there was gelatin in the new formulation. However, I called Eden Foods to double check if the product is vegan, and was told it is a plant-based gelatin.”

It sounds like this product is vegan but I haven’t used it myself, so I’m not 1000% sure – I’m sorry if it isn’t. If you’re concerned, you can always call Eden Foods to check for yourself.


Study: Unvaccinated children far less prone to allergies and disease than vaccinated children

Im pretty new to this information about vaccinating vs. unvaccinating.  I was vaccinated as a child and raised to believe that it was necessary.  Now that Ive had the opportunity to learn more about vaccinations and the harm they potentially cause I would like to share this information with everyone.


Study: Unvaccinated children far less prone to allergies and disease than vaccinated children

via Study: Unvaccinated children far less prone to allergies and disease than vaccinated children.

Stop the Walgreens flu shot harassment! Employees rewarded with iPads for meeting vaccination recruitment goals?

Stop the Walgreens flu shot harassment! Employees rewarded with iPads for meeting vaccination recruitment goals?

via Stop the Walgreens flu shot harassment! Employees rewarded with iPads for meeting vaccination recruitment goals?.

Avoiding the Flu…without the vaccine

5 Simple Ways to Prepare Yourself
For Flu Season, and the Flu Shot is Not One of Them!

Flu Season Is Almost Here!


Now that I’ve seen the flu shot bilboards going up around town, I thought it was necessary to share with you a few simple ways to help prevent colds/flu. While some people may still get a virus, if you follow these rules, you should recover in just a few short days.
Tip #1 – Avoid sugar. There is nothing that will weaken your immune system more than sugar. Ever notice how flu season really picks up after Halloween. and starts to calm down after New Year’s?
Tip #2 – Get regular exercise. Not only do people who exercise tend to have healthier diets, but regular exercise has been shown to strengthen the immune system.
Tip #3 – Get enough sleep. Failing to get enough shut-eye will wear you down, and leave you an easy target.
Tip #4 – Eat right. Cut out processed foods, fast foods, and sugar. Eating a diet high in lean protein, fruits, and veggies will support every function in your body (not to mention improve yoru overall health).
Tip #5 – Get enough Vitamin D. We live in an area where we need to supplement this essential vitamin. While individual needs vary, most adults should take at least 6-10,000 IU’s daily. Sound like a lot of pills? The one we use is 2000 IU/drop!

and, as a bonus:
Tip #6 – Get regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to boost your immune system as much as 200%!

Josh Pulver, DC
Pulver Family Chiropractic
2407 Charlevoix Ave
Petoskey, MI 49770

C-Sections on the rise: some of the reasons behind those stats

 I actually thought the elective c-sections rate would have been higher.  I do think many of the doctor recommended c-sections could be preventable depending on many aspects of pregnancy including diet, exercize, your practitioner, and lifestyle choices.  I do think women who want a natural birth should advocate for themselves and know they can ask questions and seek second opinions…and third opinions.  It’s okay to think the doctor might be wrong.  However, with all that said, some births are safer with medical intervention such as a c-section so I do not want to discredit them entirely.  I tend to believe that doctors prefer c-sections because they are timely and efficient.  I also think that women today are so fearful of childbirth pain that they are scared into thinking a c-section will eliminate those pains.   I am more fearful of my body being cut open and put back together…that makes me feel to vulnerable.  To each there own.  Knowledge is power so I say read as much as you can about all your options and choose what is best for you and your family. 

Why More Moms are Having C-Sections

Posted by heatherturgeon on June 22nd, 2011 at 2:18 pm
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In an early release article in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, Yale researchers report the results of a new, large study examining the rise in c-section rates in the U.S.

After examining records from over 32,000 births, the researchers found that the c-section rate went from 26% in 2003 to 36.5% in 2009. The lowest rates are in Utah, highest in New Jersey.

Half of the rise was attributable to a rise in second-time cesarean births, since most doctors and hospitals encourage moms who have had a c-section before to use the method in subsequent births.

But the other 50% resulted from a rise in first-time cesareans. When the researchers looked into the reasons doctors do c-sections, they found that 32% were due to “nonreassuring fetal status,” for example, an abnormal heart rate during labor.

Elective c-sections have been blamed for the increase before, so in this study, what percentage of c-sections were at the request of the mom?


Maternal request accounted for 8% of the increase in c-sections since 2001. Other reasons included labor arrest disorders (18%), multiple babies (16%), suspected macrosomia (10%), preeclampsia (10%), and maternal-fetal conditions (5%).

The study found that objective reasons for c-sections, like placenta previa and breech babies stayed stable over time, but c-sections for more subjective reasons, like fetal distress, or slow labor have gone up over the years.

Also interesting is that more doctors do c-sections now because they suspect big babies, or because of multiple births, when the researchers say these conditions have been “relatively stable” in the population over recent years.

So doctors are more often making the call to do a c-section on their subjective opinion when things start to slow down, baby goes into distress, or the baby is judged to be too big.

Is that a good thing? Consider the fact that the infant mortality rate hasn’t gone down since 2001.

Coconut Oil could help slim your waistline

Dr. Mercola explains the benefits of coconut oil vs. soybean oil for reducing your waistline and many other health interests.  Very interesting.


The Amazing Oil That Trims Women’s Waistlines

Posted By Dr. Mercola | June 22 2011 |

A study has shown that dietary supplementation with coconut oil may result in a reduction in waist circumference and other benefits.

A randomized, double-blind clinical trial of 40 women divided them into two groups — one that received daily dietary supplements of soybean oil (group S) and another than received a similar amount of coconut oil (group C). Both groups were instructed to follow a balanced hypocaloric diet and to walk for 50 minutes each day.

According to the study,

“[After one week,] only group C exhibited a reduction in [waist circumference] … Group S presented an increase … in total cholesterol, LDL and LDL:HDL ratio, whilst HDL diminished … Such alterations were not observed in group C. It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.”


Green Med Info
Lipids July 2009;44(7):593-601

This is a great example of how many common theories on nutrition can be seriously mistaken. Saturated fat has been wrongfully vilified as the cause of high cholesterol and heart disease for the last 60 years, when in fact the converse was true all along.

The result of people following the misguided advice to replace saturated fats (like coconut oil) with polyunsaturated vegetable oils (such as soybean oil) is reflected in the statistics for heart disease today. Prior to 1920, coronary artery disease was actually a rarity. In the 1950’s, rates began to rise in step with the increased consumption of hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fat), which replaced saturated fats like butter and lard that had been the norm in previous decades…

Today, soybean oil makes up 68 percent of the vegetable oils and fats consumed by Americans.

Double-Blind Clinical Trial Puts Coconut- versus Soybean Oil to the Test

In the featured 12-week long study, researchers evaluated the effects of coconut oil and soybean oil on the biochemical profiles and waist circumference on 40 obese women, aged 20-40. Belly fat, known as visceral fat, is the type of fat linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke, among many other chronic diseases.

Divided into two groups of 20 participants each, the women received a daily supplement of 30ml (about two tablespoons) of either soybean oil or coconut oil. They also followed a balanced low-calorie diet, and walked for 50 minutes per day. The end result?

The coconut oil group presented:

  • Increased levels of HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Decreased LDL/HDL ratio
  • Reduced waist circumference/abdominal obesity

The soybean oil group presented:

  • Increased total cholesterol
  • Increased LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Increased LDL/HDL ratio
  • Decreased HDL (good cholesterol)
  • No reduction in waist circumference/abdominal obesity

The authors concluded:

“It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia [an abnormal amount of cholesterol and/or fat in your blood] and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.”

This is exactly what I’ve been writing about for the last 15 years, and if you’ve been a long-time reader of this newsletter, you already knew that these kinds of results were to be expected.

The Truth about Soybean Oil

Polyunsaturated fats (soybean- and other vegetable oils) tend to go rancid (become oxidized) during cooking and processing, and once this happens, the free radicals created can wreak havoc in your body, attacking cell membranes and damaging DNA/RNA strands. Arterial plaque is the result of free radical damage in your blood vessels, which is the hallmark of cardiovascular- and heart disease.

Excess consumption of polyunsaturated fats has also been linked to other diseases and health problems, including:

Increased cancer risk Immune system dysfunction Liver and lung damage Damage to reproductive organs
Digestive disorders Reduced learning ability Stunted growth Weight gain

Several years ago, in response to the increased demand to reduce trans fats in food, and the mandatory labeling of trans fats, the food industry began switching over to a modified soybean oil from so-called ‘low linolenic soybeans.’ This low-linolenic oil does not require hydrogenation, a process that increases shelf life and flavor stability, but also creates trans-fat. How much of the food supply now contains this low-linolenic type of soybean oil is unknown, but I think it’s fair to guess that the prevalence would be quite high.

However, please do not be fooled, because these so-called “healthier” vegetable oils are still a disastrous choice for most people, as they can significantly distort the sensitive omega-6/omega-3 ratio that controls many delicate biochemical pathways, resulting in accelerating many chronic degenerative diseases.

Besides this traditionally-bred ‘low-lin’ soybean, over 90 percent of all soy, corn, and canola oils are made from genetically engineered seeds created to withstand otherwise lethal doses of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, which is yet another reason to steer clear of these harmful vegetable oils.

These genetically modified (GM) foods pose enormous hazards to human health, and according to Dr. Joseph Hibbeln at the National Institutes of Health, it’s estimated that soybeans, usually in the form of oil, account for 10 percent of the average person’s total calories in the United States! This is a double-whammy of bad news, because not only is most of this soy bean oil genetically modified, it’s also an unhealthy fat in and of itself, even if it’s organic, as you can see by the results of the featured study above.

Why Coconut Oil is “Special” Among Saturated Fats

Now on to coconut oil; a rare gem among saturated fats, with numerous health benefits. First, did you know that multiple studies on Pacific Island populations who get 30-60 percent of their total caloric intact from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease?

Coconut oil can be helpful for pregnant women, nursing moms, the elderly, those concerned about digestive health, athletes (even weekend warriors), and those of you who just want to enhance your overall health. One of the explanations for its broad health applications is because it’s rich in lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin – a compound also found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity.

Its medium chain fatty acids, or triglycerides (MCT’s), also impart a number of health benefits, including raising your body’s metabolism and fighting off pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. Capric acid, another coconut fatty acid present in smaller amounts, is another antimicrobial component.

Coconut oil is also excellent for your thyroid. Additionally, a very exciting and recent discovery is that coconut oil may even serve as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, as MCT’s are also a primary source of ketone bodies, which act as an alternate source of brain fuel that can help prevent the brain atrophy associated with dementia.

Previous Studies Confirm: Coconut Oil Helpful for Fat Loss

Going back to the results in the featured study for a moment, previous studies have also found that the medium chain fatty acids (MCT’s) found in coconut oil promote weight loss, and are helpful for shedding adipose fat in particular. One such study showed that rats fed long chain fatty acids (LCTs, found in vegetable oils) stored body fat, while rats fed MCTs (found in coconut oil) reduced body fat and improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. Specifically, MCT’s were found to down-regulate the expression of adipogenic genes.

Another 2003 study found that MCT’s increased energy expenditure and decreased adiposity in overweight men—a similar finding as in the study above. Here, 24 overweight men consumed diets rich in either MCT or LCT for 28 days, and those consuming MCTs lost more weight and had more energy than those consuming LCTs (in this case olive oil, as opposed to soy bean oil).

Coconut Oil and Cholesterol

Most of the conventional advice relating to coconut oil and cholesterol are false and misleading. Coconut oil has been repeatedly shown to be beneficial rather than detrimental on cholesterol levels and heart health. As explained in a previous article written by Ray Pete, it’s been clearly established for over 80 years now that suppression of the thyroid raises serum cholesterol (and increases mortality from infections, cancer, and heart disease), while restoring the thyroid hormone brings cholesterol down to normal.

As mentioned earlier, coconut oil does both; it balances your thyroid and normalizes your cholesterol levels.

“As far as the evidence goes… coconut oil, added regularly to a balanced diet, lowers cholesterol to normal by promoting its conversion into pregnenolone,” he writes. “Coconut-eating cultures in the tropics have consistently lower cholesterol than people in the U.S.”

Mary Enig with the Weston A Price Foundation has also written at length about the beneficial effects of coconut oil on heart health and cholesterol levels.

Are You Ready to Make the Switch?

Generally speaking, foods that are likely to contain health-harming trans fats include deep-fried foods, processed baked goods, snack foods and processed foods, including fast foods. Aside from soybean oil, other varieties to avoid include corn and canola oil, so make sure to read the labels when shopping. If you want to avoid dangerous fats of all kinds, your best bet is to eliminate processed foods from your diet. From there, use these tips to make sure you’re eating the right fats for your health:

  • Use organic coconut oil for all your cooking needs. It is far superior to any other cooking oil and is loaded with health benefits. Make sure you choose an organic coconut oil that is unrefined, unbleached, made without heat processing or chemicals, and does not contain GM ingredients.
  • Use organic butter (preferably made from raw milk) instead of margarines and vegetable oil spreads. Butter is a healthy whole food that has received an unwarranted bad rap.
  • Be sure to eat raw fats, such as those from avocados, raw dairy products, and olive oil, and also take a high-quality source of animal-based omega-3 fat, such as krill oil.

Following my comprehensive nutrition plan will also automatically reduce your trans-fat intake, as it will give you a guide to focus on healthy whole foods instead of processed junk food.

Popular Moisturizer linked to tumors…eek!

This Popular Moisturizer Applied to Mice for 17 Weeks Got 69% More Tumors

Posted By Dr. Mercola | June 21 2011 | 46,456views

skin cancer risk from moisturizersA study has found that topical applications of moisturizers such as Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, or Vanicream could increase skin cancer risk.

Irradiated mice who were treated with the moisturizers exhibited a significant increase in their rate of tumor formation and increase in tumor size per mouse. Treatment of the mice with Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin, or Vanicream for 17 weeks increased the total number of histologically characterized tumors by 69 percent.

According to the study, as reported by Green Med Info:

“The results indicate that several commercially available moisturizing creams increase the rate of formation and number of tumors when applied topically to UVB-pretreated high-risk mice. Further studies are needed to determine the effects of topical applications of moisturizing creams … in humans.”

This also applies to tanning oils and lotions—which many of you may be using right now with summer in full swing—as well as the baby oil or lotion that many parents unwittingly slather on their babies.

Is Breastfeeding a Medical Issue?


While I am not supportive of breastfeeding being considered a medical issue I do support that breastfeeding assistance should be covered by insurance.  Breastfeeding can be difficult for many women and they often abandon their efforts if they do not have a good support system and realize that it is not a failure on their part.  A good lactation consultant can make a world of difference as to whether a woman is comfortable feeding their child, whether it is in private or public.  Speaking of public breastfeeding, I am so irritated and frustrated that people do not realize that babies do need to eat too and as long as the mother is discrete it should not be an issue for anyone.  Helloooo, this is a natural process and the healthiest option for feeding our children.

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Is Breastfeeding a Medical Issue?

Posted by Christie Haskell

on June 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I read a news story recently where a breastfeeding support and resource center called Upper Breast Side in NYC was engaged in a battle over the right to merely exist. They fought the local board over a sidewalk, then the front door, and now they’re battling because in addition to the breastfeeding medical counseling they provide — what the building is zoned for — they’re being told they’re trying to run retail by selling breastfeeding supplies.

They offers tons of services, from a latch-on clinic, pumping help, and yes, they sell breastfeeding supplies. They’re no more trying to “hide” a retail business under the guise of a community help center than a dermatologist office trying to “hide” a retail business in which they sell lotions and creams.

But the biggest issue here is the fact that breastfeeding isn’t treated like an actual medical issue, and it absolutely is.

You can go to the dermatologist, like I said, and meet up with a medical professional who can give you assistance with skin care, who can recommend (and often sell) you products, who also has products given to him by representatives that he can give out samples of or sell as well. You can pay out of pocket, or even have insurance cover your visits if you really have a problem that requires their medical expertise.

And I’m not talking about the more complex issues that dermatologists handle, by the way, such as melanomas. I’m talking about even something like uncontrolled acne, advice on ridding of blackheads, or how to reduce the appearance of the scar where you accidentally cut your hand a couple months ago.

Breastfeeding assistance usually isn’t covered by any insurance, and the lactation consultants in hospitals often have very little lactation training. Why aren’t we treating the certified, trained lactation consultants the same way we treat any other medical professional? Heck, some insurances are covering chiropractic and acupuncture which are still considered by some to be questionable — there’s nothing questionable about the affect breastfeeding has on the mother AND baby — not doing so has health, ecological, and even some psychological ramifications for the rest of baby and mom’s lives. We need to have GOOD, trained lactation consultants at least as accessible as Viagra, for god’s sake.

With the government pushing so much to have women breastfeed put not providing them any way to do it and in fact putting up Institutional Booby Traps that can prevent them from succeeding, it’s no surprise our rates are so low, is it? A building with trained lactation consultants, breastfeeding workshops, pumps and help using them, with nursing bras and pillows and breastfeeding books should be treated like a medical office. AND should be covered by insurance, not accused of trying to just hide a mommy boutique under the “guise of help.”

Imagine if Mom has her baby in the hospital, chooses to breastfeed, and then has a one week postpartum appointment at the lactation consultant’s office, covered by insurance. How many moms would that help?

Do you think treating breastfeeding more like any other health profession would help boost rates?

Splenda may increase your risk of obesity in addion to other substitute sweeteners…read on

Retreived from Dr. Mercola

The ‘Other’ Sweetener That’s Made from Sugar, but is Closer to DDT

Posted By Dr. Mercola | April 26 2011 |
Splenda Artificial Sweetener
Researchers recently investigated sucralose (Splenda) to see if it could reduce hunger and keep blood sugar steady. They found that it could not.

The researchers hoped to find that sucralose could cause the intestine to produce a hormone that reduces blood sugar and decreases appetite, which prior study had indicated might be a possibility. But the effect did not occur when it was ingested orally — hunger remained the same and the blood sugar remained the same.

According to FYI Living:

“Worse, other research has shown that artificial sweeteners might contribute to weight gain … [when the] sweet taste is not accompanied by the calories (energy) our brain expects it to be, the complex systems our bodies have to regulate energy balance may be thrown off kilter. The result is that a diet high in artificial sweeteners may possibly, over time, cause people to seek out more calories from other sources”.


FYI Living March 10, 2011
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition April 2011; 65(4):508-13

Avoiding sugar is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle, but, instead of consuming a naturally low-sugar diet based on whole foods, some people are still trying to have their cake and eat it too.

Unfortunately, the belief that artificial sweeteners can allow you to have the best of both worlds is simply not based in reality. It’s a carefully orchestrated deception. So if you’re still consuming artificially sweetened foods, snacks and beverages because you think it’ll help you manage your weight, please understand that you’ve been sorely misled.

In reality, “diet” foods and drinks ruin your body’s ability to count calories, thus boosting your inclination to overindulge. This effect appears to be true for all artificial sweeteners.

Unfortunately, most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States still recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as acceptable and even preferred alternatives to sugar, which is at best confusing and at worst seriously damaging the health of those who listen to this well-intentioned but foolish advice.

Artificial Sweeteners INCREASE Your Risk of Obesity

Contrary to popular belief, research has shown that artificial sweeteners can stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain. In fact, diet sodas may actually double your risk of obesity!

How’s that for being misled?

Studies have repeatedly shown that consuming artificial sweeteners may be ruining your ability to control your food intake and body weight. For example, I have listed the results of six studies on aspartame that found it increases hunger and body weight on my Aspartame Studies page, and research on other artificial sweeteners have come to the same conclusion.

It’s thought that consuming artificial sweeteners breaks the inherent connection between a sweet taste and a high-calorie food, thereby changing your body’s ability to regulate your intake of calories. The end result is that by consuming artificially sweetened foods and beverages, you end up gaining more body fat than if you were to eat the same foods sweetened with regular sugar!

But weight gain isn’t the only health-harming side effect of these man-made chemical sweeteners.

Splenda Destroys Your Gut Flora

Different artificial sweeteners have been found to wreak havoc in a number of different ways. Aspartame, for example, has a long list of studies indicating its harmful effects, ranging from brain damage to pre-term delivery.

Splenda (sucralose) has been found to be particularly damaging to your intestines.

A study published in 2008 found that Splenda:

  • Reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent
  • Increases the pH level in your intestines, and
  • Affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects, particularly if you’re on certain medications like chemotherapy, or treatments for AIDS and certain heart conditions

They also found unmistakable evidence that Splenda is absorbed by fat, contrary to previous claims.

In response to this study, James Turner, chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health issued the following statement:

“The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study … confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label.”

I agree. It’s truly disturbing that Splenda can destroy up to 50 percent of your healthy intestinal bacteria, as these bacteria are absolutely vital for supporting your general health! Many people are already deficient in healthy bacteria due to consuming too many highly processed foods. This is why a high quality probiotic is one of the very few supplements I highly recommend for most, if not all, people.

Believe me, if you continually destroy up to half of your gut flora by regularly consuming Splenda, then poor health is virtually guaranteed!

Splenda has Never Been Proven Safe for Human Consumption

Splenda was approved by the FDA as a tabletop- and general-purpose sweetener in processed foods in 1998. The FDA claims the approval was based on more than 110 animal and human safety studies. However, what they don’t specify was that out of these 110 studies, only two were human studies, consisting of a combined total of 36 people, of which only 23 people actually ingested sucralose.

Additionally, the longest of these two human trials lasted only four days and looked at sucralose in relation to tooth decay, not human tolerance!

Many people have sent me stories about their adverse reactions to Splenda, which are posted on my site. This list alone contains more people than were formally studied in the research submitted for FDA approval!

The remainder of those 110-plus “safety studies” were done on animals, and they actually revealed plenty of problems, such as:

  • Decreased red blood cells — sign of anemia — at levels above 1,500 mg/kg/day
  • Increased male infertility by interfering with sperm production and vitality, as well as brain lesions at higher doses
  • Enlarged and calcified kidneys (McNeil stated this is often seen with poorly absorbed substances and was of no toxicological significance. The FDA Final Rule agreed that these are findings that are common in aged female rats and are not significant.)
  • Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group
  • A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group

Common Side Effects of Splenda

The web site lists a variety of consumer complaints from Splenda consumption, such as:

Gastrointestinal problems Blurred vision
Migraines Allergic reactions
Seizures Blood sugar increases
Dizziness Weight gain

You can also read the first-hand accounts of many of my readers here, at least one of whom say that allowing Splenda on the market is “worse than chemical warfare” based on the adverse effects she suffered before she figured out the cause. Just as with aspartame, many Splenda users complain of general malaise or “feeling under the weather,” along with a variety of neurological changes, such as foggy-headedness, lack of concentration, and “bad mood.”

If you have ever suffered any side effects from taking Splenda or any artificially sweetened product, I strongly recommend reporting it to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area.

Splenda—”Made from Sugar” But More Similar to DDT…

That’s right.

The catchy slogan “Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar” has fooled many, but chemically, Splenda is actually more similar to DDT than sugar.

Sucralose starts off with a sugar molecule, yes, but that’s where the similarity ends. (A sucrose molecule is a disaccharide that contains two single sugars bound together, i.e. glucose and fructose.) Then, in a five-step patented process, three chlorine molecules are added to that sucrose (sugar) molecule.

This process converts the sugar molecule to a fructo-galactose molecule.

This type of sugar molecule does not occur in nature, and therefore your body does not possess the ability to properly metabolize it. As a result of this “unique” biochemical make-up, McNeil Nutritionals makes its claim that Splenda is not digested or metabolized by the body, hence it has zero calories.

But, if you look at the research, you will find that an average of 15 percent of sucralose IS in fact absorbed into your digestive system, and ultimately is stored in your body. To reach the average number of 15 percent means that some people absorb more and some people absorb less, depending on your biochemical makeup.

If you are healthy and your digestive system works well, you may be at HIGHER risk for breaking down this product in your stomach and intestines, so for you the adverse reactions may be more acutely felt.

How to Kick the Artificial Sweetener Habit

Sweet cravings are very common for the simple reason that sugar is as addictive as cocaine. Unfortunately, switching to artificial sweeteners will neither reduce these cravings nor increase your satiety. On the contrary, as discussed above, you’re likely making matters worse. 

Your body also craves sweets when you’re denying it the fuel it needs. Sugar (and grain carbs) is very quick fuel and can give your body a boost when it’s running low. Again, using artificial sweeteners does not trick your body into thinking it has had its fill; rather it wants more sweets because it didn’t get the energy boost with that sweet taste!

A powerful solution to help curb your cravings is to determine your nutritional type, which will tell you which foods you need to eat to feel full and satisfied.

It may sound hard to believe right now, but once you start eating right for your nutritional type, your sweet cravings will disappear. To help you turn your health around, I now offer the full nutritional typing program online for free, so please take advantage of this opportunity to dramatically change your health for the better.

Interestingly, nutrition- and fitness expert Ori Hofmekler recently shared a fascinating benefit of caffeine that can be helpful here. If you like coffee, drinking organic black coffee (meaning without sugar or milk) can help eliminate sugar cravings because the caffeine is an opioid receptor antagonist.

As you may know, sugar binds to the same opioid receptors as cocaine and other addictive substances. But once an opioid receptor antagonist occupies that receptor, it prohibits you from becoming addicted to something else. Therefore, caffeine may attenuate the addictive impact of sugar.

There are a few caveats to using this strategy however, including:

  • Only drink organic coffee (as it’s one of the most pesticide-heavy crops there are)
  • Drink it black, sans sugar/artificial sweeteners or milk
  • Only drink coffee in the morning, prior to exercise
  • Limit your consumption to one or two cups

In addition to eating right for your nutritional type, I highly recommend addressing the emotional component of your food cravings, using a tool such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It’s one of the most profoundly effective tools I’ve ever used or researched to help overcome food cravings and reach dietary success.

Turbo Tapping is particularly useful if you’re addicted to soda. It’s an extremely effective and simple tool to get rid of your addiction in a short period of time.

Homeopathic Alternatives to Vaccines

Retrieved from Natural News.  I thought this was an interesting alternative to the mainstream vaccines especially for those who want their children to be exposed to the virus without the scary chemicals and byproducts that are in the mainstream vaccines such as formaldehyde.  It does make me wonder though why we would expose children to a virus that is not rampant in our areas of the country…maybe they were referring to common viruses like chickenpox…not sure.  But Im guessing that most people who vaccinate do not think about it in terms of injecting a virus into their child’s body…eek, scary!
Know the homeopathic alternative to mainstream vaccines
(NaturalNews) More people are questioning the validity of mainstream vaccines for their children, themselves and their animals than ever before. And whilst many are choosing not to vaccinate, some are still caught up in the modern day thinking that you need to protect youngsters from disease. A safe alternative could lie in homeoprophylaxis.

First let’s look at childhood diseases. Children (this includes young animals, too) are not born with an immune system. What is called passive immunity is passed to the youngster via the mother’s milk. There is no substitute for this.

Sadly, not all doctors or midwives encourage breast feeding. And some mothers have difficulty in this area from a low supply to inverted nipples. Others find feeding their baby painful. Mastitis is not uncommon.

All these areas can be helped, if not completely cured, by appropriate homeopathic treatment.

As the baby grows, the immune system starts to develop. But the best way for this to naturally develop is to get in some practice. To get the practice, first you have to get the pathogens – the bacteria, the viruses, the fevers, etc. This is not unlike learning to ride a bicycle. You fall off many times before you get the hang of it. And this usually involves getting a scraped knee or something similar.

But it’s all in a good cause. As their immune systems become proficient in their skills, fewer and fewer health issues arise. It’s important to know that a healthy child, that is one who is physically and emotionally supported, will rarely get bad bouts. But for those who do, appropriate homeopathic treatment supports the body dealing with the problem.

Homeopathic treatment never suppresses symptoms. It supports the body in times of need. The result is an ever improving immune system. Symptoms are important signs showing what needs help.

Still, some parents feel a little uneasy waiting for disease to happen. They want another, safer alternative to mainstream vaccination. And there is one. It’s called homeoprophylaxis (HP).

HP uses the disease as the source of the remedy. However, the remedies themselves are taken beyond the physical properties and only contain the energy of the disease. By administering the remedy orally, the natural defensives of the body are instigated in their rightful order. Only one disease is ever given at one time. This prevents overloading the child’s system.

HP does not have any side effects. It does not contain any poisonous or dangerous ingredients. And the efficacy of this treatment is around 80%, an unusually high success rate from any form of treatment.

Not every homeopath supports HP. As in every field of human activity, there are several interpretations of how homeopathy should be used. If you are already using the services of a homeopath and are satisfied with the results, then it makes sense to take his/her advice.

If you are considering homeopathic treatment as an option, or are new to it, it’s important for you to know what is available. Although your preferred homeopathic practitioner knows more about health and homeopathy than you do, they are your children. You need to be able to make the most appropriate choices at the time, having weighed up all the information.

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