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Do you ever feel baffled, overwhelmed, and fatigued by all the diet advice that’s out there? It becomes mind-numbingly banal after a while – and in my view most people simply want to get on with life - enjoying their food and experiencing good health. Today’s information highway is strewn with 30-point plans for achieving better bodies. You may be surprised at the number of positive follow-on affects from simply focusing on fruit and vegetables. Last year, the dairy industry DUMPED a harebrained campaign promoting milk for weight-loss.
And now, new research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows dairy supplementation FAILED to alter fat metabolism and energy expenditure in overweight individuals; via the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
And yet, new research in Science claims our GENES prod us to overeat and gain excess weight, because when we eat our BRAINS release feel-good chemicals; HealthDay News reports. And now, New York has taken it one step further, by posting advertisements in city subways—reminding people about those infamous calories.
I think providing people with more information is ALWAYS a good idea, but focusing ONLY on calories is foolhardy. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is nutrient-less junk; previously linked to both obesity and diabetes. To make matters worse, despite being a processed food, the FDA recently ruled that high fructose corn syrup is natural.
I’m sorry, but research with BLATANT industry ties, promoting a dangerous, but low-cost ingredient has NO credence in my book!
For years you've heard that eating saturated fat is like pouring superglue into your arteries.
AOL is promoting cancer, heart disease and dementia by promoting the consumption of red meat, butter and dark meat poultry as healthy and not disease promoting. The bulk of evidence is IRREFUTABLE; red meat, butter and saturated animal fats are linked to cancer, heart disease, stroke and dementia. Now, raw food diets DO help people consume MORE fruits and vegetables, but raw food isn’t the ONLY answer. Nevertheless, Angela’s accomplishment is STILL a great ambassador for vegetable-based diets!
As fast food hits Mediterranean countries, like the island of Crete, many are fighting an uphill battle against disease and obesity; The New York Times reports. Honestly, BLAME the Western lifestyle—BAD diet and NO exercise—as the Western diet continues spread across the world it leaves behind a wake of unhealthy habits, period!
Reduce your intake of dietary fat -- both saturated and unsaturated -- to a max level of 30 percent of total calories.
Eliminate from your diet these items: All salt except for what's found in food itself, all stimulants like coffee and tea, all refined sugar and flour, hydrogenated fats, pepper and other hot spices, foods containing artificial additives or preservatives, and all cured meats such as hot dogs. Also, it’s important to ignore common health myths, like obesity is caused by genetics and milk is good for bone health. CBS News shows how food producers are cramming Omega-3’s, plant sterols and calcium into garbage foods like milk, yogurt and pasta. I mention this, because this LOOPY report just came out, suggesting that eating an animal product-free diet shrinks people’s brains. Yeast extracts are one of the few vegetarian foods which provide good levels of the vitamin.
The link was discovered by Oxford University scientists who used memory tests, physical checks and brain scans to examine 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87. When the volunteers were retested five years later the medics found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 were also the most likely to have brain shrinkage. Consume some animal products such as nonfat dairy or fish at least every other day to assure B12 needs are met. Eat enough fresh green vegetables, seeds (especially pumpkin seeds), and beans to ensure adequate intake of zinc and other minerals. The Mediterranean diet describes a cuisine common to countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Compared to the American population, those eating this way in the Mediterranean region exhibit a lower risk of heart disease and common cancers. The heavy use of olive oil is also problematic because all oil has 120 calories per tablespoon, and those calories can add up fast. To continue to consume foods prepared in oil and maintain a healthful, slender figure, dieters must carefully count calories from oil and eat small portions of it. Countries with the highest intakes of dairy, Finland, Sweden and the Unite States, also have the highest fracture rates in the world despite having the highest intakes of dietary calcium in the world. The Nurses Health Study showed an increased fracture rate among women who reported the highest dietary intake of calcium primarily from milk and other diary foods. Alcohol is not actually heart-healthy; it simply has anti-clotting effects, much like aspirin. Moderate drinking is defined as a maximum of one drink per day for women and two drinks for men. In the second pro-HFCS commercial, two moms chat at a kid's birthday party, surrounded by sugar-high munchkins. Like the commercial before it, the Corn Refiners Association reminds consumers that they don't know a lot about the sweetener—they just know to hate it.
Take soda for example, usually sweetened with HFCS, its strong link to obesity has been well documented Just check out Center for Science in the Public Interest: Liquid Candy. There was no significant difference between the diets in how much weight people lost, Helen Truby of Royal Children's Hospital in Australia and her British colleagues reported in Biomed Central's Nutrition Journal.
Truby and colleagues asked 293 people on diets across Britain to record how much food they ate during a two-month period and compared the results with a group who ate normally. They found that all four diets led to weight loss but that only people on the Weight Watchers plan boosted the amount of fruit and vegetables they ate even when the plans advised them to do so.
In the history of weight-loss and dieting, people have tried some nutty things, like ingesting tape worms, swallowing expanding gelatin pills or the Atkins Diet. Informed people know that they should disregard any comment about a person who lived a long life, who ate bacon, smoked cigarettes, drank whiskey, snorted cocaine, etc. I’ve discussed this topic on DiseaseProof numerous times, but I want people to be clear about nutritional excellence and what constitutes a disease-protective diet. Unlike Gerry, who is just my blogger and writer, I have diligently spent my entire adult life studying almost every scientific study ever written on human nutrition and carefully going over the data.
Glandular organ extracts from animals promote the health and healing of the corresponding human organs. Regular ingestion of clay (Azomite Mineral Powder) has detoxifying effects because the clay particles remove pathogens from the body. People should not be going to the Weston Price Foundation looking for nutritional guidance. Vitamins and minerals are only a fraction of the micronutrients, needed by humans, as a primate we have requirements for a huge array of protective phytochemicals to achieve cellular normalcy, maximize longevity, and protect against disease. However both sides agree that this high percentage of junk food (white flour, sweeteners and oils) are not health promoting; except for misguided people promote olive oil as a health food and coconut oil as a health food too.
I teach that the 30-35% of intake from Animal products in the American diet is already too high. Atkins and Weston Price devotees are just wrong; promoting bad science is a serious matter, it encourages disease and hurts people. In summary, Weston Price, Atkins, low-carb or other such supporters if you want to post modern, human studies for me to comment on do so.
Imagine being told to feed your child meat broth and sea salt and limiting their intake of fruits and vegetables—crazy, right? Later on, you’ll be able to add virtually all food groups, from the acceptable food lists including full-fat yogurt, nuts, seeds, fruits, starchy vegetables like sweet potato, and even whole grains. Sugar alcohols also have a negligible impact on blood sugar, they too are subtracted from total carbs to yield the Net Carb count. Should you have any health care-related questions, please call or see your physician or other health care provider. This advice could be potentially dangerous and even fatal due to life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia. Over the last few decades we’ve seen books that cover a bewildering array of nutritional combinations. It’s more helpful to focus on foods you can add rather than stressing about what you have to avoid. And yet, the CRAZY The Corn Refiners Association claims HFCS is the same as sugar and safe in moderation. And now, a study with industry ties to Pepsico, suggests NO link between HFCS and obesity, calling all contrary evidence speculation; CBS News reports. But the fact is, this forbidden fat actually increases your HDL (good) cholesterol, which helps remove plaque from your artery walls, decreasing your risk of heart disease. Eating copious amounts of saturated fat from animal products is NOT healthy; via Plos Medicine. It’s journalistically irresponsible, because many men are already looking for an excuse NOT to cut back on meat, dairy and other saturated fats. It shows the pervasive influence and web-presence of the pro-animal fat crowd, in spite of a plethora of irrefutable scientific findings proving otherwise.
I watch football, lift weights and play fantasy sports, but I also do Yoga, avoid meat or dairy and I LOVE of salads. No more meat, animal products or processed foods, just LOTS of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. People ate lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans and some fish and they spent many hours working in the fields, but that was a LONG time ago. You can accomplish this by limiting meats, trimming away its excess fat, avoiding fried foods, and cutting down on butter, creams, and salad dressings. This will automatically increase your intake of these five nutrients: beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and dietary fiber. Avoiding things like salt, saturated fat, refined grains and alcohol is always a GOOD idea, so is INCREASING your consumption of fruit and vegetables.
Fuhrman explains that enriching food does little good and that healthful plant compounds are BEST left in their natural state. It is characterized by regular consumption of fruits, vegetables, cereals, legumes, and nuts. Heart attack rates are 25 percent lower, and the rate of obesity is about half of America’s. It is better to use olive oil than butter or margarine, but olive oil can easily sabotage your success.
Remember, oil does not contain the nutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals that were in the original seed or fruit. Researchers have found that even moderate consumption of alcohol, including wine, interferes with blood clotting and thereby reduces heart attacks in high-risk populations, such as people who eat the typical, disease-promoting, American diet.
One supports the pouring of a generic, junky-looking fruit punch drink, while the other disapproves. And now, Ali Hale of Diet-Blog, offers up the secret guide to making any food calorie-free. There is a bell-shaped curve of life-spans of people who eat a poor diet or have poor health habits. He is here to foster discussion and promote awareness of nutritional excellence, sometimes I don’t like his non-scientific comments, but DiseaseProof is for entertainment too and if a person did go back and read all of my earlier comments on Disease Proof.
They have a viewpoint and they attempt to defend it to the death, sometimes their own death. They are not true scientists and neither are their defenders who spew negative and insulting comments here on DiseaseProof. The dietary guidelines when applied by patients with advanced blockages in their coronary arteries result in the blockages being removed. The Atkins’ followers and the Weston Price crowd think this number is not high enough and recommend a diet with unlimited amounts of animal products encouraging people to think animal products are health foods that should be consumed without limitations. If someone wants to post any well-done human study that shows disease reversal or improved longevity statistics from increasing the percent of animal product intake from 30% and reducing natural plant food like vegetables in favor of meat, please do so. But otherwise take your nonsense elsewhere, where people are easily fooled by your pseudo-science.
Fuhrman, Weston Price is a relatively small non-profit that has been very effective in advocating a meat, butter, and raw milk-centered diet—foods that are NOT health and longevity-supporting. Because of this article in The Washington Post, in it Sally Fallon, founder of The Weston A.
She did not have any formal nutrition training, so she recruited Mary Enig, a Washington nutritionist whose controversial work promotes saturated fats, to co-write a cookbook.
Consult your physician or health care provider before beginning the Atkins Diet as you would any other weight loss or weight maintenance program. Experts assert it’s counter-intuitive to associate fat and calorie-laden foods, like milk and other dairy foods, with weight-loss. A recent study determined alcohol DISTORTS the brain’s reaction to images and makes us less fearful. Fuhrman, alcohol has been linked to both breast cancer and atrial fibrillation and red wine isn't heart healthy either. At first, many restaurants were resistant, but in the end, New Yorkers seem to like their new menus.
For example, this guy ate a diet loaded with clarified butter and his heart was so COATED with dangerous fat, he needed emergency surgery to save his life! Fuhrman explains low-temperature cooking and steaming can actually enhance the nutrient-quality of vegetables. Fuhrman, Cretans WERE healthy, lean and virtually free of heart disease, but now they eat mostly meat and cheese and are fat, just like us! Fuhrman had this to say about it, “Duh, they are telling people NOW that B12 deficiency damages the nervous system and brain. Red meat is rarely consumed, chicken and fish appear in small amounts, some yogurt and cheese is used, and red wine is very common.
The climate and fertile soil allow for many high nutrient plants to grow, which makes most of the dishes rich in phytochemicals. There is very little difference between white bread and white pasta, and refined, white flour consumption has been linked to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and various cancers.
Compared to the calories it supplies, it contains few nutrients except a little Vitamin E and a negligible amount of phytochemicals. Thinning the blood with alcohol or aspirin is not health-enhancing unless you are eating the typical heart-attack inducing diet.
These sensations are commonly mistaken for hunger, which leads people to eat more than is necessary. Strive to avoid the detrimental effects of alcohol and protect yourself from heart disease with nutritional excellence.
Although, in reality, counting calories is a pretty silly strategy: The Problem with Weight Watchers and other Calorie Counting Diets. Some of these people with risky habits live longer and some shorter, genetics and other factors play a role.
I document almost every statement I make, and when you do that, it takes much longer to write. A true scientist tests a theory without a pre-determined agenda and collects, not just the facts favorable to their position, but all the facts. Nutritional science has advanced to the point where we can be protected from these common killers.
This is documented not just by symptoms resolving and stress tests, but by coronary CT scans and MR angiograms.
To get micronutrients to a high, truly protective levels a much higher percentage of natural plants foods are needed. All oil is processed food with 120 calories per tablespoon and little micronutrient content.
Price Foundation and co-author of Nourishing Traditions, attempts to convince people that foods like raw milk, butter, bone broth, and chicken liver pate are great for us.
The weight loss phases of the Atkins Diet should not be used by persons on dialysis or by pregnant or nursing women.
All those super-caffeinated energy drinks are aimed POINTBLANK at kids, prompting many states to crackdown on energy drinks. Fuhrman points to broccoli, kale and spinach as excellent sources of iron—even BETTER than red meat! Make sure you exercise, eat less, eat plants and learn how to relax—via The Huffington Post. Whole grains are immensely superior to refined white flour, but they still should not be consumed as a major source of calories. Vegetables prepared in olive oil soak up more oil than you would think, which transforms them into high-calorie dishes. Once you are protected from heart attacks and strokes with nutritional excellence, the blood thinning only adds more risk in the form of gastrointestinal bleeding or a hemorrhagic stroke.
Having one alcoholic drink or one glass of wine is not a major risk, nor is it a major health asset. Not to mention, portion-restricting diets have dismal failure rates or only post modest results. A plant-based, high-nutrient diet, or nutritional excellence as I call it, attempts to take the people who might fall in the bottom half of that bell curve and give them a high quality long life too. Besides the thousands of readers of my books and this blog, I have also tested my dietary guideline with over 10,000 patients and achieved dramatic disease reversals of diseases such as lupus, psoriasis, headaches, fibromyalgia and heart disease. If you review the data they attempt to promote their views with it is insulting to any real person interested in the science surrounding an issue.
Most adult Americans already have the early (or late) stages of atherosclerosis and the early stages of cancer already, present in their body. Furthermore, my nutritional protocols have enabled hundreds of patients to make dramatic recoveries from autoimmune diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, asthma, headaches, digestive disturbance and more. There has never been a study that showed adding more coconut oil or olive oil to a diet resulted in significant health benefits. The Okinowans eat less than 10 percent of calories from animal products, mostly fish and loads of vegetables.
Where most of the fat in the American diet comes from cheese, butter, meat, and dangerous trans fats, the principal fat source there is olive oil.
Nuts, particularly walnuts, are commonly used in the diet and they are a good source of omega-3 fats and other heart protective nutrients. The benefit of the Mediterranean style of eating is the large consumption of fruits and vegetables, not pasta. Heavy oil use will add fat to our waistlines, heightening the risk of disease and making losing weight more difficult. The Mediterranean people of past years ate lots of olive oil, but they also worked hard in the fields, walking about nine miles a day, often guiding a heavy plow. Red wine contains some beneficial compounds such as flavonoids and resveratrol, a potent antioxidant in the skin of grapes associated with a number of health benefits. We have to look at long-lived populations and people who are already diseased and see what it takes to induce reversal to discuss real dietary excellence.
The true test of nutritional excellence marries the preponderance of evidence from scientific studies, and distilling it down into a lifestyle and dietary advice that works. They take scientific-sounding positions about soy, meat, daily, butter, children’s feeding practice and much more and they distort the science, present a one-sided view and confuse the decision making. It is not sufficient to give them moderately effective advice, derived from short-lived native populations.
The results are supported not just by my experience but by the scientific studies that support the protocols and other doctors who have published similar results and benefits in their patients. You could show benefit replacing more dangerous oils, but that is still has nothing to do with nutritional excellence and promoting disease reversal.
The use of fish instead of meat also decreases saturated fat consumption and increases these beneficial fats. Of course, grapes, raisins, berries, and other plant foods also contain these beneficial compounds.
Instead of taking offense, she merrily explains that HFCS is made of corn, has the same calories as sugar and honey, and is totally fine in moderation. And, these Weston Price enthusiasts that are attracted here, whenever their poor science is discussed, bring up more bad science (like irrelevant rat studies fed saturated fats or processed oils and vitamins) add nothing of interest to support those looking to protect themselves with nutritional excellence.
They need advice that can be counted on to reverse the disease that is present (from the American diet) and prevent a premature death.
High micronutrient eating also removes food-cravings and is the most effective weight-loss strategy. There are hundreds of studies that remove butter and other saturated fats from the diet and instead use olive oil there is some benefit, but the science is overwhelming and not debatable—that when you use whole raw, high fat plant foods, such as raw seeds and nuts (not the extracted oils) you dramatically reduce sudden cardiac death, heart disease, and all cause mortality.
However, I am very clear that animal products should be reduced to a lower percentage of total dietary intake, and I set the goal around 10% of calories and I modify that up or down based on individual needs and disease risks. While it's a good idea to exercise for other reasons, on Atkins you can still lose weight without exercise.It's easy to stick with Atkins.
For these reasons, it is understandable why the Mediterranean diet is considered healthier than the SAD, but it is not without drawbacks. They still eat lots of olive oil, but their consumption of fruits, vegetables, and beans is down. The idea that some body types will survive longer or be thinner or healthier on a meat-based, diet richer in animal fats, is also false and has no scientific support. This is a delicious and satisfying way of eating you can live with.As you approach your weight loss goals, you'll add plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. I share great tasting salad dressings, dips and smoothies using these foods in place of oil. By the way, the average American eats over 2,000 calories from oil a week, resulting in lots of extra body fat, but no significant micronutrients or anticancer lignans to show for it. These people now follow a diet much like our own, and the rates of heart disease and obesity are skyrocketing in these countries.
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