Monday, July 17, 2017

How Not to Die by Michael Greger, M.C.

I heard about Dr. Greger on the video What the Health and found his book How Not to Die at the local library. If you're serious about improving your health and making better diet choices, this book has everything you need.

Unfortunately, we get most of our health advice from our doctors and the health care system is run on a fee-for-service model. Doctors get paid for pills and procedures they prescribe. There is no financial incentive for recommending healthy eating and few medical schools offer nutritional training. In fact Dr. Greger states that the Medical Association has been strongly against nutritional training for doctors. It's up to you to educate yourself on healthy living. Dr. Greger notes that most deaths are related to what we eat and are preventable. His book is broken down into separate chapters: How Not to Die from Heart Disease, How Not to Die from Digestive Cancers etc.

The bottom line is that the American diet is bad (processed food and meat) and plant based diet is good.

Fiber protects the brain: Broccoli, cabbage, kale and cauliflower
Stroke reducing: Oranges
Reduce colon polyps: Turmeric (curcumin) and grapes Note: a trial of those eating 1/4 cup a day of beans cut their odds of polyps by 65%
Reduce cholesterol: 1 brazil nut a week
Greater bone and mineral density to prevent cancer: Beans, nuts, seeds (phylates)
Potassium: Green beans, sweet potatoes
Fight off infection: Kale and broccoli
Boost white blood cells against infection: Blueberries
Exercise: Boosts immune system
Boost antibody production: Mushrooms
Lower blood pressure: Flaxseed and hibiscus tea

But read the book, it's well worth reviewing.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Health Organization Diets

Sometime ago I recommended going to specific health organizations for a healthy diet, but I didn't think that recommendation through. America, I've often found, runs on money and greed and apparently health organizations are no different. According to What the Health what you need to check is the sponsors of those organizations. For instance, dairy products have been linked on some studies to breast cancer and yet Susan G. Koman, which is supposedly fighting breast cancer, is sponsored by Dannon (dairy) and Monsato (GMO seeds).
A reporter on the What the Health documentary tried unsuccessfully to talk to upper management of the Diabetes Association  about diet (the manager walked away and declared the interview over). Confused, the reporter checked on the Diabetes Association sponsors. Animal protein is found to be a contributor of diabetes (according to studies quoted in What the Health) and yet many recipes on the association's site contain animal products. Drug companies are a major sponsor and obviously it isn't in their best interest to recommend a healthy diet over drugs. Also, dairy farmers, meat producing organizations, poultry farms and many others both sponsor health organizations and spend a fortune on lobbyists who manage to get laws passed regardless of whether it harms the public or not.
I guess the only hope we have is to dig up the back yard, buy heirloom seeds and grow your own vegetables!

If you have any suggestions/recommendations, please leave a comment.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What the Health

In addition to my constant battle to lose pounds, I'm also trying to make healthier choices which you would think would be an easy task, but with the way meat and poultry is processed and the GMO in fruits and vegetables, it gets more confusing the deeper you delve.
Netflix has quite a few documentaries on the food industry and the latest one I watched was What the Health. The recommendation is a plant based diet. It was suggested, based on studies, that meat and poultry along with dairy products increases the risk of both prostate and breast cancer. Doctors and health organizations tend to help with managing a disease and not prevention (doctors rarely have any nutritional training). One hospital where the reporter had scheduled an interview with a cardiologist refused the reporter and camera crew entry. Their reasoning was that both the doctor and the hospital make money from surgeries and talking about diet to the patients would lose them money!

WHAT THE HEALTH from AUM Films & Media on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Chemicals Found in Skin Creams

The more I read about trying to eat a healthy diet the more confused I get. Unless you are growing your own fruits and vegetables, raising chickens and cows and keeping a diligent eye on them, it's extremely difficult to get food in your body without lots of added chemicals.

If that isn't problem enough, skin creams which we put on the biggest body organ - our skin - is laden with chemicals and carcinogens.

Here are a few sites to take a look at to make better choices in what to buy and put on your body.

Safe Cosmetics Without Carcinogens
Good Guide
EWG (Environmental Working Group) Skin Deep
Ingredients to Avoid
Urbanette Recommended Cosmetics
Search for Product Contents (Note a rating of 10 is the best)
Dangerous Ingredients in Bath and Body Products

On the Bath & Body Works fine fragrance mist I have it does show "not tested on animals" but does not show ingredients on the label.

If you are concerned with animal welfare, choose products with PETA leaping bunny Logos

One thing I did find in my bathroom cabinet that is devoid of chemicals is Dickinsons Witch Hazel which contains All natural distilled witch hazel, natural grain alcohol 14% and witch hazel extract - "We never test on animals".
The Ponds Cold Cream I use as a makeup remover has a rating of low to medium with Triethanolamine having the medium rating.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Arthritis Proof Your Life by Michelle Schoffro Cook

There are many benefits to losing weight and one is reducing stress on your body and bones. I read somewhere that for every added pound, your body puts 4 pounds of pressure on your joints, especially the knees.

Michelle Schoffro Cook gives detailed information on anti-inflammatory foods and supplements that might relieve joint pain. With a holistic approach she talks of enzymes, natural medicine and aromatherapy.

I highly recommend the book for those who want to take a more natural approach and a healthier view on attacking body aches and pains rather than taking drugs which their own commercials end with "and can cause death!"

Hop on over to her site for more info. on healthy choices

Note: I found her book Arthritis Proof Your Life at our local library.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan

idof-3I found Defense of Food on Netflix this week. Michael Pollan (who has also written a book on the subject) has some interesting thoughts on what we should eat.

His take-away thought is:
Eat Food
Not Too Much
Mostly Plants

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

Two things I've been tracking lately (along with calories) is sugar and sodium consumption. The free My Fitness Pal app tracks calories easily and you can also select nutrition on the menu to view your intake of sodium, sugar, cholesterol and vitamins. I'm trying to drastically reduce sugar from my diet. Although I don't drink soft drink or add sugar to tea or coffee, it still creeps in.

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes explains how our western society has become addicted to sugar and the unhealthy diet and disease that has resulted.
At one time the effects of sugar affected only the rich who could afford it. Elizabeth I is said to have black and rotted teeth something that the poor didn't suffer from as much. But when sugar became more affordable Western diseases resulted and in 1912 in America, during prohibition, sugar consumption increased when breweries were converted into candy factories. Even tobacco companies began marinading their cured leaves in a sugar sauce to make cigarettes more acidic and easier to inhale - reports of lung cancer shortly followed. (Alkaline leaves in cigars and pipe tobacco irritate the mucus membranes and stimulates coughing and were therefore not inhaled into the lungs)
Since then the battle has been fought between health advocates and the sugar industries. In 1930 The Sugar Institute was formed and advertised sugar as a health food to fight off colds and also a solution for mid-afternoon fatigue. The Food and Nutrition Board combated with omitting sugar on its list of recommended daily allowances for calories, protein and nutrition and declared sugar the worst of all foods.
On top of known sugar related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, Alzeheimer's has been found to be associated with insulin, diabetes and sugar consumption.

In 2005 Scottish researchers reported that diabetic patients who took the Metformin drug (reduces insulin resistance) had a reduced risk of cancer compared with diabetics on other medications.

It's predicted that 30% of Americans will get diabetes mostly due, not to genetic disposition, but  to overweight and obesity. Eugenia Calle published an analysis in The New England Journal of Medicine reporting that cancer mortality in the United States was clearly associated with obesity and those overweight were more likely (50-60%) to die from cancer than those with lean bodies.

One Scottish physician in a 1964 letter to The Lancet states "The refining of sugar may yet prove to have a greater tragedy for civilized man than the discovery of tobacco."


Any information in this blog should not take the place of medical advice from a professional. I am simply sharing my journey.