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FOR WOMEN ONLY: Do NOT Try Another Weight Loss Method Until You’ve Watched This VIDEO

(Yes, there’s a video – we suggest you read the post first, LOL 😉

 

 

The Daily “RUDE SHOCK”

You’ve just rolled out of bed and you’re kind of mindlessly heading towards the shower.  On the way, you pass by the mirror, of course and, without thinking, you actually look at your own body…
SHOCK! …that belly fat… those “love handles” over your hips… the sagging butt… the “thunder thighs”… “OMG!” you say out loud. 

 

Your self-image takes a nose dive.  Then you think about all your attempts to shed those unwanted pounds and you blame yourself and call yourself a failure.  So your self-esteem rapidly catches up to your self-image, both now in a nose-to-nose terminal descent towards yet another crash landing.
This scenario is all too common.  And while it’s not unique to women, that fact is that it’s more common with women and for two reasons:

1. A higher percentage of women have weight issues, and…

 

2. It is HARDER for women to shed the pounds and keep them off.

 

FEMALE Weight Loss is a Different Animal

When it comes to the human body, we like to pretend we know the whole picture.  The FACT is, though, we’re often operating in the dark!  For example, what does your liver do?  Would it shock you to find out we’re still learning more about that?  It should.

Weight loss is no different – we’ve spent decades assuming that whatever works for men should work for women… despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Fortunately, we’re now seeing a breakthrough that’s benefiting tens of thousands of women worldwide.
Yes, every once in a while, humanity makes a breakthrough and finally figures out a better solution, a solution that works for a much higher percentage of people.  And ladies, that’s just come true for you.
Although there are certainly lots of clinically obese women out there who would love to lose the weight, in my coaching experience it’s even more often the case that you’re desperately trying to lose just that last 20-40 pounds.  And that can be THE most difficult weight to lose.
True, if you’ve only got 20-40 pounds left to lose, no one is going to call you obese.  Heck, they may not even notice you’re carrying extra weight at all, depending on what you’re wearing.
But YOU notice.  That’s the 20-40 pounds that not only keeps you out of your bikini – it’s keeping you out of a lot of other clothes you love, especially in the warm weather, and it may be impacting the kind of social invitations you accept (costume party = yes, pool party = Are you kidding me?!) and the kind of vacations you plan (hmmm… sight-seeing = Sure thing!  Beach = Not a chance~!).

Simplistic Theories You Need to Ignore

To shed the pounds AND to avoid having your self-esteem pummelled on a daily basis, there are several prevalent theories of weight loss you need to train yourself to tune out.  Unfortunately, despite all the medical evidence to the contrary, you still hear these, sometimes

even from “gurus”, so be careful.
The Input / Output Theory:  if you just eat less and exercise more, you’ll lose weight.
That would be great if exercise were a viable approach to weight loss.  It is NOT.  It doesn’t burn enough calories efficiently enough.  It also doesn’t address the question of your metabolism – how your unique metabolism produces and burns fats.
I know lots of people who get lots of regular exercise, but the pounds just don’t come off and, more importantly, THEIR TENDENCY TO GAIN WEIGHT REMAINS UNAFFECTED.  That’s critical and we’ll get to it in a moment.
Moreover, starving the weight off is hardly a recipe for sustainable weight management!

The Low Carb Theory: a low carb diet will take those pounds off.
And it often will, no question.  Everything from Atkins to Paleo can work really well in this respect, simply because so many people have metabolisms that convert sugars into fat faster than a politician converts facts into fantasies.  What’s the catch?
This doesn’t alter your metabolism.  And you DO need to consume a certain quantity of “good” carbs to maintain optimal health.
These and many of the other theories and approaches you’ll hear (“it’s all emotional”, “you need to count calories”, “don’t eat fats”, etc, etc., ad nauseum) are not only half-truths or even completely wrong as theories, they’re also enormously damaging to your belief in yourself as a person, to your self-worth at its very core.

What Actually “Works Gangbusters?”

Before we get to that, it’s REALLY important to know what a workable approach has to do for you.  If you’re thinking, “it just has to take pounds off”, think again.  Starvation will do that, but that doesn’t mean starvation is a viable life-long weight management strategy, does it?

 

A truly viable approach to FEMALE weight loss in particular absolutely must:

 

1. Take of weight reliably and predictably (i.e., if it only works for a      small percentage of women, then it’s not very useful)

 

2. Allow you proper nutrition during the process (i.e., it’s not based on any sort of starvation, like 500 calories a day or whatever) and even let you “cheat” a little so you don’t go nuts!

 

3. Alter your metabolism so that you’re not constantly at war with weight management for the rest of your life!

How to Stop Fighting Weight Battles and Just WIN the Damn War!

Here’s the real issue – if your weight loss approach is changing your diet but not your metabolism, you’ll be fighting “the Battle of the Bulge” your whole life long.  Do you really want that?  Wouldn’t you rather alter your metabolism so the whole weight war comes to a victorious conclusion?

 

That’s why you’ve got to stop fighting battles and just win the war.

 

And here’s a super effective approach to female weight loss that meets all our criteria AND gets our vote as the most likely approach to win the war for you, once and for all.



Back Into That Bikini?  Yes, Believe It Or Not!

Ultimately, you want and NEED two things: a) you need to feel good about your own body and how you look as a woman, and b) you need to keep your weight at a healthy level to prevent some unwanted and pretty nasty medical conditions.

 

 

Your idea of looking your best may or may not be getting back into a bikini.  However, I think you’ll agree that if you could get back into a bikini and feel good about what you see in the mirror, that would be worth the proverbial million bucks to you.

 

 

And if you’d like to meet a whole bunch of formerly overweight women who are now happily back in their bikinis, just go here and watch this VIDEO very carefully

 

 

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger


Doped Up! How We Sabotage Our Resilience Even Without Alcohol, Nicotine, Narcotics or Pharmaceuticals

Authentic Ancient Traditions are fairly consistent in teaching that there is nothing wrong with taking pleasure in the everyday things of life, that such pleasure is good and healthy and natural.  Some would go so far as to say that the pleasures of life were created for our enjoyment.  Heck, C.S. Lewis’ character Screwtape goes so far as to accuse God of being a secret hedonist.

All this is true.  So what about the other side of the coin, the discipline, the self-denial that finds an equal place in those traditions?  There are many important aspects to this question (none of which have anything to do with self-mortification or penance as taught in Western Christianity of the last thousand years), but one that is particularly important for this culture to understand, is that many of our so-called pleasures are actually manifestations of pain.

Specifically, they are manifestations of the anxiety trap (also known as the adrenaline addiction cycle), and situations of personal constriction and dissatisfaction.  Through chronic pleasure-seeking (more accurately, stimulation-seeking), we are seeking validation from something outside of ourselves to make up for something that should be coming from within, but is not.  Unfortunately, the neural and biochemical results of these activities in turn reduce our ability to find what we are truly looking for.

 

 

Drugs of Choice

We can all recite the litany of addictive drugs, from alcohol through nicotine to cocaine and heroin.  And it is true that drug addiction often begins with unaddressed pain.

But the real drugs of choice for our society are things we don’t usually consider in that light.

 

Food

Food, particularly fast food and junk food, the high-sugar, high-sodium food substitutes that are so easy to come by, is one of the first drugs of choice.  Between sports drinks, soft drinks, chocolate bars and corner store candy, we have almost limitless opportunities for a sugar high.  High carb, high transfat diets, in fact the obesity epidemic itself, is symptomatic of an underlying dysfunction in society.  People who are happy with themselves and their lives simply do not make those choices – their bodies know better, and they listen.

 

Adrenaline and Other Stimulation Highs

We’ve written previously (http://globalresiliencesolutions.com/escaping-survival-mode) about the cycle of adrenaline addiction in our society.  Constant, low-level, unresolved stress sustains the fight-or-flight response, making us biochemically dependent on adrenaline, and above all, persuading us to see the universe in antagonistic and hostile terms.  This biochemical process is the cornerstone of the modern Newtonian Worldview.

As this kind of constant, low-level anxiety has taken hold, we’ve seen a distinct change in how we entertain ourselves.  While society experienced rebellion against established forms of music, for instance, as liberating, another, largely unnoticed theme went along with the change.  It is the same theme that has gone along with changes to film and television for at least the past twenty years.

You see, traditional forms of entertainment, whether musical, literary, theatrical or anything else, had a common element.  They were designed to relax us while engaging our intellectual and creative capacities.  Recreational reading in itself, as John Taylor Gatto among others has persuasively argued, required a high level of intellectual participation from the reader, and required both attention and relaxation, in a way that an increasing segment of the population is simply unfamiliar with today.  Classical music was mathematically complex and relaxing.  Folk music was relaxing and participatory.

Ever since this sensibility has changed – and it was quite a jarring change if you think about it- we have had a different expectation from entertainment.  We expect stimulation- laughter certainly, but also provocation, controversy, anger, noise, violence, titillation, and above all, adrenaline.  Where it was once customary to reduce anxiety by relaxing with, well, relaxing things, we now feed the adrenaline addiction directly.  The problem with violence on television isn’t (primarily) desensitization, but rather that most of the audience will never have the same opportunities to discharge the adrenaline they have built up as the fictional characters do.

Of course, every other kind of stimulation complements that adrenaline high, and so we have the ever-expanding world of designer energy drinks to keep us juiced twenty-four hours a day.  Titillation also goes well with adrenaline, as the advertising industry knows.

 

Social Media and Video Gaming

Social media addiction is about the feeling we get from belonging, acknowledgement by others, fitting in within a group.  Social media caters to our instincts as social animals on a scale that would once have been considered ludicrous.  The addiction component, however, is tied to the need to be heard, to feel something other than helplessness at the circumstances of your life.  In this sense, it is a band-aid at best.

Video game addiction, by contrast, is a release rather than a band-aid.  It is a surrogate for the natural consummation of the fight-or-flight response.  Unfortunately, there are very few video games with only one troll to kill, so the adrenaline addiction is heightened, not reduced.

 

Coming Down

The adrenaline addiction cycle is one reason that we surround ourselves with stimulus.  The other is constriction or dissatisfaction.  In the post about the emotional roots of chronic disease (http://globalresiliencesolutions.com/emotional-roots-of-chronic-disease), we mentioned the ways in which life patterns of either constriction of anger or enslavement to it can start.  Similar patterns appear in many different areas of our lives.  An unconscious belief or experience leads us to replicate the same dissatisfying relationships, career situations, family dynamics or personal habits again and again.  In the face of apparent helplessness, we turn to any of a dozen ways of distracting ourselves.

The catch is that by doping ourselves, we exaggerate whatever biochemical problems we already have.  We lead ourselves further and further away from a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle.  That above all is why a new attitude needs to come with a change to your external lifestyle choices. 

The flip side of that coin is that by making those external changes, you can begin to move yourself toward a better mindset. The question we should all be asking ourselves is, “How am I doping myself and why?”  An uncomfortable question, to say the least, but absolutely essential if we want to become truly RESILIENT and, therefore, HAPPY.

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger


Understand the Diet Fads: A Reasoned Approach to Nutritional Resilience

 

Eat what cave-men ate.  Eat local.  Eat raw.  Cut out carbs.  We live in an era of unlimited dietary choice, and every magazine promises the perfect recipe for a healthy diet.  If, like most people, you have trouble making heads or tails of the dietary fads in circulation, this is the post for you.  We’ll review the principles behind a few of the current favourites and what they’re designed to achieve… and then we’ll give you some tips on a balanced plan to reach your dietary goals.

 

The Ancestral Diet

The Paleo Diet, raw food diets and, to an extent, the Eat Local movement all follow a sort of dietary regression to what (they think) our ancestors ate at a certain time period.  Thus the question, what did our ancestors eat, and was it really healthier?

Well, that’s a loaded question, because people in different climates have always eaten different diets.  The Inuit of northern Canada have such an ancestral history of subsisting on meat protein that it is difficult if not impossible for most of them to adapt to anything else.  Arctic explorers similarly found that a high-fat high-protein diet was essential to maintain energy in that environment.

The diets of peoples living a little farther south, including my Celtic ancestors, ate diets rich in both protein and carbohydrates (no, not as rich or the same kinds as the standard Western diet now) as a hedge against winter scarcity.  When the US Army found itself fighting in tropical climates in World War II, it discovered that its soldiers rapidly fell prey to vitamin deficiency on rations intended for temperate climates.  After the war, American food was introduced to tropical Hawaii on a wide scale, causing an ongoing obesity epidemic.  This is one argument in favour of Eat Local as a dietary principle: you are better off (with some big caveats) eating what people in your climactic area historically ate, in the seasons in which they ate them.

Eat Local, however, is mainly a political movement against the current global food system, and, laudable as it is, it requires at the very least some readjustment of expectations to work well, and preferably an understanding of when to give in.  Every climate zone has its particular nutritional deficiencies, and it’s best to find out what they are before you start.

Paleo and raw food diets both refer back to our hunter-gatherer prehistory, albeit not always accurately.  Likewise, low-carb, high-protein diets like Atkins and South Beach tend to refer back to this primordial period as evidence that humans were built to eat protein more than carbohydrates.

 

A History of Carbs

Unless your ancestors lived in the far north, it is very likely that most of their staple foods were starches, not protein, even before the advent of large-scale farming.  This is the “gathering” part of hunter-gathering.  Gathering was generally the specialty of women.  If your prehistoric ancestors lived in Britain, they probably depended on foods like acorns, grass seeds, nuts, berries and cattail roots as their major sources of energy.  For indigenous peoples living in the Amazon today, the staples include tapioca bread and heart of palm.  For the hunters, being able to find carbohydrates to sustain them on the hunt was and is a valuable skill.  The fact is that there was no time in history when the majority of the human population subsisted primarily on protein.  Those who did so without a climate-based necessity did so for social reasons (“plants are poor people’s food”), as in medieval Europe and some North American aboriginal groups.

This is why low-carb diets fall down, particularly when used for more than short-term weight loss.  Long-term dependence on animal protein for energy is very taxing to digestive systems that weren’t designed for it, and if the meat in question isn’t organic, you’re inviting health problems down the road.

 However, the Paleo Diet does have a point in that grains were a small component of the hunter-gatherer diet relative to roots, nuts, pulses and fruits.  This is where gluten-free diets come in. 

 

Gluten intolerance or gluten allergy is acknowledged to affect about one in thirty-three people in at-risk populations, but in truth this is only the most severe manifestation of gluten-caused digestive disorder.  Gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley among other grains, is the substance that makes your pastry and your bread dough stick together.  It also interferes with your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and promotes constipation.

Undigested gluten causes your immune system to attack your intestines.  Over time, gluten causes a number of nutrient deficiencies, unpleasant physical symptoms and degenerative effects.  Gluten allergy is simply the most pronounced level of your body’s revolt against this interloper.

Research has shown that gluten-intolerance is on the rise relative to past generations, partly because we have created varieties of grain with much higher gluten content, and partly because of the use of high-gluten white flour and the decline of whole-grain and mixed-grain flours.  If you do have the symptoms of gluten allergy, looking at a gluten-free diet is probably a good idea, but reducing grain consumption, and moving to whole grains when you do eat grains, is recommended for everyone.

This is where the Mediterranean Diet fails in the modern world, as all European Mediterranean cultures depend heavily on bread, and have throughout recorded history.  A Roman legion once mutinied because it was given too much meat and too little bread.  ‘Too little’ was a loaf a day!

 

“Our Ancestors Ate Raw and Didn’t Process their Food”

Believe it or not, humans have had fire for awhile.  The kernel of truth in the raw food and whole food movements is that there are nutrients, particularly in vegetables but also in meat, that are lost when exposed to heat or otherwise processed.  This is a good reason to eat raw fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.

However, a healthy diet does not have to mean an exclusively raw diet- Indian cuisine cooks a great deal of its food, but can still be extremely healthy in its native forms.  Even hunter-gatherers cook their meat, and they processed it to last into the future, just as they processed starch and fruit.  “Processed” doesn’t automatically mean bad.  A number of world staple foods like tapioca root are actually poisonous before processing.  The preserved foods of our ancestors may have fewer nutrients than the fresh variety, but they also last longer.  Pickles, preserves and dried foods allowed fruit and vegetable nutrients to be extended through the winter.  Dried and smoked meat allowed a perishable resource to be extended for weeks or months.  What these methods lack are the chemical preservatives, pasteurization an irradiation that make modern methods of preservation so pernicious. 

So long as you reduce your dependence on packaged foods and increase your raw produce intake, there’s no reason why a cooked meal is bad for you unless you put something bad in it.

 

Fat?

Low-fat diets were all the rage a few decades ago, but the truth is that it matters more what kinds of fats you eat than whether you eat them (and your body does need them).  Historically, most diets around the world have incorporated a significant fat component, whether it was coconut or yak butter or, in much of North America, just plain animal fat.

The low-carb diets do have a point- most of your body’s stored fat is unused carbohydrate being saved up for famine or winter, rather than anything you ingested as fat.  What matters is that you have the right Omega-3 to Omega-6 balance (which means giving up vegetable oil and incorporating Omega-3 sources into your diet), that you avoid transfats and reduce animal fat sources, particularly non-organic ones.  We discussed this last week, so we’ll move along.

 

Veg

Vegetarianism or veganism is a dietary choice that in and of itself could mean anything health-wise.  Many people adopt these lifestyles for moral or religious reasons, and there’s nothing wrong with that, provided you do it right.  It is true that many people are predisposed to eat meat, and some will suffer malnutrition without it regardless of substitutes, morally inconvenient as that might be.  There are many people who can successfully live on these diets, but the key question is how.  If you make up for a reduction in protein with more carbs, you aren’t doing your health any favors. 

Substitutes are everywhere in vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, but be very careful of the ingredients.  Large amounts of soy are pernicious, as the Taoists discovered long ago, and many other additives can make substitute foods downright bad for you.  Going in, you need to be conscious of every aspect of your nutritional plan, and the more you can do outside the vegetarian-specific section of the grocery store (or the bread section or the pasta section) the better off you’ll be.  Expert guidance and awareness of your individual nutritional type (one size certainly doesn’t fit all) is recommended.

Most of us could do with eating less meat, and certainly the factory-farmed, hormone and antibiotic-fed varieties, but some of the thick rhetoric that attempts to paint moral vegetarianism as a cure for global food inequality deserves a sharp kick in the truth.  Some meat is and always has been a key efficiency in food production, as any traditional Chinese farmer with a pig in the yard will tell you.  There are always things that humans can’t digest that animals can turn into protein and fertilizer.  Animals make otherwise-unlivable climates livable and act as a nutrient recycling system in organic farming economies.  Moral vegetarianism will have to stand on its own.


Organic

We’ve probably flogged this horse to death by now, but if meat is a significant part of your diet and you live in North America, chances are you’re taking in a lot of hormones and antibiotics that were given to the poor beasts, and that they were raised indoors with a minimum of movement and living on corn or soy products rather than their natural diet of forage.  That means that they are starting with nutritional deficiencies which they then pass on to you.  The antibiotics are there to keep them alive while malnourished and confined long enough to make it to your table.  Hungry yet?

Similarly, non-organic produce is grown from nutrient-depleted soil and sustained only by artificial fertilizers, which may be enough to grow the plant, but not to give it a healthy vitamin and mineral content.

If you’re of the food activist persuasion, this is the key pressure point.   All this said, be sure to do your research and balance your budgets – organic food is not always cheap, and not everything labelled organic is created equal.

 

Balancing for You

 Here’s a quick video from Dr. Joseph Mercola with a few suggestions about how to navigate the diet / nutrition maze and find what’s right for YOU:

 

 

How you build your diet depends on a number of factors- your nutritional type, your native (and adoptive) climate and your dietary goals.

If you want to lose weight, calorie-counting and low-carb diets do work in the short term, but the long term question for most people is “How can I find a healthy, balanced diet that keeps me at a healthy weight and that I can live with in the long term?”  (And that’s not even broaching the subject of the emotional component so frequent in weight problems).

The answer of course will vary from person to person, and chances are you won’t find the perfect formula in a book.  But that’s why starting from general principles and working toward the specific is so helpful.  Let’s recap:

  • Eating local and eating seasonally are good ideas, within reason
  • Organic food and especially organic, free-range, hormone and antibiotic-free meat is a good idea.  Reducing factory farmed, chemically contaminated meat is a good idea, as is fresh organic local produce in the summer
  • Whole, non-processed foods, and foods processed in non-pernicious ways are encouraged; packaged foods are discouraged
  • Raw fruits and vegetables are good for you (what a surprise)
  • Reduce (or eliminate) grain intake, and move toward whole grain (or gluten-free) sources
  • Be smart with your fat sources
  • Reduce refined sugar, sodium, cholesterol, etc.- we’ve covered all this before

 

By following these simple steps, you:

  • boost your immune system,
  • reduce your vulnerability to chronic disease and improve your health and vitality

…if you’re eating appropriately for your nutritional type and balancing your caloric intake with your lifestyle, that is.

If you live in a Western country, chances are your government publishes a nutritional guide of some sort.  Ignore it completely!  If it’s anything like the Canada Food Guide, it was written by the agribusiness lobbies, includes too much carbohydrate, dairy and protein and not enough fruit and vegetables.  There is no substitute for educating yourself and experimenting to find a diet that is right for you.

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brain Resilience: 5 Steps to Healthy Gray-Matter and Avoiding Alzheimer’s

 

We all talk about slowing down as we get older, but Alzheimer’s and other brain-degenerative conditions don’t have to be part of the package.  Far from being part of the natural ageing process, Alzheimer’s, as with every other dementia and memory loss is an acquired condition with definite contributing causes.   Don’t believe it?  Then check out this article after reading this blog post.  Here are some simple approaches you can take to maintain the health of your brain.

 

Free Radicals

 

No, we’re not talking about anarchists.  Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that are produced naturally in the metabolic process and that the body uses as part of the immune system.  Your body has mechanisms to neutralize excess free radicals, but when too many of the molecules build up, that system is overwhelmed.  Because of their reactive quality, free radicals tend to destroy cells, including those in the brain and nervous system.

 

Sources of excess free radicals in the modern world include:

–          Radiation from x-rays and microwaves;

–          Toxic metals such as aluminum and cadmium in food preservatives, cosmetics, antiperspirants, aluminum cookware, and even public water supplies and flu vaccines; autopsies on Alzheimer’s patients often reveal abnormally high levels of aluminum;

–          Chlorine and fluoride in drinking water, toothpaste etc.;

–          Cigarette smoke;

–          Hydrogenated oils, such as shortening, deep-fryer oil and non-dairy creamers; these fat molecules have been modified through long-term exposure to heat or chemical process.  They act like a silver bullet going right to your brain and nervous system, where they oxidize much more quickly than ordinary fat molecules, releasing free radicals at a rate that kills or damages the host cell.

 

What can you do besides limiting your exposure?  Antioxidants are nature’s counterbalance to free radicals.  Vitamins C and E, Beta Carotine, D3 and B complex, as well as certain amino acids either act as antioxidants or stimulate antioxidant production.  The herbs ginko and ginseng and the spice turmeric likewise have antioxidant effects, and certain fruits, such as wild blueberries, are high in antioxidant content.  Increasing your vegetable intake also helps.

 

 

The 3-6 Balance

 

Your body needs a certain amount of dietary fat.  Unfortunately, modern diets tend to be weighted toward Omega 6 fatty acids rather than Omega 3, while our bodies are designed for the opposite.  This is of particular concern, because there is evidence that one particular kind of Omega 6 molecule is associated with memory loss and neural degeneration.  Arachidonic acid overstimulates the brain’s nerve cells.  We get Omega 6 from grain-fed factory-farm animal products, but especially from vegetable oil (corn, sunflower, canola and soybean), which is the main source of this imbalance in our diet.  These are present in most processed foods.

 

Conversely, Omega 3 is quite important for brain health.  It can help to break down the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s and reduce brain inflammation.  Dietary sources can be supplemented by krill oil or fish oil capsules, but beware of eating too much fish, as fish in our food chain is often contaminated with mercury.

 

Exercise

 

Exercise plays a major role in regenerating the brain and nervous system.  Less active people are much more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s.  By exercising three to four times a week, you can promote cell and tissue repair mechanisms in your body, as well as increasing production of compounds that protect the nervous system.  It increases the flow of blood in your brain and improves the health of your cardiovascular system.

 

Sleep

 

Getting a good night’s sleep is critical to memory, as you know if you’ve ever been a university student.  There is also evidence that a healthy circadian rhythm is critical to the long-term health of your brain.  Working nights over a long period does serious damage to the health of your brain, since it is that regular biochemical cycle that keeps your neural pathways in good working order.

 

 

The Diabetes Connection

 

Diabetes and insulin-resistance have a very high correlation with Alzheimer’s.  Diabetics have up to a 65% higher chance of developing the disease.  As such, the same approaches you’d take to avoid diabetes, such as reducing your sugar and grain intake, are also helpful in promoting brain health.  Going to a diet richer in proteins is one of the first steps recommended to Alzheimer’s patients by natural health experts.

 

 

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger


Two Health Threats You Need to Know More About

Your Exposure to this Potent Hormone Disruptor

Many of us work hard to keep our bodies free from toxins – eating lots of fresh produce and drinking plenty of water. But those activities may not be as risk-free as you once thought. Today, we’re going to talk about two elements that are hazardous to your health: Bisphenol-A and genetically modified foods. What does this have to do with your personal resilience?  Well, if you don’t have your health, as they say, you don’t have anything.

Bisphenol-A, a substance used in plastics, poses a serious problem because it is an endocrine disruptor – it interferes with the body’s hormone system. Hormones are used in vital functions throughout the body, and endocrine disruptors can really do a number on the body: they can cause learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, deformation of the body, impaired sexual development and reverse gender effects.  The substance has also been linked to infertility and cancer.

Its effects on sexuality are perhaps the most strange, and they are manifesting themselves in both humans and animals. Bisphenol-A is being blamed for unusually early puberty rates in kids, and other reproductive abnormalities in fish and frogs. These include fish and frogs being born hermaphrodite, and (opposite to its effects on humans) the slowing of their sexual development.

The fact that certain substances affect sexual development and behavior is not exactly news, of course.  For centuries, Buddhist and Taoist monks in China have used Tofu – a somewhat more benign endocrine disruptor – to inhibit sexual desire.  Among authentic ancient traditions it’s common knowledge that if you want more libido, just eat garlic and red meat.  If you want less, pull out the veggies and bean curd!  The hormonal disruption we’re talking about here with Bisphenol-A is much more dangerous though…

The difficulty lies in avoiding this substance. There is simply no good way to know which plastics are Bisphenol-A free, so it is best to avoid plastic altogether. The biggest danger is in plastics that are are directly touching your food, so that the toxins can leech right into it. But avoiding plastic is much harder than you might think! Everything from a container of yogurt to a baggie full of fresh fruit involves plastic. Plastic coats the insides of milk and juice cartons, and receipts are literally coated in Bisphenol-A . When you can, buy items in glass containers – I get milk delivered in glass bottles, and you can get glass bottles for such things are mayonnaise, ketchup and salad dressing. There’s even glass tupperware! If you bring a paper bag to collect your produce at the grocery store, and make sure to wash your hands after handling receipts; you can really make a dent in your exposure to plastic!

Reassuringly, both the Health Canada and the FDA have taken steps to reevaluate the safety of this substance.

Further reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/08/science/08frog.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1469675/
http://www.ritemade.com/upload/Transfer%20of%20BPA%20from%20Thermal%20Receipts%20to%20Skin.pdf

Genetically Modified Foods and Why to Steer Clear…

Genetically modified foods are everywhere these days. Walk into a grocery store, and 90% of the fresh produce you see has likely had its genes fiddled with. Manipulating and tampering with science we don’t completely understand could have severe unforeseen consequences, and several are already manifesting themselves

Already, we are witnessing the effects of unintended harm to other organisms – the delicate balance of Mother Nature is easily upset. Producing plants that are superpowered to be resistant to insects causes many breeds to die out and many more to mutate into “superbugs”. More highly toxic pesticides are therefore needed to kill these creatures, and more toxins end up in our systems.

The dramatic upswing in allergies these days may be attributed to genetically modified foods. Several studies are looking into the possibility that introducing genes into plants may create new allergens.

In the end, the most disturbing fact is that genetically modified foods have never been proven safe to eat. We’re essentially part of an experiment – a potentially very dangerous one. Another unsettling part of this issue is the ever-widening control over our food supply by corporations that are not trustworthy, and do not have people’s best interests at heart. In point of fact, most of your food is controlled, all the way from the farm to your dinner plate, by a small number of very powerful corporate interests whose behaviors give no evidence whatsoever of interest in your health and nutrition.

What should you do? When you can, buy locally produced fruits and vegetables, and sign this petition to get the government to label genetically engineered foods: http://justlabelit.org/take-action/

But I shall say no more! This video explains the devastating effects of genetically engineered foods better than I ever could:

Further Reading:

http://www.bangmfood.org/publications/4-short-leaflets/33-10-reasons-why-we-dont-need-gm-foods
Genetically Engineered Food: Changing the Nature of Nature, by Kimberly Wilson and Martin Teitel

In the quest for personal resilience or, to put it another way, for health, immunity and longevity, keeping a close eye on what substances enter your body is critical.  And it’s more difficult than ever!  However, today’s two part article should give you a critical leg up in the fight to purify your body and your planet.

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger


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