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Posted on November 26, 2015 by
The idea that I might have to stop eating bacon seriously frightens me!
The World Health Organization recently classified processed meats as a group 1 carcinogen. This is the same category as tobacco. EEK!!! This terrifies me because (as you may ask my family) I’m a bacon whore on Sunday mornings.
Here is how the World Health Organization vacation system works.
The agency weighs the strength of scientific evidence of foods, drinks, pesticides, plants and anything that is a potential cancer causer. It does not take into account how much of that substance you have to consume to increase your risk of getting cancer. The products are broken into 4 groups:
Group 1 –carcinogenic (cancer-causing)
Group 2A- probably carcinogenic
Group 2 B possibly carcinogenic
Group 4- probably not carcinogenic
Red meat contains a chemical called heme that is broken down into carcinogenic compounds in the gut. Also, nitrates and nitrites are used to cure meats (or help preserve them) and these can turn into carcinogenic compounds. To take it one step further, cooking these preserved meats at high temperatures can create more cancer-causing compounds.
Does make sense that we should cut back on the amount of processed foods like hot dogs and pepperoni? Of course! I try to stick to a diet of mostly vegetables supplemented with some fruits, nuts, seeds and lean, organic meats. We should also stick to rule of buying food in the most natural state and unprocessed form possible. Remember #JERF–Just Eat Real Food
Our family uses Applegate products which do not contain nitrates or nitrites. We also like to buy products from local farmers. That way we know what the animals are fed, how they are treated and that they don’t contain artifical ingredients or preservatives.
Remember that Group 1 also contains alcohol and sunlight which many of us have no problem consuming regularly.
Remember there is bad meat which is processed and CAFO raised. There are also good meats that contain no hormones or antibiotics and are grass-fed.
Here’s the scoop!
Smoking raises your risk of lung cancer by a factor of 20. It causes 1 million deaths worldwide every year. He raises your risk of colon cancer by 1.1-1.2 per daily serving of meat. Eating an extra 50 grams of processed meat daily increases the risk of colon cancer by 18%
Here are a few references that look into the subject a little closer if you look at the posts on this subject.
I’m going to continue to use common sense and make good choices —-Eat my veggies!!! and occasionally throw in some nitrate/nitrite free bacon! After all, you have to enjoy life!
Posted on October 30, 2015 by
Benefits of Dandelion Root
I have recently been doing more research on herbal supplements. Dandelion is one of the top healing foods to boost antioxidants and cleanse the liver.
It’s benefits include diuretic action (which in common terms means you eliminate extra water retention). It is high in potassium, calcium and vitamin K. It can also help with constipation.
It helps detox the liver by supporting fat digestion and also helps balance blood sugar naturally which in turn can help with overall weight loss.
I found a dandelion root tea that I like to drink twice a day. The roots of the herb used to make coffees and tea. The flow flowers over the herb can make a delicious wine. The leaves are vitamin rich but slightly bitter and are often used in cooking.
Who knew that “Momma had a baby and it’s head popped off” was such a powerful supplement for our bodies?
Posted on October 22, 2015 by
What is bone broth?
What the @&*$ is bone broth and why is everyone talking about it and its medicinal benefits. First, bone broth is simply stock! Chicken or beef bones are usually used although you can use venison/lamb/pig etc. They are simmered for over 24 hours or more along with vegetables/herbs etc. The more gelatinous the broth, the more nourishing it is. Simmering the broth breaks down the bones and bone marrow releasing calcium, phosphorus, collagen, cartilage, glucosamine, silicon, chondroitin, and essential acids including proline, glycine and glutamine.
The benefits of bone broth include:
Reduction in joint pain and inflammation– because of the chondroitin and glucosamine
Inhibits infection—“Jewish penicillin”–it apparently activates macrophages/natural killer cells/ B- lymphocytes etc that are important in the immune response to colds/viruses.
Fights inflammation–with the essential amino acids. glycine, proline and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects.
Promotes strong bones –because of the calcium and magnesium –collagen provides the lattice-work for mineral deposition to build strong and flexible bones
Promotes healthy hair and nail growth– this is from all the gelatin in the broth–there is even some thought that it can eliminate cellulite
There is an excellent interview here by Kaayla Daniel, PhD, CCN whom has studied “broth” for over 20 years.
Now—the quality of the soup is only equivilant to the components that you put in it–are the vegetables organic? Are you using bones from pastured animals etc. So if you are making it yourself (the cheapest way) it is very important that you use quality, organic, non-processed ingredients.
I am now drinking bone broth for its primary benefit of healing leaky gut! I have made my own bone broth which isn’t difficult but it is time-consuming for busy working families.
I recently ordered some bone broth from Lance Roll “The Flavor Chef” that I really love.
Buy your own bone broth HERE!
If you are interested in making your own bone broth—let me know in the comments below and I will post some good recipes! It is much cheaper and as you know “chicken soup is good for the soul!”
Posted on October 5, 2015 by
What Happened When My Dad Went Gluten Free
Health trends, like many trends, come and go. But the gluten-free trend may just be a keeper. Why is this? This gluten thing is part of a bigger picture….genetically modified foods and how they cause inflammation, and how that makes us sick. Here’s what happened to my dad.
It all began in 2002 when my dad was 53 years old. His heart just wasn’t beating right, and at 35-44 beats per minute (normal is 60-100), dad felt pretty lousy. Eventually, it was determined that dad’s thyroid was under active. This caused his heart to beat too slowly. Dad felt like he couldn’t breathe, and nearly passed out whenever he stood up. But it didn’t end there. The slow heartbeat thickened the wall of Dad’s heart, which in turn led to an electrical problem causing atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat.
Dad’s doctor added thyroid hormone to correct the hypothyroidism. This, and a surgical procedure brought his heart back to the normal beats per minute.
But what was the root of Dad’s thyroid problem? An autoimmune disorder, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis caused Dad’s immune system to attack his thyroid. His body was confused by an invader, but instead of going after the true culprit, Dad’s immune system accidentally recognized his thyroid as the enemy. Under attack, the thyroid was unable to produce enough hormone to keep his heart beating fast enough.
So what was the enemy that invaded Dad’s body, and why did his immune system become so confused?
Always the student of nutrition, Dad read that hybridized, or genetically modified wheat can cause autoimmune problems. Hybridization of the grain makes people sensitive to gluten. He read that the human body fails to recognize hybridized wheat as food. This fact stunned Dad because he knew 70% of our immunity comes from digestive tract. The logic was simple. Inundate the digestive tract with hybridized wheat, which the body fails to recognize as food, and you could potentially create an immunological reaction.
Dad made a plan. Calm the immune system. How? Cut wheat. (He had already cut junk food years ago).
After six to eight months, Dad’s blood test showed his TPO antibodies had dropped from 2,700 to 141. In plain language, that means his immune system stopped cranking out the little critters that had been attacking his thyroid. After a total of 12 months wheat free, Dad’s TPO’s continued the downward trend to 101. Additionally, the post wheat-free blood tests showed more improvements. Dad’s TSH was low normal, measuring .5. Normal range for TSH, or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, is .47-4.7. This was great news because it let his doctor know Dad’s brain no longer needed to pump out TSH in order to stimulate the thyroid. After going wheat free, Dad’s TSH had dropped down to normal, and with some adjustments to his thyroid medication, his next TSH check showed a reading of 2.0, well within the normal range.
These blood test improvements led Dad’s doctor to lower his thyroid medication from 137 mcg to 112 mcg for 6 weeks, and then down further to 100 mcg. Dad is so happy to have less medication and, of course, hopes to eventually discontinue it altogether if possible.
Cutting wheat just may have eliminated the culprit guilty of revving up Dad’s immune system. This simple dietary change helped my dad gain control of his rogue immune system.
About the author:
Jeanne Barker Benz is a full-time mom of three children and Team Beachbody Coach. While her background is in law, her passion is encouraging others in faith, education, business, and health.
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Posted on September 23, 2015 by
I remember when I first saw the advertisement for Mr Clean’s Magic Eraser on TV —I was pumped and I actually ran out a bought some. To my surprise they did really work! I even found on PINTEREST that I could cut them up and put them in my toilets to keep them clean. (That ended when my husband told me that they were getting stuck and making our toilets run non stop –MY BAD).
So what if there really was a Magic Eraser for all the fine lines and sagging creases on my face? Sounds too good to be true but I found one!!
Let me first start by saying that I HATE multi-level marketing companies. I hate being invited to parties and feeling forced to buy a friend’s product. I’m sick of hearing about Arbonne and Mary Kay and I cringe when I hear that a product is sold that way! If it’s so great-? why sell it in a shady pyramid scheme?
So imagine how I felt when my friend/coworker Michelle told me that she was using a new product when I told her that her face was glowing and looked amazing. She proceeded to tell me she was using Nerium that she bought from a friend thru a MLM company. I wrote it off immediately.
However, I did agree to try it for a week for free on the condition that I would take before and after pictures and give it back after a week had passed. I also only agreed because it was made from all natural products and is derived from the oleander and aloe vera plants. It actually was discovered by accident doing research for cancer therapies. It contains NO PARABENS or GLUTEN —-which as you know, are major toxins and hormone disruptors.
I tried it for that week and was really surprised. Here are my pics from just 7 days—-and I think you can agree that in just one week—alot of the fine lines seen in the top picture are gone. My saggy top eyelids actually look a little better (I will admit that I saw a plastic surgeon and it would cost me $5K to fix up those buggers)–so I am sticking with this for the time being in order to avoid botox and surgery—Besides, who has the time to do all that? I need something quick and easy and this night cream is just that.
Anyway—I just thought I would share this product that I do really like –If you want to learn more about it–you can go to—————– angelahenriksen.neriumproducts.com
I promise not to try to oversell or hassle you with any emails etc!!!! I just think the shit works!
Posted on September 21, 2015 by