Dirty trivia: Would eat something dropped in the toilet? How about dropped in the kitchen sink? Well, the number two germiest place in your home is not your toilet! It is the kitchen sink… Toilets don’t even make the top 20 germiest things list. OK, so what is the number one germiest thing in the house? The average kitchen sponge…
It may be safer to eat in the bathroom!
Creatine is an organic acid naturally produced in the liver to help supply cellular energy all over the body but particularly to muscle cells. Creatine is formed from the amino acids L-arginine, glycine, and L-methionine. Supplemental creatine helps supply energy where it is demanded in athletes to improve athletic performance. Taking supplemental creatine can actually increase high-intensity workout performance in by up to 15%. But creatine isn’t just for working out because creatine also helps treat a range of neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders, such as arthritis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, congestive heart failure, and even depression. Heck, creatine also can improve cognitive ability and can boost brain power. The cautions for creatine supplementation are a higher risk of dehydration and muscle cramps, stomach pain and nausea when taken away from food and in rare cases diarrhea. I have heard rumors of problems for people with existing kidney or liver damage but can’t find any studies to confirm that one. As always, buy a reputable brand and follow label directions.
More energy, more repetitions, more brain power
Acetaminophen is now used in more than 600 different medicines. Every single week some 52 million people in the US take it. But did you know that acetaminophen is the single largest cause of acute liver failure in the country? Bet you also didn’t know that one of the “side effects” of acetaminophen (main ingredient in Tylenol) is that it also blunts positive emotions. Acetaminophen has been swallowed by Americans for over 70 years and it has just been revealed in a study that it also works against positive emotions. So, the big news is that the liver-killing chemical that dulls pain (less and less the more you use it), also dulls emotions in general. It is now even being touted as an “all-purpose emotion reliever.” Feeling a bit down-in-the-mouth about something? Feeling a bit too happy about something? Pop another Tylenol. Even if it does land you in the ER and up your chances for winning the cancer lotto, you won’t care either way!
Side effects? All effects are side effects. And who needs emotions anyhow…
Coffee enemas are known to relieve rashes, depression, confusion, general nervous tension, allergy related symptoms, severe and chronic pain and help the body fight disease and cancer.
New dimension in coffee enjoyment
So, scientists fed two groups of mice with either coconut oil or soybean oil for 6 months. The unfortunate soy-fed mice grew three times larger than the luckier coconut-fed mice. Three times?? But that’s not all. The condemned soy-fed mice also had fattier livers along with higher rates of glucose intolerance, heart disease, cancer and early deaths. How does this relate to humans? This 6-month experiment that reeked metabolic havoc in mice equates to about 20 years of human life. Sounds to me like the exact same health problems soy-fed humans are experiencing… Did you know that cooking with and eating coconut oil not only helps control your weight but also gives you a healthier heart and brain? I like the sounds of that! Coconut oil is loaded with medium chain amino acids that your body requires for overall health. Coconut oil is also anti-fungal and is great for topical uses on rashes and general skin care. Sore muscles? Mix a little DMSO in some coconut oil and use it for a muscle rub. Oh, and avoid anything and everything that has any form of soy in it (unless it is organic natto). That’s what I do.
I think we see the human results of eating soybean oil very plainly…
Antibiotic overuse is costing us our health. Read this Real Health Talk article to find some of the many costly consequences of antibiotic overuse:
The more we use them the more they hurt us!
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical found in food and drink packaging, food container liners, baby bottles thermal receipt paper, dental sealants and even in plastic plumbing pipes and parts. BPA is an endocrine disruptor that interferes with the body’s normal hormone signaling and can totally screw up reproductive function. So, what happens when you expose pregnant mice to BPA levels equivalent to “FDA acceptable” human levels? You get three generations of offsprings that have significant reproductive problems – including lack of fertility, declining pregnancy success and all kinds of sexual maturity problems. Doesn’t this sound like a current human problem too? The National Institutes of Health says the primary route of human exposure to BPA is through the diet and according to a report in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, scientists have recently found detectable levels of BPA in 93% of human urine samples. Want to hear the bad news in all this? The lower the dose of BPA given to the study mice, the more profound the negative fertility and reproductive effects were in the third generation. Don’t wait! It is time to go plastic-free until the mucky mucks sort this one out.
A problem that will last for generations!
Friday vitamin trivia: What does ‘RDA’ really stand for? The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D was set by the IOM at 200-600 IUs a day. But new calculations published in the journal Nutrition calls for closer to 9,000 IUs a day for most people just to obtain optimal blood levels of vitamin D. Even really healthy people generally need about 2,400 IU per day to maintain their levels. So, RDA (according to the IOM) must mean ‘Ridiculously Deficient Amount’.
The best form of D comes from 30 minutes of sun a day!
The physician Luke from the bible was recorded by a personal scribe to have prescribed activated charcoal (AC) to a traveling merchant for intestinal upset. Ancient Egyptians and Hindus, Native Americans and Victorian England also used AC mixed in water to sooth stomach ills. Charcoal biscuits have been used for centuries as an antidote to smelly flatulence. AC is used today in hospitals for emergency treatment for poisoning and is a great home-remedy for stomach and intestinal bugs, colic, infant jaundice, general indigestion and heartburn, tooth pain, acne and bug bites. AC even whitens teeth by pulling stain-causing elements from tooth enamel when used along with glycerin-free toothpaste. AC is readily available at health food stores and even in pharmacies. Not many people know that AC reduces food allergy symptoms by binding to offending proteins that the body can’t break down, such as gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy, and other allergens. Caveats: AC is for occasional use only and is not a remedy or a cure for severe anaphylactic allergy reactions by itself. You can take between 1,000 and 2,000mg of AC with water up to 4 times daily, as needed. I keep some mixed up in a quart jar of water – ready to shake and drink.
Keep it handy for emergencies!
How many times does something need to fail before repeating it becomes insanity? Medical madness seems to think at least 7 times. Yes 7 vaccinations against pertussis is what they think will finally ‘protect’ a child against whooping cough. Uh, maybe it isn’t going to work because two very recent studies have found a vast majority of people getting sick with whooping cough are actually up to date with their immunizations… One study by Kaiser Permanente found the pertussis vaccine effectiveness to be as low as 24%. Even so, mucky mucks at the CDC are still shaming/blaming people and their children who are not up to date with their immunizations for the spread of the disease. Here’s a thinker for you: What if the vaccination is spreading the very disease it is ‘protecting’ children against? This is a phenomena called shedding - where a freshly vaccinated child sheds the vaccination form of the disease and spreads it around like peanut butter. FYI: Children with a vitamin A deficiency fare the worst during a bout with whooping cough.
If it doesn’t work – don’t fix it??
Do you want to know what can make your blood pressure rocket? Eat out, get high blood pressure. This is according to a new study at Duke-NUS Medical School that shows the correlation between meals eaten away from home and high blood pressure. Why? Because eating out brings higher caloric intake, higher saturated fat intake and higher processed salt intake – among things. So, do you think that this only applies to crusties (old folks)? Well, this study was done on otherwise healthy college kids and statistical analysis found pre-hypertension rates jumped by 6% with just one meal eaten out per week but climbed steadily to 38% with more than 12 meals taken away from home per week. The stats also showed that the more people eat out, the higher the body mass index rose, the lower the physical activity levels became and the likelihood of smoking escalated. What should all this information this tell us? That our pre-hypertension and hypertension problem is more about our lifestyles and modifying our lifestyles would bring a subsequent drop in blood pressure disorders.
Raises my BP just thinking about it!
Americans pay up to 100% more for cancer drug treatments than patients in other countries – meanwhile, since 2000, the average cost of treatment in the US has also grown 100%. The number of people with cancer has also grown 100% for many cancer types since the 1950’s. A whopping 50% of all people will now have cancer in their lifetime. A few more years and that number will also reach right at 100%…
Cancer is not spreading as fast as the cost – yet…
Cloves and the powers of eugenol: Cloves have amazing natural medicinal properties. Being both antiseptic and anesthetic in nature, cloves actually numb toothaches and help heal teeth and gums naturally. A study in the Journal of Dentistry showed that cloves worked just as well as the side-effect causing Big Pharma drug benzocaine (in Anbesol and Orajel) when it came to treating toothache and gum infection pain. Seems that we have too soon forgotten how dentists a few decades ago relied on cloves for treating teeth and gum problems… But that is not all that cloves do! They also fight intestinal parasites, candida, viruses and gut dysbiosis while helping build a healthier immune system and naturally freshening breath. You can eat whole cloves or ground up cloves with food or place them directly on a toothache, gum problems. Clove oil has high concentrations of eugenol and can be a very effective in a compress for skin lesions when cut with olive oil. Don’t overdo cloves though as they are a highly potent herbal medicine when used in small quantities but can cause liver and respiratory problems if ingested in consistently large amounts.
Works better than drugs because there are no side-effects!
The spin doctor is in! SIDS rates are declining and actually fell 90% in 2001. That’s big news and that’s what they want you to believe. But a closer inspection of infant deaths shows that the same period had a significant rise in infant deaths attributed to ‘suffocation in bed’ and ‘unknown causes.’ In fact, the total post-neonatal mortality rate has hardly changed at all. Today, the trend is for the death-certifier (who previously classified these incidences as SIDS death) to call it ‘suffocation,’ or ‘unknown’ or ‘unspecified death’. The Back to Sleep campaign dropped the SIDS rates by 8.6% but raised the ‘suffocation in bed’ incidences by 11.2% – (along with bringing on yet another disorder: flat head syndrome). Dr. William Torch of the University of the Nevada School of Medicine reports that, out of 103 children’s death from SIDS, two-thirds of them died within three weeks of having been immunized with DPT vaccine. On a related note, did you know that a mere 100 mg a day of vitamin C given to an infant prevents SIDS?
You can make any numbers look great with the right spin. ;-)
Did you know that in 2012, consumers set a new record for buying highly processed foods? In fact, over 80% of food calories purchased in one study were ready-to-heat/ready-to-eat products which tend to be much higher in bad fats, GMOs, cheap sugars and over-processed salt than other less-processed foods. Unfortunately for consumers, Big Grocery food scientists have purposefully concocted the right combinations of sugars, fats, salt and “flavorings” in processed foods to actually promote overeating along with repeat purchases – which ultimately contributes to obesity and poor health. Convenience, perceived affordability and designer tastes prevail to win the average consumer over invest in highly processed foods over minimally processed foods. Here’s the hook: Because of this rampant problem, studies are now suggesting that to improve the overall poor food nutrient profiles in the US, food manufacturers need “incentives” to improve the nutritional quality of their products. How much money will this retrogressive thinking cost the hapless taxpayer to fix the unfixable problem that stems from corporate greed?
Ready to heat – ready to eat – ready to get sick?
Ever heard of adrenal fatigue? Some 80% of people will suffer from adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives. What is adrenal fatigue? The adrenal glands above the kidneys secrete over 50 different hormones that are essential for life and well-being. Among these 50 are adrenaline, cortisol, progesterone and testosterone that are critical for producing energy, balancing electrolytes, storing fat and dealing with stress. When your adrenal glands get overworked and undernourished, adrenal fatigue is the result. Now you feel tired for no reason, stressed out, have morning fatigue and mid-afternoon sleepiness, decreased sex drive, depression, weight gain around the waist, pain levels rising, you become forgetful, your body temperature drops and you crave unhealthy snacks. Worse yet, your immune system tanks making you more susceptible to chronic diseases and cancer. Any of these symptoms sound familiar? Start on the road to adrenal recovery by eliminating stress from your life, improve the diet, exercise and take some really good multivitamins. Classic Chinese Medicine herbs like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola and Astragalus are also perfect for adrenal support.
Yep, this is what it looks like…
Don’t feed the fungi trivia: Fungal infections are reported to kill over 1.5 million people a year worldwide and more than 40% of victims with a systemic Candida albicans infection will die. Diet is largely responsible for allowing fungi like Candida to live in the human gut and branch out through the whole body like the roots of a tree. Studies show that grapefruit seed extract is far more effective than the best chemicals big pharma has.
Eczema or fungus?