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We have all been on a diet at sometime in our life. We deprive and discipline ourselves for days, weeks and even months to achieve a certain goal, only to see our results sabotaged because of our inability to maintain the level of strictness. Few individuals can make drastic changes and have lasting success.
The body is always striving for health and it attempts to achieve that by continuously cleansing itself of waste material. Your body will work on its own to help you heal and be healthy even if you do little to help the process along. Unfamiliar to most weight-loss diets being touted today is toxicity control. Yet, toxicity is the primary cause of excess weight, particularly in people who have problems losing weight and keeping it off.
Toxins are produced in the body from the by-products of foods that are properly digested. This is increased with the ingestion of processed and chemically altered foods. We are not biologically adapted to deal with these forms of “food”. The more toxic waste that builds up in your system, the more this translates to excess weight.
Imagine working in a large corporation where your job is to shred 20 boxes of written paper a day. Now lets say you don’t have enough energy or enough time or both and all you can shred is 15 boxes. The next day that means you will have the 20 boxes plus the 5 from day before. If you still only shred 15- you will now have 10 extra boxes. By the second Monday of your job after your delivery of 20 boxes, you will have a total of 50 boxes to shred and capable of only shredding 15. These will have to be stored somewhere until they can be shredded, but where? If you have a weight problem this is precisely the predicament your body has to deal with. If you build more toxic waste everyday than is eliminated from your body, then it is going to be stored somewhere. Your body will tend to store the waste in your thighs, buttocks, around the mid- section, upper arms, under your chin.
Three reasons why we are unable to keep weight off or lose weight are poor digestion, poor elimination/constipation and a sluggish liver. Food cravings and hunger are closely related to digestive problems. Enzymes help us digest our food. They boost our energy, boost metabolism, detoxify and aid in weight loss. You can get enzymes by eating more raw fruits and vegetables, drinking water with lemon, making tea with apple cider vinegar or taking a supplemental enzyme formula. If you are overweight, diabetic, under stress, have bowel or digestive issues, drink coffee or sodas, eat white sugar, candy, cakes or mostly cooked and processed foods you will want to take enzymes.
The colon or large intestine is the end portion of the human digestive tract where waste is eliminated. Our intestines function as our bodies own waste disposal system. Any breakdown in the intestine’s natural cleansing process is accompanied by risks of poor food assimilation and toxicity build up.
To lose weight, cleanse and detoxify, it is paramount to support the avenues of elimination. You will want to increase the amount of fiber you consume to 25-35 grams/day. Most Americans get about 7-10 grams/day. You will want to do this slowly so as to decrease gas production and avoid further constipation. The best way to increase your fiber is to increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and legumes. Eat foods like lentils, steamed broccoli, cabbage and whole grain rice. You can also take flaxseed or psyllium seed or the one I recommend Whole Food Fiber from Standard Process.
Lastly, a sluggish liver fails to remove poisons and metabolic waste products. When the liver functions well, the whole body functions better. When the liver is congested, back-up systems are required which add extra burden or stress to other organs. Health is a dynamic process; “making do” is the same as losing ground. Do you look and feel healthy right now? Look around. Do the people around you look healthy, vibrant and full of energy? Most of us don’t know what healthy feels like. We ignore common ailments, put off that workout, completely overlook ourselves and underestimate our need for sleep.
Ask yourself is this the best version of you? Reexamine your relationship with food, your lifestyle and your health. Choose a diet rich in whole foods, eliminate sugar and processed foods, increase your fiber intake, support your liver and take digestive enzymes. True health is achieved by taking care of your body from the inside out.
Dr. Oz from Oprah's show says that 90% of Americans have parasites. We at Divine Health, LLC tend to agree.
Several opinion leaders in medicine state that the most undiagnosed condition in America is parasites. The various statistics I have seen show that anywhere from 30% to 90% of Americans have parasites. Parasites can cause seemingly random symptoms in various organs of the body, with various degrees of severity. Some symptoms of parasites are the source of great agony, and some are barely noticeable. The most common symptoms are clenching or grinding of the teeth or jaw and anal itching. Read through this article to get more of an idea if you might be affected by parasites.
Parasites can be big, like tapeworms: fifteen feet long. They can also be single-celled; only visible with a microscope. They can live anywhere in the body, such as in the sinuses, around the ears, in the brain and, of course, the intestines. Parasites can even live in the heart muscle or heart chambers.
One doctor we know grew up in a family of butchers. After years of slaughtering cattle, he could see which cows were sick just by looking at them. They would slice the throats of the cows and then cut the jaw muscles. Upon slicing the jaw muscles of the sick cows, parasite eggs would pour out onto the floor. This is why people grind their teeth at night--because parasites inhabit the jaw muscles. Jaw grinding happens primarily at night when parasites are more active.
Some parasites lay eggs. The eggs hatch around the time of the full moon, give or take four days. When they hatch, it makes people act crazy. This is why an observant cop, teacher or emergency room doctor will dread full moons--they will be busier.
In our office, we have seen parasites cause psoriasis, heart problems, constipation, diarrhea, muscle weakness, floaters in the eyes, junk food cravings, excessive appetite, allergies and depression. Many people who complete a parasite program report that they are happier and enjoy the company of others more.
To get rid of parasites, Mother Nature has provided us with certain plants. In Japan, people use wasabi (with sushi) and in Mexico, it's hot peppers. In India, people use curry and turmeric to stay free of parasites. Many cultures throughout the world do a parasite cleanse every six months or one year. The World Health organization recognizes Wormwood as an effective herb to kill parasites. When worms die, they cause intestinal cramping, pain, diarrhea or constipation. In the toilet, the worms often look like angel hair pasta with a frayed end. They could be a few millimeters long to six inches long. One of my clinician friends had a patient who excreted a two foot roundworm.
To kill egg-laying parasites, it is necessary to take the herbs for ten days, then stop them for five. This is because for ten days you are killing the "mother" parasite. It releases a chemical that prevents the eggs from hatching. When the mother is dead, the eggs start to hatch. Let them hatch for five days, then start back on the herbs. If you don't, the baby parasites will fight each other to become the next dominant worm. Cycle the program like this for 2 to 3 months. I have had many clients do a parasite program that they picked up at the health food store. I have never seen one of these work, primarily because there is no cycling of the herbs. The herbs may also be ineffective even when cycled properly because they may not be the correct herbs to target the specific parasite a person has. Certain herbs are more effective for certain parasites, and we can discern which herbs are appropriate via muscle testing. Parasites that do not lay eggs do not require cycling of the herbs.
Parasites are largely ignored by the medical profession. I have heard a lot of M.D.'s dismiss the topic by saying, "We don't have parasites in this country." Truthfully, the University of Michigan Parasitology Department identifies 100 parasites a day! I am amazed at the number of people who have health problems from parasites. At any hospital, easily 90% of the patients have them but they are not being identified.
The sneaky thing about parasites is that out of more than 1,000 different kinds of parasites that can infect us, we can only detect about 50 of them through regular medical testing. The other 950+ can be found only through alternative methods of testing like Nutrition Response Testing. To be sure that you are free of parasites, call the office and asked to be checked. Bring your family as well, because we often share parasites with each other and our pets.
The most important thing you need to do is avoid Sugar, Carbohydrates and Antihistamines. Parasites feed on sugars and carbohydrates so the least amount you eat of these foods, the quicker they will die off and be purged from your body.
Also avoid dairy including cheese as it is mucous producing. This just creates more hiding areas for the parasites from detection.
Try to use “Low Glycemic Index” vegetables. Vegetables lower in sugars and carbs. Stay away from vegetables higher in sugars/carbs, such as sweet potatoes, yams, corn, squash, peas.
Use olive oil and butter instead of margarine.
All vegetables (preferably low glycemic index – low sugar content)
Cooked vegetables only.
Baked, roasted and steamed are best, boiled is OK but you lose nutritional values.
All meats except Pork
All fish– preferably no shell fish. Shell fish are scavengers and feed off of the bottom of water beds
Apple Cider Vinegar Tea
-Bisphenol A (BPA) is it in your body, a question you need to ask? How it got there and how do you minimize being exposed to it? It's a hormone disruptor that can be found in almost everybody, and animal studies have linked it to breast and prostate cancer, and infertility; you need to learn how to avoid the chemical. It increases estrogen in the body.
-ESTROGEN OVERLOAD is one of the largest challenges I have discovered that affects both males and females of all ages. Synthetic estrogens are called xenohormones they create imbalances in the body. They are commonly found in Polycarbonate; one of the plastics that carry the No. 7 recycling symbol — it is clear, tough and lightweight. That makes it ideal for everything from bulletproof glass, water bottles, sippy cups, the dental sealant in your mouth, plastic knives, forks and spoons, food storage containers; the list is nearly endless.
-Polycarbonate is made from Bisphenol A. They are the epoxy resins that line the inside of food and beverage cans small amounts of BPA leach out when the plastic or can lining containers come in contact with food or water. “Close to 100 percent of our exposure occurs this way.” Say Michael Shelby of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a division of the National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
-“Low levels of BPA are also found in house dust, the air and in water,” adds Shelby, who is the director of NIEHS’s center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction.
-What worries some scientists is that BPA is an estrogenic “mimic.” It activates the same receptors in the body as estrogen does. In fact BPA was first studied in the 1930’s as a synthetic estrogen for women. Hormones are the messengers in the body’s endocrine system. Chemicals like BPA are called “endocrine disruptors.”
-“BPA is the largest volume endocrine disrupting chemical in commerce,” says BPA critic Frederick Vom Saul, a biologist at the University of Missouri, Worldwide, and more than six million pounds a BPA are manufactured every year. Vom Saul is convinced that BPA causes a host of problems, including breast and prostate cancer.
-How this affects you as a consumer ought to raise an eye brow. You see these compounds that you and your entire family are continuous and relentlessly bombarded with are a component of why there are tender breasts and heavy menses in females interrupting sexual intimacy, and potential prostate swelling and cancer in men; your children in fact may have accelerated secondary sexual characteristics with young girls having an increased sexual appetite and young boys having effeminate tendencies.
-The characteristics I see with prominent BPA exposure, and other toxic compound exposure from conventional foods, car exhaust, finger nail polish, hair and other aerosol sprays, paints, noxious vapor compounds released from carpets, wall paper, and magazine ink create body signals that create a congested liver with spider veins, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, skin tabs on the neck and around the body, and the elusive cherry hemangiomas. When you see these body signals on your or your family’s body, it is time to evaluate what you are doing to protect your self from toxic exposure.
-How'd it get there? Studies show canned foods are a common source of daily BPA exposure in our lives. Cans of soda generally contain less BPA than canned pasta or soup! The worst foods tested contain enough BPA to put pregnant women and formula-fed infants much closer to dangerous levels than the government typically allows. Even some liquid infant formula is packed in cans lined with BPA, which seems ludicrous given the special vulnerabilities of children's developing systems.
-Hold on before you run out and buy a metal water bottle -- make sure you know what you're getting. Many reusable metal water bottles are lined with the same BPA-leaching plastic found in cans of food. How do you get rid of it? Unfortunately, BPA is so widely used and manufactured that you're not likely to eliminate it from your system altogether.
#1 - Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE) or (PET). Polyester is its nickname.
Used for: soft drink and water bottles, beer bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter and salad dressing containers, oven able film, oven able pre-prepared food trays.
Recycled into: Polar fleece clothing, fiber, tote bags, bottles, clothing, furniture, carpet.
#2 - High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).
Used for: milk, water and juice containers, trash and retail bags, liquid detergent bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs, cereal box liners.
Recycled into: liquid laundry detergent containers, drainage pipe, oil bottles, recycling bins, benches, pens, doghouses, vitamin bottles, floor tile, picnic tables, lumber, mailbox posts, fencing.
#3 - Vinyl (Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC)
Used for: Clear food packaging, shampoo bottles, medical tubing, wire and cable insulation. There has been increasing concern over the potential toxicity of PVC, watch the media for developments.
#4 - Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
Used for: Bread bags, frozen food bags, squeezable bottles (e.g. honey, mustard).
#5 - Polypropylene (PP)
Used for: Ketchup bottles, yogurt containers and margarine tubs, medicine bottles
#6 - Polystyrene (PS)
Used for: Compact disc jackets, food service applications, grocery store meat trays, egg cartons, aspirin bottles, cups, plates.
#7 - Other: Use of this code indicates that the package in question is made with a resin other than the six listed above, or is made of more than one resin used in combination.
Used for: Three and five gallon reusable water bottles, some citrus juice and ketchup bottles
Lori M. Serra, ND
Reference: Nutrition Action April 2008.
You can choose to eat the class of carbohydrate foods that deplete the body of nutrients and are detrimental to your health. This class consists of grains that are refined or processed in a factory. They include white bread, sugar, white pasta, white rice, candies, cakes, cookies, and pop. These are made by man for easy shipping, long shelf life, flavor, high volume, and uniformity in production.
The result of eating excess amounts of carbohydrates includes diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, overweight, fatigue, some forms of cancer, depression, allergies, digestive problems, a breakdown of the body, etc…
Most of the above statistics are taken from the USDA book: "Trends in U.S. Food Supply"
A statistic from mercola.com announces that around 1900 the average American only consumed about a pound of vegetable oil (high in omega-6) per year. Now we are consuming over 75 pounds each every year. Vegetable oil is a totally new product that our body has no idea how to digest. Therefore, it floats around in our arteries, undigested and causes plaquing. Vegetable oils are the yellow oils in clear bottles. Do not use them.
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Nutrition: Real food, as designed by Nature, to enable the body to repair itself and become healthier.
Whole Foods: Food that has undergone very little processing and has been grown or produced without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
Metabolism: Refers to many of the processes when the body deals with incoming food.
Amino acids: The building blocks of protein.
Protein: Consists of different combinations of about 20 amino acids. The function is: building blocks of cells, muscles, organs, skin, etc. Primarily NOT used for energy. (Comes from the Greek word “protos” first; so called because it is a chief ingredient of living matter.)
Examples of Protein:
Beef Chicken Fish Eggs Duck Rabbit Pork Bacon Lamb
Fat: Solid or liquid, generally odorless, tasteless, greasy material found in plants and animal tissue. The function in the body is stored, high quality energy.
Examples of Fats:
Butter Olive Oil Coconut Oil Nuts & Seeds, including Nut Butters (raw is best) Flaxseed Oil Meat, Fish & Poultry Fat Cheese Avocados
Carbohydrates (Carbo+Hydrate – Carbon+Water): Simple combinations of carbon and water are called sugars. The more complex ones are the starches. The most complex ones are fibers. The function is to provide instant, quick energy.
Sugars: The simplest carbohydrate. Usually sweet substances found mostly in plants. The body converts this to body fat.
Examples of sugars:
Candies Cookies Cakes Ice cream Syrups Honey Soda/Soft Drinks
Starches: More complex carbohydrates. They are white powders found in potatoes, corn and other grains. In the body they break down to sugar and are converted to body fat.
Examples of starches:
Starchy vegetables: acorn squash, butternut squash, winter squash, beets, corn, peas, turnips, carrots, sweet potatoes/yams, potatoes, pumpkin
Beans: kidney, black, chickpea
Rice & rice pasta
Fruit: apples, grapefruit, all berries & pears
Breads (we recommend Ezekiel Bread)
(we recommend) Gluten free grains, flours, etc.
Fibers: Most complex carbohydrates. They are indigestible plant matter, which help digestion and clean out the intestines. They simply travel through the body. Vegetables are high in fiber.
Examples of fibrous foods:
Blood sugar: The body breaks down all carbohydrates (except fibers) to a simple form of sugar (called “Glucose”) and goes into the blood, therefore called “blood sugar”.
The complexity of carbohydrates determines the speed (how fast they get into the blood stream) and how much Insulin (a hormone) response they create. Complex carbohydrates need more time to break down and create a smaller insulin response. The simple carbohydrates (sugars) go into the blood fast and generate a high insulin response.
Hormones: These are produced in several glands in the body. They perform specific functions. Hormones regulate everything that is happening inside your body. They are the most powerful biological agents known to science. The entire hormonal system is interconnected. Therefore, a change in one hormone equals a change in all hormones. Hormones also have a major influence on body composition (muscle/fat ratio) and aging.
Insulin: A metabolic hormone with many vital functions. One of them is producing and storing body fat from excess carbohydrates.
Glucagon: Another metabolic hormone, with opposing functions to Insulin. Glucagon unlocks fat storages and releases fat for energy purposes.
Insulin and Glucagon are opposing paired hormones. This means that when one goes up the other goes down. They are the master controllers of metabolism and serve opposite functions.
In a simple study, researchers injected a group of rats with Insulin and another group with Glucagon. The group that received Insulin gained body fat. The group that received Glucagon lost body fat.
The Insulin/Glucagon ratio is the key for health, body composition, mental productivity and energy levels.
Your body is an energy machine, never resting, always metabolically active, and it powers its operations mainly using Glucose (a basic form of sugar). In the body, all carbohydrates finally break down to Glucose (blood sugar). The body must have the Glucose and even in starvation, it is able to convert other substances (fat and muscle) to Glucose, to maintain its normal level.
When you eat any carbohydrates, they break down to sugars and finally to Glucose. The Glucose rushes into your blood quickly; in other words, your blood sugar level will rise sharply. Your body makes an instant decision of how much of that pure energy goes for immediate needs and how much will it store. The tool of this decision is Insulin, which regulates the processing of blood sugar. A small amount of carbohydrate intake generates a small Insulin response. A large amount of carbohydrate intake generates a large Insulin response.
Insulin does three things to blood sugar:
Insulin is also a fat storage and locking hormone. In other words, it makes you fat and it keeps you fat.
Glucagon serves the opposite functions of Insulin. Just as Insulin is a fat storage and locking hormone, Glucagon is an unlocking and fat burning hormone.
You want to raise Glucagon levels and lower Insulin levels if you want to be healthy and have a healthy body weight. Glucagon aims to correct imbalances that create body fat storage and blocks fat burning.
Carbohydrates trigger Insulin (fat storage).
Proteins trigger Glucagon (fat burning).
Fats (and Oils) do not have an effect on either Insulin or Glucagon when they are consumed alone.
When you shift your metabolic system to fat burning, your body produces its own energy instead of being bypassed by sugars. That IS your metabolism at work.
The idea is to eat high protein foods and to moderate the quantity of oils (1-3 tablespoons per meal). Oils are the key to having a strong metabolism, shift to fat burning and have high energy all day. More oil, better results. Also, eat lots of complex carbohydrates (salads & vegetables), eat starches sparingly (see list on other page under “starches”) and avoid sugars.
Shop around the perimeter of a market and don’t go down the aisles.
Organic meats, fruits and vegetables are best.
Make changes slowly. Work with your nutrition practitioner. Do not “slam in” the perfect way of eating as you will experience major withdrawal symptoms that are not comfortable and will result in you overeating the wrong kinds of foods.
Circling the world in the 1920’s and 30’s, Dr. Weston A. Price and his wife found the same sinister pattern among “primitive” populations, whether isolated Irish fisherman, tribal Africans, Pacific Islanders, Eskimos, North and South American Indians or Australian Aborigines.
Those groups that followed their traditional nature-based diets enjoyed good health and vigor, and those that turned to the “civilized” diet of processed, sugar-laden foods soon developed a variety of ills, including misshapen bones and teeth, and the situation worsened with each generation.
He visited 134 indigenous peoples around the world, including:39 Eskimo groups in Alaska and Canada, 8 South Pacific Islands, 15 African tribes, 13 Australian Aboriginal tribes, 21 New Zealand Maori, 25 ancient civilizations in Peru, isolated Swiss and Gaelics.
Dr. Price found that the people on their traditional diets had far superior health than the people who ate foods of modern commerce. There was relatively no cancer, heart disease, cavities, arthritis, suicide, mental disorders or crime. The tribal members had robust health, perfectly aligned white teeth, thick bones and could endure harsh physical trauma with ease.
Weston Price’s studies convinced him that the best diet was one that combined nutrient dense whole grains with animal products, particularly fish. The healthiest African tribe he studied was the Dinkas. They were not as tall as the cattle-herding Neurs groups but they were physically better proportioned and had greater strength. Their diet consisted mainly of fish and cereal grains. This is one of the most important lessons of Price’s research. He learned that a mixed diet of whole foods, one that avoids the extremes of the carnivorous Masai and the largely vegetarian Bantu, ensures optimum physical development.
Here are some of Dr. Price's own quotes from his book called "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration"
“The reputation of the (New Zealand) Maori people for splendid physiques has placed them on a pedestal of perfection. Much of this has been lost in modernization. …great physical endurance and good mind.”
(Torres Strait Islanders) “In their native state they have exceedingly little disease. Dr. J. R. Nimmo, the government physician in charge of the supervision of this group, told me in his thirteen years with them he had not seen a single case of malignancy…among the entire four thousand native population. He stated that during that same period he had operated several dozen malignancies for the white population, which numbers about three hundred.”
“Several of the tribes neighboring Ethiopia are agriculturists and grow corn, beans, millet, sweet potatoes, bananas, Kafir corn, and other grains, as their chief articles of food. Physically they are not as well built as either the tribes using dairy products liberally or those using fish from the fresh water lakes and streams. They have been dominated because they possess less courage and resourcefulness.”
Native Hotel Staff at Goma, Belgian Congo. “An examination of 320 teeth of ten individuals revealed twenty teeth with caries, or 6.3 per cent. It is significant that all of these carious teeth were in the mouth of one individual, the cook. The cook used European foods. The others all boarded themselves and lived on native diets.”
"I have referred to the importance of a high-vitamin butter for providing the fat-soluble activators to make possible the utilization of the minerals in the foods. In this connection, it is of interest that butter constitutes the principle source of these essential factors for many primitive groups throughout the world. …It’s brilliant orange color testified to the splendid pasture for the dairy animals. The most physically perfect people in northern India are probably the Pathans who live on dairy products largely in the form of soured curd, together with wheat and vegetables."
One of Dr. Schmidt's favorite quotes from Dr. Price is regarding the Melanesians of the island of Viti Levu. “My guide told me that it had always been essential, as it is today, for the people of the interior to obtain some food from the sea…at least every three months. This was a matter of keen interest, and at the same time disappointment since one of the purposes of the expedition to the South Seas was to find, if possible, plants or fruits which together, without the use of animal products, were capable of providing all of the requirements of the body for growth and for maintenance of good health and a high state of physical efficiency.”
Sally Fallon has stated, “When Dr. Weston Price made his pioneering studies of primitive peoples around the world, he was struck by the fact that almost every group he visited ate a certain amount of their animal protein raw. The proportion of raw animal protein in the diet varied considerably. Among the Eskimo groups it verged on 100 percent; natives of the Polynesian islands consumed a good portion of the seafood they caught without cooking it; African tribes valued liver in its raw state (and blood) essential to good health and optimum growth and strength. Tribes whose eating habits were largely vegetarian nevertheless ingested raw animal protein in the form of grubs and insects. The principle source of raw animal protein for European communities was unpasteurized milk products."--Sally Fallon, Nourishing Traditions
“Dr. Price was often called to the bedside of dying individuals, when last rites were administered. He brought with him two things: a bottle of cod liver oil and a bottle of high vitamin butter oil from cows eating growing grass. He put drops of both under the tongue of the patient. More often than not, the patient revived. He was puzzled by the fact that cod liver oil alone and butter alone seldom revived the dying patient, but the two together worked like magic.” From the book: Tripping Lightly Down the Prostaglandin Pathways
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